LG Revolution And HTC Thunderbolt With 4G LTE Debut

It’s LG’s first 4G LTE handset, on Verizon Wireless and the first device detailed on stage at Verizon’s CES 2011 press conference, dubbed the LG Revolution, and uses Optimus UI with Android 2.2. The HTC Thunderbolt, being the second seen on stage, has a front-facing camera, hotspot capabilities (the Thunderbolt supports up to 8 devices), and 4G LTE as well (like the Revolution). Most of the devices including the Motorola Xoom tablet, the Droid Bionic, LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, and others will launch in March till the middle of this year with the 4G LTE netowkr.

Starting off specs, the HTC Thunderbolt. It has a loaded (but not dual-core) build: 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD screen, HTC Sense 2.0, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, wireless DLNA capability, front-facing camera and Skype video chat baked into Sense UI.

The LG Revolution is another big super/smartphone, has Dolby surround sound, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, wireless DLNA capability, Android 2.2, and hotspot mode up to 8 devices on 4G LTE.

Press release at the end of the post!

Skype Just Bought Qik For $150 Million

It’s something no one expected from CES, but it’s happening, and Skype has announced its acquisition of mobile video chatting and live mobile broadcasting company Qik for a number hovering at $150 million.

According to a statement and press release from Skype (seen at the end of the post), Skype and Qik will “focus on providing a richer, more integrated experience that will allow people globally to share experiences in real-time video across different platforms,” and that Qik’s “strong mobile relationships will be an impressive complementary fit with Skype.” No doubt we’ll be seeing Skype/Qik video chat on all the front-facing smartphones coming out in the upcoming months.

Via: RWW

Razer Knocks Gamer’s Socks Off, Onza Controller Priced And Release Dated

Long, long ago there was an amazing Xbox 360/PC controller being talked about by Razer, and it was called the Onza. Fast forward to more than a year (or just about) and the pre-order date is on the 17th of the month, and will be priced at $50 USD (or 50 British Pounds)  for the fully-loaded Tournament edition, which allows you to adjust the analog sticks’ sensitivity, backlit action buttons, 2 programmable keys,  a 15 foot braided wired cable (because it’s wired-only), and the improved D-pad with lights. For $40 (or 40 British Pounds) you can get the controller sans the adjustable sticks and lights. It’s your call, but personally, I’d always take the Tournament edition. PR is in the usual place, store page at the source. Via: Razer

Dell Streak 7: On T-Mobile, It’s Official, Has 4G, And Uses Tegra 2 Dual-Core

T-Mobile just sent out the awesome presser for its Dell Streak 7 tablet. First off, the Desll Streak 7 uses a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 7-inch Gorilla Glass screen, Android 2.2 (with Dell’s very pretty skin), and HSPA+ (T-Mobile calls it 4G) speeds of up to 21Mbps. The Dell Streak 7 will be at “T-Mobile stores across the country in the coming weeks.” Another tidbit of news inside of the Streak 7 announcement is that the overall speed of the T-Mobile 4G network has been increased, and can now go up to 42Mbps. Press release is with the rest of the post.

Apple’s Mac App Store is now open for business

Got a Mac running Snow Leopard? Well, now there’s an App Store for it, and it opens with over 1,000 apps. But moving on, Apple’s own apps are also available for download, like iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand ($14.99 each) to Pages, Keynote and Numbers ($19.99 each), and Aperture 3 being available for $79.99. Also, the hit Twitter client (and one of the best of all time), Tweetie 2 (now just Twitter) has re-launched for Mac, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is also present, further confirming the obvious fact that app developers can submit their apps to the store for approval, much like the iOS App Store, with the same strict rules (or even stricter).

But in the meantime, if you find an update for Snow Leopard, then download it, install it, and get the Mac App Store running along pleasantly, since it’s included in the software update. Via: Apple PR

BlackBerry PlayBook 4G Coming To Sprint This Summer — But Only 4G

It’s awesome news coming out of Research In Motion this morning that colors us excited, at the same time, terrified. The PlayBook 4G will be available on the 4G WiMAX network that Sprint and Clearwire have been expanding for quite a while now, but it will only use 4G, unlike all of the other 4G devices Sprint has, once you lose a connection, you can’t roll back to 3G. But hey, if you love evolution, then the PlayBook would be right up your alley at this point. Full press release confirming the news is after the break.

Microsoft Touch Mouse Is A Touch Mouse For $80

This is Microsoft’s newest mouse, called Touch Mouse (not to be confused with Arc Touch, in any way, shape, or form for that matter). It supports flicks, zooming, panning, as well as other gestures, costs $79.95, and will be released sometimes in June. BlueTrack tech is also being used here, so it can track on carpets, wood, and other surfaces. Besides the simple naming and marketing, I definitely think the Touch Mouse looks like a stealth fighter. Or Darth Vader’s mouse, if you’re looking for an old-age reference. Press release embedded after the jump.

Microsoft’s Kinect Sold 8 Million In 2 Months (update: was the number shipped to retailers)

Going far, far ahead of the projected 5 million Kinect units projected by year’s end by Microsoft, Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects (or just Kinect?) in two month’s time. It’s true — motion-gaming is really here, and is selling in large numbers for the Xbox 360.

Update: Microsoft just clarified that the 8 million Kinects sold statement was the amount shipped to retailers, although they have surpassed 5 million in sales.

Via: Microsoft Live Stream