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Acer Travelmate Timline 8000 Series 14-Inch Notebook Spotted at Office Depot

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The 14-inch Acer Travelmate Timeline was just spotted at Office Depot. This 14-inch model (AS4810T-8480) is available for $699 USD, you get: a 1.4GHz Core Solo SU3500 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, and a battery long enough to supposedly last eight hours. However, next week it looks like it will be on sale for $549 USD, so just wait and see what pops up next week - unless you really want to get it.


Acer to Release 3 Desktop PCs in Japan Next Week, the ASM5800, ASM3202,ASX5810

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Yes, Acer is continuing their desktop PC roll-out. The three latest desktop PCs (the ASM5800, ASM3202, ASX5810) are scheduled to hit Japan next week.

The Acer ASM5800 has: your choice of Intel Core 2 Quad / AMD Phenom II X4 CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM, up to a 1TB HDD, and ATI Radeon HD 4650 / Nvidia GeForce GT 230 graphics. The Acer ASM3202 has: a Phenom II X4 925 CPU, ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics, up to 8GB of RAM (2GB standard), and up to a 750GB HDD. The Acer ASX5810 (above) has: an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 120 graphics, and it comes with a 20-inch LCD monitor.

As of right now, we don't know if this will hit North America. Like I said, all three of these desktop PCs are scheduled to hit Japan next week for around 69,800 yen ($730 USD) to 139,800 yen ($1,460 USD).


Nokia Plans to Release Unlocked Phones to US Consumers

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In an effort to pull a bit more market share, Nokia is offering unlocked phones to US consumers. In the video below, it tells you what unlocking is and even how to swap SIM cards. The video targets AT&T, T-Mobile, and Cincinnati Bell consumers, since Nokia states that their handsets are all interchangeable with those carriers. Check out the video below for more information.


Snow Leopard Now Available For Pre-Orders on Amazon

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Snow Leopard is Apple's new updated OS. The Mac OS X is now available for pre-orders on Amazon. The prices are as follows: Upgrade for $30 USD, Family Pack Upgrade for $50 USD, Box Set for $170 USD, Family Pack Box Set for $230 USD, and Server for $500 USD.

Amazon also lists the orders to start shipping on September. Check 'em all out on the links above. I can't for a comparison of the final versions of Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.


Virgin Mobile Adds New "Text Maniac" Pre-Paid Plan


In case you're interested, Virgin Mobile has just launched a new pre-paid plan, called "Text Maniac." This new plan will cost $20 CAD and will give the consumer unlimited incoming and outgoing texts, $0.10 per minute calls, Voicemail, Call Display, no System Access Fee, and the usual 911 charges. Check it out on Virgin Mobile's official website now.

[Mobile Syrup]

Rogers and Fido Extend iPhone 3GS Promo Until September 15th, Month Long Wait-Time Expected

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Yesterday was supposed to mark the day that both Rogers and Fido would stop their iPhone 3GS promotion. But, thankfully, they have decided to extend the promo until September 15th. Unfortunately, the wait time looks like it will be at least a month long... Everything you need to know is below, courtesy of Mobile Syrup.

Rogers and Fido have extended the popular iPhone 3GS promotions until September 15, 2009. Here is a summary of the special upgrade options for current iPhone owners who do not qualify for standard upgrade:
1) For Rogers Wireless customers who bought an iPhone 3G between July 11 and Sept. 30, 2008, and with an average monthly spend of at least $100, Rogers will provide $500 off the cost of an iPhone 3G S. This special offer expires September 15, 2009 and comes with the addition of a one-year term to the customer’s existing service agreement.
· 16GB 3GS $199
· 32GB 3GS $299
2) For Rogers Wireless customers who bought an iPhone between July 11 and Dec. 31, 2008, but aren’t eligible for the above offer, Rogers will provide $250 dollars off the purchase of an iPhone 3G S. This special offer expires September 15, 2009 and comes with the addition of a one-year term to the customer’s existing service agreement.
· 16GB 3GS $449
· 32GB 3GS $549
3) All Rogers Wireless customers can upgrade to the iPhone 3GS at our cost at Rogers.com, or for a suggested retail price of just $19 more than our cost through our retail channels.
· 8GB 3G $580/$599
· 16GB 3GS $680/$699
· 32GB 3GS $780/$799
4) Fido customers can take advantage of the Fido Rewards iPhone 3G S promotion:
· Use FidoDollars towards the purchase of a new iPhone 3G S
· Fido will top up the FidoDollars amount by $100
· This promotion does not include an 
extension or renewal of their service agreement.

6GB/$30 data plan promotion

Customers will be able to sign up for this data plan until September 15, 2009.
Rolling inventory of the iPhone 3GS is on its way, and back orders are being filled for customers on a priority basis.

[Mac NN, Mobile Syrup]

Windows 7 Family Pack To Cost $149

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Yes, it's now confirmed that the Windows 7 Family Pack will cost you just $149 USD. Everyone should upgrade if you have Vista.

The Family Pack upgrade will net you three copies of Home Premium edition for legal consumption—BUT WAIT...there's more! Also know that single license upgrades from Starter to Home Premium will run you about $80, Home Premium to Professional will go for $90, and if you ACT FAST and call in the next FIVE MINUTES (just half the time it takes to upgrade!), going from Professional to Ultimate will cost $140.


Chinese iPhone 3GS Headed to China Unicom Without WiFi

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Crunch Gear points out that this could be what the Foxconn employee suicide was about. The iPhone pictured is actually a 16GB iPhone 3GS model and it's headed to China Unicom. Just like we thought before, this iPhone will not have WiFi support since it's against the Chinese government's policies. You can take a look at the Electronista link below for more pictures.

[Electronista, Crunch Gear]

iriver Outlines Future Devices, K2 PMP(?) Runs Android, e-Book Reader / Internet Tablet Also Expected Next Year

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iriver could have a busy year next year. According to some leaked future plans, they plan to create an Android-based iPod Touch rival, the iriver K2. The K2 supposedly has: a 3.5-inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a digital TV tuner. It's being touted as an iPod Touch rival, but in the picture above it looks like it's dialing a number, so it could be an Android-based smartphone.

iriver's future plans also unveil a possible e-book reader and an internet tablet. As of right now, any details about it is scarce. All of these devices are scheduled for a 2010 release, but the price hasn't been outlined yet. Excited?

[Slash Gear]

Motorola CEO Outlines Future Smartphone + Android Plans

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Motorola's CEO, Sanjay Jha, has just mentioned that a majority of Motorola's devices in the future will be smartphones and they're looking to Android to help dig themselves out of their hole. He mentioned that they are launching 2 Android-based phones for the holidays - possibly and probably the Sholes / Shules (above) and the Morrison (below) - and they will be launched on two different carriers. This would mean that the Shules / Sholes will be hitting the US on a different carrier than the Morrison, which is rumoured to hit T-Mobile on October 21st.

Motorola may not be my favourite phone manufacturer right now - leave that up to Samsung - but it looks like they could have an exciting future as they make a slow push towards Android. Sanjay Jha also mentioned that they will be launching "many more Android phones in Q1 2010" which is a great thing. Most of them probably won't be fit for me though because I'm only interested in the high-end phones out there; Motorola, on the other hand, is looking to create low-end Android-based smartphones in the future.


Intel to Discontinue Their Z-Series Atom CPUs by the End of the Year?

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Apparently, Intel is going to stop shipping out their Z-Series Atom CPUs. However, Intel has mentioned that they will "fulfill orders already placed by Acer, Asus, and MSI." It looks like Asus' Eee PC T91 and T101H will be unaffected with this discontinuation of Intel's Z-Series Atom CPUs. And remember that Sony Vaio P "refresh" scheduled for the Fall? Well, it looks like it could be running an N-Series Atom since the Z-Series Atom CPUs could be discontinued by the end of the year.

[Engadget, Maximum PC]

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Now on T-Mobile's Official Website, Listed as "Coming Soon"

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If you check out T-Mobile's website here, you will see that the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is now listed as "Coming Soon." We've heard that it's going to hit T-Mobile / Wal-Mart on August 5th, so that could be a reality soon.

[Tmo Today]

China Turning Away From Intel, Leaning Towards AMD and VIA CPUs For Large-Screened "Netbooks"

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In an effort to slim the differences between netbooks and notebooks - as if it weren't confusing enough already - manufacturers in China are going to turn their attention away from Intel CPUs because they restrict the size of the displays - Intel Atom CPUs can't be used in anything over 12-inches. Instead, China is looking to produce future larger netbooks / normal-sized notebooks with underpowered CPUs; so they're going to turn to AMD and VIA CPUs to do this dirty work.

[Maximum PC]

Asus Cancels World's First Motherboard With USB 3.0 Support, The P6X58

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Thanks for lying to us Asus! Last week, they announced that they would be launching the first motherboard with USB 3.0 support; Yesterday, they announced that they are cancelling the motherboard - the Asus P6X58. What makes the situation even worse is that, they're cancelling it "not for any particularly interesting reasons." Oh well... Crunch Gear points out that we're not missing out on much here, since USB 3.0 devices are not out yet.

[Crunch Gear]

LG Bliss and Keybo2 Show Up on LG's Website, Both to be Released on August 7th

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You can check them both out on LG's official website here. I talked about the LG Bliss just over two weeks ago, and I told you that it would be available in Canada on Bell on August 7th. The LG Bliss has: a 3-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, and a 2MP camera with video capabilities. The rumoured price plans are as follows: $79.95 CAD on a 3-year contract, $129.95 on a 2-year contract, $229.95 on a 1-year contract, and $279.95 contract-free.

On the other hand, the LG Keybo2 will be released on August 7th in Canada as well, but on Telus instead. The Keybo2 has: a 2.6-inch internal display, a 1.56-inch external display, a 3MP camera with video capabilities, and a full QWERTY keyboard. The price plans for the LG Keybo2 will be $129.99 CAD on a 3-year contract, $229.99 on a 2-year contract, $279.99 on a 1-year contract, and $329.99 contract-free.

[Mobile Syrup]

Low-End LG KG376 Has 1MB of Internal Storage and No Way to Expand it...

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The LG KG376 is a new clamshell handset. This flip phone has underwhelming specs, like: a 1.5-inch display with a 128 x 128 resolution, 1MB of on-board storage, and stereo FM radio. Yup, a low-end handset with no way to expand that memory. That sucks. We still don't know when and how much this will be available for, but I don't think anyone will really care. It's not 2001 anymore.

[Engadget Mobile, GSM Help Desk]

Windows Mobile 6.5 / Windows Phone Demoed on Video, Zune Phone Rumour Denied Again

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This video actually outlines a final version of Windows Mobile 6.5 aka Windows Phone. Other features that are also demonstrated in the video is the Windows Marketplace. Clearly, multitouch support is not in WinMo 6.5, but it will, apparently, be in Windows Mobile 7 so that's definitely something to look forward to. You can check out the video demo on an HTC Touch Diamond 2 below on WMPowerUser - you're warned, it's 10-minutes long.

Yeah, you've heard the rumours about the Microsoft Zune Phone, but they've been denied again. This time they were denied by Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Chief, Robbie Back, and Chief Executive, Steve Ballmer, himself. They mentioned that Microsoft "would do better" focusing on "software rather than any hardware." At this point, the Zune Phone is unlikely.

[The Inquirer, WMPowerUserStuff.tv (Zune rumours)]

Garmin-Asus Finally Launches the Nuvifone G60 to the Taiwan Market

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Although it didn't launch on the supposed July 27th date, at least it finally did hit the Taiwan market. Garmin-Asus has just released their first phone together, the Nuvifone G60. After its long delay, DigiTimes is now reporting that it is available. All we can say is finally!


Apple Releases 2TB Time Capsule For $499, 1TB Drops to $299

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Two days ago, Apple updated their Time Capsule. They released a new 2TB model that now costs $499 USD on Apple's official website. In related news, the 1TB Time Capsule now costs only $299 USD and the 500GB model is now discontinued.

[Stuff.tv, CNet News]

New Chocolate LG BL40 Video Pops Up Online

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I won't spoil anything about the video for you, but this video just popped up on YouTube. In this video, the LG BL40 is confirmed to have a 4-inch HD display and you can even use an output cable to project HD video onto a TV. The price and release date still isn't mentioned.

[Engadget, Gizmodo, Phone Arena]

Live Image of the Motorola Shules / Sholes Pop Up, Could Be Available Q4 This Year on Verizon

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Two days ago, we got out first image of Motorola's second and better Android device, the Motorola Shules or Sholes. Here's a live image of what it could look like. Yes, that's a red d-pad and chin, so it looks slightly worse than the other rendered image. This picture also shows 4 touch-sensitive buttons - the other image only showed three. The Motorola Sholes / Shules could be available in Q4 of this year, it looks like it'll launch on Verizon.

[Gizmodo, Phone Arena, Slash Gear]

AT&T Ad Shows Nokia E71x Running on BlackBerry OS -- Wait, What?

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Yeah, the Nokia E71x has been on AT&T for a while, but it's the ad that is extremely funny. Whoever did the editing on this photo must've confused the E71x for a BlackBerry since they slapped the BlackBerry OS on the display. I just though it'd be funny to mention this. Too bad I don't live in the US because I'd want to check this out in person.

[CrackBerry, Crunch Gear]

RIM Executive Hints at Front-Facing Camera Hitting BlackBerrys in 2010

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Yesterday, an interview with one of RIM's executives hinted that their would be a front-facing camera on a future BlackBerry; this BlackBerry is supposedly going to hit the market in early 2010. At this time, it's unconfirmed, but the rumour doesn't seem too far-fetched. Look out for it next year!


Hiatchi Hi-Vision Vam Wooo Finally Available in Japan on KDDI au

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Even though, KDDI au was supposed to launch this phone way back in May, clearly it was delayed. However, the Hitachi Mobile Hi-Vision Cam Wooo handset is now available on KDDI au in Japan. The best feature about this handset is definitely the fact that it can record 30fps 720p video. Get yours now!

[Engadget Mobile]

HP Releases New 27-Inch 2709m Monitor For $499

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HP has just announced and released its latest monitor. The new HP 2709m is a 27-inch LCD monitor that has a 16:9 aspect ratio and awesome 1080p capabilities (1,920 x 1,080 resolution). Other specs include: a 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 5ms response time, 400 nits of brightness, an HDMI / DVI-D / VGA ports, and two built-in 2W speakers. HP is now selling this new monitor on their official website for $499 USD.

[Electronista, Engadget]

Sexy Black Nintendo Wii Now Available via Importers For $333

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Yeah, the sexy black model of the Nintendo Wii is a Japan exclusive, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to get it in North America. If you're willing to spend $333 USD to get one from importers (here) then you can go and do that now. It's a bit more expensive than the white Wii, but if I was interested in the Wii I'd definitely get the black model for $333 USD.


Motorola Morrison Rumoured to Hit T-Mobile on October 21

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According to the latest news from a "trusted source" aka a rumour, the Motorola Morrison, probably Motorola's first Android device, will be launching on T-Mobile on October 21st. As of right now, this isn't confirmed, but we do know what it will be hitting T-Mobile.

[Tmo Today]

Sony Cuts PS3 Production Costs By 70%

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According to Sony's CEO, Nobuyuki Oneda, the PlayStation 3 costs them 70% less than when they launched it back in 2006. This is great news for future adapters of the PS3 - myself included. Since it costs less for Sony to make the PS3, this could mean that a price cut is in the works. And, of course, there's still rumours buzzing around about the PS3 Slim - like it hitting Amazon. We'll have to see what Sony does to lure some more users in the future.

[G4 TV]

"PlayStation 3 Konsole slim" Pops Up on German Amazon Website!! -- Updated With a Fake Picture Then Pulled

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Woah, woah, woah, wait a second here! What's this on Amazon.de? The "PlayStation 3 Konsole slim"? I wonder what it could be? At this point, I don't really know what to say. The PS3 Slim is still just a rumoured product, so we'll just have to wait until Sony confirms something.

Update: To make things even more interresting, the Amazon.de listing for the PS3 Slim now has a picture!! OMG, it has to be real now!

Update: The picture is actually confirmed to be a fake "fan-made picture", so the PS3 Slim may not look this way. Keep in mind that it's only the picture here that's fake. The PS3 Slim could actually be on its way soon.

Update on July 3: The listing has just been pulled from Amazon, according to G4 TV. Clicking on the links above will now give you an error.

[Joystiq, Kotaku]