Archive for August, 2012

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 brings Windows 8 on 14-inch touchscreen

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 brings Windows 8 on 14-inch touchscreen

If you liked the look of the HP SpectreXP TouchSmart Ultrabook with Windows 8 but thought it might be a bit to gigantic for you, the 14-inch HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 will be right up your alley. Everything you got in the Intel technology department on the HP SpectreXP TouchSmart Ultrabook is here with a slightly different set of physical specifications up top. You've got a 14-inch multitouch HD display Ultrabook with Beats Audio and a lovely set of HP software as well.

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HP ENVY x2 brings Windows 8 hybrid PC power

HP ENVY x2 brings Windows 8 hybrid PC power

With one of its very first devices to work with Windows 8 right out of the box, HP brings the ENVY x2 - a "hybrid PC" otherwise known as a tablet with a keyboard dock. This device works as its own 11.6-inch touchscreen tablet and is able to dock magnetically with a keyboard that then turns it into a notebook computer. HP is making sure consumers do not lump it in with the mobile transforming tablet universe by calling the HP ENVY x2 a hybrid PC first and foremost.

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HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook delivers Thunderbolt and Win8 touchscreen

HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook delivers Thunderbolt and Win8 touchscreen

The folks at HP have jumped in on the Windows 8 universe with a brand hew Ultrabook by the name of HP SpectreXT TouchSmart - complete with a touchscreen display. This device has a 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen working with multitouch and Radiance Full HD so you're ready for awesome high definition media action. This device is also extremely portable at just 17.9mm thin and weighs in at just 4.77 pounds.

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Latest PS Vita update locks memory cards to one PSN account

Latest PS Vita update locks memory cards to one PSN account

PS Vita's latest firmware update - 1.80 - may bring PSOne Classics with it, but it's also secretly added a new "feature" that's bound to make some Vita owners angry. PS Vita's update to 1.80 locks memory cards to one PSN account, meaning that your days of using multiple PSN accounts on PS Vita are over. That is, unless you want to purchase a separate memory card for each of your accounts.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 29, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 29, 2012

It's IFA week, which means that we had a lot of news flooding out of Germany. Let's get to it, shall we? Samsung and Sony both had a ton of big reveals today, and all of the coverage you could ever hope for is collected in our Samsung IFA 2012 Wrap-Up and our Sony IFA 2012 Wrap-Up. In those posts, you'll find links to all of the major reveals and announcements both companies made today, as well links to our hands-on posts with the day's major devices. Be sure to check those out if you're looking for a recap of the news from Samsung and Sony's events.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean available from Google now

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean available from Google now

A slightly less than simple to install version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now available from Google for you Verizon Galaxy Nexus users - straight from the source. If you've never heard of "AOSP" before, you may want to avoid this situation - but if you're perfectly willing to break your warrantee and unlock your bootloader, you're welcome to make it work. Here with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus you'll finally be able to do all that awesome Google Now and voice command and search action you've heard so much about - and the notifications pull-down menu is updated to the max as well!

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Galaxy Note II: Air View and Quick Command demo

Galaxy Note II: Air View and Quick Command demo

Samsung's Galaxy Note II may have some slick new hardware, but it's software where the company is making its most significant changes to everyday usability. Two of the biggest enhancements are Air View and Quick Command, using a combination of the S Pen digital stylus and gesture recognition, and taking advantage of Wacom's active digitizer technology. Head on past the cut for a video demo.

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Sony announces the VPL-HW50ES full HD 3D projector

Sony announces the VPL-HW50ES full HD 3D projector

Sony took some time at IFA 2012 today to announce its latest home projector. Dubbed the VPL-HW50ES, this latest full HD 3D projector is the follow-up to the VPL-HW30ES, and as such, it makes a number of improvements over the older model. Because of these new improvements, Sony says that the VPL-HW50ES "sits at the forefront of advanced Home Cinema Projection," so we're expecting something pretty big with this latest projector.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs 10.1 tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note II vs 10.1 tablet

There are now several devices on the market that Samsung has added its "Note" brand name to, this week adding the Galaxy Note II for a larger screen than the original with a whole new styling in its case as well. With the birth of the Galaxy S IIIcame the dawn of a new smooth generation of aesthetics for Samsung, this spilling over first into the tablet universe with the Galaxy Note 10.1 then hitting the Galaxy Note II. With this tie-up came brand recognition that was all Samsung's own, and with two devices on the market with the same styling and many of the same abilities, its become time to make with the comparisons.

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