Welcome to Thursday evening, everyone. This afternoon, RIM delivered its quarterly report, and even though it didn’t look too good, it was still better than quarterly reports of the past. Samsung is teasing a new Galaxy Note II event for October 24, while Google turned 14 years old today and celebrated with a brand new doodle. Qualcomm introduced a pair of new processors for mobile devices today, and a series of new iPhone patents deals with things like disappearing buttons, 3D displays, and invisible speakers.
Intel has reintroduced a processor meant to run Windows 8 tablets, and speaking of the incoming operating system, Microsoft founder Bill Gates shared some thoughts on Windows 8 today as well. A couple more companies have been updating their apps to play nice with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, with Netflix delivering a new widescreen update for iDevices and Foursquare updating its iOS app as well. Camera+ launched an update for its own app too, adding support for iPad and iCloud.
The AMD AppZone Player was announced today with BlueStacks support in tow, and you can now sync your iPhone with Google contacts thanks to CardDAV integration. Google also launched a new field trip app today, which is being described as “your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you,” and Dish Network announced that it will be launching satellite broadband for rural areas next week. A Google executive was arrested and later released in Brazil after the company didn’t cooperate with take down requests centered around a video that criticized a Brazilian politician, and sure enough, Rovio’s new game Bad Piggies has secured its spot as the top App Store app on the same day it was released.
In perhaps one of the biggest news stories of the day, NASA scientists are saying that Curiosity has discovered an ancient streambed on the surface of Mars, and Facebook has launched a new gifts service, allowing users to buy real life gifts for their Facebook friends. Steam will be kicking off a private Linux beta sometime next month, and European pricing details for the incoming Nokia Lumia 920 surfaced. Finishing up the news from today, Polaroid has announced a series of new sports video cameras for the more adventurous folks out there.
Finally tonight, Chris Burns interviews Dr. Edward Farhi about the time travel mechanics found in the new movie LOOPER (with the full review of the flick coming later on tonight), and we have a review of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar by yours truly. That does it for tonight’s Evening Wrap-Up. Go out and enjoy the rest of your night and start getting excited for the weekend!