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Pop-up alerts still available as an option in iOS 5

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iOS 5 pop-up alerts

Apple spent a portion of its WWDC 2011 keynote going over the new notifications system in iOS 5, where they replaced pop-up alerts with subtle banners that would appear at the top of the screen. Many were very happy to see the change (us included,) but we did hear from some that they actually enjoyed the pop-ups. Well, while I was snooping around in iOS notification settings this morning, I found that pop-ups aren't totally gone. Now they're an option. On a per-app basis, you can go in and choose if you'd like that specific apps notifications to come through the new banner system, or the old-school pop-up alert. It's nice to see Apple left that choice in there for all the crazies that can't let go of the past.


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Apple now selling unlocked iPhone 4 starting at $649

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone 4 unlocked

Apple is finally selling unlocked GSM iPhone 4 models in the US, although you'll have to pony up a pretty penny to get it. You can get an unlocked black or white iPhone 4 directly from Apple for $649 for the 16 GB model, and $749 for the 32 GB model, making these the most expensive iOS devices in the Apple portfolio, save for the 64 GB iPad. Why would you want an unlocked iPhone 4 in the US? Well, if you frequently travel abroad, this would allow you to easily swap SIM cards to take advantage of local calling rates. You can also use the unlocked model with T-Mobile without risking the loss of your jailbroken unlock due to a software update, however, the iPhone 4 won't take advantage of T-Mobile's 3G speeds, so you'd be stuck with EDGE. At this point, with the iPhone 5 set for a September release, we aren't really sure who'd wanna rush out and pick up an unlocked iPhone 4 at these prices. That said, here's hoping that the next iPhone launches with an unlocked option right off the bat.

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Motorola Photon 4G: Hands-on

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Features, Handhelds

Motorola Photon 4G smartphone

It's big, it's businesslike, and it might turn into a laptop like the groundbreaking Motorola Atrix 4G. Sprint's brand-new Motorola Photon 4G will face down the HTC EVO 3D this summer in a battle of the high-end Android super-phones. We got some time with it just before today's announcement, to check out the new device.

The new Photon 4G is one of 10 Motorola phones that Sprint plans to introduce in 2011, including the Triumph for Virgin Mobile, the Xoom tablet, and the XPRT and Titanium for Sprint. The two companies introduced the Photon and Triumph today at an event in New York City.

The Motorola Photon 4G is a huge 5.6-ounce, 2.6 by 5 by 0.5-inch smartphone with a downright gorgeous 4.3-inch, 960-by-540 screen. There's something very rich and deep about this screen; it may just be the wallpapers that Sprint and Motorola chose, but everything looked very sharp. The phone is fast, too, with a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running Android 2.3. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 1-megapixel camera on the front, an HDMI out port, a kickstand on the back, and 16GB of on-board storage.

How does the Photon feel? Big. Solid. Glossy. The Photon feels a lot like Verizon's Motorola Droid X2, although it's rounded rather than squarish; this is a large, heavy slab of power with a whole lot of customized Android icons. The few apps I sampled ran smoothly. I asked the Sprint and Motorola reps whether the Photon would be more stable than the notoriously buggy Atrix, but they dodged the question.

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Deal of the Day: Droid Incredible 2 for $1.99 - 99% discount!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Hot Deals

droid incredible 2 promo code

Our  today with focuses on an unbeatable 99% discount on the Droid Incredible 2. Seriously, this things retails for $199, and you can get it for $1.99 with two-year contract. It's got a 4-inch WVGA 800x480 touchscreen display, and ships with Android 2.2. It's got an 8 megapixel camera, front camera, and a 1 GHz SnapDragon processor. Shipping is even free:

HTC Droid Incredible 2 for $1.99

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.


Deal of the Day: 82% off Motorola Droid X2 smartphone

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Hot Deals

motorola droid x2 promo code

Our  today with focuses on an 82% discount on the Motorola Droid X2. Seriously, this is a newly-released dual-core Android device selling at just $89.99 with shipping included. How could we not post this?:

Motorola Droid X2 for $89.99

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.


Pirq brings real-time deals to your smartphone

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, Internet

PirqSure, you are probably familiar with deal services like Groupon and LivingSocial, where you spend money up front in exchange for a coupon offering a deep discount for some food or, I dunno, foot rubs...but it's pretty much always the same thing. You get emails with new daily offers, and if you want to take advantage of them, you need to pony up the cash up-front. Pirq is looking to switch things up. They are currently in beta (although you can sign up here,) and they are bringing real-time deals to your smartphone, and you don't need to pre-buy them. You just open the app and look for deals that are going on right then, wherever you happen to be, and you can go grab one. It's a win for the consumer, but also a win for the merchant, since they can tailor deals to manage flow into their establishments, as opposed to the typical Groupon day-after lunchtime rush. It's a good idea, and the man is charge is James Sun, a runner up on The Apprentice.

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iOS 5 to bring major improvements to Camera app

iOS 5 camera app

During today's WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple's Scott Forstall introduced some major upgrades to the Camera app that will ship with iOS 5. Some of the features that have us excited are things like direct access to the camera app right from the lock screen. Next to the swipe to unlock is a camera button that you can tap to take a picture quickly. Secondly, when you're in the camera app, you'll be able to use the volume-up button to snap the photo, rather than having to tap on the screen. Third, you'll be able to edit your photos right in the photo app. Apple is aiming to make their Camera and Photo apps your one-stop shop for images on your mobile devices.


Apple’s iOS 5 launches this fall

iOS 5 WWDC 2011

As part of the WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple's Scott Forstall announced that iOS 5 will be available to all users this fall. It'll work with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 5 (although they didn't mention the next iPhone, it's a no-brainer) as well as iPad and iPad 2, and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation iPod touch. The fall release date is a good indicator that we won't be seeing the launch of new iPhone hardware until the fall as well. We will have a wrap-up of some of the best iOS 5 features that were demoed today in just a bit!

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Walmart slashes price of iPhone 4 by $50

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Hot Deals

Wal-Mart iPhone 4

Just about 90 minutes before the WWDC 2011 keynote is to begin, a Walmart rep just dropped me an email letting me know that they've dropped the price of the iPhone 4 by $50. Starting today through June 30, you can grab an iPhone 4 for $147. This applies to both the AT&T and Verizon models, in both black and white. Of course, this pricing requires a two-year contract. Very interesting, as we aren't expecting any iPhone 5 hardware news this morning at WWDC--does Walmart know something we don't?

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T-Mobile announces inexpensive Samsung Exhibit 4G, Gravity SMART phones

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds

Samsung Exhibit 4G

On the heels of yesterday's heady HTC Sensation 4G announcement, T-Mobile announced Thursday that it is coming out with its second Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, device this month, the Samsung Exhibit 4G.

 Not only does it cost half the price of the HTC Sensation, it actually runs on 4G speed, which T-Mobile defines as HSPA+ 21. The Sensation, meanwhile, is stuck on HSPA+ 14.4.

For a modest $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract, the Samsung Exhibit 4G comes with a 1-GHz processor, touch screen keyboard, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing photo camera with pre-installed video chat, Flash-supported Web browsing, microSD slot, and best of all, theoretical speeds of 21 Mbps. Or perhaps this is the best part: the phone also comes pre-loaded with Bejeweled 2, Hasbro's Scrabble, and Doodle Jump.

The Exhibit comes in black or violet, and is expected to hit stores sometime in June, T-Mobile said.

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