Nokia announced on Thursday that it would be halting sales of the Lumia 2520 tablet in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK after discovering safety concerns related to the AC-300 travel charger. The tablet is still available in the United States, but sales of the travel charger has been suspended.
Tablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. The Telegraph brings us word that the U.K.-based Association of Teachers and Lecturers is claiming that children who spend too much time using tablets are unable to play with standard blocks or write with pens and paper. What's more, they say young children who spend all night playing tablet games find it impossible to pay attention in classrooms because they're seemingly going through withdrawal from being constantly visually stimulated by bright displays.
While Google has continued to toss new features into the camera app shipped on its Nexus devices, many Android phones replace it with something else. But just as we revealed a few weeks ago, now it's available in the Play Store, ready to run on any phone or tablet using Android 4.4 KitKat. Beyond bits like Photo Sphere that we've seen before, Google is filling in the blanks on its new "Lens Blur" option. Meant to emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an impressive depth of field effect, it uses algorithms to simulate the large camera lens and aperture your phone or tablet doesn't actually have. Taking the photo requires an upward sweep to capture multiple images, used to estimate the depth of objects for a 3D map that lets the software re-render the photo later and blur specific items based on where it thinks they are. Google's Research Blog has more details on how it's all done, including the Lytro-like ability to change which object is in focus after you take the shot.
Would Nokia's story have had a happier ending if the company had decided to pull the trigger on releasing its first-ever tablet computer back in 2001? That's impossible to know, but Finland's ISTV has scored a look at Nokia's tablet-that-never-was in an exclusive interview with Esko Yliruusi, who worked as a data communications specialist at Nokia from 1996 through 2001 and who helped work on the device.
Even Microsoft knows that Windows Live Tiles have so much potential to be a lot better, especially on touchscreen devices. In fact, a group of the company's researchers in Asia have apparently been working on making Live Tiles interactive. As you can see in the videos after the break, the experimental tiles expand when touched, showing you its contents right on the Start screen instead of launching the app. For instance, touching the mail app automatically shows a list of your emails in an expanded view, which looks very similar to an Android widget.
Microsoft has been rumored for quite some time to be working on a smaller Surface tablet, but the company has yet to make such plans official. However, Neowin says the tablet may be closer to launch than customers expect, with Microsoft now rumored to release it at some point in the second quarter of the year. According to the report, Microsoft’s Surface mini launch delay was intentional – a business decision – and not the result of Microsoft not being able to meet demand for Surface 2 and Surface mini tablets when it comes to production.
Despite the fact that we have seen nothing new from Apple through the first two and a half months of 2014, the company reportedly has a huge year planned that will include the launches of a number of new products beginning late in the second quarter. The third quarter is apparently when the action will really start though, and a new report from one of the most reputable sources in the business seemingly reveals key details about Apple's next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini tablets.
Samsung can’t stop announcing new devices. In addition to existing Tab, Pro and Note models, the Korean company may be working on another, premium tablet series. Or that’s just another member of the Note family? We’re not sure.
Anyhow, SamMobile discovered a new, still unannounced Samsung tablet marked as SM-T800. What makes this device unique is that it packs a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2560×1600 pixels resolution. Rest of the specs apparently include Qualcomm’s or Samsung’s quad/octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, optional LTE connectivity support, 7,900 mAh battery, and 16-64 GB of expandable storage.
That’s all cool but it’s still not clear when Samsung will officially unveil this device. We expected it — or that’s a similar model — to debut at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, but alas – that hasn’t happened. Waiting and seeing is pretty much all we can do at the moment, all while keeping our ears on the street for any additional information. Stay tuned as we bring you more…
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See those images above? Those could become a familiar sight in the future if you religiously use Google's Calendar app for Android. This crisper, cleaner Google Calendar was recently spotted by Geek.com (which also spilled the deets on a test version of Gmail) on a phone loaded with unreleased features. If you notice, the new interface gets rid of the app's busy grids and lines, relying instead on blocks of color to distinguish one entry from the other.
What's more intriguing, however, is a new feature called daily agenda, which automatically emails you the day's full schedule. Since the updated calendar will also come with Google+ integration, or so the source claims, daily agenda emails will also include birthdays, giving you no excuse to forget anybody's special day. Other than these changes, you'll also reportedly see a parallax scrolling effect while flipping through months. Of course, the final product could be wildly different from what we're seeing here. We might have to wait a few more months to find out, though -- Geek.com believes Google will launch the redesigned calendar at the I/O conference in June.