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Acer Aspire One D250 and 531 Now Official In Germany

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If you live in Germany, you can now obtain your own Acer Aspire One D250 or 531 if you like. Technically speaking, this means that we could see a North American release soon, but we'll just have to play the waiting game. The D250 has a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, Intel's Atom 1.6GHz N270 processor (upgradeable to N280), a 160GB HDD, up to 2GB of RAM, a multicard reader, Ethernet, an integrated 0.3MP webcam, WiFi, and has optional WWAN. The Aspire One 531, on the other hand, has most of the same specs that the D250 has, but it is only 1-inch thin. The D520 is available now for €379 ($502 USD) and the 531 is available for €399 ($529 USD).


HP and Microsoft Working Together On A Natural Keyboard Netbook

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I'm not sure whether or not this is an April Fool's joke, but it's certainly worth the mention because I really hope it's not. But, seeing how no other site has reported this, it could be an April Fool's joke. I also don't know what's going on with the touchpad, so that could be another April Fool's joke giveaway. Anyways, this is about HP and Microsoft working together to release the HP Mini 2140 which will include Microsoft's Natural keyboard design. The new keyboard design will make typing on this netbook very ergonomic and won't put any stress on your wrists. The said netbook - if real - is expected to be released at the end of April and will have a base price of around $450 USD. If this is a joke, they should really try to get this in production because I think it's a great idea.

[Crunch Gear]

MSI X-Slim X320 and X340; Wind U123 Unveiled

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MSI has unleashed their new MSI X-Slim X320 and X340 and Wind U123 laptops. Let's start off with the similarities between the X-Slim X320 and the X340. They have a couple of features in common: a 13.4-inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC), runs Windows Vista Home Premium, weighs 2.8 pounds with the 4-cell battery, has your option of including an 8-cell battery, and it comes in 3 colours (Silver, White, Black). The X320 (base price of $700 USD) sets itself apart from the X340 by having an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, a 250GB HDD, and has 3G / WiMAX optional. The X340 (base price of $1,000 USD) has Intel's CULV processor which cuts the power usage to 1/6th of the standard processor (going green), up to 4GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM, a 320GB HDD, and has an HDMI port. The Wind U123 (unidentified price), on the other hand, is a netbook. It has a 10.2-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600 resolution) display, the Intel Atom 1.66GHz N280, 1GB of DDR2 533MHz RAM, a 160GB HDD, a 4-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, and will run on Windows XP Home. It weighs only 2.98 pounds with a standard 6-cell battery, but you can make it a bit heavier if you opt for the 9-cell battery. These 3 laptops have an impressive spec sheet, but I'm curious to know the price of the Wind U123 and when they will be available.


Google Voice Now Available On Android Phones

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GV on the Android Market now gives you the ability to use your Google Voice username, so that you can use your Google Voice number instead of your cell phone number. That's basically it, but if you want to read up on what else Google Voice will do for you just click on the link below. Don't forget that GV is a free install from the Android Market. Go try it out.

[Life Hacker]

NOKLA N97; Not Fooling Anyone

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This is the fake Nokia N97, the NOKLA N97 is a Chinese-bound phone. It has an ugly looking "OK" button, the iPhone UI, no QWERTY keyboard, and the rest of the specs are probably terrbile too. It's hard to depict the real news that is going on today, that's why I dislike April Fool's. You really can't believe anything the majority of the Internet spits out today, which sucks.


HTC Snap S522 Announced

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HTC has been known for their touchscreen devices, but not really for their QWERTY smartphones. The HTC Maple was announced at MWC and I'm pretty sure that this is it. The Maple and the Snap have a very similar design to each other which leads me to believe that this is the Maple. Besides the colour change, everything else looks just about the same. The Maple was supposed to be the first HTC phone with Inner Circle and was supposed to run Windows Mobile 6.1; well the Snap (S522) has both of those features. Let's focus now. The HTC Snap (S522) has a QWERTY keypad, a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 256MB of ROM, 128MB of RAM, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, microSDHC card slot, WiFi, aGPS, and HSDPA support (900 / 2100 for Europe and Asia; 850 / 1900 for North America). The Snap will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 - which ruins the phone - and will be only 12mm thin. The Snap (S522) is the first HTC phone to sport the new Inner Circle feature. Inner Circle "can selectively pull emails from certain contacts to the top of your inbox." The Snap will launch globally this quarter, so you won't have to wait too long for it. The price has not been set for the device, but it should be announced soon.


ViewSonic VT2230 22-Inch 1080p HDTV For Just $350


ViewSonic has just shown off their latest 1080p HDTV. It is the VT2230 and it has a 22-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It also has 170 degrees horizontal / 160 degrees vertical viewing angle, a 5ms response time, and 300cd/m2 brightness. One downside to this TV is that it only has one HDMI port, but if you only need one then this is a great bargain for you. It is now available for just $350 USD.

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BlackBerry App World Now Available

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If you're a BlackBerry user you might have already noticed this, but just to inform everyone: BlackBerry App World is now available. RIM launched the service at this year's CTIA Wireless Show which starts today. The applications on App World range in price from $2.99 to $999.99 USD and the developers will have to pay a $200 USD fee to participate in submitting their own Apps. BlackBerry App developers will be earning 80% of the money made from their apps (the other 20% going to RIM) which is a little bit more than Apple's 70 / 30 split. Some apps are already available and the payment method will be PayPal which is a good / bad thing depending on if you like it or not. Get your Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, etc. BlackBerry apps now.


Samsung Instinct S30 Mini Spec Sheet; Hitting Sprint On April 19

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Samsung has already shown off there Samsung Instinct successor the S30 aka Mini. Although it's not that "Mini" there is new news that has surfaced today. It will be released on April 19 through Sprint for $129.99 USD on a 2-year contract. The Instinct S30 will have a 2MP camera, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, Sprint TV / Music Store, and for your browsing needs it will use Opera Mini 4.2. "It's also got a Speech to Action function for controlling the phone by voice and allegedly more access to the core Java API for development." It will be released in 2 colours Cobalt Metal and Touch of Copper. Enjoy.


Palm's Flagship Phone Unveiled; Palm Post

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Talk about sexy. Palm has just announced, at CTIA Wireless, that this is the Palm Post. This is Palm's new flagship phone, so who cares about the Pre right now. Palm Pre has been rumoured to be released on April 30, but the Post will be available a bit earlier, April 10 specifically. The specs are incredible: 3.5G / 4G / 5G / WiFi / WiMAX connectivity, a 21MP camera with 1080p video recording capabilities, a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen (rivaling the Toshiba TG01), Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless USB charging / syncing, and has a whopping 128GB of on-board flash memory (no word on a microSD slot). The spec sheet isn't quite done yet. It also has a Hydrogen-cell battery which is enough for 2 weeks of talk-time and 2 months of standby, an HD pico projector, 5.1 channel audio surround sound, and - to top it off - has "T10 predictive thought text auto-correction." Like I said before, it will be available on April 10 through Sprint for just $49.99 USD on a 2-year contract. The only thing this phone is missing is the QWERTY keyboard / keypad, but I think the spec sheet makes up for it.

On a side note, I thought it'd be a good way to kick off April Fool's.

[Mobile Crunch]