Just yesterday we saw some new images of the Motorola RAZR HD appear online, and today another couple of pictures have come out. Showing off the entire back, as well as the about screen showing the device running Android 4.0.4, these new images bring hope to this being a final design style. Unlike yesterdays pictures, this one is showing Verizon's iconic 4G LTE branding on it, meaning this could be the unit we will see on Verizon, and hopefully sooner than later. This is still an engineering unit, as you can clearly see on the left hand side, so here's to hoping that this thing is flying right through the approval process, and will be making its way into consumer hands shortly.
Naturally, excitement is building as we get ever nearer to Google I/O 12. Alongside the release of the new Google I/O 12 Android application, Google has kicked off the Google Developers Live page over on the Google Developers site. Say Google; "we want to bring you knowledge, tools, and people from the Google Developers community, all year round–not just three days in June."
Google already publishes regular video sessions, such as Office Hours on YouTube, but keeping track of what's out there and when it's available can be challenging. Google Developers Live aims to bring all that content under one roof effectively, and provide an easy portal complete with calendar, to find the sessions that interest you.
And, to kick-start the I/O all year round message, the first, starter-level sessions on various topics to prepare eager developers for next weeks more advanced material.
Source: Google Developers Blog
Rumor Round Up: Amazon Tablet in October, Windows Phone Mango in September, Spotify invades the … Noah K tackles the biggest tech rumors of this week! Amazon’s Android-based tablet is said to be launching in October, with an all-new touchscreen Kindle alongside of it. Did a Microsoft employee accidentally out Windows Phone Mango’s launch date – September – by way of a tweet promoting a contest? Spotify, the beloved European streaming music service, finally launched in the US, while Netflix raised the prices on their video services. And all kinds of new phones launched this week!
Noah K tackles the biggest tech rumors of this week! A new Motorola tablet passed through the FCC, and it looks to be a redesigned version of the Android-powered Xoom with CDMA and LTE radios onboard. Has the ex-Engadget Editor in Chief declared war on on AOL, his former employer? And is the price – and size – of entry to the world of Sonos’ wireless audio about to shrink?
Jon Rettinger fills in for Noah K. this week and tackles some of the biggest players int he world of mobile tech rumors. Jon R. discusses updates for the highly anticipated Apple iPhone 5/4s set to launch later this year. He also provides a sneak peak at the latest from Google with their “Nexus Prime” and from Research in Motion and their BlackBerries. All this and much more!
Egypt's ruling military council has moved up the scheduled elections for the upper house of parliament by nearly three weeks, with voting now scheduled to start in late January, the state news agency MENA reported Sunday.
Some of the coolest gadgets Technology Review has come across in the past year.
|YouTube – N.O.V.A. 2 Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – iPhone&iPad – Game trailer|
It?s the big July 4th holiday weekend in the U.S. this weekend, so lots of games companies are celebrating with sales in the App Store. Two of the best are probably Gameloft and EA.
EA has dropped the price of almost 50 of its games to $0.99, in what it?s calling its ?biggest sale ever?. That price is across the board too, for both iPhone and iPad games. They really do have something for every taste, including perennial favourites such as Scrabble, SimCity Deluxe, NBA Jam, Tetris, Command & Conquer Red Alert, and Dead Space. And everyone gets to benefit, it?s not just for gamers in the US!
Click Sale | EA Mobile for full details and links for the sale.
Gameloft?s sale is a little more modest, with just six games available for $0.99 each, but what great games they are, quality not quantity! N.O.V.A 2: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance seems to be the one that everybody is going for on iPad as it?s quickly jumped to the top of the charts, but you can also pick up the likes of Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, and Dungeon Hunter 2. Both iPad and iPhone versions of all the games are available for $0.99.
Click here to check them all out: Gameloft Blog
Other games on sale this week include Adult Swim?s Robot Unicorn Attack, and Speedball 2 Evolution, both of which are going for $0.99, whereas Trucks and Skulls NITRO will actually be completely free to download this weekend. Basically it?s a good idea to keep checking the App Store over the weekend, you never know what you?ll find on sale!
Source: EA, Gameloft, and lots more app sales for the holiday weekend | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Gameloft, EA.
So iOS Beta 2 has been out for a couple of days now, and AppleInsider has an excellent round up of what the second beta reveals, including changes to lock-screen notifications, an iMessage slide-away keyboard, and several other bits and bobs.
First up, AppleInsider says that iOS 5.0 beta 2 shows new versions of the home screen notifications, which now have larger writing and an icon of the app that they?re referring to. They will hang around on the home screen for a couple of seconds and then turn into the regular lock-screen notifications.
Next up, AppleInsider looks at the iMessage keyboard, which it seems has been designed to slip unobtrusively out of the way when you scroll up through your message history. Nifty!
And as for the other bits and bobs? Well another thing that AppleInsider has spotted is that the purple iCloud icon from beta 1 has been replaced by the now-familiar shiny silver iCloud icon. AppleInsider also reports that the over-the-air Software Update feature is now working in beta 2.
Source: AppleInsider | Inside iOS 5: New lock screen notifications, receding iMessage keyboard
Some analysts wonder why Google didn’t try this first.
Amazon’s new ad-supported Kindle, called Kindle with Special Offers, will retail for $114, or $25 less than Amazon’s Wi-Fi only Kindle. The company says: