Asus Sends Out Invites to 'In Search of Incredible' Press Event for January 6

Dec 13, 2013 - 9:08 AM - by dgstorm

CES is coming, and it appears that Asus will use the event to spring some new technology on us. They will be hosting their own press event on January 6th, entitled, "In Search of Incredible." While that is rather vague, it does draw interest. Currently there are very few theories as to what they will be announcing. If we had to guess, it's a safe bet it will be a new Transformer and/or MeMoPad product.

tuned on that day when we pass on their big reveal to you guys!
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Asus Padfone Mini Officially Announced & Next-Gen Padfone Infinity Coming to US 2014

Dec 11, 2013 - 10:23 AM - by dgstorm

We have a Padfone double-hitter for you today. First up, the new Asus Padfone Mini was just officially announced. Here's a breakdown of specs:
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 4.3 inch smartphone (qHD display) with a 7 inch (1280 x 800) tablet dock
  • Dual SIM capabilities for the phone
  • Quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of Storage
  • MicroSD card support
  • 8MP rear camera with Hi-Light Mode (for shooting in dark environments)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • The tablet dock comes with a 2,200 mAh battery, which can charge the smartphone too

It will launch in the US, Europe and other Asian markets, but prices and a concrete time-frame have not yet been announced.

The second Padfone news for today is an official announcement from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen. At the end of an interview with Engadget, Chen indicated that the next generation version of the Padfone Infinity will be coming to the United States. He said that Asus was working with a "big operator" in the States to bring the device here. He didn't specify whether that "big operator" was a mobile carrier or simply a third party retailer, but we will share more intel when it becomes available.

Source: Engadget
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Win a Nexus 7 or Google Play Credit

Dec 08, 2013 - 5:48 AM - by sculptedstylus
If you check the candy section of your local stores, you will find the Android robot on some. If you open one of them, there is a code that gives you a chance of winning a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit by going to Android KitKat!
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Andy Rubin's New Gig: Heading Up Google's Robotic Future

Dec 04, 2013 - 1:47 PM - by dgstorm

When Andy Rubin stepped down as head of the Android Division at Google earlier this year it came as a shock. At that time, they made it clear that he wasn't leaving the company, but was instead focusing on other projects for Google. The year is almost up and only now are we getting the details on just what Andy has been up to. It turns out, Mr. Rubin is still in charge of androids, just not the Google mobile OS variety. A new report from the New York Times indicates that Andy Rubin is now the head of Google's robotics division. He is working on developing more intelligent robotics for industrial based applications, right now, but his work could lead to other advancements.

Right now they are calling his work a "moonshot" which refers to the fact that it could take a decade before the results of his work are realized. Here's a quote from the NYT article with a few more details,

“Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor,” Mr. Rubin said. “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”

Mr. Rubin, the 50-year-old Google executive in charge of the new effort, began his engineering career in robotics and has long had a well-known passion for building intelligent machines. Before joining Apple Computer, where he initially worked as a manufacturing engineer in the 1990s, he worked for the German manufacturing company Carl Zeiss as a robotics engineer.

“I have a history of making my hobbies into a career,” Mr. Rubin said in a telephone interview. “This is the world’s greatest job. Being an engineer and a tinkerer, you start thinking about what you would want to build for yourself.”

He used the example of a windshield wiper that has enough “intelligence” to operate when it rains, without human intervention, as a model for the kind of systems he is trying to create.
What do you guys think? Will Andy Rubin help to usher in a new era of automated prosperity or slavery to robotic overlords?

Source: NewYorkTimes
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Asus Now Pushing Out Android 4.3 Update to Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T

Nov 18, 2013 - 12:53 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Asus has been busy working on Android 4.3 for the newest Transformer Pad Infinity. The TF701T just launched at the end of October, but Asus is already pushing out the OTA update of Android 4.3 to the device.

Just a few days ago we shared that Asus was going to start sending out the update on November 18th and they were true to their word. The update includes all of the following:
  • Standard Android 4.3 functions
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved trackpad responsiveness (in dock)
  • Improved dock battery charging

In that story from last week Frederuco reported that some users where already getting the update. Sound off if you are one of those lucky few who got it then or now.

Picture Source: AndroidPolice
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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T to Get Android 4.3 Update on November 18th

Nov 14, 2013 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm

Christmas will be a little early this year for owners of the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T. The new flagship tablet from Asus will be receiving its Android 4.3 update on November 18th, according to recent reports. Supposedly the new Android 4.3 update brings a bit more to the tablet than just the usual Android goodies. Here's a summary,
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved dock battery charging
  • Improved trackpad responsiveness (in dock).

Of course, it would be really amazing if the tablet would get the Android 4.4 KitKat update soon, but that might take a few months. We will keep you updated and let you know when that finally happens. For those who don't already have this device, here's a quick spec recap on this $449 USD tablet:
  • 10-Inch 2560 x 1600 pixels Super IPS+ display
  • Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.9GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera

Source: UnWiredView
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New Asus Transformer Book Trio ad Shows Android is for Fun & Windows is for Work

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:49 PM - by dgstorm

We aren't sure if we can fully agree with the point made in Asus' new Transformer Book Trio ad, but it is entertaining. The video above is for Asus' new hybrid product, which combines a removable Android based touch-screen tablet, with a Windows-endowed base unit. It can even be attached to a full sized monitor through HDMI converting it into a desktop PC. It is designed as the ultimate hybrid device for people on the go. The commercial implies that the Android side of things is for fun, but the Windows side of things is all business. Here's a rundown of some of its specs/features:
  • Combines Windows 8 with Android.
  • The Android tablet docks with the “keyboard”. In this mode, Windows is in control and uses an Intel Core processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • When detached, Android controls the tablet using a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM.

It looks like Asus is really having fun and getting creative with the "Transformer" concept. Pretty soon we might see cars changing into giant robots and befriending teenagers! Gasp!
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