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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Sony wants ‘The Interview’ out soon, but on Crackle? Not so fast

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LOS ANGELES — Sony is hellbent on releasing The Interview as soon as it's able, but reports that the battered studio is debuting the movie on its free online streaming service Crackle are false, Mashable has learned.

Sony considers The Interview to be merely delayed, David Boies, a lawyer for the studio, told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Saturday afternoon.

"It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed," he said.

SEE ALSO: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you

Earlier on Saturday, the New York Post reported that The Interview would be offered on Crackle, but a person with direct knowledge of the studio's thinking told Mashable that report was premature, adding that many factors and options are being weighed at the moment.

Sony maintains it pulled the film from its Christmas Day slot only after the major movie theaters decided en masse not to show it. Boies said the company is "fighting" to release the film some way, while also keeping the safety of the public a top priority Read more...

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NYPD cop killer told passers-by to ‘follow him on Instagram’ moments before shooting

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Moments before shooting dead two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley told two passers-by to follow him on Instagram and said "watch what I am going to do."

Brinsley also took a Bolt bus to New York from the Baltimore area on the morning of the attack, arriving on Manhattan's west side around 10:15 a.m.

The new details of the attack emerged during a NYPD press briefing on Sunday afternoon where investigator began to paint a picture of the hours before the attack. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that while Baltimore Police had faxed a wanted post of Brinsley to the department, it came in just one minute before the attack. According to Boyce, the fax arrived at 2:46 p.m. EST and "a minute later is the homicide." Read more...

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Police departments across the U.S. display ‘mourning bands’ to support NYPD

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Following Saturday's murders of two police officers in New York, dozens of police departments across the U.S. have sent messages of support to the NYPD.

The New York Police Department changed its Twitter profile photo on Saturday night to an image of a police badge with a black "mourning band" around it

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NYPD precincts and other departments followed suit. Some, such as Los Angeles Police Department officers, wore the black mourning bands in solidarity with the NYPD. Read more...

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