SlashGear has heard that the issue affecting promo codes and App Store titles rated 17+ has been fixed, and that developers responsible for such software will indeed be able to pass out free-access trials to reviewers. The problem, which we reported last Friday, concerned Apple’s terms and conditions for age restrictions.
Under Apple’s initial guidelines, any application that allowed for internet access to third party content – such as Twitter or IM clients – should automatically carry a 17+ rating and thus, under their trial terms, be ineligible for promo codes. What we’re hearing is that while the age restriction terms are unchanged, developers of 17+ apps will, in fact, be allowed to give out such codes.
We’re waiting on an official comment from either Apple or the developers who initially brought the issue to our awareness. We’ll update when we’ve heard more.
If there's one segment in consumer electronics where it's hard to stand out, it's netbooks. The race to the bottom line, together with strict rules from component suppliers regarding maximum specifications, means that the hardware of most machines follows the same, tired pattern. To differentiate, some brands have gone for super-slimline designs, or extended battery life; Gigabyte, meanwhile, have taken a more unusual route. Their Booktop M1022 netbook comes complete with a desktop docking station; our friends over at Mobilx.hu were good enough to send us a review unit to try out.
Motorola has announced their App Accelerator Program and MOTODEV Studio for Android Beta, intended to encourage coders to begin creating software for the range of Android-based mobile devices the company says it will be launching later in the year. By signing up to the App Accelerator Program, "select developers" will have pre-release access to Motorola's upcoming handsets for testing, together with documentation, tools and engineer access.
It's not the first video we've seen of Samsung's Omnia II GT-i8000 and it's very unlikely to be the last, but news that the dualband 850/1900MHz 3G HSDPA/HSUPA version of the AMOLED touchscreen smartphone has cleared the FCC is definitely worth celebrating with some moving pictures. Beyond the AT&T and Rogers Canada friendly wireless bands there's little here that we didn't know already, but don't let that disappoint you: the Omnia II is still a very tempting smartphone.
Video hands-on after the cut
HP's iPAQ K3 Obsidian has shown up in the wild, complete with the AT&T branding that you might expect given that the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone was first tipped in leaked documents from the carrier. The full QWERTY candybar has a 2.43-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G and WiFi.
With Toshiba slipping out of their mourning clothes and readying a Blu-ray player, it seemed as good a time as any to check whether their erstwhile HD-DVD partner Microsoft had reconsidered their "no Blu-ray for Xbox 360!" attitude. Unfortunately, when TeamXBox asked them if such a peripheral might be in the works, the response was a definite no; according to Microsoft, instant downloads and streaming content are far preferable to a physical disc.
Full Microsoft Blu-ray statement after the cut
Further evidence of the upcoming iPod touch and iPod nano camera refresh is spilling uncontrollably out of China, with multiple different cases being hawked with the new PMPs dimensions and capabilities. Cult of Mac have been collating the various silicon and hard-plastic cases and sleeves, each of which show a centrally-positioned camera for the iPod touch 3G and a lower left-hand camera for the iPod nano 5G.
The scaling up of business partnerships in the approach to the launch of Plastic Logic's eponymous ebook reader, together with the sell-out success of the Amazon Kindle DX certainly seems to suggest that there's a market out there for large-scale e-paper devices, and that's a segment manufacturer AU Optronics seem keen to capitalize on. According to CEO LJ Chen, the company is ramping up to produce 10-inch and A4 (8 x 11 inch) sized e-paper panels.
Details of Acer's new mainstream business notebooks have emerged, the Acer Travelmate Timeline series. As the name suggests, the range is based on the existing 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch Aspire 3810T, 4810T and 5810T Timeline models, complete with their CULV low-voltage processors. However the new Travelmates have magnesium alloy chassis for improved durability, together with dedicated anti-shock software and biometric security.
If we're honest, we were more excited about Viewsonic's Ion-packing VOT 132 nettop than its new netbooks yesterday, but that doesn't mean we won't give the 10.2-inch VNB101 a chance. NetbookNews were skulking around the press conference and managed to grab some hands-on time with the 10.2-inch machine.
Video demo after the cut