Pantech Element tablet to feature HD Haptics from Immersion [Hands On Video]

Immersion is showing off their new High Definition Haptics at CES, and the recently announced Pantech Element will be the first device to feature it. The Pantech Element is an 8-inch tablet that combines a single piezo actuator from Samsung Electro-Mechanics Corp and the DRV-8662 haptic piezo driver from Texas Instruments with Immersion’s TouchSense 5000 control software and MOTIV Integrator tools. What does all of this mean? It means cutting edge touch feedback effects.

“Immersion’s TouchSense 5000 software takes advantage of the unique capabilities of high-fidelity actuators to create responsive and distinct haptic effects,” said Dennis Sheehan, Immersion’s vice president of marketing. “By working with Pantech to customize the Element with our MOTIV Integrator, we developed an intuitive and engaging user experience. Users not only receive subtle and compelling enhancements to their device navigation, but they also receive enlivening haptic feedback for multi-media content.”

The Element is also the first device to feature the MOTIV Integrator Reverb Module, which translates audio data into haptic effects. So if a user is watching a video or playing a game, the Reverb Module will combine touch effects with audio content.

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WAIT! Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update Breaks Root, Here’s How to Prevent That

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So you have yourself the fancy Transformer Prime and after reading about the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich is now live for your device you now want to install it. Well don’t do that just yet as the ICS update will break root if you already rooted your brand new tablet. Before hand, download the app OTA Rootkeeper (see the link or QR code below) and run that. Afterwards, download the OTA file and you should be good to go. While there aren’t detailed instructions just yet, I’m sure there will be here in the coming weeks. So with that, head past the break to download the Rootkeeper app and get your taste of ICS goodness.  Read more

Huawei Tahiti Tablet Launches With Orange In UK

Those living in the UK will soon get a taste of a new Huawei-flavored tablet. The Chinese manufacturer has announced the Tahiti, which appears to be the UK cousin of the T-Mobile Springboard already sold here in the States. The tablet features Honeycomb 3.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch multitouch LCD screen. The tablet will launch with Orange UK and pricing will be £69.99 on a £25 per month, 24-month data plan. There’s also a bonus offer available with Orange offering a smartphone which includes both the Tahiti for free with the San Francisco II that would run you about £41 per month. Since I know those of you in the UK are interested in this cool tablet, why don’t you hit the break to see the full presser? Go on… you know you want to. Read more

Action-RPG SoulCraft in Android Open Beta, Available in Android Market

Nvidia continues to announce more and more awesomeness at CES this year. Fresh off Multiplayer Shadowgun, the 7-inch Transformer Prime and the release of ICS for the Transformer Prime today they announced yet another awesome game to play. SoulCraft THD is in open beta and your feedback will help shape the game. This game is free2play with in-app purchasing and has the following features: Read more

Shadowgun: Deadzone Announced, Brings Shadowgun Multiplayer Goodness to Android

Nvidia made some pretty big announcements today. For example, the 7-inch Transformer Prime tablet, or the fact that ICS is available for the 10.1-inch Transformer Prime today (seriously, download it now). Well that doesn’t mean that the news has stopped as Nvidia and Madfinger Games announced Shadowgun: Deadzone. Excited yet? No? Well, Deadzone is slated to bring multiplayer awesomeness to your mobile device. Imagine, playing console quality multiplayer action on your Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet. As the Madfinger team puts it:

“Each of us loves multiplayer games such as Battlefield or Modern Warfare 3, and we wanted to bring that same console gaming experience to mobile devices.”

The game is set to release quarter one of this year and sadly will be debuted exclusively on Tegra-3 devices. You can challenge up to seven friends in four different environments. There will be several game modes that include, deathmatch, team deathmatch and so on. Deadzone will also bring new control elements like sprint and roll, wider arsenals with the ability to be upgraded based on character’s rankings and it will support the use of game pads and voice chat.

So there you have it, if  you are looking for multiplayer goodness on your Tegra 3 device then you’ll only have to wait a little bit longer. If you aren’t excited yet then maybe you should check out the video of Shadowgun optimized for Tegra 3 here. Otherwise, hit the press release below to get the full details.  Read more

7-Inch Transformer Prime Announced by Nvidia, ICS and Tegra 3 Out of the Gate

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Fresh off of the announcement of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming today to the Transformer Prime today, Nvidia decided to announce a 7-inch Transformer Prime with Ice Cream Sandwich for the price of $249. There are no details but it will be a Tegra 3 device. I don’t know about you but I want one and I want it now. We will let you know as soon as we know and you will have to let us know what you think, and as always, stay here for your CES news.

Nvidia Introduces Direct Touch Technology For Tegra 3-Optimized Tablets

We know that you all have been drooling over Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip already, we get it. We have another reason for you all to drool more. Nvidia is making the best of its opportunity at CES to make waves for its SoC screamer. They’ve announced Direct Touch technology which is specifically meant to improve touch detection on tablet devices. The result you ask? Users of apps which utilize Direct Touch will then be able to gain a much more responsive screen and an overall streamlined experience on the special Tegra 3-based tablets. Further details are scarce for now, but we’ll be sure to provide more information for you all as we hear more details.


Transformer Prime to Get Ice Cream Sandwich Today!!

During the Nvidia CES press event it was announced that the brand new Transformer Prime will be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich today! That’s a whole three days sooner than we thought. Before you go spam your system firmware update tab know that a friend of mine checked his and it’s not live yet, at least as far as we know. However you can hit the system firmware update under the about tablet section of the settings menu. If you are lucky enough to have it download and install please let us know how amazingly awesome it is in the comments section. Keep it here for more CES news.

**Update – For those of you wanting ICS no (and who doesn’t right) you’ll be happy to know that the update will be made available tonight. So there you go!

Verizon And Samsung Unleashes Galaxy Tab 7.7 With LTE, Gives Us Another Reason To Eat Up 4G Data Plans

The news just keeps on coming at CES today. Verizon and Samsung have just unveiled a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Among the features you’ll find:

  • Super AMOLED 1280 x 800 display
  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor
  • Honeycomb 3.2 with TouchWiz
  • 3MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera
  • 7.9mm thin

Sounds like an interesting list of specs. Oh we forgot to mention one little tidbit– this tablet has LTE built-in… meaning it will run on Verizon’s 4G technology. That’s right Verizon customers, you’ll now have a bigger toy to use when you want to go on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G network. Some of the other noteworthy features are QuickOffice Pro HD, Samsung’s MediaHub and SocialHub being pre-installed. Be sure to keep an eye out for Verizon releasing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 along with a keyboard and multimedia dock in the upcoming weeks. Hit the break for the full press release.

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AT&T CES Announcements Show A Whole bunch of New Devices on the Way

While we already touched upon both the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia ion, and Pantech Element it appears that even more amazing devices are coming to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Announced today by AT&T at CES, these devices include the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Samsung Exhilarate, and the Pantech Burst. Hit the break below to find out some more information and each of these devices, to check out some videos on the Note, Burst and Element and to read the press release. While there isn’t a lot of details for each of these devices yet I’m sure there will be in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! Read more