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RIM’s first-generation BlackBerry Storm wasn’t exactly a huge hit, but RIM nailed the second generation version of this smartphone. Now, pictures and specifications of a third-generation BlackBerry Storm have surfaced. This upcoming smartphone appears to have the highest resolution screen we’ve seen on a BlackBerry to date—800x480 pixels. Other key specs include a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of onboard storage, 3G Mobile hotspot capabilities, and BlackBerry OS 6.1. Current reports point to a September release. Check out some spy spots and additional specs below. 3.7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 5-megapixel camera with 720p video... Read more...
The raging rumor that just won't die is that Apple's iPhone is destined for Verizon, no matter what AT&T's exclusivity agreement says. But as long as Apple is supposedly seeking greener pastures, why stop there? Why not, say, T-Mobile as well? As it turns out, T-Mobile might be exactly where the iPhone is headed, at least if the latest Internet chatter holds any water. Citing an anonymous "highly placed source at the wireless company," (as if there's ever any source other than 'anonymous' and 'highly placed'), Cult of Mac reports that it's almost a foregone conclusion that Apple and T-Mobile are going to hook up. "Talks between Apple and T-Mobile are at an advanced stage, our source says,... Read more...
Remember the MacBook Air? Yeah, it's been quite some time since Apple has made any mention of its only ultra-thin ultraportable machine, and after it made a huge splash a few years ago in terms of design, the company has really let it age. There haven't been too many spec upgrades along the way, and it seems as if the machine isn't a high priority for Apple at all. Of course, it's a niche device with a small buyer pool, but we guess that's too be expected. But it's about time for an upgrade, don't you think? According to rumors sourced from DigiTimes research, the company is planning to do something beyond just adding Core i3 CPUs and a new GeForce GPU. Apple could be ready to begin production... Read more...
Decide for yourself whether this is a good thing or not, but according to Intel, reports of the Celeron's death have been greatly exaggerated. Responding to Internet rumblings that Intel would phase out the Celeron brand in 2011, the world's largest chip maker said the rumors are false, plain and simple. "The rumor is not true, Intel has no plan to phase out the Celeron brand in 2011. Intel Celeron processors continue to provide a low-cost computing solution for basic computing needs," wrote Barry Sum, an Intel spokesman in Honk Kong, in an email response to ComputerWorld. News and rumor site Digitimes first reported that Intel had told its notebook partners of its supposed plans to first gradually... Read more...
If you want an iPhone, AT&T is the only wireless game in town. And if you think Apple is shooting itself in the foot by limiting the iPhone to a single network, the numbers suggest otherwise. The Cupertino company on Wednesday said there have been more than 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day. Be that as it may, why then do rumors persist that Apple's iPhone is coming to Verizon? There are a couple of potential reasons. One is that the customers really, really want this to happen. Really. AT&T's claim to fame the past couple of years is that it's the exclusive wireless carrier of the iPhone, but otherwise the network... Read more...
Oh, boy. Internet rumors strike again. Not even 24 hours after the rumor mill "confirmed" that Acer would soon be launching a tablet based around Google's Chrome OS, Acer has stepped forward to address the matter. And the answer, for anxious consumers, isn't a good one. Google's Chrome OS, despite being announced in 2009, has yet to actually ship on any products. With tablets and slate PCs being all the rage this year, Computex seemed as good a time as any to make a debut. Unfortunately, Chrome OS won't be debuting at the show, at least not on an Acer machine. In addressing the matter, Acer simply stated that they have no "short-term plans" for a Chrome OS netbook, but all hope isn't lost. The... Read more...
June is right around the corner, and for some of us (we're looking at you, mid-westerners), the consistently sunny days can't come fast enough. AT&T workers, however, can't wait to put June in their rear view mirror. That's according to the popular mobile weblog Boy Genius Report, who has apparently "confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June." Say what? Donning our detective caps, the most likely reason for this is that Apple will soon launch a new model iPhone in late June or early July. After all, this isn't the first time AT&T has issued a vacation ban preceding an iPhone launch. The company did the same thing... Read more...
One of the biggest complaints surrounding Apple's iPhone OS is the lack of multitasking support, and it's a valid one. But if the latest rumor proves to be true, critics will soon be silenced, or at least redirect their disgust squarely on the lack of Flash integration.Citing "people with a proven track record in predicting Apple's technological advances," AppleInsider.com says the Cupertino-based company will introduce a multitasking solution through the handset's 4.0 software update, at long last allowing third party apps to run in the background.If this comes to pass -- and we're inclined to believe it will -- the move couldn't come at a better time for Apple. Facing increased competition... Read more...
It's sort of hard to believe that all the hype from CES is already over and done with. Larger companies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to introduce and showcase new products at the show, and now all anyone wants to talk about in the tech world is Apple. Must be nice to be Steve Jobs (or an investor). The company that gave the world the iPod and iPhone is planning a media event on the 27th of this month, and while the world tends to believe a tablet or slate of some sort is planned, there has been no definite proof of that to this point.We really have no idea what's next from Apple; we just know that it'll be something to unleash one's creative side according to a tagline in the invite.... Read more...
Google threw a wrench in everyone's expectations when it announced that the Chrome OS wouldn't be widely available to install on just any machine. Unlike Windows 7, which can be installed on pretty much any x86-based machine, Chrome OS will be customized for a specific set of hardware components that Google deems fit. It's an interesting approach, but like Apple, it appears that Google wishes to have some control over the hardware that its operating system runs on. Google has informed us that a number of netbooks will be Chrome OS-approved, so to speak, but up until now we have had no information as to what specs would be built into Chrome OS netbooks. A leak over at IBTimes has stated that the... Read more...
Apple just can't catch a break. In the rumor department, not the sales/performance department. Even with the holidays upon us, the rumors are flaming up higher than ever, with the latest asserting that the company will be hosting a product event next month. Eagle-eyed folks have noticed that Apple has reserved space in late January at a venue in San Francisco that it has typically used to unveil new gear. The stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is all Apple's on Tuesday, January 26th, and unless it enjoys paying for space that it has no intention of using, you can pretty much bank on something being unveiled. It makes sense when you think about it. Apple isn't going to be doing a keynote... Read more...
Sony's X-series Walkman (otherwise known as the OLED Walkman) has barely had time to make a splash in the US market, and already Sony is preparing to launch anoher music player. Based on some believable details leaked on Materiel's website (a French e-tailer), the new S-Series Walkman will arrive in 8GB (NWZ-S544) and 16GB (NWZ-S545) models, and while we doubt it'll compete with the heralded iPod touch, the built-in kickstand should make it suitable for movie watching, regardless. The display has a 2.4" QVGA display, stereo speakers, a built-in FM tuner, a microphone, a rechargeable battery and a pretty crazy battery life figure. We're talking about 42 hours of audio playback or 6.5 hours for... Read more...
Ever since TDK issued a promising new line of solid state drives back in May, the drive and optical media manufacturer has remained eerily quiet on further plans. According to a new report, however, the company may be aiming to compete with the likes of Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi in the "big boy" desktop HDD space.If all goes well, we could see hard drives as large as 2TB in the desktop 3.5" arena and 620GB in the notebook-friendly 2.5" format by January of 2010. The information is being gleaned from a recent presentation to financial analysts. As it stands, the "current highest density read/write heads it is mass producing are for 250GB/platter 2.5" or small form factor (SFF) drives... Read more...
Where there's smoke, there's fire--right? Um, right--at least, we sure hope so! Just a week after we heard some pretty convincing rumors that Apple really was gearing up to give the whole Tablet PC thing a shot, along comes an even more believable report suggesting that a Barron's analyst has not only confirmed that Apple will be producing a tablet, but that he has actually played with it.Now, we'll be the first to admit that this whole thing sounds somewhat fishy. After all, when's the last time Apple let an outsider play with a brand new device before it was ready for introduction? Maybe an Apple engineer, sure--but an analyst? That said, Barron's has a solid track record of reporting just... Read more...
Are you ready to believe...again? After years and years of rumors, we're being presented with yet another round of rumors on a supposed Apple Tablet. In fact, we covered this very rumor way back in 2007, and obviously nothing of the sort has surfaced yet. That said, there were rumors of the iPhone for years before it ever became a reality, so we can't completely discount the possibility that an Apple Tablet has been in the oven for years on end. In fact, that's exactly what AppleInsider is suggesting in a new piece on the matter. The site states that the Apple Tablet has been in the works for at least four years, and after an absurd amount of setbacks, the company is finally pushing forward to... Read more...
Semiconductor process technologies keep on shrinking, and while we've heard of Intel and rivals talk up 32nm, it's 34nm making the news today. According to rumors that are getting harder and harder to ignore, Intel will soon be launching a new range of solid state drives based on its 34nm NAND chips. How soon, you ask? Within a couple of weeks?  No actually, but read on...If you'll recall, Intel already has quite the following thanks to its speedy X25-M, and while earlier reports placed these newer SSDs on a Q4 release schedule, new whispers have them launching a bit sooner. Also, Intel had a bit of trouble with some of its existing SSDs; while fast, some users found that performance degradation... Read more...
It's a rumor that's flown around the block before: HP shutting down the VoodooPC label, which it purchased in 2006.  In fact, we wrote earlier when the VoodooPC line was sort of sucked into the regular HP catalog.  Even then things seemed to be getting a little iffy around the VoodooPC portion of HP's landscape.  At the time, however, it was sold as an easier, faster way to buy VoodooPC hardware through HP channels.At any rate, Techgage wrote a piece in which they cited the typical 'insider close to the situation.'  According to that article:An e-mail is apparently being circulated throughout the company noting layoffs, although the number of people to be culled is unclear.... Read more...
Don't get TOO excited yet.  The Inquirer spills a lot of rumors, and its credibility is somewhat less because of that.  That said, it's not always wrong, and there are some valid reasons why Google might be interested in Valve.  Although, you'd think with Android about to launch and Chrome just launched, they might be a little busy. Still, as The Inq says:Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now. So why would Google, emperor of all things Web-based, want a gaming company?  Possibly it's that logo above: Steam.  Steam is Valve's highly-successful digital distribution system  It's so successful Valve even has other publishers... Read more...
The other day, Digitimes reported that Abit could possibly exit the motherboard market if the company's upcoming line of motherboards based on the Intel P45 chipset weren't successful.  It turns out, however, that Abit is still planning to stick around.  Today, we received this quote on the subject, from Thore Welling, Universal ABIT's Global Marketing Director...“abit is a well established and strong brand within the enthusiast and high-end motherboard and components industry. In fact, particularly over the past 12 months we have been able to considerably increase market share not only in traditional markets such as Western Europe, but even stronger so in emerging markets... Read more...
Avian Securities recently reported that a major systems player was experiencing an extremely high return rate of computer products shipped with solid state drives (SSDs).  Shortly after the story broke it was widely rumored that the company in question was none other than Dell.  Of course not all reports circulating the internet completely accurate, and some are simply bogus.Thankfully this seems like a case of the latter and Dell wants to set the record straight:"Here's the real story: the 20 - 30% failure and return rates cited by Avian Securities don't even vaguely resemble what's happening in our business. It's also true that Avian did not contact us while doing their research.... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.Intel has had quad-core CPUs on their road map for some time now, but the details have been very hard to come by until recently.  Rumor has it that the high end part, the QX9300 will cost over $1000 and will feature a faster FSB to go with it's increased TDP:“The Core 2 Extreme QX9300 will be manufactured at 45nm and have a core frequency of 2.53GHz. The CPU will come in a socket P package and support FSB speeds up to 1066MHz. The chip will include 12MB L2 cache and have a maximum TDP of 45W.”The CPU should be available in the third quarter, just in time... Read more...
Please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.While we've heard a good deal about the first generation of Intel's Atom family CPUs, dubbed the 200 series, many have been wondering when or if a dual-core Atom is coming.  Rumors suggest that there are indeed coming:“...a new 300 series would also see the first dual-core Atoms with a 1.87GHz, Atom 300 processor. The upgrade could handle as many as four instruction threads at once through the use of Intel's HyperThreading, which can run more than one stream of instructions on a processor at once and prevent chips from idling unnecessarily during heavy work.”... Read more...
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