For those with a tech-loving valentine that needs a new phone, you may have a great gift opportunity waiting if you're living in a T-Mobile covered area. T-Mobile will be selling all of their Android phones on February 11th and 12th at the best price of all: FREE.
That's right, even the myTouch 4G and G2 can be yours for just a signature on a contract (and possibly some activation fees). While this may seem generous to many, it's also most likely an inventory dump; with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicking off on Valentine's Day in Barcelona a whole slew of new phones are expected to be unveiled. This begs the question: Are you willing to pass up a good deal and a cheap V-Day present for a glimpse at the future?
Those who have been looking forward to Motorola's new Xoom tablet will do a double take if reported pricing leaks are true. According to a leaked Best Buy ad, Motorola's Honeycomb flavored Android tablet will be coming on February 24th and it can be yours for a hefty $800.
Yes, that's $800. Not only that, but the ad also states that in order to activate the Xoom's WiFI capability, a one month minimum data plan will have to be purchased. Getting a crippled product at such a seriously high price tag is not going to make a lot of people happy; considering what customers will be paying for 4G data as well as other fees this tablet makes the closest iPad competition look cheap by comparison. Are you ready to shell out nearly a thousand bucks up front to get into this tablet?
Amazon has released another software update for their Kindle e-readers which brings a couple of features that owners have been clamoring for for some time.
The update will include actual page numbers will be added to many Kindle e-books to make reference and item lookup easier. Also, manymagazine and newspaper layouts are getting a new look for easier navigating and page turning. Other features like sharing book notes and highlighting with other Kindle readers as well as the ability to rate a book after you turn the last page will be implemented as well.
The update is available for manual download and installation from Amazon, with an official over the air release coming soon.
Sprint's not sitting on their laurels and letting Verizon and AT&T have all the fun releasing new products. Sprint's announcement of their "industry first" dual screen Android phone went down today. Say hello to the Kyocera Echo.
Obviously, the big feature is the dual 3.5-inch 480 x 800 resolution screens that can also function as a single 4.7-inch 960 x 800 display when the echo is unfolded. A 1 GHz Snapdragon second-gen processor will power this beast and it will run Android 2.2 at launch. Customized software takes advantage of the dual screen capability for things like email and messaging, while other outside apps will run in full display mode for now until developers are able to get their hands on a kit to tweak their software for the device.
Drawbacks include no 4G or WiMAX support as well as only a single 5mp camera, although the camera is 720p recording capable. No official street date was released, but the Echo will only be $199 after a $100 from Sprint. The bundle will even include an extra battery for those who need the extra juice. We'll see if this steals any eyes from those looking forward to the Inspire 4G or Verizon iPhone.
Intel may be treading through dark waters now, but it doesn't mean their Sandy Bridge-based tech is not just pure awesome sauce. Ivy Bridge is the next step in their tick-tock model with expected release dates of next year. The architecture will be mostly unchanged, with the most significant change being a die-shrink from 32nm to 22nm which will result in smaller chips and much better performance per watt.
A few more improvements should include a DirectX 11-capable graphics core as well as second generation QuickSync video technology. On-board controllers also get some spit-shine with native support for 1600MHz DDR3 and PCIe 3.0. Supposedly all of these changes will add up to a performance increase of around 20 - 30-percent when compared to 2011-based Core processors.
Too bad Olivia Dunham from Fringe couldn't even save the FBI this time. HBGary Federal is a security company that has been helping the FBI sniff out Anonymous. But, in the process it has been targeted for helping the FBI. Anonymous hacked into HBGary's network and posted archives of around 50, 000 e-mails between company executives.
Anonymous also hacked HBGary's website, publishing an explanation for why the website was a victim. Anonymous has had members of its crew being moved in on by the US and UK authorities. Over the weekend The Financial Times ran a story quoting Aaron Barr, HBGary's head of security services, saying that he had uncovered the identities of Anonymous' leaders. Barr has said he plans to release his findings next week at a security conference in San Fransisco.
Pocket-lint has found themselves with a little bit of juicy news today with Viewsonic exclusively announcing to Pocket-lint that the ViewPad 4 smartphone will be Android 2.4-powered and launching in April. The update will include the ability to work with Honeycomb apps.
With this news, it confirms that Android 2.4 is ready for release quicker than most expected and the reason for this is to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (3.0) will work with single-cored devices running 2.4 - perfect! Supposedly this is not possible with version 2.3 which is why there is the requirement of 2.4 needing to be fast-tracked.
Battlefield 3 pits you in a battle within Paris, Tehran and New York - also limits consoles to 24 players
Battlefield 3 features DICE's brand new DirectX 11-capable Frostbite 2.0 engine and will really flex it's graphical prowess on PC where it's capable of pitting 64 players in a match versus the console being capable of only 24 players.
Not only is it including a super-increase on players in a match together it will also have those battles in "Paris, Tehran and New York." EA had this advertised on their own pre-order site but quickly pulled it and replaced it with "diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America."
Wait, what? I'm sure that's what you said when you read the news title, but if Apple want to squish the market, they're going to have to do it ASAP as Android-powered devices are really ramping up from every single direction and 2011 will be no different.
This rumor from Taipei suggests that Apple are ready to drop the iPad 2 this month and have it on retail shelves by next month. We know the screen will be a Philips 9.7-inch XGA 1024x768 display with an insanely higher specced panel expected with the third outing of the iPad next year. Apple have also signed a patent for a carbon fiber material and there are some industry experts saying that the new material might make its way into the iPad 2 which would dramatically reduce the weight of the iPad 2.
If you haven't heard about or played Dead Space 2 yet, I seriously urge you to do so. It is an absolute magnificent game on any platform you play it on and definitely worth a spot in your gaming library. I'd go as far to say it stacks up in my personal top 5 and I've been gaming for well over 20 years.
For those of you who haven't read a review yet and need a little bit of convincing, check out our in-house review of Dead Space 2. But the news doesn't stop there! Dead Space 2 is available on Amazon's Deal of the Day for just $40, 33% off the usual retail price.