It’s the coming of the credit card-sized smartphone, the HP Veer 4G, which requires an asterisk to mention because it in fact only supports up to basic HSPA, not HSPA+ (which is deemed as 4G to T-Mobile). The $100 on a 2-year agreement gets you a pretty basic package: 2.6-inch 320 x 400 display, an 800MHz Snapdragon processor, a slide-out QWERY keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage and, of course, HP (formerly Palm) webOS 2.1 as the operating system. Expect the Veer 4G to show up on May 15th. PR after the cut.
Via: HP Palm Official Blog
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So there’s a +1 for usability and the non tech-savvy, but Dustin goes on in order to distinguish BoardVine from existing apps: “The difference between boardvine and the open-source software is with BoardVine you don’t need to know code to add a really cool features to your board or know CSS to add a really cool theme as we have done all that for you and will always be working to add more features.”
Dustin and his team are looking forward to releasing on time, which would be pegged as sometimes in June. Other details are rather scarce as the startup is in its (obvious) early stages. You can sign-up by entering your email address at BoardVine’s site for future updates.
Guess what? Real Racing 2 and Flight Control gamers are now under the watchful eye (or soon will be) of Electronic Arts, EA for short. While neither company is disclosing the price, Firemint will become a studio that is operates under EA itself. Now, what exciting games for iOS and other platforms will come out of this deal? No one knows — yet.
BlackBerry has been Bingified. It’s more of a curse (or is it?) really. Who here really enjoys Bing Search and Maps as much as Google Search and Google Maps? That’s right, only a few. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has made it clear that Bing will be the primary search and maps provider for all BlackBerry devices and will be integrated int the OS itself. Whether this is good or bad (in my opinion, not so cool) it’s a valuable investment from Microsoft against iOS and Android by competing with Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry 7. Time will tell what this brings. Image via: @dcseifert
Out with the old Intel 2010 processors and into the new with the new 2011 Sandy Bridge technology. The new iMacs have an IPS display as standard, FaceTime HD camera with video chatting between and iPad 2 or iPhone 4, SD card slot, and new Thunderbolt data transfer port, with 24 hour shipping available. Prices are $1,199 (as usual) for the 21.5-inch model with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon 6750M GPU, 500GB HDD and 1 Thunderbolt port then jump to $1,999 for a 27-inch model with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. All of the new iMacs are on sale starting today. Press release after the jump.
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Previously, there was only three “channels” for the browser we know and love, Google Chrome — Stable, Beta, and Dev. Starting today, Mac OS X users will now have access to Canary (as Windows users have for quite a while), which is a different version of the regular Chrome browser, so that when updated you don’t have to remove preference files, and so forth. Think of Canary as a “pre-Dev” version of Chrome.
As the Google Chromium blog states:
Because we expect it to be unstable and, at times, unusable, you can run it concurrently with a Dev, Beta, or Stable version of Google Chrome. Your Canary data remains separate, but if you set up Sync in each version of Chrome that you use, you can automatically continue using the same set of bookmarks, extensions, themes, and more.
Oh, and the yellow icon looks awesome. Using it now, I might add.
Via: Chrome Canary Build For OS X, Chromium
Starting tomorrow, BlackBerry PlayBook users (I guarantee you, there are some) will have access to an app via the BlackBerry App World (or via an over-the-air update) that adds video chat to their PlayBooks, which works only over WiFI, then sometimes this week an official Facebook app will be available, which also lets you chat with friends, and do the usual Facebooky things that you may or may not already do. Via: RIM
This BlackBerry may have been ages in the making, but it’s finally here, and is the first BlackBerry to actually have some sort of competitive feel to it, to try and take a slice out of iOS, Android, or even Windows Phone 7. Specs of the Bold 9900/9930 include a blazing 1.2GHz processor, 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with 640×480 resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of onboard storage, NFC technology, and the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which has no backwards support for previous handsets, meaning that if you have a Bold 9780 (for example), there will be no BB7 for you. This is also the only BlackBerry I’d ever suggest getting, albeit that statement probably would have had a hard time showing up here.
RIM states that the new Bold 9900/9930 will debut with “carriers around the world” starting this summer. Press release, after the break.
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