Photoshop CS6 teased on video with darker UI

In what Adobe describes as Photoshop CS6 being more intent on “immersion” is a darkened UI that would help with — something? Anyways, the video of Photoshop CS6 in action can be watched above the very words that I’ve just finished typing. Of course, software designers at Apple as well as leaning towards the more “professional” black color scheme, which depending on how you look at it, also looks sharper and even charming.

Via: Teh Verge

Google intent on killing Android menu button, urges dev to do the same

It has come and gone: the menu button. Apparently, just a few months ago it was all the rage at Google, but now as part of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google is urging developers and designers to try and not use the menu buttons at all, to a point where it would not exist in the hardware. What the big G wants is devs to make use of the Action Bar, first seen in Android 3.0 Honeycomb. While in some apps this may prove troublesome, most of them will have to update to work on the newer software (properly, that is), so improvements can easily be made so that actions that rely on the menu buttons are switched to vertical or horizontal positions. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

At the very least Google is making Android more uniform. Via: Android Developers

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,, 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