HP: Palm Pre 2 official, launches on Verizon ‘in coming months’, on Friday for France

So the Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0 is a new step for both HP and Palm. WebOS 2.0 has “true multitasking,” Stacks (for organizing apps), Just Type, HP Synergy (links your email and social network accounts), Exhibition (run apps designed for Palm’s Touchstone Charging Dock thing) and (finally!) support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 Beta. A new Favorites tagging option, Skype Mobile (on the Verizon version only), text assist, integrated Quickoffice, VPN support, redesigned launcher and full support for Bluetooth keyboards, and SPP peripherals is mainly what’s new with the new webOS.

As for the Pre 2, a 1 GHz CPU is suggested to be in the cards, a five megapixel camera, glass display and a “sleeker, streamlined design” with the same touchpanel with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Essentially it’s what Pre Plus should have and could have been, so think of it as a Pre Plus 2 in some cases. So far SFR in France gets the Pre 2 on Friday, Canada sometimes in the coming months, and U.S in the coming months as well.

ViaHP and Palm

Steve Jobs Goes “Epic Ranting” On An Earnings Call

Today Apple made $20.34 billion in revenue and $4.31 in quarterly profits; that’s $4.46 per diluted share. This is incredible. 3.89 million Macs were sold (a 27% increase year-over-year), along with 4.19 million iPads, and finally 9.05 million iPods (an 11% decline year-over-year). About 57% of this business comes from international business. Holy smokes.

And then Steve Jobs went ranting. About Google, hinting at Microsoft, and banging on Google’s Android is “open” policy. Just hit up the YouTube video above, you’ll enjoy every minute of his 5 minute barrage, whether you like what he says or not. Just give the guy credit for coming out and putting his foot on the gas pedal.

Macbook Air Refresh Features 8-10 Hour Battery, Souped Up Graphics?

Now this is interesting. Since I on a personal note don’t really need a DVD drive in my next laptop, the Macbook Air might just be a perfect addition. Even for the average consumer, the below info leaked by Cult Of Mac makes the Macbook Air quite a show-stopper (or starter?).

Specs leaked by Cult Of Mac:

  • 11.6-inch model starting at $999, 13.3-inch model starting as low as $1,100
  • 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz processor options
  • 8-10 hours of battery life (vs. a “claimed” 5 hours in the current model)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
  • Upgradeable RAM (2 GB base) and SSD options
  • New thinner case design
  • An SD card slot, two USB ports, standard MagSafe port and Mini DisplayPort

Keep in mind with specs like these and an NVIDIA Geforce 320M graphics card you can play games the Alienware M11x can, just not on high settings, so as a Windows gaming rig, this could pull off a few miracles.

The New Nissan GT-R Is Exactly That — A Better GT-R

Here I go, randomly talking about cars on a blog I claim that only covers technology and its gadgets, although I must confess I enjoy TopGear too much not to link to them at least once.

The new Nissan GT-R for the 2011 year will have 525bhp (up from the old 476bhp) and 451lb ft of torque, with new brakes, bumpers, redesigned consoles, new interior colors, and everything else that makes a new car new. It’ll debut sometimes in February of next year with prices ranging from £67,000 to £116,000 in British Pounds, as the aforementioned are the only official prices so far.

It’s perfect in my not-so-humble opinion. Via: TopGear

BlackBerry Style 9670 Is Another Flip Out Of The World Of Practicality

Yes, RIM has outed that strange-looking 9670 flip phone with Blackberry OS 6, 624MHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. It contains two screens: one 2.7-inch QVGA on the inside, and on the outside of the flip phone, there’s 2-inch QVGA. It’ll cost you $99 on a 2-year contract from Sprint starting October 31st in either Royal Purple or Steel Gray. Needless to say, would you really buy this Blackberry Style, even though it is one of the least un-stylish smartphones out there? Press release after the chop.

Studio XPS 14, 15, and 17 are some of the coolest looking Dells yet

Like, just look at it. Look at it! These are the new Studio XPS laptops which should be launching in the U.S soon, and they look great. They’ll contain very pretty and reliable shells from anodized aluminum and brushed aluminum palm rests, NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphic that go up to the mighty Nvidia GeForce GTS 445M on the Studio 17, options for Blu-ray drives, 16GB of RAM, and some Core i7 CPUs. No pricing as of yet, but when the pages from Dell are live I’ll be sure to update this.

Via: Logicbuy (XPS 14), (XPS 15), (XPS 17)

What’s Coming Up This Week On LaptopMemo

As many of you may remember (and enjoy according to emails and reactions), “This Week On LaptopMemo” was covered every Sunday, and mentioned what went on that particular week. It got me thinking: let me stop it (as I already have), and instead give you a sneak peek of what’s “Coming Up This Week On LaptopMemo”.

In this particular case, let’s cover reviews, because for one thing, a certain e-Ink watch is inbound, the Epic 4G, some Acer, Toshiba, and Alienware laptops, as well as an ASUS review that I’m currently working on. And of course all the bits of news and short quips  that come along for the ride. In the meantime, sit back on this slow news Sunday and enjoy — whatever that you can do that you enjoy.