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Research In Motion has always focused on functionality over style and appearance, however they've recently acquired The Astonishing Tribe, a UI and design company that should help spice up the BlackBerry and QNX operating systems we're hearing so much about recently. According to some rumours circulating online, the acquisition of TAT may have been a move towards offering a 3D capable BlackBerry device in the future, though this definitely isn't confirmed. No word yet on when RIM would be launching a device supporting 3D content, but if this rumour gains any more momentum, we'll be sure to let you know. What do you think about 3D mobile phones?


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Telus and Rogers have officially launched the BlackBerry Bold 9780 refresh device, which is almost identical to the Bold 9700, but with the addition of a 5MP camera and the BlackBerry 6 operating system (with increased memory to better handle it). The Bold 9780 is available from Telus for $99.99 on a 3 year term, while Rogers is offering it up for $50 more at $149.99 with a 3 year contract. Outright pricing comes in the same from both carriers at $499.99 contract-free. If you're looking to get a BlackBerry handset, this is definitely one worth checking out, though Bold 9700 users may want to hold off a bit longer to see exactly how well BlackBerry 6 runs on their device, with reports coming in fairly positive from those who have installed leaked and unofficial versions.


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More rumours are making their way around the internet, this time around regarding the BlackBerry Bold refresh device - the 9780. The Bold 9780 is almost identical to the 9700 model, but offers up a few internal improvements(memory) that will help it handle the newly released BlackBerry 6 operating system, along with an improved 5MP camera. Apparently the device will be launching on October 21st for $149 on Virgin's SuperTab or on a 3 year contract, though as always, this information can't be guaranteed until officially announced by the carrier.

BlackBerry users, will you picking up a Bold 9780, or have you made the jump to the Torch 9800 already?


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With the Windows Phone 7 launch event occurring today, we've gotten quite a bit of information on exactly what to expect for the platform, and what type of hardware will be launching using the new OS. One of the first bits of news to come out of the event, is that eBay has developed an application for Windows Phone 7 devices that should be completely ready when the first devices hit the North American market later this month. The application will have many features that other platform's eBay apps include, among which are daily deals, a search function, the ability to bid on items, and a full activity monitoring system for watchlists, messages, etc. Additionally, users will be able to pay for purchased using PayPal, so gone are the days of sitting at home to keep an eye on that item you so desperately want!

It's great to see applications emerge already, before the new platform even hits the market. With any luck we'll see a slew of other applications prepared for launch to go along with the nice variety of devices launching in the coming months running on the new operating system.


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We just let you know that Telus will be carrying the HTC 7 Surround exclusively in Canada, but it seems as though Rogers is looking to get in on some exclusive Windows Phone 7 action as well. Expected to launch in early November (simultaneously with AT&T), the Samsung Focus features a 4" (480x800) Super AMOLED display, is powered by a 1GHz processor, and comes with 8GB of internal storage built-in. Additionally, the handset will be able to carry microSD cards up to 32GB, and the device offers up a 5MP camera to top off the impressive specifications. No definite word on pricing as of yet, but we expect it to come in around the $200 mark, as that's what AT&T will be offering it up for.

It's great to see Microsoft launching hard with some great manufacturers, and it's even better knowing they've put some solid time and effort into the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Hopefully we'll see even more devices launched in the near-future, and as developers get some time with the new tools, we should see a large variety of applications ready at launch as well. This is truly an exciting day for anybody who has been waiting for the official Windows Phone 7 announcements!


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Today, HTC unveiled 5 of their upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices, and among them is a Telus exclusive in Canada - the HTC 7 Surround. The HTC 7 Surround features the newly designed and announced Windows Phone 7 operating system, along with some impressive, and highly competitive hardware specifications to back it up.

Featuring a 3.8" (480x800) touch screen, 5MP camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and 16GB of internal storage, this Telus exclusive is perfect for capturing or experiencing media of any kind. One of the most unique features is the slide-out speaker system that offers up virtual surround sound and high quality audio so users can use the device to experience media along side others, rather than cutting themselves off from friends by popping in headphones. Powered by a 1GHz processor, you can be sure that device certainly won't lack power or speed, and should easily compare to top of the line handsets running on other platforms.

Expected sometime later this month, there is no definite word on pricing as of yet, but it's likely to come in around the $200 mark on a 3 year term. What do you think about the HTC 7 Surround and Windows Phone 7? Let us know in the forums!


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The moment BlackBerry and gadget fans everywhere have been anticipating for the last few weeks finally came yesterday afternoon, when Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry PlayBook! The PlayBook, which is RIM's contribution to the tablet market, features an array of top-end specifications, and the OS is developed, as rumoured, by QNX.

Let's start with the hardware - a 7" ( 1024 x 600) LCD multi-touch capacitive LCD display/touchscreen, a 5MP rear camera and 3MP front-facing camera, both capable of capturing high definition. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the PlayBook comes equipped with micro USB and micro HDMI ports, and connects to cellular data networks via bluetooth tethering with a BlackBerry smartphone. It also features Wi-Fi (a, b, g, n) connectivity, and comes in at just 10mm thick.

Now on to the operating system and software, it looks like the PlayBook is going to fill in the gaps that Apple's IPad currently has, including FULL Adobe Flash 10.1 support! It also supports HTML 5, an on-screen keyboard, and "true multi-tasking". Video conferencing is made available via the front facing camera, and the device can access your BBM, e-mail, calendar, etc., by pairing with your BlackBerry smartphone.


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A rumour surfaced recently claiming the BlackBerry Pearl 3G would be coming to WIND Mobile soon, and at a price point of $320 outright. It turns out the rumour was true, and this handset is finally available and no longer labeled "Coming Soon". WIND Mobile are currently offering a $20 discount on the device as well, bringing it down to just $300. Even without the discount, this is the lowest unlocked price in the country currently, and is a great device for those who like the Pearl look and feel, but want 3G speeds and the upcoming BlackBerry 6 operating system.


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We have some information on the new Windows Mobile operating system - Windows Phone 7, and though we haven't heard a whole lot about this platform as of yet, some new details have emerged. According to Greg Milligan, Microsoft Canada's Mobility Solutions Manager, Windows Phone 7 will launch simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada, and will be available on multiple carriers for Canadians to choose from around the Holiday season. Apparently initial manufacturers will include LG, Samsung, and HTC, with Dell emerging in the market soon afterwards and the possibility of other manufacturers in 2011.


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Bell has released a document internally stating compatible devices should receive the upgrade to BlackBerry 6 in early 2011. BlackBerry 6 is RIM's newest mobile operating system that features a significantly improved browser, new menus, and a new media interface, among other changes. Devices that will get the update include the Pearl 9100, Bold 9700, and the recently launched Curve 9300. No word yet on when Rogers and Telus plan to release the updates, but it's likely that it will be within the same time frame.


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