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Unlocked AT&T Nexus One is Google’s secret second handset?

Since leaked specifications, FCC testing and hands-on evidence regarding the Google Nexus One seemingly confirmed that the Android 2.1 smartphone would only support 3G/UMTS on T-Mobile USA, those AT&T subscribers eyeing up the handset have been steadying themselves for a diet of EDGE-only data.  That diet may not be quite so concrete, however; a last-minute rumor has filtered through to BGR that Google will also be offering a second, unlocked Nexus One which would support AT&T 3G bands.

HP leak tips Pine Trail Mini 210 netbooks; Pavilion dv4i ultraportable; Core i5/i7 Elite desktops

HP leak tips Pine Trail Mini 210 netbooks; Pavilion dv4i ultraportable; Core i5/i7 Elite desktops

CES 2010 doesn't kick off until mid-week, but some of HP's new products have seemingly leaked ahead of time.  Several desktops, notebooks and netbooks have been prematurely unveiled, complete with partial specifications and pricing, including a Pine Trail netbook, the HP Mini 210 HD Edition, and a 14-inch ultraportable, the HP Pavilion dv4i.  As for the desktops, Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors make appearances in multiple HP Pavilion Elite HPE machines.

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Apple iSlate tablet: involved teams in “cone of silence”?

Apple iSlate tablet: involved teams in “cone of silence”?

We're still hearing rumors of a January 26th launch for the much-discussed Apple Tablet, and according to the latest from oft-insider Josh Gruber of Daring Fireball, all the signs are coming together for just such an unveil.  Gruber highlights the fact that "everyone working on it has dropped off the map", something which last happened in the run up to the original iPhone's announcement back in early 2007; in fact, many of the people who have now gone into stealth mode are the same engineers and software teams responsible for the iPhone Mail, Calendar, and Safari apps.

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Motorola Shadow 9.9mm thick 1080p smartphone leaks

Motorola Shadow 9.9mm thick 1080p smartphone leaks

Motorola look to be on a roll with their smartphones lately; after the success of the Verizon DROID the company quietly unveiled a further three interesting looking devices - including the long-rumored Motorola Sholes - in China.  Now another new touchscreen device has emerged, supposedly the Motorola Shadow, a 9mm-thick handset with 1080p video recording and an HDMI output.

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HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC's potential tablet plans have always been played down by the company - CEO Peter Chou edged around speculation a few months back, before speculating that his engineers were "carefully looking" at netbook possibilities later on - but that hasn't stopped the rumors.  According to Smarthouse HTC are preparing "several working models of a touch tablet", including at least one running Google Chrome OS; their sources reckon HTC will be giving private demos of an Android version at CES 2010 next week.

Dell Mini 10 netbook mod creates huge Mini 3i Android phone [Video]

Dell Mini 10 netbook mod creates huge Mini 3i Android phone [Video]

It looks like Dell's Mini 3i smartphone is prompting just as much interest in Android over in China as it does in the US and Europe, as one modder has created their own huge version of the touchscreen handset.  According to Shanzai, the project started off as a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which means this replica Mini 3i has a 10-inch display - which was then reshaped into the smartphone form-factor.  You can see a timelapse video of the conversion after the cut.

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ASUS Eee Stick and LCD teams facing axe?

ASUS' approach with their entry-level Eee-brand devices has always been to throw as much as possible at the market and see what sticks, and ironically the Eee Stick is one of those devices that has proved less than compelling.  According to a DigiTimes report - denied by ASUS, incidentally - industry insiders are saying the company is preparing to axe its Eee Stick team, as well as the projects responsible for its LCD TV and monitor ranges.

Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Microsoft have tipped their hand for upcoming integration between Xbox LIVE and Windows Mobile, after a job listing was spotted for a "principal program manager" responsible for "bringing Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile".  While there are no specifics - and it seems unlikely, given the state of current smartphone performance, that we'll see Xbox 360 titles ported to Microsoft's smartphones any time soon - the initial push appears to be bringing avatars, IM chatting and profile browsing to mobile devices.

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DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

We're not sure what it is about geeks, sewing kits and the holiday season, but bizarre DIY efforts seem to proliferate at this time of the year.  Over at Recombu they're sharing a stuffed Android doll tutorial, which shows you how to make your very own smartphone desk-stand in the shape of the Android logo, while an enterprising modder over at RoboCommunity has whipped up a dog-costume for his WowWee Rovio.

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AT&T LG eXpo pico-projector accessory imminent?

AT&T LG eXpo pico-projector accessory imminent?

Could AT&T be ramping up to begin shipping the pico-projector accessory for the LG eXpo?  The smartphone went on sale December 7th, and is currently sold-out at AT&T's online store, but buyers have been left waiting for the optional snap-on projector; however at least one reviewer over at Geek Zone has received their sample unit.

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Nokia Image Space adds Augmented Reality for S60

Nokia Image Space adds Augmented Reality for S60

Augmented Reality isn't just for the iPhone or Android; Nokia Beta Labs have updated their Image Space app to include internet data overlaid onto a real-world view through a cellphone's camera.  Nokia Image Space allows you to upload photos to a large, collaborative gallery which maps them geographically; when there are enough images of a landmark, the system automatically creates a 3D view which can be browsed from the desktop.  With this new update, you can now encounter photos - whether yours or others - when you approach the geographical location they were shot.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus apparently confirmed

Having seen what looked to be FCC approval for a version of the Palm Pixi - called the Palm Pixi Plus - with WiFi b/g along with EVDO Rev.A, there's now talk that both it and a Palm Pre Plus will be headed to Verizon Wireless.  According to BGR's tipsters, the two CDMA handsets will both run webOS 1.3.5 rather than anything newer, which seems to suggest a launch would be sooner rather than later.

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