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HP launches a laptop refresh wave, welcome the Mini 210, Envy 14, Pavilion dv4, Elitebook 2560p, 2760p and ProBook 5330m

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HP announced today that it’s launching a refreshed batch of the 14-inch Pavilion dv4 and Envy 14 notebooks as well as a redesigned Mini 210 netbook. In addition to them, HP has also lifted the cover of two new EliteBook models for business users – the 2560p, 2760p and 5330m.

Let’s cut to the chase starting off with the Envy 14. This sleek looking 14.5-inch notebook is unsurprisingly getting some juicy Sandy Bridge processor options, high-speed USB 3.0 interface and HP’s imagepad which uses image sensor technology for advanced gestures. Read more »

New 3D transistors push Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge processors forwards, helps with performance, cost and power consumption

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Processor manufacturers are in this never ending race to produce faster and less power consuming chips for various devices and platforms. Whether it’s RAM or CPUs, we all like things to go quicker and be easier on our pockets.

And don’t worry, this trend will continue going for now. Intel has introduced a new 3D transistor design which will be implemented in the upcoming family of Ivy Bridge processors. As a result of this new 3D design named “Tri-Gate”, Intel will be able to produce smaller and faster chips which are going to be widely implemented from servers and desktop computers to laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Read more »

A 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook may be on the horizon, Sprint’s PlayBook delayed indefinitely

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The Internet rumor mill is talking about two BlackBerry PlayBooks – a new 10” model and one that has been delayed. Supposedly, the 10” PlayBook is intended to be sold alongside the 7” model and will not replace it.

As for the delayed one, the chatter is that Sprint’s 7” CDMA PlayBook has been delayed again (it was originally scheduled for 19 April), this time indefinitely… Read more »

Watch Android apps run on the BlackBerry PlayBook [VIDEO]

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There is more interesting news coming from the BlackBerry World Conference, guys. After the announcement of two new smartphones, RIM also gave the public a taste of the highly anticipated Android app support for its first ever tablet – the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Here is a video of Android applications in action on the PlayBook Read more »

New LG Blade P430 and P530 laptops – thin bezels, slim displays

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LG has just announced their new Blade series laptops, which both feature extremely thin bezels, displays and bodies and a cool, brushed metallic casing.

The P430 and P530 both offer Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Sandy Bridge processor options, Windows 7 inside, metal casings and 1366×768 resolution displays. The bezel around both screens is just 10 mm thin, while the displays use LG’s Super Slim LED LCD technology and are just 4.5 mm thick. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 to debut next month, priced 425 euro and 532 euro respectively

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Some good news comes from India today, where Ranjit Yadav, local head of Samsung Mobile there, shared to the press that the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets will launch next month. Sure, he meant India, but for all we know, the world-wide Western launch date shouldn’t be much different than the Indian one. So far all we had in terms of schedule from Samsung was simply Q2.

What’s more, we get to see the price of the two tablets too. Read more »

Android Ice cream sandwich name confirmed, release at Google I/O next week looking probable

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Rumors about the naming of the next Android iteration have been around ever since Honeycomb came out and it seems most of them were right. The Ice cream sandwich moniker has just been confirmed by a Google employee on the Android support forums.

What’s more interesting though is that the same forum member mentioned that it will bring a fix for the SweepGradient on paint on Android 3.0 Issue. And no – it’s not important what that class does (though it’s fairly obvious) – what matters is that Android Ice cream sandwich will be an update to Honeycomb. It could be the Android 3.1 that Adobe carelessly mentioned last week. Read more »

LCD-based tablet from Amazon is coming in the second half of this year, the new Kindle?

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Some boasting from Quanta Computer points to Amazon preparing an LCD-based tablet. The display will feature Fringe Field Switching technology, which provides great viewing angles, color rendering and brightness – supposedly better than IPS.

However, E Ink Holdings, the company behind the Amazon Kindle electronic paper display, says there won’t be a new e-paper display from them until next year… Read more »

LG Optimus Pad costs 800 pounds in UK, ouch!

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Carphone Warehouse has priced LG’s upcoming Optimus Pad tablet at £800. The retailer’s website says the Optimus Pad is in stock but I seriously doubt that, most probably it is on the way and should become available soon.

The tablet is already available in Japan and the USA (via T-Mobile), but we are still awaiting its worldwide launch. If it’s going to hit the shelves with an £800 price tag I guess it will be staying on them for a while. Read more »

Video calling and a dedicated Facebook app for the Blackberry Playbook coming tomorow

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It’s great news for future Playbook owners as the “world’s first professional-grade tablet” will be getting the mandatory (nowadays) video calling feature, available tomorrow via an OTA (over the air) update.

The new video chat app on the Playbook will include video calling functionality, naturally, support for both front and back cameras, VOIP support and video services via your Blackberry ID. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 global rollout starts: Russia and Switzerland get them first, more to follow soon

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Samsung have just released their Galaxy S WiFi duo – the 4.0 and 5.0 models to the European market. After their tour around South Korea the large-screened media player/tablets with a touch of Android are now on sale in Russia and Switzerland with more countries expected to follow in the weeks to come.

The 4” and 5” Galaxy S WiFi versions run on Android 2.2 Froyo, but will get an update to 2.3 Gingerbread eventually. The lack of cellular radio aside, their internals are almost identical to the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S former flagship – a Hummingbird chipset, featuring a 1GHz CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS , 8 or 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Read more »

HTC Flyer up for pre-order in BestBuy

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It appears that BestBuy is the the place to shop for tablets this Spring, guys. In lieu of their announcement of an upcoming dual-core Toshiba tablet, the electronics retailer has put the HTC Flyer up for pre-order – the company’s first Android tablet.

While this is not the only the place where the gadget is available for sale (it popped up in Germany and the UK weeks before), this time it is the price which makes the event so exciting Read more »

Samsung will not be releasing any tablets with AMOLED screens this year

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Bummer! A senior executive at Samsung confirmed that the company will not release AMOLED equipped tablet devices this year.

This is definitely surprising and unpleasant news all at the same time. After all, the AMOLED screen technology is one feature which gives Samsung a considerable edge over the competition in the mobile device market. Read more »

Market Analysts crown Apple the PC Market kings

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Independent tech market analysts Canalys have crowned Apple the kings of the current Worldwide PC Market which has undergone a 7% market increase as of Q1 2011, fueled primarily, by tablet growth.

Apple sit among the top 5 companies responsible for this positive growth based on market shares accounting for 187.9% increase in growth alongside HP, Acer, Dell and Leonovo (who were the second largest contributor to the growth with a 17% contribution to the overall result). Read more »

Apple iPad 2 hits Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight more countries today, China to follow on 6 May

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The Apple iPad 2 is now on the shelves in 12 new countries. The new wave started with Japan yesterday and was followed by Hong Kong, Macau, India, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Israel, Turkey and UAE the Apple slate today – on 29 April. The iPad 2 is also available online via the respective Apple online stores (where those are available).

The release date for Japan got pushed back from the first wave, due to the natural disaster that occurred there. But the country is now getting the new iPad 2 and queues were formed in front of Apple retail stores from day one. Read more »