Archive for Mar 30, 2009

AT&T clearing out old iPhone 3G stock, allowing early upgrades

AT&T clearing out old iPhone 3G stock, allowing early upgrades

This will please those hoping for a new iPhone release this summer.  It appears that AT&T is allowing customers who wouldn't normally be eligible for the subsidized pricing on the iPhone 3G to upgrade early.  The $199/$299 prices for the iPhones would normally only be available to either new customers, or current customers that have been on their contract long enough.  Now AT&T is letting customers get an iPhone before the normally required 18 month upgrade date.

This appears to be an attempt to move more iPhone 3G units and clear out the stock. This will encourage hopes of a new iPhone this summer, and this new policy would support the leaked rumors about an annual iPhone release. If there was a new iPhone being released this summer, it would definitely make sense to clear the old iPhone stock first.

This offer is only available to current subscribers, and only one iPhone per customer with this new offer.

[Via iPhone Matters]

Microsoft discussing “Xbox 720” next-gen console with publishers

According to games publisher Blizzard, Microsoft is currently working closely with game developers on the replacement to the Xbox 360, tongue-in-cheek referred to by some as the Xbox 720.  Speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Blizzard’s Rob Pardo confirmed that he and his team had taken part in talks with Microsoft about the next-gen console.

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Motorola Evoke QA4 on Cricket Wireless

Motorola Evoke QA4 on Cricket Wireless

It doesn't exactly match up to the deluge of AT&T devices announced earlier today, but Cricket Wireless and Motorola have unveiled their latest CDMA device, the Motorola Evoke QA4.  Looking a little like both the iPhone 3G and HTC's Touch, the QA4 has a 2.8-inch 240 x 400 touchscreen, slide-out numeric keypad and EVDO Rev.A.

There's also Bluetooth (with wireless stereo support), 256MB of internal storage and a microSD slot.  The Evoke QA4 has a full HTML browser that works in both landscape and portrait orientations; Motorola have fitted an accelerometer to switch between the two, and there's an on-screen QWERTY keyboard which can be called up in landscape orientation.

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Sony PS3 “Global Announcement” on Tuesday?

Sony are reportedly planning a significant global announcement regarding their PS3 console this week, at an event to be held on Tuesday March 31st.  While Sony themselves are yet to confirm any such event, according to Smarthouse Australia the current consensus among analysts is that the company will either announce a price cut or a brand-new browser and online content.

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Gigabyte T1028 reviewed: better touchscreen, decent battery

Gigabyte T1028 reviewed: better touchscreen, decent battery

Importers won't be bringing the Gigabyte T1028 touchscreen convertible netbook to the US until the end of April, but Engadget Chinese have picked one up ahead of time.  Compared to the M912, Gigabyte's previous-gen touchscreen netbook, there are improvements all across the board.

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MSI X-Slim X340 Air-esque envelope video

MSI X-Slim X340 Air-esque envelope video

Apple's MacBook Air envelope advert is probably one of the most iconic pieces of ultraportable branding from the past few years, and it set a bar that new notebooks love to take pot-shots at.  Given the striking similarity between the Air and MSI's X-Slim X340, it seems all too appropriate that the 13-inch notebook should try an envelope test of its own.

Video after the cut

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Apple MacBook mini: con, concept or 2009’s must-have?

Apple MacBook mini: con, concept or 2009’s must-have?

First things first, we're calling April Fools' Day on this.  Nonetheless, someone has gone to some serious Photoshop effort for this MacBook mini as featured in a Russian magazine.  Purported specs include a 10.4-inch WXGA display, Intel Atom Z740 1.83GHz processor (with 1MB L2 cache), 2GB of DDR3 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics.

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Grandstream GXV3140 plug-&-play IP multimedia phone

Grandstream GXV3140 plug-&-play IP multimedia phone

Grandstream have announced a new IP phone, the GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone, and unlike most of its rivals this isn't a launch solely for the benefit of big enterprise customers.  The Grandstream GXV3140 supports VoIP and video conferencing via an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, together with IM, internet access and streaming radio, and the company claim that out-of-the-box you can be making video calls within minutes of plugging it into a broadband router.

 

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LEGO minifig business cards

LEGO minifig business cards

Working for LEGO has obvious benefits.  Being near colored plastic blocks all day, probably getting a discount in the company store, all the plastic interchangeable hairstyles you could ever want, the list is almost endless.  Now we can add "getting the best business cards in the world" to that list: your contact details printed on custom LEGO minifigs.

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Cheap ARM-based MIDs threatening Atom claim retailers

Cheap ARM-based MIDs threatening Atom claim retailers

ARM-based mobile internet devices (MIDs) could soon be presenting more of a challenge to their Intel Atom-based rivals, if newly-emerging trends in China continue.  According to Chinese retailers, ARM-based MIDs  such as the SmartQ 5 - priced at roughly one quarter of the cost of a branded Atom MID are prompting manufacturers to move away from Intel's chipset.

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Takara Tomy Minutes Gym: digital fitness trainer

Takara Tomy Minutes Gym: digital fitness trainer

The success of Nintendo's Wii Fit has prompted many companies to look to the TV as a potential exercise prompt.  Takara Tomy's Minutes Gym lacks the real-time interactivity of the Wii Fit, but with its animated gym instructors comes in a whole lot cheaper.

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic update boosts speed, adds new features

Nokia have released an update for their 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen music-phone.  The updated software – which is a free download – boosts internet data access speeds and tweaks in-device searching and the onboard email app.

Full changelist after the cut 

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