Homeland Security bans laptops and tablets on direct flights to the U.S. from eight Middle East countries

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued new guidelines for travelers carrying electronic devices when flying to the US directly from eight Middle East countries. According to the new rules, if you are carrying any electronic device bigger than a smartphone, you will be required to stow it away with your check-in luggage. Join us after the break for more details.

No love for tablets as Google skips them with Assistant

If you have an Android smartphone running either Nougat or Marshmallow, the odds are pretty good that you may already have access to the Google Assistant. This comes after Google started rolling the AI feature out to devices earlier this month. Unfortunately, it looks like one group of device owners is being left out in the cold as Android tablets are not receiving the Assistant and future access appears to be doubtful as well.

Release date for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is March 24, priced at $599

People have been waiting weeks for this information, and today we’re sharing with you when the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 can be bought in the U.S. as well as a price. Its pre-order window and release date are approaching fast; however, you might be waiting a little longer to save money as this tablet is quite expensive. Samsung went all-in, which the price is a clear reflection of.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a steep price tag as pre-orders go live

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S2 that was available in both 8 and 9.7-inch sizes, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S3 at MWC 2017 in Barcelona in a 9.7-inch size only, with an S Pen included with every unit. With the Galaxy Tab S3 boasting a metal and glass construction and high-end specifications such as the 9.7-inch Super-AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, 32GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM, it was fairly obvious that the tablet would also sport a premium price. Join us after the break to find out just how much you can expect to pay for the Galaxy Tab S3.

No more Pixel laptops, even brand expansion seems questionable

At Mobile World Congress 2017, Google met with several journalists to discuss ongoing and future initiatives for the giant tech company. One Google representative in attendance was Rick Osterloh who is the senior vice president for hardware and effectively runs the consumer hardware side of things. During the meeting and in subsequent comments, Osterloh revealed the Chromebook Pixel line of laptops has reached the end of its life and he also threw some doubt as to how committed to the Pixel brand Google may be.

Lenovo’s Tab 4 Series debuts at MWC 2017, includes lots of choice and Nougat

Lenovo isn’t giving up on Android tablets anytime soon. A new bunch of hardware was just announced at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. It’s the Tab Series 4, a family of tablets that feature two mainstream devices and two premium media-focused devices. Lenovo wants to serve different consumers with tablets from the same family rather than heavily differentiating its offerings.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a special tablet since it includes all of the cutting-edge technology normally saved for high-end phones. Does the tablet work for you? That depends. But the components being used suggest Samsung is catering to entertainment- and productivity-crazy consumers. So, if you’re trying to watch a lot of video or get work done, the Galaxy Tab S3 could be fit.

Hit the break for the spec sheet.

Samsung is taking audio seriously with AKG by HARMAN partnership

It’s easy for Samsung to brag about the high quality of their displays for smartphones and tablets, and how great they are for consuming media because of their bright, crisp colors, but the screen isn’t all there is to watching a movie or TV show. Sound quality is often an overlooked feature in smart devices as they get thinner and thinner, but it’s just as important for creating an immersive media experience. Samsung is working on fixing that.

Google Assistant to land on many more phones

Last year when Google first revealed Google Assistant, followed by its exclusive introduction via Google Pixel phones, there was some concern that Google was starting to create divergent paths for Android features. Google always indicated that going forward they would eventually make at least some Google Assistant features available to other manufacturers and devices. Their latest move though reveals a slight change in strategy as Google has announced Google Assistant will be coming to many (if not all) devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.