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April 2, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Archaeologists have found a clay tablet bearing the earliest known writing in Europe, a 3,350-year-old specimen, which makes it at least 150 years older than other known tablets from the region. Found in one of the palaces linked to Greece's King Nestor of Trojan War fame, the tablet not only is older than expected, but also appears at a site, called Iklaina, where researchers did not expect to find writing, said its discoverer, Michael Cosmopoulos of the University of Missouri-St.
November 3, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
With impressive specs, the Nexus 10 seems like a special tablet, at least on paper. When put through a real-world test, Google's latest tablet performed well for the price but not enough to brag about to friends. The Nexus 10 is the flagship high-end Android tablet of the season. It has a starting price of $399 for a 16-gigabyte model and features a 10-inch screen with a 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution and 300-pixel-per-inch (PPI) density. It sounds like a better deal than what you get from Apple for its $499 16 GB, 9.7-inch iPad, which has a 2,048-by-1,536 resolution and 264 PPI. But once in use, the Nexus 10 does feel like it's worth about $100 less than its Apple rival.
July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Poor Google. Best Buy stole its thunder. Prior to Google's press event, Best Buy revealed the new Nexus 7 tablet by making it available for pre-order through its online store very early Wednesday morning. The tablet is no longer available for purchase -- the website now says "Coming Soon" -- but users can still visit Best Buy's website to see what exactly Google plans to announce. Sam's Club and PC Connection are now displaying the new Nexus 7 tablet through their online stores too. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on So what exactly will Google reveal?
October 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google could be readying a Nexus tablet in partnership with Samsung, according to a report. NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told CNET the two tech giants were working on a 10.1-inch tablet. Shim said the rumored device's display resolution will be 2,560 by 1,600 pixels with a pixel-per-inch density of 299. That would be higher than Apple's third generation iPad retina display of 264 ppi. Earlier this year, Google released the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet to compete in the lower-end tablet market, so the company coming out with a larger tablet wouldn't be a big surprise.
February 9, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Hewlett-Packard Co. entered the crowded market for tablet computers Wednesday, unveiling the TouchPad, a device that would compete directly with the popular iPad from Apple Inc. The world's largest computer company also rolled out two smart phones, the Veer and the Pre3, that run on a mobile operating system it picked up when it acquired the handheld device maker Palm for $1.2 billion last year. The three products mark a shift in branding for Palm under HP's ownership. None of the new gadgets have the Palm branding included in their names, nor is the Palm logo to be found anywhere on the phones and tablet.
January 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is expected to unveil a smaller, 8-inch-screen tablet next month at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, according to a report. The rumored tablet is expected to be called the Galaxy Note 8.0 and rival the iPad mini, Nexus 7 and the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD. According to SamMobile, a news website dedicated to covering Samsung, the tablet will feature a 1,280-by-800-pixel resolution display, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front...
September 10, 2012 | By David Lazarus
We tackled the new Toys R Us tablet on Monday's KTLA-TV Consumer Confidential segment. The $150 device is intended for littles ones, but it's hard to see how it's all that different from grown-up gadgets. And at $150, why not just go for a new Kindle Fire instead? We also named the Internet's most dangerous cyber-celebrity, and announced that JC Penney will offer free haircuts for kids every Sunday, beginning Nov. 4.  
November 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You've seen all the specs, but how does that small tablet you're eying actually stand up? We took this holiday shopping season's top three mini tablets and put them under the microscope to figure out which is the best. Here's what we found. Books: iPad mini If you're going to buy a tablet for reading, then turn to the iPad mini. The Apple tablet isn't amazingly better than its peers - they are all great for reading - but it has one advantage over the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD: You can read books offered by all the app stores, iBooks, Kindle, and Google Play.
April 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Tablets are no longer just for those Pavlovian types who have to have everything first, according to a new study. And yes, it found that iPad is almost everywhere, but Microsoft might just come out of nowhere. Tablet ownership appears to be spreading from the early adopters, with 22% surveyed considered "laggards," those who will try only an established tech product, according to a survey by Javelin Strategy & Research. They are often shared among family members and used for more casual "layback mode" interactions.
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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