Want an alternative to the $50 Fire? You have plenty of cheap choices

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Yahoo Kindle Korner mailing list, TeleRead commenter Barry Marks pointed to this $40 GameStop exclusive Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 tablet. Unfortunately, by the time I checked it out, it had already sold out online—not surprising, given that it’s normally $150 and has considerably better specs [...]

News flash: the cheap $50 Fire tablet is cheap

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Look out, everyone! On Forbes, Patrick Moorhead exposes the cheap $50 Fire’s dirty little secret! Spoiler warning, go no further if you don’t want to ruin the surprise! Ready? It’s…cheap. Seriously, Moorhead wrote a whole column about how the $50 Fire tablet is fairly feature-poor and [...]

Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app goes live on Google Play Android store

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ars Technica has a brief look at Apple’s “Move to iOS” app on the Android store. (We mentioned this app last month.) The way it works is that if you have an iOS device and tell it you’re switching from Android, it will give you an access code you can punch into the “Move to iOS” app on [...]

Do 10” Fire Tablet leaks suggest a veer toward ‘plain’ Android?

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tech tipster Evan Blass has tweeted a front-and-back image of the upcoming 10” Fire tablet. GFXbench has a set of specs for the tablet, also, though I’m not sure where they got them. The picture is all over the news; Nate has great coverage at The Digital Reader, and it’s also popping up on [...]

New Android vulnerability can bypass password locks

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Another day, another Android security vulnerability. Ars Technica reports on the latest one, whereby an Android device with a password-based lockscreen can be unlocked by opening the camera and entering a long string of characters into the password field. Google released a patch for its own Nexus [...]

How to upgrade the Nook HD to Kit Kat or Lollipop with Cyanogenmod

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 44 Comments

Update (Sep 15, 2015): When I first set out to write out this guide, I had no idea it would turn into one of our most evergreen articles. But even over a year later, we still see it pop up regularly in our top-visited statistics from day to day. Even well after Barnes & Noble has moved on to [...]

Adblock Plus comes to Android and iOS app stores

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just in time to make my last post look foolish for castigating them from keeping ad-blockers out of their store, Google and Apple have permitted an ad-blocking-equipped browser back into their Google Play and iTunes App stores. Available for both iOS and Android, the app is a stand-alone web [...]

Unapproved applications can hold Android ransomware

By Chris Meadows
September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you needed another object lesson about the dangers of installing software from unapproved sources, you just got one. The Register reports that a security firm has discovered an unsavory ransomware app that, under the auspices of being a pornography player, uses your phone or tablet’s camera to [...]

Amazon’s 6” Fire tablet looks promising

By Chris Meadows
September 8, 2015 // 4 Comments

The latest word from the Wall Street Journal is that Amazon is planning to come out with a $50 6” version of its Kindle Fire tablets. From the standpoint of getting tablets into more hands, this could be a smart idea. But will it work or flop? Cheap Android tablets have been a reality for a [...]

What’s the best Bluetooth keyboard? Here are some options

By Chris Meadows
September 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

You never can tell what your most popular articles are going to be. One quick little article I dashed off one day about how you can use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with your Android tablet has been one of TeleRead’s perennial highest-traffic pieces, popping up in our top ten high-traffic links [...]

Why Android Lollipop on my Lenovo beats the crap out of the Nexus 7

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently invested in a Lenovo A7-10 tablet. One minor reason was the frustration of dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop on my existing Nexus 7. Eventually, this did become enough of a drag to make a change in machine worth considering, and the Lenovo came with Android [...]

Obi Worldphones take high-end Android specs to new markets?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

News has broken that Obi Worldphone, the smartphone company whose chief claim to fame to date has been that it was co-founded by John Sculley, “former head of Apple and Pepsi-Cola and an international investor in consumer technology companies,” has launched a pair of [...]

Vysor Chrome extension mirrors your Android device to PC

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever wanted to use Android apps on your desktop? Here’s another way. TechCrunch reports on the beta release of a Chrome extension called Vysor that will let you mirror your Android phone or tablet display to your PC. First announced in a Reddit thread, the app now has its own web site, as well as [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

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