Xbox 360 sees biggest sales this year on Black Friday weekend

Microsoft is rolling in a ton of excitement and cash for the Kinect and Xbox 360. About 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles and more than 750,000 Kinect controllers were sold last week. Microsoft also confirmed that more than 800,000 of the consoles it sold last week were purchased on Black Friday alone.  That in itself are some amazing sales statistics. And with that, the Xbox 360 continues to remain the dominant home gaming console on the market.

MSFT’s announcement:

Entering the seventh year of its lifecycle, Xbox 360 just closed the biggest sales week in the history of Xbox, selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday.

Microsoft’s retail partners are equally excited about our sales performance this holiday.

“We have seen tremendous excitement from customers for our hot holiday gaming offers,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of Home Entertainment at Best Buy. “Xbox 360 was among the best-sellers at Best Buy this Black Friday, and is a testament to the continued popularity of the gaming category this holiday.”

Sales highlights in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday include:

  • Xbox 360 sold more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. alone, of which more than 800,000 were sold within a period of 24 hours – the biggest week of sales in Xbox history. (Source: Internal data)
  • More than 750,000 Kinect for Xbox 360 sensors were sold in the U.S. – standalone and bundled. (Source: Internal data)

LG Nitro HD Will Be Another 4G LTE Handset For AT&T, On December 4th

This is the LG Nitro HD, a 4G LTE AT&T smartphone that will retail for $250 on contract. It sports a 4.5-inch “True HD” IH-IPS display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution (and a 500 nit brightness level), an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of on-board storage, a 16GB microSD card and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor (!). The whole package measures 10.4mm thin. The full press release is after the break.

DROID 4 press photos leak, along with a comparison chart

First of all, the amount of DROIDs (not Android phones, specially DROIDs) releasing because of Verizon is almost insane. There’s one almost every new quarter. So of course, if there’s a few new DROIDs on the block, the descendant to the grandfather Droid should show up as well — the DROID 4. Packed with a 1,2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE data connectivity, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with lit-up keys, it will be a lot like the Droid Razr, except with a keyboard attached to it. Also, a taunting comparison shot of its specs can be seen at the source link. As for the release date, expect it around Christmas or early 2012. Via: Droid-Life

Android 3.2 released for Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi owners

Ready for Android 3.2 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1? Besides the fact that I am consistently pestering you, the reader, with questions if you’re ready for the new bit of technology that comes out, I find it completely necessary to do so, because it really is a valid question. Now, onward with the news.

The Android 3.2 Honeycomb update that was pulled for Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi owners after many initial bugs at launch has been released, complete with fixes. You should be able to get the update right about now, and if you don’t, wait a few hours or days, as that is how long it usually takes for over-the-air updates to roll out fully to all users.

Earlier this morning, Samsung began releasing an over the air software update allowing Galaxy 10.1 users to upgrade to Android 3.2 while also resolving a Wi-Fi connectivity issues some Galaxy 10.1 users experienced following a previous software update. For Galaxy 10.1 users who experience Wi-Fi connectivity issues and are unable to reconnect, the new software update may be downloaded and installed via Samsung’s Kies desktop app.

By the way, I’ve gone ahead and installed it and can happily report that it is fully functional and I can’t seem to find any bugs to report, thus far.

HP blew billions on the dying webOS

HP CEO Meg Whitman states that in the coming weeks they will decide whether or not to keep webOS, and that if they do it will be in a big way. But to give you a little excerpt from yesterday’s investor call, below you can see how much money HP lost on the webOS experiment — $3.3 billion when it failed to absorb its fall, and $1.2 billion to buy it in the first place. Ouch.

First, we took a total charge to operating income of $788 million. This was associated with the wind down of our webOS device business. This charge included a net revenue reduction of $142 million related to the sales incentive program, $548 million in costs of sales due to supplier-related obligations and inventory reserves, and $98 million in operating expenses and restructuring charges. Second, as a result of our decision to wind down webOS devices, we have taken an impairment expense of $885 million against the carrying value of goodwill and purchase intangible assets related to the acquisition of Palm.

Via: MarketWire

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Launching On December 6th

So now that it’s official, that shiny, new Windows Phone-esque Xbox 360 Dashboard will be launching December 6th, to all users. Besides the new look, there’s Kinect voice recognition, as well as new apps and TV. And considering a few of you are using the beta, some people already know how awesome the new Xbox 360 Dashboard is. That is until, December 6th, of course. The update is free for all users of Xbox 360s. Via: Kotaku

Google Sharpens Up Their Chromebooks And Chrome OS

Want an Acer Chromebook? Well, now that’s $0 cheaper. Want the Samsung Chromebook? Well, it comes in black now, too. Do you have a prototype Cr-48, like I do? Well then, you’ll be pleased to know that the Chrome OS is getting a face-lift with multiple enhancements and user interface changes to better benefit its look and the coming holiday season. These changes may not be much, but it’s good enough to keep people from being contentious and keeps Google’s PR for Chromebooks look unsullied.

So all in all, it’s some good changes for the better. Nice.

Via: Google

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

There isn’t a reason for me to go on and on about Skyrim in a review (because I’d just stop and start playing the game). There are sites dedicated to this sort of thing, like this one. Once you start off, you are bound (literally). Through some initial combat, you are then thrust into a beautiful full HD world with both dangers, disease, beauty, temples, forts, castles and castle-towns, cities, colleges, wilderness, tundras, and even the game’s version of heaven. Skyrim feels almost limitless. As the Dovahkiin (translated from the game’s dragon language as Dragonborn), you possess the soul of a dragon, but are a mere mortal. At the very beginning of the game you can specify what race, gender, and cosmetic features you will posses. I am a Nord, a hearty and tough human race in Skyrim, the lands of which you will explore in Tamriel. We Nords have the power to use a Battle Cry, which works like the first Dragon Shout you acquire in the game, but is considerably weaker. We also have the ability to withstand tough winters, but other races can breathe underwater, or be immune to certain diseases.

It’s a fascinating fantasy RPG world. And the rest of the (somewhat lengthy) LaptopMemo review is seen after the break.