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Deal of the Day: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 8.9 and 10.1 tablets from $299.99!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:37 am

Our Deal of the Day is Best Buy - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 8.9, and 10.1 Tablets from $299.99!

 

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Best Buy has the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android Tablets on sale. These each feature a high brightness PLS screen (superior to IPS), 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2, 16GB storage, 2.0MP front camera, 3.0MP rear camera with flash, 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz & 5ghz wireless, and more. Shipping comes to $8.99, or you can order and pick it up at your local Best Buy.

 

$299.99: 7.0 Plus model with 7" 1024 x 600 TFT, microSD slot, Bluetooth 3.0. 0.39" thick and 12.1 ounces. SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 7.0 PLUS TABLET DEAL

$349.99: 8.9 model with 8.9" 1280 x 800 TFT, Bluetooth 3.0. 0.34" thick and 15.8 ounces. SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 8.9 TABLET DEAL

$399.99: 10.1 model with 10.1" 1280 x 800 TFT, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 0.34" thick and 19.9 ounces. SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1 TABLET DEAL

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ASUS unveil the Padfone, sports 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon S4 CPU, ICS, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:28 am

ASUS have unveiled their superhero-like Padfone at Mobile World Congress, and what a phone it is. ASUS' Padfone sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Snapdragon's new dual-core S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8-megapixel rear-facing with an LED flash and f/2.2, autofocusing lens.

 

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This is all backed up with between 16 and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD cards, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, GPS, A-GPS, a gyroscope, 1,520mAh battery and a compass. Connectivity-wise we're looking at WCDMA (900, 2100MHz), EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 1800 and 1900MHz) and HSPA+, with theoretical download speeds of 42Mbps.

 

This all slides into a beautiful 9.2mm frame, and that's not all. Apart from a set of steak knives, it does everything, including the near-exclusive way of sliding into a tablet-like device. This will let you use the device like a 10.1-inch tablet, and also extends the battery by, oh, just 9-fold. Yes, 9-fold. ASUS will also be selling a keyboard dock, so you can slide that 10-inch phone-tablet into an actual physical keyboard. In the shot above, you can also see a stylus. Say what!

 

ASUS, hey, you know, slow down. You release your first phone and you just throw everything but the kitchen sink in. Kinda cool, and I love it.

Opera Mini Next is here, is smarter and more social

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:45 am

Opera Software have just released some new web browser goodies in the form of Opera Mini Next and Opera Mobile 12. The new browser introduces Smart Page, which is a new feature being previewed in the Opera Mini Next series of web browsers for feature phones, which will be launched on all Opera Mini browsers for feature phones later this year.

 

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Smart Page will join Opera's Speed Dial shortcuts which give feature phones smarter access to social networks, the latest news and more. Social integration is built into the first screen of Opera Mini Next, including Facebook and Twitter. The smartphone versions of Opera Mini Next does not make an appearance in this version. Android's Opera Mini Next app will receive a smoother browsing experience, including hardware acceleration and a revamped Speed Dial.

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Angry Birds: Space, coming to a Galaxy Note near you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 9:50 am

Ah, Angry Birds. Waster of tens of hours of my time, and just today I'm out at the shops and see a constant flow of plush toys that I'm ever-so-tempted to buy. Out today from Samsung Mobile's Facebook page, I noticed a tease of... Angry Birds: Space.

 

 

Angry Birds: Space has a YouTube video, above, and teases with "Houston..", "We have a slingshot", then bam - Angry Birds: Space's logo splashed upon Samsung's Galaxy Note that is set to launch soon.

 

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What should we expect? Well, I'm guessing a space-themed Angry Birds game. But will it introduce new things to the game? That's what I'd like to see. Hopefully Rovio don't just expect to continue this franchise by releasing new themes - break out of that usual cycle and change the game up. I'm excited, now I just need a Galaxy Note.

HTC unveils One X, is it the one? Sports NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 8:34 am

The smartphone industry is one of the toughest to stand out in, and HTC hope to stand proud with their latest and greatest handset, One. HTC CEO Peter Chou, said in an event in Barcelona:

 

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You want a phone that is sleek and eyecatching, so that when you pull it out, your friends go, 'Wow, what is that?' Today, I am proud to introduce just such a phone - the HTC One.

 

Chou took a minute to note that taking photos is the second thing that people do on their phones, after making phone calls, and that HTC One will be good enough to replace your standard camera. He continued "it is the one phone you will need, it is the one camera you will need".

 

HTC's flagship One X device sports a 4.7-inch screen, as well as NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, in the LTE-powered models, it will feature a Qualcomm chip. Chou says "HTC One is a speed and performance beast", and that it is. HTC One will come in different sizes and flavors, including a thinner HTC One S that sports a 4.3-inch screen and the HTC One V that is set to be aimed at the broader mass-market audience.

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Photoshop Touch arrives on the iPad 2, just $9.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 8:29 am

Last year, Adobe released Photoshop Touch on Android and have just now released the long-awaited iPad version. First and foremost, Photoshop Touch is an iPad 2-exclusive, meaning it will not work on the original iPad.

 

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The app supports Photoshop layers, one of the most basic and most used Photoshop features, as well as simple finger gestures, allowing users to combine multiple photos into layered images, make edits, and apply professional effects.

 

Also included is the tablet-exclusive 'Scribble Selection Tool' which lets you extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections.

 

 

Creative Cloud support is built in, and lets you seamlessly sync your Photoshop files between your desktop and iPad. Social networking also gets a mention, with Facebook and e-mail sharing supported. You can also import images from Facebook, Google Image Search, and your iPad's camera roll. Photoshop Touch as I mentioned before, only works on the iPad 2, and iOS 5.

 

One huge benefit, is that it's only $9.99.

NVIDIA gets partners for their DirectTouch platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 7:31 am

The big players in touch-based devices, Synaptics, Atmel, N-trig, Raydium, Cypress and Focaltech, have all just donned the Team Green shirts and agreed to get on board NVIDIA's DirectTouch platform.

 

 

DirectTouch offloads some of the work required to track and process finger input from the controller on the Tegra 3 chip, which then improves battery life and response. DirectTouch was talked of a few months ago, but at the time there was no mention of partners, or support.

 

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Two of the biggest makers of touchscreen controllers, Synaptics and Atmel, are putting their support into DirectTouch, and N-trig is going as far as using the processing power to improve the response of capacitive styli by combining DirectTouch with DuoSense.

Samsung beams about their new Galaxy Beam, sports an integrated projector

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 6:19 am

This week should be jam-packed full of Mobile World Congress 2012 news, and it's starting off quite well indeed. We've already heard about Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Galaxy Tab 2, but now we're hearing about the projector-packing Galaxy Beam.

 

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Yes, an integrated projector... in a smartphone. The Galaxy Beam sports Android 2.3, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The integrated projector is not bad at all, capable of 15 lumens of brightness, which is said to be enough to throw up a high-definition image up to 50-inches wide.

 

Included, is a dedicated app that activates the projector, which lets video and photos be thrown onto it, as well as the ability to interact with games on the projector, you know, in case the 4-inch WVGA screen isn't enough.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2, available in both 7.0 and 10.1-inch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 5:31 am

Samsung have just taken the invisible robe off their just-announced Galaxy Tab 2 range, which includes both a 7.0- and 10.1-inch model. The Galaxy Tab 2 tablets sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and are both available in 3G and Wi-Fi models.

 

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Both tablets feature 1GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM and while the 7.0-inch models only has a 1024x600 display, the 10.1-incher sports a 1280x800-pixel screen. Both tablets feature a 3-megapixel rear-facing cam, a VGA front-facer, and the 10.1-inch model features a great 7,000mAh battery (up from the 4,000mAh battery in the 7.0).

 

Both models come in either 16 or 32GB, and can be upgraded with the usual microSD slot. Samsung plan on putting these on retail shelves in the UK in March, and everywhere else shortly after (hopefully).

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Windows 8 SKUs supposedly leaked, now just three versions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 4:38 am

Thanks to some documentation on HP.com, there's now some well-placed rumors out on the Internet of the Windows 8 SKUs. ZDNet reported two documents on HP's website, pointing to the Windows 8 SKUs.

 

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Both documents are said to be revision notes for the Alcor Micro Smart Card Reader Driver, where next to a section called "operating system(s)" the following is listed:

 

Microsoft Windows 8 32 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 64 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 32 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32 Edition

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 Edition

 

They've updated their story, with HP having modified their two incriminating files and the Windows 8 SKU info now gone. Should we expect just three different SKUs for Windows 8? If it were my guess, I'd say yes. It would streamline their confusion between all the different versions, that's for sure.

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