The check-in war maybe at its climax everyday – therefore creating more useless apps for you and me to check-in to — but Gowalla, which can heavily be considered number two (behind Foursquare) has released Gowalla 3.0 for iPhone, and allows check-ins and sharing through Gowalla, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. How long Foursquare might allow their APIs to be accessed by Gowalla’s app is unsure, but it’s a sure win for the end-users. Also, the app brings Retina display support, bug fixes, tweaked user interface, and bookmarks for visited locations. Via: Gowalla
A new Google Chrome is here? Yeah, if you didn’t know, a new version is launched on or about every 6 weeks, but this time it’s merely mentioned on the Chrome Releases blog. Also, this Chrome is Chrome 8, which brings a dump of bugfixes and security fixes with more stability and speed (according to Google, anyway). Other than that, a built-in PDF viewer is offered, which may or may not hint perfect harmony with the Chrome Web Store that’s launching. I’ve already updated to Chrome 8 and kept it as my default and only browser, so it should be your turn.
Via: Chrome Releases Blog
Gingerbread! Before Google realizes the mistakes of Google Hong Kong, we will all forget (or cease to know it even existed) a short video walkthrough of Android. Which is exactly what happened, unfortunately; Google took it down. But the video did demonstrate several things, like the small but important changes to the entire Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI, and a “Related” tab for apps in the Android Market. It was cool while it lasted, you could say. Via: AndroidNoodles
It turns out fragmentation is on the decline in Android, according to Google’s latest report, now with 83% of devices that have accessed the Market “recently” have Android 2.1 or above. Android 1.6 on the other hand is still a stubborn mule; it still has a small share, as well as 1.5. This is good news for Android, no doubt, but when the Gingerbread comes in time for Christmas, everything will go back to loopy-town. Via: Android Developers
Have you heard of concept phones? See how pretty they are, but no one ever makes them? Even the software the run is out of this world, and still — they’re never made. TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) is a company of said profession, even developing software systems for cars. Long financial/acquisition story cut short, RIM has bought the company. This either means your next BlackBerry will carry the most awesome looking interface of all time, or RIM will keep the company behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a good cookie to have in the jar for the upcoming QNX-based OS for RIM.
Via: BlackBerry Blog USA
While I’m still composing the lists of gadgets that will be posted here on LaptopMemo for Christmas (all the way till Christmas Eve), I’ve decided to make a list of my all-time favorite gadgets of this year, that I’ve followed day-by-day, used and tested, and would want for Christmas myself. Despite this list coming from a 14-year-old with a knack for tech writing and some contacts in the tech industry, this is as serious as any gadget personal list can get, and it’ll be updated as I’m testing new gadgets that I’m receiving every week here to test. Onwards to the list!
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So uninstall whatever 3rd party app you’ve got for Google Reader on your Android Phone, because Google has come with the official goods. Besides all of the things you love about Google Reader, like unread counts (I love those), friends, sharing, liking, and starring, you’ll have access to multiple accounts, synced preferences, full subscription features (subscribe and search), volume-key navigation, and a price tag of free on the Android Market. Oh, and for those of you without Android 2.2 Froyo (or you sneaky dudes with Gingerbread) there’s compatibility with all the way down to Donut (Android 1.6). While you’re at it, don’t forget to add LaptopMemo to your list of feeds, by the way.
Via: Google Reader Blog
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) conference call has just started, but here’s the important topics that should be covered. Starting off, 4G LTE will be at speeds of 10x the average speeds of their EV-DO 3G network, launching on December 5th. Coverage of 4G LTE will be at 60 airports relatively close to the 38 cities that also will receive 4G LTE, covering over 110 million people, and nationwide coverage “coast to coast” in 2013 — 3 years from now, which is not a long time for a complete LTE roll-out of the United States with speeds on average of 5MBps to 12MBps download, and 2MBps to 5 MBps upload, with half the latency of the 3G network. As for coverage, street-level maps will be available on Sunday as well.
As for USB modems, the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290 4G data-sticks will also be available on the 5th (backwards compatible with 3G, by the way), and data plans are strict and straightforward, with 5GB to 10GB data plans without throttling after you’ve gone over your limit. Pricing related, the 5GB data plan which costs $50 per-month, and the 10GB plan will cost $80 (for USB modems). Other devices, like phones; they’ll be discussed at CES and launched “by mid-2011″. Verizon also heavily mentions that “not all 4G is the same” and [Verizon] LTE is a big deal”.
The interesting points here are numbered, actually. First off, voice will still be based on 3G (for now) and 4G will take over the data spectrum at Verizon. Also, when a 4G connection is lost, 3G will be switched over without hassle or delay, but when in use, it will not switch onto the 4G LTE network until finished.
But that settles that. Visit the via link below for the newly-launched 4G LTE site.
Via: Verizon 4G LTE
Angry Birds is getting boring. So to rejuvenate the series a little bit, Rovio Mobile has released Android Birds Seasons for free on the Android Market and Getjar. This version of the game allows for more productivity destruction, the Halloween and Christmas levels with 25 daily surprises until Christmas Day. No wonder they’re already planning the sequel; I yawned. Via: TDG
Turns out yesterday I got contacted by Dell about the Venue Pro release date and post I made, and it turns out the page was only a test. Now the Dell Venue Pro is really official, and it costs $99 for the 8GB version, and $149.99 for the 16GB. Remember for these prices you’re getting a 4.1-inch multitouch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon, slide-out QWERTY, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording, Windows Phone 7 in all its pretty glory, and probably the coolest looking handset in the series. It ships on the 9th, and for a few days of free shipping, it would be totally worth it. Oh, and Dell offers them unsubsidized, $449 or $499, respectively.
Via: Dell Venue Pro Site