Summary: Anything is possible, but in this cast I think BlackBerry's CEo is doing anything he can to draw attention to the dying brand.
BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins said in an interview on Monday that the tablet market may not exist as it does now in five years, Bloombergreported. Heins' comments cast doubt on the possibility of BlackBerry launching a follow-up to its ill-fated PlayBook tablet, even though such a move has been expected by many observers.
"In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," Heins said. ""Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model."
Heins' reference to "a big screen in your workspace" could indicate the direction in which the company plans to move with its devices. Prior to the release of BlackBerry's Z10 and Q10, the company was rumored to be working on a mode for the handsets that would allow them to connect to a display and essentially work as a computer with external inputs. Such functionality did not emerge at the launch of BlackBerry 10, but the firm may still be developing it.
Apple sold 19.5 million iPad units last quarter, and more than half of them were iPad Minis. Were consumers shopping early for Mother's Day? A new poll suggests that might be the case.
According to TechBargains , 73 percent of moms would rather receive an iPad than a bouquet of flowers.
These results should not surprise anyone -- Apple's tablet is worth so much more. While a large bouquet of flowers can be purchased from 1-800-Flowers.com for less than $100, the cheapest iPad starts at $329.
After a few days of sitting in a vase, the flowers will begin to die off. An iPad, on the other hand, will still be a fully-functional device that allows moms to do almost anything .
Naturally that's good news for Microsoft, as a mere 400,000 units were reportedly sold globally in 3Q12, a number that had remained relatively unchanged since the end of 2011. Thus, Microsoft seemingly has Windows 8 to thank for its boom in tablet business despite what critics are saying about the platform in the PC sector.
However there are a number of factors that continue to hold back shipments. Peter King, Director of Tablets at Strategy Analytics, said these factors include a very limited distribution, a shortage of top tier apps, and continued customer confusion. To Microsoft's defense, the company is working on all three issues, making the tablets – especially Surface RT and Pro – more easily accessible on the market. The Windows Store continues to build its library of apps and Windows "Blue" is slated to help with the customer confusion aspect later this year.
Toshiba has announced its WT310, a Windows 8 tablet to rival Microsoft's Surface Pro.
With Windows 8 Pro, an 11in Full HD screen and an Intel Ivy Bridge Core processor, Toshiba is taking aim the Surface Pro and other business tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. The WT310 will launch in the UK by the end of June but no price has been announced.
Toshiba said: "Optimised for business use, the WT310 includes a comprehensive range of features designed to aid mobile workers, no matter what job is at hand."
As well as an 11.6in Full HD touchscreen the WT310 comes with a DigitizerPen stylus for accuracy and also hand writing notes which can be converted into an editable document. The Intel chip is accompanied by a solid state drive (SSD) for additional performance.
Acer’s first 2013 stab at challenging the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad Mini might have been a little underwhelming, but the Taiwan-based company is anything but a one-trick pony. The Iconia Tab A1 has looked much better on paper than the B1 ever since it first starred in a “leak”, and now, courtesy of Bulgarian website Tablet.bg, we have the chance to see it in the flesh as well.
And although it’s still at least one month away from its commercial release, I have to say I’m already pretty impressed by the thing and excited to see it on store shelves. Sure, it has its flaws, but if rumors about a $170 starting price point turn out to be true, it’s going to be very hard to say no to the A1.
The Microsoft Surface 2 could be unveiled in June as a 7-inch version of its Microsoft Surface Pro tablet at the company’s Build Developer Conference.
According to DigiTimes, Microsoft will use the Build Developer Conference to launch the second-generation Microsoft Surface tablets. However, what’s interesting is that the tablets will reportedly “only feature 7- to 9-inch displays” attempting to cash in on the smaller tablet market successfully broached by Apple with the iPad mini.
If the information is correct though, Microsoft could launch several varieties of the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet at the conference, which runs from June 26 – 28.
Apple's recently announced a countdown to 50 billion app downloads, the company last week issued an updated list charting the most popular iPhone and iPad apps of all-time. Per usual, the listing is broken up between free and paid apps. As one might expect, the list is extremely game heavy, with Rovio's Angry Birds making a number of appearances on both the paid and free list. It's also worth noting that a number of Apple's own applications make appearances on the list of most popular paid iPad titles.
Among the paid apps on the iPad are Pages, Angry Birds HD, Angry Birds Seasons HD, Where's My Water and Fruit Ninja in the top 5. Other apps includee Angry Birds Space HD, GarageBand, Words With Friends HD, Cut the Rope HD, Keynote, to name a few. Those up for grabs for free on the iPad include, Skype for iPad, The Weather Channel for iPad, Netflix, Angry Birds HD Free and Kindle in the top 5. The list includes others like, Facebook, Pandora Radio, Calculator for iPad Free, Fruit Ninja HD Free, Google Earth, ABC Player, to name a few.
Bill Gates took to CNBC today to pitch Microsoft's line of Surface tablets, and he had some choice words for Apple's iPad and similar tablets. "A lot of those users are frustrated," said Gates. "They can't type, they can't create documents, they don't have Office there."
Gates pegged current tablets' lack of physical keyboards as their biggest detractor. There's no arguing that it's easier, quicker, and more accurate to pound out text with a physical keyboard. Today's mobile professionals grew up using typewriters, word processors, desktops and laptops -- all of which include real keyboards. There's something to be said for the muscle memory that comes from beating on keys for a decade or two.
Gates then pointed out that the Surface RT and Surface Pro, Microsoft's two tablets, have keyboard options that make them more productive. Further, the Surface Pro runs a full version of Windows, which includes Microsoft Office, Outlook, and tons of productivity apps. The Surface, said Gates, offers the "portability of the tablet, but the richness of a PC."
Much as Samsung was fixated on an internal corporate goal last year to simply "BEAT APPLE" in the smartphone market, the company now wants to do the same in tablets. To that end, it's expectedly pursuing the same strategy of launching a slew of products encompassing every conceivable price point and form factor to see what works.
Importantly, Samsung is beginning to close the gap with Apple in unit terms.
Samsung's tablet strategy will use both Google Android and Microsoft Windows, but mostly Android. The company current has 20 different tablet variants listed on its site, ranging from 7-inch displays up to 10-inch displays. Most run Android beneath Samsung's TouchWiz, but it also sells its ATIV tablet that runs Windows 8.
Unlike Apple, Samsung is more than happy to pursue low-end markets. It just announced the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch tablet with low-end specs that will be the successor to the $199 Galaxy Tab 2.
Acer Iconia A1 vs Apple iPad Mini comparison is natural. Both come with same size and matching specs and will definitely compete in the market for the same slot
Tablet market seems to be expanding fast. In fact the way it has progressed since the launch of first generation iPad, it is unprecedented for a new product to come and then take the market by storm. Now almost every second person possesses an iPad, a Google Nexus tablet, an Amazon Kindle Fire, an Asus tablet or one from numerous other manufacturers that have flourished in a very small time.
After ten inch tablets we saw another explosive growth in small 7 and 8-inch tablets. Acer’s just introduced Acer Iconia A1 is one of the very few 8-inch tablets that have been launched in the market. Due to its size and its specs, the small tablet seem to be a threat to none other than market leader in the segment, iPad Mini of Cupertino based Apple. The tablet is also being compared to another hot selling tablet in the market, Google Nexus 7.
The fact that Acer tablet is one of the cheapest tablets available in the market that comes with decent specifications. It will be an understatement if I say it may not bother Apple as it will affect iPad Mini market in the coming days. Acer Iconia A1 tablet sports a 7.9-inch display as equal to iPad Mini. But like Nexus 7, it draws juice from a quad core CPU, which is missing on a series of Nexus 7 rivals like the Asus Fonepad and Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0). The still unspecified processor of the Acer tablet is to offer a clock speed of 1.2GHz, which is more than enough for a midsize tablet. Digging more into its innards, you can see 1GB RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory.
With new versions of Surface on the horizon, what does Microsoft need to do to make a success of its tablet family?
4. End the Windows 8 and Windows RT confusion
Surface comes in two flavours: the broadly consumer-focused Surface with Windows RT and the Windows 8 Pro-powered Surface Pro for business users.
But Windows RT has not been a success as a flavour of Windows. It has confused buyers and put them off with a general sense that it's a hobbled version of Windows — it only works with apps from the Windows Store and cannot run legacy desktop applications (other than the bundled copy of Office). It's also worth noting that nobody buying an iPad expects backward compatibility with existing Mac OS applications, and yet somehow Microsoft allowed itself to become painted into a corner on this issue.
right now Surface with Windows RT is one compromise too far, and looks suspiciously like a tablet designed by committee. For example, it confuses users by including the old-style desktop solely to allow the tablet to run Office — even though it doesn't currently have Outlook, which makes the pitch even more confusing.
In a first for Acer, the A1 uses an unconventional 7.9in screen form factor that apes the iPad mini instead of sticking to the more common 7in form factor found in most small-screen Android tablets.
Acer stressed that the Iconia A1 is designed for one-handed use, but its 11mm thickness and weight of 410 grams make it thicker and heavier than the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. It's by no means a clunky tablet, and is perfectly comfortable to hold in one hand, but its form and design leave something to be desired.
The 7.9in size isn't the only thing the A1 has in common with the iPad mini, as both tablets use the same 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution. That 4:3 aspect ratio is a bit different to the 16:9 you'll find on the Nexus 7 and most other Android tablets.
That resolution is also a bit low compared with the 1,280 x 800 resolution of the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The panel is, at least, an IPS display, meaning it has a nice wide viewing angle, and the screen is sufficiently bright, though colours didn't look all that vibrant.
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This month's post is about my personal experience with a new generation of tablets with a desktop-level compatibility and performance -- specifically the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Apple 's iPad has already demonstrated that the lightweight tablet format has quickly become indispensable for today's workers
If you check out the satchels of many executives today, there are three devices -- a laptop computer for working, an iPad (or Android) tablet for quick reference and browsing (as well as a session or two of Angry Birds), and a mobile phone.
Enter the Microsoft Surface Pro.
One of the first things I noticed about the Surface Pro was its speed. It booted from cold in six seconds, and the response was quick. It was as fast, if not faster than my laptop, even in processor-heavy applications like Adobe Lightroom.
The Surface Pro has changed my mind about the validity of Windows 8. I had been trying to use the operating system on the wrong device.
The most remarkable discovery for me was how useful the operating system is in the tablet format. I forced myself to give Metro an honest try and was quickly rewarded by seeing how the interface made sense. Using Internet Explorer 10 with my fingers and thumbs was actually quicker than using the mouse and keyboard
The unit started fast enough to quickly check email and send responses during the breaks. In the hotel room, it worked well to compose long documents and emails, as well as do some photo editing.
I've actually retired three devices with this unit. I had a work laptop (usually left in the office), a home laptop, and an iPad. The Surface Pro takes the place of all of these, without any compromise in performance.
The HTC R7 could use a Full HD screen resolution and have some other impressive specs. Namely a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13Mp rear facing camera. It's apparently unlikely to include HDMI, DLNA or NFC but a model with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS will be available.
Meanwhile the HTC R12 will have the same hardware line-up as the R7 but with a 2048 x 1536 resolution on the 12in screen, matching the iPad 4's Retina display.
In what will surely be an attempt to give its fledgling Windows 8 devices a shot in the arm, Microsoft is reportedly offering $1 billion to buy Nook Media and remove Barnes & Noble from the partnership.
What's more, Nook Media is planning to get out of the hardware game altogether. By the end of the fiscal year in 2014, all Android-based readers will be discontinued, as Nook content transitions toward being distributed via apps on third-party devices. That could include Android slates created by other manufacturers, tablets like the iPad, or, if Microsoft does get involved, products like the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Mini.
The news comes courtesy of TechCrunch, which managed to get its hands on internal documents related to the matter. If Microsoft's purchase plans go through, the company would obtain the entire Nook digital service operation.
"A deal to buy the digital assets of Nook Media is the natural next step for Microsoft, which first announced a plan to work with Barnes & Noble on its Nook devices and content in April 2012, ponying up $300 million at the time to help," TechCrunch states. "That plan included an additional $180 million advance to develop content for its Windows 8 devices — which Nook has been doing."
A new report has found a radical decline in the number of businesses planning to replace their desktop and laptop fleet.
According to the Roy Morgan Business Survey, the percentage of businesses planning fleet renewal plunged from 20.3 percent to 17.6 percent.
The bright spot is in the number of organisations planning to buy or replace tablet computers. This number increased 23 percent, from 10.9 percent of surveyed businesses to 13.4 percent.
“It is clear that many businesses are finding that tablets provide an operational and technological boost beyond what can be achieved with PCs and laptops alone,” said Nigel Smith, director of business research, in a statement.
Summary: There are a lot of gadgets that come through my home office, which range in usefulness from not very to game changing for me. One of the latter is so good that it has changed my routine for the better.
After long thought on the matter, I have to proclaim the Logitech Keyboard Folio mini as the gadget that has most impacted my routine. Yes, a lowly keyboard case for the iPad mini reigns supreme over the entire list of gadgets I have used so far this year.
This small case for the iPad mini has changed how I approach daily wanderings around the city. When I head out of my home office on day trips, historically, I've taken a laptop or the iPad with keyboard depending on if my goal was to work or to enjoy leisure activities.
Things just keep getting worse for Microsoft's Windows RT operating system (OS), which is designed specifically for mobile devices like tablet computers. Now, it appears Apple has no plans to construct an iTunes app for the OS.
The news won't be a big deal for people running Windows 8-based devices, like the Surface Pro tablet. After all, they can simply download iTunes to the desktop.
However, for people who own the Surface RT (or anything else running the Windows RT OS), that's impossible.
"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app ... any time soon," noted Tami Reller, Microsoft Windows division chief financial officer.
Reller admits that iTunes is a highly desirable application. However, it seems like Apple just isn't willing to play ball.
"iTunes is in high demand," Reller said. "The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying." (Source: pcworld.com)
Experts view the absence of iTunes as a significant blow to Windows RT. After all, roughly half a billion people use iTunes to download movies, music, television shows, and podcasts.
While the tablet PC may have become the darling du jour of the tech media, it still has a ways to go in providing the utility provided out of the box by laptops, whose form factor and usability OEMS continue to transform to battle the continuing encroachment of tablets, calling these newfangled machines “ultrabooks,” their dimensions shruken almost to a sliver to make them even more portable, and packing new technologies to provide instant-on usability—qualities that have made tablets a huge success.
In this ultrabook category sits squarely the Aspire S7 from Acer, the Taiwanese multinational tech company that has been earnestly transforming itself as one that manufactures reliable if rather generic-looking value-priced PCs and notebooks, to one that continues to provide a similar value proposition to consumers while, at the same time, pushing the envelope in terms of design and technology.
The Acer Aspire S7—which comes in two variants: one dressed in Gorilla Glass with 13.3-inch screen and the other, swathed in an aluminum unibody with an 11.6-inch screen—is another triumphant addition to the arsenal in the company’s ongoing transformation.
The S7, however, is more than just a refinement. It is a stunning slab of hardware that brings together design and technology in ways that grab a few bragging rights from the leader in ultraportable laptops
It had "Pages" for word processing, "Numbers" for spreadsheets, and "Keynote" for presentations. Since Microsoft never rolled out a version of Office for the iPad, each of those three apps sold well for Apple.
Apple has been hiring people for iWork, which is the division that houses those apps, since February, says MacRumors. Early on it was hiring senior software engineers. Now its hiring quality assurance engineers, which suggests its getting closer to having a new, finished product for testing.
Since it doesn't look like Microsoft is going to make Office for iPad any time soon, it makes sense for Apple to polish these apps. They're still popular for people buying their first iPad, and there are a lot of people still buying their first iPads.
Tablet computing is well beyond the control of Apple’s iTunes content delivery system. In the early days of the iPod and the iPhone (ancestors of the iPad), you could hardly use the product without periodic plug-ins to iTunes to get content and configure the device. After that Apple’s App Store held hegemony on the apps that give tablets value.
The biggest usage mode for tablets is communications: e-mail, web, social media, etc., where Apple has no advantage in content access. Work usage is also important, and the productivity apps for Apple and Android are fairly comparable.
The second biggest use is media and entertainment. Apple had a big advantage at the start here, but the playing field here has been leveled to a large extent. eBooks and music are equally available on Android, a wide selection of video is available from Google, Netflix, and Amazon, and there are numerous Android tablet games, although probably fewer options than iOS.
And, Samsung is a force of nature. At CES in 2011 they had a Galaxy product targeting every Apple mobile product from the iTouch to the iPad. They experiment with many size and design variations: they were early with the now-dominant 7 inch tablet and pioneered the surprisingly successful “phablet” concept (~5″ devices that are big phones or small tablets). Consumer research showed that Samsung’s brand did not match Apple’s, and they responded with a brand marketing blitz that makes them the biggest U.S. spender in mobile electronics, including LeBron James in a Superbowl ad. Samsung is now arguably a stronger brand than Android; the two together are formidable.
I asked both Microsoft and Wacom officials if the drivers were beta or final and received no word back. I have seen tweets and blog posts from a number of Surface Pro users who have downloaded them and found them to work just fine, however.
HP has unveiled the SlateBook x2, the first detachable Android tablet running on a Tegra 4 chip. The tablet is set to hit stores in August and will be priced at $479, which roughly translates to Rs 26,285. Judging by the pricing, HP seems to be going after Apple’s tablet-ruling crown.
According to HP, the SlateBook x2’s tablet and dock should stay alive for up to 14 hours. It sports a 10.2-inch display. The keyboard dock comes with its own battery. The tablet weighs in at 635 grams while the dock weighs 671 grams. The keyboard dock has a dedicated Google Now button to allow for quick searches and a Recent Apps button for quick access to the previously-opened apps.
Pannasonic has announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook H2 Tablet, the industry's most rugged handheld tablet PC. The MIL-STD-810G(1) and IP65(1) certified device includes a faster processor, expanded storage and other improvements, while retaining critical features to enhance usability and durability -- including the ability to survive a 6-foot drop. With these upgrades, the Toughbook H2 delivers an improved return on investment for businesses with mobile workforces and greater performance for clinicians, field service workers, first responders and other mission-critical mobile professionals.
The 3.5 lb. Toughbook H2 handheld tablet PC runs the Microsoft Windows(R) 7 Professional (32-bit or 64-bit) operating system and includes optional integrated technology such as barcode, fingerprint, insertable or contactless SmartCard/RFID readers. Further, with standard USB 3.0, serial, and Ethernet ports, connectivity is unparalleled in its class. Its 10.1-inch XGA LED transflective touchscreen with Panasonic CircuLumin(TM) technology allows for full circle viewability from the brightest sunlight to pitch darkness, and screen brightness can be adjusted from 6,000 nits to as low as 1 nit for concealed nighttime use for the safety of military and public safety users.
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“The high performance xTablet C1300 convertible tablet is built to fulfill the customer requirements for a rugged convertible tablet with the computing power to handle their enterprise applications,” says MobileDemand President Matthew Miller. “The xTablet C1300 has impressive upgrades from the C1200 that will allow us to serve our current customers better as well as open up new markets,” Miller continues.
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Tablets enjoy a much higher penetration rate in TV-owning teen homes than in young adult homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. The tablet news is a trend reversal from what’s seen among other devices, particularly smartphones.
In fact, several devices have higher home penetration rates among older demographics as opposed to teens. But tablets were one of three devices reviewed to be most commonly found in a teen home, along with game consoles and DVD players.
In this study, a teen household was defined as a home with a child between ages 12 and 17. The tablet news is yet another confirmation that tablets are finding a strong ownership base in American households — particularly those with televisions. Marketers are advised to be mindful of the high tablet consumption rates not only of teen device owners but also of their parents.
Using lightweight iPads instead of heavy paper flight manuals will amount to $750,000 annual savings on fuel alone, a spokesman for the Air Force's Air Mobility Command said in an interview with James Rogers of The Street. And the AMC will no longer have to print those flight manuals either, which will save a whopping $5 million per year.
The Air Force spent $9.36 million a year ago on 18,000 iPad units for use in the military arm's cargo aircraft. The 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only version of Apple's touchscreen tablet was purchased with bulk discount from Apple, at a price of around $520 per unit.
About 16,000 third-generation iPad with Retina display units are now in use by AMC crew, according to Rogers. The remaining 2,000 units are said to have been deployed across other Air Force units.
Archos is taking no prisoners as of late with its growing tablet PC arsenal and it seems no niche will be left untouched. Cast your mind back a short time and you’ll remember the eyebrow-raising launch of the Archos ChefPad, which unsurprisingly is the first and probably the only tablet PC created specifically with chefs and food fans in mind.
Impressive enough specs and a $199 price tag make the 8-inch Archos 80 Xenon a tempting buy to say the least. Under the hood lies a zippy quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, backed by 1GB of RAM and with a debatably inadequate 4GB of onboard storage – a micro-SD slot allowing forgiveness. Said 8-inch screen packs 1024 by 768 pixels which is on par with the current iPad Mini, while the 2-megapixel camera to the rear is pretty lousy but still better than no camera at all…as in with the Google Nexus 7.
As far as products go, word on the street is that a pair of new Microsoft Surface Tablets will be introduced at the show, of which one will apparently be the Surface Plus and the other an Xbox Surface built with gaming in mind.
And as the latter of the two caters for a smaller niche, all eyes are firmly on the Surface Plus.
In terms of specs and features, it’s all a case of educated guesswork but that of course hasn’t stopped the plucky masses from having a stab. Based loosely around what Microsoft must deliver this time around in conjunction with one or two leaks, the Surface Plus is expected to land with a 7-inch screen packing 1,400 by 1,500 resolution, 4G LTE connectivity, a full-fat version of Windows 8 (or Windows Blue?) and a quite unstoppably tempting price tag of around the $300 mark.
Remember AT&T Mobility’s old “More Bars In More Places” ads? A Samsung slate design innovation may make it easier for consumers to take more tablets to more bars, or essentially make it easier for consumers to take large 10-inch tablets to more places.
Samsung’s design patent, which may or may not show up in a future Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note tablet, adds a carrying handle to the tablet that will make it easier and more convenient for users to take their tablets out of the home or office.
Sony has announced that the stunning Xperia Z Tablet is being rolled out globally following an incredibly successful introduction to a few of the world’s key markets. The lightest and thinnest tablet PC in its class according to Sony, the Xperia Z will launch in both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi only variants in order to capitalize on as many corporate and consumer groups as possible.
The Sony Xperia Z is priced pretty much identically to Apple’s iPad 4, with its 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi variants carrying an RRP of $499 and $599 respectively. The 4G LTE variant comes in a little higher at around the $699 mark.
A glance at the tablet is enough to see that what you’re looking at is something of a carbon-copy of the Xperia Z Smartphone – albeit a decidedly larger one. And the similarities aren’t just cosmetic either, as just like its smaller sibling the Xperia Z Tablet is both dust and water-resistant, which proved to be one of the biggest draws of all the Sony’s flagship Smartphone.
The stunning 10.1-inch display packs 1,920 by 1,200 pixels, while power is delivered courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz. There’s also 2GB of RAM, at least 16GB of closet-space and one of the best 8-megapixel cameras you’ll find on a tablet to date.
Samsung has announced that it is to release ultra-high resolution panels offering higher-than-ever pixel densities for tablets and laptops - blowing Apple's existing retina-class displays out of the water.
Apple has been leading the way in pixel density - the number of individual dots, or picture elements, that can be crammed into a single area of the screen - for some time: iPad 4 includes what the company terms a 'retina-class' display, where the pixel density is high enough to prevent the human eye from perceiving individual pixels when held at a standard viewing distance. The technology has also been expanded to the company's 13.1in Macbook Pro and 15.4in MacBook Pro models.
Given the high specifications and power-saving features on offer, however, we'd be surprised if there isn't a flood of high-resolution tablets and laptops on the market by the end of the year.
Soon, NFL players will have a better way to see what happened on the last play than tilting their heads back to check out the scoreboard.
The National Football League today announced a partnership with Microsoft, through which coaches and officials will use Microsoft’s Surface tablets on the sidelines, potentially replacing coaches’ laminated playbooks and Polaroid images used by quarterbacks to figure out what went wrong on that last interception. The partnership also includes plans to use the Surface and next-generation Xbox game console for interactive viewing experiences for fans.
Giving coaches and officials access to tablet computers seems like an obvious step for the league, which, after all, exists in the 21st century.
As NFL technological shifts go, the change ranks up there with radio headsets in quarterbacks’ helmets and video instant replay. “We would make sure that it worked, and if that means changing the rules to account for innovation on the sidelines, we would do that,” Brian Rolapp, the chief operating officer for the NFL’s media arm, says of incorporating the Microsoft products. Rolapp would not give a timeline for when the devices will show up on the sidelines but said the league hoped to have things up and running by this coming season.
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Summary: This amusing new commercial by Micros oft points out the iPads limitations using the voice from Apple's Suri.
A recently aired Microsoft ad pits a tablet running the company's Windows 8 against the iPad, with the spot featuring an unlikely narrator: Apple's Siri virtual assistant.
The commercial, first spotted by The Verge, initially appears to mimic an Apple ad, complete with upbeat music and copious amounts of white space around the product. Things soon turn sour, however, as one notices the white iPad is not paired with the usual iPad mini, but instead a black tablet running Windows 8.
In the ad, titled "Less talking, more doing," Siri appears to be struggling with a few functions that are highlight features for Microsoft's Windows 8-running tablet. Live updating tiles, multitasking and powerpoint are mentioned as things Siri, and by proxy the iPad, can't do.
Now HP has joined these ranks with the reveal of the 20-inch Envy Rove 20. In a post on HP's The Next Bench blog, the company states that the 12 pound PC has a hydraulic hinge in the back that, when a button is pressed, can adjust the position of the PC from 90 degrees to nearly flat on a table.
The Envy Rove 20 does have a battery, which HP says will last about three and a half hours; not bad compared to other PCs of this type. Engadget reports that the processor inside the PC will be a part of Intel's upcoming Haswell family of Core chips. It will also have up to 1 TB of hard drive storage, along with a small 8 GB SSD for fast caching. Of course, it will have a Beats audio speaker and it will come pre-loaded with some entertainment apps such as EA's Monopoly.
The Sero 7 series was developed as a partnership between Hisense, Wal-mart and Nvidia, and is priced to cut into competitor sales immediately.
While the diminutive devices may be a little late to the game, the Sero 7 Pro could go toe-to-toe with Google's own Nexus 7 in terms of performance and value.
Whatever the Sero 7 LT lacked in "wow," the Sero 7 Pro more than made up for its little brother's shortcomings. Priced at $149, the Pro is a near identical clone to Google's Nexus 7, but costs $50 less.
Entertainment is one of the main reasons for purchasing a tablet PC. It’s light, compact you can play games, watch movies, stay in touch with your mates via facebook or twitter, receive emails, browse the net and listen to your favourite tunes whilst on the go.
With tablets, smartphones and phablets moving to surpass PC shipments, mobile computing is the way of the future. Enterprise computing needs to go fully mobile along with this wave, says HansaWorld South Africa sales manager Taryn Cromie.
“The tablet has clearly become the preferred mobile productivity device, thanks to its larger screen size, ease-of-use and portability,” she says. “The fact that users are able to benefit from their choice of operating systems and apps simply adds impetus to tablet uptake. Inevitably, this means the tablet is now becoming entrenched as a tool for enterprise computing.
“Enterprise mobility has been a buzzword for some time, and thanks to the advent of the tablet, it is now possible,” says Cromie. “However, while the device may be capable of delivering full-function enterprise mobility, true enterprise mobility cannot be realised unless the mobile enterprise apps in use deliver the same functionality a mobile worker can enjoy in the office, wherever he may be. Cached reports are simply not enough.”
AMD today announced its lowest-power accelerated processing unit (APU) for tablet, hybrid and clamshell notebook PCs is the winner of the 2013 Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI award, the third consecutive win for AMD. The award is given by the Taipei Computer Association, a driving force behind the annual event and the leading technology organization in the country.
"We are very excited to receive this important award from the Taipei Computer Association for the third consecutive year, each year for our innovation in APUs," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units at AMD. "It's been our goal to deliver a more complete, full-featured experience on tablet and hybrid PCs, and we've been successful with our third generation A-Series APUs. It's a great honor to be recognized for our innovation and technology leadership at this prestigious event."
Available in dual and quad-core configurations, the new 2013 AMD Elite Mobility ultra low power APU, codenamed "Temash," is the world's first quad-core x86 system-on-a-chip (SoC) designed for tablet and hybrid PCs. The new APUs are designed to deliver the best entertainment and productivity experiences in the widest range of highly mobile devices, from media tablets to performance tablets, hybrids and small-screen touch notebooks, 13-inches and below. In coming months, key OEM partners will launch multiple new designs featuring this new APU.
Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, an update to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 that was released last year. It's a low-cost device with predictable specifications but it hardly seems like much of an upgrade over the previous model. See also What's the best tablet PC?
Samsung's tablet range has historically been one of the most overwhelming on the market. The company started off with a 7in Android tablet, then released a 10.1in, then revised that 10.1in to be thinner and lighter than the first, then brought out an 8.9inmodel, and then a slightly bigger 7.7in device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Specs
Screen size: 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches
Display PPI: 170
Internal storage: 8/16 GB storage,
RAM: 1 GB
Primary camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Summary: PC Advisor does a excellent job in this piece designed to help to decipher which tablet is best for individual users and what will suit their needs best.
I highly recommend Surface Pro over Windows RT, which does run Microsoft office but it does not run Micros oft Outlook and to be clear, Windows RT only runs Apps downloaded from the Microsoft store. You can not install software applications you already own Windows RT machines.
It's a confusing time to be buying a Windows 8 tablet. Should you go for a combined laptop and tablet - a so-called hybrid - or a 'proper' tablet? What about Windows RT? We answer these and more questions in our in-depth Windows 8 tablet buying advice, then review the best Windows 8 tablets.
Bill Gates recently gave an interview where he suggested that the millions of people who are buying iPads and Android tablets are frustrated because “they can't type, they can't create documents, they don't have Microsoft Office".
He then stated that Windows 8 and devices such as Microsoft's own Surface Pro tablet were the solution to that problem, because “you've got the portability of a tablet, and the richness of a PC in terms of the keyboard and Microsoft Office".
Bill does have a point about Microsoft Office. QuickOffice may allow you to open and edit Microsoft Office documents, but you still have to learn how the new app works, and transferring files back and forth between your tablet and your main PC can be a fiddly process. There are many people – particularly business users – who might feel more comfortable with a tablet that can run the Microsoft Office that they're already familiar with and give them instant access to their important work files.
We've included reviews of some of the best Windows tablets that are currently on offer, but before you can decide which one is right for you there's one big question that we need deal with first.
The ToughPad FZ-G1 isn't an aspirational lifestyle product like your standard tablet: this is a working machine, designed to go where frailer tablets wouldn't dare. And if you or your business need rugged, relatively portable computing with the power of a full PC, this 10.1-inch slate could be just right for you.
The ToughPad FZ-G1 comes running Windows 8 Pro - the same software you'll find on desktops and laptops. This gives you Microsoft's full operating system, which has been specially designed for touchscreen use.
Seven large physical keys adorn the front of the ToughPad FZ-G1 just below the screen. These give you instant access to the home, volume, rotation, lock and power buttons, while the remaining two can be programmed according to your needs.
Inside, Panasonic has stuffed in an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM, which makes light work of Windows 8 Pro, booting up in a tidy six seconds. It runs smoothly and we were able to glide through the live tiles on the Start screen and drop in and out of desktop mode without any hassle.
New Business-class Windows 8 Device Offers Performance of an Ultrabook
With Convenience of a Tablet and the Ultimate Handwriting Experience
Toshiba has taken the wraps off the Portege Z10T Detachable Ultrabook. Designed with business in mind, the Z10Tis runs Windows 8 and includes a pen for the ultimate handwriting experience
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., has just introduced the company’s first Windows 8 device designed for business users, the Protégé® Z10t Detachable Ultrabook™. The versatile Portégé Z10t is an Ultrabook™ when needed and a tablet when wanted. Switch instantly between notebook and tablet by simply detaching the screen. Equipped with an 11.6-inch diagonal, Full HD, IPS anti-glare touchscreen display , the Portégé Z10t is an ideal choice for on-the-go professionals looking for a single, versatile device that offers more screen real estate than most tablets, but all the same ultra-responsive performance of a laptop. The built in digitizer adds even more functionality for those who want to write and take notes on-screen. Ultra-slim, lightweight, encased in sleek style and dressed in durability with all the essential ports and security features, the Portégé Z10t makes it easy to create, share or consume content anytime, anywhere. Powered by the latest Intel® Core™ processors the device is equipped with all the business essential ports needed for a “dongle free” experience, the Portégé Z10t delivers excellent speed and performance – everything expected from a business-class Portégé.
The Iconia A1-810's size immediately makes it a direct competitor to Apple's iPad mini. It has the same sized 7.9in LED-backlit IPS screen with an identical 1024x768 display resolution, so it's easy to make the comparison.
The key feature of the Iconia A1-810 is clearly its $249 asking price. It's significantly cheaper than the equivalent model iPad mini ($369), but is both heavier (410g) and thicker (11.5mm). The thickness shouldn't be a significant issue but an extra 100g of weight may be a dealbreaker for some.
Other features of the Iconia A1-810 include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures full HD 1080p video at 30fps, and a front facing VGA camera to handle video calls. The A1-810 is a Wi-Fi only tablet and although 3G and 4G models are available in overseas markets, Acer will not sell them in Australia at this stage.
The Iconia A1-810 runs a fairly standard looking 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android operating system. However, one feature that might prove to be useful is Acer's 'Touch WakeApp' feature. Pressing five fingers onto the screen unlocks the screen and opens an app of your choice, and tapping both thumbs on the screen will again unlock it and launch another app of your choice.
Acer claims the Iconia A1-810 has a "minimum seven hour battery life", though it lists up to 8.95 hours for streaming video on YouTube and up to 9.56 hours when watching a video from the 16GB of internal memory. The 4960mAh battery isn't removable.
According to a report from Citi Research published by CNET, the iPad mini 2 could be priced at a mere $249, which is still more expensive than the base Nexus 7, but nonetheless a good deal cheaper than last year’s iteration. Citi Research claims that based on its Asian supply chain checks, the trend favoring cheaper devices could continue with the rumored low-cost iPhone and a “sub-$250 iPad mini.”, both of which it believes would be launched in September.
Summary: Windows 8.1 (code name "Blue"), available later this year, will be a free to update for all Windows 8 users. Microsoft will release a test version of Windows 8.1 at their annual developer conference on June 26.SEE ALSO: Windows 8.1: Everything You Need to Know
When Microsoft introduced Windows 8 to the world, it removed perhaps the most familiar part of the Windows user interface: the Start button. In the wake of feedback from users, the company is reversing course on that move in Windows 8.1 and bringing back the Start button in the desktop environment.
In the current version of Windows 8, users don't see the Start icon until they navigate the mouse cursor to the corner. A few new users have been flummoxed by the change, unsure of how to return to the modern UI without the visual cue of an icon.
Besides bringing back the Start button, Microsoft is changing its design. In Windows 8, the icon that appears in the corner is an analog of the Start screen, but in Windows 8.1 it becomes the same angled Windows logo seen in the charms menu, the keyboard and other places.
The change was influenced by user feedback. Thanks to the built-in cloud connectivity in Windows 8, Microsoft has access to more data about how users use its core product than ever before.
In addition, many third parties such as Samsung and Pokki have introduced their own versions of the Start button since Windows 8 killed it, and they've been successful: Pokki's Start menu has been downloaded 3 million times, and the company says users open it 10 times a day on average.
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.