Notch Details Minecraft 1.7, 1.8, And The Official Release In November

This is a big update for Minecraft fans. As everyone previously heard, Minecraft’s creator, Notch would release  pistons, Adventure mode, a new lighting system, ravines, a new mob, and much more for Beta 1.7. However, the release is so large that it is nearly impossible to release on time, so Notch and his team at Mojang AB have improvised: by releasing only pistons and bug fixes in 1.7, then releasing 1.8 (eventually, as it’s not even close to being finished) with the rest of the desired additions that were supposed to be added to 1.7.

Also he mentioned the official release for a stable version of the game in November, as well as the first post-release update, which would take place after they’ve celebrated the launch, Notch says.

Don’t believe us? Check out Markus’ “The Word of Notch” blog post and the following excerpt:

After 1.8, we’ll have to start crunching for the full release in November. That includes finishing up the mod api, improving stability and performance, adding supporting features like friends lists and a proper server browser, integrating singleplayer and multiplayer, and most importantly fleshing out the gameplay.

The release date is almost certainly changed to sometime the week after 11/11/11, and we’re working hard on setting that up. We want to make a big spectacle out of the release where we involve fans and celebrate it properly.

Then we’ll rest for a few weeks. Then I’ll start working on the first post-release update. :D

Artsy Editor for WordPress Has Launched Today — And It’s Beautiful

Another great piece of work by Stephen Ou, creator of the popular iTunes Instant, has created and released Artsy Editor in both developer, professional, and hobbyist versions, for $199.99, $59.99, and $19.99, respectively. The purpose of Artsy Editor to begin with? To simplify the WordPress post creation page, much like OmmWriter does for Mac and Windows. I’ve been alpha and beta testing Artsy Editor on LaptopMemo for nearly the past 2 months, aiding and being aided by Stephen Ou along the way. It has been an awesome ride, and as of today I am a proud owner of the app. Artsy Editor’s website and demo are both live, at the source link.

iOS 5 Beta 2 Now Available For Developers

It’s time for another iOS 5 update, the first (or second if you look at it). iOS 5 beta 2 can only be accessed via the also updated iTunes 10.5 beta along with the corresponding .ipsw file for your iOS device, meaning that the shiny OTA feature is not operational yet.

New features that have been discovered by users so far are an animated boot logo, notifications being much bigger on the lockscreen along with wireless syncing between a Mac running the latest iTunes 10.5 beta and an iOS 5 beta 2 device. Go ahead and jump into the developer section to get updated or ask one of your dev friends very nicely to get you on board. Via: Apple

HTC EVO 3D And EVO View 4G Now Available On Sprint

Both use WiMAX “4G”, Android 2.3 (the View 4G should get Honeycomb sooner or later), use the latest version of the Sense UI 3.0, and both pack dual-core processors (the EVO 3D at 1.2GHz dual core and the View 4G at 1.5 GHz dual-core). Now onto their differences: the EVO 3D has a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display which requires no glasses to see the 3D image, has dual 5-megapixel cameras that can capture 3D images and videos, and costs $199.99 on a 2-year contract with Sprint with the extra $10 monthly premium associated with 4G smartphones on Sprint.

The EVO View 4G also uses WiMAX “4G” and launches without any 3D screen, but costs $399.99 on a 2-year agreement (For a tablet, I know. Lame.). PR after the cut.

Mango Will Bring A New Games Hub To Windows Phone 7

A mighty huzzah for the mobile gamers out there, Microsoft is preparing a new Games Hub for Windows Phone 7 Mango. Details on it are explained here by the official Microsoft Windows Phone Blog.

So, what do you think of the new look? Snazzy, huh? It turns out the new Games Hub offers full customization of your avatar (on a better scale than before), implements all the features previously put in the Xbox Live Extras app for Windows Phone 7, and also well — looks and work better than before.

Pentax’s Q Debuts As The World’s Tiniest Interchangeable Lens Camera

It may be cute and cuddly, priced at $800 and have a world-record of the smallest interchangeable lens camera, but the 12.4 megapixel 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS image sensor with 1080p HD video recording at 30 FPS makes the Pentax Q a hard buy against other small Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market. Anyways, it’s your call on what camera you buy, so the press release with full details on the tiny Pentax Q is available, after the break.

Nokia’s First Windows Phone 7 Device, Dubbed “Sea Ray” Leaked (video)

When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop instructed all employees present to put away their phones and cameras because he was going to show off something and didn’t want it leaked on the “blogosphere”, but that’s exactly what happened. Introducing the Nokia Sea Ray (codename), their first Windows Phone 7 device. It has a Gorilla Glass display, 8 or 12 megapixel camera as according to most reports, Windows Phone 7 Mango and more (meaning the rest that we don’t know about). Check out the video of Elop and the “Sea Ray” after the break.