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Pope Embraces the Kids via Church's Tablet 2.0

Francis opts for gadget to sign himself up for World Youth Day

(Newser) - Pope Francis today opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing. The pontiff was joined by two young people as he extended an invitation to... More »

Screens Mess With Our Sleep—Even If We Get 8 Hours

'Blue light' affects melatonin levels, which can have dangerous long-term effects: study

(Newser) - Your iPad or smartphone could well be hurting your sleep patterns, even if you're getting in a full eight hours of shuteye, researchers say—and the effects could be long-term. Over a five-night period, researchers in Boston had some subjects read for four hours a night on an iPad;... More »

Witness Who Filmed Police Attack Sent to Jail

Levi Frasier recorded punching incident on his tablet

(Newser) - A guy who filmed an incident of police violence was arrested this week and spent a night in jail—which his attorney says should raise a few eyebrows, the Denver Post reports. "The timing is curious to say the least," the attorney says of Levi Frasier's arrest.... More »

Barnes & Noble Axes Nook Engineers

But denies report that it fired all of them

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble's Nook was already on death's door , and things look even more grim today after news broke that the company had laid off the tablet's hardware engineers. Initially, Business Insider reported that the company had fired its entire engineering staff for the product. The company... More »

Dog Dating and Other Terrible App Ideas

They center on self-punishment, urine

(Newser) - Dating for dogs? An app to time pee breaks? Among the multitudes of clever mobile apps come plenty that are duds from the start. Developer Fueled shares some of the most ridiculous pitches it has received, via Business Insider :
  • Shock treatment: Linked to an electric bracelet, this app is all
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Ashton's New Gig: Lenovo Product Engineer

Kutcher will work with company on Yoga tablets

(Newser) - Apparently, all you need to do in order to get a job as a Lenovo product engineer is really, really love technology. Well, that and be TV's highest-paid actor . The Chinese computer company has made Ashton Kutcher a product engineer on its line of Yoga tablets, according to the... More »

Why the iPad Will Destroy Its Rivals

New prices, single platform mean world domination: Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - The iPad is poised for a bright future—and it just might be "indomitable," writes Farhad Manjoo in the Wall Street Journal . At the very least, it should continue to control a healthy portion of the tablet market. But after this week's presentation , Manjoo is willing to... More »

Nokia Introduces New Windows Tablet, Phablet

Phone offers 6-inch, 1080p display

(Newser) - With Apple preparing for its (possibly iPad-themed) event in San Francisco today, Nokia is making some noise of its own over in Abu Dhabi. The device maker has added several new gadgets to its lineup, including a Windows tablet and a big-screen phone, or phablet. The new Lumia 1520 phone... More »

Kids, Hack Your School iPads

We should want students to master tech, Katherine Mangu-Ward argues

(Newser) - Last year, some previously technologically illiterate Ethiopian children taught themselves to hack tablet computers provided by the One Laptop Per Child program. So it shouldn't have been surprising when, more recently, tech-savvy LA high school kids swiftly circumvented the controls on their school-issued iPads—controls that had prevented them... More »

Amazon Unveils Thinner, Faster Kindles

Pundits think they're a 'real threat' to iPad

(Newser) - Amazon unveiled a pair of new tablets today that could cement its position as Apple's main competitor in the tablet market. The new Kindle Fire HDXes, available as a 7-inch tablet for $229 and an 8.9-inch tablet for $379, are thinner, lighter, faster, and come with higher resolution... More »

Next for iPhone, iPad: Bigger Screens?

Firm tests nearly 13-inch iPad, suppliers reveal

(Newser) - Apple's latest product experimentation may offer a window into the future of the iPhone and iPad. The company has ordered prototype phone and tablet screens that are a little bigger than what we're used to, its suppliers tell the Wall Street Journal . The iPhone 5 has a four-inch... More »

Barnes & Noble Retreats in Tablet Wars

Will no longer make its own color Nook tablets

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble appears to be admitting defeat when it comes to competing with Apple, Amazon, and Samsung in the tablet market. The company announced today that it will no longer be making its own color Nook tablets, following big losses for Nook in the fourth quarter. However, the bookseller... More »

Every LA Schoolkid to Get an iPad

District agrees to $30M Apple contract

(Newser) - After approving a $30 million contract with Apple, the LA Unified School District is poised to provide every student with an iPad. The decision comes after a 6-0 vote by the Board of Education, the Los Angeles Times reports. The device "received the highest scoring by the students and... More »

Samsung: 5G Downloads Movies in 1 Second

But we may not see it until 2020

(Newser) - Samsung has wireless technology in the works that will let users download an entire movie in a second, it says. In tests, the South Korean company's 5G service worked over a distance of more than a mile, AFP reports via Business Insider . Data traveled at more than a gigabyte... More »

ESPN Could Help Pay Your Mobile Bill

Content providers consider subsidizing data costs

(Newser) - Sick of worrying about staying within your data limits? ESPN is considering helping you out. The channel has discussed the possibility of subsidizing users' data plans with at least one top wireless carrier, the Wall Street Journal reports. For users, the result could be that ESPN usage wouldn't factor... More »

Computer Sales See Worst Drop Ever

Laptop, desktop shipments drop 14% in Q1 versus year earlier

(Newser) - Looks like Windows 8 is doing little to reboot the market when it comes to laptops and desktops. Global shipments of the machines plummeted 14% in Q1 compared to the year prior, analysts at IDC say, marking the largest drop since its tracking began in 1994. The figures have been... More »

Tablets May Soon Be Allowed During Takeoff, Landing

Industry group preparing report on in-flight devices

(Newser) - You may not have to switch off that iPad during takeoff much longer. Last year, the FAA established an industry group to look into the effects of in-flight gadget use; by the end of 2013, officials are hoping to announce a more easygoing approach to electronic devices like e-readers. Instead... More »

Apple, Google Facebook, Amazon: The Tech War Cometh

Four digital giants increasingly eyeing others' turf in 2013: WSJ

(Newser) - Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are widely considered the kings of digital world. But as they look to grow further, increasingly they will need to target each other's turf, dramatically raising the stakes in cyber conflicts in 2013, reports the Wall Street Journal .
  • Google. Perhaps the most wide-ranging of
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Microsoft Making 7-inch 'X-Box Surface' Tablet

New tablet would be just for gaming

(Newser) - The latest gossip out of Silicon Valley: Microsoft is developing a new, 7-inch gaming tablet known as the Xbox Surface, insiders tell The Verge . The device, still in the testing stages, will contain hardware designed specifically for games, though some basic tablet and Windows features may be incorporated. Fueling the... More »

Microsoft Surface RT Falls Flat

'Handsome' device is clumsy, but has potential

(Newser) - The creators of the hotly anticipated Microsoft Surface RT have touted it as revolutionary, improving upon the toy-like tablets of today by making it functional, with a detachable touch screen and a snappy design. So is it the future of computing? Not yet, most reviewers agree:
  • Sam Biddle praises the
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