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There’s nothing quite like the pent-up anticipation for an Apple item arrival, and yes, that expands also to customers of Cricket, who lined up this morning for their very first chance to score an iPhone from the prepaid carrier. While both the iPhone 4 (8GB) and 4S (16GB) should be acquired outright– for $ 399 and $ 499 respectively– sales were said to be “brisk” today, which can be partly credited to Cricket’s $ 55 per month plan. For the monthly style, customers can maximize almost limitless calling, messaging and information, although they’ll need to contend with throttling for any sort of use past 2.3 GB. Following up, Virgin Mobile is likewise positioned to get the iPhone on June 29th. Think there’ll be any lines?
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If you ask us, miracles are pretty hard to come by, and it would take a great amount of gusto for a smartphone manufacturer to bestow such a weighty name upon a rather middling handset. The crew at Pocketnow claim that’s exactly what LG’s done with its latest Windows Phone, however, which was previously known as the Fantasy. That’s right, folks, you’re looking at a purported Miracle — weren’t you expecting more? The phone is said to contain a 1GHz (naturally single-core) Snapdragon SoC, a 4-inch NOVA display (that we can safely assume to be WVGA), 8GB of storage and a five megapixel primary cam that shoots video at 720p, along with a run-of-the-mill VGA front-facer. As connectivity goes, we’re told to expect a 14.4Mbps HSPA radio and 2.4GHz / 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and — get this — NFC. Whether this Miracle comes to fruition is anybody’s guess; perhaps it was just a Fantasy all along.
We all know that texting and driving at the same time is both incredibly dangerously and incredibly stupid. If you don’t agree, you’re wrong. But what the U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, wants borders on the ridiculous. If he gets his way, a federal law would be passed that would outright ban the presence of phones inside cars. Land of the free, etc.
LaHood told Bloomberg (the news organization, not the 85-time mayor of New York City) that hands-free cellphone conversations, hitherto seen as a common sense compromise between cellphone use and staying safe on the road, are tantamount to a â€œcognitive distraction.â€
In other words, since hands-free conversations take your mind off the road, they ought to be banned outright.
And if we’re going that far, perhaps we should consider banning in-car radios and GPS navigation systems?
In fact, let’s ban passengers, too. What could be more of a â€œcognitive distractionâ€ than having your girlfriend in the passenger seat go on and on about how much she doesn’t like Katy Perry’s new album, or how so-and-so was robbed on Dancing With The Stars last night. I’m driving here, please no more â€œcognitive distractionsâ€!
Will any such ban come into place? Well, it’s not like LaHood can wave a magic wand and change the relevant laws; they’re a states’ issue, you see.
The obvious to solution to distracted driving is to ban driving altogether. Clearly people are incapable of handling the responsibility of moving about a couple of tons of metal at 50 miles per hour.
Or, a little more seriously, perhaps we simply need better driver education in the U.S.? I could have sworn former (and future?) Formula One driver Kimi Raikonnen had said something to the effect that to obtain even a basic driver’s license in Finland you basically have to demonstrate a driving ability that would just about qualify you to drive for Ferrari or Red Bull. Here in the U.S. (at least in New York) it’s more like, â€œAre you 16? Do you have eyes and hands and feet? Then here’s your license, have fun out there!â€
etc: Apple has solved that pesky trademark dispute over the iPad name by buying the trademark outright from Fujitsu.
Apple has solved that pesky trademark dispute over the iPad name by buying the trademark outright from Fujitsu.
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