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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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