The HTC EVO 3D Is HERE!

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Today is a very special day for HTC, as they are releasing the HTC EVO 3D. The company could not have launched the device on a better day than today, as it is the last weekend of the month and people will be spending the money that has been put into their accounts by their employers.

The EVO 3D handset will cost you $199.99 w/ a 2 year contract, or $549.99 w/o a contract. We have been informed that Sprint stores will open at 8 a.m. local time, so if you are in an EST time zone, then chances are you are already at a store near you.

Well that’s all we have to offer you, but we would like to know if you bought one of these devices today?

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The EVO 3D

The 3-D technology is the most boasted-about feature on HTC’s new EVO 3D smartphone, which went on sale Friday. You can watch 3-D movies and play 3-D games without putting on annoying glasses. You can shoot 3-D photos and videos, too.

The inclusion of 3-D is gimmicky and might make you feel nauseous, but it is creative at times and the EVO 3D is a fine smartphone overall. The phone costs $200 with a two-year service plan with Sprint Nextel Corp.

I wear glasses, so I was excited that I didn’t need to put on another pair to try out the EVO 3D. The phone creates the appearance of depth using a technique called auto stereoscopy. The screen has a layer that guides light so that the light from one pixel goes to the left eye and from the next to the right.

I got right to work watching a 3-D version of “The Green Hornet,” which came with the phone. I was wowed by a fight scene where glass seemed to be flying out of the screen. A friend I handed the phone to even flinched when the shards blew past.


I also checked out some animated 3-D clips on YouTube. The scenes that looked best were, not surprisingly, those with people and objects in the foreground and background and with things moving right toward the camera.

Whether I was watching 3-D or 2-D videos, the phone’s 4.3-inch touch screen was crisp and colors looked vivid.

That said, my brain wasn’t thrilled about processing the 3-D images, so I couldn’t stare at the display for long without feeling queasy.

It was also evident that I wouldn’t really be able to share the dizzying experience with friends unless I handed them the phone. You need to tilt the EVO 3D in your hands until you find the viewing angle that is optimal for your eyes. That may not be an optimal angle for the person next to or behind you.

You can, however, involve buddies by letting them star in a 3-D movie or in photos that you shoot with the EVO 3D. The phone takes pictures or videos by recording overlapping images when its two 5-megapixel cameras are side by side. The camera lenses are positioned next to each other only when the phone is on its side, so you can only capture things in 3-D in “landscape” mode.

I couldn’t manage to take any great shots, however. The images always seemed fuzzily misaligned, even with the inclusion of a feature for adjusting the alignment of the images.

I was more successful with the 3-D video camera, though I couldn’t test whether objects really fly off the screen because my colleagues wouldn’t hold the camera for me so I could throw things at them (even when I promised to lob only wads of paper at the lens).

I could see how the 3-D mode might come in handy for recording sporting events, especially if you’re crazy enough to jump into the fray and fast enough to stay ahead of the action.

If you’re not into flowers or people popping out of the screen, you can switch to 2-D mode by pressing a button on the side of the phone.

I also liked that the phone had a button dedicated to the camera, which I always find easier to take photos and videos with than a virtual touch-screen button.

The phone has a front-facing camera, too, for taking self-portraits or video chatting.

Not wanting to lose my lunch all over the phone, I took a break from the 3-D features and checked out the rest of the phone.

The mostly black EVO 3D runs on Gingerbread, which is the latest version of Google’s Android meant for smartphones. As I’ve seen on other Gingerbread-running phones, the software is easy to use and speedy.

The phone uses HTC’s Sense software as well, the best part of which is a customizable smarty-pants screen that is visible when the phone is locked. You can set it to show stock quotes, weather, social network updates or other content without unlocking the device.

The phone swiftly opened applications and Web pages and streamed content with ease over Sprint’s next-generation, high-speed 4G network.

It was also easy to type on, as it includes the uber-useful Swype keyboard software, which lets you slide your fingers on the virtual keyboard to type. I also liked the inclusion of an FM radio, as it offers a way to listen to tunes without requiring Internet access or the storage of songs on the phone itself.

Aside from the stomach-churning aspect of the 3-D feature, I had only a few complaints:
— I still make plenty of calls on cellphones, so I was disappointed that the EVO 3D’s sound quality wasn’t very good, with voices sounding muffled.
— The phone’s battery life wasn’t fabulous. In a day of heavy usage, which included making phone calls, recording and watching 3-D videos and surfing the Web, I got 5.5 hours before needing a recharge.
— I missed having a built-in kickstand, a feature available on the EVO 3D’s predecessor, the EVO 4G.

Nonetheless, the EVO 3D has strong software and plenty of other useful features. Although 3-D is touted as this smartphone’s coolest feature, it’s merely a silly extra that’s occasionally useful than a necessity. And beyond that, the phone has a lot more to offer that won’t make you feel queasy.

Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers” Tour Dates

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Rostrum/Atlantic Records recording artist Wiz Khalifa is proud to announce that his debut album, Rolling Papers, has been officially RIAA-certified gold.

What’s more, the rapper’s second official single, Roll Up, is now certified platinum after receiving gold certification only a couple of weeks prior. These two new accolades join the already 3x platinum single, Black And Yellow.

Known for his great presence on the road, Wiz recently kicked off his Rolling Papers Tour with a much-buzzed-about set at last week’s Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN.

The nationwide tour will see the Pittsburgh MC performing at venues nationwide, concluding with a recently added homecoming show at Pittsburgh’s Trib Total Media Amphitheatre on August 6th.

“Rolling Papers” Tour Dates:

June
22 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
23 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
25 – Anaheim, CA – The Honda Center
27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
28 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
29 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Amphitheater
30 – Albuquerque, NM – Convention Center

July
2 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
3 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
5 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
6 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
7 – New Orleans, LA – Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena
8 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
9 – Mariasville, NY – Camp Bisco Festival
10 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
15 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove
16 – Orlando, FL – Firestone Lot
17 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater
18 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
20 – Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheater
21 – Greensboro, NC – White Oak Amphitheater
22 – Portsmouth, VA – Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
23 – Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville Pavilion
24 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
25 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
27 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
28 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
29 – West Long Branch, NJ – Mac at Mamouth Universal
30 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
31 – Burlington, VT – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

August
2 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at White River State Park
3 – Rochester, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
4 – Lewiston, NY – Earl W. Brydges Artpark
5 – Pontiac, MI – Phoenix Amphitheater
6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Trib Total Media Amphitheatre

Jimmy Henchman Arrested

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The manhunt for James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has come to an end yesterday (June 21). Rosemond has been on the run since warrants were issued for his arrest on May 17.

Officers spotted Rosemond outside the W Hotel in Union Square. He tried to evade DEA agents and US Marshals by taking off on foot, but was apprehended and arrested on 21st Street and Park Avenue South.

Shortly after his arrest he was arraigned in Brooklyn on conspiracy to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine.

Rosemond’s lawyer, Jeffery Lichtman, has been preparing for the impending case and feels that he is ready to fight the charges in court.

“These charges obviously aren’t surprising, we’ve been anticipating them for years now,” Lichtman told MTV News on Tuesday (June 21). “But they’re built on the backs of people that have lied and cheated, have been threatened, have been bribed by the government,” he added. “Anything to get Jimmy Rosemond, but all of this is going to be exposed. We’ve been waiting a long time for our day in court we finally have it.”

The feds have been building a case on Rosemond for the past year and have got some help from his associates. Dexter Isaac, who has been cooperating with the government in its case against Henchman, claims that he was paid $2,500 by Rosemond to rob Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios in November 1994.

“When you got witnesses like that against you, it can make anybody paranoid and believe that they won’t be getting a fair trial,” Lichtman said about his client. “When the case starts, we’ll be ready to go.”

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50 Cent Contemplates Leaving Interscope

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It is no surprise that 50 Cent has been unhappy with his current record label. 50 has made this clear via his official Twitter account over the past couple of weeks. The rapper is prepping his 5th and final album in his contract with Interscope Records and some wonder if it might be his last on the label.

In an interview with MTV, 50 said the following concerning if he would resign: “I don’t know, It will all be clear in the negotiations following me turning this actual album in. And, of course, the performance and how they actually treat the work will determine whether you still want to stay in that position or not.”

Last week, the G-Unit head honcho went on a Twitter rant and vented his frustration about his current situation. The Queens rapper took matters into his own hands when he released the first single, Outlaw, for his new album Black Magic.

“It’s not necessarily [Dr.] Dre or [chairman] Jimmy [Iovine]; it’s more the guys that they pass the responsibilities on to,” said 50. “It takes longer for people, because they’ll be like, ‘OK, we’re gonna do this and we’re gonna do that,’ and the building will start having those conversations, but they’re not actually moving at that point.”

50 has said that he wouldn’t mind staying at Interscope but he’s also not opposed to a change in scenery.

The story is sure to develop further in the next couple of weeks.

Lil Boosie Accused Of Threatening D.A.

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Rapper Lil Boosie is in more trouble as he serves a prison sentence for possession of marijuana and fights a first degree murder charge.

Lil Boosie, born Torrance Hatch, is being investigated for threatening East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III.

While Boosie has lyrically attacked Moore on songs in the past, police believed there was a credible threat against the District Attorney, who is leading the investigation into the rapper’s possible involvement in as many as five murders

“I can confirm that we received information relative to a credible threat against District Attorney Hillar Moore and the District Attorney’s Office,” State Police spokesman Lt. Doug Cain told The Advocate.

As a result of the investigation into the threat against Moore, Lil Boosie ended up getting caught attempting to smuggle codeine into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

According to Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain, Lil Boosie has not been involved in any violent altercations while he has been incarcerated, although he continuously gets into trouble.

“He has a hard time following basic rules,” Warden Burl Cain said. “He’s getting better though.”

Just three weeks ago, two officers resigned after they were caught letting Lil Boosie make more phone calls that he was allowed to make.

Lil Boosie is due in court on June 22nd, in relation to the indictment for his alleged role in the murder of 35-year-old Terry Boyd, who was killed in October of 2010 in Baton Rogue.

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Bizzy Bone Accused Of Assaulting Two Fans In Chicago

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony group member Bizzy Bone is currently being investigated for his role in an incident last week, in which he allegedly assaulted two fans after a concert.

TMZ.com reports that Chicago police are investigating Bizzy Bone over the incident last Thursday (June 9th), in which Bizzy Bone allegedly assaulted two men on his tour bus.

According to the report, the men paid $80 for a meet and greet with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on the bus.

When they entered, Bizzy Bone allegedly flipped out and began throwing punches at the men, until another unidentified member of Bone broke up the altercation.

One of the male victims suffered from bruises, while the other man allegedly had a broken nose.

According to TMZ.com, police are investigating the incident.

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