Archive for Sep 30, 2009

T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ preorders taken from October 19th

Back when people were desperate to get their hands on the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, a pre-order event seemed a reasonable way to stoke the hype.  Now that we're a few models down the line, T-Mobile USA's pre-announcement for a pre-order of the Motorola CLIQ smacks vaguely of desperation.  As of October 19th, existing customers of the carrier will be able to order a CLIQ for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement, though they won't actually get their new phone until November 2nd when it goes on sale generally.

Apple “Apps for Everything” attempts to manage App Store

Apple “Apps for Everything” attempts to manage App Store

When you've got 85,000 titles to choose from, having some way of cutting through the selection and finding the right app goes from being a luxury to a necessity, and so Apple have cranked up their "there's an app for that" offensive with "Apps For Everything".  The new category system aims to further slice up the code-bloated App Store, introducing thirteen new sections.

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Apple iPad tablet to run iPhone OS, 3G & non-3G versions tipped?

It's not all Microsoft's Courier grabbing tablet headlines today; Apple's touchscreen tablet is also making waves, with iLounge claiming to have more insider news on the upcoming device.  According to their sources, there have been three separate prototypes of the device they're calling the "iPad", starting with a 7-inch display which was then junked for a larger, 10.7-inch capacitive touchscreen running at around 720p resolution.

Microsoft planning mid-2010 launch for Courier: perfect note-taking tablet

After the second leak of Microsoft's Courier dual-touchscreen tablet, ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley has stepped in with some leaked information of her own.  It looks as though our suggestion that the origins (and intentions) of Courier lie in Microsoft OneNote was accurate, with Foley's source saying "The concept started as a software idea on how one would really build OneNote from scratch if you could for the Tablet form factor. That then morphed into building a tablet. If you look at the most successful pocket computer today - it is still the Franklin Covey Planning Products, the idea was how do you create a digital planner."

Microsoft Xbox 360 holiday bundles announced

Microsoft have announced two gaming bundles for the upcoming holiday season, one including their Xbox 360 and the other intended for those who already own the console.  The Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle pairs the console with two games, LEGO Batman and Pure, and is priced at $299.

Apple TV touchscreen remote leaks?

Apple TV touchscreen remote leaks?

Salt at the ready - and you'll need a pretty big handful this time around - because according to the Boy Genius Reports' tipster you're looking at a "product mockup that may coincide with the launch of a revised Apple TV".  If you reckon it looks like a touchscreen remote control then you're not alone.

The device - about which little is known - does show a Safari option, which has led to suggestions that it could be a WiFi tablet in its own right.  Alternatively, if it really is a true companion device to the refreshed Apple TV, it could be a trigger to loading Safari on the mediaplayer, with the remote then working as a touchscreen keyboard and mouse pad to control browsing on your HDTV.

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Android Dev Phone gets OS 1.6 firmware update

Android developers with one of HTC's distinctive Dream-based Dev Phone devices should head over to the company's support site, where they can find Android 1.6 ready and waiting to be installed.  The new build of Google's open-source OS adds support for non-HVGA screen sizes and a new text-to-speech engine, among other things.

AT&T Garmin nuvifone G60 arriving October 4th

It's only taken them a couple of years, but Garmin have finally announced a release of the nuvifone G60 in the US.  As of October 4th the touchscreen GPS-centric handset will arrive on AT&T, priced at $299 following a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming you're willing to sign two years of your cellular life away to the carrier.

Microsoft Courier leaks again: your “infinite journal” [Video]

Microsoft Courier leaks again: your “infinite journal” [Video]

A second video and more details on Microsoft's Courier notebook-tablet project have arrived, again courtesy of Gizmodo's sources, and in spite of the shift toward finger-entry of text seen in smartphones over recent years, it looks as though Microsoft are pushing forward with pen-input.  At Courier's heart is the "infinite journal", an ongoing - and thankfully searchable - document that can be used to collect together snippets of text, diagrams, webpages and more, and that integrates with a PIM and contacts system.

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ODROID Android handheld up for preorder; full release December

We've been keeping an eye on the ODROID Android-based portable entertainment device over the past few months, and today our source at the company let us know that the developer version is going up for pre-order from today.  Priced at the equivalent of around $320, and with deliveries expected to begin from November 5th, the ODROID developer edition has the same 833MHz Samsung S5PC100 processor as in the iPhone 3GS, 512MB of RAM and a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.

C-motech Mangrove 7-inch WinMo Snapdragon tablet debuts

C-motech Mangrove 7-inch WinMo Snapdragon tablet debuts

With Windows 7 fast approaching and Android development growing, we've seen more compact touchscreen MIDs and tablets arriving on the scene every week.  Still, it's pretty unusual to see Windows Mobile running on anything larger than 5-inches, so we're mildly surprised to see C-motech's Mangrove 7-inch tablet, running Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.

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Sharp LX-Series HDTVs with 2m:1 contrast

Sharp Japan have outed four new LX-series HDTVs, each boasting massive 2,000,000:1 contrast ratios.  The range starts from the 40-inch LC-40LX1 and tops out at the 60-inch LC-60LX1, with 46- and 52-inch models in-between; each offers Full HD 1920p resolution, "industry's lowest" power consumption, and a six-speaker integrated sound system with dual sub-woofers on all but the smallest.

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