Forget green beer, Apple chose St. Patrick's Day to roll out big changes to the iPhone. The new iPhone OS 3.0 promises a host of sorely-needed features, including multimedia messaging and cut and paste. In this episode of Dialed In, we tell you all about the new additions, and give our take on what they mean for Apple's phone. Nicole is grooving to the music in Austin, Texas, so News.com's Tom Krazit joins us to discuss the iPhone brouhaha. Also, Bonnie also fills you in on a very unexciting Palm Pre Webcast and I tell … Read more
Less than 24 hours after it was announced that the Dell Adamo is now available for preorder, there are already rumors of new members of the Adamo family.
Engadget found references to an Adamo 9 in some support documents on Dell's own Web site. There's also reference to a Studio One 22, a slightly larger version of the Studio One 19 released last week. That the new touch-screen all-in-one desktop might come in a larger size seems completely reasonable.
Dell hasn't responded to a request for an official comment on whether there is a forthcoming 9-inch Adamo, … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--So the real star of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival has been Apple's iPhone. For better or for worse.
Facebook's big announcement at the annual geekstravaganza, for example, was that its Facebook Connect log-in product would be coming to the iPhone. Most of the products debuting in conjunction with the festival, including location-based mobile apps like Whrrl and FourSquare, are partially or entirely iPhone-centric. And if you happen to be a poor, unfortunate BlackBerry or Treo user, you may get some disapproving looks when you whip your handset out of your pocket around some judgmental SXSWi-goers.… Read more
It seems the success Apple has achieved with gaming on the iPhone might spill over from pockets to living rooms. The makers of the iPhone have filed a set patents for a Wii-style wireless controller that looks to be made for the Apple TV and could be used for a number of applications.
The patent filing, including the image above, clearly shows an icon for Safari, as well as images that appear to be an iPhoto-like app.The filing, which describes a "remote wand for controlling the operations of a media system," specifically uses the Apple TV as … Read more
Not long after Sprint announced the LG Rumor 2, Alltel announced the LG Banter, which is really just a rebranded version of the LG Rumor 2. It has a slightly different design, but the specs are about the same.
It has stereo Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, and, of course, the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. There's no pricing information about the Banter, but since the Rumor 2 is only $50, it probably won't be too far off from that.
Sprint and LG have just confirmed the earlier rumors about the LG Rumor 2. The sequel to the original Rumor, the Rumor 2 still has that slider QWERTY design and almost the same features, which include a 1.3-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, a music player, and more. The one new feature is the easy access to Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Lotus Notes accounts via Sprint Mobile Email Work. The LG Rumor 2 will cost you $49.99 with a two-year contract and will be available online on March 15 and in retail stores on April 19.
To go … Read more
We knew the music of the Beatles was coming to the MTV video game Rock Band, but now we have a release date: September 9, 2009. That's when you'll be able to get The Beatles: Rock Band, a new edition of the game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii consoles. You can start working on your bad "lonely hearts club band" puns now.
The game itself will retail for $59.99 in the U.S.; there will also be a $99.99 version that comes with Beatles-inspired guitar controllers, and a $249.99 "… Read more
There is apparently a rumor that an LG Rumor 2 will replace the LG Rumor (say that three times fast). The original LG Rumor came out a year before the Samsung Rant, which has a similar design except the keyboard slides out the opposite side. We gave it high praise for its easy-to-use keyboard, though it had a pretty mediocre feature set.
Now it appears the Rumor might have a sequel, at least according to this post on the Sprint Users forum. We definitely hope for a better camera and EV-DO with the new version, but it might maintain its … Read more
After rumors surfaced last week that the next-generation PSP would do away with the UMD optical drive in favor of direct downloads to flash memory via the PlayStation Network, Eurogamer is reporting something similar and adding a new twist to the mix: the new PSP will have a "sliding screen" and will feature a more compact, narrower design.
In typical fashion, this is all according to an anonymous "development source close to Sony," so take it for what it's worth. Said source claims that the next PSP--it may be called the PSP 4000 rather than … Read more
Early Facebook investor Peter Thiel's interview with BusinessWeek make it sound like while the talks were serious, they simply didn't go that far: "It became pretty clear it wasn't going to happen...The deal would have to be done with Facebook stock. And then you have to figure out how much the stock is worth." Twitter, according to an anonymous source, was told that the social network's valuation was … Read more