You can always tell the geeks by the hardware and gadgets they use. Sure, your mom might get a Galaxy Tab, but will her Tab be running something as geeky as Ubuntu? I think not. If you are the sort of geek that lives to add alternative OS's to hardware it wasn't meant to run on, we have a project for you.
Samsung's next-gen tablet platform apparently made a preview appearance at the ARM Technical Symposium 2010 in Taipei this week, confirming for the first time that the company intends to use its dual-core Orion processor in larger-screen slates. The prototype - which DigiTimes refers to as Orion, which as far as we're aware is actually the chipset itself - also has a quad-core ARM Mali-400-based GPU capable of encode and decode of Full HD 1080p with an HDMI 1.3a output that can be concurrently run while the Cortex A9 chip simultaneously drives two onboard displays.
We've got reviews and columns up the wazoo today! First there's the Nokia C7, a Kingston 32GB MicroSDHC Class 4 memory card, the HTC 7 Trophy, and finally the Samsung Continuum - reviewed by yours truly. Then there was some huge controversy this morning when Steve Wozniak said that Android would someday defeat iPhone! But it turned out to be blown out of proportion by the end of the day, Steve himself stopping the rumor cold. Finally, Google is tabulated to be on the lookout for over 2,000 new hires and more than likely offered to buy Twitter for FOUR. BILLION. DOLLARS. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!
The Financial Times isn't content with its iPad and newly-released Galaxy Tab apps; it wants more imagination from its staff about how tablets might shape the future of news consumption. The paper has announced it will be subsidizing employees' purchase of "a personal iPad or tablet," giving them up to £300/$480 toward the cost of a slate.
Samsung is betting on enterprise interest in their Galaxy Tab to give sales a shove, with Mobile Comms SVP Lee Don Joo expecting the Tab's compact form-factor and software flexibility to make the Android slate a hit in hospitals and insurance companies. "There will be pretty big demand" as staff look to replace laptops and paper documentation, the exec suggested.
If you have picked up a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab the first thing you need to do before you scratch it all up is to get a protective film on the screen. Wrapsol has been peddling films for a while now and the company has announced that it has a new film that is precision cut just for the Galaxy Tab.
Today we talk about, believe it or not, methane powered computers! Better hope you don't get too close to a heat source. Uh oh. Then there's a Berlin showing of some fantastic looking color e-paper, sponsored by Bridgestone, Epson, and Samsung, but made by an unknown producer. Then PALM throws down the gauntlet saying they'll reclaim their smartphone "birthright" soon, and BYD Alice Tegra 2 Froyo tablet wants a chomp of the tablet market too. All this and MORE on todays SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!
Tablet's may be fashionable among tech fans right now, but it seems actual sales may not match the hype. According to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, Apple's iPad production is set to top out at under 2m per month by the end of the year (where predictions of over 3m per month had been made), while Samsung is tipped to have "dramatically revise[d] down production volumes" after "poor sell through" of the Galaxy Tab.
Today we reconfirm the idea that Google Voice for iPhone is a big deal - then argue about it! Apple told the world they'd be changed forever after today, then the Beatles are released on iTunes! We review and/or unbox the following items: SoundFreaq SFQ-01A, Google Voice for iPhone, Samsung Continuum, and Evan's epic week with the HTC HD7 continues with "Software!" Barnes and Noble's Nook Color officially goes on sale, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Web 2.0 2010 appearance video is up for multiple views - the Nexus S! Gingerbread! Sweetness! On the business end of things, Samsung Galaxy Tab's production may very well be cut in half due to poor demand, Panasonic is entering the Japanese Smartphone market in 2011, and 1 MILLION Optimus One smartphones have been sold in one month! Oh and the T-Mobile G2 was overclocked to 1.9Ghz like it was no big deal
Very first of all, let me point you toward our big time huge post: Holiday Gift Guide 2010! It's full of EVERYTHING you could ever want (this year.) Then we've got reviews of both the Verizon AND the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab (both!), a review of a bigtime thin Full HD panel display, and an expanded look at all the stuff Mark Zuckerberg said about the future of communication today at the Facebook announcement event. And BONUS: Google CEO Eric Schmidt reveals not only a working Nexus S, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!