Microsoft Kinect Hits Microsoft’s Retail Store For A $149 Pre-Order

Want a Microsoft motion-sensing, video playing Natal? Yes? Well remember that it’s no longer called the Natal, but the Kinect. Starting at $149 for pre-order on Microsoft’s own Xbox store, don’t be surprised if there’s a price drop or anything else tasty as launch date nears. Also, if you have that old Xbox 360 Fat, you’ll need to plugin the AC adapter that comes with it. Have a new Xbox 360? Well gamer, just plug it straight it. What I’m saying is that it’ll be easier if you shed for a new Xbox. Yeah.

Source: Microsoft

Motorola Droid 2 Gets Previewed: The Droid You Are Looking For?

All have to say is that the group of tech bloggers by the name of something-something AndroidandMe deserve a standing ovation of a Motorola Droid 2 hands-on, which goes head-to-head with the original Droid (which just arrived in the review unit office of LaptopMemo and is being cursed at for its fate of being superseded by new Droids). Site back, relax, and enjoy! And don’t forget to look at our shiny new sponsor in the sidebar – BT Telecommunications, one of the largest phone companies in the frickin’ world.

Source: AndroidandMe

iOS 4 now available on the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and then some

So! Have you gotten yourself iOS 4 yet? If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know to get it. First, look at  your device. If it’s the iPhone 3G, 3GS, or by some chance the unreleased iPhone 4 (contact me if you have it), then you’d be good to go. For precautions back up your files when plugging in your iPhone to iTunes (9.2 is the requirement), and new iPod Touch owners should also be in luck. The build’s reference number is 8A293, just to be sure that it’s the real thing and brings the iBooks app, Bluetooth wireless keyboard support, multitasking, unified email inbox, and folders, much like Android 2.1 and 2.2. Apparently, Apple and Steve Jobs claims that the new iOS has 1,500 new features, so I’ll let you live through the glory to find out all of them, yourself.

Source: Apple

HTC Aria on sale on AT&T on 2-year contract on your wallet for $129

Don’t tell me I used puns in the title and I told you everything I needed to without you reading the post content! The HTC Aria packing a 3.2″ HVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, and Android 2.1 with Sense UI is now retailing on AT&T for $149.99 with a 2-year contract. While it’s no Galaxy S (or Captivate in AT&T’s naming department) it’s a nice Android phone — who am I kidding? It doesn’t let you download 3rd party apps like Android usually does, so it’s not so cool.

Source: AT&T Press Release

Nook pricing goes down, $150 Wi-Fi model also takes the stage

Remember the Nook? You do? You should. Well, let’s cut to the chase and jump to the news. The Nook you used to know about retails for $199 (comes with 3G, remember?), and a new Wi-Fi only model announced today retails for $149.  Before the original Nook retailed for $259, and the Wi-Fi one didn’t exist. Another nice bonus is that this Wi-Fi Nook is all white, completing its design in the process. Good work Barnes & Noble. Oh, one more thing!The new Nook 1.4 Android 1.6 firmware allows you to use AT&T Wi-Fi for free, anywhere.

Source: BestBuy

This Week On LAPTOPMEMO: We’ve Become Even More Phone Oriented – Sorta

Phones! Phones! Phhhh-ones! They’re everywhere! And they’ll keep on coming. This week I promised I’d get the first LaptopMemo TV interview up, but I’ve hit a snag. Expect it when I’m in New Jersey, on some sort of trip with close parts of the family. Also, expect me to make tons of announcements of new reviews. And last but not least, this week’s predominately, wonderful news. The world of mobile, this week:

Droid X Breaks Off For Show On Motorola’s Own Website Today

Been to Moto’s site recently? No? Then there’s something you might want to see: the DROID X. While there’s no release date, pricing, or confirmed specs on the page, the promo does allow you to sign up for updates, and of course gaze at that shiny press shot of the new MOTOBLUR (or NINJABLUR?) user interface. And of course, it looks like TV streaming or at least the PrimeTime2Go app is getting some spotlight.

Source: Motorola, Droid Life

Motorola’s iDEN-Based i1 Smartphone Delayed For Online Launch? Yup

The Motorola i1 by Motorola was due for a launch today on BoostMobile’s $50 Everything Plan (your eyes aren’t fooling you, that plan is real). Strangely though, both BoostMobile’s and BestBuy’s sites still show the first iDEN powered Android phone as “coming soon”. Seems a little strange, since a military-grade smartphone could be the perfect Father’s Day gift, in our opinion.  According to a noble LaptopMemo tipster, the i1 has been delayed for an unknown time past June 20th. More on this, while we dig deeper.

UPDATE: There are about 6 user reviews on BestBuy’s site, meaning that the handset won’t be available online, at least on launch day.

[Thanks, Joe!]