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NVIDIA Follows Up Shield Handheld with New Shield Tablet

tablet-controller-pair-1280NVIDIA has taken its hardware lineup to the next logical level with its announcement of the new Shield Tablet. With 8″ of diagonal screen space and the powerful new Tegra K1 processor, the Shield tablet addresses the only real issue I had with the original Shield handheld. While streaming PC titles (either from cloud or from your own PC) to a handheld device is great in theory, PC games, with all of their contextual menus and small text, simply don’t translate well to a 5″ screen–regardless of how beautiful it is. With the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA gets to pack in a ton of technology (including larger speakers, thank you very much!), while at the same time giving its users enough real estate to work with without inducing eye strain. As always, NVIDIA gives its customers a ton of extras, meaning that along with the included DirectStylus 2 (as well as the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting app that’s bundled with it), you’ll still get NVIDIA Gamestream, the GRID Cloud Beta and ShadowPlay…all great features that owners of the original Shield enjoyed; you’ll also be able to enjoy Console Mode, which allows you to stream the action to your big screen television in glorious 1080p.

The most surprising part of the package is the price…with the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for just $299; there’s also a 32GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE, but no price has been announced yet–though we’re thinking $399 sounds about right (NVIDIA is also offering accessories for the tablet, with a wireless controller announced for $59, and a cover/stand which retails for $39). We’re pretty excited to get our hands on the new Shield Tablet and take it for a test drive…but with no official release date announced, we may have to wait a while; in the meantime, you can click here to learn more on NVIDIA’s official site.

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Apple revamps iTunes Extras, adding it to Apple TV now and iOS 8 in the fall

Apple’s iTunes Extras feature has always been extremely limited, but that’s just changed. Previously, only desktop users of iTunes could view extras that came with movies purchased from Apple, things like production stills and deleted scenes. Now, as part of iTunes 11.3 — which went out today — along with a push to Apple TV users running the 6.2 version of the software (which was released last week), iTunes Extras will show up alongside any purchased HD films. Apple is also opening it up for movie studios to add additional content at any time, and for free.

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Android One will help manufacturers build low-cost phones for developing markets

Google wants to see an Android smartphone in every hand across the world, and today it’s beginning a program designed to help manufacturers make that happen. The initiative, called Android One, creates hardware reference models that other manufacturers can refer to when building their phones. Those references will supposedly allow them to easily create high-quality phones at low costs. They’ll all be running stock Android and receive automatic updates too, though it appears that individual manufacturers will be able to add their own apps on top of that.

The program will begin this fall in India. One example of what the hardware could look like is a model from Micromax, which has a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM support, an SD card slot, and…

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Apple and Samsung reportedly enter talks to settle patent disputes

Apple and Samsung are once again holding talks to settle their patent disputes, and this time they’re both said to be focused on dismissing lawsuits and seeing their issues settled out of court, according to The Korea Times. The two companies have intermittently entered these discussions — some voluntarily, others court ordered — for years now, but with the companies’ second big court battle over and success on both sides waning, it’s looking increasingly likely that Apple could finally be interested in cutting a deal.

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Booq Outs New Boa Flow Graphite

Boa_shift_combo1Back in 2011 we told you about the Boa Flow…a gadget bag that not only carried your favorite laptop and mobile gear, but also had a dedicated pocket for your favorite DSLR. Fast-forward to today, as Booq has just released the new Boa Flow Graphite–featuring redesigned storage, combined with the same excellent materials (including weatherproof ballistic nylon) and design Booq is known for; and if you don’t plan on bringing your camera with you, the flexible DSLR compartment easily collapses, allowing you to create extra room inside…bravo Booq! The new Boa Flow Graphite retails for $225, and you can check out all of the details in the full press release after the jump.

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Samsung’s next Android tablet looks like a supersized Galaxy S5

Samsung has already launched a cavalcade of new Android tablets this year, but it looks like the company isn’t quite done yet. SamMobile claims to have the first photos of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, a recently rumored Android design that would mark…

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Transformer Book T100 Shipping with HDD Keyboard Dock, Now an Even Better Value

image01We’re pretty big fans of ASUS hardware; and while they’ve always been known for their high-end build and design, they’re also gaining attention for their pricing…

ASUS has just announced that the Transformer Book T100 will now include a keyboard dock with 500GB of built-in storage–so now you not only have everything you need to seamlessly convert from tablet to laptop mode with a ton of internal storage, you also have one of the best ultra-book values on the market, with an MSRP of $399. The Transformer Book T100 includes a 10.1″ HD display, quad-core Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and 11 hours of battery life–not to mention the ability to instantly “transform” from PC to tablet mode by removing it from its dock. We’ll have more on the T100 once we get our hands on one–but for now, you can check out the details and the full PR after the jump.

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Blizzard takes a stab at mobile gaming, brings its free card game to the iPad

Blizzard hasn’t really had a presence in mobile gaming… not unless you think the Battle.net Authenticator is rip-roaring entertainment, anyway. However, the developer is giving the category an honest try today by releasing Hearthstone for the iPad….

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Having a chat with Cortana, Windows Phone’s new personal assistant

Anyone who’s played Halo, the iconic first-person shooter based 500 years in the future, knows where Microsoft came up with the name of Cortana, its new voice recognition program on Windows Phone 8.1. Master Chief might be the star of the video game…

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Samsung confirms thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 tablet range

Though the FCC already ruined the surprise, Samsung has just launched three new lower-tier Galaxy Tab 4 tablets. The series consists of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and — wait for it — the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. The…

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