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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime specs

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Full specs for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet hands-on

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If you loved the Nook Color, which quickly went from e-reader status to beloved hacker tablet, you're going to love the new Barnes & Nobile Nook Tablet. And make no mistake, boys and girls: It may be a be an e-reader at its heart. But with beefed up specs, it's got the teeth of a full-fledged tablet.

We took it for a spin this morning at Barnes & Noble's store in Union Square in New York City. At first blush, you might think you're looking at the Nook Color. The exterior design hasn't changed a bit. The power and volume buttons are all in the same places, it's got that iconic Nook button -- it even feels the same, only lighter.

But once the Nook Tablet's 7-inch IPS display comes to life, you know you're dealing with something different. With casual use, the screen was as bright and vibrant, with deep blacks, as we'd expect on something that costs twice as much. And any sort of lag you've been putting up with on the Nook Color is gone. It's got a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM -- plenty for the customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that's at the core of the tablet. The UI was as smooth as you could hope, and video playback was without stutter.

Of course, content is key, and BN's ramped things up with deep Netflix integration -- which Netflix itself tells us is "deeper" than on any tablet before it. Which could just be that your recommendations are fed directly to the UI. There's also tons of music and, of course, reading materials to keep you occupied for days, which is also what you have for battery life. Figure an hour of reading a day, and you'll be going for weeks on a single charge. Or so we're told.

We've still got a ways to go before anyone (outside Barnes & Noble that is) declares the Nook Tablet King of the Winter Carnival. But from even our brief time with it, it's most definitely a contender at $249.

Check out our hands-on pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Specs

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With the announcement of the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet a whole new set of specs has arrived for the Nook line. Jump on pat the break to get a look at the full list of features and key specifications.

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2 years ago

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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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