Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in white an O2 Xclusive

By on February 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in white an O2 Xclusive

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play in a black tuxedo not doing it for you? If you’re living under O2’s coverage area in the UK, you have an exclusive offering — the Xperia Play in white, complete with matching dock. If you are outside the UK, though, there’s still hope as availability of the white device outside of the UK hasn’t been announced just yet. A shot of the front of the handset after the break! More →

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AT&T selling iPad accessories for 50% off, iPad 2 coming soon?

By on February 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM.

AT&T selling iPad accessories for 50% off, iPad 2 coming soon?

We have received a couple tips that AT&T corporate stores will start selling all Apple iPad accessories for 50% off beginning February 13th. Our tipsters note that AT&T usually doesn’t clearance items unless a replacement is imminent.

Thanks, tipsters!

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Apple testing multitouch gestures for iPhone 4 internally?

By on January 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM.

Apple testing multitouch gestures for iPhone 4 internally?

One of our Apple sources has just sent us over a couple screen shots from what we’re told is an internal test model of the iPhone 4. The shots are interesting because it looks like Apple is testing multitouch gestures on the iPhone in addition to the iPad. While this isn’t shocking, what’s interesting is that internally, the same amount of fingers applies to gestures on both devices. What we mean by this, is that you have to use four finger gestures on the iPhone just like the iPad — kind of difficult such a comparatively tiny screen. It might be easier with say… a multitouch gesture area below the screen, sort of where the home button is? Oh, wait. We imagine things will be refined as testing progresses, but we have to ask in all seriousness — can you handle four fingers? Check out our gallery for a few more images!

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Best Buy not carrying Verizon iPhone, but has exclusive on HTC ThunderBolt?

By on January 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM.

Best Buy not carrying Verizon iPhone, but has exclusive on HTC ThunderBolt?

We just received a tip that confirms Best Buy will not be carrying the Verizon iPhone at launch, but it seems as if the retailer will be receiving something for its troubles. According to our source, Best Buy will have the “exclusive retail sale” rights for the HTC ThunderBolt. We’ll see if this pans out, and as exciting as the HTC ThunderBolt is, there’s no substitute for Verizon iPhone mania.

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RIM’s 2011 BlackBerry lineup

By on January 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

RIM’s 2011 BlackBerry lineup

We unveiled nearly all of RIM’s 2011 lineup over the past day or so, and we wanted to highlight the devices as well as give you a bit more background and personal thoughts on them — and of course, more photos. For starters, though, let’s talk about RIM’s NFC implementation and its real world use cases… we have been told RIM is planning to use NFC for pairing and streaming control with accessories, in addition to peer-to-peer information exchange. What does that mean? Well, you’d hold up one BlackBerry to another BlackBerry to add that person on BlackBerry Messenger, transfer your vCard information, or even share files. Future NFC uses headed to BlackBerry devices, we’re told, include things as crazy as building access control (no more key cards!), ticketing, and of course, payments. Hit the break for the rest of our break down! More →

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Apple iOS 4.3 change log revealed

By on January 13, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

Apple iOS 4.3 change log revealed

One of our sources has just sent us a change log for the recently released iOS 4.3 beta 1. Since these documents rarely get publicly seen, we figured it was worth posting for informational purposes. It details known bugs and fixed issues in iOS 4.3 and the list is quite extensive. Hit the break for what we’ve got to show you! More →

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed

By on January 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed

Research In Motion’s “best BlackBerry ever” — the BlackBerry Torch — definitely wasn’t the most competitive device to hit the smartphone market place. But it looks like RIM is trying to change all that with a new take on its QWERTY, horizontal-slider: the BlackBerry Torch 2. BGR has exclusively obtained a photo of the BlackBerry Torch 2 along with the device’s full specifications. Was the Torch’s 600MHz CPU a bit too underpowered for you? You’re in luck, as we can now confirm that the BlackBerry Torch 2 will feature a 1.2GHz CPU with hardware acceleration. Full specifications after the break! More →

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Exclusive: Next-generation BlackBerry Curve appears, brings specs with it

By on January 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM.

Exclusive: Next-generation BlackBerry Curve appears, brings specs with it

That BlackBerry 8520 feeling a bit outdated? Well, we might have just what you’ve been waiting for — the next generation BlackBerry Curve. Codenamed “Apollo,” the new BlackBerry Curve finally brings up the lower-mid end of the BlackBerry lineup with very reasonable (and decent) specs for what will be an aggressively priced handset line. A 480 x 360 screen joins a 5-megapixel camera, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a tri-band HSPA 7.2Mbps radio, and even NFC capability. Hit the break for the full run down, alright? More →

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for

By on January 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for

We just got our hands on a crystal clear photo of the BlackBerry Dakota — you know, the device that’s going to sit right at the head of the BlackBerry family dinner table. What about the specifications for the BlackBerry Dakota? What, you thought we’d skimp out on you? How about the famous original Bold styling, HD video recording, NFC, 3G Mobile hotspot, magnetometer and much, much more! Full specs after the break! More →

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Exclusive: Apple will remove home button on next iPad and iPhone; Photo Booth and iLife coming?

By on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM.

Exclusive: Apple will remove home button on next iPad and iPhone; Photo Booth and iLife coming?

We just got some pretty wild information from one of our Apple sources and while it’s hard to believe at first, it does make sense. We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple just added multitouch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button. Yes, we are told that Apple, at some point in time, will remove the home button from the iPad’s design. Instead of button taps, you will use new multitouch gestures to navigate to the home screen and also to launch the app switcher.

That’s not all, however. In addition to the home button disappearing from the iPad, we’re told that this change will make its way over to the iPhone as well. Our source said Apple employees are already testing iPads and iPhones with no home buttons on the Apple campus, and it’s possible we will see this new change materialize with the next-generation iPad and iPhone devices set to launch this year.

Additionally, we’re told Apple’s popular photo-taking application, Photo Booth, will be appearing on the next iPad. It’s also very possible that we’ll see iLife apps for iOS unveiled around the iPad 2 release as well.

It has been said that Steve Jobs didn’t want any physical buttons on the original iPhone at first, and it looks like he may soon get his wish.

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Confirmed: Personal Hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3

By on January 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM.

Confirmed: Personal Hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3

According to our source, the personal hotspot feature that debuted on the Verizon iPhone yesterday will, in fact, be making its way to all iPhones in iOS 4.3. We’re sure there will need to be carrier support for this feature, and for AT&T users it is entirely possible we might not see this right away. For those of you with more lenient carriers, however, we are sure you will be pleased to learn that you’ll be able to connect up to five devices over Wi-Fi to the iPhone’s cellular data connection. We are told the OS version will be 8F5148b, the baseband will be 04.08.00, and technical acceptance is planned for March. We have some screenshots to hold you over, though!

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Texas Instruments at CES walkthrough; confirms OMAP 4430 inside BlackBerry PlayBook

By on January 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

Texas Instruments at CES walkthrough; confirms OMAP 4430 inside BlackBerry PlayBook

Earlier today, Texas Instruments took the time to give us a comprehensive overview of some of its OMAP 4 projects. The OMAP 4 platform is incredibly powerful, with immense hardware acceleration providing a haven for offloading graphics and other traditionally CPU-intensive tasks off the actual processor. The company walked us through a number of development prototypes, and we got a chance to see some truly incredible innovation in the video conferencing and 3D-use arenas. Far from simply proof-of-concept craziness, the stuff we got some hands on time with will ultimately have significant real world implications and benefits for the end user. Among the most exciting was 4-way, 720p video conferencing between 4 mobile devices. Granted, a technology like this is held hostage by bandwidth limitations, but the actual technology is there and ready to go. Plus, with the impending LTE revolution, concerns like this will slowly start to become a thing of the past. Hit the jump for the rest of our thoughts!

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Verizon iPhone launch looks set for February 3rd

By on January 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM.

Verizon iPhone launch looks set for February 3rd

BGR has confirmed with a source close to Apple that the company has blacked out employee vacation requests between February 3rd and February 6th — Thursday through Sunday. The four-day vacation freeze has been confirmed to be in effect in several regions in the United States. A recent report suggested the vacation black-out would cover a period of three weeks beginning in late January and extending into February, which still could be true in some regions.

Back in June of last year, Apple picked the dates of 24th to the 27th for its iPhone 4 weekend launch — also a Thursday through Sunday. In addition, Verizon Wireless typically launches new devices on Thursdays. While BGR has not yet confirmed that the Verizon iPhone is the device we’ll see debut on the 3rd, the timing lines up very well with previous reports; no other Apple products have been rumored to be launching in this time frame.

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