Archive for Dec 26, 2008

Refurbished iPhone 3G now from only $99

Refurbished iPhone 3G now from only $99

Not long ago AT&T started offering the iPhone 3G in a refurbished condition for $50 off the original price. That’s $149 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version. Not h much of a discount for a phone that was purchased, found defective and then returned and fixed.

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TechFaith ships first Windows Mobile based touchscreen to Mexico

TechFaith ships first Windows Mobile based touchscreen to Mexico

These days’ smartphones are quickly building popularity just about everywhere in the world. TechFaith Wireless has just announced their first carrier-supported smartphone to be released in Mexico.  The handset that is set to be released will be called the Techfaith Moffet.

The new Techfaith Moffet is a CDMA-based smartphone that has 3G among older generation specifications. Iusacell will sell this smartphone, which includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, camera, music player, 3G and a 2.8-inch touchscreen.  As outdated as it seems this smartphone will be running Windows Mobile 6.0, yes 6.0 folks.

TechFaith is putting their money on the fact that they will be able to sell many more devices on a carrier than they have been able to do when selling unlocked handsets in the past. “We’re very pleased to ship the first pocket PC CDMA to Mexico,” said Wilson Cai, Deputy CEO for TechFaith. “The shipment of this high-performing, Windows Mobile based pocket PC is a significant milestone for TechFaith. We expect the device to be very successful in the Mexican market.”

Nintendo bringing video content to the Wii

Nintendo bringing video content to the Wii

Yesterday Nintendo Co. said they will be offering videos through their very popular Wii gaming console. Nintendo is finally trying to catch up with their competing consoles the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Nintendo will be developing original programming which Wii users will be able to access via the internet and watch on their TV.

Nintendo is considering both free and paid video content at the moment. Nintendo will be teaming up with Japan's leading advertising firm Dentsu Inc to developer this service. It looks like Japan will be getting this service next year with a goal of expanding to foreign markets if all goes as planned.  Both companies are reaching out to business to help take part in developing original Wii videos.

Forty percent of the 34.55 million Wii gaming consoles are sitting in living rooms next to TV sets already. "Nintendo and Dentsu shall use the environment surrounding the Wii so that living rooms with Wii-ready TVs would become more of a fun area for communication among families and friends," the firms said in a joint statement.

Wal-Mart to sell 3G iPhone gets Official, only $2 cheaper

Wal-Mart to sell 3G iPhone gets Official, only $2 cheaper

An official announcement today confirmed the leak of an internal Wal-mart memo detailing its iPhone 3G rollout and nullified any $99 4GB iPhone speculation from the mega-retailer. Starting Sunday, Wal-mart will sell the Apple phones for $2 less than the regular price with a two-year contract to be available at its 2,500 chained-store.

The “Every day low price” of the 8 GB iPhone 3G will be selling at $197 and $297 for the 16 GB version, not much of a deep discount we were hoping from the giant retailer. In fact, you can pick one up at local Best Buy for $7 less! Continue Reading

VuNow PoD delivers Internet videos on TV at $99

VuNow PoD delivers Internet videos on TV at $99

Set-tops with videos content displaying on your Tv are not exactly the new technology we’ve seen in the increasingly internet videos market. Zeevee’s box taps coax cables, localcasting PC content; while the everyone’s favorite Tivo DVR has recently updated many of its capabilities, delivering both the VOD and free web videos via broadband connection; straight to your TV display. Versimo networks has announced a similar service device that enables internet videos on your TV, the differences between the VuNow Pod and the rest are the sub $100 price tag and its diminutive design that fits in the palm of your hand.

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VAIO P Netbook: “It fits in a pocket”, says Sony

VAIO P Netbook: “It fits in a pocket”, says Sony

It looks like Sony is really jumping into the Netbook business.  All the teasing comes to almost a climax today when the company released specs and a picture of what they're calling the Sony P or P-series.  According to SonyStyle, the P stands for "pocket".  Whether the P fits in my pant pocket or not, I can't wait to get my hands on a unit; hopefully sooner than later.

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic ‘Tube’ Review

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic ‘Tube’ Review

Nokia’s first touchscreen handset, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, has finally found its way to our doorstep, and we've been playing with it for a week or so now. That's plenty of time to play around with all the available features, and a lot of our holiday shopping time went into this device. Codenamed the “Tube”, this handset brings a touchscreen element that Nokia has not really taken part in before. Being a mid-grade phone that is not aimed directly at Apple’s iPhone, how does it stack up?

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