HTC HD2 (Leo) heading to T-Mobile UK ?

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We already know that the HTC HD2 aka Leo is coming to O2 UK, but today, Coolsmartphone is hearing whispers of a possible launch on T-Mobile UK Too:

It’s coming to to o2, we know that much, but we’ve had a couple of anonymous tips today stating that it’s also showing on the internal T-Mobile systems

Source: Coolsmartphone

Verizon HTC Imagio announced, available October 6th

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As we all expected, Verizon just announced the HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) today. The Wndows Mobile 6.5 smartphone should be availble on October 6 as rumored earlier with support for Verizon’s V Cast mobile TV thanks to Qualcomm’s MediaFLO. It will also have V Cast Music support via Rhapsody. The HTC Imagio will be available online on October 6, 2009 for $199.99 with a 2-year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. The Imagio will be available in Verizon Wireless retail locations starting on October 20.

Source: Verizon via MobileCrunch

The Microsoft Courier Puzzle

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I always loved puzzle games and this time I think we’ve got a pretty intersting one at hand: The Microsoft Courier Tablet/booklet project.

Remember a few days ago when the news broke out at Gizmodo I mentioned that the Courier project looked like it was based on Inkseine and the Codex prototype from Microsoft Research. I did some more digging (thanks Lituus) and found some intereting things.
We’ve already seen that the Courier UI in the first video looks like a highly polished version of Inkseine (shown here on the Codex protype):

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But the second video demonstrates some sort of scrapbook features which are really close to several Microsoft Office Labs & Live Labs projects:

Microsoft Canvas for OneNote:

Canvas for OneNote allows you to navigate and edit notebooks in a new way by providing a high-level canvas-view of all your content. The prototype lets you zoom and pan around; view and organize content in new ways; add new pages right where you want them; and even locate pages in a timeline view.

Microsoft ThumbTack

Thumbtack is a personal repository for information gathered from across the web. It can be used to collect text, photos and links from any web page using familiar mechanisms such as copy and paste. It’s implemented as an Ajax application and runs entirely within a browser. All user data is stored in a web service and is accessible from any computer via a browser.

Microsoft StickySorter

Ever found yourself lost in the eye of a brainstorm? Lots of great information, but it’s all over the place! Sticky Sorter is a Grassroots Project, developed by two Microsoft Employees, that you can use today to manage such challenges. The inventors, Julie and Sumit, were looking for an easier way to capture, sift through, and organize hundreds of research observations traditionally done on physical sticky notes in an affinity diagramming exercise with researchers from around the world. The result is StickySorter which met their complex needs, supports virtual collaboration, and is now available for you to use in managing your next brainstorm.

It looks like Microsoft took those projects (Codex, Inkseine, Canvas for Onenote, Thumbtack & Stickysorter) mixed them all together to finally come out with the Courier project. Take all these bits & pieces,put them together and you got what we have seen of Courier.

Samsung Omnia II coming to Verizon in mid-october but with WM6.1

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Here’s some good a bad news for you Omnia lovers. The good news is that WMExperts heard whispers abou the Omnia II hitting Verizon in a few weeks. The bad news is that it will run Windows Mobile 6.1 instead of Windows Mobile 6.5 (which will be available in a ROM update later donw the road according to them) unlike the rest of the world.

Verizon is waiting for Samsung to officially launch it first.
Verizon is looking to launch sometime in mid-October.
It will launch on Verizon with Windows Mobile 6.1.
Windows Mobile 6.5 will be in a ROM update, but not for a while.
The Omnia II is launching elsewhere with Windows Mobile 6.5.

I wonder if the not-yet announced HTC Imagio is going to be hitting the streets first.

Source: WMExperts

Blackberry Storm 2 hitting Verizon on october 25th

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Once again the BGR got the scoop on the BlackBerry Storm 2. This time a screenshot of Best Buy’s inventory system shows the Storm 2 (dummy units) arriving on October 25th. As they said “actual retail units start to come in a little bit before or a little bit after those dummy models hit“, so there’s still hope for an October launch on Verizon.

Source: BGR