Notebook Vendors Say the iPad Lacks Any True Competition

According to DigiTimes, notebook vendors are “turning pessimistic about non-Apple tablet PCs” after witnessing other large-tier companies failing to create a true iPad competitor. One of the first to fall against the iPad was Waterloo-based Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which had only 200,000 units shipped in the last quarter. Hewlett-Packard also felt the effects of the iPad-dominated tablet market, as they called it quits on their TouchPad tablet—and all webOS-based hardware—just one month after it hit shelves.

Notebook vendors also believe that the upcoming Android version, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, will not be significant enough for iPad competitors in the tablet market to make a comeback. The report suggests that it won’t be until the release of Windows 8 tablets and the next Android version, following Ice Cream Sandwich, for there to be an effective fight back against Apple.

[DigiTimes]

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Sprint to Cap Mobile Hotspot Bandwidth to 5GB

According to SprintFeed, the last carrier to allow unlimited data will move to cap tethering plans to 5GB starting October 2nd. This move likely comes in preparation for the onslaught of iPhone users, who are expected to chew through lots and lots of bytes. Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data for mobile data (but for how long?), so if you tether through shady means you may be able to skate by unnoticed. Tethering costs $30 per month and includes 3G/4G access, and overages are $.05/MB. Existing users will not be grandfathered in and will be automatically migrated to the new plan.

[SprintFeed]

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Google Brings Multiple Sign-In and More to Gmail Mobile

Google has added multiple account sign in to their mobile Gmail site. This feature has been available on the desktop for over a year now, and is helpful for users with more than one Gmail address. For ease of use, users can set separate bookmarks for each for instant access to individual accounts. On iOS devices, Mail.app supports a unified inbox, but some users prefer using the web interface. Google has also introduced a mobile-specific signature so contacts know when you are emailing via a handheld, and the ability to set a vacation auto-response.

Just like on your desktop, you can now to sign into multiple accounts simultaneously. To sign into an additional account, click on the account switcher at the bottom of the threadlist, then click ”Sign into an another account.” You can quickly switch between accounts by selecting the desired account from the Accounts menu.

[Google]

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AT&T Launching Samsung’s Galaxy S II For $199 on Oct. 2nd

It’s been in testing for the last year, but Samsung’s Galaxy S II is finally set to launch with AT&T just two days into October. The Android-based smartphone, which boasts some powerful hardware specifications, will cost $199 on contract. The ultra-slim phone, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, has 1 GB of memory, an AMOLED display, and an 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p high-definition video recording.

The Galaxy S II’s biggest competitor will be Apple’s rumored iPhone 5. In fact, Samsung is rolling out the Galaxy S II just two days before Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is expected to show off the latest iPhone iteration to the world. Samsung has been thinking about suing Apple over the iPhone 5 when it is released, in an attempt to have the device banned from sale across the European Union.

[Engadget]

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OS X Lion Ultimatum DreamBoard Theme is Quite Impressive

It will cost you $3.50 on Cydia, but the new OS X Lion Ultimatum theme for DreamBoard is outright awesome. This theme really emphasizes the great themes, tweaks, and other custom modifications that the jailbreak community delivers on a consistent basis. Check out the lengthy video demonstration above for the theme, which is compatible with jailbroken iPhone and iPod touch devices that have DreamBoard installed.

[9to5Mac]

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Al Gore Mentions “New iPhones” Launching Next Month

Al Gore, speaking Wednesday at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in South Africa, made a rather subtle comment about Apple’s plans to launch “new iPhones” next month. Gore, a former U.S. vice-president, has been a member of Apple’s board of directors since 2003. The plurality of the word iPhone is important to emphasize, as pointed out by The Next Web, since it has been widely speculated that Apple will be launching not one, but two new iPhones in a few weeks.

The two new iPhone iterations would be the highly anticipated iPhone 5, which would feature a completely new design, 8-megapixel camera, and many other new features. The second new iPhone to be released would be a mid-range iPhone “4S,” which would be less expensive, have a form factor similar to the iPhone 4, and boast minor hardware improvements.

“Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug,” said Gore exactly.

[The Next Web]

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MyWi Updated with iOS 5 Support

The bane of cell networks, MyWi, has been updated with support for the upcoming release of iOS 5. MyWi allows users to turn their device into a portable WiFi hotspot and is available for jailbroken devices on Cydia for $19.99 (a free trial is also available for testing). AT&T and Verizon are both working hard to crack down on tethering loopholes, but if you’ve managed to lay low and avoid any demanding emails, you should be safe to upgrade to the next version of Apple’s mobile OS and tether your other devices without too much trouble.

[MyWi]

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Apple Shows Off New Flagship Retail Store in Hong Kong

Apple is set to open their first retail store in Hong Kong this Saturday, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The new flagship store has multiple levels connected by a glass staircase, along with crystal clear panes of glass that offer a tremendous view of suburban Hong Kong.

It’s quite a large store that will surely be effective for the variety of different workshops and programs that Apple employees provide. These employees are currently seen in the pictures going through their training for the grand opening of the store on Saturday. Check out more pictures after the break. (more…)

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Pandora Unveils New HTML5 Website

Pandora Radio has updated their website with a crisp new HTML5 base. The service previously required Flash, which new MacBook Airs lack out of the box, and was slightly resource hungry due to the Adobe technology. The interface is much nicer, and is now actually centered. The iPhone app remains unchanged, but if you’re like most users and take advantage of the streaming music service both on the go and on your desktop, you’ll appreciate the improvement. Stations now have a unique URL which can be shared with friends, and the 40 hour monthly limit has been scrapped in favor of unlimited streaming—even for non-paying customers.

[Pandora]

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Application Review: Requiem

You fall asleep and find yourself in the middle of nowhere. All if a sudden, you are faced with a gigantic monster behind you and you run for your life. We’ve all had this nasty dream, we all know about it. Now imagine you get away, only to once again be sniffed out by this monster. Requiem takes this story and moves it into reality creating tiny twists and turns in the game to not only create a challenge, but also make it much more exciting and entertaining all together.  Read on for the full review: (more…)

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