Top 5 Android 4.0 tablets

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean a sweet Android update

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet to ship with Android 4.1 (see above for details) and with its release imminent, I couldn't in good conscience update the top Android 4.0 tablets without including it.

So although the title states "4.0," think of it as "4.0 and above." Everyone cool with that? Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

I imagine this list will need frequent updating over the next few months as some big-name Android 4.0+ releases like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are coming down the pike. For now, however, here are the current top Android 4.x tablets.

Editors' note: This post was originally published May 31, 2012, and updated July 12, 2012.


I've definitely warmed up to the folded-back-magazine look and feel of the Tablet S.

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Apple-Like Solar-Powered Keyboard Controls Mac, iPad, iPhone


Love portable keyboards? You’re going to want to see Logitech’s latest offering.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac, iPad and iPhone lets you pair up to three of those devices at a time.

That means no more disconnecting and re-entering a code each time you want to switch between devices, from your Mac to your iPad, say. Just one push of a button does it.

The Solar panel means never having to change batteries again. The keyboard can be charged either from sunlight, if you like to work outside, or from indoor lamp light. Logitech says that fully powered, the keyboard will run for three months, based on an average 8 hours of use a day.

The new solar keyboard is an upgrade from the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 we reviewed in 2010, and has some welcome improvements for Apple users.

For starters, it looks a lot like the regular Apple Wireless Keyboard; Logitech has designed the layout and keys to more closely resemble those on a Mac. The dedicated Home key works like the Home button on your iPad or iPhone.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 hits stores in the U.S. and Europe in June with a list price of $80. If this report is correct, it may be followed by another hot sun-fueled Apple gadget from Logitech: a solar-powered iPad case that can charge your tablet.

Logitech Brand Manager Todd Walker demos the keyboard in the video below:

Are you using a portable keyboard with your tablet? Have you tried a solar keyboard? Let us know how it’s working for you in the comments.

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Gadget Lab Show: Asus Zenbook Prime and MindWave Mobile Headset

                    

This week on the Gadget Lab Show, we take a look at the new Asus Zenbook Prime ultrabook, the MindWave Mobile Headset, and talk about Star Wars‘ recent 35th anniversary.

To start, staff writers Christina Bonnington and Roberto Baldwin take a look at a preview version of the Asus Zenbook Prime. The 13-inch ultrabook weighs 2.89 pounds and will run you anywhere from $799 to $1599, depending on the model. It’s a very attractive ultraportable notebook, but it has a few caveats: a loud fan, and a laggy touchpad, primarily.

Next up, the gang goes “heads-on” with the Mindwave Mobile Brainwave Headset. It’s an EEG headset that lets you play iOS and Android games using the powers of your mind — specifically, the powers of concentration, relaxation, and blinking. There are close to 100 PC and mobile apps compatible with the $130 headset, but it’s still a hefty investment for a product that makes you feel like a total nerd when you’re wearing it.

Finishing off the show, Roberto and Christina chat about some of the best tech and gadgets in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.

Like the show? You can also get the Gadget Lab video podcast via iTunes, or if you don’t want to be distracted by our unholy on-camera talent, check out the Gadget Lab audio podcast. Prefer RSS? You can subscribe to the Gadget Lab video or audio podcast feeds.

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UK vinyl sales pass 1 million mark for first time in 18 years

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LONDON — It's been dismissed as pastime for hipsters, but collecting vinyl is once again big business — a £20 million ($31.5 million) business, to be specific

New figures released Thursday by the UK's Official Charts Company show this year's vinyl sales have already passed the 1-million mark, and are on course to hit 1.2 million units by the end of this year, with a busy Christmas shopping season expected. It's the first time since 1996 — a year when Oasis, Alanis Morissette and the Spice Girls dominated the charts — that sales have hit that mark.

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Bad Lip Reading marks Thanksgiving with a ‘Hunger Games’ double feature

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Bad Lip Reading, the YouTube channel that creates videos featuring hilarious dubbing that replaces original dialogue, is helping us all celebrate Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, the channel released a new episode, above, that parodies 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and co. have never been so hilarious.

And if that's not enough, Bad Lip Reading released another video on Thursday, which features a District 11 concert by Katniss and Peeta Mellark's (Josh Hutcherson) new band, Obsidiots. Check it out, below: Read more...

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In pictures, 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade went off relatively without a hitch Thursday, although New York police arrested a handful of Ferguson protesters who rallied at the event

It was a chilly 36 degrees Fahrenheit, with scattered snow, on Thursday morning; but that didn't stop millions of people from coming out to watch the parade. Since 1924, a procession of floats, bands and more have marked Thanksgiving by moving through Manhattan.

The parade begins on Central Park West at West 77th Street, heads south around the park to Sixth Avenue, before finally arriving in front of the famous Macy's on 34th Street. New balloons in the 2014 parade include a holiday Pikachu, Paddington Bear, Thomas the Tank Engine, Skylanders and a giant red Power Ranger. Read more...

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