Apple Inc. this week said it will release a software update to the iPhone 4S fix a battery life issue for select owners.
“We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks,” the company said in a statement.
Buyers of the iPhone 4S have been irked by a battery drain issue that is plaguing select devices.
This week, a discussion forum at Apple.com has grown to 190 pages from buyers who have claimed the battery life on the iPhone 4S is far less than advertised.
Apple disclaims eight hours of talk time and six hours of internet use via 3G, with standby time of up to 200 hours.
Buyers of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S this week said the Siri voice command assistant held intermittent functionality Thurs. with users unable to access the feature nationwide.
In the error, users who activate the Siri function will receive a message that states, “Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network.”
Siri, which offers voice command assistance from calls to stock information, must connect with a server at Apple to subsequently provide an answer.
The company this week said the Gmail for iOS app contained a bug that caused users to see an error message upon launch of the app.
It added it will release a new version soon.
Google Inc. this week said it has improved its ranking algorithm to compile more timely search results.
The update to the Caffeine web indexing system will affect roughly 35 percent of searches to provide more up-to-date results.
For example, when users search ‘nba lockout’ the search engine will display recent pages or images that may be only minutes old.
In addition, reoccurring events will automatically search for the most recent or upcoming event rather than a prior event.
Amazon.com Inc. may include an 8.9-inch display in the successor to the Kindle Fire tablets.
Digitimes this week claimed Amazon panel suppliers for the 7-inch the Kindle Fire have begun to prepare production capacities for 8.9-inch displays.
The report adds Amazon may subsequently release 9.7 to 10.1-inch models in the future.
The company said Prime customers can choose from thousands of books including 100 current New York Times Bestsellers with no due dates.
Amazon currently offers free streaming of Amazon Prime Instant Videos to members who pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping and one-day shipping at $3.99.
Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week said it will offer content from Walt Disney Co. Amazon Prime members in a new streaming partnership.
The agreement includes 800 titles from ABC Studios, The Disney Channel, ABC Family, and Marvel. Titles include Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Felicity, Phineas & Ferb, X-Men Evolution, Greek, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
The Nook Tablet is said to include a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB Memory, eight hours of battery life with Wi-Fi off or four hours of video.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. this week began offering a Hewlett Packard Co.’s at $149 with the purchase of a select HP Laptop.
GameStop Corp. this week began sale of gaming tablets that run Google Inc.’s Android OS in select stores in a market test run.
The Wall Street Journal this week reported the retailer will sell three game tablets by Asustek Computer Inc., Acer Inc., and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. that will include seven free games.
Titles include EA Inc.’s Dead Space and Madden NFL.
The tablets will be sold at typical market prices in 200 of the company’s 6,500 stores, the report added.
In addition, GameStop will sell a special console-like controller compatible with select included tablet titles.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. may launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google Inc.’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS after Black Friday weekend according to a new report.
Droid Life this week cited marketing materials that disclaim the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be sold via Verizon Wireless after Mon., Nov. 28. as part of the Samsung Holiday Portfolio.
Black Friday, the annual shopping day after Thanksgiving, will begin Nov. 24.
Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began sale of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet.
Sales for the Steve Jobs autobiography ranked as the top new book product this week based on first-week sales.
Nielsen Company this week said Steve Jobs sold 379,000 copies in the first week of availability.
AT&T Inc. this week said it will release the first LTE capable for AT&T customers nationwide Nov. 6.
Devices include HTC Corp.’s HTC Vivid and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
The HTC Vivid will include a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera with 1080p video recording at 60 frames-per-second, 16GB memory, and Google Inc.’s Android OS with HTC Sense at $199.99 with two-year contract.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket includes a 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, 1.5Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD recording, 16GB memory, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS at $249.99 with two-year contract.
4G LTE service will launch Nov. 6 in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, Ga. It plans to reach 15 markets and 70 million Americans by the end of 2011.
Verizon Wireless this week said it will sell HTC Corp.’s HTC Rezound with Beats Electronics audio Nov. 14 at $299.99 after two-year contract.
The HTC Rezound includes a 1.5Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.3inch 720p HD display, 8MP camera with 1080 video recording, Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, HTC Sense, and Beats audio technology.
In addition, HTC said the HTC Rezound is ‘Ice Cream Sandwich Ready’ to support Android 4.0.
T-Mobile Inc. this week said it will release the T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q by LG Corp. to U.S. retail in Nov. 2 at T-Mobile.com and Nov. 9 at nationwide stores.
The myTouch will include a 3.8-inch touch screen, 1Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP camera, 720p video recording functionality, front-facing camera, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 OS. It will be sold in black or white.
The myTouch Q will include a 3.5-inch touch-screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP camera, 720p video recording functionality, front-facing camera, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 OS. It will be sold in grey or violet.
Both are compatible with the T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G network.
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