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Google unveils two new budget-friendly Chromebooks for India

Google has just introduced two new sub-$250 Chromebooks, which are now available for purchase online in India.
avatarby Tab TimesMay 18, 20150 comments

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. Source article
avatarby Tab TimesSeptember 3, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 20, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 13, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 12, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 4, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 4, 20130 comments
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