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ASUS rebrands its tablets 'Transformer Pads', announces high-end Infinity Series, sports either Tegra 3 of Snapdragon's S4 chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 1:26 am

ASUS have just one-two punched the world and renamed their Transformer series of tablets the 'Transformer Pads', on top of this, they've announced the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity tablet. What does the Infinity have, that the other Transformer tablets are jealous of?




Well, it sports a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 Super IPS+ display, 600 nits out door readable, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display, Android 4.0 ICS, either Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip, or NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, up to 10 hours of battery life, and up to 16 hours when docked, just 586g in weight, Wi-Fi, 32/64GB of storage (Wi-Fi only), with the 3G/LTE version sporting 16, 32 and 64GB variants.

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ASUS' new low-end slate, Transformer Pad 300

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:54 am

ASUS have a few tablets in the wild now, the original Eee Pad Transformer, the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Prime (TF700T) and now the Transformer Pad 300. That's alot of transforming, and a lot of tablet hotness right there.




Transformer Pad 300 is ASUS' new foray into the tablet market with a new name for their Transformer range of tablets. Transformer Pad 300 sports a 10-inch IPS (not Super IPS+) display, 16GB of storage, Tegra 3, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 ICS, 1280x800-pixel display, dual 8- and 2-megapixel cameras. Some models will sport LTE radio, some won't. Transformer Pad 300, if you didn't know any better, was the original Transformer Prime.


But ASUS have cut away the Super IPS+ display, and the higher 32 and 64GB models. ASUS seem to be going crazy with their tablets, which I can't figure out is a good thing, or a bad thing.

Weekly Giveaway: GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3 (Intel Z68) and A75-UD4H (AMD A75) Motherboards

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 4:44 pm

This week we have teamed up with GIGABYTE who are giving away a Z68XP-UD3 Intel motherboard as well as an A75-UD4H AMD motherboard to two lucky winners.




Based on the Intel® Z68 Express Chipset and supporting the new 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors, the GA-Z68XP-UD3 motherboard delivers the very best that Intel® 6 series chipsets have to offer, including a significant performance boost with Intel® Smart Response Technology, the first ever mSATA drive connectors on a standard desktop PC motherboard, and GIGABYTE's proprietary Touch BIOS™ technology. The GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards put users in the driver seat, allowing them to take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs.


Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

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Mobile App of the Day: Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 27, 2012 12:38 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2.




Transform images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets.


Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more - all from the convenience of your iPad.


• Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.

• Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.

• Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.

• Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.

• Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.

• Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.

• Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.

• Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5.

• Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels


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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!




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.




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.




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.




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:




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.




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.

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