Archive for September, 2011

Amazon close to Palm buy claims HP insider

Amazon close to Palm buy claims HP insider

Amazon has been tipped as the latest potential suitor for what remains of Palm, with insider sources at HP claiming the mega-retailer is close to finalizing a deal. HP is reportedly looking to rid itself of Palm as soon as it can, VentureBeat's tipster tells them, and while there are apparently "a handful of contenders" interested, it's Amazon that's closest to handing over the cash. However, it's unclear from the leaks whether Amazon would be buying Palm's hardware business, the webOS platform, or both.

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Intel grabs Telmap for cross-platform AppUp location services

Intel grabs Telmap for cross-platform AppUp location services

Intel has acquired navigation and location-based software specialist Telmap, and will use the company's technology for cross-platform local services in its AppUp system. Eventually, Intel is planning to offer developers coding for AppUp a set of standardized location-based services (LBS) APIs, with which they'll be able to integrate potentially complex mapping, local search and other content into their apps with the addition of "just a few lines of code."

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DROID BIONIC pumped up by Clay Matthews, Simon Cowell, faux Natalie Portman [Videos]

DROID BIONIC pumped up by Clay Matthews, Simon Cowell, faux Natalie Portman [Videos]

What you've got here is a couple of commercials straight off the cutting room floor at Verizon, both of them supporting the DROID BIONIC, aka the world's first dual-core smartphone that also supports their 4G LTE network. The first of these uses NFL player Clay Matthews and an NFL Mobile app and the second uses television personality Simon Cowell and his failing talent judgement show X Factor. Do these ads titillate you into wanting the BIONIC, or was it the Natalie Portman lookalike with the epic Lance Henriksen doing the background voice?

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iPhone 5 Case-Mate cases turn up in AT&T inventory

iPhone 5 Case-Mate cases turn up in AT&T inventory

iPhone 5 cases designed by Case-Mate have reportedly appeared in AT&T's inventory list. This adds some new hope that the next-gen Apple smartphone will indeed be a more radically revamped iPhone 5 instead of the minor iPhone 4S upgrade. Speculation involving the two possible models continue to flip flop, but we're certainly rooting for a next-gen iPhone that looks like the aluminum and glass mockup we saw earlier today.

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Dell XPS 14z laptop coming in next few weeks

Dell XPS 14z laptop coming in next few weeks

Dell is following up its MacBook Pro challenger, the 15-inch XPS 15z, with a new 14-inch model called the XPS 14z. The company is touting it as the "world's thinnest fully featured laptop," packing in the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, optical drives, and abundant ports in a 0.9-inch thin chassis.

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Verizon Nexus Prime app list leaked

Verizon Nexus Prime app list leaked

Let me stop you right there and stomp on your foot a little bit with this one with a stern warning: any site that only has one entry in a section, like the source for this story, should be treated as suspect - that said, this list seems fairly possible. The list I speak of is an app list for what appears to be the Verizon version of the Nexus Prime, a mythical device that's supposed to be coming out soon via Samsung to be the hero phone for Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS update. What you'll find here, again if you believe it's real, is a list of apps that contains no bloat.

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HTC Holiday visits FCC for AT&T 4G LTE

HTC Holiday visits FCC for AT&T 4G LTE

The HTC Holiday is expected to be AT&T's first 4G LTE smartphone and the device has just passed through the FCC, signaling an imminent launch. Earlier this month, the handset was caught being tested on AT&T's 4G LTE network with speeds reaching 29Mbps, faster than typical Verizon 4G LTE speeds. However, that was without real load on the network, which AT&T only plans to deploy in about 25 markets by year-end.

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Android Market update released for Honeycomb tablets

Android Market update released for Honeycomb tablets

Users tapping away on their Motorola XOOM tablets (of the Wi-fi variety) will be glad to find an over-the-air update coming to them today that includes nothing less than the newest version of the Android Market, one we've seen popping up on handsets of all kinds for the past couple of weeks. This newest version of the market re-arranges the way you search for and browse apps, retaining then the content of the market as well as the prices, your account, and basic bits along those lines. Hackers will soon be bringing this to Android tablets of all kinds, of course, leads on this included in the text below.

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iPhone 5 gets realistic mockup in aluminum, glass

iPhone 5 gets realistic mockup in aluminum, glass

Apple will be pulling the wraps off the next-gen iPhone in only a matter of days and although there's the possibility that it could turn out to be only a minor upgrade to a rumored iPhone 4S, there's no stopping the anticipation for something more radical in the form of an iPhone 5. The folks at Giga.de have rounded up all the rumors surrounding a more drastic revamp along with CAD designs, leaked cases, and hardware components to create their own realistic mockup.

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