On the heels of rumors suggesting we’re just days away from an announcement pertaining to Microsoft’s next version of Office, the company has unveiled what’s it’s calling the Office Next blog. Described as a resource where engineers working on the productivity suite will discuss new improvements and design choices, Microsoft also promises to share the data and user feedback that influence key decisions. The inaugural post sees PJ Hough, Vice President of Program Management for Office, sharing some positive early buzz from those testing a technical preview announced back in January. Describing the product as “the most transformational release” he has worked on, Hough seems eager to share further details on the latest iteration of…
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Although the last iMac refresh took place in July, we heard rumors a little while back that new ones would be arriving early this year. And with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt, the expected improvements, ready to go, it seems like the new iMacs could drop any time.
And what’s this? 9 to 5 Mac hears whispers that supplies of current iMacs are running low. You know what that means. Expect the news some time in the next month, perhaps as early as next week.
That delectable G-Slate we just reviewed is today shaking off the cobwebs from its long journey westward and is making itself available for purchase directly through T-Mobile. The price is still a daunting $ 530 with a two-year contract and there’s a suggested retail price of $ 750, though we’re not seeing any option to obtain it that way. Then again, why would you want to, it’s a 4G tablet designed to ride T-Mobile’s HSPA+ airwaves anyhow. In more budget-conscious news, the Sidekick 4G is also making its retail debut today, at $ 99 on contract, bringing all the goods of a Galaxy S handset, combined with a QWERTY slider keyboard and a tricked-out Android UI. Hit the links to learn more about both, though don’t blame us if you end up doing damage to your bank balance in the process.
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We heard a while back that Canon might be doing a serious refresh of its lineup soon, and that the most likely place would be the CP+ photo show in Japan coming up in about a week. I’d say 2011 will likely be a shake-up year for Canon, but don’t expect them to roll everything out at once. A new compact DSLR is certainly due, though; the T2i came out about a year back.
Which is why this listing at a Korean regulatory agency seems timely. But while the agency listing it is Korea’s “Radio Research Agency,” that doesn’t imply something like wi-fi built in. The agency has listed items in the past, probably just as a certification that they don’t emit any harmful radiation.
At any rate, we’ll keep you informed.
Looks like Japan’s not the only one that’ll have Froyo on a five-inch tabletphone this year — Dell’s official Facebook account confirms that Android 2.2 will be rolling out to the Dell Streak starting this very month. That date’s just for the UK, mind you, as other European territories (and likely the US) will have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to get their Stage UI on. That said, if you’re a particularly astute diner you may be able to get your sweet spoonful sooner than some, as just last evening Dell reportedly directed a number of Streak owners to the website pictured above. While that “Continue with Update” button reportedly doesn’t work at present and the website has since been pulled, it seems that Dell’s considering the idea of allowing users to directly download Android 2.2 themselves. See what the update might include in our gallery below.
Gallery: Dell Streak Android 2.2 update teaser
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Good news for iOS users: versatile video app VLC has been submitted to the App Store as a universal app, and I see no reason why it should be rejected. Expect to join your iPad brethren in playing a variety of video files without the need to jailbreak or part with your hard-earned gold pieces.
I’ve been using VLC for iPad, and while I’ve come across some interesting bugs (mainly related to audio), it seems to work quite well. The app will only work with a 3GS or better iPhone, though, or an equivalent-generation iPod touch, and they say that 720p videos may not play smoothly due to hardware limitations. Not a big deal, I think. SD files look pretty decent.
[via Gadget Lab]
Low supplies of aging Apple models have traditionally indicated a hardware refresh, and the latest herd to run thin is the great wild MacBook Air. Few retailers have any, and those asking for resupply are being told not to expect any until the week of October 12th at the earliest. October is one of the several months in which we find Apple activity, so it’s not such a far-out idea.
Rumors from a couple months ago put the new Air at a petite 11.6″ and have it even thinner and lighter than the current model. That falls much more in line with my idea of an ultraportable; the 13.3″ form factor just isn’t really any smaller than a MacBook in many situations. an 11.6″ Air might even be something I’d be into, and I trashed the first one.
We just got some alleged (but very convincing) internal documents on Verizon’s 4G plans, and it’s mostly stuff we’ve already heard — 5-12Mbps down, aircards before smartphones, and plans to roll out in 30 cities in 2010. That said, documents dated this week show the company’s still on track to serve up 100 million connections by the end of the year, and a pair of independent tipsters have just sent us pics of Verizon computers ready and waiting for those precious LTE SIM cards. Furthermore, the docs also claim that the planned LTE isn’t just fast, it’s got a lag-destroying 30ms latency too, and fans of wider wireless computing can expect 4G tablets of some sort in 2011 as well. See all the goodies in our gallery below.
Gallery: Verizon Wireless alleged internal 4G plans
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