We still don't know for sure how much it will be, but Droid Life spotted a leaked Verizon document that priced the highly anticipated phone at a whopping $299 after a two-year contract. We're of the opinion that anything around $249 is pretty expensive, and $299 strikes us as overpriced. Unless, of course, the Droid Bionic has amazing features we don't even know about, like the capability to shoot lasers. … Read more
Russ Frushtick from MTV's Multiplayer Blog joins us on the show today to chat about which upcoming releases are earning his favor, including Dead Island, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham city, Gears of War 3, and Uncharted 3.
We also want to talk about Scott Stein's recent Crave article about the lack of backward-compatibility on modern consoles, but we'll spend the first half of the show on HP's double-whammy announcement about acquiring U.K. software company Autonomy while simultaneously dropping out of the PC hardware business.The 404 Digest for Episode 886 'Dead Island' gameplay videos--15 more minutes of zombie carnage. HP bidding adieu to WebOS, PC biz. Game consoles and the death of backward-compatibility: Why we don't care. Add Russ Frushtick on Twitter. 90 percent of people don't know how to use Ctrl-F. Penny auctions cost plenty. Episode 886 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Google buys Motorola, and now HP is killing off WebOS devices. What a crazy week in mobile land! We also go in-depth with RIM's new BlackBerry OS 7 handsets, discuss the imminent U.S. arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II, and more.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
News Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5B WebOS goes down in quiet death After a long wait, T-Mobile releases BlackBerry Bold 9900 Verizon and Sprint reveal BlackBerry 7 handset pricing; to launch in August AT&T prices BlackBerry Torch 9810 at $49.95 … Read more
New rumors and anonymous details have surfaced this week that point to a third "Pure Google" phone arriving in October with the latest build of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to information out of Korea's Electronic Times, the handset is expected to come from Samsung, run Android 4.0 and feature a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 720p Super AMOLED HD display. These details confirm reports initially leaked by Boy Genius Report nearly two months ago.
Samsung has long been rumored to be the handset maker of choice for the Nexus Prime and this recent news appears to substantiate the claims. Just this week, a pair of sources separately confirmed with OLED-Info that Samsung is readying mobile displays with a 720p resolution.
Samsung is expected to unveil new devices with these HD screens in September, presumably at IFA. What's more, an unannounced Samsung Celox recently arrived on the scene, carrying nearly identical specifications in a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. … Read more
"Woot" joins "jeggings," "mankini," "noob," and 400 other new definitions in the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary published today, but what happened to "glamazon," "hangry," and "retrosexual"?
Along with our suggestions for new slang to be added, we're also warning everyone about a privacy breach called juice-hacking and a virtual hit-man service that charges $10 an hour for DDoS attacks. And we talk about whether it's necessary to reboot or shut down your computer at night.
This, plus a handful of Calls From the Public on today's episode--enjoy!The 404 Digest for Episode 885 'Woot' is officially a thing, according to Oxford English Dictionary. Beware of juice-hacking. Russians outsource DDoS attacks for $10 per hour. Is it necessary to restart or shutdown your laptop every night? Congratulations to Sir Ron for completing the maze we featured on yesterday's show! Episode 885 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
This episode, the Google/Motorola deal is the big news of the day, but we also delve into the murky world of Intel's Ultrabook concept, as well as some MIA Samsung laptops. Also--a quick rundown of the biggest, baddest 18-inch gaming laptop ever, and a chance to pick up a sweet Call of Duty T-shirt, just by commenting on our Facebook page.
If you were a bit shocked by Monday's news that Google was shelling out a cool $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, we don't blame you in the least. Indeed, the acquisition was unexpected considering Google has spend its life building anything other than hardware. The changes for consumers, Android's Nexus line, the supply of mobile patents, and the smartphone market as a whole will be momentous. What's more, it effectively means the end of a somewhat struggling company that not only was an early supporter of Android, but also did much to build the cell … Read more
If there's one thing I've learned over the course of Android's history it's that people are always looking to the next big thing. "Forget the phone due out next week, I want to know about the one coming out next quarter!" seems to be the mentality of a majority of Android's faithful followers. Perhaps that is exactly why so many Android blogs are quick to share every single blurry image and detail associated with the Droid Bionic. For all the agonizing and waiting we've endured for the past nine months, it's … Read more
MetroPCS Communications announced today that subscribers of the company's $60-per-month Android phone rate plan can receive access to the Rhapsody Unlimited Music service, and some 12 million songs.
Only the service isn't unlimited, at least with regard to the music, due to the absence of one of the four major record labels. Warner Music Group, which has a reputation for being a tough negotiator with digital services, is the only major that didn't sign on to the MetroPCS deal. It's the third-largest of the record companies.
In the past, Warner pulled its music off YouTube during a contract dispute and reportedly was slow to license Spotify's U.S. service. Warner Music and Rhapsody representatives declined to comment about the negotiations.
The idea of bundling music into phone services has been around awhile. The top labels have looked for ways to achieve this but some of the earliest attempts, such as Nokia's "Comes With Music," were a bust.
In that case, consumers were asked to purchase phones that came preloaded with music. With MetroPCS, the music and the charges are tucked into the service and monthly bills.
MetroPCS, a wireless carrier, is known for offering prepaid phones, and a music deal like this should be attractive to the labels. It could help them reach an audience that includes people who aren't participating in the digital economy. It is believed that many MetroPCS subscribers don't own credit cards. … Read more
The 404 Digest for Episode 884 Android users versus iPhone users. What it's like to read Playboy in Braille. OMG, it's happening again: Prototype MacBook Pro with 3G spotted on eBay. Ever faked a cell phone call? You're not alone. Who's the hottest TV traffic reporter? Video voicemail from Marshall's dancing girlfriend. Episode 884 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more