Samsung on Monday took the wraps off another new addition to its Android tablet lineup, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Like the supersized “phablet” it joins in the Galaxy Note family, the Note 10.1 includes Samsung’s S Pen stylus for drawing, note-taking, highlighting and much more. Sadly, this still isn’t the high-definition slate we’ve been waiting for so it looks like Samsung is shooting to launch its Retina-like tablet later this year. The 10-inch Galaxy Note runs Samsung’s TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes a 1.4GHz dual-core processor along with the same cameras found in the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. In fact, the Note 10.1 essentially seems like a redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an S Pen and a new processor, which is peculiar since the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) is pretty much a Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well. Announced alongside the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2, a Wi-Fi-only device aimed at gaming. Samsung’s press releases follow below. More →
Looking to make your Windows 7 rig even better? Love service packs? You’re in luck! Today, Microsoft made Service Pack 1 for its Windows 7 desktop operating system available to the general public. The update weighs in at a hefty 1.95GB and packs a treasure trove of improvements and optimizations. If you’re not interested in waiting for Windows Update to give you the proverbial nod, hit up the read link and have yourself a manual download. More →
Regional wireless provider U.S. Cellular has announced that over 1 million of its customers are now enrolled in the company’s Belief Project. The cellular plans allow customers to earns points, similar to credit card points, that they can then use towards their U.S. Cellular bill, services, or early upgrades. The longer customers stay enrolled in the Belief Project, the more Belief Points they can earn. The company also announced it would be giving away over 1 million points to its customers for the holiday season. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
In a short press release this morning, iMaker Apple, Inc. announced that it anticipates sales of its new Apple TV device to eclipse 1 million in sales “later this week.” The announcement was made a little early by Apple’s PR team as later this week most consumers, writers, and analysts will be sitting by their respective fires roasting chestnuts… or something like that. The new Apple TV was released on September 1st of this year — it has taken the company just under three months to reach the 1 million units sold milestone. More →
One of our solid Apple sources has just let us know some pretty interesting (and exciting) information surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone devices. For starters, we have been told that iPhone model 3,2 — what everyone is assuming to be the Verizon (or at least CDMA-compatible) phone — just hit the “AP” testing stage. This is the very last stage before retail release; final hardware, almost final software. Here is the odd thing, though… the iPhone 3,2 unit, we have been exclusively told, contains a SIM card slot. This is interesting for a multitude of reasons, and presents several different scenarios:
- The iPhone 3,2 could be the mythical CDMA + GSM/HSPA device that would support Verizon, AT&T, and the other current worldwide iPhone 4 carriers frequencies. The mid-cycle refresh would bring an updated antenna design for the current iPhone 4 and bring CDMA-compatibility; essentially, Verizon Wireless subscribers would have the same device as AT&T subscribers.
- The iPhone 3,2 could be a CDMA-capable iPhone that houses a SIM card for global roaming capabilities; though that certainly seems more complicated than just having one single glove that would fit both hands.
- One last possibility that the iPhone model 3,2 would simply be a slightly different design that doesn’t suffer from the same antenna attenuation as the current model; though that would be a little disappointing.
As far as the next generation iPhone 5, our source has also indicated to us that device has hit the “EVT” stage in the development cycle. The “EVT” stage is the engineering verification test phase, before the “DVT” phase.
At today’s keynote event, Apple announced that iOS 4.1 is coming out of beta and getting official. Additions to the latest iOS code base include bug fixes, HDR photos, and the inclusion of the Game Center. Apple is stating that iOS 4.1 addresses Bluetooth issues, proximity sensor, and iPhone 3G issues that have been reported ad nauseum in Apple’s support forums. HDR photos, for those not familiar, occur when your camera takes several photos — in succession — at different exposure levels. The photos are then combined using software that chooses the optimal lighting conditions, from each of the photos, for each area of the original photo. HDR shots result in images “with preserved or exaggerated local contrast” which increases the artistic effect of your shot. The Game Center will be live in the new OS update and will have several new game titles available. iOS 4.1 will also add HD video uploads to YouTube over Wi-Fi and TV show rentals (we’re sure there will be more on this later). iOS 4.1 is set to drop next week.
This morning, we told you about a Bloomberg report that stated Apple, Inc. would be holding a September 7th media event in San Francisco; an event that the publication predicted would herald in a new AppleTV and iPod Touch models. While we have no idea what will be released, we now know — officially — that Apple will be holding a media event on September 1st out in San Francisco. Judging by the invite, it will have something to do with music (see how we picked up on that). The event starts at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Any guesses what Apple has in store?
We showed you some spy shots and leaked both the release date and the pricing – now it is time to put an end to these pre-launch rumors and let Verizon have its turn. On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless officially announced the Samsung Omnia. Confirming what we had already leaked, the Samsung Omnia will be available online and via telesales starting on November 26th and will make its in-store debut on December 8th. The Omnia will retail for $249 after a $70 MIR with a 2-year contract. Hit the jump for a quick rundown of the specs.