Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update confirmed

In a recent tweet from Samsung UK, there has been confirmation that the Galaxy S II will ride the Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 wave. This means, well, that the SGS II will be pretty awesome, more so than it is now. As for the US variants, keep in mind Samsung has always been somewhat late, patchy, and undecided with getting all carriers to update that Galaxy devices on time, and because of this is it usually expected that it will come out at a later date than the international version of the smartphone. At the very least though, it has been confirmed. Via: Samsung UK (Twitter)

HP Envy 15, 17, And 17 3D Look Really Awesome As Part Of A Redesign

Three laptops launching December 7th: the Envy 15, Envy 17 and Envy 17 3D starting at $1,100, $1,250 and $1,600, respectively. What they all offer you is a really original design that has been tuned to the likes of HP quite nicely this time, and has some great specs to boot (including Beats Audio software enhancements). The Envy 15 will receive an optional 15.6-inch, 1080p Radiance IPS screen panel, built-in backlit keyboard that adjusts to light settings and a great thin design. The entire Envy line will have access to quad-core CPUs, and come standard with six speakers, a subwoofer, HP’s CoolSense technology and support for HP Wireless Audio. The Envy 17, in particular, can be configured with either a 128GB mSATA SSD or dual 1TB drives. And of course all of them have Beats Audio on-board.

As for what you were waiting for, the Envy 15 will come with the following base specs:  Core i5-2430M CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive, 1366 x 768 display, Bluetooth, Intel Wireless Display, a slot-loading DVD burner and AMD Radeon HD graphics (HP didn’t say which one, yet), HDMI, one DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 sockets and one of the 2.0 persuasion. As for the 8-cell, 76Wh battery, it purportedly provides up to nine hours of life. The Envy 17 starting specs aren’t much different, as they add more hard drive space and more ports.

Press release after the break.

Netflix Launches Honeycomb UI For Android Tablets, New iPad Version Coming Afterwards

Face it. The old Netflix UI was clunky, ugly, and sometimes laggy. Netflix  has take the time to redesign its Netflix app fof Android, adding a Honeycomb version for only tablets with it. “In the last 12 months we have seen a threefold increase in how long Netflix members are watching on their tablets,” Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt said, this move is mainly a response to other devices launching, like the Kindle Fire, which will increase traffic to their servers, as well as the Nook Color tablet. An iPad version update will follow in the coming weeks. Full PR after the break.

Oh, Yes: The Next 3DMark For Gamers Is Coming To PCs

Oh sweet merciful Skyrim.

The next 3DMark will be releasing soon, built to truly test the awesomeness of your so-called “PC gaming rig”. It will be built around Windows 8 (!) and will be useful i just about any device that supports and that uses Windows 8 (like a tablet to a laptop, for example). As the CEO of Futuremark said, “With Windows 8 gamers will be able to enjoy their games on a wide range of devices from lightweight tablets to heavy-duty desktop rigs. Faced with so much choice it will be hard to work out which devices offer the best value for the money. Fortunately 3DMark for Windows 8 will be our most wide-reaching 3DMark ever, able to accurately measure and compare gaming performance across all devices and graphical feature sets available with Windows 8.”

The new benchmarking software will use real-time analysis to test systems, will work in both Metro and traditional Windows UIs, and will be released sometime in 2012.

Intel Core i7-3960X Is An Extreme Edition, Starts Popping Up In Desktops, Is $990

For the first time, a 2nd-gen Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor has an Extreme Edition. The specs include a six-core, 12-thread processing beast that breathes 3.3GHz of computational firecrackers. It supports four channels of DDR3 memory, has 15MB of L3 cache, and goes up to 3.9GHz using Turbo Boost (Intel’s automatic overclocking). The drawbacks include the need of a new socket, the LGA-2011, and a bulk price of $990 that will be well above $1,000 at retail, and a pretty large 130W TDP. In fact, it’s already appearing in Maingear desktops.

Too expensive of a proposition? Then there is the Core i7-3930K,  on a 3.2GHz base clock speed, 3.8GHz Turbo, the same six cores of the latter, but only 12MB of L3 cache. It should retail for $555 when it releases. Via: ZDNet

iPhone 4S Now Available In Unlocked Versions, Starting At $649

It’s now a possibility for someone living in the US of A to snatch a iPhone 4S without a contract. For $649, a 16GB model, 32GB model for $749 and a 64GB variant for $849. Just for your information, this unlcoked iPhone 4S allows you to use any micro SIM from almost any GSM carrier worldwide, but not on CDMA carriers like Verizon or Sprint. Both the black and white versions are up for order, as well. Check out the link below to say goodbye to your cash. Via: Apple

iOS 5.0.1 Released Via OTA: Fixes Battery Life Issues And Bug Fixes

Want to get the new iOS 5.0.1? Just use the over-the-air function, this being the first time that the general public has had access to an iOS 5 update, over-the-air. Now all of your battery life woes will be addressed, alog with several other bug fixes. What are you waiting for? Get it!

iOS 5.0.1 Software Update

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: