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.

Or listen to the audio below:

Gadget Lab audio podcast #153

http://downloads.wired.com/podcasts/assets/gadgetlabaudio/GadgetLabAudio0153.mp3

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A dog dressed as a tiny chef makes grilled bruschetta

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Crusoe, a miniature dachshund turned tiny Italian chef, shares his tips for making the perfect grilled bruschetta

Dressed in dog-size chef whites and a little chef's hat, Crusoe "talks" his viewers through slicing and grilling the bread, dicing the tomatoes and shredding the basil

Our only critique: His plating skills need fine-tuning.

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Australia has un-killable spiders and it’s terrifying

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In case you were ever thinking of moving to Australia, don't

With innumerable creatures that can kill you at a moment's notice, no place is safe — not even the bathroom. As Aussie YouTuber Barry Morrissey's video shows, spiders are lurking under every toilet seat. Even scarier, they're seemingly unflushable.

We're not saying you should be worried, but an extra flamethrower or five wouldn't hurt.

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‘Realistic Barbie’ wants you to do you

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Even dolls struggle with self esteem — especially around beach season.

Lammily, the "realistic" alternative fashion doll to Barbie, takes off in her first adventure from creator Nickolay Lamm. Lammily finds herself in the same awkward position as many young girls today, struggling with unattainable beauty standards in her environment and in the media. Can't a doll just go to the beach?

"I try to show that the seemingly perfect people we see on TV and online is like a mirage," Lamm told Mashable. The video, he said, was inspired in part by model Cameron Russell's TED Talk about beauty standards and the modeling industry. Read more...

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