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Cheap tablets meet their match in $38 Datawind UbiSlate

The $38 UbiSlate 7Ci tablet features a 7-inch

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The best part about the $38 tablet being sold by London-based Datawind is that it will really make you appreciate all the features loaded on the iPad, Kindle, or Nexus product that cost you 10-times as much.

Datawind said Monday that its ultracheap tablet, dubbed the UbiSlate, would be available for purchase in the United States from its website. But aside from the price tag, the tablet’s...

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Gift-getters prefer tablets to laptops, survey finds

The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T switches

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If you’re shopping for a high-priced tech gadget this holiday season, your loved one would probably prefer a new tablet to a laptop, according to a PriceGrabber.com survey released Nov. 8, 2012. The online price comparison service found that 59 percent of the 1,475 online U.S. shoppers it polled late last month would prefer a tablet to a laptop.

So is this the beginning of the end for the...

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Apple's new iPad: 4G, retina display, no Siri, due out March 16

Apple chief executive Tim Cook introduces the new

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Apple has announced its latest iteration of the iPad. No, it's not the iPad 3 or the iPad HD. It's just the iPad.

The company also unveiled a new Apple TV. It's capable of streaming 1080p video from either the iCloud or Airplay.

As for the new iPad's specs:

The iPad's brains feature a  A5X dual-core CPU, not the next generation A6 tech geeks hoped for. But it will have quad-core...

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CES preview: Beware the lemon gadgets

A participant at the Consumer Electronics Show in

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The Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner. I'm looking forward to seeing the next generation of dual-core 4G phones, "smart TVs" and wireless audio solutions. But as reported by The Associated Press, CES is also home to flops (see Android Tablets, Netbooks, 3-D TVs). Here are some potential downers that tech companies will continue to push onto consumers this year.

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