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One USB wall charger to charge them all

I am looking for a wall charger to keep here at work to plug in my devices when they're low on juice. List of devices behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Teaching on the sly

Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Because we all need another gadget.

I'm looking for an awesome bluetooth headset/handset/gadget. It should play well with an up to date android tablet. Do you know of a bluetooth device cooler than the Sony SBH-52? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle on Sep 8, 2014 - 3 answers

How to remove a superglued security base from my tablet?

I was given a tablet demo unit from my workplace because we no longer sell this model. It's functional and great, but still has the old security base attached. It's a circular nub about 1" thick that fits into the cradle of the demo pedestal, and has wires coming off both ends of the nub. I can cut off the wires, but the nub is superglued onto the back of the device. What's the best way to remove it? Photos within. [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Device of all trades, master of none?

In the next month or so, I'm going to need a new laptop. Windows 8 scares me, but I'm willing to try. In the spirit of being game, and because I like the idea of tablets but can't currently live with a tablet as my primary device, I'm considering a 2-in-1 device. Reviews are mixed. I can't tell if I should just get a normal laptop and wait a couple of generations for 2-in-1s to work some bugs out. Does anyone have experience/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Aug 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Toolbelt for the Tech Savvy Teacher

Help! I need a toolbelt-like sling or sash that I can wear in my classroom, to hold a tablet, pens and pencils, and a remote or two. Preferably something that doesn't look ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Getting Podcast on my tablet, and Melissa Harris Perry Show

So I used to listen to podcasts all the time on my ipod. How can I do this on my google nexus. and, I can get Rachel maddox on podcast on sticher, but what about Melissa Harris Perry? how the heck can i get her show on podcast? thanks
posted by TRUELOTUS on Aug 18, 2014 - 4 answers

What do you get when you get a more expensive Android tablet?

I need to buy an Android tablet for academic use. I went to BestBuy to check them out and they range in price from $100 to close to $600 with no obvious rhyme or reason to the variation. What do you get when you pay more for a tablet and is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Aug 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Samsung Tablet Won't Use Sim

My new Samsung Tablet, SM-T230NU running Android 4.4.2, comes with 8 gigs of memory. I have installed an additional 16 gigs of memory. I tell it to install and download comics to the 16 gig sim. It won't do so and keeps filling the primary memory. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Aug 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Cintiq through airport screening?

Can I take a Cintiq digitiser tablet through airport screening without getting it confiscated? The Cintiq requires mains power to work. (It doesn't have a battery, & was never designed to work with one). I think it's understandable that I wouldn't want to check this in as hold baggage. It's easy to mistake the thing for a tablet that "suspiciously does nothing" when not plugged in to the wall. UK-US trip. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Aug 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Tablet for Comics

I want to get a 10" tablet just for reading comics. There are a LOT of cheap options out there. I don't want it for gaming or drum machines or word processing or really wifi connectivity. Just reading comics in HD with smooth touch controls. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

What IPad do I need to get?

Wife got gift certificate from work. Decided we could get Ipad since the certificate must be used at Amazon. We will share the Ipad. I have desktop at home and wife has laptop, so this is an addition and not the sole device for us. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jul 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Let me share my bad handwriting with the world real-time.

I have a 12" Galaxy Note Pro and it's beautiful and the pen part is great, but I have a few friends who I'm looking at possibly playing D&D online with, and one of the things I'd really like to be able to do is scribble things on the tablet and have them appear at full resolution in something close to real time on the screens of my friends on their computers. But I have no idea if this is possible or what it'd be called if it is. [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Jul 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Making a stylus from the bamboo in my yard is probably not going to work

I have a Bamboo tablet from a few years ago that Wacom no longer makes. I lost the stylus. Perhaps my google-fu is failing me, but it seems that a stylus that will work this is very hard to find. And when I can find it, it's $30 - and for not much more I can just get a used version of a newer pen/tablet but I don't want to buy a new one yet. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Android tablet with best battery life?

My cheapo Android tablet finally gave up the ghost. I'm in the market for a new, nicer one and thought about getting the Nexus 7*. But searching around, it seems to have a lot of problems with battery life, even when on stand-by. I don't play games or watch videos or even listen to music much on a tablet. My main use case is reading and annotating pdf articles and books, especially when traveling (long flights) when battery life is kinda important. Are these battery life concerns for the Nexus 7 founded? Is there another Android** tablet that does better? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Which Wacom tablet do I need?

My dad, who is an engineering professor who can barely type, is looking for something that can help him put together lecture slides. I'm not sure if we want to attempt handwriting recognition, or just hand-write slides (similar to Khan Academy videos), but would a Wacom tablet suffice? If so, which model should I get? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Why are computers so mysterious?

I am trying to figure my new Samsung Galaxy 2014 tablet, can anyone recommend some specific video tutorials? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Field survey location software

Looking for a software solution that allows survey respondents in the field to indicate locations on a map in response to survey questions. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 28, 2014 - 2 answers

"Cheaper" alternative to Surface Pro

I need a Windows 8 tablet with a high-density screen, for testing purposes. The Surface Pro is more than I was hoping to spend. Any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on May 8, 2014 - 8 answers

E-ink tablet wirelessly mirrors laptop?

My computer is inside my apartment; my e-ink tablet is in the backyard; both are on the same wireless network. The tablet both (1) mirrors everything on the computer and (2) serves as a wireless keyboard and mouse, sending my touch commands to the computer. How close to this setup am I able to come right now? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Tablet, or not to tablet?

My Nexus 7 (2012) seems to have bitten the dust. Should I replace it with a bit of cash I have set aside, or would this be a bad idea now it's been around a while? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Apr 2, 2014 - 8 answers

App for adding highlights/notes to articles on my iPad/smartphone

I am looking for an app that allows me to add highlights and notes to articles I have saved to 'read later' on my iPad and/or smartphone. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2014 - 2 answers

laptop / netbook / tablet suggestion

travelling out of town in 3 weeks, want to bring something with me. i'm cheap and i'm not looking for miracles. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Mar 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Be my Techie? Tablet Edition

I'm an HR manager in a company and am looking to buy a PERSONAL tablet to use in meetings for taking notes, keeping to-do lists and storing/viewing notes. I'd love to be able to handwrite into the notes, but that's not a deal-breaker as long as the tablet is functional. I have some flexibility on price, but would really like to stay under $400. Bonus points for internet functionality without wifi. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Mar 1, 2014 - 15 answers

In search of a screen protector with a paperlike texture

Which tablet screen protector(s) have a matte, sandy texture? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking for a good, cheap, 10in Android tablet

Anyone know of a 10in or so Android tablet that's both good and cheap? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Can a cheap tablet handle down+uploading photos on a long road trip?

I'm planning a cross country trip to California from Chicago and back and I need some techie help as to whether a tablet could assist me in sightseeing photo preservation. [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Feb 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me go paperless

My work requires a lot of printing and reviewing large documents. It's not that easy to do this outside an office environment, and I want to get better at doing it onscreen -- looking for hardware/software recommendations and just general tips. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

What happened to my app? Hola unblocker problem.

I have been using the Hola Unblocker app on my Nexus 7 -- worked great until yesterday. Before, when I launched the app I got this screen. Then I would click on the "unblocker" (top) link and go to webpage with the various links. It looked a lot like this. But now when I click, I end up on a page with no icons -- it is just blank. I rebooted and nothing. Anyone know what happened? Should I reinstall the app?
posted by Lescha on Jan 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Will I regret getting the new iPad mini?

My laptop died, and I think I want to get an iPad to replace it for casual stuff. Can you help me make a decision between the iPad Air and the Retina mini? Enumeration of what I want from it are inside. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jan 24, 2014 - 12 answers

What kind of tablet or e-reader does my husband need?

He picked up my ipad-2 and loved the lighted easy to read display and wants a tablet to download a Kindle study bible and play games. If I got him a Kindle or some other type of tablet what would be a good choice? One thing he does want is a big display so I may have to try to get one with a 10" display.
posted by just asking on Jan 22, 2014 - 18 answers

What Android/Windows tablet should I buy for academic use?

What Android or Windows 8 pen-equipped tablet should I buy for reading scientific papers, writing scientific papers, and taking notes? (Or is the app selection for the iPad sufficiently amazing that I should let it override my distaste for Apple's walled garden and the iPad's lack of an active digitizer stylus?) [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jan 20, 2014 - 21 answers

Tips for managing a mobile survey lab

My organization is working on a project where we will be going to various public locations (malls, airports, colleges, etc) and setting up stations where we pay people to take surveys on tablets or laptops. [more inside]
posted by ElEmigrante on Jan 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Thin, light, and 1080p laptop

I'd like a thin and light 1080p laptop. It does not need to be powerful, but it does need to be cheap. I'd like to spend about $300, but it must be under $500. The perfect machine would be something like a chromebook, but with a higher res screen than the ones I'm aware of. The resolution requirement trumps the thin and light requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Low-cost tablets for academics

I would like a low-cost tablet for academic work. Mainly reading and annotating PDFs and scientific papers, note-taking, and brainstorming/checklist-type activities. I have a Nook and barely use it because it's terrible with PDFs and can't do graphics and figures at all, even in the ePub format. I don't know anything about tablets--I don't even own a smartphone--so I have no idea where to start looking, what's appropriate, or what's a reasonable budget to expect. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 30, 2013 - 31 answers

Can I ever get the water marks off of my screen?

A few days ago, my Nexus 7 wasn't switching on. Taking off the back showed there was water inside it - though I hadn't dropped it in water. Left it to dry and it works again - save two 'water stains' on the screen. Does this mean it's likely to remain functional? And can I remove these water marks? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Laptop? Desktop? Tablet?!!!

Please help me decide what kind of computer, and if possible what brand and model we should get. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Dec 16, 2013 - 20 answers

I just want to playyyyyy!

Requesting suggestions for very cheap, decent quality Android small tablet for a 7 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Which small tablet to get? (7-inch-ish)

I like Apple stuff so I ideally want an iPad mini :), but it's a little too expensive... [more inside]
posted by pelu on Nov 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Smallest border on tablet

What is the tablet with the smallest border? Are there any where the screen goes all the way to the edge?
posted by meech on Nov 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Offline iPad Survery / CRM Data Collection

Asking for a friend: I'm looking for the direction to go in regards to offline, iPad-based CRM/survey data collection. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Nov 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Which mini tablet should I get?

I will soon be gifted a tablet of my choosing for my birthday, and I have no idea which one I want. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Oct 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Tablet shopping, endless options.

I've been researching tablets with detachable keyboards (hybrid tablet/laptop) and want to see if I'm missing anything. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Oct 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Tablet or e-book reader with remote page turn?

My mom had brain surgery a few months ago and has difficulty controlling her hands, so she can't hold books steadily enough to read. I'm trying to come up with a relatively hands-free solution that will let her read during recovery. [more inside]
posted by relucent on Oct 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Diminishing returns on mobile devices?

With the news of the iPad Air and it's wonder 64-bit A7 processor, my curiosity is up again. Will mobile devices, phones or tablets, hit a point of diminishing returns in regards to processing power and/or RAM?
posted by trogdole on Oct 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Does the Surface (RT) make sense for kids and homework?

I'm considering a Microsoft Surface (the cheaper one with Windows RT) for basic productivity work, but it's been so maligned that I'm scared of it even though it seems to make sense. [more inside]
posted by Ickster on Sep 30, 2013 - 25 answers

Is the new Nexus 7 good for reading PDFs?

I have an old Kindle that works fine for novels, but I'd like a tablet to read PDFs of reference books. Nexus 7 has a snazzy looking 1200x1980 screen. Is the new Nexus 7 good for reading PDFs or should I be looking for tablets with a bigger screen?
posted by ersatz on Sep 30, 2013 - 13 answers

It's App-ademic

I recently bought a Nexus 7 (I love it!) as a companion to academic work. I've primarily been using Google apps for communication and collaboration over Drive and Gmail, in addition to traditional tablet tasks like web browsing and social media. However I'm less than impressed with the bundled PDF reader, and would really like suggestions (first) about good .pdf reading software that allows for rich annotations in documents. Secondly, I'm interest in any productivity apps for Android tablets that others have used for academic / writing / office style work. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Tablet Salvation

To cover or repair my device [more inside]
posted by Query on Sep 17, 2013 - 4 answers

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