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Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is available to pre-order in the UK from £119

Posted by wicked June - 3 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Amazon launched its Fire HD Kids Edition tablet in the U.S. last year September, and now the global retailer has decided to finally launch the kid-friendly 6-inch tablet in the UK. Amazon has bundled a protective case, two-year ‘Worry-Free’ guarantee and 1 year’s subscription to its Fire for Kids Unlimited service with the tablet.

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The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is available to pre-order from Amazon themselves or the UK retailer, Argos, for £119 for the 8GB model. The 16GB version will set you back £139. Amazon has said orders will begin shipping from June 18th. So, what will you be getting for your £119/£139?

Specifications:

  • 6-Inch IPS display; 1280 x 720 resolution and 252ppi
  • Quad-core processor. 2 cores @ 1.5GHz and 2 cores @ 1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB internal storage
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • 3.5mm Audio jack
  • 2MP Rear-facing camera
  • VGA Front-facing camera
  • 8 Hour battery life

Being a tablet aimed at being used by kids, one would think that there’s going to be a few mishaps with the device, either being dropped or submerged in water, maybe even being sat or stood on. Luckily, the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet comes with a pre-installed protective case that looks like it can withstand a fair amount of abuse. And if that isn’t enough, the 2-year ‘Worry-Free‘ guarantee covers the tablet for any mishaps, all you have to do is return the tablet and Amazon will replace it for free.

Amazon has also included a 1-year subscription to its Fire for Kids Unlimited service, offering content for 3-10 year olds ranging from apps, books, videos and games. Yes, it even has educational games.

 

Source: Amazon

 

Full Press Release:

 

Fire HD Kids Edition—the kids tablet that has it all, including the first-ever 2-year worry-free guarantee—now available in the United Kingdom
Unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee—if anything happens, return it and we’ll replace it for free—no questions asked

A real tablet, not a toy—a quad core processor for powerful performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, Dolby Digital Audio, and access to Amazon’s world-class content ecosystem

Don’t worry about the bill—comes with the content kids love at no additional charge—thousands of books, videos, educational apps, and games in Fire for Kids Unlimited

Luxembourg—3rd June, 2015—Amazon today announced Fire HD Kids Edition, its first tablet built from the ground up for kids (and their parents) is now available in the United Kingdom. Fire HD Kids Edition is built around three ideas:

Despite best intentions, kids break things—Fire HD Kids Edition has an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it. No questions asked.
Parents don’t want to worry about the bill—Fire HD Kids Edition includes a year of Fire for Kids Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to thousands of books, videos, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost.
Kids want a real tablet, not a toy—the Kids Edition features a quad-core processor, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, Dolby Digital audio, and access to Amazon’s world-class content ecosystem of over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books and more.

Fire HD Kids Edition is £119 with 8GB of memory and £139 with 16GB of memory, and is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.co.uk/kids-edition-tablet.

“Fire HD Kids Edition offers the best of both worlds for parents and kids,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU. “With the 2-year, no-questions-asked, worry-free guarantee, and Fire for Kids parental controls, parents can rest assured that the device is well protected and that they’ll never be surprised by a bill, unwanted ads or social media posts. And, with a year of the Fire for Kids Unlimited subscription, kids can choose from thousands of books, videos, educational apps, and games – including many classics and favourites.”

Fire HD Kids Edition includes a year of Fire for Kids Unlimited, Amazon’s all-in-one subscription that brings together all the content that kids and parents love—books, videos, educational apps, and games. Fire for Kids Unlimited has the content kids want, including favourite characters like Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Avengers, Mickey Mouse, Dora the Explorer, The Penguins of Madagascar, Shaun the Sheep, and many more.

Fire HD Kids Edition also comes with Fire for Kids, which offers innovative parental controls that encourage learning before play and that help manage screen time. With Fire for Kids, parents select all of the content their kids can see, and parents can limit kids’ screen time by content type—for example, they may choose to limit videos and games, but make reading time unlimited. Fire for Kids blocks stores and in-app payments, so parents don’t have to worry about additional expenses, and blocks unwanted advertisements and access to social media.

Dave Miles, European Director of the Family Online Safety Institute, the leading not-for-profit for guiding parents on how to use technology in their families, said: “We are excited to see this product released in the UK and commend Amazon for its efforts in building something with parents’ needs and safety in mind. Amazon’s attention to parental controls and the screen time balance makes Fire for Kids an ideal service to help families while teaching their children to use technology responsibly.”

Fire HD Kids Edition is just £119 with 8GB of memory and £139 with 16GB of memory, and is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.co.uk/kids-edition-tablet. It will start shipping to customers on 18th June and will also be available for purchase from Argos and www.argos.co.uk.

 

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New ASUS tablet cover offers 5.1 surround sound speakers

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

ASUS zenpad tablet coversASUS has announced a handful of new tablet covers for their ZenPad 8.0, including a crazy 5.1 surround sound speaker system integrated into a case. The case contains 6 speakers for that full surround sound experience, and can run for up to 6 hours on a single charge.

It’s definitely a unique case, but for someone that watches tons of movies on their tablets it’s a fantastic idea.

ASUS also announced a few other cases at Computex, including a power case with a built-in battery, a Zen case that comes in multiple colors, and a fashion cover that makes the ZenPad 8.0 look like a clutch.

Too bad we never got this kind of accessory support from ASUS with the Nexus 7.

source: Engadget

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Asus announces ZenPad S 8.0 and three other tablets at Computex 2015

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Today at Computex, ASUS announced the ZenPad S 8.0, along with three other tablet solutions. Today is a big day for Taiwanese manufacturer, already revealing the ZenWatch 2 this morning.

Asus’ Zen line has seen quite a bit of popularity, whether it be in their smartphones, laptops or smartwatches. Now, the company is capitalizing off of that popularity and creating a new tablet brand, the ZenPad line, which will include 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch solutions. Not only that, but each of the four announced tablets will have their own LTE model.

ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA)

The 8-inch tablet (pictured above) is a high-end solution, featuring a gorgeous 2,048 x 1,536 (324-ppi) IPS display. As you might see in a lot of Asus’ recent devices, packed inside the ZenPad 8.0 S is a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580, paired with 4GB of RAM. Between the display and the performance-grade hardware, users should experience nothing but speed and efficiency with this new solution from Asus.

Some other bits and pieces you can find in this particular tablet are a 8-megapixel snapper on the back, a 5-megapixel solution on the front, 16GB or 32GB base storage options, a USB-C slot, and a 15.2Wh battery. The inclusion of USB-C will be interesting to see down the road with Android M’s USB Type-C features. In the meantime, the ZenPad S 8.0 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus’ standard Zen UI.

ZenPad 8.0 (Z380)

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Asus’ ZenPad 8.0 is largely a budget solution, touting a sub-par 8.0″ 1280×800 IPS LCD panel, an Intel Atom x3 processor, 1 or 2GB RAM options, 8GB or 16GB base storage options, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 15.2Wh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The ZenPad 8.0 does feature an array of accessories that not only look nice, but also add some much needed features. Asus says the Zen Case will be available in “five sleek or vivid colors and features a fine leather texture.” Users wanting more protection will want to opt for the Zen Clutch, a “sophisticated carrying and protection solution for ZenPad 8.” There’s also the Audio Cover and Power Case, adding 5.1-channel surround speakers and an extra 15 hours of battery life, respectively.

ASUS hasn’t mentioned anything about pricing or availability just yet, so it’ll certainly be awhile before we see any of their tablets in stores, much like how long it took users to get their hands on the ZenFone 2, especially in the US.

You can check out the rest of Asus’ announced tablets in the press release by hitting the source link below. What do you think of this new line of tablets from Asus? It’s exciting to see them offering solutions all over the spectrum–from high-end to low-end. There’s nearly a tablet for everybody here. Be sure to let us know in the comments.

source: Asus

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NVIDIA posts system requirements for GRID

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier today, NVIDIA took to its website and published the system requirements for its GRID game streaming service. The platform calls for a broadband connection with a speed of 5-10 Mbps for 720p streaming and 30-50 Mbps for 1080p.

For those who haven’t heard of GRID, it’s essentially Netflix for games. The service allows you to stream the latest and greatest PC titles to your NVIDIA Shield console or tablet in Full HD via Wi-Fi.

To find out more, hit the source link below.

Source: NVIDIA

 

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Hands on with Project Tango at Google I/O 2015

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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One of the projects Google has been working on long term is Project Tango, a technology designed to replicate the way we sense the three dimensional world on a computer device. Google has been using a tablet to pack in sensors and cameras that feed the Project Tango software. The end result is an ability to create a digital map of the world on three dimensions.

Google notes that this technology could be used for mapping buildings for use by others who cannot be present in the building or for something a little less serious, like gaming. Given the virtually “live streaming” speed that the software can map a space, Google could also use it for applications that need the ability to sense the world in real-time – think driverless cars or maintenance bots in space.

TalkAndroid got to spend some hands on time with the latest version of Project Tango at Google I/O 2015. Check out the video below and then look back at Google I/O 2014 to compare where the technology was a year ago.

Be sure to continue to watch TalkAndroid for more coverage from Google I/O 2015.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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HBO NOW is finally coming to Android, with Chromecast support

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The keynote speech is underway at Google I/i 2015, and one of the first things that Google’s SVP, Sundar Pichai, announced was that Apple’s exclusivity deal with HBO NOW is coming to an end.

Although he hasn’t given an exact date, Sundar Pichai said that the HBO NOW streaming app would be coming to Android as well as sporting Chromecast functionality. Now that’s news that should make all you cord-cutters happy.

Check out our complete Google I/O 2015 coverage

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Project Tango development kits now available for $512, no invite required

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

project tango dev kitGoogle’s Project Tango is an interesting concept, but it hasn’t been widely commercially available up until this point. The development kit for the tablet started out with a pricey $1,000 price tag before Google cut it down to just $512 in April of this year. While that made the kit much more affordable, you still needed an invite to actually buy the tablet.

Today, that last requirement has been dropped, so anyone who wants a Project Tango development kit can pick one up for $512. It’s obviously not a tablet that the average consumer has any business buying, but if you’re a developer that’s interested in 3D motion and depth sensing, it’s nice to be able to buy one of these without having to jump through hoops.

Hopefully this means we’ll start to see some new uses for Project Tango. Google’s off-the-wall ideas like this always struggle to gain traction, and part of that is likely because the devices aren’t readily available, like Google Glass. If developers can’t get it and consumers can’t buy it, it puts the device in an endless cycle over which side of that equation is going to adopt the tech first. Maybe Project Tango can avoid that with moves like this from Google.

source: Google

via: Android Authority

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Verizon taking pre-orders for LG G4 tomorrow, phone to ship before June 4

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Starting tomorrow, Verizon customers can place orders for two new devices from LG. Too make them more enticing, the carrier will offer a discount.

Exclusive to Verizon is the Ceramic White option with 3D patters, along with the global Metallic Gray and Genuine Black Leather rear panels. Customers can go into select retail stores belonging to the carrier and experience the G4 for themselves. Verizon plans to have the G4 shipped prior to its in-store release on June 4.

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The Verizon Edge program has the G4 available for $22.91 per month for twenty-four months while the full retail price is $549. Verizon is also including a free 32GB microSD card, extra battery, and battery charging cradle.

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The other device from LG being brought to Big Red’s lineup is the G Pad X8.3. This new tablet has an 8.3-inch display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, an octa-core processor, and dual stereo speakers. And, like the G4, the G Pad X8.3 has Android 5.0 Lollipop running right out of the box. The Edge monthly payments on it are $12.49 and the full retail price is $299.

Verizon has the following promotions when purchasing the G4 with other LG devices:

  • G Pad X8.3 for $49 (normally $129)
  • G Pad 10.1 for $99 (normally $149)
  • Watch Urbane for $299

Source: Verizon

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Google’s Roboto font is now totally open source

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Roboto font first appeared with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich way back when in October 2011, becoming the stock font for Google’s apps. Since then, we’ve seen the Roboto font become the stock typeface for Chrome OS, and now Google’s signature font has become open source.

What do we mean by open source? Well, it means that the Roboto font and everything related to it is now available to tinker with on GitHub. Google has also included a revamped font production toolchain that is completely based on open source software. The Roboto font includes all Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters, bringing the number of glyphs provided to more than 40,000. If you’d like to create your own interpretation of the Roboto font, here is its GitHub listing.

Don’t forget that Google I/O 2015 starts tomorrow (May 28th) and that your can keep up with all the Google I/O 2015 news right here.

 

Source: Google

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Google Play Store updated to version 5.6.6, brings minor changes [APK Download]

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It’s the day before Google I/O 2015 begins, and the Play Store app is the recipient of a minor update, bumping it to version 5.6.6. There are some layout changes as well as some groundwork laid for the rumoured Kids Accounts that is rumoured to be announced in the next day or two.

The changes in layout involve standardising the alert dialog boxes. According to Googler Kirill Grouchnikov, ” it was also time to switch to consistent layout alignment and order of buttons everywhere in the app“. If you take a look at the main image, the older layout is on the left, with the latest layout on the right. It’s a subtle change but noticeable.

As for the rumoured Kids Accounts, Android Police’s teardown of the Play Store app revealed strings of code that show how download limits will be enforced for kids, with searches limited to age-appropriate material. It would also appear that authorisation will be needed every time a purchase is made, this includes IAP’s (In-App-Purchases).

You can download Pay Store version 5.6.6 here if the update hasn’t reached you yet. You can check out the rest of our Google I/O 2015 coverage here.

 

Source: AndroidPolice

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