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Verizon handset leak
As the BlackBerry Storm and HTC Touch Diamond draw closer to a release with Verizon, the company's internal product training schedule was leaked Friday, hinting at likely release dates for the products. Engadget reveals that the list shows over a dozen seminars, including sessions for the Storm and Touch Diamond, showing a required completion date of November 2nd and December 3rd for the two devices, respectively. This presumably puts the release dates very soon afterwards.
Forums: new MacBook casing
Forum roundup: With the recent rumors of new MacBooks being constructed with aluminum instead of polycarbonate casings MacNN forum goers provide their thoughts and opinions. Forum goers discuss different ways of buying an iPhone without signing up for a contract in this thread stared by Grizzled Veteran ctt1wbw. One Fresh Faced Recruit is looking to make the switch from a PC to an iMac and finds advice from other members about the best RAM upgrade and storage solutions. An awkward warning message with instructions to restart is the topic of this thread. A forum goer looks for help after unplugging their external hard drive only to find that their iPhoto library was empty.
Apple Genius hiring docs
Details of Apple's hiring process and documents for Genius positions show tight control over employees, according to a leak on MacBlogz. Aviv Hadar applied for a Genius job online and was subsequently invited to the local store for an interview. After a half hour past the scheduled time, Hadar said the two managers "waltz in like they were Apple execs or something."
Houdah Software has released an update to its iPhone puzzle game, ACTSudoku 1.5. This release adds intelligent or educational hints and options to turn the automatic markers on or off, use short taps, or show markers as numbers. More Sodoku documentation has been included, and settings have been integrated into the application menus.
Universal music video site
Universal Music Group is planning on creating its own online music video hosting website that would include other content as well, as per a recent rumbling. The site would be similar in execution to NBC's Hulu video streaming site, and also include artist focused content and editorial, such as interviews and behind-the-scenes looks, and content from other labels and partners would also be welcome, the article says, quoting unnamed sources.
DealNN: Apple refurbs
Today's featured deals from DealNN include a variety of bargain-priced Apple gear. First up are two refurbished items from Apple's online store: the AirPort Express base station with AirTunes is only $69, marked down from $129, and the previous generation's 4GB iPod nano is available for $79.
Apple deals: 3G iPods
A variety of previous generation refurbished iPods are now available at Apple's online store. The 1GB iPod shuffle is the lowest priced at $39 in silver, blue, green or purple with the 2GB Shuffle a close second at $59 with silver, blue and green being the only remaining colors. Next up at $99 is the 8GB iPod nano in silver, blue, green, black or pink. The iPod classic has two color (black or silver) and memory configurations to chose from, 80GB for $169 and 160GB for $249. Last is the iPod touch in 8GB ($179), 16GB ($219), and 32GB ($319) configurations.
Nova intros gaming mouse
Nova Gaming on Friday announced it will unveil its Slider X 600 gaming mouse at E for All gaming expo in LA in October. The Slider X 600 has an uncommon side-mounted cable, uses ceramic feet and features a sensitivity of 3,200dpi. As expected, the Slider X 600 is customizable and will come with three mouse profiles, eight programmable buttons and five color options for its LED lighting.
MS Tellme for iPhone
Microsoft developers are working on a project that will bring its Tellme voice-activated search to the iPhone, according to CNET. The service allows users to vocalize their search terms, which are combined with GPS information to find the closest listings. Movie information, including showtime listings, can be retrieved through Fandango; sports, weather, driving and travel information represent some of the other focuses.
GSmart intros PDA phones
GigaByte Communications, maker of GSmart-branded handsets, on Thursday introduced a pair of identical looking cellphones, the MW702 and MS802 smartphones. The pair will first launch in Hungary, with the MW702 available on Friday, and will offer the company's advanced Smart Touch II user interface to control the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. Targeted at business users, the phones will include a GPS module that will allow geotagging of photos taken by their 3-megapixel camera and sending out messages that contain position information.
LG intros light netbook
South Korea's LG introduced the Xnote Mini netbook on Friday, claiming that at 2.6lbs, it is the lightest netbook from a South Korean manufacturer. Apart from the distinction, the 10-inch netbook features an Intel Atom processor rated at 1.6GHz, along with a 160GB HDD. RAM should be fixed at 1GB, while Wi-Fi and 3G access will be part of the specs. Previously unveiled as the X110, the netbook is meant to appeal to women who do not want to lug around heavy computers.
Canada to ban spam fees
Two of Canada's biggest telephone companies, Bell Canada Enterprises and Telus Corp., have began charging their customers for incoming unsolicited text messages on their cellphones, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is passing legislation to end what he calls an unfair practice, says a Thursday report. Harper would allow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to block unfair charges and the telecommunications act would be amended to include a code of conduct for wireless services.
Brooklyn Apple Store?
Apple is looking at taking over a thrift shop in order to set up a dedicated Brooklyn retail store, claims Gothamist. Anonymous source say the company has already bought a building at 176 Bedford Avenue, on the corner of North 7th Street; the location is not empty and up for lease, as is usually the case with Apple's acquisitions, but presently occupied by the Salvation Army. The church may be looking to sell however, as earlier rumors suggested the building could become a McDonald's restaurant.
KDDI intros au BOX set-top
To further its fixed mobile broadcasting convergence that combines a fixed phone, mobile phone and broadband service, KDDI will demonstrate its new au BOX at the CEATEC show in Japan that kicks off on September 30. The set-top box will allow users to download music and video content from the Internet to enjoy on their cellphones or TVs without the need for a PC. It will be launched in conjunction with Japan's Okinawa Cellular Telephone Co. and be offered on a rental basis with a subscription to users.
Needham on RIM vs Apple
Needham and Company contributed to a steep decline in Research in Motion's share price today by warning investors that the BlackBerry creator is likely going to perform below expectations in the near future. Analyst Craig Bisagna notes that while RIM is secure in its business sales, Needham sees the company's dismissive attitude towards competitors in a financial conference call Thursday as overly optimistic and unrealistic.
OnScreen DNA price cut
OnScreen Science has announced that OnScreen DNA will now be sold at a $30 price reduction. OnScreen DNA is designed to make the structure and workings of DNA accessible to students; this includes details which may be difficult to find in two-dimensional animations commonly found on the Internet. The software uses a 3D model to demonstrate DNA, including its double-helix geometry, as well as chemical components and bonds.
FlashVideo Converter 2
Macvide has released FlashVideo Converter 2.0, the latest version of its Flash to video format conversion utility. Users can convert movies to MP4 files for viewing on an iPod, or record Flash games while they are being played. SWF or FLV files can also be converted to 3GP or 3G2 formats for use on other mobile devices.
New XChange XTensions
XChange International has updated two of its XTensions, ProScale and Xcatalog, which now function with QuarkXPress 8. ProScale gives users the ability to resize items, groups or documents with a single click. ProScale is also able to resize items non-proportionally, without distorting the elements within a selection. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $74, while new licenses can be purchased for $124.
AMD Radeon HD 4830
A set of presentation slides have leaked today at VR-Zone that indicate AMD is developing a new video chipset to outperform NVIDIA's mid-range offerings at a budget price. The Radeon HD 4830 would sit just below the 4850 by keeping the 256-bit memory bus but carrying 640 stream (effect and geometry) processors versus the 800 of faster Radeon HD cards. It would also carry slightly slower GDDR3 graphics memory in place of GDDR4 or GDDR5.
Pear Note 1.0 launches
Useful Fruit Software has released Pear Note 1.0, a new note-taking application for the Mac that can record audio and video while the user is taking notes, for immersive recall. Pear Note also supports searching notes for quick location of information, utilizing Apple's Spotlight. The software records all activities during a session, audio and video, user actions, keystrokes and slide changes, all on a timeline that can be replayed, and supports jumping to a specific point.
Terminal Server upgraded
Aqua Connect has announced Aqua Connect Terminal Server 3.0, adding Leopard compatibility and Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) support. Licensed and implemented RDP support is a first on the Mac platform, according to Aqua Connect, and the Leopard support includes new functionality such as auditing user sessions, prioritizing CPU usage, and session shadowing.
iPhone out in South Africa
The iPhone 3G is now officially on sale in South Africa. As announced, the phone is being carried there through Vodacom (Vodafone), which is selling 8 and 16GB phones at prices starting from R1,799 and R2,899, respectively. These prices apply only to the iPhone 500S package however, and increase if people choose a cheaper contract option. All contracts last two years.
BenQ debuts S6 MID
BenQ has launched a new mobile Internet device (MID), according to reports out of Italy. The S6 is based on Intel's mobile Atom processor, and uses a 4.8-inch touchscreen for navigating a PlayStation 3-like menu system. Although music, photos and videos are said to be important functions, the focus is of course on Internet access, which can be delivered through either Wi-Fi or 3G cellular connections. Users can view both e-mail and a web browser.
iPhone battery suit nixed
An Illinois district judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple without trial, according to Bloomberg. The plaintiff, Jose Trujillo, initially filed suit against Apple in July of 2007, accusing the company of consumer fraud. Apple did not properly inform the public of the limited life on iPhone batteries, Trujillo said, or the $86 charge in case a replacement is needed. Trujillo sought to gain class-action status; Apple eventually had the suit moved from state to federal court.
Palm Ships Treo Pro
Palm today officially began shipping the Treo Pro to its American audience. The Windows Mobile phone matches up with specs from the initial launch and is considered Palm's first true world 3G phone, with tri-band HSDPA covering service on AT&T and Rogers in North America as well as European, Japanese and Korean carriers. It also carries GPS mapping, Wi-Fi networking and a two-megapixel camera.
Sony Ericsson 5MP handset
A couple of fuzzy photos and unofficial information was leaked about an upcoming Sony Ericsson handset on Thursday. Codenamed Kate, the cellphone sports a 5-megapixel camera in a candybar body that is slightly larger than the C902 in Sony Ericsson's range, which also sports a 5MP camera. Some believe Kate is the replacement for the K850i, yet another 5MP phone in the handset maker's line-up. The camera will sport autofocus, Xenon flash and Smile Shutter (face detection) features.
China Mobile Android
National carrier China Mobile on Friday is one of the next in line to get an Android phone after T-Mobile, industry contacts allegedly report. The state-run company is part of the Open Handset Alliance and has already committed to the concept of an Android phone but is now reportedly confirming a past slip by narrowing down its Android launch to a specific spring 2009 release window. The unnamed handset would be made by G1 creator HTC but is said to have been delayed by the creation of China-specific apps for Android.
WebKit gets perfect score
LG Prada II November Leak
LG's Prada II touchscreen media phone already has largely fixed launch plans, a tip to Pocket-lint asserts. Official statements from LG have so far only slated an update for the fall, but an alleged insider now says the touchscreen device will ship in November and that Europe will be the first to pick up the Prada sequel, as it did for the original phone in spring 2007.
O2 denies MacBook rumors
UK telecom company O2 has denied rumors of a special MacBook bundle, according to a new report. An industry magazine, Mobile, had suggested that the company wanted to exploit its partnership with Apple, which originated with the first-generation iPhone. O2 was allegedly in discussions to begin selling MacBooks bundled with some form of Internet access, whether fixed or cellular; the notebooks would be cheaper than Apple's own, but only because of subsidies on O2's part.
Pink ribbon DS Lite
In an effort to show its support for breast cancer research and promote awareness, Nintendo has launched a limited edition DS Lite portable gaming console in polar white with a pink ribbon. The console is available for purchase on Amazon's online store, and Nintendo pledges that $5 from the sale of every limited edition Pink Ribbon DS Lite will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity, and guaranteed a minimum donation of $100,000 even if it doesn't sell the 20,000 DS Lites or otherwise raise the minimum amount.
iPhone production slashed?
Apple has slashed the number of iPhones it plans to build before the end of the year, claims the analyst group Pacific Crest. While it had been expected that some 18 million phones would be made, Crest cites "supply chain channel checks" which indicate that Apple is ordering only 14 to 15 million units. If accurate, the move is not expected to hurt Apple, but rather its suppliers.
Samsung M8800 Russia
In addition to the just-introduced Haptic 2, Samsung has introduced a second touchscreen phone already examined by Russian site Mail.ru. The M8800 Pixon is the first known touchscreen cellphone to carry an eight-megapixel camera and carries extra photography features normally reserved for dedicated cameras, including blink and face detection, a wide dynamic color range and image stabilization. Video capture is also sharper than most at a roughly DVD-level 720x480 at full speed.
EU Universal Broadband
The European Commission today outlined a goal for all European Union member states to have access to high-speed Internet access by 2010. Calling broadband an "essential condition" for a good economy, Commissioner Viviane Reding likens fast Internet access to a basic utility and explains that certain countries are at an inherent disadvantage due to the absence of at least some form of broadband coverage in some areas. Only 40 percent of Romanians have the option of access faster than dial-up, the official mentions in one example.
Russian iPhone on Oct. 3rd
The iPhone should go on sale in Russia October 3rd, Reuters reports. Nadezhda Senyuk, a PR director for Russia's Tekhnosila retail chain, explains that several retailers should begin selling the iPhone overnight between October 2nd and 3rd. Two other retailers, Eldorado and M.video, have confirmed Senyuk's statements by issuing separate announcements of an October 3rd sell date. Eldorado says it expects total iPhone sales in the country to reach 150,000 for 2008, out of which Eldorado hopes to claim 15,000.
Samsung AnyCall Haptic 2
Samsung on Friday stepped up its efforts to lead touchscreen phones with the launch of the AnyCall Haptic 2, the second generation of its device in one year to rely on its namesake vibration feedback technology to simulate physical button presses on its screen. The quick follow-up to the March original is distinguished by its customization: users can personalize the vibrate mode and have access to more than three times the number of widgets on the home screen for quick access to weather and other info.
Nokia 5800 Due Oct 2
Nokia's defining 5800 XpressMusic is due at a previously rumored October 2nd special event, claim sources for Reuters. The news outlet points to the media gathering, most likely also to include Nokia's already discussed Comes With Music plans, as the starting point for the company's first ever touchscreen phone. The device has been nicknamed the "Tube" and is widely known to be pitched as a non-smartphone but high-spec alternative to handsets like the iPhone, with a sharper 640x360 display and 3.2-megapixel camera countered by the lack of large built-in storage and reduced support for third-party apps.
iPhone at Future Shop
Canadian retailer Future Shop has announced it will be selling the iPhone starting in October. Customers will be able to purchase the phone at fifteen different locations initially. The phone will still be on the Rogers network, where it has previously been available directly, or at The Telephone Booth and Wireless Wave stores.
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