Apple Announced iOS 5: New Notifications, iMessage, Twitter Integration, And More

It’s hot and happening at WWDC 2011, and iOS 5 is mainly part of it. New features include a new notification system dubbed Notification Center, Twitter integration, Reading List (exactly like Instapaper), a new Camera app (which also can be activated from the lockscreen, include auto-correction, red eye reduction, and cropping), location-based reminders, a split keyboard for people who type with their thumbs (on iPad), wireless syncing and updating (which are Delta updates, and only updates what has changed, rather than the whole OS), the new Mail app which supports rich text formatting, flagging, indenting, more enterprise support along with inbox management, an improved Game Center with photo-sharing, game recommendations and comparisons among friends and such, and finally tabbed browsing in Safari, along with Safari Reader, which is essentially RSS. That was rather long, wasn’t it? Well, there’s more.

iMessage is the IM program for iOS 5. Think of it as a RIM-killer. Instant messaging among iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. You can share photos, videos, text, and have group messaging as well, which all works seamlessly with the new notifications system. Also included is Wi-Fi syncing to iTunes, multi-touch gestures to switch between various apps and all that jazz. Moreover, the dev seed is available to iOS developers now, with a full release coming this Fall to the iPhone 3GS , iPhone 4, iPad 1 and 2, and iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation. Via: Apple

Mac OS X Lion Launches Only On Mac App Store, For $29 In July

It’s coming. And is 4GB in size. The new Mac OS X Lion is coming to the Mac App Store for $29 in July and is 4GB in size. New features include multiouch gestures via the trackpads of Macs, auto-saving, fullscreen additions to apps, Mission Control, which allows you to completely have control of what is going on in your Mac at that very moment, AirDrop (an encrypted, peer-to-peer, WiFi-based file sharing network), a new Mail app and more than 250 features. Via: Apple

HTC’s Pretty New Sprint EVO 3D And EVO View 4G On Sale June 24th

New Androids! EVO Androids, to be more specific. HTC’s new EVO 3D which displays and captures glasses-free 3D on a 4.3-inch screen and 1.2GHz dual-core processor costs $200 on contract, while its counterpart, the EVO View 4G has a 1.5GHz single-core processor and will set you back double the aforementioned price, at $400 on a two-year contract. Now for the similarities: both run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense UI and both use WiMAX as their 4G supplier. Press release for you analysis is available after the cut.

Motorola DROID 3 Detailed On Video With 8MP Camera, 1080p HD Recording


Ready for the DROID 3? Well, three different YouTube videos in nearly crystal-clear quality have debuted, displaying the software version (which may be subject to change, but looks like Gingerbread), 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, and finally, an overall look around the device. Check out the vid above, then the other two at the source links. Via: YouTube (1), (2)

Toshiba Thrive Is Hitting The States For $429 As An Android 3.1 Honeycomb Tablet

It is here. The first Toshiba Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet you can get your hands on in the UNited States is coming sometimes in July (with the usual tech retailers)with pre-orders starting June 13th at BestBuy for 8GB ($429), 16GB ($479), and 32GB ($579). Its specs are that of the Android 3.x Honeycomb staple: Dual-core Tegra 2 at 1GHz processor, Android 3.1, WiFi, Bluetooth, full-sized USB and HDMI ports, an SD card slot, 2 MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800), a purported 7 hours of life with a removable battery, and the frankly heavy weight of 1.6 pounds, which is nearly that of the first-generation iPad. Oh, and it comes in either blue, black, purple, green, pink and silver back covers. If that’s your thing.