LaptopMemo Recap: CTIA News Barrage, Battlefield Giveaway, And Then Some

It’s crazy. Below is a list of the important stories of the day (read: all of them). There’s new devices from Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, coming form manufactures like HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, and — that’s it. And there is news from Microsoft on the NoDo update that’s released, Mozilla on the release of Firefox 4, and Adobe patching Flash, again. Also, we’re holding a Battlefield Play4Free giveaway for 5 closed beta keys. Go get it!

Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update Launches

You’re ready for some NoDo? You’re gonna do it, right (pun wrongfully intended)? Well, if you are, then Microsoft’s first important Windows Phone 7 update is live, and ready for download. It brings copy and paste, faster apps and gaming, a better WP7 Marketplace, improved WiFi, messaging and audio improvements, improvements in Outlook and tons of bug fixes. Hook up your WP7 device to you PC, and check for updates using the Zune app for Windows or Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. Don’t fret if you don’t see it yet; it’ll roll out gradually to all users.

Via: WPCentral

Giveaway: 5 Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta Keys!

Listen up readers! My internet frandz at EA just gave me the O.K. and now they’ve been kind enough to hand me over 5 beta keys for Battlefield Play4Free! As a few of you might know, it’s like Battlefield 2, but with massively updated graphics with many Bad Company 2 elements. I’ve been toying around with this game for a while, and can’t say that it’s half-bad — it’s quite fun to play for a “free” title, actually.

Rules: Go ahead and leave a comment below saying why you want a beta key. One comment per person, no silly I.P. address trickery, and you must have the permission of your parents if you are under 18 and want to enter, as well as if you win, to play the game. Winners are announced on Friday, March 25.

Good luck!

HTC EVO 3D: This Is Next-Gen In Its Purest Form

The new HTC EVO 3D. A 4-inch qHD 3D screen at a resolution of 960×540 pixels (no glasses needed), 1.2GHz dual-core processors, dual 5 megapixel back-facing cameras for 720p HD 3D shooting (full 1080p on 2D), front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, 4G WiMAX, Android 2.3 with the new Sense UI, HDMI-out and DLNA capabilities and will be available this Summer. Press release in the usual place.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 8.9 And Galaxy Tab 10.1 Revision

It’s Samsung time! Apple released an iPad 2, and as Samsung famously took it, they wanted to make their Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Android 3.0 slimmer as well, which is exactly what they did: they made it thinner than the iPad 2. Alongside the Galaxy Tab 10.1. is the Galaxy Tab 8.9, which is an obviously smaller version, and is in between the original Galaxy Tab and the 10.1-inch variant. Both use Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but not stock — Touchwiz UX has made a comeback, interestingly, via an update that will be sent to users.

In terms of power, both have 1GHz dual-core processors, have 1280 x 600 pixel resolutions, are 8.6mm thick, and support 4G ad WiFi. A 10.1-inch WiFi model gets released June 8th — the 16GB version costs $499 and the 32GB $599. Whilst the 8.9 is $469 and $569 for 16GB and 32GB, respectively. Press release when you click the ‘more’ link.

Firefox 4 — It’s Here For Your Web Surfing

It’s out and about, and that only means it’s here. Firefox 4, the successor to the wildly successful Firefox 3, 3.5 and 3.6, is live for PC and Mac, as well as Linux. Its new rivals are still the same names, albeit with more numbers: Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 10, and Safari 5. Hit up the ‘via’ link for the official download page, and get cracking at Firefox 4, if you want it. Via: Mozilla

BlackBerry PlayBook Releases On April 19th, Costs The Same As An iPad 2

At least one manufacturer hit the sweet-spot by pricing their tablet at a price that people would actually buy it for (I’m looking at you, Xoom, G-Slate, etc.). The BlackBerry PlayBook is currently available for pre-order now, and the WiFi versions are priced at 16GB for $500, 32GB for $600 and 64GB for $700. RIM also has bigger plans than just WiFi for its 7-inch tablet: Availability on AT&T, Sprint (confirmed as a 4G model) and Verizon. Go ahead and pre-order a PlayBook at BestBuy if you want — or buy the iPad 2, which starts at the same price. Your call. Via: BestBuy

Press release after the chop.