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Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

This week the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be the first 4G LTE carriers of the Microsoft Surface 3. This machine is the third in the standard line of Surface tablets, and it'll be available through AT&T stores in-person and online starting on the 24th of July, 2015. This machine comes with an integrated three-position kickstand is made to be upgraded to Windows 10 this Fall. AT&T will be selling this tablet outright or with a package deal that includes a Microsoft Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone onboard.

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Dell’s new rugged Windows tablet is tough enough for any conditions

Dell’s new rugged Windows tablet is tough enough for any conditions

Dell has just debuted the first tablet in its Rugged line of computers built to survive drops and dirty environments: the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet. The Windows 8.1-powered device can withstand drops from over 4 feet, spills in water, mud, sand, and dust, as well as temperatures from -20 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It does all this with a 12-hour battery life, and connections for mobile broadband and GPS. If you're looking for a Surface tablet that's able to harsh conditions outside the home or office, this is it.

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ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS is making a new PadFone S2 and its set to debut in March 2015, according to leaks. This is interesting because of two reasons. The first is that this is the first PadFone device that ASUS is making in over a year, more than a year by next March. The second is that, according to those leaks, the smartphone will might be the first to put Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to the real-world test, proving whether or not this 2016 flagship chip will escape the curse of its predecessor.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: smaller, thinner, almost the same

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: smaller, thinner, almost the same

After a brief period of leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally made official the Galaxy Tab S2. The second in its rather new Galaxy Tab S line, these new Android slabs boast of the same things that made the first one noteworthy, specifically the slim profiles and high quality display. Somewhat strangely, though Samsung has further slimmed down the Galaxy Tab S2 to be more handy, it has seemingly also reduced the pixel resolution, which might disappoint a few of the fans of the first generation.

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Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

This afternoon Google announced their financial Q2 2015 results, including big-time growth in mobile business. According to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, the company is showing strong Q2 results, which "reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out." Google representatives continue to gush about growth in the mobile sector, making it very clear where Google's future is. Not just in the internet, but in mobile devices. Software, but in software that tends to the mobile user first and foremost.

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HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

This morning HBO updated their HBO NOW app to work on a wider variety of devices, including most modern Android devices. This widens the number of devices the app works on by a whole lot. Previously only working on Apple devices, this HBO content app now works in Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, Android smartphones, and the Amazon Fire Tablet lineup. HBO also suggested that they'll be bringing the app to Amazon Fire TV soon alongside a version for Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google's Chromecast.

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Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

The Wi-Fi Alliance reveals their next Wi-Fi CERTIFIED service - Wi-Fi Aware. This certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance is for a technology that works with your smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi Aware devices to discover one-another before they even make a Wi-Fi connection. In one sense this technology is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, sending your smartphone information when you get close enough to them to speak with them wirelessly. While Bluetooth beacons have been in testing for several years, Wi-fi Aware is brand new.

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You can now get ASUS’ 2K display ZenPad S from Best Buy

You can now get ASUS’ 2K display ZenPad S from Best Buy

ASUS is truly trying to make inroads into the US market. Just after launching its ZenFone 2 flagship smartphone in New York, one of which has a pioneering 4 GB of RAM, it is now making available its latest generation of Android tablets in the country as well. Announced in June, ASUS' new ZenPad line embraces the two ends of the device tier. The most notable perhaps is the ZenPad S 8.0 which boats of a 2K display but with the usual ASUS budget price.

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Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla announces that they'll be pushing for two separate companies in the near future, one focusing on software, the other on hardware. While they suggest this morning that "the new Jolla devices company will be announced separately after the summer," they assure those anxiously awaiting the Jolla Tablet that they'll have the device they payed for. Eventually. As soon as possible, they say. Meanwhile those of you hoping for a wider distribution of Sailfish OS have good news coming your way.

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Quo vadis Tablet? The future of mobile slabs

Quo vadis Tablet? The future of mobile slabs

The once well-defined boundaries between computing devices, delineated by form factors, are blurring. PCs are no longer towering boxes but can also be found in something as small as an HDMI dongle. Laptops are no longer just rigid folding portable computers. There are smartphones that can barely fit in your hand, much less your pockets. And tablets, well, they've become less defined these days. They might also be less needed, threatened by phablets on one end and hybrid laptops on the other. Is there a future for tablets? Perhaps, but not without some major changes, particularly in how consumers see them.

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Surface 3 LTE rolls out to businesses first, consumers later

Surface 3 LTE rolls out to businesses first, consumers later

Microsoft seems to have struck a chord with the Surface 3, if the Interwebs' reception of the "Surface Pro 3 mini" is any indication. And what could be better than a 10.1-inch Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1? Why, a 10.1-inch Surface running full Windows 8.1 with LTE, of course! It's an expected and natural progression for such a mobile tablet anyway. But don't take out those credit cards just yet, as the LTE-enabled Surface 3 won't be available to regular buyers until after a few weeks or so.

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Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Today Yahoo updated the launcher known as Yahoo Aviate to include a service much like Google's own "Google Now" feature. Instead of users embracing this sort of alternate universe feature, users of Yahoo Aviate have responded with less-than-positive remarks aplenty. Yahoo calls this new feature Smart Stream, suggesting that it "puts relevant information front and center so you can take action right away." "What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted," said Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate, "instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?"

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