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Android latest: Lollipop does not suck
November 22, 2014 | 10:32 am

My first-generation Nexus 7 tablet recently updated itself to the latest version of the Android OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, thanks to Google's commitment to keep the entire Nexus system abreast of the latest developments in its platform. And so far at least, despite some other reports to the contrary, the experience has been almost entirely favorable. Lollipop is supposed to be all about a change and improvement in the user experience, with faster and smoother operation thanks to the new Android Runtime (ART) environment that replaces the old Dalvik virtual machine with its just-in-time compilation method. On that score, it does seem...

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...

CONTEXT data shows Android tablets leading Europe, iPads slipping
July 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

tabletsThe latest data report from London-headquartered tech sales and pricing research firm CONTEXT shows tablets holding up the otherwise declining consumer PC distribution business across Western Europe —but specifically, Android tablets. According to the CONTEXT figures, sales of tablets rose 137 percent in the first half of 2013, with low-end Android devices leading that trend. "In the consumer segment, while the iPad remains a popular choice, we have seen tablet demand steadily driven by low end Android offerings”, said Marie Christine Pygott, Senior Analyst at CONTEXT. “The increasing availability of attractively priced Android systems means consumers can easily buy a tablet as an...

How to stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet (video)
July 8, 2013 | 9:30 am

AmazonDan commented on my post last week about the Kindle Fire sale, asking if there really was no way to watch an Amazon Instant Video on an Android tablet (specifically a Nexus 7). I said "nope," but someone (Bree) reminded us that alternate browsers, like Dolphin, support Flash. So I went hunting. Good news: It can be done! The bare bones instructions are here, and you'll want to follow that link because it'll take you to the all-important Flash .apk file, which you'll need to download. So follow along, and I'll give you more details. Note that this method will not work with a Nook...

REVIEW: Google’s Nexus 10 Android tablet as a library patron’s delight
December 26, 2012 | 10:05 am

Google Nexus 10 I drive a 1988 Honda and on the whole lead a frugal life. But I have a weakness for e-books and gizmos for reading them. You can’t fathom technology, at the practical level for library patrons and other book-lovers, without using it. Curious where the tech is headed? Well, what costs too much now may someday be in Asian villages and on the racks at Kmart or in the hands of every high school student in Watts or Harlem. I no longer ask for loaners of review units, though. Why worry about offending vendors? Most of my purchases end up on Craigslist or eBay in a...

You too can have a body like mine — with e-books!
October 24, 2012 | 7:15 am

My wife had been a keen customer of the local women's-only gym for several years, so after last Christmas, when they closed down and re-opened as a unisex establishment, I decided to go along, too. Nine months later, I’m still among the regulars, dragging my aging body along four or five times a week to run, walk, cycle, stretch, row and pump iron. What keeps me going, apart from my iron will and rigid determination? Well, a lot of the credit has to go to e-books. Let me explain: The gym, like most public areas these days, is festooned with big...

The Man with 11 Androids on the Perils of Multiple Registrations
October 16, 2012 | 5:42 pm

The man with one clock, they say, knows what time it is; the man with two clocks is never sure. Where does that put me, the man with 11 Android tablets? I don’t actually have 11 tablets, of course. My current total is four, of which one is out of commission and one is too slow to be much use for anything. But up until yesterday Amazon thought I did. Why? Because the tablets occasionally crash, and I then have to reboot them and reinstall all the software. The first time this happened I also had to download all the apps from...

Why now is a bad time to buy a 7-inch tablet
October 6, 2012 | 1:08 pm

  If you've been shopping for a handheld 7-inch tablet—you know the kind: smaller than an iPad, bigger than an iPhone, about the size of a paperback book (remember those?)—now must be tempting time to shine up the old credit card, close your eyes and just buy one already. But hold on, partner: You might be kicking yourself a month from now if you rush and buy one today. There are plenty of alluring options out there now. The new Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and the even newer Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD, for example, both boast terrific, iPad-quality screens and low...

Android apps for reading PDFs
September 17, 2012 | 10:25 pm

In earlier articles I’ve covered the proprietary Kindle and Kobo apps, and this time I want to turn my attention to PDF reading on Android tablets. I’ve covered four prominent apps, but there are many others. The basic functionality of all Android PDF apps is fairly similar, but there are some useful and interesting differences in the peripheral options they support. Whether these are worth the time, effort and expense involved in seeking them out, only you as a user can decide. Adobe Reader for Android                               Adobe ported its popular free PDF reading platform across to the Android OS quite early. When I...

Get your 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD today
September 14, 2012 | 12:38 pm

By Jeremy Hill | for the Technology Tell network               Orders for the 16GB version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD for $199 are being accepted by Amazon today. This is the first version of the Kindle Fire HD to ship to customers, and if you happen to be one of the many who pre-ordered the device, you can probably expect it to arrive on your doorstep at some point today. Although the screen size is the same as the original Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD has a 1280 × 800 pixel display (same as the Nexus 7). It’s built on Android 4.0, is powered...

The TeleRead Review: Visual Land Prestige 10 Internet Tablet
August 25, 2012 | 2:45 pm

The TeleRead Review: Visual Land Prestige 10 Internet Tablet By Howard Whitman I’ll freely admit that when it comes to tablets, I’m more familiar with the kind The Flintstones wrote on than the newfangled, touchscreen, sorta-computer-thingy ones. Yep, I’m a technology curmudgeon—a man who didn’t start using an iPod until 2011 (although I do love it). But when it comes to tablets, iPad or otherwise, I didn’t have one, didn’t want one, and didn’t see the day when I would. Well, call me convinced. The opportunity to “kick the tires” on Visual Land’s Prestige 10 Tablet for review has been a revelation, because this...

Google Nexus 7 announced
June 27, 2012 | 2:43 pm

Nexus 7 banner 002 Well, as expected Google has announced the Nexus 7 7" tablet.  The specs look great and it is far superior to the Kindle Fire.  Since one can run the Kindle app on the machine it is fair to make the direct comparison. $199 for the 8G version and $249 for the 16G version, including a $25 credit in the Play Store.  Ships in two to three weeks according the the ordering page when I placed my 16G order. Now let's see what Amazon comes up with. Here's their video:     Here are the specs from the Nexus 7 site: Tech Specs SCREEN 7” 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi) Back-lit...