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HP Introduces 2 webOS Phones, 1 Tablet and No Palm

posted Wednesday Feb 9, 2011 by Scott Ertz

HP Introduces 2 webOS Phones, 1 Tablet and No Palm

HP decided that their big webOS unveiling should not take place at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2011, but instead at a separate event a month later. That event just ended in an old military building at Fort Mason in California and it was everything we had hoped for and more.

We'll start with the bad news - Palm is dead. In a giant room full of brightly colored posters and screens, nothing was marked with the Palm logo. In all of the announcements, only the HP logo was to be seen. Now, while this is not a surprise, it is a disappointment. Palm is the company that started handheld computing and the loss of the brand is a loss for the industry.

Moving on to the positive, we were pleased to see 3 great new devices. The first and simplest is the HP Veer. This handset is designed to be the replacement for the Palm Pixi without and of the design flaws of its sister phone. Measuring at only 3.25 inches tall and weighing in at 3.63 ounces, this will be the perfect smartphone for people who do not want a full smartphone.

While the Veer is small, it is still mighty. With an 800Mhz Qualcomm processor, 8GM of storage, integrated Touchstone capability and 5MP camera, there is little the device won't be able to do, except weigh you down, of course. And it is all packed into a miniature version of the Palm Pre Plus form.

For details on the other 2 new devices, hit the break.

Google Brings Android Market To The Cloud! I Mean The Web!

posted Friday Feb 4, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Google Brings Android Market To The Cloud! I Mean The Web!

The new web-based Android Market might not be as shiny as the Chrome Store but it will certainly mean more to about one-third the global mobile market since people actually use Android. The Wall Street Journal reported that Android recently surpassed Symbian as the leading mobile OS by a margin of 2.3%, meaning Android has 32.9% global market share and Symbian has 30.6%. Previously, the only access to Android apps was from an Android phone or tablet and the new web store will not just offer another platform to access apps but will serve as an interface between your phone and the web.

To find out how, hit the break.

Sony To Bring Next-Generation Portability To Your Pants

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Sony To Bring Next-Generation Portability To Your Pants

Sony Computer Entertainment recently announced their PlayStation Portable 2 and gave us some neat hardware specs to drool over. This device is basically a PS3 for your hands and if that excites you, here is a list of what we can expect to see by the end of 2011.

- 5 inch OLED

- multitouch pad (backside)

- 1 front camera, 1 rear camera

- Quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor

- SGX543MP4+ gpu

- 960 x 544 pixel resolution, 16 million color

- 3 axis accelerometer

- 3 axis gyroscope

- Wifi (probably g and n)

- 3G Aircard (likely GSM, so AT&T)

- electronic compass

- GPS

- mic

- stereo speakers

- 182mm x 18.6mm x 83.5mm

To find out if Sony will put this hardware to good use, hit the break.

Wii Would Like To Kirby

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Wii Would Like To Kirby

Good news everyone, Nintendo has a game coming out for the Wii that is part of an awesome series not related to Mario Bros. or Zelda! After many years only making appearances in games like Super Smash Bros. and pretty much skipping an entire console Kirby is back on Nintendo's roster with a new title of his own. So far, there is no title for the game but it is still being developed by HAL Laboratory and based on the game footage released Kirby seems to be back to his old self, kicking ass Kirby style with black hole-like sucking, sword powers that would make Link turn green with envy, and just general badassery. The game play appears to be closer to the SNES games which should make it feel like a true sequel.

To see Kirby in action, hit the break.

Verizon Confirms Unlimited Data + Trade-In Program Details

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Verizon Confirms Unlimited Data + Trade-In Program Details

With the Verizon Wireless iPhone launch only a few days away, it is a very busy time for the Verizon execs. They have announced plans to entice AT&T subscribers over to their network as well as details about the iPhone data package.

Verizon's trade-in program has been increased to allow AT&T customers to trade in their working AT&T iPhone for as much as $285 in credit towards the purchase of a new Verizon iPhone 4. You can even get $28 for trading in an original iPhone. Of course, you can trade in just about any other working phone as well. For a valuation, you'll need to head over to the device appraiser.

Data information has also become available. For details on the packages available, hit the break.

Spam Saves Lives

posted Sunday Jan 30, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Spam is usually a pain in the butt, whether it come in your mailbox, your email or as a text message. On some very rare occasions it can be a blessing. And, in one very odd situation, spam saved hundreds of lives.

On New Year's Eve in Central Moscow there was a suicide bomber whose plans were foiled by a spam text message. A common way for these suicide bombings to go down involves 2 people - one with a bomb and one with a detonator. Recently, the detonators have been cell phones. The bomber will move until in a place where they will do maximum damage and the detonator will send them a text message. This didn't quite go as planned. Before she was able to get to Red Square, she received a text message wishing her a happy new year several hours before she was supposed to arrive.

Who would have ever guessed that one day spam would save so many lives.

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