Breffo Spiderpodium Tablet Review: It’s A Useful Arthropod

It’s the Breffo Spiderpodium Tablet, built by Breffo, quite obviously. It’s main purpose is to have the shape and legs of a spider (hence the name), while each leg is segmented and can be transformed to grip around the tablet of your choosing. As an iPad 2 owner, the Spiderpodium tablet is incredibly useful (and can even be deemed as protection despite not covering the back or front of the device in any way). Review past the jump.

Sony Has Admitted That PlayStation Network Got Pwned

So finally. Sony has gone out and said something (which is sometimes rare in situations like these) in a recent blog post stating that the reason for PlayStation Network and Qriocity to be down for more than 2 days at the moment (and disrupting my usual pwnage runs) was due to “an external intrusion”. However, this statement does confirm more than one thing: the downtime will continue, as no scheduled restoration of service was mentioned.

Via: Sony PlayStation Blog

Samsung DROID Charge To Cost $300 On Contract With 4G LTE

This is rather discomforting. The first $300 4G LTE phone? Yup, and it brings along with the massive price a 4.3-inch AMOLED Plus display, rear-facing 8 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 and LTE support with free mobile hotspot “for a limited time”. Unlimited 4G data still costs $29.99 and of course, the $300 on contract price. *Shudders*

PR after the break. Via: Samsung

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Coming To US For $399 On April 26th

Another Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet from a major OEM with a decent price? Yes, please! With a 1280 x 800 IPS panel, 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, and 16GB of storage which will cost you $399, you can also snag the 32GB version which will set you back a nice iPad 2 and BlackBerry PlayBook-esque $499. The docking station which converts the Eee Pad Transformer into a laptop of sorts costs $150, and the whole show launches on April 26th in the United States at all major electronics retailers.

Via: ASUS, ASUS’ Facebook Page

RIM Sold 45,000 PlayBooks On Launch, According To Some Analyst

Since the PlayBook didn’t launch with much fanfare among the gadget reviewer community, sales are expected to be lower than previously estimated by RIM, right? Well, according to Peter Misek of Jeffries & Co., RIM sold an estimated 25,000 units in pre-orders and another 20,000 in retail stores. Keep in mind the iPad 2 sold 300,000 units in its first weekend and all the other Android tablets probably less than 45,000 (but that’s just an estimate, right?).

Via: CrunchGear

Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings: 4.69 Million iPads Sold, $24.67 Billion In Revenue

Another record quarter for the Apple team residing at Cupertino. To get straight to the numbers, Apple’s second quarter in the fiscal year ended on March 26, 2011. Within that period of time (from the holiday season) Apple sold 4.69 million iPads (19% drop over the last quarter), 18.65 million iPhones (which is 113% growth over the last quarter), 3.76 million Macs sold, $1.4 billion in revenue from the App Store, iTunes, and iBooks and 9.02 million iPods. International sales account for 59% of those stats, meaning the United States (Apple’s home) isn’t even its biggest market) According to none other than Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO:

“With quarterly revenue growth of 83 percent and profit growth of 95 percent, we’re firing on all cylinders,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year.”

Currently, I’m on hold for their earnings call, but in the meantime, check out the official press release after the break.

Skype for Android Update Adds 3G Calling And Patches Security Vulnerabilities

Recently Skype for Android users had a scare when a major security gap was discovered in the app. Today Skype has patched the security vulnerability and added a convenient feature — 3G calling. Requirements for the update are Android 2.1 (android 2.2 for Galaxy S handsets) and you’re good to go by updating at the Android Market. Via: Android Market

T-Mobile G-Slate And Sidekick 4G Now Available For Purchase

The G-Slate built by LG, the first 3D-capable Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, is now on sale for $529.99 on a 2-year agreement, and also has the capabilities to handle 4G speeds (really HSPA+, by the way). Secondly is the Sidekick 4G, the reboot device of the Sidekick line (which I am currently reviewing), which is available for $99.99 on a 2-year agreement, and also has 4G HSPA+ capability, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, VGA front-facing camera and 2 megapixel back-facing, Android 2.2.1 loaded an exclusive Sidekick skin built by Samsung, and a superb QWERTY keyboard. The info links with big purchase buttons are below, for your examination. ViaT-Mobile (G-Slate)(Sidekick 4G)