Archive for Feb 27, 2012

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starting at $999

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starting at $999

Dell's first ultrabook, the XPS 13, is now available and the order page has gone live on the company's product page. The ultra slim laptop is priced starting at $999, but Dell has thrown in a surprise freebie---a complimentary T-Mobile 4G Hotspot device that includes 90-days of free service without a contract. Other discounts are also available, so you might be able to nab the Dell XPS 13 along with the T-Mobile 4G Hotspot for around $930.

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Apple iPad 3 price increase tipped

Apple iPad 3 price increase tipped

If you're already planning on standing in line to get your hands on an iPad 3, make sure you bring a full wallet. The latest report suggests Apple's next generation tablet will retail for as much as $899 when it launches in the US. The entry-level model will be priced at a cool $579, according to a post on a Chinese social networking site. The post includes a screenshot of a spreadsheet, in Chinese, with side-by-side prices of the iPad 2 and iPad 3.

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Nokia 808 PureView samples and tech secrets revealed

Nokia 808 PureView samples and tech secrets revealed

Nokia's 808 PureView has already convinced us of its photographic potential; now you can see the end results with some sample shots from the 41-megapixel cameraphone, as well as see technical details on exactly how the system works. The Finns have shared an oversized gallery of shots over at Nokia Conversations, as well as some extra - though smaller - images for those who want to see the typical 5- or 8-megapixel pictures it's likely to take most often.

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ZTE Orbit Hands-on

ZTE Orbit Hands-on

One of the first devices to be revealed with Windows Phone Tango on it right out of the box is the ZTE Orbit, a device revealed this week in ZTE's torrent of smartphone releases. This device is set for a second quarter release and is just about as basic and low-end specification having device you can find, it being part of Microsoft's initiative to bring more Windows Phone to the whole world, including areas where an inexpensive smartphone is the only sort of smartphone that's a reality for the general population. With ZTE at the helm of one of the first devices in this Tango line, will Microsoft have a winning combination on their hands?

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Gorilla Glass 2 arriving on devices by April

Gorilla Glass 2 arriving on devices by April

Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, announced today that they have already begun shipping its second-generation Gorilla Glass to manufacturers, who have plans to release products with the new display material within the first quarter of this year. That means we should be seeing Gorilla Glass 2 on commercially available devices by April or early May.

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Intel Orange “Santa Clara” Medfield phone hands-on

Intel Orange “Santa Clara” Medfield phone hands-on

Intel has been talking up its Atom Z2460 Medfield processor at MWC 2012, and the Orange "Santa Clara" is the latest carrier win and a confirmed attack on the European market. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the 1.6 GHz x86 processor, with a 4-inch WVGA display and 8-megapixel camera, the Santa Clara tries to convince us that ARM isn't the only company with skills in the cellphone market.

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Isis locks up deals with Chase, Capital One

Isis locks up deals with Chase, Capital One

If you're able to take full advantage of Google Wallet right now, you're in the minority of a minority of a minority. When its rival platform Isis launches later this year, chances are much higher you'll be able to see all that Near Field Communication (NFC) payments have to offer. Isis announced today that it has secured deals with Chase, Capital One, and Barclaycard, meaning customers who have an account with any of those three powerhouses will be eligible to enroll, provided their phone meets the hardware requirements.

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Infiniti’s Emerg-E supercar EV official images leak

Infiniti’s Emerg-E supercar EV official images leak

Images of Infiniti's new electric supercar called the Emerg-E have surfaced ahead of the official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The images appear to be the official renderings for the Emerg-E and the vehicle certainly looks sleek, sporty, and stunning---a look that will hopefully help ween consumers off of its gas-guzzler counterparts.

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Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on

Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on

The original Panasonic ELUGA gained a bigger sibling this morning in the shape of the ELUGA Power, an oversized, faster version of the slimline Android smartphone. We grabbed some hands-on time with a very early prototype, and while Panasonic wouldn't let us dunk it underwater as we did with the ELUGA, it was still enough to get an idea of where the company's smartphone strategy is headed.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on

Samsung has another Galaxy smartphone for the world, only this time it comes equipped with a 15 lumen pico projector and might even land in the US. We saw this earlier in the week but were able to get some quick hands-on photos of the little projector today. It might not be the brightest but for those unique situations where it's needed it seems to work great.

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Pottermore brings Harry Potter e-books to public libraries

Pottermore brings Harry Potter e-books to public libraries

Pottermore, the company that is in charge of handling the digital side of the Harry Potter book series, has made the magnanimous decision to bring all of the iconic wizarding tales to public libraries throughout the country. The OverDrive platform, which helps libraries offer e-book rentals and lending programs, will help with distribution. This is a nice turn of face for the industry after major publishers decided to end library e-book programs.

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AMD beefs up FX line of CPUs with quad and six-core options

AMD beefs up FX line of CPUs with quad and six-core options

The whole world might be going nuts for mobile at the moment, but believe it or not, people are still making - and buying! - full-sized desktop computers. Based on that startling fact, AMD has revealed the latest and greatest in its FX line of desktop-class processors, the FX-6200 and FX-4170. The former beefs up capability with six cores, while the latter makes due with "only" four. An AMD representative also said that they're reducing prices on the eight-core FX-8120, but by how much will depend upon what market you're in.

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