Tablet

The problem with Amazon’s hardware could be Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

In the wake of the layoffs at Amazon’s Lab126, Wired takes a look at the failure of the Fire Phone and the mediocre performance of some of Amazon’s other devices. Brian Barrett thinks he knows why they fizzled: they were simply too focused on pushing Amazon goods and services, rather than on [...]

Amazon leaks tease engineer layoffs, potential new products

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article (paywalled; Google the headline to bypass it) on changes taking place at Amazon’s top secret product lab, Lab 126, which has been responsible for many of Amazon’s innovative products including the Kindle e-reader itself. The Journal reports [...]

Enterprise use will drive sales of larger tablet, report says

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tablet sales in the usual size are on the wane as larger smartphones eat into their marketshare—but business uses are going to drive sales of larger tablets, says a new report by Strategy Analytics. The report suggests large tablet sales will have nearly doubled by the end of 2015, what with the [...]

Rumor: Amazon is Planning a 12" Tablet

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Digitimes is adding fuel to the speculation over new Amazon hardware. The Kitty Kelley of tech reporting revealed this morning that Amazon is working on a new larger tablet. Citing unnamed sources, Digitimes told us that Amazon is also planning a 12″ tablet. They didn’t say which [...]

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 [...]

Microsoft prototypes Surface keyboard cover with secondary e-ink touchscreen

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The original Nook e-reader demonstrated that a small secondary touch-sensitive LCD display panel could be helpful for navigation and other tasks on the e-ink device. In an interesting symmetry, Microsoft Applied Sciences Group has prototyped a keyboard cover with a secondary e-ink display built in, [...]

Kurio Smart Windows tablet offers plenty of power for homework, games

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tablets for kids seem to be a new big thing, what with Amazon coming out with its Fire HD Kids Edition. Gizmag has a story about the new Kurio Smart, a Surface-like 8.9” Windows tablet with detachable keyboard designed to help kids do their homework as well as just game. The Smart will come with [...]

Barnes & Noble may be adding a new 8” tablet next month

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder offers a pretty big scoop based on insider information: someone at Barnes & Noble tells him that B&N is planning to reset its stores early next month to support a new 8” device. Details are sketchy—there are no new submissions to the FCC, and [...]

Samsung’s e-reader for Paul Bunyan? 18.4-inch screen. Spruce Goose of Android tablets?

By David Rothman
August 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

Back in the 1940s, multimillionaire Howard Hughes came up with the Spruce Goose, a gigantic wooden sea plane that flew one mile for a minute at an altitude of 70 feet. No one had ever built a larger aircraft: the wings spanned 320 feet. The Goose could have carried 750 battle-ready troops. Could [...]

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 [...]

Amazon knocks $30 off 6” Fire HD & Fire HD Kids Edition, August 17 only

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

Today (August 17) only, Amazon has put its Fire HD 6 with Special Offers on sale for $30 off the regular price. You can pay $69 to get the 6” version, or $119 to get the ruggedized Kids Edition. You can use the “Configure and Add to Cart” button on the right side of the screen to double the [...]

Matte finish, glossy displays, Mirasol, Pixel Qi, and laptops in the sun

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

The quest for a daylight-readable laptop continues apace. At least, that’s what Wired says in an article about the state of laptop displays and why nobody makes a matte-finish screen anymore. Apparently it costs a lot and is prone to damage. The best you can do these days is to get a sheet of [...]

The easiest way to break in your new tablet—for work, fun or mixes of the two

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

So you’ve bought that shiny new tablet and fired it up. Now what? You’ve got a bunch of app icons, and you know it should be a great tool. But how do you learn to use it? This article assumes you’re new to the tablet world. If you’ve changed operating systems, like moving from an iPad to an [...]

Adobe creates new mobile app development infrastructure

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Adobe is building an infrastructure to let people create their own mobile apps without having to program. It seems to be focused primarily around displaying content on mobile devices. Essentially, this is a web content management system (CMS) adapted to mobile, with the ability to build a pretty [...]

Toddler Tablet Time Bad? Maybe Not

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Gizmodo had a fascinating article yesterday on tablet time for toddlers and whether limiting their time was actually a good idea. Tablet time and TV time are often lumped together as screen time, but the article makes the point that while TV time is passive, tablet time often isn’t. She talks [...]

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