It’s quite a jump for Android versions it seems as Android 3.2 Honeycomb is the operating system being used on the 7-inch Huawei MediaPad. The MediaPad sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats, support for HSPA+ and 802.11n Wi-Fi networks, HDMI-out, weighs 390g and is thicker than the iPad 2, and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of storage. Huawei also says the MediaPad’s 4,100mAh battery lasts up to 6 hours on a single charge. It is planned to launch sometimes in the fall for an as of yet unknown price.
It’s a new high-powered gaming rig (yay!), this time built by ASUS. The ASUS G74 has two configurations available, both of which contain a quad-core Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 3GB of video memory, 12GB DDR3 RAM (out of 16GB, yikes), dual 750GB speedy 7200RPM drives (!), a 1080p display, Blu-ray player, backlit keyboard and 3 USB 2.0 ports along with one USB 3.0, all of which comes down to $1,745 and is named the G74SX-A1. Not enough and want to spend a bit more? Then there’s also the $1,979 version with a 3D display, dubbed the G74SX-3DE. Either way, the above shot only displays the edges of the laptop, not the full width. Pre-order links are right next to this sentence.
Made possible by a mistake (possibly) by Mozilla themselves, Firefox 5 is now available from their download servers for all their supported platforms — Windows, Mac, and Linux. While the truly final version of Firefox 5 may contain a few more bug fixes and improvements that the early release is supposed to offer, it stills means you have Firefox 5, if that’s your thing. Download links to their FTP servers are at the source links. Via: Mozilla (Linux), (Mac), (Windows)
For some reason, I’m not starting off a review with the nice introduction. I’m going straight into the review. It focuses on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPad 2′s only worthy rival on the market right now, and it’s so close yet so far to being the better product. At the very least, it’s the best Android tablet we’ve seen ever since there was talk of Android tablets, even before Android Honeycomb 3.1 was released, which is what the Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses as its OS. Review is after the break.
So, this wasn’t really expected of Motorola today, was it? It’s the Motorola DROID 3, which for China and its international branding is dubbed the Milestone 3. It debuts in the summer for China, with hopefully a launch of around the same time for the United States. Specs include a 4-inch touchscreen with qHD (540 x 960) resolution, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1080p video recording on an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, up to 32GB of built-in storage, and happily, Android 2.3 as the shipping OS. Via: Motorola
This wasn’t expected to be posted, but hey, there’s pistons, a new mob, shears and more headed to Minecraft Beta 1.7. However, there are sounds planned for pistons in-game which are currently a work-in-progress, so they are not heard in the video above.
It’s the same system as Google Voice Search on Android Honeycomb tablets and Android smartphones, but now available for desktops (meaning all computers thatn use Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux). The Voice Search tool is available in 27 languages and dialects, and which purportedly covers around 5 billion people or two-thirds of the world’s voices. The feature will be released soon this week for Chrome users.
Instant Pages is another feature added to Google Chrome, which allows you to instantly load a web page faster than Chrome ever could on any web connection. It is in fact so fast, it’s mind-blowing (it really, really is). Instant Pages launches this week in Chrome Beta, and is available today in the dev version of Chrome. It also will launch on mobile devices in the coming weeks.
There’s also Google Images with Instant, which works just like the text variant. Also interesting is search with an image, which as stated, allows you to search images with an image, or with detailed text. This feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Via: Google
What’s the catch? Well, it only works on AT&T 3G bands and T-Mobile 2G, as well as some phone carriers overseas (unless some hacking is performed). The price for a black 16GB model? $649. Pricey for sure, but if you have the extra dough lying around, it’s worth it if you don’t want to jailbreak your shiny new iPhone 4, which sooner or later this year, will get succeeded by new iPhone hardware of some sort. Just saying. Via: Apple Store
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