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The thinnest and lightest small tablets

In the beginning, tablets looked more like the televisions that strap onto the back of a car's seat more than something out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." However, I'm happy to report that the times have changed and so have tablet designs.

After Apple released the iPad (let's give credit where credit is due), aesthetics and design became a more prominent selling-point for the emerging portable devices. Overall, tablet girth has declined, ushering in the new era of thin slates, and we've gathered the ones so sleek, their predecessors wouldn't even recognize them … Read more

Samsung: iPad's bad, Surface is a joke, and Kindle's a swindle

For too long, tech manufacturers have mocked just one competitor at a time.

It allows for a little focus, but it becomes very monotonous.

Yes, Microsoft thinks the iPad's awful, Samsung thinks the iPhone's awful, and Amazon is sure the iPad's awful.

Someone at Samsung must have leaped out of bed recently and screamed: "I know! Why don't we say everyone else is awful?"

Here are the fruits of this thought. A new ad for the Samsung Galaxy Pro series of products proves beyond a reasonable doubt that everything else is garbage, trash, and … Read more

New HTC One sees double with two rear cameras

CNET Update is double the fun:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn the purpose of the two backside cameras on the new HTC One, according to a flier published by GSM Arena.

- Keep up with the streaming radio race to see which services are more popular in the U.S.

- Pair a Jawbone Up24 fitness bracelet with an Android phone for the first time.

- Update the original Kindle Paperwhite to get the software perks of the second-generation model.

- Broadcast your Titanfall battle (or any other game) with the Twitch app for Xbox One.

CNET Update … Read more

Amazon updates first-generation Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon released a software update Tuesday for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite.

The the e-reader now supports many of the popular features of Amazon's second-gen Paperwhite, including Goodreads integration, FreeTime parental controls, and Page Flip. The update also brings a Smart Lookup feature and Cloud Collections, which lets users organize content in to custom categories.

The Paperwhite update is available as a free automatic download, but Amazon also has a link on its site for those who want to manually download the upgrade.

(Via Pocket-lint)

For a few days, Apple TV comes with a $25 iTunes bonus

Apple's long-neglected set-top box may finally get a revamp this year, but for now you can get a $25 gift card for iTunes to binge on Oscar movies if you don't mind buying the current hockey-puck Apple TV.

As reported by 9to5 Mac, Apple is offering a $25 iTunes Gift Card that can be redeemed at the iTunes Store, the App Store, or the iBooks Store to anyone who purchases an Apple TV from now until Wednesday in an Apple US retail store or at its online store.

The terms and conditions of the deal say it's … Read more

How to encrypt your Kindle Fire HDX

Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.

Unfortunately for Kindle Fire HDX owners, there's no app available that's comparable to Find My iPhone or Android Device Manager. If you want to … Read more

Apple TV revamp this year to add Time Warner Cable?

This year, Apple finally may be refreshing Apple TV, and Time Warner Cable may make it onto the box at long last.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is planning for a new Apple TV box as early as April and is in talks with Time Warner Cable and other possible partners.

Time Warner Cable's app, TWC TV, already brings live channels and on-demand videos to devices like the Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon and the Roku, which is Apple's main competitor in the over-the-top box market, as well as to consoles like the Xbox 360 and … Read more

G.I. Joe and Veronica Mars fan fiction headed to Amazon

Write that epic story about Veronica Mars helping G.I. Joe with a mysterious murder on an Army base and make it legit, thanks to a new licensing agreement between Amazon, Hasbro, and Warner Bros.

Amazon Publishing plans to open up seven new Kindle Worlds based on Hasbro's popular G.I. Joe brand; Warner Bros. TV show (and upcoming movie) "Veronica Mars"; and Warner Bros. "Pretty Little Liars" spin-off "Ravenswood."

Kindle Worlds let any writer publish authorized stories inspired by popular "worlds" and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store. Currently, writers have a choice of more than 20 worlds, with the new ones expected to open in the next few months. … Read more

Get two Kindle Fire HDX Origami cases for $9.98

Never, ever pay full price for smartphone or tablet accessories. If you walk into, say, an Apple Store or Best Buy in search of a case or sync/charge cable, you're going to pay a huge markup. You'll also find a much smaller selection than you would online.

Take, for example, the Amazon Origami Case for Kindle Fire HDX. It's awesome, as it not only covers the screen, but also folds into various configurations that stand the tablet in portrait or landscape orientation. Alas, it's $55.

If you happened to grab an HDX the other day … Read more

Apple needs to catch Samsung, Amazon in displays, researcher says

Apple risks falling behind in display tech in 2014, DisplayMate Technologies said in a research note.

Echoing an earlier note, DisplayMate Technologies Raymond Soneira said this week that "Apple has recently given up the lead in displays -- now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays."

He cited the example of an emerging LCD technology called Quantum Dots that Amazon has tapped for the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (now $199 at Amazon).

"Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years," he wrote. &… Read more