Archive for May, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Displays Breaking [Google I/O Limited Edition]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Displays Breaking [Google I/O Limited Edition]

At this year's Google I/O developer conference, the 5000 attendees each got to walk away with a limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The limited edition tablet had an army of Androids etched on the back, was sleek and generally fabulous. You can check out our unboxing and review of the tablet. However, the buzz and delight of having ownership of such a tablet didn't last long. There are several folks now that have reported a physical defect with the tablet, having to do with the display.

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3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.

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Blockbuster drops price of in store rentals to compete with Netflix and Redbox

Blockbuster drops price of in store rentals to compete with Netflix and Redbox

Blockbuster went into bankruptcy after its expensive rentals and high late fees helped to drive the average consumer to kiosk rentals and streaming services. Blockbuster was for a long time the biggest rental chain in the country and had multiple stores in many areas. The company isn't alone, the entire DVD market is seeing profits drop. Blockbuster was recently purchased by Dish Network and the rental store has now announced some changes to their in store rental policies.

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Microsoft’s $150m Android windfall dwarfs Windows Phone revenues

Microsoft’s $150m Android windfall dwarfs Windows Phone revenues

Microsoft may be pushing ahead with Windows Phone Mango, but it seems the company's biggest mobile success of the moment is actually from Android devices. Citi analyst Walter Pritchard has crunched the numbers and figured out that HTC pays Microsoft $5 for every Android smartphone it makes, Asymco reports; with HTC shipment figures at around 30m units, that adds up to $150m in Android revenues for Microsoft, a number Pritchard reckons is around five times what the company is currently making from its own Windows Phone platform.

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Man constructs homebuilt airplane in basement, knocks down wall to get it out

Man constructs homebuilt airplane in basement, knocks down wall to get it out

Undoubtedly, some of you will think that building your own airplane is the weird part of this story. There are actually a large number of people that want to get into the private pilot game, but can’t afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars that commercially built private aircraft sell for. For these folks there are a number of homebuilt airplane kits that you can buy in sections and then put together yourself.

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