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Nearly three full months after it was first officially announced, the Razer Edge is now shipping out to all those who pre-ordered it earlier this month, to usher in what is purported to be the next generation in PC gaming. When Razer started taking pre-orders, it didn’t specify when exactly it would start shipping the Edge out to customers, so this is really good news.
According to a post on the official Razer Facebook page, the first retail units of the Razer Edge are going to arrive soon for all those who were able to get their pre-orders in as part of the “March batch.” Even though the wording makes it look as if the Razer Edge will only be available to a certain sub-set of customers — well, for now — at least there’s also kind of an assurance that it will start shipping for for everyone else soon enough.
The Razer Edge is a one-of-a-kind Windows 8 tablet PC that sports an integrated NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU to take care of gaming duties. Its other highlight features include an Intel Core i5 processor, USB 3.0 compatibility, and support for an external gamepad controller that’s available as an add-on accessory.
The Razer Edge is available for 9 per unit.
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Although the Ouya seems to be the crowd favorite when it comes to upcoming Android game consoles, the Gamestick still has managed to gain quite a bit of attention as well. The GameStick might not quite be ready for prime-time just yet, but the company behind the console has now announced the first dev-kits will be shipping out later this month.
The GameStick dev-kit is a “pre-production prototype” of what the company hopes to bring out with the finalized hardware, though it adds a few extra features for debugging and loading apps. The dev-kit also has a Type A USB port for mouse and keyboard.
Besides the news of the dev-kit shipping, GameStick also updated its Kickstarter page with a few other details. First, the company has now finalized the game controller. Second, Gamestick’s makers revealed that more than 500 developers are interested in the device and that there has also been a strong level of interest from retailers around the globe.
The GameStick might not seem to have the same level of developer support or as powerful of hardware as the Ouya, but it is also a bit more affordable and has a design that is even more portable. At , it is still sure to appeal to some Android gamers out there, as evidenced by 5,691 Kickstarters that have backed the project.
What do you think of the Gamestick, are you excited or do you feel that the Ouya will stomp all over it?
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Last month, T-Mobile announced they had plans to bring LTE coverage to 100 million people by the middle of the year, and 200 million by the year’s end. Now T-Mobile says they are finally turning on LTE service within the month.
According to T-Mobile, their plans to modernize their towers and services won’t just affect customers looking to get 4G LTE access, but should mean faster and improved coverage for everyone thanks to the installation of new antennas and machinery installed at the same time as the LTE hardware.
Of course when it comes to getting solid details about where and when the launch is going to happen, the company was more than a little coy. They previously indicated that Las Vegas and Kansas City are ready for LTE, but it remains unseen where else they plan to launch this month or even what day exactly.
If T-Mobile is going to keep its promise of bringing LTE to 200 million people this year, they better get the ball rolling quickly. Besides updating equipment to enable LTE, the company also needs to start working with manufacturers to bring more LTE-enabled handsets and tablets to their network as well. Luckily they seem to have several LTE devices coming in the not too distant future, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
T-Mobile might have come late to the LTE party, but better late then never I suppose. It also helps that even though T-Mobile didn’t have LTE, it did quite a few of its markets covered by high-speed HSPA+42 support. What do you think of T-Mobile LTE plans, excited or not enough to keep you from jumping ship to a different carrier?
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Google’s secret X Lab is nothing short of amazing. The company is responsible for stunning products like Google Glass, self-driving cars and 16,000-core neural network that works like a virtual brain. Despite the company’s output being sporadic, Google’s X lab could be getting ready to unveil something new that could be ready for a launch soon.
Speaking at SXSW and reported on by GigaOm, Google’s Astro Teller detailed the Google X lab, but more interestingly revealed that we should be expecting an announcement of a new discovery “in the coming month.”
There is, of course, a lot of speculation surrounding Teller’s statement, including Andy Rubin stepping down as head of Android. AllThingsD reports that Andy Rubin isn’t likely to join Google’s X Lab though, as he wants to work on robotics and home automation, which seems to relate to Android @ Home.
We’re just going to have to sit back and relax until we hear an official announcement from the Mountain View-based company of what this new discovery is. The chances of finding out what it is aren’t likely. Google’s X Lab works on 100 projects at a time before allowing the public to glimpse their eyes on even one of those projects.
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Fitness Month is over here at Mobile Nations for another year. Health and fitness should be a year-round commitment, and it’s never too late to start so if you missed out during February be sure to check back through the blogs and forums for content you may have missed. Hopefully you found some apps or tips to help you meet your fitness goals, or maybe even found some moral support in the community to help keep you motivated.
All throughout the month each site was giving away prizes for participation. We announced some winners mid-month, and below are the final results from the remaining contests from across Mobile Nations. If you were participating in the forums or on the blog contests, be sure to look below and see if you’re a winner!
Daily forum participation contests – gift certificates
Weekly forum participation contests – 0 gift certificates
Fitness Month Dream Device Giveaway! - 0 value
Week 2: Nutrition! - Withings Scale
Week 3: Sleep and relaxation – FitBit
Please note that this list is not all inclusive, as some winners were announced mid-month on a couple of the sites. If you were a winner earlier in the month and haven’t been contacted yet, sit tight as it all will be sorted out this week. And new winners, same for you – expect a PM or email in the next few days.
See the article here:
Mobile Nations Fitness Month final winners announcement!
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 might be yesteryear’s flagship handset, but it can still compete with new and upcoming devices in the market. The fact that the phone is now going for less than with a new two-year contract, at least the Sprint variant, should help maintain its popularity.
Two weeks before the official unveiling of the Galaxy S4, which has been hinted to sport similar plastic body like its predecessor, it appears Sprint still has some surprises up its Galaxy S3 sleeve, with a leaked internal document showing that the carrier will be introducing a new color variant of the phone.
According to the document, Sprint will be releasing the Galaxy S3 in purple on April 12. Unfortunately, we don’t have picture of the purported purple Galaxy S3 just yet, but now is a good time to use the power of your imagination.
Pricing detail of the purple Galaxy S3 is still unknown, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it being offered at the same price. Keep in mind as well that this hasn’t been confirmed by the carrier. We’ll find out soon enough if this is the real deal.
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Companies like Samsung and HTC avoided any major device announcements at this year’s MWC, giving some room for other OEMs, like Sony, ZTE, and ASUS, to shine. ASUS launched the third iteration of the PadFone, and also the Fonepad, a 7-inch Intel-powered tablet with voice-calling capabilities. While we expected an April release, the FonePad could be available in Europe later this month, with the device set to release in Russia, priced at €265.
Here’s a quick recap of the specifications of the ASUS FonePad:
- 7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution
- 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 8/16GB of memory, microSD support (up to 32GB)
- 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
- HSPA+ and 3G support for voice calls
- 4,270mAH battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
While the look of the FonePad is somewhat similar to the Nexus 7, the former features a beautiful aluminium body, and the addition of the telephony option might be interesting for some. Check out our first-look video of the ASUS FonePad from this year’s MWC:
I’m not entire sure why, but the European version of the ASUS FonePad comes without a rear camera. The price point is also slightly higher in this case, since the ASUS-recommended retail price for the Fonepad is €219, but the difference could be because of current exchange rates. If you were hoping to get your hands on the ASUS FonePad, it’ll be available in a store near you very soon (if you’re in Europe that is)!
Are you considering buying the ASUS FonePad? Do you think the device specifications and features are worth it at this price? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Now that Mobile World Congress is over, it’s time to digest the news and see what happens over the next 12 months. Will LG’s massive portfolio of smartphones fly off store shelves? Will HTC’s One flop? Will Sony’s experiment with Firefox OS turn into something that’s actually desirable? And let’s not forget about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0, will people buy it?
According to DigiTimes, our favorite Taiwanese news/rumor site, the South Korean hardware maker aims to ship about a million units of their 8 inch mobile phone every month. Is that a lot? Yes and no. Let’s look back to 2011 when Samsung announced the first generation Galaxy Note, the one with a 5.3 inch screen. Last year, in August, Samsung announced that they managed to sell 10 million of them. The device hit store shelves in October 2011, so that’s 10 million units in 11 months, or a little over 900,000 units per month.
For Samsung to assume that the Note 8.0 will surpass the growth of the first Note says quite a lot. Will the Note 8.0 sell as fast as the Note II? Doubtful, purely due to size reasons, but hey, you never know!
What’s next for the Note family? The third generation Note is allegedly going to be announced at IFA, the trade show where the first two Notes were unveiled. We expect the new Note to have a 6.3 inch 1080p screen, the same processor as the Galaxy S4, and that’s about it. There aren’t really any solid rumors floating around.
One thing this writer would like to point out is that there are some countries where people can’t afford a laptop, and a tablet, and a smartphone, so they buy just one device, and that device is often a phablet. All too often the media in the West makes fun of 7 inch or 8 inch phones, but they do serve a purpose, and there’s definitely a market for them.
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We’re in week 3 of fitness month and this week’s theme has been sleep and relaxation. Everyday, in the forums, we’ve been asking you what your resting up habits are. Always good to hit those up and share, you could win some gift vouchers if you do. With that said, we’d like to know: What do you do to relax?
When it comes to relaxation, I like to sit back and read a book, sometimes I like to take out the guitar and play some slow jams. Two things that never fail to relax me. With sleep, I always like to get a good nights sleep, at least 8 hours. Not also possible but that’s when naps come in. I have found that when I workout regularly, I can get a good night’s kip. When I’m not working out, which I hadn’t done for a good few months, my sleep is all over the place and I feel awful. Late nights, late mornings. It really throws me off. Thank goodness for fitness month. It really helps me get back into things and by reading some of the forum posts and comments, fitness month has helped do the same for many others.
When it comes to using my device to help me relax, I use my PlayBook to read books. Though, I still own a few actually books, my newest collection is now digital. On my BlackBerry device, I use a few sleep sound apps. You can find a nice collection of them in this round up.
So, how about it CrackBerry Nation. What do you do to relax? Tell us in the comments. Don’t forget there are a few contests still going on this week. This week’s Friday contest “Resting Up” in now live. We also have the week 3 contest going for a chance to win 0 gift certificate. Lastly, our FitBit contest is still live. So, if you’ve been wanting to get your hands on one, enter to win one now.
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