If Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung have struck your fancy but haven’t been available in your country, your fortune might have just changed. Google’s proclaimed that Chrome OS laptops from the trio will see begin rolling out to folks in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Not only is Mountain View expanding its laptop initiative’s international horizons, but it’s bringing them to more than 1,000 Best Buy stores too, roughly 500 more than previously carried them. Ready to snatch one of the notebooks? Hit the source links to get crackin’.
Not content with a simple Deutsche Telecom announcement, Mozilla’s using Mobile World Congress as a platform to launch its mobile operating system in a slew of markets. Rolling out in waves, the first round of devices featuring Firefox OS include the likes of Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela, with more markets soon, according to the company. The first round of handsets include devices by Alcatel, LG and ZTE. Mozilla also let slip news of a forthcoming handset from Huawei, who just capped up their own MWC press conference. As you’d expect, there’s a whole slew of carriers on board. You can find the list in the release after the break.
Seattle may have lost its high-velocity hoops team, but that doesn’t mean it’s satisfied with anything but speedy internet. The city has come to an agreement with Gigabit Squared (GB2) to build an unnecessarily wordy “fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network.” With the University of Washington taking care of “community leadership” (as part of the Gig. U initiative), GB2 plans to utilize Seattle‘s excess fiber infrastructure, and create more, to deliver new internet options in three ways. In addition to the wired fiber network, the Gigabit Seattle project sees the development of a “dedicated gigabit broadband wireless umbrella” for beaming up to 1 Gbps from radio transmitters to others in direct view, as well as municipal WiFi-like services.
At this stage, only 12 “demonstration” areas are earmarked in the proposal, although the radio-based wireless “umbrella” has the potential to extend that coverage. Gigabit Squared now needs to find the cash to get going if it wants to meet the distant operational target of “year-end 2014.” It’s worth remembering that plenty of city-wide internet initiatives have failed before this one, and only a Memorandum of Understanding and a Letter of Intent have been signed by all the involved parties — agreements which aren’t necessarily binding. Full details of the plan are available in PR form and at the source link below, or if you’re done with prose, a map of the 12 demo neighborhoods hopefully getting hooked up can be found after the break.
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Motorola created quite some buzz with its first “Intel inside” Android phone, the RAZR i, back in September, so it’s only natural to see the company tapping into the Chinese market with a localized variant. Dubbed the RAZR i MT788, this China Mobile device bears much similarity to its Western sibling on paper: 2GHz Intel Atom Z2480, 4.3-inch 960 x 540 AMOLED display (with Gorilla Glass), eight-megapixel camera, microSD expansion (up to 32GB) and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The difference? Well, the chassis is the most obvious one: instead of using the same design as the original RAZR i, the new MT788 looks identical to the MSM8625-powered dual-SIM XT788 on China Telecom. On top of that, the battery is rated at just 1,735mAh instead of the RAZR i’s 2,000mAh, and there’s just 4GB of built-in memory instead 16GB; but the front-facing camera’s bumped up from 0.3 megapixels to 1.3. There’s no price just yet, but interested buyers can pick one up in China starting in mid-December. Will the world’s largest carrier help Intel take a significant bite out of the mobile phone market? Only time will tell.
The Nintendo Wii U arrives on Japanese shores on December 8th starting at 26,260 yen (around $ 340), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced this morning via Nintendo Direct video stream. A presentation later today in New York City starring Nintendo of America prez Reggie Fils-Aime will reveal pricing and release dates for the rest of the world, but you’d be right in guessing it won’t be too far from the Japanese launch.
A basic set and premium set were revealed, with the premium option adding more storage up to 32GB, from 8GB on the cheaper bundle. The Premium set (priced at 31,500 yen, or about $ 405) will also arrive with additional controllers and peripherals — including a charging stand for your Wii U GamePad. Those GamePads will also be available standalone for 13,440 yen, which could see American gamers paying around $ 173 for the luxury.
The Wii U pro controllers are priced at 5,040 yen ($ 65) each, while the Wiimote will continue to be priced at 3,800 yen (around $ 50), in a selection of colors — likewise the nunchuks will come in three color palettes. A GamePad charging stand will also be available to buy separately — setting you back around 1,870 yen — around $ 25. Naturally, there’s going to be some international variance in these prices. We’ll update once we get those US prices cemented.
We’ve been given a little more detail on the technical specifics too, with the Wii U packing 1GB of its own (“main”) memory alongside 1GB for running games. The hard drive, meanwhile, will house 25 gigs of space. Two titles, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will both debut alongside the console — we’re expecting to hear even more software details later today.
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We’d already heard plenty of reports that Windows Phone would reach China in March, but now HTC has provided official confirmation that the latest update, Tango, will form a part of the Chinese launch. This announcement comes via a pre-order for the HTC Titan (albeit under the “Triumph” name) in HTC’s new flagship store in Beijing Blue Harbor. Although there’s no explicit mention of Tango in the image, Engadget was told by HTC that the latest update to Windows Phone powers its device.
No date has been provided for when the Triumph will launch, but the high-powered handset comes as something of a surprise considering Tango’s focus on allowing the OS to run on lower specced devices. The price is hefty, too — prospective buyers will need…
MetroPCS purports to bring the wireless to all, but it hasn’t had the right showcase to fulfill that promise… until now. The carrier announced today that its arsenal of handsets is on the way to one of the biggest online retailers in the world. A quick perusal of the PR below reveals no handset exclusions, so it’s safe to say that Amazon will offer every handset from the mobile provider’s armory. We know that cash Santa stuffed in your stocking’s burning a hole in your pocket, and right now seems like a good time to head on over to Bezos’ favorite site to get your hands on one of those LTE devices we’ve introduced you to.
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Just because next week’s joint Samsung and Google event has been postponed doesn’t mean the leaks have to end. A Sammy handset with the model number I9250, which matches up nicely with the baseband version in the Galaxy Nexus shots that popped up, just made an appearance at the FCC packing a GSM radio compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s faux-G networks. It’s also boasting dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth and NFC. Despite suggestions that the next Nexus device would be a Verizon exclusive, we could be looking at the AT&T version or at least the unlocked GSM model. The fact that it doesn’t support T-Mobile’s 2100MHz band leads us to believe this won’t be popping up in T-Mo shops. Also noticeably missing is any mention of LTE — that particular feature could still be the sole realm of Big Red. Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer to find out all the details. One more image after the break.
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If you pay even a small bit of attention to the iPhone jailbreaking scene, you’ve probably heard by now: one of its golden boys is heading for greener pastures. Nicholas Allegra — perhaps known better as comex (the brain behind the one-click, web-based jailbreaking tool, JailbreakMe) — is hangin’ up his hacker hat and heading for Cupertino, having been offered an internship at Apple.
Before settling down in his new seat, though, comex took a bit of time to answer some questions from the community on his future, his thoughts on the jailbreak scene, and regrets.
To be clear: the text excerpts below are highlights pulled from an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Reddit. The AMA occured in the iPhone sub-reddit rather than the dedicated AMA sub-reddit. Each question’s original asker follows in parentheses.
After your internship with Apple and after iOS 5 is officially released, will you continue to support the jailbreak community by providing exploits? (nishnasty)
Comex: No. (But I’ll want to jailbreak my phone, so I hope someone finds them :p)
(Of course, it’s worth noting that he probably can’t continue, even once the internship is over. Once you’ve signed up for an official tour on the mothership and have potentially mucked with source code [though Apple interns are generally kept at a distance from the source], activities like this are a no-go.)
Why an intern position though? It seems like you could carry a regular position at apple. (AstroZombie138)
Comex: I don’t know if I’d want to do that- I’ve never had a job before and I don’t know what it’s like- and I intend to go back to college soon.
How has the core jailbreak dev teams responded to you going to work for apple? (AstroZombie138)
Comex: Mostly with congratulations.
Have you made any money from the [jailbreak] scene? (jamesvdm)
Comex: I’ve made a good amount of money through donations, which is mostly being used to help pay for college. JailbreakMe 2.0 was like $ 40,000; 3.0 was $ 15,000 (not quite sure why it decreased).
The jailbreak community took a huge hit when you left. Do you think the active players can outsmart you now that you’re playing for the other team, or are you Apple’s final solution to their jailbreak problem? (bitterorca)
Comex: There are a lot of smart people working for Apple already; maybe I can help, but I doubt I can stop people from finding exploits.
Paraphased – On Apple “stealing” ideas from the jailbreak community (as many concepts that have found their way into iOS, such as multitasking, improved notifications, and even the App Store were implemented by jailbreakers first):
Comex: I certainly don’t mind. Jailbreak community puts an idea in front of people with a crappy implementation; Apple polishes it to the point where it can be an OS feature. I don’t know whether Apple actually pays attention to jailbreak apps, but see App Store, copy and paste, multitasking, etc…
Why did you choose to get involved in specifically the iPhone jailbreaking scene, what was it attracted you to the iPhone? (Colonel_Ham_Sandwich)
Comex: I had one… and it was a device that (a) had a lot of functionality, (b) had a nice and flexible UNIX OS, (c) already had an active homebrew community, and (d) was really cool. :p
Did you always set out to be a hacker or was it just something that interested you and found you had a [knack] for? (Colonel_Ham_Sandwich)
Comex: I never wanted to be a black hat hacker, but I did enjoy hacking (originally SQL injection and crap) as a natural extension of programming.
Finally, in regards to the PDF bug used for the JailbreakMe.com jailbreak, where on earth did you get the brilliant idea for it? (Colonel_Ham_Sandwich)
Comex: FreeType was one of the less studied open source components of iOS.
Are you optimistic about the future of the iOS platform? What features are you looking forward to next? (iconoclaus)
Comex: My personal opinion: it will probably continue to beat the pants off its competitors in performance for a while yet, and Apple’s “take your time but do it right” policy on features will probably continue to make it a pleasure to use. But I’m impatient: other platforms (WebOS) have a lot of fun stuff with no real equivalent in iOS.
Do you have any regrets? (bitterorca) Comex: I should have worked on these jailbreaks more consistently, and released them more quickly; I’ve had several exploits fixed on me that could have been used in a jailbreak if I was quicker at packaging.
Will the current jailbreaks and/or the site disappear? (UntilWeLand)
Comex: No, I’ll hand them over to MuscleNerd or chpwn or whoever will take care of them.
Your thoughts on Steve Jobs’ departure? (MDevonL)
Comex: Really a shame; I was hoping to meet him some day, and, company direction aside, keynotes won’t be as entertaining without him.
What, besides money, made you flip to the other side? (Clavis_Apocalypticae)
Comex: It’s not about money. A large part of my motivation to jailbreak was always the challenge; the internship will be a new sort of challenge.
Again, these are just the highlights — for a deeper dive and a good bit of interesting conversation, be sure to check out the full AMA thread.