Tablets

When I think of ASUS and Android, the first thing that comes to mind is their past portfolio of Android tablets. ASUS has been making Android tablets since the first wave of Android Honeycomb tablets hit the market. Back then, ASUS's point of differentiation from all the other Android tablets with essentially the same Tegra 2 hardware platform was their attachable keyboard dock. One could argue that ASUS really pioneered the 2-in-1 tablet form factor with their Transformer tablets. While ASUS continued to release a number of additional Transformer tablets with updated specifications for some time, it has been a while since we've seen any new high end tablets from the company. Recent offerings have usually been more budget oriented devices like the MeMO...

Microsoft Makes Cortana For Android Available As A Public Beta

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that their digital assistant Cortana would be making its way to iOS and Android in addition to its launch on Windows Phone and Windows...

12 by Brandon Chester on 8/24/2015

Understanding Intel's Dynamic Power and Thermal Framework 8.1: Smarter Throttling

In mobile, thermal throttling is effectively a fact of life as modern, thin tablets and smartphones leave little room for implementing high-performance fans. We can use CMOS scaling to...

31 by Joshua Ho on 8/21/2015

Understanding Qualcomm's ImproveTouch

Although the Xperia Z4 Tablet was announced as far back as MWC, it wasn’t until recently that the enhanced noise rejection of the touchscreen was really shown off. At...

13 by Joshua Ho on 8/18/2015

Qualcomm Details the Adreno 530 GPU and ISP inside the Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820 is still a mystery as far as official information from Qualcomm goes. However, today Qualcomm has given a bit of insight into their upcoming SoC. While there's...

62 by Brandon Chester on 8/12/2015

Google Redesigns Hangouts for Android With Version 4.0

Today Google shipped a major update to their Hangouts application for Android. Ever since Hangouts for iOS was updated to 4.0 a little over a month ago Android users...

30 by Brandon Chester on 8/10/2015

Google Commits To Monthly Security Updates For Nexus Devices

Security updates on mobile operating systems have typically been bundled inside larger patches that include other bug fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, the world of security exploits isn't tuned to...

41 by Brandon Chester on 8/5/2015

NVIDIA Initiates Safety Recall of SHIELD Tablets (Update: 4 Units Have Overheated)

NVIDIA sends word this morning that they are initiating a recall on the SHIELD Tablet. Being announced today and taking effect immediately, the tablets are being voluntarily recalled by...

30 by Ryan Smith on 7/31/2015

Samsung Announces The 8.0" and 9.7" Galaxy Tab S2 Tablets

Today Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S2, the followup to last year's Galaxy Tab S tablets. In our review of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 we ultimately...

49 by Brandon Chester on 7/19/2015

HP Announces Windows 10 Devices And Services

With Windows 10 coming in about two weeks, the amount of news from OEMs is ramping up as they prepare for the Windows 10 rollout. HP has some new...

15 by Brett Howse on 7/14/2015

SanDisk Announces iNAND 7232: eMMC 5.1, 128GB, and SLC/TLC

Today at MWC Shanghai, SanDisk announced a follow-up to their iNAND 7132 eMMC solution, the iNAND 7232. For those that are unfamiliar with the iNAND 7132, I would refer...

25 by Joshua Ho on 7/13/2015

Apple Launches iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan Public Betas

At this year's WWDC Apple announced that like OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan would go through a period where public betas were available to a certain group...

15 by Brandon Chester on 7/9/2015

The Dell Venue 10 7040 Review

When the first modern tablets were introduced to the market they were primary focused on facilitating content consumption. During the keynote where Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad, he...

47 by Brandon Chester on 6/30/2015

Google Updates Hangouts For iOS With A New Interface

Today Google shipped an update for their Hangouts application on iOS. The update brings the version number to 4.0, and rightfully so as it comes with a new design...

16 by Brandon Chester on 6/29/2015

Microsoft Introduces A 128GB Version Of The Core i7 Surface Pro 3

This weekend Microsoft introduced a new model of the Surface Pro 3. Like the existing two Core i7 models, this new version uses Intel's Core i7-4650U CPU. At $1299...

43 by Brandon Chester on 6/29/2015

Comparing Snapdragon 810 v2 and v2.1: More Memory Bandwidth, Higher Clocks

Around a few weeks before the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, I was digging through kernel source to understand Snapdragon 810 and some other Qualcomm SoCs. We...

81 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2015

Amazon Updates The Kindle Paperwhite

The venerable Kindle is one of my favorite tech devices. I owned the Kindle 3, but the obvious shortcoming was the lack of lighting, forcing me to use a...

53 by Brett Howse on 6/18/2015

Comparing OpenGL ES To Metal On iOS Devices With GFXBench Metal

In the past couple of years we've seen the creation of a number of new low level graphics APIs. Arguably the first major initiative was AMD's Mantle API, which...

34 by Brandon Chester on 6/15/2015

Apple Unveils Apple Music; Coming to Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android

At the end of Apple's WWDC keynote the company revealed their brand new music streaming service, Apple Music. Apple Music is the successor to Apple's existing streaming music service...

30 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

Apple Announces iOS 9 at WWDC

Today Apple has made a number of announcements relating to their three major operating systems. We've seen the announcement of WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, OS X El...

36 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

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