Bell Mobility to exclusively launch LG Optimus Chic January 14th

By on January 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM.

Bell Mobility to exclusively launch LG Optimus Chic January 14th

A memo obtained by BGR indicates that Canada’s Bell Mobility will be exclusively launching the LG Optimus Chic on January 14th; the Chic is being billed as Bell’s “first entry-level Android smartphone.” The device will sport a 3.2-inch full-touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA support, micro-SD card slot (2GB card included), and Android 2.2. The device will “operate on the high-speed HSPA+ network”, be exclusive to Bell in Canada, and retail — subsidy free — for $249.95. Not a bad little set for the money. What do you think Canadian friends, any takers?

Thanks, B!

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Amazon enables lending of Kindle books

By on December 30, 2010 at 5:41 PM.

Amazon enables lending of Kindle books

The first sentence of a support article posted on Amazon’s support site provides the meat and potatoes of today’s big announcement: “Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days.” Loans must be initiated from Amazon’s website — by entering the loanees name and email address — at which point a notification email is sent to the gifted party. The company notes that customers “can receive the book loan even if they do not yet have a Kindle or Kindle reading application.” Books are not available to be read by the book owner until the loan period has expired and the feature is currently only available in the United States. Hit the read link to check out the full article, complete with FAQs.

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Confirmed: ZTE Peel launching on Sprint November 14th; $79.99, $30 month-to-month plan

By on November 8, 2010 at 7:15 AM.

Confirmed: ZTE Peel launching on Sprint November 14th; $79.99, $30 month-to-month plan

On Friday, we told you about a rumor we were hearing surrounding the release-date and pricing for Sprint’s ZTE Peel; the iPod touch case that provides 3G internet access. Today, we’ve got cold hard evidence to confirm our previous scoop. As you can see from the above screen shot, the ZTE Peel will indeed be hitting the Now Network on November 14th and will retail for $79.99. The plan that Sprint will provide Peel customers is a $29.99, month-to-month, offering that will include a 1GB data allowance; overages will be billed at $0.05 per megabyte. The Wi-Fi case will be able to provide internet access for up to two devices and supports second and third generation iPod touch devices. Although… we do have to wonder if Sprint/ZTE will delay the current Peel as it is not compatible with the fourth generation iPod touch; most notably, the camera is in a different location.

What do you think iPod touch owners, you like?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399?

By on October 8, 2010 at 7:01 AM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399?

One of our Sprint sources just messaged us to let us know that the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is set to launch right around November 14. How about pricing? Well, we’ve also been told the 7-inch tablet will sell for $399 with a 2-year agreement and $599 full retail. That’s all we have for now, but you can be sure we’ll keep digging!

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YouTube to offer live streaming platform

By on September 13, 2010 at 3:34 PM.

YouTube to offer live streaming platform

Late yesterday, Google announced that streaming-video company YouTube would “begin a limited trial of a new live streaming platform in conjunction with four of our partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood.” As the press release explains:

This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. Included in the test is a “Live Comments” module which lets you engage with the broadcaster and the broader YouTube community. For the purpose of the trial, this offering will only be available today and tomorrow. Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide.

There are several live broadcasts going on as we type. Check out the concept by hitting the read link and let us know what you think. More →

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Leaked screen captures of Microsoft Office 14 alpha surface

By on January 16, 2009 at 7:57 AM.

Leaked screen captures of Microsoft Office 14 alpha surface

Well that didn’t take long at all. Microsoft just handed out the first round of Office 14 alphas to early testers and leaked images of the upcoming software have already surfaced. Originating from a Russian beta tester, the images show the updated UI Microsoft will be using in its Office 2007 successor. We also get a complete list of apps covered: Access 14, Excel 14, Groove 14, InfoPath Designer 14, InfoPath Filler 14, InterConnect 14, OneNote 14, Outlook 14, PowerPoint 14, Project 14, Publisher 14, SharePoint Designer 14, Visio 14 and Word 14. The overall look, though it certainly may not be what the release looks like, seems like a flattened version of Office 2007. The same two-tiered menu structure can be seen across the top of each application that we’ve grown accustomed to with the current Office version. According to Ars Technica’s sources, we should expect a beta release of 14 to drop sometime in May, followed by a launch near the end of the year. Hit the jump for a few more shots.

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