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If you’re in the market for a new tablet you may want to check out eBay or Best Buy. Currently they both have the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch WiFi tablet on sale for $120 cheaper than they normally are. That’s right instead of $359.99 you’ll get the tablet for $239.99. However there’s just one small detail you’ll need to know.

That detail? They’re refurbished, meaning they aren’t brand spanking new tablets. They are Geek Squad certified though, meaning they’re as close to new as possible. Typically — at least according to Best Buy — most of the Geek Squad certified devices come from customer returns. From there, folks from Geek Squad give it a once-over, then its given to agents who put it through other tests before these devices are sold.

If that isn’t enough, it comes with a one-year limited warranty, so it’s as if you’re buying the device like new. If you decide to buy the devices you’ll be getting a 10.5-inch tablet at 2,560×1,600 resolution, 16GB of storage with up to 128 GB of extra storage via a microSD slot, an Octa-core Exynos 5 processor, 3GB of RAM, an 8MP rear shooter with 2.1 MP front facing camera onboard and Android 4.4 KitKat (though it looks like it’s in the process of getting Android 5.0.2).  It also comes with a fingerprint scanner and stereo speakers.

So while they may be refurbished, you’re getting one hell of a deal at two-thirds the price. Hit the source links below to snag one, but you’d better hurry, there’s no telling as to when this sale will be over.

source: Best Buy, eBay

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Acer announces its first Android gaming tablet

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Acer have been pretty busy lately. It has now officially announced its first Android gaming table, which the Taiwanese company states goes hand-in-hand with its Predator PC’s. The slate, which has been rather aptly named the Predator Tab, is set to go on sale in Quarter 4 of 2015.

Unfortunately, we have no solid information with regards to specifications, but we do know that the device will pack an 8-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quartet of front-facing speakers and an aluminium unibody design.

Check out the full set of press shots below:

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Samsung starts updating Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with Lollipop

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 should be on the lookout for a notification letting them know an update is available. Samsung has started rolling out the update to Android Lollipop for the WiFi version of the tablet. This update is hitting about one month after Samsung started updating the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Lollipop. Like the update that went out for that larger device, Samsung is basing this update for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 on Android 5.0.2.

Like most major updates these days, Samsung is deploying the update in a phased manner, so it may take a little while before it shows up on user devices. The update will be available over-the-air or through Samsung Kies.

source: SamMobile

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Acer unveils two new tablets aimed at students

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Hot on the heals of its CB3-531 Chromebook unveiling earlier today, Acer has now announced two new tablets, which are geared towards students in full time education. The Iconia Tab 10 and Iconia One 8 pack everything a student could possibly need to stay productive both in and out of the classroom.

Hit the break for a list of their specifications.

  • 10-inch/8-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage
  • SD Card Reader
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • Adreno graphics

If you’d like to take a gander at the full press release, hit the source link below.

Source: Acer

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Dixons Carphone iD Network Welcome

It seems that everyone is busy announcing new mobile networks lately, what with Google unveiling its Project Fi network yesterday in the States, and now we have Carphone Warehouse (CPW) taking the covers of its iD mobile network in the UK. Just like Google, CPW has decided against the great cost of building its own mobile network infrastructure and has instead partnered with the Three Network.

So what is the iD network all about? CPW says the new network will offer greater flexibility in terms of plans and avoid the issue of Bill Shock by providing controlled and capped monthly payments. Users going to Europe will also be able to use local networks thanks to iD’s roaming plans that most likely work just like Three’s current Feel at Home roaming service. And, in a move away from the trend of only offering 2-year contracts, the iD network will offer 12-month contracts with 4G data coverage.

The iD network will apparently kick things off with a series of market-leading, introductory offers with the first Mega plan being the Samsung A3 handset on a 12-month contract with 300 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of data for £19.50. The iD network will go live from May, so there isn’t long to wait at all.

It’s difficult to see exactly how the iD network will fit into the volatile UK landscape, especially since the network it is piggybacking off, Three, is itself supposed to be a budget-oriented operator. Another reason being that the value-for-money Giff-Gaff service provider piggybacks off the O2 network, which is now owned by, you guessed it, Three. It’s all getting a little convoluted. If you want to learn more about the iD network, we have the full press release just below and remember you can visit the iD Mobile site to register your interest.


Full Press Release:

London 23 April 2015: Today, Carphone Warehouse announces iD, a new mobile network that is built around what the customer wants and addresses consumer frustrations with current mobile phone plans.

iD – available from May and operating on the Three network – will launch with a set of market-leading, introductory offers promising the mobile user increased contract flexibility, greater access to free data roaming and the best value 4G available on the UK market.

Commenting on the launch, Graham Stapleton, UK CEO at Carphone Warehouse, said: “We’ve been listening to our millions of customers’ network requirements and desires for years. In doing so we have identified some common challenges. People want greater flexibility from their plans and are fed up with the ‘one size fits all’ approach. In fact, a recent study by Which? found that overspend on mobile phone charges in the UK amounts to £5.42billion each year – showing just how many people aren’t on the right plan for them. We are also a generation obsessed with the mobile internet and accessing data and services on the move – things people are either paying too much for or just aren’t getting. Addressing these challenges forms the basis of the first wave of plans from iD.”

At launch, the new network will solve three core customer frustrations:

  1. Bill Shock – for those who want to make the most out of their money and like the reassurance and security of a standardised bill each month; delivered through controlled and capped plans at the lowest price on the market
  2. Uncertainty when using your phone abroad – for those who travel abroad frequently but are hindered by inflexible plans. iD’s roaming plans cover more European countries than anyone else
  3. Flexibility – 12 month contracts for those who want great value 4G, with the flexibility of shorter term commitment

Graham continues: “This is just the beginning. We know that there are lots more customer issues and frustrations with existing mobile plans that we’re eager to tackle. We want this network to be focused on the individual and we will continue to listen to customers over the coming months, asking them to help develop and evolve iD.”

iD is the first major initiative from Dixons Carphone and will be available to customers from May 2015 via all Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World stores, as well as online channels. For more information and to register interest visit

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The Galaxy S6 has been available to purchase for a couple of weeks now, and if you haven’t read Rob’s review of it yet, you can catch up here. The review said that the Galaxy S6 was ‘knocking on the door of perfection‘, this bodes well for the upcoming Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 because today’s leak says that it will sport a Galaxy S6 inspired design. More details after the break.

Along with the news about its design inspiration, @OnLeaks also leaked the dimensions of the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch. With dimensions of 237.17 x 169.58 x 5.5mm the 9.7-inch Tab S2 will be unsurprisingly shorter and narrower than its larger 10.5-inch predecessor. The Tab S2 9.7 will also be 0.9mm thinner. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 display is rumoured to use a 4:3 aspect ratio, which will please some folks whilst angering others. Today’s leak more or less confirms the previous leak back in February, with the added news of the Galaxy S6 inspired design.

It’s believed that the range of Galaxy Tab S2 tablets will be officially announced in mid-2015, which isn’t too far away now. Whether or not we will see the Tab S2 9.7 with a metal and glass construction is anyone’s guess, but it sure would be good to see something different from what we are used to seeing.


Source: @OnLeaks

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A officially announced for the American markets at $230

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Samsung has officially announced the arrival of the Galaxy Tab A with a metal chassis for the American markets. The device will be available from May 1 starting at $230

The hardware onboard the tablet is less than flattering, although the device seems to be a decent budget ranged offering from the Korean manufacturer. The series comes in an 8 inch and 9.7 inch avatar with the latter costing $300.

Samsung is currently taking pre-orders for the tablet through its official retail site in the U.S. During launch, the tablet will be available via Best Buy, HH Gregg and Amazon as well.

As far as the hardware specs are concerned, both sizes of the Galaxy Tab A feature an underwhelming display resolution of 1024 x 768, while there’s a 1.2 GHz quad core processor to handle the heavy duty tasks. Other specs of the tablet include a 5MP camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 4,200 mAh battery on the 8 inch variant while the 9.7 inch model gets a slightly larger 6,000 mAh pack.

All variants of the Galaxy Tab A will be supplied with 100GB of OneDrive cloud storage for a period of two years along with access to apps like Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Samsung is also selling a special variant of the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 with a S-Pen stylus included for $350. This variant will be available starting May 17.

Catch the press release below for more details on the two tablets.

Connect to All You Need with the Samsung Galaxy Tab ANewest Galaxy Tablet Series connects you to your Galaxy and beyond

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) today announced the introduction of the new Galaxy Tab A™, delivering an assortment of benefits to better connect with people, entertainment, work and more. Featuring an extremely thin design, the Galaxy Tab A™ is a lightweight portable tablet for everyone in the family.

“This latest addition includes some of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, while streamlining connectivity,” said Gary Riding, senior vice president, Mobile Computing at Samsung Electronics America. “The tablet will let users connect to everything that matters, from family members, friends and colleagues, to work and entertainment content, as well as other smart Samsung devices.”

The Galaxy Tab A™ is designed to fit seamlessly into your life through useful features, from letting kids learn in Kids Mode*, a fun and safe environment, to providing a personalized tablet experience in Multi User Mode. The Galaxy Tab A™ is the perfect fit for every member of your family both young and young-at-heart. Additionally, the tablet’s 4:3 aspect ratio and Adaptive Display ensures the optimal viewing experience, automatically adjusting color gamut, contrast and sharpness to content on the screen — making it a great tablet for reading, watching a movie or surfing the internet.

For those looking to create and connect with more, the Galaxy Tab A™ lets you do so with ease through a range of features. Multi Window allows for easy multitasking, and with Microsoft Office for Android you can review and save changes to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on your tablet. Plus, with an additional 100 GB of storage on Microsoft OneDrive™, complimentary for two years, you can keep all of your favorite photos, videos and documents in one place. The Galaxy Tab A™ also comes loaded with a variety of Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts from the world’s leading premium mobile content and service providers, available for free via download and chosen to make your experience with the device even more enjoyable. Additionally, Samsung’s Milk Music™, a streaming radio service that’s an instant and fun way to discover and play the music you want to hear, will come pre-loaded on the tablet.

Featuring a range of tools such as Quick Connect, SideSync® 4.0 and Smart Switch, the Galaxy Tab A™ makes it easier than ever to share your content across most Galaxy devices, while connecting and controlling your Samsung ecosystem.

Available for pre-order from major retailers and at starting today, Galaxy Tab A™ will be in stores nationwide, including Best Buy, HH Gregg and Amazon starting on May 1. Consumers will have the choice between the 8.0-inch Galaxy Tab A™ at $229.99 and the 9.7-inch version at $299.99 – both offered in White, Smoky Titanium and Smoky Blue. Additionally, a 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab A™ version in Smoky Titanium will include an S-Pen for $349.99 and will be available for sale starting May 17.

For more information, please visit

*Kids Mode downloadable from Samsung Galaxy Essentials

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The ‘texting thumb’ injury is becoming more common thanks to increased smartphone usage

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Repetitive stress injury

Smartphones and tablets have so many uses, from texting to playing games on them, using them as e-readers or sat-nav devices, and sometimes, just sometimes, we even make phone calls on them. A well-known side-effect of these electronic devices is that people can often become more interested in what is on the display they are holding and not what is going on in real-life. But the side-effect we are going to discuss today though is where smartphones and tablets are impacting on our thumbs and wrists, as explained by Dr. Dori Cage, an orthopedic surgeon in San Diego.

The condition is called ‘texting thumb’ and it is the result of spending too much time tapping on a smartphone or tablet display. The repetition of the tapping action takes its toll on our thumbs and wrists, leading to a repetitive stress injury (RSI). Dr. Cage says that she first saw the injury in a patient with a suspected torn tendon in the hand. The cause of the injury was spending too much time playing Candy Crush Saga.

“Any action…you do over and over again, you can overdo it.” Dr. Cage said.

There’s no need to pick up the pitchforks, this isn’t some anti-technology rant ending with the advice that we go back to knitting or perhaps whittling a piece of wood. The fact is that this isn’t a new type of injury at all. It’s just becoming more common because most of us use smartphones and tablets in our daily lives. Repetitive stress injuries have been seen throughout the ages in people doing old-fashioned tasks such as needlepoint, knitting, tailoring, sending telegraphs and yes, even whittling pieces of wood. The injury can occur anytime that you are using your hands to perform a repetitive action.

How can we tell if we already have signs of this ‘texting thumb’ or repetitive stress injury? If you have noticed that your hands are painful, your thumb feels strangely weak/numb or your wrist is in discomfort, you should probably put the device down for a while or at least swap hands. Just as an example, my other half has recently discovered that her thumb is quite sore, the result of holding her tablet for extended sessions whilst reading. Now she is having to hold her smartphone and tablet differently to give her strained thumb a well-deserved breather.

One way to minimise the risk is to try to hold your devices differently, either change hands or rest the device on your knee or another surface. Another method is to change how you interact with your device, i.e. if you usually tap with your thumb, why not try tapping with your index finger for a while. Basically, you need to change things up, alternate the actions to lower the risk. Another method is to use a virtual assistant such as Samsung’s S-Voice or the Ok Google command on your Android device, although I’m unsure how it will help when playing Plants vs Zombies…

It should go without saying that if your thumbs, hands or wrists give you pain while using your device, then you should probably make an appointment with your doctor to see what avenues of treatment are available to you. In the meantime, let’s be careful out there people. It might be interesting to count how many times you tap the display during the day and then see if you can use your other hand or fingers to lighten the load on your dominant hand or thumb.


Source: U-TSanDiego
Via: Engadget

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Download and manually install the Android 5.1 OTA update for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013)

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


The Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013) was posted earlier, so it’s no surprise the official over-the-air (OTA) update is now ready for your downloading pleasure.

It’s fairly easy to flash and you don’t have to lose your data. Check out our extensive guide, which will help you each and every step of the way.

If you happen to already know what you’re doing, then we have the download link (directly from Google) below.

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX22G to LMY47O (5.1)

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Android 5.1 factory images now available for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, And Nexus 7 LTE 2013

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Android 5.1 is slowly making the rounds and next up is the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 7 LTE 2013. Factory images were posted for all three, and the actual OTA update was captured for the Nexus 4.

Flashing a factory image is really easy, so be sure to check out our extensive guide which will guide you every step of the way. If you happen to have an unlocked bootloader, you don’t even have to lose your data. We show you how to do that as well.

source: Google Developers

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