AT&T kicks the bucket on T-Mobile merger plans

That’s all, folks. Due to the ongoing pressure by the FCC and other carriers (hello, Sprint), AT&T has kicked the bucket, thrown in the towel, called it quits, or just about any other terminology you can use to state failure or an incomplete task, pertaining to their $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. According to AT&T:

“The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.”

*Takes a bow and salutes*

Nice going there, AT&T but it wasn’t meant to be. And with that, T-Mobile will continue to operate independently again. Via: AndroidCentral

Mozilla Firefox 9 released with Javascript improvements and OS X Lion scrolling

In the latest iteration of one of the best browsers out there (besides Chrome, which I personally think is a better, faster browser), Mozilla’s Firefox 9 adds increased Javascript speeds and rendering by at least 30%, as well as scrolling for OS X Lion users. As usual, there are bug fixes and improvements in other sectors of the app as well, with all of the release notes and available at the source links, including a download link for the new Firefox 9.

Via: Mozilla Release Notes, Download (Firefox 9, Windows)

RIM Just Lost $1.7 Million Worth of PlayBooks

So, if the PlayBook crisis can’t get any worse for RIM, and that the Playbook is also marked-down several hundred dollars, now some thieves have stolen $1.7 million worth of them, in Indiana. The total amount of units stolen is purportedly 5,000. Yikes. The very sad part is that even the thieves will have a hard time selling a tablet no one wants. At least it’s a few extra tablets RIM doesn’t have to worry about. Via: The Verge

BT Has Sued Google For Almost All Their Services

In the latest lawsuit against Google, British telecom provider, BT has sued Google for nearly everything they do. This mass patent infringement case by BT states that just about Google does infringes upon some older patents BT owns, which of course will result in months of dispute, back and forth. Products include Google Search, Android, AdSense, Gmail, Google+, Google Docs, Google Music, and Google Maps (yeah, it’s pretty nuts). It’s time to see where this transpires. Via: The Guardian, Gizmodo

Samsung Stratosphere Brief Review: Worth The Cost In 4G LTE Goodness

The Samsung Stratosphere is a little bit of the Droid Charge and the Galaxy S II handsets. It’s got a speedy 1GHz Hummingbird single-core processor, 4G LTE data speeds, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. It’s some pretty decent hardware, and right off the bat uses Android 2.3.5 on Touchwiz 4.0 (a special ROM for this device, apparently) and operates smoothly under most circumstances. The data speeds are awesome, usually clocking in at above 12MBps for download speeds (up o the 20s) and up to 10MBps upload speeds (and then some). The 5-row, slide-out QWERTY keyboard that also lights up is a lot like the Epic 4G’s that I reviewed and mostly liked, and overall gets the job done, much the like the Droid Charge, which I also reviewed several months back and shares much of the same specs.

The 5 megapixel camera is decent enough to take the kinds of photos you’d post on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, and the video is reasonable. The front-facing camera is your usual 13 megapixel front-facing with a few grainy pixels here and there, but overall is clear.

For a mere $149.99 on a 2-year agreement, it makes getting into the 4G LTE relm pretty easy for a consumer who doesn’t want a entire 5-star, dual-core package and doesn’t want to spend the equivalent amount.

Android 4.0 rolling out to Nexus S users, GSM versions first

If you’ve patiently been waiting for the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 update for your GSM Nexus S, then today’s your lucky day — the update starts rolling out today, with all users receiving the update by the end of the month. As for Sprint 4G Nexus S users: the update should be coming, but at a later date (perhaps this year, we haven’t heard anything concrete on this bit of information, however). That all being said, Android 4.0 is going to operate a a smaller resolution on the Nexus S (800×480 compared to the Galaxy Nexus’ 1280×720) but it still should look impressive.

Via: Google News (Twitter), Android (Google+)

Skyrim officially is the fastest selling title on Steam — ever

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been the basis for plenty of memes right now in the Internet and just about everyday is the 1st game played by people who use Steam. Well, it turns out that Skyrim is the fastest selling title on Steam, ever. That’s compared to Assassin’s Creed: Revelation, Modern Warfare 3, you name it, Skyrim has beaten it, fair and square.

“Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history” said Jason Holtman, Valve’s director of business development (via IndustryGamers). “Bethesda’s commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received.”

That all being said — are you playing Skyrim? Because if you’re not, I’ll Fus Ro Dah with my level 36 Nord in your face, and you won’t like it. An example is my screenshot above.

Battlefield 3: Back To Karkand DLC Now Live

The first DLC for Battlefield 3 includes 4 new massive maps with newer, more intense visuals, and is  a overall better-tuned game, with more weapons and vehicles, and the same awesome game modes. After just playing for aroud 15 minutes, I can say I’m dazed and amazed by Back To Karkand. For those that pre-ordered the base game, the DLC is free, however for those who haven’t, it’ll cost you $15/1,200 Microsoft Points for all platforms (PC, Xbox 360, and PS3). So, who’s ready to fight on the Battlefield?