BerryReview has been sent in an image of what their tipster is claiming to be the BlackBerry Storm 3. The device is reported to have a 3.7-inch display and 8 GB of internal memory; no processor, touchscreen, or other specifications were given. If the image is in fact real, we’re unclear as to why RIM would put an optical trackpad on a full-touchscreen device… your guess is as good as ours. Take a look at the above image and let us know what you think. More →
If you have an older model iPhone, and are envious of the HDR photographic-prowess of the iPhone 4, there is still hope; albeit hope with a fairly long list of prerequisites. iPhone tinkerer Will Strafach has tweeted that he: “Made a Cydia tweak to allow HDR photos on 4.1 for the iPhone 3G and 3G[s].” So, when that rumored iOS 4.1 jailbreak is released you can take your jailbroken, iPhone 3G or 3GS and get the HDR goodies. There are a lot of “ifs” and “whens” in there… but it’s better than nothing. More →
Today, T-Mobile announced a new, cost-saving feature for those that have family plans and progeny called Kids Are Free. As T-Mobile explains, “With Kids Are Free, new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012.” The press release cites a Pew Research study that found 75% of children between 12 and 17 now carry a cell phone. The limited time offer is good until November 2nd and customers will be responsible for paying all taxes, fees, and activation charges on the free lines. “The Kids Are Free promotion is the latest effort from T-Mobile to ensure families are united with compelling and affordable mobile services,” stated the press release. You can hit up T-Mo’s website for more information. The full release is after the break. More →
Photo enthusiasts take note, as Adobe is rolling out the official retail version of Lightroom 3 today. Available as a public-beta since October 2009, the latest, official version of Lightroom features a brand new processing engine that improves performance and offers an enhanced, easier to use UI. Noteworthy features include: support for DSLR video files, improved noise reduction, lens correction and sharpening tools, and tethered shooting (with select Nikon and Canon cameras). Lightroom 3 is available for both Macintosh and Windows systems with a price point of $299; an upgrade licences retails for $99. You can grab a copy of this latest offering directly from Adobe today, or from a third party retailer in the near future. More →
Sure it’s not quite as exciting as the Satio that the FCC poked and prodded last month, but we’re happy to see another sexy Sony Ericsson phone pass through the halls of the FCC all the same. We’re even happier considering this little guy is sporting AT&T and Rogers’ brand of 3G. Sure we’ve known the Aino would rock WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz since it was announced back in May but seeing it slide past the FCC means it could launch any time now. For a quick refresher, the Aino features a portrait sliding form factor, quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band WCDMA, a 0-9 keypad, 3-inch 240 × 432 pixel touchscreen, 8.1 megapixel camera with an LED flash and 16x digital zoom, aGPS, Bluetooth, social networking integration, microSDHC and PS3 integration. Hit the jump for some more pics of SE’s sweet upcoming slider posing seductively next to every phone addict’s favorite LYRA ruler.
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Many would say the worst is behind us where the recession is concerned but gaming giants Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft would probably disagree. An industry that stumped analysts and remained strong throughout the recent turbulent economic climate is finally beginning to feel the impact of the wave of reduced spending that has attacked most industries in recent history. Video game sales began declining slowly in March but NPD Group has just released June numbers that show a slightly more alarming drop than we’ve been seeing over the past few months. US sales in June dipped a substantial 29 percent YoY — a record drop — and consoles sales were down a whopping 38 percent. Long story short, an industry that held strong on the back of Nintendo’s Wii and DS/DSi is looking like it may finally be approaching relative saturation. The odds of another Wii-like breakthrough reaching market any time soon are slim to none but something better happen in the near future to woo gamers back into opening those wallets. Drops in console pricing are rumored but still not confirmed, though we have little faith that minor price adjustments would have the kind of impact the industry needs to rebound significantly.