Honestly the reason why I didn’t provide full coverage of today’s tech news is because I was busy. Full coverage of tech news (and the start of the “Opinion” and “Did you Know?” sections) will begin later this week. To keep you gadget-hungry readers happy, here’s the specs of the Motorola iDEN-based Opus One, from BGR, after the cut. It’s a pretty solid smartphone running Android 1.5 with added iDEN features to say the least.
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That’s what the AppleInsider is saying right now. The original venue (Moscone West) where the last three iPhone announcements were made is the same one Apple is planning to use for the next WWDC. According to the Moscone Center Calendar, Apple has booked the place from June 28 to July 2, and has called it by the name “Corprate Event”, which is the same name which has been used for the last 3 years. Now to wonder what they will do with the next iPhone is my guess. A redesigned iPhone OS 4.0? An iPhone headed to Verizon? An even slimmer, lighter design? Multitasking? I’m going to stop now, because it’s too much, too many possibilities, but it’s all good.
Not too long ago in a Android 2.1 dumped ROM, there were 20+ codenames for unknown HTC devices. One of them is the Espresso, and the pic above is rumored to be (according to the Italians at hdblog.it) the revised Sense UI created to ship with Android 2.1, which mind you, is actually coming to the Sprint Hero in Q1 2010. With the HTC HD2 heading to T-Mobile and the rumors of the HTC-made Google Nexus One, and the leaked portfolio from not too long ago, you could say that HTC is having one heck of a ride right now.
If you are an unlucky Nook buyer, the kind that is getting the Nook in time for Christmas, you should be unspeakably mad when you hear this. Lucky buyers who ordered the Nook and aren’t getting it on the 24th get a free $100 B&N giftcard. Afterwards your delayed Nook would show up next year. Sounds nice if you ask me, but in the meantime feel sorry for the poor fellow that actually got their Nook for Christmas, then get yourself a cup of hot chocolate and laugh at him at the same time.
Usually at the FCC, all new handsets and whatnot go to get pictured, dismantled, played with, picture it again, then play with it some more, waste time… but nevertheless some pretty good info comes out of those boring labs. The boring shot you see above is only a boring shot, but the 40-page user’s manual isn’t. That’s crawling with info, and I’d say if you want to buy the X10 (watch for thr Nexus One, mind you) you should take a look at your future instructions manual.
Above is a rendering of the Motorola Sholes Tablet XT701, which reportedly runs Android 2.1, has a 8 MP camera with flash, with other conflicting reports saying that it’s a 5 MP camera. FM radio, an HDMI port, 720p video recording/playback, and that strange lump are other features included in the package. This picture (and the other one after the cut) are from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, China’s version of our FCC. What needs to be figured out now is where (and when) it’s coming out. I’ll have this covered as more info comes to light (and I’ll try to press one of my connects as well). [Via BGR]
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A leaked, early ROM sent to WMExperts reveals that yes, the HD2 should be headed to T-Mobile, but late, in March 2010. The ROM also hinted at a version called 2.0.1, which could probably smooth over the bugs that made the 1.61 Windows Mobile 6.5 HD2 so, unsatisfying. All of those .nbh files keep on saying “yes” to the T-Mobile network, so yes it is. Now where’s that calendar…. nah, don’t need it.
So here is the entry-level Blackberry, the Curve 8530, now on the speedy Sprint network. Complete with a 2.5-inch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, the usual 3.5mm headphone jack, Blackberry OS 5.0, and oh-so-wonderful Wi-Fi, the 8530 is a prettly well-specced BB. Oh, and it’s cheap too: $50 on a two-year contract with Sprint, after the usual mail-in rebate of course.
[Via Engadget, Sprint]
If you have all been Twittering last night you would recongize that Twitter was under attack. According to the group who hacked the popular social media site, they are the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’. This is the message they posted on the main of page Twitter:
Iranian Cyber Army
THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY
U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But They Don’t, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples To….
NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA? WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST:)
Now according to the looks of the situation, Twitter was hacked, but on Twitter’s Official Blog, it was merely a DNS hijack. An attack from Iran is something not out of the ordinary because of the anger that was expressed over the 2009 Iranian elections on Twitter. It served as a battleground throughout the whole saga, with even the US goverment making sure that everyone had access to the site.
According to tnkgirl, while given permission to play around with a Nexus One, but not given permission to take pictures of one, she claims that: “no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps,”. Which really sounds like a bummer, but then you have to remember that maybe it wasn’t a final production unit. She also says it works on T-Mobile 3G and is unlocked, but doesn’t work on AT&T 3G with EDGE. She also found “gold contacts” on the bottom which are possibly for a dock accessory. Oh, and here’s the rest of what she said about the Nexus One:
- It’s much nicer looking in person than in pictures- There’s a 4 GB micro-SD card installed
- The battery capacity is 1400 mAh
- The screen appears to be OLED (same size/resolution as the Motorola Droid
- 3G works on T-Mobile USA :)
- I can confirm that there’s no 3G on AT&T (EGDE only)
- It’s definitely unlocked
- It’s super snappy! Faster than the Droid..
- There’s no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps
- There’s no dedicated camera key, but it’s the same camera interface as the Droid- The trackball can be used to focus (like on other HTC devices
- Low-light performance is decent, but the flash is weak
- Calls are routed the normal way, not using data (VoIP), and sound fine
- The home screen is divided into 5 panes (like the Sense interface on the HTC Hero
- It’s using a micro-USB connector for data/power
- There are some gold contacts at the bottom edge, for a dock perhaps?
- Did I mention it’s fast?
Now hopefully she was just using a pre-production, multitouch-disabled Nexus One.
[Via tnkgirl mobile]