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Next iPad Will Have More RAM, A5 CPU, and a Camera; No High Res Display Or SD Card Slot

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Coming from an Engadget source is some juicy details regarding the next generation iPad tablet from Apple which will be announced on Mach 2nd. They have heard that a high-resolution display along with an SD card slot will not be making an appearance on this iPad which is some bad news but it was actually expected. However, the next iPad looks like it will feature 512MB of RAM, a more powerful A5 CPU, a front-facing camera, and a thinner and lighter body. Apple looks like they could also be announcing iOS 5 along with more cloud services. It sounds pretty good and it'll be official on March 2nd.


Huawei U8500 Android Powered Handset Hits the FCC, Could Be Headed To T-Mobile

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A new handset from Huawei has just hit the FCC and it's the U8500. This Android-based handset was unveiled way back in September so it's bound to launch soon. Judging from its quad-band GSM / EDGE / AWS connectivity it looks like it may actually be hitting T-Mobile USA. Specs for this one include a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, an optical trackpad, and WiFi support. Check it out at the FCC.

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Future BlackBerrys Could Be Running Android Apps, Cause They're "Super Apps" Aren't Enough

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ShopSavvy has just mentioned something that could be in the future for RIM and the BlackBerry. First, let's keep in mind that it has been reported that the company's PlayBook tablet will actually be able to run Android apps which is a big deal. Now, we're hearing reports that ShopSavvy's Android app has actually been activated by a few BlackBerrys at RIM's HQs in Waterloo, Ontario. Interesting stuff. It could be a hint of things to come and would be a great addition to future BlackBerrys. It might even be enough for me to get one.


Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro Line-Up With Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, AMD GPUs, and Thunderbolt -- OS X Lion Dev Preview Now Available

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As expected, Apple has refreshed a bunch of their products today and it's right on Steve Jobs' birthday! The refresh includes the whole MacBook Pro Series. The base model is the 13-inch model and it's just like the leak said. It's sporting a 13.3-inch LED display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, a dual-core Intel Core i5 2.3GHz CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB HDD, Intel HD 3000 graphics, an HD webcam, WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, a backlit keyboard, an SDXC card slot, FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and Light Peak aka Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt tech inside of these new notebooks will offer your 10Gbps trasfer rates which is awesome but we'll see if it wins the battle versus USB 3.0 which is slowly rolling out. Sadly, the smallest model which is this 13-inch model only has options for integrated graphics so it's actually a bit of a downgrade. By the way, the battery life for these MacBook Pro has dropped to 7 hours which is likely real-time usage.

This model will be starting at $1,199, the 15-inch model will start at $1,799, and the 17-inch model actually starts at $2,499 and that's because you'll get a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and a 750GB HDD as a standard. Only the larger two models (the 15 and 17-inch notebooks) come with AMD discrete graphics and, yes, Apple has ditched Nvidia for AMD. Of course, all models come with new Intel Core 2011 CPU options so they're pretty darn fast. Check it out on Apple.

Update: Engadget has mentioned that the Mac OS X Lion developer preview is now up on the Mac App Store.

HTC Thunderbolt Could Launch On March 3 Or 4, Unlimited 4G (LTE) Data Could Be Just $30 Monthly

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Okay, so the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt clearly didn't launch today but BGR is picking up some new information. The 4G-capable smartphone may actually be launching on either March 3 or 4th which is next week. Verizon did just release the Motorola XOOM earlier today so it's a good idea that they're giving their customers a few more days to rack up a few bills. Their tipster also mentions that unlimited 4G (LTE) data will cost $29.99 monthly which isn't bad at all. Actually, it's pretty awesome.


HTC Arrive aka 7 Pro Gets Officially Announced By Sprint, Available On March 20th For $199

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Sprint has finally announced it but we all knew it was coming. The HTC Arrive has just been made official and it's the HTC 7 Pro. This handset will be available starting on March 20th for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. The Arrive features quite the spec sheet: a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, a 5MP AF camera with an LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, an Adreno 200 GPU, aGPS, and Windows Phone 7. It's a pretty good handset but Sprint does offer some pretty great smartphones and some of those Android ones even have WiMAX (4G) connectivity. By the way, you can pre-order this handset right now if you want to.

Verizon Releases the Motorola XOOM With "Honeycomb" Goodness, Will Cost You $599

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Today's a big day for the tablet world. Verizon has just released the Motorola XOOM which sports Android "Honeycomb" which is a pretty amazing OS. The tablet itself features a 10.1-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, WiFi a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, a 5MP AF camera with a dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording, and a front-facing 2MP camera. The tablet itself isn't launching with Flash 10.1 support but it will be coming within a few weeks. Check it out on Verizon if you're ready to cough up $599.99 on a 2-year contract or $799.99 contract-free. The WiFi-only model isn't available yet. Don't forget that the next iPad will be announced on March 2nd so maybe you'll want to wait for that if you're second guessing yourself.