AT&T Nuking $10/Month SMS Plan

According to a leaked internal AT&T document, the carrier is planning to retire the 1000 messages for $10/month SMS package in favor of a single unlimited option for $20 per month. The unlimited messaging plan for families is still available for $30, but if you’re looking to spend as little as possible, you’ll have to roughneck it and pay 20¢ per message.

If you already subscribe to the ill-fated plan, you are grandfathered in so long as you don’t cancel it.


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Rage for iPhone, iPod touch, & iPad Free for a Week

RAGE is now free on the App Store for an entire week, as a celebration of them hitting 100,000 “likes” on their Facebook page. The game continues to have some of the best graphics available on iOS. It’s also been universally reviewed as one of the best games (in terms of gameplay) available for any mobile platform.

You can get it at the source link; seriously, this is a deal that’s to good to pass up.

[App Store]

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Droid HD Photos and Specs Leaked

Photos of the upcoming Motorola Droid HD have made their way onto the internet, and while the glamor shots don’t show much detail, it’s easy to tell that the device is going to be a total beast. It will come equipped with a 1GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. The screen is an ginormous 4.5″ and may boast either a 1280 x 720 resolution or qHD LCD. Like most smartphones being pumped out, the camera will be 8 megapixels and capable of shooting 1080p video.

View the full photo shoot at the source.


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Apple Store in Santa Monica to Feature Glass Ceiling

Apple is planning to build a new store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The proposed renderings of the one story/8,084 square foot store feature a massive glass ceiling and facade with stone walls, giving the building a very familiar Apple-like feel. The site was previously occupied by a Borders, but has remained unoccupied by a permanent retailer since 2008.

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Apple to Invest $1 billion in Sharp LCD Plant?

A report from Reuters claims that Apple is interested in investing $1 billion in Sharp to be guaranteed a steady supply of LCDs for their range of devices. It was rumored earlier this week that Apple would be pushing back the release of the iPad 3 to 2012 due to display shortages, so investing in a LCD manufacturer like Sharp would ease the bottleneck and allow Apple to stick to a more regular release schedule.

“We think it is highly possible that Apple will make an investment in Sharp’s Kameyama plant to the tune of around $1 billion in order to secure stable supply of screens for iPhones and iPads,” analyst David Rubenstein said in the note.


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AT&T Covertly Installing LTE Equipment in Apple Stores

AT&T is secretly installing LTE equipment in Apple stores, which could potentially be used as a microcell to give 4G-enabled iPhone display units better signal when being tested by customers. There has been no confirmation that Apple is releasing an LTE capable iPhone model, but evidence supporting this rumor was found hiding in .plist files earlier this week. Since most areas do not yet have 4G coverage, it would make sense for Apple to install mini-towers in stores to give users an idea of what kind of speeds are possible on the next-generation network.


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Minecraft Pocket Edition Released for the Xperia Play

The alpha version of Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android has been released for the Xperia Play. The game is $6.99, and like its desktop counterpart, will be updated frequently with new features and bug fixes. Preliminary features include local multiplayer, random worlds, and 36 different block types. There is no ETA on a wider release to additional devices, but knowing the Mojang team, it shouldn’t be too far off.

The first version (Alpha 0.1) will focus on the creative aspects of Minecraft. We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience. You will be able to select blocks on the touchscreen or just scroll through them with the circle and square buttons on the Xperia Play device. The first version also supports multi-player on a local wireless network allowing you to create a world and invite friends to build together.


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Apple’s “Mothership” in Perspective

John Martellaro over at the Mac Observer has calculated the size of Apple’s proposed headquarters, which will be located near the existing location in Cupertino, California. When overlaid on top of the Pentagon, it becomes apparent how massive the building will be. A rough estimate puts the HQ at 1615″ in diamater, which is larger than the Empire state building and longer than a nuclear aircraft carrier.

The building will contain 12,000 employees in 3.1 million square feet, and will be powered by its own dedicated power grid. Steve hopes to have the campus completed sometime in 2015. Updated renderings of the building were published earlier this month.

[Mac Observer]

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