Recently the sleepy Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland finally woke up (or in better words, erupted) as of yesterday. The outcome? Plane flights delayed throughout all of Northern Europe, causing extreme havoc for those who travel. Plumes of smoke rise up to 36,000 feet from this all-to-happy volcano. The shot was taken by NASA’s MODIS Rapid Response System, which provides satellite imagery of Earth’s surface in real time. Cool stuff.
Finally, the Incredible has been officially announced at The 99 Percent Conference by HTC. As revealed before, the naming scheme really is the HTC DROID Incredible, and is headed to Verizon on April 29th, with pre-orders starting on the 19th. The official specs outed by HTC are Android 2.1 with the new Sense UI, 1Ghz Snapdragon, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) AMOLED multitouch screen, optical joystick, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack, and is $199 on contract with $100 mail-in rebate; with talk plans start at $39.99 and data plans are starting at an extra $29.99. Full press release after the break. Anyone excited right now?
[Thanks! HTC 99]
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It’s become very clear that the DROID Incredible is a superphone that rivals or nearly trumps the Nexus One in every aspect. The Nexus One has a 5 megapixel camera; the Droid Incredible has 8 megapixels, the Nexus One uses Android 2.1 with Google Experience, and the Incredible uses Sense UI, which is arguably the better UI out of the two. So then why in the world would Google want to have a Nexus One on Verizon, when you could get a phone with the Droid branding (which is no doubt very interesting)? My guess is that there are drawbacks to Verizon’s Incredible, possibly in the price sector. With rumors of the unsubsidized model being $599.99 while the Nexus One’s retail price is $529.99 off-contract, there will probably be a price difference in on-contract models, in the end only directing users to the Motorola Droid once again. Read on for the rest!
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Here it is, here it is! The Droid Incredible is coming out on April 29th, and looks needless to say incredible. For those of you who might be wondering, the HTC Incredible site (not the waiting page) will resemble the Motorola Droid’s, and as I predicted with another editor from another blog (Giz), the HTC Incredible is borrowing the Droid branding. Anyone getting sudden shocks of Android madness in their chairs right now?
UPDATE: And now you’ll see that the page is asking for login credentials. Looks like either Verizon was giving all of us some bait to feed on, or it was a slip-up.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Magic. It’s a word Apple is over-using right now and a word we tech journalists use too much out in the field, and on our couches blogging for our respective media outlets. Anyways, on to the news: the international iPad launch is delayed till the end of May, like magic I suppose. Hope that brightens your day! In fact, a large chunk of this site’s traffic comes from foreign countries, mainly the UK (after the U.S that is), meaning that a lot of you are screaming your heads off right now.
According to the Big Apple, the main reason for the delay is that they “delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week” in the U.S, with pre-orders and store sales being “far higher than we predicted”. So you’ll have to wait a bit longer for your iPad Europeans, like our friend, Chris Davies.
Source: Apple PR
Since the T-Mobile myTouch Slide is the successor to the G1, it means that not only there is extreme leakage on its specs and software (Android 2.1 with that leaked “Espresso” Sense UI, which is really glossy) but now, colors. When you cough up the cash to grab a myTouch Slide for an as-of-yet unknown price, you’ll have the option of Red with Black, Black, and White. Now the guys at CellPhoneSignal claim that the shot above is directly from T-Mobile’s press gallery (and we have no reason to think otherwise). So technically, that’s today’s dose of myTouch Slide news. You’re welcome.
With today’s announcement of the new Macbook Pro line, the 15-inch and 17-inch models now either sport new Core i5 or Core i7 processors, but the Macbook Pro 13-inch, which is in fact the most popular Mac sold by Apple is still sticking to a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo. You might be asking yourself, “Why”? After speaking to Tim Bajarin from Creative Strategies
at Apple, we have the full scoop as to how it’s excluded from the new Macbook Pro, as well as how Apple engineers could actually do it in the future. Read on past the break!
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It’s the most leaked of all leaked smartphones of this leaky year. The HTC Incredible gets its name simply because it really is incredible. It’s officially coming out on April 29th exclusively on Verizon Wireless’ 3G speeds. And once more for you dear readers, I’ll repeat the official specs:
- Android 2.1 with the new Sense UI
- 1Ghz Snapdragon processor (downclocked to 768Mhz)
- 8 megapixel camera with dual-flash
- 3.7″ WVGA (800×480) AMOLED screen
- 8GB internal storage but with 512 ROM later on in the spec sheet, so it’s a little confusing.
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Flash Lite 4.0
- All of the Google Experience apps (Gmail, Google Maps Navigation, Calendar, YouTube, Search, etc.)
Our friends at Boy Genius Report have the full spec sheet that’s longer than your arm, so head over there to feast your eyes on leaked Verizon documents, if that’s your thing (it has to be, right?).
Finally! Jumping the gun and going straight to the news: the Macbook Pro line has been refreshed featuring Core i5 and Core i5 processors. The basic Macbook Pro 13-inch comes with 4GB of RAM, 320GB, and a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, but the 15-inch and 17-inch models are Core i5 and Core i7 for the record. Also, the higher-end models grab the Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics with Optimus switching, meaning that web browsing will be the lightest load of all time, and graphics speed will only be called in when you actually need it. While the 2.4Ghz and 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duos with a claimed 10 hours of battery life in the 13-inch model definitely are to impress (hey, no Core i5 in the 13?), it’s the 15-inch and 17-inch ones that really count: Core i5 2.4GHz (520M), Core i5 2.53GHz (540M), and Core i7 2.66GHz (620M) processors come in the larger models, as well as the faster Nvidia 330M instead of the 13-inchers 320M. Also, Apple claims that you’ll get between 8 and 9 hours of battery life on these bad guys.
All models come with 4GB of sweet DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drives and 500GB in higher-end ones, you have the stellar and tempting option of a 512GB SSD for $1,300. So to shoot it all down, the 15-incher gets the Core i7 and the 17-inch gets the Core i5. But let’s go to what this will all cost you, right? It’s $1,799 for the 15, $2,299 for the 17, and $1,199 for the 13. And Apple’s not done with you yet: a 1440 x 900 “glossy” display comes basic on the 15, a 1680 x 1050 glossy display goes for $100 more, and an anti-glare hi-res display for another $50 on top of that (making it $150 for a matte display). Everything’s up at the Apple Store with a shipping date of “24 hours” while the 13-inch model is delayed “2-4 days”. Awesome stuff, if you ask us. (Sans not having Core i5 in the 13, but still a great refresh).
Whoa. Like, whoaaa. Opera Mini for the iPhone has the blessings of Steve Jobs and Co. and should be up on the App Store within 24 hours, while some UK and Australian iPhone owners are already browsing the web on their new, speedy Opera Mini. The app will be so cheap that it’s free, and it’s amazing to see that Apple might just be opening up the the submission of apps, as well as not being such a dictator about them. Press release and promo video after the break. Consider this a win for the iPhone Nation.
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