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Samsung to launch a metallic Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those seeking more style, goes on sale 17 June

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First it was the ordinary version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the white back cover. Then at Google’s I/O 2011 conference, Samsung gave away almost 5000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 Special Edition to the attendees, which had a specially illustrated back cover with Android robots.

In both cases too white for your taste? Lacking the business feel and class you seek? Samsung will be offering a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a stylish metallic back cover suitable for, well, anyone not liking the white one. Read more »

Toshiba’s newly announced 10.1 Android tab is hitting the US, but is it going to ‘Thrive’? [UPDATED]

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We caught wind of a pretty beefy looking tablet coming up over the horizon from Toshiba at CES 2011 and it reared its head again a couple of weeks back. Twitter even gave us a name courtesy of some chatty actors starring in what was expected to be its TV ad debut, the ‘Thrive’ and now said mysterious tab is officially here, almost.

Toshiba Thrive USB and HDMI ports

The Thrive is now the confirmed name for Toshiba’s big tablet and pre-sales kick off as soon as next week! Read more »

Verizon announces an LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, pre-orders begin next week

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What a coincidence! In the same day when Samsung announced the US availability of their hottest new tablet – the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Verizon Wireless told the world that it will offer an LTE incarnation of it.

The operator is still mum on the exact release date of the dual-core, Android Honeycomb device. Read more »

Microsoft demos Windows 8 on video – Start menu gives way to tile-based Start screen [VIDEO]

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Microsoft showed off its progress with Windows 8 at the D9 Conference as promised. A 4 minute video demonstrates how they’ve broken away from the interface that has been slowly evolving since Windows 1.0 and they’ve gone for something that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7.

The major change here is the Start screen – that’s right, gone is the iconic Start menu, replaced with a tile-based screen, much like the WP7 one. Instead of shortcuts, apps get a tile, which they can use to display various relevant info. Read more »

Atom turns 3 and passes the 100 million mark, doesn’t intend to stop there

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Intel’s Atom line of mobile processors, usually found in netbooks, celebrates their third birthday, which accidentally coincides with the company shipping over 100 million Atoms overall.

It’s quite an achievement indeed but the company doesn’t really intend to stop with the Atom roaring about in every other netbook on the market. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 pays us a visit, we roll up our sleeves [VIDEO]

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It appears to be make or break time for Android tablets as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 nears market release. With the XOOM failing to convince and the availability of the Transformer too limited to make any kind of impact this should be the one to show if the Google Team will make it in the Apple league this year.

After all if a device this slim and functional and with such powerful hardware can’t leave a customer satisfied then there could only be one conclusion – the OS is not ready yet. Read more »

Intel reveals CPU plans, promises rosy future for netbooks, Atom-based Honeycomb tablets and Ultrabooks

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With Computex going at full speed, it is only logical that Intel will make a few announcements, hinting of what it has in store for us. The world’s largest CPU manufacturer demoed Honeycomb tablets that run on its silicone, revealed the chips that will power the next-gen netbooks and promised a whole new class of devices, intriguingly called Ultrabooks.

Those Ultrabooks will be mainstream thin and light mobile computers that ambitiously target a market share of 40% by the end of 2012. Intel says Ultrabooks will achieve a thickness of under 0.8” and prices below $1000 thanks to their new 22nm Ivy Bridge chipsets. Read more »

Even though China-made TransPhone was there first, it still seems like a Padphone knock-off

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It seems that CMIT has beaten Asus to the phone in a tablet dock punch because on 28 May, two days before the Asus Padphone went official (and only five days after the initial teaser).

There’s not much info on the so-called TransPhone but it supposedly runs Android on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU. Read more »

The next generation of Snapdragon processors will be sampled next month

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Some really exciting events are taking place in the world of mobile CPUs in the past day or so. Just as NVIDIA showcased a demo of their latest work in progress – the quad core mobile beast named project Kal El, Qualcomm “leaked” a slide which shows their upcoming Snapdragon processors, along with a hint for a possible sample of them next month.

The new Snapdragons will use a brand new Krait CPU architecture which Read more »

TomTom in the making of its own Street View service, be afraid Google, be very afraid

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TomTom is a respected GPS tycoon, which makes receivers and also provides the map data and know-how. Now it looks like it’s thinking of branching out into the street viewing business, which is Google and Microsoft exclusive territory so far. We guess those two wouldn’t exactly appreciate that.

This comes after a very intriguing picture was uploaded to Tumblr.com, showing a TomTom van with a 360-degree cam mounted on top of it. What else could be used for except making an all-round street view service? Read more »

NVIDIA launches GTX 560M mobile GPU, gives you a chance to win an ASUS G74sx 3D-ready notebook

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NVIDIA has launched their first gaming notebook GPU in their 500M series, the new GeForce GTX 560M. It supports DirectX 11 and is said to deliver a “no-compromise gaming experience at full 1080p resolution”.

The 560M will have support for a variety of NVIDIA’s technology, starting with Optimus, which allows it to switch itself off when not required, to save battery. It also supports Read more »

Samsung promises 4G-packing Galaxy Tab for this year, Galaxy S III for early 2012

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It appears that we haven’t seen the best of the Samsung Galaxy Tab family just yet. Just a few weeks before those super slim Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 hit the shelves, the president of the company’s mobile division, J.K. Shin, went on record saying that they will be releasing at least one more slate this year.

The Galaxy Tab 4G, if we had to take a wild guess for the name, will be released before 2011 has ended, extending the company tablet portfolio to four devices. Read more »

Android 3.1 update for Asus Transformer leaks: improved performance, some new features

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is scheduled to receive Android 3.1 update in the first half of June. Sure enough, the update leaked out and it seems to be the final version. Some improvements were made along with some bug fixes for the dock.

You could wait until the update is out officially (just a couple of weeks if there are no delays) but you could update now if you’re willing to risk it. Read more »

Microsoft to demo the tablet Windows next week?

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According to some internal sources, Microsoft is preparing to preview its tablet-oriented Windows OS next week.

As we already reported, Windows 8 will debut next year on various gadgets, including ARM-based tablets.

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13.3-inch Sony VAIO S Series with Core i7, 2x 512GB SSD in RAID 0 is a lot of bang for a lot of buck

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Sony announced drool-worthy S Series 13.3” VAIO laptops that boast impressive performance and battery life (up to 16 hours for some configurations). The laptops weigh around 1.7kg and pack more processing power than your average desktop computers, depending on how you customize it.

Prices range from a little under $1000 to you’d-better-not-ask. Read more »