Archive for: thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread ROM Leaks. Again.

  • August 17, 2011 6:57 am


Well into the double digits now is yet another HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM leak. But hey, we’re not complaining. And we’re sure all you snappy Thunderbolt owners out there aren’t either. If you’re feeling adventurous, point your browsers over to theMikMik for the goods.

Given that this is a close-to-but-not-final build (build 2.07.605.0) bugs are likely present. With that said, we’d certainly hope HTC and Verizon are almost ready to go with this update, and in turn, have whittled down the number of bugs to almost nothing. Nonetheless, tread carefully.

New Mac Minis Official!

  • July 20, 2011 8:52 am


Just like it’s cake cutting cousin, the new Mac Minis are officially live! Externally not much is different from the previous generation save for the slightly — ever so slightly — tweaked Thunderbolt port. Internal hardware gets a healthy boast and a beastly Lion now resides inside. Catch the full list of Mac Mini hardware updates right over here.

Head on over to the Apple Store now and cast your lot.

New MacBook Airs Now Official!

  • July 20, 2011 8:43 am


The MacBook Air refresh is now official. Apple.com is live once again with the new hardware primed and ready with Apple’s latest goods — OS X Lion and Thunderbolt. The 11.6″ MacBook Air starts at $999 while it’s larger sibling comes in at $1299. Get the full specs right over here.

Oh, and yes. The backlit keyboard is in fact back!

HTC Thunderbolt Random Reboot Fix Coming In 2H Of June.

  • June 8, 2011 1:49 pm


Having a gorgeous piece of gadgetry rendered borderline useless because of a small yet unavoidable bug is a hair-pulling experience. Knowing that a fix is on the way but still many weeks out only adds to the frustration. Users of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon Wireless are probably feeling a bit hot under the collar over the Thunderbolt’s random reboot bug, though help is on the way — but you’ll have to continue waiting a bit longer.

A leaked screenshot details that Verizon and HTC are in fact working on the issue, though no immediate fix is planned as is evident by the “second half of June” verbiage. Disappointing, yeah. But look on the bright side. June is almost 1/3 over.

User Agent Profile Outs HTC Thunderbolt Mini?

  • May 26, 2011 2:36 pm


In love with the HTC Thunderbolt’s sleek lines and blazing LTE speeds but find the size a bit unwieldy? You may just be in luck. A new user agent profile may have just outed the HTC Thunderbolt Mini.

Before we knew much about the original Thunderbolt, it carried the internal name of “Mecha”. In the UAprof above, a similar “Mecha S” is mentioned. The S likely denotes “small”, though we’re not sure of the exact screen size. Judging the rather low 480 x 320 figure, however, we can’t imagine HTC would make this device any larger than 4″. If they did, we can honestly say the display would look terrible as even 800 x 480 4.3″ displays look pixelated after spending time with the qHD and Retina Displays as of late. LTE isn’t mentioned but we can honestly rule that out. High-end devices are currently released without said feature so we can’t see this HVGA phone beating them out.

Would you be interested in a smaller, more pocketable Thunderbolt?

It’s Ok: Apple Transferring Thunderbolt Patents To Intel.

  • May 20, 2011 6:45 am

Yesterday afternoon a new patent by Apple came to light which detailed the Cupertino based company’s plans to acquire the “Thunderbolt” trademark. What was odd is that thus far, Intel has claimed to have done most, if not all of the grunt work with R&D. Soon after, tensions regarding lawsuits began growing.

Intel clarified with fellow tech site BrightSideOfNews that everything will be alright. While Apple is in fact filing the trademark claims for Thunderbolt, the company will pass said trademark ownership over to Intel once granted. Intel also stated that third party companies who use the Thunderbolt technology but with a different adapter (ie: Sony using USB) will have to go through their own verification and testing process when the time comes. Apple meanwhile will have unrestricted use of Thunderbolt branding and technology.

Crisis averted…

HP Not Impressed With Thunderbolt Yet. Sticking With USB 3.0 For Now.

  • May 17, 2011 6:35 am

As it stands now, Apple will remain one of the few in an extremely empty market — Intel Thunderbolt adoption. According to HP’s Xavier Lauwaert, HP’s worldwide marketing manager for desktops, HP has looked and continues to evaluate the Thunderbolt technology, but at this point the company isn’t making any large changes to adopt said I/O port into upcoming hardware and will instead on USB 3.0.

Their main reasoning is a valid one — they cite a lack of hardware as a reason why consumers would essentially be stuck with paying for an extra hole in their computer that can’t be used. Of course, then we get into a situation of which comes first — Thunderbolt port or Thunderbolt accessories?

Refresh cycles also need to be taken into account. While HP may not be eying Thunderbolt for any current or immediately planned hardware, 6 months down the light could be very different. Apple meanwhile will go a solid 12 months or more between hardware refreshes meaning Apple has to think much further into the future than HP or similar competitors.

Think HP’s decision to get on the Thunderbolt bandwagon later in the game is a wise one?

Verizon: Free LTE Hotspot Offer Extended To June 15th!

  • May 16, 2011 10:45 am


Verizon Wireless customers and owners of either the HTC Thunderbolt or Samsung DROID Charge LTE phones have a Monday pick-me-up by way of a new announcement via the carrier’s official twitter page. Because of the recent LTE network outage, VZW is extending the free hotspot service through June 15th, allowing customers to reclaim (and then some) lost LTE usage free of charge. Enjoy the extra LTE fun while it lasts!

Recent HTC Thunderbolt Update Causing Random Reboots?

  • May 13, 2011 1:24 pm


Feedback from HTC Thunderbolt users concerning the recent update doesn’t bode well for those seeking a crash-free mobile experience. The random reboot bug that was seen in leaked pre-relesae builds of the HTC Thunderbolt’s ROM haven’t been fixed in the final version that shipped it seems. One particular reader of Droid-Life, Brian, claims to have experienced a total of six random reboots in less than 24 hours.

Hopefully Verizon and HTC push out a follow-up update sooner rather than later so that Thunderbolt users can get back to using their phones instead of watching it restart all the time.

Have you been bitten by the random reboot bug after updating? Let us know in the comments.