Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 announced in 8-inch and 9.7-inch models; coming next month

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New Android Tablets from Samsung.

Samsung announced its thinnest smartphone to date last week — that’s the Galaxy A8 — and today the Korean firm took the wraps off its thinnest tablet devices so far: the Galaxy Tab S2.Samsung said Monday that its new Android tablets go on sale next month and the lighter, trimmed down products will offer consumers an alternative to Apple’s iPad Air 2.THE UK GOVERNMENT has given the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge the thumbs up as secure enough for use by public sector employees, which could boost Android’s share of the enterprise market. There are 9.7-inch and 8-inch models with a 2048 by 1536 pixel Super AMOLED screen; both come with a fingerprint scanner, along with Samsung’s eight-core chip, which has two quad-core processors, one running at 1.9GHz, the other at 1.3 GHz.

The Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) has said that the duo of handsets meet the compliance standards for its Commercial Product Assurance requirements. Drones played to the “you either love them or hate them” audience in the last few days, doing both good and evil (the latter thanks to thoughtless gadget fanatics, not the brainless devices). This is largely thanks to Samsung’s onboard Knox software, which the firm said allows employees to securely connect to work files and email “with just a few taps and will soon come integrated into Google’s Android M operating system.

To improve over the previous generation, the company has sought to trim down the product, at the expense of taking a few fractions of an inch off the display screen. But more problematic was how operators of recreational drones seeking to get a good look at a wildfire in California forced the grounding of firefighting aircraft, likely allowing the burn to jump a highway and do more damage. Because by coating the speakers entirely in a white or black matte finish (grill included), Sonos has vastly changed the look and feel of its Play:1 into a neutral, sculptural object that can fit into almost any interior space—a smart marketing strategy for Sonos, whose mission is to install a speaker in every room, whether it be furnished in midcentury modern or American colonial. Cheaters who used the site AshleyMadison.com to have a little extramarital adventure are at risk of exposure thanks to hackers who compromised the company’s user databases and posted lots of the data online, reports KrebsOnSecurity. In comparison, Google’s Android operating system accounted for 26 percent of activations, with last year’s Galaxy S5 smartphone proving the most popular device among employees. µ

Site operator Avid Life Media confirmed the hack to Krebs and told him that the company was “working diligently and feverishly” to take down information posted by the hacker or hackers going by the name Impact Team. Dipped in all-white or -black, the Play:1’s grill look more like a textile than metal, and the soft-touch coating feels like a matte glaze on porcelain. “It’s a little less consumer electronic,” says Tad Toulis, Sonos’ VP of product development. “It begins to feel a little more like a vase or a piece of ceramica.” In keeping with the design’s lower profile, even the logo has been toned down to be, according to Toulis, “subtle enough that it can be seen but not so subtle that’s invisible.” As with any Play:1, the limited editions have two custom drivers with dedicated amplifiers, but you’ll pay a slight premium for the new design—$250. Jet.com opens for business on Tuesday, and the online marketplace that likely has years of losses ahead is hoping to establish a valuation of $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports.

But behind the scenes, the company still lacks the infrastructure to compete with Amazon.com even as it offers customers lower prices, and eager investors seeking to pile on the cash seem to want to party like it’s 1999. Under the hood it is powered by an octo-core processor, which pairs four 1.9GHz cores with four 1.3GHz cores — with 3GB RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal memory. The display, combined with the compact physical design, make the tablets perfect for reading and viewing digital content, according to the South Korean electronics giant.

The social network site still hasn’t figured out how to make a good experience for the device, compared to what it can offer via smartphone, an executive tells the New York Times. Snapchat and Google are also still on the sidelines, and the newspaper reports that only five of the 20 most popular free iPhone apps in the U.S. have versions for the Apple Watch. That’s not bad for a tablet, but we’d still rather see people taking photos and video on their phone or — god forbid — a dedicated camera, rather than bungling around with an oversized a tablet.

The first official investigation into whether ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft comply with laws mandating appropriate services to disabled passengers has been launched by the Massachusetts attorney general. Homejoy, the at-home cleaning service that’s one of a new breed of startups serving as a broker of on-demand services, is shutting down, as companies in that category face legal challenges aimed at forcing them to classify freelancers as employees. Catch up on the top IT stories from last week: in the World Tech Update Wrap, Intel is breaking Moore’s Law, NASA’s probe arrives at Pluto and Qualcomm is in trouble with the European Commission.

The Washington Post explores how the rise of the Islamic State and its expert use of online tools is leaving tech companies torn between free speech and security. To stay competitive, Samsung has to find other ways to stand out. “Samsung doesn’t want to be in a position where ‘Oh, the iPad Air is thinner and lighter than everybody else’s product,’” Ma added.

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