Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is coming March 9th; the oversized tablet will cost you $649.99 and will be available from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Tiger Direct, and other neighborhood retailers. Getting on board with Samsung’s powerful new Tab will net you some bonuses as well–including a $25 credit for Google Play, a year of GoGo in-flight Wifi, 3-months of Hulu, plus 3-months of SiriusXM Internet Radio, to mention just a few. Just imagine–you could get yourself a brand new tablet and listen to YourTechReport Radio while in-flight! We’ll have a full review once our unit arrives. Stay tuned…
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Want to turn your iPad Air into a faux MacBook Air? The CruxENCORE keyboard case on Kickstarter is aiming to do just that. The new rotating keyboard case offers not only a handy keyboard, but also full sized protection for your iPad Air. It connects via Bluetooth and features a full sized keyboard; it’s also lighter and slimmer than you would expect, making it a great travel companion. We’ll have our full report as soon as we get one in-hand; but for now, you can check the full release after the jump to learn more.
If you’re looking to buy a hybrid smartphone, Asus has just added another PadFone to its existing collection. The popular laptop and tablet maker has launched the latest in its PadFone lineup called the PadFone Infinity Lite, an upgraded version of the PadFone Infinity 2 launched in 2013. The new PadFone, which is a hybrid device featuring a smartphone with a tablet dock, comes to the market just two months after the company launched the PadFone Mini and the PadFone E.
The new Infinity Lite is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quadcore processor, while its predecessor had a much more powerful Snapdragon 800 quad core processor (ergo, the “lite” in its name); the smartphone comes with a 5″ 1080×1920 screen, while the tablet dock has a 10.1 inch screen with resolution of 1920×1080 (the PadFone Lite runs Android Jelly Bean, with the ability to update to KitKat, the latest version of Android’s OS). As for real-life performance, we’ll have to wait until we actually get a unit in-hand; the Infinity Lite will be launched first in Taiwan, but Asus has confirmed that this device will be available globally later this year.
Google Translate has been updated for iOS 7, adding a new keyboard and status bar, as well as handwriting input for more languages. The app now supports translation of over 80 languages, and you can now even translate speech and handwriting; plus, you can have access to the software while offline for traveling.
Have you already tried Google Translate for iOS7? If so, let us know what you think with a comment below.
We’ve been hoping for a Surface 2 with LTE support, and it looks as though that wish may come true sooner than later. A Surface 2 tablet with AT&T Ready LTE support has appeared at the FCC this week, which means its arrival is imminent. The LTE version for AT&T and Vodafone in Europe is no secret, as the company’s Panos Panay revealed its plans earlier this year. We’ll have more details as they become available.
Major League Baseball has officially completed the rollout of iBeacons in its first two ballparks. All set for the March season opener, the Dodgers and Padres’ ballparks are now iBeacon-equipped to bring smartphone-carrying baseball fans new levels of interactivity and convenience while enjoying the game. The technology will work with the MLB at the Ballpark app and will grant users targeted, location-based information about their surroundings, including in-stadium offers. 18 more ballparks are scheduled for the technology to be deployed in 2014.
Samsung unveiled some new tablets at CES and now those two new tabs are now officially available for purchase in the U.S. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 10.1 are now available on Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and other online retailers for $749 (32GB) and $499 respectively (16GB). As for the 4G models, no official release dates or subsidies to speak of just yet, but we know how quickly that changes…so stay tuned.
Whole Foods has announced a deal to replace its cash register system with Square’s new iPad-based payment solution inside Whole Food Market grocers in the U.S.. The iPads will be used at counters that sell ready-to-consume products and will supplement the conventional checkouts at the front of the store; customers will still be able to pay with Credit and Debit cards, and as well as with the Square Wallet smartphone app.
It may have taken a while, but Microsoft’s Surface is now flight approved thanks to a recent announcement from the FAA. The Surface 2, specifically, has been approved for use as a flight bag on commercial airlines, giving companies an alternative to Apple’s iPad if they so choose. The authorization includes all phases of flight, allowing airlines to plan the incorporation of the Surface 2 tablets into use in cockpits. This is big news for Microsoft, as Apple’s iPad has typically been the go-to gadget for pilots; and with the Surface line of tablets gaining a bit more of the consumer mindshare, we’re sure to see more devices from the folks in Redmond in the not-so-distant future.
Remember Sony’s e-readers? They were some of the more popular e-ink display readers that emerged before cheaper alternatives came to market; but with Sony’s job and product cuts increasing, it should come as no surprise that the company will be migrating its users to the Kobo platform in the coming months. Sony will be shutting down its reader store in March, and content–as well as user accounts–will be moved to Kobo’s digital service. Though we’re sad to see Sony’s e-readers and online store go the way of the dinosaur, this could bode well for the company on the whole, as they hope to streamline and strengthen their consumer offerings.