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Huawei debuts MediaPad X2 with 7in HD screen

Huawei debuts MediaPad X2 with 7in HD screen

Huawei's Mobile World Congress 2015 announcements continue with the debut of the MediaPad X2, with a 7-inch screen placing it squarely in the phablet category. As a follow-up to the original MediaPad, the X2 has slimmed down to 7.28 mm thick, and now features a 64-bit ultra octa-core chipset inside its aluminum casing. Other upgrades across the board, including the camera and screen, should make this a contender in a widening range of Android phablet offerings.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper: retro pixel fun for mobile

Final Fantasy Record Keeper: retro pixel fun for mobile

There's a new Final Fantasy coming to mobile devices, and this time it's not just about bringing back a classic. This will be Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a game that mashes up awesome elements from the Final Fantasy universe into one retro-styled pixelated adventure. The keeper of the histories of Final Fantasy - that's you - and you're tasked with keeping the realm safe. This game isn't about cashing in on the past - it's about keeping it in good condition - and in-app purchases, of course.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

The Amazon Fire Phone might be considered a flop, but that doesn't mean the retailer giant is giving up on all its features. One of those features is Firefly, Amazon's rather quirky and amorphous visual search tool. That feature is now arriving on Amazon's more affordable tablet line, the Kindle Fire HD, to give users a bit of an experience of what it feels like to have a digital eye, the Internet, and Amazon's cloud services at your disposal in trying to identify things that you can't.

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Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos is probably well known for its almost endless list of budget smartphones and tablets, and even odd ones like a gaming handheld or a kid's ablet. Now the French manufacturer is trying its hands at a slightly different market. The company has just announced its first ever formal venture into the world of the academia, revealing tablets and notbeooks of varying sizes, as well as varying operating systems, that are specifically designed and priced to cater to the younger crowd, particularly students.

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YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

This week we're hearing - again - that Google will be releasing a YouTube app made specifically for children. As YouTube is the primary app for video content from the web on Android - and is used by most iPhone users for video content on the web as well - it makes perfect sense that a child-friendly option, YouTube for Kids, would be made available. Why, you say? Why, you might ask as a person who does not have children playing with smart devices every single day of the year?

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HTC teases something HUGE, math geniuses can try

HTC teases something HUGE, math geniuses can try

As we count down the days to MWC 2015, it's natural to see companies kick their marketing campaigns into high gear, sometimes with absurd results. Take for example HTC's latest "teaser", basically a fill in the blanks game with nothing much in terms of clues. Of course, that's not going to stop anyone from speculating, or wishing, what it's all about. Given how things are going, it could very well be the rumored HTC One M9 Plus. Or an HTC Tablet. Or anything for that matter.

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I gave away my tablets and don’t at all miss them

I gave away my tablets and don’t at all miss them

Tablets were the new big thing, and the idea of owning one was exciting. Still, I didn’t see a use for them at the time, and so I put off buying one for a while, instead using those extra funds for an extra nice smartphone. Months rolled by and I’d nearly impulse buy a tablet at one point or another, but always held back. What would I do with it? It’d be easier to watch movies while lying around, I reasoned. And I could use it to take notes during class. It’d be lighter than my then-laptop. There was an app for everything! I talked myself into it. Fast-forward a few years. I’ve given away most of my tablets, and I don’t miss them a bit.

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OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a laudable goal, but unfortunately those plans materialized in very different, and sometimes disappointing, ways. But for all their failures, you have to give them props for never knowing when or how to give up. Now OLPC's Australian partner One Education is said to have a new XO device ready to be unveiled in a few weeks and it is probably more ambitious than ever. Not only will it be a tablet/laptop hybrid, it will also be a modular one.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 review; premium hardware, work-in-progress software

Dell Venue 8 7000 review; premium hardware, work-in-progress software

Dell is on the comeback trail. Quietly, the company that used to make PCs that would make you groan with disdain has been releasing a series of pretty stellar products. After releasing a MacBook challenger last year, the company made an impressive showing at CES this year. Part of the excitement surrounded the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet, which is as gorgeous an Android slate as you’ll ever lay eyes on. With an interesting camera under the hood, we took the Venue to task in order to find out if Dell was really back.

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VAIO makes a comeback with new VAIO Z, VAIO Z Canvas hybrids

VAIO makes a comeback with new VAIO Z, VAIO Z Canvas hybrids

Sony may have given up the fight, but VAIO, now a company in its own right, is still fighting the good fight. In fact, the now Japanese-owned PC maker has just unveiled two new members of its family, one of which could take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. One reuses the VAIO Z name, but with a completely different design, while the other calls itself the VAIO Z Canvas. What both have in common, aside from some specs, is that they are both convertibles.

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