Windows Phone 7 To Get Double Whammy Update In January?

According to what seems like insider knowledge from Microsoft WP7 dev Chris Walsh, the first ever update for Windows Phone 7 will be “massive” and could be considered Windows Phone 8. Keep in mind Microsoft learned from Google and Android, and that every once in a while when a software update is needed on the platform, Microsoft will independently send you the update without much carrier oversight, like an Windows 7 software update. And purportedly what will be in the new update would be some heavily requested user features like Bing turn-by-turn voice directions, custom ringtone support (yeah, Microsoft forgot), copy/paste (they “forgot”that too), and multi-tasking (of some form, maybe 3rd party access). So, now we wait for the things that Microsoft’s new platform should have had from the beginning. Via: WPCentral

Motorola Olympus unintentionally sparks Facebook post from AT&T, gets yanked

That was quick. While I saw it develop over Twitter, this recent development on the Motorola Olympus smartphone — mainly interesting due to the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor — on Facebook prompted a swift pull from AT&T on the message, which replied to a user asking when the Olympus might launch, and received an answer of “the Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January.” Sounds good, no? Turns out AT&T officially states that “This response was posted erroneously. We don’t have any information to share about upcoming devices.”

Interesting. Via: BGR, AT&T On Facebook

Is Windows Phone 7 Even Selling?

Microsoft produces the most popular operating system of all time for PCs. After getting slapped back and forth on the mobile space, a new market to create, sell, and rule, Redmond decided enough was enough and set its eyes on Windows Phone 7. Long story short, they have 5 devices in the United States, and not one report has originated with solid info on how many have been sold. Handsets like the Dell Venue Pro are hard to find, but not because they aren’t selling; only a few are in stock and users buy them on the spot.

It immediately begs the question why, since Microsoft has been so keen on releasing Windows Phone 7, making all of their devices “wonderfully mine” (a motto for the campaign) and designing what can only be described as a good start, many times better than when Palm launched the Pre, and which failed in the longterm.

And now onto your usual programming.

Sprint 4G Lights Up in 6 New Cities, Miami Included

Early this morning, Sprint pulled the plug (or plugged it in) for 4G WiMAX in six new cities: Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. These additions join the 68 other markets where 4G is a staple and is currently active. As for San Franciso, Sprint thinks “that it expects to launch the San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts – on Dec. 28.”

And if you remember, LaptopMemo had an exclusive on 4G spotty coverage in Miami, and it turns out that our connect was just about one day late on the arrival of Sprint 4G. Via: BusinessWire

T-Mobile G2 Will Be Free On Cyber Monday, With A Contract Of Course

Now is the time to look at Cyber Monday, when technology is the center of savings for the holiday season. So far, the first deal that crossed my inbox is the T-Mobile G2 for free on a 2-year contract with T-Mobile, online only. The Android 2.2 stock, 5 megapixel with 720p HD recording, 800MHz Snapdragon MSM 7230 generation chip in this superphone packs a better punch than most Snapdragons (which are clocked faster) and it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Enough with the refreshers and the deals, this post ends — now.

Via: T-Mobile

Nexus S makes a trip to the big man’s desk at the FCC with new antennas in tow

The Nexus S? Does it exist? According to the FCC, it does (and to leaked spy shots) and now it has new Bluetooth / WiFi and GPS antennas. Contrary to the belief that the Sexy Nexy S was delayed due to a dual-core processor seems wrong due to this new filing for the Samsung GT-i9020T (a.k.a Nexus S). Now all we need is a release date for — soon. Via: FCC, Eng

WikiLeaks Sheds Light On China’s Politburo Hacking On Google

Today is a new moment in history. Government secrets from around the world, both classified as “top secret”, “secret”, and levels below the aforementioned have been released to the public via several of the world’s most prominent publications, for all eyes to read, know, and understand. This being a tech blog, the first thing that is of interest is the China Politburo incident involving the hacking of Google and several other multi-billion dollar mega corporations within the last year.

An excerpt from the New York Times piece reads:

A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

This easily confirms why the United States government so heavily backed Google’s move out of China, and its accusations of the source of the attacks. Now, we’d surely suggest you go and read the rest of the NYT article, where subjects like these and more are very well detailed and presented.

Via: The New York Times