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Amazon’s tablet web browser is getting easier to use

Amazon's Silk may not be the darling of the web browser world, but you should know it's still getting plenty of affection. The internet giant is recapping recent updates that promise an easier-to-use tablet surfing experience. You'll now see your most visited sites as easy-to-read tiles when you visit Silk's home screen, putting your go-to page a quick tap away. Bookmarking a page has been simplified to a single tap, and there's a reading list section on the home screen that offers quick access to your saved articles. Oh, and this is your dream upgrade if you can't help but open sites in new tabs -- you can keep an unlimited number of tabs open instead of the previous 10. All good things to know, especially since it's been nearly a year since we heard any updates on the supercomputer-powered browser project.

Source: Silk Web Browser

Here’s why the iPad Pro’s processor is so fast

Whatever you think of Apple's products, there's little doubt that the A9X processor in the iPad Pro is quick -- in a few cases, it rivals the performance you'd get from a laptop. But why is it so quick, especially when Apple tends to shy away from high clock speeds, many-core processors and other conventional performance tricks? Thanks to AnandTech and Chipworks, we now have a good idea. They've torn down the A9X to reveal that the chip is a series of calculated tradeoffs. It only has two CPU cores and doesn't even have Level 3 memory cache to keep the processor humming, but it has a monstrous amount of bandwidth (51GB per second) and a whopping 12 graphics cores. That's twice as many as in the iPhone 6s' A9 chip, folks. To boot, the A9X is larger than Intel's latest quad-core desktop processors -- Apple has the headroom for components that you don't see in many PCs.

Source: AnandTech

Xiaomi announces more lifestyle products

Yesterday Xiaomi officially unveiled the Redmi Note 3, but this wasn’t all the company had to announce. During the same event Xiaomi announced the Mi Pad 2 and the Mi Air Purifier 2.

Xiaomi announces more lifestyle products

Lets start with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, which as the name suggests is the second iteration of the Mi Pad. The Mi Pad 2 is thinner, lighter and has a new chipset compared to the first Mi Pad. Gone is the Nvidia K1 chipset, replaced by an Intel Atom X-5 Quad-core processor with Intel HD graphics (this is an x86 chip). The rest of the specs have been improved mainly for aesthetics, while the 7.9″ screen is the same as the one found on the original Mi Pad.

Xiaomi announces more lifestyle products

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 specifications:

  • Full metal body (dark grey or champagne gold), 322g, 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95mm (38g lighter and 18 percent thinner than first-generation Mi Pad)
  • Intel Atom processor with Quad-core X5-Z8500 2.24GHz and Intel HD graphics
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM with 16GB  or 64GB internal storage
  • MicroSD slot, supports up to 128GB
  • 7.9-inch IPS display (2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 PPI)
  • 8MP rear camera (f/2.0) with 1080p video recording
  • 5MP front camera with 75-degree wide-angle lens
  • 6190mAh battery with 5V/2A fast charging
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB Type-C port
  • MIUI 7 Android-based OS (based on Android 5.1) or Windows 10

Xiaomi announces more lifestyle productsSo, while the 16GB version comes with Miui 7, Xiaomi’s Android-based OS, the 64GB version will have the option of Windows 10. This is apparently at no extra cost (Windows 10 is free for devices under a certain screen size), and the Mi Pad 2 can run the full desktop OS and desktop applications thanks to that x86 chipset. While the Miui 7 versions of the Mi Pad 2 will be available from November 27th, the Windows 10 version will be available from the end of December. The Mi Pad 2 will be available in silver or gold.

Just as with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, one of the killer features of the Mi Pad 2 is the price: RMB 999 for the 16GB model (approximately £105) and RMB 1299 for the 64GB model (approximately £135). These prices are for China, so expect VAT and Duty if you are planning on purchasing one online and having it shipped to the UK.

Xiaomi announces more lifestyle productsOn to the Mi Air Purifier 2: an air purifier which follows on from the first generation by being smaller, quieter and more efficient. For RMB 699 (approximately £72) you get an air purifier which filter out particulate matter from the air. Very useful for people with allergies, this lifestyle product is very popular in China, and I’m tempted to get one myself before next spring.

Xiaomi are more than just “the Apple of China” as many refer to them. They are truly a lifestyle company which offers smartphones, TVs, soundbars, set-top boxes, segways and other household goods, and not just smartphones and tablets. Are you thinking on buying some Xiaomi lifestyle good? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • NVIDIA release an updated gaming tablet

    NVIDIA release an updated gaming tablet

    Last year there were two big tablets released with NVIDIA on board. One was the Google Nexus 9 which we reviewed here on site. The other slipped under our radar as it was being pitched more at gamers.

    This one was called the “NVIDIA Shield Tablet”. It was a good tablet that had a lot of likable features including stylus support and an additional WiFi direct gaming controller. It was also capable of tying into the NVIDIA Grid gaming network and allows you to play PC games on the tablet over the internet.

    Unfortunately it was plagued by battery issues and NVIDIA had to do a recall. Those who purchased the tablets did get them replaced with new devices with very few questions or issues.

    NVIDIA release an updated gaming tablet

    Now they have released a revamped version called the NVIDIA K1 Shield Tablet. It is selling for £149.99 and that will net you a 16GB device.

    NVIDIA release an updated gaming tablet

    Here’s a look at the specs…

    Processor: NVIDIA Tegra K1
    Display: 8” Full HD (1920×1200) / 4K Ultra-HD ReadyAudio: Front facing speakers, Dual bass reflex port
    Storage: 16GB built-in + 128GB with MicroSD ExpansionAudio jack: 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
    Cameras: Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
    WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2 MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz)Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
    Motion: 9 axis (g-sensor, compass, gyro)
    HDMI: Mini HDMI 1.4a
    USB: Micro-USB 2.0
    Battery: 10 hours HD video playback (19.75 Watt hour Lithium ion)
    Weight: Weight: 12.6oz

    All in it is not a huge evolution from its predecessor, but they have launched it with a much more compelling price point. It also has a vast array of accessories made by NVIDIA for the device. Unfortunately the stylus I mentioned is now no longer included and it will require to be purchased separately.

    NVIDIA also have a great track record when it come to updates for these devices and they have stated that Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) will be available very soon.

    So, if you are looking for an inexpensive but high quality gaming device with the same horsepower as the Nexus 9 (albeit in a smaller form factor), then check out this Ebuyer page.

    A lot of tablets claim to be good at gaming. But how many tablets are specifically designed forgaming? That’s where the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet comes in – and now we’ve brought it back.

    Built around the NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor, the SHIELD gaming tablet is lightning fast. It boasts 16GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot that gives users up to an additional 128GB of expanded storage. In addition to that, the tablet also rocks an 8” Full HD (1920×1200) and Mini HDMI output which makes it a cinch to connect to a TV.

    Of course, where it really shines is in its complete integration into NVIDIA’s gaming ecosystem, which is second to none. The tablet is perfect for gamers who want to play games on the go or on the couch. And when paired with the SHIELD controller, it’s gaming chops become even more apparent.

    Enjoy Great Entertainment

    Thanks to the inclusion of a Mini HDMI port, using your tablet to play games on your TV is also easier than ever. Once you plug the HDMI cable into your TV you’re met with a dialog box that asks if you simply want to mirror your display from your SHIELD tablet K1 to your TV or if you want to use it in console mode. We used mirror mode to easily watch Netflix, Kodi and more on our HDTV. Console mode prompts you to connect your SHIELD controller and once connected; your tablet offers an amazing gaming experience.

    Stream and Play The Best Games

    We use our gaming tablet to play and test Android games and whether using touch controls or the SHIELD controller, the gaming experience is always a blast. We also continue to grow the list ofAndroid games available on SHIELD devices.

    For AAA PC games, you can’t beat NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW. Gamers can access an ever-growing library of AAA PC games on their SHIELD tablet K1 and stream games to be played on the device itself – or your TV via Mini HDMI cable.

    The First to Get Updates

    NVIDIA is committed to ensuring that our fans have the most up-to-date software around and to that end you’ll receive over-the-air updates from NVIDIA as soon as they’re made available. Of course everyone is excited about Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the SHIELD Tablet K1 will be one of the first tablets to rock Google’s latest operating system.

    Accessories Galore!

    Designed with gaming in mind, the SHIELD tablet K1 is compatible with NVIDIA’s amazing SHIELD controller. The SHIELD controller rivals other next-gen controllers when it comes to feel as well as performance. Using ultra-responsive Wi-Fi Direct which offers 2x lower latency than Bluetooth, gamers will welcome the lack of input lag. Additionally, the controller also boasts hi-fidelity headset audio for chatting with your friends in-game.

    The controller isn’t the only accessory as the SHIELD tablet K1 also works with the SHIELD tablet K1 coverSHIELD DirectStylus 2, and when traveling abroad you’ll definitely want the SHIELD world charger .

    For gamers looking for a mobile gaming option that’s about more than just “mobile games ” you can’t beat the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1. With access to both an enormous library of Android games as well NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more complete “mobile” gaming solution.

    Learn more and get your NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 today!

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  • Leaked Apple support app could save you a trip to the store

    Grand Central Apple store

    The Genius Bars in Apple's retail stores are supposed to be convenient ways to answer questions and get repairs, but the ever-growing deluge of customers sometimes makes it a pain. Ever waited 20 minutes just to get a Lightning cable replaced? Well, the Cupertino crew may have a clever way to speed up that wait time... and in some cases, save you a trip altogether. Both uSwitch and leaker Sonny Dickson understand that Apple is working on a support app for iOS that would help you get the fix you need. The app would narrow down the cause of your problem by asking questions, and offer chances to contact support, book a Genius Bar appointment or (if it's a relatively minor issue) fix it yourself through how-to guides. Think of it as Apple's support website distilled into a simpler, more powerful form.

    Source: uSwitch

    Sky Q Announced – A whole new TV viewing experience that makes even more use of your mobile devices

    Sky Q Announced   A whole new TV viewing experience that makes even more use of your mobile devices

    A new Sky box (which will probably cost the customer a lot) has been announced which lets you watch and stream content on your TV or to several portable devices. As an example, you could watch I’m a celeb in the living room, pick up your tablet and then go to the kitchen and it’ll continue directly from the moment you left your sofa.

    Sky Q Announced   A whole new TV viewing experience that makes even more use of your mobile devices

    Sky Q will launch in early 2016 and will also “supercharge” your broadband connection by pumping out another WiFi hotspot into your home. Great for extended out your existing WiFi connection. This, it seems, will be done by the main Sky Q box pushing out an internet signal via your home power sockets. This will then see the smaller Sky Q Mini boxes, stationed by your other TV’s, picking up the signal and then operating as WiFi repeaters, giving you a strong wireless signal all around your home.

    Sky Q Announced   A whole new TV viewing experience that makes even more use of your mobile devices

    No prices were announced during the launch event, but you can bet that this flashy new box won’t be given out for nothing.

    Sky have long been at the forefront of hi-tech TV, with the ability to record, stream and watch shows on mobile handsets fit some years now. However, the new system turns your mobile device into a full mobile TV screen, with shows following you around from the previous screen seamlessly.

    The big drawback with Sky has always been the limited amount of simultaneous recordings available. Two feeds from your dish means two recordings at once, or one recording and one live channel. Now, in the new Sky Q box, there’s a total of 12 tuners. Whilst all won’t be used at launch, it will mean that four simultaneous recordings can happen while you watching a fifth channel. Once you add this to the streamed shows to other TV sets in the home (via new Sky Q Mini boxes) and to your tablet or smartphone, you should have more than enough choice.

    The user interface is sleek and easy to use, the new Sky Q box itself is slender and smaller than the existing kit, plus your remote now connects via Bluetooth. This means you don’t need direct line of sight and you can put it inside a posh media cabinet.
    Sky Q Announced   A whole new TV viewing experience that makes even more use of your mobile devices
    Find out more in the Sky Q press release or head to the rather bizarre Sky Q website where you can learn more.

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  • NVIDIA’s new Shield Tablet is just like the old one, but cheaper

    NVIDIA's first Shield tablet was a device that got almost everything right: The 8-inch slate had a crisp display flanked by twin speakers, a surprisingly precise built-in stylus and a powerful 192-core Kepler K1 processor. At the time, it was easily the best Android gaming device on the market, and a pretty darn good media tablet to boot -- but NVIDIA quietly put the Shield to pasture earlier this year. Is the company preparing to launch a new, more powerful Shield tablet? Nope: It's putting the same slate back on the market, albeit with a lower, $199 price tag and fewer bells and whistles.

    ARM’s latest design brings 64-bit processors to smartwatches

    ARM Cortex-A35

    It's no longer hard to find 64-bit processors in smartphones. In smartwatches, though, they're still a rarity -- and ARM wants to change that with its new Cortex-A35 processor design. The architecture promises the most energy-efficient 64-bit mobile chips yet, sipping 32 percent less power than the mid-range A53 even as it outruns the Cortex-A7 it's meant to replace (6 to 40 percent faster). It's extremely scalable, too. You can build full-fledged quad-core chips for entry-level smartphones, but you can also strip things back to make tiny chips for watches and activity trackers.

    Via: AnandTech

    Source: ARM

    The ‘tablet’ for your wrist has arrived

    Yes, someone actually made a wearable "tablet." And no, we're not talking about the Neptune Pine, which is basically an oversized watch that doubles as a phone. This new device, dubbed Rufus Cuff, features a 3.2-inch screen and, since launching as an Indiegogo campaign in 2014, has promised to be more than a smartwatch. Rufus Labs, the company behind it, says its product "ends the era of the watch and ushers in the wrist communicator." Aside from that ludicrous display size (compared to other wearables designed to be worn on your wrist), it also features a TI Cortex A9 processor, front-facing camera for pictures/video, GPS, WiFi and a 1,1175mAh battery. Although you can use an iPhone to take calls with it, thanks to the built-in speaker, dual microphones and Bluetooth support, Rufus Cuff is powered by Android Kit Kat.

    Via: USA Today

    Source: Rufus Labs

    Huawei hires a former Apple director to design its phone software

    Huawei Mate S

    Huawei has been kicking up the quality of its hardware design as of late (see the Mate S and Nexus 6P as proof), but software? Not so much, unless you believe that knuckle gestures are the pinnacle of ease of use. However, it might be close to improving its reputation on that front. The Chinese mobile giant has hired former Apple creative director Abigail Brody as its chief user experience designer, which puts her in charge of interfaces for many Huawei devices. The firm is even creating a US design studio in the process, in case there was any doubt as to how serious it is about the new hire.

    Via: CNBC

    Source: LinkedIn