So, Samsung. You have a competitor to HTC’s rampage of Windows Phone Mango handsets? The correct answer is “yes”. The Omnia W packs a Super AMOLED 3.7-inch 800×480 display, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera at the back with AF and 720p HD video recording, a front-facing VGA, and of course, Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” included at launch. Availability is in Italy at the end of October, followed by all territories except the U.S., of course. Thankfully though, this sounds very similar to the Focus Flash, therefore you need not worry about this little one. Via: Samsung Mobile Press
Curious? We have a right to be so. The Motorola Xoom 2 may be staring out at you through your computer screen right now. Word has it that it contains an HDMI port, SIM card lot, 10.1-inch screen, micro-USB port, and an HD rear-facing camera. But unfortunately through the leaks made at Droid-Life, there isn’t a single statement of internal specifications (read: processors, RAM, etc.). Oh, well. Till sometimes later I suppose.
Via: Giz, Droid-Life
This screenshot speaks a thousand words, does it not? Notch has taken fan feedback and also that of Tom over at PCGamer to make sure of one thing: if you die in a world, it’s game over. The world is deleted forever, and so is everything you’ve done in it, including all of your XP and all of the other wonderful things recently introduced in the 1.8 and 1.9 updates. Needless to say, it will take a lot of balls for the average Minecraft player to use the Hardcore mode constantly and not stay in his/her home 80% of the time. This should be interesting.
Via: Notch’s Twitter
In a move of which could only be described as “boss”, new Spotify users can now sign-up for the music streaming service (Facebook account required) and get six months of unlimited streaming to their desktop instead of the usual 10 hours for free accounts, whereas premium users like me need to fork over $10 just to get the app on mobile devices and with unlimited streaming. You lucky sods. If I wasn’t more sensible I’d go on a rant about now. Link for a snazzy unlimited free account on Spotify is right next to the end of this sentence.
So, after the disaster that was Leo Apotheker in the eyes of some elite consumers and journalists, HP has gon ahead and hired the former CEO of eBay — Meg Whitman. This should be interesting. Also, or your information, Meg will not be CEO for the interim, but in the coming future (i.e. it’s her new job). At the very least, Ms. Whitman started with the team at eBay from a small startup to a major site that is recognized throughout the world. And did we mention that webOS, HP’s $1.2 billion business that they spontaneously (read: essentially Leo Apotheker) decided to spin-off has put HP in a rater unsure position in regards to its management. Full PR after the break.
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Turns out there is another Minecraft pre-release, the second in fact. To start off, the 1.9 update still does not complete the “Adventure Update” that Notch has been promising for quite a while now. According to one of his recent posts, version 1.10 will continue the series of updates that add more adventure to Minecraft in general. In this update, 1.9 includes NPC villagers, mushroom cows and boimes, snow biomes, snowmen, numerous bug fixes, and more. Jens, Mojang AB’s second most important developer, posted the link to get the. Jar file needed to place inside of your Minecraft folder to check out this pre-release.
So in the meantime, get crafting and begin adventure (and then some)! Via: Minecraft, PCGamer
Guess what October 2 is? The launch date of the new Galaxy S II for AT&T? Yup! It also is my birthday. Now, if I may ask: will you guys, the readers, gift me an AT&T Galaxy S II on my birthday? Just kidding, but on a more serious note, are you actually going to buy the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.4 with 16GB storage, 4G HSPA+ data, 2MP front-facing camera for video chats, all on a svelte smartphone with an 8 megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recording? Well, for $199.99 on contract, it sounds like a great buy.
According to AllThingsD, Tim Cook will hold a media event on the 4th of October to present the next-gen iPhone. While all of this is simply purported, it would make sense since their event was due in the Fall, and that also, they’ll have to unveil a new iPhone sooner or later. Also, the site’s sources stated that after the announcement, the iPhone 5 would be available “in a few weeks”, however everything is subject to change. So, we shall see. Via: AllThingsD
Men get DROIDS and women get — Rhymes? No, no, no. The HTC Rhyme has a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD screen, 768MB RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera (no front-facing or LTE). On top of all of the silly stuff, the HTC Rhyme will come with a LED charm indicator that plugs into the 3.5mm headset jack, so that a woman could place it on her purse and would be notified of incoming calls or texts. It would also come with a pair of headphones and an alarm clock. It’s an insult really. Not even a dual-core processor.
At the very least it will come with the latest version of Sense on Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” — Sense 3.5, which isn’t seen on the newer, more powerful dual-core smartphones HTC has been releasing recently. The UI is much cleaner and otherwise there aren’t many other changes to speak of. The HTC Rhyme is debuting on Verizon in only one color on September 29th for $199.99 on contract, and a silver version is headed overseas in October.
This is so silly of you, HTC.