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  • Tablet computer rush: HP unveils ‘Slate 500′

    Hewlett-Packard unveiled a Windows-powered touchscreen tablet computer on Friday aimed at professionals, the latest entry into a growing market dominated by Apple's iPad. The "HP Slate 500" which features an 8.9-inch (22.6-centimeter) screen, slightly smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch (24.6-cm) display, costs 800 dollars, about the same price as the top-of-the-line iPad. While the iPad is aimed more at consumers, HP is targeting its device at business customers and touting its ability to handle documents, spreadsheets and applications from Microsoft. HP described the Slate 500 as the "ideal PC for professionals who don't usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to...

  • World of Warcraft’s Cataclysm trailer marauds YouTube

    Game developers Blizzard have announced the release of Cataclysm, an expansion pack to the wildly popular game, World of Warcraft (WOW). The anticipated release was showcased with a rich and enticing cinematic trailer during a NFL game in the USA -- a clear signal of how seriously Blizzard is taking the marketing campaign behind the expansion. The clip was additionally posted on YouTube where it has gone viral, accumulating over four million views within the first four days of its release, and proving that its adoring fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the expansion. The storyline of the trailer...

  • Apple intros new tablet-inspired MacBooks

    Apple on Wednesday released a sleek new MacBook Air notebook computer inspired by its winning iPad tablet devices. "We asked ourselves what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up," Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said as he unveiled two new laptop models. "This is the result." A MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch (33.8-centimeter) screen and measuring just 0.68 inches (1.73 cms) at its thickest point and its 11.6-inch (29.5-cm) "younger brother" went on sale Wednesday. They cost between US$999 dollars and US$1 599 dollars. The laptop computers dumped hard drives or optical drives in favor of solid state drives that...

  • Review: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini

    Style is a rare commodity in the cell phone world and is usually first to go in the quest to deliver a decent phone. Yet somehow, Sony Ericsson has matched power and class in perfect proportions to consistently produce some of the most eye-catching phones available. The XPERIA X10 mini is a perfect example of this harmonious relationship. The first and most noticeable aspect of the X10 mini is that it is, in fact, hard to notice. Not due to a lack of style, but rather because of its remarkably small size. The first glance comment from all onlookers is,...

  • Social gaming: The hype is justified

    There's no shortage of hype about social gaming at the moment, resulting in substantial buyouts of social gaming startups by large media conglomerates. The statistics are pointing to massive growth numbers, specifically around micro-payments and around the vast numbers of users playing social games on a daily basis. Martin Walfisz on Quora.com defines a social game as "a digital online game that: (1) uses a player's social graph to provide an enhanced game experience, (2) facilitates and encourages communication about the game while outside of the game; and, (3) has a minimal barrier to entry". Most definitions refer to a social...

  • More than 4-million iPads sold, but fall short of expectations

    Apple said on Monday that it had sold 3.89 million Mac computers during the quarter, up 27 percent from a year ago, 14.1 million iPhones, up 91 percent from a year ago, and 4.19 million iPads, up from 3.3 million the previous quarter. Apple shares were down 5.34 percent as iPad sales fell short of expectations. Analysts had expected Apple to sell as many as five million iPads during the quarter. The company's quarterly net profit soared 70 percent to 4.31 billion dollars on strong sales of its key products: Macintosh computers, iPhones and iPads. Apple reported record revenue of 20.34...

  • Five lessons about iPad magazines from Condé Nast

    Condé Nast reports that readers of iPad versions of its magazines spend more time with the electronic version than the print version. Also, iPad readers are not typically early tech adopters. Scott McDonald, SVP market research, Condé Nast said: “Many iPad users surveyed were not the typical tech ‘early adopter’ or familiar with Apple products and their navigation conventions. This has very important implications for application interface design.” Other findings: - Specific to Condé Nast digital magazines, eight in ten reported that the content and experience associated with the brands met or surpassed their expectations. - 83% reported a likelihood to purchase the next...

  • Sony delays global release of Gran Turismo 5 again

    Japan's Sony will again delay the global release of the latest version of its popular "Gran Turismo" car-racing game, which was due out early next month, officials said Thursday. Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 video-game console was to hit US markets on November 2 and Japan the following day, but the release will now be "this holiday season", Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said. The delay is due to "production reasons," said Makiko Noda, a spokeswoman for the electronics giant's game unit, without elaborating. The release of Gran Turismo 5 had already been delayed from March this year. Analysts say...

  • Apple, RIM, Samsung or Dell: Whose tablet will rule them all?

    The tablet computing scene is hotting up as almost every major developer gears up to release a tablet. With the BlackBerry PlayBook only scheduled for release in 2011, everyone is waiting with bated breath to see if RIM will deliver on its promises. In the meantime, I decided to crunch the available numbers to see how the PlayBook will stack up against the best of the best of the tablet world today. Sit back and enjoy as the BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak go head to head in a battle to be crowned as King of...

  • Going Android? Start with these eight apps

    Everyone at my office got iPhones last year, but I didn’t really think the screen would last in my pocket next to my keys so I resisted getting one. But my old Nokia was starting to embarrass me, especially when I was trying to give the impression I was working in the tech industry. So when the new HTC Android phones came out recently, I was first in line for a new lease on life. When it comes to an Android phones, it helps to be Google-centric to start with. I am a big fan of Google apps and I...