One month after launching its highly-anticipated tablet computer, Apple has announced it sold its one millionth iPad.
"Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers," says Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement.
The milestone was set on Friday, according to Apple, the same day the company debuted a version of the iPad with 3G cellular service. The devices start at $629 for a 16GB model. Head here to check out a review of the 3G iPad.
Apple also says 12 million apps have been downloaded onto iPads since launching April 3, and users have purchased more than 1.5 million e-books.
Go 'head Aigo! Get down with your bad self. Quite frankly, we never anticipated Aigo / Patriot to come through with a me-too tablet that actually made us take a second glance, but darn if this one isn't quite the looker. And that's before you've even had a moment to digest the specifications sheet. According to new details surfacing in China, this 7-inch machine will hum along on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and feature NVIDIA's Tegra 2 graphics chipset. There's also 512MB of DDR2 memory, an 800 x 480 pixel multitouch display, 4/16/32GB of inbuilt storage, a USB socket, microSD slot, HDMI output, inbuilt WiFi, optional 3G WWAN, audio in / out and a 3,120mAh battery. Android 2.1 will be the OS of choice, but crucial details surrounding price and availability are sorely missing. Call us crazy, but we'll actually be keeping an eye out for specifics on both.
Checks with 50 Apple retail stores have led one prominent analyst to predict Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3G units, including preorders, over the device's first weekend of sales.
Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray issued a note to investors Sunday, revealing the estimate based on checks with numerous stores, as well as in-person attendance of the iPad 3G launch in New York and Minneapolis. If correct, Munster's assumption would have the iPad 3G sell as many units in its first weekend as the Wi-Fi-only iPad sold on its first day in early April.
Munster said supply was limited on launch weekend, with 49 of 50 stores surveyed sold out of the iPad 3G by Sunday. The analyst said he now believes Apple has sold more than 1 million iPads, which suggests his previous estimate of 1.3 million sales in the June quarter may be conservative.
Customers who preordered Apple's iPad received theirs in the mail on Friday, while Apple's U.S. retail stores began selling the device at 5 p.m. on Friday. The 3G iPad models carry a $130 premium over their Wi-Fi-only counterparts, and offer no-contract data plans with the AT&T 3G network. The 16GB iPad 3G model starts at $629, the 32GB capacity is $729, and the high-end 64GB offering is $829.
American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) introduces a lightweight 10.4" Rugged Touchscreen Tablet PC designed for mobile point of sale, data entry, and monitoring. The portable terminal features 3.5 G WWAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth technology, expanding your reach and keeping you connected on the go. Powering the system is the low power consumption, fanless Intel® Atom 1.6Ghz Z530 Processor, allowing the system to operate up to 6 hours by battery in the field. The large touch screen display features enhanced transflective LED technology providing vibrant color and sharp text in all environments including direct outdoor sunlight, perfect for running application, reading documents, and surfing the web. Everything is packaged within a compact lightweight rugged chassis weighing in at 2.6lbs and featuring IP54 rated water/dustproof resistance, multiple 3-foot drop rated, and enhanced shock and vibration protection.
Compared to consumer tablets the enhanced ruggedization and outdoor viewing capability give the unit a huge advantage in on the field real life usage
Is there a tablet in Google’s future with a three-dimensional, multi-touch user interface? It’s creasingly likely, given that the search giant has just acquired BumpTop, a startup whose unique software creates a 3-D environment where users can toss files and folders around as though they were playing cards, stack them in related piles and “hang” them on the virtual walls. If Google is working on an iPad-style tablet, as many believe that it is, a BumpTop-style interface would be dramatic departure from the typical 2-D app/icon approach, and could provide a significant alternative to the look and feel of Apple’s iPad.
Instead, they say Google is looking at the company’s 3-D, multi-touch interface — or elements of it — as a potential addition to a tablet device
On paper, When compared to the iPad, HP Slate should have provided a strong competitor for Apple's device; it multi-tasks, runs flash, has a (when looking strictly an numbers) stronger processor, built-in webcam HDMI out, USB 2.0 port. Engadget tallied up their specs and found that pound-for-pound, the HP tablet may easily seem like the wiser purchase. Almost all of those advantages are things that Apple's machine has been criticized for. It should have been a sure-fire winner among Windows users. It could be that the device was destined to run a standard version of Windows 7 rather than an optimized Windows 7 more suitable for mobile devices. The image below shows the specifications of each device next to each other:
HP's tablet wasn't the only casualty of the iPad's extensive media coverage and popularity. Microsoft canceled their Courier. The device was said to be a tablet PC (or two? Sort of?) hinged together at the side, almost like a book. Perhaps it wasn't made with the same sort of drive that Apple products are always pushed with. It's rumored that Jobs' tough management techniques have made people cry. In a 2007 book entitled The No A--hole Rule, it was said that, "[Jobs] inspires astounding effort and creativity from his people," and that a Silicon Valley insider told the author that he had seen Jobs verbally thrash several employees and make some of them cry, though this insider finished with saying that Jobs "was almost always right." It brought out some of the best work in people, no doubt. However, it's also important to remember that unlike Apple, Microsoft isn't a hardware-focused company, but that's what works for them.
What made the iPad so popular in the end, however, was it's ease of use.
You could chalk it up to bad timing, or you could argue that Apple just has more money to market their products with. Either way, the JooJoo Tablet from Fusion Garage hasn't seen the booming start we're sure it's creators had hoped for. Of course, it's one of the few (only?) tablets on the market that can fully handle Flash video, so at least that's one thing it'll have that the iPad never will, right?
Oh, and now there's one other thing. On the same weekend in which the iPad 3G + Wi-Fi started shipping, along came word that a 3G version of the JooJoo is also in the works.
Its been hyped, its been delayed for a month and it is still the hottest gadget of 2010. WhatsYourTech.ca reviews the 32GB Apple iPad and discovers a special place between notebooks and smartphones where many things are possible and where the future for users and developers looks really bright.
The cool and solid aluminum back wraps and tapers around the vast expanse that is the 10 inch touchscreen. Said screen is surrounded by an inch-thick black bezel. Everything about it seems delicately calibrated and machined to be as perfect as possible and the build quality is simply breathtaking. Even without turning the thing on its too easy to fall in love with it.
the iPad itself is an incredibly sexy piece of technology. It elicits the same awe and wonder as the MacBook Air did when it first came out. You’ve seen tablet computers before, but you’ve never seen one like this. The sense of amazement grows even greater when you actually touch the device.
Less than a week after computer maker HP agreed to purchase the struggling smartphone maker Palm $1.2 billion in cash, sources are noting that it will be removing Windows 7 from the Slate tablet, instead choosing to use a WebOS variant, arguably the best smartphone operating system available.
Sources say HP was not happy with the overall performance of Windows 7 on their unreleased tablet, saying the OS was too power-hungry. Additionally, a Windows 7 license will bring up the price of any final Slate product, and now that HP owns WebOS, the move makes sense.
TechCrunch says also that HP is set to drop the Intel processor used in the tablet, which would completely kill off any chance of Windows 7 being used.
Asus had confirmed in the past that they would also play their cards in the Tablet PC game, acknowledging that they'd issue a Tegra 2-based Eee Pad at some point in the future to rival Apple'siPad and the spate of other rival machines sure to hit the market during 2010. But few details beyond the general plans to launch were announced. Now, it looks like Asus has begun to firm things up somewhat, with a new report stemming from a Q1 investors conference in Taipei casting new light on a launch time frame.
Apple Inc. began selling a version of its iPad tablet computer with cellular capabilities and by Sunday consumers had cleaned off the shelves of many stores.
Apple put its iPad 3G on sale in the U.S. late Friday afternoon at prices starting at $629, compared with the $499 bottom price for the version without the cellular connectivity that launched a month ago.
Apple stores reached in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Houston said they didn't have any iPad 3G models left by Sunday. A spokeswoman for Best Buy Co. Inc. said it had "very limited inventory"
Say this for Bill Gates: He stands behind his favorite trends, even when they haven't turned out to be much in the way of trends.
Appearing with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway lieutenant Charlie Munger for a wide-ranging interview on Fox Business Network, the Microsoft chairman made it clear that the company isn't giving up on tablet computing -- despite the news last week that it's dropping its Courier dual-screen tablet project, and the unconfirmed report that HP won't be using Windows 7 for its upcoming slate computer.
“Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects that we're pursuing," said Gates, according to a transcript provided by the network. "We think that work with the pen that Microsoft pioneered will become a mainstream for students. It can give you a device that you can not only read, but also create documents at the same time."
Notably, pen input was one of the scenarios demonstrated in the leaked videos of Microsoft's Courier project, and the company said in its statement last week that technologies from the Courier device would be "evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings." Pen-based computers were a centerpiece of Microsoft's original Tablet PC initiative, championed by Gates back in the early part of the last decade, but touch screens have become the input mechanism of choice in recent years, as exemplified by the iPad.
According to an unnamed source the website BBLeaks has claimed that RIM are working on a BlackBerry tablet codenamed “BlackPad” or possibly “Cobalt”, that will be smaller and thinner than the iPad but have “full BlackBerry OS compatibility and functionality.” The Blackberry OS 6 is looking pretty slick, so you never know what they might be cooking up!
BBLeaks feels that the “BlackPad” or the “Cobalt” will be smaller than the iPad and run the BlackBerry OS or, at the very least, be compatible with BlackBerry OS. Sure BBLeaks could be making stuff up, but why would they. They also note that the image above is not the real BlackPad. It’s a mock-up.
A BlackBerry leak out of website BlackBerry Leaks indicates RIM is working on a tablet device to add to their gadget lineup.
Hardly earth-shattering news since everyone and their brother is working on a tablet now, but not really expected either since RIM pretty much sticks to their bread and butter. Their most recent attempt to deviate from their standard hard keyboard design (seen here in mock-up tablet form) didn’t exactly set the world on fire. A tablet would go even further than that. Per BlackBerry Leaks:
We’ve received word from a connect that RIM is in fact working on a tablet. We do not have many details at the time, but we have been told that it will be smaller and thinner than the iPad. The BlackBerry tablet also goes by the codename: ‘BlackPad’ or possibly could be what Bla1ze from CrackBerry tells us, ‘Cobalt’. The tablet will have full BlackBerry OS compatibility and functionality (note, we didn’t say what kind of OS, lol).
If you love the idea of a portable tablet PC, but can't really come to grips with the lack of a physical keyboard on such devices, Lenovo's S10-3t is here to help. This convertible tablet netbook features a screen that swivels 180 degrees and lies flat, so you can have the conveniences of both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard.
Flurry of Android tablets have started pouring into the Tablet PC’s market. Recently, multi-touch Android tablet with flash support was spotted at web 2.0 expo. Now, Samsung is shifting its gears to hit the tablet PC market. It is being reported that Samsung’s first Android tablet, S-Pad is expected to be launched in August 2010. S-Pad will run on Android operating system and will sports a 7-inch super AMOLED capacitive display screens which is a type of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. These are supposed to be five times brighter than the average LCD screen and reflect 20% less sunlight when used outdoors.
As per marketing manager for Samsung in Australia, the tablet will compete head to head with the Apple’s iPad. On the other hand, Android multi-touch tablets being cheaper and flash friendly (very much required for gaming maniacs, as most of the popular games are based on flash) will certainly be a threat to iPad in coming months.
Clamcase is likely the first of many integrated keyboard case designs for the iPad. The Clamcase promises a protective shell, integrated bluetooth keyboard and stand for the iPad. The iPad, itself, is housed in the top segment that can open up and fold backward.
The images look like they may just be renders than actual product photos, however, so its hard to say how well the case will work in practice. The case is claimed to be available sometime later this year.
Cloud file storage startup Dropbox broadened its reach May 4 by adding support for Google's Android, Apple's iPad and Research In Motion's BlackBerry mobile platforms.
Dropbox already supports Apple's iPhone. The latest offering is couched in Dropbox Anywhere, new mobile apps and APIs geared to help users access their files on most computing devices or mobile applications.
Anywhere provides native support for accessing, viewing and sharing documents and files stored in Dropbox directly from Android and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as Apple's popular iPad tablet.
Dropbox is tailored to match each of the devices. For example, users may capture, upload and share photos and video on Android, or enjoy a full-screen reading experience on the iPad tablet, which has sold more than 1 million units in less than a month. ReadWriteWeb has a glowing report on Dropbox for the iPad here.
The Apple iPad is a revolutionary, addictive Tablet PC with Wi-Fi. Add in 3G, and it becomes even more useful, just perhaps not $130 more useful, which is the premium you'll pay for always-on connectivity. And with 3G you have to tack on another $15 to $30 a month for service. The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G ($829, 64GB) costs enough more than the Wi-Fi-only model that you have to seriously consider where you'll use the 3G. Remember, this isn't likely a device you'll whip out on the street. Considering that even adding a paid Wi-Fi subscription will save you money over the 3G model, you may find that there are enough Wi-Fi hotspots and other ways to get online to make up for the lack of built-in cellular connectivity.
The device was said to be a Windows 7 tablet with a touchscreen interface and support for Adobe Flash. Notably all these features are absent in Apple iPad, which is selling like hotcake these days.
The rumor gained momentum after HP acquired Palm, which led to the speculations that HP could change tactics to produce a tablet which would run on Palm’s webOS mobile operating system instead of Windows 7.
But it is not impossible that HP could not launch two different tablets to market, one using Palm's WebOS and another Windows 7. Earlier this week, Mercury News had reported that if HP would plan to launch a WebOS tablet, then the company would be able to release the new device only later this year or possibly next year.
In the meantime, it is expected that HP could launch the Windows 7 tablet without much delay, since it’s already far along in development.
American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) introduces a mobile Ruggedized Military Tablet PC featuring military rated environmental engineering compliance for harsh environments. The rugged tablet PC's are powered by the new Intel® Atom Processor, built for low power, high performance, and efficient operation. The tablet PC sports an elegant, practical design featuring an aluminum-magnesium alloy construction with individually sealed ports for complete IP54 waterproof and dustproof protection. The unit is engineered to Military 810F shock, vibration, temperature, humidity, dust and drop standards to withstand the most extreme mobile applications.
Maybe Bill Gates was right all along about tablet computing.
Seven and a half years ago, the Microsoft founder tried to forecast the future of the company's new "Tablet PC" technology. He boldly predicted that displays, batteries and storage would see such improvements that "virtually every PC user" would want one of these touch-screen devices.
But the company that finally put those ingredients together in a way that excited the mass market was not Microsoft, but Apple.
In the month or so that I've let an iPad do part of a laptop's work, other issues have emerged. Far more sites use Adobe's Flash technology -- verboten on the iPad and the iPhone -- than I'd expected, even such multimedia-free zones as Intuit's ItsDeductible charitable-donations application. It's not the iPad's designers' fault that some companies don't know how to write Web pages, but it is an iPad user's problem.
But if the idea of a Microsoft- dominated market for tablet computers didn't excite everybody in 2002, the prospect of an Apple-owned market in 2010 shouldn't be too attractive either.
GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, will show its mobile rugged notebook and tablet PC including the newly released RT10A during the 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference in booth 700. The event will take place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA from May 11 to May 13, 2010.
Continuing its strategy of providing mobile rugged notebook users with more features and higher performance at less cost, GammaTech will be highlighting the following models during 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference: a 10.2” fully rugged RT10A tablet PC with 2.5” SATA hard disk
I have been testing the HP EliteBook 2740p convertible notebook this week, a process that has invoked a wave of nostalgia. I used the predecessor, the 2710p, in my work as a consultant and this current model has been just as good a tool as the earlier one. The 2740p is a full Tablet PC with pen input, and it also has a touchscreen for hand operation. The 12-inch screen works wonderfully in slate mode, as the touchscreen allows scrolling and panning by fingertip. This is especially easy to do with the addition of the free Google Chrome extension, chromeTouch.
China-based PC players including first-tier notebook brand Lenovo, e-book reader brand Hanwang and white-box brand Malata, have all expressed their interest in entering the tablet PC market, according to sources from notebook makers.
Lenovo is currently working on R&D in cooperation with Taiwan-based notebook makers Quanta Computer and Wistron and is expected to see firm results in the second half of 2010. Although Lenovo already has IdeaPad U1 Hybrid that features designs characteristics of both a notebook and tablet PC, the new models are expected to be purely tablet PCs with their adopted platform still unclear, the sources noted.
Bangalore: The Microsoft Surface table-like PC will have a competition from atracTable from Sony. The device is powered by technology from Swiss company and sold the tech to Sony. A 35-inch atracTable, prototypes of which are now out and feature a full HD screen with a high contrast will due out this June.
It uses two Sony ISS XCD-V60 cameras to create a 3D image. The cameras can be used to control a cursor, avatar or robot. Whether multi-touch input is supported is unknown. The device was originally developed for the medical field, but can also serve gaming, industrial or retail businesses.
With over one million iPads sold in just 28 days, there appears to be a healthy appetite for tablets in this cynical world of notebooks, iPhones and Justin Bieber.
So without further ado, let's take a look at how the major players in this rapidly growing bigger-phone, smaller netbook market are coming along.
In the tablet sphere Google has remained ominously quiet, but that looks set to change with its recent acquisition of BumpTop, a company that creates 3D multi-touch desktop software. Considering how few desktops use touchscreen monitors, it seems likely the move was made with a tablet in mind.
Samsung - S-Pad
The second largest phone maker in the world, South Korean electronic giant Samsung looks set to wade into the tablet market with the 7-inch (17.8cm), Android S-Pad.
HP – Slate(d?)
Hewlett-Packard was quick to jump onto the tablet bandwagon, with an announcement back in January that its own Slate (that name sounds familiar, too) will come with Windows 7 and be the first true iSlate- sorry, iPad-killer to arrive on the market.
Microsoft – A new Courier?
Microsoft's ex-CEO and co-founder Bill Gates famously remarked to CNN back in 2001 that 'within five years I predict [the tablet] will be the most popular form of PC sold in America'.
With the news that the Courier, Microsoft's long awaited dual-screen tablet, was to be no more it appeared as if the Redmond-based computing giant had changed its mind about the tablet PC market.
Nokia – It's just a bigger N800
Despite having a hard time cracking the highend smartphone market, Nokia is rumoured to be staging an attack on the tablet PC market sometime later this year, if analyst predictions are anything to go by.
Dell – Streak 5, 7, 10
Dell are one of the few companies along with ASUS and Lenovo that has brought out a number of netbook/tablet hybrids, but it's also been one of the more vocal supporters of the pure tablet form as well.
ASUS – Eee Pad
One of the biggest netbook and laptop makers in the world, it's a logical assumption that Taiwanese OEM ASUS would move in with a tablet of its own.
Steve Jobs would probably disagree, but Microsoft has a point. Fingers are wonderful, but they’re also stubby and imprecise: If handwriting recognition ever works well and catches on, it’s going to involve a pen of some sort. And as much as I’m enjoying using painting programs such as Autodesk SketchBook Pro on the iPad, drawing with your fingertip feels more like fingerpainting than drawing. (The Pogo stylus is a clever kludge, but it only helps so much.)
Microsoft’s demos were being shown on a touch-screen Dell laptop with special drivers that let it accept input from both fingertips and pens. (The fact that the computer is a traditional notebook rather than a tablet doesn’t mean anything–it was the research that was been shown off, not the device.) And Microsoft’s new big idea is that using both fingers and a stylus is better than either method alone.
The HP TouchSmart Tm2 is a 12.1-inch Tablet PC that comes in a striking clamshell design, so can be used as a full-blown laptop or, with the screen folded back, as a slate for that true ‘iPad’ effect. HP looks set to move the HP TouchSmart Tm2 to faster and more power efficient Intel Core processors. Read on to find out about the HP TouchSmart Tm2 getting an Intel Core i5 processor.
One of the iPad complaints I hear from long-time tablet PC enthusiasts is that the Apple iPad’s capacitive touchscreen isn’t really designed for accurate drawing or handwriting. That’s because it doesn’t recognize pressure-sensitive input and it doesn’t automatically ignore input from your palm. That means if you rest your palm on the screen while using a stylus or fingertip to draw, you might accidentally end up scribbling with your palm and finger/stylus at the same time.
Some people have found a way around this, by essentially putting a sock or other piece of cloth between their palm and the iPad screen. This works because the capacitive touchscreen recognizes electrical impulses from your skin — and the cloth masks that.
But the folks behind the smartNote app for the iPad have come up with a solution that doesn’t require you to carry around an extra sock. If you want to draw or write in smartNote 1.02, all you have to is set up a palm ignoring area. You can adjust the size of the palm ignoring area and when you rest your hand on the screen to write, all input in that box will be ignored. The really cool part is that the box moves with your hand, so you don’t have to keep your palm steady as you try to write.
HP killed off development of its Slate tablet recently, supposedly because of the company’s unhappiness with how it ran Windows 7. After HP acquired Palm and promised that webOS would boldly go where webOS had not gone before, everybody assumed that HP meant tablets, and now we’re hearing the first rumblings of a webOS-powered tablet coming through HP’s pipeline.
Little concrete is known at this point, but a rumor confirmed by the usual unnamed “insider” is that a tablet code-named Hurricane will be running the OS that has powered the most recent generation of Palm phones (like the Pre and the Pixi), and will be coming as soon as the third quarter of this year.
In its favor over the iPad, a webOS tablet would already have multitasking built in from day one, and having the biggest PC manufacturer in the world behind it could give it a lot more clout when it comes to spurring the development of apps that would be needed to compete against Apple’s ecosystem.
BC was the first studio to deliver their TV programming to the iPad and it now looks like they’ll soon have company. The folks at NewTeeVee interviewed Anthony Soohoo, Senior VP and General Manager of CBS Interactive, and he told them that “by the start of the fall season it plans to have all the same video available on the Apple iPad that is available on CBS.com.”
CBS is taking a different route to the iPad than ABC. CBS will not deliver their programming via a dedicated application but will instead offer their TV episodes on a revamped CBS website supporting HTML 5 and H.264 video instead of Adobe’s Flash technology.
The Tablet market has got a huge demand for the Tablet PC and the most Apple iPad has recently been announced for the international launch. One of the Apple iPad competitors has changed its name to WeTab. The name was earlier set as WePad and soon after the international launch of the iPad the WePad has been renamed as WeTab.
The Tablet PC makers would now be more specific with the names as WeTab has got a name which speaks about its Tablet background. Apart from the change in the name the WeTab has got good features such as a 1.3-megapixel webcam, 11.6-inch display and an Atom processor. Grab the WeTab for $572 for 16GB model and $725 for 32GB 3G version.
Forget about the age old fling between Adobe Flash and Apple because Adobe guys have turned their attention towards something else. This time, viewers saw Adobe Flash running on a mysterious Google Android tabloid in a marvelous display of technology and latest equipment – The Web2.0 Expo (San Francisco).
People, who were up, close and personal to that “Google Tablet”, claim that it was more like an Apple iPad, but looked better and different. Maybe it was because of the fact that Flash was running flawlessly on it. Apple hasn’t said anything about this small Adobe Venture and we couldn’t find anyone from their side to represent their company.
Adobe previously mentioned a few months ago that they are concentrating on developing something for Android OS and finally we saw some guys sitting at the Adobe booth, with the Android OS and Adobe Flash videos running smoothly. In addition, online video streaming was being buffered perfectly fine in the built-in tablet browser.
Lenovo did not announce any new tablet PC's today, but the did announce a wonderful assortment of new computers.
Lenovo today expanded its lineup of consumer laptop, desktop, all-in-one (AIO) and nettop PCs with exciting new designs and technologies that make computing more enjoyable and affordable.
Lenovo's latest IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs offer something for everyone, with clever features that inspire fun and creativity, and a complete range of form factors and designs that fit specific consumer needs. The new models include the IdeaPad Z series affordable multimedia notebooks -- Z360, Z560 and Z565 - and the IdeaPad U series ultraportables -- U160, U460 and U460s. Also announced are the IdeaCentre A700 stylish multimedia AIO, and the IdeaCentre B305 mainstream performance AIO. Alongside this expanded portfolio of all-in-ones come the IdeaCentre Q150 -- an ultra-thin nettop PC, and the Lenovo H320 affordable slim tower desktop PC.
With the Windows 7 powered HP Slate out of the way, at least for now, we have to search for different iPad competitors capable to really fight against Apple’s tablet. One of these machines could very well be a webOS HP tablet, but that’s still wishful thinking for now. A more real possibility is represented by the MSI Slatebook, a tablet scheduled to be unveiled at Computex 2010 and said to run Windows 7.
We’ve known for a while now that MSI, just like Acer or Asus, is working on at least a tablet of its own. But MSI will not go on record yet when it comes to its tablet intentions. Rumors say that the Slatebook will be revealed at Computex and we can expect it to hit the streets thereafter provided that MSI is happy with the feedback it receives on its tablet endeavors.
The Slatebook is rumored to sport features like a 10-inch touchscreen display, Intel Atom Zxx series processor (Menlow), Windows 7 running in the background, built-in 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Slatebook will be priced at $500 and for that price we’re expecting it to offer quite a lot of storage space, USB ports, at least one camera, a great battery and lots of content.
On Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox there is a usability study that touches on some of these inconsistency with the touch UI that, while addressing the iPad specifically, is something that I think all Tablet/Slate makers should be paying attention to. The study cautions that the findings are only preliminary, but it does bring up some good points. One that I find intriguing is that in testing the USA Today app none of the users realized that touching the logo in the app brought up a navigation menu. I’d be in that camp. Though I don’t use that app often, I never realized that was the case either.
A number of Apple iPad users have noted that the Wi-Fi connectivity has been quite bad with connections often dropping. Reasons for this have been determined by some to be the DHCP lease expiring where the iPad needs to grab a new IP address and in so doing, has problems for some reason.
Temporary fixes have included disabling and re-enabling wifi on the iPad and in some cases, power-cycling the iPad (ie, switching it right off and back on). Of course, these work-arounds are not the ideal thing to have to do for something that should just work.
We are hearing good news though in that Apple [AAPL] are intending to fix the issue with a software fix sometime soon. It isn’t clear when a firmware fix will be release and how it will all work, but we assume it will be a 3.2.1 release or similar and hopefully they don’t make us wait till the iPad iPhone OS 4.0 release later on this year.
An Intel executive's brandishing of a tablet design on Tuesday means rivals to the Apple iPad are a certainty.
And the first serious Intel-based designs will show up at Computex in June. "People ask me, are you serious about trying to participate in the tablet market? The answer is yes...The message is stay tuned for Computex," Intel Vice President Mooly Eden, who heads the chipmaker's client group, said at the Intel investor meeting on Tuesday.
Intel, not surprisingly, sees distinct advantages for devices based on its upcoming dual-core Atom for Netbooks and tablets. "(People) want it to multitask. So, we deliver dual-core to be able to do several things in parallel," he said. "We believe performance is relevant even in this category (because of the need to multitask)," he added
Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini, in his opening remarks at the event, also chimed in with comments that tablets are expected to eventually grow "at 73 to 88 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate)" and annual shipments should hit 50 million to 60 million units in the coming years.
Based on the presentations at the meeting on Tuesday, Intel is obviously preparing to take its Atom processor technology to the next level with power-efficient, dual-core designs targeted specifically at relatively high-performance Netbooks and tablets
Two separate and reliable sources confirmed today that the HP Slate will not be released this summer as previously expected. Instead, the company is in a rush to get Palm’s WebOS onto a slate device that will be named the HP Hurricane. The sources, who are about as close to the project as you can get, say that HP sees the device as a competitor to the iPad.
Our sources would not confirm if the Hurricane would have different specifications than those that were previously leaked.
While some HP insiders seem to clearly understand the challenges of competing head-to-head with the iPad and the whole iEcosystem, others seem to scoff at the iPad as a toy. I’m hoping that all of the folks over at HP don’t underestimate the power of Apple’s marketing and iEcosystem. Like it or not, there are over 85 million iPhone OS devices out there that people have been using for the past three years. By the time the HP Hurricane ships we may have the second generation iPad in our hands.
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed plans Tuesday to release a tablet computer running software from Google at some point, but did not elaborate on timing.
The Wall Street Journal spoke to McAdam, who said "we're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience." The two companies signed a partnership last year to develop a family of mobile devices based on Android, although it's not clear if McAdam is referring to Android, Chrome OS, or just Google applications running atop something else.
Few will be surprised at the notion that Google and Verizon are heading down this path: The New York Times reported last month that Google was working on a slate-style Android tablet along the lines of Apple's iPad.
And tablets are the sexy new gadget of the week, with expectations that a wide range of companies will be getting in on the act following Apple's iPad launch. Nvidia demonstrated an Android tablet at CES earlier this year running on Verizon's network, but McAdam didn't specify any of the hardware partners for this particular device.
HP Hurricane tablet release date: Will it give fight to Apple iPad 3G. When Apple launched its iPad this year there was a lot speculation in the industry that others would also follow it. And they were right as many computer companies including HP, Google and Samsung, expressed their desire to bring it out. Some even announced that their software engineers were working overtime to meet the deadline.
Chances are that iPad like gadget will flood the US market at the end of the year.
Kids Computers has announced a new netbook specifically aimed at kids that presumably is nothing but an Intel Classmate tablet. The little machine has a 10.1-inch LCD that can be used as a tablet or a clamshell netbook too.
The keyboard is water resistant, the screen is touch sensitive, and the student can draw on the screen with a pen that is included. The CPU for the machine is the Intel Atom N450 at 1.66GHz and the machine has 1GB of RAM standard with 2GB optional. Storage is to a 160Gb HDD and there are SSD options as well.
The screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and the machine has integrated WiFi, Ethernet, a 4-cell battery, and runs Windows XP Home. Windows 7 can be added if the machine runs 2GB of RAM. The price for the notebook starts at $649.
Research In Motion is reportedly working on a tablet device to compete with Apple’s iPad.
A tablet device would be a major departure for the Waterloo-based company, which thus far has made only handheld devices such as its BlackBerry line of smartphones.
But RIM can’t afford to ignore the popularity of the iPad and the fact other competitors are expected to bring out their own tablet devices, said Ashok Kumar, a technology analyst who has commented on the Waterloo-based company’s efforts to come out with a tablet.
“RIM can’t afford not to participate in that segment,” he said in an interview.
A RIM spokesperson declined to comment on the tablet rumours, but Kumar said he is basing his evidence on discussions with RIM suppliers such as Quanta, a hardware manufacturer in Taiwan, and Marvell Technology Group, a California-based maker of silicon solutions.
Speculation RIM is working on a tablet have also been circulating on technology blogs.
The success of Apple Inc.'s iPad has prompted other tech companies to plunge into the market for tablet computers, with start-ups and major PC makers racing to introduce their own competing devices before the end of the year.
Verizon Wireless Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it has a tablet in the works. Speculation is swirling around the intentions of Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's biggest PC maker and the company that some believe has the best shot at catching up with Apple's early iPad lead. Meanwhile, everyone from upstart Fusion Garage to established names such as Dell Inc. is jumping into the pool.
Google is in cahoots with Verizon developing a tablet device, reports the WSJ. But with the world and his dog also developing copycat iPads, it's hard to see what Google in particular can bring to the market.
"We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience," Lowell told the paper.
Acer has confirmed that it will be launching tablet computers.
The company told The INQUIRER that it will enter the fashionable tablet device market, though it declined to commit to a timeline. Rumours abound that Acer will show off the devices at Computex next month.
Given that Acer typically offers competitive pricing, a tablet device from the firm might be just what those who haven't fallen for Apple's shiny, overpriced toy are looking for.
Acer wouldn't confirm to us which operating system it would load onto its tablets, however given that the Taiwanese manufacturer likes to keep a firm grip on the prices of its devices, a Google operating system is a likely choice.
Sony is rumoured to be working on a tablet PC to compete with the Apple iPad.
The idea of a Vaio-branded tablet PC will no doubt excite fans of Sony's high-end mobile computing brand, although there has been no 'official' word from Sony to confirm such plans.
Bloomberg spoke with Sony's SVP of IT Products Mike Abary. He informed the financial newsgatherer that Sony has been exploring the tablet PC market "for a number of years," adding that the marketplace currently has some "interesting opportunities."
iPad UK prices had some people rolling their eyes but the cost of a gold and diamond encrusted iPad from UK luxury gadget maker Stuart Hughes will probably make them faint. The 64GB iPad WiFi + 3G would normally set you back £699 but after adding diamonds and gold, the price of the iPad Supreme Edition rockets up to a bank balance obliterating £129,995.
The iPad Supreme Edition replaces the standard iPad back and surround with a single piece of solid 22ct gold with a similarly golden Apple logo encrusted with 53 individually set diamonds. Bolting all that bling onto the iPad Supreme edition changes the weight from 730g to a gargantuan 2,100g.
Get in touch with the latest dual digitizer technology with the optional capacitive multi-touch screen and all new 2010 Intel® Core™ i5-520M vPro™ Processor . With its support of on-screen gestures, the dual digitizer takes user interaction to a new level, delivering a more efficient and convenient computing experience. The LifeBook T730 Tablet PC offers the ultimate freedom of choice - optional dual digitizer with pen input and multi-touch interaction, modular bay, and optional bright display providing 160 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles.
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Dual digitizer technology makes communicating with your computer a more intuitive experience. You now have the option of not only using a stylus, but the multi-touch screen supports two finger touch gestures as well. Navigating through files, zooming in and out, sorting images, or jumping from one app to the next has never been faster or easier. Capacitive touch means the screen senses your finger tips so it responds to the lightest touch. It is no longer necessary to press hard on your display to perform different actions. Active digitizer technology allows your display to respond to your stylus as if it were a pen gliding across smooth paper. Taking notes, filling out forms, or annotating an existing document
combines state-of-the-art technology with old familiar tools. Computers are fun again.
Here is one more tablet pc that would like to be seen as an iPad killer, the venerable tagline that any tablet looking to compete with the Apple’s iPad would like to adopt before anything else. So can the iiView M1Touch from the Hong Kong based manufacturer live up to what it is being touted as? Let’s find out.
To begin with, the iiView M1Touch does have an impressive spec sheet to boast of. Like it’s got an Intel Atom N450 processor at its core with a clock speed of 1.66GHz. It has 2GB of RAM though there’s also a version that has 1GB of memory. Storage space options include a 160 or a 250GB HDD and comes pre loaded with the Windows 7 Home Premium. Company sources revealed there will actually be four versions of the tablet.
A 10.1 inch multitouch screen with a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels makes up the front of the iiView M1Touch. The tablet also comes loaded with other goodies like an accelerometer, a 4-in-1 card reader and a USB port. Then there’s an in-built camera as well. Also, if it is about killer looks, the iiView M1Touch is right there with good build quality and a sleek design. In fact, it does sport a striking similarity to an iPod Touch, iPhone or the iPad.
Apple iPad currently is the market leader in the tablet computer market and with industry rivals Microsoft and HP having pulled the development rugs out from beneath their respective platforms (the Courier and Slate), it seemed that Apple would become the unchallenged champion of the tablet computer market.
But hints by Sony indicate that the Japanese giant may be readying itself to challenge the formidable grasp of Apple over the market. Sony plans to develop a completely fresh face tablet device but would go ahead with the plan only if consumer interest sustains the market.
“The iPad has created a new opportunity,” commented Mike Abary of Sony’s Information Technology Products arm in a recent Bloomberg interview. “Now we can get a good judgement as to whether the market is truly accepting of it.”
Specific details of Sony's plan though has yet not emerged but industry watchers are of the opinion that Sony's tablet device would most likely be an upgraded version of the company’s popular Reader electronic book platform – much in the same way the iPad is an extension of the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The tablet business has the potential to disrupt much of the traditional PC market. The devices could eat into sales of laptops, currently the industry's biggest profit maker. Tablet devices also threaten the dominance of PC software giant Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) as manufacturers are leaning toward mobile operating systems to power their new devices.
The tablet frenzy began in January with a spate of announcements from computer makers. Apple's iPad was the subject of heavy rumors long before its formal announcement Jan. 27. Other PC makers, like Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), Dell Inc. (DELL) and Lenovo Group Ltd. (0992.HK, LNVGY), tried to pre-empt that news somewhat with the announcement of their own upcoming tablet devices at the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks earlier.
But other than the iPad, none of these other products have yet seen the light of day. Instead, what has followed has been a curious waiting game of sorts.
But other than the iPad, none of these other products have yet seen the light of day. Instead, what has followed has been a curious waiting game of sorts.
"We're hearing conflicting messages about what everyone is going to introduce," IDC analyst Richard Shim said in an interview. "This is the hard part. I can't tell you about products we don't know about. It's somewhat of a moving target."
Defining The Market :
In fact, industry watchers have been fine-tuning the way they define the market.
That's because PC companies have been making tablets for years, though that category didn't take off among consumers, and has been largely confined to niche commercial users such as health-care professionals and engineers.
Now, IDC and Gartner are making distinctions between tablet PCs and iPad-like tablet devices. For example, IDC's Shim said his group defines the tablet PC as using an x86-based processor and a full operating system, typically Windows.
On the other hand, tablet devices are defined as using ARM-based chips, which dominate the cell-phone and smart-phone arenas, and mobile operating systems such as Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android, Palm Inc.'s (PALM) Web OS or the iPhone operating system.
another IDC analyst, Crawford Del Prete, agreed saying, while the "buzz" from H-P had generally been defensive in relation to the iPad, "the longer term story is far more interesting."
"Given H-P's massive scale, I think they have the ability to drive new price points for this kind of product," he said. "With a lower price point, the category becomes far more interesting."
With a wave of tablet PCs hitting the consumer market, there has been a lot of discussions on whether these devices can emerge as an alternative to textbooks for the student community. Though, many agree that these devices can one day replace the good old textbooks in developed countries, can this be the same scenario in a country like India also?
The tech majors seem to be very confident about the opportunities of the tablets, especially in the education sector. After Apple unveiled its tablet PC, the iPad, several tech majors have started showing off their own 'iPad killers'. HP presented a Windows-powered tablet called Slate at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. Even Sony used CES as a platform to unveil its 7-inch touchscreen device 'Dash'. Though, Microsoft had also planned to unveil its 'Courier' tablet PC at CES, it did not happen, and recently the software giant announced that Courier will not see the light of day in its current form, but did not rule out launching its tablet PC in the future. Dell has also announced that it will release its Android based 'Streak' in Europe next month and in the U.S. during the summer.
Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in devices that connect to wireless networks.
The work is part of a deepening relationship between the largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers and Google, which has carved out a space in mobile devices with its Android operating system. Verizon Wireless last year heavily promoted the Motorola Droid, which runs Google's software.
"What do we think the next big wave of opportunities are?" Mr. McAdam said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "We're working on tablets together, for example. We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience."
Verizon Wireless declined to discuss details on the timing or the manufacturer of a such a tablet. Google's role in the tablet wasn't immediately clear, though Mr. McAdam mentioned it in the context of the discussions the two companies have about bringing new smartphones to market.
Acer is expected to announce new products including smartphones, e-book readers, tablet PCs, netbooks and smart monitors by the end of this month (May) with notebook makers such as Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Wistron, all participating in the related production, according to sources from notebook players.
Several of the new products such as tablet PCs will adopt Google's Android or Chrome operating systems as well as using ARM processors to boost battery longevity, the sources noted.
Although Acer will showcase its tablet PC at the end of May, the product is unlikely to appear in the channel until the third quarter of 2010.
Motion’s F5v Mobile Field Tool and C5v Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) are industry’s first slate tablet PCs to integrate advanced Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors
Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced the industry’s first slate tablet PCs with Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, offering new levels of performance, security and manageability. Built on the company’s proven line of tablet PCs, Motion’s F5v and C5v meet the needs of mobile workforces across industries, and now feature enhanced integrated features, connectivity and durability.
“From its inception, Motion has delivered tablet PC solutions that address the needs of a highly mobile workforce,” said Mike Stinson, Vice President of Marketing, Motion Computing. “Today we extend that leadership with the introduction of the industry’s most advanced purpose-built slate tablet PCs that offer mobility, power and durability.”
The rugged F5v Tablet PC and C5v MCA now feature the Intel® Core™ i7 or Core™ i5 vPro™ technology, enabling a significant improvement in performance and battery life over previous solutions.
“Motion tablets with the 2010 Intel Core vPro processors adapt to the needs of mobile workforces with smart security, cost-saving manageability, and intelligent performance,” said Brian Tucker, Director of Marketing, Business Client Platform Division at Intel. “Now enterprises can take advantage of the powerful applications and rich user experiences available with today’s technology.”
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“It is so cool!” Those were Billy’s words when he received the Intel Classmate PC. But before we get into Billy’s experience with the Classmate PC, we have to disclose the fact that we aren’t talking about some average seven year old either. Billy has been playing Nintendo DS, Wii, doodling on his parents laptop, and building everything and anything out of LEGOS for sometime now. He has the energy of most little boys and the imagination and technical skills that might surpass many adults. So he was the perfect person to test out the laptop and see if it indeed met the needs of a young student. It didn’t take much for Billy to learn the ropes behind the Convertible Classmate . After a quick tutorial from his mother on how to turn it on and off, and how to use it in Tablet mode – he was off. He was able to operate the PC on his own
The Convertible Classmate PC’s stylus also came in handy because it made operating the touchscreen display less frustrating. Billy especially enjoyed drawing on the PC. And because the 1.3 megapixel web cam can rotate 270 degrees, he enjoyed using the webcam to take images of the person in front of the computer, besides himself.
Gizmodo reports that iPhone OS 4 beta 4, released to developers yesterday, includes an ipad_tetheringoption for Internet tethering.
The setting is now clearly visible in Settings > General > Network as a button labeled “Set Up Internet Tethering” (pictured). The descriptive text underneath reads:
Internet Tethering allows you to share your iPhone’s Internet connection with your computer via Bluetooth or USB.
If tethering is actually released next month, AT&T would finally be delivering on its promise almost a year late. Tethering was promised at the end of summer 2009 then at the end of 2009, so excuse me if I sound pessimistic.
The TEGA Tablet has been developed using almost 10yrs of Tablet related distribution expertise by Australian owned/operated company Tegatech Australia. It is designed utilizing many years of feedback obtained via the supply and distribution of mobile PC computers across Australia, New Zealand and Europe too. TEGA Tablet is lightweight, has an integrated touchscreen and also an optimized stylus experience for inputting handwritten notes straight onto the screen. It is built well and priced aggressively to please even the most mobile conscious businesses. Come and see the TEGA officially launched at CeBIT Australia 2010 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to showcase it to you.
TEGA strikes the perfect balance between usability and portability. At less than 1KG including battery the TEGA Tablet measures 246(L) x 166(W) x 24(H) mm. TEGA has a 10.2-inch TFT LCD with a 1024 x 600 (WXVGA) resolution with a touchscreen which can be used with your finger or a stylus. With the TEGA Tablet you're almost always online courtesy of the integrated 3G broadband modem, which is offered as standard. No dongles required, and no worries about finding a Wi-Fi hotspot.
10.2” LCD – designed for finger navigation, or handwritten input via stylus
Minimalistic fascia for wider appeal in home automation, mobile media, mobile POS and more
1.6GHz Atom Processor 1GB RAM (max. 4GB) and 160GB HDD (16GB ~ 128GB SSD options)
Integrated camera, microphone, 3x USB Ports, 1x VGA, 1x ethernet and SD Card slot.
If you've suddenly found yourself torn between a tablet and netbook, Acer wants you to know you're not alone. It also wants you to know there are options, one of which would benefit said company's bottom line should you choose to accept. The new Aspire Timeline 1825PT is an 11.6-inch netvertible at heart, boasting a swivel-screen multitouch panel (1,366 x 768 resolution), up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, HDMI / VGA outputs, a 250GB or 320GB hard drive, integrated media card slot, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, a VGA webcam, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, gigabit Ethernet and a 6-cell battery that can reportedly last up to eight solid hours under ideal conditions (read: no chance).
Quick! Plan on registering for fall classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago if getting a brand spanking new Apple iPad is important for your education experience.
The Chicago school announced earlier this week that all incoming freshmen students will receive an Apple iPad as part of that school’s initiative to integrate new technologies into the classroom in a build to promote innovation among faculty members and students. Many technical colleges and universities have long since required or offered laptops to students in an effort to keep students and staff connected. IIT is believed to be the first university to offer Apple iPads for new students.
IIT Provost Alan Cramb explained the reasons why the school has chosen the iPad saying, “University education is much different today as compared to even ten years ago. Students live in a world where technology is seamlessly integrated into virtually every aspect of their lives, where information and collaboration are available anywhere, anytime. IIT is committed to providing students with the tools and support to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape.”
The Tablet PC Gift Dads and Grads Gift Guide includes something for everyone. A variety of technology gifts & accessories for the Dad or Graduate in your life and you just may spot an item or two for yourself as well.
Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers and Fathers to be
Congratulations to the Graduates
and wishing everyone a summer filled with family, friends & fun & technology!
Just 10 months ago I challenged readers with this marketing conundrum: ``Who can foresee the reading habits of today's ten-year-old, ten years from now?'' I got a sneak preview of the answer, a new milestone, from Apple's iPad launch.
Apple's iPad is creating a whole new sense of user values. Our fingers have been commandeered to replace the ever-present mouse. Touch or Tap, Flick or Pinch -- there's no more mouse to click. Pete Blackshaw, executive vice president of Nielsen Online Digital Strategic Services, shared his thoughts about the iPad: ``For me, the biggest surprise has been the device's relevance and resonance with my `proud padre' parenting zone. Indeed, well over half of my iPad activity to date centers around my kids, and that percentage seems to be growing."
Blackshaw added, ``My fixation here has less to do with the Apple brand, per se, than the long-term implications of what this highly interactive, touch-pad functionality represents for marketers, educators and especially parents.''
The 5.1-lbs. machine is going from a Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 1.2GHz processor to a Core i5 i5-540UM vProTM 1.2GHz CPU, with Turbo Boost up to 2.0GHz. Not bad indeed. While the option for Windows XP downgrade remains, the operating system standard will jump from Vista to Windows 7 Professional.
Some of the other add-on options include Gobi2000 3G with GPS and integrated WiMAX for the boost to 4G connectivity.
This is an updated list of all the tablets being talked about right now, broken down by their likelihood of actually making it to consumers' hands. The four categories are "It's Here" for tablets that have hit the market; "It's Coming" for tablets that have some kind of projected release date; "It's Likely" for tablets that manufacturers have talked about releasing but aren't completely official yet; and "It's Cancelled" for tablets that were previously expected but are no longer in development.
As manufacturers rush to capitalize on the attention given to the Apple iPad, there's seems to be a new tablet announced every week. We can't keep track of every slate thrown into the wild, but if you're curious to know what your options are, we've compiled a general overview of the tablet landscape.
There are a few tablets on the horizon that don't fall neatly into any of the previous categories. But whether it's a custom Linux-based slate like the OpenTablet, or HP's rumored tablet based on Palm's WebOS, they all have one thing in common: they're untested. Compared with a Windows-based tablet or the relatively long history behind the iPhone OS, any new kid on the block will inherently have some kinks to work out.
In conclusion, the best advice we could give any potential tablet owner is simply to wait. The remainder of 2010 is guaranteed to produce a flurry of new tablets, as manufacturers compete to pull the spotlight away from the Apple iPad. Be patient, and let the tablet wars play out before picking a winner.
In an early example of how a major fashion retailer is working with the iPad, Macy's is using the Apple tablet to turn its summer catalogue into a shoppable slideshow.
Macy's 60-page print catalogue was converted into a two-page spread into which a 20-page slide show is embedded, with links to shop at Macys.com. The ad is running across the digital editions of 20 titles including Elle Decor and Marie Claire.
The ad was handled by Zinio, which converts magazines to digital editions and sells ads across those editions.
The MSI companies new announcement was seen coming a mile away but it’s still nice to have official information. The MSI Slatebook tablet we posted about earlier is now official and will be hitting the US and Europe in the third quarter of this year. MSI’s Slatebook is based around an Intel Atom Z series processor, multi-touch capability, Windows 7, a built-in 3G and Wi-Fi module, and USB and HDMI ports. The Slatebook will also carry a final weight of 800g.
Somehow though this device isn’t being expected to succeed at the same level as the Apple iPad just yet according to the companies Chairman Joseph Hsu. Hsu believes demand for tablet PC devices will really turn up in 2011 when there is a more established assortment of applications and services tailored for tablet devices
Today, Dell released plans for Streak, a 5-inch Android™-based Tablet designed to provide people the best “on-the-go” entertainment, social connection, and navigation experience. Early this June the Dell Streak will be available across the UK at O2 stores, O2.co.uk, The Carphone Warehouse, and later in the month at Dell.co.uk. Pricing and data plans for the UK will be announced by O2 ahead of availability. Later this summer, Dell plans to make Streak available in the U.S.
On-the-go students, mobile professionals, and active families will find Streak’s web-browsing capabilities as natural as a laptop. The 5-inch screen is large enough to present Web pages in their natural form, create a comfortable viewing experience, and make turn-by-turn navigation simple and safe. The Dell Streak leverages Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ solution with integrated 1GHz processor to combine basic functionality, performance, and benefits of a laptop in a pocket friendly size.
“The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets,” said Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions Group. “Its unique size provides people new ways to enjoy, connect, and navigate their lives.”
Mockups from enthusiastic designers aside, it looks like Microsoft has no plans to bring Windows ed2b21Phone 7 to tablet-sized computers. At an event in Singapore, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the company is focusing on “putting Windows phone 7 in phones,” which isn’t really all that surprising. Heck, the OS has “phone” in the name, right?
But a large part of the appeal of Apple’s iPad is that the tablet features a touch-friendly OS that was built from the ground up to be used without a keyboard and mouse. The same can’t be said of Windows 7, the operating system Microsoft is pushing for tablets.
Well, Courier -- Courier, first of all, wasn't a device. The project and the incubation and the exploration we did on Courier I view as super important. The "device" people saw in the video isn't going to ship, but that doesn't mean we didn't learn a bunch and innovate a bunch in the process. And I'm sure a bunch of that innovation will show up in Microsoft products, absolutely confident of it.
The Courier was a really cool looking product that had the tech world excited. Microsoft's decision to pass on it without a viable alternative, or much of an explanation, is a bit of a mystery.
Well, it's finally happened: Apple's market capitalization has passed long time rival Microsoft's, making it the most valued tech company.
We're not at the end of the day yet, but Apple's market cap has passed $227 billion, up about 4 percent for the day while Microsoft's stock is down slightly.
This is just a milestone as I mentioned earlier but it's a signal of investor confidence in Apple's value. And it's a validation for the Cupertino company long overshadowed by Microsoft.
As some people have mentioned, Apple doesn't really issue dividends, something Microsoft does. And that affects the comparison. But this is still a pretty amazing turnaround for Apple and a signal that the company is headed toward even more growth.
This is largely due to Apple's performance in mobile. It's still a niche player in computers but in mobile devices, it is setting the pace with its iPods, iPhones and iPad tablets.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has struggled to match Apple with its Zune music players and its Windows Mobile phones. And Microsoft also faces a tough time in the emerging tablet market, already led by Apple.
Tablet personal computers will get significantly more popular this year as many leading-edge companies, including Acer Group, Asustek Computer, Google and Others are preparing to release their slates. However, people will hardly cease to use netbooks just because of that since many still need keyboards for office and other applications.
According to DRAMeXchange, a market tracking firm, tablet PC is fundamentally different from netbook: consumers with higher demand for Intern or office work will still prefer to use netbooks or notebooks as their computing devices. However, users with higher demand in entertainment, who browse the Internet most of the time or do some very simple things are likely to choose slate-type PC. In short, being a spin-off of notebook, netbook is still designed to create something in addition to consume Web-based services, whereas tablets are optimized strictly for consumption and are not intended for creation of anything.
“DRAMeXchange sees seldom overlapping customer base for netbooks and tablets. We expect tablet PC to create another new market after netbook,” a statement by the market research firm reads.
Asus and Acer plan to launch and demonstrate their slate-type products at Computex Taipei this Jine, according to the company. Besides, the firm claims that Google will cooperate with Verizon on new tablet PC to compete with Apple iPad.
The nonprofit organization that has tried for years to produce a sub-$100 laptop for children in the world's poorest places is throwing in the towel on that idea - and jumping on the tablet bandwagon.
One Laptop Per Child's next computer will be based on chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd.'s Moby tablet design. Marvell announced a prototype of the device earlier this year and said it costs about $99.
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop Per Child, is optimistic his organization will be able to keep the price under $100 in part because Marvell plans to market its tablets widely to schools and health care institutions.
The new tablets will have at least one, and maybe two, video cameras. They'll sport Wi-Fi connections to the Internet, "multi-touch" screens and have enough power to play high-definition and 3-D video. Unlike Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet, the device will also work with plug-in peripherals such as mice and keyboards.
Negroponte said he eventually wants the tablets to run some version of the free Linux operating software. But the first generation of the "XO 3.0" tablet will likely use Android, the mobile-device operating system from Google Inc., or something similar.
Although the group, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., worked with Microsoft Corp. to get its Windows operating system running on the XO laptops, Negroponte said the new tablets will not use Windows 7 because the software requires too much memory and computing power.
Negroponte said he plans to unveil the tablet device at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The tablet category is heating up lately. IDC expects more than 7 million tablets to ship by the end of the year and more than 46 million units to ship by 2014. That is in large part due to the success of Apple's iPad, which has flown off store shelves since its introduction in April. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Asus, Fuijtsu, Acer, Archos, and many others have also flocked to the the decidedly gray area that tablets occupy between a smartphone and notebook.
Perhaps because the category is new, the definition of "tablet" seems sort of up for grabs, depending on who is defining it. Size, features, and specifications are the traditional way of breaking down consumer electronics and PC categories, but the few products currently for sale or coming soon are blurring those lines.
What makes a tablet a tablet?
Traditionally the categories of mobile computing devices break down in terms of size: smartphones have 3- to 5-inch screens, MIDs (mobile Internet devices) range between 5 and 7 inches, and tablets are between 7 and 10 inches.
The iPad occupies a gray area between smartphone, traditional tablet PC, and laptop in a category some are defining as a "media" or "Web" tablet.
But the feature set, or what the device can do, is the other half of the equation. According to Gartner, a true tablet is any slate over 5 inches running a full operating system like Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.
IDC breaks the devices down into media tablets and tablet PCs. A tablet PC has an x86 processor, runs a desktop OS, and has a screen size anywhere from 5 inches to 21 inches. Despite what it may look like, "A tablet PC is a PC," said Richard Shim, IDC analyst. "There's no real limit to them.
One of the world’s largest suppliers of personal computer – Acer Group – has demonstrated its forthcoming tablet PC, which the company plans to release late this year. The device sports 7” screen and a rather surprising feature: a QWERTY keyboard.
Acer’s tablet with 7” colour touch screen was shown by chief executive of the company Gianfranco Lanci at a press event earlier this week, reports Shufflegazine web-site. The head of Acer did not reveal any specifications of the device, but implied that it will feature 3G connectivity, whereas Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are naturally expected. Quite obvious is also the fact that the product is based on a microprocessor powered by the ARM architecture (most probably, it is Qualcomm Snapdragon). The device, which is based on Google Android, not on Google Chrome operating system (OS) as reported earlier, features a hardware keyboard under the screen, which will allow users to type more intuitively than on a screen keyboard.
At present the official price of Acer’s tablet is not known, but earlier reports suggested that it may be as low as around $300. Unfortunately, the slate will only be available sometime in Q4 2010.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.