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Sony Ericsson President Steps Down!

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It's no surprise that Sony Ericsson is going through tough times, after expecting a rough quarterly loss. Sony Ericsson's President, Najmi Jarwala, has reportedly stepped down. Mr. Jarwala is going to leave his presidency at the end of March. He is currently the President of Sony Ericsson USA and is also the Head of Region North America. The new President of the company will be Anders Runevad, who is currently the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing for Sony Ericsson. I think it's great that Sony Ericsson is tanking, since everything they make nowadays is just so uninteresting. I think they should disband after they release the Idou that was announced at MWC earlier this year.

[Boy Genius]

Game Developers Conference 2009 Starting Now!

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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is finally starting today. It spans from today (March 23) to March 27 and is being held in San Francisco. You can keep up with everything at Kotaku or you could wait for me to blog about it. I won't be blogging about every single thing that's happening at GDC, just anything that interests me.


Acer A1 Expected In September; Running Android

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Pictured above is the Acer C1 which could be one of Acer's phones expected to be released this year alongside their Android device. But according to Philippine Business Mirror, the Acer A1 is expected to run Android and is expected to be released in September of this year. It will launch alongside 3 other handsets which could include the C1 (pictured above), F1, E1, L1 or just about any other Acer handset. I hope the A1 is a nice-looking touchscreen phone because I don't want to see Android running on a crappy device. According to analysts, Android is going to surpass the iPhone's market share by 2012.


New 17-Inch iMac Is Actually The Old 17-inch iMac

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Looks like that so-called 17-inch "new" iMac is not as new as everyone thought it was. It's the old "polycarbonate" iMac, maybe that's why it's targeted for students. It's still going for the same $899 USD price, but expect to pay over $1,000 USD when you upgrade some of its underwhelming specs.


AT&T Details On The Next iPhone

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So, this is actually not a rumour as some of you might suggest, this is all 100% confirmed. The next iPhone will be announced around mid-June, which is just like I've said many times (around the launch of the Palm Pre). It will, of course, be faster, possibly also including the faster HSDPA (7.2Mbps). We should also be expecting a new iPhone every year as a part of Apple's "tradition." There are a bunch of things that AT&T mentioned, but some of it can be interpreted in a bunch of different ways. Especially, that the "gap in capability should be filled with the new iPhone." This could mean a possible slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which would be amazing. The last part is the most interesting: "The $99 [USD] netbook will start selling this summer, and the first one won't be a Windows OS." I guess this confirms the so-called Apple netbook, but it's kind of confusing. If they were talking about Apple releasing a netbook, why would they have to confirm that it won't be running on a Windows OS? An Apple netbook would, of course, run on the Mac OS. So, that last point is a toss-up.

[Boy Genius, Electronista]

Sharp AQUOS A-Series

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Earlier this year at CES, Samsung unveiled more from their AQUOS line-up. These new, different 3 models: 40-inch (LC-40AE6), 46-inch (LC-46AE6), and 52-inch (LC-52AE6) will be sporting a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It also has a digital tuner, 120Hz technology, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits of brightness, and 176-degree viewing angles. These LCD HDTVs will be available starting next month in Japan. The 40-inch model will be available on April 10 for ¥200,000 ($2,076 USD) and the other 2 larger models will be released on May 15. The 46-inch will be going for ¥260,000 ($2,698 USD) and the 52-inch will be going for ¥390,000 ($4,048 USD). Keep in mind that there is no word on whether it will be released to the US.


Nokia 7205 Intrigue Now Available Through Verizon

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The fairly uninteresting, but nice-looking Nokia 7205 Intrigue is now available through Verizon Wireless. It's only 0.55-inches thick, has a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, a new homescreen, and Habitat Mode. The Intrigue is now available for $180 USD with a two-year contract, but there's a $50 rebate so it's only $130. It's your regular flip phone from Nokia and nothing special. It's for those people who could care-less about smartphones and touchscreens, not my type of phone but it is in my price range.


Samsung YP-CP3 PMP Reveals Itself

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Samsung's been having a field day so far with a couple of their netbooks being released. Now comes the PMP from Samsung, the YP-CP3. It has some similarities to their other PMP, the Samsung P3, but it's still worth a look. It has a 3-inch touchscreen display with a 400 x 240 resolution, support for a bunch of file formats (MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, RM; No, I don't know what the last 3 formats are), an FM radio, and a microSD slot (for expansion, although the on-board storage was not revealed). Unfortunately, there is no word on the availability of the price, but this still isn't going to be an iPod Touch competitor which shouldn't be all that surprising.


Samsung N110; the NC10 Successor

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Don't get it confused with the Samsung N310 netbook that was just mentioned because this is the Samsung N110. It's fairly the same as its predecessor, the NC10. It has the same: 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, memory, storage, keyboard, and it also has the bigger battery and extensive touchpad that the special edition NC10 had. It comes with a nice 8-hour battery life in real-time use, according to Engadget. You can get this now for only $469 USD, but you're forewarned since the NC20 is almost here.


Samsung N310; 11 Hours of Battery Life

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The Samsung N310 "Premium" was just announced and it's pretty solid. With its 10.1-inch screen and packing an Intel Atom processor, what's there not to love? This netbook weighs only 2.72 pounds if you stick with the regular battery that will give you 5 hours of life. You can extend the battery for a whopping 11 hours of battery life if you like, but it'll cost and weigh a bit extra. It also has your standard WiFi and Bluetooth, and if you want 3G it is optional. Other specs include a 160GB HDD and 1GB of RAM, hopefully they are both expandable. It also has 3 USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader and a 1.3MP integrated webcam. The N310 will come in 4 colours: black, greenish-blue, purple, and a salmon red. It will be released in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and North America next month, but there is no exact release date or pricing available right now.

[Crunch Gear]