Beats is building its own smartphone, TV and iTunes-killer to compete directly with Apple

Beats is building its own smartphone, TV and iTunes-killer to compete directly with Apple

By on August 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM.

Beats making smartphone, TV and iTunes service

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre’s company has really taken off since launching the original Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. BGR has learned that while music is still at the core of Beats, the company is about to make some aggressive expansions into categories currently dominated by consumer electronics giants. First off, after HTC (2498) invested $300 million in Beats — which was a terrible idea — and then sold back half its stake — which was a less terrible idea — Beats is ready to make its own smartphone. More →

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Sony XPERIA S tablet launching with boatload of accessories

Sony XPERIA S tablet launching with boatload of accessories

By on August 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM.

Sony XPERIA S tablet launching with accessories
Sony’s (SNE) all set to launch a follow-up to the company’s first tablet with what we have been told is the XPERIA S. The tablet’s unique design identity is carried through to the new tablet, though it’s much more refined and more subtle. While the tablet itself is rumored to feature a 9.4-inch display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and 1GB of RAM, the real story is about the accessories Sony is planning on introducing. We were able to get photos of a majority of them, and they range from Microsoft Surface-style keyboard cover, to a privacy screen, to various different stands. It has also been reported that Sony is going to introduce multimedia stands as well that can be controlled from the tablet and play music or video to your home entertainment system. Photos of the XPERIA S tablet are in our gallery.

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Motorola DROID M launches soon on Verizon Wireless for $149.99

Motorola DROID M launches soon on Verizon Wireless for $149.99

By on August 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

Motorola DROID M launching on Verizon Wireless

Motorola’s long-leaked followup to the Motorola DROID RAZR may finally be taking shape as the Motorola DROID M. We have been told by an anonymous source that the smartphone will be launching on Verizon Wireless (VZ) soon at an attractive $149.99 on contract. There will also be two color options: Black and white. The device is rumored to include a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a Kevlar case similar to the one that the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX featured, and an HD display with 1196 x 720-pixel resolution. Motorola is holding a press conference on September 5th in New York City where it is expected to finally unveil the device.

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RIM confirms BES 10 will not support existing BlackBerry phones without BES 5

RIM confirms BES 10 will not support existing BlackBerry phones without BES 5

By on August 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM.

BlackBerry Developer Loyalty 2012

Research In Motion (RIMM) responded to a recent BGR report on Wednesday by telling the media that “RIM will provide an upgrade to BES 10 in order to ensure that our enterprise customers have the most up-to-date technology available to manage their devices.” RIM also said that, “[BES 10] will support existing BlackBerry devices, including the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet,” and that, “BES 10 will be the ultimate management solution for all BlackBerry platform devices, as well as iOS and Android devices. BES 10 will launch simultaneously with the first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 calendar 2013.” More →

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 to support 4K resolution

Sony’s PlayStation 4 to support 4K resolution

By on August 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

PlayStation 4 4K Resolution

Sony’s (SNY) plan to introduce an 80-inch XBR LED television set with 4K resolution is said to be the start of a larger scheme to push 4K on consumers, much like 3D was a huge push in the industry a couple of years ago. Since 3D isn’t gaining much traction, Sony (and we’d assume the rest of the industry) is betting on 4K as a way to get consumers to upgrade their home entertainment devices. Sony is already selling 4K Blu-ray players for $200, and the company’s next-generation PlayStation 4 will indeed support 4K resolution playback as well, a source tells us. Like the PlayStation 3 did with Blu-ray, Sony is betting that by including the ability to support 4K resolution media — games and movies — consumers will have an incentive to upgrade to new 4K television sets.

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Current BlackBerry Enterprise Servers incompatible with BlackBerry 10 devices; RIM to cease development

Current BlackBerry Enterprise Servers incompatible with BlackBerry 10 devices; RIM to cease development

By on August 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM.

RIM to license BlackBerry 10

Research In Motion (RIMM)  has had an incredibly difficult time getting QNX-based devices to work with the company’s existing systems. The reason the BlackBerry PlayBook shipped without email and BlackBerry Messenger, among the other missing items, is because a QNX device won’t work on the company’s NOC like the older java-based devices. While email finally came to the PlayBook, the email app is a local client that doesn’t use RIM’s BIS or BES back-end. It will sync with an Exchange server directly and download mail from Gmail, but it is all done on the device and not through RIM’s famous back-end network like every BlackBerry before it. This will continue with BlackBerry 10, as we have reported in the past. More →

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Sony plans to launch an 80-inch LED TV with 4K resolution for the holidays

Sony plans to launch an 80-inch LED TV with 4K resolution for the holidays

By on August 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

Sony 80-inch XBR TV 4K Resolution

BGR exclusively reported early information pertaining to one of Sony’s biggest TV lineups in history — the XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8 — and now, a source close to Sony’s (SNY) manufacturing partners has given us details surrounding what could potentially be a category-changing television set from the Japanese vendor. According to our source, Sony is currently planning to introduce a flagship XBR LED TV that will be as large as 80-inches. While the size alone would be a big deal — it will be the largest XBR TV Sony has ever offered — we have been told that the real standout feature will be the display’s 4K resolution. The estimated retail price of Sony’s 80-inch XBR? Our source says it will be in the ballpark of $30,000, and we could see an introduction as soon as this coming holiday season. We’ll have more on Sony’s 4K plans soon.

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AT&T planning for iPhone launch in late September, clearing schedules through October

AT&T planning for iPhone launch in late September, clearing schedules through October

By on August 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM.

iPhone 5 Release Date AT&T

According to a trusted AT&T (T) source, the carrier is currently planning to launch Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone during the third or fourth week of September, with an all-hands-on-deck policy in place for employees that will extend through to the middle of October. A second AT&T source confirms that a large training event for regional employees has been rescheduled from the first week of October due to a conflict with a “huge announcement.” Apple is expected to introduce the “iPhone 5″ alongside other new iOS devices at a press conference on September 12th.

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RIM to lay off 3,000 employees starting next week

RIM to lay off 3,000 employees starting next week

By on August 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM.

RIM Layoffs August 2012

BGR has confirmed with a trusted source that the rumored next round of layoffs that Research In Motion (RIMM) has been planning will indeed commence next week. Our source has informed us that RIM will reduce its workforce by 3,000 employees over the next couple of weeks, and that “people are terrified” at RIM because they don’t know who will be affected. Workers have been told that aside from employees working on BlackBerry 10, “no department is out of bounds” for this latest round of reductions. Our source went on to say that “employees packing their desks in anticipation” of next week. RIM provided BGR with the following statement:

UPDATE: RIM clarified that any layoffs that take place will be part of the 5,000 jobs RIM said it will eliminate by the end of the year. More →

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AT&T orders retail staff to sell anything but the iPhone, multiple sources tell us

AT&T orders retail staff to sell anything but the iPhone, multiple sources tell us

By on August 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM.

AT&T iPhone Sales Decrease

IPhone activations at AT&T (T) grew by just 3% in the second quarter this year, and many industry watchers pointed to the flood of next-generation iPhone rumors as a likely culprit for the slowed growth. BGR has exclusively learned that this is not entirely the case, however, and the stalled iPhone sales at the nation’s No.2 wireless carrier may in fact be by design.

Updated with official statement from AT&T after the last paragraph. More →

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Confirmed: Samsung to announce Galaxy Note II with 5.5-inch display at August 15th press event

Confirmed: Samsung to announce Galaxy Note II with 5.5-inch display at August 15th press event

By on July 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

We’ve been told by a source close to Samsung (005930) that the company will indeed be introducing a follow-up to the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II, during its press conference on August 15th. The display is said to be thinner and taller, allowing Samsung to stuff a 5.5-inch screen into a phone that can supposedly be held by humans and not just 7-foot tall Gorillas.

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Confirmed: Apple’s iPhone 5 to feature nano-SIMs, AT&T and other carriers already testing new cards

Confirmed: Apple’s iPhone 5 to feature nano-SIMs, AT&T and other carriers already testing new cards

By on July 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM.

iPhone 5 AT&T to feature nano-SIM

The Financial Times reported earlier this week that carriers in Europe were starting to “stockpile” nano-SIM cards in preparation for Apple’s (AAPL) upcoming iPhone release this fall. It’s been rumored that the new iPhone will feature an even smaller SIM card than what’s used now, and we can confirm that the new iPhone will feature these tiny SIM cards called nano-SIMs. Multiple carrier sources have exclusively told BGR that Apple is supplying nano-SIM adapters so its carrier partners can test how nano-SIMs work on their networks in standard test devices before they are widely deployed when the new iPhone is introduced. This includes AT&T. On Wednesday, BGR exclusively confirmed that Apple’s new iPhone will feature 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM and NFC. We’ve reached out to AT&T for a comment and we’ll update this when we hear back.

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