Apple Media Event “Let’s Talk iPhone” Booked For October 4th

It’s official. If there are any chances of a new iPhone debuting with Tim Cook presenting it, then it will be on October 4th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific, 1:00 p.m Eastern. Apple PR has just sent out media invites to the press, and it is quite obvious that Tim Cook and Co. want to talk about the iPhone, because the invitation itself is dubbed “Let’s talk iPhone”. This should be exciting, but considering the why Apple handles product launches, a number of surprises could be expected, not just one.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Unveiled In The United States (updated: hands-on!)

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be the obvious smaller sibling to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It weighs less than a pound, is 8.6 millimeters thin (the world’s thinnest tablet), an 8.9-inch touchscreen with Gorilla Glass and a 1280×800, a dual-core 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.1 Honeycomb with the Touchw

iz UX pre-loaded (including all of the Samsung Hubs), a back-facing 3 megapixel camera with 720pHD video recording, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, and finally 802.11n/b/g WiFi. The usual mobile security features, enterprise, and home office user apps and settings are all included, including Find My Mobile, which per-usual, tracks and details the location of the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

It will be available on October 2 (your’s truly birthday) at $469.99 for the 16GB model. Hands-on impressions coming soon.

Update: We’ve got hands-on! The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just about everything I loved about the original 10.1, in both WiFi and 4G LTE flavors, but this time the WiFi 8.9 is lighter and just as capable as the latter, because the specs are just the same, sans the screen size of course. All in all, expect a review in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, check out the gallery below.

Galaxy Tab 8.9 Unboxing And Hands-On

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HTC Amaze 4G And Galaxy S II For T-Mobile Get Release Dates

The HTC Amaze 4G is a hyperphone (to be honest, I made that up)! Going up to 42MBps download speeds, both smartphones average 8 MBps to 20MBps data speeds in tests made by T-Mobile. The Amaze 4G contains an 8 megapixel camera much like the myTouch 4G Slide, has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch qHD screen, and the high price tag of $259.99. In Samsung’s en of 42MBps territory, the Galaxy S II for T-Mobile has the same 1.5GHz processor, 1080pHD video recording on its 8 megapixel camera, and a 4.5-inch screen with a lower resolution than the Amaze 4G’s (800×480 versus 960×540). The Amaze 4G is available October 10th and the Galaxy S II on October 12th for $229.99. Press release after the break.

Samsung Announces Omnia W, A Windows Phone Mango Device

So, Samsung. You have a competitor to HTC’s rampage of Windows Phone Mango handsets? The correct answer is “yes”. The Omnia W packs a Super AMOLED 3.7-inch 800×480 display, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera at the back with AF and 720p HD video recording, a front-facing VGA, and of course, Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” included at launch. Availability is in Italy at the end of October, followed by all territories except the U.S., of course. Thankfully though, this sounds very similar to the Focus Flash, therefore you need not worry about this little one. Via: Samsung Mobile Press

This May Be What The Xoom 2 Looks Like

Curious? We have a right to be so. The Motorola Xoom 2 may be staring out at you through your computer screen right now. Word has it that it contains an HDMI port, SIM card lot, 10.1-inch screen, micro-USB port, and an HD rear-facing camera. But unfortunately through the leaks made at Droid-Life, there isn’t a single statement of internal specifications (read: processors, RAM, etc.). Oh, well. Till sometimes later I suppose.

Via: Giz, Droid-Life

Minecraft “Hardcore Mode” Teased In Screenshot By Notch

This screenshot speaks a thousand words, does it not? Notch has taken fan feedback and also that of Tom over at PCGamer to make sure of one thing: if you die in a world, it’s game over. The world is deleted forever, and so is everything you’ve done in it, including all of your XP and all of the other wonderful things recently introduced in the 1.8 and 1.9 updates. Needless to say, it will take a lot of balls for the average Minecraft player to use the Hardcore mode constantly and not stay in his/her home 80% of the time. This should be interesting.

Via: Notch’s Twitter

Spotify Now Open To All In The United States, With Free Unlimited Streaming For Six Months

 In a move of which could only be described as “boss”, new Spotify users can now sign-up for the music streaming service (Facebook account required) and get six months of unlimited streaming to their desktop instead of the usual 10 hours for free accounts, whereas premium users like me need to fork over $10 just to get the app on mobile devices and with unlimited streaming. You lucky sods. If I wasn’t more sensible I’d go on a rant about now. Link for a snazzy unlimited free account on Spotify is right next to the end of this sentence.

Via: Spotify