Blackberry accessory pack giveaway!

Urbanears Tanto headphones.Don’t let all the news about the new iPhone get you down, Blackberry fans. RIM is still alive and well, delivering handsets you can love. To celebrate the non-Apple fanboys among us, we’ve put together a Blackberry accessory pack giveaway on our parent site, Bullz-Eye.com. I’ve posted the rules here but you’ll want to get a full look at our contest page on Bullz-Eye.

If eligible, you’ll be entered to win a pair of Urbanears Tanto headphones, a Joby Gorillamobile tripod, an iSkin Vibe phone case, and the RichardSolo 1800, a pocket-sized USB batterybackup that also boasts a laser pointer. Just be sure to enter before May 19th!

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You must be at least 18 years old to have a chance to win.

Winners will be selected by Bullz-Eye.com at random. Your chances of winning depend upon the number of items we have to give away and the number of entries we receive while the promotion is posted on Bullz-Eye.com.

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CONTEST ENDS: MAY 19, 2010

Android passes US iPhone web traffic

iPhone vs the Android platform.According to the most recent AdMob stats, the Android platform has surpassed the iPhone’s web traffic in the US for the month of March. It’s a strange statistic, considering that AdMob is one, in the process of being picked up by Google and, two, reporting data based on ad traffic. I’m not trying to suggest that Android users are bigger suckers than their iPhone-toting counterparts, but it isn’t exactly the most accurate method on earth for analyzing web traffic.

Still, it is a method – probably the best we have – and by that method Android has pulled ahead. The iPhone is still ahead worldwide, but while it may see a domestic jump this June with the launch of the new iPhone, I can’t help feeling like Android will keep gaining ground. A lot of people really love the departure from the Apple platform, and I don’t think that’s likely to change with new iPhone hardware. There’s also the simple matter of variety – Android has it, the iPhone doesn’t. If you like the iPhone OS but don’t like the hardware, tough shit. With Android you at least have some options.

Source: Business Wire

iPhone 4G leak prompts a raid on Gizmodo editor’s house

Jason Chen with the iPhone 4GWho’s that guy with the iPhone 4G? That’s Jason Chen, one of the editors at Gizmodo and the guy being held responsible for the recent iPhone 4G leak. I say being held responsible because it appears California law enforcement raided his home looking for the prototype phone he leaked last week, confiscating computers, cameras, and servers in the process.

Gawker Media COO Gaby Darbyshire issued a response to law enforcement officials stating that they had an invalid warrant because of Chen’s status as a journalist under California law. Legal details aside, you can see Jason’s account of the story at Gizmodo. Whatever the decision, this seems like some fairly extreme action on the part of Cali law. First there has to be proof that the phone was stolen, rather than left in the bar. Secondly, that journalism thing makes it pretty hard to prosecute a guy who works from home as the editor of one of the most prominent tech blogs in the world on the grounds that he’s not a journalist.

Whatever the outcome, this is a big win for Apple. The buzz around the new iPhone is as hot as it has ever been thanks to the leak. This only turns up the heat.

The Woz speaks out about Apple product leaks

Wozniak Gray Powell shirt.There’s been a lot of hullabaloo around the recent iPhone 4G leak, if only because leaks like this are so rare from Apple. Everyone expected Gray Powell, the engineer responsible for leaving his prototype iPhone in a bar where it could be picked up by just anyone, to experience the full wrath of Steve Jobs. He’s still employed though, and as the Woz has it, Powell hopefully won’t be going anywhere.

Wozniak dropped by Gizmodo to offer his thoughts on Apple security, leak prevention, and employee termination. Woz was recently up close and personal with an employee term, after a retail associate showed him the iPad after midnight on launch day, apparently enough of a no-no to get himself canned.

Maybe the best quote from the whole thing is this: “Product secrecy is good for Apple and should be strictly enforced, but maybe 10% of niceness and 90% of strictness is OK too.”

You can find the full post at Gizmodo.

Fusion Garage stumbles again

Fusion Garage email.Fusion Garage is eager to get feedback on its JooJoo tablet. It’s so eager, in fact, that it sent all of the pre-order customers (a whopping 64 people) a personal email asking for feedback. Oh, that email also contained every other customer’s email address in the CC field. You know, guys, there is a BCC field for a reason.

Personally, I think this is hilarious. It’s not like every spammer in the world doesn’t already have your email address. What are the dupes that got suckered into buying a JooJoo going to do with it, anyway? Email you when their device fails? At least you can commiserate with one another, right? Here’s the full text of the email:

Dear Sir and Madam,

Thank you for supporting JooJoo.

We hope to get your feedback about the JooJoo Tablet. Please revert back to us want you think of our product. Please drop us a line on how your JooJoo is working.

Thank you.

JooJooSupportTeam

Source: Uneasy Silence

Google’s Nexus One won’t get those 3G bug fixes

Google's Nexus One.The Nexus One has been a mixed bag for Android users. A lot of people really seem to love it. Steve Wozniak, Apple’s Steve Wozniak, called it his favorite gadget earlier this year. That’s awfully high praise coming from such a prominent Apple figure. For others, though, it’s been an unending mess of bug problems without any fixes. There have been display problems, software problems, hardware malfunctions, and the notorious 3G issues in which the Nexus One can’t seem to hold a 3G connection.

Well guess what – it’s not being fixed. That’s correct. The official Google stance is sorry, but you’re screwed. Here it is in geek speak:

I’ve seen some recent speculation on this thread about an OTA to improve 3G connectivity and I want to give you an update on the situation.

While we are continuing to monitor user feedback regarding the 3G performance on the Nexus One, we are no longer investigating further engineering improvements at this time.

If you are still experiencing 3G issues, we recommend that you try changing your location or even the orientation of your phone, as this may help in areas with weaker coverage.

That’s from the official Google support forums. It’s amazing that they’ll market and sell a smartphone to a bunch of nerds and then ask if anyone had thought of moving to improve reception. Wow.

Google buys up a server tech company

Google logo.Hardly a day passes when Google isn’t buying some new startup or a service that has just exploded into mainstream popularity. Late yesterday the news broke that the search giant had just purchased yet another company, but this time it was a name I’d never heard: Agnilux.

After the implicit “who the hell is that,” I dug around to see what I could find. It turns out Agnilux is a server hardware development company, some are guessing a chip developer, that’s packed to the gills with former TiVo and Apple employees. Agnilux was also founded by former employees of P.A. Semi, another chip developer that Apple bought in 2008.

It suffices to say Google is getting a lot of talent in this little-known acquisition. The TiVo ties have raised questions about Google TV, but as far as anyone knows it’s just one guy in Agnilux that came from TiVo. Still, when we don’t much, it seems like anything could be reasonable.

iPad 3G available at the end of the month

iPad shots.If you pre-ordered a 3G-capable iPad you’re in for a pleasant April 30th. That’s when the device should be arriving, both for orders from the online store and at individual Apple retail locations. The device won’t be there until 5PM for you pick-ups, but I suppose that’s for the best. You can actually go to work and get things done. Or, you know, pre-download all your apps and iBooks so they’re ready to go when you get home.

Here’s the full text from Apple’s press release:

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of its magical iPad™ will be delivered to US customers who’ve pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds-thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook-and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.*
Apple retail stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. US Apple retail stores are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.
Pricing & Availability
iPad is available in Wi-Fi models in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available on April 30 in the US for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad is sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, most Best Buy stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and campus bookstores. AT&T is offering breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.
iPad will be available at the end of May in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Apple will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders for iPad on May 10.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
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AT&T blocks employee vacation days in June

iPhone 4G shot from Gizmodo.This news came out a few days back but without much substance I didn’t want to get overly excited. Now that the iPhone 4G has leaked, though, it seems appropriate to share that AT&T has blocked employee vacation requests for the month of June. You can bet that’s for the iPhone 4G release.

Historically speaking, AT&T has only ever blocked vacation days to support the extra traffic associated with an iPhone launch. There is really no other reason (c’mon, who’s actually excited about AT&T as a carrier). Come mid-June you can bet I’ll be seriously considering selling my current 3GS to pick up the 4G. Then again, AT&T hasn’t released those ridiculous rules for upgrading to the newest iPhone model so who knows, I just might get screwed. Wouldn’t be the first time, though, right?

Source: BGR

Apple’s iPhone 4G leaked

iPhone 4GIt’s amazing how one little mistake can seemingly shake up the entire world. Gray Powell, a software engineer at Apple, was out at a bar, testing what looked on the surface like any other iPhone 3GS. Even up close it was tough to tell that the shape of the 3GS was actually a case disguising a much more stylish, sleeker version of the iPhone – the iPhone 4G (this is not the official name, not yet anyway). Unfortunately, Powell left the iPhone behind when he left the bar, and because people are the way they are, someone took it home, realized he was holding the next generation of the world’s favorite smartphone, and likely sold the right to return the device to Apple to Gizmodo, which was kind enough to post pictures and leak what specs it could prior to the device’s eventual voyage home.

Enough of the story, though, and on with the phone. The new iPhone looks great. I was always a little underwhelmed by the shape and design of the previous iPhone models, including the 3GS. Something about them seems too forward thinking – they’re almost so futuristic they look retro. This new phone hits my industrial nerve and hits it hard. It’s slightly thinner than the current iPhone and lays flat instead of the current curved back. There’s a new camera on the back with a bigger lens and a flash, and the volume button is now two small, round buttons on the side. The front of the phone sports a front-facing video camera for video chat and the top has what looks to be a secondary microphone for noise cancellation. All said and done, this is what I wish the iPhone looked like now, and I’m going to struggle not to buy one when it launches.

There is sadly very little information about the OS. Shortly after the phone was reported missing, Apple remotely disabled the device via the MobileMe function, and because device firmware is model-specific, there was no way to restore the bricked handset. Gizmodo did peel the phone apart to reveal Apple stamped internals, which suggests we’re pretty close to launch, and a slightly larger capacity battery. The screen also appears to be slightly smaller but perhaps runs at a higher resolution than the current 3GS.

You can find full exclusive photo galleries at Gizmodo.