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Windows Phone 7 GSM-only until 2011

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 17:49 CDT

Sorry Verizon and Sprint fans; it seems that you are going to have to wait a little longer than the rest to get your hands on a Windows Phone 7 device. CDMA support for Windows Phone 7 has been pushed off until 2011. GSM networks are more prevalent worldwide and were therefore made a priority by Microsoft.


According to senior product manager Greg Sullivan, Microsoft "doesn't have unlimited resources" and "had to make some trade-offs" to meet their schedule. This leaves all of WP7's eggs in AT&T and T-Mobile's baskets for their U.S. launch, and even T-Mobile has not confirmed launch-day availability of WP7 enabled devices. Sullivan is "very confident" that a CDMA update will happen in the first half of 2011 and the rest of the carriers will be able to jump on the WP7 bandwagon.

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European mobile carriers possibly working on their own mobile OS

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 17:36 CDT

It seems that Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, the three "big boys" when it comes to European mobile carriers, may be working together to put together their own phone OS that would cover phones over all of their networks. This OS would reportedly be a VERY distant offshoot of Android without the Google code.


According the the French newspaper "Le Figaro," "Stephane Richard, chief executive officer of France Telecom-Orange, has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone to discuss the possible creation of a common platform for mobile devices. The talks, which are scheduled to take place October 8th in Paris, are motivated by a view that Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems have become a "Trojan horse" for these companies to establish their own relationships with mobile customers, reducing the significance of the operators in the value chain."

Mobile App of the Day:

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 16:41 CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Live Streaming Video. is a site that allows users to share videos and live stream events using your account. While the app has been available for Android since September 1st, today is the first day it has been available as an iPhone app.


Video quality for both apps have been optimized for 3G and WiFi connections and quality is set up to adjust as the phone is moved to minimize stuttering. Users can watch your streams as they happen and make comments in a chat overlay that does not require a different screen as the stream. iPhone 4 users can switch between front and rear facing cameras if they wish. Have the need to share what you're doing as it happens? Grab the app for Android or iPhone for free.

MSI unveils GX660 and GX660R notebooks

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

MSI has added quite a few new notebooks to its line over the last few weeks. Today the company has unveiled two new machines that are slipping into the gaming/multimedia line up the company offers. The new notebooks are the GX660 and the GX660R. Both share some of the same features and should work well for multimedia and moderate gaming.


The GX660 has a 15.6-inch TFT LCD that is LED backlit. It uses an ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM. It also has 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB 3.0. The machine also gets a 720p HD webcam and HDMI output. The CPU is an Intel Core i5-450M and the price for the notebook starts at $1449.99.

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Brother shows off crazy AirScouter glasses that shine images directly on the retina

By: Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

Video goggles and glasses have been on the market for years now and universally they all have a few things in common. They all block your vision completely for anything going on around you and they all look really silly when you wear them. Brother is more known for printers than anything else, but the company has pulled the wraps off an interesting new product called the AirScouter.


Brother apparently leveraged tech it owns in the printer business to design the AirScouter unit. The device is a projector that is connected to a plain looking pair of clear glasses. Rather than having tiny LCDs like most video glasses today, that little projector shines images directly on the retina of the eye. That sounds very strange to me.

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Motorola tablet to miss the holiday shopping season

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 12:02 CDT

Apple's massive success with the iPad has shown that consumers are eager to buy tablet computers and there are hoards of makers rushing their offerings to market. The iPad continues to sell to the tune of millions each month all around the world. The holiday shopping season is coming up and that time is pivotal for many of the new tablets trying to come to market.


Motorola was expected to launch its first tablet in time for the holiday shopping season, but the maker has now announced that its tablet will not make it. According to Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha the Motorola tablet will not land until early 2011. Jha gave no specific reason the tablet would not make it this year other than to say that Motorola will not launch the tablet until it is competitive.

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Dell UltraSharp U3011 30-inch LCD now shipping

By: Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Dell has been shipping 30-inch LCDs for years now and I have been using one of the original 30-inch units and wouldn't give it up for anything. The new LCD is an improvement on the original LCD with a lot of nice new features and a big price tag. This may be the best LCD for gamers looking to play with high resolutions.


The screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio and uses IPS technology. The resolution for the LCD is 2560 x 1600 and it has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio. The dynamic contrast ratio for the screen is 100,000:1 and the screen can display 1.07 billion colors, which is way more than my original 30-inch LCD can handle. The screen has a 7ms response time so ghosting should not be an issue.

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430 MB/s SATA 6.0 SSD coming from PhotoFast next month

By: Don Lynn | Storage | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 10:36 CDT

PhotoFast, a Taiwan based storage company, has put out some teaser information on their first SSD that is looking to hit the market next month. Their G-Monster3 XV1 series of solid state drives will take advantage of the SATA 6.0 Gbps interface for blistering speeds.


The drives will have 128MB of DDR3 memory onboard for cache. There will be three drives in the initial release: a 64GB drive with 370 MB/s max read and 120 MB/s max write, a 128GB drive with 410 MB/s max read and 190 MB/s max write, and a 256GB drive with 430 MB/s max read and 300 MB/s max write. No information on pricing or the controller used for these drives has been released yet, but the G-Monster3 XV1 series will have a one year warranty and are planned to ship in October.

Combine collective offers Mac users a wooden tray for keyboard and more

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

Mac and Windows users alike have to find some way to keep their desks organized when they are working. With a mouse, keyboard, media remotes, speakers, and other gear on your desk things can get very crowded if you don't keep organized. A company called Combine Collective has announced three different wooden keyboard trays for Mac users.


The trays are made from black walnut wood and are handmade in Canada. There are three versions of the tray and all of them are built with the same methods. The construction uses solid and jointed hard wood, water-based glue, and food safe stain finishes for one of the best-looking keyboard trays I have ever seen.

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ACCC recommends new copper pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2010 @ 5:04 CDT

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recommended to Telstra to lower their wholesale pricing to their copper network. iiNet's chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby doesn't seem to think it will get Telstra to play ball.


The ACCC recommends a price reduction in wholesale line rental (WLR) (the price an ISP pays to provide a line when not connected to their own infrastructure) on top of a recommendation to drop the local carriage service (LCS) pricing.

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