HP Touchpad Goes Down To $399.99 Just For A Weekend

HP really wants you to buy an HP Touchpad. First they marked it down by $50, and now by a full $99.99 for the WiFi 16GB model. The sale runs through tomorrow and up until Sunday. And webOS just got updated on the Touchpad bringing a plethora of fixes, speed increases, and more, so if it fancies you to buy a tablet with a rather mixed future but with a great software interface, then go straight ahead at the source link. Via: HP

Gmail Now Has Honeycomb-Like Preview Pane Feature In Labs

Huzzah! Gmail on Honeycomb is deemed as one of the best versions of Gmail, and now the desktop version has access to a coveted Honeycomb feature: preview panes. By going into Settings, then Labs, you can enable the Preview Pane, which lets you see emails without loading a new page for them and even allows you to split the content vertically or horizontally, which works well on large, high-resolution screens. It’s handy and I’ve already enabled it for my personal account — go ahead and check it out.

Via: Official Gmail Blog

The PS Vita Won’t Be Available This Holiday Season In The US Or Europe

Sad face. While it remained a slight possibility, it is now a certainty. The PS Vita is delayed for its previous launch of “this holiday season” in the United States and Europe to “early next year”, in 2012. However the launch in Japan is on track. Also announced from Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai is that like the Nintendo 3DS, the PlayStation Vita will experience a small price drop at release. Whatever the matter is, the PS Vita is a quad-core mobile gaming console. That’s cool in our book. Alas, it won’t be here for the holidays. Via: AP

Skype For Android Updated, Now Works On 17 More Smartphones

Hooray for Skype! The newest update brings 1v1 video calling support to 17 more smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and above. You can find the update in the Android Market by searching for Skype, or just go to Skype’s website, which will convert to a mobile version and will give you the download. A full list of the new devices supported can be found here. Oh, and you’re welcome. 

Touchwiz for Galaxy Tab 10.1 Debuts In NYC (Hands-On!)


Today Samsung has debuted its Touchwiz UX for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the press first, then to the public later today only in NYC. The Touchwiz update aims to add increased usability, new features while making it have more of an  impact (as Samsung stated) to the user, and of course the Media Hub. Features that are the most prominent in the update include the new Touchwiz widgets, frequently-used apps that are “mini” (and can be easily accessed). The web browser has also been tuned to the likes Touchwiz, and the Quick Panel allows for easier access to things like WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. In fact, the Quick Panel will be responsible for many of the main functions, including all radio settings, notifications, and of course the time and dates. And look here: a dedicated screenshot button has been added, seen next to the multitasking icon on the taskbar.

Swype is also enabled for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is integrated. The size of the keyboard can be easily adjusted, along with the classic Swyping gestures along with normal typing. Find My Mobile is also included in the update. Once activated, it transmits GPS information (much like Find My iPhone) to a secure server and displays the map with its location to a website which would require a Samsung account. You can also ring up the tablet should you lose it in your house, as demoed on-stage.

As for entertainment, the Media Hub, Social Hub, and Music Hubs will all do the usual things Samsung hubs do in Touchwiz. There are free music tracks on the Music Hub as well as paid ones. The Social Hub has been tuned for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and focuses on general content, social networking, and just the normal email, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS streams into one, or organized streams with push notifications. Lastly, is Media Hub, which has also been optimized and tuned for the larger screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and allows for next-day TV downloads, movie rentals, movie purchases, and cloud syncing for all the content you’ve previously purchased, and can be shared up to 5 Samsung devices. A feature I find most interesting with the Media Hub is the progressive download feature: you can watch and download a movie or TV show at the same time.

Touchwiz For Galaxy Tb 10.1 Screenshots

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Impressions and more about the update is seen after the break!

RIM Debuts Three New BlackBerries: The Torch 9810 And Torch 9850/9860

Now here’s the problem: RIM may have just announced three new BlackBerry smartphones, but none of them run QNX, and all of them have some sort of ties to old models. However, let’s look past the negativity and just jump to some of the specs.

The Torch 9810 could be deemed the Torch 2 in many cases — AT&T will be carrying a “4G” model of it very soon, which will include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon, HSPA+ speeds up to 14.4MBps, has 8GB of storage, and can record 720pHD with its 5 megapixel camera. Following the Torch 2, the Torch 9850/9860, the latter two of which are simply GSM and CDMA variants of the new same full-touchscreen BlackBerry. Each Torch 9850/9860 has a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor with Liquid Graphics, and a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. All three of the smartphones run BlackBerry 7, and in the coming weeks and months will launch in 225 carriers around the world. Let’s see if RIM can pull off one, final charge to stay relevant in a smartphone industry mainly focused on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7. Press release after the break.

Skype For iPad Released, Then Shortly Pulled For Premature Release (Updated: Back Up In US App Store!)

Well, this is interesting. Skype for iPad was released yesterday, Joanna Stern got a late-night Skype iPad 2 call from a fellow writer, and all was well. However a few moments later Skype pulled the app, stating on Twitter that it went live early, and that it should be back up soon. When it was live and listed on the App Store, I also tried downloading it on my iPad 2, however while it was downloading, was pulled, so the download was cancelled. Here’s to hoping it comes back soon, as early opinions of the Skype For iPad were pretty darn good.

Updated: Well, I just was able to download it on my iPad 2 in the US App Store, and users are also reporting on social networks that the app is live.

Via: Skype (Twitter account), iTunes

Apple iCloud Beta Site Launches For Developers, Debuts Pricing

Apple has released an iCloud.com beta site for developers. It has a design very (if not perfectly) like the iOS 5 iPad edition, which I found very cool, especially when used on a laptop rather than a touchscreen device. The website has web apps for Calendar, Contacts, Mail, iCloud for Pages, iWork, and Find My iPhone. Also found out through the website are the pricing schemes for extra storage (5GB is given to each iCloud user, for free) —  10GB of storage for $20 per year, 20GB of additional storage for $40 per year, or 50GB of storage for $100 per year. Via: iCloud.com