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December 17, 2014


Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra Tipped To Feature 13 Inch Display and 6GB of RAM

Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra

According to various Chinese blogs, rumors have surfaced that Sony is working on its Z4 Tablet Ultra. If the rumors turns out to be true, Japanese electronic giant Sony is now working on a huge 12.9-inch or 13-inch display.Rumors state that, following the path of Samsung, Lenovo and Apple has started their work over a larger tablets.

The leaked details suggests that it will be powered by a 2.86 GHz Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset processor, with a buit-in storage capacity of 64GB alongside 6 GB of RAM, in a 2x3 GB setup. Yes! You read it right, as hinted Sony may equip 6GB of RAM in this slate which is yet to get released Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra is also said to feature an 8 MP camera with imaging sensor capable of taking 4K videos recording at the speed of 30 frames per second, and also an HDMI port for audio visual output.Further on, the tablet is expected to be powered with a HumongousHumoungous 12,100 mAh battery pack, which will fuel the Z4 tablet Ultra to run for three days continuously without being connected to the charger at all.




Windows 10 release date, news & features: Technical Preview download info
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It’s already been confirmed that Microsoft will launch Windows 10 some time in the middle of 2015. A special event titled “The Next Chapter”, taking place on 21 January, is where Microsoft is expected to announced a more concrete time frame for Windows 10.

Windows 10 releases, news and leaks are breaking through at an impressive rate. To make sense of it all, and to cut through some of the garbage, below is everything you need to know about Windows 10.



December 16, 2014

Best Smartphones And Tablets Of 2014



We turn now to tablets, in a year where two-in-ones were hot on the market. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 added a new Surface pen for writing and drawing, as well as two cameras and a host of Microsoft apps.

Google’s Nexus 9 launched alongside its phone in November, and features an 8.9-inch LCD display. This tablet weighs just 15 ounces, has HTC BoomSound speakers, and boasts 9.5 hours of battery life.

But once again Apple dominated the tablet market with the launch of the iPad Air 2 in October. The new thin tablet features Touch ID, weighs less than a pound, and boasts a 9.7-inch retina display. The Air 2 also runs for up to 10 hours on battery.



The best 5 Tablet Accessories for Business
PC Tech Magazine

Editors Note: Pairing a Surface pro 3 with a Surface docking station makes for a great computing experience when your at your desk.

One of the greatest tools for  productivity is a tablet, but it can get better with the right accessories.

Due to the many limitations tablets have, we always find ourselves reduced to specific functionality and speed when trying to get some work done. Business News Daily has listed five accessories that can increase your productivity when using a tablet,

Docking station: Available for: Windows 8 tablets

A docking station is different from a simple charging dock. It’s like a desktop hub that adds extra ports, letting you connect your tablet to a mouse, keyboard, external hard drive, monitor and more. But the real benefit of a desktop dock is that it eliminates the need to plug in all your accessories each time you sit down at your desk. But although laptop docks are common, tablet compatibility is limited.

Keyboard :  A touch-screen keyboard is fine for hammering out quick email replies, but it can’t beat a physical keyboard for serious typing.

USB/Bluetooth mouse: Touch screens can’t always give you the precise control you need. When you sit down at a table or desk, a mouse is a much better tool for precision pointing.

Stylus" A tablet paired with a stylus makes a great digital notepad. The accessory also gives you more precise control for times when using a mouse isn’t practical.




December 15, 2014


Acer Iconia Tab 8 drops to $140 at Best Buy, $40 gift card included

Acer probably didn’t need to go the extra mile this holiday season to end up high on shopping lists, but they wanted to do it anyway. After all, it’s a time of giving, and the Taiwan-based PC manufacturer, alongside Best Buy, offers up a discounted touchscreen Aspire E5 laptop and Iconia Tab 8 slate.

The latter is on sale both online and in brick and mortar BB stores from now until December 23, as long as inventory holds up. Typically available for close to $200, the Intel-powered 8 incher can be had at $140 with a $40 gift card bundled in.


Assuming you’ll use the coupon on a subsequent purchase, the Iconia Tab 8 basically costs 100 bucks, which is staggeringly affordable for a tablet with Intel inside and 2 GB RAM. Yes, this baby is as speedy as it sounds, and it’s a looker too, with a 7.6 mm slender profile and 357 grams weight.

Running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, the A1-840 is also capable of keeping the lights on for over seven hours on a single charge, thanks to Bay Trail’s energy-saving capabilities. Coated in silver and white, it’s not the brightest, highest-res pad in the world, at 1,280 x 800 pixels, but its bang for buck is unmatched nonetheless.



Apple's Holiday Ad Paints The iPad As A Device That Bridges Generations


Apples new holiday ad, which is called “The Song,” uses Apple’s entire lineup to help the protagonist get creative with their Christmas gift, but the part that rings most true is the way the iPad erases what could be complex technological barriers across generations.

“The Song” rings true because this year, I’m setting my own grandmother up with an iPad, after she expressed an interest in having one from so much time seeing photos on those me and the rest of my family bring by on visits. My grandmother has never expressed an interest in any other computing platform before now, and she’s well into her nineties. The point is that Apple knows how their devices resonate with buyers, and they can use that effectively in marketing messages in a way their competitors seem largely unable to do.




Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Be One of the Most Important Devices of 2015

When many investors think about the hottest tech devices of 2014, they probably think of Apple 's Microsoft Surface Pro 3iPhone 6, Samsung 's scattergun selection of smartwatches , or Facebook 's Oculus Rift .

But looking ahead, Microsoft 's Surface Pro could be one of the top devices to watch in 2015. Not only is this "laplet" important for Microsoft, but it could play a pivotal role in the future of PCs and tablets.

Why Microsoft's Surface Pro matters
A phablet may replace a tablet as a media consumption and gaming device, but Android and iOS tablets still aren't comparable productivity devices as Windows laptops. Although Microsoft offers free versions of Office 365 for iOS and Android, and Adobe offers its Creative Cloud for both platforms (a preview version on Android), many Windows apps still lack mobile equivalents.

That's where Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 acting as a bridge between traditional laptops and tablets, comes in. Bridging the gap between tablets and laptops might not matter much to mainstream consumers, but it matters to large businesses, most of which are dependent on Windows-compatible software.

Startups and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can start fresh with tablets and cloud-based servers. However, large companies are burdened with years of legacy data and software, making it impractical to upgrade aging PCs to iPads. That makes the Surface Pro 3, which runs on Windows, an ideal replacement for older Windows PCs. The Surface can transform into a full desktop via a docking station, and it can be carried around the workplace -- resolving the need for custom iPad apps tethered to PC workstations.

When Surface sales more than doubled both year-over-year and sequentially to $908 million last quarter , Microsoft attributed that growth to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises".

Windows 10 and the cloud
If enterprise adoption of the Surface Pro continues into next year, it would serve as an ideal launch platform for Windows 10 in mid-2015.





December 12, 2014


iPad Heir: Prince William tells of son's tablet love
Cult of Mac

President Obama’s not the only world leader to be a big iPad fan. According to a new report, Apple’s tablet also has a devotee in the world’s most famous royal toddler and future King of England, Prince Prince GeorgeGeorge.

The revelation was made by the U.K.’s Prince William during his trip to the United States, while meeting with tech company littleBits, which is responsible for manufacturing electronic modules and magnets for kids.

“He told me that his son George has been playing iPad games and loves them, and that this was a good way to teach him the inner workings of electronics,” CEO Ayah Bdeir told reporters.

Sadly Prince William didn’t elaborate, so we don’t know whether George prefers the iPad Air 2 to the iPad mini 3, or whether he opts for Monument Valley over Threes!.

However, if reports are to be believed, his family certainly has a history of buying Apple products. Dad Prince William was recently filmed playing Angry Birds on an iPad, while Queen Elizabeth reportedly 27 comments to pick up the latest iOS devices.

The wedding of Prince George’s parents was even met with a commemorative (albeit unofficial) iPhone variant — complete with platinum, 18 ct. gold and rose gold exteriors, and enhanced with VS1 8.50 ct. diamonds, sapphire bezels and an embellished Apple logo.

With that being said, the decision to hand over an iPod to the future monarch isn’t totally without controversy. A 2011 report from the Academy of American Pediatrics suggests that children under the age of two should spend as little time as possible with screens.



Included in its line of tough DURABOOK mobile computing solutions, GammaTech Computer Corp. offers two exceptional models for the difficult and demanding environments encountered by public safety personnel. The units are the R11 rugged tablet and the R8300 fully rugged notebook. Both are certified to stringent MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD- 461F, and IP65 specifications, assuring they will stand up to the daily rigors found in the stress-filled, fast-paced, anything-goes field of public safety. GammaTech is a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers.

R11 Rugged Tablet
The GammaTech DURABOOK R11 is the lightest (2.73 pounds including battery) rugged tablet PC in its class. It comes with a powerful 4th generation Intel® Haswell Core™ processor for superb visual and graphic performance. It has an 11.6" HD (1366x768) LCD anti-reflective display with a capacitive multi-touch panel, and a water-tolerant design, meaning it can be used even in wet environments and/or while the user is wearing latex gloves.

The R11 includes built-in G-sensor, gyroscope sensors, and a light-ambient sensor; M2-SATA SSD 64GB/128GB/256GB storage; a MicroSD card slot that supports SDHC and SDXC; and a front-side, full HD camera as well as an integrated rear-facing 5MP camera. Security features include computrace support BIOS, administrator password, TPM 1.2, Kensington lock, and boot password protection.

Wireless communications are provided by Intel Centrino Wireless AC 7260 NGW 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC and Bluetooth 4.0 Class 1. The DURABOOK R11 tablet offers a choice of Microsoft Windows® 7 Professional or Windows 8.1 software, and a host of exclusive features and options.

R8300 Fully Rugged Notebook
Designed specifically for outdoor usage, the GammaTech DURABOOK R8300 fully rugged notebook offers unsurpassed performance, even in the most hostile environments.




December 11, 2014

The best touchscreen-friendly gloves – gloves that work with capacitive touch phones, tablets

Capacitive touchscreen gloves that let you use your smartphone while protecting your hands from the icy cold are sure to be big sellers this winter. But which are best for you?

No one likes cold hands, but no one likes not being able to use their touchscreen device either? And most touchscreens need your actual warm finger skin to operate properly. Wrap those digits in a lovely glove and the digital devices won’t register your touch.

That usually means removing your glove, sticking it in a pocket or hanging it out of your mouth, while you tap away on your smartphone or tablet in the freezing cold with numb fingers. This means wet or lost gloves plus a good chance of frostbite.

When you wear standard gloves you lose that electrical conductivity, so the charge can’t pass from your finger through the glove and register on the screen. Tap as you might but the smartphone says no.

Unless you wear fingerless gloves or cut out holes for your skin to show through, you need a special pair of gloves that will work with capacitive touchscreens. Luckily there are a few aroudn and we look at the best here.

Mujjo Refined Touchscreen gloves

Dutch design company Mujjo was one of the first makers of touchscreen gloves, and has a wide range from standard to double-layered and leather.

Many touchscreen gloves are restricted to a couple of fingers for their operation. The Mujjo gloves work on all parts of the hand: fingers, knuckles, palm or heel.

Its latest are the Refined Touchscreen Gloves (£26, including shipping), which feature a leather wrist closure and cuff, grip dot patterns on the palms to aid anti-slip capabilities (think skiing, or maybe not dropping your valuable phone!), and an integrated soft fleece lining.

The stretchable gloves look great, and quite different to any others we’ve seen so far. The cuff boards are constructed of matching black leather and the palms feature gripping dots.

To make the gloves conductive, Mujjo has knitted silver-coated nylon fibres into the fabric, which make the gloves conductive and therefore touchscreen compatible.

In our tests the Mujjo Refined Touchscreen Gloves kept our hands nice and warm while giving us unrestricted access on our touchscreens.

The Mujjo Refined Touchscreen Gloves are available at in sizes S/M, M/L and XL.


North Face Etip gloves

The more well-known North Face brand is famous for its cold-weather outerwear, with its logo much-seen in wintery episodes of The-X-Files.

The North Face Etip Gloves in stretch-knit fleece are a little more expensive at £30, but are equally warm and tight fitting. They also feature a silicone gripper palm pattern for non-slip grip.

Previously the conductivity was limited to just the thumb and index fingers but the latest versions will work with touchscreens on all fingers.

They are available in Black, Vanadis Grey (like lilac) and Black Ink Green (more like grey), and in S, M, L and XL sizes.




Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro let 2 pro

Not content with novel design alone, Lenovo's taking things a few steps further with its latest Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Equipped with a supersized 13-inch, Quad HD display and built-in projector, Lenovo is positioning the $469.99 (32GB) tablet as an all-in-one media powerhouse. Some lingering complaints remain—like the heavy-handed Android skin and performance hiccups—but the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is easily Lenovo's most compelling Android tablet yet.

Design, Features, and Projector
Lenovo's unique multi-mode design remains largely unchanged for this year's Yoga tablets. You get the signature cylindrical edge with a built-in kickstand and a nice tapered profile. It's made from a combination of aluminum and gray plastics that give the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro a premium look and sturdy feel. At 13.11 by 8.81 by 0.14-0.5 (thinnest and thickest points) inches and 2.09 pounds, the Yoga Tablet 2 is big and heavy, but the weight feels reasonably comfortable in the hand thanks to the unique design. There are a few new additions to the Yoga design, including a JBL-branded subwoofer around back and a pico projector built into one end of the cylinder.

There's also a button now that releases the kickstand from its stowed position, which I found easier to use than trying to twist it open manually like on previous models. The stand itself is quite sturdy, but still easy to adjust, holding virtually any angle between 90 and 180 degrees. A cutout in the middle of the kickstand lets you hang the tablet, granted you have a sturdy and appropriately sized peg or nail in the wall.

The 13.3-inch, 2,560-by-1,440-pixel IPS LCD doesn't disappoint. It's roomy, tack-sharp, and bright, with a wide viewing angle and solid contrast for an LCD. Colors don't quite pop like they do on, say, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, but they still look pretty vivid here. Below the display are two front-facing stereo speakers, which sound mostly good, but still lack bass even with the alleged subwoofer. The speakers also aren't particularly loud, which is disappointing. It's good enough for individual binges in small rooms, but falls a bit flat for group viewing in larger rooms.




December 10, 2014

Nvidia Shield review: a portable powerhouse for gamers
The Guardian

Nvidia’s original Shield took us somewhat by surprise - a hybrid of handheld gaming device and tablet, it was solid but not something with wide appeal. Then, in August, the company announced the Shield Tablet - a second attempt at bringing its gaming-focused device to the mass market.

The Shield might not look out of the ordinary, but with Nvidia’s gaming nous, and the Tegra K1 CPU/GPU combo, it seeks to plug a gap in the market for a tablet that can also handle console-quality gaming.


While the device has been out for a few months, the introduction of an interesting new cloud gaming service has brought it back into the spotlight. Plus, if you’re looking to buy a tablet this Christmas, it may well be on your wishlist.

The Shield Tablet is, to put it bluntly, something of a beast. The quad-core CPU on the Tegra K1 chip is backed up by 2GB of RAM and a GPU running on Kepler architecture. This means your everyday browsing and app use is silky smooth. Meanwhile, visual effects like tesselation and HDR lighting are handled easily, putting it on par with lower-spec home PCs rather than its closest tablet rivals.




December 9, 2014


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Release Date, Specs & Features: Hybrid Tablet Coming, Hints Maker

Following the success of the Surface Pro 3 table, Microsoft is gearing up for the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Latino Post reported. Even more, a Microsoft employee has mentioned the upcoming device in a statement.Surface Pro Pro

The rumors of a new tablet from the Redmond-based company began after Surface lineup general manager Brian Hall wrote in the Surface's blog that the current accessories of the Surface Pro 3 were designed to be "compatible with the next generation of the Pro line Surface."

Rumors surrounding the feature of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 included the term "laplet," which implies that it could be a hybrid of a laptop and a tablet.

Microsoft also announced that the new and upcoming Surface Pro series will have the same power cables and Type covers as its predecessor and will also contain the docking stating that can already be seen in Surface Pro 3.

According to the International Business Times, the Surface Pro 4 will be released in varying sizes. The larger version of the Surface Pro 4 is rumored to be 13 to 14 inches in size, and will try to break the weak sales trend of large tablets. The smaller version, which will be called Surface Pro Mini, measures about 8 inches and is an attempt to compete with other smaller-sized tablets offered by Apple and Google.

In terms of the timeline for its release, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is expected to be launched at the same time as Windows 10, according to Gospel Herald, making it the first device to run the newest Windows system.




December 8, 2014


Best Christmas Tablets - Nexus 9, Surface Pro, iPads or Samsung
The Fuse Joplin

This was a great year for the tech fans and we’ve seen top tablets and smartphones devices being released, with great specs and features.

In the last 12 passed months, we’ve noticed a lot of devices being released such as tablets that are now more like an alternative to laptops, because they come with great specs and attachable keyboards.

Today we give you a list of tablets that can become your Christmas present.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

The name of Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is related to the display dimension – 12.2inches, which supports a resolution of 2560x1600pixels. This tablet is powered by an octa-core Exynos 5 Processor and is formed from two quad-cores processors that are clocked at 1.3GHz and 1.9GHz respectively, and they pair with 3GB of RAM.

The tablet also comes with an S Pen, which you can use if you don’t want to tap with your fingers. You can also write with the S Pen or even draw with it. You can get the 32GB variant of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at a price of 550 dollars from Amazon.




Tablets on the gridiron: taking a Surface for a spin on an NFL sideline


It's starting to get pretty cold for a lot of NFL teams. Rainy, too. I entered MetLife stadium and stepped onto the damp FieldTurf on a Monday night that dipped into the low 40s, in the middle of unexpected showers. Perfect weather to check out weatherproofed tablets.

Microsoft's Surface tablets have been deployed on NFL sidelines since the start of this season, part of a partnership of which you're probably well aware. (CBS, CNET's parent company, broadcasts AFC and Thursday Night NFL games, but this Monday night game was broadcast by ESPN.) From a distance, it looks like the coaches on TV are holding iPads in thick rubber cases.

You might wonder what they're doing on those tablets. Well, it's actually not that complicated.

There isn't much tech allowed on NFL sidelines. You can't use a cell phone, and thanks to another partnership with Bose, you can't even wear certain headphones. Coaches used to -- and still do -- use printers for pictures of plays, taken by cameras in the end zones and high up at midfield. These pictures get laminated and placed in binders, so coaches, staff and players can analyze what formations teams have used throughout the game.

The Surface tablets replicate this, but faster and with a bit more interactivity. The sideline and end zone photos now get sent directly to the Surface tablets, in color, and do it faster than printers can print, plus they do it all during plays, versus after. Within the Surface's customized app, coaches can annotate, too, marking pictures up and saving the notes to their own profile.



December 4, 2014


Which tablet to buy? 2014 tablet PC buying advice - best tablets of 2014
PC Advisor

We have reviews of the best tablets you can buy in 2014 here: The best tablets of 2014 UK. You can refine the search by looking here Best Android tablets 2014 and here Best 10in tablets of 2014 and here: 10 best tablets for children, 10 best budget tablets 2014. There's a chart no matter what you're looking for.

Which tablet to buy? What you need a tablet to do

Tablets are fantastic portable devices which sport long battery life and easy to use interfaces. We love them. But they’re not necessarily for everyone in every situation. Like any computing device the first question you need to ask yourself is what you want to use it to do? If it’s a case of checking Facebook, surfing the web, email, reading, playing a few games, and things along these lines then a tablet is a superb choice - arguably better than any other type of computer. If you’re intending to replace your laptop with a lightweight productivity unit, then things are not quite so clear. Typing on a tablet is fine in short bursts, but you’ll quickly get a pain in your neck if you want to work on it all day.

Also the files systems are a little less accessible than on a traditional computer, especially on Apple products. It’s worth checking if the software you like to use is available in the relevant app store for your device (you can’t install anything that isn’t, well, not easily). You certainly can work on a tablet, but it might involve buying a Bluetooth keyboard and adjusting your workflow a little to achieve this.




Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air 2: Price, Specs, Performance

Apple recently released the iPad Air 2, several months after Microsoft released the Surface Pro 3. Since their releases, both tablets have been competing to become the top selling tablet. However, it’s still Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air 2very hard to say which tablet is best, and it’s not easy for future investors to choose which device to get. When it comes down to it, there isn’t much that the two devices have in common, other than the fact that they’re tablets, and today, we’re going to be giving you the low-down on both devices to assist you in your future purchase.

Both the iPad Air 2 and the Surface Pro 3 are beautiful devices, but they differ quite a bit on the inside. The iPad Air 2 features a 9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 LCD display with a pixel density of 264, a triple-core Apple A8X processing chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, a fingerprint sensor on the home button (Touch ID), and a battery that can last you up to ten hours.

The Surface Pro 3, on the other hand, comes in a few different models. All of the models feature a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 ClearType Full HD display running 216 pixels per inch, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front camera, and up to nine hours of battery life. The differences are in the storage and processors, and there are five different options: 64 GB of storage and an Intel Core i3 processor, 128 GB of storage and an Intel Core i5 processor, 256 GB of storage and an Intel Core i5 processor, 256 GB of storage and an Intel Core i7 processor, and 512 GB of storage and an Intel Core i7 processor.





iPad 4 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3: Which Tablet Should You Pick? Hardware, OS, Design, And Price Analysis Here!
Youth Health Magzine

Which of these tablet devices is worth the purchase? We compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 against Apple's iPad 4 to see which is better.iPad 4 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

In terms of design and display, the iPad 4 has an IPS LCD model that is LED-backlit which measures 9.7 inches and it can render a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. It weighs 652 g and has the following dimensions: 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has a TFT display that measures 10.1 inches and renders a lesser resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It significantly lighter than its competitor, weighing 510 grams and shows off the dimensions: 243.1 x 176.1 x 8 mm.

For the hardware and OS, Apple's iPad 4 has a dual core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz which comes with the Apple A6X chipset. The tablet supports 1GB of RAM and it has multiple options for internal storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (there is no microSD slot, hence the memory is not expandable). It runs on the iOS 6 (upgradable to iOS 7).

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is equipped with a dual core working at 1.6GHz and the Intel Atom Z2560 model of chipset. It has 1GB of RAM with two options for storage space: either 16GB or 32GB (you can choose to use a microSD to expand your memory by up to 64GB). The tablet runs on the Android Jelly Bean OS.




December 3, 2014


Surface beats iPad to win top award: which would you buy?

The Surface Pro 3 was also awarded Computer of the Year for bringing renewed innovation to the category. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is The perfect device for teenagers who need the flexibility of a tablet, but the power of a laptop and the full suite of Microsoft applications. 

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has beaten Apple's iPad Air 2 to win Gadget of the Year at Stuff magazine's annual Gadget Awards.

Stuff's editor-in-chief, Will Findlater, said the Surface Pro 3 is the first device that serves equally well as tablet and laptop, and has set a trend for versatile tablet devices that looks likely to be pushed by other brands in 2015.

"While previous Surface Pros have hinted at the potential of the hybrid tablet/laptop, this one delivers the best of both worlds, and with an Apple iPad Pro rumoured for next year, it shows Microsoft has what it takes to be a hardware trend-setter,” said Findlater.




Google Chromebook gains lead over Apple iPad in US education market
Maine News

According to the latest statistics released by IDC, via the Financial Times, Google's line of low-cost Chromebook laptops dethroned the Apple iPad as the US education market leader, in terms of shipments of devices to US schools in the 2014 third quarter.

The IDC figures have revealed that the third-quarter shipments of Google Chromebooks to US schools surpassed the shipments of Apple iPads. While 715,500 units of Chromebooks were shipped by Google to US schools in the third quarter, Apple shipped 702,000 units of iPads.

Despite the fact that the difference between the number of Chromebooks and iPads shipped to US schools during third quarter was quite slim, the fact that Chromebooks gained lead over iPad marked a breakthrough performance by Chromebooks. Thus far, school districts have considered it trendy to give out Apple iPads to students as part of a technological "revolution" in education.





December 2, 2014


Gift Guide 2014: Tablets for all

Tablets are a curious breed of electronics. For many, they occupy that awkward space between want Tablet Gift Guide 2014 and need. Most peoples’ work, play and connectivity needs are already being met by some combination of computer, TV/console, and smartphone, but still they covet the iPads and Nexuses of the world. For this crowd, tablets are a supplementary accessory.

Then there are those that don’t just want a tablet, they need one. Their work requires a lot of travel, and there’s no device they’d rather have than the iPad when they’re in the ninth hotel in as many weeks. Or the Surface Pro 3, which offers PC-grade hardware in a compact form factor.

And then there’s everyone else in between.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of tablets to choose from, each catering to a different type of consumer. We’ve distilled the vast quantities of tablets available today and skimmed the cream off the top.

Here are our top picks for tablets for 2014!




This Concept Video Shows Exactly How Large Apple's Giant iPad Could Be
Business Insider

There's a strong chance Apple will release an iPad that's larger than its standard 9.7 inch model next year, and now we have a realistic idea of exactly how large it will be

There's a strong chance Apple will release an iPad that's larger than its standard 9.7 inch model next year, and now we have a realistic idea of exactly how large it will be. 

YouTube channel Canoopsy posted a video showing a mockup of Apple's rumored "iPad Pro," based on reportedly leaked schematics, alongside a MacBook Pro, an iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 5 (via 9to5Mac)




December 1, 2014


Best Cyber Monday Tablet Deals 2014: iPad, Android, and Windows
Tablet PC Review

Cyber Monday is here, and with it comes some of the best technology deals of the season. Get started shopping with TabletPCReview‘s deals guide, and don’t pay too much for a new device.

There are bargains in every price range, including discounts on Apple iPad models, new Samsung tablets, and much more.

Those looking for good deals shouldn’t miss our related list of the Best Tablets Under $250 for Holiday Shopping.

Windows Sales

The Microsoft Store is knocking $100 off the Surface Pro 3 with a Core i5 processor and 128 GB of storage, lowering the cost to $849 on Cyber Monday. It has also cut the price of the i5/256 GB version by an equal amount, bring it down to $1.199. This retailer has temporarily reduced the cost of the i7/256 GB version and the i7/512 GB version of the Surface Pro 3 by $150 each, lowering their prices to $1,399 and $1,799 respectively

Walmart recently began selling the E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows 8.1 tablet for $99. This is powered by an Intel Atom processor and has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display and 16GB of internal storage.

Apple iPad Bargains

Best Buy is selling the original iPad Air 16 GB for $369.99 down from its usual $399.99. Walmart is asking $379.99, but is bundling a Justin Power case for a total savings of $73.97.

Walmart is selling the the original iPad mini for $199, down from the usual $249.

Android Deals

Google is offering the HTC Nexus 9 16 GB at it’s regular $399 price, but is including a $50 Google Play credit, lowering the effective price to $349.

Target and Best Buy have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 for $149.99, reduced from the usual $179.99.

Target and Best Buy have the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for $199.99, a $70 savings.

In addition, Target and Best Buy are marking the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 from $349 down to $249.




Is the iPad Apple's Next Supersized Product?
Wall St. Cheat Sheet

12 inch iPad rumor

While it’s impossible to know if Apple would own a larger share of the smartphone market today if it had released a larger-screen iPhone earlier in the game, the latest rumors out of Asia suggest that the company is determined not to miss out on the next supersized mobile device trend. Schematics for a new larger-screen version of Apple’s iPad have allegedly been obtained by Japan’s Mac Fan magazine, according to blog Mac Otakara. Although rumors of a larger-screen iPad have been circulated by Mac Otakara and other Asian news sources since at least last year, the latest report appears to offer the first concrete evidence that this product is in the works.

While earlier rumors from Taiwan’s DigiTimes and other sources predicted that the larger-screen iPad would be called the “iPad Pro” and feature a 12.9-inch display, the January edition of Mac Fan referred to the device as the “iPad Air Plus” and noted that it will feature a “12.2-inch LCD display.” According to Mac Fan, the overall dimensions of the iPad Air Plus will be “305.31 x 220.8 x 7 mm” or approximately 12 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.28 inches. This means that the iPad Air Plus will be a little thicker than the current iPad Air 2 (0.24 inches), but still thinner than the iPad mini 3 (0.29 inches).

Mac Fan’s report also claimed that the iPad Air Plus would be outfitted with the next-generation A9 chip. This contradicts earlier rumors from Taiwan’s TechNews, which claimed that the larger-screen iPad would use the same A8X chip that powers the iPad Air 2. The schematics obtained by Mac Fan also detailed a multi-directional speaker system that will enable the iPad Air Plus to play stereo audio in any direction the tablet is held.




November 27, 2014


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November 26, 2014


The 10 Best Black Friday Apple Deals Of 2014
Huffington Post

This article was reported by DealNews, a site that scours the web for the best retail deals.

If there's only one rule you follow this Black Friday, it should be never to buy your Apple gear from the Apple Store. Not only is Apple's sale predictable (expect to pay full price and get free gift cards again this year), but it's also disappointing, particularly when other retailers are discounting Apple gear at record speeds. To prove our point, we've rounded up the best Black Friday Apple ads we've seen to date. In the unlikely scenario that the Apple Store surprises us with an amazing sale, we'll be first to mention it. In the meantime, these are the deals Apple fans should prioritize.

Best Black Friday Apple Deals

Apple iPad Air 16GB With $100 Gift Card for $399 at Target
This tablet's $399 price point is nothing special (it's what Apple charges), but what makes this deal noteworthy is the inclusion of a $100 gift card, which is like getting $100 off the cost of this tablet.

Don't want to wait, or bother with the Black Friday rush? Best Buy is currently offering this model for $319 with free shipping. While the Target deal is effectively a better offer due to the large gift card, this Best Buy deal is available now, online, and you'll pay less sales tax overall. The sale also discounts other storage sizes.

Apple iPad mini 2 16GB With $100 Gift Card for $299 at Target
Although Target is selling the iPad mini 2 at full retail value, it's bundling a $100 Target gift card, which helps offset the cost of the tablet. Unless Apple changes its Black Friday sale for the better (highly unlikely), this Target deal will be hard to beat.

Apple iPad Air 2 16GB With $140 Gift Card for $499 at Target
Sensing a pattern here? Target is taking Black Friday seriously this year, and as with its other iPad deals, the current-generation iPad Air 2 is also selling at list price, but with a generous $140 Target gift card. This deal will most likely trump Apple's Black Friday sale, which last year bundled a $75 Apple gift card with iPad Air purchases.




2014 best kids' tablets buying guide

Are you fed up with handing over your tablet every time your child wants to play their favorite game, or kids Tabletsuse it with their latest tech toy? Maybe it really is time they had a tablet of their own. But with so many to choose from, which is the best tablet for children? To help you out, here is Gizmag's guide to the best kids' tablets available in 2014.

In this guide we'll start off by looking at some of the things you may want to consider before picking up a kids' tablet, and hopefully identify which features are important to you. We'll then take a look at our picks of some of the best child-friendly tablets currently on the market. By child-friendly, we mean those most suitable for children aged three to 10 years old.

Just as you probably checked to make sure your favorite apps were available on whichever tablet you purchased for yourself, you might want to do the same for your child. All of these tablets come with a selection of pre-loaded apps, but if there's a particular title your kid loves playing on your smartphone or tablet, will they be able to have it on their own? In our house, any tablet without access to the various LEGO apps, or titles from Toca Boca wouldn't be worth considering.

While very child-focused tablets from the likes of LeapFrog and VTech often feature popular characters in their proprietary educational titles, you're less likely to find the latest must-have hit app on there too.






How to wipe your phone or tablet before you sell it

Trading in or selling your old mobile device? Wipe it the right way to reduce the risk of personal data falling into the wrong hands.

Remember that no method apart from physically destroying the device and its storage is 100 percent foolproof -- data may still be recoverable with the right tools.

These tips are for the three main mobile operating systems, but if you have an older phone or an alternate OS, check the manual for full details on how to wipe your device.

Before you start:

  • Back up all your data, including contacts
  • Remember to remove the SIM card and any external storage such as a microSD card
  • Log out of services like email and social media, then clear the data from these apps if you can
  • Perform a separate encrypt and wipe of data on the microSD card as well if you don't plan to use the card in a new device
  • Keep the serial number of the phone or tablet on file for your records.




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Asking which model is the Best Tablet PC is like asking what flavor of ice cream is best:

Everyone has their own opinion.
  Which ever tablet offers the features that best suit your needs is the best tablet for you.


What is a Tablet PC?

Tablets: Touchscreen, lightweight products that offer mobility, such as Apple's iPad. The devices' diagonal screen size is about 7 inches -- bigger than the "phablet," a combination smartphone and tablet device -- to about a 12-in. screen diagonal. Tablets used to be distinguished not only by their size and touch, but also by their operating systems, which were different from those on full-fledged PCs. Microsoft's entry into this space with a full version of the Windows OS has changed the definition.

Slate Tablet PCs

Slate Tablet PCs have no lid or keyboard, which makes them slim and lighter in weight compared to most convertible Tablet PCs.   You can hold a slate Tablet PC in one hand and write on the screen with the other hand—like a clipboard. If you want to use an external keyboard and mouse, you simply attach them to the Tablet PC. A slate Tablet PC can rest easily in the crook of your arm while you write so that you can take notes, fill out forms, or read and write an e-mail with ease while on the go, sitting in a meeting or class, or relaxing on your couch. You can also lay it flat on a table or desk to do your work.

Tablet PCs

You can use a tablet pen to select, drag, and open files, browse the Internet, draw freehand diagrams, add numbers and symbols, and more.

On some Tablet PCs, you can also interact with the screen by using your finger. Most Tablet PCs are small or moderately sized. They range from 2 to 4 pounds and have screens that range from 8 to 15 inches. There are two types of Tablet PCs: slates and convertibles.


Convertible Tablet PCs

Convertible Tablet PCs are notebooks that give users the best of both worlds by allowing them to be used in either in tablet mode or laptop mode.

In laptop mode, you can use the integrated keyboard and mouse or the tablet pen to navigate and write.

To use it in tablet mode, you rotate the screen and lay it flat over the keyboard so that you can write on it like a clipboard. Both positions enable you to work and write with a tablet pen.


The Apple iPad 

Is fine for surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books.  If your home on the sofa, traveling or out and about it's an easy way to stay in touch.

However, if you need  to use your PC apps like, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Dreamweaver or view a web site that is flash based... your out of luck.  There are no USB ports on an iPad and the only way to install programs is through the iTunes store.