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Kobo Aura H2O eReader trumps books by being waterproof

August 21, 2014 by Tom in Other Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

A new argument in eReaders vs books is settled with the Kobo Aura H2O device - drop a book in the bath and it's ruined; drop the H2O and there's a chance it'll live. Kobo's new IP67 certified eReader wears its talent on its sleeve with the name but elsewhere it has a high-resolution E Ink Carta display at 1430 x 1080 pixels. It also has a 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage, a microSD card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and a battery that'll last for an average of two months after a full charge. It's expected 1st September and will cost $179. Via liliputing

iPad Air 2 doubles RAM to an industry standard 2GB

August 21, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

In 2014's tablet market, 2GB of RAM is the expected loadout for new releases. Apple is finally catching up and offering double the RAM for the high-priced tablet, the new version of which will be officially announced in October. The iPad Air 2 could sport the expected split-screen feature coming in iOS 8, which would demand more memory. Via techradar

LG G Pad 8.0 – now with added LTE

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Tablet with No Comments.

An LTE-enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0 has been unveiled. The LG G Pad 8.0 LTE tablet has a few tricks up its sleeve (which are even easier to enjoy with the new online anywhere option), including QPair 2.0 and Knock Code. QPair 2.0 gives the ability to connect the tablet to smartphones via Bluetooth to choose the tablet to answer calls, receive notifications and send messages. Knock Code is LG's security function that recognises user tap codes for swift unlocking. Via fareastgizmos  

Guess how big the Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD child-friendly Android tablet is?

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

Huge! That's how big. Fuhu's Big Tab HD line starts at 20-inches and stops at the 24-inch model. Phew. The Big Tab HD is a blown-up version of their DreamTab series and use the Android-based Blue Morpho UI. The 20-inch model has a 1600 x 900 "HD+" display, while the 24-incher has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD screen. The tablets are geared toward education and entertainment for children and will follow the same Dreamworks tie-in content that the DreamTabs had. The tablets come with a kickstand, 16GB storage, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and cost $339 (20") / $549 (24"). Via engadget  

Tom Hanks launches typewriter passion project for iPad

August 20, 2014 by Tom in App News, Other Tablet, Software / OS with No Comments.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks loves typewriters. He can't get enough of the click-clacky manual machines. Not one to be outdone in the digital age, Hanks has launched Hanx Writer - a writing tool app for iPad that replicates classic typewriter tones and layouts. The app shot to number one in the App Store and is available for free but offers in-app purchases for additional features and themes. Hanks wrote about his love of typewriters in the New York Times last summer and thanks to the App Store, we can all share his passion. Via pocket-lint

Keyboard cases transform tablets into productive functioning netbooks (remember them?)

August 15, 2014 by Tom in Android Tablet, Other Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

Remember netbooks? The mini PCs' window was wide a year or so before tablets shaped up. Now they're long forgotten but the best of both worlds can be achieved with a keyboard case for 8-inch tablets. Engadget has found the three best for Apple iPad Minis and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and provides a full rundown over on their site. The collected cases are the ClamCase Pro for Apple iPad mini, the ZAGG Rugged Folio for Apple iPad mini and the ZAGG Folio for Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Each case is a neat and tidy solution that keeps everything in one place and provides protection for the precious screens. Check out the lowdown over at Engadget.

Acer serves up airtight 10-inch Iconia Android tablet

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Acer, Android Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

The Acer Iconia range continues with a new 10-inch slate on the horizon. Following the Iconia 7 & 8 tablets, the 10.1-inch Iconia A3-A20/A1407 is powered by a MediaTek MT8127 1.3GHz processor and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB storage options. The IPS 1280 x 800 display is a toughie - it has Gorilla Glass technology and, like the Iconia 8, ZeroAirGap tech. It has a 2MP front camera, a 5MP back shooter, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It runs on a 2-cell 3540 mAh battery, weighs 540g and will cost 199 euros (US $265). Via tablet-news

Apple iPad Air 2 pic leaks and specs – includes glare-free display

August 12, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

The iPad Air 2 has had a pictorial outing and will also be suitable for the great outdoors thanks to its glare-free screen. An anti-reflection coating is slated to make it easier to read, combating the tablet use issues that we come up against in sunshine. The iPad Air 2 is reportedly a 9.7-inch tablet and will be out at the end of this quarter. According to the new leaked pictures, it will also have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and will sport a single row of speakers along the bottom of the device. Via gizmodo and tablet-news

New Google Nexus named Foo – first specs revealed

August 11, 2014 by Tom in Android Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

The new Google Nexus tablet has supposedly appeared under the name Foo. Is this a new naming series that'll take the first part of the name of popular rock bands? Foo first, to follow, Led? Van? AC?  Probably not. GFXBench tests reveal the (possibly unfinished and prototype version of) Foo is a 10.3-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It runs on a 1.9GHz Tegra 4 quad-core processor and has 2GB of RAM. The GFXBench results showed no support for cameras or other extras, meaning this could be a hoax or an early model. Via pocket-lint

Voice and entertainment-focused Lenovo A8-50 tablet launches in India

August 8, 2014 by Tom in Android Tablet, Lenovo, Tablet with No Comments.

The Lenovo A8-50 tablet has launched in India. It's an 8-inch Android tablet that puts its eggs in the voice call and entertainment baskets, running Dolby Digital Plus tech and sporting stereo speakers. The tablet has an IPS display, runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 8382/8121 processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. Storage is just 16GB, expandable by an extra 32GB via microSD, and it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with KitKat to follow. Voice and data is taken care of via the microSIM slot and the cameras are 5MP and 2MP. It's out at $292. Via tablet-news

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