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US Update: Galaxy Tab, iPhone 5, Samsung Gloria

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 07:00 PM PST

US Update: Galaxy Tab, iPhone 5, Samsung GloriaSo much news, so little time. Fire up that cup of joe and let's get right into the latest and greatest in tech news from this side of the globe. In this morning's US Update we cover the Samsung Galaxy Tab entertainment bundle, the latest iPhone 5 rumors, the ten inch Samsung Gloria and much, much more.

First up, Samsung is looking to sweeten your Christmas with £200 worth of free downloadable goodies if you purchase the Galaxy Tab anytime between now and Christmas. You'll have your choice at 50 MP3s, 15 movies, seven games and five eBooks, sound good?

Apple has filed a patent which looks to be the future of iOS. Using "radial menus", the new version of iOS looks to finally change the game this June when the iPhone 5 will be released. A new ten inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, codename Gloria, has surfaced. The rumored device runs Windows 7 and features a slide-out keyboard, but is it real?

New reports are coming in that Microsoft Kinect is seeing global shortages.  In an interview with, we learn that Microsoft is ramping up production to battle the overwhelming demand, but will there be a Microsoft Kinect to buy this Christmas? Krusell has released their "Top 10" list for November and the iPhone 4 has taken top honors. In their list of the top ten mobile phones, we saw six devices from Nokia, the Samsung Galaxy S and two devices from HTC. Is the iPhone 4 really the number one selling device in the globle?

That wraps up things this fine morning from the states. Thanks for spending your morning with us as we break the headlines fresh off the press from our side of the world. Until tomorrow, this is Nick saying over and out.

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Apple iPhone 4: top selling mobile phone for November

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 06:00 PM PST

Apple iPhone 4: top selling mobile phone for NovemberThe numbers are in and Swedish manufacturer, Krusell, has announce its "Top 10" list for November with the Apple iPhone 4 taking top honors. Using the number of custom made mobile phone and smartphone cases ordered by Krusell, the manufacturer uses the sales from six continents (including more than 50 countries) to determine the “Top 10″. Any guesses for numbers two through ten?

Let's get right into it, here's your "Top 10" list for November in order from one to ten: Apple iPhone 4, Nokia 3720 Classic, Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, Nokia C5, Nokia N8, HTC HD2, Nokia E52, Nokia 6700 Classic, Nokia 6303 Classic, HTC Desire HD.

Keep in mind that this is not an accurate reflection of phones shipped, but simply based on Krusell cases shipped. Regardless, it looks like the iPhone 4 is leaving it's mark on the mobile world, anyone think Krusell missed a few notable phones in their "Top 10" list?

via Cellular-News

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Microsoft Kinect seeing global shortages?

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 05:00 PM PST

Microsoft Kinect seeing global shortages?The Microsoft Kinect is a home run. In less than a month Microsoft managed to sell over 2.5 million units and the demand shows no signs of stopping. Current forecasts put the yearly sales total in the neighborhood of 5 million units so the question becomes: will there be any Microsoft Kinects left for Christmas?

Neil Thompson, the general manager for Xbox in the UK and Ireland, has put an end to any rumors that Kinect shortages may have been used to stimulate demand. In fact, several key markets are seeing demand that outweighs supply. To manage the overwhelming buzz for Kinect, Mr. Thompson has confirmed to that "we've built a really strong supply and resupply chain over the coming weeks."

When asked about the decision to launch Microsoft Kinect before the holiday season where a hot device such as the Kinect could sell out, Thompson said, "the choices you always have are: do we launch in November or do we wait until February, March when we could hit some bigger launch numbers but then we miss Christmas. It takes time to scale".

With several key markets seeing an overwhelming demand, the question as to whether you'll be able to get your hands on Microsoft Kinect this holiday season remains very much in question. We appreciate the news that Microsoft has building out a stronger supply and resupply chain over the coming weeks, but Christmas is only 17 days away.

Now it's time to hear from you. We've checked with some local retailers and nearly half of the Best Buy locations we've called have three or less Microsoft Kinect bundles for sale. Is the Microsoft Kinect sold out in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comment section below, thanks!

via BGR

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Samsung Gloria: the ten inch Galaxy Tab?

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 04:00 PM PST

Samsung Gloria: the ten inch Galaxy Tab?We've told you that Motorola is planning to release two tablets early next year, but we now have details on Samsung's ten inch variety: the Samsung Gloria. This ten inch Galaxy Tab, codenamed Gloria, appeared this morning with photos in tote. Are you ready for a ten inch Galaxy Tab?

Samsung seems to be taking the headlines this morning, first announcing the entertainment bundle and now leaked images and specs for a ten inch Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Gloria. Complete with a slide-out keyboard, very reminiscent of the Nokia N900, Gloria is rumored to run Microsoft Windows 7.

We'll be the first to admit, a Galaxy Tab running Windows 7 does not seem likely. However, with the addition of a slide-out keyboard, the chances the Samsung Gloria will run Windows 7 improve, albeit slightly. We'd like to point out that at this point the Samsung Gloria is simply a rumor and we haven't been able to track down a source to corroborate the story.

Samsung Gloria: the ten inch Galaxy Tab?

According to, their source says the Samsung Gloria Galaxy Tab will be released between March and April 2011. If this device is in fact real, we'll expect to see it front and center in Las Vegas this January at CES. In the meantime, take the news with a grain of salt.

In relate tablet news, Toshiba has confirmed they'll be covering all the bases at CES this year — Windows 7, Chrome OS and Android. It seems that Android is just one of many choices for manufacturers and they won't be putting all their eggs in one basket. All signs point to 2011 being the year of the tablet, let the games begin!

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Apple iPhone 5: Is this the future of iOS?

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 03:00 PM PST

Apple iPhone 5: Is this the future of iOS?It's no secret — come June 2011, Apple will release the iPhone 5. For better or worse, the fifth generation iPhone will need to leave its mark on the mobile industry and thanks to some patents released today we might have a better idea of what that may look like. Are you ready to see the future of iOS?

Since 2007 when iPhone was introduced iOS has remained largely unchanged. Sure we saw the addition of copy and paste, multi-tasking and various other tidbits, but the meat and potatoes of the OS remains stagnant. In a new patent filing, we get a glimpse of the future of iOS and how radically different the iPhone 5 might be this June.

In the next version of iOS for the iPhone 5, there may be a new feature called "radical menus". Looking at the diagram below you can see the menu for programs expands 360 degrees, providing more options using minimal screen real estate. The concept is nothing new, we've seen similar approaches used on desktop computers for some time, but Apple is optimizing the approach for all iOS devices — iPhone, iPod touch, Ipad.

Apple iPhone 5: Is this the future of iOS?

Rather than try to explain the intricacies of the patent filing, we'll just direct you to Apple description, "…The novel radial menu techniques of some embodiments include (i) non-uniform spacing of menu items, (ii) the use of shading or highlighting within a region associated with an item to indicate the present selectability of the item, and (iii) the use of radial gestures for opening sub-menus and the subsequent display of the sub-menu."

So what exactly does this mean? If implemented correctly, a long keypress results in a contextual radial menu popping up and options expand with a finger swipe. We're sold on the concept and if Apple can actually make this happen, iOS and the iPhone 5 should raise the smartphone bar in a little over six months time.

So what do you think about the new iOS "radial menus"? Is this a step in the right direction for iOS or would you like to see something different? Let us know!

via UnwiredView

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Samsung sweetens the Galaxy Tab with £200 worth of Christmas goodies

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 02:00 PM PST

Samsung sweetens the Galaxy Tab with £200 worth of Christmas goodiesEying the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but not ready to commit? Samsung is making the decision easy with a free entertainment package worth £200 for anyone buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab before Christmas. The Galaxy Tab just went to the top of our Christmas list!

So here's the deal — the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a multimedia, gaming, Internet, get things done powerhouse. To help take advantage of these robust features and help you hit the ground running when you get the Galaxy Tab, Samsung has put together an entertainment package valued at up to £200.

The entertainment package includes a choice of 50 MP3s from eMusic, 15 movies from Samsung Movies, 7 games developed by Gameloft (optimized for seven inch screen) and five eBooks from your choice of WHSmith's best-seller list. Sound good? We'd have to give this two thumbs up.

When asked about the Samsung Galaxy Tab entertainment bundle, Simon Stanford, Manager Director for Samsung UK and Ireland said, "we've used our strategic partnerships with leading brands to put together and entertainment package that will let people enjoy the Galaxy Tab straight away. We're committed to offering the best entertainment experience as well as the best value and we wanted to give our customer even more to enjoy when they open a Galaxy Tab this Christmas."

So how do you redeem the £200 entertainment package? Simple, just head on over to and enter the unique code found on your Galaxy Tab box. Once you enter the code you'll be on your way to enjoying games, movies, music and eBooks within minutes.

With today's announcement the decision between the current generation Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab suddenly heated up. Sure, there's Tegra 2 Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets coming in January at CES, but the holiday season is now — it's time to decide. Samsung Galaxy Tab or Apple iPad, you tell us!

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Teatime Tech: Windows Phone 7 tips, Facebook stalking and the Sony Ericsson LiveView guide

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:00 AM PST

Teatime tech news time! Read on before you head on home for the day, and you’ll get all the stories worth talking about in just a few seconds.

First up, if you’ve just snagged a Windows Phone 7 handset, or are thinking of making the jump, we’ve got some useful stuff for you: our Best Windows Phone 7 Top 5 is now live, and we’ve got a handy guide to show you how to make the lock screen much more useful.

On the web meanwhile, Facebook denied claims that it’s revealing who’s been looking at your profile, and in the “real” world, Norman Foster was named as the architect behind Apple’s next HQ building. What will it look like?

Finally, be sure to check out our complete guide to the Sony Ericsson LiveView: we’ve got everything you need to know about Sony Ericsson’s little Android remote.

Still want more news? Roll on over to the homepage and keep it locked right there. It’s updated around the clock!

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i-dration bottle with smartphone sync: hydration 2.0

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:10 AM PST

This might look like something you urinate into in a hospital, but it’s actually the complete opposite. Literally. The i-dration bottle hooks up to a smartphone app, and keeps you at optimum levels of hydration by telling you when you need to drink more water.

The i-dration bottle collects real time data such as temperature and how much water you’ve drunk, which is then pinged over to the smartphone app, which has all your vital stats and fitness levels on. The app assesses how much water you need, and pings that info back to the bottle, which then alerts you to have another gulp of H2O with a flashing blue light.

The bottle is still in development, but will be shown off at CES in Las Vegas this January, where we’ll be keeping an eye out for it.

What do you think of the i-dration bottle? Would you buy one?

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Best Windows Phone 7

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 07:42 AM PST

The best Windows Phone 7 phone is a hard choice to make, as well as a tall order to pronounce – what was Microsoft thinking? Regardless, it’s an ace OS, with plenty of great handsets to go around. See which we think are the pick of the litter to the right of the full post in our Best Windows Phone 7 Top 5.

Look over to the right of the post and you’ll see what we think are the five best Windows Phone 7 smartphones, selected from every manufacturers’ efforts released so far.

Check out the list to the right

With Microsoft dictating the specs as well as the software, it can be tough to differentiate between handsets, but our Electricpig gadget experts have scrutinised and tested all of the ones you see here, and plucked out the ones with unique traits we like the most, so give those reviews a read with a click why don’t you? Then when you’re done, give Buy It a thwack with your cursor to scope out the very best deals.

Disagree with our Best Windows Phone 7 shortlist? Tell us why in the comments below, we’d love to know what your candidates are.

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Windows Phone 7: how to add a transparent lock screen for even more glance and go

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 07:30 AM PST

One Windows Phone 7 developer has found a way to give even more glance and go on your Windows Phone 7. If you’re fed up of flipping the lock screen up every time you want to check what’s going on, then here’s how to add a transparent lock screen to your Windows Phone 7.

You’ll only be able to add a transparent lock screen if you don’t have a password, but other than this it’s pretty simple to do.

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Design yourself a transparent image that’s the same pixel size as your Windows Phone 7, and save it as a PNG. Email it to yourself as an attachment, and then open the attachment via your Windows Phone 7. Save the image into your pictures folder on your Widows Phone 7, then simpy save it as your screen saver. Hey presto, you’ve got a transparent lock screen.

Don’t sync the image via Zune software though, as it will convert the PNG into a JPEG and all transparency will be lost. Here’s a video from the Windows Phone 7 dev keyboardp.

[via WMPowerUser]

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