Yahtzee reviews games, like a — gamer.
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
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
This video, coming from one of Mojang’s coders (the company headed by Markus “Notch” Persson that produces Minecraft), shows how you’ll soon be able to train and “capture” dogs and wolves, and have them as your pack for hunting. Of course, for self-defense as well, but they look so awesome, it would be cruel, wouldn’t it?[Thanks, WindowsGamer!]
According to elite forum-goer (who goes by the name of, ahem, R0fl) at the Sprint User Forums, Motorola and Sprint are teaming up to release the Xoom. Whether it’s on WiMAX (essentially “4G”) or 3G is the question. Fret not, the world will know soon enough. Via: Sprint Users
This is fun! Take every version of Internet Explorer, install each one, use each one, and do it all under 9 minutes in a YouTube vide. Enjoy this, because it will give you your daily dosage of geek, which as we geeks all know, is very good for you. Via: Andy’s Tech Blog Experiments
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
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