Everyone wants to take down the iPad 2, or at least make it remember them. Samsung's new Galaxy Tabs might at least make a dent with its pricing and size variety. Apple offers two options: extra small or extra large (iPod/iPhone or iPad), but in a year that has been all about the portables, Apple hasn't expanded much beyond the original iPad.
As of this summer, Samsung will offer a 7", 8.9", and 10.1" model of the Galaxy Tab, giving the consumer lighter, thinner, and more diverse selection when it comes to choosing a "post-pc" device (are we allowed to use that term to describe things that don't start with "i"?). With a resolution of 1280x800 (iPad 2 only has 1024x768), and a model that's $50 cheaper than most of the competition ($469 for the 8.9" 16g), this summer could see the iPad 2 take some hits.
Samsung Unveils GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9,
World's Thinnest Mobile Tablets
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9
to feature the first customized Android 3.0 experience
ORLANDO, March 22, 2011 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the global leader in Android mobile devices, announced two new additions to its family of GALAXY Tabs, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, the world's thinnest mobile tablets, measuring just 8.6 millimeters.
Ohai, rest of the world- did you want an iPad 2? You're in luck! It ships this Friday to the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
And if you live east of the Urals, sometime in April you can expect the post-PC device to be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and "additional countries" in the coming months. Unsurprisingly, iPad 2 shipments will see delays in Japan, undoubtedly due to the recent disasters.
Is it me, or is the "post-PC" terminology almost as pretentious as all uses of the term "postmodern"?
CUPERTINO, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.
"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we've changed the game again with iPad 2,"
Research In Motion (RIM), Canadian company responsible for all things BlackBerry, announced its "plans" to make the new BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet available at a slew of retailers in the US and Canada. The PlayBook will be available in three unsurprising models: 16gb, 32gb, 64gb starting at $499 (for all of you keeping track, that's the same price as the iPad 2).
Though a rep at GDC '11 told me he'd lose his job if he told anyone when it was coming out, we now know thanks to Best Buy that it will be shipping April 19th.
Here's a video of some hands-on PlayBook action from GDC '11:
(Note the Quake III Icon)
Deal of the Day: Canon imageClass D340 Personal Digital Copier with ADF and More for Only $99.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - Canon imageClass D340 Personal Digital Copier with ADF and More for Only $99.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping.
Offer: Admittedly, the rebate's a bit large, but you're picking up a real office copier with all of the usual features that entails for just $99.99 when all is said and done. Rebate is set to expire 3/26/11.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.2.
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Support NVIDIA and ATI cards
Displays adapter, GPU and display information
Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)
Validation of results
No installation required
Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.5.2
* Added support for NVIDIA GT 440, GTX 550, GTX 560, GTX 570, GTX 590
* Added support for AMD HD 6990
* Added detection support for more Sandy Bridge IGPs
* Fixed ROP count on ATI Madison
* Improved OpenCL detection for ATI
* Added CHL8228 voltage controller support for Cayman Pro and XT
* Improved driver based voltage monitoring support for ATI cards
* Added startup parameter /card followed by the adapter index, starts with 1.
* Several crash and stability fixes
The latest happenings from around the web - March 22nd, 2011
- MSI P67A-GD65 @ Pureoverclock
- MSI 890FXA-GD65 Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Foxconn A9DA-S Motherboard @ Vortez
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Motherboard @ tbreak
- Palit GeForce GTX 550 @ Ultimate Hardware
- Nouveau's OpenGL Performance Approaches The NVIDIA Driver @ Phoronix
- ASUS GTX 570 DirectCU II @ Ocaholic
- Crysis 2 Launched: Quick Performance Preview using Timedemo @ VR-Zone
The much hailed, aesthetically pleasing Smart Cover for the iPad 2 doesn't seem to be working as Apple would have you believe. Sascha Pallenberg of Netbook News was very displeased to find that the cover kept his iPad 2 neither clean nor protected after having purchased one at the recent SXSW Interactive event. He had been originally very enamored with the idea and with Apples' pervasive marketing campaign advertising the beauty and simplicity of the cover:
Apple announced the case with almost as much fanfare as it's vessel as the iPad 2 launch, and many have noted that it seemed like the event was tailored more to the various apps and accessories that the iPad 2 was bringing with it, including the HDMI-out cable, the new versions of iMovie and Garageband, and of course the array of Smart Covers specifically designed for the iPad 2.
Apple's website is suspiciously vague on the subject of protection, touting the case's magnetic features as well as its folding capabilities. Netbook News's Sascha Pallenberg was very, very blunt in his analysis of the case, saying
It is a piece of crap.
PCMark 7 has been announced without an exact date or a price - but the excitement will surely be building for some. PCMark 7 should include fixed testing and thus results for those of us with Solid State HDD's after the falsely inflated results PCMark Vantage used to provide.
System requirement wise, DX9 video card is minimum of course with DX10 and DX11 necessary for additional tests. There are seven different test suites with 20 different workloads designed to give various views of system performance. The seven suites are PCMark, Lightweight, Entertainment, Creativity, Productivity, Computation and Storage.
After years of discussion and appeal, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally approved the ".xxx" domain suffix for adult entertainment sites. Though it won't be for some time until the 281st domain suffix becomes applicable, the approval has generated quite the controversy nevertheless.
After browsing close to 100 articles on the subject and standing on the sidelines of the numerous anonymous comment wars of tech blogs, the only thing I could glean, for certain, is that the real beneficiary of the dot-XXX suffix would be the company that originally proposed it: ICM Registry. The Florida-based company initiated the process back in 2005, only to be inundated by protests and threats from religious groups and the Bush Administration, who even threatened to enact legislation to override ICANN if it ever approved the TLD suffix. The Obama administration doesn't seem to care, and I'm not entirely surprised.
Red Light Districts exist, whether by name or by principle, in almost ever major city. If you live in a metropolitan area, you're generally aware of those neighborhoods that contain Sex Shops, Adult Bookstores, Exotic Dancing (and in some cases, more lascivious services). Imagine if someone came to your city and built a warehouse that spanned twenty or so square blocks and named it, I don't know, something like The "ALL PORN IN THE HISTORY OF EXISTENCE IS LOCATED HERE, IN THIS WAREHOUSE. SERIOUSLY...ANY
Google have today announced the introduction of the Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. The Nexus line is quite impressive as Google state "it provides a pure Google experience and runs the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps".
Nexus S 4G was co-developed by Samsung to tightly integrate the hardware and software, while highlighting the advancements of Gingerbread. Nexus S 4G also takes advantage of Sprint's high-speed 4G network. It also features a 4" Contour display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.