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  • Motorola Xyboard 8.2 review

    The march of the Honeycomb tablets goes on, playing a tune that’s starting to get a bit muted thanks to the promise of fresher beats coming from Ice Cream Sandwich. Still, there are plenty of ways for manufacturers to add their own bit of swing to the same ‘ol song. Motorola, of course, paved the way for all these slates with the Xoom. It’s hard to believe that first Honeycomb tablet was released just 10 months ago, but now we have its successor, the Xyboard, here in its 8.2-inch guise.

    At least, that’s what it’s being called domestically. Elsewhere it’s the Xoom 2 (we reviewed the 10.1-inch flavor already), but in America we get a patently unfortunate moniker for a tablet that offers an interesting design at an interesting size with the interesting bonus of LTE. But, all that mobile bandwidth is going to cost you: $430 for the 16GB model or $530 for 32GB if you sign on for a two-year data contract. Does the funky design, convenient size and high-rate connectivity make up for the added cost over something like the class-leading Transformer Prime? Let’s find out.

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    Motorola Xyboard 8.2 review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Huawei hurls Gigabit broadband across 100 meters of old copper

    There’s little point in having a super-speedy optic backbone if broadband gets yellow-flagged on the final straight between junction box and home. But Huawei claims it’s developed prototype DSL technology that can deliver 1Gb/s downstream and upstream over common twisted pair copper telephone cable for distances of up to 100 meters. This could provide a “cost effective option for telecom operators building ultra-broadband access networks,” but will it be enough to overcome America’s anxiety towards Chinese-made telecoms infrastructure? In any case, some lucky people have had fiber-to-the-home Gigabit broadband for months already.

    Huawei hurls Gigabit broadband across 100 meters of old copper originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • RIM reports Q3 2011 earnings: $5.2b revenue, $265m net income and 14.1 million handsets shipped
    News out of Waterloo isn’t all bad today, as Research in Motion has revealed its financial results for the third quarter of 2011. While the company previously had to scale back its earlier earnings projections of $5.6 billion in the quarter, it’s apparent the firm came close to meeting that mark. After close of the markets today, RIM reported $5.2 billion in revenue with $265 million in net income and 14.1 million handsets shipped. The company was only able to eke out 150,000 PlayBook tablets during this time frame, however, which no doubt contributed to these reduced numbers. Unfortunately, the market hasn’t taken so kindly to the revelation, as RIM’s stock has fallen seven-percent in after hours trading. In a small bit of positive news, the firm reports that its subscriber count is up 35-percent year-over-year, which now totals 75 million subscribers.

    Looking forward, the company expects to bring in between $4.6 and $4.9 billion in revenue for the next quarter, where it hopes to ship between 11 and 12 million units. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie referred to the last few quarters as among the most trying in the company’s history, and promised to re-evaluate RIM’s product portfolio, R&D strategy and to “leave no stone unturned” as it seeks to regain prominence in the smartphone world. Meanwhile, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis reaffirmed the commitment to the PlayBook OS 2.0, which remains on track for a February launch. As for the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 smartphones that we’ve been looking forward to, Lazaridis said to not expect anything until late 2012. Apparently, its availability will be hampered by a critical chipset supply that’s not expected to become available until mid-next year. In other words, unless consumers develop a love for BlackBerry 7 OS real quick, 2012 may sadly be another ugly year for the folks in Waterloo.

    RIM reports Q3 2011 earnings: $5.2b revenue, $265m net income and 14.1 million handsets shipped originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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