We’re at the tail-end of the week, and we’re not going to lie: we can feel it. All the way to our bones. If you’re getting paid this Friday, hopefully you’ve already decided on something to buy yourself — gotta spend that earned money, right? Or, maybe you’ve already waited in line for the thing you wanted to get yourself? That’s probably the case. But, moving away from the Apple-phone for a short time, let’s take a look at The Best of R3 Media. First up, we’ve got a software update for the EVO 4G coming soon, an updated keyboard that we want, and some wireless syncing for BlackBerrys. And then, in the Dredge ‘Net, Hulu’s still being passed around, RIM does pretty well for itself, and head to a Microsoft Store to play some Kinect.
The Best of R3 Media
HTC EVO 4G Primed for June 28th Software Update: Don’t get your hopes up, though. We’ll go ahead and tell you right now: it’s not Android 2.2. Basically, the update itself is pinned as a minor software update, and it’s going to address some bugs to the system, and that’s about it. Things like issues with the Facebook application, as well as alterations to the social networking sync. Basically, things are getting fixed. And, that’s never a bad thing. So, start counting down the days, folks — unless it turns out not to be true. Then we don’t know what to tell you. [via Android Community]
Optimum Popularis Keyboard Features Awesome Keys: When a keyboard features things like changeable digital keys, we’re fans. Even if it’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread, we’re going to be fans of things that make us think the future’s happening now. When the original Optimus Maximus was unveiled, things weren’t all that warmly welcomed, as the touch-keyboard wasn’t very easy to actually type on. But, now that the Optimus Popularis is unveiled, we have keys that have actually grown in size, making them easier to type on, while the keyboard itself has slimmed down significantly. [via SlashGear]
ParkVu Music WithMe App Syncs BlackBerrys to iTunes Wirelessy: While the iPhone doesn’t have WiFi sync to iTunes quite yet, there’s an application for BlackBerry owners out there right now that will let you do it. Using either WiFi, or your 3G signal, you’ll be able to connect to iTunes and sync your playlist of choice. The application doesn’t even need to be running to work, as it can run in the background. Additionally, the app itself works with the BlackBerry media player, so it just works. Consider those BlackBerry users lucky, eh? [via PhoneMag]
The Dredge ‘Net
Sony Wants Hulu on the PlayStation 3: Hulu wants to be on everything, and apparently everyone wants Hulu on everything else. That’s not a problem to us, considering we figure the subscription-based service is coming whether we have it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, so, we’ll take it where we can get it. Sources have told Bloomberg that Sony’s in talks, and is allegedly close to closing the deal to activating Hulu on the PlayStation 3. It would be an extension of the PlayStation Network. No more details, sadly, but we’ll keep our ear to the ground on this one. [via Electronista]
RIM Sells 100 Million BlackBerrys: So, you heard about wireless sync to iTunes, now lets find out how many phones Research in Motion have sold, shall we? Despite the fact Apple launched the iPhone 4 today, RIM wanted to tell their story, too. And, it’s actually not that bad. They sold 100 million BlackBerrys, and they had a fiscal growth of 24 percent year-over-year. And it had 11.2 million shipments of smartphones this quarter alone. Pretty fantastic, right? Yeah, we thought so. [via Engadget]
Microsoft Kinect Can be Played at Microsoft Stores — Now Find One: Want to play Kinect before you decide to buy one? Yes, yes you do. So, we figure we should just tell you where to find one: Scottsdale, Arizona, Mission Viejo, California, Lone Tree, Colorado, and one that just opened today, actually: San Diego, California. Yes, Microsoft unveiled today that you can visit any one of their stores and take a shot at it, but considering the low amount of stores, you’ll probably have to wait in a line. At least, Microsoft is probably hoping for lines. As for a price? Nope. Still no official word. So, keep holding your breath. (Not literally.) [via Microsoft Twitter]
Oh, and one more tid-bit of information we wanted to pass on. Interested in the iPhone 4? Then check out the new Roots page! http://roots.slashgear.com/iPhone-4 — it’s our new project, and we’re happy to show it off to everyone! So check it out, and let us know what you think!