BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review

This is the BlackBerry Bold 9780. When you think of the “classic BlackBerry” this is what comes (or should) to mind. Besides the new operating system, BlackBerry 6 and a Webkit browser (thank goodness), 5 megapixel camera, more RAM, the same 2.44-inch screen at 480×360 pixels, 2GB of microSD card storage (512MB built-in), and a 624MHz processor, it becomes apparent why the latest Bold is dubbed “9780” due to it being simple refresh to the well-received 9700. But this isn’t about the Bold line, how BlackBerry is lagging in the industry as a whole, or that a refreshed phone is RIM’s answer to the world of always-changing smartphones. This, is a review of the BlackBerry Bold 9780.

Today, Nintendo 3DS Specs, Launch Titles, And Release Date Become Final

Remember the Nintendo 3DS? It’s the newest DS handheld, takes 3D photographs on the back with 2 cameras, then has a front-facing 2D camera, displays them in 3D (and plays games in 3D without glasses), and has a feature which is terribly useful: you can change the depth of 3D that is seen, or turn it off completely. It comes in black or blue,  has 2GB of SD card storage and is expandable, has a telescoping stylus, comes with a charging cradle, a home button to go back to the homescreen, and a horde of launch titles like Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D (yes!), Nintendogs + cats 3D, Kid Icarus, Madden Football, PES 2011 3D, and others.

Besides launch titles and specs, another thing that leaves you wondering is the software the 3DS uses. It’s typical Nintendo UI elements and such, and for example, the front-facing camera can take a picture of you to turn into a Mii, an activity log, pedometer, Face Raiders (takes a picture of your face to shoot in a gallery), augmented reality games, an improved Internet browser, 3D video player, and audio player. Besides core apps such as those, other features to make note of are StreetPass (connects to other 3DS units for gaming), SpotPass (connects to Wi-Fi hotspots for updating software and content), multiplayer that only requires one registration of the hardware with others, and a Nintendo eShop for Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles that would run in an emulator.

Oh, and the price with release date? $249 on March 27th. Press release after the chop.

Notion Ink Adam Shipping Today — For Real This Time.

See that photo above? If you pre-ordered a Notion Ink Adam, probably one of those are yours. Notion Ink management states that it has passed FCC requirements (even though I don’t see it in the database, yet, which brings up several questions) with identification NI3421A01 and guarantee code Y2G, which will be en route to your address from now up to the last week of the month. And so, it’s time to wait just a little more, I suppose. Via: Notion Ink

Microsoft Office Knocks On The App Store’s Doors, In The Form Of OneNote

Never has Microsoft dared porting the famous Microsoft Office work suite in full to iOS.

Fast forward — to one new app straight from Office.

The new OneNote app that syncs notes to Windows Live Skydrive that can be created, edited, and even get photos added through your iPhone’s camera. Also, to give the app a kick, Microsoft is making it free, albeit for a limited time. It’s now or never, Microsofties. Via: Microsoft

This Is The HTML5 Logo. Awesome Logo, That Is.

This is the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) new logo for HTML5. If you are still drooling over the fact that, for one, it’s great, then check out the ‘via’ link for variations of it, and even logos for the components of HTML5, along with the usual promotional stickers, shirts, and other stuff, too.

As the W3c itself puts it:

“It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It’s the standard’s standard, a pennant for progress. And it certainly doesn’t use tables for layout.”

Via: W3c

Apple releases Q1 earnings: $6 billion profit, 16.2M iPhones and 7.33 million iPads sold

A day after Steve Jobs leaves Apple on medical leave for conditions unknown, Apple releases record Q1 profits and sales. $6 billion in profits was made from $26.7 billion in revenue, 16.2 million iPhone 4s were sold (86% up in sales), 7.33 million iPads, 4.31 million Macs (up 23%), and $19.45 million iPods (a 7% decline). Needless to say, these amazing numbers further cements Apple as one of the best producers of the gadgets you know and love. Well done, Steve & Cupertino. Via: Apple PR

Sprint’s Unlimited Smartphone Plan Just Went Up — By $10.

Back in the ‘ol days, you could get an unlimited 3G plan on Sprint with your 3G smartphone for $70. When 4G WiMAX came around for the Epic 4G, Evo 4G, and Evo Shift 4G, the 4G service required a mandatory $10 add-on (why else would you buy a 4G phone to not use the four-geees, eh?). Starting January 30th, the normal “unlimited” package will go up by $10 due to bandwidth and that sort of jazz, for new and upgrading customers. Not such a big deal: it’s just $80 instead of $70 of your hard-earned greens. That means the entire network is balanced-out, in a way. All is well, move along folks. Via: BW