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[ANDROID] Powermat accompanies MyTouch 4G Slide at retail launch, or so the manufacturer says
If you’ve already misplaced the charging cable for your MyTouch 4G Slide, then it’s time to hustle back to your local T-Mobile retailer, where the new QWERTY handset is joined at its in-store launch by Powercube’s inductive charging cover. Sure, your bank account just received $200 worth of hurt, but if you’ve got a $90 buffer on your credit card, what’s an extra $30 for the shell and $60 for the Powermat, especially if it means keeping your phone alive? Sadly, both stores we called didn’t have the cover, so you might want to give Magenta a buzz beforehand, although T-Mo’s website is ready to take your money. No matter how you get it, you’ll still need to keep the base station from getting buried under pizza boxes and laundry, but we know you’re up to the task. Follow after the break for a slice of the PR.
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[iOS] iPhone 5 or 4S Due Second Week in September
The China Times pinpoints the iPhone 5 release to the second week of September with an initial order of 4 million units. Suppliers are said to be currently preparing 400,000 trial run units. The news report also reports that the next iPad may be delayed until Thanksgiving due to component shortages.
A mid September launch lines up nicely with current expectations for the iPhone 5 release. Apple has held an iPod media event in September for the past 3 years. With no iPhone release during this year’s WWDC, Apple is expected to include the iPhone launch at this September event alongside the public release of iOS 5.
There’s been some debate about what features the iPhone 5 will include. Recently leaked case designs have shown some major design changes, while other sources have said the iPhone 5 will look largely like the iPhone 4.
The China Times has had a hit or miss record with Apple-related rumors, though they do seem close to Apple’s suppliers in China and may certainly have knowledge of their production plans. Reuters had previously also reported the iPhone 5 would see a September release with production beginning in July.
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[CHROMEBOOK] Google and Virgin America Are Lending Out Free ChromeBooks With Free Wi-Fi
Google and Virgin America have teamed up to lend out free ChromeBooks with free Wi-Fi during select flights, reports Mashable.
Passengers who are flying on Virgin America between the airline’s home airport in San Francisco and either Boston, Chicago O’Hare or Dallas airports between July 1 and September 30 will be able to check out a laptop at their gates. During their flights, they can test it using a free in-air WiFi pass.
This is a great marketing move for Google. Bored travelers will definitely welcome the opportunity to test out a new gadget. Especially if it comes with free Wi-Fi.
The Google ChromeBook is an alternative to both Mac OS X and Windows. Essentially it is a computer with nothing but a web browser.
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[NETWORK] Smartphones Are Now a Majority of New U.S. Cellphone Purchases
Smartphones continue to grow in popularity and are now the majority of new cellphone purchases in the United States.
According to Nielsen’s May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones. And 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months reported buying a smartphone instead of a feature phone, up from 34 percent just a year ago.
Android continues to be the most popular smartphone operating system, with 38 percent of smartphone consumers owning Android devices. However, while Android also leads among those who recently purchased a new smartphone, it is the Apple iPhone that has shown the most growth in recent months.
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