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Samsung’s new ATIV Q tablet runs Android apps in Windows 8
June 21, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Ativ QThe mobile OS wars rage on, but Samsung seems to be hedging its bets with the recently-unveiled Ativ Q tablet. The 13.3-inch (3,200 x 1,800 HD resolution) ATIV Q will run on Windows 8, but have the ability to switch to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean without needing to restart the device. Photos and other data will purportedly be transferable between the OSes, and Android apps can even be pinned to the Windows 8 start screen. The tablet also features a convertible design with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, able to be turned into a tablet, laptop, or video player with adjustable stand. Pricing...

Location-based Learning with Wikipedia Nearby
June 2, 2013 | 4:25 pm

Wikipedia NearbyWikipedia is getting in on the location-based services bandwagon with Wikipedia Nearby, a new Web application that provides uses with articles based on their proximity to the user. Available for both mobile and PC, the app takes advantage of MediaWiki’s relatively new GeoData extension, which connected geo-coordinates to a central API that programmers could query to build stuff like this. The foundation is hoping Nearby will attract new editors to the Wikipedia fold, as users will be able to provide their own photos and updated information of nearby places-of-interest on-site. I tried it out; everything works well, though there’s not much interesting history in the...

Tomorrow is the National Day of Unplugging
February 28, 2013 | 10:00 am

Take the Tech Timeout Challenge during the National Day of UnpluggingThe fourth annual National Day of Unplugging is upon us, running March 1-2 from sundown to sundown. Go outside! Spend time with the fam! Bake some cookies! Whatever you choose to do, don’t spend the NDU staring at any screens. How will you spend your National Day of Unplugging?  I'll probably be right where I always am, attached to my word processor in the leaky basements of GadgeTell, as otherwise they don’t refill my water dish. But I heartily endorse unplugging for everyone who can manage it. If you’re looking for an even more ambitious tech-detox, sister campaign Tech Timeout is challenging everyone to set aside...