Sony Will Buy Out Sony Ericsson’s Stake In Joint Venture

Remember how Sony Ericsson came to be? No? Well, let’s just get to today’s news. Sony has agreed with Sony Ericsson to buy out their 50% stake, therefore completely gaining control of the company in a joint venture, and allowing Sony o more tightly integrate SE devices into their Sony line of products. Ericsson has agreed to a €1.05 billion in exchange for its 50 percent stake, and if pending regulatory approval allows it, the deal will be done in January of 2012. This effectively means that the Walkman is nearly dead, and that the SE brand will be many times more active. Press release after the break.

Nokia Lumia 800: The “First True Windows Phone”

This is Nokia’s Lumia 800. It will be their current flagship Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device, and runs on a single-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor at 800×480 resolution, 14.4MBps HSPA+ speeds at quad-band 16GB storage, 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED  with either black, magenta, or blue casing, 25GB of free SkyDrive storage, Nokia Drive, a turn-by-turn navigation program, is 12.1mm thick and has 512MB of RAM. The camera captures video in 8-megapixel camera in 720p HD 30fps video, and finally a 1450mAh battery good for 9.5 hours of 3G talk time. It’s not the best package, but it is quite worthy of carrying Windows Phone into the horizon. Now for availability: nothing mentioned for the United States (yet?), but it can be pre-ordered if you live in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, or the Netherlands.ViaNokia

Battlefield 3 Has Been Released In The United States

Want to play Battlefield 3? Well, you can buy it now, and start playing just as soon! I’ve told you that it is spectacular and I’ve  pre-loaded the files to my PC before launch, and now that I’m running the game on High settings, I can easily tell you that it is spectacular (a review will be up soon). So what are you waiting for? Get on the Battlefield.

Via: Battlefield 3 Official Blog, Battlefield (on Twitter)

Apple Macbook Pro Models Updated With New GPUs, CPUs, And More

Got a Macbook Pro this year? It’s time to feel bad already, because they’ve been slightly updated with new specs. To begin with, the AMD Radeon HD 6770M discrete GPU will be the gaming prowess in you 15-inch 17-inch versions. Even better yet, there are some CPU improvements to be examined: the 13-incher gets an with a 2.8GHz Core i7 or a 2.4GHz Core i5 dual-core processor, instead of the previous entry-level 2.3GHz Core i5 (and it also gets its HDD notched up to a minimum 500GB, or max 750GB). The 15-incher now goes up to a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7 — the same speedy processor that comes in the updated 17-inch variant. And that is that.

Via: Apple

Galaxy Nexus Confirmed For Verizon Wireless Later This Year

With an impending announcement of availability in the United States, Verizon Wireless has made it clear that the 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, support for NFC, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network — in other words, the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will be available later this year, at an unknown date and price. The press release is available for viewing after the break.