If you are a Vodafone customer in the UK who was hoping to get the HTC HD2 for Christmas this year, you are out of luck. The carrier has announced that it has depleted its stock and will no longer stock the handset for general customers.
A company source said that the handset was suffering from software glitches and Vodafone wants to be sure that customers have a good experience on its network. Presumably, the handset will still be sold to other than general customers.
Vodafone will continue to sell other HTC handsets. Other carriers like O2 and T-Mobile are still offering the HD2 to customers. Considering that there has been no mention of software issues from other carriers, we have to wonder if this is a move to clear the way for the iPhone to hit Vodafone in 2010.
With the roaring popularity of the Android OS for smartphones, it was only a matter of time until Google itself decided to make its own perfect Google Phone. The new phone is in the hands of testers now it seems and while they aren't leaking details (yet) pics are surfacing.
The handset has been spied in several photos around the net. It appears to be roughly the size if the iPhone and have a touchscreen form factor. Four navigation keys are arrayed along the bottom of the screen.
The thing looks like the HTC Passion but lacks the HTC brand. I guess HTC built-in and agreed to leave its name off. No word on hard specs at this time, but maybe we will find out soon.
I have reviewed one of Speakal's stranger iPod docks in the past -- the iPig. The thing looks like a pig with ears that are touch sensitive for volume and track control. It looked weird, but the thing sounded fantastic.
Speakal has announced a new iPod dock today called the miSoccer that is just in time for World Cup fans feeling the need for a somewhat strange iPod dock. The soccer ball is available with red, black, or blue colors.
The system has a sub woofer with 15W of power and a pair of multi-range speakers arranged for 360-degree sound. The dock supports any dockable iPod. You can grab one now for $119.99.
The rumors swirling that Apple is getting ready to launch a tablet just won't die and a few other rumors have made their rounds about new tablets coming soon. The tech world seems to be fixated on the tablet form factor, which is a surprisingly slim market today.
A new tablet rumor has surfaced and it's not about Apple this time. According to this rumor, Asus is set to launch an Eee Pad that is a tablet style device. The leaked pic is certainly not a sexy device; it looks like the thermostat in my living room.
The tablet is said to have a screen ranging from 4-inches to 7-inches and other than that, we don't really know anything. Asus has a huge stable of netbooks that could certainly provide the donor hardware for a tablet. I for one will not be surprised to see this rumor turn out to be true. Maybe that is what Apple is waiting for, someone else to try the market out before it jumps in.
Well, well, well it looks like we have a new rumor to toss around over the holidays. The rumor comes from a short tweet by Eldar Murtazin, the Editor-in-Chief of Mobile review. The tweet in question?
"Foxconn received order for next generation iphone"
This seemingly innocuous statement would not seem to be of much use if it were not for the history of accuracy that Murtazin has. He has typically been able to get information on upcoming mobile technology months ahead of others. When you add this statement to other "evidence" we do see the likelihood of a new iPhone in 2010. After all just last week the internet was ripe with articles on a new model ID found in the iPhone firmware, and the possibility that a new prototype was at work in San Francisco.
Of course it is all really academic until we have more details. If the next generation iPhone is like the 3G S was then it might be nothing to get excited about. If, on the other hand it is a new innovation then perhaps in the summer of 2010 we will see a new toy from Apple that will dazzle the world. Me I am hoping for the latter.
A-DATA has started shipping its XPG series SX95 and S592 solid state drives with a new firmware as of this week which is optimized for use with Windows 7's TRIM feature.
Along with support for Windows 7 TRIM, the new firmware will more efficiently handle block cleaning for adding to the free block pool as well as extending the life of the SSD and offering more stabilized performance.
If you are an existing owner of one of A-DATA's new XPG SX95 or S592 drives, you can also update to the new firmware via a free download made available on A-DATA's support page.
Further information can be found within the official announcement here folks.
If you had your heart set on a Nook or Sony eReader for Christmas but they sold out and you just don't want a Kindle, a new option has been announced. A company called Aluratek has unveiled its Libre eBook reader Pro at a bargain price.
The eReader has a retail price of only $179 and promises 24 hours of continuous use per charge. The reader achieves that run time thanks to exclusive reflective LCD technology. The B&W screen has no backlight to save power.
The device ships with a 2GB SD card that is packed with 100 books. It can read up to 32GB SDHC cards. The device supports Adobe DRM, ePUB, PDF, FB2, TXT, Mobi, PRC and RTF formats.
If you still have a geek left to shop for on your Christmas list that has to be connected at all times and thinks that a netbook is still too bulky Radio Shack has a gift for you. The Shack is now offering the Archos 5 Internet Tablet with 8GB of storage for under $250.
The device measures 0.4" H x 3.1" W x 5.6" D and weighs a pound. The tablet has a 4.8-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. Internal storage is 8GB as I said and it is powered by a li-poly battery.
The thing supports just about every audio, video, and photo format you could ever want. This will be a good gift for someone on your list and the $249.99 price is a decent deal on the tablet.
Many gamers will know the name SteelSeries. The company makes a full line of gaming accessories like mouse pads, headsets, and gaming mice. The company has announced a new accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch called the Mobile Adapter.
The adapter connects to any iPod, iPhone, or other device that uses a 3.5mm jack. What the adapter does is add a pair of separate jacks with one for the headphones and one for the mic. This allows the user to use any PC headset with their mobile phone.
That means that you can use stereo headsets that you would normally leave at the computer for listening to music and can use the mic on your headset for VOIP calls. The adapter is available now for $14.99.
Many of you will recall the debacle that was the first firmware version released for the Intel X25-M and X18-M SSDs to support Windows 7 TRIM function. The firmware borked Windows 7 installs and was soon pulled from the market while Intel fixed the issue.
Intel has now announced that the firmware is available again for the SSDs. I'm not sure I want to be first to install the firmware on an Windows 7 volume. The new firmware is revision 2CV102HD and is available now.
TRIM functionality is a Windows 7 feature that speeds writes by clearing flash pages when a user makes data as deleted rather than just marking them as available. The Tech Report says that this is to get around the block-rewrite penalty.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Everyone is trying to get into the all too lucrative Smart Phone Market. This is being proven true by the announcement of Creative's Zii phone concept. The company known for bringing quality audio to the world of computer gaming and also known for its rather underhanded crippling of their own audio cards running under Windows Vista are now showing off a proof of concept phone.
This new phone is being dubbed the Zii Trinity for now. It does not appear that creative will be selling these directly to the public but is being shown off as a proof of concept and design in the hopes that some OEM will pick up the idea and run with it. For software potential manufacturers will have the choice of Android or Creative' s own Plazma. For hardware it supports quad-band GSM/EDGE as well as tri-band, 7.2Mbps 3G over HSPA but still carries the ZMS-05 chip that provides 1080p video decoding and hardware accelerated OpenGL ES 3D. This, on the surface seems to put it in a class equal to (maybe slightly above) the vaunted iPhone 3G S.
I will wait to see if anyone grabs onto this one though, after all NVIDIA has the current Terga and Tegra 2 hitting the market and these two SoCs are quite attractive in terms of performance and features, not to mention battery life. Still it could be a low cost, open alternative to the hardware in the iPhone in 2010.
The smartphone is a big category in the mobile phone market today and is one of the few segments of the market that is still growing despite the poor economy. We can thank the iPhone for the glut of touchscreen devices on the market and they keep coming. ZiiLabs has unveiled a cool looking new platform for smartphones called Trinity.
The Trinity platform is designed for smartphones that are running Android or Plaszma operating systems. The platform has accelerated 3D graphics and supports video up to 1080p. The Trinity has a 3.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 supporting capacitive multi touch.
Other features include X-Fi audio, mini HDMI port, and microSD card support for extra storage. The Trinity has 256MB of onboard memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, and hardware GPS. Power for the handset is from an 1130mAh lithium polymer battery.
Late last year a legal drama started that surrounded many of the world's largest producers of LCD screens. The companies were found to have collaborated to fix the price of LCD screens in the computer market. Today we find out that Nokia has filed suit against many of the same companies alleging that they also conspired to fix the prices of LCDs for the mobile phone market.
Nokia has filed a suit against Samsung Electronics Co., LG Display Co., Sharp Corp, Hitachi Displays Ltd., and Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. All of those companies save Samsung were involved with the price fixing scheme in the computer market.
Nokia claims that it suffered damages as the result of the price fixing and is seeking treble its damages and injunctive relief. These companies might as well pack it up now; odds are the firms used the same price fixing schemes in several markets. The fines for the LCD scheme in the computer market totaled over $500 million combined and several executives received prison terms in America.
Enthusiasts are always looking for faster and cooler ways to tweak the setting of their computers when it comes time to overclock. There are all sorts of ways to do this from software to hardware accessories that allow direct access to board settings.
The Asus Maximus III Extreme mainboard offers a new and very cool way for users to access overclocking features. The board has a special feature called ROG Connect overclocking feature that allows control over Bluetooth via any Bluetooth phone.
The Bluetooth connectivity also allows the user to view hardware status along with tweaking settings. The board is compatible with PDA style phones; I assume that means the iPhone and similar devices. Pricing and a release date for the board are unknown.
Have you ever wanted to bump up the clock on your system but just could not get off the couch to do it? Well, have no fear as Asus plans to allow you to do it directly from your BlueTooth enabled phone (pause here for a few "There's an App" for that Jokes). This new functionality will show up on their top of the line, flagship Republic of Gamers, Maximus Extreme III motherboard.
The new feature will be called RC Bluetooth. It should allow control over the ROG Maximus II as well as the ability to monitor the status of the system. This all leads to the possibility of more direct control over the system. Can you imagine using your iPhone as a controller for gaming? Or for music control? Although I am not entirely sure about this feature it certainly bears watching and is one that we will be trying to find out more about.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - Onkyo TX-SR607 7.2-Channel A/V Surround Home Theater Receiver w/ iPod Dock - $349.99 Shipped Free!.
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Samsung has just announced that it's been working on a new open mobile platform is calls Samsung Bada which will allow developers to create applications galore for thousands of new Samsung mobile phone models and in turn enhance the feature-set and experience for future Samsung mobile phone consumers.
The word 'Bada' means 'Ocean' in Korean; used to convey the endless possibilities that this open mobile platform gives to developers in application creation.
Dr. Hosoo Lee, Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics, said, "By opening Samsung's mobile platforms, we will be able to provide rich mobile experiences on an increasing number of accessible smartphones." He added, "Bada will be Samsung's landmark, iconic new platform that brings an unprecedented opportunity for operators, developers and Samsung mobile phone users around the world."
The official Bada website has just launched on November 10 and offers much information in the way of updates on product launches, SDK's, features and event notices.
For further information, you can read up on Samsung's official press release here folks.
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NVIDIA is in the news again, this time for a mystery tablet that was lying on the table in front of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. We asked NVIDIA about it and were informed that it is a product being made by an ODM partner called ICD.
We were also told that it is a concept that is actively being sold to carriers around the world and was used to highlight Tegra and what you can do with it. Tegra is a product that Huang sees great potential in (and so do we). This tiny yet complete system is already sandwiched into the ZuneHD and has been showing off what even the first generation can do when put to use.
The Tegra 2 set to launch next year is going to be even more powerful as we hear talk of two Coretex A9 ARM Dual Core CPUs being used. We have also heard that there may be two GeForce 9 based GPUs to over either style performance or, more likely, to enable Cuda and Physics for the small single chip computer. We are waiting to get more information from NVIDIA on the device and hope to be able to provide you with more information shortly.