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June 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The confirmation has arrived. Tablet owners do describe themselves as self-important know-it-alls. Nearly seven in 10 tablet owners say they are more knowledgeable about current events than their friends, compared to nearly five in 10 non-tablet owners, according to an online survey by Wakefield Research. A greater percentage of tablet owners also said they have pretended to know about a news story to impress someone else -- 52% versus 27%.  The survey also found that half of women and a third of men have cried to mourn a celebrity's death.
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April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile announced that it will sell iPads capable of connecting to LTE networks at the same price as iPads that can only connect to Wi-Fi networks, essentially offering customers a $130 discount on the Apple tablets. The Seattle-based carrier said the special prices would be available for a limited time starting Saturday. Customers can get the discounted iPads, as well as other tablets, for nothing down followed by 24 monthly payments that vary depending on the tablet chosen. Under this promotion, for example, customers can get the LTE 16-gigabyte iPad mini with Retina display, which normally retails for $529, for a total of $398.88.
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July 2, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The big star of the Google I/O conference was the Nexus 7 tablet announced at the keynote speech Wednesday, and one of them arrived at our office Friday. At first glance, the Nexus 7's box looks surprisingly small for a tablet and more like an oversized container for a smartphone. But when you take off the cover, you find the 7-inch-screen tablet takes up the entirety of the box and actually looks like a pretty good-size device. The tablet, which is the first device to run Android Jelly Bean, takes a minute or two to get past the initial setup, but not too long after first being turned on, it's good to go. Google sent us an 8-GB version of the device, available to pre-order from Google Play for $199.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
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October 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The long-awaited pricing of Microsoft's Surface tablet has finally been revealed -- four months after the product was first announced. Microsoft said Tuesday it was taking pre-orders for its tablet, which starts at $499 for the 32 GB model that runs Windows RT, a lighter version of Windows 8 built for tablets. Prices go up to $599 for a 32 GB model that includes a cover with a built-in keyboard, and up to $699 for a 64 GB version with the keyboard cover, according to the pricing page.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
After seeming to have tabled its tablet dreams, ceding the market to Apple and Google, Microsoft has surfaced, literally. It has announced its entry into the mobile market -- the Surface. But tucked away below the surface were unannounced details such as price and battery life. What we did learn was that the Surface comes in two different flavors -- for Windows RT and for Windows Pro. The RT version is in both 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte orientations. Some of the distinctive features of the 9.3-millimeter Surface is its magnesium case with a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass display.
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July 31, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Apple may have sold 17 million iPads in the last quarter, but its share of the tablet market has slipped significantly in the last year, according to a new report from Frank N. Magid Associates, a research-based consulting firm in New York.  In a recent survey of 4,734 cellphone and smartphone owners, Magid found that 50% of people with a tablet have an iPad. That doesn't sound so bad until you consider that previously that number had been more like 72%. The slack was taken up by Amazon's Kindle Fire, which has jumped from zero to a 22% share of the market since it launced in fall 2011, Tom Godfrey, executive director of mobile strategy for Magid, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
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February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tablet, game console, smart TV -- the Snakebyte Vyper tries to be all three. With a video game controller, a wireless remote and a dock that connects to TVs, the Vyper is unlike other 7-inch tablets on the market. The gizmo is designed to be used like a traditional tablet when users have it in their hands, but can also be used as an entertainment system when it is plugged into its dock. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The dock sends the Android tablet's video signal to users' TVs through an HDMI cable, allowing them to stream content from apps such as  YouTube and Netflix and watch it on their large screens.
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August 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung posted a picture of a Windows 8 tablet on Facebook late Sunday, teasing that it will be revealed at a trade show in Germany that starts later this week. The South Korean company posted the picture on one of its Facebook pages with a caption  "Don't worry, it's just around the corner. " The image shows a tablet running Windows 8. Behind it is what appears to be a detachable keyboard, and toward the bottom of the picture, Samsung included "IFA 2012," a consumer electronics trade show that starts Friday and goes through Sept.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The Pantech Element isn't the best Android tablet on the market and it doesn't promise to be. But the Element is the only tablet I know of that can be dropped into a sink full of water or held under a faucet for a few minutes and come out unaffected -- two things I've done myself. For that reason, the Element is a tablet that appeals to my gadget-loving heart, though it didn't entirely win me over. While it may not be the most common of problems, nearly all of us know someone who has lost a cellphone, MP3 player or other gadget to water damage -- a pool, a toilet or a washing machine is often the culprit.
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March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a powerful tablet with a huge screen rivaling that of laptops. But don't think of it as replacing your laptop anytime soon. The South Korean tech giant has packed the Galaxy Note Pro with an enormous 12.2-inch screen and numerous software features meant to let users perform the same types of tasks that they could on a computer, such as running one app on top of another at the same time. Samsung says it made the tablet so users can be productive and look professional holding it. The tablet features Samsung's stitched faux-leather back cover that the company has begun to use on many of its products.
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March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has shifted its approach toward the tablet market in 2014, releasing a slew of new tablets geared specifically to those who want a device for getting work done. Leading the way is the company's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, a large device complete with a stylus and a high-resolution screen designed with professionals in mind. Going along with the productivity theme, Samsung has loaded the tablet's software with the ability to run up to four apps on the screen at the same time.
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February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
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February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tablet, game console, smart TV -- the Snakebyte Vyper tries to be all three. With a video game controller, a wireless remote and a dock that connects to TVs, the Vyper is unlike other 7-inch tablets on the market. The gizmo is designed to be used like a traditional tablet when users have it in their hands, but can also be used as an entertainment system when it is plugged into its dock. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The dock sends the Android tablet's video signal to users' TVs through an HDMI cable, allowing them to stream content from apps such as  YouTube and Netflix and watch it on their large screens.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Unless you buy your smartphones and mini-tablets in Mexico, the Caribbean or Central and South America, chances are you've never heard of InfoSonics Corp. The San Diego company designs, manufactures and sells wireless handsets and other devices, such as tablets, to other manufacturers, distributors and consumers. Its research and development center is in Beijing. The company also maintains a small quality-control office in Shenzhen, China, close to its manufacturing facilities.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Airlines love to push cushier seats, more legroom and seat-to-seat chatting to woo fliers to their brand, but what about tray tables? They're not the sexiest selling point, but new designs with electronic tablets  could change that. A company called SmartTray International is partnering with Northridge-based Satterfield Aerospace to develop tray tables for economy-class travelers that go beyond the so-last-century blocks of plastic on most planes today. "The only thing more abused on airplanes than travelers is the airline tray," SmartTray President Brian Queenin said Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals. Could this be a punt to Microsoft, which made a major investment in Nook Media, the Nook-focused unit that Barnes & Noble spun off last year? Even the experts don't know. "One thing still not clear from the announcement today: How Microsoft and U.K. publisher Pearson are looking at the Nook business," the Wall Street Journal writes . "The two companies own minority stakes in Nook Media....
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July 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Good luck getting a Nexus 7 - the Google tablet has sold out from many of the retailers carrying the device. The seven-inch screen device is Google'sfirst in-house developed tablet, and many have said it is the first true challenger to Apple's iPad. Now that sales have begun, it seems consumers might agree. The Nexus 7 has been available for pre-order from Google since it was unveiled last month, and recently other retailers have begun carrying the tablet on their sites too. But now most list the Nexus 7 as sold out, back-ordered or have a shipping wait time of a couple of weeks for the tablet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Continuing its efforts to provide every student with a computer, the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to distribute iPads to 38 more campuses, begin the process of purchasing laptops for seven high schools and buy as many tablets as needed for new state tests in the spring. In doing so, the board adopted the proposal of schools Supt. John Deasy rather than following the advice of an oversight panel that had recommended purchasing thousands fewer of the devices. The goal of the $1-billion effort is to provide a computer to every student, teacher and administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off Sunday night with Unveiled, the introductory event for the electronics convention. Numerous companies showed off their latest gadgets and software. To help you sort through them, here are our top five most eye-catching devices from Unveiled. 1) There were gadgets of all sizes at Sunday night's event. From Orbotix came Sphero 2B , a smartphone-controlled, two-wheeled toy said to travel 14 feet per second and leap three to four feet in the air. 2)
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