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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 »

Compufon wants to be your all-in-one smartphone, tablet and netbook solution

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After ASUS unveiled the Eee Transformer Pad and Motorola introduced the ATRIX 4G, now the widely infamous Kosmaz Technology want to take their shot at mobile convergence with the Compufon concept. While this isn’t really a great name to be honest, the Compufon aims to target the smartphone, tablet and netbook markets all at the same time.

Admittedly, the shots of the thing look impressive. Kosmaz has done a far better job at discretely integrating the smartphone into the netbook/tablet dock than Motorola did with the ATRIX 4G. The specifications, while nothing we haven’t heard of, are still impressive. Read more »

10.1-inch Tegra 2-powered Toshiba Regza AT300 tablet birngs glasses-free 3D to the Honeycomb party

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Toshiba has been pretty open about its development of a Tegra 2-powered tablet that runs Honeycomb, but only now we see its official announcement, complete with pricing, release date and name. The bad news is that the Toshiba Regza AT300 will only be hitting Japan and we are still in the wait for European and American versions.

Anyway the Toshiba Regza AT300 10.1-incher looks like a pretty powerful beast with its Tegra 2 chipset, featuring a couple of Cortex-A9 cores, clocked at 1GHz. Yet its main feature remains the glasses-free 3D screen with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. The adaptive display features some new technology, which allows it to adjust color balance in addition to brightness depending on the ambient light. Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook torn to pieces, found reasonably easy to repair

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The BlackBerry PlayBook barely made it to stores’ shelves and already it fell into the hands of the guys over at iFixit and was carefully stripped to pieces. The guts of RIM’s shiny new tablet showed (almost) nothing surprising and scored a 7/10 repairability.

The front panel is made of magnesium with the glass above the display glued to it… Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook is out in the USA and Canada, prices starting at $500

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The RIM’s universe is expanding today as the first BlackBerry tablet hits the shelves across the USA and Canada. You can get it through various retailers starting from $500 for the Wi-Fi only version.

The PlayBook’s OS still lacks a bunch of promised features such as the Android app compatibility, native email app and calendar. I guess those will come, but not just yet. Read more »

We get our hands on the BlackBerry Playbook and it’s here to stay with us

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After months of delays and anticipation, the BlackBerry Playbook will officially go on sale on the 19th of April, people. RIM threw a fancy launch party in New York City to celebrate the event, and we were among the lucky few who got a precious invitation.

BlackBerry Playbook

The Playbook will begin its sales on April 19th with a starting price of $499.99 (it was initially promised by RIM that the price tag will be below $500) for the 16 Gb Wi-Fi only version. For those of you looking for a broadband enabled models – you will have to wait until some time in the summer. Read more »

Acer Iconia Tab A500 available in UK (unboxing video)

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We told you about this one a few days ago, guys – now we have some more facts in stock for you. The Nvidia Tegra powered Acer Iconia Tab A500 is available in the United Kingdom for £449.99 from Dixons.

I am not going to focus on the impressive specs of the device today Read more »

Asus Eee Pad Transformer now available in the UK, already rooted

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Craving for that sweet Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet, are we? Well if you live in the UK, get that credit card of yours ready as the slate has just become available. Comet has it in store and despite being a few days early it doesn’t charge a premium price for the Eee Pad Transformer – it’s still the expected £380.

The bad news is that the keyboard/docking station is still not available so you will have to wait a few more days to get the full set. Still you now get your chance to experience the Tegra 2 prowess on a Honeycomb tablet on a price that’s not prohibitively expensive (we are looking at you Moto XOOM). Read more »

Adobe releases Touch SDK for Photoshop – turns iPad into your Photoshop must-have accessory

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Adobe is releasing a touch SDK for developers and three apps for the iPad, which aim at turning the tablet into a capable Photoshop companion – something along the way of Wacom’s pen tablets. With the new apps you can finger-paint, color-mix, tool-shift and export to the full-featured PC version.

The touch SDK aims at giving developers the tools to create Photoshop apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. This way basically every tablet-maker (save for HP, for now) will be able to take advantage and use its tablets for professional Photoshop work. Read more »

Toshiba tablet packing Android Honeycomb coming soon to BestBuy

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We have already mentioned this one to you guys. Now it is official. Toshiba will begin selling their tablet at BestBuy in the immediate future.

Toshiba’s tablet has a 10.1-inch screen, will ship with Android’s latest incarnation – Honeycomb and will be powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chipset. There’s a 5 megapixel cameras on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front of the device. And HDMI port will take care of video output to bigger screens, and there is also a regular size USB port for connecting peripherals. Check out more of the specs of the tablet below. We don’t know the amount of integrated storage yet. Read more »

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 may be coming your way this month, see how it stacks up vs the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 [TABLE]

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The iPad 2 killer has just arrived and it’s called the Iconia Tab A500. Ok, I admit I might be stretching it a bit – you know, the name might not be as catchy and it will definitely not make any Apple lovers switch sides. But for those of you that are yet undecided on where their tablet legions lie, Acer’s newest tablet might just be a viable option.

The Acer Iconia Tab is definitely one of the best and most reasonably priced Android tablets to hit the market. Well hitting the US market is what this tablet will do just fine, we should only wait until April 24th. Pre-orders for the Honeycomb-running 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 are starting today from Best Buy. And it starts at the reasonable $449.99. That’s rock-bottom pricing there. It sure looks like the iPad will be the price setter for the whole category of tablet devices. Read more »

New Skype 5.3 for Windows brings improved video-calling from your PC to mobile devices

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Skype version 5.3 (for PC) is out and you can download it right away. It brings some bug fixes and a minor UI facelift, but most importantly improved video-calling to mobile devices, such as iOS and Android, among others.

Skype developers have shifted the weight of video-calling from the mobile devices to the PC, and as it does the heavier lifting, your mobile phone can send better quality video. This should create an overall smoother experience of PC-to-mobile video calls. Read more »

BlackBerry Playbook launching 14 April, already open for pre-orders at Best Buy – starts from $499.99

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It seems that BlackBerry is finally launching its tablet to the market on 14 April. The BlackBerry Playbook will be showcased at an invite-only event in New York.

Also the Playbook is already available for pre-order at Best Buy, starting from just $499.99, which is just the price BlackBerry promised – under 500 bucks. Read more »

A few leaked webOS 3.0 screenshots give us a glimpse of what’s coming this summer

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In case you haven’t heard HP is preparing to launch a webOS-based tablet called TouchPad this summer. It will run on the tablet-optimized webOS 3.0 that nobody has seen. Up until now.

Today five screenshots taken from a webOS 3.0 emulator escaped into the wild for our viewing pleasure. Read more »