Archive for October, 2010

Palm’s Hot Apps Winners Finally Unveiled, Angry Birds Takes Top Position

Palm’s Hot Apps Winners Finally Unveiled, Angry Birds Takes Top Position

Back in March, we told you about the PDK Hot Apps competition that Palm was holding, hoping to get some of the best mobile applications shown off for their webOS-based devices. In the process, application developers had the opportunity to win upwards of $100,000 in prize money. And, finally, while the competition ended a couple of weeks ago, Palm has finally unveiled who the winners were, and in which category.

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HTC HD7 Review

HTC HD7 Review

The HTC HD7 wears its potential on its sleeve. The biggest of the first batch of Windows Phone 7 devices, at 4.3-inches it's also one of the largest smartphones of any OS on the market. We've already given our approval to Windows Phone 7 in our launch-day reviews, and we were quietly impressed during our initial play at the HD7's launch. Available exclusively on O2 in the UK right now, and T-Mobile in the USA from November 8, is the HD7 not just the biggest but the best Windows Phone 7 device around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Android 2.1 for Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 series to make Halloween debut

Android 2.1 for Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 series to make Halloween debut

It's taken them a long, long time, but Sony Ericsson is finally ready to push out the Android 2.1 Eclair update for the XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro.  According to the company's official blog, the Nordic countries will get Eclair first, with the first OTA notifications going out in the evening on Sunday, October 31.  Availability will spread throughout November 2010, so not everybody will get it at the same time.

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PlayOn yanked from Roku over legal fears?

PlayOn yanked from Roku over legal fears?

You snooze, you lose; if you'd been holding off installing the PlayOn channel to Roku's streaming boxes after it showed up at the start of this week, it looks like you're too late.  Roku has removed the option over "the possibility of legal exposure" as neither they, nor the developer responsible for the channel, "are affiliated with PlayOn."  Those who have already installed it may be able to keep using PlayOn on their Roku streamer, but no new installs will be allowed.

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Sprint CEO thanks iPad for hotspot sales; coy on Apple relationship

Sprint CEO thanks iPad for hotspot sales; coy on Apple relationship

Neither Sprint 3G or 4G is inside the iPad, and - unlike AT&T and Verizon - the carrier doesn't even sell the Apple tablet in its stores, but that doesn't stop CEO Dan Hesse from being mighty thankful to the slate all the same.  According to Hesse, brisk sales of the carrier's 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot are for the large part down to WiFi-only iPad users wanting to get online via Sprint's CDMA/WiMAX network.  However, he declined to talk to GigaOm about the iPhone and potential relationships with Apple.

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All 89,000 Microsoft staff getting Windows Phone 7 devices

All 89,000 Microsoft staff getting Windows Phone 7 devices

Back in July, when we were still tentatively confident about Windows Phone 7 after our technical preview, rumors surfaced that Microsoft would be encouraging its employees to drink the smartphone kool-aid by giving everyone a free WP7 device.  Now the company has confirmed that's the case, with Microsoft exec Guy Gilbert telling Network World that all 89,000 staff would indeed be getting an early Christmas present.

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Gigabyte’s Sandy Bridge P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H motherboards previewed

Gigabyte’s Sandy Bridge P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H motherboards previewed

Gigabyte has come clean on its upcoming 6 Series motherboards, designed for Intel's "Sandy Bridge" second-gen Core processors.  Three new 'boards have been previewed - the Gigabyte P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H - each with an Intel 6-series chipset for LGA 1155 processors; there's also USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps as standard, and CrossFireX graphics support.

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