Next Apple iPad to offer both UMTS and CDMA connectivity options, less reflective screen?

By on December 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Next Apple iPad to offer both UMTS and CDMA connectivity options, less reflective screen?

Another round from DigiTimes:

Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.

If DigiTimes’ sources are correct, this would mean there will not be a single iPad that runs on UMTS or CDMA networks, rather two different models, countering what most people believed based on prior rumors and speculation. The report claims that Apple will be set to ship over half a million iPad two units next month while they start mass production on them. That information signals in our opinion a late February / early March release. In addition to the rumored support of CDMA, it also appears Apple isn’t giving up on its screen technology as it is rumored to be working on better anti-smudge and anti-glare options for iPad displays. Let’s recap the most solid iPad 2 rumors so far:

  • Slightly thinner bezel
  • Slightly thinner body, tapered edges, flat back
  • Front and rear cameras
  • Better anti-smudge and anti-glare screen
  • Possibly a dual core 1GHz CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Redesigned rear speaker, volume buttons
  • Verizon CDMA unit

Anyone getting excited out there? More →

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New set of Motorola Olympus images emerge

By on December 1, 2010 at 7:20 AM.

New set of Motorola Olympus images emerge

Oh, why hello there unreleased handset. The Motorola Olympus has definitely piqued the collective-interests of phone nerds. The device — which is rumored to have a dual-core, Tegra 2 processor — made news on Monday when an AT&T employee declared its release date to be in December or January. From the images we can see the Olympus will have a front-facing camera, rear-facing camera (of an unknown resolution) with flash, 4-inch screen, and HDMI-out port. The device is currently running Android 2.2 with the BLUR interface and will bare the model name MB860. The device’s owner is claiming they “bought it at a flea market”… riiiight. Hit the jump for one more image and let us know what you think. More →

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Nokia opens Ovi Suite 3.0 beta to the public

By on November 26, 2010 at 7:38 AM.

Nokia opens Ovi Suite 3.0 beta to the public

Late yesterday, Nokia announced the availability of a public beta for its new software synchronization suite, Ovi 3.0. The new Ovi has been in private testing for the past several months and Nokia is promising improved “stability, syncing and the experience with downloading maps.”

“We have been working hard to improve the quality of Nokia Ovi Suite,” reads the press release. “We have also introduced a new Home view, and integrated our music experience with the millions of tracks available on Ovi Music even more closely to Nokia Ovi Suite.”

The company is looking for users to download the new bits onto their computers and provide feedback. If you’re a Symbian user, why don’t you just go right ahead and oblige them. The full list of improvements and a short video detailing some of the new goodies is waiting for you after the break. More →

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Motorola’s first Tegra 2 handset photographed?

By on November 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM.

Motorola’s first Tegra 2 handset photographed?

The above photograph has been making its way around the technology blogosphere for the past several hours. What we are — allegedly — looking at is an image of Motorola’s first Tegra 2 handset, the Olympus. Purportedly, the device is a dual-core, Android set with a screen size of at least 4-inches; it is also rumored to find a home on either AT&T or Verizon Wireless. If you squint, it looks like the device pictured also contains a front facing camera, which we’re sure will become standard fare on all future high-end smartphones in 2011. There isn’t really much more to be deduced from the image and, unfortunately, the anonymous hand pictured was pretty stingy with specific details. Let us know what you think. More →

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MacBook Air bugs addressed by OS X 10.6.5

By on November 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM.

MacBook Air bugs addressed by OS X 10.6.5

Earlier this month, BGR exclusively confirmed that Apple was working on fixes for a string of troublesome MacBook Air bugs. The issues were widespread, and they involved a variety of problems with display flickering, fading and discoloration when affected notebooks woke from sleep. Internal documents revealed by BGR suggested that the problems would be addressed by an upcoming software update and as expected, OS X 10.6.5 appears to have resolved the bugs described in those documents. Apple also issued a new support document on the matter. While Apple’s description of the issues does not appear to encompass all of the problems reported earlier this month, we have confirmed with several affected users that these bugs no longer occur on their devices. More →

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Apple confirms MacBook Air bugs internally

By on November 4, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

Apple confirms MacBook Air bugs internally

The sleek new MacBook Air models unveiled late last month are the slimmest computers Apple has ever produced — but the manufacturer still managed to find the space to pack in a few troublesome bugs. Early MacBook Air adopters have taken to various forums as they voice complaints surrounding Apple’s new MacBook Air (Late 2010) models. While Apple has yet to address any of the reported issues publicly, a source informed BGR that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when a computer wakes from sleep or after hot-plugging a display. Another bug causes the screen to fade from light to dark repeatedly after waking from sleep. Apple’s internal support system includes suggestions for interim fixes in each of these cases, but no permanent fixes are available at this time.

Apple has stated internally that the aforementioned issues have been isolated and will be addressed in an upcoming software update. When dealing with customers, Apple employees have been instructed to state that the company is aware of these issues and is working on solutions. Hit the break for another screen shot. More →

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T-Mobile myTouch hands on

By on October 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM.

T-Mobile myTouch hands on

We’re at T-Mobile’s intimate myTouch event right now (we’re currently snuggling up with all four colors — white, black, red and purple), and here are our first-hand impressions:

  • It feels good in the hand. The device is pretty slim, has a slight Android chin at the bottom, and all in all seems to be very solidly-built.
  • The screen is beautiful, sharp and bright — but not as good as an AMOLED in our opinion.
  • It rocks the myTouch UI that first appeared with the myTouch Slide, though it seems a bit more refined now.
  • We’re currently watching Vincent from SlashGear and Sascha from PC Magazine try to establish a video call. It was unsuccessful at first, but it seems like they’re having way too much fun now that it’s working. Never mind, Sascha is yelling at the phone now.
  • Watching a demo of the phone streaming video to a TV set was pretty cool. After some quick initial buffering, movies, photos and YouTube played effortlessly on the HDTV.

We’re pretty excited for the launch of the new myTouch. It’s packed with features and it nicely compliments T-Mobile’s stock Android G2 device as a younger-focused counterpart. Hit the jump for our full gallery, ok?

Click on over to our T-Mobile myTouch hands on gallery!

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Security flaw allows calls (and more) from a locked iPhone running iOS 4.1

By on October 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM.

Security flaw allows calls (and more) from a locked iPhone running iOS 4.1

Blog 9to5Mac has picked up on an interesting bug in iOS 4.1, running on the iPhone, that will allow users to bypass the device’s lock screen and make phone calls. From a locked iPhone pressing the “Emergency Call” button, dialing a non-emergency number (such as “###”), then quickly pressing “Send” followed by the iPhone’s lock key will actually force the device into the “Phone” application. From there you can access favorites, contacts, the dial pad, recent calls, and voicemails. The “home” button remains inactive throughout the process, preventing users from jumping to the home screen, however… going to the “contacts” tab, selecting a contact, and clicking “Email” or “Share contact” will allow a bypasser to send emails and MMS messages.

The issue is reminiscent of a bug in Motorola’s BLUR interface that allows users to make calls using voice actions from a locked screen we told you about last week. We’ve passed the information on to Apple and, hopefully, a fix is included in the next software update. We have a short video demonstrating the bug after the break. More →

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Apple announces Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

By on October 20, 2010 at 2:02 PM.

Apple announces Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

We have all been waiting to see what Apple has in store for the next major milestone in Mac OS X, and just now, at Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event, Steve Jobs has given us a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. The big thing here, as Steve puts it, is the joining of OS X with the best features found in iOS. Here are some of the biggest features previewed in Lion:

  • Multitouch gesture support
  • App Store: Mac apps available in a centralized location with a payment system, 1-click purchasing, customer reviews, screenshots, etc
  • Launchpad – app home screens for OS X
  • Full-screen apps
  • Auto-save and auto-resume within apps
  • Mission Control: unification of full-screen apps, Expose, Spaces and Dashboard

Lion will launch this coming summer, though no specific release date was provided. The Mac App Store will be available within 90 days, however, as an addition to Snow Leopard.

Hit the jump for a handful of images… More →

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10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab slated for first half of 2011

By on September 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM.

10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab slated for first half of 2011

According to Gary Twohig, manager of Samsung Mobile in Ireland, a 10-inch iteration of the company’s Galaxy Tab. Silicon Republic is reporting that Twohig, “revealed that Samsung is preparing to launch a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab by the first half of 2011 which will also come with Android and a V8 Javascript engine.” This is obviously great news for those who like the idea of the Gally Tab, but would prefer just a tad-bit more screen real estate. Anyone previously turned off by the 7-inch window on the Galaxy Tab excited by the possibility of a 10-inch model?

[Via Engadget] More →

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Blueprints for HTC HD7 leak

By on September 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM.

Blueprints for HTC HD7 leak

Blog WMPoweruser has just published several sketches of what the HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 device will look like. The schematic isn’t quite as good as an image, but you can use your imagination — and knowledge of HTC hardware — to fill in the blanks. The handset looks to have that familiar EVO form, with a 4.3-inch screen, dual-LED flash, and beveled back. There is an outline of  something on the lower-rear quarter of the device which could be a kickstand (although that is unconfirmed). Hopefully, as rumored, the operating system — and accompanying hardware — is on track for an October launch. More →

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BGR Poll: What is your preferred smartphone touchscreen-display size?

By on September 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM.

BGR Poll: What is your preferred smartphone touchscreen-display size?

There are lots of things to consider when choosing a touchscreen smartphone, but perhaps none is more important than screen size. If you are using a full-touchscreen device it is the only way you have to interact with your handset, and even if not… it is still the largest part of the smartphone experience. So we want to know: which smartphone screen size is right in your wheelhouse? Is it a monstrous 5-inch display like that of the Dell Streak? Or maybe something a little more docile like the 3.1-inch window on the Palm Pre. Hit the jump to vote in our poll! More →

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webOS 2.0 screen shots emerge

By on September 7, 2010 at 2:20 PM.

webOS 2.0 screen shots emerge

What do we have here? Chinese website wibozi.com has posted a plethora of screen shots — 24 to be exact – of the highly anticipated webOS 2.0. Form the screen shots we can see the addition of: multiple IM account types, Cisco VPN support, Dropbox and Google Docs support, remote files storage with QuickOffice, and a boat-load of other additions. Hit the read link to peruse the full screen shot gallery and drop us a comment to let us know what you think. Looks pretty sexy to us!

[Via Engadget] More →

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