HTC Thunderbolt can be had with $50 deposit to BestBuy

imageToday is the Super Bowl. If you’re a geek or a being of different social engineering/status, this also means that you can place a $50 deposit on the HTC Thunderbolt that uses Verizon’s glorious 4G (I call it four gees) service, and might be available for pickup on February 14th (the 4.3-inch monster will purportedly cost $249.99 on a 2-year contract). Otherwise, you can read up on the CES announcement of the Thunderbolt here.

Via: Droid-Life, BestBuy

Neapolitan Astronaut Ice Cream Review: Freeze-Dried Goodness

This is Astronaut Ice Cream. Space astronauts usually have a freeze-dried version of the delicious dessert we Earthlings know as ice cream, but in the form of a dried brick. After ordering some of this stuff for $3 at ThinkGeek (no affiliation with them), I chose the classic “Neapolitan” flavor, which consists of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. Read on for the full review, and learn how this stuff is made!

Verizon breaks its own first-day sales record with iPhone 4 in 2 hours

So get this straight: you’re Verizon, you have the iPhone 4. Pre-orders start at 3AM. In all but 2 hours, all pre-orders are gone and you’ve made company history for most sales on the first-day for any device — ever. That sort of a accomplishment usually renders a press release, which I have queued up for you below.

And while there aren’t actually any numbers to support the claim by Verizon, keep in mind Apple manufacturers plenty of iPhones for launch, and that Verizon had to be ready for this, in some way. Oh, and the next batch of CDMA iPhone 4s come out on the 9th.

Via: SlashGear

Battlefield 3 Teaser Trailer, Pre-Order Page, And Launch Frame Released

This is it, PC gamers. The game that all have been waiting for — Battlefield 3. The successor to Battlefield 2, number 3 will be so graphics high-end that it won’t support Windows XP, and is mainly friends with DirectX 11. Tons of new graphical algorithms and technologies are included in BF3, including more weapons, jets, 64-player matches on PC, and prone stance — the awesome guys that I sometimes chat with at DICE are making sure the new Battlefield game stays awesome.

Now, it’ll launch in Fall of 2011, a Limited Edition is available for pre-order for PC right now ($50), and more details will be revealed at GDC 2011. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the new teaser trailer, above. Via: Battlefield 3, BF Blog

Chrome 9 Released: Web Store, WebGL, and Google Instant Are All Together Now

Time to update Chrome. It’s version 9, and in terms of the feature-set, there’s little disappointment. First off, there’s a Google Instant option, WebGL for 3D rendering in a web browser (something that should pave way for awesomeness), and the Chrome Web Store. All nerds and geeks (is there a different, really?) have known about these features for quite a bit, but now that they’re stable and fully integrated in Chrome, which all is for the better.

And Reddit even found a bug before the release, which Google credited here. ViaChrome Blog

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)