Upcoming Verizon lineup revealed

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Sep 302007
 

Verizon is getting ready to unveil some new devices. The Verizon teaser site does not reveal much but Engadget Mobile has found out that the mysterious devices are the new Samsung Juke, BlackBerry Pearl 2, LG Venus and LG Voyager.

The Samsung Juke is in fact the U470, a very narrow music phone which promises 2GB of storage, A2DP Bluetooth and a 1.3MP camera, a 220 x 128 display, and a microSD slot.

The BlackBerry Pearl 2 will feature updates such as a 2MP camera, A2DP and a 3.5mm audio jack (and possibly GPS if earlier rumours are true) over the original.

The LG Venus is the LG VX8800 slider featuring miniSD expansion, A2DP, a 2MP camera and some touchscreen features (including the intriguing vibration feedback).

The LG Voyager, also known as the VX10000 is described as the beast. It will feature a large external touchscreen and will open sideways to reveal a second screen as well as a QWERTY keyboard.

We will find out more very soon as the countdown indicates that we’re less than 3 days away from the unveiling.

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HomePub: The beer dispensing fridge

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Sep 302007
 

Asko HomePub

I can’t quite see the usefulness of a fridge that makes ice cubes but a fridge that serves beer, that is a whole different matter. The ASKO HomePub fridge features a tap system built into the door for easy beer dispensing. Brilliant!

It comes with a special shelf for a 5-litre beer keg and a box for the beer keg/CO2 cartridge. Don’t worry, it also comes with plenty of room for food with a 301 litre net volume (split 218 litres for the fridge and 83 litres for the freezer). All for just over US$1000.

I’m very thirsty all of a sudden…

Source: Coolest Gadgets

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Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile 6 upgrade now available

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Sep 302007
 

Back in May, Samsung indicated that the SGH-i600 would receive a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade. It took a while but the upgrade is now available for Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and other European countries. Versions for Austria and Italy are still not available.

You will need your serial number to download the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade.

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SecuBox encryption for your Pocket PC updated

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Sep 302007
 

SecuBox

Aiko Solutions has released an update to their SecuBox application, its data protection software for Windows Mobile PDAs. SecuBox provides a secure and convenient storage for all important and business critical files, including Pocket Word, Excel documents and all other types of files. Data written to this storage are transparently encrypted with strong AES 256-bit encryption. In case Windows Mobile device or SD card is lost or stolen, SecuBox users can be sure no one reads their sensitive information.

Version 1.3 adds features like file erasing that is compliant with US DoD 5220.22-M specifications, the ability to run SecuBox automatically on startup or after a soft reset, support for Smartphones, and a number of bug fixes.

SecuBox 1.3 for Pocket PC devices is available for US$39.95 from our affiliate Clickapps. The Smartphone version is available directly from Aiko Solutions. Trial versions is also available.

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HTC S730 Wings revealed in pictures

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Sep 292007
 

Days before it is expected to be formally announced by HTC, pictures of the HTC S730 (codename Wings) Smartphone have surfaced at Superior Gadget News, the same site that posted pictures of the HTC Touch Slide earlier this week.

Not much new information though except that the HTC S730 is fast and features better keypad and way better keyboard and strong Bluetooth. Users of VOX will find this unit as a great upgrade.

So, who is behind this new site? None other than the folks who run Superior Gadgets. I just want to know if they already have the HTC S730 and HTC Touch Slide ready to ship as soon as they are announced…

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North American version of Nokia N95 now available

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Sep 292007
 

Nokia N95

Nokia has finally released the North American version of its N95. The first version to land in the US only supported European 3G frequencies, forcing users to connect using EDGE.

The new N95-3 comes with the 850 and 1900MHz HSDPA bands as well as a higher-capacity battery, increased RAM (to 124MB) and a recessed camera lens for its 5MP camera. It is available in black or tan. Unlike the 8GB version unveiled earlier, it will not come with 8GB of Flash memory or the larger 2.8-inch display.

The Nokia N95-3 will only be available through Nokia on its web site or its flagship stores in Chicago and New York for US$699.

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HTC Shift to begin shipping in early November?

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Sep 292007
 

HTC Shift

We expect that HTC will formally unveil the HTC Shift at its events next week. Further evidence that we are close to a shipment date comes to us courtesy of Expansys. Their UK store now has it listed with an availability date of November 6th.

The HTC Shift will run Windows Vista Business and will come with a 800MHz Intel processor and a Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset, 1GB RAM, a 7-inch widescreen display (1024×768 resolution) that slides and tilts out to sit above the keyboard, a 40GB hard drive (a 60GB option is also available), quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a biometric finger scanner, a VGA camera for video conferencing, and an SD card slot.

THe HTC Shift will be available for £909.95. The US store shows it at US$1,559.95 (but without an availability date).

Source: UMPC Portal

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More info on upcoming HTC event and on the HTC Kii (Updated)

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Sep 282007
 

HTC

Thanks to MoDaCO, a few more details have been revealed about the HTC events scheduled for next week.

It is likely that at least one of the devices that will be unveiled will the HTC Nike which improves upon the HTC Touch by adding a slide-out keyboard (very similar to the RIM SureType-type keyboard) and 3G connectivity. Pictures of the HTC Nike have been leaked, courtesy of a completely new site. This site also suggests that the HTC Nike will be known as the HTC Touch Slide when it hits the street.

MoDaCo also reports that two other devices will be unveiled but there is no word on what these will be (although the Omni may not be one of them).

Meanwhile, The Boy Genius reports that the Kii is none other than the HTC Juno which will go by the name T-Mobile Shadow when it hits the street. Our informant explained to us that “Kii” was found on the back of the battery cover. HTC Kii is the HTC Juno. So, what is the HTC Phoebus then? Perhaps a CDMA variant?

In terms of specs, the HTC Juno/T-Mobile Juno will be powered by a 201MHz processor and will come with 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, a QVGA display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a slide-out 20-key keyboard (hints of RIM SureType again). It will be available in brown or sage green apparently.

Update: MoDaCo has apparently gotten new information on the two other devices that will be unveiled by HTC next week. They are apparently the HTC S730 (Wings) smartphone and the late formal announcement of the HTC Shift.

Apple releases iPhone 1.1.1 update

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Sep 282007
 

Apple iPhone

Apple has released its latest update for the iPhone. It addresses a number of security bugs and adds a number of enhancements, including the following:

  • iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
  • Louder speakerphone and receiver volume
  • Home Button double click to phone favorites or music controls
  • Mail attachments are viewable in portrait and landscape
  • Space bar double-tap shortcut to intelligently insert period and space
  • Support for TV Out
  • Preference to turn off EDGE/GPRS when roaming internationally

If you hacked your iPhone, Apple warns that this update could result in “your iPhone becoming permanently inoperable”. A number of reports on the web suggest that this is more than an idle threat.

To update your iPhone, you will need to sync it with iTunes.

Weekend fun: Invasion

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Sep 282007
 

Invasion

Twenty years ago terror stalked the skies whilst below, humanity cowered in fear. No, we are not talking about ‘pouffy’ hairstyles, shoulder pads and men wearing mascara. We are talking about Space Invaders. We thought we had won. We thought they were beaten. Guess what? We were wrong. In the summer of 2007, scientists detected new and strange signals coming from behind the moon. Some laughed, some cried, most ignored … until it started. These aren’t your parent’s invaders though. Blocky pixels, the ‘march of death’ and stupid ‘Mep Maw’ noises are out of the window. These guys have smartened up. More attack patterns than a Kung Fu master, better looking than a bus full of supermodels and with more tricks up their sleeves than a Vegas magic show, these guys are back and they intend to do the business – in style.

And that’s just the description for this new take on an old classic! The game features multiple alien crafts, each with their own particular weapons, moves and intelligent behaviour, super weapons, unlimited levels, rankings by score and progress and the mother of all motherships.

Invasion is available for US$14.95 from our affiliate Clickgamer.

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Palm announces Centro

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Sep 272007
 

Palm Centro

Palm formally announced the Centro, the “world’s smallest Palm device”, today at the DigitalLife show. It had first been revealed at a Sprint media event in August. With voice, text, IM, email, web, contact and calendar capabilities, a full-color touch screen and full keyboard, Centro brings Palm simplicity and organization to customers who want to stay connected with co-workers, friends and family. As expected, Sprint has a 90 day exclusive for now and has launched a web site dedicated to it.

The Centro is powered by the PalmOS. It comes with a QWERTY keyboard, EV-DO connectivity, 64MB available user storage, a 320 x 320 display, a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth 1.2, and a microSD slot (supporting cards up to 4GB). It will be available in Ruby or Onyx colours.

The Centro will go on sale on October 14th for US$99 with a two-year service contract.

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The HP iPAQ 912 in pictures

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Sep 272007
 

HP iPAQ 900 Business Messenger

After showing off pictures of the upcoming HP iPAQ 312 Travel Companion, the AVING News Network now has some pictures of the iPAQ 912 Business Messenger. They will give you a good sense of the size of the iPAQ 912.

Also included is a picture of the specs: 520MHz Marvell processor, Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, integrated GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 2.46-inch QVGA display, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, QWERTY keyboard and scroll wheel, 3MP camera, and a microSD slot.

The iPAQ 912 will measure 113 x 64 16mm and weigh 146 grams.

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What is the HTC Phoebus? (Updated)

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Sep 272007
 

HTC

The FCC has given approval to a yet-unknown HTC device, the Phoebus.

Due to confidentiality requests, details are slim but the FCC documentation available shows that it supports quad-band GSM, 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth. the only pictures available are the Label Sample Location diagrams that show where the FCC sticker will go on the device’s back.

Perhaps we will find out more about the HTC Phoebus at the upcoming HTC events next week.

Source: Unwired View

Update: Sharper eyes have noticed that the HTC Phoebus is none other than the Dopod C750 revealed yesterday. Which in turn looks very much like the Juno which will be carried by T-Mobile, hence requiring FCC approval.

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ASUS announces P527 PDA phone

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Sep 272007
 

ASUS P527

ASUS has announced the P527 PDA phone during a tradeshow in Thailand. Likely to succeed the P526, it features a similar candybar form factor.

Fortunately, French site Mobinaute has more details on the specs of the P527. Powered by a 200MHz TI OMAP processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional, it will come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a QVGA display, 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, integrated GPS (SiRFStar III chipset), Wi-Fi (b/g presumably), Bluetooth 2.0, an FM tuner and a microSD slot. It will come bundled with GPS Destinator version 6.

The P527 will land in a number of European countries in October. Pricing information has not been disclosed yet.

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Apple Newton PDA making a comeback?

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Sep 262007
 

Artist rendition of rumoured Apple PDA

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is at work on a modern day version of its Newton MessagePad. Apple expressed interest in a new PDA-type device as far back as 2004. But if AppleInsider is right, it sounds like Apple is getting down to business now that the iPhone is well and truly launched. Apparently, a small team of engineers have been working on it for the last 18 months when they were not pulled off the project to work on the iPhone.

The new PDA or UMPC-like device, should it see the light, would likely use multi-touch technology and build on current functionality to add features like drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste. It is described by sources as being a slate-type design about one and a half time larger than the iPhone. The display, running at a resolution of 780×480, covers most of the front surface. It will run an embedded version of the Mac OS X operating system like the iPhone and iPod touch do today.

It could appear as early as mid-2008 and could be the ‘One more thing’ surprise at the upcoming MacWorld keynote address by Steve Jobs.

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