Amazon dropped, but will restore, encryption on Fire tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire

This week, Amazon made a surprising announcement about its line of Kindle Fire tablets: starting with Fire OS version 5, support for device encryption was being dropped. No clear reason had been given, beyond this statement to TechCrunch: In a statement sent to TechCrunch the company said: “In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we … Read moreAmazon dropped, but will restore, encryption on Fire tablets

Tablet sales drop for 2015, detachables sell OK

iPad Pro

Research firm IDC reports that tablet makers shipped 206.8 million tablets, down 10.1% from 2014. Sales of tablets also dropped from 2014, by 13.7%. The only growth area is in “detachables,” or tablets with keyboard attachments. The leaders in this area would be at the higher end. The iPad Pro sold over two million units … Read moreTablet sales drop for 2015, detachables sell OK

Phablets popular during 2015 holiday season

iPhone and iPad

Analytics firm Flurry Analytics took a look at what mobile devices were most popular during 2015’s holiday season, based on app usage and device activations. The most popular platform was iOS, with Apple devices making up 49% of all activations between December 19 and 25. As for what types of devices were the most popular, apparently phablets … Read morePhablets popular during 2015 holiday season

Chrome OS to be merged with Android

Chromebook screenshot with default fox wallpaper

On Thursday, it was reported (initially by the Wall Street Journal) that Google plans to fold Chrome OS into its Android operating system. The goal is to create a new Android-based operating system for its present line of Chromebooks as well as for smartphones and tablets. The Chromebook line will also be renamed; its new name … Read moreChrome OS to be merged with Android

Amazon announces a $50 Fire tablet, $100 kid-friendly tablet

Amazon Fire

Amazon this week has announced it’s releasing a $50 entry-level version of its Kindle Fire tablet. For $50, you aren’t getting a higher-end tablet, such as Amazon’s Fire HD models. The new Fire’s specs are similar to what a typical tablet several years ago would’ve offered: 1GB of memory; 8GB of built in storage; a MicroSD … Read moreAmazon announces a $50 Fire tablet, $100 kid-friendly tablet

10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed

Screenshot of Xubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS

It’s been 10 years since I started using Linux as an operating system for my home PCs. A decade ago, I’d grown interested in using Linux for various reasons, including: A free (as in cost) operating system, as well as free (as in cost) software. I didn’t have much money to spend on an office … Read more10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed

The iPad turns five

iPad mini Retina (2013)

Apple’s popular iPad tablet celebrated the fifth anniversary of its release on April 3. The Verge has a timeline summing up the various releases since its 2010 debut. Despite the changes the iPad’s wrought, its anniversary seems to have gone largely quiet in both the media at large and on tech websites. Among other changes since its … Read moreThe iPad turns five

Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Last week, I bought a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The first-generation Nexus 7 I’ve had since 2012 is starting to die (problems waking up, sluggish performance even before upgrading to Android Lollipop, etc.), and I ultimately decided it was time for a new tablet. I bought the Galaxy based on trying it … Read moreThoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4