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Alcatel One Touch Hero: The phone I can’t live without?
September 9, 2013 | 3:56 pm

AlcatelNormally I'd give myself a good kicking for picking up a lead from Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader. After all, what kind of lazy journalism is that? But in this case, he may very well have turned me on to the ideal smartphone—one that's going to make a conspicuous difference to my gadget buying plans. According to the Alcatel press materials quoted over at Engadget, the Alcatel One Touch Hero features "a 6" Full HD IPS display, 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor and 13 megapixel camera," as well as a stylus for onscreen input, wireless linking to external displays,...

‘Temporary’ Surface Pro Price Cut of $100 Now Permanent
September 1, 2013 | 1:48 pm

Surface ProI called it earlier this month when I wrote about the temporary price cut on the Surface Pro tablets. I said I wouldn’t be surprised if the cut became permanent, and now it has. Check out the All Things D article on the price cut. Their choice of image is priceless. They are also reporting that the cut, which previously had been available only to customers in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Canada, is now available in all markets where the Pro is sold. They are also offering a $40 discount on Touch Covers and a $50 discount on Surface RT bundles. In...

A First Look at Indigo Tech!
August 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Indigo Tech Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it's about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, and cases and accessories. The dedicated staff person moved back and forth between the main display and the separate Kobo area. I already have an iPad, and none of the displayed accessories caught my eye. But there are more Indigo stores than Apple stores, so maybe they're hoping to use that to bring...

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...

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...

Woman in Australia scammed for $1,335 for two apples rather than iPhones
August 6, 2013 | 8:06 pm

iPhonesBy Hammad Saleem If you're planning on buying an iPhone or any other device through classified ads or from websites like Craigslist, you should definitely read this: A woman in Australia paid AUS $1,500 (almost $1,335) for what she thought would be two shiny new iPhones in a sealed box. She never checked inside, as the boxes looked new. And guess what turned out to be inside the boxes? Actual apples. Yes, you read that right: actual apples. According to the story at Gizmodo UK, the Australian woman wanted to buy two iPhones, and placed an ad on the online classified website Gumtree. Another woman...

Tablets vs. Laptops: Which Are Better For Mobile Computing?
August 2, 2013 | 7:08 pm

tabletsThis past week seems to have been the week to discuss tablets vs. laptops. Business Insider had an article on replacing tablets with laptops, and our sister site, TeleRead, posted an article on the subject the following day. Because it’s a topic I particularly enjoy writing about, I thought I’d add my voice to the fray. Laptops and tablets both fit the niche of mobile computing. They are both good for certain tasks and not so good for others. I gave up a laptop for a tablet a long time ago, and if I need a full computer, I use my desktop PC. Basically, it’s...

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...

Starbucks to ’86′ AT&T for Google Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations Over the Next 18 Months
July 31, 2013 | 3:52 pm

StarbucksThe news was announced on Wednesday that coffee behemoth Starbucks is dropping its complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi Internet service in all its U.S. locations. Instead, a new partnership with Google, which is working with Level 3 Communications, will provide employees and sit-in customers with superior wireless Internet access, featuring speeds up to 10 times faster than Starbucks' current AT&T Wi-Fi service. Starbucks has stated that the transition will begin throughout the month of July, with new cafe locations seeing the higher-speed service first, and the company's 7,000 remaining U.S. stores receiving the service after that. They expect the project to reach fruition,...

App Review: Duolingo for iOS
July 30, 2013 | 8:41 pm

DuolingoDuolingo is a learning app that promised to 'gamify' language learning. As a language teacher, I was ready to roll! I downloaded the app, picked my desired language, and ... and I lasted about an hour before I was bored and annoyed. Sorry! The App Setup The app is set up with a series of short 'lesson' books, grouped into little branches of a tree. You can start with book one, or 'test out' and move onto the next unit by successfully completing a little mini-lesson. The main control panel also has a little sidebar that offers such useful information as how many...

Cool Feedly Option to ‘Remove Clutter’
July 30, 2013 | 12:06 pm

Note: The following is a feature for the iPad version of Feedly, not the Web version of Feedly. Perhaps I'm just slow, but in case some of our readers are also slow (no need to admit if you are), I thought I'd point out a cool feature I discovered in Feedly today. See that little pencil icon in the upper right part of the Feedly screen? Click that and Feedly will say it's "Removing Clutter," which transforms your article from this: [caption id="attachment_92816" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Cluttered, isn't it? ;)[/caption] To this! And no, I totally didn't diss the advertising on our site. Nope. Anyway, it won't show up...