Makers of the secure Blackphone are launching a tablet

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The Blackphone, developed by Geeksphone and Silent Circle, is the most secure phone on the market today. To go along with it, SGP Technologies is launching a high-end tablet running PrivatOS. The company is aware that mastering distribution is a must. It is still expected to be rather expensive considering the tight security.

Jon Callas, chief technology officer of Silent Circle, confirmed the tablet’s existence and explained it will “have the features people who use it every day will demand from it.” You can give people as much security as you want, but at some point applications are going to be a necessity. The Blackphone does not have Google Play; the only way to get apps are through something like Amazon’s Appstore, but that is particularly limited.

Source: CNBC

Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and other Samsung devices could get banned from entering the U.S.

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About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.


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HTC returning to the tablet market following Nexus launch this fall

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The next six months for HTC could be the most important time in the company’s seventeen years of existence. Leading up to this fall, reports claimed that the company would be launching a new version of the One (M8) will boosted specifications and a smartwatch powered by Android Wear. The phone was canceled and the smartwatch has been delayed to next year. Instead, HTC will have selfie-centered phones and a camera as we near the holiday season.

The most important part of HTC’s next step, however, is the manufacturing of the next Nexus tablet. It will be the start of HTC’s return to the tablet market after a break that lasted three years.


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Samsung officially announces ruggedized, business-oriented Galaxy Tab Active

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Roughly a month ago we reported that Samsung had announced a new ruggedized tablet geared specifically for business appropriately called the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active. Today they have officially announced the tablet with a very detailed press release, revealing more information about Samsung’s upcoming device. As we knew before, the Tab Active features a shock-resistant body that is said to hold up after being dropped from as high as 1.2 meters and will be water and dust-resistant. It will also have a removable 4450 mAh battery that lasts up to 10 hours and will feature a ton of enhancements and apps geared towards business. The Galaxy Tab Active should be released by the end of the month and will come in WiFi and LTE-capable models.

You can pre-order this bad boy for $699 directly from Samsung.

Hit the break for the full press release.
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Amazon will offer a new Washington Post application for Kindle tablets and other devices

amazon_logo_kindle_hdAbout a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post, a national newspaper. Since that purchase, we haven’t seen any indication of Bezos crossing his newly owned newspaper publication and Amazon, but it looks like that might be changing in the near future.

Several employees of the Washington Post have been working on a new application for digital distribution or curated content, and it looks like the app is going to make its debut on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets later this year. The app will offer photos and news stories to readers in a tablet-friendly format, probably similar to something like Flipboard. It sounds like Amazon is looking at making this exclusively a tablet app, though, so don’t expect a version for the Fire Phone or anything else when it first launches.
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Straight Talk launches ‘Bring Your Own Tablet’ program

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It has never been easier to get a tablet setup with Straight Talk. The carrier, a partnership between TracFone and Walmart, has launched program that welcomes tablets a customer already owns. The ‘Bring Your Own Tablet’ program urges customers owning tablets compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks to get a SIM card with Straight Talk. From there, just choose an appropriate plan and get started.

Source: Straight Talk Blog

Taiwan FCC shows HTC and Nexus 9 in one database entry

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Although there have been plenty of rumors and leaks surrounding the upcoming Google Nexus 9 device, including pretty heavy speculation that HTC is the manufacturer, nothing official has been announced. Even in an FCC filing for the device in the U.S., the alleged device only shows up as a tablet produced by HTC. A new entry from the Taiwan version of the FCC lists the model name for the HTC device as “Nexus 9″ which is probably the closest to confirmation that HTC is producing the device that we will get before any official announcements are made.

The new Nexus 9 announcement could come this week during an HTC press event unless Google wants to make the announcement themselves later this month.

source: NCC
via: G for Games

Here’s the back of the Nexus 9

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I am sure you woke up this fine Monday morning saying to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to see the back of the Nexus 9?” Well you wish has come true, and guess what? It says “Nexus” on the back!! :-) Now there is a little bit of a letdown here. You are probably aware that HTC is making the device, which could mean a lot of metal. If that was your wish, I am sad to report that one won’t come true.


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