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The Daily Slash: April 13th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 13th 2010

Tuesday is one of the days that, the moment it starts, you're wondering how fast it's going to end. After all, it's the day before Wednesday, and hopefully that means you're half way done with your work week. That's one of the reason we're so happy to bring you the Daily Slash, where we can let you wind down with the day's ending topics, so you can feel rejuvenated for your hump day challenges. As for what's on tonight's platter, which of course we focus on the Best of R3 first, is an Android-based handset that's coming direct from a wireless carrier, the latest and greatest when it comes to virtual desktops for your iPad, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets reviewed. And then in the 'net, we've got new chips from Intel, an Iron Man 2 goodie that's great for all ages, a hoodie with a little bit of light, and finally one of the greatest looking eBooks we've ever seen. So let's not waste any more time, shall we?

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Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April

Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April

Remember the black version of the HTC Desire spotted on Amazon earlier this month?  At the time we wondered if it was just a copy and paste job from the HTC 2010 roadmap that we saw leaked earlier in the year, back when the smartphone was known as the HTC Bravo, but now it turns out the color variant will be getting a commercial release.  Orange UK spokesperson Connor Maples has tweeted that the carrier will have "an exclusive Black Edition" of the Desire from the end of April.

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Intel and Orange to collaborate for MeeGo devices

Intel and Orange to collaborate for MeeGo devices

Intel and Nokia unveiled their joint effort MeeGo platform in February as the result of a partnership between the two coming from each of the firms individual Moblin and Maemo offerings. Intel has announced today that it and Orange in the UK have agreed to partner to deliver devices to consumer using Meego.

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EU Commission clears T-Mobile, Orange UK merger

EU Commission clears T-Mobile, Orange UK merger

If you live in the UK and are a customer of Orange or T-Mobile changes might be coming. The EU Commission has approved the merger of the two companies. The merger reportedly has no negative impact on customers or each firm's overall business.

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Windows Phone 7 to “democritise” the smartphone; TV integration coming?

Windows Phone 7 to “democritise” the smartphone; TV integration coming?

Windows Phone 7 feels like its been a long time coming, and today Steve Ballmer took to the stage complete with some carrier partners to discuss the upcoming smartphone platform. Contrary to previous events, no hardware partners were on stage today - though HTC, LG, Toshiba and other OEMs were all named as developing Windows Phone 7 hardware - but AT&T and Orange were both named as key carrier partners.

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Orange deny Apple iSlate blunder: VP “taken out of context”

It comes as little surprise that Orange – or at least the carrier’s UK arm – are leaping all over today’s speculation that Orange France exec Stéphane Richard accidentally confirmed the Apple iSlate tablet on French radio.  According to a statement given to paidContent – and as SlashGear predicted – Richard’s comments were “taken out of context”, and in actual fact the VP was merely stating that yes, indeed, he was aware of the ongoing rumors.

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Orange France VP confirms Apple Tablet on-air?

Orange France VP confirms Apple Tablet on-air?

Securing a deal with Apple is the kind of thing any carrier executive would want to crow about, but we're still somewhat dubious about Orange France VP Stéphane Richard's apparent on-air confirmation of the Apple iSlate tablet. Interviewed by French radio station Europe1, Richard is asked about the persistent rumors that Apple will announce a webcam-enabled Tablet in a few days time, something to which he answers yes; he then - in one interpretation - goes on to confirm that Orange customers would benefit from such a device.

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AR iPhone 3GS app for Orange Israel [Video]

AR iPhone 3GS app for Orange Israel [Video]

Augmented reality has plenty of interesting applications for navigating unknown cities and spotting old friends among crowds, but it's also new enough to make for an entertaining gimmick.  To celebrate Orange Israel offering the iPhone 3GS, the carrier has worked with Ogmento to produce an AR iPhone app that shows a virtual iPhone on-screen whenever you point the iPhone's camera at a modified Orange logo.

Video demo after the cut

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Orange Tabbee web-tablet gets video hands-on

Orange Tabbee web-tablet gets video hands-on

While all eyes may be on the JooJoo/CrunchPad (and most editorial concentrating on skewering the home web-tablet segment) it's easy to forget that there are other devices out there, already on sale and offering just about everything the contentious slate promises.  One such example is the Orange Tabbee, announced back in April and on sale in France since June for €249 ($362).  Charbax caught up with the 7-inch tablet at LeWeb and shot some hands-on video.

Video demo after the cut

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Phones 4U offers exclusive white Nokia N97 Mini

Phones 4U offers exclusive white Nokia N97 Mini

We already know all there is to know about the new Nokia N97 Mini that went on sale a while back. As is common after a phone has been on the market for a while, the N97 Mini is now coming in a different color to woo new buyers to the device.

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French iPhone exclusivity broken after regulator decision

Apple and carrier Orange have announced that their exclusivity agreement in France has ended prematurely, after telecoms regulators decided the deal was “a new rigidity factor in a sector that already suffers from lack of competition.”  The news comes after a temporary injunction filed back in December 2008 – and later upheld in a review in February – following complaints from network rivals Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

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Orange iPhone 3GS data limitations looking draconian

Color us confused again.  While Orange claimed that in offering the iPhone 3GS in the UK in opposition to hitherto-exclusive rival O2 they’d “increase value” to buyers, some bizarre limitations in the terms & conditions have us wondering whether life really was better with O2.  As we pointed out earlier this week, Orange define “unlimited data” as 750MB; however there’s also a potentially more limiting cap on what streaming and IM services – such as internet radio and Facebook messaging – can be used.

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