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Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

If you thought Microsoft's adoption of N-Trig active digitizer technology in the latest Surface Pro 3 was a one time diversion, this latest rumor would perhaps banish that theory. Microsoft has reportedly fully acquired the Israel-based company, after gaining a 6 percent ownership through an investment back in 2009. Redmond is said to have spent at least $200 million on this purchase, which hints that Microsoft has plans to capitalize on the tech, probably for future iterations of its tablets and maybe even for new types of devices.

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HP pre-empts iPad Pro with Android and a screaming pen

HP pre-empts iPad Pro with Android and a screaming pen

Apple may be rumored to launch an iPad Pro with a special stylus, but HP has got there first with its latest Android tablets, the HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12, packing a pen that uses sound not touch. Offered in both 7.9- and 12.3-inch sizes, the new tablets run Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quadcore processor and are targeted at business users, particularly those who might want to digitize handwritten notes and sketches while on the move. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, they come with HP's own productivity apps, as well as sleek designs that look more than a little like HTC's One series of smartphones with their front-facing speakers.

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Apple’s iPad Pro rumored to launch alongside stylus tool

Apple’s iPad Pro rumored to launch alongside stylus tool

With rumors continuing that Apple will release a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" sometime before the end of 2015, the latest report speculates that the company will also debut its own stylus tool to accompany and enhance the extra-large tablet. This information comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst often considered a well-regarded and reliable source, who backs up his theory by pointing to a number stylus patents previously filed by Apple, as well as his own research into the company's future plans.

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Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

This week we're having a look at a whole bunch of Lenovo devices at CES 2015, one of the strangest being this Yoga Tablet 2. This device has an 8-inch display, Windows 8.1, and the ability to work with any metal object as a stylus pen. This device works with the same basic hardware as the Yoga Tablet 2 series we reviewed in late 2014, but here it's rolling with features that no other tablet in the world has come to market with.

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Apple stylus patent boasts swappable tips, sensors

Apple stylus patent boasts swappable tips, sensors

Apple has just been awarded a patent that could revive the long-toothed stylus market. Though nearly five years old, the patent mentions a range of use-cases for the new stylus, even taking it off the screen and onto paper. That’s nothing new, but what is interesting is how Apple plans to get there. By switching out your stylus tip and relying on accelerometers, Apple wants to make your writing come to life on and off screen, and could even lead to more artistic digital creations than ever before.

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Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Oddity gift shop Firebox says that there are two most borrowed items today: your pen and your phone charger. If so, wouldn't it be nice if you were never to be put in that situation that you'd need to borrow one or the other or, worse, both? That certainly seems to be the thinking behind the design of the Power Pen, a multi-talented instrument that acts as a pen, an emergency power reserve, and a digital writing instrument as well.

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LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

Samsung does it, NVIDIA does it, and LG does it - they use stylus pens in their smart devices. Back with the LG G3 Stylus we saw a relatively run-of-the-mill stick embedded in the modified G3. Back with the LG Intuition we had an even bleaker preposition - a stylus without a holder. Now it might be time LG upped their game, ready for a new generation of smart stylus power prepared to work with any device - not just embedded in one smartphone.

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Microsoft research could yield best stylus ever

Microsoft research could yield best stylus ever

How you hold a pen for writing versus how you place it in your hand for drawing might be different. It might also be slightly different for erasing things you’ve scribbled down on paper. To have that make sense in a digital world, Microsoft is researching how we hold writing utensils for various purposes, and could end up building the best stylus ever because of it.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE Review

Welcome back to what I consider the world’s most versatile tablet. When I reviewed the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet just a few weeks ago in its Wi-Fi edition, it became immediately clear what NVIDIA was aiming for - a tablet that’s made for gamers, but rolls with the punches for anyone else that might want to take a stab at it. With the LTE version of this slate, I honestly can’t think of a tablet better suited to be my one companion for travel, at-home entertainment, and gaming.

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