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Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft's detachable Surface keyboard may already bring easy text entry to the tablet, but the company is cooking up a new DisplayCover prototype with its own e-paper touchscreen. The work-in-progress peripheral is the handiwork of Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group, combining not only a physical keyboard but a full-width touchscreen which can be used to show menu items, toolbar controls, or even offer an alternative input area.

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Size might be the only notable thing in Samsung’s 18-inch tablet

"Anything you can do, I can do better." That seems to be, or has always been, Samsung's theme in its rivalry with Apple. It was the first to out a 12.2-inch tablet, larger than any Android tablet or iPad ever conceived. Now that Apple is rumored to also have a large iPad Pro coming soon, Samsung is raising the stakes by increasing the size. How big, you ask? Well, 18.4 inches, according secret sources. Big enough to be called a table rather than a tablet.

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LG G Pad II 10.1 revealed, no word on 8.0 sibling

LG does have a tablet in store for IFA 2015 next week, but it's not the G Pad II 8.0 that suddenly popped up in South Korea. It is, however, also a G Pad II, LG's next generation tablet family. The LG G Pad II 10.1 is, as the name suggests, larger and, to some degree, also better, though it might be a tad disappointing for those looking for a more premium tablet champion from the Korean manufacturer, perhaps an indicator of the growing unrest in the tablet market.

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Samsung tipped to be developing 18.4-inch Android tablet

While the rumored "iPad Pro" may be getting all the attention recently when it comes to extra-large tablets, Samsung seems to be working on something of their own. A new report says the company is working on a tablet known as codename "Tahoe" with the model number SM-T670, and featuring a huge 18.4-inch screen. SamMobile says its sourced have indicated the Android-powered device will be targeted for use in office, school, and living room environments, instead of as a standard personal tablet.

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Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

While Samsung went a month early to avoid the IFA and Apple rush of September, it seems that Microsoft will go the opposite route and hold its event a bit later. Two separate sources agree that October will be Microsoft's month as it will be revealing a new lineup of devices, including the Surface Pro 4, two new Lumia flagships, and the second Microsoft Band wearable. Given the Lumias, this might also be the time when Microsoft will finally launch, or even just unveil, Windows 10 Mobile.

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Jolla Tablet now available for pre-order

Jolla Tablet pre-orders have gone live, the company behind it has announced. Jolla says there is a “limited batch” now available to pre-order through its Jolla Online Shop, giving interested tablet users a chance to grab one of Finnish company Jolla’s own sleek tablets. Unlike competing models, Jolla Tablet doesn’t run Android; instead, it is loaded with Jolla’s own Sailfish OS 2.0 platform. The tablet is made to be both stylish and minimalist, and Jolla promises that it offers a “superb, previously unseen user experience.”

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Macy’s dressing room tablets deliver clothes via chutes

Amazon is chomping up a growing number of consumers, and other retailers — particularly those of the brick-and-mortar sort — are feeling the pressure. Macy’s is trying out new methods to retain customers, and one of those methods is putting tablets in dressing rooms. The idea is that while anyone can buy something online, they can’t try it out over the Internet to see how it looks before buying...meaning that, at least for now, physical retail stores still have an edge, and they're doing everything they can to keep it.

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iPad Pro’s stylus a Force Touch option tips analyst

Apple's much-rumored iPad Pro will treat the stylus as an option, but one you'll need if you want Force Touch style pressure support according to one analyst's predictions. Tipped to be a 12.9-inch tablet focusing on graphics and multimedia professionals, the iPad Pro is widely expected to be announced later this year, but according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo it will have an official companion accessory never before seen with an Apple product.

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Sony debuts MGS5-themed Xperia, Walkman devices for Japan

The September release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is rapidly approaching, but if the limited edition MGS5 PlayStation 4 console isn't enough for you, Sony's just announced more game-related hardware goodies for the Japanese market. The lineup of Sony devices includes the Xperia J1 Compact smartphone, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Walkman A16, and the Walkman ZX2, all designed with Phantom Pain logos engraved on the hardware, and custom wallpapers and sound effects pre-installed.

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First non-Sony VAIO to arrive in US this October

It was over a year ago that Sony spun off its VAIO PC brand, selling it to Japan Industrial Partners, who chose to limit their products to the Japanese market. But now, the reborn VAIO computers are ready to go international, and the company says it will begin selling them in the US starting in October. The first model will be the VAIO Canvas Z, a "monster tablet" with a detachable keyboard, and it will be available on VAIO's US website and at Microsoft's retail stores starting October 5th.

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ASUS’ higher end ZenPad S 8.0 model is finally here

If you've been waiting for ASUS to finally show its hand in the premium Android tablet market, then wait no more. After what might have felt like an eternity for ASUS fans and interested buyers, the manufacturer has finally launched the highest end ZenPad S 8.0 model, specifically the Z580CA. This handy 7.9-inch slate bears what is probably the best of the best components in a tablet this size, perhaps with the exception of the cameras, and has some pretty interesting accessories to match as well.

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Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Today Google will unveil the statue - and with it the name - of the newest version of Android. This fact has been teased by Google employee Jeff Sharkey then revealed by Google employee Dave Burke - and it's a strange one. Google has opted to have an original Android holding the marshmallow rather than turning the statue into an Android-ified marshmallow with white head and all. This can only mean one thing - the next version is going to be Nuts.

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