Yay! Crysis 2 has made its way to Steam, almost everyone’s favorite digital download service for games. It will cost $59.99, and launches March 22nd. Although stay awake for March 1st, because Crytek and EA are rolling out a PC multiplayer demo on that day.
While the Internet was speculating about the subject of a meeting in Northern California between Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO (for now) Eric Schmidt, Reuters just picked up what the meeting as specifically about, mostly that the meeting, “was part of Obama’s push for technological innovation to help boost the economy and reduce unemployment.”
Other major technology figures that attened were Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Genentech Chairman Art Levinson, Stanford University President John Hennessy, and former state controller and venture capitalist Steve Westly.Via: Reuters, TNW
According to Google, this is nothing but a visual upgrade. According to others (read: MG Siegler and this post), this is the first bit of preparation for Google +1, their social network/something we hardly know about. As of today, my Google account has the new visual upgrades, which change very few things, except a few good user interface tweaks. The upgrade is rolling out slowly to users, in the meantime, go make a new Google search, if you are so inclined.
This is the official pricing for the first Android 3.0 tablet set to hit the shelves. By settings you back by about $800 for 32GB of storage, you’ll get a Motorola Xoom with 3G (which later this year will get upgraded for you to 4G LTE via a visit to a local VZW store), and for $600 a WiFi-only version. No solid release dates or time frames were given, so that’s a bummer, unless you’re listening to the many leaks and rumors, which pinpoint a release sometimes next week. Via: Reuters
This is so beautiful. You could cry (an exaggeration). It looks like in a little advert Intel may have spilled the beans on the new Macbook Pros, something of which they have a fantastic reputation for. Even the Mac OS X UI looks better even though it hasn’t changed a bit. Via: 9to5Mac
This, we weren’t expecting, now were we? Verizon CTO Tony (or Anthony) Melone stated that the three major mobile operating systems worth noting of are iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. In blunt wording, he doesn’t give a Nokia about Windows Phone 7. His mentioning of this was in a recent interview with CNET:
“I do want a strong third OS out there,” Melone said. “It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7… I don’t think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship,” he said. “Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM. “
Why so sad, Melone? Windows Phone 7 is adding CDMA support in an upcoming update to debut on Sprint, but in the meantime, a Verizon WP7 device doesn’t seem so possible. Perhaps that will change with time? Via: CNET
In other words, this probably is bad news. Sony’s Next-Generation Portable (NGP or PSP2) was so awesome with specs like 3G, twin analog sticks, and such that the price would be too high (which for portable gaming machines, is anything above $300). Thus, Sony had to make some cuts.
According to Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida (while speaking to Edge): “There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target,. “It’s a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There’s no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later.”
So essentially, there were some cuts, but we don’t know what they are (or were). So this only makes the situation worse. On the other hand, it’s nice to know Sony is thinking of your wallet (or theirs). Via: CVG
This is HTC’s first tablet — the Flyer. It runs a very tablet-optimized UI, but on Android 2.4. That’s right. Not much has been detailed on the 2.4 release, but that’s what it runs. There’s a 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, 4,000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out, DLNA support, and 7-inch screen. It will launch globally in Q2 of 2011 for an unknown price. The press release is where it always is, which is after the line-break. Via: HTC