AT&T may have been the big face on Windows Phone 7's launch event in the U.S., but that doesn't mean that other companies are sitting around and letting them have all the fun. On November 8th, the same day AT&T announced they are launching their first WP7 handset, T-Mobile is also joining the game with the HTC HD7.
This is quite a handset from #4 on the U.S. cellphone food chain. With a huge 4.3" screen, 720p recording, and a 16GB card included, the HD7 is bound to be quite a popular item when it hits shelves. The HD7 will retail at the usual smartphone price of $199.99 with a two year contract, so sign up for notifications now via their site to get ready for preorders.
That's how a launch is done, AMD has fired off it's second generation DX11 hardware, pushing their knee firmly into NVIDIA's now gushing neck wound.
First off, we have the sexified Shane Baxtor rolling in with some reviews:
Barnes and Noble has a special event planned for next week, and everything is pointing towards a full color version of the Nook e-reader. The current version has a split e-paper and LCD interface.
The seven inch device will run a version of Android, but no one is really sure where this device will exactly fall between e-reader and full blown tablet. Tablet functions will both differentiate it from Amazon's highly popular Kindle as well as make the $249 price tag a lot more attractive for those who don't want to shell out for an iPad or Galaxy Tab. Barnes and Noble is officially staying fairly close-mouthed with the details, but we'll find out soon enough what the Nook Color is really all about.
Dammit. The source to this email used my "whipped the Llama's ass" line - oh well.
If you were a fan of Winamp, and use an Android 2.1 and above device - a beta copy of Winamp has launched on the Android. It's not a barebones release, it actually has some unique features built in.
Winamp on Android will allow you to wirelessly sync your computers mp3 library, it will also fully control that library through a widget and also offers scrobbling support for the Last.fm fans.
We (well, mostly me and hopefully you!) are fans of Angry Birds - it's such a great casual game that can be played on the iPad, iPhone and now Android devices.
They're releasing a Halloween update with 45 new levels - obviously Halloween themed.
Android fan? Itching to see Gingerbread, Android 3.0 in action?
There's not much to see, and limited details are available - but a leaked video has been shown, it's very short - but gives you a glimpse at the "turn the screen off" animation - which is pretty slick!
Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.
Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Winamp for Android.
Winamp has been on the music player scene since 1997, offering desktop users a pretty nice alternative to the standard fare like Windows Media Player. Winamp has now gone mobile; announcing availability on the Android platform today.
Not only does Winamp for Android offer up a "complete media management solution" for your Android device, but you can also sync via Wi-Fi or USB or to your desktop library if you are running the Winamp 5.59 beta on your PC. Scrobbling with Last.fm is also supported, as well as a widget to run Winamp from your home screen and even your lock screen. The PC beta required for sync can be downloaded here, and you can search the Android Market for Winamp to grab the app or scan the QR code after the break.
It's not uncommon for a notebook or other device to be unveiled by a large supplier that ends up being rebranded and sold by a bunch of different companies all around the world. Such is the case with the Pegatron tablet that has been sold as the WePad, Masterpad, and under other names so far. That same tablet is being rebranded and shipped over to Italy as the Ergo tablet.
The Ergo will run Windows 7 and while most of the features are the same as its brethren under other names, the Ergo does have a few unique features. Ergo had Pegatron add a 2MP camera rather than the 1.3MP the other versions use. The Ergo also gets GPS, ambient light sensor, and 3G connectivity that are missing on some other versions.
NVIDIA is always at work on new video cards and GPUs for different user groups that it can sell and put on the market to fight AMD and its ATI video cards. One of the better cards from NVIDIA over the last few years was the GTX 480 and if you were a fan of that card's performance, you will really like the GTX 580 that is coming according to DigiTimes.
The GTX 580 is supposed to offer 20% faster performance than the GTX 480 it will replace according to DigiTimes sources at video card manufacturers. The 580 will be a GF110-based video card and is expected by the end of November or the beginning of December according to sources. NVIDIA will also reportedly have new GPU families coming out next year.