The classic Apple tablet wannabe might think this has to do with the iTablet, but who knows what this means? Going straight to the news, Apple is looking for a 3D game designer here with lots of 3D designing knowhow. I actually have no idea why they would need a game designer, but hey, let’s bet it’s for something interesting. Dare I say Apple is interested in getting into the gaming business? I don’t think so.
Just when you thought you were already consuming alot of data by using your iPhone, a recent study by the University of California found that Americans use an average of 34 GB of data everyday — the most being TV. Just keep in mind that the 34 GB includes everything from newspapers to video games. The grand total is 3.6 zettabytes of information consumed by American households in 2008 (or 3.6 billion trillion bytes, whichever you prefer). Now that’s alot of — uhh, data.
[Via The New York Times]
Take the Classic Nokia 6700, then wrap it in some 18 karat gold, get a cool wallpaper, and a £370 ($550 USD) pricetag and you get the Nokia 6700 Classic Gold Edition. It’s coming in Q1 2010 to take your common sense and your wallet. [Via Nokia Conversations]
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If there is one person who is not a fan of Google Books, it’s Nicholas Sarkozy, President of France. What’s going on is that since Google is interested in scanning old or out of print books and then offering them for free or at low prices (French books included) makes the program that the French government created (which is basically the same) with millions of euros nearly useless. After all, who would win an ebook contest?
And according to him, he’s as angry as a Frenchman:
“We won’t let ourselves be stripped of our heritage to the benefit of a big company, no matter how friendly, big or American it is”
He’s defienetly not the happiest Frenchman right now, is he?
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According to Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner, Apple is almost ready to give its Chinese manufacturing partners the green light needed to begin production of the Apple Tablet in February, then ship it in March. The rumored 10.1″ Multi-Touch capacitive tablet would be well stocked, and according to Reiner, it would sell 1.5 million units in the first quarter, at an average of $1000 a piece. We’ll see if this is real, in the meantime take this with a grain of salt. [Via BGR]
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Hold it right there partner! I did say that the Nook is finally shipping due to numerous delays, and that you can go to a local B&N to try one out for yourself, but I didn’t say all of them have it. And that’s where Barnes & Noble comes in. Using their Nook Locator, you can find out where the nearest Nook is to take a Look (no pun intended). As for those of you who were smart and pre-ordered early, your Nook should arrive in 1 to 2 days, and the second shipment will come in on December 16th, so things are finally moving around in the Nook world.
[Barnes & Noble Nook Locator]
In the recent Q1 2010 roadmap leak, something new has come out of it. The HTC Bravo (one of the Android phones in that leak), is actually the HTC Passion, and will be named the Passion when it comes to the US in January of next year. In Europe it will be called the Bravo, and will come out in April. So we get the Passion early, but not for Christmas, and it doesn’t look liked the Passion that was leaked not too long ago. But in the meantime you can feast your eyes on the Passion, the best looking Android phone since the Droid.
[Via Digitimes and ar.is blog]
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Android update 2.0.1 for the Motorola Droid is available – as of, right now. All you need to do is go to “System Update” in the “About Phone” menu, and you should be good to go. Make sure to have at least 40% charge, otherwise you won’t be able to update. The update improves camera quality, stability and battery life, as well as call quality and faster visual voicemail. So get updating, now. It only makes sense.
[Phandroid Via Android Forums via Verizon Wireless]
Fusion Garage has a superior sense of humor, don’t they? Currently they claim that Mike Arrington had nothing to do with development of the now dead CrunchPad, and that TechCrunch (who they say is just a blog) did not contribute and does not own any trademarks to the CrunchPad. Period. In the meantime, to make the situation even funnier, it’s called the Joo Joo. Putting the ridiculous name aside, the price is $499. When Arrington said it could be priced at around $200 to $300, Fusion Garage says that is a price like that is completely impossible for what the Joo Joo can do.
So for $499 you get: 12.1-inch touchscreen, a 4GB SSD, accelerometer, and according to FG “enough graphic power to deliver full HD video.” The battery life 5 hours on a single charge with Wi-Fi turned on. Pre orders start on December 11th on the Joo Joo’s official website. Hit the link for another shot of the Joo Joo.
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AT&T has released a new app for you to download, and it’s free: It’s called “Mark the Spot. It basically tells AT&T where their coverage sucks, and what they need to improve – from data errors, bad signals, dropped calls, and everything else that AT&T is famous for. Expect a hurricane of reports on network failure, in different areas. See, there’s even an app for telling AT&T they suck. There’s an app for that too. [iTunes]