Archive for October, 2010
Looking for a new T-Mobile BlackBerry? If you are then don’t pull the trigger on that Curve 3G just yet because T-Mobile and RIM (the BlackBerry maker) have a new BlackBerry coming soon. This new BlackBerry, called the Bold 9780, is an update to the current Bold 9700– and while it’s no Torch, this updated Bold is pretty solid in its own right.
Design wise, the Bold 9780 is pretty much the exact same as the 9700 with its solid screen and awesome BlackBerry keyboard, but under the hood is where the difference is made. This new Bold packs a number of improvements over the older Bold 9700 in this area, including: double the RAM– up to 512 MB from the 9700′s 256 MB– for an even faster experience (particularly when doing things like multitasking), a 5 megapixel camera with flash (up from the Bold 9700′s 3.2 megapixel), 3G, WiFi, GPS, and the new BlackBerry 6 OS with all its new features like the updated BBM and better web browser.
Unfortunately, there’s no sign of this BlackBerry having access to T-Mobile’s new extremely fast HSPA+ network like the Android running G2 and new myTouch 4G, but you will be able to pick this bad boy up starting November 17th for a not too bad price of $129.99 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.
For more info on the Bold 9780, check out T-Mobile’s Coming Soon page here.
Just a little update for those of you waiting for Apple to finally release that white iPhone 4. As you probably remember, the white iPhone 4 was first promised back in June when the iPhone 4 was announced, then got pushed back from the June 24th launch to “later this year” and it now looks like that “later this year” has turned into “Spring 2011.” Yes, as the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D is reporting, Apple has announced that they won’t be able to ship the white iPhone 4 until next Spring, which is almost a year after it was first promised.
If your still waiting for that white iPhone 4 at this point I’d recommend either just going for a black one or waiting for the iPhone 5, which if previous iPhone updates are to be believed, will probably come next summer (Apple has updated the iPhone every summer since it first came out in 2007. Heck, at this point I’d even wait for a Verizon iPhone, seeing as all the rumors on that are getting so strong that it really looks like it will finally come next January).
Why the white iPhone 4 keeps getting delayed Apple isn’t saying (if previous reports are to be believed, it has something to do with the white not being the same shade on all parts of the phone), but at this rate what do you think we’ll see first– a white iPhone 4 or a Verizon iPhone (or what about this– a white Verizon iPhone!?!)?
The PlayStation Phone
There have been rumors of Sony cooking up a PlayStation phone as the true next version of the PSP (which really hasn’t changed much in the 6– yes 6!– years it’s been out), and today Engadget has gotten some pix of what exactly all this hard work from Sony has brought. And if this is the PlayStation Phone, the mobile video game wars just got a whole lot more interesting.
The phone is said to be pretty nicely spec’d, with a 1 GHZ processor, a 3.7-4.1 inch screen (somewhere in that range), full PlayStation slide out controls with a multitouch touch pad in the middle, PlayStation “shoulder” buttons (the right and left buttons), a back camera with flash (and possibly from what we can tell, a front camera as well), microSD card slot and possibly even Android 3.0 with a special Sony Marketplace for downloading games. Yeah, if this is Android’s version of mobile gaming, then Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7′s Xbox Live and Apple’s iOS Game Center look to be in for an even bigger fight for mobile gaming domination.
The device Engadget got pix of looks to be a prototype (supposedly it is still very buggy with no custom Sony interface like HTC has done with their Android phones and Sense UI. Though with what we’ve been hearing about Android 3.0, it may not need any custom software to make it easy to use), and obviously Sony has yet to officially comment on these pix and info so we’re still without solid facts or a price and release date (rumors are that we might see this before the end of this year or early next year).
We’ll of course be following this very closely, but in the meantime we wanna know– if you’re looking for a gaming phone, which of these would you go with– Windows Phone 7 with Xbox Live, an iPhone with Game Center or this PlayStation Phone?
For more pix and info see Engadget
UPDATE (12/06): More pix and info are out! See our post here for all the info.
If you get hungry in the next few weeks pick up a bag of Doritos because there may be a code to unlock a 3D mode in Madden ’11. All you got to do once you have the code is log onto the Doritos/Madden Change the Game site and redeem your code– its that easy. The best part? No 3D compatible TV necessary . That’s right, all you need is a pair of those silly looking red and blue glasses that’ve been around forever and you’re ready to go with whatever TV your Xbox 360 or PS3 is hooked up to. And if you don’t have those ridiculous glasses, you can pick up a special edition of the glasses, Madden style, in the next issue of ESPN The Magazine (on newstands November 5th. You can also buy some cooler looking Doritos branded glasses for $2.99 each, including shipping, from the Madden/Doritos site).
If you’ll excuse us, we’re suddenly in the mood for a lot of chips.
So we covered the new MacBook Air, but what about everything else Apple introduced? Well, we’ve got that fully covered here. Apple was pretty busy with a whole bunch of other cool stuff, including that new iLife ’11, the next version of OS X called Lion, and even the announcement to bring FaceTime to the Mac. We’ve got the whole thing covered for you after the break, so read on!
Apple today at their “Back to the Mac” event showed off a whole bunch of cool new products and features including the expected preview of the next version of OS X– called Lion, as well as a new iLife ’11 with all new features and enhancements to the popular Garageband, iMovie and iPhoto. And of course, they released the all new MacBook Air, now thinner than ever with a new 11.6 inch model to go with the traditional 13.3 inch one, and most importantly, a starting price of $999. Yes, that is the same $999 as the MacBook. In fact, I can definitely see this as perhaps being the white plastic MacBooks successor.
Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means– Halloween themed apps are coming, and one of the first is Three or More: Monster Match by a new App Store developer, Mighty Fun Apps. Monster Match is very similar to the classic Bejeweled, but with a Halloween twist on it.
Monster Match comes with two modes, classic (in which the goal is to keep your time going by matching monsters up) and timed (in which the goal is to get as many points as possible). The gameplay in both of these is smooth and quick, but– these are the only two modes. There is no online multiplayer or Facebook connectivity like Bejeweled 2 . Speaking of Bejeweled 2, the similarities between these games are ridiculous to the point where I felt I was just playing Bejeweled 2 with a Halloween theme.
Don’t get me wrong, Monster Match is a very fun game. However, it just does not have enough to separate itself from the competition. Sure, the characters are adorable, but the characters themselves do not warrant the $0.99 tag on the App Store. If you really want the cute characters, download a similarly named Monster Match (from a company called Jirbo) which is free, and if you want the full puzzle game experience then you should buy the full Bejeweled 2 for the same $0.99.
You can check out Three or More: Monster Match in the iTunes App Store here.
As we’ve all seen, Apple’s focus of late really has been on mobile– mainly it’s iOS devices like the iPhone 4, iPad, and new iPod Touch. Sure there have been some updates to the Mac line during this time, with updated Mac Minis and spec updates to the iMac and MacBook lines, but there really hasn’t been any major shakeups to the Mac that warranted a special Apple event. Well, this looks like it’s all about to change as Apple has scheduled a “Back to the Mac” event for this Wednesday, October 20th.
All the rumors seem to point to an updated MacBook Air (with the rumors suggesting that this update will not only include the expected spec bump but also a design update to the unibody aluminum as seen on the recent MacBook Pros– which is about time since the Air hasn’t really been updated design-wise since its launch in 2008. Oh, and there are rumors that a price drop is in the cards, which also would be very nice– the current Air starts at $1,499 and is not exactly cheap by any stretch of the imagination) and a preview of the next version of OS X, probably named something to do with a Lion (see the Lion in the back of the Apple logo in invite above?). What exactly is in OS X “Lion” is anyone’s guess, but seeing all the success of iOS I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple finally begins outlining a way to merge their two OSes’ into one (and there have been rumors for a while now of Apple doing real touchscreen Macs). Personally though, I’m just hoping for a “one more thing” that allows the iPhone/iTouch to FaceTime with computers (who knows, it’s Apple after all and stranger things have happened!).
Whatever it is that Apple does announce, you can bet to find all the info you need and want to know back here so make sure you check back on Wednesday! And while we wait… anyone else have any other guesses/hopes/wishes for what Apple’s got planned?
Yesterday wasn’t all about phones for Microsoft. After the main Windows Phone 7 event, Microsoft showed off its full holiday lineup—including as you’d very much expect, Kinect and all the new Xbox 360 media features announced along side it back in June. Let me just say this right now– Kinect is AMAZING.
Now that we got the Windows Phone 7 software covered, what about the hardware? Don’t worry, we’ve got you fully covered here too, as Microsoft and AT&T teamed up to show off their three launch devices– the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and LG Quantum. After spending a few minutes today with each them, I gotta say, they look great.
We’ve got the full breakdown of what you’re gonna want to know about each of them after the break.