Start Praying: Gran Turismo 5 Release Pinned Down For November 24th

I don’t know anout you, but Gran Turismo 5 is the holy grail of video game delays besides Duke Nukem. But finally, a release date has been nailed for November 24th, so by then you’ll have th emost realistic racing simulator to date, along with nearly 1:1 realism, along with real-life tracks, 700-1000 cars that are fully destructible, weather effects, and day/night cycles while in-game.

Now let’s all just hope this stays solid. Via: Playstation Blog U.S.

Why Smartphones Will Start To Change In 2011 (Like The Continuum)

This post is essentially an opinion. A futuristic way of looking at things if you will. The Samsung Continuum was announced on the 8th, and debuted the 11th. It’s the first phone with a “ticker” display. And other handset manufacturers should start engineering similarly weird technologies as well.

Just think of it: the phone you have right now uses one screen. So does your TV, laptop, desktop (if you still have one), and just about anything else you may own. But starting now, your next smartphone might just have a second screen. The Samsung Continuum Galaxy S series phone is just one example. It has a ticker screen that is used for notifications and RSS feeds; you turn it on by gripping the bottom of your phone. This bit of engineering isn’t much (it’s just a second screen with messy Touchwiz, man), but when you think about it, if Samsung can be crazy enough to create something like the Continuum, then what else is everyone coming up with? What’s HTC doing in their Taiwanese labs? What about Apple in the dungeons of Cupertino? Heck, even Motorola (perhaps making a perfect R2-D2?)!

While we are still in the age of 1GHz phones with screens the size of a small piece of paper, technology moves very fast, and with that speed will come unfinished, crazy ideas that no one thinks might work. And just in that same matter, Android was born. So was the iPhone with its price and features. And let’s not forget the Palm Pre, either (although that wasn’t a success story, so let’s move on).

I may have not thought this post through correctly, but let me prove my point: I expect we’ll all be seeing some pretty crazy and cool phones on the market, starting the holiday season, and into 2011. I’m just saying.

HTC Incredible HD/Mecha seen with LTE, Verizon, and Sense

This is very sensible. Have an LTE 4G handset on Verizon, with Android 2.2 and the newest Sense UI, and every single spec matching that of the EVO 4G — sans front-facing camera (strange, I know). According to Android Central’s source (you know, the secret guy who took this photo), the phone currently gets 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up right now in testing phases. Nice!

Now how will Verizon hold up when everyone is using 4G at the same time? Via: Android Central

Nexus S Leaks With Gingerbread, T-Mobile, And BestBuy Exclusivity?

So the Nexus S you ask? It’s in fact, completely real. With the added green to icons and the new notifications bar, the Nexus S may just be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread for a Christmas release. The Nexus S seems to be a partnership with Google (for the unaltered, clean slate OS) / T-Mobile (for service) / Samsung (for hardware) / Best Buy (for selling it to the masses) /. Arguably, this is one hell of a meetup for just one device, and we’ll just have to see when Google breaks out the Gingerbread and some Nexus S.

Via: BestBuy Mobile

Boxee Box Ships Tomorrow As Planned, Netflix And Hulu At The End Of The Year

The $199 Boxee Box is finally shipping, starting tomorrow. Besides, most of the awesomeness that comes of owning the Boxee Box should be access to Hulu and Netflix, which Boxee plans to add “before the end of the year”.  Until then, I’ll have to wait for Boxee to send us our review unit, and to have a go at this whole Boxee Box extravaganza myself.

Rumor: Microsoft Sold Only 40,000 Windows Phone 7 Devices On Launch Day?

This is either extremely false (which it just might be) or extremely legit, and if it is the former, then my god, this is funny. Windows Phone 7, a promising operating system, in direct competition with Android in particular, launched a few days ago. Reports are coming out of the possible sales numbers than Microsoft saw for the new WP7 devices: about 40,000. Microsoft has declined to comment on those nubmers, and T-Mobile states that customers are purchasing handsets from them in reasonable numbers.

Before you start crying fowl, please direct that sort of anger with your grenades, pitchforks, and other dangerous items to The Street and Scott Moritz. Thanks.

And now on with the usual programming.