Dell Streak device, it’s massive

Hotness. That’s how I would describe the latest competitor in the smartphone race.

As if resident of the UK didn’t already have a line-up of handsets to chose from that would make even the most reserved American green with envy, today Dell announced that it and O2 will be releasing the Dell Streak in early June. A giant amongst smartphones, the Streak features:

  • 5″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen display
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • support for microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

To debut with Android 1.6, Dell says the Streak has been “designed with the future in mind” and will be subject to OTA updates which will bring Adobe Flash 10.1, Android 2.2 “Froyo”, and video chat apps to the Streak before the year’s end. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Dell Streak will be available online and in stores from O2, at Carphone Warehouse, and later “later in the month at Dell.co.uk.” Oh, anyone whose thinking of making an easy buck brining these bad boys over to the US better move fast — it’s coming here “later this summer.”

Mark Twain’s autobiography

The last decade of Mark Twain’s life was spent writing a memoir that would never be seen. That was because he left strict instructions in his will that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death.

Now that the milestone has been reached, the University of California , Berkley, where the manuscript is vaulted, will publish the first volume of the memoir in November. Eventually, there will be a whole trilogy of books, that is sure to shed new light on a revered author.

What do you think? Will you check out a copy in the bookstore? Buy the set? Or wait until your local library has a few to spare?

The Killers lead singer set for a solo album

Just as I start listening to my rock albums of the past 10 years and getting back into The Killers again (wonderful concerts, by the way), their lead singer is coming out with a solo album.

While The Killers take a break from recording new tunes, frontman Brandon Flowers is prepping his first solo album, Flamingo, set for an autumn release. He recently sat down to talk about the process, and revealed he’s not only doing a duet with one of my favorite female actress-slash-singers, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, but also collaborating with producers Stuart Price – who’s worked with Madonna and Kylie Minogue – Daniel Lanois (who’s worked with Bob Dylan and U2) and Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young). It seems he is getting a ton of experience backing him up.

“It’s a pretty good line-up, I think. Stuart and Daniel have been working together, and I’ve done another three tracks with Brendan on his own. Jenny’s helped me out on a couple of songs, and we also get to duet on the record, on a song called Hard Enough, which turned out great. She’s always popped into my mind whenever I think about getting a female vocalist involved because she’s a fellow child of Las Vegas, too. It’s all very rooted right here in Las Vegas dirt.”