PSP Go revealed ahead of E3

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May 312009

Sony PSP Go

Sony’s next generation handheld gaming console has been revealed just days before E3. Pictures and a video of the PSP Go have been leaked as well as some specifications. Sony has since confirmed many details.

The device comes with slide-out controls, a 3.8-inch display, 16GB of flash memory, a Memory Stick Micro slot, and built-in Bluetooth support (including mobile phone tethering and headset support). It is also expected to support the PlayStation Network (including TV and movie rentals and purchases) and work with the PS3. Most interesting is the loss of the UMD drive in favour of all-digital content. It is going to be 43 percent lighter than the current PSP-3000.

The PSP Go is expected to be sold alongside the current PSP rather than replacing it. It should be released this fall. Described as a premium product, expect it to cost more than the PSP-3000.

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AT&T to upgrade network to 7.2Mbps HSPA

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May 312009


Earlier this week, AT&T announced plans to upgrade its 3G network to High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology, to deliver peak speeds of up to 7.2Mbps.

HSPA 7.2 is part of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies, which include GSM and UMTS. Emerging LTE technology is also part of the 3GPP technology roadmap, enabling AT&T’s network to offer backward compatibility, or the ability for users with qualifying devices to seamlessly switch among 4G LTE, 3G and 2G service areas to maintain the fastest-available connection. This availability will be critical for customers in the early years of LTE deployment across the industry, when access to LTE service will be geographically limited.

At the same time, the company increase its network capacity by doubling the wireless spectrum dedicated to 3G in most metropolitan areas. This should also improve in-building reception.

The upgrade will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in 2011. AT&T will make local announcements as the upgrades are completed.

AT&T also announced plans to begin LTE (Long Term Evolution) trials in 2010. Deployment would follow starting in 2011. LTE will offer significantly improved data throughput (with the potential for download speeds as high as 173Mbps).

Is it a coincidence that AT&T made such an announcement only days before Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone that will support 7.2Mbps HSPA connectivity?

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Verizon to release BlackBerry Storm update on May 31st

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May 302009

BlackBerry Storm

Verizon is set to release an update for the BlackBerry Storm starting on May 31st. The new version of the operating system, BlackBerry OS version, is described as a “general maintenance release that improves the overall user experience.” It is expected to come with closer to 100 fixes and improvements (The Boy Genius has landed the change log if you’re interested).

Verizon will push out the update over-the-air starting on May 31st at 2200 but you can get it starting at 1500 by visiting

Rogers takes Android on one day Toronto tour on June 1st

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May 302009

Rogers Wireless

On June 1st, one day before Rogers launches the Android-powered HTC Dream and HTC Magic here in Canada, the company is holding a one-day launch promotion at five secret locations in Toronto.

You can follow Joshua’s tour around the city here, as he posts clues to his secret whereabouts with live blog updates and photos. Use the Google apps listed below to locate Joshua so you can meet him in person! Click “Google Search” to search for his location; click “Google Maps” to plot your route and click “Google Latitude” to see where Joshua is going to be (his exact locations will be revealed shortly before each scheduled stop.)

The first location has been revealed: The Rogers building at 333 Bloor Street East where Joshua Jackson will be from 0900 to 0945.

At each stop, people will have a chance to win Rogers prizes (including the HTC Dream and HTC Magic) as well as be entered into a draw for a grand prize Caribbean island-hopping getaway for two valued at CA$4,000.

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Sprint responds to Palm Pre comments by Verizon

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May 292009


Yesterday’s announcement that Verizon would offer the Palm Pre within 6 months led to much speculation as to how long Sprint’s exclusive really was. Sprint has responded and clarified that its exclusive will run through 2009. “We have the Pre through 2009,” said spokesman spokesman James Fisher.

The article also revealed that Verizon is also expecting to launch a “cousin” device. Could both the Palm Pre and Palm Eos be headed to Verizon in early 2010?

Sprint is banking on the Palm Pre to bring in new customers (much as the Apple iPhone has done for AT&T.

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Best Buy Canada pricing for HTC Dream and Magic revealed?

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May 282009

HTC Magic

It looks like Best Buy Canada’s pricing for the HTC Dream and Magic has been revealed. The two Android-powered handsets will hit the street on June 2nd courtesy of Rogers Wireless. Both will apparently sell for:

  • CA$149.99 with 3-year contract with a CA$45 voice and data plan (in-store activation required)
  • CA$399.99 with 3-year contract
  • CA$449.99 with 2-year contract
  • CA$499.99 with 1-year contract
  • CA$549.99 with a monthly plan
  • CA$599.99 with no contract

These prices line up with those of earlier rumours (which were then revised upwards).


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Palm unveils new webOS details: Palm Media Sync, Twitter Integration, App Catalog

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May 282009

Palm Pre

With just over a week to go before the release of the Palm Pre, Palm has revealed a few new details about its new webOS operating system. At an event during The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, Palm showed off the Pre’s media sync feature, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog.

Media Sync allows, as the name implies, the transfer of media content to and from the Pre. Most incredible about this is that it synchronizes with iTunes, transfering all DRM-free content (Does Apple know about this?). The Pre can also be set up as a mass storage drive.

The Pre also comes with an Amazon MP3 store application that lets you purchase music over-the-air. The only downside is that purchased tracks must be downloaded via Wi-Fi.

Palm also integrated Twitter search into the webOS universal search. Universal search uses Twitter’s search service to sort through real-time current events and news, so universal search now covers every aspect of search on the web: general info, location, encyclopedia, and news.

Lastly, Palm showed off a beta version of its App Catalog. Applications from developers such as AP News, Citysearch, Fandango, Pandora, uLocate and others will be available by the time the Pre launches.

The Palm Pre goes on sale on June 6th for US$199.99 with a two-year Sprint service agreement and $100 mail-in rebate.

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Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm 2 headed to Verizon

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May 282009

Verizon Wireless

Sprint’s exclusive deal on the Palm Pre may be much shorter than expected. Verizon revealed today that it will start to offer the Palm Pre as well as the next-generation BlackBerry Storm in about six months.

Verizon is the exclusive carrier for the BlackBerry Storm but, like Sprint, is looking for that special device that will help it against the AT&T and Apple iPhone combination.

Just yesterday, AT&T expressed its own interest in carrying the Palm Pre.

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Windows Mobile 7 user interface to use Silverlight?

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May 282009

Concept Windows Mobile 7 UI

A resume from a developer working on the Windows Mobile 7 user interface has revealed a few details about the status of the new operating system. The two entries in particular are:

  • Created designs for Windows Mobile 7 controls (UI still in progress)
  • Created XAML layouts for controls and dialogs (Silverlight created in Expression Blend)

The first entry simply confirms that Microsoft is still working on Windows Mobile 7 (expected in early 2010). More interesting is the reference to Silverlight. Could the user interface be built with the Silverlight framework?


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Android-powered dual-SIM DSTL1 coming in June from General Mobile

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May 282009

General Mobile DSTL1

Back in January, General Mobile released detais about the upcoming DSTL1 Imaginary smartphone. At that point, it was not clear whether it would use Android as its operating system but General Mobile has since confirmed this. Best of all, it could be available fairly soon. Android Authority is reporting that General Mobile plans to have the DSTL1 out by the end of June in both the U.S. and Turkey with Germany and Russia to follow a bit later.

The DSTL1 Imaginary will be powered by a 624MHz Marvell PXA 310 processor and Google Android 1.5. It will come with dual-SIM capability, tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 3-inch WQVGA (240 by 400) touchscreen display, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR/A2DP, an FM radio,a 5MP camera with auto-focus, a microSD card slot (4GB card included and cards up to 16GB supported) and a 1200mAh battery. A second model, supporting the U.S. based 850MHz band, could follow some time later.

The DSTL1 is expected to sell for between US$550 and US$750.


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Skyfire 1.0 mobile browser released

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May 282009

Skyfire mobile browser

Skyfire Labs has released its final version of Skyfire 1.0, its mobile Internet browser that promises the same experience as on your PC.

Skyfire is the only mobile browser to support popular web standards and plug-ins such as Flash 10, Silverlight 2, Ajax, Javascript and more, so the rich media on websites work on phones just like the PC.

Skyfire 1.0 comes with enhanced navigation, improved performance, power optimization and new search functionality. Skyfire works by having servers between its browser and the site that you want to visit. It’s those servers that handle most of the heavy lifting by processing the web pages viewed and streaming the content to the mobile phone browser. Its SmartFit feature reformats pages so that the text is only as wide as the screen of your device when you zoom into a section of the site.

Skyfire is available for free for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices and Nokia N and E Series (Symbian S60, 3rd Edition) phones. It is available in the U.S., Canada and the UK.

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Apple to unveil three iPhone models at WWDC?

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May 272009


Rumours that we could see a number of different Apple iPhone models in 2009 have been floating about for a while. The rumours gained credence in March shortly after Apple previewed its Apple iPhone 3.0 OS. Buried in the firmware were references to new iPhone models (including an iPhone 2,1 and 3,1).

Mike Abramsky, an analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada, is the latest to predict that Apple could unveil three models at WWDC. The first would essentially be the next generation iPhone. Selling for US$199 and $299 in 16GB and 32GB of storage respectively, it would come with 7.2Mbps HSPA connectivity, a 600MHz Samsung ARM processor, a 3.2MP camera supporting video, a magnetometer as well as the features found on the current models. A second model would sell for US$99, offering 8GB of storage and would have the same specifications as the current model. The third model could be specifically for China and could support the TD-SCDMA standard while possibly dropping 3G connectivity. A similar rumour about a cheaper iPhone model headed to China also surfaced back in January.

Apple has successfully used a similar strategy with the iPod. Having introduced it as a single mode, it eventually grew it to the family of products currently available, allowing to tap a wider market than a single model could. A cheaper iPhone could also help Apple increase sales by 30 to 40 percent.

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AT&T would like to carry Palm Pre

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May 272009


Straight from the obvious files comes news that AT&T would love to be able to offer the Palm Pre to its customers. “Would I like to see that on our network some day? Of course I would,” said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

Sprint, a smaller rival, landed the U.S. exclusive launch of the Palm Pre. The device is widely seen as Sprint’s chance to win back some market share.

Perhaps AT&T will get its chance when the Sprint exclusive runs out. For now, it may have to console itself with trying to sign a deal with Palm for the upcoming Palm Eos.

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TELUS HSPA network to launch in late October?

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May 272009


If recent rumours are to be believed, TELUS is ahead of schedule to launch its HSPA network. TELUS, in partnership with Bell, had originally announced that it would launch a national HSPA network in early 2010. A soft launch looks to be set to begin in September to test the network in preparation for a full deployment later on.

Now comes word that if these tests go well, TELUS could turn on HSPA across the country by the end of October (just in time for the holidays and ahead of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver).

It’s not clear if Bell Mobility will align with this deployment plan but given that the two companies partnered up for this network, it makes sense that Bell would launch at the same time.

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HP announces new Mini 110 and Mini 1101 netbooks

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May 272009

HP Mini 110

HP announced three new models in its HP Mini product line today. The HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition are designed for Internet-centric consumers while the HP Mini 1101 is geared towards small and medium-size businesses and frequent business travelers.

All will come with a choice of 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor N270 or 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor N280 processor, 10.1-inch displays (with optional high-definition LED widescreen displays), built-in webcam and microphone. In terms of additional specifications, the following has been announced:

  • The HP Mini 110 XP Edition will support up to 1GB RAM, either a 32GB SSD or 160GB hard drive, and an optional WWAN module. In July, an optional Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator will also be offered.
  • The HP Mini 110 Mi Edition will be powered by Linux and will support up to 2GB RAM and a hard drive as large as 250GB.
  • The HP Mini 1101 will offer a number of operating system choices. It will also come with a choice of 3-cell or 6-cell batteries, and an optional integrated HP Mobile Broadband module.

The Mini 110 will be available in Pink Chic, Black Swirl or White Swirl HP Imprint finishes while the Mini 1101 will come only in a Black Swirl design.

The HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the Mini 110 with Mi will start at US$329.99 and US$279.99 respectively and will be available starting on June 10th. The HP Mini 1101 will be available on June 1st and will start at US$329.

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