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Windows 7 RC Makes Its Debut A Couple Of Hours Earlier Than Expected

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The Release Candidate for Windows 7 that was supposed to be available on the 5th of May is reportedly already available for download right now. This makes it available a couple of hours earlier than Microsoft mentioned, since it is technically still Monday, May 4th right now. Go and check it out if you've patiently waited this long instead of downloading it via torrents last week. Check it out now.

[CNet News]

Kindle DX aka Kindle 3 To Be Announced On Wednesday? Sports A 9.7-inch Display

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The new Kindle that is supposed to be announced on Wednesday could be this Kindle DX. We heard about the bigger screen this morning and the Kindle DX definitely has a larger screen. the Kindle DX (above) has: a 9.7-inch display, a built-in PDF reader, "and the ability to add annotations in addition to notes and highlights -- whatever that means." Apparently, New York Times will be offering a $9.95 monthly subscription which is lower than the current $13.99 monthly payment. We'll see what happens on Wednesday when everything gets official. 3 different Kindles in under a year is really something though. Take a look at the link below, to see a whole gallery of the supposedly new Kindle DX.


RIM Confirms More Touchscreen BlackBerries

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RIM has just confirmed that they are working on more touchscreen BlackBerries. So, basically, if you don't like touchscreens then you can just skip this post. They are probably working on that BlackBerry Storm 2 that will definitely be better than the last one - it should be at least. They are also probably working a "Palm-like hybrid" that includes a touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard with HSPA 3G support. We'll see happens later this year, I'm definitely excited to see a touchscreen Bold.


Best Buy Launching A Trial Run Of The Palm Pre On June 7; No Contract For $1,000

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It's not 100% confirmed, but it looks like the Palm Pre could be trial launching (whatever that means) on June 7 at a Best Buy near you. Apparently, 4,500 units will be handed out to Best Buy locations across America - lucky them. "Pricing is supposedly still being discussed but the probable points are as follows: New customers with a 2-year contract, $199.99. Existing customer upgrades, $299.99. Outright, $999.99." Wow, $1,000 for a no-contract Palm Pre is insane. According to iSuppli the Pre only costs $170 USD to make, so for Palm to charge $1,000 would be a huge profit. Damn.

[Boy Genius, Gizmodo]

Nokia E71x Now Available On AT&T

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The thinnest smartphone to date, the Nokia E71x, is now available on AT&T. It is now available for $99.99 USD on a 2-year contract, thanks to a rebate. The E71x will run on S60 3.2 Edition, a QWERTY keypad, HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2MP camera, and WiFi. You can check out a full spec sheet here.


Leaked T-Mobile Roadmap Unveils Future Android Headsets; Samsung Houdini and G1 V2 "BigFoot"

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The shot you see here is a picture of T-Mobile's roadmap containing future Android handsets. One of them being the T-Mobile G1 v2 aka Bigfoot. It looks like the Helio Ocean or the Samsung M7600 and will bring back the QWERTY keyboard - in an ugly way. The other handset that has been semi-revealed is the Samsung "Houdini." In the shot above (and below) it looks like the Nokia N96, but maybe that's just me. Hopefully it's much, much thinner than the N96. The screen looks big enough to be a touchscreen, so it will probably be sporting one. We have yet to see a handset running Android without a touchscreen, but I'm not complaining. These handsets will supposedly be hitting T-Mobile before the end of this year. So, please, someone make an official announcement about these handsets soon!!

[Boy Genius]

MSI X-Slim X400 Makes Its Debut

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MSI - to me- has been known for their X-Slim line-up and here's another one. They have just announced a new MSI X-Slim X400 which will sport a 14-inch display. It will probably have Intel's CULV CPUs just like the other X-Slim models have. It will probably be bundled with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD to top it off. I'll get the official spec sheet when it gets announced, but for now, you can make up your own spec sheet - just don't make it too outrageous.

On a side note, it will probably cost more than $1,100 USD since the X340 started at that price.

[Slash Gear]

New Big-Screen Kindle Announcement This Wednesday!!

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Amazon has just sent out invites for an event, which is happening this Wednesday. New York Times is telling everyone that it is the announcement of a new Kindle with an even larger screen. Could it be the rumours we heard about back in February? The rumours seem to be pointing directly towards it, so we'll just have to see on May 6. I'll have the news for you in 2 days about what exactly gets announced, but I'm sure everyone over 40 years old is excited.


Nokia Launches Official N97 Website; $699 For Pre-Orders!!

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The phone that I once loved, recently got its own website. Nokia's flagship, the N97 - with its outdated spec sheet and all - is now available for pre-order and you will also be getting an $89.95 USD Bluetooth headset free with your order. Pre-orders are now starting at $699 USD ($829 CAD) and the estimated ship-date is July 2009, according to Nokia. Just to make sure you got the links right, here's the official website and you can pre-order it here. For the spec sheet, you can check it out here, thanks to GSM Arena.


Samsung 850 PAVV Plasma Is Barely 1-Inch Thick

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OLEDs will overtake plasmas one day, but for the meantime we'll have to stick with them - and LCDs. Samsung's new 850 PAVV plasma TV is pretty sexy. It is 40% more power efficient, 20% lighter and comes in 50 and 58-inch models. The 850 PAVV has DLNA support, USB 2.0 connectivity, and even DivX compatibility. One of the best features is that it is barely 1-inch thick - 29mm to be exact. These aren't available yet, so there is no word on the pricing. I'll have it for you when it's available though.


Asus Planning 11.6-Inch Eee PC Netbook For Later This Month

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Yes, it is true. Asus is planning to release an 11.6-inch Eee PC. There's no word on the specifications on the netbook, but it will probably either have: the Atom Zxx, Atom N2xx, or Intel's CULV CPU. If the CPU is anything else, it would be a big surprise. The said netbook will be released later this month (May), so keep your eyes open if you're interested.

[Engadget, Slash Gear]

AT&T Confirms BlackBerry Curve 8900 For The Summer

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The rumours were true. AT&T has just had a press release revealing the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 said to be available this Summer. The press release did not reveal any pricing details or an exact release date, but it said the "Summer." Take a look at what AT&T had to say below, courtesy of Boy Genius:

BlackBerry Curve 8900 From AT&T Includes Free Wi-Fi at Nearly 20,000 Locations
DALLAS, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T* today announced the early summer availability of the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8900 smartphone. AT&T consumer, small business and enterprise customers will enjoy new features and enhanced performance, including both Wi-Fi(R) and GPS, a fast next generation processor, rich multimedia capabilities and ample memory for applications offered from AT&T. With the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from AT&T, users can get a faster, richer experience surfing the Internet and accessing their social networking or line-of-business applications via AT&T’s wireless and Wi-Fi networks.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone sports a slim, refined design and is the thinnest, full-QWERTY BlackBerry(R) smartphone yet. It features a striking high-resolution display (480×360), delivering smooth video playback and crisp images. In addition to its industry leading email and messaging, and premium phone features, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 packs a wealth of multimedia capabilities.
Consumers and mobile professionals can easily share photos or record video using the new 3.2 megapixel camera which features auto focus and image stabilization, and the microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot supports up to 16GB(1) per card, giving users plenty of storage to carry and capture more of their music, pictures and video wherever they go. AT&T will offer the sleek new smartphone in an attractive silver and black finish.
Users who select an unlimited data plan with the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will also receive free AT&T Wi-Fi access at nearly 20,000 hotspots in the U.S. - including retail stores, restaurants and airports from coast-to-coast(2), an unmatched value add for mobile professionals who spend as much time out of the office as in it. The smartphone can also easily connect to a home or office Wi-Fi network.
“This new smartphone has a stunning design that builds upon the success of the BlackBerry Curve with more features for applications, all in a high-quality handset,” said Chris Hill, vice president, AT&T Business Solutions. “Add to it free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network and the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from AT&T delivers unmatched value and performance for personal and business use.”
Other BlackBerry smartphones that can access free Wi-Fi are the BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM), BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8320, BlackBerry(R) Pearl 8120, and BlackBerry(R) 8820. A full list of AT&T Wi-Fi locations is available at www.attwifi.com.
Like all AT&T smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a world phone, allowing customers to access data in more than 170 countries and make calls in more than 200. The smartphone supports quad-band EDGE (850/900/1700/ 1800Mhz) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b and g. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 also comes with a removable/rechargeable battery that provides a talk time of 5.5 hours and approximately 15 days of standby time.
The on-board GPS supports location-based applications and services, including AT&T Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions and will be available free for 30 days(3). AT&T Navigator also monitors traffic and alerts you when there is slowdown or incident, and you can get a new route around congestion with just one click. Customers can also use AT&T Navigator Global Edition for access to maps and directions in 21 countries and in five languages. Learn more at www.att.com/navigator.
Customers can also quickly access business listings, phone numbers and more from the included Yellowpages.com application and listen to their music using the included media player or XM Radio Mobile.(4)
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available in AT&T stores and online at www.wireless.att.com in the early summer. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.(5)
(1) MicroSD/SDHC memory cards are available today in configurations of up to 16GB and the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is expected to support upcoming 32GB microSD/SDHC cards.
(2) AT&T Wi-Fi service use is subject to AT&T’s Terms of Services & Acceptable Use Policy (”Terms”) found at https://secure.sbc.com/tosaup.adp. Qualified data rate plan required for free access to AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots.
(3) Users must cancel free trial of AT&T Navigator within 30 days or be automatically subscribed at a cost of $9.99 per month for unlimited routes. You can cancel from the “My Accounts” portal on your handset or call AT&T customer care. Standard data charges apply, depending on your plan.
(4) XM Radio Mobile is available for $8.99 per month. Data charges also apply and AT&T recommends and unlimited data plan. Downloading and/or using this product will consume a large amount of data,
(5) Coverage not available in all areas. Other terms and conditions apply.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

[Boy Genius]