Cisco Kills The Flip, Smartphones And Their Cameras Cheer

It’s about time. The Flip was an ideal video camera for both professional journalism and the average consumer, but then came the high-powered smartphone, complete with video shooting at 720p HD (and now some at 1080p HD). The leader of this march was the iPhone 4 and a handful of great Android phones, and guess what? Rather than Cisco killing the Flip, it’s the smartphones that killed the Flip: there was no reason to buy a separate gadget anymore. And because of this causality, 550 Cisco employees are out of their jobs (the sad part), but so it goes.

The press release explaining all is after the break.

HTC Sensation 4G: Coming To T-Mobile In The Summer, Dual-Core, New Sense UI

The new flagship phone of HTC is here: the Sensation 4G. A 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor (in dual-core setup), Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the new Sense UI (completely new), 4.3-inch Super LCD display with 960 x 540 resolution, 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and 1080p HD video capture, forward-facing camera for video chat, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card, all the while measuring 11.54mm in thinness. Included in the newest version of HTC Sense is the active lock screen, which allows the users to launch his/her favorite apps without unlocking the handset, and HTC Watch for streaming movies instantly. Since this is a “4G” device with use of HSPA+, T-Mobile will be carrying the HTC Sensation 4G “this summer”.

Press release after the — cut.

Twitter Adds Trends To 70 More Cities And Countries

This isn’t major news, but perhaps it’s a case of “more than meets the eye”. Twitter Trends, which allows you to see current trends in cities, countries, or specific areas has been expanded with 70 more locations, bringing the whole tally to more than 100. In order to change the local Trends that you see, just go to the Twitter website and look for Trends > the sidebar > click “change> and then you’re done. Via: Twitter Blog

Amazon Outs A Kindle For $114, But With Ads

This is — nuts? For a $25 discount, you will soon be able to purchase a Kindle 3 (WiFi-only version) with ads served by Visa, Olay and Buick, among others coming in the future. When the the e-reader is idle, a screensaver from one of the companies aforementioned would appear, or an advertisement bar at the bottom of the homescreen (no ads while reading, however). According to Amazon’s own Kindle director, Jay Marine, seems to think that “customers are going to love it.” Oh, really?

First of all, let’s hope this is not a trend. Secondly, only $25? $114 is still a lot to be asking for ads. So technically, you’d be paying for ads. Weird, eh? It releases May 3rd; pre-orders begin today.
Via: Amazon

Intel Readies Atom For Tablets Via The Z670 Oaktrail Processor

Intel is ready for a new chip war, this time in the tablet space, going up against well-placed competitors like Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Samsung, Nvidia and AMD. To kick things off, the Z670 Atom Oaktrail processor is clocked at 1.5GHz, supports 1080p video with aid of Intel’s GMA 600 integrated graphics, low power consumption while allowing for thinner bodies and lighter designs. Best of all, Intel mentions that over the course of 2011, 35 new tablets from Fujitsu, Lenovo, Razer (!) and Viliv will debut. Sounds good.

Press release after the jump.

Samsung Boosts The Galaxy S II To 1.2GHz In The UK

Samsung’s flagship Android device, the Galaxy S II, just got a big upgrade for those in the United Kingdom when the Galaxy S II launches on May 1st — a 1.2GHz processor. The usual 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 21Mbps HSPA+ radios, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording, front-facing camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Touchwiz 4.0 are the rest of the specs included. According to Samsung, Galaxy S II will “be available in the UK across all major networks and retailers”, for an as-of-yet unknown price.