Google Voice Calls iPad And iPod Touch To Enter The Club, In A Half-Baked Way

In the world of the Phantom Tollbooth they’d call this a “half-baked idea” or a “half-baked dessert”. Say what you want, GVoice is official on the iPad and iPod Touch. Before you go “yippe-kay-yea”, this only enables the very basic features of Google Voice, while the calling feature (which is essentially a basic one) calls one of you phones, which in turn calls the person you’ve selected. Think of it as using a phone to call a phone, then to call another phone. It’s available now from the App Store, and is probably worth the download. Via: Google Voice Blog

Dell Venue Pro Delayed Till January. Like That Wasn’t Going To Happen.

Remember the Dell Venue Pro, a 4.1-inch, 1GHz Snapdragon, slide-up QWERTY monster of a smartphone? It possesses some of the greatest looks for Windows Phone 7, in my humble blogger opinion, but naturally it seems, Dell can’t help not messing up some new product when it launches. First was the Wi-Fi bug, then the battery, then SIM card issues, and now a release date and proper launch delayed till January, due to customers receiving emails from Dell stating so.

Le sigh. Via: xda-devs

Microsoft To Release Army Of Slates With iPad In Sights

With CES 2011 just around the corner, Microsoft might just be in the business of countering the iPad’s nearly unfailing goal of staying at the top. To make this report short, let me explain quickly what’s going on here: Microsoft may demo Windows 7 or Windows 8 on these tablets, which would be manufactured by Samsung, Dell, and others.

One particular model (the Samsung Gloria?) would have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, possibly turning it into a consumer-oriented productivity tablet, or just plain old business. Microsoft is also focusing on apps, as an app market would be present and based on the web. Either way, this upcoming CES will be full of surprises (and maybe that M13x I’ve been dreaming of from Alienware). Via: Bits NYT

New Kindle Has Sold “Millions”. That Probably Means More Than 1 Million.

Amazon is stating they’ve sold “millions” of Kindles and that — you know what? Here’s the statement below. Just read it yourself:


Thanks to you, in just the first 73 days of this holiday quarter, we’ve already sold millions of our all-new Kindles with the latest E Ink Pearl display. In fact, in the last 73 days, readers have purchased more Kindles than we sold during all of 2009. We’re grateful for and energized by the overwhelming customer response.

“Millions” means more than 1 million, so I guess they’ve sold millions of new Kindle 3s. Supposedly.

Via: Daring Fireball

Tron: Legacy Razer Gaming Mouse Review

Razer has the rights to produce some official Tron: Legacy gaming gear. Perhaps what is the crown of the series is the gaming mouse, complete with a 5600dpi sensor and 7 buttons (the usual 2 on top with scroll, two on the right, and two on the left). It’s a wired-only mouse, which is unfortunate, and is entirely built out of plastics. But it lights up and has a speaker for some “special” sounds when it’s plugged in. Oh, and it’s $100 (thanks to Razer for letting me test it for days). Now just jump past the break for the full review.

Photos Of Motorola’s MOTOPAD Seen Chilling Out With Honeycomb Again

I didn’t expect this (neither did you, ha!). The Motorola MOTOPAD prototype we see above (which measures 10-inches in screen size to be precise), has a Verizon logo, speculated specs of 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, gyroscope, 1280 x 800 screen resolution, 32GB built in storage with microSD card slot (with support for up to 32GB), micro-USB port, mini-HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dock contact connectors. As for a naming scheme, it might not be MotoPad; other names possibly being considered are Stingray, Everest or even the weird one — “Trygon.” Good work from user User wnrussell from Howard Forums on this one. Via: HowardForums

Portal 2, Mass Effect 3, And Forza 4 Trailers Released. You Know, So You Can Watch Them!

It’s another slow weekend, which I never like to admit. Yesterday’s Forza Motorsport 4, Mass Effect 3, and Portal 2 trailers were release for the Spike TV Video Game Awards. What’s especially interesting here is Mass Effect 3 (which I won’t spoil for you until you watch the trailer), Forza 4 (they don’t really show any gameplay), and Portal 2 from Valve (this trailer sucks because — well — it just does). Enjoy them all after clicking the “more” link!

Weta Workshop Finishes A Real-Life Team Fortress 2 Level 1 Sentry Gun

Turns out while playing a game of Team Fortress 2 as the Engineer class at the headquarters, we stumbled upon this bit of news via the Steam built-in browser. Weta Workshop has done something awesome and simple: making a real-life level 1 Team Fortress 2 Engineer’s sentry gun. And it works, except it doesn’t fire live rounds, but does have a motion sensor to track you and shake your bits, at least. The sentry gun will be in Valve’s awesome headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. Check out the video for awesomeness’ sake.

Via: TF2 Official Blog