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Rugged Motorola Barrage V860 Headed to Verizon On November 17th For $180

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Motorola has just unveiled another low-end, but rugged handset that's headed to Verizon. The Motorola Barrage V860 has a 2MP camera, GPS support, a 2.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. Another model of this handset will be available, but it won't have the camera. The release details haven't been mentioned yet, so we'll just have to wait patiently.

Update: According to Engadget Mobile, we've got a bit more information on this handset. The Barrage has: a 2.2-inch display with a 176 x 220 resolution, and 810F resistance. This handset will be launching on November 16th for $179.99 on a 2-year contract with a $50 MIR, $249.99 on a 2-year contract with a $50 MIR, and $299.99 contract-free.

[Unwired View]

LG Lilac and Samsung Prism Coming With WinMo 6.5 Soon

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In Korea, we've just heard of two new Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets that should be launched fairly soon. They announced the LG Lilac and the Samsung Prism. Not much is known about either handset, but they both have WiFi / 3G support and the latter also has WiMAX. We don't know exactly when they will launch, but since the Prism has WiMAX I'd say it's the higher-end of the two.


HTC Leo / HD2 To Have Multitouch Support in Browser, Shipping With Opera Mobile 9.7

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So much for no multitouch in the Internet Explorer browser. According to WMPowerUser, the HTC Leo / HD2 will actually be shipping with Opera Mobile 9.7 which will support multitouch. This was found in the latest HTC Leo ROM this morning. This definitely makes more sense, but of course, it's not confirmed yet.


Nintendo Drops Price of Wii To $199 In The US of A; $219 In Canada

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Just like we've been hearing for a good two weeks or so, the Nintendo Wii is now available for just $199 USD, down from $249 USD. In Canada, it's now $219.99 CAD, down from $279.99 CAD. Instead of leaving your house, you can order it online, here's an Amazon link.

[Crunch Gear]

Windows 7 Shipping On October 13th -- To Custom-Built PCs

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According to the latest news, Microsoft will actually be allowing some custom PC makers to ship Windows 7 over a week earlier than scheduled. Starting on October 13th, Windows 7 will be pre-installed on custom-built PCs. Hooray! For the rest of you out there, October 22nd is the date.

P.S. I heard from a friend of a friend of mine that the Windows 7 RTM torrent has been spotted around the interwebs somewhere and his Windows 7 Ultimate is activated. Just saying.


Verizon Really Launching the Palm Pre; Sprint Palm Pre Cut To $80

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So much for Verizon not launching the Palm Pre. It looks like someone has apparently "confirmed" that the Pre is really coming to Verizon. Do you believe it?

Along with this news it looks like Sprint's Palm Pre has just been cut in price at your local Wal-Mart - if you live in the US that is. It's only going for $79.99 USD on a 2-year contract after rebates. Check out the listing here.

Palm Pre Headed to Verizon: Boy Genius, Engadget Mobile
Palm Pre Only $80 At Wal-Mart: Engadget

Vizio VF551XVT 55-Inch LED-Backlit TV Spotted At Costco For $2,000

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It looks like the LED-backlit Vizio VF551XVT HDTV has just been spotted at Costco. Clearly, it has a $1,999 USD price tag, so it's pretty cheap for a 1080p-capable HDTV with 5 HDMI inputs and 240Hz technology.

[Engadget HD]

Mobinnova Elan Smartbook Launching For $300 By the End of the Year In Europe and Asia

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We don't know when the Mobinnova Elan smartbook will hit the US / North America. But, we do know that it will be outed by the end of this year in Asia and Europe with Windows CE pre-installed. We're also hearing that this smartbook will be launched for $299 USD.

[WMPowerUser, Netbooked]

Microsoft Launches New Colourful Windows 7 Ads

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Looks like Kylie couldn't cut it. Microsoft has just launched a couple of new commercials that are pretty flashy. Take a look at one below and the rest are at the Crunch Gear link at the bottom.

[Crunch Gear]

BlackBerry 9550 / Storm 2 and Curve 8530 Spotted in Verizon's Systems

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A recent shot of Verizon's inventory system shows that the BlackBerry 9550 / Storm 2 and the Curve 8530 could be on the way. We're still hearing that the Storm 2 will launch in late October / early November and then the Curve 8530 will be launched a couple of weeks after that. The Curve 8530 looks like it will also be available in lavender and black. Prices haven't been mentioned yet.