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iPad Air 2 features Touch ID, A8X processor, 120FPS camera and more

Ubisoft is nowhere to be found when it comes to the new iPad Air 2 from Apple, especially with crazy, insane numbers like 120FPS. But, the full specs on the new iPad Air 2 show that there are some big upgrades in Apple's thinner iPad Air, especially when you consider there was nothing but a Touch ID addition to the 'new' iPad mini 3.

 

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We have an iPad Air 2 that is 18% thinner than the iPad Air, at just 6.1mm, Apple's new A8X processor backed up by the M8 co-processor, 120FPS video recording abilities with its 8-megapixel iSight camera, Touch ID, and more. We have it at 9.4 inches high (or 240mm), and 6.6 inches wide (or 169.5mm), up to 10 hours of battery life, and AirPlay Mirroring (photos, audio and video out) to Apple TV (second-generation or later).

 

Apple's new iPad Air 2 will be available for pre-order on Apple's website starting tomorrow, October 17, starting at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 64GB model, and $699 for the 128GB model.

The only difference between iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3: Touch ID

Apple unveiled its new iPad mini 3 earlier today, but one of the things missed that most don't seem to be reporting on, is that it doesn't have much in the way of changes from its predecessor, the iPad mini 2.

 

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Sure, it has Touch ID, but other than that, the only other difference is a $100 increase in price. It has the same A7 and M7 chips inside of it, just like the iPad mini 2, the same display size and resolution, the same camera, and is even the same weight and dimensions as last year's model. This means that Apple didn't touch anything on the inside, or outside of the new iPad mini 3, apart from providing fingerprint security - something it is charging $100 more for.

 

For a company that is always about thinner, lighter, better, this is a very odd step for them. Why even bother with the iPad mini 3? Why not wait until the resolution could've been increased, or slap in the A8 processor inside? What do you think about this? $100 more and Touch ID? Good enough? A misstep by Apple?

Nexus 9 benchmarks are comparable to entry-level Mac Pro from 2012

It looks like the new Nexus 9 tablet could be quite the beast, with the HTC-made tablet creating some serious numbers in Geekbench. These benchmarks are showing single-core results of 1903, which is what a 2012 Mac Pro is capable of.

 

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Considering the Nexus 9 is just $399, this is quite the show for the NVIDIA-powered slate. Talking about NVIDIA, the company provided HTC and Google with its impressive Tegra K1 processor, clocked at 2.3GHz, with its Kepler DX1 GPU. Pre-orders open up later on today for the Nexus 9, and at $399, it should be a hot new device for people to snap up.

Sony will be delivering Android 5.0 to the 'entire Xperia series'

Google unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, with NVIDIA already stepping forward promising the new delicious-sounding mobile OS for its gaming tablet, the Shield Tablet. Now, it's Sony's turn.

 

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Sony has promised that it is in the beginning stages of its Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade plans, promising that the "entire Xperia Z series" will be upgraded to Android 5.0. This includes the following devices: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

 

The first Sony device to receive Android 5.0 will be the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition, with most of the devices receiving their Lollipop updates early next year, starting with "the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series".

NFL quarterback refers to Surface tablet as 'iPad knockoff'

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler apparently isn't a big fan of the Microsoft Surface tablet, and would rather choose an Apple iPad. Cutler referred to the Surface Pro 2 as "knockoff iPads," and then quickly clarified by saying they work great, but he just didn't know what they were called.

 

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Unfortunately, the NFL and Microsoft have a brand partnership arrangement in which the Surface Pro 2 tablets are used on the sidelines and in the commentary booth - all for a reported $400 million. However, game announcers and players have gotten the name of the device wrong, and the headaches for the NFL must be continuing to pile up.

 

This is just another branding issue for the NFL, which has also warned players against wearing Beats headphones. Bose is the official audio sponsor of the league, so all non-Bose headphones are not supposed to be worn.

Apple unveils iPad Air 2, hopes to jump back into tablet market fun

Apple today unveiled two new tablets, the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2, hoping to jump back into an increasingly competitive tablet market. The iPad Air 2 is 6.1 millimeters thin and is being promoted as the "world's thinnest tablet," featuring a better screen and camera, and includes the Touch ID fingerprint technology.

 

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iPad Air 2 pricing starts at $499, while the iPad Mini 3 will start at $399. The new iPad models will begin shipping next week, with pre-orders opening up on Friday.

 

The tablet market has faced pressure while consumers choose to purchase smartphones and phablets - and with each new generation of tablets, consumers seem ready to hang on to older models - and manufacturers are struggling to promote newer technologies.

NVIDIA confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop for its Shield Tablet

Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, which launched alongside the soon-to-be released Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player.

 

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NVIDIA has taken to its Facebook page to announce that its Shield Tablet is "Ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop" and that "Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet". I'm sure we'll hear more about it soon, but it's great to see NVIDIA jumping out right away pledging support for Google's latest mobile OS.

Survey: Teenagers comfortable using voice commands, adults baffled

Fifty five percent of teenagers conduct at least one voice search per day on their smartphones, according to the Northstar market research firm. A surprisingly high 41 percent of adults use voice commands, but 56 percent of adult survey respondents said using voice search made them feel like a "geek." The survey included 1,400 people using a mix of Google Search, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana.

 

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"Voice search is a key feature of the Google app that's becoming even more important as people spend more time on their mobile phones," said Scott Huffman, Google VP for Conversational Search, in a press statement. "We wanted to learn more about how people of all ages use Google hands-free on their phones."

 

As a random voice-related tidbit, 22 percent of teenagers and 15 percent of adults admit to using voice search while in the bathroom.

Lenovo targets Xiaomi, is building a new smartphone brand to compete

While the headlines are always about Samsung, Google and Apple, there is a much bigger part of the pie that is currently being eyed at: China. Lenovo and Xiaomi are the two most recognizable brands in the region, but Lenovo is hungry for more.

 

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The company is about to create an entire new smartphone brand for the Chinese market, something that will be much more official in April 2015. The new brand will focus on branded applications, consumer engagement, and selling devices online - making it easier for Chinese customers to get online, and after a few clicks, have a device shipped out to them. Lenovo will still sell Lenovo-branded smartphones through local carriers and retailers, but this new brand will compliment its main brand in the country.

ASUS PadFone X Mini is coming to the US, priced at $200 off contract

ASUS has enjoyed the launch of multiple of its PadFone devices in other parts of the world, especially Taiwan, but now the PadFone X Mini is making it to the US. The ASUS PadFone X Mini sports a 4.5-inch display, but docks into a larger 7-inch tablet for a unique experience.

 

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The device will be launching in the US for $199.99 with AT&T's GoPhone plan, off contact. The $200 price tag is pretty hot, considering you get both devices - the tablet, and smartphone - but remember, the tablet doesn't work without the smartphone inside of it. Intel is the one powering the device, with its Atom Z2560 dual-core processor. We also have 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, two cameras, and a microSD card slot. Software wise, we have Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

What makes the PadFone series of devices unique is the tablet side of the device, which doesn't just give you a bigger screen, but it provides a much longer life thanks to its additional battery. The phone on its own has around 16 hours of use, but the tablet brings over an additional 12.5 hours.

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