AT&T and Motorola may be preparing to launch an updated version of the popular ATRIX 4G handset. According to leaked images obtained by ePrice.tw, a new ATRIX could launch with an improved 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video. The images show a slightly tweaked industrial design as well; the power switch and 3.5mm headphone jack have moved slightly, there is a dedicated camera button, and the phone looks like it has a slightly larger display. We do not see Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR user interface in the images, but we are assuming this new ATRIX is running the new Gingerbread build which is a lot less intrusive. We are certain Motorola would beef up more than just the camera, so we bet there’s a faster processor under the hood, too. Hopefully we hear more on this in the coming months. Read on for two more images. More →
An alleged internal product roadmap has leaked, and it appears to reveal Dell’s complete smartphone and tablet lines for 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. Numerous unannounced devices can be found on the slides, including three smartphones and six tablets. Beginning with phones, the Wrigley is set to be a “Windows Phone 7 Next Gen” handset that will launch around July. Specs include a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch WVGA display, an 8-megapixel camera and 720p HD video recording capabilities. The Hancock, launching in or around September, will be an Android Ice Cream device with a dual-core processor, a 4-inch 960 x 640-pixel display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 1080p HD video recording. Finally, the Millennium should launch around October with the Android Ice Cream OS, a dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch 640 x 960-pixel display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, DLNA and 1080p HD video capture. Hit the break for a roundup of the tablets. More →
In lock-step with the company’s Samsung Galaxy S 4G announcement, T-Mobile also issued a press release to provide us with a few more details about the HSPA+, LG G-Slate tablet; the same tablet announced just under one month ago at CES. The device will be available “this spring” and will have some pretty serious multimedia capabilities. As the press release reads: “With a brilliant, high-definition 8.9-inch, 3D-capable multi-touch display, the T-Mobile G-Slate delivers a groundbreaking mobile entertainment experience, including the ability to record 3D and full HD video. The G-Slate also supports 720p HD on-device video playback and HDMI output to show 1080p content on 3-D and HD displays.” All this is made possible by the dual-core, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 32GB of internal storage, and Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. We have to admit: this tablet looks to be a formidable opponent for the Motorola XOOM. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
It looks like search giant Google has started to roll out a new feature to its Gmail users that also utilize Google Voice. The new functionality allows Google Voice users, receiving a call from within Gmail, to record the voice conversation. Blog TechCrunch is reporting that some users have begun to see a new “record” button show up in Gmail’s call window. The feature has been available to Google Voice users for quite some time by hitting the number “4″ on your phone’s dial-pad after receiving an inbound call. After activating call recording, both parties are notified that the conversation is being recorded with a verbal queue. Google has yet to publish a press release announcing the feature or detailing when it will be rolled out to all users. Anyone have the new feature in Gmail yet? More →
We’ve sort of done some light podcasting, a couple radio-themed segments, and all, but we’re interested to know if you want a weekly no bull news recap / opinion-influenced podcast with the BGR staff. If you do, we’ll do it. See how much power you have right there with that computer mouse?
Remember how psyched we were when I Am T-Pain made its App Store debut? Well multiply that by 25 times and you’ll know exactly what we feel like right now, as a ridiculously awesome update to the app has just been released to the App Store. Not only does it fully support iOS 4, but it goes one step further and takes advantage of FaceTime APIs. The end result is that not only can you sing like T-Pain, but you can create your own music videos all from your iPhone 4. We’ve got a teaser video after the jump alongside a direct link to the app. Honestly, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a more enjoyable application for $0.99. More →
While some are exploring the outward functionality of the latest beta of iPhone OS 4, others are slowly picking apart the underlying architecture and mining clues about the potential hardware and functionality of the upcoming iPhone. The most recent discovery teases us with 720p HD recording which is revealed in the following two video presets:
The secondary value is the familiar resolution for 720p HD and is a feature that would fit in nicely with the rumored iPhone HD name. Anyone excited by the potential of HD recording and a new naming convention for the upcoming iPhone? More →
There’s really not too much to say other than T-Pain will probably be adding about 70 more of those “Big Ass Chain” pieces to his jewelry collection when sales are tallied for his iPhone application. If you haven’t heard about it when it was in the making, it’s basically a brilliant concept — transform the iPhone’s microphone into a mobile recording studio and get Antares’ Auto-Tune technology infused on top. You can record your own songs and even better, download T-Pain instrumentals to sing along with. Then shoot your finished recording in an email to friends or post it up on your MySpace or Facebook so everyone can make fun of you.
The application is fantastically-crafted and we’re going to go out on a limb here and say this is probably one of the smartest things we’ve ever seen on the iPhone. It’s only $2.99 to get your T-Pain on and it’s available now. Shawty.
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In the ongoing drama that is the App Store approval process, Qik scored a half victory last night when its updated iPhone app gained approval. The new version supports video uploads via 3G whereas previous versions were only able to upload videos over Wi-Fi. We say half victory because the features paramount to Qik’s app/service combo — the ability to stream live video and see viewer comments pop up on your display — is still notably absent from Qik’s iPhone offering. In a word: garbage. As the FCC continues to crack down on Apple’s App Store shenanigans, we can only hope that the company eventually begins to allow apps like Qik and Sling Player to implement the core functionality that makes them great. That is, instead of crippling them to the point of near-uselessness where their intended functionality is concerned.
[Via The iPhone Blog]
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One of our favorite SaaS utilities we’ve been beta testing over the past few months goes by the name of ScreenToaster and if you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, you’ll want to remedy that very shortly. Built by French startup ScreenToaster SAS, ScreenToaster is a download-free screen recording service that just launched today after a pretty serious beta period including over 10,000 testers from around the globe. In short, it’s awesome. To elaborate slightly, ScreenToaster is a browser-based screen recorder that is compatible with Windows, OS X Linux as long as you can find your way around Firefox 2+, Internet Explorer 7+, Chrome, Opera 9 or Safari. Using the service couldn’t be easier, literally. Go to the site, click the ‘Start Recording’ button, adjust your settings and hit a keyboard shortcut to begin. ScreenToaster will record your full display, or a section you designate, along with audio and even your webcam if you so choose. When you’re ready to stop recording, a simple keyboard shortcut does the trick. The video is uploaded to your ScreenToaster account or a guest account if you haven’t yet signed up, and you can add some finishing touches such as adding subtitles / text and designating your video as public or private. The video will then be hosted on the site for you to watch, share, embed on your site or do whatever esle you want to do with it. ScreenToaster is perfect for light screen recording, sharing, instructional videos, demos and plenty more – definitely have a go with it and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Umm, are you taking pre-orders yet? At a recent press conference in Sweden, Sony Ericsson spoke of its projected plans for the not-so-distant future. In its view, high-end handsets will be quite the spec showcase when 2012 rolls around, which of course is just over three years from now. Imagine, if you will, a Sony Ericsson handset packing a 12 – 20 megapixel shooter, full HD video recording capabilities,a 1024 x 768 pixel display, a 1 GHz processor and 100+ Mbps data speeds by way of LTE. Would you like fries with that? Of course we love where SE is going with its vision but we’re not exactly sure how feasible this projection is. Unless Sony Ericsson plans to throw some intense battery research into the mix, its 2012 wonder phone is probably looking at a battery life of around 15 minutes between charges.