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Laptop Magazine proved once again that they are the pulse of mobile tech by breaking the news that LCDs have a new, totally amazing capability at CTA Wireless this year. I know what you're thinking and no, you still won't be able to see what's happening on the screen in direct sunlight but you will know that your phone is powered on thanks to Wysips. The French company has challenged traditional AC/USB charging methods with their new film that captures solar energy from any light source.
For some technical information and an awesome first hand look at the future, courtesy of Mark Spoonauer, hit the break.
It was only about 1.5 months ago that Google finally rolled out their
web-based Android Marketplace and Amazon has been quick on the draw as they are scheduled to open up their Android App Store on March 22nd. This isn't exactly a surprise as we first found out Amazon had this in the works last september but a nosy Android enthusiast did get a peek at the new app store and what he saw was interesting.
Take a look at the premature Amazon Android app store webpage and find out why this could be bad news for Google by hitting the break.
In the midst of the
3G/4G advertisement confusion of T-Mobile lying about their network and AT&T following suit, this news just added to the craziness surrounding the two companies. AT&T has purchased T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion, $25b in cash and $14b in stocks and bonds. This gives DT a stake in AT&T of 8% after the dust will inevitably clear.
This has happened because, as we have talked about on our show in the past, a foreign company cannot own more than 10% of a US-based company that owns or operates wireless spectrum. The FCC gave T-Mobile and DT a deadline to meet and they decided to sell off the T-Mobile USA brand today.
The acquisition will give 130 million customers nationwide to this new beast of a network, once it goes through the routine regulation board approvals and government checks. AT&T says it will take about 12 months to move through the entire ordeal and once completed, will become the only GSM carrier in the States.
Does this mean T-Mobile will get the iPhone? For more on this breaking news, including a press release, video from the chairman of AT&T, PDF factsheets, and how this affects you, click the break.
To say the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in northeastern Japan has done more damage and claimed more lives than Godzilla ever could, would be an understatement. I am glad that everyone I know there and their families are safe but for many that will not be the case. Hideo Kojima, founder of the
Metal Gear video game franchise has taken up the cause by starting a special website called "Together Japan" which contains illustrations, staff messages, and Twitter icons that offer comfort and support for the victims and their families. Kojima Productions will also donate 100 million yen and be initiating an employee donation fund soon that will be for victims as well.
Others are joining in on the cause as well, hit the break to find out who.
You better start calling the rumor mill employees to come on back to work and put some long overnight hours in! This week we got word from Pre Central about our beloved
PalmTouchPad that finally came to reality last month at HP-Palm's event.
We don't have much other than a picture, in the source link, of a product line information sheet, but that doesn't change how excited we are to report on anything that has to do the with old Palm brand. Some major retail chain has the sheet in their hands of upcoming tablets and on that list is a June release for a 10 inch webOS tablet with a price-point of $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi edition and $599 for 32GB.
We haven't seen anything yet in regards to the 3G/4G TouchPads but we'd expect those to be priced competitively with the enemy's, Apple's, tablets as well.
As we discussed last month, we should also keep in mind the 7-inch sister with the codename of
Opal. Again, no word on pricing but some people are rumoring it to be released sometime in September. Of course, we'll keep you posted.
This year at
PAX East 2011 Mortal Kombat made a glorious 15th-coming thanks to WB Games and Netherrealm Studios who were very pleased with the fact that the game has gone back to its roots after a few attempts at 3D versions of the franchise. To be fair the last iteration of the game was rated "T" for teen and was very mild compared to what we've come to expect. I'm happy to say that problem has been solved as special moves and fatalities are augmented more than ever by slow motion cut scenes that don't interrupt game play and take fatalities to the next level. There is also a new "tag mode" where you can switch characters back and forth similar to almost any other fighting game that's been around forever. If that wasn't awesome enough, a new web series is on the horizon that just might make up for all those terrible movies over the years.
Sci Fi fans and game enthusiasts, hit the break to find out why the web series has a chance at flawless victory over the web and see the first video.