The BlackBerry PlayBook is on its way out – as far as 7” tablets are concerned, the Google Nexus 7 is getting all the attention, after it stole the spotlight from the Amazon Kindle Fire. But a good deal is a good deal – the 64GB version of the PlayBook is currently going for £129 in the UK.
For comparison, a Nexus 7 8GB costs £159, while the 16GB one is £199. Somewhat amusingly, a 16GB PlayBook is £129 or even £169 in some places. Read more »
It seems like September will be a month to remember, as now Amazon.com have added themselves to the list of companies set to announce a new product.
The retail giant hasn’t officially confirmed what it will be announcing, but we are most likely getting a sequel of its highly successful Kindle Fire tablet, which was announced last September. Read more »
Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablet isn’t doing too good a job at sneaking quietly around Europe after its official UK launch. First, Asus themselves broke its cover by posting on their Asus Italy Facebook page that the 16GB version will launch in early September at €250. Now, the Jelly Bean tablet has been spotted in France and Germany too.
French site Fnac is already taking pre-orders for the Nexus 7 and it seems that Asus is setting up a corner in a Berlin store. Oddly, all sightings so far have been of the 16GB version. Read more »
Good news, Transformer Pad users. A few days after the US owners got the Android Jelly Bean update, Asus Finland announced that it will be coming to Finland later this week.
You’ll get it as an OTA update and it will bring lots of improvements. Unfortunately it will also remove the Wi-Fi Direct and the Adobe Flash support. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE in South Korea is getting updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the update brings along a number of goodies. Up until now, the Super AMOLED-packing tablet was running Android 3.2.
The update brings the usual round of performance improvements, better multitasking and face unlock. Also, the native data tracker feature are a welcome update to keep track of that LTE data usage. Read more »
James Franco does more than act – apparently his resume includes being a writer, producer, director and…Galaxy Note 10.1 multitasker?
A cool new promo video shows off James Franco’s skills at multitasking with the latest and greatest slate from Samsung. Read more »
The iFixit guys have no mercy – the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 couldn’t even go a week before being torn to pieces for the greater good. It didn’t put up much of a fight (and that’s a good thing) as there are only a few Philips screws and clips standing in your way when you need to open the tablet.
From then on things are pretty easy to detach. There are some oddities (the vibration motor is hooked up to the microSD card slot assembly), but the front and back cameras are separate components, so you can swap them out one at a time. Read more »
Motorola has announced that the XYBOARD Wi-Fi tablet in the US will soon be getting the Android 4.0.4 update. The update is available to both the XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 Wi-Fi models.
The following is the list of enhancements that you will find in the new update. Read more »
In order to get a piece of the currently ongoing “back to school” sales frenzy in the United States, Samsung has released a Student Edition of its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 slate. Set to go on sale in select retailers tomorrow, the tablet’s special edition bundle includes $100 worth of free accessories and an exclusive glossy white color.
The abovementioned free accessories include a keyboard dock and USB adapter, which supports USB flash drives, as well as peripherals such as USB mice. Read more »
An upcoming version of Skype for Windows 8 has leaked showing off an interface optimized for touch interfaces (read: tablets).
It’s styled using the
Metro Modern UI, characteristic of the upcoming Microsoft platform. Read more »
We’ve seen our fair share of tough Android phones, but there are rugged Android tablets as well, like the Fujitsu STYLISTIC M532. It’s a 10.1″ slate powered by Tegra 3 and running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The STYLISTIC M532 has been MIL-STD-810G certified, so it should survive rough transport, work in low and high altitudes, temperatures and humidity along with drop and dust resistance. Read more »
Sony is expanding the number of other manufacturers that will produce PlayStation Certified devices. First was HTC (announced at E3) and now at gamescom they announced that Asus and Wikipad are joining the fold.
Sony announced that PS Mobile will be coming to Tegra 2 and 3 devices early last year. Read more »
The folks over at Dropbox have always been keen on getting the community in on their beta builds, and this latest version is no exception.
Highlights include improved video playback, as well as the ability to open Dropbox files directly from other applications. Read more »
Pinterest is a social photo sharing website that was released last year, where users ‘pin’ the photos they like (not necessarily their own but also something they found online) and thus share it with others. You can also follow other people and see the images they have pinned. The site categorizes pictures into various categories so it becomes easy to look at pictures from categories you like.
Last year, we got a mobile application for the iPhone, which for a long time remained the only mobile application for the service. Now, after over a year, Pinterest has released an Android as well as an iPad version of its mobile app. Read more »
Microsoft is gearing up to launch Windows 8, a version that marks a significant departure from previous incarnations in that it supports ARM processors. The Redmond-based company is quite excited about what it has achieved with Windows 8 RT (that’s what the ARM version is called) and the kind of hardware it and its OEM partners have designed.
One of the biggest advantages of ARM over Intel or AMD made x86 processors is energy efficiency. Windows 8 RT was designed to reduce power usage to capitalize on that, but also allow for smaller batteries, which in turn means thinner and lighter gadgets. Read more »