Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Family Arrives In The States July 7th

GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 GOLD BROWNThe Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 family is coming to the United States — for those interested — starting July 3rd at $199. Sizes include 7, 8 and 10.1 inch versions will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot,  and Samsung’s own store. As a refresher, the entry-level Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is priced up at $199 and sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage (plus microSD expansion), and with a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 TFT display. Samsung’s built-in software improvements to Android 4.1 are also included.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 bumps the specs a bit more: an Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, higher-resolution (1,280 x 800) TFT display, Android 4.2, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p video capture, 16GB internal storage, and with extra space available through microSD and 1.5GB of RAM. This also bumps the price to $299.

As for the cream of the crop, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 goes for $399, with an Intel Z2560 processor configured at 1.6GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and the same display setup as the smaller 8-inch model, but with a 5-megapixel back-facing camera. Like the rest of the Tab 3 family, the 10.1″ model has an IR blaster for using the Samsung WatchON TV app to control home entertainment devices. All models will come in white or brown; pre-orders start tomorrow.

*Editor’s Note: Revised to reflect accurate info. Thanks, Kimberley!

Watch Dogs Multiplayer Will Allow You To Mess With Other Player’s Worlds

watch_dogsThis is either incredibly exciting news on a Monday morning where tech news is somewhat stale, or terrifying. Watch Dogs, a game everyone is waiting for at the end of the year, will feature a very unique multiplayer element: players can jump in and invade other player’s worlds (and also hack their stuff), but there also will be the ability to hack in self-defense. Otherwise, you can also disable multiplayer for normal singleplayer gameplay, and is automatically disabled for the duration of campaign missions.
After the break, there’s one more trailer showing these features to hold you up until the November 22nd release date.

Wimbledon Will Be Streaming All Matches Through YouTube

WimbledonIt’s great news for tennis fans — of which there are millions — around the globe, including avid watchers in the United States. Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament (on grass of course) is going to increase popularity of an already big sport and stream all matches starting Monday, through the tournament’s own YouTube channel. Behind-the-scenes as well as press conferences will also be provided though the YouTube channel, all free of charge.

Sounds great, if you ask us. Now, go get ’em Federer!


LG Announces A Press Event In New York City On August 7th

LG Optimus G ProIt could totally be for an Optimus G successor with a blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core or higher processor, but of course, LG left out the exciting parts. However, in our invitation to the event it was mentioned that it would be hosted by LG’s mobile division, so obviously it’s some sort of device that you’d carry around — shocking, indeed. I’ll be at the event, come August 7th, when the world will know just what LG has up their sleeves.

Robert Downey Jr. Partners With HTC’s $12 Million Marketing Campaign

robert-iron-man-3Here is the iron savior of HTC: Robert Downey Jr. Confirmed for the second and third Avengers movies, starting in 2015 by Marvel, Robert Downey Jr. will be rolling with HTC as part of their $12 million marketing barrage spanning television, print, and billboard advertising around the globe, with Downey Jr. maintaining a certain level of creative control.

As an HTC spokesperson told Bloomberg, the company had nothing to announce today, but said of the One that it has “overwhelmingly positive feedback from media and consumers alike. Anyone with a penchant for metal should be able to appreciate its appeal.” And Iron Man does have a penchant for metal.

By spending a small nation’s worth of money on marketing and a celebrity, HTC’s falling quarterly earnings and departing executives and employees most likely will be reversed; maybe it isn’t too hasty to say HTC is saved?

Via: Bloomberg, Marvel

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Is The Latest Awesome Ultrabook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Ultrabooks nowadays are increasingly powerful, thin, and all around awesome, with higher than 1080p HD displays, sometimes even doubled with touchscreens and the latest Intel processor technology, codenamed Haswell. So, it’s no surprise that Samsung just announced a whole crop of Galaxy and ATIV devices, the best of the bunch being the ATIV Book 9 (formerly the Series 9). It handles everything on its Intel Haswell chipset, with 12 hours of battery life, 256GB of SSD storage, a weight of 3 pounds and measures just 13.6mm in thickness.

The best part? The screen is a whopping 3200 x 1800 pixels, making it a qHD+ touchscreen coated with Gorilla Glass and a 65% color gamut, all with Windows 8 onboard. A release date and price hasn’t been mentioned quite yet, but Samsung states that will all happen very “soon”.

Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Facebook Announces Video For Instagram, Capped At 15 Seconds

Instagram VideoStarting today on Android and iOS, Instagram will allow you to post clips at up to 15 seconds, and can be decorated with one of 13 filters that were specifically created for the video portion of the app. Videos will autoplay, but not loop automatically, and will integrate easily with the rest of your feed. This addition to Facebook’s arsenal puts them in direct fire with Twitter’s own video clip sharing service, Vine. however, the main difference here is that Instagram has many more users than Vine has, which is still technically in its early stages.

Announced at a press event in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom expressed optimism for the app’s continued success due to the new video feature.

The current stats for Instagram are evidence that the service has boomed to astronomical proportions: 16 billion photos have been shared on the service to date, receiving 1 billion likes each day, and is used by 130 million people every month. Promo vid after the break.

NVIDIA Shield Pricing Goes Down To $300, Again Thanks To Gamers


First, it was the Xbox One getting a 180 degree turnaround with its handling of used games and DRM authentication over an always-on internet source, and now it NVIDIA, claiming that according to gamers, the price of the Shield Android gaming handheld should go down.

“We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run,” the post said. Pre-orders will see the $50 price reduction come launch on the 27th, at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. Now is also the time to see if the NVIDIA Shield is actually worthy of protecting the company’s image as a hardware manufacturer.