Microsoft knows the Xbox 360 dashboard update had 1080p and color space problems; working on fix

So, it has come to Microsoft’s acknowledgement that the Xbox 360 dashboard update that started rolling out in late-December was great, but there are some serious bugs to make mention of. The first being that 720p seems to be the default setting for the interface, not 1080p, causing some users problems with HDMI. Then there’s the color space, which can sometimes be completely off. So, that all being said, Microsoft is working on a fix, we just don’t know when it will be pushed out to the masses. Via: Major Nelson (Twitter)

Google: 250 Million Android Devices, 11 Billion Market Downloads, 700k Activations Per Day

That’s — a lot!? Google has announced on its earnings call that there are 250 million Android devices roaming the world, with some 700,000 activations per day for new devices. To top all of that off, there has been 11 billion Android Market app downloads, compared to the App Store’s 13 billion (that quite a jump in stats for the Google/Android camp). It’s all good news at Google, it seems.

Whoa: Alienware X51 presents console-sized PC gaming

This is the Alienware X51. It’s a small gaming PC, designed to be the size of an Xbox, roughly. With the usual Alieware lighting scheme, slot loading DVD drive and sleek form, it costs $699, $849 and $949 – with a choice of Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, respectively. Each version of the X51 has a terabyte (1,000 GB) hard drive, no SSD options and 4GB or 8GB or RAM. It also comes with an Alienware keyboard, along with either NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 545 graphics in the cheaper model, or GTX 555 in the better models. As for ports, there’s an HDMI 1.4, on-board WiFi, USB 3.0 and digital 7.1 surround sound. Best of all, in true Alienware fashion, all parts can be upgraded, and it looks fantastic.

Via: Dell

World IPv6 launch set: June 12th, 2012 with Google, Facebook, and AT&T starting it off

Mark your calendars: June 12th, 2012 is the launch date of the new IPv6. To help with the internet’s explosive growth and tiny amount of IP addresses left to keep it functioning, the Internet Society will permanently switch IPv6 on to add millions if not billions of additional IP addresses. From day one, several tech manufacturers, web services, and internet providers will start switching to the new protocol. Launch partners include IPv6: Google, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo. From a hardware perspective of the situation, Cisco and D-Link are both committed to enabling IPv6 across their range of home products by June, as well.

Even if you don’t think this affects you directly, this is actually very good news for the future of the Internet as a whole. Keep in mind that fewer IP address conflicts means a happier and faster Internet. Via: Internet Society

LG Nitro HD Review

A 4G LTE smartphone on AT&T? Why, yes of course. The LG Nitro HD contains some top-of-the-line specs, including a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 AH-IPS display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor and 1.3 front-facing / 8 megapixel rear cameras. With all of this coming together for a higher than the average $250 on a new 2-year agreement with AT&T, there’s quite a spot to be filled. In fact, the only thing the Nitro HD should be is exceptional, and our evaluation of it should prove if it is. That being said, the review is after the break.

Google posts Android Design guidelines for Ice Cream Sandwich

Google has made a rock-solid rule: future Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices will be uniform in software design. Things like the typography, color palettes, and other stylistic advice, as well as a breakdown of the components making up the Android UI will all be posted to the new Android Design website, available for app developers and manufacturers. Over time, the site will become even more featured, so there will always be new ideas for design, all originating from Google.

Via: Android Developers, Android Design

Dell announces their own ultrabook for $999 — the XPS 13

This is the Dell XPS 13 ultrabook. It sports a weight of 2.9 pounds, the laptop is .71 inches at its thickest point and .24 inches at its thinnest, with room for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, and MiniDisplay ports (sadly excluding an SD card slot, however). Other core specifications include a base Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, a standard backlit keyboard and the  slightly disappointing 1366 x 768-resolution 13.3-inch display, which has been covered in Gorilla Glass for added protection. And yet, there are still more technical terminologies I must speak of: the XPS 13 also has Intel HD 3000 graphics, a 47Wh battery rated for up to eight hours, Bluetooth 3.0, and finally Intel’s SmartConnect, which automatically finds the right network for you to connect to and updates your email and calender, alongside the usual Rapid Start tech.

The XPS 13 ultrabook launches in February starting at $999.