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RumorTT: iPad pricing could get as low as $299, with the next-gen iPad sold at $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 6:26 am

Wishful thinking, we all use it to dream a wonderful dream, but could this turn into reality? DigiTimes reports that we could see $299 iPads, and the next-generation iPad that sports the new 2048x1536 resolution could start at just $399, $100 cheaper than what the iPad 2 costs today.




DigiTimes quote "sources from Apple's supply chain" (one day I need to meet all these sources in the supply chains) who talk about two third-generation iPads: the high-end 2048x1536-sporting iPad and another with same resolution as the iPad 2, 1024x768. DigiTimes state that if the iPad 2 is to stay on sale, Apple will need to change its pricing strategy.


We could see $299 for the iPad 2, and two price steps for the next-gen iPad at something like $349, $399. I think we'll see something like $399 for the iPad 2S (bits from the iPad 3, but screen res of the iPad 2) with a $499 iPad 3 sporting the super high-res.

Ice Cream Sandwich hits ASUS Transformer Prime on January 12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 5:29 am

ASUS released their Tegra 3-packing Eee Pad Transformer Prime before Christmas last year and they are pretty quick out of the gates in 2012 to deliver Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich on January 12.




ASUS also released an update yesterday which improves focus issues with the Prime's camera and provides better touchscreen response and GPS performance. ASUS used Facebook to announce the update, and to thank customers for their ongoing support and address some of the growing issues that the Transformer Prime is experiencing.


The first issue ASUS address is the GPS problem, claiming the issue stems from the metallic unibody design meaning that the material may affect the performance of the GPS when receiving signals from satellites. ASUS reminds users that the Transformer Prime isn't a professional-grade GPS device and that signal strength can be influenced by a number of additional factors.


In order to avoid any further "confusion", ASUS have decided to remove the GPS function from their specification sheet and marketing materials for Transformer Prime.

Microsoft's latest patent, walking directions that avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 4:26 am

Microsoft have issued a patent, which is actually quite interesting. It's dubbed "pedestrian route production", which is known to us simple folk as walking directions, and it will automatically adjust the route for the unique conditions encountered by a person going from place to place on foot.




One of its unique features would help pedestrians navigate around, and not through, "unsafe neighborhoods", with the system taking into account violent crime data. The patent states that the system could "construct a direction set that allows the user to take paths that take him to his home in a quickest amount of time while keeping the user relatively safe (e.g., taking the user through neighborhoods with violent crime statistics below a certain threshold)."


The system would also be capable of taking into account user tolerance for unsafe neighborhoods based on past behavior, such as whether the person has "historically cared about safe neighborhoods."

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Nokia Lumia 710 unboxing, an entry-level value-priced Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 3:24 am

Nokia's entry-level value-priced Windows Phone is currently rolling out across the world: Lumia 710. It has virtually the same insides as the Lumia 800, sporting a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 (WCDMA) processor, 512MB RAM, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.7-inch CBD LCD display and weighs in at 126 grams.



The task the Lumia 710 has is to allow greater penetration of the Windows Phone platform into the middle segment of the market. And since it shares hardware with the Nokia Lumia 800, it can be considered a second-generation Windows Phone, from the best value for money.




Because the Lumia 710 uses a plastic design, it cuts off some of the weight the usual premium handsets have, but with no consequences to build quality. It also features swappable back covers, in case you want to change things up, old-school Nokia style. You could have black or white Lumia 710 with back colors ranging from blue, pink, yellow and others.

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Angry Birds were flung into 6.5 million stockings on Christmas Day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 2:18 am

There were millions of smartphone activations from people who got iOS or Android-based devices over Christmas, but we have a very interesting number for Angry Birds fans. Rovio saw an amazing 6.5 million downloads on Christmas Day for its Angry Birds franchise of games.




This is nearly the number of total smartphone activations estimated to happen over Christmas, which makes it even more impressive. Rovio's Ville Heijari told AllThingsD:


We're really excited to have such a massive number of new people get acquainted with Angry Birds over the holidays - we have exciting new releases lined up for 2012, and can't wait to introduce them to the public.


The 6.5 million total is a combination of Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, and also includes a mix of paid and free downloads. Christmas 2010 saw just two million downloads spread across iOS and Android.

Tuesday Evening Roundup for January 3, 2012

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 1:56 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 3rd, 2012




- Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 Ultrabook @ Hot Hardware

- The Best Ultraportable Laptop @ Gizmodo




- Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Z68 Motherboard @ eTeknix

- MSI Big Bang XPower 2 X79 Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven




- Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower Case @ Hardware Canucks

- Cooler Master Cosmos II @ Neoseeker

Continue reading 'Tuesday Evening Roundup for January 3, 2012' (full post)

Pepsi says Mountain Dew can dissolve mouse carcasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 1:37 am

At first, I thought this news was a joke, but nope. It's real. An Illinois man sued Pepsi back in 2009 after he claimed he "spat out the soda to reveal a dead mouse", the Madison County Record reported.




The man sent the mouse to Pepsi Co. where they "destroyed" the remains after he allowed them to test it, according to his complaint. Pepsi's lawyers, however, found experts to testify on the matter based on the state of remains sent to them, where they said:


The mouse would have dissolved in the soda had it been in the can from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff drank it.


Pepsi added that it would've been a "jelly-like" substance. Imagine this going to trial, imagine being in the jury of this court case. I don't think I'll ever be drinking a can of Mountain Dew again.

RIM throws BlackBerry Playbook on sale, just $299 for the 16, 32 and 64GB models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 12:22 pm

RIM have taken a leaf out of HP's book and dumped their Android-powered BlackBerry Playbook to $299 in the U.S. and that's not all. The PlayBook is on sale through to February 4th.




RIM's official webstore is offering the 16, 32 and 64GB versions of the PlayBook for just $299. Yes, that's $299 for any size. Who would want to buy a 32 or 16GB model for $299 if you're able to get your hands on the 64GB model for the same price?


On top of this, if you want to access the proper Android Market on the PlayBook, the people over at CrackBerry have been good enough to detail the process, which requires a rooted PlayBook, WinSCP, the latest version of Cyanogen Google apps and a tad sprinkle of patience. Not all Android-native apps will work, but there are a bunch that you'll get access to.


Click here to access CrackBerry.

Acer, Lenovo set to launch tablet PCs in Q3 2012, sports Intel's Clover Trail and Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 11:23 am

Acer and Lenovo, two first-tier PC vendors, are set to launch tablet PCs that will rock Microsoft's upcoming OS, Windows 8 as well as Intel's upcoming Clover Trail platform. They're expected in Q3 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.




Intel is set to unveil their Medfield processor, which is specifically designed for Android-based devices in second quarter of this year. ARM-based processors are set to combat Medfield in terms of performance and power saving, so PC players are putting more bets on Intel's Clover Trail platform as the lead, the sources said.


Wintel-based tablet PCs are said to have a strong potential in the enterprise market, where users still require Microsoft-developed applications that they are familiar with, and are rolled out in their offices, departments, etc. Android and iOS still can't penetrate these markets.


Shipments of the iPad accounted for 60-percent of the current tablet PC market in 2011, with an expected 50-percent on-year shipment growth, Apple is expected to maintain its share of around 60-percent in 2012.

Deal of the Day: Klipsch WB-14 Cabernet Bookshelf Speakers for $179.99 per Pair with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 10:54 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Klipsch WB-14 Cabernet Bookshelf Speakers for $179.99 per Pair with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Newegg has the Klipsch WB-14 cabernet bookshelf speakers with their new 3.75" XT Tractrix Horn design with wider 80° x 80° dispersion pattern and 4.5" fiberglass cone woofer for just $179.99 per pair with FREE shipping (list: $599).








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