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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

Google may be aiming for 8.9-inch Nexus tablet

Google is planning an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet for release later this year, IHS Technology tells CNET.

The product is expected to be "high-performance," said Rhoda Alexander, director tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology in an email to CNET.

"Volume production is expected to start in July or August," she said. "The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications."

Alexander does not the know the pricing but said she "would not be surprised if it is higher than $299." … Read more

LG G3 could be dustproof and water resistant, report indicates

LG's successor to the G2 could be both water resistant and dust-proof, according to Korea's ETNews.

Presumably, the handset will be known as the G3 and will make its debut in the second half of the year. Hardware specifications are a bit muddy at this point, but the rumor is already churning. Early chatter suggests a Quad HD (1,440x2,560 pixels) display, a 64-bit processor, and a 16-megapixel rear camera may be in order for the smartphone.

Looking ahead, I'd anticipate more handset manufacturers to adopt water resistance and dust proof capabilities. Sony, for example, has … Read more

Asus unveils charging docks for Nexus 7

Owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 can now buy a wired or wireless charging dock made by Asus, but neither one comes cheap.

Available through Amazon, the Nexus 7 FH Official Dock uses your tablet's Micro-USB connection to juice it up. You can dock and charge the tablet in portrait or landscape mode, use your Nexus while it's charging, and pipe video to your TV or monitor via the dock's HDMI connection.

The pyramid-shaped Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand uses Qi inductive charging to juice up your tablet. You can also charge your Nexus with the cover … Read more

Verizon unveils LTE Nexus 7 tablet for $250

Google's LTE Nexus 7 is now officially part of Verizon's network.

As of Thursday, Verizon is selling the tablet for $250 with the usual two-year contract, or $350 on a month-to-month off-contract basis. The Nexus 7 is now available online and will land in Verizon retail stores as well.

Further, current owners of the 4G LTE Nexus 7 can now officially activate it on Verizon's network courtesy of a software update that sailed forth on Wednesday. Though users were already able to "unofficially" activate the tablet, the new update comes with Verizon's blessings.

Owners … Read more

Imagining a Google where search isn't the whole story

Google's built a multi-billion-dollar empire largely on the strength of search ad sales. But that's starting to change as the years Google has spent nurturing side businesses that have nothing to do with search are beginning to show small, but growing returns.

When Google announced its earnings for the last quarter of 2013, investors and analysts were generally pleased. The company blew past most expectations, with revenue 17 percent higher than during the same period in 2012.

Although the company's earnings-per-share missed analyst expectations, Google had a boffo quarter. Revenue was up, owing to higher Google-owned site … Read more

Five tips to make your Nexus 5 even better

Google's latest flagship smartphone is a force to be reckoned with, and while it may not have all the bells and whistles as some of its competitors, CNET senior editor Brian Bennett just can't seem to put his down. The Nexus 5 is equipped with a beautiful 4.95-inch full HD 1080p display, a speedy 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a capable 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization.

On the software side, the device is running the latest version of Android -- version 4.4.2 -- and includes some special goodies not found in … Read more

Google Nexus 8 set for April launch, says report

Google's Nexus line might soon include a new tablet.

Google plans to launch an 8-inch tablet in April, dubbed the Nexus 8, to complement its current Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 offerings, Digitimes reported on Friday, citing people in the supply chain. Digitimes has a spotty record when it comes to accurate predictions, however, so its report should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt.

Still, this isn't the first time that we've heard rumblings of an 8-inch Nexus hitting store shelves at some point. According to Digitimes' sources, the move reflects Google's desire to … Read more

HTC in hunt for 'high end' Nexus tablet, report says

HTC will once again partner with Google to produce a Nexus device, or so suggests a new Taiwanese report.

According to unnamed sources close to the Commercial Times, HTC has won the rights to create a "high-end" Nexus tablet for release in the third quarter. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of this particular rumor. HTC, for its part, is remaining understandably tight-lipped on the subject.

As most readers know, HTC was the first company to manufacture a Nexus smartphone, the Nexus One. Introduced in 2010, it remains the only time Google and HTC would partner on a … Read more