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Eclair Now On Display At Googleplex; It'll Likely Launch Before the End of the Year

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Like when the Cupcake and Donut showed up at Googleplex, the next big thing has just arrived. Meet the Eclair which is now on display at the Googleplex. If it's delayed until Q2 2010, I doubt they'd put this up already, so this is very good news. I'm now expecting Eclair to hit phones before this year ends - possibly debuting on the Sholes. Android is the future. Check out the links below for a three-part video.

[Phandroid, Leakdroid]

Google Holding Event Tomorrow For the Google Chrome OS!

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It looks like Google is preparing for an event tomorrow that you can actually register for here. It'll take place in their Mountain View building at around 6:00 p.m. tomorrow - so that's 9:00 p.m. EST. This event will be for their Google Chrome OS that is targeted at netbooks. They'll likely show off what we've been seeing on Tech Crunch today - y'know the file they leaked on their own website but have now pulled.

[The Next Web]

US Cellular and TracFone Launching Samsung r520 Trill and T401G Soon

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We already know that the Samsung r520 Trill is coming to US Cellular, but it will be coming to TracFone as well. This handset has: 1GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower for your music needs. The other handset both US Cellular and TracFone will be launching is that Samsung T401G. This handset has: a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3MP camera, and a microSD card slot.

[Samsung Hub]

AT&T Now Selling the Dell Vostro 1520 Notebook For $633 With a $60 Monthly Plan

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It looks like AT&T is now offering the Dell Vostro 1520 notebook for as low as $633 USD on a 2-year $60 monthly contract, which includes a 5GB DataConnect data plan. Right now, AT&T hasn't released a full spec sheet of the Vostro they are selling, but the base model on Dell's website goes for $519, so we're hoping it'll be much beefier.

[Slash Gear, Electronista]

Best Photo of the Motorola Sholes To Date -- Thanks Boy Genius

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Finally! This is officially the best picture of the Motorola Sholes that we've got to date - thanks Boy Genius. Clearly, it says that it's running firmware version 2.0, which could possibly be changed to 1.6 when it becomes officially official - since we heard that Android OS 2.0 is likely delayed until Q2 2010. Notice that the Model Number also says "Droid."


November 16th: Black Wiimote + MotionPlus For $50 and Black Nunchuck For $20

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It looks like it has been made official. The black Wiimote, Nunchuck, and MotionPlus will be hitting us on November 16th. The black Wiimote and Wii MotionPlus will be bundled together for $50 USD, the black Nunchuck will be separate and will cost another $20 USD.


HP Mini 311 Can Run Mac OS X, Still Some Problems Though...

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In case you're thinking about putting Apple's OS X on your HP Mini 311 there is good news for you. Well, the good news is that right now those OS X hackers have ported it successfully to said netbook. And, for the most part, it's functional; the whole display, Nvidia Ion graphics, Ethernet port, card reader, Bluetooth, and integrated webcam all work, but there are still some kinks to work out. Apparently, the sound, WiFi, and sleep / resume functions aren't working. I guess you should just stick with running Windows 7 on this netbook for now.


Leaked Motorola Roadmap Shows Us 3 Upcoming Devices: Sholes Tablet, Motus and Zeppelin

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According to this leaked Motorola roadmap, the "Sholes Tablet" should get launched in Q1 2010. This could possibly be the Motorola Flash and possibly also the "non-keyboard model" of the Sholes that we heard about earlier this month. In the roadmap above it clearly says that the Sholes Tablet will have the same 3.7-inch display as the original Sholes and it'll have an upgrade 8MP AF camera with a xenon flash that can record 720p video. It'll be exciting to see what this "tablet" turns out to be.

The leaked roadmap also shows the Motorola Motus and the Zeppelin. I believe we haven't heard about these handsets before, but they both have similar specs, that's: a 3.1-inch display with a 320 x 480 resolution, a 5MP AF camera, and WiFi 802.11 b/g. However, the Motus appears to have a touchscreen and the Zeppelin does not. Engadget points out that we could be seeing them at CES 2010.


WIND Mobile Launching Bold 9700, HTC Snap, Huawei U8220 and a Samsung Handset; All Stores To Have Microsoft Surface

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The latest rumour has is that WIND Mobile will be launching the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the HTC Snap, the Android-based Huawei U8220, and a Samsung handset that will have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Their stores won't have cash desks, so it'll all be digital inside - which may confuse some customers. Like the Rogers store in Toronto, all WIND Mobile stores will have the Microsoft Surface. Anyways, WIND Mobile should launch by the end of this year - either next month or December.

[Mobile Syrup]

Acer Unveils Their 3D Notebook, the Aspire 5738DG

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As a variant of the AS5738PG that we just saw earlier today, Acer will also be launching the Aspire 5738DG. The exciting part about this laptop is that it will have 3D support, which you'll be able to see by using your 3D glasses. Acer hasn't mentioned the complete spec sheet, but I assume they'll be somewhat similar to the 5738PG, besides the fact that it'll have Nvidia's 3D hardware components. This notebook will be able for £950 ($1,515 USD), but the release date hasn't been mentioned yet.

[Slash Gear]

Opera Working On Mobile Browser For Android Handsets

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Although there's not much news about it Opera's CEO, Jon Von Technetium, mentioned that they are indeed working on Opera Mobile for Android devices. Let's hope this puts some pressure on Google to make Android's browser a bit better.

[Phone Arena]

Asus Eee PC T101H To Be Demoed At CES 2010 With Intel Atom N450 CPU

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According to a couple of sources, the Asus Eee PC T101H tablet netbook will be delayed until January of 2010. Asus is going to show off this tablet netbook at CES 2010 with Intel's new Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU and, of course, Windows 7. We've heard the specs sheet already, so that includes: a 10.2-inch resistive touchscreen display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS support, 3G support, and a digital TV tuner. It's expected to retail for somewhere between €650 ($968 USD) and €700 ($1,042 USD).

[Slash Gear]

Toshiba Mini NB205 Netbook Re-Launching On October 22nd With Windows 7 For $400

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Although the Toshiba NB205 netbook is already available it's running the old school Windows XP OS. Well, they have just announced they will relaunch the Mini NB205 netbook with Windows 7 Starter Edition pre-installed starting, of course, on October 22nd. Expect the same specs and the base price will be $399.99 USD.


China Unicom Releasing the iPhone 3G / 3GS On October 30th - Expensive Contract-Free

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China Unicom has officially announced that they will be selling the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS starting on October 30th. The 8GB iPhone 3G will launch for 4,999 CNY ($732 USD), the 16GB iPhone 3GS will launch for 5,880 ($861 USD), and the 32GB iPhone 3GS will launch for 6,999 CNY ($1,025 USD) - of course, all of these prices are contract-free. China Unicom has yet to announce their 2-year contract prices.

[Unwired View]

Acer Announce Touchscreen Aspire 5738PG and Non-Touchscreen Timeline 1810TV Notebooks

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Acer has just announced two more Windows 7 notebooks to add to your list. The Aspire AS5738PG will have a 15.6-inch multi-touchscreen display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2GHz CPU, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics, a 320GB HDD, a DVD burner, WiFi 802.11 a/g/n, an integrated webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, a fingerprint reader, an HDMI / Ethernet port, audio jacks, and a multitouch trackpad. This notebook's display won't do any fancy tricks, so there'll be no swiveling here. This will be available on October 22nd for $799.99 USD.

The other Acer notebook that was announced today is the Aspire Timeline AS1810TZ. This notebook will not have a touchscreen display, but it does come with: an 11.6-inch display (likely a 1,366 x 768 resolution), an Intel Dual-Core ULV CPU, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n / Bluetooth support, an Ethernet port, an integrated webcam, a multitouch trackpad, and a 6-cell battery expected to last 8 hours. This will also launch on October 22nd, but it'll be a bit cheaper at $549.99 USD

Acer Aspire AS5738PG Touchscreen Notebook: Slash Gear
Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810TZ Notebook: Slash Gear

First Sprint WiMAX Device To Run Android, Eclair Delayed Until Q2 2010 and Other Android Rumours

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Some big Android rumours have been popping up online, right now there's 3 of them. Apparently, Sprint is looking to launch their first 4G (WiMAX) handset and it could be running Android - and possibly coming from Samsung? Another rumour is that "Eclair", which is the codename for Android OS 2.0, isn't expected to launch until Q1 2010, so it's quite a ways away. The last rumour is that INQ is currently trying to work out a deal with a carrier so that they can launch their handsets on there. Their Android handset will be coming in 2010 with their own customized UI with social networking integration, of course. Other Android rumours are disappointing though: no Android handset from LG this year, no TomTom (GPS) app this year for Android, and "no standalone Google Maps navigation software."

Update: Seeing as the Eclair is now on display at the Googleplex I highly doubt that we'll see a Q2 2010 launch. I'm telling you to expect it this year.

HP Japan Officially Announces ULV-Packing 11.6-Inch Pavilion dm1 Notebook

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HP Japan has just announced that they will be launching the Pavilion dm1 notebook. It will be outed with: an 11.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Celeron SU2300 Dual-Core 1.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics, WiFi 802.11 b/g, HDMI / VGA outputs, an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, audio jacks, and a 6-cell battery that will supposedly run out 8 hours. This will be launching in Japan in mid-November for 70,000 Yen ($686 USD). There has been no word on a US release date, but we should know it soon.

MSI X-Slim X400 Now Shipping In USA For $800

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In case you're interested, you should know that the MSI X-Slim X400 notebook is now shipping in the USA. This 14-inch notebook comes packed with: an Intel SU2700 ULV 1.3GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, a WXGA display, integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics, HDMI / VGA outputs, two USB 2.0 ports, a multicard reader, an external DVD burner, and a 4-cell battery. You get that all for just $799.99 USD and you'll get Windows 7 as a free upgrade.

Toshiba Announce Multi-Touchscreen Capable Satellite U505 and M505 With Windows 7

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Since Microsoft's Windows 7 has touch capabilities built into the OS, manufacturers are looking to capitalize on that by making their notebooks touchscreen capable. Another maker not shying away from this world is Toshiba. They have just announced the Satellite U505 Touch (above) and the Satellite M505 Touch - as the name implies they both have multi-touchscreen displays. The only difference I can spot between the two is, likely, the look and the U505 has a 13.3-inch display, while the M505 has a 14-inch display.

Both notebooks appear to have: an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, a DVD burner, an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a 6-cell battery, and, of course, Windows 7. The M505 and the U505 will be available on October 22nd for $949.99 USD and November 1st for $1,049.99 USD, respectively.

BlackBerry Storm 2 Getting Announced This Week, Launching In November -- Too Many Storm 2 Rumours

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Yes, the Storm 2 is already official, but something new - as usual - has popped up regarding the next touchscreen handset from RIM. Apparently, this handset could be announced sometime this week and could be released in early November. There are just so many rumours flying around about the Storm 2 that you could be expecting anything any day now.

Apple Now Shipping iPhone 3GS That Are Impossible To Jailbreak?

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According to the latest news, Apple is starting to ship iPhone 3GS' that actually can't be jailbroken. The new botroom, iBoot-359.3.2, is apparently immune to being jailbroken since it protects against the 24kpwn exploit that everyone uses. If you're one of those imafamous jailbreakers, this one will be your next challenge.

HTC HD2 Carrier To Be T-Mobile USA?

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We already know that the HTC HD2 will be coming to the US in Q1 2010, but we never knew what carrier it would be, until now. According to what you see above the lucky carrier will be T-Mobile USA. Everything you know and love will be inside the HD2, so expect the 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and WinMo 6.5.