Is this Apple’s next iPad? [updated]

By on February 28, 2011 at 7:15 AM.

Is this Apple’s next iPad? [updated]

We have been sent an image that looks very convincing. A tipster has shot us over what could be — and appears to be — an image of the back of Apple’s next generation iPad. The rear-facing camera, redesigned speaker, and flat back with tapered edges are all visible. We’ll know either way pretty soon — Apple’s iPad event is quickly approaching.

UPDATE: Though it is highly likely that the image above will end up being a good representation of the iPad 2, it’s looking like this image was created by an Apple fan and is not an official render.

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The return of the Kin: Microsoft’s Kin ONEm, TWOm hit Verizon Wireless

By on November 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM.

The return of the Kin: Microsoft’s Kin ONEm, TWOm hit Verizon Wireless

It looks like Microsoft’s banished Kin handsets have taken the long walk of shame back to Verizon Wireless. You may remember back in late-June, Microsoft lowered the ax on the two devices — the Kin ONE and Kin TWO — noting that its main focus going forward would be Windows Phone 7. Although exact sales figures were never released for the device, it was widely speculated that the pair’s required data plan of $29.99 (making the minimum monthly bill around $70) had a lot to do with the abridged shelf-life.

Fast forward to today, five months later, and the same two devices are back — with and extra letter tacked onto their names and fewer data-plan-prerequisites. The relaunched Kin ONEm and Kin TWOm will retail for $19.99 and $49.99 respectively with a signed two-year contract. The pair offer a choice of two data plans: $15 for 150MB per month and $30 for 5GB per month. Verizon’s site does mention that the $9.99, 25MB feature-phone data plan is available for the Kins, but we haven’t been able to successfully add it to either handset.

There you have it. The Kin is back and just in time for the holidays. More →

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Next Sony PSP to have touch controls on back?

By on August 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM.

Next Sony PSP to have touch controls on back?

According to website EuroGamer, the next Sony PSP will have the ability to control gameplay with “a touch-sensitive area on the back of the unit behind the screen.” The blog quotes “three separate development sources who have seen and used the new PSP,” and reports that: “Sony is showcasing the unfinished handheld to publishers at the moment using several first-party games and has already settled on its business model for the device, which was not shown to the public at gamescom this week.” The post speculates that the unit will be released before the end of 2011 and, as expected, Sony declined to comment when contacted by EuroGamer. What do you think of rear-touch controls? Better than buttons and a D-pad? More →

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