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Android L includes default encryption

Google has revealed some of the new security features in Android L in a blog post. The company says Android L is the first version of the mobile operating system that turns on encryption by default, and it has many other security features that can be utilized if necessary. Google says these new features will roll out with Android L to devices within the coming weeks, at least for some smartphones and tablets.

Samsung Find My Device has a security flaw

A security flaw has been discovered in Find My Device from Samsung, a feature that helps people locate their smartphone or tablet. Security researcher Mohamed Baset has demonstrated the potential for people to use Find My Device to actually take over a Samsung device.

Trouble in Google paradise? Amazon UK lists Nexus 9 release date as December 15

Up for pre-orders on Google Play, as well as a number of regional Amazon websites, Google and HTC’s brand new Nexus 9 was widely believed to ship to early buyers next week. Specifically, on or around November 3.

Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet with 3D camera priced at $499, due out late November

Dell produced the spectacular Venue 8 7000 out of nowhere back in September, after way too many sub-par Android tablet efforts, but because this 8 incher looked so different, we feared it was merely an experiment.

Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T, lucrative Fire Phone bundle deal offered

Well, this is unusual. AT&T is trying to resuscitate stagnant sales of the gimmicky Amazon Fire Phone by bundling it with a one-year-old tablet. Which Ma Bell didn’t directly sell until today. Meanwhile, Amazon is pushing said aging slate less and less, in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-enabled flavors available with Verizon or AT&T bands.

T-Mobile offers $30 savings on all Samsung gear, Galaxy Note 4 included

It’s not exactly customary to see carriers offer discounts on devices as hotly anticipated as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 mere days after putting them up for sale. But T-Mobile is ready to make an exception.

Kinect compatible apps soon to hit Windows Store

While I, personally, haven’t had the opportunity to play around with the Windows Kinect motion sensor, I’ve seen it in action and it looks quite fun. When it comes to gaming on an Xbox, who doesn’t like voice and full-body gesture control? But now, Microsoft is taking things to the next level with its latest SDK 2.0 for Kinect v2 sensors. Soon, we’ll see Kinect-compatible apps in the Windows Store.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 goes official at $300

One of the most bizarre brand associations in today’s tech landscape, bringing Samsung and Barnes & Noble together, has just spawned a new ill-advised offspring. Evocatively dubbed Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1, this is a 10.1-inch GTab 4 with a custom-made Android skin called Nook UI.

Nexus 9 keyboard folio and magic cover listed on Amazon with no ship dates

It’s the dawn of a new era for the stock Android-running Nexus gadget line, as Google intends to target the mainstream, upper-tier tech market with the family’s fresh 6 and 9-inch members. The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet are slightly tougher sells than their predecessors, costing $650 and $400 respectively.

Staples security likely breached, credit card numbers stolen

Staples has launched an investigation into a possible security breach that may have left customer credit cards vulnerable. The office supply retailer’s locations in the northeast may have been affected, according to reports. After it was found there was a trend of fraudulent credit transactions that could be tied back to Staples, the company publicly acknowledged an investigation on Tuesday.

E Fun’s Nextbook 10.1 is probably the cheapest 2-in-1 Windows tab in the world

Microsoft doesn’t normally make a fuss over every new Windows product release from no-name brands such as E Fun, but the Nextbook 10.1 has been announced on the platform’s official blog, so it’s clearly a big deal.

Get your Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact early in exchange for $500

In stark contrast with Sony’s habitual sluggishness, things are moving mighty rapidly on the Xperia release front this fall, with the “full-sized” Z3 smartphone en route to T-Mobile and multiple Canadian carriers, and the compressed Z3 Compact handheld available in unlocked form stateside.