Nvidia’s new tablet can output console-level graphics, thanks to its 192-core Tegra K1 chip. But it also represents a solid tablet option for non-gamers.
After debuting its standalone Messenger app for iPhone (s aapl) and Android (s goog) three years ago, Facebook (s fb) has finally expanded the app to accommodate for the iPad. The app works more or less the same as the Messenger app currently available for the phone, including Stickers and VoIP calling. Right now, Facebook seems to be keeping chat baked into the iPad version of the Facebook app, but it will be interesting to see whether it decides to spin out Messenger and eliminate chat from the flagship app as it did for the iPhone.
Anytime you combine two vastly different product types into a single device, you’re going to have to make compromises. Up to now, Microsoft’s Surface line made too many. This time, with Surface Pro 3, Microsoft shows us that one plus one can equal more than two.
Facebook’s latest update for iPad introduces trending topics for news and video, as well as a new spot for games.
Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy Tab line might not have the ability to make voice calls in the United States, but since 2011, overseas markets have had the option to add cellular connectivity. So the company’s new seven-inch phone announced on Monday, the Galaxy W, isn’t a new product, but rather a new moniker. Like the Galaxy Tab, it doesn’t pack flagship specifications: a 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android(s goog) 4.3 with no guarantee of timely updates. It’ll cost nearly 500,000 won in Korea, which works out to just under $500. No word about when if it’ll ever come to the United States, so if you want a phone-tablet hybrid, your best bet is probably the currently available Samsung Galaxy Mega.
Postmedia, a large Canadian newspaper chain, is relaunching not just its newspapers and websites, but also offering two very different mobile products: an update-focused phone app and a magazine-style tablet app aimed at the evening news crowd
Google introduced standalone apps for Google Docs and Google Sheets to both Google Play and the iOS App Store on Wednesday. Eventually, Google Drive users will be prompted to download the new apps.
A Costco trip for groceries turned into a gadget purchase: I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. For $299.99, this 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is impressive enough to suggest Microsoft doesn’t need a Surface Mini.
Intel had high hopes for the Asus Transformer Duet laptop because its chip powered both Windows and Android on the hybrid device. Alas, the software titans aren’t too keen on it and the laptop won’t see the light of day.
Looking to ditch the laptop for a tablet? Samsung and Verizon are only too happy to help as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with LTE is now selling for $849.