Monday, August 31, 2009

BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530 smartphone Back to All Phones

Introducing the world's first touch screen BlackBerry only from America's largest 3G network, Verizon Wireless. At work or at play, the BlackBerry® Storm™ keeps you connected to both sides of life. The breakthrough SurePress™ touch screen with a tactile click response allows you to accurately navigate within every advanced feature that's packed in the Storm including a music player, 3.2 megapixel camera and a true Internet web browser. Plus, enhance your productivity with email, MS Office document support and advanced global capabilities, and keep connected with social tools like Instant Messaging and pre–loaded Facebook and Flickr applications.

Business customers (5 or more lines of service) interested in purchasing a global calling plan or global feature with the BlackBerry Storm must call a sales representative at 1–800–899–4249. If you are not a business customer, you will be able to purchase a global calling plan or feature by visiting a retail store or calling 1 800 2 JOIN IN.


  • Network Support: Dual–band 800/1900 MHz CDMA/EV–DO Rev. A networks; Quad–Band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks Single–Band: 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks
  • SIM Card: pre–installed in BlackBerry® Storm
  • Memory: 128MB Flash Memory, 192MB RAM, 1GB On–board memory
  • BlackBerry 4.7 Desktop Software Integrated Email, Phone, SMS, Browser, Calendar, Address Book, and additional organizer applications
  • BlackBerry Internet Solution (BIS) – integrate up to 10 personal email accounts
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Solution (BES) – works to provide functionality such as single mailbox integration, remote address book look–up and more
  • SurePress™ touch screen with portrait and landscape views
  • Display: High resolution (480x360 pixel), 3.25" color, TFT LCD. Supports over 65k colors
  • microSD™ memory card support: 8GB SanDisk® card installed (device supports up to 16GB)
  • On–Screen/virtual keyboard – portrait SureType and multi–tap; QWERTY landscape.
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera w/Flash, auto–focus and Video Capture
  • Integrated speaker and microphone, Hands–free headset capable (3.5mm 4 Pole)
  • Media Player – videos, music, games and more...
  • Bluetooth® (v2.0) including A2DP for Stereo sound
  • Ring Tones: Polyphonic + vibrate
  • Text, Picture, Video and Instant Messaging
  • VZ Navigatorsm for spoken turn–by–turn directions
  • Visual Voice Mail compatible
  • Mobile Broadband Connect capable (Windows only)
  • Instant Messaging applications for BlackBerry
  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody® (Subscription, Wireless & PC downloads)
  • Password protection and Keyboard lock
  • Total Equipment Coverage is Available


  • Dimensions: 4.43" (H) x 2.45" (W) x 0.55" (D)
  • Weight: Approximately 5.47 oz. including battery
  • Standard Lithium Cell (1400 mAh)
  • Usage: Up to 330 minutes of talk time OR
  • Standby: Up to 360 hours
  • SAR Information: 0.50 W/kg at ear; 0.57 W/kg on body
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M3

Included Accessories

  • Lithium Ion Battery (1400 mAh)
  • 3.5 mm Stereo Headset
  • BlackBerry® Travel Charger with International Adaptor Clips
  • USB Data Cable
  • 8GB SanDisk® microSD™ memory card pre–installed in device
  • SIM Card pre–installed in device
  • Documentation Kit (including BlackBerry Tools CD)
  • VZAccess® Manager™ CD (including User Guide)
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Global Support Kit


  • HTML Browser
  • Domestic/International Voice, Messaging & Email Service
  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody® (Subscripton, Wireless and PC downloads)
  • VZ Navigatorsm with turn–by–turn directions
  • Visual Voice Mail
  • Mobile Broadband Connect Capable


Monday, August 24, 2009

Sun Country Passengers Endure 6-Hour Wait

Minneapolis, MN - Two weeks after 47 passengers were stranded on a Minnesota tarmac for almost six hours, more than 100 Sun Country passengers waited that long for a Twin Cities-bound plane to leave New York. Flight 242 was supposed to take off from New York City on Friday about 11 a.m. local time. But passengers say the plane didn't start boarding until about noon, and didn't take off until after 6 p.m.The flight lasted 2 1/2 hours.

Passenger Gary Kurth says travelers were told a weather system over Iowa was causing the delay. Fellow passenger John Nides says "the crew brought out the food cart after three hours, but the items had to be purchased and quickly ran out. Sun County chief executive Stand Gadek says the airline regrets the delay and will issue refunds."


Toyota makes biggest China recall

Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker, is recalling almost 690,000 cars made in China because of faulty electrical window switches.

The recall affects the company's Camry, Corolla, Vios and Yaris models made at two joint ventures in China - Guangzhou Auto and Tianjin FAW.

This represents Toyota's biggest recall of cars in China.

The company said that no injuries or accidents had been reported as a result of the faulty electrics.

Toyota makes the Prius, the world's best selling hybrid car

"The size of the recall is big, but won't be a major problem for Toyota given the nature of the defect. Still, there will be some impact in the short term," said Huang Zherui, analyst at CSM worldwide.

The recall includes 384,736 Camrys made with Guangzhou Auto between 15 May 2006 and 31 December 2008.

A total of 22,767 Yaris compact cars made last year with the same partner are also being recalled.

The affected cars also included 245,288 Corollas and 35,523 Vios made in 2008 with FAW.

Last month, rival Japanese carmaker Honda announced it was recalling 440,000 vehicles in the US because of an airbag defect.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stop your engines? Classic car cruise drivers worry there's no successor to muscle cars

Jack Beller's blue 1966 Corvette has the classic big-block engine and the enormous carburetor that make putting the keys in the ignition a roaring ode to muscle car history.

He and his classic ride have been coming to Saturday's Woodward Dream Cruise, billed by its sponsors as "the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture," since it began 15 years ago. But this year, as he sat against his wife Marilyn's arrest-me-red '62 Corvette, there was a depressing realization setting in: There may not be a successor to his beloved fleet of classic cars.

"This is gone," said Beller, 68, sweeping his hand across a parking lot along the cruise's Woodward Avenue route, where 100 other classic cars were lined up. "This is gone forever."

In a year when General Motors and Chrysler have taken a quick trip through bankruptcy court and are being supported with taxpayer dollars, this cruise had participants feeling more nostalgic than ever about their vehicles. With GM now pushing cars like the whispery-quiet electric Volt, destined to get 230 mpg, the thundering, fuel-guzzling beasts that marked America's love affair with the car are a dwindling breed, and a rare sight on the road.

As the industry turns toward more fuel-efficient and even electric vehicles, classic car owners worry the soul of the cars that symbolized personal freedom, speed, status and sex appeal have been lost. In their place, the highways are filled with identical sedans that hum along, one just like the other, none more spectacular than the next.

For a day, though, Woodward Avenue was given over to the strutting cars of yesteryear. An estimated 40,000 Dream Cruisers slowly drove up and down the event's 16-mile stretch in Detroit's suburbs, classic big-body Cadillacs swimming by with a murmur. A fleet of hot rods, engines announcing their presence long before they came into view, roared out of red lights as patrons at local bars cheered, sipping beers mid-morning. And amid it all, a few strange gems like the original MonkeeMobile, from a goofy 1960s sitcom featuring the pop-rock quartet the Monkees, drew smiles from the hundreds of visitors sitting in folding chairs along the route.

George Lusk of St. Clair Shores, Mich., shows off his 1960 Chevy Impala during the annual Dream Cruise which spans a 16-mile stretch along Woodward Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 in Ferndale, Mich. Automakers might be suffering, but for just a day, it looks like the glory days of car culture are back again in Michigan. More than 40,000 cruisers are driving down a 16-mile stretch of suburban Detroit Saturday in a celebration of the automotive heyday. About one million visitors are expected to watch. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

As they cruised, the classic car enthusiasts discussed whether any contemporary vehicles will reach the iconic status of their trusty rides. Sadly, the drivers say, today's cars just don't measure up to the wonders of old _ making the cruise a bittersweet journey back to the Motor City's golden years.

"They're bellybutton cars _ everybody's got one," said Bob Patrick, 74, of Warren while sitting next to his glossy red 1947 Plymouth Special Deluxe.

There are a lot of reasons the classic car culture may fade. While modern versions of muscle cars such as the Camaro and Corvette retain a good deal of their aesthetic appeal, the design concerns of the contemporary carmaker _ including government safety regulations regarding crash readiness and a car's aerodynamic profile _ can lead to visual similarity across models.

That makes "everything looks like a jellybean. Period," Beller said.

It also makes identifying a future generation of classic cars difficult. While cars known as "tuners" _ typically foreign model cars like whose mystique stems from souped-up engines and agile handling _ are often put forward as heirs to the classics throne, their skeptics abound.

"They'll throw 'em away and play with something else. There's nothing out there today that anybody wants to save," said Dave Sandow, 62, who was showing off his red 1970 Chevy El Camino.

Some who adore their conventionally classic car believe the definition of a classic is captured in childhood _ and thus will continue to evolve generation to generation. So if a child looks out the window and sees a parade of fuel-efficient Toyota Prius models driving down the street, he may begin to consider that a "classic" when he gets older.

"The cool guys always had the cool cars and that's what you try to emulate," said Joe Ramsey, 58, of Sterling Heights, a former GM designer who owns a 1932 Ford. "It's what you grew up with."

There are some signs automakers aren't giving up on the influence of classic cars completely. There has been some convergence between the classic car culture and a more modern, technological, tuner-influenced brand, said Richard Shi, an American cultural historian who has studied car culture. This union is on display with the Chevrolet Volt, GM's electric vehicle slated to be released in 2010, which has a profile much closer to the Camaro than the comparatively mousey hybrid Toyota Prius.

"In some respects, the Volt is trying to be the best of both _ the physical appearance of an American car but with the drive train of an increasingly eco-conscious public," said Shi, the president of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Even if the glory days of muscle cars is waning, some, like 16-year-old Kevin Duby, are still buying into muscle car culture. Duby, of Livonia, spent four years of savings on his 1979 Camaro. And despite what his friends might value in a new car, the allure of a flashy ride is worth a heavy price.

"I would rather work two jobs to drive that than a Prius," he said.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Two strong storms across the eastern Asia

Aerial pictures show the extent of damage in Taiwan caused by Typhoon Morakot
The two strong storms across the Pacific region have left scores of people dead or missing.

At least ten people have been killed in Japan in flash floods generated by the approaching tropical storm Etau.

Meanwhile Typhoon Morakot hit mainland China on Sunday, killing at least one child and prompting almost a million people to flee from coastal areas.

It has already passed over Taiwan, killing at least 12 people and causing the worst flooding in 5 decades.

Taiwan's National Disaster Relief Centre said it believed about 100 people were trapped in a landslide that hit the mountain village of Shiao Lin on Sunday morning.

Typhoons and tropical storms are frequent in the region between July and September.

Swept away

Nearly 50,000 people in western Japan have been told to leave coastal areas after warnings of rain, floods and mudslides triggered by the approach of Etau.

Eight people have died in Hyogo prefecture, including one man whose car was swept away by a swollen river and a woman who was found dead in a gutter.

Another woman was killed in a mudslide in Okayama prefecture.

The storm may hit central Japan on Tuesday, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Morakot dumped a record 2.5 metres (100 inches) of rain on Taiwan over the weekend, leaving at least 12 people dead, among them a group reportedly washed away from a makeshift shelter in Kaohsiung in the south.

Taiwanese television has reported that about 200 homes in Shiao Lin village have been buried by mud.

Roads to the village have been cut and heavy rain and cloud cover have made it difficult for rescue helicopters to reach the area.

In another incident, an entire hotel - empty at the time - was swept away by the waters.

The typhoon then went on to hit mainland China on Sunday afternoon, destroying more than 2,000 houses and causing at least one major river to burst its banks.

Chinese state media said the sky turned completely dark in Beibi, Fujian, when it made landfall.

Trees were uprooted as high winds and heavy rain lashed the coast.

Some 473,000 residents of Zhejiang province were evacuated before the storm struck, as well as 480,000 from Fujian, Xinhua news agency said.

In Zhejiang's Wenzhou City a four year-old child was killed when a house collapsed. Dozens of roads were said to be flooded and the city's airport was closed.

Rescuers used dinghies to reach the worst-hit areas; in one area only the tops of trees were said to be showing above the floodwater.

Two storms roared across Asia making landfall in Taiwan, forcing a million people to flee inland. Authorities have Tokyo on alert in case the typhoon changes course. Barry Peterson reports.

Although the storm is losing strength, violent rainstorms are expected across six eastern Chinese provinces and Taiwan over the next few hours.

Morakot has also contributed to heavy rains in the Philippines. At least 10 people were killed in flooding and landslides in the north of the country last week.

Liam Dutton, BBC Weather Presenter
Typhoons are low pressure systems that form over tropical waters, with organised thunderstorms and winds at low levels that circulate in an anti-clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere.

In order for a storm to gain typhoon status, it has to have sustained winds of 74mph (120 Km/h) or more.

In the northern hemisphere most typhoons occur between June and November with a peak in September. However, in the north-west Pacific it is possible to get a typhoon at any time of the year.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ticket costs increase at Walt Disney World

Orlando, Fla.- It now costs $83 for a 1-day, one-park ticket to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., a Disney spokeswoman says.

Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said the 5.3% hike from $79 started Sunday, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.

"Our pricing is based on the high-quality experience we deliver to our guests, and our guests continue to agree that a ticket to Walt Disney World represents a great entertainment value," Prunty said.

Tickets for children ages 3-9 increased 7.9%, going from $63 to $68.

Multiday-ticket packages for the Florida tourist venue also are going up at least 2.6%.

The Sentinel said adding a Park Hopper feature to a Walt Disney World ticket is increasing from $50 to $52. The feature allows a customer to spend time in more than one Disney park in a day.