Now Anyone Can Join Google+ By Using Their Google Account

That’s all folks. Google+ is now open to anyone and everyone with a Google account, as according to the Google+ homepage. Yours truly is on Google+, so you can add me to a circle here. Since the service is highly successful within its first week of availability, I do have to say I’m putting positive bets on Google+ and that already it will be one of the major new social networks of the new digital social age. Oh, and it’s awesome. Via: Google+

Skype for Android now has video calling on select devices

Since Skype is on a roll recently with their acquisition from Microsoft, the announcement of an upcoming iPad app, and now a completely redesigned Android app that supports video calling on devices that use Android 2.3 and above, specifically on the following devices: HTC Desire S, the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro, and the Google Nexus S. According to Skype, more handsets will be added in the close future. More new features for the app include a new main menu, easier contacts integration and access, a “mood box” much like the desktop client, and of course bug fixes. It is available for free on the Market.

Via: Official Skype Blog

iTunes App Store Now Houses More Than 100,000 iPad Apps

That’s great news out of Cupertino this morning. The iTunes App Store is now home to 100,000 apps optimized or specifically made for the iPad. Is it unusual? Not in Apple’s case. Does it belittle other tablet makers and their app offerings? Very much so. With tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP Touchpad debuting with only a few hundred or thousand apps, to see this milestone come at the launch of said tablets either is infuriating or inspiring for them. Via: MacStories

Awkward: RIM Replies Anonymously To Open Letter By “High-Level” Anonymous Employee

If things couldn’t get worse for RIM than its falling stock, execs losing income, software flops, managerial crisis (as seen from the outside) and overall disapproval of their products, then it’s the open letter sent to BGR this morning regarding a long and candid look at where and how bad the company’s current status is, purportedly all written by a high-level employee who has been verified as an actual employee, but not to the point of a name or title.

On the other side, RIM published a blog post today in response to the letter — without anyone in the byline. Just another anonymous. Awkward. However, it’s good enough to know that despite all the negativity around the BlackBerry RIM is still up to responding to some of it.

Minecraft Beta 1.7 Is Out


Another set of Minecraft news! Minceraft Beta 1.7 is out and ready for download, and adds the following:

+ Added pistons
+ Fire or redstone is now required to trigger TNT
+ Fences can be stacked
+ Added shears
+ Shears can be used to pick up leaf blocks
+ Shears can be used to shear sheep without hurting them
* Sheep no longer drop wool from being punched
– Removed Herobrine

Windows Phone 7 Mango Now Available For Devs


Good evening, developers. Windows Phone 7 Mango is now available for all your geeky needs. You can make sure your apps are ready for the new releases, which severely adds speed, multitasking, and a wealth of support for HTML5 in the browser along with more capabilities for more internet-enriched applications. Starting now would give you guys the time you need to get the app ready in time, no? Go get ’em like a boss. Via: Windows Team Blog

Google+, The Social Network From Google, Is Here

This is better than Buzz. This is more intuitive than +1. It’s Google+. Google’s very first social network with great features will have to play catch-up with Facebook, but with an amazing interface and a mix of great features, it may have a chance. While I have not personally handled Google+ (but of course will), I can’t say what I like about it myself, but I will go into what Google+ has: Circles, which allows you to group contacts together in various social circles and share things only with the particular circles of your choosing; Sparks, which are topics similar to Twitter’s hashtags, and Hangouts, which are video chat rooms. There is also a mobile element/app to Google+, and for now focuses on text updates, photo and video sharing, along with good old location. It is currently in a private beta. A video after the break demos and explains Google+ features.