Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Details at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox360/Consoles/Kinect-Star-Wars-Bundle.
I have a HP Envy 15 on order. I could not resist the 30% off coupon. I will of course give you a couple of reviews. One after the first twenty four hours, and one after a couple of weeks. I hope HP has excellent thermals on this generation.
[UPDATE for 1/5] FYI, I cancelled this order today for several reasons. First, HP should be providing details on the Envy Spectre in the next few days which I believe is going to be a 14" version of this. I would like a lighter machine. Second, there are a ton of machines being announced this week and next at CES. So although I could take advantage of HP's 21 day return policy, I don't really think it's fair to have a machine shipped just to turn around and ship it back.
I like blue. http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/ROCCAT-Isku/
This rare concept car goes on the auction block soon.
Details at http://nokia-windows-phone.t-mobile.com/. Press release at http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/nokia-lumia-710.
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 710 will hit shelves, less than one month after the Nokia Lumia 800 started turning heads.
The Nokia Lumia 710 will start selling today in Taiwan alongside the Nokia Lumia 800. The Nokia Lumia 710 will then reach stores in Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia in the next seven days and continue its global roll-out over the coming weeks.
Estimated retail price is 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies and availability will be via operator partners, retailers and open channels depending on local situation.
See the full press release at http://press.nokia.com/2011/12/09/nokia-lumia-710-now-shipping/.
Next weeks press event at T-Mobile should be interesting.
Yesterday Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services, posted a blog post with some information on the coming Windows Store. Here’s a brief excerpt from the beginning:
This is the first post in our new Windows Store blog, which will be dedicated to informing developers both on the progress of the Store as a service, and the platform and economic opportunity the Store represents. In September, we announced the Windows Store as part of Windows 8 and the distribution point for Metro style apps. And today, at our Store Preview event in San Francisco, we described the app policies and business terms for the Store, both of which are now published to our Dev Center.We also announced our First Apps contest for developers, and confirmed that we’re also inviting a select set of developers to submit Metro style apps for inclusion in the Beta version of the Store.
This is the first post in our new Windows Store blog, which will be dedicated to informing developers both on the progress of the Store as a service, and the platform and economic opportunity the Store represents.
In September, we announced the Windows Store as part of Windows 8 and the distribution point for Metro style apps. And today, at our Store Preview event in San Francisco, we described the app policies and business terms for the Store, both of which are now published to our Dev Center.We also announced our First Apps contest for developers, and confirmed that we’re also inviting a select set of developers to submit Metro style apps for inclusion in the Beta version of the Store.
See the rest of the blog post and information at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore/archive/2011/12/06/announcing-the-new-windows-store.aspx. Enjoy!
Flash Mobbing in India with NOKIA.
Today, just in time for the holidays, we’re releasing OneNote 1.3 for iOS. Since the launch of OneNote for iPhone nearly a year ago, a recurring request from our customers has been for a version that can be used more easily on the iPad's larger screen. We're happy to announce that today's new release of OneNote for iOS devices includes a version that's tailored for the iPad.
See the rest of the details on the OneNote team blog at http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-onenote/archive/2011/12/12/onenote-for-ios-gets-new-features-arrives-in-new-markets-worldwide.aspx.
Ready for the app? Go get it @ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-onenote-for-ipad/id478105721.
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