Sprint BlackBerry Oxford launching October 31st?

By on October 11, 2010 at 5:19 AM.

Sprint BlackBerry Oxford launching October 31st?

One of our solid Sprint guys just shot us over this slide on the upcoming BlackBerry Oxford, the device we first showed the world, and the big news? A release date and price! Here is the breakdown: the BlackBerry Oxford (maybe “Style” wasn’t stylish enough?) is indeed a Sprint exclusive, and is set to launch on October 31st in the color Seattle grey. There will be a purple model being released in the near future, or as Sprint likes to put it, it’s “coming soon”. The BlackBerry 6-powered flip device will run you only $99.99 with a two year agreement after $100 mail-in-rebate. Not a bad price for a 5 megapixel-toting, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi and GPS capable EV-DO Rev. A device, right? So let’s hear it — yay or nay on the Oxford, guys?

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BlackBerry 9670 Oxford internal overview

By on August 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM.

BlackBerry 9670 Oxford internal overview

The red-headed step child of the BlackBerry device family is launching relatively soon on Sprint (and probably Verizon), and we have got our hands on a nice overview of the product in case you had any unanswered questions. Quick recap? It’s a clamshell QWERTY flip device with a CDMA radio, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5 megapixel camera, 240×320 external display, 360×400 internal display, and optical trackpad for navigation. If you loved the Pearl Flip but hated the SureType keyboard, this might be a nice compromise, though it’s going to have to sit pretty low on the price scale for it to fly.

Click on over to our BlackBerry 9670 Oxford overview gallery!

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Oxford University gets quiet as students are banned from using Spotify

By on January 19, 2010 at 7:37 AM.

Oxford University gets quiet as students are banned from using Spotify

There’s nothing like ruining your ears by blasting your favorite tunes while studying up on photochemistry and reaction dynamics, but Oxford students will have to find somewhere else to go deaf. The prestigious university offers free Internet access for its students, but Spotify, the wildly popular music streaming service, has been grinding the network to a halt. That pretty much makes life more difficult for the students accessing the network to, you know, learn stuff. But some of the students who use Spotify daily calls it “discrimination,” with one student saying, “I use it loads. It’s the most comprehensive collection of classical music in one place.” To the students’ dismay, the university retorts, “The university provides free internet access for students because it’s an educational resource. If they want to use it recreationally as well that’s no problem unless it uses so much bandwidth that it slows the network down.”

We don’t feel too bad for the Oxford students. Call it schadenfreude since we don’t get that music streaming service in the U.S. yet. More →

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