Archive for Sep 30, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray announced for USA

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray announced for USA

The folks at Sony Ericsson have announced the USA release of the Xperia ray, a device we last heard about in June, here in the states for the first time and pushed to Newegg for the unlocked price of $429.99 (on sale today for $379.99 for a limited time.) This device is only sold here at the moment unlocked, your option to get it carried by AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, Fido, up to you. This device features a single-core 1GHz processor, 1GB internal memory with 300 MB user available and 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage, and a 3.3-inch TFT display at 480 x 854 pixel resolution. The display also boasts some cool BRAVIA ENGINE tech.

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Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile has decided to postpone its original plans to throttle smartphone data speeds for its heaviest data users. Back in July, the carrier revealed that data throttling would begin in October, but today it announced that those plans will be delayed until 2012. But the company did not give any specific dates as to when it will implement the new policy.

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Sony Ericsson announces indy developer support for FreeXperia program

Sony Ericsson announces indy developer support for FreeXperia program

If you're an avid fan of Android, you've got to know that there's a gigantic developer community out there that's not just interested in creating market-ready apps. They' call themselves developers, but what the rest of the world calls them is hackers. In particular, Sony Ericsson wants to get in on this party by voicing their support for ROM creators across the board. The program Sony Ericsson is announcing this week is FreeXperia, an assistant group for developers looking to create great new customized experiences for Xperia devices. Neato!

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Chevy shows off actual Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie cars

Chevy shows off actual Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie cars

I have enjoyed the Transformers films well enough. My kids liked the last film the best and it was one of the better ones in the franchise. If you have watched the film you have seen Bumblebee and Sideswipe during the flick. At the Texas State Fair, Chevrolet had both the Stingray Concept that was actually the Sideswipe car from the film and the actual Camaro that was Bumblebee in the film on hand.

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Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Starting on the 3rd of October, those hoping for a lower price point for the Zune Pass unlimited music service will be jumping for joy as $14.99 turns into $9.99. With this price cut comes a few other cuts as well, including the option to download 10 songs per month that you can keep for your own forever. This price cut will take place on October 3rd, 2011, and will be available to Canadian Zune users as well. Will this cut finally convince you to jump in on the Zune revolution*?

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HTC Flyer tablet $299 at Best Buy starting in October

HTC Flyer tablet $299 at Best Buy starting in October

Best Buy and HTC must have had a sit-down recently regarding the Flyer tablet that's been out for some months, because come October 1st, the price of this tablet will be reduced by $200 from its original price of $499.99 to its lowest price ever, $299.99. It's time to drop those tablet prices, ladies and gentlemen, and it's not just because the Amazon Kindle Fire is scaring the cheese out of the competition (not verified, but quite possible). Low sales and the ever-deepening pool of tablets out there certainly has had an impact on the price of tablets across the board, as evidenced here in the Flyer and the now sold-out TouchPad from HP.

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Samsung Galaxy Note headed to USA on AT&T says FCC

Samsung Galaxy Note headed to USA on AT&T says FCC

It appears that our good friends in outer space have granted the USA a favor and are bringing the Samsung Galaxy Note to the states after all. Today the FCC is showing an AT&T-bands-toting Samsung Galaxy Note, HSPA+ that is, this allowing us to dream that the Galaxy Note will indeed be reaching the states in a lovely blue fashion - at least at first. The Galaxy Note is what Samsung is calling their new in-between product, bridging another gap between products, that being between smartphones and tablets, in this case. Will this be your ideal situation for carrier and device?

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Watch out iPad: Even indirect Fire can cook Apples

Watch out iPad: Even indirect Fire can cook Apples

Analysts and pundits are queuing up to point out the Kindle Fire's shortcomings, and how Amazon's entrant to the tablet market is "not a true iPad competitor." Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster went so far as to estimate Amazon was swallowing fifty bucks loss on each Kindle Fire sold, crossing its fingers that multimedia sales would make up for it, and highlighted the slate's lacking storage, absent cameras and non-existent 3G option. The idea, it seems, is that because Amazon hasn't photocopied Apple's strategy - or, indeed, followed Android tablet manufacturers in trying to compete on specifications alone - and since the Kindle Fire's price is thus less than half that of the iPad, they "target different segments" and the iPad is in the clear. That seems pretty short-sighted.

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AVIIQ Portable Charging Station Review [Video] – a real life saver, to say the least

AVIIQ Portable Charging Station Review [Video] – a real life saver, to say the least

Every once in a while there's a product that comes out on the tech circuit about which a fellow like myself says wow, I am glad this thing exists, and I will certainly use it to the fullest. That time has come again, and it's come at the advent of the AVIIQ Portable Charging Station. You're going to see an iPad 2 and an iPod plugged into this device if you see the box on the shelf, but myself being an Android sort of person, you'll be seeing a Galaxy S II, an HTC Sensation, and a Verizon LTE mobile hotspot plugged into this device instead. A multi-port mobile charging station is what it is, and having literally utilized it whilst traveling from Minnesota to Texas for a three day trip to HP, I can tell you that yes, it's definitely pretty awesome.

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HP webOS still heading to printer range says insider

HP webOS still heading to printer range says insider

After the fail of the HP tablet that ran webOS, many of us assumed that HP would take a hint and the OS was dead. Apparently, that isn’t the case with a spokesperson telling Pocket-lint that the firm would be putting webOS inside its printer line still. I just don’t see any OS inside a printer taking off and this idea seems as destined to fail as the tablet was. The statement was made to Pocket-lint in Dublin at the HP Impact event.

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