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CES 2014 Pre-Show Article Roundup
January 6, 2014 | 10:35 am

CES 2014Our sister site, GadgeTell has been running plenty of articles gearing up for CES 2014, which starts today for the media while the show floor officially opens tomorrow. I couldn't go this year (maybe in 2015), but I've been watching the rumor roundup with amusement. Here's some of the articles from GadgeTell that I thought you might be interested in. I'll be keeping an eye on the coverage and cross-posting anything that looks interesting. CES 2014 Wearable Technology Wearables are expected to abound at CES this year, and here are a couple of possibilities CES 2014: Intel to Show Off Wearable Technology Wondering what...

Is LG’s Homeboy tablet actually a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3?
August 29, 2013 | 1:39 pm

Samsung GalaxyBy Elisabeth Young Perhaps two of the most popular Korean brands are LG and Samsung. We can consider these two as big rivals when it comes to consumer electronics and gadgets, but in a weird twist of fate, LG is going to benefit from a Samsung product. Why? LG’s very own cellular network, LG U+, is offering the “Homeboy” tablet. And this Homeboy tablet is in fact a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. LG is simply rebranding the 7-inch Android tablet. LG is the third-largest wireless operator in South Korea, and its latest product will of course allow Koreans to access movies, songs, e-books, and TV...

Google Play Store Contains Over 700,000 Malicious Apps, says Trend Micro Report
August 19, 2013 | 3:39 pm

Google PlayBy Hammad Saleem Believe it or not, the Google Play Store contains hundreds of thousands of malicious applications that can infect your device. These are flaws in the system that must be rectified by the folks at Google. Recently, at Defcon, a researcher showed vulnerability in Google’s one-click authentication that may result in a loss of personal information. The researcher submitted a malicious application that was approved in the Google Play Store and stayed there even though it was a malicious app, which was also mentioned in the description of the application. Now, a quarterly report by Trend Micro (PDF link below) reveals that there are...

Rumor: Samsung and Apple Working on 12-Inch Tablets
August 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

tabletsBy Hammad Saleem We've seen rumors about Apple working on a larger, 12-inch tablet that might hit shelves by the end of this year. Very recently, a new report has emerged from Digitimes, suggesting that it's not just Apple that has a larger tablet in the pipeline; Samsung is also developing its own 12-inch (or larger) tablet. The tablet market is becoming quite competitive, so both of these giants may be looking to create a new niche for a larger screen tab. Digitimes sources close to supply chain vendors mentioned that both companies are looking for an area of the market that's...

Intel Announces New Tablets Aimed at Education Market
August 7, 2013 | 10:00 am

IntelIntel is looking to capitalize on the education market with a couple of new Android tablets aimed at students. While not bleeding edge in their features, they do have a few nice features to make them useful in the classroom. There’s a seven-inch and a 10-inch version. Their processors are moderate: an Intel Atom processor Z2460 1.6GHz for the 10-inch and an Intel Atom processor Z2420 1.2GHz for the seven-inch, and they only come with 1GB of RAM. By comparison, the new Nexus 7 has 2 GB of RAM and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. However, I’m assuming the Intel tablets...

New Nexus 7 Release Date for U.K. Expected to be August 29
August 3, 2013 | 12:52 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been over a week since Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7. The device is available for sale in the U.S. through various retailers and the Google Play Store. But unfortunately, there'd been no official word from the company about the availability of the device in U.K., from the Play Store or anywhere else. One overseas retailer, however, EBuyer, has leaked the expected launch date on Twitter. According to Ebuyer, the expected launch date of the second-gen Nexus 7 appears to be Aug. 29. If you're one of those lucky users who pre-ordered your device through Ebuyer, you should...

FBI Can Activate Android Microphones, Record Secretly
August 3, 2013 | 12:34 pm

FBIIt’s no big secret that the U.S. government can use some extreme methods in order to maintain justice and security for the nation by gathering information on suspects. Even before Snowden leaked all the NSA data, most of us had a pretty decent idea that the U.S. government has always been keeping a watchful eye over everyone. The shock from the leaks likely came from the scope and depth of all the information-gathering and spying. If you think the government couldn’t possibly dig even deeper, guess again. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI uses custom-designed hacker tools to spy...

Android 4.3 Made My Old Nexus 7 Faster… For Now
August 2, 2013 | 6:57 pm

Nexus 7Google is currently rolling out Android 4.3 to a handful of devices, such as the Nexus 7. It’s a rather tame update as far as brand new front-facing features are concerned, but Google has made a change under the hood that has improved my tablet’s performance. In recent days, it was discovered that Google added support for fstrim. Without going into super technical details, fstrim basically does a better job of freeing up data that isn’t being used by the tablet. Think of the old Nexus 7 as a closet that held all the things you did and didn’t need. Fstrim is like...

Which iPad Mini Rumor To Believe? Maybe Both
August 1, 2013 | 9:38 pm

iPad MiniI love watching dueling rumors. We’ll see an iPad mini with Retina display before the end of the year. No, we’ll see one more mini with the normal display, but a faster processor. Actually, what’s interesting about these two articles is that, if you dig a bit deeper and pay attention, they might actually be saying the same thing. While the headline for The Next Web piece says, “Apple will reportedly use retina display from Samsung for its next iPad Mini to be launched in Q4,” let’s do that digging I mentioned. First quote from the Next Web Article: "Apple suppliers in Asia are working on...

Google Nexus 7 Sign Up Page is Now Live
July 29, 2013 | 11:40 am

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been a few days since Google unveiled its mighty second generation of the Nexus 7. And now, the device is available for pre-orders in the U.S. Google Play Store. The search engine giant did mention that the device will be available globally in the “coming week” but they didn't reveal an exact release date. Today, the company has set up a sign-up page for a number of countries.  Apart from U.S., the Nexus 7 will be available in many countries including UK, Germany, France, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Canada—all in the coming weeks. There are retailers worldwide...

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)
July 24, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Google Nexus 7Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain mobile device as such. You see this with car enthusiasts, treating their prized ‘whips’ like the true loves of their lives. I have no comment other than, Well, I guess there are far more odd things to be into. So, taking that notion a bit further, I’d like to pose a question for all y’all: Can having cool tech items get you some —...

New Nexus 7 Closes In On Formal Intro, Gets Captured In The Wild, Might Pack 4 GB RAM
July 19, 2013 | 11:11 am

Nexus 7Whoa, talk about a rumor flood! We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the Nexus 7 sequel (likely to be called “New Nexus 7”) for many months now, but an avalanche of information comes our way today, via a number of different sources. First, it seems that the 7-inch tablet will be officially showcased for the first time on July 24 (i.e. next Wednesday), during a special event hosted by Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP for Android and Chrome. We’re suspecting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also be made official then, but that’s not so very important. What is important is that,...

Nook: Shelved by Barnes & Noble
July 4, 2013 | 2:00 pm

NookBy Jon Dugan Late last week Barnes & Noble, Inc. announced that it will no longer be producing most of the NOOK line of tablets on their own, bowing out of competition with Apple, Google, and Amazon.com for the battle of the e-book reader. Less that favorable annual earnings topped the list of reasons why the company will no longer be producing the Nook color. It's no surprise when you consider that the Nook’s losses before interest and other costs were more than $450 million, soaring over last year’s number by over $200 million in fiscal 2012. The Los Angeles Times reported...

LeapFrog Intros $150 LeapPad Ultra Kid-Friendly Tablet, Release Slated for July 17
June 29, 2013 | 12:10 pm

LeapFrogChildren-focused tablets might still be short of becoming mainstream gadgets, but it’s fairly obvious that competition is growing by the day within the niche. After seeing Ematic launch the modest but dirt-cheap FunTab Mini 2 very recently, it’s time today to welcome a new contender from LeapFrog. LeapFrog is a company that’s been involved in designing and developing tech products for kids for more than a decade, so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the newly unveiled LeapPad Ultra has quite the legacy behind it, following on the footsteps of the LeapPad and LeapPad 2. The Ultra is to become LeapFrog’s priciest gadget...

Deal Alert: Asus MeMo Pad 7 Tablet Goes For Just $100 Via Adorama ($50 Off)
June 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Asus MeMo PadWho said Android Jelly Bean tablets have to be pricey? Not us, not Asus, and certainly not Adorama, since the online retailer now sells the MeMo Pad 7 (aka ME172V) for just $99.95. That’s a whopping $50 off the slate’s list price, though in all honesty it’s just $10 or $20 less than what sellers like Amazon or Newegg currently charge for the MeMo Pad. Then again, free money is free money, plus Adorama’s $100 ME172V is in all likelihood the cheapest ever Jelly Bean-powered slate. (At least the cheapest coming from a well-known manufacturer like Asus.) Now, what does the 7-incher...

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...

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet
June 21, 2013 | 12:30 pm

EmaticChildren-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be warned, if your kid knows the first thing about technology, he’ll kick your behind if you purchase it. Luckily, the Mini 2 is targeted mostly at very young children (as in aged seven or less), so there’s only a faint possibility you could get into trouble. Now, what does the...

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