Hillcrest Labs announces Freespace availability

Hillcrest Labs has just announced the availability of Freespace for manufacturers and component suppliers of smartphones and tablets. With Hillcrest’s spanking new Freespace MotionEngine for Mobile, where this is an embedded software solution which will help one manage and enhance the combined performance of motion sensors that are frequently found in smartphones and tablets. We are talking about accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes here, allowing current motion-based applications to be ready to deliver next-generation user experiences.
According to Chad Lucien, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Hillcrest Labs, “The smartphone industry is at a key inflection point with motion control. Motion sensors are now standard in mobile devices, but today’s motion software implementations impose significant constraints that limit sensor choice, integration flexibility and performance. We aim to change that. Our Freespace MotionEngine for Mobile provides a unique software solution for Android™ and Windows® 8 smartphones and tablets, which delivers the highest performance and provides the most flexible integration options, while enabling manufacturers to use sensors from any major supplier in the market.”

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RIM introduces BlackBerry Mini Keyboard

Research In Motion is not exactly the hottest commodity on the planet at the moment, and the BlackBerry manufacturer is struggling in more ways than one. Not only that, their foray into the tablet market has not exactly been the most encouraging event in the company’s history to date, but thankfully the PlayBook has not been scrapped – yet, going the way of the HP TouchPad. Having said that, RIM has introduced an accessory that I believe will have an equally hard time to sell in the open market – the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard.
After all, how many people do you know actually own a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, let alone use it proudly whenever they are commuting? Just a handful, right? I suppose for this niche market group, you might use your tablet more for work than gaming purposes, hence a fair bit of typing needs to be accomplished, which is where the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes in handy.

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Apple has new iPad

You can say that the whole world was looking forward to Apple’s announcement of a new iPad, and it really depends on how much expectation one places on the shoulders of Apple in terms of their new tablet. While rumors were rife before the iPad’s release about its name – that is, the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, Tim Cook simply called it the new iPad. This third generation tablet from Cupertino does not disappoint if image quality on the display is your main concern – it will sport a stunning new Retina Display, meaning your eyes cannot distinguish the individual pixels when held at a normal distance.
Of course, apart from that, there is also Apple’s very own A5X chip with quad-core graphics capability, where Apple touts offers four times the performance of that of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset. If you want to turn your iPad into a photo and video capture powerhouse, that is a snap (pun not intended) thanks to the 5-megapixel iSight camera that boasts of advanced optics which is capable of capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video.

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Archos Child Pad targets the little ones

Like father, like son, or so the saying goes. Most young parents would have most probably gone through this particular conversation with their little ones – as to why daddy and/or mummy can carry an iPad and an iPhone, but little Jeremy cannot. The reason is simple – how can a little kid know about good stewardship? Surely there will be mistakes along the way, and replacing a broken iPad is definitely an expensive mistake to make. Not only that, most tablets do come with adult-centric apps (obviously), with very little (or no) attention being paid to apps and programs that appeal to kids.
Well, Archos sees this particular niche and has decided to step up the game by announcing the Archos Child Pad. This 7″ tablet will run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and is said to deliver a safe, fun, full tablet experience – all for just $129 a pop.

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Wacom Intuos5 tablet

Tablets are dime a dozen these days, and with the iPad 3 being prepared to roll out this coming March 7th in San Francisco, you know for sure that there will definitely be queues when the time comes for the iPad 3 to be released to the masses. After all, it is the next best thing since sliced bread (or at least that is what a $500 billion company wants you to believe), but spare a thought for tablets of a different variety – now I do not mean those from the Android-powered camp, but rather, a digitizer tablet.
Yes sir, you know how all these pretty looking webcomics are done up these days? Well, a digitizer tablet certainly plays a role in the lives of such digital artists, and Wacom, being an old hand in this niche market, has taken it upon themselves to deliver the Wacom Intuos5 digitizer tablet that will target professional photographers, designers and artists who have every intention of bringing their digital content creation to the next level.

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Sony Tablet P to hit AT&T

AT&T has just announced another tablet that will join their product line up, and the honor falls to the Sony Tablet P this time around. The Sony Tablet P is a dual screen, multi-functional tablet which is perfect for mobile communication and entertainment (Sony says so anyways), and it will hit the market from March 4th onwards. This is a 4G capable tablet, so you can expect amazingly fast connection speeds whenever you are under the right network connection. The asking price for the Sony Tablet P? It will retail for $399.99 a pop, where it will be accompanied by a two-year service agreement.
One thing is for sure – the new Sony Tablet P is definitely a looker. Sporting an unprecedented dual-screen layout (anyone else think that this is the natural progression of the Nintendo DS?), the Sony Tablet P sports a couple of 5.5″ that can be used for different functions, including playing a game on one display while the other functions as a controller, or perhaps checking email on one with the other functioning as a keyboard.

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Sony Tablet P to hit AT&T

< ![CDATA[ AT&T has just announced another tablet that will join their product line up, and the honor falls to the Sony Tablet P this time around. The Sony Tablet P is a dual screen, multi-functional tablet which is perfect for mobile communication and entertainment (Sony says so anyways), and it will hit the market from March 4th onwards. This is a 4G capable tablet, so you can expect amazingly fast connection speeds whenever you are under the right network connection. The asking price for the Sony Tablet P? It will retail for $399.99 a pop, where it will be accompanied by a two-year service agreement.
One thing is for sure – the new Sony Tablet P is definitely a looker. Sporting an unprecedented dual-screen layout (anyone else think that this is the natural progression of the Nintendo DS?), the Sony Tablet P sports a couple of 5.5″ that can be used for different functions, including playing a game on one display while the other functions as a controller, or perhaps checking email on one with the other functioning as a keyboard.

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Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was announced to the world earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas last month, and while everyone else was waiting for a release date to be announced, along comes Verizon Wireless who are more than happy to say that the highly anticipated tablet will be hitting their stores from tomorrow onwards – virtual or otherwise. Yes sir, you now have another tablet to consider if you have yet to jump aboard the tablet bandwagon. Just what kind of niche does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 occupy?
We do know that most tablets these days come in a rather large 10.1″ or 9.7″ display size, while the initial run of tablets came in a 7″ size for a fair number of manufacturers. I guess along the way, bigger became better, but there is also a realization that size is not everything, which is most probably why Samsung has come up with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 instead.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Just when you thought that the Samsung Galaxy Note was a rather huge phone with its 5.3″ display, along comes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This will certainly add yet another member to the Galaxy Note family of devices, where the huge display will offer multi-screen functionality that maximizes efficiency in learning, work and creative endeavors. With multi-screen functionality, that translates to the ability to being a true multitasker, as you can keep track of your emails in one window, view a website in another, as well as play a video in the third while a fourth window is meant for you to write down your notes or sketch when inspiration strikes.

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