Snagging a first-class upgrade might empty out the contents of your wallet, but be glad you’re not trying to buy your way to the Linux Foundation’s top table. With a strategic investment of $ 500,000, Hewlett Packard has just become a platinum member of the body, alongside companies like Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung. In exchange for all that cash, HP gets a seat on the Foundation’s board of directors and will have a say in how to advance the foundation’s aims — and hopefully give Open webOS a gentle push, too.
Ting has drawn a lot of attention among MVNOs for its unique mix-and-match approach to contract-free plans, but it’s had to contend with some rather middling phones inherited from its network partner Sprint. That gap in high-end phones will narrow before the summer’s up: Ting plans to carry the Galaxy S III within three to six weeks, becoming the first virtual carrier in the US to tout Samsung’s flagship. Its version is identical to the Sprint model and will even cost $ 20 less when you skip Sprint’s two-year term, at $ 529 for a 16GB edition and $ 579 for its 32GB cousin. If that doesn’t satisfy the appetite, Ting is also giving a peek at its menu for the months ahead. Along with adopting LTE this year to make that Galaxy S III hum, the carrier expects to bring in a more moderately-priced LTE phone, a hotspot, an accessible phone and a budget slider. We wouldn’t base any carrier switches around an iPhone or Windows Phone option, though. There’s only “some progress” coaxing a deal out of Apple, and a Windows Phone is most likely to wait until the first quarter of 2013.
That was fast. Just days after Twitter 4.3 had its details prematurely spilled all over the Internet, it’s now raring to go for both Android (as version 3.3) and iOS users. Like we’d seen in early release notes, its focus is on expanding tweets to provide a glimpse at content when linking beyond just photos. Along with showing snippets from news outlets such as C-SPAN, Twitter’s app now teases content from Etsy, Kickstarter and Vimeo, among others — just in case you’d like to know whether that upcoming game console is worth funding at a glance. Notifications are getting their own promised boost and can send an alert whenever certain Twitter accounts post any kind of update. The improved search autocomplete shows its face as well, and iOS users get a more advanced layout for tracking hashtags during live events. Users with other smartphone platforms will have to wait for the 4.3 feature set to filter through to their devices, but if you’re of an Apple or Google bent, one of Twitter’s bigger updates of recent memory is already headed your way.
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Remember how Microsoft said it’d enable the “do not track” feature by default for all users of Internet Explorer 10? Well, it’s not likely to happen — at least from the looks of things. The move caused more than an uproar in the advertising industry, which had agreed to abide by these preferences only if users could, indeed, choose for themselves. With Microsoft’s bullish decision to go forward and make this setting default, advertisers argued they’d be left with no choice but to bust the deal wide open and ignore these preferences. In attempt to make sure the whole “do not track” effort isn’t derailed, the latest compromise proposal — authored by the EFF, Mozilla and Jonathan Mayer of Stanford University — now includes a specific provision that requires users to provide explicit consent before any tracking preferences can be transmitted. The same document acknowledges that the proposal has yet to be extensively discussed with stakeholders, but from the looks of things, “do not track” by default seems headed for a quick death. It’s too bad we didn’t have the time to get better acquainted with Microsoft’s heavy lash against advertisers, but we’ve a feeling that you can decide this one for yourselves, right?
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Microsoft said that it was going to add desktop app listings to the Windows Store in the Windows 8 Release Candidate, and now the very first one has made its appearance. Fittingly, it’s one of Microsoft’s very own pieces of software — Microsoft Office 2010. As we previously reported, desktop apps in the Windows Store are merely glorified links to the developer’s website, and don’t even offer basic info like install size, rating, or permissions. The Redmond-based company has strict requirements for certifying apps and allowing them to be offered in the Windows Store, and desktop apps have a few extra prerequisite. Namely, developers are allowed only up to two links (32- and 64-bit), and those links must go directly to the purchase page….
Stuntman (or possibly just tired-of-living man) Gary Connery became the first person to purposefully jump out of a helicopter at 2,400-feet with no parachute and survive. Gary dove with a modified wingsuit and crash-landing into a giant pile of boxes, which, as far as I’m concerned, was cheating and cancels the accomplishment. Please, a pile of boxes? YOU LAND IN THE GRASS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Oh hey guys — did you hear? I became the first person to spend an hour in a great white shark tank and survive. “Let me guess — the shark was already dead.” Soooooooooo f***ing dead. It stunk so bad I puked in my snorkel.
Hit the jump for a poorly shot video of the feat.
Something tells us #teamiphone is going to adore this. Instagram has just updated its much-ballyhooed Android app, bringing the version to 1.1.0. What’s new? Tilt-shift for “supported devices,” enabling cameraphone shooters to add entirely too much blur to shots that could’ve used a tripod to begin with. We kid, we kid. But seriously, the download awaits in the source link.
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The UK White Space consortium has declared its technology trials a success in Cambridge today. Some of tech’s biggest names teamed up to equip Silicon Fen with Neul’s “Weightless” broadband gear — managing to get an 8Mbps data service out to the residents of rural Orwell. While great for those who can’t get fixed line services, the consortium’s also emphasized the benefits for Governments who could use an internet of things and cellphone networks, which can offload excess traffic in times of need. All that’s required is for Ofcom to double-check the claims that it won’t interfere with other wireless transmission formats and deliver its official blessing. Let’s hope the Government study doesn’t turn up anything unwarranted, as we’d hate to see a British version of LightSquared.
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And we’re off! Even though the Nokia Lumia 900 launched yesterday and was largely unavailable thanks to the Easter Bunny, the phone quickly skyrocketed to the top of Amazon’s best sellers list. The phone hovered around the 5th spot yesterday but jumped to the first and second spot today with the black version preferred over the cyan edition. This puts the Nokia’s large Windows Phone over top of Android’s star players, the Droid RAZR MAXX and Galaxy Nexus.
Part of the instant popularity likely comes from Amazon’s price of $ 50 with a two-year service plan. That’s $ 50 less than AT&T’s price and $ 150 less than the previously most popular phone from Amazon, the Droid RAZR MAXX.
The other factor could be that for some reason AT&T and Nokia launched the phone in the US on Easter Sunday. Brian X. Chen of of the NYT’s Bits blog found most NYC-based AT&T stores and resellers were understandably closed, making the phone rather difficult to find in person. Launching a pivotal phone on a Sunday is strange but launching it on a major national holiday is downright idiotic.
Amazon has long been friendly to Windows Phone. Out of the top 100 best rated cell phones, the top three are slightly older Windows Phones with Verizon’s HTC Trophy occupying the top spot. Judging by the Lumia 900′s current high rating, Nokia’s Windows Phone could soon join the rest of the family on that list as well.
In our MWC interview with Stephen Elop, the Nokia CEO told us he’s a huge fan of Microsoft’s “Smoked by Windows Phone” marketing campaign, so it’s no surprise to see his company now recreating it with something it calls “the Lumia Challenge.” The premise is basically the same: a few Nokia reps have taken to the streets of London challenging random users of other smartphones to a race against the Lumia 800. Unlike Microsoft’s generous offer of a whole Windows laptop for any lucky winners, Nokia’s taken the budget option and offered up only £10 to anyone able to outpace the Lumia. There aren’t any winners in the video posted to Nokia’s YouTube account, but the participants did at least get a £50 voucher to go toward the purchase of a new…