Microsoft may add Kinect-like detection to Surface Mini

Owners of the much-rumored Surface Mini may be able to control the tablet via face and hand recognition. At least, that's the latest tidbit served up by Chinese blog site WPDang.

Pointing to information from an anonymous news source, WPDang said that the Surface Mini will adopt the same type of somatosensory technology used in Microsoft's Kinect. That means the tablet would be able to recognize and react to your face and hand movements. The source also claims that the feature would work more smoothly than the gesture capability currently offered on Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Note … Read more

Tablet highs and lows of 2013

Despite the sometimes overwhelming faceless sea of black bezels, cheap plastic, and wordy model names, tablets continue to come into their own, becoming the slimmer, faster, and lighter portable devices we've always wanted.

In 2013 the blurred lines of tablet/laptop hybrids continued to confused us all, budget slates came crashing onto the scene like a wrecking ball, 2012's best tablets got lucky with substantial upgrades, and LG even came out to (Google) play again.

Here's my take on the best and worst of all things tablets for the year 2013. Care to compare? Share your tablet … Read more

Tablets at CES 2014: The calm before the storm

Right off the bat, I need to be upfront. At the time of this writing I'm not privy to any official information about what new tablets will be announced at CES 2014.

And even if I did have some insider knowledge, I likely would have signed a nondisclosure agreement preventing me from sharing any of the juicy details just yet. And as frustrating as that is to read, it's equally frustrating to write. I get as excited about new tablets as you do.

However, just like you, I'm going to have to wait. At least a few … Read more

12 cool, creative uses for tablets

Tablets trumped other holiday tech gifts in a recent CNET survey, which means some of you might be reading this on a brand new tab -- or have one in your hands very soon.

But what will you do with said portable computer once you've unwrapped it? We're guessing you'll watch some Netflix, play some games, and maybe send a holiday greeting or two via e-email. But there's lots more you can do with your device.… Read more

UPS leaves Android tablet gift in trash can (on trash day)

It's role playing time again.

You're a UPS driver. You're delivering an Android tablet to someone's house. There is nobody home.

Where do you leave it? a) on the doorstep? b) somewhere that looks safe? or c) in the trash can?

Because you're alert and will have probably been drawn here by the headline, you'll know that one UPS driver in Barnhart, Mo., plumped for c).

Here is what he might not have foreseen: It was trash day.… Read more

Datawind releases $37.99 Android tablet in US

Datawind first made waves back in 2011 with an Android tablet available to the schools in India for a government-subsidized price of $22. Known as the Aakash 2, the little tablet that could is now available in the US for $37.99 under the name UbiSlate 7Ci.

The UbiSlate 7Ci anchors a lineup of tablets running Android 4.0. For the meager pricetag, you get an 800x400-pixel 7-inch touch screen, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash memory, Wi-Fi, and a 1GHz processor. Those specs aren't going to knock you off your couch, but it's completely within the realm of reason for less than $40.… Read more

Get a refurbished Acer R7 15.6-inch convertible for $499.99

You know how every laptop is pretty much like every other laptop? Occasionally a manufacturer tries something a little different, often with mixed results.

So it is with the Acer Aspire R7, which debuted earlier this year to decidedly mixed reviews. Some pundits loved the innovative design and beautiful display, others griped about the arrangement of certain key components. Interestingly, most agreed that the $1,000 price tag was pretty good for such an original and inventive machine.

So get a load of this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Acer (via eBay) is offering the refurbished Aspire R7-571-6858 15.6-inch convertible laptop for $499.99 shipped. … Read more

The first 6 things you need to do with your new Android tablet

So you now have an Android tablet. Congrats. Android tablets are arguably -- some would say inarguably -- the most versatile tablets you can buy. However, after you've gone through the initial setup but before you begin actual normal use of your shiny new portable device, there are a few things -- six things, in fact -- you'll want to take care of.

Actually, despite the title of this blog, you don't have to do any of these things right away or at all, but each will most definitely enhance your tablet experience. So just go ahead … Read more

Apple iPad Mini Retina vs. the new Google Nexus 7

It's a Prizefight punchout between Apple and Google once again and both sides of this longstanding have brought their best 7-inch tablets to the table.

Apple's iPad Mini finally brings its Retina Display, the best-designed 7-inch tablet, and the power of its iTunes and App Store ecosystems.

The new Nexus 7, which is one of the most feature-packed 7-inch tablets on the market today, is pushing the 7-inch tablet into new territory with its full-HD display, and the Google Play store is no longer a weak spot for Android.

Which tablet will reign supreme? Apple's iPad Mini … Read more

Asus PadFone Infinity phone/tablet to land in the US

Asus has global ambitions for its PadFone.

A higher-end version of the PadFone Infinity is set to reach the US during the second quarter of 2014, CEO Jerry Shen told Engadget. Shen teased the device's US debut by saying Asus has a big operator lined up but didn't spill any specific names. And after the US, Europe is next on the agenda.

"Once this product is launched [in the US], we will definitely have no problem tackling Europe with the same product, because this US operator is very big." Shen said.

The model being prepped for … Read more