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    by Published on September 25th, 2013 22:55
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    "Today, we're going to show you the third leg of our device business strategy," Jeff Bezos begins. His audience is modest: four people sitting around a table in an Amazon conference room. It's a far cry from the Santa Monica airplane hangar his company rented out for last year's event. Bezos picks up a dry erase marker and begins breaking down the first two parts, elements the company has focused on since it first began building Kindles. "One," he says, narrating the words as he goes along, like an enthusiastic high school teacher, "premium products at non-premium prices. Two: make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices."
    "We sell our hardware and roughly break even and then when they use the devices and buy content," he adds. "Our point of view is that this is more aligned with the customer. We don't have to get discouraged when we see people using fourth-generation Kindles. Bezos draws a Venn diagram to illustrate the third part of the puzzle. He writes "customer delight" on one side and "deep integration throughout the entire stack" on the other. The intersection houses the "hardest" and "coolest things," which utilize OS, key apps, the hardware stack and the cloud. "It's a little abstract," he adds, "but I think it will be extremely clear when I show it to you." The template for the third piece of the puzzle is the new Kindle Fire HDX series -- the company's latest premium tablets.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DOPNLJ0/ref=fs_ta

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    by Published on September 25th, 2013 22:48
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    The waiting time is over, for those of you in the UK you are the first in the world to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the rather cool Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch.

    The Galaxy Note 3, 5.7 Inch smartphone will in the UK set you back a mouthwatering £649 or on standard contract for £30 a month or for free on the new early upgrader tariff.

    The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch will sell for £299 but if you buy both together youll be paying £848 a saving of £100. Whilst the UK gets these releases now USA and Japan will have to wait till October.

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    by Published on September 24th, 2013 00:18
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    Hi all its been a while since i did a review and if i am being honest i may be a little rusty, one thing i can say is that im not a techie all i really want to know is if the product does what i expect of it, for the sake of this review, the product is a JXD S7300 Android Tablet which also doubles as a handheld console. The great guys at DealExtreme asked me to review it and i gladly obliged.

    First off lets take a look at the tablet with photos:



    Already im salivating like a child waiting to open a Xmas present, i love emulators and the ability to play them with joypads pleases me.



    Heres the tablet itself, those of you who are astute will notice that it looks like a clone of the WiiU Tablet which to be fair isnt a bad thing. What youll notice is Dual Analogue controllers and a Dpad, 4 buttons on right hand side and also shoulder buttons, this baby looks the job for anything from Snes to PSX and N64 Emulation.



    a few cables to keep you happy



    Super Mario 64 playing on the Tablet, no wonder these reviews take so long, especially when you fall in love with the old games again.

    Heres the most interesting of the Specs:



    Onto the Review

    First off this Tablet isnt an iPad nor a Samsung Galaxy Tab or a Kindle Fire HD but with regards to the price its aimed at a different market. The JXD S7300 is in my eyes aimed at those who want more of a bargain and especially those who want to use this device for browsing the internet, going on facebook and twitter and for me playing Emulators.

    The JXD S7300 comes with Android 4.1.1 otherwise known as Jelly Bean installed which means its going to be useful with just about any Android app released. The tablet boasts a 1.5GHZ Dual Core Arm Cortex A9 CPU with 1GB DDR3 Ram so looking so far at the specs it sounds pretty decent, it also comes with emulators for PS1, CPS1/CPS2, Neo Geo, Nintendo 64, GBA, Snes, Megadrive and Nes already installed, so just find some roms and your in heaven

    Where the JXD S7300 has a great advantage is in the emulator dept, yes you can play via touchscreen but i was brought up on games with a joypad and in my opinion the older games play far better on a joypad. I can play Nintendo 64 Emulators on my Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 but i get bored after a few minutes trying to play with touchscreens. The JXD S7300 has a Dpad, 2 analogue controllers, 4 buttons like you would expect on a Snes, Start and Select buttons and even 2 buttons either side on the shoulder. This baby is well kitted out.

    Turn her on

    The power button is on the side and within 5 seconds it boots up to a screen with the time and date on and a padlock for you to open to access all the features. First on the list for me to do was set up the Wifi and it found a whole load of networks and inputting my password and connecting took just a few seconds, first off i tried BBC News as it was already on the front page, i was asked if i wanted to install the app and it did within a second and froze. It wouldnt respond after so i turned the tablet on and off, tried the same with Facebook and Youtube and they worked fine, maybe just a glitch.

    Video Playback/Streaming

    On the subject of Youtube, i ve been watching wrestling and ive got to say im really impressed, its not a retina display like on iPad but for the money its very decent, i can look at it from many angles and the picture stays the same. So for video streaming off the net it gets a big tick from me.

    Web Browsing

    The browser on the JXD S7300 loads up Google as its home page so did a search and the results came up very fast so clicked on DCEmu, i mean where else you gonna go, the page loaded great and the ability to zoom in and out like i can on my much smaller phone worked great the 7" Capacitive Screen works great, visually if your reading webpages or for that matter Ebooks then the resolution will be very pleasing to you. If you load up photos in the browser you can pinch in and out to great effect. Gotta say im likng this tablet.

    Music

    Played some Backstreet Boys on a high volume and for a tablet you get a decent sound coming from it, the music player that comes with the tablet is simple, but no stuttering and plays how it should, cant ask for any more than that.

    N64 Emulation

    This is the area i was most interested in, with the specs on board it should deliver fairly decent N64 Emulation depending on what emulator is used. The first time i tried Super Mario 64 it crashed so i had to turn off and on, it does do it now and again so yeah a little annoying but not a killer, the emulator uses the joypad and not the touchscreen, for me i wasnt bothered, i dont want to play N64 games on a touchscreen anyhow. Mario 64 loads up great, picture perfect and sound too, i doubt its 100% accurate but yeah it feels very very close.

    One thing i did notice whilst playing is that the left analogue controller would stick now and again, not too detrimental but a little annoying. You can save states and do everything you can in most windows emulators.

    Can i recommend N64 emulation, from this first test oh hell yeah.

    Played a couple of Megadrive games and they were equally as impressive. Then went ...
    by Published on September 23rd, 2013 23:47
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    The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is back in-stock and available for $35 at Amazon! Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.
    With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online content on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, videos, music, photos, websites, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome.

    Grab one now if available...Check it out: Amazon - Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player ...
    by Published on September 23rd, 2013 22:13
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    As has become the norm, Sprint's primary differentiator is its "unlimited data for life" policy affixed to new flagships. Granted, the carrier isn't promising that the amount it charges for said data will remain the same for life, but at least you'll have the option to pony up for it. Following the footsteps of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, Sprint has announced that its version of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear watch will arrive on shelves October 4th. The former will cost $349.99 on a two-year contract (a full $50 more than most of its rivals), while the latter will go for $299.99 outright. Outside of being compatible with Sprint's LTE airwaves and including a bit of carrier-branded bloatware, the handset itself will be the same one that we've previewed extensively.

    http://www.sprint.com/mysprint/pages...LSV4:CP:082113
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    by Published on September 23rd, 2013 20:12
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    Tesco has entered the tablet market with the Hudl.
    Although early rumours suggested the device would cost under £100, Tesco has revealed today that it will cost £119 and go on sale from September 30th.
    The device comes with a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, 7-inch 1440 x 900 HD screen, 16GB of storage, front and rear-facing cameras and Android 4.2.2.
    The supermarket says the Hudl will allow it to have a ‘single relationship’ with its customers. Presumably it will try to entice more people to shop online via the device.
    The tablet also integrates a number of Tesco’s services such as Blinkbox – the grocer’s answer to Netflix and LoveFilm – and Clubcard TV.
    The Hudl comes in four colours and will be available to buy in store and online (via the Tesco.com and Tesco Direct sites).

    http://www.tesco.com/
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    by Published on September 16th, 2013 23:06
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    Get your giant hands ready, T-Mobile subscribers. The Un-Carrier announced this morning that the latest version of Samsung's phamed phablet will be going up for pre-order September 18th. Pick it up through the Simple Choice Plan, and the 5.7-inch handset'll run you $199 down plus $21 a month for 24 months. As noted earlier, the Note 3 will be hitting T-Mob's stores and site on October 2nd, along with the $299Galaxy Gear Smartwatch.

    https://explore.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3
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    by Published on September 16th, 2013 23:04
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    You can stop wondering when AT&T will let you plunk down cash for a Galaxy Gear: the carrier has just announced that it will start taking pre-orders for Samsung's smartwatch at 12:01AM ET tomorrow, September 17th.AT&T hasn't detailed pricing or a final release date, although Samsung has previously suggested that the Galaxy Gear should reach the US by October for $299. Given the pre-order timing, we wouldn't be surprised if the Gear arrives shortly after the Galaxy Note 3.

    http://www.att.com/att/samsung-galax...3-galaxy-gear/
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    by Published on September 13th, 2013 00:45
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    The Xperia Tablet Z already boasts strong water resistance credentials, but Sony's decided that there's an under-served market of chefs that needs exploiting. That's why the company has launched a "Kitchen Edition" of the slate, aimed at nerds who know what a ramekin is. Unlike the regular version, this bork-tastic device comes with a book-style stand, pre-loaded recipes from Saveur magazine and an iGrill digital wireless meat thermometer. Priced at $650 with 32GB storage, there's no word on if the hardware will double as a chopping board, but given how sturdy Sony's hardware normally is...

    http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...598681#gallery


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    by Published on September 12th, 2013 22:32
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    The portable games console went from paper to production in nine months thanks to Kickstarter.
    GameStick will be the first completely mobile games console that plugs directly into the HDMI slot of a TV without any wires or bulky consoles.
    Thanks to funding, the idea of GameStick was taken from paper to production in just nine months and is now confirmed to go on-sale Tuesday 29th October.
    The Android powered gaming system’s release was initially planned for back in June, however PlayJam wanted to offer the product to those who backed it on Kickstarter before it hit the shelves.
    Investors of the project consisted of GameStop, Adobe, Endeavour Ventures, London Venture Partners plus a number of games industry leaders, all of whom obviously have faith in its success.
    It can be pre-ordered from selected retailers such as GAME and Amazon who will all partner the launch in Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
    Jasper Smith, CEO of JamStar, said: “The challenge of bringing affordable gaming to the big screen has always sat at the heart of everything we do and GameStick represents a huge step forward in reaching that goal.”
    The mini-console benefits from an Amlogic 8726-MX processor, has 8GB of flash memory plus a content download manager with cloud storage.
    It is powered by Android Jelly Bean and connects controller to screen with Bluetooth 4.0.
    Android powered games console rumours and realities have been circulating for a while now, with one apparently coming from Amazon, Google were thought to be developing one, and of course the Ouya which was release last year.
    Developer of the GameStick, PlayJam has delivered over one billion games via Pay and Smart TV networks in more than 120 countries, and is partnered with leading manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic.
    The hardware will be priced at $79.99 in the US and £79.99 in the UK, and games will be priced accordingly on its online store which can be connected to via Wi-Fi.

    http://www.amazon.com/GameStick-Cons...ords=GameStick
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