Virgin Mobile announces LG Optimus Slider, sneakily postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile was originally intending to celebrate the new month by flipping the switch on throttled data, but it decided to push those plans back and announce a couple new phones instead. The prepaid carrier announced the upcoming launch of the LG Optimus Slider (note: it’s not the Optimus Note) and the HTC Wildfire S in October and, in the same press release, nonchalantly mentioned that it would delay reducing throughput speeds for heavy users until sometime next year. No word on why this came about, but we’ll take good news whenever we can get it. The LG Optimus Slider is an Android 2.3 device with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 3.2MP camera and 1,500mAh battery, and will be available online beginning October 16th for 0 and in Sprint stores October 30th. The HTC Wildfire S will show up in silver at Best Buy and in white at Radio Shack starting October 23rd, and can be yours for 0 as well. We can imagine which announcement you’re most excited for. Check out both press releases in their glory after the break.

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AT&T asks court to dismiss lawsuits filed by Sprint and C Spire Wireless

Well, look at Ma Bell now, wishing it’d all just go away. Tied up in lawsuits, the company has filed motions to dismiss the two complaints brought by Sprint and C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South), which seek to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. In the filings, it’s argued that the two providers represent their own interests, rather than that of the public. AT&T further reveals that C Spire had pursued private negotiations prior to the lawsuit, where the regional provider agreed to support the merger “if AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi.” Ma Bell goes on to state, “This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition.” Given the latest maneuver (which smacks heavily of PR spin), there’s no doubt that lawyers for Sprint and C Spire will have a bit of homework for the weekend.

AT&T asks court to dismiss lawsuits filed by Sprint and C Spire Wireless originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This week’s Trends: space, holidays, and pranks

Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we’ve come across this week:

  • We studied a trend of popular composite videos created from photos taken in space.

  • We collected some of the popular Rosh Hashanah music video parodies being watched during the Jewish New Year.
  • We looked at how U.S. “X Factor” contestant Chris Rene jumped to popularity.
  • CBS News’ The Feed examined the rising phenomenon of globally-popular Russian cat videos.
  • We tracked footage being posted from the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in NYC.
  • And this Carlsberg prank from Belgium became a global hit:

Check back every day for the latest about what’s trending on YouTube at:

Kevin Allocca, YouTube Trends Manager, recently watched “29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time!.”

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Recover Your Bionic From The Softbrick Stage With One Click!

Having a device like the ones we feature at xda and knowing about this site will give you a certain chance to do things to your device that may end up soft bricking it. The fear and sweaty palms that you get when you are witnessing your investment struggling to wake up is nothing short of a despairing moment. When this happens, you normally go running to your device forum and either ask for help or read up and look for a solution. If you have a Motorola Bionic and are currently in this position, we are happy to let you know that your search is over thanks to XDA member dhacker29. The dev has put together a Windows script which turns a multiple step solution for your soft brick into a speedy, couple of clicks solution. Simply download the script, connect your device via usb, run it, and you should be up and running in no time.

Please leave some feedback behind if this has worked for you.

I have zipped up the windows fastboot binary, boot.img, system.img, and a custom script so that all you have to do is download the zip. Extract it to a folder and double click on One-Click Fastboot Restore to recover from a bootloop or softbrick on your BIONIC.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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FCC Fridays: September 30, 2011

We here at Engadget tend to spend a lot of way too much time poring over the latest FCC filings, be it on the net or directly on the ol’ Federal Communications Commission’s site. Since we couldn’t possibly (want to) cover all the stuff that goes down there, we’ve gathered up all the raw info you may want (but probably don’t need). Enjoy!


Read – Alcatel OneTouch 910A
Read – Fujitsu F02D
Read – Fusion Garage Grid 4
Read – Haier HG-M508
Read – Haier HG-Q100
Read – HTC PH39100 (Holiday)
Read – Huawei C8512
Read – Huawei G5510
Read – Huawei U2801
Read – Huawei U5100
Read – Huawei U8350
Read – Huawei U8600
Read – Huawei U8800 Pro
Read – LG L-01D
Read – LG T565
Read – Mobo KRAZE
Read – Motorola P56MD2
Read – Motorola WX306
Read – Nokia 603
Read – Samsung GT-B5510
Read – Samsung GT-I8150
Read – Samsung GT-I9220
Read – Samsung GT-P6810
Read – Sony Ericsson Xperia Active
Read – Virgin Mobile JukeB

Tablets and peripherals

Read – Huawei E173Z-6 USB stick
Read – Samsung GT-7300B
Read – ZTE Smart Tab 7
Read – ZTE Smart Tab 10

FCC Fridays: September 30, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Problem setting up Gmail account

Hi all,

I have added a Gmail account to my BB Bold 9000 phone. I have other Gmail accounts previously installed on the phone and it works fine, but this one was different. After adding the email, I got this email on the BB that says "Action required. Update settings for email" and it says its emails for that account arent being delivered to my BB because I need to enable IMAP in my Gmail account. However, I check my settings in my Gmail account and IMAP as well as POP is on. I even copied the settings from my other Gmail account that I have set up on my BB that works.

If it matters, IMAP is enabled with auto-expunge on. I can see these emails in my actual Gmail account and I don’t see it on my BB. Then when I access "Email Settings" , the account in question is highlighted in red with a subtitle of "Invalid account. Please validate." Upon validation, it asks me to re-enter the password fot the account. It says its been successfully validated but then the process starts over again with BB sending me an email saying IMAP needs to be turned on.

I’ve done different things to troubleshoot. I’ve turned the imap off then turned it back on, I’ve deleted the account and tried to create it again, I’ve even turned off imap and tried again. Still nothing. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Are You Developing Apps for Your Enterprise? Top Reasons Not to Miss BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011

BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011

(Originally posted on the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog)

Mobile apps in the corporate environment are more creative and influential than ever, helping businesses work faster, more profitably, and with the kind of efficiency that others envy. Here’s why we think attending BlackBerry® DevCon Americas 2011 can help your corporation go even further and do even more.

1. Understand more about the tools and options. Many of the sessions at the show are designed to increase your know-how and skill base, such as:

2. Learn from another corporation’s success. Nothing teaches as well as a company willing to share their experience, and PricewaterhouseCoopers is offering to do just that. Don’t miss COM01 – Enterprise Application Development Made Easy: The PricewaterhouseCoopers Story.

3. Train with the best. Sign up for training sessions on using Adobe® Flex®, Adobe® AIR® and BlackBerry® WebWorks™ to build apps for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Both one-day courses are offered on Monday, October 17 from 9 am to 5 pm and cost 9 USD.

4. Discuss and influence the future. BlackBerry DevCon 2011 features a new series of “Collaboration Roundtables”. GRP04 – Collaboration Roundtable: Native App Development for BlackBerry Tablet OS is your chance to join an interactive discussion and offer feature requests and feedback on the technology roadmap.

5. Get one-stop access to everything and everyone to do with BlackBerry. Weeks of learning on your own can’t compare to three focused days where everything about the BlackBerry platform and technologies and corporate development is in one place. The sessions, labs, speakers, experts and networking opportunities are all here. If you need to tell your boss why you should attend, we’ve made it easy by summarizing it all with this Convince Your Boss Letter!

Make sure you don’t miss out – register now.

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 goes gold, seven new languages in tow

Mango developers across the globe now have reason to hunker down and bring their apps up to snuff for Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft has released version 7.1 of its SDK, which means no more coding with beta tools. In addition to the handful of bug fixes and a final spit-shine to the tooling experience, coders will discover the software has been localized to support nine languages, which includes English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Redmond is also taking the opportunity to remind programmers that now is an excellent time to check into the App Hub and cross-submit applications into any additional markets where you wish to sell their wares. You’ve got the tools, folks, now it’s time to make it rain.

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 goes gold, seven new languages in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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