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Arches announces the Diamond Tab with octa-core CPU and 2K screen

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

archos diamond tabArchos has announced a new high-end tablet set to be shown off at IFA this year, titled the Diamond Tab. The tablet boasts some relatively powerful specs and an aggressive price tag, so it might be something to keep on your radar if you’re in the market. 

The Diamond Tab utilizes an octa-core MediaTek processor with 3 GB of RAM and has a 2K 7.9-inch screen. There’s 32 GB of internal storage, which should be plenty of space for most people, and and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Best of all, the price tag comes in at £179, or about $276. That’s not the cheapest tablet on the market, but it’s pretty decently priced considering the rest of the hardware.

Archos will be showing off more of the Diamond Tab at IFA this year.

source: Archos

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If you’ve ever sat in a coffee shop with your smartphone or tablet, wishing you had a physical keyboard you could carry in your coat pocket so you could type out your dissertation with ease, it seems that LG has listened. LG’s Rolly Keyboard is a full-size wireless keyboard that supports devices up to 10 inches and rolls up into a solid bar when not in use.

LG-Rolly-Keyboard-4Due to be unveiled at the IFA in Berlin next week, the Rolly Keyboard features high-contrast keys, and a built-in mobile device stand that you can slot your smartphone or tablet into. It’s made of impact-resistant polycarbonate and black ABS plastic, which enables the Rolly Keyboard to withstand a ‘drop or two’ according to LG. Comfort-wise, the Rolly Keyboard’s 4 rows of keys have a key pitch of 17mm, as opposed to the 18mm pitch most desktop keyboards offer.

The Rolly Keyboard runs off a single AAA battery, which is said to last around 3 months. Handily enough, you can also connect 2 devices to the Rolly Keyboard simultaneously via Bluetooth 3.0, switching between the two with a single key press.

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Details on pricing are unavailable at present, although it is known that the Rolly Keyboard will launch in the US in September, with other key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America following suit in the fourth quarter of 2015. More details are promised when it is announced at IFA 2015 next week.


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Full Press Release:


LG Looks to Increase Share of Growing Mobile Device Accessories Market

SEOUL, Aug. 27, 2015 — In an effort to capture a larger share of the fast-growing mobile accessories market, LG Electronics (LG) will unveil the industry’s first solid rollable wireless portable keyboard at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Unlike other portable keyboards on the market, LG’s Rolly Keyboard (model KBB-700) folds up along the four rows to create an easy-to-carry “stick” that fits into one’s pocket as easily as any purse or briefcase.

Featuring high-contrast keys and a fold-out mobile device stand, typing on Rolly Keyboard is extremely comfortable because its 17mm key pitch is nearly as generous as the 18mm key pitch found on most desktop keyboards. Made of impact-resistant and durable polycarbonate and ABS plastic, typing on the keyboard offers satisfying tactile feedback not found on flexible silicone keyboards. Two sturdy arms fold out to support smartphones as well as tablets 1 in an upright position. Simply unfolding the Rolly Keyboard enables the auto pairing function to connect easily to two different devices at the same time via Bluetooth 3.0 with the ability to toggle between the two with a simple key press. A single AAA battery powers the keyboard for up to three months of average use.

“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.  “The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”

The Rolly Keyboard will make its debut in September in the United States, followed by key markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia in the fourth quarter. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see LG Rolly Keyboard up close in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.

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Beta program for Samsung Pay begins rolling out in the US

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


It seems that everyone is developing a mobile payments system these days, Apple has the imaginatively named Apple Pay, Google is hopefully bringing Android Pay to market before the end of 2015, and we have Samsung with its own take, also imaginatively called Samsung Pay. You’ve probably read about Samsung Pay undergoing a trial in Samsung’s native South Korea, where it was well-received. Today, we have news that a beta-program for Samsung Pay is rolling out in the US ahead of its official September 28th launch.

Naturally, there are a few hoops to jump through to qualify for the beta program. Just because you have a phone manufactured by Samsung doesn’t guarantee you a spot, it has to be the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, or the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Basically, if you haven’t purchased a 2016 flagship device from Samsung in 2015, you are out of luck. One other little factoid to remember is that Samsung Pay won’t work on rooted devices.

You must also hold a qualifying credit or debit card from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Trust, U.S. Bank Visa, MasterCard or Visa. While T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and AT&T are on board with Samsung Pay, Verizon Wireless is the notable exception.

So, if you meet the requirements, are you going to apply for a spot in the Samsung Pay beta program?


Source: Samsung 
Via: SamMobile

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AT&T to begin selling the Galaxy Tab S2 on September 4th

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

galaxy tab s2 black angleIf you’re eager to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 with LTE connectivity, you’ll be able to order one through AT&T starting September 4th. Like all other carrier enabled tablets, hardware will be identical to the WiFi-only model, but it will be able to be activated on a carrier’s network as well.

The Tab S2 will be available on AT&T’s tablet installment plan for $30 a month, or $499 with a two-year contract. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 sports a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos processor, and 32 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot. It’s shaping up to be one of the best tablets Samsung has ever made, once it’s made widely available.

source: AT&T

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LG will unveil the G Pad II 10.1 at IFA next month

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Following the introduction of the G Pad II 8.0 in South Korea last week, LG has today announced that it will unveil a 10.1-inch variant of the tablet during its press conference at the annual IFA trade show in Berlin next month.

In terms of specifications, the G Pad II 10.1 will pack a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 System-on-Chip (SoC), 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel selfie shooter and a 7,400mAh battery.

The slate will also feature LG’s brand new Reader Mode, which, according to the South Korean company, makes reading eBooks considerably easier on the eyes by removing the blue glare from the display’s backlight.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any solid information with regards to pricing or availability just yet, but, thankfully, we don’t have to wait too much longer to find out as LG will reveal all of these details during its event on September 4.

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Acer Predator gaming tablet on way to market as production commences

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet.

The Predator will be an 8-inch tablet based on an Intel Atom processor running at 1.6GHz, although it will have boost capabilities of up to 2.4GHz used to power the Android operating system and hopefully whatever games are thrown at it. Acer is also mixing in dual force feedback mechanicals and a quad-speaker setup.

A release date has not been announced, but it is expected to occur before the end of 2015, especially now that Acer has moved the device into actual production.

source: DigiTimes
via: G for Games

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Huge 18 inch tablet in the works from Samsung?

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


A new report indicates Samsung has a new tablet device codenamed Tahoe that is in the works that will be equipped with an 18.4-inch HD display. Unlike 2014 when Samsung made it a point to work on the tablet market, they have quietly been working on new models in 2015 like the Galaxy Tab E, the Galaxy Tab A, and the Galaxy Tab S2. This new super-sized tablet could join the ranks in Samsung’s portfolio this year.

The Tahoe tablet appears to have the model number SM-T670 and will have a TFT LCD screen running at a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Helping keep things running will be an Exynos 7580 processor running at 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of internal storage. Available information indicates Samsung is equipping the tablet with an 8MP rear camera, which should not be used in the middle of a crowd, and 2.1MP front-facing camera.

No information has leaked about a potential release date, a final model name or pricing. Let us know in the comments if you would be interested in a tablet with such a large screen.

source: SamMobile

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[TA Deals] Now is your chance to win a Nexus 6 and Nexus 9!

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


There are a lot of Android phones and tablets roaming the world — each has its own identity and offers a different experience. Most people, though, never get to enjoy Android in its cleanest form because Google does not sell and promote Nexus devices with large scale. Google relies upon consumers finding Nexus devices on their own compared to Samsung, LG, and HTC spending millions of dollars on marketing to get noticed. So have you ever wanted to get a Nexus phone or tablet but the price turned you off? Then head over to Talk Android Deals because that’s where you can win both a Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 for free.

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Verizon starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update with Stagefright fix for the Nexus 7

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to its carrier-branded variant of the second-generation Nexus 7. In addition to the latest consumer build of the open-source operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the device’s ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.

All the changes you’d expect to find in the Lollipop software are bundled into this upgrade alongside Verizon’s XLTE service, such as support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, stronger 256-bit encryption, a smoother multitasking experience, a new recent screen, personal unlocking and Material Design.

As is the norm, the update is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the upgrade manually.

To do so simply open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Once done, the upgrade will start downloading from Samsung’s servers.

Source: Verizon


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ASUS launches an updated variant of the ZenPad S 8.0

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Earlier today, ASUS quietly launched a new variant of the ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA). This latest version is almost identical to the original. However, there are two alterations, which are both memory-related; the first being an increased amount of internal storage up to 64GB, and the other an extra two gigabytes of RAM, bumping the total up to 4GB.

All other internals remain the same, the ZenPad S 8.0 continues to pack an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels, a 2.3GHZ Intel Atom Z3580 64-bit quad-core processor, a PowerVR G6430 GPU, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel selfie shooter, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and a 15.2Wh non-removable Li-Po battery.

This rather impressive variant of ASUS’ latest tablet will set you back $299, which is a $100 more than the less powerful model (Z580C). Still, it’s a pretty good price to pay for a slate that can compete with some of the very best devices currently on the market, and will continue to see you through the next couple of years with ease.

The full press release can be seen below:

Fremont, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2015) – ASUS today announces the new flagship ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA tablet that combines stunning form with outstanding function into a portable device perfect for work and play. The new ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, inspired by the spirit of Zen, redefines the tablet experience with premium materials and classy styling that fits your personal sense of fashion and professionalism.

There’s nothing else like the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, which fuses a clean design with unmatched performance. Clean lines with a metallic finish, hairline pattern, diamond cut edges and a soft-touch leather-pattern material defines the look and feel of the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA for unique style with a touch of luxury.

A gorgeous 7.9-inch 2K QXGA (1536×2048) IPS display with wide viewing angles and an incredible 324ppi pixel density delivers a beautifully detailed viewing experience whether you’re watching videos, viewing images, playing games or being productive. ASUS True2Life+ technology brings advanced image-processing technology to create dynamic life-like HDR images and video from any source. Tru2Life+ technology analyzes each pixel in an image before it’s displayed and performs intelligent contrast and sharpness adjustments to boost dynamic range, revealing even the smallest details to ensure an incredibly realistic viewing experience.

ASUS TruVivid improves screen clarity, brightness, and touch responsiveness by transforming the conventional four-layer display design — composed of cover glass, a touch panel, air gap, and LCD module — into a two-layer, fully-laminated design that eliminates the air gap, resulting in higher optical transparency for brilliant color and improved brightness.

Complementing the stunning display is DTS Premium Sound™ technology for incredible audio. DTS-HD technology provides high-fidelity sound from all types of multimedia content, and lets users play back or stream movies and music with up to 5.1 virtual channels of DTS surround sound to a connected audio system. The ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA also includes DTS Sound Studio™ to transform stereo audio into virtual surround sound that’s enjoyable through the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA speakers or using headphones for immersive entertainment experiences at home or on the go.

Powering the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 with PowerVR G6430 graphics for superior system responsiveness and 3D gaming capabilities, 4GB for blazing-fast multi-tasking performance – a first for a tablet, and 64GB of internal storage for unrivaled work and play capabilities.

A new USB Type-C connector enables users to plug-in cables into the tablet in any direction. The reversible connector makes connecting the charging cable in the dark a breeze – there’s simply no wrong way to plug it in. Users can also use the USB Type-C port with an optional USB Type-C to USB Type-A (USB 2.0) adapter to connect USB devices such as Ethernet adapters, keyboards, mice and audio devices to the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA.

An optional ASUS Z Stylus transforms the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA into the perfect device for creative expression. The Z Stylus provides a natural writing and drawing experience that is as easy as using a pen thanks to pinpoint accuracy and sensitive multi-touch technology. It’s also perfectly suited for creative tasks such as sketching, painting, and design work with support of up to 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and up to a 1.2mm writing tip.

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