Verizon announces Twitter photo sharing app

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Verizon Wireless announced this week a new service that will allow customers to share photos via Twitter. The software, dubbed TweetToGo created by TweetPhoto and Pelago, offers such features as Tweeting, replying, email link and direct messages. Picture features give users the ability to take, preview and send photos taken with their phones to TweetPhoto and swap them with friends.

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Chat could be coming to Facebook for BlackBerry devices

BlackBerry chat on FaceBook would be a dream to many users.

The Facebook for BlackBerry app is already pretty good at letting you update your status, view your friends’ walls, and peruse through the uploaded pictures. How about Facebook chatting? That feature isn’t available as of yet, but while randomly browsing through the application permissions within Facebook, a BlackBerry user found a slot that asked for permission to use the integrated instant messaging service, which doesn’t exist.

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Google Android Gingerbread will require 1GHz processors, coming mid-October 2010

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Late last week, we heard about the upcoming HTC Vision and how it would come loaded with Google Android Gingerbread right out of the box. Well, we have now learned a little more about this Gingerbread.

One of the bigger surprises coming out of the rumor mill is that it will actually require devices to have at least a 1GHz processor as part of its minimum requirements. If that’s the case, the dual-core 800MHz Vision may not technically reach that benchmark.

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HTC Vision Android phone with dual-core processor

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Forget about Google Android 2.2 Froyo. You’ll want the newer Google Android Gingerbread (2.3) that’ll come pre-loaded on the HTC Vision smartphone. At least, that’s what the latest rumors are leading us to believe. We don’t have any kind of firm confirmation, or even initial renders for the HTC Vision, but this smartphone sounds like it’s going to be a beast. In addition to boasting a yet unreleased build of Android, the Vision will also get a dual-core 800MHz processor. This might be an underclocked version of the dual core Snapdragon, but I can’t say for sure.

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Hitachi reveals 7mm ultra slim drives for mobile devices

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With the evolution of portable computing, manufacturers live by several common principals; one of those is making devices an unthinkable size. Staying in line with Seagate’s 7mm Momentus thin 2.5-inch hard disk drives, Hitachi today unveiled their own trio of slim line drives. Upping the anti in respects to storage capacity, Seagate offers a 150GB and 250GB, while Hitachi has announced a 250GB of their own, and has pushed the envelope forward with a 320GB as well.

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VIA processor-powered Android tablets for $100 later this year

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Are you digging the portable functionality of the Apple iPad, but having a hard time justifying the $500 entry price point? Look no further than VIA of Taiwan, because the semiconductor firm is outfitting several Android tablets with its inexpensive processors. As you may recall, VIA tried to compete against the Intel Atom platform when it came to the netbook market. For the most part, it wasn’t able to capture as much attention as the company may have hoped. Well, now they see another opportunity in the iPad-esque tablet market.

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Fujitsu T730 LifeBook Tablet PC gets Core i5 and i7 processors

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Two new LifeBook flip-style tablet PCs have been released by Fujitsu today. With Core i5 and Core i7 processors, these 12.1-inch convertibles ship with 2GB of ram, a 160GB harddrive, dual-layer DVD-R, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a battery packing “5.5 hours” of estimated life. What makes these special is their processing power, with the i5 you can go up to 2.53Ghz, or 2.66GHz with the i7 upgrade. Remember, they weigh just under 4 pounds and it’s not going to be your eBook replacement, but touchscreen will allow you to flip that cool Google streetview map around with your finger in front of your pals.

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Square enables credit card processing for smartphones

Square Credit Card processing gadget plugs in to the headphone jack

When you buy something from the Apple Store, the employee can happily take your credit card right next to the iPods and MacBooks on display. When you turn around to sell your old iPod on Craigslist, you can do the same thing using the Square app. That’s right, the Square App is publicly available for the Apple iPhone, as well as with Android-based smartphones. Further still, they’ll gladly ship out a card reader so that you can start taking Visas and Mastercards with the best of them.

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Rogers announces two Apple iPad data plans

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Our neighbors to the south have had access to the Apple iPad for some time already, but it’s finally coming to Canada and Rogers Wireless looks like it’s the only one announcing a data plan for the big touchscreen device.

Rogers has officially announced its iPad data plans and they’re actually not that bad. On the lower end of the scale if the $15/month plan and that gets you 250MB of use. Heavier users can bump up to the $35/month plan for 5GB of data. Both plans come with unlimited access to Rogers WiFi Hot Spots.

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Rogers introduces exclusive “Extreme Text Messaging”

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Regular text messages are already pretty useful. Features like threaded conversations and multi-text messages are pretty good too. Rogers thinks we can go further. That’s why the Canadian carrier has introduced Extreme Text Messaging.

So, what’s so extreme about this new program from Rogers Wireless? Well, it comes with six additional features to bump text messaging “to the next level.” All of these features can be managed through the My Account section of the Rogers Mobile Internet Portal.

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Rogers announces three new “Social View” plans, no details

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It’s clear that Rogers Wireless wants to capitalize on our interest in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. They know that people want to stay connected in that way, so the marketing efforts are shifting in that direction. That’s why Rogers has three new “Social View” plans for us to consider.

Well, sort of. Not really. There’s an announcement that came out this week about the three new plans, but Rogers isn’t exactly forthcoming with what these plans will entail. Instead, they’re just saying it’s part of the “Social View” feature

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3D LCD to hit mobile devices, Nintendo DS, courtesy of Hitachi

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3D displays will soon be the norm, and I’m not talking about those expensive 3D TVs destined for living rooms and dens around the world, but 3D in the palm of your hand – without the need for funky glasses.

Hitachi Displays announced today the development of a 3.1-inch 3D LCD that is “optimized” for mobile devices. There’s a good chance that they’ll use it for cell phones and such, but the 3D-ness could be destined for gaming too.

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Apple creaes controller patent for iPhone devices

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One of the biggest knocks at the iPhone as a gaming device is the lack of some sort of control buttons. With no gaming buttons, it can be difficult to control a game, as there is no feel to the iPhone’s current controller: the touch screen. This is especially prevalent in the Zenonia games. To correct this problem, Apple has filed a patent to put controls on the iPhone and possibly future iPad versions.

The new controlling patent, as shown on Patently Apple, shows a shell case like the Powermat which wraps around a portable touch screen device to create a more traditional portable gaming device.

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AT&T announces Dell Aero, reincarnation of the Dell Mini 3?

AT&T Dell Aero - Photo: AT&T

It looks like AT&T is expanding their lineup again. Already with the prized and coveted iPhone, the new Palm phones from earlier today, and joining the family is a new Android phone called the Dell Aero. Looks familiar doesn’t it? That’s because it’s basically the same handset as the Dell Mini 3 that has been on sale in China for a little while now and we suspected back in January headed this way. The critical difference – aside from the clear language alterations – is that the phone is branded as the Dell Aero, and no, you won’t be seeing this on 7-11 shelves.

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SXSW hot with mobile location-oriented services: Who’s stalking you today?

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All the rage at SxSW this year happens to be mobile-location oriented services. The divide between digital and real world is quickly vanishing. Social-networking is on an upward spiral of acceptance. Services that connect your physical whereabouts with virtual friends is gaining ground and companies like FourSquare, Gowalla, BrightKite and Whrrl are making it all happen. Where are you? What are you doing? Who will know where you are? Those are the questions that will be asked by the next-generation of social-networking applications, are you prepared to give out the answer and send your location to the clouds?

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