Netflix iPhone Bound

Netflix will be coming to the iPhone, according to an announcement during Apple’s WWDC. This marks yet another platform that Netflix is available to, which includes several set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, HD television sets, DVRs and game consoles.

Barclays analyst Doug Anmuth says that the Netflix iPhone app “should have a positive effect on subscriber growth, churn, & potentially SAC.” However, the new limited data plans from AT&T could put a damper on 3G streaming.

Anmuth doesn’t think that Netflix is going to be stopping its mobile expansion with just iPhone, and expects an Android app soon.

Source: Business Insider

Guitar Hero Rocking App Store

Activision revealed recently that that they will be bringing Guitar Hero to the iPhone and iPod Touch for the first time. Made by Vicarious Visions from the ground up for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the app will have avatar customization, Facebook postings and leaderboards, and the ability to download new tracks using an in-game music store.

“With Guitar Hero for the iPhone and iPod Touch, we are once again leveraging our leadership position in the music/rhythm videogame space to deliver an all-new Guitar Hero experience that millions of people around the world can enjoy anytime, anywhere,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Officer for Guitar Hero. “From our headliner set list in the base app and forthcoming song packs to the innovative new social integration and guitar shredding gameplay mechanics, Guitar Hero will let players experience and interact with music in all-new ways.”

The Guitar Hero app costs $2.99 and comes with six songs, while six song packs with three tracks apiece will be available at launch for $1.99 each.

PS4 v3.1: Viral Promotion?

Recently a new video emerged that appears to be a viral video from Sony. The production values would suggest an official video and the glasses on the oddly convulsing man seem to point to 3D capabilities, but for now (as with many viral videos) things are a mystery.

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iPhone 4 Sees Official Unveiling

As expected, Apple today unveiled the latest version of the iPhone at WWDC. The iPhone 4 comes equipped with an extra camera (front-facing for video conferences) and a gyroscope (expected to be used by developers in a variety of ways).

“It is the thinnest smartphone on the planet,” said CEO Steve Jobs, saying it was 9.3 millimeters thick. He also described the stronger battery and the steel frame of the phone, which is used as an antenna.

The iPhone 4 will also be faster than previous iPhones, coming equipped with the A4 chip also featured in the iPad. The iPhone is also described as being more angular that the previous designs of the iPhone.

This new iPhone 4 will be available June 24 in black and white cases.  Apple plans to make the device available for $199 for the 16-gigabyte version and $299 for the 32-gigabyte version.

The latest version of the iPhone OS (called iOS 4) will feature multitasking, location applications, a gaming platform called Games Center, an iBooks readers and a new e-mail inbox. Despite anticipation that a Verizon compatible iPhone would be unveiled, no such announcement was made, leaving AT&T the exclusive carrier of Apple products for the moment.

Source: New York Times

FarmVille Planted On iPhone

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus today announced that FarmVille will be coming to the iPhone. The announcement was made during Apple’s WWDC, where he also said that the popular Facebook game has over 70 million active monthly users

“With FarmVille on the iPhone, you can farm anytime, anywhere,” said Pincus.

The game will be supported by micro-transactions, much in the same way that the Facebook version of the game is. The game will make use of iPhone s push notification feature to give players notifications of their virtual crops and livestock.

FarmVille for iPhone is expected to launch later in June.

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HTC EVO 4G Sets Sprint Sales Record

Sprint today announced that the release of the HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint. To quantify, the device sold on its launch day three times what the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre manged over three days, putting sales estimates between 300,000 and 600,000.

“HTC EVO 4G is a clear winner for customers with the powerful combination of an amazing multimedia experience in 3G coverage areas that becomes even better in our growing number of 4G markets,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “It is terrific to see customers react so positively to this device and the innovative experience it brings to them.”

These sales have led to supply falling short at some of the 22,000 retail locations that the EVO 4G is available at. Sprint and HTC promise that more shipments are bound for stores around the country.

“HTC EVO 4G has more than lived up to our expectations that it would be one of the most anticipated technology products of the year,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “We are working closely with our partners at HTC to increase the supply and get EVO 4G into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”

3DS Close To PS3, Xbox 360 In Processor Capabilities, Says Report

With E3 2010 nearly upon us, speculation in the gaming industry is starting to ramp up. The 3DS is one of the more mysterious known quantities; Nintendo has announced the 3D portable device and it’s known it will be shown off at E3 2010, but very little else is confirmed about it. In that void has rushed a report that the 3DS is quite powerful indeed.

Nintendo has not revealed any specs for the 3DS system, but expect it to well surpass the Nintendo DS in visual and processor capabilities. To provide stereoscopic 3D effects the system must have the ability to render each game field twice, one for each of the player’s eyes, a technique that will require significant horsepower to produce,” writes Craig Harris. Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

We’ll see for ourselves how accurate this report is come Nintendo’s pre-E3 press conference.

Source: IGN

Google Preps Chrome OS Release

Google is expecting their Chrome OS to release Fall 2010. The alternative to Microsoft Windows will be designed initially to work on laptop PCs.

“We will be selective on how we come to market because we want to deliver a great user experience,” said Google’s head of the Chrome project Sundar Pichai at the Computex PC show. “We’re thinking on both the hardware and software levels.”

For its part, Microsoft was actively skeptical of the open source OS, saying that different versions of programs would have to be built for different brands. Pichai said that the similarity in the base core means software companies would not have to develop a new version for Chrome.

“Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work,” Pichai said. “You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome.”

Chrome will let computer companies like Acer and HP develop their own versions of the OS. Google’s open source OS will be deeply integrated with the web and cloud computing ideas.

Source: Reuters