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BleckBarry – A fancy FAKEberry!

It’s Black, it’s Berry, It looks like BlackBerry, it sounds like BlackBerry! but wait, is it really a BlackBerry???…..No no no no…It’s a BleckBarry.

This is the handset that puts the “phone” in smartphone but, sadly, leaves out the “smart.”

This Fancy “smartPhone” has an amazing features, it has Dual Camera, Has photoflash lamp. Swing-to-next song/background picture function weighing 82.0grams,2.0-inch LCD vibrant color, a (Dual) 2 SIM Slots + Dual Network, a V2.0 bluetooth, 4GB memory in size, 300K Pixels Backside and Front Camera; Picture Max Resolution (640*480), Formatted with MP3/3GP/MP4/JPG/TXT, Built-in FM Radio and TV Tuner (PAL/NTSC/AUTO) , and a Dimensions of: 3.74 in x 1.97 in x 0.47 in (9.5 cm x 5.0 cm x 1.2 cm)
Weight: 2.89 oz (82 g).

This device really does do it all. It looks so much like a BlackBerry — right down to the cloudy looking OS — that no one will ever notice the difference. Me, I thought it was real for a few seconds..lol

Can you have what it takes to have this? I can’t wait to see the raspberry!..:)

Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Tab with Multiple-Carriers is coming near you

Samsung Mobile today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The final specifications of the device were finalized a couple weeks ago in the press release and are stated to be:

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

Right now, there are no details regarding pricing or subsidies of the device, but more will be known as we enter late October into early November.

GadgetTell

Peavey’s AmpKit LiNK, a portable electric guitar interface for the iPhone

Peavey Electronics and leading iPhone applications developer Agile Partners have joined forces to launch AmpKit, an unparalleled guitar amp and effects iPhone application, and AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity audio interface for the iPhone, iPod touch* and iPad.

The AmpKit experience begins with the free AmpKit app (or it’s feature packed paid version AmpKit+) from the iTunes App Store. The application itself is very sleek, the primary interface is a virtual view of the amp head/cabinet, microphone and effects that you currently have set, giving you a good overview of all your settings. The interface also provides a number of preset configurations, a metronome and tuner, and an interface for recording clips and transferring them wirelessly to your PC or Mac. The second piece of the AmpKit experience is the AmpKit LiNK device. Just plug the device into the headphone jack on your iPhone and then plug in your guitar (via standard guitar cable) and a set of headphones into the AmpKit LiNK. Next, select one of the presets from the AmpKit app and you’re ready to go.

Which brings me to the final point on this device, with a price point of $39.99 for the hardware, the AmpKit LiNK is an affordable tool for any guitarist with an iPhone. New amps, effects and microphones can be purchased from within the AmpKit app for $4.99, $2.99 and $0.99 respectively which may seem a bit pricey when compared to other downloadable media. However, considering the costs of their real world counterparts and the quality of the sounds they produce, these prices are a bargain.

Peavey via OhGizmo

Bunch of New Stuff for iPhone 4, Kensington is here to help!

Are you sick to friggin’ death of trying to juggle your iPhone–or find a good place to put it–when you have it with you in your car and when your using it in “Map” mode?. I don’t care if you have a turn-by-turn voice app installed or not; juggling that thing when you’re driving is durn dangerous (especially if you’re driving a manual transmission!). And frankly, putting it on the seat next to you isn’t much of a solution, either.

There are a bunch of mounts available for the iPhone these days, but finding one for the iPhone 4?then, Kensington is here to help. With the help of Kensington PowerGuard™ Battery Case with Card Stand.

They’ve announced not only a couple of new car mounts, but a bunch o’ new stuff as well.

Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in delivering smart made simple™ computing and smartphone accessories, today introduced three new products to its collection of iPhone 4 accessories for continuous power on-the-go. An impressive handsfree car device designed with wireless connectivity, voice command control, sound amplification, securing and charging abilities for iPhone 4 makes the ultimate driving companion to make handsfree interaction while driving smarter and easier than ever before. Two additional juice boosting accessories include: a battery charging case for iPhone 4 with a card stand and a three port charge and sync hub. Kensington’s new additions have taken productivity, safety and multi-tasking with iPhone 4 to the next level.

With Kensington accessories, iPhone 4 users now have enough power to complete their day while enjoying new or favorite applications, participating in FaceTime calls, creating HD video recordings, and more. The all-in-one Kensington AssistOne™ Handsfree Car Device with Voice Activation allows handsfree interaction with your iPhone so you can take full advantage of your phone –even in the car. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity allows wireless calling and media playback, while voice controls answer, decline, place a call, and even launch music– all handsfree. Kensington’s PowerGuard™ Battery Case with Card Stand powers and protects iPhone 4 simultaneously and even includes a handy card stand that props up the iPhone during FaceTime chats for maximum comfort. And the Kensington PocketHub™ 3-Port USB and Sync offers a reliable standalone charge and sync ability for any iPhone or iPod, plus three additional USB ports for additional devices.

“The beauty of the iPhone 4 is that it’s so much more than just a mobile phone, so its accessories must hold up to the same rigorous, multi-purpose use,” said Jim Murakami, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “Whether it is voice activation, more talk time or an extra USB port, we have designed all of our iPhone accessories to do more of what you want, when you want and where you want it. These accessories offer ultimate convenience, power, and protection and should become a ‘must have’ for today’s iPhone 4 user.”

As the iPhone has transcended industry standards of multifunctional technology, so must the accessories that support it. The constantly interactive device demands accessories providing extended power, productivity and protection. Whether you are a business executive, road warrior or gadget junkie, time is important, sometimes critical. Kensington products keep pace with the ‘always on’ experience that an iPhone offers by matching the device’s attributes of being grab and go, easy to use and just the right feature set.

New iPhone 4 Accessories from Kensington

Kensington AssistOne™ Handsfree Car Device with Voice Activation (K39200US; SRP $99.99)
Turn your iPhone into the ultimate travel companion with the Kensington AssistOne Handsfree Car Device with Voice Activation. Much more than just a secure mount for your iPhone, this car device adds handsfree talking, voice activated controls and amplifies sound for turn-by-turn directions and podcasts, all while charging. Even when you’re in the car, your productivity can just keep on rolling.
• Bluetooth connection pairs easily with iPhone for wireless calling and media playback
• Voice controls let you answer, decline or place a call, as well as launch music-all handsfree
• Multi-function button launches iPhone Voice Controls with a single tap
• Flexible arm holds your iPhone securely-even when in a case
• Built-in mono speakerphone and noise and echo canceling microphone
• Audio AUX out port delivers pure sound through your car stereo (auxiliary cable not included)
• Micro USB port charges iPhone with included charging cable
• Low profile car charger

Kensington PowerGuard™ Battery Case with Card Stand (Black, K39260US, White K39287US, Blue K39288US; SRP $59.99)
Slip the Kensington PowerGuard™ Battery Case with Card Stand onto your iPhone 4 and you’ll have hours of extra power for web surfing, calls, apps and more. Plus your iPhone will be protected by the PowerGuard’s tough case. There’s even a handy card stand that props up your iPhone for handsfree FaceTime chats.
• Adds 4 hours of extra talk, 5 hours of video, 22 hours of music*
• Provides the power you need to enjoy multitasking between apps, FaceTime calling and more
• Insert the provided card stand and the two-position stand holds your iPhone 4 handsfree in portrait or landscape mode
• Micro USB charge and sync port
• LED battery fuel gauge
• Soft touch finish feels great in your hand
• Built-in volume control button
• Three stylish colors to choose from: Black, White and Blue
* Extended talk time listed based on iPhone 4. As your Kensington PowerGuard is used over time, it will have a reduced ability to provide extended time and the time will decrease from that shown above.

Kensington PocketHub™ 3-Port USB and Sync (K33952US; SRP $39.99)
Stay connected to your peripherals while charging and syncing your iPhone. The Kensington PocketHub™ 3-Port USB and Sync has a built-in 30-pin connector port that lets you charge and sync your iPhone, plus three additional USB ports for connecting your camera, flash drive, mouse and other USB devices.
• Three USB 2.0 ports let you stay connected to mouse, keyboard and more
• Plug and play, and hot swappable for instant connectivity
• Functions as a standalone charger for your iPhone or iPod
• Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone and iPod touch, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations

Product Availability

These Kensington products are currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com, and Kensington.com and other major retailers.

OhGizmo via Gear Diary

Never-made Nokia “Star Trek Phone” with built-in Prototype

Wouldn’t you like a mobile phone that was built to resemble a Star Trek communicator? Mobile phone maker Nokia, one of Paramount’s promotional partners for the 2009 Star Trek movie, actually built some prototypes of such a device.

Introducing the Nokia’s “Starfleet Communicator” Prototype.

Nokia had a little product placement going on in the latest Star Trek movie. When Paramount was looking for promotional partners for the 2009 Star Trek movie, the Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia was a natural fit. In 2009 Nokia (along with Verizon) ran a Star Trek-themed promotional campaign (with websites), and of course they got a bit of in-movie product placement in the dash of the Corvette joyride scene.

Nokia limited 5800 "Star Trek edition" released in Europe in 2009

In addition, in Europe they released a special “limited Star Trek edition” of their popular 5800 (non-flip) model cell phone, which was essentially the same phone with some Star Trek-themed content.

However, Nokia built another phone that was never released. Nokia designed a special mobile phone to externally resemble the original Star Trek communicator (from the TV series, not the new movie). They built 14 prototypes of this phone in 2008, which were based on the Nokia N76 flip phone. It isn’t clear if Nokia just built these for fun, or if they were seriously considered as a product.

Michael Fisher(a StarTrek reader) was the lucky winner of one of the 14 prototypes that  recently went up auction on Ebay.  According to Michael the prototype is a fully-working smartphone which he was able to use with a T-Mobile prepaid SIM card. The prototype includes the famous “chirp” when it is flipped open and is loaded with ten custom Star Trek wallpapers, including a few animated moirés. There are also five Trek ringtones pre-loaded. The external redesign of the standard Nokia phone includes a metal “antenna grille” (with the yellow, red, and blue lights underneath) and a starfleet logo embossed into the casing on the back. The attention to detail even includes a tiny etching of the Enterprise on the cover for the USB port.

Hopefully Nokia or some other mobile phone company will take this to the next level and make the Star Trek phone we all want. Alternatively there have been some rumblings of a TOS-era communicator shaped bluetooth device, which could be just as interesting. You can find some custom built bluetooth communicators, but so far there is no officially licensed versions.

Engadget via TrekMovie

Sony has just outed 12 new Walkmen models in E, S, and A Series

Sony Japan unleashed [JP] a total of 12 new Walkman today, split into three series (E, S, and A). Technically and design-wise, we get more of the same from the Walkman front, but some models look pretty neat. The players from the E and S series will hit Japanese stores on October 9, with the A Series following on November 13.

First Up, the entry-level is the E series device:

The E Series is Sony’s new entry model line-up. Buyers will be able to choose between the NW-E050 with 2GB or 4GB ($95/120, pictured on the left top of this post the black one) and the NW-E050K with the same storage options ($120/140). The main difference is that the E050K models come with a speaker (pictured in blue).

Next Up, the S Series:

There will be five models under the S series: The NW-S754 (8GB), the NW-S755 (16GB), and the NW-S756 (32GB) will be priced at $160/200/$230. The main difference between these and the two NW-S750K branded models is that the latter come with a cradle (8GB for $200, 16GB for $230). The picture above shows all colors the S series Walkman will be available in.

The A Series

Sony also showed three models under the flagship A series. These are the NW-A855 (16GB/$280), the NW-A856 (32GB/$350), and the NW-A857 (64GB/$470). These Walkman sport a 2.8-inch OLED screen with 240×400 resolution. The model in black is pictured above.

CrunchGear


Memorex comes out with swanky iPhone4 Dock with Apple’esque in design

Memorex has come out with a total of six new swanky iPod and iPhone audio systems, ranging from travel sized speaker systems to alarm clocks. Available with a black or white/aluminum style finish, these new systems are very Apple’esque in design. The systems are all compatible with the iPhone 4, as well as the new iPod Nano 6G and iPod Touch 4G.

Memorex says that they spent a year working with women and their families, inside of their homes, in order to develop a new line of products that are practical, well thoughtout, and have genuine female appeal. This is why so many of the systems in this new lineup have emphasized portability, durability and ease of use – for example, even the alarm clock on the new Clock Radio Dual Alarm feature back-lit buttons that walk you through the process of setting the time and alarm.

All of these systems go on sale this week at Best Buy and will be available on Amazon too.

Read on for more details about all of the new models.

Featuring integrated collapsible handles, lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and durable rubberized bottoms, the PartyCube™ Sound System and PartyCube™ CD Sound System provide the ultimate flexibility for families’ music-inspired moments. Unique, recessed docking cradles charge your iPod or iPhone, while also protecting the device from being scratched or damaged.

The PartyCube™ CD Sound System (MSRP: $149.99) will get your family grooving with four multi-directional speakers for room-filling sound. In addition to playing and charging all iPhone and iPod devices, this system also includes a top-loading CD player, digitalAM/FM tuner, line-in jack and rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to eight hours of un-tethered music fun.

Like its larger counterpart, the PartyCube™ Sound System (MSRP: $99.99) features multi-directional speakers and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, making it perfect for music lovers at home or on the go. Compatible with all iPod and iPhone devices, the system includes a digital FM tuner and line-in jack.

Break the Earbud Barrier
Families with teens or tweens know WeTime just isn’t the same when earbuds are in use. The TagAlong™ Portable Boombox (MSRP: $59.99) and PurePlay™ Portable Speaker (MSRP: $69.99) are designed to “break the earbud barrier” and make music sharing fun for family members of all ages.

A perfect companion for kids, the TagAlong™ Portable Boombox is a great grab and go option for taking your music to the pool or a picnic. With its integrated handle, digital FM radio and recessed docking station for your iPod or iPhone, the TagAlong™ Portable Boombox allows you to play great-sounding music in any setting.

A clutch-style speaker system, the PurePlay™ Portable Speaker provides powerful sound when on the go. From the backyard to the park, the PurePlay™ Portable Speaker can be easily folded and packed, and its sleek, durable design keeps your speakers protected. When you’re back at home, simply unfold it and groove to your favorite tunes while powering and charging your iPod or iPhone.

Wake Up in Style
There’s no better way to start your day than with your favorite tunes. But many iPod- or iPhone-compatible alarm clocks feature “upright docking” stations that leave your device unprotected. The innovative Clock Radio Dual Alarm (MSRP: $69.99) and Clock Radio Mini Alarm (MSRP: $49.99) feature a one-of-a-kind “lay down docking” station that allows your iPod or iPhone to play as it charges, while cradling your device from being scratched when you go to hit snooze.

Set two different wake-up times so you can both enjoy waking to an iPod or iPhone with the Clock Radio Dual Alarm. It’s quick and simple to set time and alarm functions thanks to backlit buttons that walk you through the process. Front and side speakers offer ample wake-up sound, while the six-option dimmer switch, sleep timer and battery backup provide the functionality families look for in a dual AM/FM alarm clock.

Available for just under $50, the Clock Radio Mini Alarm offers the unique combination of iPhone and iPod compatibility and is ideal for smaller spaces. A feature-rich alarm clock in a compact package, the Clock Radio Mini Alarm includes a sleep timer, dimmer function and backup battery for time. Whether waking up to your iPod, iPhone, FM radio or buzzer, its stereo speakers provide high-quality sound.

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