AT&T Sees Blockbuster Smartphone Sales Ahead

AT&T added 2.1 million mobile subscribers in the third quarter of 2011 for a total of 100.7 million wireless customers at the end of the period, the company told investors Thursday. Wireless revenue rose 2.8 percent year-over-year to $15.6 billion — despite the fact that the year-earlier period had featured the launch of the Apple iPhone 4.
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What is GLONASS?: A quick guide to the iPhone 4S’ Russian navigation system

photoApple surprised the tech world this week by silently adding support for the Russian satellite navigation system known as GLONASS to the feature list of its new iPhone 4S smartphone. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s embrace of GLONASS could push other smartphone manufacturers to add support for the system to their handsets, as well. But what the heck is GLONASS, anyway; and why did Apple add support for it to the iPhone 4S? Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?

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Ford automobiles will read text messages aloud with SYNC upgrade

photoAnnounced yesterday, Ford is rolling out a software update to Ford’s SYNC software that will allow text messages to be read aloud while driving the vehicle. While the system requires a compatible smartphone, users will likely hear the messages through the speakers in the car. The smartphone communicates with the software through a Bluetooth connection. This upgrade to version 3.2.2 of the software will be able to be applied to all SYNC Generation 1 2011 and 2012 vehicles as Ford is planning to retrofit Bluetooth MAP support into those Generation 1 vehicles.. …

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Microsoft to launch Mango smartphones with Nokia, Samsung soon

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp, which has been trailing Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing smartphone market, will launch Mango-powered handsets from top makers including Nokia and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in coming weeks, a senior executive said on Thursday.
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