Balsillie guarantees PlayBook to be under $500

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Some people might say that Research in Motion is a little late to the tablet party if it can’t release the PlayBook in time for the holidays. I don’t think that’s true. If it’s a compelling product and it’s marketed correctly, it could be a hit. It helps if the price is right too.

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Windows Phone 7 incentives give some a free Xbox and others a Zune Pass

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That’s what you call synergy. Or leveraging your other brands. Or going all out with your marketing. Whatever you want to call it, it seems that Microsoft is taking this whole Windows Phone 7 business pretty seriously and it’s not afraid to give out some free stuff to attract your interest.

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Rogers customers to get Dell Streak November

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Rogers is taking shape to be a leader of Android handset offerings. We know the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate should be launching shortly, and now we know it’s getting hitched up next to the Dell Streak. Rogers could be called the AT&T of Canada.

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Android to get Qik video calls like FaceTime

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Unlike FaceTime, which only (officially) works over a Wi-Fi connection, Qik says that you’ll be able to use its video call service over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. The interface will be similar to FaceTime with a full screen of the person you’re talking to, shoving you into a smaller window in the corner.

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Dedicated e-book readers dead? Some say not yet

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When the Amazon Kindle first hit the market, we were all amazed by its e-ink display and its ability to seamlessly integrate through WhisperNet to Amazon’s online store. And then, the iPad came along and reminded us that we most prefer multifunction devices. Does that mean the standalone e-reader is dead? No, not necessarily.

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Going extra big with Acer 4.8-inch Android smartphone

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Some people like their mobile phones to be a little more compact, but that trend has definitely swung in the other direction in recent years. “Slate” style smartphones are all the rage and Acer is prepared to go big rather than go home with its upcoming 4.8-inch monster.

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More Bada-ness with Samsung Wave II smartphone

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Samsung has apparently given up on Symbian, but they’ve still got plenty of other smartphone operating systems at their disposal. One of the most noteworthy is the in-house developed Bada OS, which debuted with the first Samsung Wave. Well, the relatively new smartphone OS has already paved the way for a sequel.

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Kobo WiFi edition is cheaper, faster and sharper

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Kobo is launching the Kobo WiFi edition, adding wireless connectivity to the tiny e-reader and giving it a price drop. But is it enough to keep Kobo in the e-book game? The company launched the Kobo software for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Mac, PC, Linux and soon BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Kyocera Zio M6000 to offer Google Android on the cheap

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The phenomenon may have started with a single handset from HTC, but the world of Google Android has really started to hit the ground running with support from several other major manufacturers. Likely approaching the more affordable end of the scale is the newly revealed Kyocera Zio M6000. No relation to an Italian uncle.

It has been some time since we have seen something from Kyocera, but it seems that the company who shares a joint venture with Sanyo is prepared to re-enter the smartphone market. In recent years, they stayed focused largely on budget-minded handsets for so-called “second-tier” wireless carriers in Canada and the United States. The idea was to offer decent features, but at an even lower price.

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HTC EVO 4G, the World’s first 3G/4G Android handset coming to Sprint

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Sprint’s first WiMax/4G phone is official, and it’s everything your dream smartphone could be. The HTC Evo 4G is a combination of HTC’s Touch HD2 hardware, and a bit of Sense UI Android goodness of the HTC Legend, pushing 720p HDMI output and ultimately becoming the future of portable multimedia entertainment.

The Evo will be exclusive to Sprint, with blazing fast downloads over their 4G network, it will also work on their existing 3G network, but 4G is really where its at (10 times faster than 3G). Running Android 2.1, with a beautiful 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen at 480×800 resolution, we would expect this powerful machine to support DiVX, but no official word on that just yet.

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New Sony PSP Officially Unveiled at E3

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For Nintendo’s keynote speech at E3, they revealed the Wii Wheel, Mario Kart Wii, the Wii Zapper, and release dates for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy. Sony had a bunch of software news too, but easily the most notable announcement as part of their E3 keynote was the revealing of the PSP […]

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Star Wars-themed Flash Drives: Want Them You Will

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Like your Star Wars enough to have it satisfy your portable storage needs? You can get a USB flash drive from a galaxy far, far away with memory of 1, 2, or even 4GB. The actual storage capacity of each mimobot, as they are called, will vary because of what’s pre-installed: STar Wars-themed wallpapers, sound […]

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Live Video Streaming at WiMAX Forum

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The WiMAX Forum Plenary will be demonstrating live video technology to handheld devices via PanAmSat, KenCast and Trinity Workplace Learning. This is going to be the world’s first live cast to handheld devices and is surely going to open the gates of new ideas and many commercial offerings from mobile phone service providers. PanAmSat seems […]

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