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Rumor Alert: Verizon to Cap Data, Follow AT&T's Path

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Rumor Alert: Verizon to Cap Data, Follow AT&T's Path

It looks like AT&T won't be the only ones killing off their unlimited data package as Verizon might be following suit sometime soon. Currently, Verizon only has prepaid mobile broadband plans ranging from 100MB to 1GB and from $15 to $50. The issue with that is that 1GB can be eaten up pretty quickly just by visiting YouTube for an hour and 100MB is gone with something as simple as a couple of Google searches. Verizon looks to remedy that with some tiered data packages.

For information on what those packages might be, follow the break.

Droid X Does Have Screen Defects

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Droid X Does Have Screen Defects

For those early birds who have gotten their hands on the new Droid X, you may have encountered problems with the huge 4.3" display on Motorola's and Verizon's newest smartphone. A number of users have reported seeing flickering, banding, distorting and other weird phenomena. Verizon has confirmed that the screen issues are due to a hardware defect, but have said that the problem is isolated to less than one percent of the total Droid X inventory.

Follow the break to see what Verizon's statement on the matter said.

Its A Wide Open FrontierVille Out There

posted Sunday Jul 18, 2010 by Josh Henry

Its A Wide Open <i>FrontierVille</i> Out There

It seems that if you put Ville at the end of any app on Facebook these days, it will end up being extremely successful. FrontierVille on Facebook, is no exception. The Wild West-themed game that lets virtual pioneers tame a piece of wilderness has attracted 20 million players since its June 9 launch, making it the third most popular Zynga game after FarmVille and Zynga Poker. The game combines elements of FarmVille with a robust mission structure and a "living world," which means constantly keeping nature and varmints at bay ranging from bears to snakes. Sounds like a kid version of Red Dead Redemption to me but I guess I can see the appeal.

Other fun facts Frontierville since launch:

  • 6.3 million people have built their frontier cabins
  • 3.3 million people have built a general store
  • 2.3 million people got married
  • 1.1 million people have had a kid
  • 10 million people have clobbered a snake
  • 3.6 million people have scared away a bear

Chile First Country to Guarantee Net Neutrality

posted Sunday Jul 18, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Chile First Country to Guarantee Net Neutrality

We've talked about net neutrality since this show started over three seasons ago and have been following the developments in business, federal and international policies and laws regarding it. New to net neutrality discussions or need a brush-up on some of the topics? Here's some reference:

AT&T Won't Let the FCC Let Google Be

FCC: Google Explain Yourself

TV Is Everywhere, Hulu Is Not

Some Readers Won't Digest the FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Comcast Plans To Screw Consumers More, Where's The Romance?

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Net Neutrality Up to Congress

All caught up? Good. Now, the consensus for the consumer community is that we all want net neutrality and the freedom to post what we want, where we want it, within the confines of ethical, moral and legal principles. ISPs, however, absolutely despise even the notion of such freedom and things of that sort. The politicians in the now amazing country of Chile and their Board of the Chamber of Deputies, though, have concluded that they absolutely love net neutrality!

Follow the break to see what they've done.

Larry Kenney, Larry Kenney, Larry Kenney.... Hooeeeeeeee!!!

posted Sunday Jul 18, 2010 by Josh Henry

 Larry Kenney, Larry Kenney, Larry Kenney.... Hooeeeeeeee!!!

You guys remember Thundercats, right? Nobody can forget the classic cry of Lion-O: Thundercats Thundercats Thundercats Hoeeeeeeeeeeeee (yea you know me).

Well we've got some great news for you because it looks like Japan's Studio40C is rebooting the franchise for a new generation, and that isn't even the good news. THAT comes to us from Rosemary Ward's Facebook page that states:

Interesting Thundercat News! Talking to the a {sic} talent agency just now in regards to Larry Kenney, I found out He'll be voicing Lion-O again!

Hit the break to hear more about the Thundercats!

Intel Hires Former Palm Exec as New VP for Smartphones

posted Sunday Jul 18, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Hires Former Palm Exec as New VP for Smartphones

I know everyone was curious and extremely interested to see what HP would do after buying Palm a couple months ago and the only things we've seen so far are a possible line of WebOS printers and a huge amount of departures from the company and the merger. The most recent casualty is the former Senior VP for Product Development, Mike Bell. Bell had served 16 years at Apple before jumping ship to work for Jon Rubinstein but has now donned the color of blue, as he will be joining Intel to become the new Vice President for the smartphone division. More specifically, Bell will act as the Director of Smartphone Product Development in Intel's Ultra Mobility group.

As we have been telling you, Intel has been looking to get into the smartphone market for quite some time, and a man of Mike Bell's stature guiding them may be just the thing they need to propel them to the top quickly, or at least allow them to hit the ground running in the right direction.

Click past the break to read the company email sent revealing Mr. Bell's arrival to the company.

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