Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas

05
Apr
10

Three Killed, 233 Injured In Baja Quake Felt Throughout Southwest

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Three Killed, 233 Injured In Baja Quake Felt Throughout Southwest

Monday, April 5, 2010

Earth••• The death toll from Sunday’s 7.2 Baja earthquake felt across the Southwest increased to three Monday, with at least 233 people, mostly in the Mexican border town of Mexicali, reporting injuries, according to reports.

The Southern California Seismic Network recorded the quake shortly after 3:40:41 PDT.

The US Geological Survey said the 7.2 magnitude quake struck in Baja, California, about 104 miles east-southeast of Tijuana.

CNN reported the earthquake was stronger than the one that hit Haiti in January, and shook highrise buildings hundreds of kilometres away in Los Angeles and San Diego.

There have been a series of aftershocks in the region, with several topping magnitude 5 according to data recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

One person was killed when a building collapsed in Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, according to the assistant director of civil protection in Tijuana, CNN reported.
Mexicali, a city of 900,000 people, is just 11 miles from the epicentre and there were reports of sides of buildings falling apart, telephone poles collapsing and roads cracking.

But there were no reports of major damage or casualties in the US from the earthquake, which struck at 3:40 pm PDT at a depth of 6 miles, 16 miles south-southwest of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico.

Twitter users reported that Disneyland was evacuated. People were stuck in lifts and of many reported water sloshing out of swimming pools.

A spokesperson for Disneyland told that all rides were initially closed down following the earthquake, but they are back operating as normal.

“Our normal protocol following an earthquake is to cycle out all attractions for a safety inspection,” the spokesperson said. “We have no reports of injury or damage. Nearly all attractions have been inspected and are back online.”
The strong earthquake south of the U.S. – Mexico border shook high-rises in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego and was felt across Southern California and Arizona.

Residents said the quake shook “for a long time”.

“We felt it for about 30 seconds. It was rolling,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ybarrondo told CNN. “Nothing fell off the walls here, but we have reports of pictures falling off walls elsewhere in the county.”

The quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara, USGS seismologist Susan Potter said.

A 4.1-magnitude tremor was recorded near Santa Rosa, in northern California, about nine minutes after the Baja California quake, CNN said. The USGS recorded a 5.1 aftershock 1 mile from Imperial, California.

People trapped in lifts, buildings damaged

In LA, the city fire department went on “earthquake status”, and some stalled lifts were reported. No damage was reported in LA or San Diego.
One woman called firefighters and said she was stuck in a lift descending from the 34th floor in a building in Century City, but there was no way to immediately know if the breakdown was tied the quake, LA firefighter Eric Scott said.

Los Angeles City Fire Department crews responded to people trapped in stalled elevators in the city, but there were no reports of serious damage, power outages or injuries in L.A.

In San Diego several buildings and water mains were reported damaged, according to the San Diego Fire Department.
While in Yuma, Arizona, the sheriff’s department said it was responding to building alarms.
The quake was felt for about 40 seconds in Tijuana, Mexico, causing buildings to sway and knocking out power in parts of the city. Families celebrating Easter ran out of the homes, with children screaming and crying.
Baja California state Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo said there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. But he said the assessment was ongoing.

In the Phoenix area, Jacqueline Land said her bed in her second-floor apartment felt like a boat gently swaying on the ocean.

“I thought to myself, ‘That can’t be an earthquake. I’m in Arizona,'” the Northern California native said. “And I thought, ‘Oh my God, I feel like I’m nine years old.'”
Mike Wong, who works at a journalism school in downtown Phoenix, said he was in his second-floor office getting some work done when he heard sounds and felt the building start to sway.

“I heard some cracking sounds, like Rice Krispies,” coming from the building, he said. “I didn’t think much of it, but I kept hearing it, and then I started feeling a shake. I thought, ‘You know what? I think that might be an earthquake.”

Mr Wong said the swaying lasted for “just a few seconds”, and he didn’t notice any damage.

“Because of the location of the earthquake, it will have been felt by a large number of people,” said Susan Potter, a geophysicist with the USGS told The Wall Street Journal.

Within an hour of the earthquake, more than 4000 people had filed reports with the USGS saying they had felt shaking.

By comparison, the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12 was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. An earthquake that struck near Concepcion, Chile on February 27 was listed as an 8.8-magnitude earthquake.
• Source(s): USGS, CNN and Wall Street Journal
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24
Mar
10

Sprint launches first WiMax Android smartphone HTC EVO 4G

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Sprint launches first WiMax Android smartphone HTC EVO™ 4G

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sprint and HTC Corporation today announced summer availability of the world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, HTC EVO™ 4G exclusively from Sprint. HTC EVO™ 4G delivers a multimedia experience at 4G speeds that is second to none, making it possible to download music, pictures, files, or videos in seconds – not minutes – and watch streaming video on the go with one of the largest pinch-to-zoom displays, at 4.3 inches, in the wireless industry.
Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 27 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1, giving HTC EVO™ 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.

“Sprint continues to lead the 4G revolution as we introduce HTC EVO™ 4G to give our customers an experience that is unlike anything available in wireless to date,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to a whole new level.”

Customers will be able to purchase HTC EVO™ 4G through all Sprint channels and through national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, this summer. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Pre-registration begins today at http://www.sprint.com/evo.
A device beyond compare
HTC EVO™ 4G delivers a robust list of features, including a 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor ensuring a smooth and quick user experience. With dual cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera – HTC EVO™ 4G unleashes the ability to create, stream and watch video that far surpasses expectations of what is possible on a phone today.

With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO™ 4G allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 4G experience. Users can easily share an Internet connection on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.

With integrated HD video capture and 4G speeds, HTC EVO™ 4G makes slow uploads and grainy video a thing of the past. Now, it is possible to post high-quality video to YouTube™ or Facebook, or share moments in real time over the Internet live, via Qik. After these videos have been captured, it is easy to share them on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).

The custom Web browser is optimized for HTC EVO™ 4G’s large display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.

HTC EVO 4G features the newest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience. Along with all of the HTC Sense features first introduced on HTC Hero™, HTC EVO™ 4G adds a number of new features, including Friend Stream, which aggregates multiple social communication channels including Facebook™ and Twitter™ into one organized flow of updates; a “Leap” thumbnail view to easily switch between home screen “panels;” the ability to download new, interactive widgets; and a “polite” ringer, which quiets the ringing phone once lifted up.

“HTC and Sprint have a strong history of working together to bring consumers technologies and advancements that make their lives easier,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “We believe that the HTC EVO™ 4G represents the best of Sprint and the best of HTC working together to bring an unmatched device to the U.S. This combination of HTC and Sprint innovation will allow people to do even more while on the go, faster than ever on the Sprint 4G network.”

Experience Android at 4G
HTC EVO™ 4G, the world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, features the latest iteration of the increasingly popular Android platform. Leveraging the Android 2.1 platform, HTC EVO™ 4G can deliver a wide array of useful new features:

  • Android 2.1 enables a new way to search with pictures instead of words. Google Goggles™ works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and even wine labels. A picture taken of the Golden Gate Bridge returns all of the information anyone would need to know about the structure. By just taking a picture of several restaurant options, HTC EVO™ 4G will provide restaurant reviews to ensure the best choice.
  • Text messaging and email composition feature built-in voice-to-text technology. By simply pressing a microphone button on the screen, messages can be composed by just speaking, making keeping in touch faster and easier than ever.
  • Through Android Market™, HTC EVO™ 4G users have access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and games to download and install on their phone, with many more to come.

In addition to today’s Android apps, the performance of which will be enhanced by 4G speed, application developers will be introducing new apps that take advantage of 4G power in new ways – games and communications tools and other apps that bring together video, presence and location simultaneously, and capabilities that haven’t yet been imagined. For example, an application developer might create an app that allows a customer to simultaneously watch a streaming sporting event while pulling down stats and conducting a video chat with a friend.

A Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide explains how to develop on an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of 4G and unique hardware/software capabilities, including how to use a forward-facing camera in an app; how to use HDMI output; and how to build in network detection (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi) to optimize quality of data in an app. The Sprint 4G developer also will include sample apps and source code that highlight these features. It will supplement the Android 2.1 SDK.  As a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance™, Sprint is actively engaged with the Android community. Sprint has employed an open Internet approach, and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.

“Sprint and HTC have come together to propel the Android platform into the 4G world with the introduction of HTC EVO™ 4G,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. “The Android platform was developed to give people unmatched mobile connectivity to the Internet. By combining this vision with the promise of Sprint’s first-to-market 4G technology, HTC EVO™ 4G makes accessing thousands of applications from Android Market, using Google™ services like Google Goggles, Google Earth™ and the all-new Gesture Search, or simply browsing the Web faster, easier and more enjoyable than ever before.”

Blazing trails with Sprint 4G
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Today, Sprint 4G covers more than 30 million people and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010.

Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Philadelphia; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G services on the Clearwire WiMAX network.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

• Source(s): Sprint, HTC & cnet
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17
Mar
10

No copy and paste, multitasking for Windows Phone 7 Series

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No copy and paste, multitasking for Windows Phone 7 Series

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


••• The latest generation of Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system will not have a copy-and-paste function. Nor will it be able to multitask.

The controversial details about the “intentional” exclusion of copy and paste started to unravel during a question-and-answer session at Microsoft’s MIX10 developer conference – a Microsoft-run three-day web developer conference for professionals held from March 15 to 17 in Las Vegas.

That’s right, Microsoft intentionally omitted clipboard operations like copy and paste on their Windows Phone 7 Series.

A Microsoft PR rep explained to technology blog Engadget that “most users, including Office users, don’t really need clipboard functionality.”

After Apple users spent years complaining about the lack of a copy-and-paste function on their smartphone, it is strange that Microsoft would leave out such a staple function, especially considering that copy and paste features have been a longstanding feature on past versions of Windows Mobile.

“It’s actually an intentional design decision,” Windows Phone executive Todd Brix told CNet. “We try to anticipate what the user wants so copy and paste isn’t necessary.”

Instead of providing copy and paste features the company decided to implement what they call “smart linking.” Smart linking enables users to double tap on a phone number to call or add it to their address book or to open a map when double clicking on an address. But this may not be enough for users wanting to re-arrange text in the mobile version of Office.

Both RIM and Apple include intelligent linking and copy-and-paste features on their handsets.

On March 15 Microsoft shocked the tech world when it announced Windows Phone Series 7 would not be able to multitask, despite the inclusion of multitasking on previous versions of their mobile OS.

Windows Phone Series 7, like the iPhone, will be able to run native applications (such as the Zune music player) and make phone calls with other applications open at the same time, but multitasking with third-party application will not be possible for the time being.

More information about Windows Phone 7 Series – which are due to hit the stores in Q4 2010 – and Microsoft’s MIX 10 can be found here: http://www.windowsphone7series.com/

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