Notion Ink Cain

notion-ink-cainIn 2010, the Notion Ink Adam entered the market along with several other Android tablets. It was by no means a success, and the Adam II was sadly met with the same fate. Now the company is introducing a new Windows tablet with the Notion Ink Cain.

Yes, I suppose it is interesting that its sequel is called the Cain. Personally, it should probably be called the Able, because it sounds like “able”. Of course, he was murdered…by Cain. Anyway, this is tablet is a Windows tablet.

As far as I know, this is the first time a series of tablets has changed operating systems. I noticed that the Ink Cain has a detachable magnetic keyboard, kind of like the Surface. It has a 1.8GHz Intel Atom-powered processor, 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch screen, and 32GB of expandable storage.

If you want this, you should be able to get it for about $330.


Holy Grail Screen Protector is the Holy Grail of Screen Protectors

Holy GrailI honestly don’t know how I could avoid writing a headline like that. The term “Holy Grail” really gets overused, but it is the perfect name for any product from a company known as Sir Lancelot’s Armor.

I’m sure that most of you have a screen protector on your smartphone, but if you don’t, you should look into the Holy Grail. According to their website, this is one of the hardest screens on the Mohs scale of hardness with a 9. I believe that a 10 is a diamond, which means that the Holy Grail can take most hits without leaving any scratches.

I’ve got a video of it after the jump so you can see what kind of hits it can take, which include a hammer, drill, and knife. If you want to get on it, the Holy Grail is available for all kinds of smartphones and tablets for various prices on the Sir Lancelot’s Armor site.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet gets an upgrade

SONY DSCYou might remember when we first reported on the Nvidia Shield, and it looks like it has been given an upgrade. The Shield is a tablet-like device that is specifically designed for gaming, and this one is larger at 8 inches.

It also runs KitKat (Android 4.4), has a Micro SD expansion slot for boosting internal storage up to 128GB, and has both front and rear facing camera, not to mention speakers. Of course, it is the Nvidia Tegra K1 192-core chip that you want, which will make this Shield “the” tool for mobile and PC gaming. It will have 16 titles available on launch, and they will run like you are playing them on a console.

In fact, you can even put the Shield in a “console mode”, which is able to stream this tablet’s graphics to the TV via HDMI cable, with up to 4K resolution if the display will support it.

By the way, there is also a Shield controller, which looks like the PS4 and Xbox controllers have had an offspring. It is wireless, but it uses Wi-Fi direct, which means it has a faster response time. You can also use a Bluetooth controller if you want.

If you want the Shield Tablet at the end of this month for about $300. This is for the Wi-Fi only 16 GB version. The controller is an extra $60.

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Mead’s Trapper Keeper are being made for tablets!

trapper-keeper-collageI know that most people are into summer, but school has just begun for me. I am actually tutoring some students this semester, so I can’t help but think back to my own days of Trapper Keepers.

Yeah, most of us can probably remember Trapper Keepers, and they were and probably still are being used in a paper-filled society. Now that we live in a tablet and smartphone society, a company known as Kensington (which I have reported on several occasions) is making Trapper Keepers for the 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch tablets.

They are definitely hearkening back to the 80’s, pastel colors and all. They even have Velcro flaps, for crying out loud. These will be available when most schools start, in September, for a price of about $25 and $30.


Samsung to make a foldable tablet by next year

Samsung foldable displayI should probably give this a subtitle of: “Next year says that ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’.” I have heard about this foldable display technology before, and it looks like Samsung is planning to release one this next year.

Sadly, this is only one of those rumors, but I just like the idea of a foldable display. The rumor is that the foldable display will have three separate panels that can be essentially folded on top of each other. I just like that idea, seriously. Of course, I don’t know how thick that will be in your pocket.

It would be terrific to see if this ever comes out. Let’s just say that it does. I’m guessing I’ll see it next January at CES at Samsung’s booth. Hopefully not in the concept technology area, but stuff that will come out!


Microsoft unveils the Surface Pro 3

Surface-Pro-3It has been a while since Microsoft updated the Surface, so the sequel to the Surface 2 should be the Surface Pro 3. Yesterday, Microsoft had a big announcement with the Surface Pro 3.

With every new version comes some new features. In the case of the Pro 3, it is larger at 12 inches. It also has a lot of pixels at 2,160 x 1,440, which is the highest resolution of all the models. I’m not certain whether or not it is thinner than the last version, but it is 9.1 mm. Just so we can get any measuring dimensions out of the way, it weighs 1.76 pounds (800 grams).

Another new addition to this year’s model of the Surface is a new type of kickstand to hold the screen at 150 degrees. The keyboard is also bigger to match the screen, and its upper portion can fold up and attach magnetically to the tablet’s lower bezel. My Sources says that this feature makes the Surface Pro 3 be more like a laptop than ever.

One last feature is an included N-trig digitzer pen which allows for unlocking the Surface with a simple click on the top. There is no place to hold the pen on the device itself, but there is a strap-like thing for it.

If you want it, it will start at a price of $799.


Acer unveils the Iconia One 7, Tab 7 Tablets, and the Switch 10

acer-iconia-one-7In New York today, Acer made a big announcement about three particular tablets. I won’t go into detail about some other announcements like the smartphone, but here’s the info about the tablets.

I’ll start with the Iconia One 7 tablet, with a 7-inch LED backlit IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixle resolution. It features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with promises to update to Kit Kat. There is a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, MicroSD support, and 5 Megapixel rear camera.

The Iconia Tab 7 is something that I have been looking for a long time. I have been constantly saying that most tablets should just be phones, and this actually grants my wish with 3G functionality. It has a 7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, with KitKat. Other features are rear and front facing cameras, and 6 hours of battery life.

As for the Aspire Switch 10, it is a 10.1-inch Windows device that has some interesting forms. It is a tablet with a magnetic keyboard dock which is good for a tablet and clamshell laptop. Then there is hybrid modes: display, with the screen facing away, and tent, which is upside down.

All in all, I think Acer is pretty on the cutting edge when it comes to their tablets, honestly. I wouldn’t be surprised if we will see more tablets that are like it.

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Android tablets have now officially outsold Apple

foxconn-bigger-ipadI don’t know if you saw this coming, but Android has now surpassed Apple, at least in tablet form. A technology research firm known as Gartner has given a recent report saying that tablets for Android are 62 percent of the market share, and iOS iPads are now 36 percent.

I personally think this is kind of funny, because a few years ago, Gartner predicted that Apple would maintain its hold on the tablet market until 2015. So, who’s right now? No, just kidding. It is really hard to predict who is going to be on top a few years from now, much less a few months from now.

I suppose that the real winner of this is Samsung, which has increased to 336 percent in 2013 to have 19.1 percent share of the tablet market. I’m not going to say that Microsoft was the loser here, but their share of the tablets is 2.1 percent.


Commander 3D from flightdeck is glasses-free 3D

Commander 3DI am hoping that all you football fans will appreciate this football player, now that the Superbowl players are official. Yes, that was my attempt at being contemporary, as I would like to talk about CES 2014.

Yes, I know that was two weeks ago, but I’ll probably talking about it all year. Chances are, a lot of these products were introduced at the convention, and I’ll probably be reporting about them all year. I want to bring up something that I didn’t really see much of at CES 2014, and that is 3D. I remember after the movie Avatar, everyone was like 3D crazy, and it was all over CES 2010 and 2011. Not so much in 2014, but there was this Commander tablet, with glasses-free 3D.

The Commander is a 10.2 x 6.7 inch tablet, and it runs Android 4.0 with 1.5GHz dual-core and A9 processor. Now if only Samsung’s 12.2 Galaxy tablet has the same processing unit, the PowerVR SGX544, which is capable of converting 2D movies, vid clips, games, and photos into 3D, in realtime. Other specs include 2 Megapixel front camera, 5 Megapixel rear camera, SD card slot, and mini HDMI.

So how much is it? Well, it is $995.00 here. Yeah, that is pretty expensive, compared to other tablets of the same size, but not the same dimensions.

OnanOff Dock Minimal for Tablets

SONY DSCNow that CES 2014 is over and done with, I can get back to doing some of my favorite things: gadget reviews. Especially since a lot of gadgets that I will review were obtained at CES.

One of them is the Dock Minimal Tablets, from OnanOff. I briefly stopped by their booth at CES, and they really have a lot of cool stuff. You can see how the Dock Minimal works in the image, but this is really interesting as it is capable of many angles that I didn’t show. For example, you can do landscape view, or slap it on the side.

What makes this different is it can accommodate just about any tablet, and I am assuming that will do the Samsung 12.2 inch tablet. Yeah, that was unveiled at CES, and I may or may not do a hands-on review of that. For all tablets, there are some rack holders that you stick in the side to adjust for the thickness of your tablet.

As an added bonus, the rod that holds up the tablet at an angle can also be used as a stylus. Yep, it is that good. You should be able to get it on the OnanOff site for about $39.95.