Windows Phone 8 release date set for October 29th

Windows Phone 8 release date set for October 29th

Microsoft has sent out invitations for an October 29 Windows Phone 8 launch event. This will come a mere four days after the official Windows 8 OS launch.

The invitations themselves show a Windows Phone 8 device and the now-familiar Windows Phone lock screen. On it is a calendar reminder to “Save the Date” of Monday October 29 at 10am for an event in San Francisco. Sure enough, the high definition picture in the background is of the sunny west coast city.

This event will be chiefly aimed at showing off the full range of the Windows Phone 8 software, which is built on the same foundations as the Windows 8 OS. Still, we’d hazard a guess that Nokia’s new Lumia handsets will be on display as the host for this new software.

October 29 puts the Windows Phone 8 release date just four days after the recently announced Windows 8 launch event. This will be held on the other side of the US, in New York, and will show off the new mobile and tablet OS as well as Microsoft’s new Surfacetablet.

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Barnes & Noble challenges Apple and Amazon with new Nook HD ‘tablet’


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Barnes & Noble Inc has presented on Wednesday a high definition ‘tablet’, lighter and thinner and can allow multiple users in an attempt to gain a larger share of the competitive market.

The devices are priced ranging from $199 for the Nook 7-inch HD ‘tablet’ with 8 gigabytes of memory, up to $299 for the 9-inch size similar to Apple Inc’s iPad current market leader, with 32 GB . iPad prices are nearly twice as high for similar devices.

The new Nook is the latest to join the war on ‘tablets’ sales and e-readers, and therefore all digital content, such as books, movies and magazines.

Barnes & Noble has bet its future on digital business as the company faces a general decline in industry sales of physical books.

“A key growth area is to get your existing customer base to phase over to the digital platform”, said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research, arguing that the new devices are competitive with similar Amazon products in terms of features and prices.

Barnes & Noble brings over a strong fight against rival Amazon, that can use its shipping services and amazon.com site to satisfy users, and also against Apple, which has sold tens of millions of iPads units.

To keep up, Barnes & Noble has added innovative features to its Nook, as each family can share the ‘tablet’ creating each user their own homepage and preferences. It is the first device of its kind that allows that. It also allows parents to control content.

The company is also launching a new video streaming service and Nook download service, reducing the gap with Amazon and Apple, which offers more content on their devices.

These are the new Kindles

The family of Kindle digital readers and tablets has three more members staring this week. The first, called Kindle Fire, is an improvement over the previous version: a 7” inch tablet with ability to surf the web, play music and movies and of course, read digital books.

The second is the HD version of Fire, a powerful tablet, for $500, becomes an interesting competitor for the iPad.

The last of the devices is a digital book reader e-ink, but also takes orders by touch. All devices will show advertising for products sold by Amazon to be blocked or at rest. According to the company, this is the reason we can sell the devices at a lower price than the competition.

The new Fire

During their press conference in Los Angeles this week, Amazon introduced the new version of its Kindle Fire tablet, with notable hardware improvements, and the not-so-pleasant surprise is that they will now implement a system of ‘compulsory advertising’ when the equipment is not in use.

In terms of technical features, the new Kindle Fire has a multitouch 7” inch screen, dual-core processor and a battery that lets you play 7 ½ hours of video. Unfortunately for readers, the battery life is only half an hour longer when the device is used to read eBooks.

The tablet, which has double the memory than its predecessor, weighs 410 grams, as opposed to 650 grams of the Apple iPad 3, and 565 grams for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The price of the device, available in presale from Thursday, is $160, $40 less than the previous version.

Subsidized by advertising

The high-definition version of the Kindle Fire has a multitouch 8.9” inch screen, and a much higher price. Available for Pre-order this week, the device costs $500 or $600, depending on if you buy the 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. But the value becomes attractive when compared with other high definition tablets, like the iPad 3, the cheapest version with 32 gigabytes of storage, costs $730.

Those who buy a Fire HD will find that the device also shows special offers and sponsored listings of movies, books and music on your screen when idle, or in locked mode. Amazon, however, said that advertising does not hinder the use of the device.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, says his company is different from companies like Apple trying to make money by providing services, not selling their devices. So this is how they can can offer them at a competitive price without obsessing over them for huge profits.

Indeed: the reduction of the company’s net profit during the third quarter of last year made Amazon think that they where losing money for every Kindle Fire it sells.

(Almost) no distractions

The third and final version of the Kindle that Amazon will launch in the coming weeks is called Paperwhite: a tablet that can not play videos or pictures in color, and only uses its battery when a user moves a page or access a menu.

This is possible because it has an LED screen but with digital ink, a white surface where the dots that make up the letters and pictures are magnetically ordered, and then remain in that position naturally.

Although this model has a feature missing from previous versions: lighting of its screen, you can read even with no external light sources.

Priced at $70, The Paperwhite is also the cheapest version of the Kindle, designed for those with reading as a priority to access over the Internet or buying items from Amazon.

With regard to advertising, the model also shows product announcements from online store offers, but Amazon said that in the future will give your users the option of paying for to disable advertising in the device.

Pi: a PC for $25

The Raspberry Pi is not the first computer with a price less than $100 in the market, and the first with a price below $50, but promises to be one of the most popular. This week, the makers of the PC announced that its prototype is ready to be mass produced, and that the production will take place in the UK.

Last year, a team of British engineers discovered that they could buy the parts needed to build a incredibly small PC for just over $20.

After joining the team and prove they could run a modern version of Ubuntu, an operating system completely free, the team calculated that the system could hit the market at a price of $25, with a version a bit more powerful for $35 dollars.

While the Raspberry Pi became popular on the Internet, its creators discovered that the only way to maintain the desired selling price, the equipment was to be manufactured in China. But this week the team announced it will begin manufacturing the computer in England, keeping its cost unchanged.

Unfortunately, managing to make the Raspberry Pi in the West delayed the release of the computer almost a year. The team, which could become a favorite among governments and educational institutions, faces competition from models such as the Cubieboard, which for $50 gives four times more RAM, and a faster processor.

Patriot introduce Extreme Performance (EP) Flash cards

Patriot Memory today announces the launch of their Extreme Performance SDHC/SDXC UHS-I flash storage. Featuring ultra-fast transfer rates and expanded storage capacities, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards are perfect for high resolution digital photography and increased high definition video recording times.

Designed to provide twice the transfer speeds of previous Class 10 solutions, when used with UHS-I compatible devices, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards deliver the performance necessary for capturing and broadcasting in true real-time. With capacities of up to 128GB, these EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards offer a greatly improved maximum volume when compared to standard SDHC solutions. At the 128GB capacity, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC card is capable of storing up to 2,560 minutes of 1080p video and well over 26,000 high definition photos.

“Patriot Memory is always focused on being a leader in performance and innovation, we are very excited to introduce our EP Series SDHC/SDXC flash storage solutions,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot Memory’s Product Manager. “With storage capacities of up to 128GB, these EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards will be capable of providing a true professional experience when working with high definition video and photography.”

General Specifications

  • Read and write speeds of up to 50 MB/S (read) and 35 MB/S (write) when used with a UHS-I compatible device.
  • Capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • 5-Year Warranty

Source: PR