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.
Now, that’s quite a number: 200 million. That’s the number of registered Twitter users according to Twitter’s vice president of international strategy, Katie Stanton. About 70% of that number are overseas accounts, meaning that 30% of Twitter users are American (not that many, eh?), while 25% of the aforementioned 100% comes from Japan alone. Via: RWW
Guess who is commenting the PlayStation Network breach that has sent PSN into more than a week’s downtime? Geohot, Sony’s most hated hacker. In a recent blog post, 3l33t hacker Geohot says that first and foremost, he had nothing to do with it. See here:
“And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I’m not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door. Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone else’s server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony.”
But wait, there’s more from Geohot:
“The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.”
An official combatant to FaceTime for iOS has arrived for the Android ecosystem: video chat in GTalk, as part of Android 2.3.4 which is rolling out to Nexus S owners. In the future, other Gingerbread handsets will have access to this feature, along with bug fixes. Another great bit of news is that video chat doesn’t only work over WiFi, but 3G/4G as well (as long as your carrier allows it), which may be the only pitfall of this great addition by the geeks at Google. Via: Google Mobile Blog
It’s the start of something new — the Sidekick 4G. While T-Mobile has been rather busy with touchscreens — from tablets like the G-Slate to high-performance smartphones like the G2X and Nexus S — as well as the T-Mobile G2 which has been a recent addition to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard set, the Sidekick line has come to life again, with the Sidekick 4G. A 1GHz processor, best keyboard out there, and with “4G” HSPA+ data speeds, the Sidekick 4G has a great future ahead of it. Read the full review past the break for my take on it.
Big FTW! It’s the LG Optimus Big folks, and it’s a freakin’ big 4.3-inch NOVA display with 700 nits of brightness, a 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.2 with a light skin, HDMI output, a 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and 16GB of built-in storage. It launches April 28th in Korea, while worldwide availability is hopefully going to be announced — soon. Via: The Vlad At Engadget
Not interested in being an uber geek and going for the latest Chrome Dev or Beta releases? Well, the stable (read: regular) version just got updated to 11, and along with it brings the new Chrome logo that has been in the Beta and Dev releases for a while now. New features include security and bug fixes, some of which “may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix.” There’s also a speech-to-text API ready for devs to take advantage of, and even text-to-speech.