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OnLive Now Starting Their Beta Program


Your favourite bandwidth hog and "gaming console" looks like it is now available in beta form. OnLive is letting everyone know that the beta is now starting and "beta registrants who signed up early should keep an eye peeled for an e-mail, but latecomers interested in testing the streaming games service should still take the opportunity to sign up." This service is promising, but we'll just have to see how the beta works out because it's hard to believe that this service will do what it says it will. We'll just have to wait and see. Check out what OnLive had to say on their official website.

OnLive beta hopefuls should ready some "general information about your ISP, your computer configuration and your location" so that the company can determine your worthiness as a beta tester. You'll also be asked to run a "performance test" to doubly verify your beta usefulness.


First Pictures of Mozilla's Firefox Mobile / Fennec on the Nokia N900

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Mozilla is planning to launch Firefox Mobile / Fennec on the N900 when it ships and Tech Radar got their first look at how it works. Firefox Mobile will have Awesome Bar which you can see above. In Firefox Mobile, there's also add-ons and geo-location support, which will be two great additions. You can take a look at Tech Radar for more information and more images.

[Tech Radar]

Sony Ericsson Aino Models For the FCC

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The Sony Ericsson Aino has passed the FCC before, but it just smiled for the FCC cameras. This slider handset spotted at the FCC has a 3-inch touchscreen and US 3G support. This handset also has Sony Remote Play support and if you want to know what that means take a look at the list below. We don't know how effectively it will play games at the time.

  • Turn your PlayStation 3 on or off
  • Browse and control the Cross Media Bar interface
  • Utilize the PlayStation 3's web browser from your phone
  • Access your PlayStation 3's hard drive media content (music, movies, etc.)
  • Surf the PlayStation Store
  • Purchase games, movies and other content and have it download before you're home
  • Chat with your PlayStation Network friends

[Engadget, G4 TV]

Nokia X3 and X6 Officially Announced, X6 Confirmed to Have Capacitive Touchscreen!

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At Nokia World, Nokia, of course, announced new handsets. This morning they announced the Nokia X3 and Nokia X6. First up we have the X3. The X3 is a clamshell handset has: a 2.2-inch display, a 3.2MP camera, integrated Stereo speakers, an FM radio, dedicated music keys, a microSD card slot, and runs S40. The X3 will be available in Q4 of this year for €115 ($164 USD).

I believe the Nokia X6 is the "Alvin" that we saw pass the FCC two days ago. The Nokia X6 is the high-end handset of the two and has: a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 5MP camera, 32GB of internal storage, Lifecasting (check out what that is here), Ovi Store integration, S60 5th Edition, and a battery long enough to last 16 days of standby time / 35 hours of music playback. The X6 will be available in Q4 of this year for €459 ($654 USD).

We don't know when this will hit the US, but in the meantime, you can check out the Pocket-Lint link here and Fone Arena link here for a couple more photos. The Nokia X3 hands-on video is below; underneath is the hands-on video for the Nokia X6.

[Fone Arena, Crunch Gear, Mashable, Engadget Mobile]
XpressMusic X3 Video: Slash Gear
XpressMusic X6 Video: Slash Gear

Samsung Behold 2 Gets Bluetooth SIG Certificate

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T-Mobile will be launching another Android-based handset the Samsung Behold 2, codenamed SGH-T939. The design description is the best part of this Bluetooth SIG sheet. It states that this handset will have a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, WiFi support, and "access to Google Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds."


Motorola Sholes Gets Bluetooth SIG Certificate, Codenamed A855

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Look what has just got some Bluetooth SIG love, it's the Motorola Sholes, codenamed A855. This codename is somewhat close to the A455 codename of the Motorola Rival, but I doubt that this will be the Rival 2. This Android-based handset looks great and it has CDMA / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support. Verizon, here it comes!


Nokia N900 Available in Europe For £500 ($813) Pre-Orders

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Nokia's first Maemo 5 device is the Nokia N900 and it looks like it could be a sought after device if the price is right.Well, in Italy, UK, Germany, and France the N900 is now available for pre-orders for £500 ($813 USD). Check it out on Nokia's official website.

[Mobile Roar]

Nokia Shows Off 3D Technology On the Nokia N810 Tablet

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At Nokia World, Nokia showed off the Nokia N810 tablet with 3D capabilities. Thankfully, you'll be able to see the 3D effect without glasses. Nokia will launch this 3D technology on a mobile phone in the future, but it won't be the N810 - they're just showing off the technology. Apparently, Nokia "has been working on 3D phones for 'several years.'"


Motorola Introduces the i856 Debut Handset, Now Available on Boost Mobile For $170

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Motorola has just announced and released the i856 Debut iDEN slider handset. This handset has: a 2.2-inch display with a 176 x 220 resolution, a 1.3MP camera, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1, a microSD card slot, GPS support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This handset is now available on Boost Mobile for $169.99 USD.

[Phone Arena, Engadget Mobile]

Creative Announces Zen X-Fi2 3-Inch Touchscreen PMP, Retailing This Month For $129

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In case you're not interested in Creative's Zii EGG PMP or you just don't want to dish out that much money, there's the Zen X-Fi2 PMP from Creative. This PMP was just announced by Creative and it has a 3-inch touchscreen, a microSD card slot, a built-in microphone, an FM radio, an RSS reader, and 8GB / 16GB / 32GB of internal storage. This PMP will be retailing by the end of this month for $129.99 USD, $179.99, and $229.99, respectively, which is pretty cheap. The X-Fi2 is pretty cheap and Engadget said that it showed when they tested it out. It's resistive touchscreen was pretty unresponsive - according to Engadget - but Creative claims that they still need to tweak the firmware a little bit. Check out the video below.

[Engadget, Engadget] (Yes, two different links)

Panasonic Unveils 85-Inch Plasma, Retailing For Only $30,000

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Panasonic has unveiled their latest gigantic plama HDTV. This plasma TV is 3.9-inches thick and is around 260 pounds. This TH-85PF12U is an 85-inch behemoth and it costs just $30,000 USD. While this may be pocket change to some, it's life-savings for the rest of us.

[Engadget, CNet News]

BlackBerry 9700 Caught on Video With Optical Trackpad

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This new video has just been found and it's the BlackBerry 9700 with its optical trackpad. The BlackBerry 9700, codenamed Onyx, will be the direct successor to the original Bold.

Update: The video has been pulled off of YouTube. I'll try to get a working link ASAP.

Update: I believe the video above is now working, tell me if it stops working though.


Sony Announces 3 New HDTVs and Confirms 3D Bravia By the End of 2010; 3D Blu-Ray on the Way

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At IFA, Sony has just announced three new HDTVs to full your house with. The W5810 and Z5800 HDTVs will have Freesat which will give the user "over 140 free TV and radio channels with 70 hours of free HD TV." The other HDTV is a 19-inch model, which is targeted for bedroom purposes (no pun intended). Sony also went on to mention that they are working on a 3D Bravia LCD HDTV that will be hitting the shelves before 2010 closes out. And yes, you'll be able to view the 3D-ness without the need of those silly glasses. Just like I told you this morning, "Sony will also be putting its 3D efforts in to its other products, such as Blu-ray, VAIO and PlayStation 3, producing everything from 3D movies to 3D games."

Along with this news, the Blu-ray Disc Association is still working on their 3D technology, so that they can implement it into their discs. These discs will be capable of running on older Blu-ray players, but it will be projected in just 2D. Fortunately, they're now working on backwards-compatibility for discs and players. We'll see how this plays out.

Sony Announces 3D TV: Stuff.tv
3D Blu-Ray: Engadget HD

Nokia's Ovi Maps Beta Now Available

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There's not much left to say since the title says it all. Nokia's Ovi Maps is now available in beta form. You can check out the video below to see what you'll get.

[WOM World]

Nokia Booklet 3G Selling For $817 By the End of the Year, Booklet 3G and N900 Hitting USA

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We've already heard about the Nokia Booklet 3G and it was already made official even before Nokia World kicked off. The two things we didn't officially know were the price and release date. Well, Nokia has mentioned that it will be available by the end of this year for €575 ($817 USD). The one thing they didn't specify is where they will be releasing it, so that price tag is before subsidies. It's damn sexy, but I don't think it's worth $817 USD. Yes, USA will be getting both the Booklet 3G and even the N900.

Head over to Pocket-Lint to check out some more photos of the Nokia Booklet 3G. Below is the full specs sheet for the Booklet 3G.

All day computing
  • Up to 12 hours of usage time
  • Last for a heavy work day
  • Windows 7 and Intel Atom processor
  • Charge it and go – no need to worry about taking your charger with you
Sleek, robust design
  • A stylish, premium design with a chassis made from a single piece of machined aluminum
  • 19.9 mm thin
  • Three different colors at launch: black, ice (white) and azure (blue)
Seamless connectivity
  • Inbuilt WLAN and WWAN enable connectivity to the Internet anywhere a WiFi or cellular network connection is found
  • 3G/ HSPA with hot swappable simcard
Sync easily with your Nokia handset
  • Integrated Ovi Suite enables easy sync of calendar contacts, media with your device and the cloud
Integrated Nokia services
  • Ovi Suite 2.0
  • Nokia Music for PC
  • Ovi Maps
  • Social Hub – keeps track of your social software feeds in one spot and serves as a SMS sender
  • Nokia software updater
  • Weight (max) 1250 g
  • Dimensions (max) 264 x 185 x 19.9 mm
CPU and Chipset
  • Intel Atom Z530, 1.6 GHz
  • Intel Poulsbo US15W, fanless design
Memory and Storage
  • RAM: 1 GB, DDR2, 533 Mhz, soldered down
  • HDD: 120 GB, 1.8”/5mmH/SATA, 8 MB cache, 4200 RPM
  • 10.1”, 1280×720 pixels, glass window
  • 16 cell, 56.8 Wh, Li-Ion prismatic, removable design
  • 802.11 b/g/n, 2T2R
  • BT 2.1 + EDR
  • Inbuilt 3G modem (data calls only). Different variants: WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 or WCDMA 900/2100 or no modem.
  • All modem variants have GSM and GPRS
  • Assisted-GPS
I/O ports
  • 1 x HDMI 1.2 out
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x headphone out (OMTP 3.5 mm) – with OMTP headsets also functions as audio in
  • 1 x DC-in
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 1 x SIM / USIM slot
Camera and microphone
  • 1.3 MP front facing camera with integrated microphone
  • Frame keyboard
  • 2 physical layouts: US (78 keys, 17 mm pitch, 1.8 mm stroke) and UK (79 keys, 16.7 mm pitch, 1.8 mm stroke)
  • Accelerometer
Inbox contents
  • Nokia Booklet 3G
  • BC-1S battery
  • AC/DC power adapter
  • Quick setup guide and warranty instructions
  • Headset WH-205
  • USB charging multi-cable CA-126
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Starter Edition, Home Premium or Professional
  • MS Office Small Business 60 day trial
  • MS Internet Explorer 8
  • HDD protection utility, Hotkey utility , Knock Control utility, Power Profile Switcher, Battery Life utility
  • Nokia Update Manager
  • Ovi Suite
  • Ovi Maps Gadget
  • Social Hub
  • F-Secure Internet Security 2010 trial

[The Symbian Blog, Gizmodo, Boy Genius]

HTC Mega Launching as the HTC Touch2 With WinMo 6.5 on October 6th

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The HTC Mega has been officially announced today and it will be launching as the HTC Touch2. This handset will be running on WinMo 6.5 and will actually be available the day WinMo 6.5 / Windows Phone gets released (October 6th) for around $300 USD. If the rumours are true, we should be expecting: a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a 240 x 320 resolution, a Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz CPU, quad-band EDGE / dual-band HSPA support, GPS / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.2MP camera, a microSD card slot, and HTC's own TouchFlo UI.

This handset reminds me of a small HTC Touch HD to be honest.

[Tech Tree, Boy Genius, WMExperts]

Happy Birthday Google Chrome, Extensions Soon -- Hopefully

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Google Chrome's birthday is today and that means I've been using it for a whole year already. Since the first release I have stuck with Google Chrome because it's just overwhelmingly fast. When I test out another browser I just get impatient all the time. Anyways, Google Chrome has been through a lot in their first year and I actually couldn't believe that it's already been a year. Google has mentioned that extensions are still on the way and they're starting to make some right now, which is definitely great news. Below is a bit of what Chrome has gone though.

  • 51 developer releases, 21 beta releases or updates, and 15 stable releases or updates
  • Over 20,600 bugs filed (4367 of them were duplicates, 3505 have been fixed, which leaves a whole lot left to go!)
  • 11 external contributors and bug editors
  • 50 Chrome Experiments
  • 26 posts on the Google Chrome blog
  • 12 Chrome Shorts, a collection of short films about Google Chrome
  • sequel to the comic in Japanese
More importantly, we've improved by over 150% on Javascript performance since our initial beta:

[Google Chrome Blog]

Acer Aspire Revo 3600 Nettop With Dual-Core CPU and Nvidia Ion Graphics to Be Shown Off at IFA

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The Acer Aspire Revo 3600 nettop will be shown off at IFA 2009 today. It will be rocking: a Dual-Core Intel Atom 1.6GHz 330 CPU, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, Nvidia Ion graphics, an HDMI output, and a VESA mount. The price, release date, and OS have not been mentioned yet, but we'll know what they are soon, since we should see it in action at IFA which is taking place right now.

[Engadget, Liliputing, Tech Radar]

Nokia 6750 Hitting AT&T on September 6th For $50

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Nokia has just officially announced the Nokia 6750 Mural and it's headed to AT&T. This clamshell handset will have: a 2.2-inch QVGA internal display, a 1.36-inch external display, a 2MP camera, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth support, 70MB of internal storage, aGPS support, a microSD card slot, and a 2.5mm headphone jack.

The Mural will be running on S50 6th Edition and you will be able to customize that blue lighting you see to red, green, orange, pink or purple. This is launching in four days - on September 6th - for $50 USD on 2-year contract on AT&T. Check out what Nokia had to say on their official website.

[GSM Arena]

Sony Announces VAIO X Laptop Made of Carbon Fiber, 0.5-Inches Thin, 1.5 Pounds -- Definitely Overpriced

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Sony has an announced the VAIO X ultraportable laptop. This laptop has: an 11.1-inch display, an "all-day battery that 'will set the new standard for stamina'", and an Intel Atom CPU, which is unidentified at the time. This laptop is also made of carbon fiber, weighs just 1.5 pounds, and is around 0.5-inches thin. It definitely looks attractive and will be extremely easy to carry around, but it's Sony, so it'll probably be overpriced Unfortunately, but thankfully [for our wallets] we don't know the price yet. Check out the link below for live photos.

Update: Engadget just got their hands-on with the X-Series ultraportable. So at this point the Atom CPU is still undecided at the moment. This notebook has: two USB 2.0 ports, an SD/Memory Stick card slot, and VGA output. The price is said to be below $2,000 USD, so it'll be expensive nonetheless.


Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 Now Official, Rocking OLED Display, 8.1MP Camera and WinMo 6.5

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Now that these specs are confirmed, I can bump it up on my top 10 phone list. At IFA, Sony decided to announce the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 to crash Nokia World. The XPERIA X2 has amazing features: a 3.2-inch (not 3.5-inch) OLED touchscreen display with a 480 x 800 resolution, an 8.1MP AF camera with touch focus and 16x digital zoom, quad-band GSM/GRPS/EDGE / tri-band UMTS/HSPA support, aGPS support, a Qualcomm MSM 7200 528MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi, TV out, Bluetooth with DLNA support, a 4GB microSD card in the box, and Windows Mobile 6.5. Although it's no XPERIA X3, the XPERIA X2 is looking like a mighty fine handset. This is expected to launch in "select markets" in Q4 of this year with a version rocking WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz bands.

Update: Engadget got their first hands-on with this device. They've mentioned that it has a flashy / gimmicky home screen and they dislike the resistive touchscreen. Below is Engadget Mobile's hands-on video.

Update: WMPowerUser has just found out that the XPERIA X2 will be exclusive to Vodafone in the UK for a little while. The release is also pegged for "early Q4 2009" which probably means shortly after WinMo 6.5 / Windows Phone get officially released on October 6th.

[Boy Genius, WMPowerUser]

First Live Photos of the Verizon-Bound Nokia 2705 Shade

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As of right now, we don't know any details on the Nokia 2705 Shade, but we do know that it's headed to Verizon, thanks to these photos. The Nokia 2705 Shade has: a simple clamshell design, two displays (one external and one internal), a dedicated camera key, Bluetooth 2.1 support, and probably entry-level features. We don't know when it will launch, but with Nokia World today, you shouldn't be excited about this handset.

[Phone Arena]

Nokia N97 Mini Now Official, Launching Next Month For $639

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We've already heard about the Nokia N97 Mini and we've already seen it reviewed, which wasn't a good look for Nokia. Anyways, it's now official. At Nokia World today, Nokia announced that the N97 Mini be available for free in "many markets" this October and will include: a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen display, built-in Lonely Planet guidebooks aka GPS, and Facebook "Lifecasting." The US release date hasn't been announced yet, but it should launch for around €450 ($639 USD) before subsidies. For a lot of live photos of the Nokia N97 Mini, check out this Pocket-Lint link here.

[Engadget, Gizmodo, Phone Arena]

Chrome OS To Only Allow Google Programs? Google Wave Hitting Some Schools / App Users This Month; Chrome Hitting PS3 and PSP?

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According to a post on Read Write Web, Google may only allow for Google's programs to run on their Chrome OS. This is unconfirmed at the time, but if this happens I think it will only be in effect at launch. I feel that Google will allow other non-Google programs to be used, but Google is pretty unpredictable, so I don't know for sure.

I hope you haven't forgot about Google Wave since it plans to hit 100,000 users by the end of this month - on September 30th to be exact. Today, Google "announced that along with the public preview, Google plans to integrate Wave into some businesses and schools Google Apps accounts." We'll see who gets lucky enough to test it out this month.

I don't believe this rumour has any steam behind it, but it states that Google Chrome could be coming to both the PlayStation 3 and the PSP. This rumour was probably fueled by the Sony and Google deal we heard about yesterday, the one where Sony's Vaios will have Google Chrome as the default browser. All we can do is wait and see, but I think this is doubtful at the time.

Google Chrome OS: Gizmodo, Read Write Web
Google Wave: Mashable, The Next Web
Google Chrome to the PS3?: Brutal Gamer

Hardkernel's Concept ODROID Gaming Device Runs Android and Has Too Many Buttons

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What you see above is a concept photo of Hardkernel's ODROID gaming device. This handheld gaming device is going to run on Google's Android OS and will actually sport the same CPU as the iPhone 3GS. The concept specs are as follows: a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 480 x 320 resolution, an ARM Cortex A8 600MHz CPU, HDMI output (720p resolution), composite video output, microSD and SD card slots, and WiFi 802.11 b/g. We don't know if this will hit the market, but all of those buttons seem unnecessary.


Sony Announcing 3D BRAVIA TVs, Vaio's, Blu-Ray Movies and PS3 Games Later Today at IFA

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According to Financial Times, Sony is set to announce a couple of things at IFA 2009 later today. This includes: 3D Bravia HDTVs, 3D-compatible PlayStation 3 games, 3D Vaio laptops, and 3D Blu-ray movies. I believe all of these products are expected by the end of 2010, but don't quote me on that. Don't forget that those funky 3D glasses will be required to see the amazing effect. We'll see what happens when Sir Howard Stringer makes his keynote later today.


Nokia N900 Walkthrough Video, Shows Off Responsive UI and Circular Zooming

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You may not understand what the guy is saying in the video below since it's Italian, but all you need to pay attention to is what he's doing. It's a brief walkthrough of the upcoming Maemo-based handset / tablet, the Nokia N900. Right now, it looks like this handset is really nice. It's got a nice design and the UI looks pretty damn responsive. Check out the circular zooming technique too.

[The Nokia Blog]

Android-Based and Google-Branded HTC Desire 6200 Spotted in Verizon's Systems

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Well, look what I just found in Verizon's systems, the HTC Desire 6200. This handset looks like it will be another Android-based handset from HTC and this one will be Google-branded. The specs, price, and release date are still unknown at the time. Seeing how it's Google-branded though, get those HTC Sense UI thoughts out of your head because it won't be on this handset - at least I think so.

[Boy Genius, Phone Arena, Phandroid, Slash Gear]

NEC Announces Eco-Friendly 19-Inch MultiSync EA190M LCD Monitor

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NEC has just announced their latest 19-inch LCD monitor which is targeted for business people. The MultiSync EA190M has: a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, 250 nits of brightness, a 900:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time, DVI / VGA input, built-in speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

This monitor should suck an average of 50% less energy and also contains 50% less mercury "than traditional LCD monitors." The EA190M has a "one-touch ECO mode that allows users the ability to quickly maneuver between two energy saving modes." Clearly, this monitor is somewhat eco-friendly, which is not a bad thing to have. This monitor is expected to ship by the end of this month and it should be available for $259 USD.

[Electronista, Slash Gear]

HTC Click Launching in France This Month as the HTC Tattoo

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According to the latest unconfirmed news, the HTC Click will be launching France as early as this month on Bouygues Telecom. The thing is that the Android-based Click will be launching in France as "The Tattoo" and there's expected to be a design on the back of the handset - possibly similar to this. In case you forgot, the HTC Click has: a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, a 3MP camera, GPS support, and possible HSDPA and TV support, which is something we haven't heard before.

[Phone Arena]

Sony Ericsson With Sony Remote Play Support Launching in the UK Next Month

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You may or may not know, but the Sony Ericsson Aino has been confirmed to have Sony Remote Play support for a while now. The big news here is that the Aino will be hitting the UK early next month (October). We still don't know when it will be available, but we'll know sooner or later. Other specs of the Aino include: a 3-inch touchscreen display, a built-in Facebook client, and an 8.1MP camera.

[Mobile Roar]

Old Microsoft Zunes Getting Discontinued When the Zune HD Touches Down

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Old-school Microsoft Zune fans might want to scoop up as many of them as you can now. When the sexy Zune HD launches in two weeks, all of the other Zune models will be discontinued. I think it's definitely a good thing for Microsoft since the Zune HD is an incredible PMP, especially with its Nvidia Tegra chipset. It'll be good to get rid of the past. Below is a large picture of the ZuneHD reviewers guide. Look out for the Zune HD to hit the shelves on September 15th.

[Crunch Gear, Gizmodo, WMPowerUser]