Tech 2.0 for Monday, June 24, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 6/24/2013 1:39 pm

Samsung is making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope of making them a must-have accessory for its smartphone customers. Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. Devices with 7-, 8- and 10-inch screens will cost $199, $299 and $399, respectively. The new tablets have the same three buttons on the front as the Galaxy smartphones. Last year's Tab 2 had no physical buttons on the front, as encouraged by Google, which supplies the Android software. The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor. The smaller models use chips based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC.

A game-based software teaching system designed at Boise State University has moved into the private sector. 3D GameLab debuted in the marketplace on May 1. Two professors in Boise State University's Department of Educational Technology created 3D GameLab that uses a game format to increase learning. Former department chairwoman Lisa Dawley left the school in July to form GoGo Labs and be its CEO. Chris Haskell, co-founder, is still at the school but is a principal researcher for GoGo. About 500 teachers from around the nation used the system in their classrooms to test its effectiveness. Bonnie Warren teaches 10th graders at South Fremont High School in St. Anthony. She says students do a lot more work and better work using 3D GameLab.

A cheap cellphone battery could lead to an explosion in your pocket. That's the warning from Senator Charles Schumer. The New York Democrat says counterfeit or poorly made cellphone batteries can lead to phones overheating and even exploding. Schumer says there have been at least 60 reported instances of cellphone batteries smoking, catching fire or exploding in the last two years. He's calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to determine the full scope of the problem.

Where can you find healthy food options in the Big Apple? HealthyOut can point the way. The iPhone application wins New York City's annual BigApps contest. The app lets the user set dietary needs or preferences, then points out nearby restaurants. The best jobs and economic mobility app went to an Android app called ChildCareDesk, which helps parents find quality child care centers. Prizes in the BigApps contest totaled $150,000.

Hands-on: Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 in a 10-inch comes wrapped in Galaxy-like design, with a keyboard case.

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