Minecraft’s Notch Demotes Himself, Promotes Jens As Lead Designer

Minecraft’s Markus Notch Persson has made it clear on his official Tumblr that he will step down as the main designer and leader of Mojang AB. Notch will be transferring the position to Jens Bergensten, the awesome coer for Minecraft and loved among gamers everywhere. As he clearly stated: “He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss,” says Notch. “I’ve promised him to not pull rank. ;)”. With that, congrats to Jens and even Notch, who has sold (with the help of the entire Mojang AB team) almost 5 million copies of Minecraft since the alpha, beta, and full releases.

Via: Notch’s Tumblr

Carrier IQ Fiasco: Apple says they have no traces of it in iOS 5

In the recent fiasco covered by the many tech blogs of the internet, Carrier IQ makes a software that monitors everything on goes on in a smartphone. It’s an invasion of privacy, and even though Carrier IQ stats it’s only performance-related data, there’s no proof to in. So in response, just about every manufacturer of smartphones are responding with the truth — either they use Carrier IQ’s software, or they don’t. Apple has just clarified that they don’t use it in iOS 5 devices. If only the same could be said for a majority of the Android phones in existence. Apple’s full statement is seen below:

We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.

Almost Forgot: iOS 5.1 seeded to developers, new iPad model suggested

So, this is something I almost forgot — iOS 5.1 has been seeded to members of the Apple Developer Program. In this case, they will look for hings to play around with, while creating new apps and making existing ones compatible with the new software. However, one interesting thing pointed out by 9to5mac was a discovery concerning a new iPad model number, hinting at a successor of the much-loved and successful tablet computer.

Galaxy Nexus given the teardown treatment from iFixit’s geeks

This is the Galaxy Nexus, the ultimate Android smartphone, in its GSM SIM card version (not the 4G LTE Verizon variant destined for the United States). And iFixit.com, the premier site on the web for taking apart ht newest gadgets and seeing what’s inside, has taken the liberty of doing exactly that with the Galaxy Nexus. You can see all at the source link. Via: iFixit

Xbox 360 sees biggest sales this year on Black Friday weekend

Microsoft is rolling in a ton of excitement and cash for the Kinect and Xbox 360. About 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles and more than 750,000 Kinect controllers were sold last week. Microsoft also confirmed that more than 800,000 of the consoles it sold last week were purchased on Black Friday alone.  That in itself are some amazing sales statistics. And with that, the Xbox 360 continues to remain the dominant home gaming console on the market.

MSFT’s announcement:

Entering the seventh year of its lifecycle, Xbox 360 just closed the biggest sales week in the history of Xbox, selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday.

Microsoft’s retail partners are equally excited about our sales performance this holiday.

“We have seen tremendous excitement from customers for our hot holiday gaming offers,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of Home Entertainment at Best Buy. “Xbox 360 was among the best-sellers at Best Buy this Black Friday, and is a testament to the continued popularity of the gaming category this holiday.”

Sales highlights in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday include:

  • Xbox 360 sold more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. alone, of which more than 800,000 were sold within a period of 24 hours – the biggest week of sales in Xbox history. (Source: Internal data)
  • More than 750,000 Kinect for Xbox 360 sensors were sold in the U.S. – standalone and bundled. (Source: Internal data)

LG Nitro HD Will Be Another 4G LTE Handset For AT&T, On December 4th

This is the LG Nitro HD, a 4G LTE AT&T smartphone that will retail for $250 on contract. It sports a 4.5-inch “True HD” IH-IPS display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution (and a 500 nit brightness level), an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of on-board storage, a 16GB microSD card and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor (!). The whole package measures 10.4mm thin. The full press release is after the break.

DROID 4 press photos leak, along with a comparison chart

First of all, the amount of DROIDs (not Android phones, specially DROIDs) releasing because of Verizon is almost insane. There’s one almost every new quarter. So of course, if there’s a few new DROIDs on the block, the descendant to the grandfather Droid should show up as well — the DROID 4. Packed with a 1,2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE data connectivity, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with lit-up keys, it will be a lot like the Droid Razr, except with a keyboard attached to it. Also, a taunting comparison shot of its specs can be seen at the source link. As for the release date, expect it around Christmas or early 2012. Via: Droid-Life

Android 3.2 released for Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi owners

Ready for Android 3.2 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1? Besides the fact that I am consistently pestering you, the reader, with questions if you’re ready for the new bit of technology that comes out, I find it completely necessary to do so, because it really is a valid question. Now, onward with the news.

The Android 3.2 Honeycomb update that was pulled for Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi owners after many initial bugs at launch has been released, complete with fixes. You should be able to get the update right about now, and if you don’t, wait a few hours or days, as that is how long it usually takes for over-the-air updates to roll out fully to all users.

Earlier this morning, Samsung began releasing an over the air software update allowing Galaxy 10.1 users to upgrade to Android 3.2 while also resolving a Wi-Fi connectivity issues some Galaxy 10.1 users experienced following a previous software update. For Galaxy 10.1 users who experience Wi-Fi connectivity issues and are unable to reconnect, the new software update may be downloaded and installed via Samsung’s Kies desktop app.

By the way, I’ve gone ahead and installed it and can happily report that it is fully functional and I can’t seem to find any bugs to report, thus far.