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Nokia appears to have a winning product on its hands with its N1 tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that looks a lot like Apple's iPad mini slate. Turns out there are plenty of buyers for an iPad lookalike at a fraction of the price -- Nokia said it took all of four minutes and two second to sell out of its initial batch of 20,000 N1 tablets, with more than half a million additional buyers lined up. The Finnish firm that recently sold its handset business to Microsoft made its N1 sales announcement on Weibo, a Chinese social network. According to the post, another 566,438 potential N1 buyers are waiting for more stock to come in, so the race in on to supply enough slates to meet demand. That's usually... Read more...
Pepcom’s Digital Experience gives the media a chance to take a sneak peek at some of the coolest gadgets as CES kicks off, so we checked out the latest gear from HP, Patriot, and the like. This year we found ourselves dodging a number of drones, including Parrot’s Bebop, which hovered at about eye-level, taking in the show with its built-in camera.Parrot is touting its Skycontroller remote, which looks a bit like an oversized console remote at first glance. But plug your tablet or smartphone into the Skycontroller and you’re in for an entirely different experience. With the tablet as a display, The FreeFlight 3 app lets you see what the Parrot is seeing. Big Brother implications aside, the drone... Read more...
To usher in the holiday season, we teamed up with our friends at NVIDIA to put together one heck of an exciting giveaway! This time around we gave you all a chance to win a trio of awesome NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets, along with a companion SHIELD Wireless Controller and Cover. And we’re talking 32GB LTE SHIELD Tablets here, locked and loaded with the freshly released Android Lollipop update and access to NVIDIA’s GRID game streaming service! Three Identical Prize Packages Were Up For Grabs! 32GB LTE/Wi-Fi SHIELD Tablet + Wireless Controller + Cover Well, we've finally been through all of the entries and have selected the winners! Without further delay, they are... Super Dave... Read more...
Google created Android as an open platform with the intent that software developers and hardware manufacturers would create new, useful, and innovative things for the platform. Since Android was introduced, we’ve seen a number of interesting devices from cameras to HDMI dongles that utilize the OS. But tablets and smartphones remain the key focus for most manufacturers. Most Android tablets are cookie-cutter slates. The major differences from one model to the next are generally a combination of software features and variations in key hardware specifications such as the processor, screen resolution, or storage capacity. Over the years, we’ve also seen some spins... Read more...
Tablets existed long before Apple came out with the iPad five years ago, though the Cupertino company certainly deserves credit for advancing the category and creating demand that didn't really exist prior to its release. And it's been a good run for Apple, which has dominated the tablet market ever since, but has the market for these devices run its course? We don't know the answer to that question yet, though there are indications that should worry Apple. One of them is ABI Research's forecast that iPad sales will tally 68 million units in 2014, down from 74 million units in 2014. If the number crunchers at ABI Research are close, or even in the ballpark, then this will be the... Read more...
By the numbers, tablet growth is slowing way down these days. That being the case, expect to see companies take chances on new and unique designs in hopes of spurring interest among consumers who are reluctant to upgrade from whichever current model is serving them. That includes Sony, which is reportedly gearing up for an extra large-size tablet launch in the first half of next year.Citing "sources from the related supply chain," news and rumor site Digitimes claims that Sony is working on a 12.9-inch tablet with a 3840x2400 resolution display. That's 4K Ultra HD territory, and to power all those pixels, Sony will tap Qualcomm for a processor, presumably a high-end one.Other specs are few and... Read more...
Considering the fact that NVIDIA produces just a couple of its own mobile devices, it was pretty surprising last month when the company said that it'd be one of the first to roll-out the Android 'Lollipop' update to a tablet - the SHIELD Tablet, to be exact. And so it did, right on schedule. Marco gave us a run-down on the update right before its official release, and considered that while some performance degradation could be seen, the update overall was well worth it, and made the market's best 8-inch Android tablet even better. That's a statement I wholeheartedly agree with, although I'd extend the praise to say it's one of the best tablets, period. NVIDIA is making it even better today with... Read more...
Xiaomi has a success story most companies can only dream of. Despite having been founded only in 2010, the company is already a major player in the mobile market, with the likes of Samsung finding that out the hard way. One of the reasons Xiaomi has proven so successful is that it's delivered great hardware at great prices, and while that's an equally great thing for consumers, it's taken a bit of a toll - we reported just last week that the company is currently operating on a 1.8% profit margin. Despite all that, the future of the company looks very, very bright, especially after word that investors are planning to infuse $1 billion into the company. A handful of firms are said to be responsible... Read more...
It’s that time again, folks! To usher in the holiday season, we have teamed up with our friends at NVIDIA to put together one heck of an exciting giveaway! This month, we're giving you all a chance to win a trio of awesome NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets, along with a companion SHIELD Wireless Controller and Cover. And we’re talking 32GB LTE SHIELD Tablets here, locked and loaded with the freshly released Android Lollipop update and access to NVIDIA’s GRID game streaming service! Three Identical Prize Packages Are Up For Grabs! 32GB LTE/Wi-Fi SHIELD Tablet + Wireless Controller + Cover For a chance to win, please follow the quick and easy guidelines below. If you're brand new here, there... Read more...
We're willing to concede that size matters, but too often in tech manufacturers take advantage of that notion by offering multiple size options of the same product without upping the ante in any other way. Without shaming specific manufacturers by pointing out some examples, let's just say that we've seen both knock-off and name-brand laptop and tablet makers offer bigger size versions of the same product without even bumping up the resolution, let alone upgrading the hardware inside. Bah, humbug!That's not a concern with Amazon has refreshed Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. It's not simply a bigger version of the Fire HD 7, a more affordable and rather underwhelming alternative (see our review), and is... Read more...
The allure of fast service and relatively affordable meals is no longer enough to attract a customer base that's increasingly concerned with health and food options. As a result, fast-food chain McDonald's saw its same-store sales in the U.S. decrease 4.6 percent in November, a backwards trend the company hopes to solve by giving users more choice over how their meals are made.  At some point in the near future, McDonald's will announce the expansion of its "Create Your Taste" test platform. This is a something McDonald's has been testing on a small basis in California, in which customers are able to use kiosks with built-in tablet touchscreens to customize their entire burger.... Read more...
A research group in the UK has found that nearly 70 percent of schools there are using tablets in the classroom. That probably won’t surprise teachers in the U.S., where Apple has already delivered more than 10 million iPads to schools. It’s easy to see why teachers and administrators favor tablets and inexpensive laptops (like Google’s Chromebook, which has also been making inroads in the education market): they’re easy to distribute, easy to use, and easy to collect and put away when necessary. What’s less clear is whether the flood of computing devices is actually improving education for students.Images credit: AppleThe study, run by research group Family, Kids and Youth, couldn’t make a connection... Read more...
Amazon is killing it this holiday shopping season, or so the online retailer claims. According to Amazon, Black Friday sales of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets on the company's website have grown by leaps and bounds year-over-year. Specifically, Fire tablet sales were up three-fold on Black Friday compared to last year, while Kindle e-reader sales nearly quadrupled. "This holiday there are going to be a lot of customers opening up new Amazon devices," said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. "We’re energized by the year over year growth of tablet and e-reader Black Friday sales on Amazon.com, plus the success of the new product categories we’ve launched this year."Indeed, we took... Read more...
Despite the tablet market being oversaturated, the Jolla tablet has gained quite a bit of attention. Built around the open source Sailfish OS, the Jolla Tablet’s Indiegogo campaign had a goal of $380,000 that was quickly reached. But since passing the $1 million mark, the company has added three stretch goals to its crowdfunding campaign.At the time of this article’s publication, the Indiegogo campaign has reached $1.3 million with the first stretch goal set at $1.5 million. Once that first stretch goal has been reached, Jolla will upgrade every tablet to support microSDHC cards up to 128GB. The device currently supports cards up 32GB in addition to the 32GB of internal storage. At $1.75 million,... Read more...
In a continuation of the legal battle between NVIDIA and Samsung, the latter company has just filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to block sales of NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet on the basis that it infringes on its patents. This legal battle began this past September, when NVIDIA sued both Samsung and Qualcomm for infringing on its graphics IP. At that time, NVIDIA requested that Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets be blocked from being sold. Earlier this month, Samsung struck back, counter-suing NVIDIA and also adding a seemingly innocent boutique vendor in the mix, Velocity Micro. As Velocity Micro doesn't have a part in the design of the NVIDIA products it installs in... Read more...
It's not as though the tablet market is starving for platforms, and while it's an uphill battle trying to take on established competitors like Android and iOS, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla will give it the ol' college try. Meet the "Jolla Tablet," a hardware device built around the company's open source Sailfish OS, which is one of several reasons why it's so intriguing. Billed as the world's first crowdsourced tablet, Jolla surpassed its funding goal of $380,000 on Indiegogo within a mere two hours. The tally currently sits at over $580,000 after a single day with 21 days left to go, an indicator of immense interest in something new and fresh in the tablet sector. And while it might seem... Read more...
For the past several days, Nokia's been using Twitter to tease a big reveal, telling followers that it's "up to something" and that it loves the "feeling of a fresh start." The big reveal turned out to be the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. One of the things that makes the N1 tablet unique is the Nokia Z Launcher interface, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find the content they're looking for. References to Apple's iPad mini are already making the rounds, which is due to the 7.9-inch size of the N1 and the overall look of the device. Nokia calls it a "carefully crafted industrial design...with a focus on simplicity." Either way, the two products look similar at a... Read more...
Last week, NVIDIA spilled the beans and released some new information regarding its Android Lollipop update for the SHIELD Tablet and also revealed a new game bundle, which included Half Life 2: Episode One, and a revamped GRID beta featuring new games, additional servers, and a commitment to steadily offer even more games moving forward. We’ve got many of details regarding the updates and additions coming to the SHIELD Tablet right here, if you didn’t catch them the first time around. A couple of days after that post went up, NVIDIA gave us early access to the Android Lollipop update and we’ve been poking around on it with our SHIELD Tablet since. Some of the changes... Read more...
One of the few places you can go to pick up motor oil, baby diapers, shotguns, and fresh fruit in a single trip is Walmart. It's also where you'll find a bunch of Black Friday deals, provided you're willing to fight the unruly crowd. If so, here's a heads up that E FUN's newest Windows tablet, the 8-inch Nextbook, is headed to Wally World's brick and mortar locations on Black Friday for just $99. The device itself comes with 16GB of internal storage, though if you take advantage of the Black Friday promotion, you'll also receive a 16GB microSD card in the box, essentially doubling the device's storage capacity. Plus it comes with a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which itself includes... Read more...
We're in the midst of a bad run for mobile devices when it comes to evaluating the level of difficulty in repairing or replacing defective components. Teardown after teardown has shown that mobile device makers are infatuated with adhesive, though there's one portable product that finally bucks the trend -- Amazon's Kindle Voyage. The teardown specialists at iFixIt got their eager mittens on Amazon's latest dedicated e-reader device, and unlike the crop of tablets and smartphones that have landed on the operating table before it, the Kindle Voyage isn't overflowing with glue at every turn (though it's not completely devoid of adhesive, either). Like the Kindle Fire HD 7 we recently reviewed,... Read more...
The SHIELD Tablet is only a few months old, but NVIDIA is already updating the device with a freshly minted OS, a refreshed SHIELD Hub (and other NVIDIA apps), and access to the company’s newly upgraded GRID Game Streaming service. A number of new Tegra K1 optimized games are arriving as well, as well as a new game bundle which includes one of the best reviewed PC games of all time. We’ve already mentioned that NVIDIA had an Android Lollipop update on the way for the SHIELD Tablet, but we have a few more details to share today. The SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop update will feature the new “material design” interface and improved app performance, according to... Read more...
As it does every so often, Amazon recently updated and revamped its line of Fire tablets to include upgraded models and a somewhat simplified naming scheme. The new models abandon the "Kindle" branding and are now simply known as Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD 7, and Fire HD 6. To flesh out the lineup, Amazon still sells a Fire HDX and a Fire HD Kids Edition, which is really a Fire HD 7 or 6 with a protective case, accidental damage protection, and a collection of pre-loaded apps targeted at a younger audience. The model we're looking at here is the Fire HD 7 starting at $139. Technically it's a new addition to Amazon's tablet family, though that's by name only -- it replaces the 2013 Kindle Fire HD and... Read more...
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