Clearwire’s Chairman Craig McCaw Puts Sprint 4G In A Possible Tight Spot

Happy New Years Eve! And to start off, some bad news. Clearwire’s chairman, Craig McCaw, is leaving the company today. What does this mean? Clearwire is responsible for setting up Sprint 4G towers and service around the country and maintaining it, thus leaving Sprint in a possibly weak position for its 4G network that isn’t even nationwide yet. Besides cutting 15% of its own workforce and projecting it might go broke by mid-2011, things aren’t looking so good for that 4G smartphone of yours, unless Sprint kicks into high gear. Via: Bloomberg

A Windows Phone 7 Review Right Before The New Year

After much waiting and anxiety, one of my flying ninjas was able to send a Windows Phone 7 device my way, and the review is up two days before New Year. The new mobile smartphone platform is aimed at being Microsoft’s new entry into the smartphone market, with many original design elements, and an easy-to-understand user interface. As an Android and iOS fan, I can be extremely straightforward: it feels better than Android, and provides direct competition. Read on, and see why.

Skype For iOS Now Supports Full Video-Calling

So, with plenty in store from Skype for Las Vegas and CES this coming week, the wraps have been taken off the first announcement: video-calling for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th gen to share normal video-calling, including amongst Windows, Mac, and Linux users, while the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen get to receive video instead of transmit it, and the new feature works over Wi-Fi and 3G. Is there not a better reason to ditch FaceTime now, or what? The new Skype 3.0 app for iOS is available now.

Via: iTunes, Skype

So, Uh, The Nintendo 3DS Is Bad For Your Eyes, If You’re Less Than 6

Remember 3D? Of course you do, it’s still a current technology! The Nintendo 3DS would take everything you love about the ancient DSi and others, and add better graphics, 3D photo-taking, and 3D viewing while playing games without the need of glasses. This argument is pretty much like cellphone radiation, except Nintendo has come out and stated that it would ruin the eye development stages of anyone under the age of 6. A parental control feature would be present that would completely turn off the 3D feature, except, you’d only buy a 3DS for the 3D, right?  We’ll follow along and see what happens when there are actual 3DS units out in the wild.

Via: Nintendo Warning, Giz

HTC EVO Shift 4G according to Radio Shack will cost $149

So the unreleased EVO Shift 4G — an HTC EVO 4G with a smaller 3.6-inch screen, 3G/4G WiMAX, and a slide-out QWERTY — was just recently spotted in a RadioShack catalog. It seemed to be priced at $149 on a 2-year contract and $449 without. We (and by that, I mean me) would probably go for this over the Epic 4G, considering it uses Sense UI and not the awful Touchwiz 3.0 user interface overlay, meaning it would probably make more sense. Via: AndroidCentral

Windows Phone 7 Reportedly Nears 5k Apps, Android Goes For 200k

Would you like some apps with that bacon? Apparently, two sites dedicated to tracking down the amount of Windows Phone 7 apps available report they’ve neared 5,000, and as usual, the reliable AndroidLib reports a total of 200,000k apps in the Android Market. Keep in mind you tech elite readers, that we’ve been hurt by fake statistics, and even Google pitching in and stating they had less apps than AndroidLib had reported before. Take this with a small grain of salt (on top of your salty bacon) and use these numbers as an overall look into how many applications are available for both platforms.

And yes, there are a lot of crappy apps, and farts associated with those numbers.

Via: AndroLibWP7 Applist, and Marketplace Browser

HTC Thunderbolt 4G promo page is now live, looks electrifying

So far as according to the rumor mills, HTC Thunderbolt 4G will be Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset, and as according to the promo page seen above, rightfully so. Ahead of the CES announcement, there’s obvious fact that the “Thunderbolt 4G” is bound for Verizon — all 3 other “4G” handsets of major popularity are built by HTC, and AT&T doesn’t have a 4G network in service yet. Time to see what the might of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show brings, right guys and gals? Via: AndroidCentral

Samsung Galaxy Player To Give A Nod In The iPod Touch’s Direction

At first, “meh” was stated quite a few times before writing this, so give me the credit for actually committing to posting this (just kidding). The Samsung Galaxy Player will be just like the Galaxy S that many have come to love, except with no cellular radios installed. For an unannounced price and release date, you’d get a 1GHz (Hummingbird?) processor, 4-inch WVGA touchscreen (LCD, not Super AMOLED), SoundAlive audio enhancement technology, something called T-DMB, dual cameras, HD video playback support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and — wait for it — finally, Android 2.2, hopefully with 2.3 Gingerbread on its way. Speaking of all of that, imagine how much hacking would be possible with clean slate like this?

Galaxy Player will come in three storage sizes: 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. Not bad; now just wait till CES 2011 in Las Vegas when it’s formally announced. Via: SamsungHub