Samsung, Barnes & Noble team up to create ‘Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK’ tablet

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About a year ago,  Barnes & Noble announced that it was going to put an end to most of its Nook tablet offerings. Acknowledging that the battle with Apple, Google and Amazon was too tough to fight alone, it said it would be interested in taking on a partner to share the work.

Apparently it found that partner in Samsung. The two companies jointly announced a new device today dubbed the ‘Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK.’ The pair say the 7-inch tablet combines Samsung’s leading technology and NOOK’s content to create an extraordinary reading experience…... Read the rest of this post here

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Microsoft optimizes OneNote for Android tablets, adds handwriting support

Microsoft's OneNote has long been available for Android (among many other platforms), but this latest update makes it easier to use specifically on tablets. The note-taking app now comes with handwriting support that takes advantage of the devices' relatively bigger screens, as well as with better options for formatting your notes. If you're going back to school soon and have a Windows device, though, OneNote for Windows sounds like the better choice with its new ink highlighter, printing support and ability to insert files and PDFs. Finally, the latest Livescribe+ update lets you set up a OneNote notebook where the Livescribe 3 pen can automatically upload what you're writing down on paper. All these changes are rolling out right now, so expect to get pinged for an update soon if it hasn't appeared yet.

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Source: Google Play, Office Blogs, Livescribe+

Lenovo now ships more smartphones than PCs

A Lenovo store in Beijing

Lenovo has been rapidly expanding beyond its PC-focused roots for some time, and today it crossed another important milestone: it's now selling more smartphones than computers. The Chinese tech firm's handset shipments surged 39 percent year-over-year in the fiscal quarter that ended in June, reaching 15.8 million; in contrast, it "only" delivered 14.5 million PCs over the same period. Nearly all the phones (13 million) went to the company's homeland, where it's well-known for both its budget devices and high-end flagships like the recently-launched Vibe Z2. Lenovo's claim that it was the top Chinese phone maker during the quarter is up for dispute, however -- estimates suggest that Xiaomi was the top dog by a significant margin.

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Source: Lenovo

KitKat is now running on more than 20 percent of Android devices


In case there was any doubt that KitKat now has a solid foothold in the Android world, Google just offered some proof. Its usage data for early August shows that KitKat is on more than a fifth of active Android devices, at 20.9 percent. That's a healthy improvement over July (17.9 percent), and a big leap over the 14.9 percent we saw in June. The folks in Mountain View aren't explaining the steady growth, but it's easy to figure out what's going on -- big-name devices like the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S are bringing this latest OS flavor to a wider audience, and many older gadgets are still getting upgrades.

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Source: Android Developers

Microsoft wants its smartphone screens to touch you back

While your fingers are in firmly in control of hand-held devices, they're guided strictly by your eyes -- and Microsoft thinks that's a waste of your sense of touch. Researcher Hong Tan found that using so-called haptics to add tactile sensations to screens can have some concrete benefits. For instance, by adding a keyboard-like "click" feeling to a Surface keyboard cover, one study showed that subjects could type faster and more accurately on it. Other potential uses include enhanced interfaces that let you feel resistance when you move a folder on the screen, or the ability to feel "textures" like rough cloth on a screen.

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Source: Microsoft Research

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 and 8 review: small, speedy tablets that cut a few corners

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 and 8

The MeMO Pad HD 7 was arguably the sleeper hit among small tablets in 2013. ASUS' device didn't have the speed of the Nexus 7 or the interface tricks of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 line, but it was superbly balanced. It ran smoothly, packed smart software and (most importantly) carried a sub-$200 price. For that reason, this year's MeMO Pad 7 and 8 are potentially exciting; they stick to that familiar formula while bringing in faster processors and a fresher interface. What's not to like? As you'll find out in our review, there are a few aspects that definitely need improvement, or even take steps backward -- but it's also clear that ASUS has budget-tablet design down to a science. %Gallery-slideshow210612%%Gallery-slideshow210615%

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‘Modbook Pro X’ turns your 15-inch Retina MacBook into a powerful tablet

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Folks longing for a more powerful Apple tablet may want to checkout the new Pro X project from long-time MacBook-modifier Modbook. The company has taken to Kickstarter to market its latest creation—a 15.4″ quad-core tablet with Retina display that runs Mac OS X.

The Modbook Pro X will be available in a number of configurations, based on the new Retina MacBook Pros Apple unveiled just this week. Packages can include a processor as fast as Intel’s 2.8GHz Haswell chip, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2 terabytes of flash storage…... Read the rest of this post here

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FreedomPop’s free data and voice are now available on tablets

FreedomPop messaging on a Galaxy Tab 3 and an iPad mini

Many people can't really justify buying a cellular-equipped tablet -- why pay for more data when your phone probably does the trick? FreedomPop is undoubtedly aware of that thriftiness, as it just started offering its namesake free service on tablets. Whether you buy one of the carrier's pre-supplied tablets or bring your own, you'll get the same gratis 500MB of LTE data, 500 messages and 200 voice minutes as a phone customer. That may not make sense at first, but FreedomPop reckons that it's important for apps that ask for a phone number. It's much easier to hail an Uber car when you can supply some digits, for example. It could also serve as a backup if your phone's battery dies, or if you're nearing your limits on a capped phone plan.

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Source: FreedomPop

Nokia Lumia 2520 chopped down in price, but be quick

If you’ve just read our Lumia 2520 review and want to buy it, head down to the “not really known for their bargain prices”-store that it John Lewis. They’re taking a whacking great £150 off the Lumia 2520 for the next few days only.

This will drop the price down to £249.95 if you’re quick. For that you’ll get a device with 4G built-in and has a great 10.1″ screen. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz CPU and has 32GB storage, WiFi, GPS, 2GB RAM and more.

Seriously though, check out the full review that James wrote up. It’s fantastically put together and well worth looking through if you’re even considering this Windows RT tablet.

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More cheap Android tablets, even Bush are at it

It’s Friday, it’s sunny, so let’s have some hot deals for the weekend shall we eh? This is the Bush MyTablet, which is exclusive to Argos in either silver or pink. Both have 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and run on a 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU. The 8″ pink Bush, shown below, is reduced from £99.99 to £69.99, as is the silver one.


The screen is a multi-touch 1024×768 and they both have WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio, mini HDMI, microSD card and up to 6 hours of battery life. There’s also a lovely Argos person showing you around the device so that you can see what you’re getting before diving in..

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