Judging by the number of touchscreen laptops alone, HP wasn’t the most agressive of manufacturers when it came to building machines for Windows 8. However, after launching a trio of laptops, the company looks like it’s ready to continue filling out its portfolio with the business-focused Elitebook Revolve, the latest in a long line of convertible tablets from the company. Like its predecessors, the Revolve has a centrally-hinged display that can twist 180 degrees and closed to turn the laptop into a pseudo-tablet, but it’s the first offered with a truly touch-friendly operating system. It has also been slimmed down significantly, coming in at 3 pounds at 22mm thick.
The laptop itself is centered around a fairly standard 11.6-inch, 1366…
While waiting for season three of Game of Thrones to start airing March 31st, fans of HBO’s series will be able to snag the second season on Blu-ray February 19th. Even if you’ve already seen it (whether on TV, via a borrowed HBO login or…other sources) there should be some new elements with Blu-ray exclusive “HBO Select” features including an interactive “War of the 5 Kings” guide to keep track of who is doing what / where / when, animated histories, in-episode guides with more information on characters (like the iPad companion app did) as they appear and “dragon egg” surprises. Check the press release after the break for a full account of features, or hit Amazon to preorder the 7-disc set (w/ digital copies) for $ 55.99.
On Friday, Space Shuttle Atlantis made its final voyage, marking the last time an orbiter in America’s shuttle program would be on the move. We were on-hand during the occasion and followed Atlantis as it slowly trekked to its destination, a 90,000 square-foot exhibit building at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex. To live out the event vicariously, check out the photos below or hit the jump for the video.
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Pulling out another classic from its storeroom of 16-bit hits, Square Enix has finally ported Chrono Trigger, almost a year since we saw its reappearance on iOS. While it may have taken its time to get here (despite the Japanese version getting an early release), you can now relive the SNES hit on any Android device running version 2.2 or higher. The download resides at the link below — and it’ll set you back 10 bucks.
TVCatchup, our favorite and most-used TV-watching service has brought its app over to Android. The service, which we’ve found to be much more reliable than the BBC’s live streams on our flaky connection, lets you watch nearly 60 free-to-air channels available in the UK. The ad-supported app is available for free on Google Play right now — as long as you’ve paid your license fee, folks.
Just as we’d heard, today’s the day that budget-minded (and not-so-shy) Kyocera Rise hits the Virgin Mobile USA shelves. Available now for a mere $ 100 — without any contracts, of course — this 3.5-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich device boasts some pretty run-of-the-mill features, including an HVGA LCD (no word on the resolution), a single-core, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 2GB of built-in storage which can be expanded to 32GB via microSD and, as you can see above, a full-on, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Naturally, Virgin Mobile’s betting on folks to bundle the cheap handset with one of its unlimited data plans — not to mention Kyocera’s handset is yet another addition to the prepaid carrier’s rising smartphone lineup. Those interested can give the Rise a better look down below, where a nice gallery filled with charming press shots awaits.
If you’ve been paying attention, you not only knew Lenovo was readying a ThinkPad-branded Windows 8 tablet, but you probably already noticed all the leaked specs, too. Indeed, we first saw this thing all the way back at Computex, where Lenovo gave us a fairly hands-off peek, taking care to conceal most of the device’s specs. Later, it turned up in the FCC and in official documents, letting us know the slate would actually be arriving quite soon.
And here it is! As we previously reported, this is a 10-inch slate running Windows 8 and an Intel Atom processor. And yes, it will replace the current ThinkPad Tablet, which runs Android. Other key specs include a 1,366 x 768 IPS display, a 10-hour battery, optional 3G / 4G, micro-HDMI output and a pair of 2MP / 8MP cameras. For the most part, that cellular connection will take the form of HSPA+ but in the US, at least, the tablet will be available on AT&T’s LTE network. And, as we learned in more recent leaks, this 9.8mm-thick tablet makes room for an NFC radio, along with a fingerprint reader and a pen, which can be stowed in a slot on the tablet. Additionally, it will be sold alongside an optional keyboard, as well as a dock with three USB ports, HDMI-out and an Ethernet jack.
The one thing we don’t know? The price. So far, Lenovo is only saying the tablet will be available in October, when Windows 8 starts shipping. For now, we’ve got a mix of glossy press shots for your viewing pleasure, along with some hands-on photos we took in advance of tonight’s announcement. And stay tuned, because we have hands-on video incoming!
Gallery: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
Gallery: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 hands-on
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Rapid turnaround just may be the name of Facebook’s game. Just a few weeks after its SDK 3.0 for iOS reached beta, the new developer tool has surfaced in a polished version. As it’s shipping, the SDK continues to emphasize a more iOS-native experience, better API support and slicker session management. Any iOS 6 integration will still have to wait until Apple finishes its software update; Facebook is keeping a separate beta track active to serve forward-thinking developers. The social network’s regular members aren’t quite getting the same reward, however. The expanded app support is being followed just as quickly by a mobile ad beta. While Facebook is still sparing us from a full-bore marketing assault, it’s letting developers pitch their Android and iOS apps from Facebook’s mobile portals, with a quick hop to the relevant app store if the title isn’t already loaded. While there’s no estimated completion date, we have a feeling that this is one Facebook beta where most customers won’t mind a delay or two… or ten.
Nokia has announced that it’s bringing another title to Lumia phones in its continuing effort to keep its devices differentiated from the rest of the Windows Phone pack. Today it’s ESPN Radio, which joins Nokia Maps, PGA Tour, and (naturally) the official ESPN app as Nokia exclusives. ESPN Radio will have similar features to what it offers on other platforms: 35 different broadcasts, live listening to the World Series and other big games, and offline listening — some of these features $ 4.99 on other platforms. Nokia has exclusives through May of 2013 on some of the above software titles and ESPN Radio presumably falls under the same purview. Nokia says it should be available in the Marketplace today, though as usual with these software…
Version 1.5 of TweetDeck has arrived, with a heavy emphasis on ensuring you can navigate those columns easily. The update adds arrow buttons, a horizontal scroll bar and gesture support if your trackpad is similarly enabled. There’s also a new action button appended to each tweet, which will give you all the powers of the web version in a single click, ensuring you can follow (or otherwise) anyone who catches your eye in an instant. It’s available right now for Windows, OS X, online and as a Chrome app — there’s even an informative video available after the break.