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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 [...]

Google Play decides size matters, ups app size limits

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has announced via the Android Developers Blog that it is taking a big step up in size limits for apps on the Google Play Store. From now on, the Play Store will support APKs for Google apps up to 100MB in size. “We understand that developers are challenged with delivering a delightful [...]

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 [...]

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following “different paths” as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, “Google Play [...]

Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes." [...]

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Children-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be [...]

Coming Soon: Google Play for Education

By Joanna Cabot
June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

From The Digital Shift comes the intriguing news that Google’s app store is launching an education portal in a bid to gain traction in the schools. With Google Play for Education, coming this fall, schools will be able to purchase educational apps using money orders and other alternative [...]

7 Must-Have Apps For Your New Nook HD

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

If you’ve taken advantage of the great sale on the Nook HD (ending today), or if you’ve had one for awhile and recently upgraded to add the Google Play Store, you might be wondering what apps to add. Here’s my list of must-have apps, not available in the Nook App store. 1. Feedly [...]

Penguin Turns "The Pocket Scavenger" Into an Interactive Creativity App

By Dan Eldridge
May 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Until I opened an email this morning from a publicist at the Penguin Group (USA), who’d sent me a press release about the company’s newest so-called “creativity app,” The Pocket Scavenger, I was under the impression that I was at least somewhat tuned in to the world of [...]

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 2 — Nook HD vs. Nexus 7

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 6, 2013 // 11 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about the Nook HD mostly from a stock OS perspective. But I know the question you really wanted to have answered was this: “Does it work as an Android tablet?” After three days of using it, my answer is a cautious “yes.” Because I still don’t have a [...]

Are you a Wired subscriber? Grab your free e-book.

By Dan Eldridge
May 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wired magazine will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the remainder of 2013, and as something of a celebration, the editorial team has put together Wired @20, an e-book consisting of what the editors consider to be “20 of the most important and mind-blowing stories from the [...]

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 1 — The Stock Experience

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 5, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’ve wanted a Nook HD from the moment they came out. The reviews of the hardware were great, but I swore after I sold my first tablet, a Nook Color, that I’d never buy another crippled device again. The Nook App store is just terrible, and while I tried to make my Nook Color work as a [...]

Google Play celebrates its first birthday with a big sale

By Matthew Marchesano
March 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

So it’s been a full year since Google’s Play Store went live (how time does fly,) and the Web-based media store is celebrating by offering deep discounts in all departments. Free tunes, apps, gift cards and cheap movies are only a few items that the service is advertising. You definitely [...]

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