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Seven-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX shipments kick off today

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Amazon announced that the 7” Kindle Fire HDX tablet is now shipping. The Wi-Fi-only models are the ones available for the time being. LTE-capable slates will be shipping on November 14.

Pricing of the Android tablet starts at $229 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version with ads on the lockscreen, and tops out at $324 for a 64GB device with no ads. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 launches in the USA

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LG has just announced the USA availability of the G Pad 8.3 slate. You can pre-order it today exclusively on BestBuy online for $349.99 with free shipping.

The LG G Pad 8.3 will become available through various retailers starting November 3 with BestBuy being the first to get it. Read more »

Windows 8.1 updates kick off today

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Microsoft is releasing its Windows 8.1 OS today. It will be available as a free update to existing Windows 8 users and will also come pre-installed on new Windows 8 PCs sold after tomorrow. The stand-alone retail version also launches on October 18.

Windows 8.1, previously known as Blue, will bring back the Start button, make the Start screen optional (boot to Desktop), will offer more customization options, new spit screen mode, IE 11, better SkyDrive integration, new apps, new connectivity options and lots of other improvements. Read more »

Analysts: Retina iPad mini to outsell the iPad 5 if Apple meets demand

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Apple is set to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 tablets next Tuesday and both are set to feature Apple’s TouchID sensor. According to analyst Amit Daryanani over at RBC Capital Markets, the iPad mini 2 is going to be the much better seller of the two, beating its bigger brother 2:1.

More precisely, he expects the second-generation iPad mini to take 65 percent slice of all Apple tablet sales leaving 35 percent to the 9.7″ iPad 5. The more portable iPad is rumored to pack a high resolution Retina display and thus be called the Retina iPad mini. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX gets the teardown treatment

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX is the latest tablet to undergo the teardown treatment. iFixit has taken apart the 7-inch slate to show us what’s under the hood.

The teardown reveals that the Kindle Fire HDX is certainly not an easy to repair device. The only good news is that you can open the tablet without having to use the heat guns by unscrewing and removing the clips of the tablet. Read more »

Google releases two new Nexus 7 ads

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Google has released two new ads for its new Nexus 7 slate. The first one promotes Google Now and Search capabilities, Hangouts and Android’s multi-tasking.

The second video accents the textbook rentals and how Nexus 7 will help you learn at the last moment. Read more »

Leaked Apple iPad 5 photo confirms TouchID home button

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Earlier this month it was discovered that the TouchID fingerprint home button of the iPhone 5s fits perfectly into the leaked front cases of the yet unofficial iPad 5. Now, thanks to a leaked photo, the TouchID sensor on the iPad 5 is everything but confirmed.

Naturally, the fingerprint sensor will work the same way as it does on the iPhone 5s, but hopefully Apple has worked out more and better ways for the TouchID feature to be encompassed into the OS. Read more »

LG details the UK and Ireland availability of G Pad 8.3

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LG Mobile announced today the UK availability for the G Pad 8.3. The slate will be offered exclusively via the IT distributor Micro P and will be released at the end of October for £259.99.

Harvey Norman is the exclusive LG distributor for the G Pad 8.3 on the Irish market. The tablet will be hitting the shelves in Ireland by the end of October as well. Read more »

Updated: Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet dressed in cyan and red leaks out in press images

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The upcoming Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet made yet another unscheduled appearance, thanks to @evleaks. After allowing us to potentially catch a glimpse of its kickstand three days ago, the slate leaked out in a press image, dressed in a cyan outfit.

Update: @evleaks posted another press image of the upcoming tablet, this time dressed in a red outfit. Read more »

Tablet-friendly Twitter app for Android debuts on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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Twitter announced the official availability of a tablet-optimized app for Android. The highly-anticipated app will be exclusively available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) for the time being. It will make it to other tablets by the end of the year.

The tablet-friendly Twitter app is unsurprisingly enjoyed best in landscape view. Read more »

New Apple iPad 5 leaks in high-res photos

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The next generation iPad 5 is expected to be unveiled at an Apple event on October 22. Before then, however, a slew of new images have leaked showing off the upcoming tablet in full detail.

The images show off the anticipated new design scheme that will be thinner and smaller, and more in line with that of the current iPad mini. Read more »

Official Google cases for the 2013 Nexus 7 hit the shelves of the US Play Store

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Google quietly released its own protective cover for the 2013 Nexus 7 in the United States. The Google-branded case is currently available for purchase directly from the Play Store.

The Nexus 7 (2013) Case is the first tablet cover designed by Google specifically for the slate. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet to have a kickstand and 1080p screen?

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A new photo of the Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet indicates that the rumored tablet will follow in the footsteps of the Microsoft Surface tablet and have a kickstand on its back. The image is low quality and doesn’t even show the whole tablet, so trust it at your own risk.

The Lumia 2520 has leaked before – an alleged photo of the Verizon-branded version didn’t show any trace of a kickstand, while the FCC diagrams revealed almost nothing but the beveled edges. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 hits the shelves in Korea, Europe coming next

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LG has just launched the LG G Pad 8.3 in Korea. The slate was unveiled at IFA in Berlin last month and LG has promised to launch it globally before the year ends.

LG G Pad 8.3 packs an 8.3″ display with 1920×1200 pixel resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 600 chipset (quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM). The internal storage is 16 GB, but expansion is available thanks to the microSD slot. Read more »

Archos refreshes its Platinum lineup with a trio of Android tablets

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After launching the Platinum line in the beginning of this year, Archos pulled the cover of three new members with updated internals. The ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD, ARCHOS 101 Platinum and ARCHOS 80b Platinum aid to take on the established players on the market by sporting a lower price tag to go with premium looks.

Leading the way is the ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD pictured above. Read more »