You wanted it and we got it — the latest in tech news, best known as the US Update. In today’s update we bring it to you fresh with the Verizon iPhone 4 saga, the latest rumblings on the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Vibrant 4G, hop on over to review Sony’s restraining order against Geohot’s jailbreak and more.
First up the Verizon iPhone 4. The CDMA iPhone 4 coming to stores on February 10th has caused quite a buzz across the inter-webs resulting in the carrier’s website coming to a grinding halt. Reminiscent of last year’s iPhone 4 announcement which crashed At&t’s servers, the Verizon iPhone will certainly help Apple sell over 70 million handsets in 2011.
Samsung has two hot new Android handsets set to be unveiled very shortly – the Galaxy S2 and the Vibrant 4G. Both phones feature the new Super AMOLED display seen first on the Verizon LTE smartphone, but the Galaxy S2 is looking while a global launch whereas the Vibrant 4G is set for T-mobile USA.
Sony has filed a restraining order against iPhone jailbreaker Geohot and his legion of hackers. The team, responsible for jailbreaking PS3 firmware version 3.55, has managed to restore the install “Other OS” feature which Sony removed from the PS3 following the launch of the PS3 Slim last year.
Ghostbusters 3 will ride or die on Bill Murray. According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is ready to pull the plug on the third installment in the franchise if Bill Murray is not signed on to the film. The budget is reportedly $150m so there’s plenty of benjamins to be exchanged if he decides to take the role.
Last up this morning is news on the rumored Facebook Phone. In a Bluetooth SIG filing, the INQ Cloud Touch, has been revealed to have deep Facebook integration — so deep that “it’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core”. Since the filing was discovered, INQ has removed all references to Facebook and changed the product name to simply, T2-219U.
That wraps up things this fine morning from the states. Thanks for spending your morning with us as we break the headlines fresh off the press from our side of the world. Until tomorrow, this is Nick saying over and out.