Android powered tablet hits the battlefield in close air support demonstration

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During a recent training exercise, “Talon Reach” held in Arizona, DARPA successfully tested a new system for Forward Air Controllers to call in air strikes that made use of Android-powered tablets in place of more traditional radios and hardened laptop devices. The tablets ran a program called Persistent Close Air Support, or PCAS, that was able to communicate with a counterpart program on board air support, known as PCAS-Air, in order to call in an air strike. DARPA and the military believe the new system will give Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) the ability to order air strikes more quickly and with greater precision, even under chaotic and stressful conditions. Read more

Chainfire publishes preview of FlashFire, the successor to Mobile Odin

FlashFireIf you’ve ever rooted, flashed a custom rom, kernel or mod on a Samsung smartphone or tablet, there’s a good chance that you’ve used a tool developed by Chainfire at some point. You can count the SuperSu app, Triangle Away  and 500 Firepaper apps among his many creations, and now we have a new app called FlashFire which is currently in Beta status. Chainfire says the new app is the spiritual successor to Mobile Odin. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab A heading to Europe in May

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Next month, the newest tablet to join Samsung’s portfolio will be available for consumers located in Europe. The company’s Germany site labels May as the release date for the tablet. The price of the Galaxy Tab A (WiFi-only) is set at €299 while the LTE variant ups that to €349. Samsung plans to sell both black and white color options in Europe.

Source: Samsung Deutschland
Via: Phone Arena

[Deal] Best Buy takes $75 off the Nexus 9

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Want one of the best Android tablets around? Then head over to Best Buy and purchase the Nexus 9. The electronics retailer is selling Google’s flagship tablet for $75 less than its normal price and both 16GB and 32GB models are eligible. That means the 16GB model costs $324 while the 32GB model has been lowered to $404. The Indigo Black and Lunar White color options are available in either storage size with the discount.

[Nexus 9 – Best Buy]