So There’s An AT&T HTC Inspire 4G? That’s Right “4G”.

Amazingly, AT&T is following T-Mobile’s footsteps (and just about every other carrier) promoting their “4G”, even though AT&T’s 4G LTE network is not even actively in service. The Inspire 4G looks much like the European HTC Desire HD, and interestingly enough, the HTC Thunderbolt is in the center, being Verizon’s entry into the 4G LTE market. Looks like everyone has their big guns on the ready, eh? Oh, and magazine Rolling Stone leaked this quietly, so yeah — that doesn’t happen often. Via: AndroidCentral

Nvidia Finally Releases Punkbuster Fix For Optimus, Gamers Finally Rejoice!

Starting with the launch of Nvidia Optimus for laptops, everything changed. You could have pretty decent battery life on an Alienware M11x R2 (for example) with an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Core i7 processor overclockable to 2.26GHz, and Nvidia GeForce 335M graphics with Direct X 10.1 support, your dreams as a gamer (and ordinary user) could come true!

It turned out to be a nightmare.

While the way the technology handled battery life was (technically) efficient, the way it handled multiplayer games (i.e what it was made for) was utter garbage — I’m not going easy here. Games like Medal Of Honor, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and just about every other first-person shooter title (and many other genres due to simple problems with Optimus) used the anti-cheat program called Punkbuster, by a company called Evenbalance. Games like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops wouldn’t worry though, as they used Valve’s anti-cheat software.

But that is not the reason of this post.  I became enraged, mainly due to the fact that Nvidia posed little concern over the problem. Users had brought it up to the big man, but after a certain point (and this is more than 6 months into the issue) I contacted Nvidia, pressed them, and demanded answers in private email exchanges and Twitter. You can guess the rest.

It is now the 4th of the first month of 2011, and now according to Nvidia the issue has been resolved, along with tons of other bug fixes, graphical improvements, and everything else that makes Nvidia Optimus actually usable again. The first source link will take you to the download links, while the second provides you with a changelog. Via: Nvidia Forums, Changelog (PDF)

Here’s The PlayStation Phone Again, With Pictures You’ll Actually See

Until now it’s been “Mr. BlurryCam FTW” taking shots, videos, and countless teases of the PlayStation Phone (Xperia Play?). Uh, no thanks man. Courtesy of a site overseas of the U.S., we now have some ultra-clear shots of what an Xperia Play (or PlayStation Phone) looks like. And yes, there’s Android 2.3, as confirmed by one of the shots seen at the source link. Now if only there were a launch date, and some games. *Insert wandering thoughts here.*

Via: BGR, Google Translate

HP Holding webOS Event On February 9th, May Kill Terrible Palm Hardware

It seems that HP as plans for webOs — good ones — and that a new press event booked for the 9th of February may reveal a new smartphone, webOS “PalmPad” tablets, and more/less. Seems like HP nixed the Palm branding in the invite, but for webOS fans, this may be more than enough to bring one of the most polished mobile OSes that always had terrible hardware back on to the main circuit.

HTC EVO Shift 4G To Be Released On The 9th, For $150

It’s sprint’s newest 4G handset, the HTC EVO Shift 4G. Specs of this slide-out QWERTY are a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, no front-facing camera (sigh), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.2 with Sense UI for $150 on a 2-year agreement starting the 9th of January and BestBuy Mobile pre-orders starting the 7th. There’s also the extra $10 mandatory charge for getting 4G, whether your area has it or not. Presser after the break.

HP Unveils Some New Laptops, But The Dm1 Is The Coolest

Tonight, HP had cometh to all gadget blogs with news. I present to you — new laptops. Begin!

First off is the new Envy 17 (or refreshed, or whatever) with CoolSense (keeps it from frying your man — lap), the new Intel Core processors with the same naming schemes as the previous ones, albeit more awesome-ish, has integrated graphics and a Radeon 6850M to pwn those n00bs, the Beats audio sound system of glory, and a 17.3-inch LED backlit screen. It’ll be available soon. Mmm, tasty.

For seconds there’s the new dv7 (which gets Beats Audio) and dv6 laptops, which only have the new Intel Core processors, some Radeon graphics cards, and pricetags of $900 for the dv6, and a thousand Benjamins for the dv7. They get released the 9th.

And then, only then, is the really cool laptop out of the bunch (seen as the top image). It seems to be to my luck that I keep on writing and loving 11.6-inch notebooks, from the Alienware M11x R2 (make an R3, please!) the Macbook Air and now the Pavilion Dm1. It’s about 1-inch thick, has 10 hours of battery life, the new AMD Fusion “APU” (accelerated processing unit, combining both graphics and processing), and has support for 1080p HD video (whaaa?), and supports DirectX 11 graphics on that 1080p HD screen of 11.6-inches and 1.6GHz of speed starting at $449. It also has 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1VGA, and one HDMI port. There’s options for a 320GB hard drive and 8GB of DDr3 RAM, too. I’d better review one of these, ASAP.

HP Pavilion Dv6/Dv7 and Envy 17 Photos

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Walmart Publishes HTC EVO Shift 4G Specs Before Announcement, Pisses Someone Off

The employees at Walmart? They just earned a place in our hearts for publishing a page with all the press shots and final specs of the EVO Shift 4G you could ever possibly imagine. First off, the specs of the second slide-out QWERTY 4G WiMAX handset on a little network we like to call Sprint:

  • 3.7-inch 800 x 480-pixel touchscreen display
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Android 2.2 OS with Sense UI
  • 8-megapixel camera, dual-LED flash, digital zoon, video capture support
  • Sprint 3G/4G compatibility
  • MicroSDHC support (up to 32 GB)
  • Up to 312 minutes of talk time, up to 146 hours of standby per charge
  • 4.63 x 2.3 x .47 in
  • 4.6 oz

Besides Verizon definitely getting ready to unleash 4G LTE handsets at CES this year, Sprint seems to have a good agenda as well. More shots of the EVO Shift 4G at the ‘via’ link. Via: Walmart