500px Arrives On Android, Showcases Really Great Photography

First, let’s get this out of the way. 500px is NOT like Instagram. It won’t allow you to snap quick pics with your handset, add filters, and upload them to share with friends. No, 500px is more of a photography community where the uploading is done through their web site. These are not your typical phone pics, either. These are, in most cases, taken with full DSLR cameras, and tend toward more artistic and professional-looking compositions.

500px also allows you, as a member, to not only upload your pictures, but sell them on wrapped canvas through their site. Nice touch. They offer three tiers of membership: Free, Plus ($19.95/year), and Awesome ($49.95/year). The free membership limits you to 10 uploads per week. Exploring their web site feels almost like Pinterest but for great photography.

The Android app is now available and runs on Android 2.2 and higher, and looks great on a tablet. Here’s a list of features as displayed on their Play Store page.


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Verizon Q1 Financials Show Highest Growth In Three Years

Verizon just released their Q1 financials and let’s just say… things are mighty green. Their wireless division has had its highest growth in the past three years, with a 7.7% increase in revenues year-over-year, and 8.9% growth in retail. To top it off, their revenue from data services grew an astounding 21.1%.

The addition of 500,000 new postpaid customers doesn’t hurt, bringing their total to 88 million. Of those, 47% use a smartphone, with more being added every day as they expand their LTE coverage. Looks like Big Red has money to burn, but the high cost of running a huge network will require much of that money to continue growing. Read the full press release after the break.


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High Demand Causes Snapdragon S4 Chip Shortage

 

In Qualcomm’s earnings call today, the company said that they “cannot secure enough supply” of 28nm Snapdragon S4 chips as the demand continues to increase. We’ve seen manufacturers like Motorola switching to the S4 for its LTE compatibility. To combat the short supply, Qualcomm is looking at alternative chipsets, including their Fusion 2 series which can apparently sometimes be used as a substitute. Outsourcing to other manufacturers is also on the table, but Qualcomm admits that some non-Qualcomm chipsets will probably be used while it ramps up their own production by the end of the year. Higher-end handsets will get priority, while mid-range devices will be the first to get replacement chips. We have yet to know exactly how this will affect performance, but the replacement chips are supposedly similar enough that users won’t necessarily notice a difference.

source: seeking alpha
via: the verge

[Deal] Costco Taking Rebate-Free HTC One S Pre-Orders for Only $190, Also Includes a $25 Cash Card

Getting stoked to pick up the HTC One S from T-Mobile on April 25th? Well check this out! Costco is currently taking pre-orders for the device and is shooting to beat out T-Mobile’s price of $199.99 after rebate. Not only will you get to bypass the $50 mail-in, you will also save an extra 10 bucks and get a $25 Costco cash card to boot! Pretty sweet deal, huh? This is still going to beat out Best Buy’s retail price of $199.99, too. In order to snag the $25 cash card you are going to have to mail in a rebate form, but once she arrives at your door you could spend it on a slick accessory for your new One S! Hit up the source link below for more deets.

source: Costco
via: Droid Dog

LG Spectrum Getting Gingerbread 2.3.6 Thanks To Build VS920ZV5

Say what you will about Verizon’s LG Spectrum and whether you love it or hate it, it’s finally getting Gingerbread.  Build VS920ZV5 will be gracing the device and with it will come quite a few changes.  A few apps such as the NFL Mobile 4.0, Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle App and My Verizon will all receive tweaks for the better.  In addition, there will be a few bug fixes coming to address the calendar alerts, WiFi network search force closes and more to accompany the update.  No official release date has been given just yet but be patient.  We’re positive this won’t be a long wait at all.

source: Verizon

 

 

Expect Verizon Shared Data Plans By Mid-Summer

Just to seal the deal and further confirm Vz’s up and coming shared data plans, CFO Francis Shammo during a Q1 earnings report, stated that they’re aiming for a go around mid-summer.  The expectation is that this will indeed further drive growth in the wireless industry with an expectation that many will find it easy to just add more devices to their plan.  We’ll see if the strategy pans out, which I’m sure it will.  There are many families harboring a fear in adding more data lines to their plan and rightfully so.  It’s increasingly difficult to add another data line without forking over your first born, or even worse, an arm and a leg :)

source: Seeking Alpha 

HTC Reveals One of Two Official Case Designs for the HTC One X

Worried about scratching your new, or soon to be new, HTC One X? Then you need to check out this new case designed exclusively by HTC, for the HTC One X. What you see in the image above is an upcoming perforated case for the device that will be available in four colors as it was shown off today at an HTC hosted event in Seattle. Event attendees are reporting that this is only one of two designs that HTC has created for the phone, and it is believed that they should be available around the time AT&T launches their One X. No word on price or what the other design will look like, so I guess we will just have to wait until these fancy kit covers are released.

source: The Verge

 

 

 

Pre-order Inventory of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus is Sold Out

 

We sure hope you pre-ordered you Galaxy Nexus with-in the last two days. If not, you are SOL, and I’m sure I don’t have to spell that out for you. As depicted in the image above the Sprint customers have exhausted the pre-order inventory for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Apparently this 4.65-inch display, running stock Android 4.0 device is much more sought after than Sprint anticipated. It’s not everyday you see a pre-order out of stock, and in 3 days for that matter.

All Sprint can say for itself is:

Pre-order sold out! Our Galaxy Nexus pre-order inventory has been spoken for. Check back on April 22 for the national launch.”

I’ll just go ahead and say it. Looks like myself, along with many others are going to have to wait until April 22nd to get in an order for this latest LTE Android phone from Sprint. All I know is the Now Network better be prepared and stock up on the Gnex for the official release. I have a feeling these thing will be flying off the shelves.

source: sprint

 

 

The Tegra 3 Toshiba Excite 7.7 Passes Through the FCC, To Retail for $499 on June 10th

When shopping for a new Android tablet it is safe to say that picking one in the Tegra 3 flavor is the way to go. While there aren’t many slates yet to adorn such a powerful chip, a recent FCC filing shows that a new addition to the Toshiba Excite line-up is on its way. According to the FCC filing spotted by Engadget, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 (AT270) is headed for store shelves and should arrive on June 10th for $500.

As a reminder, the Excite 7.7 is the smaller version of the 10 and even 13-inch models but this ultra portable speed demon doesn’t fail to impress. The Excite 7.7 comes with a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) AMOLED display and will feature stereo speakers, micro SD, micro USB, and micro HDMI. Measuring in at only 7.62mm thin, the 7.7 only weighs 13.4 ounces or 380 grams. Available June 10th, she will be priced at a seemingly expensive $499.99 for the 16GB model and $579.99 for the 32GB model. Surprisingly, the Excite 7.7 will have a better display than the bigger siblings, which is why it costs $50 more than the Excite 10.

source: FCC
via: Engadet

 

Sprint Nextel Sued By The State Of New York For $300 Million Because Of Tax Fraud [Updated with Sprint's Response]

Sprint Nextel may be as successful as they come and is the 3rd-largest mobile carrier in the United States, but they may be in a heap of trouble. Reuters reports that the State of New York has filed a suit against the mobile carrier citing major mispractices carried out. Among the major accusations are Sprint failing to bill its customers $100 million for its wireless services over seven years according to the complaint filed by New York Attorney General Eric SchneidermanSchneiderman has his reasoning for this too as he states:

“Sprint’s decision not to collect and pay taxes was part of the Overland Park, Kansas-based company’s nationwide effort to lure customers from rivals such as AT&T Inc and Verizon Wireless, and make its service $4.6 million less expensive per month”.


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