Today, HTC announced a mid-range Android device, Wildfire. The HTC Wildfire will have the Sense UI and a new app-sharing widget which supports Twitter, texts and mails. The HTC Wildfire will have Android 2.1 at the time of release in Q3 this year.
The HTC Wildfire will have a 3.2 inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen with multiple touch sensors. It also has a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash. Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm jack will also be present. It will have Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz processor, 512MB ROM and 384MB RAM. A 1300mAh Li-ion battery will come bundled.
HTC Wildfire will be available in four different colors and is expected to cost 300EURO.
Apple may be hell bent on punishing Gizmodo for the iPhone 4G/HD leaks, but they aren’t the only ones who have managed to get their hands on a next gen iPhone. Not one but two Vietnamese websites have managed procure iPhone 4G prototypes. First off, it was Tinhte (who also managed to get their hands on secret new MacBook model), and now it is MainGuyen.
Neither of the leaked iPhone handsets had the iPhone OS on them. While Tinhte’s device was running “Bonfire” test routine, MainGuyen’s handset had something called “Inferno”.
Here are some more iPhone HD Snaps and Videos
According to Digitimes, iPhone 4G will sport a super high quality in-plane switching (IPS), fringe-field switching (FFS) display with a resolution of 960Ã—640. FFS enables a wider viewing angle and provides clear display even under direct sunlight. IPhone 4G/HD will be powered by ARM Cortex A8 processor, along with a 512MB memory module from Samsung Electronics. Approximately 24 million units of iPhone 4G are expected to be shipped in 2010.
There is no doubt that YouTube has come a long way in these five years. The pioneer of the online video revolution is now doing everything from live event coverage and movie premieres to movie rentals. Currently, YouTube serves more than 2 billion views everyday. This is nearly double the prime-time audience of the top three television networks in America combined. Here is a quick look at YouTube’s evolution.
YouTube Celebrates 5th Birthday
Early Days of YouTube
First Video Uploaded on YouTube
While the most popular video on YouTube is Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance (196 million views), the first video to reach 1 million views was a Ronaldinho video clip. Although YouTube’s top 5 videos list is dominated by commecial productions, the most popular channel on YouTube is nigahiga, which consists of ameteur videos posted by Ryan Higa. Check out this interactive timeline prepared by YouTube, which showcases some of the landmark and popular YouTube videos.
YouTube is sharing touching, funny and interesting stories of how it has affected the lives of people around the world. Head over to YouTube’s official birthday channel to share your story, see what other’s have shared or watch the favourite videos of celebrities like Conan O’Brien, Vint Cerf and Katie Couric.
Linux Mint 9 is done. An official announcement is still pending; however, all the ISOs are now available for download.
Mint is an operating system designed to be completely functional out of the box. Linux Mint 9, which is based on Ubuntu 10.04, is in some ways, a refined version of an already excellent distro. Check out the videos embedded below to see Isadora in action.
Linux Mint boasts of a host of new and improved features including a new software manager, backup tool, tweaked interface, improved update manager and Mint4Win.
CD as well as DVD images for Linux Mint 9 are available. The DVD version is just about 100 MB larger than the CD version and simply includes additional wallpapers and packages such as Sun Java, Samba and ttf-DejaVu, which could not fit into the CD.
Dell has just released its new Studio XPS 7100 series of Desktop computers. Quad cores and/or hexa-cores processors from AMD power the new XPS 7100 series of Desktop computers. The base model of the XPS 7100 starts from $499. The XPS 7100 series of Desktops uses the latest DDR3 RAM for better performance.
The total RAM on the XPS 7100 is upgradeable to 16GB DDR3, and the storage space can be increased to 1.5TB. The graphics card options include either the inbuilt ATI HD 4200 or the HD5450 or the HD 5770 or the top of the line HD 5870 graphics card with 1 GB of graphics memory. A Blu-Ray drive, along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also optional. The top-of-the-line XPS 7100 features an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor along with an ATI HD 5870 with 1 GB of memory. The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor is meant only for OEMs, and will never hit the retail market.
It is nice to see Dell selling computers using processors from AMD. This will help in increasing the market share of AMD in a market, which is dominated by Intel. Keep in mind that the total pricing does not include the price of a LCD monitor. Users need to pay separately for a LCD monitor.
Android Market has been growing at an impressive pace and as more and more manufacturers begin embracing Android, the growth curve will only get steeper. However, one area where the Android Market falls short is the availability of high quality games.
The good news is that things may be about to change for Android users. EA Games has announced that it will be bringing its popular racing franchise Need for Speed to the Android platform soon. The newest game in the series – Need for Speed: Shift, will be launched on June 4, which also happens to be HTC EVO’s launch date.
Very little else is known about the game. In fact, EA hasn’t even released any screenshot of the game. However, let’s hope that this time around EA has paid attention to detail. Their previous releases including The Sims 3 and Spore Origins were bug ridden and prone to force closes.
If you are a racing game fan and the wait seems too long for you, then don’t worry. Storm 8’s Racing Live should keep for hooked for the weeks to come. Racing Live is a free Massively Multiplayer Online Racing game that allows you to challenge racers from around the world.
With all the heat Facebook’s founder is already taking over the privacy issues, being depicted in a Hollywood movie is the last thing he would want. The movie called The Social Network will depict Mark Zuckerberg as a sex maniac and portray a fantasized version of how and why he created Facebook.
The movie is based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionares and has a budget of 40 Million pounds. The movie is supposed to be a comedy one but will surely add to the ridicule Mark Zuckerberg is already a target of. The movie is produced by Kevin Spacey and is expected to be released this October. The film claims several things about Facebook’s history that might or might not be completely accurate but it definitely sounds like a fun thing to watch.
Mark’s role will be played by Jesse Eisenberg while his co-founder Sean Parker will be played by Justin Timberlake. More details about actual scenes of the movie are available here. A few years ago people were comparing Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates or even Steve Jobs but I think recent events have shown that he is not even taken seriously let alone being a tech legend
We had previously written about Windows Live Wave 4 roadmap and it seems to be pretty accurate. Microsoft Australia has invited handpicked technology enthusiasts for a media briefing to talk about Windows Live Wave 4 on the 18th of this month.
The roadmap posted had 18th May as the day when Windows Live Wave reaches Milestone 3. If the roadmap is to be believed, users will get access to beta builds starting June 7th.
Microsoft has already revealed the new features in the next Windows Live Messenger. Some of the highlights are:
New Social Dashboard
HD Video chat
LiveSide has an extensive list of the new features in Hotmail.
In a blog post a Microsoft Active Professional has revealed that Windows Live Wave 4 will officially be known as Windows Live Essentials 2011. The logo of the suite is expected to look like:
Four classic first person shooters are on a 40% off weekend on our favorite classic games website GOG.com! AquaNox, Postal 2, Painkiller: Black Edition and Redneck Rampage are the four games with a lot of runnin’ and a lot of gunnin’! Needless to say these are the best ways to let off steam from a heavy day or even a heavy week!
AquaNox: Though most fans regard this as a flawed sequel to the Aqua series, it is still a decent game to play. Though technically not a run and gungame, it plays a lot like Freespace only it’s underwater!
Postal 2 Complete: You’re the Dude, dude! Shoot things, buy milk and kill everyone in a queue to return library books! Remember that this hilarious game is only as violent as you want it to be. So while you can play the entire game without (much) bloodshed, you can also play it with unnecessarily large amounts of blood too. Fun!
Painkiller: Black Edition: As one reviewer on the game page says, this is the one true sequel to the original Quake. Paying due homage to old-school FPSs, the game is all about level design, insane and horrifying enemy hordes and oodles of shooting fun! It’s a cult hit and the Black Edition also includes the Battle Out of Hell expansion pack for 3.5GB of gaming insanity!
Redneck Rampage: Crash-land UFOs, cuss at jack o’ lopes in the desert and ride over people in a Swamp Buggy and an armed motorcycle. Oh, did I mention that there was a lot of cussing? Play this hilarious game for weeks of redneck shootin’.
Yahoo has revealed its plans to open source the cloud based platform it currently uses for its own internal applications earlier next year. This part of the storage is known by the name of “The Cloud” internally in Yahoo and it serves pretty much all the yahoo apps.
The Cloud here, offers a mix of features from Amazon EC2 and Google App engine. It allows us to have an improved security and has dedicated servers for specific tasks like load balancing.
Google App engine also offers a similar feature but it is close sourced properly and puts a tight restriction on apps for using this platform. Apps are limited to use 30 seconds requests or to return more than 10MB of data at a single API call.
Amazon EC2 is also similar to Google Apps platform but there is an Open Source project already available to make use of their API.
Yahoo is about to change this by open-sourcing the complete backend.
If and once this open-sourcing becomes a hit, Yahoo will get back in business and make itself a reigning territory. The real challenge here is developing apps and finding companies who will take part in this experiment with Yahoo.
(Via: The Register)