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2 years ago

Motorola introduces the ET1 Enterprise tablet

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Motorola announced its ET1 tablet this morning, which its calling an Enterprise-class tablet "designed for a variety of vertical markets." The Gingerbread-powered ET1 is designed for durability and security with some pretty respectable guts under the hood:

  • Android 2.3.4 with enhanced Enterprise functionality
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 display at 350 NIT, with Gorilla Glass
  • OMAP4 Dual-core processor at 1 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB Flash memory with pre-installed 4 GB microSD card
  • 4620 mAH Smart Li-Ion battery
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video, front camera
  • 5.14 in. H x .98 in D x 8.82 in W
  • 1.4 pounds

It might not be the tablet-of-choice for the everyday consumer, but for businesses looking for a sturdy, Enterprise-ready tablet, the ET1 is looking pretty attractive. It'll be available in January 2012 through Motorola partners only, though no word yet on price. Full specs and a product tour from Motorola are at the source link.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

T-Mobile announces a pair of tablets - the Springboard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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T-Mobile tonight announced a pair of new Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets to its lineup -- the T-Mobile SpringBoard With Google, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (seen above) we're all familiar with, of course. It's the same 10.1-inch tablet we've come to know and love, and this one will have T-Mobile's 4G data thrown in. Plus it's got a cadrea of apps -- T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader and Zinio.

The obtusely named T-Mobile SprintBoard with Google (seen here at right) is a 7-inch tablet made by Huawei. It's got a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera.

On the software side, it includes BlockBuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV. There's also the Blio eReader, MobileLife Family Organizer powered by Cozi, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS Navigator, a personal GPS navigation and local search application that provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions.

Pricing and release dates have not been given, but both tablets are expected to be available for the holiday season. Full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Qualcomm announces the S4 Snapdragon; brings performance boost, power savings, and multimode modem

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Qualcomm has released the whitepaper for their upcoming S4 SoC (system on a chip), and it's features look great.  The new 28nm process technology promises "inherent advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption and size reduction", and the Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU should offer some serious performance, clocked between 1.5Ghz and 2.5Ghz, with a 50 percent graphics boost over the current Adreno 220 GPU.  The new 28nm manufacturing process means that not only will the be faster, but they will be smaller and run cooler as well -- allowing things to get thinner and thinner in our smartphones.  The new S4 is still an asynchronous design, which carries it's own benefits in the battery use department.

To go with the bump in performance, Qualcomm also tells us that the new SoC will have embedded support for just about every radio we want and need in our phones -- GSM, CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC.  Having support for everything on one chip means two things -- cheaper production costs, and less room needed to pack all the features into your smartphone.  Both are something we all can appreciate.  The only real question left to answer, is when we will see these make their way into our devices.  Hit the source link for the whitepaper download.

Source: Qualcomm

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2 years ago

Vizio tablet gets another OTA -- VIA version 1.3 brings Netflix support

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The Vizio tablet (check out our review) has received an OTA update (no, it's not Honeycomb) that brings security fixes and Netflix support.  The security fixes weren't detailed, but the current build is now GRH78C, with VIA Plus 1.3, dated Sep. 30. We loaded it up here, and sure enough -- Netflix works really well.  Combined with the recent price drops at places like Sam's Club, this little tablet gets more interesting.

If you haven't seen the update yet, restart your tablet and it should automatically check for the new version.  It takes a few minutes to download, and you'll have to restart again, but once it reboots you'll be able to enjoy streaming from Netflix, with great sound from the Vizio's unique speaker system, right in your hands.

Thanks, fatnasty!

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia A100 mini-review

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Here's our long overdue look at the Acer Iconia a100, a 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet. On one hand, it's a blessedly simple device. Take Honeycomb and the usual internals that we've come to know in Honeycomb devices, and scale it down.

Acer steps things up a bit on the hardware side by throwing in a bunch of ports -- you've got microUSB, microHDMI, a docking port, and a proprietary charger. There are dual speakers on one edge, which tends to make the audio output a little more directional than we'd like. There's also a capacitive home button that, in addition to taking you back to the home screen, lights up on notifications. (There's also a light in the power button.) A screen lock toggle switch rounds things out.

On the storage side, you've got around 6GB of internal memory, and the a100 will accept a microSD card for additional storage.

The hardware's nicely done, but the screen's been a bit of a deal-breaker for us, with a pretty horrendous viewing angle. As you'll see in the video after the break, it's as if the screen's being lit from one edge only -- turn it even just a tiny bit, and an entire section loses all color. It's pretty rough.

That major caveat aside, there's definitely a market for these smaller -- and less expensive -- Honeycomb tablets. And the a100 is just the beginning.

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom Family Edition packs Zoodles kid-friendly software

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Motorola might just be on to something here with the yet to be announced Motorola Xoom Family Edition. Aside from the notably different retail packaging, this Motorola Xoom found in a big box eleectronics shop has some slight modifications when it comes to software.

While it still has Honeycomb loaded onto it, it's also noted to have the Zoodles application loaded onto it. Zoodles offers a "kid mode" option that is reccomended for kids 8 and under but also offers access to games, videos all in a same environment seperate from other functions of your device. No telling when Motorola will announce this new version to the masses but it can't be that far off.

Question is, will it be priced more affordably for families as well? We hope so but if not -- you can always download the Zoodles application from the Android Market right now. It's available for free and you'll find the video for it past the break so that you get a better idea of what, exactly it does.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

US Cellular's HTC Flyer available Oct. 7 for as low as $399

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US Celluar has announced that its HTC Flyer, a 7-inch Android tablet, will be available Oct. 7 -- that's tomorrow. You've got a couple choices on pricing. You can get it for $399.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) if you sign up for a 5GB, $54-a-month data plan. Or you can get it for $599.99 (after the same rebate) if you opt for a 20MB, $14.99 data plan.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet now available for your ordering pleasure

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We have taken a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet in the past, and the forums have been building up in anticipation of its arrival, and that time appears to be now. Lenovo has made the IdeaPad A1, the little brother to the IdeaPad K1, available for order on their site starting at $199 for the 2GB model, and $249 for one with 16GB of storage. Is the $199 price tag enough to make you overlook the fact that it runs Gingerbread, or will you be passing in favor a Honeycomb tablet?

Source: Lenovo; Thanks, Dan!

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2 years ago

Amazon updates Appstore Developer Portal FAQ for Kindle Fire

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Amazon has added their developer FAQ with a section specific for the Kindle Fire, covering requirements and the submission process for those who are getting ready for Novembers big launch.  For the most part, it's a pretty standard read -- an overview of the process, the device specific requirements (they even tell developers how to set up the Android SDK emulator -- 600x1024 px display, 169 LCD density, API 10 and 512MB RAM), and content guidelines.  If you have any plans to develop and submit apps to Amazon for the Fire, you should hit the source link and have a read.

For the rest of us, let's have a look at a couple highlights from the "infamous" Amazon developer agreement's Q&A about the Fire:

Amazon will be reviewing each app in the appstore for compatibility with the Kindle Fire.  This will be done automatically, and if any issues are found during the testing, developers will be contacted with more information.  They say app approval for new apps will "generally take a week", but some apps will take longer.

The have a list of no-nos, which your application can't require (as in, need for correct operation) to run.  This list includes a gyroscope, camera, WAN module, Bluetooth, microphone, GPS, or micro-SD.  In addition, if your app uses Google's mobile services, like cloud to device messaging, they need to be removed "gracefully".  Amazon gives us an example of graceful as "an error message such as "This feature is not currently available on this device".  There's also a notice that Google's in app billing won't be supported, but they're working on their own solution.

There's also two interesting notes about content in addition to their normal guidelines.  No themes or wallpaper apps will be allowed, or any app "that manipulates the user interface of the device", and that the "Kindle Fire does not support apps that require root access".  The former, while a little surprising, makes a lot of sense -- they want Amazon content to be front and center.  The latter is a bit less clear, as there are already apps on the Amazon appstore that require root access.  These may be blocked from the Fire, or it may just be confusing wording.  We'll have to wait and see.

Here's the part where I start bitching about open -- but not this time.  Amazon makes no bones about what they are, which is a for profit business.  They don't claim to be anything else (at least not at the retail level) so I'm good with these decisions.  They can, and should, curate their user's experience any way they see fit, and a lot of people will benefit from it.  Tight control will guarantee a level of consistency that a whole lot of people want.  They should be allowed to have it.

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

Phillips and Company launch Blue Marble -- transform your roof into a giant QR code

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PR firm Phillips & Company has unveiled Blue Marble, a new service that will allow you to mark your roof with a giant QR code, snapping an aerial picture, then integrating it into Google Maps or Google Earth.

Hot damn.

Space is not just a destination – it is a platform for applications and services. Our use of satellite imagery in day-to-day applications is proof that our ‘big blue marble’ called Earth is one global market accessible through the Internet, mobile phones and GPS devices. By using QR code technology, we are taking dynamic marketing to literally the next level – low-earth orbit. But the benefits are to any company on Earth that wants to optimize their real estate investment and build a marketing program that can take advantage of today’s mobile revolution.

Says Phillips & Company President Rich Phillips.  And he's probably right, because he knows marketing and trends.  All I know is that this is a very cool idea, and can't wait to see how it gets abused used in fun ways by companies (like Google or Apple) that have a sense of humor.  I'd do it myself, if the cost weren't so prohibitive -- it starts at $8,500, with a recurring $200 support fee.  That's providing you can keep to Blue Marble's schedule, as costs for a special event outside of said schedule is an additional $49,500.  Wowza.  Looks like my giant QR code for Jerry's tasty porch-cooked ribs and chicken will have to wait until I hit the lottery.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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