Sunday, August 30, 2009

FCC Outs Nokia Flip with 3G for T-Mobile

Documents seen on the FCC site reveal some details about the Nokia 3710a, a clamshell with support for T-Mobile's 3G network. The FCC confirms that the 3710a has GSM/EDGE 850/1900 and WCDMA 1700 radios on board (the draft user manual also mentions GSM/EDGE 900/1800 and WCDMA 900/2100, but the FCC doesn't confirm this). Photos show that the 3710a has a 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash/video light, support for microSD cards and a microUSB port. The draft user manual notes features such as GPS, Bluetooth and FM radio, though the FCC doesn't confirm these details, either. T-Mobile has not announced this device.

All credits and information was found by phonescoop.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

PlayStation 3 Slim review

Even before Sony's big unveil earlier this month at Cologne GamesCom, it felt like we already knew the PlayStation 3 Slim quite intimately. A leak from back in May gave us a glimpse of every angle of the hardware's exterior, and even the final retail box. At that point, we didn't know what to make of it, and the change in logo font definitely threw us off. Three months, thirty seconds of video, and a dash of legal paperwork later, and we're looking at that very same leaked device, now taking up space adjacent to our hefty 60GB "Classic" model from launch day. Unquestionably, it's smaller and lighter, but how else has Sony's Blu-ray-playing console evolved -- or regressed -- over these past few years? Read on to find out!

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Octopus Cable Charges 10 Devices for Just 10 Dollars

There are USB cords and there are USB cords...and there are USB cords with like 10 different adapters coming out. But rarely are such monstrosities this cheap.

The $10 Octopus USB Cable has 10 different tentacles (ignore the fact that octopi usually have 8) to charge pretty much any mobile device you could own—most probably at a rate of 1 at a time. Specifically, that mix includes:

• Nokia 2.06mm (or 2mm)
• Nokia 3.5mm
• Sony PSP
• Motorola (V3 series) & HTC and other phones using USB Mini 5 pin as a charging port
• Micro USB (for Motorola V8…)
• LG
• Samsung (20P (s))
• Samsung (20P (M))
• Sony Ericsson Fast Port
• iPhone / iPod (for charging and data)

Now why you'd ever be carrying around all of these devices at once, we cannot explain. And on a side note, wasn't it a bitch that the iPhone/iPod plug was last on the list? I was like, "BUT WILL IT WORK WITH MY FREAKIN' I-ok, nevermind."

All credits and information was found by gizmodo.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

AT&T hits BlackBerry Bold users with visual voicemail

Hey, we knew this was coming -- but we're hearing murmurs that actual AT&T BlackBerry Bold owners are starting to get their visual voicemail updates rolling out to them. The voicemail features allow you to store up to 40 messages at a time, and add numbers to contacts from voicemail. We'll let you know all ot the perks of software update v4.6.0.508 when we get it up and running on our own Bold, but hit the read link for AT&T's rundown

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Nokia N900 puts on makeup, does hair for leaked press shot

Normally, we'd take a look at something like this and say, "yeah, could be real, could be fake." Goodness knows there are enough mega-talented graphic designers in the world with the free time to craft this. Here's the thing, though: this phone / MID hybrid -- the latest in Nokia's Internet Tablet series -- has already been outed enough times so that we know this has to be a genuine press shot. If we had to guess, Espoo fashioned it in preparation for its Nokia World event in Germany early next month where the N900 will presumably be announced into officialdom; there's no sign on when or how the T-Mobile USA version will be unveiled, but we're getting pretty amped for it.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Samsung Instinct HD pops up on Best Buy's website with 5 megapixel camera, TV out

As it turns out, Instinct HD really was the final name that Samsung decided for its Sprint-bound S50 / m850 Dash, at least as far as Best Buy is concerned. The "Weekly Ad Specials" listing confirms that the smartphone really does handle HD video, both recording and playback, with a 5 megapixel camera and a TV out connection for sharing. It's also got visual voicemail, WiFi, and corporate calendar (likely Exchange and Lotus Domino) support. No price listed, but whatever it is will be effective from today through September 26th, so using our great powers of logic and deduction, we're gonna predict it'll hit stores sometime within the next month -- bold assumption, we know. Don't let us down, Sammy.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Apple Still Selling the Original iPod for $130?

Forget the iPod touch and iPhone—and all of these trendy, new devices. Remember the original iPod of 2001? The 5GB white brick with a mechanical scroll wheel? Well, it looks like you can still buy one from Apple, today.

TUAW dug up this Apple Store page for what looks like the original 5GB iPod (you need to ignore the photo that's actually of a third-gen model.) And from everything we can tell, the FireWire, Mac-only device is brand new (non-refurbished and bundled with a one-year warranty).

Part of me wants to lay down $130 to order one, just to see if it comes in its original box. But then another part of me remembers how apeshit I would have gone to own a 2009 version of the iPod "from the future" back in 2001.

All credits and information was found by gizmodo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nokia's Maemo 5 RX-51 / N900 tablet gets exhaustively previewed

Eldar Murtazin at mobile-review teased us with that shot of Nokia's RX-51 / N900 Maemo 5 tablet earlier today, and now he's back in force with a detailed preview. We're talking tons of hardware pictures and screenshots of what stands to be the standard-bearer for all Nokia devices going forward, and while we'd love to tell you all about how impressed we are with what we're seeing of Maemo 5 and how disappointed we are in the Rover's resistive touchscreen, we won't hold you back -- hit the read link and dive right in.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

iHMP5U Headphones Transform to Blow Ears, Minds

We don't want to call it cheating, but headphones that can double as speakers? Doesn't this sort of paradox generally open a black hole that swallows Earth?

iHome's iHMP5Us are pretty typical closed-cup headphones, save for the fact that you can balance them on the table, fold the earpieces out, hit a magnetic amplifier switch and share your music with the whole room.

Powered by 2 AAA batteries, we immediately assumed that the idea couldn't produce sound that's all that loud. But then we remembered pretty much every trip we've ever taken on public transportation and the tinny ambient music leaking from some past-prime sorority girl's non-ironically electropop-laden playlist (and her crappy earbuds).

Still, while the iHMP5Us will almost certainly produce a respectable volume, they may or may not be of a quality you'd actually enjoy listening to.

All credits and information was found by gizmodo.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Leaked iPod touch 3G photos?

As Apple goes into quiet mode in advance of a an event (like the rumored music event on September 8) the rumor mill goes into high gear and pictures of new hardware begin to leak out.

As with anything not officially announced by Apple, the following images of the purported third-generation iPod touch should be viewed through a skeptical lens. That being said, the images of the alleged successor to the iPod touch appear to confirm the existence of a rear-mounted camera on the new model.

All credits and information was found by zdnet.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Keepin' it real fake, part CCXXXII: Nokla strikes again with E81 rehash

Due to Nokia's continued dismissal of the ripe-for-the-picking E81 model number, the diligent folks at "Nokla" (fresh off their E97 design win) have seen it fit to issue a second handset under that fake moniker. Surprisingly, this one actually boasts a rather unique swivel design -- even beating Nokia's own effort in this regard -- a QWERTY keyboard and some decent specs. There's even a mirror on the swivel-up back (we hear that women love mirrors), along with a hole at the swivel hinge for working a lanyard through. We'd venture to say it's the best E81 Nokia never made.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Price Increases-Rogers Wireless

RogersWireless has implemented a number of price increases effective August 5th.
  • iPhone 3G Data Value Pack $35 -> $40
  • Smartphone Data Value Pack $35 -> $40 now includes Spinvox
  • BlackBerry Messaging Value Pack $25 -> $30 now includes Spinvox
  • MY5 Local Talk Only $5 -> $10
  • MY5 Local Talk/Text $10 -> $15
  • MY Canada $15 -> $20
All credits and information was found by howardchui.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Palm lays the smack down on Pre theme for Android

Android's supposed to be all about peace, love, and openness, but that apparently doesn't exempt it from copyright law and trigger-happy general counsels (who knew?). In a move that should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, Palm has sicced its legal team on the makers of the aptly-named "Palm Pre Android Theme" that borrows icons, wallpapers, and mojo (not to be confused with Mojo) directly from webOS. The concerns center around the usual suspects -- graphics copyrights and trademark infringement -- and the company is demanding that they cease use of the Pre's interface, name, and all that good stuff by some date that's been redacted from the leaked letter (we're assuming it's soon). To be fair, Palm comes out and says that it "appreciates that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery," but at the end of the day, they're concerned about the potential for consumer confusion. Interestingly, to the best of our knowledge, they haven't given the iPhone-based theme the same treatment -- but hey, maybe it's easier to confuse a Hero with a Pre than it is an iPhone... or something.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Samsung's E1107 with built in solar panel gets a thorough shakedown

Sure, a cellphone made out of 80 percent recycled materials might be considered pretty environmentally friendly, but a cellphone with a built-in solar panel? Now that's something with the potential to make Al Gore cry. Enter the Samsung E11077. It's solar panel-equipped back cover comes in at 1.2-mm thin, and is said to revive a dead battery after just 15 minutes in the sun. Besides the FM radio and flashlight features, the only other noteworthy addition is an "Eco" profile, that essentially just changes screen brightness and shuts the Bluetooth off. If you're interested, the cost of entry is a reasonable $59, but you'll probably have to find an importer, as we don't expect this tree hugger to land stateside any time soon.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nintendo's Iwata says Vitality Sensor is coming "not too late" in 2010

We know, it's been tough waiting for word of a release date for Nintendo's Wii Vitality Sensor. Almost as tough as figuring out what it actually does. Nintendo's Satoru Iwata now looks to be clearing up a few details on both fronts, however, telling investors that the company "would like to deliver the actual product not too late in the year next year," and adding that the first game for it will have a "theme of relaxation, which is completely opposite from traditional ones, to enrich the users' lives." He also again mentioned the idea of using it to measure "how horrified a player is in a horror title" as another possibility, and compared the device to Wii Fit, which he says also initially caused people to doubt how well it would sell.

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sprint Gets HTC Touch Pro2, Instinct S50 On September 3

This launch date is a few weeks later than when T-Mobile's HTC Touch Pro2 is slated to make a mid-August appearance. Also making an appearance September 3 is the Instinct S50, an aesthetic update to Samsung's previous phone of the same name. The phone's 3.2-inch touchscreen will be paired with a 5MP autofocus camera. In related news, the Touch Pro2/S50 rumor arrives on the heels of last month's revelation that Sprint would land theHTC Hero in October.

All credits and information was found by gizmodo.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

BlackBerry Curve 8520 marks consumer, business power play for RIM [hands-on review]

The first thought that springs from your mind when you pick up the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is, “You know, I could get the hang of this.”

That’s what Research in Motion, BlackBerry’s maker, is hoping. The new Curve 8520 has big shoes to fill, since the “Curve” brand wasonce the most popular smartphone in the US (it may have since ceded that title to Apple’s iPhone, thanks to solid 3G S sales).

This new Curve is meant to bring the BlackBerry to the average consumer in a way that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip did not. That phone sacrificed the BlackBerry’s signature, and some would argue best, asset — the perfected QWERTY keyboard that launched a thousand “Crackberry” addicts — for the flip format that Americans just can’t seem to give up.

The Curve 8520 takes a different approach. At first glance, the Curve takes the clean lines of its older siblings the Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and Tour 9630 and strips out the chrome and extra functionality for a solid but surprisingly light (3.73 oz.) and slim (0.54 in. thick) handset that preserves BlackBerry heritage.

Inside, RIM has updated the device. It now features a 512MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.

But the most notable changes are on the outside. First, you’ll notice the flush, rubberized edging that also coats the side buttons. In addition to the usual culprits, RIM has added play, pause, back and forward multimedia buttons on the top. This decision is the most obvious evidence of RIM’s positioning of the Curve 8520 as a BlackBerry designed to appeal to the mass-consumer market.

When I spoke with a RIM executive about the decision, he made no bones about the 8520’s aspirations:

From a traditional QWERTY BlackBerry standpoint, that’s true. It’s not nearly as intuitive as the iPhone, T-Mobile G1 or Palm Pre, but it’s the most approachable QWERTY BlackBerry ever introduced.

Getting started

That said, there were some drawbacks to getting started. Despite a wealth of useful documentation, I had trouble in a few areas. For starters, I had considerable difficulty getting the stubborn back panel off to insert my SIM card and battery.

Using the startup wizard also proved hairy. The process to get started was easy enough (it wasn’t quite the T-Mobile G1, but it was straightforward and methodical), but accidentally exiting the e-mail setup wizard leaves a user lost and without knowledge as how to return to that screen. I eventually found it buried in the menus, but if this is a BlackBerry for the uninitiated, that may be a problem. (The Curve 8520 supports the usual suspects: Gmail, Yahoo!, Windows Live, etc.)

The 802.11b/g Wi-Fi was easy to set up and connect, even to hidden, locked-down networks.

Once I got everything set up, things ran more smoothly. If you’ve used a BlackBerry before, the first thing you’ll notice is the new trackpad, which I prefer to call a “touch chiclet,” that replaces the classic BlackBerry trackball.

Goodbye trackball, hello trackpad

I found the trackpad to be as easy to use as the classic trackball, save for one aspect: the tacky glossy finish occasionally hindered my ability to glide my thumb over the pad. A satin or matte finish, such as that of a laptop trackpad, would be more useful here.

Otherwise, the call, menu, back and hang up/power buttons are as wide and as easy to use as on any other BlackBerry. On the Curve 8520, the buttons are a seamless integration of an “edge-to-edge” display panel that runs from the earpiece at the top to the top of the keypad. The call buttons demarcated by roughly 1cm slits.

The keypad is a classic BlackBerry pebble design, though without the refined touch of its older siblings’ wares. That means the buttons are fairly hard and click-y. In the humid environment of New York City in August, my fingers occasionally stuck to the keys.

Food for thought: I handed the Curve 8520 to a non-BlackBerry user and the first thing she did was touch and poke at the screen. You may find that humorous, but if RIM is planning to address the larger consumer market, it’s facing a group of consumers that are used to, in limited capacity via messaging phones or portable media players, touching the screen.

Multimedia features

The almost 2.5-inch, 320 by 240 pixel TFT screen is crisp and bright, but I found that in a dim setting it was a bit erratic as to when it was on full brightness and when it was partially dimmed. Graphics are crisp, and the experience is very Bold-like, minus the leather and chrome trim, of course.

Out back is a 2-megapixel camera with 5X digital zoom that took fairly crisp pictures but did less than stellar in low light. I found navigating photos to be a chore, since it didn’t automatically shuffle through images if I slid my finger left or right on the touchpad.

On the side is a 3.5mm (standard) headphone jack that offers easy listening to music. The audio player interface was easy to understand and the 8520 pumped out surprisingly loud audio when headphones were not attached.

Nuts n’ bolts: Calls and connections

Switching from UMA to the 2G EDGE network with this quad-band phone, I didn’t have too many problems — just a couple of hiccups on the spotty edge of my local service area, which is a major metropolitan area filled with very large buildings.

Speaking of 2G: RIM says the omission of 3G is a decision based on price, but T-Mobile’s lacking 3G network may also have been a consideration. Either way, it’s worth noting that the Curve 8520 does not support 3G connectivity.

Call quality was stellar.

Despite the generous screen size, the web browser still displays mobile-only sites by default, though I wish I could scroll through the page a little faster (your thumb will get a workout on the trackpad). When chosen, standard-format sites rendered fairly nicely, albeit not quite the same experience as a touchscreen smartphone.

Zoom worked as advertised, and loading speed was reasonable, but by no means instantaneous. On occasion, loading a (mobile format) site was painfully sluggish.

Instant-messaging worked well and easily, a natural talent for a QWERTY phone.

The lithium-cell battery is rated at 4.5 hours of talk and 17 days of standby time on a full charge, a slight improvement from the last Curve. I had no complaints, especially compared to power-hog 3G phones.

RIM’s power play: targeting consumers and business users

In some ways, the Curve 8520 hasn’t ceded too much to the broader consumer market. The multimedia menu is not on the home screen but found in the menu, and using a BlackBerry is still a menu-heavy affair.

In fact, I see the Curve serving a much bigger role in businesses. Whether used as the first smartphone for a small or medium business, or used as a baseline mobile offering from your corporation’s IT department, it’s a BlackBerry that should satisfy most.

Enterprise users shouldn’t fear at all about the “consumer” approach to the Curve 8520: the model connects with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (including via Wi-Fi), supports up to 10 email accounts, offers Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity and has access to BlackBerry App World.

With RIM’s BlackBerry Desktop Software launching for Mac users in September, it’s also dual-OS-compatible, too.

All credits and information was found by zdnet.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

HTC Hero Coming To Sprint

Earlier rumors suggested that the HTC Hero might be headed to Sprint in Octocber. This appears to have been all but confirmed through this shot taken directly from the HTC support site. This also confirms CEO Dan Hesse's claim that an Android phone would be on Sprint by the end of the year. The question of how this will affect availability of the unlocked 3G version is unclear, but there is a good chance that Sprint will get exclusive rights to the device for a little while at least. Sprint seems like an unlikely choice, but it's clear thatexclusivity on high demand handsets is the name of the game these days. And it's not surprising that Sprint would be aggressive in securing a deal given their current situation.

All credits and information was found by gizmodo.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Nokia N97 Mini is seriously just a smaller, cheaper N97, it seems

Eldar Murtazin over at mobile-review has chimed in on those alleged Nokia N97 Mini shots that leaked last week -- and as anyone who follows the mobile industry knows, when the ridiculously well-connected Eldar speaks, folks tend to listen. The dude says that the N97 Mini is very much real, as is the name, which -- get this -- he claims was leaked by Nokia itself in an effort to stave off an unnamed competitor who'd also been planning to release a smaller version of one of its handsets with a "Mini" label slapped on the name. At any rate, the N97 Mini apparently isn't pulling any punches -- it's said to be exactly what you see, little more than a smaller N97 with a reconfigured keyboard and no camera lens cover. That sounds like a tough sell at first, especially when you throw in Eldar's claim that it'll step down to 8 and 16GB versions from the N97's 32GB, but the good news is that Espoo's seemingly looking to get this on the market for about €100 less ($144) than the N97. As for an official announcement, Eldar says that Nokia's planning to unveil it at Nokia World next month; the original model was revealed at last year's show, and frankly, we're hoping for a little bit more innovation than this by the time they're done unveiling the new lineup. Rover, perhaps?

All credits and information was found by engadget.

Monday, August 3, 2009

AT&T Intros New 'Viva Mexico' Calling Plan

Today AT&T introduced a new calling plan for customers who frequently need to make calls to or from Mexico. Starting at $55 per month ($85 for two lines), the AT&T Viva Mexico plan gives customers 1000 anytime minutes for calls placed to/from Mexico. Additionally, the plan will not bill customers for international long distance calls and lets customers use their roll-over minutes. Messaging and data is charged separately at international rates data, with roaming fees starting at $5 per megabyte.

All credits and information was found by phonescoop.

Samsung's retail Omnia II smartphone gets hands-on treatment

Oh sure, we've seen Samsung's WinMo-powered Omnia II a time or two before, but this looks to be the first instance of it waltzing in front of a camera after leaving its retail packaging. Not much seems to have changed from those pre-release versions we peeked, and we have to say, that 3.7-inch AMOLED display looks awfully inviting. Of course, you'll have a hard time procuring one of these critters here in North America without a solid importer over in Singapore, but if you can somehow steal some patience from underneath that couch cushion, you'll be just fine. Give the read link some love for a few more high-res shots.

All credits and information was found by engadget.


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