Google’s Currents is their new magazine/news app, and then some

It’s a direct Flipboard competitor, but Google’s Currents is formidable. The app, available for Android and iOS, allows you to have a swipeable, graphics-heavy way to read material from content providers like AllThingsD, PBS, Huffington Post and Fast Company, as well public Google+ feeds and RSS (even import your Google Reader feeds). It’s also tightly integrated with Google+, making it an instant product of use among the millions of Google+ users. The only con of the service is that it’s U.S. only for now, but at least you’re closer to having that perfect digital magazine of everything you never knew you wanted. Via: Google Mobile Blog

Twitter Updates Their Web, iOS, And Android Apps

This is quite a nice set of tweaks from Twitter. First they’ve gotten some important things straight on their web client, iOS app, and as well as their Android app. Twitter is now defined via four new categories: “Home”, “Connect, “Discover”, and “Me”, each doing exactly what you expect of them to make the service so much easier and faster to use. The web version will be updated in the next few weeks for every Twitter user, however the iOS and Android versions are already updated and ready for download on their respective app stores. Check  out the video below and the source link for some of Twitter’s input on the new design. Via: Twitter Blog

Xbox Live iOS app now surprisingly available

Who would expect Microsoft to publish an official Xbox Live app for iOS? Well, it’s not that surprising as they already produce apps for platforms other than Windows Phone 7+, like Android, and that for them, they’ll get the market share any way they can. So, the app is free, and that’s about that — it works just like its Windows Phone variant. Via: Major Nelson, App Store

Verizon 4G LTE is down nationwide — insert “sadface” here

For quite  a few hours now I haven’t had access to 4G LTE data speeds and I became weary (to sound dramatic and exciting, of course). Strangely enough, Verizon has issued a statement just in time, acknowledging a nationwide outage, which they are currently working (hopefully feverishly) to fix:

Verizon Wireless engineers have been working to resolve an issue with 4G LTE service that is affecting some customers’ 4G devices. 3G data and voice devices are unaffected. All customers’ voice calls and text messages continue to go through. In the past 24 hours, some 4GLTE customers have reported their devices are operating on 3G data service where they would normally get 4G. Some have reported no issues, others that data access is either intermittent or unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, since most 4G LTE devices have a 3G data mode for texts, data, and voice, then you’re saved, as I have been But nonetheless, get it back to working condition Verizon. The world is dull without 4G LTE available at every whim to those who have access to it. Via: VZW (Twitter)

Microsoft plans Windows 8 Public Beta release in February 2012

For the computer users eagerly awaiting Windows 8, or had a taste of the developer preview that reached 3 million downloads, then it is high time that you know a Windows 8 beta will be made available for download on February of 2012, Microsoft states. That sounds nice a well, doesn’t it? While a specific date isn’t set in stone you can be sure to get a partition ready, check your drivers, your workspace, etc. for the installation of the upcoming beta. Also, the beta will contain the full Metro Windows 8 interface; essentially the new and refined look of Windows 8 not properly recognized in the developer preview.

White Droid RAZR, XYBOARD 10.1, And 8.2 Tablets Coming This Month

Not much to talk about (just kidding). The Xoom 2 or as Verizon Wireless puts it, the XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 will come out this month at Verizon stores. The XYBOARDs come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for $530, $630 and $730, respectively, while the 8.2-inch model will ship with 16GB of storage for $430, or 32 gigs for $530. Also: a white DROID RAZR. Not bad for some mid-week tech, Moto. Press release straight from the source after the break.

EA/DICE Releases Another Back To Karkand DLC Trailer Featuring Wake Island

Another example why Battlefield is of amazing scale and deserves the respect of all gamers. The Back To Karkand DLC will be released on December 6th for PS3 and December 13th for PC and Xbox 360. The DLC will include four new maps and a ton of extra weapons and vehicles, all for $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points, or if you’ve pre-ordered the game, you’ll get it for free, like the guy typing this right now.