Price drop on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to $350

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As the Transformer 2 is soon to arrive as early as next month, looks as if the price of original Eee Pad Transformer is being dropped to $350. Many of the online retailers out there still have it listed for its original price of $400 for the 16GB, and $470-$500 for the 32GB version. But Walmart has decided to offer the $50 discount for the 16GB model.

It seems logical that this discount is likely related to the fact that the Transformer 2 is soon to be shipped out. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as the Eee Pad is a great device, became very popular and still is. With its innovative form factor that incorporates an optional keyboard dock, it’s no wonder many searching for a great tablet were drawn to it. So since ASUS has continued to keep the first-generation Transformer up-to-date with Honeycomb, this deal is not something to be overlooked.

[via electronista]

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Now On Sale Starting at $499, Shipping Soon

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablets are now up for sale on the manufacturer’s website in three different flavors. Pricing starts at $499 giving you their 16GB WiFi only version. The last two add on 3G connectivity at $569.99 for the 32GB and $669.99 for the 64GB. All three models are rocking a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, stylus input support, and full size USB ports. The estimated ship date on these devices is 08/29/11, according to the manufactures site.

I’m still not sold on tablets in the $500+ price range, but I’m willing to be turned. That said, these look to be solid competitors for the other Honeycomb tablets out there. The physical buttons might also be a win for some. Thinking of grabbing one of these? Hit us up in the comments.

[via lenovo]

Nook Color Gets An Update, Version 1.3 Brings Access To Nook Magazines

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Barnes & Noble has recently announced that they’ll be upgrading the ever popular Nook Color to version 1.3.  The update will be provided over the air and brings to the popular eReader turned tablet a slew of new magazines to access.  Among them you’ll find several Time Inc. publications like People, Sports Illustrated, Fitness, Fortune, Time and Parents Magazine.  In addition, it includes brand new special interactive Nook editions implementing audio and video.  Pretty cool eh?

Nooktonians should be receiving the update over the course of this week and naturally, there’s an option to update this bad boy manually.  Be sure that your device has at least a 20% charge or above.  It’s as easy as plugging your Nook into your PC, dragging and dropping the download file to your device and then ejecting it.  You can then delete the file when you’re done.  If you’ve managed to perform this successfully, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  If you’re not feeling confident, you might want to wait for the official OTA.  If you’re still feeling froggy and want to manually update the device, hit the break to check out the instructions supplied by B&N.

Gamescom 2011 Rumor – HTC Evo 4G getting OnLive for smartphones first

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While not officially confirmed, OnLive dropped strong hints today that its streaming game service is likely to make its debut on smartphones at some point in the future. The first handset to receive the device is also unconfirmed but the HTC Evo 4G was mentioned by name during discussions with the firm.

Despite having a 4.3″ screen, 4G , and a kickstand for viewing, the Evo 4G may seem like an odd choice – considering other options, such as the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II.  However, it does stand to reason that an HTC product may get the coveted first spot, especially in light of HTC’s $40M investment into OnLive back in February 2011.

For those who may not be aware, here’s a description of OnLive from their website:

“OnLive delivers high-end video games from the cloud to your PC, Mac®, TV and even mobile devices at blindingly fast speeds, so you can play the games you want, the second you want them. No discs. No downloads. No fancy hardware. Just you, the Internet and the games you love. “

Cloud gaming at blindingly fast speeds on my Android?  Yeah, you can count me in.

[via pocketgamer]

[Deal] Exchange by Touchdown $12.99 (35% off) at the Amazon Appstore

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Exchange by Touchdown, the flagship product of NitroDesk, Inc., is currently available at the Amazon App Store for $12.99 – a 35% savings off the regular price of $19.99.

Exchange by Touchdown enables users to synchronize corporate Email, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks with any Android device and carries the following features:

  • Connect to your company’s Exchange Server
  • Access e-mail, contacts, calendars, and more
  • Take advantage of the security offered using 3DES encryption
  • Place Email, Calendar, Tasks, and Universal widgets on your home screen
  • Wipe your device remotely if your phone is lost or stolen

There is a 30 day free trial of the software but of course, the reduced price may not be offered at the end of the trial. Best case would be to download the trial, verify it works for your environment, and then head back to the Amazon App Store to take advantage of the $12.99 deal while it’s still available.  Hit the break to check out some screen shots of the app and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Android 3.2 for Acer Iconia Tab A500 starting to roll out

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So far only Motorola XOOM and ASUS Transformer owners have been enjoying Android 3.2, but Acer is about to crash the party. Acer promised the update for the Iconia Tab A500 by August 25th, and it looks like they are going to deliver a little early.

So far we are getting reports of it starting to roll in Poland, but it should start hitting other parts of the world shortly. You will be notified when the update is available, but you can manually check the availability by going to Settings/About Tablet/System Updates.

Android 3.2 will bring some bug fixes, full SD card support, and the new “Zoom to Fill Screen” option.

[via unwiredview]

Sprint now offering day, week, or month data packages for HTC EVO View, No long-term contract

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Sprint wins the flexibility award for today. They just started offering À la carte 3G/4G data packages for the HTC EVO View with NO long-term contracts. I know there are a lot of you that only need carrier data at certain times because you mostly have access to WiFi. This is an awesome addition and hopefully other carriers will follow.

You now have the following choices without the hassle of a commitment:

  • Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)
  • Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)
  • Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)

Once you hit the data limit for the time frame you have, you data will be cut off.

If you have a Mobile Broadband device, than you will be happy to know that in the near future you will have access to these same deals.

[via sprint]

Halloween, Freddy Krueger, and Night of the Living Dead are coming to Android

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Halloween, Freddy Krueger, Night Of, the Living Dead, and Android – what doesn’t belong in this list? If you said Android, think again. Thanks to the game development studio In-Fusio, they are all coming to Android in the form of games that will be available on the Android Market later this year (no word on pricing just yet).

In-Fusion has been making games for quite some time and are finally gearing up to jump into the Android scene with three games based on the horror movies above.  Additionally , instead of only having one game re-skinned with different themes, each horror classic will be a different type of game as well:

  • Halloween will arrive as a 3D pinball game.
  • Freddy Krueger, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, will arrive as a wall breaker game (essentially an Arkanoid type of game).
  • Night of the Living Dead will show up as a tower defense game which seems like a logical genre considering the movie on which it is based.

Unfortunately, that is about as much as we know right now as In-Fusio is keeping quiet regarding any other details.  Keep checking back as we will make sure to post any updates we receive on this trio of horror movie themed games.

[via droidgamers]

Android 3.1 comes to Canadian XOOM owners starting today

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It amazes me that U.S. XOOM owners are enjoying Android 3.2, but Canadian owners are still waiting for 3.1. The wait is finally coming to an end because Motorola Canada just tweeted the following:

Motorola XOOM owners: Your Android 3.1 update is here! Have questions? Call customer support at 1-800-461-4575.

We are not sure if this will be a gradual push, but if you are in Canada and own a XOOM, you can check to see if the update is available by going to Settings/About Tablet/Software Updates.

[via twitter]

Samsung releases 2nd teaser video for big announcement on September 1st (Video)

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Another teaser video from Samsung avows “something big is coming” at the start of the IFA trade show in Berlin on September 1st. These videos are creating more questions rather than answers for what we can expect.

Simply put, the first of the two clips gives us images of some young and beautiful people smiling with wind-blown hair on the peaceful oceanside. The second shows more young and beautiful people, this time with a dose of hip and a splash of cool, as they smile and walk around town carrying and using glowing handsets and tablet devices.

Some are buzzing that one of the glowing mystery devices could be Samsung’s rumored Android Honeycomb Galaxy Tab which features a 7-inch Super AMOLED screen (1024×600 resolution), 3-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front facing cam for video chat. Another theory is that it might be a phone since “glowing handsets” appear in the videos.

What do you think the BIG announcement is? Leave us a comment and check out both videos after the break.

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