Sprint Unveils The $100 Samsung Conquer 4G, Complete With Gingerbread

This is your entry-level budget smartphone. A 1GHz processor, Sprint ID UI service, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 4G WiMAX data speeds, 3.2MP rear-facing camera (flash and zoom included), a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 3.5-inch touchscreen with 320×480 pixels resolution, and all the normal little Android bells and whistles for $100 on 2-year contract. This little smartphone launches August 21st. PR after the jump.

Notch Is Rich: 3 Million Copies Of Minecraft Sold

Notch has diamonds for eyes. Get it? No? Then play Minecraft.

According to both Notch himself and PC Gamer, Minecraft has sold 3 million copies as of today, at roughly $21 USD a copy, with more than 10 million users registered (and of which 3 million bought the game). That’s a lot of money (in gross, excluding taxes and so forth). In fact, that’s so much money Notch should make Minecraft in real-life. Just saying.

And it doesn’t stop there: with 1.8 coming out soon, Minecraft’s Adventure Update is only getting bigger and better by the day. Time to play some Minecraft, I suppose. Via: PC Gamer

HP Touchpad Goes Down To $399.99 Just For A Weekend

HP really wants you to buy an HP Touchpad. First they marked it down by $50, and now by a full $99.99 for the WiFi 16GB model. The sale runs through tomorrow and up until Sunday. And webOS just got updated on the Touchpad bringing a plethora of fixes, speed increases, and more, so if it fancies you to buy a tablet with a rather mixed future but with a great software interface, then go straight ahead at the source link. Via: HP

Gmail Now Has Honeycomb-Like Preview Pane Feature In Labs

Huzzah! Gmail on Honeycomb is deemed as one of the best versions of Gmail, and now the desktop version has access to a coveted Honeycomb feature: preview panes. By going into Settings, then Labs, you can enable the Preview Pane, which lets you see emails without loading a new page for them and even allows you to split the content vertically or horizontally, which works well on large, high-resolution screens. It’s handy and I’ve already enabled it for my personal account — go ahead and check it out.

Via: Official Gmail Blog

The PS Vita Won’t Be Available This Holiday Season In The US Or Europe

Sad face. While it remained a slight possibility, it is now a certainty. The PS Vita is delayed for its previous launch of “this holiday season” in the United States and Europe to “early next year”, in 2012. However the launch in Japan is on track. Also announced from Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai is that like the Nintendo 3DS, the PlayStation Vita will experience a small price drop at release. Whatever the matter is, the PS Vita is a quad-core mobile gaming console. That’s cool in our book. Alas, it won’t be here for the holidays. Via: AP

Skype For Android Updated, Now Works On 17 More Smartphones

Hooray for Skype! The newest update brings 1v1 video calling support to 17 more smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and above. You can find the update in the Android Market by searching for Skype, or just go to Skype’s website, which will convert to a mobile version and will give you the download. A full list of the new devices supported can be found here. Oh, and you’re welcome. 

Touchwiz for Galaxy Tab 10.1 Debuts In NYC (Hands-On!)

Today Samsung has debuted its Touchwiz UX for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the press first, then to the public later today only in NYC. The Touchwiz update aims to add increased usability, new features while making it have more of an  impact (as Samsung stated) to the user, and of course the Media Hub. Features that are the most prominent in the update include the new Touchwiz widgets, frequently-used apps that are “mini” (and can be easily accessed). The web browser has also been tuned to the likes Touchwiz, and the Quick Panel allows for easier access to things like WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. In fact, the Quick Panel will be responsible for many of the main functions, including all radio settings, notifications, and of course the time and dates. And look here: a dedicated screenshot button has been added, seen next to the multitasking icon on the taskbar.

Swype is also enabled for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is integrated. The size of the keyboard can be easily adjusted, along with the classic Swyping gestures along with normal typing. Find My Mobile is also included in the update. Once activated, it transmits GPS information (much like Find My iPhone) to a secure server and displays the map with its location to a website which would require a Samsung account. You can also ring up the tablet should you lose it in your house, as demoed on-stage.

As for entertainment, the Media Hub, Social Hub, and Music Hubs will all do the usual things Samsung hubs do in Touchwiz. There are free music tracks on the Music Hub as well as paid ones. The Social Hub has been tuned for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and focuses on general content, social networking, and just the normal email, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS streams into one, or organized streams with push notifications. Lastly, is Media Hub, which has also been optimized and tuned for the larger screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and allows for next-day TV downloads, movie rentals, movie purchases, and cloud syncing for all the content you’ve previously purchased, and can be shared up to 5 Samsung devices. A feature I find most interesting with the Media Hub is the progressive download feature: you can watch and download a movie or TV show at the same time.

Touchwiz For Galaxy Tb 10.1 Screenshots

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Impressions and more about the update is seen after the break!

RIM Debuts Three New BlackBerries: The Torch 9810 And Torch 9850/9860

Now here’s the problem: RIM may have just announced three new BlackBerry smartphones, but none of them run QNX, and all of them have some sort of ties to old models. However, let’s look past the negativity and just jump to some of the specs.

The Torch 9810 could be deemed the Torch 2 in many cases — AT&T will be carrying a “4G” model of it very soon, which will include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon, HSPA+ speeds up to 14.4MBps, has 8GB of storage, and can record 720pHD with its 5 megapixel camera. Following the Torch 2, the Torch 9850/9860, the latter two of which are simply GSM and CDMA variants of the new same full-touchscreen BlackBerry. Each Torch 9850/9860 has a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor with Liquid Graphics, and a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. All three of the smartphones run BlackBerry 7, and in the coming weeks and months will launch in 225 carriers around the world. Let’s see if RIM can pull off one, final charge to stay relevant in a smartphone industry mainly focused on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7. Press release after the break.