Archive for Oct 26, 2009

Verizon BlackBerry Storm2: October 28th for $180

Verizon BlackBerry Storm2: October 28th for $180

There's not just a new OS for the Verizon BlackBerry Storm today, but official word on when the touchscreen smartphone's successor will arrive on shelves.  This coming Wednesday, October 28th, will mark the Verizon BlackBerry Storm2's arrival, with the handset priced at $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year agreement.

Your hard-earned dollars get you a 3.25-inch 480 x 360 capacitive touchscreen with the latest iteration of RIM's SurePress technology, both EVDO Rev.A and UMTS/HSPA 2100 (the latter for travelling), and WiFi b/g, along with OS 5.0 and a total of 18GB of storage (2GB internal; 16GB via included microSD card).  Around the back there's a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with image stabilization and flash, and a 1,400mAh replaceable battery good, Verizon claim, for up to 5.5hrs talktime or 11.2 days standby.

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Polk Audio unveils HitMaster speaker for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

Polk Audio unveils HitMaster speaker for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

I am a fan of music games like Guitar Hero and especially Rock Band. I have spent many a night making fun of my friends off key singing while playing Rock Band. I even have my share of aftermarket guitar controllers for the game. However, I draw the line at some of the stranger accessories like smoke kits and my own stage monitor speaker like the new HitMaster from Polk Audio.

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PhotoTrackr Mini DLP900 geotagging solution debuts

PhotoTrackr Mini DLP900 geotagging solution debuts

I like technology, but one thing that I have never really understood is wanting to geotag photos that I take. I'm not sure I really need to know the exact location where the photo was shot, I am pretty sure I can recall where I was from the image. Perhaps in 50 years when I can’t remember how to go to the restroom the GPS coordinates would come in handy. If you are into geotagging and are looking for a compact device to do the deed, the PhotoTrackr Mini DLP900 has debuted.

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Walmart set to enter home install market in time for holiday shopping

Walmart set to enter home install market in time for holiday shopping

For a long time, there were three big names in consumer electronics in most markets in the U.S. including Walmart, Best Buy, and Circuit City. With the demise of Circuit City that left only Best Buy and Walmart in most areas. Best Buy has offered install services through its Geek Squad for a long time and Walmart is reportedly set to offer its own install services very soon.

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Tilera announces 100-core Tile-GX processor

Tilera announces 100-core Tile-GX processor

Walk up to a bunch of technology fans and ask them to name the top makers of CPUs on the computer market and most will say Intel and AMD. These two firms offer multiple core CPUs for the consumer and enterprise markets with current offerings heading towards six-cores per CPU. A company called Tilera has announced a new Tile-GX CPU that promises much more than AMD and Intel have right now.

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Nokia Booklet 3G second-gen orders being discussed?

Nokia Booklet 3G second-gen orders being discussed?

The first examples of Nokia's Booklet 3G netbook are yet to drop into buyers' hands, but according to leaks fizzing out of Taiwan the Finns are already discussing orders for their second-gen model.  Notorious rumor-monger Economic Daily News has suggested that a new Booklet 3G with updated specifications is expected to be released in 2010, a statement that is, frankly, stating the obvious.  However, reading between the lines we'd expect any updated netbook from Nokia to take advantage of Intel's upcoming Pine Trail processors, such as the Atom N450, and we do know a little about that CPU's release schedule.

New MacBook Pro notebooks tipped by OS X config file

New MacBook Pro notebooks tipped by OS X config file

Apple may have told us that the new MacBook, Mac mini and iMac updates finalize their holiday 2009 line-up, but that doesn't mean they're not thinking ahead.  Digging through the configuration files in the 10.6.2 update of OS X 10C531, Spanish site Applesana.es have spotted two references to new MacBook Pro notebooks, and believe that they might bring with them quadcore processors and ATI Radeon 4500-series graphics.

Apple tablet SIM-tray spotted for sale; Foxconn tipped as manufacturer (again)

Apple tablet SIM-tray spotted for sale; Foxconn tipped as manufacturer (again)

Now the SlashGear team love tech in all its myriad forms, but even we'd have trouble mustering too much enthusiasm for a SIM tray.  However, we'll make a semi-exception for a tray tipped to slot into Apple's fourth-gen iPhone or "iTablet"; according to ChinaOnTrade, this part - which they claim to have directly sourced from Foxconn, already fingered as a potential Apple Tablet manufacturer - will go on sale October 23rd for $14.05.

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