Google Brings Desktop Notifications For Gmail To The Desktop As A Chrome Exclusive

There are plenty of reliable solutions for getting desktop notifications for any new emails you might receive from Gmail in the Chrome Web Store. Today, Andrew Wilson (Software Engineer) published a post displaying the new notifications feature by activating it in Settings. The feature only works for Chrome users, but will be expanded to “the standard Web platform”. In other words, I’m activating the feature on my Gmail account right now. Via: The Gmail Blog

Microsoft Sells Over 2 Million Windows Phone 7 Licenses To OEMs

This latest bit of news from Microsoft still doesn’t confirm one thing: how many Windows Phone 7 handsets have been sold to consumers since launch? Either way, Redmond felt the need to release this new data, which was picked up by the awesome dudes and dudettes that reside at Engadget:

  • ‘Early research’ says 93 percent of WP7 customers are ‘satisfied’ and 90 percent would recommend the platform to others. We don’t know details about the research, though — number of customers polled, time frame, so on.
  • Average of 100 new apps in the Marketplace per day, and over 6,500 total are available right now.
  • Most importantly, “over 2 million” licenses have been sold to OEMs around the world.

So yes, no one knows how many WP7 handsets are actually out there. Move along now, kiddies.
Via: Engadget

That’s Confirmed: Verizon iPhone 4 To Have $30 Unlimited Data Plan (Update: Not So Much?)

Today in a chat with the Wall Street Journal, Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon and lover of all things 4G LTE, confirmed that the iPhone 4 heading to their network in February 10th will have the option of an unlimited data plan for $30 each month. Apparently, according to the WSJ Lowell stated that, “I’m not going to shoot myself in the foot. Not offering an unlimited plan would put up a barrier for customers who might otherwise switch from AT&T.”

Well said, Mr. McAdam, well said.

Update: Bollocks. Now WSJ updated their article stating the Lowell will adopt a similar tiered pricing model, like AT&T’s, later on. Essentially, that means “in the future”.

Via: WSJ

New Cr-48 Owners Finding Stickers That Were Requested By A Few — Like Me

First off, you’d have to note I’m not responsible for Google shipping out new Cr-48s with pretty stickers that you can put on the unit, but I did probably squish it into their heads. Visit the end of the post by hitting the ‘more’ link to see a conversation I had with some Chrome ninjas a few months ago about the matter, then the source link for more views of those tasty stickers that I want, once again.

Via: The Chrome Source

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: Like A Galaxy S, But Bigger

It’s the best Android tablet right now. The Motorola Xoom (and even possible Galaxy Tab sequels) will claim that title. It has a 7-inch LCD screen with such awesome color and saturation, I had to grab a Galaxy S just to compare the Super AMOLED to the LCD. There’s a 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 with Touchwiz 3.0 and tablet enhancements, a back-facing 3.2 megapixel camera and front-facing VGA, has a 16GB microSD card, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. Read on after the break, to see the many trials (and joys) of using the Sprint 3G version of the Galaxy Tab for a few weeks.

Tumblr Is Testing A New Error Page — Designed By The Oatmeal

Well, this is awesome. In a recent post by Matthew Inman (a.k.a The Fricking Awesome Oatmeal), he talks about the state of the web (which is completely accurate, and deserves the time it takes to read the comic). In the meantime, Tumblr seems to be using the 503 error page on and off, although I’ve luckily screen-capped the image for your enjoyment above. Via: Tumblr

HP webOS ‘Topaz’ Finds Itself Leaked Out Again, Along With Plenty Of Details

Ready for a tablet that looks as promising as an iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom? Enter, the HP webOS tablet, codenamed “Topaz”. In a leak of fury by PreCentral, the specs of a rendered version of the Topaz are displayed. Major specs to make note of are the 9.7-inch 1024 x 768-pixel oil and scratch-resistant display, 1.2GHz processor with Adreno 220 graphics processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth (3G and 4G versions introduced sometime after launch), a front-facing camera, built-in Beats audio, and to ensure it lasts quite a while on a single charge, two 3,150 mAh batteries with 8 hours of usage, along with Touchstone v2 technology for wireless charging.

While it clearly looks like a (insert obvious name of tablet here), there’s much to welcome from the Topaz. Seen at the first source link is the leaked Topaz webOS tablet, then second is the UI elements, including a fantastic-looking on-screen keyboard. Via: PreCentral (1), (2)