Jeff and Natali attended a special event last night to kick off the June 4 launch of the HTC Evo 4G and were also given a sneak peak of Hollywood's latest video game movie adaptation, "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time." Without dropping any spoilers, suffice it to say it means a lot when you walk out of a movie with free admission and cupcakes.
The takeaway was the pricing details and release date announced at the event--the HTC Evo 4G is already available for preorder at Best Buy and Radio Shack for $199 with a two-year contract, but there's a catch: you must pay for the Sprint Everything Data Plan at $70 per month with a mandatory $10 "Premium Data Add-on" that nets you access to the WiMax network even if you live outside of the coverage area! Luckily, Sprint has already announced plans to expand to up to 18 more markets by the end of 2010.
Pricing and availability aside, we're all excited about the Evo handset itself and the ability to stream HD YouTube videos from the built-in HDMI port. Natali also tells us about a chat app for Android built by a company called Qik that uses the camera on the front for video conferencing. And, of course, Jeff spent a majority of his time testing the KICKSTAND and it's apparently much tougher than we anticipated.
As more users lose faith in Facebook, a group of programmers have built a platform that could be the next big social network. It's called Diaspora and it works on an open-source server to put control of personal information back in the hands of the user.
Although the Web site is still very much in its infancy, the four NYU programming students behind Diaspora have already reached their goal to raise $100,000 for start-up capital, and there's still over two weeks left in the fund-raising campaign through Kickstarter.
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Ep. 580: Where Jeff and Natali do not speak Farsi