RIM not announcing BlackBerry tablet at DevCon today?

By on September 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM.

RIM not announcing BlackBerry tablet at DevCon today?

Well, here is what we have confirmed: the keynote today, delivered by Mike Lazaridis, will focus on the next generation tablet OS platform. It won’t focus or really feature any hardware, unfortunately. Our source said it would be unlikely for RIM to announce the mysterious tablet device during a developer event. We agree. Is it possible there will be a shot of hardware on a slide during the presentation, or even a non-working device somewhere? It’s possible, but again, this will be about the platform, the developers, and software. Don’t count on a device announcement/availability.

Separately: we have heard the tablet OS is a pretty long way away from being completed. Also, the QNX-based OS that is rumored to extend to the traditional BlackBerry lineup is barely even started at this point; since internally it’s not confirmed that it will in fact power BlackBerry smartphones. We have also been told porting all of RIMs advancements like battery optimization, email compression, BES integration, etc. is a very tedious process.

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Throwback Thursday: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out

By on September 23, 2010 at 4:47 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out

If, like us, you owned a Nintendo Entertainment System, then there is a high likelihood you also owned Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. When you loaded that sweet, 8-bit, Punch-Out cartridge into your NES system, you assumed the roll of Little Mac; a young and physically underwhelming boxer working his way up the professional ranks. Little Mac takes on a host of characters including: Glass Joe, Von Kaiser, Piston Honda, Don Flamenco, King Hippo, Great Tiger, Bald Bull, Soda Popinski, Mr. Sandman, and — the namesake — Mike Tyson. You had to dodge, block, jab, and (when permitted) uppercut your way to victory — all while keeping your eye on Little Mac’s ever dwindling heart meter. Victory was attained by knockout (KO), knocking your opponent down for 10 seconds or longer; technical knockout (TKO), knocking your opponent down three times in one round; or by decision, earning more points than your opponent at the end of three rounds. The game, which was first released in 1987, is thought by many to be one of the great, original NES classics. How about it? Did anyone ever successfully make it to the final round and conquer Iron Mike? More →

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Moto's iDEN Opus One is the i1, will have MOTOBLUR

By on March 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM.

Moto's iDEN Opus One is the i1, will have MOTOBLUR

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Remember the Opus One, the Android-powered iDEN handset from Motorola we scooped and then spec’d just before Christmas? Well apparently it’s going to be made official sometime in the next few weeks (hello, CTIA!) and will feature one added but obvious goodie: MOTOBLUR. Since we know most of you don’t have encyclopedic memories, here’s a bit of a refresher on what we’ve been told this phone is all about:

  • 3.1″ hVGA 320×480 capacitive touchscreen display
  • 3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth
  • microSD card slot
  • 2.5mm headset jack
  • Home, Menu, Back, Speaker buttons are capacitive buttons with haptic feedback
  • iDEN PTT & PTX
  • Android LBS which is integrated into the iDEN GPS engine
  • “Enterprise email”
  • Plastic-molded housing with some rubberized texture finishes
  • 58mm in width, 118mm in length
  • 100g weight
  • 512MB Flash / 256MB of RAM
  • 64k and 128k iDEN SIM card support
  • A-GPS
  • Motorola dual-mic technology noise-canceling for noisy environments
  • Flash Lite v3.1.x
  • Some of the preloaded apps include: corporate email client with ActiveSync support, MOTONAV navigation app, barcode scanner, and document viewer.

Obviously without being official it’s not possible to confirm carriers, but naturally Sprint’s Nextel and Boost are going to get on board while TELUS’s Mike is said to be getting it in Q3. More →

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