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October 1, 2013

TabletKiosk Announces Trade-In, Trade-Up Program for Sahara Branded Tablet PCs

TabletKiosk®, a leading manufacturer of enterprise-grade Tablet PCs and tablet accessories for TabletKiosk i5X5 family of Tabletsbusiness, announced today the availability of a new Trade-up Program designed to provide customers a hassle-free and financially-rewarding way to upgrade their existing Tablet PC hardware.

From October 1 through December 31, 2013, customers can trade in their older Sahara Slate PC or Sahara NetSlate Tablet PCs and receive $50 to $500 credit towards the purchase of a new Sahara Slate PC i575/i535 or Sahara NetSlate a525. This Trade-up offer can be used for all past purchases of Sahara Slate PC and Sahara NetSlate models, regardless of the purchase date or condition of the tablet.  Additionally, TabletKiosk may also accept trade-ins from competing Tablet PC manufacturers on a case-by-case basis.  For more information about trading in competitors’ tablets, please call 310-782-1201.   

 

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Microsoft's Surface to be under revenue microscope
Computerworld

Microsoft will make it easier for Wall Street and industry analysts to track revenue generated by the company's struggling Surface line of tablets, the company promised Thursday.

In a conference call with analysts last week, Microsoft spelled out the new format it will use next month to report its quarterly financials.

Microsoft's promised to provide will be the quarterly revenue from sales of the Surface and the accessories that accompany the tablets, such as the keyboard covers and the upcoming docking station.

"Starting in Q1 we will report quarterly the revenue derived from our Surface products and related accessories," said Chris Suh, manager of Microsoft's investor relations, in the call last week.

 

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October 2, 2013

Dell Venue 11 Pro hands-on review: A Surface Pro 2 rival
PC Advisor

Dell says it has "The power of an Ultrabook, performance of a desktop, portability of a tablet.Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet

Rivalling Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablet, the Venue 11 Pro has a 10.8 in IPS touchscreen with a Full HD 1080p resolution. The screen is decent quality and has good viewing angles. See Microsoft Surface 2: Release date, price, specs and accessories.

Powering the Dell Venue 11 Pro is a fourth-generation Intel Haswell processor up to Core i5 vPro.

The firm touts up to 10 hours battery life, matching the new Surface 2 so we'll have to see if this is true or not when we get a review unit.

Dell is offering up to 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB storage giving it the kind of components usual found in a laptop. If you should find it useful, the Venue 11 Pro has NFC as an option. As standard, it comes with Full-size USB, HDMI and a micro SD card slot.

Windows 8.1 will come pre-loaded on the tablet with Dell Enterprise Services. Optional hardware security comes in the form of a fingerprint scanner and smart card reader.

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Microsoft Surface: What it tells us about devices, services and the future of Microsoft
ZDNet

Summary: What does the second generation Surface say about Microsoft's transition to devices and services? More than you might expect.

In this version of the One Microsoft story, software Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tabletisn't just apps, though apps are part of the story. It's everything from HTML/JavaScript code rendered in a browser, to the sync service at the heart of SkyDrive, to Outlook and your mail in Office 365, to mobile apps on an Android phone getting push notifications via Azure. It's a distributed world of services all with common APIs, all glued together with code.

Windows 8.1 is a key part of Microsoft's vision, as it expands on the programming model delivered in Windows 8 — especially around a key technology that's crucial to delivering a cross-device, cross-platform model: Portable Class Libraries.

While tomorrow's applications will need to run on everything from phones to tablets to servers, one user interface does not fit all. That's where PCLs come in, as they let you wrap common code into a library, ready for you to craft custom user experiences for the surface that renders the application.

 

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Rise of the tablet tykes
Marketing Week

Summary: Apple has launched first Kids App Store to accommodate the rapidly growing number of children using smart phones and tablets on an everyday basis.

The number of youngsters using tablet computers has mushroomed, fuelling demand for apps geared toChildrens Tablet Apps for iOS 7 children, but with security features that reassure parents.

Available on the iOS 7 operating system, this is a new section within the main App Store rather than a separate app. The children’s category divides apps into three age ranges including five and under, six to eight and nine to 11, and has sub-sections for genres such as education and play. To coincide with the launch, Apple also issued new developer guidelines aimed at tightening the safeguards around apps for young children.

These moves are not particularly surprising given the huge increase in tablet usage among children over the past year. More than eight in 10 parents who own a tablet say their children also use the device.

“Over Christmas last year there was an enormous increase in tablet penetration and particularly in households with children,” she says. “So there is a sense that tablets and their native apps are where our audience of quite small children are or where their parents want them to be.”

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Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition: tablet review
Washington Post

Joining that roster of devices is the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition, which includes features such as the ability to run multiple apps at once, a stylus with integrated software and a microSD card slot for Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 editionexpanding your memory. Though it will likely be overshadowed by its other Galaxy siblings, the Note tablet (which we’ll call it, for shorthand’s sake) is a well-made device, and features many of the same software touches that also appear in the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

Many of those features, such as multitasking and the pen, work even better on the Note tablet’s larger screen, which has gotten a major upgrade from its tablet predecessor.

Web browsing is fast, and apps run mostly without stuttering, though some of Samsung’s built-in apps have opening animations that do slow the tablet down. In terms of speed, this Note tablet is probably at or near the top of the market right now.

The real differentiating factor here, of course, is the S-Pen stylus which fits snugly into the body of the device and lets users take screenshots, search, write notes and pull up tools such as the calculator. The handwriting pickup is fast, nearly as responsive as a real pen, and handwriting recognition allows users to search through their notes quickly. It’s not a bad replacement for writing quick reminders and to-dos, though it still isn’t quite good enough for more intense note-taking.

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October 3, 2013

Tabletuse amoung children triples in 12 months
Daily Mail

The number of children who own a mobile phone has fallen for the first time as they turn to tablet computers to access the internet.Child using Tablet

The overall number of children aged five to 15 owning a mobile fell from 49 per cent last year to 43 per cent this year, the first decrease since Ofcom began compiling the figures in 2005.

This was mainly because the proportion of eight to 11-year-olds who own a basic mobile phone - as opposed to a smartphone - fell steeply to 15 per cent from 28 per cent last year.

Tablet computers are becoming a must-have device for children of all ages, according to Ofcom's figures.

The use of tablets has tripled among five to 15-year-olds, up from 14 per cent to 42 per cent since 2012, and more than a quarter of three and four-year-olds now use a tablet computer at home.

Tablet usage is also rising rapidly among five to seven-year-olds, up from 11 per cent last year to 39 per cent, and eight to 11-year-olds, up from 13 per cent last year to 44 per cent.

The age groups are five times more likely than last year to use mostly a tablet when accessing the internet at home.

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Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21, the world's first Android tablet with a fingerprint sensor?
Unwired View

Summary, Sadly the Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21 Tablet will not be available in the US.

So what’s the first Android maker to release a device with a fingerprint sensor post-iPhone 5S? Well, it’sFujitsu Tablet not Samsung, if that’s what you were thinking (and why wouldn’t you be, after all the Korean company loves to be ‘inspired’ by most things Apple does). No, it’s Fujitsu, which has outed a new tablet in Japan – the Arrows Tab FJT21.

It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and it comes with a multi-user friendly fingerprint sensor – so in this regard, it even one-ups Apple’s offering at this point.

The Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21 also has a 10.1-inch 2,560×1,600 touchscreen, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, 4 G LTE (with 150 Mbps download speed), and a gigantic 9,600 mAh battery. It’s also waterproof.


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Dish TV taps mobile, tablet marketDish TV
Business Standard

In a significant move towards tapping the mobile and tablet market in India, country’s largest Direct to Home provider, Dish TV has launched an application to access live television on the move.

The company, on Thursday, launched the service across the Android and Apple platform for its 11 million customers.

Dish TV is currently the only DTH provider to launch the service and is also looking to tap into more than 5,00,000 customers in the next year.

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October 4, 2013

Best Android tablets - October 2013
ZDNet

All of the tablets features here are very capable, powerful workhorses, and are ideal not only for home users, but also for enterprise users or those looking for a BYOD tablet. Any one of these will give you an excellent Android experience, and, when combined with the right apps, will allow you to get a lot of work done when you're away from your desk.

My favorite Android tablet just got better!

The new Google Nexus 7 is the much-anticipated follow-on to the highly-successful original Nexus 7. The hardware, once again manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a resolution bumped up to 1920x1200 HD display and a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch, a 1.5GHz Galaxy Note 10.1 2014Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a – somewhat limited – 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is Samsung's is a flagship tablet that commands a flagship price. And it just got better with this latest update

The hardware is all top-notch, with a 10.1-inch screen with a 2560x1600 resolution display, a 2.3GHz quad core processor on the LTE version (the Wi-Fi/3G version has a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU and a secondary 1.3GHz quad-core CPU), a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 10-hour battery pack.

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New Tablets From Dell Officially Launched, Keeps PC Division Alive
Online Gadget Store

After discontinuing XPS 10, Dell has announced that their tablets will no longer include Windows RT devices.

The newly-launched tablets from Dell pretty much signal that their PC department will still be much alive.Dell Tablets The company officially launched its new lineup Venue tablets. The lineup is composed of two tablets for Android OS and another two tablets for the new Windows 8.1 mobile OS which are scheduled to be released in November of this year.

For the Android platform, two new tablets from Dell will be named Venue 7 and Venue 8 which will have 7-inch and 8-inch screen sizes, respectively. However, these tablets will have Intel Atom chips that were announced last year and not the ones announce recently with the code name “Bay Trail.” The new Venue 7 will be available at the priced at $149 while the new Venue 8 will be pegged at a price of $179.

Meanwhile, the new tablets for the Windows 8.1 platform will be named Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro which will have 8-inch and 10.8-inch screens, respectively. The Venue 11 Pro tablet can be turned into a laptop hybrid with an optional docking station or keyboard. These new tablets will be powered by latest Intel chips. Venue Pro 8 will be powered by Bay Trail processors while the Venue Pro 11 will also have Bay Trail but will have an optional package for Haswell chips. The Venue 8 Pro will have a 64GB storage while the Venue 11 Pro can have up to 256GB of storage plus the new NFC capabilities.  Venue 8 Pro will have a 5MP back camera and 1.2MP front camera and will be available at the price of $299 while the Venue Pro 11 will have a 2MP front cam and an 8MP rear camera and will start at a price of $499. The Pro tablets from Dell will have LTE mobile network capabilities and Micro-SD slot

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October 7, 2013

Surface Pro 2 Walkthrough, Price, Battery Life, Specs: Surface Pro 2 ...
Design & Trend

You snooze you lose.

Microsoft reports the 128GB version of the Surface Pro 2 is already sold out as launch day nears.

The company says the Surface 2 64GB and Surface Pro 2 (256GB and 512GB) are close to selling out, Win Beta reports.

The LTE-enabled version of Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet is headed to AT&T first.

the new Surface Pro 2 tablet boasts vastly improved battery life over its predecessor.

Even with moderate use, the battery on the original Surface tablet drained in just 4.5 hours. Microsoft says it's new Pro tablet packs a battery that lasts 75 percent longer,

 

 

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Will Your Next Tablet Have a Stylus?
PC Magazine

I have been closely following Nvidia's new 7-inch Android tablet with stylus support, the Tegra Note. Tablet StulusAccording to Nvidia, this is the fastest tablet currently on the market, though there will be increasing competition from Intel, Qualcomm, and Apple that certainly will challenge this claim in the coming months.

However, I find this particular tablet design exciting because it introduces a new type of stylus that uses what Nvdia calls DirectStylus technology. It supposedly transforms a normal stylus into something more responsive with a finer point and better stroke control. HP just announced a new tablet based on this reference design called the HP Slate 7 Extreme, which also features Nvidia's DirectStylus.

Samsung's trailblazing Galaxy Note 3 phablet supports a stylus and while it has been marginally successful in the United States, it has caught fire in Asia and other parts of the world. Many people highly value the role of the stylus and find the one that comes with the Galaxy Note worth using. However, adoption of styluses, especially in the States, has been slow. Yes, there are dozens of styluses on the market designed to be used with the iPad and Android tablets but their imprecision creates a mediocre user experience.

 

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LG Launches Super Sharp Display G Pad 8.3 Tablet
Gizbot

LG has introduced its G Pad 8.3 tablet. Its main selling point is a high resolution screen, which will help it take on Apple's popular iPads with retina displays. While the product will be available in South Korea LG G Pad 8.3 tabletfrom October 14th, it will hit markets like India sometime during the end of the year.

It is worth noting that the tablet is the first from the South Korean company in two years. LG is hoping that the G Pad 8.3 will help it gain some traction against rivals like Apple and Samsung during the upcoming holiday season. Talking about its specs, the G Pad 8.3 uses a 1,920 by 1,200 resolution screen that delivers 273 pixels per inch, easily better than Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini (1024 by 768 resolution) which delivers 163 pixels per inch. The new slate will also be able to compete against products such as Amazon's faster and lighter Kindle tablets that were introduced during late September.

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October 8, 2013

Final Clearance Promotion on the MobileDemand xTablet T7000!

MobileDemand is offering a final promotion with significant discounts to reduce our current xTablet T7000MobileDemand xTablet T7000 inventory, up to 50% OFF! The tablets are available on a first come, first serve basis.

The pricing is as follows:
  

  • T7000 w/ Standard Display: $1,045 (includes 32GB drive and 2 high-capacity batteries)
  • T7000 w/ Hi-Brite Display: $1,265 (includes 32GB drive and 2 high-capacity batteries)
  • Add on an imager for only $200

Please note, these prices are final and available to everyone, regardless of if they are sold through a reseller or not. All sales are final.

View the xTablet T7000 Product Page.

Please contact your MobileDemand sales representative at 319-363-4121 or your reseller to place an order.

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Fujitsu Launches New Lineup of PCs and and Tablets for Consumers
4-traders

Fujitsu today announced the release of an updated lineup of consumer-oriented PCs and tablets, with eleven new models in six product families. The designs of the FMV Series of PCs and ARROWS Tab Series of tablets have been updated, and all models are preinstalled with the latest Windows 8.1 operating system update. To make it even easier for users to fully enjoy the features of the Windows 8.1 update and Fujitsu's enhanced My Cloud service, eight of the new models feature touch functionality. The new models will be available in Japan starting October 18, 2013.


ncluded in the lineup are completely new models, such as the ARROWS Tab QH55/M, a water- and dust-resistant tablet that supports both touch operations and digital pen input; the high-spec, water-resistant, 2-in-1 Ultrabook™ ARROWS Tab QH77/M, which can also be converted into a tablet.

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Touch-optimized Office for iPad still in the works, Microsoft CEO reveals
Apple Insider

Outgoing Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer dished Tuesday on a new touch-optimized version of Microsoft Office for iPadhis company's Office suite headed for Apple's iPad.

The company apparently plans to release a touch version of Office for its own Windows platform first, after which the software will come to iPad. Ballmer revealed the in-development software while speaking at a Gartner event in Florida on Tuesday, according to The Verge.

Microsoft revealed an official Office 365 app for iPhone in June. But that application was not designed to take advantage of the larger display of Apple's iPad.

The current Office application for iPhone requires users subscribe to the Office 365 service. That grants users access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go.

A more complete version of Office for iPad will arrive once Microsoft has completed its "touch first" interface for the suite, Ballmer revealed. The exiting CEO did not give a timeframe for the software's launch, but did say that development is "in progress.

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Best Buy Now Selling Razer Edge Pro Tablet and Razer Blade Laptop
Legit Reviews

 

The Razer Edge Pro, the world’s most powerful tablet and the first designed for PC gamers, bested all comers at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), winning CNET’s “Best of Show” and “People’s Voice” awards amidst a competitive field of approximately 20,000 products. It also won several highly competitive distinctions from Popular Science, TechRadar and LAPTOP Magazine, among others.

Best Buy, one of the largest and most respected retail chains in the United States, will be the first U.S. retailer to sell Razer’s award-winning computers, and the chain is an exclusive partner to sell the Blade and Edge Pro in-store nationwide.

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iPad technology keeping seniors connected
phillyBurbs.com

The residents of Medford Leas are tapping their ways into technology.

Like their adult children and grandchildren, they are staying connected with friends, family and the world with the touch of an Apple iPad screen. That’s right, not only does Grandmom email, she might even Seniors using iPads friend request you on Facebook or follow you on Twitter.

The technology is helping bridge the generation gap, said David Bartram, 69, a resident at Medford Leas, Lumberton campus, who teaches an iPad user course at the age-restricted retirement village and leads a monthly tablet users group for about 25 iPad users.

He said the iPad gives seniors an easy way to interact online with family and friends, read books, shop, or even just peruse topics of interest from around the globe. “It opens up a lot of avenues and a new world of possibilities,” he said.

He said overwhelmingly his students are interested in learning how to email, while some want to venture into social media, including Facebook. Others want to learn how to use video conferencing programs like Skype.

He finds those at Medford Leas like to use their iPads to read books and digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions, play online games, send emails and shop. Once some users get the hang of the iPad, “they just want to keep learning.”

“After you retire and as you get older it can be very isolating, even though that’s less true here at Medford Leas because we stay very active, but it helps to be able to keep in touch so easily,” Bartram said. “It’s empowering.”


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October 9, 2013

Apple iPad 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Vs Surface Pro 2 Comparison
Northern Voices Online

The newer iPad 5 is just to go official. Before its formal release, all of its major opponents have received Surface Pro 2 & Surface 2 tabletstheir latest upgrades. Microsoft has just brought us its new Surface Pro 2, and Samsung launched its Note 10.1’s latest variant the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition a little while ago, aiming a taut battle at the upcoming iPad 5.

By the way, though not released, we have some idea about what the new iPad 5 will pack up onboard and outside, and so here goes our comparison of it with its refreshed rivals out in market – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Microsoft Surface Pro 2, the second upgrade to Surface Pro of the last year. Go ahead to see what is the best device of the trio.

Microsoft hasn’t upgraded the resolution as well as it remains the same 1920 x 1080 pixels. But we’re happy with a FullHD display. Moreover, Microsoft has placed a screen panel that offers 46 percent better color accuracy than the previous model. On the other side, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is up with a 10.1 Super clear LCD display with a massive resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels at 299-ppi.

If you dig into Surface Pro 2, you can find a whopping Intel 4th gen Core i5-4200U Haswell CPU, clocked at 12.6GHz. It is capable to run at up to 2.6GHz, thanks to Intel’s Turbo Boost tech. Further, the machine gets great graphical support form an Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB RAM and higher 256GB and 512GB internal memory configurations that will get 8GB RAM. As per Microsoft, Surface Pro 2 is around 100 percent faster than the current laptops in market.

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Apple's iPad-Centric Event to Take Place on October 22
Mac Rumors

People familiar with Apple's plans tell AllThingsD that the company will hold its next invitation-only event 5th Generation iPadson Tuesday October 22. The focal point of the gathering will the latest updates to the company’s iPad line, but new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well, I'm told.

Apple's fifth-generation iPad will take on an iPad mini-style design, resulting in a thinner, lighter tablet with smaller side bezels. It's expected to feature a 64-bit A7 processor and an improved camera.

Apple's iPad mini is expected to include the same 64-bit A7 chip along with a Retina display and an 8-megapixel camera. According to recent rumors, the iPad mini could be in short supply and may not see widespread availability until 2014.

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Analyst Believes Larger 13″ iPad Could Be A Laptop-Hybrid Of Sorts
Ubergizmo ipad hybrid

new rumors have emerged about Apple’s alleged larger iPad. According to Ben A. Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays Capital, he suggests that this larger iPad could actually be more of a laptop rather than a tablet.

Reitzes states that the tablet could either come with a keyboard built-in, similar to Windows 8 laptops that are part tablet part laptop, or they could come with detachable keyboards, similar to what Microsoft is doing with their Surface tablets.

. We have heard of rumors on how future MacBooks could sport touchscreen displays, and we have seen concepts, but nothing at the moment seems to suggest that this is a reality, versus wishful thinking, so take it with a grain of salt for now.

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October 10, 2013

Review: Samsung tablet offers PC-like multitasking
Salt Lake Tribune

With Windows 8 tablets, I can run two windows side by side, but I’m constrained in what I can do with Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Editionthem. It gets better with the Windows 8.1 update due out next week, but it’s still not the free-for-all I had with PCs.

I marveled at a pair of multitasking features that come with Samsung’s new tablet, formally called Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition. Sporting a 10.1-inch display, measured diagonally, the Note tablet goes on sale in the U.S. on Thursday at a starting price of $550.

The first of the multitasking features, called Multi-Window, has been available in Samsung devices for about a year, but it works with many more apps now. You can run two apps side by side, such as Facebook on one side and YouTube video on the other.

it’s nice that Samsung Electronics Co. is supplementing Multi-Window with a feature called Pen Window.

With it, simply draw a box on the screen with the included stylus, and choose one of seven apps to open in a new window. Do it again and again until you open all seven apps, if you wish. That’s nine in all, counting the two with Multi-Window.

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Motion tweaks their lightweight rugged tablet for increased performance and enhanced usability
Rugged PC Review

tablet pioneer Motion Computing introduced the latest generation of its F5 and C5 series of rugged Motion F5te tablettablets—

The big news in our book is the new 10-finger multi-touch. It's one of those things that's really not that important, but it's much better to have it than not. And now Motion does.

The Motion F5te is not just another tablet seeking to ride the crest of the tablet juggernaut. Motion has been making tablets, and nothing but tablets, for over a decade. They've offered among the best implementations of the Microsoft Tablet PC platform that made its debut in 2002.

For a much more detailed review of this remarkable tablet platform, read RuggedPCReview's comprehensive hands-on analysis and testing of the Motion F5t,

Motion F5te vs. Motion F5t
Device Motion F5te (2013) Motion F5t (2012)
CPU best Core i7-3667U (2.0/3.2GHz) Core i7-3667U (2.0/3.2GHz)
CPU better Core i5-3337U (1.8/2.6GHz) Core i5-3317U (1.7/2.6GHz)
CPU good Core i3-3227U (1.9GHz) NA
Touch 10-finger procap 2-finger procap
OS Win 7, Win 8 Win 7, Win 8-ready
RAM 2/4/8GB 2/4GB
Mass Storage mSATA 64/128/256GB mSATA 64/128GB
SnapWorks yes no
EasyConnect RFID yes no

 

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Is the Surface 2 a Work Device?
Windows IT Pro Microsoft Surface

Microsoft describes the new Surface devices as "the most productive tablets ever designed." But tied up in this neat description is a contradiction: Surface 2 makes the cut because it comes with a free version of Office 2013 Home & Student; indeed, it's the only version of that edition of Office that also includes Outlook 2013. But Surface Pro 2, which can run Windows desktop applications, doesn't come with Office. So they both offer productivity capabilities, yes. Just different productivity capabilities.

To be clear—because, let's face it, nothing about Surface is truly clear—Surface 2 is the new ARM-based device running Windows RT 8.1, and Surface Pro 2 is the new Intel Core i5-based device running Windows 8.1 Pro.

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October 11, 2013

Bay Trail tablets with Windows 8.1 will hit stores next week
PCWorld Toshiba Encore

With the release of Windows 8.1 next week will come new tablets with Intel’s latest Atom chip code-named Bay Trail. The tablets, with starting prices from $299 to $350, include Dell’s Venue 8 Pro, Toshiba’s Encore, and Asustek’s Transformer Book T100. More models will ship in the coming months.

The tablets are for web browsing and media consumption, much like the iPad, and offer more than eight hours of battery life with screen sizes starting at 8 inches. Accessories like keyboards can turn these devices into laptops, and the tablets will run existing Windows 7 and 8 applications.

The new Windows 8.1 tablets are lighter and thinner than previous Windows 8 tablets that started shipping last year. An alternative to Bay Trail tablets will be Microsoft’s Surface 2, whose ARM processor is expected to be comparable or even better on battery life than Bay Trail tablets.

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Hear Steve Jobs Convincingly Dismiss Tablets 10 Years Ago
The Next Web

Steve Jobs convincingly dismiss tablets, at the first All Things Digital conference in 2003, ten years ago, to Walt Mossberg.

“It turns out people want keyboards”… “We look at the tablet and we think it’s gonna fail”… Now, 2003 was a different era to 2010, but it’s interesting to see how our perceptions of what makes sense in terms of technology change over time. That said, Mossberg and Jobs agree that the tablet is a better reading device than anything with a clamshell format, but Jobs doesn’t think the market for a ‘third computer’ is big enough. How times changed.

you will find the tablet information about 7 minutes into the video.

 

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Android Tablet Apps Get Their Turn In The Google Spotlight
ReadWrite Android App

Google wants buyers to know that Apple's iPad isn't the only tablet with lots of apps. 

Google is about to give tablet apps a big visibility boost in its Android Google Play app store. Starting November 21, Android tablet users who open the Google Play Store will by default first see apps designated “Designed for tablets.”

Google said back in May that it planned to highlight tablets apps in the Google Play store, but until now it hasn't done much on that front. With the new change, any Android tablet user will first see tablet-specific apps in the Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending sections of Google Play.


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Google's Eric Schmidt 'surprised' by tablet boom in enterprise
TabTimes

Google chairman Eric Schmidt admits to being surprised by the explosion of tablets in the enterprise but now believes that the trend will see a big shift in the way companies distribute software.

You can hear Schmidt's thoughts on tablets in enterprise in Gartner's video below from the event. The conversation turns to tablets around the two-minute mark.

 

 

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October 14, 2013

Best Buy Offering In-Store Cash for Your Old Microsoft Surface
Windows IT Pro Best Buy Microsoft Surface trade in

Valid until October 21, 2013, Best Buy is offering owners of the original Surface devices a chance to knock off a good chunk of the Surface 2 prices. The payout is a Best Buy gift card for which you can use in the store for anything, but for me, I'm already planning to take advantage of the deal to make purchasing a Surface Pro 2 less painful.

The deal is in-store only and the trade-in price varies per model and condition. You'll also want to check to make sure a store in your area is offering the deal. I checked my area using the Best Buy Trade-in Store Locator and I have no less than 10 participating locations in my area.

review the deal here:  Best Buy Surface Trade-In Offer

 

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4G Tablets - What are the best 4G Ready tablets ?
3G.co.uk

4G is becoming a common addition to smartphones and there are dozens of 4G ready handsets already Sony Xperia Tablet Z Tableton the market. But tablets on the other hand have proved rather slower to jump on board, particularly in the UK where there are really only a handful of 4G ready tablets currently available.


It’s not all bad news though, as the 4G tablets we have so far are among the best tablets available, so it’s still well worth investing in one. Read on for a rundown of the best 4G tablets available in various categories.

Best 4G Android Tablet : Sony Xperia Tablet Z


The selection of 4G ready Android tablets is no better than the selection of Apple ones, though given how frequently new Android tablets are released the number of 4G ones is likely to increase at a rapid rate, especially once 4G starts to become more popular and more readily available on a variety of networks.

Best 4G Apple Tablet : Apple iPad 4


Currently there are only 2 4G enabled Apple tablets, specifically the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini. That is likely to change soon, with both the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 thought to be right around the corner, but for now it makes it a fairly easy choice.

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Rumors Point to Samsung and Apple Releasing 12-inch Tablets
Android Headlines

According to the latest rumors, Apple is collaborating with Quanta Computer on the 12-12.9 inch iPad, Samsung VS Applewith Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor being used to drive performance of the tablet. The screen resolution is alleged to be 2,732 x 1,536. The name Quanta may sound a little familiar for good reason. Quanta has been involved with developing and manufacturing the Amazon Kindle tablet range, as well as manufacturing the Nexus 7 for ASUS.

Well, that’s more than enough time spent talking about the competition. It’s nice to see what they are doing, but let’s get to more interesting and relevant news. Which in this case, looks to be the possible release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2.

 

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October 15, 2013

Microsoft Surface Blade Concepts Spotted In New Video
Ubergizmo

This short video released by Microsoft, shows students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, that were recruited to come up with concepts for “blades”.   “Blades” are accessories that connect to the new to the Surface 2 of tablets.

 

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Sony Announces US Pricing And Availability For The VAIO® | Flip PCs And Tap PCs

 Sony today announced pricing and availability for the VAIO®| Flip PC, a brand new form factor that Sony VAIO® Tap 11 Tablet PCinstantly goes from laptop, to tablet to viewer mode with a simple flip. Sony also revealed pricing for the VAIO® Tap 11 Tablet PC, the world's thinnest (0.39") Windows 8 tablet with 4th generation Intel® Core™ Processors*, and its next evolution of the portable all-in-one PC, VAIO Tap 21. Expected to be available just in time for the holiday shopping season, the fall VAIO line-up offers powerful PC performance designed to support both entertainment and productivity.

The VAIO | Flip PC, Tap 11 Tablet PC and Tap 21 all-in-one PC are now available for pre-order from Sony and Best Buy for about $1099 (VAIO Fit 13A | Flip PC), $799 (VAIO Fit 15A | Flip PC), $749 (VAIO Fit 14A | Flip PC), $799 (Tap 11 PC) and $999 (Tap 21 PC). Both VAIO | Flip and Tap 11 PCs will be exclusively sold through Sony and Best Buy and is expected at retail locations nationwide beginning late October.


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How Do I Connect My Tablet to My TV? Let Me Count the Ways...
hometheaterreview.com

As tablets and smartphones continue to surge in popularity, they have become yet more source Connect My Tablet to My TVcomponents that many people would like to connect to their home theater systems.

Peruse the features list for a new, smart (i.e., networkable) HDTV, Blu-ray player, HTiB, and the like, and you may encounter some unfamiliar terms. Abbreviations like DLNA, MHL, NFC, and WiDi are popping up everywhere, as manufacturers continue to explore new ways to improve connectivity between traditional AV products and mobile devices. The myriad options can be confusing even for those of us who attend every trade show and see every demo, so here's a basic primer to explain some of terms you might encounter. This piece focuses specifically on the technologies that are becoming common in HDTVs to facilitate video and audio sharing.

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October 16, 2013

Lenovo Announces new Lenovo Miix2 8-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet for $299.00


Lenovo Miix2 8 inch Tablet with pen

Lenovo has announced the new Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet, a Windows 8.1 multi-mode device that packs an Intel quad-core processor and IPS wide-angle, high-definition display into a small tablet form factor. Paired with an optional stylus and detachable cover, the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch joins its popular predecessor, the Lenovo Miix

Measuring only 8.35mm thick and weighing a mere 350mg, the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet delivers a 16:10 widescreen experience that deftly balances visual experience with portability. The 10-point multi-touch WXGA display delivers an 800 x 1280 resolution and its impressive 178-degree viewing angle means no one is left out of the fun

 

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October 17, 2013

 

Filmmaking with Amanda Lippert with the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Video
Latinos Post

The new Surface Pro advertisement features filmmaker Amanda Lippert as she discusses her filmmaking process with the Microsoft tablet and SCRATCH Play.

"When I first got the Surface, I didn't think it would be that big of a difference but it's kinda addictive," said Lippert. "It gives me the power to run all of the programs that I would run on my computer wherever I need to be."

 

 

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Sony VAIO Tap 11 Gives Microsoft Surface Pro A Run For Its Money
Design & Trend

You may think the Sony VAIO Tap 11 is the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with the strikingly Sony Vaio tap 11 tabletsimilar design that includes a detachable keyboard and stylus. However, recent reviews suggest that it could actually be the Surface Pro's upgrade.

According to SlashGear, it is the thinnest full-Windows tablet around. The 12x7.4x.39-inch tablet weighs 1.7 lbs, slightly longer than the Surface Pro. However, it is thinner and lighter, but still slightly larger than the iPad 4 in length.

Engadget reports that the VAIO Tap 11 is specifically "designed to blow the Surface Pro out of the water." Like the Surface Pro, it has a kickstand, USB port, pen-enabled display, and the thin keyboard attaches to the tablet magnetically. However, the keyboard doesn't cost extra with the VAIO Tap 11, where it does with the Surface Pro 2.

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Sony Releases World's Slimmest Tablet PC in Korea
BusinessKorea

Yesterday, Sony Korea announced it will release the world’s slimmest tablet PC, the Vaio Tap 11, Sony Vaio Tab 11 Tablet PCfeaturing Windows 8. 

The Vaio Tap 11 is a tablet PC which allows the monitor and keyboard to separate. Using magnets installed in the keyboard, the two parts can be connected. It has an “omni-balance” design, which shows symmetry and perfect balance at any angle. 

Features include a full HD display panel & digital stylus pen, which replicates the feeling of using an actual pen and a notebook.  THe Vaio Tap 11 is y 9.9mm thick and and weighs only 0.78kg.

The black model features a 4th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor is 1.699 million won (US$1,597.18), while the white model has aPentium processor is 1.299 million won (US$1,221.15).

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Microsoft Surface Phone Rumored for 2014 Launch
Highlight Press

Talk of a Microsoft Surface Phone in the pipeline has been doing the rounds ever since the Redmond Microsoft Surface Phone software group announced the first round of Surface Tablets well over a year ago. However, chatter dried up over recent months and scarcely a mention of the project has been made…until now.

Reports have once again emerged to suggest that one of the most important projects to come out of the Microsoft-Nokia acquisition will indeed

be the very first Surface Smartphone. And what’s more, the Surface Phone will apparently represent the firm’s answer to the Google Nexus 5 – a pure-Microsoft Smartphone that flies the flag for both brands and perhaps delivers a new OS to boot.

the Surface lineup of products looks to be in for a busy 2014. Along with the first ever Surface Phone, Microsoft is also known to be lining up a smaller variant of the Surface 2 which is expected to launch sometime during the first half of next year.

 

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October 18, 2013

How Intel's new Atom chips could finally make fast Windows 8 Cheap
Tottenham News

Systems based on Bay Trail will be more affordable and much quicker than their predecessors.

Part of the problem is a lack of powerful, efficient yet affordable hardware for slim tablets and Fast Windows 8 tabletsconvertibles. But that may soon change. Intel’s new Atom processors are around the corner, and they promise the arrival of PC tablets that may sell for as little as $199. Here’s what the new hardware will be capable of, and why the latest crop of touch PCs may interest you a lot more than the last.
New Atoms

At the center of the new low- cost PC tablet is Bay Trail, a system-on-chip architecture built around Intel’s new Silvermont cores. This core is the first major revision Atom has received in years is designed to be much faster than what it replaces.

The availability of low-cost Windows 8 tablets could be a boon for Microsoft, but the company shouldn’t stop sweating just yet. Intel has worked hard to expand support for Android, and expects that at least some (if not all) of the least expensive Atom-based tablets to run it instead of Windows. While Android is still a poor operating system for a traditional notebook or desktop, there’s no reason to believe it wouldn’t work on a dedicated tablet.


What can be said for sure, however, is that the market for PC tablets and convertibles will be much different by this time next year. The current $800 price barrier, which very few systems have ducked under, should be gone, and that will translate to a wide variety of affordable Atom-based systems from every manufacturer.

While the first of these new options should be on the market by the end of the 2013 holiday season, we think most will debut throughout the spring and summer of 2014

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Disney and Apple Bring Tablets to the movies
Kapitall Blog

Editors note: Is there anyone besides me who thinks this is a terrible idea?  No only will children using CHildren at the moviestablets disturb other theatre,  If children are allowed to use Tablets in the theatre, there is no doubt that adults and teams will think its OK to use there cell phones in the theatre.  This is a terrible idea!

Disney has recently partnered with Apple in a bid to make movies more interactive. So this fall, those especially squirmy children who just can't sit still during movies can be placated with an iPad app that links up to the action on screen.

As Mashable noted in their review of the experience – which launched with The Little Mermaid - there's a new game, treasure hunt, or trivia activity every couple of minutes. And Disney plans to release a full "two-screen" version of The Nightmare Before Christmas later this year.

As for now there are some clear problems. For one, the program only works with Apple iPads, meaning only about half of the tablet-owning public will be able to download the special app. There is some hope to weave the two-screen experience into content geared toward adults, which I imagine to be much less annoying. 

 

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October 21, 2013

Tablet Wars Heat Up As The Holiday Season Approaches
CBS Local Google Nexus 7 tablet

The tablet wars are heating up this week as Microsoft’s second-generation Surface and other Windows-based devices are set to appear in stores, and there’s an announcement from Apple expected tomorrow.

Another new iPad is expected to enter the market as the landscape of the market continues to change.

“There’s going to be no shortage of alternatives for people interested in tablets this holiday season,” Alexander says.

This includes the new Windows products, Amazon’s updated Kindle Fire, Google’s Nexus, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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The 64-bit question: What does Apple's iPad 5 mean for tablets in enterprise
TabTimes

There have been signs that Apple’s next full-size tablet could be for serious business.

The clues came last month, when Apple announced the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The latter in particular gained the plaudits for its Touch ID fingerprint sensor and 64-bit processor architecture – a first for any smartphone – and subsequently there has speculation that both could be on tap for the hotly anticipated iPad 5.

64-bit A7 processor will improve tablet multi-tasking

Such excitement has fed through to market researchers, many of whom have already boldly predicted tablets in enterprisethat a 64-bit iPad could compete directly with the PC in the working world.

“Enhanced security & 64-bit architecture should drive enterprise penetration,” admitted the analyst. “We believe enhanced security functionality on iOS hardware is likely to drive greater enterprise penetration over time (e.g. fingerprint and password authentication).

“In addition, moving to a 64-bit architecture is important to enterprise for several reasons. First, it ‘future proofs’ app development and protects investment for the migration to 64-bit computing over time. In short, enabling 64-bit allows enterprises to build custom apps for iPads with greatly reduced obsolescence risk.”

Away from the app development efforts and Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi told TabTimes that workers – and IT departments -- would also see productivity benefits.

“I think the 64-bit architecture will be very interesting for enterprises and what they could do from a multitasking perspective, but also for app development for real productivity - beyond email that is.

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October 22, 2013

Apple "A Lot to Cover" Special Event 10-22-13 - Introducing the New iPad Air

ipad air

iPad Air features

Thinner and Lighter - weighs only 1 pound, 64 bit A7 chip

Starts at $499 for 16GB WiFi - 16GB Cellular for $629

4x faster than last year's model, and 8x faster at graphics tasks, 10 hour battery life
Also has MIMO Wi-Fi support, extended LTE bands

Shipping November 1, 2013

iPad Air & iPad Mini Pricing

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Microsoft Surface 2 & Surface 2 Pro Tablets Available Now!

New Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro Tablets

Surface is the most productive tablet on the planet. It’s not just a laptop: laptops aren’t as thin or light and don’t have a battery that lasts an entire day. It’s also not just a tablet: tablets don’t have click-in keyboards and Microsoft Office that allow real work to get done. It’s not like any device you’ve ever seen: Surface lets you run your favorite apps right alongside your favorite apps – Xbox Music next to the document you’re working on in Word, News next to Facebook, or a webpage next to a webpage for a quick view of two things (try doing that on another tablet). In short, the new Surface is the one device for everything in your life.

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Microsoft Surface 2 Review
AnandTech

Today we get the second half of the story. Microsoft’s partners have already announced their Windows 8.1 launch devices, now it’s time for Microsoft.

I’ll start with Surface 2, which sees the largest number of physical changes compared to its predecessor. Surface 2

The look and feel of the device see substantial updates. The finish of Surface 2 is now a light silver. Not only does the new finish not pick up grease/fingerprints like the previous black finish, but it also has a slightly more textured feel to it. Staring at Surface 2’s display head on you get a little bit of a silver border around the display, a nice touch. Surface 2’s construction feels every bit as solid and expensive as its predecessor. Both devices remain the absolute best built Windows tablets/notebooks on the market.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 both feature a new, 2-stage kickstand. You still get the same solid action, same sound and even the same 24-degree opening angle, but now there’s a second stop in the kickstand’s travel at 40-degrees.

On the software front, Surface 2 ships with Windows RT 8.1 and a full copy of Office 2013 RT Home & Student Edition. Pricing starts at $449 for a 32GB model, or $549 for the 64GB version. Touch and Type covers continue to be sold separately at $119 and $129, respectively.

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Review: Microsoft Surface 2 a worthy iPad rival
Fox News

The new Surface 2 from Microsoft is a wonderful piece of hardware.Surface 2

It’s beautifully made and blazingly fast, portable yet powerful, interactive and entertaining all at once. So why isn’t Microsoft eating Apple’s lunch?

The iPad has exactly no USB ports. The Surface has a USB 3.0 port, a new-ish update to the venerable connection that is  astoundingly fast. The iPad has exactly no expansion slots at all, in fact. The Surface has a MicroSDXC slot as well, a jumble of letters that translates to “that black sliver of silicon in your smartphone.” Best Buy sells 64GB cards for as little as $50. It has an HDMI output too, meaning you can plug it directly into your television set.

Microsoft bundles a free copy of Office 2013 with the Surface, meaning out of the box you have the latest versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and can type without fear of autocorrect mistakes.

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You won't find an Apple under every Christmas tree
The Economist

A RAFT of new tablets was launched on October 22nd, including Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia Hudl Tablets2520, and Microsoft’s Surface 2, both designed before Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile-devices business. (Apple was also preparing to wow by unveiling its latest products.) How well they will fare is anyone’s guess. Apple, Google and Samsung dominate the top end of the market, but the really spectacular growth is in the lower-priced range, where retailers are stocking their shelves with their own-branded tablets just in time for Christmas.

Amazon led the way for retailers when it launched its own Kindle Fire tablet in 2011. One way that Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Tesco and the rest are able to sell their tablets so cheaply is that they link it to other products they offer. The Kindle Fire provides a direct link to Amazon’s online bookstore, the Hudl is a portal to the services Tesco sells, and so on. It is a business model similar to that of razor manufacturers: sell the handle cheaply and rely on perpetual income from replacement razor blades.

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Galaxy Note 12.2 Tablet to Arrive Before Apple iPad 5?
Pentagon Post

Samsung is rumored to be working on releasing a large sized Galaxy Note tablet. The size of the deviceSamsung Galaxy Note 12.2 Tablet is going to be 12.2inch. It is expected to offer a display resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.  The device will pit against with a tablet from the archrival company, Apple. Apple is also believed to be working on a 12 inch iPad.

The guessing game continues on 12.2 inch Samsung tablet continues as other tech experts feel that Samsung will unveil the tablet alongside the Galaxy S5 which will come loaded with the Android 4.4 KitKat. As of now, Apple will be concentrating on the regular sized iPad 5. The iPad 5 will compete with Google Nexus 10, an Asus product, which is also expected to arrive within this year.

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October 23, 2013

Apple, Samsung, Nokia and Google unveil new tablets ahead of the holidays
abc13.com

Just in time for the start of Christmas shopping, Apple has new tablet computers. And in a rare move the company is cutting prices, but Apple is not the only company with new products.

The iPad air and the new iPad mini are lighter and faster. At the same time Apple is lowering the prices on existing iPad Mini's to 299 dollars.

The new iPads reach stores in a couple of weeks, but competitors already have products on store shelves, like the updated Microsoft Surface

the least expensive option for those wanting a tablet is the Google Nexus 7, the one with the smaller screen runs $229. The Samsung note with an 8 inch screen costs $379 and the Microsoft Surface 2 is $449. Which is right for you?  

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October 24, 2013

Engadget's tablet buyer's guide: fall 2013 edition
Engadget

Fall is the season of change, and tablet makers are embracing this concept with gusto -- Apple, AmazonMicrosoft Surface Pro, Microsoft and others have all refreshed their lineups. In many cases, , even, these refreshes are actually giant upgrades. The iPad mini finally has a Retina display, for example, while the Surface Pro 2 has the battery life we've wanted since day one.

Prices are coming down quickly: Who'd have thought that we could buy a quad-core ASUS Windows 8 tablet for just $349? That's a lot of change to keep track of, but never fear. Whether you're doing some gift shopping or planning to treat yourself on Black Friday, we have recommendations for tablets in virtually every category.

If you're looking for a definitive Windows tablet, it doesn't get much better than the Surface Pro 2. The new model addresses most of the gripes we had with the original: battery life is longer, there are additional memory options and the kickstand has been improved so that it's more comfortable to use in the lap. Microsoft's upcoming docking station and Power Cover could make it a more compelling proposition as well. Truly, it's the only tablet in this roundup that can do some heavy lifting, whether it's 6K video editing or large Photoshop projects. The Pro 2 is far from the most portable tablet in this roundup, so consider the Surface 2 if you want a truly mobile equivalent -- just be aware that it doesn't support traditional Windows apps.

The bottom line: The definitive Windows 8.1 tablet, and one of the most powerful, too.

Key specs: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, 64GB to 512GB of storage, 720p front and rear cameras, 10.6-inch (1,920 x 1,080) display.

 

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Fujitsu launches Windows 8 hybrid tablets
CIOL

New Fujitsu portfolio is designed to help accelerate dramatic changes in the way people are working fujitsu logowith computers

Fujitsu today introduces one of the widest selections of devices featuring Windows 8, including its first Windows 8-based hybrid tablet, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702.

From tablet through convertible notebook to a revolutionary new desktop PC, the all-new Fujitsu portfolio is designed to help accelerate dramatic changes in the way people are working with computers - incorporating touch, always-on connectivity and a seamless user experience across PCs, notebooks and tablets.

Fujitsu's flagship PC, convertible notebook and tablet models featuring Windows 8 are thinner, lighter and faster than outgoing models with Windows 7 preinstalled - and make the most of the operating system's capabilities, especially multi-touch and pen input. One of the stand-out new features is an ultrasound presence sensor in the new ESPRIMO X913-T PC.

The new Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q572 is a fully-fledged 10.1-inch tablet PC system which combines enhanced performance with extensive security-enhanced features including an incorporated fingerprint sensor, SmartCard reader and Full Disk Encryption (FDE) and tops it off with day-long working, supported by a swappable battery.

Fujitsu also offers its innovative STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid tablet featuring Windows 8. This can conveniently be used as a tablet while traveling, or converted into a traditional desktop notebook using an optional attachable keyboard.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Tablet PC

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ASUS shows off "world's first" 3-in-1 PC
PCR-online.biz

ASUS has presented the "world's first" 3-in-1 laptop, desktop and tablet all-in-one computer at an event in Australia.asusTransformer Book Trio

The Transformer Book Trio is a laptop, tablet and desktop PC all-in-one. The keyboard base can be connected to the tablet to transform the unit into a laptop, or the tablet can be removed and the keyboard base can connect to an external monitor to turn it into a desktop PC.

The keyboard base has its own Windows OS, Intel CPU and SSD storage, reports ItWire.com, while the tablet is Android-powered. A button can be pressed to switch between Windows and Android.

ASUS will launch the Transformer Book Trio in Australia in November for $1,599AUD.

 

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October 25, 2013

Microsoft Thinks Tablets Are for Work
Motley Fool

The Surface is built for productivity
Shaw explains that when Microsoft designed its tablet, it had productivity in mind:

A tablet built to offer great touch-based entertainment activities combined with a productivity powerhouse that helps people crank through the stuff they have to get done... the Surface is the most productive tablet you can buy today.

Shaw's right. If office productivity is what you have in mind, the Surface is probably the best tablet you can buy, certainly better than Apple's iPad. The Surface Pro, with its x86 architecture and ability to run just about any piece of traditional software, is even better. With its proprietary keyboard cover, bundled Office software, and multiscreen support, the Surface is the closest tablet out there to a laptop replacement.

 

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Tablet Faceoff: Apple iPad Air vs New Microsoft Surface Pro
Know Your Mobile India

If you are looking for the quintessential tablet experience and you enjoy the iOS eco system, the iPad Air is made for you. With all its power, its optimized apps, its sleek and premium build and its gorgeous display, the slate is built for media, communication and entertainment.

If however, you are on the lookout for a device that you can both work and play on and you are comfortable with Microsoft's operating system, then go in for the Surface Pro 2. With its support for a keyboard and a special active stylus for input, the slate can easily double over as a laptop. With its powerful inners, it might just be the device that brings back Microsoft's glory days.

 

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Without a keyboard, Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 fail business users
V3.co.uk

Microsoft and core-manufacturers, like Nokia, which announced its first ever Windows RT tablet this week, have done a great job creating business-focused add-ons for their tablets. For example, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 include optional Touch Cover, Type Cover and Power Covers, that let them be converted from basic tablets into fully functioning laptop replacements.

In these competitive conditions, it seems ludicrous that Apple hasn't spotted the trend and taken a similar strategy with its iPad series of tablets - which actually cost double that of most Windows RT devices.

The lack of enhanced productivity tools is doubly damning as it means key moves by Apple on the software front, like making its iWorks apps free, are pretty meaningless. This is because without the addition of a working keyboard the packages are fairly fiddly to use. Microsoft itself came out and said something similar in a blog post soon after the Apple fanfare had died down enough to make its voice heard, and I'd agree.

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October 28, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Apple iPad Air – Windows Tablet vs the Best iOS Tablet
Pentagon Post

TabletPC2.com Editors Note: There is an major mistake in this article.  Office Home & Student 2013 RT is NOT included on the Surface Pro 2.  Office RT is only included on the Surface 2.


When you buy an iPad Air, you will get free content which will include Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and iPhoto. Before iOS7, the said content had to be purchased from Apple for $40. Well, Microsoft is also is offering couple of exclusive things for Surface 2 Pro users. With the Microsoft slate, users will get full version of Office Home & Student 2013 RT and a storage space of 200GB through cloud storage for two years and the company also offers one year of Skype landline number for free. If you had to purchase all these products separately, you would have to shell out $300.

 

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Apps the issue for Microsfoft Surface 2
The Australian

The Surface 2 is quick by virtue of its up-to-the-minute Nvidia Tegra 4, four-core CPU. Apps open quickly, multi-tasking is smooth, video doesn't stutter and, unlike the original RT, you can bash away on the optional Type and Touch Cover keyboards and not get ahead of the tablet's processing power.

I tested the Surface 2 against the original RT model using the 3DMark Ice Storm cross-platform benchmark and it was no contest, with the new model racking up a score of 9531 on Ice Storm Extreme and 14,360 on Ice Storm Unlimited. The RT could only muster 2069 and 3276.

The 10.6-inch screen scores a major upgrade from 1366 x 768 pixel resolution to the 1920 x 1080 pixel screen used on the big brother Surface Pro 2.

Unlike an iPad, you can plug plenty of stuff into a Surface tablet. The new one gets a USB 3.0 port upgrade compared with USB 2.0 on the original and there's a micro HDMI port for hooking up to bigger screens and projectors, as well as a micro SD card slot for boosting the memory beyond the supplied storage of 32GB or 64GB.

While the Surface 2's hardware has improved at almost every level over the Surface RT, software, or a dearth of it, remains the big problem affecting the Surface 2 and other devices based on the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system. Apple and Android tablet owners not only have hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from, they are assured of scoring a version of pretty much every new game, social network platform utility, service or productivity app that arrives, or even temporary apps designed for one-off events like a rock concert or sporting event.

If you are using an RT device, there is no such comfort. Need iTunes? Forget it. Want another browser besides Internet Explorer? No can do


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October 29, 2013

Lenovo Unveils Multimode Yoga Tablet - Three innovative modes and up to 18 hours of battery life

Lenovo ashton kutcher

Yoga Tablet: Three Modes And Longer Battery Life Lenovo ZYoga TabletGive Tablets A Better Way

One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to tablets. Lenovo designers and engineers identified three challenges tablet users face: fatigue when holding and using the tablet; no self-supporting mechanism when laid on a flat surface; and an inadequate viewing angle when set on a table. These scenarios inspired Lenovo to break the mold on the "sea of sameness" design and to create Yoga Tablet's unique modes.

With its exclusive cylindrical handle, hold mode is designed to fit an individual's hand, so the Yoga Tablet is easier to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets require two hands. Hold mode makes reading, checking social media and browsing the web easy and parallels how people hold magazines when reading.

To convert the Yoga Tablet into stand mode, simply rotate the side cylinder 90° so that the tablet stand deploys, allowing the tablet to stand by itself on a desk or table. Users can change the viewing angle to fit what's comfortable for them from 110° to 135°. Stand mode makes it easy for users to comfortably watch movies, place video calls and interact with the ten-finger touchscreen without having to rely on add-on accessories.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review: Microsoft's Tablet Becomes an even beter laptop
Gotta Be Mobile

The second generation Surface Pro, dubbed the Surface Pro 2, continues Microsoft’s endeavors to pack as much power as possible into an ultra-portable 10.6-inch form factor thanks to noteworthy upgrades like an improved display, inclusion of Intel Haswell processor, deeper cloud integration, and more SSD storage options.

Starting at under $899 for 64 GB, is the Surface Pro 2 a device that can replace both an Android or iPad tablet and a conventional Mac or PC notebook in your work flow?

 

 

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Samsung Launches Candy Colored Galaxy Tab 3 For Kids
Gizbot

Samsung is trying to catch its next wave of customers early on. The South Korean Electronics giant has Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 For Kidslaunched a child-friendly version of its Galaxy Tab 3. The new slate features a colorful and playful design that's bound to be hit among toddlers and young children.

The device is based on the existing Galaxy Tab 3, but features more vibrant colors that will appeal to children. There's a bright orange bumper around the edges of the device which will help it endure all the energy that a toddler might throw at it. Why is Samsung coming out with a tablet for kids? According to Mashable, a "young demographic for the new Galaxy Tab is based on Samsung's statistic that 70% of tablet owners share the devices with their children." For this reason, the slate comes loaded with loads of educational content, entertainment and gaming apps. There will also be a strong host of parental controls, including a time management feature that allows you to decide how long the toddler can use the tablet for.

 

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Showdown: Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad Air
PC Authority


Connectivity is vital if you plan on being productive with a tablet – something that Microsoft has gone to great lengths to emphasise. The Surface 2 rocks a single USB 3.0, micro-SD expansion up to 64GB, Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad AirBluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi modes including N, Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Direct. There’s also video output provided by the Mini DisplayPort for piping HD content to your TV or monitor.

The Air matches Surface 2 for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth specifications, but Apple has stuck with tradition by making the iPad Air resolutely barren of any external connectivity options that don’t require additional dongles.

As far as specs go, the Surface 2 is a very realistic competitor to the iPad, and even beats it in a few areas such as the camera and connectivity. The £40 cheaper price-tag of the Surface 2 is not enough for it to be a massive advantage, and if you’re after one of the glorious type or touch covers then you’ll need to budget at least another £100.

If you’re intent on buying a tablet as a laptop replacement then the Surface 2 has to be considered. The familiarity of desktop-style apps such as Office will make it a no-brainer for anyone planning on being relatively productive, and the keyboard covers are a stroke of genius that third parties have (so far) failed to match for the iPad.

 

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Southwest & Dish to provide passengers in-flight entertainment via Apple's iPad 2
Apple Insider

Editors Note: As of May 2013, Southwest has blocked access to all of the streaming video sites such as Netflix, site so even if you pay for wifi connection onboard you can not access streaming movies while in-flight.  

Satellite television provider Dish and stalwart low-cost airline Southwest on Tuesday announced an Southwest AIrlines extension of their partnership that will see Dish lend iPad 2 tablets to passengers for use during flights on certain routes.

The program will be available to passengers on Wi-Fi-enabled flights between Chicago-Midway, Denver, and Oakland airports, the companies said in a release. Passengers will be able to check out an iPad 2 at in-terminal Dish kiosks prior to departure and return the iPad at the corresponding kiosk on arrival.

The lending program is part of a Dish and Southwest promotion entitled "TV Flies Free," which lets travelers watch live television and on-demand programming for no cost, and borrowing an iPad will not incur any additional fee.


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October 30, 2013

Hands on Review Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet

Surface 2 TabletPc2.com

Microsoft listened to what users had to say and made considerable improvements to both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 Tablets.   They want you to love their new Surface 2 or Surface Pro, so purchase the right one for your needs and you will be very happy with your new Tablet. 

Surface 2 comes pre loaded with Microsoft Office RT, including Outlook, it is equally suited for both entertainment and productivity making it a good choice for users of all ages.   Children can use it to watch movies,  students can use it for school, business users can get their work done on the Surface 2 and everyone can use it for for e-mail, surfing the web, staying connected with friends and family, playing games and and watching movies.

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Microsoft Surface 2 Review Part 2: Apps and the Problems They Cause
Gotta Be Mobile

Summary - This review by Warner Crocker that does an excellent job of explaining and reviewing the available apps for Microsoft Surface.

When it comes to Tablets and their future, Apps are where the rubber meets the road. The right App for the right task can turn a slab of electronics with a glass touch screen into whatever you wish it to be. Microsoft AppsGreat Apps can make the Tablet experience wonderful. So-So Apps are just that. So-So or worse. So, Apps do matter.

Between the big three platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows 8.1) many feel that a certain parity among quality Apps has been reached between iOS and Android. In my view, Microsoft sadly lags behind in its RT initiative

Microsoft’s Store feels like walking into a shopping establishment where there is plenty to catch your eye, but once you start focusing on what’s for sale, you realize that anyone can put up a good display that hides the lack of quality merchandise. You might find a real treasure hidden amongst the gack, but you need to do some searching searching to do so. Those who have used other mobile OS platforms will see many familiar faces among the catalog of Apps, but sadly those faces are like Halloween masks that hide hollow shadows of Apps that don’t come close to matching the capability they demonstrate on other platforms.

In this, the second part of a three part review of the Microsoft Surface 2 experience, I’m going to talk about Apps on the newly released Microsoft Surface 2 in three categories:

  1. Metro-style Apps included with Surface RT
  2. Desktop Apps included with Surface RT
  3. Apps you can acquire from the Store
Read: Microsoft Surface 2 Review: Less Confusing and More Viable

 

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October 31, 2013

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Samsung tops Apple in JD Power tablet customer satisfaction survey

CNET

n a J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study released Thursday, archrival Samsung achieved the highest score (835), followed closely by Apple (833). The results mirrored the strengths of the two companies. Samsung, whose Galaxy Tab 3 came out just this summer, had strong marks for the cost of its tablets, and Apple scored well in performance and ease of operation.

Kindle Fire maker Amazon, meanwhile, wasn't so terribly far behind (826) in J.D. Power's overall tablet rankings, staying ahead of the study's average score (821).

Samsung was the only manufacturer to improve across all five factors -- performance, ease of use, physical design, tablet features, and cost



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

The Tablet PC

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

 

 

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