Verizon Wireless says it has identified the cause of a nationwide outage that's affected its 4G LTE network for most of the day. In a statement originally released to Engadget, the carrier said, "We have determined the cause of our issue and are working with our major vendors to restore connections."
The statement went on to say that until problem is fixed, Verizon customers will be unable to activate any LTE handset. Subscribers with such a phone will be able to make calls, though they may experience 2.5G 1xRTT data speeds. According to CNET senior associate … Read more
Pretax profits at the British chip architecture firm ARM Holdings have gone up by more than a third in the last year, the company reported today.
According to ARM's quarterly results, pretax profits stood at 50.8 million pounds ($83.7 million) in the first quarter of 2011, with revenues at 116 million pounds ($185.5 million)--a year ago, those figures were 37.6 million pounds and 92.3 million pounds, respectively. According to chief executive Warren East, the 35 percent profit rise coincided with a 33 percent increase in ARM-processor-based shipments "driven by growth in smartphones, … Read more
Researchers announced last week that they found what look like secret files on the iPhone that track user location and store it on the device, without the permission of the device owner. Apple has been collecting it in iOS products that carry a 3G antenna for nearly a year now to help create a crowd-sourced database that's able to help speed up location positioning.
Pete Warden, a writer, and Alasdair Allan, a senior research fellow in astronomy at the University of Exeter, discovered the log file and created a tool that lets users see a visualization of that data. Last week they said there was no evidence of that information being sent to Apple or anyone else, which Apple has now said it uses to build a large, anonymized database. That data was found to be unencrypted, giving anyone with access to your phone or computer where backups may be stored a way to grab the data.
A week later, Apple broke its silence to explicitly say that this data is not for the purposes of tracking where people are. Instead it's to help the company's devices zero in on their location using information from part of a larger database. Furthermore, Apple said a future software update would cut down the time this data was stored on the phone, and that it would be encrypted.
To help users understand more about the data that's being collected, what the risks are, and what they can do about it, CNET has put together this FAQ, which has been updated several times since it first published on April 20. You can also view Apple's response to the matter here, which was posted April 27. … Read more
The company explains in an FAQ, posted on its Web site this morning, that it is not stalking its iPhone customers, but is instead trying to get more accurate location information. It also admits that there is a bug in the software that is making the iPhone store too much information.
After a long wait, the white iPhone 4 is finally launching worldwide tomorrow.
"The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it's beautiful," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said today in a statement. "We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we've worked to get every detail right."
Apple first unveiled the white iPhone last June with the announcement of the iPhone 4. Like the black version of the smartphone, the white model comes with a Retina display and a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chatting.
In March came the announcement of Nokia's new strategy to phase out the Symbian operating system and focus on Microsoft's Windows Phone. Now comes some of the hard reality of the change.
The Finnish phone maker announced today that it's transferring 3,000 Symbian employees to consulting firm Accenture and cutting an additional 4,000 by the end of 2012. Most of the cuts will affect employees in Denmark, Finland, and the U.K.
The cuts are necessary for the company's new focus on smartphones and "future disruptions," Chief Executive Stephen Elop said in … Read more
Last year, the iPhone was easily the most desired smartphone on the market. But during the first quarter of 2011, that wasn't necessarily the case, a new study from Nielsen has found.
According to the research firm, 31 percent of U.S. mobile consumers plan on buying an Android-based smartphone in the next year. Nielsen found that 30 percent of respondents plan to get their hands on an iPhone in the next 12 months. RIM's BlackBerry smartphones and Windows Phone 7-based devices were desired by 11 percent and 6 percent of the respondents, respectively. Surprisingly, 20 percent of … Read more
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is coming Thursday to Verizon Wireless.
The Android 2.2 Froyo-based Droid Incredible 2 boasts a 4-inch LCD display and the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. In addition, it supports 3G Mobile Hotspot, allowing people to connect five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Web through the smartphone's 3G connection. The device has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It also supports Flash.
Details on the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have been leaking for the past couple weeks. Earlier this month, Android Central obtained documents with information on the device's key features. … Read more
To save you the bedtime reading--actually, it would take most of the night--we took the weekend to peruse the somewhat rambling, and occasionally amusing document. When it's not pounding home the argument that the merger is the only way to alleviate the spectrum constraints facing both … Read more
Citing a need to protect consumers' personal information online, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling for a meeting with executives from Apple and Google to get more details on what the companies are doing with location information collected from consumer devices.
In a statement posted to Madigan's site and picked up by Reuters, letters from Madigan have been sent to both companies asking about what data is being kept and for how long. The attorney general also seeks to find out what that data is being used for.
"I want to know whether consumers have been informed … Read more