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November 5, 2013

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.

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October 18, 2013

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.

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September 11, 2013

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.

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August 30, 2013

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. 

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August 23, 2013

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.

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August 12, 2013

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. 

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July 8, 2013

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.

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June 24, 2013

A tablet for your kids – LeapPad Ultra will be available July 17

The kid-friendly rugged device sports a 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 touchscreen display that works with a stylus to help kids learn to write – not just touch.

The Ultra includes front- and rear-facing cameras for its built-in imaging programs and 8GB of storage for downloading some of the 800-plus LeapFrog-approved apps downloadable from the company’s App Center.

The choices include proprietary apps and selections from partners like Pixar and Sesame Street and there’s also all kinds of onboard parental protection, including secure WiFi and a four-digit code for updating. 

The $150 LeapPad Ultra is due out July 17th.

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June 21, 2013

Vizio starts shipping new Windows 8 tablet for $600

The  WiFi-only tablet packs an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, the dual-core AMD Z-60 Hondo processor (which has since been succeeded by AMD’s Temash design), 2GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD memory.

It also has a front-facing 2MP camera, stereo speakers, connections for micro USB and micro HDMI and a battery life which is quoted at a lowly five hours.

The MT11X-A1 is now available for order for $599.99 from the Vizio Store.

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May 17, 2013

U.S Air Force expects huge iPad deployment to save $50 million over ten years

With the iPads brought in to replace heavy, paper-bound flight manuals, a spokesman for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command has said that the deployment will save $750,000 per year on fuel alone and “well over $50 million” in total costs over the next 10 years.

"We're saving about 90 pounds of paper per aircraft and limiting the need for each crew member to carry a 30 to 40 pound paper file," Major Brian Moritz, manager of AMC’s electronic flight bag program, when speaking to The Street.

"It adds up to quite a lot of weight in paper." The AMC exec revealed that this weight saving did vary significantly by plane – [...]

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