The HTC Merge Will Hit Several U.S. Carriers This Spring

IT LIVES! IT’S ALIVE!

The HTC Merge is alive. It’s been rather quiet for almost a half-year, and some thought it had been killed off. Now apparently, the specs stay the same: 3.8-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 with updated Sense UI, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. And best of all, according to HTC’s press release seen after the jump, it’s coming to “multiple North American operators” this spring.

The New Macbook Pros: Thunderbolt, Quad-Core, AMD Graphics And More

Below is a list of the new Macbook Pros, debuted on Steve Jobs’ birthday. The design hasn’t changed a bit, except the internals. The main revisions are new processors, graphics, FaceTime HD, and a Thunderbolt port, used for 10 gigabytes per second file transfers (download and upload), which utterly destroys Firewire and USB. Prices range from $1,199 for the 13-inch model and up to $2499 for a 17-inch quad-core Core i7, clocked at 2.2GHz.

  • MC700LL/A: 13.3-inch display, 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,199
  • MC724LL/A: 13.3-inch display, 2.7GHz dual-core Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,499
  • MC721LL/A: 15.4-inch display (1440×900), 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6490M  — $1,799
  • MC723LL/A: 15.4-inch display (1440×900), 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6750M — $2,199
  • MC725LL/A: 17-inch display (1920×1200), 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HD, dual graphics processors with automatic switching (Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M) — $2,499

Oh, and they’re all available for purchase, right now. Press release is always after the line-break, of course. Via: Apple

HTC Arrive Is The First Windows Phone 7 CDMA Device — On Sprint

So, what’s this? It’s the HTC Arrive and it just arrived (sorry for the pun). The Arrive uses a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture , and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the second keyboard device for Windows Phone 7 — the first being the LG Quantum.

Also, the standard crap apps like Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV will be present, as well as copy/paste support. It will retail for $199.99 with a two-year service contract, on March 20th. Presser after the cut.

Motorola Xoom Now Available For $600 On Contract, $800 Without

It’s the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to be available on the market, and the first true Android tablet (sorry Galax Tab, you don’t cut it). For $599 you’ll get the Xoom on a 2-year agreement using 3G, while later this year your Xoom will be sent into a factory for a radio switch to 4G. There’s also a month-to-month data package available that brings the pricing of the Xoom up to $800 (but as of Verizon policy you wouldn’t actually need the data plan at all). Meanwhile, there’s no WiFi version to be found just yet.

Via: Verizon Wireless

New Minecraft Beta 1.3_01 Released

So, according to Notch’s own website, The Word Of Notch, this update adds the following.

* Implemented a new lighting engine with the help of MrMessiahs (can be turned off)
* Changed the options around, added a new “Graphics options” button
* Added beds. If all players in a map sleeps in a bed during night, the game immediately skips until morning
* Added three new half-size blocks
* Added Delay/Repeater redstone dust blocks
* Added whitelisting to the server. To use, enter “whitelist <cmd>” where cmd is “on”, “off”, “add <player>”, “remove <player>”, “list” or “reload”
* New save file format, old maps need to be converted (that might take a while..)
* It’s now possible to have more than five save slots, and to rename saves
* Scrollbars in both the texture pack list, and in the map selection screen
* Replaced the Mojang splash image to reflect the new logo colors
* .. and a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks!