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28
Oct

Connecting Your WP7 Phone To Your Mac Now A Step Closer


Well, if you are a Mac owner and are considering purchasing a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, Microsoft’s beta version of their new Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac may just tip the scale in favor of that purchase. The utility will help you sync your media (photos and music, in particular) with your Mac. What is particularly interesting about this utility, is that it does not use the traditional file/folder metaphor for the sync mechanism. Instead, it leverages iTunes and iPhoto (the Mac’s venerable music and photo management software) as the conduits for the syncing. So, if your media is managed with those apps then this new sync facility will be particularly attractive.

28
Oct

RIM expands range with BlackBerry Bold 9780


Research in Motion (RIM) has introduced another model into its Bold range of smartphones: the BlackBerry Bold 9780.

Being the second BlackBerry smartphone to sport BlackBerry 6 OS (after the BlackBerry Torch), complete with new WebKit browser, the 9780 also houses a 5-megapixel camera and 512MB of in-built flash memory. Plus, there’s a memory card slot that can cope with up to 32GB of external storage.

Built like a traditional BlackBerry device (in preference over the Torch, for instance), the handset also features an easy to use keyboard and optical trackpad. It will be available from multiple carriers around the world as of November.

But it’s the debut of BlackBerry 6 on a new handset that is the major talking point: “We are very excited to introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9780 featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system,” says Carlo Chiarello, vice president, Product Management at Research In Motion.

“[It] delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich new user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, [and] an incredibly useful Universal Search feature”.

We’ve given BlackBerry 6 a going over when we saw the BlackBerry Torch and we’ll be sure to bring you all the details of how it works on a traditional QWERTY BlackBerry handset.

28
Oct

Walgreens now selling $100 Maylong M-150 Android tablet


Kmart may have been the first department store to get into the cheap Android tablet business, but it looks like Walgreens isn’t about to stay out of this race to the bottom — it’s now offering the Maylong M-150 Android tablet for a mere $100. As you can see above, it’s pretty much the tablet of your dreams. Not only does it run Android, but it boasts a familiar iPad design and interface, plus Internet Explorer for a web browser (icon), and access to the always useful “App Market.” As for specs, it looks like you’ll get a 7-inch resistive touchscreen with an 800 x 480 resolution, a 400MHz VIA VM8505+ processor, built-in WiFi, an unspecified amount of built-in flash memory, and a microSD card slot or expansion. Head on past the break for a video, and hit up the source link below if you’re ready to place your order.

27
Oct

Apple delays white iPhone 4 into spring 2011


Let’s just be honest, Apple: white stuff is impossible to manufacture. In fact, scientists have yet to prove that white even exists, so we’re not sure why you’re bothering to try to make a phone out of it! That’s right: after a missed availability date in July and another delay after that, Cupertino has once again pushed back the manufacture of the palest iPhone 4 — this time clear into spring of 2011. It won’t say why, but in all likelihood, they’re still dealing with the same manufacturing woes they’ve had from the start. By the time mid-2011 rolls around, it seems probable that the release will be butting up against news of the iPhone 4’s successor — or at the very least, a CDMA version of the phone — so it’ll be fascinating to see how this timeline unfolds. In the meantime, yeah… might want to give up the wait and go for black.

27
Oct

Office 2011 for Mac is available


There are plenty of free, paid, web-based, desktop-bound, cross-platform, or uni-platform alternatives, but there can only be one Office. Microsoft’s flagship desktop suite of productivity applications just got a major new update. Office 2011 for Mac replaces Microsoft’s Mac-specific Entourage email app with the industry standard Outlook, brings in some interface tweaks from Office 2010 over in PC land, and integrates with those Office Web Apps you’ve been hearing so much about. The entire “Home & Business” bundle goes for $279, and if you’re not so into Outlook, you can get the Word / PowerPoint / Excel “Home & Student” version for $149.

27
Oct

The PlayStation Phone


It’s hard to believe that what we’re looking at is real — but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you’ve long been waiting for. As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it’s still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.

The particular model in these shots is still in prototyping mode. As such, the unit doesn’t have a custom skin (not even SE’s Timescape design seen on the Xperia devices), and is said to be rather buggy. We’re digging into more facts as we speak, but it’s likely that much of what we reported earlier is still accurate, and though the device could still be headed for a 2010 release, 2011 is looking much more realistic. Still, there’s a lot of time between now and the holidays… so keep your fingers crossed!

26
Oct

Apple MacBook Air Review


It’s beautiful, it’s stunning, it’s thin, it’s like a supermodel. That is probably the best way to describe the MacBook Air to anyone asking. But should you be buying the thinnest MacBook on the planet? We’ve been living with the new model to find out.

Cast from aluminium, the MacBook Air is “cake cutting” thin with a design that tapers from 17mm at the back to just 3mm at the front, although you’ve got to also take into account the feet and general sitting on the desk form factor. If you’re wondering how that stacks up against a MacBook Pro – that 17mm is roughly the same height as the side of the bigger more powerful laptop, while the thin end when on a desk is the height of a CD jewel case. Read more »

26
Oct

Adobe Flash 10.1 coming to Windows Phone 7


It’s already available on Google TV and Android devices, but Flash 10.1 is soon to hit Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The announcement was, bizarrely, hidden in a press release about the company’s latest AIR development tools being available. However, Pocket-lint was eagle-eyed enough to realise that Adobe has plans to bring its mobile in-browser Flash player to a number of different operating systems, including Windows Phone 7:

“Flash Player 10.1 is available on Android and Google TV today”, it explains, “with BlackBerry platform, HP webOS 2.0, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo, and Symbian OS also expected to support Flash Player 10.1”.

That essentially just leaves the, you guessed it, iPhone and iPad without Flash support. No surprise really, but more fuel, perhaps, to incite the Apple hate mob to gather their flaming torches and pitchforks and storm Château Cupertino once more.

25
Oct

BlackBerry Playbook tablet OS


Earlier today, RIM opened up its BlackBerry PlayBook devkit to all developers who may be interested in creating apps for the forthcoming tablet. The company also allowed anybody to download a beta ISO of its OS simulator, mainly to allow programmers to test their applications as they go.

However, Pocket-lint has gone through the (fairly) lengthy process to install the new OS on a PC, and this is what we’ve found… Read more »

25
Oct

VLC downsized to fit on the iPhone and iPod touch, now playing in the App Store


If you like your players orange and portable but don’t have a tablet, you may be in luck. The VLC Media Player app, which recently made the iPad a little more codec-friendly, is now available in the App Store for the iPhone (4 and 3GS) and iPod touch. This new version is also said to support even more file types, offer better performance, and allows for the deletion of files right through its own interface. It’s available now, so get downloading — your classic cartoons await.

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