Thursday, March 31, 2011

Following Notepad++ To Heavens Via Scientology

Fri 04/01/2011
I use notepad++ for everything for such a long time that it has become a part of my desktop. Like a browser, it is constantly on my desktop, helping me with writing code snippets for a SQL query to full pledged code projects.
Today, Don Ho said that he has joined Scientology and after reading his article I am following him, if my donations are going there why not me!

Sprint Drops Froyo Powered Samsung Galaxy Tab To $199!

Samsung Galaxy Tab $199!
Looks like the tablet wars are sprinting in to action, beginning with Sprint and Samsung Galaxy Tab.  Sprint's is taking away full $100 from the current contract price of $299.99 for its Samsung Galaxy Tab starting on Sunday. So from this Sunday, Galaxy Tab will be the most affordable Android powered (Froyo) 3G-enabled tablet in the market.
That is if you sign the 2 year commitment to Sprint. If you are the type who does not like the commitments, you can pickup the tablet for $429.00
Now to wait for those Galaxy Tab 10" tablets to drop their prices.
Via Engadget

Check Stock Ticker On the Go On Your Mobile With Google.

We all look at stock symbols one way or another. But more so people who have invested or dealing with investments. For me all those stock information are checked on large desktop screens! Because it was near impossible to see all those cryptic data on a tiny screen.
But now Google search is taking a new approach to the idea of presenting stock information on small screens.
As you can see from the images above, when you visit on your iPhone or Android powered device and search for a sticker symbol, you will see a all encompassing graph or a card and you can navigate the information using the buttons at the bottom.
Swipe on the card from right to left, you get the latest financial news about the company. Once more will get you market overview and one more will show you the summery of your portfolio.
Currently the feature is available in English with other languages coming soon, give it a try.
Stay connected to the market, wherever you are - Official Google Mobile Blog

Google Makes Kansas City Happy With Ultra high-speed Broadband, Gigabit Fiber To Home.

Even though many communities across USA are looking at Kansas city, Kansas with envy, I am happy that Google has broken grounds on the project. Even if Google is selective (1100 communities wanted Google Fiber to Home) in it's High speed networks and where they are laid out, other providers can not ignore the fact that fiber to home is the way to go. Google and it's Gigabit Fiber network will be the catalyst for other providers to come out, at least with megabit networks.
It is more than just a faster network and an example of what high speed network and applications could do to a community. What ever the selection criteria, Google has chosen Kansas city and is working with with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the Gigabit applications of the future.

Congratulations Kansas City!

Official Google Blog: Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas

Smartphone Patent Lawsuit Targets Developers In Addition To Apple, Android, Blackberry and Microsoft

Smartphone Patents,
I come back from a small spring break to find a bunch of smatphone related lawsuits. iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Microsoft are all targeted in these suits. Google / Android alone seem to have attracted 38 such lawsuits.
But the latest lawsuit targeting 32 entities is covering developers in addition to hardware and Smartphone OS manufacturers like Google and Apple. Texas-based H-W Technology L.C. filed a complaint in Eastern Texas March 30, 2011, asserting a Patent on an "Internet protocol (IP) phone with search and advertising capability" against 32 legal entities. H-W Technology L.C. claims that the patent covers systems and methods that "allow users of [smartphones] via domain specific applications to receive information and offers from merchants and to complete a transaction with one of said merchants without having to generate a voice call.", which sounds to me like web browsing me who knows next to nothing about law and patents!

This is setting a pathway for patent hoarders as well as real patent holders to go after app developers. USPTO should really be checking these stuff well. At least we can be happy that Florian Mueller is doing the hard work of sorting things out for us.
He has drawn out the main pieces of the complaint (which is supposed to be very large);

  • Google and Microsoft are sued for providing software that is installed on smartphones. With respect to Microsoft, the Windows Phone 7-powered Samsung Focus is mentioned. In Google's case, the Android application store is mentioned.
  • Device makers: specifically named products include the iPhone, the BlackBerry Torch, and five Android devices (LG G2x, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X, HTC Thunderbolt, and Kyocera Echo).
  • All of the accused apps are basically mobile online shops:'s, eBay's,'s, Expedia's,'s, Orbitz Worldwide's and's apps, and Verizon's VCast app.
Read more at Florian's blog.

Verizon Overcharges 133000 Customers With A Phantom $7 LateFee In Florida, Texas and California

Verizon Overcharges 133000 Customers
Verizon customers in Florida, Texas and California, 133000 of them, were over billed by the company because of an operator error.
 An operator or someone of of same capability from North Carolina billing center programmed the computers with wrong instructions to bill customers with a phantom late fee of $7 or 1.5 percent of most users' bills (whichever was greater). This brought in closer to a million dollars from state of Florida alone.

Someone in a Durham, N.C., billing center entered the wrong instructions into a computer that generated the bills for customers in Florida, California and Texas, said Bob Elek, a Verizon spokesman. Verizon says customers should get a credit for the fee on one of their next two bills.
 Last October Verizon agreed to pay closer to $90 million in refunds for unauthorized $1.99 data charge billed to customers.
It pays to check your bills regularly.
St. Petersburg Times, via DSLreports

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Verizon Fiber, FIOS Ad, I wonder!

Verizon FIOS

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Color Buys ($350,000) and (?) For Sharing your Photos Publicly.

Color goes Green from the start!
Looks alike early adopters, adopters and venture capitalists are going crazy over color (coulour, I will get to that in abit), a new location based photo, video sharing service that started yesterday.
Color uses mobile apps in iPhone and Android (so far) to snap and share photos in a particular location, automatically with others. The others is decided by color, not you. So make sure you do not send up private photos.

Color in itself is a very simple to use as is the idea. There is no setup, you download the app and run it, enter your name, take a photo of yourself (or your dog) and you are good to go.
Your photos sent via color get associated with other users based on your location activity etc. Like if you are at a concert, and if many people start sending photos from the concert, color will create a group album from the photos everyone send in from that event. Color can dig a little deep in to information by taking into account the content of your pictures, the orientation of your device in relation to other devices using the service and similar signals.

The surprise is in the funding, they got $41 Million even before they set foot in the public. Color also spent closer to $500,000 securing the and, more than many startups dream of earning in their life time. Color them up clour, please make mine green.

Keep Your PBX in a Flash ( PIAF ) Running During An Internet Outage!

PBX in a Flash ( PIAF ) Can Run without Internet
If you experienced PIAF server was not able to route any calls after losing your Internet connection, even between local extensions Ward Mundy just Tweeted how we could avoid this.
The solution is to run a Bind DNS Caching Server running on your PIAF box to keep it going with an Internet outage. If you decided to use this solution, and if you are using FDQNs on your phones, the primary DNS server address must internal or external IP address of your server, where your phones are attached.
Ward Mundy, on the PIAF forum, has provided a simple script to run on your server and a set of files to get everything setup properly like ROOT server information and forwarding DNS queries to Google DNS servers.. The script is not shell script so you will have to run each line by themselves. (You can convert it into a shell script, if you have many PIAF servers running.)
After logging into your server with root capability (root or a sudo account) run the following code at the end of the article. Once you run the code and satisfied that everything is fine, run a dig command (e.g. dig for each of the FQDNs of your SIP trunk providers! This will cache the DNS information on your server to be used when the need arises. You can find the info with FreePBX: Tools, Asterisk Info, SIP Info, SIP Registry. Happy calling;

yum -y install bind*

cd /var/named
service named stop
tar zxvf bind.tgz
rm bind.tgz

echo nameserver > /etc/resolv.conf

sed -i 's|$nameserver||' /sbin/dhclient-script

service named start
service network restart


# look at the output for the second dig command issued above
# 2d dig command should show a very short DNS lookup time, e.g.
#;; Query time: 1 msec

#be sure to set named for auto start on bootup

chkconfig  named  on --level 2345
chkconfig --list named

# named should be configured to start with RunLevels 2,3,4,5

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Are You An Digium / Asterisk Innovator?
Digium just announced that they are now accepting submissions for the 2011 Asterisk Innovation Awards! The Digium Innovation Award is designed to recognize developers, customers and partners for outstanding achievements with Asterisk that are improving business processes, overcoming technology challenges and enhancing the company’s bottom line. Digium first introduced the Innovation awards at Astricon 2006 and has been an industry wide accepted award and awaited ever since.
This is open to any and all Digium|Asterisk customers and partners world-wide with solutions that are running and in production. There is also no limits to the number of projects and you can submit as many projects as long as you remember that each project requires a separate submission.

Digium will select this year’s winner based upon a number of criteria that include:

  • Your description of what makes your Asterisk-based solution innovative.
  • The amount to which your solution improved processes.
  • The technology challenges that were overcome to achieve your goal.
  • The size or breadth of your solution.
  • The measurable ROI and competitive advantages generated by project.
  • The things that can be achieved with the solution today that couldn’t be previously accomplished.
  • The creativity demonstrated in the implementation of the project
  • The overall presentation of your solution
If you happen to be the winner, you could expect to receive from Digium Asterisk team,

  • Hotel accommodations (2 nights) and airfare for one
  • Presentation of the award with a profile of your company in the AstriCon Conference General session
  • Congratulatory press release from Digium, Inc.
  • Listing on the Digium Web site
  • Chance to highlight the accomplishments of you and your team
  • Recognition by your industry, friends and family
When can applications be submitted? You can submit your projects to the 2011 Digium Innovation Award today! Submissions are being accepted at the following URL:
Submissions are due by August 1, 2011 and winners will be announced at Astricon, 2011.

Switching To Gmail As Easy As Walking Away!
We all know the benefits of using GMail (We have switched to GMail and other Google services like Google Docs for our work at DiorDna Group now.) and switching from other email providers are becoming much easier.
Almost two years ago, GMail told us how to switch from other providers like AOL or Hotmail. With all the services GMail providing now like easy and free calling and receiving calls from Google Voice it is really beneficial to switch over to GMail.
But the GMail team has thought about all the contacts and mail you have accumulated over the years in your previous accounts. So the team continue to add new email providers to the list you can import contacts and email from. There are 14 new providers in the list of supported email providers:
To make the process even easier GMail team created a site,, explaining why and how to switch to GMail. If you have any feedback, please provide them at GMail Support forum.

Switch to Gmail - Official Gmail Blog

Octasic’s Vocallo MGW Multi-Core Processor Selected For OpenVox’ DE430P solution

Octasic OpenVox

MONTREAL, Canada and SHENZHEN, China – March 22, 2011 -- Octasic Inc., a leading innovator of media processing and wireless solutions, today announced that its Vocallo MGW multi-core processor has been chosen by OpenVox Communication Co. Ltd, a leading global provider of unified communications equipment and open source Asterisk® telephony hardware and software products. OpenVox has incorporated Octasic’s Vocallo MGW into its DE430P line of PCIe cards for Asterisk® and other open source software, as well as for proprietary PBX, Switch, IVR, and VoIP gateway applications.
The OpenVox DE430P is the latest upgrade to OpenVox’ DE410P solution, which is a four-port T1/E1/J1 PCI card for high-performance voice and data applications. By equipping the DE430P with Octasic’s Vocallo MGW multi-core processor for voice and video over IP, OpenVox can provide its customers with a flexible, low cost solution for superior voice transcoding and offer the ability to add video capabilities as needed. Taking advantage of Vocallo’s patented echo cancellation and voice quality enhancement algorithms, the OpenVox DE430P delivers superior voice quality over T1, E1 and J1 interfaces, enabling users to eliminate echo tails up to 128ms across all 128 channels in E1 mode or 96 channels in T1/J1 modes.
“OpenVox is committed to leading the way in the evolving voice/video applications market, so choosing Octasic’s Vocallo MGW solution was a logical next step for us,” said Lin Miao, president of OpenVox. “With the ability to transcode more than 400 channels from G.711 to G.729AB on a single DSP while consuming less than 2 watts of power, the Vocallo MGW offers amazing performance, allowing us to deliver the highest channel density, best voice quality and lowest power consumption all in one complete solution.”
As the industry’s most complete Media Gateway DSP platform, Octasic’s Vocallo MGW solution enables OpenVox to reduce its system cost by delivering the lowest power per channel, as well as by offering optimal pricing scalability. With a software package that includes wideband audio processing, voice quality enhancement, and video processing for real-time communications, Vocallo MGW provides OpenVox with an optimal solution for today’s latest voice and video applications.
“Octasic’s solutions have been particularly valuable to our customers and partners whose product families are evolving from one application to multiple technologies and applications,” said Fabio Gambacorta, vice president sales and business development at Octasic. “That’s why we’re particularly pleased to have our Vocallo MGW incorporated into OpenVox’s latest enterprise-class solution for voice and video transcoding. This new hybrid card will satisfy their customers’ diversified needs for voice, while also allowing them a smooth migration path for video support.”

Octasic PR Contacts:
Joyce Radnor or Bree Bolognese
SVM Public Relations
+1-617-787-5192 or +1-760-754-7025 or

A Sprint In Your Google Voice, Or Vise Versa.

A Sprint In Your Google Voice, Or Vise Versa.

Yesterday we wrote about Google Nexus S 4G on Sprint with integrated Google Voice. I was so excited about the Nexus S 4G, I almost did not pay attention to the Google Voice part of it. By reading a Post on Googleblog (Cross-posted from the Google Voice Blog) explains to process in bit more depth.
Google Voice has come a long way since the Grand Central days, where I got my feet wet with what is now Google Voice.
Google Voice already comes in as mobile versions and you can use it with your existing numbers or as of lately, you can even port your mobile number to the Google Voice. By doing so means one can make the mobile number you’ve always used your Google Voice number, so it can ring any phone or computer you want.

So obviously the next step is to work with Carriers to integrate Google Voice with mobile phones. If you remember the AT&T / iPhone / Google Voice fiasco, you will understand how short sighted some carriers are. They even went as far as complaining to FCC about how bad Google Voice for not connecting to spam numbers! But then again, there are others who see the light early on, like Sprint.

Sprint customers will be the first in line to be able to do so. So now Sprint customers who uses Google Voice, will be able to use their mobile number as their Google Voice number.
This means a lot to Sprint customers as they can have all the benefits of Google Voice without having to port or change their numbers.
Additionally if so desired, Google Voice users can replace Sprint number with Google Voice number when making calls or sending TEXT messages from their Sprint phone.

In both the above cases, Google Voice will assume the tasks of Sprint Voicemail allowing Sprint customers to receive transcribed voicemail as email or TEXT messages. Another benefit is the International calls at low rates. International calls made from Google Voice users’ Sprint phones will be connected by Google Voice at Google's very low rates.
Also all other feature of Google Voice, like call recording, blocking unwanted calls, and personalized voicemail greetings based on the callers number, will be available to users.
These benefits will be avilable to Sprint users in the USA and will gradually be availble to all Google Voice users. Check your Google Voice account.
To learn more please visit

Official Google Blog: Sprint integrates Google Voice

Design Behind Android Renderscript .. Renderscript Part 2

Android Renderscript Continued..
If you were interested in the earlier article about the native Android Renderscript API, introduced to us by Google engineer, Jason Sams, you will be delighted to know that Jason has followed up with even better part two of the subject loaded with theories and examples.
The new article focuses on how the Renderscript was designed, Portability, Performance and Usability were the main objectives. Jason explains why C99 was selected as the base for the Renderscript and how 'compute' offloading of data processing from Dalvik code to Renderscript code.
I have not tried the examples yet but I will do as soon as I find some time, just to understand the graphics processing with Renderscript.
Follow the link below for the original article on Android developers blog
Android Developers Blog: Renderscript Part 2

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, Tablets Unveiled (Including Pricing) Yet More iPad2 Challengers

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, Tablets Unveiled
The just announced Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Galaxy S2) and 8.9 feature Samsung′s own TouchWiz user interface implemented on the Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation. The pricing is not bad either, matching the iPad2 lineup as you can see from below. The tablet market is getting busier and we certainly have many a choices. RIM just announced the availability of BlackBerry Playbook in the same pricing range. The combined screen sizes allow on to choose from best matched size. So quoting from Steve Jobs, 10.1" must be better than the smaller iPad.
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi-only 16GB: $499, available June 8th
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi-only 32GB: $599, available June 8th
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi-only 16GB: $469, available "early summer"
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi-only 32GB: $569, available "early summer"
"The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung′s constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world", said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung′s Mobile Communications Business. "By combining Samsung′s innovations in design and display with our exciting new user experience, we′ve created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market."

Tablet Specs;
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
Network HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
OS Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Display 10.1" WXGA 1280x800
Processor 1GHz Dual Core application processor
Camera Main(Rear) : 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback : 1080p Full HD Video @ 30fps
Recording : 720p HD Video
3.5mm Ear Jack, Surround Sound Stereo Speakers
Enterprise Solutions Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
Quickoffice HD Editor
Value-added Features Android Market™
Google Mobile Services :
Google™ Talk Video Chat, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.
Samsung TouchWiz UX
Samsung Mini Apps Tray
Social Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub
*Availability differs by region
Adobe Flash Player 10.2
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 2.1 + EDR
USB 2.0
WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n)
Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory 16G / 32G / 64G, microSD (up to 32GB)
*Size 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm, 595g
Battery 6800mAh
Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Network HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
OS Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Display 8.9" WXGA 1280x800
Processor 1GHz Dual Core application processor
Camera Main(Rear) : 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264, Divx/Xvid
Playback : 1080p Full HD Video @ 30fps
Recording : 720p HD Video
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker
Enterprise Solutions Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
Quickoffice HD Editor
Value-added Features Android Market™
Google Mobile Services :
Google™ Talk Video Chat, Google™ Maps, Books, etc
Samsung TouchWiz UX
Samsung Mini Apps Tray
Social Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub
*Availability differs by region
Adobe Flash Player 10.2
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0
WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n)
Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory 16G / 32G / 64G, microSD (up to 32GB)
*Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm, 470g
Battery 6000mAh

Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec for Patent Infringement by Android Devices

Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec
Microsoft filed a complaint with the US District Court for the District of Western Washington,  and one with the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Microsoft earlier lodged complaints against Motorola with the same organization and asserted the same patents in both of them.

“The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers, HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, has taken a license under this program. We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations and fulfill our responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year to bring great software products and services to market,”  said Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing.

The patents-in-suit are:
 Microsoft via FOSS Patents

iPhone5 Rumors Keep Adding, NFC, A5 Processor And So On

iPhone 5
I guess untill Apple comes out with a definitive answer regarding the iPhone 5, there will be more rumors.The latest comes fro China Times and according to them the device is in production state and has an improved antenna and a metal case or chassis and will be ready to launch in third quarter of 2011.
There is also information about NFC (Near Field Communication) chip to be coupled with an e-wallet service allowing users to leave their wallets behind. Like in Japan where most of the monitory transactions like buying a railway or bus ticket, a cup of coffee or many other stuff offered in vending machines are done with ones phone. The Google Nexus S and Google Nexus S 4G already has the NFC chips embedded so it is only natural that iPhone keeps up! :)
In addition to the antenna correction (remember the antennagate) the iPhone 5 screen will also have more real estate with an 4" screen instead of 3.5 inch that they have now.
Next improvement comes from the processor and will have tha same processor as the iPad 2, a dual core A5 processor.
The China Times als speaks of an Apple manufacturing plant in Brazil, dedicated to producing Apple product which plans to begin production in 2013.
China Times (Translated)

RIM Brings Out BlackBerry Playbook For $499, Plans To Compete WIth iPad2

BlackBerry Playbook
The 7' tablet from RIM, Blackberry Playbook the iPad Challenger, that Steve Jobs went so low to chide will be released on April 19th for $400 and has a bunch of carrier and retail shelves lined up to market it to the masses. The 16GB edition with WiFi ($499) will be available from stores such as Bestbuy and matches the Apples iPad 2 pricing and most other things except the 9.7" screen. There might be people who would like the smaller size. Other sizes, 32GB ($599), 64GB($699) also match Apple's lineup.
“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet that is already being widely praised as a multi-tasking powerhouse with an uncompromised web experience and an ultra-portable design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President & Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “Given the high level of customer interest in the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are particularly pleased to be working with such an amazing lineup of retail partners.”
The BestBuy USA and Canada will carry the device and will begin accepting orders as of today. In addition, AT&T, Office Depot, RadioShack, Staples, Sprint and Verizon will also carry the device.

BlackBerry PlayBook Specifications

7" 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
1 GHz dual-core processor
BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
1080p HDMI output
Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
1 GB RAM memory
Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support
Sorry Jobs, they did not supply sand paper with it as you wanted. Well, you can't have everything you want!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sprint Offeres Google Nexus S 4G With Google Voice Integrated.

Google Nexus S 4G (4G used in connection with the Samsung Nexus S product name refers to the fact that the Nexus S is capable of operating on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network.)
Sprint extends its 4G device innovation lead once again with the upcoming availability of the 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone, Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™.  Coming to Sprint this spring, it will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented controls and services enabled by Google Voice™ integration built into the Sprint Network.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), Nexus S 4G comes packed with a pure Google experience using Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones.

Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps. In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

It is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology providing a premium viewing experience.  The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. It also offers a screen that is bright with higher color contrast, meaning colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won't wash them out.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera.  In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
  • 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated GPS
  • 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Nexus S 4G from Google will be available exclusively from Sprint this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web ( and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), as well as select national retailers.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).
Via Sprint

Cool New 2011 Apple MACbook Pros Having Graphics Heat Issues!

Cool New 2011 Apple MACbook Pro Problems
Looks like the new Macbook pro notebooks are having some cooling issues under heavy loads.I was a bit disappointed because I was planing to get the new 17" version for myself.
Since my interest, I have been watching the forums to learn about the new Macbooks and these issues reported points to Mac OS X and graphics chip cooling. People who has loaded Windows says the machines stay stable under the same conditions.
Apple has indicated to users who notified the issue that a team of engineers are working on the issue. Many people who has returned the machines because of the problem experienced the same with the new machines.
I guess I will wait for my 1920x1200 screen!
Forum information could be found here;

Twitter Tax Break, A San Francisco Political Fight!

Twitter Tax Break,

The Twitter Tax break would give companies in the economically depressed Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods, be exempt from paying the payroll tax for new employees. The exemption would be good for six years and would not apply to workers already on the payroll.
The legislation also exempt affected companies from paying payroll taxes on employee stock options if they go public during this six years and would save a bundle for involved companies.

But the board of supervisors are up in arms. Some supports the measure while others looking to bring it in front of voters in November.

Twitter, a private company, is thinking of moving to Brisbane from it's current location, south of market, is of course looking for the break. If approved, Twitter would move in to a place on Market street by ninth street. Twitter is projecting to hire about 2650 employees by 2013. Twitter currently has 350 employees.

read more on SFGate.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

T-Mobile Ads, Now We Are Crappy Too, Just Like AT&T!
Remember those T-Mobile Ads, depicting AT&T and Other networks are being crappy? Well I guess now they will have to say, following the trend we have decided to become crappy too! Too bad T-Mobile was one carrier I was considering to replace my AT&T Unlimited plan, which has apparently will become limited if you are tethering your smartphone.

You Tether, You Pay! AT&T To Tethering Smartphone Users. MyWi Is Not YourWi!

You Tether, You Pay
Looks like AT&T wants smartphone users to pay up for tethering. Tethering came to AT&T network with iOS 4.3 and has a specials data plan for such users. But many users have used third party apps like MyWi.
If you thought you are exempt because you are on the grandfathered unlimited plan, you are wrong;

If we don’t hear from you, we’ll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB after March 27, 2011. The new plan – whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you – will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan.
So if you have been tethering and received the fallowing letter, stop it and contact AT&T before March 27 and save your unlimited plan.
Others, change the plan or change the carriers, skip T-Mobile as AT&T is to acquire T-Mobile soon.

The purported letter from AT&T (fished from the net, we did not get such letter);
Dear [Name of Account Holder],

We’ve noticed your service plan may need updating.

Many AT&T customers use their smartphones as a broadband connection for other devices, like laptops, netbooks or other smartphones– a practice commonly known as tethering. Tethering can be an efficient way for our customers to enjoy the benefits of AT&T’s mobile broadband network and use more than one device to stay in touch with important people and information. To take advantage of this feature, we require that in addition to a data plan, you also have a tethering plan.
Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.

If you would like to continue tethering, please log into your account online at, or call us at 1-888-860-6789 Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CST or Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST, by March 27, 2011 to sign up for DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering. Here are details on the plan:

DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering
• $45 per month (this gives you 4GB in total, combining both your smartphone data plan for $25 and the tethering feature, $20)
• $10 per each additional GB thereafter, added automatically as needed
• Mobile Hotspot capabilities are included for compatible Smartphones

If we don’t hear from you, we’ll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB after March 27, 2011. The new plan – whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you – will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan.

If you discontinue tethering, no changes to your current plan will be required.

It’s easy to track your usage throughout the month so there are no bill surprises. For example, we send you free text messages when you reach 65, 90, and 100 percent of your plan’s threshold. If you would like to monitor your account more closely, go to to learn about other ways to track your data usage.

As a reminder, our smartphone data plans also include unlimited usage of Wi-Fi at no additional charge. AT&T smartphone customers can use Wi-Fi at home or on-the-go at any one of our more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots already included in your data plan.

Thank you for bringing your account up to date. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve your mobile broadband needs.



Please update your data plan by March 27, 2011 if you intend to continue tethering

To learn more and update your plan, visit

Reach us for assistance during business hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CST Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST at 1-888-860-6789

$39 Billion AT&T, T-Mobile Deal, iPhone Gets Fastest Network And T-Mobile Users Get iPhones!

$39 Billion AT&T, T-Mobile Deal
With the following press release, AT&T is on the way to acquire T-Mobile USA and many including deal makers stand to gain.
AT&T and T_mobile share the same type of networks like GSM. UMTS/HSPA and the integration on two companies will technologically seem to be sound.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”
The buyout will also make AT&T the largest wireless carrier with somewhere close to 130 million users and T-Mobile customers 33.7 million of them now can have iPhones if they really want, just like T-Mobile European customers.

DALLAS & BONN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - News) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB:DTE.f - News) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.
With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.
“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”
Stephenson continued, “This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”
Deutsche Telekom Chairman and CEO René Obermann said, “After evaluating strategic options for T-Mobile USA, I am confident that AT&T is the best partner for our customers, shareholders and the mobile broadband ecosystem. Our common network technology makes this a logical combination and provides an efficient path to gaining the spectrum and network assets needed to provide T-Mobile customers with 4G LTE and the best devices. Also, the transaction returns significant value to Deutsche Telekom shareholders and allows us to retain exposure to the U.S. market.”
As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that, based on the terms of the agreement, would give Deutsche Telekom an ownership interest in AT&T of approximately 8 percent. A Deutsche Telekom representative will join the AT&T Board of Directors.
Competition and Pricing
The U.S. wireless industry is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the world and will remain so after this deal. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where a large majority of consumers can choose from five or more wireless providers in their local market. For example, in 18 of the top 20 U.S. local markets, there are five or more providers. Local market competition is escalating among larger carriers, low-cost carriers and several regional wireless players with nationwide service plans. This intense competition is only increasing with the build-out of new 4G networks and the emergence of new market entrants.
The competitiveness of the market has directly benefited consumers. A 2010 report from the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) states the overall average price (adjusted for inflation) for wireless services declined 50 percent from 1999 to 2009, during a period which saw five major wireless mergers.
Addresses wireless spectrum challenges facing AT&T, T-Mobile USA, their customers, and U.S. policymakers
This transaction quickly provides the spectrum and network efficiencies necessary for AT&T to address impending spectrum exhaust in key markets driven by the exponential growth in mobile broadband traffic on its network. AT&T’s mobile data traffic grew 8,000 percent over the past four years and by 2015 it is expected to be eight to 10 times what it was in 2010. Put another way, all of the mobile traffic volume AT&T carried during 2010 is estimated to be carried in just the first six to seven weeks of 2015. Because AT&T has led the U.S. in smartphones, tablets and e-readers – and as a result, mobile broadband – it requires additional spectrum before new spectrum will become available. In the long term, the entire industry will need additional spectrum to address the explosive growth in demand for mobile broadband.
Improves service quality for U.S. wireless customers
AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers will see service improvements - including improved voice quality - as a result of additional spectrum, increased cell tower density and broader network infrastructure. At closing, AT&T will immediately gain cell sites equivalent to what would have taken on average five years to build without the transaction, and double that in some markets. The combination will increase AT&T’s network density by approximately 30 percent in some of its most populated areas, while avoiding the need to construct additional cell towers. This transaction will increase spectrum efficiency to increase capacity and output, which not only improves service, but is also the best way to ensure competitive prices and services in a market where demand is extremely high and spectrum is in short supply.
Expands 4G LTE deployment to 95 percent of U.S. population – urban and rural areas
This transaction will directly benefit an additional 46.5 million Americans – equivalent to the combined populations of the states of New York and Texas – who will, as a result of this combination, have access to AT&T’s latest 4G LTE technology. In terms of area covered, the transaction enables 4G LTE deployment to an additional 1.2 million square miles, equivalent to 4.5 times the size of the state of Texas. Rural and smaller communities will substantially benefit from the expansion of 4G LTE deployment, increasing the competitiveness of the businesses and entrepreneurs in these areas.
Increases AT&T’s investment in the U.S.
The acquisition will increase AT&T’s infrastructure investment in the U.S. by more than $8 billion over seven years. Expansion of AT&T’s 4G LTE network is an important foundation for the next wave of innovation and growth in mobile broadband, ensuring the U.S. continues to lead the world in wireless technology and availability. It makes T-Mobile USA, currently a German-owned U.S. telecom network, part of a U.S.-based company.
An impressive, combined workforce
Bringing AT&T and T-Mobile USA together will create an impressive workforce that is best positioned to compete in today’s global economy. Post-closing, AT&T intends to tap into the significant knowledge and expertise held by employees of both AT&T and T-Mobile USA to succeed. AT&T is the only major U.S. wireless company with a union workforce, offering leading wages, benefits, training and development for employees. The combined company will continue to have a strong employee and operations base in the Seattle area.
Consistent with AT&T’s track record of value-enhancing acquisitions
AT&T has a strong track record of executing value-enhancing acquisitions and expects to create substantial value for shareholders through large, straightforward synergies with a run rate of more than $3 billion, three years after closing onward (excluding integration costs). The value of the synergies is expected to exceed the purchase price of $39 billion. Revenue synergies come from opportunities to increase smartphone penetration and data average revenue per user, with cost savings coming from network efficiencies, subscriber and support savings, reduced churn and avoided capital and spectrum expenditures.
The transaction will enhance margin potential and improve the company’s long-term revenue growth potential as it benefits from a more robust mobile broadband platform for new services.
Additional financial information
The $39 billion purchase price will include a cash payment of $25 billion with the balance to be paid using AT&T common stock, subject to adjustment. AT&T has the right to increase the cash portion of the purchase price by up to $4.2 billion with a corresponding reduction in the stock component, so long as Deutsche Telekom receives at least a 5 percent equity ownership interest in AT&T.
The number of AT&T shares issued will be based on the AT&T share price during the 30-day period prior to closing, subject to a 7.5 percent collar; there is a one-year lock-up period during which Deutsche Telekom cannot sell shares.
The cash portion of the purchase price will be financed with new debt and cash on AT&T’s balance sheet. AT&T has an 18-month commitment for a one-year unsecured bridge term facility underwritten by J.P. Morgan for $20 billion. AT&T assumes no debt from T-Mobile USA or Deutsche Telekom and continues to have a strong balance sheet.
The transaction is expected to be earnings (excluding non-cash amortization and integration costs) accretive in the third year after closing. Pro-forma for 2010, this transaction increases AT&T’s total wireless revenues from $58.5 billion to nearly $80 billion, and increases the percentage of AT&T’s total revenues from wireless, wireline data and managed services to approximately 80 percent.
This transaction will allow for sufficient cash flow to support AT&T’s dividend. AT&T has increased its dividend for 27 consecutive years, a matter decided by AT&T’s Board of Directors.
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, a reverse breakup fee in certain circumstances, and other customary regulatory and other closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.
Greenhill & Co., J.P. Morgan and Evercore Partners acted as financial advisors and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Arnold & Porter, and Crowell & Moring provided legal advice to AT&T.
Conference Call/Webcast
On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 8 a.m. ET, AT&T Inc. will host a live video and audio webcast presentation regarding its announcement to acquire T-Mobile USA. Links to the webcast and accompanying documents will be available on AT&T's Investor Relations website. Please log in 15 minutes ahead of time to test your browser and register for the call.
For dial-in access, please dial +1 (888) 517-2464 within the U.S. or +1 (630) 827-6816 outside the U.S. after 7:30 a.m. ET. Enter passcode 8442095# to join or ask the conference call operator for the AT&T Investor Relations event.
The webcast will be available for replay on AT&T’s Investor Relations website on March 21, 2011, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET through April 21, 2011. An archive of the conference call will also be available during this time period. To access the recording, please dial +1 (877) 870-5176 within the U.S. or +1 (858) 384-5517 outside the U.S. and enter reservation code 29362481#.
Transaction Website
For more information on the transaction, including background information and factsheets,

Friday, March 18, 2011

iPad2 One Weeks Later? How Do You Like It??

iPad2 One Weeks Later
I do not have an iPad2 so one of the votes above are mine (Don't have a iPad 2) But one of my colleagues does and he is happy about it overall. Except he is pissed off about not having location services or GPS on his WiFi only version.So his verdict is Get a 3G version if you care about location services. (But I do not know if the GPS works if you do not have service activated on a 3G version)
From the poll above, it seems people are happy about it and the poll just began. So hop over to TiPb can cast your vote. More the participation, better the samples will be. I am holding off for a white iPad2 3G or Motorola XOOM WiFi version.
To me the black iPad2 looks like a digital photo frame!
TiPb iPad2 Poll

SIP Network Operators Conference ( SIPNOC ) Preliminary List Of Registered Attendees And Participants Announced.

SIPNOC seem to be going places with ever expanding attention from CEOs, CTOs, network architects and engineers from carriers on five continents as well as government, research organizations and industry bigwigs. The first of its kind conference will be a good source of information for everyone involved in SIP Network operations or any communications operations involving SIP for that matter.
SIPNOC earlier announced that the Keynote Speech will presented by Dr. Douglas Sicker, FCC.

"When we initiated SIPNOC, we knew we were embarking on a new type of event for the industry and that there would be interest, and the response we have received has justified our enthusiasm, and then some, We expect this event to be far more than just an educational conference, but a meeting of the brightest industry minds from across the entire spectrum of the global networking operator community. Our vision for SIPNOC is to make it a place for network operators of all shapes and sizes to come together to share their perspectives and ideas on how to make IP communications better, and hopefully provide tangible results that further accelerate the development and propagation of SIP and SIP services in the years ahead." " said SIP Forum Managing Director, Marc Robins.
Follow the links below for registration and further information.

Press Release;

NORTH ANDOVER, MA (March 18, 2011) - The SIP Forum announced today a preliminary list of registered attendees and participants in the first SIP Network Operators Conference (SIPNOC), to be held April 25-27 at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA. The two-day conference, which is designed to be a first-of-its-kind international conference aimed a SIP network operations personnel, is attracting CEOs, CTOs, network architects and engineers from carriers on five continents, including AT&T, Comcast, Cbeyond, Time Warner Cable, Swisscom, COX Communications, Verizon, Uni-tel, A1Telekom Austria, Telecommunikasi Indonesia, XO Communications, and Sprint Nextel.

In addition to carrier participants, SIPNOC has also attracted a myriad of SIP community stakeholders from vendors, governments and research organizations such as Acme Packet (which has also signed on as a SIPNOC Diamond Sponsor), the FCC, Avaya, Cisco Systems, Microsoft Corp., IBM Research, CableLabs, Dialogic, Broadsoft, Ingate Systems, MetaSwitch, Polycom, Commetrex, Sonus, Sagemcom Canada, NGN Data Services Corp. and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Registration for SIPNOC remains opens by visiting

"When we initiated SIPNOC, we knew we were embarking on a new type of event for the industry and that there would be interest, and the response we have received has justified our enthusiasm, and then some," said SIP Forum Managing Director, Marc Robins. "We expect this event to be far more than just an educational conference, but a meeting of the brightest industry minds from across the entire spectrum of the global networking operator community. Our vision for SIPNOC is to make it a place for network operators of all shapes and sizes to come together to share their perspectives and ideas on how to make IP communications better, and hopefully provide tangible results that further accelerate the development and propagation of SIP and SIP services in the years ahead."

The SIP Forum has also developed a world-class lineup of speakers at SIPNOC, to be announced in detail at a later date.

SIPNOC will focus on issues critical to the reliable and successful deployment and operation of SIP-based services in carrier networks. The agenda will feature special presentations, panel discussions and workshops covering key topics by network operators related to SIP-based services and infrastructure, including testing, application development, SIP trunking, FoIP, call routing and peering, troubleshooting and monitoring, emergency services and more.

While the international carrier and service provider community is the lynchpin of the event, industry stakeholders involved in major SIP initiatives such equipment vendors, government representatives, large enterprises and research organizations are encouraged to attend.

The SIP Forum has gained an international reputation for developing important, educational events surrounding SIP. The organization's SIPit series of interoperability testing events ( regularly provides a test bed for SIP-based applications and equipment that has been heralded as critical for the development of new products and services in the industry. The SIP Forum also has a number of committees and task groups made up of well-known industry experts examining a myriad of SIP-related topics, including the use of SIP in smart grid installations, FoIP, video, and user-agent configuration.

SIPNOC Registration

* To register for SIPNOC, please visit

SIPNOC General Show Info

* For more information about SIPNOC, please visit or send an email to

SIPNOC Sponsorship Info

* For information about corporate sponsorship opportunities at SIPNOC, please contact Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director, at +1-718-548-7245 or marc.robins "at"

Sn0wbreeze 2.3 Beta 3 to Jailbreak iOS 4.3 on Windows, Fixes iBooty Issues

Sn0wbreeze 2.3 beta 3
iH8sn0w has released Sn0wbreeze 2.3 beta 3 to fix the iPod  touch 4 and iBooty issues. Other than that, the release is same as the Sn0wbreeze 2.3 beta2;

  • Adds Multitasking Gestures option in Settings App.
  • iBooty bug fixes (Includes iBSS issues).
  • iBooty is EVEN faster.
  • MobileSubstrate is now working.
  • Sleep bug in iPod Touches is fixed.
  • Rare iPad 1G issues resolved.
  • Added iREB to top bar for future re-runs within sn0wbreeze.
You can get it from  ih8sn0w's download site, where you can find the latest build
You can always find iH8sn0w on twitter

Nimbuzz for BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 8520, BBVoIP, Freecalls Over Wifi.

If you are a Balckberry Bold 9700 or Blackberry Curve 8520 user and a Nimbuzz member (if not you can become one easily), you have got a chance to be the first in line to test the Nimbuzz VoIP for Blackberry and make FREE VoIP calls (Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz, Windows Live/MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk) and cheap international calls via NimbuzzOut.
Nimbuzz just tweeted the announcement and you can reach the Nimbuzz on twitter as well as application form hosted on Google Docs.
Make you move and enjoy the free Calls from Nimbus on you Blackberry. (Once you fill out the application, Nimbuzz will email you a link to download the app. Enjoy the freedom and free calls.

Nimbuzz for Blackberry
Nimbuzz on twitter

Android Continue to Lead iOS In Mobile Ad Share, Owns 51% : Millennial

Android Continue to Lead

According to Millennial Media’s monthly mobile report for the third month in a row, Android continued to lead iOS as the largest Smartphone OS on the Millennial network with over half 51% of all U.S. mobile ad impression share, which accounted to be about 21 billion each. Millennial ads reach 90.3 million users monthly in the U.S. and is the third largest mobile advertiser bihind AdMob and iAD. You can read about our report on the same subject on February Millennial Monthly Mix
In the ad network Apple's iOS has 27% share and Blackberry (RIM) found a chunk of 14& which is actually higher than previous month.
From the Millennial Monthly Mix;
  • Samsung grew 50% month-over-month to reclaim the number two position on the Top 15 Manufacturers ranking. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet made its debut as a Top 30 Mobile Device – the first Android Connected Device to make our ranking. Samsung also had three new Smartphones enter the Top 30 Mobile Devices ranking in February: the Samsung Fascinate, the Samsung Forte, and the Samsung Captivate.
  • The Verizon iPhone launch had on impact on overall iPhone impressions on our network. In the first two weeks the device launched, it represented 4.5% of all U.S. iPhone impressions.
  • Android continued to lead iOS as the largest Smartphone OS on our network for the third consecutive month, with a 51% impression share in February.
  • According to eMarketer, Apple was the clear leader in tablet device sales, with more than 10 million Apple iPads sold in 2010. Apple is predicted to remain the market leader over the next two years, selling an estimated 50 million devices by 2012. This year, Android and Microsoft tablet sales are both expected to grow more than 400%. More than 32 million Android tablets are predicted to be sold by 2012.
Millennial Blog via Techcrunch

120 SXSW Companies Raising Awareness for Japan Relief With Help From Ubershare.
AUSTIN, Texas, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --, a new website that launched March 11 is putting its own information sharing technology to use to spread awareness for the Japan relief effort. The campaign has garnered support from more than 120 companies exhibiting at SXSW and strives to bring the Japan crisis and relief effort to the forefront of the Austin conference.
After launching its new sharing rewards platform,, a site that enables people to offer and earn rewards for helping spread messages, quickly realized that its platform could be used to get the word out on the Japan relief effort.
Says Founder Jason White, “We noticed there were a few very respectable efforts at the South By Southwest conference to raise funds and awareness for Japan, but from our discussions with conference attendees, none of these efforts seemed to be getting significant exposure.” White added “SXSW seems to have an incredible mix of creative, brilliant and connected people who can use their resources to support this type of cause and we realized the technology we built in Ubershare to spread messages could be used to raise cause awareness within that community.”
To put its sharing rewards service to use, Ubershare published an announcement on its site with information about donating to the Red Cross and background on the existing SXSW relief effort. It then applied its own sharing rewards to the announcement, offering $1 in donations to the Red Cross, up to $10,000, for each person visiting and using its tracked sharing system to spread the word. To encourage sharing, Ubershare additionally pledged a free SXSW 2012 conference pass to the person most actively spreading awareness.
Once the post went live on March 14, White jumped into action, printing hundreds of Japan awareness signs and scrambling to speak with the various companies exhibiting at the SXSW exhibition hall. Each company was invited to support the initiative by placing an awareness poster somewhere visible at their exhibition booths. By day’s end, more than 120 companies, each listed at the page had pledged support by not only putting up posters, but using their social media channels to promote the initiative. Some offered financial matching support as well.
Says White about his company’s effort “We’re genuinely grateful but unsurprised by all the support. The South By Southwest community is incredibly caring, positive, and resourceful and we expected nothing less. But," adds White, “the only thing we actually care about is that folks spread awareness about this relief effort or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.”

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