That’s Official: A Motorola Xoom Will Cost You $600 On Contract, $800 Without

The Xoom is officially priced at $600 on contract with Verizon using 3G, and a free 4G upgrade to the device sometimes this Q2 2011. For an off-contract model, you’ll have to pony up $800. Crucial specs of the Xoom are: 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD video capture, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for chat, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and a USB port. Verizon Wireless’ press release is queued up for you after the cut.

It’s Atrix 4G Time

Today is the day for the Atrix 4G. It’s the most powerful Android handset available. That means 1GB of RAM, dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, a 4-inch qHD 960 x 540 display (Gorilla Glass), 5 megapixel back-facing camera with 720p HD video recording (1080p will be possible in an update), front-facing camera, Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR, 3G mobile hotspot, and the ability to buy the webtop dock to use it like a laptop on-the-go. It’s available at AT&T for $199, $150 at Amazon or Radioshack, and finally Wal-Mart for $129. The source links are waiting to fulfill your needs below.

Via: AT&TAmazonRadioShack

New Windows Phone 7 Update Live, Not What You’re Expecting

It’s a good day to have a Windows Phone 7 handset lying around (or in frequent use) if you’re a normal consumer, geek or whatnot. Microsoft is rolling out an over-the-air update (OTA) to users in batches over the course of the day. The update is just like the many seen similarly on Android that prepare your handset for the real thing, so there will be no CDMA, copy/paste, speed improvements or anything else that actually matters.

Microsoft is just preparing your handset for the real thing, and that’s good news in our book. Via: TNW

Minecraft For iPad And iPhone Is In Development

Oh, goody. Guess what, nerds? Minecraft is coming to the iPad and iPhone (or iOS as a whole), and will be released later this year. It is being ported by the new Aron Neiminen at the Mojang offices headed by Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft. Markus makes clear that the mobile versions won’t receive all the updates that the PC version does, but will retain features that work with touch in a coordinated fashion.

Via: PCGamer

Motorola Xoom: No Flash Until Spring When Shipped On The 24th

Boo-hoo. There will be no Flash ads, Flash content, or anything Flashy for your Android 3.0 powerhouse tablet, the Motorola Xoom, when it launches on the 24th of this month. Reason being? Well, Flash 10.2 support has been delayed and pushed until “Spring 2011”. Just be sure to use plenty of HTML5 this Thursday on your Xoom; you’ll still enjoy it. We hope. Via: VZW

Man Down: Another Miller Leaves Engadget

So, first Paul Miller jumped ship, then the second being Ross Miller, the latter whom I’ve had the awesome pleasure of meeting, and is the funniest guy in the business. In short, two extremely talented writers in the technology industry have left the massive AOL/Engadget mothership. The AOL Way that mainly infuses bad business with journalism may have played a part in both resignations, but it alone isn’t the true cause, and none of them are leaving the industry, so all is well in that sense. Move along, kiddies.

Via: OhNoRosco

Twitter, You’re Awesome, But Fix The Spam Problem. Here’s A Suggestion.

Most of you that read LaptopMemo on a daily basis (lowest being 3,500 people everyday), would possibly know that I’m quite the avid Twitter user, as @stefanetienne. You may have seen me in funny conversations between other tech bloggers, either mocking them, making fun of them, making fun of myself, getting schooled by them, showing off Twitpics of new review devices, or tweeting new Black Ops K/D ratios. It also turns out that I have quite the following; some of the most influential persons on the internet, to some of the most influential technology (and then some) companies in the world.

But this post isn’t about me. Oh, no, no, no. It’s about Twitter. Fix the spam. Fix it. Fix it, now.

You see, as avid as a user I am, I’m very familiar with Twitter spam. If you tweet something out with the name of a device or other popular item, you are sent a barrage of 3-4 spammy tweets. That was fine with me, at a certain point. I’d report all the fools as spammers and their tweets would be removed from my stream. But now, the war has changed, big time. With every day that goes by, the amount of spam messages go up, and now spam followers, making my rather crisp and clean following look like bots and free Apple product sites.

This type of spam is unbearable. With an email client like Gmail, you could easily ignore spam by creating tougher filters, reporting multiple messages as spam, and so forth. But with Twitter, where the world is real-time, you also find real-time spam. And a darn large amount of it, all the time.

So how could Twitter fix this problem, you ask? Well, for example, create a Twitter bot that is capable of seeking out spammy tweets, and immediately banning them. A bot like this may replicate in some way what the Google Bot does — that is, ranking real tweets, and drowning the spammers. By using this bot account, Twitter could also better analyze the amount of spam it receives, and combat it in more effective forms then what I just described.

We don’t want a Yahoo! Mail of social networking, do we? We all know where bad and spammy web applications go: the way of the floppy disk.

Minecraft To Add Beds In Upcoming Update: Zzzzz

Guess what? Anything that has to do with Minecraft, Call Of Duty, Crysis 2, or Halo goes up on LaptopMemo. I’m sorry, it’s just a rule. Plus there’s little news, so yeah, there you go.

Notch will be adding beds to Minecraft, next Tuesday. You’ll be able to craft each bed, sleep in it to wait for the mornings or nights, and that will be all. However, in an update scheduled later on, you’ll be able to use a bed as a respawn point, which comes in handy for players who explore large, creeper-filled areas. Via: Rock, Paper, Shotgun