Hey, Verizon And Motorola, I Want My Ice Cream Sandwich

Hey, Verizon And Motorola, I Want My Ice Cream Sandwich

Reader GC owns an Android tablet purchased from Verizon Wireless. Customers were promised that the device would receive an update to the latest version a newer version of the Android operating system, called Ice Cream Sandwich, by now. The promised update has come for the larger version of the tablet, the Droid xyboard, but not for its little brother. Sure, GC could jailbreak the device, but why do that and void the warranty when the update was supposed to be here by now? [More]

Would You Entrust The Safety Of Your Online Information To A Wave Of The Hand?

Would You Entrust The Safety Of Your Online Information To A Wave Of The Hand?

The future is here, folks. Soon it’ll be just like we imagined as kids — holodecks, computers as thin as thin can be and there better be some hovercrafts arriving soon. But even as technology marches on, there are certain things we might feel a little bit squirrelly about doing away with. Like our online passwords, which are pesky to remember but ultimately safeguard all our online information. Intel is banking on our annoyance with keeping track of passwords with its new tablet software that grants access via a biometric sensors. [More]

Toys 'R' Us Releasing Tablet For Kids So Yours Won't Get As Smudgy During Epic Angry Birds Sessions

Toys 'R' Us Releasing Tablet For Kids So Yours Won't Get As Smudgy During Epic Angry Birds Sessions

My six-year-old nephew, who is of course perfect, is forever taking control of his mother’s iPod Touch in order to show me his latest conquest in Angry Birds or some game involving vegetables and zombies (which clearly go together). Because his mom is a saint of a woman, she doesn’t seem to mind when he smudges up the screen with his eager, ketchup-covered fingers. But in case you’re not a saint, Toys ‘R’ Us is hoping you might want to shell out some dough just to get your tablet kid-free with its new offering. [More]

There's No Good Reason Why ASUS Would Steal My Broken Power Cable

There's No Good Reason Why ASUS Would Steal My Broken Power Cable

When he had problems with his ASUS tablet dock, he packed up the dock and its power cable and sent it off to ASUS for some loving warranty repair care. Both the dock and the power cable had separate, seemingly unrelated problems. He suspected this might cause some confusion at ASUS, so he was sure to clarify that both parts had their own issues. He had not anticipated that the dock’s cable would disappear somewhere between his house and when the equipment was checked in at ASUS repair. [More]

What’s The Difference Between A Tablet And A Netbook? Tiger Direct Doesn’t Know

What’s The Difference Between A Tablet And A Netbook? Tiger Direct Doesn’t Know

Buying refurbished electronics can be a money-saving way to get like-new items at a great price. Or it can be a money-losing nightmare of defective products, wrong parts, and missing accessories. Guess which category Ralph’s recent purchase of a tablet from TigerD irect falls under? The fun began when they shipped him a netbook instead of a tablet PC…and couldn’t get anyone to understand the difference. [More]

7 RMAs Later, Asus Still Won't Replace My Tablet

7 RMAs Later, Asus Still Won't Replace My Tablet

Richard just wants a working tablet. He’s sent his Asus Transformer in for repair seven separate times. It’s usually for variations of the same issue, but Asus’s records disagree. Handy, because those different service records mean that as far as Asus is concerned, the tablet hasn’t come in over and over for the same issue, and doesn’t need to be replaced. [More]

Toshiba Thrive Tablet Cracks While Being Held: Sorry, That's Your Fault

Toshiba Thrive Tablet Cracks While Being Held: Sorry, That's Your Fault

Alex writes that his five-month-old Toshiba Thrive tablet cracked, sort of under its own weight. Is that possible? Maybe. Stranger things have happened to electronics. But everyone he’s talked to at Toshiba doesn’t think so, and they’re acting like it was accidental damage. [More]

How Hard Should I Try To Give Back Someone Else's Tablet?

How Hard Should I Try To Give Back Someone Else's Tablet?

Last week, Brian received a package from the ASUS repair center. It was a freshly repaired tablet, the same model that he owns. Except he hadn’t sent his in for repair lately. Someone else’s address appeared on the return merchandise authorization (RMA) form inside the box, but the label on the outside had Brian’s information. He wonders: how much time and money should he invest in getting this package home when Asus doesn’t particularly seem to care? [More]

Asus: No, Your Tablet Is Totally Supposed To Draw Jagged Lines

Asus: No, Your Tablet Is Totally Supposed To Draw Jagged Lines

Sita’s Asus tablet cost about $1,400, and the purpose of it was so she could work on her art wherever she happens to be. She has this crazy idea in her head that to serve that purpose, the tablet should let her draw smooth lines. Or at least lines that don’t look like a seismograph during an extremely minor earthquake. Asus doesn’t agree, and they insist that there’s nothing wrong with the tablet. [More]

Archos Sends 'Refurbished' Tablet Full Of Scratches, Fingerprints, Porn

Archos Sends 'Refurbished' Tablet Full Of Scratches, Fingerprints, Porn

Marsha and her fianc√© have a long-distance relationship right now. Normally, that wouldn’t be relevant, but that it means that by the time he bought an Archos Android tablet for her, configured it, and sent it to her on the other end of the country, she was past the ten-day return window Staples allows. When her tablet wouldn’t connect to the Internet, she had to turn to Archos for a warranty replacement. But instead of grabbing a tablet for her from the “refurbished and restored” pile, they grabbed one for her from the “scratched, dirty, and full of porn” pile. [More]

How iPads Might Crush Offices' Wireless Networks

As iPads continue to grow in popularity, their prevalence in the office could not only sap productivity but push WiFi networks to their breaking points. Because the tablets are less efficient at picking up signals than laptops, they tend to put more of a tax on networks. As the iPad 3 release looms, researchers say businesses may need to triple their WiFi coverage in order to handle an an office iPad influx. [More]

California To Require More-Efficient Chargers For Mobile Devices

California To Require More-Efficient Chargers For Mobile Devices

In a move that will likely have a huge ripple effect in the mobile device accessory market nationwide, the California Energy Commission approved the nation’s first ever energy standards for the chargers you use to power up everything from your phone and tablet to your power drill. [More]

Just Because People Are Buying Tablets Doesn't Mean They Are Paying For News Content

Just Because People Are Buying Tablets Doesn't Mean They Are Paying For News Content

With its large touch screen and comparable size to a folded up newspaper, some in the news business had hopes that the tablet computer would usher in a new era of customers willing to pay for access to news content. But a new study shows that — at least so far — it just isn’t so. [More]

Adventures In Ordering A Clearanced HP TouchPad

Adventures In Ordering A Clearanced HP TouchPad

RIP, HP TouchPad. A long time ago–well, about three months ago–HP claimed that their WebOS-based tablet would be the greatest on the market. Now, our tipline is buzzing with customers clamoring to get their hands on a TouchPad tablet: not because it’s a hot tech toy, but because the product’s being discontinued, and retailers dumping them for $100 or $150 depending on storage capacity. [More]

Android Market Update Allows Ebook Buying, Movie Rentals

Android Market Update Allows Ebook Buying, Movie Rentals

Thanks to a beefed-up Android Market, Android smartphones and tablets are now more versatile, allowing for direct ebook purchasing and video rentals. You could do similar things before on Android phones — such as buy ebooks through the mobile Kindle app and stream Netflix — but now Google is attempting to cut out the middle man. [More]

Friskies Debuts Free iPad And Android Games For Your Cat

Friskies Debuts Free iPad And Android Games For Your Cat

It’s a scientifically proven fact that cats love iPads, or at least love to smack things around that move. A few app developers have capitalized on this trend, making games specifically designed for cats. Some cats think that touchscreens are the greatest thing since feathers on a stick. Supposedly, touchscreens are tougher than claws, so the devices won’t be damaged. In a brilliant marketing move, Purina, maker of Friskies, ran with this idea and has created free Android Tablet and iPad games for felines.
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Consumer Reports: Apple iPad 2 Is A "Very Good Choice"

Consumer Reports: Apple iPad 2 Is A "Very Good Choice"

Our more computer-savvy cousins over at Consumer Reports are out with their first look at Apple’s iPad 2, and tester Dean Gallea has pronounced it a “very good choice” if you’re looking for a tablet computer. [More]

Apple Offers $100 Refund To Recent iPad 1 Buyers

Apple Offers $100 Refund To Recent iPad 1 Buyers

If your luck and sense of timing are such that you went and bought an iPad shortly before Apple announced the iPad 2 is on the verge of hitting shelves, Apple wants to hand you $100 in pity cash you can use to mop up your tears. [More]