Opera Mobile 9.5 lands on HTC Touch Diamond

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May 242008

HTC Touch Diamond

Opera announced that its new Opera Mobile 9.5 browser will be installed on the upcoming HTC Touch Diamond.

The HTC-specific version of Opera Mobile 9.5 introduces a new intuitive user interface (UI) and includes numerous innovative features that elevate the Internet experience on a phone. Page viewing and panning allows users to scan and navigate pages quickly while Opera Zoom enables users to dive into the page and get closer to the content they want. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the Web page view from a portrait to landscape view.

Among the other features of Opera 9.5 are:

  • Tabbed browsing
  • Improved text wrap
  • Landscape mode
  • Call phone number directly from Web page
  • History and bookmarks
  • Copy text

The HTC Touch Diamond will be released in Europe in June. Lat this quarter, it will become available in Asia and the Middle East. Latin and North America will have to wait until the second half of the year.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 to come in two variants

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May 232008

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

A recently published white paper on the upcoming Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reveals that there will be two variants of the X1. The difference will be in the bands covered by the two devices. Aimed at North America, the X1a will come with quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) UMTS/HSPA connectivity. The rest of the world will get the X1c with quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and tri-band (900/1900/2100MHz) UMTS/HSPA connectivity instead.

Interestingly, the U.S. Sony Ericsson web site still lists the 1700MHz band for the X1. Could there a X1b variant also be lurking somewhere (For T-Mobile?)? Or will it get dropped by the time the X1 hits the street?

Sony Ericsson also claims that the X1 will be capable of 10 hours of GSM or 6.5 hours of 3G talk time.

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Microsoft Zune available for pre-order in Canada

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May 232008

Microsoft Zune

The Microsoft Zune makes its debut in Canada on June 13th. If you would prefer to order online rather than going to a store, you can now pre-order your Zune from The Source.

The Source will offer all the models announced. The 4GB and 8GB flash models will come in red, black and pink while the hard drive-based 80GB model will come in either black or red. Prices are set at CAD$139.99 and $189.99 for the flash-based models and CAD$249.99 for the 80GB Zune.

All show that they are expected to ship by June 13, 2008.

Source: Engadget

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Samsung to update Q1 UMPC in early 2009

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May 222008

Samsung Q1 Ultra

In an interview with TechRadar, Jeongseon Euh, Principal R&D Engineer in Samsung’s Computer Systems Division, revealed Samsung’s future plans for its Q1 UMPC. The Q1 is currently in its second generation, with the Q1 Ultra being the latest model. Described as a modest success, Samsung shipped about 100,000 units last year, giving them about 65 percent of the marketshare in the UMPC space.

Asked whether there would be future Q1 versions, Euh confirmed that Samsung will release new versions in the near future. A third generation, with new design refresh and upgrades, will be launched in Q1 2009. A new version should be ready in time for CES in January. More specifically what Samsung would change or upgrade was not revealed.

A future segment of the interview with Euh promises to look at Samsung’s thoughts on the Intel Atom processor and the ASUS Eee PC. I’m looking forward to it.

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Rogers Wireless launches HTC Shift

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May 222008

HTC Shift

Rogers Wireless notched up another North American first today by announcing that it was the first North American carrier to offer the HTC Shift.

The state-of-the-art HTC Shift X9501 is a pure data powerhouse that gives customers the best of all worlds; power and familiarity of Windows Vista, the comfort and ease of touch screen technology via the Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, and the impressive speed of the Rogers 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) network for an unmatched mobile computing experience that can be used seamlessly around the globe.

Powered by a 800MHz Intel processor and a 400MHz Qualcomm processor, it comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 1GB RAM for Vista Business edition and 128MB ROM for SnapVUE, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display that slides and tilts to sit above the QWERTY keyboard, a 40GB hard drive, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated GPS, a fingerprint sensor, a VGA camera for video conferencing, and an SD card slot.

A forthcoming software update from HTC and Rogers will enable GPS functionality and support for maps and navigation from TeleNav. The update is expected within the next three months.

The HTC Shift X9501 is available from Rogers starting today. With a three-year service plan with a minimum CAD$50 Flex Rate Data Plan, the Shift will cost CAD$1,599.99. Without a service plan, it will sell for CAD$2,099.99.

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HTC raises HTC Touch Diamond shipment estimates

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May 222008

According to the Chinese-language Commercial Times, HTC has raised its 2008 shipment projections for the recently announced HTC Touch Diamond. During a symposium in Tokyo, HTC CEO Peter Chou indicated that HTC is now expecting to sell up to three million HTC Diamond handsets this year, up from the initial projection of 2 million.

While the original HTC Touch took about 11 months to reach the three million sales target, Chou expects that the Touch Diamond will achieve the same milestone in about seven months.

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AT&T to complete HSPA network by end of June

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May 212008


AT&T announced today that it will complete the deployment of its HSPA network by the end of June. In the next month, the company will deploy HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) to the last six markets that still do not have it. Complementing its HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) download technology (with speeds reaching up to 1.4Mbps), HSUPA will give AT&T customers upload speeds ranging between 500 and 800Kbps.

By the end of June, AT&T will offer full 3G connectivity across some 275 markets and plans to increase that to 350 by the end of the year.

AT&T also announced plans to move to HSPA+ later on and, later on, upgrade to LTE (4G connectivity).

It’s probably not a coincidence that around the time that AT&T completes its last deployments in June, Apple will have most likely released its 3G iPhone. AT&T also boasts that more than 75 percent of the mobile devices it currently offers are 3G-capable.

You can check to see whether AT&T will offer 3G in your area using this list of cities covered.

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Palm Treo 850 pictures leaked

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May 212008


Details are slim but The Boy Genius has landed a couple of pictures of the upcoming Palm Treo 850, a new model number.

In early May, there had been rumours of two upcoming Palm smartphones, the Zeppelin and the Skywriter. Could the Skywriter be this new Treo 850?

In terms of specifications, the only details we know so far is that the Treo 850 will use a 400MHz processor and will have 100MB RAM. One of the picture also shows it running Windows Mobile.

No word yet on availability or pricing.

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Napster begins offering DRM-free music

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May 212008


Napster is the latest online music store to announce that it is offering DRM-free MP3 tracks.

Napster’s download store is more than 50 percent larger than any other MP3 store and boasts not only the largest major label MP3 catalog in the industry, but also the largest library of independent music available anywhere.

Napster boasts a catalog of over 6 million songs representing the four major labels as well as a large number of independents.

Most songs will sell for USD$0.99 and albums for USD$9.95. Most downloads are available in a 256kbps DRM-free MP3 format and come with high-resolution album art.

Napster will continue to offer its ‘all you can eat’ music subscription service as well.

For now, Napster new MP3 store will only be available in the U.S.

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Details revealed about 2nd generation OLPC laptop

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May 202008

OLPC XO-2 concept

OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte announced today that OLPC (One Laptop per Child) had begun work on the second generation XO laptop. Reducing the price remains one of the main objectives and Negroponte indicated that OLPC is aiming for a price of USD$75 for its second generation offering.

Among the highlights covered were that the XO-2 will use two touchscreen displays (usable both indoor and in sunlight) separated by a hinge. The form factor is designed to be used vertically (like a book), as a more traditional laptop with the hinge positioned horizontally or as a flat two-screen device when open in tablet mode. The XO-2 will be about half the size of the current XO-1 and will consume only 1 watt of power.

The XO-2 should be available in 2010. Between now and then, an XO-1.5 is planned for the spring of 2009. It will have the same design as the XO-1 but will use fewer physical parts.

Hopefully the XO-2 can match its early promise.

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Noreve thanks frequent customers with VIC card (Updated)

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May 202008

Noreve VIC card

If you’ve made at least two purchases from Noreve, the French case manufacturer, head over to Noreve to claim your VIC (Very Important Customer) card. The Noreve VIC Card gives you a 10% discount (of the price before taxes) on all your purchases through our website www.noreve.com. It is unlimited in time and amount of purchases.

The card is completely free and gives you a personal code that you can use on future orders.

Update: Unfortunately, the Noreve VIC card will not work in North America on the Noreve USA site.

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HTC releases P3400i in Asia

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May 202008

HTC P3400i

HTC has announced the introduction of the HTC P3400i in its Asian markets.

Fashionably sleek and stylish, simple and without too many bells and whistles, HTC P3400i has been especially designed to cater to the entry level market and is a part of the constant strive to avail all market segments with the ultimate in mobility.

It is an update to the current P3400.

The major difference with its predecessor, the HTC P3400, appears to be the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 Professional and HTC Home (from Windows Mobile 5.0). Other than that, it looks pretty similar: 201MHz TI OMAP processor, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display, 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, a 2MP camera, and an SD expansion slot.

The HTC P3400i will be available by the end of May at authorized resellers.

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Gizmodo confirms Apple iPhone June 9th annnouncement

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May 202008


Gizmodo has apparently confirmed that Apple will announce the 3G iPhone on June 9th during the WWDC Keynote. The “confirmation” comes from sources close to the 3G iPhone launch. Best of all, the new iPhone should go on sale immediately after the launch rather than later on in the year.

Apple is also expected to announce new pricing policies. The new iPhone will be available in a significant number of countries and, unlike the first generation iPhone, should sell at variable pricing. For example, carriers will be able to offer service plan subsidies. No specific pricing details have been revealed.

With three weeks to WWDC, the 3G iPhone countdown is on!

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June 2008 Rogers Wireless product roadmap?

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May 192008

Rogers Wireless

First it was T-Mobile, now it’s Rogers Wireless’ turn to have its summer product roadmap revealed. According to The Boy Genius, Rogers Wireless is planning at least four new devices in June. But there is no sign (yet) of the iPhone.

First up could be the HTC Shift as early as May 22nd. It would sell for about CAD$1,500 with a three-year service contract. Then, sometime in June, the BlackBerry Bold, Motorola E8 and Motorola W755r could all be announced. One device that will not make the cut is the BlackBerry 8320, instead offering the BlackBerry 8120 and BlackBerry 8820.

The Boy Genius also reveals that Fido, a Rogers subsidiary, will launch the Motorola ROKR U9 as early as this month.

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T-Mobile upcoming device roadmap?

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May 192008


T-Mobile appears set to release up to 16 mobile devices between June 16th and August 1st, according to TmoNews.com. The documents they apparently obtained are not final versions though so things could still change: The document from which we snatched this data is indeed internal T-mobile, however usually it is more of a good guess of what will happen, rather than an set-in-stone depiction of upcoming launches.

Among the devices on the list are the Shadow II and Shadow III (could that be the HTC Raphael?), the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry KickStart clamshell (it seems a bit early for both of these), and the Nokia Rokr E8. The list only shows 13 devices. What could the three missing devices be?

The list does not have any availability dates or prices unfortunately.

It could be a very busy summer for T-Mobile if this turns out to be accurate.

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