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Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype spotted in wild

Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype spotted in wild

Up until now, Samsung's public Windows Phone 7 outings have been limited to the Omnia-based developers' prototype we reviewed back in July.  Now what looks to be a commercially-headed device has broken cover, courtesy of Andrej Tozon; his friend Matjaz Sircelj is Technical Community Manager at Microsoft, and gave him some hands-on access.

Andrej can't say much about the Samsung handset, bar the fact that it's a prototype from the company and that it's "larger than your ordinary phone".  Aesthetically it doesn't particularly stand out either, being a basic large-screen candybar with the regular Windows Phone 7 UI.

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Sony Reader PRS-650 and PRS-350 touchscreen refresh tipped imminent

Sony Reader PRS-650 and PRS-350 touchscreen refresh tipped imminent

Sony are tipped to be working on two new Reader ebook devices, the Sony Reader PRS-350 and PRS-650, each of which will have a touchscreen E Ink display.  According to Sony Insider's source, the PRS-350 will have a 5-inch display and the PRS-650 a 6-inch display; they'll have faster page-turns (potentially using E Ink's newest Pearl screen) while the PRS-650 will have around 2GB of storage, WiFi and perhaps even a "free" 3G connection like the Kindle's.

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ASUS prices Eee Pad range: $399 Android EP101TC, $1k EP121

ASUS prices Eee Pad range: $399 Android EP101TC, $1k EP121

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed pricing for the company's upcoming tablet range, with their Android-based model slipping in beneath the iPad's base price.  According to PCWorld, the ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC will cost under $399 when it arrives in March 2011, and will be the third in the company's new line-up; first will be the ASUS Eee Pad EP121, announced back at Computex and set to cost around $1,000.

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HP “top aide” to ex-CEO Mark Hurd quits

HP “top aide” to ex-CEO Mark Hurd quits

HP's head of internal communications - and "top aide" to ex-CEO Mark Hurd - Caprice Fimbres McIlvaine has resigned from the company, in a move which is being seen as related to the sexual harassment suit filed against the former chief executive.  According to Fortune's sources, McIlvaine was "a key conduit" in the recruitment of Jodie Fisher, who later filed the suit.  The aide also accompanied Hurd on business trips and was responsible for travel arrangements.

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Kinect won’t support sign language thanks to camera cost-cutting

Kinect won’t support sign language thanks to camera cost-cutting

The mention of American Sign Language (ASL) support in Microsoft's Kinect patent raised hopes that the motion-gaming add on might be useful for more than just interacting with virtual children or swordfighting without swords; unfortunately, Microsoft has confirmed Kinect won't actually ship with ASL functionality.  According to information given to Kotaku, that's because Microsoft downgraded Kinect's video hardware capabilities.

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Galaxy S official accessories revealed: Desk & Car docks, DLNA HD streamer [Update: pricing!]

Galaxy S official accessories revealed: Desk & Car docks, DLNA HD streamer [Update: pricing!]

Samsung has outed a range of official accessories for their popular Galaxy S smartphone, including both desktop and in-car docks together with portable charger for juicing up a spare battery.  As with docks we've seen for Motorola phones, the Samsung versions recharge the Galaxy S; however Samsung also offer a free Desk Home app in the Android Market that automatically manages daytime/nighttime brightness and provides one-touch access to the Daily Briefing, alarm clock, music, pictures, movie gallery and local weather.

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Sony eyeing Android for future Reader devices?

Sony eyeing Android for future Reader devices?

Sony is apparently looking to Android for its future ereader plans, with a job listing spotted for a "senior staff software engineer (Android)" in the company's Digital Reader Business Division.  According to the job description - pulled from LinkedIn, but still in Google's cache (or you can read it in full after the cut) - the successful applicant will be involved in "developing application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices" based on the Android OS.

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