What to expect from Android Marshmallow

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s that time again. Marshmallow is starting to roll out. OS images for those Nexus devices still being supported are already available, for those who don’t mind wiping their devices to install the new operating system. Those who want to keep their setup the way it is will have to wait for the [ on]

Type Machine will let you rescue typed text from app crashes

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Have you ever spent long minutes painstakingly tapping or swyping out a message in an app on your Android phone only to lose it all when the app crashes, or you accidentally tap the wrong thing and go back to your home screen only to find your hard work gone when you get back? Or maybe you just [ on]

Noteslate Shiro now on pre-order – but should you?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Noteslate has just released information for pre-ordering its unique Shiro tablet, or rather, slate. Under the tagline “Pencil and Paper. Redefined,” Noteslate seeks “to bring handwriting back to humankind” with the Shiro, whose “monochrome handwriting interface” [ on]

What to do with an old tablet?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 3 Comments

With the news that Android M Marshmallow won’t be released for the aging Nexus 7 2012 tablet, my own Nexus is now staring obsolescence in the face. It’s been semi-retired for a while anyway, ever since I invested in my smaller, lighter, faster Lenovo A7-10. And in any case, it kind of [ on]

First look: Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2015 // 34 Comments

I received my $50 Fire tablet yesterday, and spent the next few hours playing with it. It’s been an education, to be sure. The tablet is similar to an ordinary Android tablet in a lot of ways, but just different enough to fall into an uncanny valley of frustration. After a while, I’ve come to [ on]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [ on]

The Pixel C’s aspect ratio may be Android’s future

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

You may have heard about the strange aspect ratio that Google’s new Pixel C tablet uses—1.41:1, or the square root of 2 to 1. But you may not realize just how unique that makes the tablet—or why. First of all, here’s another interesting fact you may not know about LCD panels—the picture [ on]

What tablet ereading solution in your kitchen?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

When even Ikea gets in on the act, you know you’re witnessing a big shift in consumer behavior. And in the Rimforsa design series in its “Kitchen & appliances” department, alongside the knife holders and chopping boards, we now have the Rimforsa tablet stand, in sturdy bamboo, [ on]

Are Fire six-packs meant for education? I doubt it

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

Might the six-pack of $50 Fire tablets be Amazon’s way of slipping into the education market via the back door? The Motley Fool’s Adam Levy thinks so, pointing out that schools have been making more and more use of tablets lately, but iPads are just so expensive and schools do have limited [ on]

Stave off long-trip boredom with your smartphone or tablet

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

What can you do if you’re about to take a long air trip and don’t want to suffer the pangs of boredom but don’t want to buy overpriced airline Wi-Fi either? Gizmodo has some great advice, but I think they’re thinking too narrowly. The advice they give for smartphones in air travel could [ on]

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 [ on]

The deep discount store: Home of super-cheap accessories

By Chris Meadows
September 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

Family Dollar. Dollar General. Big Lots. Deal$. I’m sure there are a zillion other low-end regional deep-discount store chains I don’t even know about. What these places all have in common is that they sell everything at rock-bottom prices. Almost everything is going to be some no-name Chinese [ on]

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