Motorola DROID 2 launching for $199, pre-sale on Verizon starts the 11th

While it may have not been secret (read: at all), the Motorola DROID 2 is officially announced, and is ready to go. Perhaps it may be the DROID you’re looking for, literally, because the R2-D2 special edition Droid 2 will come out in September, with tons of Star Wars extras.

As for the basic DROID 2, it contains a 3.7″ display, 5MP camera, 8GB of internal storage, which is supplemented by an 8GB SD card that comes in the handset. Swype keyboard, Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, and Verizon 3G are also part of the DROID 2’s arsenal, coupled with an improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Tomorrow Verizon Wireless will begin pre-sales online, while retail stores will begin on Thursday. The DROID 2 retails for $199 on a 2-year agreement

Source: DROID DOES

The first HTC Desire HD (Ace?) photo leaks out, is October-bound

So that up there is the HTC Desire HD, in some inventory systems known as the Ace. It’ll be exactly that: an HTC Desire, but with a bigger screen and more beefed-up specs. Also don’t forget the mashup-like stying taken from an EVO 4G and a Desire.

The specs of the behemoth are: a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2 (with Sense UI?), an 8MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 720p video recording, 4GB of storage built-in, an aluminum body casing, and all of the nook and cannies we’ve come to expect of high-end Androids. It’s expected to launch in Europe sometimes this October.

Via: AndroidCentral

Source: Uwants

The Tiny DIY Destructive Cannon Is Back…With Gasoline (video)

Not too long ago, there was some dude with too much time on his hands that decided to do one of the better DIYs out there: creating an extremely tiny iron cannon. I’ll have to remind you that his mini cannon was completely functional, used gunpowder, and proceeded to blow up test objects, in epic ways. But now — his tiny cannon can use gasoline. And destroy bigger targets. One of which includes a computer monitor. Proceed to wanting your own personal defense mini cannon, by watching the video first, then figuring out how to do it yourself

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