HP CEO Mark Hurd resigned over sexual harassment charges

What’s one of the worst possible days to start a weekend as a CEO of one of the world’s most recongized PC manufacturers? Being Mark Hurd, and resign as CEO OF HP, that’s what. Amid sexual harassment charges and investigation, Mark was replaced by CFO Cathie Lesjak on an interim basis.

Mark’s statement:

“As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career.”

While the world of HP moves on, current CEO of HP Cathie Lesjak, had this interesting choice of words to say: although Mark Hurd was a “strong leader, at the end of the day, he didn’t drive our initiatives — it was the organization that supported Mark in driving those initiatives.”

Ouch. That’s a harsh exit.

Source: HP

Unannounced ASUS Windows Phone 7 handset seen in Pakistan

There’s not much here to go by due to the small dimensions of the picture, but there is the mandated Back, Windows,and Search keys, brushed metal, and what looks like a front-facing camera or proximity sensor on the front. What makes this handset more interesting is that it resembles a field-testing unit, instead of the protoypes that ASUS and others like Samsung made simply to demo the Windows Phone 7 experience. More on this, if it develops!

Via: PocketNow

NASA Using A Nexus One The Fun Way: By Sending It To Space As A Satellite

According to NASA, a Nexus One (or any other superphone/smartphone for that matter) has enough proximity sensors, video and picture quality, as well as apps and processing power to be a low-cost satellite. That’s right, you can gloat to your friend that you own a satellite phone:

NASA’s babble:

The purpose of flying the Nexus One is to find a low-cost satellite solution. The radio, processing power, sensors and cameras in smartphones potentially have the same capability as those in satellites. The idea is to drive down satellite cost by using off-the-shelf products and components. Today’s satellites are the size of Greyhound buses, but I believe they are going to get smaller and more frequently deployed. This is a first-step effort.

In order to see how tough the Nexus One is, they simply strapped it to a rocket and blasted off. In fact, two phones were sent, one of which crashed due to landing failure. Both handsets reached 1,800 MPH, which is Mach 2.4; the speed was measured by the Nexus One’s accelerometer. Above is the video that would make any owner of an Android phone, boastful (in a good way).

Via: WIRED

Samsung Fascinate & Gem Android phones make Verizon-bound appearances

Both running Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 (Android 2.2 updates coming up) are proof why Samsung wants to own the Android marketplace so bad — they’ve created an entry-level handset, outside of the high-end galaxy S line called the Gem. The handset on the left is the Samsung Fascinate, aka Galaxy S for Verizon. It boasts the same specs as its rivals on AT&T and T-Mobile (Captivate and Vibrant, respectively).

With that out of the way, we can focus on the Gem’s release date a little bit more. It’s due in September, just like it’s cousin — the Fascinate. And if you’re asking why, please email Verizon’s marketing and project management teams and ask them if the Samsung line is more important to them — than the August 12th bound DROID 2.

Source: IntoMobile

DiRT 3 Trailer Released…And I’m On Time With This One.

As you may have not known (you didn’t, for sure), I didn’t fill the site with my musings today due to 2 reasons. One being of which, I didn’t feel like it, which is mainly attributed to the fact that I was playing DiRT 2 all day, then waiting for Test Drive Unlimited 2 to land on my doorstep in September.

Anyways, here’s the first DiRT 3 trailer. I reckon it’ll be much better than the redneck Colin McRae rally sim — called DiRT 2. Don’t mess this up Codemasters. **

At least GRID was good. I also played that. All day. Ahem.

Motorola DROID Android 2.2 Froyo Hands-On (video, pics!)

The Motorola Droid, a great handset (but will get its silicon heart kicked by the upcoming DROID 2) has one of its wildest dreams come true (or in other words, for its owners). Android 2.2 Froyo has made its way for those who know how to manually update an Android phone, which actually is a simple and harmless process. AndroidandMe gives a quick tutorial on how to get it done (note: you won’t need anything except your DROID, the update files, and some simple computer pwnage skillz).

Android 2.2 Froyo on Motorola Droid Gallery (pardon me for the sucky lighting)

Back to Android 2.2 on the Motorola Droid changes:

  • It’s much more responsive than Android 2.1 was, with UI improvements all around.
  • Orientation switching is supported on the right, a la iPhone 4, as is the usual left.
  • Adobe’s Flash 10.1 is present, available as an optional plug-in from the Android Market
  • Better multitouch, update-all in the Android Market, USB tethering, and a apps menu much like the 3D cube one found in the Nexus One, except it’s not as 3D as the Nexus One’s.
  • You can move apps to the SD card (!)
  • There’s also a more refined “currently running” apps screen (the one where you do multitasking), which now supports up to eight apps, making it 2 more than previous Android releases.

So all in all, this update is well worth and, and if you’re a Motorola Droid user (warning: NOT a Milestone owner, the overseas version of the Verizon DROID), then fell at ease to ditch your stale Eclair, and grab yourself some frozen yogurt (i.e Android 2.2).

Video after the break of the first boot is processing, but once it’s live, I’ll post it. Update: video is up!