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Technologies that Shaped a Decade

Technologies that Shaped a Decade

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a few gadgets that had been transformative to me. A reader wrote in and asked if I thought there any categories of products that had changed the world over the last decade. I thought about that for a while and here my list of the some of the gadgets and services that almost overnight (from a historical perspective) changed everything and went from enthusiast to mass market.

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T-Mobile G2 Android HSPA+ smartphone gets teasingly official

T-Mobile G2 Android HSPA+ smartphone gets teasingly official

T-Mobile USA has just pinged us to flag up their latest teaser site, for the new T-Mobile G2.  Billed as the network's first HSPA+ smartphone - which T-Mobile reckon will deliver speeds on a par with 4G rivals - there's scant detail as to the identity or specifications of the G2 itself, but we're guessing it's the HTC-made QWERTY slider previously known as the HTC Vision or T-Mobile G1 Blaze.

BlackBerry Torch sells 150,000 in first weekend?

BlackBerry Torch sells 150,000 in first weekend?

RIM's first weekend sales for the BlackBerry Torch may have proved disappointing for AT&T and the manufacturer, with various analysts suggesting the touchscreen smartphone shifted just 150,000 units in its first two days of availability.  Both RBC Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus came to the 150k figure, having made spot-checks for stock levels at stores over the weekend, while Goldman Sachs merely described the launch as "underwhelming".

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HTC Desire HD gets early Amazon UK listing

HTC Desire HD gets early Amazon UK listing

It's still up in the air whether HTC's press event midway through next month will be for the company's first Windows Phone 7 handset or something running Android, but with Electricpig spotting an Amazon UK listing for the HTC Desire HD we've a feeling it's the latter.  The listing - which suggests the Desire HD will be shipped from Amazon themselves, not a third-party seller - prices the smartphone at £415 but mentions no specifications.

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Verizon Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 world-edition & tablet tipped incoming

Verizon Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 world-edition & tablet tipped incoming

Verizon's upcoming Motorola devices have been further detailed, after one of BGR's sources at the carrier revealed more news on the Motorola DROID Pro - a 4-inch Android smartphone - together with what looks to be a world-edition version of the DROID 2 and either a tablet or a tablet-style large-screen handset.  The DROID Pro has a 1.3GHz processor and is expected to have world-phone capabilities for international use.

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Nokia N8 US preorders start: $549 for end of September

Nokia N8 US preorders start: $549 for end of September

Nokia has begun accepting preorders for the US version of the upcoming Nokia N8, with the Symbian^3 smartphone set to arrive at the end of September 2010.  Priced at $549, the N8 has a 12-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, a five-band WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 modem suitable for both AT&T and T-Mobile USA, together with 16GB of onboard storage.

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BlackBerry Torch half-price at Amazon

BlackBerry Torch half-price at Amazon

Read our BlackBerry Torch 9800 review, loving the touchscreen/QWERTY combo but unwilling or unable to stump up the $200 AT&T are asking in-store?  Amazon have the answer, with a $550 instant discount on the Torch's list price, bringing it down to $99.99 or just half of what AT&T want.

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Can screen smudges give away your password?

Can screen smudges give away your password?

In movies and on TV sneaky spy types have been able to gain access to password protected files and areas by using the smudges on a keypad to figure out a password. That is all fiction from film though right? A group of researchers claim that those smudges on your smartphone screen could in fact give away your password.

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H’andy sana mobile phone offers heart patients ECG capability

H’andy sana mobile phone offers heart patients ECG capability

An interesting smartphone is coming to the UK this year that is called the H'andy sana 210. The phone is aimed at people who have heart problems that require close monitoring by medical professionals. The phone looks a lot like the iPhone to me but has a feature that allows the user to take an Electrocardiogram or ECG and send it to their doctor or care provider right from the phone.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! There was a lot going on this week and much of it was in the smartphone world. We learned that the slick Blackberry tablet called the BlackTab is set to land in September. That launch date is a rumor and it comes with a price rumor pegging the BlackTab at $499.

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AT&T Dell Streak on sale now (including HDMI & car docks)

AT&T Dell Streak on sale now (including HDMI & car docks)

Friday the 13th is traditionally an ominous day, but if you've been holding out for Dell's US-version of the Streak Android MID then it's the day you can slap a few hundred dollars on your credit card.  Freshly up for sale, the 5-inch smartphone/tablet hybrid is priced at $549.99 SIM-free or $299.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement.  Meanwhile the Streak accessories are also available, including the $39.99 Car Dock and $69.99 Home AV Dock (complete with HDMI output).

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Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype spotted in wild

Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype spotted in wild

Up until now, Samsung's public Windows Phone 7 outings have been limited to the Omnia-based developers' prototype we reviewed back in July.  Now what looks to be a commercially-headed device has broken cover, courtesy of Andrej Tozon; his friend Matjaz Sircelj is Technical Community Manager at Microsoft, and gave him some hands-on access.

Andrej can't say much about the Samsung handset, bar the fact that it's a prototype from the company and that it's "larger than your ordinary phone".  Aesthetically it doesn't particularly stand out either, being a basic large-screen candybar with the regular Windows Phone 7 UI.

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