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Nokia’s first touchscreen phone going official next week?


It’s no secret that Nokia has been working on a touchscreen phone for a while now. Even if you haven’t heard about their device code-named “Tube”, you’ve got to figure they’ll need a direct competitor to the iPhone, HTC G1, and several offerings from Samsung and LG.

According to industry sources, Nokia will be officially announcing their the new handset at a media event on October 2nd in London.

[Via Reuters]


Palin’s email hacked by son of State Representative?


Bad news for Democratic State Representative Mike Kernell from Tennessee if this story proves true. Remember how Republican Vice President candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account was hacked into last week?

The FBI has been involved in trying to track down the hacker and the evidence has led them to the home of 20-year-old University of Tennessee student David Kernell, son of Representative Mike Kernell.

No charges have been filed yet but David’s apartment has been searched.

[Via Gizmodo]

New aluminum MacBook’s already shipping to retailers?

According to a note from Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner, he has received confirmation that updated MacBook’s are already shipping.

“Field checks” indicate that the new MacBooks have a “very thin aluminum casing, an LED-backlit display and an aggressive entry-level price point.”

If you’re about to buy a MacBook, might want to wait a day or two for this to be confirmed or shot down.

[Via Mac Rumors]

Canon 5D Mark II announcement coming on September 17th?

According to some translated info German photography magazine website Kamera & Bild, Canon will be announcing the replacement to their current 5D camera, the 5D Mark II.

It’s not clear where they’re getting that info but I’ll assume for now that it’s accurate, so look for more info on the rumored 5D Mark II next Wednesday.

[Via Photography Bay]

New iPods, iTunes 8, iPhone 2.1 update coming tomorrow?

Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event is taking place tomorrow, September 9th, and according to rumors we can expect to see:

  • Updated iPod Touch
  • Updated iPod Nano
  • Release of iTunes 8
  • Release of iPhone 2.1 firmware

There’s an outside chance that MacBooks will be updated as well but that seems pretty unlikely at tomorrows event.

There’s also a rumor that the iPhone 2.1 firmware will hold a few surprises for developers with some new features being revealed that had been previously withheld in SDK releases.

[Via Ars Technica]

Dell looking to sell off computer factories?

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Dell is trying to sell off it’s computer factories in an attempt to cut costs and improve profitability.

Dell has allegedly been shopping the factories around to various contract computer manufacturers and some or possibly all of Dell’s plants could be sold off within the next 18 months.

Selling the some of the plants might not be as easier as others, with some plants, like Dell’s plant in North Carolina, having received several million dollars in state and local incentives in exchange for agreeing to meet specific employment and local-investment goals by 2015.

[Via Reuters]

Canon 5D Mark II already in the hands of some media outlets?

According to some new Canon rumor info, two new DSLR’s will be announced at Photokina and one will almost certainly be the highly anticipated 5D Mark II.

A poster in the in the DPR forum says that “production units of the 5D replacement have already been shipping to some long-lead media outlets under NDA so the can get their reviews lined-up for the day the embargo lifts.”

So if one of the cameras is the 5D Mark II what with the other be?

Photography Bay believes that it could be the 7D, but we’ll see by the time Photokina opens on September 23rd. If you’re in the market for a budget DSLR, neither of these would be it with the price possibly starting around $2,000 for the 7D and $3,500 for 5D Mark II.

[Via Photography Bay]

BlackBerry Bold on AT&T delayed until October?

According to a BGR tipster, the BlackBerry Bold, won’t be hitting AT&T until October 2nd, nearly five months after when it was initially expected.

The Bold is already available in Canada and Europe, so what’s the reason for the delay in the US? Not sure.

Maybe AT&T is worried about adding another hot 3G handset that will use a lot of bandwidth until some issue with their network are addressed?

Of course, this tip could be all wrong and A&T may still be releasing the bold in early September as some other report said. We’ll see, I guess…

[Via Electronista]

Specs of Canon 5D Mark II leaked?

Although Canon hasn’t officially announced the 5D Mark II DSLR, rumors of it have been around for a while and if Canon Rumors source is correct here are the camera’s features:

  • 21.1 megapixel full-frame sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • ISO range of 100 – 6400 L:50 & H:12800
  • Able to shoot 5fps
  • 3.2 inch high resolution LCD
  • 19 point AF
  • HDMI out
  • Live View
  • Able to record HD movies
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Full weather sealing
  • Only compatible with Canon EF lenses

I’m sure the 5D Mark II is coming, but are those the specs? We’ll see…

[Via Gizmodo]

Halo 4 coming to next gen Xbox as launch title, being developed by Gearbox?


According to a new Halo rumor, game development studio Gearbox Software is said to be preparing to work on a new title believed to be Halo 4, also believed to be planned as a launch title for the next Xbox console.

While nothing official is being said right now, Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has posted a job listing for a senior artist and has said “I’ve started a new project. It’s big. It’s, like, look-at-our-line-up-and-imagine-something-even-bigger kind of big. I’m directing it myself. I can’t mention it publicly yet. When you find out what this is, you’ll likely agree that I can’t oversell this one.”

We’re likely quite a ways off from hearing anything about this or the next Xbox.

[Via Kotaku]