Rogers Wireless first to launch Nokia N95 8GB in North America

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May 022008

Nokia N95 8GB

Rogers Wireless is the first North American carrier to launch the Nokia N95 8GB. As part of Nokia’s popular Nseries lineup, of which 50 million devices have been sold worldwide, the Nokia N95 8GB combines world-class technology and the best in imaging, music and Internet capabilities to give consumers whatever they need to snap, surf, share and score.

The Nokia N95 8GB will run on Rogers’ Combined with HSPA network and will also offer Rogers Vision capabilities. The 2-way slide form factor phone comes with a 2.8-inch display, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics,autofocus and MPEG-4 VGA video capture, and integrated A-GPS. Like its European cousin, it lacks the microSD slot of other N95 models. It is also compatible with Nokia’s N-Gage made-for-mobile games service.

The Rogers Wireless Nokia N95 8GB will be available starting May 6th. It will sell for CAD$399.99 with a three-year service Rogers Vision Unlimited On-Device Mobile Browsing Plan. Without a service contract, the N95 8GB is expected to sell for CAD$699.

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Spb Mobile Shell updated

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May 022008

Spb Mobile Shell

Spb Software House has updated Spb Mobile Shell, its replacement Windows Mobile interface. Spb Mobile Shell is an application that completely overhauls the innate Windows Mobile user interface, making it more direct, logical, and slick.

Version 2.1 adds a data connection indicator on the Professional Now Screen, support for voicemail, 320×320 screens and hardware keyboards as well as a number of stability bug fixes. It is available Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices with touchscreen displays.

Spb Mobile Shell is available for USD$29.95 from our affiliate Clickapps. A trial version is also available.

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Blu-ray coming to Xbox 360?

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May 022008

Details are very slim but it would appear that Microsoft will offer future Xbox 360 consoles with a Blu-ray drive. To date, Microsoft had offered an HD-DVD drive add-on.

According to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, Pegatron, an Asustek subsidiary, received orders for the new consoles. The new Blu-ray Xbox 360 is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2008.

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Garmin nuviphone gets priced?

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May 012008

Garmin nuviphone

Garmin is apparently trying to find out just how much customers would spend for their upcoming nüvifone. One pricing scheme was proposed in a recent Garmin survey:

Now, how likely would you be to buy the Garmin nüvifone (for yourself or as a gift) if offered by AT&T for $499.99 with a two year contract? You would be required to have both a data plan that would include unlimited Internet browsing and unlimited Navigation for $19.99 per month and one of the standard voice rate plans for a monthly fee.

If Garmin goes with the USD$499.99 price point, it would make the nüvifone more expensive than the iPhone. It seems pretty expensive for the debut phone from a company just entering the handset market but just remember how well the iPhone did on its expensive debut.

So far, we know that the nüvifone will come with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 3.5G connectivity (specific bands not disclosed although the survey does suggest North American bands will be supported if it comes to AT&T), built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and a digital camera. It will run on Garmin’s own operating system. On the software side, it will have a web browser, email and IM clients, Google local search, a media player and a number of preloaded maps.

The Garmin nüvifone should be available in the third quarter of 2008. Pricing information was not announced.

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Intel confirms Atom shortages

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May 012008


Intel has confirmed earlier rumours that demand for its Atom processor and chipset is outstripping supply. Bill Calder, an Intel spokesman, said “We are working closely with our customers to meet their needs.”

During a call for first quarter financial results, Asustek CEO Jerry Shen said that he sees the shortage continuing into the third quarter of the year. This bodes well for ASUS which currently uses an Intel Celeron processor in its Eee PC line and for other manufacturers such as HP who are using VIA processors in their low-cost notebooks. It might also give AMD and VIA an opportunity to push their forthcoming Puma and Isaiah processors to manufacturers affected by the Atom shortages.

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Celebrate RSS Day today

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May 012008

Did you know that May 1st is RSS Day as declared by the folks behind Daily Blog Tips? What is RSS, you ask?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format used to deliver information from websites and pages that get updated regularly. An RSS document (which is called feed) contains either a summary or the full content from a website.

The main benefit of RSS is that it enables people to stay connected with their favorite websites without having to visit them. Once you subscribe to a particular RSS feed, you will automatically receive updates from the website that publishes the feed, whenever they release new content.

If you want more information about RSS, check out the RSS Day web site for a thorough explanation, including a video.

And if you have not already done so, why not add the Gadgetorama RSS feed to your list of favourite RSS feeds?

Source: My Today Screen

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BlackBerry Kickstart: First RIM clamshell phone

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May 012008

It would appear that Research in Motion has one more surprise in store for us. The Boy Genius has landed pictures of a completely new phone form factor (for RIM). This isn’t fake, this isn’t a hoax. We’ve known RIM is planning to launch a flip phone within the year, and we now have the pictures to prove it!

Codenamed Kickstart, the new design is a clamshell phone featuring a SureType keyboard, both an internal and external LCD, a camera and the TrackBall navigation system. There is no word yet on other specifications.

The Kickstart could launch before the end of the year.

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What is the next move for Microsoft after Yahoo deadline passes?

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May 012008

The deadline imposed by Microsoft for Yahoo! to come to the bargaining table has passed. Microsoft is mulling its next move in its proposed USD$44.6 billion takeover and could make it as early as this week. A number of options are thought to be on the table.

One option on the table is to try to replace the Yahoo board of directors with its own. A second option would be to go directly to the Yahoo! shareholders with a hostile acquisition offer. Microsoft is also apparently considering simply pulling their bid and continuing to compete alone against Yahoo! and Google in the online advertising space.

I have a funny feeling we are far from the end of this saga.

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