Nearly one month has passed since Samsung and Google took to the stage to debut the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and here in the States, we still don't know much about carrier support or release dates. However, our friends to the north will have their choice of carriers, as three of Canada's service providers have already signed up to sell the Galaxy Nexus.
The Alaska Air Group is joining the commercial aviation biofuel movement.
The airline launched two flights yesterday running on a blend consisting of 20 percent biofuel and 80 percent petroleum-based fuel. The sustainable biofuel used for the blend was made from cooking oil.
One flight was via a Boeing 737-800 plane from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and the other a Bombardier Q400 plane headed from Seattle to Portland, Ore. Both planes were flown as part of a program to fly more than 75 flights on a cooking oil-based biofuel blend within the coming weeks on Alaska Air's Alaskan … Read more
Richard Branson, the energetic founder of the Virgin Group, has given an undisclosed sum to mobile payment company Square, which raised $100 million in funding back in June 2011. That round valued Square above $1 billion.
Square's founder Jack Dorsey tweeted this morning that Branson's investment in Square is an example of an "entrepreneur helping entrepreneurs."
"I'm very passionate about helping people start and grow successful businesses, and Square is an incredible technology that inspires and empowers everyone to be an entrepreneur," says Branson in today's press release. Try as she might, … Read more
I've made no secret of my disgust over smartphone voice/data pricing. Sure, you can buy an iPhone 4 for $99, but you'll be on the hook for at least $55 per month for a full two years. For most users, it's more like $70-80 monthly.
Virgin Mobile is among a small but growing number of carriers that offer more affordable solutions. For as little as $35 per month, with no contract, you can get voice and unlimited data via Sprint's 3G network. Of course, you'll pay a little more for your phone, but that'… Read more
The HTC Wildfire S is a compact Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone with a 3.2-inch HVGA (480x320 pixels) touch screen. It features the Swype virtual keyboard, a 5-megapixel camera, and runs off a 600MHz processor. We're planning to review this phone, but in the meantime, you can check out CNET's review of the T-Mobile version of the Wildfire S here: HTC Wildfire S (T-Mobile).
Another budget phone for Virgin Mobile has entered the arena: the slide-out Samsung M575.
We've seen it before as Virgin Mobile's Samsung Restore. This no-contract QWERTY slider has a 2.4-inch LCD screen, a 2-megapixel camera and camcorder, and threaded text messaging and e-mail.
It also has a browser, Bluetooth support, a music player, and a microSD card slot that can hold up to 32GB external storage.
The 3G-capable M575 sells for $79.99, starting today, with text-and-talk plans that begin at $30 per month.… Read more
With the shuttle program retired, NASA is turning to Virgin Galactic to hitch rides to the edge of space.
Richard Branson's private venture, which aims to be the first commercial space carrier, said it has signed a deal to give the agency up to three charter flights on SpaceShipTwo. The contract could be worth as much as $4.5 million.
The space plane, whose assembly hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port was unveiled last month, will carry at least one science mission with a flight test engineer to monitor experiments. … Read more
Looking for an entry-level smartphone for, say, a text-happy teenager? Or maybe you're ready to ditch your old flip-phone for something a little more robust, but you don't want to pay those crazy monthly rates ($80 and up from most carriers).
Consider the LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile. It's a reasonably speedy, appreciably compact Android phone that'll cost you as little as $35 per month--no contract required.… Read more
Today, Virgin Mobile announced the upcoming availability of its latest Android smartphones, the LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire S.
Equipped with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the carriers says the Optimus Slider is ideal for those who love to e-mail, message, and social network on the go. In fact, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset will come preloaded with Virgin Mobile's Live 2.0 social networking app that lets you access the carrier's custom music stream and allows to you check into special events.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset also has a 3.2-inch touch screen, a … Read more
Just what personal information does your mobile carrier store about you, and for how long? A memo from the Department of Justice sheds some light on this question.
Obtained from the Department of Justice by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Act, the memo entitled "Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers" reveals the data retention policies of six major U.S. mobile carriers. Dated August 2010, the memo says it's directed for "Law Enforcement Use Only," so it was written specifically for police and legal authorities in cases where they need to obtain … Read more