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Nook HD and HD+ tablets get massive, inventory-shifting UK price cut


Nook HD and HD+ tablets get massive, inventory-shifting UK price cut

Fancy a cheap tablet/ereader for your summer holidays? Well they don’t come at much better value than the newly reduced Barnes & Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ devices.

As part of the Get London Reading initiative, the company has cut the price of the 8GB Nook HD to just £99 (from £149), while the 16GB version is down to £129, knocking £60 off the RRP.

The 16GB iteration of the 9-inch Nook HD+ is now £149 from £229, while the 32GB tablet offers the biggest saving of all at £179 from £269.

Barnes & Noble says the price cuts, which span all retailers at which the devices are sold, will be for a limited time.

Charitable or opportunistic?

However, as charitable as it seems to encourage greater literacy by facilitating cheaper ebook readers, there are other factors at play here, mainly B&N’s admission it cannot compete with Amazon or Apple.

The Nook division recently posted big losses and, as a result, Barnes & Noble has said it’ll no longer be manufacturing its own tablets, instead licensing the name out to third parties.

This move allows the company to shift some of the outstanding Nook inventory under the face-saving guide of a charity event, rather than openly market a fire sale on its Nook tablets.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if the tablets stayed at this price from here on in, despite B&N’s assertions that its a limited time deal. Time will tell.

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Suspicious HTC tablet pictures hit the web


Suspicious HTC tablet pictures hit the web

Spurious photos of what is supposedly a new HTC tablet have hit the net, bringing Apple-ish looks to an Android tablet.

The images come by way of a newly-set up Twitter account @evleaks and we smell a serious rat – this tablet looks so much like an iMac that this HTC tablet can’t possibly be a real product that’s coming to market.

And if it is, well, Apple’s lawyers have just had a decent warm-up against Samsung, we’re sure they’re up for another round of legal fisticuffs.

Weird appliance

Another weird thing is that both the front- and rear-mounted cameras seem to be on the bottom of the tablet rather than the top.

HTC tabletImage credit: @evleaks

The images are quite convincing though, looking as though they’ve been pulled from a promo video and showing a very slim, asymmetrically bezelled tablet.

What’s more, it doesn’t jive too badly with what we know HTC is working on; a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet with a screen resolution of 1280×752.

HTC tabletImage credit: @evleaks

We reckon HTC’s more likely to take aim at the 7-inch tablet market though, which would mean that this 10-inch looking tablet is either a pretty good fake or a prototype; but until the company makes its announcement, we don’t know much for sure.

Will we find out more about HTC’s Flyer successor at IFA 2012? We hope so. Stay tuned.



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New iPad UK release date revealed


New iPad UK release date revealed

CEO of Apple Tim Cook took to the stage today in San Francisco to announce that the new iPad (iPad 3) was indeed real and that it will be in the shops very very soon.

Ever since the arrival of an invite from Apple back in late February teasing that it is to launch something that we would want to ‘see’ and ‘touch’ speculation about the company’s latest device has hit fever pitch.

With this in mind it is a good job that Apple has made sure that the release of the iPad 3 is close enough to its reveal, so that it doesn’t anger its fan base by making them hold on for too long.

Leading the post PC world

Speaking about the new iPad and how it fits into Apple’s portfolion, Tim Cook said: “Apple is leading the Post PC revolution. We’re talking about a world where the PC is no longer the centre of your digital world.

“A world where the devices you use the most need to be more personal and more portable than any PC has ever been.

“We have three post PC products. The iPod… the iPhone, and the iPad.

“Any company would be thrilled to have just one of these devices – At Apple we’re fortunate to have all three.”

“For Apple, post PC devices made up 76% of our revenues – we have our feet firmly planted in the post PC future.”

New iPad specs

Specs for the new iPad are impressive. The device has a retina display (2048 x 1536 pixels), there’s an A5X processor on board, 5MP camera, 1080p video recording, battery life is still set at 10 hours, but it’s now 9.4mm thin and 635g. There’s also LTE on board.

The new iPad UK release date is 16 March, with pre-orders starting from today. New iPad prices are as follows: 16GB is £399, 32GB is £479 and 64GB for £659. If you are in the US and want 4G, then $629, $729 and $829.



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Apple slates Samsung in new iPad keynote


Apple slates Samsung in new iPad keynote

Apple unveiled its new iPad today at an event in San Francisco, which isn’t much of a surprise – but the fact that it felt it needed to mock Samsung for its Galaxy Tab line-up is.

In his keynote about the new iPad, Tim Cook compared a number of apps on the Samsung Galaxy Tab with what they looked like on an iPad.

Speaking about the differences in quality of the official Twitter app, Cook said: “It kind of looks like a​ blown-up smartphone app running on a tablet — and that’s exactly what it is!”

When showing off Yelp, he noted: “Lots of whitespace, tiny text. It’s kind of hard to see.”

Bad Apple

Samsung and Apple have had one of the most public spats in the history of technology and it looks like this is one which is going to run and run.

Samsung has done a pretty good job of mocking Apple through its recent spate of adverts and it seems this has actually got to the usually cool Apple.

It was a bit of a road bump in the keynote, given that Apple’s hardware and its new iPad should speak for itself.

This is the same Apple which is trouncing the opposition when it comes to tablet sales.

For Samsung this can only be a good thing – sales wise it may be well behind, but it has niggled Apple and Cook used the new iPad’s announcement to bad mouth a rival.

Interesting stuff.



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New iPad release date revealed


New iPad release date revealed

CEO of Apple Tim Cook took to the stage today in San Francisco to announce that the new iPad (iPad 3) was indeed real and that it will be in the shops very very soon.

Ever since the arrival of an invite from Apple back in late February teasing that it is to launch something that we would want to ‘see’ and ‘touch’ speculation about the company’s latest device has hit fever pitch.

With this in mind it is a good job that Apple has made sure that the release of the iPad 3 is close enough to its reveal, so that it doesn’t anger its fan base by making them hold on for too long.

Leading the post PC world

Speaking about the new iPad and how it fits into Apple’s portfolion, Tim Cook said: “Apple is leading the Post PC revolution. We’re talking about a world where the PC is no longer the centre of your digital world.

“A world where the devices you use the most need to be more personal and more portable than any PC has ever been.

“We have three post PC products. The iPod… the iPhone, and the iPad.

“Any company would be thrilled to have just one of these devices – At Apple we’re fortunate to have all three.”

“For Apple, post PC devices made up 76% of our revenues – we have our feet firmly planted in the post PC future.”

New iPad specs

Specs for the new iPad are impressive. The device has a retina display (2048 x 1536 pixels), there’s an A5X processor on board, 5MP camera, 1080p video recording, battery life is still set at 10 hours, but it’s now 9.4mm thin and 635g. There’s also LTE on board.

The new iPad release date is 16 March, with pre-orders starting from today. New iPad prices are as follows: 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699. If you are in the US and want 4G, then $629, $729 and $829.



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