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Sony Officially Announces the 250GB PS3 Slim Is Coming On November 3rd For $350!

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Sony has just announced that the 250GB PS3 Slim will be officially available starting on November 3 for $349.99 USD - cheaper than the $399.99 price tag I was expecting. If you live in Spain, consider yourself pretty lucky since some retailers are already selling it.

[Playstation.Blog, vg 247, Joystiq]

HTC Changes Their Home Page, Focuses On "YOU"; Applied For New Trademark "HTC Quietly Brilliant"

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This morning HTC's website briefly went down, but it eventually came back up sporting a new interactive home page. It's basically all about "YOU." According to the reports, HTC is spending around $50 million this quarter to promote their company - and that's just in the US. Check out their website here.

Update: It looks like WMPowerUser has just got the scoop that HTC has just filed for a trademark for "HTC quietly brilliant." This will likely change their slogan, which is currently HTC Innovation.

Leaked Bell HSPA Handset Line-Up Is Mighty Impressive

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Bell is looking like they're going to have an amazing HSPA launch and I'll probably be checking out their store as soon as they launch their new network and phones. On Bell's launch day, they're expected to have a bunch of phones available and they're outlined below. However, the Omnia II's launch price is still unknown right because you still have to factor in the rebates. Rejoice Canada!

LG Xenon: $89.95, $289.95
Samsung Impact: $79.95, $279.95
Samsung Omnia 2: $349.95, $549.95
Apple iPhone 3G 8GB $399.95, $599.95 — probably $149 after in store rebates
Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB: $499.95, $699.95 — probably $199 after in store rebates
Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB: $599.95, $799.95 — probably $299 after in store rebates
BlackBerry Bold 9000: $399.95, $599.95 — probably $149-$199 after in store rebates
BlackBerry 9700: $399.95, $599.95 — probably $249 after in store rebates
Nokia 2730: $29.95, $119.95
Nokia 6350: $49.95, $249.95
There’s also 3 Novatel HSPA data cards launching, two will be HSPA+ 21Mbps compatible and one will be HSPA 7.2Mbps compatible.

Asus Germany Leaks Their Upcoming Netbook Roadmap With Windows 7 On-Board

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It should be no surprise that Asus is looking to hop onto the Windows 7 wagon and Asus Germany has just leaked their upcoming netbook roadmap that includes the Asus Eee PC 1101HA, 1008HA, 1005HA-H, and 1005HA-M. These netbooks will be shipping with Windows 7 Starter Edition, except for the 1101HA which will be shipping with Windows 7 Home Premium. Unfortunately, all of these netbooks are sporting current-gen Atom CPUs which will be obsolete soon thanks to Intel's Pine Trail line-up which is expected to launch early next year.

HTC HD2 Available For Pre-Orders On Play.com, Shipping November 11th

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In case you're looking for other unlocked deals on the HTC HD2 here's another one for ya. On Play.com here, they are taking pre-orders for the HD2 for £499.99 ($813 USD), which is slightly more expensive than both Expansys and Clove. Online retailers are continuously getting undercut, so the price is slowly, but surely, dropping. Play.com mentions that they expect to ship this handset on November 11th.

uSmart Unveils M1C, a 4.8-Inch MID With an Ugly Keyboard

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It looks like uSmart has just revealed a tiny MID, dubbed the M1C. This MID is really small - as you can see in the picture with the HTC Hero at its side - but still manages to pack: a 4.8-inch display with a 480 x 800 resolution, an Intel Atom Z530 CPU, integrated GMA500 graphics, an HDMI output, and Linux / Windows XP / Vista / 7 OS options. I'd love to see how this MID performs with Vista on it, that would be a ball.

[Slash Gear]

Intel's "Pine Trail" Atom n450 1.66GHz CPU Launching On January 3, 2010?

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According to the latest unconfirmed new, Intel's "Pine Trail" Atom N450 will be available starting on January 3 of 2010. This Atom CPU clocks in at 1.66GHz, but should save power and will conserve your netbook's battery life a bit better. However, don't expect them to be much faster than the N270 / N280.


Acer Officially Announce Liquid (A1) Handset, 768MHz Snapdragon CPU With Android OS 1.6 "Donut"

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Woah, woah, woah. I don't know whether the above photo is a real photo of the device, since I could swear that's an Acer neoTouch (F1). Anyways, Acer has just officially announced the Acer Liquid (A1) that utilizes the 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and Android OS 1.6 "Donut"! Besides Android it appears to have: a 5MP AF camera, HSPA connectivity, and capacitive touchscreen WVGA (3.5 / 3.8-inches?) display. They also mention that it'll have tight integration with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa, and Flickr. Check out what Acer had to say below.

Update: According to Unwired View, what you see above is a hands-on photo with the Acer Liquid.

Update on October 15th: According to GSM Arena, this handset actually has a 768MHz Qualcomm 8250 Snapdragon CPU - so it's not the 1GHz one. This handset will also be available in black, red, and white.

Update on October 18th: A lot of different sites are reporting different things, so it could either be a 1GHz or a 768MHz CPU. We'll see what happens when it all goes down.

ACER LIQUID: The Future Now
The world’s first Snapdragon™ and Android™ 1.6 smartphone
2009-10-14 - The Future has arrived with Acer Liquid
Acer introduces its new smartphone “Liquid” series: the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor based and world’s first Android™ 1.6 high definition smartphone, combining cutting-edge technologies, software innovation and an ultra-fluid user interface to create an all-new mobile experience. It is the ideal solution for users demanding the best from their devices, and in particular outstanding multimedia, web browsing, social media integration and video streaming. It also brings smartphone product design forward with its unique and modern style.
Finally something different
Acer Liquid is the first Wide-VGA smartphone in the market benefiting from the latest release of the Android™ 1.6 Operating System (aka Donut) and the first Android™ smartphone in the market equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor.
This platform brings to market unique benefits for the end users and paves the way for a new wave of innovations from the developer community:
With its High Definition capacitive touch screen (Wide VGA), Acer Liquid offers today an unparalleled experience when watching pictures or videos. But it also holds a promise for the future: the promise of an abundance of new applications on Android™ Smart Handhelds – games, professional applications and web applets that will enrich the end user experience. Now developers can be assured that their investment will build upon a standard resolution for the years to come;
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, Acer Liquid provides instant access to web pages, smooth streaming of videos or music , and instant response from popular mail, maps and search applications. The high-speed processing capability and high-speed internet access (HSPA) of Snapdragon™ brings to life the Android™ experience: no idle-time, almost instant uploads of web pages and downloads of rich multimedia contents. The developer community can now take full advantage of these capabilities to bring to market innovative applications that demand raw computing power and superior handling of 3D graphics.
Unique software enhancements
Acer Liquid also bolsters a set of unique features developed by Acer and its partners:
Improved power management to help achieve longer battery autonomy for intense users;
A new user interface with easy access to entertainment and web bookmarks;
An optimized camera with geo-tagging, ISO, self-timer options and accelerated auto-focus performance;
Exclusive Spinlets™ application providing free streaming of worldwide music and video, that can be shared with friends and family through web-posting or e-mail;
Smart integration of Facebook™, Twitter™, Youtube™, Picasa™ and Flickr™ in the address book, with realtime notification of status or content updates.
A refreshing alternative to square shapes
With ellipse curves, a choice of red, white and black colors, and a slim body shape, Liquid will please style-seeking consumers. Designed for ergonomy, Liquid fits well in the hand, and displays a smooth finish. The fluidity of its curves gives the Acer Liquid its unique character and unconventional style.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Spotted On T-Mobile Germany's Website, Says It's Coming In November

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I know you're interested in the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and it has just popped up on T-Mobile Germany's official website here. The site also says that the Bold 9700 will be available next month (November). This is the first sign of many to come, we should be expecting an official announcement very soon.

[Engadget Mobile]

Samsung H1 Now Available For Pre-Order On Vodafone UK, Shipping On October 30th

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Like the Storm 2 earlier this morning, Vodafone has also put up the Samsung H1, with Vodafone 360, up for pre-orders as well. Of course, it'll be free on a 2-year contract, in which you'll have to pay at least £30 ($49 USD) monthly and it's expected to ship out starting on October 30th. This handset packs some pretty great specs: a 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 16GB of internal storage, GPS / WiFi support, and a 5MP camera. Check it out here.


Microsoft Now Allowing You To Register For Preview Of Facebook / Twitter / Zune Integration

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Microsoft has just announced that you can now sign up for their upcoming social integration (Facebook / Twitter / Zune). To do so you'll have to get a Microsoft Connect account here, and you'll need to fill in a bunch of information. If you want to know more about the whole sign-up process check out this site.

2010 Apple Mac Pros To Feature New Intel Hexacore "Gulftown" CPUs?

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Intel announced their six-core Gulftown CPU a couple of weeks ago and the latest rumour states that Apple may have a short exclusive on these new Xeon CPUs. According to the rumour, Apple will be launching new Mac Pros in early 2010 and it will feature: 10GB Ethernet connectivity, support for 8GB / 16GB RAM sticks with up to a maximum of 128GB, support for the high-end graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce Fermi and the ATI Radeon HD 5870, and the Hexacore (six-core) 32nm Gulftown CPU from Intel with 12MB of shared cache. This is definitely something to look forward to - if you're into this sort of thing.

Spain Already Retailing Uncharted 2 250GB PS3 Slim Bundle

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Well, looky here. It looks like the 250GB Uncharted 2 PS3 Slim bundle is already on sale in Spain. We don't know if this same bundle will be hitting North America, but we're definitely keeping our eye out for something like this.

Chinese Kenade 116 Netbook Running On Intel's Next-Gen "Pine Trail" Atom N450 CPU

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We already got word on a Chinese all-in-one PC running Intel's next-gen Pine Trail Atom CPUs and now we're hearing that a Chinese netbook will be pulling off the same fate. The Kenade K116 will have: an 11.6-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, integrated GMA 500 graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi 802.11 b, and optional Bluetooth / 3G support. This notebook's launch details haven't been mentioned yet, but I mean, it'll be running Intel's next-gen Atom! Yeah, you better be excited!

No Press Allowed At Google's Chrome OS Event Tonight

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Late last night, I talked about Google holding an event later today for the Chrome OS. Well, it looks like the big names - aka the press including Tech Crunch - will be banned from the event. We'll likely see leaks of the event, but you shouldn't be expecting full-blown coverage of it. If you live in the Mountain View area and haven't signed up already then you're too late - since they've pulled the registration. Besides Chrome OS, the presentation should include stuff about Google Maps and their upcoming YouTube 3D. To know exactly what is taking place later today, take a look at the schedule below.

When: Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Where: Google Headquarters
6-7pm | Registration & Networking
7-8 pm | Presentations

Welcome by Adam Sah
Maps – Dan Barcay
Chrome OS – Ben Goodger
YouTube – Chris Zacharias & Igor Kofman
Panel Q&A

8:05-9pm | Networking & Demos

Samsung M8400 To Run WinMo 6.5 and Feature 3W Support aka WCDMA, WiFi and WiBro

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Although what you see above may be a terrible picture, Samsung plans on releasing the M8400 touchscreen smartphone in Korea. This handset will feature 3W, which is WCDMA, WiFi, and WiBro (WiMAX in South Korea). This handset will be running Windows Mobile 6.5 but the launch details haven't been determined yet. This handset also appears to be the direct successor to Samsung's first 3W phone, the M8300.

Motorola Launching Eight Phones On China Mobile Running OPhone Next Year

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Motorola is looking to get back into the game by using any version of Android they can. They've skinned it using their own MOTOBLUR, they have an unpolished UI on the Sholes, and it looks like they're going to release some OPhone models on China Mobile next year as well. According to the reports, Motorola is looking to create eight phones running on OPhone - yes, eight. Unfortunately, we don't have any details on any of these handsets, so we'll have to see what happens later this year - or early next year.

Walt Mossberg Says Verizon Launching Storm 2 In November For $200; Vodafone UK Now Taking Pre-Orders, Shipping On October 26th!

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Walt Mossberg has just unofficially confirmed the BlackBerry Storm 2 that we already know about. He mentioned that he's been using it for a while and he thinks it's a major improvement over the original Storm. He also mentioned that Verizon will likely launch it in November for around $200 - can anyone say $199.99 USD on a 2-year contract.

To make things a bit better, it's really official now. On Vodafone's own page (here), they now have the Storm2. This handset is now available for pre-order and should be shipping to you by October 26th and will be free on at least a £35 ($57 USD) monthly contract. The Storm 2's specs are officially: a 3.25-inch capacitive SurePress touchscreen display with a 360 x 480 resolution, 256MB of flash memory, 2GB of internal storage, a microSDHC card slot, GPS support, dual-band UMTS/HSPA connectivity, a 3.2MP camera with a flash and video recording, Bluetooth 2.1 / WiFi 802.11 b/g, and a 1400 mAh battery. Yes, it will be outed with BlackBerry's OS 5.0. CrackBerry now has their review up for this handset here and there's a video of the Storm 2 here. You can also check it out on RIM's page here.

Walt Mossberg Talks Storm 2: Engadget
Storm 2 Review: CrackBerry
Storm 2 On Vodafone: Engadget Mobile
Storm 2 Video: Unwired View

AT&T HTC Pure Now Available For 1 Cent On Amazon

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Although you can still get it for free on LetsTalk, Amazon also has the HTC Pure pretty cheap. It's now available on their website for $0.01 USD - yup, just 1 cent on a 2-year contract. This phone is a good start for WinMo 6.5, it just sucks that it doesn't a 3.5mm headphone jack. Check it out on Amazon here.

Dell's CEO Confirms They Are Launching Their Mini3i In the US, Still Didn't Mention Carrier

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Confirming what we already know before, Michael Dell - the CEO of Dell - has just mentioned that their mini3i Android handset will be coming to the US in early 2010. He didn't mention a carrier for their handset but we are hearing that it will be AT&T. The mini3i is already available in China, but we have no clue how well it is selling.

Picture Source: Crunch Gear

Logitech Releases MK605 Notebook Kit, Has Wireless Keyboard / Mouse and Notebook Stand

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Logitech has just released a new notebook kit that will include a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, and a notebook stand. The Logitech MK605 notebook kit is now available for $99.99 USD. According to Logitech themselves, the wireless mouse should last for 15 months and the wireless keyboard should last for 3 years on its batteries. Check it out here.

Sweden Getting First Dibs On the Eco-Friendly Blue Earth Handset

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Samsung has just officially mentioned that they will be releasing their Blue Earth handset later this month in Sweden. Afterwards, this handset will be available in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, other parts of Europe, and Asia as well. There's no point of me regurgitating the specs, so they're below.

Full Specifications:
Network: HSDPA 3.6 Mbps 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Display: 16M WQVGA TFT LCD (3.0”) Capacitive Touch Screen
Camera: 3.2 Megapixel CMOS, Face Detection / Smile Shot / Photo Editor
Audio: Audio Format Support (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA) / WMDRM, OMA DRM, Find Music (Music Recognition) / Music Equalizer, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth Stereo Headset (A2DP)
Video: Video Format Support (H.263, WMV, MPEG4), QVGA @ 15 fps Video Recording & Playing
Eco Friendly Features: Solar Charging Panel, PCM from used water bottles, BFR, PVC, Phthalate Free, Eco-Mode, Eco-Walk, Eco- Calendar, Eco-Tips, 5 star eco charger / Charger reminder, Eco-friendly and reusable Packaging
Connectivity: Bluetoothv 2.1 / USB 2.0 HS / Wi-Fi
Internal Memory : 130MB
External Memory : microSDHC (up to 16GB)
Dimension: 108 x 53.6 x 14.2 mm
Weight: 119 g
Battery: 1080 mAh

[Samsung Hub]

Mobinnova Changes the Name of the Elan To "Beam", Still the Same Ol' Smartbook

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Yes, Mobinnova has changed the name of their Elan smartbook to the "Beam." Besides the name change it appears to be the same old smartbook with its Windows CE And all. The internal Nvidia Tegra chipset will allow you to watch 720p video and will feature graphics-accelerated Flash. They have kept their claims of a long-battery life, so they mentioned that it'll last 24 hours of audio / 5 to 10 hours of HD video - I'll believe it when I see it. Below is Laptop Mag's one-on-one chat with Mobinnova's CTO, Mark Anderson.

What’s the benefit of having Windows CE as the backbone of this device?

What Windows CE brings is a pretty mature embedded OS, so you have a pretty large development community you can tap into. It has good sleep modes, so the power savings is better than what you’d get on a (full) Windows device. This was something that Nvidia and our manufacturing partners really drove.

Will there be an app store?

Initially, no, there won’t be an app store. We’re really defining the experience in terms of what apps are included and which ones are not. It’s really more of an appliance than an open platform. But there will be some apps online that you can buy. There will be some games that you’ll be able to download.

If this device can play back 720p video, where are users going to get the content from?

You’ll be able to stream, download, or sideload. There’s a video and music player built in that supports DRM. It supports Windows Media. We’ll have announements about content partners at CES as well.

What sort of flexibility are you giving the carrier to support and promote their own services on this device?

Those are discussions that we’re having with our partners and it’s something that we definitely encourage in the sense of being able to plug into an existing ecosystem. So we’ll just have to wait and see.

Will the Beam have integrated GPS and can you use it as a navigation device?

We won’t have navigation software on it so I’d say no. You could go to Google Maps and navigate that way, but GPS is really there to add location to something you might be doing like Facebook.

60 bucks a month is a lot to pay for something that doesn’t run full Windows. Will there be other pricing plans for this device?

We should wait until the announcements are made. But I agree in general that there should be more flexibility in pricing plans. And I certainly expect that to happen.

Sony Ericsson Officially Gets Launched, Has PS3 Remote Support

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The Sony Ericsson Aino has been officially launched and it's the phone that has PS3 remote support - whatever that is. Well, now we know. The specs include: a 3-inch touchscreen display, an 8.1MP camera, a microSDHC card slot, GPS support, and WiFi. Take a look at the oh-so-awesome PS3 features of this handset below... apart from being a phone itself, of course.

Stuff it lets you do:
  • Turn a PS3 on and off
  • Browse and control the XMB user interface
  • Access the internet and any DRM free media content saved on the hard drive
  • Sign in to the PS3 network and message friends
  • Shop for items in the PS3 store
  • Watch and record live television using PlayTV

Chinese K1850 All In One PC Says Its Using Intel's Pine Trail Dual-Core D510 Atom CPU

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Well, it looks like a Chinese PC maker is planning to release the K1850 with Intel's new Pine Trail Atom CPUs already. The K1850 appears to have an Intel Atom Dual-Core D510 CPU, which actually shouldn't be much faster than the current Dual-Core Atom 330 CPU, but it should save much more power. Other specs include: an 18.5-inch display, a 250GB HDD, 2GB of RAM, an optical DVD drive, and WiFi support. We don't know the release details right now, but as soon as I get them I'll tell you.

Barnes & Noble's Dual-Screen E-Book Reader Pictured? - Also Has Multi-Touchscreen?


If you don't already know, Barnes & Noble is planning on launching their own e-book reader to compete with Amazon's Kindle. These renders above apparently show what the reader may look like and it could actually be a dual-screen reader. Yes, this e-book reader will be sporting e-ink and multitouch. It has the potential to be a Kindle killer. The official announcement appears to be taking place on October 20th, so we shouldn't have to wait too long.

Acer Unveils Multitouch Z5610 23-Inch All In One PC

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Acer hasn't stopped unveiling new products yet and here's another one from them. The Acer Aspire Z5610 is an all-in-one PC that will feature: a 23-inch multi-touchscreen display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, an Intel Dual-Core Pentium E5300 2.6GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics, a DVD burner, an Ethernet port, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, six USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, audio jacks, and Windows 7. This all-in-one PC will also be bundled with their own wireless keyboard and mouse set. This PC will be available closer to Christmas for $899.99 USD. Check out what Acer had to say below.

Acer Aspire Z5610 All-in-One PC, A Cut Above in Style, Performance and Multi-Touch Technology
Delivers a rich, interactive computing experience in an elegant design to U.S. customers
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2009 – Acer, the third largest vendor in the worldwide PC market, today announced the Acer Aspire Z5610-U9072, a truly elegant, no-compromise all-in-one desktop PC featuring intuitive multi-touch technology and Windows 7 Home Premium. A powerful entertainment hub for the home, the Z5610 packs first-class performance and feature-rich functionality in a striking design. It will be available this holiday season at online retailers for an attractive price of $899.99.
Engineered to eliminate clutter and maximize workspace, this practical all-in-one streamlines the home or office with a flash of style and offers a unique blend of features and architecture. Boasting a stunning 23-inch HD display, ATI Mobility Radeon™ graphics and Intel® Pentium® Dual Core processing, the Aspire Z5610 offers world-class digital prowess.
“Our Aspire Z5610 all-in-one is a beautiful blend of visual elegance, state-of-the-art technology and premium performance,” said Susan Hu, desktop product manager for Acer America. “The intuitive touch-screen with Windows 7 multi-touch capability brings new excitement and hands-on efficiency to digital media applications. Packaged in a powerful platform, it will deliver fun and productivity for years to come.”
“We are excited about working with PC manufacturers like Acer to offer users a great new way to interact with their PC running Windows 7,” said Michelle Haven, product manager for Windows Touch at Microsoft Corp. “With Windows 7, multi-touch support is built right into the operating system, so users with a touch-screen PC like the Acer Aspire Z5610 can now interact with their PC in an easy and intuitive way, simply by reaching out and touching the screen.”
Intuitive Multi-Touch Display
Featuring 1920×1080 pixel resolution, the 23-inch HD 16:9 TFT display enhances games, Internet surfing and more with ultra-sharp, colorful imagery. Intuitive multi-touch technology brings an entirely new level of control to the computer user. In the past, the touch experience has been limited to one-finger touch capability. With multi-touch, users can intuitively interact with the PC using multiple fingers as they would a mouse. They can open and close programs, browse online newspapers, flick through photo albums and shuffle files and folders, using nothing but their hands.

Windows 7 is the first Windows operating system to fully embrace multi-touch technology. To zoom in on an image or map, users just need to place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart. To right click a file, users simply touch it with one finger and tap the screen with a second. The integrated multi-touch technology enables more gesture combinations and functionality than single-touch screens for a faster and more intuitive digital experience.
Premium Performance
Comprised of powerful desktop components, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM upgradeable to 8GB and a 320GB SATA hard disk for storing a huge multimedia library, the Z5610 is a no-compromise desktop solution. Discrete ATI Mobility Radeon graphics display images in vivid color and sharp detail, while Intel® Pentium® Dual Core processors fuel the system with significant power.

For dynamic audio, 5.1-channel surround sound is delivered via an integrated 5W stereo speaker system. With ports for headphones, microphones and other audio peripherals, users can immerse themselves in their favorite high-def music and movies. DVD movies and other files from a digital camera or videocam can be enjoyed with the slot load DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive for archiving media.
The Acer Aspire Z5610 provides a fast network connection with 802.11b/g/Draft-N wireless and Gigabit Ethernet. It also has a built-in HD webcam and microphone for videoconferencing with family and friends.
Aesthetic State-of-the-Art Design
The combination of style, top-of-the-line desktop components and touch technology make this PC a powerful entertainment hub for the home. Inspired by high-end digital entertainment, the Aspire Z5610 is an elegant PC that bridges the gap between traditional desktops and monitors. A seamless integration of a desktop PC with the usability of a multi-touch LCD display, it’s an easy fit for any 
living room, den or office.
Designed as a timeless piece, the Z5610 boasts simple purposeful details such as an illuminated strip between the LCD and sound bar, which helps users see the keyboard in a darkened environment. The system’s clean and simple lines emphasize the ease and simplicity of the user’s PC experience. Elevated by two chrome legs, users can discretely stow away the keyboard under the desktop to further free up workspace and maximize the system’s multi-touch capabilities.
Innovative Software
In addition to Windows 7 Home Premium, the Aspire Z5610 also comes with Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7, a set of six multi-touch optimized applications and games. These include three casual games, Microsoft Blackboard, Microsoft Garden Pond and Microsoft Rebound and three surface applications – Microsoft Surface Globe that lets users browse the world and zoom in on any location on a virtual 3D earth; Microsoft Surface Collage, a touch-enabled background and Microsoft Surface Lagoon, a touch interactive screensaver.

In addition, the Aspire Z5610 offers Acer TouchSuite, an integrated touch interface that syncs the PC and Internet with fingertip precision. Acer TouchSuite makes it easy to browse and enjoy social networking and digital media of all types. Users simply go to the Acer TouchPortal to activate Acer Touch Gadgets, which include:
• Acer TouchMediaShare – Uses touch controls to make the management and sharing of photos fun and easy. It includes a photo browser, photo album shortcut and quick import for importing photos directly from a digital camera or USB drive with just one touch. Users can edit, zoom-in/out and email images to friends as well as view and download their friend’s updated photo albums from Facebook and Flickr.
• Acer TouchMusic – Launches the music player and organizes the music collection.
• Acer TouchPhotoShow – Allows the integration of online and local photo albums as well as slideshow creation.
• Acer TouchFriends – Provides auto-integrated friends list from Flickr and Facebook as well as photo update notifications, which enable instant photo browsing.
• Acer TouchMemo – Launches a note, enables a handwritten memo and provides an alarm reminder.

When done using the Acer TouchSuite, users can simply peel back the desktop with a finger and return to the standard Windows 7 environment.
Pricing, Availability and Specifications
The Acer® Aspire Z5610-U9072 all-in-one desktop PC is available in the U.S. via leading online technology retailers this holiday season for a MSRP of $899.99.

Acer Aspire Z5610-U9072 All-in-One Desktop
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7
• Intel® Pentium® Dual Core E5300 Processor (2.60GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
• 320GB SATA Hard Disk (2)
• SuperMulti Optical Drive
• Multi-in-One Card Reader
• ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 Graphics With 512MB Memory
• High Definition Audio With 5.1 Channel Support
• 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/Draft N
• Six USB 2.0 Ports (Two Side, Four Rear)
• eSATA Port
• Integrated HD Webcam with Microphone
• Integrated Keyboard Light and Foot-Mounted Ambient Lighting With Toggle Switch
• 10-20 Degree Ergonomic Tilt Adjustment
• Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
• Built-In Speakers

Integrated 23-Inch LCD Display
• 1920×1080 Resolution
• 300 cd/m2 Brightness
• 5 ms Response Time
• 1000:1 Contrast Ratio

Nokia Already Working On N920 With Maemo 6?

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Although what you see above may not be a real picture (it could be a prototype though), the latest rumour states that Nokia is already working on the successor to their N900 - the N920. The N920 could be running on Maemo 6 and should also be available sometime next year. The N920 will be outed without a slide-out QWERTY keyboard like the N900. Other details haven't been mentioned yet, so just look out for them in the coming months or so.

Microsoft Already Secured ATI Graphics For Their Next Xbox?

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According to the latest rumour, the next Xbox will be powered by ATI's graphics and, apparently, both Sony and Microsoft plan to release their next-gen consoles in 2012. Sony has mentioned several times that the PS3 has a 10-year life span and we're sure they'll live up to that even if they release the Play Station 4. The rumour states that Microsoft "is happy" with sticking to ATI graphics because it will give them compatibility with their older games.

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