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Tablet PC News Archive

July 2013


July 1, 2013

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

Summary: The most notable feature of the The Sony  Xperia Tablet Z is the IP57 certification which means the Tablet is Dust and Water Resistant.  While I don't recommend using Tablets in the Bath, you can take this Sony Xperia Tablet Zone outside by the pool or even to the beach with out worrying.

With the Tablet Z Sony thankfully hasn’t tried to reinvent the wheel so there are no strange wedge or clamshell form factors at play as was the case with past Sony slates. What the Tablet Z does offer is a very slim profile, a high definition screen and an impressive lack of weight.

Despite being only 7.2mm thick - that’s the official figure; according to my steel rule it’s closer to 6.5mm - and weighing 495g, the Tablet Z is very nearly as robust and solid as the iPad 4.

The downside of the waterproofing is that all the ports, including the 3.5mm audio jack, have fiddly plug-in covers. Constantly opening and closing them can become a chore so you may want to consider buying the optional charging cradle which connects to the Tablet Z through a couple of contact pins.



Samsung's New Hybrid Tablet Takes Aim at Apple's iPad
Wall St. Cheat Sheet

Now it appears that part of Samsung’s new approach is to compete with Apple in the high-end tablet Samsung ATIV Q hybrid_tablet market. Samsung is taking aim at the iPad by releasing its own high-quality tablet that will be powered by both Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Google’s Android. Besides having a dual , the device also features a multi-functional hardware design that lets it transform from a tablet to an ultramobile-type laptop.

Samsung’s ATIV Q tablet seems designed to outshine Apple’s iPad specifications. The ATIV Q has a 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800. The iPad 4’s Retina display only has a 9.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536.



July 2, 2013

New MobileDemand Cradle for the xTablet T1200 Rugged Tablet PC Eliminates Failure Points, Reduces Cost and Delivers Full-Shift Performance

Ruggedized tablet PC manufacturer MobileDemand introduces a new tablet cradle for the xTablet T1200 MobileDemand Cradle for the xTablet T1200 Rugged Tablet PCrugged Windows tablet PC. Developed for use in vehicles, on forklifts and mounted to walls (e.g. work order processing, data gathering), this innovative cradle secures the tablet firmly in place as well as allows for quick release for mobility applications or recharging. With the 11+ hour battery life of the xTablet T1200, users can save the cost of a power converter, cabling and installation. Paired with the tablet, the new MobileDemand cradle can also simplify operation and improve operator safety.

The xTablet T1200, the world’s first Microsoft Windows 8 rugged tablet, has a large 10.4 inch touchscreen, two hot-swappable batteries for 11+ hour battery life and is IP65 and MIL-STD 810G which means information is safe, even when used in high vibration environments or when the tablet is dropped, shocked or exposed to water and dust. With an integrated bar code scanner, color camera and numeric keypad, along with Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE and other features, the xTablet T1200 is sure to help improve operational efficiency and productivity. For even greater efficiency a wireless Bluetooth scanner can be used with the xTablet T1200 to eliminate the scanner cable. Windows 7 is also available on this rugged tablet PC.



July 3, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Review, Specs, Price: 256GB Tablets Come To US Retailers
Design & Trend

Microsoft will offer the 256GB Surface Pro to U.S. customers this week through select retailers.

The 256GB model of the Windows 8 flagship tablet is priced at $1,200. Previously, the largest amount of storage available for the Surface pro was 128GB.



Asus k009 could be the new Google Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
PC Advisor

Asus has revealed a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet will be launch before the end of July.

Asus k009 tablet

An Asus support representative got a little bit too chatty and gave away the Nexus 7 follow-up tablet release date and its specifications. The bizarre but interesting online chat session comes courtesy of a Google+ post.

Although there's no mention of the words Nexus or 7, but the rep was happy to discuss the 'Asus k009' which is believed to be the codename for the new Google tablet.

The K009 tablet will still have a 7in tablet but with a Full HD 1080x1920 resolution. It will run Android Jelly Bean, 4.3 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.



July 4, 2013

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July 8, 2013

Microsoft's Surface Pro 256GB model hits America

Summary: With a 256GB hard drive business are more likely to adopt the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets because the additional storage capacity combined with Windows 8 makes the Surface Pro an excellent choice for business both in and out of the office.

While Google and Apple are busy selling their iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7 tablets in America, Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro tabletthis month launched its “biggest” tablet to date — the Microsoft Surface Pro with 256GB of on-board storage.

Similar to other Pro tablet models from the software giant, the 256 Surface Pro offers the touch-and-type friendly Windows 8 OS Pro running on a much powerful tablet PC body. The new Surface Pro is priced $1,200 each, priced just like an entry-level laptop computer.

Equipped with Intel’s 3rd-gen Core i5 processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM and now with more spaces that users can take advantage of — the “largest” Microsoft Surface Pro could be the best productivity tablet product that the company has to offer


Top iPhone, iPad apps now free in Apple store
CNN International

Summary:  We dont know how long it will last, but at thr moment, It looks like Apple is celebrating its 5th anniversary by offering customers some of the top Traktor DJ iPhone &iPad appiPhone and iPad apps, including Trakor DJ which normally costs 19.99 in the Apple Store for free today.   

Popular apps for the iPhone and iPad, some of which usually go for up to $20, were being offered for free in Apple's online App Store on Monday, possibly in conjunction with the store's fifth anniversary.

Popular games were in abundance on the list, with "Infinity Blade II," "Where's My Water?" and "Tiny Wings" among them.

The steepest discount appeared to be Traktor DJ, a suite of tools for mixing and recording music that usually goes for $19.99.

MapMyRide+, photo-text app Over and recipe app How to Cook Everything also were among the apps being offered for free today.



Survival Guide for Windows 8.1: What Microsoft Must Do to Beat Android and iOS
International Business Times AU

Summary: The update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 includes the return of the start button and more options and setting for users.

The upcoming release of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 signals the company's aggressive efforts on dominating operating systems once more. Most analysts say that the company should step up their game and Windows 8.1revolutionize their system to dominate again.

General consensus over Microsoft's announcements on Windows 8.1 says that it is definitely a notch higher than the Windows 8. The Start function is back but users have more liberty to personalize their Start screen. The new settings also allow users to go directly to the desktop. But Microsoft has to hold up its end against Android and Apple if they really want to reign over the market.

Analysts note the following as important hardware and survival tips if Microsoft wants Windows 8.1 to be relevant:

  • A tablet edition - Windows 8.1 functions just right for smaller screens. There is the Lenovo Miix 8 and Acer Iconia W3. However, Acer's tablet has to be a groundbreaking product. Consumers will not readily give up their iPad Minis for an Iconia W3. But it is worth noting, according to CNET:

"The 7.9-inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Galaxy Note 8...[weigh] well under a pound. The W3 weighs 1.10 pounds and its surplus of girth is immediately palpable. That is to say: for an 8.1-inch tablet it feels heavy and is noticeably thicker than either aforementioned tablet."


Target promoting free gift cards with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV Purchases

Summary: Target offering gift cards with the purchase of the iPhone or iPad signals that the new versions are Target free gift card with purchase of iPhone or iPadcoming soon and Target is working on depleting its existing stock of iPhones and iPads.

In its weekly ad, retailer Target is heavily promoting big gift card bonuses for those who purchase an iPhone 5, iPad with Retina Display, iPad mini, 5th-generation iPod touch, or Apple TV. Here are the deals:

- iPad with Retina Display 16GB ($499) gets you a $50 Target Gift Card (iPad 2 and other WiFI/Cellular iPad configurations are said to be supported)

- iPad mini 16GB ($329) gets you a $40 Target Gift Card

- Apple TV ($99) gets you a $10 Target Gift Card

- iPod touch 5th-generation 16GB ($229) gets you a $20 Target Gift Card

As for the iPhone 5, Target is promoting the device for $149 and also talks some extra Target Gift Card money if you trade-in your old handset. With an iPhone 5 purchase, Target is offering a $25 gift card.



July 9, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" Android 4.0 Quad-Core 16GB Tablet with App Software Bundle Available on HSN for $569.95

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" Android 4.0 Quad-Core 16GB Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1", Quad-Core, 16GB Tablet with App Bundle
Take note of a new way to create and communicate on the go. With the Samsung Galaxy Note and S Pen stylus, you can express creative ideas, increase your productivity and be entertained like never before. Edit photos, draw detailed illustrations or send handwritten notes to family and friends. Powered by the Android 4.0 operating system and quad-core processor, enjoy blazing speeds for multitasking, Web browsing, gaming and on-the-fly image editing. You won't have to carry around a burdensome backpack of books anymore. Instead, use the Note's Kno e-textbook app to have all your books in the palm of your hand. You can even jot down notes right on the screen! 

What You Get

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" 16GB tablet
  • S Pen stylus
  • AC power adapter
  • Case
  • Premium App Pack digital download card
  • Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty



Apple iPad 5 Release Date: September Launch Rumored With Optimized Battery
International Business Times

Summary: Rumors continue to swirl on the launch date for the fifth generation of the iPad as well as the next generation of the iPad mini.   Right now it look like September is a safe bet for the iPad 5 release.

Apple will release the fifth generation iPad, dubbed the "iPad 5," in September, while the launch of the iPad 5second generation iPad mini could be delayed a little longer, a new report said on Monday.

The iPad 5, featuring a 9.7-inch screen with Retina Display, will have a slimmer bezel, allowing a bigger viewing area. The device’s LED tubes to backlight the Retina Display will be reduced from two to one, while the battery's longevity will also be improved, DigiTimes reported, citing “sources from the upstream supply chain.”

According to the DigiTimes report, the iPad 5 will be unveiled sometime in September, but the second iteration of its smaller variant, the iPad mini 2, may be delayed as Apple is "still considering whether to adopt a Retina display for the device."

Should the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 feature a Retina Display, the device’s release date could be postponed until the end of the fourth quarter of this year, the report said, adding that Apple is considering reducing the iPad mini 2’s bezel size even further to achieve “a bezel-less design,” as that of Samsung and HTC's large-size smartphones.


Google, Amazon and Apple Pump Up Ad Spending as Tablet Wars Heat Up
All Things Digital

Summary: Even with significant increases spent on tablet advertising by Google & Amazon, 40% of all tablets Apple iPad Christmas adsold are Apple iPads.

Looks like the battle for the hearts of consumer electronics lovers is increasingly playing out in advertisements.

Ad Age recently released its list of the Top 200 U.S. advertisers (subscription required), and the data shows that Google, Amazon and Apple all significantly boosted their budgets from 2011 to 2012.

Apple ad spending on so-called “measured media” rose 21 percent in 2012 to $662 million, from $546 million in 2011, according to an Ad Age analysis of Kantar Media data, as the iPad and iPhone maker tried to fend off Samsung, Amazon and others. Measured media includes TV, billboard, print, radio and online display advertising, but not search. That total made Apple the No. 12 largest U.S. advertiser in 2012



July 10, 2013

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review

Although this isn't a review of Windows 8, the OS is a wholly inalienable part of the latest Lenovo Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Pentablet experience and what the ThinkPad 2 offers is something Android and iOS have traditionally not: a fully functionally PC experience on your tablet. Let's see how it delivers on that promise.

Stylus Pen : With fingers the focus of virtually every consumer touchscreen device, it's easy to scoff at the age old idea of a stylus pen. Admittedly, using a stylus doesn't always feel 100 percent natural on Windows 8 -- an operating system where fingertips rule. To be fair though, I love options and the pen definitely has its uses.

For starters, the stylus is great for writing input. Handwriting recognition is something the ThinkPad 2 and Windows 8's handwriting “keyboard” tool does well. The resulting performance and accuracy was excellent

Like it or not, Windows 8 on a tablet is a liberating experience, particularly if you've ever felt boxed in by Android or iOS. Even if you haven't, Windows 8 tablets are kind of the Swiss Army knife of mobile computing -- they essentially run anything your Windows PC can; this provides an incredible amount of on-the-go flexibility that apps can't always deliver. At $580 on Amazon right now, it's certainly not a bad value for a Windows 8 Pro device either.



Windows 8 tablet outscores iPad in new Microsoft video spot


Microsoft takes us out to the ballgame with its latest anti-iPad spot.

Dubbed "Windows 8: Baseball," the new ad challenges both the iPad and a Windows 8 tablet to come up with stats for prospective ballplayers trying to earn a spot on the team. Naturally, the guy with the Windows 8 tablet is able to quickly and smoothly hit the right information with just a few taps. The luckless fellow stuck with the iPad runs into multitaking problems and video connection glitches.

In the end, the Windows 8 tablet naturally scores the most runs, leaving the iPad in the dust. The spot ends with the slogan: "Do two things at once without dropping the ball."



Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

Summary: This is a clear case of when being first in the market isn't better.   Where Acer cut corners and put out what appears to be a sub par tablet, look for other OEM's to produce 8 inch Windows 8 tablets that will meet consumer expectations.  Acer Iconia W3

Microsoft has been hinting at smaller tablets running full Windows 8 for months, and with the arrival of the Iconia W3, an 8.1-inch Windows 8 fondleslab from Acer, we finally have a taste of what those look like.

Unfortunately, the W3's overall build quality doesn't feel up to par with either of those devices. Clearly under price pressures, Acer has cut a few corners, resulting in a tablet with a plastic body that feels cheaply made even though it's a little heftier than some other offerings.

The W3's display is its biggest disappointment. The 1280-by-800 resolution panel is bright enough, but its viewing angles aren't great and its washed-out colors look lousy. The display's coating also gives everything a grainy, speckled look that's none too attractive, particularly when you have to hold the screen close to your face to read tiny text.

he Acer Iconia W3 is only the first such device to hit the market. As other vendors follow suit, it will be interesting to see if they can produce small Windows 8 devices that feel a little more high-end than what Acer has delivered.


July 11, 2013

Tablet PC Revolution: What iPad Mini 2, Google Nexus 7.2, Amazon Kindle Fire HD Have on Their Sleeves
International Business Times iPad mini 2

Tablets with personal computer capacities slowly penetrate the markets these days. Amazon started lowering the price for Kindle Fire HD which can only mean an upgraded version will come soon. Likewise, the market is also anticipating highly the release of Apple's iPad Mini 2 and Google's Nexus 7.2 Tablet PC revolution is just down the pipe.

The demand for tablets with optimal computing performance has increased throughout the years. People are more particular with portability plus computing efficiency. It will be a battle of tablet PCs in no time. 


New hints on what's coming next for Microsoft Surface, Skype, Windows Phone


Summary: this slide from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference shows "Update to Surface RT" and "Update to Surface Pro" which listed, suggests that Microsoft's will continue to expand its Tablet presence in Surface in 2014.

slide from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner shared some new hints about what's coming during what he called Microsoft's "biggest innovation year ever" during Day 3 of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference.

Surface: New accessories and accessory colors; some kinds of updates to both Surface RT and Surface Pro (no word if this means just the regular monthly firmware-type updates or new processors, or what)


PC shipments drop 11.4% in Q2 as Lenovo surpasses HP

Summary: Congratulations to Lenovo! 

Weakness in the global economy, component shortages, sluggish demand for Windows 8 and the popularity of tablets all contributed to another double-digit percentage decline for the global PC market in the second quarter.

Globally, Lenovo moved into the top spot for PC shipments. HP had led during the same period in 2012, but Lenovo managed to expand sales outside of Asia Pacific to boost its second-quarter shipments to 12.6 million. That was still a decline from a year earlier, but a much smaller decline than those of its competitors.



July 15, 2013

Nexus 10 vs iPad 4: The Heavy-Hitters

Two heavy weights battle it out, the Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad 4, in this head to head comparison video of the best full-size tablets right now!



Microsoft Surface Discounts;' Retina iPad Mini in 2014
PC Magazine

Summary: the pice of Microsoft Surface RT has been Dropped by $150.00 -

If you're in the market for a Microsoft Surface now would be a good time to take the plunge. Microsoft is officially chopping the cost of its two Surface RT tablets by up to 30 percent, depending on the specific tablet. The 32GB iteration is dropping from $499 to $349, while the 64GB is getting slashed from $649 to $499. Microsoft hasn't announced any price changes for its Surface Pro tablets.

Also on the Apple front, if you were hoping to get your hands on an iPad mini with a Retina display this year, don't hold your breath. According to a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple had originally planned to launch a Retina iPad mini this fall, but shortages of the updated display panels forced Cupertino to push back the release until early 2014.


Microsoft may merge Windows Phone and tablets OSes

A rumor making the rounds says that Microsoft will combine Windows Phone and its tablet operating systems by 2015, in much the way Apple has a united phone/tablet operating system. That makes sense. But what then happens to Windows?

The Russian Web site Mobile-Review claims that Windows Phone 9, tenatively scheduled for release in 2015, will be a complete re-think of a mobile operating system, and will be designed for both tablets and smartphones.

That's the way Apple has done it with iOS, and the way Google has done it with Android. That approach has certainly worked out well for both of them.



July 16, 2013

AT&T Customers Can Get a New Smartphone or Tablet Every Year With "AT&T Next"

No Down Payment, No Upgrade or Activation Fees, and All On The Nations Fastest 4G LTE Network

Today, AT&T* introduces what’s next in wireless. Beginning nationwide on July 26, consumers can AT&T Nextget a new AT&T smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees.**

With AT&T Next, customers purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, they can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device — again with no down payment — or they can keep using their device and have no more payments after 20 months. AT&T Next is available for new AT&T customers or existing customers who are upgrade eligible.   

“With AT&T Next, customers can get the newest smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment. That’s hard to beat, and it’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility.


Russia's Biggest Company Orders $3.7 Million Tablet for CEO

Summary: this is a case of to much money and absolutly no sense.....

OAO Gazprom, Russia’s biggest company, ordered a tablet computer for Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller, with a maximum price tag of 119.7 million rubles ($3.7 million).

OOO Gazprom Inform, a unit of the Moscow-based natural-gas exporter, has announced a tender to design a tablet based on Apple Inc. ’s iOS operating system, that matches the functionality as Miller’s desktop personal computer, Gazprom said in tender documentation, posted on its website today.

The gadget should be guaranteed to start within no more than five seconds as well as support 3G, GPRS and Wi-Fi. It will enable daily monitoring of Gazprom’s businesses from gas production to gas exports to power generation, the tender said.

The tablet should ensure information support for Miller’s “management decision making on raising Gazprom’s efficiency regardless of his access to the desktop computer with the use of mobile devices.”



Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review
PC Advisor

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is instantly recognisable as a Samsung device, looking like a super-sized Galaxy Samsung Galaxy NoteS4 smartphone. It's glossy white, rounded and has the classic combination of a physical home button with touch sensitive companions either side. .

In the hand, the Galaxy Note 8.0 feels like a nice tablet, although it's a strange size – neither small and pocketable nor definitively large enough to give easy tablet-size screen viewing. Hidden away in one corner is Samsung's S Pen stylus. Visit What's the best Android tablet?

There are many Samsung apps pre-loaded on the Galaxy Note 8.0. This is normal but potentially annoying; unless you're a Samsung devotee you'll probably end up using Google's own apps for the same tasks.

One addition which you may use a lot is Multi-window. It's not exactly an app but allows you to see two apps on-screen simultaneously for true multitasking. The screen is just about big enough for this and you can adjust how much space the apps take up and easy switch between apps with a side bar.

The handy apps are mostly associated with the S Pen stylus. Without them the stylus would be little more than an alternative to your finger. These include S Note, Paper Artist, S Planner and Awesome Note HD.


Dell's Latitude XT3 Tablet PC selected by Christian Brothers High School to to enhance learning environment

Dell DELL, a provider of technology and services, announced on Monday the deployment by Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee, of the Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC as its primary Dell's Latitude XT3 Tabletlearning tool for its 'laptop-only' learning initiative.

Financial details of this deployment were not available.

According to Dell, the school's administrators chose the Dell Latitude XT3 because of its ability to perform as a tablet, yet still give students the full capabilities of a PC. This allows students the ability to both consume and create information giving them a seamless learning experience. The school, starting with its freshman class, has completed its first year of not using traditional textbooks.

Dell said that its Latitude XT3 Tablet PC features a spill-resistant keyboard and a large multi-touch screen that allows the laptop to alternate between PC and tablet.



July 17, 2013

Samsung's Next Big Apple Challenger
Motley Fool

While Samsung has been the only company to successfully challenge Apple in the smartphone arena, it has had far less success in tablets. The iPad still owns the market, but Samsung is taking a shot squarely at Cupertino with a new hybrid that holds great promise. Capable of running multiple operating systems -- meaning it can offer Microsoft's productivity with Google's breadth of apps -- the ATIVQ has the potential to be a game changer.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the new device and how it takes a very different approach to the market that could allow it to stand out and perform for Samsung.



Microsoft releases native Outlook Web Apps for iPhone, iPad
Apple Insider

Summary: This is a double edged sword, Its great that Microsoft has released Outlook for the IOS, but disappointing that it requires a subscription to Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange.   Unfortunately For many setting Outlook Web up and getting it to work will not be an easy task.. 

I know it was to much to hope for, but it would have been easier and more usefull if the app allowed users to use their current .PST files through Dropbox.

Outlook web app

Microsoft on Tuesday launched its official Outlook Web App mail applications on the iOS App Store, with separate downloads optimized for both Apple's iPhone and iPad.

OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are both available to download for free, providing users with a native Outlook Web App experience on iOS devices. In order to use the app, users must subscribe to Office 365 and have the latest update of Exchange Online.

Outlook Web App for iOS requires an iPhone 4, iPad 2 or newer running iOS 6 or higher. Using OWA on iOS does not incur an additional charge for Office 365 subscribers.


Apple Unveils Logic Pro X With iPad Remote Feature
PC Magazine

Yesterday, Apple revealed a new version of its Logic Pro software with an updated design and new Apple Logic Pro X tools for musicians.

That includes Drummer, which provides a virtual musician who will play along with a song in a variety of styles and techniques, Apple said. Flex Pitch, meanwhile, allows for integrated pitch editing for audio recordings - helping fix those out-of-tune vocals or even change melodies.

For those with iPads, Logic Remote lets you extend the Logic Pro experience to Apple's tablet, while the MainStage 3 app turns the Mac into a live rig to help bring sounds from the studio to the stage.

Logic Pro is a digital audio workstation (DAW). In PCMag's 2012 review of Logic Pro 9, we found that the newly reduced price ($499.99 to $199.99) helped set the standard for DAWs on all platforms. "It's a killer package that every serious musician should at least look at closely, if not purchase immediately," PCMag's Jamie Lendino said at the time.


July 18, 2013

Intel's new CEO says 50 new 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid designs in the works

Summary: Going forward, when it comes to new hybrid laptop/tablet PC's, more than likely it will be running an Intel processor.Intel tablets

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich said in an analyst conference call today that computer makers have 50 designs for hybrid laptop/tablet PCs in the works that use Haswell processors.

The hybrid designs are proving popular as a way to bridge the world of productivity computing of laptops and the ease-of-use and greater portability of tablets. The 2-in-1 hybrid requires a beefy but power efficient processor, and that’s what Krzanich says Intel has in Haswell, which offers 50 percent better battery life than the prior generation of chips.

Those new products will include the first hybrid computers that require no fans. That allows them to be thinner and smaller than in the past.



HP Slatebook x2: Hands on
Times of India

HP India has launched an Android tablet aimed at the consumer market, the Slatebookx2. This device isHP Slatebook x2 priced at Rs 39,990 and takes on the likes of fourth-gen Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z. We did a short hands-on to see whether it has what it takes to beat the trio in this segment. Here's our take:

HP Slatebookx2 is an Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with a 10.1-inch full HD touchscreen. The screen is bright and clear, though it does not match the Retina levels of the latest iPad.

The tablet comes with two batteries, one in the tablet itself and the other in the keyboard dock. HP claims that Slatebookx2, powered by two batteries, lasts 14 hours on a single charge. This is more than what its major rivals offer, but we are curious to see how long it lasts in only the tablet mode.


July 19, 2013

Microsoft's Surface Pro beats Apple's iPad in security, says law firm

Surface RT and iPad

Microsoft's ( Surface Pro does a better job with data security and confidentiality, as well as computing power, than Apple's iPad, judged Marcus Bluestein, chief technology officer, and Nina Lukina, business analyst, at the law firm of Kraft & Kennedy.

In a Law Technology News article, the two argue that the Surface Pro provides more control over confidential data because it can be secured by the firm's IT department in the same way as laptops.

"The Surface Pro is subject to Group Policy (which controls configurations and settings), just like computers and laptops that connect to your firm's network, keeping Windows assets secure and requiring the same complex login requirements," they wrote.

"The Surface Pro can't be 'rooted' or 'jailbroken' like an Android or iPad tablet.

The Surface Pro "allows users full access to their firms' networks, without the attendant sacrifices in security. Those are good reasons why attorneys should consider the device as they negotiate the privacy-security trade-off," they conclude.


Why the Surface RT Failed and the iPad Did Not
New York Times

Summary:  I think the answer as to why Apple succeeded and Surface RT struggles more likely the fact that Surface RT is the victim of a poorly designed app store and lack of available applications, not that Surface RTSurface RT has more available options.

At first glance, to most consumers, the Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer look somewhat similar. They are both rectangular, have crisp screens and can boast a slick and clean design interface.

Yet on Thursday Microsoft announced that it was taking a $900 million write-down to reflect unsold inventory of the Surface RT. That’s a stark comparison to Apple’s iPad, which continues to break record sales and has sold more than 100 million devices.

So why is one still succeeding while the other has failed? I have a theory. But it begins with a story.


July 22, 2013

Apple Tests Larger Screens for iPhones, iPads
Wall Street Journal

Summary: With the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy 4s phone it comes as no surprise that Apple is looking in to larger screen sizes for its devices. 

Apple and its Asian suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets, people at the Developers at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference checking out new appscompany's suppliers said.

Apple in recent months has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has asked for screen designs for a new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, they said. The current iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad Mini, a smaller version of the iPad tablet, has a 7.9-inch screen.

he tests with suppliers seem to suggest that Apple is exploring ways to capture broader customer needs when many mobile-device makers offer smartphones and tablets in various sizes. Its biggest rival in the tablet and smartphone markets, South Korea's Samsung has an "all things to all people" strategy, covering many different product sizes to capture as many customers as possible. The move has allowed Samsung to leapfrog Apple in the smartphone market even though Apple still leads in tablets.


Tablet PCs in Healthcare: a 1.7 Billion-Dollar Market
Virtual-Strategy Magazine

"Tablet PCs are increasingly being used for a variety of tasks in the health field including access to patient records at the point of care, improved viewing capabilities for medical images, and easy offsite patient monitoring," said Melissa Elder, Kalorama analyst and the author of the report.

Viewing radiology images, ordering e-prescriptions, and filling out a patient’s EMR record are among the tasks that physicians and other healthcare professionals are using tablet PCs for in a healthcare setting, according to the report.

"These are among the devices making EMR a reality in healthcare, without them it would be difficult to pin healthcare workers to a desktop," Elder said.    

The report says that Apple’s iPad has continued to grab a larger share of the market each year, but that there are other competitors interested in the healthcare market. Among the vendors in this market are Samsung, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Panasonic, Hewlett Packard, Motion Computing, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Tangent and others, though all are struggling to keep pace with the adoption rate of Apple.

The report, "The Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare" has breakouts of usage of Tablet PCs and of the market by customer type (nursing home, physician offices, hospitals) and by geographic region. The report provides case studies, follows trends and profiles key companies in the market.

The full report can be viewed here: http://www.kaloramainformation.com/Tablet-PCs-Healthcare-7669302/.


July 23, 2013

Microsoft Announces A New Smart Home OS

Summary: The information is missing from the article but the new smart home OS can be controlled with a Tablet PC.

Engineers from Microsoft have made a new operating system which could enhance the control of the Microsoft Smart Home OSsmart home.  The new software will become a platform for making apps for “installation” to flats and houses which are furnished with different electronics and household appliances.

After installation on a home PC it finds all household appliances connected to the same network. At the product’s presentation the researcher from Microsoft showed how Lab of Things can by itself recognize the sensor of closing and opening the door. A user can also set the function of sending notification be e-mail.  The opportunity to get the remote access to the recording cameras was demonstrated separately.

The potential scope of the new OS is really wide.  Home automation systems are able to control power and water consumption by tracking the habits of tenants and suggest other methods of controlling and saving resources for their life.  Lab of Things can be used not only in private houses; according to experts minds this system is good for medical establishments, sport complexes and different commercial buildings.


Microsoft Surface at Comic-Con 2013: Microsoft Tablet Surfaces with 'Halo Spartan Assault'
Latinos Post

Microsoft's Surface tablet has appeared at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego this week.

The Microsoft Surface tablet was passed around to attendees of the convention to play the game "Halo: Spartan Assault." The 58-second video does not feature a narrator but simply visuals of what to expect at Comic-Con and brief excerpts of the "Halo" gameplay.



July 24, 2013

Acer launches hybrid tablets to beat falling PC sales
Daily News & Analysis

Acer, India’s No.3 PC-maker, unveiled four computing devices on Tuesday suggesting that it may be shifting its focus away from plain vanilla PCs and notebooks to serve the needs of the phablet Acer Iconia W3 tabletgeneration.

The high-speed tablets boast long battery life of up to 13 hours, much higher than the usual 3-4 hours. Acer tied up with Intel for Hasswell processor 4 technology which is usually used in PCs, smartphones and tablets, providing interoperability across the device spectrum.

the notebook Aspire E1 has a 15.6-inch screen and is priced Rs 38,999; the Acer Iconia W3 is the world’s first 8.1-inch tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard and Windows 8 OS, priced Rs 30,499 (without keyboard); the Acer Aspire P3, a 11.6-inch ‘convertible’, can be used as a tablet or notebook, and is priced Rs 54,499; and the Aspire R7, a 15.6-inch notebook, can be turned into a portable tablet, and is priced Rs 74,999.


Apple Shifts Touch Sensing Technologies in Smartphones and Tablets.
X-bit Labs

From 2007 to 2011, Apple used GG touch sensors for its iPhones, and then switched to in-cell for the iPhone 5. Apple used GG for its iPads from 2010 to 2012, and then switched to GF2 for the iPad mini in 2012 and for the iPad in 2013.

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“Mobile phone and tablet touch technologies and sensor structures are evolving quickly, due in large part to Apple’s move away from GG structure to in-cell touch technology and GF2. Apple’s high market share in these categories means that any technological movement is felt throughout the component supply chain,” said Calvin Hsieh, research director at NPD DisplaySearch.



July 25, 2013

Google unveils new tablet, Internet TV device
The Register-Guard

Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology’s key Google Chromecastbattleground — the mobile computing market.

The fancier devices unveiled today in San Francisco will go on sale in the U.S next Tuesday in Google’s online store and numerous retailers with brick-and-mortar stores.

Among other things, the souped-up line of Nexus tablets will boast a higher-definition 7-inch display screen and a processor that promises to be nearly as twice as fast. Dual stereo speakers have been added for richer sound, and the device’s battery duration has been extended to 10 hours for Web browsing, an increase of about an hour.

On other fronts, Google Inc. also unveiled a gadget that will lean on its widely used Chrome Web browser and take aim at Apple on another front — the living room.

The new device, called Chromecast, is part of the company’s attempt to make it easier for people to access Internet content on their TVs. Chromecast is a small stick roughly the same size as a thumb drive that can be plugged into an HDMI port on flat-panel TVs. It brings Netflix, Google’s YouTube site and other Internet content to what is usually the biggest screen in households.



iPad mini 2 with Retina Display: cue the sub-$300 Apple tablet era
Stabley Times

Various sources (and common sense) say that the second generation iPad mini will indeed be a Retina Display product. Apple has already gone there with everything from the full size iPad to the iPhone (4, 4S, and 5) to the lowly iPod touch. And those familiar with Apple’s pricing strategy know that the $329 price wasn’t about trying to squeeze an extra ten percent over and above the $299 mark, but rather that Apple didn’t want a $299 iPad mini to make the $499 flagship iPad look overpriced by comparison. The $329 price almost said “Please don’t buy me, consider the full size iPad instead.” But with the iPad mini having proved to be a hit product and Apple now needing to treat it as a full fledged member of the iPad family, it’s a fairly safe bet that the iPad mini 2 will indeed be revised to the much more attractive sounding $299 price tag once its generational turnover happens. The question, then, is just when that’s going to happen.


July 26, 2013

Neil Gaiman will bring Wayward Manor to PC, tablets this Fall
Warp Zoned

Few names carry more cred in geek circles than Neil Gaiman Because of his reputation, there was much rejoicing in geek circles today as Gaiman announced that he plans to take his first step into the video game industry this Fall. The fantasy author has contributed the story to Wayward Manor, a PC/Mac/tablet game in development at The Odd Gentlemen (who also worked on The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom).

 Players can pre-order the game, as well as a huge stash of Wayward Manor-stamped swag, at WhoHauntsNeil.com.


Apple Wins Best Tablet, Mobile Phone, and Computer Brand Of The Year. Again.
Cult of Mac

Apple IpHone, Ipad and Mac book

Market research firm Harris Interactive conducts a fairly extensive poll each year in the area of consumer electronic brands. This year, Apple again took the top spot in three major categories, named the best brand of tablet, computer, and mobile phone. The iPad, Mac, and iPhone scored the best across an array of specific brand markers, like brand recognition, emotional response to the brand, and purchasing consideration.

The survey measured the perceptions of over 38,500 US consumers across more than 1,500 brands in over 155 categories. Whew. Apple blew past the competition, which included HP, Dell, and Sony in the computer category, as well as Google and Samsung in the tablet category. Apple also won the top brand spot over HTC, Samsung, and LG in themobile phone category.


July 29, 2013

Lines between tablets, notebooks and ultra-mobile PCs blur

Enterprise buyers will become more confused this fall when new tablets and touchscreen notebooks blur the lines between the form factors.

Vendors, such as Microsoft, which jumped late into the tablet market following the exponential success of the Apple iPad and Google Android-based tablets, have attempted to redefine tablets by including devices that are far larger than a tablet should be.

Indeed, the industry's definition of a tablet PC has morphed from a device that is smaller than a laptop but larger than a smartphone to include devices such as ultra-mobile PCs, which offer a rich set of mobile functionality normally seen on their notebook counterparts.

Tablets meet a market need for highly mobile devices that are larger than a smartphone but not as heavy or costly as an ultra-notebook PC -- extremely lightweight, fully functional PC-like devices, like a Macbook Air. Previously, notebooks were constrained by weight and battery life, but those challenges are becoming less significant with the arrival of technology such as Intel's Haswell chips and solid-state disk storage. The distinctions between tablet and non-tablet systems regarding mobility, battery life, instant-on and even a full operating system such as Windows 8 are blurring.

Meanwhile, vendors are building convertibles without excessive premiums, Egan said. "It's now about capturing market share," he added. Volume market share for both tablets and devices like hybrid and ultra-mobile PCs could offset lower hardware margins for vendors if strong demand for the technology continues in the coming years.


Apple's iPad market share chopped in half as Android takes over

Apple VS Android

Apple’s iPad tablet dominance is crumbling. Strategy Analytics reported today that Apple is clinging to only 28.3 percent of the tablet market, down from 47.2 percent at the same point last year.

In the last quarter, Apple’s iPad shipments slumped 14 percent even though the tablet market as a whole grew almost by half.

“When we add in white-box tablets, shipments reached 51.7 million units, up 43 percent from 36.1 million in Q2 2012,” Peter King, Strategy Analytics’ director of tablets said in a statement. “Apple iOS shipments were 14.6 million iPads in Q2 2013 which declined 14 percent annually.”



Apple iPad for Students in LA

The Los Angeles Unified School District, in collaboration with Apple, has decided to give away more than a half-million iPads to students of 1,124 schools by the end of 2014. The deal is said to be worth Apple iPad Tablet“hundreds of millions” to Apple.

The contract covers only the first deployment of iPads. It is estimated that 49 schools and about 31,000 students will be provided with iPads by the year end.  Apple will be the sole vendor involved in this project and is estimated to cost of $415 million over the first two years for the iPads alone.

The iPad will be provided to students at Kindergarten level to high school level. The device will be pre loaded with Pearson e-textbooks and other educational apps. iPad comes with three years of warranty and will also allow the district to keep its learning materials completely up-to-date.

The LA Unified School District believes that they can same money when compared to distributing traditional textbooks and other study materials to the school.


July 30, 2013

TabletKiosk® Upgrades Sahara NetSlate® 12.1” Enterprise Tablet PC

Entry level Tablet PC offers greatly improved battery life, integrated front and rear facing cameras, 4GB RAM standard configuration and a true RS-232 port as a BTO option

TabletKiosk Sahara NetSlate a525 Tablet PC

TabletKiosk, a leading provider of slate-style Tablet PCs and customized mobility solutions for the enterprise, today announced the newest addition to its family of 12.1” Tablet PCs, the Sahara NetSlate® a525.

The Sahara NetSlate a525 is a business focused Tablet PC powered by the Intel® Atom™ N2800 processor. Designed to deliver superior value and productivity as well as the ability to run embedded applications, the Sahara NetSlate a525 features 4GB of DDR3L RAM, over 300% better battery life than the previous model, integrated front and rear facing cameras and a true RS-232 serial port as a build-to-order option.  

the Sahara NetSlate a525 features dual hot swappable batteries, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), WiFi 802.11n, universal 3G WWAN, Bluetooth 4.0, two full-size USB 2.0 ports, and full compatibility with the Business Smart™ accessory ecosystem created for the company’s flagship Sahara Slate PC® line of Tablet PCs.




Toshiba WT310 Review

The WT310 is Toshiba's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro, but to even try and compare the two Toshiba WT310 Tabletdevices would be foolish.

Where the Surface Pro is the definition of utilitarian efficiency, with its fixed specs and clean-cut magnesium body, the WT310 has been designed from the start to be one of the most flexible Windows 8 Pro tablets you can buy.

Designed for the business and education market, the WT310 can be customised with any conceivable form of storage - including the Intel i5 Haswell series - which makes it a very serious competitor not only to the Surface Pro, but also to many of the premium Windows 8 tablets out there.


July 31, 2013

Dell Latitude 10 Review

The Dell Latitude 10 is an Intel Atom powered tablet that's designed as a robust device that can be Dell Latitude 10used both with a keyboard and mouse or as a standard slate tablet.

The Latitude 10 is lighter than the iPad and feels like a really pleasant device to use in the hand, with a smooth, tactile finish that won't fingerprint like many glossy finishes.

A dock is also available for the Latitude 10 that offers a really solid charging stand for your tablet as well as Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and extra USB ports. A soft case is also available for it.

But when buying a tablet at this price point, there are still better options out there, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro. It's a full-blown Windows 8 tablet, but it features a Core i5 processor instead. That means it really is capable of being your main display. It is a lot more expensive than the Latitude 10, but the investment is worth it.



Two reasons why tablets will be twice as big as notebooks in 2014

Do you think tablets are still a poor substitute for notebooks? The findings from a recent research report may urge you to think again.iPad with Notebook

In its latest quarterly report into mobile PC shipments, DisplaySearch predicts that tablet shipments will reach a gigantic 364 million worldwide in 2014, a figure which is significant because the researcher believes that this will be more than double the 177 million shipments forecast for standard notebook and ultra-slim PCs.

Citing the growth of developing regions and an increasing array of innovative tablets, DisplaySearch believes that it’s not just consumers that are moving away from notebooks, but vendors too.

“The PC market is clearly shifting away from notebooks and toward tablets,” said Richard Shim, a senior analyst with DisplaySearch.

“Supply chain indications reveal that previously planned production of notebook PCs is being pulled back due to declining adoption and that brands are gradually increasing the number of tablet PC models in their product mixes. Panel and finished goods suppliers are also increasing production of displays and other components for tablets in order to keep up with the market changes.”


Android Tablets Are Taking Off
Motley Fool

A few months ago I wrote that Apple's tablet crown was looking a little dented -- now it appears it may be falling apart. The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics show that Android's made huge gains against Apple's iOS over the past year, and it's showing no signs of slowing down.

Apple's drop has been Android's gain. Over the same period, Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG ) tablet OS jumped from 51.4% to a staggering 67%. Strategy Analytics said that Android's success is due to the success of Samsung, Amazon.com, and Google tablets. Overall, branded tablet shipments shot up 47% to 36.2 million units from 24.6 million a year earlier.

Not to be left out of the tablet conversation is Microsoft's Surface tablets, which jumped to 4.5% OS market share this past quarter and 2.3% global shipment market share. Strategy Analytics believes that third-quarter shipments of the Surface could spike because of the recent price drop for Surface RT tablets. If that happens, investors should keep in mind that any significant growth for that quarter would likely be temporary compared to the steady gain of Android tablets.


Microsoft Surface Pro 2 likely coming front and backside Fingerprint Sensor Tech
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