Microsoft Has Made Bing The Default Search Engine For BlackBerry

BlackBerry has been Bingified. It’s more of a curse (or is it?) really. Who here really enjoys Bing Search and Maps as much as Google Search and Google Maps? That’s right, only a few. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has made it clear that Bing will be the primary search and maps provider for all BlackBerry devices and will be integrated int the OS itself. Whether this is good or bad (in my opinion, not so cool) it’s a valuable investment from Microsoft against iOS and Android by competing with Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry 7. Time will tell what this brings. Image via: @dcseifert

The New iMacs Are Here With Thunderbolt, FaceTime HD, And Sandy Bridge Processors

Out with the old Intel 2010 processors and into the new with the new 2011 Sandy Bridge technology. The new iMacs have an IPS display as standard, FaceTime HD camera with video chatting between and iPad 2 or iPhone 4, SD card slot, and new Thunderbolt data transfer port, with 24 hour shipping available. Prices are $1,199 (as usual) for the 21.5-inch model with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon 6750M GPU, 500GB HDD and 1 Thunderbolt port then jump to $1,999 for a 27-inch model with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. All of the new iMacs are on sale starting today. Press release after the jump.

Google Chrome Canary Hits The Mac OS X Platform

Previously, there was only three “channels” for the browser we know and love, Google Chrome — Stable, Beta, and Dev. Starting today, Mac OS X users will now have access to Canary (as Windows users have for quite a while), which is a different version of the regular Chrome browser, so that when updated you don’t have to remove preference files, and so forth. Think of Canary as a “pre-Dev” version of Chrome.

As the Google Chromium blog states:

Because we expect it to be unstable and, at times, unusable, you can run it concurrently with a Dev, Beta, or Stable version of Google Chrome. Your Canary data remains separate, but if you set up Sync in each version of Chrome that you use, you can automatically continue using the same set of bookmarks, extensions, themes, and more.

Oh, and the yellow icon looks awesome. Using it now, I might add.

Via: Chrome Canary Build For OS X, Chromium

Twitter Has Bought Tweetdeck For A Solid $40-$50 Million

First of all, congratulations to the team of Tweetdeck. Secondly, this is surprising, in a way, as according to Arrington over at TechCrunch. With Twitter’s app-buying barrage, ranging from the Tweetie app for iOS and Mac, to Echofon, UberTwitter, and now the almighty Tweetdeck, Twitter has control over most of the Twitter popular app developers unders its wings, and will see much less competition (or will they?). Now it is time to see what they do with their outdated and crashy iPad app, and whether or not changes will be served to the Android and iPhone versions.

BlackBerry PlayBook Users Will Soon Have Access To Facebook App And Video Chat

Starting tomorrow, BlackBerry PlayBook users (I guarantee you, there are some) will have access to an app via the BlackBerry App World (or via an over-the-air update) that adds video chat to their PlayBooks, which works only over WiFI, then sometimes this week an official Facebook app will be available, which also lets you chat with friends, and do the usual Facebooky things that you may or may not already do. Via: RIM

RIM Brings The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 To The Fight, With BB7

This BlackBerry may have been ages in the making, but it’s finally here, and is the first BlackBerry to actually have some sort of competitive feel to it, to try and take a slice out of iOS, Android, or even Windows Phone 7. Specs of the Bold 9900/9930 include a blazing 1.2GHz processor, 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with 640×480 resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of onboard storage, NFC technology, and the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which has no backwards support for previous handsets, meaning that if you have a Bold 9780 (for example), there will be no BB7 for you. This is also the only BlackBerry I’d ever suggest getting, albeit that statement probably would have had a hard time showing up here.

RIM states that the new Bold 9900/9930 will debut with “carriers around the world” starting this summer. Press release, after the break.

Twitter Has Reached 200 Million Users, Officially 70% Are Overseas

Now, that’s quite a number: 200 million. That’s the number of registered Twitter users according to Twitter’s vice president of international strategy, Katie Stanton. About 70% of that number are overseas accounts, meaning that 30% of Twitter users are American (not that many, eh?), while 25% of the aforementioned 100% comes from Japan alone. Via: RWW

Geohot On The L33t PSN Security Breach

Guess who is commenting the PlayStation Network breach that has sent PSN into more than a week’s downtime? Geohot, Sony’s most hated hacker. In a recent blog post, 3l33t hacker Geohot says that first and foremost, he had nothing to do with it. See here:

“And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I’m not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door. Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone else’s server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony.”

But wait, there’s more from Geohot:

“The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.”

All in all, is makes plenty of sense. Via: Geohot