Archive for Nov 20, 2009

Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

We were only talking earlier on today about Pegatron’s Smartbook plans, and then along comes Shanzai with a quick hands-on report with one of the company’s first models.  There’s no telling whether this is merely a prototype or something we’ll see in Q1 2010 with a brand-name plastered across it, but we do know it was featured at ARM’s “Technical Symposium 2009” in Taipei this week.

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 aka Striker live shots leak

BlackBerry Pearl 9100 aka Striker live shots leak

With all the tweaks to their full-QWERTY range, it should come as no surprise that RIM have been planning some modifications to their Pearl line-up of compact BlackBerry handsets.  CrackBerry have been sitting on some leaked shots of the upcoming BlackBerry Pearl 9100, internally code-named Striker, which has a reworked SureType keyboard and optical joystick.

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Samsung Omnia II hits Verizon on December 2

Samsung Omnia II hits Verizon on December 2

We saw the slick looking Samsung Omnia II when it first tipped up for preorder on Amazon earlier in the fall. The handset was cool and all, but the thing has a preorder price of $999 seriously hurting the attractiveness of the device. Engadget reports that it has had a look at the Verizon launch packet for the device and the handset it set to launch on the carrier on December 2.

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Subsidized HP Mini 110 hits AT&T

Subsidized HP Mini 110 hits AT&T

In mid-October Verizon announced that it was adding the HP Mini 110 netbook to its line of subsidized netbooks. Today AT&T has announced that it is also adding the Mini 110 to its own line of subsidized netbooks. The two machines are identical and the only thing that separates them is the network they run on.

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Pantech Impact now available on AT&T network

Pantech Impact now available on AT&T network

We learned back in October that the Pantech Impact was coming to the AT&T network in time for the holiday season. What we didn’t hear back in October was exactly when the device would be offered. The Impact handset is now available on the AT&T Wireless network for $99.99 after a mail-in rebate.

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Imation SSD Upgrade Kit breaks cover

Imation SSD Upgrade Kit breaks cover

When you install a new SSD into your computer, you have to get the data from your old drive to your new one. That can be the most challenging part of the transfer. Once you are done, it would be nice if you could use your old drive for something other than a doorstop. The new Imation SSD Upgrade Kit offers you something to do with your old drive after the transfer, but doesn’t come with software or hardware for moving the data from your existing drive to the new SSD.

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Motorola MILESTONE gets second German carrier: Vodafone

Motorola MILESTONE gets second German carrier: Vodafone

There's nary a sign of the Motorola MILESTONE (the Euro-spec version of the Motorola DROID we've been so enamoured of) in the UK or indeed across the majority of Europe, but German buyers now have a plurality of choice should they want an Android 2.0 handset.  Joining O2 Germany is Vodafone Germany, who are now listing the MILESTONE priced from €99 ($148) with a new contract.

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Imation unveils Pro WX wireless external USB hard drive

Imation unveils Pro WX wireless external USB hard drive

There are hoards of external hard drives on the market that connect to your computer via USB. This is far form a new product category. Imation has announced a new external hard drive that connects via USB that does have something new. The Pro WX external hard drive is the world's first external USB derive to use wireless USB technology.

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Asus Eee 1201N full specifications unveiled

Asus Eee 1201N full specifications unveiled

Earlier this month we announced that the Asus Eee 1201n would be hitting the market in December. At the time, the specifications for the machine had not been unveiled. Today Asus is offering up the full specifications list for the machine.

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Xbox 360 piracy bans prompt inevitable class action suit

Xbox 360 piracy bans prompt inevitable class action suit

Been subject to the recent Microsoft ban-fest on Xbox Live, where up to 1m accounts are believed to have been locked out after being modified to play pirate discs?  Livid and refusing to take responsibility?  Then lawfirm AbingtonIP may be your salvation; they're organising a class action lawsuit which alleges that Microsoft not only over-reacted and ended up blocking accounts where users weren't involved in piracy, but that they did so at least partially to boost Xbox Live re-subscriptions with the advent of MW2 and Halo 3: ODST.

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Multiple Smartbooks arriving in Q1 2010 claim Pegatron

Having had a reasonably prolonged fondle with Quanta’s Android Smartbook prototype yesterday, we’re actually quite excited by the platform’s prospects.  According to one of Pegatron’s general business managers, we shouldn’t have too long to wait, either; Jeremy Shu is claiming that the company has received orders from a number of clients for large volumes of Smartbooks, and he expects them to launch in Q1 2010 alongside carrier partnerships for the integrated 3G connectivity.

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Motorola Motus spotted; unusual form-factor vaunted

Motorola Motus spotted; unusual form-factor vaunted

Perhaps we're naive, but we'd have thought that the sort of people who get early access to unannounced mobile phones would also have a decent camera, but perhaps it's the thrill of the unknown that causes heavy hand shake.  No matter, you're looking at a blurry image of the Motorola Motus, the company's mid-rage Android smartphone expected to arrive in 2010, that showed up at the Motofan.ru forums.

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