This week's tech news roundup highlights the Apple and Samsung legal battle, our Samsung Galaxy SII extreme unboxing, cloud computing problems for both Amazon and the PlayStation Network, Apple's Q2 earnings, the white iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, and details on various smartphones and tablets including the BlackBerry Playbook, G-Slate, G2x, HTC Flyer, and the Acer Iconia Tab.
Welcome to a whopper of a round-up! We've got so many hands-on posts, reviews, features, and the like that your head is about to explode - I assure you! Head below for the full story - it's an Android circus with animals by the name of G-Slate, G2x, Asus A500, and more! Then there's a slew of overly important columns and feature posts that'll continue to drive you up the wall as well - rockin!
For this week's video we have a slightly different format, highlighting 5 news topics of the week rather than our usual 10. We wanted to talk more about each while keeping our videos nice and short. Also, product reviews and featured columns of the week are grouped together towards the end. And, we have a special giveaway to announce, so continue after the cut to find out what it is!
Let's begin today with some awesome news from Google - you know that big fat developers conference they have every year, the one where you get to talk to all your developer friends, the one that sold out this year in 8 hours? Well you're in luck, even if you didn't get a ticket, because they're totally streaming the whole thing. Then let's get into some FCC business, a column or two, and some very exciting launch news from a couple of fabulous Android-toting businesses.
What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!
This isn't the first and it isn't going to be the last roundup post of CES news and info for this season. It's one big thwack. Comb with me, if you will, through the content and devour the ingredients. Joy! PREVIEW: my favorite is the Notion Ink Adam hands-on at CES 2011 - wowie!
After just three months of being inside an invite-only early build, Google's already massively popular social network is now open for anyone to join. That's not to say it's complete, of course, with new features added almost daily and multi-platform functionality being introduced by the week, it seems. Since the launch of the social network, Google notes that it's made 100 feature improvements, (including a few listed in this post, having been added as recently as today,) and they say they're ready to take the service to the next step. Google's top social media executive Vic Guntotra let the world know that the 100th feature added to Google+ is none other than Open Signups.
Bad news if you were holding out for ASUS' 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO 3D tablet, with word that the glasses-free 3D slate has been delayed until 2012 at the earliest and may not, in fact, launch at all. An ASUS Netherlands spokesperson told TabletsMagazine that the MeMO 3D had been further delayed beyond the most recent September/October launch estimate, and that its future now hung in the balance.
On behalf of everyone here at SlashGear, have a very happy, fun, and safe 4th of July! Spend some quality time with your friends and family, pig out at a barbecue (if it doesn't rain), dance by the pool, and enjoy the firework show as we celebrate our independence. We'd also hope you all will think of our Military men and woman on this grateful day.
Shortages of ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer are apparently down to the tablet being a victim of its own success, according to the company's Taiwan spokesperson, not component shortages or anything else. Despite reports that ASUS could only build 10,000 Transformers per month because Apple had snapped up all the available display supplies, David Chang told Netbook News that in fact it was simply down to ASUS not expecting as many buyers as they've had.
If you'd asked us yesterday which Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet we were most excited about, we'd probably have said Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, or maybe its smaller 8.9 sibling. Now we're not so sure. SlashGear caught up with ASUS today for the official launch of the Eee Pad Transformer, the company's 10.1-inch Tegra 2 tablet that can be optionally paired with a detachable, battery-toting keyboard dock. Announced back at CES 2011, and promptly lost amid the flurry of similar slates, it turns out that ASUS could well have a winner on its hands. Read on for our first-impressions.
ASUS has officially launched its first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, a 10.1-inch slate promising up to 16hrs runtime when used with the battery-toting keyboard dock. Running Honeycomb on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and fronted by a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen display, the Transformer has a pair of cameras and optional 3G connectivity.