How to Use E-book Readers and Tablets as Tools for Research

It is often claimed that superficial and occasional readers are more likely to “succumb” to the lures of e-book reading devices, whereas “serious” readers will always prefer printed books. However, studies conducted among e-book users have steadily shown them to be avid readers, who read books in all formats and for a number of reasons,…

Microsoft working on a split controller for tablet gaming?

Getting rid of physical buttons on our gadgets has been a massive advantage for phones and tablets - but for gaming... it makes things more difficult. Luckily though, it appears that Microsoft could be working on an interesting solution. Patently Apple has dug up some diagrams filed by Microsoft with the US patent office that…

Battery breakthrough could lead to longer-lasting smartphones

As new rules come into force about proving your phone is actually a phone when you catch a plane, there is good news for people worried that their battery may well give out on the journey from home to the airport. Beacon News reports that a team at the energy storage technology company AdvEn Solutions…

Tablets now go-to devices for TV, gaming and more

Tablets have become mainstream consumer devices in the UK with more than half of 16-44 year olds having access to one, according to new data from Kantar Media's FutureProof study. This means that tablets are now the go-to portable device…

BBC iPlayer users 'should pay licence fee'

BBC viewers who avoid paying the annual licence fee by only watching television via the iPlayer may not get away with it for much longer. Acting BBC Trust chairwoman Diane Coyle said the BBC will propose that those using just…

SwiftKey Android app goes free

The popular Android keyboard app SwiftKey is now free to download via Google Play. The app has always been available for a month's free trial, after which it cost £2.99 to buy to be able to continue using it. The…

Is Google working on a 3D tablet?

Google is developing a new 7-inch tablet with 3D mapping capabilities, according to reports. CNET says that the new tablet incorporates advanced vision capabilities that can capture more precise three-dimensional images of objects. It says that the tablet will have…

Archos unveils ArcBook 10.1-inch Android netbook

Tablet-maker Archos has announced an Android-powered portable netbook called the ArcBook. The new device will features a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen display, is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash…

12.2 inch Samsung Galaxy Note on the way, suggests leak

Things can only get bigger for the Samsung Galaxy Note range, if the current screen-size trajectory for the line is anything to go by. Now, the latest leak suggests that Samsung have a real whopper lined up next to bear…