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.


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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:

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NASA’s MAVEN Approaches Mars After 10 Months and 442 Miles

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter (MAVEN) is approaching its destination over Mars. It's the first spacecraft sent specifically to research the red planet’s upper atmosphere.

MAVEN left Earth on Nov. 18, 2013, on a mission to hunt for signs of oxygen and carbon dioxide, aiming to measure how the planet’s atmosphere interacts with the solar wind.

“These are important questions for understanding the history of Mars, its climate, and its potential to support at least microbial life,” said MAVEN’s principal investigator, Bruce Jakosky, according to a statement. Read more...

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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 Employees

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More than 2,000 Microsoft employees are about to have some more time to play Minecraft.

Microsoft is cutting another 2,100 positions on Thursday as part of a previously announced staff reduction plan. The layoffs were first reported by ZDNet and confirmed to Mashable by a source close to the company

In July, Microsoft announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs by the end of the fiscal year, marking the biggest reduction in its history. The first stage of those layoffs totaled about 13,000 employees, many of which were Nokia employees. Read more...

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We Tasted Surge, and It’s Nothing Like We Remembered

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Memories have been know to be, well, inaccurate — especially when recollecting your childhood.

The more you reminisce experiences, the bigger and better they seem to grow. So when the resurgence of Surge soda was announced, caffeinated '90s kids rejoiced, fondly sharing the few memories they still had of the radioactive green drink.

Then we tasted it. Reactions ranged from pure disgust to a carbonated chug session

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