Category Archives: hardware news

Ematic Hits New Low With New $50 Dual-Core Android Tablet

Ematic has made a name for itself over the past couple years by releasing cheaper and cheaper tablets of questionable quality, and this week they reached a new low. Brad Linder of Liliputing tipped me to a new Ematic tablet that runs Android 4.4 on a dual-core CPU and only costs $50 at TigerDirect.

That price only comes after a $20 mail-in rebate, so it’s not strictly the retail price, but it’s still darned cheap. And even at $70 this is a cheap tablet, so much so that I would avoid it. Continue reading

Fire Phone Teardown Doesn’t Inspire Me to Buy One, But I Would Buy a Kindle Fire 3D Tablet

amazon fire phone 1iFixit has already got their hands on the Fire Phone (before it was supposed to ship) and they’ve posted their usual teardown photos.  This is one complicated phone.

When Amazon officially unveiled the Fire Phone with its 6 cameras, we all guessed that it would be more complicated internally than your average smartphone and it turns out that’s true. From the outside it may look like a slim black slab, internally the iFixit team found a veritable mess of cables, connectors, and glue. Continue reading

Google Chromebooks are Outselling Apple iPads in the Educational Market

ac-c7-promolanding-1[1]Apple released their annual report last night, and mixed in with the generally good news were a few misleading statistics.

With revenues of $37.4 billion for the June quarter, Apple generated a profit of $7.7 billion dollars. Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in the third fiscal quarter, up 13% from last year, and they sold 13.3 million iPads, down 9% from last year. Continue reading

Icarus Excel 9.7″ E-ink eReader Updated, Now Runs Android

icarus-excel-1The Dutch ereader retailer Icarus is back again today with their second device launch in as many weeks.

Icarus is launching a 9.7″ ereader called the Excel 2. It improves on the model launched last year with a faster CPU and more RAM, but it is still unfortunately using the same screen and touchscreen panel. Continue reading

New Leaks Show Nvidia Shield Tablet Ships on 29 July, Will Cost $299 and Up

nvidia-shield-tablet_01[1]Rumors have been circulating for a couple months now that Nvidia was going to release a gaming tablet to complement their Shield handhend gaming device, and over the past couple days a trio of leaks have moved this 8″ gaming tablet out of the maybe slot and firmly into the “why hasn’t it launched yet” category. Continue reading

Hisense Sero 7+ Clears the FCC

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A replacement for last year’s unimpressive Hisense Sero 7LT cleared the FCC this week.

With a slower but (probably) better CPU and more storage, the  Sero 7+ is a slight improvement on the Sero 7LT. The new tablet runs an unknown version of Android on a respectable 1.2GHz dual-core Rockchip CPU with 1GB RAM and twice the storage of last year’s model. Continue reading

Hands-On Video: Pocketbook 650 Ultra

620_pocketbook-ultra[1] The Pocketbook 650 Ultra is one of the more anticipated ereaders to launch this year, but it is still hard to come by.

I myself an still working to get my hands on one of these camera-equipped ebook readers, and until I do I will have to be content with hands on videos like the following. A Russian blog by the name of MegaObzor bought a Pocketbook 650 and posted a video earlier this week (found via AlleseBook.de). Continue reading

Tolino eBook Alliance Expands Internationally

Tolino-Shine-300x199[1]When the Tolino consortium was announced in March 2013 it was framed as a German response to Amazon and the Kindle, as 5 retailers and tech companies pooled their resources and put their support behind a single platform.

Today Tolino took on an international flavor. The Belgian retailer Standaard Boekhandel is joining the Tolino consortium, and it just launched a new ebookstore on its website. Continue reading