Here in TechPinas, we believe in giving you nothing but the best!Last week, following RIM CEO Thorsten Heins‘ speech at BlackBerry World 2012, I wrote an article asking our readers, “Why Pinoys Choose BlackBerry?” And in just a matter of minutes, we began receiving several insightful comments. TP Friend Jason Icasiano – a loyal BB User, for example, wrote, “BlackBerry has been part of my life [for] the last 3 years. there are a lot of “revolutionary phones” that came out during that time frame, but I held on to my BlackBerry. of course, I update the BlackBerry model I use every time my budget allows me to. Come to think of it, the BlackBerry did help me become more successful. As doctor and an editor-in-chief of our society’s newsletter, emails that had to be sent were sent including attachments and they were instant, no delays, [and] pictures came thru clearly.”BlackBerry wants To Say ‘Thank You’ to all Pinoys Who Support the Brand!BlackBerry Philippines took notice of that TP post and – perhaps loving what they saw in the comments section – wrote us about their intention to give a token of gratitude to all Filipinos who continue to support the popular handset brand.BB gave me a powerhouse pair, a BlackBerry PlayBook and a BlackBerry Curve 9360, as a gift for the TechPinas Community and told me to I’m free to give them away to TP Friends who love BlackBerry. Hence, I decided to launch TechPinas Gadget Bonanza Power Pair Edition!You can pair BlackBerry PlayBook with BlackBerry Curve 9360 via BlackBerry Bridge for a richer messaging and multimedia experience!You Control your Chances of Winning!If you remember, the winners of the previous TPGB’s were chosen via raffle. this time, we want to give you a chance to actually work for the prize and win it using your skills.the TP Team will choose the winner of TPGBPPE – that sole person who will take home the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Curve 9360 pair – via an essay writing contest! yes, this time, you’ll have the power to convince us to give you the prize!So What Are the Mechanics?1. the contest will run from May 8, 2012 to May 21, 2012. the deadline for submission of entries is at exactly 11:59:59 PM of May 21, 2012 and the winner will be announced on May 25, 2012 via a TP post.2. TPGBPPE is open to anyone who has a Blog (Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or self-hosted – in any category) or a Facebook account.3. all you have to do is to write a 200-word minimum (meaning you can send entries with more than 200 words) Essay-style blog post or a Public Facebook Note with the theme “How does BlackBerry help you Achieve your Purpose in Life or help you become a Person of Purpose?”You can take inspiration from this quote by Thosten Heins, taken from his recent BB World 2012 speech,People who live for a purpose. These are the people that BlackBerry’s focused on serving — the BlackBerry people. Now what does that really mean? In recent studies we’ve done, we know that our target customers are hyperconnected. Now what does that mean? on average 63% of smartphone users access social network sites on a daily basis. 87% of BlackBerry people do this daily. 65% of smartphone users access organizational tools like calendar and task lists on a daily basis. 91% of all BlackBerry people do this to manage their busy lives. 22% of all smartphone users search and download apps every single day compared to 34% that do this on a BlackBerry. this tells us something about BlackBerry users. this tells us that our target audience is far from the average smartphone users. you are people of purpose. you believe that the more you put into life, the more you get out of it. you mobilize other people. you don’t just dream, you make your goals happen. You’re successul by your own definition not by somebody else’s defintion. you do more and you get more done in a day.4. you can write your essay in any language you’re comfortable in or the one that would allow you to fully express your thoughts (English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, etc.). however, note that I only speak English and Tagalog (I know a bit of Ilocano since my parents are both from La Union) so I’d have ask for help from my friends in translating and determining the level of clarity of entries written in other languages.5. you are free to give your entry any title you want. But make sure you put this line on top of your post “This is my official entry to TechPinas.com Gadget Bonanza BlackBerry Power Pair Edition”.5. after writing and publishing your essay online, email me your PUBLIC blogpost’s URL or the link to your PUBLIC Facebook Note via markmacanas[at]gmail.com with the title “TPGBPPE Entry by [Full Legal Name]“. Before emailing, make sure that your blogpost or Facebook Note’s privacy is set to PUBLIC, meaning everyone should be able to access and read it.6. you are free to submit as many entries (essays) as you like. Just keep emailing me the links.7. IMPORTANT: Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Relevance of Content to the Theme 70%, Creativity and Originality 20%, Construction and Clarity 10%. of course, the entry with the highest score wins!8. everyone from around the world can join but the winner will have to find a way to pick up his or her prize in Makati City, Philippines. make sure you follow TechPinas Facebook, TechPinas Twitter, BlackBerry Philippines Facebook and BlackBerry Philippines Twitter for updates!if you have questions or clarifications, just leave a comment below.So what are you waiting for?! JOIN NOW!DISCLOSURE: TechPinas didn’t receive any financial compensation for holding this contest. both devices to be given away were given to the TP Community by BB as gifts. TechPinas reserves the right to revise the contest mechanics at any time within the contest period.
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 will be out very soon. some of its specs were already out, but the pricing still remains unknown.
The A700 is believed to run on a quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 progressor and it should also have an Android 4.0. Eternal features include a HDMI, dual cameras, Wi-Fi, and a 9,800 mAh battery. And we know that is should be out in the second quarter of this year.
According to German website Tablet Test, the entry-level price for 16 GB version will be €549 and €749 for the 64 GB model. in the US, it should play around $719 and $981, respectively. These are admittedly a bit steep, but the power from these monstrous devices is worth it. The question is whether or not they’ll sell.
These may not be the official prices since there’s no confirmation has been made yet. It also hasn’t confirmed a date for its release. However, the company has slated a vague second quarter time frame. The A700 is perhaps Acer’s biggest push into the tablet market to date, and there are many eyes wondering how it will do.
This Tablet PC Post was also found by:
acer iconia a700
acer iconia tab a700
acer iconia a700 release date
iconia tab a700
acer a700 amazon
acer tablet a700
acer iconia a700amazon reviews
acer a700 tablet release date
acer a700 tablet
Apple iPadApple knocked HP off the throne as number one PC maker during the last three months of 2011, according to a report by market watcher Canalys.
The firm reported that 120 million PCs were shipped globally during that period–17 percent of them made by Apple.
However, most of those Apple “PCs” were iPads. Of the 20 million PCs Canalys says Apple shipped at the end of 2011, 15 million were tablets and five million were Macs.
Only Apple and Lenovo had increases in market share during the time frame, the marketing firm reported. But even Apple would have seen a decline in market share of 0.4 percent if tablets were removed from its shipment numbers.
Lenovo’s market share gains during the period were two percent; Apple’s, six percent.
According to Canalys, Lenovo increased its market position in the world by increasing distribution of its products in Western Europe through the acquisition of a German company, Medion.
HP, the previous PC king, which finished second in the Canalys ranking with a 12.7 percent share, is realigning its tablet strategy so its tablet sales during the period were limited.
“Currently, HP is pursuing a Windows strategy for its pad portfolio, producing enterprise-focused products, such as the recently launched Slate 2, until the launch of Windows 8,” Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling said in a statement.
“However, questions remain over Microsoft’s entry into the consumer pad space,” he continued. “While early demonstrations of the Window 8 operating system seem promising, Microsoft must focus its efforts on creating an intuitive user experience that is far less resource intensive.”
On the other hand, Canalys praised Lenovo’s tablet strategy, which includes embracing Android. “The vendor’s decision to use Android for enterprise and consumer pads gives it a better opportunity than HP to continue gaining market share,” it said.
UltrabooksSome old-line PC makers see tablets as a transitional product and are pushing all their chips behind the next-generation laptop designs embodied in the Ultrabook. that market is going to take some time to develop, through, according to the research firm.
“We expect Ultrabook volumes to see limited adoption through the first half of 2012, before finally gaining momentum later in the year as price points decline, and [as] Intel launches a new line of processors and embarks on an aggressive marketing campaign,” says Canalys Research Analyst Michael Kauh.
“In the short term, though,” he adds, “vendors will experience more pressure in the netbook and notebook segments, especially with Apple’s annual iPad refresh approaching.”
Including tablets in PC shipment numbers doesn’t benefit just Apple. it makes the industry look healthier as a whole, since, according to Canalys, 22 percent of all PC shipments during the period were tablets. that includes Amazon’s Kindle fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
The question remains, however, is a tablet a PC? Hard liners would say, no. if it doesn’t have a full-sized keyboard or rough equivalent thereof, it’s not a personal computer.
That, though, may be too limiting. one long-time PC watcher says it all boils down to content consumption versus content creation. And on that score, the existing crop of tablets also fails to meet the PC test.
“People are using tablets for e-reading, Web surfing, and movie viewing,” wrote Eric Grevstad in PC Magazine. “And–at least for now, at least if you focus on real-world usage patterns–I say Canalys is wrong to count tablets as PCs.”
We know that Acer’s impending Iconia Tab A700 will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We know it’ll have a quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 progressor. We know that HDMI, dual cameras, Wi-Fi, and a 9,800 mAh battery are all in its feature list. and we know that is should be out in the second quarter of this year. but until now, we didn’t know anything about the price.
Enter German website Tablet Test, which has listed a price of €549 for the entry-level 16 GB version of the device and €749 for the 64 GB model. in American currency, that works out to around $719 and $981, respectively. these are admittedly a bit steep, but the power that comes packed in these monstrous devices is worth it. the question is whether or not they’ll sell.
Obviously these are not official prices. Acer hasn’t confirmed pricing in any territory yet. to that end, it also hasn’t confirmed a release date. However, the company has slated a vague second quarter time frame. the A700 is perhaps Acer’s biggest push into the tablet market to date, and there are many eyes wondering how it will fare.
[via Tablet Test]
By Tyler Lee on 09/16/2011 09:39 PST
Did the ViewSonic ViewPad 7x capture your attention when it was unveiled at Computex earlier this year? if the ViewPad 7x was a tablet you wouldn’t mind getting your hands on, the good news is that if you’re living in the US, the tablet is expected to be released this October.
Unfortunately no specific date was mentioned, only a general time frame, but considering how it will be October in a few weeks, we don’t think that the wait should be too long, right? The tablet is also said to retail for $379, which seems like shouldn’t be breaking any banks. Interested in seeing what $379 will net you?
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7x will be running on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor under the hood, with a 7” 1024×600 resolution display, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and it will come loaded up with Android’s Honeycomb 3.2.
This Tablet PC Post was also found by:
viewsonic viewpad 7-inch android 3 2 honeycomb tablet
When Samsung first announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi-only tablet, they failed to mention anything about pricing or availability. we assumed that meant that there would be a bit of a wait before we got the chance to get up close and personal with the slate, but maybe we were wrong. J&R electronics retailer has listed the device for pre-order in both the 32GB and 16GB flavors.
At J&R you can pre-order the 16GB model for $399.99, while the 32GB Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus will cost you $499.99, reports Unwired View. The 32GB model is listed as “out of stock” at the moment, while the 16GB model seems to still be listed as available. Either way, the “Add To Cart” button for the 32GB version is still functional, and seems to just be another way of placing your pre-order.
As a refresher, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus sports a 1024×600 WSVGA touchscreen, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat. it features support for a microSD card and packs the Netflix app straight out of the box.
Unfortunately, J&R offers up no time frame for shipments, but simply states that they are waiting on shipments from the manufacturer. Still, if you’ve had your heart set on a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet from Samsung, a pre-order at J&R’s will surely put one of the very first Galaxy Tab 7-inchers in your hands.
Motorola’s long promised 4G LTE upgrade for the 3G XOOM tablet looks set for a September deployment. The time frame was confirmed by Motorola in an email to customers back in July and now they’ve sent out a new email, revealing that the upgrade process will kick off early for business and government XOOM customers. Apparently, they will function as a “pilot” program for the upgrade process before it’s rolled out to the masses.
The upgrade is free to existing 3G Motorola XOOM customers and will require owners to ship in their devices to Motorola for the LTE component to be installed. you will only be eligible for the upgrade once you get an email with the upgrade directions. within a couple of days after receiving the email you will also receive a package containing a step-by-step guide and a FedEx box with prepaid label for shipping your XOOM. The process could wipe out all the data on your device, so it is recommended to backup everything.
Motorola has also promised to unveil two new 4G LTE tablets sometime in the coming months, perhaps after existing XOOM 3G customers have gotten their 4G upgrades. Additionally, the much anticipated and overdue Motorola Droid Bionic is set to launch in September.