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The Daily Slash: December 21 2010

Behold! As Verizon confirms plans for a Motorola LTE device in 2011! Behold! As we’re sent mysterious images of what might be the HTC Incredible HD, aka HTC Mecha, aka a 4G LTE device! Marvel! As Microsoft is tipped to be announcing ARM chip compatibility in a new version of Windows OS at the beginning of 2011. Marvel! As the iPad is praised at a surrogate for Jesus Christ. Rally! As voices from across the internet speak up for and against the FCC Net Neutrality Vote today. Rally! As Motorola sets a countdown until its brand new tablet is revealed at CES. Know the truth! With Chris as he columns about how Tegra 2 Isn’t Enough. Know the truth! By checking out the FULL LIST of WINNERS from our SlashGear / Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway – it might be you! And finally check out with great interest Vince’s full Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook review!

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Editor’s Choice
Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway Winners Announced! [WOWIE WINNERS]
Ben Heck cobbles up portable PS3 mod [WANT]
FCC Net Neutrality Vote Commented on by Verizon, Steve Wozniak, and More [WOZ]
Notion Ink sells out of Adam [IIINK]
Notion Ink Adam’s custom Mail’d email app gets video demo [MAIIIL]

SlashPhone
T-Mobile Ranked the Fastest Network Performance in Top 100 Markets
World’s Biggest iPhone Consists of 56 iPads Packed Together Lands in London
Palm Pre 2 Hit Rogers For CAD $99

Android Community
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play to be PlayStation gaming phone?
CasaTunes offers first Android app for controlling multi-room music
Android users can get app for annual ball drop in Times Square
Dell 7-inch Streak gets name-check on Vaja case site
RadioShack offers $99 Evo 4G and more this week
Viewsonic denies GTablet hardware defects; promises software fix this week
Notion Ink sells out of Adam as pre-orders snapped up
Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway Winners Announced!
HTC Desire HD Heading to Saudi Arabia
Sprint 4G Now Available in San Francisco and Surround Areas
Motorola Launches Tablet Teaser Site With Countdown
AOSP Based Gingerbread ROM Running on the DROID Incredible
Root Your Nexus S Easily With Superboot
iGloLEDset Android-controlled multicolor Christmas lights released [Video]
Notion Ink Demos Adam’s custom Mail’d App [Video]
HTC Desire HD Heading to Saudi Arabia
HTC Incredible HD AKA HTC Mecha Pictured?
Verizon Confirms Plans for a Motorola LTE Device in 2011

SlashGear
Pixel Qi & CPT partner to boost transflective display production; 7-inch due in Q2 2011
Apple TV to break 1m sales mark before Christmas
3DMark 11 gets an update to version 1.01
Pioneer offers new white CDJ-350 and DJM-350 DJ gear
Ben Heck cobbles up portable PS3 mod
Haxor hacks AirPlay to run on XBMC Linux rig
Evo 4G for $99 at RadioShack and more deals this week
Gynormous Kno dual screen and single screen tablets ship today
Apple prunes WikiLeaks app from App Store
Nexus One getting Gingerbread in coming weeks
Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker isn’t made by Geppetto
Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser mouse has an interesting design
Notion Ink Adam pre-orders sell out
Trendnet unveils new 450Mbps Wireless N access point
Acer, ASUS & Lenovo Sandy Bridge ultraportables to borrow MacBook Air display design?
T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G mobile hotspot due Feb 2011
Viewsonic GTablet sales yank blamed on Android/Tegra/Flash “user experience”
Apple takes on Adobe Flash with free iAd Producer tool
Porn ban “technically not possible” warn ISPs
SEC investigating ex-HP Mark Hurd over insider info & expenses allegations
Gmail Google Voice calls free through 2011 for US users
Apple TV HD download problems caused by Google DNS?
Apple shuttering OS X Download site on Jan 6 as Mac App Store takes over
No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs
SlashGear Google Cr-48 Giveaway WINNERS ANNOUNCED! [WIN WIN WINNERS]
Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook [REVIEW]
Over 1.5m Windows Phone 7 sales in first 6 weeks confirms Microsoft
EA 99 cent game promotion wins them 8/10 in the iTunes chart
Roku sales doubled as Apple TV brought halo effect to streaming media
Verizon LTE SIM-lock potential could dampen 4G fun
Microsoft to Announce an ARM Processor Compatible Version of Windows OS
Lonely Planet Gives Several City Guide Apps Away Free During 2010 Holiday Season
Unnamed Sony VAIO tablet PC Found at FCC
iPad is the New Christ
Amazon Likely to Break 8 Million Kindle Units Sold This Year
FCC Net Neutrality Vote Commented on by Verizon, Steve Wozniak, and More
PalmPad Tablet on the Horizon from HP, New WebOS Inside, Hardware Like iPad
Most Terrifying iPhone Cover EVER Released
Motorola Starts Countdown until Tablet, says “Ready to Skip a Generation?”
Israeli Hospital Using Apple iPad to Help Treat Patients with Help of Microsoft’s Chameleon
Two Top-Down Monster Murdering Apps Applying for Mac App Store Acceptance Soon
Tegra 2 Isn’t Enough [COLUMN]
Notion Ink Adam’s custom Mail’d email app gets video demo
Viliv X7 & X10 Android tablets and X70 Windows 7 slate due at CES 2011

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Microsoft to Announce an ARM Processor Compatible Version of Windows OS

It appears that Microsoft is set to announce a version of Windows that’ll be ready to work with ARM processors at CES next month. Two sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have spoken with Bloomberg and revealed that Microsoft’s plans for ARM Holdings Plc are confidential, so they’d like not to be identified. This means support for Tegra 2 and Qualcomm’s upcoming dualcore CPUs, a big push indeed, one that Microsoft appears to need after losing some ground to Google and Apple. Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. make the ARM chips found in all the sweetest smartphones as well as the omnipotent iPad.

Minneapolis based analyst for RBC Capital Markets Robert Brenza notes that a full-featured version of Windows for ARM chips will be the best way for Microsoft to “make a dent in the iPad’s lead.” Windows is still dominant in the personal-computer world, but as far as this relatively new tablet world goes, not so much. Breza noted, “They’ve got to come back with a product that’s better than ‘me too’ and is equal if not better in features. A lot of tablets today are inferior to PCs.”

While Microsoft already has software for phones and mobile devices that work on ARM chips, this will be the first time a full version of the Windows OS will exist, this new software will also be working on Intel and Advanced Micro Devices processors as well. Breza goes on to predict that a Windows tablet would end up costing less than the iPad and would be able to win Microsoft 10 to 20 percent of the tablet market next year. Speculation!

[Via Bloomberg]


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Motorola 4G LTE Phone Confirmed by Verizon

In an interview today John Stratton, Verizon’s chief operating officer said they’d be distributing a Motorola smartphone to run on its 4G network. Verizon launched its high-speed LTE network earlier this month and tossed out a nice little USB modem to go with it but this phone is the first and only to be announced to be running on the network so far. Stratton noted, “We’ve got LTE smartphones on the horizon. Motorola will be right there.”

This phone should be released in 2011, but the exact timing isn’t yet known – on the other hand, this October Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam mentioned that SIX phones and tablets would be on display at CES 2011 (January,) all of them expected to be in stores in the first half of the year.

Motorola has heard some concern from investors on their Verizon-heavy distribution as they turn into a stand-alone company on January 4, 2011. These investors worry that as the iPhone is introduced on Verizon early next year, Motorola might get pushed down to the ground. On the other hand, Stratton says that “Over last 13 months, they have done a very good job in supporting our business and have worked their way up into almost a preferred vendor. They have been driving our Droid strategy.”

[Via Android Community]


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Motorola to Get First Crack at LTE Device on Verizon

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This should come as no shock to the lot of you. Verizon’s COO, John Stratton, has just confirmed that Motorola will be the first manufacturer to launch an LTE capable device on Verizon Wireless’ network.
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Motorola and Verizon have formed an extremely close bond over the last ~13 months, starting with the launch of the Motorola Droid; undoubtedly the first Android device to really push the OS mainstream and give other smartphone operating systems a true run for their money.

The news also comes on the heels of CES, and Motorola’s unveiling of their first Android tablet.

[via WSJ]

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21Dec/10Off

FCC: We Won’t Regulate Wireless Net-Neutrality as Hard as Wired, Because Android is Open Source

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fcc-logoYou read that title correctly. Net neutrality regulation over the wireless spectrum isn’t as necessary because Android is open source. How the FCC went square-peg round-hole on this one is beyond my pay scale. Engadget is busy picking apart the FCC’s statement regarding the recent vote that has managed to piss off both sides of the table.

Engadget pulled this from the FCC’s statement:

Further, we recognize that there have been meaningful recent moves toward openness, including the introduction of open operating systems like Android. In addition, we anticipate soon seeing the effects on the market of the openness conditions we imposed on mobile providers that operate on upper 700 MHz C-Block spectrum, which includes Verizon Wireless, one of the largest mobile wireless carriers in the U.S.

In light of these considerations, we conclude it is appropriate to take measured steps at this time to protect the openness of the Internet when accessed through mobile broadband.

It may be fair to say that they want to take it at a slower pace and see how the private sector hashes it out with wireless internet being relatively new to the game, only showing its true potential within the last three years. But the FCC could at least go with something a little more related. I didn’t wake up earlier than normal this morning because school children had steamed carrots for lunch six weeks ago.

[via Engadget | Full FCC Release in PDF form]

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LG Optimus 2X on T-Mobile US Come March?

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The LG Optimus 2X was announced a few days back, and North America was nowhere to be seen on the “coming to” list. However, if the rumors that RCR Wireless is reporting can hold water, it will and it will do so soon. The dual core beauty could make its way to T-Mobile US by month 3 of the new calendar.
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The LG Optimus 2X is the new standard for what a smart super phone should come loaded with. Dual core Tegra 2, HDMI mirroring, 4 inch WVGA display, 8GB internal memory complemented with a microSD slot, 8MP camera, front facing camera, DLNA out of the box. The only thing this phone is lacking is a huge battery, 1,500 mAh just wont do it for very long unless LG has broken the laws of thermodynamics.

Hopefully we will learn much more about this phone come CES. Until then, I’ll be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for March.

[via RCR Wireless | Seen at Engadget]

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Darren Criss Supports ‘Toys for Tots’; And Why We Find it Newsworthy

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I don’t know if I’m behind the times, or subconsciously block something like this out. But, apparently there’s a show out there called ‘Glee’; it’s a bunch of kids breaking out into song when the wind changes direction, or something. Digressing, one of the actors, Darren Criss, just scored some serious pointage with me. 10 points for supporting Toys for Tots, and 9 points for posing for a picture while snuggling up with Andy.
Glee Droid Plush

The world would be a much better place with more Darren Criss’ doing the things they do to make sure no child feels left out this time of year. Class act. I’ll go ahead and give them a plug, and encourage everyone who’s in a giving mood to head over to Toysfortots.org. Where would we be without the children?

[Thank you, Anonymous Tipster! | @DarrenCriss]

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One Android Lawsuit Down; 18,000 To Go

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For those of you keeping tabs on Android when the G1 was the only droid you were looking for, and by “looking for” I mean the only choice you had, there was a man named Eric Specht. Mr. Specht ran a company named ‘Android Data’ between 1998 and 2002. Six years later, when Android was ready at the launch pad standing by to really take off, Specht decided his feelings were hurt and his trademarks were infringed upon.

Shortly there after he filed a lawsuit against Google, Android Inc., and the OHA; his demands were $94 million.

Last week, Google came out on top with a Summary Judgment that not only cleared Google of any wrong doing but canceled Specht’s trademark on the word “Android”:

Moving to Google’s Counterclaim, pursuant to the analysis above, Google is entitled to a declaratory judgment that Plaintiffs abandoned ANDROID DATA and the other Asserted Marks. Plaintiffs do not possess valid or enforceable rights to the marks. The Court grants Google summary judgment on Count III of its Counterclaim. In regard to Count I of the Counterclaim, a party that believes it may suffer harm because of a trademark that has been abandoned by its owner may move to have the registration cancelled. See 15 U.S.C. § 1064(3). Google became the senior user of the ANDROID mark when it began using it in commerce on November 5, 2007. Plaintiffs, however, resumed use of ANDROID DATA as the junior user after Google acquired its rights to ANDROID. Plaintiffs’ use in commerce of ANDROID DATA creates a possible likelihood of confusion with Google’s ANDROID mark pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1114(1)(a), as well as possible dilution by blurring of Google’s mark under 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c).

You’ll be able to read the full order over at Tech Crunch following the link below.

[via Tech Crunch]

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New Apple TV Sales to Top One Million This Week

Apple today announced that it expects sales of its new Apple TV to top one million units later this week. The new Apple TV offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows and stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, and MobileMe — all on your HD TV, for the breakthrough price of just $99. iTunes users are now renting and purchasing over 400,000 TV episodes and over 150,000 movies per day.

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Portrait of an Artist

iLife ‘11 is Barron’s Gadget of the Week, and reviewer Tiernan Ray gives it all 5 stars, saying iLife “makes it a breeze to polish and present photos, movies and music.” Ray particularly likes the “handsome coffee-table book” he created from his vacation photos using iPhoto, and he also highlights iMovie trailers and GarageBand Groove Matching.

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