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Amazon, to Use Two Finger Touch on Their Tablet

Written on July 26, 2011 by Lulu

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Amazon will be cutting down the cost of their tablet, and it might include the sophistication of their touchscreen.

According to DigiTimes’ sources, the decision of Amazon to cut costs on their tablet might include the refinement of the touchscreen. An off-hand industry suggested that the Android tablet would be utilizing just two-finger multi-touch, and not the 10-finger touch devices like the iPad 2 and others.

Losing the more advanced multi-touch could render the device incompatible with those several Android apps that might require more than two fingers. Apple took advantage of having much more support by enabling three and four finger gestures, as well as support for more third party apps.

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Kobo and WSJ Ceased Direct Selling Through iOS Gadgets

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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Kobo and the Wall Street Journal will stop direct selling through iOS devices, as the two companies follow Apple's new iOS subscription rules.

Kobo, alongside Wall Street Journal, announced on Sunday that they will stop providing links to buying books or subscription through their iPad and iPhone apps. The two decided to follow Apple’s new iOS subscription rules, barring links to something other than iTunes. Purchases for either will now have to go through the web without direct links. Google Books might also be affected, since its app disappeared from iTunes without explanation on weekend.

Apple’s new rules aren’t fatal to the apps’ successes. Kobo explained that much of its purchasing goes through the website. However, the move gives Apple an unfair advantage. Once the Apple’s rule holds, only the iBookstore will be allowed to have the direct purchasing link.

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Amazon, To Launch New Tablet Computer by October

Written on July 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Amazon is planning to battle the iPad with its new tablet computer, which is slated to be released in October.

Earlier reports claimed that Amazon.com will be releasing a new tablet, which is expected to compete against Apple’s current-gen iPad. Now, the launching was made official, as the company recently announced that their device will be available in the market sometime in October. The said tablet will also help the digital store to sell most of its content, such as music and movies.

Apple is renowned for topping the tablet market to date. Since their iPad debut last year, they’ve already sold over 19.5 million worth of devices — forcing Amazon to face a really hard competition.

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Germany Opens Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray for Pre-order

Written on July 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Germany opens the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray for pre-order at €369.

Following UK, Germany is the second country that opens Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray for a pre-order period. Moreover, the German Amazon site lists the handset with a cheaper price of €369 which is equivalent to £325 — much more affordable than UK’s price of £350. However, this is just a pre-order so expect to see some changes before the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray hits the market.

And while UK is said to have the handset on August 15, Germany doesn’t have an estimated release date for the said smartphone. That said, GADG will be keeping an eye on this one. So for those who are interested to have a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray of their own, just keep it posted here.

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Amazon Faces Problems with LCD Tablet Production

Written on June 30, 2011 by Lulu

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Amazon is facing a problem on securing a manufacturer for their rumored LCD tablet, as Apple Booked almost all of the tablet component makers.

According to a report, Amazon could face a problem with their rumored LCD tablet production due to Apple iPad 2’s occupation to most tablet manufacturers in the upcoming second half of the year. DigiTimes reported that touch panels makers Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch received orders for a touchscreen tablet from Amazon.

However, Wintek also takes orders from Apple for their iPad and iPhone. Recent news about Wintek said that it will have a tight production schedule for the coming months, making ut diificult to accommodate orders from Amazon. On the other hand, TPK Holdings – a major supplier of touch modules for the iPad – said that they are uncertain to grab orders from Amazon because of the capacity problem.

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Amazon Prepares to be the Next iPad Competitor

Written on June 23, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Digitimes reports that Amazon is planning to produce its own branded tablet to compete with Apple's iPad.

Digitimes announced recently that Amazon is now ready to enter the new media world with its own tablet device that is set to be released in few months. Knowing that they have been one of the most renowned businesses in the music and video markets, Amazon planned their upcoming device to produce good media integration. The report also stated that Amazon’s products are scheduled to come in the market before the holiday season, as they aims to ship 700,000-800,000 units per month and sell four million units before the year ends.

Amazon will be adding CloudDrive and streaming movie services into its new iPad. Although the company had not yet stated what platform to use, some reports claimed that the device will be Android-based.

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Pre-order Toshiba Thrive Now Available

Written on June 14, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Thrive, Toshiba’s tablet is now out and available for pre-order from Toshiba directly or from Amazon and Office Depot.

The gadget has a 10.1-inch, 1280-by-800 pixel screen, a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, dual cameras: a 5-megapixel one on the back and a 2-megapixel one on the front for video calls, as well as the latest version of Android, Honeycomb 3.1.

Thrive seems to be the same as with all the other tablets in the market but this Toshiba tablet differentiates itself as it has a swappable easy grip surface on the back and a slightly lower price than most competitors. The 8 GB Thrive costs $429.99, the 16 GB version costs $479.99, and the 32 GB version costs $579.99. When you pre-order one now, you can expect it at your doorstep in mid-July.

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New App Makes Facebook Hacking Easier

Written on June 03, 2011 by R. Cruise

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FaceNiff - an Android application - makes it easier for users to intercept web session profiles over Wi-Fi networks, allowing them to steal other users’ credentials from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The FaceNiff is an app which requires root access on the user’s Android smartphone. Since it is very easy to use, it becomes more dangerous than Firesheep — a Firefox extension that lets users hijack Facebook and Twitter sessions over Wi-Fi networks. Aside from that, FaceNiff also works on WPA-encrypted Wi-Fi networks which Firesheep doesn’t support.

This means that Internet users should be extra careful when connecting to a free public Wi-Fi network. On the other hand, using FaceNiff could be a big no-no, as hacking someone’s account can be illegal depending on where you live.

Aside from Facebook and Twitter, the latest version of the app may also be used with YouTube, Amazon and even Polish social network — Nasza-Klasa.

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Amazon Pays for Used Electronics

Written on May 20, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Do you have old gadgets that would like to trade for a gift card? Well, the search is now over, as Amazon exchanges your used electronics to gift card.

Amazon has now expanded its trade-in program, allowing customers to exchange their used electronics to gift cards that can be used to purchase items.

This strategy of the e-commerce site will eat the shipping costs in the deal, as it lets its users freely price out the value of their electronics. Users may trade in their cell phones, tablets, and digital cameras, assign the condition (good, acceptable, like new) and print off a shipping label.

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Google Nexus S Gets a Price Cut at £320 and Less

Written on May 16, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Are you eyeing the Google Nexus S on that particular Amazon page? Then you're in for some good news, as the handset gets a less than £320 price cut.

After surpassing the RRP or Recommended Retail Price lifespan, the Google Nexus S gets more affordable at around £320. In addition to this, UK online retailer – Clove – tagged a SIM free, unlocked Google Nexus S by about £318. However, users need to switch to S-LCD screen from the handset’s famed Super AMOLED technology. Good thing, the S-LCD screen has been available since launch.

Other than Clove, other Amazon retailers offer the Google Nexus S for around £325. Considering the handset in question, It’s still a saving worth thinking about. Price drops are emerging everywhere! Are you going to buy your own Google Nexus S now?

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