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Marin Perez has torture tested cell phones and smartphones for industry leaders like CNET and InformationWeek. He remembers when 4G was just a screen on PowerPoint presentations and is fascinated with the amount of innovation out there. Marin has spent a lot of time with BlackBerry and Android but he finally broke down a bought an iPhone to see what all the hype's about. He also has too many tablets.

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Apple iOS 6: FaceTime will work on mobile networks

It’s been a long time coming, but Apple’s FaceTime will work over 3G and 4G networks with iOS 6. The FaceTime app lets you do video chatting between Apple devices but some have felt it was limited because you had to be on WiFi. During the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple said that will no longer be the case once iOS 6 comes out. People will now be able to reach you via the phone call or with a direct FaceTime call, nearly anywhere you are. Video calling over mobile networks Read more

Sprint iDEN dies June 2013 so LTE can live

We knew that that Sprint‘s iDEN network was on its way out but the Now Network has given it an official death date: as early as June 30, 2013. The move paves the way for Sprint to push forward with its 4G LTE ambitions. Sprint got the iDEN network after it merged with Nextel (it’s officially “Sprint Nextel”) a few years ago and it never really handled that deal well. That may be why the Sprint board recently voted down an acquisition of MetroPCS, although that merger may have had Read more

Apple WWDC keynote set for June 11 at 10 a.m.

We already knew that Apple’s WWDC would be held June 11-15 but the company has officially set the keynote for 10 a.m. PST on that first day. This will likely be our first official taste of the next generation of iOS. There’s a slim chance we may get the next iPhone during the keynote but I would expect Apple to hold that off until the Fall. Instead, I think the company will spend its developer conference focusing on software. The Mountain Lion desktop OS is already in beta, so expect Read more

Is Facebook buying Opera for mobile?

Let’s preface this with the disclaimer that this is a super-duper rumor but the folks over at Pocket-Lint are saying that Facebook is looking to buy Opera Software and we’d bet mobile would be a big motivator. Opera has been in an interesting transition over the last few years, as it wants to be more than just a browser maker and dip into the targeted advertising space. With its more than 200 million users across all platforms, it is sitting on a ton of data. The recently-public Facebook is sitting Read more

Apps I’m digging lately

Every time I do these lists, you can tell what’s going on in my life. Sometimes, I’m very focused on fun games or things that help me cook but this time, I’m all business. So, let’s take a look at some of the productivity apps I’m digging lately. Evernote Evernote is one of those “no-duh” productivity apps that I never really gave a chance. Everyone I know who uses it raves but I never felt like it was me. After seeing what Dusan is able to do with the pro Read more

Tripadvisor City Guides app gains 30 new offline maps

The travel space is one of the most exciting ones in the app arena and Tripadvisor has just pushed out an update to its City Guides app which makes it an ideal travel companion. Tripadvisor is probably best known as the place you go before you go on vacation but the company told me that it’s trying to push to become more of a tech company instead of just a travel company. A large part of that push is mobile technology and using apps which help you when you’re in Read more

Google+ Android app gets sexy redesign

A few days after it pushed out a gorgeous iPhone version, Google has brought a sexy and polished Google+ app to Android. The most noticeable thing about the new Google+ Android app is how pretty it is. Status updates are portrayed as big, beautiful images and there’s such a nice flow in it. Even the little transition animations seem like they have been given a lot of thought and this is probably the best-looking mobile social networking app I’ve seen since Path. It’s not just a spit shine though, as Read more

Facebook Camera app lands on iPhone

Nearly everyone likes to share photos they’ve shot on phones with Facebook but using the experience has always been a bit clunky – that’s why it spent a billion buying Instagram, which makes sharing super simple. The new app Facebook Camera is meant to sove that problem and let you quickly share photos and view your friends’ snaps. Launching on iOS first, the Facebook Camera app is a streamlined experience that’s focused on getting and sharing photos. Instead of launching the Facebook app, waiting for it to load, hitting the Read more

IDC: Android dominates the smartphone market

The latest mobile numbers are out from IDC and, not surprisingly, it shows that Android and iOS are the clear leaders in the smartphone battle around the world. Google’s Android had a whopping 59 percent of the market for the first quarter of 2012. The battle between Android and iOS is much tighter in the United States but Android is clearly the leader when you look at the global perspective. Part of the reason for this is that Android has strong penetration in emerging markets like China and India, while Read more

Target brings shopkick to all its stores

Target announced that it will be bringing the mobile-shopping enhancement system shopkick to its stores nationwide. We’ve covered shopkick multiple times before and think it’s a very interesting way to augment the in-store experience. Basically, it rewards users with virtual currency for actually visiting stores and these can be redeemed for discounts on products or for other goods. “We’ve learned from our guests that they appreciate being rewarded for doing what they already love to do — shopping at Target,” said Bonnie Gross, Target vice president of marketing and guest Read more

Google acquisition of Motorola to close this week

After finally getting approved by China, Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility should close within two business days, Motorola said in a filing. This nearly $13 billion dollar deal will take about nine full months to close as regulators had to take a close look at if the maker of Android buying a handset company was copacetic. China only agreed to the deal if Google agreed to keep Android free and open for at least five years, so we can look forward to that. It’s unclear what the immediate next steps Read more