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Kobo Arc, the reading centric tablet lineup, hands-on

Kobo Arc, the reading centric tablet lineup, hands-on

If you’re a digital reader, Kobo has a lineup of tablets you should probably take a look at. Their 7 and 10-inch devices are centric to reading, but also keep the Android fun you might like to have with your tablet. The tablets all have Play Store compatibility, so you can download any app you like. We got an up close and personal look with the two devices here at Showstoppers.

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Google disables translucent bars in Nexus 10 KitKat source code

Google disables translucent bars in Nexus 10 KitKat source code

Google's Nexus 10 tablet will not get translucent navigation and notification bars with the Android 4.4.1 KitKat update, which lets the wallpaper go full-screen from top to bottom as it does in the Nexus 5. Developers can activate the bars with a one-step code tweak, but it will not be the default. The lack of translucent decor may also indicate a bit more pervasive and subtle problem with the device.

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IDC tablet shipment numbers show high growth for all but Apple

IDC tablet shipment numbers show high growth for all but Apple

IDC has released its third-quarter numbers on the tablet industry, and in them we see good news for four of the top five tablet vendors, with all but Apple seeing growth -- in a couple cases, substantial growth -- year-on-year. For Samsung in particular, the market share numbers compared to the same quarter last year rose by 8-percent, taking the Korean company above the 20-percent mark.

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Archos Platinum tablets unveiled with A9 quad-core processors and IPS displays

Archos Platinum tablets unveiled with A9 quad-core processors and IPS displays

Archos has taken the wraps off a trio of new tablets, the Archos 97b Platinum HD, 101 Platinum, and 80b Platinum. All three tablets are equipped with A9 1.6GHz quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM, and IPS displays. All three are currently slated to hit shelves this month, though a specific date and price tags haven't been provided yet.

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ASUS MeMO Pad 8 and 10 tablets introduced with IPS displays and enhanced audio

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 and 10 tablets introduced with IPS displays and enhanced audio

ASUS has announced the new MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10 tablets, two mid-range Android slates equipped with IPS displays, enhanced audio technology, and quad-core processors under the hood. Both tablets were introduced at the IFA 2013 event today, and though release dates and pricing haven't been pegged yet, we've got all the details for you after the break.

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Nexus 7 2 pre-orders land at Best Buy ahead of today’s event [UPDATE]

Nexus 7 2 pre-orders land at Best Buy ahead of today’s event [UPDATE]

If you haven't already heard, Google is hosting an event later today that is said to see the official unveiling of Google's next-generation Nexus 7. However, Best Buy seems to have jumped the gun a bit and have put the tablet up for pre-order on their website, with both the 16GB and 32GB models available.

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North Korean company unveils Android-based Samjiyon tablet sans wifi

North Korean company unveils Android-based Samjiyon tablet sans wifi

Earlier this year, North Korea had promised to switch on a 3G mobile broadband network for foreigners to access the Internet while within the Internet-deprived nation. While it did follow through on March 1, it wasn't even a month before the network was taken down for reasons unknown. Now the nation has entered into its newest technology foray, with a Pyongyang company unveiling an Android tablet called Samjiyon that doesn't have wifi.

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Earl Android tablet is solar powered and battle-ready

Earl Android tablet is solar powered and battle-ready

Most Android tablets are pretty much the same nowadays, traditionally. However, one company is looking to shake things up with an Android tablet that's meant for the outdoors person in all of us. The Earl, as it's called, is solar powered and comes with a thick robust outer shell to protect from the outdoor elements.

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Archos unveils new Platinum line of tablets with high-res display and quad-core CPU

Archos unveils new Platinum line of tablets with high-res display and quad-core CPU

Archos may not be a main competitor in the tablet marketplace, but they're doing whatever they can to become more relevant. Case in point: the company just outed three new tablets, all of which come with Retina-quality, high-resolution IPS displays and quad-core processors. The tablets come in 8-inch, 9.7-inch, and 11.6-inch flavors.

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Wikipad lives: 7-inch gaming tablet arriving this spring for $249

Wikipad lives: 7-inch gaming tablet arriving this spring for $249

Back in October, the Wikipad was hit with a delay on the day that it was supposed to be released. Since then, we haven't heard much about it, and the company was even a no-show at CES, despite have booth space during ShowStoppers. However, the tablet is officially back in a 7-inch form factor, which will be releasing sometime this spring for $249.

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ZTE unveils V81 tablet with Jelly Bean and 8-inch display

ZTE unveils V81 tablet with Jelly Bean and 8-inch display

ZTE is moving on up in the world. Just recently, they snuck their way into the top 5 list of smartphone manufacturers during Q4 2012, and now the company is looking to take on the iPad mini with its own Android-based tablet. Today, the company unveiled the V81, an 8-inch 4:3 display running Jelly Bean.

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Google News now optimized for tablets

Google News now optimized for tablets

Google has announced that Google News has been optimized for tablet devices, such as the Nexus 7 and the iPad. When accessed from a tablet, Google News shows an updated design, which isn't terribly different than what you see when accessing the website from a desktop browser. With the update comes a few features that makes tablet browsing easier.

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