We chat with Mathieu Dubuc, the marketing manager of IdeaPress that has created a way to turn WordPress blogs into apps made for Windows 8, Windows Phone and other mobile operating systems. Read more…

Spotify listeners with iPads no longer have to look on with envy as their Android- and iPhone-touting friends browse curated playlists with ease. An update to Spotify’s iOS app has introduced the Browse feature to Apple tablet owners, letting them quickly pick tunes that suit their mood. They can also follow artists and friends without having to turn on their PC, and there’s both a smarter search engine as well as an improved look for playlists. There aren’t many upgrades for iPhone users, although the company promises that the follow, search and playlist refinements will “soon” reach smaller iOS devices. In the meantime, iPad fans can grab the improved app from the source link. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile Via: AppAdvice Source: App Store

Come this Friday the biggest shopping day of the year kick’s off in the United States. Yup, we’re talking about Black Friday, and as always there are tons of deals out there — if you know where to look. There are tons of retailers holding sales for all kinds of items from appliances to electronics, clothes to accessories and so much more. If you’re looking to buy a tablet this Black Friday, you could sift through all the ads yourself, but it’s certainly a lot easier to let someone else do it. In this tablet roundup post we’ve scoured the various ads and websites looking for all the best tablet-related Black Friday deals. Whether you’re looking for a name-brand tablet (Samsung/Asus/Amazon) or a extremely budget-oriented knock-off, there’s a tablet for just about every budget on this list. Best Buy $399.99 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 $299.99 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 $149.99 8GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 $99.99 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire 7 $79.99 8GB Insignia Flex $99.99 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 $39.99 4GB Digital2 7-inch tablet $100 off any laptop, tablet, e-reader or smartphone with purchase of two-year Verizon mobile broadband service For more information, be sure to check out the full Black Friday ad. Walmart $49 8GB RCA 7 tablet and tablet case $89 8GB HP tablet $99 16GB Trio Stealth 10.1 tablet $99 8GB Nabi 2 tablet $299 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 For more information, be sure to check out the full Black Friday ad. Dell $129.99 Dell Venue 8 For more information, be sure to check out the full Black Friday ad. Newegg As is typical with online retailers, NewEgg’s promotion is currently running a pre-Black Friday event that lasts until the end of Wednesday. The so-called “Black Friday” preview event guarantees […]

LG’s curved smartphone, the G Flex which was launched last month in South Korea will get an international launch after all. It will go on sale in early December in France with other markets to follow. Read more…

Gadget maniacs have an extra reason to be thankful today, with many electronics retailers already cutting prices on everything from smartphone cases to widescreen TVs. If you’re shopping for an Android tablet, you can’t go wrong with the Nexus 10, and eBay has a pretty sweet deal on the device. The online retail giant currently offers the Google Nexus 10 for $399, which is $100 off the regular retail price. That’s the price for a brand-new 32GB version of the Samsung-made 10-inch tablet, which received Android 4.4 a couple of weeks back. To make the deal even sweeter, eBay throws in a $100 prepaid Visa gift card that you can use on eBay or any other retailer. You can’t use it to cut another $100 off the Nexus 10, but at the end of the day, you still get a great stock Android tablet for just $299. This deal is available in many countries from around the world, with standard shipping and import charges applying. eBay says the promo is open for another six days, but great deals like this tend to sell out quickly. If you’re interested in a Nexus 7 (2012), there as a pretty good offer from Groupon that you can check out here. For more Android tablet Black Friday deals, head over to our roundup. Any deal we missed?

Microsoft isn’t above some good old-fashioned negative advertising, as the Scroogled campaign without doubt. Just this week, Microsoft sent Google fans into a tizzy with a commercial starring the characters from reality TV show Pawn Stars, explaining a naïve customer how Chromebooks aren’t “real laptops”. Now the Redmond-based company is pushing an ad that compares a Microsoft device with a competing product in a very specific area: connectivity. The ad explains how the Galaxy Tab 3 can only connect to external displays and other devices through additional connectors, though, ironically, the Surface RT itself needs an adapter to connect to a display, as the small disclaimer in the ad confirms. The conclusion is simple – the Microsoft Surface RT has a full-size USB port, so it’s the better product. That might be true for some users, but the ad skirts the many other aspects that define the tablet experience, from portability to apps and performance. As part of the same series of commercials, Microsoft also compared the Surface 2 with the iPad Air, with the Windows-powered device coming on top thanks to its support for hands free control and multiple user accounts.

You likely won’t know Germany’s Gigaset unless you’ve bought one of its cordless phones, but you may want to take notice now that the company is launching its first tablets. Both the 8-inch QV830 and 10-inch QV1030 have relatively upscale aluminum shells and run stock Android 4.2, all the while targeting very different audiences. The QV1030 is the high-speed flagship with a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 2,560 x 1,600 display, 16GB of expandable storage and both 8-megapixel rear as well as 1.2-megapixel front cameras. The QV830 aims at a more frugal crowd with its 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, 1,024 x 768 screen, 8GB of expandable storage, 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front shooter. Both slates should reach Germany in early December, starting at €199 ($271) for the QV830 and jumping to €369 ($502) for the QV1030. There’s no word of an American launch, although we’re not counting on it when Gigaset doesn’t have much of a footprint in the US. [Thanks, Martino] Filed under: Tablets Via: Tabletsmagazine.nl (translated) Source: Gigaset (1), (2), GlobeNewswire

UK-centric news is plentiful today while America busies itself with feasts and football. One such announcement concerns the launch of Nokia’s first tablet, the Lumia 2520, which will go on sale December 4th exclusively at John Lewis and affiliate stores. Running Windows RT 8.1, the colorful 10.1-inch tablet will cost £400, while the optional keyboard accessory will retail for an additional £150 when it becomes available “in the coming weeks” (although we can’t say we were enamored with the typing experience in our review). Curiously, John Lewis’ monopoly means you’ll have to go to extra lengths to make use of the 2520’s LTE radio by procuring a 4G data-only SIM from EE or O2. Thus, you also can’t take advantage of any carrier subsidies. There’s no word on exactly when the exclusivity period will end, but if you just have to have one, you know exactly where to go. Filed under: Tablets, Microsoft, Nokia John Lewis

Cyanogen, Inc. has announced that they have removed their recently launched CyanogenMod Installer app from the Play Store after being told by Google that it violated the Store’s developer terms. Read more…

Would be tablet buyers, tis the season to keep your eyes wide open, because retailers are eager to win your business, and that means one thing: deals. Today, we have a 40 percent off deal for the first generation of the Nexus 7, available from Groupon Goods for three days or while supplies last. The still capable tablet goes on the daily deal site for just $119 for the 16GB model or $149 for the 32GB model. For that money, you get a 7-inch HD screen, a Tegra 3 processor, and of course the guarantee that you will receive timely updates for at least a few releases. Speaking of which, you should receive a prompt to update your Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as you receive it. If you’re interested in a cheap Nexus 7 (2012) head over to Groupon to place your order, but do it quickly because over 900 units have been ordered already. If you rather have the 2013 version of the Nexus 7, Staple has a $50 off coupon for any tablet that costs $149 or more. That brings the cost of the 16GB version of the Nexus 7 (2013) down to $179, while the 32GB model goes for $219. Check out our full review if you need more info on Google’s latest Nexus tablet, but trust us, this is great deal. Staples’ offer expires today, so you better hurry. For more Android tablet deals available this week and on Black Friday, check out our tablet deals roundup.

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