News on mobile phones, tablets, smartphones, wireless services and applications, GPS devices, and ereaders
The compact Apple iPad mini has the same capabilities as the full size iPad / 11:47 03-11-2012
Apple started – no more, no less – a revolution in the way we use computers, in their design and in digital media distribution when the company announced the iPad in 2010. Steve Jobs was absolutely certain that the original iPad size, 9.7 inches, was all that was ever needed. Well, Apple's new CEO Tim Cook has introduced the iPad mini with 7.9 inch multitouch display.
Ebook for your Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, or EPUB ereader / 13:29 02-11-2012
A Concise History of Finland - The 11th to the 21st Century by Soile Varis is an ebook for everyone interested in history. The story of this small nation begins in the early Middle Ages and continues to the present day. A free download is available for those who want to take a look inside the book. The ebook is available for any ereader that can open Kindle, iBooks, or EPUB files.
HP ElitePad 900 tablet is a configurable personal computer / 10:01 01-10-2012
HP is a big supplier of personal computers both to consumers and enterprises. Even though tablets are currently primarily used by consumers, HP has designed its first Windows 8 tablet for enterprises. The ElitePad 900 tablet can be enhanced with dedicated Jackets that turn the tablet to a full-blown personal computer.
Nokia Lumia 920 has unique features for power users / 10:04 06-09-2012
The Nokia Lumia 920 is packed with advanced features. Two new features stand out as unique things in smartphones: it is possible to recharge the phone without plugging it into a power adapter and the camera comes with optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS means that you can take sharp photos in low light. In addition, the Lumia 920 can record full HD resolution videos using the OIS feature.
Sony PRS-T2 ereader can be controlled with fingers, stylus or keys / 11:33 18-08-2012
Sony has introduced an ereader with two vital features for ebook lovers: wireless Internet access and touch screen. Nothing new there, but the Sony PRS-T2 can be accessed by tapping the screen with fingers, drawing on the screen with stylus, or pushing control keys at the bottom of the frame. In addition, the list price for the product has been set at a level that makes it very attractive.
Google Nexus 7 tablet completes the Google Play media system / 11:25 12-07-2012
The most successful tablets in the market are products that are seamlessly integrated into a digital media content delivery system. The Apple iPad works perfectly with iTunes, App Store and iBookstore content stores, whereas Amazon Kindle Fire is tightly integrated with Amazon's media store. Google had many pieces of the media system in one form or another, but only now they have become one comprehensive system, when the Google Nexus 7 has been introduced.
Transparent smartphone display lets you control the device from both sides / 07:55 02-06-2012
It has been awhile since we last watched Tom Cruise swipe transparent displays hanging in the air in front of him in the movie A.I. That's what comes to mind from the prototype smartphone NTT Docomo and Fujitsu have developed in Japan: you can touch the transparent screen from both sides. This enables new touch-sensitive features, like holding an object in place from one side and moving parts of the object from the other side of the screen.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet is a compact media device / 11:31 01-05-2012
No, not all tablets are made to compete against the Apple iPad. Not all 7-inch tablets are made to compete against the Amazon Kindle Fire either. There's plenty of room in the market for tablets that have more features than the Kindle Fire, but are not as powerful as the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet is one of them: an affordable media device that is rich in features.
Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 tablet runs on Android 4.0 / 10:23 11-04-2012
Lenovo was one of the first PC manufacturers to enter the tablet market. The company has chosen the popular alternative platform to the Apple iPad - Android operating system - to power its tablet range. Since there are many competing vendors with multiple Android tablets in the market, the question is: how is Lenovo going to separate its products from the rest? Let's find out how the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 does it.
The disruptive innovation in digital photography: the 41 megapixel Nokia 808 PureView / 12:39 02-03-2012
Exactly 10 years ago we got the very first Nokia smartphone with a camera in our hands. It was the mighty 7650. The resolution of images was 640x480 pixels and the quality was terrible. Yet, it was a disruptive moment in the industry. Now, Nokia has changed both the mobile and the photography industries once more. The Nokia 808 PureView smartphone comes with 41 megapixel camera that is capable of capturing stunning images that are richer in detail than photos captured in dedicated cameras.
Asus Padfone tablet and smartphone is always in sync / 12:00 02-02-2012
So, you already have a PC and a smartphone. You'd like to get a tablet as well, but you are not sure if you can justify the investment, because you are not sure what the new gadget is really for. Well, to make the decision easier, Asus has invented a solution that merges the smartphone and the tablet into one product. The Asus Padfone is a tablet and smartphone in one package.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 tablet lets you view movies, videos in Full HD / 12:25 10-01-2012
This is amazing: how fast tablet products are developing into powerful media and computing devices. Only a few desktop PCs or laptops PCs (from the installed base) have high-definition displays for viewing Full HD videos and movies. Tablets have really been around for two years only, and here are the first full HD displays - and that's only a 10-inch frame. The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is one of the first Full HD tablets.
GreenGoose not only tracks pets and things, but also knows what they have done / 10:33 02-01-2012
Tracking people, pets and items is possible with GPS or even with mobile phone technology, because the phone has to connect through local cells that can be located. If you also want to know what the particular person, pet, or item has been doing, you need something else. GreenGoose has developed a sensor system that knows if you have brushed your teeth or taken your dog for a walk.
Motorola Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 are slim, well-connected tablets / 11:51 01-01-2012
Motorola was one of the first hardware vendors that introduced a decent Android-powered tablet some time ago. Now the company has introduced its second generation tablet products. The products look fine, the specs are fine, but we are wondering what was wrong with the original branding for the tablets. The earlier brand, Xoom, was short and catchy, but Motorola insists the new tablets have to be called Xyboard. In any case, here are the Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 tablets.