HTC boots CFO who established Beats Audio deal

In a rather interesting turn of events, HTC CFO Winston Young has been moved over to a “corporate development role” after only a year as the CFO. He was with HTC during its highs and lows, and also established the Beats Audio deal for HTC devices, which hasn’t really been beneficial at all for the company. In his place there is a certain Chia-Lin Chang, a former Goldman Sachs partner and Motorola engineer who might be able to capitalize on the HTC One series, which could make or break the company. A reason has not been given as to why HTC made this decision, so analysts will purportedly debate why. Via: Reuters

Windows 8 Editions Revealed: Pro, RT, And 8

The 3 editions of Windows 8 have been announced. It’s plain and simple, just the way it should be. First off, Windows 8 is the version that mostly everyone will be using, which is mainly geared towards PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32-bit and 64-bit), followed by Windows 8 Pro which mostly adds “encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity”. Lastly, the ARM version of Windows 8 will be called Windows RT. And of course, there’s the Windows 8 Enterprise edition.  At the Windows Team Blog you can the see whole breakdown of different versions of the upcoming operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus with 4G LTE coming out on April 22nd for $200

The 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus is inbound to another carrier for $200 — Sprint, not Verizon, where the Nexus retails for a Benjamin more. Google Wallet users get $10 credit from the start, with an additional $40 given after 3 weeks. Plus, this version of the Galaxy Nexus is 300MHz faster, meaning 1.5GHz of dual-core processing power. Interesting news, no doubt. Press release below this sentence.

Via: Sprint

This morning, Sprint announced Galaxy Nexus will be available on April 22 for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Pre-order begins today at www.sprint.com/nexus. As an extra bonus, Sprint customers who activate a Google Wallet account within a week of activation of their Galaxy Nexus will receive a $10 instant credit on their Google Wallet account and an additional $40 credit within three weeks.

It boasts a Pure Google experience, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ contour display and dual cameras.

Crysis 3 Announced By EA, Launching Spring 2013

The first Crysis game had you fighting North Koreans, then it Crysis 2, Crytek had you fighting the American paramilitary corportation C.E.L.L, and now you’re going to still be in New York City in Crysis 3, however the entire city has been encased inside of Cell Corporation’s Nanodome, which turns NYC into an urban jungle, with seven distinct environments (known as the Seven Wonders). Apparently this setup is going to push the very boundaries of the Nanosuit and is to protect the city from the alien Ceph, however it’s simply the company’s conquest of world domination in the year of 2047. Oh, and the game runs on the fantastic and new CryENGINE 3.

Which is why you see our Nanosuit supersoldier (presumably Prophet) using a bow and arrow, yet with the Scarab automatic assault rifle on his back. Very, very cool indeed. There are also three different pre-order bonuses that can be had depending on which retailer players order Crysis 3 from. Personally, I can hardly wait.

Via: Crysis 

Samsung to unveil ‘next Galaxy’ smartphone on May 3rd in London

There’s not much to this: members of the press have been invited to a price even on May 3rd, in London, while outsiders will have access to a Facebook stream. In the invite, Samsung refers to what could possibly be called “the next Galaxy”, meaning that this indeed could be the next-generation Galaxy device that succeeds the Galaxy S II. Time to wait and see!

Via: Samsung Tomorrow

This Week On LaptopMemo: Up And Down Went The News

This week’s news was always centered around technology or gaming, but somehow it wasn’t hot enough to be called news per say. In this case, whenever there’s a rather slow week of news, I’ll usually refer to it as “nooz”. Moving on, here’s what happened this week: an Incredible 4G gets leaked, Crysis 3 teased, the new Chrome OS design, new Excite Ice Cream Sandwich tablets from Toshiba, Google+ was redesigned, I review the Crumpler Nhill Heist backpack, a new Nook with GlowLight, and the Lumia 900 sees a data connectivity fix. Also, an HTC One S press event in NYC (we’ll be attending!).

Indeed, that was an entirely thrilling week. Here’s the next one, that will actually contain some exciting things.

Assassin’s Creed 3 screenshots display deer hunting in the snow

Oh look, it’s Connor, everybody’s new favorite Assassin’s Creed III star assassin. Except he’s being a major jerk, hunting deer, not guards. At the same time, that white camo of his would be incredible to use in the land of snow against deer. This screenshot (and many others) was picked up by the All Games Beta, which is where you can see the rest of the shots, at the source link. Via: All Games Beta

Nokia Lumia 900 data fix available to users now

In the case of a certain new AT&T 4G LTE device — this being the Nokia Lumia 900 — there has been data connectivity issues. Rather, that sometimes the Lumia 900 will completely drop its data connection. Thankfully, a fix has been issued as of today via Zune (for Windows) and Windows Phone Connector (for Mac).After applying the update to your new Windows Phone smartphone, you should be able to consistently use data on either HSPA, LTE, or Wi-Fi networks. Also, according to Nokia, “as a gesture of goodwill, we are offering a $100 AT&T bill credit to everyone who has already purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 or who will purchase one before April 21st.” Sounds good.

Here’s Nokia’s statement on the update:

Earlier this week, Nokia communicated about a memory management issue with the recently launched Nokia Lumia 900 at AT&T that, in some cases, was leading to a loss of data connectivity.

When this news was issued on Tuesday, Nokia had identified that a software update would be available for consumer download on or around April 16th. Today, we’d like to share with you that the update is now available. Consumers now have the opportunity to update their AT&T version Nokia Lumia 900 software through Zune and Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac earlier than anticipated.

Consumers are still able to swap out their Lumia 900 for an updated Lumia 900 in an AT&T store if they’d prefer. And, of course, the $100 credit offer will remain in effect through Midnight PST on April 21st.

For additional details, please visit: www.nokiausa.com/lumia900update

As always, we look forward to your questions and feedback.

Via: Nokia