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Android + Bay Trail = Asus. Two unannounced budget tablets crop up online

It looks like the floodgates have opened for the Android – Intel love affair, with a bevy of budget-conscious tablets packing low-cost, low-power Bay Trail processors revealed by premature online listings.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet priced at $500 and up stateside, shipping starts May 3

Unlike its component shortage-plagued little brother, Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet seems to be doing just fine inventory-wise, first rolling out in UK and several other European markets and now almost ready to see daylight in the US of A.

FINsix smallest laptop adapter now available, selling out

Remember that laptop adapter you heard about and have been waiting for? Well it’s finally here, and it’s selling like snacky cakes. The FINsix Dart Kickstarter campaign has been open for only a few hours and it has already passed half its goal. Heck, just over the course of typing this article up, I’ve witnessed the number of backers jump by 127!

Rumor: Google to team up with HTC for the 8-inch Nexus tablet

Google and HTC have an old relationship. When the search engine giant launched its first Nexus handset, it turned to HTC for it, and it was followed by a number of Nexus devices, with no sign of HTC whatsoever.

Heartbleed worries? Trend Micro scans PC, mobile for free

It seems like each passing month brings us some new incidents of data hacks or breaches on a large scale. The most recent – Heartbleed – has the web in a frenzy. It’s bad enough that this exploit has gone undetected for over two years, but it also targets the internet’s cryptography. Although most websites have been fixed so far, there are many that have yet to apply patches.

Microsoft restocks 64, 512 GB flavors of Surface Pro 2 tablets

Besides the trouble of marketing second-generation Surface tablets as legitimate Apple iPad rivals, Microsoft has recently faced serious component shortages, being forced to temporarily halt sales of specific Surface Pro 2 versions.

Rumor: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both coming in Q3 with Touch ID, A8 chips

Samsung might be mocking Apple now for how the “Retina thingy” on the iPads delivers inferior screen resolution to its latest Galaxy Tabs, but Cupertino may well have the last laugh come September.

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Leaked: 3-in-1 Acer Aspire Switch convertible mini-laptop with Windows 8.1

In anticipation of an April 29 press event set to take place in New York City, Acer is reportedly working on one of the world’s first Android tablets powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor, as well as an extremely unconventional Windows hybrid.

Microsoft Store shaves $30 off Asus VivoTab Note 8 price, now $300

Exactly two months after initially going on sale, one of the best pocket-sized Windows tablets around, the Asus VivoTab Note 8, has received a price cut. Not a major one, but free money is always welcome, right?

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C shows up online with Bay Trail chip, 1 GB RAM

It looks like Acer isn’t the only household name in the hardware manufacturing business that wants to take advantage of Bay Trail’s stellar combo of speed, affordability and battery saving capacity. Asus has a tablet built on Intel’s platform nearly ready to see daylight too, though unlike the Iconia A1-840, this is no conventional slate.

LG rolls out Android 4.4 KitKat update for European, US G Pad 8.3

As LG began sending out sweet KitKat over-the-air packages to the G Pad 8.3 in Korea less than two weeks ago, it was fairly obvious European and North American models would follow suit before long. Still, we didn’t expect LG to move so swiftly and release the Android 4.4 update on the old continent and in the US of A already.

Benchmark exposes Acer A1-840, one of the first Bay Trail-powered Android tabs

As Intel’s mobile chips continue to make great strides in the raw speed department, but especially in power saving potential, more and more manufacturers of Windows and Android tablets reach out to the processor craftsman for Qualcomm alternatives.