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Samsung Google Nexus Two is similar to Samsung Galaxy S?

A device believed to be real. It’s made by Samsung, not HTC. Someone’s claiming hands-on experience with the upcoming Google-brand Android smartphone, and from their report it’s all disappointingly similar to the Galaxy S.

 

Rumors of  a Samsung Google Nexus Two is continue to grow, With Gizmodo having heard from a tipster who apparently got to play with the Samsung-made device. Like the Galaxy S family, it’s apparently made from black, glossy plastic and feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot ways, though the back has got this curve to it.

There’s also a roughly 4-inch display, which the source believes to be Super AMOLED, and a “sort of concave” front panel.  Externally, the main difference from all of the current Galaxy S variants in the US is that it’s got a front-facing video camera. It is the only confirmed hardware spec, with no word on the CPU or which “really buggy” stock build of Android the Nexus Two was running.  Note, the picture above is a mock-up.

 

Reasons behind delays of the Apple’s White iPhone 4

 

For those people who’s keeping track of this white iPhone 4, it has now    been  pushed back for three times. Once to July, once to the end of the year,  and now until next spring.

This news comes after an announcement by Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said that the White iPhone 4 won’t drop until Spring 2011 and news that Apple secretly canceled the White iPhone altogether.

According to the source with connections to the Apple, The white iPhone 4 has been delayed because it can’t take good pictures. The white case leaks light back in — especially when the flash is used to take pictures.

The white iPhone 4 can’t take accurate photographs. The handset’s semi-translucent glass case leaks light in, ruining pictures taken with the internal camera, especially when the built-in flash is used.

“You don’t get accurate pictures on the white iPhone because of the color of the glass back. It washes out the pictures,”

Apple has been struggling to isolate the camera sensor. The problem may demand a complete redesign. the problem only surfaced at the last minute at a secret testing facility Apple has set up for case manufacturers.

 

I think Apple should not pursue this thing. Apple is causing some critics to wonder why the device is even worth pursuing. Apple might not like to get a black eye and look bad. But if it’s having such trouble getting the devices to where it wants them, it shouldn’t waste its time.

Let’s face it, the white iPhone 4 is a neat-looking smartphone, but it’s not really necessary. The black version of the device is doing just fine, and considering the delayed smartphone only offers a color change, it’s hard to see why many folks would care if Apple didn’t sell it. But its iPhone is doing just fine without it.

If Apple definitely wants to offer a white iPhone, maybe the company should consider waiting until next year when it releases an update to the iPhone 4.

 

 

Cult of Mac

Sony Erickson’s PlayStation Phone

 

It’s Real!..Sony PlayStation phone is based on new version of Android: Gingerbread. PlayStation Phone had been rumored a number of times in the past, but no one knew how Sony is going to design the new one. Atleast now engadget confirms that this is the new PS phone.

To drive the games, Sony will ship PS Phone with  1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512mb RAM, 1GB ROM, with a screen size of 3.8″. It would run games from the android marketplace along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The handset also has a long touchpad in the center which appears to do multi-touch. As far as the button schemes are concerned, everything should remain identical to original PSP. And yea, no Memory Stick slot, only microSD cards. The Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone will introduce the Sony Marketplace where users can buy games made for the new OS.

The final product would definitely  have better finish, look. It’s unlikely to arrive before the holidays; we’d bet on a Q1 or Q2 2011 release.

Lets hope that device actually performs better than iPhone 4 gen devices, after all its a dedicated Gaming phone.

Will game players be able to get their thumbs all over this unit during the holidays? With the software said to be buggy, November almost upon us, and the joint venture usually running late to the carriers-a 2011 launch date would seem more likely.

 

Engadget

iPad Engraving available now at Apple online store for FREE!

Apple has just launched free iPad Engraving, just in time for the holiday season. Free, as in $0: for no additional cost, you can add a laser-engraved message onto a new iPad’s aluminum backside. Allowing customers to add up to two lines of custom text to the rear of any iPad ordered through the company’s online store.

The concept of iDevices engraving is not new,.. Back in July, a rumor surfaced claiming that Apple would begin offering engraving on the iPad, much as it does with its iPod line, but after three months, the chances to see such a service offered by the company looked more and more trigger… Until today.

Note that the engraving will delay your shipment by up to 3 days, compared to non-engraved iPads shipping under 24 hours. This delay may increase over time if the service proves to be successful, so if you plan to buy a personalized iPad as a Christmas gift, you may want to place your order within the next month or so, to be sure your iPad will be ready on time.

Apple’s sales and refund policy specifically states, “Personalized iPods (e.g., engraved or customized in any way) may not be returned for refund or exchange under any circumstances unless such product is Dead on Arrival.” The policy hasn’t yet been updated for the iPad, but it won’t surprise us at all if the same policy holds true for Apple’s far more expensive tablet.

 

 

 

[via Mac Rumors]

Verizon announced a new 3G addition to the Popular BlackBerry Curve Phones for $30

Verizon Wireless and RIM today announced a new 3G addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve  family of smartphones. Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone will be available in business sales channels beginning September 16th and will be available online at Verizon Wireless Online Store and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone ships with BlackBerry 5 and is BlackBerry 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry smartphones that retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, upon network certification, in the coming months.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone will be available in business sales channels on Sept. 16, and it will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.

Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

Features and Specifications:

· Color: Charcoal or Fuchsia Red

· Stylish new design with face finished in a mirror-like trim; black, soft-touch sides; and textured back for a comfortable, secure feel in the hand

· 35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard for fast, accurate typing and optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation

· Dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the smartphone, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go

· BlackBerry Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos with the smartphone*

· 512 MB Flash memory and microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage

· Built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based applications, including VZ Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and the option to share the directions with others

· Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web, instant message with BBM, and share location with friends on popular social networking sites

· Camera with video recording

· Industry-leading BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities

· Easy mobile access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Flickr as well as popular instant messaging services

· Support for BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones

· Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth.

SHOW PRESS RELEASE:

VERIZON WIRELESS AND RIM LAUNCH A NEW MODEL OF THE POPULAR BLACKBERRY CURVE 3G SMARTPHONE

Stylish 3G Addition to the Popular Curve Family Is Fast, Easy to Use, Feature Rich, and BlackBerry 6 Ready

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and WATERLOO, Ontario – Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced a new 3G addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve family of smartphones. Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G smartphone (model 9330) will be available in business sales channels beginning Sept. 16. It will be available online at http://www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.

Colors: Charcoal or Fuchsia Red

Key features and specifications:
· Stylish new design (4.3″ x 2.4″ x .55″ and 3.7 oz.) with face finished in a mirror-like trim; black, soft-touch sides; and textured back for a comfortable, secure feel in the hand

· 35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard for fast, accurate typing and optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation

· Dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the smartphone, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go

· BlackBerry® Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos with the smartphone*

· 512 MB Flash memory and microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage

· Built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based applications, including VZ Navigator®, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and the option to share the directions with others

· Built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web, instant message with BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), and share location with friends on popular social networking sites

· Camera with video recording (requires a separately sold microSD card)

· Industry-leading BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities

· Easy mobile access to Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and Flickr® as well as popular instant messaging services

· Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones

· Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.1)

BlackBerry® 6 ready:
· The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone ships with BlackBerry® 5 and is BlackBerry® 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry® smartphones that retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, upon network certification, in the coming months.

Pricing and availability:
· The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone (model 9330) will be available in business sales channels on Sept. 16, and it will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

· For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

· To learn more about the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone, visit http://www.blackberry.com/curve3G. For more information about BlackBerry 6, go to http://www.blackberry.com/6.

*Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.

Engadget

Acer Liquid Metal Handset running in Android Froyo dated!

An Acer UK spokesperson confirmed to us that the handset, which features a metal backplate, will run Android 2.2 Froyo, and will be on sale at the end of October.

The Acer Liquid Metal is nothing but a rumour posted by a blogger right now, but the accompanying renders look awfully authentic to us. So with a pinch of salt in hand, we’re excited to see the new look design, which appears to combine the odd curves of the original Acer Liquid with a slick metal backplate.

Internally, the Acer Liquid Metal is alleged to pack an 800MHz chip, 512MB of RAM, and a 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, with Dolby Mobile and Bluetooth 3.0, the latter of which has only recently begun to be adopted by the mobile industry. It would supposedly run Android 2.2 “Froyo” as well, though hopefully without the atrocious and confusing software skin Acer draped over the Acer Stream recently.

Engadget via Electripig

Apple will make Wi-Fi-enabled models of its iPad available in China on Sept. 17

Apple announced that the Wi-Fi-enabled models of its iPad will be available to customers in China on Sept. 17.

Officially, the devices will be available at 10:00 a.m. from retail stores and authorized resellers.

The announcement is important because the market is a large one for Apple.

All three WiFi models will be made available starting at the lowest end which is the 16GB version. This model will cost CNY3988 which is the equivalent of $590 USD.

The iPad models will be available for CNY3988 (16GB), CNY4788 (32GB) and CNY5588 (64GB). The models are slated to come to additional markets through the year.

Here’s the full press release regarding the WiFi iPad in China:

iPad Wi-Fi Models Available in China on September 17

CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi models of its magical iPad™ will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, September 17 starting at 10:00 a.m.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad Wi-Fi models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.5 pounds – thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook – and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web.*

Apple Retail Stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store?, and more. Apple Retail Stores in China are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Wi-Fi models in China will be available for a suggested retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in China through Apple’s Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.

GadgetVenue

iOS 4.1 Jailbreak SHAtter for ALL iOS Devices

A hacker named pod2g has now found an exploit to Jailbreak iOS 4.1. This exploit is based on a boot ROM exploit, meaning it targets a low-level part of the OS and Apple can’t patch this with a software update. From what everyone has been saying on Twitter the Jailbreak will work for ALL current devices running iOS 4.1 and it will be called SHAtter. As of right now the jailbreak isn’t complied into a software ready to be released so it may be a few days.

Word around the Twittersphere is that the exploit named SHAtter is in the bootrom section, together with Pwnage 2.0 and 24kpwn which will make all existing devices, including the new iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G pwned for life! It is obviously not publicly available yet, both theChronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team hackers are hard at work right now trying to get everything ready for full release.

I will of course let you know whenever these new jailbreak and unlock tools for iOS 4.1 are available for download.

GadgetVenue

Launch of Google TV Planning on Oct.17?

If there’s one entertainment device that people know and love, it’s the television. In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*. Recently, however, an increasing amount of our entertainment experience is coming from our phones and computers. One reason is that these devices have something that the TV lacks: the web. With the web, finding and accessing interesting content is fast and often as easy as a search. But the web still lacks many of the great features and the high-quality viewing experience that the TV offers.

Google TV is a new experience for television that combines the TV that you already know with the freedom and power of the Internet. With Google Chrome built in, you can access all of your favorite websites and easily move between television and the web. This opens up your TV from a few hundred channels to millions of channels of entertainment across TV and the web. Your television is also no longer confined to showing just video. With the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes more than a TV — it can be a photo slideshow viewer, a gaming console, a music player and much more.

Google TV uses search to give you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies. For example, already know the channel or program you want to watch? Just type in the name and you’re there. Want to check out that funny YouTube video on your 48” flat screen? It’s just a quick search away. If you know what you want to watch, but you’re not sure where to find it, just type in what you’re looking for and Google TV will help you find it on the web or on one of your many TV channels. If you’d rather browse than search, you can use your standard program guide, your DVR or the Google TV home screen, which provides quick access to all of your favorite entertainment so you’re always within reach of the content you love most.

and now….here comes Google TV..

Google TV is expected to launch any time within the next month.

Just a few days ago we heard information from the CEO of Intel who said that the Google TV release date was actually this month although a letter was emailed in to Engadget today that suggests that a two week delay is happening and that the launch is now October 17 (estimated). According to the document, the original release date was October 3 which had two weeks added on to it.

For other details on Google TV click here.

Source: Engadget

E-Viewer from ViewSonic comes with the Capability to Decode 1080p video

According to imp3, the 7-inch slate may look like yet another tablet, but actually it’s a whole lot more focussed than the similarly-sized ViewPad 7.  No Android, no web browsing or Google Maps; just 1080p HD video playback with an HDMI output. In the audio and video playback functions, ViewSonic MB-P702 supports 1080P decoding, and support RM, RMVB, AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV, VOB and other format video playback. In addition it also supports MP3, WMA and APE, FLAC lossless compression format music player, let you experience the joy of high-definition video. The MB-P702 certainly looks like it can do more than simply read e-books, but with the Android-powered tablet on it’s way, one might argue that is the better overall product, and is also perfectly capable of reading e-books…

Its 7-inch display doesn’t really make sense since the resolution isn’t up to speed, but that is why HDMI output was included. The MB-P702 will support a wide range of video and audio formats, and it does PDF, TXT, EPUB, CHM, HTML, PDB and UMD document files as well. No word on pricing as at press time though, but hopefully more will be revealed in due time.

Mp4Nation via slashgear

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