End Of The Day News: Motorola Atrix 4G Priced And Dated

So, it’s Thursday night. Not that that means anything, other than some lonely tech stories and the pricing with release date for the Tegra 2 dual-core Android 2.2 powerhouse — the Motorola Atrix 4G.

First off, all by itself, the Atrix will cost you $200 on a 2-year agreement with AT&T, and comes out on the 6th of March. If you want the snazzy laptop dock that turns the phone into a laptop that can browse the full web on Firefox (why not Chrome, Motorola?), then you can pay $500 for both the phone and the dock. The Catch-22 here is that the dock costs $500 with the phone, and $500 without the phone. So really, if you want the dock, it’d be better to shell out $500. And if you can’t stop, then invest in the Entertainment Access Kit, which has a Motorola HD Multimedia Dock, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and a remote control for $189.99 — because Motorola really likes your money.

But hey, what’s wrong with a $200 dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2, Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch qHD high-res display, 5 megapixel camera (720HD recording and 1080p HD through an upcoming update) with a VGA front-facing cam, and HSPA+/4G Android phone? Nothing wrong with that awesome spec sheet, right?

PR after the line-break.

How Intriguing: Verizon To Throttle Speed Of Heavy iPhone Data Munchers

This is one of the warnings to keep in mind when purchasing an iPhone on Verizon. One, you’ll get a better network, but with slower data speeds. Two, if you use a lot of data, those slower data speeds will get slower. Yeah.

As Verizon puts it, this only applies to users that use an “extraordinary amount of data”, and are in the top 5% of Verizon data munchers. Once that once that throttling is in motion, it will remain in effect till the end of the monthly billing cycle. For a full understanding of what is going on here, including how file formats would be affected, hit up the source link, peeps. Via: Verizon (PDF)

New Android Market Changes Include In-App Purchasing, Tap Tap Revenge, And More

So, the Android Market has finally made the leap from the official app store for Android to something truly awesome. First off, there’s Market.Android, which allows for purchasing and downloading apps via the web, which are all automatically synced with your Android device, including more than one, and can even be nicknamed for easy identification. Second is in-app purchasing, using real or virtual currency, and an SDK which is currently being provided to devs so that apps with the new feature may be launched at a later date. Third is the arrival of iOS exclusive Tap Tap Revenge by Disney Mobile, including Radio Disney a few other apps they constantly promote that are under their belts. The new Market is currently live (ish, some users can’t log-in at the moment).

Via: Market.Android.com

The Daily: A Newspaper App For The iPad, Meant To Be Modern

The Daily. An iPad-exclusive “newspaper” is due for launch at 12PM EST on the App Store, and is priced at 14 cents a day, or $1 per week, with the first 2 weeks priced at free. What you’ll be getting is 360 degree photos, heavy multimedia content, the promise of 100 pages of content being available everyday, professional voice-over audio for certain articles, and finally knowing that Rupert Murdoch is the founder of your news app. Also interesting is that due to the launch of the app, the Apple Store has the option for in-app subscriptions.

As a writer, personally I don’t find the The Daily something out-of-this world, but it may just be worth the free trial, and perhaps the title of your “modern newspaper,” if there is any worthy content that could otherwise be accessed through the iPad’s browser, without paying more for it. Via: The Daily

SlothChat: Something About Sloths And Money, On The Internet

A new startup from John Biggs of CrunchGear fame and Ed Zitron is about sloths — and making money off of them. My nerd senses cannot tell me if this is an early April Fool’s joke, or a real startup that has pictures of sloths, with some of them wearing funny hats and sunglasses. Anyhow, as Ed himself puts it, SlothChat is:

A social media method of making your sloth monetizable. It’s revolutionary and pragmatic.

So, yeah. It’s about sloths, money, SEO, and the web. This can only spark some new sloth memes (or money for your sloth), of which there is perilously little. Via: SlothChat

Samsung Galaxy S 4G: Froyo And A Front-Facing Camera. Not Much.

It’s the same-old, same-old from Samsung here. The Galaxy S Vibrant is now the Vibrant 4G, and has access to 21MBps HSPA+ “4G” on T-Mobile, a front-facing camera, and Android 2.2. Froyo with Touchwiz 3.0. Instead of Avatar as the movie that comes built-in, Inception is, and has DoubleTwist for the media-syncing. It’ll launch sometimes in February. PR after the chop.