Archives for March 2012

Netflix snags domain, invests in the future of optical media


Looking for a shortcut to Netflix’s home on the web? Try hitting up — it’ll take you there, for now. The latest address to join the family of Netflix redirects actually brings you to a subdomain — — suggesting that the company could once again be planning to split its streaming and physical media services, at least from an access perspective. A shareholder letter lists the company’s U.S. DVD subscriptions at 11.17 million at the end of Q4, bringing in a total of 0 million in revenue, with a profit of 4 million. Compare this to domestic streaming, which represents 6 million in revenue with a mere million profit, and it’s clear that the DVD rental market is still quite strong. So what could this latest domain acquisition mean for snail mail subscribers? DVD-only customers may soon have a new site to call home, with focused content and perhaps an upsell opportunity or two. At the very least, it certainly can’t hurt when it comes to SEO.

Netflix snags domain, invests in the future of optical media originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM Remains Committed to the Consumer Market

Coming out of yesterday’s Q4 Fiscal 2012 Earnings Call, we’ve received comments and questions from our customers about RIM’s commitment to the consumer market. To be really clear, we are fully committed to the consumer market. In fact, we are aggressively focusing on delivering a unique and compelling user experience to all of our customers to enhance the way people engage, produce content, and manage data via mobile computing.

The consumer market is vast, so rather than trying to be all things to all people, RIM will focus its talent base and homegrown software and services on specific areas of the consumer market where BlackBerry® excels — which includes delivering a great mobile social and productivity experience – and we will look to existing and new partnerships to provide additional compelling apps and services that customers want and love.

We understand that buying patterns are rapidly changing for both consumers and enterprise customers. Smartphones are now just as likely to be purchased by consumers and taken into work to be used as their go-to work phone, as they are to be supplied by employers and used by employees on the weekend. We feel we are uniquely positioned to deliver a smartphone that consumers will be excited to use both personally and professionally that will also satisfy their employer’s needs for security and data management.

BlackBerry® 7 was a big step forward in this journey. BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 is another strong example of our commitment to delivering a powerful mobile computing experience. As part of the lead up to BlackBerry® 10, we will continue to seek partnerships with application and service providers to deliver consumer features and content that are central to the BlackBerry value proposition. We believe these partnerships, combined with our core product offerings, will provide an extremely attractive experience to both consumers and our enterprise customers.

We are excited about our renewed company focus and hope our partners and customers are excited as well.

If you have questions or comments, please share them with us. We promise to read them all and come back and answer as many as we can.

China officially tops one billion mobile subscribers

We heard last year that China was approaching 900 million mobile phone subscribers, and it looks like it’s now finally hit the big one. The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirmed today that, as of the end of February, there were more than a billion mobile subscribers in the country (1.01 billion, to be specific). As the AFP notes, that’s individual subscriptions, which includes users with more than one phone, but any way you slice it that’s a whole lot of cellphone users. Of those, 144 million are on 3G networks, which is fully double the number from April of 2011. Not surprisingly, much of that growth comes at the expense of landline phones, which have dropped a further 828,000 in the first two months of the year to 284.3 million. Internet use also continues to be on the upswing, with more than half a billion people having internet access of some sort, and 154.96 million having broadband access (up nearly five million during those same two months).

China officially tops one billion mobile subscribers originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New user for storm 9550

The above hand set came to me not consistently working. I suspected an old tired battery.
Fitted new one and its now working fine. Got one that 2450 mwh.
It was locked to vodafone, thats been removed as im on Virgin ,net in the UK.
as pay as you go. When it originally worked intermittently the home screen had the background picture with an overlay of just 3 lines of text.
1. phone contacts
2. short messages
3. some thing I cant recall what it was.
since activating it with the new battery, the home screen has a repeat in portrait mode the layout in landscape. Dont want that. IE all the icons
How can I get it back to its original home screen? with 3 lines of text? overlaying the picture?
cant find anything in the user guide or in any menu item.
Its my first smart phone and am getting to know it.
Texting tho is difficult. im used to the big buttons on the nokia communicator 9210i.
thatsStill the easiest phone to use.
Dont need anything else at the moment.
As I use my laptop for email etc.
hope someone can point me in the right direction.

Playbook Price

Hi. Does the 64 GB Playbook still cost 299 dollars?
If yes, does the 299 dollar playbook include a data plan which shall be payable separately?

I checked sites like shopblackberry, cincinatti bell, office depot, office max, radioshock, sprint, and staples, and they all say it still costs 299 dollars for the 64 GB version.

But my aunt who’s in the US (I’m from Asia) told me that when she made an inquiry, they told her that the 299 dollar playbook includes a data plan, and that it would cost like 599 dollars if you buy without a data plan. I’m so confused regarding its actual price, so I’d like to ask the help of everyone who recently bought their bb playbooks. Thanks in advance! =)

about time

whenever changing a battery, i have to reset the time on my bb9000. what’s wrong?

Phone has poor reception bold 9780

My phone has poor reception. I broke the screen about a month ago, and used a different phone until my new screen came in. it did. and i replaced it, now, i have awful reception. i can basically only get reception outside. any advice? thanks in advance!

Device Not Showing On My Computer?

OK, I know I’m going to get grief on this, cause it’s been posted before. I can’t find the thread! OK, I took pics with my BB that I now want to transfer to my PC. I plug the USB cable in, I get an audible connect signal, and then nothing? When I check My Computer the BB does not show. When I do >CONTROL PANEL>ADMINISTRATIVE DEVICE I see blackberry and blackberry1. How do i make the BB show on My Computer to be able to get the pics? Help please.

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AT&T now accepting Lumia 900 pre-orders, only those seeking cyan or black need apply

Friendly reminder here, folks. As expected, AT&T has opened the pre-order floodgates for the Nokia Lumia 900 today ahead of its April 8th release in the US. Interested parties can secure their reservation for the Window Phone 7.5-loaded device at either AT&T’s retail or online stores. While you’ll be able to snag one in either matter black or cyan blue, we’d be remiss not to point out that the white version (slated for an April 22nd release) isn’t yet on offer. If you’ll recall, parting with 0, along with agreeing to a two-year contract is all it’ll cost ya’ to get in on the action. Be sure to let us know if you plan on reaching for the “light” in the comments.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

AT&T now accepting Lumia 900 pre-orders, only those seeking cyan or black need apply originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Turn your BlackBerry and BlackBerry PlayBook into a remote for your Roku with Remoku!

Remoku for BlackBerry

As we acquire gadgets and devices in our lives, we seem to end up with a ton of remote controls. TVs, DVD players, stereos… everything has one, and if you’re like me you can probably never find the right one when you need it. I was super excited when I found out that I can now eliminate the search for at least one remote, the one that goes to my Roku player. Five Seasons Computer has developed apps for both BlackBerry 7 smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook which allow you to control your Roku player over wifi! Every feature you can access from the remote, you can now access on your BlackBerry device using Remoku. Not only can you do basic things like change the channel, you can also enable the developer screen, reboot your Roku, and more!


  • All the same buttons from the standard Roku remote including Instant Replay!
  • Automatically locates Roku devices!
  • Save more than one Roku configuration to the app!
  • Easy to use channel list & navigation of your Roku!
  • Use the onscreen keyboard to type!
  • Toolbox feature allows easy access to bitrate override, remote reboot, secret screen, developer screen & bug report!

At this time, Remoku is available for BlackBerry 7 devices and the PlayBook, and either version can be purchased from BlackBerry App World for .99 at the links below. I have both versions, and I have to say that since installing them I’ve found myself using my Roku more often, maybe just because it’s more fun to use my BlackBerry to control it!

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Problem with my BBM

Hello, I have a Blackberry Curve 8520. Anyway, I’ve downloaded BBM a number of times but it doesn’t update the current version on my phone ( to the new BBM ( Same goes for my BBM App World! What must I do?

Stock Initramfs, Kernel, and Partitioning for Galaxy Tab 7.7

Github is to Android development, what a paint brush is to fine art. Sure, you can create art without paint brushes, but let’s face it, da Vinci used paint brushes. Such is the case with Github. Most developers use it to bring the best of the best to their respective Android devices and some truly legendary projects have their roots in Github commits. For those carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, your Github goodness is just getting started.

XDA Recognized Developer bedwa has uploaded the stock kernel and stock initramfs onto Github. Other users then decided to join in on the party by posting the entire partition layout for the Tab 7.7. The kernel itself and the initramfs can be used as a base on which to add commits, and the partition layout—also quite useful to all ROM and kernel developers—can be found in the thread.

For more information, links to the Github, the full partition list and all other information, check out the original thread.

IRL: Evernote, Netgear N900 and FiiO’s E17 headphone amplifier

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

Best of the best, best of the worst and best thing we didn’t need. Those are some ringing endorsements we’ve got for you in this week’s IRL. On the more enthusiastic end of the spectrum there’s Darren, who finally found a dual-band router with strong enough range to service all three floors of his new home. Terrence is closing in on his fourth year using Evernote, the “least bad” note-taking app of the bunch. As for James, well, has he ever met a piece of audio equipment he didn’t like?

Continue reading IRL: Evernote, Netgear N900 and FiiO’s E17 headphone amplifier

IRL: Evernote, Netgear N900 and FiiO’s E17 headphone amplifier originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony to launch NEX-FS700E 4K cinema camera for $9,000 at NAB?


What would you pay for the ability to capture cinema quality 4K video? ,000? ,000? Try ,000. That’s the expected price of Sony’s rumored NEX-FS700E, which could launch at NAB next month with a June ship date. EOSHD reports that the camera will pipe 4K video to a dedicated external recorder over 3G HD-SDI. It will reportedly use the same NEX E-mount as its predecessor, the FS100, and may include a trio of neutral density filters to increase versatility. We haven’t been able to track down an image of the rumored cinema cam (the model in that image above looks identical to the FS100), but we wouldn’t be surprised to see another detail or two leak out before the broadcast community’s annual Vegas gathering kicks off in a little over two weeks. For its part, Canon is also expected to announce a 4K EOS-format DSLR at NAB, as a less-expensive alternative to the ,000 C300, while RED’s Scarlet already has 4K capabilities, and a ,000 price tag.

[Thanks, Andrew]

Sony to launch NEX-FS700E 4K cinema camera for ,000 at NAB? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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