Quite frankly the Xperia Z is the best designed smartphone that Sony has ever made, but does it contain key features that will help it stack up against the tough competition of 2013? Let’s find out Read more…

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 $999 per unit. The post Razer Edge now shipping for all who placed pre-orders this month appeared first on Android Authority.

Apple’s iPad may get outsold by Android tablets this year; according to mobile computing pioneer Alan Kay, the iPad isn’t even that impressive. Kay recently spoke at a Churchill Club event in Silicon Valley and shared his thoughts on Apple’s tablet. Here are a few of his choice words: “The iPad’s been dumbed down so far it’s distressing. And Microsoft of course followed suit with its interface.” Kay claims the iPad is an anti-personal computer and not only is difficult, but doesn’t allow for symmetric creation. Instead of personal computers being designed “as a place where people are going to spend a lot of time and different people can exist there”, their design is based on marketing and the most number of devices being sold to the largest number of people. Kay has a vast experience working with mobile computing devices dating back to the 1970s when he worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) which developed the first graphical user interface and personal computer. It was from there that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates got their ideas for what would become the two largest operating systems on the planet, Windows and Mac OS. When it comes to true innovation in the tech industry, Kay believes it’s been lacking over the past 30 years to the point of being mundane. There is much room for debate in that area and although many manufacturers are just meeting the status quo, devices like the OUYA seem to push the boundaries. What do you think? The post Computer pioneer Alan Kay says the iPad has “been dumbed down so far it’s distressing” appeared first on Android Authority.

Itching to get your hands on the HP Slate 7 this April? Bad news, it looks like you are going to have to wait a little longer. HP’s product page now indicates its $169 budget tablet won’t be arriving until June. At the moment we have no word as to what is causing the delay, but this certainly doesn’t bode well. HP hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to the tablet market, with its HP TouchPad failing miserably and its Windows tablets not exactly taking the world by storm either. Two months of a delay is a long time in the mobile tech world, and could be enough to make HP’s Slate 7 fall further behind the competition. Right now the $169 tablet’s specs are pretty decent considering its price, but let’s not forget that by June the Google I/O will have since passed and we might have a next-gen Nexus 7 on the market already. Then there’s the rumored $99 Kindle Fire HD. By the time the HP Slate 7 arrives into the hands of consumers, it could already be considered old hat. On the bright side, what HP does have going for it is that it doesn’t lock down the Android experience like a Kindle Fire would and it has microSD, which a Nexus 7 successor likely won’t have. Will that be enough to set the HP Slate 7 apart from other tablets that arrive later this summer? What do you think? The post HP Slate 7 no longer coming in April, quietly delayed to June appeared first on Android Authority.

Facebook has been mentioning quite a bit about its “new home on Android” lately. It seems their new home could also be your home-screen, linking your Android phone and profile even more closely. Read more…

Certain members of the press have received an invite from Facebook to “come see our new home on Android”, could it be they’re launching a smartphone, or simply an update to their app? Read more…

If you think you’ve already seen the thinnest smartphones and tablets ever, think again. Toshiba has just finished putting together what is currently the world’s thinnest 13-megapixel camera module, which means that compatible devices can soon be made even thinner than they already are. Future devices might measure in with impressive sub-5mm thin profiles, to be exact. Toshiba’s newest camera module, called the TCM9930MD, features a 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor and a pixel size of just 1.12μm in a 4.7mm-thin profile. So it’s both thin and small, meaning it can be put to use on future models of smartphones and tablets while hardly registering much of a footprint at all. Toshiba has been working with 13MP camera sensors for mobile devices since 2012. According to information coming from Toshiba itself, it is made with a total of four plastic lenses, which is what helps to make it as slim as it is. Also, it uses a dedicated signal processing circuit in order to improve its overall lens performance and make sure it functions well even at a small size. Right now, this new 13-megapixel camera module from Toshiba is not in production yet. But Toshiba is schedule to start shipping samples of the same at some point in May for ¥7,000 or about $74 a piece. And as for mass production, it will begin in December of this year. The post Toshiba launches thinnest 13MP camera module ever at 4.7mm thin appeared first on Android Authority.

Until now, Windows 8’s official hardware requirements have been understandably ruthless: devices with anything less than 1,366 x 768 pixels need not apply. That policy was changed in a recent newsletter, however, to permit the creation of Windows 8 devices with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 — likely representing a very different size and shape. Microsoft says the policy switch isn’t meant to “encourage partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution”, and it warns that such dimensions will be incompatible with Windows 8’s split-screen feature, known as “snap”. Which raises the question — why mess with the rules? Ed Bott over at ZDNet has an interesting theory. 1,024 x 768 matches the size and aspect ratio of many popular reader-sized tablets, like the iPad Mini, which are meant to be used in both portrait and landscape orientations. There’s no official confirmation either way, of course, but Bott believes Microsoft’s move could be deliberately aimed at allowing the development of 7- or 8-inch Windows 8 (or RT) tablets, possibly with the close help of Nook-maker Barnes & Noble. Indeed, Mary Jo Foley spotted that Redmond and B&N have registered a new joint venture, “NewCo”, that explicitly mentions the creation of a “Microsoft reader”. Considering all these clues, can a Wook (WiNook?) really be that far off? Filed under: Tablets, Software, Microsoft Source: ZDNet, Windows Certification Newsletter

The $99 Ouya game console will go on sale in retail stores on June 4th, just over two months after the Android-based console starts shipping to its early Kickstarter backers. Read more…

Google have said that anyone can use their software patents, as long as they use them fairly. This comes after many claim the patent system – especially for software – is “broken” and needs reforming. Read more…

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