Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Will Be In 3D

Microsoft has not only confirmed that gamers will be able to switch between “classic” and “next-gen” graphics on the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary later this year on November 15th, but also in 3D for TVs that support it. This obviously makes the first Halo even better than a remake of the first Halo. It’s awesomesauce all around, n00bs. Via: JoyStiq

Samsung Galaxy S II NYC Reveal Delayed, Initial Press Shots Possibly Leaked

So, this sucks. The Samsung Galaxy S II reveal at the “Samsung Experience” in NYC has been delayed by a day, to the 30th instead of the 29th, at 6:00PM. We’ll be there to report everything about the upcoming Galaxy S II line (weather permitting), but in the meantime, stay safe from the storm. 

Meanwhile, the tipsters over at PocketNow have unveiled what seem to be the official press images for the three American Galaxy S II variants, which of course exclude Verizon Wireless, as they are declining to release an SGSII model, but instead may release a smartphone with similar specs. Via: PocketNow

Razer Unveils The Blade, “The First True Gaming Laptop”, Which Is Unusual

The Razer Blade is an awesome laptop as according to the spec sheets. At only 0.88-inches thick, it’s super thin (but still weighs 6.97 pounds), packs a 2.8GHz Core i7 2640M CPU and GeForce GT 555M graphics replete with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory, a crisp 17.3-inch LED 1920 x 1080 full HD panel with an HD webcam, 8GB of RAM, three USB ports (one will support 3.0), HDMI out and a 60Wh integrated battery. And all of this glorious machine will cost $2,799 in Q4 of 2011 when it’s available. However, what makes the Blade different than every other laptop out there is that it contains a 480 x 800 LCD trackpad to the right of the keyboard, which could be used for in-game commands, or customized for different needs (including an API that soon will be available), which uses the Switchblade UI concept design. Otherwise, besides that, it’s just like every other gaming laptop out there, except it’s built by Razer. And therefore is probably pretty awesome. Like, so awesome that I want one. Like, coolest laptop of the year, or something.

PR after the jump.

Via: Razer

HP Touchpad Running A Qualcomm Build Of Android 2.2.1 Breaks Out

So, this is rather expected, but exciting. Android 2.2.1 (not 2.3 or Honeycomb folks) has been placed on an HP Touchpad by some Qualcomms dudes, since the Touchpad makes use of a 1.2GHz dual-coreprocessor from that very company. A fully-working build of Froyo is seen running on the video seen after the break, and Qualcomm so far has denied all questions regarding why and how they got the Touchpad to get this running. However in the meantime, there’s a $2100 bounty (and growing) by the HacknMod team for whoever can pull of a perfect Android 2.2.1 port to the Touchpad first — multitouch, sound, camera, and WiFi. Good luck to those involved, and the video of the leaked Qualcomm build can be seen after the break. Via: Reddit

Gunnar Optiks Will Be Crafting Some Modern Warfare 3 Glasses

Gunnar Optiks computer glasses. Remember how much I love them? Well, it turns out the company will be making some specs just for the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 title (which leaves me disappointed, because I think Battlefield 3 deserves that more), but anyways, the fatigue-reducing glasses that also heavily reduce eye-strain while staring at a screen for long periods of time will cost $99 a pair (typical Gunnar pricing) and will be a BestBuy exclusive starting November 8th. Full PR after the break.

Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple’s CEO Effective Immediately, Replaced By Tim Cook

 It is the end of an era. One of the world’s most iconic CEOs is now the new Chairman of the Board, and will be replaced by Tim Cook (who will become CEO of Apple). While it was always discussed, the line of succesion for Apple’s CEO position was never really a sure thing. But as of today, we will all have to look at what to Tim Cook is doing as CEO — not Steve Jobs. You had a great run, Jobs. 

Here is the former Apple CEO’s letter to all employees and newswires as of this evening, and a press release is seen after the break.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


PR after the break.

Samsung Pulls The Wraps Off Four New Galaxy Smartphones, New Naming Scheme

Four new Galaxy smartphones will be displayed at IFA in Berlin next month: the GALAXY W, GALAXY M Pro, GALAXY Y and GALAXY Y Pro. Now it’s time to put them in order. The Galaxy W has a decent 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display, the Galaxy M Pro has a full QWERTY keyboard with a 1GHz processor and is pre-loaded with enterprise applications (like Sybase Afaria, CISCO Mobile and CISCO WebEx), and the GALAXY Y has a 2.6-inch display and which will be marketed towards young consumers, has an 832MHz processor, 3-megapixel camera and will be available in a variety of colors. Finally, the GALAXY Y Pro is a second QWERTY smartphone with a 2.6-inch screen and an 832MHz processor — all of the new GALAXY phones do not have release dates yet, but Samsung thought it would be confusing to have a naming scheme with so many letters, so here is how things are explained, as according to Samsung: GALAXY S means “Smart,” GALAXY R means “Royal,” GALAXY W means “Wonder,” GALAXY M means “Magical” and GALAXY Y means “Young.” It is also worth explaining that all of the models use the newest Touchwiz UI interface and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. 

Um, okay Samsung. Press release after the break.

Nikon Unveils A Bunch Of New Coolpix Cameras — But Two Are Really Cool

So, Nikon went ahead an refreshed their Coolpix line, like they do every year. In this case, the Coolpix AW100 is a rugged point-and-shoot camera, which can shoot geo-tagged 16-megapixel shots and full 1080p video at depths of 33 feet underwater, temperatures as low as 14-degrees Fahrenheit, or after a drop from up to five feet (nice!). The AW100 will cost $379.95 and be available in the colors of black, blue, and orange. So that’s nice going there Nikon.

The second P&S camera worth mentioning here is the Nikon Coolpix P7100, with the same 10.1-megapixel sensor found in its predecessor, the old P7000, but instead adds an articulating LCD screen, which is incredibly useful or just plain annoying, depending on your uses of LCDs on cameras in the field. It will cost $499.95. Lastly, to round things off are the S8200, S6200, S1200pj, and S100 — the S1200pj is the most interesting of the latter because of its ability to project an image to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, complete with 20 lumens of light — for $429.95. Check out the Nikon source link if you are so inclined. The new pack of Coolpix cameras come out in September.

Via: Nikon USA