Sprint confirms unlimited data plan for next iPhone

Sprint Nextel is banking that its unlimited data plan will continue to set its iPhone apart from the others — even when the next version arrives.

If the next iteration of the iPhone arrives with LTE, Sprint will continue to offer a no-strings unlimited plan, CEO Dan Hesse told CNET. The company is already sticking with unlimited for its first batch of LTE phones, but it was unclear whether the offer would apply to next iPhone.

HTC One S goes on sale for T-Mobile

The HTC One S is looking to be T-Mobile’s best-seller following many glowing reviews, including our own. The device packs a 4.3-inch qHD 540 x 960 AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s next-gen dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a backside-illuminated sensor, and Full HD video recording.

The camera on this new HTC handset is notably much improved as the device includes a dedicated imaging chip. It also boasts Beats Audio, although the effects of this are not necessarily as discernible. It runs the custom HTC Sense 4.0 interface on top of Android 4.0.

Apple Profit Rises on Higher iPhone and iPad Sales

Apple said it sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, an 88 percent increase from the period a year ago. It sold 11.8 million iPads, more than double the number it sold in the same quarter last year.

“It was an incredible quarter in China,” Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said in a conference call with Wall Street analysts. “It is mind-boggling that we could do this well.”

For the quarter that ended March 31, the company reported net income of $11.62 billion, or $12.30 a share, compared with $5.99 billion, or $6.40 a share, in the period a year earlier.

Apple’s revenue was $39.19 billion, up from $24.67 billion a year ago.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 12 With Silent Updates

Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 12, which incorporates silent updates, among other enhancements.

The browser maker initially promised silent updates – or updates that occur in the background – with Firefox 13, but the feature has made its way into today’s release.
“Firefox simplifies the update process for Windows users by removing the user account control dialog (UAC) pop-up while maintaining the security of your system,” Mozilla said in a blog post. “Once a user gives explicit permission to Firefox on their first installation, they will not be prompted again for subsequent releases.”

The Google Drive FAQ

Google Drive is a way to store your files on Google’s servers, or “in the cloud.” If you run the free Google Drive application, then you get a folder on your computer (Windows or OSX) that looks just like a directory on your hard disk that you can drag your files in to. Anything stored in that folder is kept on your hard disk and also copied to your account in the cloud. You can access those files from drive.google.com or from other computers, including mobile devices.
Google Drive is also the new name for Google Docs, which is Google’s suite of Web-based productivity tools — its word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation app. Documents you create using these tools now show up in your Google Drive. Sort of.

HTC One V UK release date set for April 23rd

Following on from the HTC One X and One S, the Taiwanese handset manufacturer has confirmed it is to launch the HTC One V in the UK later this month.

Whilst not the quad-core powerhouse of the One X, the One V is an impressive mid-level smartphone offering with the HTC Legend styled handset confirmed as heading to the UK in a little over a week with an April 23rd release date on the cards.

HTC One V Specs

Playing host to a 1GHz processor the zippy HTC One V boasts and impressive 3.7-inch 800 x 480p touchscreen display with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich packing handset also featuring version 4.0 of the company’s much loved HTC Sense UI.

Sony PlayStation Network Will Be Down for 13 Hours on Monday

Sony said Sunday that the PSN will be down for routine scheduled maintenance beginning at 6:00 am PDT/ 9:00 am EDT, lasting roughly 13 hours. The network should be back up and running by 7:00pm PDT/10:00 pm EDT, Sony said.

That means that the users won’t be able to access the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home, Account Management or play online, Sony said. Sony said that it would publish a notice to its Twitter feed letting users known when the PlayStation Network was back online.

Low Android Revenues No Worry for Google

During a first-quarter earnings conference call last week, Page was asked what Android’s strategic value is to Google since the company is not licensing it and it’s not making a significant chunk of revenue relative to its other ventures. Page dismissed the question as having a “short-term focus” and said that developing and pushing out Android was about much more than the bottom line.

“We don’t get many new operating systems and I think they’re pretty important,” said Page. “Android is about increasing the pace of innovation… We’re only at the very early stages of what’s possible.”

Why AT&T Is Spending More on Lumia Launch Than It Did on iPhone

Big backing was a no-brainer for Nokia and Microsoft, players that have been pummeled in the extremely competitive, extremely lucrative smartphone market and are teaming up to compete with Apple, Samsung and Google. Less obvious is that the device may be equally crucial for AT&T, the phone’s sole carrier.

AT&T wouldn’t comment on Lumia spending, but $150 million isn’t small change even for the No. 2 biggest spender in the country, which wielded $3 billion in advertising in 2010, according to Ad Age DataCenter. So why exactly would AT&T bet so big on a largely unknown, underdog device?