HTC Likes Being First, Wants To Be “First To 4G” Again. Probably 4G LTE.

First!

Yeah, HTC likes being first it seems. The HTC EVO 4G was advertised as the “first 4G phone ever”, then the T-Mobile G2 as the “first to 4G on T-Mobile”, and now it seems HTC wants to be the “first to 4G, again” with their upcoming 4G LTE Verizon Wireless handset due to be announced on the 6th of January it seems, as according to a graphic a forum-goer stumbled upon on HTC’s mobile site, seen at the source link.
Via: Weird HTC Subdomain

Creator Of iTunes Instant Builds Ohboard App For Chrome Web Store

Coming straight out of the coding programs of 15-year-old online dev, Stephen Ou, creator of the popular iTunes Instant web app, has launched Ohboard, a paid app for $3.99 (which is a little high, but hey, to each his own) on the Chrome Web Store. Interestingly enough, this is a whiteboard app, has only 4 buttons, and the blank canvas of pixels that is your screen. Think of it as a journal, but as an app in Chrome that auto-saves every time you use it.  It seems simple and useful enough to serve as a quick doodling app, or as serious as your drawing skills can get. Via: OhBoard on Chrome Web Store

Samsung 4G LTE handset leaks, with a clear photo, again

No really, some PR dude (or dudette) is leaking 4G LTE all the way for some gadget blogs (send some our way guys), and this time Gizmodo gets another one in the portfolio. This 4G LTE Samsung handset has a front-facing camera (a first at VZW!), Android 2.2.1 (come on, man!),  no Bing by defualt (yay!) and Touchwiz (fffuuuu). I’d like to applaud Samsung on the SCH-I520 because it does seem to contain dubious amounts of awesome sauce, despite the Touchwiz coating. Via: GizyWhizzyModo

Verizon Windows Phone 7 apps find a home in the Marketplace

How strange is this? Well, not really. Verizon is getting WP7 devices, and apps from Verizon Wireless have surfaced (i.e crapware), except that on this occasion it seems, they have better tastes: apps with the Verizon Wireless source are Slacker (as usual), My Verizon, and Netflix (which is good!). Anyone extremely happy about CDMA technology coming to Windows Phone 7. Via: BGR

Wait, We Still Use Foursquare Now?

So let me get this straight: we still use Foursquare? It was a new and aspiring service that you could sign up for, download the app to your iPhone/Android/Windows Phone, and “check-in” to places, become the “mayor” of that said venue, and get bragging rights among your friends, as well as leave tips about what you think of said establishment. At first, this all seemed revolutionary, but the love-affair with Foursquare may be drawing to an close.

Just what is the point now with “checking-in” and telling my friends? Sure, yours truly has a Foursquare account, and I have great friends in it, like Kevin Rose, John Biggs, Joel Johnson, and Kate Gardiner to name a few. But after more than a year of being in the spotlight, where’s the innovation? Where’s the “ooh” and “ah” that we want to see in a shiny, new company with tons of potential? In a desperate attempt it seems to keep the service “cool” Foursquare management has struck deals with some big-name stores (and smaller businesses), allowing you to become mayor and get coupons — for perilously little amounts. This may encourage more visits and traffic for the venue, but what of the end user?

So I can see where my friend was 30 minutes ago? When I could just use Twitter, Facebook, an SMS, or dare I say, an email, phone call, or actually seeing my “friend”? Foursquare is not a dying service; they’re running out of innovative and fresh ideas it seems. And when you run out of ideas, you soon run out everything you had, in one fell swoop.

So we all still use Foursquare? For what, “keeping up with your friends”? Tell me Foursquare (even on my own FS account) what’s your purpose of “discovering new places” now anyway? Haven’t I become mayour of enough places already, with little to no benefit to me, the end user, whatsoever?