BlackBerry Bold 9930 And Torch 9850 Coming To Sprint August 21st For $250 And $150

So, who was waiting on some more BlackBerry news?

Uh, well, err, if you were, then I’ll kindly let you know that the Bold 9930 will be headed to Sprint for $250 on a 2-year agreement on August 21st, the same day that the full-touchscreen Torch 9850, which is the successor to the less than stellar Storm line will be sold for $150 on contract — after a $50 mail-in rebate. Both devices use BlackBerry 7 OS and  1.2GHz processors, Liquid Graphics technology, world phone capability, and 5 megapixel cameras with 720pHD video recording. Press release after the jump.

Say Hello To The Motorola DEFY+: A Tougher Smartphone


Remember what happened to the Defy here at LaptopMemo? Let’s not, honestly. Here comes the tougher DEFY+, complete with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with a layer of MOTOBLUR), a single-core 1GHz TI OMAP 3620 processor, 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, and a 1,700mAh battery. Slated for a release in Q3 of 2011 (read: this autumn), while the rest of the specs remain true to the original Defy. Along with all of that, no carrier details were given, which we always find somehow strange. Press release after the jump.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 Now Available On Verizon Wireless!

In the light of all the epic news this morning, the best BlackBerry smartphone to date, the 9900/9930 is now available on Verizon Wireless, complete with a 2.8-inch, 640×480 VGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and .41-inch thickness, and with BlackBerry 7 OS. Available for purchase at $249.99 on a 2-year agreement. Apparently, since this does seem like a decent refresh for RIM fans, things should go pretty well — that is of course, if you ignore all of those Droids. Via: Verizon Wireless

Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion


What?

Yes, this is totally real. Google has put down $12.5 billion to buy good old Motorola Mobility, meaning that they own the Motorola division responsible for the Xoom tablet, the Droid lines of smartphones, and more. This also means that hey have a integrated hardware section to producing Android devices like the Nexus One and the Nexus S. The deal, for $40.00 per share in cash and $12.5 billion cash and is set to be closed in late 2011 or early 2012. Full press release after the break. Currently I am listening to the live press call, which is more of a recap of the deal than anything else. Out of all of this, where will MotoBlur fit in a world of stock Android phones built by the new Motorola/Google alliance? And most importantly, how will the patent battles change?

Via: Google Mobile Blog, TiMN

Creative Assembly Announces Shogun 2: Rise Of The Samurai DLC

 So far, there has been two DLCs for the Total War: Shogun 2 game, hich is very well on its way to being a game of the year. However none of those DLCs showed the rise of the samurai class, otherwise known to historians as the Gempei War, which according to CA, was “a conflict between six legendary clans of the Taira, Minamoto and Fujiwara families”, and the end of which brought about the very first shogunate(400 years before the Ashikaga Shogunate), rather than the Edo-period depicted in the base version of Shogun 2. The new DLC will launch sometimes in September, and is currently on the Steam store for pre-purchase at $10. Via: Steam

Samsung Galaxy S II U.S. Reveal Scheduled For August 29th

That’s the big day of Androd 2.3-era smartphones, with some of the highest specs in the industry. Samsung is planning a press event in NYC just for the occasion, which will probably present a Galaxy S II device that is different for each of the major United States carriers, and all using 4G technologies (WiMax, HSPA+, and the best of all, LTE). Whether or not we’ll see just one Galaxy S II device or more is unkown, however with all of those months of waiting, it would be awfully terrible of Samsung to disappoint. We’ll be there at 6PM on August 29th, so make sure to check back then!

Games And Google+: It’s Here And It Wants To Pwn N00bs

 Google has gone ahead and released Games for Google+ (and with the option to “mute” them). That’s right, just like Facebook, except without all the clutter, ads, and stuff like that. It will have all the usual things, like achievements, recent games played, which games certain circles are playing, and so on. The launch titles include, Bejeweled, Angry Birds, Dragon Age: Legends and a few more seen at the source link. Also, here’s what Google+ mainly has to say:

“Today we’re adding games to Google+. With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.”

And interestingly, how it’ll work:

“When you’re ready to play, the Games page is waiting—click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you’ve received and check out games that people you know have played recently. The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score—your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested in playing games too.”

“If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.”

Google also let game devs know how they can code games for Google+, seen at their Developer Blog.