So we’re already obsessed with the iPhone (which comes out next Friday, June 29 @ 6pm), despite the fact we can’t afford one…yet. Se we love this rumor that Apple is—according to “market sources”—prepping a lower cost, 2nd generation iPhone for future release. No word on what features will or won’t be included (but we really hope the YouTube app remains). It all makes complete sense to us, as the $500-$600 USD price tag for the iPhone is undoubtedly overpriced for many, and we’re sure Apple would like the iPhone to enjoy world domination-status like the iPod. So don’t be surprised if you start seeing 2nd and 3rd gen iPhones (and lower-priced 1st gens) in the years to come. Please note that the photo above is purely a mockup.
If you’re still deciding whether to get Apple‘s iPhone when it debuts on June 29, you should make that decision soon. It seems demand will be incredibly high for the gadget—but supply will be comparatively low. The iPhone will only be sold at approximately 2000 AT&T locations and almost all Apple stores in the U.S., as well as their respective websites (there will be no online pre-orders). Sales reps are speculating the stores will receive a small amount of iPhones, possibly as few as 40, prompting rumors that Apple is deliberately creating a shortage too keep demand high. Stores are expecting huge crowds on the 29th, and word has it people have already started camping out to be amongst the first on line. After
seeing the commercials for the iPhone, we’re frothing at the mouth for one, until we remember the
prices: $500 USD (4GB) and $600 USD (8GB).
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We’re more than a little surprised that the Nintendo Wii didn’t come with a hard drive or even a DVD player, but since it’s so chock full of fun anyway, we decided to let it go. Now comes the rumor (again) that Nintendo will indeed introduce an external hard drive add-on, to be announced at E3 next month. What prompted this latest rumor is SNK’s announcement that some of it’s Neo-Geo games will become available on the Wii’s Virtual Console, in which “old-school” video games can be downloaded and played. The thing is, Neo-Geo games are megabyte-heavy, and will need serious storage space, more than the 512MB the Wii currently offers. Nintendo, of course debunks the entire theory, but what else are they gonna say? Hopefully, the answer to this and other burning questions about the Wii will be revealed at next month’s E3 conference.
Read More | Engadget
So we recently reported a rumor that Nintendo will release cool-colored Wiimotes later this year. We now have an update! The photo you see is—allegedly—a SKU from British retailer Argos for a Blue Wiimote. Rumor also has it that Blue’s wildly popular sibling Pink is the other color to get the Wiimote treatment. We’re still waiting to hear from our fave, Black, who was unavailable for comment as press time. We’re hoping Nintendo will put this and other Wii rumors to rest at the E3 Conference next month. We will be there in full effect to bring you all the latest.
The E3 conference next month is shaping up to be quite a doozy, if only because a number of video game-related rumors will hopefully be confirmed there. This includes the possibility of Sony introducing a slimmer PSP at the conference. Not only will it be thinner, it supposedly will have a sharper LED screen, a battery life that’s four times faster, a quicker UMD drive, 8GB of internal memory, and a re-designed D-Pad. All for a surprisingly low price of $170 USD. The rumor comes from “several sources close to Sony”, but of course, Sony is denying all of this. Frankly, we think it does sound too good to be true, especially the 8GB memory part. But perhaps some of the rumor is true? We’ll certainly keep you in the loop when E3 hits next month…
Read More | Kotaku
Rumors about the iPod are to us what donuts are to Homer Simpson. So we’re fascinated by the latest one, reported by DigiTimes.com. They report that the next-gen iPod will be released in the third quarter of this year, and will incorporate WiFi capability. The wireless connectivity could be in the form of data transfer, particularly that of DRM-free music, as opposed to music sharing. Perhaps Apple has learned lessons from arch-enemy Microsoft, whose Zune wireless MP3 player had problems sharing music between players due to pesky copyright issues. If the rumor is true, Apple will serious competition in the WiFi MP3 player war: besides the Zune, SanDisk, Samsung and Sony are primed to launch wireless-capable players in the near future, if they haven’t done so already.
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Pakistani mobile service providers have been receiving a massive amount of complaints from subscribers that were told that they could die of a deadly virus being transmitted through their cell phones. The prank call was so effective that some of Karachi’s mosques made announcements that 20 people had already been killed and that others should “be aware of God’s wrath.”
All of the mobile operators jointly issued this statement, “These rumors are completely baseless. They do not make any sense in technological terms.”
We would like to think that most humans wouldn’t fall for such a prank, but will not be surprised if in the future there will be other antics that follow suit.
Read More | Reuters
Nintendo Wii owners already have lots of things to look forward to, including online multiplayer gaming and a microphone-enabled Wii-mote. Now comes a rumor of Nintendo releasing colored Wii-motes and nunchucks, including silver, blue and pearl pink. Unfortunately, the new hues will debut in Europe first, on June 29th, and if successful, matching colored consoles will be released.
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If this one is a fake, it’s a darn good one. The guys over at MyGamerCard.net are saying this was leaked on Gamespot, and subsequently pulled, but not before it was downloaded and placed on YouTube for our benefit. What you will find above is a video walkthrough of the Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard update. Claiming that it will be released on May 7, 2007, it boast quite a few new features, including:
- Ability to add up to 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts to your Friends List.
- Text chat with up to 6 Live Messenger contacts at once during games or movies.
- The Marketplace will be getting its own Dashboard Blade.
- The Marketplace will be skinned independently of the Dashboard, for special events.
- The Marketplace will be getting a new, easier-to-navigate remake.
- Achievement Pop-ups will now display how many points and which Achievement you have gained.
- Low-power downloading (fans off) and auto-off after finishing queued downloads.
- View partially downloaded video files.
What we like most? The fact that you can start watching movies files before they finish downloading, along with the fact that when you earn an acheivment, you get the details in the pop-up notification instead of having to hit the guide button for the full scoop. Everything else seems to be fluff for the most part, unles you have tons of Windows Live contacts. Our main question? Where the hell is Internet Explorer?
Let us know what you think of the video in the comments.
Read More | MyGamerCard.net
We wanted to create something truly preposterous for April Fools’ Day, but we know how much you take us seriously. Instead, we just thought we would let you know that Duck Dodgers and our favorite Martian were spotted on Mars. Really! Okay, you don’t buy it, but we swear that a friend of ours saw them there today.
Alex Boese, curator of the online Museum of Hoaxes, claims that there is a decrease of genuine hoaxes that people will believe, such as a 1962 report by a Swedish TV Station that said you could color your black and white set if you just put a nylon stocking over it. We personally don’t think anything could possibly be as scary or believable as Welles’ “War of the Worlds” radio show from 1938. So happy Fools’ Day, Gear Livers.
Read More | MSNBC
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