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June 1, 2011

Previewing ‘Windows 8’
Microsoft

Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

 

And this isn’t just about touch PCs. The new Windows experience will ultimately be powered by application and device developers around the world — one experience across a tremendous variety of PCs. The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays. Hundreds of millions of PCs will run the new Windows 8 user interface. This breadth of hardware choice is unique to Windows and central to how we see Windows evolving.

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TabletPc2.com Exclusive

Hands on First look at the TabletKiosk i500 Tablet PC Slate

Sahara  i500 Tablet PC outside with the Squirrel

The TabletKiosk Sahara Slate i500 Tablet PC is loaded with power and packed with features that make the i500 stand out from the crowd.   With an Intel i7 vPro processor, 8.0GB RAM,  Windows 7 Professional, an outdoor viewable screen and hot swappable batteries there are no limits to where you can work or what you can work on because the i500 can do it all.   Pen and Ink, dual mode touch and plenty of power… Tablet computing at its best!

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TabletKiosk Introduces World’s Most Powerful Slate Tablet PC
Next Generation Sahara Slate ® PC i500 Powered by Intel® Core i7 Processor,
Runs 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 Operating Systems

TabletKiosk, a leading provider of slate-style Tablet PCs and customized mobility solutions for the TabletKiosk Sahara i500 Tablet PC'senterprise, today announced the availability of the Sahara Slate PC® i500 series, the newest generation in the company’s flagship line of Tablet PCs. The new line features an unparalleled array of user configurable options that provide flexibility in terms of user input, functionality, performance and price. Now shipping, the Sahara Slate PC i500 will be on display at Computex Taipei (Microsoft Booth, Nangang Hall #L108).

Designed for professional use in the field or at the office, the Sahara Slate PC i500 offers a robust, yet highly mobile computing solution in a new sleek, streamlined design. Capable of running 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional, the Sahara Slate PC i500 is the only slate-style Tablet PC currently powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-640LM vPro™ processor, making it the most powerful on the market today. It also is equipped with a 12” dual mode screen that intuitively switches between a Wacom® active digitizer (pen) and two different touch options, including traditional resistive and new, multi-touch capacitive screens. Flexible input options allow users to leverage the precision of Microsoft’s Digital Inking technology for superior handwriting recognition.

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Windows 8 Tablets Set to Challenge iPad, Android
Fox News

Watch your back, iPad. Look out, Android. Windows is coming.

Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky will show off a prototype Windows 8 tablet at the All compareing tabletsThings D conference in California this week -- the company's answer to Apple's "magical" device and Google's Android, experts speculate. 

According to published reports and leaked screenshots, the new tablet-friendly operating system will function much like the Windows Phone 7 platform, with tiles you can flick around the screen, click to start an app, or reposition anyway you want. 

In a tersely stated e-mail, Microsoft spokeswoman Anna Imperati told FoxNews.com that “Microsoft has nothing to share at this time” about any upcoming Windows 8 tablets.

However, NPD analyst Stephen Baker said Microsoft is likely working on a Windows 8 tablet. One major hint: He says Microsoft is developing a version of the next OS that will run on standard PC chips and -- for the first time ever -- on a different class of processors like the Tegra, which are based on a totally different architecture.

“We all know they are working on Windows 8. We all know that tablets will be a key market for them. We just don't know when these will be in the market and competing,” he told FoxNews.com.

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Intel to Unveil 10 Table PCs at Computex
Top Computer Tablets

 Usually relegated to microchips where they reign supreme, PC parts manufacturer Intel has intelobviously been keeping a close eye on the Tablet PC phenomenon. As they see everyone from mobile phone to tire manufacturers releasing tablet models left and right, and they can already provide many of the internal parts themselves, they have decided to enter the tablet fray with no less than 10 Tablet PCs in 2011.

The Computex Computer Trade Show in Taiwan that starts May 31 will be the site of the unveiling of 10 tablets the chip-maker hopes will carve them out a profitable niche in the uber-popular tablet market. It certainly seems there is plenty of room in the crowded market, as most all tablets are selling well. Other tablet manufacturers are also likely to debut new tablet models, and rumors are that Asustek is one of those showing off a new device.

The annual computer trade show showcases PC parts, accessories devices, and every major PC player from desktop manufacturer to tablet maker will be present with what they hope will be the Next Big Thing. Intel’s tablet announcement comes as the chip maker looks to move beyond its dominating traditional PC position into mobile products of their own.

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How Microsoft is Trying to Enhance the Windows Tablet User Experience
Gotta Be Mobile

Microsoft has found itself struggling to remain competitive in the tablet PC market that it helped to toshiba tablet PCusher in with limited success and is now being dominated by market-leading Apple iPad. The Redmond, Washington software giant is trying to change course, and perhaps take an Apple approach into trying to control the hardware and software experience to guide development of tablets running its Windows operating system to a better end-user experience. The move is risky and could pay off in the long-term but Microsoft risks alienating hardware-makers and partners right now as it takes a hands-on approach.

To be clear, Microsoft will not be creating tablet hardware. It is, however, starting to mandate certain minimum specs for its tablets, which is upsetting hardware partners like Acer, whose CEO JT Wang says, ““They’re really controlling the whole thing, the whole process,” noting that the move is being perceived across the industry as being “very troublesome.”

With minimum specs for tablets, Microsoft may be beginning the process of defining two separate categories of devices–the tablets, which may occupy the high-end of the market with Intel Core processors–and entry-level slates with their netbook-like guts. By creating marketing monikers, consumers can reliably know what to expect in terms of performance, battery life, and price before even researching the models.

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Microsoft Is Said to Limit Computer Manufacturers in Chip-Partner Choices
Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has asked chipmakers that want to use the next version of Windows for tablets to work with no more than one computer manufacturer, three people with knowledge of the plan said.

Chipmakers and computer makers that agree to the terms will get incentives from Microsoft in exchange for accepting the restrictions, which tie a single chipmaker to one tablet design, said the people, who declined to be identified because the new program hasn’t been made public.

Seeking to limit variations may help Microsoft speed the delivery of new Windows tablets by keeping tighter control over partners and accelerating development and testing. Though the program isn’t mandatory, the restrictions may impede chip- and computer makers from building a variety of Windows-based models to vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad, the people said. In past versions of Windows software, chipmakers could work with multiple computer manufacturers.

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Toshiba Japan Has Just Unveiled A New 11.6-inch Windows 7 Tablet PC
Tablets Planet

Toshiba is a multi-national tech company with outposts in many regions and sometimes their new Toshiba WT310 Tablet PCproducts get released in just one of the many regions they have access too. Announced today by Toshiba Japan is an exclusive 11.6-inch tablet PC named Toshiba WT310. According to reports the WT310 will begin shipping in mid-June of this year with an open price (no set price).

In respect to its design the upcoming Toshiba WT310 isn’t anything new, it’s pretty much a larger Windows 7 version of the Android 3.0 Toshiba tablet. The looks aren’t groundbreaking but some of the features are pretty exciting. For instance the display for the WT310 is going to use ‘Adaptive Display’ technology which auto-adjusts display brightness to suit unique viewing conditions.

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Samsung might have 4G LTE Galaxy Tab this year
Android Apps Appolicious

Following the release of the iPad 2, the South Korean electronics manufacturer went back to the Samsung Galaxy Pad 10.1drawing board and redesigned its Galaxy Tab to compete with Apple’s latest creation. What resulted was an Android tablet that was actually thinner than the iPad 2 (itself a feat) and comparable in a lot of ways to Apple’s device. So comparable in fact, that Apple is suing Samsung for plagiarizing its design. Samsung maintains it isn’t worried about that lawsuit, by the way.

But while Samsung has fought to keep up with the Joneses in Apple and its tablet design, it appears the company isn’t content to just play catch-up. Instead, Samsung is going forward with a new version of its Galaxy Tab, which will include 4G LTE technology and be available later this year, according to a report from Mashable.

In fact, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, the resized and spiffed-out Galaxy Tab that Samsung has been working on since March, hasn’t even hit shelves yet, and already the company is planning to launch a new version of the device later this year.

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June 2, 2011 

TabletPc2.com Dad's & Grad's Gift Guide

Lenovo X220 Tablet PC

The Tablet PC Gift Dads and Grads Gift Guide includes something for everyone.  A variety of technology gifts & accessories for the Dad or Graduate in your life and you just may spot an item or two for yourself as well. 

This year for Dad's and Grad's I've assembled Tablets, along with other gifts of technology, sound and Sight along with some great accessories to go along with them. ....

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On Wednesday, Microsoft offered the first glimpse of Windows 8, a sneak peek reveals much about Windows 8 Desktopboth the influences and strategic goals of the major overhaul of Microsoft’s 25-year-old operating system.

The fundamental goal with the new operating system, which is being shown for the first time at D9, is to create something that is equally well at home on an 8-inch tablet as it is on a powerful desktop attached to a huge monitor.

“It’s ‘no compromise’ and that’s really important to us,” Windows President Steven Sinofsky said in an interview with AllThingsD.

At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger

Although Microsoft didn’t offer any details, the start screen that it is showing on Wednesday includes a prominent link to a store, ostensibly confirming that Microsoft plans to get in the business of directly distributing Windows programs, much as Apple has on both the iPhone and Mac.

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Can HP Release a Perfect TouchPad?
PC Magazine

HP chief executive Leo Apotheker has one simple rule for his company's forthcoming TouchPad: be perfect.HP CEO Leo Apotheker_and Walt Mossberg

The tablet will be the first to run its WebOS, which HP's new CEO sees as an end-to-end ecosystem that will tie together social, mobile, cloud, the Web, a variety of hardware and more.

During an interview at the D9 conference, Apotheker be on all HP printers that sell for over $100. Consumers' first experience with the updated platform, though, will likely be with HP's upcoming TouchPad. The long-anticipated HP tablet arrives this summer and Apotheker, who watched the RIM PlayBook rollout debacle from the sidelines has one, simple rule: Be perfect.

In answer to my question on the lessons learned from PlayBook's launch, Apotheker said, "We will not release a tablet that isn't perfect." The HP CEO didn't elaborate and instead just sat up on stage, smiling. On Twitter, one commenter noted that he probably wanted to say "complete" instead of perfect.

The TouchPad will be HP's second major go-around in the tablet space (leaving aside early Windows-based Tablet PCs). The Windows 7-based HP Slate was far from a perfect release. It's now sold primarily in the vertical business space. Not a word was spoken about it or when HP would ship another Windows based tablet. The message, though, is clear: It won't.

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iLounge's Amazing iPad 2 Buyers' Guide Arrives, Topping Million-Plus Plus-Downloaded Predecessor
PR Newswire

iLounge, the world's leading independent authority on Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod ecosystems, iPad 2 buyers Guidetoday released the iPad 2 Buyers' Guide, an amazing 146-page compendium of all things iPad. As the sequel to last year's million-plus-downloaded iPad Buyers' Guide, the iPad 2 Buyers' Guide helps readers quickly select the best of Apple's increasingly numerous iPad tablets, accessories, and apps.

Continuing the formula of its successful iPod and iPhone guides, iLounge's latest publication includes several key sections. "All About the iPad 2" walks through the iPad 2 hardware and software, even offering money-saving buying and selling tips. The "iPad Lifestyle Guide" looks at top iPad apps for use in homes, education, gaming, and popular professions, including noteworthy office, medical, food service, and retail apps. Additionally, the "iPad Accessory Guide" leverages iLounge's unique expertise as the Consumer Electronics Association's exclusive partner for Apple-related products, showcasing the most compelling accessories from the world's leading developers.

Download the iPad 2 buyers guide here

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June 3, 2011

Toshiba Thrive Tablet Available begining June 13th

Beginning June 13, the Toshiba Thrive Tablet will be available for pre-order. Pricing will start at $429 MSRP with full retail distribution beginning in mid-July. Thrive will be available at major retailers and e-tailers including Best Buy, Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Radio Shack and Amazon.com.

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June 6, 2011

Apple fires shots at all mobile competitors today, and Microsoft too
Zdnet

The two hour Apple keynote today highlighted the changes coming to Apple’s main products, iOS 5, OS X, iTunes and the new iCloud. The new products and product features contribute to a solid os x lion mission controlevolution of Apple’s offerings, and puts the company’s mobile competitors firmly on notice that they are coming after them all. Even Microsoft got the wind taken out of its Windows 8 sails, a product that is at least a year away.

Apple showed off the new features of OS X Lion, and basically the next version of OS X is a firm marriage of the desktop OS and the mobile (laptop) OS. Multitouch gestures will become a major method of interaction with Lion, and new capabilities like Mission Control will make OS X operate much more like a tablet OS. That’s the entire premise behind Microsoft’s Windows 8 recently demonstrated. Apple put Microsoft on notice with the pricing and timing of OS X Lion: $29.99 and July 2011. OS X just got economically very competitive with Windows, and will come to market much sooner than Windows 8

Content lock-in is what every company wants to get, as it makes it difficult or prohibitively expensive for customers to take their business elsewhere. The new apps and document revamp in OS X and iOS 5 takes this lock-in to a new level, by doing away with a traditional filesystem and replacing it with documents that just exist on every Apple system. This is the ultimate lock-in, and it crosses laptops, phones and tablets. It is a brilliant move by Apple for the long term.

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iCloud unveiled at WWDC, free for all 9 cloud apps
engadget

Apple tipped its hat early, but now we have the details from the man himself. "iCloud stores your Steve Jobs WWDC 2011content in the cloud and wirelessly pushes it to all your device. It automatically uploads it, stores it, and pushes it to all your devices." And by "automatically," he means it: in addition to every day content, such as purchased music, books, photos and videos, device settings, and app data that will be automatically backed up over WiFi, Documents in the Cloud will effortlessly sync Pages, Numbers, and Keynote data between all of your iOS devices. There will be no advertising (contrary to previous rumors), and calendar, mail, and contact sync is free (for up to five gigs of mail). Also in store is the new PhotoStream cloud feature, which is essentially a gallery in Photos that exists on all of your iOS devices, Apple TV, your OS X and even your Windows PCs, and syncs through the cloud. Take a picture on your iPhone and it appears on your laptop and your iPad, and it's stored in the cloud for thirty days. iCloud will be released concurrent with iOS 5 this fall.

If that isn't enough, Apple has announced iTunes Match, a service that scans your iTunes library library and populates your iTunes in the Cloud account with any of your previously bought and ripped music --

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Experience the New Toshiba Thrive Tablet - Starting at $429.99

Introducing the Thrive™ Tablet by Toshiba. Powered by Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb, this tablet delivers a better way to browse the Web, enjoy e-books and HD videos, play games, listen to music
and more. Complete, convenient and customizable, it’s everything a tablet can and should be, with a gorgeous 10.1” diagonal high-res multi-touch LED backlit display, features you can personalize, and
speedy performance so you can multitask your way through your digital life (and favorite entertainment) with ease.

Toshiba Thrive Experience

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Windows 8 To Bridge PC Tablet Chasm
Top Computer Tablets

Microsoft Friday announced their vision of the Windows 8 OS that has been hinted and rumored to operate equally well on PCs and tablets. A Microsoft official said Friday that apps built specifically for the “yet to be released” Windows 8 will run on both tablets and PCs, regardless of the fact that their will be different versions for the PC and Tablet PC. This is unlike the Google Android 4.0 OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, will be out the end of this year and which boasts of its ability to use the same version of its OS for tablets and PCs alike. Microsoft is hoping to accomplish universal app acceptance using different versions of Windows 8 tailor-made for the device it is running on.

If they can deliver on this lofty claim, Microsoft could have a huge advantage over other competing systems that force consumers to choose between devices based on their OS compatibility. Knowing that your tablet, laptop PC and Desktop can all work in sync, and that apps and software will be compatible across all these platforms means more devices will lean toward using Windows 8 as an OS, evolving into a bigger payday and increased market share for Microsoft. 

Angiulo said that from day one, the Windows 8 components were painstakingly created to appear identical to any software running on them, thereby guaranteeing compatibility and smooth transition. For instance, if you are working on a presentation on your Tablet PC, you could send it to your desktop at work, and pick up where you left off without a hitch. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be sold on Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile
TimesWireService

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile will start selling Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from June 8, the day Samsung will roll out the much-anticipated tablet PC on Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Verizon will sell a 4G/LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while T-Mobile will sell only Wi-Fi only version of the tablet PC.

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest cellular service provider, will begin to receive preorders for both 16GB and 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tabs.

The former comes with a price tag of $529.99 while the latter comes with a price of $629.99. Both the devices will have two-year data contracts with the carrier.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile, which is to sell only a Wi-Fi version of Galaxy Tab 10.1, will offer a 16GB version for $499 and 32GB version for $599. Both the carriers will have a limited quantity of the tablet, which is anticipated to be a huge threat to Apple iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom, another Google Android Honeycomb powered tablet.

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Can Galaxy Tab 10.1 be the Rocky Balboa of tablets?
BetaNews

If there is a tablet with the chops to topple the champion, Tab 10.1 looks to be it. But like 1976 classic movie "Rocky," the challenger has a daunting bout before it. Most analyst projections put iPad's global media tablet market share above 80 percent. Apple offers iPad 2 through tens of thousands of retail outlets and more than 300 of its own stores, globally. Now inside those stores, every person looking for product information on any other Apple product uses iPad 2 to get it.

Samsung's tablet enters the ring with iPad 2, starting this week. Galaxy Tab 10.1 officially launches June 17, but will be available June 8 from one store only -- the Best Buy Union Square in New York City. Last week, Samsung hosted two meetups, in New York and .

Another problem for the tablet version of Rocky: Carriers. In the United States, AT&T and Verizon sell the 3G iPad 2 with no contractual commitment for data. That won't be the case for Tab 10.1, although Kim wouldn't give specifics.

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June 7, 2011

Toshiba Thrive hands-on
engadget

Toshiba didn't exactly jump into the tablet market head first, but now that it's come clean with the ba Thrive TabletThrive, its first pad for the US market, it's wasting no time -- we just got some hands-on with the 10.1-inch, Android 3.1-powered slate -- which, by the by, is the first that we know of to sport a removable battery. It's also got a few more rarities: full-sized USB and HDMI ports and a full-sized SDHC / SDXC slot. Oh, and its $429 starting price ain't bad either. So was Toshiba's entry into the world of Android tablets worth the wait? Join us for a tour past the break, and decide for yourself.

The 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display has a wholly responsive touchscreen, and while it's plenty bright, it'll look the most brilliant if you stare it down it head-on. Even with the tablet sitting on a table in front of us, we noticed some glare, and the colors appeared somewhat washed-out. We'd also hope that the bezels on Toshiba's future tablets are a bit narrower than this one -- having a more seamless display might have helped offset the Thrive's thick, almost toy-like silhouette.

On the software side, the Thrive will be one of the first tablets to ship with Android 3.1. Toshiba chose not to layer its own UI on top (a wise move, we think), though it did bundle a few utilities you might find handy, including a file manager and a tool that lets you connect to any printers using the same WiFi network.

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Nuance's T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9 to Ship on Fujitsu Slate Tablet
SYS-CON Media

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9 Nuance T9 Writeare shipping on the recently launched Fujitsu STYLISTIC® Q550 slate tablet PC. The latest STYLISTIC Q550 slate tablet PC from Fujitsu was specifically designed for the mobile enterprise, with features like security, management, usability, content creation and collaboration, and a multitouch interface powered by Nuance’s market-leading predictive input technology.

Tablets are experiencing significant adoption because they keep today’s mobile consumer connected both personally and professionally. But without an intuitive interface, that productivity becomes limited. Nuance’s T9 Trace continuous touch transforms the virtual keypad on the STYLISTIC Q550 slate tablet PC into one that allows users to input text faster than ever, gliding their finger or stylus from one letter to the next to easily update documents, send emails, or search the Web. Fujitsu’s STYLISTIC Q550 will also feature T9 Write, Nuance’s handwriting technology that lets users write symbols, numbers, letters and words with either their finger or the tablet’s stylus pen.

“Fujitsu is delivering a sophisticated tablet experience that changes the dynamic of mobile business productivity, with an intuitive virtual keypad powered by Nuance’s best-in-class predictive input that lets users get more done in less time,”

“Tablets need to provide a universal experience that allows users to quickly and easily input text for both simple and complex tasks –

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Microsoft's Windows 8 Faces Legacy, Tablet Challenges
eWeek

Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8's ability to satisfy both tablet and PC users. But the success of Windows 7 and legacy applications offers challenges.

As Microsoft whipped the curtain back for an early look at Windows 8 last week, the size of the company’s gamble was immediately apparent. In place of the “traditional” Windows desktop and Start button, Windows 8 offered an array of colorful tiles designed to be equally tablet- and PC-friendly.

But even as Microsoft preps Windows 8 to appear on everything from mouse-and-keyboard desktops to touch-centric tablets, it faces some potential challenges.

The Tablet Question

Microsoft has emphasized Windows 8’s tablet friendliness from day one.

In developing Windows 8 from the ground up for tablets, Microsoft could counter competitive pressure from Apple’s iPad and Google Android tablets. That being said, a tablet effort on this scale represents a new area for Microsoft, and by tying those efforts to its do-or-die next Windows launch, it risks having any tablet-related snafus negatively affect a well-established brand. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: A worthy opponent for iPad 2
The Mobile Indian

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on the latest version of Honeycomb, the Android 3.1, and is slightly thinner than iPad 2. The 3G version of the tablet, will however, come later this year

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a keenly awaited tablet, which is set to enter the market within oneSamsung Galaxy Tab Tablets week in some stores, though officially it will be launched by the company only on June 17. While, the 3G version of the tablet will arrive in the market later this year.

The tab is set to challenge the supposedly indomitable Apple iPad 2, which is being currently sold from thousands of retail stores and about 300 Apple stores across the world.

As the name itself suggests, the tablet has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen besides a 1 GHz dual core processor, storage options (of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB), a 3 megapixel back facing and a 2 megapixel front facing camera and much more. The latest Honeycomb (Android 3.1) operating system powers the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Moreover, the Samsung tablet is said to be thinner than iPad 2 by 0.2 mm. Thus, going by the features, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does seem a worthy opponent for iPad 2.

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Toshiba takes a PC-like approach to the Android Tablet space
Liliputing

Toshiba will begin taking orders for the company’s first Android tablet on June 13th. The Toshiba Toshiba Thrive TabletThrive will have a starting price of $429.99 for a model with 8GB of storage, while a 16GB version will set you back $479.99 and the top of the line 32GB model runs $579.99. All three are expected to ship in July.

While it seems like every day a new Android tablet hits the market, Toshiba is taking a few steps to differentiate the Thrive tablet from competing devices from Motorola, Samsung, Asus, HTC, and others. Toshiba execs say the key difference is that the company is making the tablet experience a little more PC-like, making it easier for people to transition from a PC to a tablet, or to use multiple devices together.

For instance, while most Android tablets have microSD card slots and microUSB ports, the Toshiba Thrive has a full sized SD card slot and full sized USB port (as well as microUSB port). This will make it easy to pop an SD card out of your camera or laptop and right into the tablet to copy or read files. Toshiba is also bundling a file manager with the tablet, something which Google intentionally left out of the Android operating system.

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June 8, 2011

Toshiba Introduces The Anti iPad
Forbes

With the Thrive, introduced Tuesday, Toshiba has built a tablet that’s everything Apple’s iPad is not. Toshiba Thrive TabletWhatever you need, it seems Apple always has an app for that. Well, Toshiba has a slot for it.

The Thrive has a USB port so you can plug in a thumb drive. It has an HDMI port so you can plug it into high-definition TVs without the need for a special adapter. You can remove the cover to stick in a replaceable battery. There’s a mini-USB port, too.

Of course, the 1.6-pound tablet is not as thin and light as a the 0.34-inch thick iPad, either.

Apple’s 1.33-pound iPad 2, however, is just too good at being an iPad for anyone to outdo Apple at its own game right now. So instead of slimming its tablet down, Toshiba chose to bulk it up. Sure, the Thrive is 0.61-inches thick, but it’s got stereo speakers.

Toshiba knows has to give consumers reasons not to pick up an iPad. Take the price tag: the Thrive starts at $429.99 for a model with 8 GB of storage. The iPad 2, by contrast, starts at $499. That’s 70 reasons right there to give the Thrive a second look.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on sale at NYC Best Buy today,    pre-orders now open
engadget.com

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pre Order

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally among us. At noon Eastern Time today, Best Buy's New York City store at Union Square will start selling Samsung's extra-slim 10-inch Tegra 2 tablet, with the first 200 buyers also receiving a matching leather pouch to store their precious inside of. Geographically challenged Android tablet lovers will also be able to pre-order the Tab 10.1 from Best Buy today and widespread US availability is still expected on June 17th. Pricing isn't explicitly listed on Best Buy's landing page, but we presume it's the same as we've been told earlier: $499 for the 16GB or $599 for the 32GB WiFi-only versions. If you can't live without some LTE goodness in your mobile life, Verizon's also promised pre-orders for the 4G-capable Galaxy Tab 10.1 today, though that costs a far less palatable $530 (16GB) and $630 (32GB) on top of a two-year data contract.

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ViewSonic 730 Android Tablet Takes Aim At Nook, Gets A $249 Price Tag!
TNerd.com

Tablet PCs are incessantly growing in count, and hardware vendors are leaving no stone unturned to grab a profitable place in the market. ViewSonic is one of these. The company just announced its Viewsonic ViewBook Tabletlatest tablet-PC/e-Reader product called ViewBook 730.

As is the norm these days, the ViewSonic 730 is an Android Tablet. Going by the sheet, we were coerced to considering its beingness as ereader-tablet PC hybrid.

It’s not as high-end as some other dual-core tablets in the market, but it gracefully finds it own place in the domain, so well that you may actually find it pleasantly interesting.

Aimed at consumers looking for a blend of a tablet PC and an eReader, the ViewSonic 730 meets the eye with slightly better specifications than one of its closest competitor, Nook Color. However, ViewSonic  730 gives you more reasons than Nook to consider

 

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Xplore Technologies' New iX104C5 Line Well Received at Computex 2011
Business Wire

Xplore Technologies Corp. (OTCMarkets.com-XLRT), a recognized leader in the rugged tablet PC industry, said that Xplore’s new iX104C5 rugged tablet, which runs on Windows® 7 software, was showcased in Microsoft’s booth at the recent COMPUTEX TAIPEI show in Taiwan. Next to CeBit in Germany, COMPUTEX TAIPEI is the second largest computer exhibition in the world.

Xplore Rugged Tablet PC

“Reports from our sales staff, who were on hand at the show, suggest our new units were generating some nice buzz”

“Reports from our sales staff, who were on hand at the show, suggest our new units were generating some nice buzz,” said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore. “We have been working with Microsoft for several years and Windows® 7 provides superb performance on our new C5 product. On the heels of receiving their endorsement at our launch for the C5s in New York last month, this inclusion in their booth at this major show is another indication of the strong relationship that we have with them.”

Holleran added: “We are confident we have developed the most rugged line of tablet computers available today, taking our lead from the input of our customers. In other words – what our customers wanted and needed in their rugged tablets we incorporated directly into the designs for these units. The result is our best line of products developed to date.”

The iX104C5 line includes five different models developed for use in a variety of environments and applications:

  • iX104C5 DMSR™ - Dual-Mode Sunlight-Readable Xtreme Tablet
  • iX104C5 DM™ - Dual-Mode Xtreme Tablet
  • iX104C5 DML™ - Dual-Mode Lite Xtreme Tablet
  • iX104C5 M™ - Military Xtreme Tablet
  • iX104C5 DMCR™ - Dual-Mode Clean Room Xtreme Tablet

Based on third-party certifications, Xplore’s new iX104C5 tablet PC line surpasses the standards and specifications that are the measuring sticks for rugged tablets computers in today’s marketplace. Designing and building computers for “Real World Rugged” situations, the iX104C5 line withstands seven-foot drops to plywood over concrete and operating four-foot drops directly to concrete. All models feature industry-leading sunlight-readable displays and are the first tablet PCs with easy, tool-less access to internal storage for in-field upgrades or repairs. The iX104C5s are also certified for use in hazardous locations. Xplore’s iX104C5 tablet PC line is powered by the Intel® Core™ i7 processor and utilizes Windows®7 operating system.

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June 9, 2011

Why Microsoft cannot make its own Windows tablet
ZDNet

Mary Jo Foley has a good look at the rumors popping up that Microsoft is going to produce its own Tega TabletWindows 8 tablet. Her take that Microsoft should let its partners get some Windows 8 tablets to market is right on the money. I would even take it a bit further and put forth that Microsoft cannot make a tablet without dire consequences.

The argument that Microsoft needs to take its own destiny in hand and make its own Windows hardware is not a new one. Pundits made the argument for a Microsoft phone before Windows Phone 7 products entered the market, and for largely the same reasons that are given now for a tablet. While the company could have tested entering the hardware business with a Windows Phone product with relative ease, it passed on building its own Windows Phone. It would be hard to now pick up the production of a tablet as it would throw the entire Windows ecosystem into disarray, and not even Microsoft cannot afford that.

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Samausng Galaxy Tab 10.1 first impression Review
Product Reviews

The first true Honeycomb tablet went on sale yesterday -- preorders for most folks and actual Samausng Galaxy Tab 10.1hardware for people lucky enough to be in New York and close to the Best Buy Union Square. I got the 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi late Tuesday afternoon, from Samsung for review. I highly anticipated the Tab 10.1, simply because it's not iPad, it packs Android 3.1 "Honeycomb" and has impressive hardware specs.

Dimensions aside, I like how the Galaxy Tab 10.1 feels compared to iPad 2. Tab 10.1's plastic back feels smoother and warmer to touch than iPad 2. Weight is about the same, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter when Apple's tablet is outfitted with the Smart Cover, which increases the cold, metallic feeling compared to Tab 10.1's smoothness. I may adjust to the dimensions -- this is after all a first impressions review.

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OnLive Brings Streaming PC Games to Your Tablet PC This Year
kotaku.com

OnLive is going portable later this year, when the OnLive Player App brings PC gameplay to your iPadOnLive is going portable later this year, when the OnLive Player App brings PC gameplay to your iPad and Android tablet PCs and Android tablet PCs.

You can already download an iPad app that lets you watch other players enjoying the OnLive streaming service; now you'll be able to join in. The OnLive Player App will give iPad and Android tablet users with the appropriate amount of bandwidth the ability to stream the entire OnLive game library directly to their tablets, playing via either touchscreen controls or with the new Universal Wireless Controller.

On top of streaming games, the OnLive app will also allow your table PC to act as a touch or motion-based game controller for your HDTV. The app will support both synchronized and independent video between your tablet and your television, sort of like what Nintendo is doing with the Wii U. And if you prefer a smaller screen, the app also works on the iPhone and Android smart phones

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June 10, 2011

TabletPc2.com Dad's & Grad's Gift Guide

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The Mission To Find The Better Tablet
Toshiba Thrive

We Made Building a Better Tablet our Mission - Finding a Free one is Yours

For the next four weeks, sharing the features you think make Toshiba's Thrive™ Tablet better than the rest could help you win a special limited-edition Thrive Tablet.

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Samsung commercial pokes fun at iPad 2 s lack of Flash
SlashGearSamsung commercial pokes fun at iPad 2 s lack of Flash

Here we go again. It seems like most of the tablet makers on the market today think that they can toss a tablet out that is similar to the iPad on a different OS and just sell droves of the things because the tablet supports Flash. I think that the gigantic lead the iPad 2 has in the tablet market should show other makers that they need more than Flash support to beat Apple in the tablet game. If they offered a tablet for a lot less money than the iPad 2 with similar specs and Flash support, then they get my attention.

 

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HP TouchPad Launching July 1st In The US Starting At $499.99, Preorders Start On June 19th
zoknowsgamingHP TouchPad

Today HP announced their first webOS tablet, the HP TouchPad. The HP TouchPad will be available in the United States on July 1st starting at $499.99. The 16 GB version will cost $499.99, and the 32 GB version will cost $599.99. Both of these are Wi-Fi only models. For those who like a head start with their purchases, the HP TouchPad will be available for pre-ordering starting June 19th for both North America and Europe. However, the tablet will go on sale a few days later in Europe, and next month in Canada.

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Cook and Jobs, Apple – Tablets Replacing PCs Sooner Than Thought
Top Computer Tablets

Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs are not straying from its mantra of “down with PCs, up with Tablets!” ipad tabletsWhen Jobs talks, people listen. Mainly because he has created a billion dollar a year company out of a failing brand, and also because he and his gang have been very good about spotting trends before anyone else. Heck, they even created a trend when there weren’t any out there to monopolize, making the iPad Tablet PC the leading consumer electronics device by far. Now that everyone and their brother is coming out with powerful, functional and multimedia-savvy tablets, Jobs’ “death-of-the-PC” cry is starting to sound more realistic, and closer to coming true, than anyone could have imagined. 

In the most recent mid-week meeting that Jobs has every week with analyst Bill Shope of Goldman Sachs, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook exclaimed his absolute glee about “the demand for the iPad and the long-term market opportunity for tablets.” The COO of one of the most powerful consumer electronics firms in the country said also that he sees no viable reason why tablets should not pass PCs as the main computer in digital consumers’ lives in the next few years. Shope, with Jobs’ and Cook’s blessing, passes along the weekly notes to CNET. 

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June 13, 2011

HP highlights TouchPad multitasking
PCR-online.biz

HP has released a slew of YouTube videos promoting the firm's upcoming WebOS-powered TouchPad tablet PC.

The world's largest PC maker uploaded a total of nine YouTube videos following last week's announcement that the firm's debut WebOS tablet will arrive on the 1st of July.

 

Dare we say it, it does actually show. Only Android 3.0 has really managed to cram desktop like multitasking into a tablet UI but HP's TouchPad presentation looks like it may have raised the bar.

The videos also focus on interoperability between HP devices such as answering an incoming phone call on a WebOS smartphone with the TouchPad. The firm claimed one of the 'coolest' features is the 'Touch to Share' feature which transfers web pages from one device to another merely by touching them.

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Atlanta Falcon's playbook is now an iPad
Examiner.com

We don't yet know if there is going to be an NFL season, but if there is, playbooks will be taking on a new look.

The Atlanta Falcons and other NFL teams have begun the switch from the traditional bulky and heavy playbook to the Apple iPad tablet. The Falcons introduced the switch at this year's NFL combine.

The iPad is more efficient, it's light, can hold hoards of data, and the plays and formations can be updated without ripping out and replacing pages.

Some additional benefits, it's quite simple to remotely erase all the data from an iPad if a playbook is lost, stolen or if a player's cut and the team doesn't feel like tracking down 50+ pounds of printed trees. There is no telling how many trees would be saved if all teams went with iPad playbooks.

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Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb 3.1 Tablet Is Well Prepared to “Thrive”
Top Computer Tablets

June 13 you will be able to pre-order the Thrive from Amazon, and the attention being paid this as Toshiba Thrive Tabletyet to be seen Tablet PC is already at fever pitch. Toshiba is obviously a well-respected name in computing, and ever since they announced tablet plans late in 2010, tablet shoppers have been wondering What, When, How Much and Why.

The Toshiba Thrive is going to run the latest Android Honeycomb OS, version 3.1. That means full Adobe Flash player support and Android Market access to over 1 million Droid apps and games for instant download. And Toshiba said that instead of attempting to create the lightest or thinnest tablet, they wanted to make the Thrive the “most usable” tablet by all types of tablet shoppers.

The Thrive will have a 10.1 inch backlit display that offers a crystal clear and much better than tablet-average 1280 x 800 resolution. And wisely going with the hottest, best-performing processor around, the Thrive packs a big punch with the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor with 1 full GB of RAM. One really exciting feature, as if those weren’t enough already, is the new video-enhancement technology on board.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Hewlett Packard Company, Apple, AT&T ...
PR Newswire

HP to Roll Out TouchPad Tablet

The leading PC manufacturer Hewlett Packard Company is set to roll out its TouchPad tablet, which HP TAblet PCis touted to be the company's answer to Apple Inc's iPad.  TouchPad will debut in the United States on July 1 in two versions, with price tags of $500 and $600, respectively.

After the news of the product launch broke, Hewlett-Packard shares moved up by 10 cents to $35.46 during the evening trading session in the New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have dropped 16.0% this year.

The company is offering the product at a competitive price, which matches the price of iPad. The two versions come with 16 and 32 gigabytes of memory and connect to the Internet only through Wi-Fi. Moreover, this is the first tablet, which will run on the webOS operating system, which HP acquired along with Palm Inc for $1.8 billion last year.

The PC major had previously introduced tablets based on Windows, but the new TouchPad is powered by webOS, which is basically a mobile phone operating system, giving the new device a level playing field with iPad.

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Why the iPad is a Pen-Based Tablet
Cult of Mac

Why Tablet PC Fans Are Wrong About the iPad

An iPad is not an underpowered Tablet PC. Despite superficial similarity, they are totally different Pen on iPadcreatures with almost nothing in common.

I cringe whenever analysts lump Tablet PCs and iPads into the same product category. They are as different from each other as the Apple II is to the iMac.

Tablet PCs are second-generation interface Windows PCs, in the same general category as the Mac, Windows XP, the iMac and Windows 7 PCs. All these systems share the same basic approach to user interface, which is that they’re optimized for keyboard and external input devices, lean heavily on the files-and-folders metaphor, require extensive menus, utilities, maintenance and management.

If you read that last paragraph carefully, you can see the core of why Tablet PCs fail. The Tablet PC sports a user interface optimized for keyboards and external input devices, yet its use as a pen computer uses neither.

iPads, of course, are third-generation MPG (multi-touch, physics and gestures) devices, in the same category as Microsoft’s Surface tablet, Windows 8′s Metro UI (but not the OS or hardware that it will initially run on), the iPhone, Android devices and HP’s upcoming TouchPad tablet.

Unlike Tablet PCs, which are just PCs with a pen interface, iPads are appliances designed from the ground up for zero maintenance, file management and zero requirement for utilities.

So Tablet PC fans are wrong: The iPad isn’t an underpowered Tablet PC. It’s not a PC at all. In the appliance world, the iPad’s low-power processor and, say, lack of USB ports and file management are features, not flaws.

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Transitioning from a laptop to a tablet? Here's some advice
Austin American-Statesman

Muehlbauer, the former owner of an event-planning business, used to own a bulky, heavy Toshiba tablet computer back when a tablet was basically a laptop with a touch screen. But the latest tablets, including the iPad 2, Motorola's Xoom, the BlackBerry PlayBook and dozens of others appearing this year, have made it possible for early adopters like Muehlbauer to do most of their computing on a slim, light device.

Muehlbauer carries around the iPad, an Android phone and a mobile 4G hotspot for constant Internet access, the same Net connection he uses at home. He says it's changed the way he creates (videos, presentations, Tweets) and works. "Apple finally got it down as far as making the tablet what it's supposed to be," he said. "It's something I can bring around and carry with me. It's that notepad that everybody's always wanted that has everything in it."

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June 14, 2011

Samsung Mobile Seals Landmark Agreement with American Airlines to Provide Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 for Premium Class In-Flight Entertainment

American Airlines Becomes First North American Airline to Feature Branded Tablets Onboard by Ordering the World’s Thinnest Mobile Tablet Currently Available

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 U.S.1, today announced that American Airlines will offer Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 mobile tablets for premium class in-flight entertainment.

“Earlier this month we made history by launching the world’s thinnest large screen tablet currently available and today we unveil another first with American Airlines’ selection of the Galaxy Tab 10.1”

“Earlier this month we made history by launching the world’s thinnest large screen tablet currently available and today we unveil another first with American Airlines’ selection of the Galaxy Tab 10.1,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile.

American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, plans to deploy 6,000 of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices onboard select flights beginning later this year. The tablets will replace the airline’s current personal entertainment device in American’s premium cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft.

“Through our agreement with Samsung, American is the first North American airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We are working hard to revitalize our fleet and invest wisely in new products and services to modernize and enhance the travel experience. Working with Samsung to outfit our premium cabins with the innovative Galaxy Tab will give our premium customers a modern and innovative in-flight entertainment experience.”

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a WiFi-enabled tablet that measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest large screen tablet currently available in the world.

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Bootup: Amazon to launch 'Hollywood' tablet with free movies: report
Financial Post

Today in technology: Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is rumoured to be prepping a media tablet with embedded access to a film library, the head of platform development for Twitter explains how the Jeff Bezos Amazonnext version of the Apple Inc. iOS mobile platform will grow the ecosystems of both companies and Apple chief executive Steve Jobs will soon have his life immortalized in comic book form.

Amazon going Hollywood with tablet plans?
The longer Amazon.com Inc. stays mum on its plans to enter the increasingly crowded tablet market, the more speculation will grow over how the online retail giant intends to disrupt the market. And the most recent rumour of a device with a direct no cost connection to a comprehensive film library sounds pretty compelling.

Amazon could pair its forthcoming tablet product with the Amazon Prime Instant Video service it launched in February to rival online video powerhouse Netflix Inc., theorizes a report from research firm Detwiler Fenton & Co. released on Monday.

The report expects the 10-inch ‘Hollywood’ tablet to hit stores before the end of the year, offering early adopters free access to Amazon’s streaming video service (which remains unavailable to Canadians).

Such an offering would certainly help to differentiate Amazon’s tablet from rivals such as the iPad from Apple Inc. or the BlackBerry PlayBook from Research In Motion Ltd.

Amazon, with its broadly encompassing product line and service offerings is the only company with a hope of knocking Apple from its perch atop the tablet market, argues Sarah Rotman Epps of Forrester Research Inc.

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Lenovo To Sell Android Tablets This Summer, Windows Type Later
Wall Street Journal

Lenovo Group Ltd. is gearing up for the release of two Google Inc. Android tablets Lenovoin the U.S. this summer and a Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Windows tablet later this year, the company'spresident said Monday, as the PC maker expands beyond its key market of China.

The Chinese computer maker, one of the world's fastest-growing PC makers last year, became a global PC player after buying that business from International Business Machines Corp. in 2005. Lenovo since has expanded into smartphones with the LePhone--which means "Happy Phone" in Chinese--and its LePad touchscreen tablet, both of which are sold in China and use the Android operating system.

President and Chief Operating Officer Rory Read said in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires that Lenovo plans a world-wide release of a tablet for consumers early in the summer, likely July, followed by a tablet for enterprises later in the summer, likely August.

Both tablets will be 10 inches and will run the Honeycomb version of Android, Read said. They will be priced for the "mainstream" market, likely running $450 to $900 depending on their configuration, he said.

In addition, Lenovo will release a 10-inch Windows tablet later this year, even before Windows 8 is released, as "there was interest around that," Read said. Lenovo also will launch seven-inch tablets for certain uses "later in the cycle."

"We've really been working to tailor the experience" of our tablets, Read said. "Some of the early-generation Android devices were a little ahead of their time, and what we're doing here is making sure [our tablets] are strong. We only have one opportunity to make that first good impression."

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ASUS to ship 300,000 Eee Pad Transformers in June, surpass all non-iPad tablet sales Asus Eee Pad Transformer
engadget

ASUS has had a hard time meeting demand for its Eee Pad Transformer since the device's launch earlier this year, but we clearly don't have component shortages to blame. Jerry Shen, the Taiwanese company's CEO, says that he expects to sell 300,000 of the tablets this month, following shipments totaling 400,000 in April and May. That figure puts the device in the number two spot for worldwide tablet shipments, just behind the prevailing iPad 2.

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June 15, 2011

It's never been a secret that the Toshiba Qosmio is the laptop that quickly became my favorite desktop replacement.  From the very first shiny piano white Qosmio G45 first generation, followed by the fire engine red flame covered X305 second generation and the black & red X500 third generation Qosmio I'm writing this on, I've used and loved them all because they are the perfect combination of power, performance and style.  

Yesterday, Toshiba announced the Qosmio X770 and Qosmio X770 3D Laptops which are 4th generation of the Qosmio series.   I was fortunate enough to preview these two Qosmio's at CES in January and I look forward to having one of them here in the near future to review for you.

Toshiba Serves up Elite Mobile Performance with Qosmio X770 and Qosmio X770 3D Series Laptops

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Toshiba Qosmio X770 3DSystems, Inc., today announced U.S. retail pricing and availability for the Qosmio® X770 and Qosmio X770 3D series of high-performance laptops. Most ideal for demanding visual tasks like gaming and media creation, these laptops feature a high-performance blend of processor technologies from Intel® and NVIDIA®, while delivering ultra-fast components, entertainment-focused features and 3D technology for consumers looking for maximum mobile performance. Starting at $1,199 MSRP1, the Qosmio X770 and Qosmio X770 3D Series are available at participating retailers later this month.

“Qosmio represents Toshiba’s ability to make cutting-edge mobile computing technologies more accessible to the mass market,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. “With the Qosmio X770 and Qosmio X770 3D laptops, gamers, content creators and multimedia enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the latest HD content with amazing audio, even in vivid stereoscopic 3D.”

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A Slender Tablet With Widescreen Ambitions
Wall Street Journal

But this week I reviewed the first tablet that's actually thinner than the iPad 2: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Never mind that the difference in thinness between these competing tablets is two-tenths of a millimeter. Thinner is thinner.

how do the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 really differ

So how do the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 really differ?

There are hundreds of thousands more apps available for the iPad 2's iOS operating system. The Galaxy Tab's front- and rear-facing cameras capture better-quality photos than the iPad 2. The Galaxy Tab's 10.1-inch screen is formatted for widescreen viewing and is slightly longer than the iPad 2's 9.7-inch screen.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1's bright, high-definition touch screen was responsive to gestures and served as a beautiful showcase for HD videos. And Honeycomb, Google's Android 3.1 operating system for tablets, has a cleaner user interface than other Android operating systems.

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June 16, 2011

Microsoft: We know where we're going with Windows 8 tablets In Depth: How Redmond aims to compete against iPad and Android
techradar

Windows 8 running on ARM-based tablets only looks like Windows Phone 7 on a bigger screen; in fact, Microsoft is going in completely the opposite direction from the rest of the industry

If the tablet proves to be closer to the sweet spot for 'carry it around with you' computing than Windows 8netbooks, touch is the interface to master and Google and Apple have a head start there.

Windows Phone 7 does touch very well, but Microsoft has to make that transition to what's been a far more complex and less finger-friendly interface. And it has to bring enough apps along for the ride.

Getting the technology of Windows 8 on ARM right is only part of the battle. What does Microsoft need to get an advantage on tablets? A shipping date wouldn't hurt.

Like other Microsoft teams, the Windows division is famous (or notorious) for not wanting to ship a new OS until it's ready and the tablet version of Windows 8 is only part of the story.

BIG TOUCH: Windows 8 will go well beyond tablets and onto wall-size displays - MSR is working on techniques for large screens like this one in the Envisioning Labs world of 2019 video

But the fact that Microsoft can't seem to catch a break (it still struggles to be seen as cool and relevant despite the successes of Kinect and Windows 7) means it can't wait too long to tell us what's coming and when.

After all, according to Dan'l Lewin, the corporate VP for strategic and emerging business development, the planning for Windows 8 ARM tablets predates the iPad. "Think about when the planning started for what you saw just the other day; all the planning, the intent, the interface design work was done before the iPad hit the market. We know where we're going - we just have to get there faster."

With Windows 8 tablets Microsoft might take more control over what you get on a new machine the way it has with Windows Phone 7. And if Windows 8 goes as far beyond the tablet features that we've already seen - as we expect it to - Microsoft is going to need a good way to get that message out without confusion.

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Apple iPad 2, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison Battle Video
Phones Review

Okay, we all know just how good the Apple iPad 2 is, but can an Android tablet kick the iPad 2 to the kerb in the tablet wars? Well the latest Android tablet out of the Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems like a worthy challenger, so we have a comparison battle video for your consideration below.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 against the Apple iPad 2 comparison video comes our way courtesy of the guys over at Daily iPhone Blog and by way of Phone Arena who pitted the two tablets against each other over a four page written article that can be read on their website, but if you don’t have time for that you can of course just hit up the footage below.

 

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Tablet form-factor analysis: 9.7 and 10.1 Inch vs 7 Inch
EE Herald

Computex this year is a huge parade of Tablet PCs. In addition to products introduced by all major brands, system makers with NB as major OEM/ODM products also introduced a series of prototype machines hoping to establish new collaborations with customers willing to enter Tablet PC markets. According to the statistics and prediction by the research department WitsView under TrendForce, 88.6% of global Tablet PC shipment will be focused on products of two sizes (9.7-inch and 10.1-inch).

WitsView suggested that 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch products will still be the mainstream with around 85% of market share in the coming few years due to customers' preference of Tablet PC with large view. On the other hand, 7-inch Tablet PC could become a product with long-term sales potential due to its unique cost advantage and size segmentation.

According to R&D Director Chiu Yu-Pin of WitsView, the major competitiveness of 7-inch product comes from the cost as compared to 9.7-inch or 10.1-inch products. According to WitsView's investigation, LCD panel and touch panel module account for around 40% of the cost of Tablet PC. There has been 20%~30% difference in the costs of these two key components between 7-inch and 10.1-inch products, which means that the unit cost of 7-inch Tablet PC is at least 10% lower than 10.1-inch Tablet PC. Therefore, it can be suitable for products of the 7-inch size or smaller to be promoted as low-cost Tablet PC to attract more consumers and expand market size for Tablet PC.

Meanwhile, Chiu has indicated that the proper size at 7 inch is also one of the development advantages. First of all, with the sole leading position in Tablet PC market, Apple has not been introducing any product outside of 9.7-inch. So 7-inch product could be the nice size segmentation for other brands to avoid direct conflict with iPad

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Take a Tablet and Call Me in the Morning
Dixie Press Online

The ads scream to you. The newest thing in computing is tablet computers, known simply as tablets. HP TC 1100 Tablet PCAnd what’s not to like? Ultra-thin, lightweight, wireless devices you can take with you anywhere. And you can do anything you’d do on your computer at home. Right? Well…

Surfing the web, reading email, playing games, watching a movie; they all are possible on a tablet. But they are not quite a PC replacement. Close, but not quite yet. Let’s look at the pros and cons of a tablet:

The bottom line: Tablets are wonderfully appealing devices. If they fit your lifestyle and requirements they can be a wonderful addition to your computing tools. I tried one at a local store the other day and it was very hard to put down. They have the best of smartphones and computers all in one, but will not replace either of them soon. Be aware of what they can or cannot do before you commit the money to one.

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June 17, 2011

TabletPc2.com Dad's & Grad's Gift Guide

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First Impressions

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet PC

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Slate PC

For those of who have been waiting for a thin, light tablet running Microsoft Windows
so that you can load your own program's without an app store.... the wait is the wait is over.  

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Hands-on review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 | ZDNet
zdnet

Samsung went back to the drawing board with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the iPad 2 was announced, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  ZDNetadmitting their upcoming tablet was too thick and heavy to compete. The result is the thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet on the market, one that is a joy to use. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available today for sale in a Wi-Fi version, and I like what I see in my test drive of the Honeycomb tablet.

Hardware

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets its light weight from the all plastic construction, something that might not appeal to those liking the metal casing on the iPad. The Tab’s light weight combined with the super thin body make this tablet one of the most comfortable I have tried to date. It is solidly constructed in spite of the plastic, and is up to the daily bumps and grinds tablets are regularly exposed to.

The Gmail app for Honeycomb is one of the nicest apps, and power Gmail users could justify the purchase of a Honeycomb tablet based on this app alone. It is a full implementation of the desktop version of Gmail, optimized for touch operation.

The lack of tablet apps in the Android Market is well-known, and the biggest hurdle for Honeycomb tablets currently. That said, I must admit I have found good tablet apps for all of the tasks I normally do on a tablet. I previously covered my picks for top Honeycomb apps, a good place to start for those looking at these tablets.

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June 20, 2011

HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed
ZDNet

HP has taken its time to get the TouchPad to market after hosting a huge press event back in HP TouchPad PartnersFebruary. Hopefully the company has taken the time to get the tablet ready as it has a big task ahead to take on the iPad and all of the Android tablets coming to market. The TouchPad is now available for pre-order on the HP web site, which confirms details about the company’s first webOS tablet.

As expected the TouchPad is available with Wi-Fi only in two configurations. The 16GB model is $499 and the 32GB version is $599 which puts it on a price level with the iPad. Anxious customers can order the TouchPad directly from HP or from HP’s retail partners

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Ready or not, here come the business tablets
Computerworld

OK, we all know that people want to bring their consumer technology into the office. In particular, though, people really want to use tablets in the workplace.

's not just iPads, though. At CES, everyone and his OEM announced tablets, including the BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM, numerous Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, HP's webOS tablets and even some Windows tablets. But, while everyone might want a tablet, or maybe two if they're small, will these mobile devices find a home in business?

The intent is there for business use. Almost 30% of iPad users say they now use their iPad as their primary computer, and one survey has shown that over half of would-be users plan to "use a new tablet device like the iPad to conduct work." But will they really use tablets for work? And, if they do, how can IT manage all those devices?

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Apple iPad 2 Defines Tablet PC Market
Headlines News

With the consumer market still remaining in need of a little convincing a good dose of ’wowing’ with NYC times on iPad2regard to the Android tablet PC market, Apple continue to reap the spoils of ruling the race that they seem to have set an impossibly high standard in

Such comes as little surprise of course, though a recent tech conference has officially confirmed that no other manufacturer or product has really stood a chance in keeping up with the market leading iPad and iPad 2 range.

It would seem that alongside general usability, prestige and other such issues, there is also a degree of confusion among those looking to join the Android or other OS camps that certainly is not helping the matter, at least in their favour.

Beginning with pricing – as new tablets are being released by manufacturers and carriers on a fairly regular basis,  the wide varieties of specs and options has led to a great deal of confusion regarding advertised prices and how much the units actually cost in store.

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Toshiba Thrive Review: Will Toshiba's New Honeycomb Tablet Thrive or Take a nose dive
Video Gaming Pros

Toshiba Thrive Review:  Toshiba has long been absent from the Tablet game, and having one of the Toshiba Thrive Tabletbiggest and most respected PC players missing from this profitable market is a little odd, especially since Toshiba announced an Android tablet was in the works last year. So when they proclaimed a tablet was “just around the corner” at CES this January in Las Vegas and again at MWC a month later in Barcelona, nobody really got excited. Now however, we have a firm release date, specs and price, as Toshiba recently announced the long-awaited tablet would also be one of the first Honeycomb tablets to hit the streets.  

July 10 is the drop date for the 10.1 inch Android 3.1 Tablet PC, and the pricing hits three different levels. The Thrive has the base model at 8 GB for $429, you double that hard drive to 16 GB for $479, and get a huge 32 GB model that is probably more attractive to business professionals and gamers for a very reasonable $579. As a comparison, the Apple iPad 2 costs $499 for 16 GB, and $599 for 32 GB, so Toshiba has hit the perfect price range to allow their first tablet offering to thrive in the crowded Tablet PC marketplace, so let’s see if the specs do the same.

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Xplore Technologies President to Launch New iX104C5 Rugged Tablet PC Line in Europe
Business Wire

Xplore Technologies Corp. (OTCMarkets.com-XLRT) today announced that the company is Xplore iX104C5 DM™ - Dual-Mode Xtreme Tablet commencing a major European launch of its new iX104C5 line of rugged tablet PCs. Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer of the award-winning rugged tablet PC company, is visiting France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, and other countries to meet with partners, customers and major potential users of the new line.

Xplore launched its line of five new rugged tablet PCs in the North America last month. The iX104C5 line includes five different models developed for use in a variety of environments and applications

ased on third-party certifications, Xplore’s new iX104C5 tablet PC line surpasses the standards and specifications that are the measuring sticks for rugged tablet computers in today’s marketplace. Designing and building computers for “Real World Rugged” situations, the iX104C5 line withstands seven-foot drops to plywood over concrete and operating four-foot drops directly to concrete. All models feature industry-leading sunlight-readable displays and are the first tablet PCs with easy, tool-less access for in-field upgrades or repairs. The iX104C5s are also certified for use in hazardous locations. Xplore’s iX104C5 tablet PC line is powered by the Intel® Core™ i7 processor and utilizes Windows®7 operating system.

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Microsoft's Windows 8: What We Know So Far
eWeek

Microsoft's Windows 8 represents a huge bet for the company—not only in traditional desktops and laptops, but also "post-PC" devices such as tablets

The big question is how Microsoft will merge the new Windows interface with old-Windows support in ways that are elegant and efficient on all form factors. Given the system requirements for applications such as Office, that may prove a taller order on tablets and other mobile devices with less under-the-hood power than a desktop or laptop. For the moment, Microsoft is remaining quiet on how it intends to deal with some of those larger engineering hurdles.

Indeed, Windows’ radical change in user interface hints at the enormous risks Microsoft is taking by stepping so far outside its traditional Windows comfort zone. By linking its tablet efforts to the next Windows launch, the company risks having any tablet-related snafus negatively affect a well-established brand. On top of that, Microsoft will need to sell Windows 8 to users and businesses that only recently upgraded to Windows 7.

Windows 8 will also face competition on a number of fronts. In the tablet realm, Apple’s iPad continues to dominate the market, which is increasingly crowded with Android-powered devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. In traditional operating systems, Microsoft will go head-to-head against not only Apple’s Mac OS X franchise—whose newest iteration, “Lion,” includes baked-in cloud features and a streamlined user interface—but also Hewlett-Packard’s webOS, which will appear on everything from smartphones and tablets to desktops and laptops.

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iPads in the cockpit will save $1.2 million in fueliPads in the cockpit
Examiner.com

We’ve reported earlier how airlines have begun trials of using the iPad as its guide rather than traditional maps. Turns out the benefit of carrying less weight is also helping in fuel costs.

Now that the iPad is FAA approved, American Airlines is running test programs from Los Angeles to Tokyo. The pilots will be sacrificing their 35+ pound bags for the one single 1.33 pound tablet.

 

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June 21, 2011

Toshiba Announces All-in-One Desktop With Premium Audio

High-Performance Touchscreen Entertainment Hub Features Sleek Design, 2nd Generation Intel Core Processor and Best-in-Class Sound System

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division today introduced the DX1215, the company’s first Toshiba DX1215 All-in-OneAll-in-One PC for the U.S. market. The DX1215 is an all-purpose entertainment hub offering superior audio with performance and technologies for HD entertainment and multitasking.

“We are honored to work with Toshiba to tune the audio system in its first All-in-One desktop for the U.S. market to create an impressive audio experience”

“Toshiba combined its experience with computing platforms and visual products to create an All-in-One that truly complements the living situations of our customers with a PC that offers high performance, premium features and unique styling,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. “We’ve designed the DX1215 to serve as the optimal entertainment hub for families, college students and those who consume a large amount of digital entertainment in their homes and want the finest audio experience.”

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Idolian Mobile Launches New Tablet PC, TouchTab and TurboTab.
PR Web

Idolian.com is please to announce new Android tablet PC TouchTab and TurboTab! Idolian is 214 Idolian TouchTablicensed telecommunication carrier, with it’s offices in Newport Beach, CA, Arkansas and South Korea expanding into tablet pc market. Idolian’s vision is to produce reliable tablet pc that’s priced between $199-$299 that any individual or small businesses can afford.

TouchTab is a 7” Android Tablet featuring a capacitive touch screen, Samsung Chipset 1Ghz CPU, 512MB, HDMI output, G-Sensor, 1.3 MP camera and retails for just $249.

“Many IPad or GalaxyTab owners wish all of their family members could each have and enjoy their own tablet PC, but it is either too expensive or too delicate to risk putting in the hands of children. TouchTab and Turbotab will be great starting price for such needs” says Mr. Lopez, Director of Operations.

Both models are available to purchase through company website http://www.idolian.com. Thanks to its established retail distribution, Idolian tablet PC’s will be widely available at retail & cellular locations throughout the US and South Korea in the near future.

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“Why Should Somebody Buy This Instead of an iPad?”
Technologizer

It’s been fifteen months since the first iPad shipped. Nearly every sizable company that makes ipad 2 yawnanything that looks even sort of like a computer or a phone has rushed into the market that Apple created. Many of these companies haven’t yet shipped the tablets they’ve announced. Still, a critical mass of major iPad alternatives are now here–tablets such as Motorola’s Xoom, RIM’s PlayBook, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

And yet no Apple competitor has started selling anything that clearly answers a fundamental question: “Why should somebody buy this instead of an iPad?”

As a reviewer of gizmos, I think that the iPad 2 is easily the best tablet on the market–and that most of the competition so far is too half-baked to be credible. As a lover of competition, though, I’m itching to see other tablets arrive that deserve to do well, too. So that question–”Why would somebody buy this instead of an iPad?”–is stuck in my head. I’ve been trying to figure out how an Apple rival can come up with a tablet that pretty much answers that question for itself. And I’ve come up with thirteen ways it could happen.

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HP TouchPad: Last stand for iPad competitors?
zdnet

I have written in the past that I have seen no proof that a tablet market exists outside of the iPad, ipad in portrait modeand having witnessed the dismal launch of big-name Android tablets nothing has changed my view. Android tablets are not selling well by anyone’s standard, and RIM has not set sales records with the BlackBerry PlayBook. Apple keeps selling millions of iPads, and a big bank of competitors keeps releasing tablets that few are buying.

Analysts have noticed this too, as reports of tablet makers slowing down production of brand new tablet models tells the tale. Recent surveys still show clearly that the iPad is growing even though the number of competing products in the market is increasing. Consumers are buying iPads but not other tablets in significant numbers.

With no market clearly defined for tablets other than the iPad, HP is about to enter the fray with its first webOS tablet. The TouchPad may be the last stand of iPad competitors in the attempt to garner significant market share from Apple. The good news for HP is the TouchPad is different enough from the pack to have a shot at carving that share.

Polish. The appeal of the iPad is how polished the tablet experience is for the user, something Honeycomb tablets are sadly lacking. The TouchPad uses HP’s webOS which has the most polished user interface on any tablet. The demonstrations I have seen of the TouchPad in action show a simple interface that is extremely attractive and polished in appearance. It is the first tablet interface that looks better than the iPad’s, and has better features presented in an intuitive package.

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Survey: Consumers Only Have Eyes for the iPad
PC Magazine

Half of the consumers in the U.S. and U.K. want an iPad, according to a new survey by Bernstein Research. The other half want a tablet that looks and feels just like it.

Which Tablet People Want

Apple still dominates tablet branding with its iPad and iPad 2 devices if the Bernstein Research survey is any indication, leading All Things D to proclaim Monday that, "Consumers don't want tablets, they want iPads."

In both the U.S. and U.K. surveys, 50 percent of respondents said they'd pick an iPad over any other manufacturer's tablet. That left Research in Motion, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and "no preference" vying for the remaining half of consumers in the two countries.

The dominance of Apple in the tablet market, which All Things D compared to the company's brand supremacy in the MP3 player market with its iPod, may not let up any time soon. Industry researcher Gartner expects Apple to rule the tablet space through at least 2015.

What's more, the survey found that even among respondents who would consider a non-Apple tablet, there's still a preference for tablets with similar specs to those established by Apple with the iPad.

And woe to the would-be Apple competitor which releases a tablet that deviates too far from the Cupertino standards.

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Tablets to overtake e-readers by the end of the year
BtoB Magazine

Tablet shipments will outpace e-reader shipments by the end of the year, according to “Tablet and E-reader Market Analysis: E-readers Make Way for Tablets as Worldwide Shipments Take Off,” a new report from researcher In-Stat. The company said the variety of functionality (Web browsing, video and gaming) offered by tablets such as Apple's iPad accounts for the growing popularity of the devices over e-readers, such as Amazon's Kindle.

“Of the two, the tablet market is the stronger and more sustainable opportunity,” Stephanie Ethier, senior analyst at In-Stat and author of the report. “In fact, e-reader manufacturers will soon begin adding tabletlike devices to their lineups in order to take advantage of the tablet frenzy. Barnes & Noble already offers the Color Nook, which is often compared to a tablet, and Amazon, the leader in the e-reader space with its Kindle, will likely launch a tablet device later this year in

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June 22, 2011

PeopleNet Chooses MobileDemand Rugged Tablet PC for Its Award Winning Portable Onboard Computing System
PR Web

MobileDemand, the nation’s leading provider of Rugged Tablet PCs to the transportation industry MobileDemand xTablet T7000announced today that PeopleNet has chosen the MobileDemand xTablet T7000 for the PeopleNet TABLET™ integrated onboard computing and mobile communications system for next generation fleet management. PeopleNet, the leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard fleet management systems, holds an exclusive agreement with MobileDemand and has begun taking delivery of thousands of MobileDemand xTablet T7000 Rugged Tablet PCs to offer its own customer base a way to improve driver efficiency and speed the accounting cycle.

The xTablet T7000 provides the Intel® processing power and functionality of a notebook, the full Microsoft Windows® operating system of a Tablet PC and the portability of a handheld device. With IP65, MIL-STD 810G certification, it is also built to withstand even the harshest environment. A combination of the right form, fit and function made the MobileDemand xTablet a winning platform for PeopleNet’s TABLET system designed to optimize operational efficiency and give its customers an edge over the competition.

“To gain a competitive advantage, firms are looking at systems such as the TABLET to meet the demand for faster workflow, improved cash flow and increased driver efficiency,” says PeopleNet Vice President of Product Management Matt Voda. “Some fleets are seeing TABLET as an opportunity to replace their current technology with an open Windows 7-based platform that offers longevity and optional portability. Others see TABLET’s arrival as the right time to adopt technology for the first time. They are impressed with the built-in, time-saving features and the additional cost-saving efficiencies that integration with the back office offers,” Voda continues.

The PeopleNet TABLET can be securely mounted in a truck cab and runs all of the powerful PeopleNet applications. At a stop, it can be removed from the dock and used as a mobile computer to access customer histories, view and change orders, capture customer signatures as proof-of-delivery, and photograph damaged goods for cargo claims.

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Assessing the corporate tablet field: Why the enterprise may be different
ZDNet

The tablet parade is kicking into high gear as HP’s TouchPad becomes available for sale July 1. HP iPad vs Androidjoins RIM, Motorola, Samsung and a bevy of others in a long line of companies trying to compete with Apple’s iPad. What’s the master plan for these rivals: Juice enterprise sales.

It’s quite possible that tablet makers could fare well by becoming business players as Apple runs away with the consumer market. The consumer market is ruled by price and performance (and more the former). Given that most Apple rivals are pricing their tablets exactly the same as the iPad, it’s going to be tough to win over customers.

In other words, rivals aren’t telling us why their tablets are necessarily better than the iPad, which enjoys good word of mouth marketing.

The enterprise is a bit of a different story. In fact, the enterprise tablet market has its own quirks that can open doors—and maybe market share—for challengers. Simply put, the enterprise isn’t going to sweat pricing differences as much. Why? There’s volume discounting and bundles. For instance, HP could sell a slew of TouchPads in an enterprise PC deal. RIM can toss in PlayBooks with a smartphone or BlackBerry Enterprise Server upgrade. Motorola and Samsung could get their tablets to companies via carriers. Dell can move its Streak tablets via healthcare services deals with its Perot Systems unit.

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Amazon tablets reportedly being prepped: Watch prices fall
ZDNet

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch new tablets and the key item to watch will be price.

Android tablets from Amazon are one of the worst kept secrets in the industry. Meanwhile, Amazon has added a series of pieces—Cloud Drive, streaming video services and an Android app market—that play into the tablet strategy.

Digitimes is now reporting that component makers are prepping for an August to September launch of Amazon tablets, which will feature a Texas Instruments chip, Wintek touch screens and Quanta as the manufacturer.

What’s the big deal? Amazon has enough parts to make its tablet competitive with Apple’s iPad. The other key thread here is price. The problem with Android tablets—beyond trying to get movies and music on them in one place—is price. To effectively compete with Apple, rival tablets have to be cheaper.

Amazon can effectively subsidize the tablets, price them aggressively and make money on the backend via music, book and movie sales. In other words, Amazon’s tablet can use the Kindle model quite effectively. It’s not the device that matters here. It’s the store.

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After Apple, Samsung, Acer vie for No. 2 tablet spot
CNET

After undisputed tablet market leader Apple, Samsung and Acer are vying for the No. 2 tablet slot ipadworldwide, according to market researcher DisplaySearch.

While Apple shipped about 4.7 million 10-inch class tablets last quarter, Samsung is shaping up to be the closest competitor at about 850,000 units shipped worldwide in the same quarter, according to Richard Shim of DisplaySearch, which pegs its numbers to vendors' public statements.

Close on Samsung's heels is Acer. The new kid on the block, Acer appears to be making gains with its 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 tablet. Acer has shipped 800,000 units in the current quarter, the first financial period to reflect meaningful numbers, according to Shim

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Review: A Tale of Three Tablets
Network World

As the popularity of Apple’s iPad continues to grow, we’re seeing more competitors jumping into the Iconia A500, by Acer,space with their versions, all with the hopes of duplicating or getting close to the tablet experience offered by the iPad. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to test out three different tablet systems (two from Acer, one from Fujitsu). With different audiences aimed at (consumer, enterprise, education, etc.), each tablet has the opportunity to make their own impact into the new tablet market.

Tablet 1: Iconia A500, by Acer
Tablet 2: Iconia W500, by Acer
Tablet 3: Stylistic Q550, by Fujitsu

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$350 Impression 10 Android Tablet Targets The First Gen. Apple iPadImpression 10 Android Tablet
Tablets Planet

Leader International Inc. has unveiled their latest tablet the $350 Impression 10 (I10 – for short). With a quick glance at the features list for the Impression 10 it’s easy to see which tablet it’s trying to match-up with, the first generation Apple iPad.

Both the first gen. Apple iPad and the new Impression 10 tablet are listed as having 9.7-inch XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) IPS LCD screens with capacitive multi-touch support. Also both tablets feature 512MB of RAM, 1 GHz single-core ARM Cortex-A8 SoC’s manufactured by Samsung and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

 

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June 23, 2011

NEW PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK CONVERTIBLE TABLET PC CF-C1 WITH MORE PROCESSING POWER ENHANCED BATTERY LIFE AND FASTER WIRELESS CONNECTION
Response Source

Panasonic today unveiled a series of upgrades to the mk2 version of the Toughbook CF-C1, the Panasonic TABLET PC CF-C1business rugged and lightweight notebook that can be used in clamshell or tablet form. The device, which is ideal for mobile workers such as field healthcare workers, sales forces and market researchers, has been upgraded with more processing power, memory and a faster wireless module.

The Toughbook CF-C1mk2 uses the latest generation Intel® Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz) for increased performance and the Intel® HD 3000 graphics for enhanced multimedia capabilities.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1’s touch screen works comfortable in clamshell as well as in tablet mode, as its toughened triple hinge system keeps the screen rigid while the user is typing. The CF-C1 also offers up to 12 hours battery life (MobileMarkTM 2007, 60cd/m²) with its twin hot swappable-batteries

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Asus Eepad Transformer Is A Hit! Tegra 3 Powered Sequel Due Out By October?
Phandroid.com

Its official. Asus’ Eepad Transformer was a hit in the (non Apple) tablet world. According to Digitimes, Padfonethey managed to ship over 400,000 units in the first half of 2011, making their way to the top spot of largest (non Apple) tablet brand on the globe and it’s all thanks to their Android powered Eee Pad Transformer.

Asus has been doing so well that they’re already preparing for the second generation of Eee Pad Transformers powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 quad-core Kal-El processors and the new version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Supposedly, it could ship as early as October, which would make it just in time for the holidays. Things move fast in the PC world and it looks like Android tablets are no different.

2011 is looking like a good year for Asus. With the upcoming release of their Padfone, a Tegra 3 powered, Ice Cream Sandwich running tablet/phone device, they may have more than a few hits this year. Lets just hope for less brown color schemes.

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Office Depot Announces Free Guaranteed Buyback(R) Plan with Back-to-School Purchase
MarketWatch

Office Depot celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced a partnership with TechForward, Inc., the first provider of Guaranteed Buyback plans, to give away a "Free" Guaranteed Buyback Plan to all customers who purchase a computer or tablet PC along with a Performance Protection Plan or Tech Depot Services offering. The offer will run from June 26 through September 10, 2011 just in time for the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Through this free offer, Office Depot will help customers buying computers and tablet PCs during the back-to-school shopping season be ready to upgrade when new technology comes out in the future. Office Depot's Guaranteed Buyback plan enables a fast, simple and eco-friendly trade-in that offers up to 50 percent of the customer's original retail purchase price in the form of an Office Depot gift card that can be used for future purchases.

At any time within two years of the purchase of the computer or tablet PC, Guaranteed Buyback planholders can go to www.techforward.com to initiate the trade-in.

"Office Depot's new Guaranteed Buyback plan allows our customers to buy a brand new computer or tablet PC today with the confidence that they can get value out of the product when they are ready to upgrade in the future," said Randy Wick, Vice President of Technology Merchandising for Office Depot. "As one of the largest retailers of notebook and tablet PCs, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible shopping experience from start to finish."

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Apple iPad 2 Display Ranks the Best in Face-Off Against Android Hordes
PCWorld

The first thing you notice about a tablet is its display. Even when a tablet is powered down, its display is what jumps out first, since the screen is the most dominant part. The quality of the display is a critical component of a tablet, just as image quality is essential to any screen, be it for a laptop, a monitor, a smartphone, or even an HDTV.

I've had dozens of tablets cross my desk, and their display quality has varied dramatically. When I look at a tablet's display quality, I judge it on a number of criteria: brightness, color accuracy, contrast, and image clarity. The last point is a tricky one, as it covers image sharpness and detail as well as text sharpness, areas that can be influenced by how well a mobile operating system renders those elements in software.

So where does that leave the discerning buyer hoping to get the best tablet display possible? To find out, the PCWorld Labs lined up eight tablets and compared their image quality side by side. Our testing is ongoing, and we will fold the results into our ratings for tablets in the future. Right now, we can offer a glimpse of our early findings.

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HP TouchPad Against iPad 2: Head-on
PDF Devices

Since HP claims its webOS tablet, HP TouchPad has the stuff to beat Apple’s iPad 2, it’s only fitting HP TOuchPad vs iPad2that we run a comparison between the two 9.7inch tablets – based on hardware, software, and price.

iPad 2 released on March 11, 2011 and has been sailing ahead of all tablets ever since. It is available in black and white, 16GB/32GB/64GB, and Wi-Fi/3G models. HP TouchPad will release on July 1 but you can preorder it at Amazon, Best Buy, HP, Newegg, Staples, and TigerDirect since June 19. A white model of the webOS tablet is also in the offing.

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Tablet Users to Nearly Double by Early Next Year, Study Says
AdAge.com

12% of U.S. Web Users Owns or Uses a Tablet Like the Apple iPad

Americans with tablets such as the Apple iPad remain a distinct minority among U.S. internet users, aiPad 2 new study said today, but they're growing quickly and very often using their tablets to pay for digital content.

Some 28 million U.S. web users between 8 and 64 years old own or use tablets -- 12% of the U.S. "internet population" in that age range -- according to the study from the Online Publishers Association and Frank N. Magid Associates. And their ranks will grow to 54 million, 23% of the U.S. internet population from 8 to 64, by early next year, the study found.

While the desktop and laptop internet has taught us to expect free content, moreover, we're buying tablet content in the form of apps, the study confirmed.

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June 24, 2011

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 tablet PC meets enterprises' critical security demands for flexible mobile computing
Security Park

As potentially vulnerable mobile devices continue to infiltrate workplaces, so CIOs are increasingly Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 tablet PCchallenged with trying to ensure that corporate information is not at risk from loss or theft. Fujitsu addresses this challenge with the introduction of the STYLISTIC Q550, its 10.1-inch lightweight tablet PC that integrates seamlessly into existing IT infrastructures thanks to its Microsoft Windows 7 operating system support.

Fujitsu's enterprise ready tablet PC, the STYLISTIC Q550, is designed to address the growing issue of data vulnerability and loss within enterprise caused by employees introducing non-secure tablet devices into the workplace.

Dave Shaw, STYLISTIC Q550 UK product manager, says: “The often unauthorised or unofficial usage of insecure mobile devices within the corporate infrastructure has become a real problem for enterprises. On the one hand, CIOs want their employees to have the right tools to be productive and retain flexible working practices, but on the other, CIOs and IT departments must ensure that those devices do not inadvertently lead to damaging security breaches. Fujitsu’s solution to this IT issue is the STYLISTIC Q550 tablet PC, which draws on our 20-year heritage of designing tablets for enterprise, while meeting the tough security, usability and integration requirements that are critical for business users today.”

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Eee Pad Transformer: the most popular non-Apple tablet
androidandme.com

The non-Apple tablet world has a new king. And no, it’s not the Motorola Xoom or the Samsung ASUSGalaxy Tab 10.1. It’s ASUS’ Eee Pad Transformer. According to Digitimes, the company has shipped around 400,000 tablets in the first half of the year, making it the “largest tablet PC brand in the non-Apple tablet PC group.”

I recently played around with an Eee Pad Transformer, and I’m not surprised to see it’s the most popular Android tablet. The tablet was the most bug-free and snappy Android tablet I’ve held in my hands. And of course, that $399 price doesn’t hurt either.

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Panasonic Toughbook C1 Tablet PC Offers Increased Battery Life
eWeek

the Toughbook C1, a lightweight 12.1-inch convertible tablet notebook. The new version comes the Panasonic Toughbook C1 Tablet PC equipped with a 320GB base hard drive, up to 12 hours of battery life, 2GB RAM (expandable to 8GB) and an increased Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor (2.50GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz).

In addition, the Toughbook C1’s start-up time is approximately 30 percent faster compared to the previous model. The company said the Toughbook C1 convertible tablet form factor is ideal for road warriors and mobile workers in a variety of environments including healthcare, education and field sales. The upgraded Toughbook C1 maintains its embedded wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth v2.1 and optional Qualcomm’s Gobi2000 3G mobile broadband technology.

The device is certified on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless 3G networks, and the tablet also has Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, offering improved connectivity options for mobile workers. At 3.28 lbs, the lightweight Toughbook C1 with the triple-hinge design is created for a mobile workforce that requires durability and portability

“The Toughbook C1 is often the convertible tablet of choice for our customers with highly mobile workforces, such as doctors, visiting nurses, sales teams and road warriors,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management for Panasonic Solutions Company.

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Archos unveils G9 Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets with 250GB HDDs
Product Reviews

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new tablet PC recently and you haven’t made your mind Archos G9 Android tabletup as to which one you will buy, then I think we have some news that you really won’t want to miss out on. Consumer electronics company Archos has just unveiled its 80 G9 and 101 G9 Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets, which both come with a Seagate Hard Drive Disk (HDD) with a 250GB storage capacity.

Both tablets also come with a unique 3G ready solution, which means that customers will no longer have to choose between 3G and Wi-Fi-only models at the time of purchase. The 8-inch 80 G9 and the 10-inch 101 G9 both come with a concealed USB port at the rear of the device, which when paired with the Archos 3G Stick – a standard 3G stick designed to be compatible with all G9 tablets – will enable 3G connectivity.

As for the price and availability for the 101 G9 and 80 G9 Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets, both models will be available at the end of September with the 8-inch version starting from $279 and the 10.1-inch version starting from $349.

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June 27, 2011

Acer Iconia Tab On Par With Apple, Motorola
TheStreet.com

Small businesses may have caught a break with the Acer Iconia Tab 500 series (starting at $449 at Acer Iconia Tab TabletWal-Mart

For all the grand opera theatrics surrounding tablet computers, such as the Apple iPad, Motorola XOOM or BlackBerryPlayBook, behind the greasepaint, the truth is no category has crashed into the commoditization deck faster than the tablet PC. Even before these devices have reached anything close to max consumer penetration, the market for small, thin, touch-controlled tablet computers is officially flooded with far too many options. So much so that small businesses now face a real struggle committing to a work-oriented tablet computer.

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Fujitsu says LifeBook TH40/D tablet PC is not yet ready for releaseFujitsu TH40/D tablet PC
Techconnect Magazine

Previously announced as a late June release (in Japan at least), the LifeBook TH40/D tablet PC from Fujitsu has suffered a delay, with no new launch plans being provided as of yet. The LifeBook TH40/D is Fujitsu's first mobile device based around Intel's Oak Trail platform.

The delayed tablet PC is known to feature a 10.1-inch LED-backlit (1024 x 600) touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz Atom Z670 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 120GB (4200 RPM) hard drive, stereo speakers, a 0.3 megapixel camera, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and SD card slot, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, plus a 23Wh battery allowing for up to 6 hours of operation. 

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Know your tablet PC
Business Standard

There are at least five big brands in the market that are selling tablet PCs. Here’s what you should keep in mind while on tablet shopping.

ICONIA|| Rs 32,000
Iconia, which has both Android and Windows tablet PCs, should make a definite impact with at least the Windows fan base. Acer W500 runs on the Windows 7 platform and will suit those who can’t Know your tablet PC Acer Iconia Tab tabletthink of abandoning a physical QWERTY keyboard in favour of a virtual one (Iconia W500 supports a detachable keyboard).

Acer’s W500 is correctly called a hybrid tablet with a 10.1-inch tablet based on a 1GHz AMD C-50 processor, 2GB of DDR3 ram and a 32GB SSD and 1.3-megapixel camera (front and rear). It also comes with a keyboard dock that allows you to use it as a netbook. Acer has deployed its multi-touch interface that can be accessed by placing all five fingers on the screen.

The fact that Acer Iconia Tab W500 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium means that you can use almost all desktop applications — VLC player, Microsoft Word, Excel or security programs like McAfee AntiVirus. The device also supports Java and Flash. Though Windows 7 is not even close to what Apple’s iOS and Android tablet OS feel like, control and navigation becomes easy when combined with a keyboard. There’s a set of speakers at the rear of the tablet that deliver better output than other tablets.

Verdict: If you like the idea of having an attached keyboard on a compact Windows PC, you may want to look into getting the Iconia Tab W500.

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Apple Tablet PC Dominance Under Threat
istockAnalyst.com

From the moment Appleintroduced the legendary Apple iPad in 2010, the company has been enjoying unrivaled domestic and international dominance in the tablet PC market.

According to comScore, 97 percent of the tablet internet traffic emanates from Apple's iPad 1 and 2. Four ipad 2 tabletsThis is far beyond the reach of Android based tablets, which account for just 2 percent of the tablet PC internet traffic. The brand equity and dominance that Apple enjoys in the tablet PC market can be gauged from the fact that every touch-enabled tablet PC that hits the market is termed an iPad killer. In a nutshell, iPad is the benchmark in the tablet PC industry. It seems the only thing that can destroy the iPad is Apple itself. 

Automatically – Very Convenient: Analysts are quick to point out that Apple is way beyond the reach of its rivals because of two major factors: the operating system iOS and the online marketplace iTunes, selling everything from applications, movies, music, to books.

Covering so Many Facets: Things, however, are changing in the tablet PC market. Samsung, BlackBerry, HP, Lenovo, and Motorola are fast shelling out tablet PCs that have only one aim, to topple Apple from its pedestal. Apple tablets PCs are available in two screen sizes. However, the ones in the process of being introduced in the market are of varying screen sizes designed by keeping in mind the needs of professional, business, and retail users.

The iPad is Flawed: The major problem with the iPad is its inability to support Adobe Flash, thereby restricting the Internet experience of iPad owners. That is not the case with Android based tablet PCs, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or HP's TouchPad. Another major problem that iPad users face is the multi-tasking capability of the device. Other tablet PC manufacturers have noticed this drawback and are taking care of this problem by fitting the devices with dual-core processors from Qualcomm. Though analysts say that dominance of Apple will continue till 2014, the projection is based on current sales figures and does not factor in the entry of new players into the market.

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Can 9.7-inch HP TouchPad coming on July 1 combat Apple iPad 2?
International Business Times

 

Last year, HP had launched their tablet PC version known as HP Slate 500 PC to counter Apple iPad. Although the tablet had better specifications than iPad, it was left far behind iPad in terms of sales and market share.

The new 9.7-inch TouchPad will be launched on July 1 with the Wi-Fi version priced at $499.99 and $599.99 for 16GB and 32GB storage,.

Apart from the 9.7-inch tablet, HP is also planning to launch another 7-inch tablet in August according to Taiwan Economic News. The report said, Inventec has "received big-ticket orders for tablet PCs from HP," for both the 9.7-inch TouchPad and a 7-inch model launching in August. Reports show that Inventec has received orders for 400,000 to 450,000 Touch Pad tablet PCs to be produced every month for HP. That will help HP produce 3 million HP TouchPad’s this year.

In terms of competition for the HP TouchPad, Richard Kerris said “I don’t think android has done a great job with the honeycomb of tablets.

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Singapore Sends Its Soldiers To War Armed With iPads
Cult of Mac

While the most war many of us will see on our iPads is a spot of Angry Birds, Singapore’s got bigger Soldier-With-iPadplans for Apple’s tablet: they’re issuing an iPad to each new recruit to use in action on the battlefield.

The Defence Ministry for Singapore revealed today that it plans to issue 8,000 iPads to new recruits this year that will enable soldiers to collect photos & videos of the battlefield which can be uploaded to the Singapore Armed Forces’ online platform. The device will also allow soldiers to better communicate with each other and with their commanders through a live messaging system and group chat.

The SAF is working with private contractors to create secure applications for military use which will greatly expand the iPad’s capabilities for its soldiers. The devices will be handed out to new recruits this year and will then be assigned to other soldiers throughout 2012.

TUAW notes, however, that Singapore isn’t the first country to issue the iPad to its military. The U.S. Marine Corp recently issued the devices to its aviators to replace paper-based navigation systems, and in the U.K. soldiers are using the device to train for combat before they are sent to Afghanistan.

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June 28, 2011

REO Speedwagon & Rick Springfield Rock the Greek Theatre With Sound Controlled By Tablet PC
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I'm not sure what I expected when I went to see REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield at the GreekThe Sound for Rick Springfield being controled with Tablet PC Theatre earlier this month.  I wasn't expecting to see so many people I knew attending the show and I certainly wasn't expecting to find the sound engineers for both of them using their a Tablet PC to control their sound for their shows.  None the less when we were walking around and passed the Sound Booth i spotted REO Speedwagon's Tablet PC and later discovered that Rick Springfield's sound engineer was also using a Tablet 

Apparently the Greek Theatre, like the Hollywood Bowl is using a Dolby Lake Processor &  Dolby Lake Controller Software to control sound so visiting bands can use the same system when they are at the Greek.   I do not know what the main Tablet for the Greek theatre is because they won't tell me, but I can tell you that The Hollywood Bowl uses a Mobile Demand T8700 Tablet PC to control the sound in the Bowl. 

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Hotels offer services through tablet PCs
USATODAY.com

For a night of clubbing in Manhattan on a recent weekend, Seunghee Thomson turned to the iPad in her room at the Mondrian SoHo to ask the hotel's concierge for a recommendation.Mondrian Hotel guest uses Tablet PC to access hotel services

Mondrian is one of several hotels — and airlines, too — that are distributing iPads and similar devices to customers in an effort to tap the buzz surrounding tablet computers. The effort is the latest by the travel industry to digitize a range of services that once required picking up the phone.

Using third-party software developers, hotels are introducing apps to order food, browse hotel amenities and local attractions, request wake-up calls, schedule housekeeping, message other guests and arrange car service. The apps are available for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and phones and tablets using Android and other operating systems.

“It’s a self-service vehicle,” says David Adelson of Intelity, which developed Mondrian’s app and has about 380 hotels using the software. “Most travelers are used to self-service solutions in their daily lives and would rather prefer it.”

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Tablet Showdown
PCWorld

We looked at the latest challengers to Apple’s iPad 2, and found some worthy contenders. Which tablet came out on top?

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Tablets for every taste (from left): Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Acer Iconia Tab A500, Motorola Xoom, Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, T-Mobile G-Slate, and RIM BlackBerry PlayBook. Photograph by Robert Cardin.This year shapes up as the year of the tablet--for real, this time--as the hugely popular, impressively svelte Apple iPad 2 competes with an array of challengers, most of them running Android.

For this article, I test-drove ten tablets: the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the Apple iPad 2, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, the Dell Streak 7, the HTC Flyer, the Motorola Xoom, the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, the Samsung 7-inch Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the T-Mobile G-Slate.

Still more slates are on the way: Android 3.1 tablets from Lenovo and Toshiba, and HP's WebOS-based TouchPad, did not ship in time for us to include them in this roundup.

None of the tablets I auditioned hit every mark. Overall, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 received matching four-star ratings. For now, the iPad 2 retains a slim lead, thanks to its display's more-natural colors and its vast selection of reasonably easy-to-find tablet-specific apps. Several other units offer unique features: The Eee Pad Transformer has a keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into a netbook; the Xoom supports a software upgrade to 4G LTE; the G-Slate captures 3D video; and the Iconia has a full-size USB A port. But all four stumbled on display quality--and primarily for that reason, the Iconia misses our Top 5 list

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Total e Golf Launches the First Club Management Tablet at Coppinwood Golf Club
Newswire Today

Total e Golf is pleased to announce the official launch of the Total e Golf Tablet - the only tablet PC designed exclusively for golf management and golf operations.Total e Golf Tablet

The revolutionary Total e Golf Tablet is designed to streamline golf operations by harnessing the power of the most cutting-edge tablet PC technologies. Golf courses can access their entire system and process payment wirelessly from anywhere on the course which eliminates the need for bulky PC desktops and POS terminals.

The Total e Golf Tablet allows clubs to take customer surveys and collect valuable data from anywhere. This information is used for more targeted marketing campaigns and strengthening customer awareness and communication.

"The Total e Golf Tablet is yet another tool for clubs to better service the client and increase sales opportunities," says Mike Flannagan, President of Total e Golf. "We live in a digital age where instant and effective communication is vital. The Total e Golf Tablet allows golf courses to interact with customers in way that hasn‘t been seen before in the golf industry."

Coppinwood Golf Club is the first course to implement the Total e Golf Tablet across its entire operation. Renowned for its unique landscape and dedication to customer service, Coppinwood uses the tablet to process payment on the beverage cart, check golfers in with the starter and send orders from the tableside to the kitchen.

"The Total e Golf Tablet is truly cutting-edge," says Kevin Thistle, President of Coppinwood Golf Club. "We offer our members an experience they cannot get anywhere else and implementing the Total e Golf Tablet allows us to stay ahead of the technology curve and provide an exceptional experience to our members."

The Total e Golf Tablet also makes communication and daily operations easier for staff. Staff members can update information on the go and it is immediately reflected across the system, ensuring everyone has access to the most current information. The Total e Golf Tablet can also be used for instant messaging on the course.


The Total e Golf Tablet is only available through Total e Golf.

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June 29, 2011

Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb 10 Inch Tablet: spec sheet and release date
Video Gaming ProsToshiba Thrive

The Toshiba Thrive Tablet PC that we have been told is “coming soon” for the last 7 months is actually here. No, really! Toshiba was almost getting like the boy that cried wolf over their continued proclamations of delivery on the Droid tablet. But it is here, available for pre-order at sites like Amazon where it is going for $429, $479 and $579 for the 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB models, effectively undercutting the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 by $20. Are there any other reasons to buy the Thrive other than the 20 green ones? The feature set looks nice, and we haven;t tested it yet, but we do have the specs list and ship date below.

Pre-order the Toshiba Thrive starting at $429.99 at Amazon.

Like we said above, anxious Toshiba Thrive fans can get their Thrive Tablet PC reserved now with a pre-order (ships July 10), and I do like that three separate models are offered. A tablet consumer like myself does not need all that extra memory, and gets to pay $429 for a full featured 10 inch Droid tablet with full Flash support and does not overpay for memory I will never use. And users wanting to add memory in the future can use the microSD slot that Apple does not offer. Incidentally, all three models are identical in specs and size, etc. except for the memory designations mentioned earlier.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Comparison
TimesWireService

Galaxy Tab 10.1 is hogging all the limelight these days. Many people are comparing it with forthcoming Apple iPad 3 that may improve drastically over the last edition of iPad 2, the best tablet manufactured and launched so far.

Samsung has been boasting about the new features that have been included in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. many have called it the best Android tablet.

But the question is, whether Android ready to launch a winning tablet in the market? I must say that this is the biggest question facing the tablet market that are being launched on Android.

Unlike Apple’s winning IOS operating system for iPad, other manufacturers of Tablets have to rely on Android that despite being a great Tablet operating system, doesn’t have the wherewithal to pose a stiff challenge before iPad.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is great when it comes to hardware. Its sleek and light with a great screen.

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New tablet Ratings: Should you be tempted by the latest features?
ConsumerReports.org

Tablets are getting more diverse, with several adding new features we hadn't seen in earlier models. The question is, are those features worth thinking about, or do the "traditional" models (OK, it's a Asus Eee Pad Transformerlittle too soon to call any tablet traditional) such as the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab remain your best choices?

For example, there's the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a tablet that lets you add a keyboard to turn it into a netbook/tablet combo. And if you're an artist, or if you like adding handwritten notes to Web sites, documents, and books, the HTC Flyer might be of interest to you: It offers a stylus option ($80) for doing that and more.

Samsung's launch of a the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab spurred lots of interest. We do think it's a worthy competitor to the iPad, but don't let the screen size—10.1 inches vs. the iPad's 9.7-inch display—fool you into thinking the Tab is much bigger. In fact, the actual area of display space is about the same, as is the price.

Our tablet computer Ratings (available to subscribers) will help you sort through all the issues.

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June 30, 2011

New Rugged GD3015 Tablet PC by General Dynamics Itronix Bridges the Gap between Rugged Notebooks and Commercial Tablet Computers
PR Newswire

As easy to use as a commercial tablet, the GD3015 stands up to the dirt and weather of field Itronix GD3015 Tablet PCenvironments and takes the bumps and vibration from life on the road in stride.

General Dynamics Itronix introduces the new semi-rugged GD3015 tablet PC. The durable GD3015, weighing less than three pounds, delivers the full functionality of a notebook with the critical components and options needed by mobile professionals working in public safety, utilities, transportation, warehousing and industry field services. The GD3015 comes equipped with Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system, embedded security, a 10.4-inch sunlight-viewable screen and 3G wireless network connectivity.  Also adaptable to the unique requirements of mobile computer users, the modular GD3015 offers magnetic stripe reader, barcode scanner, camera and additional options.

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LeapFrog Set to Take Pre-Orders for $100 LeapPad Tablet for Kids
PCMAG

LeapFrog will be taking pre-orders for its $100 LeapPad Explorer tablet for kids LeapPad Explorer tablet for kids beginning LeapPad Explorer tabletWednesday, the educational product developer announced on its site this week. The 5-inch tablet comes in pink or green, has a 480-by-272 pixel (16:9) touchscreen and will have 100 downloadable apps or app cartridges ranging in price from $5 to $25 available in time for the August 15 release.

The multifunctional learning tablet "builds off the success of 2011's Educational Toy of The Year Award winner, Leapster Explorer," LeapFrog said in a statement. The LeapPad Explorer is intended for children ages four and up.

"LeapFrog created the first interactive learning experience with our original iconic LeapPad Learning System in 1998. After 10 years of research into the most proficient ways for children to learn, we are doing it again with LeapPad Explorer," said Craig Hendrickson, senior vice president and chief product officer for LeapFrog, in a statement announcing the tablet back in February.

"LeapPad Explorer is a multifunctional learning tablet that can ignite children's imaginations and learning, but also handle a little rough and tumble play. This will be the must-have gift for all eager learners."

The specs are certainly more toy-like than turbo-charged—the chip chugs along at 400MHz, there's just 2GB of storage, and there's no WiFi in the LeapPad. But Engadget, which said Tuesday it had put one of the tablets through its paces, found the LeapPad "solidly built, with a well-rounded feature set and sufficient expandability options—for a kids toy, of course."

The LeapPad Explorer can capture and play videos and photos. It's compatible with the entire existing library for the Leapster Explorer, a groundbreaking educational handheld device.

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