Sears has a really hot deal on the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300. As you know the tablet alone goes for $399, but Sears will throw in a keyboard dock for Free. That’s a huge savings for those that are looking for a keyboard, and nobody does it better than ASUS with that amazing dock. My understanding is that this is only offered on the Sears website, and isn’t available in stores. Thankfully shipping is free for any orders over $49.
What makes this deal even sweeter is the fact that the TF300 already received the Jelly Bean update. The deal ends this Saturday, September 1st so hit the links below to get your order in. You do need to add both items to your cart in order to get the deal.
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Samsung and Apple both released statements after Friday’s $1.05B verdict in the world’s most watched tech trial in history. But the 800lb elephant in the room that remained quiet was Google, until late last night.
So what does Mountain View have to say about all of this? The Verge was provided with an official response from Google last night. In a nutshell, they do not want the recent court decision to limit consumers from accessing innovative products, and that the patent claims do not reflect on the core Android OS experience.
Samsung continues to mark its stamp of Portable Media Player (PMP) dominance in the Android world, so it’s only fitting that it has introduced a new PMP called the Galaxy Player 5.8, a device we’d heard about recently. The Galaxy Player 5.8, takes several cues from the existing Galaxy S III smartphone and has the typical standard features. First thing’s first— in case you’re wondering, the 5.8 in Galaxy Player 5.8 title stands for the device having a monstrous 5.8-inch screen. While the 5.8-inch screen is nothing to sneeze at, the device does feature a 960×540 qHD display, leaving a lot to be desired especially as other devices do feature a Super AMOLED screen and all. The rest of the features of the device includes Ice Cream Sandwich, a VGA front-facing camera, 2,500mAh battery and 16GB or 32GB configurations.
So while the device is now out in the open, all that’s left to do is simply see when Samsung let’s the world know if its availability and cost. Expect to find out details of both questions to be answered sometime in the near-future.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
As Samsung prepares for perhaps a major announcement this week, we’ve just gotten word of some additional tidbits of news regarding the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III smartphones. According to a leaked database photo obtained by the gang at SamMobile, Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone in 2 color variations: Ceramic White and the other TBD (for now). Meanwhile, it appears Samsung plans on launching yet another color for its successful Galaxy S III smartphone called Titan Grey. While it’s great that we have an idea of what colors each device will come in, the real question is when they will be available. SamMobile reports the new Titan Grey color will be available from Week 37 (Week of September 10th), while the other Galaxy Note 2 colors should be available by Week 40 (First week of October).
Those of you waiting for an idea of how that Verizon phablet will look like are now in luck. Thanks to our friends at Droid Dog, we now see the LG Intuition in all its glory. As seen in the leaked press shot you see above, the device is nearly identical to the LG Optimus Vu, but has the classic Verizon and Verizon 4G LTE logos. Something else that will catch your attention is the fact that the homescreen clearly shows a date of “9/15/2012″, which may or may not indicate when the device could be released. Then again, the date is more than a coincidence considering well, you know— the Optimus Vu is scheduled for a global release in September and Verizon’s version will launch sometime this quarter. Of course, the highlighted date may not mean anything at all, so we’ll just go ahead and wait for Verizon or LG to finally spill the beans and give additional on the upcoming device.
source: Droid Dog
A slew of leaked photos have surfaced, revealing an array of new accessories for Sony’s rumored Xperia tablet. According to the images, Sony has constructed a keyboard case similar to that of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. In addition to the case, the manufacturer is preparing a media docking station with remote control and a stand for the tablet that allows users to operate the device in both landscape and portrait mode.
Functionality seems to have played an important role in the design of Sony’s new accessories, but if the company is going to sell any, it will need to provide a clear reason to purchase the tablet to begin with. And, unless the tablet is priced to compete with other offerings, Sony will struggle to unload many. Considering the iPad, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are currently the most appealing options available, the Japanese manufacturer will need to synthesize some sort of an advantage.
We can only speculate at this point, but IFA kicks off this week, so stay tuned for more coverage. You can catch the rest of the photos after the break.
The LG Optimus G has been a mysterious device that has slowly been leaking into the news. Today, LG released an interesting bit of news about its G2 Touch Hybrid Display, which all signs point to being what’s on board the G. This unusually wide 1280×768 display is a 30% thinner “gapless” panel, which means the LCD is right up near the glass, similar to HTC’s One X display. Check out the leaked picture above from androidmx.net to get an idea of the screen dimensions.
Another interesting update from LG is their newly reworked battery technology, which allows the battery to last a full 800 charge cycles, outpacing current 500-charge models. That’s about a 60% increase in the battery’s lifespan.
If both of these component improvements make it to the Optimus G, LG might have a very interesting device on their hands. Other rumored specs include a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13MP rear-facing camera.
Hit the break for another leaked photo that shows the back of the device.
This news is definitely surprising to me, what about you? According to an anonymous tipster, rumor has it that Samsung has plans on announcing a Galaxy S III based point and shoot camera alongside the Galaxy Note 2 during this years IFA. This device will allegedly be called the Samsung Galaxy S Camera and will feature the same 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S III. It will also run Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with other internal specs of the device yet to be determined.
The tipster described the device as a Galaxy S III that has been attached to the back end of a camera with no physical buttons at the back of the device. It’s also reportedly to be as much as 2 times thicker than the Galaxy S III. Other features that’s being reported is a 10x zoom, a 16MP sensor (size still unknown), a pop-out Xenon flash with a curved right side to help with the ergonomics and will come in Wi-Fi and 3G + Wi-Fi versions (only mobile data, no voice).
What do you all make of this? Would this be a device that you would consider purchasing? I can definitely see this device appealing to many amateur photographers.
source: GSM Arena
In the spirit of the recent jury verdict in favor of Apple… and the subsequent follow-up opinions regarding the matter, it’s only fitting that we hear other individuals give their two cents regarding the idea of patents and true innovation. In the TEDTalks (Technology, Entertainment and Design Talks) video podcast, Everything Is A Remix founder Kirby Ferguson offers some perspective on the idea of true innovation. He believes music is evolved by copying and transforming melodies, combining them with new lyrics or more specifically, transforming old lyrics with an artists’ perspective and spin. He cites famed folk/pop singer Bob Dylan who used works from other singers such as Paul Clayton. More importantly, Ferguson highlights that two-thirds of Dylan’s earlier melodies in his music are “borrowed”. You’d imagine that artists would have a hard time accepting their work is “borrowed” by other artists, but not-so-fast— it isn’t the case. Here’s another famed artist Woodie Guthrie offering his perspective on items like lyrics and melodies in borrowed music:
“The words aren’t the important thing. Don’t worry about tunes. Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune”.
So with that concept in mind, Ferguson uses additional time to criticize Apple for not applying the “everything is borrowed” perspective for its products. He highlights the hypocrisy of American and international copyright and patent laws are built to counter the ability to previously use the work of others. Moreover, he cites multi-touch that was introduced in the original iPhone as an example. While Apple did indeed “patent” the technology, Ferguson highlights an example of the technology used by Jeff Han one year earlier and even highlighted the technology “wasn’t completely new” when he put it on display at a conference. This is fitting because Steve Jobs even admits in 1996 that even Apple “steals ideas”— with multi-touch being the most famed example… except it’s acceptable for Apple because you know— Android is a stolen product and all.
The video podcast is certainly an interesting one, so be sure to hit the break in order to check it out in all its entirety.
We already knew that Samsung would be filing post-verdict motions to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict, but it’s unclear as to exactly what path the company will take. Samsung’s official statement solidified its stance on fighting the issue, saying “this isn’t the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims.” And, with $1.05 billion at stake, it makes sense for the South Korean-based electronics company to carefully prepare before it takes its next step.
It’s expected that Samsung’s appeal to Judge Lucy Koh will be centered around the argument that the jury’s verdict was either unreasonable or unsupported by the evidence in play. Very rarely do Judges grant these types of motions, but due to the amount of damages, Samsung feels it has a chance. However, if the company is unsuccessful, there may be a slew of other options.