And the hotspot rumors continue! AT&T is taking an odd turn when it comes to introducing officially supported mobile hotspotting via smartphone; the Android route. With Verizon recently releasing that the service will be an option on their version of the iPhone 4 at an extra $20 per month, AT&T is including the service in their $45/4GB DataPro plan. The catch? The only phone offering it anytime soon is the upcoming HTC Inspire 4G, due for release with the app on February 13th.
AT&T was vague on the possibility of mobile hotspot functionality returning to their version of the iPhone 4, simply stating that "We are working with Apple to bring it to iPhone. Nothing else to share at this time." How much work could it possibly take? Tethering was available at launch and Verizon's iOS update allows it to work; what's the holdup? An about-face by AT&T is still possible within the next 10 days and is probably a good idea; it's not like iPhone fans are exactly lacking reasons to make the jump to Verizon.
My six year old son got Little Big Planet 2 a couple of weeks ago and I'm surprised that my PS3 hasn't gone up in flames with the amount of time he's spent playing it. If you or someone you know and love has the same addiction, it could net you a new Sony Bravia 46" 3DTV and a Playstation Move bundle.
Here's how you can win. First, download the level called "LittleBigPrius 2" via PSN. Play the level and collect items hidden throughout, then use those items to build your own level inspired by the LittleBIgPrius. Make sure it's good, because this is a popularity contest; Sony will be checking out community feedback before choosing a top ten. Those ten will be whittled down to five, with the #1 level winning the TV with a Playstation Move hardware bundle and the four runner ups scoring a PlayStation Move Sports Champions bundle.
If you need me, I'll be with my son so he can teach me to play LBP2.
The eyes of the entire world have been glued to the troubles plaguing Egypt and its people. Apparently Kenneth Cole thought that using this current event to advertise their new spring collection was a great idea. He released the following tweet, which has since been removed but not before the Twitter world went into an uproar:
Yeah Kenneth Cole, definitely too soon. Apparently the tweet cannot be blamed on an employee with bad taste because the tweet was signed with the -KC of Kenneth Cole himself. Thousands of angrys responses have since hit the Twitter universe. He has since posted an apology on both Twitter and Facebook, but this is just one more instance to learn from for the rest of us. Remember kids, think before you tweet. The Internet always remembers.
Looking for the ultimate 120mm fan for your radiator? If you don't care aout noise, Koolance may just have your ticket with their new release. The new fans, bearing the FAN-12038HBK-184 product code, are120x120x38mm fans that are rated for an impressive max airflow of 183.5 CFM at a tornado-inducing 4,000 RPM.
Silence freaks will cringe at the 59 dBA noise ratings, but these fans are not meant for you. Rated to run at 12V and 2.0 amps, these fans will take all the juice you can (reasonably) throw at them. They also have a 3-pin connection with a tachometer for fan speed control if needed. These fans spin so fast, Koolance recommends installing fan grills for safety. Check them out for $11.99 a piece if you're ready for life in the fast fan speed lane.
Apple are holding an event next week to discuss the introduction of in-app subscriptions within iOS 4.3 - the flip side of this? They also intend to introduce the next-generation iPad at the conclusion of the event.
Rumor has it Apple will use it's "one more thing" at the end of the event to announce the iPad 2, something they're famous for. Apple's new in-app subscription feature debuted with the launch of The Daily for iPad. iTunes chief, Eddy Cue, declined to comment on whether the functionality would make it to other content providers and developers - he did say Apple would provide more details in the near future.
Battlefield 1943 and Bad Company 2 Onslaught have been officially cancelled - all efforts put into Battlefield 3
The news could be sad to some, but it is also a sign of greatness for the potential of Battlefield 3. Karl Troedsson, GM of DICE has stepped forward to tell the eager community that Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught have been officially cancelled.
He mentions that there was a crossroads where a decision needed to be made - putting effort into those 2 (and now older) games or going full steam ahead and putting all concentration into Battlefield 3. I think the decision was a good one, as BF3 is using the next-gen Frostbite 2 engine which should really shine on PC given that it fully supports DX11.
Back in late December, I mentioned that a company called HEX had a cool silicone watchband in several colors that would turn your new iPod nano into a watch. The only downside to that is that geeks that like to use their nano for working out with the NIKE+ accessory couldn't use the HEX band. HEX has announced that in April it will have a new version of its cool watchband.
The new version of the watchband is called the Sport Watch Band and it is fully compatible with the NIKE+ accessory. The change for compatibility appears to be nothing more than cutting the side out of the case so the little dongle for recording your workout parameters can be installed. I would think if you already own a HEX watchband a sharp knife and a steady hand could mod yours to work with NIKE+ too.
HEX also has a new armband that you wear around one of your guns to hold the cable in place so it doesn't flop around on you while you run. Having cables bouncing on your arm as you workout is irritating after a while. The silicone of the watchband also projects the nano while you work out. Pricing is unannounced at this time, but it should be very close to the $30 the original cost.
There are tons of TVs on the market today that run the gamut from small screens that fit in smaller rooms or for those on a tight budget to massive screens that run thousands of dollars and have all the bells and whistles. If you are looking for a smaller screen LED backlit HDTV to fit in a bedroom or office Sceptre has some really cool offerings and has added some new sets to its Galaxy Line.
The Sceptre Galaxy series TVs are available in several colors including black, pink, red, blue, and chrome. The colors are a nice touch, but the specs are what most people are concerned about. The line has full 1080p resolution for the 24-inch screen and the TVs can be used as a PC monitor as well. The TVs are under an inch thick at their thinnest point and slightly under 2-inches at their thickest.
The dynamic contrast ratio for the screens is 14,000:1 and the panel response time is 5ms. Connectivity includes dual HDMI ports, the sets have a USB port as well for direct viewing of photos, and audio files from a flash drive. The sound system in the TV has a pair of 3W speakers and brightness is 250 cd/m2. The sets are widely available for $399.99.
I would bet that a bunch of you have watched shows on Hulu that you missed during the week. Hulu is a great way to catch up on the shows you miss or that your DVR can't record. The catch is that some of the shows don't show up for weeks after they air on TV making you even more behind.
Hulu has announced that it has signed a new content agreement with Viacom. The agreement will get some Viacom shows back on Hulu the morning after they air. These shows include The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. The deal will also bring some of the cool older shows Viacom has to Hulu Plus subscribers. Any geek that was around in the 90's probably watched Beavis & Butthead. The deal will get the back episodes of the animated comedy on Hulu Plus along with Chappelle's Show (I'm Rick James Biatch!), The Hills, and Reno 911 as well.
Other new shows will hit Hulu Plus 21 days after they first air. These 21-day delay shows will include Jersey Shore, Teen Mom 2, and Tosh.0. A 21-day delay might as well be never in my book; I have forgotten about a show by that point and don't care to watch it.
One of the things that Apple rolled into the iPhone on AT&T a long time ago was the ability to tether the device to give your other electronics and gadgets access to 3G connectivity. AT&T in its infinite wisdom decided to block that feature because its network of epic suck couldn't stand up to more data use. With the Verizon iPhone only a few weeks from landing in geeky hands all around the country with the tethering feature intact AT&T has more pressure to allow it on its network.
AT&T has already told us officially that on February 13 some of the smartphones on its network will in fact get tethering. However, the geniuses at AT&T won't tell us what phones will get that feature. AppleInsider reports that one geek read the review from David Pogue of the NYT of the Verizon iPhone and in the original story posted, Pogue said the iPhone was getting tethering on Feb 13.
If you go look at that review now the tethering comment has been removed. It would be safe to bet that Pogue knows tethering is coming and let the cat out of the bag early and was forced to remove the comment. If the iPhone on AT&T doesn't get tethering it will be one more reason to move to Verizon for us all.