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Microsoft Silverlight 3 Launching on July 10

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The beta for Microsoft Silverlight 3 was back in March and now we've scooped up the details on the official release date. Just in case you care, Microsoft will release Silverlight 3 on July 10 at the Expression Studio 3 conference. Silverlight 3 has: 3D support, GPU acceleration, H.264 video support. The "out-of-the-browser capabilities" are said to compete with Adobe AIR, but we'll just have to see about that.

[ZDNet Blogs]

HTC Hero Running "Rosie" UI; Promo Video Leaked!

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This is interesting. The latest leaks from HTC has shown off the HTC Hero in a promo video (below). The one thing that stood out to me in the video was that the accelerometer was able to rotate the picture, even when the phone was upside down. I actually had to watch it twice to make sure that my eyes didn't deceive me. Anyways, enjoy the video below sporting the red HTC Hero - that gets accompanied by 6 other colours at the end.

Another thing also visible is the chin of the phone, which is stupid. A while ago, we heard that the chin was implemented to make the trackball more visible, but clearly that was BS, since the Hero does not have a trackball. They just want to stand out - that's all it is.

[Slash Gear]

Alienware's Allpowerful Laptop Gets Unveiled; Dubbed the M17x and Packs 2 Nvidia GTX 280M GPUs

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Even though the countdown is still taking place, the upcoming Alienware "Allpowerful" laptop has already been unveiled. It is the M71x and it is the ultimate gaming laptop of all time. I'm going to run through the specs, briefly, but they are amazing. The Alienware M71x has: 2 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, up to 8GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM, a Core 2 Extreme quad-core CPU, and up to 1TB of HDD storage / up to 512GB of SSD storage (definitely an expensive addition). Was that enough? Well, I'm not finished. It also has: a 9-cell battery, FireWire, 4 USB 2.0 slots, eSATA, an ExpressCard slot, 802.11n WiFi, an 8-in-1 card reader, dual-layer Blu-ray, a crisp 1,920 x 1,200 resolution (possibly 17-inches) LCD display with DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. The M71x will weigh a massive 11.68 pounds and is a solid 2.11-inches thick. Just in case you were deciding to save your battery, it also has GeForce 9400M G1 graphics with HybridPower technology as a backup. Suprisingly enough, the M71x has a base price of just $1,799 USD, which is much less than what I was expecting. Hopefully, we'll be able to see it at E3!! If I had the money, I'd definitely get one of these.


MSI Announces Gaming GT729 and Multimedia EX723 Laptops

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Here's 2 more laptops from MSI, so who doesn't love this excitement. The GT729 is a gaming laptop and it comes with: a 17-inch display, 3GB of RAM, Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, WiFi, ATI's 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 4850 graphics, a 2MP webcam, optional Bluetooth, VGA / HDMI output, 3 USB 2.0 slots, a 4-in-1 card reader, audio in / out, an ExpressCard slot, up to 500GB of HDD storage, a Blu-ray drive, and your choice of either a 6 or 9-cell battery. This gaming laptop also has a 4.1 channal audio system, which means that there's a subwoofer inside of this thing.

The EX723 is for multimedia people and it basically has the same specs as the above GT729 - except for in a couple of places. The graphics on the EX723 is a GeForce G110M and it only has up to 320GB of storage. It is also sporting a 17-inch display, but it looks like it doesn't have the same 16:9 aspect ratio that the MSI GT729 appears to have.

So far, there has been no word of a price or a release date for these 2 laptops.


Sprint Could Remove the $100 Mail-In Rebate, Making the Pre a Solid $200

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Latest rumour has it that, just days before launch, Sprint is considering removing that oh so horrible $100 USD mail-in rebate on the Palm Pre. This is probably due to the fact that Best Buy and Radio Shack are selling their 4 devices at a solid $200 price tag. It's either that or they're just fed up with everyone complaining about the expensive price. All in all, it looks like they may have given in, but it's still just a rumour. We'll find out in about a week.


Google Wave Gets Me Excited For the Future

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Google I/O started 2 days ago and the announcement that has made the biggest impact so far [hands down] is Google Wave. Everyone is talking about Google Wave and I'm not even exactly sure of what it is. Some sources are claiming that it will single-handedly change the web as we know it. Anyways, check out Mashable's complete guide of Google Wave because that's what I'm about to do. The video below is Google's big announcement and showing off of Google Wave at Google I/O. Beware, the video is 1 hour and 20 minutes long. Scooped up the video from Tech Crunch.

[Mashable, Tech Crunch]

Sony Ericsson Idou Gets An Official Name, Satio; Also Launch Yari and Aino

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Today, Sony Ericsson released a slew of information. One being that the Sony Ericsson Idou will be getting launched this October under the new and official name, the Sony Ericsson Satio. Just in case you forgot, the Satio has: a 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen with a 350 x 640 resolution, a 12.1MP camera, quad-band GSM / UMTS, GPS, WiFi, and will be running on S60 5th Edition. Check out some hands-on details at this link at Tech Radar.

Sony Ericsson wasn't going to stop with the Idou's name change. Next up is the news on the upcoming Sony Ericsson Yari and Aino handsets, left and right in the picture respectively. First up is the Yari, which is a slider handset. The Yari has: a 2.4-inch display, GPS, and support for the PlayNow services we heard about earlier this year. This phone will be available in Q4 of this year for around €400 ($558 USD) unlocked. The other announced handset is the Aino, which has: a 3-inch touchscreen, an 8.1MP camera, Sony Remote Play support, GPS, and HSPA support. This phone should also be available in Q4, but the price is still unknown.

[Engadget (Satio), Slash Gear (Satio)Engadget (Yari and Aino)]