Verizon iPhone owners may have other advantage besides network — unlimited data

Like the entire Verizon iPhone rumor/saga of events, this may not be true, but nevertheless, it’s been discussed to a few people, and might have originated from the source. What the latest tale from the rumor mill states is that for a certain amount of time, iPhone users on VZW would be offered an unlimited data plan, thus further alienating AT&T’s data-caps and lower usability of its network (let’s face it, AT&T). The general LM reader will know when January 11th strikes, and if it’s for a Verizon iPhone at all.

Nintendo 3DS charge lasts but 3 to 8 hours, according to Nintendo

When using a Nintendo 3DS, battery life was always a guess everyone takes. For one thing, there will be no never-ending marathons of Super Mario 64 DS, and that’ll be in a range of 3 to 8 hours. Why so broad, you ask? Well, while playing a normal 3DS games, expect 3 to 5 hours on a full charge,  5 to 8 if playing an older DS title, and 3.5 hours to fully recharge the battery from a dead state.

Now before you try flaming about how those are very decent battery figures, let’s take a short history lesson: the original DS was 10 to 14 hours, the DS Lite was 15 to 19 hours, Nintendo DSi was 9 to 14 hours, and finally DSi XL was 13 to 17 hours on a single charge, as according to Nintendo themselves. So, keep the charger handy. Via: Nintendo JP, Kotaku

Verizon Invites The Press To An Event On The 11th. What Does It Mean?

“Verizon haz iPhone, plz?”

I’m not sure, nor is anyone, including BG @ BGR, and just about every other publication anxiously waiting like men who lost their dogs. The iPhone on Verizon rumors have been trashed, brought back to life again, killed again, then brought back to life again, and practically given the title of “Ultimate Technology Rumor”. CES 2011 was a place for Verizon to announce tons of Android products, including Android 3.0 on the Motorola Xoom tablet, Droid Bionic, and a ton of other Android devices filled to the brim with Verizon marketing (and read: crapware).

An announcement such as this would utterly destroy these new products, but who knows? Maybe they’re going to unveil more devices, or shove 4G LTE straight up to our brains until we have seizers. Whatever it may be, the world will know, officially, on the 11th of January.

Mac App Store Hits 1 Million Downloads in 24 Hours — Success.

Somewhere, somehow, Apple execs and Steve Jobs are dancing a wild jig on the new sales report from the Mac App Store — 1 million downloads in 24 hours. Not bad, Cupertino. According to Steve in a statement, “We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” and that “developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.” This only comes to show that devs make or break a platform, both big and small. Full PR after the you-know-where.

Android Hacked To Run On Cr-48

This was (at the same time, wasn’t) expected — famous Chrome OS hacker Hexxeh just gave the Cr-48 his Android stamp of approval, by hacking in dev mode what seems to be Android 2.2. Unfortunately, there’s no information on how he actually did it, buy you can bet that we’ve tried contacting him to see how. In the meantime, keep on waiting for that CES news, folks! Via: ChromeOSSite

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