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HP’s upcoming mysterious devices

What we’ve got here are a few pics of HP CTO Phil McKinney playing with some upcoming products. These are described by Mark Budgell, HP’s PR Manager of Social Media Strategy, who tweeted these as “mysterious gadgets” that will be shown at the upcoming SXSW 2011. McKinney will be on a panel and the SXSW where he “will make some bold predictions for the future – backed up with a number of breakthrough prototypes”. Unfortunately the products are all blacked out but the easy answer to looking at these is that HP/Palm are working on a tablet, wristwatch and a new smartphone that will all interact nicely with the webOS platform.

Source: Twitter
Via: IntoMobile & Engadget


InPulse SmartWatch for BlackBerry now testing battery life

The last time we heard from Waterloo-based Allerta, the makers of the upcoming inPulse BlackBerry SmartWatch, they stated their product “is almost here” and that it’s in final states of assembly and testing. They recently gave an update as to what they’re up to and taking a look at these images it shows them testing the battery life on the watches… usually a good sign that these will be out the door soon.

The “inPulse Smartwatch” connects wirelessly to your BlackBerry by Bluetooth and alerts you of any incoming messages. Specs have this with a 1.3-inch OLED display, Bluetooth v2.0+EDR, 150 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, micro-USB port (for charging). Overall dimensions are 51mm x 38mm x 12mm and battery life is expected to last about 4 days. Allerta says this supports BlackBerry smartphone with OS 4.3 and above, no word on if this supports the new BlackBerry 6 OS.

More here at Allerta


Future Shop inventory says September 15th launch date for Rogers BlackBerry Torch?

There’s been several rumours about the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 in Canada. This will released by Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin. In the past we’ve heard of a September 16th for TELUS, September 15th for Rogers and even an invitation to the launch parties kicked off on September 21st.

A Future Shop inventory screenshot has surfaced that shows the upcoming Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 to have a “street date” of September 15th. It does say “presale” so we’re not sure if this is some sort of pre-order or the actual release date. The price is just a place holder at $999.99 but on Friday we saw the TELUS source code possibly reveal the no-contract price will probably fall in at the $599 mark.

We’re getting closer to having the next BlackBerry here… and more importantly the anticipated new BlackBerry 6 OS.

Source: Trusted Nerd
Via: CrackBerry


Contest: Win the Android-powered LG Loop!

UPDATE: This contest is now over and the winner is Michael Krochter. Congrats Michael… and thanks to everyone who entered!

Fancy Android? How would you like to win the recently released LG Loop? This is powered by Android, has a 3-inch touchscreen display, 3.0 megapixel camera with video, GPS, WiFi, hold up to 32GB and it could be yours! All you have to do to win is one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum. People who are already following or members are automatically entered. The contest ends Tuesday, September 7th at 11:59pm. Good luck to all who enter…


Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant arrives early at SaskTel dealer

Frustration hit some SaskTel customers who pre-ordered the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant as it was supposed to be launching on the 25th, then shipments got delayed until sometime next week. However, good fortune has come your way as some shipments have arrived at Jump (a SaskTel Authorized Dealer). They stated in an email to us that “Preorders are being filled and the devices are being distributed throughout Regina and expected in Saskatoon tomorrow. Initial quantities are limited and will move fast”. Nice work SaskTel… the Galaxy S Vibrant is a solid first Android.

More here over at Jump
(Thanks Les!)


Rogers Nokia C3 now available for $89.99 Prepaid

A few days ago we saw the C3 pop up on the Nokia site heading for Rogers. This is now available on their Pay As You Go lineup for $89.99 (not yet on the Rogers site). Specs of the C3 have coming with a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4 inch display, messaging features and a customizable home screen, MP3 Player, 2.0 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and holds up to 8 GB with microSD card.

It seems like Rogers is beefing up their Prepaid lineup all of a sudden. First the Nokia CS-18 Rocket Internet Stick, then the BlackBerry Curve 8520, now the Nokia C3.

(Thanks Tipster!)


Video: Nokia 6700 Slide quick overview

There are about 30% of Canadians who’ve yet to get their first mobile phone and some of those people just want a basic device. Enter the Rogers Nokia 6700 Slide. You have to admit that for an entry level device it looks good, plus comes with a 2.2-inch display, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, auto-focus, LED flash (better camera than some other smartphones out there). Another positive is that it holds up to 16GB with a microSD card and weighs only 110 grams. The downside is that it has a 2.5mm headset jack and that the 3-year price is $79.99 (but the no-contract is reasonable at $229.99).

Check out video overview after the break (more…)


Bell offers $75 in-store credit on new 3-year activations

Bell has come out with a new promo that gives up to $75 off a new smartphone or $50 off a new phone when you purchase it in-store. Just so you’re aware, the fine print says “Offer ends September 16, 2010. Available with new activation of select devices on a 3-yr. term on a post paid voice and data plan. Applies at the time of purchase on the price of the device or accessories in-store before taxes”. Some highlighted devices are the Galaxy Vibrant drops down to $74.95 on a 3-year and the Bold 9700 dips to $24.95. Good deal if you’re into contacts.

More here at Bell


Banker recovering from “iPhone Thumb” surgery

A mortgage banker in Philadelphia spent over 12-hours a day texting her clients with her iPhone. Apparently the tendons in her thumb became inflamed that she had to have surgery to remove them, this is commonly called “Blackberry Thumb”. Other symptoms of this “BlackBerry Thumb” or now “iPhone Thumb” are pain, numbness and tingling. The women said “I’m texted out” and will be recovering over the next couple months.

Source: WTSP
Via: Business Insider & Twitter


TELUS source code reveals potential Torch 9800 pricing

More BlackBerry Torch 9800 goodness. For those interested in the possible price plans can certainly speculate on this one. Taking a look into the source code of the new TELUS Torch 9800 page reveals some pricing, probably place holders until the actual launch. Remember that the discounts are not active and it shows the 3-year contract price to be $299.95; 2-year contract price at $399.95 and the 1-year contract price to be $499.95. It’s a bit odd as this is something Bell would use as TELUS never has their prices ending in $0.95, plus TELUS pricing usually goes in $50 increments.

Over at AT&T in the States they are selling this for $199.99 on a 2-year and $499.99 no-contract. In Canada we’ll probably see this hit $199.99 on a 3-year and $499.99 no contract.

Update: It seems that the TELUS pricing has been removed from the source code.