Barnes & Noble now selling the Nook Color on eBay for $199

Well, this one strikes us as a little… odd. Barnes & Noble is currently selling its Nook Color on eBay (along with plenty of other things). The truly interesting part, however, is that the price, once a coupon code is applied, is 9, which is of course less than it sells them for in stores or on its own website. We aren’t sure what the motivation behind this move is, but we’d guess that the bookseller is attempting to compete with other, unofficial eBay retailers selling B&N’s goods. Either way, if you’re in the market for a Nook Color, eBay seems to be the place to get one, for now.

Barnes & Noble now selling the Nook Color on eBay for 9 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Comcast CEO talks about the merger, ‘cool new devices’ like the iPad and why he doesn’t fear Netflix

Now that the world has had a few weeks to get used to the new Comcast/NBC collabo (but not that ugly purple logo), CEO Brian Roberts talked to the Wall Street Journal about plans for the future, including his claim that Netflix is actually a good thing for his company. Roberts referred to Netflix as the new version of reruns, and explained his view that it raises the value of NBCUniversal’s content while reiterating statements made earlier about lower-than-expected subscriber losses being tied more to the economy than anything else. Beyond the soft jabs, he discounted the possibility that Comcast might launch its own internet video service for non-cable subscribers, pushing the vision of adding internet video streaming options for existing customers and explaining how they’d “be able to use the devices that are cool and new, that they typically purchased themselves, to now control and interact with the device they also love, which is a brand new high def 3-D TV.” Of course, it doesn’t look like we’re closer to choosing our own UI for browsing content, but with nicely designed apps for tablets, phones and connected TVs maybe the platform for future innovation he references has something for us to look forward to after all — we’d consider new cable boxes that don’t suck to be a good start.

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Microsoft to demo Windows 8 tablet interface in June?

At this point, the only thing keeping Microsoft in the tablet conversation are rumors of its Windows 8 or Windows Next, and lo and behold we’ve got another one to add to the pile. While we heard last week that Microsoft could release the beta of Windows 8 for tablets at PDC in September, “sources at Microsoft” have now told Business Insider, that the company is hoping to show a public “design demo” of the operating system’s tablet UI as early as June. The timing is interesting — and it actually lines up very well with Computex, where the company does have a big presence — but we’re also intrigued by the part that says Microsoft’s taking “a more Apple-like approach to interface design” and that it will use Metro UI pieces. That’s obviously similar to what Microsoft showed us at last year’s Computex (picture of that above) — except it was using Windows Embedded Compact 7 underneath. The article also mentions that it will draw on some Media Center-like styling, which also syncs up with some other whispers we’ve heard. Yep, there’s a lot of rumors, and well, with this talk of summer / fall it looks like we’ll be dealing with plenty more before we hear anything official.

Microsoft to demo Windows 8 tablet interface in June? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Today’s Mobile News in Brief (Feb 28, 2011) (cellphones)

As reported here on Cell Phones Etc. and across the Web, here’s your daily
brief on what happened in the world of mobile phones this Monday, February
28th 2011. HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S will get Android
Gingerbread in Q2 The title, I guess, already says it all. No official
announcement yet, but [...]

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Bentley Collection iPad, iPhone, and BlackBerry cases are made of rich, non-Corinthian leather

Bentley Collection iPad, iPhone, and BlackBerry cases are made of rich, non-Corinthian leather

If you’d like to give your iPad the same cosseting your posterior receives when you slot into the sport buckets in your Continental GT then you, good chap, are in luck. Bentley’s “luxury leather partner” Ettinger, which ensures no surface of the vehicles is bereft of animal hide, is releasing a line of gadget cases to cover your iPad, iPhone, or BlackBerry — though it’s unclear exactly which model for the latter. Prices? You’re looking at £45 for either of the phone holsters or £89 for the iPad-sized model. That’s about and 5, respectively, and a lot of cash for a little hide. If you’re still not dissuaded there’s another image of the tablet-sized version and a press release below. Those, at least, are free.

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LG Optimus 2X coming to Europe in March, a little later than planned

European dual-core aficionados were promised their fix way back in January from LG, however the Korean company’s delivery schedule evidently slipped a tiny bit as we’re today bidding adieu to the month of February. Good news is that LG will definitely, totally, honestly be releasing its Optimus 2X in “key European markets” this March. It’ll ship with Froyo on board, however a Gingerbread update is expressly promised, which should allay fears of being left with a very powerful but outdated piece of hardware. Last time we looked, Amazon’s German branch had priced this handset, to be known as the Optimus Speed in Deutschland, at just under €500, which sounds about right for its eventual unlocked price.

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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview

Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it’s dropped the first developer preview on the world — giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat’s new features and UI concepts. We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros and used it over the weekend, and while we won’t be able to see any huge changes in day-to-day workflow until our favorite apps are updated to take advantage of Lion, we did see plenty of interesting system-level features and additions — and yes, iOS’s influence is all over the place. Read on for a full breakdown of what’s new!

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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google restores Gmail access to one-third of affected users

If you’ve been following the seemingly-massive Gmail outage, you’ll know that it’s actually not as massive as it sounds. Google’s revised its estimate again to say that only “0.02% of Google Mail users” — roughly about 38,000 by our calculations — were affected by the issue in total, claims that a full third of them have already had access restored, and expects the issue “to be resolved for everyone within 12 hours.” As to the fate of years worth of email, Google reps wouldn’t say, but promised us that engineers are working “as quickly as possible” to see the data restored as well. Keep hanging on, folks.

Google restores Gmail access to one-third of affected users originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung’s 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab likely to launch at CTIA

Torn between the 7-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab? Well, it looks like Samsung is about to solve that problem for you come March 22nd. According to an invite making the rounds, the Samsung Mobile team is planning to hold a Mobile Unpacked event at CTIA in Orlando, and as the graphic suggests, the focus will be a new sized Tab. We’re assuming it will be an 8.9-inch version, since the invite shows an 8 and 9 flanked by a 7 and 10. That sure lines up with what we’ve heard before, but we have to admit, it does seems like a lot of tablet offerings for one company. For some odd reason, we haven’t received this invitation yet, but we’re assuming we’re invited (obviously, it’s not a party without Engadget!) and thus will be there covering all the action live. Stay tuned.

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Samsung B5310 CorbyPRO Unlocked GSM Phone with 3 MP Camera, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth–International Version with Warranty (CoolestCellPhones)

This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and
T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. Unlocked Quad-Band GSM
cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 mHz and 3G HSDPA 900/2100 mHz
frequencies plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities 3.15 MP Camera 2048×1536 pixels,
Secondary camera for video call; Video recording QVGA@15fps; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Full QWERTY keyboard; Fashion [...]

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb Runs on HTC Desire via Port


We were very pleased with the performance of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system that we saw in Barcelona during MWC 2011. Thus it gives us great pleasures to inform you that the platform has finally reached smartphones, as the folks of Mobilissimo.ro recently discovered. We’re talking about a port right now, that brings Honeycomb to HTC Desire.

The OS has already been tested on a HTC Desire unit by Iancu Cosmin Cristian (@wackydj), the tipster of this information and the author of the images included in this article. Photo evidence isn’t enough these days, so let’s see what functions are available on this Honeycomb port done by XDA Developers.

Here’s a list of the functions that you’ll be using on HTC Desire, thanks to Honeycomb:

  • touchscreen
  • 3D acceleration
  • wallpapers
  • mobile data connection
  • sending and receiving text messages
  • CM7 gallery
  • widgets

The source we mentioned before has managed to test Honeycomb on the HTC Desire and everything seems to work perfectly, although the port job is in its early stages. Now let’s see other compatible devices. Samsung smartphones maybe?

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Nokia N8 Unboxing; We Show You What’s Inside the Box! (Video)


We’ve recently received the Nokia N8 12 megapixel smartphone and thought it was nice to share the unboxing experience with you. A full video review will follow in the next days, so keep reading our posts. The N8 is a pretty nice machine, as far as hardware is concerned, although you’ll have some problem with taking the SIM and microSD slot covers off, if you don’t have long fingernails.

The industrial design is great and lots of thought was put into it, but Symbian^3… well, it’s not exactly what we had in mind after playing with Windows Phone 7 and Android 2.3 devices. Inside the case there’s nothing spectacular, the usual charger, HDMI cable, USB cable, headset and manuals.

Unlike the usual more rectangular phone boxes, Nokia chose to deliver the N8 in something that reminds us of a take-out food package. At least it’s easy to open…

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Guide to customizing your BlackBerry 6 home screen

Customizing BlackBerry 6

When BlackBerry® 6 was released, some pretty cool customization features were added to the home screen. Today I’ll be going over some of these new features, so grab your BlackBerry 6-enabled device and try out some of these tips right now. All that’s required is a BlackBerry smartphone using BlackBerry 6 OS software!

(To find out if BlackBerry 6 is available for your particular BlackBerry smartphone model, check out the following post which provides information on how to perform a web-based BlackBerry software update. Provided your wireless provider supports it, you may be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 6.)

Let’s get started!

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Meet the Stars from our BBM Flirt Commercials!

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If you’ve tuned in to your favorite TV show lately, you may have caught our newest “flirty” commercial for BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) playing on the small screen. We brought together a number of BBM enthusiasts to talk about how BBM helps out with their dating lives in the big city. You can check it out above if you need a refresher – because today, we’re going to meet Bethany, Tashon and Lauren, and find out who they are, how their filming experience went, and what they love about BBM.

BETHANY

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I grew up in a small town in Western New York, and had the opportunity to explore the world beginning with a sabbatical to China in 1999. This led me to study in Mandarin Chinese before moving to NYC at the age of 18 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. While in school, I joined the fashion industry and began getting some on-set experience. Currently, I am a freelance hair & makeup artist living in Brooklyn.

What did you think when you were asked to talk to the world on camera about how you use BBM?
Well, it really wasn’t a stretch for me – I am an avid BlackBerry® smartphone user and everyone knows it! My constant preaching finally found its rightful place and I’m happy to share my love for my BlackBerry device!

If you BBM a friend and he/she reads it, but doesn’t respond immediately, is that a deal breaker? Any other BBM deal breakers?
Of course it depends on the conversation, but normally I figure either they are thinking about what I said or they don’t want to respond. If I was PING-ing someone and they didn’t respond…I might be offended.

TASHON

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where I attended a prep school and went to college in North Carolina. I’m a really physically active person, and I enjoy pretty much any and every sport. The sports I’m strongest at are boxing (I competed as an amateur for about five years and I am a Junior Olympic regional medalist), basketball (played throughout high school on the Varsity team and now in some intramural leagues), and football. Most recently, I’ve become interested in parkour (free running), and I take classes as well as performing small flips and stunts in Central Park. In my leisure time, I LOVE to go to comedy clubs and watch games and boxing matches at sports bars.

What was the BBM commercial shooting experience like?
Absolutely AMAZING! Everything happened very quickly – one day I was doing a video interview, the next I was shooting the commercial. As I mentioned before, boxing was a really big part of my life growing up, and the fact that I shot the commercial in a boxing gym was more than ideal for me. I got to jump back into something I love, and I was around a great crew that made me feel really comfortable, even though this was my first time shooting a commercial. It was truly a dream come true.

Do you use BBM emoticons? Which ones are your favorites?
I use emoticons in EVERY conversation. I feel like emoticons are a great way to show how you’re feeling in a conversation without using words. They are also a great way to accent a message in addition to what you write – they make the message that much more personal. The “Straight Face” and “Big Smile” emoticons are my favorite.

LAUREN

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I do a little bit of everything, but currently I spend most of my time buying vintage and local designer jewelry and merchandising it for display in a boutique in the city. I don’t like to limit myself in what I do; I am always finding new things I enjoy doing.

Do you use BBM emoticons? Which ones is your favorite?
Oh man! I love the emoticons! I think they are the only way to truly get a point across sometimes, because words only take it so far in describing an emotion or adding emphasis to your feelings. My favorites ones are dancing, talk to the hand, and on the phone. But I use at least one in every conversation, usually the wink or smile.

What is your favorite BBM feature?
Can I say how fast it is? It’s literally instant. I love it. But if I can’t use that as my answer, I would say I love the ability to send voice, video and picture messages instantly. It is incredible how a friend of mine can be in another city or continent and I can instantly shoot over what I am doing right then and there, whether by voice or photo.

And that’s it for our BBM superstars! What did you like the most about our new commercial? What are some of your BBM deal breakers? Let us know in the comments!

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