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When Apple introduced the iPad mini 3 alongside its iPad Air 2 last year, it seemed like the Cupertino outfit was losing interest in the smaller size tablet. Apple didn't spend a lot of time talking about the iPad mini 3, and the upgrades were pretty ho hum -- Touch ID and support for Apple Pay was added, and not much else. Was Apple going to discontinue the iPad mini line? Probably not. Though it seemed that way at the time, leaked iPad mini 4 renderings suggest that there will be at least one more version. What's more, the fourth generation iPad mini is shown to be even thinner than its predecessor, reaching parity with the super skinny iPad Air 2. Specifically, the renderings show the iPad... Read more...
Are you ready for some football? It's tough to see summer come to an end, but as a consolation prize, a new NFL season waits in the wings and there are plenty of story lines to make this upcoming season a memorable one. But we're not here to talk about a ticked off Tom Brady exacting vengeance on the field or how Adrian Peterson will fare after missing all but a single game last season.Instead, this is about Microsoft's continued efforts to gain exposure for its Surface line through a partnership with the NFL. For the upcoming season, coaches on the sidelines will receive Surface Pro 3 tablets to replace the Surface Pro 2 slates they used last year. They'll be weather-proofed to protect from... Read more...
There’s hot hardware, and then there’s a fire hazard. Nvidia is recalling all of its SHIELD tablets sold in the last 12 months, citing an overheating problem. The company is urging customers to stop using the SHIELD and to return it for a replacement tablet. Nvidia initiated the recall after discovering that the SHIELD’s battery is capable of overheating, posing a fire hazard. “Consumers will receive a preplacement tablet after registering to participate in the recall,” the company said in a statement. “NVIDIA is coordinating with appropriate governmental agencies to ensure that the recall follows established industry practices.”Image credit: NvidiaNot all of the SHIELD tablets have the defective... Read more...
It’s back-to-school season, which has traditionally been a good time to pick up a laptop or tablet at a decent price. Asus just released a low-cost Chromebook that is worth a look, but Windows users are getting some love, too. The Acer One 10 is a 10.1-inch Windows tablet (with a keyboard) that rolls in at just under $200. The One 10’s hardware is understandably light, given the tablet’s price tag, but the tablet comes across as a fairly competent 10-incher, at least on paper. It combines an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for additional storage, should you need it. The system runs Windows 8.1 32-bit. Connectivity... Read more...
Adding to its portfolio of "Rugged" Latitude notebooks, Dell has just announced the release of a tablet that falls into the same series. The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet's goals are obvious: it's designed to work in a variety of environments and handle a bit of abuse - should some come its way. This Windows-based tablet features Intel's fifth-gen Core M processors under-the-hood, and with its dual 2-cell batteries, it can last for up to 12 hours. Its screen is 11.6-inch and can be viewed outside, although the press release doesn't mention a resolution. It's probably safe to say that it will be 1080p, given its form-factor. Other specs include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, optional mobile broadband and GPS, up... Read more...
The tablet world is shifting quickly. While arguments for and against the need for a "third device" have been raging since the early days of the iPad, we're seeing tablets emerge that are far more potent and capable than ever before. In fact, it's tough to lump products like Dell's Venue 10 7000 in with bargain-bin slates that are clearly built to be used primarily for mobile Internet browsing and other strictly consumption-based use. This device we're testing here is cut from a different cloth. In many ways, it's paving a new path for tablets, and at first blush, you may assume that such a well-engineered product has Windows underneath. Instead, there's Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop), alongside a... Read more...
Whether your old tablet is starting to spit and sputter or you're looking to buy a slate for the first time, you have a lot of options to choose from. And if you can hold off until next month, you can add Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy Tab S2 in two different size options -- 9.7 inches and 8 inches -- to the list of potential candidates. The ongoing trend among mobile device makers is to build increasingly thin and light models, and according to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size on the market. It has a thickness of just 5.6mm and checks in at just 389g for the 9.7-inch version and 256g for the 8-inch model. Those metrics trump Apple's iPad Air... Read more...
Two new Asus tablets hit shelves in the U.S. this week, giving shoppers some interesting (and fairly inexpensive) new options. The Asus ZenPad 7 and ZenPad S 8.0 aren’t available on U.S. version of Asus’ website just yet, but Best Buy already has them for sale online. It appears that neither tablet is available in brick and mortar stores, though you can walk into any Best Buy to order a tablet and have it shipped to your store.  One of the ZenPad 7’s most attractive features is its price. Just under $100 gets you a reasonably thin (0.35 inches) tablet running Lollipop. It has an Intel Atom x3-C3200 processor and 16GB of storage, but just 1GB of memory, which means that you likely won’t... Read more...
Microsoft's third iteration of the Surface Pro was a monumental improvement over the first two incarnations. For many, the third time really was the charm. It was powerful enough to replace most laptops, and versatile enough to serve as two device types without major compromises on either side. A year later now, and Microsoft presents us with the third iteration of the standard Surface. You know, the one without the "Pro" dangling from the end. It's cheaper, slimmer, and toned down, but it's also aimed at a broader swath of consumers. The base Surface 3 checks in at an alluring $499, but that's probably not the machine you'll want. The upgraded spec, which gets 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage,... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference, held late this week, Qualcomm announced that the next-generation Project Tango platform is going to sport its Snapdragon 810 processor, which packs in the very capable Adreno 430 GPU. As we've covered before, Project Tango is Google's upcoming smartphone and tablet platform that revolves around using the device for 3D purposes. With it, you could capture and turn the environment around you into a 3D model, something that multiple cameras and infrared sensors would help with. With its Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm says that it will allow Project Tango to deliver great real-world 3D gaming experiences, indoor navigation (this one in particular seems hugely interesting),... Read more...
There hasn't been a lot of excitement in the tablet world, though Samsung may change that. Based on some pretty impressive benchmark scores that popped up on Primate Labs' Geekbench 3 page, it appears that Samsung is readying an Android 5.1 slate called "Chopin LTE" that's powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor (Cherry Trail) and 4GB of memory.The Atom processor is clocked at 1.44GHz with a burst frequency of 2.24GHz. It doesn't support Hyper Threading, but with four physical cores and 2MB of cache, the 14nm CPU is no slouch in the tablet world. The Geekbench scores prove it -- Chopin posted a single-core score of 1,005 band a multi-core score of 3,426.Source: Primate Labs (click... Read more...
If you don't want to pay full price for a Surface Pro 3 tablet, then all you need is a little patience. We say this because Microsoft is pretty good about running sales and promotions on a fairly consistent basis, though some have a tendency to slip under the radar since there's usually no announcement. For example, you can currently score a select Surface Pro 3 for $150 off retail, though you won't find a press release or Microsoft blog post promoting the sale.At present, it's the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage that's on sale. It's currently marked down to $1,149 versus its normal selling price of $1,299. In addition to the Core i5 4300U CPU and 256GB SSD, it also features 8GB of RAM, 12-inch... Read more...
The tablet market may have seen better days, but fresh entries will soon be making their way to the market. We talked this morning about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and the rumors persist about a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. But AT&T today announced its first self-branded tablet: the Trek HD. The Trek HD is about as basic the come with regards to entry-level tablets, and includes a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-inch HD display (AT&T doesn’t specify, but we’re assuming 1280x720), 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 2MP front- and 5MP rear-facing cameras, and a 4060 mAh battery that is good for eight hours of battery life. And of course, the Trek HD comes... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to keep a secret on the Internet. Just ask Samsung, which is planning to release a Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. We know this because a leaked render that looks like an official press image (minus the giant watermark) has made its way to the web courtesy of Twitter user @OnLeaks, who posted an angled top-shot of the forthcoming slate.Samsung has yet to officially announce or acknowledge the Galaxy Tab S2, the successor to the Galaxy Tab S that won our Editor's Choice award last year, though based on leaked information up to this point, it looks like the Korean hardware maker will launch a pair of tablets in June. It's said the Galaxy Tab S2 will come in two different... Read more...
Asus unveiled its latest addition to the Transformer series at CES in January, the Transformer Book Chi. Available in three sizes, the new Transformer Book Chi Series features a 2-in-1 detachable laptop design. Their flagship Transformer Book T300 Chi offers a 12.5-inch screen, an Intel Core M processor, and a fanless cooling solution. The more compact T100 Chi is a 10.1-inch model that promises all-day battery life. Prices for the Transformer Book Chi Series range from $399 to $899. Today, we’re going to take a hands-on look at the T300 Chi which is offered in two models starting at $699. We have the high-end T300CHI-FH011H model on hand for testing. This model is priced at $899 and features... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago when analysts were envisioning a world dominated by tablets and largely devoid of traditional PCs. In the immortal words of Alicia Silverstone from Clueless, "As if!" Now that the hype train is no longer racing down the track at breakneck speeds, we're starting to see what happens when you saturate the market -- a drop in shipments. According to data compiled International Data Corporation, tablet shipments recorded an annual decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015. Taking into account both tablets and 2-in-1 hybrid devices, shipments fell 5.9 percent year-over-year to 47.1 million units in Q1. "Although the tablet market is in decline,... Read more...
I love my mobile phone, but one thing that drives me nuts is having to tap out a message to someone. If my connection is good, I always go the voice-to-text route, but sometimes, that likes to conk out. It's at that point that I will swipe a message out - something else that drives me a bit nuts, as it doesn't always get the sentence correct (and, as a Grammar Nazi, I have no choice but to go back and correct it manually). It kind of sounds like SwiftKey's latest product is right up my alley. Currently in beta, Clarity is a new swipe keyboard that changes some of the rules. At the forefront, it can retroactively correct mistakes after a sentence is completed, in... Read more...
It looks like Google might have just pulled the plug on its well-liked Nexus 7 tablet, as it's no longer listed in the Play Store. To see the latest iteration removed isn't too much of a surprise, as it was released two summers ago, but the fact that Google didn't release a third-gen version last summer (or since then) does seem to highlight the company's lack of interest in it. So, it's probably safe to say that the Nexus 7 is no more. I admit that I consider that to be a bad thing. When the original Nexus 7 was released in 2012, it was an immediate hit. It offered great value, at its price-point of $200, and looked favorable amongst the rest of the Android tablets out there at the time. The... Read more...
In June of 2013, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved a deal with Apple and Pearson that would see curriculum filled iPad tablets in the hands of every student regardless of income level, along with every teacher and administrator. However, the $1.3 billion effort (around $500 million for the iPads with curriculum and $800 million to improve Internet access at schools) hasn't come close to expectations, and now the school district is threatening legal action.Let's backtrack a moment. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Unified was sold on the idea after seeing samples of Pearson's curriculum on iPad devices. As part of the contract, Pearson would provide English and... Read more...
There's nothing wrong with being an early adopter of new technologies and products, you just have to understand that inevitably something better, faster, and/or less expensive will follow whatever it is you just recently paid a premium for. Case in point is Panasonic's 20-inch Toughpad 4K tablet -- the revamped standard edition model now sports a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor and costs half as much as first generation Performance SKU when it debuted earlier this year.Less than a year ago, the Toughpad 4K was wielding an Intel Core i7 3687U vPro processor, a dual-core part clocked at 2.1GHz to 3.3GHz with Hyper Threading support and 4MB of cache. But now that Broadwell-U is here,... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Dell’s uber-thin and beautifully crafted Venue 8 7000 tablet, then you’re probably going to love what the tech company has in store for you with the Venue 10 7000. The Venue 10 7000 features most of what made its smaller brother appealing and adds a few twists of its own to make it stand out even more. For starters, the Venue 10 7000 brings with it many of the same hardware features that we saw with the Venue 8 7000 including the quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 2560x1600 display (stretched to 10.5-inches in this application instead of 8.4-inches). You’ll also find a microSD slot that supports up to 512GB of additional storage,... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface 2 Windows RT tablet was unceremoniously put to death earlier this year. The demise of the Surface 2 wasn’t a shock to industry watchers; various OEMs provided more compelling tablet solutions running x86 processors that were able to access the vast Windows software library (the Windows RT-based, ARM-powered Surface 2 was shutout from traditional Windows applications).Microsoft Surface 2 According to a new report from Winbeta, Microsoft won’t make that same mistake again when it launches a new tablet to slot under the Surface Pro 3 (or the inevitable Surface Pro 4). The fanless tablet is said to feature an x86 processor; either an Intel Atom or Intel Core M is said to be in... Read more...
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