Archive for Sep 30, 2010

Nintendo 3DS Priced So High Thanks to Media, Says Nintendo

Nintendo 3DS Priced So High Thanks to Media, Says Nintendo

When Nintendo showed off the 3DS, the handheld gaming console that would let you play 3D games without the need of glasses (and letting you turn it off whenever you want, too), there general consensus was a good one. It seemed, even if Nintendo didn't have an exact time frame for a launch date (at the time, which they've recently fixed), that the company had a winner on their hands. But, immediately following the announcement, and with Nintendo cleverly not including a price tag, the questions began circulating: how much would it cost. Well, it seems Nintendo didn't have a clear idea either, at the time, but thanks to the positive reports from this year's E3, and the subsequent "gushing" from the media regarding the device, Nintendo made up their mind. And it was a pricey decision.

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Verizon’s 4G Network Reaches Download Speeds of 27Mbps, According to Tester

Verizon’s 4G Network Reaches Download Speeds of 27Mbps, According to Tester

Verizon's 4G network, based on LTE technology, is set to get kicked off in the United States by the end of the year. And, each time it gets brought up, it looks like Big Red is right on track to getting their next-generation network up and running right on time. And, as we've seen in the past, testing for the network are still underway. This time around, a member of the private Beta test group has posted some unofficial speed tests, and the results, reaching up to 27.79Mbps download speeds, are pretty impressive.

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TomTom and Sony’s XNV-770BT, XNV-660BT Xplod In-Dash A/V Units Announced

TomTom and Sony’s XNV-770BT, XNV-660BT Xplod In-Dash A/V Units Announced

There was talk, back at this year's IFA, that Sony and TomTom had come to some sort of agreement, which would ultimately see the combination of the fan-favorite TomTom navigational unit, and Sony's Xplod series of in-dash A/V units. And sure enough, it's finally come to fruition. TomTom and Sony have officially announced the upcoming availability of two different units, packing capacitive touchscreens and plenty of other features.

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Sharp LC-52LB3 & LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs Unveiled

Sharp LC-52LB3 & LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs Unveiled

For TV manufacturers, getting the best quality picture to the consumer is a top priority. For Sharp, they've tried to reach that goal by introducing TVs with the Quattron technology, which successfully adds a fourth color (yellow) to the standard Red, Green, Blue. The result is a sharper image, and better colors on the screen. The same technology is now going into their brand new LC-52-LB3 and LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs, which were just announced by the company.

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Ode to the Nano, V to the izzA

Ode to the Nano, V to the izzA

I was once stranded in Amsterdam for more than a week with my iPod nano and only 4 albums of music. I started the week at a Microsoft Mobius event, from which I got to visit Amsterdam coffeeshops with some fairly interesting and important people from Microsoft, Qualcomm and some of my other favorite tech blogs. After that event ended and most of my compatriots went home, I stuck around for a while to try to crash Nokia World, to which I was not actually invited or approved. In between, I had to wander the city and avoid getting into trouble.

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Sprint CEO and execs resign from Clearwire WiMAX board

Sprint CEO and execs resign from Clearwire WiMAX board

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has resigned from the Clearwire board of directors, along with Keith Cowan, Sprint's president of strategy and corporate initiatives and Steven Elfman, their president of network operations, citing "an abundance of caution" over recent developments in antitrust law.  The exact nature of the concerns was not explained, but the decision apparently came after questions raised by Clearwire.

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1977 Bill Gates image secretly squeezed into Outlook 2010?

1977 Bill Gates image secretly squeezed into Outlook 2010?

In what probably takes the award for today's strangest news, Ars Technica spotted that the generic user icon in the Outlook 2010 People Pane appears to use the outline of previous Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.  More bizarrely, the image the Microsoft developer(s) responsible for the icon have used is seemingly Gates' 1977 police mugshot, from when he was pulled over for a driving offense.

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AT&T GoPhone plans updated: $2-per-day tariff and more

AT&T GoPhone plans updated: $2-per-day tariff and more

AT&T has announced that it will be launching three new GoPhone prepaid plans as of October 3rd 2010, offering users a choice of only paying for service on the days they actually use it, an inclusive data bundle, or a basic $0.10 pay-per-minute option for those only wanting voice service.  The AT&T GoPhone Unlimited Daily Talk and Text plan is perhaps the most interesting of the three: for $2 per day you get unlimited voice and messaging (IM/SMS/MMS), but if you don't actually make/receive a call or send a message, you don't get charged.

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Android appeal grows amid Apple slump claim researchers

Android appeal grows amid Apple slump claim researchers

The latest set of smartphone metrics is out, and it's likely to spawn another bout of Apple/Google arguments over whose platform is the most appealing and keeps users the happiest.  ChangeWave questioned 4,000 smartphone owners and would-be owners, and found that in the three month period between their last survey in June 2010 and their new September 2010 figures, the percentage of people looking to buy an iOS device like the iPhone fell from 50-percent to 38-percent, while the number preferring to buy an Android device rose from 30-percent to 37-percent.

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Apple tease virtual OS X controls in new patent application

Apple tease virtual OS X controls in new patent application

Sometimes figuring out a company's intentions from their patent filings is pretty straightforward; other times, like with Apple's new "Virtual Input Tools" filing, you have to read between the lines a little.  Patently Apple spotted what they're suggesting could be Apple's "new and revolutionary feature for Mac OS X" as teased in a job listing back in July.  The concept is that a virtual user interface - such as a trackpad shown on a touchscreen, or a sub-section of a notebook's display mapped to the physical trackpad - could allow for proportional control of the interface or what's being displayed.

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