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Samsung Android Phones Delayed, Starcraft 2 Beta, Google Friend Connect's Social Bar, Gmail Contacts, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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Looks like Samsung's Android phones will be delayed. Enough to the point where their Android phones will not be showcased at this year's MWC. But it's okay, there's still the i8910 Acme and the S8300, right? Samsung is new to the Android OS, but it's still kind of surprising that the phone had to be delayed this much. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait. Maybe, an Omnia successor?

Activision-Blizzard has just hinted that the Starcraft II beta will begin in the "months ahead." Obviously, this is not a direct hint, since it was kind of obvious that it is coming soon. "Furthermore, the beta will include an early look at the new & improved Battle.net architecture that will ship with the game." I simply can't wait for this. It's gonna be amazing.

In response to Facebook Connect and OpenID's alliance, Google has responded by adding a social bar to their Google Friend Connect. I don't think that this addition will bring them closer to trumping Facebook Connect, but it's a start. "Google's new Social Web Blog introduces us to the social bar, a new gadget that 'concentrates many of the basic social functions into a small strip at the top or bottom of your webpage.'" The social bar will contain information, such as: your site's activity feed, comment wall and your member list.

Gmail has slightly altered how you organize your contacts. There are now 4 new options that relate to your contacts: contact merging, all contacts, removing contacts, and searching your contacts. First off, contact merging will combine those 3 accounts that your friend has into one. Secondly, "instead of Suggested Contacts, you'll now see a group called All Contacts which, as the name would suggest, is where all of your contacts live and thus a good view for merging duplicate contacts." Third on the list is removing your contacts. Yes, "you can finally move contacts out of the My Contacts group." This is probably something that should have been implemented before, but you do have it now. Last, but not least is searching through all of your contacts. This new Gmail feature will strengthen the search feature. Instead of being restricted to searching for email addresses and names, you now get the feature to search using "phone numbers, notes fields, and mailing addresses as well." Thank you Google, for all of these improvements.

As of right now Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is scheduled to hit consumers by this year's holiday season. Write this down on your Christmas list.

Samsung Delays Android Phones (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/samsungs-android-phones-delayed-wont-show-up-at-mwc/
Starcraft 2 Beta: http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/693202/StarCraft-II-Beta-in-Months-Ahead-Will-Include-New-Battlenet.html?utm_source=g4tv&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=TheFeed
Google Friend Connect's Social Bar (and picture): http://mashable.com/2009/02/11/friend-connect-social-bar/
Gmail Contacts: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/four-changes-to-gmail-contacts.html
Gmail picture: http://www.breakitdownblog.com/working-around-gmail-contact-importing-oops-an-unknown-error-occured-while-importing-your-contacts/comment-page-1/
CoD: Modern Warfare 2: http://ps3.qj.net/Activision-Blizzard-CoD4-Modern-Warfare-2-out-by-Holidays/pg/49/aid/128834

Mophie Juice Pack Air For The iPhone, Mitsubishi Suspends LaserVue HDTVs, LG LH30FD LCD HDTVs, Asus Raising EEE Prices, Pokemon Platinum

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iPhone users, this is for you. The Mophie Juice Pack Air is the thinnest external battery for the iPhone 3G and it also makes a good case. The new Juice Pack Air will improve from its previous version (Juice Pack) and is now available for pre-ordering in black, purple or white versions. The Juice Pack Air will have a rechargeable 1,200 mAh battery that "virtually doubles the amount of time you have to rock, talk, surf, and send messages." They will be officially released this Spring on both Mophie's website and in Apple stores.

You may know Mitsubishi as the creator of the LaserVue HDTVs; you may also know them as the car makers. Either way, they are suspending the production of their LaserVue HDTVs until early 2009. Technically, early 2009 is right now, but i guess they meant sometime between now and mid-2009. They aren't entirely discontinuing the line, so don't panic, they're just suspending the production for a bit.

Currently, there is no word on these LCD HDTVs coming to America (let alone Canada), but they are available in Korea. The LG LH30FD LCD HDTVs will have 3 sets of picture modes, 3 HDMI sockets and a "four-step power saving mode that can purportedly 'reduce power consumption by to 70 percent.'" If you live in Seoul, you can get one later this month for $1,725 USD for the 47-inch model, $1,186 USD for the 42-inch model, and $862 USD for the 32-inch model.

There is a rumour going around that Asus will raise its prices on their EEE models next month, March 1st to be exact. The "existing and upcoming notebooks and EEE family products" are expected to increase up to 20% in price. Asus USA has stepped up and denied these rumours. Although, Gizmodo points out that the rumour could still be true, since Asus' decisions are mainly made overseas.

If you've pre-ordered your copy of Pokemon Platinum, you may be in luck. Nintendo is said to be rewarding those who have pre-ordered with a "limited edition Giratina Origin Form figure." This figure will be about 2.75 inches tall. As of right now, there is no word on which retailers will be handing out these figurines, so good luck.

Mophie Juice Pack Air For The iPhone (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/mophies-juice-pack-air-worlds-thinnest-iphone-3g-battery-ca/
Mitsubishi Suspends LaserVue HDTVs (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/mitsubishi-temporarily-suspends-production-of-laservue-hdtvs/
LG LH30FD LCD HDTVs (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/lg-intros-power-sipping-lh30fd-lcd-hdtvs-in-korea/
Asus Raising EEE Prices Next Month (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5151697/asus-to-raise-prices-on-all-eee-products-next-month
Pokemon Platinum (and picture): http://www.joystiq.com/2009/02/11/pokemon-platinum-pre-order-gives-trainers-limited-giratina-origi/

Digital Cube's iStation T3, Gigabyte GSmart S1200, NVIDIA Ion Multi-Tasking On Windows 7, Palm Ends PalmOS, Moves Onto WebOS

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The iStation T3 from Digital Cube is going to be released soon. Although, there is no scheduled release date nor a confirmed price tag, i might as well give you some of its features. The iStation T3 is a PMP (Portable Media Player) that will have a 4.3 inch touchscreen. The screen itself has a resolution of 480 x 272, which is odd. It will have 32GB of storage on-board and will also have an SDHC expansion slot, just in case you need some more space. The T3 also has FM radio, a voice recorder, a dictionary (for some reason) and an optional TV output. "Portable Alliance claims that the unit will be offered in standard, academic and DMB flavors." It'll be interesting to see when this device will pop-up again.

The Gigabyte GSmart S1200 will be making its debut at MWC in Barcelona this weekend. It looks like a decent phone at first, but it's running on WinMo 6.1. This phone may not be terrible because it uses a 528MHz Qualcomm 7200A processor. As you can tell, the phone has a touchscreen and is only 0.43 inches thick.

At a recent press conference, NVIDIA and Microsoft worked together to prove something. "As you might have guessed the pair was especially keen to show off Windows 7 multitasking on the platform ... with it able to convert a 1080p video file to a more portable size while the video was playing, and play Left 4 Dead at 720p resolution without any noticeable hiccups." Isn't that incredible? Apparently, the NVIDIA Ion is going to be used widely in netbooks, but it will be released on a desktop PC first. NVIDIA will probably try to increase the Ion's battery-life in the meantime.

Despite Sony saying that the new Bravia's won't be available until the Spring-time, it looks like they're ahead of schedule. The new 46-inch Sony Bravia with 120Hz Motionflow technology are now on sale for $1,899 USD on Sony's website. These are quite heavy (52.6 pounds), but who cares, unless you're planning to mount it on the wall. This TV doesn't have WirelessHD, so if that's what you're looking for, this is not the TV you'd want.

It was a good run for PalmOS over the years, but it's time to move on. Palm will now be utilizing their new WebOS (found in the Palm Pre) and Windows Mobile for their future phones.

Digital Cube's iStation T3 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/digital-cubes-istation-t3-surfaces-in-the-wild-primed-for-rele/
Digital Cube's iStation T3 Specs: http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/24/istation-t3-an-unremarkable-pmp-for-stylish-powerful-people/
Gigabyte GSmart S1200 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/gigabyte-to-debut-gsmart-s1200-winmo-phone-and-more-at-mwc/
NVIDIA Ion Multi-Tasking On Windows 7: http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/nvidia-shows-off-ion-windows-7-multitasking-confirms-launch-det/
Sony Bravia LCD HDTV On Sale (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/11/sonys-bravia-kdl-46v5100-lcd-hdtv-goes-on-sale/
Palm Ends PalmOS: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=12720

150th Post: Miro 2.0, Mozilla Fennec, Man Claims Treasure on Google Earth, Core i7's On The MacBook Pro In Q4, Free Wi-Fi On Southwest Airlines

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This is my 150th post, even though it seems like i just finished writing my 100th post yesterday. Remember the one with Megan Fox? I've also recently got my 1000th view, which got me excited. Even though at least half of my views are from my friends, it's still an accomplishment. Anyways, let's kick it off with some more Miro.

I downloaded Miro this morning in the library and it looks like it's a pretty good service. It works kind of like the iTunes Store, where you can download stuff like Podcasts. The UI is very easy to navigate, even for a first-time Miro user, like myself. You have your left sidebar, which has a bunch of options and your feed headers. Unfortunately, since i don't live in the United States, i can't get any shows (like 'The Office' and 'Family Guy') on my Miro because its streamed off of Hulu. And for me, Hotspot Shield isn't working anymore, so i need to find a new alternative work-around. The quality of the video in Miro is excellent. But, i still think that the HD aspect of it could be improved. I've only watched a couple of videos, so far. Stuff from Onion News and some HD GeekBrief, mainly. I suggest that you try it out for yourselves, it's a decent piece of software and will only improve. Update: I've just gotten my third "Not Responding" message. It seems to occur after the video is finished playing or when i try to close the program.

Mozilla has released a pre-alpha version of their "Fennec" browser to HTC Touch Pro phones and to almost every Windows Mobile phone. It may be running slow and it may be buggy, but that's because it is a pre-alpha version. The Mozilla team has mentioned that they've pulled a lot of its features, including: plug-ins, soft keyboard input, and program or add-on updating. It's free, so if you want to take a risk and try Fennec out, then go right ahead.

Nathan Smith, a Los Angeles musician, has, supposedly, found treasure from the wreckage of the Spanish barquentine on Google Earth. He approached a couple of experts and they told him that this treasure could be worth up to $3 billion USD. But, get this. It may be on someone else's property. This case is actually headed to court, to see who gets the first cracks at this 'treasure'. No one knows for sure if there is treasure because, as of right now, no one has taken the time to dig it up. The court will settle who gets "first dibs" on the treasure.

In October, the Apple MacBook Pro's got the 45nm Penryn processors as an upgrade. Another source is saying that the new MacBook Pro's will have the Core i7 32nm processors in Q4 of this year. The 32nm processor is said to have a 22% performance increase boost over the current 45nm models. The Core i7 processors are part of Intel's Nehalem family.

If you're going to take a flight soon, take the Southwest Airlines. If you're lucky enough, you will get the plane equipped with free Wi-Fi. It will only be free for a while, since it is in beta. The guy in the picture looks like he's using his laptop in an uncomfortable manner. Personally, i don't do that. He should have just pulled the tray out, but i guess he's unique.

Miro 2.0 Download Link: http://www.getmiro.com/download/for-windows/
Miro Logo picture: http://jimmac.musichall.cz/log/?cat=11
Mozilla Fennec (and picture): http://lifehacker.com/5151355/firefox-mobile-available-for-htc-touch-pro-windows-mobile-phones
Man Claims Treasure on Google Earth: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10161265-71.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
Core i7's On The MacBook Pro In Q4: http://www.macrumors.com/2009/02/11/core-i7-nehalem-based-macbook-pros-possible-in-q4-2009/
Free Wi-Fi on Southwest Airlines (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5151340/southwest-airlines-in+flight-wi+fi-free-while-in-beta

Adding Location Feature To Your Signature In Gmail, SMART Multitouch Table, Miro 2.0

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If you use signatures in Gmail, this may be useful to you. I, on the other hand, do not, so this is just for my many few viewers out there. If you go into your Gmail Labs, you may notice a new option called "Location in Signature." This Labs feature will do exactly what it says it will do. If you have signatures, it will display your location (in the signature portion of the e-mail) from where ever you sent the e-mail from. "It'll use your public IP address to determine your location, so it may not always be that accurate." I don't send too many emails nor do i use signatures, so this isn't a big deal to me.

In the midst of the recession, gadgets like this still manage to be released. The SMART Multitouch table is aimed at children. This $8000 USD table comes with 6 applications fresh out of the box. Teachers will be able to customize whatever they need to and will be able to save information on a USB bracelet.

Today marks the first time i've ever heard of Miro. I will be testing it out after this blog post, to see what all of the hype is about. "Miro 2.0 is a desktop video player that also tries to be your video library, as well as a web browser for online video and podcasts." It plays almost every video format and you can also stream from sites like Hulu. You will also be able to download torrents using this software. Me, being a newbie with this software, will probably have read the "Miro Guide." The focus for Miro 2.0 looks like it's the HD video component of it. "You can find a fine selection of HD vidcasts and a podcast directory on Miro's companion site." If there's an HD video you want off YouTube, you can use Miro to download them. Below is a video about Miro.

Adding Location To Your Signature In Gmail (and picture): http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/new-in-labs-add-your-location-to-your.html
SMART Multitouch Table (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5151144/smart-educational-multitouch-table-will-learn-yer-kids-real-good
Miro 2.0 (picture and video): http://mashable.com/2009/02/10/miro-20-hd-video/