Cutting board + iPad holder: What could possibly go wrong?

LAS VEGAS -- CTA Digital already conquered the realm of the bathroom with a toilet paper holder that doubles as a tablet stand and the iPotty, an iPad toilet-training arrangement for kids. Now the company has set its quirky sights on the kitchen with a line of cutting-edge tablet holders.

For people with precise knife control skills, there's the $34.99 Bamboo Cutting Board with Stand for iPad and Knife Storage. It elevates your iPad just a bit above the cutting surface and includes knife slots along the side. Just be careful when you're slicing away not to peel a bit off your screen. For people who may be a little more klutzy, there's a $24.99 bamboo cutting board with a screen shield that should also keep your precious tablet protected from flying vegetable peels and meat juices.… Read more

Tablet Tuesday: Asus VivoTab RT 4G LTE with keyboard dock for $299.99

I continue to have mixed feelings about Windows RT because it's not compatible with several of the programs I use regularly, including Google Chrome, iTunes, and game client Steam. Consequently, I couldn't use an RT-powered tablet as a substitute for my laptop.

That said, people I know who have them absolutely rave about them, and I could similarly ding an Android tablet or iPad for various software incompatibilities.

While you chew on that, chew on this: while supplies last, Groupon has the refurbished Asus VivoTab RT tablet with keyboard dock for $299.99 shipped. That's literally half … Read more

Android device shipments to top 1 billion this year -- Gartner

Android devices will wend their way to more than 1 billion people in 2014, research firm Gartner predicted on Tuesday.

The 1.1 billion shipments would render Android far and away the leader among all PC, tablet, and mobile phone operating systems. Windows was tagged for second place with 359 million shipments, followed by Apple's iOS and Mac OS with 344 million shipments forecasted this year.

Android is also on its way to 2 billion total installed devices, according to Gartner, thanks in part to its more budget-friendly choices versus the pricier options Apple offers.

"There is no … Read more

Ozobot: Tiny autonomous gaming robots for tablets and beyond

LAS VEGAS -- The Ozobot is a little, vaguely spherical robot who just wants to know if you can come out and play. Looking a bit like a miniature R2D2 head, it roams across tablet tops or even offline board games. It's one little gadget for both the digital world and the physical world.

At its most basic, the Ozobot follows lines. There are five sensors on the underside that help it stay on tracks, whether those tracks are digital games on a tablet screen or marker lines on a piece of paper. It doesn't stop there. The Ozobot also sees color and reads flashes, so various combinations of those give it specific behavioral instructions. It may goose it into turbo speed mode, or spin it around, or slow it down. There are untold potential combinations.… Read more

Logitech delivers keyboard case for new Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro tablets

Logitech pulled the wraps off a new case at CES 2014 for Samsung's brand-new Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro tablets. Appropriately named the Logitech Pro, this folio-style case comes with a full-size Bluetooth keyboard and doubles as a tablet stand.

Designed to fit the new 12.2-inch tablets, the Logitech Pro has a thin design and "durable and wipeable" exterior, according to Logitech. It wraps around the edge of the tablets to prevent scratches on the screen and even protect against spills. Logitech uses its SecureLock system to hold the tablet in place, which is just a … Read more

3D camera kicks off Intel's 'Real Sense' perceptual computing

Intel on Monday unveiled a 3D camera, with hardware about the size of an index finger but thinner than two quarters, as the first product in its new "Real Sense" brand of perceptual computing products.

The chipmaker unveiled the technology and its applications at a press conference in Las Vegas as part of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. It has fenced out the world of "perceptual computing" as technology it wants to develop that will utilize things like gestures, voice recognition, and facial recognition to make devices more natural and intuitive to use.

Mooly Eden, Intel'… Read more

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet/laptop hybrid runs Windows 8.1 and Android

LAS VEGAS -- Asus is getting increasingly literal about their Transformer tablet line-up. The Transformer Book Duet TD300 doesn't sing literature to you (I'm sure there's an app for that) but it does offer a bevy of options for converting it into the device you need. Not only can it convert from a tablet to a laptop, it can also switch between Android and Windows 8.1 with the simple push of a button.

The 13.3-inch tablet announced at CES 2014, packs a performance punch, with a quad-core Intel i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB … Read more

Asus enters the small tablet stylus game with the VivoTab Note 8

LAS VEGAS -- Asus is eyeing Samsung's current tablet stylus dominance with its new Vivotab Note 8, a Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer and stylus pen. There's no price or firm release date just yet, so whether it undercuts the $399 regular price of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 remains to be seen.

Whatever its eventual price, Asus doesn't appear to be shy about adding value. The VivoTab Note 8 includes a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student, which, in addition to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, throws in OneNote for good measure.

Asus … Read more

Mozilla: In 2014, all your hardware belongs to us

Soon, you'll be able to get your hands on a Firefox OS tablet -- but only if you promise to develop for the fledgling operating system.

Launched last year on three smartphone models in 14 countries on major carriers such as Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla has partnered with hardware maker Foxconn to build tablets for Firefox OS developers in 2014, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday.

The unnamed developers' tablet is "not intended" for the average tablet owner, said Andreas Gal, Mozilla's vice president of mobile.

"The … Read more

A closer look at AT&T's Asus PadFone X with VoLTE, Android 4.4

LAS VEGAS -- An update to the best phone-to-tablet transformer series we've seen is landing exclusively at AT&T in Q2 of 2014. That makes the Asus PadFone X the first of this line to come to a US carrier.

We're no strangers to Asus' PadFones. Thanks to the addition of Android 4.4 KitKat and Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which will support voice calls over the data network, this carrier-branded version is an even more promising performer than its cousin, the Asus PadFone (September 2013).

Apart from OS and this carrier partner, the specs we know … Read more