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March 2012


March 1, 2012

Groundbreaking "OnLive Desktop" App Released for Android Tablets
press release

OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of instant-action cloud computing, is pleased to announce that its revolutionary OnLive(TM) Desktop App is now available for Android(R) tablets, bringing full Microsoft(R) Office apps, Adobe(R) Reader(R) and, with the OnLive Desktop Plus service, gigabit-speed(1) accelerated browsing regardless of the tablet's local Internet speed and local computing capability. The free OnLive Desktop App, released in the Android Market to select Android tablets(2), delivers no-compromise, media-rich, instant-response Windows(R) applications including Microsoft(R) Word, Excel(R) and PowerPoint(R) software and Adobe Reader for PDFs, along with 2GB of cloud storage.



Hands on with Windows 8 beta
ZDNet Australia

Windows 8 home screen

I've been using the Windows 8 beta, officially known as the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, for the past week, and it's by far the most integrated and most capable operating system Microsoft has ever put out. The question is, will enough people care?

There's a phenomenal amount of change here to discuss, but if you're looking for a quick summary: Windows 8 is a breeze to use. It's tricked out with social networking and synchronisation, it's robust enough to handle Photoshop, it gracefully moves from touch to keyboard and mouse, and it's got some top-notch security.



iPad 3 Faces Biggest Test: Windows 8

Yesterday, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, which will arrive sometime later in 2012. The Consumer Preview can be found in a special area on Microsoft’s Website; the beta’s ISO files (for those who wish to install it on another partition or virtual machine are also available. In a bid to spread the Windows franchise onto tablets in addition to traditional PCs, Windows 8’s start screen is composed of a set of colorful (and touchable) tiles linked to applications, with the “old style” desktop interface accessible via a single click or finger tap.

That alone might not make Windows 8 a viable iPad competitor, but Microsoft has more up its sleeve than a sleek user-interface redesign. For months, Microsoft executives have insisted that their new operating system will provide a robust, “no compromises” experience. Power users will have access to the usual features they expect from Windows. The Windows Store will offer a wide variety of apps. Cloud-related features include cloud storage, the ability to roam all settings, and communicate with email and contacts from a Windows Phone smartphone or Windows PC.


March 2, 2012

iPad 3: Will Windows 8 Pose Threat to New Apple Tablet?
International Business Times

Apple iPad sales so far have crushed any other tablet thrown against it. Blackberry Playbook is no threat to iPad, even after the Playbook OS 2.0 update. Kindle Fire lacks premium offering. There is no other Apple ipad vs Microsoft windows 8tablet that has been successful in crushing iPad 2 business, including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line of tablets. But after MWC 2012, where Microsoft revealed Windows 8 – a universal OS for tablets, laptops and desktops – Windows 8 tablets could pose a serious threat to iPad 3, which is scheduled for release on March 7.

A serious fight is expected between the two tech giants in form of iOS 5.1 [VS] Windows 8. Apple dominates tablet market with its iPad and this gadget is became a hit from day one, establishing itself firmly as the singular most popular tablet in the world. On the other hand, Windows 8 tablets are just about to enter the market with Metro UI built from scratch.

Metro UI is specially designed for tablets. iPad is not compatible with physical mouse (though it supports keyboard) but Windows 8 tablets can work with mouse as well as keyboard.



What Windows 8 Means for Tablets
PC Advisor

Windows 8 tablets are generating a lot of interest among manufacturers, consumers, and business users alike.

The Wednesday release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview may serve to strengthen the case for Windows 8 tablets. But as with everything about the upcoming OS, the success of Windows 8 tablets is predicated on the idea that users buy-in to the dramatic Windows redesign.

Windows 8 tablets have the potential to provide a uniform experience across devices. It's for this reason that even mobile-centric manufacturers like ZTE are considering Windows tablets as potentially changing the balance of power in the tablet market.

Microsoft even started the event by showing how Windows 8 was optimized for finger-friendly navigation on a tablet--punctuating the company's commitment to mobile.

The idea that your tablet could fundamentally look and function the same way as your laptop or desktop is very appealing; even better is the prospect that you could buy software that scales across all platforms, meaning you're not locked into one device for using the software you want, however you want to use it.



PC Magazine

Though we've all been referring to the next iPad as the iPad 3, could Apple pull an iPhone 5/iPhone 4S and name it something else? According to Gizmodo, the new tablet might be known as the iPad HD. The blog pointed to part listings from Griffin and Belkin, and said the moniker "is a good match for the its new Retina-like display."

But will we be paying more for an iPad HD? MacRumors on Monday reported that the next iPad could be $70 to $80 pricier than the iPad 2


March 2, 2012

iPad 3: Will Windows 8 Pose Threat to New Apple Tablet?
International Business Times

Apple iPad sales so far have crushed any other tablet thrown against it. Blackberry Playbook is no threat to iPad, even after the Playbook OS 2.0 update. Kindle Fire lacks premium offering. There is no other Apple ipad vs Microsoft windows 8tablet that has been successful in crushing iPad 2 business, including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line of tablets. But after MWC 2012, where Microsoft revealed Windows 8 – a universal OS for tablets, laptops and desktops – Windows 8 tablets could pose a serious threat to iPad 3, which is scheduled for release on March 7.

A serious fight is expected between the two tech giants in form of iOS 5.1 [VS] Windows 8. Apple dominates tablet market with its iPad and this gadget is became a hit from day one, establishing itself firmly as the singular most popular tablet in the world. On the other hand, Windows 8 tablets are just about to enter the market with Metro UI built from scratch.

Metro UI is specially designed for tablets. iPad is not compatible with physical mouse (though it supports keyboard) but Windows 8 tablets can work with mouse as well as keyboard.




What Windows 8 Means for Tablets
PC Advisor

Windows 8 tablets are generating a lot of interest among manufacturers, consumers, and business users alike.

The Wednesday release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview may serve to strengthen the case for Windows 8 tablets. But as with everything about the upcoming OS, the success of Windows 8 tablets is predicated on the idea that users buy-in to the dramatic Windows redesign.

Windows 8 tablets have the potential to provide a uniform experience across devices. It's for this reason that even mobile-centric manufacturers like ZTE are considering Windows tablets as potentially changing the balance of power in the tablet market.

Microsoft even started the event by showing how Windows 8 was optimized for finger-friendly navigation on a tablet--punctuating the company's commitment to mobile.

The idea that your tablet could fundamentally look and function the same way as your laptop or desktop is very appealing; even better is the prospect that you could buy software that scales across all platforms, meaning you're not locked into one device for using the software you want, however you want to use it.



PC Magazine

Though we've all been referring to the next iPad as the iPad 3, could Apple pull an iPhone 5/iPhone 4S and name it something else? According to Gizmodo, the new tablet might be known as the iPad HD. The blog pointed to part listings from Griffin and Belkin, and said the moniker "is a good match for the its new Retina-like display."

But will we be paying more for an iPad HD? MacRumors on Monday reported that the next iPad could be $70 to $80 pricier than the iPad 2


March 5, 2012

Amazing iPad 3 Concept Video Will Knock Your Socks Off
Huffington Post

The much-anticipated release of Apple's iPad 3 is likely to be just a few days away, with an Apple keynote scheduled for March 7. But if you find you're going crazy with anticipation already, here's a cool concept design to hold you over, one so good it could possibly beat out the real iPad 3.




As New iPad Debut Nears, Some See Decline of PCs
New York Times

The chief executive of Apple, Timothy D. Cook, has a prediction: the day will come when tablet devices like the Apple iPad outsell traditional personal computers.

Tablet sales are likely to get another jolt this week when Apple introduces its newest version of the iPad, which is expected to have a higher resolution screen.

“Tablets are on fire, there’s no question about that,” said Brad Silverberg, a venture capitalist in Seattle at Ignition Partners and a former Microsoft executive, who hastened to add that he was speaking mainly of the iPad, which dominates current sales.

Tablets are not there yet. In 2011, PCs outsold tablets almost six-to-one, estimates Canalys, a technology research company. But that is still a significant change from 2010, the iPad’s first year on the market, when PCs outsold tablets 20-to-one, according to Canalys. Apple is banking on the tablet market.


Can Windows 8 satisfy both the desktop and the tablet?
Ars Technica

The tablet as a PC

Microsoft didn't deviate from the position it asserted over those many years of poor tablet sales. For Redmond, the tablet is not a category apart form the PC. Tablets are "a sort of PC," albeit one usually lacking a mouse and keyboard, gaining a touch screen in their stead. The new user interface it had to develop for Windows would respect this position. Built to enable touch-screen tablet computing, but also effective with traditional PC input devices. The goal was to produce an interface that was all things to all people.


Finding Your Book Interrupted ... By the Tablet You Read It On
New York Times

People who read e-books on tablets like the iPad are realizing that while a book in print or on a black-Reading on a Tabletand-white Kindle is straightforward and immersive, a tablet offers a menu of distractions that can fragment the reading experience, or stop it in its tracks.

E-mail lurks tantalizingly within reach. Looking up a tricky word or unknown fact in the book is easily accomplished through a quick Google search. And if a book starts to drag, giving up on it to stream a movie over Netflix or scroll through your Twitter feed is only a few taps away.

That adds up to a reading experience that is more like a 21st-century cacophony than a traditional solitary activity. And some of the millions of consumers who have bought tablets and sampled e-books on apps from Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble have come away with a conclusion: It’s harder than ever to sit down and focus on reading.



March 6, 2012

Windows 8 Proves That The Death Of The PC Is Greatly Exaggerated

Every now and then we hear rumors of the death of the PC. The rise of the tablet, and especially the Windows 8 task manageriPad, makes these rumors far more common. Take this article in the New York Times, titled “As New iPad Debut Nears, Some See Decline Of PC.”

To be fair, it’s a reasonably balanced article, noting in the end that it’s much more likely that tablets and PCs will simply become more indistinguishable. This is certainly true, especially with Microsoft’s touch-centered Windows 8 operating system.

Windows 8 is designed to be used across many devices. Far from abandoning the PC, Microsoft is trying to anticipate its future.



Next Android flavor: Key Lime Pie

The newest cavity-inducing Android operating system code name will be Key Lime Pie, according to The Verge. No details are available about Key Lime Pie aside from a possible 2013 release date, so it's unclear if the OS is intended for smartphones, tablets, or a sweet mash-up of both.

That Google is working on future operating systems isn't a shocker, but even mentioning Key Lime Pie makes the Android release schedule seem glutted. After all, Ice Cream Sandwich isn't even available on most Android phones; and Jelly Bean, intended for tablets, still has only a rumored Spring 2012 release date. The good news is that the 2013 date suggests that Google is slowing down with the releases a little bit, which will give Android fans some breathing room.


Lenovo K2 review
PC Advisor

The K2 will ship with Intel's Medfield Atom processor, which is intended for both phones and tablets. Lenovo K2 TabletLenovo's specs call for the K2 to ship (in China first) with an Atom Z2460. Medfield, along with Clover Trail, will be Intel's answer to ARM-based processors on tablets. The demo of Android 4.0 on the Lenovo appears to set the stage for what's looks to be an interesting competition among chipmakers for a niche in the increasingly competitive tablet space.

The tablet's specs include a 1280-by-800 resolution display, 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage. Around the edges are a micro-USB port, micro-HDMI, SD Card slot, and SIM card lot. The tablet features an 8-megapixel camera on the back. Plus, it will support Intel's Wireless Display technology, for less-hassle when connecting to a WiDi-capable display.



March 7, 2012


The new iPad prices

Name - The New iPad ?

While we expected the new ipad to be the iPad 3 or iPad HD
the name used at todays event was simpley " The New iPad"

  • Available March 16 - Pre orders starting Today
  • New Features Confirmed:
  • The new iPad, with 4G and a Retina screen
  • 2048x1536 pixels - That's more than 3.1 million  pixels.
  • 40 percent better color  saturation than before
  • quad-core display- Apple A5 chip
  • New camera. 5 megapixel sensor, same tech as iPhone 4S camera.
  • HD video  recording, lets you record in  1080p
  • 4G LTE -Verizon,  AT&T, Rogers, Bell and Telus.
  • 10 hour battery life - 9 with 4g Lte

    "Everything is more brilliant, because when a screen becomes this good, it's simply you and the ​​things you care about. The stunning Retina display on the new iPad."


Apple adds catalog section to App Store

On the eve of what many expect to be the unveiling of the next iteration of the iPad, Apple has quietly added a Catalogs category to the iTunes preview section in its App Store.

Because deployment seems incomplete, the purpose of the new category is a bit of a mystery. And unfortunately, Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, AppleInsider theorizes that since the company is expected to unveil an iPad tomorrow that features a Retina Display, it is getting ready to offer high-resolution, interactive catalogs be delivered to the iPad via the App Store.


Leaked ad outs Sony Vaio U hybrid tablet PCSony Vaio U hybrid tablet PC

A supposed tablet/laptop hybrid PC from Sony made an appearance today in a leaked ad that appears very authentic.

The computer, known as the Vaio U series, reminds us of the concept hybrid computer shown by the Japanese company at CES this year. The information comes to us via a leaked flyer, courtesy of PocketNow, that contains little information other than various low-resolution angles of the hybrid PC.


Several things we think we can visually identify from the ad: left and right mouse buttons below a near full-size keyboard; a USB port on the right side; a front-facing camera; a Home-type button on the left; and a rear area that most likely contains a speaker panel like the CES prototype (which you can investigate in more depth in the gallery below). Overall, the sleek aesthetics of the hybrid PC in the ad reeks of classic Sony minimalism, though we wish the bezel didn't look so large.



Ordering "Windows to Go": how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB thumb drive
Ars Technica

Windows to Go, an installation of Windows 8 that boots from a USB thumb drive. In theory, Windows to Go could give administrators a way of creating a verified, locked-down image of the Windows 8 OS that can be given to wandering users, temporary off-site contractors, or telecommuters to allow them to connect to the corporate network with confidence from their own (or someone else's) computer.


March 8, 2012

Dell Seeks Edge Over Apple's IPad With a Business-Friendly Windows Tablet

Dell is developing a business-friendly tablet that works with Windows 8, and the company will start selling computers running the new Microsoft Corp. software “on the exact day” it becomes available, the CEO said yesterday on the “Bloomberg West” television show. Windows 8 is due later this year, though a release date hasn’t been set.  

The goal is to entice business customers by running Microsoft’s Office applications -- something Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s tablet isn’t designed to do -- and letting the device connect securely to corporate networks. Dell is seeking an edge over the latest iPad, unveiled yesterday, which sports a faster processor, sharper screen and speedier wireless service.

“Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows applications -- we’re hearing a lot of demand for that and we think that will be quite attractive,” Dell said.



Waterproof tablets, smart accessories excite top tech fair

Whether in the bath, the toilet or in the car, you need never be separated for an instant from your Fujitsu Waterprof Tablet PCbeloved tablet computer with a range of innovations showcased at this year's CeBIT tech fair.

Tablet computers are undoubtedly all the rage at this year's show, the world's biggest IT fair, with hangar-sized halls filled with the latest in ultra-light, ultra-fast and ultra-cool products from around the world.

Causing a particular buzz was the new waterproof device from Fujitsu.

"People honestly want to read their ebooks in the bath," explained Barbara D'Introno as she nonchalantly dipped the tablet computer into a fish tank.


The New iPad: Your Ultimate Remote Desktop?

Businesses love Apple’s iPad. They use the tablets in myriad ways, from airline pilot flight manuals to iPad Ltehospital charts to point-of-sale terminals. The updated specs of the iPad, announced today, should make the tablet even better at something it already does well: enabling remote desktop access.

One solution for this problem is to use the iPad as an extension of a PC. With remote desktop software like LogMeIn or TeamViewer, an iPad can display and control the screen of a remote PC. This allows remote workers to do many of the same tasks they could in the office without taking a powerful desktop computer with them, and without having multiple licenses for expensive software.


Apple iPad: How it Stacks Up to the Android Tablets
PC Advisor

Scores of new tablets have appeared in the past few months, and now that we know what the third-generation Apple iPad will offer when it ships March 16, here's the verdict:  Android tablet vendors, get busy. Apple's specs blow past most rivals, whether shipping, announced, or on deck. Expect competing tablet makers to rush back to the drawing board and get a plan B in order to compete.

Check our handy chart, which pits the third-generation Apple iPad against recently announced and shipping Android 10-inch class tablets. It becomes instantly clear upon scanning this chart that Apple has a big specs advantage in its resolution its quad-core graphics engine. For all its advances, though, Apple takes a surprising step backwards in one area, leaving a gap where Android tablets may continue to try to innovate. However, the new iPad's overall specs are so dominant leaves a Herculean challenge for Android tablets.


Will Windows 8 Tablets Have What It Takes to Succeed?

Microsoft is ready to join the tablet party this year with Windows 8. As dominant as the Apple iPad is, Windo 8 and other tabletsthere is demand out there for a more versatile and powerful mobile platform. So far, Android tablets and other rivals like the HP TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook have failed to capture much attention, so there is still an opportunity there for Microsoft.

First, lets look at what Windows 8 brings to the table that differentiate them and could make them a success in an iPad-dominated market. For starters, Windows 8 tablets have Windows. That may seem obvious and silly, but don’t underestimate the value of having a consistent interface and cross-platform applications that exist on both the desktop and tablet.


Sony: Tablet Sales 'Met Expectations,' But There's More to Comesony tablet s
PC Magazine

As Apple launched its next-generation iPad, a few blocks away Sony Electronics president Phil Molyneux committed to future generations of its own tablets.

Molyneux said the company plans new versions of the tablet, characterizing the Android tablet market as "still expanding."

But one of Sony's biggest challenges is expanding into tablets. Sony recently announced the Sony Xperia S, the first phone to bear the Sony name after Sony bought out Sony Ericsson's portion of the business in October. In smartphones, Android controls about half the U.S. smartphone market. But in tablets, the iPad has that honor, even after the release of tablets from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.


March 9, 2012

RadioShack starts selling Apple's new iPad

RadioShack is the first company besides Apple to start selling the new iPadNew iPad

Today Radio Shack began taking pre-orders for the new tablet, which was announced at an event yesterday and proceeded to go up for pre-sale only on Apple's Web site.

There is a catch for those who choose to pre-order with RadioShack though, buyers need to purchase a $50 RadioShack gift card, and make the pre-order from one of RadioShack's retail stores.

The new purchasing option comes at a time when Apple itself has started to run out of launch day quantities of the new tablet for those who choose to buy it through Apple's Web site. Earlier today versions of the tablet compatible with AT&T's cellular network began to slip some three days past the March 16 launch date. In years past, Apple's run out of immediate availability of its tablets, with new buyers facing wait times of 3 to 4 weeks.


March 12, 2012

ASUS Will Build Google Nexus Tablet to Rival Amazon Kindle Fire

Google saw what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire, with their ecosystem deeply integrated and priced atASUS MeMo 370T Tablet a spot that people liked. In reply, they are releasing a Google Nexus tablet, and have chosen ASUS to build it, given their successful launch of Android tablets as of the last few months.

The main goal here is to launch a speedy 7 inch tablet while keeping the price down under $250

ASUS has gone on record, stating that they have a close relationship with Google, and as such will be one of the first to launch the next major Android version 5.0 "Jelly Bean". Digitimes is going on record stating that the ASUS MeMo 370T will be the tablet rebranded as the Google Nexus tablet, and we'll see it in May.



March Madness: 5 Upcoming Tablets That Will Be Swept by new iPad
International Business Times AU

the iPad is still expected to defeat rival tablets in the marketplace, notwithstanding the latter's more New iPad Displaysuperior features and specs. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.  Last year, Samsung Electronics saw a ban of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Netherlands, Australia and Germany due to its patent disputes with Apple.  But with a long line of tablets, Samsung continues to gain ground against its rival.  Samsung is set to release in weeks the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2, the first tablet to feature Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system

Kindle Fire 2.  The Kindle Fire did not kill the iPad but proved that there is a market for a non-iPad tablet.  Amazon released a tablet that has no camera, has a 7-inch screen, and mere 8 GB of storage.  But the device was available for $199 (less than half the price of the iPad) and has access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle's e-books.  The success of the Kindle Fire has prompted reports that Apple is preparing to release an iPad MINI in order to fend off the growing popularity of the Kindle Fire and other cheap tablets.  But Apple did not unveil a 7-inch device in its iPad event early this month.

Third-Generation ASUS Transformer.  ASUS has unveiled the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, an ultra-thin tablet with a powerful quad-core processor.



Dell Aims to Focus on Tablet Computers Running on Windows
Galaxy Stocks

Chief Executive Officer of Dell Computers Michael Dell declared that there is rising tablet computers demand that can operate on next version of Windows OS, which may assist his corporation siphon away corporate clients from the iPad.

On Friday, Michael Dell stated on the Bloomberg television that Dell was making a business-friendly tablet that operates with Windows 8 and the corporation would start vending PC’s works on Microsoft Corporation coming Operating System on the same day it becomes available.



xTablet Rugged Tablet PC Officially Certified with Seiko Instruments Printers
press release

MobileDemand, a leading provider of rugged tablet PCs has formed a strategic partnership with Mobile Demand TabletsCalifornia-based Seiko Instruments USA Inc., a globally recognized leader in thermal printer technology. All MobileDemand products -- the xTablet T7000, T8700 and C1200 tablet PC systems have been certified on both the Seiko Instruments 2-inch DPU-S245 receipt printer and the 4-inch DPU-S445 receipt and label printer.

MobileDemand full-screen xTablets running Windows 7 are designed for the on-the-go professionals working in harsh environments. As more and more companies across numerous industries make the switch from stationary forklift mounted devices, laptops and quarter screen VGA handheld devices to full-screen, full Windows OS tablets, the need for printing labels and receipts wherever work is done, becomes more critical


March 13, 2012

7 Reasons Apple's New iPad Could Replace Your Games Console

You can take it with you. You can take a console anywhere, too, but it’s a kludgy cable-and-gamepad Gaming on new iPadaffair, not to mention your need for a display wherever you land, which may or may not be calibrated to your visual tastes. That, and you can keep playing the iPad en route to wherever you’re off to (assuming you’re not the designated driver, of course).

It’s a lot more than just a game console. The PS3 and Xbox 360 can do more than just play games, e.g. play music, stream videos, browse software stores and chat with friends. But the iPad can do all of that and tons more… like actually replace your computer.




Personal Clouds To Be Center of Your Digital Life, Usurping PCs, as iPad demand soars

Today, market researcher Gartner Inc., offering up its thoughts on the post-PC era, says that personal clouds — online services that let consumers “seamlessly store, sync, stream and share using multiple connected devices such as smartphones, media tablets, televisions and PCs over the Internet” — will replace the PC as the center of our digital lives by 2014.

“Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of devices that users choose to access during the different aspects of their daily life,” Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans, said in a statement today.

While cloud services are not new — online backup services have been around for years — Gartner says that adoption of Internet-enabled mobile devices like smartphones and media tablets, consumers increasing comfort level with technology and their exposure to cloud-based services such as Netflix, Google Apps, Amazon Music, Microsoft SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud is driving demand for such services.



RIM slashes tablet PC price by over 18%
Zee News

Canadian firm Research in Motion (RIM) has slashed the price of its 64-GB version of tablet PC PlayBook by around 18 percent to Rs 19,990.blet

In December last year, RIM had slashed the price of its PlayBook by more than half to Rs 24,490 for the 64GB version under an offer from the original price Rs 37,990.

"We have seen positive momentum with the promotional pricing levels and have decided to maintain an aggressive pricing strategy in order to help continue the momentum," Research In Motion India Director Marketing Krishnadeep Baruah
told media.

Since the launch of Apple’s iPad in the country, the tablet market has been witnessing huge competition, with more and more new contenders launching their devices.


Tablets Users Dissappointed in Website Load Times

According to the survey, more than two-thirds of users expect websites to load in two seconds or less. Two seconds is less time than it probably took to read the previous sentence. Lorenz Jacober, the 3 tablet pc'sproduct marketing manager for Compuware APM, admits that his company was taken aback by the results.

“We previously did a similar survey for smartphone users and about 60 percent expected a website to load within five seconds, which is pretty fair. In this tablet survey, about 70 percent expected a website to load within two seconds, putting the expectations right up there with PC and laptop speed. Pretty high expectations,” Jacober says.

The 15-page report is a great read, as there are quite a few interesting tidbits, including that:

  • 41 percent of tablet users have experienced slow load times and crashes, poor page formatting, and other issues.
  • 70 percent of tablet users expect websites to load as fast, if not faster, than on their home computers
  • 34 percent of tablet users actually had a 404 error while trying to access a website on their device

The study has a lot of statistics but two big trends prevail: Companies are still in shock over how quickly tablets caught on, and users already expect tablets to give them at least the same performance as their home computers.


March 14, 2012

Apple iPad Boosts Efficiency of Doctors in Training
International Business Times

When they're carrying around tablets, Patel said, residents can check test results on the spot, as well as order up whatever a patient needs as soon as a treatment-related decision is made, right from that patient's room.

After a first try of giving a few residents iPads went well, Patel and her colleagues handed the devices out to all 115 of their internal medicine doctors-in-training in late 2010.

The iPads allowed residents to see patients' electronic health records, to contact the hospital laboratory or other departments if they needed tests done and to show patients their own x-rays and other test results, as well as access medical journals.

A few months into using the iPads, Patel's team surveyed the residents and found that almost four out of five said they were more efficient on the wards with the devices, and 68 percent said they avoided delays in patient care by using them.



Doctor Depends on Motion J3500 Tablet PC

Dr. R. Dale Walker, from the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma, is a professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and Preventive Medicine as well as the director of the Center for American Indian Education and Research at Oregon Health and Science University and director of the One Sky Center. With a mission of improving the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems and services among Native people, Dr. Walker averages approximately 50 site visits per year, during which he uses the Motion® J3500 Tablet PC to gather enormous amounts of information, such as the tribe’s history, activities, current state, problems and problem-solving methods.

According to Dr. Walker, using the J3500 Tablet PC is just like taking notes on paper, but much more efficient. An hour’s worth of notes can be converted to text and emailed out in just minutes. “The ability to capture information, report back on my findings and share knowledge in near real time is an invaluable capability,” said Dr. Walker.

The tablet serves as a desktop replacement or portable library, helping Dr. Walker look up, verify or access educational tools on the fly, which proves extremely valuable considering the often remote locations of the communities. The access to information also reduces the amount of time spent on each subject, meaning more time to cover more topics. “It’s giving them the gift of information,” said Dr. Walker.

Motion Computing


March 15, 2012

Nokia Tablet PC running Windows 8 coming in June, confirms Company Executive
Social Barrel

Nokia Corp. is developing its own Tablet PC, reports MarketWatch citing an interview given by chief Nokia Tabletdesigner of the company Marko Ahtisaari to magazine Kauppalehti Optio. “We are working on it,” Ahtisaari has been quoted as saying.

According to Ahtisaari, a third of his working time is devoted to the development of the new tablet. He is said to have confidently talked about Nokia Tablet while adding that their gadget will stand out among all the competitors in the market including Apple’s iPad and Android tablets.

As far as timing of Nokia tablet’s release is concerned, the French newspaper Les Echos had reported, citing Paul Amsellem, senior manager of Nokia, France, who in the end of last year had said that the Finnish company is planning to launch the tablet running Windows 8 by June 2012.

TabletPc2.com Editors note:  Windows 8 is scheduled to launch in the Fall 2012 - Not in June, so If the Nokia tablet launches in June its not likely to be running windows 8 at that time.



Consumers Defy Apple, Call New Tablet iPad 3 Anyway
Investor's Business DailyApples new iPad

Apple didn't name its new tablet the iPad 3, but that's what many people have decided to call it anyway.

Apple is calling its new tablet simply "the new iPad," or just the iPad. But that isn't cutting it for product reviewers, headline writers and average Joes and Janes.

Judging from news articles and posts on Twitter, people are calling the new tablet the iPad 3. Apple's third-generation iPad hits store shelves on Friday. Before it was announced on March 7, many industry pundits expected Apple to name the new tablet the iPad 3 or iPad HD to reflect its new higher-definition, high-resolution display.


March 19, 2012

Paul Thurrot reviews new Apple iPad: 'The best tablet on the market

Apple's latest iPad is a largely evolutionary device with an amazing, revolutionary new screen that puts it leagues above the competition. Already the best of the tablets, the new iPad extends Apple's lead and puts Android and Windows 8 on notice: The bar has been raised yet again.

Retina display

In its marketing for the new iPad, which dispenses with the numbering scheme and could be thought of as an iPad 3 or iPad 2S, depending on your perspective, Apple calls the device "resolutionary," a wonderful description that very neatly highlights the device's strongest feature. I wrote about this display at length in my Compete Report: Apple IPad (2012), but the basics go like this: You will notice a subtle crispness in the iPad's home screen, the onscreen keyboard, and in other places.  But any app that displays text (and has been updated for the retina display), like Amazon Kindle, will reveal a startling clarity. Those with poor vision, like myself, will equate it to the experience of getting new glasses or contact lenses. It's amazing.   You can also see the differences in HD movies and TV shows, too

New iPad retina display Comparison

It's also hard to explain, even visually. So please accept this Apple demo shot as an example, at least, of the relative difference between the iPad 2 display (1024 x 768) and that of the new iPad  (an astonishing 2048 x 1536).




Report: Tablets helping improve news consumption

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in its annual state of the news media report, found encouraging signs within the 27 percent of Americans who say they get news on their smartphones or tablets.

These consumers are likely to seek out traditional news sites or applications, strengthening their bond with old newspaper or television news organizations. People with tablets tend to read longer articles and spend more time with news sites than they do on phones or desktop computers, said Tom Rosenstiel, Project for Excellence in Journalism director.

Many people already make it a habit to check their tablets before going to bed to see what is going to be in a newspaper the next day, he said.

Unique visits to online news sites jumped 17 percent from 2010 to 2011, similar to the increase from the year before, the report said.


Poundland Boosts Warehouse Productivity With Motion Tablet PCs
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Tablet Deployment Replaces Trolley-based Solution

Europe's biggest single price discount retailer, Poundland, has gone live with a deployment of Motion F5Motion F5 Tablet in use at Poundlamd Warehouse Tablet PCs in two warehouse hubs in the Midlands. The specialized tablets replace cumbersome legacy data collection equipment and significantly improve the productivity of Poundland Quality Assurance (QA) teams in both locations and ensure Poundland's supply chain keeps pace with demand.

With an integrated camera, digitizer pen and barcode scanner, a single Motion F5 Tablet PC now does the job of the previous four separate pieces of hardware. The improved battery life has led to an increase in productivity as warehouse operatives use the tablet'shot-swap battery feature to easily replace an existing battery with a charged batterywhile the tablet is operating, with no need to shut down or standby, all on the warehouse floor.

Mick Corbett, IT solutions leader, Poundland, commented, "Quality Assurance is a mission-critical task. The Motion F5 Tablet PC has brought huge benefits in our abilities to check the quality of goods and the speed with which we do that. We have eliminated a bulky solution that inhibited warehouse operations with state-of-the-art mobile technology in one lightweight and portable device."


Screen Size is the Leading Indicator of Tablet Usage

"As the tablet market continues to heat up, manufacturers are striving to differentiate next-generation products to compete with the iPad," according to Stephanie Ethier, Senior Analyst. "Screen size has emerged not only as a key differentiator, but also the leading indicator of different tablet usages. New NPD In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) research highlights top tablet usage scenarios based on device screen size and provides market insight based on the different tablet form factors. For example, devices with smaller form factors in the 3.5" to less than 7.0" range, spanning PMP and tablets categories, best serve entertainment needs that are typically considered complementary to everyday activities like commuting, exercising, and other on-the-go activities."

Due to continued iPad success, tablets in the 9.7" to less than 11" form factor category will represent 65% of worldwide tablet shipments.


March 20, 2012

Windows 8 Launch to Include Very Few ARM-Based Tablets

Microsoft reportedly has a plan to avoid consumer confusion about the differences between Windows 8 tablets based on ARM and x86/x64 chips: Allow very few ARM-based tablets onto store shelves.Windows 8 vs other Tablets

When Windows 8 launches, which is expected later this year, there could be fewer than five ARM-based devices available and only three of those would be one-panel touch tablets. Meanwhile, more than 40 different Windows 8 machines using Intel chips will be available at launch, according to Bloomberg. The report did not specify if Intel chips meant the x86/x64 chip architecture (also used by AMD) or actual Intel-branded processors.

There are reports that Asus and Nokia are planning Windows 8 ARM tablets. Hewlett-Packard may also produce an ARM tablet, but will focus on Intel-based devices first. Dell, Lenovo and Samsung, meanwhile appear to be going with Intel-based tablets.

Bloomberg's report also says Windows 8 will be ready for launch "around October." That claim is in line with other reports, as well as Microsoft's past Windows release schedules.




Apple iPad Overheating Statement

Yes, Your New iPad Actually Runs 10 Degrees Hotter Than Your Old One......  New iPad heat-sensitive image

In the heat-sensitive image to the right, two iPads are sitting next to each other -- the iPad 2 is on the right, measuring 82.94 degrees F at its hottest point.

The new one is on the left, checking in at 92.48 degrees F at its hottest point.

Apple's Statement:

"The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."


Microsoft's Metro: Does it need iTunes to thrive?

To make Windows 8 a success on tablets, Microsoft may well need help from the one company least Windows 8 consumer Previewlikely to give it: Apple.

As Microsoft prepares Windows 8 for a launch that analysts expect later this year, it's busily encouraging developers to create applications that work with its new touch-friendly, tile-based Metro interface. That's important, because the thinnest, lightest Windows 8 tablets will be running a Metro-only version of the operating system specifically created for ARM system-on-a-chip devices. Without popular apps, Microsoft's tablet partners will have a much harder time selling their devices.

Apple's iTunes is clearly one of those key applications. There are plenty of Windows users who stash their entire music and video libraries in iTunes. And listening to music and watching videos on a tablet is clearly among the important ways people use the devices. If Apple chooses to not make a Metro version of iTunes, consumers have one less reason to buy a Windows 8 on ARM tablet.



Dell and HP Are Key to Success of Windows 8 Tablets

The success or failure of Windows 8 tablets may be made or broken by whether or not businesses Windows 8 needs Dell & HPembrace them. Because of the dominant role that Dell and HP play as preferred providers of servers and PCs for businesses, it’s crucial that these two come to the party with tablets that can deliver unique advantages compared to an iPad at a reasonable cost.

The potential is there as long as Dell, HP, and others can package it all into a compelling device at the right price. A device that is directly connected to the traditional Windows network, seamlessly integrated with the tools and network resources businesses are already using, and provides a consistent experience at the desk, or from a mobile platform is a recipe for success.

Don’t for one second, though, make the mistake of thinking that Windows 8 tablets are a slam dunk destined to crush the iPad in the enterprise. If Microsoft doesn’t get Windows 8 right, and if developers don’t deliver the apps businesses want, and if hardware vendors don’t create tablets with the performance and price to make them attractive, Windows 8 tablets will fail. That’s a lot of pretty big “ifs”.

Although Microsoft is coming late to the tablet party, the inability of Android tablets to compete against the iPad leaves Microsoft with a huge opportunity. It had better work very closely with app developers, and key vendors like Dell and HP, though, to ensure the entire Windows 8 tablet experience is phenomenal and capable of competing with the iPad.


Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PCDell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

We don't see too many convertible tablets these days, but Dell remains committed to the format. Its latest model, the Latitude XT3 Tablet PC is a functional unit, and although heavy for use in tablet mode it functions perfectly well as an ordinary notebook — albeit one lacking in star quality. 

The Latitude XT3 is a 13.3in. convertible tablet weighing just over 2kg

Despite its relatively chunky overall design and heavy weight we're disappointed that Dell has not found room for an optical drive. You can buy an optical drive as a base slab, which will add even more weight and bulk to the notebook, or as an external USB unit.


March 21, 2012

In-depth review: Apple's third generation iPad and iOS 5.1
Apple Insider

Among the "obvious limitations" of iPad 2 that we complained about last year, we noted, "it's modeled after the iPod as a peripheral you attach to iTunes," adding that this "means you can't use iPad as a computer replacement."

Well now you can, thanks to iOS 5's "PC free" set up and iCloud.

Being an iPad means the ability to run a vast portfolio of tablet-optimized apps, deep integration with iTunes for easy content management and simple connectivity with iCloud for email, messages, contacts, calendar, bookmarks, photos, Documents & Data and remote find and alarm services, all in one place.


Secrets of the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit makes transferring photos to your iPad a breeze, but that's not all. Sharon Vaknin shows you how to connect other accessories to your iPad using the kit.




March 22, 2012

Asus wants to become leader in non-Apple tabletsAsus Transformer Prime Tablet
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While Apple’s iPad is undoubtedly the best-selling tablet ever, things aren’t that clear when we’re talking about Android-only tablets . There are quite many important manufacturers that have released Android tablets, including Samsung, Motorola, Asus, Acer, HTC, and LG. Can any of them rise above the rest, sales-wise? Well, maybe.

According to China Times, Xu Youjia, Asus’ global vice president, recently mentioned that the company’s goal is to become the first brand in non-Apple tablets. The company will obviously leverage on its Transformer tablets, and likely also on the fact that it’s making the first Nexus tablet for Google.




Apple iPad Review - Watch CNET's Video Review


When I tell you that Apple has doubled the iPad's screen resolution to an unprecedented 2,048x1,536 pixels, your eyes should water a little. No other screen in your home can compete with this resolution--not your laptop, not your desktop computer, not even your 1080p TV. For a device that fits in your lap and costs as little as $499, a screen like this is an impressive feat.

The good: Apple's new iPad includes a stunning new screen, matched by a quad-core graphic processor and the world's largest app and media store to feed it content. There's a proper 5-megapixel rear camera now, with 1080p recording quality. Optional 4G data from AT&T and Verizon afford an uncompromising mobile experience.

The bad: The new iPad is slightly heavier than last year's model; apps and movies optimized for the screen might take up more space; and ports for HDMI, USB, and SD require adapters.



March 23, 2012

Acer Announces Iconia Tab A510 Quad-Core Tablet

Olympic Edition Highlights Sleek, Usable Design
The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a special Olympic Games Tablet Edition of the Acer Iconia Tab line. It features the Acer and Olympic logos on the chassis to celebrate the company's sponsorship of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. The new tablet was designed with on-the-go usability in mind. The chassis' soft-touch finish is comfortable to hold and buttons such as volume and screen lock are well-placed. It easily fits in a purse, briefcase or book bag, as it measures only 260mm(L) x 175mm(W) x 10.95mm(H) and weighs just 0.685kg.

Acer's first tablet with Quad Core Tegra 3 Processor goes on pre-sale today for $449.99 in U.S. and Acer Iconia Tab A510 Quad-Core TabletCanada. It provides long battery life of up to 12 hours and is pre-installed productivity solution: mobile office suite Polaris(TM) 3.5 and wireless printing app. It is Acer's first Olympic Games Edition, with an exclusive design that features Olympic rings.

the Acer Iconia Tab A510 with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. It is designed to deliver outstanding performance and a visually rich experience for mobile game playing and entertainment such as enjoying video and lifestyle apps.

The first rate tablet experience is heightened with Android™ 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) which features a more intuitive interface and improved overall performance for faster browsing, better multitasking, as well as enhanced app and folder management.



Windows 8 to support Retina-class displays

Windows 8 Screen Sizes

If manufacturers follow suit, Windows 8 tablets and hybrids will sport displays that rival, or exceed, the Retina Display on Apple's newest iPad.

Writing in Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog, Steven Sinofsky directly addressed the new iPad's screen and discussed upcoming tablets with dots-per-inch (DPI) densities of at least 135. "Much higher than many of us are used to," he wrote.

Key tablet-display related points from Sinofsky's blog:

  • 135 DPI and up: Many Windows 8 tablet PCs will have pixel densities of at least 135 DPI. Sinofsky noted the introduction of "HD tablets" with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution on an 11.6-inch screen, packing a pixel density of 190 DPI, and "quad-XGA tablets" with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels on an 11.6-inch screen. The latter has a pixel density of 253 DPI*.
  • Scaling: Apps in Windows 8 can fill the available space by bringing in more content. A developer can build the same app to show more content as the screen size shifts from a tablet to a large desktop monitor.


    March 26, 2012

    5 Tips: Maximize New iPad Battery Life

    1. Manage The Display
    The display is the one component on any tablet that uses the most power. The new iPad uses more LEDs to illuminate the display, which has twice the resolution and four times the pixels of its predecessor. Apple tests its displays at 50% brightness to get its numbers.

    Rather than use the auto-brightness setting, which adjusts the display's brightness to match the amount of ambient light, use the manual controls. I have my iPad's display set to about 25%-30% brightness. That's still plenty bright for indoor use (even during the day, when it's sunny out). If you're going to be in a dark room, such as an auditorium, adjust it down further to lengthen the battery life even more.


    Windows 8 vs. Mountain Lion: Which OS Succeeds at Bringing Mobile to the Desktop?

    The differences between Windows 8 and Mountain Lion are evident from the moment you log in. When Windows Marketplaceyou launch Windows 8, you see something completely different: Instead of the familiar Start menu, taskbar, and Windows Explorer, you get the Start screen, which consists of square and rectangular icons for your apps called Live Tiles (more on that later). Scrolling left and right lets you see more of your apps. Windows Explorer is still around if you want it, but you would be forgiven for thinking that it isn't.

    Notifications and Live Tiles : The Windows 8 Start screen is more than an app launcher, thanks to Live Tiles. Though Live Tiles serve as app icons--clicking or tapping one will open that app--they also act as small informational widgets. The Bing Weather app's Live Tile, for instance, shows at-a-glance weather conditions, while the Live Tile for the game Cut The Rope shows your in-game status.

    With Windows 8, Microsoft hops aboard the app-market bandwagon. Although it's still pretty spare, Microsoft's Windows Marketplace is generally attractive and well designed. From a functional standpoint, it's fairly similar to the Mac App Store: Apps are organized into categories, you can buy apps with one click, and you can read or post a user review for each app on the store. Although it's early, I can say that the Windows Marketplace has one distinct advantage over the Mac App Store: app trials. That's right--you can actually try an app for a limited period before you plunk down money for it. What a concept!


    Tablet alternatives to the new iPad
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Toshiba Thrive: The Thrive's aggressive pricing gives it an advantage over most other tablets. Its Toshiba Thrive Tabletgrooved back, full HDMI and USB support, full SD card slot, and replaceable battery justify its bulky design. Also, its built-in file management system makes finding and accessing files in Honeycomb easier.

    Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime : The Transformer Prime sports an iPad 2-inspired design that's even thinner and nearly as light, while also managing to include microSD and Micro-HDMI support. The Prime delivers smooth and clear 1080p video, and the 8-megapixel camera captures detail and color more accurately than other tablet cameras. Ice Cream Sandwich makes small but significant improvements to Honeycomb.


    Scot Finnie: Are tablets inevitable as PC replacements?

    The tablet phenomenon is bigger than you probably realize. Before the "new iPad" debuted, Apple announced that it had sold 55 million of its tablets to date. Apple CEO Tim Cook helped put that figure in perspective at a conference in February: "It took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs," he reportedly said. "It took us about five years to sell 22 million iPods, and it took us about three years to sell that many iPhones." The fact that the iPad sold 55 million units in less than two years tells us something: Tablets are a runaway success.

    With sales projected to reach 400 million units. Desktop and notebook PCs aren't even close to being dead yet. because, tablets don't perform all PC functions well. Anyone who uses a notebook PC several hours a day to read email, surf the Web, edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and work with enterprise apps -- and that describes a lot of people -- makes heavy use of a keyboard. Most tablets provide virtual keyboards, which are only barely adequate for long-duration touch-typing. Tablets were not designed for typing. I contend that until tablets offer lightweight and compact add-on keyboards, business tablet users will for the most part need notebook or desktop PCs too.


    March 27, 2012

    Lenovo launches Android tablet app store for security-conscious businessesLenovo Think Pad Tablet

    Lenovo, the Chinese PC brand behind the ThinkPad and IdeaTab tablets, has launched the Lenovo Enterprise App Shop, a new portal for business-secure Android tablet applications.

    The store will offer app services to large businesses, enabling custom app management, deployment and publication as well as volume pricing. The app store will allow corporate users to access and use productivity apps on their Lenovo tablet or any other Android tablet running Android 3.1 or above.


    Apple's new Verizon iPad can serve as LTE hotspot for more than 24 hours Apple Insider

    Apple insider

    While Apple's new LTE-equipped iPads are designed to offer customers the same experience regardless of which U.S. mobile carrier they base their purchase on, the Verizon model currently boasts the exclusive capability of sharing its high-speed mobile broadband connection with other devices for upwards of five times longer than most standalone LTE mobile hotspots.

    The highly-technical Anand Lal Shimpi over at AnandTech recently revealed that his tests of the new Verizon iPad found that it could act as a mobile hotspot by sharing its LTE connection with other devices -- such as a notebook -- for approximately 25.3 hours under the proper conditions -- namely that the device's display remained turned off. That's roughly 5 times longer than the 4 hours and change of popular LTE MiFi hotspots from Novatel and Samsung.

    The hotspot feature remains exclusive to the Verizon models


    March 28, 2012

    Amazon To Roll Out Three New Kindle Fire Tablets
    International Business Times

    While the new iPad remains the market leader in the media tablet segment, there is one tablet that Kindle Firedefinitely steals the show -- Amazon's Kindle Fire. Rumor has it that Amazon wants a larger piece of the tablet market, and it may launch three new tablets in 2012 in an attempt to accomplish its aim.

    Three Tablets On Their Way

    The Android-based mid-range tablet does not offer the same features and quality as the iPad does, however, it is much more affordable and durable. it appears that Amazon is taking things a step further by launching some more tablets in the line. According to Taiwan Economic News, Amazon is looking to launch three new tablets this year, ranging from low- to high-end models in terms of price brackets and specifications.

    The report says that the three models will come as a low-end 7-inch model with a resolution of 1024× 600 screen display, a medium-end 7-inch version with resolution of 1280 × 800 screen and an 8.9-inch version with resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels display.

    There are no further details, but it is likely that Amazon will either bump up the quality of the display or perhaps some of the hardware, such as the processor and storage.



      Asus Transformer Prime vs. Apple's New iPad

      A refresh of this ultimate battle: it's Apple's new iPad versus Asus' Transformer Prime. Get ready for a throwdown showdown




      Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad Review: Photo Editing Wherever You Go
      Tablet PC Review

      Photo editing on the iPad is a natural. Apple's tablet offers a great touch screen for physically Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPadinteracting with your pictures.

      Adobe has released its Photoshop (PS) Touch app for the iPad ($9.99).

      Like the Adobe app for Android introduced last autumn, PS Touch for the iPad doesn’t provide the depth of features and functionality of Adobe's desktop product, Photoshop Creative Suite (CS). Nor is the app meant to be anything more than an easily accessible, quick edit tool. However, it has something that the desktop application doesn’t: a sense of spontaneity, fun, and even mischievousness.

      Edit Photos from Anywhere on Your iPad
      PS Touch is part of a much larger imaging environment which Adobe will continue to roll out over the next few months. On the mobile side, this includes several apps for both Android and iPad: Kuler, Ideas, Collage, Proto, Debut and of course, PS Touch.


    Google's $150 price tag to trigger tablet war
    New York Post

    Tech watchers expect Google to roll out an entry-level handheld device this year that could sell for as little as $150.

    It’s not lost on Google that Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire was the only slate to grab a sizeable chunk of the market beyond Apple’s iPad last year.

    With Apple winning the high-end tablet wars, Google and Amazon are left to fight over the low end of the market.

    When a Google-branded tablet finally launches — likely in the third quarter — it will have to be heavily subsidized to carry a $150 price tag, analysts said.

    Analysts expect the Google tablet will be made by Asus, the Taiwan-based company that already makes the Android-powered Transformer Prime. The Google tablet would likely carry the Nexus name, which it also uses for it proprietary smartphones.


    March 29, 2012

    A window of opportunity for Microsoft with tablets
    Los Angeles Times

    According to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft is said to be preparing Windows 8, a touch-friendly operating system, for a fall launch. Although the iPad is a dominant critical and commercial success by most accounts, there's a sizable gap between it and the nearest comparable Android tablet, presenting Microsoft with a window of opportunity.

    To say that Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 8 for its foray into the tablet market is simply stating the obvious. The company has all but conceded a whole popular segment by its absence in the tablet market.



    Former Microsoft Courier team members launch hot new apps for the iPad

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    Former Microsoft execs who were associated with the nixed Courier dual-screen tablet project are resurfacing at companies doing Courier-inspired apps for Apple’s iPad.
    The spirit of the Courier — Microsoft’s dual screen tablet that never made it to market — is alive and thriving … on the iPad. And a number of members of the disbanded Courier team are the ones keeping it so.

    FiftyThree Inc. — the developer of a new content-creation app for the iPad called Paper — is led by a roster of former Microsoft Courier and  Xbox designers and developers. Another new Courier-like app launched this week from Tapose, a company backed by former Microsoft Courier champion J Allard.


    March 30, 2012

    With Tablet Plan, Google Goes After Apple and Amazon
    New York Times

    Google’s long-awaited tablet might finally be on the way to becoming a reality. For at least two years, there have been reports that the search giant was working on something that could compete with Apple’s iPad. A Google employee briefed on the project now says it will be out later this year. The employee declined to be named because the product has not been announced.

    Rumors about the tablet first landed this month in a report by DigiTimes, which said a device with a 7-inch screen would be manufactured by Taiwan-based Asustek Computer. The Wall Street Journal, in a subsequent report, said Google would be marketing tablets directly to consumers through an online store. A Google spokesman declined to comment.


    MobileDemand X Tablet PC being used to control a Robot for Disney

    How cool is this?.........

    MobileDemand Tablet PC Robot for Disney

    It is a high dynamic range (HDR) camera that uses light sensors to calibrate the lighting of a movie set for computer generated graphics. This one here was used by Disney.

    Mobile Demand Rugged Tablet PC


    Rugged Tablet PC Survives Laundromat Dryer

    You have to see this to believe it!




















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