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Verizon’s Lumia 2520 hits stores Thursday for $400

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

Dell returns to Android with the Venue 7 and 8, starting at $149

November 15th, 2013

Aside from screen and body size, the Venue tablets are practically identical. The 7-inch tablet will ship with 16GB of storage for $149, while the 8-incher starts at $189 with 16GB of storage. There will also be a 32GB version of the Venue 8 available at an as-yet-undisclosed higher price. The two tablets will be available in a choice of red or black chassis.

Each tablet houses a 2GHz Clover Trail processor, with a 1,280×800-pixel-resolution IPS screen. Dell says the tablets will ship with Android 4.2.2, but that an upgrade to KitKat will be available sometime after the OS is ready.

The Venue 7 has a front-facing WGA camera and a 3-megapixel back camera, with the Venue 8 receiving higher-quality shooters, including a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear camera.

Both include a microSD slot and Dell says to expect both Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions.  More


Inside Coin’s techie vision for the all-in-one credit card

November 14th, 2013

In a compact San Francisco office suite equipped with soldering stations and swipe-testing machines, Coin’s team of seven has been working furiously to perfect the final prototype of an unlimited credit card. No, not one that will let you charge with abandon. Rather, a device as slim as a standard piece of payment plastic that can hold countless credit, debit, and gift cards in its dynamic magnetic stripe.

Kanishk Parashar, the CEO and founder of the Y Combinator-backed startup, embodies the effort-worn entrepreneur. “I got to work out today,” he said, eyeing the limited set of weights in the waterfront suite’s back room, a combination of a hangout and meeting room space adorned with a gigantic television and a beat-up original NES.

It was why he admitted to feeling a bit winded. Running a hardware startup means he doesn’t get much time for anything else. Yet he’s more animated as he glances over to a table lined with what look like flattened Raspberry Pi’s grafted to multicolored business cards.  More

LG Exalt flip phone available

November 14th, 2013

Though smartphones are all the rage right now, some mobile consumers are more keen on owning a simple flip phone instead. Enter the LG Exalt, a no-muss, no-fuss flip phone available for $79.99 on Verizon after users sign a two-year contract.

The phone features an all-black construction, alphanumeric buttons, and data connectivity for e-mail and Web browsing.

On the outside of the handset is a small external LED display. In addition, the device houses a 3-inch WQVGA display that has a 400×260-pixel resolution. Below the screen is a keypad that includes four navigational buttons, and shortcuts to launch the alarm and speaker.  More

Microsoft’s new iPad rival is the Windows 8 tablet

November 13th, 2013

Even the most ardent Microsoft fans will admit that the company’s tablet rivalry with Apple has been one-sided for quite some time.

No matter how well designed, Microsoft’s marquee tablet, the Surface, has failed to gain much traction, and the iPad still sits high atop the market share list — although Android competitors are closing the gap. And early Tuesday, Apple finally made its latest move on the mini tablet front: The iPad Mini with Retina Display went on sale in the United States and a handful of other countries.

But Microsoft’s play against the iPad may increasingly have less to do with the Surface, and more to do with smaller tablets running Windows 8 and 8.1 software. Only recently — since the second half of this year — has Microsoft had Windows 8 offerings on smaller display tablets like the Acer Iconia 8.1-inch tablet. That one goes for as little as $321.77 (though it’s also worth noting that Microsoft’s original Surface now goes for $350.)  More


CEO: BlackBerry has ‘financial strength for the long haul’

November 13th, 2013

Reports of BlackBerry’s death have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to its interim CEO.

In a blog posted Wednesday and aimed at the BlackBerry community, Executive Chairman John Chen said the company is looking toward the future rather than dwelling on the past. He acknowledged that BlackBerry’s effort to remake itself will require time, discipline, and tough decisions. But he said he was confident the company will recapture its past success.

“We have begun moving the company to embrace a multiplatform, BYOD world by adopting a new mobility management platform and a new device strategy,” Chen said. “We are also leveraging our tremendous assets, including BBM, our network, and QNX. While we are proud of these accomplishments, we know there is more work to be done.”  More


Solid stylus features at an affordable price

November 12th, 2013

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 is your best bet. It costs only $200 — compared to the Note 8′s $380 price tag — and is outfitted with enough features to satisfy those looking to save some cash, while still taking advantage of a stylus interface.

However, you won’t have to look too closely to see where Nvidia cut some corners in design. The long, uncomfortable groove along the tablet’s right edge — a space which the included screen cover/stand slides into — the uncovered microSD slot, and the plastic-y cheap feel of its body (despite a rather smooth back), all indicate that while EVGA and Nvidia offer a lot for $200, some sacrifices were made to get to that price.

And that’s not to mention the unimpressive 1,280×800 resolution screen that randomly locks itself into a horizontal position, a crappy front camera, and dearth of useful stylus apps.  More


Amazon to begin offering Sunday delivery option for purchases

November 11th, 2013

Amazon will begin Sunday delivery of packages to customers in the nation’s two largest cities later this month with the help of the US Postal Service.

The Internet retail giant announced late Sunday that it would begin offering the delivery option for certain items in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas on November 17. Amazon expects to expand the offering next year to Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

“If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for them Sunday night,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, said in a statement.  More.

High-Tech Texan: How to handle ‘ransomware’ viruses

November 8th, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1520 now up for preorder via AT&T, Microsoft

November 8th, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is now officially available for preorder through both AT&T and Microsoft with a launch date of November 22.

AT&T’s preorder page shows the phone selling for $199 with the standard two-year contract, $584 month to month, and $27 per month through the carrier’s Next installment plan. The 1520 is available in red, black, white, and yellow. AT&T promises a ship date of November 19.

Microsoft is now offering preorders of the Lumia 1520 via AT&T for the same $199 price tag and $549 off contract. Customers can preorder the phone at Microsoft’s Web site or at one of its retail outlets. The online preorder page shows only black, white, and red as the available colors. But Microsoft has a few perks up for grabs.

People who preorder the Lumia 1520 through Microsoft before November 22 will get a $50 Microsoft Store app card, a free flip cover valued at $39.99, a $20 app card provided by Nokia, and a free download of “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows Phone. Those who buy the phone on or after November 22 will score all of those items except for the flip cover.  More