U.S. Government secretly orders Verizon to provide call logs of all customers [updated with statement]

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Generally speaking, whatever the U.S. government wants, the U.S. government will get— and obtaining information from U.S. wireless carriers is no exception. In a classified court order obtained by the folks at The Guardian, the National Security Administration (NSA) requested call detail on all Verizon Wireless customers. The court order specifically highlights the NSA wants all call data within the U.S. and abroad— so the requested call log data isn’t just limited to phone calls made to numbers within the mainland U.S— while also looking for specific identifiers such as a device’s IMEI number, trunk identifier and of course, the time and duration of any given call. So in essence, the government will pretty much have an open book full of sensitive information that could allow it to more easily keep an eye on select customers.

What’s surprising is that the NSA clearly intended that this court order should not be disclosed to the general public, with no apparent reason. Perhaps the NSA is trying to use the court order to get a leg up on any potential threats to the general public, but this is a potentially troubling decision that has been made. Here’s hoping that not too much will come out of this recent news.

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Lenovo eyes U.S. smartphone market for 2014 and beyond

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Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to enter the U.S. smartphone market within the coming year, as the company’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, says “smartphones are our new opportunity. As a public company, you always have to consider how to grow.”

Lenovo has enjoyed much success in China thus far, as the company is the second leading smartphone vendor there, trailing only Samsung. Last year, Lenovo focused on entering markets including Russia, Indonesia, and India. This year, their sights will be set on the United States and Europe.

If Lenovo wants to make any kind of dent in the smartphone market in the U.S., you should expect them to release some high-end devices in the coming year.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

The first batches of Google Glass could be made inside the U.S.

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It appears Google may manufacture units of their infamous Google Glass in the U.S, as opposed to abroad. According to a new report from the Financial Times, Google will work with Foxconn to produce units of Google Glass in Silicon Valley, California. This idea that Google will manufacture Google Glass locally is no surprise really. Google’s headquarters is located in Mountain View, California, while Foxconn’s manufacturing plant is steps away in Santa Clara, California— so it makes sense that an innovative product such as Google Glass would require special attention by Google and be manufactured locally, as opposed to being manufactured abroad and would almost be an expensive proposition for the search giant.

So far this decision is only mentioned to be for the initial 8,000 units meant for contest winners who won the #IfIHadGlass contest earlier this year. Whether or not Google plans to keep production within the U.S. after a global launch remains to be seen.

Source: Financial Times

[Infographic] U.S. mobile phone usage statistics

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With Google‘s latest boast of over 900,000 daily activations and sales of Apple’s iPhone proving to be a worthy runner up, it stands to reason that there are quite a few smartphones in circulation. The US Census Bureau for 2011 told us that there were 311,591,917 people living in the United States. Digital marketing and design company Steadyrain estimate that 232,000,000 Americans are equipped with a mobile communication device, an incredible two thirds of the population.

There’s plenty of other fascinating information covering everything from web browsing to video streaming however you don’t need to take it from me. Check out the full infographic below and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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LG Will Launch a Google TV in the U.S. Later This Month

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I have long thought that this would be the year that Google TV made its push into the market as a strong contender for internet television products. Google has made it abundantly clear that it wants to be our home entertainment system and as companies continue to develop internet-enabled TVs with Google’s TV platform that may very well be the case. Well LG, the second largest tv maker in the world, has decided to throw its hat into the ring. Today it announced that it is launching a Google TV starting in the week of May 21st. Ro Seogho, Executive Vice President of LG’s TV Business Unit had this to say:

“Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.”

This move appears to be an aggressive push by the company to get into the market early before Apple releases its rumored full-fledge Apple Television product later this year. Europe and Asia could see an LG Google television too depending on how well they sell in the U.S. Given Google TV’s ability to access many Google services such as YouTube and the ability to search right from your television screen it could do well if properly executed.

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Patent Wars: Even With Victories, Samsung Prepares For More Battles By Setting Aside $200 Million

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It appears that the tide of victory after victory in the patent war with Samsung is slowing to a halt for Apple. Samsung continues its forward push with a few recent wins up its sleeve. We told you about both the Australian and U.S. victories earlier this week and it appears that the Samsung legal team is optimistic about a victory in Paris as well.

The case will be ruled upon December 8th and they will be ruling on Samsung’s request to completely ban the sales of Apple’s iPhone 4s in France. An unnamed Samsung executive was quoted to say, ”If we win in Paris as well, that’s truly a big blow to Apple.”

While Koh, the California judge that ruled on the U.S. patent case ruled in Samsung’s favor, she did go on to write that Apple would likely prove infringement by Samsung on one if its tablet patents but Apple hadn’t shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung’s claims to the patents’ validity.

This victory couldn’t come at a better time for the Korean company as the Holiday season is in full swing. The Samsung executive expressed this by saying, “We are ready to aggressively sell the Tabs.” Samsung welcomed the rulings with an official statement that suggested that Apple’s arguments lacked merit. It was written:

“We are confident that we can demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung’s mobile devices when the case goes to trial next year.”  » Read the rest

FCC Approves PI39200, An AT&T Bound Runnymede or Sensation XL?

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The HTC Runnymede or HTC Sensation XL or whatever the heck it’s going to be called is once again the hot topic of the day, mostly because HTC is set to launch their London event tomorrow.  In recent news, a device passing through the blessed hands of the FCC, dubbed the HTC PI39200, received its flying colors and sports bands for AT&T’s network.  No guarantee that’s where it will end up, but we’re keeping our eyes out, nonetheless, for an American bound Beats device.  The handset is said to sport Gingerbread 2.3.4, Sense 3.5, a 4.7-inch WVGA touch display, a single core 1.5 GHz CPU, 16GB of on board storage and 768 MB of RAM.  In addition, it will sport an 8 meg camera, 1.3 meg front facer and come paired with a bundle of Beats headphones.

[via FCC by PocketNow]

Samsung could be preparing legal attack to block the iPhone 5 in Europe

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Samsung and Apple have been in a heated battle across the entire continent for a while now. All you have to do is search “Samsung Apple” in our search bar, and you will find numerous stories from Korea, Australia, Europe, and the U.S. It has mostly been Apple on the attack, but anonymous sources, “close to the matter” are claiming that Samsung is getting ready to block sales of the iPhone 5 in Europe.

There is no question that a block of the iPhone 5 will be difficult, but they could cause a lot of problems for Apple which would be a nice reversal of fortune. We’re also not clear on what Samsung’s complaints will be, but if you remember, they asked to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, but the request was denied.

News came out last week that Samsung plans on blocking the iPhone 5 in Korea. If Samsung has any success in Korea, it is a lock they will take the battle to Europe.

So what do you guys think? Apple started this mess, so it would be refreshing to finally see Apple getting attacked.

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Join Sony UK on Facebook today for a little Q&A on Sony tablets

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Soon you will be able to grab your Sony Tablet S or Tablet P, but you might have some questions or concerns. Today Sony UK will host a Q&A session which will be hosted by their “tablet expert” Omar Gurnah. It starts at 7:30PM BST (2:30PM EDT) on their Facebook page. Just hit the source link to join in.

The Tablet S will be available in the UK and U.S. on September 16 for £399 ($499) for the 16GB version or £499 ($599) for the 32GB version, and the Tablet P will launch in November.

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Samsung Galaxy Note will arrive in the UK 1st quarter 2012, later in the U.S.

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We are still trying to figure out if the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note is a phone or a tablet, but what we really want to know is when we can expect to see this 5.3-inch Super AMOLED beast?

It looks like we are going to see the arrival of the Galaxy Note in the UK during the 1st quarter 2012. Apparently the software is not final so it is unlikely they will be able to get this one out by the holiday season. Although there isn’t an official announcement for a U.S. launch, we are expecting it to arrive stateside within 5 months from the UK launch.

What do you guys think of the screen size? I will reserve judgement until I get my hands on it.

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