While the authenticity of the above shot is not confirmed, we can say that the above slide truly is a work of art. According to the PPCGeeks forum, the HTC HD2 should arrive at T-Mobile on March 10th, with the CLIQ XT (aka the ugly Zeppelin) coming in on March 24th. If this proves to be correct, T-Mobile will have a stronger arsenal, and if Windows Mobile 7 is debuted at MWC this month, and is included in the HD2, the whole gadget world will go round in circles.
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For those of you who are angered by RIM’s neglect to accurate Gmail syncing, be angry no more. BIS 3.0 will be rolled out to Blackberries according to when your carrier actually issues the update. Soon all Gmail will correctly sync read and unread mail. Finally.
The new update will also add support for Windows Media Audio attachments as well as OpenOffice documents, as well as a reconfigured email setup, which is also more secure. Another feature is more accurate (again) error messages that will direct users to their carrier with contact info. Nice.
Besides my original idea “Did You Know?” I’ve wanted to experiemnt with another idea: “How Would You Change This? It could be anything; from gadgets to laptops, the Web, and others, I’ll ask you what you’d like to be different. So to kick this off I’ll start with (one of) my favorite phones: the Nexus One.
With a 1Ghz Snapdragon chip, Android 2.1, 3G, a 5MP camera, Google’s branding, and its gorgeous looks, how would you change the Google Nexus One? For example, would you market the Nexus One more effectively? Or would you completely revamp the design? Would you remove the trackball? Or would you have included multitouch from the beginning? Leave your response in the comments below.
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While kickstands for some reasons unknown to me are becoming increasingly popular, the HD2 will soon get one of its own in March. While this does add extra bulk to the skinny HD2, you get the advantage of having a kickstand, and a bigger battery time to power that 800 x 480 pixel screen for video watching on the go. For £41.11 I think it could possibly be worth it. [Via CoolSmartPhone, Engadget]
TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is working on a full webmail system that would replace their current messaging platform, including IMAP and POP support with your own username@facebook email address. The codename for this massive project: Project Titan.
According to Arrington in the TechCrunch post, the project has been worked on for some time, which would make their message platform searchable and would Facebook users to send messages to non-Facebook addresses. A great feature indeed. Facebook is also planning to take this even further: yourusername@facebook would be available through Facebook or through POP and IMAP. Now if Facebook can figure out how to block spam then this would be a great idea that would produce further reach into the web with its 400 million users, otherwise this could be an epic fail. [TechCrunch]
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Feeling left out after Nexus One owners now have multitouch? Now the Droid at least has a multitouch support feature somewhere now. You can pinch-and-zoom your way through Google Maps if you download the update in the market right now. Afterwards, the Europeans are the only ones who have their Milestones with full multitouch right now, but at least this is something. But now we know something for sure with Google: when it rains, it pours.
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Speed. That’s the main new feature in the new Nook v1.2 firmware update right now. Early reports suggest that the color touchscreen becomes more responsive and e-ink pages load faster. Unfortunately with the Nook, there isn’t a way too speed up the time that your Nook actually recognizes that there is a new update available, so you’ll have to wait until it says so.
As far as my research can tell, IE8 is one of the most popular web browsers around. Who doesn’t know that? It also happens to be the one that doesn’t support proper web standards. And since LaptopMemo does, it looks, well, crappy. Chrome, Safari, and Firefox work like a dream on LaptopMemo, and because of that I will not be recoding the site for use on Internet Explorer 8 until a solution can be found. IE is nearly unusable, and if you try to use it, it’s a hopeless experience. So I would suggest you switch your browser, so that not only you can enjoy LaptopMemo to its fullest extent but other tech sites as well. Thanks.
UPDATE: Well, if you use IE8, you can tell that everything works now.
If you want to have a few more hours of Halo 2 on your Xbox then now is the time. All Live service for the original Xbox will disappear on April 15th and this also affects original Xbox games played on your newer Xbox 360. Same goes for an Xbox Original title that you downloaded through your 360; on the 15th of April there will be no LIVE service.
The advantage of cutting off these old games is allowing Xbox LIVE to expand, and as Microsoft put it “in the next few weeks” more functionality and flexibility will be available on LIVE. [Via Gamerscoreblog]
Something that you don’t usually see companies do is post videos on how their product was made (mainly handsets). Google has posted a series of videos describing how they created the Google Nexus One. A great series in fact. Above is Episode 1. [Thanks, Erick Tseng!]