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Fring Skype video calls

We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2010, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live in 2010, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

Fring App Brings Skype Video Calling to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi and 3G:
Sure, Skype just formally announced video calling in the Skype 3.0 iOS app, but Fring brought us Skype video calls months ago! The thing is, Skype pulled that feature from Fring with the quickness, but that didn't stop this from being the most read story we published in 2010!

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Samsung to showcase Android-based Galaxy Player PMP at CES

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Handhelds, Music

Samsung has apparently confirmed that they will be showcasing the very first handheld Android media device (read: not a phone) at CES in a couple of weeks. Complementing its popular Galaxy Tab tablet, the familiar looking device (likely called the Galaxy Player) will feature a front facing camera, come in 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32G models, with a WVGA screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 3.2 MP camera. It will run Android 2.2 and will have a long lasting 1200mAh removable battery. The Samsung fan blog Samsung Hub has apparently confirmed the device, along with pictures that look quite similar to an iPod touch. It's clear that Android has been good for the company lately with devices like the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S. This will bring yet another form factor to the market. There's no word yet when this new PMP will be available for sale, but those details are right around the corner.

Read More | Samsung Hub

Deal of the Day: $300 off Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Hot Deals

samsung galaxy tab promo code

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is currently the one viable iPad competitor on the market, and we are featuring it in our . You can get the Sprint version of the Tab from HSN at a 43% discount, saving a total of $300 off the regular price, and you don't even need a contract. The Galaxy Tab offers a 7-inch touchscreen, 2GB internal memory, 3G built in (although you need a data plan to take advantage of it,) 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3 megapixel rear camera, and it ships with Android 2.2:

Save $300 on Samsung Galaxy Tab

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.

Microsoft to announce new tablets at CES 2011?

microsoft tablet ces

Microsoft, along with various hardware partners, entered the tablet market a decade ago, but it was never a big success for them. Now that the iPad has taken off, and with Android tablets also looking strong this Christmas, the New York Times has an exclusive report saying that Microsoft is about to release a series of new tablets at CES early next year. According to inside sources, Steve Ballmer will introduce devices from Samsung, Dell and others, and try to get Microsoft back in the race. However, unlike the iPad and Android tablets, they will run Windows 7 or 8, a full desktop OS, and include a slide out keyboard.

Of course the fact that they will run a full OS brings questions like how much battery life they will have. Also, some of the marketing points will be for people to "work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work”. This seems very similar to what the UMPC and previous Windows tablets were about, and it seems like a repeat of previous attempts--including last year at CES where Ballmer announced their new tablet initiative.

Read More | New York Times

Deal of the Day: 30% off Samsung PN58C500 58-inch 1080p plasma

samsung pn58c500 promo code

We've got another nice deal on a plasma HDTV to feature in our  - this time you get 30% off the cost of the Samsung PN58C500 58-inch 1080p plasma HDTV set. It's got 600Hz Subfield Motion, 2000000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio, two 15W stereo speakers, SRS TruSurround HD, 3 HDMI inputs and more, and with this deal you're saving $502, and shipping is free:

Save 30% on Samsung PN58C500 plasma HDTV

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.

Samsung Nexus S: Next Google phone to launch Dec. 16 with Gingerbread

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds

Google Nexus S

The Google Nexus S is officially the next Google phone, as Google confirmed it this morning, throwing up a product page for the upcoming smartphone. What's so special about it? Well, for starters, it's the first phone to ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Google says that owners of the Nexus S will be the first to receive future software and app updates. It's got a 4-inch WVGA display, tri-band HSPA (but no HSPA+ to take advantage of those faster T-Mobile speeds,) a 5 megapizel camera, front-facing VGA camera, and near-field communication built-in. It has 16GB of storage built-in, and 512MB RAM with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Other interesting tidbits include the contour display, which kind of shapes to your face, integrated VoIP support, and gyroscope.

You'll be able to purchase the Nexus S on December 16th at Best Buy locations for $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract, or $529 unlocked. On December 20th, it'll be available in the UK at Best Buy UK and Carphone Warehouse.

Read More | Nexus S via Google Blog

Bleeding Edge TV 369: A look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab


We have a Samsung Galaxy Tab in and wanted to give you guys a look at the first major competitor to the iPad. The Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch Android tablet available from Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and soon AT&T. It sports a 7-inch display, and in all actuality, just feels like a really big Android phone. Hit the video above for the full scoop.

Big thank you to JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.

Deal of the Day: Save 35% on Samsung 2494Lw 1080p monitor

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Displays, Hot Deals

samsung 2494lw monitor promo code

Dell is offering a 35% discount onSamsung 2494LW 23.6-inch 1080p LCD monitor, and we're calling it our These typically sell for $229.99, but with the $80 discount, it's just $149.99 - and you get free shipping to boot:

Save 35% on Samsung 2494LW LCD monitor

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.

A look at the Google Nexus S

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Rumors

Google NExus S

Ever since Google released an "official" Android phone, the Nexus One (a.k.a. the phone that provided a baseline of what an Android phone should be,) people have been speculating and wondering when the Nexus Two would appear. In the past few weeks, the rumors have gained momentum once again, and now it appears Engadget received some exclusive images that show the Nexus S, a phone from Samsung that would be the true successor to the Nexus One.  A lot is still rumored at this point, but check out the link for detailed shots of every side as well as the interior from this upcoming device.

Read More | Engadget

Deal of the Day: 48% off Samsung BD-C8000 portable Blu-ray player

Samsung BD-C8000 portable blu-ray player

Looking for a portable Blu-ray player on the cheap? The  offers the Samsung BD-C8000 10.3-inch Blu-ray player for just $259, a savings of $240 off the retail price, knocking 48% off the cost of this thing. It packs in 1GB of RAM and has built-in Wi-Fi for those BD 2.0 features as well, and you even get free shipping. Definitely one to consider if you're a movie buff on the go: 

Save $240 on Samsung BD-C8000 portable Blu-ray player

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.