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USPS Restricts Mailing of Lithium Batteries

clock June 1, 2012 22:41 by author Jeremy

As of May 16, 2012, USPS has changed part of their mailing rules and standards. Lithium batteries and cells (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are now not allowed to be shipped internationally or to any APO, FPO,  and DPO locations. This means that mailers also cannot send out products that have lithium batteries inside of them, including tech gadgets such as cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and digital camera.

After January 1, 2013, limited quantities may be allowed to ship out internationally, as long as "the batteries are properly installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to operate."

This does not affect the current rules for mailing lithium products within the United States, and lithium batteries (and their corresponding technical products) may still be shipped out normally. However, for international shipping, mailers may have to resort to private carriers such as FedEx.

Source: USPS



HTC Releases List of Phones Receiving Android 4.0

clock May 24, 2012 01:15 by author Jeremy

HTC has released a list of cell phones that will be receiving the latest Android 4.0 OS, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. A majority of these devices will receive their update between June and July, with some updates having already been rolled out, or will be rolled out in May. Along with Ice Cream Sandwich, the operating system will be accompanied by HTC's Android overlay, Sense 3.6.

This update to Android 4.0 doesn't apply to HTC's tablets, such as the HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream. Many phones that have less than 512 MB memory will also not receive the update.

Device Schedule
DROID Incredible 2 by HTC To be determined (by the end of August)
HTC Amaze 4G May-June
HTC Desire S June-July
HTC Desire HD July-August
HTC EVO 3D June-July
HTC EVO 4G+ May-June
HTC EVO Design 4G June-July
HTC Incredible S June-July
HTC Sensation March-June
HTC Sensation 4G March-June
HTC Sensation XE March-June
HTC Sensation XL April-Jun
HTC Rezound June-July
HTC Rhyme June-July
HTC Thunderbolt July-August
HTC Velocity 4G March-June
HTC Vivid March-June

Source: HTC



Sprint Forums Say HTC EVO 4G LTE Will Arrive May 24th, Despite Customs Interference

clock May 23, 2012 01:11 by author Jeremy

Despite the Customs Debacle surrounding HTC phones recently, it seems enough have made it into the country for Spring to warrant an actual release date. In their community forums, Sprint says that the EVO 4G LTE should arrive "on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint."

This doesn't tell us much for those who didn't pre-order and wished to walk into a store to buy one. It also doesn't tell us why it states "on or around", nor does that sound promising. It could just be that shipping would delay your order by a few days, but we'll find out soon enough.

Source: Sprint forums

 

 



HTC Phones Stuck at Customs Due to ITC Ruling

clock May 19, 2012 01:01 by author Jeremy

A ruling made by the U.S. International Trade Commission back in Dec. 2011, has resulted in a ban of importing and selling HTC phones. This issue was initially addressed due to Apple filing a complaint that HTC phones violated one of its patents regarding how data is stored and interacted with.

That same ban, which started on April 19, has now proposed a problem for the release of HTC's latest phones, the One X and EVO 4G LTE. Some units of the One X were shipped before the ban occurred, but now extra stock can't pass customs. HTC released a response on the matter:

"The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get thesep roducts into their hands as soon as possible."

The EVO 4G LTE was supposed to launch today, but HTC (and several customers, including one of our own staff members who had pre-ordered a unit) has confirmed that the phone will not be available for purchase in stores today, while pre-orders have also been placed on hold.

Sources: thedailybeast, blackmediascoop, engadget (1), engadget (2)

 



Nokia's Popular Cameraphone Will Arrive In The U.S.

clock May 12, 2012 00:26 by author Jeremy

What happens when you mix a phone with a whopping 41-megapixel camera? Either you get a giant piece of broken rubble (note: don't try to shove the two together to physically mix them), or you get the Nokia 808 PureView.

Running on the Symbian Belle operating system, Nokia's hyped-up imaging flagship phone was announced in late February, but has still yet to come out with an actual release date. On top of that, the phone was to be available in several countries but not the U.S.

Fortunately, it seems Nokia has found a workaround for this. Speaking to PC Mag, the Finnish phone manufacturer admitted that an unlocked version could be rolled out to the U.S. within a few months. The downside to this, however, is that customers will have to pay full price for the phone, with no subsidized pricing available.

Currently, the smartphone is priced for roughly $711 in the UK. One could argue that, if someone wanted a powerful camera, they should just check one. But there's nothing quite like holding a 41-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics technology, that can also connect to the internet and make phone calls, now is there? 

Sources: pcmag, phonesreview.co.uk



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