Mozilla is fine-tuning their Firefox start page

Mozilla is doing what Google can with Chrome, and they can’t. That is, have a fast launch cycle (multiple versions of the browser in the month or in a quarter), whilst keeping all parts of the software polished. An example of this is Firefox’s start page — it has stayed almost the same since a decade ago, when it first launched. And so it shall change. A full preview of all of the new elements is available at the source link. Via: ExtremeTech

PlayStation Vita US launch bundle: 8GB card, 3G, and PSN game for $299

This is sweet. Near the launch (February 22 in the U.S.), the PlayStation Vita (we want one so badly, Sony. *wink*) will have a bundle that retails for $299 and contains an 8GB memory card, 3G + WiFi Vita, a PSN game (of unknown title), and an AT&T DataConnect Session pass “good for one free 250MB session.” It is reasonable and Amazon seems to be the only retailer with the limited edition bundle currently available for pre-order — at least for now.

Kudos to Sony for getting an attractive package available at launch to boost sales.

Via: PlayStation Blog, Amazon

Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm, leaves HP

In the last hurrah of the grand webOS saga, the famed CEO, Jon Rubinstein has left the company. He was responsible for bringing Palm from the bottom of the market to owning and operating one of the best mobile operating systems ever created, webOS. This has been confirmed at AllThingsD, in a brief statement from an HP spokesperson: “Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well.” And that was that.

More coverage at the source links. Via: The Verge, AllThingsD, Image credit: Giz

Leaked HTC Sense 4.0 Previewed: New UI, New Features, And More

Tech site PocketNow claims that they have had hands-with a near-final leaked build of HTC Sense 4.0. This new version of Sense will contain a new UI, new features, no on-screen buttons for Ice Cream Sandwich, meaning that the hardware will still carry four distinct capacitive buttons: home, menu, search, and back. Sense 4.0 will also feature a full landscape mode, a completely reworked mail app, tight Dropbox integration with 50GB of free storage, a Safari Reader-style function for the browser (that would be awesome, HTC), and universal Beats audio for supported phones. That’s quite a long set of achievements for Sense UI that hasn’t been observed for quite a while now.

There’s even talk of a 3D task switcher. However, since there are no photos of it in action, we’d have to label this with a grain of salt before anything stated by PocketNow can be taken into serious consideration. Via: PocketNow

Ruh Oh: Twitter Can Now Censor Tweets, If Required By Law

In a bow of the head to the elite, Twitter can now censor any tweet, in any country, if required by law. This step is reserved for only the most offensive or illegal tweets that could arise, and if contacted by the authorities, Twitter will comply and will censor the tweet(s) in question. As stated by Twitter on their blog:

We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld. As part of that transparency, we’ve expanded our partnership with Chilling Effects to share this new page, http://chillingeffects.org/twitter, which makes it easier to find notices related to Twitter.

And so the waiting game for the first censored tweet, if ever, begins. Via: BoingBoing

Nintendo: The Wii U Will Launch Worldwide By The End Of 2012

Just as the new year begins, Nintendo is making plans for the very end of it. The Wii U will launch in the US, Japan, Europe, and Australia at the end of 2012 according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. The Wii U is Nintendo’s next-generation gaming console, which now (finally!) offers HD graphics and a controller that doubles as a secondary and primary screen for the system when your TV set is in use. Via: Reuters

Samsung Tears Down The Galaxy Note So iFixit Doesn’t Have To

In an official attempt to get some press, Samsung has taken apart one of their upcoming devices for all to see, instead of DIY site iFixit doing the deed. From the teardown, a 5.3-inch 1280×800-pixel HD Super AMOLED display is visible, the unspecified 1.5GHz dual-core processor (likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3), an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash plus other the bits and parts like sensors, radios, and plastics. There’s also confirmation of an NFC antenna and a Wacom digitizer for its stylus (yes, the Galaxy Note can make use of an official Samsung stylus).

Via: Samsung Tomorrow

Open webOS 1.0 will be completed in September, Enyo 1.0 and 2.0 code available now

Since webOS is being made open-source to keep it alive (thus entering Android territory), HP has made it official that the code for open webOS 1.0 will be available this September, while the Enyo 1.0 and Enyo 2.0 code is available today. What is Enyo, you ask? It is the application framework behind webOS 3.0 used on the Touchpad; when all versions of code are compiled together, it will be known as Open webOS 1.0.

As for current webOS users: you’ll need some hacking skills to make these developer tools work on your Touchpad, however HP is looking into ways of making the Pre, Pixi, and Touchpad compatible with the upcoming Open webOS — all they need is time. Via: HP webOS Dev Blog