WSJ: FAA Says Electronic Devices Can Be Used During All Phases of Flights

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a plan to lift restrictions of electronic device usage during certain portions of airline flights.  Under new regulations electronic devices can be used during all phases of flights.  Here is their news alert:

Federal aviation regulators unveiled steps to lift restrictions on fliers’ electronic devices, concluding that tablets, e-readers and other gadgets generally can be used during all phases of flight by the end of this year.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s decision effectively ends years of safety debates over the use of the devices. The FAA said it is providing airlines with guidelines to carry out the new policy.

More information is available here.

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Apple Sells 9 Million iPhones Over the First Weekend

Apple reports that it sold 9,000,000 new iPhones over the first weekend of sales and that its revenue should be near the high end of its previous forecast.  This breaks last years new record of 5 million phones.

Apple Press Release

Wall Street Journal Story

AllThingsD.com Story

CNN Money Story

Bloomberg Story

CNET.com Story

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Lauren Goode Reviews Samsung Galaxy Mega Phablet for All Things Digital

She ends by saying:

It feels like an experiment.  As a smart phone it is hard to see where it fits, literally and otherwise.

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Samsun Galaxy Mega

Samsung MegaIf you phablet was not already big enough, Samsun is now releasing the Galaxy Mega, which has a 6.3 inch screen. It is 6.5 inches long and 3.5 inches wide. Thomas Gryta wrote in Digits, at the Wall Street Journal: “Unobtrusive, the mega is not–unless you use it to hide your face.”

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CNET: iPhone 5 Preorders Indicate Hot Demand

Apple website sells out pre-order iPhone 5 phones in an hour.  Website orderers will have to wait 2 weeks minimum now.  The other option is to stand in line for one on release day.  This video covers the pros and cons of the iPhone on each carrier.

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Android tops 50% of Smartphone Sales in 3Q11

Gartner released smartphone sales for the 3rd quarter of 2011. Overall, smartphone sales were up 42 percent over 3Q2010. When ranked by OS, Android tops the list with a 52.5 percent market share. Symbian and iOS were second and third with 16.9 and 15 perent respectively. The report states that iOS sales were depressed in part due to consumers waiting for release of the iPhone 4S.

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Samsung bests Apple to take Smart Phone top slot

Campus Technology reports Samsung’s 223% increase in Q3 sales (year over year) has propelled it past Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion to take over the lead in the world-wide smart phone market.

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