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January 1, 2011

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January 3, 2011

Hands On: Toshiba to Announce Android Tablet at CES 2011
PC Mag

Toshiba said the tablet will be available in the "first half" of 2011; it seems as if Toshiba is waiting to Toshiba Android Tabletrelease the tablet in order to ensure it ships with Honeycomb installed. It's a smart business move, but some of you will scoff at the announcement of the Honeycomb device before it is ready to be shown off. Only visits to Toshiba's booth at CES will prove whether the device currently is running Honeycomb, or if the Toshiba is merely promising that it will ship with Honeycomb.

Here's what we know so far:

  • The operating system will be Android Honeycomb from Google.
  • Honeycomb means support for Adobe Flash content, so there's an immediate advantage over the iPad.
  • The processor is Nvidia's Tegra 2. So, a dual-core processor and integrated Nvidia graphics mean quicker multi-taksing and better video and game playback.
  • It's armed with a 1280-by-800 (720p), 10.1-inch multi-touch screen with "Toshiba Adaptive Display technology"—meaning it adjusts color and brightness according to your lighting conditions.
  • It has 1080p video playback and an HDMI output for watching 1080p (or any video) content on a television.
  • Two cameras—a 2-megapixel, front-facing camera for video chats and a 5-megapixel rear camera for photos and video recording.

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izio reveals Via Tablet and Phone with Android, sub-$300 3DTVs ahead of CES
engadget

Vizio made its name by packing high end features into value-priced HDTVs and it's taking that Vizio Tablet PC & Phonementality to new areas, revealing the tablet we spotted in last night's Rose Bowl ad as the 8-inch Via Tablet and a 4-inch Via Phone. Both will be running Android and while CTO Matthew McRae didn't spill any OS details to the Wall Street Journal, the combination of confirmed Market access and odd button configuration has us thinking Honeycomb is in the works when they are released this summer. The only Via Phone details mentioned are screen size and its front and 5MP rear cameras, while the tablet promises a "high resolution" screen, WiFi, three speakers, HDMI out and front facing camera -- but no cellular service.

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CES 2011: Vizio Tablet PC & Phone – Android Honeycomb or WP7?Vizio rose bowl
Online Social Media

CES 2011 is only days away, everyone at OSM is starting to get excited to see all of the new products that will be showcased. We are hoping for a few surprise products too, perhaps something that has managed to slip under the radar, that would be great .

It would appear that Vizio have given a glimpse of their new tablet PC, head to the bottom of the article to view the Rose Bowl advert. This is a real teaser; you can see Randy Waynick, the Chief Sales Officer for Vizio sitting in a chair with what looks like a 7” or 8″ tablet PC.

 

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CES 2011: Tablet line-up
Stark Insider

According to CNET, there could be up to 70 new tablets introduced at this year’s CES which will feature over 2,700 exhibitors. Blackberry Playbook Tablet

The top storyline to follow next week at CES is no doubt the Tablet. It all but trounced the netbook in 2010 thanks to Apple’s groundbreaking iPad. And now it’s poised by some guesstimates at least to take a bite out of laptop share, although I suspect more than a few have already opted for an iPad/portable keyboard combo in lieu of a notebook since the iPad’s release in January 2010

Meanwhile I’ve been soaking up as much info as I can find about all the new models: Google, google, google. The mind boggles at the possibilities. It seems like every major PC or mobile hardware vendor has a tablet set to launch, including: Asus, Motorola, Samsung, Archos, and HTC, among others.

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Asustek plans to launch slide-featured tablet PC at tech fair
Focus Taiwan

Asustek Computer Inc., the world's fifth-largest PC maker, will unveil a tablet computer with a slide Asus Model with Tabletkeyboard at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week in Las Vegas, industry sources said Sunday.

The tablet device, which will have a 10-inch screen and Google Inc.'s Android operating system, is expected to be featured with other tablet PCs from Asustek's "Eee Pad" family, including a Windows-based model that uses a detachable keyboard, the sources said.

The Taiwan-based company hopes the new gadgets will help it penetrate the expanding global tablet computer market and gain a double-digit share of the non-Apple tablet computer market in 2011.

A recent research report estimated that 10 million to 15 million non-Apple tablet computers would be shipped in 2011, and it said Asustek was likely to sell no fewer than 1 million units.

Asustek's tablet PCs will compete with several models promoted by companies such as Samsung Electronics Co., Acer Inc., Micro-Star International Co. and HTC Corp. to challenge Apple Inc.'s iPad in the segment.

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Android Tablets, Smartphones to Rule at CES
eWeek

Android is set to "explode" at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, with smartphones and tablet computers from Motorola, HTC and others out in force in Las Vegas

Fortune said 2011 will be the year Google's Android operating system "explodes," across the technosphere on smartphones, tablet computers and other devices hardware manufacturers cook up.

Time for a level set: "Explodes," or some variation thereof is the dramatic euphemism people in the technology industry employ to proclaim that a product is set for some super definitive growth. In this case, it's the kind that blows RIM's Blackberry and Apple's iOS smartphone platforms out of the water.

Here is a preview of a handful of Android-related announcements the reporters expect to hear and see.

1) Motorola Android 3.0 Tablet

Motorola Dec. 20 issued a video alluding to a tablet computer based on Google's Android Honeycomb OS, which will be at least shown off at CES.

We believe Google Android honcho Andy Rubin teased this tablet earlier in December, showing off the new 3D Google Maps for Android.

An alternative to sector-defining Apple iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, this will likely be a device to accompany Verizon Wireless' Droid line of smartphones.

2) Samsung Galaxy Player

Speaking of Samsung, the company will likely make a few Android related announcements at CES, including a Google TV appliance and the Samsung Galaxy Player iPod rival.

The Galaxy Player runs Android 2.2 and powered by a 1GHz processor, 4-inch LCD screen, SoundAlive audio enhancing technology, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.2MP rear camera with front-facing camera for video calling, GPS, HD video playback, microSD card slot, etc.

The Galaxy Player could be for Google's Music what the iPod was for iTunes. The Google TV bit should be bold considering rival TV makers reportedly bagged their launches at Google's behest.

3) HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt, pictured here by Droid Life, will be the first 4G LTE device from Verizon Wireless. The gorgeous gadget resembles Sprint's HTC Evo 4G, complete with a 4.3-inch touch screen, front and rear-facing cameras, and Google and Verizon branding.

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will keynote CES, where he could well unveil the gadget.

The Thunderbolt introduction at CES will beat or be accompanied by the 4G Motorola smartphone eWEEK wrote about Dec. 22 based comments Verizon COO John Stratton made to the Wall Street Journal.

4) HTC Shift 4G

While we're on the subject, it looks like Sprint is set to unveil the HTC Evo Shift, the company's successor to the Evo 4G, on Jan. 9, the last day of CES. Android Central spotted this Radio Shack sign announcing the price at $149.99 after a two-year agreement.

If the sign rings true, Sprint will have a nice counter to Verizon's Thunderbolt and as-yet-anonymous 4G Motorola Droid gadget next week.

5) ViewSonic Tablets

Dow Jones reported that ViewSonic will introduce a hybrid Android-based smartphone/tablet that can support 4G wireless connections.

The device will feature a 4-inch screen and let people make phone calls. Sounds a lot like the Dell Streak, which isn't good news for ViewSonic, but we'll reserve judgment until and if we get our hands on the device next week in Vegas.

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January 3, 2011

Hands On: Toshiba to Announce Android Tablet at CES 2011
PC Mag

Toshiba said the tablet will be available in the "first half" of 2011; it seems as if Toshiba is waiting to Toshiba Android Tabletrelease the tablet in order to ensure it ships with Honeycomb installed. It's a smart business move, but some of you will scoff at the announcement of the Honeycomb device before it is ready to be shown off. Only visits to Toshiba's booth at CES will prove whether the device currently is running Honeycomb, or if the Toshiba is merely promising that it will ship with Honeycomb.

Here's what we know so far:

  • The operating system will be Android Honeycomb from Google.
  • Honeycomb means support for Adobe Flash content, so there's an immediate advantage over the iPad.
  • The processor is Nvidia's Tegra 2. So, a dual-core processor and integrated Nvidia graphics mean quicker multi-taksing and better video and game playback.
  • It's armed with a 1280-by-800 (720p), 10.1-inch multi-touch screen with "Toshiba Adaptive Display technology"—meaning it adjusts color and brightness according to your lighting conditions.
  • It has 1080p video playback and an HDMI output for watching 1080p (or any video) content on a television.
  • Two cameras—a 2-megapixel, front-facing camera for video chats and a 5-megapixel rear camera for photos and video recording.

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Vizio reveals Via Tablet and Phone with Android, sub-$300 3DTVs ahead of CES
engadget

Vizio made its name by packing high end features into value-priced HDTVs and it's taking that Vizio Tablet PC & Phonementality to new areas, revealing the tablet we spotted in last night's Rose Bowl ad as the 8-inch Via Tablet and a 4-inch Via Phone. Both will be running Android and while CTO Matthew McRae didn't spill any OS details to the Wall Street Journal, the combination of confirmed Market access and odd button configuration has us thinking Honeycomb is in the works when they are released this summer. The only Via Phone details mentioned are screen size and its front and 5MP rear cameras, while the tablet promises a "high resolution" screen, WiFi, three speakers, HDMI out and front facing camera -- but no cellular service.

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CES 2011: Vizio Tablet PC & Phone – Android Honeycomb or WP7?Vizio rose bowl
Online Social Media

CES 2011 is only days away, everyone at OSM is starting to get excited to see all of the new products that will be showcased. We are hoping for a few surprise products too, perhaps something that has managed to slip under the radar, that would be great .

It would appear that Vizio have given a glimpse of their new tablet PC, head to the bottom of the article to view the Rose Bowl advert. This is a real teaser; you can see Randy Waynick, the Chief Sales Officer for Vizio sitting in a chair with what looks like a 7” or 8″ tablet PC.

 

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CES 2011: Tablet line-up
Stark Insider

According to CNET, there could be up to 70 new tablets introduced at this year’s CES which will feature over 2,700 exhibitors. Blackberry Playbook Tablet

The top storyline to follow next week at CES is no doubt the Tablet. It all but trounced the netbook in 2010 thanks to Apple’s groundbreaking iPad. And now it’s poised by some guesstimates at least to take a bite out of laptop share, although I suspect more than a few have already opted for an iPad/portable keyboard combo in lieu of a notebook since the iPad’s release in January 2010

Meanwhile I’ve been soaking up as much info as I can find about all the new models: Google, google, google. The mind boggles at the possibilities. It seems like every major PC or mobile hardware vendor has a tablet set to launch, including: Asus, Motorola, Samsung, Archos, and HTC, among others.

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Asustek plans to launch slide-featured tablet PC at tech fair
Focus Taiwan

Asustek Computer Inc., the world's fifth-largest PC maker, will unveil a tablet computer with a slide Asus Model with Tabletkeyboard at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week in Las Vegas, industry sources said Sunday.

The tablet device, which will have a 10-inch screen and Google Inc.'s Android operating system, is expected to be featured with other tablet PCs from Asustek's "Eee Pad" family, including a Windows-based model that uses a detachable keyboard, the sources said.

The Taiwan-based company hopes the new gadgets will help it penetrate the expanding global tablet computer market and gain a double-digit share of the non-Apple tablet computer market in 2011.

A recent research report estimated that 10 million to 15 million non-Apple tablet computers would be shipped in 2011, and it said Asustek was likely to sell no fewer than 1 million units.

Asustek's tablet PCs will compete with several models promoted by companies such as Samsung Electronics Co., Acer Inc., Micro-Star International Co. and HTC Corp. to challenge Apple Inc.'s iPad in the segment.

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Android Tablets, Smartphones to Rule at CES
eWeek

Android is set to "explode" at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, with smartphones and tablet computers from Motorola, HTC and others out in force in Las Vegas

Fortune said 2011 will be the year Google's Android operating system "explodes," across the technosphere on smartphones, tablet computers and other devices hardware manufacturers cook up.

Time for a level set: "Explodes," or some variation thereof is the dramatic euphemism people in the technology industry employ to proclaim that a product is set for some super definitive growth. In this case, it's the kind that blows RIM's Blackberry and Apple's iOS smartphone platforms out of the water.

Here is a preview of a handful of Android-related announcements the reporters expect to hear and see.

1) Motorola Android 3.0 Tablet

Motorola Dec. 20 issued a video alluding to a tablet computer based on Google's Android Honeycomb OS, which will be at least shown off at CES.

We believe Google Android honcho Andy Rubin teased this tablet earlier in December, showing off the new 3D Google Maps for Android.

An alternative to sector-defining Apple iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, this will likely be a device to accompany Verizon Wireless' Droid line of smartphones.

2) Samsung Galaxy Player

Speaking of Samsung, the company will likely make a few Android related announcements at CES, including a Google TV appliance and the Samsung Galaxy Player iPod rival.

The Galaxy Player runs Android 2.2 and powered by a 1GHz processor, 4-inch LCD screen, SoundAlive audio enhancing technology, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.2MP rear camera with front-facing camera for video calling, GPS, HD video playback, microSD card slot, etc.

The Galaxy Player could be for Google's Music what the iPod was for iTunes. The Google TV bit should be bold considering rival TV makers reportedly bagged their launches at Google's behest.

3) HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt, pictured here by Droid Life, will be the first 4G LTE device from Verizon Wireless. The gorgeous gadget resembles Sprint's HTC Evo 4G, complete with a 4.3-inch touch screen, front and rear-facing cameras, and Google and Verizon branding.

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will keynote CES, where he could well unveil the gadget.

The Thunderbolt introduction at CES will beat or be accompanied by the 4G Motorola smartphone eWEEK wrote about Dec. 22 based comments Verizon COO John Stratton made to the Wall Street Journal.

4) HTC Shift 4G

While we're on the subject, it looks like Sprint is set to unveil the HTC Evo Shift, the company's successor to the Evo 4G, on Jan. 9, the last day of CES. Android Central spotted this Radio Shack sign announcing the price at $149.99 after a two-year agreement.

If the sign rings true, Sprint will have a nice counter to Verizon's Thunderbolt and as-yet-anonymous 4G Motorola Droid gadget next week.

5) ViewSonic Tablets

Dow Jones reported that ViewSonic will introduce a hybrid Android-based smartphone/tablet that can support 4G wireless connections.

The device will feature a 4-inch screen and let people make phone calls. Sounds a lot like the Dell Streak, which isn't good news for ViewSonic, but we'll reserve judgment until and if we get our hands on the device next week in Vegas.

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January 4, 2011

Tablets set to steal the show at CES
ft.com

Tablets galore, a fightback from notebook PCs and new takes on television are expected to be Vizio Tablet PC & TVamong the highlights of the world’s biggest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, is expected to unveil its latest take on slates (or tablets) when he delivers an annual eve-of-show address on Wednesday.

He will be sandwiched by announcements and demonstrations of tablets running rival Android, webOS and QNX operating systems, from the likes of Toshiba, HP and Research in Motion.

Toshiba unveiled its first tablet for the US on Monday – it has a 10.1-inch high-resolution screen, front and rear cameras and greater connectivity than the Apple iPad, with USB ports and an SD memory card slot included. But, like many tablet makers, it is waiting for Google to release its next version of Android, code-named Honeycomb, which has been specially designed to accommodate tablets, in the first half of 2011. Apple is expected to update the iPad in the meantime.

Vizio, a leading LCD TV maker in the US, will show internet-connected TVs based on Android, but with Vizio’s own interface running on top. It is also breaking out into tablets and phones, showing a slate and a smartphone running the same interface.

The traditional PC industry, led by Intel – which is launching new chips code-named Sandy Bridge that integrate graphics processing – will be pointing out the extra performance of notebooks over tablets.

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Lenovo Redefines the 'A, B, C's of IdeaCentre All-In-One PCs

IdeaCentre A320 – world's slimmest AIO design
IdeaCentre B520 - Maximum entertainment with the world's 1st frameless multitouch AIO
IdeaCentre B320 – the computer that's also a TV
Lenovo C205 – compact all-in-one design at an affordable price point
Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 All-In_One PC

CES 2011, Las Vegas – January 4, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled four new IdeaCentre and Lenovo all-in-one (AIO) desktops at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show that redefine design, performance, style and entertainment capabilities in a desktop form factor. The IdeaCentre A320, B520, B320 and the Lenovo C205 are each uniquely designed to satisfy individual consumers‟ needs and preferences. "We‟ve seen Lenovo‟s IdeaCentre AIO desktop business grow 150% year over year – a significant achievement for Lenovo and powerful statement that consumers desire the unique designs and experiences delivered by our portfolio," said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. "The latest Lenovo AIO desktops round out our existing portfolio to offer the right PC for every individual
and family that is seeking powerful performance with cutting edge features like touch screen and 3D capabilities, HD monitor and a sleek appearance."

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Lenovo Announces 20 New Computers at CES 2011

Lenovo's Newest and Most Stylish Laptops Offer Something for Everyone in the New Year

New IdeaPad Portfolio Features Eye Popping Colors, Sleek Designs, and Impressive Performance at Consumer-Friendly Prices

IdeaPad Y470 and Y570 with Enhanced Experience 2.0 Offer Sub-10 Second Boot Times1 CES 2011, Lenovo Y series Las Vegas – January 3, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled an exciting new lineup of IdeaPad laptops at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, including the world's fastest booting Windows 7 PCs1 – the IdeaPad Y470 and Y570. The new IdeaPad laptops - including models in the Y Series, Z Series, S Series, V Series and Lenovo G and B Series - appeal to a broad range of consumers with stylish, modern design characteristics, such as brushed metal covers and raised textures, and the latest technology for enhanced performance and entertainment capabilities. ―We're very excited about our latest lineup of IdeaPad laptops – they are the industry's newest benchmark for consumer PC design,‖ said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. ―We've enriched our portfolio with wow features such as sub-10 second boot times and sleek new industrial designs that deliver higher performance and a more compelling experience for consumers.

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Toshiba Talks Up Its Tablet, Minus Cellular Connection
Wall Street Journal

Toshiba Corp. is joining the tablet PC onslaught at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Unlike some of its competitors, however, what it is simply calling the Toshiba Tablet won’t be sold in conjunction with a wireless carrier, and can’t access the Internet through a cellular connection

That’s because Toshiba imagines that people will buy and use tablets more like they do portable computers than smartphones, says Jeff Barney, a vice president at the company.

Toshiba is betting that when consumers decide to buy a tablet, they won’t head off to a wireless carrier’s store, but to the same retailer or website where they buy laptops. So Toshiba is focusing on marketing its 10.1”-screen tablet in those outlets, where it already has strong relationships from its laptop business.

The company also designed its tablet to more closely mimic the functionality of a laptop than Apple Inc. did with its iPad. For instance, the Toshiba Tablet includes a USB drive, an HDMI port to connect the device to televisions, and a replaceable battery. It also has both front- and rear-facing cameras.

The Toshiba Tablet, which will run Google’s Android operating system, is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2011, and cost the same or less than an iPad with the same storage capacity.

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New Tablets Will Be Gunning for Apple's iPad at CES
CIO Today

With the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show this week, a variety of new tablets -- many Android-based -- will be gunning for Apple's iPad. While Apple won't be at CES, its influence will CES 2011shape some new products. Next-generation 4G devices are also expected to debut for Verizon's LTE network, and new developments in 3-D TV are expected.

It's January, and that means the Consumer Electronics Show opens this week in Las Vegas. This year's CES could determine which consumer product categories -- some of which barely existed a year ago -- will become winners, and which will barely be memories by this time next year.

The big headline categories in this year's gadgetpalooza include tablets, 4G devices, new incarnations of 3-D TV, notebooks using Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture and AMD's Brazos platforms, cars pimped with the latest electronics, and countless variations on the above.

'Tablets, Tablets,Tablets'

For Current Analysis' Avi Greengart, the three biggest items are "tablets, tablets and tablets."

He expects to see a variety of such devices based on a tablet-optimized Android, "presumably 3.0," as well as the unveiling of a Motorola tablet. That particular device has attracted attention because of a widely seen promotional video that positioned the as-yet-unseen product as the latest evolution in a family of tablets stretching back to the original Ten Commandments -- and beyond.

Greengart also expects Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet to capture some attention, and Microsoft to offer details about a version of Windows optimized for ARM processors. But he pointed out that last year's CES showed a variety of pre-iPad tablets, "a healthy percentage of which were later killed or delayed."

If CES were a western movie, the tablets would be gunning for the reigning gunslinger, Apple's iPad, which dominates the category. Greengart said that, although Apple won't formally be at CES, its enormous influence in tablets, media players, and phones will be felt in product positioning and auxiliary products, such as Sony's clock radios with iPod docks.

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For Microsoft, 2011 to be Year of the Tablet ... Again
Windows IT Pro

This week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will take the stage for a keynote address in which he will largely focus on tablet-based computers that are based on Windows and aimed largely at stemming the success of Apple's iPad. If that seems like déjà vu to you, you're not alone. Ballmer did exactly the same thing at last year's CES keynote as well.

The difference, of course, is that PC makers will ship dozens of iPad competitors in 2011, compared to just the flimsy smattering of alternatives that arrived in 2010. In fact, the only true iPad competitor that appeared in 2010 was the Samsung Galaxy tab, a 7-inch tablet that runs on Google's Android OS and not on Windows.

For Ballmer, this year's CES keynote isn't just a do-over, it's a chance to reset the playing field and refute the growing sense that Microsoft just isn't competitive in new markets anymore. As such, his keynote is shrouded in mystery. Microsoft's PR firm has denied any pre-show briefings, for the first time ever, and the company's Windows division will not be on hand at the show to provide in-person meetings after the keynote. This too is unprecedented.

What Microsoft is fighting here isn't so much the iPad of 2010, but rather the iPad of the future. Apple's first iPad release is missing some very obvious key features, but the company will move quickly to fix that, as will a new generation of Android-based competitors. Apple will release its 2010 iPad sales figures sometime this month, but if we assume a blockbuster holiday season, the company could have sold as many as 14 million of them. That's a tiny percentage of the PC market, but the size of the tablet market is expected to grow dramatically as capabilities improve--up to 40 million units in 2011, for example--as cost goes down, and as the competitive ranks expands. Microsoft intends to be part of that competition and do to the tablet market what it did to the netbook market: Seize control from the initial dominant player and turn it into part of Windows-oriented PC world.

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Rivals to the iPad Say This Is the Year
New York Times

Welcome to the year of the tablet. Again.

This year, manufacturers are promising it will be different, saying that after the success of the iPad, ipad shopersthey have learned a lot about what consumers want in a tablet.

“We could have done this a year ago and rushed it out, but it wouldn’t have had the right features,” said Phil Osako, director of product marketing at Toshiba, which is introducing a new tablet at this year’s show, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas.

At this year’s show, Research In Motion and Hewlett-Packard are expected to show off tablet computers, while scheduled appearances by executives at Motorola and Microsoft are widely thought to be coming-out parties for their company’s devices.

How do the competitors catch up?

Many companies are withholding the specifics of their tablets until they are formally introduced. But those who have discussed their plans say they will both offer specific features that the iPad is lacking, and undercut their competitors on price.

Mr. Osako from Toshiba said Apple’s experience over the last year has helped his company by creating demand for tablets while Toshiba fine-tuned its plans. Toshiba’s tablet, which will run on Google’s Android operating system, resembles an iPad with a grippy rubberized backing. The company has incorporated features it has developed for its laptops, like stereo speakers and a screen that adjusts in contrast depending on the lighting. Both of those features will make it more comfortable for consumers to watch video.

Mr. Osako also listed features unavailable on the iPad, like front- and back-facing cameras, ports for H.D.M.I. hookups and SIM cards, and the ability to run Adobe Flash.

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Lenovo to Show First Tablets at CES
PC World

Lenovo will show its first tablets this week as it moves to make a mark in the fast-growing market TabletTabletled by Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab.

Lenovo executives said two consumer tablet devices will be shown at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), which will be held in Las Vegas between January 6 and 9, where further details about the products will also be shared.

The tablets will be targeted at consumers at multiple price points, said Nick Reynolds, director of global marketing of the product group at Lenovo.

The tablets could include the LePad, which is based on Google's Android OS and is due for launch early this year.

The company has been designing tablets for more than a year, but no product has yet reached the market. At last year's CES the company showed the IdeaPad U1, a hybrid PC that included a detachable touchscreen that could be used as a tablet. The device was due to ship in the second half for under $1,000, but the product has been delayed.

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2011 CES: The Year of the Tablet
Fox News

At this time last year we’d never seen an iPad and we didn’t know who would buy one. Now Apple Blackberry Playbookhas proven that tablet-style gizmos will sell ... and this year every company wants in on the action.

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off this week in Las Vegas. And it isn’t much of a stretch to predict that it will be the year of the tablet computer. This month I expect to see tablets from HP, ASUS

, RIM and many more. We saw something like that last year with a glut of eReaders at CES, most of which never hit the market. These, I think, may have more staying power.

AOC, which claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD monitors and HDTVs, just announced the launch of the Breeze, an ultraportable tablet with an 8-inch, 800-by-600 touch screen -- running Android, of course. Reports indicate Toshiba will be releasing a tablet as well, tentatively (and adventurously) called the Toshiba Tablet, powered by a forthcoming version of Android, called Honeycomb.

These and other tablets will all be playing catchup to the iPad; if they want to really stand out, they'll have to be two steps ahead. And some may just be. Here are the tablets I’m excited to see this week

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January 5, 2011

Combining the Benefits of a Laptop and Tablet PC, the PC 7 Series is Ideal for Creating and Consuming Content

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today announced the launch of its first sliding tablet PC at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series TabletEquipped with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and powered by the upcoming Intel® Atom™ processor platform, currently code-named “Oak Trail,” the PC 7 Series maximizes the benefits of a tablet PC with its compact, light design, and incorporates a sliding keyboard for easy typing, enhanced productivity and performance. The display elegantly slides up to reveal a physical keyboard giving the user the option of a multi-touch display or full keyboard and mouse interface.

“Innovative designs based on Intel Atom processors offer not only improved performance and sleeker devices, but also new, creative form factors”

“With the proliferation of tablet devices, there is a demand from consumers that want the elegance, ease-of-use and portable form factor of a tablet but also the familiarity of a notebook,” said Scott Ledterman, director of mobile PC product marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. “At first glance, the Samsung PC 7 Series is a compact, light-weight tablet featuring an intuitive touchscreen. However, once the display is slid into place, it reveals a physical keyboard that offers users the familiar keyboard/touchpad interface. The Samsung 7 Series is creating a category unto itself, with a total solution that is not only chic and convenient for content consumption, but also versatile enough for more intensive computing and content creation.”

“The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series is a great example of the deep collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung, from engineering to marketing,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the OEM Division, Microsoft Corporation. “This joint innovation delivers a unique PC design and rich mobile computing experiences for our mutual customers.”

“Innovative designs based on Intel Atom processors offer not only improved performance and sleeker devices, but also new, creative form factors,” said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group at Intel. “The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series demonstrates how state-of-the-art form factors can help consumers stay connected, while also providing rich, immersive PC-like experiences on the go.”

Pioneering Design

Weighing just 2.2 pounds, the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series is easily packed into a briefcase and can be used for making presentations or for recording data on the fly. The 7 Series is suited for both indoor and outdoor use with 340-nit brightness 10.1-inch display supported by an enhanced HD resolution (1366 x 768). With its slim and light weight design, the 7 Series allows for mobility without compromising functionality in personal or professional settings.

Everyone from students to mobile professionals can enjoy the convenience of Samsung’s Sliding PC 7 Series. The form factor is ideal for personal computing activities like watching movies or social networking, and can quickly adapt the needs of professional users presenting to clients or taking notes at a meeting

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LePad multi-touch Android slate for mobility and U1 laptop PC base for full Windows 7 experience

Lenovo today announced the IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate, a unique two-in-one device thatLenovo LePad Slate tablet combines the mobility of a media-rich, high-definition slate featuring access to Android applications and a keyboard base that provides a full Windows 7 computing experience. Lenovo delivers an uncompromised mobile and computing experience to consumers through great performance and a unique Hybrid Switch dual mode capability that seamlessly switches between two different operating systems.

“We are excited that Lenovo has chosen our Snapdragon processor to power the LePad slate”

“Our IdeaPad U1 and LePad truly fit today’s mobile lifestyle,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “Use the light-weight slate when you’re mobile, and then simply slide it into the U1 base when you need to create and edit content. Consumers shouldn’t have to adapt their lifestyle to technology, and this product definitely delivers twice the functionality and fun in one device.”

LePad Slate – Light, Long-Lasting and Application Rich

At under two pounds and only half an inch in thickness, the extremely portable LePad, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, keeps users incredibly mobile all day with up to eight hours of battery life. LePad is available in two stylish colors – scarlet and white – and with two different Lenovo IdeaPad U1 tablettextures - brown “leather” and black “leather.” The 10.1-inch widescreen, high-definition LePad slate runs in landscape and portrait modes. Users can consume content such as video, surf the Internet and access social networks from their fingertips, as well as tap out messages and email. It also has a front camera for taking pictures or for video chat.

"We are excited that Lenovo has chosen our Snapdragon processor to power the LePad slate," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Lenovo’s innovative 3G connected slate, powered by our Snapdragon platform, enables a high performance, always connected experience for consumers on the go.”

IdeaPad U1 for a Complete Laptop

For users who need the full functionality of a mainstream laptop for doing content creation with Windows-based productivity applications, the LePad can slide into the U1 base. The IdeaPad U1 hybrid laptop with a full keyboard transforms the user interface on LePad into Windows 7. The base features a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and an Intel CULV processor. With the Hybrid Switch feature, users can seamlessly change operating systems to support a continuous Web browsing experience.

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Motorola Unveils 4G Android Tablet for Verizon
ABC News

Motorola Mobility Inc. is rolling out to roll out a tablet computer that will run on Verizon Wireless' new next-generation wireless network and use an upcoming version of Google Inc.'s Android software Motorola Xoom tablet PCdesigned for such devices.

The tablet will come with a 10.1-inch high-definition screen, dual-core processor, front-facing camera for video chatting and a 5-megapixel camera that can take high-definition videos. It will support Flash video content — something Apple Inc.'s iPad does not do — and can work as a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to five more gadgets to the Internet.

It will also have Honeycomb, a version of Android that has been designed for the larger touch screens on tablets. Current versions of Android are meant more for the smaller touch screens on smart phones.

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Microsoft CEO takes gadget show stage amid tablet frenzy; Windows tablets seem long way off

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is taking the stage at the tech industry's premier gadget show in Las Vegas.

A year ago, Ballmer used the keynote to showcase a Windows tablet computer to an audience that had yet to meet the iPad.

This year, with tablets marking the hottest items at the show and Windows lagging far behind Apple Inc.'s popular iPad, the stakes are higher.

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At CES Unveiled Lenovo showed off their new IdeaPad slate tablet computer. It runs Windows 7 and features a dual-touch mode that allows you to use either a stylus or your finger depending on your preference.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slate

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Motion Computing CL900
Rugged PC Review

Category pioneer Motion Computing presents an inexpensive lightweight, rugged, state-of-the-art Windows-based tablet computer with a high-res 10-inch display and dual input

Motion Computing, one of the true pioneers in innovative tablet computers, introduced the Motion Motion CL900 Slate Tablet PcCL900 Rugged Tablet PC at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 5, 2011. Motion developed this eminently practical machine specifically for markets that seek to implement the suddenly booming tablet form factor, but need an industrial-strength device that can handle drops and abuse as well as instant integration into existing IT infrastructures.

So what has Motion cooked up with their new rugged tablet?
What's the new Motion tablet like? It looks like a wide-screen iPad, which in a way is too bad because Motion is perfectly capable of creating their own styles and designs, but right now, the iPad is it, and if you want to be part of the tablet wave, and distance yourself from those "old" tablets, you need to look like the iPad. For now at least. So the CL900 is a sleek, glossy tablet with a glass surface and minimal controls. It's a bit thicker than the iPad, but not by much. And though it's in an entirely different dimension as far as ruggedness goes, it doesn't weigh much more, tipping the scale at just two pounds, less than any netbook.

While a lot of the newly announced tablets have smallish 7-inch screens, Motion gave the CL900 a nice, big 10.1-inch LCD with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. That's more than the iPad, and more than all of the early iPad copies. And, incidentally, it's also the resolution used on 720p HDTVs, making it perfect for HD playback.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider and Transformer are here for those that can't imagine using a tablet without a physical keyboard
engadget

ASUS Eee Pad Slider and Transformer Tablet PC's

Here they are: ASUS's duo of Tegra 2-powered, 10.1-inch tablets with unique physical keyboards. Starting with the craziest of them, is the Eee Pad Slider (pictured on the left), which reminds us a lot of HTC's old school Shift with its slide out QWERTY keyboard. The device is planned to run Google's Honeycomb, sports a IPS, 1280 x 800-resolution display, and houses mini-HDMI and miniUSB ports as well as a microSD card slot. The 2.2-pound / .5-inch thick slab also has dual cameras -- a 1.2 megapixel front-facing one and a 5 megapixel one with an LED flash on the back. We have to say we love the idea of always having that keyboard around, but if you don't want to drag along a physical keyboard all the time, ASUS has something for you too. It's the Transformer, and like the Eee Pad we saw at Computex, it's a 10.1-inch tablet that will come with a laptop like dock with a full size keyboard and touchpad. The tablet part -- like the Slider -- will run Android 3.0 and packs a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, two cameras, and a 1280 x 800-resolution IPS display, however, the dock has an integrated battery that will keep the tablet running for 16 hours on a charge -- the tablet on its own should last eight.

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ASUS Eee Slate EP121 officially unveiled, IPS display, Core i5, and stylus in tow ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Tablet PC
Engadget

ASUS' powerful 12-inch Eee Slate EP121 tablet has been no secret -- don't forget, it was teased at Computex and then sketched on a digital blackboard -- but here it is, with final specs and pricing information. Unlike ASUS' trio of Android tablets, the EP121 is all about Windows 7, and oh does it have the guts to run it smoothly -- it's powered by a Core i5-470UM processor, packs 2 to 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. It sure has the internal muscle to compete, but it also has a high-resolution (1280 x 800) 12.1-inch IPS capacitive display with a Wacom digitizer. The latter will allow you to use the included stylus to draw self-portraits or you know, take notes in class.

January 6, 2011

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CES 2011: Top five tablets
ComputerWeekly.com

With almost 100 tablets expected to be launched at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 2011 is set to be the year of the tablet device. Computer Weekly rounds up the latest tablet announcements from CES 2011CES 2011

Toshiba Tablet The new 10-inch Toshiba tablet, which runs Google's Android Honeycomb operating system will debut this week. The 1.7lb (770g) tablet uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 mobile processor and features front- and rear-facing cameras, access to an apps store and Wi-Fi internet connection. The name and price is still to be decided on by the PC-maker.

Motion CL900 Motion has introduced its first small form factor, rugged tablet PC running on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. The 10-inch, touchscreen tablet features Intel's core i7 or core i5 vPro technology to improve battery life. Motion said the tablet was designed to integrate into business environments, being able to run existing enterprise applications to lower the cost of deployment. "René Torres, director of marketing, netbook and tablet group at Intel, said, "With the power and performance of our upcoming 'Oak Trail' Intel Atom processor, along with the mobility and durability of the CL900, Motion is delivering an ideal productivity tool for workers on the move," The Motion device is expected to be available before June 2011.

Motorola Droid Xoom According to internet reports, Motorola's new tablet PC will be called Droid Xoom and will be unveiled before the end of the week. It is expected to run on the Honeycomb version of Google's Android operating system and feature a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor as well as 32GB flash storage memory.

Lenovo LePad slate Lenovo showed off its IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate. The 10.1-inch HD tablet features a hybrid dual mode to allow users to switch between two different operating systems: Android when mobile and Windows 7 when docked in the U1 base. Built on Android 2.2, it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and expected to be available in China during the first quarter of 2011.

Asus Eee Slate EP121 One of four tablet devices previewed by Asus at this year's CES, Asus's 12.1in Eee Slate EP121 tablet PC features an Intel core i5 processor, 64GB of flash storage and 4GB of memory as well as Flash 10.1 support and Windows 7 Home Premium. All models have a mini-HDMI port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports and a 2-megapixel camera. Other tablets introduced by Asus included the Eee Pad, Eee Pad Memo and Eee Pad Slider. Details on UK pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed.

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Fujitsu announces Intel Oak Trail-powered Windows 7 slate, Android tablet coming later this year
engadget

Given Fujitsu's long long history of making tablets it's not much of a surprise to see the company FujitsuSlate Tablet PCventuring into the modern-day slate business, and while there won't be a formal announcement of its 10.1-inch Windows 7 slate and future Android tablet today, the company has decided to release some details about its forthcoming touchscreen slabs here at CES. Unlike past Windows 7 slates, Fujitsu's unnamed tablet is powered by Intel's new Oak Trail Atom Z670 processor, which was designed specifically for tablets and should improve both battery life and performance. In addition to the new silicon, the 1.5-pound slate has 2GB of RAM, dual cameras, and an all-important removable battery bay that can store two- and four-cell batteries. It certainly sounds like one of the better spec'd Windows 7 tablets out there, and Fujitsu also seems to be using some sort of Windows skin

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Tablets are talk of the town at CES
Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Las Vegas —It's raining tablets.

Hoping to nip away at Apple Inc.'s iPad and the $20-billion market it now controls, dozens of Tablet PCs at CES 2011manufacturers are unveiling more than 80 touch screen computers at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual tech showcase here.

The rush is on not only because of the hugely successful iPad but because manufacturers are betting that the tablet computer will become a ubiquitous household gadget.

"Today we think of tablets as mobile devices, but as prices come down we might see them around the home used for all kinds of uses," said Ross Rubin, an analyst for technology research firm NPD Group. "There might be one that's more for watching, or a more durable one that the kids play with for education."

During the keynote address by Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the company demonstrated a handful of new tablets powered by its Windows operating system.

One of the upcoming applications for the tablets will be a news-reading app from The Times' parent company, Tribune Co. The application, called Mosaic, creates a moving set of touchable photographs that, when tapped, reveal a headline associated with the photo that users can open and read.

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New Tablets Set to Battle Apple's iPad
CNBC

It’s hard to take 20 steps at CES without someone thrusting a tablet computer at you this year.HP Tablet at CES 2011

With Apple having paved the way for tablets last year, 2011 is when the competition is hoping to chip away at the company’s dominance in the category. It’s going to be a tough fight, though.

“Apple has a tremendous advantage on the market right now,” says Rhoda Alexander of iSuppli. “They came out with the definitive product at the start of this market. They set the standard. They’re able to put together hardware, software, a user-friendly operating system and a full content suite. What we’ve seen the competition be hampered by is they fail to do all of this."

It’s likely to be a fight for second place among companies entering the space right now, but that’s hardly table scraps. Gartner expects total tablet shipments to top 55 million by the end of the year and 100 million by the end of 2012.

And Microsoft is promising to join the battle as well. CEO Steve Ballmer in his pre-CES keynote showcased several tablet products—the most intriguing of which was a dual screen PC by Acer —though attendees are taking a wait and see attitude after the company made a similar presentation last year and its partners failed to produce any real-world products.

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January 7, 2011

ASUS is proud to announce that eight of its products have been chosen for the CES 2011 Asus Eee Slate EP121 Tablet PCInnovations, Design and Engineering Awards program. The selected highlights span four award categories and include computer, consumer electronics and PC components. All have been chosen for their exciting designs and innovative use of technology, and are testament to ASUS’ position as a global technology leader.

CES 2011 Innovations Awards selection of ASUS products covers four categories:

1. Personal Electronics Awards – Three Innovations Honorees

• ASUS Eee Slate EP121
• ASUS U43Jc Notebook
• ASUS WiCast EW2000

Three ASUS products have been chosen to receive a CES Innovations Award under the Personal Electronics category, with the strikingly designed Eee Slate EP121 the first to attract judges’ attention. This portable slate computer combines a powerful Intel® Core™ i5 processor and the smooth responsiveness of Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium with a touch digitizer to afford flexible multi-gesture input and superior usability. It also features a 12” screen and an innovative Bluetooth keyboard dock to provide the best of both touchscreen tablets and traditional notebooks.

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CES 2011: Lenovo Gets Serious About Tablets
Maximum PC

Fresh from the floor at CES 2011, here's a first look at two of Lenovo's most original new products at the show this year. First up, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a look at the IdeaPad U1, a notebook that's more than meets the eye. With the flick of a switch, the U1 changes from a full-featured Windows 7 laptop to a touchy-feely Android device. To complete the transformation, you can remove the U1's 1280 x 800-resolution display and use it as a completely independent Android tablet. Plug it back into the laptop body, and you can switch back to Windows 7.

Second, we check out the Slate, Lenovo's new Windows 7 tablet PC. Even though it doesn't combine (Voltron-style) with any other hardware, the Slate still has our attention, thanks to its generous screen real estate, USB connectivity, and stylus-emphasizing interface.

 

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CES Announcement: Copia Featured on Windows 7 Tablets


Copia, the groundbreaking social eReading platform, today announced that it is shipping a touch-optimized client application for Windows 7 tablets of its social eReader, Copia, and has added Copiafeatures to support IE9 for the Copia Web Portal.  The Copia platform will be showcased on new Windows 7 tablets and multiple Windows 7 devices at Copia's CES 2011 exhibit, booth # 9828 and Microsoft's CES 2011 exhibit, booth # 7144.

We are thrilled to be able to deliver a seamless experience across tablets, smart phones, and PCs," said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of Copia Interactive, LLC. "Copia's robust social eReading experience combined with cutting edge Windows 7 devices and tablets will change the way we enjoy books, magazines, and other digital content and how we share and interact with that content with our friends and others that share our reading interests. IE9 will enable Copia users easy access to activity streams, catalogs, and notebooks, allowing them to keep up with their friends and reading groups—transforming today's eReading experience into a unique social and sharing experience that transcends today's current eReader platforms."

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Gamer's Dream Windows 7 Tablet PC Launched at CES 2011
PR Newswire

World's Only Tablet with Detachable Controller, Stylus Stand, Pouch and OMOS Key Brings High-End PC Power and Uniquely Intuitive Interface to Gamers and Office Workers

OCOSMOS Co., Ltd, a leading innovator and developer of consumer electronics and solutions, today unveiled the world's most user-friendly personal computer and gaming device: the OCS9 Tablet PC, revolutionizing both professional and gaming PC markets.

The OCS9 is a multimedia PC tablet powered by Intel's next generation Atom platform codenamed "Oak Trail", running Windows 7, and capable of running the most demanding online PC games, MMORPG, 3D, productivity and social networking applications. It's a high-end tablet PC. Its uniquely usable OMOS Key interface enhances the ease and speed of tasks and games commonly performed on a laptop or desktop and its intuitive control mechanism is superior to multi-touch interfaces for playing games and browsing the Web.

The OCS9 is built for hardcore and casual gaming, interactive entertainment, social networking and productivity applications, with its OMOS interface, nine-inch (diagonal) multi-touch display, detachable QWERTY controller with virtual keyboard, connectivity over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB 2.0 HS, powerful stereo sound, and long battery life, making it the ideal Tablet PC. A stand allows users to tilt the tablet for operation at a convenient angle.  The OCS9 also comes with a pouch that holds the detachable controller and the alternate battery.

"OCS9's OMOS Key raises the bar for the most usable Tablet PC interface," said Eu-jin Oh, president of OCOSMOS. "Users will love the OCS9's capabilities, ease of use and power."

The OCS9 Tablet PC delivers a new platform of Tiny Computer (TC) technology that benefits both business users and the gaming public, and its unique OMOS Key interface overcomes the limitations of multi-touch interfaces.

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LG Electronics showcases tablet PC
Trading Markets (press release)

LG Electronics
and German-based telecommunications firm T-Mobile have unveiled the G Slate, the first tablet PC manufactured by LG.

Jeff Hwang, President of LG Mobile Phones, said "LG is dedicated to continuing its role as an innovation leader and is thrilled to announce it's entry into the tablet marketplace with the G Slate."

The G Slate will start being sold in the US during the first half of this year. Global sales will begin soon after, LG officials said.

LG's G Slate
is a 4G tablet that runs on the Honeycomb, the 3.0 version of the Android operating system created by Google, optimised for tablets.

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The Motorola Xoom Android tablet is CNET's pick for Best of ShowMotorola Xoom Android tablet
Cnet

As predicted, CES 2011 was a feast of tablets. They came in small, medium, and extra large. Some even came in pairs. The most promising of the bunch included the BlackBerry PlayBook, Toshiba's 10-inch Android Tablet, the Samsung Sliding PC, and the Motorola Xoom.

Within the tablet category, the Motorola Xoom rose to the top by promising what we felt was the most anticipated mobile OS (Android Honeycomb), on impressively spec'd hardware (dual-core, 4G-compatible, HDMI out, front- and back-facing cameras), in a 10-inch format that can literally and figuratively measure up against the iPad.

Like any product at CES, there's always the chance that the Xoom will disappoint when it finally makes its way into the wild later in the first quarter of 2011. From where we're sitting, though, it's the tablet we're most excited to review this year. See for yourself in our hands-on video:

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Best Tablets of CES: Xoom, VIA, Tab and PlayBook Lead the Way
Switched

As you may have heard, this year's CES has been blandly dubbed "The Year of the Tablet" in Best Tablets Ces 2011recognition of the piles of tablets that will be crowding store shelves this year from virtually every big name company you've heard of, and many you haven't.

For one, we'd point out that Samsung's Galaxy Tab has already sold over a million units worldwide in just a few months -- despite predictions to the contrary from naysayers all over. But our strongest argument is that fact that we've seen a handful of tablets that at least equal the iPad's appeal, and even one or two that surpass it. Granted, a lot of the iPad's appeal comes from its seamless interaction with a solid and popular app and media ecosystem, and so any aspiring contenders have a lot of catching up to do to convince buyers they won't be left out in the cold. In the case of Android Tablets, that shouldn't be hard with the Android Market, but it will likely be the defining factor in the rest's success or failure.

Below are our top tablet picks for 2011, and the ones we think have a fair chance of gobbling iPad market share in the coming year. Let the betting begin.

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Tablets crowd gadget show, chasing iPad's tail

Big tablets and small tablets, white ones and black ones. Cheap ones and expensive ones. Brand CES 2011names famous and obscure at the starting line of a race where the iPad is already a speeding dot near the horizon.

It's impossible to walk the floor at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show without stumbling across a multitude of keyboard-less touch-screen computers expected to hit the market in the coming months. With Apple estimated to have sold more than 13 million iPads last year alone, the competition is clearly for second place, but even that prize is worth pursuing.

Technology research firm Gartner Inc. expects that 55 million tablet computers will be shipped this year, most of them still iPads, but there will be room for rivals to vie for sales of the remaining 10 million to 15 million devices.

A bevy of consumer electronics makers, including major names such as Motorola Mobility Inc., Toshiba Corp. and Dell Inc., showed off their tablets in Las Vegas at CES, betting 2011 will be the year the gadgets finally take off.

Companies tried for years to popularize tablets, but the frenzy began only with the release of the iPad in April. Now companies whose names don't include the word "Apple" are doing everything they can to differentiate themselves from the tablet front-runner.

They're adding bells and whistles the iPad doesn't yet have - such as front and back cameras for video chatting and picture taking and the ability to work over next-generation 4G data networks - in hopes of taking on the iPad, or at least carving out a niche.

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Sony Aspires to be Number 2 Tablet Manufacturer by 2012
DailyTech

Analysts are saying otherwise, since Sony did not present a tablet at the Consumer Electronics ShowTablet Wars

After crowning Apple's iPad as the king of tablets, Sony is looking to snag the number two spot in tablet devices by 2012. Now they just need to make one.

Sony CEO Howard Stringer and Computer Division Head Kunimasa Suzuki both agreed that the company had big plans to catch up in the race for second-best tablet.

"For sure the iPad is the king of tablets," said Suzuki. "But what is the second? What is the third? Who is taking the second position? That is our focus. We would like to really take the number two position in a year."

But this is a pretty bold statement coming from an electronics manufacturer that didn't have a tablet to present at the Consumer Electronics Show this week at all. Sony had investors disappointed when there was no product to back up these plans, and analysts are saying that 2012 will be a stretch if they have nothing developed yet.

Sony may or may not have some tricks up its sleeve, but the competition should be fierce when it does release a tablet, especially with competitors like Samsung releasing tablets like the Galaxy Tab, which some are already calling an "iPad killer." But Stringer claims that the Japanese manufacturer will have a tablet worth the wait before he is expected to step down from CEO in 2013.

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Motion to Highlight its First Ultra-Light, Rugged Tablet PC at The National Retail Federation Annual Conference
Business Wire

The new Motion CL900 with dual touch and stylus input, a rugged design and robust connectivity will Motion CL900 Tabletoffer a new productivity option for retail organizations

Motion®, a leading global provider of tablet PCs and supporting mobility solutions, will be demonstrating its new CL900 Tablet PC at the National Retail Federation’s 100th Annual Convention & EXPO at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, January 9 - 12, 2011 in New York City. The new CL900, announced earlier this week, is a robust tablet with a flexible feature set that enables access to and utilization of data while mobile. The CL900 is expected to be available early in the second quarter of 2011.

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Toshiba Honeycomb Android Based Tablet Unveiled
Unbeatable.com

Toshiba will be releasing an Android-based 3.0 Tablet.

The Toshiba Tablet coming in a bit bulkier than the Apple iPad, although sturdy, will feature a 10.1 inch display with 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. In addition the tablet will boast, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip with integrated NVIDIA graphics, enabling 1080p HD video playback.

“The time is right to deliver a new generation of tablets that go beyond expectations, giving users the freedom to experience the full web and app ecosystem with open designs that provide unprecedented connectivity and personalization,” explained Jeff Barney, VP and GM of Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division.

Toshiba Tablet at CES

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Motorola Plans Big Production for iPad Rival Xoom
PC World

Motorola reportedly has big hopes for its Xoom tablet and may produce between 700,000 and 1 million Xoom devices before April.

It's anyone's guess as to how many tablets Motorola will sell in the first few months, but it's not unrealistic to expect the company to sell one million Xooms relatively quickly. Apple sold its first one million iPads in 28 days, and Samsung hit the one million mark with the Galaxy Tab in just two months. The Xoom will be available in four different colors as opposed to Apple's black-only iPad,

 

Meet the Xoom

Samsung's Galaxy Tab was widely considered the first viable answer to the iPad, but the Motorola Xoom will be one of the first Android-based tablets to match the 9.7-inch iPad's specs. The Xoom features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 1280-by-800 resolution, 1GB RAM, 1GHz processor, 32GB on-board storage, SD card slot, 3G and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p video capture, and 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

The Xoom will also be one of the first tablet devices to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). The new Android OS is the first iteration of Google's mobile platform designed for both smartphones and tablets.  Tablet-friendly features in Honeycomb include split-screen displays and the latest version of Google Maps featuring 3D building renderings and faster display times.

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Predictions for 2011 in Mobile Technology: More Tablets
TMCnet

Industry observer James A. Martin, the author of Traveler 2.0, a mobile technology blog for travelers, no doubt nails it when he says as far as 2010 in mobile computing went, “the year in our collective rear-view mirror was all about the tablet.”

Meaning the Apple's iPad, of course. Based on that Martin says 2011 will be all about the tablet as well -- “but there will be plenty of other small business mobile trends to follow, too.”

He offers some of his predictions, here’s a sampling:

Tablet mania will accelerate. The iPad's raging success in 2010 spurred the launch of notable, competitive tablets from Samsung (News - Alert) (the Galaxy Tab), Dell (Streak, Inspiron Duo) and others. As sure as the Pope wears red loafers, there will be more tablets in 2011. RIM is joining the fray with a BlackBerry (News - Alert) PlayBook tablet, expected in late February, and Cisco's Cius tablet is due in March. In addition, likely but thus far unannounced contenders include an updated iPad with front-facing camera and a Palm WebOS tablet from HP, presumably to be announced in early January.

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Analyst: Android Tablet Shipments Will Match IPad In Second Half Of 2011
Forbes

Tech industry watchers are in general agreement that tablets were one of the biggest trends at the just-concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The analysts at BMO Capital Markets stand apart, however, in saying that tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system will match those of Apple’s blockbuster iPad in the second half of 2011.

The analysts made this assertion in a Jan. 10 research note accompanied by a conference call for investors. Though they said they believe Apple “continues to lead the tablet pack,” they also wrote that they expect unit shipments for Android-based tablets to equal those of the iPad in the second half of 2011.

The driving force is the number of manufacturers who are rushing out Android tablets this year. BMO expects at least 25 to 30 tablets from nearly 20 manufacturers by mid-year, citing Asus, Coby, Fujitsu, HP, HTC, Lenovo, Motorola, MSI, Toshiba, ViewSonic and Vizio, among others. Most of these companies plan to release at least one Android tablet.

In addition, BMO believes that Android tablets will benefit from their compatibility with Flash since the iPad does not support Adobe’s multimedia platform.

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Why Competing Tablets Will Struggle Against the iPad
PC Magazine

Harry McCracken, my friend at the Technologizer blog site, calls iPad competitors iPadversaries. I think that is a great way to describe all of the tablets I saw last week at CES. Tablets that were released in the shadow of the Apple iPad were plentiful at this big consumer tech show and every one of them wants to take tablet market share away from Apple.

While most of the tablet vendors that showed off new products were non-brand vendors, some of them like Motorola, Visio and Samsung are serious players in the consumer electronics market. But as good as their products might be, all of them individually are going to struggle to eat into any iPad sales in 2011 or even 2012. They could even match Apple's iPad feature to feature with their devices, plus make a product that is technically better, but they would still fall flat in their effort to gain serious ground against Apple's iPad juggernaut.

There is actually a simple answer to why Apple will remain top of the tablet heap for quite a while. The reason is it's a well oiled marketing machine, backed by over $40 billion in the bank and staggering profits from each quarter that can be poured back into R&D and marketing to insure that it stays on top.

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Verizon Wireless to Sell Apple IPad That Connects Directly to Its Network
Bloomberg

Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier’s exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.

Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., the parent of the wireless unit, said today in an interview in New York. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.

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LIFEBOOK T580 & the DuoSense Digital Pencil - When Art Meets State-of-the-Art

Demonstration of the DuoSense Digital Pencil used on the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T580 convertible Tablet PC with capacitive n-Trig digitizer with up to four-finger multitouch input.

 

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Verizon Wireless plans to sell Apple's iPhone for as low as $200 starting next month, putting the smartphone at the center of its high-stakes battle with AT&T for wireless customers.

Verizon's announcement Tuesday that it would start selling the phone on Feb. 10 puts an end to AT&T's three-year old status as the exclusive U.S. provider for the iPhone. Pre-orders start on Feb. 3.

Verizon Wireless said the phone, a version of the Apple iPhone 4 designed to run on Verizon's network, will sell with a two-year agreement for $199.99 for the 16-gigabyte model or $299.99 for the 32-gigabyte model.

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How Useful Are Tablets For Business?
PC World

Last week's CES brought forward a huge number of tablets. It doesn't take a genius to realize we're entering the era of tablet computing. Either that or there will soon be a lot of red-faced manufacturers. (Don't laugh; it happens regularly in the world of IT.)

Assuming tablets are here to say, when it comes to corporate take-up there's an interesting question: What exactly are we supposed to use tablets for?

Tablets make a whole lot of sense in the home, where we can lounge around and browse our favorite Websites or watch movies. But that's not the kind of thing people should be doing in the corporate world, unless it's a pyjama-based, work-at-home day.

In short, what compelling reason can a business have for splashing out on tablet hardware, other than looking good in the airport departure lounge?

Luckily, some answers came at the end of last year with the results of a ChangeWave survey. It asked 1641 business IT buyers if they were planning to get tablets and, if they already had them, what they used them for.

Seven percent of respondents said their company provides employees with tablets. If the results are projected out to the entire corporate IT market, then tens of millions of tablets could be in use in the business world. Fourteen percent of respondents said they planned to get tablets in the first quarter of this year--a rapid rate of growth.

However, 78 percent of respondents said they intended to invest in Apple iPads, in spite of solid tablet offerings from corporate favorites such as HP and Dell. Of those who already had tablets, 82 percent already had iPads. Dell and HP trailed far behind with 7 and 11 percent owning their tablets, respectively.

ChangeWave went on to ask what exactly workers do with their iPads, and that's where it gets interesting.

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Jobs and Murdoch to Unveil “The Daily”
mashable.com

Steve Jobs will join Rupert Murdoch on stage at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to reveal iPadiPad newspaper The Daily, The Cutline reports citing a source familiar with the matter.

The date for the event is said to be January 19, but it may change. Neither Apple nor News Corp. have confirmed that the event is happening on that date.

The Daily is specific, especially for Murdoch’s media powerhouse News Corp., as it will have no web or print edition – the only way to get it will be on the iPad, where each edition will cost $0.99.

Even with such a strong backing, The Daily will have a tough task ahead of it: to prove that the iPad (and tablet devices in general) are the real game changers for journalism.

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January 12 , 2011

Fujitsu Shows Windows 7-based Tablet
PC World

Fujitsu demoed its next-generation tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show. It came as no surprise, as the company has long been a player in highly mobile and slate-style products--especially ones Fujitsu Tablet aimed at corporate and vertical markets in previous pushes towards a tablet PC.

For Fujitsu's first tablet, due in the United States in the first half of 2011, the company is showing a 10-inch Windows slate design. The slate is running a 1280 by 800 resolution, 400 nit screen that uses N-trig's multi-touch screen technology for doing finger and pen navigation on the same screen. (HP's Slate, announced late fall 2010, already uses this technology, and N-trig has announced support for Android devices as well.) This technology alone makes the unnamed Fujitsu slate a good fit for the company's target vertical markets, which include finance and healthcare.

The unit will have Windows 7 Professional running on an Intel Atom Oaktrail-based system with a self-encrypted solid state drive, an option for wireless broadband, plus standard connectivity like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, biometric security (a small swipe is on the underside of the unit), and front- and rear-facing cameras and microphones.

Fujitsu expects the slate to come in at about 1.7 pounds, a figure Moore notes is about the same across his competitive set just because of the all the component requirements necessary to create a Windows slate. The price has yet to-be-determined, but "competitive" with other Windows tablets.

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CES Tablet Extravaganza: Motorola, RIM, Toshiba & Asus Stand Out
InformationWeek

CES provided a tableau of what buyers can expect in tablets, nearly all of them evolutionary hardware improvements over the currently-shipping iPad, none of them available now, and most of them, predictably, clones. Here's a guide, based on a modest round of discussions and CES 2011demonstrations at a frenzied CES; videos included where appropriate.

The tablet tease is finally over. Even if nothing new has shipped, if pricing and availability have yet to be revealed, if mobile operators are still being courted, and if a viable underlying tablet platform (besides iOS) has yet to be made available, there is little left to learn, other than the answer to that pesky question about which device will dare challenge Apple's relentless success, or at least emerge as the leading also-ran. Motorola is the early favorite, but there are equally compelling competitors, including Asus, Toshiba and RIM; and a few cool twists, like dual-screen devices, slide-out keyboards, and 4G connectivity.

Most new tablets will run Android, but since Google hasn't shipped version 3.0 (aka Honeycomb) -- the version that promises a better tablet experience -- it's best to focus on hardware

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Android Market Gains on Apple's App Store
EnterpriseMobileToday.com

Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad continues to lead the way in total applications available, according to a new report from Dutch mobile app research firm Distimo, but Google's Android Market increased its inventory of apps six-fold in 2010.

Android Market's impressive growth reflects the momentum Android-based devices have enjoyed in the past year while taking share away from Apple, RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) and Nokia.

In September, a survey conducted by Appcelerator and IDC found that 58.6 percent of mobile application developers preferred the Android platform to Apple's iOS and believe it has a better long-term outlook than Apple's flagship mobile platform.

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ViewSonic forays into tablet PC market
GulfNews

Move is part of company's diversification strategy as it launches ViewPad and seeks to capitalise on high demandViewsonic Tablets

Visual display vendor ViewSonic is diversifying its business by entering into the tablet PC industry to grab a bigger slice of the market share.

The US-headquartered company has launched new ViewPads — 10 and 7 inches — in the UAE market first followed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

"The marketplace for tablets is large and just barely penetrated, so we see a strong demand for the tablets in the region," Junaid Gul, Regional Sales Manager — Middle East, ViewSonic, told Gulf News.

ViewSonic is the first to launch a dual boot operating system — Windows 7 and Android 1.6 OS — in the UAE.

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January 13 , 2011

Heads up | Sprint cuts tablet price
Kansas City Star

Sprint slashed the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, its answer to Apple’s iPad tablet computer, by one-fourth, following cuts by Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. Overland Park-based Sprint now sells the Galaxy Tab for $299.99 with a two-year wireless-data contract, said spokesman Mark Elliott. Verizon Wireless cut the device’s price by $100 to $499.99 this month, and T-Mobile pared its price by $50 to $349.99.

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Text entry on tablets is a challenge that manufacturers and software vendors have been trying to solve for a long, long time, and one look in a busy airport with dozens of people trying to type on iPads carefully-balanced on their laps will tell you that we've still got a long way to go. We're not sure how SwiftKey's new version will work on 10-inch tablets (take the Xoom, for instance), but we had a chance to check it out on a Galaxy Tab -- and we have to say that it's probably the best landscape virtual keyboard we've used on a 7-inch tablet so far.

 

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CES Tablets Jockey for Traction Against Apple's iPad
ezinemark.com

The dust is settling from the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, and the Motorola Xzoom Tablet PCpositioning has begun. One of the hottest questions is which product will emerge as the second-place contender against Apple's iPad, the leader in the tablet category.

Going into CES, Samsung had a credible claim to second place with its Galaxy Tab being distributed by all four major U.S. carriers. The company said it shipped a million units in the first two months of release.

More Than 85 Tablets

But CES can reshuffle perception and momentum, as Nintendo's Wii and other devices can demonstrate. But while the gaming-console category is a battle between three contenders, including Microsoft and Sony, there was no shortage of tablets at this year's CES.

Some contenders included tablets from Lenovo, Dell, NEC, Acer, Motorola, Research In Motion, Toshiba, Samsung, ASUS and others. By some counts, more than 85 tablets were announced at the show.

Two tablets receiving a great deal of post-CES attention are Motorola's Xoom and RIM's PlayBook.

Motorola stoked anticipation for its tablet with a pre-show, highly engaging video that literally put its product on a pedestal -- under wraps as the latest evolution in a museum exhibition of the greatest tablets in history.

Other tablets that gained attention include Toshiba's, with a 10-inch display and what the company calls Adaptive Technology to automatically adjust visual and audio settings to match the environment. Vizio's Via Plus has three speakers for left, right and center spatial separation and an infrared emitter that can act as a universal remote for home theaters.

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider features a slide-out keyboard, and Lenovo showed the IdeaPad U1, which can flip between being a Windows 7 or Android notebook , or an Android tablet. And a dual-screen tablet from NEC, the Cloud Communicator, shown at CES as a prototype, could point to the next generation of tablet form factors.

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January 14 , 2011

HP: Maybe A Tablet, Maybe Not, But Possibly Definitely
TMCnet

The rumors began circulating long before CES that computer company HP was due to unveil their version of a Web tablet at the largest consumer electronics event of the year. When the supposed launch didn’t come through, HP’s executive, Todd Bradley, promised, albeit vaguely, a discussion of a possible webOS tablet at the company’s special press event slated for Feb. 9.

When probed by CNBC about an HP tablet, one that could rival Apple’s popular iPad, Bradley simply answered, "You and I will talk about that on the ninth."

Bradley also confirmed in the same interview that the “supposed” tablet will run webOS, the operating system of Palm, the company that HP acquired last year. The webOS platform was a determining factor in purchasing Palm, Bradley revealed in the interview.

The biggest question here is why didn’t HP utilize CES as the event to unleash their tablet gadget? With an event so big as CES, it seems as though HP wants the attention all for themselves. With many companies such as Asus and Toshiba doing their own revealing of the mobile computing devices, HP is keeping their cards close to their chest. It was reported by Associated Press that tablets were all the rage at CES, so one could hardly blame HP for staying behind.

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Apple iPad 2 Design Wish List: 10 Must-Have Features
eWeek

Apple’s second-generation iPad will likely be announced in the coming weeks. And when that Ipad needs beter printer supporthappens, consumers and enterprise customers will be interested to see what the new and improved device boasts—and what it doesn’t. Admittedly, trying to figure out what Apple will offer in upcoming product releases is extremely difficult. The company is masterful at staying secretive, and it typically finds a way to deliver on many of the features consumers are looking for, but not all. It strikes a fine balance between not delivering enough features, and delivering just enough to make customers happy. It’s an interesting concept that has worked well. But that won’t stop iPad owners from hoping for more from their beloved tablet. There is a long list of features that Apple’s upcoming tablet should offer. And it’s that wish list that is highlighted in the following slides. So take a look at the next 10 slides to find out what Apple should be bringing to the iPad 2 when the company finally makes it official in the coming weeks or months.

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Motion Announces its First Ultra-Light, Durable Tablet PC with Versatile Flexability
bit-tech.net

Motion®, a leading global provider of tablet PCs and supporting mobility solutions, announced today in the UK its first small form factor, durable tablet PC designed for productivity and business Motion Computing CL 900 Tablet PCintegration. The Motion® CL900 is a robust tablet with a flexible feature set that enables access to and utilisation of data while mobile. The CL900 is expected to be available early in the second quarter of 2011.

“Motion’s new CL900 will enable users to take advantage of connected applications, while also supporting uninterrupted productivity in remote or disconnected areas,” said David Altounian, Motion CEO. “We’ve combined our trademark durable design and robust solution set with the connectivity and portability of a tablet that is designed and built for business.”

Connected, Light and Robust
The CL900 maximises mobility and portability. From the hospital to the job site or retail store, the tablet will stand up to harsh conditions, while enabling real-time collaboration and access to information. Advanced durability, connectivity and mobility features include:

· Up to 8 hours of battery life for all-day, uninterrupted productivity
· Lightweight and robust design that offers the protection of the MIL-STD-810G specification at less than 1 kg and less than 16mm thick
· IP-52 rated exterior to protect against dust, moisture and other elements
· Optional integrated Gobi™ 3000 mobile broadband with GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth® 3.0, and a wireless SIM port for advanced communications
· Display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass for added durability and scratch resistance and incorporated DuPont Vertak™ to improve visibility in various lighting conditions

Built for Business Integration
The CL900 was designed to integrate seamlessly into business environments. Running Microsoft® Windows® 7 and powered by the upcoming Intel® Atom™ processor currently codenamed “Oak Trail”

Motion Computing Tablet PC

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January 17 , 2011

HP's 'Hurricane' tablet and other webOS devices coming February 9
The Tech Herald

With the iPad’s dominance set to come under increasing threat from tablet-toting industry HP's 'Hurricane' tablet and other webOS devices coming February 9heavyweights such as Dell, Motorola, ASUS and Lenovo, it’s perhaps not surprising to see leading computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (HP) showing an eagerness to get back in the game.

Moreover, while HP’s initial Windows-powered Slate was dropped back in the early part of 2010, the company’s subsequent acquisition of smartphone specialist Palm and its acclaimed webOS meant more HP-centric tablet devices were always likely to emerge at some point.

And, following a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that gave us the bona fide Streak 7, the promising Xoom, the muscular Eee Slate, and the tantalising LePad, HP has quickly moved to announce the imminent unveiling of its first raft of tablet PC systems.

“We are totally focused on the tablet market, totally focused on enabling that with webOS, which we bought over the summer from Palm,” commented Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP’s personal systems group, in a CNBC interview.

“We believe that the tablet is one piece of that ecosystem, one piece of the [always] connected experience that we are going to create,” he added.

Adding to that, Bradley said HP intends to host a “broad public show” in San Francisco on February 9, during which it will detail the future of webOS (v2.0) and the wide-ranging devices it will be utilised upon.

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Did Best Buy just accidentally reveal the iPad 2?
TG Daily

Three mysterious new product SKUs popped up on BestBuy.com over the weekend before they were Best Buy Logoalmost immediately removed. All three were listed as "iPad" products.

The launch of a new version of the iPad is seen as a question of when rather than if. Rumors have suggested Apple is planning the next round in its tablet lineup to be available in the spring.

Best Buy's new stock-keeping units (SKUs) were listed as "APPLE IPAD SKU WIFI" and "coming soon." Prices ranged from around $600 - $700, but other than that, there was no information listed for any of the products.

In addition to a faster processor and better display, the iPad 2 is reported to contain USB connectivity, multitasking out of the box, a much slimmer form factor, and dual digital cameras.

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Will Apple iPad 2 Feature Double The Resolution Of The Original?
ZoKnowsGaming

That’s what it looks like. According to reports by MacRumors Apple’s next iPad will have a ridiculously iPad 2 double the resolutioncrisp display with a 2048×1536 maximum resolution. This “rumor” is starting to look more and more accurate based on recent reports by Engadget that the iPad 2 will feature a “super high resolution”, though at the time they didn’t talk possible resolutions. If the iPad 2 did have a 2048×1536 resolution that would double the resolution of the original iPad which lots of folks think has one of the best displays anywhere. From a basic logic standpoint it makes sense as it would bevery easy for developers to scale existing apps up to meet the new resolution.

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Corporate market falling for tablet PC charms
MicroScope

Tablet PCs continue to make headway in distribution and with growing demand from corporate Apple iPad Tabletcustomers channel shipments are forecast to soar, according to analyst Context.

Figures released today show that tablet units across Europe's leading economies grew 68.7% in the week before Christmas to account for 5.6% of all major broadliners' PC sales and 5.8% of PC revenues.

"From virtually nothing at the start of the year, tablet PC revenues are now an average of only 1.6 points behind server revenues," said Context joint CEO Jeremy Davies.

The potential for iPads to make inroads in the corporate market has not missed the attentions of Apple COO Tim Cook - currently acting as CEO while Steve Jobs takes medical leave - who saw deployments from Proctor and Gamble and Novartis.

"Enterprise CIOs are adding iPad to their approved device list at an impressive rate. Since the lanch of the iPad, over 65% of the Fortune 100 is already deploying or piloting iPad," he said on the Q4 fiscal 2010 conference call in October.

Mike Rodwell, commercial director at Computacenter, pointed to the proliferation of digital allowance in the workplace for employees to use the same technology at work and home as one of the drivers for tablets, specifically the iPad.

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MSI Announces 10.1-inch Intel Powered WindPad 100W Tablet PC
Legit ReviewsMSI WindPad 100W tablet computer

MSI unveiled its WindPad 100W tablet computer with power-sipping Intel mobile platform processor and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Its extended six hours-plus of battery power is the most of any tablet computer using this system. The WindPad 100W also packs a number of advanced hardware devices, such as a 10.1-inch multipoint touch screen, dual video cameras, a G-Sensor gravity detecting device, and an ALS light sensor. It also comes with a complete array of I/O ports, including an SD card reader, USB 2.0 slots, and a mini HDMI port, so this tablet can meet your entertainment needs like any conventional computer. It’s the ideal mobile data center for today’s gamer.

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January 18 , 2011

Lenovo Creates Separate Unit for Tablets, Phones
ABC News

Lenovo Group, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, expects the market for tablet Lenovo LePad Tabletcomputers and other mobile and Internet-connected devices to expand so rapidly that it is creating a product group devoted solely to these products.

The company, which is based in Beijing and has U.S. headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., said Tuesday that its new mobile Internet and digital home division will focus on creating tablets, smart phones and Web-connected home electronics, such as television sets.

Given the enormous popularity of Apple Inc.'s iPad, which was released last April, analysts expect tablet sales to jump this year. Technology research firm Gartner Inc. expects that 55 million tablet computers will be shipped this year, most of them still iPads, but there will be room for rivals to vie for sales of the remaining 10 million to 15 million devices.

The iPad wasn't the first tablet to hit the market — Lenovo and others have long offered laptops with swiveling screens that can also function as tablets, for example. But with its sleek design, focus on multimedia and price tag that can be as low as $499, the iPad was the first that managed to catch on with consumers. Now, major names including Lenovo, Motorola Mobility Inc. and Toshiba Corp. are releasing their own tablets with expectations that the category will finally take off this year.

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Tablet predictions: Google to slice up Apple
Marketing magazine Australia

Research company Ovum is predicting tablet purchase to continue exploding over the next four years, but forecasts Apple to lose its market dominance.

Ovum predicts global shipments of portable internet devices based on ‘lite’ operating systems (OSs), which include tablet computers such as the iPad, will hit 150 million per year in 2015. Ovum also reckons 35% of global shipments in 2015 will arrive in the Asia-Pacific region, a huge growth from 2.8 million in 2010 to 52 million in 2015.

The portable devices tracked in Ovum’s forecast are those that use ‘lite’ OSs such as Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS and include tablet devices such as the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook as well as clamshell and convertible form factors.

“This huge growth in shipments will be dominated by tablet-style technologies such as the iPad and will mainly be driven by consumers buying devices to complement their smartphones,” said Ovum principal analyst Tony Cripps. “This will either be as a ‘third device’ where there is a high-penetration PCs or the primary computing device where there is low-penetration.”

A particularly bold prediction was that Apple be cut up by competitors by 2015, with Google’s operating systems, primarily Android but also likely to Chrome OS, to dominate the market.

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Motorola Xoom: The Big Picture
Free PC Guides

Just like we were expecting, the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 from Las Vegas was a real feast of tablets, reports indicating that the event had close to 100 different tablets showcased. The star of the event turned out to be the upcoming first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom.

Motorola Xoom proved to be the highlight of CES 2011 also, probably due to the fact that this tablet is going to be the pioneer for the upcoming tablet optimized Android 3.0 platform. The device didn’t disappoint with its specs either, promising to be the next true competitor for Apple’s iPad.

 

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Apple iPad 2 launch set for April with in-built SD card slot
T3

'Trusted' source outs iPad 2 SD features

Rumoured to feature everything from a 9.7-inch Retina display to front and rear facing cameras, the iPad Spidermanupcoming iPad 2 is set to spot an in-built SD card slot, sources have revealed.

Tech blog Engadget has declared that a ‘trusted’ source close to the matter has confirmed that the imminent arrival of the second generation Apple tablet will see the device’s sleek and stylish brushed metal body be afflicted by an inch long gash capable of supporting SD card file transfers.

Whilst the inclusion of an SD card slot is not quite the USB port addition many of iPad users were hoping for, the slimmer form factor that the iPad 2 is set to adopt could have drastically influenced the form of portable media expansion the tablet device is physically capable of supporting.

Expected to be unveiled on February 1st ahead of a global rollout in April, the iPad 2 is strongly believed to come boasting dual-camera credentials with Apple’s FaceTime video calling technology touching down on its tablet device for the first time.

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Is a digital magazine storefront for the iPad on the way?
ZDNet

Even though the first iPad-only newspaper has been delayed, rumors are already circling about an entire digital magazine storefront for Apple’s tablet.Apple IPad

The project features Next Issue Media, a joint venture of five media companies set to distribute magazines across tablet devices. As reported by Mashable, Apple is almost ready to announce a magazine subscription model for the iPad with titles from Conde Nast and Hearst, among others, to be prepared in time for a summer launch.

Other tablets and e-book readers (i.e. Nook Color) already offer subscriptions to magazines from multiple publishers. There are already a few magazines (i.e. Wired, Glamour, GQ) available by single-issue purchase on the iPad, and other monthly glossies make an appearance via dumbed-down mobile apps.

Apparently a big hurdle is getting publishers to actually ink a deal as Apple is known to be a bit over-controlling

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Tablet market overflows
The News Journal

Dozens of iPad competitors roll out as 'centerpiece' of electronics show

Similarly, consumers are about to find out that iPads are not the only game in town when it comes to electronic tablets.

Although Apple seems to dominate every market in which it plays, other technology producers aren't ceding the realm to Steve Jobs & Co.

At this month's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, about 80 new tablets were unveiled, and are expected to hit the market in the next few months.

"Tablets were definitely the centerpiece" of the show, said Nick Mokey, associate editor of Digital Trends, an online tech and lifestyle magazine in Portland, Ore.

Tablets, long talked about in tech circles, burst into the mainstream in April with Apple's release of the iPad, a touch-screen-keyboard personal electronic device that's bigger than a smart phone but smaller and easier to transport than a laptop.

Besides the iPad, the other prominent tablet currently on the market is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It's smaller than the iPad, making it more portable. It has two cameras, whereas the iPad has none.

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January 19 , 2011

HP / Palm's webOS tablets -- pictures, plans, and more
engadget

Oh, hello. A trusted tipster just sent in these internal renders of HP / Palm's "Topaz" webOS tablet, HP Tabletwhich is one of two tablets currently being developed in Sunnyvale. That's right, two tablets: the 9-inch Topaz and a 7-inch model codnamed Opal -- a lineup that fits nicely into Palm's "Something big, Something small, Something beyond" tagline for its upcoming February 9th event. Looking at the render, we're seeing the no-button design we'd previously heard about (we're assuming the gesture area rotates with the display), a front-facing camera, a micro USB port on the bottom, and what appears to be a Vizio Tablet-style three speaker arrangement for stereo audio in both landscape and portrait modes -- that's two speakers along the left side and a third on the right. (That's just a guess, though.) We'd also note the back appears to be a glossy material, which might rule out a giant Touchstone for charging -- Touchstone backs have heretofore been soft-touch, but anything can change, we suppose.

Unfortunately, we don't have any word on specs or pricing yet, but these things had better be packing some serious heat for cheap if Palm is really planning to wait until September to launch them -- they'll be going head-to-head with the Xoom, the PlayBook, and presumably the iPad 2. We're still digging for more, so keep an eye out -- things are going to get crazy leading up to February 9th.

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Asus Eee Slate EP121 Tablet PC w/ Core i5 and IPS Display Lasts Over 5 Hours
tablets-planet

The recently announced Asus Eee Slate EP121 has just about everything you could want to have in Asus Eee Slate EP121a tablet PC but from the initial info the battery looked to be a weak point. On the Amazon product page they have the EP121 listed as being able to last up to only 3 hours. However in testing the real battery life comes out and in testing the EP121 actually lasted well over 5 hours if you want to go by Blogeee.net’s figures.

Blogeee clocked the EP121′s 4-cell battery at 5 hours and 30 minutes during their hands-on review. In their review they basically went through and had the EP121 do things like edit photos in Adobe Lightroom 3, web browsing, YouTube video playback and even playing 1080p HD and 720p HD video –all of which they say the EP121 did without problems–.

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ARBOR Unveils Brand New Medical Tablet PC M1040 Arbor M1040 Medical Tablet PC
Embedded Computing Design (press release)

M1040, the portable medical tablet pc, is ARBOR’s brand new product which mainly aims at Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) application.

M1040 is built with Intel Atom N450 1.6 GHz processor and ICH8M chipset while support DDR2-667 SO-DIMM system memory up to 2GB. Its power supply includes an internal Li-battery and a hot-swappable Li-battery, which offers operating time up to 3.5 hours. M1040 adopts 10.4” touch panel which can support resistive touch as well as electromagnetic digitizer. The seamless and chemical-resistant panel design makes it easy to be cleaned and wiped. Featuring slim appearance (1.3 kg weight and 26mm thickness) and slip-free grip design, M1040 is easy to carry around and operate anywhere.

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Evolve III Maestro: Triple Boot tablet PC went unnoticed at CES-2011
Seer Press

Australian Firm Evolve III is coming up with triple boot tablet PC Maestro that will run on OSs Evolve III Maestro: Triple Boot tablet PCAndroid, Meego and Windows 7

It is already about a week since the highly exciting technology event CES 2011 has come to an end during which so many amazing gadgets and technologies were presented that many worthy gadgets were lost somewhere in limelight and simply went unnoticed. In particular at Intel Booth Australian engineers had presented a prototype of triple boot Tablet PC Evolve III Maestro that supports working on Android and Windows 7 operating systems with a 1.83 GHz Atom N475 processor.

Shown at CES, the prototype is an intermediate result of the ongoing development. It is expected during the second quarter this year the tablet will get a new dual-core processor from Oak Trail series and it will also support a third operating system – MeeGo. It is being claimed that the device while running on Windows 7 has a battery backup for 8 hours, while on Android this figure increases by two times.

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January 20 , 2011

More details emerge about HP's new webOS tablets: Touchpad name, Beats Audio, tons of cloud storage
ZDNet

So we already know that HP is planning both a 9-inch and 7-inch tablet based on the webOS it HP Tabletacquired last year from Palm. We know the 7-inch Opal will be released in September, but the 9-inch Topaz may appear as early as March. The leaks are continuing, and more information about HP’s tablet PC push is surfacing.

First, the company may be rolling out the name HP Touchpad for these tablets, according to a trademark HP just applied for. It could be a ruse, but it could also point to a webOS future that furthers de-emphasizes its Palm roots.

In addition, Engadget has received more tips about the tablet specs themselves. They will be using the Beat Audio technology HP has been developing, and there could be a Touchstone charging dock that could turn the “Touchpad” into an alarm clock and digital photo frame. Another cool touch — literally — is the ability to tap an HP tablet and forthcoming smartphone together to share files.

Finally, HP could be using the cloud in a way that Apple hasn’t embraced yet. You’ll supposedly be able to wirelessly access your music collection, which may be a result of the “tens of gigabytes” of cloud storage that will be provided buyers. No details on whether this will require any kind of monthly fee, but it may force Google and Apple to speed their own music cloud services to market.

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Uncensored Playboy issues coming to Apple iPad
intomobile

Don’t be surprised to see the Apple iPad winding up under a few mattresses, as Hugh Hefner said Hugh Heffner Playboy on iPadthat the uncensored Playboy archives will be coming to the iPad soon. This could indicate a change in Apple’s developer stance.

“Big news! Playboy–both old & new–will be available on iPad beginning in March,” Hugh Hefner tweeted..

He later confirmed that these issues will be uncensored on the Apple iPad, which is a departure from Apple’s previous App Store rules about adult content. Apple has previously not allowed programs with adult content like nudity in its App Store and Steve Jobs has even gone as far as saying that users can go to Android if they want porn.

Update] Well, it looks like Apple won’t be changing its prudish ways with the App Store, as the uncensored Playboy archive will be coming to the iPad via a customized website. Gizmodo says this will be a subscription service that you access through the browser that will be formatted for the 10-inch tablet.

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Defeating Apple iPad`s Tablet Dominance: 10 Ways to Do It
eweek

News Analysis: Apple’s iPad is wildly successful, and continues to appeal to consumers. But competing tablet makers have a shot at dethroning the device going forward if they do the right things.

Apple’s iPad is an unbridled success. The company announced in its first-quarter earnings report on Jan. 18 that it sold 7.33 million iPads during the quarter. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that his firm is “firing on all cylinders.”

That’s certainly true. Apple’s iPad has helped lead a charge at the company that has pushed it ahead of any other firm in the industry. Several other companies, witnessing the iPad’s phenomenal growth and wanting some of it for their own, are planning to break into that space attempting to steal Apple’s market share later this year.

The only problem is that might not be so easy. A recent study from research firm IDC found that Apple has 87 percent market share in the tablet space. But that doesn’t mean that the competition can’t overcome the iPad’s lead. With some time and strong products, Apple’s position as dominant market leader could diminis

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Acer: We Are "NOT Phasing Out Netbooks in Favor of Tablets"
DailyTech

Ruth Rosene a spokeswoman for Taiwanese computer maker Acer, Inc. wrote us this afternoon to Acer Aspire One Netboooktell us, "Acer [is] NOT phasing out netbooks in favor of tablets."

Apparently the rumor that the company would be dumping its popular netbooks amid slowing sales and increased tablet interest is a bit removed from reality.  She writes, "Acer… [patently denies] recent rumors the company will be phasing out netbooks in favor of tablets."

In an attached press release, the company writes:

Mobility, which has always been part of Acer’s DNA, finds a new form of expression in the range of tablets on offer, which feature various display sizes and models designed to fit different kinds of usage scenarios. Acer recognizes that the computer market is changing. As PCs are no longer only used to create content but are more and more becoming consumption tools, new devices and new form factors are appearing.

This means the range of devices available to users is getting wider and tablets are just another piece of the mosaic. Therefore, they will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks.

The company is preparing to launch three tablet computers this spring.  The first model -- a Windows tablet -- will launch in February 2011.  The Windows 7 tablet will measure 10.1-inches and pack a powerful AMD Brazos GPU/CPU SoC and a pair of 1.3 MP cameras (perfect for taking 3D images, hint, hint).  

The Windows tablet will be followed in April by a pair of Androids -- one measuring 10.1-inches (the "Iconia A500") and the other measuring 7 inches.  Both will feature 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, pack screen resolutions of 1280x800 pixels, and come with Dolby speakers.  The 10-inch model will also include an LTE wireless modem.  The smaller tablet packs an HD-resolution front-facing camera (for Skype messaging, etc.).  The larger tablet reportedly is powered by NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 SoC; the 7-inch tablet may be as well.  Both are likely running the tablet-friendly upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

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Asustek: to continue netbook focus as tablets grow
Reuters

Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc will stick to its core netbook PC products, it said on Wednesday, even as the rising popularity of tablet PCs sparked by Apple Inc's iPad threatens to cut into netbook sales.

The company expects sales of netbooks will be flat this year, but revenue will rise as it brings more high-end products to the market. Like most of its rivals, however, it is also joining the tablet market with its own model.

Asustek said it will launch its first tablet model for Taiwan, using Google's GOOG.L Android 3.0 platform, as early as March.

The company has already started selling larger-sized tablet PCs in the U.S. and Europe.

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January 21 , 2011

Official ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Demo 1080p

Rob from ASUS demos Art Rage Studio, Adobe Photoshop, the BT Keyboard, 1080p streaming on YouTube, and on-screen keyboard and hand-writing recognition on the ASUS Eee Slate EP121.

 

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Notion Ink Adam Tablet PC Shipping: You Ordered One?
Phones Review

Apparently there was some concerns over pre-order status with the Notion Ink Adam tablet as Huliq Notion Ink Adam Tablet PCNews was worried about some of the ordering process and saying that “pre-orders of the device were in limbo.”

However Huliq seems to have lost those concerns although the company has yet to announce any pricing or even that the Notion Ink Adam tablet had gained FCC approval, but apparently CEO Rohan Sharvan delivered some calcification on the subject in a recent blog post which basically says the firm is waiting to reopen pre-orders due to e-commerce and supply chain issues.

Sharavn did however confirm that the Notion Ink Adam tablet has now cleared the FCC meaning the device can now go on sale in the US of A.

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HTC to debut Android Flyer Tablet PC in Match
Good E-Reader

HTC is mostly known to make handsets for the phone crowd, but that is not stopping them from claiming a little bit of the tablet PC segment this year. They are developing three new tablets, with the first one to be launched this March.

The first offering this March from HTC will be dubbed the Flyer and will be running Google Android 2.3 out of the gates. It will also have full support for Google Android 3.0 when it becomes available. People have compared it to an over-sized HTC Desire smartphone in terms of pure aesthetics.

HTC will be utilizing their telecommunications carrier contacts in order to help subsidize the tablet and get it in as many retail settings as possible. They will have to, with competition looming in the horizon from RIM and Motorola with their new tablets to be launched soon

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AGC Unveils Damage-Resistant Dragontrail™ Glass for Smartphone, Tablet PC, TV Makers Worldwide
PR Newswire

GC announced today it will launch worldwide sales of Dragontrail™, a glass material that is highly receptive to chemical strengthening, to respond to surging global demands for high-quality cover glass used for screens on electronic devices. By 2012, AGC expects to achieve sales of over 30 billion yen (about 360 million USD) in the global market for chemically strengthened cover glass used in smartphones, tablet PCs, TVs and similar devices.

The demand for cover material is growing in parallel with the rapid proliferation of smartphones, tablet PCs and other devices, many of which feature designs where touchscreen panels cover the majority of their surfaces. These mobile devices require protection against shocks and grazing resulting from touch operation, accidental drops and scraping inside a pocket or bag. AGC's Dragontrail offers a superior substitute to conventional cover material, such as soda-lime glass, which lacks strength, and resin, which is prone to scratches and limited by poor texture quality.

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January 24 , 2011

Toshiba Tablet Powered by Android Web Site

Toshiba Tablet Powered by Android Web Site

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Toshiba Android 3.0 Tablet Touts Swappable Battery
eWeek

Toshiba is offering users a peek at its forthcoming Android 3.0 tablet, a 10.1-inch-screen device coming this spring with dual cameras, Flash support and a swappable battery.

Toshiba launched a preview Website of its forthcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, a device geared to provide features Apple's iPad lacks such as dual cameras, a swappable battery, several data ports and Flash support.

eWEEK got a sneak peek of the tablet three weeks ago at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, but few specs were made available about the device, whose name Toshiba has yet to announce.

However, much more information about this device has come to light vis-à-vis this Toshiba teaser Website, which shows an attractive, portable computer with a slip-resistant, EasyGrip finish that will come in five colors.

The device features 10.1-inch multitouch screen with a 1,280-by-800, 720p HD resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio, "so neither your favorite movies nor your favorite Websites ever get cropped."

The screen also boasts an ambient light sensor to provide consistency between indoor and outdoor viewing.

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Motorola Xoom pegged for February 17 retail releaseMotorola Xoom tablet computer
The Tech Herald

Motorola’s recently unveiled Xoom tablet computer, which could become a serious market rival for Apple’s hot-selling iPad, looks set for an imminent retail launch via the shelves of Best Buy.

That’s according to the eagle-eyed industry watchers over at Engadget, who cite a leaked Best Buy document in their claim that the Xoom has been packaged and priced for a February 17 go-date. 

Current reports swirling around the Xoom suggest a retail price of between $700 USD and $800 USD, which places it well within the iPad’s pricing bracket—a 3G-equipped 32GB version of Apple’s tablet costs $730 USD.

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Can Motorola Xoom which is due in February beat Apple's iPad 2 and iPad?
International Business Times

Motorola Xoom boomed at CES 2011 stealing the spotlight from other Android tablets, setting a new benchmark that Apple would be aiming for with its iPad 2 due in April.Motorola Xzoom Tablet

However the question whether Motorola Xoom will be able to offer stiff competition to both iPad and iPad 2, still looms large in the tablet landscape. With iPad 2 reports tumbling out, since Apple released the iOS 4.3 beta for developers, Xoom has to look out for some serious punch coming from iPad 2.

Motorola Xoom comes with the new iteration of Android, the Android 3.0 codenamed Honeycomb, which has been specifically designed by Google for tablets unlike its other Android versions which were crafted for smartphones. The other Android renditions used in tablets have resulted in lower battery life. However, the Xoom running on Honeycomb juice offers 10 hours of battery life which is similar to iPad though its screen resolution is higher at 1280x800 compared to iPad's 1024x798.

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Where's the Tablet headed?
Business Line

While applications ruled the roost in the iPhone-disrupted Smartphone market last year, in this year of tablets, it will be content — whether it be audio, video or e-books that will distinguish the challengers. Exclusivity in copyright content with the publishing, audio and video houses is likely to create some market space for the challengers. However, we expect that this is a short-run phenomenon as copyright exclusivity and bundling will be broken as low-price Tablets enter the market for mass consumption.

What could be the next disruption unleashed possibly again by Apple?  The next year might well be the year of “user experience”.

With devices, content and application available in plenty, it is the user experience that will finally dictate which combination will be consumed by the end users. We expect that 3D and augmented reality will enhance the user experience in the years to come. Apple might be working on that magic device (let us call it iThreeD) that is in the works to take user experience to greater heights.

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January 25 , 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab Deals- Sweetening the offer
PR Wall Street

Samsung Galaxy Tab is one phone that came very near to challenge the monopoly of iPad. But, it would not be apt to say that it rally challenged the Apple tablet. However, it was not a complete failure either. In its own space, it is a success of sorts. Almost all the major network providers offered quite attractive Samsung Galaxy Tab Deals to pull the customers their way.

On the features front, the Samsung Tablet PC do not clearly lag behind the iPad. Its 7.0 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen offers a resolution of 600*1024pixels. With its Android operating system and 1GHz processor speed is not a big issue. So far as connectivity is concerned, users get multiple options like Bluetooth, EDGE, WLAN, GPRS. Available in two classical colors of Grey and Black it also offers many useful applications that make it useful for business and corporate users. Apart from them the handset have found likeness among the masses too.

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Microsoft's iPad battle plan for partners
ZDNet

Microsoft has come under a constant barrage of criticism for its failure to launch a real competitor to Apple's iPad. When the iPad initially seemed like a consumer-only-focused device, that was one thing. But now that Apple's slate is gaining real, measurable traction with enterprises, Microsoft -- and its partners -- have a real challenger on their hands. Microsoft and its OEMs are not expected to field the first credible iPad competitors until 2012, however, when Windows 8 machines hit the market. Until then, Microsoft and its partners will need to find a way to beat the "commercial slate PC" drum and look for ways to slip through cracks not being addressed by Apple. The following slides are from a PowerPoint deck Microsoft is making available to its partners as part of its strategy to help them try to sell Windows 7 slates against the iPad in 2011.

Windows Offers Choices across the spectrum

Choices across the spectrum

A centerpiece to Microsoft's Windows 7 slate campaign is the issue of customer choice. Microsoft is emphasizing a diversity of form factors and input methods as an advantage for the Windows slates over the iPad.

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LG G-Slate seen in a music video
Good E-Reader

Well, here is another solid reason to await the G-Slate tablet from LG. According to the latest rumors LG G-Slate Tablet doing the rounds in the online world, the first tablet PC from the LG camp might come equipped with 3G capability. The best thing is that you will not be required to wear special glasses to enjoy the 3D capability of the tablet PC. The tablet also comes equipped with a twin camera setup, one each on the front and the back. Rumor mills are also claiming the front facing camera to be 3D ready as well.

Now before you fall off your chair in disbelief, remember these are just rumors. There has been no official statement from LG confirming any of these. So let’s hold off of the celebration until we get final product.

In the meantime, enjoy the video that has given birth to all the rumors as it appeared in a Korean pop music video.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review - Android takes on the iPadSamsung Galaxy Pad User Interface
PC Perspectives

The radical difference in the iPad hardware versus the Galaxy Tab is the adoption of a 7”, 1024 x 600 LCD display instead of a 10” one. In my experiences, this provides a solution that is much easier to travel with and carry in many different situations, while not losing any real usability features of the 10” iPad.

Overall, the Galaxy Tab feels solid, and well constructed while not being too gaudy. The 7” form factor leads to more portability, and expanded options when carrying it. In such scenarios like the pocket on the inside of a sport coat or jacket, the Galaxy Tab fits well, where the 10” iPad could not hope to compete.

As with the other Galaxy devices, we find Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on the Galaxy Tab. This interface layer on top of the Android OS works hard to emulate interface elements first introduced by Apple in iOS. Instead of the Android standard, vertically scrolling, applications list, TouchWiz features pages of apps that flip left and right, like the home screens on iOS.

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New Tablet PC - Rocking Technology 2011
Release-news.com

The ranges of tables in the market are wide and the options and features of these Tablets are attractive and are the best in the industry. The market offers a wide range of Tablets and the Deals offered by the service providers are very attractive of the users. The Tablet PC is sleek and designed with perfection, the built quality of these Tablets are very good.

The deals offered on these phones are very competitive in the market. The tablet PCs in the market are manufactured by companies such as Samsung Tablet, Dell, Blackberry, Motorola, Apple and many more the Tablet in the market range in variety and the tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Tab, Comitia N700, Bin atone Home surf 7,Dell Streak Tablet, Black Berry Play Book, Motorola Android tablet are available in the market. Some of these can be used as phones too, this double usage of these devices make them much more appealing to the users.

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January 26 , 2011

5 things every tablet needs to succeed
BetaNews

1. Right price. Apple has set entry price at $499. Contenders must go lower, to open up mass-market competition and rapidly gain share against iPad.

2. No carrier commitment. Early tablet contenders, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, are going to market with the wrong lower-price strategy. Carriers subsidize costs and require two-year contractual commitments. If T-Mobile didn't demand a data plan, I would have purchased a Galaxy Tab months ago. Other consumers will balk, too, at adding an additional data fee on top of their smartphone plans.

3. Broad distribution. Apple didn't launch iPad into a vacuum but with lush sales and distribution environment.

4. Massive marketing. Other than Apple, Samsung is the only tablet manufacturer doing anything close to meaningful advertising

5. The right applications -- not the highest number. Over the weekend, Apple achieved an amazing milestone -- 10 billion downloads from its App Store, the overwhelming majority for iPhone and iPod touch. The store offers more than 300,000 applications, a number many pundits and Apple enthusiasts use to predict the dominance of iOS on smartphones and tablets

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RIM Playbook to better the iPad in battery life
Good E-Reader

Moving over from the Motorola XOOM or the HP WebOS based tablet devices, the Playbook tablet Rim Playbook Tablet Battery Lifefrom Research in Motion also has thrown their hat in the ring and is hyping their Playbook tablet. While that will only add to a successful launch of the tablet device, what is most interesting is the fact that the RIM boffins are not shying away from targeting the mighty iPad from Apple in their eagerness to push forward the Playbook. RIM has singled out the one aspect of the iPad that is also considered one of the strongest points of the Apple tablet – its battery performance, which being on the better side of a full 10 hours is often seen as a benchmark for most tablet devices.

RIM has decided to play the role of the game changer in this aspect and is claiming it will comprehensively better the iPad in this respect. RIM’s senior marketing VP Jeff McDowell has gone on record claiming their BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will have “equal or greater” battery life than the Apple iPad while still having a battery pack that is smaller than the one that powers the Apple tablet.

However, this does not come as a surprise considering the fact that the PlayBook tablet itself sports a smaller dimension than the iPad and has a smaller 7 inch display compared to the 9.7 inch display on the iPad. Hence, its all but natural for the PlayBook to have a lower battery requirement than the iPad.

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Galaxy Tab: A great tablet for the 'can't do Apple' crowd
InfoWorld

I'm not anti-Apple -- but I'm not drinking the new Apple-flavored Kool-Aid either. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tab Tabletcommercials picking on Microsoft put me off. The first ones were funny, but then they became mean, like Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. As much as I see the value and use of an iPad, I'm stuck in the "can't do Apple" crowd for now, though there are no viable Windows tablets today, just laptops in a tablet design.

In my search for a non-Apple tablet that shines, it's the Galaxy Tab that wins the honor. I have to admit, when I read the review "Samsung's Galaxy Tab makes a strong case for buying an iPad" by my InfoWorld colleague Galen Gruman, I was immediately turned off from the idea of ever purchasing one.

Let me note that I'm not a mobile device expert. I'm just a network admin geek who loves gadgets but doesn't usually buy one unless I can see real value in its use. That's my angle for reviews: Will it work for me in my personal life? Will it perform well in the enterprise?  At the same time I needed to get an insiders view on why the Galaxy Tab was designed a certain way and I had the chance to speak with Chris Martinez, who is a strategy manager for Samsung.

Enterprises will find a variety of apps and uses for the Galaxy Tab, including the Epocates Rx drug-reference app for health care professionals. You can download the ThinkFree Office Mobile app to work with Office documents. Box.net, Dropbox, and GoAruna all have apps for syncing files via the cloud. EverNote is an awesome tool for taking notes in meetings; it even embeds voice recordings, pictures, and Web pages. Obviously, depending on your business needs, you can search for and there is an app for that (or there will be soon).

For me, the 7-inch form factor is a great fit. I realize that when it comes to tablet size, there are two camps: those of people who sit and those of people who stand. If you can sit down with your tablet, the 10-inch size may work better for you because the on-screen keyboard acts more like a real keyboard.

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Notion Ink Adam Hands on Review
Good E-Reader

Welcome to the official Good e-Reader hands on Review of the most eagerly anticipated Tablet PC of 2011, the Notion Ink Adam. We have the highest end version you can possibly get the 10.1 Inch Notion Ink Adam Tablet   ReviewPixel-QI 3G WI-FI.  Can this device live up to the viral hype that surrounded it during the entire development process? Or is it really everything it was billed to be?

One of the great features on the Adam that proved to be the most fun in the first 10 hours of playing with the device is the swivel camera that actually adjusts itself in an arc, unlike many netbook and tablet cameras that have a fixed position. The camera can move a total of 180 degrees and can take pictures or video! It is also 3.2 MP! Solid!

There are many heavily customized programs for your day to day tasks that are unlike any other tablet experience you may have found so far. Essential day to day apps are tremendously revised and allow for a more intuitive experience with the Adam. We found the Email client (Mail’d) File Browser (sniffer) Web browser, paint (Canvas) had the best experience so far.
With the web browser we were able to view Adobe FLASH content and embedded Youtube videos right out of the gates! It was fast and stable and a nice treat. So many budget tablets come out and do not even have the ability to play embedded youtube videos.

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Android trumps Apple, every time
MyADSL

Given the choice of an Apple iOS or and Android powered device, my choice is clear.Android trumps Apple

At the risk of sounding like a "hater" - I won't be buying an iPad.

I know all the cool kids have iPads but I really don't want one. I'm also tired of hearing how "awesome" the iPad is. It's just a tablet PC, for goodness sake. The way some people carry on you'd swear the iPad was the equivalent of finding a cure for cancer or brokering world peace.

Of course the iPad looks cool. That's what Apple does best: Apply their excellent design and marketing skills to relatively standard pieces of technology. No matter how cool it is, it is not enough to convince me to become an Apple disciple, which is what most Apple users quickly become.

On the other hand, Android is something I can get excited about. It's rough, ready and full of potential, just the way I like my operating systems.

Of course it's not a direct comparison between the iPad and Android. One is an operating system (Android) the other is an OS and a hardware platform. But it doesn't really matter; Android on a good piece of hardware such as an HTC Desire phone or a Galaxy Tab will give an iPhone or an iPad a good run for their money any day.

It's really about how the user experience makes me feel, and this is where they differ vastly.

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January 27 , 2011

Apple's iPad celebrates first birthday
IDG News Service

It is year to the day since Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to the world at the Yerba Buena Center for iPad Birthdaythe Arts in San Francisco.

The iPad is one year old today - that is, if you consider its birthday to be the day it was first shown off to the world by Steve Jobs.

Jobs took to the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on 27 January 2010 and announced the iPad, calling it "the best browsing experience you've had"

However, the critics were confounded by the runaway success of the iPad. Apple recently announced that 7.33 million units were sold in the quarter ending 25 December 2010 and the iPad utterly dominates the media tablet sector, according to figures from IDC.

In fact, sales of the iPad helped Apple to third place in terms of most PCs shifted during the last quarter of 2010, according to a report issued this week by Canalys. Not bad for a device that many people had written off from the start.

Putting that debate to one side, though, it isn't the iPad itself that is receiving all of the attention on its special day, but its yet-to-be announced little brother, the iPad 2. Rumours suggest that the iPad 2 is likely to launch in the US in April 2011, coming to international markets a few months later.

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Lenovo Takes on Apple With `Extreme Focus' on LePad, LePhoneLenovo Tablets
Bloomberg

Lenovo Group Ltd., China’s biggest maker of personal computers, said it will put an “extreme focus” on the further development of LePad and LePhone, its answers to Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone.

“We have an extreme focus on the innovation of LePad and LePhone because these products will dominate the future market,” Chairman Liu Chuanzhi said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Anyone who loses this battle will be phased out from the history of this industry.”

Lenovo, maker of Thinkpad laptops, is diversifying in a quest to boost revenue. It started selling the LePhone in China’s domestic market in May, and plans to launch the LePad by the end of this quarter, according to Liu. The iPhone is Apple’s top-selling product, accounting for 39 percent of revenue last fiscal year. The iPad, introduced in April, accounted for 17 percent of revenue last quarter.

“History has proved we are good at catching up with the market’s leaders,” Liu said. “Though Apple is winning a significant share in the Chinese market, it has not gained a clearly leading position yet. Our advantage is we know this market better.”

 

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Introducing the LIFEBOOK T580 Tablet PC

Would a device described with words like slim, flexible, powerful, reliable, fit into your life? If so, check ours out! We just love using the new LIFEBOOK T580 and can't stop talking about it... shhh pass the popcorn, let's watch it again:
Ultra-versatile convertible Tablet PC with 10.1" WXGA Multi-touch screen with pen input. Weighs just under 3 pounds. Light weight, mobility, and long battery life-- combine that with high performance for the ideal mobile computing device for those frequently on the road or who just like to travel light

 

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What's on the Table for Tablets This Year

Tablet mania can be confusing. The coming devices will be heavily defined by a variety of operating systems they'll use. They will be offered in different screen sizes, with attendant pluses and minuses. And they'll come from very different kinds of companies—major computer makers like Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo and Dell; phone makers like Motorola and Research in Motion; multi-faceted electronics giants like Samsung; and even Vizio, which is largely a TV manufacturer.

And, of course, a second generation of the iPad is expected to be announced in the next few months.

So here's a guide to what to expect in the tablet market in 2011, and some key factors that could affect your choices. As it's early in the year, the road map is necessarily incomplete. For instance, prices aren't generally known, though many rivals will be trying to undercut the iPad's $499 base price. Some will be sold on a subsidized basis through phone carriers, others won't. And there will surely be surprises as companies adjust their strategies.

 

Walt Mossberg presents a roadmap of the tablet market for this year, attempting to clear up the wealth of reports and rumors that may be confusing potential tablet buyers.

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Acer is Entering the Tablet Market with Three all New Devices
Top Wire XS

Acer Inc., the second largest manufacturer of computers have brought out three whole new tablet Acer Tablet PCdevices to compete with the leading leader in the market – Apple’s iPad. All three tablets will have Wi-Fi connectivity with the capability of 3G and priced at around $299 to $699.

Acer has made it known that the first two of the three devices will have screens that are 7 inch and 10.1 inch respectively and will operate on Google Inc’s Android platform. They will be brought out in the market from April. The third device will run on Microsoft Corp’s Windows software and will be available as early as February.

Angela Hsiang who is an analyst at KGI Securities Co. in Taipei during a telephonic interview said that Acer’s tablet PC will be suitable for consumers who are price-sensitive. She also said that it was an achievement and a feat that highlights Acer’s entrance into the market of tablet computers officially. She also stated that people looking for cheaper devices will opt for tablets that are priced below $400 but these are products Acer will add only at a later date. As of now the iPads with 9.7 inch is priced between $449 and $829.

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Dell Streak Tablet, $100Dell Streak Tablet
PC World

Is Dell's Streak a tiny tablet or a big smartphone? Our reviewer isn't sure; read "Dell Streak: A Smartphone With a Tablet Heart" for her take on the device. At launch, Dell was selling the Streak for $300 with a service contract, or $550 unlocked. Now, however, you can get the Streak for only $100 with a 2-year AT&T contract.

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ReadyDock:UV - Disinfect your Motion Computing Tablet PC
Tablet PC Buzz.com

Motion Computing has always had an affinity for the healthcare field and their partnership with Motion Ready DockReadyDock (aka ATS Worldwide) has led to the ReadyDock multi-unit docking station and now the ReadyDock:UV for disinfecting the tablets in a hospital or doctor's office setting. This is a very unique product but one that is quite important considering the problem of hospital acquired infections that occur every year.

According to the folks at ReadyDock:

ReadyDock:UV is the worlds first product to offer chemical-free general purpose disinfection for Tablet Computers. In a medical setting, Tablets are roaming high-touch surfaces which require frequent disinfection.
Chemical disinfection of a Tablet can take up to 15 minutes following a typical Hospital Disinfection SOP.
ReadyDock:UV applies germicidal light consistently to 99% of the surface area of the Motion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant. General purpose disinfection in just 105 seconds...without chemicals.

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Rethinking the Future of Board Games
Wired News

Last year I questioned whether the future of board games would eventually incorporate things like OLED screens built into the hex tiles and digital interactivity in place of wooden meeples. I was Win Hex on ipaddoubtful, and defended the analog side of board gaming: “cardboard tiles, the colorful wooden pieces, shuffling the cards.”

Well, a lot can happen in a year.

Board games have come a long way since Monopoly and Risk—there’s a wide variety of themes and game mechanics, and a tremendous depth of strategic options in some games. Games are no longer primarily the domain of children but there’s also a wonderful selection of innovative games for children which are appropriate for the Chutes and Ladders crowd but offer actual choices and compelling gameplay. Ultimately, though, the point of most board games is interaction. We play games with other people because in most cases playing with a computer is a poor substitute, even in situations when a computer can be a formidable opponent, such as chess. Sure, sometimes you want just the pure strategy, but for many of us (me, at least) game night is about more than just the game. It’s about hanging out with old friends and meeting new people, sharing your latest acquisitions, smashing your opponents with a clever strategy or losing spectacularly.

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January 28 , 2011

Facebook Creating Application For All TabletsFacebook Creating Application For All Tablets
AllFacebook

Facebook may have left the task of creating a native application for the iPad to third-party developers, but it appears that the company plans to create something to run on all tablets,  including the Apple device.

The social network’s Chief Technical Officer Bret Taylor told TechCrunch’s M.G. Siegler, “We need to make a tablet version of Facebook. It’s something we’re working on right now.”

This stance jibes with the social network’s active embrace of Hypertext Markup Language 5 for Facebook coding and work by third-party application developers. HTML5 promises easier coding for an increased diversity of platforms, which would include tablets.

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How Can Android Tablets Succeed?
PC Magazine

Is there a single key to Android tablets' future success? It's a quesiton many of us have been asking Androidlately. We're not unfamiliar with the contenders: Here at PCMag we've spent a fair amount of time with the Apple iPad (this author owns one) and an increasing amount of time with a variety of shipping and pre-production Android-based tablets (the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a frequent guest here and we saw numerous devices at CES 2011). What we've seen, thus far, offers few concrete answers.

Instead of relying on the opinions of developers or our guesses at what consumers think, we decided to ask them. Below and through this link is a survey that asks many of the same questions the IDC put to developers. However this time we're opening it up to all of you—those who may be in the market for one of the many Android tablets heading to market this Winter and Spring.

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INTERVIEW: Logitech Will Focus On Tablet Computers In 2012
Wall Street Journal

Swiss technology company Logitech SA (LOGN.VX) will focus on computer tablet compatible technology next year to increase sales and offset any declines in its main computer mice and keyboard business.

"We are embracing tablets, they are a great opportunity, it's additive and we are going after it," Chief Executive Gerald Quindlen told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview Thursday.

He said there will be a tablet focus to Logitech's product launches in 2012, and 25% of its new retail products will be tablet friendly.

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Multiple sized Motorola tablets coming
Good E-Reader

To have just have one entry into the tablet market is perhaps not the best of business strategies. Motorola Xzoom TabletThe latest to endorse this sentiment is none other than Sanjay Jha, the CEO at Motorola Mobility, who has echoed this train of thought at Motorola’s earnings call.  He proclaimed that now is the time for Motorola take the full plunge into the tablet computer game.

When Sanjay Jha talks, people indeed listen. He was mainly at the call to investors and shareholders was pointing at actually is a multi pronged attack at the tablet segment. Where his company will be issuing several new tablet PCs with each of them in different size segment and covering different price points. Also, Jha stressed on the need to have specific products for niche segments similar to the industry’s effort to have a separate tablet PC for use almost exclusively by the enterprise sector. Kind of like what Cisco is doing with their Cius business tablet coming out soon.

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January 31 , 2011

iPad loses significant share to Android tablets
CNET

Apple's iPad still reigns supreme among tablets, but its grip on the market is starting to loosen.iPad Tablet

In the fourth quarter, Apple's tablet captured 75.3 percent of worldwide market share, easily besting Android-based devices' 21.6 percent share, according to market-research firm Strategy Analytics. However, those figures differ vastly from the third quarter when Apple had 95.5 percent share and Android had just 2.3 percent.

For 2010 overall, iPad's held 84.1 percent of the market, while Android devices accounted for 13.1 percent.

Despite the iPad's slip, Apple sold millions more in the fourth quarter compared with the third. Strategy Analytics reported that 7.3 million iPads shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter, up from the 4.2 million in the third quarter. All told, Apple shipped 14.8 million iPads last year, the firm said.

The vast majority of those Android units were likely Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced in early December that it had shipped 1 million units worldwide since their release in November. A report from South Korea news agency Yonhap said Samsung shipped 2 million Galaxy Tab units last year altogether. However, the company would not confirm that figure when contacted by CNET last week.

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House of Commons considers tablet PC rules
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Rule-makers at the House of Commons are considering whether or not to allow British MPs to use House of Commonstheir tablet PCs while working in the main chambers.

UK laws are drawn-up and important issues debated at the site in central London and the rising prevalence of tablet PCs has brought with it some confusion over how to categorise and control the use of the latest mobile devices.

At present, the House of Commons internal rules stipulate that MPs can carry and use their mobile phones but not their laptops, which leaves unanswered the question of whether tablets are to viewed as one, the other or nether of these previously assigned categories.

The issue is now being considered as a “matter of urgency” by the institution’s procedure committee, with the rapid growth in the number of devices like the iPad apparently catching the relevant parties somewhat by surprise.

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If you want the reliability and power of Windows XP, with the added benefit of pen and ink, the Tablet PC is the solution for you

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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.

 

 

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