There’s an unsubstantiated rumor floating around that the Nokia C7, Finland’s second Symbian^3 device to start shipping , the first being the N8, has NFC capabilities built in , but due to being rushed to market the software written to support said internal hardware wasn’t included. In the future however Nokia will issue a software upgrade that will make the C7 one of the first mass market devices with near field communication built in. Now if this is true, and it may just be a PR snafu, then I’ve got to wonder what the hell Nokia was thinking. Symbian^3 was supposed to have NFC built in right from the start, but typical Nokia processes and bureaucracy meant schedules slipped and the awesome long awaited feature was pushed back to Symbian^4. Earlier this year Anssi Vanjoki himself, the guy who practically invented what Nokia is today and decided to leave the company after he wasn’t made CEO, was quoted as saying that all smartphones coming out of Nokia in 2011 will have NFC .
In case a liveblog and a never-ending stream of Windows Phones weren’t enough for you yesterday, here’s a chance to relive Microsoft’s launch presentation of its grand OS redesign. It’s kicked off by the big dog himself, Steve Ballmer, followed by Ralph de la Vega and Joe Belfiore giving us the lowdown on carrier pricing and new features. It’s good, we promise
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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 keynote video now available to watch… again and again
Of late there have been many rumours which point in the direction of Apple launching a new CDMA iPhone early next year, most presuming it will be the much talked about and rumoured Verizon iPhone; however apparently a new report adds yet another twist to the rumours. According to an article over on Intomobile by Kelly Hodgkins, this latest report by way of Techcrunch says that Apple’s next-gen iPhone and the Verizon iPhone will not support Verizon’s LTE 4G network but rather the iPhone 5 will be dual-mode GSM/CDMA. Apparently the author of the report suggests that Apple isn’t interested in making an LTE capable iPhone due to the technology being young and emerging, and thus will forego LTE 4G in favour of the more reliable GSM, EV-DO and HSDPA tech. The author also suggests that Apple will not tarnish their reputation by being the guinea-pig for LTE.
Samsung Focus officially heading to AT&T. For AT&T customer, this is a big news to begin with but they won’t have to wait long to get their hands on the handset. The device will be available at your AT&T retail stores on November 8th. The Samsung Focus has a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5.0 megapixel, and has a microSD expansion slot for up to 16GB. The Samsung Focus is the official name AT&T’s Samsung Omnia 7.
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Samsung Focus (Omnia 7) Heading To AT&T On November 8th
TechCrunch is reporting that Apple is going to skip adding the latest in mobile technology, 4G (LTE) networks, for its annual iPhone refresh next summer in favor of a GSM/CDMA dual-mode iPhone. Originally posted at iPhone Atlas
Rumor: Apple to produce GSM/CDMA dual-mode iPhone for 2011
Uh, well not really. But if you want a hard drive that LOOKS like a Nintendo Wii, have I got something for you. The guys over at schlock-shop DealExtreme have gotten their hands on these hard drive enclosures that look like a miniature black Wii. It’s actually called W!! (which looks a whole lot like Wii with the ‘i’s upsidedown.) It’ll house any 2.5″ SATA hard drive, and provides a USB 2.0 interface for connecting your drive to your PC, Mac or Linux machine.
wii finally gets a hard drive (sorta, kinda)
It’s a bit amazing we haven’t seen more iterations of the iPhone bumpers with power packs built in. I guess the primary reason would be the bulkiness added, but once company doesn’t care and that’s Energizer. Energizer introduced their AP1201 battery pack earlier this month for the iPhone 4. It’s a iPhone 4 specific bumper which includes a built in batter pack. The battery inside the silicon bumper is made of their patented lithium polymer battery technology. The power pack adds another 200 extra hours of standby time, 27 extra hours of music time, 7 extra hours of video time, or 5 extra hours of talk time on 3G networks. It’s hard to tell from the picture how much bigger it makes your device, but the video after the jump gives you a real world comparison. (more…) Powered By: 2010 USB Powered Gadgets and more..
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iPhone 4 Battery Bumper
When I think of multi-function pens, I think of pens that have multiple ink colors and a mechanical pencil. I think of a pen with a flashlight or a stylus inside. I’ve never thought of a pen whose fifth function is to protect me from germs. This retractable ballpoint pen, from PM Company, LLC , has a cushioned grip, and writes in red, green, blue, and black acid-free ink. The PM Preventa offers antimicrobial protection with built-in AgION technology. You can purchase these pens from Discount Office Items for $1.69 each. Cold and flu season is coming – better stock … [ visit site to read more ] Filed in categories: Gear , News , Spotlight Gadgets Tagged: Antimicrobial , Multi-function pen PM Preventa Antimicrobial Four-Color Multi-Function Pen originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on October 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm.
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PM Preventa Antimicrobial Four-Color Multi-Function Pen
We told you a few weeks ago about Scottevest’s ad rejection by Delta . Of course, Delta is far from the only airline with restrictive baggage fees. It seems like every company has extra charges for heavier bags, less room for carry-ons, etc. So what do you do if you’re a voracious reader? John Naughton of the Guardian UK stumbled on this particular issue
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Yet Another Reason To Switch to eBooks: Airline Fees!
You Americans may not have a clue what Lovefilm means to Britons, but in short, it’s Netflix for the other side of the pond. To that end, we imagine quite a few UKers are giddy over a video that has since been pulled from Sony’s YouTube channel. We’ve embedded it after the break in case it revives itself in some magical, mystical fashion, but Everything PlayStation managed to grab the copy from underneath while it was still alive. It’s bruited that Lovefilm streaming will be coming to UK-based PS3 owners sometime this autumn, with a wealth of search options available and free trials promised for those who’ve yet to buy into the outfit’s services. We’re hoping to hear more from Sony (or Lovefilm) in short order, but for now, we’d encourage you to cross every finger you have that a dedicated disc won’t be required for everything to work
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Lovefilm looks to be headed to UK PlayStation 3 consoles
HTML5 promises a whole new realm of what’s possible both Online and especially in mobile, but experts are growing weary of the technology from a privacy point-of-view. In a New York Times article published over the weekend, numerous experts from all facets of the ecosystem gave their thoughts on what HTML5 will mean for the average consumer. The concern stems from the fact that the new Web language and its additional features present more tracking opportunities because the technology uses a process in which large amounts of data can be collected and stored on the user’s hard drive while online.
HTC is the handset maker that announced the highest number of Windows Phone 7 devices today: 5. Alongside the HTC Surround for AT&T and the HTC HD7 for T-Mobile , the Taiwanese carrier has also unveiled the HTC 7 Mozart , HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Pro. All WP7 handsets from HTC feature HTC Hub, which includes unique applications and “complements the Windows Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience.” The HTC 7 Trophy (pictured below) comes with a 3.8 inch WVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, SRS WOW HD audio technology, 5MP autofocus camera, HD video recording, 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM, and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The HTC 7 Mozart (seen below) is made out of a single piece of anodized aluminum and offers a 3.7 inch WVGA display and an 8MP autofocus camera with Xenon flash. Its other features are similar to the ones of the Trophy.
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Windows Phone 7: HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Mozart and HTC 7 Pro (for Sprint) announced
I use an iPhone, but I am not a huge fan of Apple’s computers. I prefer Windows, but I will admit to being jealous of the cool MagSafe connector that MacBooks have. I have snagged my deckchair on the cord to my notebook before and ripped the thing off the desk damaging it in the process, so I can appreciate a breakaway cable
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apple patent hints at magsafe connector for iphone and ipad
Remember the scene (that I so lovingly screencapped) from Willy Wonka where Wonka shows those ungrateful little turds the gum that has a three-course meal packed inside ? Well apparently a non-nutritive version of the gum is on it’s way. Damn girl, your breath be kickin’. *sniff* IS THAT ROAST BEEF?! Researchers have developed a technology that allows different flavours to be captured inside microscopic capsules, which can be designed to release the flavours at different times. Some of the capsules could be filled with flavouring for tomato soup that would break open on contact with saliva, while tougher capsules would contain the flavour for roast beef that would break open as the gum is chewed
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Willy Wonka ’3-Course Meal’ Gum A Reality?
As announced a bit earlier, AT&T will launch three Windows Phone 7 handsets in the US: HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum. All devices come with WVGA capacitive touchscreen displays, 5MP cameras, 1GHz processors, and the AT&T U-verse Mobile app, which lets “users download and watch hit shows on their smartphone.” Available at AT&T starting November 8, the Samsung Focus (previously seen as Samsung Cetus ) is a 9.9mm thin touch-only handset that features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. It will be available for $199.99 on contract. Next, the HTC Surround is the T8788 first seen back in August. It’s “the first smartphone to include integrated Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound speakers” (the slide-out speakers are made by Yamaha), also coming with 16GB of internal memory
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Windows Phone 7: AT&T’s HTC Surround, Samsung Focus and LG Quantum detailed
850/900/1800/1900 MHz – Quad-Band for best coverage • Personalize with Music Tone ringtones, downloadable games and graphics Instant message with AOL and, Yahoo • Bluetooth capable and integrated speakerphone for a truly hands-free conversation • VGA camera to capture those special moments as they happen Product Description The Samsung c417 is a great entry level device that includes Bluetooth technology and an integrated VGA camera. This device is perfect for those who are looking for a multimedia capable device with advanced voice capabilities like Bluetooth and Speakerphone at a great price.
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Samsung C417 Phone
Microsoft is rumoured to be closing its in-game advertising division Massive that it purchased for an estimated $200-$400 million back in 2006. Apparently in-game advertising is not as lucrative as the advertising spaces in Microsoft’s Xbox Live that every gamers has to se and login to and reaches 25 million users globally.
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Microsoft Closing In-Game Advertising Division Massive
Those of us who have learning disabled kids know that one of the most effective ways to help kids learn is what the experts (and my Sami) call “a multi-sensory approach”. The folks at Motion Math have clearly taken that to heart with their eponymous new product: Motion Math creates movement-based learning games that give learners an intuitive sense of math
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Motion Math iPhone Game Makes Math Physical
We’re used to thinking of the developing world as a place where we dump our second-hand technology. Old mobiles, cheap laptops and bashed-up computers – Asia, Latin America and Africa get the specced-down cast-offs of what we use in the…
By David Ponce It’s making-fun-of-audiophiles-time again! We never cease to be amused by what passes as acceptable marketing material when trying to justify astronomic price tags of some high end audio equipment. Take these $2,750 Edition 10 headphones from Ultrasone: [They feature] open-back ear cups with galvanic Ruthenium plating and a Zebrano wood inlay, Ethiopian sheepskin leather ear cup pads, Titanium-plated 40mm drivers, silver-plated OFC 99.99% pure copper wires with Kevlar casing, S-Logic Plus technology… We actually reviewed a set of Ultrasone headphones way back in 2006 and found them to be a little meh. Then again, they were only a $150 model and certainly didn’t have any of that douchetastic look to them, so perhaps are different? Full press release and links after the break.
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Ultrasone Edition 10 $2,750 Headphones
Line2 got a lot of buzz from David Pogue, New York Times technology guru and hardcore iPhone user, as well as Entrepreneur, Mashable and others. So why does everyone think this VOIP app is so amazing? Alex decides to check it out. (For more on how Line2 and how it compares to, say, Google Voice, scroll down below the vid.) So how does Line2 compare with Google Voice? It’s very similar, but there are some key differences
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TiP iPhone App Review: Line2