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31Aug/11Off

Nokia’s first Windows Phone spied in leaked photo with blurry specs

Nokia’s very first Windows Phone 7 Mango handset has made an appearance in what’s purported to be a leaked carrier presentation sheet. Codenamed “Sea Ray,” the handset first surfaced in an internal company video of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop introducing the phone to employees. But since then, little has been revealed about the device, and now it has possibly turned up again as the Nokia 703 with specs listed, though conveniently too blurry to be read.

The handset in the picture looks very much like the Nokia N9 MeeGo handset, which the Sea Ray is modeled on. But we’ll just call it the 703 for now, since we can’t be sure this is indeed the Sea Ray and not another variation. It has a full touchscreen display on the front-face without any physical keys and according to what we can make out of the specs, it has a 3.7-inch display, 8GB of storage, 512MB RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video capture at 30fps.

The specs don’t sound all that amazing, pegging it as a more mid-range phone. The 703 model number could also put it in the same class as the recently launched Symbian Belle smartphones: Nokia 700 and 701. However, this could also mean that it supports NFC.

Towards the bottom of the page, under “General” a date is listed as “November 27,” which could be the launch date. Well, we won’t know all the details for sure until Nokia World in October, when the first Nokia Windows Phone handset is expected to be unveiled.

[via WMPoweruser]


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Nokia’s first Windows Phone spied in leaked photo with blurry specs is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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31Aug/11Off

Sony unveils SRS-BTV25 and RDP-V20iP smartphone 360-degree speakers at IFA 2011

Sony is at IFA 2011 with a hoard of new gear for geeks to lust after. One of the new items Sony is showing off gives your smartphone balls, or at least one ball. The ball shaped speaker is called the SRS-BTV25 and it comes in black or white colors. It is designed to have a 360-degree soundscape. The idea with speakers like this is that you can place it anywhere in a room and get the same sound quality.

Sony claims that this speaker is completely balanced and that it will sound the same from anywhere in the room. The speaker uses 360-degree Circle Sound technology inside and the user streams music from the device wirelessly. It will connect with any Bluetooth device including the iPhone and Walkman players. This would be an interesting speaker for watching movies and gaming as well as listening to your playlist of music.

Features include a bass-boost function for better bass and it has a line-input. That line in allows you to hook devices that lack Bluetooth to the speaker. The speaker has a USB charge port to power your iPhone up too. Sony also has a very similar RDP-V20iP with all the same features. The notable exceptions are that the V20iP has a docking slot for iPhones and no Bluetooth. It also has a rechargeable battery for up to five hours of mobile use.


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Sony unveils SRS-BTV25 and RDP-V20iP smartphone 360-degree speakers at IFA 2011 is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Samsung unveils Series 7 laptops, sleek aluminum, Intel Core i5, i7, starting at $999

Samsung today announced new Series 7 laptops that slot in between their costly high-end Series 9 and their more budget-friendly Series 3. Taking aesthetic cues from MacBook Pros, these sleek Series 7 laptops use a brushed aluminum chassis that’s thin and compact yet solid and non-flexing. But other than good looks and a compact form, the laptops pack plenty of performance inside.

The Samsung Series 7 features 13-inch and 15.6-inch laptops. The 13-inch model actually squeezes in a 14-inch screen with its ultra-slim bezel design. Both models feature an HD+ (1600×900) high resolution matted display with 16 million colors and up to 50 percent better brightness (300 nit) thanks to Samsung’s Superbright Technology. Graphics is powered by an AMD Radeon HD6750M.

Inside, the Series 7 packs the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 quad-core processor that features ExpressCache, which accelerates boot-up and start times as well as overall performance with up to 50-60 percent quicker web browsing thanks to an extra 8GB of flash memory loaded directly on the motherboard. Samsung boasts that Series 7 laptops can do a cold boot-up in just 19 seconds and resume from sleep mode in as little as 2-3 seconds. Battery life is rated for up to 9 hours for great all-day use while on the go.

The Series 7 laptops comes in four configurations with a starting price of $999.99 and goes up to $1,299.00. They will be available starting on October 2.


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Samsung unveils Series 7 laptops, sleek aluminum, Intel Core i5, i7, starting at $999 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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31Aug/11Off

Google launches Gmail Offline; Calendar & Docs incoming

Google has announced offline support for Gmail, Calendar and Docs, courtesy of new Chrome Web Store apps that will cache content to your computer. Gmail Offline will be available today, allowing users of Google’s free email service to read, reply to, organize and archive their messages without demanding a connection, while Calendar Offline and Docs Offline will roll out over the next week. All are HTML5 apps with various levels of functionality from their online counterparts.

Calendar Offline, for instance, will show appointments in your various schedules, and allow you to respond to invitations. Docs Offline will support viewing of documents and spreadsheets, though editing will not be among the initial abilities. Google says it’s working on adding that in later on.

The offline functionality will be of particular interest to users of Google’s Chromebooks, which currently rely heavily on a persistent network connection if owners actually want to get any work done. The absence of offline document editing support will still be a drawback, but now at least your notebook won’t be an expensive paperweight if you haven’t a WiFi or 3G connection to hand.

Activating the offline support is a matter of clicking the gears icon in the top right hand corner of Gmail and then choosing the offline access option.


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Google launches Gmail Offline; Calendar & Docs incoming is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Sony Vaio S notebook series breaks cover

Sony has whipped out a new line of notebook computers that have all sorts of features that folks wanting a thin and portable notebook will appreciate. The new machines are the Vaio S series and the series has a 15.5-inch LCD making them interesting to those needing more space than the typical ultraportable offers. The 15.5-inch screen boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution. Sony says that the new 15.5-inch Vaio S series has all the thinness and performance of the smaller 13.3-inch notebooks.

The machine is 24.5mm thick and weighs in at 2kg. The chassis of the notebook is made from magnesium and aluminum for lightweight and rigidity. The notebook can last up to 6.5-hours in stamina mode on the single internal battery. If you need more run time, Sony has a sheet battery that can boost the runtime up to 13 hours. The battery supports Quick Charge as well to get you an hour of run time in only 20 minutes of charge.

The notebook has a switch for choosing performance or stamina modes. The machines can be configured with lots of options and choices. You can get Intel Core mobile processors, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB of storage with SSD options. The notebook has AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics and Intel integrated 3000 onboard graphics along with a Blu-ray drive. WiFi, Bluetooth, and lots of connectivity are integrated. Buyers can also get an optional VGP-FL3D15A 3D screen with no glasses needed to see the 3D content.


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Sony Vaio S notebook series breaks cover is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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AT&T faces US antitrust complaint over T-Mobile merger

AT&T may be working hard insisting that it’s in users’ best interest for the T-Mobile acquisition to go ahead, but it’s a long way from convincing regulators. The Department of Justice has filed an antitrust complaint in an attempt to block the merger, Bloomberg reports, arguing that it would “substantially lessen competition” in the US wireless market. Meanwhile, the FCC has waded in as well, with chairman Julius Genachowski revealing that the agency also has “serious concerns” about the deal.

“AT&T’s elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low- priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market” the DOJ complaint alleges. That would result “in higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer choices and fewer innovative products for the millions of American consumers who rely on mobile wireless services in their everyday lives.”

It’s a similar refrain from the FCC, with the chairman voicing his own concerns. According to a statement passed to This is my next:

“By filing suit today, the Department of Justice has concluded that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would substantially lessen competition in violation of the antitrust laws. Competition is an essential component of the FCC’s statutory public interest analysis, and although our process is not complete, the record before this agency also raises serious concerns about the impact of the proposed transaction on competition. Vibrant competition in wireless services is vital to innovation, investment, economic growth and job creation, and to drive our global leadership in mobile. Competition fosters consumer benefits, including more choices, better service and lower prices” Julius Genachowski, chairman, FCC

If blocked, the scuppered merger would have serious financial implications for AT&T. The carrier is liable for $3bn in breakup fees payable to T-Mobile USA should the deal not go ahead, along with handing over a chunk of spectrum and reduced incoming call fees that together have been valued at up to $4bn more. In response, AT&T claims the acquisition will aid the ailing economy and create jobs in the US.

In fact, those jobs would primarily be call center work, returned to the US from AT&T’S current outsourcing. It has also promised that the merger would not result in any AT&T or T-Mobile call center redundancies. Earlier this month, the FCC revealed it would be examining the T-Mobile deal and the Qualcomm spectrum acquisition in tandem, though it’s unclear what impact this new complaint might have on the latter.

Update: AT&T has issued the following statement:

“We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated. We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court” Wayne Watts, General Counsel, AT&T


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AT&T faces US antitrust complaint over T-Mobile merger is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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31Aug/11Off

Amazon’s 10-inch Tablet may not ship until 2012

Amazon is rumored to debut two tablets this fall, but a new report from the supply side suggests that only one of the tablets will make its way to market before year-end. According to DigiTimes, mass production on Amazon’s larger 10.1-inch tablet will not begin until the first quarter of 2012.

The 10.1-inch Amazon tablet is believed to be codenamed “Hollywood” and will sport a quad-core NVIDIA Kal-El processor, which may end up being called the Tegra 3. It’s expected to be manufactured by Foxconn, the same factory that produces the Kindle as well as Apple’s iPad. Amazon’s tablet has been considered a potential iPad-killer with Amazon’s ecosystem of ebooks, movies, and music services, a strong distribution channel, and aggressive pricing advantage.

Amazon’s 7-inch tablet is still expected to ship starting this October but it will be supplied by Quanta instead. This smaller tablet is codenamed “Coyote” and is deemed more as a “Super-Kindle.” It’s seen to be going head to head against Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color. Pricing for the device is rumored to be “hundreds less” than the iPad, suggest that the price point would have to be at least under $299. If priced right without any kinks in the supply chain, analysts believe that Amazon could easily sell as much as 5 million units this fall.


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Panasonic Lumix 3D twin-lens camera debuts at IFA 2011

I mentioned a bit ago that Panasonic had a new dual-lens 3D camcorder that would be landing soon. Panasonic has also shown off a new 3D still camera at IFA 2011 called the Lumix 3D that has 3D HD video capability. The camera can shoot 2D HD video as well. The camera is compact and it uses two new lenses to be able to achieve the compact dimensions according to Panasonic.

Each of the lenses are 4x optical zoom with thin, folded optics. The design of the optics allows the capturing of clear and sharp video and photos from a distance. The camera has integrated Optical Image Stabilization and works with 2D and 3D shooting. This system helps to reduce the blur associated with zooming when shooting video or taking photos.

The twin lens system also allows the camera to shoot 2D video and photos at the same time. The 3D content uses both lenses at once in a side-by-side system in AVCHD format. The camera will connect to any Viera 3D TV to shoot photos and video in 3D to the TV. The camera will land this winter and pricing will be announced closer to launch.


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Panasonic Lumix 3D twin-lens camera debuts at IFA 2011 is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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LG Univa E510 Spied in the Wild

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An unannounced handset from LG has surfaced at a Qualcomm event held recently in India. The LG Univa E510 rocks some midrange specs and an Android 2.3.3 build. It features a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 5MP camera, and an 800MHz CPU. This isn’t the first we have heard of the handset, and the Bluetooth SIG suggests it will also get tagged as the LG E510F and E510G. Details on when it will join the ranks of the LG Optimus One Optimus Net, and Optimus Pro on store shelves are unknown at this time. More images can be found at the source link.

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AT&T Responds to Department of Justice Complaint

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AT&T’s back seems to be up against the ropes here. They’ve responded to news earlier today that the Department of Justice would seek to block the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, citing anti-trust and anti-competition concerns as reasons why AT&T should not be allowed to gobble up T-Mobile.

"We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated.

We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.

At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:

· Help solve our nation’s spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions.

· Allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97% of the population;

· Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.

We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court."

And that’s pretty much what they’ve been saying since the announcement was first made, except now they sound a bit more worried that things won’t go as planned.

Evidence has begun to form regarding AT&T’s claims that they need T-Mobile to improve their own network and provide LTE for their consumers – simply put, that’s not entirely true. They also have not been able to provide evidence that “spectrum exhaustion” is a real problem.

And to top that cupcake off with a nice, magenta cherry, AT&T has pretty much refused advice that would help them solve the very “problem” they claim they have. Yep, I think the Department of Justice is on the right track here. [via TmoNews]


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