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February 2014



February 2, 2014

Suber bowl 48 Champions

Super Bowl 48

On the sidelines and on the field, Surface is helping the NFL do more. Through a multi-year technology sponsorship, Microsoft and the NFL are working together to make the game safer for players, more manageable for teams & more enjoyable for fans.


February 3, 2014

Congratulations To The Seattle Seahawks

Congratulations To The Seattle Seahawks

Surface Official Tablet of the NFL


Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8.1 Tablets

For those interested in trying out a small format tablet at low cost, the Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo items are especially compelling. The old-model Surface Pro is also a lot more palatable with its 4-hour battery life and limited storage capacity at $500 than it was at $900. Given the great reviews the Dell Venue 8 Pro has been collecting of late (despite its 1366×780 screen resolution) it’s almost too good a deal to pass up. I may have to find an excuse to pass by the Microsoft Store about 6 miles from our house sooner rather than later myself!,

Microsoft Store Discount page:

1. $699 for the HP Envy Rove 20″ touchscreen tablet/PC.
2. $499 for a 4 GB RAM/128 GB SSD Ivy Bridge model Surface Pro.
3. $229 for a Dell Venue 8 Pro (32 GB) and $299 for the 64 GB model.
4. Toshiba Encore 8″ tablet (32 GB) for $249.
5. Lenovo Miix 2 8″ tablet (32 GB) also $249.



Tablets Help Apple Stay On Top As World's Biggest 'PC' Maker In Q4

In contrast to laptops, netbooks and desktop computers, tablets continue to explode in popularity. Tablets alone accounted for 76.3 million units shipped, or nearly half of the whole PC market — 48.3% to be exact. That represents growth of 65.2%.

“Lenovo still has the potential to grow its global notebook shipments and has emerged as a challenger in the tablet space,” writes James Wang, Canalys analyst. He says that worldwide Lenovo shipped three times as many tablets in Q4 as HP and Dell combined.

Overall, Lenovo’s PC shipments grew 25.5%



February 4, 2014

Bill Gates welcomes Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO




Steve Ballmer welcomes Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO




Satya Nadella: His first interview as CEO of Microsoft




February 5, 2014

LEGO Education Launches First Tablet-based Software


Product Features:

  • The instructions for downloading the software and the app version are accessible via the online LEGO Education tool using an activation code customers will receive upon purchase.
  • Features of the tablet software are identical to the downloadable StoryVisualizer software but have been adapted and optimized for a touch screen interface.
  • Educators will also be able to download a PDF file of the StoryStarter Curriculum.


LG G Pad 8.3 review: A great Android tablet at a great price
PC Advisor

At 8.3in, the G Pad is one of only a few tablets to buck the 10in and 7in trends. Other devices in the LG  G Pad 8.3 Android tabletniche category include the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and iPad mini with its 7.9in screen. However, it's close enough to 7in to be compared with that comparatively huge market.

hat 8.3 in screen has a Nexus 7 matching 1920 x 1200 resolution but spread over a larger surface area means it has a lower pixel density (273 ppi). Nevertheless, it looks great in its Full HD IPS splendour and despite the large screen is easy enough to hold one handed.

Driving the G Pad 8.3 is a snappy 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and a healthy 2 GB of RAM. It's using Krait 300 cores and an Adreno 320 GPU. It scored 1803 in Geekbench 3, 14fps in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex graphics test and 1226ms in SunSpider browser test. These are good but nothing to write home about.

Although there's just 16 GB of internal space on offer, storage is a plus point since the G Pad has one up on its key rivals - a microSD card slot for up to 64 GB more. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is an alternative which has expandable storage.


February 6, 2014

Apple's iPen could be far more awesome than we thought
TechRadar UK

The Apple iPen has popped up again showing off more features that will help it become smarter than the average stylus.aPPLE IpEN

Whilst it won't be out to steal picnic baskets the latest patents, picked up by Patently Apple, show that an Apple stylus could be a modular device (in a similar way to Motorola's Project Ara smartphone) so users can pick and choose what they want as well as upgrading features.

Amongst these features are the abilities to project images, work as a laser pointer or transform into a Dictaphone.

Another example suggests a built in camera allowing the stylus to detect movement in the same way as an optical mouse or double up as a scanner.

The leaked iPen might not be enough to signal an upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but with each of these features coming with a very heavy professional slant we're not going to bet against an Apple stylus launching alongside a larger iPad.



February 7, 2014

California bill proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets
pc world

Politicians and law enforcement officials in California will introduce a bill on Friday that requires all smartphones and tablet PCs sold in the state be equipped with a digital "kill-switch" that would make the devices useless if stolen.

The bill is a response to a rise in thefts of portable electronics devices, often at knife or gunpoint, being seen across the state. Already half of all robberies in San Francisco and 75 percent of those in Oakland involve a mobile device and the number is rising in Los Angeles, according to police figures.

California Senate bill 962 says all smartphones and tablet PCs sold from Jan. 1, 2015, should have "a technological solution that can render the essential features of the device inoperable when the device is not in possession of the rightful owner."



February 10, 2014

Dell Venue 8 Pro: Hands on preview

Dell's latest effort to crack the reduced form factor tablet market is the Venue 8 Pro, a Windows 8.1 Dell Venue 8 Pro tabletdevice first unveiled at IDF 2013 and recently landed in the UK. So what's it all about? We got a chance to take the Venue 8 Pro for a spin recently and generally liked what we saw.

The first thing you'll notice when fondling the Venue 8 Pro is that it's a very nice size. With an 8in screen measurement, it sits comfortably in the hand, yet is still large enough to switch to horizontal mode for quality media viewing - a must if you're a frequent traveller. 

The Venue 8 Pro also boasts accessible controls and the benefit of expandable storage. On the right hand side of the chassis, there's a power button resting conveniently about the volume toggle, with a microSD card slot lying a bit further down the frame. Combined with the 32GB of built-in storage, it means media buffs are very well catered to.

One cool thing about the Venue 8 Pro is that it supports digitiser input, which many professionals find hugely beneficial to productivity. We didn't get the official Dell stylus bundled in with our review sample, but utilising a generic nib, we found it to be suitably responsive.



Microsoft starts selling ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 for $329

ASUS, like many other companies, took to CES 2014 to introduce a number of new products. Among these was the often-leaked VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with support for Wacom pen input. If you were remotely intrigued back then, it looks as if Microsoft has now (quietly) placed it up for grabs in the US. Currently, Redmond's online store is selling the 32GB model of ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 for $329, which is slightly different than the $299 price tag it was announced with in Las Vegas.



Microsoft continues to push stylus use with Windows tablets: good for students

The Vivo Tab Note 8 is significant because it is part of a new generation of tablets that offer pen input using a stylus pen. In technical parlance, there is an active digitizer built into the device, which supports the use of a fine tipped pen, much like a pencil point. The pen responds to pressure and enables very fine writing and quick response. The use of an active digitizer and a stylus pen makes writing on a tablet surface much more natural, analogous to paper. This is important for students that wish to take notes or annotate text while reading. The ability to write smoothly and efficiently is an essential function for students not well supported by other tablets without active digitizers. The iPad and most Android tablets do not include active digitizers, thus making them cumbersome for handwriting, annotating text, or drawing.


Apple Paving The Way To 'Revolutionary' iPhone Display

quantum dot (QD) technology

Apple has applied for at least three new patents for quantum dot (QD) technology, a technique that will significantly improve the quality of its iPhone and iPad displays and make them more competitive with Samsung.

Quantum Dot is an enhancement film layer that improves the color performance of LCD screens, like the Retina. It can also be used to enhance the color performance of TVs. Quantum Dot technology has the advantage of being able to work with existing display production lines – it’s a drop-in technology with no significant capital investment required.



February 11, 2014

How Are Rugged Tablet PCs Tested for Ruggedness?

MobileDemand tablets are designed and tested to not only meet, but in most cases, to exceed these Mobile Demand Tablet in the Snowindustry expectations. The engineering department at MobileDemand uses creative and brutal methods for testing the durability of their products. They have developed proprietary testing equipment that subjects their tablets to conditions which mimic real world scenarios, and require their products to perform reliably under more adverse conditions and to a higher standard than those required by the current MIL-STD 810G and SAE guidelines.

MobileDemand's rugged tablet testing isn't limited to conventional controlled test chambers. The engineers at MobileDemand have gone to great lengths to push the limits in testing their tablets because they know that in the real world, mobile computing devices are often subjected to unusual conditions that cannot be re-created in an artificial environment. Engineers have strapped their tablet to the top of an SUV and driven it through car washes repeatedly, they have rolled them down the side of hilltops and even used them to hammer nails. They have been tumbled over a 1000 times in an IEC compliant 1 meter height tumble test chamber and a commercial clothes dryer. They have endured the severe vibration of an industrial paint shaker.

For example, MIL-STD 810G standards for drop testing requires items to survive a total of 26 drops: once on each face, edge and corner. MobileDemand tablets are drop tested in operating mode.



Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Specs ,Described As 'Windows Tablet Your You're Looking For

Promoted by Microsoft as the “tablet that can replace your laptop,” specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Microsoft surface pro 2 displayinclude the full version of the Windows 8.1 Pro version. The Windows tablet’s dimension is 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches and it weights 2 lbs. It has a casing VaporMG and Dark Titanium color. The 64GB and 128GB variant of the device has 4GB RAM and the higher-end 256GB and 512GB variant has 8GB RAM.

Display for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The tablet has a 4th generation Intel Core i5 Processor or the Intel Haswell processors, and can be idle and powered on for 7-15 days.

According to PC World, Microsoft would prefer that you think of the Surface Pro 2 as a laptop first, and that it not be compared directly with Apple’s thinner and lighter iPad. It’s difficult to ignore, however, since the Surface Pro 2 does have characteristics of a tablet.



February 12, 2014

A Tablet You Can Finally QOOQ With In The Kitchen?
Know Your Mobile

the iPad and other tablets aren’t really built with the kitchen in mind. That’s why a French company has QOOQ Kitchen tabletcome up with a unique tablet called the QOOQ, which aims to be the only tablet foodies will ever need.

The QOOQ is a 10.1-inch tablet that, bravely enough, runs its own custom OS on top of a Linux kernel. Inside is a dual core 1Ghz processor and along the edges you’ll find a USB and Ethernet port, as well as a slot for SD cards. The QOOQ also has built in Wi-Fi.

From the moment you pick up a QOOQ you can see that its design was something built for the kitchen. The QOOQ kitchen tablet has four curved legs that lift it off the counter, keeping the tablet safe from spills while you’re cooking. 

The custom OS of the QOOQ that makes it the world’s first “culinary tablet.” The Linux-based OS is designed completely around the cook. Users can view over 1000 recipes and videos that show they how to cook each recipe step by step.

Features of the QOOQ kitchen tablet include the ability to automatically adjust ingredient lists and cooking times in the recipe based on how many people you are cooking for; the ability to create shopping lists and plan weekly meals; and, finally, the ability to enter in your own personal recipes



FAA clears Surface for takeoff in US cockpits
Engadget Microsoft Surface 2 in Cockpit

Microsoft's Surface 2 has just joined the iPad on the FAA's list of approved pilot EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags) for all phases of flight.

That follows Delta's recent announcement that it would deploy 11,000 of Redmond's hybrid tablets in its cockpits instead of the iPad, which it also considered. Apple's tablet is already used by American Airlines and others, but Delta said it preferred the readability, productivity apps and other features of the Surface 2.

Pilots will now be able to switch from heavy paper charts and books, which will supposedly save millions in fuel costs once the transition is complete in 2015.



February 13, 2014

Finally, here come the 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets


Dell Tablets

Dell says it will bring out updated Venue tablets that support 64-bit Windows on top of Intel's Bay Trail chip.

Dell will roll out updated Venue tablets for 64-bit. "Dell will offer 64-bit OS support for its Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets running Bay Trail (Atom) later this year," a Dell spokesperson told CNET.

The handful of Haswell-based tablets on the market tend to be priced hundreds of dollars more than the more numerous Bay Trail tablets. For example, Dell's Bay Trail-based Venue 11 Pro starts at $500. Its Haswell-based models start at $800.

Microsoft also expects 64-bit tablets running on top of Bay Trail. "In the coming months, there will be Windows 8.1 devices running 64 bit on Atom," Microsoft said to CNET in a statement.

And why the long wait for 64-bit Windows on Atom? It's not entirely clear, but Brookwood knows one of the reasons.

"Sixty-four-bit connected standby drivers were prioritized toward the end of the list last year with other things that were going inside Intel and Microsoft. That was the main sticking point," he said.

"A tablet without connected standby has some pretty awful consequences on battery life," he added.

The race to 64-bit in mobile devices has taken on new urgency after Apple announced the 64-bit A7 processor powering its iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina last year.




Life's good at Lenovo: shipping tons of tablets, making lots of money

Lenovo may be the world's biggest PC maker, but it's clearer than ever that much of the company's growth now comes from mobile. The Chinese tech giant has reported a 30 percent year-over-year jump in its calendar fourth quarter profit ($265 million) that's owed partly to massive spikes in non-PC shipments. Its smartphone deliveries grew by 47 percent to 13.9 million, and its tablet volume tripled to 3.4 million -- apparently, the Yoga Tablet has been flying off the shelves.



February 14, 2014


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February 17, 2014

Apple Looking to Go Big with Medical Gadgets, Car Tech

As smartphones and tablets become regular household items, the tech industry is looking to roll out the next big thing. According to SFGate, Apple is looking to rock the automobile and medical industries with iPad in Tesla dashboardnew acquisitions and potential partnerships.

Apple was in talks with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in early 2013. Tesla is a lot like Apple in that it certainly didn't invent the EV, but it made EVs a lot nicer to look at and made it more user-friendly by installing Superchargers all over the U.S. to relieve range anxiety. 

Reports suspect that Apple may be looking to acquire Tesla although that option seems highly unlikely. However, a more likely scenario is a partnership between the two instead which could put Apple-powered screens on Tesla EV dashboards. 

Aside from cars, Apple is also reportedly considering the development of a medical device that uses software and sensors to predict heart attacks.  The device would identify the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery, recognizing whether it's clogged with plaque. 


Best 8" tablet 2014: the best 8-inch tablets and iPad mini alternatives
PC Advisor

best 8-inch tablets

Since the birth of the tablet as we know it today (iPad 1st generation, April 2010), there have been two very clear sizing options. You could either buy a bigger 10-inch tablet, or a smaller 7-inch one. Now, thanks to the popularity of the iPad mini, a new size is becoming more popular. Here's where we present to you the best 8" tablets available to buy in 2014.

As with tablets of all sizes we take into consideration a whole range of features when deciding which is the best 8" tablet. The most important features we consider are price, screen quality, storage options, design, quality of available software and the onboard operating system. (See also: The best tablets of 2014.)



HP Spectre 13t x2 Review

Chrome HP logo aside, the Spectre 13t x2’s heritage is quickly recognizable. Like the company’s other HP Spectre 13t x2notebooks, the Spectre 13t x2 features metallic construction, rounded edges, a glossy black display bezel and square, silver keys. Nothing about the system stands out, but nothing offends either.

Simply put, the Spectre 13t x2 benefits from quality construction. The keyboard dock is rock-solid, panel gaps are small, and materials are pleasing to touch. Bulk is an issue though, because the system weighs almost four and a half pounds and the display is .44 inches thick. The tablet alone is well over two pounds, which feels cumbersome (unless your name is Shaq or LeBron, of course).

Unlike the Asus Trio, which switches to Android and a low-power Atom processor when the display is used as a tablet, the Spectre 13t x2 doesn’t depart from Windows or its Intel processor. Battery, processor, speakers, hard drive, wireless card are all in the display. Something has to give, and that something is the battery.

The tablet, on its own, scored just four hours and six minutes of endurance in the Peacekeeper web browsing benchmark. That figure extended to six hours and forty-nine minutes in the less demanding Reader’s Test, but both numbers are disappointing. The Trio lasts about a half-hour longer as a tablet and the Samsung Smart PC Pro 700T lasts almost an hour more. And all three are put to shame by the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.






February 18, 2014

Vivitar's New Camelio TV Turns Any HDTV into an Android Tablet

Vivitar today unveiled its new Camelio TV, the world's first customizable TV companion device that turnsVivitar's New Camelio TV Turns Any HDTV into an Android Tablet any HDTV into a "big screen" family-friendly Android tablet that's customizable with a range of themes and characters via Camelio Personality Packs.

The company offered a sneak peek of the new plug-and-play device at the 111th Annual Toy Industry Association's International Toy Fair® 2014 in New York and expects the product to hit store shelves in late summer 2014. Priced at just $69.95 MSRP, Camelio TV promises to be the most affordable PC/Tablet-TV device on the market.

"Camelio TV is the first product of its kind that turns any ordinary HDTV into a personalized, full-featured Android tablet with interchangeable themes the whole family can enjoy," said Liza Abrams, VP of Licensing with Vivitar. "With Camelio TV, you can browse and view exclusive channels, plus stream all of your own photos, videos and music stored on any device straight to your TV, all wrapped in your favorite character-themed environment."

The new set-top-box brings all the functionality of a Camelio theme-changing tablet to any HDTV in full 1080p resolution. Built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and HDMI port makes it easy to set up Camelio TV in seconds. In addition to offering the first-ever "skinnable" tablet-TV user interface, the device itself is even customizable with snap-on covers that Vivitar will offer in a wide range of characters and styles through its licenses with Mattel, Hello Kitty, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and Hasbro brands.

Instead of requiring yet another remote control, Camelio TV users navigate with the companion Camelio app for iOS or Android, offering a matching Camelio theme that coordinates with the on-screen environment. Users can access exclusive channel apps through the Camelio TV Network, plus any of the most popular channel apps available in the Google Play Store. Full parental controls in the app allow parents to determine which Camelio TV apps children can access, and limit "screen time" by setting the maximum time per day and week children may use the app or watch programming.

Camelio TV users can also wirelessly access all of their photos, videos and music files stored on Camelio or Camelio+ tablets, networked computers or any smartphone or tablet device, and even on social networks and cloud storage like DropBox, Google Drive or Skydrive. The Camelio TV Personal Media Player displays photo slideshows and video in full screen mode, and it includes the same on-board photo editor found on the Camelio and Camelio+ tablets.




Tablets race toward 64-bit finish line

Tablets running a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 on top of Intel’s 64-bit Atom processor, Bay Trail, are intel bay trail 64 bit chipset to debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. They’ll be among the first horses out of the gate in a larger race to move the entire tablet ecosystem—hardware and software—to the new technology.

The field—made up of Microsoft, Google, Intel, ARM, AMD, Apple, and a host of software developers—are all rushing toward a more robust 64-bit environment, with the goal of future-proofing tablet performance. In general, that means giving them the potential to address memory beyond 4GB of RAM, and also providing consistency with other 64-bit applications that already exist on the PC.

Most, if not all, of the existing Windows tablet makers are expected to begin shifting over to 64-bit technology. “One of the usual suspects,” said our source, will be showing off a 64-bit Bay Trail tablet in Barcelona. The vendor is most likely Dell. Without specifically commenting, a Dell representative said that the company would be offering a 64-bit OS on the Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro tablets later this year.

The Bay Trail Atom chip (also known as the Atom Z3680) is Intel’s first 64-bit system-on-a-chip. Given that the Atom chips are compatible with Intel’s existing Core lineup, the Windows-on-Atom transition should go fairly smoothly, sources expect.

But enough about Wintel: Android is far more important going forward. According to IDC, Windows tablets of all stripes accounted for just 3 percent of all of the tablets shipped during 2013. That includes a significant uptick in Surface shipments alone during the fourth quarter. But that's nothing compared to the 60.8 percent unit market share enjoyed by Android tablets this year.

Intel definitely recognizes the difference between the market potential of both platforms, and the company has made it very clear that Bay Trail-based tablets will run both operating systems. “Intel is pursuing aggressively both Android tablets and Windows tablets—they made a statement to that effect at their financial analyst meeting, and as far as I know they’re sticking with it,” Brookwood said.  





Hey Microsoft, Surface 2 is great, but clear up something please

TabletPc2.com Editors note:  Windows RT is fine if all your going to do is check your e-mail and surf theSurface RT back web, but the lack of apps makes it hard to recommend anyone buy a RT machine.  I think the Surface Pro 2 with windows 8 is a great tablet.  That said, I agree with CNET that its time for Microsoft to make a decision and let the public know if RT is a platform that is going to continue or if it will be phased out.

Surface 2 is a stellar piece of hardware, but Microsoft needs to be more open about where RT is headed.

It might be a good idea now for Microsoft to be more public about the direction of its tablet operating system so consumers know what they're buying into.

I like the Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520. A lot. As hardware, they're two of the best tablets out there. Bar none (including iPads).

But Windows RT, as it stands now, is in no-man's-land. It's not the Windows 8.1 that comes on PCs and it's not Windows Phone 8.

And it's been that way too long -- since October 2012.

So far, the closest Microsoft has come to saying anything about what will become of RT are comments from Microsoft's head of devices, Julie Larson-Green, back in November.

We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three. We do think there's a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn't have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we're continuing down that path.

It's now three months later and, I would think, time to expand on this statement.




February 19, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 VS Apple iPad Air - Surface Tablets Beats Apple & Google On Productivity Meter
Tech Thirsty

Microsoft has got Apple to bite some dust-finally. Cheer zooms into Microsoft fans’ lives with a latest revelation that Surface tabs are a better choice for work—over the Apple iPad or even any of the Android fed smartphones. Any given day, large chunk of working forces in North America tap away better on the Surface devices.

Chitika, a web analytics company reveals that MS Surface users actually contribute to generation of a larger share of gross website traffic over their iPad or Android-gadget using counterparts.




Sony likely to announce Xperia Tablet Z2 at MWC next week
TopNews United States

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, Japanese device maker Sony is expected to unveil its Sony Xperia Tablet Znew Xperia tablet - dubbed the Xperia Tablet Z2 - which will be slimmer than the Apple latest iPad Air tablet, and will be equipped with some heavy-duty components.

According to prolific leaker @evleaks, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 will have a small frame of 6.4mm. As such, the tablet will not only be thinner than the sleek 6.9mm Xperia Z Ultra, but will also be 1.1mm slimmer than the 7.5mm iPad Air.

Some of the most noteworthy features of the ultra-slim Xperia Tablet Z2 include a 10.1-inch full HD WUXGA display; 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor; 3GB RAM; and 16GB onboard storage capacity with microSD support.

In addition, the dust- and water-proof Xperia Tablet Z2 will also feature an 8-megapixel rear camera; a 2-megapixel front-facing camera; and a massive 6000mAh battery. The tablet will run the latest Android OS 4.4 'KitKat' version with a few customizations from Sony.



February 20, 2014

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The Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 are the love children of a partnership between Ashton Kutcher and Lenovo. The Yoga Tablet’s design is also a welcome change of pace in a world where most Android tablets look the same. But the Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 don’t just look more attractive then the average slate, their unusual Multimode design is practical too. You can read our full review of the Yoga Tablets here, but in addition – we’re also giving one away.





Engadget's tablet buyer's guide: winter 2014 edition

The tablet landscape is changing rapidly. It's now relatively trivial to find a cheap, full-featured WindowsEngadget Tablet Buyers Guide slate, and we've seen a number of smaller models that still manage to pack plenty of power. In light of those shifts, our tablet buyer's guide looks very different this winter. Dell and Nokia are on the list for the first time, and Windows tablets sit shoulder-to-shoulder with their mobile OS rivals. We've even brought back an older Nook that's received a new lease on life thanks to updated software and a significant price cut. Whether you're looking for a productivity machine or just something to watch movies on, we've got a tablet that should fit the bill.

After a couple years of playing it safe with iPad designs, Apple pulled out all the stops with the iPad Air. It's one of the lightest full-size tablets on the market, weighing in at just one pound. It's one of the fastest, too: Its dual-core A7 processor frequently outperforms the better quad-core chips inside its rivals.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is billed as a tablet, but it's really an Ultrabook without a built-in keyboard -- and that makes it one of the most powerful slates on the market. The Core i5 chip inside is quick enough to do some heavy lifting, whether it's 6K video editing or large Photoshop projects. It also fixes many of the qualms we had with the original Pro. The battery lasts longer; there are more memory options; and the kickstand is more comfortable on your lap. The Pro 2 is far from the most portable tablet in this roundup, so consider the Surface 2 if you want something lighter and thinner. Just be aware that it doesn't support traditional Windows apps.

The bottom line: The Windows 8.1 tablet for power users.

The Xperia Tablet Z is an old hand in this group; its Snapdragon S4 Pro is no longer cutting edge, and there are higher-resolution tablets available at slightly higher prices. However, it still has one of the more appealing designs on the market. With its lightweight body, water resistance and infrared blaster, Sony's design simply has more party tricks than many of its rivals. If your tablet has to double as a TV remote, poolside computer or kitchen assistant, this may be your best choice. Be sure to watch out for its impending sequel, though.

See the full List here


Microsoft Surface 2 review: Nice tablet, more apps please

As a device aiming to usurp your laptop and your tablet, the Surface 2 almost succeeds. After several Microsoft Surface 2weeks using the tablet I found myself choosing the Surface 2 over my old Acer Timeline laptop for much of my screen time.

The pros are many, including good performance and battery life, and a solid but stylish design. However, the machine is dragged down from greatness by some niggling cons.

The main issue I had with the Surface 2 was the selection of software on offer. The Surface 2 runs on Windows RT 8.1, a version of Windows 8 customised to run on an ARM-based processor.

Legacy Windows software won't run on the device and the only applications you can install, short of sideloading apps onto the device, are from the Windows Store — an app store whose cupboard isn't necessarily bare, but that too often offers a poor-man's version of apps on other platforms.

Performance in general is very good. The machine's combination of 1.7GHz quad-core ARM-based Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of memory and Flash storage allows it to switch between multiple apps, and between the Start menu and the desktop, without slowing down.

Outside the office the tablet succeeds in many important ways. Browsing the web is pretty much a cinch: Internet Explorer sits smack in the middle of the Window 8 Start screen and loads just about instantly. Navigating web pages feels fast and responsive and, coming from Chrome and being unfamiliar with IE, I found it pretty straightforward to switch between tabs, bring up frequently visited sites and other bread-and-butter browsing tasks.


February 21, 2014

What tablet should I buy? Tablet buying advice 2014
PC Advisor

Before buying ask yourself these questions:   Why are you buying a Tablet, What Os do you like to use? What are you going to use your tablet for? And last but not least, what size will work best for you?

Tablets are fantastic portable devices which sport long battery life and easy to use interfaces. We love What tablet should I buythem. But they’re not necessarily for everyone in every situation. Like any computing device the first question you need to ask yourself is what you want to use it to do?

If it’s a case of checking Facebook, surfing the web, email, reading, playing a few games, and things along these lines then a tablet is a superb choice - arguably better than any other type of computer.

If you’re intending to replace your laptop with a lightweight productivity unit, then things are not quite so clear. Typing on a tablet is fine in short bursts, but you’ll quickly get a pain in your neck if you want to work on it all day.

Also the files systems are a little less accessible than on a traditional computer, especially on Apple products. It’s worth checking if the software you like to use is available in the relevant app store for your device (you can’t install anything that isn’t, well, not easily). You certainly can work on a tablet, but it might involve buying a bluetooth keyboard and adjusting your workflow a little to achieve this

If you want something that you carry everywhere with you, and is primarily a consumption device, then the smaller devices are an excellent choice.   10in tablets are hardly gargantuan, but they don’t easily slip into a coat pocket. What they do offer though is more screen to display websites, movies, and word documents.  So if your eyes aren’t what they were, or you want to do some work on your tablet, the bigger models are the way to lean.

One important spec to look for is ppi - or pixels per inch - which shows how detailed the display is and how clear the text will be. Anything over 200ppi is decent, but with HD and Retina screens now available on many devices we’d encourage you to go higher.



Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: Full Review
LAPTOP Magazine

he 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 provides a larger display than nearly all other tablets on the market. But this octa-core-powered Android device is more than just a supersize slate, offering deep Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tabletpen integration and a host of productivity-friendly features, such as a souped-up Multi Window mode that lets you run four apps at once. There's also a powerful office suite and remote-control software for your PC. With a starting price of $749, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is more expensive than most of its competitors, but if you're comfortable holding a tablet this large, it can help you get some serious work done.

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 comes with Android KitKat 4.4.2, the latest version of Google's mobile OS. Additionally, it boasts a new iteration of Samsung's TouchWiz skin with a unique aesthetic and custom features. Unlike previous TouchWiz versions, the Note Pro's skin has a flatter, more subdued look. The icons are much simpler, and the default desktop wallpaper is a simple shade of cyan, rather than an exotic paint splash or nature scene.


Like other Samsung Galaxy Note phones and tablets, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 provides a lightweight stylus and some heavyweight software to support it. The Note Pro 12.2's S Pen is identical to those on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, with a slim form factor that fit perfectly between our index and middle fingers, a single button, and a flexible tip.





February 24, 2014

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ launches with much-improved specs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD

Lenovo is quickly becoming one of the biggest names to watch in Android, most recently because of its acquisition of Motorola. Today brings some more interesting news from Lenovo at Mobile World Congress with the launch of its latest tablet, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Last year’s Yoga Tablet received relatively poor reviews thanks to a disappointing specs list. This year’s Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ aims to change that with a hefty specs list and an affordable price.

Going hand-in-hand with this new tablet is the release of Lenovo’s new set of DOit apps. This suite of apps includes SHAREit, a wireless non-WiFi transfer system between two devices, SYNCit, a backup and restore system, SECUREit, a malware defender, SNAPit, which is a camera app including 10fps shooting as well as live filters, and SEEit, a gallery app to view all of your photos and videos. All of these apps are now available on the Google Play Store for most devices with iOS and Windows Phone versions of some of the apps coming soon.




Panasonic Announces 4K Tablet Panasonic 4K tablet
Home Theater Review

4K isn't just for television. Panasonic announced a performance-minded 4K Toughbook tablet computer loaded with robust components. Designed for professionals on the job that need a powerful, tough machine with crystal-clear images courtesy of its 4K (actually 3840x2560) screen. (By comparison the iPad 4/Air has a screen with 2,048x1,536 pixels.) The tablet's performance will cost you in the battery department as it only lasts 2.5hrs.


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Hands on preview: Samsung Galaxy NotePRO tablet
PC Authority

The new Galaxy NotePRO is aimed squarely at power users, designed for business users and people who actually want to use their tablets to create media rather than just consume it.Samsung Galaxy NotePRO tablet

The Galaxy NotePRO's 12.2-inch display has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, using a 'Super Clear LCD' panel rather than the PLS and Super AMOLED tech it used in previous tablets and smartphones. It comes out to around 247 PPI - pretty high pixel density for such a large tablet. From our limited testing, viewing angles are excellent, and black levels are just about as good as we've seen on any non-OLED tablet screen. Being a Note tablet, the bundled S Pen and Wacom digitiser makes short work of hand-writing notes or doing a spot of drawing.

The Galaxy NotePRO's 12.2-inch display has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, using a 'Super Clear LCD' panel rather than the PLS and Super AMOLED tech it used in previous tablets and smartphones. It comes out to around 247 PPI - pretty high pixel density for such a large tablet. From our limited testing, viewing angles are excellent, and black levels are just about as good as we've seen on any non-OLED tablet screen. Being a Note tablet, the bundled S Pen and Wacom digitiser makes short work of hand-writing notes or doing a spot of drawing.

12.2 inches is a large amount of screen real estate, made larger by the inclusion of quite a large black bezel on every edge of the Galaxy NotePRO - this is not a small or unobtrusive tablet by any means. Samsung handles it well with a smart multi-window implementation in Android that is very easy to use; the ability to have up to four windows locked at once is surprisingly useful when you're editing a word document and researching multiple sources at once, for example.



February 25, 2014


Disney Starts Online Movie Service in Alliance With Apple ITunes
Businessweek Disney

the Internet, Burbank, California-based Disney said today in a statement. Users will be able to link to iTunes and import films they’ve previously purchased there to Disney Movies Anywhere accounts.

“Disney Movies Anywhere could stabilize Disney’s home-entertainment business, which has experienced lower results for five consecutive years,” Drew Crum, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co., said in a report. He recommends buying Disney stock.

The service underscores a longstanding TV and film alliance between Disney, the world’s largest entertainment company, and Apple. Disney’s ABC television programs were the first to appear on iTunes in 2005, and former Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs sat on Disney’s board



Next-generation Tablets Challenge Imagination at Mobile World Congress
Dubai Chronicle

Hybrid computers might be on the rise. However, tablets are not ready to give up their leading position on the market. Technology companies used the 2014 edition of the Mobile World Congress as a platform to introduce some unbelievably innovative tablet PCs. Here are the most impressive of them… for now.

Waterproof Tablets :   Sony is moving on to water-resistant tablets. The first of them is Xperia Z2. It was unveiled along with two waterproof Sony smartphones. The tablet rocks a 10.1" display and it runs on the latest Android KitKat OS.

New Yoga Tablet:  Lenovo introduced its second Yoga tablet PC. The device is called Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ and it impressed with a better screen and more power under the hood. Lenovo assures that the battery life of its latest product is 18 hours. However, probably the best thing about the device is its affordable price – $349. The tablet will ship sometime in April 2014.

Haptic Tablet:  Fujitsu introduced a prototype of a 10.1" haptic tablet. This means that it allows users to feel the textures of the images showed on the display of the gadget. It is the first tablet PC of this kind to rely on ultrasonic vibrations. As a result, the sensations are more realistic. Thanks to this new technology, consumers can feel alligator skin, wetness, roughness, slipperiness and many other sensations.

Iris-Recognition Tablet: Alcatel teamed up with IriTech to create a tablet that supports iris recognition. the device is in a prototype stage.

First 64-bit Windows 8.1 Tablets:  HP is among the very first companies to introduce a 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablet PC. The device is powered by the newest Intel mobile processor. Dell will also launch 64-bit tablets.



February 26, 2014

Apple wins Best Mobile Tablet award at Mobile World Congress without even trying

Although Apple wasn’t an exhibitor at this year’s Mobile World Congress – currently underway in Apple IpadsBarcelona, Spain – its iPad Air has managed to snag the award for the show’s Best Mobile Tablet. The annual Global Mobile Awards and Mobile World Congress are both organized by the same party, the GSM Association.

A panel of judges has determined in their ruling that Apple’s latest full-size iPad packs “class-leading performance in an attractive and svelte frame”, a nice recognition of Jony Ive’s design and the iPad Air’s speedy A7 chip.

More importantly, the judges singled out Apple’s tightly integrated ecosystem as a prime reason why the iPad Air has “an undisputed advantage in the number of format-optimized apps”


Best Smartphone went to HTC’s One, one of the most advanced smartphones throughout 2013. “Its great design and excellent user interface continue to provide a differentiated user experience, standing out from the competition,” according to the judges.

LG took home the prize for the Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year because the company is “impressive across the board with ground-breaking innovation”.


Can HP Jumpstart Enterprise Windows Tablets?

Apple rules today's workplace tablet scene, but HP sees an opportunity for its new Windows 8.1 HP ElitePad 1000 G2business slates, introduced this week at Mobile World Congress.

HP, which announced new business tablets this week at Mobile World Congress, still believes Windows slates can carve out a niche.

Windows tablets' market share has been "small to date," said Derek Everett, HP director of worldwide product management for commercial Windows tablets, in an interview. "But we see it as a high-growth area for the next few years."

The ElitePad 1000 G2 and ProPad 600, both of which debuted this week, represent the company's latest attempt to jumpstart that growth.

The HP's ElitePad 1000 G2 runs Windows 8.1 Pro and will launch in March with a base price of $739. It features a 10.1 inch, 16:10 scratch-resistant screen with 1920x1200 pixel resolution. HP says the ElitePad 1000's screen is brighter than the current model's and supports a wider range of viewing angles. These traits -- along with its sturdy, military-grade, machined aluminum body -- make it potentially well suited for field work.

The ElitePad 1000 also improves on the 900 by adding LTE connectivity and, thanks to its Intel Bay Trail quad-core processor, 64 bit support. It supports pen input, includes a 2 MP front-facing camera for video chats, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera. The 1000 will be available in both 64 and 128 GB configurations, although a microSD card slot offers additional space. At a little over 9 mm thick and 1.5 pounds, it should be easy to handle.


Samsung Galaxy Note Pro review: Android's bid to replace Windows in the office

Spending $750 for an Android tablet seems exorbitant. But the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro offers a larger screen, excellent battery life, and access to the Android and Samsung app stores.Samsung Galaxy Note Pro screen Shot

It’s not much of a stretch to consider the Note Pro as Samsung’s response to Microsoft’s Surface 2 Pro, which starts at $899 for 64GB of onboard storage. Both the Note Pro and the Surface Pro 2 ship with foldable keyboard covers; the Note Pro’s can be configured so that it wakes up and unlocks the tablet when flipped back. But while the Note Pro’s cover actually doubles as a stand, it’s not immediately obvious that it does so.

The Note Pro also lacks an integrated keyboard, such as the Surface’s Type and Touch Covers. In fact, to use it as a laptop replacement, you’ll need to buy a Bluetooth keyboard and possibly a mouse. That completely eliminates its use as a “lap top” computer.

As with the Note phones, pulling out the S Pen triggers several options, including an Action Memo; the ability to save content into a Scrapbook; and my favorite, the Pen Window. The Pen Window lets you run a second app inside a window, providing Android with a desktop-like multitasking environment. You simply draw a box, and when it’s done, select the app you want to fill the space.

The sum of its parts—a large screen, excellent fantastic battery life, multi-app windows, and equivalent PC software—not only make the Note Pro a viable choice for a tablet enthusiast, but a jumping-off point for an adventuresome road warrior to leave the Windows world entirely. If only Samsung could knock another $150 or so off the price.



Next Generation NOOK Tablet Is In The Pipeline

Nook Tablets

The tablet market is an extremely competitive one, although Apple’s iPad has more or less dominated the scene for the longest time already. Well, the folks over at Barnes & Noble are currently working hard to prepare the launch of its first new tablet since the last release which happened a couple of years ago. In the company’s most recent financial report, it was apparent that B&N is currently talking to potential hardware partners when it comes to the development and manufacturing of a new color NOOK device which should hit the markets in early 2015.



February 27, 2014

MWC 2014 Video: Dell Discusses Venue 8 Pro Tablet
TechWeekEurope UK

Dell is one of a number of traditional PC vendors which are slowly switching from the desktop and laptop formats to tablets and all-in-ones. This week, the company brought its wares to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry.

The Venue 8 Pro is based on a quad-core Atom Z processor, which enables the tiny tablet to run fully-featured Windows 8.1. Last year, Dell CEO Michael Dell called Windows RT “a mistake” and the new Intel chips are helping the industry move away from Microsoft’s ARM-based experiment.

In the video below, Field talks about visual design, technical specifications, backwards compatibility and accessories for the device.




MobileDemand is excited to announce the the popular xTablet T7200 and xTablet T1200 are now Mobile Demand Class 1 Division 2 Rugged Tabletsavailable as C1D2-certified rugged tablets! The certification covers usage in areas where combustible gases such as Acetylene, Hydrogen, Ethylene, and Propane (Groups A-D) are present abnormally.  So if an accidental discharge happens, you can rest assured that our C1D2 tablets will not emit any electrical arcs or sparks, nor have any hot surfaces that will cause those gases to explode.  Designed to keep your workers safe, our tablets are sealed, rugged and low temperature.

The C1D2 versions of the xTablet T7200 and xTablet T1200 come with one certified configuration which includes a full Windows Professional operating system, integrated numeric keypad, premium barcode scanner and high-performance Intel processors. Equipped with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, along with the option for 4G LTE, these rugged tablets are the ultimate productivity and efficiency tool for your operations.  A full suite of I/O ports, docking contacts, office docks and vehicle docks are available for use in non-hazardous environments.

“The great part about deploying a full Windows OS is that there is no need to invest in custom middleware software or applications. The tablets are built from the ground up to support your native Windows software solutions, saving you money on the deployment,” said Jon Rasmussen, Senior Director of Product Management and R&D. “That, along with the new C1D2 certifications is a huge incentive for oil and gas companies, manufacturers, and others, to deploy rugged tablets to boost their operational productivity.”




Parent picks: Top 9 tablet apps for children
Tech Page One

Ratings and online testimonials aside, parents are ultimately the best judges of the tablet apps that Best Tablet Apps fpr Childrenhold their child’s attention. Commonalities include some combination of great graphics, interactivity, a learning component and uniqueness.

These are apps that “get” kids and the way they really like to play, learn and explore. All of our recommendations have been suggested by parents for ultimate kid enjoyment.

1. Bakery Story: Kids love virtual online worlds. They also love sweets. Combine the two and you get a game in which users get to design and build a bakery — and then show it off on social media. Free.

2. Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is a mindfulness and meditation app designed for young people ages 7 to 18 developed by a team of psychologists. Users begin by answering simple questions about their current emotional state and are led through a series of meditation exercises to bring calmness and clarity. Free.

3. Minecraft: It’s no secret that Minecraft is hugely popular with kids. The combination building-and-adventure game lets kids’ imaginations run wild. The pocket edition includes textures and colors taken from the PC version, new crops and food, improved lighting, fog effects and more. $6.99.

4. Endless Alphabet: Created by the team behind Sesame Street’s Monster at the End of This Book, Endless Alphabet is the perfect merging of learning and fun. Kids learn ABCs and vocabulary through interactive puzzles and animations full of delightful monsters, sounds and letters that come to life. $6.99.




February 28, 2014

Surface Pro 2 versus Galaxy Note Pro: a productivity smackdown

Surface Pro 2 versus Galaxy Note Pro: This week, we tested the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, a massive Android tablet designed for professional office work. Coincidentally, we also received a Microsoft Surface Pro 2—complete with Docking Station—on the very same day that Samsung’s tablet arrived.

The obvious test: Which tablet would emerge as the best productivity machine?

The short answer: Windows won. Barely. And that, to me, was the most surprising result of our head-to-head comparison: that Android has come so close to productivity parity with Windows in just a few short years.

In terms of raw, productivity-boosting screen real estate, you have to give the edge to the Note Pro. Samsung’s 12.2-inch, 2560x1600 display is both larger and higher in resolution than the display in the Surface Pro 2, which clocks in at 10.6 inches and 1920x1080. Perhaps even more importantly, Samsung offers a larger display in a lighter chassis, as the Note Pro weighs 1.65 pounds to the Surface Pro 2’s 2 pounds. Samsung also bests Microsoft on battery life, with the Note Pro lasting over eight and a half hours in our video rundown test to the Surface Pro 2’s 6 hours, 9 minutes.

But don’t count out Microsoft yet, as Surface Pro 2 wins hands down in terms of replicating a desktop productivity experience: Not only does Microsoft have an integrated keyboard solution via its Type Cover accessory, but the Surface’s $200 Docking Station adds significant value—if you can get one.




Meet the most important Android phone of the year - The Samsung Galaxy S5

We went hands-on with the new phone at MWC 2014 to see what it's all about. Read on for our in-depth impressions, or watch the video demo below:

The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be submerged in water and is completely dust-proof. As ever with mobile phone water-resistance, this relies on the seals being in place. ( Samsung does not recommend submerging it.)

The one sealed port is the USB port on the bottom, and its flap is much larger than you might expect. It's a USB 3.0 port, not the usual microUSB type. It offers faster data transfer, and faster charging when used with a computer's USB 3.0 socket.

There's one more standout hardware addition on the Galaxy S5, and it's the least 'everyday' of the lot. The rear of the phone has a heart rate sensor, which can monitor your heart rate when you place a finger on the back of the phone.  




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