Archive for December, 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

It's the final Week in Review of 2008, and unsurprisingly it's been a relatively quiet week what with the holiday festivities taking priority.  Hopefully you've not spent your entire shopping budget on gifts, however, as there are still quite a few interesting gadgets on the horizon.  Notebooks small and large again seized the headlines, with various Sony websites dripping out news regarding the company's upcoming VAIO netbook.  First a January 9th announcement was promised, then the netbook form-factor confirmed, and finally we've got spec details.  At the other end of the scale, more details of Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds appeared, while the mobile workstation itself showed up in photos and on video.

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Sleek Audio Giveaway: And the winners are…

Sleek Audio Giveaway: And the winners are…

SlashGear's Sleek Audio Giveaway ended last week, and we're pleased to announce the two winners. Taking first prize - a set of Sleek Audio's awesome SA6 in-ear monitor headphones and the company's W-1 Wireless Adapter - is SlashGear reader Jamaise Wilson.  Taking second prize, a set of SA6 headphones, is Heather Creely.  Many thanks to Sleek Audio for donating the prizes!

Remember, you can still win a Tokyoflash Radio Active Active Reactor watch - no longer available to buy - in our current giveaway, together with two runner-up prizes of any watch from the company’s current catalog.  Head over to the competition to find out how to enter, but do it fast - the closing date is Monday 29th December!

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