Amazon To Introduce Two Versions Of Upcoming Tablet For 2012

In case you weren’t interested in the upcoming follow-up to the Amazon Kindle Fire before, this will certainly catch your attention. Hot off the success of the original Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon is planning on making a bigger splash by also introducing a bigger version of the tablet. Amazon is reportedly eyeing a move from e-readers to tablet PCs due to the strong sales of the original Kindle Fire, so it will introduce a 7-inch version for the first half of the year followed by a 10-inch version for the second half of the year. Moreover, as previously highlighted by us– Amazon will outsource production of the 10-inch model to Quanta Computer and Foxconn Electronics. We just keep seeing more and more indications for the follow-up of the Kindle Fire to be unveiled within the next few months, so make sure you stay tuned with us for any further developments or news.

source: DigiTimes

NASA Makes Official Angry Birds Space Announcement… From Space

Today Rovio aired the new trailer for their Angry Birds Space game, and what better place to film than the International Space Station, 240 nautical miles above the earth. NASA astronaut and physicist, Don Pettit, gives us a glimpse at what the new game is going to look like with interplanetary gravity fields at play. By the looks of the trailer, this new game is going to take some serious getting used to and a basic knowledge of physics may actually help. The bird’s flight path will be straight until it enters a planets gravity field, only then will gravity take in to effect. I don’t want to give too much away before you see the video but the Rovio team obviously put some serious thought into this one and Angry Birds Space is going to be totally unlike any other game from the series. It’s gonna be out of this world, man!

Angry Birds Space will launch from the Google Play Store on March 22nd and isn’t going to be limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Jump past the break to check out Rovio’s galactic announcement. 
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CM9 Alpha Officially Available For The Nook Tablet


Another obstacle has been overcome— this time the Nook Tablet is CM9′s latest victim. In what can be described as nothing short of remarkable, CM9 Alpha has been ported to the device and while a few features are currently non-functional, the ICS-powered tablet is otherwise running smooth like butter. Here’s a quick rundown of what is non-functional at this time:

  • microphone
  • hw composition
  • hw video decoding
  • Bluetooth
  • FM radio

The ROM is again in alpha status, so it’s expected that some items wouldn’t be working. Moreover, the developers won’t be providing any type of support for those who are brave enough to try it out. This means you’ll have to use the forums as your resource and try to develop solutions with other amateur developers and forum members. You’ve read enough about this, so why don’t you check out CM9 Alpha 0 on the Nook Tablet in action before slapping it onto your own Nook Tablet? You’re going to be mighty impressed.


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source: XDA Forums
via: Phandroid




Google Applies For “snap a landmark, find your location” Patent

Google is adding yet again another possible patent for its up and coming patent portfolio. The “snap a landmark, find your location” application could possibly join other crazy patents like voice actions for your Google TV.  And while it’s possible we could never even see this technology hit devices, it’s still pretty cool to see what Google is trying to do here.  Innovation is the name of the game and there’s no better innovator than the search giant themselves.

Imagine, for some unknown reason you’re unable to use your GPS while traveling. Well, in this instance, all one would have to do is take a snap shot of the nearest landmark around and upload it to Google’s servers for analyses. The o’l Goog would search its millions of images from their geographical database returning your location coordinates and other pertinent information.  This could certainly prove to be an adequate tool for travelers alike.  However, I can’t help but wonder why one’s GPS wouldn’t be working for other than the fact you have no data connection where you’re at.  In that case, if you have no data connection you won’t be able to upload that pic to Google’s servers either, but I digress :)

source: Engadget

Verizon Offering Smartphones For $10 And Another For Free In March Sale

Have an old OG DROID or first generation phone and looking for any excuse to upgrade to a new phone? Verizon is giving you the most compelling reason yet to come on down to Big Red Country. They have having a major sale in which the Motorola DROID X2 and DROID 3, Sammy DROID Charge and the HTC Incredible 2 smartphones can be found for a measley $10 each on contract from now until Monday, March 12th. Oh and Verizon is also offering the HTC Rhyme in its own St. Patty’s Day sale where the phone will be available for gratis on contract.

Naturally, this could be Verizon just pushing these “old” devices into the sunset. Regardless– this is a great deal and I’m sure plenty of folks will jump on the chance to some solid phones for those crazy prices.

source: VZ1 and VZ2

CPU Wars: NVIDIA questions Apple’s claim on the A5X vs the Tegra 3

Whenever Apple announces a new product, immediately the infographic comparisons and/or questions about what Apple said come out. Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad 3, and we already showed you comparisons against the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, but now NVIDIA is questioning Apple’s claim that their A5X processor is 4 times faster than the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in terms of graphics performance.

Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA thought it was “certainly flattering” that Apple called them out, but the lack of any data to backup their claim is “sketchy.” He went on to say, “We don’t have the benchmark information. We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.”

Since it’s highly unlikely Apple will provide any benchmarks, you can expect NVIDIA to prove or disprove Apple’s claims by purchasing the new iPad and conducting their own tests.

So what do you guys think? Is Apple right or are they playing their usual games?

source: zdnet


Google to Combine Existing Gaming Platforms and Google+ Into One Unified Platform

Google+ Product Manager Punit Soni promised today, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, that Google will combine it’s multiple gaming platforms into a single unified platform, making developers’ lives much easier.

“By next year, we will not be here talking about Google+ Games, Chrome Web Store games, Games for Native Client and Android games. We will be talking about Google games.”

Doing this will give developers a much larger audience to target, making developing for Google more lucrative. Technically, this will entail using technologies such as HTML5 and Google Chrome Native Client, which enables browser games to take advantage of 3D graphics hardware, for easier and higher performing cross-platform compatibility.

Google+ will serve as the social layer supporting and helping games get noticed. With already more than 100 million active monthly users spending more than one hour a day on the site, Google+ will certainly attract gaming companies. Game developers are excited to have a Facebook alternative, but want Google to provide more promotional opportunities for their games. Google is starting to do this already with a new notification system to promote games to your Google+ circles.

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Chrome For Android Beta Updated, Allows Custom ROMs Again

Google upgraded Chrome for Android Beta to version 0.16.4301.233 today, and those of you with custom ROMs can rejoice. A previous update in February broke Chrome for many custom ICS ROMs, but this update apparently fixes that incompatibility. Much better to get an official fix than to have to do a manual workaround.

Though there’s no official changelog yet, Google did post the following on their Google Chrome Releases Blog:

Primarily focused on bug fixes, this update addresses issues in the compatibility check which prevented Chrome from starting up on some versions of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Google also listed some known issues, most notably the lack of a way to toggle between mobile and desktop user agents, and YouTube links not prompting for which application to use.

It’s good to see Chrome getting better and better with regular updates, though I do wish it supported Flash for completeness. Download link and QR code after the break.

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Droid 3 Soak Test E-Mails Being Sent Out

Motorola is planning a soak test for a future update for its Droid 3 devices on Verizon’s network, as an e-mail sent out to Motorola Feedback Network (MFN) members explains. For those that aren’t sure what a soak test is, it’s simply a form of software testing that ensures that, in normal use (or as close a simulation of) as well as under heavy load, the software remains stable and functional. Unfortunately it won’t be Ice Cream Sandwich, since that’s been dropped from Verizon’s list of phones receiving the Android 4.0 update. Members of the MFN received the following e-mail:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid 3, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window is can close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Thanks Justin for sending this in!

Motorola MOTOACTV Update Postponed Until Friday

Motorola’s huge update for the MOTOACTV fitness device, originally scheduled for March 7th (yesterday) has been postponed until tomorrow. Although not entirely great news, it’s only a 24 hour wait, and I’m sure it’s to ensure that the update is rolled out without issues. The update is planning to bring over 40 new activities to the device, including yoga, pilates, dancing, and martial arts. The update will also bring some new convenient functionality tweaks, including activating the screen by a flick of your wrist, and WiFi setup straight from the device itself (opposed to currently having to do so from your phone). If you own a MOTOACTV, keep your eyes posted tomorrow for an incredible update for your device.

source: pocketnow