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July 2, 2015
Lenovo Yoga 3 Review (14-inch model): Better is Bigger
The Yoga 3 14 employs a remarkably thin (0.7 inch) and rigid frame which exhibits little to no chassis flex. This is largely due to the magnesium-aluminum alloy body which excels at repelling fingerprints as well as providing a sturdy resting place for hands. Lenovo’s Yoga series is designed with four distinct modes of use in mind, traditional laptop, tent, stand, and tablet. Based on what position is selected, the computer will automatically enable and disable features or rotate the screen.
The lid is ringed with soft rubber that has a knurled texture to help guard against wear and tear. A gentle curve continues as it covers all of the computer’s edges; those same curved edges mean the Yoga 3 14 lends itself to being held as a tablet. The entire typing surface is solid in laptop mode, making this laptop an excellent example of Lenovo’s business-class build quality.
The Yoga 3 14’s ability to open its display a full 360 degrees stems directly from its well-engineered zinc alloy hinges. There is ample resistance to help lock the screen into any desired position which will even allow the display to be used as a kick stand. Despite their somewhat oval shape, the hinges stay flush at any position.
Ports and Features
The Yoga 3 14 isn’t designed to deliver the same variety of ports as one of Lenovo’s 15-inch workstations, but this convertible still packs more than enough to satisfy most users on the go. You’ll find two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a memory card reader, a dual-purpose 3.5mm headset jack that also works with headphones or external speakers, and a micro HDMI port. Bottom line, this convertible notebook has most of the bases covered. This might be bigger than a Microsoft Surface 3 or 3 Pro, but you get more ports with that extra bulk.
Tablets replace need for multiple devices in the enterprise
Businesses are increasingly turning to tablets as their only computing device, according to analyst firm IDC.
In a recent study, IDC found that tablets were the only business device used by 40% of respondents. Analysts reported that hybrid products designed to replace portable and desktop PCs are driving up tablet adoption in the enterprise.
The study also showed that hybrid devices – in either the detachable format, whereby the removable keypad allows the touchscreen to double as a tablet, or the convertible form factor, in which the notebook's hinge rotates 360 degrees for a similar effect – are usually purchased with larger screen sizes than standard tablets.
For instance, Microsoft's recently introduced Surface 3, powered by the Intel Atom processor, offers a 10in 1920x1024 high-definition screen and 64GB of SSD storage. Given that it runs Windows 8.1, such hybrid devices can be a good fit for businesses since there is no need to find alternatives for existing PC applications.
It doesn’t take long for cutting-edge mobile devices to become all but obsolete because they run so slowly. Here are some easy ways to restore the performance of your Android or Apple tablet or smartphone.
Smartphones and tablets tend to slow down over time, and for good reason. What once were cutting edge specifications soon become yesterday’s technology, and updates to both operating systems and apps can place extra strain on processors, memory and storage space. Components that can’t be upgraded, course.
That’s not to say the only solution is to buy a better model and there are steps you can take to ensure your smartphone or tablet, (whether you own an iPad or a Tesco Hudl) lasts for as long as possible. So if a simple restart hasn’t restored your gadget to its usual speedy self, here’s what to try next.
July 1, 2015
If you’re heading to the beach this summer, you’ll probably be packing some tech along with the SPF 50 sunscreen and that cheesy E.L. James novel. You’ll want to keep your gear safe from the sand and the surf; you may also want to bring wireless speakers, chargers, and other gadgets along for the ride.
Microsoft has been promising an LTE version of its Surface 3 tablet for months, and is just now starting to deliver.
Starting Friday, Microsoft will sell the Surface 3 with 4G LTE to business customers through Deutsche Telecom in Germany and O2 in the United Kingdom, following a quiet launch in Japan a couple weeks ago. Spain’s Movistar and France’s Orange Business Services will follow shortly after.
As for retail sales, the Surface 3 with 4G LTE is coming to the United States (on T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless), France, Germany, and the United Kingdom in the “coming weeks.” In the United States, these models will cost $100 more than their non-LTE counterparts, at $599 with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and $699 with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
The 3-in-1 Dock is a maker project to build a portrait VESA-mounted dock for Microsoft Surface Pro 3. With this dock you’ll be able to use the bright and beautiful Surface Pro 3 screen at eye-level, right next to your desktop monitors, dock with zero-insertion force, and secure the tablet with the optional lock
June 30, 2015
It is not an exaggeration at all to call iOS 8.4 Apple’s most important iOS update so far. How can an incremental update be so critical? The answer is simple: Apple Music. Digital music consumption has been shifting from downloads to streaming for years now, and Apple has essentially been a no-show — and that includes iTunes Radio. With Apple Music, however, Apple is finally willing to admit that the traditional iTunes model is on its way out and streaming is here to stay.
We published a hands-on preview of Apple Music earlier today, and now it’s available to the world with the release of iOS 8.4.
To install the update over the air, simply open the Settings app on your iOS device and tap General. Then tap Software Update and follow the on-screen instructions.
Apple Music is a new app that will replace the old Music app on your iPhone or iPad. The functionality of that old app is now contained entirely on the last tab in the Apple Music app, which is labeled “My Music.”
Apple’s flagship radio station Beats 1 will begin broadcasting globally at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
June 29, 2015
Over the weekend, Microsoft added a sixth variant to its Surface Pro 3 lineup. The new one features a 1.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of memory and offers 128GB of onboard storage. The change comes in the storage. Previously, the i7 model came with either 256GB or 512GB of storage. The new model carries the same $1,299 price tag as the Core i5 edition with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage.
Which tablet buyers might be drawn to the new model? Those who pick performance over storage. The Surface Pro 3 lineup offers three processor choices -- an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7. The i7 is the beefiest of the three, packing the most power. Specifically, the chip in the Surface Pro 3 tablets is Intel's fourth-generation Core processor. The i7 edition comes with Turbo Boost Technology, which can increase the speed of the processor to up to 3.3GHz. It also includes Intel's HD Graphics 5000 chipset for snappier video performance.
With the new i7 variant, the Surface Pro 3 is now available in the following six versions and prices:
Tomorrow night, Apple will launch a huge update for iPhone and iPad – offering access to its new Apple Music service to phone and tablet users around the world.
From tomorrow, iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC users will be able to access the service – Android and Apple TV users will get access next year.
A new, free app will appear as part of tomorrow’s software update, allowing access to the service.
You will be able to control it via Siri, so you can say, for instance, ‘Add Slayer’s Reign in Blood to my library’.
Apple Music will, like its rivals, offer a truly enormous library of music to ‘stream’ online – either to smartphones and tablets, or to PCs and (eventually) stereos.
Gadget makers such as Sonos are predicting that this is going to kick of a new ‘Golden age’ of home hi-fi – freed from the ‘format wars’ (such as CD versus vinyl) that have plagued music for 50 years.
June 26, 2015
This early, Windows fans have been given tons of reasons to snap up the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet once it becomes available. The flagship device, however, is a definitive good buy for the sole reason that it will be powered by Windows 10 on release date, a new report said.
The specs aside, which to begin with are nothing to scoff at if rumors will prove correct that Intel's Skylake processing chips will be on-board as among the headline components, the tablet has generated excitement due to the perception that it will be a killer machine thanks to the upcoming Windows version.
In all likelihood such assumption will be true, as suggested by a Gizmag.com review. The tech site's recent look of Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3 appears to confirm one thing - that the operating system "could transform the Surface into the futuristic mobile productivity device that Microsoft has been trying to build for years."
This is true with the Surface Pro 3 and there is no reason to believe that the same will apply on the Pro 4 the moment it gets unboxed.
Also with Windows 10 as the main engine, handwriting recognition is coded with improvements that will make the Surface Pen a preferred tool for inputting text or set of instructions on the Surface tablet. The OS is also expected to enhance the touchscreen experience packed with the Surface Pro 4.
June 25, 2015
What will HomeKit do for you and what are the main HomeKit devices right now? Read our guide to find out.
HomeKit is Apple’s answer to making your home smarter and more connected. It’s one of a number of standards, like Google’s Works with Nest and Project Brillo, aiming to take command of all your smart devices under a single, unified system.
Specifically, HomeKit is the name of the development system and standards that product and app developers must follow to be compatible with Apple products.
It’s similar in principle to HealthKit in that data measured by HomeKit devices will be shareable with other devices, and any product that supports it should work seamlessly with other Apple products.
How is HomeKit different to a normal app?
There are plenty of smart home devices already with working apps, so what benefits will a HomeKit-enabled device get?
The main one is better integration with iOS and Mac OS. For example, HomeKit compatibility will mean you can control aspects of a device using Siri instead of diving into the app.
This will make using things like smart thermostats and lights much easier, as you can trigger actions by saying "Turn off the lights in the living room" or "What’s the temperature in the kitchen?" without unlocking your phone.
This year Sony has updated is flagship Android tablet so we have a new iPad Air 2 rival. Sony claims it's the world's lightest 10in tablet with a 2K screen so here's our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review. Also see: Best tablets 2015.
Last's years Z3 range included one tablet which was Sony's first smaller size, the 8in Z3 Tablet Compact. Instead of replacing that range – which also has the Z3 and Z3 Compact phones – Sony has added to it with the Xperia Z4 Tablet. It's a new 10in device which succeeds the Xperia Z2 Tablet so there is no Xperia Z3 Tablet in a 10in size.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Price and competition
We expected the Xperia Z4 Tablet to come in at £399 matching the iPad Air 2 but it costs £100 more than that. Before you panic and run to the Apple store, this is because it comes with the Bluetooth keyboard dock so there is a reason for it.
Sony's main Android rival for the high-end 10in tablet is Samsung's Galaxy Tab S which was £399 but can now be purchased for under £300. It's a long way from being old and decrepit too, so represents quite a saving in comparison to Sony's new tablet.
The more expensive model with additional 4G LTE connectivity will set you back £579 placing it only £60 short of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which it is competing against considering the laptop style keyboard dock.
Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 users can now download the newly released firmware update for their devices through Windows update.
Microsoft noted on the update history pages of the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 that since updates are cumulative, users will also get all of the previously released updates once they install the latest update into their devices.
The company added that "only updates that apply to Surface will be downloaded and installed."
The update for the Surface 3 is deemed the first big update that has been released so far which explains the bulk of the rollout as compared to the few tweaks that was released to the Pro 3. According to Microsoft, the updates will be listed as "System Firmware Update," which Surface 3 users would be able to see upon viewing the update history.
There are at least six items listed in the update history page of the Surface 3. The first among these is the Surface System Aggregator Firmware update v1.0.49500.00, which promises to enhance the experience with the Surface Cover.
Other firmware updates include the Audio Device Driver for an enhanced audio performance and audio experience, Pen Settings driver that adds a new Surface app functionality, Camera driver for better video and image quality, HD Graphics driver to address issues on graphics performance and display stability, and Bluetooth driver and Wireless Network Controller, which brings a slew of improvements such as system stability, Wi-Fi connectivity, and download performance over the network.
June 24, 2015
Not only will Windows 10 bring back the warm and fuzzy Start menu, but the new interface does something Windows 8 failed to do—it makes a point of showing and explaining what's new. And if you never upgraded to Windows 8 or 8.1, you're missing out on at least one of my favorite aspects of the OS: It starts up remarkably faster than Windows 7 and earlier.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and later. You may already have seen a notification icon in your taskbar with the new Windows logo, from which you can reserve your upgrade. If not, you can head to Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade page to register. Meanwhile, if you have a spare PC lying around and are eager to test the waters, you can install Windows 10 Technical Preview for free. In either case, the list below is far from exhaustive (check out all of our coverage at our Windows 10 page), but its contents may help ease your transition to Microsoft's new OS.
1. Customize the Start Menu
There are even more settings for the Start menu, accessible from the Settings > Personalization > Start page of the modern control panel. From here, you can even re-enable the full-screen Start page. You can also turn on or off recent apps, recent groups, and content and app suggestions, and get very granular with the Customize List option, which lets you choose links that appear below the frequent items, such as Settings, Explorer, and so on.
2. Set Up Cortana
As far as the hardware goes, the Surface Hub is based on an Intel mobile platform with a 4th Generation Intel Core mobile processor (Haswell) with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 on the 55-inch model and NVIDIA Quadro K2200 mobile graphics powering the 84-inch version. There are also a number of sensors onboard the Surface Hub including infrared, imaging and depth of field sensors, as well as two built-in wide-angle HD cameras.
The system is still being refined somewhat before the first customer models ship, but Mark's demo was impressive to see live and in action, nonetheless, and with very few hiccups we might add..
Toward the end of the video, you get to see us literally get some hands-on time with the Surface Hub and the surprising aspect was how responsive it was to multi-touch input. In fact, at one point there were three or four of us, all with our mitts on the display and drawing. The Surface Hub took all inputs effortlessly, allowing us to all draw simultaneously with seemingly zero lag. The processing engine onboard certainly wasn't struggling to keep up, but it was perhaps even more impressive to see the 84-inch panel we were on, with a 120Hz refresh rate, keeping pace with our inputs and looking sharp. With display technology this large, many times input and touch responsiveness comes at the expense of display quality. That simply wasn't the case with Surface Hub -- it was large, responsive and crisp.
Some folks need big hardware to get their work done, but others can get by with less powerful gear. Many office workers and other professionals can use a tablet every day.
It's not just the hardware; software plays a big role in filling the needs of the professional at work. Fortunately, unlike in the not-too-distant past, software on mobile platforms -- iOS, Windows, Chrome OS, and Android -- can handle most work needs without compromise.
When using mobile devices as daily work systems it's important to work as smartly as possible. Doing a few things correctly can minimize issues that work tends to throw at us. Here are three areas that have worked well for using mobile tech in my daily work routine.
Handpick the apps
Tablets are only as good as the apps they run, and there are now good ones on all mobile OSes. There are thousands of apps available, especially for iOS and Android, and choosing the right ones can make a world of difference in productivity.
When it comes to productivity at work, Microsoft is doing its part to get its software on mobile platforms. Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are now on Android and iOS and are outstanding apps. They have versions for iPhone and iPad on iOS, and both phones and tablets on Android.
This allows using whatever mobile device is at hand, phone or tablet, for reviewing, creating, and editing work documents on the go. I can't overstate how good Office is on tablets.
June 23, 2015
Microsoft is at Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity in an effort to appeal to advertising firms and creative communication companies by showcasing new technologies and partnerships.
The Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity is one the largest professional gatherings of advertisers and digital marketers from around the world. Today, Microsoft announced to the non-advertising community more details about their involvement at Cannes Lions. Frank Holland, corporate vice president of Microsoft Advertising and Online, wrote in the Microsoft Advertising blog that Microsoft is at Cannes Lion to help creative professionals turn their concepts into reality with innovative technology. Holland says "at Cannes, we are here with our very latest technology to help empower the global leaders of the creative community to deliver more impactful campaigns, help them achieve more and do good."
Some of the technologies that will be on display at the Microsoft Beach Club at Cannes Lion are:
Microsoft also said they will be showing advertising professionals how to collaborate on the Surface Hub
It has become key to every iPhone and iPad - but apple could kill off the home button, it has been claimed.
The move would allow the entire front of the gadgets to become a screen.
Instead of a button, fingerprint sensors would be built into the screen to allow the firm#s Touch ID system to work.
'Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan’s IC design industry,' claimed DigiTimes
The TDDI single-chip solutions will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors, said the sources.
'The integrated design would fit into future iPhone designs – models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button.
According to AppleInsider, the new handset could appear in 2017.
'A source who in the past has correctly shared information about Apple's future product plans indicated on Monday that Apple is indeed planning on removing the home button from future iPhone hardware,' it said.
June 22, 2015
It’s easy to figure out which iOS apps are consuming the most data on your iOS device, thanks to the built-in Settings app. Here, navigate over to “Cellular,” and browse through the list of applications displayed towards the bottom of this page. You’ll notice that for each one, a number is given: this is the amount of data which that particular app has consumed since the statistics were last reset. If you continue swiping down, all the way to the bottom of the page, you’ll find the data and time of your “last reset.”
This page importantly provides iOS device owners with at-a-glance information on their cellular data usage. More importantly, it immediately highlights the apps which are consuming more data than you’d like, and it allows users to do something about it. Alongside each app is a green toggle button, and switching this button to its off position will disable cellular data access for that individual app. It might seem like a drastic measure, but this is the quickest (and easiest) way to eliminate data hogs on your iOS device.
As the Baltimore school system goes all-in on an ambitious plan to equip every student with a tablet computer, it’s tough not to see the ghosts of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $1 billion iPad disaster looming over the project.
In L.A., everything that could have gone wrong with the program did. Teachers’ unions opposed it almost from the beginning, and were reluctant or unable to integrate the devices into their classrooms. The expensive software was unfinished and rarely used, and the district’s infrastructure was ill-equipped to handle the influx of gadgets. Leaked emails hinted at corruption on behalf of district officials. The whole thing eventually collapsed, leaving behind a contentious fight for refunds from Apple and education giant Pearson, and investigations by the FBI and SEC into the entire process.
While the L.A. disaster was a setback for digitizing America’s classrooms, it has given school chiefs across the county a practical lesson in the pitfalls of a technology rollout. It led many districts, like the massive Miami Dade district, to pause and rethink their own initiatives, scaling them back or taking a closer look at how the devices would be used.
Baltimore County Public Schools are forging ahead with their own tablet program, which will be one of the country’s largest. But consider superintendent S. Dallas Dance’s apparent blueprint for the rollout: Look at everything that L.A. did, and then do the opposite.
June 19, 2015
Korean giant Samsung is rumored to be releasing Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 before the end of this year.
According to rumors, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will have an 8.0 inch screen at 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. For photo quality, the tablet is said to have 8 megapixel back camera and a 2.1 megapixel front camera. The device will have a quad core processor at 1.9 GHz and will have 3GB RAM. In terms of variety, the tablet is said to be having Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + LTE versions.
As noted by Tech Radar, the device will be slim, similar to Apple's iPads, and will have excellent display, good battery life, and will be powerful. It will also look sleek with its rumored metal frame similar to its Samsung S6 phones. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is said to be 198 x 134 x 5.4mm with a weight of 260g, according to rumors.
Meanwhile, other sources say that Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will have two versions – the 8.0 inch screen and a 9.7 inch version. The specs are more or less the same with the bigger version at 237.1 x 168.8 x 5.4mm and around 407g. The ratio aspect of both the 8.0 inch and 9.7 inch have also been changed to 4:3, similar to Apple tablets. Both versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will pose a serious competition for Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Price-wise, it is estimated to cost around $489 to $619.
June 18, 2015
Microsoft may be the maker of Windows 10, but it is not the first to unveil a Windows 10-based tablet. That honor goes to Hewlett-Packard, which Thursday unveiled an enterprise-ready Windows 10 tablet.
Specifically designed for business productivity apps, the HP Pro Tablet 608 features a 4:3 aspect ratio -- a 35 percent increase from the standard 16:9 tablet displays.
Weighing in at less than 1 pound, the HP Pro Tablet 608 features a front-facing camera and noise-canceling software to support videoconferencing in airports or hotel lobbies. HP said the tablet will provide support for Cortana, Microsoft's voice command interface that aims to put the whammy on Apple's Siri.
[Related: Head-To-Head: Windows 10 Vs. Windows 8]
HP is placing a Windows 10 stake in the ground early, claiming bragging rights for unveiling a Windows 10 Tablet before Microsoft hits the market with a version of its Surface Pro with Windows 10.
Windows 10 is slated to be available July 29. HP said the Pro Tablet 608 will ship pre-installed with Windows 10 in August.
Microsoft, which is offering a Windows 10 preview for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, is touting Windows 10 for its ability to run what it calls "universal" Windows apps that run on any kind of device.
HP did not disclose pricing for the Windows 10-based tablet, but a Windows 8.1 Professional version of the tablet is priced at $479.
There's no simple answer, so make sure you consider all the key factors when choosing a mobile device for you or your business
Choosing a new computer used to be oh-so-simple. Desktop PC or laptop, sir? Both formats had clearly defined advantages and disadvantages, they looked totally different and there was very little chance you’d make the wrong choice.
Now, if you want tech to use on the move, you’re overwhelmed by options: conventional laptops, laptops with touchscreens, two-in-one devices with detachable keyboards, laptops that fold into tablets, pure slates… no wonder people are confused.
Nonetheless, these devices can still be split broadly into three categories: laptops, tablets and hybrids. In this guide, we’ll run through the pros and cons of each, judging them on various criteria – including price, battery life and performance – to help you reach a decision about which type of device suits you, or your business, best.
During Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote Craig Federighi showed us that in iOS 9 we'll be able to finally use real multitasking on our iPad. Federighi presented us with Picture-in-Picture, Split View and Slide Over multitasking features. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another multitasking methodology called the "Pop-Up View." Whether this latest multitasking feature will make it in time for iOS 9 is unknown at this time.
Apple's patent FIG. 5J noted above illustrates a response to detecting a touch gesture of the first type on the calculator application icon (#506-4), a calculator application view is displayed in pop up view 510 on touch screen (#112-1) of first electronic device #100-1. The popup view partially covers the portion of web browser application view #502-7.
This is a great feature. I don't know how many times a day I go to the calculator in a separate app and have to flip back and forth to work with figures. In the future, I'll be able to stay on my current webpage, tap on the bottom of the page to bring up my commonly used productivity apps and then simply click on the calculator icon to have it pop-up and stay on the same page until I'm down with my calculation. Of course it applies to a lot of other scenarios for music, documents, notes, maps and so much more.
June 17, 2015
Is there a point at which a point a tablet becomes too thin? If so, Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet is surely on the verge. It’s the firm’s slimmest tablet to date, a fraction of a millimetre thinner than the already-barely-there Z2 Tablet and a handful of grams lighter, too.
Indeed, it’s hard to believe a 10in tablet could weigh this little. At 393g, it feels more like a plastic placemat than a cutting-edge gadget.
Despite this, there are elements that do impress, in particular the light weight and durability. The tablet on its own is 44g lighter than the slightest tablet Apple has managed to construct to date (the iPad Air 2) and adding the bundled keyboard brings the weight up to a mere 760g. That’s more than 100g lighter than Apple’s ultra-desirable 12in MacBook.
Just like the rest of the Xperia range of tablets and smartphones, the Z4 tablet is both water- and dust-resistant. This is of less benefit on a tablet than a phone (be honest, who takes their tablet out in a rain shower?), but its IP65/68 rating should protect it from an accidental encounter with a hot cup of coffee.
Even better, this year Sony’s waterproofing doesn’t come with the usual irritation of having to unhitch a flap every time you want to charge your device: although you’ll still find flaps all around the edges covering the microSD slot and SIM slots, Sony has removed the flap covering the micro-USB socket without compromising the water resistance.
Walmart has the Nextbook Flexx 10.1-inch Windows hybrid for $178 shipped (plus tax). This isn't a sale; this is the everyday price on this newly updated model.
The Nextbook (formerly known as E Fun) brand is carried exclusively at Walmart. Needless to say, it's aimed squarely at the entry-level crowd -- not that there's anything wrong with that.
I'm glad to see that, unlike its predecessor, this model actually has a product name -- and "Flexx" is actually a darn good one. More importantly, the system itself offers pretty amazing value for the money.
This model features double the RAM (2GB) of its predecessor, 32GB of expandable storage and three USB ports (two full-size, one Micro-USB). The screen remains bright and colorful, though still a little low-res at 1,280x800. (I rarely found myself noticing that.)
You also get a one-year subscription to Office 365, which would normally cost you $70. Unfortunately, the same is not true of the Flexx's 11.6-inch bigger brother, which is also mighty compelling at $227. That's a bummer, because the larger Flexx bumps the screen resolution to 1,366x768 pixels, doubles the storage to 64GB and adds very sharp teal accents.
Walmart may run a sale on these at some point, but as they are right now, the Flexx 10.1 and Flexx 11.6 offer tremendous value. I'm impressed by both.
June 16, 2015
It seems like the rumor about the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad is starting to build more steam following the announcement by Apple of a new technology which comes with the iOS 9, the American tech giant’s upcoming mobile operating system.
The jumbo-sized Apple tablet shall reportedly be called iPad Pro and shall likely be launched in October this year to mark the one-year market cycle of the iPad Air 2.
It has been rumored previously that the Apple iPad Pro shall be able to support an Apple-made Bluetooth stylus. Since iOS 9 is likely to be launched this coming fall, which is about the same time as the rolling out of the iPad Pro, it is likely that the stylus which shall be using the predictive touch technology of the iOS 9, will also come with the jumbo-sized iPad, which shall come out of the box with the latest mobile operating system onboard.
It is not clear if the stylus will be bundled with the iPad Pro or not but Apple would surely get more impact for its upcoming tablet if it will bundle the stylus with it.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 may not be the best-selling tablet in the market but it is the fastest tablet available, suggests consumer watchdog Which.
Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 in May 2014 and the latest hit the shelves in June 2014. The company markets the Surface Pro 3 as "the tablet than can replace your laptop."
Which examined the top 10 tablets available in the UK, which included: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 128GB i5, Apple iPad Air 2, Apple iPad Air 32GB (Wi-Fi), Apple iPad mini 3, Google Nexus 9, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 2014, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Asus MEMO Pad 7 ME572C and Tesco Hudl 2.
June 15, 2015
iOS 9 Hints at Apps For Apple TV, On-Screen Keyboard for Larger iPad Pro
The biggest hint so far that Apple is working on a larger "iPad Pro" has been found in the latest iOS beta, which includes a larger on-screen keyboard for an unannounced device. The beta also includes references to app building tools for Apple TV, which currently lacks any third-party app support, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed in a series of tweets.
When viewed at a larger size, the iOS 9 iPad keyboard adds in an extra row with numbers, a caps lock, tab key, and punctuation marks. Pressing the shift key changes the top row to a punctuation row, in a similar fashion to pushing shift on a physical keyboard. The larger keyboard more closely resembles a physical keyboard in looks as well as function, and while iOS 9 includes better support for physical keyboards, today’s news is the best sign so far that Apple will still be encouraging virtual keyboard use even on larger iPads. The rumored iPad Pro is said to include a 12.9-inch screen and launch in late 2015.
Microsoft is once again discounting most of its Surface Pro 3 models on its retail website, with some prices cut by as much as $150 from now until June 27. This time, the discounts come with a free sleeve and free express delivery in a special Father's Day promotion.
As with previous sales, the 64GB version of the Surface Pro 3 with Intel's Core i3 processor inside is excluded from this discount. It remains at $799 but buyers can still get the free sleeve and access to free express delivery. Here are the price cuts for the other four Surface Pro 3 tablets.
The free express delivery means that users can get the 12-inch tablet within one to two business days. That free shipping offer will end on June 21, but the Surface Pro 3 discounts will continue until June 27.
June 12, 2015
Despite the fact that the iPad Air 2 is one of the best-selling tablets in the world, a new test has revealed that it is not the fastest on the market.
Consumers who buy an iPad Air 2 looking for lightning fast performance might be better off buying a Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro 3, according to research by consumer watchdog Which?. The research reveals that the Surface Pro 3 is 20% faster than its rivals the Apple Inc. iPad Air 2 and Google Inc Nexus 9.
June 11, 2015
It's official: Apple is getting into the streaming music business with its new Beats-based Apple Music platform. In doing so, it's positioning itself to take on the hugely popular Spotify. Will it succeed? Does it offer anything that Spotify doesn't already? And what's the best value streaming music service? Let's take a look at how the two rivals match up.
Spotify offers three tiers. The full-fat Premium subscription costs £9.99/month and will let you play any song on-demand, in the highest quality, and with no adverts. You can also download tracks to playback offline on any device, using Spotify's apps across desktop, mobile and tablet.
The 'Desktop and Tablet' free tier lets you play any tune on-demand, but only in lower/normal quality. Occasionally, you'll also be interrupted by ads, unless you cough up £4.99 a month for the 'Unlimited' option at this level. If you're just using the 'Mobile' free tier, you can't really pick your tracks - instead, you select an artist or a playlist and then listening to it on shuffle.
Spotify also has a 'Family' pricing plan, which allows you save 50 percent off of the price of a second premium subscription for a family member.
It runs the current Pro version of Windows 8.1 on an Intel Atom processor and is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year after its release, scheduled for late July. It comes with a 10.8-inch, full HD touchscreen (1920 by 1280 pixels), compared to 12-inches for the Surface Pro. Both screens feature a 3-to-2 height-to-width ratio not the 16-by-9 found on most HDTVs.
In addition to the 1.6 GHz, quad-core Atom processor Surface 3 comes with either 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of solid-state storage or 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. For the record, the Pro models offer the possibility of even more RAM plus 256 and 512 GB drives.
The new 3 also offers the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a full-size USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort, a microSD card reader and a new Micro-USB charging port (like a smartphone) rather than the somewhat balky magnetic charging plug/port in all preview models. There's an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 3.5 megapixel shooter facing forward.
We really liked our time testing the Surface 3. We found it to be a speedy and smooth operator. Battery life is very good; we found we could get as much as 9 hours of use from a full charge. The Surface 3 has stereo speakers which sound better than they have any right to sound (although don't expect to hear real bass unless you use good headphones. We found the Surface 3's slightly smaller (and lighter) size is a bit more manageable to use as a tablet than its Pro sibling. The Surface 3 weighs 1.37 pounds, compared to 1.76 pounds for the Pro.
June 10, 2015
Only recently, Lenovo had announced its ThinkPad 10 second generation and in the process, it will be taking on Microsoft's Surface 3 slate. As the name suggests, ThinkPad 10 features a 10 inch display,
which is the same screen size as its rival, along with the same starting price of $499 for the base model. According to Business News Daily, the tablet resonates a resolution a 1920 x 1200 pixels, in comparison to Surface 3's 1080p display.
When ThinkPad 10 officially launches in August, it will be available in two chipset models:
iOS 9 introduces some exciting new features, and one of the most interesting is Split View, which allows you to use two apps at the same time on your tablet.
But there's a catch, which is that in order to make use this feature you'll need the newest iPad, the iPad Air 2.
Two things separate the iPad Air 2 from the earlier iPads. The first of those differences is that the iPad Air 2 is the first iPad to feature 2GB of RAM (it's predecessor had 1GB). The other difference is that it is the first iPad to feature a triple-core processor, giving it more horsepower.
One question that I have is this -- is this limitation based on hardware, or it is an arbitrary limitation that Apple has imposed to sell more iPads? After all, the jailbreak community has had multitasking for any iPad running iOS 7 for over a year. Apple's implementation of Split View seems to be a lot simpler, so I'm somewhat surprised that it requires an iPad Air 2 to pull off.
Whatever the reason, if you want to use two apps simultaneously, the price of entry is a new iPad Air 2.
Microsoft’s Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 are cool products, but neither can compete to Redmond’s latest in terms of sheer epicness: The 55- and 84-inch Surface “Hub”, which costs up to $20,000.
While the regular Surface products are destined for consumers and businesses like, the Surface Hub is targeted at boardrooms, where people typically use a whiteboard, projector, and other miscellaneous equipment. Microsoft notes that a typical boardroom setup could cost $38,000+, and that’s a setup far clunkier than a simple screen affixed to the wall. For its targeted audience, $20,000 could be considered a relative steal.
Both the 55- and 84-inch Surface Hub models will feature a crisp 4K resolution, and utilize technologies seen in its other products. The Surface line is an obvious source, but so is the Kinect sensor of the Xbox One. The Hub can be controlled either by a finger, a stylus, or voice, and it will have the ability to beam the screen’s content down to participants’ devices – whether they’re using a Surface tablet, Windows phone, or an Android / iOS device.
June 9, 2015
Here are 3 key changes coming to Apple iPhones and iPads
Multitask on the iPad (or at least the iPad Air 2): The ability to run apps side-by-side on an iPad is seen by analysts and Apple watchers as a precursor to the unveiling of a bigger iPad, which would be squarely aimed at converting more people from laptops to tablets. In the meantime, putting the feature exclusively on the latest iPad (the Air 2) could convince customers to upgrade their old tablets. Fewer-than-expected upgrades have contributed to declining iPad sales. If the feature isn’t as snappy as promised though, few may want to toss slower models they already have in hand.
Siri: Apple has improved the brains of both its digital assistant feature Siri and its search feature Spotlight. You’ll be able to type and ask things more the way you’d think about them in your head such as, “I want every email from my husband that has the word 'real estate agent' in it." Most importantly, you can search for information stored on non-Apple apps. If Apple can get that right, you could pretty efficiently get fare quotes for Uber, Lyft and Flywheel in an instant. Apple says Siri has improved its accuracy and speed by about 40% over the last year, but better integrating apps from other companies could kick up that percentage dramatically.
Transit: Apple Maps is adding transit directions with the help of “precisely mapped” subway stations, among other things. Assuming Apple Maps doesn’t send people to Long Beach when they meant to get to Pasadena, the addition would be a critical step in getting more iPhone users to quit Google Maps or other transit apps from the App Store. Maps could eventually open new sources of revenue for Apple if it can show users that it has turned the corner after a poor start.
Revealing What Happens in Vegas...
You've heard the line "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." It attracts 46 million visitors annually and they don't call it Sin City for nothing. Things happen that may be out of the ordinary for otherwise reserved people; things that are better left unspoken and thus, leaving no trace.
New entrants of cloud-based, rugged Windows tablets have arrived with more CPU power, RAM, and storage space. They can support corporate-standard legacy applications such as true Office and have enterprise-level security, management, and infrastructure capability. They can be put into a notebook-style dock with external monitor and mouse/keyboard to be used as a standard PC. Their functionality and performance surpass tablets with Android and iOS, which are often known to be deployed as a second device to a user's laptop. That's not needed with the new Windows tablets as they can function as the single device.
You have more choices today in tablet PCs than ever before, and thus it is highly advised to research varying categories of ruggedness, performance, price, and operating system environments to automate critical frontline functions of your company. It's too bad the sins of lost productivity and tarnished brand have not just stayed in Vegas but have spread throughout these companies' deployments nationwide. The good news is that atonement can be had.
June 8, 2015
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Frustrated that your iPad has all that screen real estate, but you still have to use one app at a time?
That won't be a problem when iOS 9 arrives -- Apple has revealed that its new mobile software will bring side-by-side app multitasking to its tablets. The feature will let you display two live apps at once, Windows 8-style, if you're using an iPad Air 2 (which has extra memory and performance); otherwise, you can pin apps to the side of the screen to get back to them quickly. There's a picture-in-picture mode that will let you watch a video without disrupting what you're doing, too. This upgraded multitasking will only be available for the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and other relatively recent Apple slates, so you'll definitely want to ditch that old iPad 2 if you're eager to juggle multiple programs.
Best tablet 2015 - buying guide & top tablet picks
If you're in the market for a tablet, you may find the choice overwhelming. There are so many models on the market, with a variety of screen sizes, operating systems and prices, that it can be hard to know where to begin. We're here to help.
In this article we bring you all our favourite tablets, from compact 7in models to flagship 10in slates with amazing UltraHD screens. Whether you're after Android, Apple or Windows, and whatever your budget, there's a tablet here for you.
To help you choose, check out our handy buying guide on page two. This will help narrow down your choice by setting out what you need to look for in a tablet, from screen size and quality, to performance and battery life, to the advantages and disadvantages of the various operating systems.
There's a huge choice of tablets available, all running different operating systems and available in a wide variety of sizes and prices. It's great to have this kind of choice, but trying to work out which is the best to buy can be tricky. We're here to help. In this article we've listed all our favourite tablets, all of which are still available to buy. With everything from budget 7in bargains to the latest flagship models, you'll definitely be able to find the model you want.
5 Highlights of the New Microsoft Windows 10
As you may have heard by now, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 this summer. July 29 to be exact. In order to help prepare you for the new operating system, we've put together a list of five benefits of Windows 10.
The Windows you know, only better -- Windows 10 feels familiar so you can get more done from the get-go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favorite apps. And simple navigation means you and your mobile workforce don’t need to spend much time learning anything new.
Enterprise-quality security -- Windows security features are designed for the world’s businesses of all sizes. Many of the recent large-scale security breaches would have been prevented if they were on the Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 helps you secure devices, user identities, and data.
Simpler setup and management -- Whether you have a new Windows 10 device or are doing an in-place upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, setup is quicker and easier than ever before with Windows 10 – and only a light touch is required to manage your devices and stay current with the latest Windows feature updates in the way that works best for your business. This means less support is required of your IT folks.
Universal Apps, including Office -- The Store in Windows 10 is a one-stop shop for hundreds of thousands of apps to help improve your operational productivity and efficiency, including the new version of Office. And similiar to previous operating systems from Microsoft, your enterprise software will have no issue running on Windows 10.
Cortana’s got your back -- Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant who works across all your devices to help get things done. Cortana's features include being able to set reminders, launch apps, recognize natural voice without the user having to input a predefined series of commands, and answer questions using information from Bing.
June 4, 2015
Remember Transformers before Hollywood made them all serious and explode-y? Many of them were just daft. Killer robots that turn into cassette players, anyone? But there’s one tech transformer that really is a brilliant idea, and that’s the PC that’s also a tablet. Fold it up or detach the keyboard and it’s a Windows tablet; fold it back or reattach the keyboard and it’s a Windows laptop. That’s clever, and it’s cleverer still in Windows 10 thanks to Tablet Mode, which makes Windows finger-friendly. Here’s how to get the best from it whether you’re using a dedicated Windows 10 tablet or having fun with a hybrid’s hinged touchscreen.
In System > Tablet Mode you can change a number of key settings here, as well as manually toggling Tablet Mode on or off. Under “When I Sign In” you can make your device default to Tablet Mode, to the Desktop, or to whichever mode you last used. Under “When My Device Wants To Switch Modes” you can change what happens when you attach or detach a keyboard or flip a hybrid 2-in-1 PC from tablet to laptop mode and vice-versa.
Bring the App Icons Back
By default, Tablet Mode hides the app icons in the Taskbar, but in the latest Windows 10 builds Microsoft has added the option to bring them back for faster access to your most important apps. Just right-click or long-press Tablet Mode in Action Center and then tap on Go To Settings.
Unlike rival operating systems, Windows 10 enables you to run apps side-by-side when you’re in Tablet Mode. All you need to do is tap and hold the top of the first app and drag it to the left or right of the screen, then open or switch to the other app you want to see and repeat the process, this time putting it in the other side of the screen. You can then tap the divider between the two apps to change the split, so for example you might give most of the screen over to Word but keep Twitter burbling away in a strip at the side, or have your web browser in one part of the screen and Mail in another. If you’d rather have one thing on screen at a time, use the Task View button on the task bar to quickly switch between open apps.
June 3, 2015
Microsoft has given visitors to Computex 2015 a sneak peek at several new devices that will launch with Windows 10, highlighting the capabilities of the new OS.
In a brief preview to manufacturing partners, Nick Parker, vice president at Microsoft’s OEM Division, showed off a new super-portable 11.6-inch, 2-in-1 notebook from Hewlett-Packard’s x2 series that has a magnetic hinge design, Bang & Olufsen speakers and a red anodized finish.
He also showed a hybrid 9-inch HP tablet that can attach to a full-size keyboard, which has its own case. Designed for note-taking on the go with a stylus, the tablet comes in a silver and aquamarine color scheme.
Parker also revealed a beta version of the Dell XPS 15, a thin notebook with a carbon fiber finish. It’s a successor to the XPS 13 and features a 15-inch InfinityEdge thin-bezel display.
Sharing the stage at the Taipei International Convention Center was a new Toshiba Satellite laptop, also a 2-in-1, with a high-resolution 4K screen and an infrared camera that works with Windows Hello, the company’s attempt to do away with passwords via face-recognition algorithms.
Microsoft said the new Toshiba is optimized for Cortana, the voice-driven assistant that will feature on Windows 10 platforms.
June 2, 2015
Acer sheds more light on mysterious Predator 8 gaming tablet
Acer has removed some of the mystery surrounding its first gaming tablet, the Predator 8.
It will run Android, and have Intel's Atom X7 processor, code-named Cherry Trail. More details of the tablet were shared by an Acer executive during the Computex keynote of Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the PC client group.
The Predator 8 is the first Android tablet with the Atom X7 chip to be announced, although a number of Cherry Trail tablets running Microsoft's Windows OS have been announced -- including Microsoft's Surface 3, which started shipping last month.
The Predator was demonstrated on stage running a racing game. The graphics ran smoothly, reflecting the amount of work Intel has put into improving the graphics on the Cherry Trail chips. However, during a hands-on test earlier this year, Cherry Trail didn't provide much of an improvement in battery life.
As noted by Paul Thurott, a number of old (some quite old) features will not make the jump to Windows 10. But that doesn't mean you have to live without them when you upgrade! Here are some of the items Microsoft will be assassinating in Windows 10—and ways to work around them.
1. Windows Media Center
Windows previously stopped shipping WMC with new versions of Windows 8 back in 2012. So, it's no surprise that if you are upgrading from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, Windows Media Center will be removed. Some possible replacements include Kodi, Plex, and MediaPortal.
2. DVD Playback
Microsoft's official language regarding DVDs is that it will "require separate playback software." But if you absolutely must watch DVDs on your computer screen and Microsoft doesn't readily supply the "separate playback software," there are plenty of free third-party software packs out there such as the VLC media player. But for more full-featured players, look to CyberLink PowerDVD and Corel WinDVD.
June 1, 2015
Top 5 Best Windows Tablets
A tablet is often the ideal productivity tool for business professionals and students. Tablets provide a nice blend of lightweight design and generous screen size, making them perfect for writing reports on the go. Windows tablets are a popular choice among students and professionals alike, since they complement many desktop apps. If you’re looking to buy a Windows tablet, check out our top five picks for the best Windows tablets money can buy.
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft has been positioning the Surface Pro 3 as a MacBook killer, and this tablet-laptop hybrid definitely has the edge over the iPad Air 2 in terms of inputs, specs, and connectivity. If you know that you’ll predominantly need a tablet, but you plan on needing a laptop on occasion, this is a solid choice. There are a ton of different storage options to choose from, which is a nice perk for those who need more (or less) onboard storage.
Need to save some money? Opt for the Surface 3 over the Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 is significantly less expensive than the Surface Pro 3, with the Surface 3 starting at just $499 for the 64GB version.
2. Nokia Lumia 2520 WiFi + 4G/LTE Tablet (32 GB Model)
If you love your Nokia phone, a Nokia tab is probably pretty appealing to you. This Windows tab can connect to the web over Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE. The 10.1 inch screen offers a nice balance between weight and readability. Battery life is respectable, with a whopping non-removable 8000 mAh battery providing at least eight hours of power for all your personal and business needs.
Price: $189.99 for the unlocked version
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