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HP Stream series could herald new era for Windows 8 tablets?
November 10, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Windows 8 tablets have not exactly fared well in the market share wars so far, with Microsoft Windows tablets holding only 1.6 percent of the North American market, according to the latest Chikita Insights numbers. One of the factors could be price, although that hardly seems to have held the iPad back. If so, HP appears to be aiming for a solution, with the debut of the low end of its HP Stream series of devices, offering Windows 8 tablet power for just $100. The HP Stream 7, bottom of the range, offers a 1280 x 800 7" screen, as well as an...

Personal hotspots: Wal-Mart vs. Karma
November 5, 2014 | 6:12 pm

karmaIn March of this year, I took a look at the current options for pay-as-you-go cellular wi-fi hotspots—just the thing for giving wi-fi-only tablets and e-readers connectivity wherever you go. At the time, I switched over from TruConnect to Wal-Mart’s equivalent 3G MiFi, to get away from TruConnect’s $5 per month fee, and was more or less happy with it, as far as it went. But one of the other competitors I mentioned at the time, Karma, is about to change things up, and it looks like it might just be worth trying. A lot of people with smartphones...

Opening the Inbox: Google’s new paradigm for reading email
November 5, 2014 | 5:20 pm

Screenshot_2014-11-05-17-12-58If you’ve heard about Google’s new “Inbox” system for reading GMail, you’re just about to have your chance to request an invitation. Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific) today (starting just about 40 minutes from now), Google will send invitations to everyone who requests one. Just send an email to inbox@google.com between 6 and 7 and you’ll get your invitation by 8 p.m. (5 p.m. Pacific). I requested an invitation the day it launched and got it the very next day. I’ve been using it since then, on my PC, tablet, and...

Could on-wall reading be a thing? Thanks to Lenovo, it just might be
October 12, 2014 | 11:30 am

Screenshot from 2014-10-11 11:05:43Lenovo has just rolled out a new line of tablets, including one that could have some very interesting real-world reading applications. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a  13.3" QHD display, which would make it ordinarily quite interesting enough as a reading device, if a little cumbersome. But its real edge is the Pico projector built into its housing, which according to Lenovo can project the display onto a wall with an image covering up to 50 inches. You can see the obvious educational benefits for combining one of these tablets with an ereader. Immediately you have instant on-wall reading for the entire...

Intel rolls out new reference design platform for Android tablets
September 10, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Prospects for more, cheaper, higher specced, more up-to-date, tablets for ereading and other purposes took a turn for the better when Intel announced their new reference design platform for Android devices, with both hardware and software components. "At IDF today, we announced the Intel Reference Design Program for Android," said Intel's official blog post. "This program is our commitment to the industry to make it easier to bring Android devices based on Intel Architecture to market." The plethora of low-cost and often low-performance Android tablets flooding supermarket shelves proves that OEMs have not exactly been finding it that hard to bring...

Staples offers 2013 Nexus 7 for $99 with clearance coupon
August 25, 2014 | 5:22 pm

If you’re in the USA, you have a Staples in your area, and they still have 2013 Nexuses in stock, you might be able to get a really good deal. Android Authority has the details on a coupon good for $100 off the 16 GB and 32 GB Nexus 7 tablets. This would cut their price down to $99 and $159, respectively. For a tablet as good as the N7 ‘13, that’s a steal. They’re already out of stock online, so you’d have to go into a store to get the deal. On a related note, Nate at The...

Best Buy CEO says tablet sales are ‘crashing’
August 4, 2014 | 12:38 pm

Re/code has an interview with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly in which he talks about a few things like fighting showrooming with pricematching, why people might want to buy gadgets in Best Buy rather than Amazon, and perhaps most interestingly, the sales rates for tablets. We’ve mentioned before how the tablet seems to be replacing the laptop in terms of most ordinary consumers’ needs, but according to Joly sales have been starting to fall off. He believes this might suggest the market has just about reached saturation—all the people who wanted a tablet have gotten one, and they don’t...

Why people aren’t buying iPads anymore
July 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ipad mini vs ipad airHuffington Post has this little write-up on the iPad situation. In short: sales of iPads are flat, why can this be? They list the usual reasons---other brands are cheaper, Apple won't budge on price and so on---but also offer a new one that's true for me: people simply don't upgrade their tablets as often. Perhaps it's because they prioritize upgrading their phones, which they carry with them daily, so there is no money left for a frill like a tablet. Perhaps it's because there has not been as much innovation in the tablet sector recently---my iPad 2 is still going strong after...

Audience migration to digital pulls The Legend of Korra off Nick TV channel
July 26, 2014 | 7:32 pm

korraThe digital transition: it’s not just for books. With the advent of tablets and smartphones with fast cellular connections (or wifi), there’s been a critical shift in the way media are consumed. I’ve talked about that before: In the early days of the Internet, companies invested in computer-on-TV devices, assuming that when convergence came, everything would converge through the TV set. They invariably flopped. But now that we have small screens we can always carry with us, with processors good enough and Internet fast enough to stream video in real time, more and more people...

Amazon Prime streaming video app coming soon to Android, Amazon says
July 23, 2014 | 12:36 am

It might be a bit surprising, but one of our most popular articles here at TeleRead deals not with books but rather with video—in particular, how to use a Flash-enabled web browser to watch Amazon Prime streaming videos on Android devices. Since there’s no native Android player application for the service, the way there are for Kindle Fire and iOS devices, this workaround has been the best that Android owners can do. (And even that didn’t work outside of the US.) Until now. PC Advisor reports that Amazon Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris said at an event in...

Big phone or small tablet: the next tech shift?
July 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

big phone or small tabletIn the Weekend Links, I highlighted a GigaOM story which claims that sales of bigger phones are starting to cut into sales of smaller tablets. I believe it. When I got my iPad Mini, it was because I wanted a not-phone-sized device that didn't weigh a ton. I still use my Mini a lot (mostly in situations which call for two iPads, such as the Beloved being able to FaceTime at home on days I stay late at work, or a train ride we take semi-regularly involving a small child who won't share). But in my perfect tech world, I'd...

Rotring meets the digital pen challenge?
July 5, 2014 | 12:21 pm

800pls_hoverAs a follow-up to my earlier TeleRead piece on why the premium pen manufacturers aren't meeting the onscreen writing challenge, it's good to report that at least one firm does seem to have stepped up to the plate: The German precision pen and drawing instrument manufacturer Rotring, whose stylographic pens have been a staple of drawing and engineering courses for decades. Founded in 1928, the company's rapidographs became the virtual standard for technical drawing. However, as its Wikipedia entry states, "the advent in the 1990s of computer-aided design (CAD) saw the partial demise of the technical drawing pen. To combat...