December 3rd, 2013
Hewlett-Packard is looking to drum up tablet sales with the rollout of four new devices, which went on sale Monday.
The new lineup includes the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. Equipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the tablets are all listed as available with the exception of the Slate7 Extreme, which currently is out of stock.
For $150, the HP Slate7 Plus offers a 7-inch 1,280×800 display, 8GB of internal storage, an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a microSD card slot, and more than 6 hours of battery life.
Selling for $200 when it’s available, the HP Slate7 Extreme also comes with a 7-inch 1,280×800 display but bumps up the other specs to 16GB of storage, an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, a microSD card slot and an HDMI port, and more than 10 hours of battery life. More
December 2nd, 2013
Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 MinutesSunday.
The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said.
Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes that showed how the aircraft, also known as octocopters, will pick up packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy button online at Amazon.com.
The goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less, the world’s largest Internet retailer said. More Video
November 30th, 2013
When it’s time to actually spend the money in the mobile-device era, tablets were used 55 percent more often than phones during Thanksgiving-day shopping.
Traffic from phones outpaced that of tablet for browsing sites, with phones accounting for 26.6 percent of visits compared with 15.3 percent for tablets, according to IBM data harvested from 800 retailers’ e-commerce sites. But for purchasing, tablets were used 83 percent more often: Tablets were used for 16.5 percent of purchases compared with 9 percent for phones.
The mobile era is no longer a novelty, but the tech industry and customers are still adjusting to phones and tablets that have much of the power of a personal computer from earlier days.
Mobile devices accounted for 42.6 percent of online traffic, an increase of 32 percent compared with last year. Mobile sales grew even faster, up 49 percent and accounting for 25.8 percent of purchases, IBM said. More
November 27th, 2013
Don’t get bogged down by the dozens of junk coupon apps that are hard to navigate with ads too small to read. As a deal huntress, I can vouch for a few that actually help manage the mall madness:
A barcode-scanning app is essential to making sure you’re getting the best deal. I like RedLaser (owned by Ebay), and ShopSavvy. Once you scan a product’s barcode, both apps show what it costs at other stores and online. Many big-box retailers offer a price-match guarantee at the register when you show that a competitor is selling it for less. (And it helped me save a few bucks at Best Buy.)
You don’t need to collect the weekly circulars or print out promotions in your e-mail with Shopular. Use it to quickly search for coupons and promotions from more than 130 retailers. The home screen can be set to only display deals from the stores you care about. More
November 25th, 2013
Amazon may be prepping a higher-definition Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, codenamed “Ice Wine,” that would see light of day sometime in April or May next year, reports TechCrunch, which claims it’s interacted with a prototype of the device up close and personal.
By higher-def, we’re talking about a leap from the current second-gen Paperwhite’s 212 pixels per inch to an ultra-crisp 300 ppi, placing it in iPhone 5 territory (only with a larger screen).
Like the iPhone, the new Paperwhite’s screen is said to be glass and flush with the frame; contrast with the current Paperwhite, which employs a capacitive plastic screen that’s recessed a millimeter or so below the frame’s edges. TechCrunch notes the move to glass hasn’t made the reader heavier, and says the new model is supposed to be lighter than existing ones. More
November 22nd, 2013
Standing as much as possible throughout the day is the new trend in personal fitness circles.
Everyone from Nike, Fitbit, and Jawbone have built ways to push people upright into their recent activity tracker makers.
Start up company Stir feels its new Kinetic Desk is an even better solution to motivate folks to their feet, especially in office settings.
Compared with relatively inexpensive fitness gadgets the $3,890 Stir Kinetic Desk is a downright opulent purchase even for a sizable piece of furniture.
That said, I can vouch personally that the Stir is one impressive workspace rig. Not only does it switch from sitting to standing configurations on its own, the desk actually senses your presence to monitor how long you stand versus the amount of time you sit. More
November 21st, 2013
LG has plans to shift its resources and focus on businesses in which it believes it can be more successful, according to a new report.
Korean IT news outlet ET News reported on Wednesday that LG has started to shift some resources from its smartphone operation to its television business.
The main thrust of the move is to focus on reducing its workforce in its smartphone division, ET News claims, citing industry sources.
LG will maintain the same level of research and development investment in the smartphone division.
According to the news outlet’s sources, LG believes that smartphones are still important, but in the short term, its best chances of success reside in televisions. More
November 20th, 2013
You can now get Google Wallet in your real wallet, even when your phone isn’t handy.
The payment service now gives US customers who have verified bank accounts with Wallet the opportunity to pay for goods and services with a physical Wallet debit card backed by MasterCard.
Linked to your Google Wallet account, the card will function as any other debit card would: You’ll be able to use it in physical and online stores, and withdraw cash from your account.
Once they’ve met the requirements, Google will notify people via the Google Wallet mobile app and the Wallet Web site that they’re eligible for the Wallet card.
It will take 10 to 12 business days to arrive in the mail, after which card owners will be able to activate it online. The card relies on your Wallet Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you set up when you use the mobile app, and is limited to $5,000 every 24 hours, reports Droid Life. More
November 19th, 2013
Want to get rid of that iPhone you dropped in the bathtub? Apple may now give you something for it.
Apple’s Reuse and Recycling Program promises you an Apple Store gift card in exchange for your used iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Mac desktop. You can then use that gift card toward a new Apple device or accessory.
Until Monday, water-damaged devices weren’t accepted as trade-ins. But the Reuse and Recycling Program site now asks if the device you wish to send in has been damaged by water. How can you tell?
Most iPhones and iPads have a liquid contact indicator dot in the bottom of the headphone jack. If water has damaged the device, this dot will appear red or pink rather than the usual white or silver. An Apple support page explains the process in greater detail. More
November 18th, 2013
Verizon Wireless will get its own Lumia 2520 tablet — a day earlier than AT&T.
Verizon said Monday that its version of the Lumia 2520 would hit stores on Thursday.
It will sell for $400 when purchased with a two-year contract, although Verizon said it was a limited-time offer.
It will cost $500 sans contract.
Verizon will at least take advantage of the color options, offering both the black and red versions online, while the black is available in stores.
The Lumia 2520 is Nokia’s first tablet, and runs on Windows RT 8.1, just like the Surface 2. More