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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    After the IDC back in April came out with preliminary data upholding a predictable decline in global tablet demand between January and March 2016, Strategy Analytics just issued its full and final quarterly report providing additional insight into the floundering market. Essentially, 2-in-1 and “Pro Slate” devices are all that keep this industry from completely collapsing, yielding higher revenue and stabilizing average selling prices (ASPs) at $241. In total, there were just 46.7 million tablets sold in the 90-day timeframe, down 10 percent year-on-year and a massive 33 percent ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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    After its dismal growth reading on smartphone shipments, market research firm IDC has released both its quarterly shipment reports for tablets and the trend line continues groundward. 39.6 million tablets went across the world last quarter with 87.6 percent of them being regular slate tablets — plenty of them in the form of Apple's older iPads and Amazon's Fire tablets (with some 54-fold growth) while others from smaller budget market players round out the majority. In what IDC refers to as the fledgling "detachables" sector, Microsoft still leads the field with its Surface initiative ...

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    You may get asked if you'd like fries with your meal, but no one really asked for these tablets, just McDonald's. Actually, McDonald's UK completed a pilot program last year at a few of its restaurants, putting some Samsung Galaxy tablets for complimentary customer use. Feedback was apparently so positive for the fast food giant to deploy tablets to the majority of its owned-and-operated and franchised restaurants. And with that move, it has commissioned software firm SOTI to supply a proprietary OS to all those tablets to deliver a social media, web and gaming experience. McDonald's has ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    While owners of low-cost Fire tablets aren’t routinely characterized as extremely tech-savvy, and Amazon’s argument for ditching full disk encryption probably held up, the timing of the security-shrinking move wasn’t the wisest. Even if no one actually uses the feature, it feels weird to just give it up voluntarily, without so much as a heads up, when other companies’ execs are literally risking their freedom to protect it on every single iDevice around. But ultimately, Amazon appears to have listened to the voice of reason (and public scrutiny), yielding to the numerous security ...

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    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    It feels like Affordable Technology Week around these parts, doesn't it? We kicked it off Monday with our full review of Motorola's Moto G smartphone, kept the ball in the air Wednesday with a review of the same company's Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones, and we debated the sanity of "settling" for affordable mobile technology in this week's podcast. Now it's time to take the cheap talk to tablet town with a look at a product from Motorola's parent company, Lenovo. Having answered the question of whether you can survive on a $200 smartphone, we now turn to the question of whether you ...

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    Windows 10 is finally here!  While the Windows 8 interface was designed for the future of computing where software could recognize where your eyes were looking or understand your hand gestures in three dimensional space, people just aren't ready for that. We want that same old start menu that we've known and loved ever since 1995. Enter Windows 10, which brings a lot of backpedaling to the UI for those who just didn't get Windows 8's interface (of which there were many), but at the same time adds a "tablet mode" which retains many of the touch-friendly interface features of Windows 8. So ...

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    Apple's Tim Cook stated that he was optimistic about iPad sales, even though these have been on rough decline over the last couple of quarters. As a matter of fact, it's not just the iPad that's on decline, but really all tablets in a very proportionate manner. Today the IDC reveals some statistics for Q1/2015, and the results aren't to celebrate. The report claims that Apple still owns the tablet market with 26.8%, which amounts to the 12.6 million iPads that Cupertino sold according to the last conference call. This is down a whopping 22.9% when compared to how tablet sales performed for ...

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    The iPad is easily the most popular tablet series on the market. I have an iPad mini with Retina display, and there’s a good chance you probably have an iPad too. It’s not hard to imagine why; just like the iPhone, the iPad is elegant, beautifully designed, and dead simple to use. The app ecosystem is best in class, and there’s a ton of third party accessories, from cases to keyboards to docks and so much more. A lot of this is thanks to Apple’s huge status in the industry. Of course there are accessories, of course there are apps. Who wouldn’t want to get in on the best-selling ...

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    Tablets have proven to be a very odd product category, but then again, so were smartphones before 2007. Most of us that have been using smartphones and tablets since before they became popular remember how long it took for both products to gain traction, though the difference here is that smartphones have continued to grow, and tablets are oddly slowing down. New market estimates for the rest of the year aren't painting a pretty picture, and it seems the iPad is mostly to blame. IDC has already revealed its estimates for the tablet market by the end of this year, and its analysts are ...

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    I remember a time when a 4.3-inch display on a smartphone seemed absolutely absurd to most. My friends would ask me, "Why would anyone want a phone that big? I can do everything just fine on my phone." At that time, the average high-end smartphone sported a display that measured, diagonally, anywhere between 3.5- and 3.8-inches. An average person could palm any given phone and reach all four corners with their thumb without adjusting their grip of choking-up on the phone. Those days are but a faint memory now. Three years ago, when I was carrying a then-normal 4.3-inch smartphone, I ...

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    Personal privacy and device security are two ever-important concerns in an increasingly digital world. Where there is personal, private, and potentially important information being stored, there is always someone out there who seeks to use it for personal gain. Harmless or not, keeping your information and devices locked down is never a bad idea. It's always smart to keep wandering eyes out of your sensitive information, even if you have nothing to hide. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of ways to beef up security your mobile devices. Most of the security measures are ...

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    Taking photos is an activity practically everyone partakes in, whether it be for a profession, capturing an important moment, keeping track of vital information, or just for fun. Out of sheer convenience, smartphones have quickly become the go-to device for snapping photos for the vast majority of the population, and also because mobile camera technology has improved exponentially since the turn of the century. Smartphones often make rather amazing cameras, and they slip into your pocket much easier than their dedicated point-and-shoot counterparts. It may not be a direct comparison ...

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    The usefulness and practicality of iPads and other mobile tablets as true productivity tools has provided fuel for many debates. Can an iPad be more than a media consumption device? Can you get real work done with an iPad or Android tablet? Or will iPads and Android-powered tablets forever be relegated to entertainment devices best suited for the couch? Back in March and April, I tried to tackle these seemingly simple questions. Office for iPad had just landed after years of rumors. Frankly, Microsoft knocked it out of the park with its mobile, touch-friendly rendition of its globally used ...

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    Weather apps are a dime a dozen. Seriously, search "weather" in Google Play and dozens – maybe even hundreds – will pop up. But any ol' developer cam create a weather app that can display the current conditions and provide you with the forecast. But not every weather app is both functional and pretty. That's what LevelUp Studio, creator of popular Android apps like Plume and Beautiful Widgets, wanted to do. LevelUp released Bright Weather for Android back in May. It's a feature-packed, yet minimalist weather application that's simply gorgeous. Frankly, how polished, smooth, and ...

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    Both Android L and iOS 8 have been hot topics of late. Both developer previews have provided us with plenty to look forward to – third-party keyboards and sharing options in iOS, a new design language in Android L, built-in health and fitness features for both, and major improvements all around. Yesterday, we compared the Android L and iOS 8 developer previews, and while we understand these still are not completely finished versions of software, there are some things we'd like to change about each OS. There are things Google could learn from Apple and vice versa. Below, you will find ...

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    In the last month, both Google and Apple unveiled the upcoming releases for Android and iOS, respectively, through developer previews. Both companies announced new features which will reduce the friction between using multiple devices and operating systems. Users will be able to run Android applications on Chrome OS, as well as sync notifications from their Android phone or tablet when using a Chromebook. Apple users will have the ability to start a message on an iOS device and finish it from a Mac or even sync SMS to Messages on OS X. That's only the tip of the iceberg, though. Both ...

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    In the tablet space, Samsung is a quickly growing giant. Almost single-handed, Samsung has cut Apple's tablet market share in half – from over 60 percent in 2012 to 30 percent in Q1 this year – while snapping up 23 percent of the global tablet share in Q1. We never had any doubt this would be the case, even with how half-baked the first two or three generations of its tablets were. Take the original Galaxy Tab, for example. It was a 7-inch knee-jerk reaction to the iPad. It ran Android, of course, but it was a stretched version of the phone-based OS. Google had not yet developed a home ...

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    A while back, Taylor asked; Could you go tablet-only for a day? Many of us responded to that headline right away with something like, "yes, of course, my tablet is running Windows 8." Most of the Windows 8 tablets out there are fully capable of running all of the professional programs you might use on a traditional desktop or laptop computer. I've gone over a week tablet-only with any of the Windows tablets I've owned over the past 12 years or so. I still use a more-powerful desktop as a Media Center and another as a workstation in the office though. These days I use a Surface Pro 2 with ...

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    There's always this notion that whomever arrives at a market first, has the best possibility of dominating it. Sadly that works almost everywhere except in the tech world, as we've seen all the big smartphone and computer companies that ruled the world years ago now either underperforming, or dead. Such is the case of Apple's iPad, which was almost 8 years late to the tablet business, but that has dominated the market ever since. In a recent survey from JD Power conducted to over 2500 tablet users, iPads ruled the results not only in the amount of tablets in the survey, but also in the ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Office for iPad came with a lukewarm reception. Even though the apps do a great job in bringing productivity to the iPad, you can't really use them for free, and the paid subscription is definitely non-realistic for the average person. Aside from that, the apps were met with some criticism because they lacked certain key features necessary to actually make the iPad a productivity tablet, and Microsoft has decided to address them today. Microsoft has just updated Office for iPad with printing support, aside from other new features. This will allow you to use any ...

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