There have been photos and vague rumors hinting that Apple’s next iPads will involve more than just a speed bump, but there hasn’t been much in the way of hard evidence… until today, that is. Hamza Sood has uncovered code in the iOS 8.1 developer beta that alludes to unannounced iPads with Touch ID fingerprint readers and, appropriately, Apple Pay support. Don’t think that you’ll be tapping your iPad to pay for goods at the local shop, however. From all indications, this is just for in-app transactions; there’s no mention of NFC. It’s also unclear when this new iOS version will arrive, although history suggests that the new iPads (and thus the finished 8.1 update) could surface in October.
Looks like the next iPad is getting Touch ID pic.twitter.com/HuqrJrYE58
– Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) September 30, 2014
Via: Cult of Mac
In addition to announcing its smartphone plans had been put on ice, Tesco said at the start of September its second-generation Hudl tablet would be revealed in a matter of weeks. And today we’ve received a not-so-subtle invite from the supermarket chain for a morning event on October 3rd. Considering the invite is blazoned with the hashtag #Letshudl, it’s pretty clear we’ll be introduced to Tesco’s next tablet on that date, and we’ll be there to bring you the news. The supermarket’s dedicated Hudl page now has a new section where you can register for updates on the Hudl 2, and a colour-changing banner also suggests the device will arrive in multiple hues, or will at least have several vibrant cases. Tesco already let slip the second-gen slate improves “on just about every area of its predecessor, from screen size to speed, design and accessories.” One of the Hudl’s best features was its low price-point, so let’s hope this successor continues that trend and isn’t marked up so Tesco can actually make some of the money it’s been pulling out of thin air.
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Rumors about a HTC made Nexus 9 tablet have originated all the way back to earlier this summer, and perhaps before. Recently, NVIDIA accidentally leaked/confirmed its existence through legal documents; last week we heard that tell of an October 16 release date. It seems that the rumor mill is still just wants to keep spinning, as we know have an article from Wall Street Journal (WSJ) about the Nexus 9.
Though still a rumor at this point, the WSJ is a pretty significant source for a rumor. According to source, “Google selected HTC over more experienced tablet makers like Samsung to make its upcoming 9-inch Nexus tablet.”
Whether the “people familiar with the matter” are trustworthy remains to be seen so take this with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to see the WSJ give some credence to these rumors.
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Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus device have swirled for some time, but only recently have details of a possible next-generation tablet started to become apparent. Not long after NVIDIA inadvertently leaked that the Taiwanese company is linking up with Google to launch the Nexus 9, the Wall Street Journal has added even more credibility to reports by stating that HTC engineers have been regularly flying to Google’s Mountain View HQ in order to finalize the 9-inch device. As part of a patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung earlier this month, NVIDIA revealed that it would be providing the muscle for the Android L-powered slate, which is expected to feature its Tegra K1 processor and launch within the third quarter. However, we’re now just over a week away from the end of September, so it looks increasingly likely that we’ll see something official next month. Remember, Google has a history of scheduling events in October.
Via: The Verge
Source: Wall Street Journal
So far you have seen the new Fire HDX and the Fire HD Kids Edition. Here is the all new Fire HD. It packs in a lot of the same features are the Fire HD Kids Edition minus the case, worry free guarantee and 1-year of FreeTime Unlimited.
As you can see, the Fire HD this year pulls out all the stops in color choices with white, cobalt, magenta, citron and the more traditional black. It packs a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, Corning Gorilla glass, front and rear cameras and Dolby Digital audio.
Customers have a number of choices to make beyond the main specs as the new Fire HD is offered in a 6-inch or a 7-inch option (1280 x 800) with or without Amazon special offers on the lockscreen/screensaver and in 8GB or 16GB storage. That affects your price points as well. Your basic 8GB toting 6-inch variety in any color with special offers starts at $99. Same scenario with the 7-inch is $139. Go for the larger storage and no special offers you are looking at $134 for the 6-inch and $174 for the 7-inch.
No matter what you choose though you get unlimited cloud storage for all those photos for free. You also get the ability to set up family profiles, and Amazon exclusives: X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Prime Instant Video Downloads and more. Battery wise though they list it as just 8 hours of reading. That will vary depending on your use.
Amazon is certainly pushing hard this year in the device department. Have any of the new ones caught your eye enough to buy? What will it be, the new Fire HD, the Fire HD Kids Edition or maybe the new Fire HDX? Hit the links below if the Fire HD is of interest, but don;t expect it to ship until October.
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If we were to cherry-pick one major fault from our NVIDIA Shield tablet review, it would definitely be the slate’s storage space — 16GB just isn’t enough for a device built for gaming and media consumption. If you were holding off until the company put out a larger capacity version, your day has come: NVIDIA just announced that the 32GB LTE variant of the Shield is now available for pre-order. $399 buys the unlocked LTE tablet in its own right, but NVIDIA tells us that AT&T will be offering it for $299 on contract.
We dropped by NVIDIA’s Santa Clara offices for a quick demo earlier this week and found exactly what we expected: last month’s gaming tablet with lighting fast wireless connectivity. Naturally, like most LTE devices under ideal conditions, it performed admirably — successfully streaming games from NVIDIA’s GRID and a remote PC over the cellular network. The company is also announcing the availability of three new Tegra K1 optimized games: Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad and Broadsword: Age of Chivalry. Sounds good, but you’ll have to wait until next month to play if you’re ordering today — new tablets don’t start shipping out until the September 30th.
SimCity hasn’t been on mobile devices for a while — the last title surfaced way back in 2010. You’ll get another crack at metropolis building pretty soon, though, as EA has quietly teased SimCity BuildIt for Android devices, iPhones and iPads. Details are scarce right now, but it’s already apparent that this will be a big, big visual upgrade over the last incarnation; you’ll see 3D graphics that more closely resemble SimCity‘s recent reboot than a cut-down phone release. We’ve reached out to EA for a launch date and more info on the game mechanics. However BuildIt works, we’re just hoping that it fares a lot better than its desktop counterpart.
Remember those hints of HTC returning to tablets? Yeah, the cat’s out of the bag. As part of its patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA has revealed that it expects a Tegra K1-powered “HTC Nexus 9″ sometime within the third calendar quarter of the year. That would theoretically put the launch sometime before the end of September. However, don’t get your hopes up for a release that soon. HTC just sent out invitations for a “double exposure” media event on October 8th, and there’s still no guarantee that the Nexus 9 will surface at that gathering. Given that the slate is supposed to be running Android L, any unveiling will likely hinge as much on Google’s progress as it does HTC’s.
Source: NVIDIA (PDF)
If you happen to own one of Dell’s Venue tablets, you now have an easy way to put its content on a bigger screen. Dell has just launched the Cast, a simple stick that lets you link your slate to any HDMI-equipped display. You can either mirror your screen directly (much like Chromecast) or use the larger panel as a makeshift desktop, including multiple web browser windows. Shades of Motorola’s Webtop, anyone? The add-on is available now for $80, although you may need to be patient depending on your choice of platform. Only Android-based Venue tablets can use the Cast right away. You’ll have to wait until later this year to pair it with Windows-based models like the Venue 8 Pro.
Looking for a new, stable and regularly updated slate to develop on? Intel has your back. The company says it’s been working with Google to create the “Intel Reference Design for Android,” a developer tablet designed to help device manufactures and developers get their products to market as fast as possible. “What we’ve done with Google is defined a list of components,” Intel’s Doug Fisher explained. “And then Intel builds a complete operating environment, a complete stack on top of that device.” The partnership and pre-approved components allows Intel to promise that its reference tablets will pass Google Media Services standards, making it easy for OEMs using the device as a base to do the same.
Intel is dedicated to keeping the program’s software up to date, too — every device in the program will receive the latest ASOP updates within two weeks of release. Intel is using the platform to push its own technology forward too: reference tablets will feature the same RealSense camera technology Dell is putting into the Venue 8 7000 series. Intel didn’t say when developers will be able to get involved in its reference program, but mentioned that the RealSense technology will be available in Dell’s slate this fall. Check out our hands-on with that device right here.