As you may or may not be aware, a severe storm ripped through the Midwest and caused an as-of-yet untotaled amount of damage, as well as personal injury and loss of life. One such city, that in the past seemed immune to tornado-generating storms, is Springfield, Illinois, the state’s capital.
A pair of tornados ripped through the city late Sunday night, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. At one point, most of the city was without power, and there are still areas where electrical service has not been restored (my house being one of those.) Initially the lack of electricity didn’t appear to be a big deal till it became obvious that it was not coming back anytime soon.
All you chic guys out there that just had to have that Motorola RAZR, looks like you may experience some regret, starting - now. T-Mobile and Cingular Wireless have pulled the Motorola RAZR from their shelves as of today, citing a defect in the build of the phone. Turns out that part of the phone is faulty, resulting in dropped calls because the phone thinks you have flipped it closed despite your fleeting attempts to continue your conversation by saying “Hello?” at two-second intervals. No recalls are being issued, but if you are experiencing the problem, you can head to a Cingular or T-Mobile dealer for an exchange. If you have the Verizon version of the RAZR, you are in the clear. Sales of the GSM RAZR should resume within a week.
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As it turns out, Shakira’s new music video and single Hips Don’t Lie (which we can actually vouch for - we have yet to be lied to by any pair of hips) will be debuting exclusively on Verizon’s V-CAST network. This will give V-CAST subscribers the jump on viewing the new video, even before any television distribution outlet gets the chance. The package also includes behind-the-scenes footage, ringtones, and the like. The video will be made available to traditional channels at a later date. We expect to see mainstream entertainment hit mobile devices in limited-exclusivity fashion more and more, especially as ultra-portable devices become the norm.
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Today we feature the next audio version of our Bleeding Edge video show, featuring:
- MacBook Pro Finally Shipping
- Nintendo DS Web Browser and TV Tuner
- MovieBeam Streaming HDTV Rentals
- Motorola ROKR E2 Interview
- Much more…
Voices: Andru Edwards, Sparky
Length: 35:25, 17.1 MB
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While it isn’t officially official just yet, all signs point to AT&T acquiring BellSouth to the tune of $67 billion. The two companies currently jointly run Cingular Wireless, which happens to be the largest wireless provider in the US. With the purchase, gone will be the Cingular Wireless and BellSouth brands. So all you AT&T Wireless subscribers who were re-branded into Cingular customers, it’s time to go back. Of course, the potential benefit here is that AT&T can offer a bundle of discounted services, since they offer more than just wireless phone service. The downside to all this is the cutbacks that will take place. AT&T claims that they will eliminate 36,000 positions between 2006 and 2008, stemming from both the original Cingular merger, and the new acquisition.
Read More | NY Times
It seems one can barely turn around before a new cellphone has been released to supplant an older model. In this case, Samsung is releasing their SGH-i310 with 8GB of memory and Windows Mobile 5, to replace their 3GB model the SGH-i300. With it’s whopping 8GB it can hold 2,000 songs and has dedicated keys for music playback functions. Music features aside, the phone also has a 2MP camera, Bluetooth with A2DP support, a microSD memory card slot, and EDGE.
Scheduled for release to the European market in the second half of 2006, there’s a good chance that the phone will make it’s way over the big pond and land here in the US. After all, it has EDGE support, and here in the US, that means Cingular.
Remember all those rumors that started spreading as soon as Steve jobs announced the MacBook Pro, stating that ExpressCard EV-DO devices might be available right around the time that the MacBook Pro hits retail? Turns out we still have yet to hear any news on which companies are close to finalizing an EV-DO card for the new Apple notebook (as well as the Windows laptops that use the Core Duo chip from Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc.) One thing is for certain - we know of a lot of people that are holding off on the upgrade to the MacBook Pro from their PowerBook, pending the release of some sort of EV-DO solution. Here’s to hoping that we hear something next month at CTIA. MacBook Pro owners - how are you getting around the whole ExpressCard issue in the meantime?
Seiko Instruments has produced a working prototype of thier TR-006 Bluetooth watch; a watch that should probably be sent back to the drawing board for re-design. Seriously, the size of this thing is huge, and while the guy (whose arm appears in the picture above) looks malnourished and underfed, there’s no getting around the watch’s massive dimensions. On the upside, the watch can display your phone’s signal strength, Caller ID information for incoming calls, SMS messages and more. Pre-set rings are available to alert you to the aforementioned calls and messages and for when a bit of quiet is needed, it can vibrate as well.
If you’re into having large objects strapped to your arms,
then the TR-006 might be right up your alley.
Awww, yeah! Yet another pink Motorola handset in the house! Seriously though, Motorola has made us all aware that they plan to continue releasing pink versions of their phones to cater to “girls who like to be out and about.” Now, whether that constitutes the necessity for a pink phone over tha standard black is another discussion altogether. For now, just know that it is similar to the standard SLVR: Bluetooth, iTunes, and 10.2 mm thin.
On this show we give you sneak peeks at the Motorola ROKR E2 and Windows Vista. We also show off a liquid-cooled Xbox 360, recap 3GSM, and more:
- Sparky gives us a rundown of the most interesting pieces of news that came out of 3GSM.
- We talk with Motorola, who gives us the complete rundown of their new ROKR E2 music phone.
We talk with CoolIT Systems CEO Geoff Lyon about their liquid-cooled Xbox 360. We also learn about how they are applying their technology into the PC.
- We give our impressions of CoolIT Systems USB Beverage Chiller.
- We show you a couple of iPod and iPod nano cases from Pacific Designs. The cases retail for $29.95 each.
We were able to spend a few minutes chatting it up with a Microsoft employee going over some of the more interesting changes we can expect when Windows Vista ships. We recorded a video of the demonstration that we were given while going hands on with Vista.
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