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Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual reach the US in unlocked form, give Americans a taste of dual SIMs

Sony Xperia tipo hands-on

Few of us who live outside of Asia or Eastern Europe know the potential convenience of a dual SIM phone. Own one and you can globetrot, or else keep separate home and work lines without the bulk of an extra device in the pocket. Sony is gambling that enough Americans have that multi-line desire by selling the Xperia tipo dual and its regular, single-SIM counterpart in the US as unlocked GSM models. Neither of the Android 4.0 phones is what we’d call a powerhouse with the same 3.5-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera and 800MHz Snapdragon inside, but both can latch on to HSPA 3G on ATT, refarmed T-Mobile coverage and 2100MHz carriers abroad, even if the single-SIM tipo curiously has 900MHz 3G support that the tipo dual lacks. It’s undoubtedly price that Sony is counting on more than anything: at respective contract-free prices of $180 and $190 for the tipo and tipo dual, the pair of Xperias may be sold most often as travel-only phones for the jet set.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/27/sony-xperia-tipo-and-tipo-dual-reach-the-us-in-unlocked-form/

Mavericks add three to training camp roster

The Dallas Mavericks signed free agents DJ Mbenga, Josh Akognon and Tu Holloway to their training camp roster, the team announced Thursday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mbenga (7-0, 240) is native of Congo who was originally signed by Dallas as a rookie free agent on July 14, 2004, after playing with the Mavericks summer league squad. In his first stint with Dallas, he saw action in 79 games, averaging 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds. Mbenga was waived by Dallas on Oct. 30, 2007. Since his time in Dallas, Mbenga has played for Golden State, the L.A. Lakers and New Orleans. He holds career averages of 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 234 games (four starts).

Akognon (5-11, 185) is a Petaluma, Calif., native who started his collegiate career at Washington State before transferring to California St.-Fullerton. As a junior, he led the Titans to a Big West regular season title, Big West Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in 30 years. As a senior, Akognon was named Big West Conference Player of the Year after averaging 23.9 points per game.

Holloway (6-0, 190) played at Xavier and was undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. In his four years as a Musketeer, he played in 134 games and held career averages of 13.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals. As a junior, Holloway was Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-America honors while averaging 19.7 points and 5.4 assists a game.

The Mavs open their preseason schedule Oct. 6 in Berlin.

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4691796/mavericks-add-three-to-training-camp-roster

Verizon FiOS TV Media Server due in the coming months, delivers content to 3rd party devices

Verizon FiOS TV Media Server to be out in the comming months, deliver content to 3rd party devices

Fall is officially here and we’re closing in on the final quarter of 2012, a time when products usually get real or fade into the vapor forever. One that we’ve been waiting to hear about just got a little more real as the Verizon Media Server (VMS), which Big Red teased last December and promised in 2012, got a little mention in the company’s latest comments to the FCC. While attempting to persuade the FCC to standardize an IP content interface and delay the December 2012 deadline, Verizon revealed that the rollout of its new product will begin in the coming months. The full feature set of this server is still unknown, but one interesting feature is its ability to stream multiple high-def stream simultaneously to 3rd party devices connected to your home network. Of course without a industry wide streaming standard — again, like Verizon is requesting the FCC to ratify — who knows exactly what devices could be in the mix.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/27/verizon-fios-tv-media-server-due-in-the-coming-months-delivers/

#NBArank: How do Mavericks measure up?

Only two contributors remain from the 2010-11 title roster, but the Mavericks’ mission remains the same.

“This is Dallas,” coach Rick Carlisle said at the Mavs’ pep rally/press conference earlier this month. “We play for championships here. It’s as simple as that.”

That’s admirable. However, based on how Dallas’ talent compares to other contenders, it will take a miraculous run for the Mavs to accomplish their goal.

For the sake of discussion, let’s use ESPN.com’s #NBArank to see how the Mavs measure up. It’s a subjective system, but it at least indicates how teams fall in terms of depth and tiers of talent. (The Mavs’ individual rankings can be found here.)

There are 15 teams that have two top-50 players. The Mavs aren’t one of them, with No. 11 Dirk Nowitzki all alone.

The Lakers and Thunder, the teams expected to meet in the West finals, lead the NBA with four top-50 selections. L.A. and OKC both have two top-10 players – joining the defending champion Heat on that exclusive list – and the Lakers are the lone team with four in the top 20.

There are another six teams with three top-50 players: the Bulls, Celtics, Grizzlies, Heat, Knicks and Spurs. (New York big man Tyson Chandler checked in at No. 23, in case MFFLs were wondering.)

The hope around the AAC is that depth will make up for the lack of a legitimate co-superstar to pair with Nowitzki.

The Maverick ranked next after Nowitzki is Elton Brand all the way down at No. 85, but they have a total of five top-100 players, with O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion and Darren Collison joining Nowitzki and Brand. The Nuggets are the only team with more. There are five other teams with five top-100 players.

With No. 113 Chris Kaman in the mix, the Mavs have six top-150 players, a total that ties for seventh in the league.

The Mavs proved a lot of people wrong with their lone-star title run a couple of years ago. They’ll try to do it again against a handful of teams that have loaded up on elite talent.

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4691792/nbarank-how-do-mavericks-measure-up

AT&T outs U-verse Easy Remote app for iOS, uses voice and gestures to take control

ATT Launches U-verse Easy Remote App

Latest U-verse Enabled App Includes Gesture, Voice Controls to Deliver Better and More Accessible Surfing Experience

DALLAS, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATT* U-verse® is making it easier for U-verse TV customers, including those with disabilities such as vision and hearing loss, to control their TV with the new U-verse Easy Remote App. Available in the iTunes store, the innovative U-verse Easy Remote App lets customers easily use their iPhone or iPad as a U-verse remote control. Watch here to see the app in action.

ATT U-verse is the first major TV provider to allow customers to use voice remote control capabilities. The app was built with a commitment to universal design and is optimized to give all users access to features to control your TV, including:

Multiple screen color, button and font size choices which let you customize your iPhone or iPad screen for a better viewing experience.
A voice initiated remote control to perform a variety of commands, including Channel Up, Channel Down, Fast Forward, Rewind, Replay, Pause, Play, Record and Go to channel (name or number).
A voice command feature that lets you choose a show you want to watch by simply saying the show title or channel number into your device.
iPhone’s VoiceOver screen reader, enabling you to hear TV show and channel information as you scroll through your programming guide.
Gesture commands, which allows you to control shows you’re viewing with different gesture movements.
One-touch access to closed captioning.

“Most Americans rely on their television as a critical source of news and entertainment and it is important that these resources be made accessible for all users,” said Larry Goldberg, director of WGBH’s Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). “It is great to see an app like Easy Remote apply many of the universal design features that improve access for customers both with and without disabilities.”

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the U-verse TV experience, and we knew this was an area where we could take a big step forward and use our IPTV platform to deliver a better and more accessible TV watching experience for seniors and customers with hearing and vision impairments,” said Maria Dillard, Vice President, U-verse and Video Products, ATT Home Solutions. “Voice command and one-touch access to closed captioning are just a few examples of how ATT is using universal design to develop innovative technology to improve the TV experience for all customers with and without disabilities.”

The U-verse Easy Remote App is the latest app to utilize the U-verse Enabled platform, which lets customers easily connect their iPhone or iPad to their U-verse TV receiver over their in-home Wi-Fi network. Because ATT U-verse is 100 percent IPTV, customers with a U-verse High Speed Internet account can connect their apps to any U-verse receiver in the home through channel 9301, without needing special equipment, such as Internet-connected receivers or TV sets. To access Easy Remote, customers must subscribe to both U-verse TV and U-verse High-Speed Internet.

The U-verse Easy Remote App was initially developed by researchers at ATT Labs. The Labs organization is home to some of the world’s best scientists and engineers who focus their unique research capabilities and expertise on enabling the network and empowering users with innovations, such as the Easy Remote app.

The voice control functions of the Easy Remote app are powered by the ATT WatsonSM speech recognition technology using ATT’s Speech API, which uses advanced natural language processing to recognize and understand spoken words. Also developed in ATT Labs, ATT WatsonSM speech recognition technology has been powering advanced speech services in the marketplace for many years and is now available for third-party developers to use in their own apps.

*ATT products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of ATT Inc. under the ATT brand and not by ATT Inc.

About ATT

ATT Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – ATT operating companies – are the providers of ATT services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, ATT is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, ATT also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the ATT U-verse® and ATT ?DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about ATT Inc. and the products and services provided by ATT subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This ATT news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/gen/landing-pages?pid=3309 and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT.

Geographic and service restrictions apply to ATT U-verse. Call or go to www.att.com/uverse to see if you qualify. ATT U-verse High Speed Internet service is required to connect a qualifying device to an ATT U-verse receiver for remote control functionality. Data charges may apply.

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Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/26/att-u-verse-easy-remote-app-for-ios/

First Take: Dirk Nowitzki should be insulted


NBA, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, #NBARank

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4691789/first-take-dirk-nowitzki-should-be-insulted