Happy Friday, dear readers! Have we got a doozy of a recap for you today -- it’s got a little bit of everything, but mostly a whole bunch of savings for indie Mac games, and even a tip on how to start wiping out all that AT&T text messaging spam that you may be getting. It’s the perfect way to end the week, so kick up your feet and get reading on this Friday, April 20, 2012.
Despite renewed interest in its Lumia smartphones on American shores, Nokia’s first quarter results are bleeding a lot of red ink, both financially as well as in total units sold, which is down by more than half year over year.
Nokia is staging a big comeback with its new Lumia 900, an AT&T exclusive here in the U.S. (at least for now). But the Finnish company is finding resistance on its home turf in Europe, where carriers think the handset doesn’t stand a chance against the iPhone or Android.
Early adopters who got their hands on the Lumia 900 Windows Phone over the last week have two pleasant surprises coming from Nokia: The first is a software fix for data connectivity issues arriving next Monday, and the second is cold, hard cash (or rather, a $100 credit to their AT&T bill).
Apple and AT&T have been making big news since last Friday, when they announced that off-contract iPhones can finally be unlocked from Ma Bell’s ball and chain. While it appears the carrier is also unlocking these handsets for in-contract military service members, T-Mobile is looking forward to enlisting a few good (new) iPhone users.
It’s always an entertaining thing to watch a new device launch, especially one the carrier themselves claim will top anything they’ve done before -- including the iPhone. So why in the world did AT&T choose to launch their new flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 900, on a date when most of their stores were closed?
As reported on Friday, AT&T has curiously started to unlock off-contract iPhones, choosing Easter Sunday to kick the service off. Judging from reports online, many users have been successful at getting their handsets freed from Ma Bell’s shackles, while others are still waiting.
Color us shocked: AT&T has announced they’ll start unlocking out of contract iPhones beginning Easter Sunday, which has long been a thorn in the side of international travelers everywhere. Coupled with the fact that Apple now sells contract-free, unlocked handsets on its own, the move may mark the end of an era for many jailbreakers whose interest was mostly using their handset overseas. And there’s plenty more where that came from for this fabulous Friday, April 6, 2012. Happy Easter, everyone!
Even though the iPhone is our handset of choice, we admit to being intrigued by Microsoft’s mobile underdog, Windows Phone. Also, everyone likes a comeback story, and both Redmond and Nokia sure could use one. Judging from early reviews, AT&T’s Lumia 900 may not quite be the device to do it.
So big surprise, people are loving their new iPads, despite all the quibbles you’ve been reading about in the media. Today you’ll have four more reasons to love it thanks to a fresh batch of apps updated to take advantage of that slick Retina Display, which we have to admit, is hard to put down once we hold it in our hands. And there’s even more for this first Monday of April, so sit back and enjoy the ride as we zip through the news for Monday, April 2, 2012.