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[27 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 5,686 views]
Barnes & Noble waving white flag in tablet war

It’s a sad day for fans of Nook tablets — Barnes & Noble has announced it will cease manufacturing color tablets because the company is losing a lot of money on them.
It’s no secret that Barnes & Noble has been getting its teeth kicked in by the Amazon Kindle Fire since the Nook Tablet was released in 2011. How badly has Barnes & Noble fared in the tablet market? The company posted a loss of $222 million for fiscal 2013 as its current lineup of tablets — the Nook HD …

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[30 May 2013 | One Comment | 2,056 views]
Motorola to make smartphone in the U.S.

Motorola announced on Thursday that it will release a new smartphone — the Moto X — in October.
Motorola officials have gone on at length about how advanced the Android-based phone will be. For example, Motorola claims the phone will be contextually aware of its surroundings and act accordingly — it can fire up a camera when pulled out of a pocket, behave differently when in a moving car, etc. It’s to be a high-end smartphone competing with the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, …

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[9 May 2013 | 4 Comments | 4,421 views]
BBB warning: Internet Explorer 8 vulnerable to scammers

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging all consumers and businesses to pay close attention to a Cyber Security Advisory issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser (IE8) that could allow scammers to access and take over users’ computers. The risk for all users – home, business and government – is high, and BBB is urging anyone with IE8 to follow the recommended steps to address the problem.
The problem was first announced Thursday, and Wednesday night Microsoft released a temporary fix. …

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[5 May 2013 | 3 Comments | 5,163 views]
Google Play and slashed prices for Nook

The good folks over at Barnes & Noble are up to a lot these days so far as the Nook HD and HD+ are concerned. Yes, Google Play is now included on those Nooks and prices on the tablets have been slashed for Mother’s Day.
The 7″ HD and 9″ HD+ tablets are capable, to be sure, but there’s been a problem with them — users have been chained to the awful Barnes & Noble apps store. First Arkansas News, last month, posted an easy way for people to “root” their …

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[4 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,345 views]
Go ahead and Jump!

There are, to be sure, a lot of applications out there that will let you log into a computer remotely and control it like you are sitting in front of it.
I’ll not get into which ones are great and which ones are not because, frankly, I don’t care. I’m only interested in getting something that works and the Jump Desktop works very well. It is available for Microsoft Windows (but, really, what isn’t?) Apple Mac OS and the most popular mobile operating systems on the planet — Apple iOS and …

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[1 May 2013 | One Comment | 2,214 views]
‘First Arkansas News’ has its own Android app

We’re trying something a bit experimental here at First Arkansas News and we hope people will like it.
What are we doing? Simply put, we’re making the site a bit friendlier to mobile browsers. While First Arkansas News has had a mobile theme for some time, look for that to improve (it looks pretty good now, but needs some tweaking). What’s more, we’re experimenting with an Android app that we hope is convenient (read on for more details about that and, no, Apple iOS users haven’t been left out in the …

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[29 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 1,945 views]
Google Now makes debut on iOS

On Monday, Google Search was made available to iPad and iPhone users through the Apple App Store.
Google Search is voice enabled and comes with Google Now, a technology that will learn your search habits, track your appointments on your Google Calendar and flash information at you that is relevant. The cards are supposed to appear when they are relevant to you and the feature has proven pretty accurate so far — it’s been on my iPhone 4S for less than a day and has already reminded me of an appointment …

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[6 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 5,178 views]
iPadAlternative.com — out to back up a brash claim

If you name your company iPadAlternative.com, you’d better bring a quality product to the table.
What’s the company out to prove? That its tablet PCs – most of which are powered by Google’s Android operating system — offer more bang for the buck than just about anything on the market. How much do the tablets cost? They are available from $89 to $479. Even the most expensive tablet sold by iPadAlternative.com is $20 less than the $499 list price for the entry level model of the industry leading Apple iPad 2. …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 3,014 views]
How much is that phone worth now?

When a person goes to a wireless carrier to purchase a smartphone, what typically happens? He or she usually pays a reduced fee for a phone (or gets one for free) and signs up for a two-year contract.
While most carriers have no-contract plans available that allow consumers to pay full price for hardware and buy a separate service plan, most smartphone users still utilize two-year contracts. Under those plans, consumers pay considerably less than what the hardware actually costs in exchange for agreeing to stick with that carrier for two …

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[5 Oct 2011 | 10 Comments | 31,622 views]
Fun with a cheap Android tablet

My, but people across the nation have gone all wacky for tablets, haven’t they?
The Amazon Kindle Fire sold an estimated 250,000 units in the first few days after it was announced late last month and made available through pre-orders (the reader will hit the shelves in November). Meanwhile, a reported 2.5 million Apple iPad 2 units were sold in the first month of that product’s existence. It seems that new Android pads (and, yes, the Kindle does fall in that category) are being announced on an almost daily basis.
While there …