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ABC, Facebook launch politics news/talk app

11/26, 4:35pm

Facebook ABC Politics App

Facebook and ABC News today said they were jointly launching the U.S. Politics application, a new tool for the former's site that should be one of the first direct collaborations between the press and a social networking page. The web-based feature is designed with the 2008 US presidential election in mind and is designed to let the Web 2.0 community get more involved with debates: in addition to passively reading blogs and photo diaries, app users can join debate groups and even offer opinions that will affect TV news coverage and candidate debates, ABC claims.

iPhone reception suffers on O2 network?

11/26, 4:05pm

iPhone O2 reception

Several iPhone users on Apple's discussion forums are reporting that they are having reception issues on the British O2 network, and that it appears to be the iPhone itself causing the problems. Some users are switching from an older handset to the iPhone, and noticing the drop in reception, whereas others are merely wandering around, watching the signal typically fluctuate between zero and three bars. Curiously, when the iPhone is attached to the charging dock, reception increases to five bars for those users. Some have exchanged their handsets - O2 has a 14-day exchange policy, according to some of the forum members - and the issue has dissipated.

Some developers getting early iPhone SDK?

11/26, 4:00pm

iPhone Early SDK

Exclusive Some developers are gaining early access to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch software developer kit, according to reliable sources speaking to Electronista. A handful of companies are said to be getting rough versions of the tools to help code more advanced applications than would be possible with the current web-only solution. Exact details of what the kit allows are unknown, though it is confirmed that it produces native programs and somewhat resembles Google's OpenSocial in that it mediates between the programmer and the iPhone operating system.

Xbox 360 update due Dec. 4, brings friend list views

11/26, 3:20pm

Xbox 360 Fall Update Info

The major fall update slated for the Xbox 360 now has a set release date and its first significant feature, Microsoft said today. The upgrade is now set to launch on December 4th and will incorporate Find Old Friends, a new service that will let users browse the friend lists of other gamers on the Xbox Live service. The addition follows in the footsteps of social networking sites and lets users reconnect with people they know without having to guess others' gamertags, the company says. Every feature available with the main friend list will carry over, such as friend and game invites as well as comparing game achievements.

Meizu iPhone copy to exhibit at CES?

11/26, 2:45pm

Meizu M8 at CES

Meizu's M8 (also known as the MiniOne) could be at least temporarily on display in the same country as the iPhone it copies, allege sources speaking to the Chinese mobile site CNMO. The reported insiders say the touchscreen phone will miss its late 2007 target but that it should see a formal introduction at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for mid-January, potentially representing the first public demonstration of a working model. The actual launch may occur just a month later, according to the report. The touchscreen is said to be refined and very close in functionality to that of the Apple device the company is attempting to duplicate. Just the software is believed to require the final polish before the release.

TAG Heuer prepping luxury cellphones

11/26, 2:10pm

TAG Heuer Cellphone

Watchmaker TAG Heuer today said it would team up with French design house Modelabs to produce its own series of cellphones, marking its entrance into the same field of fashion manufacturers turned phone designers as Armani and Prada. TAG Heuer does not provide full details but expects its handsets to be as "contemporary" and "technological" as its watches while also being "timeless," according to company chief Christophe Babin.

Standalone Guitar Hero III controllers due next year

11/26, 1:45pm

GH3 guitars due next year

Many gamers wanting to buy extra controllers for RedOctane's Guitar Hero III will have to wait until next year, the title's publisher has announced. Although the game was released for Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2/3 not far in advance of the crucial holiday season, Activision says that standalone wireless guitars for the game will not be ready until sometime in the beginning of 2008. This may severely hamper the appeal of the game on the Wii and PS3, as GH3 is the consoles' first Guitar Hero title, and thus they cannot use controllers from earlier games in the series.

Qualcomm, Nokia resume legal wars in Britain

11/26, 12:50pm

Qualcomm vs. Nokia in UK

The ongoing legal conflict between Qualcomm and Nokia has entered a new phase, Reuters reports. On Monday, the British High Court began hearing a case brought by the former company, which alleges that the latter violated two European patents relating to GSM phones: one for controlling power on radio links, and another for using intermittent reception to extend battery life. Should Qualcomm win the dispute, Nokia will be forbidden from selling phones with the technology to anywhere in Britain, severely harming its profits.

Dubai group takes massive stake in Sony

11/26, 12:10pm

Dubai group buys into Sony

A Dubai company has bought out a considerable portion of the electronics giant Sony, the Wall Street Journal reports. Dubai International Capital, owned by the emirate's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced an a an investment it will only describe as "substantial;" the amount is expected to be five percent or less however, as if it paid any more, DIC would have to declare the money for Japanese tax purposes. In total, therefore, the investment could come to as much as 277 billion yen ($2.6 billion).

Sony brings out Christmas Rolly, E010 Walkmen players

11/26, 11:20am

Sony Rolly Player Holiday

Sony on Monday sparked holiday sales with two versions of its more unique flash-based players. Both the dancing, programmable Rolly and the stick-sized E013 Walkman are receiving a special Christmas Package in Japan that preloads six familiar Christmas songs, including "Silent Night" and "White Christmas." The Rolly also receives special preset dance routines to match the music.

T-Mobile to launch US 3G in December with Euro bands?

11/26, 10:40am

T-Mobile US 3G in December

The American branch of T-Mobile may launch its overdue third-generation cellular Internet access in early December, claim those asking the company. One subscriber from the Kirkland, Washington area appears to have confirmed an announcement for 3G access in his area on December 6th or earlier, providing the first concrete date for the technology beyond T-Mobile's own late 2007 window. An official document was used to confirm the launch, according to the report. The apparent leak does not explain how much of T-Mobile's network would gain the advanced speeds or whether data rates will change.

Moto RIZR Z6c with CDMA, GSM surfaces at FCC

11/26, 10:10am

Moto RIZR Z6c at FCC

Motorola is producing a unique version of its RIZR Z6 slider that will be tailored to Americans traveling abroad, according to a new FCC filing. The Z6c will be aimed at Verizon customers and include not just a CDMA connection for calls and EVDO data but will also offer dual-band 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM. This allows a phone equipped with the right SIM card to connect to most Asian and European networks and also parts of North American networks like AT&T. This will allow travelers to connect at local rates or use pre-paid services.

TiVo service goes live in Canada

11/26, 9:35am

TiVo Live in Canada

TiVo today announced its long-awaited Canadian service, bringing an alternative to viewers in the country who prefer alternatives to the digital video recorder boxes provided by cable and satellite providers. Like the American version, Canadian TiVo lets users both pick when to record shows or to use season passes to subscribe to shows that are explicitly included in TiVo's electronic guide. The TiVoToGo feature for transferring video to portable players works in addition to the multi-room streaming feature, the company says.

Zune 2nd most popular in online Black Friday?

11/26, 9:10am

Zune Black Friday Sales

Microsoft's Zune series was beaten only by the core video game market in terms of online sales for the Black Friday weekend following Thanksgiving, say studies from multiple online retailers. PriceGrabber, Shopping.com, and auction site eBay all report the Zune occupying the second place position behind the Nintendo Wii and similarly high-profile consoles and their games. Most of this is split between the old Zune 30 and the newer Zune 80, according to the claims. Part of this is believed to be connected to the low cost and upgradability Zune 30, which has frequently been selling near half price at $100 but can also be upgraded to the same improved interface as the latest players.

Sony slim PSP hits 1m mark faster than launch model

11/26, 8:25am

Sony Slim PSP 1m Sales

Sony's recently introduced slim PSP has crossed the one million sales mark in Japan faster than the original, the company has revealed today. The new version, which is about 19 percent thinner and 33 percent lighter than the original, reached the figure in just two months after its September 20th release in its home country. The original launch system needed an additional two weeks for the same amount, Sony says. Figures for the North American version are unavailable, though it should also be faring well.

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