Nabi Introduces Tablet Rental Service

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Fuhu Introduces World's Largest Android TabletIt’s become a common sight: parents looking to get a moment’s peace while out and about, handing their children a tablet to watch videos.

One company has taken notice and is looking to offer a program that would ease the burden on parents’ pockets.

Nabi, the children’s tablet manufacturer, is now offering the Pass Tab subscription service.

For $9.99 a month, users can get a Pass Tab tablet that comes equipped with software which includes educational applications for their child.

Other apps included are Netflix and Google Play.

The company will also take back older Nabi tablets if users have them, but that policy is still being tweaked a bit.

The educational app package will cost $4.99 per month.

Now from this point, it gets slightly more convoluted.

The initial rate of $9.99 per month only comes if you sign a two-year contract; there are one-year plans available but the monthly cost goes up 5 dollars.

Those subscribing will also have to put down a deposit of $40 that you get back once the contract is up.

Early termination however forfeits that deposit and nets a user a $60 early termination fee.

On an upbeat note, Nabi is offering users the chance to own the tablet for only one dollar if you sign the two-year deal, but it will be $20 for one year contract subscribers.

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Preinstalled Skype Coming To A Device Near You

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European Union Court Rejects Skype Trademark ApplicationThe next Android tablet that you purchase in the near future will come with a multitude of apps pre-installed, including Skype.

Microsoft is making good on its promise made in March that Samsung and other OEM partners will provide a bundle of pre-installed applications that not only include Skype, but the Microsoft Office Suite including OneNote.

The initiative has seen the collaborative team grow to include 31 Android manufacturers and 20 global OEM companies including LG, Haier and Sony.

The new application packages are set to be available within the next three months, and speculation has led to reports that the first two tablets to have them could possibly be the highly anticipated LG G Pad X and the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet which will be available in June.

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Cortana App Coming To iOS And Android

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Cortana_start_screen_(cyan-black)Microsoft is bringing Cortana to your smartphones in the very near future.

Making good on promises made this past March, Microsoft is set to release the Cortana app for both iOS and Android smartphones; Android users will get the app in June, and iOS users should expect the app to be available to them later on in the year.

The digital assistance application will have a few differences than the version for Windows and Windows Phone; it won’t be able to launch apps or change system settings.

Another bit of difference? The Edge web browser won’t work on a cross-platform basis with iOS phones and tablets.

But users can obtain OneNote, OneDrive, Skype and Outlook once they plug into a Windows 10 PC with the aid of a new program called Phone Companion.

The ultimate aim is to provide those who utilize the Cortana app to gain access to the full breadth of Windows apps and third-party related apps in all fields no matter if they’re using a smartphone, tablet or PC.

The Cortana app is another entry into the smartphone personal assistant field currently headed up by Apple’s Siri, and with Google Now on the cusp, it will be interesting to see how public reaction will be to what it can offer.

Christopher A. Smith

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Bing Will Give Ranking Priority To Mobile-Friendly Websites

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Bing Complies With "Right To Be Forgotten" LawIn a move that is certain to increase the amount of traffic directed through its portal, Bing is making the move to boost websites that are mobile-friendly within their search result listings.

The news on the move states that Bing will issue these changes over the next few months.

It allows flexibility for both Bing and all websites that could be concerned that they’ll be left out in the cold with the new revisions in search ranking.

As a spokesperson for Bing, Shyam Jayasankar states, “While the changes will improve ranking for mobile-friendly pages, webpages that are highly relevant to the given query that are not yet mobile-friendly will not get penalized.”

Instances that would prevent websites from being considered for elevation under these circumstances include text that cannot be read and faulty plugins.

The move is partly influenced by Google’s earlier decision to implement similar changes to their own search rankings a month ago. Both companies are focused on the growing trend among their consumer bases that view their media via smartphones and tablets.

While the jury is still out with regards to the results of Google’s move, Bing’s choice to go in that direction may make this become more of an industry standard among browsers and search engines in the future.

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Looking For A Second Screen For Your Mac Or PC? Check Out Duet Display

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ipad-mini-retina-transparentFor those enterprising multitaskers out there who may have always wanted to, or who miss the ability to maximize their computer screen space with two monitors, a new product has emerged that may fit the bill and put your idle tablet to use.

The Duet Display app, created by former Apple engineer Rahul Dewan, is designed to give users maximum productivity and full usage of devices they may not utilize on a regular basis.

As Dewan says, “If you have an iPad, you already have that second screen. With Duet, you can finally use it. Otherwise, your $700 device is just sitting there.”

The app is designed to be used with wired connections, different from others that focus on making the connections between the device and the computer in Wi-Fi mode.

That method can lead to drops in connectivity depending on the broadband strength.

Duet Display was originally released to work only with Macs and iPads, and last week debuted a version of the app for PC’s which should be a boon to those users. The app also emphasizes the touch technology that is a signature of Apple products, as well as the Retina technology of the iPad.

Best of all, it boasts a simple set-up process and power saving capabilities for older computers.

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AT&T Launches Branded Tablet

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AT&T Launches Branded TabletAT&T has launched the Trek HD, branded tablet running Android 5.0.

The new tablet can be had for as little as $49.99 — that’s with a 2-year contract. Users can also spread out payment of $200 over 20 months.

The Trek HD comes with an 8-inch screen and Android 5.0. Users will get about 8 hours battery life with this tablet.

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Need A Mouse For Your iPhone Or iPad? Citrix Has One For You

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Need A Mouse For Your iPhone Or iPad? Citrix Has One For YouCitrix is offering a mouse specifically designed to work with the iPhone and iPad.

The X1 Mouse will be launched at Citrix Synergy on May 12th.

The mouse will use Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) and will work with Citrix Mobile apps. The following apps are supported: Citrix Receiver, GoToMyPC, ShareConnect and WorkDesktop.

In a blog post, Citrix wrote “The Citrix X1 Mouse dramatically improves the user experience of any remote Windows app or desktop delivered to an iPad via Citrix and makes anyone more productive…Drag and drop spreadsheet cells, resize PowerPoint graphics, click on small features of an EMR app; all of this becomes as real as if you were working on a desktop. Now, you truly can leave your laptop home.”

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Los Angeles School District To Apple: Give Us Our Money Back!

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Los Angeles School District To Apple: Give Us Our Money Back!The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) wants Apple to refund millions of dollars for a program that they are no longer interested in participating in.

According to a report here, the deal had the school district agree to purchase iPads from apple for $768 each, and also buy a curriculum for $200 from Pearson, an Apple subcontractor.

The school district claims that not only were students discovering that the tablets were not operating as they normally should, a third of the 2,100 iPads went missing.

David Holmquist, the school district’s attorney, wrote a letter to Apple, in which he said “While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI [Instructional Technology Initiative, LAUSD’s internal name for the iPad program] implementation, they have yet to deliver it…As we approach the end of the school year, the vast majority of students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads.”

He added that the district “will not accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson] curriculum.”

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New BlackBerry Tablet Places The Focus On Security

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New BlackBerry Tablet Places The Focus On SecurityThe SecuTABLET is BlackBerry‘s tablet offering, and with this tablet, the focus is on security.

The result of a collaboration between Secusmart, a BlackBerry subsidiary, and Samsung, the tablet is a reworked Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH, said in a press release “Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry’s portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions…National and international government customers have entrusted their voice and data communications with the Secusmart Security Card for years. This same technology is what secures the new SecuTABLET. Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network. Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access BlackBerry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world.”

“The SecuTABLET closes a supply gap and opens up for government and administrations an opportunity to derive greater benefit from digitization and the mobile Internet, with system integration as a fundamental success factor,” said Stefan Hefter, Senior Management Consultant with IBM. “We have contributed our longstanding expertise as a system integrator for mobile solutions. The technology used to make mobile apps secure by means of so-called wrapping has already proven its worth in the United States.”

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Production Of Larger iPads To Be Delayed

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Production Of Larger iPads To Be DelayedSales of iPads have not been great lately; now comes word that Apple will delay the start of production for the new 12.9-inch-screen iPad.

Manufacture of the new device has been pushed back to September.

Production had been scheduled to begin during this quarter. The delay is being attributed to a shortage of display panels.

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