If building your own Ivy Bridge rig isn’t your thing, boutique desktop makers Maingear, Digital Storm, Velocity Micro, and Origin PC are all announcing that they can add one of the new chips to your next custom desktop order. Also, to coincide with the release of the new chips, Maingear is updating the design for its F131 tower ($ 1,468 with a 3.1GHz Core i5-3450 and 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7770 GPU), which adds the same VRTX Cooling Technology found in the company’s Shift rig ($ 1,552 for the stock version with the same processor and GPU). Maingear is also adding a new model called the Potenza, with a similar design and the same VRTX cooling, but built on a Mini-ITX motherboard for a svelte 7.4 x 9.25-inch footprint ($ 1,368 for the same config…
A year and a day after taking over the reins at Mountain View, Google co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has plenty to say about where the company has been recently, and where it’s going. While there aren’t any Project Glass bombs dropped, in this open letter he’s promising a Google that will achieve even more, and faster, as it goes forward. First, a spoiler alert: he really likes Google’s products. From Google+, to tighter integration with results for things like weather and airfare to that little Android side project there’s plenty of praise to go around. One of the longest segments is dedicated to the “love and trust” Google desires to deserve from its users, mentioning that creating “a much better, more intuitive experience across Google” is a focus for 2012. Hit the source link to have your own look at the Google boss’ innermost thoughts — do you think he’s on the right track?
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Velocity Micro launched the $ 240 8-inch T408 Android 2.2 tablet on September 7th. Amazon announced the $ 199 Kindle Fire two weeks later. But Velocity Micro isn’t going down without a fight. The company just sent over a note indicating that the T408 now costs just $ 199. It’s no doubt a smart move, but that’s where it should have been priced initially.
Velocity Micro sent over both of their new models and I rather like the small Android 2.2 tab. But they were a tough sell at their initial MSRP price of $ 240 for the 8-inch and $ 299 for the 10-inch. These aren’t iPad killers, but rather enthusiast tablets for the Android crowd. They’re cheap and lack the native Google apps. But they’re quick, thin and completely unlocked for all sorts of modding tomfoolery.
A quick Google search shows that retailers including Velocity Micro’s own website apparently didn’t get the memo yet. But the price cut is real. Look for it in the coming days.
An average consumer will still likely opt for the Fire or next-gen Nook Color. That’s fine. This tablet isn’t really for your mom. But if you have a folder of ROMs, XDA-dev set as your homepage, or flame every MG Siegler post, you should take a serious look at the T408. Look for our full review in the coming days.
Two new little Android tablets have joined the ever-growing tablet race, this time from Velocity Micro. Both the 8-inch Cruz T408 and the 10-inch Cruz T410 are nice enough, but what’ll really catch your eye are the pricetags. The Cruz T408 and T410 are priced at $ 239.99 and $ 299.99 respectively — a comfortable price point for anyone looking to get a starter slate.
These offerings add some size variation to Velocity Micro’s current slate lineup, which includes the 7-inch Cruz tablet and the also 7-inch Cruz Reader. In terms of spec quality on these little guys, things are looking a bit better than the price suggests. Both have capacitive touch screens, in the previously mentioned 8- and 10-inch flavors. A 1GHz Cortex A8 processor runs the show in both, along with WiFi support and Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top.
The Cruz slates have full access to the Amazon Appstore for Android along with Angry Birds Rio and QuickOffice pre-loaded. Adobe Flash Player 10.3 is also supported, and both slates have their own forward-facing camera for video chat.
Obviously, neither of these is an iPad or a Galaxy Tab, but they’re still solid options for someone with very basic tablet needs. Velocity Micro says both the Cruz T408 and Cruz T410 will be available by the end of September.
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The T408 has been loitering around pre-order pages for a while now, but without a nod from the FCC it was going nowhere. Fortunately, it’s just been given a clean bill of 802.11 b/g/n health and can be yours for $ 240 from Best Buy. That outlay gets you an 8-incher with a front-facing camera, 4GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot. Watch out though: like previous Cruz tablets, it omits Android Market support out of the box, which tells you something about its target audience.
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Not kosher with ponying up $ 500+ for an Android tablet? You’ve got options, kid. Velocity Micro’s Cruz Tablet has finally hit the shipping stage, and sure enough, it’s doing so in the month that was promised back in September. $ 299.99 lands you a 7-inch Android 2.0 tablet with an 800 x 480 capacitive touch panel, 512MB of RAM, 12GB of total storage, 802.11n WiFi, inbuilt speakers, a headphone jack, mini-USB port and a rechargeable Li-ion good for around ten hours of use — or so they say. Of course, you’ll be stuck accessing the Cruz Market rather than the bona fide Android Market, and you can forget about embedded 3G. But hey, it’s three Benjamins sans any sort of life-altering contract. And that’s got to count for something, right?
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We don’t need to explain in any great detail just how badly the world needs another e-reader and tablet option, but you’re wasting your time wishing for fewer selections. Case in point: Velocity Micro has just placed its Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet up for pre-order at Borders, with both units boasting 7-inch displays and seductive price points. The Reader is going for $199.99 and should ship out by the end of next month, while the Tablet is $100 more and could be at your doorstep a fortnight before Halloween. Hit the source link if you’re in desperate need of a specifications reminder, but be sure and hide that credit card if you’re looking to avoid any and all impulse buys. Press release after the break.
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