Apple iPhone violates airline’s no-smoking policy

Apple iPhone violates airline's no-smoking policy

It brings new meaning to Black Friday.

Three days ago, airline Regional Express dropped a press release about a passenger’s cell phone “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow”. That must be air industry lingo for fire. That’s a word you don’t want to hear aboard jetliners in flight. Running for the exits could be worse. Of course, no airline wants to admit to flaming anything inside one of its cabins. The smoker was an iPhone, by the way. Can you tell from the photo whether it’s the 4 or 4S? The incident occurred on a flight from Lismore to Sydney, Australia — yes, on Black Friday.

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November 28, 2011

HP: Oracle’s halt for Itanium support is "anti-customer"

HP: Oracle's halt for Itanium support is "anti-customer"

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

In addition to the failure of its WebOS hardware, HP is feeling pressure for still using Itanium chips in its Integrity servers.

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August 19, 2011

Google+ gets social gaming: prepare a circle for obnoxious game requests

Google+ gets social gaming: prepare a circle for obnoxious game requests

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Google’s new social network took a lot of the good stuff from Facebook, Twitter, and Google Wave and mashed it all together to make Google Plus. Today, social games, one of the more lucrative, but possibly more obnoxious facets of Facebook has launched on Google Plus.

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August 12, 2011

Broadcom: We’re not confident about WiMAX in the U.S. any more

Broadcom: We're not confident about WiMAX in the U.S. any more

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

With Sprint and Clearwire curtailing their WiMAX efforts, it appears the U.S.’ first 4G network will be the first to go.

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August 11, 2011

People realize oil is more important than iPhones, Exxon retains title as world’s biggest company

People realize oil is more important than iPhones, Exxon retains title as world's biggest company

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Apple Inc. managed to shoot right past Exxon Mobil in the stock market to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world, but the big oil company kept up the fight throughout trading on Tuesday.

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August 9, 2011

Sprint’s 4G gets cheaper with Samsung Conquer 4G Android smartphone

Sprint's 4G gets cheaper with Samsung Conquer 4G Android smartphone

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Sprint and Samsung have announced the seventh 4G WiMAX phone, The Samsung Conquer 4G, which differentiates itself by being the first to launch with a sub-$100 pricetag.

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August 5, 2011

Yamaha shrinks smartphone magnetometer to 1.5mm

Yamaha shrinks smartphone magnetometer to 1.5mm

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Yamaha claims to have created the world’s smallest tri-band geomagnetic sensor for smartphones and tablets.

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August 5, 2011

Clearwire says it will build LTE into its existent network, just like Sprint

Clearwire says it will build LTE into its existent network, just like Sprint

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Clearwire, the United States’ only nationwide WiMAX network announced on Wednesday that it intends to add TDD-LTE to its catalog of services based on its existing 4G infrastructure. The announcement comes just one week after Sprint announced a similar plan with new partner LightSquared

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August 4, 2011

FCC says ISPs aren’t lying about their advertised speeds

FCC says ISPs aren't lying about their advertised speeds

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

On the whole, the FCC found that ISPs are giving users 80%-90% of their promised speeds.

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August 3, 2011

Diglo: the Google+ of file sharing

Diglo: the Google+ of file sharing

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Diglo can be an anonymous repository of downloadable files or a personalized sharing platform, what’s your choice?

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August 1, 2011