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Qantas goes bananas for Apple for airport lounges

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 23:00 CDT

Qantas announced yesterday it's plans to go "Apple-only" on it's frequent flyer lounges around Australia - giving travellers access to the "latest generation Mac's" in a national roll out.




Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas said that the Apple desktops would be available immediately in the Qantas club facilities and that it would be rolled out in other cities by the end of 2010. He said, "We are launching Sydney Qantas Lounges with the new technology from today; Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth from November; and Alice Springs Cairns, Darwin, Hobart and Townsville from December."

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The Playstation Phone makes its presence felt

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 22:54 CDT

The Playstation Phone has been circling around the rumor mill since August, but now it's seems there's some hard evidence that it's coming. Engadget has gotten their hands on a slew of pictures of the new device, likely coming in early 2011.




Apparently figuring that the PSP Go doesn't appeal to a broad enough audience, the Playstation Phone is Android based (reportedly running Gingerbread) and is based around a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU. 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a screen between 3.7 to 4.1 inches make up the technical specs. Notably absent is the use of Sony's Memory Stick, with the Playstation Phone going to microSD for storage.

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Mobile Express Checkout debuts to making mobile online shopping easier

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 22:33 CDT

Paypal is taking another step to making your cash easier to access by rolling out a two-click mobile payment system called Mobile Express Checkout, which was rolled out today at a developer conference in San Francisco.




Allowing more access to using Paypal when making online mobile purchases is the major goal here. Mobile Express Checkout users can use the service to stay logged in while using multiple mobile apps, making online shopping less of a hassle.. Web-based stores that accept Paypal will find the system easy to implement into their stores, and merchants may also be able to accept credit cards through Mobile Express Checkout in 2011. The beta has been very successful, with many companies reporting double-digit sales growth since adding the feature.

Nook Color made official by Barnes and Noble

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 22:19 CDT

Look out, Kindle and Kobo; the new Nook Color is here and looking to take the tablet world by storm. With a seven inch, LG made 1024x600 full-color LCD touchscreen the Nook Color is making its attempt to bridge the gap between e-reader and tablet.




8GB of onboard storage with a microSD slot for expanded memory and WiFi connectivity for internet browsing, book downloading and app grabbing round out the Android based interface. Music playback ability while reading books is nice, as is the family oriented "Nook Kids" feature that uses professional narrators to read interactive picture books to your kids. Apps will not come from the Android Market and will have to be specifically developed for the Nook Color. November 19th is the target launch date and prices are expected to be around $250 at Walmart, Best Buy, Books-a-Million, and Barnes & Noble locations.

Vodafone scores exclusive for HTC Desire HD

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 21:20 CDT

Last night at the Astral Bar in Sydney's Star City Casino - VHA general manager of Devices and Pricing, Ross Parker confirmed that Vodafone Hutchinson Australia would have exclusivity rights to the HTC Desire HD forever - this, he confirmed.




The Desire HD is the big brother to the popular HTC Desire handset - which when launched earlier this year was an exclusive to Telstra's Next G network - it ended up being very popular. With the launch of the Desire HD, it will hopefully continue the success and popularity that sometimes can rival the iPhone and now VHA will have that exclusivity.

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iDOS emulator appears, then quickly disappears from App Store

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 21:16 CDT

iOS fans had the brief opportunity to score a sweet app this morning before Apple quickly pulled it away. iDOS, a DOS based emulator, was briefly released and then yanked from the Apple Store, but not before quite a few people got their hands on it and were using it do run things like Windows 3.0 and some old school Space Quest.



While I'm sure many of you are pretty gleeful at the thought of Steve Jobs tripping out about Windows running on an iPhone, there is precedent for the app being pulled due to it being able to interpret and run executable code. If you weren't one of the lucky few to get your hands on the app, you'll have to turn to either a jailbreak or a developer account to get it going via the sourcecode here.

Updated Apple Store app includes white iPhone 4 reservations

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 20:58 CDT

Apple has made the first update to their official App Store app today, and with the update the unicorn of the iPhone lover's world appeared: the white iPhone 4.




White iPhone 4 reservations aren't reportedly working currently; giving users a message stating "Because of high demand, we are not currently taking iPhone reservations." This does bring hope that the white iPhone 4 will make an appearance soon to those who have been waiting. Reasons for the delay have mostly been manufacturing related, although some believe that Apple are waiting for a revised iPhone 4 with less antenna problems to roll out in white.

Android market now has over 100k apps - still sparring with Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 20:01 CDT

Google's Android is slowly getting popular, with the help of multiple handsets it is gaining traction throughout the world as competition for the once lone soldier of the battlefield, Apple's iPhone.




Google has announced it has hit the 100, 000 apps milestone - surpassing the number of apps on competing stores from BlackBerry, Nokia or Palm. Even with 100k apps, they're still number 2 in the market, to the iPhone with over 300k.


It has taken Google 20 months to get to the 100k milestone, where it took Apple 16 months to get to the same 100k mark. The more popular the Market gets, the more work Google will have to do to it's Market to keep everything in good order. Consider that it takes a developer and average of 6 minutes to get an App into the Market, compared to *four days* on Apple's App Store - how is it that Google are falling behind in the number of Apps they host?

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Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 19:29 CDT

Microsoft have released SP1 for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to the public.




After being in the obvious beta availability, they have finally entered RTM (Release to Manufacturing).


As for whether you'll benefit from SP1? Well, if you're a user of Windows Server 2008 R2, the only new features for you will be, related virtualization technologies, Dynamic Memory and Remote FX.

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Mophie workbook for iPad is highly adjustable for comfort

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 14:04 CDT

Mophie has made a name for itself making some awesome accessories for the iPhone with things like cases with batteries inside and other gear. The company also has a few items that work with the iPad that fans of the tablet can purchase. The company has added a new accessory to its iPad line with a case called the workbook designed to make the tablet more comfortable to use and protect it from the daily grind.




The workbook is a case with synthetic leather on the outside and a soft fabric on the inside to prevent scratches. When closed the workbook protects the iPad from bumps and drops. When the user wants to work with the iPad or watch some video the workbook has infinitely adjustable screen angle options to choose from.

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