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ASUS puts delay rumor to rest, confirms Transformer Prime is on schedule

Late last night rumors hit the street that the ASUS Transformer Prime had been delayed and I’m sure a few were saddened by such news. After almost every online retails has sold out of the new quad-core slate we were quick to reach out to ASUS for an official response and have good news to report. According to our sources everything is on track and as planned.

Apparently online retailer NCIX sold out of the Prime and after canceling multiple orders a few rumors came out that their response was ASUS had delayed the hotly anticipated tablet due to WiFi issues. Here at SlashGear we’ve already had extensive time with the Prime and you can see our in-depth review here. At no point did our unit experience any WiFi issues. After reaching out to our sources from ASUS here is what they had to say in response:

We are trying to confirm who released this statement and for what purpose right now. At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19. I will provide an update once I have additional information.”

Obviously there is some room for this story to develop further based on that official response but at this point the ASUS Transformer Prime is on schedule and should be available right on time — December 19th. When we get any additional news we will be sure to update with the latest.

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ASUS puts delay rumor to rest, confirms Transformer Prime is on schedule is written by Cory Gunther & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Happy Holidroid Contest: Weekend Trivia Challenge

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If you’re unsure what this whole "Holidroid Contest" thing is all about, be prepared to get excited. From November 24th through December 25th, Phandroid is giving away a Kindle Fire every single day along with other great prizes like the Galaxy Nexus Galaxy Tabs, JAMBOX, SmarTouch Gloves, Android Phones, Android T-Shirts, Seidio Vouchers and more. Read our announcement post for details.

Yesterday’s Winner

Yesterday’s winner will be announced shortly. We are still going through the numerous video submissions from yesterday’s contest. But we have more to give away. The following is up for grabs:

Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire could be this holiday’s hottest product: at only $199 it’s not only one of the most  affordable Android tablets, it’s also one of the best. That’s a killer combination. With a beautiful UI, great battery life, carefully curated apps/games, and an amazing array of media options thanks to Amazon’s Digital Content Ecosystem... the Kindle Fire is a sure win. Good luck winning one in our contest, but at only $199 it’s probably worth buying one just in case!

Samsung Stratosphere

Verizon’s 4G LTE network, a Super AMOLED display, and slide-out QWERTY keyboard put a world of power at your fingertips with the Samsung Stratosphere.  A special shout out to Radio Shack for providing this great device for our giveaway. If you don’t take home the prize be sure to check out their great selection of smartphones online and in-store.


Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves

Every single holiday season these SmarTouch smartphone gloves are consistently one of my favorite gift giving items. They eloquently solve one of the most fundamental problems a tech lover faces: using your device in cold weather. Wearing gloves usually prevents your touchscreen from working: take your phone out, take your glove off, use your phone, hand gets gold, shove phone in pocket, rush to get glove on. NO MORE! Isotoner’s SmarTouch gloves, designed in my colors and sizes for both men and women, has technology that passes the electrons your body gives off, through the gloves, onto the capacitive screen and allowing it to work. VOILA! Seriously. It works. Trust me. Try it... and you’ll love them forever.

Seidio $30 Voucher

With so much smartphone use comes battery drain. Thankfully, Seidio makes some awesome extended batteries that fit many smartphones, allowing you to get longer battery life with the same device. No more toting around a charger everywhere you go: just snag a Seidio and call it a day! Seidio also makes cases, holsters, and other great accessories for your smartphones.Check them all out here.

Today’s Contest Rules/Regulations:

Can you answer the following Phandroid trivia question the fastest?

This year there are plenty of Android items on the wish list. Though I arguably missed the mark last year (we all do once in a while), I named one new Android gadget a holiday hit for 2010. What was it?

Looking for a great gift? Don’t forget about our Holiday Gift Guide!

Tomorrow’s Contest:

We’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire, Smartouch Gloves, $30 Seidio Voucher, and a JAMBOX from Jawbone! You never know when we will be posting our trivia challenge so check back early and often!

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Dear Verizon: Don’t Try Streaming, It’s A Dumb Idea

Something rather interesting has been happening as of late: an increasing number of companies, smelling Netflix blood, want to jump into the streaming space and become the average consumers’ new go-to place for entertainment.

It makes some sense. Over the last several months, Netflix has been hemorrhaging subscribers who are displeased with the company’s new pricing plans. And its ill-fated decision to spin off its DVD rental business made management seem incompetent. Add those issues to the difficult relationships it has with content providers, and it’s no wonder companies like Amazon, Wal-mart and others, want to take it down.

But recently, we’ve been hearing reports that Verizon is also planning a streaming service, and might enlist the help of Redbox to do it. The service, according to TechCrunch, citing sources, would allow users to stream content, as well as purchase programming from a host of set-top boxes and mobile devices.

I have little doubt that Verizon wants to get into the streaming business. For years now, the carrier — along with its similarly lame competitors — has been making poor decisions. (Remember when it turned its back on Steve Jobs and iPhone?)

"Verizon getting into streaming is one of the more laughable ideas I’ve heard"

Verizon’s decision to get into the streaming business is one of the more laughable ideas I’ve heard in a while. Yes, it has the cash to develop the distribution platform and using the Redbox name will help, but did the company forget about the many aspects of the streaming business that make it potentially dangerous?

For one, Netflix is still a dominant force. Although it’s having trouble, people still flock to the streaming service to watch movies and television shows. And for only $7.99 per month to do it, the offering is still a deal.

What’s more, Amazon is becoming an increasingly worrisome threat in the streaming business. The e-retail giant has been inking content partnerships with ease, and thanks to its integration in a host of products, including the popular Kindle Fire, the service seems well on its way to overshadowing Netflix in 2012.

Furthermore, we need to consider that there are several other services trying to get consumer attention, including Vudu, Hulu, and others. Even Apple is trying its luck in that market, though it’s doing so with a slightly different business model.

So, where does Verizon fit in? The carrier is trying to enter a space that’s being dominated by several players. Even worse, as a wireless carrier, it’s not exactly the most beloved company in the mix.

Unless Verizon can differentiate its brand, there’s really no way it can be successful in the streaming business. And it needs to realize that.

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Dear Verizon: Don’t Try Streaming, It’s A Dumb Idea is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Apple reveals animated Beatles record albums ad for iTunes

Without a doubt this should have been the advertisement video Apple should have used when it was first announced the iTunes would be making the historic movie to carry The Beatles music catalogue. Instead we’ve got it here at the end of 2011, and we’ll take it! Not only do we get to dive in and through the greatest album covers ever printed on 12 inches of cardboard, we get to experience each of them in a warped and folded way anyone with two eyes and the ability to see can appreciate. On the whole, this appears very much to be a renewed push for recognition of the several different ways one can experience The Beatles through Apple’s iTunes store.

While below you’ll see the video we’re speaking about here, lower than that you’ll find another brand new Beatles-related bit that’s popped up on iTunes this month: The Beatles Yellow Submarine book for kids. This book is completely free on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch at the moment, and is certainly meant to push for a greater adoption of the iBooks application on the iOS platform for you to hold all your non-magazine reading material purchased from the iTunes store. This Yellow Submarine book is the only digital version of the perfectly classic little adventure based on the movie and can be read aloud by whatever iDevice you run it on.

As for the ad, once more, please take note that we’ve jumped into the record album covers, the vinyl covers that were (and are) oh so massive and beautiful. Here right out in the open you’ll find that Apple is re-invigorating (or just invigorating, depending on how old you are) your love for embracing the album cover rather than tossing it aside the moment you toss your CD into your expanded wallet of CDs. What digital music displayed on your mobile device (here in an iPhone or an iPad) has done is to bring the idea that the cover matters back to the forefront – and what better way to declare it than with some of the most masterfully crafted examples in the history of vinyl than this?

You can pick up the Yellow Submarine book as well as check out the extended Beatles collection on iTunes – and turn the crank on classics all holiday season long!


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Apple reveals animated Beatles record albums ad for iTunes is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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