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Docs Say iPads Work Like Sedatives for Kids Pre-Surgery

The non-pharmacological approach appears to work as well as, if not better than, sedatives

(Newser) - For kids at least, tablets are as good as sedatives. So report doctors in a press release after presenting their findings at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists. The team studied 4- to 10-year-olds prior to surgeries and found that the decreased anxiety levels of those given midazolam (a... More »

How This 'Fastest-Growing Company' Lost Everything

Inc. goes inside the 'cautionary tale' of Fuhu

(Newser) - Nearly a year after the once extremely promising and successful tablet company Fuhu went broke, Inc. sat down with CEO Jim Mitchell and President Robb Fujioka—the "headstrong" mastermind—to sort out what went wrong where. The great unraveling of a company that was No. 1 on the Inc.... More »

Amazon's New $50 Tablet May Help You Speed-Read

Company hopes new features, accessible price point will up its tablet game

(Newser) - Amazon is crossing its screen-swiping fingers that its newest offering will hit what a company senior VP calls the "sweet spot, the consumption of media," announcing its new 7-inch Fire tablet for $50—and a six-pack for $250, essentially giving the purchaser one tablet free, USA Today reports.... More »

Why You Shouldn't Hand an iPad to Your Toddler

Study finds that for children too young, mobile devices can harm

(Newser) - Tempted to hand your fussy toddler an iPad? You may want to think again: Research out of Boston University finds that, for children younger than 30 months, using smartphones and tablets for anything other than educational purposes can be "detrimental to ... social-emotional development," the Washington Post reports. At... More »

Apple Unveils Thinner iPad Air 2

But no big surprises emerge out of Cupertino

(Newser) - Those who want a shiny new iPad for the holidays will have the option of shelling out $499 for the newly unveiled iPad Air 2, reports the Verge . The device is 6.1mm thick, down 18% from its predecessor, and Apple calls it the "world's thinnest tablet."... More »

How Smartphones Could Someday Correct Your Vision

MIT researchers develop 'vision correcting display'

(Newser) - If you're blind as a bat with Coke-bottle glasses, there may be hope for you—new research out of MIT could make it easier to read your tablet, smartphone, or eReader, LiveScience reports. Scientists there have developed a transparent "vision-correcting display" that goes on the screen of an... More »

Babylonian Tablet 'Confirms' Noah's Ark, With a Twist

The boat was round, says expert at the British Museum

(Newser) - Anyone seeking alternate versions of the Noah's Ark tale need look no further than Babylonian cuneiform tablets. One, discovered in 1872, pre-dated the Bible and told its own Ark story. Now a tablet has arrived at the British Museum that actually describes how to build the ark, according to... More »

FAA: You Can Use Your Tablet, Phone Gate-to-Gate

Change will apply to planes that meet certain criteria

(Newser) - After story upon story about the FAA's declining resistance to passengers' use of electronic devices, the definitive headline has finally arrived: The FAA says airlines can allow passengers to use devices from gate to gate. The AP reports that the change will apply to planes that meet certain criteria... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Congrats, Samsung, Now You Owe Apple Only $600M

Judge reduces last year's billion-dollar award

(Newser) - A federal judge today erased nearly half of the $1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the smartphone and tablet computer patents. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple by $450.5 million, saying... More »

FTC Pushes Tougher Privacy Rules for Mobile Apps

Agency wants do-not-track feature for phones, tablets

(Newser) - The FTC says it's going to get tougher on mobile apps that invade user's online privacy. New agency guidelines call for a "do-not-track" feature on apps and software for phones and tablets, reports the New York Times . The FTC also fined the social networking app Path $800,... More »

Tech Predictions for 2013

Expect more tablets, smarter TVs

(Newser) - Veteran tech writer Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal looks ahead to 2013 and thinks we'll be controlling more of our everyday devices (thermostats, appliances, etc.) wirelessly through apps. We're heading toward a world of "Internet-controlled everything." Other forecasts:
  • Tablets: The market is only
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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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Next Up for Tablets: Eye-Control Technology?

NPR reporter says it's 'pretty amazing'

(Newser) - One day you may open apps with the blink of an eye. That's the wish of tech experts in Copenhagen, who are already using eye-control technology for people with disabilities, NPR reports. The only glitch: Tablets don't yet have infrared light that can pick up eye movements. But... More »

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 »

Ethiopian Kids Get Tablets, Start Teaching Themselves

Even begin hacking in 'One Laptop' study

(Newser) - The people behind One Laptop Per Child wanted to see if illiterate children who don't have access to school could benefit from a tablet computer, so they dropped off a few Motorola Xooms in remote, isolated Ethiopian villages, reports the MIT Technology Review . The tablets were preloaded with educational... More »

Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Are 'Awesome'

You can control them from any smartphone or tablet

(Newser) - Ever stubbed a fragile toe while hunting for a lamp at night? No need, it seems, when you can control your lights from any tablet or smartphone. The technology has been around a while, but Greenwave Reality is releasing new 2700K, standard-size, Wi-Fi bulbs that "may just be the... More »

Toys 'R' Us Launching Tablet for Kids

Tabeo on sale Oct. 21

(Newser) - Toys 'R' Us is struggling, and in a bid to remain competitive, the toy giant is introducing its own proprietary tablet for kids this fall. The $149.99 Tabeo runs on Android and includes 50 pre-loaded apps such as Angry Birds, the Wall Street Journal reports. The tablet, which... More »

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