RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook Won’t Launch Until After February

It’s not a smart play in the book, is it (see what I did there)? The RIM PlayBook, their Blackberry tablet with a 7-inch screen and love of extreme Flash performance (heck, better than on a PC) was expected by most to be releaseed sometimes from January to Rebuary. A recent earnings call knocked that rumor off the treadmill, and a release of closer to March, the month itself, or afterwards is more likely. Doesn’t look like I’ll have any playtime in my book until then.

Excuse the excessive punage (See that? Pwnage as punage? Oh god). Via: CG

Nice Knowing You VGA, Your Life Is Ending In 2015

This I was wondering when it would happen, but never knew when. VGA (which by some stupid chance is on the CR-48 Chrome notebook, curse you Google on that one!) is on its way out by 2013, and completely like the cassette tape by 2015 due to AMD and Intel’s decisions on supporting it on future chips. It’s been a long, awesome journey for VGA, but since I don’t really use it, I could care less than a dust particle about it.

So technically, no VGA in the next half-decade. Big deal, old man. Via: Tom’sHardware

Stocking Stuffer: Cupcake Gumballs Mini-Review

What’s this you ask? It is CUPCAKE GUMBALLS (it’s ironic how I typed that, I’m on a CR-48 Chrome notebook). About $4 for a tin and up to $10 for 3 tins, these cupcake gumballs don’t taste like cupcakes, but they have a tangy flavor within the first few seconds of eating them, and are for a 14-year-old who has a chef for a mom and eat’s the world’s different cuisines opinion, delicious. Except that the flavoring lasts but only 20-30 seconds, and then you’ll be chewing a hard, tasteless gum. Otherwise, even though (as of this writing) they’re back-ordered (gasp!), I still recommend them as stocking stuffer for Christmas. They’re available at ThinkGeek.

[Thanks ThinkGeek for sending me a tin of these for review!]

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Mac App Store Launching On The 6th Of January, Starting The Year With A Ruckus

So there’s an App Store for iOS, there’s Android Market for Android, there’s Marketplace for Windows Phone 7, and now the Mac App Store — for Macs. Categories included in the launch: Games, Education, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. Apps can be free or paid apps (70% profit if a paid app), and even CEO Steve Jobs had something to say about it, naturally:

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on Jan 6.”

That’s pretty much all left to this story. Mac App Store. 90 countries. January 6. Via: Apple PR

Nexus S Now Available At BestBuy

Google’s Nexus S has been available at BestBuy stores since 9:00AM, and available for $199 on a 2-year contract with T-Mobile USA, or a full $529 for an unlocked, contract-free handset. With everything from Android 2.3, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, front-facing VGA and 5MP primary camera with 720p HD recording, the Nexus S hardly comes to a party unprepared, except for the lack of fake “4G” or in T-Mobile’s case, HSPA+. So, go ahead and buy a Nexus S now, if you please.

Via: BestBuy

LG Makes An Android Called Optimus 2x, And It Has Tegra 2 For Extra Pwnage

LG. Android 2.2 (2.3 hot on heels after launch). Nvidia Tegra 2  processor at 1GHz. 8GB of on-board storage (up to 32GB with  microSD). A 1,500mAh battery. 4-inch WVGA display. HDMI-out on 1080p HD. An 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. And hopefully a battery life of 20 hours.

Those are the specs for an LG Optimus 2x, previously codenamed “Star”. This is, the most awesome sauce Android phone I’v seen in a press release. Damn, that Nexus S looks old now doesn’t it? It’ll launch in Korea next month, then Europe and Asia. No word on a U.S release, but when you see smoke, there’s usually a fire, and CES 2011 should bring plenty of these awesome smartphones. PR after the cut. Via: Eng