Clamor for HP TouchPads turns nasty

Social-media manager is not a job to covet after your company has spent the past week often mishandling the announcement of a huge transition. Especially if that transition involves getting out of your core business, canceling some much-hyped products that you just launched, liquidating those products at fire sale prices, canceling numerous liquidation orders after over-selling the inventory, and then announcing that you're going to make one last batch to meet the demand, except that... you still might not meet the demand.

In case you missed it, Hewlett-Packard announced earlier in the month that it is looking to get … Read more

Crave 55: Commander Riker's wingman (podcast)

Donald and Eric receive a record number of viewer e-mails, with tons of great suggestions. Stephen unveils his epic intro for Eric's Geek News segment. And of course, there's no shortage of Crave-worthy gadgets to talk about, including the Sony S tablet, a Sony head-mounted display, self-inflating tires, and a fan that might eat your cat.

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Sony tablets now available for preorder

On the same day it officially announced its upcoming Android touch-screen tablets, Sony today opened a preorder page for those wishing to purchase one of the devices originally code-named S1 and S2.

The single-screen Sony Tablet S will be available on September 16 in two varieties: a 16GB version for $499 or a 32GB model for $599. It's worth noting that you can also expand the storage space further via the built-in full-size SD card slot.

Somewhat amusingly, until October 1, consumers can "trade in any brand tablet and get a $100 credit towards a new Sony Tablet S series," according to Sony.

If the dual-screen Tablet P is more to your liking, it is also available for preorder. There's no mention of pricing or release date on the Sony Store site, and in his hands-on preview of both tablets, CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell says that "since the device will come to market through AT&T as a 4G-compatible tablet, the decision on timing and pricing rests on the carrier's shoulders." On a side note, the storage space for the Tablet P is listed as a mere 4GB, but expandable with a full-size SD card slot.

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Sony also has a preorder page of tablet accessories that include a Bluetooth keyboard, sleeve cases, and more. … Read more

HP to bring back the TouchPad

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S II and Epic 4G Touch smartphones, Google offers free calls to the U.S. for American soldiers through Gmail, and HP will bring back the TouchPad for one final, short production run.

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The 404 894: Where we're touched by a tablet (podcast) finally delivered my HP TouchPad yesterday, and I can already feel the drops of regret bubbling up--listen to today's episode of The 404 Podcast before you invest in HP's next round of $99 tablets.

It's not all complaints, though--we'll also tell you what to expect from HP in the coming months, discuss the latest news in the Dept. of Justice vs. AT&T ruling, and wag our collective finger at Gawker for its unapologetic nerd-baiting.

The 404 Digest for Episode 894

HP to bring back TouchPad for last production run. Justice Department to block AT&T's T-Mobile deal. My brief OkCupid affair with a world champion Magic: The Gathering player.

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Samsung Series 7 Slate hands-on

In addition to its new Series 7 laptops, Samsung is showing off a new Windows tablet, called the Series 7 Slate. We got a chance to play around with a demo unit earlier this week, and at a minimum, it at least includes some of the smarter ideas we've seen for Windows tablets (which may be faint praise, as the Win 7 tablet universe is filled with clunkers).

The 11.6-inch system we saw ran an Intel Core i5 CPU, but Samsung says Core i3 and even Pentium versions will be available. That Core i5 CPU is why we … Read more

Amazon prepping a 7-inch tablet for October?

Amazon could have a 7-inch tablet ready for customers in a couple of months, according to a new report from DigiTimes.

Citing anonymous sources at component suppliers, DigiTimes said today that Amazon will start shipping a 7-inch tablet in October. The company will then follow that up with a 10.1-inch tablet that it will begin producing in the first quarter of 2012.

DigiTimes' report seems to fall in line with what the latest rumors on the possible Android-based Amazon tablet have been suggesting for months now. In July, for example, a few reports cropped up suggesting Amazon will either … Read more

HTC Jetstream 10.1-inch tablet coming to AT&T Sept. 4 for $700

The long-rumored HTC Puccini tablet is finally landing at AT&T on September 4 as the HTC Jetstream, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock.

The Jetstream will cost $699.99 with a two-year contract, and for the price, you're getting AT&T's first 4G LTE tablet and the carrier's first Android 3.1 Honeycomb device. AT&T's LTE network is expected to go live in five markets this summer, but the tablet is compatible with carrier's HSPA+ network.

The Jetstream also offers a 10.1-inch WXGA HD touch screen, Qualcomm's … Read more

Sony bets on quality with S and P Android tablets

Sony is one of the last major manufacturers to jump into the tablet wars, but at least it's arriving in style. Today, Sony published all the details surrounding its two planned Android 3.1 tablets, originally codenamed S1 and S2.

For the first bit of business, the official names have been figured out. The larger of the two tablets with the 9.4-inch screen will be called the Sony S tablet, while their folding tablet made from two 5.5-inch screens will be called the Sony P tablet. The P, apparently, stands for "pocket."

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Firefox to talk pretty to tablets, one day

While the desktop version of Firefox seems to have settled into an interface design, going largely unchanged since version 4 debuted in March, Firefox for Android (download) apparently has some alterations coming its way as part of a heightened focus on mobile development. A blog post by Ian Barlow, a visual designer for Firefox Mobile's User Experience team, revealed three coming changes for Firefox on tablets. The upshot of these changes is that the browser will feel like more of a native fit for Honeycomb.

The first will revise how tabs are implemented in the browser. Currently, tabs appear … Read more