Android tablet decent for price point

AT&T hopes its Primetime tablet will be a vehicle to stream DirecTV content and other basic functions. This isn’t a high-end tablet — the pricing will tell you that much.

The hardware is decent for an Android tablet. The screen is 10 inches with a resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2 gigahertz octa-core processor with two gigabytes of RAM and 32 GB of storage. A microSD slot can expand the storage with up to another 128 GB.

The Primetime can stream audio via Bluetooth to two sets of headphones at a time, which should be perfect for keeping a couple of kids occupied in the back seat.

There are also dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Audio if you don’t want to wear headphones.

If you are in the market for a tablet to watch video, and you’re already an AT&T Wireless customer, the Primetime is a pretty inexpensive middle-of-the-road tablet.

None of the specs are eye-popping, but it’s a good enough tablet to toss in the back seat on long trips.



Editing program standard for price

No software is perfect. Often, the flaws become evident only when one is in the middle of a project. Roxio Creator NXT Pro, with its Swiss Army knife’s worth of programs and utilities, will tackle just about any multimedia task you throw at it.

Its photo- and video-editing components are basic, but for folks who don’t have the need for stand-alone programs such as PaintShop Pro, it will do just fine. For what they do, they are pretty much flawless. The interface isn’t fancy or complex; if you are OK with that, you are home free.

It has a video capture program for VHS tapes and can import videos from many movie cameras. Its video-editing program is simplicity defined — just drag and drop video snippets into boxes on the home screen.

There’s a program to burn DVDs of videos and make copies of those disks. Videos can be spread among those DVDs. Its video program will take scenes from two cameras and, in one technique, will merge the two scenes for a professional effect. Projects, such as a video of my daughter’s third birthday, are easily uploaded to Facebook, much to family and friends’ delight.