Cabin baggage ban on laptops & tablets over in all but name after latest exemption

The ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on certain flights into the USA is over in all but name as a fourth airline is exempted. It’s clear by this stage that the ban was simply an aggressive way to force airports and airlines to adopt tougher security screening measures.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 review: Nearing prime time for Chrome OS convertible tablets

With touchscreens becoming a standard feature in recently released Chromebooks, Google’s move to update Chrome OS with more touch-friendly optimizations — often borrowed from Android — is not all too surprising.

However, what’s surprising is how natural this updated Chrome OS feels, excelling on tablet form factors and convertible laptops, like the Acer Chromebook Spin 11. At this rate, buyers are not just getting a fast and secure laptop, but also a great tablet-esque experience with their Chromebook.

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6.2 billion – the number of smartphones & tablets on the planet by 2020, says App Annie

Data from App Annie suggests that the total number of smartphones and tablets on the planet will hit 6.2 billion by 2020 – up from 2.6B today. That would be 80% of the forecast population of 7.76B people.

The analytics company told Bloomberg that the strongest growth will be seen in India, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey as cheaper phones hit the market. For many of those in developing countries, the post-PC era has already arrived, a smartphone or tablet serving as their only Internet-enabled device …

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon Fire tablets from $40, Yamaha AV Receiver $300, Aukey Dual-USB Wall Charger $6, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Amazon Fire tablet sale brings best prices of the year from

Yamaha’s Aventage 7.2-Ch AirPlay A/V Receiver on sale for 0 (Reg. 0+)

Smartphone Accessories: Aukey Dual Port Wall Charger , more

Google Play Free App of the Week: Chameleon Run (Reg. )

Nintendo Switch Review: The hybrid that changed my mind about consoles

9to5Rewards: Fabriq Wireless Speaker w/ AirPlay and Alexa [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Daily Deals: Brother Monochrome Laser Printer , more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Satechi’s USB-C Travel Charger keeps all of your devices powered up on-the-go

Chris is your digital co-driver that works with iOS and Android

Stanley enters the competitive 3D Printer market w/ new prosumer model

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

DODOcase launches 40% off sitewide sale

Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat has HomeKit + Alexa control: 9 (Reg. 9)

Twelve South Fermata Headphone Charging Stand first notable price drop: 

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Initial rollout of Assistant does not include tablets, as Google site revamped with tips

On Marshmallow and Nougat devices in the US, Google Assistant is fully rolled out with one notable exception. As implied during the announcement of Assistant’s expansion, it is not coming to tablets. Additionally, Google’s Assistant website has been updated with tips, as well information about which commands work on each platform.

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Android-powered Nokia phones and tablets are finally on their way

Nokia Technologies announced in a press release this morning that it has signed an agreement with HMD global to build “a new generation of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets.” Although we don’t know exactly what flavour of Android, or how heavily skinned it will be, Nokia’s announcement states that Google’s mobile OS will be powering the new devices.

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Android Nougat is rolling out to Nvidia Shield tablets over the next few days

For the most part, Nvidia has been pretty good about keeping its Android devices up to date. Just a couple of weeks after debuting the fantastic new Nvidia Shield TV, it updated the former model with that new software. Today, that trend continues with a major update to its collection of tablets, with Android Nougat rolling out over the coming days.

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9to5Google Gift Guide: The best Android tablets

On the whole, tablets are a bit of a dying form factor, but they still have a place for many customers, and make great gifts for kids as well. There is, of course, the iPad, which is a great product. However, if you’re looking for something less expensive, or just something with Android, here are some of the best options you can buy.

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Google expanding Chrome OS to more form factors, including convertibles & tablets

In addition to the spate of Chromebook news this morning, Google is also reportedly opening Chrome OS to an “even wider variety of form factors.” The Mountain View company alluded yesterday to the possibility of convertibles and tablets running Chrome in the near future…

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Amazon’s Black Friday sale kicks off November 20, last eight days and includes Chromebooks, Kindle tablets, more

Amazon has announced that its popular Black Friday sale event will begin this week, and last eight days. From Friday, new deals will be added “as often as every five minutes” for eight straight days leading right up until Black Friday. What’s more, the company will offer 10 ‘Deals of the Day’ on Thanksgiving with ten more on Black Friday…

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