Verizon Wireless 3G and 4G are down, nationwide (update: returning to normal)

The most reliable network is having its reputation sullied for the second time this month. Both 3G and 4G LTE service is down nationwide. leaving us with 2G or EDGE. Pretty much every state is reporting no data: California, Rhode Island, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York have all apparently been interrupted. And there’s no ETA on a fix. And since I’ll be out and about at that time, using either AT&T or T-Mobile, you’ll have to keep an extra eye out on this.

Update: Then there’s this one dude in Massachusetts that says he’s okay. 

Update #2: Initial reports state that service is slowing returning.

Via: Twitter

Sony purportedly sold 321,400 PlayStation Vitas in two days

In what seems to be a successful launch in Japan on Saturday, according to research firm Enterbrain, Sony sold 321,400 Vita units during the first 48 hours of the device’s availability. That’s 50,000 fewer units than Nintendo sold after the 3DS made its debut in the country, but then watered down due to lack of interesting games. The PS Vita should be available in the United States and Europe early next year, in February, for $250, and a 3G-enabled version should launch in the United States with AT&T around the same time as the WiFi version’s launch.

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.