Four previously unknown Acer phones spied in Barcelona

Well, these are not the Acer phones we saw leaked a few days ago — in fact, there are four new dudes here, all previously unseen. We know little about them, except that they are apparently on hand somewhere at MWC, and we hear that it’s possible they’re going to be unveiled today, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for them. In the meantime, try to contain yourself and hit the read link for photos of the other two.

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Engadget’s recession antidote: Win a Microsoft PC gaming pack

This whole global economic crisis, and its resulting massive loss of jobs got us thinking. We here at Engadget didn’t want to stand helplessly by, announcing every new round of misery without giving anything back — so we decided to take the opportunity to spread a little positivity. We’ll be handing out a new gadget every day (except for weekends) to lucky readers until we run out of stuff / companies stop sending things. Today we’ve got a Microsoft PC gaming pack, which includes a SideWinder X8 mouse, a SideWinder X6 keyboard, a LifeChat LX-3000 headset, a custom mouse pad, plus PC versions of Fallout 3 and James Bond: Quantum of Solace. Read the rules below (no skimming — we’re omniscient and can tell when you’ve skimmed) and get commenting! Check after the break for some photos of the prize!

Special thanks to Microsoft for providing the gear!

The rules:

  • Leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but if you want to share your proposal for “fixing” the world economy, that’d be sweet too.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.)
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one Microsoft gaming pack.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of the end of the contest. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen. (That means if you win this contest, you have to respond by Thursday, February 19th, 2009 to claim your gear).
  • Entries can be submitted until Monday, February 16th, 11:59PM ET. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 walkthrough with Engadget (now with video!)

We saw a Touch Diamond2 running old-skool Windows Mobile 6.1 this morning — and don’t get us wrong, the hardware’s pretty hot, but who really wants that noise when we’ve got the same thing running Windows Mobile 6.5 a few blocks away? Shortly after the fanfare of Microsoft’s press conference today, we were ushered downstairs for a walkthrough on a freshly-flashed Touch Diamond2 of virtually everything that makes 6.5 different from the versions before it, and while we’re not blown away by the sheer freshness or paradigm-shiftyness of what we’re seeing here, it’s a totally acceptable bump of 0.4 in the version number. Let’s put it this way: we still have a burning desire in our hearts and our loins for 7.0, whenever that happens. Follow the break for video and some key highlights!

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Windows Mobile 6.5 walkthrough with Engadget (now with video!) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hands-in with the Dots iPhone gloves

These have actually been out for a tick, but we just got our special someone a pair of the Dots iPhone-compatible gloves and they’re so simultaneously silly and brilliant we thought you’d get a kick out of ‘em. Yep, they’re just nice wool or knit gloves with metal dots in the fingers that work with capacitive touchscreens — no crazy patented Apple “anti-sticky” layer or ridiculous overdesign involved. Of course, just because they’re marketed towards iPhone users doesn’t mean they won’t work with the Storm or G1 as well — honestly, we’re sort of surprised these little nubs haven’t popped up on gloves everywhere. Couple more pics and a quick video after the break.

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Option announces uCAN remote data access for iCON USB modems

Fresh from Barcelona, the wireless modem gurus at Option have announced their new uCAN software platform. To be implemented across the entire iCON modem lineup, the software allows users to run applications (such as Open Office) from their USB modem and interact directly with documents situated on their workstation at home. You can also have those apps you might need to use in a pinch — such as Skype — preconfigured with all your data. If that weren’t enough, the device sports something called “Zero Footprint” technology, which is designed to ensure that “no trace of activity is left on the host computer, running either Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OS, when the device is disconnected.” You can even launch a browser from the thing, keeping all those passwords and cookies safely off of whichever machine you happen to be borrowing. The first uCAN devices are expected to appear sometime before July of this year. More pics after the break.

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Sprint Simply Everything plan now includes mobile broadband for laptops

Sprint’s Simply Everything plan’s always brought a lot of bang for the buck, and it looks like it’s about to include a little more everything — you’ll now be able to add mobile broadband to the package. $149 a month ain’t cheap, but you won’t be short of connectivity with unlimited messaging, data, and voice, GPS navigation, and 5GB of laptop internet access a month. That explains Sprint’s willingness to promote the Pre’s data tethering abilities — anyone going to take the plunge?

Update:
Sprint pinged us to clarify that the additional fee only covers the use of a USB stick or laptop card, not tethering. We’d still love to just carry one thing, though.

[Via Phone Scoop]

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Nokia busts out its own 8 megapixel slider: the N86

Whoa, Nelly! While Samsung is strutting its 8 megapixel Memoir and Sony Ericsson is letting us all in on the forthcoming 12 megapixel Idou, Nokia is getting even with its 8 megapixel N86. Amazingly, we saw that the suits in Espoo had this thing on the brain way back in 2007, but not until today have we seen a real live product. The N-series slider boasts a Carl Zeiss lens, AutoFocus, dual-LED flash and Symbian S60, not to mention a 2.6-inch OLED display, 8GB of internal memory, a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, microUSB connector and Share on Ovi integration. We’re left in the dark when it comes to pricing and availability, but we’re hoping to hear more really, really soon. More shots are waiting in the read link.

Update: The full specs sheets have just leaked, yum!

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Palm joins Adobe’s Open Screen Project, Pre to support Flash

Pandora's CTO talks about Pre, webOS development, gaming, and small children

Copy and paste, data tethering, and now Flash — it looks like the Pre’s going to fill in a lot of unchecked iPhone feature boxes, doesn’t it? Yep, Palm’s just joined Adobe’s Open Screen Project, and there’s no two bones about what that means: the press release flat out says “the Open Screen Project will help deliver Adobe Flash Player for smartphones on the new Palm webOS platform.” That’s especially interesting since the webOS SDK is so heavily based on web technologies and native player support potentially opens the door for Flash-based apps, which would instantly bring a ton of new devs to the Pre. That’s not a bad thing. We’ll find out more at the end of the year, when the mobile Flash player is due to arrive.

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LG GM730 hands-on (with video!)

We had opportunity to check out one of LG’s newest smartphones, the LG GM730 at MWC today. We’ve seen all the specs but thought knew you all needed a really good look at the new S-Class UI. This phone is not final, so our hands-on shows a few interface hiccups, but, you’ll get the drift. So what’s the take away here? This appears to be a darn fine overlay on Windows Mobile, access to things from the home screen are simple and quick: mail, messaging, calendar, menus to get at network settings and so forth are a welcome addition. The device feels sturdy (even without a back) and looks just fine in our sleep deprived eyes. Carry on for a video with all the action and a gallery stuffed full of MWC love.

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Samsung Beat DJ hands-on

Touch Wiz in Spanish — you know you love it. The Engadget Spanish crew grabbed a little time with Sammy’s Bang and Olufsen-powered Beat DJ M7600, and sadly, this one looks like it’s better in stills — the interface is a little laggy and unresponsive, and the “scratching” features seem like more of a goofy novelty than anything else. Vid after the break, amigos.

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