Windows 8 Welcome Screen Revealed In Leak, Borrows Metro UI Elements

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What’s a good way to start off the weekend of tech news after the abomination that is April Fool’s jokes (albeit some are funny)? Well, it turns out the Windows 8 welcome screen has been (purportedly) leaked and borrows many (if not all) elements seen in the Metro UI seen in Windows Phone 7 and previously the Zune HD. According to the report by DownloadSquad, clicking your profile photo logs you in and on the “tablet edition”, a swipe is made across screen to achieve the same thing. Looks promising.
Via: DownloadSquad

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play Released In 11 Countries (Sans U.S.A.)

Today marks the release of the world’s first “PlayStation Phone”, the Xperia Play. It’s currently available in 11 countries: UK, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Gamers in the United States will be seeing Xperia Plays on Verizon sometimes in May, while your foreign counterparts get to enjoy (hopefully) the Xperia Play. 60 games are offered at launch, some of which include N.O.V.A 2, Need for Speed, Asphalt 6 (which is available for free), Assassins Creed Altair’s Chronicles HD and more. Press release, after the break.

Macbook Air 11.6-inch Review

It’s an Apple product, folks. If you’re a hater of the most close-minded and close-sourced manufacturer in the industry, read something else on LaptopMemo. If you’ve realized that Apple has been leading the market in design and innovation for mobile products (read: iPad and iPhone), then continue reading, because you’re smart enough to see things as they truly are. Moving on.

Google +1 Is All About Sharing, And Then Some

Google’s social app button, +1, is rolling out slowly throughout Google searches and Google users. Its main goal is to share among your circle of friends sites and links you find interesting. Soon enough, Google will design a button that is to be used on sites, but for the meantime, it’s search-only in English. When you hit the +1 button (an action which Google dubs, “getting +1’d”) your friends will see it when they see the same search result, knowing that it is something of awesomeness. Google also plans to make +1 an addition to the algorithm of ranking search results in the social section, a smart and pretty obvious move that further refines Google’s Social Search.

This will be something interesting to use. And its possibility of success? Better than average, at the very least. Oh, and an introductory video of Google +1 is after the jump. Via: Google Social Web Blog