AOL Might Just Buy TechCrunch (Update: They Have)

AOL, a York-based online media company that you’ve all probably heard of several years ago and don’t even hear of now, is on the verge of buying Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch. A deal like this with so much media attention might cause it to fall apart, but at the moment I don’t deem it very possible. AOL and Arrington are obviously not responding to comment, and the deal has yet to be made official. There’s heavy speculation though that it might be at the SF TechCrunch Disrupt going on now and that AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong might make an appearance.

However it may go, congrats to Arrington and his team.

Updated: It’s official. AOL’s Armstrong has already posted it on TechCrunch, and I give hats off to Arrington and his team. Well done.

Sponsored Post: Recycle Phones For The Environment

Recycling is an important action that we all must take in order to ensure that our environment stays in a tolerable balance, so we don’t experience harsher global warming then we already are witnessing (and it’s happening, fast). That includes the gadgets you read about everyday on LaptopMemo. If you ask yourself where are you going to put that old phone away for example, or if you don’t have anyone to give it to, or don’t want to sell it, then you could make good use of mobile phone recycling sites (besides all of the above). SellYourMobile is one I’ve heard of and that works (Disclaimer: they are a sponsor of LaptopMemo) and it’s a place where you can sell your mobile for cash.  They’ll compare the best mobile phone recycling sites for you, and then you pick from the suggestions, and obviously, you should pick the best one you can find.

Also stay clear of the scams out there, because just like eBay and Craigslist, there are always those who just want to mess around with your time. And to those guys: please find something better to do, because we all consider you to be douches.

Another cool feature on the site is the Mobile Phone Recycling Price Comparison Tool, which asks for the model/make of your phone, and targets the most rewarding recycling site for you (in terms of how much green they’ll fork over to you).

So, that’s that. If you want to sell phones for cash, and even if you’re in the UK, then give SellYourMobile a try. And hey, they might just sell my phone.

The New iPod Nano Only Costs $45.10 To Make, But It’s Priced At $149

I’ve heard of profit margin, but Apple has taken it to a new level. The production costs for the new iPod Nano, which is now sans a camera and clickwheel, are $43.73 in materials and $1.37 in total manufacturing costs. The most expensive components on the watch0like MP3 player are the 8GB of NAND Flash memory ($14.40), the display ($11.50), and the Samsung processor ($4.95). Also keep in mind each iPod Nano comes with its own headset and USB cable. But still those items are probably super-cheap as well, so we can only draw this to one conclusion: Apple is charging you for the iPod Nano because they can and want to.

And what about the $49 iPod Shuffle? It must cost like what, 20 dollars to make?

Via: TGDaily

RIM Debuts Their Tablet: The BlackBerry PlayBook

Today at Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Developer Conference, a new tablet has been announced. That tablet is the 9.7mm thick, 16:9 h-res 7-inch display, full Flash 10.1 support, hardware accelerated video, HTML 5, 1080p video, HDMI and USB connections, full-HD front and rear-facing cameras, support for dual-display, and will be able to connect with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers out of the box via Bluetooth secure pairing to a BlackBerry. According to RIM, it’s their “professional tablet”. Darn, I think they’re right.

It also has a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a BlackBerry 6 lookalike OS that’s actually QNX, is POSIX based and will get a new native SDK that’ll support Adobe Air, Flash, and OpenGL 2.0.

Official Specifications According To Press Release:

  • 7” LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future (!).
  • A promo vid is available below for the now amazed. Speaking for myself, I’ve never seen something this promising from RIM, and it looks like — oh wait — where are the apps going to come from? Dammit.

    ORIGIN Debuts The EON 17 with 24GB RAM Gaming Monster

    This is insane. There’s on option on the new EON 17 for 24GB of RAM! It comes with a 17.3 Full HD LED Backlit 16:9 Widescreen at 1920 x 1080 pixels, optional Intel Core i7 980X desktop CPUs, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M video cards in SLI harmony, has Blu-Ray playback with HDMI 1.4 output, and up to three hard drives. Now to crush your excitement. Cost: a $2,499 starting price which is jacked up by the super RAM option by $2,831.

    Ouch. But boy, is this an awesome-looking, bone crushing, out-of-this-world laptop.

    Via: ORIGIN

    T-Mobile G2 Won’t Support Tethering At Launch Due To Greediness?

    So, the T-Mobile G2 won’t support tethering at launch you say? Even though that is an core feature embedded in Froyo? Looks like it. Supposedly, T-Mobile isn’t interested in having its lines blasted open by T-Mobile G2 users streaming Internet access to their laptops, reading the New York Times on Android and downloading Angry Birds and whatever app they please at the same time.

    According to a official response to TmoNews:

    “T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan. Though tethering and Wi-Fi sharing will not be initially supported on the T-Mobile G2, we know that consumers are interested in these features and we are working to develop a solution to support them in the future.”

    A solution of which obviously includes extra pricing on top of a data plan that should already cover your tethering consumption. When will the carriers ever learn? Of course, that won’t take away from the awesome that is the T-Mobile G2, but that does come as a form of surprise (to put it lightly).

    Samsung Fascinate Review: Great Hardware, But With A Wrong Carrier Decision

    Let’s face it. The Android universe is a little topsy-turvy. There’s a majority of Android phones running 1.6, 2.1 and 2.2, there’s Sense UI, MOTOBLUR, and TouchWiz 3.0 covering up the default experience, and now Verizon removing the Google search option in the Samsung Fascinate. Not to go off to a negative start, but that’s the way things are right now in Android. And yet, the most successful Android phones, in fact use these UI layers, which comes to show: there are plenty of great sugar-frosted Android devices out there.

    The Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S phone, might be one of them.