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Microsoft Confirms the Courier With a Job Listing!

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Thanks to a job listing, Microsoft has confirmed that the Courier is definitely a real product. This is definitely a good thing, even though the actual product hasn't been unveiled except for some concept photos and pictures. Anyways, all you need to know is below.

Do you already know everything about Project Natal and the Cloud? Is Blaise Aguera y Arcas' jaw-dropping TED talk on augmented-reality Bing Maps and Photosynth last month's news? Then check out some of the online chatter surrounding new releases of Window Phone 7 series handsets, Internet Explorer 9 and the upcoming Courier digital journal.

[Engadget, Gizmodo]



Amazon UK Launches the 15-Inch LG OLED TV For £1,970

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If you live in the UK and you're looking to hop onto the OLED wagon a bit early then you can now scoop up LG's 15-inch OLED TV on Amazon UK (here) for £1,970 which is almost $3,000 USD. In case you forgot, this TV sports a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

Canada's MTS Releases the Curve 8530 For $59.99

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Another carrier in Canada, MTS, has just released the BlackBerry Curve 8530 for $59.99 on a 3-year contract. Other price points are $159.99 on a 2-year contract and $384.99 on a 1-year contract. This handset will be sporting the specs you've heard time and time again. You can check it out on their website here.

Apple Looking To Jump Into Internet-Connected HDTV Business In 2-4 Years?

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Apparently, one of Apple's risks could be jumping into the HDTV business by offering a $2,000 TV that will, of course, be Internet-connected. They could also be thinking about launching a new Apple TV around the same time as well and the subscription cost will be anywhere between $50 and $90 monthly. This TV is expected to launch within the next two to four years. I'm sure this isn't much of a risk though because it seems like something Apple could do well.

Don't Forget That Skype For Verizon Is Launching On March 25th

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Remember how Verizon struck a deal with Skype? Well, don't forget that it'll start this Thursday, March 25th. Skype-to-Skype calls will be free so that's pretty awesome. The list of phones that will have Skype Mobile are listed below.
  • BlackBerry Storm 9530
  • BlackBerry Storm2
  • BlackBerry Curve 8330
  • BlackBerry Curve 8530
  • BlackBerry Curve 8830 World Edition
  • BlackBerry Tour 9630
  • Motorola Droid
  • HTC Droid Eris
  • Motorola Devour

T-Mobile USA Launching Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook For $199.99 On March 24th

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T-Mobile is launching two phones tomorrow, but that's not all. They'll also be launching the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. It's sporting traditional netbook specs so you'll find a 10-inch WSVGA display, a 1.3MP webcam, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 6-cell battery that should last 8 hours. It'll be available for $199.99 on a 2-year contract tomorrow (March 24th) in select T-Mobile stores in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Los Angeles.

HTC Supersonic Becomes Official, Named the HTC EVO 4G and It's the King Of All Phones

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Today has been a pretty big day. This morning the Nintendo 3DS was announced and a couple of hours ago we heard about the amazing Samsung Galaxy S. If you may remember we heard that HTC and Sprint would be announcing a WiMAX Android phone and they didn't let us down. The HTC Supersonic has been made official as the HTC EVO 4G.

This handset is similar to the HD2 with Android, it's packing: a 4.3-inch LCD multitouch display with a 480 x 800 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650 1GHz CPU, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, an 8MP camera with a flash and 720p video recording capabilities, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, an HDMI output, WiFi b/g, a microSD card slot, an 8GB card in the box, EVDO / Rev. A connectivity, Flash support, a 1,500mAh battery, and the Sense UI over top of Android 2.1. Don't forget that this will be Sprint's first 4G phone (via WiMAX) when it launches this Summer (undisclosed price). There's a good kickstand on the back along with some hardware buttons and four touch-sensitive ones on the front. Best handset that has been announced to date? I'm going to say, yes (spec-wise). Check out the Engadget link below for a short video.

Check out Sprint's minisite for it here.

Update: According to Tech Crunch, this handset will have Qik pre-installed, which is pretty good news considering you'll be able to take advantage of that camera.

[Phandroid, Electronista, Engadget]

Samsung Galaxy S Sporting Android, 1GHz CPU, and 4-Inch Super AMOLED

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Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S smartphone running Android. It'll feature an amazing spec sheet: a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (480 x 800 resolution) display, a 5MP AF camera, Bluetooth 3.0, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi b/g/n, 8GB / 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, quad-band GSM / tri-band UMTS / HSPA connectivity, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS with 3D maps, and a 1GHz CPU. It'll also have Smart Life integration, whatever that is. Man, this is a flagship at its finest! The body is 9.9mm thin, wow that's thinner than the Nexus One folks. This is a beast. Check out what Samsung had to say below.

Update: Engadget got a hands-on video so check it out below.




Samsung Welcomes You to the “Smart Life” with the Global Launch of the Galaxy S
Powered by 4-inch Super AMOLED and the latest version of Android™,




Galaxy S brings rich technology and enhanced mobile experience

LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today introduced the Galaxy S (Model: GT-I9000), a smartphone that makes users’ lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated. JK Shin, president and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business announced the global launch of the Galaxy S at his keynote speech at the International CTIA Wireless 2010. The Galaxy S will be available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia soon.
The Android-powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos, rich augmented reality content through Layar Reality Browser, and advanced LBS (Location Based Services). The ‘Social Hub’ provides always-on social networks connectivity allowing users to enjoy communications with their friends, colleagues, and families whenever they want and wherever they are.
The Galaxy S is designed to provide immersive, intelligent and integrated experiences, with the power to enrich people’s lives through best-in-class services and technologies. The Galaxy S will allow users around the world to experience the “Smart Life,” which Samsung anticipates will shift the way that consumers view smartphones and how they interact with them in their daily lives.
The Galaxy S immerses users in a world of rich multimedia. The large 4-inch Super AMOLED display delivers unrivalled screen quality, with less reflection, free viewing angles and super-fast touch-response. The mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) – a technology used in Samsung’s best-selling LCD and LED TVs – boosts an even sharper and crisper viewing experience for photos, videos, and e-books. It creates a perfect environment to record, edit and play HD video, to browse the Internet, and to read your favorite e-books. A variety of applications from Android Market™ allows users to even more extend the benefits and excitement of smartphone experience. Plus, users have access to Google™ mobile services, such as Google Search™, Gmail™, and Google Maps™.
Living a “Smart Life” requires intelligence, and the Galaxy S delivers just that by utilizing personal preferences to gather information online that each user needs and wants. With a user-defined daily briefing, lightning-fast processing speeds and location-based search options like Layar Reality Browser – the Galaxy S gives users the information they need wherever and whenever needed. The Galaxy S represents the next level of intelligence in smartphones.
The Galaxy S integrates every aspect of life in a smart and sophisticated way. In addition to wireless integration with a variety of other devices, such as notebooks, TVs and cameras, the highly advanced Social Hub plugs users quickly and conveniently into their complete world of social networking and email.
“The Android-powered Galaxy S will set a new standard for smartphones,” said JK Shin, president and head of Mobile Communications Business. “The Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected, and in tune with their smart life – both personal and professional – all in a very easy and simple way.”
Other Key Features
• Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the scheduler.




• All Share: Enables inter-device connectivity via DLNA (Digtal Living Network Alliance) technology.
• Home Cradle: Enables use as a digital photo frame, table clock, calendar, and music station.
• Write and go: Jot down an idea first and later decide on a format such as SMS/ MMS, email, calendar or memo.
• Swype: Provides fast and easy way to input text on screen while on-the-move.
• ThinkFree: Apps to view and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
• Smart Alarm: Wakes up with a natural alarm sound and automatically turned-on display light.

The Galaxy S is exhibited at The International CTIA Wireless at booth # 1023.
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JK Shin, Keynote Speech “Future of the Smartphone is NOW”

At Samsung’s CTIA keynote address this morning, JK Shin unveiled the Galaxy S and discussed the company’s vision for ‘Democratization of Smartphone’. With an increasingly challenging and dynamic market environment, Samsung is continuing to innovate to stay ahead, looking to smartphones as the core of its strategy. According to industry estimates, global sales of smartphones will double by 2013 and account for one-fourth of all handset sales. With first-time buyers driving half of global sales, it’s clear that the appeal of smartphones is no longer limited to early adopters or even to advanced economies.
JK Shin announced Samsung’s vision “to advance the democratization of the smartphone” and “to make smartphones available for everyone, regardless of cost, need, lifestyle or geographic location.” This strategy points to Samsung’s commitment to deliver devices, applications and services that are relevant for every lifestyle and to empower users around the globe with access to the information and connections that produce valuable user experiences. Mr. Shin also introduced the Smart Life concept and said, “Smart Life is delivering a smartphone experience that is simple, organized and integrated. And Smart Life is flexible and versatile, allowing smartphone users to customize their user experience to fit their own needs.” Based on feedback from U.S. consumers, this philosophy embodies Samsung’s drive to build a new class of smartphones that will maximize user experiences.

[Engadget, Samsung Hub, Slash Gear]

Verizon Releasing the LG Cosmos On March 25th For $29.99

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Verizon has just announced that they'll be launching the LG Cosmos. This handset will be available starting this Thursday, March 25th, and will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS / Bluetooth 2.1 support, social integration, and a 1.3MP camera. It'll be priced at $29.99 on a 2-year contract.

[Unwired View]

Sony Releases Some NX Series Bravia HDTV Goodness

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Sony has just released their latest set of Bravia HDTVs, this time it's their NX Series. There are three models: a 46, a 52, and a 60-inch model. They all boast LED edge lit technology, 240Hz technology, the Bravia Engine 3, and internet support / widgets. Surprisingly enough, the only model currently in stock is the 60-inch model. The 46-inch model will be available in mid-May while the 52-inch model is backordered until March 30th.

Samsung Star TV Launches, It's Exactly What The Name Implies

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Samsung has just launched another variant of their oh-so-popular Samsung Star handset. Introducing to you the Samsung Star TV (S5233T) which sports a built-in analog mobile TV receiver. The specs are exactly the same except they ripped out the WiFi - a sacrifice for your TV purposes.

Xbox 360 Gets 250GB HDDs For $129.99

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There's not much to tell you here because all you need to know is in the picture above and the title. The Xbox 360 dashboard has just hinted that 250GB HDDs are on the way. Of course, this is already available in Japan, so everyone else should be getting their shot at them soon.

Update: According to Engadget, Microsoft has just confirmed that you can scoop up the 250GB HDD (with a transfer cable) right now for $129.99 USD. Amazon will have them starting on March 28th.

Update: According to Joystiq, the 120GB HDD for the Xbox 360 has dropped to $99.99.

Inbrics M1 MID Steps It Up With Samsung C110 1GHz CPU

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Inbrics has been smart enough to bump up their CPU speed to 1GHz and, no, they're not using the Snapdragon one. They've decided to use the Samsung C110 1GHz CPU that Samsung should also use in their future phones (has this even been officially announced yet?). The Inbrics M1 is an MID though (not a phone) so it doesn't have integrated 3G for calls, but it does have WiFi so you better hope that there's Skype support. It'll do perfectly find as a phone though because it's just slightly larger than the Nexus One.

Update: According to Engadget, this handset will also be getting updated to Android 2.1 for its July launch in Korea. US should be getting it by the end of this year.

[Slash Gear]

Archos 9 Tablet Now Shipping With Updated Atom Z515 1.2GHz CPU

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It's about time. The Archos 9 tablet PC has just been updated and now features an Intel Atom Z515 1.2GHz CPU. It still seems like it's a bit too slow, but you'll have to deal with it if you're willing to pay $549.99 (here) for it. The resistive touchscreen is still a let down and those specs haven't changed. Check out the review before you spend your money!

[Slash Gear]

Kyocera Announces Their First Android Handset, the Zio M6000

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We knew that Kyocera was working on an Android handset since last year and they've finally announced it. The handset, named the Zio M6000, will feature a 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display, a 3.2MP camera, WiFi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo Bluetooth, 256MB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a custom UI. Kyocera didn't mention what version of Android this handset will be running so we'll have to wait for that. The spec sheet is pretty good but it's nothing mind-blasting. This handset features CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A connectivity so it could get launched on Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint, or Verizon in the US. The launch is set for Q2.

Update: According to Phandroid, Kyocera is looking to launch this handset for $169 to $216 unlocked. That's pretty sweet!

Update: According to Phandroid (again), this handset is likely headed to Cricket in the US this Summer.

[Unwired View]

Nintendo Announces the 3DS, 3D Gaming On a Handheld Without Glasses

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Nintendo has just announced their successor to the current DS line-up, the Nintendo 3DS. Apparently, Nintendo is planning to have a 3D display (2, I assume) that will not require dorky 3D glasses since that technology is the future. Thankfully, the 3DS will be backwards-compatible so you'll be able to play the games that are currently available for the DS - and the DSi. We'll hear more about this at E3 2010 in June this year and hopefully we'll even see a prototype of this thing. This 3DS is looking to hit shelves a year from now, so you won't get your hands on this device until at least March of 2011. I put enough links below so you can choose your destiny.

Update: According to Joystiq, the 3DS will feature a "3D control stick" along with Sharp LCD screen for the 3D effect. The display will be around 4-inches diagonally (each) and there'll be rumble technology as well as better battery life and faster WiFi.

Update: According to Kotaku, the 3DS will actually be playable in June, but let's see how that goes. June 15-17 is when E3 will take place this year.

[Slash Gear, Crunch Gear, Tech Digest, Pocket-Lint, GSM Arena]

MEDL Technology Launching 13.3-inch LED-Backlit Rechargeable Monitor In Q4

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MEDL Technology has just shown off their latest portable monitor. It'll be called The Panel and it's actually got a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display and it's rechargeable. It's got VGA / component / S-Video / mini-HDMI / USB 2.0 ports and a nice folding stand on the back. The battery life is said to last around 5 hours, so that's pretty awesome. It'll be available in Q4 of this year for around $350.

[Engadget]

Apple Stores Now Offering the iPhone 3G and 3GS Contract-Free and Locked For Too Much

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Last March, Apple offered the iPhone 3G contract-free and now they're doing the same this year. Apple stores are now selling the 8GB iPhone 3G for $499, the 16GB iPhone 3GS for $599, and the 32GB iPhone 3GS for $699. Unfortunately, this isn't unlocked so it's still locked to AT&T. You'll also only be allowed to get one per day. I think it's a bit too much, but people will still go out and buy them.

[Apple Insider]

Toshiba Unveils UX600 LED HDTV Series, Launching Later This Month

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Toshiba has just unveiled their latest LED HDTV and it's the UX600 Series. It'll come in 40 (40UX600), 46 (46UX600), and 55-inch (55UX600) models. They all feature a WiFi adapter in the box so that you'll be able to browse Youtube, VUDU, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They all boast 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, 120Hz technology, a 2-inch thin body, and automatic brightness thanks to the ambient light sensor. They'll go for $1,399.99 USD, $1,699.99 USD, and $2,499.99 USD later this month, as you go up in size. Check out the press release below and they're all on their website here.


TOSHIBA INTRODUCES THE NEW UX600 SERIES LED TV, BLENDING HIGH PICTURE QUALITY WITH INTERNET CAPABILITY THAT IS FUN AND EASY
Slim and easy to use, the UX600 with included Wi-Fi® adapter delivers
digital entertainment on demand
Wayne, NJ — March 22, 2010 — Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. (“Toshiba”), a market leader in LCD TVs, today announced the availability of the new UX600 LED TV, offering breakthrough picture quality with advanced interactive features for non-stop entertainment.
Entertainment on-demand is taken to new levels with the UX600’s NET TV™ capabilities. Net TV includes a wide variety of applications that broaden the definition of “TV Content” and enrich the overall user experience. VUDU™ Movies offers true 1080p HD, 5.1 surround sound and gives viewers access to over 3,000 HD movies on demand. NET TV also streams audio applications such as Pandora® and creates personalized “Channels” of the music users enjoy. Viewers can also keep in touch while watching TV through social networking applications like Facebook® and Twitter®. Additionally, video and photo services such as YouTube™, Flickr®, and Picasa™ Web Albums let users share content with friends and family wherever they live. News services including the New York Times®, AP, National Weather, and more, provide up to the minute information about the world around you. And, the customizable “Ticker” available at the bottom of the screen allows you to keep up to date with information from Twitter, News, Weather, or Stocks, automatically.
In order to provide consumers with simple and instant access to the Internet, the UX600 also comes equipped with its own Wi-Fi adapter. Unlike some other Internet capable televisions, the UX600 is ready to deliver the latest content right out-of-the-box. The included WPA Wi-Fi adapter eliminates the need to purchase additional accessories, and simplifies the set-up process.
“This is a high quality LED TV that is both simple and fun!” said Scott Ramirez, VP, TV Marketing. “We have packed amazingly deep LED picture quality, robust Internet capability, and a long list of key Toshiba features, into our new slim Air Lagoon™ design, and included a Wi-Fi Adapter to make it a total pleasure from day one. This is a package people will be excited to own.”
Available in 40″, 46″ and 55″ sizes (measured respectively at 40.0″, 46.0″ and 54.6″ diagonally), the UX600 is packed with a number of cutting-edge picture quality features. The stunning 3M:1 dynamic contrast ratio LED produces a clearer, crisper image. To ensure consistent contrast levels, the UX600 benefits from Toshiba’s CrystalCoat™ high contrast screen coating to keep contrast high in bright rooms, AutoView™ which analyzes ambient room light and the incoming video signal to automatically create the optimal picture in all lighting conditions and DynaLight™ automatically adjusts the backlight intensity based on the incoming video signal. All this is combined with the Pixel PureÒ 5G engine, whose superior processing enhances the quality of high definition and standard definition images. Fast-paced action video also achieves the ultimate clarity with Toshiba’s ClearFrame™ 120Hz technology which doubles the video frames from 60 per second to 120 per second to reduce any motion blur that may occur when watching sports or action movies. The superior picture quality is matched by superior sound quality as Dolby® Volume ensures a consistent volume level, even during commercials or when changing channels.
Going above and beyond an ordinary television, the UX600 also boasts many other features designed to enhance the consumer experience. Photo Frame capability lets consumers effortlessly view photos in an automatic slide show, allowing the TV to act as both a TV, and a digital photo frame. Gaming Mode is designed reduce game controller delay, giving the player improved reaction time and a more realistic playing experience. With the UX600, these, along with a list of other advanced features, transform television viewing.
The UX600 heralds a new luxurious appearance for Toshiba’s LED range, featuring a slim, gorgeous Air Lagoon™ design less than 2″ in depth. As efficiency is also important, the UX600 also meets ENERGY STARÒ 4.0 requirements.
Pricing and Availability:
The 40UX600, 46UX600 and 55UX600 will be available to purchase from March 2010 at a
Suggested Retail Price of $1,399.99, 1,699.99 and $2,499.99 respectively.
For full product details and more information on the UX600 as well as other television products, please visithttp://www.tacpnewsroom.com or http://www.toshibatv.com.
About Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.
Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. (TACP) is owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide. TACP markets and sells a full line of home entertainment products, including flat panel TVs, Hi-Definition Blu-ray Disc players, TV/DVD Combination products and portable devices. Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For additional information, please visit www.tacp.toshiba.com orwww.toshibatv.com.


[Slash Gear]

Origin Launches Core i7-Packing EON15 Gaming Notebook

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Origin has just launched a new gaming notebook, the 15.6-inch EON15. This notebook comes with an LED-backlit display with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, Core i7 CPU options clocked at 1.6GHz or 1.73GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M / 285M graphics, 4GB to 8GB of RAM, and 160GB / 250GB / 320GB / 500GB HDD / 80GB / 160GB / 250GB SSD options. You can also pack a DVD / Blu-ray burner on here along with WiFi / Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI / Ethernet ports, and Windows 7. It's clearly highly customizable and it starts at $1,899 USD.

[Electronista]