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2 months ago

Sony accidentally reveals Xperia Z4 Tablet ahead of March 3 unveiling

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It looks like Sony accidentally let a few details about an upcoming Xperia Tablet slip today. According to an appearance on the official Xperia Lounge application, the tablet is (predictably) called the Xperia Z4 Tablet and features a 2K display, along with an "ultra fast processor."

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2 months ago

Archos to offer tablets and Chromebooks to middle and high-school students in France

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Archos has decided to help a new education effort in France with a selection of Android tablets and Chromebooks that it will offer to schools in its native country at special prices. This new program is designed to be a part of France's "Grand Digital for Schools Project" which is aiming to give 50,000 tablets and notebooks to middle and high-school students in 2015 and over a million such devices to students in 2016.

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2 months ago

Buy an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, get a $30 gift card

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For a limited time, if you buy an NVIDIA Shield Tablet from one of several retailers, they'll be throwing in a $30 gift card for that store with your purchase. The Shield Tablet is one of our favorite tablets, and getting as much as 10 percent back (if you opt for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB version) isn't a bad deal.

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2 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet update 2.2 arrives with new game choices, power optimizations

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NVIDIA's Shield Tablet (and LTE model) is receiving its version 2.2 upgrade, which is based on Android 5.0.1 and brings the ability to play new streamed games, better standby battery life and several performance improvements. This is a relatively small bump over all the improvements that came with the initial 5.0.1 update a few weeks back, but we're still glad to see any updates that bring new features and improvements.

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2 months ago

Dell announces new Chromebook and Android tablet made for schools

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Dell has announced a new version of its Chromebook 11, along with the Dell Venue 10 Android tablet. Both devices are being sold to the education market, and the Chromebook 11 is in fact on sale now for a starting price of $249.99.

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2 months ago

Rand McNally's TND Tablet is designed for truckers

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Rand McNally, a company that produces GPS units as well as mileage and routing software for the transportation market, recently took the wraps off of a new Android-powered tablet designed specifically to meet the needs of truckers. Called the TND Tablet, the device packs route-planning tools, truck-specific navigation software, and can even act as a dash cam.

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2 months ago

T-Mobile offering a free* tablet with any qualifying data plan from Feb. 12-16

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T-Mobile will offer buyers a "free" 7-inch tablet, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7, if they sign up for any qualified data plan from Thursday, Feb. 12 to Monday, Feb. 16. Customers will still have to pay the sales tax for the tablet, which should be between $5 to $15, depending on your local tax rate. However, there are no up front costs and no monthly fees for the tablet itself as part of this offer, but the monthly data plan is required.

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2 months ago

Dell Venue 8 7000 software update enables image measurement tool

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Dell Venue 8 7000 cameras

One of the cool features of the Intel Atom processor being used in the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet is that it can (along with the help of a couple extra cameras on the back) approximate the measurements of items within images. Until this week, however, that feature had been inactive in retail units. A quick software update this week has finally turned it on.

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2 months ago

It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

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It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the consumer. Once you've paid off your phone, you'll probably be able to get it unlocked, and it'll be even easier with future smartphones.

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2 months ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 review

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Dell Venue 8 7840

One of the more exciting pieces of consumer hardware to come out of CES 2015 wasn't from the usual Android suspects. Not Samsung. Not HTC or Motorola or LG or even ASUS.

Nope. In 2015, we welcome Dell back to the Android stage with an awkwardly named but very-much-a-player Venue 8 7840 tablet — which you'll also see referenced as the Venue 8 7000 Series.

The broad strokes — it's an extremely thin, flat tablet running an Intel Atom chipset. It's extremely compelling — and also not without some head-scratching moments.

So here, now, is our review of this sleek little newcomer, the Dell Venue 8 7840.

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2 months ago

Today only, a 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for $170

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Even if it's since been supplanted by the Nexus 9, the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 is still a good deal at just $169.99. That deal, good for today only and only at Woot.com, knocks $60 off the list price of the 7-inch Nexus tablet. And ever since it disappeared off Google Play, that normal list price is still in the $200-230 range at resellers like Amazon.

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3 months ago

The Nexus 9, three months on

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Nexus 9

An update after 90 days or so with Google's top tablet

Four-hundred-forty-eight days. That's a near eternity between hardware releases in the Android world. But that's how long it took from the announcement of the second-generation Nexus 7 in July 2013 to the Nexus 9 in October 2014.

And quite a bit has changed in that year. Phones have gotten larger and even more powerful. We're two major versions of Android beyond what launched on the Nexus 7. We've gone from a 32- to a 64-bit operating system, on the first major device to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset. We've moved from a 16:10 aspect ratio to 4:3, on a larger display. And we've seen HTC get back into the tablet game, years after its first couple of efforts mostly flopped.

And the Nexus 9 had some big shoes to fill, as its smaller predecessor set the benchmark for an affordable, easy-to-use tablet.

We've been using the Nexus onward of three months now. Let's take a look and see where things stand.

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3 months ago

HP's new Pro Slate 12 is awkwardly huge, has a pen that screams

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HP is back with a pair of new Android tablets geared towards businesses. The HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 bring a 4:3 aspect ratio that's more like standard paper sizes than the 16:9 tablets we're used to, and unlike some of HP's previous Android offerings, these two aren't terribly underpowered with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (which while a year old at this point, isn't a bad chip to have running things). And both measure just 8mm thick.

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3 months ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 price, and where to buy it

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This has been coming up in more comments than we expected, so we'll make it easy for you here: The Dell Venue 8 7840 tablet — it's not official unless you use all of those numbers, in the correct order — costs $399. That's for the one and only model currently available, with a mere 16GB of on-board storage (with about half of that available to you after boot).

If you purchase from Dell, you'll see a few "deals" that include a folio case, Dell Cast dongle or wireless keyboard and case. But the tablet model remains the same.

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3 months ago

Dell Venue 8 7840: The first 5 things you need to know

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Dell Venue 8 7840 is just 6mm thick

Dell's long-awaited Atom-powered tablet is finally available, and we're giving it a first look

Might 2015 finally be the year we see Dell and Intel make waves in the Android space? If the Dell Venue 8 7840 is any indication, both companies could have a lot to say in the coming months.

The awkwardly named tablet — which you might also see written occasionally as "Dell Venue 8 7000 series" — is a thin little slice of heaven (all of 6mm), running Android 4.4.4 and powered by an Intel Atom processor. It's got a high-resolution display at 8.4 inches that looks incredible.

Piqued your interest yet? It's time to do our thing on this sexy little tablet. And we'll start with the first five things you need to know about it.

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