AT&T Buys Qualcomm’s FLO TV 700MHz Range, Promises Us More “4G”

So AT&T buys company (read: Qualcomm’s FLO TV) for $1.925 billion, the wireless waves dedicated to FLO TV will now be AT&T’s for use in giving us all “4G” in 2011, and the “4G” is found on the lower 700MHz band. This “deal” for this “4G” will be “completed” in the “later half of 2010”.  You can tell I’m not so happy writing this, eh? Well I’m all up for speed and a faster network, but now that the requirements for making a 4G network really 4G are lower (read: not real 4G) it’s disappointing, and AT&T better not pull of an anti-net neutrality move on us, for the sake of the internet. PR after the jump.

Here’s Some Secrets Of Chrome OS I Dug Up

Ah, Chrome OS. So half-baked you could throw up on the chrome (get it?). In my time using the Cr-48 constantly, I’ve found some secrets of Chrome OS running on the Cr-48 through different, tedious means. First off, there’s a proper media player and improved file browser than the ones seen by default, an on-screen keyboard of sorts that could spark tablet rumors (but I wouldn’t go that far) and improvements to Flash, so that Hulu and YouTube videos will run like butter, even though there won’t be 720p HD (yet). Jump on the “more” link for all my findings.

Time With Google’s Chrome OS And Cr-48: Needs Plenty Of Work, But There’s Potential

Google Chrome OS? Cr-48? They’re just computing in the cloud and not storing things locally, on your machine. I’ll be taking this one by the horns. Cutting up all the paragraphs short, Chrome OS is Google’s idea of a future notebook: in the cloud, all the time, web access anywhere you go due to Verizon Wireless’ free 100MB data every month for 2 years, never losing data, and a simple interface with a clean keyboard. Let’s just get on with the rest, okay?

It all sounds so, dare I say, “magical”, (for lack of a better word that has probably been trademarked by Apple internally) doesn’t it? Sure, there are some who hate the idea of a cloud operating system, both the experts cannot speak for all the consumers. Whoa, nelly! I’m defending Google’s alpha-stage, completely unfinished and new product, right? Right? No.

LG Optimus U Review: Like Every Other Optimus Phone, Duh

The Optimus line series of Android 2.2 Froyo phones are cheap, built mainly out of rubber and plastics, all have low-end processors (but little lag), 3.2-inch screens with multitouch, feisty little 3.2 megapixel cameras with 480p recording, and are the best entry-level Android phones you can buy today. The user interface is mostly unharmed except for the goofy app launcher, and that means everything except Flash will work as you’re using Froyo. It’s pretty good.

I actually prefer the Optimus U’s profile and the button layout rather than the Optimus T from T-Mobile, and just about every other Optimus phone on almost all the well-known carriers in the U.S (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Metro-PCS (a.k.a metro-crap). As of the time of this post, the Optimus U is available free on a 2-year contract with U.S. Cellular, which my friends over there gladly sent a review unit of.

To actually read a full review (since that’s why you’re reading this post, right?), then here’s the Optimus T one. It’s the same stuff, except it doesn’t have a different button layout, CDMA instead of GSM, some U.S. Cellular apps and their own wallpaper.

Razer Outs An Update On The Long-Awaited Onza Controller

Remember the Razer Onza, the ultimate-looking Xbox 360 and PC controller? Well, neither do I, but it’s back and better than ever. Razer issued an update on their Facebook page, stating that they’re working with Microsoft on it so that “everything is watertight” and that the Onza controller will “hit the stores very soon”. Well, you can only hope!

Razer also thought that you might think that the above image is old. Look at the date on Wall Street Journal for iPad; they’re not kidding. Via: Razer on Facebook

A Short Chat With A Google Chrome OS Ninja

Turns out I have a CR-48 to play around with. Big deal (I’m pretty surprised, actually). So moving on in a more professional manner is the short chat I had with a Chrome OS Ninja. These guys probably aren’t as awesome as the ninjas unboxing the Nexus S and Nexus One, but this’ll have to do. First off, Chrome OS Ninjas are for the benefit of CR-48 testers, and provide support, answers, and help via email and phone.

My reason for contacting them was that first of all, the CR-48 has a SIM card slot — that I can’t seem to work out with either T-Mobile or AT&T SIM cards. And secondly if you noticed, the stickers used in the Chrome OS promo of destruction were very interesting, so I inquired where to find them, too.

The conversation via email is below.

Microsoft Codes Again, Updates Windows Phone 7 Connector For Mac

If you have a Windows Phone 7 device and a Mac (which honestly, is a combination worth destroying the time and space continuum just for the irony alone) then you’d probably know both of them can’t connect to each other via USB cable and be too friendly as of now. That’s where Microsoft comes in! There’s no Zune Store support, but the updated app allows you to sync photos/videos/music, and transfer music stored on the WP7 handset to your Mac with tons of graphical and usability improvements.

Although Microsoft is definitely straight up:

In order to enjoy the Zune experience on Mac, you will need to install a Windows OS.

Via: Microsoft

Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code available for all to tamper with

I can only imagine the type of stuff you modders/hackers/developers/ will do with the source code of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. What I do know for sure is that it’s available to those that want it, and want it now. Although of course, there’s a lot of load on the servers because of this, so you might want to give Google a break.

Who are we kidding? Get your source code, even if you must crash Google’s servers. Via: Android 2.3 Source