Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Gets VIP Map Pack 7 Tomorrow, Vietnam DLC On The 21st

Turns out that whie Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (launched back in march) is still going strong. Tomorrow, VIP Map Pack 7 is debuting, which brings four new mas to PC players (like me) and VIP Players on consoles. Fan-favorites like Oasis (yes!), Harvest Day, The Cold War, and Heavy Meta (the largest map in the game) will debut tomorrow morning. This news comes right after an multiplayer update which prepares the game for the Vietnam expansion pack, which debuts on the 21st of December. Video of the new maps after the break.

Good times. Oh, and if you don’t mind, I’ll be playing the game as much as I can. The includes getting headshots from across the maps. Bwahahaha.

Verizon To Hold Press Conference On December 1st For 4G LTE Launch

So, as expected, Verizon will hold a press conference on December 1st for the activation of 4G LTE in “38 metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million” people before the end of the year (and a teleconference as well), although gadgets that actually support 4G LTE aren’t released yet, and handsets (HTC Incredible HD anyone?) are due in early 2011. Oh, and December 1st is tomorrow, so get your 4G tinfoil hats ready. Via: Verizon

Latest HTC Merge Leak Found In This Month’s Entrepreneur Magazine

Turns out since I’m an avid reader of the Entrepreneur Magazine, I feel ashamed having not being able to provide *cough* better photographs than AndroidCentral did. Everything you’d want to know about the Merge is in the ad, including its abilites, like “a work phone that’s updated for your life … Everything your work phone couldn’t do.” Turns out the Merge has been so heavily leaked that I’m wondering why Verizon hasn’t released it yet, due to the high specs it has, the Merge could have even been considered an honorary DROID.

Via: AndroidCentral

The Shiny LG Star Runs Froyo With A Skin (Sigh), Looks Cool

Look, it’s the LG Star! Considering phones like these never get to keep their prototype naming when going to retail, you can stop dreaming of owning a Star (no pun intended) but LG’s star is pretty powerful because this new leak confirms some of the specs: a Tegra 2 processor, 8MP Camera, 1080p video, front-facing camera, Android 2.2 with LG skin (insert joke about crappy skins other than Sense and Blur here) and lastly — that’s it. Check out the source below for the full plethora of photos.

Via: Phandroid Forums

Windows Phone 7 To Get Double Whammy Update In January?

According to what seems like insider knowledge from Microsoft WP7 dev Chris Walsh, the first ever update for Windows Phone 7 will be “massive” and could be considered Windows Phone 8. Keep in mind Microsoft learned from Google and Android, and that every once in a while when a software update is needed on the platform, Microsoft will independently send you the update without much carrier oversight, like an Windows 7 software update. And purportedly what will be in the new update would be some heavily requested user features like Bing turn-by-turn voice directions, custom ringtone support (yeah, Microsoft forgot), copy/paste (they “forgot”that too), and multi-tasking (of some form, maybe 3rd party access). So, now we wait for the things that Microsoft’s new platform should have had from the beginning. Via: WPCentral

Motorola Olympus unintentionally sparks Facebook post from AT&T, gets yanked

That was quick. While I saw it develop over Twitter, this recent development on the Motorola Olympus smartphone — mainly interesting due to the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor — on Facebook prompted a swift pull from AT&T on the message, which replied to a user asking when the Olympus might launch, and received an answer of “the Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January.” Sounds good, no? Turns out AT&T officially states that “This response was posted erroneously. We don’t have any information to share about upcoming devices.”

Interesting. Via: BGR, AT&T On Facebook

Is Windows Phone 7 Even Selling?

Microsoft produces the most popular operating system of all time for PCs. After getting slapped back and forth on the mobile space, a new market to create, sell, and rule, Redmond decided enough was enough and set its eyes on Windows Phone 7. Long story short, they have 5 devices in the United States, and not one report has originated with solid info on how many have been sold. Handsets like the Dell Venue Pro are hard to find, but not because they aren’t selling; only a few are in stock and users buy them on the spot.

It immediately begs the question why, since Microsoft has been so keen on releasing Windows Phone 7, making all of their devices “wonderfully mine” (a motto for the campaign) and designing what can only be described as a good start, many times better than when Palm launched the Pre, and which failed in the longterm.

And now onto your usual programming.