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

Apple Q1 2012 Results: 37 Million iPhones, $46.3 Billion In Earnings

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Apple has just published the stats for another record-breaking quarter. All in all, Apple and Co. Sold 37 million iPhone handsets, including the new iPhone 4S, the older iPhone 4, the free-on-contract iPhone 3G, 15.4 million iPads, as well as being able to ship another 15.4 million iPods and 5.2 million Mac OS X computers. Apple shipped 17.1 million iPhones, 11.1 million iPads, 6.62 million iPods and 4.89 million Macs in the fiscal fourth quarter and 16.24 million iPhones, 7.33 million iPads, 4.13 million Macs and 19.45 million iPods in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Full press release seen after the cut.

Ogio Bandit Backpack Review

“I dare you to touch my Ogio.” — Kilo, the German Shepherd

This is the first backpack I’ve had the opportunity to review. After reviewing thousands of dollars worth of technology, I though it was finally time to review something to hold all of these pricey luxuries in. So, in came the Ogio Bandit backpack review unit at my doorstep. Frankly, I was skeptical: it felt too light to be something of quality.

However, it’s a charming backpack, is waterproof, has dedicated slots of glasses, phones, pens, notepads, passports, up to 17″ laptops, car keys, and even a dedicated iPad/eReader/ultrabook slot. It contours to the spine and supports itself admiringly. Carrying 20 pounds of technology and books (something I don’t recommend on a daily basis; that’s just something I’ve done for the review) is no hassell, because the outline and straps of the Ogio Bandit reduces weight — at least that’s what I felt, but I’m told I’m a flexible 15-year-old, and after playing tennis for a few years at a tournament level (and now taking martial arts lessons) it can certainly be concluded to be fact. And despite costing quite a bit — $109.99 — if you’re serious about your spinal cord’s condition, or if you carry considerable loads of technology or books with you often, it’s worth the investment. Like, you’re only making sure to not cause yourself (possibly) irreparable damage to your spinal cord and muscles. Just saying.

But enough about your’s truly: the Ogio Bandit is a fantastic backpack. Plus, in the “fracture” color scheme, the red accents look really awesome. It’s nearly perfect, as I haven’t had any real complaints to mention of in my month-long test of it. And heck, both Kilo and I give it the “top pick” award.

Score: 9.8/10

Available for purchase at Ogio.com.