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6 months ago

Lenovo's Yoga Book aims to be the tablet-laptop convertible the Pixel C never was

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Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo's not new to tablets or convertibles — but the Yoga Book is something fresh and exciting.

The end game for any sort of tablet is, really, for it to transcend its status as merely being a tablet. And this is the stuff of legend, folks. We're talking about the likes of the aborted Microsoft Courier. We're talking about what ASUS tried to do with its Transformer line. Or, really, what Microsoft has managed to accomplish with its Surface devices. And we're also talking about what Google generally failed to do with the Pixel C.

And now we have the Lenovo Yoga Book. Two, really. One running Android, the other Windows 10. (With the latter named "Yoga Book with Windows.") Two huge swaths of glass, but only one is a display — the other moves between a touch-only keyboard and giant stylus tablet. And it's a really neat idea — let's take a look.

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6 months ago

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus hands-on: A 10-inch tablet for entertainment

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Lenovo rolled out the Yoga Tab 3 series last year at IFA, and this time around we're being treated to the latest addition to the lineup, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. The big change from last year's Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the shift in hardware from Intel's Atom x5-Z8500 to the Snapdragon 652.

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7 months ago

Nougat changes Android's emoji to look like people

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Android Nougat is here, and it comes with one of the system's biggest updates to emoji, based on the new Unicode 9.0 release.

As part of the Nougat update, Google announced that it will support the Emoji Unicode 9 standard, which includes a number of new pictorials. Also included are skin tone variations, a feature that iOS users have been enjoying for some time.

But perhaps the most interesting change is that Google has moved away from its often-reviled cartoon emoji in favor of a "more human-looking design," according to the Nougat webpage.

New glyphs include "Face Palm," "Bacon," and "Mother Christmas," most of which are available in Android 7.0.

Google already added a host of new emoji with Android 6.0.1 back in December, but as with any new Android release, only a small percentage of users have received it. Of course, some manufacturers override Google's own emoji design. Samsung in particular has its own unique set of emoji, and it's unclear whether Google's changes in Nougat will have any impact on how the company approaches its pictorials in the future.

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7 months ago

Acer Predator 8 review: Gaming, flawed

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Acer Predator 8

Acer's gaming brand has an Android tablet that shouts a big game, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

Acer has made Android tablets for years, but it is getting into a more niche space with its first Predator-branded product for the ecosystem, the Predator 8. How does it stack up? Read on.

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7 months ago

AT&T starts selling the 8-inch Trek 2 HD tablet on August 5

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AT&T has announced it will begin selling the 8-inch Trek 2 HD tablet on August 5, in its stores and online. The tablet will have Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed.

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8 months ago

LG K10 and G Pad X 8.0 heading to AT&T on July 22

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AT&T is adding a new phone and tablet from LG to its lineup of more affordable devices. The carrier will sell the LG K10 smartphone and LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet beginning Friday, July 22.

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8 months ago

Seeing a Spanish update message on the Nexus 7 (2013)? Don't install it just yet

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Several users are receiving an update message in Spanish on the Nexus 7 (2013) configured for English. The update includes the July security patch and comes in at 12.1MB, but the description is in Spanish and it looks like there isn't a way to clear the update notification. According to Google's issue tracker, the update is being received by users across regions.

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8 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet update brings professional audio enhancements and more

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An update is rolling out to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, bringing along several enhancements across the board, along with the June Android security patches.

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8 months ago

Verizon's Galaxy Tab E 8.0 picks up the Marshmallow update

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Verizon has started rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to the Galaxy Tab E 8.0. The update increments the firmware version to T377VVRU1BPD6, bringing the latest security patch to the tablet.

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8 months ago

Dell discontinues Android-based Venue tablet line; ends OS upgrades for current products

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Dell has confirmed it will not be launching any new tablets in its Android-based Venue family. It also won't be pushing out any OS updates to the Venue tablets that are already sold to customers, although it will continue to honor any currently active warranties and service contracts.

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9 months ago

Honor decides it's okay to launch a tablet with KitKat in 2016

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At a media event in New Delhi, Honor rolled out the 5C, a budget phone with a metal-backed design and impressive hardware. The vendor also launched the T1 7.0, a 7-inch affordable tablet with a WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600), a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD slot, 3G, and a 4100mAh battery. The pièce de résistance? The T1 7.0 runs EMUI 3.0 out of the box, which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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9 months ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 in South Korea

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 in its home market, with the tablet available in Wi-Fi and LTE-enabled variants. The Wi-Fi-only model will retail for 359,000 won ($310), whereas the LTE version will debut at 399,000 won ($345). The tablet will make its way to Europe, where the Wi-Fi model will sell for €289 and the LTE variant for €349.

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9 months ago

LG G Pad X 10.1 on AT&T now receiving the Marshmallow update

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AT&T's LG G Pad X 10.1 has started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The OTA update — coming in at 869MB — increments the kernel version to 3.4.0, the build number to MRA58K, and the software version to V93020f.

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9 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab E and On5 headed for T-Mobile later in June

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T-Mobile is gearing up to launch two more Samsung devices later in June with the Galaxy Tab E and Galaxy On5.

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9 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 update brings audio quality boost and June security patches

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