Amazon, on the other hand, has cut the price of its Kindle Fire HDX tablet by $30 to $40 to compete with Apple’s iPad sales. Amazon is selling the base 7″ Kindle Fire HDX for $30 off of its retail price of $229, bringing its price down to $199. The slightly larger 8.9-inch version of the HDX is gets a discount of $39, bringing its price down to $339 from $379.
Remember when people were calling Blackberries “crackberries” because they couldn’t put them down? Now no one wants to pick them up. As such, the folks at Funny or Die have put together this video of the last employee at Blackberry, who just happens to be Dave Foley having a “Blackberry Meltdown!” The video starts out with him selling Blackberry’s latest product—iPhones found in ex-employee desks—and it just goes south from there.
Microsoft has launched a new iPad trade-in program that will pay you $200 if you choose to depart with your beloved iPad. You can then use this discount to purchase not just a Microsoft Surface tablet, but any other “cool” products you can find at the Microsoft Store, as well.
Apple has announced it will be holding a media event on September 10th, likely to introduce the new multi-colored iPhone 5C, as well as an updated iPhone 5S. Samsung, however, has taken some of Apple’s buzz by introducing the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is compatible with some versions of Android, and comes in Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.
Microsoft has decided to take a risk by acquiring Nokia’s cell phone and services business for a hefty $7.17 billion. In addition to the acquisition of these two key parts of Nokia, Microsoft will also be taking over all of the company’s licensing and mapping. Though the deal won’t close until early next year, Microsoft will be paying out around $5.5 billion for Nokia’s Device and Services business, while paying out even more for patents
In just a couple weeks, Apple is expected to unveil its upgraded iPhone lineup. If rumors are to be believed, Apple will schedule an event on September 10th to showcase the much-anticipated iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C is believed to be the low-cost model, but it may not be as cheap as one might think; the device is expected to go on sale for $400-500 worldwide. If you want to make it easy on your pocket, there’s always the GooPhone i5C.
It’s not surprising the BlackBerry Messenger service is coming to iOS and Android, especially considering Apple and Google are currently leading the smartphone market with iOS and a range of different Android devices. It was rumored back in 2011 that Blackberry was planning to bring the service to iOS, but it’s only now coming to fruition.
Google has officially announced a slew of new devices, including a new product line of smartphones manufactured by LG and a 10″ Nexus tablet from Samsung to compete with Apple’s latest products such as the iPad Mini and 4th gen iPad. Google also unveiled a new and upgraded, 32GB Nexus 7 priced at $299 with cellular data connectivity, and a new Nexus 10. All run on Google’s new Android v4.2 flavored-candy named “Jelly Bean.”
Ever since Apple replaced Google Maps as the default map service in iOS 6, many iPhone owners have been hoping Google will release an official application like their standalone YouTube app. Several earlier rumors said the app was already under review by Apple, but according to Google, that’s not the case.
Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo!, is instituting a new policy for corporate phones, according to Business Insider. Employees (both full and part-time) can choose between three different Android phones, a Nokia Lumina 920, or an iPhone 5. The company not only pays for the phone, but also for the data and voice charges. And in a blow for RIM, Blackberry phones are no longer an option for IT support.
Ross Miller of The Verge is at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where he’s posted a hands-on video of the Samsung Ativ Tab. The tablet is running a release version of Windows RT, the version of the Microsoft OS that was built for tablets. And the results are…well…
Amazon has been taking on Apple with their Kindle Fire tablet for some time, and now appears to be targeting mobile gaming, as well. The company has officially announced its own gaming experience for Kindle Fire called GameCircle, offering features that directly compete with Apple’s Game Center.