We’ve been keeping our ears to the floor for news on what Microsoft has in store for the E3 trade show, which kicks off early next week, and we’re finally starting to hear some mumblings. According to winrumors, Microsoft is finalizing media partnerships and plans to debut a new Xbox LIVE subscription TV service — currently being called “Diamond” — during its press conference. Xbox LIVE Diamond should allow Xbox LIVE customers to watch streaming television provided by Microsoft’s content partners, although it’s currently unclear how much the subscription will cost. The Redmond-based company has also recently trademarked “Fusion Vault, “Fusion Genesis,” and “Fusion Sentient,” and it reportedly has a music and video discovery service dubbed “Ventura” in the works, too. We’ll be reporting from E3 next week in Los Angeles where we’re sure to hear plenty more. More →
We’re big fans of ZShock and its work, so when the company decided it was going to do what it does best on a Lunatik iPod nano watch case, we had to get our hands — and wrists — on one. It takes ZShock around 3-4 weeks to create and carefully hand-set the diamonds into pave settings on the white gold watch case. The craftsmanship on here is amazing, and just what you’d expect from one of the most innovative jewelers around. The all-diamond ZShock Lunatik iPod nano watch retails for around $18,000, though custom orders with different metals and even different diamonds and stones are possible from www.zshock.com. Make sure to check out some photos of the diamond Lunatik iPod nano watch in our hands on gallery!
You know we are big fans of Vertu handsets around these parts, and Mr. Frank Nuovo certainly isn’t sitting in the UK counting iPhone sales while doing nothing. Vertu has, in Vertu tradition, silently announced an updated model in their lineup and it is the new Vertu Ascent for 2010. Picking up on almost all of the previous phone’s shortcomings (save for the S40-based OS, of course), the new Ascent features quad-band 3G, GPS, preloaded maps for navigation, a 5 megapixel camera, and will come in 8GB and 32GB internal memory configurations in addition to titanium and aircraft-grade aluminum casings. But, it’s a Vertu, and that means there are a plethora of different color combinations. Since the Ascent is racing inspired, don’t hold your breath for diamond-studded versions. Yet there are plenty of bright color finishes to get your juices flowing. You know, if you are into dropping anywhere from $5,000 and up on a cell phone. Couple more shots after the break!
What is the first thing you do when you get a pre-release version of a hot new Window Mobile handset? Why you dump the ROM and rip out all the new applications, of course. If you are nice fellow (or gal), you then package up your bounty into cab files and host them for all of the world to share. Such is the case for the Touch Diamond 2 whose ROM is the source of the following applications:
- HTC Calculator 1.0.1822.4128
- HTC Album 2.5.1820.4127 w/ Social Networking (Thanks to herg at XDA)
- Opera v9.5 build 15613
- Diamond 2 Sensor with apps regedit ( Thanks to herg at XDA for additional apps)
- Diamond 2 QuickGPS 1.0.1911.1733
- Diamond 2 Keyboard With Arrows ( Thanks to savage25rcracer)
- Diamond 2 Keyboard Without Arrows (Thanks to savage25rcracer)
- Diamond 2 Keyboard With Arrows in Landscape Only (Thanks to savage25rcracer)
- Diamond 2 Email Wizard
- Diamond 2 Volume Control 2.1.1911.2331
These cab files are reportedly ready and waiting to be installed on the VGA Touch Diamond. Got a Touch Diamond lying around? Let us know how everything goes in the comments section.
Anxiously awaiting the hot new handsets from HTC? The wait might not be over but the mystery of what handsets HTC has in store for us in 2009 has certainly been solved – compliments of Arlen at PPC Geeks, the entire 2009 lineup for HTC has been leaked. The new HTC handsets include the Touch HD Pro which will make its appearance on Verizon and Sprint, the HTC Iolite and Iolite II, HTC’s Android offering, the HTC hero, the Tungsten for T-Mobile and the HTC Jasper for Sprint. AT&T will apparently be getting the Topaz and the Barium. There are 25 handsets in all and include the following:
- Whitestone W
- Magnet (Iolite II)
- Jasper C (for Sprint)
- Beryl (Jade 2)
- Twin (CDMA + GSM)
- Willow W
- Thoth (Athena 2)
- Sapphire (VF)
- Saphire 2.0 (TMO)
- Sapphire 1.5 (DCM)
- Hero (Android Hero)
- Tungsten W (Sprint)
- Rhodium W (VZW)
- Topaz (AT&T)
- Topaz C
- Tungsten (TMO, TMUS)
- Barium (AT&T)
- Cedar W
- Maple (3G Excalibure)
Some of the handsets appear to be new offerings while some are updated versions of current HTC handsets like Touch Diamond and the Touch HD. Hit the jump for a snapshot of each phone and make sure you lean back a bit to avoid getting drool on your keyboard.
One of our Bell ninjas has just come through for us in a huge way by sending us the entire Bell and Solo Mobile line-up for Q4. A lot of new devices are going to be hitting the shelves in time for the Christmas push and by the looks of it, Bell is ready to do some serious battle with rivals Rogers and Telus. Oh, and before you go ignoring this paragraph, it was internally announced that Bell will be getting an Android phone made by Motorola sometime in 2009. Just throwing that out there. The last and final thing that needs to be said is that these dates assume that not everything goes smoothly. As we all know, things can always happen at that cause delays, right RIM? Anyway, let’s go to it.
- BlackBerry Storm launches on November 21st.
- HTC Diamond in early November. Includes 200 songs on 4GB internal memory.
- HTC Touch Pro will launch in early December
- LG Reveal in early November. Includes “Shimmer Kit” consisting of a case and crystal covered Bluetooth headset by Swarovski.
- LG Voyager in mid-November. Includes is 350 songs on a pre-loaded 2GB microSD card.
- Samsung Cleo in early November
- Sanyo Pro 200 in late November
- Sanyo Pro 700 in late November
- Introduction of monthly roll-over minutes
- Uber plans now include evenings and weekends starting at 5pm
- $15 per month for unlimited SMS and voicemail
- Option to buy $30 data plan without voice plan
Hit up the break to see what Q4 has in store for Solo Mobile. More →
HTC’s third quarter earnings are up 30% thanks to the crazy popularity of their Touch series devices. The only speedbump they hit is the 4.9% drop in profit due to shipment delays, but it doesn’t look like it’s hitting them too hard. The Touch-Diamond and Touch Pro has been receiving some pretty decent fanfare and interest in people who are looking to move to smartphones or switching from their current devices. The recent explosion in sales puts HTC right behind Nokia and RIM in terms of the largest makers of smartphones. Looks like HTC is on the up and up, especially with the manufacture of the new Treo Pro and the outrageously popular G1 on the horizon. T-Mobile didn’t anticipate the popularity of the device during its early pre-order stages and had to triple their inventory just to keep up. Job well done, HTC.
Time to drool-guard your keyboard. Two of the most highly-anticipated handsets of 2008 were found mingling side by side and CNMO scored some shots. Granted, they’re not the best quality or lighting, but you get the idea. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 pictured above to the left, is Sony’s eventual first entry into its high-end XPERIA line. We hear that at some point, Sony Ericsson is actually going to make it available to consumers. To the right is the HTC Diamond, the ultra-sleek touch-only gem that was announced recently. If we had to chose only one… Well, luckily we don’t. More pics after the jump.
UPDATE: It turns out some nefarious site watermarked WMExperts’ pictures. We’ve updated the links to their site.