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NQ Mobile Scoops Up Former Windows Phone Marketing GM

Gavin Kim NQ Mobile

Former Windows Phone marketing GM Gavin Kim has jointed the team at NQ Mobile. The firm announced on Monday that Gavin will become NQ Mobile’s Chief Product Officer, a position that was created with the former Samsung and Microsoft employee in mind. Under his new role Kim will be responsible for some aspects of the… Read more »

LG Optimus 3D Max Reaches Europe, Offers Slight Upgrades

LG Optimus 3D Max

The LG Optimus 3D Max rolled out in Europe on Monday, marking the first region to receive the 3D capable smartphone that offers several upgrades over the first-generation version of the device. The new 3D Max features a slightly faster 1.2GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor that now offers 3D movie editing capabilities. The device also… Read more »

Parents Suing Apple, They Say Kids Apps Are Too “Addictive”

Apple Games Too Addictive Says Parents

Apple is being sued by a group of parents in a class action lawsuit because they call the company’s children’s games too “addictive.” The lawsuit was recently green lit by a San Jose judge. According to the lawsuit the company’s games are: “Highly addictive, designed deliberately to be so, and tend to compel children playing… Read more »

HTC One S Chips To Be Fixed “Immediately”

HTC One S Housing Chips To Be Replaced Quickly

Early adopters of the HTC One S smartphone have been promised an “immediate fix” for chips that occured on the ceramic coated body of the company’s ultra-thin smartphone. The devices “micro-arc oxidized” rugged finish was suppose to be tough but instead it has been surprisingly easy to damage. While it’s not clear if early coatings… Read more »

HTC No Longer Shipping Beats Headphones With Smartphone Purchases

HTC with Beats Audio

HTC announced on Friday that the company will no longer ship Beats Audio earbuds or other premium headphones with its current smartphone line because customers simply are not buying the devices for the premium headsets. The announcement was made by Product executive Martin Fichter who told CNET that instead the company would ship their phones… Read more »

Instagram For Android: One Million Downloads In Less Than 24 Hours

instagram

Instagram for Android hit the virtual shelves of Google Play yesterday and has already been downloaded more than a million times. Instagram, which was named the iPhone App of the Year, made its Android debut yesterday. The company opened up pre-registration on March 24th which helped boost its numbers during its debut. According to CNET,… Read more »

Sprint Announces Pre-Orders For LG Viper 4G LTE

LG Viper 4G LTE

The eco-friendly LG Viper 4G LTE is coming to Spring and in preparation for the $99 smartphone Sprint Wireless announced pre-order details on Tuesday. According to the company customers will begin on April 12 at sprint.com/viper. Customers will be able to pick up the device later this month at various locations including Best Buy and… Read more »

Google Wallet Co-Creator Jumps Over To Square

Square Reader New Hires

Rob von Behren helped create the product we now know as Google Wallet but coming days will be spent with payment competitor Square. Behren confirmed his move over to Square on Monday, three months after he left the Google Wallet project. In responding to his new job Rob said Square is doing “great things” in… Read more »

Dell Officially Exits US Smartphone Market

Dell Venue

Dell on Wednesday officially announced that it was exiting the US smartphone market. According to the company the Android based Venue and Windows Phone-based Venue Pro have “run their course.” The announcement is only targeted at the US market while the Venue line will continue to sell in other countries. Dell also announced the Dell… Read more »

Swearing On Twitter Gets Student Expelled From Indiana High School

swearing on twitter

Austin Carroll, a student at Garrett High School in Indiana, was expelled this week for posting a tweet to his personal Twitter account that involved foul language. This must be a case of cyber bullying, right? Carroll must have threatened to hurt one of his fellow classmates. No? Well then Carroll must have used some… Read more »

Russian Email App Appears On Android Phones Following Google Play Glitch

MTS Mobile Mail for Google Play

In what is being described as a Google Play “malfunction” some Google Android users on Monday discovered a Russian e-mail app installed on their Samsung based smartphones. The app is titled “МТС Мобильная Почта” which translates to “MTS Mobile Mail.” When originally pushed to users smartphones Samsung named its native email app ” com.seven.27″ while… Read more »

Instagram Opens Up Google Android Sign-Up Page

Google Android Instagram

Mobile photo service Instagram is preparing to launch its long-awaited Google Android app and in preparation for that programs release the company on Saturday launched a sign-up page for the soon-to-be Android friendly program. Instagram on the page doesn’t state whether the sign-up page is meant for registration to give users early access or just… Read more »

Beats Audio Rumored To Have Acquired MOG

Beats Audio by HTC

Beats Audio, the company partly owned by HTC (51% interest) is rumored to have acquired music service MOG. The rumor was started by a single source for Business Insider who claims that the deal was struck last week. The source says details of the deal have not been revealed and when asked about the rumor… Read more »

iPhone Wins JD Power Satisfaction Survey For Seventh Consecutive Time

Apple iPhone 4S Satisfaction Survey

Apple has once again managed to capture the JD Power & Associates award for best smartphone. The company’s satisfaction survey has now been won seven consecutive times thanks to the company’s iPhone series of devices. According to the survey’s results: “As smartphone users place increasingly complex demands on the functionality of their devices, satisfaction with… Read more »

‘Draw Something’ Now Most Popular Game On Facebook

draw something

Do you play Farmville? Words With Friends? How about Draw Something? The new game from Omgpop has only been available for a few weeks but it is already the most popular game on Facebook. Gamasutra reports that Draw Something, which has only been available for five weeks, still falls behind games like Farmville in terms… Read more »

Verizon 4G LTE To Launch In 200th Market, Expand In Established Areas

Verizon 4G LTE

Verizon Wireless is preparing to launch 4G LTE technology in its 200th market. The company announced on Wednesday that Dothan, Alabama and the surrounding area will be the 200th market to receive the ultra-fast mobile data technology. Verizon also plans to expand its 4G LTE technology in 17 current markets. The company will also begin… Read more »

Worst SXSW Idea Ever? Homeless People Turned Into 4G Hotspots

William Hotspot - Homeless SXSW MiFi

SXSW is suppose to be about celebrating music, movies and everything interactive but in the case of one company’s plans the Austin event is being called “exploitive” and “dystopian.” Marketing company Bartle Bogie Hegarty decided to have homeless people carry around MiFi devices that allow event visitors to sign into the internet. Bartle believes the… Read more »

Android Market Chief Steps Down As Google Play Moves Into Spotlight

Google Play Store

Google hasn’t been as successful in creating revenue from its Google Market platform as Apple has for the iOS App Store. In fact Apple has generated six times more revenue because of its focus on paid apps and highlighting the iOS app platform. That’s likely a big part of the reason that Google Market chief… Read more »