Minecraft 1.8 To Include Pigs With Snouts And Maybe Vines?

In another round of photos published by Notch, creator of Minecraft and his sidekick of sorts, Jens, pigs will now have snouts as a result of a post on Reddit, and what may represent vines will be included as well. And yes, there still isn’t a confirmed release date for Minecraft Beta 1.8 unless yo listen to what Notch has said, which is “soon”. Pigs with snouts can be seen after the jump. Via: Notch (Pig Snouts), Jeb (Vines)

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note And The Galaxy Tab 7.7

One big, one small.  

The Galaxy Note is more like the PDAs of old times. As part of the specs sheet, Super AMOLED 5.3-inch 1280×800 pixel screen, 1.4GHz dual-core chipset, 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a gigantic 2,500 mAh battery, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI layer, is 9.65mm thin, and finally a stylus for note taking and drawing, but fingers are supported as well. According to Samsung it will be available in the coming months, and supports both HSPA+ and LTE radios.

Next up is the Galaxy Tab 7.7. It is just 7.89mm thin, contains a Super AMOLED Plus 1280×800 resolution screen that measures 7.7-inches, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, up to 64GB of storage, ANdroid 32 Honeycomb with Touchwiz for tablets, a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, and a 5,100mAh battery that purportedly can last a full 10 hours of video playback. Both devices should launch in the coming months, permitting Samsung is allowed for their sale. Press releases after the cut.

U.S. Government Aims To Block AT&T’s T-Mobile Acquisition

The United States government sees the AT&T $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile would “substantially lessen competition” in the U.S. wireless market. The U.S. Justice Department field the complaint on Wednesday, and the government is asking for a declaration that the proposed merger would violate U.S. antitrust laws, effectively blocking the deal. They also wet on to say that “AT&T’s elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low-priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market”.

AT&T’s main gain from a successful acquisition would be to blanket the United States with T-Mobile’s wide 4G HSPA+ service, and to further coat those signals with 4G LTE service. But at the moment, AT&T’s chances don’t look too bright. Via: Bloomberg

HTC Jetstream 4G LTE Tablet Costs $700 On Contract

This is just — well, unexpected. The HTC Jetstream is a 10.1-inch, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. It runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) with HTC’s Sense user interface and AT&T will include the HTC Scribe pen at no cost for a “limited time”.

What I find negative about the Jetstream is its price: $700 on contract, starting September 4th? Really, guys? It had to be that high? Full press release after the break.

Galaxy S II For AT&T Hands-On

The Galaxy S II for AT&T has a great standing in my book. While it looks a bit too close to the Infuse 4G to me, it still outclasses it in almost every way: a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording,  2 megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with Touchwiz 4.0, 4G HSPA+ data speeds, and finally the smallest screen of the Galaxy S II line: a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.

My impressions of it are extremely similar to that of the Infuse 4G, except that it is smaller, and therefore to certain people more comfortable to use (however it’s no different for me). Touchwiz is incredibly fast. In fact, Android feels at its fastest with it, compared to the Nexus S (which yes is somewhat unfair, but still). Most of the sentences seen in my Epic 4G Touch hands-on remains true with the AT&T variant, sans me liking the Sprint version better due to 4G WiMAX data speeds. Otherwise, the Galaxy S II is a very promising line of smartphones. One more shot of the Galaxy S II for AT&T is seen after the break.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Hands-On

Having just been to the Samsung Experience in New York City, I’ve come back with plenty of impressions on the upcoming Galaxy S II line for the United States. My favorite of the bunch, Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch variant, contains the specs seen in my previous post seen only a few hours ago: that is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with1080p HD video recording and LED flash, a front-facing 2MP camera for video chats on Qik, Skype, etc., Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the delightful (and new) Touchwiz 4.0, 4G WiMAX connectivity, a promising 1,800mAh battery pack, and finally the 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.

First off, since there were swarms of people it was hard to get decent hands-on time with each unit, but by visiting different booths every few minutes, I was able to get an initial opinion together eventually. The Epic 4G Touch is my favorite Galaxy S II phone besides the original European version. It feels balanced, is extremely quick (Touchwiz is finally a competent skin), light, thin (at 8.89mm) and despite the enormous screen size, could fit in just about anyone’s hand easily. WiMAX has been second to LTE in all of my tests, and that still stood when I tested the Epic 4G Touch whilst I had it in my hands (however it shot down to 3G in the above shot).

Since the hardware is very similar across all carriers, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s so special about the Sprint version? Well, two things: One, it has the fasted 4G speeds of the bunch. T-Mobile’s variant which wasn’t even available for hands-on and AT&T’s both use HSPA+, while Sprint uses WiMAX currently provided by Clearwire is many times faster. Secondly, the edges and back cover give a feel of more grip than the other models; it feels more secure. It will take more than just 5-10 minutes with a single device to give a full review on it, but as it stands Sprint and Samsung have an epic winner here in the Epic 4G Touch. One more shot of the smartphone is seen after the break.