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‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner



Albino Nexus S, meet your better specced, bleached out, dual-core nemesis — the mythical white Samsung Galaxy S II. The leaked snap is certainly timely, coming in only one day after a UK retailer promised the colorless beast would go on sale August 15th. We can’t vouch for that, but we do know US peeps can now sign-up for “more info” on Sammy’s website, so stateside GSII fans should be hearing more from the company soon. Will word come of the LTE-toting, ivory dream phone we’ve been lusting after? Probably not, but getting the baddest black Android on the planet is still pretty darn good.

via ‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner — Engadget.


HTC Omega: HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango device?



Could the HTC Omega be the Mango-flavoured follow up to the HTC 7 Mozart?

It looks that way as detailed specs of the supposed Windows Phone 7.5 device have leaked online, with a spec sheet that hints at a refreshed Mozart.

Sadly, there are no pictures to back up the details (just a picture of a case that gives nothing away) but the spec sheet lists a HTC device with a bit more oomph than its previous Windows Phone 7 devices thanks to a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 Processor.

At 3.8-inches, its S-LCD display is a tincy bit bigger than the Mozart, but it still has the same 800×480 WVGA resolution, with 16 million colours.

Back to hardware and there’s reportedly 16GB of on board storage and an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video.

Nothing official on the HTC Omega (which is possibly a codename) yet, we’ll keep you posted on its official status.

via HTC Omega: HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango device? – Pocket-lint.


Fujitsu Toshiba announces au IS12T, the world’s first Mango phone



Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Fujitsu Toshiba mobile communications — now there’s a mouthful — just unveiled the IS12T: Japan’s first Windows Phone 7 device, and according to Microsoft prez Yasuyuki Higuchi, the world’s first Mango handset. The sexy and IPX5 waterproof (!) 3.7-inch WVGA slate is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8655 CPU of undisclosed clock speed (which we’ve seen running at 1GHz in the Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt), and goes on sale in “September or beyond” on KDDI’s au network. The pink gizmo packs a 13.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and has a plentiful 32GB of flash storage for housing whatever content you’d fancy toting around. The usual Bluetooth (2.1 + EDR) and WiFi (802.11b/g/n) suspects are also onboard. Interest piqued? Peruse the gallery our Engadget Japanese brethren have handily tossed our way.

via Fujitsu Toshiba announces au IS12T, the world’s first Mango phone (hands-on!) — Engadget.


Motorola DROID 3 vs HTC ThunderBolt

In a battle for the good fight, Verizon’s lineup is stacked to the brim with some quality Android smartphones that encompass every bit of the spectrum – so whether it’s data speed or processing power that you’re concerned about most, they have you fully covered. Naturally, the HTC ThunderBolt has been riding the wave of success as being the carrier’s very first 4G LTE enabled smartphone, but with anything technology related, its top tiered status will naturally dissipate over time. With that knowledge, the Motorola DROID 3 is coming from out of the shadows to take back the spotlight and shine it on the beloved original DROID line once again. So who’s going to come out on top with this one? Read more »


Sony Cyber-shot TX55 packs 16.2-megapixel sensor, promises ‘extremely low’ noise in dim light



With point and shoot cameras apparently now up against a megapixel wall, manufacturers are focusing on adding quirky new features to keep you hooked on the upgrade cycle. Sony’s new Cyber-shot TX55 includes several such additions, such as ‘amazing’ 3D image capture, ‘extremely low’ noise, and a new digital zoom technology called By Pixel Super Resolution, which promises to double the camera’s 5x optical zoom range while still capturing 16.2-megapixel images at full quality. We’re a bit skeptical about that last one, but if the $350 camera really can deliver on its promise, then we may just have a winner. Sony says there’s also high-speed autofocus that can lock onto subjects in 0.1 seconds, optical image stabilization, a 3.3-inch OLED touch-screen, and 1080i AVCHD video. It also includes some features found on the higher-end NEX-C3, such as Picture Effects, and a 42.9-megapixel Sweep Panorama mode. Sony has yet to completely nix the Memory Stick slot, including one with the TX55, though there’s also MicroSD support for those who prefer to take advantage of that more affordable memory card standard. We’re not yet convinced that all of the point-and-shoot cam’s new features perform as well as Sony suggests, but if they do, the TX55 may even be worth its $350 price tag when it hits stores in September.

via Sony Cyber-shot TX55 packs 16.2-megapixel sensor, promises ‘extremely low’ noise in dim light — Engadget.


HTC Flyer 2 with 3D Camera?



3D.. the biggest gadget gimmick of all time and some manufacturers were silly enough to go with it (for differentiation’s sake). Just look at the LG Optimus Pad (G-Slate in the US) or watch out for the upcoming Asus Eee Pad MeMo 3D.

HTC might be among those big names with a 3D tablet and thus dual cameras – possibly with a HTC Flyer 2, if this image below is to be believed, if it’s not the most easily photoshopped image ever. HTC is already in the 3D dual camera game with the Evo 3D smartphone. Other than the image above, we’re left to speculate. Speculate features like.. solar panels!

via HTC Flyer 2 with 3D Camera? | Netbooknews – Netbooks, Netbook Reviews, Smartbooks and more.


Google+ circles 20 million users in just three weeks



Facebook took over 3 years to achieve what Google+ has done in just 3 weeks – hit the 20 million users milestone.

The figure has been estimated by web analyst ComScore, a number that is double the 10 million figure stated by Google CEO Larry Page just a week ago.

Sure, Google+ is still 730 million users shy of Facebook’s 750 million figure and sure, we’re living in a much more social network powered world now than when Zuck and co launched The Facebook from their Harvard dorm room in February 2004 – but the growth for a platform still officially in a limited field trial stage is phenomenal nonetheless.

via Google+ circles 20 million users in just three weeks – Pocket-lint.


Apple MacBook Air 13-inch mid 2011 hands-on



Apple has just released a new range of MacBook Air laptops and weve already grabbed the top of the range 13-inch model to put it through its paces. Before we start work on the full review of the new thin laptop from Apple, we thought it would be wrong not to share a stack of hands-on photos of the new model. Now the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that there is very little change to the design of the laptop with most of the changes happening

via Apple MacBook Air 13-inch mid 2011 hands-on – Pocket-lint.


Lenovo intros 10.1-inch IdeaPad Tablet P1 with Windows 7, should’ve waited for Windows 8

We know, we know — Windows 8 isn’t splashing down on consumer devices for a good long while, but seriously, how’s a boy to get excited about something that’s already old hat? And moreover, something that has never, ever worked out. Every single Windows 7 tablet that we’ve tested has suffered a similar fate: too bulky, too sluggish, not longevous enough and too difficult to to operate sans a keyboard and mouse. That said, Lenovo’s providing a darkhorse option for those uninterested in its duo of new Honeycomb tablets, with the IdeaPad Tablet P1 bringing Windows 7 into a familiar 10.1-inch shell. Within, you’ll find a 1.5GHz Intel processor, a 1280 x 800 capacitive touchpanel, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, up to 64GB of SSD storage, built-in Bluetooth / 3G / WiFi, a USB 2.0 connector, microSD card slot and a docking port.

You’ll also get an integrated 2 megapixel webcam up front, support for stylus input and an enclosure that’s 14.5mm thick; for perspective, the absolutely delectable Galaxy Tab 10.1 measures just 10.9mm from top to bottom. The company’s giving you the option of snagging this in silver-gray or “Clementine Orange,” the latter of which is obviously the frontrunner in the race to awesome. The sealed two-cell battery is said to be good for six hours of use, compared to the 8.7 hours that the same cell gets while situated in the Android-powered K1. Lenovo’s not serving up pricing details on this one just yet, but you can look forward to not looking forward to its Q4 2011 arrival.

via Lenovo intros 10.1-inch IdeaPad Tablet P1 with Windows 7, should’ve waited for Windows 8 — Engadget.


Apple: Mac OS X Lion to hit the App Store tomorrow



Well it looks like the cat’s finally out of the bag virtual box. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer just confirmed during today’s earnings call that Mac OS 10.7 is due to hit the Mac App Store tomorrow, making Lion available as a 4GB download for $30. The new operating system packs 250 new features, including an iOS-like app launcher, multi-touch gestures, AirDrop for direct file sharing, and system-wide Resume. More enhancements that will feel particularly familiar to iOS users include a new version of Mail with conversation view, and reverse touchpad scrolling. We’ll have a full review of Lion later this week, but check out our hands-on preview for our initial impressions. Want to collaborate on projects with multiple machines? Lion Server will also be available as a $50 download — for those of you that need to support an entire pride.

via Apple: Mac OS X Lion to hit the App Store tomorrow — Engadget.

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