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Sony Ericsson Satio Will Be Able to Play PlayStation Games

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Remember the Sony Ericsson Idou Satio? Well, turns out that - like the Sony Ericsson Aino - it will also be able to sync with your PS3 and its media. But, the Satio takes it over the top by also being able to play PlayStation games, which is pretty magnificent. "The only games mentioned here were Asphalt Road and an unspecified Prince of Persia game, both of which will be in ninth High Definition (nHD) format." As of right now though, it looks like the Satio's content library only involves Asia Pacific consumers only, so it could be exclusive to those people. But, the Satio is on the worldwide Sony Ericsson website, so it could get released worldwide, but we'll just have to wait and see. The Satio is expected to hit the shelves this Fall, so enjoy this video below of the Satio and its gaming capabilities.

[PS3 QJ]

Rogers Now Selling the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic for $199

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We heard word about this in early June, but the release date wasn't specified. Well, Rogers is now selling the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic for $199.99 CAD on a 3-year contract. The 5800 XpressMusic has been around for a while, so I'll recap its specs for you. It has: a 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen display with a 640 x 360 resolution, a 3.2MP AF camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a dual-LED flash, 3.6Mbps HSDPA connectivity, a microSD slot, WiFi, and aGPS. With your purchase of the 5800, you will also find an 8GB microSD card in the box. I'd favour the HTC Magic over this handset, but just in case you're interested you can now scoop one up in Canada for $199.

[Boy Genius]

Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue Get New 15.6 and 17.3-Inch Models

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Acer has just announced 3 new Acer Aspire models in the Gemstone Blue range, the AS5536, AS7735Z, and the AS5739G. The AS5536 and AS7735Z both have a built-in webcam, a card reader, and a multitouch trackpad. Now it's time to separate the three of them.

First up is the AS5536 which has: a 15.6-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, an AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.1 GHz dual-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, a 320GB HDD, a DVD burner, and WiFi b/g/n. This 15.6-inch notebook is now available and has a base price of $479.99 USD.

Next up is the AS7735Z which has: a 17.3-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, an Intel Pentium 2GHz T4200 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel's GMA 4500MHD graphics, a 250GB HDD, a DVD burner, and WiFi b/g/n. This 17.3-inch notebook is now available and has a base price of $599.99 USD.

At the end of the month, another Gemstone Blue model will be available and it's the AS5739G. It has: a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz T6500 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT130M graphics, a Blu-ray drive, a 250GB HDD, a fingerprint reader, WiFi a/b/g/n, and a multitouch trackpad. Like I said, this notebook will be available at the end of this month with a base price of $749.99 USD.

Are you interested in any of these? Me? I'm still looking for my 12-inch laptop with 8 hours of battery life. Anyways, you can check out the excerpt below, if you really feel like.

New 15.6- and 17.3-inch notebooks are an elegant blend of modern multimedia features, performance and value
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2009 – Acer America, part of the world’s third largest PCcompany (Source: Gartner data, 4Q 2008),(1) today announced U.S. availability of new Acer Aspire notebooks offering exceptional price/performance and cinematic high-definition entertainment to anyone on-the-go, including students and small business professionals.
These systems boast a dynamic multimedia experience with cinematic HD, 16:9 widescreens and Dolby surround sound audio in a visually appealing sapphire design known as Gemstone Blue. The Aspire notebooks are engineered to suit the needs of users desiring an affordable mobile workhorse for being productive and enjoying digital life at school, on the road or at home.
“As part of our highly acclaimed Gemstone Blue family, the latest Aspire notebooks feature excellent price/performance and mainstream entertainment in a mobile PC that delivers significant value for their investment,” said Ray Sawall, senior manager of product marketing for Acer America. “Consumers are increasingly selecting notebooks as their primary device. As proven by our latest Aspire notebooks, we recognize that value-based mobile PCs need to offer appealing aesthetics as well as great performance and multimedia capabilities.”
Best-in-Class Price/Performance and Mobile Entertainment
The new Acer® Aspire AS5536 and Acer® Aspire AS7735Z notebooks are outfitted to provide brilliant visuals and dynamic audio play. Featuring LED backlit technology and a 16:9 aspect ratio, the systems deliver bright, lifelike HD pictures. High-definition graphics from NVIDIA enhance imagery with vivid color and crisp detail. Combined with a Dolby Home Theater® surround sound system, users will enjoy a vibrant audio experience.
User-Friendly Design Enhances Navigation and Security
Affording easy, intuitive PC navigation, the new Aspire notebooks have a multi-gesture touchpad, allowing users to pinch, flick and swirl their fingers across it. Users can scroll, zoom in and out and quickly flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. To prevent accidental cursor movement, a practical touchpad lock is incorporated. The new systems also come with Acer Backup Manager, a simple one-touch way to quickly and easily back-up all the important files and information stored on it, such as music, photos, video, contacts, emails and Internet favorites. It gives customers a simple, convenient way to backup files to another location such as a USB drive, external hard disk or another hard drive partition. Users can set Acer Backup Manager to schedule a regular time to back-up data automatically or simply press the button for an immediate back-up.
The Acer® Aspire AS7735Z boasts a convenient PowerSave Key. Located above the keyboard, the PowerSave Key allows customers to easily prolong battery life to extend uptime. A simple press of it activates the advanced power saving settings, traditionally a tedious procedure accessed through numerous software-based steps. This one-button approach simplifies the process, saving time while extending battery life. The notebooks deliver excellent performance with Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1, the latest wireless technology, up to 4GB memory and powerful Intel or AMD processors. Large hard drives start at 250GB(2) and are capable of storing a vast library of music, photos, spreadsheets and presentations.
An Acer Crystal Eye webcam enables high-quality video chats and VoIP with friends, family and work associates. It can also capture still pictures and videos for sharing with others. An integrated multi-in-one media reader enables connection to peripherals and electronic devices, while an HDMI port allows the system to support any PC or TV video format via a single cable.
The Acer® Aspire AS5536 and Acer® Aspire AS7735Z notebooks are available for U.S. customers now at leading retailers. Specifications and pricing follow.
Acer® Aspire AS5536 Notebook PC – Prices begin at $479.99
15.6-Inch HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED-Backlit Display (16.9 Aspect Ratio)
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 QL-64 Dual-Core Processor (2.1GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz
3GB DDR2 667MHz Memory
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics
320GB SATA Hard Drive(2)
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Multi-Gesture Touchpad
Acer InviLink 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
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Acer® Aspire AS7735Z Notebook PC – Prices begin at $599.99
17.3-Inch HD+ Acer CineCrystal™ LED-Backlit Display (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
Intel® Pentium® T4200 Processor (2.0GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
4GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
250GB SATA Hard Drive(2)
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Acer PowerSmart Technology/Key
Multi-Gesture Touchpad
802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
Acer® Aspire AS5739G, Mobile Multimedia Powerhouse Taking mainstream entertainment performance another step up, the Aspire AS5739G offers even more power and extras. It’s fueled by the power of Intel Core 2 Duo processing for experiencing the ultimate in digital media. Increasing dynamic visual quality, a 15.6-inch HD CineCrystal display delivers lifelike images in a high 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Dedicated NVIDIA GeForce® GT130M graphics provide crystal-clear images with brilliant color, making games and digital media appear incredibly crisp and realistic.
The system also comes outfitted with a Dolby Home Theater surround sound system, two built-in stereo speakers, an Acer Tuba CineBass booster and 5.1-channel output. Combined these high-fidelity features liberate the senses with vibrant audio that brings movies and music to life. Security features include an Acer PowerSmart Key that backs up data without a hassle by duplicating files to another location with just a push of a button. An Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader for securing and privatizing personal information is also incorporated.
The Acer Aspire AS5739G notebook will be available end of June for U.S. customers at leading retailers. Specifications and pricing follow.
Acer® Aspire AS5739G Notebook PC – Prices Begin at $749.99
15.6-Inch HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED-Backlit Display (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
Intel® Core2™ Duo Mobile Processor T6500 (2.1GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
4GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT130M Graphics with 1GB Memory
250GB SATA Hard Drive(2)
8X Blu-ray Disc/DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution
Acer PowerSmart Tech/Key
Intel® WiFi Link 5100 802.11 a/b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
Multi-Gesture Touchpad
About Acer America
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of
breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing
its brand-name 
IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world’s No.
3 vendor for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth
among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business
Model is instrumental to Acer’s continued growth, while the successful
mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company’s global footprint
by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position
in Europe. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008
revenues reached US$16.65 billion. For more information, please visit

[Slash Gear]

Final Fantasy XIV Beta Could Start This September

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According to the latest rumour, the beta for Final Fantasy XIV may start as early as this September. It's scheduled for a 2010 release, so the beta could be pretty long, especially since it should be available after Final Fantasy XIII hits North America. The team is expecting the beta to be longer than Final Fantasy XI's and that lasted 4 months. The Final Fantasy XIV dev team has also mentioned that they have been working on this game for five years, so that means it should be good, right? Most of the Final Fantasy XI team will be working on XIV as well and - unfortunately - I disliked Final Fantasy XI. We'll just have to see what happens in the future. It does look beautiful though, which is what you should expect from a Final Fantasy game. Enjoy the video below!


Black Nintendo Wii In the Wild, Blue Wiimote Too!

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Here's a picture of the black Nintendo Wii and friends in the wild. The black Wiimote has a sleeve around it, so that's why it's not as glossy as the controller. I like the look of the gloss finish on the Wii and controllers, but it'll be overcome by the smudge marks after a day of use. As a bonus, look below for the blue model of the Wiimote and nunchuck as well.


Asus Eee PC 1005HA Now Available For Pre-Orders

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Yes, that's right! The Asus Eee PC 1005HA is now available for pre-orders on Amazon for $350 USD. Amazon has not mentioned when this netbook will ship, but it shouldn't be too far away. Just in case you forgot, the 1005HA has: a 10.1-inch display, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB HDD, Windows XP, and a user-replaceable battery that's said to last 8.5-hours. Pre-order your own 1005HA netbook here.

Update: As of June 24, Newegg is also taking pre-orders for this netbook here. It's expected to ship on July 1st, so it's only a week away. The let down is that it will be a bit more expensive than the Amazon pre-order that I talked about above (not true anymore, if you check below). This will actually cost you $390 USD. I guess Amazon is the better option here. Don't forget that this netbook has a whopping 9 hours of battery life - according to Laptop Mag's review - which is good enough to claim the top spot in that category. This update was courtesy of Engadget.

Update (#2): The old Amazon link for the Asus Eee PC 1005HA is not working anymore. The new listing for the 1005HA on Amazon has a price tag of $390 USD as well. Looks like you can just pick and choose whichever website you like better now. Amazon has this netbook in black and blue options. Check the blue model out here and the black model here.

[Maximum PC]

Samsung Jet Gets 2 Million Pre-Orders

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Samsung has just announced that the Samsung Jet has received 2 million pre-orders. This is amazing, seeing how this morning Apple just announced that it had sold 1 million iPhone 3GS's. Keep in mind though, that the Jet was launched to 50 countries, while the iPhone 3GS was only available in 8 countries. Anyways, this is the first time Samsung broke the 2 million mark with one of their handsets. Their next closest handset was the UltraTOUCH which nabbed 1.8 million pre-orders. Their rival, LG, sold 2 million LG Arena's after a month, so Samsung looks like it may have the upper-hand here. The Samsung Jet's best specs are its: 800 MHz CPU, 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with an 800 x 480 resolution, and a 5MP camera that's also able to record video at 480p.

Definitely a pretty amazing phone, for the time being. Congratulations Samsung!


HTC Ozone Gets Pegged With A Full Spec Sheet

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Just in case you still needed it, the Verizon Wireless ninjas just snapped this photo of the HTC Ozone and it unleashes the whole spec sheet. Courtesy of Boy Genius, the spec sheet is below. Don't forget the HTC Ozone will be available starting online on June 29 and in stores on July 13 for $49.99, thanks to a $70 mail-in rebate. For more pictures and information, check out the link after the spec sheet below.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
  • Dual-band 1xRTT/EV-DO Rev. A, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Pre-installed SIM Card w/ Global Support Kit
  • Microsoft Office Mobile
  • Adobe Reader LE PFT viewer
  • Internet Explorer Mobile
  • Windows Media Player Mobile
  • 256MB ROM/128MB RAM
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • 2.4″ QVGA display w/ 24k color
  • Full-QWERTY with 5-way navigation key
  • 2 megapixel camera w/ auto-focus and video capture
  • microSD slot (up to 16GB)
  • Voice command, notes/recorder capable
  • Speakerphone
  • Security locking features
  • MMS
  • AOL, WLM, Yahoo! IM
  • Wireless Sync capable
  • ActiveSync capable (v4.5) and Windows Mobile Device Center
  • Mobile Broadband Connect capable
  • VZ Navigator capable
  • Visual Voicemail capable
  • Device Insurance available
  • Hearing aid compatible = M3/T3
  • 4.5″ x 2.5″ x 0.5″
  • 3.7 oz.
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • 290 minutes talk-time
  • 324 hours standby
  • Head: 1.03 W/Kg SAR

[Boy Genius]

Is This The T-Mobile Morrison, Motorola's First Android Handset?

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This handset looks a lot like the "Morrison" that is shown on the T-Mobile table we saw back in late May. Could this really be it? These spy pics were recently taken and just leaked online. This QWERTY-packed handset - if real - will run the Android OS, but specific specifications have not been outlined. There is a T-Mobile branding on the screen, just in case you never looked at it close enough. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard is accompanied with a d-pad on the left side - somewhat similar to the Nokia N97's styling. We'll just have to wait and see what brews up in the future about Mr. Morrison over here.


Toshiba TG01 Now Available In Japan; Working On An Android Handset?

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The Toshiba TG01 is now available in Japan as the NTT DoCoMo T-01A. It's the exact model that we all know about: 4.1-inch WVGA (800 x 480) resistive touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 3.2MP camera, HSDPA, GPS, WiFi, and WinMo 6.1 covered up with Toshiba's custom UI. It's still under 1cm thick, so don't worry.

According to DigiTimes, Toshiba is working on their very first Android handset. Toshiba joined the OHA (Open Handset Alliance) back in December 2008, so it could be a possibility. Any details on the handset have not been disclosed. This could mean that the Android OS could be accompanied with the speedy 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, which would make the handset run extremely fast. I'm guessing that this could be Android's step into the mobile gaming world - similar to the iPhone - especially because the CPU could have upgraded capabilities before it gets released. On a side note, the source also mentioned that Sharp and Asus are also planning on making their own Android handsets as well.

[Engadget (Japan), Slash Gear (Android)]

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Making Its Way To America This August For $200

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The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is now officially landing in the US of A. It's already available in Canada and other parts of the world as the HTC Magic and I'm quite surprised that Americans still have to wait around for their next Android handset. The pre-orders for this phone will start on July 8th and it will be available in early August. T-Mobile USA will be selling this phone for $199 USD on a 2-year contract.

The myTouch 3G has: a 3.2MP AF camera, a microSD card slot with a 4GB card in the box, a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, WiFi, GPS, quad-band EDGE, UMTS / HSDPA, Microsoft Exchange Support, and will obviously run on Android. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is rumoured to be available in 3 colour options: white, black, and a "distinctive merlot" which is the red model on this box.

[Boy Genius]