The march of the enterprise software IPOs continues, with not one but two companies debuting on New York stock exchanges today. Business intelligence provider Tableau Software, trading as “DATA”, is one of the more highly anticipated tech IPOs of the year, and so far it has not disappointed. It priced its IPO at $ 31 per share, and it has popped 58% to nearly $ 49/share in early trading on the NYSE. Marketo, a cloud-based marketing services company, priced its IPO at about half that, $ 13 per share. It will be trading as MKTO, but has yet to trade this morning.
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Big Data Visualization Goes Public: Tableau Software Raises $254M As Shares Pop 58%; Fellow Enterprise IPO Hopeful Marketo Raises $85M
From digital diapers to public toilets, are we over-connected? The dark side to ‘the Internet of things’
There are now connected dishwashers, garage doors, diapers and even public bathrooms. The term “the Internet of things” was coined in the 90s, long before you could connect your sprinkler system to the Internet. But does all of this connectedness make sense?
On the fence about heading to Build? Microsoft’s annual conference is scheduled from June 26-28, and developers in attendance will likely hear quite a bit more about the latest version of the company’s OS. MS will also make a public preview available during the event, Julie Larson-Green shared at the Wired Business Conference in New York City today. A final version of Windows 8.1 “Blue” is expected by the end of the year, bringing cosmetic updates and other features, such as a new side-by-side app view and Internet Explorer 11. In March, we managed to dig through pre-release build 9364 — it sounds like we’ll be able to take a much closer look at the new operating system this summer, but you can click through our gallery of screenshots for an early preview, right now.
freddienumber13 writes “The CCTV cameras operated by the local government in the country town of Nowra, NSW (Australia) have been turned off following an order by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. The local government is crying because it believes that it is losing an effective method in combating crime in public. Locals however are rejoicing that they are no longer being recorded whilst walking down the street.”
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A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today downplayed the significance of a recent incident of unauthorized access to a database containing potentially sensitive information on thousands of high hazard dams across the country.
Indiana University’s new petaflop supercomputer is the first supercomputer to be a “dedicated university resource.” It has been named Big Red II, and is a big replacement to IU’s previous supercomputer, Big Red, which reached speed of 28 teraflops, drastically slower than Big Red II’s one petaflop speeds. Big Red II will be used to
whoever57 writes “Prime Minister David Cameron is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. From the article: ‘ The Prime Minister said: “We are promoting good, clean, WiFi in local cafes and elsewhere to make sure that people have confidence in public WiFi systems so that they are not going to see things they shouldn’t.” His intervention comes after a long-running campaign from children’s charities to ensure a blanket ban on unacceptable sites on public WiFi networks.’”
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New submitter trims writes “The TSA is now in the public comment stage of its project to roll out Advanced Imaging Technology (i.e. full-body X-ray) scanners. The TSA wants your feedback as to whether or not this project should be continued or cancelled. Now is your chance to tell the TSA that this is a huge porkbarrel project and nothing more than Security Theater. You can comment at http:///www.regulations.gov and reference the docket ID TSA-2013-0004.” Note: the backscatter X-ray machines are being phased out, in favor of millimeter-wave systems; the linked documents give the government’s side of the story when it comes to efficacy, safety, privacy, and worth. The comment period runs until June 24.
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Yahoo has just appointed Tekedra N. Mawakana as its Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Global Public Policy. Mawakana used to be the Senior Vice President of Pubic Policy and Deputy General Counsel at AOL, where she worked for around 12 years. At her new position, she will be working together with industry and
A new website is the start of a bold project to digitize America’s cultural heritage.
The Digital Public Library of America, an ambitious, troubled effort to make the America’s entire literary heritage universally accessible, opened its doors today.
Remember when the internet was hailed as the “information superhighway” and then we all realized it was just some pot hole-filled, five-lane freeway overrun with humanity’s virtual flotsam and jetsam? Well, now there’s a venerable virtual institution to gather the best cultural bits that float to the top, make’em freely accessible and archive it all for the perpetuity of the digital age. Beginning today, the Digital Public Library of America, a non-profit organization two years in the making, is going live to the public in a beta launch. Featuring historical works culled from six state libraries and various cultural outposts (including the likes of the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as Harvard University), the site will primarily offer users the ability to search its vast archives (about 2.4 million resources at present) and browse virtual exhibitions, but will also host any dedicated third-party apps built using its open data set. So, there you have it, folks — a highbrow antidote to the rampant disinformation made possible by Google search.
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Adobe’s Lightroom is probably the best software available when it comes to a photographer’s digital darkroom needs. The company has been putting lots of time and effort into building it into something that appeals to both pros and enthusiasts, and now it’s releasing Lightroom 5 beta, representing the fastest turnaround for a major point release in the app’s history.
Microsoft on Monday released a public beta of Office 2010 Service Pack 2, the first major update to the suite in almost two years.
While Addappt has been teasing painless contact syncing between iOS-using friends and colleagues since its December launch, its invitation-only nature has kept most of us on the sidelines. It may be time to try Addappt now that an update opens the doors to the public. On top of widening the app’s audience for its update once, share everywhere approach, the 1.3 release brings group management that easily lets us lump coworkers or social circles together. Messaging is appropriately easier as well — it’s possible to quickly text or email everyone in a given group, including the option to share more photos at once than the five that iOS usually allows. A port to Android isn’t yet on the cards, but iPhone and iPod touch owners tired of missing phone number changes can give Addappt a whirl today.
Via: The Next Web
Source: App Store
Posthaven Launches In Public Beta, Has Saved 850K Posts Since Posterous Announced Its Shutdown Date Of April 30th
Once Twitter acquired Posterous, we knew that it was going to shut down at some point, as there was no way that the micro-blogging service would support a fully-featured alternative platform. Once we found out the date it was shutting down, then things felt real. If you were using Posterous to post pictures, video or random thoughts, you’d have to find somewhere else to put them. That somewhere else was Posthaven, set up by Posterous co-founders Garry Tan and Brett Gibson. The day that Posterous and Twitter announced the shutdown date, Posthaven jumped into action. At the time, Tan told me that the timing was completely serendipitous, as he had no insight as to when the decision would be made to shut down shop. Immediately, the service signed people up without even fully launching, even having problems handling the traffic at times. Today, Posthaven is launching its public beta and is available to anyone would would like to pay $ 5 a month to host their Posterous data, forever. Yes, Tan and Gibson have promised to keep the service running as long as it has users. The best part about Posthaven is that you can continue to use it just like you did Posterous, so it’s not merely storing your old posts, you can keep going. Tan and Gibson describe Posthaven is that it’s “he only safe and complete importer option available for Posterous blogs.” This makes sense because, well, Posterous’ co-founders would know the system better than anyone else. When I spoke with Tan about the public beta launch, he told me that since launching on February 15th, Posthaven has imported 850,000 posts, including photos, videos, documents and audio files. Tan promises zero corruption for the files that you’re bringing in as well, a pretty worthwhile reason to spend the $ 5 a month. Some of the other Posterous importing options have suffered issues like loss of original file names and even names from commenters, which Posthaven pulls in without a problem. The service is as simple as it gets right now, but Tan and Gibson are working on adding new features. For example, you can now create up to ten blogs with one account and they’re working hard to add post-by-email, commenting, multiple contributors, email notifications and a bookmarklet. These are all features that people who used Posterous will remember, and will miss when it shuts down on April 30th.
After being in closed beta for a few months, Redbox Instant is ready for public consumption (as previously rumored). The new movie-streaming service is Redbox’s newest initiative in partnership with Verizon. The companies first announced first announced plans for Redbox Instant over a year ago, and it’s now finally available for anyone wanting to sign
If Google is awarded the right to manage the domain registrations for .search, .app, .blog and .cloud, there is now a good chance that it won’t just use them for its own services and will open them up for non-Google properties, too. Last year, when ICANN opened up the first phase of the registration process for new generic top-level domain names, Google accounted for about 100 of the over 1,900 applications ICANN received. Among those were some that referenced Google brands and products like .google, .chrome, .android and .gmail, but Google and many of the other applicants, however, also applied for the right to manage top-level domains with very generic terms like .blog, .show, .earth, .book and .car.
The Office of Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has disputed a finding by the agency’s Inspector General that several
When trouble looms, most people turn to the internet before anything else. As such, the search giant is ensuring that it’s offering public alerts to those in disaster-prone regions. Following a rollout in the US last year, Google is also adding disaster warnings to its local versions of Search, Maps and Now — using data from the Japan Meteorological Agency. At the same time, Google is teaming up with 14 Japanese prefectures and cities to make governmental data online during crises and that troubling period afterward.
So, what are you up to on March 14th? If your idea of a good time is seeing a new smartphone unveiled, Samsung’s arranging just such a party at Times Square in New York for the upcoming Galaxy S IV, according to a recent tweet. We’d guess that revelers will get to watch a livestream of the recently announced Samsung Unpacked 2013 shindig for the new handset on the block’s famous big screens, while the event itself happens at Radio City Music hall. There’s no other details other than the @timessquare Twitter handle, but if you’re not in the big apple, you’ll be able to catch it right here instead, of course.
Via: Sammy Hub
Source: Samsung Mobile (Twitter)
Flickr users are livid over a recent bug causing their private photos to be made public.
P4 and P5 aren’t the sorts of names that impart the manner of excitement space exploration companies and organizations are looking to inspire in the next generation of enthusiasts (nor the customers, philanthropists and tax payers destined to fund those explorations). The SETI Institute, a private non-profit, best known for its ties to the eponymous search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe, is looking to add a little bit of audience participation to the act of naming Pluto’s newly discovered moons, which sport those rather uninspired alphanumeric designations.
Beginning today, SETI will open up an online contest to name the moons, both of which were discovered via the Hubble Telescope fairly recently. As with the rest of the dwarf planet’s moons, the organization’s asking that the names be associated with Hades (the underworld), with ties to Greek or Roman mythology. SETI will pre-select candidates and is also allowing for write-in candidates (though it’s retaining editorial discretion here, so, for better or worse, we’re not likely to see a Baba Booey moon in the near future).
On a recent trip to the Bay Area, we had the opportunity to speak to Mark Showalter, the senior research scientist at the organization’s Carl Sagan Center, an astronomer who played a key role in the discovery of the celestial bodies. You can check out that interview just after the break, before heading off to vote. Showalter is also co-hosting a Google+ Hangout with astronomer Hal Weaver today at 2PM ET.
Source: Pluto Rocks
pigrabbitbear writes “Internet access is an essential need on par with education access, but at what point do regulators recognize that? When will government officials acknowledge that widespread, guaranteed access is essential to fostering growth in the country? Somewhat surprisingly, that time is now, as the FCC is now calling for nationwide free wi-fi networks to be opened up to the public. The FCC proposes buying back spectrum from TV stations that would allow for what the Washington Post is dubbing ‘super wi-fi,’ as the commission wants to cover the country with wide-ranging, highly-penetrative networks. Essentially, you can imagine the proposal as covering a majority of the country with open-access data networks, similar to cell networks now, that your car, tablet, or even phone could connect to. That means no one is ever disconnected, and some folks – especially light users and the poor – could likely ditch regular Internet and cell plans altogether.”
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New submitter Zeussy writes “While looking around Thingiverse for something to 3D-print, I found this awesome public domain prosthetic hand designed for a 5-year-old child called Liam, who was born without any fingers on his right hand. The design is based on parts either 3D-printed or bought from your local hardware store. It’s body powered via cables and bungees; see it in action in this video. They are currently running a Fundly Fundraiser.”
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An anonymous reader writes with an article from Duke Law on what would have entered the public domain today were it not for the copyright extensions enacted in 1978. From the article: “What could have been entering the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2013? Under the law that existed until 1978, works from 1956. The films Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Forbidden Planet, The Ten Commandments, and Around the World in 80 Days; the stories 101 Dalmations and Phillip K. Dick’s The Minority Report; the songs ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, and more. What is entering the public domain this year? Nothing.” And Rick Falkvinge shares his predictions for what the copyright monopoly will try this year. As a bit of a music fan, excessive copyright hits home often: the entire discographies of many artists I like have been out of print for at least a decade. Should copyright even be as long as in the pre-1978 law? Is the Berne Convention obsolete and in need of breaking to actually preserve cultural history?
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One universal silver lining to any abject failure is that it presents the opportunity to test out radically different ideas. President Obama has largely ignored his campaign promise to hold policy negotiations in public. But after yesterday’s epic budget compromise fail, it seems like a reasonable time to revisit that campaign promise and livestream talks over YouTube– because the federal government can’t do any worse than failing to perform one of its only mandated responsibilities.
New submitter Isaac-1 writes “First it was the sex offenders being mapped using public records, now it seems to be gun owners — I wonder who will be next? It seems a newspaper in New York has published an interactive map with the names and addresses of people with [handguns].” It’s happened before: In 2007, Virginia’s Roanoke Times raised the ire of many gun owners by publishing a database of Virginia’s gun permit holders that it assembled based on public records inquiries. (The paper later withdrew that database.) Similarly, WRAL-TV in North Carolina published a database earlier this year with searchable map of (partially redacted) information about permit holders in that state, and Philadelphia made the news for a similar disclosure — complete with interactive map and addresses — of hundreds of gun permit applicants and holders.
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New York City’s SmartScreen payphone refits may be revitalizing a handful of its 11,000 public kiosks, but the information scrubbing touchscreens lack a key communication feature: a telephone With its existing payphone vender agreements due to expire in 2014, the city sees an opportunity to revitalize its communication infrastructure, and is asking the public to help them build the payphone of tomorrow. There’s room for hardware innovation — the city says most payphone locations can be augmented with fiber connections, opening the potential to expand functionality beyond basic voice calls.
Designers are challenged to propose solutions that enhance local aesthetics, utilize sustainable power sources, combat vandalism, account for emergency scenarios, ensure accessibility to disabled persons and, of course, generate at least as much revenue for the City of New York as contemporary payphones Entrants have until February 18th to submit their prototypes and designs, and 15 semi-finalists will have to face down a panel of judges in March. Want to get started? Check out the project’s home page at the adjacent source link, and dig in — the city is offering resources on payphone locations, WiFi service metrics and a Collabfinder page to help prospective designers find a team.
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Source: Reinvent Payphones
If you’re not careful about using free public Wi-Fi, strangers can snoop on your email and social network conversations. But it’s easy to protect yourself and thwart the bad guys. Follow these tips to surf more safely.
As if Netflix didn’t have enough problems: The company announced today that it is being investigated by the SEC for a post that CEO Reed Hastings had made on his public Facebook page in June. In an SEC filing earlier today, Netflix reported that it received a notice from the regulator, which might seek a cease and desist or injunction against the subscription video company and its CEO. At issue was a post in which Hastings announced that Netflix subscribers had watched more than 1 billion hours of video in June. That post got picked up by a number of news outlets, and Netflix stock rose that day. But as a result, the company is facing regulatory scrutiny for violating Reg FD, which is designed to provide equal access to material information among all investors, whether they be at big institutions or own small amounts of Netflix stock individually. That regulation requires public companies to issue a press release or Form 8-K when making material public information available. Hastings took to Facebook (again) to defend his actions and to call into question the SEC investigation. He noted that the Facebook post was widely disseminated by the media, and compared the post to a previous statement the company had made on its blog, for which Netflix also didn’t release a press release or 8-K. Among other things, Hastings wrote: “First, we think posting to over 200,000 people is very public, especially because many of my subscribers are reporters and bloggers. Second, while we think my public Facebook post is public, we don’t currently use Facebook and other social media to get material information to investors; we usually get that information out in our extensive investor letters, press releases and SEC filings. We think the fact of 1 billion hours of viewing in June was not “material” to investors, and we had blogged a few weeks before that we were serving nearly 1 billion hours per month. Finally, while our stock rose the day of my public post, the increase started well before my mid-morning post was out, likely driven by the positive Citigroup research report the evening before.” Blogs, Twitter accounts, and now the public Facebook pages not only of a brand or corporation, but also of its officers. That’s the brave new world that the SEC is faced with regulating, and one that it doesn’t necessarily seem ready for. It’ll
High schools, grammar schools, and kindergartens are a large and growing market for Apple’s iPad.
Every fifth-grader at Barron Park Elementary School in Palo Alto has an iPad—and it’s not because their parents plunked down $ 499 apiece to buy them.
If you’ve ever swallowed your pride and bit the bullet on hotel WiFi, you’ve probably felt the sluggish pull of other users dragging down your connection speed. Coffee shops, airports and other heavily impacted public hotspots can slow to a crawl as they try to mete out data to dozens of users sharing a single channel. All hope is not lost, however — a team at NC State University are about to release a paper detailing a technology that could bolster WiFi data throughput performance by up to 700 percent. The team is calling their technology WiFox, and it’s already made their local test network four times faster, on average. WiFox keeps track of the amount of traffic gumming up a WiFi channel and actively assigns priority access to avoid a traffic jam of data requests. Fixing sluggish hotspots should be a snap, too — Student and lead author Arpit Gupta says WiFox could be “packaged as a software update that can be incorporated into existing WiFi networks.” The full paper will be presented at ACM CoNext next month in Nice, France. Can’t wait? Feel free to click on the source and ogle the paper’s abstract.
[Image credit: Charleston's TheDigitel, Flickr]
Squarespace introduced a new mobile app for iPhone today, but it has little to do with the company’s website creation platform. Instead, it’s a simplified note-taking application that can publish to your Squarespace account, but doesn’t have to, since it also offers cross-syncing to Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote and Facebook.
Google's CEO Larry Page spoke for the first time in public in months, addressing the company's annual Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley, Arizona on Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed.
Let’s face it: many free WiFi hotspots are tacked on as bullet point items to get customers into a shop or hotel, without much concern for quality high enough that it keeps visitors coming back. Wicoms is hoping that a strategy to offer free Skype WiFi in Ireland and the UK will reverse that neglect. Instead of leaving stores to go through carrier partnerships or devise their own solutions, the partnership has stores pick up a £49 Wicoms router and commit to either a £10 ($ 16) monthly rate or prepaid brackets of £49 ($ 79) for six months and £95 ($ 153) for a year. The aim isn’t just to provide a more consistent level of performance — the Skype deal also provides a ready-made sign-in process, whether or not visitors have Skype accounts, as well as someone to turn to for help. While temptations exist to go with earlier alternatives, Skype and Wicoms are giving away the router during October to help sweeten the pot, even for those outlets that drop the Skype WiFi solution later on. Let’s hope the hotspots work well enough on the public-facing side; we could all use a few more shelters from low data caps and oversaturated access points.
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You knew that the hackers of the world would be anxious to jailbreak their fresh new iPhone 5′s, and the feat’s been accomplished just a day after older hardware running iOS 6 was similarly set free. Grant Paul posted the picture you see above on Twitter, confirming his new, elongated iPhone is, indeed, running Cydia. Unfortunately, the jailbreak isn’t available to the rest of us just yet, but it shouldn’t be long before the masses gain access, too. Viva la liberté!
Can’t wait to use Steam’s forthcoming Big Picture mode to game from the comfort of your couch? Well, you’re in luck, because it might be ready for a test drive tomorrow. According to The New York Times, the living room-friendly user interface is getting the public beta treatment starting Monday. Gabe Newell let loose last month that both the TV-geared view and Steam for Linux betas would be “out there fairly quickly,” but there’s still no word on when the Ubuntu-bound preview will land. In the meantime, we’ll keep busy by gawking at Valve’s augmented reality headset, which the NYT got a glimpse of during a trip to the firm’s headquarters, at the source link below.
FBI to roll out $1 billion public facial recognition system in 2014, will be on to your evildoing everywhere
They’re watching you — or at least will be in a couple of years. That’s when the FBI is gearing up for a nationwide launch of a $ 1 billion project designed to identify people of interest, according to the New Scientist. Dubbed the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program, the high-tech endeavor uses biometric data such as DNA analysis, iris scans and voice identification to track down folks with a criminal history. The FBI also plans to take NGI on the road literally by using public cameras to pick faces from the crowd and cross check them with its national repository of images. Let’s just say this facial technology isn’t going to be used for lighthearted Japanese vocaloid hijinks or unlocking your electronic device. The use and scope of NGI, which kicked off a pilot program in February, will likely be questioned not just by black helicopter watchers but privacy advocates as well. Facial recognition has certainly been a touchy issue in privacy circles — something Facebook learned firsthand in Germany. Meanwhile, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is already raising concerns about innocent civilians being mixed up or included in the database. Naturally, the FBI claims that the NGI program is in compliance with the U.S. Privacy Act. On the positive side, at least they didn’t name it the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System.
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About five years ago Genomic Health began to introduce cloud-based business applications. Ken Stineman, senior director of enterprise architecture and security, quickly became aware of the security risks these apps posed.
Google has rolled out a new update for Google Maps, and it adds quite a few important things. First and foremost, users can now find public transportation schedules for 500 cities around the world. This was added due to the high volume of requests Google received from Maps users in big cities where a car
The consumer technology startup world is largely insulated from most happenings in public financial markets. That seemed to change this week. Facebook’s stock has taken a real beating on the NASDAQ after its $ 100b IPO just a few months ago. At the same time, the second-most popular network, Twitter, continues on a path to lock-in users with new features as it primes itself to increase revenue. Typically, these kind of events wouldn’t really impact the very early-stages in consumer-facing startups…that is, until now. There is unquestionably a trickle down effect this time around, one that is imparting some sobering lessons. However, upon closer examination, the fear that has spread from public markets to startups is probably more of an overreaction and more likely a response to volatility and overall market uncertainty. And it is up to the ecosystem to respond.
Microsoft is abandoning its “Metro” branding – the branding that refers to the clean, modern, tiled layout that defines many of its consumer-facing products including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Office 2013 and more. For over a year, Microsoft has talked about “Metro” in press conferences, blog posts, tutorials, and guides. The reason for the change has to do with a dispute between Microsoft and a European partner, German retailer Metro AG, who has threatened legal action for infringing on its “Metro” trademark.
Oops. Microsoft, of course, is positioning this news as no big deal, saying that “Metro” was always intended to be an internally used code name, not something related to the company’s commercial branding efforts. (Right. Which is why Microsoft is transitioning to new branding without, you know, actually having a new name picked out yet.) But Microsoft may be right on one thing: it’s not really a big deal. Remember what happened with the iPad?
It’s a curious thing to have gold signify the low-end, but that’s just what Huawei’s done with its G series smartphone line. That bottom-dwelling, budget tier, first announced at this past Mobile World Congress, has already seen a couple of category cousins come out into the open (see: Vodafone’s G 300 and T-Mobile’s G 312), so color us unsurprised to find yet another single-core, Googlefied device crop up at the FCC. The associated docs leave little to the imagination, treating us to unobstructed images of the Ascend G 302D — presumably, a 4-incher. We’re not quite sure what software the phone’ll run when it ships, though from the looks of those very ICS-like capacitive keys, we wouldn’t rule Android 4.0 out. Spec-wise, we have the included manual and some RF testing to go off of, revealing two different sized batteries — a 1,350mAh and 1,500mAh — support for Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n and AT&T-compatible radios. That’s not to say this lil’ guy’s guaranteed an official U.S. slot on that carrier’s lineup, but it should make for a decent import option. Hit up the source below for additional shots of this mobile minor leaguer.