It’s been a long time since tablets were the up-and-coming hotness. Companies learned years ago that people just weren’t going to buy a new tablet every year—and that’s led some to abandon the form factor altogether. In fact, some of our favorite tablets from 2015 such as the Dell Venue 8 7000, the Samsung Tab S2, and the iPad mini 4 didn’t get updates this year at all.

Even with the fervor around tablets dying down, we got some fantastic tablets, especially in the 2-in-1 category. So here they are: the 10 best tablets of 2016.

10. LG G Pad X 8.0

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You may not have heard of the LG G Pad X 8.0 (which yes, is an unfortunate name), but it’s a new midrange tablet from LG available exclusively for T-Mobile. It works best as an e-reader, with the balance of a large screen and portable size you’ll find in an Android tablet. However, the Reading Mode makes late-night reading easy on the eyes, and the versatility of Android 6.0 Marshmallow lets you read e-books from almost any digital bookshelf out there including comics. It’s probably not going to blow you away, but at $240 with LTE connectivity, it’s a great value for what you’re getting.

9. Huawei Matebook

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Every device manufacturer has a 2-in-1 these days, and Huawei’s Matebook is the company’s first attempt at one. While the Matebook looks great in all respects—from the beautiful thin design to the brown leather case. As a tablet itself, it’s everything you’d expect from a device with a $699 pricetag. It doesn’t hold up quite as well in terms of the 2-in-1 aspect thanks to the wobbly case, but if all you’re looking for is a terrific Android tablet, the Matebook is a good (but expensive) option.

8. Asus ZenPad Z8

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On the far other end of the price spectrum is the ZenPad Z8 from Asus, exclusively for Verizon. It retails at just $149, making it the most affordable tablet on the list. It’s not going to impress you with its build quality or performance, but the ZenPad stands out in a market flooded with mostly junky midrange tablets. Without updates to budget-friendly tablets like the Nexus 7, Dell Venue 8 7000, or the NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1, the ZenPad Z8 takes the mantle on for cheap tablet that you won’t want to get rid of in six months.

7. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

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When you think tablet, you’re not usually looking in the $1000+ territory, but that’s exactly what the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is. In other words, it’s obvious that Lenovo didn’t make this device for the average person—it’s for business professionals who are dedicated to the ThinkPad brand. The truth is for that market niche, the 2-in-1 X1 Tablet is fantastic as a machine for getting work done. Like most 12-inch tablets, the X1 Tablet is a little big too really use as a tablet, but with its great hi-res screen, built-in projector, and Lenovo’s proprietary pen, it’s potential uses are countless. The X1 Tablet may not have many takers, but those who can afford it won’t be disappointed.

6. Huawei MediaPad M3

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We didn’t get an update to the universally-loved iPad mini 4 this year, but this competitor from Huawei does a great job of filling that hole. The MediaPad M3 is impressive at being what it claims to be: a tablet for consuming media. This 8.4-inch tablet has a beautiful hi-res display, perfect for lounging on the couch with your favorite Netflixshow or game. A premium 8-inch Android tablet that isn’t trying to also sell you a keyboard is surprisingly hard to find these days. The MediaPad has Huawei’s slightly tacky Android skin over it, but installing a Google launcher can solve a lot of that.

5. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

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Although we’ll soon be getting the Tab 3 Plus, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is an excellent little tablet, provided you like what Lenovo is doing with its tablet design language. In some ways, it’s just another 8-inch Android tablet—in others it’s unlike any one you’ve ever seen. Just pull out the kickstand and you’ve got the ability to project an image up on your blank wall straight from the back of the device. While it doesn’t project in 1080p or anywhere near 1000 lumens, the result is still impressive and unique in a remarkably small package.

4. Amazon Kindle (2016)

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While having everything on what device is great, there are some things that the Kindle can do that a traditional tablet will never be able to do. The battery life, readability, and easy connection to Amazon’s Kindle service makes it a product that stands out for those who read a lot, especially if they’re travelers. The newest Kindle doesn’t make any drastic changes to the formula, but it’s lighter and thinner than previous models, making it that much easier to throw in your bag.

3. Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510

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We didn’t get a new Surface or Surface Pro this year, leaving the window open for a company like Lenovo to offer its alternative. Late this year we got the IdeaPad Miix 510, a 2-in-1 Surface competitor that actually works wells as both a laptop and a tablet. With a Core i series processor, Windows 10, and a unique watchband-style kickstand, the Miix 510 is made for getting actual work done. At a starting price of only $599 (with an extra $130 for the detachable keyboard), the IdeaPad Miix 510 is the best 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet to come out in 2016.

2. Pixel-C

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Although technically the Pixel-C was released in late December, it really wasn’t available until 2016—hence it’s position on this list. The Pixel-C is Google’s first tablet, built ground-up by Google. Replacing the Nexus tablets, the Pixel-C is possibly the best designed and constructed Android tablet ever made. It’s got an all-aluminum finish, a really innovative magnetic keyboard attachment, and a beautiful hi-res display.

What’s more, Android has finally gotten better at multitasking, making the Pixel-C more useful than ever before. Hopefully we’ll see Google update the Pixel-C again soon with more performance and battery life, but for now it’s the best Android tablet you can buy.

1. 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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In just about every way that matters, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the long-awaited up to the iPad Air 2. It’s the traditional iPad size, but with all of the multitasking and power that came with with the massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That means it works with the Apple Pencil, new keyboard cover, and got a performance—all to make for a product you might just be able to get some work done on.

More than anything of that, though, the iPad continues to be the go-to tablet in a more general sense. Apple has pushed to make the iPad the premiere location for exclusive fullscreen apps that are built with the iPad in mind. The hardware and design are simply the best—and with the new splitscreen mode, it looks like the software is finally catching up too. In many ways, the iPad Pro is Apple following Microsoft’s lead with what it has achieved with the Surface Pro, but when you’re building on the foundation that is the iPad, it only sweetens the deal.

Author:  Luke Larsen

Source:  https://www.pastemagazine.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

$250 gift cards being bundled with Android smartphones, up to $100 being knocked off Android tablets by big retailers for Black Friday 2016

It’s a lot easier to find Black Friday 2016 deals for Android smartphones and tablets than it is for competing Apple products, so if you’re a fan of Google’s Linux kernel-based mobile OS or willing to give it a shot, then Best Buy, Target and others are more than happy to accommodate on Nov. 25.

Here’s where to look if you want to compare Android products to those from Appleor running Windows

Android smartphones

Verizon: $10/month for Android smartphones

Verizon is offering phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, Pixel Phone from Google and Moto Z Droid for $10/month for 24 months, 0% APR, which is a savings of up to $400 on these devices.

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Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge bundled with VR kit

Best Buy will sweeten the purchase of a new Android phone, which costs about $28 per month for 24 months under an installment plan, by tossing in a $250 store gift card PLUS A Samsung Gear VR viewer.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 VR kit bundles can be had at cut-rate prices for Black Friday 2016

Target: Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

Like Best Buy, Target is offering a $250 store gift card, plus a Samsung Gear VR headset. In addition, Target includes a $50 Oculus content pack to supplement the VR headset. 

Newegg: ZTE Axon Pro unlocked smartphone

This 5.5-inch Android phone comes in Gold, boasts 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a 13mp rear camera and 2mp dual-lens front camera. Online retailer Newegg is slicing the price from $400 to $250.

Samsung: Gear VR headset

Slap this 1-pound device onto your Samsung smartphone and start seeing things in 360 degrees. Samsung is cutting the price from $100 to $70.

Android tablets

Samsung: Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch tablet

Samsung starting on Nov. 18 will cut $100 off of this big-screen 16GB Android device with Wi-Fi support, bringing the price down to $200.

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Shopko: Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite tablet

Shopko’s Black Friday sales start online the day before Thanksgiving and online at 4pm Thanksgiving Day. Among the deals, this 7-inch Android tablet for $70, which is $60 off the regular price. It comes with 8GB of storage and can be expanded via a 32GB microSD card.

Meijer: Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0

Marked down from $120 to $70, plus you get a $20 store gift card tossed in. Android device features 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and a 7-inch screen.

Sam’s Club: Samsung 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab A tablet

This Android tablet bundle, for $189 ($100 off), comes with 16GB of internal storage, plus a 32GB microSD card. The tablet weighs a bit more than a pound and boasts a 2mp front-facing camera and 9mp rear-facing one.

BJ’s Wholesale Club: Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet

BJ’s is offering this 7-inch Android tablet with 16GB of storage, plus a bonus 16GB microSD card, for $90, which is $50 off the regular price. BJ’s is offering this deal from Nov. 18 through Nov. 29, though stores are closed on Thanksgiving.

Staples: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7-inch tablet

Staples, whose Black Friday 2016 deals start online on Thanksgiving day, is cutting the cost of this Android device with 8GB of storage by a third to $100

Kmart: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7-inch tablet 

This Android device with 8GB of storage regularly goes for $150, but Kmart is selling it for $100 and including $50 of Shop Your Way Reward points to use at a later time.

Staples: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch tablet

The office supplies retailer is knocking $70 off of this 16GB Android tablet, which is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor.

Toys R Us: Polaroid Wi-Fi tablets

Yes, Polaroid makes tablets, too! The toy store is offering Polaroid 7- or 9-inch Wi-Fi tablets for $30 ($30 off) and $40 ($30 off) respectively. The tablets run Android and come with 8GB of storage.

Walgreens: Polaroid 7-inch tablet

Walgreens might not be the first place you think of to buy tablets and Polaroid might not be the first manufacturer you think of either for this item, but Walgreens is cutting the price of Polaroid’s 7-inch tablet to $30, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive one, you don’t have much to lose here. The Android device comes with 8GB of storage.

Walmart: RCA 7-inch tablet

Walmart is cutting the price of this Andoid device from about $50 to $28. Add a folio or bumper for $8.

Source : http://www.networkworld.com

Author : Bob Brown

Categorized in Social

Android has had some exciting new additions to its device line-up this year. From Google's new Pixel phones to Kodak's first move into the smartphone market, Android is continuing its dominance as a leading OS.

Android does, however, seem to have a security problem – even if its reputation isn't entirely accurate, and especially compared to how people view iOS. This is one of the reasons Android is so hot on security, and why Google has made it a key feature of all Android apps thanks to its “Application Sandbox”. This means that even if malware is accidentally opened, it is forbidden to access any other apps on a device.

Android's Adrian Ludwig recently revealed more about the software's security features in a series of blog posts and during a talk at this year's inaugural WIRED Security event.

And if you want to boost your device's security even further, we round up the top Android apps to do just that below. Alternatively, if you have an iPhone or iPad, here are the best iOS apps for data protection.

1Password

If there's one simple way to stay safe, it is to change your passwords, though it can get confusing remembering the different passwords to each account. 1Password does the hard work for you by remembering everything. All data is encrypted, so the app keeps the information safe and allows you to sign into your favourite sites with one click. Free

Applock

Applock is a secure Android-specific app which locks all your important apps up, including Facebook, Whatsapp, Gmail and Settings, to prevent unauthorised access to private data and guard privacy settings. Free

Find Your Phone

Should you ever lose your Android device, Find Your Phone is a new feature. By searching ‘find my phone’ on any Google browser, you can locate your phone, lock and call it, secure your account and leave a callback number on the screen for the person who finds it.

Google’s director of Android Security, Adrian Ludwig, explains how it works.

my Secure Mail

This universal email client allows people to manage an unlimited number of mail accounts from various providers. My Secure Mail keeps all your emails in one place and ensures they are safe using encryption and password-protected sign ins. Free

NordVPN

If you've never used a VPN before, it is a way to keep all your online activity private by encrytping all the data coming in and out of the device and securing all internet traffic. The new NordVPN Android app re-routes and encrypts all internet traffic to make the connection private and secure. Free

Signal

The encrypted messaging and voice-calling app Signal is a sure-fire way to communicate safely on an Android device. It provides end-to-end encryption to secure all communications and the app can also verify the identity of who people are messaging, as well as the integrity of the channels they are using. Free

Tor Messenger

Similar to Signal, Tor Messenger is a safe and encrypted way to have private conversations. It's a cross-platform chat app that is secure by default and sends all messages over Tor Network. The ChatSecure app allows you to send communications across Tor. Free

Source : wired.co.uk

Author : AMELIA HEATHMAN

Categorized in Social

MOBILE technology such as smartphones and tablets are giving scammers fresh ways to steal your money.

Researchers say there are 25 million mobile services in Australia, more than one per person, with smartphones owned by 90 per cent of households and tablets owned by 60 per cent. It’s rich pickings for fraudsters who are mainly based overseas.

“Scammers are getting better at what they do,” says Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Delia Rickard.

“We have had more calls already this year about scams than all of last year.”

STAY VIGILANT ... ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard says scam reports are up this year. Source: Supplied

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The ACCC’s Targeting Scams report found that phone and text message scams remain the most common delivery method, although a large proportion is still through landline phone calls that typically target older, vulnerable consumers.

One-third of all victims have been targeted by scammers through social media sites.

“Scams delivered online, including email, internet and social networking platforms, account for $37.6 million or 44 per cent of losses for reports identifying the scammer contact method,” the report says.

Rickard says SMS scams typically ask you to respond to an offer and result in you being charged high call rates or subscriptions.

“Tablets and smartphones are not impervious to scams and malware,” she says.

Older Australians hit by investment scams

The most likely way to get your mobile device infected is to download apps from non-official channels, Rickard says. Consumers should stick to the official iTunes and Android app stores and always allow devices’ security updates.

“Be wary of free downloads such as music, free apps, games and downloads from adult sites, which often contain harmful software,” Rickard says.

Making tap-and-go credit card payments with smartphones opens another channel for scammers, so it’s important to keep your device protected by passwords and security updates to it being used as a free credit card.

People’s Choice Credit Union CEO Steve Laidlaw says people sometimes forget that they now carry supercomputers in their pockets.

“Just like any computer, mobile devices are at risk of attack by hackers,” he says.

POCKET SUPERCOMPUTERS ... People's Choice Credit Union CEO Steve Laidlaw says mobile devices are at risk just like PCs. Picture: Stephen Laffer Source: News Corp Australia

“By installing security software, turning on the safety features of your device, activating login authentication on the device, SIM card and voicemail and by making sure Bluetooth is turned off when you’re not using it, you’ll help secure our personal information.”

Laidlaw says you should be careful when banking and shopping online, and never open attachments or links in emails or SMS messages from unknown and unexpected sources. Spelling and grammar mistakes can be a big giveaway in scam messages sent to you, he says.

“Avoid using free public Wi-Fi when sharing personal information online as these networks are not secure, and are easy for hackers to access.

“If you’re at the airport, in a cafe or on public transport, be aware of what’s on your screen and what is visible to others. Criminals can observe passwords and other private details from your screen without you knowing, so consider a privacy film for your device.”

Source : news.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

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