The Hudsucker Proxy showed us something simpler that was, "y'know, for kids!" but Fuhu nabi has brought things up to the 21st century with the DreamTab 8, which features built-in Shrek action and Kung-Fu Panda parts. The 8-inch colourful tablet has some pretty grown-up specs - it runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM, an HD display and a digital pen. Why is it for kids, then? Well, this is made in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, so the characters and tied into the operating system, and it comes loaded with some DreamWorks exclusive software. It's built into a colourful sturdy case to keep it safe and a 12-inch model is in the works. It comes with 16GB of storage and supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and microSD expansion. If US$269 is too steep for jus
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From Australia comes the dual-boot Vixtel Unity, a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android and - nope, not Windows - Ubuntu Linux. It runs on a quad-core processor, has 2GB RAM and 64GB storage. It has WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G connectivity and comes with a handy function-boosting dock that adds three USB ports, an HDMI port and an Ethernet port. It's a bulky looking thing but the dock and large screen could boost its image from tablet to notebook, especially if you plug a keyboard and mouse into those ample USB slots. There's also a 5MP camera - no price has been announced. Via tablet-news
The US Navy has produced an e-reader for its submarine crews - and called it the NeRD (Navy e-reader device). Doing nothing to help the cause of readers, the unfortunate naming recalls the Bill Hicks routine about him reading in a waffle house and being asked "What you readin' for?". The NeRD contains a library of 300 books that will never change (iPad- and Kindle-style removable storage and internet connectivity are banned for security reasons). Books include those by Tom Clancy and James Patterson, both of whom are popular among Navy readers, along with classics and lots of naval history. Submarines will get five devices to be shared among crew. So, what's in a name... does the naming of the NeRD matter? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via gizmodo
Photos of the InFocus New Tab F1 - the first pictured tablet running Firefox OS - have appeared. The tablet is produced in China at Foxconn and has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display. It's powered by a quad-core processor backed up by a Power VR SGX544MP2 graphics processor and packs 2GB RAM, 16 GB storage and a microSD slot. The unboxing photos don't reveal too much but it's good to know they're rolling out. Via tablet-news
With professionals in its sights, German company TQ has announced the InCover One, an 8.3-inch full HD Bay Trail tablet that supports Windows 8.1, Android 4.4 and Linux. It boasts a waterproof and dust proof housing, a removable battery and will bounce back from a 1.8 metre drop in the optional MIL case. The tablet runs on an Intel Atom quad-core Bay Trail-T CPU, has 2GB RAM, 64GB storage as standard (with 32GB and 128GB options also available) and support from WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS and optional 3G and 4G connectivity. The cameras are 8MP (rear) and 2MP (front) and the ?SDXC card slot takes up to 2TB expansion. The battery runs for 10 hours and the processor options are Intel Atom Z3745 and Atom Z3746 Bay Trail chips.
Sony's got its consumer market wrapped up with the PS4 for the time being, so for the professional market it's putting out a 13-inch tablet that uses its Digital Paper technology. The slate has a high-resolution, high-contrast display and a pen for notes. This will cost US$1100. The 13.3-inch, 1600 x 1200 E Ink Mobius display has 2.8GB of storage and microSD and WiFi support. Keeping it strictly pro, the quarter-inch-thick Digital Reader only supports viewing and editing PDF files and has no support for third-party apps. You gotta really love PDFs to go for this one. Via liliputing
The rumour mill's buzzing with talk of a Microsoft press briefing scheduled for March 27th, where it's is believed the release of the long-awaited iPad version of Office will be announced. A few days after comes the BUILD 2014 conference, where we should see Windows 8.1 Update 1, some Windows 9 sneak peeks and a look at a working Windows Phone 8.1, among other things. Codenamed Miramar, Office for iPad could be with us soon, dredging up questions of when it'll be standard fare for native Metro-powered devices. Via tablet-news
Apple's entry-level tablet is now the fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. The last non-HD Apple tablet, the iPad 2, has bitten the dust. In its place is a tweaked version of the iPad that was pulled when the iPad air launched. The 'new' model has a 9.7-inch display, an A6X chip, 16GB storage and a 1080p, 5-megapixel iSight camera. It costs £239 (US$544) for the Wifi version and £429 (US$710) for the Wifi + Cellular model, with 4G support. Via pocket-lint
The old holiday mainstay of a book by the pool can be updated to an eBook in the pool, if that's your thing. Pocketbook Aqua is waterproof to IP57 standard, which means it can be under up to a metre of water for 30 minutes. (Conversely, waterproofing company WaterFi guarantee their work can go down a whopping 200 feet. While the main reason for using this would be to have an eReader that could take a splash or accidental spillage, that guarantee might put the clumsiest minds at rest - or please bookworm divers.) The Aqua eReader has a low-resolution E-ink screen, 4GB of storage, WiFi and is touchscreen. It runs Pocketbook's software on a 1GHz CPU with 256MB RAM. It will support Epub and PDF formats and will cost approx. US$150. Via the-digital-reader
Firefox OS is hotting up, with the second tablet made available to developers - the 7-inch 1024 x 600 VIA Vixen. There have been glimpses of the OS but most is known about the hardware for now. It's powered by a 1.2GHz VIA dual-core processor, based on ARM Cortex-A9 tech, with a Mali 400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. It also has an 8-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera. It joins the Foxconn InFocus Firefox OS tablet as the first testers for the next big OS trying to make a splash. Given the trust the world has in Mozilla's Firefox browser, I'm sure curiosity will cause a lot of hot-fox adopters. Developers can apply for the tablets now from the Mozilla website. via gsminsider Is there room for another OS? Let us know what you think on the MP4Nation forum.