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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet officially announced

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As expected, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet was just announced to the world.  Following up on the Nook Color - the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet gets some spec upgrades and this time around comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, weighs less then a pound plus, supports 1080p video for nine hours on a single charge. NetFlix and Hulu are on board for video content delivery and you get a plentiful 16GB of internal storage along with a up-to 32GB expansion slot. Pre- Order for the new Nook Tablet starts today for $249. Full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Liveblog at 10 a.m. EST / 7 a.m. PST

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We're at the Union Square Barnes & Noble store this morning in Manhattan for the unveiling of the next iteration of the Nook, which we last week learned should be the Nook Tablet. Livebloggage shall commence at 10 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. PST, and all points in between, above and beyond.

Join us after the break as we get all the deets on what's in store for what's been a hacker's dream tablet.

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2 years ago

Best Buy drops Nook Color to $199 ahead of Monday's announcement

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Barnes & Noble might be waiting for Monday to drop the Nook Color to $199 as the Nook Tablet takes over, but Best Buy's coming out of the gate first, already shaving $50 off the popular 7-inch e-reader. No word on whether it'll drop the Nook Simple Touch to $99 as well.

Stay tuned for all the fun Monday morning in New York City. We'll be there for all the festivities.

Source: Best Buy; via press release

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2 years ago

HTC makes available a whole mess of new source code

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If our calculations are correct, HTC just dropped more source code than we've got time for all weekend. To wit: we're now seeing kernel source and Gingerbread updates for the HTC Rhyme, myTouch 4G, Jetstream, Sensation XE, EVO 4G+ (which launched in South Korea), Sensation XL and the HTC ThunderBolt, along with the proprietary binaries for ADP1.

Not bad for a Saturday. Remember that this is straight code, and not flashable updates, so for most of us they're useless. But for developers, they're gold. You can check it all out at the link below.

Download: HTCDev.com

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2 years ago

German courts grant injunction against Apple for Motorola patent infringement

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Courts in Germany have found in favor of Motorola in two cases of patent infringement by Apple.  These are the same types of proceedings that Apple has used to get Samsung products pulled from shelves and show floors in the past, and the current documents from Germany look to affect all Apple mobile products, and have enabled damages that go back to April 2003.  But let's not get too excited, because I doubt that Motorola will ask for Apple products to be banned from sale in Germany, even though the courts have said they can do so.

Of the two patents in question (EP 1010336 (B1) and EP 0847654 (B1)), Motorola has already declared that one (the US version -- U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898) is "essential to ETSI standards (GSM, UMTS, 3G)".  There's a very good chance the other patent will be essential to use as well.  These are not patents on ideas, they are methods to use specific hardware.  Motorola did invent the cell phone, after all.  It's speculated that Apple "allowed" this ruling to happen so they stand a stronger chance during the appeals process, but that sounds very un-Appley and I doubt anyone in Cupertino is happy about the situation.  In addition, Motorola has communicated to Engadget the following:

As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility's patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.

It certainly sounds like Motorola wants to license these patents out versus force Apple to stop selling their 3G devices in Germany, and I applaud them for it. 

It's worth noting that Apple has tried and failed to negotiate a better price for network technology patents in the past against Nokia, and while these patents are not the same, the premise is -- without them, you can't make a cell phone.  It's mandated all over the world that fair license fees are charged for these types of patents, and anyone using them has to pay the owner -- even Apple.  Fees will be paid, agreements will be reached, and iPhones will stay on the shelves in Germany.  The full court judgment (in German) is after the break.

Via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit now available in the Android Market, we go hands-on!

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Gentlemen, start your engines!  Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is now available in the Android Market.  No longer an exclusive for the Xperia Play, the latest in the Need for Speed series, Hot pursuit promises racing action from the perspective of both sides -- the pursuer and the pursued.  Play as a scofflaw in one of the exotic super cars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque, or be Johnny Law in your high speed police interceptor (the Lamborghini Reventon makes for a hell of a cop car!).  If you love racing games, this looks like a real treat.

The game is available in both U.S and international versions (links below) and you'll need to be running Android 2.0 or higher -- also don't expect stellar performance without a beefy piece of hardware.  The Market download is about 7.5MB, and you'll need to download an additional 291MB of content on the first run. 

Check out our hands-on video after the break!

Android Market link (US version)
Android Market link (international)

Thanks, @niwasiuk!

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2 years ago

Shocker: Quad-core devices benchmark higher than single- or dual-core

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You should know by now just how we feel about benchmarks -- they're easy to manipulate, and really don't tell you anything about how a device will actually behave. And so you should know by now that we're really not going to get all that worked up over the ASUS Transformer Prime showing up in a benchmark app. Look, it'll be fast. It'll be great. Hell, we got to experience some early quad-core processor action some nine months go. It's going to rock. And that a quad-core device tops out like you see here should really surprise no one. But, anyway, there it is. Huzzah.

Source: Tech2; via Engadget

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2 years ago

Swiftkey testing multitouch in its latest keyboard alpha

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Swiftkey's long been in our rotation of top keyboards, and it's now testing a feature that may make your fast phalanges even faster. Multitouch is in the works for tablets and smartphones, and it's currently being tested in a two-week alpha period in the developer's VIP track. Here's the low-down:

We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn't get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs.

It's still very early in the game, and bugs are expected. So if you opt to give this a go, you're a guinea pig, not a customer. But no matter, it's going to make a great keyboard even greater.

Source: Swiftkey VIP

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2 years ago

Nook Simple Touch dropping to $99

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So we've given you the scoop on the new Nook Tablet, and the price drop on the Nook Color. Lastly, we've got the Nook Simple Touch. It's going to see a price drop down to $99, from its current $139. And that's just about where the dimunitive Android-based e-reader should be. (Check out our full review.) Looks like a new software version is on the way, too, with v1.1 set to hit. Huzzah.

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2 years ago

Nook Color dropping to $199; new software update brings Hulu Plus, music

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Will cost just $50 less than the new Nook Tablet

The venerable Barnes & Noble Nook Color hasn't been left out in the cold just because the new Nook Tablet specs and pricing are here. No, the Nook Color's going to find itself with a nice little price drop down to $199. That's only a $50 drop, and for that difference you'll get a pretty big spec boost in the new Nook Tablet, but we'll take what we can get.

And along with the price drop, a new software update is on the way for the New Color. Nook Color v1.4 will bring TV shows, movies and documentaries with Hulu Plus. You'll get music from Rhapsode, MOG and Grooveshark, with free trials. (Pandora is still included.) You'll get even more magazines and special Nook editions, expanding on current content. And more apps are on the way, too.

So, if you're in the market for an e-reader tabelet this holiday season, and don't want to break the $200 mark, the Nook Color is about to become very, very attractive.

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