Consider this a PSA for AT&T subscribers. The cost to upgrade your smartphone is now $125 higher than it was just over a week ago.
The increase, which was first discovered by Boy Genius Report, applies to anyone trying to upgrade to a new smartphone less than 18 months into their current two-year agreement. It now costs $200 to do so, whereas previously AT&T was charging customers $75.
"As smartphones become increasingly more sophisticated, the cost of these devices has also increased," an alleged AT&T document reads. "However, early (exception) upgrade pricing still allows us to provide a price point lower than No-Commitment pricing to our smartphone customers if needed."
There is an exception to the rule -- care to guess what it is? If you said Apple's iPhone, congratulations, you win the no-prize.
You want to know what separates Thrustmaster's new Hotas Warthog joystick from the competition? A hefty price tag, for one. At $500, the Hotas Warthog isn't for the faint of wallet.
What you get in return is a replica set of the joystick, dual throttle system, and dual throttle control panel of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. The entire thing weights over 6.5kg and uses plenty of metal in the construction (joystick, throttle handles, and bases).
There are 55 fully programmable buttons to play around with, as well as 2 four-direction hat switches, each with their own built-in push button. According to Thrustmaster, this is the first joystick in the world to sport this feature.
The Hotas Warthog will be available later this month.
If you're into subsidized pricing, mail-in-rebates, two-year customer agreements, Verizon Wireless, and HP's line of notebooks, then get prepared to be tickled pink. That's because Verizon is now offering HP's Pavilion dm1-2010nr notebook for $200 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and with a two-year commitment to a Mobile Broadband plan.
The 11.6-inch notebook comes with an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 dual-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 320GB hard drive, Altec Lansing speakers, webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery.
If the only thing holding you back from buying a Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorder is the size of the box, then hey, you'll love what Sharp has done. At the Ceatec convention in Japan, Sharp was seen showing off its new small size BD recorder that measures a scant 35mm at its thinnest part.
"BD recorders using an HDD have an HDD capacity of at least 320GB, which is equivalent to the capacity of three BDXL discs," Sharp said. "So, it is possible to use BDXL discs in place of an HDD."
In addition to using BDXL discs, Sharp also kept things slim by using an external AC adapter, as well as cut back on the number of recording functions.
"We consider that it is possible to commercialize the recorder in the near future. Because it has a smaller number of functions than existing BD recorders, its price will be low," Sharp said.
The Adobe AIR runtime is now available in the Android Market, paving the way for AIR apps on the increasingly popular platform. Developers are now free to leverage Adobe AIR's strong cross-platform credentials to deliver applications that seamlessly traverse multiple platforms. AIR apps for Android will be available through the Android Market and run natively. However, as with Flash, only devices running the latest version of the mobile OS, Android 2.2 (Froyo), are compatible with Adobe's cross-platform runtime environment.
Logitech could not have timed the announcement of its latest notebook cooler pad any better. It has come in the same week researchers confirmed laptop-induced “toasted skin syndrome.” The Speaker Lapdesk N550 is designed to make laptop users feel more comfortable, which it achieves through its four-layer, heat-shielding design and soft, air-mash fabric.
To boot, the $59.99 chill mat has integrated stereo speakers on either flank. The N550 is a USB plug-and-play device that requires no software installation. Available later this fall, this cooler pad is designed to work with all notebooks up to 14.1 inches in screen size.
Boy Genius Report said one of its Sprint sources just let it be known that the Sprint version of the Galaxy Tab will ship on or around November 14, 2010. Obviously this one qualifies as rumor status, but we don't care, we're tickled pink to hear any kind of release date associated with upcoming slates beyond the typical "before the end of 2010" or "sometime in 2011" that we normally hear.
As for pricing, BGR's same source said it will run $399, provided you sign up for a two-year service agreement. That's $100 less than Apple's iPad, but if you don't want to get locked down to a wireless plan, the cost jumps to $599, which is $100 more than Apple's entry-level (16GB w/ Wi-Fi) tablet.
Take these price points with a fist full of salt. Like the Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy Tab will also be available from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, each with their own pricing and availability.
Epson proves you don't need to spend a fortune equipping your small or medium sized business with an ultra-bright projector. The company just announced its VS200, a $429 projector rated at 2,300 lumens of color and white light output.
"The Espon VS200 is designed to deliver proven performance at an incredible value," said Jason Meyer, product manager, Epson America. "By combining 2,300 lumens of light output with exceptional productivity features and a portable design, the VS200 makes it easy to deliver a brilliant presentation without impacting your budget."
The VS200 boasts 3LCD, 3-chip technology, an energy efficient light engine Epson claims offers an average of 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness. It also features USB Plug 'n Play and Epson's E-TORL lamp technology, which Epson says enables the lamp life to last up to 5,000 hours in economy mode.
If anyone ever questions your obsession for technology, just tell them about Berkeley Bionics' latest project. Those eggheads at Berkeley this week unveiled eLEGS, a wearable bionic device with artificial intelligence designed to help paraplegics stand up and walk.
"As a wheelchair user, I experience the multiple health and fitness benefits of mobility from the standing position. I can’t wait to share this alternative with other individuals," shared eLEGS tester and a partial quadriplegic herself, Dr. Suzy Kim, an assistant clinical professor at the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, UCI Medical Center, as well as director, Clinical Spinal Cord Injury Program & Scientific Liaison for Reeve-Irvine Research Center. "The application of eLEGS will revolutionize the field of neurologic rehabilitation from the hospital to the home setting."
Berkeley Bionics said the device will initially be offered to rehabilitation centers. Medical supervisors can adjust eLEGS to fit just about anyone between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 4 inches weighing up to 220 pounds. Knee flexion is big part of the design, "which translates into the most natural human gait available in any exoskeleton today, making it better equipped to handle mixed terrains."