Archive for Dec 18, 2009

T-Mobile USA to offer HTC HD2 in March 2010?

T-Mobile USA to offer HTC HD2 in March 2010?

According to a leaked ROM for the US version of the HTC HD2, it looks like T-Mobile USA have clinched the deal to offer the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone come Q1 2010.  Unsurprisingly there's no confirmation from the carrier themselves, but a still-in-testing ROM leaked to WMExperts contains various T-Mobile content.

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Apple Tablet makes second video showing: still fake, still impressive

Apple Tablet makes second video showing: still fake, still impressive

It's Friday and perilously close to the holidays, so we reckon we're allowed to kick back and watch a little more Apple Tablet concept footage.  Just like last week's clip we're calling fake on its authenticity, but we're still mighty impressed by the rendering skills of whoever created it.

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Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530 arrives for $50

Sprint’s latest BlackBerry, the Curve 8530, has finally gone on sale.  Announced as heading to the network back in November, we now know the Sprint Curve 8530 is priced at $49.99 after the usual mail-in rebate; that gets you a full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and a 2-megapixel camera.

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Nokia Hackerbox makes geeks work for their N900 [Video]

Nokia Hackerbox makes geeks work for their N900 [Video]

Nokia's product strategy may not meet with universal approval, but they can certainly teach most of us a thing or two about wrapping presents.  Mint Digital's Utku found a strange black box waiting for him at the office today, unmarked aside from a Nokia logo and a miniUSB port.  An included card pointed him to hackerbox.co.uk, and the combined tech minds of Mint Digital eventually managed to get the box open.

Video demo after the cut

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Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Windows 7 Starter Edition wouldn’t be our first choice of OS for the Archos 9 PC Tablet – after all, it lacks the handwriting functionality you’ll find in other versions – but at least it recognizes the touchscreen.  Steve from UMPC Portal decided to load up Chromium OS on his Archos 9 (which we saw unboxed yesterday) but the end result is less than usable: since Chromium doesn’t recognize the touchscreen, nor have an on-screen keyboard, you’ll basically be stuck looking at the login page.

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iRex DR800SG ebook reader “experience unexpected delays”; no news on a release date

What with the battle between the Kindle and the nook, we’d forgotten all about the iRex DR800SG.  First tipped to arrive on the market by October, the 3G-enabled 8.1-inch touchscreen ebook reader is now several months late and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon; according to a company spokesperson, the DR800SG “has experienced unexpected delays” and iRex are not yet announcing a new release date.

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Nokia Booklet 3G up for UK preorder: £649

Nokia Booklet 3G up for UK preorder: £649

Its taken a while, but the Nokia Booklet 3G has arrived for preorder in the UK.  The 10.1-inch 3G-enabled netbook is available SIM-free and unlocked, and is priced at £649 including VAT ($1,049).  Your money gets you Windows 7, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G, along with A-GPS and an HMDI connection.  No word on when it will actually begin shipping, however.

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Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

The TechCrunch/Fusion Garage saga continues, and as predicted the lawsuit Michael Arrington brought against his former partners over the CrunchPad/JooJoo tablet is only the start of the mud-slinging.  Fusion Garage have released a public rebuttal to Arrington's comments, suggesting that they do, in fact, own the IP involved, that they have already received $3m in funding with another round imminent, and that the TechCrunch founder's complaints are naught but "the sad rants of a person championing a losing cause".

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Intel Core i3 and Core i5 mobile confirmed for Jan 7th launch

Intel Core i3 and Core i5 mobile confirmed for Jan 7th launch

Intel's plans for its Clarkdale and Arrandale launch have been revealed, confirming - as was generally expected - that the new 32nm desktop and laptop processors will officially arrive on January 7th 2010.  According to a CES preview presentation available on Intel's site [pdf link], the new processors will form the Core i3 and mobile Core i5 ranges, and include integrated Intel HD Graphics GPUs.

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Intel G41 shortage pushing motherboard makes to AMD?

A shortage of Intel G41 chipsets have supposedly pushed motherboard manufacturers to AMD’s competing products, according to a DigiTimes report, with a spate of unexpected orders overwhelming the 8-inch fab plant responsible for their production.  According to motherboard manufacturers, attempts to encourage Intel to maintain the cheaper G31 chipset failed, and as such companies have been forced to switch to the newer G41.

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Sony clinch e-subs of WSJ, New York Post, MarketWatch; gauging consumer interest in multimedia tablet

The scrabble to dominate the ebook and digital content space continues, with Sony apparently clinching a deal with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post for digital subscriptions on their Reader series of ebook devices.  MarketWatch subscriptions will also be available, and Sony expect monthly pricing to be $14.99 for the WSJ, $9.99 for the Post and $10.99 for MarketWatch.  However Sony played down speculation that it plans a tablet-style device, with CEO Howard Stringer suggesting that the company would play a wait-and-see game to see which way consumers jump.

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Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 checks the family tree in U820 photo-comparison

Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 checks the family tree in U820 photo-comparison

Fujitsu's LifeBook UH900 isn't expected to reach the market until January, but should existing LifeBook U2010/U820 owners be saving up with that launch in mind?  Over at UMPC Fever they've acquired a UH900 and have pitted it against its predecessor for a quick photo session.

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