Do You Feel Like Google Screwed You Over? Your Right – Just Look @ the NEXUS TWO With Full ATT 3G Support

I got my Nexus One on launch day, NO 3G with ATT, now if you check out the Google site and after their announcement on the 16th that the Nexus One is now FULLY COMPATIBLE with ATT 3G network, all of us poor saps who dished out $600 for the first Nexus One are completely out of luck.

I just got out of the phone with Google tech support and was told that basically i was out of luck. That there is nothing they can do and that i was stuck with the EDGE service with ATT. Short of getting a new phone i a was screwed over by Google.

This is so ridiculous, as an early adapter shouldn’t we be rewarded? Instead the exact opposite happened. We got screwed.

I now i am stuck with an inferior phone that i can’t sell because i had it engraved, and even if i did not i still would not be able to sell it due to the fact that the NEXUS TWO,  and that is exactly what it is, the NEXUS TWO is out. Regardless of what Google wants to call it or not, it’s still a new unit… Or is it?

 So get used to it everyone who got the NEXUS ONE in the last 3 months, you were screwed, for the NEXUS TWO is out!!!

DAMN YOU GOOGLE! You are starting to act like Microsoft. What ever happened with DO NO HARM?!

Alex Reader Hands-On Lusty Pictures

via Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz on 11/4/09

There was a lousy video, but coming from the generation that had crushes on girls with staples on their belly buttons, I prefer these glossy pictures of the Alex Reader. And I don’t mind its extra thickness.

Maximum PC got their hands on one, and liked it very much, from the capacitative screen—running Android—that can play video to the onscreen keyboard. The only thing they didn’t like is that it is thicker than Kindle. Who cares about a few millimeters when you get more usability in return? I don’t. And I like them curvy.

[Maximum PC]

Intel Hit With a Massive Antitrust Suit, In the US This Time

via Gizmodo by John Herrman on 11/4/09

Remember how Intel got smacked in the face with a $1.45 billion fine in the EU for shadily suffocating AMD into submission? Today, New York’s Attorney General has brought the fight to the US. This is going to get messy.

From the looks of it, this case will mirror the European Commission’s case almost exactly:

“Rather than compete fairly, Intel used bribery and coercion to maintain a stranglehold on the market,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “Intel’s actions not only unfairly restricted potential competitors, but also hurt average consumers who were robbed of better products and lower prices.”

The AG even echoes some of the same cases used in the EC’s investigation, like the time Intel allegedly paid $130 million to keep IBM from selling AMD-based servers, which IBM execs considered as much a business deal as a way to avoid incurring the “wrath of Intel.” I too avoid the wrath of Intel, by using AMD chips. Bam! Also: no. But still, dick move!

Cuomo is working with the same body of evidence that the European Commission was, and probably quite a bit more—the FTC’s been breathing down their necks for over a year now—so I’d expect this to get pretty uncomfortable for Intel. And by uncomfortable, of course, I mean very, very expensive.


Official Microsoft Policy: If You a Buy a Used Xbox 360 That’s Banned From Xbox Live, You’re Just Screwed

via Gizmodo by matt buchanan on 11/4/09

Major Nelson, updating us on a periodic Xbox Live purge—banhammering cheaters, pirates and other folks of ill-repute, though not 12-year-olds—reminds us of Microsoft’s official policy that if you buy a used Xbox 360 that’s been banned, you’re screwed.

The crux of the matter is that the warranty on an Xbox 360 “is not transferable,” so if you buy a used console “that has been previously banned, you will not be able to connect to Xbox LIVE.” So if you buy a used Xbox 360, make sure it’s from a less-than-shady party—and if you buy from a used games shop, make ’em connect it to Xbox Live so you know you’re getting something that works.

[Major Nelson]

Our Favorite Lifehacker Posts of the Week

via Gizmodo by Rosa Golijan on 11/4/09

This week Lifehacker’s got ways to avoid looking like a slob when eating chicken wings, pointers on really leaving no trace when browsing, proof that office space can be shared, and a gadget to annoy your coworkers.

Browser speed test results for Windows 7

How to really browse without leaving a trace

How to make some coffee shop favorites at home (I highly recommend the lemon pound cake)

How to decide when to spring for the extended warranty

How to turn IKEA cabinets into a cordless desktop stand

How to eat a chicken wing with little to no mess

The Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 is finally officially available for download and there’s a great guide on how it integrates into Windows 7

The five best application docks

How to get along with your significant other in a compact home office (For a moment I thought this was also a lesson on a Mac and a PC cohabiting, but alas, both computers are Macs)

How to build a “beeping thing” and drive your coworkers nutters

How to use Vicks VaporRub to cure toenail fungus

Make system rebuilding tear-free by using Allmyapps to bulk-install your favorite applications (Windows/Linux only, but those feeling left out can learn about tear-free onion cutting instead)

World’s fastest supercomputer models the unseen universe

via DVICE Atom Feed by Charlie White on 10/30/09

World's fastest supercomputer models the unseen universe

It’s hard to tell what the universe looks like, especially since it takes billions of years for the light from most of it to reach us. It’s even more difficult to visualize the 70% of the matter in the universe that’s invisible.

That’s why scientists bring out the heavy iron, IBM Roadrunner, the world’s fastest supercomputer, to simulate crazy stuff like dark energy and dark matter for us. It’s crunching through data simulating galaxies full of trillions of stars at a sustained speed of faster than one petaflop, or 1 quadrillion calculations per second.

The remarkable power of Roadrunner pushes computational throughput beyond anything ever used before by three orders of magnitude, according to scientists working on the Roadrunner Universe Model. The result is the best look we’ve ever had at the origins of the mysterious unseen universe. The images will get better — there’s a 20-petaflop computer coming in 2012.

Via HPC Wire

Gavari violin fast forwards instrument design by 300 years

via DVICE Atom Feed by Michael Trei on 10/31/09

Gavari violin fast forwards instrument design by 300 years

Check out almost any classical violinist, and you might notice that the instruments they use are based on designs first created over 300 years ago. World class players are even willing to pay millions to own an original instrument from the great 17th century Italian masters like Antonio Stradivari.

If you wanted to cross an ocean at great speed you wouldn’t go looking for a 17th century ship, so why do we still use 300 year old violins? Surely by using modern design techniques and 21st century materials, we can create a better sounding instrument than a bunch of Italian guys using old bits of wood and some varnish.

That’s the thinking behind the Gavari Semiacoustic Violin from Austrian designer Gerda Hopfgartner. Working with a Viennese luthier, Hopfgartner took her inspiration from modern yachts, as well as “feminine curves and sundry corset outlines of the Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier ages” whatever that means. While the results certainly look cool and modern, I’m still waiting for a verdict on its sonic performance.

The Gavari violin is being shown this weekend at the Tokyo Designers Week exhibition.