Apparently, The HTC Thunderbolt Isn’t So Easy To Root

Aww, fudge.

The reign of hacker-friendly smartphones from HTC is drawing to an abrupt close. In Verizon’s flagship LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt, the busy modders at AndIRC have sent countless hours trying to root the aforementioned device, only to find several security measures taken against such activities: a signed kernel, signed recovery image and a signed bootloader. Damn. Via: AndroidPolice, XDA-Devs

Obviously, Nokia’s Elop Confirms Windows Phone 7 Devices, Obviously In 2012

So, this was expected, as reported earlier when the first details came to light of Nokia’s deal with Microsoft to save themselves, by using Windows Phone 7 to power their devices. Development and further finalizations of the business deal are going on now, and preferably, Nokia’s Stephen Selop would like to see a WP7 device with Nokia branding on sale in late-2011, but surely such a device would be sold in 2012. Looks like a nice and long wait. Via: Reuters

HTC Thunderbolt Now Available

It’s the Thunderbolt. It’s $249.99 on a 2-year agreement. It uses a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD screen, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 8 megapixel camera for 720p HD video recording, 768MB of RAM, Android 2.2 with the newest Sense UI, front-facing camera, and the insane 4G LTE download and upload speeds. However, if the $249.99 is expensive to you,¬†Wirefly will be selling the Thunderbolt for $199.99 and Amazon Wireless has it at a mere $179.99. Your choice, Commander. Via: Verizon, Wirefly, Amazon Wireless

Mozilla: Don’t Forget About Us, Firefox 4 Launching March 22nd

In a land dominated by Chrome 10 and IE9 fresh out of the coding labs of both Google and Microsoft,¬†respectively, comes Mozilla and its Firefox. To put it in my own wording, Mozilla doesn’t let us forget that Firefox 4 is coming, and that the Release Candidate 1 seems very bug-free, so a release is scheduled for March 22nd. Should any errors arise at the last minute, a Release Candidate 2 would be released and a new release date would be communicated with the community. In the meantime — wait till the 22nd for Firefox 4, if you are so inclined, or required. Via: Firefox 4 Release Announcement