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Verizon launches Ellipsis 7, first in a family of new Android devices

Verizon says the 7-inch Android Ellipsis 7 is the first product “in the Ellipsis family” which could mean additional tablets and/or smartphones under that brand could be in the works. Priced at $249.99 ($100 off with a new two-year contract for Internet service), the Ellipsis has a decent package of specs for the price starting with 4G LTE connectivity. While not a high end “Retina” class display, the 1280 x 800 7-inch HD display is more than adequate. The Ellipsis runs Android 4.2.2, and includes a single 3.2 megapixel rear camera, 8 GB internal storage plus an SD card slot, 1GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHZ quad-core processor. Nice feature you [...]
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AT&T to offer quickie $5 / day wireless access to tablet users

The new $5 plan cellular plan includes 250 MB of data access for 24 hours which is much better rate than hotels and airports typically charge – though some who don’t charge offer unlimited free WiFi. AT&T is also now offering a $25 plan for up to 1GB of data over a three month period. “We really think that a Wi-Fi only tablet is good, but it is not good enough,” said AT&T senior VP Chris Penrose, speaking at GigaOm’s Mobilize event earlier today. The cost of adding a cellular module to tablets is also going down, Penrose said. “We’ve seen that price go down substantially over the past several years,” Penrose [...]
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Gogo readies fast inflight WiFi available first on Virgin America flights

The proprietary hybrid technology will use satellite for receive only (transmission to the plane) and Gogo's Air to Ground network for the return link (transmission to the ground).  Existing two-way satellite antennas in the commercial aviation market have limited power for transmissions so they don't interfere with other satellites. But Gogo says it will be utilizing a Ku antenna developed specifically for receive only functionality. “The advantages of using satellite for reception only and Gogo's ATG Network for the return link are unprecedented,” the company said in a release. While this all sounds like good news for [...]
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UltraStick has potential as 3G add-on to WiFi tablets

But Huawei has a different idea with its UltraStick, a tiny 3G module that device makers can easily add to existing WiFi tablets without completely redesigning the hardware. It’s not clear when UltraStick’s might be available in the U.S. or if it will remain strictly an option for device makers or, eventually, an accessory consumers could purchase to upgrade a WiFi tablet to cellular.  Source article
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HP reportedly working on new 10-inch tablet

The files show a drawing of what looks to be the rear of a tablet. The slate has a HP logo on the center, the name “Omni 10” underneath and “HP Slate” written on the label. The documents also detail that the device has 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, a rear-facing camera, a headphone jack and volume buttons. It is not yet known if this machine will run Windows 8 or Android, although reports have indicated that HP is trying to lessen its dependence on Windows 8, which powers the firm’s Envy x2 and ElitePad tablets. Source article
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Sony’s innovative ‘lens cameras’ works with smartphones and tablets

The unique devices feature a sensor, processor, zoom lens, WiFi connectivity and an SD card slot, but no display or other typical controls (beyond a zoom toggle and perhaps a shutter release). The idea is that users will use their handset or tablet to control the lens, adjust framing and transmit images. Sony hasn’t provided any advance details or acknowledgment the product is in the works, but the company does have a press conference set for September 4 at the IFA conference in Berlin, which could when it plans to announce the new lens cameras.  Source article
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Klapprodt Pools keeps swimming pool construction cool with iPad

The Dallas/Fort Worth area family-owned business designs approximately 120 pools a year and maintains an additional 200 pools every week. That doesn’t include the 150 to 200 service calls Klapprodt’s technicians receive every month. So keeping customer information handy and accessible between sites is important to the 25-person company. While technicians used smartphones and laptops in the field to receive daily schedules and customer information updated and handy, co-owner Jeremy Klapprodt says the laptops did not lend themselves to specific design requirements and smartphone screens were too small to properly process customer information. "It was a [...]
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