Almost Forgot: Dell’s XPS 15z, One Of The Thinnest 15-Inchers Around

Today has been a doozy of tech news, and Dell is just continuing the cycle. The XPS 15z is a .97-inch 15-inch machine that has taken extreme cues from the Macbook Pro design. Starting at a very reasonable $999, the entry-level XPS 15z has a 2nd-gen Core i5 processor clocked at 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus, a 15.6″ HD (at 720p, can be upgrade to 1080p) WLED Display with 1.3 megapixel webcam, a 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive, slot-loading DVD drive, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, a fully-backlit keyboard, and a purported 8 hours of battery life on a single charge.

For a $1000, that’s a lot of bang for your buck, but until I try one out for myself (or you do), then you can’t be too sure. Via: Dell

Dell Venue Pro Review

Another Windows Phone 7 device, this time, the Dell Venue Pro. It has one of the most beautiful designs of any WP7 device, users a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with 720pHD video recording, and the recent NoDo update which adds copy-and-paste. Check out the rest of the review after the break, where I figure out that Dell’s first great smartphone entry is a win in many areas, but a slight flop in others.

The New Barnes & Noble Nook Costs $139, Has E-Ink Touchscreen

The new Nook is here. Details? Well, it costs $139.99, starts shipping June 10th at Barnes & Noble, BestBuy, Walmart and others, contains a Pearl E-Ink touchscreen that is 6-inches, lasts 2 months on a single charge (a month longer than the Kindle), only has one button compared to the Kindle’s 38 buttons (is that really, actually good?), built-in WiFi with free access at all B&N stores and AT&T hotspots, social media features for sharing via Facebook, Twitter and others, weighs a mere 7.5 ounces, has a microSD card slot, and the all-new Nook Friends which allows you to follow other Nook users to see what they’re reading, and also the older feature which allows you to loan books to friends.

Image credit: CrunchGear

Windows Phone “Mango” Details Made Official, Acer, ZTE, And Fujitsu All Partners

Now we have all the details pertaining to Windows Phone 7 Mango. First of all, Acer, ZTE, and Fujitsu have joined in as OEM partners. Secondly is the long list of new features, which includes text-to-speech, speech-to-text, Grouping (which allows you to place contacts in a group), threaded messaging in email, SMS and Windows Live Messenger, Twitter and LinkedIn integration baked into the OS, facial-recognition software for social networks like Facebook, better Live Tiles which have more detail, multitasking/ fast app-switching (started by holding the back button), brand new Bing search, better integration of friends in the Xbox LIVE Hub, the new Internet Explorer 9 with HTML 5 support, landscape typing, access to apps, your location, a new on-screen keyboard that is smarter, and hardware acceleration.

Also, the update will be released sometimes in the early autumn, for free, for all current Windows Phone 7 devices. More details on things like multitasking and such will be posted here when the event ends. Also, Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta SDK tools will be provided to devs for free within the next 24 hours.

Update: Press release after the break. Also, the image above is the new representative of the Mango interface.

Opera Mini 6 Brings iPad Support, New Interface And More

New day, new Opera Mini. The arguably best cloud-enhanced mobile web browser (Skyfire, being the competitor, with a workaround for true Flash support on iOS) has been re-released with a new update meant to add iPad support, Retina display support is improved, better panning and multitouch, new UI changes on all iOS devices and site sharing through MyOpera for Twitter and Facebook.

I’ve also had the the time to test the app on the iPad 2, and I do have to admit it’s a better experience. At the moment I may very well make this one of the browsers I use on a daily basis, and heck, everyone should download it, IMHO, since it’s free.Via: App Store (iTunes link)

Apple’s App Store Has Reached The Glorious 500,000 App Mark

It’s a new milestone. The biggest app store in the business has gotten even bigger, and it’s none other than Apple’s: 500,000 approved apps in total, all created in 34 months since the launch of the App Store. Although currently through attrition, replacement and withdrawal, the number of apps available for download is 20% lower — around 400,000 — the number still is impressive, considering that there has been 10 billion app downloads in total on the App Store, still higher than the 3 billion Google’s Android Market has seen with its 294,000 apps. Congrats to Apple and Co. (and the amazing developers) on this achievement. Via: Fortune