Netflix Splits DVD And Streaming Businesses, Creating Qwikster To Handle DVDs

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will be credited with making the seemingly smart decision with the ongoing disapproval of higher prices for his company’s streaming and DVD services. Effective soon, the Qwikster DVD rental service will have separate movie ratings, billing cycles, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii support for a fee, separate user accounts, and its own CEO, ex-Netflix exec Andy Rendich. On the other side of the coin, Netflix will still remain in the video streaming business and will soon announce major additions to its catalog. Check out Reed’s blog post on the matter at the source link. Via: Netflix blog

Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch Now On Sale At Sprint

With a name so long, Sprint added a comma, I wonder what else you’ll do to talk to your friends about your just-purchased Galaxy S II, Epic Touch 4G from Sprint? Sporting the usual 2-year contract, what you get for the long agreement is a 1.2GHz Exynos dual-core processor, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and full HD 1080p video recording, a front-facing 2MP cam, 4G WiMax connectivity, 16GB internal storage, and lastly a very large 1800 mAH battery. And right now, you know where to get it — at Sprint, obviously.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE Review — Nice Going, Verizon

Price as Reviewed: $529.99 on 2-year agreement at Verizon Wireless

Despite all of the trouble between Apple and Samsung, and the “similarities” between the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still the greatest Android tablet to date (see my original review in June). But Verizon added 4G LTE to it. Now that’s just a crime I say. Battery life remains just about the same, which is 9 to 10 hours of light usage (email, web, YouTube) and 8 hours o watching movies, playing music, and playing games on the awesome Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz platform. However the difference here is getting 16MBps downloads in areas with a coverage of 1 bar, and 30 and up in other with very strong coverage. That still bests most average home internet connections. And as a mobile hotspot, that sweet, sweet 4G LTE service just gets even better to use on your laptop (or in my case, a WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1). Also to be noted is that Movies in te Android market as well ass Media Hub access is available on the 4G LT Tab 101, and Verizon hasn’t included a single crapware app.

Just about everything I said in the original review stands strong with the 4G LTE addition, except one thing: the placement of the power and volume buttons have been moved to accommodate the SIM card, and instead are to the right of the tablet, so confusing the two is quite a possibility. And also the new pricetag: $529.99 for a new 16GB white or grey model, which is only $30 more than before for a 2-year contract, or $699.99 for a month-to-month contract, much like the iPad 2 on Verizon.

Either way, it’s still my favorite Android tablet. Thanks for not mucking something  up with any crapware apps Verizon, and making something great even better than before.

Score: 9.5/10

One more shot of the 4G LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Now Available For Pre-Order At $469.99

It’s a small Galaxy Tab 10.1 — in other words the Galaxy Tab 8.9. Obviously it’s priced cheaper than the larger tablet and is available for pre-order at BestBuy right now, starting at $469.99 for a 16GB model. It contains nearly the same specs as the 10.1. Those specs being: a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 1GB of RAM, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 3MP back-facing, 16GB or 32GB storage options, its unique 8.9-inch 1280×800 WXGA display, and lastly no release date given by BestBuy. Eh, it’ll come around. Via: BBY

Minecraft Beta 1.8 Released In Full!

It’s here folks! Woooooo!

Minecraft Beta 1.8. It’s a massive update, dubbed the “Adventure Udate” by Notch and his team, and has been in the process of production for many long months now. It’ll be the best version of Minecraft to date, and Notch and his team are just getting started. Full changelog after the break! Also, to update to it, just log-in to your Minecraft and things should get auto-updated.

HTC Sensation XE Unveiled: A 1.5GHz Dual-Core Beats Audio Smartphone


This would be wrong. Scratch that — a crime, if the Sensation XE didn’t make its way to Verizon Wireless here in the States. It’s a red smartphone, with Beats Audio to back it up.  Oh, and as for what really is backing it up: a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense UI, a 4.3-inch qHD display, a larger 1,730mAh battery to compensate for the overclocked processor and Beats Audio, and also ships with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that include controls and a mic, all in one juicy red package. It makes the original Sensation 4G look like a clown (ironically, as one just arrived in the mail). HTC’s press release is seen after the break.

Windows 8 Developer Preview Now Available For Download — And You Don’t Have To Be A Dev

Straight out of today’s BUILD conference for Microsoft was a developer preview for Windows 8, as well as a Samsung touchscreen tablet that was running it. But let’s cut to the important part: Windows 8 is available for download for anyone, even with low-end specs. You can easily install the .iso as a partition on your hard drive (however it may require a full wipe and install), and get going. The dev preview without developer tools on a 64-bit machine measures in at 3.6GB, which is what I’m downloading now. In the meantime, get downloading and check out the source links for info on Windows 8 and where to download it!
Via: Microsoft Press PassMSDN (download link)

Acer Iconia Tab A501 Headed To AT&T For $330 On Contract

Coming September 18th, the Acer Iconia A501 is coming to AT&T using HSPA+ data connectivity (sigh), a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel resolution screen, a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra2 processor, a full size USB port, a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The tablet will be priced at $479.99, but a $330 price can be achieved if new customers get a 2-year contract with a 3GB monthly data plan. Full PR from AT&T after the break.