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Last year Samsung released the premium Galaxy Tab S3 tablet as an alternative to Apple's IPad Pro, but with its optional keyboard an additional software magic it also set its sights at some lower-end 2-in-1 laptop offerings as well. Samsung is trying to gear the Galaxy Tab series as the go-to option for anyone looking for an ultra-portable computing device, and this year's model ups the ante with a larger display, longer battery life, and a new desktop-like user interface called "DeX". In fact, you have probably heard of DeX before, if you've checked out our coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and... Read more...
Android users know that not all devices receive the security updates that Google puts out in a timely manner. Slow updates are especially common when the devices start to age or when devices aren’t that popular, and the manufacturer moves on to the next greatest thing. Google contracts have leaked that show it is now forcing Android device makers to guarantee security updates are offered for the smartphone no matter if it's a cheap low-end device, a mid-range smartphone like the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy A9, or a high-end device like the Galaxy Note 9. Under the Google contract, all... Read more...
Are you looking for a device that can easily transition between work and play? If so, you may want to update your holiday wishlist. Google just announced its latest tablet, the Pixel Slate. Google states that the Pixel Slate boasts a “versatile operating system, matched with high-performance hardware”. The device is supposed to provide a high-quality entertainment experience and assist users with their workloads. It includes up to twelve hours of battery life so that users can use their tablet both at work or in class and at home. The Pixel Slate is 7mm (roughly 0.28 inches) thin and... Read more...
One of the things that annoys lots of people about Apple and its products is the company's reliance on proprietary charging tech. While many tablets and smartphones use a standard USB port for charging, Apple relies on the proprietary Lightning port. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stepped up on the eve of Apple's event with some last-minute predictions. One of his predictions is that Apple will be ditching the Lighting connector on the 2018 iPad Pro and moving to the more common USB-C interface. Kuo isn't clear if that USB-C port will be usable for anything other than charging the iPad... Read more...
Lenovo has announced that it has a complete line of new tablets that run the gamut from entry-level units up to the ultra-premium P10 tablet. If you are in the market for a new tablet, there will be something in the new Lenovo line that will likely meet your needs. The premium P10 tablet kicks off the new line; this device has a 10.1-inch screen with FHD 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display covering 70% color gamut and 400 nits of brightness. P10 buyers get an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front unit; there are LTE and WiFi-only versions. The SoC under the hood is a Snapdragon 450 octa-core until running... Read more...
Samsung unveiled the high-end Galaxy Tab S4 yesterday and with all the fancy hardware inside that tablet, the price came in at a steep $650 to $750. That is certainly a bit much for many people looking for a new tablet, but Samsung also rolled out the Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch tablet with much less fanfare and a budget-friendly price.  For the money, buyers will get a modest tablet with a big screen that Samsung is positioning as ideal for digital media consumption on the go. The 10.5-inch screen has a 16:10 screen-to-body ratio with slim bezels and a 1920x1200 native resolution. The processor... Read more...
Sometimes you need to see inside something to check if all is functioning well. That might be while you are rebuilding your car's engine or working on an AC system. Whenever you need to get a look at the inside of something in tight quarters, an endoscope/borescope comes in handy. Amazon has the Depstech Wireless Endoscope on sale right now and it is Wi-Fi enabled with a 2.0MP camera on the end. The camera's "neck" is rigid, so you can bend it and cram it into tight spaces even if the only way to gain access is from underneath. The Depstech Wireless Endoscope works with Android or iOS devices including... Read more...
Mobile device manufacturers seem to have really stepped things up in the engineering department since the arrival of the Microsoft Surface. After racing to the bottom with netbooks for a time, things turned around, and we’ve seen an influx of high-quality systems using premiums materials. We've seen gorgeous designs from ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, especially in standard clamshell form factors. However, no one seemed to crack the code when it comes to the detachable form factor where the Microsoft Surface Pro shines. There have been some solid offerings in the space, no doubt, but the Surface... Read more...
Kermit the Frog famously sang "It's not easy being green", and he should have added that it's not cheap either. Sony has added a new 10-inch model to its Digital Paper line and this thing is essentially a sheet of paper that never runs out. The idea is to help reduce the amount of ink and paper you use, which could be a big deal if you work in an environment where there is typically lots of printing and annotation of physical documents. The new 10-inch Digital Paper model is called the DPT-CP1 and it is meant to be notebook-sized. It slips into the Sony Digital Paper line along with the larger... Read more...
Apple has an event set to take place this week at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, and the company is tipped to unveil a new lower-cost iPad. This iPad is said to have been developed specifically for the education market, which is known to be very price sensitive. A new rumor about the education iPad has been floating around that hails from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to an investor note that Kuo penned, the new iPad may support the Apple Pencil. Kuo wrote, "Strong demand for low-price 9.7-inch iPad in 2017. iPad shipments hit 43.8 million units in 2017, well... Read more...
We have seen an influx of Chromebooks in recent weeks, with both Dell and Lenovo launching new models primarily aimed at the education segment. These laptops run Google's cloud-oriented Chrome OS, offering students and teachers a low cost alternative to a Windows machine, but what about tablets? So for no company has released a tablet running Chrome OS. That might change, as one was spotted at the BETT show in London. Alister Payne, founder and managing director of CloudEd Solutions, a Google Education partner, posted a picture on Twitter of an Acer-brand tablet running Chrome OS. "Grade 1, 2,... Read more...
Microsoft might have killed off its Windows Mobile devices, but the company is still working on a smallish device with dual screens that will slip into the Surface family. The device has dual displays that meet in the middle with a trick hinge. The major details that the patent images and abstract focus on is the hinge system that allows the device to fold into just about any position you might need. One of the images even shows the device folded into a teepee with a traditional alarm clock face that aims at the user. That might be a very nice feature considering how many people rely on their smartphone... Read more...
Consumer Reports (CR) has really gotten under the Microsoft's with its claims that the Surface line of devices is unreliable. CR has already stated that it will not award the coveted "Recommended" status to the new Surface Book 2 and Microsoft is still rankled by the decision. Microsoft has stepped up again and is offering up some new data on its Surface range and is stating that fewer than 1 in 100,000 new Surface devices have reliability issues. The row between the Redmond, Washington software giant and the publication started earlier this year after a CR survey of 90,000 subscribers found that... Read more...
A funny thing happened as we were evaluating the latest iteration of Microsoft's Surface Pro, a now iconic 2-in-1 that the company describes as "the most versatile laptop," despite its tablet-first design. A rumor emerged suggesting Microsoft would phase out its Surface line within the next couple of years. It was really more of a prediction than a rumor. During the EMEA Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier pointed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella being a software guy who is more interested in the cloud than hardware. Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci backed his assessment during... Read more...
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