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The Daily Slash: July 12, 2011

Boy have we got some tidbits for you today. More TouchPad posts than you can shake a stick at, T-Mobile’s expanding their 4G network and their stranglehold on the Android world with a sweetest phone ever award being given to its new myTouch 4G Slide, and wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got some Apple news! So just sit back and kick it while we hook you up with a couple ah links that’ll have you reading all night long, and all day long, and all the livelong afternoon long.

We’ve got a myTouch 4G Slide Hands-On and Unboxing on SlashGear, a FULL REVIEW of the myTouch 4G Slide over on Android Community, and another hands-on with the same device, again Android Community striking like lightening aside us. Oh and here’s your inexpensive phone of the day: Motorola XT316 – it’s cheep! Today we ALSO had a hands-on with the mystical LG 3D phone by the name of LG Thrill, aka AT&T’s version of the Optimus 3D.

SEE! Best Buy Take Tablets Seriously
SEE! Nexus+, the Google+ Phone
SEE! Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich from Russia
SEE! DROID Bionic on the loose!

Some hot Columns:
How Will I Teach My Son That Han Shot First?
Relationship Me vs. Independent Me On Google+
Sony Must Announce the PlayStation 4 ASAP
Why Competing with Google+ is Impossible

Articles that are MUST READ:
Samsung demands Apple legal team be disqualified over insider knowledge fears
Sony makes PS Vita dev kits cheap to encourage “garage developers”Sony makes PS Vita dev kits cheap to encourage “garage developers”
HTC calls out Apple for competing in courts, not on products
Google+ demands your real name: Pseudonyms suspended

Burnsy’s Picks:
AT&T LTE Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G and USB modem due this summer; new international data plans outed
Panasonic debuts Toughbook CF-H2 tablet for field workers
NYC and San Francisco Bay Area get Google Offers beta
AMD throws down the GPU gauntlet with Radeon HD 6990M
Fujitsu next-gen FLEPia color ereader revealed [Video]
Evernote Goes Tablet Style on Android

Most awesome item of the day:
Android Market 3.0.26 Hands-On and Review

THEN get yourself READY for week TWO of Tabletpalooza! Win yourself some sweet tablets, Android tablets, tablets for the win!

Finally I’d like you ask you, as I am apt to do, to feel free to join in on the fun as a tipper. We get LOTS of stories straight out of the tip box, and the tipper could be you, it’s so easy! Just head up to your right and hit the lightbulb or email here: Send News Tips!


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The Daily Slash: July 12, 2011 is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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T-Mobile Expands 4G Network to 56 Additional Markets in the USA

So you thought you had a lot of markets, you carriers you? Check out a bit of the ol’ expansion at the hands of T-Mobile! Here we’ve got a list of 56 markets that T-Mobile will be expanding their HSPA+ 42 network into. That’s T-Mobile’s bigtime 4G network, incase you did not know, and with the sweetness already hitting 170 million Americans in 152 markets, one ocean to the other. This exceeds what T-Mobile is saying was their initial goal of reaching 150 million Americans with increased 4G speeds by the middle of this year and, keeping in mind that they’ve already reached 200 million Americans in more than 190 markets, we’re gonna go ahead and say they’re doing pretty well.

T-Mobile lets us know that this push for the speediest 4Gs includes the upcoming launch of a couple of 4G-capable devices that, wouldn’t you know it, we just happen to have here in the office. First there’s the myTouch 4G Slide which we’ve posted a hands-on of yesterday – it’s slick and sweet and takes photos galore. Then there’s the Exhibit 4G from Samsung that we’ve already got a lovely review of up for you right this moment!

Now lets get to listing the network this carrier will be reaching with their fastest connection speeds ever:

Allentown, Pa.; Anderson, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable, Mass.; Bellingham, Wash.; Bloomington, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Boston, Mass.; Bremerton, Wash.; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.; Brunswick, Ga.; Carson City, Nev.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Chico, Calif.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Flint, Mich.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lafayette, Ind.; Lancaster, Pa.; Laredo, Texas; Lynchburg, Va.; Manchester, N.H.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; New Haven, Conn.; Ogden, Utah; Providence; R.I.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh-Cary, N.C.; Redding, Calif.; Reno-Sparks, Nev.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Rockford, Ill.; Salem, Ore.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Spartanburg, S.C.; State College, Pa.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Worcester, Mass.; and York, Pa.

Do I see Minneapolis in there? Why yes, yes I do! Joyous day! Do you see your state and/or city in there and wonder why they’d say such a thing when you’ve already got T-Mobile 4G in your area? Note that this isn’t just regular HSPA+, it’s HSPA+ 42, a network with downloads approaching 10 Mbps, with peak speeds of 27 Mbps. Get that stick and get cruzin!


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T-Mobile Expands 4G Network to 56 Additional Markets in the USA is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Android Market 3.0.26 Hands-On and Review

We’ve got our fingers a tap tap tapping away already at the Android Market version 3.0.26 just announced a couple hours ago via Google, and what do you know? We’d love to give you a full look. This newest version of the Android Market has a full facelift and opens the Movie and Book doors to the world for full rental and purchase options. You’ll have to update your Videos and Books apps to gain access to these new bits of media – but all the new versions work today!


First what you’re going to want to do is take in the big changes in the front of the market. You’re going to see some big rectangular boxes dominating the landscape now, each of them containing a shortcut to a piece of media you can purchase, each of them color-coded so you know if they are apps, books, games, or movies. You’ll still be accessing the market with your Google account, so no need to update your credit card information or anything like that.

Movies

The first item that should be on your docket to look at is Videos. For example we accessed the classic cartoon and basketball film Space Jam. All we had to do is find the movie the same way we’d find an app, by searching, purchasing then the movie with the same process we’ve used to purchase apps in the past – two or three taps and we’re done!

Once you’ve got the video though, what do you do with it? It’ll be sitting pretty in your official Google “Videos” app. Don’t have the most recent version? You’ll need to download it asap so you can get to that sweet 1990′s b-ball action. Movies sit inside the Videos app very similar to how they do in the most recent YouTube app. Coincidence? Methinks not.

Books

Books work VERY similar to Movies in how they’re purchased, downloaded, and set in an app. In this case they’re set in your stock Google “Books” app which, again, you’ll have to download if you don’t have the most recent version. Books open very basic and not in any real new way compared to how they’ve been working in the Books app this year thus far.

Apps and Games

In that their individual listings aren’t all that new, Apps and Games sit in the market very much the way they have in the next newest version of the Android Market. The difference is in the aesthetics, a slightly nicer look, depending on how you look at it, and a nice way of handling landscape mode for each listing.

This version of the market we hear will be up for everyone inside the next few weeks, that’s what Google says. What do the streets say? Streets are saying you’ll be able to get this version of the market as soon as you want to, just so long as you know where to look. That said, use caution as Google has not yet officially released this version of the Android Market App.

Hands-On Video

Have fun and keep grabbin them apps, and now movies and books! AND remember that you can now get a [hands-on video with the myTouch 4G Slide here on SlashGear] and a [full review of the device] over on Android Community!


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Android Market 3.0.26 Hands-On and Review is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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ZAGGfolio For iPad 2 Offers Stylish Case, Bluetooth Keyboard, And Stand All-In-One

Here’s a stylish protective case from ZAGG that turns your iPad 2 into a mini laptop. It’s called the ZAGGfolio and it features a carbon fiber exterior design with a durable microfiber lining. But it not only looks good, it also combines a removeable Bluetooth keyboard and a built-in stand.

The ZAGGfolio’s space-saving keyboard is ultra thin and has a built-in rechargeable battery rated for weeks of use between charges. The keyboard can also be removed from the case and since it uses Bluetooth it ca stay connected to the iPad 2 even at a distance. It also works with the iPad 2 in both landscape and portrait orientations.

Additionally, there are iPad 2 specific keyboard shortcuts such as volume control, music control, home, search, and copy and paste. The ZAGGfolio is priced at $99.99 and is available now for pre-orders. Shipping will be free and is estimated for July 21.

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[via ZAGG]


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ZAGGfolio For iPad 2 Offers Stylish Case, Bluetooth Keyboard, And Stand All-In-One is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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T-Mobile Hits 56 New Markets With Some HSPA+ 42Mbps Data Speeds

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T-Mobile’s at it again, this time upgrading your data speeds free of charge. In their press release, T-Mobile has announced that they are doubling the speeds of their 4G network in an additional 56 markets. That brings the grand total now to 152 markets with T-Mobile’s blazing fast HSPA+ 42Mbps data speeds. Apparently, their goal is to hit 150 million Americans with their new HSPA+ data speeds by the middle of the year.

Although these data speeds are enough to make any tech-head giddy with excitement, T-Mobile has yet to release an HSPA+ 42Mbps compatible smartphone (current 4G phones are only capable of 21 Mbps down). They hope to change that with the release of one later this year. I’ve got a hunch it will be one of those new fangled “Android’s” everyone’s talking about these days.

To see if you’ve made it onto the list, here are the newly upgraded markets: Allentown, Pa.; Anderson, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable, Mass.; Bellingham, Wash.; Bloomington, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Boston, Mass.; Bremerton, Wash.; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.; Brunswick, Ga.; Carson City, Nev.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Chico, Calif.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Flint, Mich.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lafayette, Ind.; Lancaster, Pa.; Laredo, Texas; Lynchburg, Va.; Manchester, N.H.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; New Haven, Conn.; Ogden, Utah; Providence; R.I.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh-Cary, N.C.; Redding, Calif.; Reno-Sparks, Nev.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Rockford, Ill.; Salem, Ore.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Spartanburg, S.C.; State College, Pa.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Worcester, Mass.; and York, Pa.


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Google Voice Adds Spam Filter – Say Goodbye To Unwanted Callers

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Google has been quite the busy little bee lately. Today we’ve seen updates for Google Shopper, Android Market and now — Google Voice gets some new added features. GV has begun rolling out a new spam filter not unlike the one found in your Gmail. Now, you can say goodbye to annoying telemarketers, and bitter ex-girlfriends by having their calls sent directly into your Spam filter. The process is completely automatic and can be enabled on the Calls tab of Google Voice settings by checking the box next to Global SPAM filtering. Easy peasy. Oh – and the service works with texts messages too!

Google wants to remind you that this has all been made possible thanks in part to the thousands of Google Voice users who are actively marking pesky numbers as spam everyday. So, remember to do your part by marking unwanted calls as spam and correcting mis-labled spam. Sorry, Cindy. I know you’re bitter about the breakup but you’ve just been Google SPAMERIZED!

[Via GVBlog]


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Hands On: New Android Market and Google Videos [Video]

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Alright, so the new Android Market was announced by Google earlier today featuring an all new UI, widget, integration with Google Videos and multiple Gmail accounts. A few hours later, we actually got our hands on the new Market v3.0.26 (signed by Google) and I quickly uploaded it for everyone to enjoy and test out for yourselves.

Given the sketchiness of downloading apps anywhere but from the Android Market, a few of you were (understandably so) apprehensive about trying out the new Market and installing in your phone. Even more of you didn’t even have a phone equipped with Android 2.2 or higher (one of Google’s prerequisites for the app).

So, it’s for you guys that I’ve gone ahead and shot a quick (read: rough) video showing off the new Market and its Google Video rental service, simply to give you guys a better idea of what to expect in the coming weeks.

Oh- and if you change your mind about downloading the new Market, well — the link is still waiting for you. You can always go back to the old Market following this simple steps:

  • Go into your phone’s Settings
  • Select "Manage Applications"
  • Select the "All" tab at the top
  • Scroll down to Market app and select it
  • Select "Uninstall Updates"
  • Now have your old Market back!


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Popcap Wins Big – Sells to EA For $750 Million Dollars

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I guess EA knows a good thing when they see it. Popcap Games (Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle, Bejewled) has just signed with EA Games for a cool $750 million dollars. It looks like EA is trying to invest more into the casual side of gaming that’s been made popular by companies like Zynga (Farmville, Cityville, Villeville) who was also said to be eyeballing Popcap.

In regard to the Popcap buyout EA’s Chief Financial Officer Eric Brown said, “This gives us a much stronger presence in social network games,” — where Zynga just so happens to be king. Not mentioned was the fact that EA’s stock performance hasn’t been doing too well. Its current market cap is running at about $8 billion which is nowhere near as hot as three-year-old Zynga which plans to go public shortly and raise a $1 billion dollar valuation.

All in all, Popcap seems to be the real winner here with EA promising an additional $550 million if PopCap reaches certain performance targets in two years making the total deal hit around $1.3 billion dollars. That could buy a whole ‘lotta brains.

[Via Reuters]


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Sprint Receives 9 Subpoenas Over Opposition To AT&T’s T-Mobile Bid

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Sprint has been anything but quiet when it comes to the possible AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Well, according to Reuters, Sprint has received subpoenas from Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, as well as from the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in regards to its opposition to the merger. Sprint said in its letter that the states have asked the company to provide all the materials it had submitted to FCC regarding AT&T’s deal.

Currently the #3 wireless carrier in the U.S., Sprint is working with 18 state regulators to block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA. Sprint feels that the merger will give too much competitive power to one company seeing how the acquisition would bump AT&T up to #1.

An AT&T spokesperson told Bloomberg that AT&T had also received subpoenas from the same nine states regarding its proposed T-Mobile acquisition. AT&T has also gone on the record saying they are confident of winning regulatory approval for the merger and is currently on schedule for a March approval next year.

[Via Reuters]


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EA buying PopCap Games for $750 million

Whispers about this started a little while ago, but it appears the rumors are true: EA is acquiring casual game developer PopCap Games for $650 million cash plus another $100 million in stock and incentives.

That's a huge deal, and surprisingly cheap, given that PopCap's value has been estimated as high as $1 billion. PopCap of course made its name on casual PC games like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, but in recent years those titles have become mobile juggernauts, and the iOS platform is currently the company's crown jewel.

EA also has been working hard on the mobile front (recently acquiring iOS developer Firemint, among a few other big deals), so combining PopCap's library and talent for casual gaming with EA's marketing and distribution arms should make the two a lot of money going forward.

PopCap's CEO says it plans to work with EA to "scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience." As for us, we're just hoping Plants vs. Zombies 2 is somewhere in those plans. Oh and Bejeweled 3 for iOS please. And more stuff from the 4th and Battery mini-studio, too. More of everything, really -- thanks!

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogEA buying PopCap Games for $750 million originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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