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

ExoPC Seen Running Ubuntu, Touchscreen Usage Not Confirmed

This is something interesting that just came out of the ExoPC forums: a user named sdblanchet loads Ubuntu straight onto the pretty well-specced Windows 7 tablet, complete with keyboard and mouse. While it’s not confirmed if the touchscreen actually — you know — works, it’s evident there’s some cool stuff that can be done with an ExoPC tablet. Turns out by the way that early next week we’ll have the review unit that I’ve been waiting for, like, forever. And by that I mean I can torture it in multitasking tests. Via: ExoPC Forums

Update: That same user just explained in detail what’s going on here: It was showing off one of the ExoPC’s strengths: the SD card. Buy loading Ubuntu 10.10 onto an SDHC, booted straight into the OS, and it works almost perfectly. The touchscreen isn’t perfect; only single taps/double taps work, but it’s an interesting mod, isn’t it?

[Thanks, jean!]

Turns Out iOS 4.2 Is Almost Ready To Be Unlocked/Jailbroken/Whatever

Earlier morning on this post-Black Friday apocalypse Saturday, dev-team special ops member MuscleNerd mearly mentioned that now he can beat up your iPhone 3G/3GS running iOS 4.2.1. Actually, what ultrasn0w really said is that their unlocking tool is still in development for the older iPhones, as they use the older 05.15.04 baseband, and the iPhone 4 uses a completely different one. A release will be out soon, and iPhone 4 owners will have to wait a little longer. ViaTwitter and dev-team

My Favorite Laptop, The Alienware M11x, Is Now On Sale For $600


The Alienware M11x, which as you might know, is Stefan’s favorite laptop (this post is being typed on it now). Ask any agent at Alienware headquarters and Dell, and they’ll tell you I love it god-knows-how-many-times, gave it “Stef’s Top Pick Award”, and pwns n00bs nightly in either Counter Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, or Bad Company 2. Now, the Core 2 Duo version (that means no Optimus for you, like me, sadly) costs $599.

That’s right, for $600 bucks you can get one of the most highly-awarded laptops of the year, with 160GB of hard drive space and 2GB DDR3 RAM.

Of course, that config is nothing compared to the 4GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Core i7, Optimus battery-conserving rig I’m typing this on. But it’s good nonetheless. Via: Dell Online Store