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RIM's BlackBerry inPulse "Smartwatch" Now In Production, Should Ship Soon

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If you're keeping an eye out for the RIM's BlackBerry inPulse smartphone watch (smartwatch) then you should probably keep in mind that it is now in production. The shipping date is "soon" if you ordered it for $149 USD. Apparently, the shipping date will be announced "shortly" so just wait around.

[Mobile Syrup]

Cowon J3 PMP In the Wild, Hitting France Next Month

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Someone has just got their hands on the sexy Cowon J3 PMP. In case you forgot (I did as well), it's packing a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, Bluetooth support, TV output, and support for a bunch of codecs like DivX and XviD. The 16GB model will be hitting France next month (May) for €249 ($335 USD).


Zune HD 2 Shown Off At Microsoft Experience?

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Although no details have been spilled out right now, apparently Microsoft has been showing off the next Zune HD (not pictured above) at their Microsoft Experience event. No details or even pictures were leaked out so we're left just trusting the source right now. At the event Project Natal, a Microsoft tablet (possibly the HP Slate), and a Windows Phone 7 handset was also shown off.

[Slash Gear]

Whole Spec Sheet For the HP Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook Gets Outed

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In case you're interested, the whole spec sheet for the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook has just leaked out and I'm still trying to wonder why I would choose a smartbook over a netbook. We've known the majority of the spec sheet for a while now but in case you needed reassurance, they're below. Check out the specs via Gizmodo.

Product features
Feature Description
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset with integrated Scorpion central processing unit
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz
Memory 512MB RAM, 512MB Flash memory
Internal Storage1 16GB (15GB user available), 1GB may not be available due to application requirements. (Program may require a download for use.)
Display 10.1-inch diagonal backlit TFT resistive touch screen
Graphics 16-bit color (65 K colors), 1024 x 600 pixels (WSVGA)
Input device Keyboard, trackpad, touch screen display
Power Battery : Removable/rechargeable 28 Wh typical Li-Polymer battery, AC adapter included (compatible for international use)
NOTE: 1: For internal storage, GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less.
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Software overview
Feature Description
Operating System Compaq touch experience powered by Android
* Home screen with Widgets and Shortcut Strip
* POP3 & IMAP Email
* Calendar & Contacts
* Alarm clock / World clock
* Calculator & Self Portrait
* Camcorder video recorder
* Data transfer counter
* Wireless printing (photos only)
* Web browser with tabs and Adobe Flash Lite support
* Music player
* RoadSync Exchange (email, calendar, and contacts access and synchronization)
* NDrive navigation with GPS - comes pre-installed with regional maps and points of interest included1
* Weather application
* Quickoffice document handler (works with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files)
NOTE: 1: Purchase of additional maps and/or GPS navigation software may be required to enable some features or allow navigation in certain areas. Availability of maps is limited. Map coverage may vary and is not guaranteed.


BlackBerry 9670 Leaks Out, Flip Phone With a Full QWERTY Keyboard

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Well, what do you know. Boy Genius leaked out the information on the BlackBerry OS 6.0 this morning and it looks like they have just got exclusive information on the upcoming and unheard of (until now) BlackBerry 9670, which is a flip phone from RIM that packs a QWERTY keyboard. I'm guessing that it'll be the next Pearl Flip, but I could be wrong. This is the first handset that has been caught running BB OS 6.0, which is pretty impressive.

The phone itself packs a 360 x 480 resolution display, CDMA connectivity, a 5MP camera (first for a BlackBerry), WiFi, an optical trackpad, a large external display, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth support, and a metallic body. Boy Genius mentioned that they're working on getting a video of this handset in action.

[Boy Genius]

Intel Announces Out 2.8GHz Pentium E5500 and 3.6GHz Core i5-680 Processors

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Intel has just announced two more processors and we'll start with the slower one, the Pentium E5500. This CPU is clocked at 2.8GHz with 2MB of cache and it's running on the old 45nm architecture. Of course, this CPU does not have Hyperthreading or Turbo Boost. The more exciting processor is the Intel Core i5-680 which is clocked at 3.6GHz. It has two cores and can be overclocked to 3.86GHz thanks to Turbo Boost. There's also 4MB of Level 3 cache and it has Hyperthreading support.

The Pentium E5500 will be priced at $75 in bulk and the Core i5-680 will be priced at $294 in bulk. These should hit some stores and PCs in the near future.

[Electronista, Tech Tree]

VIA Unveils ARTiGO DIY PC Kit, Starts At $243 Without an HDD, RAM, and an OS

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VIA has just unveiled their latest PC and it's small enough for you to hold in the palm of you hand. It's being dubbed the ARTiGO A1100 and it's actually a DIY PC kit who wants to put their own PC together. It comes with a 1.2GHz VIA Nano CPU, WiFi support, five USB ports, VGA / HDMI outputs, three audio jacks, and HD video support. What they don't include in the box is a hard-drive, RAM, a wireless module, and an OS so you'll have to add that yourselves. Good luck if you want to go and get this $243 kit.

[Maximum PC]

SFR France Getting the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus On April 27th

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If you live in France you should probably note that the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus will be headed your way thanks to SFR on April 27th. Both handsets will launch with SFR applications including SFR TV, SFR Wi-Fi, and SFR Mon Compte pre-loaded. It'll only be available online at first, but it'll hit retail stores in the second week of May.

[Unwired View]

US Cellular Set To Launch the LG Mystique and the Android-Based Samsung SCH-R880

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US Cellular looks like they have a couple of more devices up their sleeve, this being the LG Mystique and the Samsung SCH-R880. The Mystique is said to be similar to the Lotus Elite so that's good news if you like the boxy shape. The Samsung SCH-R880 is reportedly running Android so this could be the other Android phone that US Cellular wanted us to "guess." This handset's specs are reportedly quite similar to the Samsung Moment so it could be the Samsung Moment 2, but it's not for sure right now. What we do know is that the SCH-R880 has hit the Bluetooth SIF and it's reportedly packing a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, a 3MP AF camera with a flash, WiFi / Bluetooth support, and Android 2.1.

[Phone Arena]

BlackBerry OS 6.0 Details Leak Out, Webkit Browser and Multitouch; Coming In June / July!!

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It looks like details on the BlackBerry OS 6.0 has just trickled out thanks to Boy Genius. If you just want to get straight to the point and read their lengthy post, then scroll down and check out their link - I won't mind. Anyways, this OS update is said to be rolling out in June / July and that's a "100%" guarantee. As you can see in the photo above there's a revamped home screen and below there's a photo of their new WebKit browser which should be amazing thanks to pinch-to-zoom and tabbed browsing. Of course, there's also kinetic browsing which is great news. There's social integration, multitouch support, a new media player, and a new photo viewer as well.

The photos are clearly large enough for this to be demoed on a touchscreen device so could it be the Storm / Bold slider (Mr. T) or the Storm 3? We do know that the OS was reportedly demoed by an "AT&T connect" which means that they're getting a touchscreen BB in the future (perfect for Rogers, Bell, and Telus in Canada). We don't know yet, but check out the Boy Genius link below for everything you need to know so far.

[Engadget, Boy Genius]

MAINGEAR Updates eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook, Now Sports Core i5 / i7 CPUs and ATI 5870 Graphics

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Finally MAINGEAR has updated their eX-L 15 gaming notebook. It's been out for around 8 months now and they've updated it to bring Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU options. They've also updated the graphics inside so now you get ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics. Other spec include a 15.6-inch display with a 1,600 x 900 resolution (1,920 x 1,080 optional), a 250GB HDD, an integrated webcam, a numeric keypad, an eSATA, FireWire, VGA, HDMI, DVI, and four USB 2.0 ports. The price now starts at $1,599, while the Full HD display will cost an extra $95 and the Core i7-620M upgrade will cost you an extra $144. Check it out on MAINGEAR's official site here.

[Slash Gear]

Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro Now Available In the US For $19.99

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There's not much left to tell you here that the title doesn't already tell you. Just like Nintendo promised, the Wii Classic Controller Pro is now available in the US - thanks to Amazon. You can purchase the sexy black model (here) and the white model (here) for $19.99 if you want.


Motorola Announces Six Extremely Low-End Phones, Only Reveal One Picture


Motorola has just announced six new phones, but they only showed pictures for one of them. They're all very low-end so if that's not what you're looking for then you can move on. The Motorola WX161 and the WX181 both sport an FM radio and an integrated flashlight. The WX181 is slightly better, obviously, and it features a miniscule 1.5-inch colour display - the WX161 has a 1.3-inch display. The Motorola WX260 (pictured above) sports a WAP browser and up to 11 hours of music playback. The WX290 is a handset with a 1.8-inch display, a camera, MMS support, a flashlight, a WAP browser, an FM radio, and Bluetooth support. All of these previously mentioned phones are in the candybar format.

The WX265 and the WX295 handsets are the exact same as the WX260 and the WX290, respectively, but they have a clamshell design. The release dates weren't mentioned and neither was the price. Of course, none of these handsets will be expensive. Check out the official word from Motorola here.

[GSM Arena]

Sprint Getting the Eco-Friendly Samsung Restore This Summer

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Who needs Sprint's HTC EVO 4G when you can get the Samsung Restore? Okay, it's a bad joke. Anyways, Sprint has just announced the Samsung Restore, which will be a part of their eco-friendly movement - being 84% recyclable. This handset packs a 2MP camera, a microSDHC card slot (2GB card in the box), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and Stereo Bluetooth support. The Restore will hit Sprint (only online) in the Summertime for $50 on 2-year contract after a $50 rebate. It'll ship in a 100% recyclable box in case you wanted to know.

[Electronista, Engadget Mobile]

iPad 3G Hitting Apple Retail Stores On April 30th At 5PM

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So much for May 7th, it looks like the iPad 3G model will actually be available on April 30th just like Apple promised. On April 30th at 5PM, Apple retail stores will be offering the 3G model, but most of them will probably be reserved so you might just want to order one. If you order one now though, it'll ship on May 7th so it's up to you.

Update: International pre-orders start on May 10th!

[The Apple Blog]

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 Notebook Hitting Japan On April 24th With Core i5 / i7 CPUs

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In Japan, Lenovo has just announced IdeaPad Y560 notebook. It'll hit Japan this weekend on April 24th. The price wasn't mentioned, but the spec sheet was. It'll be packing a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, Intel Core i5-430M / i7-720QM CPU options, integrated Intel HD graphics / discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB HDD, an integrated Blu-ray drive if you want, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. This notebook was already announced at CES, so we've known about it for a while now.

[Akihabara News]
Picture Source: Slash Gear

Canada To Get the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 For $449.99 Contract-Free

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In Canada it looks like the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will be available for $449.99 contract-free on both Bell (and Solo) and Rogers (and Fido). Of course, Telus will be launching it as well, so you can count on it being the same price. The 3-year contract price wasn't mentioned in the leak but Mobile Syrup suggests that it could be around $49.99.

[Mobile Syrup]

Google Chrome OS Netbooks To Be Priced At $300 - $400

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Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, has just mentioned that he believes their Chrome OS will be "the first significant OS outside of Windows to hit the market." That sounds to me like a cheap shot at Apple's Mac OS. Anyways, he also mentioned that netbooks running Chrome OS will cost you around $300 to $400 USD, which is the typical netbook price right now. Hopefully they can market these netbooks because the word needs to get out somehow.


Capcom Announces a Bunch of Games Including Marvel Vs Capcom 3, With Trailer!

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It was just a rumour last week and now Capcom has just gone out and announced Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, which is big news! We don't know anything about the game yet, but we do know that it'll get launched a year from now - Spring 2011. That's a long wait, unfortunately, and it'll be hitting the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

Capcom also went on to announce Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, which will be released in Q1 2011. Capcom announced some Nintendo DS games as well: Okamiden (launch set for next year) and Ghost Trick Phantom Detective (launch set for next Winter). Everything else you need to know it below - via Ars Technica.

Update: The video above has been updated and it's now the first MvC 3 trailer. I got it from PS3Blog.

There's also some new details on the upcoming Dead Rising 2. The game will include co-op play, and a downloadable prologue dubbed Dead Rising 2: Case Zero will be released exclusively on Xbox Live before the full game's August release. The game is set three years prior to the retail release and will introduce players to new protagonist Chuck Greene.
It was also announced that both Lost Planet 2 and Super Street Fighter IV will be getting launch day downloadable content. For SSF4, this will take the form of new costume packs, while a free Tournament Mode will also be available as a free download on June 15. Lost Planet 2, meanwhile, will be getting a new map pack.
[Ars Technica]

Nintendo 3DS To Get Released This October?

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When Nintendo announced their 3DS they mentioned that it could be out in March 2011. Now the latest rumour states that this handheld will get announced at E3 and could actually be set to be released in October. I'm thinking that this is just a rumour right now because I don't really think that Nintendo will release this handheld in October, but you never know with these sort of things. This would make it perfect for a Christmas gift if you want, but let's see if it actually happens...


Microsoft Germany Announces the Spec Sheet of the Kin One and the Kin Two

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Microsoft and Verizon has already announced the Kin One and the Kin Two, but they have never mentioned the whole spec sheet until now. Microsoft Germany has just revealed it and the Kin One is sporting a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 240 x 320 resolution, a slide-out QWERTY keypad, a 5MP AF camera with a dual-LED flash, 256MB of DDR RAM, 4GB of internal flash memory, CDMA / HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP / WiFi b/g  / GPS support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an FM radio, USB 2.0 connectivity, mono-speakers, and a 1,240 mAh battery.

The Kin Two is said to be packing a 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display (320 x 480 resolution), an 8MP AF camera with a Lumi LED flash, 256MB of DDR RAM, 8GB of internal flash memory, CDMA / HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP / WiFi b/g / GPS support, an FM radio, a 1,390 mAh battery, stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Both of the handsets are pretty good, especially the Kin Two. I'd actually get it if the price was right up here in Canada. Check out the spec sheet on the Microsoft Germany Facebook Page.


Sprint Holding Event For the HTC EVO 4G (and the Prince of Persia Movie) On May 12th

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Mark May 12th down on your calendar because Sprint USA has a party planned for the HTC EVO 4G on that date. The party will take place in New York and Sprint has partnered with Walt Disney Pictures "for an advanced screening of the upcoming blockbuster 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.'" The smartphone will be available in the Summertime, so it could be out June 13th just like the rumour states.

[Unwired View]

HTC HD Mini Passes the FCC With AT&T, Rogers, Bell, and Telus 3G Bands

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It looks like something quite juicy has just passed the FCC and it's the HTC HD Mini. It's sporting 3G bands which would work on AT&T in the USA and Rogers, Bell, and Telus in Canada. Of course, it may never hit any of those carriers, but at least you'll be able to get it unlocked if you want to. Check out the FCC filing here.


Asus Eee PC 1018P Netbook Gets Scoped Out a Bit More

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Some new photos have just popped up of the upcoming Asus Eee PC 1018P netbook. It's sporting a brand new design along with a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom N455 / N475 CPU which both have support for DDR3 RAM, a VGA port (no HDMI), 1GB / 2GB of RAM, a 250GB / 500GB HDD, a fingerprint reader, a battery that'll last 6.5 hours, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR standard (Bluetooth 3.0 optional), and two USB 3.0 ports. It's got a thin body which looks quite good, I'm just hoping that the trackpad works well. The price and release date haven't been mentioned yet.

[Slash Gear, Netbooked]

Motorola Flip Phone Running Android Underneath Android 2.1 Leaks Out

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We know that Motorola is backing Android quite a bit to try to get back in the game and what you see above could actually be their upcoming flip phone that's, of course, running Android. The flipping part is just a transparent cover over the display so it's not much really. The OS is said to be Android 2.1 underneath the MOTOBLUR and there's a 5MP camera that can apparently record 720p video. It may look like a cheap phone at first but it's a pretty solid phone if you're into the whole flipping concept.

Update: According to Engadget, two Motorola phones have actually surfaced. They're both below and you can clearly see that the one on right matches the one above. The one on the left is a new one and either of these prototypes are named the ZN4.

Lenovo Unveils L-Series Notebooks, Greenest ThinkPads To Date

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Lenovo has just announced and revealed their greenest ThinkPad notebooks to date. The 14-inch L412 and the 15-inch L512 are 40% more power efficient than other laptops and they're made from recycled materials. These notebooks come with Intel Core i3 / i5 CPU options, integrated Intel / discrete ATI Radeon HD 5145 graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 500GB HDD if you please. The base $649 model comes with an Intel Celeron P4500 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, four USB 2.0 ports, a 7-in-1 card reader, a 6-cell battery that should last around 8 hours, and Windows 7. These notebooks should hit Lenovo's website pretty soon, so if you want to go green you might want to pick one up.

[Engadget, Gizmodo]