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May 2, 2015

Deal: Purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab A at Best Buy, save $100 or more

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a brand new tablet, especially in North America, where it has only been on sale in the U.S. for a day now. The new Android tablet starts at $229.99 for the 8-inch version, $299.99 for the 9.7-inch device.

If those prices are just a little steep for your tastes, Best Buy has a deal that might work in your favor, if you’ve got an old tablet to trade in. You hand in a working tablet and Best Buy will give you a minimum of $100 towards the purchase of the new Samsung tablet. That $100 comes in form of a $50 coupon toward your Galaxy Tab A purchase, and a $50 Best Buy gift card.

There is a long list of fine print here that you should [...]

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May 1, 2015

Google Nexus 10 is receiving Android 5.1.1 via OTA update

We only just announced that Google has made available the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop factory images for you to flash to your 2012 or 2013 Nexus 7 tablet and for your Nexus 10 Android tablet, but some Nexus 10 users are already receiving the OTA update on their devices.

The OTA, or Over The Air, update is a small one, with users reporting a small 13.9 MB download.

The update, which should bring your device to build# LMY47V, is slowly rolling out for all users, but our Nexus 10 has not seen it yet, at least at the time of writing. We are still awaiting the full changelog of updates in Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, for now we are expecting little more than performance and [...]

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May 1, 2015

Android 5.1.1 factory images arrive for 2012 and 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7s and Nexus 10

Google has just published Android 5.1.1 factory images for the 2012 and 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7s and Nexus 10, all bearing build number LMY47V. This news comes after the new factory image release for the Nexus Player, which we just saw a little over a week ago.

So what’s new in Android 5.1.1? Well, Google released a ton of bugs with the original build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Android 5.1 fixed many of the noticeable ones. We’re not exactly sure what we’re going to see in this new update, but odds are, it’s filled with mostly bug fixes and performance improvements.

We’ll be sure to let you know as more factory images begin to roll out to more Nexus [...]

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April 30, 2015

Microsoft Continuum thinks your phone or tablet is all the computer you need

Microsoft held a large and rather significant event today, Microsoft Build 2015, bringing to light a handful of great new tools and awesome new features that will roll out with the new Windows 10 later this year. One of the most exciting is Continuum -no, not the Canadian TV show, instead it is the ability to use your phone or tablet as a full PC when connected to an external display.

The idea is pretty simple, when you connect your capable Windows 10 powered phone or tablet to an external monitor, the interface on the larger screen will be almost that of the desktop Windows 10 experience, instead of the phone or tablet view. Input peripherals (mouse and keyboard, for [...]

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April 29, 2015

Now available, Dell Venue 10 7000 starts at $499

We recently took a look at Dell’s newest line of Android tablets, including the Venue 10 7000 and the Venue 8 7000. We even took the 8-inch tablet for a test spin, which we found to be a solid offering from a company we do not usually associate with tablets.

Starting today, the 10-inch version, the Dell Venue 10 7000, is up for sale starting at $499.

Taking the approach that the Venue 8 is for play, the Venue 10 7000 is being promoted as the Android tablet you need for your work place. It even has an optional attachable keyboard dock, not unlike what you would find in the ASUS Transformer line of tablets.

Equipped with a 10.5-inch display at [...]

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April 27, 2015

Is Apple abandoning iPads for its iPhones?

Recently the final numbers for Apple in 2014 arrived, showing a significant drop in the company’s iPad 3 sales. However, Apple’s sales overall are up. Does this mean that Apple is abandoning iPads to focus on its iPhone line? The numbers seem to tell this story.

Apple’s tablet sales dropped year over year from 32.6% in 2013 to 26.1% in 2014. Looking at sales from June through September of last year, Apple didn’t reach the 13-million iPad sales experts predicted for that quarter. Instead, the company sold only 12.3 million tablets in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the 14.1 million in iPad sales in the same period in 2013.

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April 27, 2015

Google says Nexus 7 pulled from Google Store, buy the Nexus 9 instead

Now that Google has come official with this news, it is time to announce that Google is no longer going to be selling the Nexus 7. That’s right, for all intents, the 7-inch Android tablet that has been the benchmark of Google’s vision for Android in a tablet, is no more.

Over the weekend, Google rather silently pulled the Nexus 7 from the online store, leaving just the Nexus 9 when searching for a tablet in the Google Store. Official word, as reported by Engadget, is that there is still some inventory around the stores and carriers, but their emphasis is now on the Nexus 9, built by HTC.

If you are still considering this tablet, which we recently put [...]

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April 25, 2015

Best iPad Air 2 accessories

So, you’ve got yourself a brand new iPad Air 2, it’s a slick tablet that you are planning to enjoy for years to come. We think you’ll be pleased with the tablet, after all, it is about the best that Apple has to offer in their mobile department.

One of the best and easiest ways to not only help your iPad Air 2 survive the years to come, but to get the most out of it as well, is to load up on accessories. A case and a stand are a great place to start, keyboards, Bluetooth speakers and more will help round out the experience. Here is a quick list of the types of accessories we think are worth looking into, and a few examples of some of the better [...]

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April 24, 2015

Best places to sell your old iPad

There are a lot of consumers who like to pick up the latest and greatest as soon as it is released, which can become quite an expensive endeavor, given the rapid pace at which mobile technology, be it smartphones or tablets, is evolving. The good news is that because upgrades between devices have mostly been incremental in nature, there are those who are more than happy to buy an older generation device at a bargain. There are a lot of avenues available for people to sell their old electronics, and today, we’ll be taking a look at some of these options. Here are the best places you can sell your old iPads!

Disclaimer: With the current generation of iPads being the iPad [...]

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April 23, 2015

Acer unveils a new 15-inch Chromebook, Iconia One 8 tablet and gaming-centric Predator tablet

At a press event held in New York earlier today, Acer announced a slew of new products that will all be available sometime this year. The company announced a very budget-friendly Chromebook and tablet, another tablet meant for the education market and has plans to bring a higher-end gaming-centric tablet to market as well. Let’s take a look at Acer’s new offerings:

Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531)

First up is the Intel Celeron-powered 15.6-inch Chromebook. Dubbed the CB3-531, this Chromebook has an N2830 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and expandable memory up to 128GB. It has a 1366 x 768 resolution, boasts up to 11 hours of battery life on a [...]

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