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February 2012


February 1, 2012

13 Windows 8 features worth knowing about

With the Metro UI's finger-touch control and swipe gestures, Windows 8 has clearly been built with tablets in mind. It's not surprising, then, that the new OS operates on ARM as well as x86 processors.

Rob Enderle, the principal analyst at Enderle Group, says ARM support is the most important feature in Windows 8. It means a new market for Microsoft, consisting of ultra-thin tablets with long-lasting batteries.


Apple iPad 3 leak tips global LTE and quadcore A6

Apple’s iPad 3 will use the quadcore Apple A6 chipset and offer a combination GSM/CDMA/LTE radio, according to a new leak from a source claiming to have access to the next-gen tablet itself

The Apple A6 processor, meanwhile, has the model number S5L8945X. Details on the A6 have not been released by Apple, but the chipset is expected to have not only four cores but upgraded graphics capabilities driving a “Retina Display” panel running at 2048 x 1536 resolution.


February 2, 2012

FCC Pushes E-Textbooks on US Schools

A Federal Communications Commission effort to bring digital textbooks to U.S. students faces resistance from schools with limited budgets for buying devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans yesterday to get all U.S. students from kindergarten through the 12th grade using electronic titles within five years. The initiative, which doesn’t involve any additional U.S. government funding, is meant to speed adoption of e-textbooks. The U.S. spends $7 billion a year on textbooks, and digital versions are the exception, rather than the rule, Genachowski said.


Rugged Tablet PCs Help Protect High Value AssetsMobile Demand Tablets

For businesses large and small, high-value assets are usually not limited to one location within one central office building. Your company may have heavy equipment out in the field, a fleet of vehicles that are always on the move, or expensive shipments that you need to track closely throughout its entire journey. If this is the case, your field service technicians need the appropriate tools to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. No matter what high-value assets your business has, both you and your insurance provider have an interest in protecting them no matter where they are.


February 3, 2012

Apple is Now World's Largest PC Company (If Tablets Are PCs)
Tom's Hardware GuideApple Store

There is quite a bit of controversy whether that is an appropriate way to measure PC numbers, but for those who consider a tablet a PC, Apple is now the world's leading PC company, according to Canalys.

Lenovo was the only other large manufacturer to gain market share during the quarter (2 points) and is more likely to succeed in the tablet space, Canalys said: "The vendor’s decision to use Android for enterprise and consumer pads gives it a better opportunity than HP to continue gaining market share."



Satisfaction survey shows why Apple’s iPad will remain on top

Seventy-four percent of survey respondents said they were “Very Satisfied” with the iPad in an earlier November survey, while only 54 percent said they were “Very Satisfied” with the Kindle Fire in the January survey.

Ipad vs Kindle user satisfaction


Tablet King for 2012: 10 Factors That Will Determine the Leader

If Apple’s incredibly strong iPad sales during the fourth quarter told industry observers anything, it’s that the company’s tablet was far and away the most-desired slate of 2011. Part of that might be due to the fact that the tablet didn’t face much serious competition. But it’s also due to the quality consumers and even some enterprise users found in the device. But 2012 is a new year with a host of opportunities for every tablet maker. Every major firm, from Apple and Samsung to RIM and Amazon, has a chance at becoming the top tablet maker of the yea


February 5, 2012

Super Bowl 2012 - Giants vs Patriots


February 6, 2012

The top 50 Android tablet apps
The Guardian

Whether you've got a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Amazon's Kindle Fire or another Android tablet, you'll be looking for some great apps. We've picked some of the best


GammaTech RT10C rugged tablet PCGammaTech RT10C rugged tablet PC
Tech Know Bits

The GammaTech RT10C tablet PC is designed for industrial and construction industry applications, public works deployment and also where the work environment demands tough and reliable computing solutions. The device boasts of a 10.2” WSVGA 1024 x 600p TFT LCD touchscreen display.

The GammaTech RT10C is powered with an Intel Core i7-620UE mobile processor and integrated HD graphics. It is compatible with Windows embedded standard 2009, Windows 7 or Windows 7 Pro operating system thus users can choose any one of them.


February 7, 2012

Tabletpc2.com valentines day gift guide 2012

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February 8, 2012

Getting touchy with Office 15, Surface 2.0 and Windows 8

Touch technologies are advancing across the Microsoft Microsoft InkSeineproduct lines, in everything from Office 15, to Surface 2.0, to Windows 8.

InkSeine was going to be “a complete rethinking of what user interfaces should be for the digital pen and ink experience.” It was targeted at the ill-fated UMPC form factor. According to the Microsoft Research Web site, radial menus allowed users to hover to preview commands and stroke downward to activate a particular command. While designed for a stylus, the menus could be used with fingers, too

We still don’t know for sure whether Office 15 will be a true “Metro-style” app (developed using WinRT) or just a somewhat Metro-ish looking one. More and more, I think it’s likely it won’t be true Metro-style, as it would take Microsoft too long to redo it if the goal is to release Office 15 before the end of calendar 2012, as I’ve heard is the current plan. Radial menus supposedly would be a compromise — a way to make Office more touch-friendly/centric.



AMD Announces Two-Year Roadmap To Enter Tablet Space

AMD said it plans to make its debut in the tablet PC space this year with the launch of an ultra-low power APU (accelerated processing unit) dubbed Hondo and, as previously announced, will also introduce its new Trinity APUs designed for ultra-thin laptops.

"When you look at the way people buy mobile devices – whether they are smartphones, whether they’re tablets, whether they’re notebooks – what you’re seeing is price is king and AMD historically is lower cost than Intel in the low-end CPUs, especially in the mobile segment," Fertik said.

In the tablet space, however, AMD might not be able to play that same card. The chipmaker has potential to compete in the ultra-thin laptop (or Intel's Ultrabook) space if its price is right, but with Intel gearing up to launch its new Atom "Medfield" mobile processors in the first half of the year, and low-power chip licensor ARM already dominating much of the consumer market, AMD may simply be too late to develop a low-power tablet chip of its own, Fertik said.



Google previews Chrome browser for Android

On Tuesday, Google showed off a preview of the new Chrome browser for its latest mobile phone operating system, Android 4.0, which debuted last quarter. Google will not say when the browser update for Android 4.0 will appear.

The developer opined in an online company video, the enhanced Chrome browser for Android on smartphones and tablets is designed from the ground up as a multiprocessor browser and is no “Chrome Lite.

Product consolidation is good for Google. The debut of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, for both the tablet and smartphone last quarter, was another good move to stop fears about fragmentation. Previously, Google had two different Android code bases for its smartphone and laptop.The emergence of a clear winner will send a strong signal to OEMs which Google tablet OS to back and to consumers which tablets to buy.


February 9, 2012

Why We Need a New Definition of 'PC'

At first blush, it seems like a straightforward, uncontroversial question, not unlike “What is a bicycle?” But it’s actually a surprisingly tough one to answer–and even if you’ve been using PCs for decades, you might have have trouble deciding what one is, and isn’t, in 2012 and beyond.

Research firm Canalys thinks it knows, and last month it announced that Apple was now the planet’s leading maker of PCs. It achieved this distinction not by selling more Macs than ever–although it did–but because Canalys’s definition of PC now includes something it calls “pads,” such as the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. (You and I are more likely to refer to them as tablets.) Apple’s iPad utterly dominates pad sales and outsells the Mac by three-to-one, which allowed the company to sail past HP for the top spot in PC sales.



1 in 12 airline passengers use their tablets up in the air

A new report reveals that an impressive one in 12 airline passengers (8.4%) in the United States use a Using iPad on a planetablet PC when up in the air.

The study was conducted by the Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development, at the DePaul University in Chicago, and found that iPads, Kindles and Nooks account for nearly 30% of technology used on all commercial flights. This figure was significantly higher than the penetration on intercity trains (13.5%) and curb-side buses (12.9%).

Research shows that technology use on airlines increased 23.2% between 2010 and 2011 – a faster rise than experienced from 2009 to 2010 – and, as to be expected, revealed that technology usage is higher on business-orientated flights (29.9%), than on holiday-destined trips (25%).


US Air Force Buys 18000 Apple iPads to Replace Flight Bags
International Business TimesiPads replace flight bags

Following the precedent set by commercial airliners in December 2011, the U.S. Air Force plans to buy up to 18,000 iPads for its Air Mobility Command, replacing heavy flight bags with light and efficient Apple iPad 2s for the crews that fly cargo aircraft. The devices will reportedly be used by the crews on the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster.

The deal to buy Apple tablets was first reported by NextGov, which noticed a memo on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site saying the AMC wants to purchase "a minimum of 63 and a maximum of 18,000, iPad 2, Brand Name or Equal devices." AMC's public affairs director, Lt. Col. Glen Roberts, clarified the report, stating the commend "is looking for a tablet device, not necessarily an iPad."


February 10, 2012

Toshiba AT200 tablet gets UK launchToshiba Excite Tablet
PC Advisor

Toshiba has started taking preorders in the UK for its AT200 Android 3.2 tablet. Billed as the world’s thinnest 10.1in-screen tablet, the AT200 – also known as the Excite – is a mere 7.7mm thick.

The Excite tablet comes in a choice of 16GB or 3GB versions and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but no 3G option.

Carphone Warehouse preorders are now being taken, with the official onsale date of 15 February - a late Valentine's present, perhaps? 



Microsoft's Windows 8 on ARM Could Challenge Apple iPad 3

Microsoft fully intends the Windows ARM tablets—no matter how lightweight and slim—as full-fledged productivity devices. “Within the Windows desktop, WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, code-named ‘Office 15,’” Sinofsky added. “WOA will be a no-compromise product for people who want to have the full benefits of familiar Office productivity software and compatibility.”

When Microsoft issues the release version of Windows 8 sometime in late 2012, it will arrive on a combination of x86 and ARM hardware. The operating system has been designed for streamlined functionality on both tablets and traditional PCs: The start-screen of colorful tiles linked to applications is eminently touchable (all the better for tablets), and connects (via a single tap or click) to a “traditional” Windows desktop with all the requisite tools for power users.


Motorola XOOM 2 tablet computer Review:

The differences, however, between the first generation XOOM and the new XOOM 2 are incredibly stark.Motorola Xoom 2

The XOOM was a robust, sturdy tablet computer that really brought Android to life on the tablet form factor. The XOOM 2 has Android roaring with life - it feels complete, tangible and solid

the XOOM 2 is much lighter and its screen is brighter.

standout difference is of course the speed. The device comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has 1GB of RAM.

I have to say I was very impressed with the XOOM 2's 5-megapixel camera which took really vivid photos that displayed beautifully on the 10.1 screen. Around the front there's a 1.3-megapixel camera which is perfect for video conferencing via Skype or doing Google Hangouts.

The Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) tablet computer is capable of up to 10 hours of battery life. I actually found it to be very battery efficient and rarely had to charge it up. Very impressive.


February 13, 2012

TabletPc2.com 2012 Valentines Day Gift Guide


How to Choose a Tablet for Your Business

The idea of using an easy-to-tote tablet for work appeals to you. You can use it for email, note-taking, Choose a Tabletpresentations, accessing the Web, and other business tasks--at least if you're not dependent on complex spreadsheets or physical input. Tablets are easier on the eyes than the tiny screens of smartphones, and they're better for your back than lugging a laptop.

When purchasing a tablet, the first thing to consider is the operating system and the app ecosystem you're buying into. At the moment, the tablet OS wars have two major players: iOS on the iPad 2 and Android on almost everything else.

While Windows 7 wasn't designed for tablets, it does a better job than you might think of supporting tapping and swiping, given the small icons and menus it must work with. With a slate that accepts stylus input, it works better. We expect this situation to improve with the arrival of Windows 8 tablets that will have the finger-optimized Windows Phone 7-like Metro interface later this year.


Microsoft Secret Tablet Weapon: Security

In a conversation with a senior Microsoft channel executive, Channelnomics heard a very curious line of reasoning. The person, whom we’re declining to name, said to the effect that Apple’s and Android’s growing security woes and the increasing volume of malware targeting those systems will make Windows 8 tablets attractive to executives who want interoperability and security.

Microsoft believes that the increasing number of security black marks against Android and Apple iOS will work in their favor when Windows 8 on a cadre of tablets by vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo hit the market next fall.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 unveiled
PC Advisor

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung GalaSamsung Galaxy Tab 2xy Tab 2 (7.0), the successor to its original 7in tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab

The device will be powered by Google Android 4.0, which is also known as Ice Cream Sandwich and will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. Users will also benefit from both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity on the device which features 1GB of RAM and a 1024x600 resolution touchscreen display.

The tablet PC is 10.5mm and comes with a 3MP rear camera, but without a LED flash, and a VGA camera on the front. The device is the first from Samsung to feature the firm's AllShare service that lets users stream photos, videos and music to their tablet PC from PCs and other Samsung devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will hit UK shelves in March. Pricing for the tablet PC has yet to be released.


Rugged Tablet PC Provider MobileDemand Announces Partnership with Electronic Data Solutions
PR Web

MobileDemand, a leading provider of rugged tablet PC systems for various industries, announces a Mobile Demand Tabletsreseller partnership agreement with Electronic Data Solutions (Elecdata), a leading provider of ruggedized equipment used in field data collection.

The main use of the MobileDemand xTablet rugged tablet PC by Elecdata will be for recording and managing data critical for controlling mosquitoes. Areas with dense mosquito populations are subject to strict laws and regulations when it comes to the method of controlling mosquitoes and what data must be recorded. Elecdata will also utilize MobileDemand xTablets for forestry, water resources and GPS functions.



February 14, 2012

TabletPc2.com 2012 Valentines Day Gift Guide

Men Want Tablet PC for Valentine's Day While Women Give ChocolateViewsonic Epad tablet
Arirang News

According to a survey conducted by Shinsegae Department Store of over 8-hundred men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s, almost one-third of the men answered that they wanted a tablet PC.
Other practical yet pricey items that topped men's wish list included clothes, shoes and watches.
And although chocolate was not even mentioned by men as a preferred Valentine's gift, almost one-fourth of the female respondents answered that they were thinking of giving their boyfriends the staple sweet.



Apple iPad 3 is rumored for March 7 launchReading on an iPad
Los Angeles Times

And the launch date of the Apple iPad 3 will be? For the record, Apple hasn't said yet, but the latest rumor is that the iPad 3 (or whatever it will be called) will be unveiled March 7.

On Monday, the website iMore reported that "sources who have been reliable in the past" told it that Apple's next iPad will launch March 7 and pack a retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a quad-cord processor and "possibly 4G LTE networking."


Microsoft's Windows 8 Faces Challenges in Tablets, Traditional PCs

How do you sell satisfied customers on the idea of upgrading so soon?  You tell them that Windows 8 is uniquely suited to handle the challenges of the tech landscape as it’s evolved over the past three years. That it’s equally suited for tablets and traditional PCs, and that the adjustments to the interface by Microsoft engineers—including significant tweaks to file systems and security—will make lives easier for everyone, from teenagers to power users.

Microsoft’s first big push behind Windows 8 might instead center on its usefulness as a tablet operating system—as easy-to-use as an iPad or Android tablet, at least in theory, while also providing the power required for productivity and high-end entertainment.


February 15, 2012

Cybernet Introduces a Medical Tablet PC with Antimicrobial Coating

Cybernet a Medical Tablet PC

Cybernet Manufacturing added to their impressive lineup of all-in-one medical computers with the release of their first Windows tablet PC, the CyberMed T10. This medical tablet (or Mobile Clinical Assistant, MCA) has an antimicrobial housing, weighs only 1.9 pounds, and has the power to handle any EMR or medical software. The T10 comes standard with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 32GB SSD, an Intel N2600 CPU, WiFi, and a 9.7-inch LED capacitive multi-touch screen - priced at $999.

The CyberMed T10 is loaded with all the features that medical professionals need. It has a touch screen that can be used with gloves, an integrated HDMI port, a dual camera, and a long life battery. Along with the antimicrobial casing, the front bezel has an IP65 rating to enable cleaning with liquids. The T10 tablet also carries FCC, CE, EN60601-1 and UL60601-1 certifications. Learn more at the CyberMed T10 webpage.



8 Easy Tips On How To Improve Battery Life in Tablet Computers
Tablet Crunch

Sure, the battery life can be impressive to most users. But rest assured, there are some fire ways you help conserve the juice on your precious tablets.

Different tablet pc’s have different battery life:  If your tablet is an Acer Iconia A100 or something similar, its battery will last only for a few hours, while the battery of the iPad 2, for example, can last for almost a day.

There’s always room for improvement in battery life such as Reducing the brightness, Killing unnecessary apps, turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G.


Best iPad apps to turn your tablet into a TV
Northern Voices Online

Apple tablet has gained immense popularity over the last couple of years. Apple’s iPad has been leading the tablet market since its modern revival in 2010 with the original iPad. A tablet has almost the same functionality of a desktop computer. Moreover, people largely use tablets for portable computing, video watching and web surfing. Indeed, there are lots of apps for iPad for every purpose. Here we are introducing you to some of the best iPad apps that will help you watch TV shows, videos and movies on your precious iPad.

Netflix: Netflix is one of the best options to stream videos to your iPad.  Sky Go: Sky Go is a live streaming app for the TV channels from Sky. You can stream Sky News, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic into your iPad using the app.


February 16, 2012

Microsoft's Killer Tablet Opportunity

Here are three features the iPad lacks -- and almost certainly will continue to lack for quite some time -- Windows 8 tabletthat fit the bill. I should be charging Steve Ballmer for these ideas, but I'll settle for a freebie if Microsoft, or any other tablet maker, ends up making a gadget that incorporates them.

Killer tablet feature No. 1: Have a file system

Killer tablet feature No. 3: Handwriting and speech recognition everywhere*
Not everyone works at a desk. Important people work standing up, walking around, checking things out, and evaluating them. No, not managers who have read the Book -- I'm talking about doctors, nurses, appraisers, roofers, factory foremen, reporters (the few that are left). It's time to support vertical-industry workers by embedding handwriting recognition and speech recognition as core OS services so that they're seamless alternatives to the keyboard for all uses.

That's right. Any place you can use a keyboard you should be able to write on the screen with a stylus or speak into the microphone. The OS can figure it out from there, while keeping the original content, of course, for just-in-case situations. (Computers are very useful for "just in case.")

* TabletPc2.com Editors Note:  we have been asking Microsoft for Handwriting everywhere, especialy in Microsoft outlook for the past nine years......   


Kurio7 is a Kid’s Android Tablet, That Isn’t Underpowered

At Toy Fair this week, tablets designed for kids seem to be popping up everywhere. Amongst this slew Kurio7 is a Kid’s Android Tabletof new tablets is the Kurio from Techno Source, AKA “The Children’s Tablet”. This 7 inch tablet is running on the Android OS, but Techno Source USA has developed a special kid friendly user interface for it. This special U.I. comes with child friendly screens, and advanced filtering and parental controls.

In particular, the tablet comes with 8 different children profiles that lets parents define which apps can be used for each profile. This way multiple kids can share the tablet, and parents can control what each kid is using on the tablet. Parents can even set up limits to control their kids time on the tablet.



February 17, 2012

On the desktop end, Microsoft has a huge advantage: price. No matter how popular Macs become, they are still much more expensive than your average Windows computer. Until Macs are routinely sold for Mountain lion vs Winsows 8$500 or less (not likely), Microsoft is going to retain a large share of the desktop market. Many customers don’t want anything fancy, they just want something that gets the job done and doesn’t break the bank. That is most often a Windows computer.

It’s hoping that Windows 8 will play the Pied Piper, ushering legions of desktop users towards Windows tablets and smartphones.

But The only tablet that has gained any traction — that isn’t an iPad — is the Kindle Fire (which doesn’t necessarily compete with it directly). Amazon accomplished that by undercutting the iPad at a lower price point. Windows 8 tablets, however, won’t be $200 color readers. Instead, they’ll take the same route that countless Android tablets have: going head-to-head with the iPad on the high end. None of those tablets have gained any significant market share.

.In Microsoft’s ideal future, consumers will eat up Windows 8 on the desktop, and fall in love with the Metro UI of Windows 8 tablets. Even if the iPad is still the top-selling tablet, the goal is for Windows 8 tablets to take away from that invincible iPad mystique, and give customers the perception that there are lots of worthy tablets. If Microsoft can do that, then it will have some solid footing and can use the volume and variety that come from a licensed platform to eventually lead the market.

This battle isn’t going to be decided overnight. Two years from now, the desktop, tablet, and smartphone markets probably won’t look much different. Ten years from now, though, we could see a changed landscape — possibly even a radically changed one.



Microsoft Office On The iPad? Don't Hold Your Breath

Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a version of Microsoft Office on the Apple iPad? It would be awesome. Create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on your tablet. I’d buy it.Nomura Research analyst Rick Sherlund addressed this point in a research note this morning. As he notes, while the Office team at Microsoft might be inclined to offer software for the iPad, the company is getting ready to launch Windows 8, which in particular will be targeted at the tablet market. One obvious potential differentiator for Windows tablets? The ability to run Office.

“Don’t hold your breath for Office on the iPad,” Sherlund writes. “If there were a tug of war of conflicting interest with the Office team on one end of the rope and Steve Sinofsky and Steve Ballmer on the other (chanting Windows, Windows, Windows), we would expect there would be no Office on iPad anytime soon.”


Acer Upgrades Iconia Tab Tablets to Android 4.0

Acer is upgrading all of its Iconia Tab tablets to Google's latest Android 4.0 OS, with updates due to be completed by the end of April, the company said on Friday.

The initial updates to Android 4.0 will be pushed over the air to A200 models with 10-inch screens in the U.S., and will be completed over the next week. Upgrades for the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 and 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 will be delivered by the end of April in the U.S.


February 20, 2012

A Trip to The iFactory: 'Nightline' Gets an Unprecedented Glimpse Inside Apples Chinese core
ABC News

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player  

Watch "Nightline" anchor Bill Weir's exclusive full report on a special edition of "Nightline," "iFactory: Inside Apple," TUESDAY, Feb. 21 at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT, with a preview on "Good Morning America" and "World News with Diane Sawyer," all on ABC.



Graphium Health Selects Motion Tablet PCs for Development of AnesthesiaEMR.com

PR Web (press release)

Today's anesthesiologists are mobile – they rarely, if ever, practice in just one location. This amount of mobility requires that their electronic medical records (EMRs) are as mobile and portable as their Motion C5v Tablet-PCpractice. As such, Graphium Health, a healthcare software company dedicated to improving patient satisfaction and the quality of patient care through mobile technology, selected the Motion® C5v Tablet PC as well as the J3500 Tablet PC to develop AnesthesiaEMR.com, a web-based application which digitizes the existing intraoperative anesthesia form, allowing users to document via a tablet PC, effectively connecting the anesthesiologist to the cloud.

By developing AnesthesiaEMR.com to run on Motion Tablet PCs, Graphium Health was able to capitalize on the tablet PCs’ unique stylus capabilities, replacing paper records with an electronic solution that enhances efficiency, reliability and accuracy.

According to Jeffrey R. Zavaleta, M.D., private-practice pediatric anesthesiologist and chief medical officer of Graphium Health, “Compared to what’s out on the market, the Motion C5v and J3500 Tablet PCs have three distinct advantages: first the durability is unsurpassed, and common disinfectant wipes easily cleansed contaminated units; second, the stylus input was a must for our ‘digital pen and paper’ solution; finally the Windows® 7 operating system allows our IT department to easily disk image and support the hardware. With the AnesthesiaEMR.com running on Motion Tablet PCs, I can keep pace with my fastest surgeons.”


February 21, 2012

Microsoft preps Office for Apple's iPad
TG Daily

TabletPc2.com Editors note:  TabletPc2.com does its best NOT to publish rumors but so many people areMicrosoft Office for iPad enquiring about office for iPad that we are including this in today's posting - Note there is no mention of Outlook for iPad, Personally I need outlook just as much if not MORE than I need word and excel to work on any machine I use on a regular basis.

Microsoft is reportedly set to submit an iPad-optimized version of its flagship Office suite to the App Store for approval.

According to AppleInsider, The Daily was able to get its hands on a working prototype of the mobile office suite. Apparently, the apps boast Microsoft's newly minted "Metro" design typically associated with upcoming Windows 8 tablets.

You can create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files both locally and online. However, it remains unclear if additional Office software will be added at some point.



Barnes & Noble Launches $199 Nook Tablet, Relaxes Storage RestrictionsBarnes & Noble Launches $199 Nook Tablet
PC Advisor

Barnes & Noble has released a $199 Nook Tablet with 8 GB of storage to better compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.

The new model has the same dual-core, 1 GHz processor as the 16 GB Nook Tablet, which still sells for $249. However, the 8 GB model has half the RAM, at 512 MB. Both models have a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB in expanded storage.



February 22, 2012

PlayStation Vita vs Apple iPad - which is the best portable gaming device?
MSN Tech & Gadget UK

With its high-end graphics, powerful processing power and familiar gaming controls, gaming fans have Sony PlayStation Vitabeen waiting for the Sony's PlayStation Vita with baited breath.

Now the wait is finally over, is it really the saviour of handheld gaming as we know it, or do we have all we need for portable gaming with the smartphones and tablets?

Tablets do provide higher-resolution visual thrills (1024 x 768 for the iPad versus a slightly smaller 960 x 544 for the Vita). But they lack the control systems of the Vita. And that extra screen size means they're not truly portable - the vast majority of iPad usage is in the home, you don't see many people using a tablet on the bus.

The only real advantages tablets have? Breadth and pricing of games. But Sony's Vita app store won't look bare for long and its download-title pricing is already heading in the right direction (MotorStorm RC will be £4.79), so even here the Vita will soon equal its key rivals.



Shuttle, the First Tablet Manufacturer to Receive Three Environmental Certifications
press release

Shuttle Inc., the designer and manufacturer of Notebook and Tablet PC today announced its non-stop Shuttle Environmental Certificationsinvolvement in the development of environmental certifications. Following the Slate-Tablet Product Category Rules (Slate-Tablet PC Product-Category Rules; Slate-Tablet PCR), Shuttle received Environmental Product Declaration(EPD) and carbon footprint certifications, establishing the first environmental friendly standard of three certifications for Slate-Tablet PCs. 

Shuttle Slate-Tablet PCR discloses the environmental impact and carbon footprint generated during the life cycle of a slate-tablet PC that covers the stages of raw material acquisition, product manufacturing, use and end-of-life. This PCR will be reference for the other manufacturers who decide to implement environmental management systems, e.g. Environmental Product Declaration(EPD) and Carbon Footprint(PAS 2050). The third party verification will hereby follow the Shuttle PCR criteria.


February 23, 2012

ASUS Padfone: Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid Coming Soon

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That's right. The Padfone is neither a tablet nor a smartphone entirely in itself. In fact, it is a hybrid that attempts at merging a smartphone with a tablet computer.

ASUS is expected to unveil the Padfone February 27. The smartphone is a touchscreen phone that looks similar to your standard Android device and snugly fits into the slot at the rear of a tablet PC.



Apple, Google, and Others Agree to Limit App Privacy Invasions

If you've been waiting for government regulators to step in and do something about apps that collect Privacy eyeand transmit your data without telling you, here's good news: The state of California, along with a number of major tech companies, together Wednesday agreed to strengthen privacy protections worldwide for consumers who buy smartphone and tablet apps.

According to a statement released by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the state--with Apple, Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, and Research in Motion--will work together to make sure that any apps sold through the companies' respective app markets will conform to California state law.

California law requires that any app that collects personal information has to have a privacy policy that outlines what information it collects, and what it does with that info.

This means that app makers will no longer be able to do as they please with your personal data without informing you ahead of time--unless they want to incur the wrath of the state of California. And since these app stores are accessible from just about anywhere in the world that you can get an Internet connection, California residents won't be the only ones to benefit from these new guidelines.


Schools eager to launch iPad era of learning

Students at Catholic high schools in Brockton and Braintree, and others in grades 7 through 12 in Kingston, will start the next school year with iPads instead of papers and books in their backpacks, part of a growing number of schools looking to trade traditional learning tools for the latest technology.

Not far behind Cardinal Spellman in Brockton, Archbishop Williams in Braintree, and Sacred Heart in Kingston are public school counterparts in Brockton as well as Cohasset and Sharon that are test-driving Apple tablets and their Windows competitors, or are leaning toward doing so.



February 24, 2012

OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7, Flash to iPads
CBS News

Apple iPad users have an easy way to user Microsoft Office, Windows 7 cloud desktop and Adobe Flash onlive desktopplayer, thanks to the OnLive Desktop app.

The app lets iPad users launch Windows 7 cloud desktop, where the entire Microsoft Office suite can be accessed. Users also get 2 gigabytes of free cloud storage. For a $5 monthly fee, user will get accelerated browsing at the rate of an impressive 1 GB.

So what does this mean for iPad users?

Two major things stick out - access to Windows 7 and a Flash player. If those are two features that you've been pining for, the OnLive Desktop app is an excellent value.



Less Than 1 in 10 Consumers Interested in Buying a Budget Tablet PC
Bradenton Herald

The latest poll results from Broadbandgenie.co.uk have revealed that just eight per cent of respondents intend to 'definitely' buy a budget tablet PC in 2012.

The poll asked, 'Will you buy a tablet or iPad in 2012?' Of more than 1,000 respondents, more than half either weren't interested at all or already owned a tablet PC. Some 16.5 per cent answered maybe, while 17.5 per cent intended to buy a top end tablet.

The result will be seen as another blow for makers of low-end Android tablets and cheaper models from other brands - particularly BlackBerry, which has just released an upgrade for its heavily discounted PlayBook tablet.


February 27, 2012

Apple media event whispers: iPad 3 shipments already en route to U.S

iPad 3 loading onto plane in china

According to the translation from the shipping document (shown righ) - Chengdu International Airport at major international cargo charter flights, cargo owners demanding ipad3 shipping documentsecurity, from CTU takeoff by stop PVG Shanghai, and then directly to ORD Chicago, the JFK New York, LAX in Los Angeles, March 9, completed before transport.

Looks like a March 9th arrival should be when these three US cities receive the shipments from Foxconn. Which would be just two days after the rumored Apple Announcement event. With shipments arriving around March 9th and being distributed among major retail chains and outlets, it may be that we could be lining up to buy an iPad 3 around the third week of March, which is also the store arrival rumor.

TabletPc2 Editor note:  TabletPc2.com is not in the habit of posting rumors we are posting this information because so many people are watching, wasting and interested in the iPad3 - We are also aware that it does not take over a week for a plane to fly from china to NYC or Los angeles so where the cargo is going between the time the planes land and the time it is delivered is unknown.



Android Tablets: Catching Up in 2012
New York Times

Android still has a lot of catching up to do with Apple when it comes to the tablet market.

But Andy Rubin, the head of Android at Google, said in a small roundtable session with reporters at the Mobile World Congress that 2012 would be the year that “we double down in that space.”

He said that although there were 300 million smartphones running Android, the number of tablets running Android is only a fraction of that figure, around 12 million. By comparison, Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads to date.



February 28, 2012

Apple iPad 3 Invites Sent Out To Media, March 7th Confirmed

ipad 3 invitation

According to the press invites sent from Apple today, March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time is the magic date when Apple will unveil the iPad 3



At Mobile World Congress, Adobe Systems Incorporatedannounced that Adobe® Photoshop® Touch is Photoshop Touch for iPadnow available for iPad 2, via the iTunes App Store*. Adobe Photoshop Touch offers core Photoshop features, as well as new capabilities for creating and sharing in an app custom-built for tablets. The app is a central component of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps are expected later this year.

Transform images with core Adobe Photoshop features in an app designed for tablets

“People will be amazed with what they can create on the iPad using Photoshop Touch,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business Unit, Adobe. “Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.”

Priced at $9.99, Photoshop Touch for iPad is available now through iTunes.


How to choose a tablet
PC Advisor

Watch out for cheap Android tablets that don’t have the Market app installed – without it, you’re limited Apple ipad 2to either the apps that are pre-installed, or those that the manufacturer offers via its own store.

As far as specifications are concerned, most tablets now feature a dual-core processor, and should cope with running multiple apps at once. The graphics processor is important if you plan to play games on a tablet. Screen size is down to personal preference: a 10in screen with 4:3 aspect ratio is the most versatile, but widescreen 16:9 models are better optimised for watching video. Smaller tablets, 7in or less, are more pocketable for travel.

Avoid any tablet with a resistive touchscreen – capacitive versions are far more responsive and should include multi-touch support.


Signs of Spring -- and iPad 3 arrivalipad 2
Fox News

Out with the old iPad 2, in with the iPad 3.

The Apple tablet is due for an update, and the anticipated product refresh is pushing down the price of the iPad 2.

Best Buy lowered the price of the iPad 2 by $50 over the weekend — one sure sign the retailer is looking to shed inventory, likely ahead of the next-generation device.

The iPad 3 is expected to include the voice-activated assistant Siri, which was the main feature on the iPhone 4S. As well, the new iPad could have a higher-resolution screen, among other upgrades.


Microsoft's future riding on Windows 8
CBS News

Windows 8 is radically different from its predecessors. The system won't even have Microsoft's familiar Windows 8 tablet"Start" menu. All applications are spread across a mosaic of tiles, as part of a design Microsoft calls "Metro." The tiles, which resemble road signs, can be navigated with a swipe of the finger on the display screen or with a keyboard and a computer mouse. The tiles also provide a glimpse at the activity occurring in applications connected to the Web, such as email.

The system also is expected to enable users to easily back up their pictures, movies, music and other files on a Microsoft storage service called SkyDrive, which will compete against Apple's iCloud.

The operating system's versatility means it can be used to power computer tablets, as well as traditional PCs.

Windows 8 could inspire more PC makers to design machines that combine the convenience of computer tablets with the utility of a notebook computer. These devices would be similar to the so-called "Ultrabook" computers that offer a Windows-based version of Apple's lightweight MacBook "Air" machines. Once Windows 8 is available, the Ultrabook line could be expanded to include machines equipped with screen that swivels off the keyboard to take advantage of the system's touch controls and provide a tablet-like experience.

Microsoft clearly envisions Windows 8 becoming the foundation for pure tablets, too. That's why it's developing a version of Windows 8 that can run on the more tablet-friendly microprocessor technology licensed by ARM Holdings. That version will complement the Windows 8 design that will run on the Intel Corp. chips that power most PCs.

HP, the world's largest PC maker, is already counting on Windows 8 to deliver better times. The company's division that includes desktop and laptop computers suffered a 15 percent drop in revenue during its more recent quarter ending in January. CEO Meg Whitman, last week, said HP expects to release PCs and tablets running on Windows 8 in time for the holiday shopping season. HP's Windows 8 product line will include a tablet designed for corporate customers.


Zmags Transforms the Tablet, Smartphone and Web Consumer Experience
MarketWatch (press release)

Zmags, the leading provider of rich media mobile and social merchandising, today introduced a groundbreaking consumer shopping user interface (UI) dubbed "Zmags Convergence."

This new, visual environment completely redefines and streamlines a consumer's shopping experience on tablets, smartphones, the Web, and in Facebook.

Built to harness the iPad's user interface and browsing appeal - while also highly engaging via Facebook, smartphones and PC-based browsers - Zmags Convergence helps retailers and brands quickly appeal to the growing numbers of tablet, mobile and social shoppers, as defined in a recent report about the behaviors of connected consumers.


February 29, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview- Available Now

The Windows 8 consumer preview is now alvailable for download - It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out.

See windows 8 in action

 Video: See Windows 8 in action.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but we’ve made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.



Toshiba Excite 10 LE -World’s Thinnest and Lightest 10-inch Tablet

Available for Purchase on March 6
Starting at $529.99

toshiba Excite 10 LE tablet

Toshiba has announced that the Excite 10 LE tablet will be available for purchase from select U.S. retailers on March 6.   Tthe Excite 10 LE is the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet measuring just 0.3 inches (7.7mm) thin and weighing just 1.18 pounds

Powered by Android, the Excite 10 LE tablet will have a starting price of $529.99 MSRP for the 16GB model and $599.99 MSRP for the 32GB model.

“Excite 10 LE embodies what a luxury tablet should be,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have engineered this tablet with premium materials and components, given it elegant yet durable styling and more connectivity options than any other tablet in its class, while fitting everything into an astonishingly thin and light design.”
















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