Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sony PlayStation 4 Ad Teasing the Japanese Users

Sony brought out the first advertisement of PlayStation 4 in YouTube to tease millions of possible users in Japan. The anticipated gaming console is now headed to Japanese living rooms and expected to reach by the first quarter of 2014. That video shows a crowd from European and American retail stores who are patiently waiting for the gaming machine.

Stocks of PlayStation 4 along with Xbox One is back in Walmart, Best Buy, Game Stop, and Amazon for a year-end sale. Because of the increasing demand, stocks doesn't last in most of these retail outlets in U.S. before the Christmas Day.

Sony PlayStation 4 Ad

Going back to that PlayStation 4 ad for Japanese users, watch the following video below:



May the Japanese people enjoy the rest of their gaming experience with PlayStation 4! And before I can forget, that video also noted that the official release will fall on February 22, 2014.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro SM-P907A is Now in AT&T for Testing

Few days ago, EVLeaks revealed the plan of Samsung to offer a 12.2-inch handheld machine, the Galaxy Note Pro. And that is expected to reach the global market by the month of January or February. However, that story remains unclear until now. But according to another unconfirmed report, an SM-P907A model is currently in AT&T for further testing.

It must be a variant of SM-P900 or SM-P905 model that previously revealed by EVLeaks in Twitter. This machine might be distributed exclusively by AT&T on the first quarter of 2014. There is no official statement from Samsung that will confirmed this story but it is quite clear that the company is planning to sell a 12.2-inch tablet in United States.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro SM-P907A Tablet

According to a reliable source, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro SM-907A is powered by Snapdragon 800 CPU paired with 3GB (or more) of RAM. To start with 32GB of built-in storage with MicroSD card slot for additional space and expected to run an Android 4.4 operating system.

Furthermore, SM-907A has a 9500mAh Lithium-Ion battery and the 12.2-inch display is capable of supporting a 2560 x 1600-pixel full high-definition (HD) resolution. And probably, Samsung is also planning to introduce this new device in the upcoming CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada by January.

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 is Back in Sale Before the Year Ends!

The holiday season brought up the most anticipated gaming console in the market, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, sales in most of retail outlets has been terminated prematurely due to limited number of stocks. And now, a new wave of gaming machines is back for year end sale in Amazon, Walmart, Game Stop, Best Buy, and even in Microsoft Store (for their own product only).

Availability of items defers in total number of stocks. Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are now available for those folks who missed to catch the first batch few days ago. Furthermore, this might be the right time to pick a handful of video games regardless of your chosen gaming console because of affordable and budget-friendly prices.

As I can remember, stores faces a series of dilemma on how to keep up the needs consumers. Having been in tough scenario to make their stock alive in the midst of heavy seasonal buying. Some of the major suppliers in United States of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 returned on their track to sell as part of their year-end promo.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Store

And at this moment, specs from these gaming consoles is not so important to tell. Knowing where to buy in affordable prices matters!

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6.1-Inch Smartphone with 1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU

A new variant of Huawei Ascend Mate is coming according to Engadget. The upcoming line will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB built-in storage, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. Someone from a reliable source shared a handful of photos to confirmed that the company is really working for another version of Ascend Mate handset.

Those specs is not yet official and other related details are also expected to showed out on the line prior to its availability in the market. Huawei Ascend Mate 2 shares a several features from the previous version. A 6.1-inch phone with 720-pixel resolution. The handset may receive plenty of features and enhancements aside from a well-improved camera performance as noted by report.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6.1-Inch Smartphone

That includes a MicroUSB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, and a power efficient 1.6GHz CPU. The underlying quad-core technology could give a more responsive performance to cater the requirements of new applications in Android stores.

HTC's Another Colorful Smartphone, the Butterfly S 4G LTE!

While the disputed issue of Apple and Samsung continue, the Taiwan-based HTC is working in a handful of colorful handsets. Recently, a variant of One Max reached Hong Kong following its appearances in Taiwanese stores. And now, the first wave of HTC's Butterly S is now available in major network provider in the country as well in company's recognized retail outlets.

HTC Butterfly S 4G LTE is available in variety of colors just like of One Max line. Both of these models are probably designed to bump with iPhone 5c that threatened the Chinese mobile industries. By manufacturing a colorful smartphones in affordable prices can somehow hurt Apple. Recently, Taiwan's FTC fined the company for restricting the tags of their handset in local telecom carriers.

HTC Butterfly S 4G LTE Smartphone

The Butterfly S 4G LTE-enabled phone is also expected to sport a Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, camera with Ultra Pixel technology, 5-inch screen, 16GB built-in storage, MicroSD card slot (supports a maximum of 64GB additional storage), fully customized Android OS, and with slightly similar look with HTC One Max. Available in either metallic white, red, pink, and gray colors.

Availability of these handset in global market will probably start by the first quarter of next year as noted by reports. There is no clear pricing details yet but Butterfly S might be more affordable compared to the line of One Max.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite SM-N7505 is Coming in Q1 of 2014

A new breed of Samsung Galaxy Note is expected to arrive in global market by the first quarter of 2014. Hoping for a budget-friendly handset in two different models as mentioned recently by NDTV. And the company is currently working to deliver the first wave of smartphone by January according to Sam Mobile. For now, we are waiting for the official statement of the company to confirmed this story.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite SM-N7505 is also expected as an LTE-enabled device with a closer appearance to its predecessors. It is also possible for this variant to come in several color, new exciting features, well-improved performance, and most of all, the most affordable model to hit the market by next year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite SM-N7505

Furthermore, the company is probably planning to introduce the handset in the upcoming Consumers Electronic Show (CES) in U.S. as well in Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Ahead of its public announcement, Sam Mobile recently revealed a few details related to Galaxy Note 3 Lite in Twitter.

SM-N7505 is expected to sports a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED or full high-definition (HD) IPS display. Other than that, specs and pricing details are still hanging around for us to follow.

Previously, Sam Mobile also revealed the plan of Samsung to showcase a 12.2-inch line of Galaxy Note Pro in CES 2014. Both are also expected to run a customized Android operating system bundled with Stylue Pen.

Red HTC One Max Spotted in Hong Kong for About $800.00

Following the appearances of HTC One Max in Taiwanese market, a red and black variants is now available in Hong Kong for $6,198.00 (HK) which is about $800.00 in U.S. dollar. A not so reasonable price to catch this holiday season, right? However, this handset is probably limited to the number of unit available in the market.

A Facebook page of HTC Hong Kong showcases a colorful models with the same specs noted in previous reports from Taiwan. An amber gold themed version is just a variant of these new wave of colorful 5.9-inch smartphones. Both are powered by Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz quad-core processor and sports a full high-definition (HD) 1080-pixel resolution.

Red HTC One Max Spotted in Hong Kong

And what makes a red and black variants unique from electric and vivid blue, gold, or white? Probably, the elegance of a vivid neutral colors that resembles a holiday season in Hong Kong. This might be a limited edition of HTC One Max with higher storage capacity compared to some models that appeared in Taiwan.

Furthermore, that local Facebook page of HTC also noted some of its available features. And that includes a Boom Sound technology, 4G LTE support, 4-megapixel camera (with Ultra Pixel feature), and fingerprint scanning capability. It is also packed with 2GB of RAM and powered by a 3,300mAh Lithium-Ion battery. Also available in either 32GB or 64GB model.

Availability of HTC One Max in other Asian countries as well in Europe is also expected by the first quarter of 2014.

LG Officially Announced Optimus L II Series with Knock Standard Feature

Smartphone manufacturers continue to innovate by adding and enhancing features in most of their upcoming products. And that is to stay on the game by giving the best treatments they can offer to billion of users around the globe. LG officially announced that "Knock" feature is now the company standard. Allowing first the Optimus L II Series to showcase the unique functionality.

Update for old LG Optimus L Series will become available by the month of January as mentioned in a press release coming South Korea. Knock is also available in LG's 8.3-inch G Pad tablets as well in G Flex curved handset.

LG Knock Feature in Optimus L II Series

The company also introduce this unique feature in the first wave of G2 smartphones which enable user to tap twice the screen in turning on the device. However, the power button is actually located at the back side of the handset. A more convenient way to operate in a button-less like gadget. And now, they are changing the way to unlock the entire system by giving an extra feature coming from the company initiative.

Knock is also capable of locking the entire handset as its reverse function. This feature is quite similar to the common steps on how to lock and unlock a smartphone through a typical button.

The following are LG's new upcoming phones treated with Knock:
  • Optimus L1 II Dual
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Optimus L5 II Dual
  • Optimus L3 II
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
Furthermore, Knock is also available in LG 5.5-inch G Pro Lite handset which are now available in the global market. Most of the above Optimus L II Series will come with different underlying specs and performance but expected to have a common feature.

And before I can forget, aside from Knock, these upcoming handsets are also expected to receive an Android 4.3 updates.

Alcatel Introduces Idol X with Octa-Core CPU and Boom Band

TCL recently brought out a two variants of Idol X in China. The 5-inch handset with octa-core CPU for about 2-thousand yuan. As predicted, Alcatel finally confirmed the availability of their new line of product with Boom Band smart bracelet for less than 250-euro. It is powered by MediaTek MT6592 at 2GHz top speed paired with 2GB of RAM.

Acatel Idol X is now the second generation of handset to embraced the power of 8-core technology. And TCL is a China-based company behind the development of the smartphone and its accessories.

Alcatel Introduces Idol X with Octa-Core CPU and Boom Band

For specs and other important info related Idol X, see the following list below:
  • CPU: MediaTek MT6592 at 2GHz (octa-core)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 4GB or up
  • Display: 5-inch full high-definition (HD) IPS with 1080-pixel resolution
  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Battery: 2500mAh
  • Thickness: 7.9-millimeter
Furthermore, Idol X is currently available in Chinese retail stores and availability in European and other Asian market will follow by the first quarter of 2014. The above list of specs is not enough to bring a more clearer details about the handset.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lamborghini Offers a Fully Customized iPad Cover for Only 44-Euro

For about $60.00 (44-euro), Lamborghini offers a signed and customized iPad cover. It is currently available for order in official online store of the company. A plastic protective gear suitable for second and third generation of 11-inch tablet. Additional offer includes a customized cover for iPhone and their sports car inspired tablet port.

The iPad cover is available in five different colors inspired by the ambiance of 12-cylinder and 700-horsepower racing machines from Lamborghini. I do not know if it is official for Apple and a car manufacturer to produce accessories with the same purpose, to protect our handheld machines inspired by speed and power.

Lamborghini Signed iPad Cover

Buyer can choose from either orange, black, blue, metallic white, or yellow color. The good thing is, each of this iPad cover is treated with original logo from Lamborghini. And that could make the back side of our tablet appears like a front hood of Aventador LP 700-4.

Furthermore, a signed Ferrari Challenge Leather Case previously showed out in Amazon. However, sale was temporarily terminated due to limited number of stocks. It might be an original accessory just like of this Lamborghini plastic covers. Compared to that leather case of Ferrari, the price is obviously high for a handmade customized interior-like gear.

In addition, no words for any available protective gear coming from Lamborghini intended for iPad Mini and iPad Air yet. But other people are also looking forward for its availability in other regions by the following months.

NVidia Tegra Note 7 Update is Treated with Android 4.3 and Stylus Pen

Several smartphones and tablet computers with Android 4.3 are now headed to the global market. Few of these are treated with additional features coming from the newly customized operating system and some are newest variants to replaced their predecessors. And upon knowing that an upgraded version is about to appear in stores, the most exciting part is to compare the advantage of having an old model and the new one.

According to Liliputing, an upgraded model of NVidia Tegra Note 7 is coming. The 7-inch machine is now treated with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) plus a stylus pen and fully enhanced camera. NVidia was known as the prominent manufacturer of tablet computers for Zotac and Gigabyte as well for EVGA. It means, we have to expect an updated version of Android for those machines to come from these producers.

NVidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet

Furthermore, NVidia is also expected to introduce a new additional software intended for stylus pen. That is to maximize the function of this accessory and to extend the user experience with Tegra Note 7 machines regardless of the flagship.

On the other side, newly upgraded handheld machines with Windows 8.1 are now on the same track to the market. Compared to Android-powered device, affordable prices is always on the top of buyer's choices. Budget-friendly tablets will always dominate the market share but in terms of features, that is a different story to tell, right?

LG Model 11T Tablet is Coming with Intel Bay Trail-T Processor

Zauba recently revealed a cargo document that specifies a prototype of LG's upcoming new handheld machine with Intel Bay Trail-T processors. However, nobody knows the exact name of this device aside from a strand of info coming from Banglore Air Cargo. And it is possibly a 2-in-1 hybrid PC to come in two different models.

Google Play previously introduced the 8-inch tablet of LG along with Sony Xperia Z Ultra C6808. And now, the company is probably planning to sell a fully convertible tablets with Intel Atom Z3470 or Z3770. A bigger variant of LG G Pad with 11-inch screen. This size is closer to several notebook computers as well to HP's Pavilion x2 series.

LG 11T 2-in-1 Tablet

LG was known for manufacturing smartphones with Snapdragon line of processors. But now, the appearances of Intel Bay Trail-T along in 11T device model reminds me of a more powerful and energy efficient machine. For now, there is no official statement from LG that could verify the entire story. And is clear that the South Korean company will be joining HP and Acer to produce a series of 2-in-1 PC.

There is no other specs included on that fact sheet recovered by Zauba aside from the prototypes with Intel Atom Z3470 at 1.46GHz powered model and Intel Atom Z3770 at 1.33GHz. That document is not enough to confirmed that 11T will be the official name of these two machines. Probably, this will also come with either Windows 8 or Android operating system.

Roundup: GTA San Andreas is Rolling Out in App Store, Acer Iconia W4 Debuted in Amazon, and Availability of HP Chromebook 11

The gaming industry continue to innovate despite of different possible platform in the market. Making a positive twists for handful of video games which are now running in iOS environment. That extends our gaming experience to touchscreen technology from a typical Xbox, PlayStation, and PC consoles. A milestone for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for another niche to stay on the top of competition.

Let us join Carl Johnson for another exciting adventure in the streets of Los Santos, Las Venturas, and San Fierro. The three crowded cities to visit in GTA: San Andreas. For only $6.99, the thrill and excitement of every chapter is now available in touchscreen environment. There are plenty of features as well enhancements for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad version of the game.

GTA San Andreas iOS Version

Furthermore, a 64GB variant of Acer Iconia W4 series now available in Amazon for about $380.00 (base price). The store offers an additional accessories and protective gears but that is good for another set of prices. Furthermore, the 8-inch tablet is powered by Intel Atom Z3740 (1.33GHz) CPU with 2GB DDR3 RAM and 64GB storage.

Acer Iconia W4 Series from Amazon

Google introduces HP Chromebook 11 a month ago but has been recalled due to several problems. In my surprise, Amazon is also offering a $370.00 model along with HP Pavilion x2 (2-in-1 hybrid PC) with Intel Pentium N3510 CPU. Both of these machines came from different line with the same Windows 8 operating system.

In addition, TCL Idol X+ is now in China. It is about to reached the global market by the first quarter of 2014. Probably, the 5-inch handset with a powerful MediaTek MT6592 CPU is also expected to arrive in the upcoming Consumers Electronic Show (CES) under the flagship of Alcatel.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1320 is Debuted First in Chinese Retail Stores

Nokia brought out the first wave of colorful Lumia 1320 handsets in China. According to WMPoweruser report and trend of conversations in Nokia, the company officially announce the availability of a thin 6-inch Windows phone in several Chinese retail stores. And it is also expected to arrive in Taiwan as well in Hong Kong, Singapore and the neighboring countries.

Compared to Lumia 1520, 1320 is a budget-friendly and affordable smartphone with updated Windows Phone 8 operating system. It is available in different variety of colors with underlying dual-core technology.

Nokia Lumia 1320 in Chinese Retail Stores

Pricing of Nokia Lumia 1320 is also expected to vary based on regional outlets and taxation. For specs and other important details, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.7GHz (dual-core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB (built-in) and with free 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
  • Operating System: Windows Phone 8
  • Display: 6-inch high-definition (HD) LCD IPS with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution (made of Gorilla Glass)
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (rear) with Auto Focus Tech and 0.3-megapixel front
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and also an LTE-enabled device
  • Ports: MicroUSB, MicroSD card slot, HAAC microsoft and standard stereo audio input/output jack
  • Body Dimension: 164.25 x 85.9 x 9.79-millimeter
  • Weight: 220-gram
  • Battery: 3400mAh Lithium-Ion
Probably, Nokia is currently working on their very own first Moneypenny dual-SIM handset as noted by previous reports aside from introducing this new handset in Asia. And they planning to extend the reached of Lumia 1320 in European market by the first quarter of 2014.

Mad Catz First Generation of Xbox One Force Feedback Racing Wheel

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., introduces their first and very own Xbox One's Force Feedback Racing Wheel controller way back in August. Following the launching of Microsoft's most anticipated gaming console, some folks in forum and blogging communities are now sharing their experiences from the stunning and interactive gaming accessory.

Due to its luxurious design, it is capable to offer a realistic driving experience. That includes a movable set of pedals with aluminum plates. User can choose the right angle and height for the two different modules (wheel and pedal set) as well for spaces they need. It enable players to choose in several types of racing games to play with using the fully customized controller.

Mad Catz First Generation of Xbox One Force Feedback Racing Wheel

One Force Feedback Racing Wheel is the first generation of controller coming from Mad Catz. Hopefully, the company could offer flight simulator accessories other than a typical driving modules. Far from what we know, the company also announced the availability of their very own M.O.J.O. micro gaming console. A television box powered by Android operating system.

Zero Devices Introduces Z6C Android-powered TV Box and Gaming Console

Zero Devices is about to bring their very own gaming console powered by a quad-core technology and Android operating system. It seems to be a typical television box with additional accessories but upon reading the complete specs, it is capable of extending the user experience from playing video games that runs in Android platform to watch movies and more.

This machine has a close relationship with other television box or even in some mini computers. A system that relies on any type of TV with HDMI support for the entire function.

Zero Devices Z6C Entertainment Box is pretty similar to Mad Catz M.O.J.O. gaming console with the same features. Both are designed for direct television streaming and packed with wireless controller as well some of underlying parts.

Zero Devices Z6C Android-powered Entertainment Box

For the several specs of Z6C Entertainment Box posted by Asiapads in Facebook, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex A9 (quad-core)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: 8GB (built-in)
  • Operating System: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (available in two modes), Bluetooth 4.0, and standard Ethernet (through RJ45)
  • Ports: Three standard USB and one MicroUSB, SPDIF, HDMI (compatible to 3D graphics), and TF Memory
  • Joystick: Exclusively designed wireless controller
  • Others: IR remote control and MicroSD card slot
Z6C Entertainment Box is also compatible to any 720-pixel webcam, USB PS2 keyboard and mouse, and even to any external hard drive for additional storage.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Exciting Features and Enhancements

Rockstar Games rolled out the exclusive version of Grand Theft Auto for iOS a couple of weeks ago. It is currently available for about $7.00 in App Store. Carl Johnson is now in the state of San Andreas for another exciting quests in the crowded streets of Los Santos. And its newest touchscreen platform is adding a several difference compared to a typical PC gaming environment.

Furthermore, Grand Theft Auto: San Adreas is working in most iOS powered devices. That includes iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c smartphones. It is also working in the 5th generation of iPod Touch, 2nd to 4th generation of iPad, the newly announced iPad Air, iPad Mini and Mini with Retina Display technology. Versions for Android as well in Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile is about to follow.

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas in iOS

For exciting features and game enhancements (from version), see the following list below:
  • Well improved characters, full high-definition (HD) graphics, and more advance lightning effects intended to fit in Apple iPad with Retina Display
  • Dynamic and real-time environment for good transition of characters and shadows
  • Supports all controllers intended for iOS that works in most of Apple portable devices
  • Offers a cloud saving option for the members of Rockstar Social Club
  • It has a fully functional dual analog stick controller for movements of characters
  • Users can choose from three different control schemes added
  • And updated check-point system is also available
Aside from Los Santos, Rockstar Games offers a two more fictional cities for Carl Johnson to explore. And that is the city of Las Venturas and San Fierro.

Quality of graphics may change on user's platform. iPhone and iPod Touch brought out the deepest color that the video game can offer. Hopefully, this version of Grand Theft Auto will also work smoothly in other future updates of iOS 7.

HP Chromebook 11-1101US Showed Out in Amazon for $370.00

The "Made with Google" machine showed out in Amazon for about $370.00 only. However, availability started in the month of October 2013 but due to several complaints, HP decided to pull out the first wave of 11.6-inch machine. Google recently introduced their own version of Chromebook 11 in less than $300.00 with different specs compared to Amazon.

Furthermore, the price of HP Chromebook 11-1101US is higher compared to its variant in Google. Both are powered by the same operating system with no difference in terms of processor and other underlying parts.

HP Chromebook 11-1101US in Amazon US

For more, see the following list for the complete specs of Chromebook 11 in Amazon:
  • CPU: Samsung Exynos 5250 GAIA at 1.7Ghz (dual-core)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3L
  • Storage: 16GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6-inch with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution
  • Graphics: ARM Mali-T604 at 533MHz dynamic frequency
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and Ethernet
  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • Battery: One Lithium-Ion (can last to a maximum of 6-hour)
  • Others: Two USB 2.0 and MicroUSB (intended for charging)
And before I can forget, OMG Chrome also noted that all Chromebook 11 was previously recalled by Google and offers a free replacement of charges prior to overheating problem.

Sale in Amazon United States (available in white or blue color only) is ongoing but we need to look forward for this machine will possibly arrive in Best Buy and other online stores in affordable and lower prices.

HP Pavilion x2 11T-H000 with Intel Pentium N3510 Processor

For about $600.00, HP brought out a Pavilion x2 11T-H000 hybrid PC with Intel Pentium N3510 quad-core CPU running at 2GHz top speed with 2MB cache. It is paired with Intel HD Graphics (with 750MHz dynamic frequency), 4GB DDR3 memory, 64GB SSD storage, and specifically designed to run a 64-bit Windows 8 operating system.

Compared to HP Omni 10 tablet, Pavilion x2 11T series has a detachable keyboard. Ergonomically designed for a laptop mode and as a keyboard-less like machine. User can easily switch from one form to another depending on their choice. HP introduces this device as a 2-in-1 machine because of its detachable parts.

HP Pavilion x2 11T-H000 with Intel Pentium N3510

Furthermore, Pavilion x2 11T has a magnetic hinge to maintain a stronger bond between a mountable keyboard (with standard keys for notebook computers) and multi-touch enabled 11.6-inch screen. Other specs includes a typical 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (no words for version 4.0), standard audio input/output jack, USB 3.0 and 2.0, and HDMI ports.

Its 11.6-inch display supports a full high-definition (HD) 1366 x 768-pixels resolution powered by LED-backlit technology. A protective layer is probably available to avoid direct scratches in original screen.

In addition, Pavilion x2 11T model with 128GB storage is also available in a much higher price. And upgrade from base configurations is also optional and with a different tag.

Acer Iconia W4-820-2466 64GB Model is Now Available in Amazon

Few days ago, this Acer 8-inch Windows-powered tablet, the Iconia W4 series is debuted in Hong Kong. And now, for about $400.00 or less, the 64GB model is currently available in Amazon. Special offers includes a six-month period financing with regular restriction in zero interest rate.

However, its 32GB variant is about to follow. This model is powered by Intel Atom Z3740 at 1.33GHz (quad-core) processor and 2GB LPDDR3 RAM.

Acer Iconia W4-820-2466 has a promising 8-hour battery life from its two cell built-in Lithium-Ion power bank. Only available in metallic "Smokey Gray" color with 2-megapixel (front) and 5-megapixel (rear) cameras.

This is the first Windows 8.1 powered tablet that appears in Hong Kong retail stores as well in Amazon. Has a built-in Intel HD4000 graphics, stereo speakers, and digital microphone.

Acer Iconia W4-820-2466 64GB Model

Furthermore, this model is also packed with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MicroUSB, and MicroHDMI ports. It has a MicroSD memory slot which support a maximum of 64GB card compatible to SDHC 2.0. The 8-inch screen of Iconia W4 also supports a full high-definition (HD) 1280 x 800-pixel resolution (due to IPS LCD and Zero Air Gap display technology).

Compared to its Iconia W700, this model is primarily designed to have a higher power efficiency rating because of Intel Bay Trail processor. Other specs are listed on its Amazon product page that includes some of its capabilities and unique features. This available model of Iconia W4 is also bundled with Microsoft Office Home and Student software.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Roundup: Golden HTC One Max, iOS 7.x Jailbreak, New Xperia Z Series, and iPhone 5 to Visit China

For the past few days, I was totally amazed by stories, press releases, and reports coming from reliable sources. It's all about the twist made in several devices by respective manufacturers. We do not know the exact plan of mobile phone producers in the future but having a droplet of ideas can help us understand the technological revolution.

In Taiwan, aside from knowing that the country's FTC is imposing a sanction to Apple's iPhone, HTC recently announced the availability of a golden One Max handset. Other regions should expect the new smartphone with amber gold theme in the first quarter of 2014.

On the other side, the team of Evasi0n brought out the first operational jailbreak for iOS 7.x. It is compatible to most of the newest version of iPhone, iPad, and the new generation of iPod Touch. However, possible user must expect a possible risk in tweaking their gadget and void in warranties.

Sony is about to introduce the new line of Xperia Z series with Android 4.3 update. Packed with additional features and capabilities which are not available in previous version. Update for the old version of Android is now on its way to the predecessors of Xperia phones.

And iPhone 5s and 5c is expected to arrive in Chinese stores by January of 2014. A tough decision made by Apple to compete in the land of world's top mobile phone producers.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

TCL Idol X+ 5-Inch Phone with 2GHz MediaTek MT6592 8-Core CPU

For about 2-thousand yuan, TCL brought out a 2GHz eight-core powered handset. The first phone I heard with more than four operational cores spotted by Engadget China. It is the new predecessor of Idol X or the second generation of its kind to reached the market by January 15, 2015. According to a reliable source, availability will start in Jingdong Mall in China.

Chinese smartphone manufacturers are moving forward to bring a more powerful handsets. TCL is better known as Alcatel in other Asian countries. The first company to introduced a MediaTek MT6593 octa-core chip in Idol X+ (X Plus) handset and its variant.

TCL Idol X+ 5-Inch Phone with 2GHz MediaTek MT6592 8-Core CPU

For additional specs of Idol X+, see the following list below:
  • CPU: 2GHz MediaTek MT6593
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Display: 5-inch 1080-pixel IPS
  • Storage: 4GB and up (approximate size)
  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Thickness: 7.9-millimeter with 1.9-millimeter border
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (no words for Wi-Fi yet)
  • Battery: 2,500mAh
  • Operating System: Unidentified (probably, a customized version of Android)
  • Others: F 2.0 rear camera, Maxim 9720 headphone amplifier, and auto-focus cam capability
Idol X+ will come in either blue, white, and yellow colors. However, availability in other regions will follow as soon the first wave of handset lands to Chinese users.

Taiwan FTC Fined Apple for Restricting iPhone Prices

The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined Apple of more than $600-thousand due to restriction in prices of iPhone. According to Austrian Tribune, the company is trying to force local network providers in particular prices for their smartphone before settling in the country. And they would like to impose a restriction which captures the attention of government agency.

Furthermore, the Taiwanese government will sued Apple for a total sum of $20-million fine upon changing the service contracts with three local carriers. It is all because of free-trade law in the country which prohibit businesses to control prices. The three network providers who are settling a deal with Apple are Taiwan Mobile Co. Ltd., Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd., and the Chungwa Telecom Co. Ltd.

Taiwan FTC Fined Apple for Restricting iPhone Prices

Apple is looking a new niche for their iPhone 5c and 5s. However, Taiwan is different from other neighboring countries where they can impose their own price.

The home of HTC Max One golden handsets has been threatened by the closest competitor before reaching the global market. And their government is on the right move to avoid monopoly in prices. Probably, to let their native product survive the competition.

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet with Microsoft Office 2013

Dell is brave and prominent manufacturer to introduce an 8-inch tablet. Compared to some 7-inch brands in the market, Venue 8 Pro has a lowest price in less than $300.00 each. But on the other side, the big brother of this ultra-portable machine, the Venue 11 Pro comes with a closer specs but with different price. A good indication that Dell is joining the competition to offer affordable tablet packed Microsoft software.

Aside from having a power-efficient Intel Atom Z3740D (from the line of Intel Bay Trail) processor, it runs Windows 8.1 with pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student Edition. It means, programs running in a typical PC are now moving to a touchscreen environment.

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet with Microsoft Office 2013

Editing our documents in Venue 8 Pro and its variants are now changing our way of thinking towards MS Word, Excel, and even with PowerPoint presentation. Compared to Apple's iPad Mini, the price is quite reasonable for those folks who wants to keep up with their work from MS Office applications.

Accessories for Venue 8 Pro are also available. That includes a customized case and digital pen but that is for another set of prices. Compared to Android computing platform, there are some capabilities and features of this tablet which are not available in Google's native operating system.

Asus TD300LA Ultrabook with Either Windows or Android OS

Mobile Geeks from Germany spotted an upcoming new line of hybrid computer from Asus. The unknown TD300LA Ultrabook, a two-in-one machine with either Windows 8.1 or Android operating systems. This might be the first hybrid laptop with dual-boot capability as noted by a reliable source. However, nobody knows the exact name of this machine aside from a short details recovered from Zauba and GFX Benchmark databases.

Asus TD300LA will become available with either Intel Core i3-4020Y (with 1.5GHz speed) or Intel Core i7-4610Y (with 1.7GHz speed) processors. Both of these are made of dual-core technology from Intel Haswell line of microchips. A possible low-powered machine with a closer look to this year's Asus T100TA hybrid computer or with Asus Transformer Book T300LA.

Asus TD300LA Ultrabook with Either Windows or Android OS

Furthermore, Asus TD300LA could have a lot of difference in terms of performance because of the newest chips. And we must expect a convertible machine but not a budget-friendly one as expected. Just like of its predecessors, most of these Asus hybrid computers has a higher price compared to Acer, Lenovo, Dell, and even from several notebook of Sony.

In addition, this would come with 11.6-inch screen and 1366 x 768-pixel high-definition (HD) resolution. Has a well improved WXGA panel powered by a built-in Intel HD GPU. Other specs includes a gigabyte Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.0, and 128GB (or up) SSD storage.

The good thing is, Asus is planning to announce TD300LA few days from now in Consumers Electronic Shows (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. And extending buyer's experience to have a dual-boot hybrid computer that includes an Android platform as an option.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Microsoft Xbox One Gaming Console Converted to a Laptop Computer!

We know that Windows 8 is capable of running in mobile phones, PCs, and even in Xbox One. However, after watching one of DarkUncle33's video in YouTube recently, it is good to hear that a typical gaming console can possibly work as a laptop computer at the same time. A major modification has been made to give a more sophisticated features aside from having a wireless Kinect controller and joystick.

The Xbox One case has been reused. It is added with 22-inch monitor and standard analog audio jack for external speakers. The power light indicator has been moved to upper side and a disc drive facing the front side.

Microsoft Xbox One Gaming Console Converted to a Laptop Computer

To know more about this newly modified Xbox One, I suggest to watch the following video below:

DarkUncle33 created a unique model of Xbox One. A laptop-enabled gaming console with the same specs but added with capability to work as a portable machine.

According to the above video, the battery is not available within the entire package. And original power line of the gaming console must be used to keep the entire system running.

In addition, DarkUncle33 is also selling this gaming console in unknown price.

HTC One Max 16GB Model with Amber Gold Cover

HTC is joining Apple to produce a gold themed smartphones. Through the appearances of HTC One Max and its variants in Taiwanese market with amber gold covers. It is currently available for about 24-thousand yuan for a 16GB model supported in major telecommunication network providers all across the country. Because of a metallic look, it is closer to a device made of 24-carat gold.

Availability of HTC One Max in global market is about to follow as noted by a Chinese website. Few weeks ago, I heard that the company is planning to produce an iPhone 5s like smartphones. And they are now sending the first wave of that handsets in their very own market.

HTC One Max 16GB Model with Amber Gold Cover

For now, I am looking forward to the availability of these models in the neighboring countries of Taiwan by the first quarter of 2014 as well in European and American markets.

A new variant of HTC One (32GB model) is also available in amber gold theme. However, that color is only available in front and back covers. It doesn't change the default theme of Android operating system and underlying specs. And this will also become available in several colors aside from metallic gold.

According to a reliable source, buyers can choose from either Electric and Vivid Blue as well in Glamour Red with the ambiance of black.

OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition O-Touch Panel Review

Aside from having an impressive overall appearance because of its metal frame, OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition has a unique feature exclusively added for ergonomic purposes. That is to scroll down content without interfering the handset 5.9-inch screen. O-Touch Panel provides a different way to tap, scroll, and in taking of pictures. It can be operated in only one hand with two sides of access point to menus.

O-Touch Panel of N1 CyanogenMod has a 12-centimeter operational back-panel, a responsive side for user's to tap while operating in the front side. It is applicable in taking photos without blocking the actual screen as well in scrolling content for menus and browsers.

OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition O-Touch Panel Review

The advantage of having this feature is not actually available in other brands. It provides a comfortable way in handling the entire device with full high-definition (HD) display.

Furthermore, this review is not actually enough to deliver the entire capabilities of N1 CyanogenMod handset. Aside from O-Touch Panel, it is also equipped with O-Click Control which enables taking of photos remotely. A remote control accessory that can operate to a maximum of 15-meters away from the actual phone.

Applicable to N1 CyanogenMod rotating 206-degree camera with a firm lock in different angle. For more, watch the following video below:


Having a fully operational O-Touch Panel and O-Click remote control features, this might be the reason why N1 CyanogenMod is costing an about $600.00 each or more. The uniqueness and one-of-a-kind features makes this handset not a budget-friendly smartphone. For specs and other underlying technology, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB (32GB model is also available)
  • Screen: 5.9-inch
  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080-pixel
  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Battery: 3610mAh
  • OS: Customized Version of Android
Availability of 16GB model is currently limited to the number of stocks as noted by OPPO's N1 CyanogenMod Edition website.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rumor: Nokia's First Dual SIM Windows 8.1 Smartphone

Before the year ends few days from now, this might be the most interesting story I ever heard from the wild. It's all about the upcoming Nokia's first dual SIM handset with Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. And most of us doesn't know the exact plan of the prominent company in mobile phone industry, right? However, a screenshot coming from EVLeaks brought out a new topic to talk about.

According to Windows Phone Central, it was first spotted in India for testing, the Moneypenny dual-SIM phone. The RM-977 4.5-inch device capable of carrying two different cards at the same time. And Moneypenny is just a code name for this handset but the original flagship is no other than Nokia. That would be a variant of Nokia Lumia 630 or 635 models with a missing piece of details.

Nokia First Dual SIM Windows 8.1 Smartphone

Try to examine the above screenshot coming from EVLeaks, you are about to see the two 3Gs icon appears in the upper left-corner of the screen. That means two different signals are detected in only one screen.

For now, nobody knows the exact name of this upcoming dual-SIM handset nor official statement from the manufacturer. But according to other reports, this will come in less than $200.00 each. A budget-friendly smartphone coming from Nokia powered by Windows Phone 8.1.

Nokia is probably planning to bump their new upcoming smartphones to Android-powered handsets with dual-SIM capability in affordable prices as expected by practical people. Currently, there are handful of brands in the market which we cannot directly recognize but because of their one-of-a-kind features and unique styles as well of Android computing environment, it can really capture our attention.

There is no exact details for the specs of Moneypenny or Nokia's first dual-SIM phone. But I am waiting for other important info from any reliable sources on the line that will make clear of the entire story.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tricks on How to Get Rid of MS Excel Auto Fill Options

MS Excel Auto Fill Options was primarily designed to help encoding repetitive data more easier and faster. However, some users are actually complaining about it because of the way it works in front of other entries. It becomes annoying in several point, right? Although it is helpful for some folks, blocking the view of other cells is a different story.

The first trick I know is to press the "Escape" key. But try to imagine the number of times you need to tap the upper-left corner key of your keyboard while working in huge of amount of data and values. On the other hand, you can actually disable the Auto Fill Options. But you need to sacrifice this helpful features for a while.

How to Get Rid of MS Excel Auto Fill Options

To disable MS Excel Auto Fill Options, see the following steps below:
  1. In the left pane of your window, click File tab and choose Options. This will only work in MS Excel 2007, 2010, and future versions. You do a different technique in Excel 2003 by choosing Options in Tools menu, and to be followed by Edit tab;
  2. You must choose Advanced in the leftmost pane;
  3. In the section of Cut, Copy, and Paste, just unchecked the "Show Paste Options Button When Content is Pasted"; and
  4. Click "OK" to proceed.
And that will disable the entire fill as well pastes options. The following figure demonstrate the above steps:

Disabling MS Excel Auto Fill Options

Susan Harkins of Tech Republic shared a helpful tips on how to get rid of Auto Fill Options. And that is to use our mouse through a simple right-clicking and dragging of entries.

In using a mouse, all you have to do is to double-click your selected row or column borders. And do not change the row height or width. Next, you must click the Zoom Out or Zoom In located at the lower right-corner or bottom of MS Excel Window.

That will automatically dismissed all the available lists. This trick will actually work at any sheet you are working with. Hopefully, this few healthy tips to avoid the annoyance of Auto Fill Options will be improved by any future more easier procedures.

Sony Xperia Z Series with Android 4.3 Fully Enhanced Features

Expect the new variants of Sony Xperia Z series powered by Android 4.3 starting this December and first quarter of 2014. Recently, the company officially announced that the upcoming models to appear is stores has a fully enhanced features and refreshed models. A major changes are expected to happen in several apps and in some of the device capabilities.

Just like of the new upcoming handsets from Samsung, Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra are now headed to the global market with closer prices in handset's predecessors. These models are extending the range of user's experience through the updated features. I am also looking forward to iOS updates as stories about iPhone 6 and next generation of iPad started to showed out in news sources recently.

Sony Xperia Z Series with Android 4.3 Fully Enhanced Features

That includes Sony's very own Smart Social Camera, Facebook capability to stream live videos, and snapping of more than sixty photos through the TimeShift Burst technology.

A new version of Messaging, Small Apps, and MyXperia are all available in an Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) powered Xperia Z series. In terms of multimedia app, Album, Movies, and Walkman are also affected by the update. Additional option for Battery Stamina Mode are also available to extend the number of operating hours.

Furthermore, aside from Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, Sony is planning to refreshed the next line of other models (for Xperia ZL and Tablet Z) with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) few months from now.

Remember, changes are only made in operating system and native apps of Sony Xperia. The underlying specs of these handsets are all the same.

Risky Compatible Jailbreak for iOS 7.x from Evasi0n Team

Jailbreaks for earliest versions of iOS are all hanging around the web. Apple is currently working to patched this problem every now and then. However, some users prefer to throw away warranties of their device just to figure out the advantage of having a free application not coming from App Store. A risky decision for users that could either optimized their gadget for its purpose or exposed something to anyone who are watching their backs.

Sad to say, jailbreaking remains legitimate and probably, for a reason that most of us doesn't know about. The team of Evasi0n introduces a new tweak for iOS 7.x recently. The newest jailbreak compatible to most of Apple devices in the market. They are allowing users to get a copy of executable files (downloadable) for Macintosh and Windows powered machines. Upon executing that file (with guide from on-screen instruction), changes in user's device will take effect in just a matter of few minutes.

I am not suggesting this jailbreak or promoting its future capabilities. But I am giving a several important tips for anyone who would like to take the risks of losing the warranty of their device. Remember, changing your entire configuration could lead to some unwanted errors. That includes in user's installed applications, possible exposure of your account, and more.

In addition, according to few folks who already tried to jailbreak their gadgets with iOS 7.x, future updates will not become available for user's device. This might be one of the toughest possible problem for other upcoming apps that will only work in the latest upcoming versions of iOS. And I suggest, you must backup all your account in iCloud or iTunes before changing your settings.

Furthermore, that is for you to easily change your entire configuration from the risky do-it-yourself procedures. I haven't tried to jailbreak my apple devices yet since I got my first generation of iPad or having an interest upon hearing the first available jailbreak for iOS. That is for me to be more vigilant and to avoid future problems.

Risky Compatible Jailbreak for iOS 7.x from Evasi0n Team

And before I can forget, a reliable source of info about this compatible jailbreak says that this will only work in iPhone (includes 5s and 5c), all version of iPod Touch and iPad (also applicable in iPad Mini) running the latest version of iOS 7. You must also test your new configuration upon receiving the jailbreak using several apps coming from online sources.

Take note, jailbreaking doesn't mean you are upgrading your device!

BLU Introduces a 5-Inch Full HD Life Pure Smartphone

In a very humble beginning, BLU started to manufacture affordable smartphones in 2009. Far from what I know, this company is selling elegant handsets in United States and extending their reach in Latin American market. They are a prominent manufacturer based in Miami who offers a contract-free and unlocked phones. And capable of producing advanced mobile devices to compete with Apple, Samsung, Acer, LG, Lenovo, and other brands.

According to report coming from Virtual Press Office, BLU introduces a new 5-inch model with full high-definition (HD) capabilities due to underlying display technology from Japan Display, Inc (JDI). It's a BLU LIFE Pure Series! A shining quad-core powered device with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system and 13-megapixel camera.

BLU Introduces a 5-Inch Full HD Life Pure Smartphone

For specs and important details about BLU LIFE Pure series, see the following list below:
  • CPU: MT6589T 1.5GHz Cortex A7 from MediaTek
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Graphics: PowerVR SGX544
  • Display: 5-inch full HD with 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution
  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 13-megapixel (rear-facing) and 5-megapixel (front-facing)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB, and GPS
  • Supported Network: 2G and 3G (no words for 4G yet)
  • Dimension: 142 x 69.4 x 7.7-millimeter
  • Weight: 128-gram
  • Battery: 2000mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Other Features: Scratch-resistant Touch Panel, OGS, Accelerometer, Gyro, and Proximity technologies
Furthermore, LIFE Pure will become available in U.S. stores as well in Latin America few days from now for less than $350.00 each.

And it is also available in either Ceramic White or Matte Black colors. Accessories and other protective gear for LIFE Pure handsets are made by other manufacturers. BLU exclusively distributed this handset to store agents and recognized dealers.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Acer Iconia W4 8-Inch Tablet is Now Available in Hong Kong

Acer is reaching Hong Kong for the availability of Windows-powered Iconia W4 8.1-inch tablet. It is currently available in China special administrative region retail stores in less than $3,400.00. And several accessories for about $40.00 to $80.00 specifically designed to protect the portable machine are also appearing along the official release.

I am glad to hear that Chinese consumers can now experience the capability of Microsoft Windows 8.1 multiple language support and the stunning capabilities of Acer Iconia W4 tablet.

For more, see the following list for specs of Iconia W4:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z3740 (Bay Trail-T line) running at 1.8Ghz speed
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Graphics: Built-in Intel HD4000
  • Display: 8.1-inch with 1280 x 800-pixel high-definition (HD) resolution
  • Storage: 32GB (support to a maximum of 64GB)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS-enabled, Micro HDMI, Wi-Fi 802.11, and USB 3.0
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (rear) and 2-megapixel (front)
  • Battery: Expected to last for 10-hours or 8-hours
  • Available Accessories: Acer Crunch Cover, Crunch Keyboard, and MicroUSB Interface
Others: Standard Audio Input/Output, Support for Acer's Zero Air Gap technology
The overall look and feel of Iconia W4 shows an elegant and strong design because of the metal-like back cover.

Acer Iconia W4 8-Inch Tablet in Hong Kong Store

Availability in global market is about to start by the first quarter of 2014 as noted by reports. And also expect its possible appearances in the upcoming Consumers Electronic Show (CES) in January 7 to 10.

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c is Coming to China by January 17, 2014

China Mobile and Apple officially announced the availability of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c starting on January 17, 2014. According to Business Wire, the two different models of smartphone are scheduled to appear in stores all over the country. The local giant network provider is expanding their services for smartphones capable of taking advantage the speed of 4G/TD-LTE as well of 3G/TD-SCDMA technology.

Preregistration will become available in the official website of China Mobile by December 25, 2013 according to report. The CEO of Apple stated that they are glad to work with the world's network provider outside of United States. And they are extending the reach of their smartphone technology to Chinese people as well the neighboring Asian countries.

The new upcoming models of iPhone in China are all running iOS 7. A thinner handset compared to predecessors with ergonomic lightweight design. Both are powered by A7 64-bit CPU, packed with 8-megapixel camera from iSight and supports for FaceTime high-definition (HD) technology, True Tone, features a 4-inch Retina display, and variants of iPhone 5c are available in five different colors.

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c in China

In addition, the newly updated version of iOS of these smartphones is about to introduce the new user interface in Chinese language and regional settings. That includes a well improved multitasking capability and improvements in several features like control and notification centers, AirDrop, version of Safari, and in Siri.

However, pricing in China Mobile recognized retail outlets are not yet available. And currently, 4G LTE network services is only accessible to sixteen different cities. That includes Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing, and provinces with heavy population or high expected users. The network provider is also planning to cover the entire mainland China in the future.

Microsoft Offers an Additional 20GB Free Space for SkyDrive Users

Good news for SkyDrive users! Microsoft offers an extended 20GB of free storage this holiday season. A complimentary freebies or gift for people who are using Windows-powered smartphones. From 7GB initial free size, it is now jumping to a total of 27GB. However, when your subscription expires and you exceed from the minimum amount of free space, they will not allow any user to upload additional files but viewing, sharing, and downloading of files will continue. This will force us to buy an upgrade for more storage space.

Current subscribers received a notification via e-mail additional 20GB free space. And this is only good for one whole year starting on January 31, 2014. For now, saving your photos, videos, and other files will be saved in 7GB space. Consumers could only avail their additional size a month and week from this moment.

Accessing SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Take note, users are required to redeem this extra storage by following instructions included on e-mail notification. This treat is giving me a few question to answer. And that is when subscription prematurely terminated by user. What will going to happen in subscriber's data? Is it transferable or not? Who will manage the uploaded files? Is there anyone who will become responsible for unexpected misuse?

Additional 20GB Free Space for SkyDrive Users

In addition, few days before we heard that update of Windows 8.1 affected the storage configuration of SkyDrive. And the latest version of operating system could possibly change our way of using their cloud storage services.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Great Discounts in Google Shopping Express this Holiday Season

As part of this holiday season promo, Google Shopping Express is giving a great discounts for consumers residing in United States. A $10.00 off for any available items and their same-day delivery for buyer's last-minute gifts is a good sign that the search engine giant is giving us a lot of opportunity to own our favorite gadgets in affordable prices.

And the highlights for this holiday season promo, Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 is currently in a very low prices to own. If you are one of those craving customers, there's no need for you to rush and endure the crowd in the nearest shopping malls. All you have to do is to shop through your fingertips and get a chance to avail the great discounts offered by Google Shopping Express.

Great Discounts in Google Shopping Express

This promo will end by December 24, 2013 and online transactions is live for 24-hours daily. Aside from Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, you can also try to look around for any available gadgets on the same discounted prices. However, I missed to catch an available coupon codes or any promotional fliers outside of Google Shopping Express.

Upon arriving on their product page, you will be prompted for your legitimate ZIP codes to verify if same-day delivery promo is accessible in your area. Google is now bumping to Amazon, eBay, and other online stores to offer great deals and cheapest gadgets with good quality. Enjoy shopping!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P900/P905 is Coming in Q1 2014

A new wave of tablet computers are coming in 2014 from Samsung as mentioned by SamMobile recently. That includes a wider Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and new variant of Galaxy Tabs. These portable machines are also expected to appear in the upcoming International Consumers Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 7 to 10.

Few people in blogging community are actually talking about the upcoming series of Galaxy Note but prior to some misleading details, I missed to follow some of those stories. Upon knowing an exclusive photos coming from South Korean website, it helps me to follow the other strands of news and press releases around the crowded side of world wide web.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet

However, it is getting more clearer that Samsung is planning to deliver a handful of device with bigger screens and fully enhanced features for entertainment. This upcoming 12.2-inch version of Galaxy Note has a lot of similarities to its predecessors. Aside from the outside appearance, it is also packed with 3GB of RAM, more powerful CPU, and new version of Android (Kit Kat).

The base configuration will be packed with 32GB of built-in internal storage, Snapdragon quad-core processor, and support for 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution.

Other says this tablet will be called Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 Edition similar to the new upcoming versions of 10.1 model. Despite of shortcomings in details, I am looking forward for official statements from the company to share the full specification of this device.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 10.1 Tablet from South Korea

Before I can forget, a South Korean website noted that Samsung Galaxy Note Pro will reached the global market by the first quarter of 2014. It means, availability of possible accessories will become available as early in the month January or February.

As I tried to compare the current prices of Tabs and Notes in the market, because of enhancements in features and capabilities, most of these upcoming machines will probably come in less than $400.00 or 500.00.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Windows Powered Dell Venue 8 Pro with Intel Atom Z3740D CPU

As Windows-powered tablets continue to grow in the market, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo doesn't missed to catch the tastes of several users. Especially from those folks who wants to become productive using their classical software coming from Microsoft. It is like working on the same apps in different environment. And this might be the advantage of using Windows 8.1 machines.

Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of a kind portable PC which is now reaching the market along with its variants. However, an Intel Atom Z3740D (Bay Trail line) model captured my attention recently upon reading the review made Slash Gear. It is running in 1.8GHz speed paired with Intel HD graphics and 2GB of RAM. Designed to deliver a full high-definition (HD) display and a smartphone-like device.

Windows Powered Dell Venue 8 Pro with Intel Atom Z3740D CPU

Although it is bigger compared to a typical handset, Dell Venue 8 Pro is also packed with 32GB (also available in 64GB model) built-in storage. A solid state drive (SSD) enabled device added with capabilities to exceed the level of smartphone. It shows an indication to stay in the game, to compete and gain popularity in stores.

According to review, Dell Venue 8 Pro and its variants shows elegance in terms of ergonomic design. And it is probably because of the built-in operating system and apps. It is now available in several online stores in United States for less than $400.00 or for only $299.00 for model with no stylus pen and additional accessories.

Furthermore, Dell Venue 8 Pro is packed with 5-megapixel (rear) and 1.2-megapixel (front) cameras similar to some smartphones. And in terms of other specs, it has a Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, MicroSD card slot (to support a maximum of 64GB storage size) and other model (another option for buyers) are now an LTE-enabled device.

And before I can forget, handful of accessories for Venue 8 Pro and for its variants are also available nowadays. That includes a portable keyboard and stand aside from a stylus pen.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Asus Upcoming M80TA 8-Inch Tablet with Intel Atom Z3740-ES

Some people are currently talking about the upcoming new line of portable machines from Asus. A Microsoft Windows 8.1 powered tablet with Intel Atom Z3740-ES (Bay Trail) processor. However, nobody knows the exact name of that device, but because of cargo labels, puzzled serial numbers and related details, it is clear that the company is planning to sell a new variant of 8-inch tablet.

According to Adam Kovacs of Tech 2, this machine is no other than Asus M80TA. An Intel Atom Z3740-ES powered tablet with a closer look to Transformer Book model.

Asus M80TA 8-Inch Tablet with Intel Atom Z3740-ES

For specs and some convincing underlying components of Asus M80TA, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z3740-ES at 1.86GHz (with 2MB of cache)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Graphics: Unknown for this moment
  • Storage: 32GB to 64GB SSD
  • Display: 1280 x 800-pixel
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, USB 2.0 or 3.0, and standard audio input/output
  • Other: Responsive touchscreen panel
In my own guess, M80TA will probably hit the market in less than $400.00 in United States. A budget-friend machine to join Lenovo, Dell, and Acer tablets in stores. Prices will vary according to buyer's geographical location.

And I am currently waiting for other supporting documents or official press release from Asus to know more about their upcoming products by 2014. It is also possible for this machine to appear in Consumers Electronic Show (CES) few weeks from now.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

IEC Announces Technical Specification 62700 for Notebook Universal Chargers

I am glad to hear that some people are actually working and totally concerned with tons of yearly electronic wastes. International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently published a technical specification for portable computer chargers, the 62700. It is intended for universal DC power supplies for notebook computers.

According to report, this could lessen or reduced our electronic wastes from about 500-thousand tons every year from different type of computers and gadgets. Experts coming from around the world has been consulted to contribute in IEC Technical Specification 62700: DC Power Supply. The National Committees who are working behind the standardization accepted the proposal.

IEC Announces Technical Specification 62700 for Notebook Universal Chargers

Because of the new technical specification, universal chargers will now be designed by manufacturers to reduced power consumption. And also for wastes coming from the original model bundled in notebook computers. A new milestone in electronic industry as well in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field to embrace an environment-friendly device in the near future.

Furthermore, the technical specification will become available by the first quarter of 2014 as noted by IEC press release.

NEC Revealed a 42-Inch V423-TM Touch Integrated LCD Screen

NEC officially announced the availability of their very own 42-inch touch integrated LCD screen for about $2,400.00. A touchscreen-enabled and television-like device mountable to flat wall surfaces. However, the price is quite high compared to a typical smart TV from Samsung and LG. Because of that, it has a protective panel, an anti-reflective cover before actual glass. And that is also to bring an extra brightness noted by a press release coming from the company.

Capable of streaming a full high-definition (HD) video format in 1080-pixel resolution. NEC V423-TM has a promising capabilities provided by its newest devices intended for wide-screened smart televisions and strong types of panel. While writing this article, I am actually imaging the ideal LCD monitor for classrooms and conference halls. Although it is not wide enough to compare with multimedia projectors, its touchscreen technology is a big help for teachers to earn a few attention from students in any type of classroom, right?

Going back to NEC V423-TM, it is equipped with a high-grade LCD panel (commercially-made) and several components.

In addition, it has a four optical imaging camera for a more responsive capabilities. Packed with two-sided protective layer on its LCD with back-lighting parts to reduced energy consumption. And it is thin enough to fit in some shelves and cabinet added with 10-watt speakers to enhance user's experience in terms of sound.

NEC Revealed a 42-Inch V423-TM Touch Integrated LCD Screen

Hopefully, the device could offer a much better viewing angle compared to some of Sony and Samsung television in the market.

Dell Venue 8 Pro vs Venue 11 Pro Windows Powered Tablets

Two months ago, we heard that Dell introduces a new line of portable machines powered by Windows 8.1 operating system. And that is no other than Venue 8 Pro and the one with underlying technology closer to Premium Ultrabook, Venue 11 Pro. Both are showing a promising performance as noted by reports coming from those people who handed the first model.

On the other side, these machines are all variants of XPS 10 tablets because of its closer appearance and style. And the only difference between a Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro are the sizes of screens. And the two are powered by Intel quad-core Bay Trail technology with the same size of memory. These are both packed with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage.

Dell Venue 8 Pro vs Venue 11 Pro

Other parts and specs of these machines has no significant difference aside probably from its capabilities to offer high-definition (HD) display. To more about these two Microsoft Windows 8.1 powered machines, watch the following hands-on video below:

Dell Venue 7 and 8 Pro from Tech Crunch


Dell Venue 11 Pro from Pocket Now

It's up for you to judge now and be the first to discover the capabilities of these machines aside from those few words of mine.