So, what goes with the quirky title of this story? At this point, that’sall I can think of. In internal docs Apple is telling its AppleCare employees to smooth over the antenna and reception problems with customers, as well as not providing them bumper cases for free, in ALL CAPS(see here).
In the meantime Apple is looking for eight experienced antenna dudes who would work on the iPhone and iPad, as well as manufacturing experience and in total being in the industry for more than 10 years. Probably Apple wants to make sure the iPhone 5 (or 4G) will be held anyway you want, so it is more revolutionary.
Finally, Hulu Plus has been announced. Bringing a monthly charge of $9.99, you can view full seasons of shows (including HD ones) on Fox, ABC, NBC, and other networks. For iPad and iPhone owners, a Hulu Plus app will be released (you can stream via Wi-Fi or 3G). For the other media consumers, there will be support for Samsung connected TVs and Blu-ray, and TVs and Blu-ray players from Vizio and Sony (coming fall 2010), PS3 (in July) , and Xbox 360 (as part of Xbox LIVE, in early 2011). A select few users have been invited to the new service, and you request an invite at the source link. Some of you are licking your chops by now I suppose, eh?
So, it’s another giveaway you say? It’s for another $10 iTunes gift card, and since 1.7 million people just bought iPhone 4s in the last 4 days, I think you’d really want it. The same rules apply people:
It’ll run till Saturday, July 3rd
You have to leave a comment with a valid email address, telling us why you think you should get the gift card
The winner will be picked at random
One entry per person, multiple entries will disqualify you
Your email address will only be used to contact you with the card’s details
You’ll have to be in the U.S of A (that’s what the card says anyways)
So last but not least to start the morning, the official update to Android 2.2 is here, coming via TA, as the final and latest build, which is technically the one Google mentioned as the source code given to devs and companies. Users are reporting that their Sexy Nexy has become FroYo’d, so I think it’s time you do the same.
In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones – and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week . We hope you enjoy these new features.
The Kindle for Android app is to say the least the best reader app you’ll find on an Android phone, much like the iPhone 4 and the iBooks app. Starting today, Android 1.6 users and up can have full access to the app and browse through or download 600,000 of Amazon’s full eBook cataloge. The full bummer here though is that you can’t view or purchase Amazon’s newspapers, magazines, an blog databases. That’s a real failure, if you ask me .But still, this will deserve a nice space on your homescreen now, won’t it?
Is the new shatter-loving, time bomb-ticking iPhone 4 successful? You bet it is. Starting Thursday the 24th, till Saturday the 26th Apple has officially sold 1.7 million new iPhone 4s. Cupertino’s press release and comment from Jobs is below:
CUPERTINO, California-June 28, 2010-Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
So AT&T has the Captivate (same thing as Fascinate right?) ,T-Mobile has the Vibrant (it rhymes, oh my!), Sprint has the Epic 4G, and now Verizon has the Fascinate! OH MY GOD! Samsung likes things that rhyme!
Moving on, all of these smartphones are part of the Galaxy S line, where in Europe there is actually a phone called the Galaxy S, and it’s made by Samsung. Confusion, confusion, confusion. This Verizon Fasincate while have a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera and 1GHz Hummingbird processor as its oter siblings, six-axis motion control for an “enhanced” gaming experience, Swype virtual keyboard, and comes pre-loaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps (read: not so good for an Android). It’ll be available on an unannounced date, for $199.99 and U.S Cellular will also get a model of the Galaxy S, which version remains to be seen.
Note: The picture above is the plain old Galaxy S due to an image not being available at time of press.
The Samsung Epic 4G is everything but uninteresting (of course, it’s part of the Galaxy S line). A 4-inch Super AMOLED display graces its wonderful face, 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, along with a VGA front-facing cam for video calls, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, six-axis accelerometer, and a 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor, at the core of its silicon heart. It runs Android 2.1 (FroYo comes shorty after release) with TouchWiz 3.0 UI for starters, All of Samsung’s SocialHub and AllShare features, 3.5mm headset jack, 16GB microSD card, and 3G/4G (WiMAX) radios.
Want a slidey Android? DO YOU WANT ONE? WELL COME AND GET IT! This one’s perfect. And we’ll make sure of it, once we get our sticky hands on a review unit.
So I’ll be heading off from MIA to New Jersey this June 30th, at around 2 PM. Don’t worry, you’ll get updates of my journey once I’m at the airport and such. Expect three (or four) new reviews to show up, and more exciting stuff, like those TV interviews I promised to post up for you guys. In the meantime, this week’s mobile news was as noisy with the iPhone 4 as the vuvuzelas at the World Cup.
This’ll never, ever, get old. Downfall in English, or Der Untergang in German. Whatever it is, the series of clips featuring Hitler’s demise in the final moments of the Battle of Berlin in the aforementioned movie will go down as one of the best and most popular memes of all time.