Archive for Oct 26, 2009

Orange UK iPhone 3GS landing November 10th

Orange UK iPhone 3GS landing November 10th

Orange UK will begin selling the iPhone 3GS from November 10th, according to the Guardian, the day after rival carrier O2's exclusivity agreement with Apple expires.  The launch will see two UK networks offering the smartphone in the run up to the holiday period, and while you might be tempted to think that anybody who wants an iPhone probably already has one, Orange have apparently had 200,000 people register their interest in the handset already.

BlackBerry Storm OS 5.0 firmware officially released

BlackBerry Storm OS 5.0 firmware officially released

The long-awaited firmware update for the original Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 has arrived, and OS 5.0 brings with it the promise of greater stability, new flick-gestures in the Storm's browser, and other usability tweaks.  Early user feedback suggests that the new software makes the Storm a whole lot more usable, with noticeably reduced delay between application changes.

NYT exec tips “impending Apple slate” [Video]

NYT exec tips “impending Apple slate” [Video]

Has NYT executive editor Bill Keller accidentally let slip details of Apple's upcoming tablet?  That's the big question after video footage of the paper's Internal Neiman Jornalism Lab leaked out, in which Keller mentions delivering journalism to "the impending Apple slate".  Some sites are seeing this as confirmation not only that Apple are developing the tablet and working with news organisations, but of the name of the device itself.

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Kohjinsha PA MID priced out of the market?

Kohjinsha PA MID priced out of the market?

Kohjinsha's PA-series MID may have satisfied us that the company is at least listening to critique about form-factor and usability - unlike other mini-notebooks, such as the UMID mbook m1 and Sharp’s NetWalker, it has a rotating touchscreen for use as a slate - but they still seem to have their fingers in their ears when it comes to pricing.  According to WOW-POW, the PA MID will come in at 69,800 yen, which works out to a whopping $760.

HTC “Quietly Brilliant” campaign goes global [Video]

HTC “Quietly Brilliant” campaign goes global [Video]

The HTC "YOU" campaign we spotted earlier this month has now gone global, and brings with it a new "Quietly Brilliant" tagline and "You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you" slogan.  Twenty countries will get the new adverts, including TV spots examples of which you can see after the cut, which all focus on the individuality of HTC's range and the flexibility of things like HTC Sense.

Unlike, say, "there's an app for that", the HTC commercials don't so much focus on the precise functionality of their handsets but the way we use them. They're also platform-agnostic; there's no mention of either Android or Windows Mobile.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2009

Weeks are flying by and it's time for another week in review. Monday we learned that a new hack was available from the iPhone Dev Team that adds MMS to first generation iPhones and tethering to 3.1.2 OS for the later iPhone models. We also found out that Microsoft is set to issue a new update for the Xbox 360 that will break unauthorized storage devices. That means that some gamers will be unable to access the saved game data after applying the new update.

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eviGroup Pad Windows 7 UMPC live photos spotted

eviGroup Pad Windows 7 UMPC live photos spotted

French MID/UMPC manufacturer eviGroup have released a few preliminary images of their upcoming Pad touchscreen tablet, and while we're far from making up our minds about the Windows 7 slate yet, it's looking reasonably attractive in a "digital pictureframe" sort of way.  The eviGroup Pad has a 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen, WiFi a/b/g and integrated 3G, and bundles a new "AI UI" called Seline which promises less pecking with a finger or stylus and more straightforward access to data.

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T-Mobile Project Dark “Even More” & “Even More Plus” plans confirmed

T-Mobile Project Dark “Even More” & “Even More Plus” plans confirmed

Remember T-Mobile Project Dark and the leaked shots purporting to be new price plans for the US carrier?  Well, now there's official confirmation of the new contract and non-contract packages, hoping to lure those looking only for heavy upfront subsidies to a non-contract plan with equipment payments by installments.  The new T-Mobile Even More and Even More Plus plans kick off at $59 and $49 respectively, the former offering the more traditional device subsidy along with a two-year agreement, while the latter does without both the subsidy and the contract.

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Verizon Droid gets previewed; AT&T version spotted; Droid army predicted

Verizon Droid gets previewed; AT&T version spotted; Droid army predicted

By now we know that the Verizon Droid not only looks good, but has plenty of technical promise too, and BGR have followed up their preliminary hands-on with a more comprehensive preview of the Android smartphone.  The Motorola Droid gets praised for its "sharp, vibrant, bright and really, really responsive" 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, while the keyboard may lack travel and feature closely-packed buttons but it's good enough for "efficient" typing and is better than the T-Mobile G1.  Meanwhile the charging dock/multimedia station (which you can see in a video demo after the cut) automatically turns the Droid into a weather station.

Droid feedback, plus news on AT&T's Droid and a whole Droid army after the cut

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Apple’s 27-inch iMac review

Apple’s 27-inch iMac review

It's the biggest all-in-one Apple have ever offered, not to mention the fastest and most media-centric, and it's pretty much guaranteed to hypnotize anybody wandering into their local Apple Store. The hyperbole practically writes itself, but at the end of the day is the 27-inch Apple iMac more than just a desktop trophy? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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