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Plastic Logic Teases Their E-Book Reader, Prepping For Big CES 2010 Unveiling -- Running Windows CE On Video!

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Well, we just heard news about Spring Design's Alex e-book reader and now Plastic Logic has decided to tease their own offering. What you above is a side profile of the Plastic Logic QUE. Unfortunately, the details are pretty scarce right now, but the big unveiling is expected to take place at CES 2010. It has a display the exact same size as a piece of paper, that's 8.5 x 11-inches and it is a touchscreen. This e-book reader will have support for various formats such as PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. It measures in at under 0.33-inches, so it's pretty slim. We'll have to wait and see exactly what else this reader will have in store for us in early 2010. Oh yes, it also has 3G connectivity.

Update: It looks like we've got some more information about this e-book reader - courtesy of WMPowerUser. This e-book reader looks like it will come equipped with Windows CE. That's up to you to decide whether that is exciting or not. Check out the short video below.

plastic logic ebook from Gizmodo on Vimeo.


Meet Alex. An E-Book Reader With Dual-Displays and the Android OS

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That dual-screen e-book reader that surfaced last week looks like it has led another company to release the exact same thing. It's named Alex and it's made by Spring Design. This e-book reader has: a 6-inch e-ink display, a smaller 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display running Android, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, integrated speakers, WiFi / 3G support, and EVDO / CDMA / GSM connectivity. This e-book reader is expected to launch by the end of this year.

Onkyo Releases Nettop With Detachable DVD Drive and Nvidia's Ion

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Onkyo has just made their latest nettop official, the P305A3. This nettop has: an Intel Atom Single-Core 230 1.6GHz CPU, Nvidia Ion graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, an HDMI / four USB 2.0 / an eSATA ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, and WiFi support. This nettop throws a curveball by having an optional DVD drive that can actually be attached form the nettop itself, which is pretty neat. With this nettop, Onkyo is offering a wireless mouse / keyboard and Windows 7 Home Premium.

This nettop is now available in Japan for around $767 USD.

Bang & Olufsen Make the 40-Inch BeoVision 10 LCD HDTV Official and Expensive

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You may not remember the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 10 but it looks like it has just been made official. This LCD HDTV has a 40-inch display and features an aluminum body. Unfortunately, it costs £43,495 ($71,323 USD) overseas and I'm sure that's enough to make a couple of people to cry - it's making me tear up as I type.

Apple Already Testing a 4G CDMA iPhone On Verizon's 3G LTE Networks?

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This is interesting. It looks like right after Verizon sabotaged the iPhone (with their iDont ads in favour of the Motorola Droid), we're now hearing rumours of Apple testing a 4G (CDMA) iPhone on Verizon's 4G LTE networks. 4G is, apparently, going to bring speeds 10 times faster than 3G. Unfortunately, I can't tell you how fast 3G is because I only use WiFi on my phone.

First Pictures of the BlackBerry inPulse Watch Phone Surface

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Remember that BlackBerry watch we heard about a while ago? Well, it looks like it's real and this is the first render that we've got. The BB watch looks like it will be officially announced pretty soon and below are some of the features that it will have. Look out for the inPulse soon.

  • it has been designed specifically for BlackBerry from the ground up - developed by a new BlackBerry-dedicated accessory company
  • it features an OLED screen that we hear is "big, bright and beautiful" and optimized for displaying text clearly, and thanks to OLED has solid battery life
  • it's designed to show you notifications and previews of messages arriving on your BlackBerry
  • judging by the filename of the photos as they were sent in to us, we're thinking it's going to branded the inPulse smartwatch

PlayStation Magazine Mentions Killzone 3, Resistance 3 and Sequel To CoD: World At War

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In PlayStation: The Official Magazine they have just mentioned that Killzone 3 is in development and they're targeting a 2010 release date for it. The magazine also mentions that Resistance 3 and a sequel to Call of Duty: World at War is also in the works.

[vg 247]

Samsung I5700 Spica Running Android, Caught Strutting Around On Video

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It looks like a new video has been spotted online and it's featuring the Android-based Samsung I5700 Spica (Galaxy Lite). I don't really have much to say about the video, so you can just enjoy it for yourself below. It's just under 5 minutes so if you have time to spare check it out.

[Slash Gear]

Lenovo Launching IdeaPad S12 Netbook In Japan With Nvidia Ion On October 22nd

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Lenovo looks like they're planning to launch the Nvidia Ion-equipped IdeaPad S12 in Japan this Thursday, October 22nd with Windows 7 on-board. This netbook sports: a 12.1-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU, a 250GB HDD, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth support, HDMI output, two USB 2.0 ports, a card reader, and a 6-cell battery that should last 6 hours. In Japan, this will be available for around $760 USD and will apparently sell for about $200 USD cheaper when it launches in North America.


Gateway Unveils EC14 / EC54 / EC58 Intel ULV-Equipped Notebooks

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Gateway has just unveiled three more of their notebooks with Intel ULV CPU options, the EC14, EC54, and EC58. The EC14 notebook has: an 11.6-inch display, up to a 500GB HDD, up to 8GB of RAM, an Intel Pentium Dual-Core / Celeron Single-Core CPU options, audio jacks, an integrated webcam, a multi-card reader, and an HDMI / Ethernet / three USB 2.0 ports.

The EC54 / EC58 notebooks come equipped with: a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Core 2 Duo / Pentium Dual-Core CPU options, audio jacks, an integrated webcam, an HDMI port, a DVD drive, and a multitouch trackpad.

All three of these notebooks come with Windows 7 pre-installed. The EC14, and the EC54 / EC58 will be launching for $549.99 USD and $649.99 USD, respectively.

AU KDDI Launching the Casio Exilim CA003 / CA004 By Year's End

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AU KDDI isn't done revealing their handsets and this is the Casio Exilim CA003 and the CA004. The CA003 has: a 3.3-inch WVGA OLED display, a 12.17MP AF camera with a 3x optical zoom, a microSDHC card slot, GPS / WiFi / Bluetooth support, and an FM radio. The CA004 has: an 8MP camera, a 3.1-inch WVGA OLED display, and a microSD card slot that'll only support measly little 2GB cards.

[Engadget, Akihabara News]

iiView A2 Netbook Available In The US For $399

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We saw it back in July, but iiView has just revealed their netbook that wants to set itself apart due to its price tag. It's the iiView A2 netbook. It'll be coming to the US for $399.99 - a standard price for netbooks - and you'll get: a 12.1-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, an Intel Aom N270 1.6GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, an integrated webcam, a full-sized keyboard, and a 6-cell battery that will last only 3 hours. It also comes with Windows 7 and is available here.

AU KDDI Reveals More Handsets For the Winter Time, Aquos Shot SH003 / SH004 / SH006

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AU KDDI has just revealed a couple of Sharp phones, the AQUOS SHOT SH003, SH004, and the SH006. All of these models are, basically, the same thing with some varying features. The SH003 has: a 12.1MP AF camera, a microSDHC card slot that can support 8GB cards, a 3.4-inch WVGA touchscreen display, Bluetooth / WiFi / GPS support, an EZ FM radio tuner, Felica (whatever that is), and a 1Seg TV tuner. The SH004 is basically the same thing, but it has a downgraded 8MP camera and a 3-inch WVGA display. The SH006 is the same as the SH003, but the microSDHC card slot can support 16GB cards.

Asus Revealing Their First Android Handset By the End of the Year

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According to DigiTimes, it looks like Asus will be unveiling their first Android phone this year - and I presume we'll see a launch for it in 2010. Don't be too sure though, since the Nuvifone G60 got quite a lengthy delay...

[Engadget Mobile]

Android-Based Motorola CLIQ Now Available For $199, November 2nd For Those Not On T-Mobile

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As a reminder, you should probably know that you can now get your hands on the Motorola CLIQ if you're an existing T-Mobile customer. If you're not then you're going to have to wait a couple more days, November 2, because that's when you'll be getting your chance. Anyways, this handset comes with Android and is layered with their MOTOBLUR that has deep social integration. You can now get this handset here for $199.99 USD on a 2-year contract.

[Engadget Mobile]

MetroPCS Launches the Samsung Code For $299

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In the USA, it looks like MetroPCS is planning to launch the Samsung Code (SCH-i2210) fairly soon. This handset comes packed with: a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2MP camera with video recording functionality, 1x EVDO connectivity, a microSD card slot, a battery long enough to last 6 hours of talk time / 300 hours of standby time, and WinMo 6.1 (yup!). We don't know exactly when MetroPCS will launch this handset, but like I said, it should be fairly soon.

Update: According to Slash Gear, this handset will be available for $299.99 USD.

Update: As the comment below says this handset is actually available now! Check it out here.

[Samsung Hub]

Verizon Launching the HP Mini 110 and Mini 311 Netbooks Very Soon

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Verizon looks like they're going to be launching the HP Mini 110 and the Mini 311 netbooks. They're launching them both on October 22nd with Windows 7 pre-installed - actually the Mini 110 is going to have Windows XP. The Mini 110 is your standard 11.6-inch netbook and it'll be available for $199.99 USD on a 2-year contract after rebates, but it'll actually be launched right after they run out of the last-gen Mini 1151 netbook.

The Mini 311, on the other hand, will be launching on October 22nd for $249.99 USD on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. And, yes, this netbook will be 3G-equipped. This netbook is definitely the more desirable of the two, since it has Windows 7 and Nvidia's Ion.


AU KDDI Reveal the Sanyo SA001 Handset, Launching This Winter

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This pink handset that looks fairly ugly is the Sanyo / Kyocera SA001 that has fairly standard specs. This handset has: a 3.1-inch WVGA IPS display, a 1Seg TV tuner, WiFi / GPS / Bluetooth support, a radio runter, and a 3.2MP camera. It also has an 11.9mm thin body and weighs 119 grams. Expect this handset to hit AU KDDI this holiday season.

[Akihabara News]

AU KDDI Reveals Winter Line-Up Handset, the Sony Ericsson Urbano Barone and U1, the First Bravia Phone

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AU KDDI has just revealed most of their handset line-up for the upcoming holiday season. First up what you see above is the Sony Ericsson Urbano Barone. This handset is a flip phone that features: a 3-inch display, a 5MP AF camera, a microSDHC card slot, and other standards like WiFi and GPS support.

The handset you see below is "KDDI's first Bravia phone, the [Sony Ericsson] U1." This handset has a 3-inch display, a microSDHC card slot, a 5MP AF camera, WiFi / GPS / Bluetooth support, 1Seg TV support, and EF radio. The features that stands out in this handset is the fact that it is "based on Sony Bravia Technology as well as Sony Blu-ray forwarding technology (you can enjoy Blu-ray on your phone by syncing it to a Blu-ray player)." That's pretty impressive - if I had any Blu-ray movies to begin with.

Sony Ericsson Urbano Barone: Akihabara News
Sony Ericsson U1, the Bravia Phone: Akihabara News

MSI Now Has Wind Box DC200 and DE200 Up For Pre-Orders

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We saw these two nettops from MSI at CeBIT, the Wind Box DC200 / DE200, and it looks like they're finally available for pre-ordering. Both of these nettop are rocking fairly standard specs, so that's: an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, and Windows XP. The DE200 is a bit better, also including: discrete ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics and an HDMI port. Check the DC200 here for $249.99 USD and the DE200 here for $299.99 USD.


Boy Genius Reveals Even More About the Motorola Droid; The Android Handset To Beat

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Boy Genius has just told us exactly what they think about the Motorola Droid (Sholes / Tao). They've given us pictures and exactly what you see below. After reading all of those sweet points, check out Boy Genius' website for a couple of more photos.

  • It’s running Android 2.0. Duh.
  • It’s thin. Just slightly thicker than an iPhone 3GS and the thinnest QWERTY-slider we’ve ever seen.
  • It is the fastest Android device we’ve ever used. (It’s running a TI OMAP3430 processor)
  • The feel of the device is very reminiscent of the OQO 02 model computer. Just smaller. It’s metal with a non-spring-assisted slide, very sturdy, and half soft-touch plastic.
  • Awesome capacitive display. Plus it’s huge. Easily the best screen we’ve ever seen on an Android handset, and an amazing screen overall.
  • The QWERTY keyboard is actually pretty usable and has a soft-touch rubberized finish. We’ve been told the keyboard design isn’t final on this unit, thus the two no-shows.
  • Have we mentioned this phone flies? It’s the Android device to beat, and easily the most impressive. From what we’ve been told, Google had a direct hand in the Motorola Droid. Something to the point of almost dictating every move Motorola made when designing and making the phone. Interesting, huh?
  • There’s a desktop cradle/charger that will ship with the Motorola Droid that we’ve been playing around with. It turns your Droid into a “multimedia station” and displays local weather, the time, etc.
  • No one wants to listen, but it makes the CLIQ looks like a child’s toy (partly because it is, and partly because the Droid, even in its non-final form, is the most impressive phone we’ve used since the iPhone. It’s positively amazing).

[Boy Genius]

Microsoft Launching Their First Store On October 22nd, Ashley Tisdale Will Be There!

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Of course, we know that Microsoft is planning to launch their first store pretty soon and it looks like it will absolutely be on October 22nd. More specifically, 10:00 a.m. at Scottsdale Fashion Square which I believe is is Arizona. Just in case that wasn't good enough for you it looks like Ashley Tisdale will also be there and she'll be performing at 5:00 p.m. Woohoo!


HP, Dell, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus All Offering a Bunch Of Notebooks / Netbooks / Desktops For Pre-Orders With Windows 7

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A whole lot of notebooks and netbooks are becoming available to pre-order with Windows 7 pre-installed - since the launch is this Thursday, October 22. So far you can check out HP's desktops here, notebooks here, and their Envy line-up here. If only I had around $2,000 USD to spend on the Envy 15.

The Dell Mini 10v netbook is available here and the Windows 7 Starter Edition costs an extra $30 USD. The Dell Inspiron 11z netbook is available here and the upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium costs an extra $30 USD and it's $130 USD for Windows 7 Professional.

On Amazon Germany's website here, they are now taking pre-orders for the Asus Eee PC T91 tablet netbook for €506 ($754 USD).

On Amazon US' website you can check out the Toshiba Satellite T115, the Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810T, and the AS1810TZ notebooks here, here, and here, respectively. They are also going for $479.99 USD, $599.99 USD, and $549.99 USD, respectively. All three of these notebooks come equipped with Intel ULV CPUs.

HP Line-Up For Pre-Orders: Engadget
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v Netbook For Pre-Orders: Netbooked
Asus Eee PC T91 Tablet Netbook For Pre-Orders: Netbooked
Intel ULV-Packed Toshiba Satellite T115 and Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T For Pre-Orders: Netbooked

Google Ad Signals That Verizon Could Be Launching the Motorola Droid On November 6th

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Two days ago, Verizon launched their ad for the Motorola Droid and now we're getting some more tips on when it will all be official thanks to some Google ads. According to the Google ad you see above, the Droid (Sholes / Tao) will be launching on November 6th.

T-Mobile Project Dark / Project Black Announcement To Be Even More / Even More Plus Contracts and New FlexPay System

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More news about T-Mobile's Project Dark / Project Black has just popped up today. It looks like it has been confirmed to be some kind of unlimited plan and the Even More and Even More Plus contracts. T-Mobile is also planning to introduce what they're calling a FlexPay system. This will allow you to "pay for it [a handset] in monthly installments just like they would for that big leather couch they can't really afford but really, really want." So, let's say for a $500 contract-free, you'll be able to pay $20 monthly or something like that. That's pretty awesome!

[Phone Arena, Boy Genius, Tmo Today]