Verizon Wireless Will Begin Pre-Orders of The Galaxy S 4, Tomorrow

VZW-Galaxy S 4Verizon is always late when it comes to Samsung flagship smartphone launches, and the Galaxy S 4 is no exception. Due for a release “sometimes” in May, the Verizon GS4 will be just as good as its cousins from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint (all of which are debuting towards the end of the month), except for the obvious inclusion of Verizon’s own 4G LTE network and branding. A 16GB Galaxy S 4 will take you down by about $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, with a $649 option for an unsubsidized model or for people who want to keep their unlimited data plans.

Via: VZW (Twitter)

Apple’s Q2 2013 Results: $9.5 Billion Net Profit, 37.4 Million iPhones Sold

apple-logo-2It’s nice to make Apple’s earnings easy to read, so I’ll do no different every fiscal quarter that I report on. So, getting straight to the numbers:  Apple made $43.6 billion in revenue during the quarter and net profit of $9.5 billion. To accomplish this, Apple sold 19.5 million iPads and 37.4 million iPhones during the three months ending on March 30th, 2013. Mac sales continue to slowly drop, at just under 4 million units, along with the declining iPod, with only 5.6 million units sold during the quarter.

A nice, tidy profit, no doubt, but it’s obvious that iOS is now Apple’s main income generator — not Macs or iPods.

Via: Apple

AT&T’s Q1 2013 Earnings: 6 Million Smartphones Sold, $31.4 Billion Revenue

LaptopMemo at AT&T Daybreak 2012 in NYC

(Image: A view outside one of AT&T’s former press venues.)

There are no qualms to be had with AT&T’s first quarter earnings for this year: an addition of 296,000 customers, 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and many new improvements to their device catalog. 6 million smartphones were sold in all, the iPhone consisting 4.8 million of the total amount. 72 percent (approximately 48.3 million) of on-contract AT&T customers are now carrying smartphones, with wireless revenues clocking in at $16.7 billion — up 3.4 percent over the same period last year.

Total revenue for AT&T was $31.4 billion, a 1.4% dip from the the same quarter last year. This is can be attributed to fluctuations with U-verse, as the company’s broadband service added an additional 731,000 internet subscribers and 232,000 television subscribers during the quarter.

Via: Businesswire, AT&T

Google Glass Is Now En Route For A Release In 2014 — Darn It!

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Disappointment, much?

It takes time to make great technology, but sometimes you’re just not willing to wait. Google’s Eric Schmidt in a comment to BBC Radio 4 is the source of the information, so there’s little chance of it being inaccurate, which makes this situation even worse. What Schmidt begins to say in an interview with the BBC is: “It’s fair to say that thousands of these will be in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback we will make some product changes, and it’s probably a year-ish away.”

The waiting is killing some people (not literally). For a quick refresher, here are the official specifications of the current Google Glass Explorer Edition device: a 640 x 360 pixel display, 16GB of internal storage (12GB usable + Google cloud storage), a microUSB port, 5-megapixel images and video at 720p HD resolution.

The headset has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, but uses the slower 802.11b/g standards to achieve it. The MyGlass companion app enables GPS and SMS messaging but works only with Android 4.0.3 or higher — for now, at least.

Via: BBC

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 On AT&T Hitting Stores April 27th, Pre-orders On 25th

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For the majority of Galaxy S 4 early adopters, a crucial question is among your ranks: “When exactly is my device arriving?”. Well, it turns out that at AT&T, the magic date is April 25th; general availability will begin on April 27th. This is very much in the same timeframe that T-Mobile and Sprint have announced their release dates for the Galaxy S 4: April 24th and 27th, respectively. Thankfully, AT&T made it clear to me in an email that pre-orders of the GS4 should arrive by the 25th, with shipping services not being delayed.

And for once, an release date for a Samsung flagship device has been arranged. Hooray, for efficiency!

ViaAT&T (Twitter)AT&T

LG’s Upcoming “Share The Genius” Press Event Is About The Optimus G Pro

image001Another press event to attend here in New York City for early March, and it’s from LG! This event, dubbed “Share The Genius”, will bring the Optimus G Pro smartphone to American shores, hopefully without being watered-down. It looks like a good chance for LG to freshen up their mobile image, regardless of what the device they’re announcing is like.

Brevity Review: SteelSeries Siberia V2 Gaming Headset

The Siberia V2A gaming headset that works on all three main gaming platforms — PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 — is usually pretty hard to come by, and if you do happen to find one,it isn’t entirely awesome. Enter the Steelseries Siberia V2 headset, with comfortable 50mm sound drivers, lightweight suspension fit (So you’ll never need to adjust it; it’ll simply fit your head size), a retractable microphone, and in-line volume control all make it worthwhile to have a home on your head and ears.

So! It’s easy to see what makes the Siberia V2 an interesting headest (variety of color options, suspension fit, adaptive sound range) it’s time to let you know what I thought of it for the past few days.

Acer Teases Its Upcoming Tilt-Screen Laptop Inspired Star Trek

acer-darknessSo, this is interesting. A tilt-screen Windows 8 laptop due for a press debut on May 3rd in New York City will pay homage to Star Trek Into Darkness, so much so it would fit into the extraordinary 23rd century universe. While there isn’t much go on besides a teaser video you can watch that is with the rest of this post, it begs one to wonder: what laptop would Captain Kirk use?

Via: Acer