Posts Tagged ‘tablet’

Turn your smartphone into a universal remote

September 20th, 2011 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Logitech’s Harmony division have made something that’s a bit cool. They’ve developed something that will turns your smartphone or tablet into a universal remote as the Harmony Link meets the Harmony Link App.

The Harmony Link hardware is a disc that’s placed near your entertainment system and is the link between your new controller and the equipment via your WiFi network. Look!

The Harmony Link App will turn your iPad into a universal remote which enables you to slide through interactive TV listings and let you preview shows before switching channel. Sounds great!

Expect the Harmony Link in stores next month with a $99 RRP. We assume it’ll be heading to UK sooner or later as well.


Picture 24 HP Touchpad bundle, back in stock and going cheap at PC World

The HP Touchpad crashed a load of sites when it was being sold for £89 after HP announced that they couldn’t be bothered making it anymore.

And now, there’s more deals on the tablet as PC World have it back in stock and flogging it to the tech-curious.

For your money, you get a the Touchpad bundled with a case and charging dock. Worth a look if you want something of a bargain. Of course, PC World are making a bit extra by not selling everything separately, but there you go.

For the 16gb version, the product code is 268777. For 32gb, it’s 835434. Either way, you’ll need to act quickly as these are flying off the virtual shelves like nobody’s business.

Visit HDUK for the deal, chumps

Screen shot 2010 12 22 at 15.03.25 Man sees, touches and then talks about new Amazon Kindle tabletLast week we brought you murmurings about an impending Amazon tablet gizmo and now, only a few days later, an ACTUAL MAN has said that he’s seen and touched one. Which must mean it’s really real and will be the must-have tablet gizmo this Christmas.

That man is MG Siegler of TechCrunch and he says the gizmo he’s seen will be called the Amazon Kindle and will be a 7” tablet, running on a special version of Android and out in October. Most interestingly, Amazon will be selling it at $250 which translates as about £150 – way cheaper than the iPad that Amazon will be pitching it against. MG says it’s going to be huge.

Other things he speaks about are the fact that it has a full-colour screen, is backlit and as no e-ink. Oh, and no camera. The OS is a collaboration between Amazon and Android, with no trace of anything Google-flavoured at all. Amazon clearly have big plans for the future.

There’s apparently a 10” version in the offing but that won’t be around until some time next year. Keep watching the skies for more info, leaked pictures, lawsuits from Apple etc etc etc…

Low-price Amazon tablet coming by Christmas?

August 31st, 2011 11 Comments By Andy Dawson

Screen shot 2010 12 22 at 15.03.25 Low price Amazon tablet coming by Christmas?Let the tablet wars commence! With its Kindle e-reader well established, it’s looking increasingly likely that Amazon will expand into the tablet market, giving Apple a new rival to worry about.

Industry analysts are suggesting that if Amazon can produce a sub-$300 (£185) tablet and launch it ahead of Christmas, it’ll blow the whole tablet scene to smithereens. Amazon could well be content to sell the hardware at a loss, banking instead on making their dough from money raked in from the Kindle store and MP3 downloads.

Amazon will almost certainly run Android on their tablets, and have been preparing an ‘app market’ for the OS. Analyst Sarah Rotman of Forrester believes that, “A year from now, Amazon will be synonymous with Android on tablets, a strong second to Apple’s iPad.”

It’s interesting stuff – would a cheap Amazon tablet lead to a reduction in the price of iPads? Can Amazon muscle in on Apple’s action? Bakewell Tarts or Viennese Whirls? You decide.

Why on Earth would anyone stock the HP TouchPad?

August 24th, 2011 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

hp touchpad 254x300 Why on Earth would anyone stock the HP TouchPad?Stocking the mondo cheapo HP TouchPad sounds like easy marketing gold right? Flog vaguely desirable gadget for £89 and become the talk of the town!

Well, it isn’t all good news sadly. See, one of the things that seems to be happening with retailers is that even by virtue of simply selling the thing, it is attracting so much interest that it makes their website crash, thereby ensuring they sell nothing at all – so no knock-on sales thanks to a bunch of people simply curious about buying something will soon be obsolete, thanks to HP not wanting to make tablets anymore.

Surely, as a retailer, you’d rather be selling £400 iPads wouldn’t you? And if the TouchPad is killing your website, you’ll be losing out on all those lovely, lovely sales from students wanting to buy MacBooks for the start of their university term.

And that’s exactly what’s happened with Sites like Dabs, Comet, Staples and the BT Shop who have reportedly found their websites to be hugely slowed thanks to interest in the TouchPad, and indeed, Equanet and Staples found their sites going down completely.

All because they’re trying to offload of product that’s invariably cannibalising other sales?

It appears that this is too good a deal for curious customers who want to dip their toe into the tablet world, and a pretty lousy deal for those trying to get rid of them.

Either way, if you’re still interested in getting your hands on one, then click this link as it is the best place to ferret one out. It’s that or looting them from the shops.

HP TouchPad: $99 in USA or, a rubbish £349 in UK

August 22nd, 2011 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

hp touchpad 254x300 HP TouchPad: $99 in USA or, a rubbish £349 in UKThose lovely UK retailers have decided to cut the price of the HP TouchPad in a bid to shift some stock.

Those nice folks at Amazon have cut their £400 pricetag to £312 while Argos are offering it for £349.99. A veritable fire clearance after HP said they won’t be making anymore of these devices.

However, it isn’t that great. That’s because over in the US, Best Buy are flogging them for a measly $99, as well as offering refunds to customers who bought the TouchPad at full price.

They say: “Due to HP’s decision to discontinue its TouchPad product, Best Buy will now provide clearance pricing for all TouchPad 16GB and 32GB models regardless of previously advertised prices or promotions.”

“Customers who purchased the 16GB or 32GB TouchPad after 19 June may come into the store to get either a full refund or a refund of the difference between the price they paid and the clearance price.”

So, wait. In America, you can pick a tablet up for £60 and we’re forking out over £300? Brilliant. That’s just fantastic that is.

Nice to see UK retailers looking after their customers so much.

windows logo 300x274 Windows 8 to get app store and do away with hard copies of software?There has been mutterings for some time now about Windows 8. One of the biggest noises that the new operating system from Microsoft would featuring an app store.

Of course, this isn’t surprising at all given that everyone has an app store these days and, in addition to this, if Windows 8 is going to be Bill Gates move into the world of tablets, his company are going to need to muscle in on the lucrative app market.

It transpires that these rumours were indeed true as Microsoft today revealed that Windows 8 would be getting their very own app store, but the team working on it refuse to say what it will entail precisely.

One suggestion is that Microsoft will be allowing users to download software for their devices straight from the store, potentially doing away with hard copies forever, which is a neat development. If this is the case, then could we see issues such as viruses and malware being less common? Or, indeed, will this just kickstart a app blackmarket for hackers to exploit?


Samsung’s 10in Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet has gone on-sale in Blighty today, but alas, only the WiFi version is available. People have been going a bit Apple Fanboy over this, queuing from yesterday to buy it. And there’s news of a little brother coming our way too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 500x373 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 released today, with little brother due next weekThe first Galaxy Tab sold well, but this new one, with its larger screen could surpass previous sales and has been winning a lot of fans in the US. The device runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb on a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. It has 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi on board, Bluetooth 3.0, and front- and rear-facing cameras.

At the same time there’s a lot of excited chatter about the smaller 8.9in brother, which could be on the shelves next week. The release has been brought forward to 12th August with the 3G version on pre-order for £605 in various places.

Blackberry playbook tablet 300x203 Apple is nailing the Playbook says BlackBerry exec in no holds open letterA RIM executive, who understandably would like to remain anon and keep their salary, has unleashed a pretty vicious open letter that goes to town on pretty much every aspect of the BlackBerry-producing company.

One of the things that gets scalded is the new PlayBook which is likened to a ‘Fisher Price toy’, further stating that ‘Apple is nailing this’, or, if you prefer, handing BlackBerry it’s arse in a tall hat.

The letter kicks off with; “I have lost confidence” before adding; “Almost every project is falling further and further behind schedule at a time when we absolutely must deliver great, solid products on time. When was the last time we pushed out a significant new experience or feature that wasn’t already on other platforms?”

The exec also states that RIM really need to rethink their product strategy, and “stop shipping incomplete products that aren’t ready for the end user. It is hurting our brand tremendously.”

And the PlayBook tablet?

“BlackBerry smartphone apps suck. Even PlayBook, with all its glorious power, looks like a Fisher Price toy with its Adobe AIR/Flash apps. 25 million iPad users don’t care that it doesn’t have Flash or true multitasking, so why make that a focus in our campaigns? I’ll answer that for you: it’s because that’s all that differentiates our products and its lazy marketing. A product’s technical superiority does not equal desire, and therefore sales… How many Linux laptops are getting sold?”

RIM aren’t having it, saying that this isn’t an exec from their offices because it’s, “difficult to believe that a “high level employee” in good standing with the company would choose to anonymously publish a letter on the web rather than engage their fellow executives in a constructive manner.”

Either way, the iPad is nailing the PlayBook, right?


Uh-oh! apple logo rainbow 6 color Apple get patent to touchscreen phones, which could be disaster for smartphone manufacturersApple have been awarded the patent for something that pretty much all smartphones use. Basically, they’ve got an iPhone patent that is so broad in reach that they may well be able to bully the rest of the smartphone market into submission.

Apple have been awarded U.S. patent number 7,966,578 for “[a] computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, [that] comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display.”

Basically, this means that Apple now own the capacitive multitouch interface which is used on most phones and tablets. Cue the lawsuits against HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia or anyone who makes a device that allows a user to manipulate the display of a web page with finger gestures and the like.

So what happens next? Well, should Apple wish, they could stop people from making touchscreen smartphones, tablets or whatever. However, it is probable that other companies will be asked to pay for use of their technology.

However, a court may well end up scrapping the patent if Apple impose themselves on the market too much because they could be seen as monopolising and acting in a way that isn’t in the public interest.

Next week: Apple bag claim for wheel invention.


Screen shot 2010 10 25 at 08.25.00 Will the new Amazon tablet really be a tablet at all?These rumours have been swirling around for an age – that Amazon are going to launch a new tablet that, among other things, will allow customers to stream movies direct from Amazon. Now there are component manufacturers saying it’s going to happen in the next three months – and that Amazon expect to shift up to four million of them alone before the end of the year. Crikey.

Sources at the manufacturers have disclosed a full list of companies involved to DigiTimes, which includes processors allegedly supplied by Texas Instruments. The sources also confirmed that Amazon will supply streaming movie services for the new full-colour tablets.

All of it makes sense given Amazon’s aspirations for the entertainment market – aside for the numbers. Amazon certainly have the potential to sell four million tablets because they have the reach and market position among consumers to do so. But there are two elements that will counter such explosive sales, assuming the rumours are true; price and quality.

It wasn’t until Amazon really hammered down its price that the Kindle found widespread adoption, and so far there hasn’t been a tablet manufacturer to beat Apple with a similar offering at a similar price. Whether we’ll see another high quality tablet PC in 2011 is questionable – plenty of critics don’t think so (“For the general consumer I can’t think of a single reason to buy this device”).

But then it’s also very possible that Amazon will build a tablet that has a single purpose and does it very well – just like the Kindle. If the new tablet is a tablet viewer (rather than what we’ve come to know as a tablet PC) that streams movies and nothing else, that removes the need for the required hardware and a sophisticated user interface and lowers the price accordingly.


Sony will soon be releasing their vaguely muttered about S1 and S2 Android tablets. And now there’s a teaser video we can all watch to see what these new wire-filled slates actually look like:

It’s a rather expensive, classy clip which is reminiscent of the cause-and-effect car commercial from a while back. It is rather slow (hopefully, not indicative of the S1 and S2′s performance), but it is a cut above the usual dross you see when tech companies are unveiling new products.

The Sony S1 and S2 will possibly hit the shelves in September with pre-orders available from August.


You know how Apple’s iPad doesn’t have Flash? You did, but found that, by and large, it didn’t really matter much to you? Well, don’t tell Samsung because their new ad for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 spends time crowing about just that.

Of course, they’re vying for a scrap with the market-leader, which is kinda fun, but they’ve missed a trick. They should’ve simply had ‘iPad owners are all sinister pricks’ in big letters behind a man pissing about on a Galaxy.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 8.6mm thick with a built-in 3-megapixel camera and you can play games on it and watch videos and all that junk. You know how these things work, right? What you probably won’t be doing, like the video suggests, is taking it down the pub to play racing games on. If you did, you deserve to get it pinched or to have a pint spilt over it.


We’ve just dashed back from the E3 bash over in wherever the hell it is, armed with this piece of video that we shot ourselves while we were there, earlier this evening. Honest.

It’s the Nintendo announcement of the follow-up to the Wii, and they’ll be calling it the Wii U. Nice stuff. The major difference that we can see is that the controller is more like a tablet, with a built-in screen that will allow you to play your games on the tablet itself if you aren’t near a TV, making it a hand-held console in itself. Again, nice stuff.

The screen on the controller will also be incorporated into gameplay and you’ll also be able to use it for web browsing and video chat. Super nice. Check it out puppies…

Blackberry playbook tablet 300x203 The PlayBook: everything youd expect from BlackBerry. Except email.Goodness. The latest tablet sensation isn’t even available yet and it’s failed already. BlackBerry supremos Research in Motion (RIM) have been banging the drum about their PlayBook tablet for months, promising they’d blow away the competition – namely Apple’s iPad. The wait is almost over, however – the PlayBook launches on the other side the Atlantic on Tuesday, and the first reviews have hit websites and newspapers across the country.

They’re not great. Why? Because RIM – who made their name by delivering secure email solutions – forgot to add what can only be considered a must-have feature, a feature so blindingly obvious you can scarcely believe it isn’t included on the PlayBook.

Email. A BlackBerry product that can’t do email.

The only way to access secure email on the 7 inch tablet, is to connect a BlackBerry handset to it, otherwise you’ll have to wait up to 60 days while RIM get around to building the application to do it. The decision to leave email off their tablet was intentional – RIM didn’t consider it important for a tablet device.

BlackBerry supporters are keen to point out that it’s not a simple task – ensuring similar security protocols to BlackBerry handsets will take time, they say. If so, why not delay the launch for another month or two? The PlayBook has been marketed as been both a business tool and a gaming platform – email is a must for the former and will surely be expected by the latter.

Some reviews report hardware niggles, some say it feels like a rush-job, although plenty praise individual PlayBook features. It doesn’t matter now – RIM have a two month battle to beat back the negative media they themselves have created, and convince customers it’ll be worth the wait.