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September 18, 2014

Two Weeks With Dell's First Business Class 2-in-1 And The Intel Core M Processor
Forbes

The Latitude 7000 is a 13” business notebook first, but its display detaches to become a 13”, fanless Dell Latitude 7000tablet. In notebook mode, the 7000 acts like a regular notebook with premium features like backlit keyboard and 4G,LTE options. But why on earth would a businessperson need or want tablet functionality too? It’s simple, and it comes from a few years of research.

You see, we now work in a world where no single compute model fits all, lean back and lean forward, and Dell is flexing to meet this need. There are times when a businessperson wants to just take that tablet to the meeting, lean back in their chair, pay attention and take notes. They’re chilling, not necessarily “on-stage” in presentation mode. Other times they want to deeply engage another person in what they are doing and hand them the tablet. Think designer. Back at the hotel or on the airplane that same employee wants to watch a movie, read the news, or scan social media. The 7000 also offers a docking station which I personally used to configure a tablet-extended desktop setup using an external 25” digital display, 4TB external storage, multi-function printer, large, wireless keyboard and mouse. The 7000 is the corporate Swiss Army client device.

Consumers have been able to have this 2-in-1 capability for a while, but corporate options were limited, based on a few factors. Performance at a specific battery life metric were historically key objections to larger 2-in-1s. The best large, 2-in-1s with enough performance to run an uncompromised MS Office experience or a full PC browser really well lasted maybe four hours on battery. With Intel’s new, 14nm, 4.5 watt TDP Core M, Dell stretched that to 7-8 hours in tablet-mode and 12-13 hours with the tablet+keyboard (notebook) mode. While the Core M idles at a mere 500 Mhz., it “bursts” to 2.0 or 2.6Ghz. with two cores and four PC-grade performance threads, (depending on the model), giving users the needed performance when they need it.

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Amazon Unveils 5 New Kindle Fire Tablets, Start at $99
Tom's Guide

Are phablets killing tablets? Amazon is definitely not jumping on that bandwagon. The company has jusNew Amazon Kindlest unveiled five new Kindle Fire HD devices in three sizes that will go on sale in October, aimed at bargain hunters, kids and power users.

Amazon has also announced a new version of its operating system, Fire OS 4.0, which allows families to share content across Amazon accounts (including Instant Video) and a friendly new profiles feature to let Junior sign right into his apps and Yo Gabba Gabba episodes.

Here's a quick breakdown of all the new Kindle Fires, and check out our hands-on impressions to get the full scoop

 

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September 17, 2014

 

Samsung hires Kristen Bell to help you forget about Apple
CNET

Editors Note:  I had the pleasure of being at the Samsung Galaxy S launch and I can tell you first had that the Display is hands down, far and away the best tablet display I have ever seen.

Instead of constantly pummeling Apple, Samsung releases an ad for its Galaxy Tab S that features Kristen Bell, her husband Dax Shepard, and the joys of distraction.

 

 

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Microsoft's new keyboard and mice embrace iOS, Android and Windows devices alike
PCWorld

Microsoft debuted a tablet keyboard and two mice Tuesday morning that follow their company’s new Microsoft Universal Keyboardcross-platform mantra: They’re compatible with iOS, Android and Windows devices.

At a time when Microsoft is loudly promoting its services on non-Windows hardware, it’s not surprising to see its peripherals business follow suit. The $59.95 Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, the $29.95 Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition, and the Universal Mobile Keyboard don’t necessarily need Microsoft to run. Only the $59.95 Xbox One controller for Windows specifically pairs Microsoft’s hardware with Windows.

In fact, Microsoft touted the Universal Mobile Keyboard as a, well, universal device—capable of running on iOS and Android, as well as Windows tablets like the Surface. The showcase feature of the new keyboard is what Microsoft calls its “OS Switch,” a button that doubles as the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key and Android’s Home button, all on one keyboard.

 

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September 16, 2014

HP Pavilion X2 (10-Inch): Is It Good for Business?
BusinessNewsDaily

HP introduced this month a 10-inch version of the HP Pavilion x2, a "detachable PC" that can give HP Pavilion X2 business users a run for their money. The HP Pavilion x2 is a thin, ultraportable two-in-one tablet that turns into a laptop and has enough power to get you through the workday and beyond. With a 10.1-inch HD touch screen, full version of Windows, Intel processor and long battery life, the HP Pavilion x2 is worth considering as your next business tablet.

Doubles as a notebook

Like its 11.6-inch predecessor, which came out last year, this brand-new 10-inch model comes with a detachable keyboard that instantly transforms the tablet into a notebook, so you can be productive even on the go. A built-in cover is also included, which lets you adjust the tablet's viewing angle in notebook form.

The HP Pavilion x2 means business when it comes to battery life. It packs nearly 12 hours of power, so you don't have to worry about whether plugging in will get in the way of your productivity.

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September 15, 2014

Surface Pro 3 v. MacBook Air
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

When my new Apple MacBook Air arrived earlier this month, I could feel the waves of jealousy coming off the Surface Pro 3. But it shouldn't have worried. While your needs may vary, the Surface Pro 3 instantly catapults Microsoft's hardware into the same league as Apple's well-respected MacBook Air. And that's quite an accomplishment.

When I ordered the MacBook Air, I did so out of an overdue sense of obligation: I've always made a point of understanding what's happening with the platforms that compete with Windows and Microsoft's other products, and at one time I was buying Macs fairly regularly. But as we've moved into the "cloud first, mobile first" era, Macs have become increasingly less interesting, at least to me. And my non-Microsoft focus has shifted to platforms like iOS, and Android, and, most recently, even Chrome OS.

 

 

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Work Anywhere with the New Windows 8.1 Tablet for Business - Video
ruggedtabletpc.com

Introducing the new xTablet Flex 10 thin and light Windows tablet. Designed for the on-the-go worker who requires access to mission-critical information at any location. The xTablet Flex 10 is basically office that travels with you, running Windows 8.1 (Professional optional), an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of system storage. Starting price is only $695!

Check out the brand new Windows tablet demo video below!

 

 

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September 11, 2014

September 11 2001 Never Forget


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Intel Corporation's Progress in 2-1 Notebook/Tablet Impressive: Stifel
ValueWalk

Intel Corporation introduced various development platforms to help clients bring their products to the market faster. Some of the near-term products launched by the company included the 14nm Core M processors (available now), the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 scheduled to be shipped in high-volume early in 2015.

The company is also expected to ship its 40mn tablets this year. Intel is now selling the Quark based Galileo and Edison, and it started shipping its LTE devices on September 9. Its refreshed Grantley server CPU is in production.

Cassidy and Grumlose said the most interesting upcoming product of Intel Corporation was the 14nm re-architectured Skylake for PC for applications. They also noted that the chip maker is deeply involved in developing wireless charging for PCs, tablets, handsets and headphones.

 

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September 10, 2014

 

Dell's new Venue 8 7000 Series will be world's thinnest tablet
ZDNet

Dell worlds  thinnest tablet

It was only a few weeks ago that ZDNet's own James Kendrick reviewed the Dell Venue 8 Android tablet (along with its smaller Venue 7 sibling), but it's already getting a refresh. The Dell website has a "coming soon" product page for the latest version, which promises some major aesthetic updates.

You can't miss the page's hero image proclaiming that the new Venue 8 7000 Series will be "the world's thinnest tablet." How thin? Just 6mm, or about 0.24 inches. In comparison, the latest iPad mini is 7.5mm thick, or five hundredths of an inch thicker. To further emphasize its streamlined design, the new Venue 8 will include an 8.4-inch OLED display that goes edge to edge with its 2,560x1,600 resolution.

Michael Dell showed off the new tablet at the Intel Developer Forum, so it should come as no surprise that the Venue includes Intel technology, such as a "Moorefield" Atom Z3500 quad-core processor and the Intel RealSense camera that includes depth-sensing technology. Expect similar Android tablets in the near future as Intel has released a reference design program that it claims will offer "a high quality, consistent experience" across various models.

The Venue 8 7000 Series is due in time for the holiday shopping season, though pricing information has not been disclosed to give you an idea of how much to save if you want to give it as a gift.

 

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The iPhone 6 Plus is the larger smartphone, but actually, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are larger than previous iterations of the iPhone. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ display, which, while it will have 38 percent more pixels, still figures to be sub-1080p. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 5.5″ 1920 x 1080 display, with an impressive 401 ppi, although that falls well short of what other flagship phones like the Galaxy Note 4 boast. Apple is dubbing both displays ‘Retina HD,’ although what that term actually means isn’t clear. Aside from the numbers, that also includes an improved polarizer and a thinner backlight.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus do some things better and some things worse than its Android competitors, but that increasingly seems beside the point. If you’re already ensconced in the Apple ecosystem of services, it would be massively inconvenient to suddenly make a switch away from Apple. Nor would you want to switch—if you love using iOS, the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus both look to be fantastic smartphones that represent substantial improvements over the iPhone 5S.

Both sizes will have 8 MP auto-focus f/2.2 rear cameras, although only the iPhone 6 Plus will have optical image stabilization when taking video.

 

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September 9, 2014

 

Apple Event Live stream 10:00 am PDT

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display. iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display

Available September 19th

Pre orders start Friday September 12th

Apple iPay

Apple Pay will be available in the U.S. in October 2014.

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Hands-on: HP's Envy x2 is a Surface-like Windows hybrid
Gizmag

HP’s new 2-in-1 system takes significant cues from the Surface line, offering a detachable keyboard and adjustable kick stand. That said, the machine is far from a direct clone of Microsoft’s device, packing a HP envy x2 hybirdfew interesting design features of its own, including the ability to mimic All-in-One functionality.

The Envy x2 comes in two sizes – a 13.3-inch model and a slightly less manageable 15.6-inch version. We got some hands-on time with the larger of the two systems, and while it’s certainly a little on the bulky side, it occupies an interesting space, straddling laptop and tablet form-factors, and even tipping its hat to the All-in-One.

There's Beats audio on board, and the system features stereo speakers on either side of its display, making it an inch or two wider than most 15.6-inch machines. This isn’t such as issue in laptop mode, but it makes the device feel a little bulky once you switch to the tablet form-factor.

The displays of both models have 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. While that pixel density is significantly lower than most high-end tablets, this is pretty standard for even a high-end Windows laptop.

The 2-in-1 features a kickstand similar to the those found on Microsoft’s Surface hybrids, meaning you can angle the screen just like you would a conventional laptop. It takes a fair bit of force to adjust the angle of the stand, meaning that once it’s in place, it shouldn’t move unless you want it to.

 

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September 8, 2014

 

IFA: New PCs and tablets from Lenovo
Gadget

At the IFA conference in Berlin, Lenovo unveiled a range of new tablets and PCs. The range includes the Tab S8, its first Intel-powered Android tablet, the Y70 Touch, a 17-inch touch laptop and the Erazer Lenovo Tab s8 tabletX315, a cheaper desktop gaming PC.

Tab S8: Combines Android Experience with Intel Performance

Lenovo created the Tab S8 for consumers who are looking for a  slim and affordable Android tablet. At 8-inches, the Tab S8’s 1920x1200 infinity screen is sharper than FHD, while the One Glass Solution touch-panel technology provides a clear viewing experience. The tablet’s ultra-slim bezel merges the screen with the dark front panel, giving the Tab S8 a sleek, clean look. The front panel also features a 1.6-megapixel HD camera for easy video chatting. Turn the Tab S8 around to reveal an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The wide aperture f2.2 lens snaps sharp photos, even in low light. Pre-installed apps, like SHAREit, allow for easy and safe photo and file sharing.

Engineered to give users the most from their mobile device without sacrificing portability, the Lenovo Tab S8 marks Lenovo’s first 8-inch Android tablet powered by an Intel processor. Available with the Intel Atom Z3745 Processor with Intel Burst Performance Technology, the Tab S8 matches processing power to the task at hand in order to maximize battery life without compromising speed in a thin and light design. The Tab S8 is 0.65 pounds and 0.31 inches thin, nearly as thin as a standard pencil.

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Apple v. Intel: Dueling livestreams Tuesday
The Oregonian

The eyes of the tech world on Tuesday will be squarely focused on Cupertino, Calif., where Apple is due to show off the iPhone 6 – and perhaps an iWatch and iWallet.intel tablet

Forty miles north, somewhat overshadowed by one of its biggest customers, Intel will be hosting its annual developer forum in San Francisco. And for the first time, Intel is livestreaming the keynote address by chief executive Brian Krzanich.

Intel holds its event every year at this time, and its event was scheduled first. This is the second straight year that Apple has jumped in with the iPhone announcement on the same day.

Intel says the first devices using the new processor, hybrid laptop/tablets called 2-in-1s – will hit the market next month from manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba.

(The new processors have been repeatedly delayed, perhaps preventing them from being included in Apple's iMacs and MacBooks this year.)

When Krzanich takes the stage at 9 a.m. Tuesday, an hour before Apple CEO Tim Cook begins speaking in Cupertino, he will be speaking from a position of strength.

 

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Asus Unveils VivoTab 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet With 64-Bit SoC
Gizbot

After announcing a couple of new devices including the Android Wear-powered ZenWatch and 64-bit Asus VivoTab 8 Windows 8.1 TabletMeMO Pad 7 tablet at the IFA 2014 tech show just a couple of days ago, Taiwanese tech firm has yet again announced its new tablet dubbed as VivoTab 8. It does come as a surprise as the new device is also a 64-bit processor featuring tablet.

The 64-bit process comes from Intel and it is Atom Z3745. The CPU is a quad-core one tuned to at 1.86GHz. The processor is paired with either 1 or 2GB of RAM, depending on the region where it will be sold. Nevertheless, both versions of the slate come with 32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB additional memory.

The latest VivoTab 8 tablet also comes with a 1 year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. The slate will be available in the classic black and white, as well as purple and gold colors.

The company has not revealed the pricing of the new Windows powered tablet, but still you can expect it to cost around $200.00

 

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September 4, 2014

Tech-shy baby boomers get low-cost tablet from AARP, Intel
PCWorld.co.nz

The $189 RealPad has a simple user interface and can be fixed by clicking an icon onceAARP Tablet

Technology can be daunting for users of a certain age, but Intel and AARP are offering help with a simple-to-use tablet.

The RealPad tablet is aimed at users who are 50 and older, the age range for AARP membership, and shy of technology. Simplicity is key: The tablet provides quick access to email, Web sites, social networks, multimedia and e-books through a user interface with large icons.

"Now there's no excuse for not having a tablet. RealPad makes it easy to connect, share and learn," the RealPad website proclaims.

The tablet, which has a 7.85-inch screen and is based on the Android OS, will sell for US$189 starting in mid-October through Walmart's website.

The user interface has large icons for one-click access to email, social networks, weather, news, games, entertainment, camera and pictures, and Google's search engine. A bar at the bottom of the screen has icons for AARP, the Web, apps and tablet-fixing tools. A specific icon connects users to technology support agents over the Internet who can access the tablet and fix problems. There are also icons to access Google Play and advanced tools.

 

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HP's Chromebooks Get a Makeover
PC Magazine

HP is doubling down on 2-in-1 designs and Chromebooks with a handful of new systems that offer HP Envy 2x tabletportable functionality and colorful designs. That includes three tablets, the HP Envy X2 in 13- and 15-inch flavors, a new 10-inch Pavilion tablet, and fresh designs for HP's 11- and 14-inch Chromebooks.

HP Envy X2 Tablets
The new HP Envy X2 is HP's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, with a tablet design paired with a cloth-covered keyboard cover that attaches with a minimalist magnetic latch. On the back of the tablet is a built-in kickstand, which allows the angle of the tablet to be adjusted. Close the kickstand entirely and fold back the cover for a pure tablet experience.

HP Pavilion X2
Also on the tablet front is the new HP Pavilion X2, a 10-inch tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor, and promising up to 11.75 hours battery life. Like the Envy X2 13 and 15, the Pavilion X2 has a fabric-backed keyboard, but this design also integrates a flexible stand, which lets you prop up the tablet for a laptop-like experience without the need for an integrated kickstand.

When the keyboard cover is removed, the tablet weighs just 1.2 pounds, and measures only 0.4 inches thick. The tablet boasts a 10-inch IPS display, 5-finger touch capability, and DTS sound. It's outfitted with one full-sized USB port, a mini HDMI port, and microSD card slot. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and comes with a complimentary one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.

 

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September 3, 2014

Toshiba Unveils $119 Encore Mini 7-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

 

Toshiba has just announced the retail availability of its Encore® Mini, a value-driven 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet developed through close collaboration between Toshiba and Microsoft Corp. Priced at $119.99 MSRP, the tablet delivers a full Windows 8.1 experience plus a one-year subscription to Office 365™ Personal and one terabyte of OneDrive storage, offering consumers the convenience of having Windows in their pockets for work and play.
 
“With Encore Mini, we worked hand-in-hand with Microsoft to deliver a high-quality small-screen Windows 8.1 tablet at an entry-class price point,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Our product portfolio of Windows tablets continues to grow, enabling us to deliver more screen size choice to consumers at a lower price point, while still maintaining a consistently high-level of quality and features for a greater value.”
 
Sleek and Slim DesignToshiba Encore Mini Tablet Sleek and slim
Featuring a textured back panel in white, Encore Mini is designed for an easy one-handed use. Weighing just 12.5 ounceswith a slim 0.43 inch profile, the device is highly portable and small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse.
 
A Full Windows Experience on a 7-inch Screen
From Encore Mini’s 7-inch 1024x600 resolution multi-touch display, consumers will be able to take advantage of a broad range of capabilities enabled by Windows 8.1. Ideal for browsing, book reading and staying entertained on the go, this small screen device also offers an optimized view of the Windows 8.1 start screen, desktop mode and Office 365 apps.

All the Essentials
Encore Mini includes a front webcam and microphone as well as a 2 megapixel back camera for picture-taking and video capture. Additionally, the tablet comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage , a Micro USB port and a microSD™ Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards, ensuring that users have plenty of room to store  all their digital files, apps, games, videos and pics they love.
 
Pricing and Availability
The Encore Mini is now available for purchase for $119.99 MSRP at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on toshiba.com/us.

Also new is an Intel Core M processor and over 12 hours of battery life with the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard dock, a 60 percent improvement over the previous version. (You can also choose the non-Pro Ultrabook Keyboard and get about 8 hours of battery life, Lenovo says.)

The ThinkPad Helix features a digitizer pen, a biometric fingerprint reader, a smart card reader, and it runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. It will ship in October and start at $999.

 

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IFA 2014: Lenovo's PCs
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

While much of the excitement at IFA this year concerns low-end PCs and tablets, the world's biggest PC maker is focusing instead on more lucrative markets. Here are the notable Windows PCs that Lenovo Lenovo Helix Tabletannounced this week at the Berlin, Germany-based conference.

(Lenovo also announced gaming PCs and some Android smart phones, the latter of which will not be offered in the United States.)

ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo's 2-in-1 (transforming) PC solution for businesses gets thinner (0.38 inches) and lighter (1.8 pounds) and retains its unique click-in hinge design which lets you eject the screen and use it as a standalone tablet. Lenovo says this design provides five usage modes—tablet, stand, tent, laptop, and desktop—but what really differentiates this product from other transforming PCs, of course, is the best-in-breed ThinkPad keyboard.

Also new is an Intel Core M processor and over 12 hours of battery life with the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard dock, a 60 percent improvement over the previous version. (You can also choose the non-Pro Ultrabook Keyboard and get about 8 hours of battery life, Lenovo says.)

The ThinkPad Helix features a digitizer pen, a biometric fingerprint reader, a smart card reader, and it runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. It will ship in October and start at $999.

 

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September 2, 2014

Windows 8.1 tablets and satellite broadband provide high tech on the high seas
V3.co.uk

News reached land last week that Royal Caribbean Cruises had placed an order for a whopping 40,000 Windows 8.1 tablets, for staff on its latest liner to use while they work at sea.Quantum of the seas windows 8.1 tablets

Microsoft touted the deal as proof that its operating system is fit for the needs of all kinds of businesses, as it looks to wrestle control of the tablet space away from Apple and numerous Android rivals.

Keen to find out more, V3 tracked down the chief information officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Bill Martin to find out more about the decision to back Microsoft's operating system in such a unique environment.

A PC on a tablet
For Martin, Windows 8.1 was a clear choice over rivals Android and iOS because it is "a full version of Windows, that allows you do everything you would do on a PC, but on a tablet.”

Martin also cited Microsoft’s efforts to woo the company with extra services bundled with the tablets.

“Microsoft offered a level of service that was complementary to the crew with Office 365 subscriptions and one terabyte of cloud data, for both these work devices and a second home device used by crew.”

 

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How to watch the iPhone 6 launch live
PC Advisor

Get live coverage of Apple's big iPhone launch event next week

How to watch live as Apple launches the iPhone 6 next week. Don't miss out: the iPhone 6 launch Apple iPhone 6 invitecould also be the iWatch launch and iPhone Air launch. Here's how to watch the live stream. For more on the iPhone 6 launch, see: New iPhone 6 release date, price, specs and features: 9 September launch confirmed.

Apple hasn't yet said whether the iPhone 6 launch event will be live streamed for media and fans to watch, but we expect that it will, and in this story we will explain how you can watch it. Meanwhile we can say for sure that we'll be live blogging the entire event so you can get all the news here: iPhone 6 launch live blog.

How to watch the iPhone 6 launch live

Apple's iPhone 6 launch live stream will be available at the Apple events website. Simply go to the site and select the appropriate stream.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.