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Ubuntu BQ Aquaris M10 Review – Part 1: Hardware

Ubuntu BQ Aquaris M10 Review – Part 1: Hardware

The mobile market today has practically been what former Microsoft-then-Nokia-then-Microsoft-again exec Stephen Elop loved to refer to as a two-horse race. Android and iOS have been butting heads quarter after quarter, year after year. Despite their popularity and ubiquity, neither is truly perfect and neither can really meet everyone's needs and preferences. Which leaves a little wiggle room for other platforms (that includes Windows 10) to try and fill in the gaps. This time around we are going to take a closer look at one the newer challengers, Ubuntu Touch, as it is embodied in the recent bq Aquaris M10 tablet. How does it fare against the bevy of Android, iOS, and even Windows tablets scattered throughout the market? And does it have what it takes to not only stand tall and proud but also to survive? Read on to find our verdict.

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Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

At Google I/O last week, Google dumped some rather big news, at least one of them expected. Android apps are come full force to Chrome OS, with Google Play Store even. Instant Apps were quite the unexpected surprise, but in retrospect Google had already sown the seeds as far back as 2013. But in the midst of the applause and hopeful cheers, there were also some murmuring and the raising of eyebrows. Is all of these just a subtle, cunning ploy by the Web search giant to make Android tablets obsolete, or, in the long run, even phase out native Android apps?

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Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to sell iPhones in India

Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to sell iPhones in India

China and India are today considered to be the largest and fastest growing smartphone markets outside the US, but both have their own quirks that are preventing Apple from gaining a solid foothold. While China's restrictive regime and censorship has Cupertino's digital content services in limbo, India's economical policies are proving to be a stumbling block to selling iPhones and iPads directly. A senior government official revealed that Apple, like other foreign companies, must sell at least 30% locally sourced goods if it wants to set up shop in India.

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End of an era: HTC stops manufacturing the Nexus 9

End of an era: HTC stops manufacturing the Nexus 9

That's it, it's finally over. There are officially no more Nexus tablets. While you can still buy a Nexus 9 or even a Nexus 10 or 7 from some retailers, once those stocks are depleted, they will no longer be replenished. HTC has confirmed it has stopped making the Nexus 9, coincidentally also wiping off the last traces of its brand from the Nexus universe. With the Nexus 9's departure, both from the Google Store and the market at large, the question now is whether there will be another Nexus tablet.

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Galaxy Tab Iris launches in India with iris-recognition security

Galaxy Tab Iris launches in India with iris-recognition security

Samsung India has announced the launch of a new tablet called the Galaxy Tab Iris that is built around iris-recognition security technology. The tablet is ready for Aadhar authentication using the biometric security processes built in. Samsung India says that the tablet is designed to provide cashless and paperless services to users in banking and for eGovernance services like passport, taxation, healthcare, and education.

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Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

When you use a tablet, it's pretty simple to point your finger and poke at the screen. And this works great for most apps, as they're designed to be used by our fingers. However, there are times when you need a finer touch that your sausage fingers just can't produce. And that's why Adonit has been working hard on their new stylus.

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2016 Vizio SmartCast M-Series TVs with Android remote now shipping

2016 Vizio SmartCast M-Series TVs  with Android remote now shipping

Vizio has announced its 2016 line of SmartCast M-Series displays for home theater fans are now shipping. The entire M-Series range features Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range, and a fancy 6-inch tablet remote control. That remote control runs the Android operating system and has the Vizio SmartCast app integrated.

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Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Patent trolls are nothing new. They may have even existed as long as it became profitable to sue people for patent infringement. Of late, however, they have increased in their aggressiveness and boldness, whether out of desperation or out of greed. Case in point this latest patent lawsuit levied upon Apple by a Texas company named Corydoras Technologies, LLC. Its beef is that all of Apple's iPhones, and some of its iPads, can make calls, take selfies, do video chats, and block incoming calls. Practically what makes a smartphone a smartphone.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Today we've come across a patent for a new version of a device that you may have heard of before. It's the Apple Pencil. What's that got to do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 6? One very key element - the S Pen. What it can do, what it can't do, and what we're going to expect it to do now that Apple has (finally) presented a stylus of their own. The patent we're seeing makes the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen look like no more than a decent first attempt at a higher-level stylus device. Can they both write and draw? Sure. That's where similarities end. See our Samsung portal for the most updated word on this device.

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Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

July 29 is expected to bring a lot of changes to Windows land, some of them good, some of them not so much. But the tides of change aren't just for end users. Even Microsoft's OEM partners are getting a taste of it as well. Microsoft hast just updated it guidelines for which hardware specs will be allowed to run which Windows 10 version. On the one hand, while the new requirements opens the door to a new class of devices, it also raises the minimum higher, excluding others.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, fix promised

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, fix promised

iPhone and iPad owners have been proud of how better the iOS update system is compared to Android's fragmented diversity. With Apple in full control of updates, all supported devices are able to receive updates quickly and smoothly. That last bit, however, has lately become a bane more than a boon, with each update sometimes breaking things instead of fixing them. The latest example of this would be iOS 9.3.2, an otherwise uneventful and minor update if not for the fact that it bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets.

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Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

This morning we've collected every bit of news from Google I/O 2016, sorting it all out into easily digestible bits. Each of the news items you'll find in our list below has a link (or more than one link) to a more in-depth related story. You can get the basics here, or drop in on whichever subjects you like to keep your mind reeling. Learn a little or learn a lot - whatever you want!

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