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January 23, 2015
Fujitsu welcomes four new Tablet PCs and Notebooks to its impressive portfolio of mobile products:
The wait for an official Windows 10 announcement is over, folks. Microsoft showed the next iteration of its computing platform to a packed auditorium in Seattle – and boy is there a lot to take in.
Windows 10 is more than just a desktop operating system. The successor to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (Windows 9 never happened) is, in fact, tailored to work on all kinds of hardware, meaning your phone or tablet will run a scaled-back version of the desktop shebang.
The idea is to allow for all kinds of integration, workflow improvements and app-sharing. But there's more to Windows 10 than convenience and familiarity. Here are the best features for phone and tablet users and how you can get your hands on it.
Users will find their familiar, live tile-based 'Metro' interface remains intact on a phone or small tablet, but customisation options – such as the ability to add a full background image as your wallpaper – have been added, giving you the chance to personalise your device more than ever.
When and how can I get Windows 10?
Microsoft is yet to announce when Windows 10 will be released. But you can try out the Windows 10 Technical Preview between now and the 15th of April 2015.
January 22, 2015
It's an 84-inch, 4K display that runs Windows 10. This is not the Microsoft Surface we were expecting. It's outfitted with enormous speakers, an enormous multi-touch surface with support for multiple active pens and dual-camera depth sensors that detect when you walk up to it. This is the Microsoft Surface Hub and, unsurprisingly, it's designed specifically for the conference room.
There's no word on price or availability for this enormous display, but Microsoft is billing it as the ultimate solution for workplace meetings. Want to share everything you wrote on the conference room whiteboard? Replace it with a Surface Hub and share it all via OneNote. Need a way to naturally integrate remote workers into a meeting? There they are, Skyping in on your office's new, terrifyingly large display. If you were wondering what Microsoft was planning when it bought up Perceptive Pixel, this is it.
Highlights from the January 21, 2015 event "Windows 10: The Next Chapter." Satya Nadella, Terry Meyerson, and other Microsoft executives share new information about Windows 10, the new generation of Windows. A demonstration of how Windows 10 will inspire new scenarios across the broadest range of devices, from big screens to small screens to no screens at all. This video, suitable for broadcast b-roll use,
The software giant says it's working on an update for the versions of its Surface tablet that used an ARM-based chip. But it will only have some of the functionality of Windows 10.
Windows RT, which hit the market in late 2012 alongside the heavily redesigned Windows 8, was the version of Microsoft's operating system that ran on the ARM chips typically used in cell phones. The software struggled immediately and failed to gain traction with users, in part because traditional Windows programs, like Outlook, wouldn't run on the operating system. Microsoft also tightly controlled the development process for Windows RT devices, limiting the number of companies the chipmakers could work with, in order to make better products. But that meant few products, outside Microsoft's Surface, ever hit the market with the software.
The company on Wednesday spent nearly two and a half hours at a press event talking up Windows 10, the latest version of its operating system that's trying to fix the problems from Windows 8. But it devoted only a few seconds to Windows RT, saying during a Q&A with reporters that it is "working on an update for Windows RT as well."
Microsoft later said in a statement provided to CNET that "Surface Pro 3 (and the entire Surface Pro lineup) will update to Windows 10. We are working on an update for [the Windows RT version of] Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come." The company declined to comment further.
January 21, 2015
Meet Microsoft Surface Hub, the powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people naturally work together. Watch as Microsoft Surface Hub unlocks the power of the group.
HP's New 12-Inch Tablet Has A Hybrid Pen-Stylus That Writes On Anything
Tablets are getting bigger. Several rumours have now detailed Apple’s intention on getting into the giant tab game with the iPad Pro, and over the weekend, several websites reported that Apple could also be debuting its first stylus. Today, HP’s newly announced tablets are hoping to stay ahead of Cupertino’s plans.
Today, HP announced a number of new tablets, but the most striking one is the new Pro Slate family, which seem to be just a really, really big HTC One (M8). The tablet comes in 8-inch and a massive 12-inch (12.3 actually) tablet as well. But it also comes with what HP calls the Duet Pen, essentially a stylus that can write on anything. That’s because it’s the first to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen tech that can write on a tablet and plain old paper, meaning whatever you write on paper automatically appears on the tablet. HP says it’s part of the companies “Blended Reality” ecosystem, which launched last year with HP’s projector/desktop hybrid, the Sprout.
The two tablets have more going for them than just size difference and a fancy new pen. The smaller version, actually at 7.9 inches, has a 2048×1536 resolution, which is relatively comparable to most other tabs out there. However, the big brother is worse off with only a 1600×1200 resolution. Thats a pixel density of only 162 ppi. Not exactly sure why HP decided to go with lower resolution on a much larger screen. Other than that, these tabs run on Snapdragon 800 processors and 2GB of RAM and will be one of the first devices with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
January 20, 2015
If for some reason you are banned from the living room couch for the Super Bowl, NBC has you covered — the network will be streaming the game live online, along with hours of pregame, postgame and halftime festivities — for anyone with an Internet connection and a laptop, PC or tablet.
According to a press release sent out Monday NBC said it will also not require viewers to have a qualifying cable or satellite contract to view the game, thereby eliminating the often annoying login process that accompanies many other online live sports streaming activities. You will, of course, be subject to multiple NBC advertisements but hey — a small price to pay for the convenience of being able to watch the game online.
(Mobile Sports Report is old enough to remember Super Bowl parties where we rented extra TV sets for the bathrooms and the kitchen; now you can just use in-house Wi-Fi and a tablet or laptop, perhaps with a splash guard.)
On the cellular side, if you are stuck somewhere and want to watch on your phone, the only option is having a Verizon contract and using the NFL Mobile app. If you are a More Everything customer the live viewing of the game is free, if not you must pay a $5 monthly charge for the one day in February that you will need premium access. (Pro tip for Verizon customers — don’t forget to cancel that premium access charge the day after the game, since Verizon will happily charge you $5 a month all summer long even though there are no NFL games during that time.)
It’s an easy guess so we will predict right now that this year’s Super Bowl will set new online records for most Internet viewers
It's been rumored that Apple is going to come out with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet, but while iOS fans wait for that day, Android users have another large size option in the new HP Pro Slate 12, one of many mobile devices the company officially launched today. There's also a smaller 8-inch version (HP Pro Slate 8), both of which are powered by an Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor and 2GB of RAM.
Comparisons on the web are being made to HTC's One M8 handset, only bigger. To be clear, these are tablets, and the main difference between the two (other than panel size) is resolution -- the 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8 sports a 2048x1536 resolution and the 12.3-inch Pro Slate 8 features a 1600x1200 panel (no, we don't have that backwards).
HP says the Pro Slate 8 is one of the first tablets to use Corning Gorilla Glass 4. In addition, both come with the HP Duet Pen, the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology on both a tablet and regular paper. Other features include 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, micro USB 2.0 port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Pro Slate 12 starts at $569 and the Pro Slate 8 at $449.
Hewlett-Packard is taking a step to cut the cords from tablets and laptops with its Elite X2 1011 G1, which will be able to connect to displays and send print commands wirelessly.
The Elite X2 1011 G1 is first an 11.6-inch tablet, but turns into a laptop when a keyboard is attached. But the hybrid doesn’t provide a truly wire-free experience—an optional dock provides the technology for the device to wirelessly connect to peripherals.
For example, when connected to a dock, the hybrid will be able to beam images wirelessly to compatible displays without the need HDMI or DisplayPort cables. It could also provide the technology needed to shuffle data wirelessly with compatible external hard drives.
The dock was developed by HP in collaboration with Intel, which has promised to implement more of the wireless charging and data transfer features directly inside laptops through its chips. Intel’s goal is to remove cord clutter, and for wireless technology to replace display, charging and data transfer cables.
For example, Intel wants laptops to charge just by being placed on a table, which could free users from continually carrying power bricks. In addition, laptops could be free of HDMI and USB 3.0 ports in the future. Intel is planning to release a prototype laptop with many wire-free features later this year when it starts talking about new chips based on the Skylake architecture.
The wireless dock is based on WiGig wireless technology, which is about seven times faster than today’s latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
January 19, 2015
Microsoft will hold its first event of 2015 in three days, focused on the consumer edition of Windows 10.
Windows will incorporate all of Microsoft’s major platforms: mobile, tablet and PC in 2015. The software giant plans to bring Windows 10 to all three, removing Windows RT and Windows Phone.
The creation of one operating system will allow developers to create one app, rather than three, for Windows 10. Microsoft has not detailed how this will work without automatic screen-size detection to avoid stretching.
Having Windows 10 run on mobile and tablets should bring more developer interest, considering Microsoft still has hundreds of millions of active users on PC. Apps built for Windows 10 will integrate with features like the Start Menu, a returning feature to Windows 10.
Windows 10 Cortana
Microsoft will bring its virtual assistant to desktop in Windows 10, after a year on Windows Phone. The leaked ‘Build 9901′ showed Cortana’s interface next to the home button on Windows’ task-bar.
The usefulness of Cortana on desktop is questionable, considering it is mostly used for location and search. For laptop or tablet owners, it might be a welcomed feature, but for PC owners the only relevant feature is notifications.
For big fans of Windows, cross-compatibility will undoubtedly become easier on Windows 10, due to three platforms sharing one operating system.
Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance the user experience for its long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," according one well-placed industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product plans.
In a report obtained on Sunday by AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.) and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called "iPad Pro."
Kuo believes that most users likely won't need a stylus initially, prompting Apple to launch the device as an optional add-on, rather than including it alongside the jumbo iPad.
Most updates are aimed at Surface Pro 3
Microsoft released new firmware updates for its Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro tablets on Thursday. A quick comparison of the latest change notes on each tablet’s respective update history page shows that it is the Surface Pro 3 that has received the most love this time around, with Microsoft making available updated drivers for the tablet’s onboard Intel HD graphics, Wireless Network Controller, Bluetooth, Surface Home Button, and more.
Here’s a model-wise list of changes, as published on the different Surface Pro update history pages:
Surface Pro 3:
January 16, 2015
Microsoft will start supporting PayPal’s "PayPal Here" hardware, so people can buy things with their mobile phones.
The partnership, which is only for the US initially, will allow retailers to use a Lumia or Surface to take payments through PayPal.
The idea is that they will then want to use Microsoft products rather than something like the mPowa Bluetooth device with an Apple tablet.
Microsoft wants to see small and medium business (sole proprietors, retailers and professional services organizations) using a Surface as a laptop replacement for inventory, supply, customer relationship information and accounting, and as a tablet for point-of-sale duties.
The company will launch apps for Surface and Lumia which link to PayPal Here, which will give audit trails, track sales, manage inventory, and accept “all forms of payments”. Hmmm, Bitcoin?
Tablets will need additional hardware but some phones (the Lumia 635 and Lumia 830) will not.
ANALYST HOUSE CCS Insight has said that, while Microsoft's share of the tablet market is expected to grow, Windows 10 will have "little impact" before the end of 2016.
CCS has cast its eye over tablet sales, and said that while the market saw minimal growth in 2014, sales are likely to increase by 28 percent in 2015.
The growth will largely be driven by Android, thanks to affordably priced tablets running Google's software, while Apple is expected to continue to woo those in the market for a high-end device.
Apple will also grow its position in the business tablet market, CCS expects, thanks to its partnership with IBM.
However, CCS stressed that Microsoft should not be overlooked. Sales of Windows-based tablets won't see huge growth this year, but will gain a bigger share of the market.
Marina Koytcheva, CCS director of forecasting, said: "We expect Android to continue dominating the low-end and mid-range market, with Apple taking the lion's share of the high-end.
"But Windows is gaining a bigger slice of the pie, albeit from a very low level, and should not be overlooked."
January 15, 2015
Tablets will outsell laptops and PCs combined in 2015, which means we'll all need to expand our definition of Personal Computer. No-one has yet launched a new tablet this year, but it's sure to be the biggest and best 12 months ever for tablets
Bear in mind that the list below is mostly based on historical launch patterns and rumours. We'll be amazed if Apple doesn't release at least one new iPad this year, for example. We'll update this article regularly as new tablets are announced and when we know more details about rumoured models.
Best new tablets 2015: Nokia N1
Expected launch date: February
This one's a definite: having sold off its Lumia brand of smartphones to Microsoft, Nokia is shifting focus to tablets. The N1 may be another Android tablet to add to the already huge list, but Nokia's innovative Z Launcher certainly adds more value to the package.
Another bonus is the expected sub-£200 price, which isn't bad considering the specs: it will be a lot cheaper than the iPad mini with which it shares quite a few on-paper specs.
Best new tablets 2015: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 / Surface Mini
Expected launch date: May
Having make some crazy decisions such as putting Windows RT on the original Surface tablet, Microsoft came good with 2014's Surface Pro 3. Will the company launch another 2-in-1 hybrid device? There are no guarantees, but with Windows 10 due to be released in 2015 and knowing that Microsoft wants to put it on as many devices as possible it's likely there will be a new surface this year.
Quite obviously, the Surface Pro 4 would use the latest Intel chip, probably Broadwell, which could improve both performance and battery life.
The current rumours are that there will be two new screen sizes: 8- and 14inches, which would mean a Surface Pro Mini would join the ranks. Let's just hope that Windows 10's tablet interface is a big step up from Windows 8's.
Best new tablets 2015: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Expected launch date: July
Sooner or later, Samsung will launch new tablets in 2015. The Tab S impressed us back in June 2014, and the firm is sure to update the two models - potentially keeping the same 8.4 and 10.5-inch screen sizes.
Since the original models had 32-bit processors, the most obvious upgrade will be to 64-bit chips. They'll also run Android Lollipop, just like virtually every other Android device which will launch in 2015.
January 14, 2015
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1
7-inch Windows tablet addresses changing mobile Point-of-Sale technologies
Panasonic took the occasion of the 104th annual National Retail Federation Big Show to launch the Toughpad FZ-R1 on January 11, 2015. Billed by the company as the industry's first 7-inch all-in-one mobile POS tablet running Windows 8.1 for retail environments, this new Panasonic Toughpad tablet is designed to address the rapidly changing omni-channel regulations as well as customer expectations for mobile payment systems, with special attention to secure transaction features and enterprise-class deployment and management tools.
Panasonic's impetus for the development of this specialized tablet was the dramatic increase in mobile electronic payments combined with increasingly more stringent security regulations as well as the industry's demand for more robust, integrated mobile Point-of-Sale solutions.
This includes the ability to handle the now mandatory Chip and PIN smart card payment system for credit, debit and ATM cards with embedded chips via an integrated EMV (which stands for "Europay, Mastercard and Visa) reader, as well as NFC capabilities used by the Apple Pay mobile payment system, and, of course, a good old-fashioned magnetic stripe reader. And not only does the Toughpad FZ-R1 provide all those capabilities, but it does so in an all-in-one integrated, enterprise-class device instead of a fragile consumer smartphone inserted into a third-party sleeve.
How did Panasonic implement this device? In the form of a specialized Windows tablet that merges standard tablet technology with dedicated point-of-sale features such as the various readers and also a capacitive touch ATM-style keypad beneath the display.
The display itself measures 7 inches diagonally, uses 1280 x 800 pixel WXGA resolution for a 16:10 aspect ration, and comes with Microsoft-mandated 10-point capacitive multi-touch. The 500-nits screen is daylight-readable, features anti-reflective coating, uses hardened glass, and can also be used with a capacitive stylus pen (hopefully the same great one that comes with the Toughpad M1).
Summary:PayPal Here compatibility will become available for the Surface Pro 3 tablet, the Lumia 830 and 635 smartphones, as well as other devices operating on Windows 8.1.
PayPal has unveiled a new Here reader that includes payment support for Microsoft Surface and other Windows devices. PayPal also announced plans to launch an EMV-compliant Here reader in the US market later this year.
The partnership between PayPal and Microsoft is important on multiple fronts. For starters, the PayPal Here and Microsoft Surface connection revolves around courting small businesses. Microsoft wants to target SMBs --- as well as enterprises --- with the economic case for having a combined PC-tablet. PayPal wants access to Microsoft's massive developer base, which has 20,000 focused on payments alone.
January 13, 2015
According to some critics, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was undoubtedly the best computer of 2014. It is a powerful laptop/tablet/desktop which also comes with an active stylus. Although it’s a great device, a new year is upon us, and it sure seems like a promising year for technological innovations.
CES was here and currently everyone is befuddled with the latest gadgets and gizmos. While a lot of it is just noise, Toshiba is sure making an impression this year. They have revealed a beast of a machine that directly rivals the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Featuring a powerful Intel Core M Portege Z20t, it is bound to take on the Surface Pro 3.
The device comes with a 12.5-inch display and provides a superlative balance between performance and mobility, a must in the devices of tomorrow. It is extremely light and built from a highly durable magnesium alloy.
Weighing at around 1.6 pounds, the whole device weighs a mere 3.3 pounds when including the keyboard dock. The keyboard dock comes with a simple hinge mechanism which allows the tablet to be easily detached by one hand. The process of attachment is a reversible one. It includes a presentation mode which can show content to a group of people, according to Toshiba.
Furthermore, as already discussed the processor offers a great form of compatibility when balancing your business-class performance with a strong battery life. The Z20t is built inside a fan-less chassis with a black magnesium alloy premium finish. It can operate silently for up to 9.1 hours on a single battery charge.
With the keyboard dock, you can further extend the battery life to a blistering 17.4 hours! Other than these, you have your 128/256GB SSD variants, an 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, various sensors, e-compass, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11ac among others.
January 12, 2015
Toshiba Encore 2 Write Hands-On Preview
As the name suggests, Toshiba’s new line of Encore 2 Write tablets places a heavy emphasis on handwritten notes, as well as drawing. Both the mid-size and full-size models come equipped with a TruePen Stylus. However, the added writing ability also comes with a significant price increase.
Where Toshiba was looking to make a play for the entry-level consumer market with its original Encore 2 line (starting at $150), the company is clearly looking to expand into the mid-range market with the more expensive Encore 2 Write line. The 8-inch version is $349.99, and 10.1-inch one sells for $399.99.
It’s hard to talk about the Encore 2 Write series without first talking about its new digitizer pen. The TruPen, as Toshiba calls it, utilizes Wacom Feel technology, featuring 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
While testing the tablet at CES 2015, we were impressed by how natural the pen felt. The sleek writing utensil has great balance and fits comfortably in the hand. Even more impressive, the device operates like a real-life pen, creating larger thicker lines when more pressure is applied.
Equipped with a clip, the stylus neatly tucks into the tablet for easy storage.
Similar to what Microsoft did with the Surface Pro 3, Toshiba offers a robust software package alongside its device — including the ability to launch Toshiba’s note taking app TruNote directly from the stylus itself. The application is feature rich with support for a variety of different projects, and the capability to dictate handwritten notes, and alter font styles and colors. The app even allows users to search through notes for individual words, phrases, or even shapes.
TruCapture utilizes the tablet’s 8 MP rear-facing camera to process images of words and shapes into editable files. While testing out the device first hand, a Toshiba rep demonstrated the app by taking a picture of a newspaper clipping and transferring the text to a word document. TruCapture shows particular promise for students with the ability to pull entire passages from text books or quickly copy notes directly off the white board
Ex-Google employees unveil Surface-like tablet at CES 2015
Similar to Microsoft Surface, the Remix Ultra Tablet features a magnetically attached keyboard and a kickstand.
Three ex-Google engineers unveiled the Remix Ultra Tablet at CES 2015, with visitors noting the striking similarities between the new tablet and Microsoft's Surface tablet.
Created by Chinese company Jide, the company which the three ex-Google employees founded, the Remix Ultra Tablet features a magnetically attached keyboard and a kickstand which supports dual angles between 40 and 80 degrees.
It features an 11.6" 1080p multi-touch HD display, with a 16: 9 aspect ratio which will allow users to use the tablet as a laptop.
The Remix Ultra Tablet is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4+1 A15 Processor with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Thememory can be expanded up to 128GB.
Unlike Surface Pro, the Remix will run on a modified version of Android dubbed 'Remix OS' which has taken design cues from Android Lollipop and Microsoft's "Metro" design language, reported The Verge.
"We believe you can have it all-productivity and mobility. Remix is the result of that vision."
January 9, 2015
The CES 2015 event, which now is almost over, saw launches and announcements by several major manufacturers. However, this year, the event saw an overwhelming number of tablets and laptops. All-in-one (AIO) PC systems and laptop-tablet hybrids were also seen by some major tech firms like Samsung and Asus.
While Lenovo and Dell ruled the laptop and tablet segments, other tech firms like Samsung, Acer, and Toshiba also stole some of their limelight with their own devices. Small players like Archos and Alcatel, which announced a slew of smartphones at the ongoing CES 2015, took the opportunity to showcase their technology under the tablet section.
It has been a tough job covering all the laptops, tablets, hybrids and PC systems launched in the past few days, and we have compiled a list of all the devices to give users an idea of what they can expect this year.
The company also launched its Lenovo B50, Lenovo C40, and Lenovo C50 All-in-one PC systems. The Lenovo B50 features a 23.8-inch full-HD IPS display, and also houses Intel's RealSense motion-sensing 3D camera. The Lenovo C40 and C50 all-in-one PCs feature 21.5-inch display and 23-inch full-HD IPS displays respectively. The devices run on older Nvidia graphics and last year's Intel Core processors. All the three PC systems will be reaching in March this year.
As for the Portege Z20t hybrid laptop, the device sports a Intel Core M processor and features a 12.5-inch full-HD screen alongside a detachable keyboard and an optional Wacom-made digitizer, which enables pressure-sensitive pen input (2,048 levels of sensitivity).
CES 2015 Excellence Awards: The Best New Tech of the New Year
The Gotta Be Mobile team presents our top picks from CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are hundreds of top-notch products and accessories here in Sin City, but there are only a handful that stand out among the pack. Those are the devices that have received one of our CES Excellence awards for 2015.
Over the course of a week, our editors combed through hundreds of products and services on the showroom floor before putting together a list of products the deserve recognition for their excellence. These are hand-picked products that we recommend without hesitation. The list includes products that not only have the potential to become best sellers but also deliver a ton of value to consumers.
Sling TV – Most Outstanding of CES 2015
Dish Sling TV is the most outstanding product at CES 2015. Sling TV is a $20 a month subscription service that lets you watch a number of primetime channels including ESPN on your Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android and more without a traditional cable subscription.
The device wins the award for the Gotta Be Mobile Most Outstanding product at CES 2015 because it allows consumers to cut the cord and gain access to premium stations without the cost. Dish’s new “over the top” internet TV service launches in January 2015 and does not require a standard Dish subscription to use.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a device that will prove to be pivotal to Microsoft’s tablet strategy this year. The Surface Pro line really started to make a splash with the Surface Pro 2, and then continued its rise in popularity with the Surface Pro 3. However, there wasn’t much of a difference between the Surface Pro 2 and 3, so quite a few people were waiting for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to make a purchase.
An 8-inch, 12.2-inch, and 14-inch screen could all be a possibility. The way Microsoft can make this work is that the keyboard detaches from the Surface Pro itself. This allows it to turn from a tablet into a laptop with relative ease. There are some similar products on the market, but none function as easily as the Microsoft Surface Pro with its magnetic attachment system. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will most likely have around a 1440p screen, which will increase the pixel density.
Windows has some issue with the way applications scale with high resolution screens. But, Windows 10 should fix most of those issues. Microsoft’s mobile and tablet strategy wasn’t readily apparent until a little while ago, but it seems like 2015 could be the breakout year for the company.
As far as the price, screen size, and models of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, all of those variables remain to be hidden. It is widely assumed that Microsoft will release the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in the fall of 2015, around the time that Windows 10 is released.
January 8, 2015
Trident Case®, a leading manufacturer of stylishly designed but rugged mobile phone and tablet cases, today announced the introduction of its new Cyclops case for the Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3 tablet. The new case, which is designed to protect the Surface Pro 3 from drops, spills, dirt and moisture, is being unveiled at CES 2015 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Booth #5512.
“Trident’s new Cyclops cases for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet is efficient and stylish, just like the device it protects,” Trident Vice President of Marketing Vickie Achee said today. “Designed with convenience in mind, the case guarantees superior protection with minimal bulk for every tablet user.”
Founded in 2010, Ontario, California-based Trident Case® (www.tridentcase.com) designs, engineers and manufactures the world’s toughest, most heavy-duty cases for mobile devices of all makes, models, shapes and sizes.
Satechi Launches Its First Floating, Waterproof Tablet Case Series at CES 2015
Satechi is excited to announce its first line of waterproof tablet cases at CES. Compatible with either the iPad Mini (1, 2, and 3), iPad Air or Kindle PaperWhite, the waterproof tablet cases have an IPX-8 waterproof rating to protect against water submersion up to depths of 20 feet and can float when dropped into the water. The protective cases are the ideal tablet accessory for any outdoor or water adventure including swimming, hiking, fishing, boating and more.
January 7, 2015
The Surface Pro 3 was the best computer of 2014. My love affair with the hybrid PC is no secret; I'll tell anyone who will listen that I love my precious Microsoft computer. Quite frankly, what isn't there to love about a super-powerful laptop/tablet/desktop that comes with an active stylus? Nothing, that's what; it's friggin' awesome.
While it continues to be my favorite computer, a new year is upon us, and 2015 is already looking very promising for technology. Yes, CES is here and everyone is gushing over the latest doodads and gadgets. While much of the show is noise, Toshiba is making quite the impression this year. Case in point, the Intel Core M powered Portégé Z20t -- arguably a Surface Pro 3 clone -- is quite the beast of a machine. Hell, the fact that it is so reminiscent of Microsoft's computer is a positive; Toshiba is simply building on the successful reference that Satya Nadella and company presented to the world.
"With a 12.5-inch display, the Portégé Z20t, provides the perfect balance between mobility and performance. Built with an extremely light, yet durable magnesium alloy, the tablet weighs only 1.6 pounds3 and when combined with the keyboard dock, just 3.3 pounds. The keyboard dock features a simple hinge mechanism that allows the tablet to be detached with one hand. The attachment mechanism is also reversible, enabling a presentation mode for showing content to a group of people", says Toshiba.
The company further explains, "The Portégé Z20t is powered by Intel Core M processors, which offer the ideal combination of battery life and business-class performance in a single device. With the inclusion of these processors and Toshiba's engineering, the Portégé Z20t is housed in a fanless chassis with a premium, black magnesium alloy finish that operates silently with up to a 9.1-hour battery life rating as a tablet and an unprecedented 17.4-hour battery life rating with the keyboard dock".
Gadgetry is never in short supply at CES. From smart to shiny to ugly but innovative, below are some the new gizmos that caught CNET’s attention at Day 1 at CES 2015.
if you’re at the show, CNET’s Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine will be hosting a smart-home panel this morning at 10:15AM PT (North Hall, Room N253) that will explore what needs to happen to drive mass adoption and how demographics and cultural traditions play into the future of the smart home.
Pacif-I: It looks just like a normal pacifier, but the Pacif-i smart pacifier measures your baby's temperature so you can better manage your child's health.
BACtrack Vio: this enables your smartphone to take your blood alcohol level.
Polaroid Zip: Polaroid's Zip mobile printer takes advantages of its Zink (zero-ink) technology to generate 2x3-inch prints straight from your phone or tablet.
January 6, 2015
Pen-based computing died a cold hard death once consumers embraced touch, but following on the moderate success of Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, Toshiba seems to think there may really be an appetite for pens again.
The problem, though, has been price. A Surface Pro 3 stripped bare will still set you back $800 and the unit really doesn’t hit its stride until you spend at least a grand for it, with $1,300 needed to make it a true gem.
Pen Is Mightier technology
Enter Toshiba’s new Encore 2 Write tablets. Available as a 10.1-inch tab for $400 or an 8-inch tab for $350, the Encore 2 Write tablet’s key differentiator in an ocean of Bay Trail M tablets will be the pens. And we’re not talking those cheap eraser nub capacitive touch pens you see ham-fisted tyro’s using on their iPads either. Toshiba’s TruPen uses Wacom-licensed digitizer and stylus technology with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Toshiba didn’t just throw a pen into the Encore 2 Write and call it a day though. The company said it put a lot of thought into making the tablets the ultimate note taking devices. Thus Toshiba created three Windows 8.1 Modern apps (remember those?) to help make the Encore 2 Write become what you want on the conference room table as your boss drones on for an hour.
TruNote lets you jot down notes, draw, and make markups on photos and graphics.
TruCapture lets you use the tablet’s built-in 8MP camera to snap images of the useless stuff your boss jots down on the whiteboard during a meeting and then automatically straightens the image, corrects the perspective, exposure and sharpens it for use in TruNote. That’s where you can jot down comments such as “makes no sense!!!” “factually incorrect” or “how exactly did he become my boss?” on it.
Finally TruRecorder lets you record the meeting and automatically identifies each speaker and puts them on his or her own track so you can easily skip the part where your boss talks and jump to the section where your co-worker starts to snore so you can make her a ring-tone from it.
Both the 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets use Atom CPUs, feature 2GB of RAM, and pack 64GB of storage. Additional storage can be added through the MicroSD slot. Both also support Micro HDMI and Micro USB 2.0. The tablets are also rated for roughly 11 hours of use on a charge and will be available soon after CES ends.
GALLERY: Windows Systems Abound at CES 2015
Those interested in Windows 8.1 will have a lot of new systems to choose from over the next few months. Manufacturers are showing off dozens of new devices, including laptops, two-in-ones, all-in-ones, mini PCs, tablets and convertibles this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Starting prices for the stuff shown so far are affordable, ranging from $230 to $1,500.
Lenovo Floods Vegas
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Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 could kill the stylus and make pens and pencils trendy again.
The company is introducing a new 8-inch Yoga Tablet 2 that has a unique technology with which a normal pen or pencil could be used to take notes. The technology could render the stylus irrelevant.
The new tablet was among one of many Yoga products announced by Lenovo ahead of International CES, officially starting Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. The Yoga Tablet 2, Yoga 3 and Yoga ThinkPad hybrids have a slim profile, full high-definition screens and longer battery life and more horsepower than earlier models. Lenovo is also introducing a 3D RealSense camera in the ThinkPad Yoga line.
Using a pen or pencil is a more natural way of taking notes, and the Anypen technology in the Yoga Tablet 2 enables that, said Andrew Barrow, director of worldwide product marketing of Lenovo's consumer group.
"Anypen allows any pen or pencil to become a handwriting tool," Barrow said. "That means no searching for lost or misplaced styluses."
The tablet has the Windows operating system, weighs 426 grams and offers 15 hours of battery life. It has 32GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera and two front speakers.
January 5, 2015
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Microsoft, which significantly scaled back its presence at CES a few years ago, is back at the world’s biggest technology conference this week, but not in the way you might expect.
he Redmond company is here at CES showing off its Surface NFL tablet that’s being used by professional football players and coaches on the sidelines. On Sunday afternoon, Microsoft had a small booth set up at the CES Unveiled press event, which features more than 100 companies — mostly startups — that are demonstrating their new products.
After more than a decade of being in the CES spotlight, Microsoft stopped having a keynote and big booth on the main CES show floor a few years ago. Since then, the company’s presence at CES has consisted of private meetings, and showing off the latest Windows devices behind closed doors.
As for the Surface NFL tablet, we had a chance to check out the rugged devices back in November. Thanks to Microsoft’s $400 million, five-year contract with the NFL, players and coaches this season have started ditching the traditional paper black-and-white printed images of plays used to review previous possessions, and instead are taking advantage of a customized Surface Pro 2 that Microsoft built specifically for NFL sidelines.
Samsung is running a pretty slick promotion to tempt you into a new smartphone, tablet, or 4K TV.
Netflix will be the bigger sell for most, though free music isn’t a bad deal either. Milk Music is Samsung’s Spotify competitor, which of course works across all the company’s devices. This premium option adds offline listening, unlimited radio skips, and nixes all the advertisements.
Once you purchase one of the supported devices, head to the Samsung redemption page and make a claim. You’ll then get an email with further instructions to unlock your goodies.
: It's only good on purchases made January 4th or later.
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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.
January 2, 2015
Apple is facing a lawsuit over the amount of space that the iOS 8 update takes up on iPhone, iPads, and iPods.
The complaint, filed in California by Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, claims that the 16GB iPhones and iPads they purchased had less than the stated amount of usable space, and that this was further reduced after upgrading his iPhone 5S from iOS 7 to iOS 8.
The complaint claims that iOS 8 can occupy more than 23 percent of the storage available on some devices, and further goes on to claim that upgrading devices from iOS 7 to 8 can cause users to lose a further 1.3GB of storage.
"Apple's misrepresentations and omissions are deceptive and misleading because they omit material facts that an average consumer would consider in deciding whether to purchase its products," the complaint says.
HP Debuts Pro Tablet 408 G1
HP has quietly launched a new tablet on its website, opting not to reveal the device at next week's CES trade show in Las Vegas. That's because the HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 is not a particularly exciting slate and the PC giant is gearing it towards enterprise users and not general consumers. That's not to say you can't buy it, and it's arguably better than the company?s HP Stream 8.
The Pro Tablet 408 G1 comes with a 1200 x 800 resolution 8-inch IPS screen, a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3736F processor, which is of the Bay Trail variety, and 2GB of RAM. Other specs include a choice of 32GB of 64GB storage options, a microSD slot, Windows 8.1 software, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front facing lens. HP is also selling a Pro Tablet 408 Active Pen stylus that is an optional accessory.
January 1, 2015
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