Posts by LucianUngur

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    After introducing it at CES, Asus has (quietly) created a special landing page for the Eee Pad MeMo 171 on its website. Crossover between a tablet and a mobile phone, it comes with a MeMIC Bluetooth headset that allows users to place calls, read messages, and listen to music. However, this bundle option – that makes the MeMo 171 quite unique among tablet computers -- will vary depending on country. While it is ICS upgradable, this device now runs on Androit 3.2 Honeycomb. Other specifications include: 7-inch display, 1280 x 800 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor, 1GB ...

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    After a not so successful fourth quarter in 2011, when only 200k tablets were delivered to stores (not necessarily sold to users) and a net loss of about $80 million seen by the company, Motorola is trying hard to reach out to its customers and avoid having the Xoom "experience" again with the Xyboard tablets. Motorola's website now offers the 8.2 Xyboard with a free portfolio case ($39 otherwise) and a HD dock (usually at $49), for $399. In the same way, a similar deal is available for the larger 10.1 tablet for $499. The offer is available until February 29 so you've got a couple of days ...

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    The answer many Thrive owners were waiting for might have come via Twitter, as Toshiba USA confirms "targeting the end of Spring for ICS availability on the Thrive 10-inch". Later updates also confirm the 7-inch Thrive to get the same treat. Currently, Toshiba's Thrive tablets run on Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb and come with a 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 8, 16 or 32GB of storage capacity, 1GB of RAM, two cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth. Except for an official roll-out date, this is still good news for users, even if "the end of Spring" could just as well mean "the beginning of ...

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    As we reported two days ago, Barnes & Noble re-thought its Nook Tablet pricing policy. The company downgraded its tablet from 16GB to 8GB aiming directly at Amazon's successful Kindle Fire. The launch also comes after the company announced a drop in its quarterly net income. The new tablet will be sold at $199, which is $50 less than the 16GB variant (but matches the Kindle Fire's price). Unlike its direct competitor, the Nook also sports a microSD card slot in order to compensate for the recent loss of storage capacity. On the other hand, B&N didn't forget about the Nook 16GB Tablet -- ...

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    February 21 was a busy day for RIM and PlayBook owners alike. Shortly after the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, bloggers will be glad to find out that the official WordPress App for PlayBook is also available for download on BlackBerry AppWorld. This app allows you to write posts, edit pages, and manage comments on the go. Both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.9.2 or higher) sites are supported. The application features similar capabilities with those you can find in the Wordpress for BlackBerry smartphones, but with a much better resolution, to take advantage of the ...

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    Although no official announcement has been made yet, sources suggest that ViewSonic is preparing to launch a new 7-inch Android tablet next week in Barcelona. The device is called ViewPad G70, and it has a MSRP price of $350, but we might see it in the end being available for around $300. The ViewPad G70 will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature two cameras, 1024 x 600 high-resolution screen, 3G-capable radio, 4GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. There's no info yet regarding the included processor's specs. This should also be a Google-certified ...

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    Latest rumors and reports have equally failed to clarify details of the upcoming Amazon tablet, to be launched in the coming months. While most people seem to understand that we should expect the Kindle Fire 2, opinions differ when it comes to the size of this future device. Recent news talk about Amazon preparing an 8.9-inch Kindle as a follow-up to the Kindle Fire; however, today's rumors would rather agree on a future 10-inch tablet. If reports turn out to be true, Amazon will compete directly with Apple's iPad, at least in the size department (as Amazon's main ammunition against Apple ...

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    It didn't happen on the 17th, as rumored, but today is the day when RIM finally decided to release the long awaited BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. It is now available for download and comes with lots of goodies, such as native email, calendar and contacts sync, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn integration, that might be just the things whose absence kept people away before (and owners waiting patiently for the refresh). It also welcomes an updated BlackBerry Bridge app that provides Bluetooth connection between the BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry Smartphone. "Thousands of new apps", RIM ...

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    Telstra announced they will be the first Australian carrier for Xoom 2 (aka Droid XYBOARD on Verizon). Motorola's slimmer and lighter new (in Australia) tablet comes with a 10.1-inch screen, 1.2GHz Dual Core processor, 1 GB RAM and 32GB storage capacity. As the Ice Cream Sandwich update is still to come on the Xoom 2, the tablet currently runs Android's 3.2 Honeycomb. Prices vary according to the data plan you are choosing, and start at AUD 29 (roughly USD 31) for 1GB included monthly data, $39 (USD 41) for 4GB of data, AUD 49 (USD 52) for 8GB and culminate at $89 (USD 95) for 15GB. Prices ...

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    Over 8,500 managers of sales and marketing teams from all over the world participated in Huthwaite's online research survey called "Mobile Technologies in Sales". The results show people who are easier to reach to close deals faster and easier. While most companies (87 percent) still don't provide tablets for their sales teams, 90 percent of sales personnel admit mobile devices help increase their productivity. Faster communication is stated as the biggest benefit of using mobile devices. Currently, 85 percent of company-delivered tablets are iPads, while BlackBerry still dominates the ...

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    NPD Group's newly released "Tablet Adoption and Insights Report" highlights some interesting data regarding tablet user demographics and behavior. According to the report, "more than 40 percent of iPad owners have a household income of $100 thousand or more compared to 26 percent of non-iPad owners." However, as tablets become more and more widely-available and affordable, these demographics are likely to change. "At the end of 2011, tablet buyers were 50 percent more likely to have an income under $45 thousand and 33 percent more likely to be under 34 years of age", according to the ...

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    According to a leaked document cited by The Verge, Barnes & Noble are preparing a re-launch of their Nook Tablet on February 22. This time, the Nook comes with 8GB of storage capacity that aims to compete directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire. Currently, the 16GB Nook Tablet is sold for $249, which is $50 more than the 8GB Kindle Fire. Things (and price) should change in just two days. Walmart will start selling the Nook 8GB Tablet on Wednesday at 12.01 AM and no details are available regarding any other changes that might come with it. The current 16GB Nook Tablet runs on Android 2.3 ...

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    While not many people tend to be familiar with Archos' products, the new tablet coming from France – the Arnova 8b G2 – seems to be a decent product that might deserve your attention (if you're into Gingerbread on tablets). Powered by a 1GHz processor, the Arnova 8b G2 comes with an 800×600 LCD screen, 512MB of RAM, front-facing camera (of unspecified sensor size), as well as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It has either 4GB or 8GB storage space and also supports a microSD card for expanding the internal storage. The tablet runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and no 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ...

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    An international version of the unlocked bootloader for Motorola Atrix 4G is now available through an Orange UK update released recently with support for the service. This release builds upon the existing leaked Gingerbread 2.3 ROM which includes a fastboot-unlockable bootloader, however that leak is only compatible with the USA based AT&T Atrix 4G and not international versions, while this new one comes from an official update, and is compatible with international devices. An official update is expected from Motorola enabling the unlocked bootloader soon, per Motorola's earlier promise. ...

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    The ever popular custom recovery software "ClockworkMod" is now available for Motorola's Droid X2, thanks to some creative engineering by Chinese developers uncovered by c21johnson at XDA. The image has gone through several steps in development, with device-agnostic code being written by "Koush", the Atrix 4G specific parts being developed by "tenfar" and finally Chinese developers porting this work to the Droid X2. The custom recovery enables nandroid backup and restoration, along with the possibility of flashing custom ROMs. Prior to flashing the recovery image the device must be rooted, ...

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