Monday, October 5, 2009

PHILADELPHIA | TV viewers can now TiVo using their BlackBerry.

TiVo Inc., the maker of digital video recorders that can pause and rewind live programming, unveiled a free application Wednesday for the BlackBerry that lets subscribers set up recording of TV shows from the phones. Subscribers also can search for details about their favorite shows.

Live streaming of shows is not available.

The application works with TiVo DVR Series2 or the Series3 stand-alone DVR, not with a cable box that has a TiVo interface. The BlackBerry phone must have browsing capabilities and operating system version 4.2.0 or later. TiVo unveiled its app for the iPhone in November.

T-Mobile to sell Motorola Android

NEW YORK | T-Mobile USA plans to start selling the first phone from Motorola that uses Google’s software Oct. 19.

The Motorola Cliq will cost $200 with a two-year contract, T-Mobile said. Buyers who aren’t already T-Mobile customers will have to wait until Nov. 2.

The Cliq is the first product to come out of a turnaround effort at Motorola Inc., whose cell phone division has been struggling since the Razr fell out of favor. Motorola is now focusing on making “smart” phones using Google Inc.’s Android software to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPhone.

T-Mobile already sells two Android smart phones made by HTC Corp. Sprint Nextel Corp. is releasing one, also made by HTC, on Oct. 11.

The Cliq comes with a touch screen and a standard “Qwerty” keyboard that slides out from its side. Motorola has added a layer of software on top of Google’s to let users aggregate contact information from various social networks and e-mail accounts. Small application “widgets” will show such information as your friends’ Facebook status updates on the home screen.

The Cliq also has a 5-megapixel camera, allowing for sharper images than most other phones.

Verizon discontinues Hub touch screen

NEW YORK | Verizon Wireless is pulling the Hub, an Internet-connected home phone with an iPhone-like touch screen, after just eight months on the market.

The carrier stopped selling the phone this week but will continue to support ones already bought, Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debra Lewis said Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless introduced the Hub on Feb. 1 as a way to compete in the home phone market, even outside the areas where parent company Verizon Communications Inc. is the local phone company.

The Hub cost $150 after a $50 rebate, and required a two-year, $35 monthly contract that included unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada and unlimited texts to Verizon Wireless phones.

The Hub was sold only to those who also had Verizon Wireless cell phones, and provided services closely tied to those devices, like the ability to track the location of family members’ phones.

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