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Adobe and Google Announce Partnership, Chrome OS To Have Flash Integration

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This morning, Adobe and Google announced a partnership and the first thing they've done is pre-installed Flash on the dev build of Google Chrome. That's not all though. Google mentioned that deep Flash integration will also be included into the Chrome OS as well, which we know will be hitting some netbooks and possibly even tablets before the end of the year.

We already know that the iPad doesn't support Flash so this is really something. Hopefully Google will be able to keep up the battery life while playing those Flash videos - they should also keep it from crashing as much as well. HTML5 may be the future, but a lot of websites and games out there still rely on Flash so it's good to know that Google has got Adobe's back.

This Apple and Google relationship is really starting to turn extremely sour.

[Tech Crunch]

iBuyPower Releases the Battalion Touch CZ-11 Multitouch Gaming Notebook For $1,100

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Well, waddaya know, another gaming notebook from iBuyPower. This one is the Battalion Touch CZ-11 gaming notebook that packs a 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution multitouch display. It's packing a nice spec sheet seeing how it's a gaming notebook. Inside you'll find an Intel Core i7 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics, WiFi b/g/n, and an optional Blu-ray drive. The base model is going for $1,100 USD and Engadget is quick to mention that the flaming design is optional. Check it out iBuyPower here.


LG (GT540) Swift Goes Up For Pre-Orders On Play.com

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It looks like Play.com here has just put up the pre-orders for the LG GT540 as the Swift. It's going for £199.99 on their site and will be available starting on April 30th. We know that this handset packs a touchscreen display, a 3.15MP camera, a 3,5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot, WiFi, an FM radio, and Android.


Cricket Launching a Bunch of Phones This Year Including the Kyocera Zio and the BB Curve 8530

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Cricket looks like they're planning to launch a bunch of new phones to make their line-up a bit stronger. This includes the Kyocera Zio M6000 and the BlackBerry Curve 8530. The Kyocera Zio was announced last week so we know that it features a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display, WiFi / GPS support, a 3.2MP camera, and Android 2.1. This handset will be available this July for $299 contract-free. The BlackBerry Curve 8530 will be available for $349.99 sometime in August.

Cricket will be launching a couple of other phones as well and this includes the Samsung r710 which will launch in Q4 of this year. This handset will pack a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, Streo Bluetooth, EV-DO connectivity, and a 3MP camera. This handset will be available for $249.99. The Samsung r631 will be available in Q3 of this year for $199.99. This handset will pack a touchscreen display along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Stereo Bluetooth and a 2MP camera. The Kyocera RIO E3100 will launch in November for $159.99. It'll feature a 2.8-inch touchscreen QVGA display, a microSD card slot, and a 1.3MP camera. The Cricket TXTM8 3G A410 will be launching this September for $159.99 and it'll pack EV-DO connectivity, a 2.2-inch QVGA display, a 2MP camera, a microSD card slot, and a QWERTY keypad. The Cricket MSGM8 II will launch this April for $139.99 and will feature a QWERTY keypad with a 176 x 220 resolution display, Bluetooth support, and a 1.3MP camera. The Cricket CAPT II will be launching in July for $129.99 and it's a basic flip phone with a VGA camera.

Along with all of these new phones, Cricket will also be launching the A605 USB stick, the Huawei EC5808 MiFi, and a ZTE modem.

[Unwired View]

Samsung Wave For Europe Spotted At the GCF

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Samsung's first Bada handset, the Samsung Wave, looks like it'll be hitting Europe since it's just been spotted at the GCF with dual-band 900/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. We don't know which carrier will get it right now, so we'll have to wait for that. Carphone Warehouse will likely be getting it in the future seeing how they already have a page dedicated for this phone.

[Slash Gear]

Europe To Get the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus In the Future

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It looks like Palm is going to finally show Europe some love seeing how both the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus have just been spotted at the GCF with quad-band GSM and dual-band 900/2100MHz HSDPA connectivity. We don't know which carriers will get this right now, but we do know that the original Palm Pre is available on O2.

[Slash Gear, Gizmodo]

Carphone Warehouse Releases the Vodafone and Orange UK HTC Desire

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Thanks to Carphone Warehouse, the HTC Desire is now available on both Vodafone and Orange in the UK. You can get this Android-based handset for free on a 2-year contract where you'll have to pay £30 monthly or you can buy the phone for £399 if you want to go on a pay-as-you-go contract. If you're interested in getting this pretty amazing phone, check it out here.

[Tech Radar]

iPad Clone Spotted In China Running Android

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Well, here's an iPad. Oh wait, it's actually a clone straight from China but the manufacturer is unknown right now. This tablet looks pretty similar to the iPad, but it features a wider 10-inch touchscreen display (sideways) and a 600MHz ARM SoC chipset. The good thing about this iPad is that it'll be running Android but they customized it took exactly like the iPad.

[Slash Gear]

MSI Pushes Out Four New LED-Backlit and Eco-Friendly Monitors

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A couple of new Asus monitors as a part of their Designo Series have just made their way onto the scene. There's four of them in total: MS208, MS228, MS238, and the MS248. They're all fairly eco-friendly which is great thing since they're all sporting LED-backlit displays. The lowest end is, of course, the smallest number which is the MS208. It's sporting a 1,600 x 900 resolution along with a 5ms response time. The other three models sport a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution and the MS228 sports an HDMI audio-out port. The MS238 and the MS248 throw in an earphone jack as well.

The MS228 will be going for AU$499, while the MS238 will be going for AU$599. Unfortunately, we don't know when they'll be launching and we don't know the prices of the other two models.

[Maximum PC, Slash Gear]

Dell Latitude E6410, E6510, and Precision M4500 Notebook Go Live!

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Hmm, a couple of new Dell notebooks to talk about today. First up it's the Latitude E6410 and the E6510. You may remember that the E6510 notebook hit the FCC at the beginning of February. In Europe, the E6410 is available to order now with a base price of £749 ($1,128) while the E6510 should go live in a couple of days. Anyways, the E6410 features a 14.1-inch display (WXGA or WXGA+), Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU options, two DDR3 RAM slots, Nvidia NVS 3100M graphics, DVD / Blu-ray drive options, and Windows Vista / 7 OS options. The E6510 should have a similar spec sheet but it packs a 15.6-inch display with an optional 1080p resolution display. Check out the E6410 and the E6510 on Dell's website here and here, respectively.

Update: Engadget has just pointed out that these two notebooks are both available in the US now. The E6410 is here, while the E6510 is here. The E6410 sports a 14.1-inch display and starts at $1,014, while the E6510 features a 15.6-inch display with an Intel Core i7-720QM. This one starts at $1,681.

Dell released another notebook, the Precision M4500. This notebook is packing a strong spec sheet with its 15.6-inch display (up to a Full HD resolution), Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU options, various HDD / SSD options, Nvidia Quadro FX 880M / 1800M graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and DVD / Blu-ray options. Of course, there's an optional 3MP webcam, WiFi a/g/n / HSPA / EVDO Rev. A connectivity, four USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 2.1, FireWire / VGA / DisplayPort / Ethernet / eSATA ports, and audio jacks. Check it out on Dell USA here where you can get it for $1,549.

Dell Latitude E6410 / E6510 Peeks Out: Engadget
Dell Precision M4500 Notebook Now Available: Slash Gear

Asus Releases the Eee PC 1001PX and 1005PE Netbooks

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Asus has just released two more netbooks that you might like, the 1001PX and the 1005PE. The Eee PC 1001PX is similar to the 1001P that is already available, but it packs Windows XP along with only two USB 2.0 ports. The rest of the spec sheet is the same so you'll find a 10.1-inch matte display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, WiFi b/g / optional Bluetooth 2.1 support, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB / 250GB HDD, and a 3 / 6-cell battery. You can find it for $279 on Excaliber PC here.

The 1005PE is pretty similar and it packs a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, WiFi b/g/n, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and a 6-cell battery. It's also got a matte lid with a nice looking textured pattern. Check it out on Amazon here.


Samsung Galaxy S Pro To Pack a QWERTY Keyboard?

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When the Samsung Galaxy S was announced at CTIA last week it was one of the best smartphones to be announced to date - at least on paper. The latest rumour states that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy S Pro which will essentially be the Galaxy S with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

In case you forgot, this handset features a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a 1GHz CPU, a 5MP camera with 720p video recording capabilities, WiFi / GPS / Bluetooth 3.0 support, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, and Android 2.1 with Samsung's own custom UI. Apparently, the Pro version will launch in late Summer after the Galaxy S launches.

[Samsung Hub, Unwired View]

Rogers Getting the White BlackBerry Bold 9700 In the Future

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We don't know when it will launch right now, but it looks like Rogers will be launching a white model of their BlackBerry Bold 9700. Since this is the first time we've heard about this colour for the Bold 9700, Rogers should be getting it first. I know some people who like white devices, but I'm not one of them.

[Mobile Syrup]

Asus Magazine Leaks Out a Whole Lot Of Their Upcoming Notebooks!

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A bunch of new Asus notebooks have just been leaked out and this is one of the biggest notebook leaks we've had in a while. Engadget did a great job mentioning the best parts about each one and I don't really see the need to mess it all up. There's enough notebooks in this leak to fit absolutely everyone's needs. The sad part about all of the news is that the price tags and the release dates haven't been mentioned for any of them. Thanks Asus Magazine.

  • U-series: Otherwise known as ASUS' Bamboo Collection, the U-series laptops were highlighted at CES, where we discovered they would have Core i5 CPUs and USB 3.0 support. Well, that's not the whole story. They've also all got NVIDIA Optimus auto-switching graphics between an onboard Intel GMA HD and the GeForce 310M 1GB. Oh, and forget Core i5 -- these machines support processors all the way up to the 2.66GHz Core i7-620M. Highlight: The U30JC, with a combo Blu-ray drive and a chiclet keyboard that won a iF Product Design Award.
  • UL-series: ASUS for "UnLimited," you can read UL as "ultra low," as in Intel's ultra low voltage (ULV) processors that provide 8+ hours of battery life and let these notebooks stay cool despite being under an inch thin. We saw the UL80JT sport NVIDIA Optimus at CES andgot hands-on with the Optimus-equipped UL50VF; now, the UL30JT now has it as well. Highlight: That same UL50VF, with an estimated 12+ hours of battery life.
    • NX-series: Remember that 18-inch behemoth with twin touchpads? Apparently it weighs 10.5 pounds.
    • N-series: The ASUS "eNtertainment" series, as reported, has several models with USB 3.0, and several with sound by Bang & Olufsen. There are also a couple with NVIDIA Optimus, a couple with multitouch touchpads, and all have the apparent ability to automatically upscale DVDs to 1080p. Highlight: The N43JF, which reportedly features "GeForce 400-series high end graphics." Mobile Fermi, anyone?
    • K-seriesA-series: ASUS' lower-end laptops, with a wide variety of specs and features, where nothing particularly stands out save an ergonomic "chocolate" keyboard that won a reddot design award.
    • PL-series: Low-voltage Core i5 processors and NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics givethese fingerprint-reading, aluminum-lidded business laptops an estimated 10 hours of battery life.
    • G-series: Now we're talking games. We've got additional specs here on the Radeon HD 5870-equipped G73JH we told you about last month, which can apparently support a Blu-ray drive and a pair of HDDs; the 3D-ready G51JX 3D, a Core i7-720QM and GeForce GTS 360M-equipped update to the G51J we saw last year; and a similarly specced but low-res 16-inch gaming notebook in the G60JX.

Canada's MTS Launches the Sanyo 2700 For $29.99

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It's pretty rare for a Sanyo phone to hit North America, but it looks like MTS in Canada managed to scoop one up. The Sanyo 2700 is an entry-level handset and it features a 2.2-inch display, a 1.3MP camera, a non-standard 2.5mm headphone jack, and it's available in pink and blue models. This handset is going for $29.99 on a 3-year contract and $99.99 on a 2-year contract. Check it out here if you're really interested.

[Mobile Syrup]

Amethyst Purple Colour Of the Nokia E72 Released In the USA

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We knew it was coming and the Nokia E72 is now available in a new Amethyst colour, which is essentially sort of purple. This handset features regular specs and it's going for $419 unlocked. Right now it's only available in their flagship stores across the US so you can't purchase it on their site - for now, at least.

[The Nokia Blog]

Vodafone UK Releasing the HTC Legend On April 2nd

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Vodafone UK has just announced exactly when they'll be launching the HTC Legend. It'll be available starting on April 2nd and it'll be available for free on a select 2-year and 18-month contracts, of course. If you pre-ordered one, you'll be getting yours on April 6th. Check out what Vodafone UK had to say here.

[Engadget Mobile]

Canada's Bell Announces That They're Launching the BlackBerry Storm 2

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Last night I mentioned that Bell could be thinking about launching the BlackBerry Storm 2 and they've gone out and coincidentally mentioned that they will indeed be launching it. It's set to launch for $349.95 on a 3-year contract, $399.95 on a 2-year contract, $499.95 on a 1-year contract, and $549.95 contract-free. Of course, that's all Canadian currency and that's before Bell likely puts their little promo price on that 3-year contract. Telus has this handset for $199.99 so I'm assuming that Bell will drop it to the same price on a 3-year contract.

Update: According to Boy Genius, Bell is planning to launch this handset on April 13th.

[Mobile Syrup, CrackBerry]

O2 UK Launching the HTC HD Mini and the HTC Desire Pretty Soon

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This catalogue seems to tell us that O2 UK is planning to launch something in the future. We already know that O2 launched the HTC HD2 but it looks like they'll be launching the HTC HD Mini as well. This phone could be available in April or maybe it'll launch later on.

Update: According to Unwired View, O2 UK will also be pushing out the HTC Desire. This isn't all that surprising though.