I agree Dogbert. Now let’s see if anyone can live up to those resolutions. Image Credit: Scott Adams
There’s a bit of bad news floating about just before the New Year of 2011, and that is that the iPhone’s alarm clock app will have ceased ringing on-time coming midnight, much like the Daylight Savings Time fiasco, where tons of people missed work. In the meantime, the only way to bypass this issue is that Apple’s undercover coders will release an update to iOS 4.2.1, otherwise create a never-ending alarm close to the time you should be awoken, or just go out and buy a rooster, like the old days.
Otherwise, happy New Years guys — that is of course, if you’re still awake. Via: John & Eng
A macro spotlight that has stretchy arms on your unreleased Olympus E-PL2 camera that successes the as-of-now old E-PL1? Yes, please. The new Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus should feature a 14-42mm f/3.5 – 5.6 kit lens, a ‘direct movie record’ button (you know, a quick record in HD button), a high-res 3-inch display, and an optional Bluetooth model. Also, these tentacles/things run off of the main battery, so this would be a definite buy, supposedly. Via: SlashGear
Remember the HTC Thunderbolt 4G for the new Verizon 4G LTE network? No? Well then, some new specs leaked out, so this post will be useful. According to a German retailer system, the phone will be on the O2, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone networks in Europe, and will contain a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 2.3 with Sense UI, 8 megapixel main cam with dual-LED flash with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, aGPS, 16GB of internal storage, micro-SD card slot (compatible up to a 128GB card), 1080p HD video recording on the back camera and a kickstand like the HD7, and a massive 1800mAh battery.
Damn, HTC, this looks quite good. Now if these specs are true and not full of salt, then I’m totally interested in one, and probably you are too.
So there’s not much to report here, except that HTC has taken a patent filing fancy on the 26th for a”handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer” called the HTC Scribe. Otherwise, this could only spark tablet rumors, and no photos, sketches, or anything of that sort are in the filing. Via: PN
Happy New Years Eve! And to start off, some bad news. Clearwire’s chairman, Craig McCaw, is leaving the company today. What does this mean? Clearwire is responsible for setting up Sprint 4G towers and service around the country and maintaining it, thus leaving Sprint in a possibly weak position for its 4G network that isn’t even nationwide yet. Besides cutting 15% of its own workforce and projecting it might go broke by mid-2011, things aren’t looking so good for that 4G smartphone of yours, unless Sprint kicks into high gear. Via: Bloomberg
After much waiting and anxiety, one of my flying ninjas was able to send a Windows Phone 7 device my way, and the review is up two days before New Year. The new mobile smartphone platform is aimed at being Microsoft’s new entry into the smartphone market, with many original design elements, and an easy-to-understand user interface. As an Android and iOS fan, I can be extremely straightforward: it feels better than Android, and provides direct competition. Read on, and see why.
So, with plenty in store from Skype for Las Vegas and CES this coming week, the wraps have been taken off the first announcement: video-calling for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th gen to share normal video-calling, including amongst Windows, Mac, and Linux users, while the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen get to receive video instead of transmit it, and the new feature works over Wi-Fi and 3G. Is there not a better reason to ditch FaceTime now, or what? The new Skype 3.0 app for iOS is available now.