In celebration of the launch of Microsoft’s new Surface RT tablet, NVIDIA is holding a sweepstakes in which it intends to give away several Tegra-powered devices each week. Among the prizes is a new Jambox portable speaker, a Micrsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet and the ASUS-manufactured Vivo Tab RT. Entering the contest isn’t complicated. Just like the company’s Facebook page and you’ll be automatically entered.
Source: NVIDIA (Facebook)
Originally set to make its debut this morning, the WikiPad gaming tablet has officially been put on hiatus in order to ensure the “first product is the best tablet and entertainment experience at launch.” The tablet, originally available for pre-order since September, is a 10-inch tablet running Android that intends to change the scope of mobile gaming.
The company has said that customers who pre-ordered the device up until today, October 21st, will receive “refined and upgraded bundles” when the device is eventually released. The delay is attributed to the company choosing to take advantage of a “last minute opportunity” which will allow them to “perfect the WikiPad bundle.” Of course there’s no word on when the device will hit stores, so stay tuned for the latest updates. Moreover, you can read the official statement after the break.
Multi-regional carrier US Cellular has announced an additional slew of new 4G LTE markets today, expanding its previous road map in several states. According to the company’s official PR; Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Oklahoma are all set to receive additional, new 4G LTE markets beginning November 5th. In addition to these expansions, US Cellular has also listed four new markets that are to receive expansions at some point before the end of 2012. In total, the carrier hopes to cover 58 percent of customers by year’s end. Hit the break for today’s press release.
One of the newest members of Motorola’s RAZR family is on sale for a pretty big discount on Amazon right now. If you’re not already a Verizon customer, you can pick up the RAZR HD for $129 with a two year contract. If you’re already with Big Red, you can still get the device for $149 on a device upgrade. You’re saving money either way, as Verizon is currently asking $199 for the device.
Quad-core phones? Old news. All the manufacturers are doing that now. How about a 48-core CPU for smartphones and tablets? Intel’s looking to shake up the mobile market and make that kind of processing power a reality within the next ten years. Intel developers are currently looking into using and managing multiple cores in a mobile processor to really push what our smartphones can do.
AT&T and T-Mobile announced an agreement today to help customers of both carriers who are located in Hurricane Sandy’s heavily impacted areas. The agreement enables customers of either network to roam on the other network in a seamless fashion as if they were on their primary network. Roaming in the impacted areas will not result in any additional fees. Both networks use GSM and UMTS, making the agreement feasible. The carriers hope this will help customers who are having trouble getting a signal. Hit the break for the full press release.
TvoiNet recently released a really cool puzzler called Nia: Jewel Hunter. You play a girl named Nia, who happens to be your average office worker. Unfortunately an earthquake forces her into unknown worlds. Your job is to get her home, but you will have to find all the gold and gems at each level. Right now there are 9 levels from the desert and 9 levels from the underworld plus 2 bonus levels.
Much like any other puzzle game, Nia is quite easy early on, but will progress pretty quickly. In the first chapter, which takes place in the desert, you will find yourself running around a the outside of a 3D temple with many floors. The floors consist of gold and gems that you will need to pick up. You can jump or fall through openings to get to each level, but it’s not as simple as that. You can literally run around all 4 sides of the building, but the problem is you will be blocked at certain sections by a stone partition wall. There will be certain areas of the building that have a button to push that will help you out. For example, you might be able to move these stone partitions or open sliding hatches that give you access to areas that you need to get to. As far as exiting and finishing each level, the exit door won’t open until you pick up one of the gems. You still want the second jem since you need to collect all gems in order to see the two bonus levels. It’s hard to explain so I put together a hands on video below.
Remember the awesome 5″ 1080p HD device that came out in Japan as the HTC Butterfly J? Verizon has been rumored for a while now to carry the device and thanks to a support page, the name has been verified to be the HTC Droid DNA. Kind of an odd name if you ask me. Either way, this will be one hell of a device with high end specs.
Still no word on availability or pricing, but my guess is sometime before the holidays at probably north of $300 with an agreement. As soon as we find more news regarding the DNA, we’ll be sure to let you all know!
source: Droid Life
Earlier today we posted our review of the latest Tegra game to hit the Google Play Store and TegraZone, called Zombie Driver. In celebration of this release, NVIDIA gave us two 16GB Nexus 7 tablets to give out to our awesome readers. We are going to keep this simple folks. We know it’s Halloween, but we aren’t going to ask you to send us photos of your costumes or any of that. Just follow these simple rules.
- One Nexus 7 will be given out here in the main site and one will be given out in our forums
- To enter the main site contest, comment below telling us what your favorite candy bar is
- To enter the forums contest, go to this post, and reply with what your favorite game is currently
- For chances to win both tablets, you need to enter in both places (although very unlikely, you can’t win twice)
- You have until tomorrow night, November 1 at 11:59PM EST to enter either contest
- We will pick the winners at random and announce them on Friday, November 2
- If you are a winner, you will receive an email with instructions to the one associated with your account
That’s it. Remember you need to enter both here and in our forums for a chance to win both tablets.
Congratulations to our winners:
Main site – Paul Mekelburg who likes Cookies and Cream Hershey Bars
Forums – AZNguyen who likes to play World of Tanks
Thank you all for playing and special thanks to NVIDIA for sponsoring this. Look for another contest soon!!
With the Nexus 4 officially announced, the next thing to discuss are the fun accessories that can be added to make it an even better device. You may have already heard about the charging orb, but here is another treat for you. The SlimPort HDMI adapter allows you to take whatever you are watching on your Nexus 4 and play it on any HDMI device, like a TV or projector. A nice pro to using SlimPort is that it will charge your Nexus 4 during playback which makes watching things on the big screen that much easier. Rumor has it this is the first of a handful of accessories SlimPort will be making for the Nexus 4 so keep an eye out during the coming weeks if you plan on getting a Nexus 4 soon.