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Tech News Weekly Round-up 8th September 2011

Amazon Kindle tablet coming before Christmas

It appears that the much rumoured 7 inch tablet, named the Amazon Kindle will be headed for our shops at the end of November.

The Kindle tablet will apparently be very cheap too at about £150.

While there aren’t any pictures as yet, rumours have it the Kindle tablet looks much like the Blackberry Playbook and has a rubbery texture on the back. It comes with a full-colour touchscreen but has no camera or 3G as yet.

The Kindle tablet will be running on Android, with the main screen showing all your books, apps, movies and other applications in a carousel.

There’s no Android Market, but you do get Amazon’s own Android Appstore. There’s access to all of Amazon’s services such as the Kindle app for books, Amazon’s Cloud Player for music and Amazon’s Instant Video player for all your movies.

Google rolls out offline Gmail, Docs, Calendar

Google has officially started rolling out offline access to Gmail, Docs and Calendar.

Once you’ve downloaded a web app from the Chrome Web Store, you can use Gmail without internet access by tapping the Gmail Offline button. The app is based on the Gmail tablet app and promises easy functionality and a sleek design.

Offline Calendars allows you to RSVP to events and tweak appointments. However, offline document editing isn’t yet available as part of the new Docs package. However, you can view documents and spreadsheets though.

Gmail is available offline as of today, while Calendar and Docs access is being rolled out over the next week.

Toshiba’s FlashAir: first memory card with wi-fi

Toshiba has announced it will launch FlashAir, the first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN, although there is no information on pricing yet.

The new card will have an 8GB capacity and will start going on sale from February 2012.

It will save users the trouble of using other transfer devices to get their photos on their PCs. Plus, users can upload and download photographs to and from a server and exchange photographs and other data with other FlashAir compliant devices, including digital cameras, smartphones and PCs that support wireless LAN, all without the hassle of cables.

iPhone app news: 4oD now available on iPhone

Channel 4′s catch-up TV service 4oD is now available on the iPhone and will work over Wi-Fi, but not 3G.

The free app, has been a great success on the iPad and now has the iPhone 4′s Retina Display for that extra little touch of clarity and crispness.

The new app brings TV from the last 30 days from Channel 4, More4 and E4, so you can catch up on all your favourite programmes.


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