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September 3, 2013

Lenovo Extends Battery Life with Thinner ThinkPad T, X and S Series Ultrabooks

New Full HD displays and "hot swap" battery technology delivers up to 17 hours
New ThinkPad S Series offers performance and style for small business

Lenovo Thinkpad t440 and X220 Ultrabooks


Lenovo has announced new thinner and lighter additions to the ThinkPad portfolio.

"Constant improvements and a strong ambition to always build a better laptop has resulted in thinner, lighter and longer lasting ThinkPad laptops with a simpler and cleaner design and up to an incredible 17 hours of battery life," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, Marketing, Think Business Group, Lenovo. "After extensive research with hundreds of computer users around the world, Lenovo has reset the standard for business class Ultrabooks. The result of thousands of hours spent with consumers and business users have contributed to innovations and enhancements optimized for business and personal use. The new ThinkPad design meets the changing needs of IT managers and end-users."

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Acer announces Iconia A3 tablet
PC Advisor

Acer has unveiled its new Iconia A3 tablet and Liquid S2 smartphone which will both be on show at this week's IFA technology show.Acer Iconia A3 tablet

The Iconia A3, a 10 in (1280 x 800) Android tablet which will go up against devices such as the Google Nexus 10. Acer says it's great for entertainment, multimedia, gaming and web experiences – ideal for a tablet don't you think?

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The A3 is powered by a 1.2 GHz cortex A7 processor and can deliver up to nine hours of video playback. Sound is supposedly immersive and cinematic thanks to Dolby Digital Plus and ergonomic speaker placement.

Other features include 16- or 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 5 Mp rear camera and an unusual micro HDMI port.

The Iconia A3 Wi-Fi-only version will be available in early October

Acer will also be unveiling a new 6 in Full HD phablet called the Liquid S2 which it says is the first smartphone with the ability to record 4K Ultra HD video thanks to its 13 Mp rear camera and 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

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Turn Your Bathtub Into a Tablet
TechnologyTell

Instead of risking your expensive electronics around their aqueous mortal enemy, what if you could project the interface and all the content of your iPad, Microsoft Surface, or Android tablet onto the surface of your bathtub, a fountain, or any other surface of opaque water? Scientists at the University of Tokyo demonstrate their concept, by way of IEEE Spectrum:

Unlike your typical touchscreen, the user doesn’t just have control from above the screen’s surface. It’s designed so that you can feel like a part of the screen. Because the touch-sensing area extends a few centimeters below the water’s surface, the system responds to a variety of commands including scooping water, waving your arm across the water, “pulling” images underwater to delete them and “clicking” with one, two or three fingers from both above and below the surface.

So how does it all work? Adding bath salts to the water (something the Japanese do on a regular basis) adds opacity that the Microsoft Kinect can latch onto visually to detect motion in the water, as well as giving a projector a surface on which to create its image. In addition, fingers sticking up above the surface gain enough contrast for the device to tell whether they’re up or down

 

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September 4, 2013

Surface Pro Gets Permanent $100 Discount
PCMag Surface Pro

Missed out on Microsoft's month-long $100 Surface Pro price cut? Not to worry. Redmond is reportedly rolling out the discount as a permanent price change.

The Surface Pro will now start at $799 in all markets where the tablet is sold, including the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Additionally, Microsoft dropped $40 from Touch Cover price tags, now selling the accessory for $79; the limited-edition version is available for $89. Surface RT/Touch Cover bundles will now start at $399.

"The customer response to recent Surface pricing and keyboard-cover promotions has been exciting to see, and we are proud to begin rollout of Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT bundles at even more affordable prices starting [Aug. 29. People who buy Surface love Surface, and we're eager for more people to get their hands on this incredible device," Redmond told the blog.

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Sony Steps Up Touch and Tablets
PC Magazine

Pricing and availability for the new VAIO Flip and VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC are expected to be announced the beginning of October 2013 .

Sony is shaking things up in the VAIO lineup with two new touch-centric devices announced at IFA, a laptop/tablet hybrid called the VAIO Flip and a super-slim tablet PC called the VAIO Tap 11. Sony Sony Vaio Tab 11 Tablet PCembraced the dual-device concept early with the Duo 11, but its newest offerings show that it isn't stopping there. The new offerings feature Intel's fourth-generation Haswell processors and promise the productivity of a full PC in slim, innovative form factors.


The Sony VAIO Flip will come in three sizes, 13-, 14-, and 15-inch models, and combines the benefits of a slim, portable ultrabook with an intuitive tablet, transitioning from one mode to another with a special hinged lid that lets the display flip 180 degrees.

The VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC expands the VAIO line with an extremely slim tablet and keyboard. The tablet, which offers x86 support and the standard Windows 8 operating system, is the thinnest on the market, measuring 0.39 inches thick, and comes with an equally thin wireless keyboard that doubles as a screen cover. The keyboard cover latches into place magnetically and also puts the tablet into sleep mode.

In laptop mode, the tablet is wirelessly paired with the keyboard, with the tablet propped up with a built-in kickstand, letting you use it much like a traditional laptop. On the side edge of the tablet, a cover pulls back to reveal one full-size USB 3.0 port (with sleep and charge), a micro HDMI port, an SD card reader, and WiDi, Intel's Wireless Display technology.

The VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is also outfitted with Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, available in configurations up to Core i7. SSDs come standard and built-in extras provide expanded functionality, such as an integrated IR blaster, which allows use of the tablet as a universal remote. Sony claims that the VAIO Tap 11's battery can last up to six hours on a single charge.

Included with both the VAIO Flip and the Tap 11 laptop are two apps to take advantage of the Active Pen support

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Apple September 10, 2013 Event Invite


Apple has sent out invitations that confirm rumors it will hold a widely expected event next Tuesday, September 10, at the company's headquarters in Cupertino.

Although – true to Apple's übersecretive nature – the invitation is merely a teaser that offers no concrete information as to what will be announced, world+dog have been feverishly predicting the introduction of a new flagship iPhone, said to be called the iPhone 5S, including one golden model, as well as a less-expensive smartphone, said to be called the iPhone 5C and to come in multiple colors.

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September 5, 2013

Rosh-Hashana Happy New Year

 

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September 6, 2013


Yoga 2 Pro: Picture Perfect in Any Mode

Users will instantly notice the Yoga 2 Pro's impressive, eye-popping 13.3-inch display: Its QHD+ super high resolution 10-Lenovo Ypga 2 Pro Tablet PCfinger touchscreen displays images in 3200X1800 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, equivalent to four times the visual clarity of the original Yoga's HD+ (1600X900) screen and the highest screen resolution on the market today. The 350-nit screen features IPS 178° wide angle viewing for great views from nearly any line of sight.

Unbelievably thinner and lighter than before at 15.5 mm thin and 1.39 kg, the extra mobile Yoga 2 Pro lets users easily enjoying computing in each of its four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent.


A full-function laptop and tablet, Yoga 2 Pro infuses new smart features including Yoga Picks, a concierge-like tool that suggests suitable apps based upon the device's mode, custom apps and voice control. For example, in tablet mode, Yoga Picks suggests apps like Birizzle, a popular touch game, and Zinio, an e-reader. In tent mode, it offers the painting app, Fresh Paint and Rara music streaming. Additionally, Yoga 2 Pro comes with apps created especially for its four modes.

While borrowing Yoga's flip and fold, four mode design, the ThinkPad Yoga creates its own space for business customers with its performance, security and productivity features as well as customization options. The 12.5-inch magnesium alloy ThinkPad Yoga offers a stunning visual and intensive multimedia experience starting with choices of a Corning Gorilla Glass HD IPS or a FHD IPS display (optional digitizer and pen available for the FHD display) running Windows 8.1. For a responsive touch experience, use its 10-finger touch screen running Windows 8.1 or its oversized five-button glass trackpad optimized for gestures.

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Toshiba Unveils Satellite Click Detachable Tablet and Windows 8.1 Encore TabletToshiba Satellite Click

  • New detachable design with a 13.3-inch diagonal IPS multi-touch screen delivers two form factors in one device – a laptop and a tablet.
  • Powered by the AMD A4 Accelerated Processing Unit with AMD Radeon 8000 graphics performance.
  • Key hardware features include a 500GB hard drive (built in to the removable tablet) and dual battery design.
  • Sold exclusively via Best Buy and ToshibaDirect.com for the Holiday 2013 buying season.

 

Encore Tablet - MSRP $329Toshiba encore Tablet

  • Optimized for Windows 8.1 and developed in close collaboration with Microsoft, the Encore hardware features are designed to support a full-spectrum software and apps experience.
  • Equipped with dual microphones for a best-in-class Skype experience.
  • Powered by the latest-generation Intel Atom processor with InstantGo, unleashing fast, fluid performance with connected standby capabilities and long battery life.
  • Includes full version of Office Home & Student 2013, Xbox SmartGlass app, free streaming pass to Xbox Music, Norton Anti-Theft and more.
  • Available for purchase in November at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com for $329.99 MSRP.

 

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Lenovo Announces New S5000 Android Tablet


S5000 Tablet: Stay Mobile, Stay Stylish, Stay Connected
Measuring just 7.9 mm, the S5000 is one of the slimmest tablets in the market. It weighs in at just 246 grams (0.54 lbs), Lenovo S5000 Android Tabletnearly one-fifth lighter than many of the premium tablets being sold today. Inside this thin and light frame resides plenty of horsepower, starting with a seven-inch 1280x800 resolution, 350 nit brightness and full HD wide-viewing angle display to make it easy to share photos and videos with family and friends.

The S5000 camera gives tablet users an ideal high-definition photo experience. The 1.6MP front-facing camera boasts a sharp high definition experience for crystal clear video chatting while the rear-facing 5.0MP camera takes quality photos and videos and can also scan QR codes and capture photos from long distances.



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HP unveils Envy Recline All-in-One PC, 'Split x2' notebook-tablet
PCR-online.biz

HP has announced the Envy Recline, a touchscreen All-in-One PC series, and the Split x2, a detachable-HP  Envy Reclinescreen notebook that becomes a tablet.

Recline models feature a pivoting Full HD IPS touchscreen, which is said by HP to make using the screen more comfortable for different users.

Also announced, the Split x2 is a Windows 8 “two-in one detachable PC”. The notebook’s 13.3-inch screen disconnects to operate as a standalone tablet.

The Split contains a 3rd generation Intel Core processor, dual batteries and Beats Audio, with the option for a hard drive to expand storage. The notebook-tablet also has a two-megapixel Full HD webcam and HP’s multifinger and gesture navigation ImagePad.

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September 9, 2013

Microsoft to launch new Surfaces on September 23
zdnet

Surface 2 invite

Microsoft will be launching its next-generation Surface devices and peripherals on September 23 in New York City, according to an invitations Microsoft is sending out to press today.

At an invitation-only event, Microsoft is expected to show off the Haswell-based Surface 2 Pro and the Tegra-based Surface 2 -- products about which there've been a number of leaks in the past week-plus.

Microsoft's invitation doesn't specify whether the company also will show off a rumored 7- to 8-inch Surface device. But I'm hearing from my sources this mini Surface won't be part of the September 23 unveiling.

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LG G Pad 8.3 review - hands on
Expert Reviews

With the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini proving there's a huge LG G Pad 8.3 Tabletmarket for compact tablets, LG chose this year's IFA show to launch a slate of its own. The G Pad 8.3 is the company's first real attempt to compete with the likes of Google and Apple, but with top-end internals, a Full-HD and gorgeous looks is has real potential to take on the big boys. We got a closer look in Berlin this week.

Compared to Apple's iPad Mini the 1,920x1,200 IPS panel is far sharper and more defined, although we can't pick a winner just yet based on colour accuracy and contrast. There's a pair of stereo speakers but they are on the back of the tablet, so sound won't be as crystal clear as the HTC One's front-facing BoomSound speakers when sat in your lap playing videos.

LG has said there will be multiple models with storage capacity ranging up to 64GB, but all will have a MicroSD card slot for adding extra storage at a later date.

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Seagate launches 500GB hard drive for tablets, blurs PC lines
ZDNet

Seagate on Monday took the wraps off a hard drive designed for tablets that brings 7x the storage Seagate 500GB drive for tabletscapacity of a 64GB device with the same performance as a Flash drive.

The drive, the Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD, uses software to boost performance. The idea is that Android tablet manufacturers will use the Seagate drive, along with the company's mobile enablement kit and caching software, to up the storage.

The 2.5-inch drive is 5 mm thin and weighs 3.3 ounces. As for capacity, the drive has 500GB---enough for 100,000 photos and 125,000 songs.

To keep tablets light and thin, storage is typically Flash powered. The problem is that storage capacity is well below what a PC would carry. Should Seagate succeed with its mobile device drive, tablets would be seen as a more direct competitor with PCs. That outcome may be challenging for the PC market, which is already being thumped by tablets.

The mobile Seagate drive is optimized for tablet uses and are able to manage shock, heat, vibration and gyroscopic motion. The mobile enablement kit includes a dynamic data driver and reference designs that would lower tablet costs since hard drives are cheaper than solid state versions. 

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IFA: Tablet/PC hybrids take center stage
Hindustan Times

After witnessing a steady decline in sales of traditional laptops and desktops, PC manufacturers have focused their efforts on more convergent, hybrid products spanning the gap between tablets and home computers .

Sony , for example, presented its Vaio Flip, a notebook with a detachable screen that can be used on its own as a tablet. The new convertible model will be available in 13 and 15 inch versions. Similarly, Acer introduced the latest version of its Aspire R7, a 15.6 inch notebook that becomes a tablet when its screen is turned around onto its keyboard. The two computers, both running on Windows 8, will be launched before the end of this fall.

This trend of convergence between notebooks and tablets is still in its early stages, and industry experts are eager to see how these hybrid models will fare among consumers.

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Dell sticks with Windows 8 for business tablets
Computerworld

Demand for Windows 8 may be sluggish, but Dell still believes it's the best operating system for business tablets and plans to roll out more Windows 8-based products later this year, according to a senior executive at the computer maker.

"Our Windows tablets are more secure and easier to manage than Android-based products and iOS-based products [because Windows is] on our tablets," said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and president of global operations at Dell. "And we are not going to change that."

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September 10, 2013

It's official - Apple's Next-Generation iPhones

New iPhone 5c and 5s

The 5S and 5C will be available in Stores on Sept 20th
The 5C will be available for pre-order on Sept 13th

iPhone 5S

"The iPhone 5S is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance."

New A7 64-bit Chip - The First 64 bit Smart Phone

Touch ID is now official on the 5S - Fingerprint sensor is built into the home button
Since it's built in, you can make iTunes purchases by using your finger to authenticate!

Touch id on iPhone

There's a new part called M7, that works alongside the A7. It's a motion co-processor

It measures motion data continuously; accelerometer, gyroscope, compass support which enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.   Apple has been working with Nike to to build an app that counts your stride and movements throughout the day.

Iphone 5S CloorsiPhone 5S Nike App

10 hours 3G talk time, 250 hours standby - 10 hours LTE browsing, 40 hours music playback

New camera has a 5-element Apple designed lens with f/2.2 aperture and a new, 15% larger active sensor area, the new iOS 7 is designed to take advantage of the new camera. It automatically sets white balance, exposure level and creates a dynamic local tone map.

   New True Tone Flash and has auto image stabilization!

Three Colors: Gold, Silver and Space Grey

"It's made of a high-grade aluminum with cut chamfered edges."


iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C, delivers color through every detail. The entire back and sides are made from a single part. The front is one multitouch surface  iPhone 5c is made of Plastic

iPhone 5c displayApple 5c A6 chip

A6 chip

Blue, white, pink, yellow and green. 16 GB is $99, 32GB is $199.

iOS 7 will be free starting Sep 18th
iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, iPad mini, and 5th-gen iPod touch will all get iOS 7.

In iOS 7, there's also a new music experience, with iTunes Radio.

In iOS 7 You can group your photos by moments, based on time and location when they were taken and view an intire year of photos at one time.

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Unlock your Surface RT tablet's hidden superpowers
PCWorld

The Surface RT tablet may be dismissed as a weakling, but it has its hidden superpowers—if you know how to unlock them. You can add functionality to a Surface RT (or other Windows RT-based tablets) Surface tool boxthrough smart use of its connectivity—and by exercising some hidden app gems in the Windows Store. With a few minutes of effort, you can transform your RT tablet from a bargain-bin impulse buy into a truly useful piece of tech.

Using external peripherals to enhance the Surface RT’s capabilities can be a godsend, but if you really want to step up your productivity, consider using your tablet as a front-end to remotely control a more powerful, full-featured PC.

Hidden gems in the Windows Store

In addition to the handy remote desktop apps, the Windows Store is rife with other hidden gems that can make your RT more powerful, more productive, and more fun to use.

Toolbox for Windows 8

The Toolbox for Windows 8 app works on Windows RT and offers a one-stop-shop of sorts for a number of handy, simple apps. The Toolbox itself is free and includes things like a calculator, voice recorder, clock, doodle pad, a notifier/alarm, and a Facebook app, along with a few other tools.

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September 11, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Can It Dwarf Apple iPad 4 Sales?
Gizbot

Samsung has actually surprised the fans by announcing the most unexpected Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1edition) few days ago at IFA Berlin 2013. The South Korean Giant has not only unveiled the tablet but also announced its most awaited phablet Note 3

Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 tablet, it comes with a monstrous processor that will outshine almost all other available tablets so far.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes packed with a 10-inch WQXGA Super clear LCD display offering a resolution of 2560x1600pixels and 299 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, iPad 4 features 9.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display offering a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixel and 264 ppi pixel density. It is apparent that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will have a better display quality.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 1.9 GHZ Octa Core processor (for 3G / WiFi only version) and 3GB RAM along with Adreno 330 GPU. It will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and will most probably run on Android Jelly Bean 4.3 OS


 

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iPad 5 leaks as Apple's next tablet appears in over 100 pictures
TrustedReviews

Offering yet another glimpse at the widely expected tablet, a raft of newly leaked iPad 5 pictures have iPad 5?once again shown a slimmer tablet with a heavily reduced bezel and a refined form factor. According to recent iPad 5 leaks, the tablet will take a number of design hints from the iPad mini.

Appearing courtesy of repeated Apple tipster Sonny Dickson, more than 100 iPad 5 pictures have hit the web, with the shell of Apple’s upcoming tablet refresh being captured from all conceivable angles and views.

“We’ve gotten our hands on a number of sharp high-res images of the 5th-gen iPad casing and front panel,” Sonny Dickson stated. “Notably, it shows off the highly anticipated slimmer iPad-mini like design it is expected to launch with.”

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Amtrak to launch tablet for kids
Voice & Data Online

Amtrak Info Systems on Wednesday announced its soon to be launched tablet PC which will be specifically designed for kids of age 3, 4 and 5 years.

It is designed keeping in mind the security and durability needed for a user of that age group. The educational content provides parents the peace of mind.

"The upcoming Amtrak product is expected to be encumbered with features like Video and Audio Books, where juniors can listen to fables and stories and can learn nursery rhymes and poems. Kids also have an option of engaging in recreational activities like virtual painting or can download intriguing pre-installed interactive games," the company mentioned in its statement.

" When used effectively, technology in the realm of education can engage kids in ways that traditional teaching methods cannot. Therefore, we have aesthetically crafted tablet PCs for kids in consideration of the Gen Y kids." said Sandeep Arya, managing director, Amtrak Info System.

 

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September 12, 2013

Now Apple's gunning for Microsoft Office
Tulsa World

Have you seen the latest Surface commercials? They're the ones where Microsoft places Surface against an iPad and "Siri" laments all the things Surface can do that the iPad can't. Here's one of them.

 

They're funny, clever and attention-getting. And apparently they got Apple's attention. During yesterday's iPhone conference, there was a tiny detail thrown out offhandedly that was overshadowed by the new devices -- all new iOS devices will now come loaded with Apple's iWork productivity suite.

Office has been one of the main selling points of Surface as well as traditional PCs, as Microsoft has refused to send Office over to other tablets. There are other options out there such as the free Google Docs, but many people like to stick with what they know.

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Time Inc. adds retina support to Sports Illustrated tablet edition
Talking New Media

Summary: Users beware: Sports Illustrated's updated iPad app is plagued by bugs including previously downloaded magazines being deleted from peoples iPads!

In December of 2009 The Wonderfactory released a demo video of what Sports Illustrated would look like on a tablet . It coincided with the rumors that Apple would release an iSlate, or whatever its first tablet would be called. It was  assumed that if Apple did, indeed, release a tablet that SI would be among the first to appear on it.

But Time Inc. did not release its first iPad edition for SI until late June, well after other magazines such as Bonnier’s Popular Science.

Releasing a few months after the launch of the original iPad was not that big a deal – after all, the total number of readers owning the tablet was very low compared to today. But the app had other issues: it was released forcing print readers to repurchase the magazine, it did not offer subscriptions and enter the Newsstand until well after other magazines. And until today it did not support Apple’s iPads with retina display.

The new update brings with it retina support. Unfortunately, readers are claiming that it has also brought along a rash of bugs, too.

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Intel roundup: Bay Trail, Chromebooks, Xeon, Apple
Seeking Alpha

  • As expected, Intel has launched its 22nm Bay Trail Atom tablet CPU line at the Intel Developer Forum. Intel is promising up to a 2x CPU performance boost, and a 3x GPU performance boost over the current-gen Clover Trail, without hurting battery life.
  • Performance-wise, Bay Trail should be competitive with high-end ARM-based CPUs such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and Nvidia's Tegra 4. However, some worry they'll also be competitive with Intel's more costly/higher-margin Core notebook CPUs.

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September 13, 2013

Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card
Use towards the purchase of a Surface or other cool products at the Microsoft store
Valid September 5, 2013 until October 27, 2013.

Microsoft iPad trade in offer

  • Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.

  • Looking to upgrade your tablet? Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro.
    • Surface RT
      The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
      Starting at $349
      Learn more
    • Surface Pro
      The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365.
      Starting at $799
      Learn more
    Valid September 5, 2013 until October 27, 2013. Available in select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada; Not valid online

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Dell to invest more on PCs, tablets after $25 billion buyout win
Chicago Tribune

Michael Dell clinched shareholders' approval on Thursday for his $25 billion offer to buy and take Dell Inc private, ending months of bitter conflict with the company's largest investors and removing the uncertainty shrouding the world's No. 3 PC maker.

The company plans to invest in the personal computer and tablet markets, in expanding sales coverage, and in growing its distribution network, founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell said in a conference call after the shareholder vote.

End-user computing, defined as devices such as PCs and tablets, remains an important focus for the company.

 

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September 16, 2013

Toshiba Encore: a compact tablet with Windows 8.1
PC Pro

Toshiba says it’s developed the Encore in "close collaboration" with Microsoft, resulting in a tablet that it says makes the best of Windows 8.1. Toshiba Encore Tablet

The Encore is also one of the first to run Intel’s next-generation Bay Trail , meaning it should be faster than rival Windows tablets. Toshiba touted "exceptional" battery life, but hasn't given more specific details about how long the tablet will last between charges.

The tablet boasts a wide-angle display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution.

The Encore comes with 32GB of in-built storage, with the option of adding another 32GB through the microSD slot. There’s also 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel , plus micro HDMI and micro USB 2.0 slots. The tablet weighs 480g and is 10.7mm thick – making it both lighter and slimmer than the Iconia W3.

The collaboration with Microsoft means the tablet comes optimised for Skype, with two beamforming microphones at the top of the tablet to reduce background noise and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It also comes equipped with a full version of Office Home & Student 2013, plus Xbox’s entertainment software.

Toshiba told PC Pro the Encore will cost £250, but couldn't specify a release date beyond the run-up to Christmas.

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New Amazon Kindle Fire 2 tablet leaks online
PC Advisor

We're expecting Amazon to update its range of Kindle Fire tablets soon and one has been shown in a Amazon Kindle Fire 2new leak.

The leak comes via, as many do, evleaks and shows what it describes as "another upcoming kindle". This means it's more likely to be the entry level Kindle Fire rather than the more impressively specced Kindle Fire HD models. See also: Amazon new Kindle Fire HD 2 release date, price and specs rumours.

According to a detailed leak last month, the Kindle Fire 2, will still have a 7 in screen but with an upgraded screen resolution - 1280 x 800 compared to 1024 x 600.

 

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Eboko Tablets launches brand new e-tailer site!
Channel EMEA

Eboko Tablets has launched with the simple mission of putting a tablet into the hands of children and Eboko Tabletsadults throughout the UK. The UK based company focuses on bringing existing Android brands to the UK market, with its own coming in the near future as well as the latest Apple products.

When asked why the company chose to go down this route its Director Joseph Nwosu replied ‘In the UK if you want a tablet you’re basically lead to believe that you have 3 expensive options: Apple, Samsung and Amazon, and that everything else low quality which simply isn’t true.’ He continued ‘There are a host of brilliant and innovative manufacturers around the world producing high quality tablets. Our aim is to bring them and greater price competition to the UK market.’

The company has started selling its tablets and e-readers through its website ebokotablets.com and is reporting ‘impressive’ sales in its first few weeks of operation

 

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September 17, 2013

Choose a Tablet That Suits You
Business 2 Community

Not all tablets are created equal, but there are some great options available that will give you the Six Tabletsfunctionality that you’re looking for. The leader in the tablet market is undoubtedly the iPad, with sales figures leaving nearest competitors Samsung and Amazon in the dust. It’s a proven, reliable product that will definitely handle surfing the net, cruising Facebook, and keeping up on your news and magazines.

Just about any tablet from an established, reputable manufacturer would easily perform the functions you need. There are so many tablets on the market that it can be confusing to try to pick one up off the shelf. Stick with a well-known brand like Samsung’s Galaxy, Microsoft’s Surface, Google’s Nexus or an eReader from Amazon or Barnes and Noble to ensure reliability.

I’d recommend that you visit a retail outlet that carries several brands (such as Target or Best Buy) to see, touch and play with a few tablets and eReaders before you decide so that you can see how they compare. Note screen size, resolution and storage capacity when price shopping to ensure you’re comparing similar products. Navigate between applications to make sure it feels user-friendly and relatively intuitive.

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Apple and Samsung tablet owners spend more time on entertainment
TelecomTiger

According to a new study by research firm Gartner, that owners of Apple and Samsung tablets spend more time, around 30 minutes extra each day, on entertainment than owners of other brands.

The study says that Apple tablet owners use their iPads most often and over 80 percent of them are heavy users (10 or more times a day). “Other tablet providers need to understand why owners of their tablets spent significantly less time on their devices,” said Annette Jump, research director at Gartner. “Unless consumers use tablets regularly and find them valuable for specific activities, they are unlikely to purchase the same brand or, indeed, any replacement tablet after a couple of years.”


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Google's Android Tablets: The Achilles Heel
TheStreet.com

Android tablets have some obvious advantages over Apple's iPad. For starters, they're cheaper. Let's say you want a 32 gig 7-something inch tablet with LTE, so that you can use it as a cellphone for data access as you're walking down the street, never having to think about connecting to a WiFi network.

In this case, an iPad Mini will cost you $559. In contrast, Google's Asus Nexus 7 costs only $349. That's a $210 difference -- almost enough to buy you an additional 16 gig WiFi-only Nexus 7 for the money you saved.

For all of Android's advantages over iOS, however, Android falls short in a critical area which makes it impossible for me to use an Android tablet as my primary tablet. This area is apps.

On the smartphone, Android doesn't suffer an "app-gap" vis-a-vis the iPhone. Basically, the two are on par with each other. I can't think of a single app that I use, that's not available on both.

On the tablet, however, this isn't so. With the LTE-enabled iPad, I can use it just like an iPhone or Android smartphone, walking down the street and using all of my apps.

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September 18, 2013

How to clean your PC, smartphone and tablet
PC Advisor

The build-up of dirt, grease and germs on your tech kit is probably something you prefer not to think Tablet Cleaning cloth and solutionabout, but it's important to clean your stuff regularly.

The commonly quoted example is that the average keyboard and smartphone can have 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, which is pretty shocking.

How to clean a smartphone or tablet

Touchscreens tend to be the most frequently cleaned component, since an accumulation of fingerprints obscures the image and feels nasty. However, it's crucial to use the correct cleaning products in order to avoid damaging your delicate electronics.

Most touchscreens these days have an oleophobic coating - literally 'oil fear' - which allows them to repel fingerprints. Such coatings aren't amazingly successful, but they are easily damaged by harsh cleaning agents such as ammonia, alcohol and other solvents.

For this reason, all you need to remove grease and dirt from your screen is a micro-fibre cloth

Sanitising

There are many cleaning kits available for smartphones and tablets, but they tend to be over-priced for UV steriliserwhat they are. Some include a miniscule amount of liquid and a small micro-fibre cloth; others provide the spray bottle, and you provide the water (such as Moshi's kit mentioned earlier).

What you should look for is a cleaner that will kill germs but is free from alcohol and ammonia. Examples include Whoosh! Screen Shine (£5 for an 8ml spray bottle - overpriced in our view), Eco Moist (£6.50 for a 50ml bottle and a micro-fibre cloth) and Muc-Off's Device and Screen Cleaner, which cost around £7 for a 250ml bottle, but is also available in 'Rescue' kits which include a cloth.

Alternatively, you could buy a UV steriliser. These tend to be used for cleaning beauty or pet-grooming products but can equally clean your smartphone, tablet or other small gadget. You simply pop your device in the drawer, leave it for 20-30 minutes each side and the UV light will kill all bacteria and viruses without any chemicals or liquids.

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Apple Tops Personal Computer Customer Satisfaction for Tenth Straight Year
Mac Rumors

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has released its annual rankings for customer satisfaction in the category of personal computers, which include both traditional computers and tablets, with Apple’s line of Macs as well as the iPad topping the survey’s rankings for the tenth straight year

Apple maintains the strong lead it has held for a decade, inching up 1% to an ACSI score of 87 Still, Apple’s position might be a bit more precarious in 2013. While iPhone sales are rising, shipments of Mac PCs declined and iPad sales are slowing, pointing to possible saturation in the tablet market. Nevertheless, even as Samsung and other manufacturers of Android-based devices make inroads, Apple continues to dominate in the U.S. market, with iPads accounting for about 80% of all tablet usage.


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September 19, 2013

HP reveals five new tablets
The Verge

5 new HP tablets

When HP saw its position as the world's number one PC manufacturer shaken by the Apple iPad, the company vowed it would build an entire portfolio of Android and Windows slates to cement its role. Today, the company has revealed a blitz of five new tablets, ranging from the decidedly cheap to the fairly sophisticated. The odd part is that out of those five slates, possibly the most exciting one isn't built by HP itself. Like a variety of other manufacturers, HP has decided to sell a rebranded Nvidia Tegra Note.

HP calls it the Slate 7 Extreme, and the Tegra 4 tablet offers a variety of features that instantly set it apart from the rest of the pack. First and foremost, it comes with a pull-out stylus pen which offers both exceptionally precise and fluid input, and the ability to literally capture an image of anything you see on screen by drawing a lasso around it.

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HP Slate 8 Pro boasts highest resolution of any 8-inch tablet (hands on)
CNET

 

The HP Slate 8 Pro might garner some quick comparisons with other 8-inch tablets, like Apple's iPad Mini -- thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio -- or Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 -- due to its sleek all-white body -- but the superficial resemblances end there. The HP tablet one-ups its fellow 8-inchers, with its sharp 1,600x1,200-pixel resolution IPS display, Nvidia's speedy Tegra 4 CPU, and a healthy 2GB of RAM.

The tablet houses a Micro-HDMI port and microSD card expansion slot, as well as an 8-megapixel rear- and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and audio enhancement features courtesy of HP's partnership with Beats Audio.

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September 20, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2 debut: Pricing, specs, and other info
CNET

Microsoft is readying its next-generation Surface tablets and peripherals for launch on September 23. Here's what we think we know......

On Monday, September 23, Microsoft will be launching (but not shipping) its next-generation Surface Microsoft Surfacetablets at an invitation-only event in New York City.

Surface 2, is the the successor to Surface RT, will be an ARM-based (Tegra 4) tablet with an estimated eight hours of battery life. It will feature a new ClearType full HD display, the one that debuted on the Surface Pro earlier this year.

The Surface Pro 2, the successor to the Surface Pro, will run an Intel Core i5-based Haswell processor, and allegedly get seven hours of battery life instead of just four to five hours.

Windows SuperSite editor Paul Thurrott has the full list of expected Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 specs.

The new Surface docking station is expected to work with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 models only. It is expected to include one USB 3 and three USB 2 ports, according to leaks.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 may be generally available on or around October 22 - Windows 8.1 is generally available, which is October 18.

The supposed plan is to keep Surface RT pricing at its current level ($350 for the 32GB model with no cover included) and introduce the 32GB Surface 2 at $500. A 64GB Surface 2 will start at $600, the source said.

The Surface Pro will continue to start at $800. Surface Pro 2 will start at $900 for a 64GB version, according to the aforementioned source. There will be 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models available at $1,000, $1,300, and $1,700, respectively, according to this source.

Touch and Type covers and the docking station are still going to be priced separately.

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Get up to $350.00 back when you trade in your old Tablets, iPhone's, Blackberry and many other devices and purchase a New Windows Phone or Tablet!

Stare here to determine the value of your device or devices ( you can trade in multiple items), purchase a new Windows Phone or Tablet, mail the old device to Clover Wireless, and they'll send your refund in the form of a prepaid Visa card.

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Apple iPad 5 Rumors: 5 Things to Expect
LAPTOP Magazine

  1. If there’s one rumored feature we can count iPad in three sizeson for the iPad 5, it’s likely to be a slimmer and sleeker design. Reportedly leaked photos of Apple’s next generation iPad have shown a front plate with thinner side bezels. This would make the screen look larger without actually having to compromise the size of the tablet.
  2. iPad 5 will launch in October.
  3. Display will be brighter and more efficient
  4. A7 chip or an A7X chip
  5. TechRadar speculates that Apple will keep with the same pricing conventions it has with iPads thus far. This means we may expect the iPad 5 to start at $499 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB, $599 for the 32GB version and $799 for 64GB.

 

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September 23, 2013

Introducing the New Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

the most productive tablets on the planet

with Impressive Features & Unprecedented Perks

Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro

In what very well be the most impressive second generation product to date, Microsoft took the wraps off it's Surface 2 and Surface Pro Tablets today in New York.    

A true laptop replacement, when combined with the new Surface docking station The Surface Pro 2 offers users power, portability and productivity of a laptop, combined with the convenience of a tablet so you only need one machine.

This second generation Surface 2 Tablets clearly shows that consumers are talking and Microsoft is listening.   The new features, many of which are included on both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro2 are impressive. 

The new Surface Pro 2 features is lighter and thinner than its predecessor and features 75 percent longer battery life,  a powerful new Intel Core i5 processor. Panos said It's the fastest and most productive tablet on the planet.

Those who purchase Surface Pro 2 will receive free international Skype calling to land lines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2 at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years.

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September 24, 2013

Toshiba Unveils Qosmio X75 & Holiday 2013 Laptops

Toshiba Qosmio - the perfect combination of style, power and sound.

Toshiba Toshiba Qosmio X75

Toshiba announced updates to its mainstream laptop line-up, including new Satellite® and Qosmio® laptops that are available starting on September 29, 2013.

Toshiba's Qosmio laptop is a long time TabletPc2.com favorite Entertainment PC.  The Qosmio is the perfect combination of style, power and sound. 
 
“We really have created something for everyone here,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “From the budget conscious consumer to the content creating guru to the gaming god, Toshiba’s new Satellite and Qosmio laptops can handle virtually any consumer need, and thanks to their innovative and sleek designs, they’ll look great doing it.”

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September 25, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2 & Surface 2 Pro Videos

 


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Amazon debuts revamped Kindle Fire HDX range, Fire OS 3.0
ZDNet

Amazon refreshes tablet line-up, introduces Kindle Fire HDX range

Amazon is gearing up for the holiday season with a new, refreshed tablet range, two years after it firstAmazon Kindle family of tablets launched.

The retail giant debuted on Tuesday its next-generation tablet range, the Kindle Fire HDX, all touted to be smaller, thinner, and lighter than their predecessors.

Landing in two sizes, both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2Ghz quad-core processor and double the memory, with 2GB of RAM.

The new Kindle Fire HDX (7-inch) is available for as low as $229 for the 16GB storage, Wi-Fi-only version, while the 4G version comes in at $329. Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HDX (8.9-inch) version starts at $379 for the 16GB storage, Wi-Fi version, and $479 for 4G networking.

 

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September 26, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad 4: Spec comparison
ITProPortal

Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad 4

Back on Monday, Microsoft announced the newest version of the Surface tablet, and though there are a lot of big names in the category, the Microsoft Surface 2 takes aim at just one: The Apple iPad.

One feature built into the Surface 2, which the iPad doesn't offer, is the addition of a built-in kickstand. Made of the same magnesium as the tablet chassis, the kickstand lets you prop up the Surface for a laptop-like experience, and the Surface 2 improves upon the previous model with a dual-position stand that offers more adjustability. Apple doesn't have any sort of built-in stand,

 

Microsoft Surface 2

Apple iPad 4

Display

   

Screen size

10.6in

9.7in

Resolution

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

2,048 x 1,536 pixels

Pixel density

208 PPI

264 PPI

Type

TFT 5-point multi-touch

IPS LCD

Processor and battery

   

Family

Nvidia Tegra 4

Apple A6X

CPU

Cortex-A15

Swift (ARMv7s)

Cores

Quad-core

Dual-core

Clock speed

1.7GHz

1.4GHz

GPU

ULP GeForce

PowerVR SGX543

Battery

TBC

11,560 mAh

Claimed battery life (mid-heavy usage)

10h

10h

Storage and memory

   

RAM

2GB

1GB

Internal storage

32GB / 64GB

16GB / 32GB / 64GB / 128GB

microSD

Yes

No

Camera

   

Megapixels

5MP

5MP

Resolution

2,592 x 1,936 pixels

2,592 x 1,944 pixels

Flash

LED

No

Aperture

TBC

f/2.4

Video

1080p @ 30fps

1080p @ 30fps

Secondary

3.5MP

1.2MP

Wireless

   

UK Network

No

3G, 4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a / b / g / n

802.11 a / b / g / n

NFC

No

No

Bluetooth

4.0 with A2DP

4.0 with A2DP

Connectivity

   

USB

USB 3.0

No

HDMI

micro HDMI

No

Dimensions

   

Size

275 x 173 x 8.9 mm

241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4mm

Weight

675g

652g

Operating System

Windows RT 8.1

iOS 7

Price

£359 (32GB) / £439 (64GB)

Wi-Fi only: £399 (16GB); £479 (32GB); £559 (64GB); £639 (128GB)

Cellular + Wi-Fi: £499 (16GB); £579 (32GB); £659 (64GB); £739 (128GB)



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Panic button-equipped Amazon Kindles join gadget battle
reuters

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HDX tablets feature what Amazon has called the "Mayday Button," a panic button that calls up a tech-support representative right on the screen, who can then tell a user how to operate the device or do it for them remotely.

The service, free for HDX customers, is Amazon's way of trying to stand out in an increasingly crowded field of devices that perform much the same functions.

"MayDay" will be available any day or hour, and is shooting for a maximum 15-second response time. Users can move the video box around the screen as it suits them, and they cannot be seen by the Amazon representative. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the company was training reps by the thousands and will hire more if needed.

"The third-generation of Kindle tablets mark another meaningful step forward, and increasingly differentiate Kindle Fire from the increasingly crowded tablet market.


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September 27, 2013

iOS 7 is making iPhone and iPad users sick
Inquirer

Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system is making some users sick, with iPhone and iPad users reporting iOS 7 control centerthat the software is giving them motion sickness.

iPhone and iPad owners have taken to Apple's forums to whinge about the issue, claiming that iOS 7's new parallax and zoom features are causing severe motion sickness. Users are reporting that in addition to motion sickness, iOS 7 has caused vertigo, nausea and headaches due to its new motion features.

Those who are not getting along with the parallax effect can reduce the feature's visual effects in iOS 7 by navigating to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. However, those suffering due to the new motion and zoom affects in iOS 7 cannot switch these features off without downgrading to iOS 6.

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Nokia Rolling Out Its First-Ever Tablet
Sci-Tech Today

Nokia's soon-to-be-launched products will include several new Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8, which is no surprise. The paper also reports Nokia will serve up some lower-end devices Nokia Worldrunning its S40 software . The big news is the tablet, which will don Microsoft 's mobile operating system.

Code-named Sirius, Nokia's tablet will go head to head with Android and Apple tablets, as well as with Amazon 's popular Kindle and Microsoft's own Surface line. Neither Nokia nor Microsoft could be reached for comment. But industry analysts are already speculating.

Is Timing Everything?

We caught up with Jeff Kagan, a wireless industry analyst, to get his thoughts on the Nokia news, the first big announcement since Microsoft agreed to acquire the company for $7.2 billion in early September. He told us timing of the new mobile device rollouts will be key.

 

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Bono says Apple has raised over $65 million for Product Red AIDS ...
The Verge Apple Product Red iPod touch, iPod shuffle, iPad smart covers, and a bumper case for the iPhone 4S and 5s

U2 lead singer Bono today revealed that Apple has so far raised over $65 million for his Product Red fund. According to the frontman, Apple is "certainly leading the crew" of companies that contribute to the initiative. Since joining the charity campaign in 2006, Apple has steadily released Product Red iPods, cases, and other accessories, with portions of each sale going towards the fight against AIDS. Its first offering was a 4GB iPod nano, and subsequent releases have included the iPod touch, iPod shuffle, iPad smart covers, and a bumper case for the iPhone 4S and 5S.

Apple's chief designer Jony Ive is also teaming with Bono for a Product Red auction scheduled for November; a rose gold pair of the company's EarPods will be among the items auctioned off for charity.

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September 30, 2013

Delta Picks Microsoft's New Tablet Over Apple's
Wall St. Cheat Sheet

Delta’s pilots will soon be going paperless as the airline plans to replace the paper-based charts and manuals that its pilots use on flights with Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablets, reports Windows IT Pro. Delta airlines

The announcement comes as many other airlines have started to replace pilots’ traditional flight kitbags with Apple’s iPads in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce fuel costs. A pilot’s paper-based flight kitbag can weigh upwards of 35 pounds, which can add significantly to the overall fuel costs for an airline.

Delta cockpits will be paperless as we roll-out the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT as our company-issued device,” said Delta via Windows IT Pro. “The 757/767 fleet will be the first to make the transition with the 777, 747 and MD88 as fast followers.”

Although Delta will soon be adopting Microsoft’s Surface 2 as its official tablet, the airline currently allows its pilots to use their own iPads on flights. However, Delta eventually wants “current iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) users to transition to a company-issued device,” reports Windows IT Pro.

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Android Ecosystem Passes Apple's iPad In Tablet Sales Race
macprices

Market intelligence firm ABI Research reports that a shift in leadership is now upon the tablet mobile computing market. At the year’s mid-point ABI Research has identified a trio of events signaling that Apple’s iPad family of products has passed the sales lead baton to the Android ecosystem. During the second quarter of 2013, the number of Android-powered tablets surpassed iOS-based slates for the first time, tablet-related hardware revenues reached parity, and perhaps most importantly, the average selling price (ASP) of iPads is rapidly approaching the market average.

Similarly, the change in the vendor landscape can be seen through the ASP of tablets. In the past year, iPad ASPs dropped 17% while the rest of market increased 17%. The iPad drop is primarily attributed to the introduction and volume shift to the smaller iPad mini. Apple still remains top of the pack in tablets, though its lineup has been matched and bested by competitors.

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Microsoft Extends Its Trade-In Program: $200+ For iPhones to include iPads
TechCrunch

Microsoft wants to take your Apple product off your hands, today expanding its trade-in programs to allow owners of dated iPhone hardware to cash in their now-passé electronics.

If you own an iPhone 4S or 5 that is “gently used” and not much worse, Microsoft will offer you no less than $200 for it. The kicker? The funds come in the form of Microsoft Store credit, so you are trading in your Apple hardware for the chance to buy Microsoft goods.

What does Microsoft want? That you drop that iPhone off with them and wander out with a Surface 2 pre-order or a Lumia Windows Phone handset. Microsoft has cash and wants market share; this is a natural outgrowth of those two facts.

Microsoft also has in place a deal that will grant store credit for iPads. In short, if you have an Apple device that Microsoft competes with – recall that Microsoft doesn’t build PCs that are not tablet-based, through its Surface line – it wants to buy it from you and get you onto its own hardware.

 

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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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