Archive for the ‘Tablets’ Category

Apple Having Trademark Issues Of Their Own, Doesn’t Own “iPad” Trademark In China.

  • December 7, 2011 8:58 am

Similar to RIM’s own ongoing issue with losing the “BBX” trademark to BASIS International Ltd., Apple is apparently experiencing their own licensing snafu. As it currently stands, Apple could be forced to sell the iPad under a new name should Chinese company, Proview Technology, emerge victories in ongoing lawsuits with Apple.

The backstory: Proview sold the “Global iPad” trademark to a British company by the of IP Application Development in 2000 for ~$55,000. In 2006 Apple bought said trademark from IP Application Development. Fast forward to the here and now when Proview begins using the iPad name to which Apple sues.

The current situation: Proview claims that the original sale of the Global iPad trademark from themselves to IP Application Development never included the rights to Chinese trademark ownership, as it didn’t belong to their specific company, but instead a separate Taiwanese unit.

Proview is gold digging asking for $1 billion in damages. If Apple loses their courtroom battle, they’ll either have to pay up or find a new catchy name for the iPad in China.

Buzzkill: Kindle Fire 6.2 Update Removes Root. (But You Can Re-root)

  • November 30, 2011 11:16 am

It appears Amazon is taking an Apple-like approach to Android root users of the new Kindle Fire tablet. The latest Kindle Fire 6.2 update not only adds vaguely worded “improvements”, it removes the root permissions. But don’t worry. It’s not all bad. You can update to 6.2 and then re-root using the same method that got you to your freed state pre-6.2.

There are also reports that the Android Market is removed, though it doesn’t happen on ever device and any apps downloaded via the Android Market reportedly still function.

We only wish the Kindle Fire had an option to disable auto-updating. While the ability to re-root dramatically lessens the impact for root users, future updates may not be so accommodating.

With that said, the necessary tools to re-root your Kindle Fire can be found right over here.

Samsung Scores A Win. Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted In Austrailia

  • November 30, 2011 7:38 am

If you’ve been one of many sad Australians aimlessly wondering the streets in search of some backdoor dealing Galaxy Tab salesmen in leu of the recent Galaxy Tab ban, you’re in luck! An Australian court has ruled on Samsung’s newly re-designed 10.1″ Galaxy Tab and declared that it can return to Australian shelves — for now.

Samsung is obviously quite happy with the reversal of the sales injunction, though they shouldn’t break out the champagne yet. The actual trial between Apple and Samsung in Australia doesn’t actually start until March of next year. On top of that, Apple has already come out against the ban reversal and voiced their intentions to quickly pounce on the re-designed Galaxy Tab too.

In short: there are still many days of anguish and court room bickering to take place. In the meantime, Australian Galaxy Tab hopefuls, you can pick up your new 10.1″ Galaxy Tab at local retailers beginning this Friday.

BlackBerry PlayBook Scores Root Access, Hulu Support With “DingleBerry” Tool.

  • November 29, 2011 1:27 pm

Playbook enthusiasts (all 6 of you), your day of freedom has arrived. Thanks to the combined efforts of three talented hackers, neuralic, xpvqs and Chris Wade, the PlayBook now has official root status. The app, humorously named “DingleBerry”, isn’t publicly available yet but should hit the www in the near future.

Besides super user access, users of DingleBerry will be able to re-enable the blocked Hulu app and even use said app without being subscribed to Hulu’s premium service that allows mobile usage.

For a tablet that’s so far left us with few stories worth following, this is a welcome surprise, that when released, should become a more formidable foe in the tablet world. If the developer/hacker world can continue bringing unofficial apps and services to the PlayBook, and dare we say possibly even Android, the PlayBook could go from nobody to somebody overnight. Here’s to hoping.

Video demos of the root access and Hulu hack being demoed after the break.

Will You Be Picking Up A Quad Core Asus Transformer Prime On December 8th?

  • November 28, 2011 10:13 am

There are a lot of awesome deals on current and last-gen technology floating around as we lead up to the holiday season. While we’d heartily recommend a fair amount of said deals, we’d caution the truly addicted gadgeteurs walking around out there to set their sites on December 8th. On that day the quad core Asus Transformer Prime will hit the market bringing with it an extremely versatile tablet + laptop-like experience starting at $499.

While it won’t be the first Tegra 3 device on the market, the combination of upgradability to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and healthy assortment of specs — quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 10.1″ display, 1 GB of RAM, 8MP/1.2MP (rear/front) cameras — are certainly worthy of your attention. The only downside to this seemingly do-anything device is the lack of 3G/4G capabilities as Asus is oddly leaving cellular data services out. Toss in the add-on $149 keyboard as seen in the image above and we’d wager most people could completely ditch the traditional desktop/laptop ecosystem.

You can already find the Transformer Prime for pre-order on a number of online retailers. Now the only question remains: will you bite?

iPad 3 Retina Display “Confirmed” To Be In Production.

  • November 22, 2011 6:26 am

Thinking about snatching up an iPad for the holidays? We must urge you to wait. If there isn’t some insane deal and you’re ok with going a few more months iPad-less, something much better is around the corner with the iPad 3 according to DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim (via: Cnet).

While hardware such as processor (possibly a quad-core) and GPU are likely shoe-ins for upgrade, the biggest spectacle will be the (still rumored) retina display featuring a gargantuan 2048 x 1536 resolution. To keep supply in check with demand, Apple will reportedly source panels from three display makers: LG, Samsung, and Sharp.

In other iPad related news, rumors of a ~7-inch Apple tablet continue, though no firm details are known. Personally, we could care less about a 7-inch tablet if there’s a 9.7-incher floating around with 2048 x 1536 resolution. You?

The Snowboard With An iPad And Aluminum Body — The iShred.

  • November 17, 2011 1:44 pm

Apple-atic. Check. Snowboarder. Check. iPad inside of said snowboard. Che-what? Introducing: iShred.

Designed and built by Every Third Thursday, the iShred is one of the most advanced snowboards ever created. Not only is the bottom made entirely out of aluminum, theres a fully functioning iPad on the top and an illuminated signal logo on the bottom. According to ETT, the iShred’s aluminum-clad underside makes it a rocket, but it “weighs a ton” and doesn’t turn well. Minor issues, right?

Minimalistic, sleek, and geeky. Well done ETT. Video of the design/build/test process after the break.

Specs Revealed: HTC Quattro Quad Core Tablet.

  • November 17, 2011 12:42 pm

HTC’s recently announced Quattro tablet will be the company’s first foray into 4-core mobile computing. But they won’t be alone. A handful of Android manufacturers are putting the finishing touches on their next-gen quad-core hardware in an effort to kick of 2012 with a bang! With that said, the Quattro is now spec-less no more. According to PocketNow, the Quattro will feature 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi (2.4 + 5 GHz), 16 GB of storage + microSD, and a 10.1-inch 1024 x 768 display. Power will of course be provided by Nvidia’s AP30 Tegra 3 SOC. The front and rear cameras come in at 1.3 and 2 megapixels respectively while video recording capabilities are reportedly 1080p Full HD and 720p rear/front.

Early 2012 is the scheduled release. If we happen to see one of these fine examples of bleeding edge geekery strolling around CES in January, we’ll be sure to snap a few pics.

[Update] Rumor: Anonymous LG Executive Claims 4″ Display For Next-Gen iPhone, 7.35″ iPad In Development.

  • November 15, 2011 8:01 am

It never fails. A new Apple product is released ushering in the latest generation of Cupertino designed hardware (and software) and not more than a month later (many times sooner) the rumor mill picks back up. Today, the source is an unnamed LG executive who doesn’t waste any time getting to the front of the pack of Apple rumors.

The claim: Apple’s next-gen iPhone will feature a 4″ display.

Sound familiar?