Archive for August, 2012

Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

This week we've had an opportunity to take a peek at a rather interesting - and extremely simple - accessory for the iPad. It's a magnetic stand called "Magnus" and it's made by the folks at Ten One Design. This combination of aluminum and integrated magnets makes for just about as invisible a stand design as you're going to get, and it's essentially the same color metal as the rest of your Apple products - so it matches!

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 31, 2012

We've officially entered the final hours of August, and in typical SlashGear fashion, we're sending thing off with a bang. Today's IFA adventures didn't produce as much news as the two days before it, but we still have plenty of hands-on posts for you to check out, just like yesterday. We got to check out a couple of Dell's upcoming products today, spending some hands-on time with the Dell XPS Duo 12 and the more traditional Dell XPS 10. Dell wasn't the only one showing off new computers and a tablets today though, as we also have a hands-on with HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, SpectreXT and ENVY x2, along with a hands-on post for the new Toshiba Satellite U920t.

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HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, SpectreXT, and ENVY x2 hands-on

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, SpectreXT, and ENVY x2 hands-on

This week we've gotten the opportunity to have a peek at three of HP's newest touchscreen notebooks, each of them having been announced just this week and each of them coming with no less than Windows 8 right out of the box. The first of these is the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook - a device working with a 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen and Radiance Full HD for brilliant visuals. Next is the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 with a 14-inch multitouch HD display and Beats Audio under the hood. Then there's the lovely HP ENVY x2, complete with its own detachable tablet PC portion making this a Windows 8 "hybrid PC" - a PC first, and a tablet second.

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Amazon reportedly unveiling two 7-inch Kindle Fires on September 6

Amazon reportedly unveiling two 7-inch Kindle Fires on September 6

Many of you have already heard the rumors that claim Amazon will be revealing a new Kindle Fire next week at a press conference, and when it does, most were expecting to see a larger tablet on offer, similar to Apple's iPad. A new report is shedding some doubt on that, as CNET's anonymous sources claim that Amazon will be announce two new 7-inch Kindle Fires next week. One of these will be only a slightly updated version of the original Kindle Fire, while the other will be a tablet with more beefy innards.

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LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case and NUUD iPad case hands-on

LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case and NUUD iPad case hands-on

The folks at LifeProof have given us a hands-on experience with their iPhone 4/4S case lineup as well as their new NUUD iPad case. The iPhone case we're finding is so thin that it appears that there's no cover over the front - and yet there is. The iPad case allow you to dunk your device underwater - and the iPhone case does this as well. Basically what we've seen is that LifeProof iPhone and iPad cases make their contents impervious to damage - have a peek at how tough they are right this minute!

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Toshiba Satellite U920t hands-on

Toshiba Satellite U920t hands-on

Windows 8 devices are all the rage at IFA this year, especially tablets. Toshiba has a new Satellite - the U920t - on the scene, and like many tablets we've seen, this one is convertible into a notebook. However, unlike a number of the tablets we've seen, you don't convert this tablet by attaching it to keyboard dock. Instead, it features a slide out keyboard using a mechanism that Toshiba assures will provide for a smooth and stable transition.

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iRobot Scooba 390 and 290 hands-on

iRobot Scooba 390 and 290 hands-on

This week we've had the chance to catch up with the folks at iRobot who have let us in on several new robotic cleaning machines in their Scooba and Roomba lineups. In our interview with the group we started out with the iRobot Scooba 390, a device that works with a four-stage cleaning process for a scrub-tastic cleaning of your large flat floor - toss out your mops! We had a peek at the iRobot Scooba 290 next, made much tinier to make with the small bathroom cleaning - gotta get behind those porcelain thrones, after all.

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Sony and DirecTV bringing NFL Sunday Ticket to PS3

Sony and DirecTV bringing NFL Sunday Ticket to PS3

Sony and DirecTV have announced that they've teamed up once again this year to bring PS3 owners access to NFL Sunday Ticket. The two companies did the same thing last year, but there's one key difference this time around: the price. Users "without access" to DirecTV can get NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3 for $299.95, which - even though it sounds pretty expensive - is a bit cheaper than it was last year.

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iPad Mini appears in Apple code as iPad 2 redux

iPad Mini appears in Apple code as iPad 2 redux

Instapaper creator Marco Arment is reporting that he has discovered references to two new iPads in Instapaper's device stats: iPad2,5 and iPad2,6. He's never seen these devices before, and he's thinking that they might be references to the long-rumored iPad Mini. Of course, he also points out that these entries could have been faked by hackers, but he doesn't think that's likely, and makes the case for the iPad Mini pretty well.

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