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Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from the week that was.
- 5 Tablets that changed the Android landscape
It’s been a little over 5 years since the first Android device launched — and in that time Google’s mobile operating system has moved beyond smartphones. K T takes a look back at some of the most influential Android tablets of the last 5 years.
- Using the Asus Transformer Book T100 as a desktop PC (video)
The Asus Transformer Book is a 10 inch Windows 8.1 tablet/notebook hybrid that sells for $399 or less and gets around 8 hours of battery life under heavy usage. But it’s got enough power to act as a full-fledged desktop PC (if you connect a display, speakers, keyboard, mouse, etc).
- Dell’s 7, 8 inch Android, Windows tablets now available for $150 and up
Dell introduced a wide range of Android and Windows tablets recently, and now the first models are available for $150 and up (with Windows models starting at about twice that price).
- Apple says OS X Mavericks brings better battery life, memory use
Apple launched new tablets, laptops, and a new operating system this week — and some of the most impressive features of the new operating system are ones that help you get more out of your hardware with longer battery life and compressed memory that lets a laptop with 4GB of RAM act like one with 6GB.
- ECS introduces Mini-ITX motherboard for Bay Trail desktops
Don’t feel like turning the Asus Transformer Book T100 into a desktop? You may soon be able to build your own mini-desktop with an Intel Bay Trail processor using one of the new ECS mini-ITX motherboards.
- Asus Transformer Pad tablet with 2560 x 1600 comes to America
The latest Asus Transformer Pad Android tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, an optional keyboard dock, and a starting price of $449. It’s now up for pre-order.
- BlackBerry Messenger for Android, iOS launches
BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, is one of the most popular features of BlackBerry phones. Now you don’t need one to use it. BBM for Android and iOS launched this week, and BlackBerry reports the app was downloaded 10 million times in the first 24 hours.