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The new 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 got benchmarked, meet the new champion

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The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8660 chipset is the latest big platform to power the next generation mobile devices. It packs a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion processor and Adreno 220 graphics.

The benchmarks you are about to see were made on a Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) device. It’s a fully functional device manufactured by Qualcomm for demonstrating and development purposes.

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People get rich by selling the iPad 2 on Ebay

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Ebay and some of its overly entrepreneurial sellers have managed to profit handsomely from the craze which followed the release of Apple’s iPad 2. The data which the popular auction site released this Thursday is clear. There are plenty of people (about 12,000 of them to be precise), who are willing to avoid the long lines and shipping times, which the mere immortals have to endure to obtain the precious device. This task has been accomplished by paying a premium in the range of 40 to 53% above the original price of the iPad 2.

The most sought after devices from the model line are the low-end 16GB Wi-Fi version, and the top of the line 64GB Wi-Fi/3G tablet. Read more »

New HTC Flyer promo video is up, wait, haven‘t we watched this elsewhere?

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We’ve come across a new promo video of the HTC Flyer. It’s highlights the main features that distinguish the Flyer from the pack of Android 3.0 Honeycomb-running tabs and slates out there. And it’s a six-minute video, so you can imagine it gets pretty detailed.

The video is very good, actually, and fun to watch. It shows some pretty sweet organizing stuff, like taking notes with audio and pictures and even handwritten remarks thanks to the HTC Scribe technology.

A very important thing we noticed is that the Flyer demonstrates in the video the new lock screen on HTC Sense 3.0. We also saw this on the Sprint version of the HTC EVO 3D. It gives you the choice of 4 apps, which you can open directly from the lock screen. Those can be rearranged however you like. It makes us think that the Flyer might keep other goodies under its hood.

But I can’t help to notice that its makers have borrowed really heavily from Sony and Apple – to a point where it gets confusing. A tablet like no other? Really? Read more »

Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Slate EP121 pricing revealed, start at 400 and 1135 euro

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A few days before those sweet-looking Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Salte EP121 hit the shelves in the UK, we’ve got some extra information on their pricing. If you live in the UK you will be able to get the 16GB Tegra 2-packing Honeycomb-running Transformer on 6th April for £379 (€430), while £429 (€485) can get you 16GB of extra storage.

That price does not include the hardware keyboard featuring an extended battery. If you want get the full Transformer experience, you should get ready to part with an additional £50(€56). Asus will also be offering a 3G-enabled version of the Transformer about two months after the Wi-Fi-only model launches. Read more »

RIM’s Playbook to ship without email support?

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RIM seems to be headed into more and more trouble with the upcoming launch of their first tablet – the Blackberry Playbook. According to a leaked internal document, the device will ship without native support for e-mail (contacts and PIM apps, too). Say what?

To get your email on the upcoming BlackBerry tablet, you will either need to use Blackberry Bridge, which links the tablet to a Blackberry phone, or would have to use the tablet’s web browser. A future software update should bring the much desired functionality to the users. Now that’s a bummer. Read more »

Dual-screen laptop Acer ICONIA goes on pre-order in the US, costs less than expected

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Those of you willing to replace the hardware keyboard of your laptops with a touchscreen, please stand up and get your credit cards ready. Ok, you don’t need to stand up, just joking. The thing is the dual-touchscreen Acer ICONIA has just gone on pre-order and you can book your unit right now (as long as you live in the US).

The great news is that the asking price is actually lower than the previously announced $1500. Instead you can get your Intel Core i5-packing ICONIA for a cent under $1200. Pre-orders have already started and the first units should arrive to their new owners in April. Read more »

Google is preparing a Nexus Tablet, LG will manufacture it

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After a few smartphones, Google has reportedly decided to release a tablet with their own branding. The Nexus Tablet will be running the slate-friendly Android 3.0 Honeycomb and will be manufactured by LG.

Rumor has it that unlike the Nexus One and the Nexus S, the Nexus Tablet won’t have a twin sold under its manufacturer branding. So could this mean that Google will finally be trying to make some good sales on their own device? Read more »

iOS 5 might be pushed back for a fall release, iOS 4.3.1 gets a tethered jailbreak

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The iOS 5 is likely to be released in the fall instead this June at the WWDC. There are a few reasons to believe so and the first one is we heard nothing about a new iOS version around the iPad 2 announcement.

Then there is this thing about the Apple’s change of strategy about the MobileMe services and their possible integration with the iOS 5 – which is a lot of work to achieve.

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Samsung 9 Series 11.6-inch laptop goes on sale, measures 1kg, 15mm, $1,199

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Samsung’s MacBook Air killer laptop, the Samsung 9 Series, is alerady on sale – the 13.3” version has been out for a while and now the 11.6” version joins in too. Packing a Intel Core i3 380UM dual-core CPU inside a 15mm thin frame made of duralumin, the 11.6” laptop weighs a hair over a kilogram.

That lightness comes at a heavy price for your wallet though, the Samsung 9 Series 11.6” will set you back $1,199… Read more »

ZTE unveils Style S high-end smartphone and V11 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with LTE

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The world’s fourth largest manufacturer (yeap, that’s ZTE) has just unveiled a couple of new additions to its mobile devices portfolio. The Chinese company is preparing a high-end Android smartphone called Style S and the V11 10” LTE-packing tablet, running on Honeycomb.

The full specs sheets haven’t been confirmed just yet, but we understood that the Style S will be an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with a 4.3” screen. Read more »

Android Market gets in-app billing function – ready for testing, due next week

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The Android Market will soon be getting in-app purchasing and billing functionality. The new function has now entered into a testing cycle and is due to become official next week.


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Apple iPad 2 and Nintendo 3DS land in Europe, ready to hit the stores at 5pm

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Today is a big day for the old continent. The Apple iPad 2 and Nintendo 3DS have just hit the shelves. Huge lines, stock shortages and online shipping delays of up to four weeks mark the iPad launch day. The iGadget also premieres in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand.

The Nintendo 3DS launch also caused huge lines of impatient fans looking to get the popular console. Read more »

Asus shows bad taste in a new Eee Pad Transformer tablet ad

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Asus has made an ad for their upcoming Eee Pad Transformer and it looks surprisingly… bad. It’s based on the popular Big Bang Theory TV series and consists of dorky humor, 70s hair styles and a “I know where this is going before it’s happened” plotline. The actors also use the word “product” one too many times.

The Eee Pad Transformer itself is being released today in Taiwan and in the US in April. It will have Android 3.0 Honeycomb preinstalled, 10.1-inch 1280×800 display and a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor inside. By the way, pictured above is the real cast of The Big Bang Theory, not the fake ones from the Asus ad. Read more »

Google keeps Honeycomb source code tight to chest, doesn’t like phones getting it

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Google’s obviously reluctant to release the source code of Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the public. The company has just announced its decision.

This may come as a shock to many developers and users alike. But the logic behind this move is Read more »

RIM adds Android apps support to the BlackBerry PlayBook, makes it look like a winner

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The BlackBerry PlayBook just got a whole lot hotter. The tablet was already looking like a pretty sweet deal with its incredibly user-friendly UI and the serious stuff that was going on under its hood, but the lack of apps looked like it might hold it back.

With Android and iOS already in the hundreds of thousands, the PlayBook looked doomed to be relegated to the role of an also-ran. Fortunately, RIM seems to have found a cure to this issue, making its tablet look like a winner from the very beginning. Apparently, the slate will be supporting native BlackBerry and Android apps, giving it an easy access to the goodies offered by developers in both App markets. Read more »