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Microsoft begins updating Hotmail interface

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Microsoft has begun the process of updating Hotmail’s user interface with some users already onboard with the new design.

Aside from the new look which includes both a full and a classic interface, the contacts feature has been updated and there is now integration with Live’s Calendar beta.

If you have a Hotmail account and still the old interface, some users would consider you lucky with some finding the new interface more difficult to use. Of course, it could also just be that some users are having trouble with the change.

For more info about what’s new check out this page.

[Via Download Squad]

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AC/DC branded version of Rock Band coming

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According to the New York Times, MTV is about to announce a new bonus pack for Rock Band featuring live tracks from AC/DC called AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack.

Looks like it will only be available at Wal-Mart and will go for $40.

Tracks are expected to include:

  • Thunderstruck
  • Shoot to Thrill
  • Back in Black
  • Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
  • Heatseeker
  • Fire Your Guns
  • Jailbreak
  • The Jack
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  • Moneytalks
  • Hells Bells
  • High Voltage
  • Whole Lotta Rosie
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • T.N.T.
  • Let There Be Rock
  • Highway To Hell
  • For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

[Via CrunchGear]

Nokia’s first touchscreen phone going official next week?

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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]

Apple seeds first beta of iPhone 2.2 firmware to developers

Apple has released the first beta of their planned 2.2 firmware update for the iPhone, though Apple doesn’t really say anything about what’s in there.

From what I’ve seen on the web, one change is that in the browser the URL and search boxes, currently stacked on top one another, are now side by side.

[Via Mac Rumors]

New Nikon D80 firmware available

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Nikon has released an update to the firmware for their D80 DSLR. If you’re a D80 owner and have noticed a problem with the batter life indicator, this new firmware (version 1.11) should fix it.

In the US you can grab it here:

And if you’re in the EU you can grab it here:

[Via Photography Bay]

MySpace launches MySpace Music

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MySpace’s entry into the streaming music space called MySpace Music has launched.

Using the service you’ll be able to listen to music from many recording artists and if you want to buy one you’ll be sent over to Amazon to purchase it from their DRM-free MP3 store (lately the only place I’ve been buying music).

Some early complains seem to revolve around an initial lack of content but I’d imagine that’s something MySpace will be working on in the near future.

Unlike other streaming music services like Napster, MySpace Music is ad-supported so there is no monthly fee for the service.

For more info check it out here.

Charge your iPhone on the go with Brando’s Solor Powered Leather Case

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iPhone owners (original and 3G) looking for a way to change their iPhone while on the go might want to take a look at Brando’s new Solar Powered Leather Case.

The case contains a battery that can fully charge an iPhone in 3 hours as well as a solar panel on the side to charge your iPhone via the Sun.

No word on how long it will take to completely charge the iPhone using solar power but expect it to take longer than 3 hours.

Not bad for $48.

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via CrunchGear]

Windows Mobile 7 delayed until 2009

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Microsoft has quietly revealed that their upcoming mobile operation system, Windows Mobile 7, has been delayed until the second half of 2009.

No comment from Microsoft on the move, but with the iPhone and Android operating systems getting all the attention right now and Palm’s next major OS release coming (one day) hopefully the extra time means it will be extra polished.

[Via BGR]

T-Mobile announces first HTC G1, first Android phone

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Cellular carrier T-Mobile today announced the first commercial Google Android-based handset and as expected it’s by HTC.

The G1 (formerly known as the ‘Dream’) will include features like:

  • GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA support
  • Wi-Fi support
  • Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.17-inch 65K color touchscreen display with HVGA resolution (480 x 320)
  • 3.1 megapixel camera
  • 1GB microSD card pre-installed, supports up to 8GB
  • Built-in GPS
  • Android Market (online store similar to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone)
  • YouTube playback

Another neat feature that I hadn’t heard about before this morning is integration with the Amazon MP3 store for purchasing and downloading DRM-free songs starting at 89 cents. Just like the iPhone, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to purchase a song, but you’ll be able to preview it using your phones data connection.

Look for reviews to start hitting soon and check out the G1 in person beginning on October 22nd when it hit’s T-Mobile stores for $179 with a two-year contract.

[Via Gizmodo]

Adobe announces CS4

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Adobe has officially announced the latest version of the Creative Suite, CS4, scheduled to ship next month.

Lots of changes are expected with some of the most significant being:

Photoshop CS4:

  • GPU-based drawing of documents onscreen/GPU acceleration
  • 64-big for Windows (not for Mac)
  • Expanded 3D paint, lighting and rendering tools

Illustrator CS4:

  • Multipage documents with different sizes
  • Indesign-style separations preview
  • Many updated tools like gradient and blob brush

Indesign CS4:

  • Live preflighting
  • Easy Flash document creation
  • Smart guides and spacing tools

Flash CS4:

  • Powerful animation presets
  • H.264 encoding
  • Expanded 3D transformation and object support with inverse kinematics and bones

Dreamweaver CS4:

  • Better interactive Live View mode
  • Code hinting for Ajax and JavaScript
  • Photoshop Smart Object support

After Effects CS4:

  • Better 3D compositing and 3D model support
  • Better mobile device authoring
  • XMP metadata support for asset management

Premiere CS4:

  • Speech search for finding dialog within footage
  • AVCHD, P2, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD camera support
  • Better batch encoding via Adobe Media Encoder application

Encore CS4:

  • More sophisticated Blu-ray authoring support
  • DLT exporting for masters
  • Firewire video out and DTS support

Fireworks CS4:

  • Adobe AIR authoring for output to a variety of formats
  • PDF and CSS export
  • Better asset management and libraries

For more info check out the official site here.

[Via Ars Technica]