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Apple iPod Touch With a Camera Was Real -- Most Likely a Prototype

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Many people - including myself - were surprised / disappointed that Apple decided not to go with a camera on the new iPod Touch - instead they added it to the iPod Nano. According to the latest and what looks to be legit news, the iPod Touch with a camera was definitely real. It was most likely an Apple prototype. It looks to me like Apple / Steve Jobs decided that they wouldn't want to lose a tiny bit of profit so they pulled it last minute. This is simply because they only care about the profits and money they make. Thanks Apple.

[Mac Rumors]

Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and YouTube Widgets Coming to a Sony Bravia Near You

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So far, CEDIA 2009 has been a pretty big event for Sony. They have just announced that Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and YouTube widgets will be coming to Internet-enabled Sony Bravia HDTVs. There's not much left to say here, so you can just watch the two videos below. The first one is a video of the Twitter and Netflix widget in action; the second video is regarding the YouTube widget.

Facebook Sony Bravia Widgets: Sony Insider
Twitter and Netflix Widgets on Video: Sony Insider
YouTube Widget on Video: Sony Insider

Atmel Creates Chip That Will Handle Large Capacitive Touchscreen Displays


Atmel has introduced a new chip that will be capable of creating capacitive touchscreen displays as large as you want them to be. "The first controller, the mST224, has 224 nodes that enable it to track multiple inputs and can redraw the screen in just 4ms. Like all maXTouch products, everything is integrated onto a single chip, without the need for external components, minimizing both the cost and the footprint. Multiple mXT224 controllers can be used in very large screens." For everything you need to know, check out the link below, it's pretty thorough.


Sharp Creating Laser For 75GB and 100GB Blu-Ray Discs

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Sharp isn't exactly known for their Blu-ray advancements, but they look like they're working pretty hard. Sharp has introduced a new technology that will increase the capacity of a Blu-ray disc to 75GB and 100GB - "from the current standard of 50GB." This technology seems pretty complicated, but if you're really interested then enjoy the read here. As of right now, we don't know when this technology will burst onto the mainstream scene, so we'll have to play the waiting game.

Update: Sharp is actually creating a laser that would be capable of reading 75 and 100GB Blu-ray discs.

[Crunch Gear]

Viliv S7 Tablet-Netbook Now Priced at $629 and $799 On Dynamism

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It's been a long time since we've heard anything about the Viliv S7 and now it has just been spotted on Dynamism. The battery life was tested in Korea back in July and it lasted pretty long - although not 9.5 hours like Viliv said it would. You can now check it out on Dynamism's website because the basic model featuring a 7-inch swiveling touchscreen display is going for $629 USD. The higher-end model with 3G and a 32GB SSD costs a little bit more, it's priced at $799 USD. You can check it out on Dynamism here.

[Crunch Gear]

Motorola CLIQ Launching Next Month -- Even If the Chart Doesn't Say So

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Although in the picture above it shows that T-Mobile will launch the Motorola CLIQ in November, according to the reports, it's also outdated. We have no proof here, but we heard this morning that the CLIQ would be launching in October and that date sticks whether there is proof or not - simply because that's what everyone else is saying right now. Either way, it looks like it'll be here in time for the holiday season.


Optima OP3W Netbook Packs 3G Integration

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Optima has just shown off their latest netbook, the Optima OP3W, and it has integrated 3G connectivity. Other specs include: a 10.1-inch matte display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, three USB 2.0 ports, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, VGA / Ethernet port, a 4-in-1 card reader, audio jacks, and a 3-cell 2,200 mAh battery that should last 3 hours. Since this appears to be a netbook with standard specs, don't be surprised to find an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB HDD. This netbook should be launching on China Telecom, but we haven't heard of a price tag or release date yet. You can take a look at a hands-on video below.


T-Mobile USA Launching Android-Based Motorola CLIQ In October

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We already know that the Android-based Motorola CLIQ will be available for pre-orders on Orange UK on September 22nd as the Motorola DEXT, and now we know that T-Mobile could be launching this handset as early as next month (October). We don't know the price right now, but it won't be in the high-end $199.99 category. We do know that for a brief stint, T-Mobile had the CLIQ listed for free on a 2-year contract and $400 off-contract. Hopefully that price becomes a reality for Motorola's sake. This is the first Android-based Motorola handset that will be running MOTOBLUR - their customized Android UI.

[Boy Genius]

Hua Yi Reveals 12-Inch MacBook Air-Like Notebook With Netbook Specs

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Hua Yi in China has just unveiled their latest 12-inch laptop which has been translated by Google as the "Little White One" Even though it's got a 12-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution and has a MacBook Air type look to it, it's got netbook specs underneath. This netbook has: an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, integrated GMA 950 graphics, a 160GB HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, a mini VGA port, a 90% keyboard, and a 3,200 mAh battery. I believe this netbook is now available for ¥1,700 ($249 USD).

[Slash Gear]

Motorola Entice w766 Clamshell Handset Launching on Verizon on September 22nd

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Verizon will be launching the Motorola Entice w766 on September 22nd for $39.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract, $109.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 1-year contract, and $219.99 contract-free. Everything else you need to know about this flip phone is listed below.

[Boy Genius]

NAM Nokia N86 Now Available For Pre-Orders on Amazon For $469

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Well, it took them long enough. The Nokia N86 NAM model is now available for pre-orders on Amazon's website. This 8MP cameraphone has been awaiting a release in the US for a while now. It's available for pre-orders on Amazon for $468.99 USD. In the meantime, you can check out the official pre-order listing on Amazon's site here.

[The Nokia Blog]

GScreen Dual-Screen Spacebook Notebook Caught on Video

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Check out the link below for the GScreen Dual-Screen Spacebook notebook in action. I can't embed the direct link to the video here, so just check out the short 14 second video below. The video is pretty dark, but it shows the way the screens slide. Enjoy!


BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 8520 Spotted in Rogers' Inventory

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Well, looky here what has just been spotted in Rogers' inventory. It's the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (possibly renamed the Bold II when it launches) and the Curve 8520.

[Boy Genius]

Asus Eee PC 1101HA Netbook Could Re-Launch With Windows 7 Pre-Installed

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Yes, the Asus Eee PC 1101HA netbook is already available basically everywhere, but now we're hearing that Asus could be re-launching the 1101HA netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed. This is great news for those people. However, we may only see Windows 7 Basic - don't quote me on this - on this netbook.


HTC Touch Pro 2 Now Available On Verizon For $199.99

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Since it's a fairly slow news day and I have lots of time on my hands, I should remind you that the HTC Touch Pro 2 is now available on Verizon's website - and has been since yesterday. Check it out here.


Windows Mobile 7 To Be A No-Show At PDC This Year

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Two weeks ago, we heard that we could see Windows Mobile 7 as early as this November at PDC. Well, Microsoft has been cruising the interwebs because they just denied any rumours of WinMo 7 showing up at PDC this year. Maybe we'll see something about the second part of WinMo 6.5 though. By the way, I have no clue why this was the photo on WMPowerUser.

As I’m sure you know, Microsoft and its partners are squarely focused on introducing the Windows phone brand through the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 in October [October 6], which includes working closely with ISVs and developers to add even greater value to the Windows Mobile platform and new business opportunities for its mobile channel ecosystem. To properly set your expectations, wanted to let you know that Microsoft is not planning any sessions for PDC that look past the Windows Mobile OS in market at that time.


Microsoft Picture and Video Shows Off Gaming on the Zune HD

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Since the Zune HD will have Nvidia's Tegra chipset, it should be a great device for gaming - kind of like how the iPod Touch is - but better GPU-wise if the right games are released. Well, this image above [and video below] is the first photo [and video] we've ever seen that shows off Microsoft Zune HD's 3D gaming - not popping out of the screen 3D though. We'll just have to see how this works out because it's launching in just 3 days - only in the US - on September 15th.


Sony Releases New PS3 Ad, Family Gaming Time

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Sony has just released another PS3 ad. This is a PS3 ad that bring gaming as a family to your house. Don't know what I mean, then check out the video below.