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Cintiq 24HD: Wacom’s 24-inch Drawing Tablet

Cintiq 24HD

Like to draw? How about drawing on a 24-inch digital screen? Wacom today announced the Cintiq 24HD. At 24 inches, it’s Wacom’s largest interactive pen display so far.

The 24HD features a built-in 24-inch screen, which sports 1,920-by-1,200 pixel resolution. It has a 178-degree viewing angle, and 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio. The display can also be color calibrated for color-sensitive workflows.

There are 2,048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, allowing the 24HD to detect even a single gram of force. The included Cintiq Grip Pen has a comfortable, contoured barrel that provides a natural alternative to using a mouse. Wacom also includes a number of pen nibs (tips) that are made from a variety of materials. In addition to the Standard nib, the Stroke nib includes a dual-action spring to simulate a natural brush-like feel, and the Felt nib replicates the sensation of using a felt-tip marker.

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Samsung Windows 8 tablet image leaks

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Microsoft

Samsung WIndows 8 tablet

We're expecting the Windows 8 tablets to debut this morning at Microsoft's BUILD conference, but as is the norm nowadays, we've got what we believe to be a legitimate spy shot of the device right here. Rumor has it that this tablet is a quad-core slate, made by Samsung, and rocking Windows 8 software...and it looks strikingly similar to an iPad. We'll have more later today, once BUILD kicks off.

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Bleeding Edge TV 393: Get cash for your old gadgets with Gazelle

In this episode, we introduce you to Gazelle. Gazelle will buy back your used electronics - things like iPads, cellphones, digital cameras, iPhones, and more - and will send you money in exchange for your products. They even send you a box so that shipping is free. We chat with Gazelle about how they work, and also when the best time to sell gadgets happens to be. If you've got old devices that you'd like to trade in for cash, head on over to Gazelle and check out how much you can get for them!

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

[Camera credit: Taylor Peterson]

Best Buy cuts price of Blackberry PlayBook by $150

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Hot Deals

Blackberry Playbook sale

First Sprint canceled the PlayBook 4G. On Thursday, Best Buy took $150 off the price of the RIM PlayBook tablet with 64 GB of memory.

The Best Buy deal is a far cry from the $99 HP TouchPad fire sale that captivated the technology industry in late August. The new, discounted price of the 64 GB PlayBook is $549.99, $50 above the price of the 32 GB TouchPad that HP discounted on August 10.

The discount means that Best Buy is now selling the 64 GB and 32 GB versions of the TouchPad for the same price, or $549.99. Best Buy has discounted the 32 GB version for $50 off of the list price. The 16 GB model is still priced at $449.99, with no discount.

Following the TouchPad debacle, RIM's PlayBook appears to be significantly overpriced, as the buyers turn to good, cheap tablets. The PlayBook is still less expensive than the 32-Gbyte Wi-Fi-only iPad, however, at $599.99. Hewlett-Packard has also said that it will make one final batch of HP Touchpads, apparently to soak up additional components from its upstream suppliers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5-inch smartphone, 7.7-Inch Galaxy Tab announced

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

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung expanded its Galaxy family with the announcement of a 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet, and the Galaxy Note, a smartphone that blurs the tablet-phone line with its sprawling 5-inch screen and bundled stylus for quick memo-taking, or what Samsung terms "free-idea capturing." The Galaxy Note combines a Galaxy Tab tablet with a Galaxy S smartphone and adds the benefits of pen and paper, the company said in a briefing here at IFA.

Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the 6.8-ounce Galaxy Note is .37-inch thick and packs an unspecified dual-core 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel back camera that captures HD video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2500-mAH battery. Battery life was not disclosed.

But the most notable aspect of the Galaxy Note—which, again, is a slab-style smartphone, with an earpiece and a microphone, not a tablet—is its big 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED 1,280-by-800 (285ppi) WXGA display. Five inches, Samsung believes, is the perfect size to allow for 24/7 portability and single-handed operation, but still offer a large-enough display that eliminates the need to carry a tablet in addition to your phone. Consumers want to carry a single device when they're on the go, the company said.

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Bleeding Edge TV 392: Belkin Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2

We chat with Belkin about their Keyboard Folio in this episode, shot at GDGT Seattle 2011. The Belkin Keyboard Folio is a Bluetooth iPad 2 keyboard that folds into a case. The keys are TruType, which means that they aren't mushy like a lot of other iPad keyboards, and instead feel like real laptop keys. When you're done, the keyboard tucks away, and the folio acts as a protective case. It also has adjustable angles to maximize viewing and typing modes. You can grab one for $99.

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

[Camera credit: Taylor Peterson]

Samsung Series 7 Slate hands-on

samsung series 7 slate

Samsung isn't new to the tablet game, but the company's newest offering - the Samsung Series 7 Slate - may be exactly what buyers have been waiting for in Windows tablets. We went hands on with the new Series 7 Slate, and we were pleased with what we saw.

The Samsung Series 7 Slate has a spacious 11.6-inch display, with 1366-by-768 resolution and an eye-popping 16 million colors. It should even look good outdoors, with 400-nit brightness coming from Samsung's sharp-looking SuperBright LED backlit display. That extra inch of real estate for the screen also helps to alleviate one of the biggest problems we've seen with Windows tablets, namely the fact that Windows icons become miniscule on a smaller screen. The touch screen is capable of registering up to 10 fingers at a time, or it can be used with a digital stylus for more precise selection or handwriting recognition.

The Series 7 Slate is also light, weighing 1.96 pounds - lighter than many smaller 10-inch tablets we've seen, like the Acer Iconia W500-BZ467, which weighed in at 2.1 pounds. It's thin too, measuring less than a half inch thick. The back appears to be brushed aluminum, and the rich texture of the cool metal surface leaves you feeling that the slate, though thin and light, is still substantial.

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iPad 2: We’re giving away five of ‘em!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds

iPad 2 giveaways

In case you missed it, we wanted to give you guys a quick update - we're giving away five iPad 2 tablets across our network of sites. These are the 32 GB models, and winners can choose to get a $700 Apple gift card instead. Then, you know, you're just $300 shy of a MacBook Air or something. Here are links to enter the five giveaways:

The Venturus iPad 2 giveaway!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements, Features

iPad 2 Giveaway

Wanna win a 32 GB Apple iPad 2? We'll we've got a five to give away to our readers across our network of Gear Live sites, and today we're starting the contest here on Venturus. We've teamed up with Vonage to offer the giveaway of the iPad 2 (or a $700 Apple gift card, if you prefer) along with $15 in iTunes credit that can be used with the new Vonage Time to Call app (App Store link). We've got a few ways for you to enter, allowing up to four entries per person.

Doing the above gets you in, and is the only mandatory step. However, you can earn additional entries by doing things like commenting on this post, and hitting the Facebook "Like" button as well. Use our entry widget to monitor and confirm your entries.

Timeframe: The contest ends on September 5th, 2011. A winner chosen using Rafflecopter.
Eligibility: The contest is open to residents of the US and Canada.
Prize: The one winner will receive a 32 GB Apple iPad 2 (or a $700 Apple Gift Card) and $15 iTunes credit.

Bleeding Edge TV 391: iPad 2 Giveaway!

We are giving away an iPad 2 in this episode! We tell you all about the new Vonage Time to Call app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which lets you make 15-minute phone calls for $1.99. We also detail how to win a 32 GB iPad 2 (or a $700 Apple gift card if you prefer) by leaving a video response showing off the Time to Call app! Be sure to get it yourself for free. More details from Vonage.

As we mention in this episode, to enter to win, you've gotta be a subscriber of the Gear Live YouTube channel. Once subscribed, head over to the episode page for the giveaway, and leave us a video response. The contest is open to US and Canada residents.

Big thank you to Carbonite and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! Carbonite offers off-site backup of your computer, and you can get a 15-day free trial (no credit card needed!) by visiting Carbonite and using promo code TPN. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.