Acer Honeycomb Tablet Landing April 24 for 9.99
Acer will be bringing its first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet to the U.S. on April 24 at an iPad-busting price of 9.99.
Read more on Mashable via Yahoo! News
The Wi-Fi ony version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been in the making for sometime now. However, now we know for sure the 7 inch Android Froyo tablet will get to see the light of day as early as this weekend itself, April 10 to be precise. Price for the tablet is also a pocket friendly 9.99 though many might have expected it to be slightly more cheaper. Right now, the only way to have the Galaxy Tab really cheap is to sing up for long term carrier contracts.
However, as of now, this is the amount they will need to have if they’d like to carry home the 32 GB Galaxy Tab in a sim free state. To begin with, the tablet can be seen with the retailers CompUSA, TigerDirect and Circuit City though there will be many more addition to that list soon. Everything else with the tablet remains the same and its the same Samsung tablet that it had launched earlier, but with the 3G functionality ripped off.
So there still will be the 3 mp and 1.3 camera built into the rear and the front of the device, the same 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display along with support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1. However, as with everything else, the tablet operating system also remains the same at Android 2.2 Froyo. Its the last bit that might be the only thing that prospective buyers of the tablet might not be too fond of. More so since Samsung is yet to come out with a definitive roadmap spelling out the upgrade to the tablet specific Honeycomb for the Galaxy Tab. In fact, it is this that might turn out to be the deciding factor when the HTC Flyer comes out with the Honeycomb version. The Galaxy Tab till now can be considered the leader in the 7 inch segment of tablets but Samsung will have to do quite a few things if it’d like it that way.
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- Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi slated for April 4 release for 9
- Sprint Galaxy Tab now priced at 0
- 10 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab sighted plus more Galaxy Tab news
- Samsung SMT-I9100 Android tablet set for early March debut in Japan
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 set to launch on June 8
H O A X – April 1 orig’l date The AMAZON BLAZE ANDROID PHONE? With MIRASOL? April 4 story, Not April 1
The Gadgets.Net's James Cushing reports that "Amazon is entering the smart phone business, and their entry is bound to make a stir once you get a look at “Amazon Blaze” Android phone! He reports that photos and specs were leaked. The pictures are not exactly particularly unofficial, unless someone put together a hoax, but rumors have been rife that Mirasol was hooking up with a maker for a device to be announced next week, and while some hoped it would be Amazon, there was speculation another vendor was involved. But it apparently IS Amazon, if this is not a game someone's playing.
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Most of us were expecting an Android tablet (larger size) but this is very interesting. Here are some excerpts (go to the site to see all the photographs). What they got shows:
' a Dual-Core handset with some very impressive hardware and some rather interesting features that just make you the envy of your friends when you show this bad boy off. The Blaze will feature a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor with a 4.3-inch Mirasol display. '
MIRASOL - A really different type of smartphone. A real First, if true. But Qualcomm hinted last year and I reported here that Amazon was the one. It's e-paper technology that has the advantages of e-Ink:
. readable in sunlight
. fast enough to do full-motion video
. great battery life (unlike with AMOLED screens)
. not expensive
while being in COLOR -- somewhat subtle and muted from what I've seen in a recent showing at a consumer electronics show, but the article says it "can handle bright, vivid colors."
[ Now I see why the hoaxer mentioned "bright, vivid colors" ]
' If this isn’t enough for you, the Blaze will also have 512MB of memory, 5 Megapixel rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, NFC support and…yes…a rear-mounted solar panel for keeping the phone charged! Just imagine how this is going to stand against the battery sucker Androids all around as it already has got a very power-efficient display...
The Blaze is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has HSPA+ data services and access to your Amazon and Google accounts. It’s also been rumored that Amazon will provide regular software updates to prevent fragmentation and here I predict that the Android Market will be replaced by the Amazon’s Android App store.
From the advertising graphics, it appears that the Blaze will be available via AT&T and Verizon. No word on pricing but it does look like you can expect the phone in the early fall. It must be noted that this could be an April Fool’s prank by Amazon, but if it is it’s a very elaborate one. ' He's somewhat disbelieving too, but the timing is right for the announced Mirasol unveiling. H O A X [Log kept for now though. Sorry if I helped get some hopes up. Maybe I should have an image of an omelot on face here!]
Every year, I approach the coming of April 1 with feelings of existential dread. Since the Internet got popular, April Fool’s Day has been celebrated all over it as International Act-Like-An-A**hole Day.
I’ll grant that the obviously humorous stuff, like Gmail Motion, can be pretty funny, but not all humor is that obvious, especially if you have only a passing familiarity with the subject matter. (For instance, a few years ago a prank posting that TSR was buying Middle Earth Role-Playing totally got me.) And then there’s the times when people outright try to put one over on you, as in the infamous incident in which webcartoonist Illiad claimed Microsoft was making him close down his User Friendly comic (which ended up backfiring on him when it created an astonishing level of uproar). If you get caught by one of these pranks and repeat it as truth, you can end up looking like an idiot to all your friends who know better. And nobody likes looking like an idiot.
Worst of all, since real news doesn’t stop happening on April 1, even the sites that post pranks are going to have them intermingled with real stories, and sometimes it can be tricky to figure out which is which. And since the joke stories don’t magically vanish on April 2, people have to remember to check the dateline of anything that looks too good or bad to be true for at least a week afterward.
But over the last week, an incident occurred that made me change my mind about April Fool’s Day, maybe just a little bit. It was the Samsung keylogger story, in which a Master of Science in Information Assurance graduate determined that what appeared to be a keylogger was installed on new Samsung laptops. (A keylogger is a program that captures all keystrokes and transmits them to a remote site, and is most often used for obtaining passwords and other private information.) This appeared to be confirmed when a Samsung supervisor allegedly confirmed Samsung did intentionally put the software on to “monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used.”
Of course, a day later it proved to be a false alarm—the security product the graduate used to detect the keylogger turned out to be crying wolf over a perfectly harmless, if nonstandard, directory, and the company that made the product has since apologized to Samsung. But what struck me is that, during the day before this came out, the people I hang out with online (myself included)—all highly-intelligent, sensible people—were discussing the story as if we believed it was true, comparing it to Sony’s rootkit gaffe and suggesting Samsung was gonna be in big trouble. (To be fair, there might have been a bunch of “if this is true” both stated and implied there, but I certainly don’t remember anyone speaking up to say, “There’s no way this could be right.”)
In retrospect, it seems like even a moment’s thought should have suggested something wasn’t kosher here—a major company like Samsung would have to be insane to install a keylogger on all their computers, and if they had it would surely have been found by professionals long before now. But based on a Masters graduate’s research and an anonymous Samsung supervisor’s vague confirmation (which could be explained by a simple misunderstanding of what software the graduate was talking about—working in a call center as I do, I see that kind of miscommunication happen all the time), we all believed, at least for a day or so, that Samsung really had installed that software.
And the Internet is filled with people who are a lot more credulous than my friends and I, and also filled with blogs that don’t always check their sources or get their facts straight. Blogs tend to be good at getting at the truth in aggregate, but any given blog isn’t necessarily trustworthy in everything it posts. People post wild rumors that are believed for some time before they get debunked.
For instance, back in January, Ain’t It Cool News started a rumor of Keanu Reeves announcing two more Matrix sequels—subsequently denied by Reeves’s publicist who pointed out that the school at which Reeves supposedly made this announcement didn’t exist. (And yet, Ain’t It Cool never updated the original post with the news that they got hoaxed, and the fact that it’s a hoax doesn’t even appear on the first page of Google results for “keanu matrix sequel”.)
Urban legend debunking site Snopes.com has been pointing out for some time that we’re too credulous, and we trust what we read on the Internet too easily. It even points out that we should be skeptical even of trusted sources like Snopes, with a section called “The Repository of Lost Legends” that, in a change from Snopes’s usually-trustworthy reporting, includes a series of bald-faced lies presented as gospel truth. (And I’ll admit, a couple of them actually fooled me the first time I read them.)
This section graphically demonstrates the pitfalls of falling into the lazy habit of taking as gospel any one information outlet’s unsupported word. We could have put up a page saying "Don’t believe everything you read, no matter how trustworthy the source," but that wouldn’t have conveyed the message half as well as showing through direct example just how easy it is to fall into the "I got it from so-and-so, therefore it must be true" mindset. That’s the same mindset that powers urban legends, the same basic mistake that impels countless well-meaning folks to confidently assert "True story; my aunt (husband, best friend, co-worker, boss, teacher, minister) told me so."
And in the same spirit of not believing everything you read, maybe it’s a very good thing that, for at least a few days a year, we have to read news sources a little more critically than usual or else look like an idiot to our friends when we repeat as truth something that turned out to be an April Fool’s prank. Maybe it will remind us that we should be doing that all the year ‘round.
That still won’t keep me from dreading and loathing the day on general principles, however.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader eBook Preview for books coming out in April 2011. April this year is kicking off the official season of Spring and many people are roving outside in the sun. Why not load up some new books for your e-reader and take it out on the go? Today we are listing off the essential April 2011 reading list. We cover all of the genres such as Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery and many more! Of course, with our previews we only look at Fiction books.
City of Fallen Angles – by Classandra Clare – Release Date: April 5 2011
“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone is killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”
I’ll Walk Alone: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark – Release Date: April 5th 2011
Who has not read about —or experienced with a sinking feeling — the fear that someone else out there may be using your credit cards, accessing your bank account, even stealing your identity.
In “I’ll Walk Alone,” Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Zan is already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park — a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair.
Now, on what would be Matthew’s fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody —but who? Zan asks herself desperately, and why?— has stolen her identity.
Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex-husband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and sustained only by her belief, which nobody else shares, that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax.
What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself —and those she loves most— in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted out her destruction.
Even Zan’s supporters, who include Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, and Father Aiden O’Brien, who thinks that Zan may have confessed to him a secret he cannot reveal, believe she may have kidnapped little Matthew. Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fast-paced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark’s trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation.
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly – Release Date: April 5th 2011
Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home.
Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own —Haller is assaulted, too— and he’s certain he’s on the right trail.
Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in. Connelly proves again why he “may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today.”
The 39 Clues Book 11: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan – Release Date: April 5th 2011
The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. The Cahills were wrong.
Powerful enemies —the Vespers— have been waiting in the shadows. Now it’s their time to rise and the world will never be the same. In “Vespers Rising,” a brand new 39 Clues novel, bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson take on the hidden history of the Cahills and the Vespers and the last terrible legacy Grace Cahill leaves for Amy and Dan.
44 Charles Street: A Novel by Danielle Steel – Release Date: April 5th 2011
The plumbing was prone to leaks and the furniture rescued from garage sales. Every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor —even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world.
First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca’s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life.
As the roommates bond, and the house fills with the aroma of Marya’s exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Naïve Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris’s custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more.
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts – Release Date: April 12th 2011
This searing stand-alone from bestseller Roberts (The Search) celebrates the smoke jumpers of Missoula, Montana, who routinely risk life and limb to beat down raging forest fires. As close knit as any military combat unit, the “Zulies” include veteran Rowan Tripp, haunted by the loss of Jim Brayner, her onetime jump partner who was killed the previous season in a fall, and rookie Gulliver Curry, who soon earns the nickname “Fast Feet” for his speed and prowess. Threatening trouble is cook Dolly Brakeman, Jim’s girlfriend, who blames Rowan for his death —and whose new baby may well be Jim’s. Rowan and Gull grow closer as the team battles fires from Montana and Idaho to California and Alaska. Meanwhile, the Zulies are plagued by vandalism and sabotage as well as a killer with arson among his crimes. Roberts fans can expect another bestseller.
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci – Release Date: April 19th 2011
Edgar Roy —an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility— is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s attorney, Sean’s old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins. En route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy’s past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.
Beware the Night by Holly Black – Release April 19th 2011
Kitsune. Werewolves. Crane wives. Selkies. Every culture has stories of such strange creatures —animals turning into humans, humans shapeshifting into animals. Sometimes seductive, sometimes bloodthirsty, but always unpredictable like nature itself, these beings are manifestations of our secret hearts, our desire to belong to both worlds. One tame and civilized, the other unfettered and full of wild impulse. Here are stories that will make you wish you could howl at the moon until your heart bursts with longing or feel yourself shedding your human body as easily as a snake sheds its skin. Beware the night… it might not kill you, but it will certainly steal you away!
That about wraps it up for our picks of the best Fiction Books to come out this month. Also, look out for the new Terry Goodkind addition to the “Sword of Truth” series.
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According to 9to5 Mac:
It’s got auto-save so you don’t have to worry about losing your document while multitasking, it supports in-app email and puts useful new virtual keyboard controls at your fingertips.
Think the arrow keys for precise cursor positioning and convenient cut, copy and paste buttons. Oh, the Home and End buttons as well. The souped up keyboard works as advertised and I’ve found it incredibly useful.
Thanks to BookofJoe for the link.
If Home Shopping Network is to be believed, the Barnes & Nook Color e-reader is poised to receive a software update next month. Surely this makes it a bit hard to digest in the absence of any confirmation from Barnes & Noble, though what makes it even less convincing or all the more audacious is the claim made by the online shopping giant that they will be the first ones to offer the new updated Nook Colors.
The update story is interesting too in that the Nook Colors after the software update will boast Flash support. If this is true then the color e-book readers are likely to be upgraded to run Android 2.2 Froyo since that is the last Android version to offer Flash support. All current Nook Colors now run Android 2.1 Eclair. The updates will stream in automatically over the air if the Nook Colors are connected to Wi-Fi.
The Home Shopping Network is currently selling Nook Colors for 9, more than the Barnes & Noble price. HSN is justifying the extra charges with a free SD Card that is included in the Nook Color package. The SD Card itself is pre-loaded with 100 e-books that come free, though most of the titles available for free are available for download from the internet at no extra charges.
- Barnes and Noble Nook Color Firmware Update 1.1 released
- NOOK 1.5 Firmware Update is Coming in November
- Motorola XOOM software update now available, Flash 10.2 coming March 18
- Nook Android 2.3 update to arrive this week
- Barnes and Noble Nook Color to get Android 2.2 Upgrade in January 2011
- Nook 2 to have color touch interface?
Aluratek is deviating from their normal business model which has been just selling e-ink based readers and jumping on the tablet PC bandwagon in April with their Cinepad Android 2.2 Tablet PC.
We first saw this tablet at CES 2011 in Vegas earlier on in the year and considering they had a fair ton of press information on it, they only had 1 copy for the entire trade-show.
The Cinepad will feature a 10.1 inch color capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. It has a 1 GHz Azpen processor and is bundled with Google Android 2.2 and will have landscape and portrait mode support.
It will have all of the normal Android applications such as email, web browser and other common applications. It will not have access to the official Android Market but rumor has it this one will have Adobe Flash support. If listening to music is your thing it will have MP3, and WAV support for pictures you get BMP, JPG, and GIF picture formats.
It has built in WIFI internet support, so you can easily surf the web with ease. The battery life is around 10 hours, so it fairs above average from most other entry level tablets we see. You have around 8 GB of internal memory and can further enhance it up to 32 GB via the MicroSD card. We are very happy to report it will have a USB 2.0 port so you can plug in your flash drive to access memory on the go. Initial reports say that it will only be able to read Fat16 and FAT32 sticks though.
It will be interesting to see how the content distribution platform works and how Aluratek will deliver ebooks to the device. It would make sense that they are going to partner with Amazon for the release of it, but nothing is confirmed.
The device is set to go on sale early April for around 9
- Aluratek Libre E-Reader breaks the 0.00 price point
- IN Media will launches low-cost Android tablet in April
- The Aluratek Libre Pro E-Reader
- Introducing the Maylong M-250 Android Tablet PC
- Elonex E-Reader and eTouch Tablet Product Guide for 2011
- Qumo Fresh e-Reader due out this April
Motorola has announced the launch of its XOOM tablet PC in Canada where it would go on sale from this April onwards. However, things will be different with the XOOM tablet in that its the Wi-Fi only version that would beat its 3G counterpart in reaching markets while the latter would be on offer from the middle of this year. There are no price announcements as of now though its likely to be in the vicinity of what the tablet costs in the US. The XOOM Wi-Fi costs 9 in United States and is the first tablet to feature Android 3.0 codenamed Honeycomb.
“This product is going to cross over and will appeal to business clients as well as consumers; prosumers if you will,” said the national account manager for Motorola Mobility Canada Ltd, Mr. Glenn Kennedy.
The iPad 2, XOOM’s main competitor will be launched in Canada on the 25th of March.
- WiFi only Motorola XOOM up for pre-order at B&H for 9
- Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM at FCC
- WiFi-only Xoom to be available from Staples from March 27
- Japan to be next stop for Motorola XOOM
- Motorola defends XOOM’s 0 price + more XOOM news
- Motorola XOOM Pre-order from Thursday and for 00