Best Buy Offering $50 Gift Card If Customers Upgrade Their Phones By The End Of 2012, Must Register By February 12th

Planning to upgrade to a new phone by the end of the year and buy a gadget or two while you’re at it? Well you’re in luck because Best Buy is offering a heck of a promotion where they are offering a $50 gift card when customers upgrade to a new phone at any one of the Best Buy stores by December 31, 2012. Naturally there’s a catch— customers need to reserve their gift card by entering their mobile number and email address by Sunday, February 12. And you won’t actually see the gift card until you actually go into a store and upgrade your phone at that time. Still, a $50 gift card is still an awesome incentive, don’t you think?

Thanks Dave!

source: Best Buy

EU regulators start investigation with Samsung over antitrust concerns

If being in court every day over patent issues in 10 countries isn’t enough, now EU regulators are investigating whether Samsung Electronics breached antitrust rules by accusing rivals such as Apple of infringing its technology patents.

Last year, Samsung filed for injunctions in several EU countries againt competitors for infringing patents. Back in 1998 Samsung pledged to license its patents to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

“The (European) Commission will investigate, in particular, whether in doing so (seeking injunctions on patent infringements in 2011) Samsung has failed to honor its irrevocable commitment given in 1998 to the European Telecommunications Standards,” the EU executive said.


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Samsung releases teaser for Galaxy Note Super Bowl commercial

This year’s Super Bowl is going to be a good one, but just in case it’s over by the 4th quarter, we have something else to look forward to, and that’s the first ever Super Bowl commercial from Samsung. It will air during the 4th quarter, and it will be about the upcoming 5.3-inch beast, the AT&T Galaxy Note. They just released a teaser clip, which is 45 seconds long or half of the full 90-second spot. Enjoy!!

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Clove stops selling the ASUS Transformer Prime due to availability and ‘faults’

Clove Tehnology stopped all sales of the ASUS Transformer Prime because of “complaints of faults with the model.” As we know, the availability of the Transformer Prime has been scarce, and Clove didn’t expect to have sufficient stock levels until February/March. They were able to get some stock sooner than expected, but because of these complaints, they decided to test their stock. What they found, we don’t know, but at this time, they aren’t satisfied that all units are working correctly.

They decided to stop all sales and to cancel any impending orders. They did say they will return to selling the Tegra 3 beast as soon as they’re satisfied that the situation has been resolved.

We already know about complaints of WiFi and GPS issues, as well as lock-ups, but ASUS claims the units in the UK aren’t affected, not to mention other retailers in the UK haven’t taken any action.

source: clove
via: androidcentral

 

 

Disney On DoCoMo Brand Officially Launched, Debuts Two Solid Smartphones

 

 

In case you’ve forgotten, Disney launched Android smartphones in Japan last year. Apparently Disney’s venture is a resounding success because they are set to collaborate with mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo and form the Disney Mobile on DoCoMo brand. Disney will start off with two new Android-powered handsets launching over the next couple of months and features exclusive content from Disney such as full-length animations and games. The first device is the F-08D which is a “luxury smartphone” featuring a 4.3-inch HD LCD display, dual cameras and a snappy 1.2Ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 CPU. The F-08D will be available in pink or white next month with preorders opening up February 17th. The next device is the P-05D, which features a slim 7.8mm thick frame, rear camera and 4.3-inch OLED screen all powered by a dual-core 1Ghz processor that will launch sometime in March. Hit the break for the full presser.
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Infobar C01 Smartphone Set To Launch In Japan February 3rd

 

KDDI is looking to bring back cool in Japan by continuing its ressurection of the Infobar designer series phones. Expected to launch in a few days, the C01 smartphone brings a 3.2-inch, 16:9 (850 x 480) screen with 306 PPI, a traditional “ten-key” Japanese keypad to the bottom and Gingerbread 2.3 with of course a custom skin. In addition, you’ll find various features standard to the Japanese market including a one-seg TV tuner, “osaifu keitai” FeLiCa NFC, emergency earthquake notifications and infrared data transfer.

The phone goes on from February 3rd, but in the meantime, you can check out the phone in action with the video below. If you’re in Japan and will jump on the phone, you’ll want to be among the first because the phone’s matching leather case is limited to 1,000 units.

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source: The Verge
via: KDDI

Google Presents Letter To Congress Addressing Questions Of Its New Privacy Policy

You remember how Google recently announced it would consolidate its privacy policies into one policy, right? In case you’ve forgotten, this change will reflect all the information you search for, all the emails that are sent in Gmail, all the videos you watch or subscribe to in YouTube, places you’ve looked up on Google Maps or even posts and discussions on Google+– and will be sent and stored in one place. All of this is done to enhance users’ overall Google experience, but keep in mind users cannot opt-out of this new privacy policy. Once you have a Google account and use any of its services, you’re pretty much stuck with what you get. That’s why plenty of folks are coming up in arms and expressing their concerns regarding this imminent change.

That’s why Google took some time and addressed concerns to Congress in a detailed letter. Anyone who is concerned about their privacy will definitely want to set aside some time and check out this letter. This is a long letter, so here are some quick bullet points you might want to focus on:

 

  • We’re still keeping your private information private — we’re not changing the visibility of any information you have stored with Google.
  • We’re still allowing you to do searches, watch videos on YouTube, get driving directions on Google Maps, and perform other tasks without signing into a Google Account.
  • We’re still offering you choice and control through privacy tools like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager that help you understand and manage your data.
  • We still won’t sell your personal information to advertisers.
  • We’re still offering data liberation if you’d prefer to close your Google Account and take your data elsewhere.

Kudos to Google for taking immediate action in addressing its users’ concerns. Be sure to make some free time and check out the video below in addition to checking out Google’s letter in its entirety at the link below.

 

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source: Droid Life
via: Google

It’s Official: No Samsung Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress

Well the rumors were swirling in the wind last week that the Galaxy S III would be a no show for next month’s Mobile World Congress, and now we can move it from the rumor file to the official file. Techradar was able to get a statement from Samsung regarding the situation:

“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.”

Sure this might be a Debbie Downer, but we know it’s coming. Does it matter  whether they announce it next month or in a few months? This sounds like they might be trying to line up the international and U.S. launches. If you remember, last year the Galaxy S II was out for nearly 6 months before it became available in the U.S. It’s also possible they are going to do some more modifications. Remember the Galaxy Tab 10.1? They unveiled it, only to go back to the drawing board after seeing the thinness of the iPad 2. Who knows, after seeing what Motorola was able to do, packing a 33oomAh battery in an 8.9mm body, Samsung might make a few more tweaks before unveiling it. Of course this is all speculation, but one thing’s for sure, it will be worth the wait.

source: techradar

Sprint Gives LightSquared 6 Weeks To Make Right With The FCC And Begin Delivering 4G LTE For 2015

Sprint and LightSquared were all set on their venture to begin delivering 4G LTE to Sprint’s customer base however, there’s one small stepping stone.  And by small, I mean huge as heck.  The FCC has presented quite the challenge in a number of areas for LightSquared primarily in regards to an alleged GPS interference issue.  The entire ordeal has moved to the FCC inquiring public approval before moving forward.  However, Sprint isn’t allowing the matter to linger any longer than it needs to. The carrier would still like to use LightSquared to assist in rolling out 4G LTE speeds to its customers however, they’ve given the company a deadline of six weeks to straighten matters out before they look elsewhere for services.  The folks over at BGR managed to get a statement from LightSquared:

“Sprint and LightSquared have agreed to extend our network agreement through mid March. Sprint continues to support our business plan to bring wireless broadband to more than 260 million Americans and our ongoing efforts to work with regulatory agencies to resolve interference concerns.”

So, stay tuned to Talk Android as we see if LightSquared can reconcile things with the FCC by mid March.  Im sure there is a plethora of Sprint customers that would love to see 4G LTE speeds on their network, 260 million to be exact.

source: Down Jones Newswires
via:  Phandroid

 

 

BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 Update Arriving Next Month, Get Your Android Apps Ready?

Like someone eating McDonald’s while sitting at a Burger King, the BlackBerry PlayBook is all set to receive its highly anticipated 2.0 OS update which will allow the use of Android applications.  And by highly anticipated I mean highly anticipated by BlackBerry users not Android fan-boys.  The update is supposed to drop next month and the company has officially put the call out for anyone wanting to run Android applications on the Kindle Fire wannabe via its BlackBerry Runtime for Android functionality.  If you’re a developer and you’d like to see your application running on the device, you have until February 6th to submit your app.  In order to get your application approved and on the BlackBerry App World Store, you’ll need to abide by a few rules.  First, you’ll need to omit the word “Android” for starters, as well as any signs or traces of the Android logo.  Yep, say goodbye to the little green guy.  And secondly, you’ll need to remove any links that would take one back to the Android Market.  According to RIM, it’s not difficult at all to port your application over to their device using their Runtime feature.  So, we’ll have to sit back and see what developers cook up for the masses.  What application would you like to see ported over to the PlayBook?  Oh, I know!  How about an email application?!

via: BlackBerry Dev’s Blog