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Nintendo’s Wii U voice chat mess: Console might not support wireless headsets

By on October 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM.

Nintendo’s Wii U voice chat mess: Console might not support wireless headsets

Other than the unique touchscreen-equipped GamePad controller, the Wii U is a console that isn’t too different from this generation’s Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s Nintendo’s (NTDOY) “catch up” console that finally adds high-definition graphics, a robust selection of video content through Nintendo TVii and an online gaming platform that the company says will finally compete with Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Both of those services support voice chat during gaming sessions online and they both support wireless headsets, but the Nintendo Wii U might not even have simple voice chat down without a convoluted setup, according to Kotaku.

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Details reportedly leak for Google’s ‘super’ Android tablet, the Nexus 10

By on October 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM.

Details reportedly leak for Google’s ‘super’ Android tablet, the Nexus 10

We first heard that Google (GOOG) was working on a tablet called the Nexus 10 this past summer and now it looks like it’s close to becoming a reality. The Italian Android HD Blog found a picture on Picasa that purportedly provides more details on the device and shows that it will have a 10-inch display with a resolution of 2560 × 1920 pixels, or around 299 pixels-per-inch. No word yet on who’s manufacturing this new Nexus tablet, but previous rumors suggest that it will be Samsung (005930).

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13-inch Retina MacBook Pro might start at $1,699

By on October 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro might start at $1,699

Rumor has it Apple (AAPL) will announce a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at its October 23rd iPad mini event. There have been leaks about its battery sporting an “unprecedented” design and not having a discrete GPU, but nothing has been said about its pricing. 9to5Mac has now delivered the goods with claims that Apple might sell the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro for $1,699 with a high-end model at $2,099, both under the $2,199 starting price for a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The new Apple notebook is expected to have a 2560 x 1600 resolution display and all of the ports that are available on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SD card reader and an HDMI port.

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Microsoft partners reportedly in despair as Surface tablet launch nears

By on October 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM.

Microsoft partners reportedly in despair as Surface tablet launch nears

Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface tablet continues to ruffle feathers ahead of its imminent launch next week. According to a report on Friday from Digitimes, Microsoft’s partners feel their software supplier “will no longer be concerned about its downstream partners’ thoughts or complaints” following the launch of the Redmond, Washington-based company’s debut tablet. Instead Microsoft is focused on establishing its own hardware business and breaking into the tablet market that has eluded it thus far.

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Apple will reportedly drop iPad 2 from lineup after iPad mini launch

By on October 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM.

Apple will reportedly drop iPad 2 from lineup after iPad mini launch

The end is near for Apple’s (AAPL) second-generation 9.7-inch iPad 2, according Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra. In a note to investors, Cihra said he believes Apple will streamline its product lineup and phase out the iPad 2 to make way for the iPad mini. Since the release of the new iPad, Apple has continued to sell the non-Retina display iPad 2 at a lower $399 price. Cihra notes that Apple could sell around 7 million iPad mini tablets by the end of December and 26 million total iPads during the holiday season.

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Google may soon launch new 3G-equipped 32GB Nexus 7 tablet

By on October 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM.

Google may soon launch new 3G-equipped 32GB Nexus 7 tablet

Nobody knows for sure what updates Google (GOOG) has planned for its Nexus 7 tablet. It’s rumored that a 32GB model will replace the 16GB model without a price hike, a $99 model will be released and a 3G model will also debut before the end of the year. Tabletblog.de is now reporting that it has a leaked listing for the 3G-equipped Nexus 7 that shows specs pointing to GSM and WCDMA connectivity. The site believes that Google will only release a 3G Nexus 7 with 32GB of internal storage, and that there will be no 16GB model with 3G.

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Apple’s iMac and Mac mini refresh to retain current pricing; iMac won’t have Retina display

By on October 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

Apple’s iMac and Mac mini refresh to retain current pricing; iMac won’t have Retina display

In addition to the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil new iMacs and Mac minis at next Tuesday’s press conference. The iMac is rumored to be getting a redesign with a thinner profile that resembles a water droplet and the Mac mini will be getting a healthy spec boost with USB 3.0 ports, faster processors and more RAM. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will sell both computers with price points that are the same or very close to what current iMacs and Mac minis sell for; the Mac mini will reportedly sell at  $599, $799 and $999 and the iMac will fall somewhere in line with $1,199, $1,499, $1,699 and $1,999. Based on those prices, 9to5Mac believes that it’s highly unlikely that the iMacs will sport Retina displays as the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a significant premium price over the non-Retina models.

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Color gets the last laugh: Apple to acquire troubled startup for double-digit millions [updated]

Color gets the last laugh: Apple to acquire troubled startup for double-digit millions [updated]

By on October 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Apple Color Acquisition

Just one day after a false report that Color Labs was preparing to shut its doors, a new report claims Apple (AAPL) will soon acquire the company for a figure in the “high double digits.” The Next Web on Tuesday cites multiple unnamed sources with the news, and speculates that Apple is after patents and talent rather than the company’s mobile products. Color raised $41 million before launching an overhyped mobile app that ended up a complete flop. The company rebooted thanks to a surplus of cash and a deal with Verizon (VZ) but was reportedly still having troubles. If The Next Web’s report is accurate, Color will be the second startup founded by Bill Nguyen that went on to be acquired by Apple; the Cupertino, California-based giant bought Nguyen’s last startup Lala for $80 million in late 2009.

UPDATE: According to AllThingsD, both reports were way off. The site claims Apple “acqui-hired” Color’s engineering team for between $2 million and $5 million. So much for Color having the last laugh… More →

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iPad mini said to go on sale November 2nd

By on October 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM.

iPad mini said to go on sale November 2nd

In line with previous device launches, Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad mini tablet is rumored to be slated to launch on November 2nd. The date comes from 9to5Mac’s Twitter account, though the site notes that it has “heard whispers” and nothing is confirmed for the time being. Apple has historically launched devices on a Friday one week after they are announced, and November 2nd falls in line with that trend. Apple’s iPad mini will be unveiled during a press conference on October 23rd and is expected to feature a 7.85-inch display, a thin aluminum case and a starting price of either $249 or $299. More →

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Google's $99 Nexus tablet will reportedly launch ahead of the holidays

Google's $99 Nexus tablet will reportedly launch ahead of the holidays

By on October 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM.

Google Nexus Tablet Release Date

Though Google’s (GOOG) rumored hardware partner denied earlier claims to the same effect, the Android maker is once again said to be prepping a dirt-cheap $99 Nexus tablet that will launch ahead of the holidays this year. Digitimes, the source of the prior report, is once again making the claim, adding additional details that were not previously available. According to the site’s unnamed supply chain sources, Google’s $99 Nexus tablet is indeed being designed by ASUS and it will feature a single-core ARM processor built by WonderMedia Technologies along with a display panel from HannStar Display. Quanta will reportedly assemble the slate. If the device is real, it will likely pose the most serious threat to Apple’s (AAPLiPad mini, which will be unveiled during a press conference on October 23rd. More →

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Huawei's Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone revealed in leaked photos

Huawei's Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone revealed in leaked photos

By on October 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM.

Huawei Ascend W1 Leak

Microsoft’s (MSFTWindows Phone 8 is finally getting a little love from the small-time smartphone vendors, as Japanese website Blog of Mobile published images of what it claims is Huawei’s (002502) Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Judging by the slightly blurry images, the device has a bright polycarbonate body like Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia smartphones and HTC’s (2498) upcoming Windows Phone 8X and 8S. Rumored specs for the Huawei Ascend W1 include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 resolution), a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA resolution front camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 2,000mAh battery. The specs won’t blow anyone away in today’s world of 4.3-inch+ displays, 1GB of RAM and quad-core processors, but it should at least give a competitive entry-level Windows Phone 8 device for those who want one. More →

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T-Mobile may finally get the iPhone in early 2013

T-Mobile may finally get the iPhone in early 2013

By on October 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM.

T-Mobile iPhone Rumor

At long, long last T-Mobile may finally get what every major wireless carrier in the United States has had for at least a year: The iPhone. Per CNET, Morgan Stanley analyst Nick Delfas has sent out a note advising investors that T-Mobile may “announce official iPhone distribution in early 2013,” marking the first time America’s number-four wireless carrier will be able to sell Apple’s (AAPL) top-selling smartphone. While Delfas doesn’t supply any evidence that T-Mobile will get the iPhone early next year, the timing does make sense since T-Mobile is due to launch its LTE network sometime in the first half of 2013. More →

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