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Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the new Nexus 7 and the aging iPad mini

If you're shopping for a smallish tablet, we wouldn't blame you for narrowing it down to the iPad mini and Google's new Nexus 7. But how do you choose between the two? Let Gizmag lend a hand, as we compare the specs (and other features) of the two mini-tablets.  Read More

The MagPen contains a magnet which is detected by the phone's existing magnetometers

The humble smartphone stylus may soon be gaining new features, thanks to a seemingly simple piece of technology. Developed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) PhD student Sungjae Hwang, the MagPen is essentially just a plastic tube covered in conductive tape, with conductive rubber tips at either end and a coin-shaped magnet inserted half-way down its length. Via a custom app, however, magnetometers already present in the phone are able to determine where that magnet is in relation to the screen, and respond with a variety of drawing and writing functions.  Read More

Today Google pulled back the curtain on the new Nexus 7, which features a cutting-edge 323...

If you're looking for a small tablet and you're working on a budget, then you can do much worse than the Nexus 7. After today, though, the Google and Asus mini-tablet just became a much better deal, with the arrival of a new second-generation Nexus 7 that gets upgrades in every nook and cranny.  Read More

The XO Tablet from non-profit One Laptop Per Child is to make its US debut through Walmart

For the last few years, non-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has been steadily producing rugged, low-cost, low-power connected laptops for children in the developing world. 2.5 million units and 60 countries later, and its latest learning package is headed for decidedly First World hands courtesy of Walmart. Made by Vivitar, the 7-inch XO Tablet features a unique Dreams interface that organizes content by aspirational topics rather than by apps. Everything has been checked for age-appropriateness by Common Sense Media, and parents get to control what their offspring are able get up to on the Android device, as well as keep tabs on learning progress.  Read More

Microsoft's Surface RT will get a touch-optimized version of Outlook 2013 as part of the u...

One of the problems with the Microsoft Surface RT and Windows RT in general, was the lack of a decent email client. While the Surface RT comes with Office Home and Student Edition installed for free, it doesn’t include Outlook. This leaves users with the bleak and underwhelming Mail app, or bouncing between web-based email accounts in IE. But Microsoft is about to patch this hole with the upcoming of release of the Windows RT 8.1 update.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the newly-discounted Microsoft Surface R...

When the Microsoft Surface RT launched last year, it was a hard sell at US$500. It ran an unproven software platform, had relatively few apps, and you had to pay an extra $120 or so to get its killer feature, the Surface keyboard cover. But with Microsoft recently dropping the Surface RT's base price, is it worth a second look? Let's see how it compares to another $300-something slate, the iPad mini.  Read More

A report from the far East suggests Apple has pushed back the release of the second-genera...

It was probably about three seconds after the original iPad mini launched, when the question was first asked: "How long until it gets a Retina Display?". For all of the current model's great features (premium build, light weight, compact form factor), its 163 PPI display isn't exactly cutting-edge. Rumors have been all over the place about the inevitable Retina upgrade, but a new report says that it may be showing up a little later than expected.  Read More

Global PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter, which marks the fif...

Here's one trend that's showing no signs of slowing down. The global PC market, which had already been in decline for four straight quarters, has now dropped for a fifth consecutive quarter. Will the bleeding stop? Or are we permanently shifting to an iPad-centric world of computing?  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Lenovo Yoga 11S, the flexible PC that now comes in a smaller package

It's no secret that Windows 8 hasn't exactly struck a chord with every desktop user. It makes sense, though, that the dual-natured operating system would be much more at home on dual-natured devices. You know, the kind that sit at the intersection of the desktop and mobile, like the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga. Join Gizmag as we put the new 11-inch model, the Yoga 11S, through its paces.  Read More

The 2013 Kindle Fire tablets will reportedly sport displays with resolution much sharper t...

It's a no-brainer that Amazon will announce new Kindle Fires later this year. The company unveiled new tablets at around the same time the last two years, so we'd be shocked not to see an upgraded lineup at around the same time in 2013. A new report, however, claims to shed some light on the details of those upcoming Kindle Fire tablets.  Read More

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