Apple Will Be Streaming Today’s Press Conference – Only To Apple Hardware

If you have an iPhone 4, Mac, iPad or any other Apple=branded hardware, you will be able to watch today’s event, over a video live stream at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, 1 PM Eastern Time. A direct link to the stream will be placed on Apple’s homepage when the event is live.

If you’re part of the opposition who has a Windows computer and an Android phone, you’re out of luck. Seriously Apple, how closed off can you be? Don’t you have a Windows version of iTunes, Safari, and Quicktime?

Apple’s event today probably will consist of several new iPods, an Apple TV, an iLife update, and iOS 4 for the iPad, as according to various sources.

Source: Apple

T-Mobile Rolls Out HSPA+ ‘4G Speeds’ To 9 More Cities

T-Mobile recently sent out a short press release to those that should be informed about HSPA+ being available to the future handsets on T-Mobile that support it.  Technically since HSPA+ is up to 4G speeds, you’ll be able to get this improved service for free, since it’s a carrier upgrade. the following cities are in the official T-Mobile statement below.

Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network – which offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21Mbps – is now available in Boston, Mass.; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.

“Our new network offers today’s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country and we’re not done yet.  We are now on pace to more than double our HSPA+ footprint – reaching more than 200 million people by this year – with plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA.

For more information, please visit http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverage.

New Xbox 360 Controller Details, Press Pics, And Some Exclusive Details

The new Xbox 360 controller which has an improved D-pad and better analog sticks — a newer and better controller all around — is in freaky awesome metallic silver and such, and makes all new owners of the Xbox 360 (sometimes called the Stealthbox) a little sad.

After speaking to one of Microsoft’s Xbox agents, I can directly say that Microsoft hasn’t outed the availability of the controller in Xbox retail units, as the new controller is only coming in a Play and Charge kit for $64.99 when it launches on November 9 in the States. Interestingly, I did learn that the older controller will still be sold, and then other than that, Microsoft doesn’t have any plans for displaying the controller in public (i.e a press event), for now.

That’s that folks. Shiny press images below.

Xbox 360 with nicer D-pad press pics

T-Mobile G2 Now Pictured In Press Photos, Looks Nice

So the T-Mobile G2 will ‘officially’ have the following specs:

  • 3.7″ Active Matrix OLED display
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • Landscape slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 5MP camera with autofocus.
  • 3G HSPA+
  • WiFi + Hotspot capabilities
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate

And then the leaked press shot above was recently found by Cell Phone Signal. The G2 will be known as the Desire Z or Vision overseas. But who gives a tweet about that? *Shiny high-end Android slidey phone, oohhh*

Source: Cell Phone Signal

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 First Impressions (and then some)

So the XPERIA X10 gets a look, here on LaptopMemo!

In other words this is was supposed to be my first video unboxing, which I think was pretty damn good, but due to some pesky encoding error, the video cannot be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. It’s quite sad actually, it was recorded so well and as I said before, was a true unboxing. Thanks to the great guys and gals at Sony Ericsson for lending us this X10, and providing an AT&T SIM card, which other bloggers alike haven’t actually found in the box. Onto the first impressions!

  • It’s very light.
  • Is very snappy.
  • Uses Android 1.6 but feels very much like Android 2.x.
  • Has a terrible speakerphone.
  • Has a solid 8.1 megapixel camera.
  • Is very sexy.

Later on, next week I’ll have the full review up, and with video that isn’t impossible to upload. One more shot of the X10 is after the break.

Samsung Epic 4G Now On Sale: 2-Year Contract, For $249 Bucks

So Samsung’s Epic 4G was due for a release today, online at Sprint’s website, and at 8AM at their retail stores. For $249.99 you get one of the best Android sliders to date, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 8 megapixel 720p HD recording camera and front-facing, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 (Froyo inbound), and finally a super awesome slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Or you can just buy it for $50 less at Amazon with a new contract.

Source: Sprint, Amazon

Sony Ericsson’s UK Twitter Account Mentions Android 2.1 Coming To XPERIA X10 At End-Of-Month

Good news! The Sony Ericsson UK Twitter account today released a short @ reply, saying that Androdi 2.1 is pegged for a release on the Xperia X10 later this month. With a review unit inbound to the LaptopMemo office as we speak, I’d say it’s a pretty good thing.

One problem: is Sony Ericsson talking about the UK Xperia X10, or the AT&T one?

Questions, questions, questions. It’s more like superb annoyance.

Source: Twitter

Jacked Up: Microsoft Makes Xbox LIVE A Little More Expensive

So Microsoft jacked up the XBOX LIVE subscriptions costs you say? Well, yes. On November 1st in the US, Canada, and Mexico, the 1-month charge is increasing to $9.99 from $7.99, three months will cost $24.99 from $19.99 while the yearly plan is increasing to $59.99 from $49.99. Yes, it sucks, and it nags me because I was going to buy an Xbox 360 S (I still am, btw).

Reasons for the price increase could be that Windows Phone 7 phones will have integration with your Xbox 360 and LIVE, as well as cross-platform gaming and a ton of other “nice” stuff.