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October 1 , 2012

HP touts 'true' business tablet: HP ElitePad 900
ZDNet

Summary: HP unveils a new 10-inch Windows 8 Tablet, aimed at the enterprise and business.  The New HP Elite Pad 900 is scheduled to go on sale in January 2013.

HP ElitePad 900 Tablet

HP announced today its second Windows 8-powered tablet, the HP ElitePad 900, first seen during mysterious advertisements played at the Olympics that suggested an even newer tablet was on the way. 

The announcement of the ElitePad 900 comes a few days after the firm's strategy to "aggressively attack" the smartphone and tablet market was dubbed "risky" by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. 

It also comes less than a month since the PC maker showed off its new Windows 8-powered 'all-on-one' PCs, ranging from touch and non-touch devices that mimicked much of the design qualities of Apple's iMac and technologies, including keyboard and trackpad.

The new tablet, running Microsoft's next-generation operating system, set for launch later this month, includes a 10-inch screen that offers enterprise-grade features and functionality.

Designed for business and government users in mind, HP says, the device includes:

  • A 10-inch screen featuring Gorilla Glass 2, running at a 1280x800 (16:10 ratio) resolution;
  • Intel Atom (x86) processor (though details are yet to be released);
  • 2GB RAM, with 32GB or 64GB solid-state storage;
  • A slimline and lightweight chassis, weighing 1.5 pounds at 9.2 millimeters thin;
  • An ultra-slim battery for around eight-hours run time, with additional battery functionality;
  • Enterprise features, including enhanced security and drive encryption;
  • 1080p front-facing camera; 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash;
  • SIM-slot for always-on connectivity and remote geographic policy management;
  • Military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust and temperature extremes.

The device comes with a bevy of new accessories turning the device into a "total enterprise solution," which naturally must be bought separately.

The HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket features an integrated keyboard and connectivity ports, similar to that of Microsoft's Surface tablet sleeve; the HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket that dons an extended battery when connected and other USB and HDMI connectivity options; and the HP ElitePad Docking Station which can be used as a secondary screen for multitasking.

Also on offer is the HP ElitePad Rugged Case for military-grade protection against bumps, knocks and the like, and the HP Executive Tablet Pen acts as the device's stylus.

The device will go on sale in January 2013.

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BSNL And WishTel To Launch The Next Generation Triple Play Tablet PC -IRA ICON
Tech Gadgets Web

Summary: Wishtel is getting ready to announce a new 7 inch Android Tablet, named IRA ICON.  Features include 1.2 Ghz Processor, 1GB RAM and between 4 & 5 hours of battery life.

WishTel, a leading manufacturer of Tablet PCs, Netbooks and mobility solutions in association with IRA ICON TabletIndia’s largest PSU Telco operator BSNL will be announcing the launch of a latest ultra-mobile and durable tablet PC, the IRA ICON, on October 1, celebrated as BSNL Day. WishTel’s latest generation of the ICON-series of tablet PCs delivers optimized experience in Voice (using 3G GSM and VOIP Technologies), Video (using 3G video conferencing and Mobile TV applications) and Data providing an enhanced experience in mobility, durability and connectivity that mobile professionals require across key vertical markets.
The Triple Play 7inch Tablet PC, IRA ICON is a 800X480 pixel full angle TFT LCD capacitive multi-touch screen that runs on Android 4.0 with 1.2 GHz processor and a non-standard 1GB of RAM. It is powered by built in 3G Sim Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The IRA ICON supports calling features 3G, Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity and also comes with built-in stereo speakers and

Salient features of the IRA ICON are as follows:

• Screen Type: 7” TFT (LCD), Multi Touch Capacitive
• Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich)
• Processor & Ram: 1.2 Ghz Processor & 1GB RAM
• Memory: 4GB internal memory and expandable upto 32GB
• Battery: 4000 mAh, 4- 5 hrs Usage
• Ports / Sockets: USB Mini / Micro SD Card Slot / Mini HDMI / 3.5MM Earphone / Mic Port
• Camera Mode: 2.0 MP rear-end camera and 0.3MP front Camera
• Gravity Sensor: 4 Dimensional gravity sensor
• Connectivity: Inbuilt 3G Sim support, Bluetooth, WiFi
• HD Ready: Capable of accepting and displaying a high quality content at 1080p using a component video or digital input as well as HDMI output.
• Music Player: mp3, wav, wma, aac , AAC+, ac3, real audio
• Video Player : mp4, AVI, mkv, mov, 3GP, additional 3D convertor
• Gaming: Play all latest games like angry birds, temple run
• Colours:- Black & Metal
• Document Formats: DOC/XLS/PPT/PDF/TXT/HTML
• Applications: Internet Browser, MSM, Open Office, Media Player, e-Book Reader, Skype, Photo Viewer, Games , Gtalk, Google play
• WishTel Applications: WishLearning, WishStudio, WishTV, WishNews, WishGames, and WishLibrary

 

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Microsoft Surface Tablet Specs and Features Should Drive Device's Sales Upon release
Eastern Morning Herald

Summary: Analysts believe that Microsoft Surface will drive sales because of Windows 8.

Most analysts believe that the Surface would be competitive largely because of Windows 8, Microsoft’s Microsoft Surface tabletnewest operating system (OS) for desktops and tablet computers. Rarely did these analysts try to compare screen sizes or resolution or try to get too “geeky” as far as which tablet is capable of doing this or that.

It is as simple as Windows 8, and the fact that personal computer (PC) or desktop sales aren’t getting better could allow Microsoft to hedge its bets more on the Surface than any other device. This is especially possible if you consider how tablet computers and other consumer electronics devices have successfully challenged the PC in terms of market penetration.

According to Microsoft Chief Executive Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft would ideally be a “devices and services” company in about five to ten years from now. That’s a bold prediction from the venerable executive, but if there is anybody who can do it, it’s Microsoft.

And the Surface should play a vital part in making Microsoft become more visible as a manufacturer of quality hardware.

 

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October 2 , 2012

Windows 8 Ultrabooks: The First Wave
Redmond Channel Partner

Summary:  An excellent overview of seven of the best new windows 8, touch enabled, ultrabook's from HP, Toshiba, Sony, Acer, Samsung and Asus coming in October.

With Windows 8 comes a new category of hardware -- touch-capable Ultrabook's. While most models are under wraps until the OS launch, a few vendors including HP, Dell and Acer have made their designs public.

Most of the buzz surrounding Windows 8 involves tablets. The touch-first approach of the OS is widely viewed as a response to the success of the Apple iPad. However, there's another class of device that Windows 8 will enable that so far has gotten less attention than the Microsoft Surface, Dell XPS 10 or ASUS Vivo Tab RT: the touch-capable Ultrabook.

Some of the Microsoft OEM partners are sharing in Microsoft's touch-everywhere bet, especially with new lines of Ultrabooks. Intel Corp. President and CEO Paul Otellini said in July that more than 40 touch-enabled Windows 8-based Ultrabooks were in the pipeline. Non-touch Ultrabooks still outnumber even touch-enabled, though. Otellini said there were more than 140 Ivy-Bridge-based Ultrabook designs on tap.

What follows are seven of the more interesting touch-enabled Ultrabooks made public so far.

Toshiba Satellite U925t Ultrabook Convertible

Talking to investors over the summer, Intel's Otellini said about a dozen of the forthcoming Ultrabooks Toshiba Satellite U925t Ultrabook Convertiblewere going to be convertibles, which can be used as laptops or folded into tablets. Two of the early Windows 8 models fit that category.

The Toshiba Satellite U925t has a sliding hinge. According to Toshiba's Aug. 30 announcement, "From tablet mode, users can slide the display back and tilt it up to reveal an LED backlit raised tile keyboard and Synaptics ClickPad with Windows 8 gesture support and use the device like a traditional Ultrabook."

The device is 0.8 inches thick, weighs 3.2 pounds and has a 12.5-inch diagonal HD touchscreen made of Gorilla Glass. Other features include a 3D accelerometer, a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis magnetometer, GPS and near-field communication.

 

read the full storey here

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Apple iPad Mini Oct. 17 event imminent? Rumors resurface
CBS News

Summary:  As the launch of the iPad mini is getting closer the rumors are getting louder...

Apple may be sending out an invitation for an iPad Mini invitation next week, a recent report says.Black and white iPads

According to Fortune, a "major Apple investor" reports that Apple will send an invitation out on Oct. 10 for an Oct. 17 event, where the tech giant may announce a 7.85-inch iPad Mini.

Of course, these rumors will have to be taken with a grain of salt. Apple iPad Mini rumors have been circulating since before the last iPad was announced, but so far nothing has been confirmed.

In August, AllThingsD reported that "several sources" said that Apple would announce the iPad Mini in October. Several rumors prior suggested that the smaller tablet would be announced with the iPhone 5, which was announced on Sept. 12.

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October 3 , 2012

TabletKiosk takes the wraps of of the eo a7400 Business Ultra-Mobile Tablet PC

TabletKiosk has just unveiled their newest Business Ultra-Mobile Tablet PC, the eo a7400.   The The eo™ a7400 Ultra-Mobile Tablet PC is seven inch Tablet PC packed wit features including multi touch input, 2.0GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 3650, Intel® HD Audio, Mini USB 2.0 port, Built-in SD/SDHC/MMC/xMMC media card reader, front and rear facing cameras, G-Sensor for auto screen rotation, user-programmable function buttons, Built-in VESA compatible mounting capability, enhanced data security and full desktop compatibility users software programs.  The eo a7400 will be available available with Windows® Professional or Linux Operating Systems at the end of October 2012. 

TabletKiosk eo a7400 Ultra-Mobile Tablet PC

More information and the full Press Release

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Lenovo opens first US manufacturing plant for PCs, tablets
PC Advisor

Summary: Lenovo will soon be manufacturing its new Thinkpad products including the Tablet 2, along with other tablets, Pc all-in-one and and laptops in the USA.  The new Lenovo factory is being build in North Lenovo Thinkpad 2 TabletCarolina and is expected to open in early 2013.

Lenovo on Tuesday said it will open its first computer manufacturing plant in the U.S., where it will make laptops, PCs and tablets sold under its Think brand

Lenovo will open the factory early next year in Whitsett, North Carolina, where it said it will create about 115 manufacturing jobs. It will be Lenovo's first factory in the U.S., supplementing plants in Mexico, Brazil and its home base of China.

The factory will make newer products including its ThinkPad Tablet 2 and its ThinkCentre M92p Tiny desktop, the company said. It won't be making the first wave of Tablet 2's, however, which are expected to go on sale later this month.

Lenovo was the world's second largest PC maker behind Hewlett-Packard at the end of the second quarter, but is growing at a fast rate and quickly closing in on the top spot.

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October 4 , 2012

Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet ships this month with a cradle and keyboard included, starts at $800
engadget.com

Summary: Acers new 11.6 inch Windows 8 Tablet, the Iconia W700, will come in three configurations, and Acer claims it will get up to 8 hours of battery life.  The Iconia W700 Tablets are expected to ship the end of October.   MSRP will start at $799.00 with a cradle and keyboard included

Acer was one of many companies to preview its Windows 8 devices at Computex this summer, showingAcer Iconia W700  Tablet PC off its Iconia W700 tablet along with the W510. As the release date for Microsoft's much-anticipated OS draws near, Acer is announcing the slate once again, this time with full pricing and availability. 

To jog your memory, the Iconia W700 is an 11.6-inch slate with a Core i3 or Core i5 Ivy Bridge chip under the hood. As we've come to expect from Iconia devices, the W700 boasts an IPS display, and this particular panel has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. There's a 1-megapixel, 720p front-facing shooter, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture sits on the back. The tablet comes with a cradle that sports three USB 3.0 ports and lets you dock the device in either landscape or portrait mode. A Bluetooth keyboard, which comes already already paired with the tablet, is included in the box, along with an HDMI-to-VGA dongle.

Acer says the tablet is good for up to eight hours of usage. The W700 will be available in three configuration options, all of which will go on sale October 26th. For $800, you get a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and an 64GB SSD. Stepping up to $900 gets you a Core i5 CPU and the same RAM and memory options, while the $1,000 model includes a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

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iPad Mini: 10 Ways It Will Change the Tablet Market
eWeek

Summary: The iPad mini proves that 7 inch slate style tablets have a place of their own and are here here to stay.  As exciting as this will be for Apple and their bottom line, it could have serious consequences for competitors in the 7 inch market, as the iPad mini is highly likely to become the 7 inch tablet of choice very quickly.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s iPad Mini is reportedly in production right now, meaning it might launch in the Analyst of business tabletsnext month or so. When it does, expect it to dramatically alter the look of today’s tablet market.

Apple’s iPad Mini is right around the corner, according to the latest reports out of China. In fact, some reports suggest that Apple’s new tablet is in production right now in preparation for an October or early November launch. The device, according to reports, will come with a 7.85-inch display and be priced far more affordably than its predecessor, Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad.

Take a look at what those changes might be and how every company and prospective tablet buyer will be affected:

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Hands On: Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 Tablet
PC Magazine

Summary: PC Magazine got their hands on a pre production Acer Iconia W700-6465 tablet and are touting it as a "look into the future of computing."   Their preview of the The Acer W700, which is  a Windows 8 Tablet PC with a touch screen.  PCMAG will put the tablet through its paces when a production unit is available, but for now it's looking like a Tablet PC worth considering.

The Acer Iconia W700-6465 is essentially a slab tablet, similar in philosophy to the Apple iPad $499.00 at Apple Store and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It follows the standard modern design ID: large Gorilla Acer Iconia W700-6465 TabletGlass screen, aluminum sides and back panel, controls on the side edges. If you orient the tablet with the Acer logo right side up, it has a hard button below the screen to bring up the Charms menu, with similar functions as the Windows Start key on a regular keyboard. The right side of the unit has the power button, volume +/- rocker switch, and headphone jack. There is an issue with the power button being so close to the volume control: it put the system to sleep several times when we wanted to turn the volume up. There's a USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI, and AC adapter port on the left, and an orientation lock switch on the top. The bottom of the unit houses the tablet's stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater optimization. Turned up all the way, the volume is loud enough for a small group (3-5 people) to listen to the soundtrack from a movie or TV show.

It remains to be seen if the full production Acer Iconia W700-6465 passes our tests with flying colors, but the tablet seems almost ready for primetime. The Windows 8 user interface is less cluttered than the traditional Windows 7 desktop, and compatibility with previous x86 programs is a distinct plus over WinRT or any competing tablet operating system. Stay tuned to pcmag.com over the coming weeks until the Oct. 26 Windows 8 launch date.

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October 5 , 2012

Gallery: Seventeen Supersized Windows 8 And Android Tablets
Forbes

Summary: As Apple prepares to go smaller with a 7 inch ipad,  the rest of the Tablet OEM's are going bigger and better.    Although I've never heard the term ‘laptablet" used by anyone manufacturer or anyone else for that mater,  I'm happy to report that the convertible Tablet PC's are making a comeback with Windows 8.

As Apple apparently prepares to go small with the iPad Mini, every other tablet maker is going large, Dell Duo Tablet PCbringing out tablets that dwarf the 9.7-inch iPad. All can render web sites, maps and business dashboards gorgeously, without taxing the arm strength of the user (well, in most cases).

Not only are tablet makers going big, but they are also bringing back the convertible tablet-laptop, but under a new name, ‘laptablet’. They hope that technical and weightsaving advances in touchscreens, chips and batteries, along with Windows 8′s mobile-oriented overhaul will finally attract customers – especially enterprises overwhelmed by the iOS-led BYOD invasion.

Here are 17 of the most interesting tablets available today.

 

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Get Ready for Windows 8!
PC Magazine

Summary: Decisions, decisions, decisions...  Windows 8 will offer Tablet users a multitude of choices, this article from PC magazine outlines many of the options and choices comsumers,ers will have to chose from.

For most people, Windows 8 will add benefits like a whole new class of simple, clean, informational appsWindows 8 tablet. It also means much faster startup times, better multi-monitor support, and improved file transfer and task manager dialogs. The startup speed improvement alone will make the upgrade worthwhile for me. And the upgrade pricing is far less onerous than previous Windows upgrades: any Windows user all the way back to XP can upgrade for just $39.99, and purchasers of recent Windows 7 PCs will only pay $14.99 for the upgrade.

Let's say you're one of the intrepid few who want to give the newest Windows upgrade a go. There are a few decisions you need to make before taking the plunge, and some prep work that will help smooth your transition to the new operating system. So here are my suggestions of what you need to do to get ready for Windows 8.

You'll find ample choice in tablets from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, ZTE, and even Microsoft itself, with the Surface. And I'm afraid your decisions don't end there: If you do choose the tablet route, you'll need to make one further decision: Do you want one with a traditional x86 CPU or a so-called "Windows RT" machine, which runs a mobile ARM-based processor like Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 and Nvidia's Tegra 3?

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October 8 , 2012

Razer to build Project Fiona PC gaming tablet
The Tech Report

Summary: With a little help from the tablet and gaming communities, Razer's project Fiona is going to become a reality.  On their facebook page Razer announced that they will be sharing high level concepts and are open to suggestions..  I wonder how diff rent the Tablet space would be If more manufactures were open to suggestions and heard what the public was asking for in a tablet...

Razer has unveiled portable gaming concept systems at the last couple of Consumer Electronics Shows.Razer Fiona gaming tablet Two years ago, it was a netbook-like device called the Switchblade. Last year, it was a PC-based tablet with dual analog sticks dubbed Project Fiona. The Switchblade was never put into production (although parts of it did show up in Razer's larger Blade notebook), but Project Fiona has been given the green light.

A couple of Facebook posts by Razer CEO and Creative Director Min-Liang Tan reveal that Project Fiona will come to market with a little help from the community. Razer will be sharing "high-level concepts" and soliciting suggestions on some design decisions. The firm appears open to input on features, specifications, and pricing. The underlying operating system has been decided, though. Neowin confirmed with Tan that Project Fiona will run Windows 8.

Envisioned as a PC gaming tablet from the beginning, Project Fiona should be considerably more powerful than the Wikipad. The concept we saw was running a Core i7 CPU, and it seems likely Razer will offer at least enough horsepower to play blockbuster games with decent graphical settings. If Razer wants my opinion, it should offer a display resolution of at least 1080p, plus a docking system that supports both dual analog sticks and a Transformer-style keyboard—not necessarily at the same time. If Razer goes through the trouble of creating a PC gaming tablet, it would be nice if FPS, RTS, and MMO players had the option of using a keyboard and mouse instead of gamepad controls.

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Apple orders more than 10 million iPad mini units, report says
Los Angeles Times

Summary: Even though Apples had made no formal announcement and the invites for the press conference announcing the new iPad mini have not been sent out,  everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the LA Times, has jumped on the rumor that Apple has ordered more than 10 million iPad mini's to be ready for the upcoming holiday season.   The iPad Mini Tablet just my be the worst kept secret in Apple history.

Apple has yet to unveil the iPad mini, but already, a report says exactly how many will be available in Apple iPad Mini Tablettime for the holidays.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Cupertino tech company has ordered more than 10 million units be produced for the upcoming shopping season. The report cites unnamed Apple suppliers as its sources.

If Apple has indeed ordered that many units, it would be roughly more than twice the amount of Kindle Fire tablets that Amazon.com ordered for the same time period, according to the report.

PHOTOS: iPad mini rumor roundup

The rumored iPad mini is expected to be announced later this month. A report last week said invites for an announcement event are expected to go out Wednesday.

The iPad mini is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen and have a coated aluminum backing. The rumored tablet is expected to more closely resemble the iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch than the existing 9.7-inch iPad.

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Can the Nook Compete in the Tablet Wars?
CNBC.com

Summary:  Barnes & Noble is has joined forces with Target and Wal-Mart to bring its HD Nook Tablets to more people.  Thought the bulk of the attention may be directed on the iPad & Kindle, there is room for additional tablets in the space and the new Barnes & Noble HD nook tablets which are geared towards readers & family's can compete in price. 

There’s room in the tablet market for more than just one device, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch told Barnes & Noble HD NookCNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Monday.

With much of the attention focused on the Apple iPad or Amazon Kindle, the CEO said “this notion that there’s going to be one winner in tablets is not correct.”

Barnes & Noble’s Nook is going after the reader and family segments, Lynch said and unlike Amazon, the company has partnered with Target and Wal-Mart to expand its distribution reach beyond the Barnes & Noble stores.

The Nook is also able to compete on price, with the basic Nook HD selling for $199. “We’re aggressively pricing out of the gate,” Lynch said, adding that depending on what competitors do, they’re willing to compete on price since Nook uses are heavy purchasers of online content.

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October 8 , 2012

Razer to build Project Fiona PC gaming tablet
The Tech Report

Summary: With a little help from the tablet and gaming communities, Razer's project Fiona is going to become a reality.  On their facebook page Razer announced that they will be sharing high level concepts and are open to suggestions..  I wonder how diff rent the Tablet space would be If more manufactures were open to suggestions and heard what the public was asking for in a tablet...

Razer has unveiled portable gaming concept systems at the last couple of Consumer Electronics Shows.Razer Fiona gaming tablet Two years ago, it was a netbook-like device called the Switchblade. Last year, it was a PC-based tablet with dual analog sticks dubbed Project Fiona. The Switchblade was never put into production (although parts of it did show up in Razer's larger Blade notebook), but Project Fiona has been given the green light.

A couple of Facebook posts by Razer CEO and Creative Director Min-Liang Tan reveal that Project Fiona will come to market with a little help from the community. Razer will be sharing "high-level concepts" and soliciting suggestions on some design decisions. The firm appears open to input on features, specifications, and pricing. The underlying operating system has been decided, though. Neowin confirmed with Tan that Project Fiona will run Windows 8.

Envisioned as a PC gaming tablet from the beginning, Project Fiona should be considerably more powerful than the Wikipad. The concept we saw was running a Core i7 CPU, and it seems likely Razer will offer at least enough horsepower to play blockbuster games with decent graphical settings. If Razer wants my opinion, it should offer a display resolution of at least 1080p, plus a docking system that supports both dual analog sticks and a Transformer-style keyboard—not necessarily at the same time. If Razer goes through the trouble of creating a PC gaming tablet, it would be nice if FPS, RTS, and MMO players had the option of using a keyboard and mouse instead of gamepad controls.

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Apple orders more than 10 million iPad mini units, report says
Los Angeles Times

Summary: Even though Apples had made no formal announcement and the invites for the press conference announcing the new iPad mini have not been sent out,  everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the LA Times, has jumped on the rumor that Apple has ordered more than 10 million iPad mini's to be ready for the upcoming holiday season.   The iPad Mini Tablet just my be the worst kept secret in Apple history.

Apple has yet to unveil the iPad mini, but already, a report says exactly how many will be available in Apple iPad Mini Tablettime for the holidays.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Cupertino tech company has ordered more than 10 million units be produced for the upcoming shopping season. The report cites unnamed Apple suppliers as its sources.

If Apple has indeed ordered that many units, it would be roughly more than twice the amount of Kindle Fire tablets that Amazon.com ordered for the same time period, according to the report.

PHOTOS: iPad mini rumor roundup

The rumored iPad mini is expected to be announced later this month. A report last week said invites for an announcement event are expected to go out Wednesday.

The iPad mini is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen and have a coated aluminum backing. The rumored tablet is expected to more closely resemble the iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch than the existing 9.7-inch iPad.

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Can the Nook Compete in the Tablet Wars?
CNBC.com

Summary:  Barnes & Noble is has joined forces with Target and Wal-Mart to bring its HD Nook Tablets to more people.  Thought the bulk of the attention may be directed on the iPad & Kindle, there is room for additional tablets in the space and the new Barnes & Noble HD nook tablets which are geared towards readers & family's can compete in price. 

There’s room in the tablet market for more than just one device, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch told Barnes & Noble HD NookCNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Monday.

With much of the attention focused on the Apple iPad or Amazon Kindle, the CEO said “this notion that there’s going to be one winner in tablets is not correct.”

Barnes & Noble’s Nook is going after the reader and family segments, Lynch said and unlike Amazon, the company has partnered with Target and Wal-Mart to expand its distribution reach beyond the Barnes & Noble stores.

The Nook is also able to compete on price, with the basic Nook HD selling for $199. “We’re aggressively pricing out of the gate,” Lynch said, adding that depending on what competitors do, they’re willing to compete on price since Nook uses are heavy purchasers of online content.

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October 9 , 2012

Windows 8 Tablets: 10 Reasons To Buy Them When They Hit The Market
eWeek

Summary: Excitement continues to grow around Windows 8 and Eweek has a list of 10 reasons why you should buy a windows 8 tablet when they become available.  While there are many reasons to Acer Intel Tabletpurchase a Windows 8 tablet, on of the top reasons is software compatibility.  With Windows 8 inside, you can use all of the productivity app's that you are currently using and that don't run on an iPad.

NEWS ANALYSIS:Windows 8 is a major upgrade with many new and improved features. But will it run well on a tablet? You can bet on it.

Windows 8 is slated to launch on Oct. 26. Microsoft is calling the operating system a major upgrade over Windows 7 and so far, everyone who has used the software has arrived at the same conclusion. From its new design to its improved security, Windows 8 will likely be the software that determines Microsoft’s success and prosperity over the next few years.

A key component in the operating system’s success or failure will be tablets. For the past several years tablets have been rising in popularity among consumers and enterprise users. However, Microsoft Windows has fallen by the wayside in that mobile market. With Windows 8, Microsoft hopes to change that and finally cement itself as a competitor to Apple’s iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Of course, doing so will be a challenge, to say the least. But so far, it appears that Windows 8 tablets will have what it takes to be successful. From a full-fledged operating system to neat designs, the Windows 8 tablets coming out in the next several months will be worth any customer’s hard-earned cash.

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Apple iPad vs Windows 8 tablets: main differences of features
Northern Voices Online

Summary: An iPad is fine for playing games, surfing the web or checking your email, but the new Windows 8 tablets will allow both business users and consumers to get there work done and play games, surf the web and check email.  Since Windows 8 allows users to use microsoft office and runs flash users can do everything on a Windows 8 tablet.

While the iPad is not meant as a laptop replacement – it is too small for that – the Windows tablets clearly are. They usually pack more generous screen sizes than the 9.7 inch found on iPad. While the actual size will differ from OEM to OEM, the Surface from Microsoft could be taken as something of a guide.

The Surface comes with a 10.6 inch screen. Other announced tablet pack even larger screens. Suffice it to say, the Windows tablets see themselves as ultrabook competitors, rather than consumer devices. (Although, with the introduction of two different Surfaces RT, and Pro, Microsoft signaled that it was not going to leave the consumer space to Apple and Google).

The iPad on the other hand is an unabashedly consumer gadget. It is for reading, surfing, playing games, for watching video, but not for productivity. It does not have enough storage, does not have a powerful processor, and using the onboard keyboard is a drag.

But Windows tablets usually come with attachable keyboard. The Surface introduced not one but 2 different keyboards, a Touch keyboard and a Type keyboard. Apple has not introduced any approved keyboard, although options exist in the market.

As far as quality of hardware is concerned, Microsoft seems to have realized early on that it needs to maintain a tight control over the quality or unremarkable hardware will sink its hope for the future, the Windows 8 platform.

 

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October 10 , 2012

Microsoft's Ballmer teases more hardware: “Fundamental shift” underway
SlashGear

Summary: In this years letter to share holders Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made it clear that Microsoft is indeed shifting its focus from being strictly a software company to a company that builds hardware for specific projects.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has heaped extra emphasis on the company offering hardware rather than Steve Ballmer with Surface Tabletjust software, describing “a fundamental shift” that could pave the way for more own-brand gadgets like Surface. Writing in a letter to shareholders, Ballmer suggested that “there will be times when we build specific devices for specific purposes” and portraying Microsoft “as a devices and services company.” The comments are unlikely to deter increasing rumors that Microsoft plans to launch more Windows 8 hardware of its own, and potentially a Windows Phone 8 range.

Microsoft surprised its OEM partners with the unveil of Surface earlier this year, a pair of tablets – one running Windows RT, the other Windows 8 and adding in extra digital pen functionality – described as delivering the company’s vision for what a Windows slate should be. Although publicly welcomed as a vote of confidence in the platform, manufacturers are believed to have privately resented Microsoft stepping into their territory, particularly with the minimal notice the company gave about Surface’s launch.

“There will be times when we build specific devices for specific purposes, as we have chosen to do with Xbox and the recently announced Microsoft Surface” the CEO points out. “In all our work with partners and on our own devices, we will focus relentlessly on delivering delightful, seamless experiences across hardware, software and services. This means as we, with our partners, develop new Windows devices we’ll build in services people want.”

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Sony Vaio Duo 11 Windows 8 Tablet-PC starts to build up the hype as release date nears
The Droid Guy

Summary: Sony's foray into the Windows 8 tablet Market includes the New Vaio Duo Tablet PC, that features an 11 inch full HD resolution screen, a stylus and a touch pad.  I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

Sony Vaio Duo 11, a Windows 8-powered tablet-laptop hybrid, is now starting to build up popularity as it nears its release date this month. While the Japanese manufacturer didn’t provide specific date as to Sony Vaio Duo 11 Windows 8 Tablet-PCwhen the shipment starts, it is expected to be in the last week of October as Windows 8 is slated for October 26th debut.

Unlike Asus’ Transformer devices with detachable keyboard dock, Sony Vaio Duo 11 is a full-blown tablet and laptop at the same time; its keyboard is fixed to its screen. Users can easily convert it from being a tablet to a netbook and vice versa by simply sliding in or out its keyboard.

If there is one thing Sony is so proud about this device, it would the 11.6-inch display that features full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). While its keyboard does not have a trackpad, Sony has given it a digitizer stylus pen with changeable tips in lieu of a mouse when it’s used as a netbook. But the thing is that this device doesn’t really need any pointing device because it has a touch screen.

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October 11 , 2012

Lenovo hopes to reach US customers faster with 'Made in USA' computers
PCWorld

Summary: Lenovo has high hopes that manufacturing in new tablets and computers in the United Lenovo Hybrid tablet pcstates will be a big draw to consumers.  Many strive to only buy products made in the USA, being able to purchase top quality Tablets and computers Made in the USA is fabulous news.

Lenovo hopes that computers made in its first U.S. manufacturing facility will attract more buyers, while also making the delivery of ThinkPad laptops and tablets faster to U.S. customers.

The company, which is based in China, earlier this month announced it would open a factory to make computers in Whitsett, North Carolina—its first such facility in the U.S. Lenovo said the factory would create about 115 manufacturing jobs and a spokesman later added that the company may expand the facility in the future, which could create more jobs.

Manufacturing in the U.S. will help Lenovo get its products to customers more quickly, said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of the product group at Lenovo, in an interview at a company event in New York this week.

The company will manufacture ThinkPad laptops and tablets starting early next year, and with the new factory, Lenovo hopes computers could reach customers within a week, or in some cases, overnight. But initial supplies of products like the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will become available in October, will not be made in the U.S. factory.

Lenovo earlier this week launched a range of hybrid devices that function as both a PC and a tablet. The devices are based on Windows 8 and RT operating systems, which will ship in computers later this month.

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Lenovo's New Hybrid Computers Fold Every Which Way
PC Magazine

Summary: Lenovo continues to impress the tech world with the announcements for there new hybrid  Lenovo SVP Peter Hortensius and the IdeaPad Yoga tablettablets.  The Lenovo Yoga which people have been buzzing about since CES wail; be available in two sizes.  The 13.3-inch IdeaPad Yoga 13 running the Intel Ivy Bridge chipset and the 11.6 inch IdeaPad Yoga running Windows RT with an  quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip.

What impressed me the most at Lenovo's rollout of its new hybrid machines—which can act as either Windows tablets or notebooks—is the diversity of the designs. Since CES in January and Computex in June, we've seen lots of different concepts for what a hybrid tablet/notebook could look like. Still, I was a bit surprised to see a single company planning to ship three completely different concepts (in a total of five hybrids, four of which were announced last night) in a bid to cover all the bases.  

The most innovative is the Yoga concept, first shown at CES, which features an innovative hinge that swings the screen around 360 degrees. It can be used in four different forms: a conventional laptop; a tablet; a "stand," where the screen is standing up on a base; or a "tent," where the machine is flipped over essentially providing a different kind of stand. These look to be high-end, consumer-oriented machines, providing a great deal of flexibility. This is certainly the most innovative of designs. The open question is whether consumers will adjust to carrying a tablet that has a keyboard on the back. To me, it actually doesn't feel uncomfortable to carry, but it is certainly unusual. 

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October 12 , 2012

Windows 8 PC and tablet pre-orders begin
PCWorld

Summary: THe wait is over, those of you who are chomping at the bit for a Windows 8 Tablet or computerWindows 8 Tablets Now Available for Pre order are now able to place pre orders from many retailers including Best Buy, Dell, Staples, and many others including Home Shopping Network  and more.

Windows 8 PC sales start Friday with major online retailers including Best Buy, Dell, Staples, Tiger Direct, and yes, the Home Shopping Network taking pre-orders for Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Some retailers are promising free shipping and delivery on October 26, also known as Windows 8 launch day. It's not clear if Microsoft is allowing select partners to offer Windows 8 PCs on Friday or if all computer resellers will start to roll out Windows 8 pre-orders in the coming days. Major online store fronts such as Amazon and Walmart were not yet offering Windows 8 devices at the time of this writing.

If you want to be one of the first on your block with a PC built for Windows 8, here's a quick look at some of the highlights offered online.

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Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet With Windows 8 Now Available For Pre-Order
Forbes

Summary: Dell has begun taking pre-orders for their Windows 8 tablets and computers including Dell windows 8 Tablet pc & computers the XPS 12 Tablet PC, the XPS One 27 All-In-One Desktop and the XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell is poised to launch a trio of touch-based laptops, tablets and All-In-One desktops with Microsoft‘s Windows 8 operating system, and the company is now taking pre-orders in the United States.

Windows 8 opens the door to some creative innovations and design in the hardware space, and Dell’s XPS 12 was high on my priority list when they debuted it at IFA earlier this year. It’s an ultrabook which boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 12-inch screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and converts rather elegantly into a fully-functional tablet by way of its hinge design. In a world rapidly adopting the “bring your own device” mentality, I love that this system highlights the marriage of PC and tablet made possible by Windows 8.

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October 15 , 2012

iPad Mini configurations and prices reportedly revealed
CNET

Summary:  Even though it has yet to be announced by Apple, MobileGeeks has what appears to be a leaked screen shot from a German retailer, showing the ipad mini will be available in at least sixteen different configurations.

Apple has not yet even Ipad Min 16 acknowledged the existence of the iPad Mini, but pricing and configuration information for the much-rumored tablet is allegedly already appearing in the inventory system of a consumer electronics giant.

The iPad Mini will come in 16 different memory and wireless configurations, according to an inventory system screenshot obtained by MobileGeeks. The screen capture allegedly comes from the internal inventory system of Media Market, Europe's largest electronics retailer

The page -- in German -- lists pricing for various configurations in euros, presumably with Europe's 19 percent value-added tax already factored into the price. Prices will start at 249 euros ($322) for a Wi-Fi-only 8GB iPad Mini, with other memory configurations of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB also available. The high-end 64GB cellular version is listed at about $650, presumably with 4G LTE capability.

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Statistics Show Tablet Computing is replacing PCs
Midsize Insider

Summary: The day has come where both consumers and mobile business users prefer the convenience of a Tablet PC over a traditional PC.   With the release of Windows 8 and new versions of Microsoft Office.  THe fact is a tablet that you can run all of your everyday productivity applications allows users to get their jobs done from anywhere they happen to be.

The personal computer has had a good run that may be coming to an end. For the first time since 2001, PC shipments declined, and they were down substantially. Tablet shipments are exploding. Tablet computing is replacing desktop and laptop computing for many people who don't need complicated applications. IT departments have to adjust to this new reality.

While you can't develop software, design graphics, or run heavy business applications on a tablet, there are many jobs that don't need a lot of computing power or a desk. Salespeople visiting clients can call up a product video and hand their tablet to the customer. That was always awkward with a laptop. Tablets add that extra bit of functionality that was lacking in smartphones and that lets the mobile worker stay out of the office.

The trends in the shipments of PCs and tablets mean that some of these tablets are displacing PCs. While the release of Windows 8 may generate a bounce on the PC side, new tablet developments such as a mini iPad or a 10-inch Nexus will do the same for tablets. After many false starts, it looks like tablets have come of age and tablet computing is the new trend.

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The Windows 8 UI: How do interface and usability experts rate all the changes?
PCWorld

Summary: the new Windows 8 interface is the most drastic change to the windows operating system in over twenty years.  Windows has been designed  to use on multiple of devices not just the desktop PCWindows 8 start screen with charm bar which is slowly disappearing.  No doubt, the new touch based interface will take time for users to adjust to.  The biggest shock to consumers is likely to be that the start button is no longer located on the left corner of the task bar at the bottom of the screen.  Users, will find start button, search and control panel icons on the the new "charm's Bar"  located in a fly out on the right side of the screen.

When Windows 8 debuts on October 26, users will be confronted with the most radical changes to the look and feel of Windows in nearly 20 years. The traditional desktop has been relegated to second-class status, hidden beneath Windows 8's new touch-centric Start screen. And that’s just the first confusing surprise that awaits long-time Windows users.

Traditional point-and-click functionality on the Windows desktop will also change, to accommodate the needs of the new touch-centric interface. Once they get past the new Start screen and enter the traditional desktop interface, users will discover that the Start button is gone, and that key features such as the Control Panel and Search have moved to the new Charms bar, which pops from the right side of their display.

Microsoft is changing the design of Windows to adapt the OS to our new multidevice world. So whether you're playing Diablo III on a desktop PC, checking quarterly numbers on an Ultrabook, or reading an ebook on a tablet, Windows 8 can serve as the operating system in each hardware scenario.

It’s too early to say how people will respond to tablets running Windows 8, since the devices haven’t shipped yet, but PCWorld’s initial experiences have been positive.

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Xplore Announces $2.2 Million in Purchase Orders
4-traders

Summary: Long time manufacturer of of rugged Tablet PC's, Xplore Technology announced that have received 2.2 million dollars in in purchase orders last week.  1.1 million of the were obtained from a medical company that uses the Tablets to work on heart failure solutions.   Congratulations Xplore!

Xplore Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of award-winningXplore Technologies rugged tablet PCs, announced today that it received $2.2 million in purchase orders for the week ended October 12, 2012. Approximately $1.1 million of these purchase orders were received from a leading medical device company focused on advanced heart failure solutions, with the balance coming from a number of existing customers, such as Daimler, and partners, such as VT Miltope for the US Air Force.

"Sales of tablet computers continue to gain momentum and market share," stated Philip Sassower, Xplore's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe Xplore's improved operating results are directly linked to the tablet computer becoming the device of choice for field applications and last week's purchase orders are a further indication of this positive trend for our sector. With our market-leading family of rugged devices, we believe Xplore should be a significant beneficiary of the tablet form factor's increasing popularity."

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October 16 , 2012

The Surface Tablet is available for pre-order today
on Surface.com. Get your order in today!

Microsoft prices Wi-Fi Surface tablet below new Apple iPad
Reuters

Summary: The price for a 32GB Surface Tablet with Wi-Fi- will be $499 which is $100.00 less than the the comparable iPad.  THere are a limited number that will be available for pre-order and they will Microsoft Surface Tabletavailable for purchase directly from the Microsoft Stores on October 26th.

Microsoft Corp is setting the price of its new Surface tablet below comparable versions of Apple Inc's iPad, signaling its intent to grab a slice of the booming tablet market.

The world's largest software company, which announced its surprise foray into computer manufacturing in June, said it would sell a 32-gigabyte (GB), Wi-Fi only version of its tablet at $499, versus $599 for a comparable version of Apple's new iPad.

Microsoft's tablet, which is taller and slightly heavier than an iPad, will go on sale on Oct. 26 as the company launches the new touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system. A limited number will be available for pre-order from a Microsoft website from Tuesday morning.

The Surface, with two cameras and a USB port, will be Wi-Fi only. Microsoft has made no mention of a wireless-enabled version.

On top of the basic model, Microsoft will also offer a 32GB model bundled with a black 'Touch Cover' - that doubles as a keyboard - for $599, and a 64GB version with a black Touch Cover for $699.

That compares to $699 for a 64GB Wi-Fi only version of the new iPad.

 

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Samsung unveils Windows 8 ultrabook, tablet hybrids
CNET

Summary: Samsung will begin selling its two 11.6 inch Windows 8 RT Tablets, the Ativ Smart PC 500T $749.99 with a keyboard ($649.99 without keyboard) and the 700T will be priced at $1,199.99. Both will be available on October 26th.

Samsung has taken the wraps off a collection of Windows devices, including a Windows 8 ultrabook withSamsung 500T Windows 8 tablet a touch screen.

As part of its "Smart PC" strategy, the Korean electronics giant tonight unveiled its 13-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch Windows 8 ultrabook, which starts at $809.99 for a Core i3 and features a 1366x768 display, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive with 24 gigs of ExpressCache (high-speed SSD storage). An extra $50 gets buyers a Core i5 processor. However, at 3.83 pounds, it isn't likely to win the weight conscious.

Samsung also unveiled a pair of Windows 8 tablets with 11.6-inch displays -- the rebranded Ativ Smart PC 500T, which will retail for $749.99 with keyboard and $649.99 without keyboard and the 700T, which will sell for $1,199.99. The 500T sports an Atom Z2760, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, while the 700T features a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

Retail availability was not revealed, but the devices will presumably be available when Windows 8 is released on October 26

 

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Windows 8 Tablets: The most successful tablets ever.
ZDNet

Summary: When all is said and done Windows 8 Tablets are going to be successfully for a number of reasons including the fact that Windows has a big following, the app's that people are already using everyday will run on Windows and unlike Apple which stopped support on the the original iPad after two short years,  10 year down the road, Microsoft will still provide support for Windows 8.

Soon, you and users around the world will be able to purchase your very own Windows 8 Tablet Steve Ballmer with Surface Tabletscomputers. Though I haven't been lucky enough to review one yet, I feel as if they'll take the market by storm for one single reason alone: Windows 8. Tablets have been around for years. Windows has been around for years. Windows tablets have been around for years. So, what's so special about Windows tablets now? The answer is simply, Windows 8.

But, that's only the answer to the first part of the question. The answer to the second part of the question is, support.

Windows 8 and support. That's what's so special about Windows tablets now.

A lot of consumers will buy into Windows 8 tablets because of its more tablet-friendly interface. Large icons and a swipey interface make it easier for people to use on this hardware. Previous Windows versions were mouse-driven. This one begs for a touch screen. And, it's more user friendly than Apple's iOS. Seriously. It's Windows plus you have the intuitive interface that begs to be swiped and touched. Apple's iOS can leave people a little confused. Task switching in iOS is not intuitive.

Finally, Microsoft's support is going to be long-lived. They still support Windows XP. That means that while your (my) iPad 1 is no longer support just two short years after its release, the Windows tablet will likely be supported by Windows 9, Windows 10 and possibly beyond. Think about it. If you purchased a Windows tablet computer in 2001 (Almost exactly 11 years ago to the day), when Windows XP first hit the market, your tablet would still be supported and it's likely that you could upgrade it to Windows 7 or even Windows 8 with no issues. In fact, it might run better with Windows 8 on it. So, for my $600, I could have a device that's supported for 10+ years instead of two. That's an easy decision for me to make.

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October 17 , 2012

Here's What Microsoft's Tablet Has That Apple's iPad Doesn't
Business Insider

Summary: The big battle of the tablets is about to beginning and Microsoft Surface allows users to use Microsoft Office and for some people, my self included that makes the decision between a Microsoft Tablet and an Apple iPad a no brainier.   People who need to be productive as well as mobile do not want to carry around two computers and if you need programs like Microsoft Office or Adobe Dreamweaver than the Surface tablet is a much better choice than a iPad. For those people the best bet is to wait un till the second round of Surface Tablets which will run full versions of Windows, rather than Windows RT is available.  For the road warrior, the higher resolution of the Apple screen is a nice feature, but if you cant get your work done on it, what good is it?

Surface has some things going for it. For starters, the $499 price comes with twice as much storage as Steve Ballmer surface tabletthe entry-level iPad, 32 gigabytes vs. 16 gigabytes. Office, one of the most popular software suites around, comes preloaded. This amounts to a big bet on Microsoft's part that tablet buyers value Office so much that it will influence what tablet they buy. (Microsoft has almost certainly left hundreds of millions of dollars on the table — maybe more — by not releasing Office on iOS or Android.)

And then there's the connection to Microsoft's entertainment offerings, which millions of people have encountered through the Xbox Live service. Windows 8 tablets and PCs tap directly into that. If you're an avid Xbox user, this is as valuable as iTunes. If not, it's an entertainment tile on the desktop that doesn't do much.

So what should we take away from Microsoft's decision to charge $499 and up for Surface?

First, it's a bet on software rather than hardware. For the same money, Apple has a higher-resolution screen with better color saturation. But what Apple doesn't have is the most comprehensive productivity suite on the planet, hands down.

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Samsung announces pricing for Windows 8 PCs, offers Start button replacement as a download
ZDNet

Summary:  Samsung offering a solution to the problem before launch is an excellent marketing strategy. Samsung is offering a download for windows 8 that provides users with the start button that is not in Samsung Tablet withWindows 8 Start buttonWindows 8.  Consumers don't like major changes and not having a start button is a major change that users are not going to like.   When users first boot a Windows 8 computer they are going to be upset and confused when they cant find the start button that they are used to seeing and using.   Samsung offering a solution to the problem before launch is a brilliant move.   

While Samsung is the latest PC maker to disclose pricing for its Windows 8 system lineup, the announcement was somewhat overshadowed by the fact that the company is giving its customers access to its Start button replacement after denying it would do so.

ZDNet was first to report that the Quick Start feature that appeared on Samsung's Windows 8 PCs at the recent IFA trade show would not be available to consumers, many of whom are less than pleased that Microsoft has decided to do away with the Start button and menu in the new version of the operating system. Since then, the company must have had a change of heart, as it acknowledges that the Start button replacement will be a free downloadable app for Samsung's S Manager feature. 

Quick Start will join other utilities that attempt to bring back the old Windows Start features in one form or another, and will help differentiate Samsung computers from other Windows 8 models (though probably not in the way Microsoft would want it). Of course, the clamor over Microsoft's decision to eschew the Start button may impact how quickly people migrate to Windows 8, if they do at all.

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Google Is Planning A $99 Tablet For The Holidays
Business Insider

Summary: In the coming weeks were going to see Tablet Wars as Google goes after Amazon for the low end tablet market and Microsoft goes after Apple for the high Tablet Market.      If the Surface Tablet as good as Microsoft is claiming and consumers consumers take a shine to Windows 8, Microsoft could prove to be a challenge for Apple.

Google is trying to take the low end of the tablet computing market away from Amazon. (Apple and Microsoft, meanwhile, are fighting for the high-end.)

Apple is expected to announce a more affordable iPad Mini next week, but it won't be $99. It's likely to cost $200-$300.

If Google does launch a $99 tablet it could be part of its strategy to expand its "Nexus" line. It is reportedly going to release multiple Nexus phones, as well as Nexus tablets, and sell them all through its online Google Play store.

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October 18 , 2012

Is Windows 8 an existential threat to Android tablets?
PCWorld

Summary: With Windows 8 launching next week, consumers will have a choice other than Apple or Windows 8 threat to androisAndroid, the question at large is if Windows 8 will run android out of town, or is there room for three OS, in the tablet market.  Windows is familiar to consumers, even though many of the hardware manufacturers are selling android machines, the bulk of the android sales come from Google and Barnes and Noble. 

Nagging questions shadow the impending launch of Windows 8, threatening to scuttle Microsoft's plans to reinvent itself for the age of mobility. Will desktop users graciously accept the redesigned Modern interface? Will the Windows Store have enough apps to entice would-be Surface RT buyers? Can Windows 8 breathe life into sagging PC sales?

Microsoft's future success depends on its ability to make serious, quantifiable, no-nonsense headway in the mobile market, but it’s not the only company with a massive stake in the ultimate fate of Windows 8. The new operating system will also have a major impact on Google. Just look at the list of Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet and hybrid partners—Samsung, Asus, Toshiba, and the rest. They all make Android tablets, too.

Apple’s position in the tablet market is so dominant that it need not fear encroachment by Windows 8 devices. But most of Google’s hardware partners—especially the ones that make the larger, so-called productivity devices—need to ask themselves a tough question: Will Windows 8 obliterate consumer interest in Android tablets?

 

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October 19 , 2012

Microsoft Surface versus Apple iPad, iPad mini
WPTV

Summary: The wait is almost over and Microsoft is coming out swinging with its Surface Tablets. The first Round of Surface Tablets being sold are lighter and thinner than an iPad and will be running Microsoft Windows 8 Surface TabletWindows RT.  Similar to the iPad, the App's that will run on Windows RT can be downloaded from the Windows store.   Surface Pro Tablets that run the full version of Windows 8 are expected to be available in early 2013.

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled pricing for its Surface tablet, which will go on sale Friday.

The tablet -- Microsoft's first PC of its own design -- will start at $499 for a 32-gigabyte version, making good on Microsoft's promise in June that Surface would be priced "comparably" to other tablets on the market. The $499 price point is also the entry-level cost for the iPad, though that price will only get you 16 GB of storage on Apple's tablet.

The Surface's most innovative feature, an ultra-thin cover that flips down to become a full keyboard, will be sold for $120 and will be available in several colors, including magenta, cyan, red and white. Customers can also bundle a black version of the cover for slightly less -- the 32-GB Surface with a black cover costs a combined $599 and a 64-GB Surface with a black cover costs $699.

The lineup of Surface tablets that Microsoft is making available this week runs a scaled-down version of the newest Windows 8 operating system, called Windows RT. Those devices won't offer the full Windows experience. They will run on ARM chips, the energy-efficient microprocessors that are in 95% of the world's smartphones and tablets, which means they won't be compatible with any software that runs on Windows 7 (or earlier) desktops except for Microsoft Office.

The only apps available to it will be those on the Windows 8 app store. Though that store is growing and features many of the most popular tablet apps, it's nowhere close to the size of Apple's iTunes App Store, which features more than 250,000 dedicated iPad apps.

Microsoft said it will introduce Surface tablets in January 2013 that run the full Windows 8 operating system, which will run on Intel chips and support all desktop software. Those Surfaces will be available in 64- and 128-GB versions and will cost about the same as most ultrabooks, which typically run around $1,000.

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Acer launches 7-inch Iconia Tab A110 Android tablet to compete against iPad ...
ZDNet

Summary:  It's uncertain why Acer would chose to release the Iconia Tab110 right now.  Priced higher than the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus and with no superior features to either of them and with the IPad mini expected to be announced next week, it doesn't look good for the Tab 110 tablet.

It's probably better that Acer announced its new 7-inch Android tablet, the Iconia Tab A110, before Iconia Tab110 TabletApple's event next week -- where it's likely to introduce its iPad Mini -- though one might question why the company wants to jump into the mini-tablet market right now.

With the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus already firmly entrenched, and Apple potentially lining up to lay waste to all competitors, it's certainly a curious time to be launching the Iconia Tab A110. Acer can point out that unlike the Kindle Fire HD and also Barnes & Noble's Nook HD, the A110 will run Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android. It also comes with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a microSD card slot, which you might need because the A110 only includes 8GB of on-board storage. 

Acer may have had this mini-tablet in the pipeline for some time, and figured it'd be worth releasing it rather than throwing it on the scrap heap. But all signs point to this getting lost in the shuffle against cheaper, more highly visible competitors. Do you see any chance for the Iconia Tab A110 to be successful against the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 and iPad Mini? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

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October 22 , 2012

Summary:  With Microsoft launching Windows 8 this week, were hearing less and less about android tablets.  As the holiday's draw near, Microsoft and Apple will duke it out, but with a few exceptions from Google, Amazon, Acer and Samsung were not hearing much about Android these days.    The question that remains unanswered is if the availability of Windows Surface will kill off Android.

Don't look for Android among the heaps of shiny, new tablets headed to store shelves this holiday Acer Android Tabletseason.

Even as other tech giants such as Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon duke it out with new and noteworthy models like Surface, iPad Mini (the presumed name of Apple's still-to-be-announced tablet), and Kindle Fire HD, tablet makers are largely leaving Google's operating system out in the cold.

Windows 8 impact

In light of weak sales, it's no surprise that tablet makers are flocking to Windows 8 and Windows RT for salvation. While no one knows whether the new tablet-friendly Windows will be a hit, device makers are at least giving it a shot.

Over the last couple weeks, we've seen new hardware announcements from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony. Dell and HP have also announced tablets and should come out with pricing details soon. The collective launch of Windows 8 tablets makes for a bigger bang than Android tablets ever had.


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Everything you need to know about the iPad mini
Fox News

Summary: Tomorrow Apple will take the wraps off the long awaited "iPad Mini".  The baby brother to the iPad is expected to have an 7.85 inch non retina display.  Pricing has not been announced but it is expected to be i pad mini artist rendering higher than the $199.00 proc tag of Amazon and Goggles android tablets.

The photo to the right is an artist rendering not an official photo.

The magic number is 7.85, according to various leaks and reports. The world got its first peek at an actual display last week when wireless repair parts supplier ETrade Supply posted the first pictures of the iPad mini’s display. The LCD screen “is almost 8 inch with about 162 mm in length and 124 mm in width,” the supplier wrote on its official blog

No Retina might disappoint some but it makes sense for Apple, meaning the device will be lower cost, thinner and suck up less power. Plus since the size is smaller, the display will have a higher pixel density compared to the older iPad.

Price is the next big question, especially since Amazon and Google’s offerings start around $200, about half the price of a new iPad. It’s not Apple’s style to compete on price, however, and the company isn't shy about tacking on a healthy premium.

“We do not believe Apple needs to price as low as $199 to match Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD,” Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said. Instead, Wu believes the iPad mini will fit somewhere between the $299 iPod Touch and the $399 Wi-Fi only iPad. In other words a “a price point of $299 or $349.”

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October 23 , 2012
Apple unveils iPad mini and 4 generation iPad

The wait is over - At an even in California this morning Apples Tim Cook officially unveiled and announced their 7.9 inch iPad mini with 1024 by 768 display.  Pricing for the mini, which can be held in one hand  will begin at at $329, and will be followed with a 4g model at $459.00.  Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only iPad mini will begin on Friday October 26 and shipping will begin on November 2, 2012.   Wi-Fi an Cellular models are expected to be available the middle of November.

Prior to the iPad Mini announcement, Cook announced the "fourth-generation" iPad with a Retina Display and updated specifications including the faster AG processing chip that can deliver up to twice the graphics performance, of the previous iPad which used the A5 chip, without sacrificing battery life. The iPad 4 will also have advanced Wi-Fi that Apple claims can be up to twice as fast as Wi-Fi in the past.  Prices for iPad 4 start at $499.00  which is the same as previous models

Both the iPad mini and the iPad 4 come with new connector that Apple began using last month on the iPad 5.   

iPad min & iPad 4 pricing

 

Apples Tim Cook unveils the iPad mini

According to Cook,  "So this iPad mini is just 7.2 mm thick. That's about a quarter thinner than the fourth-generation iPad. Thinner than a pencil," CEO Tim Cook told the crowd earlier. The new product has the same resolution as the larger display 1,024 × 768, but it should look sharper thanks to the smaller screen.

"You can hold it in one hand," he said. It's not just a shrunken down iPad. It's an entirely new design." Yet the new mini will run all of the software designed for the full-size siblings, he said. The mini will start with 16GB of storage at $329; a 4G model will cost an additional $129.

 


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Apple introduced a smaller iPad, as expected, but also updated its full-sized one

Windows 8 spurs intriguing PC designs
The Seattle Times

Summary: The new Windows 8 tablets will offer consumers exciting new choices.  From old fashioned desktops to the 20 inch Sony Tab that folds flat to become a jumbo tablet and everything in between, there are fresh new design concepts that will lure consumers away from apple and into the stores to see what Windows 8 has to offer.

If you’re going to buy a new computer in the next year or two, the decision will be more complicated.

It also will be more fun, with all sorts of new models that will make you think differently about what a PC is, what it does and how it works.Sony Vaio Tap 20 inch Tablet

A catalyst for this change is the radical new design of Windows 8, which works equally well on a touch-screen tablet, a traditional laptop or an all-in-one desktop PC.

That is, if shoppers aren’t too confused by all the options they’ll face, not to mention the hurdle of learning a new operating system. The thinnest and funkiest new touch-screen computers will cost more than old-fashioned PCs, which also will come with Windows 8.

A PC tower and monitor — or a lower-end, standard laptop — may still be the cheapest options for a Windows 8 computer. The next step up will be to systems with a touch-screen display, which is especially nice with Windows 8, but not mandatory.

PC makers are building new “all-in-one” desktops around Windows 8, including designs that finally will approach the sleek case design of Apple’s iMac.

Windows 8 will bring a flood of tablets that may look similar but have big differences. Some will be full-power PCs that run most software made for Windows. Others will be iPad-like “Windows RT” models based on smartphone-type processors that run only new programs designed for the platform. The latter includes Microsoft’s own line of Surface tablets.


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LG Electronics Bets on Windows 8 Tablet-Notebook Hybrid
Wall Street Journal

Summary: LG may not have had much impact on the US computer market to date, but they are not giving up, and will be launching Windows 8 devices starting with a 11.6 inch touch screen tablet in South Korea with a MSRP of $996.  If the Tablets sell well in South Korea we may see the LG tablet in the US in the future.

With Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8-based PCs and mobile products officially hitting the market this week, South Korean consumer electronics maker showcased new products based on the system including a LG windows 8 Tablethybrid device that functions as a laptop as well as a tablet.

The 11.6-inch touch-screen device will sell for about US$996 in South Korea.  LG says it has no immediate plans to take the product outside of its home market for now as it needs to see how well they sell first domestically.

LG joins companies from Acer to Samsung in unveiling new Windows 8 devices.  Microsoft-based devices will be flooding the market just as Apple is also expected to launch a smaller tablet at an event Tuesday.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has sent out invitations where it is widely expected to unveil a new, smaller iPad. People familiar with the situation say that Apple will likely unveil a 7.85-inch tablet device, smaller than its current 9.7-inch tablet.

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October 24 , 2012

Samsung Launches Galaxy Note II & Galaxy 4G Camera - More details and review to come!

Samsung Galaxy Note-phone or tablet?

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Hands on: iPad mini review
techradar

Summary: Tech Radar attended Apples event yesterday and have a great hands first look at the new super thin and light as a pancake Apple iPad Mini.   The iPad mini which can be held in one hand offers 10 hours of battery life.  Prices for the ipad mini run from $329 -$659.00.

Getting hands-on with the iPad mini could just as easily be called a "hand-on" since it's so easy to hold one-handed, and tap with the other. The first thing you notice when you pick it up is just how thin and iPad Minilight it is. With a smooth aluminum back, you feel like you could flip it like a coin, or spin it on your palm. It's as thin as a pencil and as light as a legal-size pad of paper - both nearly insignificant feeling objects

You can grip the iPad mini with a couple of fingers on the bottom, or even stretch your hand across the back like you're holding an iPhone 5 or iPod touch. It's 5.3 inches (13.5 centimeters) wide, and feels nicely balanced at 7.87 inches (20cm) high.

It's just 0.68 pounds (308 grams), slightly heavier at 0.69 pounds (312 grams) if you opt for the cellular version. We were so tempted to just start flipping it in the air like a pancake, that's how light it feels. This makes it even better as an e-reader than the larger iPad models, since you can hold the iPad mini in one hand for much longer before feeling fatigued.

The aluminum back meets the glass front at a super-shiny, diamond-polished chamfer reminiscent of the one on the new iPhone. The white version is stunning, with a matte silver back, and the black version's charcoal aluminum back matches the black iPhone 5 perfectly.

We tested the front camera's 720p FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi to see if looked much sharper than on an iPad 2. (The front camera also takes 1.2-megapixel stills, and the rear camera takes 5-megapixel stills and records 1080p video.)

The call streamed without lag and we could even hear each other over the crowd noise, but due to the poor lighting, the image still looked grainy, not like the glamour shots Apple uses in its advertising.

Early verdict

The smaller touch targets take some getting used to on the iPad mini, although they're not any smaller than on an iPhone. What's more, $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version is significantly more than the 16GB Kindle Fire HD ($199), or 16GB Google Nexus 7 ($249).

However, the iPad mini runs native apps, has a whopping 10 hours of battery life, and is extremely light and portable. It's also comfortable to hold for long periods of time and won't lead to wrist fatigue when you're watching a movie. The 4:3 aspect ratio also allows you to fit more on the screen when you're reading or surfing the web, which is a boon for 7-inch tablet fans.


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HP unveils lineup of Windows 8 PCs and tablet
SlashGear

Summary: HP has released the pricing and information on its Windows 8 computers including the HP Envy x2 Tablet, which will start at $849.99 and will be available November 14th, 2012.

Today, HP announced the pricing and availability of a large portfolio of various Windows 8 PCs, as well HP ENVY x2 windows 8 tabletas a tablet. Some of these products have previously been available with Windows 7, and have been relaunched for the latest upcoming Windows operating system. The devices utilize HP’s TouchSmart technology, and offer features such as Snapfish and HP Connected Music. Now, in a press release, HP has announced the devices’ pricing and availability.

First up are the consumer notebooks. The HP ENVY x2 is an ultrathin hybrid with a detachable screen for those times you need a tablet. It’ll be available in the US on November 14th starting at $849.99.

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October 25 , 2012

Microsoft CEO: Windows 8 and Surface tablet re-imagine pc's

 

 

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Summary: At today's launch event in NYC, Microsoft raisers the bar with Windows 8 and Surface RT Tablets.   

Instead of raising expectations, Microsoft Corp. did what it could to reset them.windows 8 Best windows ever

In recent days, some reviewers have panned Microsoft's Surface tablet. Others have criticized the dearth of apps in the Windows Store, the new online store where customers can buy apps that will work on the current model of the Surface and other devices that use the streamlined version of the new operating system, called Windows RT.

"The Windows Store has more apps than any competing app store had at its opening," said Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live, in a thinly veiled reference to Apple Inc.'s iPad, which launched in April 2010 relying on apps that had been developed for the much smaller iPhone.

"Thousands of new developers are joining the Windows Store ecosystem," Sinofsky added. "Your PC experience only improves over time."

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October 26 , 2012
Get Your Surface Tablet Today

Surface Tablet

It's here.

Surface with Windows RT is now available for purchase at your nearest Microsoft Retail Store and at microsoft.com.

Surface is the beautiful new way to work and play from Microsoft. Loaded with Windows RT, Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview, and fluid modern apps, Surface lets you see more, share more, and do more in style.

Click in and get stuff done with Touch Cover and Type Cover, the covers you can type on. You can also share your Surface on the big screen with custom accessories. Check out all that you can do with Surface at surface.com.

 

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The Windows RT Review
AnandTech

Summary: Microsoft's first Tablet PCs, introduced 10 years ago were drastically different from today's New Surface Tablets.  Besides the fact that Surface tablets are considerably thinner and lighter, than tablets from 10 years ago, Microsoft is now making there own hardware.  While windows 8 RT is a drastic difference from what consumers are used to, if they give it a chance they will find RT areas to use.

Microsoft’s first serious foray into tablets came just after the turn of the new millenium, with Bill Gates Windows RTdemonstrating the first tablet PC prototype onstage at Comdex in the autumn of 2000. From there, OEMs started releasing tablets based on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition in 2002, with a full range of pen-enabled slates and convertibles releasing over the next few years. In addition to oftentimes prohibitive cost, each had its own set of drawbacks. Convertibles tended to be quite bulky compared to their notebook counterparts (the ThinkPad X-series being a notable exception), while slates were rather difficult to use - a symptom of shoehorning a desktop operating system into a purely touch-centric form factor. 

Meet Windows RT. It’s Microsoft’s first major foray into the modern tablet market, the shipping version of Windows-on-ARM, and it’s one of Microsoft’s most important product launches ever. Windows 8 shares the same touch-friendly user interface, but the ARM silicon makes RT an almost entirely tablet-centric operating system, the first for Microsoft. Combined with the focus on premium hardware experiences, this is Redmond’s most serious push to be competitive with the iOS and Androids of the world. How does it fare? Keep reading.

There’s no getting around it, there’s a definite learning curve to the interface. It doesn’t matter if you’re used to Windows 7, OS X, Android or iOS, the touch enabled Windows RT UI is going to feel different, and probably downright wrong...at first.

f you put in the time to learn and get used to the interface however, it is easily among the best tablet user interfaces I’ve ever tried. Everything we despise Windows 8 for on the desktop makes perfect sense when viewed through tablet colored glasses.

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October 29 , 2012

I'm safely back in California - Thank you all for your emails and concern

MobileDemand Introduces World’s First Windows® 8 Fully Rugged Tablet PC

The military rugged 10.4” xTablet T1200 with the latest Core™ iSeries Intel® processor runs either
Windows 7 or Windows 8 and supports 4G LTE and 3G wireless communications.

Mobile Demand xTablet T1200 Rugged Windows 8 Tablet PC

MobileDemand, the nation’s leading provider of Rugged Tablet PC systems in the Transportation industry announced today the launch of the high-performance, all-light readable Windows 8 xTablet T1200 Rugged Tablet PC. This best-in-class military rugged tablet was developed to bolster productivity for mobile users who work in demanding environmentssuch as utilities, mining, oil and gas exploration, construction, inspections, maintenance and repair, warehousing, transportation/distribution, military,police, fire, public safety, rail and intermodal.

The innovative xTablet T1200 with multi-touch resistive 10.4” LCD is powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i5-3427U processor (Ivy Bridge) and either the Windows 8 Professional or Windows 7 Professional operating system. The xTablet supports a 64 GB to 256 GB and beyond mSATA solid state drive with an option to add a second high capacity hard disk drive. It offers an integrated bar code scanner and RFID reader, built-in numeric keypad, high resolution front facing and 5 MP rearfacing cameras, integrated GPS, PCMCIA, SDHC and smart card readers, 2 USB 3.0 ports and an integrated RS-232 serial port, Giga-bit Ethernet, plus 3G and 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 communications. In short, the new xTablet T1200 provides everything that users who spend a majority of their day away from the office need to make better business decisions at the point of work with no-compromise performance.

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Microsoft Boxes Apple's Ears With Surface Tablet
TechNewsWorld

Summary:  Ten years after the launch of the tablet pc, Microsoft steps up to the plate with Windows 8 and Surface Tablets that give users the features missing from an iPad by building surface from the inside out.  Surface, with its kick stand, keyboard cover and Microsoft office app's solves the problems Apple has Microsoft Surface RT Tablet never addressed with the iPad.

You really don't get a sense of just how limited the iPad is until you actually explore the Surface tablet that Microsoft released last week. It is like the designers sat down over beers and argued over every single shortcoming they found in the iPad and then built into Surface just the right features to make the iPad look inadequate.

It is as if they put their decade of frustration over Apple kicking their butts with the iPod, iPhone and iPad into one vengeful response -- and that offering is the Surface tablet. What I think will make this response even more painful is that Apple just launched its iPad mini at a price that's 60 percent higher than the competition, and I doubt that will turn out well. So the new Microsoft tablet could actually significantly outsell the new less-expensive iPad mini in its debut quarter, and Microsoft has never done that to an iProduct.

My product of the week has to be the Microsoft Surface tablet -- an offering that turned out far better than any of us expected.

Microsoft has built a tablet that has more ports (USB and HD out), is more balanced, is sturdier, has a memory slot, and has a screen aspect ratio that not only matches media but is more consistent with current-generation laptops.

Yes, something we really didn't notice is that the iPad uses the old near-square laptop screen aspect ratio that has been obsolete on all but the cheapest notebooks for years.

Microsoft was also able to add a fast-charge battery that can charge almost fully in two hours.

Keyboard Cover

This is one of the things that I think drove Bill Gates nuts: Back in 2007, while they both shared the stage, Steve Jobs basically called Bill stupid for suggesting tablets would be the future of computing. Jobs argued that you'd pretty much have to be stupid to think people would give up a keyboard.

So, the iPad doesn't have an integrated keyboard option, but the Surface tablet does. In fact, it looks like Microsoft took the signature magnetic cover that Apple launched with the iPad and made it useful.

The Kickstand

Now I don't get why every tablet doesn't have one of these. If you want to share a video, someone has to hold up the damn iPad. If you want to use a wireless keyboard, you have to have a stand -- and often touching the damn iPad will cause it to tip over. We've had kickstands on motorcycles and bicycles for decades, and we've even had them on some smartphones. Why was this so hard to figure out?

Well, this takes us back to design; Apple didn't want to mar the perfect back of its product, even though you really don't look at the back that often.

Yep -- the Surface Tablet has a kickstand.

Apple created the need but didn't fill it, and I don't think it was because it couldn't -- it was because it wanted people to buy a MacBook and an iPad.

Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet

So, with the Surface tablet, Microsoft stepped in and fixed a problem Apple didn't want fixed but that still needed to be addressed. Seeing this opportunity and going after it, rather than just trying to create an iPad clone, is the kind of creative strategic move that founded Microsoft and that we haven't seen from the company often in the last few decades.

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Microsoft's Surface tablet shows off Windows 8 features
The Seattle Times

Summary:  Microsoft drastic overhaul of its Windows operating system and foray into the Tablet hardware Market is the beginning of a new era of Microsoft and for users.  Windows 8 gives users personalization options and the new Surface Tablet with Microsoft Office app's installed gives users the productivity they need but don't have on the iPad.

Microsoft really is shaking things up with Windows 8. It’s a remodel down to the foundation, a Surface RT Tablet with snap on keyboard  monumental effort to start a new era of personal computing.

The showcase of this work is the Surface tablet, the first computer made and sold by the company.

Simultaneously, Microsoft overhauled all of its major programs and services, from servers to spreadsheets to Skype.

Some may see this as a sharp turn by a lumbering aircraft carrier to avoid running aground. Others may see a superpower launching a new fleet, in tandem with allies around the world.

The Surface is a refined and elegant combination of hardware and software with a distinctive style and feel that make it stand apart from any other tablet on the market. It feels fast and smooth and is simple enough for my kindergartner to navigate.

The Surface’s case feels sturdy and purposeful, almost Teutonic, with a metal kickstand that sharply snaps into place. The charging cord also snaps firmly into position, held by magnets, as do the accessory covers with built-in keyboards. It’s slightly heavier than an iPad and feels more dense.

Those covers are pricey but dramatically boost the usability of the tablet, particularly the $130 “Type Cover” with a physical keyboard that’s just a quarter-inch thick. The $120 “Touch Covers” is remarkable. Even with slightly raised keys, it’s just an eighth-inch thick, but I couldn’t type fast on it.

On a single charge, my Surface ran through a workday of heavy testing, including streaming part of a movie to my TV via an HDMI cable. It was still going the next morning when I used it as a platter to carry coffee to my wife, read the news on it in bed and then played music and checked my fantasy football team at breakfast. The battery held out through this brutal regimen until midmorning at work.

Unlike the iPad, the Surface has a memory-card slot. It also has a USB port.

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to build a new interface not just for PCs, but for this kind of computing.

When you first set up a Windows 8 system, you’re encouraged to sync it with online services such as email and Facebook. Windows 8 comes preloaded with Microsoft’s online suite, including Skype and the SkyDrive online storage locker. Files are saved online, and accessible from other devices you log in to.

Once it’s all connected, the big tiles on its home screen display constant updates, as well as news headlines, weather reports and other sources you select.

The idea is to be able to see at a glance what’s happening, then easily choose which program or service to launch. It works especially well for email, weather and news. The steady flow of images from social networks doesn’t provide usable information; it’s more of a shiny lure, pulling you back to the services.

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Welcome to the New Era of Personal Computing
PC Magazine

Last week, we welcomed Apple's iPad mini and the official launch of Windows 8 for tablets and desktops. This week, we get Windows Phone 8 and new Android tablets from Google and its partners.Lenovo tablet 2

As Microsoft launched its new Windows 8 OS, which finally brings touch to the Windows PC market, I could not help but wonder: are we actually seeing the end of the PC as we know it and the beginning of truly personal computing?

But the most disruptive new PC is clearly the tablet. Apple has sold 100 million iPads to date and owns about 65 percent of the tablet market. Perhaps more importantly, the iPad is the gold standard in 10-inch tablets and all the competitors are having a tough time playing catch up.

While tablets did not catch the PC guys off guard completely—Dell, HP, and others have had tablets in the market since 2001—their bet on Windows Tablet Edition never paid off. What did catch them off guard, though, is the concept that tablets and smartphones are actually front-ends to consumer services like movies, music, games. They never even thought to build a consumer services offering and now they are paying for it. In fact, this is why Dell and HP are putting more effort in servers and IT services; it is impossible to try to compete with Apple, Google and Amazon at this point and they know it. Their only hope is that Microsoft can create a set of services that rival what Apple and Amazon offer and piggyback on it if and when it ever comes out.

In the meantime, tablets are eating into PC and laptop sales, which is one reason that predicted PC market growth will be less than five percent from now on. Yes, IT shops will continue to need to upgrade PCs, but consumers balk at the idea of buying expensive desktops or laptops. In many cases, they default to tablets instead. The tablet market will grow by at least 200 percent in the next two years and by 2014, they will outsell PCs on an annual basis.

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October 30 , 2012

Samsung and Google introduce Nexus 10
Powerful 10” Tablet with the World’s Highest Resolution Display

Samsung  Google Nexus 10 Tablet

The newest tablet from Google and Samsung’s joint efforts, Nexus 10, is a powerful device that marries Samsung’s best-in-class hardware, the latest version of Android—4.2 Jelly Bean, and the best of Google. With the world’s highest resolution tablet display, all new multi-user support, immersive HD content and the best Google apps - Nexus 10 has something for everyone.

Nexus 10 packs powerful components inside a surprisingly lean, soft-to-the-touch frame – measuring an incredibly thin 8.9 mm and weighing just 603 grams, it’s the perfect couch or coffee table companion. Nexus 10 was created in partnership with Samsung and comes with a blazing fast dual-core A15 processor and advanced MIMO WiFi, giving you web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than normal WiFi.* With the 1.9MP front-facing camera, you’ll look great as you video chat with up to nine friends at once with Google+ Hangouts, and so will your friends on the dazzling 10" display.

Nexus 10 was made for everyone to enjoy. Just turn on your tablet and tap your photo to sign in to your own home screen, apps, email, photos and storage. All new multi-user support lets each user have their own separate space, and save their own individual high scores on games, all on the same tablet. With the new Daydream mode on Nexus 10 you can display useful or delightful information on your tablet when it's charging. Choose to show off your photo albums, get the latest news from Google Currents, and more.

Samsung continuously strengthens our partnership with Google to deliver the most compelling Android device experience, enabling users to be always on the top of the game.

 

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October 31 , 2012

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HP Planning to Introduce Tablets in 2014
UCStrategies

SummaryAccording to Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, HP will re-enter the Tablet market with two hybrid tablets in 2014.  The question is why is it going to take them two years to get back into the Tablet game?

HP's engineers, its distribution and its trusted relationship with CIOs are amongst some of the key strengths with which the company can successfully compete in the new tablet-PC market. Whitman commented that additional competition only makes the company better. HP will likely introduce two hybrid models to the market, and both will function as laptop and tablet PC. According to Whitman, Microsoft's Surface does not function like a traditional laptop even though it has a keyboard.

The HP tablet will allow users to displace the back of the screen, or replace it entirely. It will have a 10-hour battery life, and this can be extended by another 10 hours with the use of a “Smart Jacket” which fits over the tablet.

It is important for HP to stay in the PC business, according to Whitman. For one, PCs are synonymous with the heritage of HP. She stated, “It's nearly a $40 billion business [and] we're still No. 1 in the marketplace.” HP's large PC business also enables large supply-chain synergies to work alongside its server and storage business

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Surface With Windows RT: A Winner Despite Apps
InformationWeek

Summary: The drastic change in the Windows 8 operating system may keep some users from upgrading but those who do will find the combination of Windows 8 and Microsoft's new Surface RT Tablet are a winning combination that allow users to do things quickly and easily.

With Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft took a rare and bold step by fundamentally changing the Surface Tabletway people use Windows. Microsoft is betting the farm by making changes so dramatic that many users will shy away from leaving the perfectly functional Windows 7 for a very long time. We won't know whether the gamble pays off until sales figures for Windows 8 and Windows RT start rolling in. In the meantime, I haven't made up my mind about Windows 8 in general--but I'm declaring the Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT a winner. Here's why.

Despite some issues, the implementation of Window RT on Microsoft's Surface tablet is a winning combination. What it lacks in apps is made up for by a desktop-class browser that can be used for nearly anything you might do on a desktop. Its support of what appears to be a wide variety of USB devices let me get to work right away with existing peripherals. Its zero-boot suspend-resume means no lag between thinking about doing something and getting that thing done. In fact, inspired by Gigaom's Kevin Tofel all-in approach to using a Google Chromebook for all of his work (Video: Why I'm enjoying Google's newest ChromeBook), I am trying to see how much I can do using just the Surface RT. So far, the answer is: Quite a bit.

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What is Tablet PC?

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

The Tablet PC

The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.

 

 

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