The US is getting ready for the big discounts on Black Friday and Best Buy is kicking off things early with a Surface RT 32GB deal for just $200. Black Friday isn’t for a couple of more weeks so you’ll have to wait until then, the deal is only valid between November 28 and 30.
The good news is that this is an online deal, so you won’t have to brave the Black Friday queues. Plus you get free shipping. Read more »
Google began rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The good news arrived on Android’s official Google+ account.
The latest Android version is currently seeding to Wi-Fi only 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablets. Read more »
As the first slates using the platform are beginning to make their way into the marketplace, a couple of NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 promo videos made the rounds online. Announced back in September, NVIDIA’s creation aims to bring powerful internals and affordable price to the tablet realm.
The first promo video gives a broad outlook of the tablet platform’s talents. Read more »
A Vodafone retail store in Canberra had to be evacuated on Wednesday because an iPad Air burst into flames.
The fire allegedly started at the charging port, set the whole iPad on fire and proceeded to fill the entire store with smoke. Read more »
Starting last month, industry insiders close to Apple’s supply chain reported on potential supply issues Apple could face regarding production of its Retina iPad Mini display panels.
The latest report out of Korea indicates that burn-in problems with the LCD panels will result in Apple delaying its launch of the new iPad mini, and could cause Apple to reopen negotiations with Samsung in order to help complete the order of some 15 million panels. Read more »
The world’s first 4K resolution tablet from Panasonic, which debuted at CES this year, is set to hit the US just after the holiday season this coming January.
The tablet will miss the US holiday shopping bonanza, but at an MSRP of $5999 it’s hard to see the 20-inch tablet as a stocking stuffer. Read more »
The Apple iPad Air is a major redesign of Apple’s 9.7″ tablet and is unquestionably more advanced than all their previous models. But did it cost Apple more to make? AllThingsD and researchers from IHS report that the Air is cheaper than the iPad 3 (the last big iPad they have examined), despite the cost of the display going up.
It’s really the screen that is the biggest change to the internals. A new design has allowed Apple to use just one layer of glass instead of two, which has reduced the thickness from 2.23mm to 1.8mm. Read more »
Archos has launched a new large Android tablet, the 101 XS 2. It has a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display and Archos Coverboard keyboard that snaps magnetically to the tablet and acts as a cover, keyboard and a kickstand.
On the inside is a quad-core Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz and Mali 400 MP4 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage space with microSD card. The tablet has 2 megapixel cameras on the front and back. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Read more »
After appearing in rumorland, the Verizon Ellipsis is now official. Verizon’s first tablet is 4G LTE enabled and will rub its shoulders against the likes of Google nexus 7.
As the name suggests, Verizon’s Ellipsis is a 7-inch slate with a 720p IPS LCD display. Read more »
As the Nokia Lumia 2520 enjoys its fair share of attention, a report on the company’s second Windows RT tablet made the rounds. Allegedly, an 8” Windows RT slate dubbed Nokia Illusionist is in development.
Reportedly the Nokia Illusionist will be released in early 2014 with Qualcomm silicon on board. Read more »
Last week the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States issued a ruling which allows the airlines to expand the use of personal electronics during flight. Today, Amazon decided to celebrate the occasion with a one-day sale of its Kindle family of tablets.
Today only, users can snag an Amazon Kindle tablet with 15% off its regular price. Read more »
While many were awaiting the iPad mini with Retina display, Apple was busy running the larger iPad through the treadmill so that when the unveiling came, it won’t fall into the shadow of its smaller sibling.
So much so, in fact, that once unveiled, it was revealed that the rudimentary upgrade was not to the big iPad but, in fact, the iPad mini. The streamlined body, reduced weight and retention of the great display made the iPad Air the talk of the town, garnering the front spot on Apple’s website is a testament to that. Read more »
One of the key UI changes in the new Android 4.4 KitKat is the presence of the Moto X style translucent navigation and notification bars on the homescreen that allows the wallpaper to shine through. Turns out though, it’s not something everyone will be getting, even if you have a Nexus device.
In a rather Apple-esque move, Google has decided to disable the translucency effect on the Nexus 10 tablet, citing performance issues. The Android source code for the tablet states quite clearly ‘Translucent status & navigation bars perform poorly on this device’ and the value of the effect is set to ‘False’. Read more »
The latest numbers from Google show that manufacturers are still having a hard time delivering Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to their smartphones. Good thing the guys from the CyanogenMod team are here to help those in need.
The developers have published the M1 release of CyanogenMod 10.2, which is based on Android 4.3 and supports over 70 different devices. M1 stands for Milestone version, which slots between the stable ROMs and the betas that the team releases. Read more »
The new Apple iPad Air was going to cost $500, but Walmart decided to knock $20 off. Apple itself along with Best Buy will be price matching the offer so a 16GB iPad Air will cost $480 at launch (which is today).
9to5mac cautions that this deal (unlike Walmart’s) is valid only in stores – the online sites of Apple and Best Buy list the full $500 price. Read more »