A couple hours ago I mentioned that a rumored 1.2.0 software version may be coming to nook owners today and in hopes that this was true I went to the Barnes & Noble ebook store on my nook and bought a single issue of a newspaper. I haven't yet tried out a newspaper and wanted to see what it looked like on the nook and figured getting the nook to actively connect might help prompt for a firmware update. After my newspaper issue was downloaded, I saw a pop-up in the bottom right corner that showed it was downloading an update. After a few minutes (connected via 3G) my nook went through the update process (make sure you have adequate battery available) and is now confirmed as having software version 1.2.0 on board
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Slacker Radio is one of the best streaming music services and recently announced support for Roku devices and the Xbox 360. It is one of the best multi-platform solutions with an excellent music selection.
It seems that everyone sues each other in the wireless space and I know we are all tired of the lawsuits, but in some cases there are legitimate complaints to be discussed. We will see if this latest Nokia lawsuit is valid or if they are feeling the heat as their stock tumbles.
Apple and EMI Music announced a DRM-free option will be available for all EMI Music titles on the iTunes store starting in May. You'll be able to pay 30 cents extra for music with no restrictions and listen to the song on all your mobile devices and digital audio players without having to worry about compatibility. Hopefully, more major record companies will see the benefits of providing DRM-free music in the future.
Yesterday, the Bush administration decided to uphold a June decision from the US International Trade Commission that bans chips made by Qualcomm Inc. that violate a Broadcom Corp. patent. This does not look like good news for Qualcomm and those of us who want to see more 3G mobile devices in the United States. Qualcomm will appeal the decision, but the Forbes article states that a reversal of a US ITC decision hasn't been made for 20 years. The CTIA had called on a veto of the ban by President Bush and stated that the ITC ban would costs U.S. consumers and producers an estimated $4.3 to $21.1 billion, and will cause billions more in lost productivity across the U.S. economy.
It took a few tries since Kevin's MacBook is having hardware issues, but MobileTechRoundup show #96 was recorded by all three hosts on MacBook devices. We started off by talking about my initial impressions of the Nokia N95 and the fun things you can do with the integrated GPS. James and Kevin also expressed their thoughts on the 5GB cap on Verizon's data plan and is it really a cap that any "normal" user would ever hit? EMI and Apple announced DRM-free music is coming soon and Kevin wondered who is next. Rhapsody music service was discussed as well as the free streaming Pandora experience.
Wow, AT&T is going to buy T-Mobile USA and this is NOT an April Fool's joke. The two main U.S. GSM carriers will now combine to take on Verizon and T-Mobile customers will finally get an iPhone.
A couple of months ago Nokia filed suit against Apple for using 10 wireless technologies they patented without compensation. It looks like Apple is getting into the holiday spirit by countersuing Nokia stating that Nokia is infringing on 13 Apple patents. There are no details yet on what those 13 patents pertain to so we will have to keep an eye out to see what Apple believes Nokia took from them. I wonder how hard Apple had to dig to find more patents than Nokia accused them of stealing?
Apple sued HTC for infringing on its patents, which is yet another lawsuit in the continuing saga of Apple in the smartphone world. Will consumers think differently about Apple and HTC as a result?