Archive for category: Tablets

Blizzard takes a stab at mobile gaming, brings its free card game to the iPad

Blizzard hasn’t really had a presence in mobile gaming… not unless you think the Battle.net Authenticator is rip-roaring entertainment, anyway. However, the developer is giving the category an honest try today by releasing Hearthstone for the iPad….

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Having a chat with Cortana, Windows Phone’s new personal assistant

Anyone who’s played Halo, the iconic first-person shooter based 500 years in the future, knows where Microsoft came up with the name of Cortana, its new voice recognition program on Windows Phone 8.1. Master Chief might be the star of the video game…

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Samsung confirms thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 tablet range

Though the FCC already ruined the surprise, Samsung has just launched three new lower-tier Galaxy Tab 4 tablets. The series consists of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and — wait for it — the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. The…

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Booqpad for the iPad Air Promises Protection and Versatility…

booqpad_black_comboWe’ve come to expect only the best from Booq when it comes to protecting our precious gear…and that applies to our tablets as well.

Taking everything they’ve learned from their excellent gadget bag line, Booq has just released the Booqpad for the iPad Air–offering full protection for your Apple tablet, while still providing functionality and full accessibility. While most would be satisfied with the folio-style design (that provides multiple typing angles) and the magnetic clasp system that keeps it all together, Booq adds that extra old-school touch by providing a pad inside of the case, letting us know that the ancient art of actually “taking notes” is still alive and kicking. Bravo, Booq–you had us at hello…

The new Booqpad for iPad Air retails for $60, and you can click past the jump for the full PR.

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Apple Starts Charging for Live Chat Support Cases

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 8.18.37 PMApple has begun charging for its online live chat support, with certain cases now yielding a per incident fee of $19. It is unclear exactly what kind of query will cost you the coin, but there are also a few predefined categories where support staff can also waive the fee–such as “I recently purchased Mac OS X” and “ I recently purchased Apple branded software, and I’m having issues using it with this computer.”  Though $19 is not a huge amount to pay for service that comes straight from Apple, it’s still a whole lot more than the free support many  customers are accustomed to.

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Apple Resurrects 4th Gen iPad & Introduces New 8GB iPhone 5C

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 1.13.58 PMApple has resurrected its fourth generation iPad, putting to rest the iPad 2. The fourth gen iPad is now being sold for a starting price of $399 (16GB, WiFi model) through Apple’s Online Store, leaving the first-generation iPad mini as the only non-Retina iOS device in circulation; it also puts to rest yet another iOS device with a 30-pin connector. Also this morning, Apple has launched a lower-capacity iPhone 5c model. The 8GB model is making its way into Apple Online Store’s internationally as we sit and wait to see if it will be introduced in the U.S. and Canada as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Available March 9th

galaxy-tab-pro-122Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is coming March 9th; the oversized tablet will cost you $649.99  and will be available from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Tiger Direct, and other neighborhood retailers. Getting on board with Samsung’s powerful new Tab will net you some bonuses as well–including a $25 credit for Google Play, a year of GoGo in-flight Wifi, 3-months of Hulu, plus 3-months of SiriusXM Internet Radio, to mention just a few. Just imagine–you could get yourself a brand new tablet and listen to YourTechReport Radio while in-flight! We’ll have a full review once our unit arrives. Stay tuned…

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CruxCASE Announces CruxENCORE for iPad Air

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 12.13.21 PMWant to turn your iPad Air into a faux MacBook Air? The CruxENCORE keyboard case on Kickstarter is aiming to do just that. The new rotating keyboard case offers not only a handy keyboard, but also full sized protection for your iPad Air. It connects via Bluetooth and features a full sized keyboard; it’s also lighter and slimmer than you would expect, making it a great travel companion. We’ll have our full report as soon as we get one in-hand; but for now, you can check the full release after the jump to learn more.

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ASUS Launches PadFone Infiinty Lite

asus-padfone-infinity-liteIf you’re looking to buy a hybrid smartphone, Asus has just added another PadFone to its existing collection. The popular laptop and tablet maker has launched the latest in its PadFone lineup called the PadFone Infinity Lite, an upgraded version of the PadFone Infinity 2 launched in 2013. The new PadFone, which is a hybrid device featuring a smartphone with a tablet dock, comes to the market just two months after the company launched the PadFone Mini and the PadFone E.

The new Infinity Lite is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quadcore processor, while its predecessor had a much more powerful Snapdragon 800 quad core processor (ergo, the “lite” in its name); the smartphone comes with a 5″ 1080×1920 screen, while the tablet dock has a 10.1 inch screen with resolution of 1920×1080 (the PadFone Lite runs Android Jelly Bean, with the ability to update to KitKat, the latest version of Android’s OS).  As for real-life performance, we’ll have to wait until we actually get a unit in-hand; the Infinity Lite will be launched first in Taiwan, but Asus has confirmed that this device will be available globally later this year.

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Google Translate is Learning New Languages in iOS 7

google-translate-ios-7Google Translate has been updated for iOS 7, adding a new keyboard and status bar, as well as handwriting input for more languages. The app now supports translation of over 80 languages, and you can now even translate speech and handwriting; plus, you can have access to the software while offline for traveling.

Have you already tried Google Translate for iOS7? If so, let us know what you think with a comment below.

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