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Speakal BTS8 puts Windows 7 in a desk phone

Speakal BTS8 puts Windows 7 in a desk phone

We can't say we've ever looked at our desk phone and thought "this would be so much better with Windows 7 installed" but perhaps that's why we hardly use a landline any more. Speakal reckon there's still life in the desk phone yet, and its BTS8 "phone/personal computer hybrid" packs a 5-inch LCD display, Windows 7, a Skype-capable webcam and more.

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Pioneer TF-FN2000 makes landlines appealing

Pioneer TF-FN2000 makes landlines appealing

It's not often we fall for a landline telephone, but Pioneer's angular TF-FN2000 has that certain magic sparkle to get us excited. The wireless DECT handsets don't exactly push the boat out in terms of functionality, but they do pack an answering machine and easily spotted LCD display.

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sWaP Rebel touchscreen phone watch is geeky fashion at its finest

sWaP Rebel touchscreen phone watch is geeky fashion at its finest

Geeks have had a lust for phone watches for years going back to the comic book days of Dick Tracy and his watch phone. There are a few watch phone offerings on the market today and a new one has just landed. The watch is called the sWaP Rebel and it looks a bit like one of those iPod nano watches that have been so prevalent lately.

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Rockchip Android desk phone gets video demo

Rockchip Android desk phone gets video demo

Rockchip's Android-based desk phone was one of the sleeper surprises at IFA 2010, and having seen Engadget Chinese's video demo we're finding we'd quite like on of our own.  The unnamed phone places VoIP calls over WiFi or your mobile network, but also allows for video calls, web browsing and multimedia playback.

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Rockchip tease with Android desk phone

Rockchip tease with Android desk phone

Android-based landline phone renders are one thing, but Rockchip has been quietly beavering away at the real thing.  Tucked away at IFA 2010 last week was the Rockchip Android phone, a desk-bound device which apparently supports both landline and 3G connections, can be used for video calls and browsing the web.

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2011 The Year of the Super Phone

2011 The Year of the Super Phone

I first heard the term "Super Phone"  used as it relates to a new category of devices at a conference I attended last month. I’ve thought for a while now that the industry needed to come up with a term other than smartphone to distinguish these new classes of devices. Even though I’m not completely in love with Super Phone as a term (and I’m pretty sure consumers don’t care about these terms anyway) it is perhaps the best so far.

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Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

If you've been waiting patiently for Verizon to push out the Android 2.2. Froyo update for the HTC Droid Incredible, not taking the easy option and opting for one of the unofficial ROMs that are circulating, then today could be the day your high standards are rewarded.  Verizon has pinged us to let us know that they're pushing out Froyo for the Droid Incredible as an OTA update, complete with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

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Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile for Android and the Nokia N900 has been pushed out, or at least Mozilla's Alpha release of the smartphone browser.  Natively supporting Firefox Sync - bringing desktop browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs to the mobile app - the new browser apparently concentrates on increasing speed and responsiveness, with Mozilla debuting their new "Electrolysis" and "Layers" technology.

Video demo after the cut

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HTC Desire hits U.S. Cellular today

HTC Desire hits U.S. Cellular today

It's no HTC Desire HD, but we like the original HTC Desire enough to be pleased its finally arrived on US shores thanks to U.S. Cellular.  The carrier is now offering the Android 2.1 smartphone for $199.95 after a mail-in rebate, complete with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, HTC Sense UI and 3.7-inch Super LCD display (rather than the AMOLED panels that are in such short supply).

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Bell leak tips no BlackBerry 6 upgrades until 2011

Bell leak tips no BlackBerry 6 upgrades until 2011

RIM may have promised BlackBerry 6 updates for the Bold 9700, 9650 and Pearl 3G, but that doesn't mean you're going to get them any time soon.  A leaked schedule document acquired by MobileSyrup purportedly from Canadian carrier Bell Mobility has revealed they don't plan to push out the new OS version until sometime in 2011.  According to the document, Bell's 9700, Pearl 9100 and recently released Curve 3G 9300 will be left with OS 5.x for at least several months.

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Verizon enabling Flash Player 10.1 for Motorola DROID

Verizon enabling Flash Player 10.1 for Motorola DROID

Good news for owners of the original Motorola DROID desperate to see their web pages clogged up with Flash adverts, videos, games and animations.  Verizon has just confirmed to us that they're pushing out an update for the DROID that will allow owners to download Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 from the Android Market.

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RIM BlackBerry patent describes convertible touchscreen/QWERTY phone

RIM BlackBerry patent describes convertible touchscreen/QWERTY phone

A newly filed patent application by RIM suggests the cellphone manufacturers designers are considering an extending, rotating form-factor that could allow for multiple hardware control surfaces such as a QWERTY keyboard and numeric keypad.  The application, titled "Handheld electronic device with rotatable member", shows a phone with a pull-out second section that could be used in portrait or landscape orientation depending on messaging or phone use; however it could also offer a hardware keyboard on one side and a touchscreen display on the other.

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