Velocity Micro announces Cruz family of Android-powered tablets

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Jul 132010

Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet

Velocity Micro, a US computer builder, is getting into the tablet business with the just announced Cruz family of tablet and eReaders. Three models were unveiled: the Cruz Reader, the Cruz Tablet and the kid-friendly Cruz StoryPad.

“Since 1992, Velocity Micro has been dedicated to building remarkable consumer electronics,” said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. “With the development of the Cruz line, we were able to take those enthusiast sensibilities and package them for the mainstream consumer to create a product that’s not only amazing, but affordable as well.”


Cruz Reader
Cruz Tablet
7-inch TFT 800 x 600
7-inch TFT 800 x 480
Touch Screen
Premium Resistive
256 MB
512 MB
256MB onboard / SDHC cards
4GB onboard / SDHC cards
Included SD Card
2 GB
8 GB
Docking Station
7.55" X 5.6" X .57"
7.49" X 5.6" X .59"
Audio Playback
Video Playback
MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
MOV/AVI, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
Reader Files

The Cruz StoryPad is aimed at children, promising a drop resistant package and an intuitive touch interface. It will come with a 7-inch 800×600 touchscreen display, support for SD cards and preinstalled audio book content. It will be available in pink, blue, and green.

The Cruz Reader and StoryPad will be available in August for US$199.99 and US$149.99 respectively. The Cruz Tablet will follow in September and will sell for US$299.99.

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Apple iPad on sale internationally on May 28th

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May 072010

Apple iPad

Apple today announced that the Apple iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK starting on Friday, May 28th. As reported earlier, pre-orders will begin on May 10th.

Apple did not reveal international pricing yet but The Globe and Mail reports the following Canadian prices:

  16GB 32GB 64GB
Wi-Fi CA$549 CA$649 CA$649
3G and Wi-Fi CA$679 CA$779 CA$879

Rogers Wireless has already promised that it will offer iPad data plans but has yet to reveal details.

The iPad will launch in a number of additional countries, including Hong Kong, Ireland, and New Zealand, later this summer.

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iPad Wi-Fi + 3G available in US starting April 30th

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Apr 202010

Apple iPad

Apple today announced that customers who pre-ordered the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G will receive them on April 30th. The iPad will also be available in Apple stores on the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.

Apple will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at their stores and will offer special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about their new device.

Pricing starts at US$499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model:

  16GB 32GB 64GB
Wi-Fi US$499 US$599 US$699
Wi-Fi + 3G US$629 US$729 US$829

As reported earlier, Apple will reveal international pricing and start taking pre-orders in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on May 10th.

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Apple sells 300,000 iPads on first day of sales

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Apr 052010


Apple sold over 300,000 Apple iPads on the first day that it was available in the United States. This includes pre-orders. It also indicated that over one million apps had been downloaded from the Apple App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore on that day alone.

“It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world-it’s going to be a game changer,” said Steve Jobs, Appl”s CEO. “iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.”

It remains to be seen if Apple will be able to continue to maintain this momentum. It should at least in the short run as international and 3G iPad sales begin later this month.

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JooJoo tablet hits FCC and gets new UI

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Mar 122010

We’re still waiting for the JooJoo tablet to begin shipping but it appears to have another step forward by getting its FCC clearance. As often happens, the posted documents have shed some additional light on the upcoming device.

One of the new details revealed is that the JooJoo will use an Intel Atom N270 paired with an NVIDIA Ion GPU. It also sports a 3G card and SIM card slot. Could JooJoo be in talk with carriers to offer a 3G version?

Previously revealed specifications indicate that the JooJoo will come with a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen (offering 720p resolution), a 4GB SSD for local storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, a webcam, a USB port and a card slot. It will be powered by a UNIX web-based operating system which will boot directly into a browser. It will support full HD video playback and the battery should last about 5 hours with Wi-Fi on. It will weigh about 1.1 kilogram.

Engadget has also learned that JooJoo has revamped the user interface and improved the device controls. For example, a vertical swipe now brings down a status bar containing the home button, status indicators, browser navigation controls, and a combination address bar and search field.

JooJoo user interface

If it would only ship now…

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Apple unveils the Apple iPad

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Jan 272010

As had been rumoured for so long, Apple finally unveiled its tablet device today. As the event kicked off, Steve Jobs promised a “a magical and revolutionary product.” Enter the Apple iPad.

Looking like an oversized Apple iPhone, the Apple iPad promises to be “a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more.”

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 processor. It will come with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen LED-backlit display (1024-by-768-pixel resolution), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a speaker, microphone, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack, an accelerometer, and a compass. Battery life good enough for 10 hours of video or up to 1 month of standby. Weighing only 1.5 pounds, it will be about 0.5-inches thick.

The base model will come with 16GB of Flash memory and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi only. Other models will offer 3G connectivity (quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA) as well as 32 or 64GB of Flash memory.

In the U.S., AT&T will offer two plans specific to the iPad. The first will offer 250MB of data for US$14.99 while the second will offer unlimited data for US$29.99. Activation will be done directly through the iPad and there will be no contracts. International deals are expected to be in place in June. What are the chances we will see similar plans in Canada?

On the software side, it runs both iPhone and upcoming iPad applications. Pixel-doubling support will allow iPhone applications in full screen. Apple is releasing a new SDK that will allow developers to update or write new applications supporting this new display. The SDK comes with an iPad simulator to run iPad applications on the Mac.

Apple is also introducing a new application called iBooks which will include its own iBookstore. A number of publishers are already onboard, including Penguin, Macmillan, Hachette, and Simon & Shuster. The iBook application will support the ePub format.

Apple also unveiled a new version of iWork with built-in support for the iPad. The main new feature is the new interface designed for the iPad. For example, it comes with different keyboard layouts for data entry. Each application in iWork will cost US$9.99 (or just under US$30 for all of them).

Pricing will start at US$499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model:

  16GB 32GB 64GB
Wi-Fi US$499 US$599 US$699
3G and Wi-Fi US$629 US$729 US$829

The Apple iPad Wi-Fi only model will start to ship in about 60 days. The 3G models will follow some 30 days later.

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Orange executive confirms Apple iSlate tablet

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Jan 112010

In an interview earlier today, French carrier Orange executive Stéphane Richard, apparently confirmed the imminent release of the Apple tablet PC. Asked whether Apple was set to launch a tablet, Richard simply answered "Yes."

Richard also confirmed the presence of a webcam on the Apple tablet.

Apple is expected to announce its tablet PC, possibly to be known as the iSlate, at a press event on January 27th (originally thought to take place a day earlier).


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