Just ahead of the launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he had “no indications” that Microsoft was building its own Surface phone, even welcoming Microsoft to join the ranks as “a stimulant to the ecosystem.” Nokia has never made any formal risk statements that Microsoft could build its own smartphone, but this week the company’s tone changed somewhat.
In a filing with the SEC, spotted by ZDNet, Nokia acknowledged that Microsoft could very well be building its own smartphone hardware. “Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones….
Question by Dylan: What tablet should I get for starting out? I need a tablet that has internet, movie watching, and if tablets have them – word processing capabilities. I am also looking to try to play runescape on a tablet if that is possible.
Answer by FrameThe Motorola XOOM features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi via Google Talk, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera (with LED flash for stills) that captures video in 720p HD. The 10.1-inch display delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280 x 800-pixel display, and it features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting for new types of applications.
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Verizon has announced that the Samsung Ativ Odyssey, a 4-inch budget Windows Phone 8 handset, will arrive on Verizon on January 24th for a price of $ 49.99 with a two-year contract and after a $ 50 mail-in rebate. The phone was supposed to release last December, but the release date slipped — still, it’s Samsung’s first Ativ phone in the United States. The Ativ Odyssey is a lower-end Windows Phone 8 device, with a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor. The phone joins the HTC 8X ($ 99.99) and Nokia Lumia 822 ($ 49.99), becoming the third Windows Phone 8 device in Verizon’s lineup.
Microsoft’s promotional upgrade pricing for Windows 8 is coming to an end on January 31st and the company has revealed the long term cost for its new OS today. A Windows 8 Pro upgrade will be available online and in retail stores for $ 199.99, with the standard Windows 8 upgrade edition available for $ 119.99 from February onwards.
A promotional offer, available since October, allows consumers to purchase Windows 8 Pro for $ 39.99 until January 31st — providing they’re upgrading from a previous version of Windows. The Verge previously revealed the non-promotional pricing for Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft will also offer a Windows 8 Pro pack, to cover a standard edition of Windows 8 to Professional, for $ 99.99. A Media Center Pack will be made…
The red carrier is charging $ 549.99 and the device comes in two colors, White and a Cobalt Black version that is exclusive to Verizon. To add the Galaxy Camera to a Share Everything Plan, you can even upgrade for a special price of $ 5.
AT&T recently started carrying the device for $ 499 in November.
The camera has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with 21x zoom. But when you flip that bad boy over, you won’t see a little 2-inch LCD. Instead, you’ll be met with the familiar Android homescreen (Jelly Bean, no less), on a 4.8-inch 720p SLCD display.
An Exynos quad-core SoC will sit under the hood, along with a 3G (or 4G) radio, Wifi, an expandable memory card slot and a 1650mAh battery.
This summer YouTube made its biggest advance into sports by picking up rights to live stream the Olympics in various countries, but now it has gained a domestic foothold by partnering with the NBA to air D-League games. While the world isn’t exactly beating down the doors to watch minor league basketball, this is YouTube’s biggest pro sports deal so far. Neither the NBA nor Google will say how much the rights cost for it to air 350 or so of the league’s 400 games, but we wouldn’t expect to see YouTube bids for Monday Night Football. The NBA has long been a YouTube partner in other deals, and there were rumors last year that they were considering a deal for games, although right now Google seems to have its eye on ESPN3 instead of ESPN and will focus on niche sports and complementary programming. If you’re a fan of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants or just trying to catch a peek at the next Jeremy Lin before everyone else, the broadcasts start Friday night (in HD) with four games. They’re also accessible via team and league websites, as archived VOD on YouTube, through mobile apps for iOS and Android or, of course, on TV when they air on NBA TV and CBS Sports Network.
Sure, HTC and Verizon may have given us the long awaited pricing and launch date details for the Droid DNA, but it omitted one tidbit that we’d heard of before: Amazon’s App Suite. Starting with the DNA, select Android devices on Big Red — presumably those that aren’t of the “Google Experience” flavor — will come loaded with the Amazon-focused pane on their home screens. Though a handful of Verizon phones are already pre-loaded with Audible, Zappos and Amazon’s MP3, Kindle and Shopping apps, the suite will roll them up into one experience for easy access. By signing in with your existing Amazon account, content ranging from Kindle novels to Amazon Prime videos will be at your fingertips. In addition, the Seattle-based retailer’s complete selection of products are just an impulse buy away through the app. Hit the jump to check out the mobile storefront in action.
CBS has been the lone Hulu refusenik among the biggest US broadcasters — even with rumors of licensing discussions underway at least two years ago, we’ve usually had to visit the network’s own site if we wanted a CSI fix without paying by the show. The deadlock is over at last now that CBS and Hulu have struck a deal. The agreement isn’t quite what we’d hope for, focusing almost exclusively on back catalog titles like Medium and Star Trek, although celebrity gossip junkies will like knowing that Entertaintment Tonight segments will be viewable the day they air on regular TV. We’ll have to wait until January 2013 for the selection to be ready — not to mention shell out for Hulu Plus to get full access — but there’s at least an end in sight to one of the longer content droughts in streaming video.
At a San Francisco launch event GoPro has just revealed the next addition to its line of action cameras, the Hero3. The Hero3 claims specs that are 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, with a resolution that’s up to 4x higher and it has WiFi included. The top of the line Black Edition is capable of capturing video at up to 4K res — if you’re willing to drop the framerate down to 15fps — however thanks to a processor it says is 2x faster, it has also doubled frame rates at lower resolutions. That means 1080p60, 1440p48 and 720p120 modes are supported for your super slow and still-HD capture needs. The Silver Edition maxes out at 11MP stills and 1080p30 video, while the White Edition drops down to 5MP stills.
As far as pricing, the Black Edition is $ 399, the Silver is $ 299 and the White $ 199. Pre-orders are scheduled to start at 12:01AM PT (3:01AM ET), and there’s a handy counter on the GoPro site if you otherwise might forget. Naturally we were in the house and will have hands-on pics and impressions soon, check after the break for a quick list of specs.
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There’s no question that manufacturers are gearing up for Windows 8′s launch on October 26th with all different kinds of convertible laptops, but there will also be a more traditional route for getting a touchscreen laptop for the new OS: clamshell laptops with touch-enabled displays. Following their first unveil at IFA last month, Acer is now giving us some more information on its first entries into that market: the touch-equipped Aspire M5 ultrabook and thin-and-light Aspire V5 laptops.
The good news is that it looks like touch panels aren’t placing such a price premium on Windows 8 clamshells — the 14-inch M5 ultrabook with touch starts at $ 799.99, while the 14-inch V5 costs $ 749.99 and the 15.6-inch version cost $ 50 more. For…