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You can pilot one of the robots from ‘Pacific Rim’ in virtual reality at Comic-Con

We’re not sure how many of the new Oculus Rift VR kits have shipped out to developers already, but it looks like a healthy amount are in San Diego right now. That’s where Comic-Con is happening this week and, following the X-Men VR demo we already…

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Main ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer: Natural Enemies Robots and Monsters Continue Dispute

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim remains to be precisely what its property recommends with even more footage of huge robotics combating huge beasts. If that seems like something you ‘d like to see for yourself, take a look below at the brand-new “official major trailer.” If not, understand that you’re losing out on this big-ass metal dude all like BOOOOOSH in this moron monster’s face.

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Lenovo CFO says ‘RIM and many others’ are on the table as possible deals

Lenovo CFO says 'RIM and many others' are on the table as possible deals

This one is expectedly drawing a big no comment from RIM, however Bloomberg is stating today that Lenovo has at least thought about the possibility of obtaining the company or forming some other sort of strategic alliance. That word comes straight from Lenovo’s Chief Financial Policeman, Wong Wai Ming, who stated at the Globe Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos that “we are considering all possibilities– RIM and numerous others,” adding that, “we’ll have no doubt if the right possibility arrives that could benefit us and investors.” That interest has obviously extended as far as talking to RIM and its bankers about numerous possible arrangements, but it’s unclear when that happend or how far along the talks went. He additionally unsurprisingly didn’t offer any indication regarding when Lenovo might decide on the matter. As Bloomberg notes, such a bargain would also a many regulatory hurdles, including an evaluation by the Canadian government.

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Watch this: giant Earth robots fight monsters in ‘Pacific Rim’ trailer

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Hollywood seems keen to turn 2013 into the year of the sci-fi blockbuster, with trailers released up until now for films such as Oblivion and After Earth. The market has yet an additional trailer for us to pore over frame by frame – this time it & rsquo; s Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth popularity. The trailer shows a globe under assault by huge monsters thanks to a mysterious portal in the Pacific Ocean. Naturally, individuals of Earth develop impossibly large robotics in order to fend off the danger of disaster, however each robotic should be managed by 2 pilots that share a psychological link. It & rsquo; s a sluggish, brooding teaser that could cause some to think of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but the fact is that it & rsquo; s even more of an …

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BlackBerry Tablet ‘BlackPad’ Readies to Take On the iPad

Research In Motion is moving closer to the production of its tablet called the ‘BlackPad’. The company has chosen Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Quanta to produce at least two million tablets this year, says a Chinese language paper Apple Daily.

RIM and Quanta are reportedly targeting a September shipping and a $500 price tag for the BlackPad to make it competitive against Apple’s iPad.

The BlackPad will support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity through tethering to a Blackberry smartphone, says the paper.

This is not the first time that information about the BlackPad has leaked out. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that RIM is testing a tablet that could act as a “companion” to its BlackBerry phone. Before that, the Boy Genius Report web site said the BlackBerry tablet is likely to have a 8.9-inch screen.

The BlackPad, when it launches, could be the pill that makes RIM more competitive against other smartphones and gives the company a new product to get potential customers excited about.

RIM has been trying to go beyond its core audience of business users and attract more consumers. Last week, it introduced a new smartphone called Torch that includes a touchscreen and a keyboard in a slider form similar to the Palm Pre.

The Torch is targeted at consumers. But initial reports about the device suggest the Torch won’t be enough to stem the decline in market share that RIM has seen recently. BlackBerry phones have been losing out to Apple’s iPhone and the growing gaggle of Android devices.

A tablet like the BlackPad could help give RIM the edge. The device could help bridge the gap between the BlackBerry keyboard-focused phones and the consumer appetite for larger touchscreen devices. The BlackPad’s strong connection to the BlackBerry phones through tethering could also help RIM sell more BlackBerry phones.

So far, Apple’s iPad is the only tablet available to consumers from a major PC maker. Since its launch in April, Apple has sold more than 3 million iPads. While Dell and HP are working on tablets, the devices are yet to make their debut.

If the reports about the BlackPad are true, RIM is certainly moving fast to fill any void.

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Research In Motion Bites Back With BlackBerry Torch

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion unveiled a new smartphone Tuesday that offers iPhone-like features to “crackberry” addicts — while adding a few unique touches.

The BlackBerry Torch is targeted at general consumers rather than BlackBerry’s traditional base of business users. It includes an updated version of the BlackBerry operating system, called OS 6. The phone will be available Aug. 12 for $200 with a two-year contract on the AT&T network.

The Torch is a big step forward for RIM, which has been working for nearly 16 months with AT&T to create a device that can compete not just with the iPhone but also with a host of snazzy Android devices that are fast gaining market share. RIM’s earlier touchscreen phones, the Storm and Storm 2 on Verizon Wireless, were popular, but drew criticism for their buggy OS, browser and hardware. Meanwhile, in 2009 RIM launched its app store and attempted to attract developers to build software applications for the phone.

The Torch helps brings all those efforts together. The device includes a new web browser, which AT&T has called a “generational shift” from previous BlackBerry browsers. For instance, the Torch offers tabbed browsing. And unlike most other BlackBerry devices, the Torch will have the BlackBerry app store, App World, pre-loaded.

Instead of just a touchscreen, the Torch includes both a touchscreen and a slide-out, physical keyboard. The design is evocative of the Palm Pre.

The Torch has three times the input options of the iPhone: You can tap on a virtual keyboard on the 3.2-inch, 480 x 360 pixel display, you can slide out the hardware keyboard preferred by most BlackBerry users, or you can use an optical trackpad to select menu items.

Overall, the Torch is slightly larger than the iPhone, even with the keyboard tucked in, and weighs 5.6 ounces to the iPhone 4’s 4.8 ounces.

BlackBerry 6 also sports a universal search feature. When you search, the BlackBerry Torch not only queries e-mail, calendar, and apps on the device, but also external services such as Google and YouTube. An API lets developers make other services searchable here, too.

Hands on With the BlackBerry Torch

I managed a brief hands-on during today’s press event. We will reserve final judgment until we get unfettered access to a unit for a full review. But in my quick test, the device was comfortable, especially if you’re used to BlackBerrys. That said, it failed one early test: Swiping my finger to the side to bring up a new screen of apps, I noted way more lag time than I did on my first-generation iPhone.

If it takes off, the Torch has implications for web advertisers and publications. Its new web-browsing feature, Autowrap Text Zoom, reformats web pages with a more-suitable fonts for easier viewing. In the process, it strips all ads and images from web pages — something I confirmed during my demo.

The new BlackBerry Torch sports a virtual keyboard.

Gone are the days when folks used their smartphones only for e-mail and SMS. Now you also need to be able to link to Twitter, Facebook, IM and so on. BlackBerry Torch integrates multiple social feeds into a single dashboard, organized by time. Likewise, a native RSS reader and podcast manager handle the same tasks for your newsfeeds and podcasts. It’s about time the BlackBerry got these features, because most Android phones today do this out of the box.

RIM took several steps Tuesday to attract more app developers to the BlackBerry. RIM’s strategy for growing its app selection, according to software CTO David Yachs, is to make it easier for customers to find apps and to pay for them. RIM also wants to make it easier for developers to build both native Java apps and web-based, HTML5 apps using the company’s “web-kit platform.”

“Developers using the web-kit platform get all the capabilities our Java developers do,” said Yachs.

And the universal search feature certainly makes these apps easier to find.

To solve the problem of how customers will pay for these apps and how developers can hope to make money, RIM is working with AT&T to add a charge to a customer’s AT&T bill. Customers will also be able to pay for apps using Paypal or a standard credit card.

In addition, RIM allows developers to charge subscription fees and offer apps on a “try before you buy” basis. All of those options seem aimed at giving developers more options than Apple does, which controls all iPhone app payments through its iTunes store.

Music fans will be pleased to note that the BlackBerry Torch’s native music app carries metadata representing every song in your home computer’s library — a unique feature, as far as I know. No matter where you are, you can tag songs for downloading to the Torch by Wi-Fi, and the next time you’re on your computer’s network, it will transfer over automatically. That means you can use your downtime to prune and add to your mobile music library — a nice touch.

Other noteworthy inclusions: a 5 megapixel camera with flash, geo-tagging of all photos, two-fingered tapping for the selection of multiple onscreen elements (for instance to batch-upload photos to Facebook) and seamless switching between apps.

From what we saw, the BlackBerry Torch justifies AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega’s claim that this is “the best BlackBerry to date.” But I am not sure it can attract those who already have an iPhone or Android in mind –- and, crucially, the app developers that could draw them.

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Android Grows at a Blistering Pace

Google’s open source Android operating system ranks fourth in terms of market share among smartphone platforms in the U.S. but is growing at a faster pace than its rivals.

About 13 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers used an Android phone in the quarter that ended May, up 4 percent from the previous quarter, according to comScore’s Mobilens service.

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry remained the number one smartphone platform with 41.7 percent share among consumers.

Apple ranked number two with 24.4 percent share and Microsoft third with 13.2 percent, while Palm rounded out the top five with 4.8 percent.

Android’s growth should come as no surprise to mobile enthusiasts. More than 20 Android phones are available in the U.S. currently. Handset makers such as LG and Samsung that have been slower than rivals Motorola and HTC in adopting Android are now planning to launch new Android devices.

Earlier this week, LG said it will have two Android smartphones and an Android-based tablet available by the end of the year. Samsung has already announced that its first 4G Android phone on Sprint will be available this summer.

This focus on Android has taken its toll on other mobile operating systems. Almost all platforms, with the exception of Android, lost some market share in the quarter. BlackBerry market share was down 0.4 percent, while Apple lost about 1 percent. The data does not include the iPhone 4, which launched in June.

Android’s growth doesn’t mean other smartphone systems are losing ground, says comScore. The number of people who own a smartphone in the U.S. grew 8.1 percent last quarter to 9.1 million people, which indicates that the overall pie is growing.

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Samsung Enters Tablet Race With the Galaxy Tape

Samsung is jumping into the tablet fray with a device powered by Google’s Android operating system. Samsung’s tablet called Galaxy Tape is expected to launch in September.

The device has a 7-inch OLED screen, runs a 1.2 GHz processor, and includes 16 GB of internal memory that can be boosted to 48 GB, according to a Vietnamese site Tinhte.

The Galaxy Tape–also known as Galaxy Tab–will weigh about 13 ounces and ship with the latest version of Android operating system, Android 2.2 ‘FroYo.’

News about the Samsung tablet comes on the heels of a report Monday that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is also testing a tablet. RIM is trying to create a tablet that could act as “companion” to its BlackBerry phone.

The tablet has become one of the hottest consumer electronics products of the year. PC makers and cellphone manufacturers are rushing to introduce a device that can be an alternative to Apple’s iPad. In less than 60 days since the iPad was launched, Apple said it sold more than two million of them.

Earlier this month, Dell launched a tablet called ‘Streak’ in the U.K. The Streak has a 5-inch display, a SIM card to make phone calls and runs Google’s Android operating system. The Streak is expected to be available in the U.S. in July for $500. HP is also working on a tablet computer called the HP Slate.

Details around pricing of the Samsung tablet or how it will be sold are not available yet but as the above photo (which was posted on on Samsung’s South African twitter feed and then deleted) shows the Galaxy Tape tablet is likely to have a user interface similar to the company’s Galaxy S phone.

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Verizon to offer ‘up to’ five LTE handsets by next May, Android tablets from HTC and friends

Verizon had already said that it anticipated launching its first LTE handsets in the first half of 2011, but as we’re rounding third base toward the launch of Big Red’s first commercial 4G markets, it’s shedding a little more light on how it thinks this’ll all go down. Basically, wireless chief Lowell McAdam says we can expect “up to” five handsets by May of 2011, exactly a year from now — which could mean anywhere between zero and five, as far as we’re concerned — and that Motorola, LG, HTC, and RIM are all in the running to serve up that first volley of hardware. What’s not clear is whether these will make voice calls over CDMA exclusively (a la EVO 4G) or if they’ll be compliant with the IMS-based (and GSMA-friendly) voice the company expects to eventually roll out on top of its LTE network, but either way, it’s good news.

Turning our attention to Verizon’s recent tablet hullabaloo, McAdam says that although “there’s no reason [the company] couldn’t have an iPad,” the first tablets it offers will be Android-based — yes, “tablets” plural — and that most of them will launch in the fourth from companies “including Motorola, Samsung and LG.” Interestingly, this dovetails rather conveniently with an NVIDIA-powered Motorola tablet with Verizon branding that was briefly (and quietly) shown off at CES this January, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the unit we ended up getting. None of these devices might end up with the iPad’s name recognition, obviously, but an LTE-powered Android tablet with HTC’s good design sense certainly can’t hurt.

Verizon to offer ‘up to’ five LTE handsets by next May, Android tablets from HTC and friends originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 May 2010 17:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon to offer ‘up to’ five LTE handsets by next May, Android tablets from HTC and friends

Verizon had already said that it anticipated launching its first LTE handsets in the first half of 2011, but as we’re rounding third base toward the launch of Big Red’s first commercial 4G markets, it’s shedding a little more light on how it thinks this’ll all go down. Basically, wireless chief Lowell McAdam says we can expect “up to” five handsets by May of 2011, exactly a year from now — which could mean anywhere between zero and five, as far as we’re concerned — and that Motorola, LG, HTC, and RIM are all in the running to serve up that first volley of hardware. What’s not clear is whether these will make voice calls over CDMA exclusively (a la EVO 4G) or if they’ll be compliant with the IMS-based (and GSMA-friendly) voice the company expects to eventually roll out on top of its LTE network, but either way, it’s good news.

Turning our attention to Verizon’s recent tablet hullabaloo, McAdam says that although “there’s no reason [the company] couldn’t have an iPad,” the first tablets it offers will be Android-based — yes, “tablets” plural — and that most of them will launch in the fourth from companies “including Motorola, Samsung and LG.” Interestingly, this dovetails rather conveniently with an NVIDIA-powered Motorola tablet with Verizon branding that was briefly (and quietly) shown off at CES this January, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the unit we ended up getting. None of these devices might end up with the iPad’s name recognition, obviously, but an LTE-powered Android tablet with HTC’s good design sense certainly can’t hurt.

Verizon to offer ‘up to’ five LTE handsets by next May, Android tablets from HTC and friends originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 May 2010 17:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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