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Aakash 2 ICS tablet now available for as little as $25 in India

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Following the release of the original Aakash tablet more than a year ago, UK-based Datawind hope to continue to make the cheapest tablet around with the Aakash 2.

The new tablet will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of box (a step up from the Froyo-based Aakash), and can be had for as little as $25 thanks to government subsidies which are imposed in India. Read more »

Apple pays $21 million for using the new clock face in iOS 6

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Couple of months ago, we heard that Apple got into a minor kerfuffle with the Swiss Federal Railways for pretty much ripping off the iconic clock face that the railways uses on their platforms, designed by watchmaking company Mondaine.

Eventually, the two companies decided to settle the matter and come to an agreement. We have now learned that Apple had to pay the Swiss Federal Railways $21 million for using the clock face within iOS. The two companies have now signed a licensing agreement allowing Apple to continue using the clock face within their application. Read more »

Apple releases two new ads for the iPad mini

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You may have already seen the excellent iPad mini ‘Piano’ ad that was shown during the launch keynote and aired on television after the device launched in the respective countries. Now Apple has released two more ads that follow a similar format called ‘Books’ and ‘Photos’.

As you can expect from their names, the first one shows the new iPad mini going through several books with the bigger iPad and the second one shows how photos look on the iPad mini. With both these ads, Apple’s message seems to be that the iPad mini is every bit as good as doing things as the bigger iPad and other than the screen size you’re not compromising on anything. Read more »

Microsoft Surface users facing audio and Touch Cover issues

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It’s just been a couple of weeks since the Microsoft Surface went on sale and as usual for any new product we have started hearing complaints from the early adopters. The two most prominent issues for now relate to the sound and the optional Touch Cover.

According to The Verge, who experienced these issues first hand, the audio occasionally stutters or mutes when the Surface is in use or in standby. Read more »

Google and ASUS provide money back for 16GB Nexus 7 buyers in the US

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If you bought a 16GB Nexus 7 in the US 15 days after it received a price drop, you are in luck. According to Google’s Price Protection policy, if you purchased the 16GB model 15 days after the price cut was announced, that is on October 14, then Google will refund the price difference to you ($50). Unfortunately, no such offer is available to those who purchased the 8GB model.

Meanwhile, ASUS also has its own scheme going on for buyers in Europe who purchased the tablet before October 29. Read more »

At $229 the 32GB Nexus 7 from RadioShack is a steal

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The Nexus 7 deals keep getting better and better since Google announced the pricedrop of the 16GB model and introduced the 32GB version. Now, for a limited time, RadioShack is offering the 32GB Nexus 7 for the incredibly sounding $229.

To take advantage of the deal, use the coupon code “RMN20″. It’ll grant you a $20 discount for products costing $125 and up. And to make the deal even better, there’s free ground shipping (for US only). Read more »

iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD go head to head, inside a blender

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Continuing their tradition of blending newly released gadgets inside one of their absurdly strong and powerful blender by none other than the CEO Tom Dickson himself, Blendtec has released a new video where they blend the iPad mini.

But it’s not just the iPad mini that will be facing the blades of chaos inside the blender. Giving it company are the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. It really doesn’t matter how many contestants there are, though. In the end, the only winner is the Blendtec blender. Read more »

Microsoft said to be working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet

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After announcing the 10-inch Surface tablets based on Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft is now reportedly working on a 7-inch model. Except, this one is more purpose-built, with the purpose being gaming.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is said to be working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet designed for gaming. The device is said to include an ARM processor with high-bandwidth RAM but the specifications could be altered for an unannounced Intel SoC. This device will neither be running on Windows 8 nor Windows RT, but rather a custom Windows kernel, similar to the current Xbox console. Read more »

Apple iPad mini stops by our office, poses for a hands-on video

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With the announcement of the iPad mini, Apple will give the already handsomely growing 7-inch tablet market an extra boost. Now that the 7.85-inch slate in our hands, it’s time to take it for a quick spin and see what its deal is.

Some might say out that due to the price there isn’t any deal to be had here. Yet the really beautiful aluminum body of the iPad mini quickly makes you forget about that. Read more »

IDC reports total of 27.8m tablets shipped in Q3 2012, Android gains momentum at Apple’s expense

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There are a total of 27.8 million tablets shipped worldwide in Q3 of 2012 according to a preliminary report from IDC. Compared to the same quarter last year, this is nearly 50% jump in sales and just 6.7% over the previous quarter.

Android tablet have started gaining more considerable market share, as Samsung has shipped 5.1 million tablets in the third quarter, which is twice as much as they managed in the previous quarter, and an increase of 325.0% from 3Q11, when it shipped 1.2 million tablets. This puts the company in second place with 18.4% market share. Read more »

Apple sold 3 million iPads (big and small) in opening weekend

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Apple managed to sell a million iPads a day since the iPad 4th generation and iPad mini hit their first wave of stores just three days ago.

Apple didn’t specify how many iPad mini’s and iPad 4′s were sold but the total number is still worth mentioning. Read more »

iPad 4 gets torn apart, so does the Kindle Fire HD

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After the iPad mini and Microsoft Surface teardowns comes the time for iFixit to pry into the innards of the iPad 4 and Kindle Fire HD.

Apple’s latest full-sized tablet got a poor 2/10 repairability score (10 being the easiest to repair) while the Kindle Fire HD got 7/10. Read more »

Samsung releases more official Galaxy Note II hands-on videos, shares some tips and tricks

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There are more than 3 million Galaxy Note II owners out there, and to make sure that they get the full potential out of their phablet, Samsung has launched no less than five new videos showcasing the device’s power.

As you know from our in-depth review of the Note II, it comes with the S Pen, on which Samsung emphasizes a lot in the new hands-on videos of the device. Read more »

The iPad mini races the Nexus 7 towards a cold, hard surface in drop tests

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We have seen the early reviews of the iPad mini. We have seen the teardowns. Soon we will be seeing a weird guy who would want to blend this thing. Till then we have a couple of drop tests to keep us company.

The latest fad in the world of technology coverage are drop tests that drop new devices from various angles to see how well they hold up (or don’t). While the jury is still out on the accuracy of these tests, they do help paint a picture of how well your future (or present) device will fare after hurtling towards the Earth at 9.81 m/s2. Read more »

The iPad mini gets an iFixit teardown

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iFixit is continuing their tradition of tearing down every major new product and the latest product to fall in their hands is the new iPad mini.

As usual the teardown reveals some interesting pieces of information that are otherwise kept away from the general public by manufacturers. So let’s take a look. Read more »