Consumers who order the new iPad Air from Apple online's store today can expect to receive it on Monday.iPad Air sales kicked off Friday in 42 different countries among a host of retailers. Shoppers can try to pick up the new Air through one of many brick-and-mortar stores. But those who go through Apple's online site won't have to wait long to see the new tablet at their doorstep.
Apple's iPad Air, which launches on Friday, won't be easy for DIYers to take apart.
iFixit on Thursday published its official iPad Air teardown, examining the device's internal components and determining how easy it is to take apart and fix. The company, which tears down a wide array of technology products, gave the iPad Air a repairability score of just 2 out of 10, saying that if the tablet is taken apart, there's a chance the device's glass could be damaged.
"Just like in previous iPads, the front panel is glued to the rest … Read more
The recent update of Google+ to version 4.2 came with a handful of new features. The primary focus of the update was on photos -- both editing and sharing them -- but the update also added a location widget.
This Google+ Location widget gives you quick access to the whereabouts of friends or family from your Android Home screen. It's also a lot faster than navigating through the Google+ app, which involves: opening the app, going to Locations, opening the list of friends sharing their locations, and then finding the person whose location you want to see.
Here'… Read more
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced that travelers will soon be able to use their smartphones and tablets (in airplane mode) and other electronic devices at all times during a flight.
The agency's press release noted that "passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their device during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions."
Travelers will still not be permitted, however, to make voice calls from their cell phones.
But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to use your gadgets at takeoff and landing on … Read more
The competition is starting to encroach on Apple's sacred ground of customer satisfaction.
The iPad maker has routinely emphasized the feel-good aspect of its product lines, against a more strictly econometric view of the world. A case in point:
"We are not solely focused on unit share as I've said many times, but we're focused on usage in customer's side, the loyalty and other things that are very important to us," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's fourth quarter earning call Monday.
So far that focus has worked out well for … Read more
If a recent Twitter leak proves accurate, Verizon could be making its own tablet.
EVLeaks, a Twitter page known for its accurate product image leaks, published a photo on Wednesday of what it claims, is a tablet Verizon is working on. The device appears to be running Android and comes with a 7-inch screen. It's known as the Ellipsis 7, according to EVLeaks, and comes with what appears to be an awfully thick bezel.
Beyond that, nothing is known about the Ellipsis 7, including features and release date. Still, Verizon already sells tablets from other companies, potentially putting its … Read more
Back in 2012, LG announced that it was putting tablet development on the back burner, focusing instead on smartphones. Since then, it has kept true to its word, and hasn't released a tablet since. That is, until now.
Available online and in Best Buy retail stores starting November 3, the G Pad 8.3 is a (you guessed it) 8.3-inch tablet with a steep $349.99 price tag. And though LG has been out of the tablet game for a while (in fact, back in 2012, it announced it was putting tablet development on the back burner to … Read more
Buyers of certain Samsung smartphones can now get a free Samsung tablet courtesy of AT&T.
As of Wednesday, October 30, AT&T will dole out a free 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet to anyone who buys a Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, or Galaxy Note 2. The deal is good for people who opt for the carrier's usual two-year agreement or choose AT&T's Next installment plan. It also requires that customers add the Galaxy Tab 3 to an existing AT&T Mobile Share plan for an extra $… Read more
One year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, Google has donated tablets to the victims.
Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, valued at over $2.7 million, to New Yorkers who were affected by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. The tablets are being placed in libraries, senior centers, business, and community centers, according to the governor's office, and will support a range of programs:
• Libraries will use the tablets in job training, work skills and English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages classes, and as e-reader loaners in the areas where libraries are not yet reopened.… Read more