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Apple’s share of the tablet market may take another hit next month as Research in Motion readies it’s answer to the iPad 2. On April 19th, the makers of the BlackBerry smartphone will introduce (to both the US and Canada) the long-awaited PlayBook tablet through major retailers like Best Buy, which similarly offers first and second generation iPads.
RIM is currently promoting the PlayBook as the first ever “professional grade” tablet computer. RIM is striking in its promotional material, the company is not looking to best Apple in terms of pricing. In fact, the PlayBook starts at $499 for More >
Many recent surfacing reports point towards Apple stores opening as much as one hour earlier than usual on Tuesday to accommodate shoppers who haven’t yet been able to purchase the presently sold-out iPad 2. Despite, no solid confirmation from Apple, it has widely been reported that Apple stores are receiving major shipments of the iPad 2 this evening, and as a result, will have their employees report to work extra early Tuesday morning.
Calls to more than a dozen Apple stores around the US failed to confirm this report, although some of the Apple store employees spoken with reiterated that More >
One of the least popular upgrades tot he AT&T iPad 2′s 3G radio will actually end up making a big difference to many users outside the US and to international travelers. The refreshed tablet supports quad-band UMTS, similar to that of the iPhone 4. The original iPad, as well as the iPhone 3G / 3GS, only had tri-band UMTS, omitting support for the 900 MHz band which are common in Asia and parts of Europe. The Verizon model’s CDMA radio, on the other hand, is compatible with very few carrier networks worldwide, which makes it become a poor choice for those who travel around often.
One of the More >
As the iPad 2 becomes available nationwide next week on March 11th, the biggest names in retail will be in lockstep. From the look so the ads that have turned up just 24-hours after Steve Jobs debuted the second generation Apple tablet at his company’s media event yesterday in San Francisco, each retail heavyweight such as Best Buy and Walmart are believed to be planning to carry the iPad 2 from its first day of availability.
The retailers are no strangers to Apple producs either, with Best Buy carrying the first generation iPad (though not nationwide at all stores) right out of the gate, More >
A recent report from a Japanese blog by the name of Macotakara states that according to their sources, Apple is toying with the idea of adding glass free 3D technology to the next generation of it’s iPod Touch. The iPod Touch would be a direct pocket-gaming competitor to Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS portable gaming console. This report comes after a multitude of 3D related patents that Apple has granted over the past few years. MacStories, discussing the report, wrote that Apple would be integrating the 3D technology “without any external peripheral or accessory.”
It seems that the 3D screens More >
“HiJack” is a work in progress project from a development team at the University of Michigan whose goal is to make basic data peripherals for iDevices at very low costs. The audio jack on the devices are used to both power the peripheral and transmit data. This process of utilizing a 2 in 1 method for attaching the accessory allows for development of creative and useful attachments for the iDevices. Most of the time, the biggest cost in production of an iOS data sensor is from the right to use the “Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod” logo and the 30-pin connector. What project “HiJack” is doing is More >
Notion Ink fans can rejoice as news comes in that the Adam tablet has finally received the approval from the FCC that is required to be sold in the US according to CEO Rohan Shravan. The plan is that pre-orders will begin shipping as of January 19th. The pricing for the 10-inch Android powered slate will range from $375 for a Wi-Fi version with a standard screen and up to $550 for a 3G edition with a Pixel Qi screen. Not only is the device unique in that its coming from Indian but also its UI stands out from the pack. Even though its currently using Android 2.2, the Adam tablet is coming to More >
With the news of the iPhone 4 finally coming to Verizon, most people are still deciding whether they’re going to make a carrier switch, and now talk has already turned to the iPhone 5. The fifth-gen smartphone from Apple has expectations of being released midway through this year. Qualcomm has been chosen by Apple for their baseband chips, while Kinsus will be supplying not only the high-pass substrate but a new A8 application processor says Apple Daily.
As of now, its difficult to tell exactly what this processor will mean. Even though ARM is responsible for the Cortext A8 platform of More >
As rumors continue to fly about the unreleased PSP2, most are being brought down a notch to bring the claims closer to reality. But one report by MCV is creating a lot of buzz regardless of it being confirmed or not, the report states that Sony is telling developers and publishers that the PSP2 is just as powerful as the Playstation 3.
With the unsuccessful sales of the PSP Go, it isn’t too surprising that Sony would make some almost too good to be true claims to try to make the device more attractive. The claims come at a time where the focus on mobile gaming being so high, Apple becoming More >
A company by the name of eBook Technologies has recently become part of the internet monster known as Google. ebook Technologies is aimed towards supplying “intelligent” reading devices and licenses technologies that enable publishing to be completely automated as well as control over content distribution. Its a small company but there’s enough potential there to attract the attention and dollars of Google. The news of the acquisition comes close to the news of Google’s eBookstore officially opening for business. TechCrunch has pointed out a cached Products page on the ebook Technologies More >