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BlackBerry Bold 9930 Now Available On Verizon

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Verizon BlackBerry users here is the news you’ve been waiting for: the Bold 9930 (aka the Bold Touch) is now finally available for you to order from Verizon for $250 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.

Specs wise the Verizon Bold 9930 comes with pretty much everything we expected: a 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB of RAM (so everything from BBMing to browsing the web is much faster), 5 megapixel back camera with the ability to take 720p HD video (there is no front camera for video chat), the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and that awesome BlackBerry keyboard underneath that 2.8 inch multi-touch screen. Unfortunately, like Sprint’s Bold 9930 this Verizon Bold 9930 is also 3G-only which means you can’t use it on Verizon’s superfast 4G LTE network (something we were hoping Verizon would sneak in particularly since it’s a pretty expensive $250 on 2 year contract). For the full recap of what’s in this new Bold see our previous post here.

Basically, if you’re on Verizon and looking for a new BlackBerry for school this year, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.

More info: Verizon

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 Now Live on Verizon’s Site! (UPDATE: Coming With 4G LTE?)

Well, it looks like we should expect some news on the Bold Touch 9930 after all– at least if you’re on Verizon. Yes, that video above is the hotly anticipated BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 being demoed on video by Verizon, pretty much confirming that the sickest BlackBerry we’ve seen yet is going to be on its way to a Verizon store near you. And to make things better, the video was posted on Verizon’s site (under a second listing for the older Bold 9650). To view the video on the Verizon site just click on “Explore Features” under the demo and videos tab.

Sadly the video doesn’t give a price or exact release date (though the way it sounds we think it will be coming sooner rather than later), but hopefully that will all be cleared up soon.

So with Verizon and T-Mobile now for sure getting the new Bold Touch all we need is AT&T and Sprint to share the good news and everyone will be happy. Stay tuned– we think this BlackBerry news is just getting started.

UPDATE: So we just watched the video again and the end of the video the Verizon employee Blake makes sure to mention the Bold 9930’s faster processor, touchscreen, great BlackBerry keyboard and that it’s “paired with fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in America.” Yeah, this could not just be the first touchscreen Bold, but also the first BlackBerry to run on Verizon’s super-fast 4G network.

Now the video didn’t mention 4G elsewhere or show off a “4G” logo so this may just be a mistake from an early video. But wow– we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for tomorrow.

Info and YouTube version of the video from CrackBerry

Nintendo Announces The Wii U– This Is The Next Wii

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The Wii U

Wow. That’s really all we can say right now– wow. Nintendo has just taken the wraps off of its successor to the hit Wii, named the Wii U, and to say it looks insane would be like saying Dwayne Wade or Dirk Nowitzki are just “ok” basketball players– a ridiculous understatement.

The focus of the Wii was everyone playing together. The Wii U has that too, just with a new focus on you– the individual gamer (hence the “U”). As rumored this new Wii U is packed with impressive power so you can expect very impressive HD games and a real online gaming platform (similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network)– but the big deal here is the new controller.

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The Wii U controller

The Wii U comes with a brand new controller with a massive 6.2 inch touchscreen in the middle of it. As rumored it will allow you to stream games right from the TV to the controller so you can play even if the TV itself is off (or if you’re playing multiplayer, without worry someone will be watching your screen the whole game). There is also a camera (for games and things like video chat), and a full array of buttons on the right and left (including triggers on the back) for the full controller experience (and if you have a Wii you can also use those controllers, but it may only be for certain games. Wii games will play fine on here). Full controller plus incredible new touchscreen? Again, this is just insane. Words don’t even do it justice, check out this video of the power of the Wii U:

And just to show how Nintendo is fully back in the hard core gaming market, here are just a few titles announced for Wii U: Arkham City, an Assassin’s Creed game, Dirt, Ghost Recon OnlineTekkenMetro Last Light,Aliens Colonial MarinesNinja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and Darksiders II, Madden NFL. Yeah, this is a system for all gamers.

Worst part of today’s news? We’ll have to wait until sometime between April 1 and December 31 2012 to get our hands on this.

Sony Announces the PlayStation Vita– The NGP Gets A Name

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Sony fans, it’s finally here– more information on the hotly anticipated NGP/PSP 2. Sony just moments ago took the wraps off some more details on the NGP starting with two very big pieces of info, the official name and the which carrier will offer the built-in 3G on the NGP. The NGP will now be called the PlayStation Vita (or PS Vita for short) and will be available in both WiFi only and WiFi+3G versions with the 3G being provided by AT&T (with a data plan of some sort for using that 3G network).

For those who don’t know, the PlayStation Vita is the next generation of the PSP (which is why we also call it the PSP2). It’s loaded with impressive features like: a 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a crazy 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (Think the full power of your computer in your pocket. This allows for things like PS3 quality graphics on a device you can carry in your pocket), full array of buttons with  dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go with the PS3 like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games), touch sensitive pad on the front and back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). In short, it’s pretty incredible.

The Vita will cost an incredible $249.99 for the WiFi model (it’s the same as the 3DS) and $299.99 for the WiFi+3G when it launches “this holiday season.” Sadly AT&T won’t announce the price of data plan for the 3G until a “later date,” and Sony isn’t yet sharing the exact date this holiday season the Vita will launch.  But hey, at least we got the name and price!

Apple Announces iMessage: BBM For iPhone Is Now Here

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iMessage between iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Whenever we speak to friends with BlackBerrys they always mention how much they love BBM, and in many cases, how its the “only thing” keeping them from switching from a BlackBerry to an iPhone. Well, BlackBerry users, prepare to make the switch. Apple just took the wraps off of iMessage, or to put it in another way: the Apple version of BBM.

Coming in iOS 5–and available on iPhone (3GS/4), iPad (1 and 2) and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th gen)– iMessage has everything a BlackBerry user has come to know and love in BBM. Text, pic, video and contacts can all be shared with other iMessage users. Group chats, read and delivery receipts and indications on when the other person is typing? Yup, all are here as well. And like BBM, the messages will be pushed straight to your iDevice– just iMessages will work on both 3G and WiFi (so if you just have an iPod touch or WiFi-only iPad you can still use Apple’s version of BBM without having to get an iPhone and sign up for a data plan. If you have both an iPhone and iPad/iTouch this will allow you to continue your conversations on both devices).

T-Mobile Launching HTC Sensation 4G On June 15th, Coming To Walmart On June 12th (UPDATE: Price Confirmed)

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We know a lot of you have been waiting for more information on T-Mobile’s upcoming 4G superphone, the HTC Sensation 4G, and we’ve got some good news for you. T-Mobile and HTC have just revealed a little bit more information on T-Mobile’s upcoming fastest and most powerful 4G phone yet, the launch date. The Sensation 4G will be available online and in T-Mobile stores starting June 15th, and if you can’t wait for June 15th, you can head to your local Walmart as soon as June 12th. No price has been announced just yet but if we had to guess it would be in the $200 on two-year contract with data plan range.

For those who don’t know, the Sensation 4G is loaded with features like a speedy 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 8 megapixel back camera with 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video chat, 4.3 inch qHD high-res screen with aluminum unibody design (so things look good on the phone and off it), and the latest and greatest version of Android for phones, version 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0. Basically, it’s not just T-Mobile’s most powerful 4G phone, but one of the most powerful phones ever released in the US. For full details on the Sensation 4G see our previous post here.

So T-Mobile users, who’s looking forward to June 15th?

UPDATE: And just like that the price is official. Just as we guessed it’s $200 with 2 year contract, data plan and $50 mail-in rebate.

The iPad 2– It’s Official

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The iPad 2– officially 

Yes, as expected the iPad 2 is officially official. Like all of Apple’s big event, the new iPad features some major new changes over the previous iPad. New changes on this new iPad include: the new design that we saw leaked earlier today that’s a third thinner than the first iPad (its thinner than iPhone 4!), a very fast dual core A5 processor with 9x better graphics (this is awesome news for gamers), the dual cameras and improved speaker that everyone has been waiting for (front camera for FaceTime video chat, back for HD video recording), 10 hour battery, and it ships in both white and black from day one for both AT&T and Verizon (this is in addition to the WiFi only versions).

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Facetime, now on the iPad 2

The iPad 2 will be available next week, March 11th, for the same prices as current iPads (starts at $499 for 16 GB WiFi only up to $829 for 64 GB WiFi+3G).

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Photo Booth on the new iPad 2

In addition to the iPad 2, Apple also announced the next version of iOS, version 4.3. New features in iOS 4.3 (which also comes out next week, March 11th for iPhone, iPod touch and first-gen iPad owners) include Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 (the ability to turn your iPhone 4 into a WiFi hotspot. This finally comes to all iPhone 4s, not just the Verizon iPhone 4), Photo Booth for iPad (like on the Mac, this is a fun way to mess around with the iPad’s new cameras. See pic above), improvements to Apple’s AirPlay (for streaming movies, music and pictures from your iOS device to your TV through Apple TV), and iTunes Home Sharing (so you can stream your music, movies and pictures from your iTunes on your computer to your iOS device over your home WiFi– no cables required to play).


Atrix 4G Launch Date Pushed Up– Now Launching Next Week

Counting down the day until you can get your hands on AT&T’s hottest new 4G phone, the Atrix 4G, comes out? Well, awesome news– prepare to knock two weeks off that countdown as AT&T has just announced that the superphone will be coming much earlier than initially announced: next Tuesday the 22nd as opposed to the previously announced March 6th date.

Price is still $199 with new 2 year contract and data plan, with the same option to buy the laptop dock and phone for $500 with tethering data plan. Anyone going out on Tuesday to pick this beast up?

Sony Officially Takes Wraps Off Xperia Play, Coming to Verizon in “Early Spring”

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Wow MWC is off to a crazy start. Today, as promised, Sony Ericsson took the full wraps off the Xperia Play/PlayStation Phone, and wow is it looking better and better. Just as Wirefly leaked last week, Verizon will be the lucky carrier to get this awesome phone in “early Spring” (they just don’t give up at all do they? First it was 4 4G phones at CES, next the iPhone 4 and now this? And it’s only February!).

As for specs? Wirefly looked again to be 100% on the mark, with the official word being that this beast will come with:

  • 4 inch high-resolution screen– This fits in with all the other rumors we’ve heard about the phone, and with a resolution of 854×480 expect games to look really awesome on here.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box– Yes, this will be running the latest and greatest of Android for phones which is definitely something to get excited about because it’s the best version of Android for phones ever released (faster, updated Google Apps, support for game controllers *cough* *cough*)
  • 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM– To make sure all those PlayStation games run smoothly.
  • GPS and WiFi– With support for WiFi N networks and the ability to use the phone as a portable WiFi hotspot.
  • 5 megapixel back camera with flash and HD video recording with second front camera for video chat– Just like the iPhone 4, Nexus S, Samsung Epic 4G etc.
  • 8 GB microSD card included in the box

Oh, and the phone will also ship with one “legendary” PlayStation One game (title not yet announced), with an additional 50 games available at launch (including Guitar Hero, Assassin’s Creed, and Dead Space to name a few) from a whole bunch of publishers (with some current smartphone games already out there getting special extra levels on the Xperia Play).

Still no price and exact release date– but wow is this turning into some awesome year for anyone on Verizon. New video of the Xperia Play in action after the break.

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Sprint Unveils the Kyocera Echo, the Worlds First Dual Screen Phone

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Sprint’s said their event tonight would be a first for the wireless industry, and boy was it. Tonight Sprint and Kyocera introduced a pretty incredible looking phone, the Echo. And why is this incredible you ask? For one, it’s the first smartphone with DUAL 3.5 inch screens— that’s TWO screens the size of the iPhones screen in one phone! Yeah, wow is right.

Even more remarkable is what you can do with these two screens. Featuring a revolutionary Pivot-Hinge there are 4 different ways to view and use the Echo: Single-screen mode— Just one 3.5 inch screen visible with the second one hidden behind it using the Echo’s Pivot Hinge (see below for pic); Optimized mode– using specially optimized apps such as updated versions of Email, Browser, Messaging and VueQue (an optimized version of  YouTube that lets you play the video on one screen while browsing and queuing and loading up other videos on the bottom to play right when your current video ends) apps you can use both screens when open to their fullest advantage such as having two browser windows open one on top of the other or having a text or email open on the top screen and the keyboard on the bottom (meaning you have a keyboard that’s the size of an iPod touch or iPhone screen!); Simul-task mode— Having one of those above apps open on the top screen and a second one on the bottom (as in having a text message open on top and a GameCast from ESPN or a YouTube video in the VueQue app on the bottom. This is ultimate multi-tasking.); and a Tablet mode— having any Android app take up the entire 4.7 inches available when both screens are open side by side (basically, this turns the Echo’s two screens into a giant 4.7 inch phone. This is also what will happen when both screens are open and your running any app not optimized for the Echo’s dual screen). You can even go into a sort-of “laptop mode” where you tilt the top screen up as if it were a laptop. Yeah, this is pretty sick.

Kyocera Echo closed

Other specs on the phone include:

  • 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor— Those two screens need some serious power right?
  • Android 2.2— With full access to the over 100,000 apps in the Android Market (though apps need to be specially designed to take use of both screens. Sprint and Kyocera will make available the code for developers to make their own Echo optimized apps).
  • 1 GB of memory built-in with additional 8 GB included on microSD card
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p HD video recording
  • 3G, GPS and WiFi— With the ability to use this as a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices.  Yes, sadly there is no 4G in here.

Even without 4G we must say the Echo still looks pretty sick and we’re sure it will definitely interest those who want something extremely different and cool and don’t necessarily need the fastest network. Sprint said we can expect the Echo sometime this Spring for $199 with new 2 year contract and that it will ship with an additional backup battery and backup battery charger (though don’t worry, Sprint also said that the Echo’s battery is “on par” with that of other top smartphones today, so think of this as a way to make sure you get through the day).

We’ll have more on the Echo coming up (including a first look of this sick new phone), so stay tuned. In the meantime, for more on the Echo see Sprint’s site here.