Codemasters’ New DiRT: Showdown Coming In May 2012, Takes Gamble On Rally Series

The Colin McRae Rally videogame series has always been about realism and simulation of rally racing, almost always under the watchful eye of the Codemasters. But now in their upcoming game, DiRT Showdown seems to be anything but. The only way to explain this is if you watch the video a the source link, and see just how crazy it  may turn out to be for PC, Windows, and Mac in May of 2012. Via: YouTube

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Launches Tomorrow For $299 — Finally

It’s about that time. Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus launches with 4G LTE on the 15th of December — tomorrow, for $299.99 on a 2-year agreement. Specs include a massive 4.65-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording support and an 1,850 mAh battery with CDMA and 4G LTE connectivity (resulting in a thicker casing than the GSM version  but no matter). Best of all, the Galaxy Nexus sports the newest version of Android — 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is an amazingly good buy for the best Android handset on the market, so far.

Nokia Lumia 710 Official On T-Mobile: HSPA+, 3.7-inch ClearBlack Screen, January 11th For $49

I don’t know about the reader, but I’ve never heard of an attractive phone for $50 that has HSPA+ “4G” speeds up to 14.4MBps, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display, 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB of storage, 5 megapixel rear camera with single LED flash, and with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s a sweet little package for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It’ll show up next year on the 11th of January, coupled with apps like Drive, MS Office, ESPN, T-Mobile TV and Netflix. All is good and well I suppose. Press release after the break.

Once Again, Google Extends Their Free VoIP Calling In Gmail

It seems that almost every year now, when the free VoIP service in Google’s Gmail app ends for the desktops, they just renew it for another year. See this old LM post for an example. And of course the usual requirements are the same: a microphone (if not already built-in your laptop), an internet connection and that’s all (adding a Google Voice number is optional, but I recommend it).

Microsoft May Have Switched Out Windows Phone Head Andy Lees

According to AllThingsD, their head guru, Andy Lees, has been switched out for what seems to be the most probable choice — Terry Myerson, head of engineering, who will be taking over many of Andy’s roles in the development of Windows Phone. This is mostly all to be expected — it has been said that internally and externally Windows Phone isn’t doing as well as it should.

webOS lives on through open-source, new hardware like tablets could be produced

It’s official. Meg Whitmann has saved webOS by cutting the losses and making it open-source. New tablets could be produced, along with software upgrades, however smartphones are probably not in the cards. In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Meg Whittman stated, “The answer to that is yes but what I can’t tell you is whether that will be in 2012 or not,” and that “But we will use webOS in new hardware, but it’s just going to take us a little longer to reorganize the team in a quite different direction than we’ve been taking it in the past.” Is this good news? Yes. Was it expected? No. Do I label this as “FTW’?

Darn yes. Finally a corporate decision that makes sense by HP. ViaHPThe Verge

Spotify Radio now separates, becomes an official app

So, the radio feature in Spotify has been separated and is now a Spotify Radio application. You can switch, stop, and skip between all your favorite tracks and make your own radio stations. Spotify out of the blue has just made a direct competitor to Pandora. And with that, check out Spotty’s source link to see what else they had to say about this “new” addition to their massive music service. Via: Spotify

Google’s Currents is their new magazine/news app, and then some


It’s a direct Flipboard competitor, but Google’s Currents is formidable. The app, available for Android and iOS, allows you to have a swipeable, graphics-heavy way to read material from content providers like AllThingsD, PBS, Huffington Post and Fast Company, as well public Google+ feeds and RSS (even import your Google Reader feeds). It’s also tightly integrated with Google+, making it an instant product of use among the millions of Google+ users. The only con of the service is that it’s U.S. only for now, but at least you’re closer to having that perfect digital magazine of everything you never knew you wanted. Via: Google Mobile Blog