Sony have had to remove their Xperia Tablet S from sale, after the Japanese company found a waterproofing defect in their tablet. The problem refers to the water resistant properties of the tablet, which hit Japanese shelves on September 15.
The company are offering inspections and repairs all free of charge of course, with some of the affected slates making their way overseas, you need not worry - Sony will replace those, too.
This isn't good news for Sony, as they're really struggling in the smart device market, as well as having various issues with pretty much every other market they have products in. This lead to the company announcing back in April that they would be culling 10,000 employees.
Have you got an Xperia Tablet S? If so, how does this news affect you? Will you want it replaced, or are you the kind of person who wouldn't worry too much about water resistance?
The Acer Iconia W700 is the latest Windows 8 tablet that has broken cover. Acer has released the details on this slick Windows 8 device, including pricing and launch plans. The device, with an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display, will be retailing for a base price of $800, with two different upgrade options available.
The base model comes with the aforementioned 11.6-inch 1080p IPS screen, a 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217u processor, Intel HD4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. The frills of the base model include a 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, one USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI port, headphone jack, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.
For an extra $100, you can get all of the above with an upgraded i5 processor. For only $200 more, or $999, you can get the base model with an upgraded i5 processor and a 128GB solid state drive. Battery life is said to be 8+ hours for the base model. The tablet weighs in at 2.3 pounds, which puts it a bit heavier than competitors and the device will not be available with mobile broadband.
The upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices by Nokia will be heading to AT&T exclusively in the United States when they launch in November. This seems like a bad plan for Nokia as they need to expand their customer base so that they can return to profitability and relevance in today's smartphone market.
Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of Devices and Developer Services at AT&T Mobility said, "Exclusive to our customers and featuring unique innovations in imaging technology, wireless charging and a bright, sensitive display - all on the nation's largest 4G network - the Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays."
AT&T will also be carrying the HTC 8X, another Windows Phone 8 device. They appear to want to continue their dominance as the top Windows Phone carrier as they reminded everyone that they have sold more Windows Phones than any other carrier to date. I don't think that Windows Phone 8 is enough to make users switch carriers, though.
Even with the Lumia 920's and 820's cool features, such as Nokia's City Lens AR overlay, it's going to be hard to convince users to switch to AT&T for the device. There is still no word on pricing or release date. November is the best guess that is currently available for when the devices will be available.
Target has announced that starting Sunday, October 14, they will be crafting a special in-store area with popular toys. Now, this isn't that big of a deal by itself, but Target isn't stopping there. These popular toys will feature QR codes that can be scanned with a shopper's smartphone. The QR code will then direct them to order the toy online.
The idea behind doing this is that shoppers (more like mom and dad) can do their shopping away from prying eyes. You do have to install an app produced by Target, but they allow you to opt-in for free shipping, which is an added bonus. This way the kids can come with you shopping and still not know what you're getting them for Christmas.
It's a cool use of the QR codes that are becoming ever-more popular. Coincidentally, the bar-code celebrated its birthday yesterday. As smartphones become more and more prevalent, expect to see more cool and unique uses of QR codes. This is just the start of what can be done with them.
LG's Optimus G may be looking like a powerhouse of a smartphone, but until now, no US carrier had stepped forward offering the smartphone. LG's Optimus G is LTE-capable, will include 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.
At launch, Optimus G will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and filling out the G's specs, we find a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch IPS-based 1280x768-pixel display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero shutter lag, NFC capabilities, and a 2,100mAh battery.
LG have baked in some other goodies, such as "Live Shot", which will let you capture a video and photo simultaneously - something great if you have kids, for example. LG have also included some battery saving options which they call "Eco Mode", which will disable two of the phone's four cores when it isn't using them. On top of this, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor includes Asysnchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing which will allow each core to power up and down independently, which will both increase performance when you need it most, as well as save battery life.
While Apple couldn't even get close to analysts' estimates on first-week iPhone 5 sales of 8-10 million, falling short and only reaching 5 million, Samsung's Galaxy S III is doing very, very well. Analytics firm Localytics says that demand for the S III hasn't slowed down, even during the $1 billion loss of the patent trial to Apple, and the release of the iPhone 5.
The analytics firm tracks what kind of smartphones access thousands of mobile apps using their mobile analytics platform, where they say that they've seen a 9% average increase of new Galaxy S III devices since the first week of August. New Galaxy S III sales grew by 16% during the week of Apple's victory in the patent trial, and grew another 15% during the week the Cupertino-based company announced their iPhone 5.
Localytics also thinks that Apple did Samsung a favor by suing them since "the deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general attention to Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers."
For those of you based in the European Union, you should be glad to hear that Microsoft should be selling their Surface RT tablet later this year. The company has referenced the Surface on their Italian, French, German and UK websites.
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is set to go on sale with the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, but we still don't have any pricing or other important information on the iPad competitor just yet. We're closer than we've ever been to a true MS tablet, but it still feels so far away.
There's no confirmation that Microsoft listing Surface tablets on some of their EU-based websites translates into the Surface RT tablet hitting those countries on launch - but MS should be coming out with more details on the new tablet soon, hopefully.
A touchscreen-based MacBook Pro is here, modded and ready to be pre-ordered. Modbook announced the preorders for their Modbook Pro, hitting a huge price of $3,500. What makes the Modbook Pro so special? Well, it's a touchscreen 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, with a stylus pen to boot.
It's also fully customizable, where you can option it to come with either OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mountain Lion with Windows 7 on Boot Camp, or just Windows 7. It's a wonderful thing to have all of that choice. Hardware-wise, you can configure the Modbook Pro with a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, or upgrade it right up to a 2.9GHz-clocked Core i7 chip. Memory can be ramped right up to 16GB and storage can kick it up to a 480GB SSD drive.
Modbook Pro brings the best of both words, infusing the hardware of Apple's 13.3-inch MBP, with a Wacom Penabled pen tablet digitizer, all on an etched paper-emulating ForceGlass screen. If you want to order one of these bad boys, you'll need a $500 deposit with each order. The Modbook Pro's come with a 12-month warranty.
Apple rumor fans, here's another one for you. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that the new rumored iPad mini has gone into mass production, just two weeks ahead of when Apple is expected to hold the launch event in San Francisco. They missed the original mark of announcing the device at the iPhone 5 event, but this actually makes sense.
You see, that event was already jam-packed, so it didn't make sense to try and squeeze in another product launch. Some of the details would get lost as the press would already be overloaded with things to report on. People would stop paying attention after a while, so spreading the launch out makes entirely too much sense.
The new rumor places the launch event on October 17, with press invitations going out of October 10. The device is said to feature a 7.85-inch screen made by LG and AU Optronics. Unfortunately, the new device won't feature the high-resolution Retina display that the iPad and iPhone both feature.
Apple's new Lightning connector for the new iPhone 5 will be hard to imitate, thanks to its security chip
Apple's new iPhone 5 sports a new charging cable, which the company have dubbed "Lightning". Apple's new Lightning cable is an 8-pin charging cable, which has some built-in measures that won't make it easy for cheap imitation cables - something Apple are sure to make millions from.
Apple's former 30-pin cable was a pretty simple design, where it was based on millions upon millions of cables, accessories, docks, and so forth - cheap imitations were created from its simple design, but it looks like the same game won't be played this time around. Apple are currently charging $30 for a new Lightning cable, which is ridiculous considering the cable would cost next to nothing to manufacture.
CNN have an unnamed source "with knowledge of Apple's manufacturing" who has said that the new Lightning cable comes with new measures which will make imitation that much harder - as they contain a new authentication chip. It won't be impossible for Chinese manufacturers to imitate this new $30 cable, with the source stating:
Chinese manufacturers are currently working to clone this new connector, but they cannot do it with the same ease and low cost as before, I don't think.
Samsung's Galaxy Note II is looking like a mighty fine device, for those who want a large 5.5-inch smartphone, but it does have a trick up its sleeve when it comes to rotating your screen. Normally when you're reading something on your smartphone and turn the device, and have "Auto rotation" enabled, it will rotate it when the phone detects physical rotation.
Samsung have gone down a different route with the Note II, adding "Smart rotation". Smart rotation has debuted with the Note II, and is a little different to the Galaxy S III's Smart stay. Smart roation will use the front-facing camera to detect what orientation your face is at, and then match the rotation of the screen with it. So if you rotate your phone into landscape to watch a video clip, but keep your face at the same angle, it won't adjust.
But, if you were laying down and looking at your phone sideways, it would detect this and adjust accordingly. Very cool, and something worth bragging about on the Note II. These little things are what make the phones stand out, and while this is not a killer app by any means, it is building Samsung toward something greater - something magical.
We know that Steve Jobs was a visionary, as he is constantly described as such, and nearly a year after the Apple co-founder died, historians have found some information that would confirm he truly was a visionary.
The Next Web writes about a speech Jobs gave nearly thirty years ago in 1983 at the Center for Design innovation. After this speech, Jobs gave a question and answer session that covered a wide variety of topics, where Jobs talked about a "computer in a book", where a user could learn how to use it in just 20 minutes:
Apple's strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes. That's what we want to do and we want to do it this decade. And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers.
Well, that's quite the statement, isn't it? It took Apple a lot longer than a decade, but hey, look at them now. The iPad dominates the tablet industry.
RumorTT: Microsoft is developing its own Windows Phone 8 device to be marketed under the Surface brand
Microsoft appears to be taking another stab at its partners as rumors have surfaced that Microsoft is developing a Windows Phone 8 device that would go toe-to-toe with the new iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as its own partners' devices like the Nokia Lumia 920.
The new Surface-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphone will likely not launch with the first wave of Windows Phone 8 devices that are set to launch in November. Instead, BGR's sources figure it will launch sometime after Microsoft's partners have had their first launch wave. This should reduce the feeling that Microsoft is making an attack on their partners' businesses.
It will likely be a device featuring high-end specs like a fast dual-core processor, 1 Gigabyte of RAM, and an 8MP camera. Not much is known, other than the rumor that it is in late stages development. We will be sure to keep you posted if or when this rumor is confirmed.
Would you buy a Microsoft-made Windows Phone 8 device? Let us know!
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a giant phone, there's no two ways about it. Not wanting to be out done by Apple's rumored iPad mini, the South Korean electronics giant is rumored to be working on a pint-sized Galaxy S III, which is affectionately being called the Samsung Galaxy S III mini.
Rumor has it that the device will be announced on October 11 and will come with similar specs to its older brother, save for the giant screen. This is good news for consumers, as many feel the current S III is too large. Indeed, it is the reason I went with the new iPhone. I felt the screen was just too big and wouldn't fit in my hand nicely, or my pocket, for that matter.
Samsung can use this shrinking of its flagship device to steal back some of the press from Apple and all of the press going to the iPhone 5. Furthermore, it could use it's own shrink to steal press away from the rumored shrinking of the iPad by Apple. Only time will tell if the clues provided by the invitation to an event in Germany will prove true.
You will once again be able to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States of America now that the sales ban instituted at the start of the Apple v Samsung trial has been lifted. It's lifting follows a finding by the jury, who awarded Apple $1+ billion in damages, that the tablet didn't infringe on a single Apple patent.
Samsung will also be receiving a $2.6 million bond that was placed in case the injunction was determined to be unfair. Samsung will likely seek damages for lost sales from Apple as the sales ban was unfairly sought and imposed. Whether or not they will receive anything is a different matter.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't out of the woods yet, though. Apple has filed a "rule 50 motion" looking to overturn the jury's' decision in December. If this motion is successful, then the tablet will see a permanent sales ban in the United States. If you're looking to obtain a Galaxy Tab 10.1, you should buy it before December, just in case Apple succeeds.
The amount of high-quality Android-based devices coming out are really surprising me, with HTC unveiling yet another kick ass handset today, the One X+.
HTC's One X+ is a slight change to its predecessor unveiled at MWC in February, where it sports a 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, larger 2,100mAh battery, 64GB of on-board storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the company's Sense 4+ sprinkled on top.
We're looking at a 4.7-inch display, it can be tapped against another device to pair which HTC call "Tap and Go", a Beats-branded set of speakers, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 lens and ImageChip-assist has transitioned over to the One X+. The camera software has some new features: Self Portrait for a little retouching of front-facing self-shots, and Sightseeing which allows for a quick launch of the camera app itself.
If you've got an iPhone 5 and have snapped some photos with the camera on it, you may have noticed a very annoying purple haze on some of your shots. Well, don't worry because according to Apple Support, that is "normal behavior" for the iPhone 5's camera.
Yes, normal - as in, it's meant to happen and you shouldn't be worried about it. Gizmodo reader Matt Van Gastel had a response from the Apple Support team, where they said:
Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera.
We know that smartphones and tablets are popular, but just how many US adults own a smart device? According to a new study by Pew (Pew?) Research - half of all adults in the US own a smartphone or tablet.
Pew Research says that their findings have "major implications for how news will be consumed and paid for" in the future, with close to 20% of mobile news respondents revealing that they had paid for an online subscription within the last twelve months.
Roughly half of the tablet-based readers said that they now spend more time consuming news, while close to a third of readers said they are receiving news from sources they didn't before. Some of the numbers from Pew Research's results are also interesting, where last year 81% of those interviewed owned an iPad, where this number has dropped significantly to just over 50%.
Give me one, now. Sharp have begun the production of 5-inch 1920x1080 displays at their factories - the joy! At 5-inch and 1080p, we're looking at 443 pixels per inch (ppi).
Considering the iPhone 5 only sports 326ppi - this is going to be a huge thing for new smartphones sporting the seriously packed 5-inch displays. We could also be staring down the barrel of 5-inch tablets with 443ppi displays, such as a smaller Nexus tablet to compete with the impending release of Apple's iPad mini.
Then we'll have the worry of "will people be able to see the quality in these screens" at this size, and resolution? If you've ever looked at an iPhone 5 and a third-gen iPad, you'll know that quality trumps. I think we'll begin to see some very beautiful looking smart devices with these 426ppi displays.
A rumor has surfaced from CNN who cites a major Apple investor as the source. The investor, in turn, cites the fact that he has heard this from "multiple sources." The rumor states that Apple will mail invitations to a press event, at which the new iPad mini will debut, on October 10.
Following Apple's traditional time frame, this would yield an event on Wednesday, October 17, with the product likely going on sale Friday, November 2. This would put the product on shelves in time for the critical holiday season, and could steal quite a bit of thunder from the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 tablets, both the Wintel version and RT version.
The iPad mini is rumored to be a 7.85-inch device and cost less than its big brother, the iPad. It would slot in between the iPhone/iPod touch and the normal-sized iPad. Pricing would likely slot into that same range, making Apple a bit more competitive with the $199 Android tablets that have been so popular.
As always, throw some salt over your shoulder as this is just a rumor. Nothing has been confirmed, and likely won't be, until the event invitations get mailed.
Intel's recently released Clover Trail-based Atom processor is destined to be in tablets running Window 8 come its release at the end of this month. However, a delay inside Intel in delivering a much-needed piece of software designed to conserve battery life is preventing the development of Wintel tablets.
Microsoft will not approve the tablets without the power-management software, which is the delayed software in question. This delayed approval process is cutting into the time manufacturers will have to revamp designs if Microsoft rejects them, and is delaying development, production, and could push back the release date of said devices.
Any delay in the release of new Wintel tablets before Christmas could be devastating to sales, as this is a typically good time for hand-held electronic sales. Apple is widely expected to release a new iPad in March or April of next year, so delays could also cause would-be consumer to hold off for the new iPad.