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Amazon rumored to launch two smartphones in 1H2014
December 24, 2013 | 11:53 am

Is Amazon getting into smartphones? If the latest DigiTimes rumor can be believed, they should be launching in the first half of 2014. The leak is from camera-maker Primax Electronics, which reports getting an order for a lot of cameras to go into such phones. Mediabistro’s Appnewser has a few more details. Reportedly there are two models, a high-end and a regular one, and they’re going to have “as many as three front facing cameras for motion sensor technology, meaning you won’t have to touch the screen to interact with the device.” Intriguing. Of course, they will almost...

HP to launch sub-$250 cell-enabled Android tablets, rumors say
December 24, 2013 | 3:39 am

Engadget is carrying a rumor that HP wants back into the smartphone market, and thinks that releasing a line of cheap 6-or-7-inch phone-capable Android tablets with recycled designs from OEMs such as Pegatron and Quanta might be its way back in. Reportedly these sub-$250 tablets are just a few weeks away. Of course, we all remember HP’s last big shot at the smartphone/tablet market, in which it took Palm, a once-respected mobile brand with a 19-year history, and flushed it right down the toilet. (Though the event did show that people wanted sub-$100 tablets enough to buy discontinued, unsupported...

Which iPad Mini Rumor To Believe? Maybe Both
August 1, 2013 | 9:38 pm

iPad MiniI love watching dueling rumors. We’ll see an iPad mini with Retina display before the end of the year. No, we’ll see one more mini with the normal display, but a faster processor. Actually, what’s interesting about these two articles is that, if you dig a bit deeper and pay attention, they might actually be saying the same thing. While the headline for The Next Web piece says, “Apple will reportedly use retina display from Samsung for its next iPad Mini to be launched in Q4,” let’s do that digging I mentioned. First quote from the Next Web Article: "Apple suppliers in Asia are working on...

Rumor: Second Gen Nexus 7 Release Expected Later This Month
July 12, 2013 | 2:21 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem A bunch of rumors suggest that Google will unveil the next generation Nexus 7 tablet later this month. We did hear news a few months back that the device will be released at Google I/O in May, but of course that didn't happen. Now, a new rumor is suggesting that the new gen will come with either a $299 or $229 price tag, and will be released by the end of July. The information comes from a Japanese site, which mentions that the second generation tablet will be released by Asus, as was the original. (Actually, I don’t think there...

Redesigned Full-Sized Apple iPad 5 To Be Unveiled This Month?
April 4, 2013 | 4:45 pm

iPad 5It’s been awhile since we last heard a quasi-believable next-gen iPad story, but it shouldn’t be long now until we get something conclusive. That’s because several sources claim a new full-sized iPad is closing in on its release, with the official unveiling rumored to happen by the end of this month. But is that possible? We’d be inclined to say no, because, again, there have been far too few iPad 5 rumors lately and Apple is usually very skilled at building hype months before an actual release. Then again, with the third-gen iPad released in March 2012 and the fourth-generation back in...

Rumor: Google’s Next Generation Nexus 7 Tablet to Appear in July
April 3, 2013 | 3:02 pm

NexusWe love the Nexus 7 tab. Google’s valiant iPad competitor nicely packs inside everything we enjoy about the company’s Android OS, their services and the streamlined symbiosis among them. Oh, and it being a full ‘Benjamin’ cheaper than Apple’s must-have tab makes the 7-inch Nexus even more desirable. First unleashed in July, it makes sense for an updated version to be quickly approaching, no? Well, we’re happy, as a report published today from Reuters leads us to believe exactly that. Google will allegedly be discontinuing its first batch of Nexus 7 devices alongside the roll out of its next-gen model. Ridding the floor plans of NVIDIA’s...

Acer Plans to Launch $99 Tablet
December 26, 2012 | 5:08 pm

  Acer is planning to launch an Android tablet priced around US$99 early next year,  a person with direct knowledge of the project said. The world's fourth-largest PC maker by shipments hopes to be the first big-brand company to launch a tablet priced to jostle with Chinese white-box tablet makers for consumers in developing countries. At seven inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution screen and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the so-called Iconia B1 tablet will have somewhat similar specs to Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Color.  But Acer plans to undercut those best-selling tablets’ US$139 price tag by offering the Iconia B1...

Are Apple and Google Considering a Truce?
September 2, 2012 | 3:02 pm

From the Never-Ending Rumor Mill Department this afternoon comes the story of an anonymously-sourced article that appeared in last Thursday's edition of the San Jose Mercury-News. The story, which also ran in the Guardian and numerous other print and online publications, suggests that Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook "had a phone conversation last week," following Apple's $1.05 billion win over Samsung. Reuters reporters Alexei Oreskovic and Poornima Gupta appear to have been the team that broke the story; the following quote, regarding the possible subject of Page and Cook's discussion, comes from their report: "One possible scenario under consideration could be a truce involving disputes over basic...

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