Incoming January 2012
Online retailer Clove has priced up the eagerly anticipated Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime – a tablet will not only serve up a slice of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but also Nvidia’s five-core Tegra 3 chip.
Clove wants 551 for the 10in tablet, which incorporates 64GB of solid-state storage, 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, an 8Mp camera, (mini) HDMI out and a Micro SD card slot.
That’s without the Transformer series’ hallmark clip-on keyboard and battery combo, which has a hinged dock, turning the gadget into a laptop. If you want the Qwerty deck, you can pay the same price, but you’ll only get 32GB of storage.
Clove said it expects to receive stock in January 2012.
Korea’s finest have been very coy on the dual-core and Honeycomb update to the Galaxy Tab 7, the 7 Plus. We knew that Austria and Indonesia would get it by the end of October but didn’t know when it was likely to land in the States, or how much it would cost when it got here. Fortunately, it has now been spotted at J&R.com, where you will be happy to know that the 16GB version will cost $400, while the 32GB costs a bit more at $500. Now they just need to tell us when the thing will actually arrive.
Who’s ready for a little gadget pr0n? ASUS head honcho Jonney Shih gave AsiaD attendees a first peek at the Transformer’s successor just last week. Apart from that distant, dais-based reveal, we now have in the wild shots of the tab to focus our tech lust on. The leaked images, which have since been pulled from the Chinese site that hosted them, show off several angles of the quad-core Prime, its Zenbook-like aluminum finish and accompanying dock. Unfortunately, the lone lockscreen shot on offer’s not giving us any taste of the potential Ice Cream Sandwich OS lurking beneath.
If you’ve never heard of ITG and their xpPhone before we don’t blame you. The device was launched last year in November and failed to create any waves, but it looks like they have not given up and will be launching the successor to the xpPhone – the rather uninspired xpPhone 2!
In terms of hardware specs, the xpPhone 2 appears to be more like a netbook packed into a smartphone form factor, and will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, 112GB of SSD storage, a 4.3″ display and is said to be compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. It also claims to be capable of handling up to 18.5 hours worth of talk time on a single charge.
ITG claims that they favor Windows over more mobile platforms, such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, MeeGo, etc simply because a greater range of software is available, although with both the iTunes App Store and Android Market brimming with all sorts of apps, perhaps ITG is going with a more enterprise crowd with their xpPhone 2. No word on pricing but the handset is expected to be made available in January of 2012.
HP will tell the investors just how rocky its waters are later tonight, but for now, enjoy this gem: the company lost $3.3 billion solely through buying and squandering WebOS.
HP describes this staggering money-flushing as “the wind down of HP’s webOS device business, impairment of goodwill and purchased intangible assets, amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.” In human-speak, think of it as buying a delicious steak and then dropkicking it out of your 100th floor window.
Or perhaps dangling it is more accurate-we’re still not sure if HP is going to chop WebOS for good or not. And neither is HP. We’ll find out soon, with any luck.
The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that five ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media have all been ordered to prevent their customers from accessing the Magnet linking website following the ruling. The British Phonographic Industry sees it as a big win, saying that “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale.”
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, went on to say that The Pirate Bay and similar websites “destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists,” and that “operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them.”
Virgin Media issued a statement following the decision, saying it intends to fully comply with the ruling, but also shines a light on how legal alternatives should be made readily available to more effectively combat piracy. They cite their current agreement with Spotify, which offers free Premium access for six months with a new Virgin Media subscription.
It’s unclear how effective the block will be. BT was ordered to block access to Usenet aggregator Newzbin2 and began doing so in November 2011, although the restriction was quickly subverted by the sites operators. Newzbin2 offered users software which encrypted access between them and the servers, allowing surfers to freely browse and download NZB files from the website.