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November 2011


November 1, 2011

iLounge 2011's Best iPod, iPhone, iPad Products Awards Best of 2011 awards

Today, iLounge announced their 2011 Best of the Year and Readers’ Choice Awards. The Ilounge readers choice awards span multiple categories.  Among others, the winners, including Bowers & Wilkins, LunaTik, Gameloft, Speck Products, and Apple.   For full details on the winners, runners-up, and hundreds of other accessories and applications. 

You can see the list of winners in the iLounge press release or by downloading the 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide, which is available now.


Barnes & Noble expected to launch new Nook tablet on Nov. 7
Apple Insider

Book seller Barnes & Noble is expected to unveil a new tablet to compete with Amazon's Kindle line and Apple's iPad through a "very special announcement" at an event on Monday, Nov. 7.

The Nook maker sent out invitations for the event on Monday, as noted by The L.A. Times. The launch will take place at 10:00 AM Eastern in New York.

"Please join us for a very special announcement," the invite read, while also displaying the "N" logo for its line of Nook e-readers and tablets. The report noted that the event will probably see an update to the company's Nook Color tablet.


Acer sees Windows 8 as more potent challenge to Apple

Right now the challenge for for Microsoft and Windows is the rapid growth Apple's iOS on the iPhone and ipad tablets.

Over the next couple of years, Wang sees a resurgence of the Microsoft camp on the back of Windows 8 as Microsoft responds more effectively to "consumer demands," according to the report. Windows 8 is expected no later than 2013.

Windows 8 is expected to power a wider range of devices, including tablets, tablet-laptop hybrids, and Ultrabook clamshell laptops--the latter competing with Apple's MacBook Air.


November 2, 2011

Lenovo IdeaPad K1: Slated to win?
The Hindu

With all other major technology companies like Apple, Samsung, HP, Motorola and HTC succumbing to Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tabletthe tablet frenzy, we didn't have to wait too long before Lenovo decided to take the plunge as well.

Lenovo is now famous for its ThinkPad line of business laptops. The company launched three tablets recently – the enterprise-oriented ThinkPad tablet, the mainstream IdeaPad K1 and the budget IdeaPad A1. This week, I review the 10.1-inch IdeaPad K1.

The slew of recent Honeycomb launches doesn't leave much room for innovation in design. Which is why the IdeaPad K1 is quite refreshing. While the front sports the regular black glossy frame, there's a single seemingly Apple-esque physical button at bottom centre. Honeycomb tablets generally have all the controls within the screen and none on the bezel itself, so Lenovo's Home button is a bit of a change. The button, as I discovered a bit later, is also an optical trackpad, allowing you to swipe your way back to the homescreen. It's not very accurate, but when it does get activated, you can see little white alien-ish LED dots on either side of the button.


New Nook Color could beat Kindle Fire's price

Barnes & Noble has invited the news media to a New York event on Monday, sparking speculation that the bookseller will announce a lower-cost Nook Color tablet computer that matches or beats the $199 price of the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire.

Three analysts agreed that Barnes & Noble won't want to be beaten by Amazon.com on price, since it already sells a 7-in. Nook Color for $249 that was first announced Nov. 19, 2010, and was updated to Android 2.2 in April. The 7-in. Kindle Fire tablet, announced Sept. 28, will be available Nov. 15, eight days after the Barnes & Noble event.

"The issue [facing Barnes & Noble] is price and availability of content, which is the key issue for all tablets going forward," said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates.


Armodilo Pioneers Multifunction Apple iPad, Tablet PC Display Stand
PR Web

Armodilo Display Solutions is proud to announce the release of their flagship product; Armodilo™, a Armodilo Tablet Standcutting-edge Apple iPad and digital tablet PC display stand for businesses, institutions or any user looking to lift the hottest innovation in computer technology off their laps. The new stand transforms using a tablet PC from a solitary to a group experience, and transforms the contexts in which tablets can be used.

Versatile, Lightweight and Strong
Designed and manufactured with the highest tolerances and quality components, the display stand is not only versatile and extremely lightweight, weighing in at only 10.8 lbs., but it is also designed to endure the most rigorous conditions. Its fully enclosed tablet housing provides a secure and tamper-proof place to display your tablet devices. And with its patent pending tablet inserts and various faceplate frame configurations, Armodilo is the most versatile solution on the market, accommodating Apple iPad, Blackberry Playbook and various other tablet PCs in either landscape or portrait modes.

“We’re constantly working on creating new configurations to accommodate upcoming tablet products to ensure your investment lives beyond the short life of the technology of today,” says Guran.


Symantec unveils Norton Tablet SecurityNorton Tablet Security
PC Advisor

Symantec has finally unveiled its Norton Tablet Security software designed to protect tablet PCs that run the Google Android platform.

The software also benefits from a web-based anti-theft feature that enables users to identify the location of the device if it has been lost or stolen using a web browser, and can even remotely lock the device, ensuring it can not be used. A default or custom 'device lost' message can be added to the lock screen while the 'Sneak Peek' function will remotely take photos using the front-facing camera on the tablet PC and then upload them to the anti-theft site so users can identify who's got their hands on their device.


November 3, 2011

HP Introduces Multitouch Slate Tablet PC for Business

Hewlett-Packard announced the new Slate 2 tablet with the Windows 7 OS, just under a week after the company announced it would retain its PC unit.

The Slate 2 tablet has an 8.9-inch capacitive touch display and is an update to the company's first tablet, the Slate 500, which was released last year. Targeted at businesses, the Slate 2 includes faster hardware including Intel's Atom Z670 processor.

HP was able to drop the tablet's starting price to US$699 by making a configuration available with just 32GB storage. That version also includes Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Home Premium. The Slate 2 will become available worldwide in November.

This is the first tablet announced by HP after the company said it would keep its Personal Systems Group, which deals in smartphones, tablets and PCs. HP was offering the Slate 500 tablet when it said it would sell or spin off PSG, and subsequently killed the TouchPad tablets and Palm smartphones with WebOS.

The future of HP's tablets and PCs now revolve around Windows 8, and the company will release a Windows 8 tablet in the future. Slate 2 is based on Windows 7, but HP officials did not say whether an upgrade path would be offered to Windows 8.


Lenovo takes ThinkPad to tablets
USA Today

Lenovo thinkpad

Persuading people to embrace a tablet that's not an Apple iPad compels rivals to come at buyers from a different angle. Lenovo's angle is to market a tablet at mobile professionals and students for office or classroom use. As the Chinese computer maker behind the ThinkPad-branded notebooks that are popular in business, Lenovo would appear to have the chops to pull it off.


Most tablet owners are happy with their purchase

A new report into online consumer comments finds that most tablet owners are “overwhelmingly positive” about their device.

The report comes from DigitalMR, a UK-based marketing researcher which measured thousands of online comments on tablet devices across July and August of this year.

The report accounted for comments relating to tablets made by Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, LG, HP, Asus, Archos and Fusion Garage.

The researcher found that Apple had the largest percentage of the positive comments, with a 33-percent share, followed by HTC with 17-percent, HP with 11-percent and Samsung with 10-percent.


November 4, 2011

B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

We’re expecting Barnes & Noble to unveil an Amazon Kindle Fire rival in New York on Monday, but Nook Family of tabletsdetails on the new device have been tightly guarded — that is until yesterday when both Engadget and The Digital Reader posted the same leaked documents with pricing and specs on the new Nook Tablet

Nook Color 2:

  • Display: 7″ touchscreen
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU  (TI OMAP4)
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB plus a SD Card slot (expandable up to 32 GB; possible dual-boot with Android if it’s anything like the Nook Color)
  • Battery Life: 4 hours for videos; 8 hours with Wi-Fi off
  • Weight: 400 g
  • Pre-orders start on November 7, arrive by November 16 in the U. S.
  • Works with Hulu Plus, Netflix Pandora and more
  • $250

Nook tablet features


Hands on: Motorola Xoom 2 review
tech radar

The new Xoom is thinner, lighter and faster than the old iteration, as you might expect. We're talking 253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm dimensions, 599g weight and a new TI OMAP 1.2GHz dual-core processor.



November 7, 2011

Barnes & Noble Unveils $249, 7-Inch Nook Tablet
PC Magazine

Barnes & Noble on Monday unveiled an update to its Nook line, adding the 7-inch Nook Tablet.Barns & Noble Nook Tablet  for movies

The $249 device is available for pre-order now and will be in stores and delivered to customers' homes by the end of next week. The device will also eventually be released at retail stores like Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, Target, Office Max, Radio Shack, Fry's, PC Richards, and more.

Taking a dig at Amazon's Special Offers program, Barnes & Noble promised "no annoying ads" on its devices.

"The Nook Tablet is our lightest, fastest tablet with HD entertainment," Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch said during a New York press event. "It's hands-down the best media tablet in the 7-inch class."

The Nook Tablet runs Android Gingerbread but does not connect to the Android Market. It features a 1-GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor, and includes 1GB of built-in RAM, making the device "super responsive" for reading, streaming movies, and more, Lynch said. It includes 16GB of storage, expandable up to 32GB. Data can also be stored via Nook Cloud.

The Nook Tablet is Wi-Fi enabled, and buyers get free access in Barnes & Noble stores and via AT&T's 26,000 nationwide hotspots.

"Nook Tablet is a powerful HD entertainment machine that's under a pound and slips easily into a pocket or purse," Lynch said.

He touted the tablet's "revolutionary battery life," which provides up to nine hours of video, or five full-length HD movies on a single charge, and 11.5 hours of reading.

Lynch said Nook Tablet includes deep integration with Netflix; movie recommendations will be pushed directly to the home screen. There will also be access to Pandora, as well as Nook Kids and Nook Newsstand.



New HP Slate 2 Tablet PC for Business




HP unveils Slate Tablet PC, new notebook
Computer Business Review

Slate 2 Tablet PC provides instant deployment for business and vertical markets, says the company

HP has introduced Slate 2 Tablet PC with expanded touch capabilities, enhanced multitasking performance and embedded security.

The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC, which features an 8.9-inch diagonal capacitive multitouch display for touch and pen input plus a new Swype keyboard, provides instant deployment for business and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government and retail, where jobs frequently take users away from a traditional desk.

The tablet PC comes with an Intel Atom Z670 processor with mSATA SSM technology to deliver faster boot times, improved battery life of up to six hours and increased performance for business customers.


Apple leaning towards dual LED light-bars for iPad 3's Retina Display
Apple Insider

With Apple's next-generation iPad expected to adopt much higher resolution displays, the electronics maker and its component suppliers are reportedly challenged with designing new backlight solutions capable of maintaining the tablet's existing level of brightness with the higher density panels.

iPad with Fighter Jet

In addition to the higher resolution displays, the next iPad is also rumored to adopt a quad-core A6 processor based on either Samsung's or TSMC's 28-nanometer processing technology. Other rumored enhancements include a redesigned, smaller dock connector that will allow Apple to continue to shave down the tablet's thickness, and a thinner, lighter battery pack meeting CTIA IEE 1625 standard for better quality and safety reliability that will reportedly offer a longer service life than the battery found in the iPad 2.


November 8, 2011

Motorola To Link TV To TabletMotorola Corvair
World Internet TV on PC

Motorola has unveiled their latest tablet computer, the Motorola Corvair.   A unique feature of the new tablet is the ability to change a TV channel based on the content currently streaming on the tablet.

The Corvair Tablet runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 has a 6-inch touchscreen display with basic tablet computer functions.  The featurethat set it apart from the Xoom is its capability as a ‘dedicated controller’ to TV screens.




Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Arives at T-Mobile Nov. 16 for $249.99Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
PC Magazine

T-Mobile has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus willgo on sale on Nov. 16 at the price of $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a two year contract. 

"It's the right size tablet at the right price," T-Mobile tweeted earlier today.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and has a dual-core processor, 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and 16GB of storage, expandable to 32GB.  the 7 inch tablet is 0.39 inches thick and weighs 12.2 ounces, front- and rear-facing cameras and includes Samsung's Touchwiz U

The Tab 7.0 includes dual-band Wi-Fi built in, along with GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 3G and HSPA+ connections, so you'll be able to use the tablet to make voice and video calls.


Panasonic Unveils Toughpad(TM) Family of Professional-Grade Android-Powered Tablets
MarketWatch (press release)

Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable handheld and tablet computers since 1996, today Panasonic Toughpad A1 Tablet unveiled the Toughpad(TM) family of professional-grade Android(TM)-powered tablets (#Toughpad), which includes a 10" and 7" device. The devices--targeting mission-critical and highly mobile workers--will be supported by an eco-system that includes an enterprise focused app store, peripherals, developer tools, deployment support and more.

The 10" Toughpad A1, available first, is ideal for highly mobile outdoor workers in markets like aviation, construction, field sales and the public sector, where exposure to extreme environments is a constant challenge and the consequence of a failure is significant. The device can also be used as a tool to optimize business processes as a cost effective pen / paper replacement. The 7" Toughpad B1 targets similar markets, but in applications where screen real estate is not as critical and where device mobility and portability are critical.

The Toughpad A1 has a high brightness, 10.1" XGA capacitive, multi-touch, daylight-viewable screen so mobile workers, in markets like supply chain logistics, utilities and the military, can easily see critical data and operate the device regardless of lighting conditions.

The Toughpad A1 offers a stylus and active digitizer, enabling flexible data entry in the field, as well as signature capture and handwriting recognition functionalities--ideal for sales, customer service and mobile point-of-service environments. Other features include integrated cameras, a serviceable battery, multiple options for peripheral connectivity and battery life that will accommodate a full day of work.


November 9, 2011

Samsung confirms Windows 8 tablet coming in second half of 2012
The Next Web

Samsung has said it will release its first tablet computers running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system in the second half of next year, adding to its portfolio of Android-powered portable devices, Uhm Kyu Ho, Samsung’s head of sales and marketing revealed in an interview with Bloomberg.

Whilst plans have not been confirmed publicly, Kyu Ho noted that one of Samsung’s first Windows 8 tablets could be a slightly altered version of its Series 7 computer, which has both a touchscreen and a wireless keyboard.

The Series 7, which Samsung says combines the Benefits of a Laptop and Tablet PC, currently runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system and incorporates a sliding keyboard and a display that slides up to reveal a physical keyboard. With Windows 7 and the new Windows 8 platform appealing to the enterprise, the sliding display will appeal to businesses as it gives the user the option of a multi-touch display or full keyboard and mouse interface.

Samsung will offer a Windows 8 update to existing Series 7 owners.


Adobe kills Flash on mobile devices
USA Today

In a move first reported by ZDNet, Adobe has told developers that it no longer plans to develop future Adobe Kills Flash on Mobile devicesversions of its Flash Player for mobile browsers.

It's a huge shift for the Web as a whole, which has used liberally the Adobe standard for video and Web design.

Jobs, Apple's longtime CEO who died last month after a battle with cancer, had long railed against Flash. Apple's mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, do not run Flash content.

Jobs' argument was that Flash was a processor- and battery-hogging standard that caused its devices to perform poorly.


Does Panasonic's Toughpad point the way to an iPad future?
TG Daily

The Panasonic Toughpad- which is designed for industrial use - comes closer than most consumer based products, other than Apple, to an end-to-end solution.  

Much like what Amazon is doing with the Kindle Fire, the Toughpad back- end will be fully executed with its own dedicated, and finished, set of services. enderle

However the Toughpad maintains several distinct advantages over the iPad. It boasts an outdoor viewable screen, a digitizer, a replacable battery and is hardened for outside use - pointing the way to a better consumer product. 

In other words, taking the Toughpad on vacation, say to the beach or on a hike in the woods, won't put the device on a fast-track for replacement. Remember, most consumer tablets, including the iPad, simply weren’t designed for the outdoors.   

Yet, a tablet really should be capable of safely leaving the confines of a home or office, because, hell, if I'm inside, my notebook works just fine most of the time. Outside? Well, that is precisely where I really need a solution other than my smartphone to enjoy the web and multimedia content.  

Essentially, while the Panasonic Toughpad is targeted at businesses, I think it likely points the way to a future iPad that is ideal for multiple environments and scenarios. 


HTC to bring completely new tablet by 2012Htc Tablet
The Mobile Indian

HTC is planning to bring a completely new tablet in 2012 which will not be a run of the mill product.

"Tablet is a market we would like to try and test, to see whether we can make ourselves stand out and prevent a me-too product," the chief executive officer of HTC, Peter Chou, was quoted as saying by Reuters. However, he asserted that HTC is focused on the smartphones currently.

HTC has two tablets in the market as of now - Flyer and Jetstream. HTC Flyer was the first tablet from the company which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2011. It drew attention of lot of users for its stylus.


Wal-Mart, Apple, others roll out apps for holiday shoppers
USA Today

Today, Wal-Mart will announce its latest initiatives, including an enhanced iPhone app that allows users to add shopping list items by speaking, typing or scanning bar codes. It also provides the price, local Holiday tablet appsstore availability and, in select markets, aisle location of those items.

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled new app features. One lets users buy products through the app and pick them up at any Apple Store.

Toys R Us, Brookstone, Kmart, J.C. Penney and Disney Stores are among the many others that have rolled out their own digital innovations.

Half of those who own smartphones will use them during holiday shopping, according to a National Retail Federation/BIGresearch survey. And 71% of tablet owners will use them to tackle holiday tasks.

For many, these devices are "indispensable tools," says Mike Gatti, executive director of the NRF's marketing division. "They allow you to shop wherever and whenever you want."

To better prepare for the tech-savvy holiday shopper, half of retailers significantly invested in mobile-optimized websites, according to the NRF's Shop.org digital unit. One in five spent to create tablet apps.


How Tablets And E-Readers Can Save You Money
San Francisco Chronicle

It is estimated that one in 10 U.S. citizens now owns a tablet or e-reader, and the constant innovations made by brands such as Amazon, Sony and Apple are helping to change the way in which users conduct their everyday activities. The benefits that these tools provide to users are far reaching, and can even help individuals to save money and budget their finances effectively. So, how exactly are tablets and e-readers able to achieve this, and how much money could they save you through consistent use?


ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet PC $499ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
Legit Reviews

ASUS officially announces the world's first tablet with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor –the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is ultra-thinat 8.3mm (0.33”) and lightweight at 586g (1.29lbs) while featuring a stylishmetallic swirl designwith class leading enhancements including ASUS Sonic Master audio technology, an HD 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash and battery life rated for up to 18 hours when combined with the optional mobile dock. Pricing will range from $499 (32GB) to $599 (64GB), with the optional mobile dock accessory priced at $149.


November 10, 2011

Panasonic Sees Niche For Rugged Android Tablet

For the introductory announcement of Panasonic’s new Android-based Toughpad tablet earlier thDallas Cowboy Stadiumis week, he rented out Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, where he feted partners, customers, and media for an evening that included, piled high on a table on the turf field itself, stacks of boxes of new Nike sneakers, of which guests could avail themselves in order to attempt a penalty kick against Kevin Hartman, goalie for Football Club Dallas and the US National Soccer Team.

But one might wonder why such scale for a tiny nascent product category: rugged Android-based tablets for commercial customers.

The answer could be that, with the tablet market poised to grow by 60% in 2012, according to IDC, Poehler wants a piece of one of the fastest growing computer businesses in the recent history.


Motion Computing's CL900 Tablet Ahead of the Field
Channel Insider

Only those with short memories can be forgiven for assuming that Apple invented the tablet computer, it s easy to make that mistake. One doesn t hear the phrase Tablet PC much these days, but such Motion Computing's CL900 Tabletdevices have been around since the early Noughties, and Motion Computing s CL900 is a state-of-the-art personal computer in a tablet format.

The CL900 runs Microsoft Windows 7 and is built around Intel s Atom Z670 CPU to be a workhorse device for use on the shop floor or in the field. With a toughened case and a screen made of Corning s Gorilla glass, it should stand up to everyday handling as well as any other tablet. The CL900 is drop-test rated to 48 inches. As extra protection from the law of gravity, the company sells a variety of sleeve and sling options for the tablet, as well as portfolios and a docking station designed for countertop-level use.

Users have the choice of using touch for input or the CL900 s included stylus


Kindle Fire will be hottest tablet since the iPad

The Amazon Kindle Fire will be the most successful tablet device since the iPad. Five hundred dollars is a steep price to pay for many tablet-craving consumers, but paying $200 for a similar device is Kindle Fire Tabletcomparatively painless.

In fact, a research firm surveyed 2,600 consumers to gauge interest in the new tablet and found that pre-launch demand for the Kindle Fire is higher than demand for the iPad before its launch.

Don't get me wrong: I don't think the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad. I do think, however, that the mass market is far more price sensitive than the early-adopter crowd. At the very least, the Kindle Fire is set to become the world's second-most popular tablet.

At that price, I wouldn't even bet against the Fire dethroning the iPad as the market leader.


Tablets are transforming how we shop--and what we shop for

The holidays are coming, and this year, there are essentially two types of people: Those adding tablet devices to the top of their wish list, and those who already own tablets--and plan to use them to complete their seasonal shopping tasks. Tablets trail only clothing as the most desired gift this year, ahead of peace, happiness and money, according to a recent Consumer Electronics Association survey. Notebook computers, e-readers and videogame consoles also rank high on 2011 wish lists.


XPLORE Receives More Than $14 Million in C5 Purchase Orders from Major Utility

Xplore Technologies, manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs, announced today that it has Xplore iX104C5 rugged tablet PCreceived purchase orders from one of the world's largest utility companies for the purchase of more than 4,000 of the Company's newly launched iX104C5 rugged tablet PCs, representing over $14 million in aggregate sales orders. These C5 tablets are expected to be delivered during the first half of calendar 2012 and will be used to improve the productivity of the customer's field service operations.

"We believe an order of this magnitude is a watershed event for Xplore and indicates the superiority of Xplore's fully rugged C5 tablet computer," stated Philip Sassower, the Company's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe the best-in-class feature set of our new C5 tablet clearly differentiated Xplore from the rest of the competition in securing this order. Further, we believe that our family of offerings continues to favorably position Xplore to serve the expanding global rugged tablet PC market."


November 11, 2011

"November 11 was intended to observe the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marked the armistice of World War 1.

"At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of 2011, we will pause to honor America’s Veterans and celebrate their contributions to our way of life. Few have given more to our Nation than the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces in peace and in war."   Eric K. Shinseki - Secretary of Veterans Affairs


Sahara Slate PC i500 named one of the “G2E’s Best Bets in 2011”

Outside of new slot games, easily one of the most exciting things at G2E was a special developer’s preview to Windows 8 at the TabletKiosk booth, making this CEM editor feel privileged, like looking into the future.

Though it was first unveiled at Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference, a partnership with TabletKiosk brought it to the gaming trade show. A prototype of Windows 8 was running on TabletKiosk’s Sahara Slate PC i500 tablet and had a wide range of new innovative features.

Windows 8 preview on TabletKiosk’s Sahara Slate PC i500

Windows 8 preview on TabletKiosk’s Sahara Slate PC i500

“We reimagined Windows,” Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, said in a keynote address at the BUILD conference. “From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise.”

G2E’s Best Bets in 2011

Another product that had one CEM editor excited was a developer’s preview to Windows 8, running on TabletKiosk’s Sahara Slate PC i500 tablet with a wide range of new innovative features and an iPad™ feel all on a standard computer or tablet with the option to switch between this and the traditional operating system we’re all familiar with.

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Tablets: a history
PC Advisor

Unless you've been living on Mars for the past 18 months, you will have noticed that the tablet market has exploded. Tablets have, however, been around for a lot longer than you'd think, and their viability was uncertain for a long time. Here's PC Advisor's history of the tablet PC.

Tablets are coming of age. It's been a long journey, longer than you might think, but you know a piece of technology has reached a key moment when your non-geeky friends start talking about it and, more importantly, owning and using it. That's what's happened to tablets, which in the past year have gone from a piece of kit generally used only by technophiles to something owned by people of all ages and with all levels of technical ability.

So, who currently uses tablets and what for? It's a question we almost don't need to ask any more. They are used by the young and the old, for business and leisure, in the home, on the train and in the office.

Tablets: It's Got To Be Useful

Nobody is going to buy a new computing device that doesn't fit in with their lifestyle, no matter how clever it might be or now attractive it looks. Whether people come at tablets from a business or a leisure perspective, or a mix of both, the key overarching things that consumers want are: connectivity, great apps, instant startup, portability and ease of use.

The best tablets achieve all these things. They are influenced by lots of different strands of people's everyday lives, and while other technologies can also meet the demands, none can offer the wide variety of features that tablets manage to couple with ease of use. Smartphones come closest. Indeed they share many of a tablet's characteristics with tablets and they (and their predecessors) are a pivotal part of the evolution of tablets – of which more later...


November 14, 2011

iPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: specs showdown

The Holiday 2011 tablet selection in your local electronics store is going to look much different than it was in 2010. Though few of the non-Apple tablets have managed to gain much traction yet, 2011 saw just about every electronics manufacturer you could think of releasing at least one tablet. You may find it a little surprising then that it’s so very easy to pick out the top choices for the majority of customers. The Apple iPad 2, the Amazon Kindle Fire, and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet are easily going to be the cream of the crop for most people.

We’re here to help with your buyer’s dilemma by seeing how the tablets’ specs compare.iPad vs Kindle fire & Nook

Here we have two nearly identical 7-inch tablets, and one big 9.7-inch tablet. While customers have largely voted with their wallets for the iPad’s larger screen, many also enjoy the smaller and lighter form-factor of the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet. It’s no surprise that the companies whose roots are in selling books would have the more compact size. Smaller tablets are easy to hold in one hand and fit into a bag. The iPad, meanwhile, gives you a much more spacious display that the smaller ones can only dream of.

Though the iPad 2 is bigger and heavier than the other two, it is actually considerably thinner. It has a solid, well-built feel to it, as will the Kindle Fire. The Nook Tablet has a plastic bezel that is easy to grasp, but it actually creaks if you squeeze it and can feel a little flimsy next to the constructions of the other two tablets.



All you need to know about tablet computers
Southeast Missourian

Tablet computers began to emerge in the mainstream last year, and now the market is saturated with All you need to know about Tabletsmore than a hundred of them. Although tablet computers have been around for years, they were long considered niche products that were designed mainly for business professionals. And while business-oriented tablets are still all the rage, the latest tablets have consumer-friendly designs popular with everyone from students to soccer moms.

Tablet computing today spans an array of tasks, including watching movies, surfing the web, playing games and performing basic tasks, such as word processing. Finding the right tablet for your needs might seem a daunting task, but knowing the basics can simplify the process.

To begin with, tablet computers take two main forms: convertible tablets and slates. And although the terms tablet and slate are now used interchangeably, this is due in part to the complete dominance of slates in the marketplace and the increasing crossover between the two categories. But the differences are still easy to recognize.


Toys”R”Us Exclusive Nabi Tablet for Kids

Nabi is the worlds first, full-featured Android tablet made especially for kids. This revolutionary device is designed for kiddified web browsing, watching movies and TV shows, reading books, learning math, Toys”R”Us Nabi Tablet for Kids and much more. Nabis responsive, high-resolution, brilliant, 7-inch capacitive Multi-Touch display allows kids to easily interact with kid-friendly games and content. Nabi includes over $150 worth of pre-loaded games, music, apps and books and will run over 500 applications and games catered to kids found in the Nabi App Store.

Nabi is the everything tablet for kids:

Its a University: The award-winning Fooz Kids University is a Nabi exclusive with over 22,000 state standardized math skills covering grades Pre-K through 5th.

Its a Design Studio: 30+ apps from drawing and painting to creating professional quality books allow for creative exploration that can be shared with friends and family.

Its a Movie Theater: A 7-inch brilliant 1080p display lets children watch their favorite TV shows and movies at home or on-the-go.

Its a Library: 30 pre-loaded e-Books make stories come to life and encourage children of all ages to read.

It's a Game Console: Tilt-sensor controls and a Multi-Touch display puts children in control of their favorite games such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Need for Speed.

Its Powerful Enough for Mom: With the tap of a button and password, mom can enter "Mommy Mode" and enjoy a full-featured Android tablet to browse the Web and use her favorite apps and games.


Sony's Tablet S is good, but no iPad
Denver Post

Sony was once where Apple is today, the epitome of cool in consumer electronics, the company that could charge more for a product with the same features.Sony Tablets

Now, with the release of the Sony Tablet S, the electronics maker is playing catch-up in a market dominated by Apple's iPad.

Sony succeeds in offering a device that is clearly distinguishable from the market leader as well as the bevy of other Android-based tablets that have flooded store shelves since Apple reinvented tablet computers with the original iPad in 2010.

The Tablet S features an attractive design that is unlike any other tablet. Its thickness is not uniform. The body's casing wraps around from the front to cover about 80 percent of the back, creating an uneven finish.

The Tablet S comes preloaded with a universal remote control, a handy software feature. The remote was easy to set up with my Comcast cable box and worked seamlessly. For channel surfing, it's far better than Comcast's iPad app, which has a one- or two-second delay before the channel actually changes.

Another advantage the Tablet S has over the iPad is the SD card slot, which can be used to transfer photos and other files from an SD card. To do the same with the iPad, you need to buy a connection kit that Apple sells for $29.

Overall, is the Tablet S better than the iPad 2? No, but that's largely due to an operating system that Sony doesn't have complete control over, unlike Apple with iOS.


Zoo orangutans discover the iPad
Charlotte Observer

Primates all over America are discovering the Apple iPad - and that includes Mahal and his surrogate mother, M.J., two of the Milwaukee County Zoo's orangutans.

The zoo is using iPads for enrichment activities that include free apps (finger painting, music) and videos of other animals at the zoo.

Keepers also are considering using Skype, an Internet video chat program, to connect orangutans in orangutans using ipadother zoos with each other. M.J., for instance, came from an Ohio zoo in 2007 and might check in on the old gang back in Toledo.

"They were enthralled," Engel said. "One of the first things we did was take advantage of the built-in camera on the iPad, and turn the camera on them, because they're used to looking into a mirror and recognizing themselves."

The keepers came up with videos of other animals in various zoos.

M.J. likes to watch videos of Tommy, a male orangutan who was separated from Mahal and M.J. about a year ago after he became rough with Mahal.

"Mahal loves the penguins," said Engel, who made a video of them at feeding time. "He just sat there watching them, with his arms folded across his chest. He jumped back when the penguins flapped a wing."

Much of the iPad use is from outside the glass, but Khan also lets the orangutans touch the screens through a grid on the side of their enclosure. Their long nails impede them from touching the screen, so keepers must hold the iPad at a certain angle.


November 15, 2011

Consumers Overwhelmingly Favor Tablets Over Laptops for 2011 Holiday Season

Experian, just released results of its third winter holiday shopping survey, revealing consumers' expected shopping habits within the tech category this holiday season. When consumers were asked whether they would rather receive a tablet computer or a laptop as a holiday gift this year, an overwhelming 79 percent indicated that they would rather receive a tablet. Seventy-two percent of shoppers also indicated that they believe tablet computers will replace e-readers as gifts this year. Conducted from Oct. 18 to 26, 2011, the survey includes responses from 3,574 U.S. online shopping consumers.

When those who indicated a preference for tablets over laptops were asked to select all of the reasons why, portability and light weight appeared to be dominating factors. Eighty-five percent of these shoppers said they preferred tablets because they are easy to carry and transport, 73 percent preferred the tablet's light weight, 67 percent cited convenience, and another 67 percent enjoyed the touchscreen. Sixty percent preferred the tablet's smaller size, 56 percent said that they can use the tablet for reading on the go, 49 percent cited speed, 42 percent liked its multimedia features that are similar to a smartphone, and 41 percent cited an exceptional battery life.

Apple's® iPad® is top-ranked tablet and e-reader


Which tablet should I buy?
PC Advisor

While the Apple iPad 2 continues to dominate the market, Android's great leap forward means Apple's tablet is far from the only tablet worth your consideration. Here's our guide to the best tablet reviews.

Ask yourself what you need and what you want from your Tablet - There are big tablets and smaller ones. Some are more focused on business and the creation of content, and others are more like overgrown iPods, offering excellence in viewing movies and listening to music on the move. The modern tablet market offers space for a great variety of prices, too, with some cheap tablets being ‘cheaper' than others, if you catch our drift.

No matter. For most putative tablet purchasers the question is simple: is any product better than the iPad? The answer to that query has changed over the past 12 months. With the advent of Android 3.x, Android tablets have taken a great leap forward, and the iPad maker knows it. (Apple wouldn't have bothered to sue Samsung over the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab, we'd wager.)


First Look - The Barnes & Noble 'Nook' Tablet
Crave Online

Spiderman on Barns and noble Nook Tablet

Tablets have really become the multimedia hub for those on the go.

Shipping on November 18th and priced at for $249.00 Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet will be here in time for Christmas season.  the Nook Tablet comes loaded with usefull and useable features.

THose features include a long battery life - 11.5 hours for reading or 9 hours of watching video, built in Wi-Fi, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of memory (expandable to 32GBaa0. The ultra bright 7 inch screen stunning and will enjoy watching movies using Netflix and Hulu pluswhich are both are preloaded on the new Nook Tablet.

In addition to having access to the self-proclaimed world’s largest bookstore with over 2.5 million titles to choose from, users will also have access to a plethera of newspapers and magazines, plenty of apps and millions of songs.


Motion Computing Expands Sprint Mobile Broadband Availability to CL900 Tablet PC
Press release

Motion Computing ,a leading global provider of tablet PCs and supporting mobility solutions, Motion Cl900 Tablet PCannounced today that the durable and lightweight CL900 Tablet PC is available for use on the Sprint (NYSE: S) 3G Mobile Broadband network. The CL900 joins Motion’s C5v, F5v and J3500 Tablet PCs, which are also certified on the network. With embedded GobiTM connectivity, productivity is never limited to a wireless hot spot, high speed data connectivity is available virtually anywhere and mobile workers can stay connected to business-critical applications regardless of location.

The Motion® CL900 Tablet PC is durable, lightweight and purposefully-built for mobile professionals in vertical business markets, including construction, field service, healthcare and retail. Running Microsoft® Windows® 7 and powered by the Intel® Atom™ Z670 Processor, the CL900 Tablet PC balances power, performance and a battery life of up to eight hours. Weighing less than 2.1 pounds,

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iPad and new tablets: weighing your options


Acording to Tech expert Katie Linendoll Amazon's latest gadget, Amazon Kindle Fire, with a price point of $199, is sure to attract many buyers, especially heading into the holiday season.

Barnes and Noble's Nook Tablet ($249) also hits stores this week, and may prove to be another contender this holiday season, Linendoll said, because it has access to e-books, apps and magazines. The product, Linendoll noted, has the same look and feel of the Amazon's Kindle Fire.


Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime v Apple iPad 2: which is best for business?Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet

The world’s first tablet with a quad-core processor, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime looks set to become one hell of a business tool. How does it compare to Apple’s market leading iPad 2 for business?

More and more people are incorporating tablets into their businesses, as they provide the perfect balance between power and portability. The Apple iPad 2 is the undisputed leader, but now a new and super-powerful Android tablet called the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is on the horizon. Boasting a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime promises vastly improved graphics and a dramatically longer battery life. Could it be time to dump the iPad 2?


November 16, 2011

Kindle Fire, A Grown-Up E-Reader With Tablet Spark
Wall Street Journal

Amazon is the only major tablet maker other than Apple with a large, famous, easy-to-use content ecosystem that sells music, video, books and periodicals. The Fire can be thought of as a hardware Kindle Fire tablet TVfront end to all that cloud content.

Finally, while the Fire, like many other tablets, is based on Google's Android operating system, Amazon has taken the bold step of hiding Android. It shuns its user interface and nearly all of Google's apps and services, including Google's app store. The Fire's software is all about the content and apps Amazon has sold you and the easy purchase of more.

When compared to the iPad 2, I suspect the Fire will appeal to people on a budget and to those who envision using the iPad mainly to consume content, as opposed to those who see the larger tablet as a partial laptop replacement. For instance, For instance, while the Fire has a decent Web browser and a rudimentary email program, it lacks basic built-in apps, such as a calendar, notepad or maps. However, for people primarily interested in reading books and periodicals, the Fire may seem too heavy and costly when compared with a low-end Kindle or Nook.

The Fire isn't only competing with the iPad and other general-purpose tablets. It has to contend with a new, low-price, similar-size color tablet out this week from e-reader rival, Barnes & Noble. This device, the Nook Tablet, is B&N's second-generation color slate and costs $249, still less than an iPad. I've also been trying it out for a few days and found it has some pluses and minuses compared with the Fire.

The Nook Tablet boasts double the internal storage and a slot to expand it. It has better battery life and a more interactive approach to children's books. But beyond books and magazines, it lacks either Amazon's or Apple's large, simple, built-in ecosystem for other kinds of content, such as music, movies and TV shows.


Fujitsu adds encryption software to Stylistic Q550

Fujitsu has joined forces with data protection specialist Becrypt to offer what it calls the first comprehensively secure tablet PC for UK government deployment.

The tablet in question is the Stylistic Q550, a Windows 7-based model which has been combined with Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 TabletBecrypt’s DISK Protect Baseline full disk encryption software to protect information and files saved locally up to ‘Impact Level 3’ (restricted access, top secret).

The software, which is CESG certified, has been modified for use with the Stylistic Q550, and Fujitsu claims that this allows local government, NHS and central government departments to deploy the tablet with confidence.

The combination of Fujitsu hardware with Becrypt software means that sensitive data is protected in the event that the tablet is lost or stolen. The software includes an encryption layer for strong user authentication, while the tablet itself features a smartcard reader, fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module.


Nokia Plans Windows 8 Tablet by June 2012

Nokia plans to launch an iPad competitor based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system next year, Nokia Tabletthe company’s French division manager let slip in an interview with newspaper Les Echos. The tablet would launch next summer and would be the first such product from the Finnish phone maker.

"In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8," Paul Amsellem told the Parisian daily. The potential launch date of the tablet also gives an indication to when Windows 8 would actually ship to consumers, as Microsoft is yet to give details on the launch schedule for its upcoming OS, besides a fall 2012 teaser.


Four in five consumers prefer tablets over laptops for holidays
Los Angeles Times

It comes as no surprise that four in five consumers would rather receive a tablet instead of a laptop for Ipad & Galaxy Pad Tabletsthe holidays this year. 

According to a shopping survey conducted by Price Grabber hose who preferred tablets said they liked that they were easy to carry and transport, lightweight, convenient and had touchscreen's.

Apple's iPad remained the top tablet, with 83% saying they preferred the iPad or iPad 2. Five percent said they wanted the new Amazon Kindle Fire, 4% said they liked the Samsung Galaxy Tab and 2% said they hoped to get the HP TouchPad. Other tablets, including the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom, ranked lower.


November 17, 2011

Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: Take Either of Two Tablets and Call Me Christmas Morning

Barnes & Noble has begun shipping their Nook Tablet, a $249 device ready to take on Amazon.com's much hyped $199 Kindle Fire tablet. Nook & Kindle Fire Tablets

Like the kindle Fire the Nook Tablet has a seven-inch screen, but raises the spec sheet bar by offering twice the RAM and initial storage capacity as the Kindle Fire..

Both Tablets read e-books, and have multi-touch Hi Resolution screens that make them great video streaming devices.

The Nook Tablet comes with pre-installed apps for Hulu Plus and Netflix . Music fans can stream Pandora.   For those who are Amazon Prime members, The Kindle Fire includes access to Amazons 13,000 streaming video titles at no additional cost.


Archos Arnova 9 G2 Android tablet official
SlashGearArchos Arnova 9 G2 Android tablet

This latest member of the Arnova lineup is the Arnova 9 G2 Tablet. The Android-running tablet sports a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel IPS display, just like Apple’s iPad. Although, from what the specs are showing at the moment, the similarities pretty much end there and then.

The new Arnova 9 G2 tablet comes with a capacitive, multi-touch touch panel, a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 single-core processor, stereo speakers, a built-in microphone and a forward-facing camera. Moreover, it houses a sturdy 8 gigs of flash storage, a micro SD card slot, a USB port & micro USB port, and 802,11b/g/n WiFi wireless connectivity.


November 21, 2011

Is the Sony Tablet S ready to take on the iPad 

The sleekest, smoothest tablet that's not an iPad is the Sony Tablet S.

Sony Tablet S doubles as a remote control

The Tablet S is Sony’s first venture in the Android tablet space. Priced at $499 the Tablet S is the sexiest tablet on the market. Yes, that’s right, the Tablet S, aesthetically, is even more elegant than the iPad2.  It's all-black exterior is clearly taken from high-end Sony Television and gaming products.

An exclusive feature of the Tablet S is its a Play Station-certified tablet with Play Station gaming capability.  but is that enough to compete with iPad? 



A Charlie Brown Christmas Now available for iPhone and iPad
Charlie Brown Christmas

Loud Crow Interactive. has released a Charlie Brown Christmas app for the for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in the iTunes store.   The App transforms the Classic Charlie Brown Christmas television special into an interactive children's book.

The app, lets kids "play" Schroeder's piano, go christmas caroling with the Peanuts choir, finger-paint and to take part in the Peanuts Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Display Contest to unlock decorations for your very own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!   With something to discover on every page, this is one interactive Peanuts adventure you won’t want to miss this holiday season.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is available in the iTunes App Store for $6.99.



in depth review: The ew Kindle Fire tablet
Apple Insider

The new Amazon Fire Tablet actually takes on iTunes, not the iPad

Setting the up the Fire resembles the setting up of a PC.  Since Amazon store is not like the iTunes store you don't need a PC to set it up.   Similar to the new iOS 5 devices, Fire starts with connecting you to WiFi, then it auto-configures itself to use the Amazon account you purchased it with.


November 22, 2011

Which tablet is best for textbooks?

According to Barns & Noble, the reason that textbooks aren't offered on the Nook or on the Nook app for Android is because in order to handle the graphics and content found in textbooks, a larger screen and hardware that has more power than the Nook is required.


Demand For Tablet PC Is Up By Three Times This Festive Season
Tech Gadgets Web

Intel's Ultrabooks Ready to Challenge the Tablet Market

Dell launches Windows 7 based tablet for Rs 36000
Economic Times


November 23, 2011

Black Friday Tablet Deals
Gotta Be Mobile

Over at at Gotta Be Mobile, K. T. Bradford has compiled a list of the Black Friday Tablet Deal as well as duds to help holiday shoppers save money and make the right choices.  Gotta Be Mobile Also has a comprehensive list of Black Friday deals that include everything from Apples to Xbox's


Can Sony succeed in challenging Apple where others have failed?

We all know that Sony is very interested in taking on Apple as they already are with their tablets and phones. But is Sony really capable of landing a heavy blow on Apple?


Worth It? An Android Tablet Made for Media
Wall Street Journal

This holiday season, it’s all about tablets, tablets, tablets. They’re everywhere, but the key is figuring out what best matches your needs.


November 24, 2011

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer comes out ahead of iPad for in awardsAsus Eee Pad Transformer

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer which won Tablet of the Year at the T3 Awards earlier this month has also won the TrustedReviews 'Product of the Year' award.   In addition to the Tablet of the year and Trusted reviews award it beat the MacBook Pro 15in and the iPad 2 in the the Laptop and Tablet categories.

The judges for the contest were most impressed by its 16 hours of battery life.  The Eee Pad Transformer tablet is powered by a Nvidia Tegra dual core processor and includes and HDMI out port, making it a great choice consumers as well as business users




Sony Tablet P - The latest contender to Apple's tablet crown?Sony Tablet PC

Sony’s venture into the tablet market continues with their release of the Sony Tablet P in time for the holidays.

The Sony Tablet P has nice assortment of features and a dual screen that make the Tablet P a unique tablet in a sea of other tablets that are all starting to look alike to consumers. .

Equipped with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the Tablet P is "Playstation certified",  which allows users to play original Playstation games using the tablets dual screen.



Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet less expensive than an iPad but come with serious trade-offs
Los Angeles Times

Kindle Fire and Nook tablets are less expensive than the iPad but the lower price means come with serious trade offs.   While the The iPad has a 10 inch screen, the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablets have 7 inch screens which for most people are too small for most people.  The Nook and fire are also lacking when it comes to speed and haven't got the power for task such as photo editing.  THe inexpensive android tablets are like economy sedan - the iPad feels like a Porsche.  Battery life don't compare to the iPad and there is no 3g or 4G available on the lowe priced machines. Another think to take into consideration is that there are considerably less applications for android than there are for the iPad.


How do other tablets compare against iPad, Kindle and Nook?
Los Angeles Times

The Great Tablet Debate

Apple's IPad-Crazed Toddlers to Spur Holiday Sales Rush: Tech


November 28, 2011

Asus Eee Pad Transformer comes out ahead of iPad for in awardsAsus Eee Pad Transformer

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer which won Tablet of the Year at the T3 Awards earlier this month has also won the TrustedReviews 'Product of the Year' award.   In addition to the Tablet of the year and Trusted reviews award it beat the MacBook Pro 15in and the iPad 2 in the the Laptop and Tablet categories.

The judges for the contest were most impressed by its 16 hours of battery life.  The Eee Pad Transformer tablet is powered by a Nvidia Tegra dual core processor and includes and HDMI out port, making it a great choice consumers as well as business users


Sony Tablet P - The latest contender to Apple's tablet crown?Sony Tablet PC

Sony’s venture into the tablet market continues with their release of the Sony Tablet P in time for the holidays.

The Sony Tablet P has nice assortment of features and a dual screen that make the Tablet P a unique tablet in a sea of other tablets that are all starting to look alike to consumers. .

Equipped with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the Tablet P is "Playstation certified",  which allows users to play original Playstation games using the tablets dual screen.



Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet less expensive than an iPad but come with serious trade-offs
Los Angeles Times

Kindle Fire and Nook tablets are less expensive than the iPad but the lower price means come with serious trade offs.   While the The iPad has a 10 inch screen, the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablets have 7 inch screens which for most people are too small for most people.  The Nook and fire are also lacking when it comes to speed and haven't got the power for task such as photo editing.  THe inexpensive android tablets are like economy sedan - the iPad feels like a Porsche.  Battery life don't compare to the iPad and there is no 3g or 4G available on the lowe priced machines. Another think to take into consideration is that there are considerably less applications for android than there are for the iPad.


How do other tablets compare against iPad, Kindle and Nook?
Los Angeles Times

The Great Tablet Debate

Apple's IPad-Crazed Toddlers to Spur Holiday Sales Rush: Tech


November 29, 2011

Samsung Series 7 Slate PC: Full ReviewSamsung Series 7 Slate PC
LAPTOP Magazine

With an 11.6 inches display and weighing 1.8 pounds the Samsung Series 7 slate looks and feels like a premium tablet.

Running Windows 7, the Samsung Series 7 Slate style table PC is designed to combine the portability of a tablet with the power of a laptop. Features include, Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB solid state drive, Samsung's touch.

For productivity the Series 7 slate includes a pen, dock and a wireless keyboard.


Windows 8 Tablets: Too Little, Too Late?Windows 8 Tablet

With Tablets being the most sought after electronics product for the 2011 holidays, and Windows 8 not expected to ship until late 2012, reports show that consumers are getting tired of waiting and switching to the Apple and Android Tablets that available now.

That said, some analysts believe that Apple and Amazon have such a head start in the new Tablet space that that Microsoft wont be able to catch up by the time the Windows 8 launches and is available on Tablets. Information Week has a Windows 8 Visual Tour that you can view.


The Best Tablet for You

Users need to take what they need and what they want to do with their tablets into consideration when choosing which Tablet to purchase.  There are Android tablets that better some the iPad 2 in some areas. such as battery life, or a more convenient size for some people.

Most important is the tablet’s operating system.  Apple's iOS is fine tuned very dependable. The downside is that with the Apple iOS, you can only use the Apple approved apps from the Apple store.

Android may give users a little more freedom, but its less reliable and not as easy to use as the Apple iOS. Android does have other benefits, such as being designed to display on larger tablet displays


Gigabyte Announces Booktop T1132N Convertible Tablet PCGigabyte Booktop T1132N convertible tablet pc
Gotta Be Mobile

Gigabyte has announced the Booktop T1132N convertible tablet pc.  The new tablet features an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Core i5 processor ( 1.6 GHz), 8 GB of RAM, HDMI port, WiFi with optional 3G connectivity, and a choice of Intel HD Graphics 3000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT520M 1 GB GPU.

The Tablet and can be converted from laptop mode to tablet mode with the swivel screen.   And optional docking station will feature includes a DVD burner.


Acer, Lenovo to launch quad-core tablet PCs

According to Digitimes, both Acer and Lenovo are getting ready to launch quad-core tablet PCs running Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) operating system and Nvidia's Tegra 3 during the first quarter of 2012.  The New Quad Core Tablets are designed to compete against Asus and its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet.


Lenovo Cloud Service

Lenovo is making new tablets and strengthening their new “Lenovo Cloud” service in china.  The "Lenovo CLoud" will allow users in China the ability to store and download their data on remote servers with from their electronic devices.


November 30, 2011

Toshiba USA I Was Framed!



Getting past the missing keyboard on tablets

James Kendrick's recent analysis concerning how few folks can go Tablet with keyboardall-in with tablets has generated a lot of interest.  For those who do not generate much content getting along with out a keyboard is a relatively easy transition thanks in part to the onscreen keyboards on today's tablets.  However for those who do create content in programs such as work and excel an onscreen keyboard is not a good substitute for a real keyboard when they need to get work done. .

Its simple en ought to use a bluetooth keyboard or to plug in a USB keyboard into a table when you need one, which give you the best of both worlds - This is what  I do almost every day and when i travel.  It gives me the convenience of the tablet as well as the ability work from a physical keyboard when I need one. 


Apple iPad in every cabin on Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas cruise ship

iPad to be available in every cabin on the cruise ship Splendour of the Seas


Tablet PC panels with higher resolution are in the near future

The forecast for NPD Displays indicates that the average resolution for a tablet PC display will increase to over 200 ppi (pixels per inch) in Q212. 

According to David Hsieh, "The TFT LCD industry is undergoing some extraordinary changes in regards to high resolution and LED backlights for tablet PC panels. Rapid growth in multimedia usage of tablet PCs is driving panel makers to upgrade the resolution of tablet PC panels"

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