Acer Iconia One 8 Clears the FCC

acer-iconia-one-8_02It looks like Acer is going to be adding a new 8" model to its Iconia One line of budget tablets. The Acer Iconia One 8 was announced at IFA Berlin earlier this month but only cleared the FCC today.

According to details shared by Acer, this tablet features an 8" display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a quad-core Intel Z3735G BayTrail chip, but there's no way to tell yet just how much RAM or storage will come with this tablet.

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New Kobo Aura H2O eReader Clears the FCC, Has Wifi and a 6.8″ Screen

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The drought of news about new US ebook readers ended today with the discovery that Kobo's next ebook reader has made an appearance on the FCC website.

Kobo (or rather their hardware partner Netronix) has taken the sensible precaution of placing most of the useful info under an embargo, but there were a few nuggets of information scattered across the filings. Continue reading

Cybook Ocean 8″ eReader Clears the FCC

cybook ocean fccBookeen's much delayed 8" ebook reader showed up on the FCC website this morning, bringing it one step closer to being officially available in the US.

The FCC paperwork doesn't really add anything to what we already knew about the  Cybook Ocean, but it does give us a look inside this ereader. It also tells me that the microSD card slot is accessible under a panel on the rear of the Ocean. Continue reading

Microsoft Doubles Down on a Bad Idea: New Windows RT Tablet Clears the FCC

Like any microsoft surface tablethuge company, Microsoft makes a lot of mistakes. It's almost inevitable, given their many activities.

Sometimes, as in the case of the Kin phone, Microsoft realizes their mistake fairly quickly and cancels the product. But that doesn't always happen; sometimes there are products like Windows RT tablets, when Microsoft not only doesn't realize their mistake but instead decides to repeat the mistake over and over again. Continue reading

Today’s Net Neutrality Ruling Could Throw a Wrench in Amazon’s Gadget Plans

An appealsfcc-logo court in the District of Columbia ruled today that the FCC's net neutrality rules, which prevent ISPs from favoring one source of internet traffic over others (example: Youtube vs Amazon), are invalid. The ruling is 81 pages long, and has big implications for content providers, consumers and the future of the internet. Continue reading

Boogie Board Sync Clears the FCC – Expected to Ship in Time for Christmas

Improv Electronics' boogie board synclatest digital writing slate showed up on the FCC website this week.

The Boogie Board Sync has a 9.7" cLCD screen (cholesteric LCD). It is one of Improve Electronics' larger writing slates, and it is the first to feature both internal storage and Bluetooth, which will enable writers to sync their notes with a smartphone or tablet. This makes the Sync a 3-trick pony, which is a major improvement on the first Boogie Board. Continue reading

Sony Bucks the Trend – Xperia Z Ultra 6.4″ Tablet Clears the FCC

For the past sony xperia z ultra18 months or so phablets have been the hot gadget, with Sony, Samsung, LG, and other device makers releasing smartphones with larger and larger screens. This trend is so hot that many are speculating that even Apple will release a large-screen iPhone, though of course that is just wild speculation at this point. Continue reading