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Yahoo! announces Livestand news app for iPad and Android tablets

Yahoo! has just announced Livestand, an app for iPad and Android tablets that puts the company squarely in the middle of the current trend toward multimedia-centered digital news. Livestand's pitch is personalization and local news, but Yahoo!'s focus at this stage is on roping in publishers and advertisers. Yahoo! wants publishers to use Livestand as a platform to distribute their content across...

Linpus Lite tablet-optimized Linux OS gets hands-on treatment (video)

While tablet hardware is capable of running a full desktop OS, the experience often leaves something to be desired. Most desktop OSes are still designed to be used with a keyboard and mouse, and you're not likely to attach either to a tablet while you're riding a bus to work. Linpus offered a full Linux distro for quite some time, and now they're offering a tablet-optimized interface for...

SwiftKey for Android Honeycomb tablets demonstrated, looks thumbtastic

Feast your eyes on the first 'improved' on-screen keyboard for Android Honeycomb tablets! With the same prediction engine from the smartphone variant, and with a beautiful tablet-optimized two-thumb interface, it looks like SwiftKey will redefine text input on tablets. Engadget has the complete story, some more photos, and some hands-on experience, but judging by the videos (included after the...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb for your Nook Color now free to download

Just days ago, developer deeper-blue announced his initial success porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the Nook Color tablet e-reader. Now, he's made it a whole lot easier for anyone with some free time and patience to do the same.The ROM installs to your SD card, and most of the Nook's hardware is now functional -- including Wi-Fi, hardware graphics acceleration, touchscreen input, and control...

Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb gets SDK update and first public preview

Android 3.0 Honeycomb just received a slew of new updates, with developer improvements to the SDK and new user features in the platform preview, according to the official Android Developers Blog. Important new features include a collection of new themes, widgets, notifications and other UI elements designed for the larger-screen devices Honeycomb is meant to run on. You'll also find...

BlackBerry PlayBook WebWorks SDK now available to developers

Before today, if you wanted to develop an app for RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet you were stuck with an Adobe Air SDK for the device. Now, however, RIM has released the WebWorks SDK -- first announced in September of 2010 -- which gives developers the ability to create apps using standard Web code like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. That should make it a relatively painless procedure to...

France to tax Apple, Android, and other non-Windows tablets

France, which already has a tax on blank CDs, DVDs, and hard drives, is looking to extend the private copying levy to tablets -- but only on tablets that don't run Windows. This little gem, which actually passed through the French government back in December, could increase the cost of tablets with 64GB of storage by up to 12 euros, or $16. The money, incidentally, goes to copyright...

Android Honeycomb's Google Talk video calling shown off by T-Mobile

Android Honeycomb is getting plenty of time in the spotlight this week, what with all the tablets on display at CES 2011. One feature we're particularly excited about is support for video calling in the Google Talk app -- which T-Mobile has graciously demonstrated and posted to YouTube. Check out the brief video after the break for a sneak peek -- which includes a glimpse of the Talk app's tablet...

Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets revealed in new video

Major news from Google just hit at CES: Android 3.0, dubbed Honeycomb, has been revealed. It might be a leak, but the video is very well made and looks quite solid. While a new Android version is always a big deal, this leak is made all the more significant by the platform's apparent shift in focus. It's all about the tablets now. While Android for phones is certainly not going away, the...

BlackBerry PlayBook browser demo video shows off HTML5 support, Flash performance

RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will sport a dual-core processor that makes it powerful enough to handle Flash games and video on the web -- if the browser is up to it, that is. RIM has just posted a PlayBook demo video that seems to demonstrate that both the hardware and the software can handle the stuff most people do on their desktop web browsers -- Facebook, Facebook Chat, Flash...

Opera browser for Android tablets breaks cover in a brief video

In case you've managed to steer clear of all CES 2011 news so far, it's shaping up to be a veritable flood of tablet demos. New hardware often means new software, of course, and Opera has offered an early sneak peek at a new tablet-specific version of their Android browser. You won't see a heck of a lot in the 30 second clip -- apart from some flick scrolling and pinch-to-zoom, which does look...

Root your Nook Color to make a DIY 7-inch Android tablet

Got a Nook Color? Want to use it as a tablet as well as a color LCD reader? Well now you can thanks to nookDevs and a bit of Android rooting action. With a 800MHz ARM chip powering a modified Android ROM, it was fairly obvious from the get-go that the Color could make for a decent, cheap, DIY tablet, and now that dream has been realized. Of course the actual process of rooting the Nook Color is...

iOS 4.3 coming to iPad with newspaper subscription support?

We've heard about Rupert Murdock's schemes to single-handedly save the print industry by turning to pay-walls and the iPad before. Recently he announced that News Corp would be launching a tablet-only daily newspaper, cunningly called 'The Daily,' which will cost you somewhere in the region of 99c a week. What has also been divulged was that said tablet-only newspaper would be launching in "beta...

Two more tablet-friendly features on their way to Google Chrome

Google had originally pegged December 2010 for the first release of Chrome OS, but it's been looking like a fall release is now a safe bet. It's certainly netbook-ready at this point, though some missing features (like an on-screen keyboard) may mean that tablet devices arrive slightly later. Developers keep plugging ahead, however, and continue to work on tablet-friendly features. Two code...

UI Centric's Macallan interface for Windows 7 tablets turns pages...and heads!

While the spate of upcoming Windows 7 tablets may never get your engine running the way the Courier did, a company called UI Centric is hoping that their slick, touch-friendly interface might pique your interest. Dubbed Macallan, UI Centric plans to license the interface to OEMs for use on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 7 embedded. Based on the images UIC has shared, there will at least...