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

HP’s New CEO Is Meg Whitman, Leo Apotheker Is Out

So, after the disaster that was Leo Apotheker in the eyes of some elite consumers and journalists, HP has gon ahead and hired the former CEO of eBay — Meg Whitman. This should be interesting. Also, or your information, Meg will not be CEO for the interim, but in the coming future (i.e. it’s her new job). At the very least, Ms. Whitman started with the team at eBay from a small startup to a major site that is recognized throughout the world. And did we mention that webOS, HP’s $1.2 billion business that they spontaneously (read: essentially Leo Apotheker) decided to spin-off  has put HP in a rater unsure position in regards to its management. Full PR after the break.

Minecraft Beta 1.9 Pre-Release Is Out

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Turns out there is another Minecraft pre-release, the second in fact. To start off, the 1.9 update still does not complete the “Adventure Update” that Notch has been promising for quite a while now. According to one of his recent posts, version 1.10 will continue the series of updates that add more adventure to Minecraft in general. In this update, 1.9 includes NPC villagers, mushroom cows and boimes, snow biomes, snowmen, numerous bug fixes, and more. Jens, Mojang AB’s second most important developer, posted the link to get the. Jar file needed to place inside of your Minecraft folder to check out this pre-release.

So in the meantime, get crafting and begin adventure (and then some)! Via: Minecraft, PCGamer

Samsung Galaxy S II For AT&T Coming Out On October 2, $199 On Contract

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Guess what October 2 is? The launch date of the new Galaxy S II for AT&T? Yup! It also is my birthday. Now, if I may ask: will you guys, the readers, gift me an AT&T Galaxy S II on my birthday? Just kidding, but on a more serious note, are you actually going to buy the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.4 with 16GB storage, 4G HSPA+ data, 2MP front-facing camera for video chats, all on a svelte smartphone with an 8 megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recording? Well, for $199.99 on contract, it sounds like a great buy.

Apple May Hold Media Event On October 4th, Tim Cook To Present iPhone 5

According to AllThingsD, Tim Cook will hold a media event on the 4th of October to present the next-gen iPhone. While all of this is simply purported, it would make sense since their event was due in the Fall, and that also, they’ll have to unveil a new iPhone sooner or later. Also, the site’s sources stated that after the announcement, the iPhone 5 would be available “in a few weeks”, however everything is subject to change. So, we shall see. Via: AllThingsD

Google+ Hits Beta With 9 New Major Features

Despite Google+ being available for over 90 days now, it was nothing more than a field trial. As of today it has hit beta, and with that 9 new features worth mentioning. First off is searching for users and posts (finally). Next is open signups for everyone, turning Google+ into a beta, so now you can actually get on it if you hadnt been invited. Next is video Hangouts for mobile devices starting with an update to their Android app and an iOS app update coming soon. Another feature is to make a public broadcast that anyone can see, with up to nine different users as part of your public broadcast, however this feature may be restricted to famous users or corporations.

Also added to hangouts is Screensharing (show whatever is on your screen with people in your Hangout), Sketchpad (for doodling with people, or showing friends your doodles) Google Doc (obviously for serious stuff), and Named Hangouts, for when you can organize certain Hangouts about certain subjects, for example.

And this all comes two days before Facebook’s f8 conference. War, my friends, is commencing.

Via: Google Blog

The New HTC Rhyme Is A “Lady Phone” From Verizon

Men get DROIDS and women get — Rhymes? No, no, no. The HTC Rhyme has a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD screen, 768MB RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera (no front-facing or LTE). On top of all of the silly stuff, the HTC Rhyme will come with a LED charm indicator that plugs into the 3.5mm headset jack, so that a woman could place it on her purse and would be notified of incoming calls or texts. It would also come with a pair of headphones and an alarm clock. It’s an insult really. Not even a dual-core processor.

At the very least it will come with the latest version of Sense on Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” — Sense 3.5, which isn’t seen on the newer, more powerful dual-core smartphones HTC has been releasing recently. The UI is much cleaner and otherwise there aren’t many other changes to speak of. The HTC Rhyme is debuting on Verizon in only one color on September 29th for $199.99 on contract, and a silver version is headed overseas in October.

This is so silly of you, HTC.