Feb 05, 2014 - 10:05 AM - by dgstorm
The full lineup of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro series tablets will soon be hitting online and retail store shelves. Samsung is pricing these at the high-end to match the higher-end specs.
Here's the breakdown,
- Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: $399.99 (16GB)
- Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1: $499.99 (16GB)
- Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2: $649.99 (32GB)
- Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: $749.99 (32GB) and $849.99 (64GB)
Earlier we shared that the Note Pro 12.2 was already up for preorder at Staples. You can find more of those details here.
From seeing these prices, it looks like...
Continue Reading @: Samsung's Newest Galaxy Pro Tablets Coming to Retail Starting February 13th
Feb 03, 2014 - 5:02 PM - by dgstorm
If you are looking to grab yourself a top-of-the-line Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is hard to beat. The specs and feature-list (and display size) on this bad boy are second to none in the Android tablet world right now. Of course, the price is also so high it is second to none as well. Office Depot now has the new Sammy flagship tablet available on a preorder. It will "only" scorch your wallet for a measly $849.99...
What.... you can't take it with you?
Here's a spec recap for the The NotePro 12.2:
- 12.2″ Super Clear LCD display, (resolution of 2560 x 1600)
- 1.9GHz quad-core processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 9,500mAh battery
- 8MP rear-facing shooter
- 64GB of internal storage
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.4
- Samsung's S Pen
The tablet will likely be shipping on February 13th. Sound off if this is in your future or let us know if it is simply too rich for your taste. Here's a link to the Office Depot preorder page in case you don't mind the steep price.
Source: Office Depot
Jan 29, 2014 - 4:32 PM - by dgstorm
Update: This story is now official. Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo. Here's a link to the official press statement from Google: Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google ? Investor Relations ? Google
This almost sounds like an April Fool's Joke, but we are nowhere near April. According to multiple reports from major news organizations like Reuters, CNBC and others, Lenovo may actually be in final talks with Google to purchase Motorola for $2.91 Billion USD. According to "sources close to the matter" this would be Lenovo's way of buying themselves into the lucrative but difficult to break into U.S. smartphone market. Here's a quote with more of the details,
This came way out of left field and blind-sided us, but in many ways doesn't seem that surprising. From the beginning, Google really only wanted...
Lenovo is in the final stages of talks to buy the Google division that includes smartphones Moto X and Moto G as well as certain patents, and an announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, the people said.
The Chinese firm will use a combination of cash and stock as well as deferred payments to finance the deal with Google, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public.
Lenovo is being advised by Credit Suisse Group while Lazard Ltd advised Google on the transaction, the people said.
Continue Reading @: Lenovo Close to $3 Billion Deal to Buy Motorola from Google
Jan 28, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm
Google announced their newest upgrade to the Google Glass wearable smart-glasses, only this time it isn't a software or hardware upgrade, but is actually a structural one. They now have prescription glass frames available that are specifically designed to fit with Google Glass. They are called the Titanium Collection, and that doesn't just describe their aesthetics. These new Google Glass frames are literally made of ultra-light titanium alloys.
Their Titanium Collection includes "four feather-light titanium frames and two new styles of twist-on shades, designed just for you." Now you can consider getting Google Glass without worrying about looking like a full-blown dork, just a half-dork! (We kid about this because some of us here at HQ are actually becoming more intrigued by this device regardless of how it looks to other.)
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm
T-Mobile has been on a roll lately. Ever since they got fired up and started rattling off new phases in their Uncarrier initiative, they have been making other carriers sweat from the massive value and changes they offer to consumers. Apparently, shaking up the wireless carrier industry isn't enough for T-Mo though. Now it looks as if the Uncarrier wants to disrupt the banking industry as well!
T-Mobile officially announced their new program called, Mobile Money. It's basically a checking account for T-Mobile wireless subscribers. This isn't just some gimmicky expensive account which only the elite can afford either. In fact, their account structure is ultra-competitive, offering free activation, free monthly maintenance and free ATM withdrawals at any of the carrier’s 42,000 in-network partner ATMs. Furthermore, there is no fee for replacing lost or stolen cards and there are no minimum balances required.
Here's what T-Mobile's boisterous CEO, John Legere had to say regarding this new program...
Continue Reading @: T-Mobile Launches New Attack... Against the Banking Industry?
Jan 21, 2014 - 5:20 PM - by dgstorm
The latest Android tablet rumor to hit the news bin is that Google is planning to release a Nexus 8 tablet in the middle of this year. Supposedly, the success of the Apple iPad Mini has forced Google to take notice and offer a compelling alternative in that size range. One other interesting thing to note about this rumored Nexus 8 tablet is that Google is mulling over using Intel's Bay Trail architecture instead of NVIDIA or Qualcomm this time.
The rumor also suggests that the device will not be LG-made which has been speculated previously. Currently Asus is...
Continue Reading @: Nexus 8 Tablet Tipped for Mid-2014 Launch
Jan 20, 2014 - 4:36 PM - by dgstorm
Asus recently put some cool Google Nexus 7 2013 Edition accessories up on their site. For now it looks like its for information/future purposes only because they didn't share a purchase date or pricing. Both of the devices are charging docks/stands for the Nexus 7 2013 Edition. One is wired and the other is wireless. Here's a breakdown of info on each device straight from Asus' website.
Wired Charging Dock: ASUS Dock for Nexus 7 (2013)
- Charge the Nexus 7 (2013) while in use, making it perfect for use on a desktop or counter.
- Slide-in design props up the Nexus 7 (2013) in either landscape or portrait orientation.
- HDMI output to view HD 1080p content on an HDTV or LCD display (HDMI cable not included)
- *Only compatible with Nexus 7 (2013)
- Positions the Nexus 7 (2013) perfectly for you to watch movies, play games, or surf the web, or even type notes using a wireless Bluetooth keyboard.
Wireless Charging Dock: ASUS PW100 Wireless Charging Stand for Nexus 7 (2013)
- Elegant Pyramid design with delicate texture and compact outlook
- With Qi standard, compatible with most tablets or cellphones which also support Qi.
- Wireless makes charging easy, built-in the status LED design
Even though they haven't shared any pricing or availability details just yet, overseas the wireless dock has been selling for approximately $50 USD equivalent. We will keep an eye out for more details, but feel free to chime in on this thread if you see something before we do.
Jan 15, 2014 - 5:26 PM - by dgstorm
How does a Moto Maker customized Motorola Android tablet sound to you? That's the idea that Motorola is supposedly mulling over right now. Here's a quote with the details,
It doesn't sound like he is too committed to the tablet plan, but that could obviously change at a moment's notice. What do you guys think of this? If they had the same competitive pricing and innovative features found in the Moto X and/or Moto G could Motorola surge back into a strong Android tablet position?
CEO Dennis Woodside unveiled in a recent interview that not only Motorola is considering a tablet, but that Moto Maker, the service used to customize the Moto X, might branch out: “we are looking at tablets. A lot of people have asked us to build a tablet using Moto Maker, to customize their tablet. There might be a day we do that, but the bigger opportunity for us is the five billion people without smartphones,” the CEO added. Of course, Motorola’s top priority, aside from the five billion people without smartphones, is, as Woodside puts it, mobile internet: “We have to decide and convince consumers we stand for something and what we are focused on is the mobile internet.”
Late yesterday one of the big news items that we didn't quite get to was that Net Neutrality (and especially the FCC) was dealt a serious blow by a U.S. Appeals Court. Originally, the FCC ruled that wireline ISPs ”shall not block lawful content, applications, services or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management” while also mandating that ISPs “shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service.”
Of course, the ISPs, telecoms and cable companies were not happy with this, so many of them, including leaders like Comcast and Verizon, took this fight to the U.S. Court system. Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC. Their ruling may have effectively killed Net Neutrality completely. Here's a quote with the details of the U.S. Appeals Court decision,
[quote]In its ruling against the FCC’s rules, the court said that such restrictions are not needed in part because consumers have a choice in which ISP they use.
“Without broadband provider market power, consumers, of course, have options,” writes Judge Laurence Silberman, one of the judges on the panel, in his opinion in part agreeing and in part dissenting from the court’s decision. “They can go to another broadband provider if they want to reach particular edge providers or if their connections to particular edge providers have been degraded.”
For anyone who lives in a market with limited competition for home broadband services, Silberman does acknowledge that you might have some “difficulty” in finding another provider but says that it’s still not reason enough to restrict what an ISP can do when it comes to managing its own traffic.
“To be sure, some difficulty switching broadband providers is certainly a factor that might contribute to a firm’s having market power, but that itself is not market power,” he asserts. “There are many industries in which switching between competitors is not instantly achieved, but those industries may still be heavily disciplined by competitive forces because consumers will switch unless there are real barriers.”
Continue reading here.......
Jan 14, 2014 - 3:06 PM - by dgstorm
The famous tipster, @evleaks is at it again. His latest bombshell is supposed confirmation of a Samsung made Nexus 10 tablet for later this year. Not only did he list the specs for the device, he also made mention of Android 4.5. Of course, more than likely, it will be toward the middle of this year before this tablet is officially announced, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that it will sport a new version of Android. The question remains, "Will it be simply an updated version of KitKat or will it be a completely new dessert?"
Here's the specs he rattled off in his Tweet:
- Samsung's own Exynos 5
- WQXGA Display (upgraded from the current model)
- 3GB RAM
- 16 or 32GB storage
- 5MP/3MP Cameras
- Android 4.5
As an interesting sidenote... it looks like the Nexus 10 is completely sold out on the Google Play Store at the moment. Hmmm.... care to speculate?
Source: Twitter - @evleaks
Jan 13, 2014 - 4:48 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Asus has made the TF502T a reality. For the most part it is just a rebranding of the TF600T, but instead of a Windows RT OS, it now has Android 4.2. Specs-wise it's a pretty good offering:
- NVIDA Tegra 3
- 2GB of on-board RAM
- 10-inch 1366 x 768 display - Super IPS with screen brightening technology and is protected by Corning Fit Glass - 178 degrees viewing angle
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth V4.0 and NFC
- F/2.2 8MP camera with flash on back
- 2MP camera on back
- Includes four speakers along with ASUS’ SonicMaster technology - (stereo sound can be used in landscape and portrait modes)
- 32GB or 64GB models
Of course, the tab can batch up with a dock that includes a keyboard. It also has its own battery which can charge the tablet’s internal battery when it drops to a set level. The tablet and dock combined have a battery life of 16 hours. Their website doesn't offer a price yet, but we can expect something soon at Mobile World Congress.
More great video's are pouring in from Macktion who is prowling the convention floor at CES 2014. This latest one features the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and we have to say it's pretty impressive. The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is not 'just another Samsung tablet' with a nice big screen. The multi-tasking on it is truly incredible. Well implemented, smooth and user friendly. There was a little hiccup that you will see, but we're not quite sure if that was because the gentlemen demoing it just didn't make enough contact with the display. All in all the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is one heck of a tablet. Here's a recap of the specs in case you missed them:
Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
- 12.2-inch display (2560 x 1600)
- Wi-Fi/3G Version = Exynos 5 Octa CPU (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core)
- LTE Version = Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB storage
- 8-megapixel camera
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 9500mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- S-Pen support
Drop us a line and let us know your thoughts on the tablet. Remember to follow Macktion on Twitter at @Macktion, he'll answer all your questions and may be able to check out some tech that you are interested in.
Jan 08, 2014 - 11:56 AM - by dgstorm
Finally the PC makers are getting serious about making affordable powerful tablets. Apparently, Google's jump start with the Nexus 7 in 2012 was a lesson they really needed to learn. HP just released their latest offering and it could very well be a contender for your hard earned dollars. It's the HP Slate 7 Extreme and it can now be found on HP's own retail website for $199.99. It was previously announced by unavailable on HP's website until now. Here's the specs you will get for that $200 bucks...
Continue Reading @: HP Slate 7 Extreme is Now Available for $199.99
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