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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 »

Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab goes on sale in the US for $349.99, but it’s not that hip anymore

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It seems like over a year already, since the Galaxy Tab hit the shelves. Well, actually it’s been 6 months, which is a long time in gadget terms. Now the Galaxy Tab has been confirmed to hit the US market in its Wi-Fi-only version, from 349.99 bucks. It will be available on 10 April.

This reincarnation of Samsung’s proto tablet has gained some extra RAM – 592MB, but lost the GPS functionality, the HSDPA connectivity, the 32GB and 64GB storage options and some 2000 mAh worth of battery. It’s now down to just 4000, instead of the 6000 the original had. And the available built-in memory is 16GB. But you can always expand it up to 32GB with a SD card. It’s also stuck at Android Froyo 2.2, which certainly is not the latest tablet UI available. Read more »

Sony Honeycomb tablet coming by the end of summer

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Computer manufacturers are hot on making their own tablets. Tablets with slim and sleek hardware, ARM-based CPUs and tablet-oriented opeating systems seem to be the the future of portable computing and entertainment and every manufacturers wants in. Well, it’s Sony’s turn with Sir Howard Stringer, Sony’s CEO, just went ahead and confirmed the company’s plans of unveiling a tablet.

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Plasticine iPad makes for an amusing stop-motion video

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It appears the the iPad, along with its multiple entertaining qualities, can also serve as an inspiration for a session of arts and crafts.

We stumbled upon this wonderful stop-motion video of the work of a Ukrainian design artist from the British Higher School of Art and Design (Moscow). It’s an iPad made of plasticine. We can’t help but be amazed by the attention to detail and the execution. Enjoy!!! Read more »

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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