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September 3, 2013

Sony’s sleek new battery packs aim to keep smartphones and tablets charged

Sony has one solution – new, slim battery pack accessories designed to power either your smartphone or tablet.

The CP-F5 and CP-F10L, 5,000mAh and 10,000mAh are sleek and stylish, and pretty run-of-the-mill as far as battery packs are concerned. They will charge your device in less than two hours, and take about 7 hours to replenish using AC power. The CP-F5 will have one port, while the CP-F10L will have two for charging multiple devices.

But currently they’re only available in India, at Sony stores and other major electronics retailers. The CP-F5 will run about $42, while the CP-F10L will set you back around $72.

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August 20, 2013

India’s $50 Aakash tablet winds up in North Carolina

When the Android-based Aakash tablet was announced in 2011 it created a media buzz for its unheard of $50 price and promises that the Indian government would distribute millions to schools throughout the country.

After many delays and several iterations designed to fix poor quality hardware, the Aakash was finally released in India where more than 100,000 of the tablets are believed to be in use. 

Now, the Indo-Asian News Service reports the Aakash has just completed a pilot project in North Carolina, with 100 units deployed in summer camps for poorer schoolchildren (mostly under age 10) to help them prepare for next year's studies. There are other projects [...]

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August 13, 2013

LG plans to return to the tablet market

LG India’s head of mobile communications Steve Koh confirmed the news in an interview with tech website Gizbot, with the announcement coming just over a year since the firm first exited the tablet market.

“LG is indeed making a tablet,” Koh told the website. “And there is a possibility to see [the] new tablet sometime later this year.”

The website added that the tablet is “probably” likely to debut at the IFA exhibition in Berlin, Germany next month, where TabTimes will be reporting live.

Two unknown variants of a LG tablet recently appeared on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. LG will certainly be hoping that any new [...]

 
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August 12, 2013

Google Play revenue is on the rise but still lags behind the App Store

Distimo found that Google Play revenue increased by 67% over the last six months, with the App Store’s growing by 15% over the same period.

Breaking buying habits down by country, the report detailed that the U.S. spends the most money on apps, followed by Japan and the South Korea. But in an interesting aside, researchers found that Russians were spending more money on apps for iPad than for iPhone.

This report comes less than two weeks after App Annie detailed its own findings into the competition between Google Play and the App Store.

The app analytics company found that Google Play app downloads topped App Store downloads for the first time in the [...]

 
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July 4, 2013

Indian government gears up to launch fourth-gen Aakash tablet

Times of India reports that the entry-level tablet’s specifications are currently being finalized but claims that the government will demand that the model has a 7-inch 800 x 480 resolution display, at least 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and the Android Jelly Bean OS (presumably Android 4.1).

What is less clear though is whether UK vendor Datawind will continue working on the project. The manufacturer developed the first three versions of the Aakash tablet, but the firm’s relationship with the government has since deteriorated because of missed deadlines and withheld payments.

ZDNet’s Nitin Puri has an extensive breakdown of the history of [...]

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July 4, 2013

5 innovative tablets you’ve probably never heard of – but should

Qooq tablet gives chefs food for thought

It should come to little surprise that a French company launched a cooking tablet. The French do, after all, love their food.

Qooq unveiled the waterproof dual-core Linux tablet over a year ago at CES and promised at the time that it would be perfect for the kitchen environment.

It certainly cooks up a feast when it comes to the specifications. The QooQ tablet has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, is Wi-Fi-only and has connections for USB, Ethernet and an SD card slot. The device comes with 8GB of flash memory and a kick-back stand, and is also said to be drop-resistant.

Now available in the U.S. starting from [...]

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July 3, 2013

Panasonic expects to be the leading rugged tablet maker by 2015

Speaking at a recent local press briefing to numerous news outlets, including Times of India, Panasonic spelled out its hopes for the future.

"We expect to capture 50% of the global market in ruggedized tablets by 2015 fiscal on the back increased focus on sectors like logistics, retail and manufacturing," said Hide Harada, the firm's head of IT products.

Panasonic is currently said to occupy around 22% of the global rugged tablet market but that could change shortly, especially with Harada forecasting that the firm will sell one million Toughbook tablets by fiscal 2014.

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June 13, 2013

Bring your tablet to work? Here’s the reality behind BYOD

What about maintaining the devices? What about reliability? Who pays the phone bills and who checks the usage? What about liability and security? Longtime computer journalist Colin Barker ponders these questions and more. 

The initial issue facing the IT business is that, like it or not, the BYOD phenomenon is happening already. Research conducted by analysts at Ovum indicated that around the world 57 percent of full-time employees use their personal phone at work in some capacity.

And apparently the worldwide stats of those organizations with a BYOD strategy are staggering. South Korea, for example, is the biggest home device user (around 88 [...]

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June 6, 2013

Apple trails smaller vendors in Indian tablet market

 Apple leads the tablet market in the U.S. and across the world, but that’s not the case in India, where the iPad is playing second fiddle to tablets from vendors Datawind and Micromax.

Pulling in data from market research firm CyberMedia Research, The Times of India reports that the UK-based Datawind led the Indian tablet market in 2013, accounting for 15% of all shipments.

The group added that local vendor Micromax and Apple weren’t far behind, with both tied for second place with 12% each of all shipments.

Almost 10,000 tablets were shipped daily from all vendors from January until March, representing a 150% growth compared to the same period [...]

 
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May 27, 2013

BYOD saves enterprise time & money, but there’s a catch…

Surveying 2,415 mobile workers across 18 industries and six countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, India and Brazil), Cisco found that BYOD helped employees save an average of 37 minutes of productive time each week. This figure did however vary by region with it standing at 81 minutes in the U.S. and just 4 minutes in Germany. 

When asked for the top three reasons for using their personally-owned devices in the workplace, employees cited the ability to get more work done and to combine personal and work activities, while the third reason was because their company didn’t provide them with smartphones or tablets.

There was good news too for [...]

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