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World's First USB 3.0-Connected Hard Drive, the Freecom Hard Drive XS 3.0

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Just like the title says, Freecom is the first manufacturer in the world with a USB 3.0 capable hard drive. The Freecom Hard Drive XS 3.0 has 130MBps transfer speeds and is also USB 2.0 [backwards] compatible. This hard drive will be available in the middle of November as low as €119 ($175 USD) in 1TB / 1.5TB / 2TB capacities. It's pretty awesome for a USB 3.0 HDD; it's a good start.


iPhone Transforms Into Netbook -- It's Finally Here!

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Why wait for the iTablet when the iPhone transforming netbook is already here. This pretty awesome video has popped on YouTube and you watch it below for youself. I'm pretty sure this is exactly what Apple is planning to show us.

Update: P.S. Yes, I'm joking, but it's still pretty cool.

[9 to 5 Mac]

Samsung Instinct HD Launching Tomorrow, Has HDMI Output and Shoots 720p Video -- Still Not Worth $250

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The Samsung Instinct HD is expected to launch on Sprint tomorrow for an overwhelming and definitely overpriced $250 USD ($200 at Best Buy) on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Well, two videos have just popped up about the said handset, but before I get to that let's talk a bit about it first. So, the Instinct HD has: a 5MP camera that can shoot 720p video, WiFi support, and an HDMI output. The hands-on video is below and you can also check out this Gizmodo link for a comparison between this and the Flip Ultra HD.

[Engadget, Gizmodo]

HTC Leo Launching as the HD2 On O2 In October, Unlocked For $800; Multitouch Confirmed But Doesn't Work in IE Mobile -- Video of UI

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It looks like the HTC Leo will really be launching as the HTC HD2 over in the UK on O2. This promo material has just confirmed that it will be launching for free on O2 1200, which means that you'll have to pay £45 ($72 USD) a month on an 18-month contract. We're also hearing that if you want to get it unlocked in Europe it'll cost around €550 ($806 USD) to €600 ($880 USD).

So, now that the HD2 will be launching early next month - rumoured to be October 12th - we've also got more details about the handset. It has been confirmed that the HD2 will have a 4.3-inch multi-touchscreen capacitive display, but the multitouch functions will not work in the Internet Explorer mobile browser, which definitely sucks. Maybe Microsoft will decide to update IE Mobile so that pinch and zoom will work. We can only hope. Below is a video of the HTC HD2's TouchFLO 3D UI with Twitter integration.

HTC Leo / HD2 Coming To UK On O2: Engadget, WMPowerUser, Phone Arena]
HTC Leo / HD2 Definitely Coming in October: Engadget Mobile
More HTC Leo / HD2 Details: WMExperts, Slash Gear
HTC Leo / HD2 UI Video: WMPowerUser

RAmos Unveil W7 Android MID; Also Show Off T7, T9HD and T11TE

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RAmos has just unveiled their W7 MID that runs on the Android OS. The W7 will have: a 4.8-inch touchscreen display with an 800 x 480 resolution, WiFi support, and 720p video support. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this MID will have 3G connectivity. RAmos also showed off a few other PMPs / MIDs, including: the T7, the T9HD, and the T11TE, which supposedly has 1080p video capabilities thanks to its HDMI output.

[Engadget, Akihabara News]

Asus Launching ET2002T and ET2203T All-In-One Nettops On October 22nd With Windows 7

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Asus has just confirmed that two of their all-in-one nettops will be available on October 22nd with Windows 7 pre-installed. One of them, the ET2002T will have: a 20-inch touchscreen display with a 1,600 x 900 resolution, an Intel Atom Dual-Core 330 CPU, Nvidia Ion graphics, a DVD burner, a 320GB HDD, up to 4GB of RAM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, an integrated webcam, and will be launched for £559 ($891 USD).

The other nettop will be the ET2203T will have: a 22-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to a 500GB HDD, ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics, a DVD burner, an optional Blu-ray drive, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, an integrated webcam, and will be launching for £819 ($1,305 USD).

[Slash Gear, Engadget]

Palm Pre WebOS 1.2 and Paid Apps on Catalog Delayed; WebOS 1.2.1 Rumoured To Have iTunes Syncing

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Clearly, it looks like Palm Pre's App Catalog has been delayed, so paid apps are put on hold for a little bit - along with WebOS 1.2. However, the sweeter news is that WebOS 1.2.1 is rumoured to be iTunes syncing capable. Just keep that in mind Pre owners.


Future Shop Slashes Price of Palm Pre To $150 In Canada

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Like Best Buy last week, Future Shop has just dropped the price of the WebOS-based Palm Pre smartphone to $149.99 CAD on a 3-year contract after $50 instant savings. To make the deal just a bit sweeter, Future Shop is throwing in a $75 "accessory credit." This sale will last until October 1st, so if you want to get one, get it now. Check it out here.

[Mobile Syrup]

250GB PS3 Slim Now Available For Pre-Orders On Amazon UK

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Looks like the 250GB PS3 Slim will be available in less than a week. In the UK, the 250GB PS3 Slim is now available for pre-orders for £285 ($455 USD) on Amazon. It also says that these models are going to be shipping on October 1st. Keep in mind that these models are not bundles, so you might want to wait for those sexy bundles we're hearing oh-so-much about. Check out the Amazon UK listing here.


Diamond and Yellow Gold Encrusted BlackBerry Curve 8900 Priced at $240,000

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Interested in an expensive BlackBerry Curve 8900 "laced with 4,459 brilliant cut diamonds (weighing 28.43 carats) and also is made with solid 18-carat yellow gold"? Well, this could be exactly what you're looking for. Alexander Amosu, a UK based luxury designer, spent over 350 hours making this smartphone. If you're interested, you better act now because he's only making three of them and one of them has already sold - so there's only two left now. It's retailing for $240,000 USD.

[Mobile Syrup]

Plastic Macbooks To Be Refreshed Too?

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We heard about the possible iMac refresh coming up as early as this week. Well, now we're also hearing that the plastic MacBooks will also be getting a refresh within the next month. It's just a rumour right now, but it's something to keep your eye for.

[Crunch Gear]

Verizon Razzle Reveals Itself, Launching For Under $60 In October

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We've heard about this handset before, but this is the first pictures that have surfaced of the Verizon Razzle. Back in late August we heard that this handset will launch in "late October", but the price wasn't mentioned. Now we're expecting the handset to launch sometime in October for "under $60." This handset is going to be a standard messaging phone with a QWERTY keypad, but the bottom will actually be rotatable to reveal a set of speakers and some music playback controls. Other features include a 1.3MP camera and a microSD card slot.

[Phone Arena]

Reminder: MMS For iPhone on AT&T Now Available

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As a reminder, MMS should now be available for iPhone users on AT&T. So, get your update and try it out now.

[Engadget, Gizmodo]