T-Mobile Discontinuing Sidekick Service May 31
T-Mobile announced that as of May 31 of this year, it will be shutting down the Danger Service, and Sidekick devices will no longer have access to it. T-Mobile said that it will help existing Sidekick users transition their data from their Sidekick device to another device, computer, or account through various tools. T-Mobile has made a new version of myT-Mobile.com available that Sidekick users can take advantage of to back up all their data — including contacts, photos, calendar items, notes, etc. There is also an application available in the Sidekick Catalog that will let users export their data to a memory card. Last, Sidekick users may also bring their device to a T-Mobile store, where personal data may be transferred to a new device. T-Mobile said more information will become available over the course of the next few weeks. T-Mobile discontinued sales of Sidekick devices last summer, though it did announced in January that it was planning to bring a "Sidekick 4G" to market some time this year.
Facebook Overhauls Privacy Tools Visibility and Ease-of-Use
Facebook today made new controls available to uses for managing their account, settings, and data. To start, Facebook says it redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices to improve discoverability.
Google Retools Dashboard for Mobile Devices
Google today said it plans to roll out a refreshed version of its account management tool, Dashboard, in an attempt to make it simpler for people to control their data. Specifically, Google has made Dashboard much more touch friendly, which allows people to access and use it more easily from mobile devices, such as smartphones.
Google Maps Gains New Offline/Roaming Powers
Google today launched two new features for Google Maps for Android: a Wi-Fi Only mode, and the option to store offline map data on removable memory cards. Together, the two features are especially useful for those traveling overseas, where data roaming is expensive.
Google Adds Reminders to Google Calendar
Google today said mobile device users can now add reminders to their Google Calendar. Google says reminders will remain within Google Calendar if left uncompleted.
AT&T's Mobile Share Advantage Plans Drop Overages
AT&T today announced new service plans for multiple lines that do away with overage charges. The Mobile Share Advantage program includes unlimited talk and text in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, rollover data, sharable data, mobile hotspot, and unlimited texting to more than 120 other countries.