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Nook HD and Nook HD+ go on sale in the UK

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After being announced back in September, the new Nook HD and Nook HD+ have finally gone on sale, in the UK for now. Those who pre-ordered theirs from Barnes & Noble online store should get it this week or you could purchase them from stores such as John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Dixons, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Blackwell’s and Foyles in the UK.

For those who don’t know, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ are Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ respectively. Read more »

Samsung shows off upcoming Premium Suite for Note 10.1 in a video

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Samsung has announced a Premium Suite update for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which will be provided with the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update whenever it is released. They have now released a lengthy video that shows these new features in action.

Most of the features in the Premium Suite extend upon the existing features in the Note 10.1. For example, the multi-window app functionality now lets you run several apps simultaneously and even increase their size. The Air View feature, borrowed from the Note II, lets you hover over content in default Samsung apps and preview them. The clipping feature lets you cut images from web pages and send them or add to documents. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gets its ICS update at long last

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Samsung is finally reseeding the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 didn’t gain much traction though I have always considered this screen size to provide the best combination of portability and big-screen user experience.

Back in July, Samsung started seeding an Ice Cream Sandwich update to most of its tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was on the list but the update for it was stopped in its tracks due to some pending issues.

Now, we hear, the updates are seeding again. But seriously? An Ice Cream Sandwich update in the end of December? Read more »

Today’s online deals for phones and tablets rock (Black Friday or not)

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Yes, it’s this time of the year again and most of you living up there in the States are probably looking around for a good deal on something you’ve already planned on buying. Well, in case you were up for a new cellphone or an iPad, here are some nice online deals to get you started.

Unfortunately, here in Europe we don’t have our own version of Black Friday deals, so all listed deals concern US prices and availability. By all means, this is not meant to be a complete list. If you know some more deals, share them in the comments. Read more »

Jelly Bean for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Wi-Fi now seeding

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The Jelly Bean update rollout for the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Wi-Fi (P3110) has just started.

The first country to get the update is France, but more are expected to follow in the next few days. Read more »

Spiceworks infographic shows what gadgets IT Pros want for Christmas

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Spiceworks is a go-to place for ITs to find information, ideas and problem solutions on the web.

The guys over there decided to put together an infographic about what hot tech toys ITs want to get for Christmas this year, based on the opinions of “over 800 IT pros”. Follow on to see it. Read more »

More than 5 million Nexus 7 will be shipped by the end of the year, say Taiwan suppliers

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According to Taiwanese suppliers Asus will have shipped over 5 million Nexus 7 units by the end of the year.

At its current low prices and with the addition of the 32 GB model and the Cellular version it’s no surprise that come the holiday season the Nexus 7 will continue to fly off the shelves. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 gets gutted, reveals Samsung-made internals

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The new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has just been taken apart, revealing plenty of Samsung-made parts in the process.

The teardown also reveals that the device is fairly easy to take apart, which should make eventual repairs relatively painless. Read more »

Nexus 10 goes on pre-order at Staples, taken apart elsewhere

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The Nexus 10 stock at the Play Store was depleted pretty quickly when it launched, so it’s good to see the 10-inch Google tablet moving to other stores. Staples have it on pre-order right now, but unfortunately won’t start deliveries until two-to-three weeks.

Meanwhile, the tablet has been torn down, revealing what makes it tick (spoiler: plenty of Samsung-made parts). Read more »

Microsoft Surface RT is here – we give the slate the hands-on treatment

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The Microsoft Surface is Redmond’s first attempt at building its own tablet hardware and comes with the spanking new Windows RT preinstalled.

Office Preview 2013, live tiles, VaporMG, a kickstand and Windows functionality on a slate all but await you after the break. Read more »

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts shipping, already on backorder

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It’s been over two months since the Amazon event on September 6, where they announced their new range of Kindle and Kindle Fire devices. The Kindle Fire HD, in particular, was not supposed to ship till November, even though it went on pre-order pretty much instantly.

Well, that day has come and if you are one of those who ordered a Kindle Fire HD you should be glad to know that Amazon has started shipping the tablet. Unfortunately, if you order now, you will have to wait another month before you can get it due to backorder. Read more »

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Nexus 7 available for manual update right now

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The question of Android updates might make many users uncomfortable, but not Nexus owners – just as the new Nexus 4 went on sale (and quickly ran out), the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 began to roll out. You can read more about the Galaxy Nexus update here.

If you own a Nexus 7 tablet you can update it manually too, if you don’t feel like waiting. Read more »

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 »