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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 »

Stephen Elop talks Nokia tablet in an interview, ponders between Windows and MeeGo

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Nokia is working on designing a tablet – Stephen Elop himself said so in an interview. But he wants it done right. He says that out of the many tablets on the market, only one is doing well (*cough*iPad*cough*) – and that the Nokia tablet has to be different from the rest in a uniquely Nokia way to succeed.

One of the big questions yet to be answered is the software – go with Microsoft provided software or use one of their own projects? Read more »

Two Sony netbooks (almost) slip by unnoticed – a slider and an ultra-thin netbook

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Okay, let’s rewind this a bit. Remember the two Android tablets that Sony announced? They also showed two netbook-ish computers. The first was dubbed Ultra Mobile PC (UMPCs were the “Neanderthals” to netbooks).

The second is a “Freestyle Hybrid PC” and is a side-sliding tablet/netbook… Read more »

SugarSync will auto transfer your camera snaps to your computer for free

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SugarSync has now released an app for Android devices to introduce its services to the platform. It will let you sync data between your smartphone or tablet and your computer. And it’s free.

SugarSync is already available (and very successful) on iOS devices. It lets users sync files between their portable device and their computers (yes, more than one) seamlessly and for free. Read more »

Sony unveils two Tegra 2-packing Honeycomb tablets: 9.4-inch S1 and 5.5-inch dual-screen S2

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More proof, if proof was needed that 2011 is the year of the tablet in the geek calendar was just thrown our way by Sony. The Japanese manufacturer has just announced that it is joining the slate race with a couple of pretty cool looking devices.

The Sony S1 is a 9.4″ tablet, coming in the classic form factor, while the Sony S2 is a folding slate featuring a couple of 5.5″ touchscreen displays and a custom book-style UI. Both the S1 and the S2 are powered by a Tegra 2 chipset and run on the tablet-friendly Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Read more »

Acer Iconia Tab A500 hits the shelves at BestBuy today

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It is already on sale in the UK. Now, the Acer Iconia Tab is available in the US as well, and its price is more than appealing in harmony with Acer’s philosophy of offering solid products at attractive prices.

The aluminum clad tablet will cost $449.99 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version. At this point in time, it is among the most affordable Android Honeycomb tablets out there. Read more »

Leaked slide show cool Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, with keyboard dock, stylus

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Plans for a cool Android Honeycomb tablet have leaked from the Lenovo secret layer. Basically, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet/Slate (they don’t seem to have settled on the name yet) is a 10.1” Android tablet powered by Tegra 2 and can dock with a keyboard (a la Eee Pad Transformer) and use a stylus (think HTC Flyer).

Leaked slides show ambitious plans for the business-oriented tablet and pretty much all the (not finalized) specs… Read more »

Next Dell Streak and set of Windows 7 tablets leak

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Dell has leaked some specs to go with their leaked roadmap from February. The Dell tablet family is getting some new additions each with its own different personality.

Dell leaked tablet road map

The 10″ Streak Pro should be released as soon as this June, sporting Android Honeycomb, Dell’s Stage 1.5 UI and an Nvidia Tegra T25 chipset along with 2 mics and 2 cameras. Following up is the larger 13″ Latitude EX-3; a convertible lap-tab that comes with the option of an i3, i5 or i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, support for full 1080p output, a various slew of peripheral options and all on Windows 7. Read more »

FEATURED: The BlackBerry Playbook review

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There is little doubt that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the most anticipated product to come from RIM in a long time. After all, the initial announcement was almost seven months ago – which is a hefty amount of time in the rapidly changing mobile technology world.

BlackBerry Playbook

Back in September, 2010, the freshly announced PlayBook appeared to have all the muscle necessary to carve its spot in the market for tablets. It was the first tablet offering with a dual-core processor. The latter, coupled with 1 GB of RAM seemed like a certain recipe for success. It was hardly a surprise when the PlayBook trounced the original iPad in a browser comparison – the RIM product simply had better hardware. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II stars in second ad, no hands required [VIDEO]

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The second Samsung Galaxy S II ad is out and it takes us far north where an Eskimo faces a challenge – send an SMS with gloves on. Taking the gloves off isn’t recommended, even predictive text input can’t make sense of text typed with freezing, shaking hands.

So, how does the Galaxy S II help the Eskimo? Well… Read more »