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Archos TV Connect Brings Android To Your Existing HDTV

The great thing about the Android ecosystem is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for you to download at the Google Play store. If you find the display of your smartphone a bit too small for running these apps then you can always run them on a tablet. But what if you still find the display of a tablet small? Archos, a French consumer electronic company, might just have the solution for you as they bring in the Archos TV Connect.

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The Archos TV Connect basically allows you to make your existing TV into a smart TV by bringing in Android to it. This device is basically a box with hardware in it that enables you to run Android. It has its own ARM based processor, RAM, and storage space as well. The included TV touch remote allows you to control your TV just like a tablet or smartphone by swiping and zooming.

Archos TV Connect Specifications

  • Storage: 8 GB Flash expandable via micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
  • Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Smart Multi Core processor
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Interfaces: HD camera, Micro USB port, USB host port, Mini HDMI output, Ethernet, Micro SD slot
  • Communication: Wi-Fi
  • Miscellaneous: LED notification, Microphone, Front camera
  • Dimensions:235 x 105 x 34 mm

An interesting feature that comes with this device is the camera and microphone. The company says that you will be able to make Skype calls through your TV. Since it is a Google certified device you will have full access to Google Play. You might need to expand the internal 8 GB of memory though if you’re planning on installing tons of apps.

Gamers will also notice that the TV Touch Remote has a gaming like configuration. This will be interesting to check out and see how well it fares when playing actual games.

The Archos TV Connect will be available this coming February 2013 and will be priced at $129.99. It’s also going to make an appearance at CES so stay tuned for our updates on it.

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HTC’s 4G-capable One SV now available in the UK

HTC’s boring-looking but powerful HTC One SV has launched in the UK, with the unlocked retailers now selling the thing for around the £350 mark. For that money you get a lot of telephone, with the One SV powered by Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual-core S4 processor and that backed up by 1GB of RAM. It ought to work rather well.

The One SV comes with a 4.3″ display running at 480×800 resolution, which is pretty much the only compromise here, as…

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…there’s a Micro SD card slot to augment the One SV’s 8GB of onboard storage to keep everyone happy. In a month or two when it’s a bit cheaper it’ll be a good choice.

Clove’s selling the One SV for £349 if you’re keen on doing Android the HTC way.

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Samsung’s possible Galaxy M Pro sequel poses for the camera, may hang on to Android 4.0

Samsung's possible Galaxy M Pro sequel poses for the camera, may hang on to Android 40

Samsung’s Galaxy M Pro is one of the few widely distributed, fixed-QWERTY smartphones available for the Android world, but cutting edge it’s not: the messaging phone originally shipped with Android 2.3 just as 4.0 was about to take center stage. It may be nearing a sorely needed update. Blog of Mobile has followed up a June FCC filing for an unannounced GT-B7810 with some purported details and photos for the same device. Most of the change is reflected on the outside: aside from a similar 480 x 360 display, it could have a considerably fresher metal-effect design. The improvement on the inside is tougher to reckon. While there should be a 1,200mAh battery, HSPA 3G and a micro-SIM slot, the only major upgrade claimed here is the shift to Android 4.0, or just enough to stay on the trailing edge. That is, assuming the B7810 launches at all. Having spent more than half a year in limbo, the budget-focused phone may be out of step with the modern market unless there’s a pre-release update in store.

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Source: Blog of Mobile (translated)

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Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite Review

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Huawei are desperately trying to bring themselves into the higher end of the Android world. They’ve released some more powerful and more up to date devices, but everything they release seems to come just a little too late.

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is their foray into the 7 inch tablet world.  The first problem they encounter is that we are all automatically comparing it to the Google (ASUS) Nexus 7.  This is their downfall.  While they are entering the budget 7 inch tablet world, it has no chance of competing against the Nexus 7.  It’s not as good in almost every aspect, although the build quality comes close.  Google is setting the standards for Android devices and companies like Huawei need to take note of what they are doing if they are going come close to competing.

The performance is mediocre at best, the display is not bad, but its not even close to the Nexus 7.

 

What is inside the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite.

Display: 7″ 1024×600 IPS display

CPU: 1.4GHz single-core Cortex-A8 processor

Memory: 1GB RAM

Storage: 8GB on-board storage, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB

Cameras: 3.2mp rear facing, 0.3mp VGA front-facing camera

Battery: 4,100mAh

Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G (GSM), Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB 2.0

Size: 193mm x 120mm x 11mm

Weight: 370 grams

OS: Android 4.0.3

We don’t know when it’s going to be released and we have no idea how much it’s going to cost.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite

Construction

The immediate plus point of the MediaPad 7 Lite is the build quality.  Huawei are getting pretty good at construction of their devices, and the MediaPad 7 Lite is no exception. It feels very strong, although this also makes it feel a little heavy.  It’s only a fraction thicker than the Nexus 7.

Opening the box revealed a very nice feeling and looking matte finish aluminum frame. The end caps are a smooth plastic but feel strong and resilient.  You’ll find the Huawei and Google logos on the rear and the 3.2 mp rear facing camera along the top edge.  Next to the camera you’ll find the speaker in the form of two small lots next to each other.  The tiny slots don’t allow for much sound and I found the MediaPad 7Lite to be a little quiet for me.

As with many devices recently, the speaker openings have a slight lump in the middle, which we can assume is ensure that sound does not get obstructed when the MediaPad 7 Lite is laid on a flat surface.  As the MediaPad 7 Lite can also be used as a speaker phone, this is probably a good design choice on Huawei’s behalf.

The MediaPad 7 Lite is design to work mostly in Landscape mode.  In this orientation you will find the Power and Volume rocker on the top edge of the device.  On the right hand side of the top edge you’ll also find a Micro SD and SIM card slot.  The slots are covered with very flimsy covers that have a small nail slot used to remove them.  I found that they never really closed properly and made it seem cheap and a last minute addition.

The SIM card slot is for full size SIM cards so I was unable to test out the GSM connections.   The devices I have now have MicroSIM cards and I didn’t have an adapter hand to allow them to be inserted into a regular SIM card slot.  This also meant I was unable to test out phone calls using the tablet, which could also be considered one of its plus points.

If you keep going around the device to the right hand edge, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone socket and a USB port for charging and desktop connection.  The remaining two sides of the device have no connections or buttons.

 

Performance

This is where everything starts to turn bad.  No matter how I configured the MediaPad 7 Lite, the interface and overall experience was slow and laggy.  Simple things like swiping left and right on the home screens was jerky and unimpressive.  There is simple no excuse in today’s tablet world to have experience as poor as this.

I was hoping, no praying, that after installing a few games and different apps maybe they would run better once they had been loaded.  This is a mistake.  The tablet is just slow in every way I tried to use it.  Games were laggy and screen updates slow.  Browsing was slow. Email was slow.  I’m not sure which component has spoilt the experience of this device. It could be the processor or maybe it’s very slow access memory.  Whatever they did in this device has completely ruined the experience.

I then went on to trying a few videos.  I tried YouTube, NetFlix and a couple of my own clips.  The tablet was constantly buffering on the streaming videos and never really impressed on the local video clips.

Battery testing wasn’t much better.  I was playing around with the tablet for probably a couple of hours testing games and videos and in that time I lost about 45% battery.

I kind of gave up on this device after this.  I did try taking some photos, which were acceptable for a 3.2mp camera, but obviously they are low resolution and I found the colors and overall picture to be a little washed out.

 

Conclusion

So we still don’t know when this is launching or how much it will cost.  Whatever they do, I would stay clear of this device at all costs.  There are far better choices in the 7 inch tablet world and Huawei is late to the party.  Not only are they late, but they have released a device that feels like its two years old.

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Prehistoric Park Will Remind You Of Rollercoaster Tycoon [Review]

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Available On: Android

Price: Free

Download: Google Play

Prehistoric Park reminds me of old classics like Rollercoaster Tycoon. While not a direct copy, Prehistoric Park does provide some welcome similarities including keeping your customers happy by providing sitting areas, restrooms, drinking fountains and a variety of rides to choose from.

I have very few complaints for this game aside from my usual frustration with micro transactions (albeit, Prehistoric Park handles the issue much better than most games) and I also noticed a lot of frames dropping when animations would play (e.g. a customer would bounce on a trampoline, as the animation played you could literally watch frames drop every time it looped).

Many players will enjoy Prehistoric Park simply because it is well built, will remind (some) players of Rollercoaster Tycoon (a fantastic game) and the game is free. Well, aside from the micro transactions, which is a bit annoying. Micro transactions are very cheap when it comes to purchasing in-game gold coins compared to many other games, but I feel that things would have worked out a lot better if the game were to cost $4.99 on the Play Store or something. The content in the game is certainly worth $4.99, but I really do not like how you feel limited as to what you can do in the game without the use of gold coins. I ended up buying some to get a better picture of the game, and they really don’t last you long, as some of the things you use gold coins for are really expensive.

Prehistoric Park will remind some players of games like Farmville (to a certain degree) in the sense that you will have to wait for rides to complete in real-time. I really didn’t like that though; it was more of an annoyance than anything. The way it was designed and put together, it just felt very limiting to me. I know that having things done in real-time encourages players to come back, but I really felt like it didn’t work very well. Of course, it’s well designed for what the developers tried to accomplish, but I, as a player, felt really limited as to what I could.

Overall Prehistoric Park is a great game, especially for those who enjoy things being done in real-time (and there are a lot of you who like that). I think players will find a draw to this game simply because it isn’t plagued with ads, micro transactions really aren’t that expensive (but even the least expensive transactions can burn a hole in your wallet) and you can play the game without gold coins if you so wished to (although, you do feel pretty limited without them).

Prehistoric Park is currently available on the Google Play Store.  I’m not entirely sure whether this is an Android-exclusive title or if it just isn’t available on iOS yet. A couple of searches didn’t bring in any results for Prehistoric Park on the App Store.

I highly suggest giving the game a go just to experience it for yourself. Prehistoric Park is a game the lacks no shortage of quality. You’d be robbing yourself for not playing it.

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Tiki Racing 3D Review

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, Micro Transactions

Download: Play Store | iTunes

Tiki Kart 3D will appeal to every mobile gamer out there who was a huge fan of the Mario Kart game back on the Nintendo 64 (and even more recent versions). One thing that is annoying right off the bat is that the game is plagued with ads. You can remove the ads, but it is actually quite expensive, as it requires that you pay for at least 12,500 Tiki Coins with real cash to remove the ads. That equals out to $2.99. Albeit expensive, removing the ads makes the game a more enjoyable experience. On the bright side, the developers have placed the ads in a way that they do not interfere with the actual gameplay, which is a huge plus if you think how other developers use ads (e.g. Angry Birds).

As I mentioned above, those who are huge fans of Mario Kart will enjoy Tiki Kart 3D. The game is almost identical to Mario Kart. Granted, for it to be legal they had to change the theme, but in terms of gameplay it’s pretty much identical. Pineapples will offer you special abilities to deter progress of your competitors (e.g. oil spills, speed boosts for your racer and etc). Now, some of the abilities are extremely fun to use, but they feel a bit overpowered. Firing a rocket at another racer will destroy your racer, then you will have to wait a good six or so seconds before you’re able to get back in the race. These abilities are meant to slow down racers to give other racers a chance, not cause a loss for the affected racer. Abilities aren’t that unique either. Most of them feel like a rendition of Mario Kart, which I’m not sure I like. While having a skinned version of Mario Kart is nice, I like to see some sort of uniqueness in the games I play.

Just like Mario Kart, you can pick your own characters. In Tiki Kart 3D you can also pick your cars, and some of these cars are actually locked until you can pay to unlock them with Tiki coins. Same thing goes for the characters. Some of them are locked, which can be unlocked through the use of Tiki coins. From my understanding of the game, the only way to get Tiki coins is to pay real money for them or complete free offers (e.g. signing up for a Netflix subscription through the game, taking a survey and etc).

Tiki Kart 3D is a fun game, especially for it being free. It’ll really hurt your pocket if you decided to start buying coins and all. There are a few similar games that look a bit better than Tiki Racing 3D, but for now, I’d only play this game if you want a quick Mario Kart fix. Tiki Kart 3D will leave you wanting more though, which was sad since this game felt like it had a lot of potential.

Tiki Kart 3D is a free game, so it really causes no harm if you want to give it a try. Like I said, I recommend this game if you want a quick Mario Kart fix.

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Draw Something Re-Review

Available On: Android, iOS

Price; Free, Micro transactions

Download: Google Play | iTunes

I’ve reviewed Draw Something in the past, but since then I’ve been able to get a Samsung Galaxy Note II, which comes with the S-Pen. It turns out that the S-Pen works extraordinarily well with Draw Something, and actually makes the game insanely easier to play. I get a bit frustrated when I can’t reach perfection with drawings on Draw Something, or even with drawing in general. Having a stylus or S-Pen to help you along the way with Draw Something is insanely useful. You know those smudges you would always get in your drawing because your hand shook? Those are easily avoided using a stylus/S-Pen.

To bring you up to speed as to what Draw Something is, it’s essentially a social game that you can play with your friends on Facebook or via e-mail. You can also play with random players out in cyberspace by creating a username as well. Draw Something is nothing competitive. You simply choose a word and then draw a image of that word for the other player to guess. The other player will then receive that drawing and will have to guess what it is. If they can’t guess, they can simply press the pass button, which will restart all of the turns back to 1 (e.g. if you have 100 turns, and someone passes, it goes back to 1). It’s a fun little casual game to pass the time away.

After having used the S-Pen with Draw Something, I was definitely encouraged to play the game more and most of all my problems were almost fixed when I started using the S-Pen to draw. My only beef with the app now is the fact that it’s owned by Zynga. As a result of that, we probably won’t be seeing any new creative ideas added to the app. Instead, Draw Something will turn into a cash cow with little to no substance behind the app itself. That sums up most of Zynga’s games right there.

Like I said, I’ve found a new appreciation for Draw Something after using the S-Pen. The app would work just as well with a regular stylus, but the S-Pen is what I happened to have on hand. To anyone that hasn’t found much appeal with the app or has been overly frustrated due to the perfection lacking in your drawings, I honestly suggest trying to pick up a stylus. If you decide to get a Galaxy Note device, an S-Pen will work just as well as a stylus does.

Draw Something is a free game (with quite a few micro transactions) that is available on both iOS and Android. You can pick it up right now by hitting one of the links that we’ve listed above. After you’ve given the app a try, make sure to let us know what you think of it with a stylus in-hand. I’d like to know if I’m not the only one who thought it was a bit lacking when just using your finger.

 

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New Toshiba Excite 10 SE Tablet Only $350 With Jelly Bean

The Excite 10 SE is the newest addition to the Toshiba Excite tablet lineup. The 10.1-inch tablet is a little late for black Friday but  will be offered at the hard-to-pass-up price of $349.99 and will be released, on December 6th, in plenty of time to make it under a few trees. The sales pitch is simple: low price + quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). It comes with 16GB of internal storage, two cameras (3MP rear and HD front-facing camera), Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi N, a microSD slot and uses a micro USB port for charging.

Design wise the 10 SE doesn’t look too shabby either. It weighs 22.6 ounces and is only 10.16mm thick. While the Excite 10 SE doesn’t have the same sleek design as the Excite 10 LE we reviewed back in May, it isn’t without its charm. Did I mention it’s only $350? That’s $100 less than the Excite 10 which came with Ice Cream Sandwich. Deal hunters will have their chance in a couple days. The Excite will be available from ToshibaDirect.com and “select retailers.”

Full Press Release after the break

TOSHIBA EXPANDS EXCITE FAMILY OF TABLETS WITH NEW 10-INCH MODEL

New Excite 10 SE Tablet Powered by Android 4.1 Starting at $349.99 MSRP

IRVINE, Calif. – Dec. 4, 2012 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Excite™ 10 SE tablet, a multimedia-rich tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. The Excite 10 SE offers an affordable option for people looking for a powerful and versatile tablet for the home, starting at only $349.99 MSRP[i].

“Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point.”

The Excite 10 SE features Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, which improves on the simplicity and usability of Android 4.0. Moving between customizable home screens and switching between apps is effortless, while the Chrome™ browser and new Google Now intelligent personal assistant and Voice Search apps makes surfing the web fast and fluid.

Slim and light at only 0.4 inches thick and weighing 22.6 ounces[ii], the Excite 10 SE is encased with a textured Fusion Lattice finish, making it comfortable to hold and easy to carry. The tablet offers a vibrant 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ HD touchscreen display[iii] plus the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor[iv] that delivers smooth web browsing and outstanding performance for games, HD movies and more.

Stereo speakers with SRS® Premium Voice Pro create an optimized audio experience for music, video and games, while providing greater clarity for video chatting via the tablet’s HD front-facing camera. The Excite 10 SE also includes a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and digital zoom for capturing HD video and photos. Featuring a wide range of connectivity, the tablet includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® 3.0, as well as Micro SD and Micro USB ports for expandability. The tablet also charges conveniently via the Micro USB port.

Availability

The Excite 10 SE will be available starting at $349.99 MSRP for the 16GB model at select retailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com on December 6, 2012.

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New Toshiba Excite 10 SE Tablet Only $350 With Jelly Bean

The Excite 10 SE is the newest addition to the Toshiba Excite tablet lineup. The 10.1-inch tablet is a little late for black Friday but  will be offered at the hard-to-pass-up price of $349.99 and will be released, on December 6th, in plenty of time to make it under a few trees. The sales pitch is simple: low price + quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). It comes with 16GB of internal storage, two cameras (3MP rear and HD front-facing camera), Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi N, a microSD slot and uses a micro USB port for charging.

Design wise the 10 SE doesn’t look too shabby either. It weighs 22.6 ounces and is only 10.16mm thick. While the Excite 10 SE doesn’t have the same sleek design as the Excite 10 LE we reviewed back in May, it isn’t without its charm. Did I mention it’s only $350? That’s $100 less than the Excite 10 which came with Ice Cream Sandwich. Deal hunters will have their chance in a couple days. The Excite will be available from ToshibaDirect.com and “select retailers.”

Full Press Release after the break

TOSHIBA EXPANDS EXCITE FAMILY OF TABLETS WITH NEW 10-INCH MODEL

New Excite 10 SE Tablet Powered by Android 4.1 Starting at $349.99 MSRP

IRVINE, Calif. – Dec. 4, 2012 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Excite™ 10 SE tablet, a multimedia-rich tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. The Excite 10 SE offers an affordable option for people looking for a powerful and versatile tablet for the home, starting at only $349.99 MSRP[i].

“Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point.”

The Excite 10 SE features Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, which improves on the simplicity and usability of Android 4.0. Moving between customizable home screens and switching between apps is effortless, while the Chrome™ browser and new Google Now intelligent personal assistant and Voice Search apps makes surfing the web fast and fluid.

Slim and light at only 0.4 inches thick and weighing 22.6 ounces[ii], the Excite 10 SE is encased with a textured Fusion Lattice finish, making it comfortable to hold and easy to carry. The tablet offers a vibrant 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ HD touchscreen display[iii] plus the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor[iv] that delivers smooth web browsing and outstanding performance for games, HD movies and more.

Stereo speakers with SRS® Premium Voice Pro create an optimized audio experience for music, video and games, while providing greater clarity for video chatting via the tablet’s HD front-facing camera. The Excite 10 SE also includes a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and digital zoom for capturing HD video and photos. Featuring a wide range of connectivity, the tablet includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® 3.0, as well as Micro SD and Micro USB ports for expandability. The tablet also charges conveniently via the Micro USB port.

Availability

The Excite 10 SE will be available starting at $349.99 MSRP for the 16GB model at select retailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com on December 6, 2012.

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Toshiba Refreshes Android Tablet Line-Up By Introducing The Excite 10 SE Tablet

Toshiba has just announced a refresh of their Android tablet line-up, which will add a new 10-inch model into their portfolio. Dubbed the Excite 10 SE, the tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet will hit the market on December 6th with a price tag of $349.99. It comes with 16 gigs of storage, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and it comes with a microSD slot. While the device definitely sounds interesting, we aren’t expecting it to be a huge competitor in the current tablet market.

Other specs like RAM and the screen resolution were not detailed, but Toshiba does say that the device is 0.4-inches thick, and it weighs in at 22.6 ounces, which is extremely close to Google’s Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10. Toshiba adding another tablet to their portfolio is great, but we really don’t here a whole lot about the company’s sales or anything. Toshiba tablets just don’t seem that popular as some of the ones that have released this year. Regardless though, the Excite 10 SE looks promising thus far, lets just hope that they are able to deliver a great experience this time around.

At a $349.99 price point, this tablet is definitely not bad. You can find a lot more details about this guy in the press release below. December 6th is only a mere two days away, and if you’ve got your eyes on this, you won’t be waiting a whole lot longer!

What do you think of a new Toshiba tablet? Would this be something that would interest you? Let us know in the comments below!

 

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Excite™ 10 SE tablet, a multimedia-rich tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. The Excite 10 SE offers an affordable option for people looking for a powerful and versatile tablet for the home, starting at only $349.99 MSRP1.

“Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point.”

The Excite 10 SE features Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, which improves on the simplicity and usability of Android 4.0. Moving between customizable home screens and switching between apps is effortless, while the Chrome™ browser and new Google Now intelligent personal assistant and Voice Search apps makes surfing the web fast and fluid.

Slim and light at only 0.4 inches thick and weighing 22.6 ounces2, the Excite 10 SE is encased with a textured Fusion Lattice finish, making it comfortable to hold and easy to carry. The tablet offers a vibrant 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ HD touchscreen display3 plus the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor4 that delivers smooth web browsing and outstanding performance for games, HD movies and more.

Stereo speakers with SRS® Premium Voice Pro create an optimized audio experience for music, video and games, while providing greater clarity for video chatting via the tablet’s HD front-facing camera. The Excite 10 SE also includes a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and digital zoom for capturing HD video and photos. Featuring a wide range of connectivity, the tablet includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® 3.0, as well as Micro SD and Micro USB ports for expandability. The tablet also charges conveniently via the Micro USB port.

Availability
The Excite 10 SE will be available starting at $349.99 MSRP for the 16GB model at select retailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com on December 6, 2012.

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Samsung details Pico Projector accessory for Galaxy devices

Samsung‘s slowly been getting into Pico Projectors as of late, and now they’ve announced a brand new projector specifically with their Android Galaxy smartphones and tablets in mind. Earlier this year they released the Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone with a built-in projector [see our review] but this is a dedicated Pico Projector. More details below.

It’s called the Samsung EAD-R10 mini pico projector and is currently available in South Korea. This isn’t quite a full featured Pico Projector as we’ve seen from other companies, but the important thing here is they’ve made it work seamlessly with their popular Galaxy smartphones. All you’ll need to do is hook up your Galaxy S III, Note II or other Galaxy devices using the micro-USB/MHL cable adapter and you’ll be streaming movies, games, YouTube videos and more all with the projector right to your surface of choice.

We don’t have an array of inputs and output options, or a dedicated HDMI port like most, but at the same time they’re offering this at a rather nice $220 price point. However the Samsung EAD-R10 projector does have a nHD 640×320 native resolution, but will scale to 720p with ease, and the built-in battery is 1,650 mAh that should last for at least a few hours of video.

The Projector features its own built-in loudspeaker for sound, and full support for a wide variety of office files for all you business users. This could be the perfect companion to your Galaxy Note II and all its productivity features. The new Samsung EAD-R10 Pico Projector certainly isn’t for everyone, but at least we have the option. More details can be found here.

[via SammyHub]

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Toshiba announces the $350 Excite 10 SE

It looks like Toshiba is still sticking it out in the Android tablet game as the OEM has announced a new device for those who want an affordable 10 inch tablet. The Toshiba Excite 10 SE is what they’re hoping will set the world ablaze this holiday season. It’s a 10.1 inch tablet that comes equipped with NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and will cost just $350.

Toshiba is proud of the device’s slim and light profile as it has been engineered to weight just 22.6 ounces and is only 10.16mm thin. The device will come out of the box with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and we imagine Android 4.2 will be on its roadmap at some point down the line.

Other features of the Excite 10 SE SRS-enabled stereo speakers for enhanced video chat and multimedia experiences. It also has a 3 megapixel rear camera accompanied by an HD front-facing camera. For connectivity, you’re looking at Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi N, a microSD port and a micro USB port (which will be used for both data and charging, thankfully).

We’re only a couple of days away from launch as Toshiba tells us the Excite 10 SE will be available starting December 6th at the Toshiba Direct store. Other “select” retailers will carry the device, as well, so be sure to look around at the likes of Best Buy and Wal-Mart if ordering straight from Toshiba isn’t your thing. Read on for full press details.

Toshiba expands excite family of tablets with new 10-inch model

New Excite 10 SE Tablet Powered by Android 4.1 Starting at $349.99 MSRP

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 4, 2012 — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Excite™ 10 SE tablet, a multimedia-rich tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. The Excite 10 SE offers an affordable option for people looking for a powerful and versatile tablet for the home, starting at only $349.99 MSRP[i].

“Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point.”

The Excite 10 SE features Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, which improves on the simplicity and usability of Android 4.0. Moving between customizable home screens and switching between apps is effortless, while the Chrome™ browser and new Google Now intelligent personal assistant and Voice Search apps makes surfing the web fast and fluid.

Slim and light at only 0.4 inches thick and weighing 22.6 ounces[ii], the Excite 10 SE is encased with a textured Fusion Lattice finish, making it comfortable to hold and easy to carry. The tablet offers a vibrant 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ HD touchscreen display[iii] plus the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor[iv] that delivers smooth web browsing and outstanding performance for games, HD movies and more.

Stereo speakers with SRS® Premium Voice Pro create an optimized audio experience for music, video and games, while providing greater clarity for video chatting via the tablet’s HD front-facing camera. The Excite 10 SE also includes a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and digital zoom for capturing HD video and photos. Featuring a wide range of connectivity, the tablet includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® 3.0, as well as Micro SD and Micro USB ports for expandability. The tablet also charges conveniently via the Micro USB port.

Availability
The Excite 10 SE will be available starting at $349.99 MSRP for the 16GB model at select retailers and direct from Toshiba atToshibaDirect.com on December 6, 2012.

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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together,  these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit us.toshiba.com.

About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba’s web site atwww.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

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Nexus 7 docking station coming in early December from ASUS

This weekend the official docking station for the Nexus 7 made by ASUS has leaked to the internet. We’ve seen reports and hints at a dock coming soon, but this appears to be rather legit. Official accessories have been pretty rare but thanks to ASUS Japan we now have another look at this upcoming docking station for our favorite Android tablet.

The image above was found on the ASUS Japan official website with a release date stated as “early December” but so far we have no other details at this point. The same image was leaked back in July but we’ve not heard anything since. This will be a landscape only docking station with a few audio options to go along with it. There’s no HDMI-out or anything of that sort sadly, but the image does show micro-USB for the obvious charging. Then we see the 3.5mm audio port for playing that Google Music and more.

So far there hasn’t been any official accessories for the Nexus 7 from ASUS or Google aside from a few rather bland cases. They didn’t offer the smart case option with them, and those seeking better options have had to rely on 3rd party accessories. The Google Nexus 7 has the usual 3 pogo pins on the side for docking, but we’ve not yet been able to enjoy that “feature.”

It looks like those docking pins will finally be put to use here soon if this leak is any indication. According to ASUS Japan the new Nexus 7 landscape dock station will be available in early December, but we don’t have an actual date to report just yet. The dock is listed at a retail price of 3,480 Japanese Yen, which comes out to around $41 for us here in the US. hopefully Google puts this on the Play Store soon (since it’s already early December) for a price right around $39. Who’s interested?

[via ASUS Japan] — Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


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Arcane Legends Review

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, Micro-Transactions

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Arcane Legends is another Action RPG for Android devices. I’m not usually a fan of these games on touch devices, but this one does things a lot better than other Action RPG games on the mobile platform. While all the same elements are there, things are done differently by using on-screen controls. To fight an enemy you furiously tap one designated combat button as opposed to furiously tapping the enemy, which you may or may not be landing your finger on. Arcane Legends is an OK game. The graphics are definitely not something I would call wonderful, but I wouldn’t call them abysmal either.

One of the things about Arcane Legends that is handy but also annoying is the download. The game itself is a minor download, but the content in the game is a bit larger. I would much rather the game download the entirety of the assets and content in one setting instead of heading to a new area where it pauses to download all of the content. It’s a bit annoying when you just want to get on with the game and complete the quests that you were given. It just feels extremely annoying. I mean, how would you feel if Angry Birds was a 50KB download, but after you finished every level it had more assets to download?

There are four total characters to play as. The first is a berserker-like character, the next is a rogue and the last one is a sorcerer. The rogue and the berserker felt a bit rubbish, so I went with the sorcerer. All of the classes ended up having a huge lack of depth to them, which was highly disappointing. On the other hand, I have to applaud the developer for creating some really good looking effects.

To be honest, a lot of this stuff in the game is way too complicated to do on a smartphone. It feels like it was really built for a larger tablet, which is a tad unfortunate if you like playing games like these on the go. This game just does not have a lot of quality in it. Characters you can create apparently weren’t on the agenda of quality either, as they all feel very half-baked. The other thing that I didn’t find to be very good in the game was the animation quality. If I had one thing to complain about in Arcane Legends, it would be about the animations as they are outright terrible.

It is important to note that this game is free, but micro-transactions are literally everywhere. It’s a good a game, especially for most of it being free, but having to by just about every bloody thing in the game with real money is a real annoyance.

 

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Oppo’s Ulike 2 boasts 5MP front camera, clearly made for self-portrait addicts like you

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Hold up! Oppo’s not quite done with teasing just yet for the day. The company’s Sina Weibo account has quietly announced the Ulike 2, a white 4.5-inch phone designed with ladies in mind: not only does it have a common eight-megapixel main camera on the back, but there’s also a staggering five-megapixel front-facing imager with beautification features (like face slimming, skin whitening, skin smoothing and more) to keep the self-portrait addicts busy. Other specs include a gapless 960 x 540 LCD (with 2.2mm-thick bezel), 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, micro-SIM slot, a 2,020mAh battery, and TD-SCDMA radio for China Mobile’s network. There’s no telling how much this Android 4.0 phone will hurt your wallet, nor is there any official information on the underlying processor, but we shall find out when it hits the Chinese market on December 19th, if not at the Find 5′s launch event on the 12th.

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Heroes Call Review

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, Micro Transactions

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Right off the bat, Heroes Call is annoying by almost instantly introducing you to various micros transactions. I guess that is what you get with a free game nowadays, eh? Regardless, the amount of micro transactions in the game is annoying. To unlock all of the characters, you’re going to have to shell out $5, for three characters. When I play a game on the PC and a new content addition is available, it usually costs around $10. So, you are paying $5 for three characters to play as. That’s half of what DLC (Downloadable Content) costs on the PC. Android and the PC are different, yes, but the point I am trying to make is that this game is way too expensive for what they offer.

Now, the graphics are wonderful in this game. My only problem with the graphics lay with the Android operating system itself though. The dropped frames that Android is known for proves to be quite an annoyance. That said, to keep a solid 50 frames per second or so, you might want to consider playing this on an iOS device. If dropped frames don’t annoy you as much, then you should have no qualms with the game (aside from the micro transactions).

One of the things I hate about Heroes Call is that the combat is terrible. As a general rule, I don’t think Action RPG’s work on touch devices at all. I think that they really should just stay with the standard mouse and keyboard controls. Heck, I wouldn’t even mind using a controller with them. Trying to slash with your finger with multiple enemies around you is slow and feels a bit annoying. I don’t like that I can’t really see what I’m hitting when trying to slash with my finger. You could just use auto attack, but that is also slow. Slower than just regularly slashing enemies.

The loot you get in this game is abysmal. Most Action RPG’s offer a great flood of loot after killing a batch of enemies. In Heroes Call you will only find a few items to pick up after killing a batch of enemies. This isn’t a minor thing to look over either. Action RPG’s have been based around loot since the first Diablo game released on the PC many years ago. Reducing the amount of loot in a game like this really removes the satisfaction of killing loads of enemies.

Heroes Call is one of those “okay” games. Sure it was hyped a lot because it ran so well on Tegra 3 powered devices, but it really isn’t worth spending loads of money in micro transactions in. In fact, this is one of those games that lacks a lot of value. In most cases, someone will probably pick this up and play for a half hour before getting bored with it. I wouldn’t mind trying out this game with a controller, but as of right now, based on touch controls alone, Heroes Call isn’t that great of a game. It’s just “okay.”

I honestly wouldn’t recommend this game.

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JBL releases Lightning-compatible speaker docks for new generation iOS devices

American audio authority, JBL, is the first company to have given solution to minor problem that is bugging iPhone 5 and new iOS devices owners. It has recently unveiled the existence of its speaker docks that are compatible with the smaller Lightning connector of the new devices. So, anyone who owns an iPhone 5, the new iPad, iPad Mini, iPod touch and latest iPod nano and wants to enjoy good quality music can buy one of the two speaker docks JBL is offering; you can either buy the tabletop speaker dock called JBL OnBeat Venue LT or the more compact OnBeat Micro.

JBL OnBeat Venue LT. Basically, this is the Lightning-friendly version of JBL’s previous Venue speaker docks. There may not have many differences from previous models but the new one comes more powerful with 30 watts (peak music power output) of amplification with its dual full-range drivers for high definition audio. OnBeat Venue speakers have always received good ratings from both audio lovers and average users alike. It is because JBL delivers what it promises. There is no official pricing for this dock yet but it is believed to cost around $200.

JBL OnBeat Micro. For iPhone 5 users who may want to listen to high definition and soft music late at night, JBL OnBeat Micro may be the perfect option. It is compact and extremely light with good design. JBL has designed this model to be power-economical. It can be powered by four AAA batteries for 5 hours but it offers up to 4 watts of music power output; that’s enough to make music audible even when you’re in a crowded place. It can also be powered by an AC power in case your near a source. It is reportedly priced at $100.

The good thing about having speaker docks is that your beloved iPhone, or any smartphones, will always have a good place to stay on. That means that it reduces the risk of being scratched or misplaced. For sure you’ve heard that iPhone 5′s paint can easily be scratched or chipped off. So, instead of putting it flat on your table, why don’t you get one of these speaker docks?

[source: JBL | via: PhoneArena]

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Acer Iconia Tab A110 Tegra 3 tablet with Jelly Bean now available for $230

Right out of the gate we can already hear people saying, “Dude, Nexus 7 is way better and cheaper. Why go with an Acer when you can have Nexus 7?”  For many people you are right. For others though there are still to many things missing on the Nexus 7 to make it their tablet of choice. Like HDMI-out and micro SD support. The Acer A110 fills that void for just a little bit more, but isn’t without its own sacrifices.

With the Acer A110 you are getting a 7-inch screen with a 16:9 ratio at 1024 x 600. Internally you get a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1 GB of RAM. It sports Android Jelly Bean 4.1 for the OS as well. Where you get a little bit extra is that it also features a Micro-HDMI out and support for up to a 32GB micro SD card. Combine all that with smart power management and you get a fantastic 7.5 hours of battery life.

Granted the device only sports 8GB of internal memory, the SD card support quickly makes up for that flaw. It really doesn’t sound all that bad for $30 more than a Nexus 7. Just don’t expect timely updates for it.

Apple to Oranges. I put the specs on a spreadsheet to help weigh them out a little bit. You can see the Nexus 7 has the advantage in some areas and the A110 has advantages in others.

P.S. I am terrible at spreadsheets and documents. Please forgive me.

Still, there are some compelling differences that could easily lean a person in either direction based on what they really want or need in a tablet. No matter what your choice is, you picked it for a reason. Even with a slightly lower screen resolution and built-in memory, this is a pretty good-looking little device. If this looks and sounds like something you might enjoy having in your house, then by all means click down below and get it ordered.

Order link – Acer Iconia Tab A110-07g08u 7-Inch 8 GB Tablet (Gray)

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Daily Steal – Veho Bluetooth Speaker/MP3 Player

Veho M4 Portable Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Track Control and Built-in MP3 Player

I just opened my email and saw this little beauty so I thought I  would pass it on in hopes that some of you might be able to enjoy it as well.  This little gem is priced at a smooth $19.99, not even 20 bucks, lol, down from $130.00.  Pick it up and take your music on your device and link up via blue tooth, or simply plug in a Micro SD card and play straight from there.  Cant beat music anywhere and everywhere, especially with a speaker other than the one on your phone that blows out way too easy (I learned the hard way).  

Here’s the feature list for this beat box in your pocket:

• Two 2.2 watt speakers
• Up to 4 hours playtime on single charge
• Bluetooth 2.1
• Supports Bluetooth profiles A2DP and AVRCP
• Wireless touch control on speaker
• 3.5mm jack
• MicroSD card slot (up to 16GB)
• Ultra-portable
 
What You Get:
• Veho M4 Portable Speaker
• Carrying Pouch
• USB Lid
So, uh, what are you waiting for, the longer it takes you to get over to the site, the less time there is to pick one of these up for this bottom dollar deal.  
 
You want it, head on over to the Daily Steals Page, point, click, order…enjoy.
 
Zachdroid…OUT

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Google unveils Nexus 10 tablet

Google was supposed to launch three new devices today – Nexus 4, Nexus 10 tablet and updated Nexus 7 – but the event was canceled, thanks to hurricane Sandy. Though today’s event was canceled, Google has decided to go ahead and launch the devices anyways.

Speaking of Nexus 10 tablet, it has all you would ever want in a tablet device. The Nexus tablet has been built by Google in collaboration with South Korean technology titan, Samsung. Samsung made this 10.05 inch tablet, and what appears is that this tablet shares DNA with Samsung’s flagship tablet device, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Android chief Andy Rubin announced the device saying the device is equipped with a 2,560 x 1,600 display which will have a pixel density as high as 300 ppi. According to claims made by Google, the all new Nexus 10 has 9,000mAh lithium polymer battery which will be good for nine hours of continuous video playback and 500 hours of standby. Google also unveiled Android 4.2, and Nexus 10 being a nexus device will be shipping with this new operating system. Below are the specs of Nexus 10:

Screen 10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi)
WQXGA, HD PLS
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
Size W: 10.39 in (263.9 mm)
H: 6.99 in (177.6 mm)
D: 0.35 in (8.9 mm)
Weight 1.33 lbs (603 g)
Cameras 5MP (main), 1080p video
1.9MP (front), 720p video
Memory 16 GB or 32 GB (formatted capacity will be less)
CPU/GPU CPU: Dual-core A15 Eagle
GPU: Mali T604
RAM 2GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Pressure, GPS
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
Bluetooth
Dual-side NFC (Android Beam)
Connectivity Micro USB
Micro HDMI
3.5mm headphone jack
Battery 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer
Standby: up to 500 hours
Music playback: up to 90 hours
Video playback: up to 9 hours
Web browsing: up to 7 hours
OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

The official specs are in line with the details that were leaked during past few weeks. Coming to the software, as said earlier, the Nexus 10 will be running Android 4.2. What’s interesting is that the new version of operating system will still be called Jelly Bean and not Key Lime Pie as thought before. The leaked pictures of the tablet which we had posted few days back also were running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and we reasoned thinking it was just a testing prototype, however that doesn’t seem to be the case now that it is official. Android 4.2 will be featuring multiple user accounts, a revamped camera interface, and quick settings. Android 4.2 also brings Photo Sphere panoramic camera, gesture typing, and wireless HDTV streaming, which the Nexus 7 can take advantage of as is not equipped with a HDMI port.

Nexus 10 will be made available from November 13th on Google Play in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. The 16 gig version will be costing $399 (£319 in the UK) and the 32 gig version will come with a price tag of $499 (£389). Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Toys “R” Us launches tabeo kid-friendly tablet in stores and online

Toys “R” Us has made its new tablet specifically designed for kids available on its website and at retail locations around the country. As was the case when it was available for pre-order, it costs $149. That tablet was first revealed back in September, and now it’s ready for primetime.



Toys “R” Us definitely timed the release for this tablet perfectly, with the holiday shopping season right around the corner. While it’s great to see a tablet for kids, this one is certainly not going to blow away any specification benchmark testing. It has a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage.

The tablet also has a micro SD slot available for expansion. It features seven-inch screen with an 800 X 480 resolution. The tabeo has support for micro-HDMI output, micro USB 2.0 port, and integrated Wi-Fi. It also features a front-facing camera and a microphone.

Toys “R” Us is getting further prepared for the holiday shopping season with all kinds of accessories available for the tablet. The accessories range from $5.99 to $39.99. Some available accessories include HDMI adapter cables, screen protectors, folio case stands, a stylus pack, and more. Will this be the hot new item for holidays? Only time will tell, but putting more Android tabets in more hands is always a good thing, and this tablet gets them started young.

[via SlashGear]


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AMD to close down some sites, layoff 15% of its workforce globally

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is set to lay off 15 percent of its workforce and close down some unspecified sites globally to be able to cope up with profit loss reflected in its third quarter report released just recently. The downsizing move will reportedly happen in the final quarter of this year where the company seeks to save $20 million in operational expenses. Typical of any company trying to let go some of its employees, the chip-maker’s president and CEO assures everyone that this effort is necessary to bring the company back to “profitable growth.”

“Our restructuring efforts are decisive actions that position AMD to compete more effectively and improve our financial results. Reducing our workforce is a difficult, but necessary, step to take advantage of the eventual market recovery and capitalize on growth opportunities for our products outside of the traditional PC market,” Read said.

Majority of the companies have seen a losing third quarter. The most common move many of these companies make to compensate for loses is to lay off some of their employees simply because, there would be an immediate cut to their operational expenses. Only very few resort to the production of better products or offer promotional bundles. In AMD’s case, this is the second consecutive year where it lays off a considerably huge percentage of its workforce.

Between November of 2011 and February of 2012, AMD already had its first round of firing its hundreds of its employees. The company approximately sent home 10 percent of its workforce, or around 1400 people, that time. Later this year, at least 1500 employees would be without a job after the holidays. Needless to say, the company is developing a habit. This round of layoffs wouldn’t even bring profit for the company; it is just trying to break even the possible losses it might incur in 2013. If things continue to look bad for AMD, more employees might be fired by the end of next year.

While it hasn’t been specified where the cuts would be made, a report from PC Mag suggests that the downsizing would start from sales department, platform engineering and mobile and embedded chip development team. If this is accurate information, it is obvious the chip-maker cannot cope up with the competition in the tablet market and that there is a significant drop in the PC industry.

“The PC industry is going through a period of very significant change that is impacting both the ecosystem and AMD. It is clear that the trends we knew would re-shape the industry are happening at a much faster pace than we anticipated,” Read said.

For now, AMD hasn’t announced better plans for the future but it is rumored it might resort to the production of chips for smartphones and tablets. But then again, it has to wrestle with key industry players like Qualcomm.

[source: Reuters]

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Acer Iconia A110 budget tablet stumbles at the “budget” bit

Acer has revealed its challenge to the Nexus 7, though it appears the new Iconia A110 can’t quite take on the Google slate on price. The $229.99 Jelly Bean tablet has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, and runs NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

There’s a microSD card slot, 2-megapixel front camera (though no rear camera), WiFi, and Bluetooth 3.0, along with a microUSB port and Micro HDMI. No cellular option, and the display doesn’t reach the number of pixels as on the Nexus 7, never mind the higher-res B&N NOOK HD.

Still, you do get Jelly Bean, though Acer slaps a little customization of its own on there, such as its circular launcher system. Overall, it’s reasonably thin and light – 0.86 pounds and under a half-inch thick – and Acer says battery life is up to 7.5hrs.

The Acer Iconia A110 will go on sale in the US and Canada come October 30, where it will be priced at $229.99. Given both Google and B&N’s models are thirty bucks cheaper, it may well struggle.

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Mophie’s $40 Juice Pack Reserve Micro charges your smartphone, fits on a keychain

Mophie unleashes $40 Juice Pack Reserve Micro, charges your smartphone and fits on a keychain

Last we heard from Mophie, it revealed its upcoming Juice Pack case for Samsung’s Galaxy S III. While there’s still no further info for that model, the company recently took to its Facebook and Twitter accounts to announce it’s new $40 Juice Pack Reserve Micro. The palmable battery pack is nearly identical to the 30-pin friendly Juice Pack Reserve, but, as the Micro in its name implies, this one charges Micro-USB devices. The unit features a key chain loop and stores a total load of 1,000mAh, which gets re-filled via its secondary USB 2.0 plug. There’s more info at the source links below — here’s to hoping for a Lightning variant soon.

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Trend Micro Discovers Election 2012 Apps With Malware

Four apps that take advantage of the upcoming elections in the United States have been discovered by the security software company Trend Micro. Once installed, these apps get information about one’s device and could use that information without the user’s permission, often for malicious activities.

Trend Micro found four of these malware-infected apps on Google Play. The Mountain View company, however, had already taken one of these apps down. They are likewise available on third-party app stores.

One of the apps, called “Obama vs Romney,” lets users choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, after which, it promises to show the results of the poll. The app, however, displays the message “you probably want to start clicking as soon as possible,” directing users to Airpush ads from the Airpush mobile advertising website. Trend Micro detects this as an ANDROIDOS_AIRPUSH variant. Likewise, the app has ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION that accesses location data. The app has been downloaded by around 500 to 1,000 times on Google Play and 300 times on third-party app stores.

Another app is called “Captain America Barack Obama 1.0” which provides a 3D wallpaper of the president and the American flag. Like the previously-mentioned app, this also comes with ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION. Trend Micro detects this as a variant of ANDROIDOS_ADWLEADBOLT. This is no longer available on Google Play but can be downloaded elsewhere. This app has 720 installs from third-party websites.

The third and fourth apps are called “Barack Obama Campaign LWP 1” and “Mitt Romney Live Wallpaper 1.” These both come with ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION as well as ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION as well as ads.

To avoid being a victim of such apps, Trend Micro admonishes users to check the reviews of the apps they want to download as well as take a look at the name of the developer, and do a background check of their reputation. It is also useful to give attention the permissions that an app asks for before installation.

Via softpedia

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iPhone 5 confirmed to use nano-SIM, current SIMs not compatible

Nano-SIM cardWhile Apple was busy announcing the iPhone 5, it left out mention of whether the device would use the recently approved (and Apple-designed) nano-SIM standard. Sure enough, the leaks were right once more — Apple is relying on that even tinier subscriber module for GSM, HSPA and LTE networks. The company also makes clear that there’s no going back, so you’ll have to chuck your earlier micro-SIM card if you’ve got one. Such is the price of progress.

[Thanks to Johannes Knapp for the nano-SIM]

Brad Molen contributed to this report.

Check out all the coverage at our iPhone 2012 event hub!

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Asus Ceases Eee PC Netbook Production

Asus recently announced its decision to discontinue the production of its Eee PC netbook line. According to Digitimes, the Taiwanes electronics giant had two reasons behind this pronouncement. One is an increased demand for tablets and notebooks. Another is a decline in demand for netbooks in emerging market. In place of the Eee PC netbooks, Asustek will focus on its Transformer tablets to cater to consumers who want a 10-inch mobile device.

Micro-Star International (MSI), a company also making netbooks, has made a similar announcement. MSI likewise cited the popularity of the growing popularity of tablet PCs in regions such as the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia as opposed to 10-inch netbook.

Meanwhile, Acer has not announced any new netbook plans for the near future, possibly implying that it will likewise stop making netbooks as well.

It may be recalled that it was Asus which pioneered the netbook category in 2007 through the Eee PC netbook series. The netbook attracted consumers for its combination of portability and an inexpensive price tag as compared to the notebook. Apart from Asus, companies like Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, and Samsung, among others, have released their own netbooks. Netbooks, however, have been criticized for having low-powered processors which could not satisfy the needs of some consumers. In contrast, cosumers today may enjoy fast performance speeds and portability not only from the tablet but also from the Ultrabook.

Apart from the low demand for netbooks, Digitimes reports that licensing fees for Windows 8 operating system as well as improvements like the addition of touchscreens or displays with higher resolutions are likewise factors that encourage electronics companies to terminate netbook production.

Apart from companies like Asus and MSI, Intel, as well as ODMs such as Pegatron Technology and Compal Electronics, will feel the impact of the decreased demand for netbooks.

via digitimes

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New Nokia Luna Bluetooth headsets, now with wireless charging

New Nokia Luna Bluetooth headsets, now with wireless charging

So yesterday saw a whole bunch of new Nokia-related goodies. There were phones (of course), charging pillows, a slew of retailers offering charging stations, and a bevy of new apps. One thing that didn’t get a mention was the new Luna Bluetooth headsets. These may look familiar, but in keeping with the trend, these now also support wireless charging. As always, you have a near rainbow of color choices, and can expect up to eight hours talk time and 35 hours on standby. The NFC-enabled headsets do also have a micro-USB port, should you find yourself away from wireless power options. Sadly, no word on pricing and availability at this time.

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New Nokia Luna Bluetooth headsets, now with wireless charging originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 Sep 2012 18:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sub-$300 Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 packing a Tegra 3 processor now available

In the fast-paced tablet market, Lenovo is looking to follow the Nexus 7′s suit of offering an excellent product at a great price with the release of their new IdeaPad A2109. Not to be confused with the S2109, the A2109 has a smaller screen (9″) but makes up for it with higher resolution (1280×800) and a faster processor. The nine-inch tablet will rock 1GB of memory, a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and 16GB of on-board storage. In addition, it’ll run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and include a Micro-HDMI port along with a 3.0 megapixel rear camera coupled with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

A Tegra 3 powered 9″ tablet for less than three bills? Count me in! I’d imagine we’ll begin seeing prices continue to dive as we get into the holiday season. Since manufacturers are already getting aggressive with their pricing, I can’t wait for those Black Friday prices!

source: Best Buy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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T-Mobile memo asks staff to sell ‘against the iPhone’ on September 21st

TMobile memo asks staff to sell 'against the iPhone' on September 21st

T-Mobile has been virtually screaming for an iPhone deal, but a memo leaked to TmoNews suggests Apple isn’t prepared to listen just yet. The note tells carrier staff they’ll get training material to learn “selling against the iPhone” from September 21st onwards. Why does that date sound familiar? Although we don’t know if T-Mobile has an inside track on Apple’s plans or is just making assumptions based on rumors, that’s not the language we would associate with a carrier that has a new agreement to sell the iPhone — not unless it’s using a loose definition of the word “against,” at least. As a consolation, T-Mobile is reportedly supplying updated micro-SIM kits on August 29th to emphasize its improving support for unlocked iPhones on refarmed 3G spectrum. Nothing’s official until Apple struts on stage, of course; you may nonetheless want to research alternatives if getting a cheaper contract phone on Magenta trumps having Cupertino’s latest and greatest.

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T-Mobile memo asks staff to sell ‘against the iPhone’ on September 21st originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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