Images of Motorola’s Verizon-branded 10-inch tablet surface

By on December 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM.

Images of Motorola’s Verizon-branded 10-inch tablet surface

After Andy Rubin, Google’s VP of Engineering, showed off a new Motorola tablet last week, information about the unreleased device has slowly started to bubble to the surface. User wnrussell from Howard Forums was kind enough to post a few images that showcase a Verizon-branded version of the Android 3.0 tablet. The images are — unfortunately — Mr. Blurrycam style, but they do reveal some additional information about the device. The pictures showcase a micro-USB port, mini-HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dock contact points. The poster reports that the device will indeed have a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, gyroscope, 1280 x 800 screen resolution, and 32GB of built in storage with a microSD card slot (with support for 32GB). The device will purportedly bear the name Stingray, Everest, or Trygon. Hit the read link to check out the full array of images.

UPDATE: Post updated to accurately reflect the origin of the images. More →

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Image of Android 3.0 on Motorola Tablet surfaces in Taiwan?

By on December 10, 2010 at 5:31 PM.

Image of Android 3.0 on Motorola Tablet surfaces in Taiwan?

Several days ago, we saw Google’s Andy Rubin pawing an unreleased Motorola tablet running Android 3.0… and we liked it. Now, to further whet your appetite, a tantalizing screen shot of Honeycomb’s 3D live wallpapers, along with some device specifications, have surfaced in Taiwan.

The screen shot taker describes the tablet as “light” and pontificates that the hardware is ready for launch; it is now waiting on Google to finish baking Honeycomb. The Motorola tablet, according to the gentleman who had a close encounter, has a 1280 x 800 display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 processor, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, and 32GB of built in storage.

The tablet will be available in both a 7-inch and 10-inch form-factor and should come with three different wireless options for on-the-go connectivity: UMTS, CDMA, or LTE.  Sign us up.

[Via Engadget] More →

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90 second song previews begin to trickle into iTunes Music Store

By on December 9, 2010 at 8:32 AM.

90 second song previews begin to trickle into iTunes Music Store

Back in November, a leaked email from Apple to record label representatives indicated that 90 second song previews were in the works for the iTunes Music Store. Today, without much fanfare, the Cupertino company has begun to roll out the extended song previews to its digital music store. The site’s current top albums all have received the upgrade treatment, although, most songs still have the original 30 second previews. Apple has yet to issue a press release formally announcing the feature.

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Google’s Andy Rubin shows off Motorola tablet prototype running Android 3.0

By on December 7, 2010 at 7:19 AM.

Google’s Andy Rubin shows off Motorola tablet prototype running Android 3.0

If you happened to catch Andy Rubin’s talk at the D:Dive Into Mobile event last night, you undoubtedly noticed his demo of an unreleased version of Google Maps, on an unreleased Motorola tablet prototype, running an unreleased version of the Android mobile operating system. Rubin, who was pretty sparse with details, looked to be palming a 10-inch tablet manufactured by Motorola that contained “a dual-core NVIDIA processor.” When asked about a potential price point of the future hardware, Mr. Rubin responded with a TDB; although he did quip that if you wanted to buy the prototype he was holding, it would probably cost around $10,000. The tablet is also, “not due out for a while.” Hit the jump to see the complete 8-minute video and let us know what you think. More →

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Nokia opens Ovi Suite 3.0 beta to the public

By on November 26, 2010 at 7:38 AM.

Nokia opens Ovi Suite 3.0 beta to the public

Late yesterday, Nokia announced the availability of a public beta for its new software synchronization suite, Ovi 3.0. The new Ovi has been in private testing for the past several months and Nokia is promising improved “stability, syncing and the experience with downloading maps.”

“We have been working hard to improve the quality of Nokia Ovi Suite,” reads the press release. “We have also introduced a new Home view, and integrated our music experience with the millions of tracks available on Ovi Music even more closely to Nokia Ovi Suite.”

The company is looking for users to download the new bits onto their computers and provide feedback. If you’re a Symbian user, why don’t you just go right ahead and oblige them. The full list of improvements and a short video detailing some of the new goodies is waiting for you after the break. More →

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Sprint officially announces ZTE Peel iPod touch case

By on November 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM.

Sprint officially announces ZTE Peel iPod touch case

Today, via a press release, Sprint officially announced its ZTE Peel iPod touch mobile-hotspot case. The iPod accessory, which will be available November 14th, will retail for $79.99 and will fit second and third generation iPod touch devices. Sprint will offer a $30, month-to-month hotspot plan for the Peel that will include a 1GB data allowance. The Wi-Fi case will support WEP 64-bit encryption, has a 3-hour run-time, and is comparable with Windows 7, Vista, and XP as well as Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6. The announcement mirrors information we broke about the Peel last week and on Monday. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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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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U.S. iTunes Music store extending song previews to 90 seconds

By on November 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

U.S. iTunes Music store extending song previews to 90 seconds

According to blog Symphonic Distribution, Apple will be extending the length of song previews in its U.S. iTunes Music store from 30 seconds to 90 seconds. The information comes courtesy of an email being sent around to “label representatives” that reads:

We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States. We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.

The communication goes on to say that the letter legally modifies the U.S. Digital Music Download Sales Agreement that was previously in effect. The communication did not mention when the new music preview length would be implemented or if there are plans to expand the offering worldwide.

[Via TiPb] More →

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Rogers reinstates 24-month hardware upgrade program

By on October 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM.

Rogers reinstates 24-month hardware upgrade program

Following up on a story we broke last week: it looks like Rogers Wireless has reverted back to a 24-month term for their customer hardware upgrade program. The program — which previously allowed customers to upgrade handsets, with full subsidies, after fulfilling 24-months of a 36-month contract — was adjusted last week, requiring customers to fulfill a 30-month term before getting the discounted pricing. Now, according to a second company communication, it looks like Rogers will be reinstating the 24-month hardware upgrade term. A memo to employees reads:

Last week, we communicated some changes about our Hardware Upgrade Policy (HUP) eligibility. To ensure our current promotions are clear and consistent, Data to Data HUP eligibility will be revised to 24-months as of October 28. This current promotion aligns Voice to Voice, Voice to Data and Data to Data eligibility all to 24-months.

Important Note about Hardware Upgrades
:
To remain competitive and increase customer loyalty, we regularly offer customers promotional options to upgrade their hardware before the expiry of their current commitments. However, it is important to remember that our HUP program is a promotion and not a plan feature. These promotions are subject to change and as a result, should not be promised to customers at the point of sale.

Back to business as usual in Canada. Anyone feeling relieved?

Thanks, solidsnake3467!

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iDOS emulator brought DOS and Windows 3.0 to iOS; now toast

By on October 26, 2010 at 11:20 PM.

iDOS emulator brought DOS and Windows 3.0 to iOS; now toast

We’re not sure how software developer Fast Intelligence managed to sneak iDOS past the app approval team at Apple, but the influx of blog coverage ensured the app’s presence in the App Store was short lived. iDOS, as the name might suggest, is an emulator that supports DOS (and Windows 3.0) installations on iOS devices. You read that right — with iDOS, you can run DOS and Windows 3.0 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The $0.99 was destined for a brief life in the App Store, so hopefully giddy geeks were able to  jump on it during their brief window of opportunity. If not, don’t fret… there’s always a chance it will reappear in in the Cydia Store.

[Via Touch Arcade] More →

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Gingerbread man stands tall in Mountain View, release imminent?

By on October 23, 2010 at 8:26 AM.

Gingerbread man stands tall in Mountain View, release imminent?

No major Android update is complete without the customary unveiling of its dessert statue. The Googlers have uploaded a YouTube video showing them taking delivery, and erecting, the much-awaited Gingerbread man. Gingerbread is the next iteration of Android and was previously believed to be enumerated as “3.0.” Recent reports have suggested Gingerbread might be referred to as Android 2.3; according to a Google employee 2.3 is a “major release.” Whatever it may be numbered, the latest version is believed to bring a re-worked GUI, native video chat and VoIP calling, amongst other new features. The official release date is still unknown, but our money is on sooner rather than later. Hit the break to watch the Gingerbread man and Froyo in peaceful co-existence at Google’s HQ. More →

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Apple’s Mac App Store: Will developers pay?

By on October 20, 2010 at 4:11 PM.

Apple’s Mac App Store: Will developers pay?

Today, at Apple’s “Back to the Mac” media event, company CEO Steve Jobs announced that within the next 90 days Apple would be opening a desktop application store; modeled after the very successful mobile store currently utilized by iOS devices. The desktop application store will provide an app catalog, automatic updates, and will allow users to install purchased software on any Mac they own. Along with having the same look, feel, and features as its mobile counterpart, the Mac App Store will also have the same revenue-sharing model; 70% of revenue will go to developers, 30% of revenue will go to Apple. This got us thinking: will developers pay? Hit the jump to see our take on the developer’s conundrum. More →

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Rogers to offer customers early equipment upgrade… after 30 months

By on October 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM.

Rogers to offer customers early equipment upgrade… after 30 months

You think signing a 2-year cellular contract is bad? Think about our poor brethren up north! Canadian carriers frequently require a 3-year contract in order for customers to obtain the most aggressive handset discounts; which means you are stuck with your phone of choice for an entire 36-months. Pretty rough. According to a memo obtained by BGR, the company will allow its customers to upgrade to a new device after only 30 months of service when inking a new 3-year deal — previously, the carrier allowed such an upgrade after only 24-months. What do you think Canadian friends? Sound-off.

Thanks, solidsnake3467!

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