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2 years ago

A lucky reader gets a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 early from Best Buy

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We just got this from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous -- it's his very own Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 courtesy of Best Buy (see our hands-on here).  It seems that his Tab 10.1 had a manufacturing defect, and when he went to Best Buy to return it they inadvertantly grabbed an 8.9-incher from the stockroom and handed it over.  We know Best Buy is already taking pre-orders for the slightly smaller version, and it looks like at least one location has some on hand, waiting for the US launch day.  We're excited to get our hands on one of these, so maybe we should start shopping at Best Buy.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Sprint changing hotspot plans; 5GB data cap starts Oct. 2

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In the latest Sprint Playbook we're seeing another plan change, this time to the mobile hotspot feature.  Starting Oct. 2, current and future customers will have a 5GB limit when using the mobile hotspot add-on to their plan.  Data used on the phone itself isn't being limited (other than the 300MB "roaming" data cap, it's still all you can eat), but both 3G and 4G data used via the hotspot feature will now be subject to a $0.05 per MB charge once the 5GB cap is reached.  Before, 4G data was unlimited.

A similiar change is being made to mobile broadband devices like aircards, tablets, and portable hotspots that used to have unlimited 4G data.  It could be worse, but we're pretty sure that even though most don't subscribe to the hotspot add-on and use other methods, there will still be plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Can't stop changes folks.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble's NOOK line heading to RadioShack

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RadioShack announced today that it will carry Barnes & Noble's Android-powered NOOK Touch, NOOK Color, and NOOK accessories in stores and online beginning Oct. 3. Prices will match those at Barnes & Noble, with the NOOK Simple Touch at $139 and the NOOK Color at $249. With new modifications daily and active developer support, the NOOK line has turned into an affordable option for those seeking a basic Android-powered tablet. You can check out our reviews of the Touch and the Color to decide whether to add one to your RadioShack shopping list, right below that remote control car you've been eyeing up. Hit the break for the full press release.

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2 years ago

First look at the Archos G9 tablets

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ARCHOS has officially thrown its hat into the Honeycomb ring with its upcoming G9 line of tablets, and we got another sneak peek this week in New York's Times Square. The G9 line, according to ARCHOS Senior VP and General Manager Frédéric Balaÿ, is the fruit of the company's ongoing commitment to Android and Google, which started with the Android 1.5 Cupcake-flavored ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet back in early 2010. Balaÿ says that it is this history with Android, coupled with ARCHOS' over ten years experience in the tablet market, that gives the manufacturer a unique insight into how best to optimize both hardware and software to meet the users' needs. Hit the break for a closer look.

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2 years ago

Verizon lighting up more 4G LTE markets on Oct. 20

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Verizon has unleashed a bevy of press releases -- 16 in all, if you count one market getting two  releases -- announcing expansion of its 4G LTE network to some 22 markets, and the expansion of two others. That means if you have the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Droid Charge or Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you'll be able to take advantage of the faster data speeds.

Starting Oct. 20 (or maybe even a day or so sooner if tradition continues), the following markets will see 4G LTE:

  • Fort Myers, Fla. (LTE currently is available in the airport)
  • Buffalo/Niagara, N.Y.
  • Sioux City, Iowa
  • Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Birmingham, Ala. (The footprint will also extend out I-65 North to Cullman, I-59 North to Springville, I-20 East to Moody, Highway 280 East to Harpersville, I-65 South to Calera, I-59 West to Bessemer and Highway 78 West to Jasper.)
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Bloomington, Bedford and Mitchcell, Ind.
  • South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Goshen, Ind.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • Stockton, Calif.
  • Hagerstown and Western Maryland
  • Expansion in Los Angeles and San Diego

If you're in or around any of those areas, get ready for some seriously fast data speeds. And maybe consider a spare battery -- that LTE likes the juice.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Archos 80 G9 Honeycomb tablet now available in the UK for £199

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We saw the first confirmation of US pricing for Archos' new Honeycomb tablets last week, and now the 8-inch version has an official price tag in the UK, too. Archos' British web store is offering the Archos 80 G9 -- that's the 8-inch version -- for a highly competitive £199.99. At the current exchange rate, that comes to $314, just $15 more than the US price, which is something of a rarity for tablets. It's also about half of what you'd expect to pay for a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In addition to the 8-inch display, the 80 G9 gives you a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, 8GB of internal storage and Android 3.2. The product page doesn't say how much RAM the device ships with, but we heard at Archos' press event back in June that low-end models would have 512MB, compared to the usual gigabyte found in most Honeycomb tablets.

Find out more about the 80 G9 and its big brother, the 101 G9 in our hands-on report from Archos' London press event.

Source: Archos; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

T-Mobile bound Galaxy Tab Plus poses for unofficial photoshoot

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The back and forth that has kept Samsung's legal team busy clearly hasn't slowed down its design team, as tonight we're getting a first look at the T-Mobile bound Galaxy Tab Plus, yet another addition to Samsung's Galaxy tablet line. This 7-inch Honeycomb-powered follow up to the original Galaxy Tab isn't to be confused with the 7.7 inch model we saw at IFA: The Plus is noticeably heftier, likely the result of the internal 4G radio. No specs yet, nor a release date, and certainly no pricing, but sit tight. It looks to be a busy upcoming few months for Samsung, which they'll kick off on September 26 with the unveiling of the US version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 in New York City. Hit the source link for a few more shots. 

Source: TmoNews

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2 years ago

Motorola XOOM Android 3.2.1 OTA update slowly rolling out

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We've recieved a few more tips about the Motorola XOOM WiFi and now, a 3G version receiving a mysterious 1.5MB OTA update that bumps the device up to software version HTK55D.

I've personally been checking for updates on my XOOM since early this morning with no love coming to my device. However, if you have a Motorola XOOM -- you might want to check for updates and see if you have one available while we poke around for some sort of change log. Also worth noting, MS -- who sent us the update image is running a 3G rooted with Tiamat's Moray ROM

Thanks, MS!

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2 years ago

Possible 7-inch Motorola tablet shows up on blurrycam

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Thats right folks, our old friend Mr Blurrycam is back in town and this week brings pictures of a Motorola Android tablet that could well be a 7-incher. 

Thisismynext obtained the image that shows a much slimmer and sleeker design than the Xoom, and very barely shows the tablet running the Honeycomb camera app. The Motorola logo in the top left corner seems to point towards a possible portrait orientation, similar to that of the Acer Iconia A100

No official details, or specs were leaked with the image, so we'll just have to wait and see on this one. 

Source:  Thisismynext

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2 years ago

NVIDIA releases project Kal-El whitepapers, unveils fifth companion CPU core for low-power use cases

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NVIDIA has let loose some more technical talk about the upcoming project Kal-El chip, and are showing off a new patented process they call vSMP (variable Symmetric Multiprocessing).  As part of this new tech, they tell us of a new fifth CPU core that resides on the silicon designed to maximize the power savings of multi-core processing.  I'll leave the tech talk to the whitepapers themselves (be sure to check them out at the source link), but we can break it down in human terms, after the jump.

Source: NVIDIA

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