AMNews: Microsoft Mulls $100 Smartphones, AT&T Confirms iPhone 5 Testing?, Imagine Cup 2011 Results Announced

Microsoft's president of Windows Phone division, Andrew Lees, told an audience at the company's worldwide partner conference that he expects Windows Phone handsets to be available from as little as $100 in 2012. The drop in price is likely to come as a result of downward pressure on component prices as well as more flexibility from Microsoft when it comes to the minimum specification of Windows Phone Smartphones.

Analysts worldwide have speculated about the number of Smartphones that Apple has sold over the last quarter; in the last quarter, Apple managed to flog 18.6 million iPhone 4 and 3GS. Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune compiled a list of estimates from a total of 42 analysts that include both amateurs and professionals.

Sources within the AT&T Mobility division have apparently confirmed that they have started to test the Apple iPhone 5 handsets since the 6th of July as the countdown to the launch of the iPhone 4 follow up continues.

Software giant Microsoft has announced the winners of its ninth 2011 Imagine Cup World competition, with the winners getting $3 million in prize grants. In the Software Design category, one of the most important ones, Team Hermes from Ireland bagged the top spot, for creating a device that plugs into a car and provides information on dangerous driving behaviour and road conditions, so that driver could prevent a mishap.

Online retail giant Amazon is going to kick start the sale of a brand new and cheaper version of the Kindle e-reader, the company announced on Wednesday. The new Kindle, according to the company, sponsored by AT&T, will come integrated with free 3G wireless service, but with advertisements.