For those of you who might not know, I am a super fan of racing games. More precisely good racing games. And more precisely still, online awesome racing games. The original Test Drive Unlimited was a dream for me. You started off with a sucky Ford Mustang or whatever you could buy with 5,000 dollars, then you had thousands of miles of Oahu, Hawaii to your pleasure. You could free roam, buy new houses at a real estate office, get chased by advanced cops, and play online and organize the coolest races ever. There was even one race that allowed you to grand tour the whole island for 2 hours. And that’s why Atari has its first customer.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 will also a seamless experience as Atari puts it and “is always live”, meaning that unlike the original which had offline and online modes, there’s a single narrative mode that can be progressed on online or offline, either on the Xbox 360, PS3, or PC this Fall. Good stuff. Press release after the break.
While Skype for Windows Mobile is technically gone, Skype for Symbian^1 and up is now available on the Nokia Ovi Store. The app allows users to place free phone calls to other Skype users over Wi-Fi, 3G, and even EDGE. As Skype’s mobile GM Russell Shaw said, “With Skype for Nokia smartphones, more than 200 million smartphone users worldwide will be able to take the Skype features they love with them on the move.”
And it’s free, so if you’re one of the lucky few to own a Symbian^1 and up handset, now is the time to get the free app on your app store.
So, Verizon Wireless has a supreme data outage you say? Nationwide? Droids, Storm2s, and Pre Plus and Pixis cannot deliver your spam and annoying (but important email) to you? I can report that from sunny (but chilly) Miami that my Storm2 review unit is delivering all kinds of email to my Gmail account, clogging it so much that I can almost choke (I do). In the meantime it’s suggested you don’t bother the poor support guys (really) because right now as we know it they’re fixing this as fast as they can.
What you’re looking at above is believed to be an authentic shot of the upcoming Palm Pre-like Blackberry slider that I mentioned not too long ago. According to BBLeaks, this slider is the real deal, and they’re getting more pictures and video as we speak. And you know what? I was excited at the idea of a slider Blackberry, but from the looks of that thing up there, that is probably one of the ugliest phones to date. That would be my opinion and sense of disappointment in RIM if it was in fact real. In fact, for the first time I’m hoping that a really good leak is fake.
And I think it’s 100% legit. Gulp. UPDATE: Kevin at CrackBerry doesn’t think the same way I do, and thinks that the above handset is simply another prototype that is scrapped, meaning that it shares the same fate as the Magnum. But no blog is really sure, so we’ll just have to wait on this one.
By far one of the cheapest cameras around, the FH1 is a 12-megapixel point-and-shoot camera with an HD video mode. It retails with a MSRP of $159.95, so that’s probably one of the closest rock-bottom prices you’ll find for a camera. Despite the cheap price, extremely modest looks, and of course the branding, the FH1 isn’t the type of digital camera you can mess around with in modern times: 5x optical zoom, a 28mm wide-angle lens, High Speed Auto Focus, HD video recording, Optical Image Stabilization, and an ISO range of up to 1600. Does it take great pictures? Read on to find out.
Look! Windows Mobile and the HTC HD2 on T-Mobile! Okay, you know that already, but would you really want to buy an awesome phone, but with a doomed operating system? Just asking. According to TmoNews the HTC HD2 will be priced at $199 on a 2-year contract or $449 without a contract. The $199 pricing for the HD2 will probably require you to get a shiny new data plan. Otherwise, the Nokia Nuron is $69.99 after rebate, and $179.99 without a commitment. And lastly the Motorola CLIQ XT, arguably the most questionable of all of Motorola’s handsets (in my opinion because of its looks), will retail for $129 with a 2-year contract and $329 contract free on T-Mobile. So what do you think? Will any of you jump in for say, the CLIQ XT or the HD2?
It’s hard to believe, but this is a major shadow in Google’s direction. It appears that the main lawsuit has to either do with Android as a whole, or that HTC uses Android in a certain way that Apple doesn’t like, for example in HTC handsets. If this really is a shot at Android, then things could get ugly, but if it’s against HTC infringing Apple patents, then still, there will be sparks that fly. Head up to Engadget where the docs are in a massive gallery of 41 pages.
Apple is suing HTC for over 20 patents “related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.” After Apple sued Nokia, you though all was over, right? Wrong. And some of the charges are unbelievable. One of them is unlock gestures on an unlock screen. That would cover every single smartphone right now on the market. Apple is asking for a permant injuction wohich would bar HTC from selling its phones here in the U.S. The entire filing and press release is embedded for you after the break.
And guess what? There’s comment from Steve Jobs on this too:
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
UPDATE: It looks like HTC didn’t even know of the case against them and have not even seen the lawsuit for themselves. Here’s their comment:
We only learned of Apple’s actions based on your stories and Apple’s press release. We have not been served yet so we are in no position to comment on the claims. We respect and value patent rights but we are committed to defending our own innovations. We have been innovating and patenting our own technology for 13 years.
So far it seems that HTC is pretty confident. Giz and All Things D are really the only other blogs with the docs right now, since they’re not even in the court system yet. Once they do come out and are published for all to see, we’ll know exactly what Cupertino and Steve are actually suing for.
Essentially it’s the same type of lawsuit file against Nokia, and almost the same nasty comments on Palm, but which haven’t led Apple to sue them (yet). We’ll update this post as soon as we learn what exactly Apple sued HTC for.
Even though the ASUS Eee Keyboard debuted at CES 2009 there’s still no sign of it on the market. And that’s what the ASUS president Johnny Shih confirmed at CeBIT 2010 in Germany today. He said that ASUS wants to get the user experience and feel just right and that the Atom-powered, 5-inch touchscreen, HDMI-out, UMB equipped keyboard would come out in April for around $500 to $600. Maybe in April he’ll say May…then we’d know the actual release date. Never.
While we might have been waiting for the 9-inch DR-950, at least we got the DR-900 announced at CeBIT in Germany, a 9-inch eBook reader with Wi-Fi and a 3G option, as well as a purported battery life of 10,000 eBook pages. It also includes a 1024 x 768 resolution on a Sipix panel, making it better than e-ink, 3.5 mm headset jack, support for PDF, TXT, MP3, and ePUB files, and an included 4GB of storage. No price or release date yet, but so far it looks pretty good. Now where’s the ebook store for this thing ASUS? Remember no e-reader in the U.S will succeed if it doesn’t have a bookstore of some sort, like the Nooks, or the Kindles of this world, otherwise, we can pretty much end this here, right now.