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January 2014


January 1, 2014


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January 2, 2014

Epic Giveaway Day 15: Win a Microsoft Surface 2

Win one of two Microsoft Surface 2 tablets

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 now shipping with faster processor, just two months after launch

Microsoft has started updating the Intel processor in its Surface Pro 2 tablets. The software giant originally released the Surface Pro 2 on October 22nd, and after just two months the latest retail units now contain a processor clocked at 1.9GHz instead of the stock 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U chip that originally shipped with the tablet.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the change in a statement to The Verge. "Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent."



The bumpy road ahead for Android tablets in 2014

Tablets have been hot commodoties since the iPad's success, and there have been no shortage of Android models to entice shoppers. Last year saw the introduction of many models from the major players in the mobile space. These companies debuted tablets right and left, and they may not have left much in the tank for 2014.

Just as they have with smartphones, Samsung has dominated the Android tablet space for a year or so. They have both Galaxy Tab and Note models in a range of sizes to cover what they believe is the majority of buyers.

Lenovo has been a big player in Android tablets too, with a line of budget tablets. It capped off 2013 by getting Ashton Kutcher to pitch two new Android tablets with an innovative design.

With all of this activity in the Android tablet world in 2013, it leaves one to wonder what can possibly be coming in 2014? There's not a lot of room for innovative designs given what's already available, so it's not clear how the OEMs can produce something new this year.


January 3, 2014

Laptops, Chromebooks, tablets: The PCs we expect to see at CES
PCWorld CES tablet preview

CES comes at an awkward time of the year for PC manufacturers. The holiday shopping season has ended by early January, and the industry’s next big selling season—back-to-school time—is many months away.

But in spite of the bad timing, we saw the tablet PC and netbook form factors launch at CES 2010, and Intel announced its Ultrabook definition at CES 2012 and its new Atom lineup (code-named Bay Trail) at CES 2013. So what might we expect to see on the PC front at CES 2014, which begins next week in Las Vegas?




NEW iPAD? Super-sized tablet 'due in October
The Week UK

Leaks from Apple's supply chain suggest new iPad 6 will be big enough to replace MacBook Air

AFTER months of speculation about the promise of a iPadslarge-screened iPhone, reports have emerged that Apple is also planning a bigger version of its market-leading iPad.

The super-sized tablet is expected in October, according to DigiTimes, a Taiwanese technology new site. Its report quotes sources at companies within the Apple supply chain that make parts for its products.

"Apple's large-size tablet will be manufactured by Quanta Computer," the report claims. "It was originally expected to adopt either 12.9- or 13.3-inch panels, with recent rumours indicating that 12.9-inch has a better chance to be picked."



January 5, 2014

Lenovo Horizon 2 Table PC Offers 27-inch Portable Tablet Experience
Gotta Be Mobile

The Lenovo Horizon 2 is a new all in one from Lenovo that builds on the strengths of the original Horizon to offer a thinner and lighter 27-inch tablet or Table PC for your home or business.

Lenovo’s new Horizon All In One is only as thick as a deck of cards and includes NFC to connect Android smartphones to the tablet when placed on top of the screen, which will then pop out a set of actions on-screen, like in a science fiction movie.




Ces 2014

January 6, 2014

Lenovo Miix 2 Takes on the Surface 2

The Miix 2 feels like Lenovo’s competition for the Surface 2. And while it may not have quite the same premium display as the surface, it does feel like a premium detachable system. The inclusion of powerful JBL Speakers with a subwoofer make its stand mode extra practical for watching movies on the go, and also help make the Miix 2 even more desirable. The system also offers optional 3g connectivity which is something most Windows 8 detachables aren’t offering, at-least not yet.


Toshiba Unveils World's First Ultra HD 4K Laptops at CES

Toshiba has unveiled the world’s first laptops featuring Ultra HD 4K displays during CES 2014. The Tecra W50 mobile workstation is ideal for engineers and 3D designers and the Satellite® P50t for professional photographers, graphic designers and 4K movie enthusiasts. Both laptops will be available for purchase in mid-2014. Toshiba Satellite P50t Laptop with 4k Display

Packed with premium features and sophisticated styling, the Satellite P50t is designed to kick mobile entertainment into high gear with a responsive touchscreen display and a powerful 4th generation Intel Core processor.

“As a leader in Ultra HD, we are leveraging our 4K TV expertise to deliver a display capable of four times the resolution of Full HD to provide smoother images with astounding details,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and engineering, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have applied years of experience and engineering resources to bring Ultra HD 4K technology into our premium laptops for consumers and businesses so they can usher in the next generation of content creation and consumption.”

The 15.6-inch diagonal displays1 of the Tecra W50 and Satellite P50t deliver native 3840 x 2160 resolution at 282 PPI. To further enhance the viewing experience, the displays are also color calibrated with accurate color gamut and feature wide viewing angles.


New Lenovo Tablets and Laptops announced at 2014 CES

three innovative modes and up to 18 hours of battery life

Lenovo Flex 15D

  • MIIX 2 premieres 3-in-1 detachable laptop design in ultraportable 10-in and performance-focused 11-in models
  • YOGA 2 brings legendary laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes to mainstream consumers in a refined design
  • Flex 14D & 15D convertible laptops package two modes in one machine for incredible value

Lenovo has announced new additions to its multimode product lineup with the MIIX 2, a detachable three-mode laptop; the YOGA 2, a smarter convertible laptop with four unique modes; and the Flex 14D and 15D, dual mode convertible laptops that give consumers incredible value.

The 10-in and 11-in models of the MIIX 2 turn heads for their detachable design featuring Laptop, Stand and Tablet Modes. The YOGA 2 advances the original YOGA laptop’s reputation for its 360° flip and fold design but now with more advanced specifications and at mainstream prices. Based on the original Flex convertible laptops, the new Flex 14D and 15D give users the same great Laptop and Stand modes but now with up to AMD A6 quad core processor technology and AMD Radeon™ graphics. 




Panasonic's 20-inch 4K 'tablet' comes to the US in January for $6,000 Panasonic's 20-inch 4K 'tablet'

Panasonic UT-MB5 20 inch tabletruns Windows 8.1, has 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel Core i5 CPU and ultra high res 3,840 x 2,560 LCD. Two hour battery life mean youre not likelyto be e using this on the go very often (there's an optional desktop cradle and carrying case), but even with its incredible 20-inch size, it's about .49-inches thick and weighs 5.27 lbs. If you're a professional in the "video production, architecture, design, photography and healthcare" fields who can expense this six thousand dollar slate, you're probably already sold




January 7, 2014

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CES 2014: Samsung takes on Apple with new tablet range
Telecom Lead

At CES 2014, Samsung is stepping up its presence in the tablet space with four devices in a bid to take on Apple.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro & Galaxy Tab Pro

Samsung Electronics’ four tablet devices include: Galaxy NotePRO (12.2-inch) and TabPRO (12.2, 10.1, 8.4-inch).  Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO come with the world’s first 12.2-inch WQXGA Widescreen (16:10) display.  These new devices offer 2560×1600 resolution with more than 4 million pixels.

Apple recently unveiled Apple iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display with a number of low cost materials.

JK Shin, CEO and president of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, said: “This new line offers the best-in-class content consumption and productivity, combining a stunning viewing experience with Samsung’s design legacy.”

All the four devices will be available starting from Q1, 2014. Samsung is yet to announce the price of these new tablets.

The Samsung S Pen included with the Galaxy NotePRO delivers a more responsive, productive and overall efficient tablet experience with access to features such as Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write and S Finder. In addition, Pen Window enables users to draw a window of any size on the screen, and instantly access unique in-application features such as YouTube or a calculator.

Users can access and control their home or office PC directly through their Galaxy NotePRO or TabPRO with Remote PC in order to seamlessly edit and save files remotely.



Intel confirms Dual OS computers that run both Windows and Windows
the verge

Dual OS platforms

It barely got a mention at Intel's CES 2014 press conference this evening, but Dual OS is real. The company confirmed that Intel processors will power computers that can switch between Windows and Android with the press of a button, just like the Asus Transformer Book Duet we tried earlier today. Intel demonstrated the technology on a laptop during the company's press conference, right after introducing "Intel Device Protection Technology," an idea that should help Intel-based Android devices meet corporate standards for enterprise security.

Intel isn't the only company pursuing Windows and Android in the same device here at CES, however. Earlier today, AMD announced a partnership with BlueStacks to run fullscreen and windowed Android apps within Windows itself,




The Dell Venue 8 Pro: The Windows tablet we've been waiting for?

The current crop of Microsoft tablets now offers fullDell Venue 8 Pro Tablet Windows 8.1, in a package that competes with Apple and Google in terms of price, size, and even battery capacity. This breed of tablets is well represented by Dell’s awkwardly-named Venue 8 Pro.

I’ve spent the last three weeks with the Venue 8 Pro, and I should be squarely inside the targeted demographic for the device. As a consultant, I travel heavily use my tablet like a stereotypical “knowledge worker,” triaging email and jockeying spreadsheets and presentations while on the move. While my travel schedule may be excessive, once on the ground, I move frequently between meetings and offices, which is more typical in these types of roles.

After an initial overview of the hardware, I believe Dell has finally nailed the mini tablet for “regular” Windows, but there are a few small misses.

Despite these minor shortcomings, the screen, all-day battery, and easy-to-transport size have my Venue 8 Pro joining me for more meetings and late-night reading sessions than my trusted iPad 2. In my next article, I’ll discuss the software capabilities of the Venue 8 Pro and, assuming Dell ships the companion stylus I’ve ordered, whether the device achieves my “Holy Grail” of digital notepads. 



Acer Announces Iconia W4, A1-830 and B1-720 Tablets At CES 2014

With PC sales continue to show downward swing, Acer has shifted its resources in making tablet Acer Iconia A1-830 Tabletdevices. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Acer announced three low-high end Tablets.

Acer Iconia W4:  Powered by a 1.8GHz 4th generation Intel Atom processor, backed by 2GB of RAM The tablet will be available in 32GB or 64GB capacities.   the Acer Iconia W4 features an 8.1-inch HD IPS display having a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.

Acer Iconia A1-830: powered by a 1.6GHz Intel processor, 7.9-inch display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels., 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal processor (expandable via a microSD card slot), Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, dual-cameras. If you are keen to buy Acer Iconia A1-830, make sure that you are ready to ignore its underwhelming display.

Acer Iconia B1-720: Acers entry level Android tablet aimed at the emerging countries like India and Brazil. The Iconia B1-720 comes with a 7-inch display, 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a front-facing camera.



January 8, 2014

Here comes rugged Android tablet PC designed to be tough

After the rugged phone, Chinavasion is now proud to present its first fully rugged Android tablet, the Strike Rugged Android Tablet PC“Strike”. Designed and built to be tough, the “Strike” can withstand shocks, drops, spills and even immersion into water. Ready for whatever you can put it through, the tablet comes with an IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating and is equipped with an ultra durable 7 inch Gorilla Glass 2 screen, making the “Stike’s ” screen much more resistant to the abuses of operating under extreme conditions.

Thanks to apps, the way we access and enter data has changed drastically. Running on Android, the “Strike” makes it easy for you to remotely get the job done over Wi-Fi, 3G internet and Bluetooth. To capture videos and images in the field, both a front and a rear-facing camera are equipped on the “Strike” and coming with a detachable hand strap, the tablet can be held firmly with just one hand. On top of that, the “Strike” can be used to make phone call and to text while on the go.

On top of all of this, two cameras are built into this ruggedized tablet and will make it easy to take pictures or record videos,

Priced at $ $569.99, This truly revolutionary Android tablet PC can be purchased today at an extremely competitive wholesale price and will make working outdoors much easier, says Rose Li, and finishes with, "Our dedicated sourcing team works together closely with our QC engineers to find the best products at the best prices."   




Surface Pro 2 owners to get firmware fix on 14 January

Microsoft support representatives have told Surface Pro 2 owners that a firmware update will be issued 14 January to remedy multiple problems that cropped up after they installed a similar update a month Microsoft Surface Pro 2ago.

14 January is “Patch Tuesday,” when Microsoft releases its monthly security patches designed to quash vulnerabilities. The company also regularly serves up non-security fixes that day.

“Just got off a call with Surface support team and they confirmed that the new firmware will be released January 14,” said someone identified as Jackabite in a message on Microsoft’s online support forum Friday.




January 9, 2014

Microsoft Surface 3, Surface Mini, Surface Laptop Rumors Surface

Surface 2

Microsoft’s latest Surface series of tablets was launched back in 2013 and given that Microsoft has chosen (again) not to make an appearance at CES 2014, we’re sure many are wondering what they might be up to. Well thanks to a series of tweets by MSFTnerd, it seems that he has managed to release some details about future Surface tablets, which not only includes the Surface 3.

Starting with the Surface 3, MSFTnerd believes that Microsoft will be working with NVIDIA again and will sport NVIDIA’s latest chipset that they announced at CES 2014, the Tegra K1, and will be seeing a release towards the end of 2014. Given that the second-gen Surface tablets were released towards the later part of 2013, we guess this timeframe does sound about right. MSFTnerd also revealed that we can look forward to a Surface Mini before the end of the year.



Can Microsoft Turn Around Its Fortunes With Windows 8 Tablets?

The stars are aligning in Redmond, and there's a good chance that Microsoft can lead the tablet race Microsoft Surface 2proafter being smothered by Apple and Android in 2013. Microsoft hasn't been in such a strong position for years.

Windows 8 Tablets Poised to Strike

Let's start with the most dramatic, highly anticipated turnaround in technology today, as shown in a Forrester survey conducted late last year: iPads held the vast majority of BYOD tablet deployments, with Android coming on strong and Windows 8-based tablets practically nonexistent. But plans in the next 12 months show Windows 8-based tablets surging from far behind to lead the pack.

In the big picture, tablets are replacing laptops, much like laptops replaced desktops at the turn of the millennium. In 2014, the worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 47 percent, while the worldwide PC market is estimated to remain flat after declining 9.9 percent in 2013, according to new research from Gartner. Interestingly, the PC market's slide has been halted by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, which are smaller than tablets.




March of the phablets - Apple and others expected to push the tablet wannabes in 2014

Phablets, those over-sized smartphones with tablet features, were ridiculed by some when they burst Women holding Samsung phabletson the scene a few years ago, specifically Samsung’s Galaxy Note. 

“The biggest evolution the tech industry will see in 2014 will be the transition to larger-sized phones and the resulting impact it will have on other types of devices, including tablets, PCs and wearables, as well as the types of applications created for those devices.”

“The smaller tablets are for the most part all WiFi only and they’re still too big to carry around all the time,” O’Donnell said in an interview with TabTimes. “A phablet, you stick it in your pocket and it’s got a 3G or 4G radio in there so you’re always connected.

Apple ready to join the phablet fray?

There has been talk for a while that Apple would release a phablet, in fact many observers expected Apple’s newest iPhone 5C and 5S models to sport bigger screens than the earlier iPhone, but that didn’t happen.

O’Donnell thinks the next iPhone will bump up to 5- or 5.2-inches (some phablets sport 6-inch screens) because Apple recognizes users want choice and larger screen phones are flooding the market.



January 10, 2014

Presenting our Best of CES 2014 Awards winners
engadget Best of CES 2014 Awards winners

Curating the Best of CES Awards as an official CEA partner is not a responsibility we take lightly. Finding plenty of worthy finalists was easy, but narrowing down each category to just one winner? Not so much. Nevertheless, we spent two nights in the Engadget trailer considering products against our criteria and arguing the list down to 14 killer, innovative picks. Congrats to all our winners -- head past the break to check them out.

Best Video Product: Dish Virtual Joey

For years, we've come to CES and heard about technology that would let us watch TV without a box directly connected, and Dish has finally delivered on that promise. Its Virtual Joey app is coming first to LG smart TVs and PlayStation consoles, and is expected to reach other platforms soon. Subscribers will still need the main Hopper DVR set-top box, but multi-room access to live TV or recordings is possible just by connecting to your network and then installing the app. We thought the experience was exceptionally well-designed, with control possible via the device's remote/gamepad, or by using a Dish RF remote to operate the DVR from another room. -- Richard Lawler, Senior HD Editor

Dish Virtual Joey

Dish Virtual Joey

Click here to see All Engadgets Best of CES 2014 Awards winners



Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review: first look
PC Pro

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 is the first compact Windows tablet to enter the ThinkPad family, and it’s an absolute stunner. With Windows 8.1 powered by quad-core Bay Trail and an 8.4in, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, this looks to the be the must-have business tablet.




Microsoft and CES: it's complicated (not really)

At CES 2014, a Microsoft stand is nowhere to be seen on the show floor. In the build-up to the event, Ryan Seacrest and Steve Ballmerhowever, a report from the BBCclaimed the firm would be "returning" to the show, including an almost polemic quote from the event's head honcho Gary Shapiro stating that "Microsoft is officially back in the International CES." This, in turn, was picked up by others, dutifully pointing out that, technically it never left -- instead, conducting business away from the show floor.

"The keynote and the booth, we haven't done the last couple of years, but at the same time, the behind-the-scenes meetings with partners, hardware manufacturers, mobile operators and developers are all happening, and that part has actually increased," Greg Sullivan, director of Windows Phone at Microsoft told us.

We're there; we're visible; and our products are in booths all over in various form factors.

But if not CES, then what? Sullivan is pragmatic, claiming that it's a simple case of reallocating budget. A presence on the show floor costs money; money the firm is deciding to spend on other things. Internally organized events like Build are becoming increasingly important for Microsoft. Especially as this gives it the opportunity to host its own show, and not jostle for attention among the thousands at CES. A tactic that Apple employed some time ago (the last presence it had was more than two decades ago), which is clearly working for Apple.

If you spend any time wandering the halls at CES 2014, however, one thing soon becomes obvious: Microsoft is actually present throughout. Its products are so ubiquitous, that even without it trying, tablets, laptops and a host of other devices make sure that famous Windows logo is never far away.



January 13, 2014

Windows 8 tablets to surge in 2014, analyst predicts
Business Standard

Market analysts have reportedly predicted that Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets are set to lead the tablet race in 2014 after being beaten by Apple and Android in the last year.

Analyst at Aberdeen Group, Andrew Borg said that tablet in the enterprise is Microsoft's to lose.

According to PC World, highly anticipated turnaround in technology is Windows-8 tablets surging to lead the pack in BYOD tablet deployments, which was last year led by Apple iPads followed by Android.



Apple brilliantly waxes poetic in new iPad Air ad

An ad that launched during the NFL playoffs features poetry and humanity and words from "Dead Poet's Society." Instead of talking features, it asks "what is your verse?"




January 14, 2014

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The year of the Windows tablet?

Analysts are predicting that over the next 12 months devices like the Surface Pro could overtake the Surface 2 tabletiPad in terms of popularity.

The reason why Aberdeen Group analysts in particular are confident about Windows tablets taking hold this year is because of businesses. Companies are getting ready to replace their computers and, just as company desktops made way for company notebooks, company notebooks are about to make way for tablets.

And of course, as with business notebooks, consumers are going to be taking their business tablets home.

Apple and Android tablets are already starting to make their way into consumers' professional lives, but most businesses still use Windows, and the benefit of being able to buy new devices that run on existing software, rather than having to develop apps or address IT security problems, will be just too good to ignore




Samsung Tablet Pro CES 2014: 'Magazine UX' Interface To Replace Google Android

t looks like Samsung was OK with Android while for market share in the smart phone and space. Now it Samsung Galaxy Note Pro CES billboardseems the new release of the "Magazine UX" interface adapted for Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note tablets with a form factor in 8, 10,12-inch) signals a deviation from Google's Android.

With the new UI, Samsung cleverly hides Google's app store and apps under a pile of new home screens, designed to look like a lovechild between Windows Phone and Flipboard. Instead of looking at a home screen of icons, you browse a grid of giant square and rectangular widgets that you can reside and reform at your whimsy. You can still access your list of apps, but Samsung relegates them to a separate, ugly one-off home screen that you can customize.

Tech trend watchers say that Samsung is making attempts to make like Apple bit it needs to lose the extra baggage in the Android design.

The problem for Samsung users is that you would only be using Samsung apps. The interface is also linked to widgets and to its App Store, , and Samsung services but would not be supported. Users would have to search for Google Play Store.



January 15, 2014Surface Pro 2

Pick your winner in the Surface Classroom Design Challenge -- and win a Surface 2!

In the gallery you'll find everything from a Surface backpack and a projector add-on to a Surface cover that doubles as a graphics tablet. Check back one January 18 to see who has been picked for the list of finalists.

Oh, and if you need a little incentive to take part -- you could win a Surface 2 just for casting a vote! You can only vote once a day, but you can vote for more than one entry if you're finding it hard to choose.



How the Surface Pro 2 became my favorite computer

A funny thing happened to me when I started playing around with a Surface Pro 2: It became my Surface Pro 2favorite computer.

I'm not a Windows hater by any stretch of the imagination, but I also didn't expect to come to rely on the Surface Pro 2 as much as I did. Normally I use an 11-inch MacBook Air as my primary PC.

Tablet form factor aside, the Surface Pro 2 is every bit a Windows 8.1 computer, so it’s not surprising that most of the time, I use it in my office, sitting at my desk. Here, the optional docking station really makes it shine: I just set the Surface Pro 2 in the docking station, slide the connectors into place, and the device is instantly connected to my network and peripherals. When hooked up to a traditional keyboard, monitor, printer, and mouse or touchpad, I find the the Surface Pro 2 to be a more-than-adequate PC replacement.

It’s clear to me that the Surface Pro 2 represents the future of computing. It is proof of the concept that tablets aren’t killing PCs—they’re just a natural evolution of the PC experience. Whatever device that ultimately succeeds may not come from Microsoft, and it may not even run Windows, but eventually devices like the Surface Pro 2—ones that deliver power and portability, and that exist comfortably as both productivity and entertainment devices—will replace traditional PCs and bec



LA Board of Education approves next phase of iPad plan
Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Board of Education Tuesday approved the next phase of a $1-billion effort to provide computers to every student, teacher and administrator. The board agreed to distribute iPads to every student at 38 more schools, begin a bidding process to provide laptops for students at seven high schools and buy as many iPads as needed to complete new state tests in the spring.

In doing so, the board opted not to follow the advice of an oversight panel that had recommended purchasing thousands of fewer devices.

In the end, board members -- who said they wanted to avoid unnecessary spending -- approved a proposal that removed entirely a cap on how many iPads the district could buy for standardized testing scheduled for the spring. But they also insisted that they expected the number to be well below the 67,500 tablets the district staff had recommended.




January 16, 2014

Sharp goes big with 15.6-inch WQHD Windows 8.1 tablet

Sharp goes big with 15.6-inch WQHD Windows 8.1 tablet


Sharp's taking the high-pixel-density road with a new 16-inch-class Windows 8.1 tablet.

This could be the year of the large tablet and Sharp just chimed in with a 15.6-inch model with a 3,200x1,800 (WQHD) display and a Core i5-4200U processor.

Samsung announced a 12.2-inch tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show, and Apple is rumored to be working on a 13-inch class tablet.

The 2.7-pound, 0.5-inch thick Sharp RW-16G also packs 4GB of RAM, 128GB solid-state drive, a Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and Windows 8.1 Pro.  It has a rated battery life of nine hours.   The tablet, targeted at businesses, uses Sharp's IGZO display tech.



January 17, 2014


'The future of tablets is multi-mode, not dual-OS' says Lenovo's President Jay Parker

Jay Parker is President of Lenovo for North America where he is responsible for over $5 billion in Jay Parker is President of Lenovo for North Americabusiness the leading PC and device maker does here. 

As part of our ongoing interview series with tablet executives Parker sat down with TabTimes at the recent CES show in Las Vegas to discuss his company, dual-boot tablets, form factor and other issues affecting tablet buyers.

Android tablet, Windows tablet. Two different kinds of buyer?
Good question. I think the devices are aiming at the same customer set for the most part. Windows 8 right now certainly has more of a foothold in the commercial segment where the customer is probably already using Microsoft and needs the security and manageability Windows offers. As companies transition there are more opportunities for tablets.

On the Android side, it’s a great ecosystem with apps more broadly accepted by consumers and hitting price points consumers are willing to pay. At the end of the day Android is targeting customers looking to consume data on a convenient device ... it’s a different customer affinity for now.

The Lenovo Yoga tablet gets high marks for innovation with ultra long battery life and different viewing modes. 
Yes, this is the multi-mode idea. We’ve had a lot of success with the Yoga PC, it’s the number one selling 2-in-1 device in the U.S.



Google Nexus 10 2 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 features, specs review and comparison
Tehran ChronicleMicrosoft Surface Pro 2

Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, whereas Surface Pro 2 was launched by Microsoft. Google one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers launched its much awaited Google Nexus 10 2 having high specifications. The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has next generation specifications such as Pen Tile screen of size 10.1 inches. The screen will provide high definition experience having very high pixel value.

Experts all over the world claim that the design is stunning and hence it will provide a very strong competition to its contemporaries. The Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 is one of the much awaited tablets having an Intel I5 processor and a very long battery life. One of the main features of this tablet is that the storage can vary from 64GB to 512GB and hence users can easily store any amount of data.


Microsoft Surface Firmware Updates for January 2014
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite

As it does every month, Microsoft this week issued Surface firmware updates alongside its monthly Patch Tuesday security fixes. But this month's set of updates includes just a single update, for the original Surface Pro, and not the expected re-release of December's botched Surface Pro 2 firmware update.

I held off on publishing this yesterday because I was told that Microsoft was racing to finish the new version of the December 2013 firmware update for Surface Pro 2. But while the official story hasn't changed—it's still due as soon as possible, Microsoft tells me, as I reported last month in Microsoft Will Re-Release Surface Pro 2 Firmware Earlier Than Expected—something is clearly holding up the release.





January 21, 2014

iPhone 6 Rumors: Why Apple Better Jump on the Phablet Bandwagon

Tech giant and innovator Apple is falling behind for once when it comes to the growing phablet market.Apple

Defined as a smartphone with a display larger than 5.6 inches, a phablet is a hybrid between a phone and a tablet. Apple, which started the tablet market with the release of the iPad, has been "woefully slow" in jumping on this tech trend, according to a Forbes report.

Large-screened phablets could give Windows the advantage since Nokia and Samsung are in the lead in the burgeoning market.

According to Forbes, many households seem to be sharing devices, so the tablet market is slowing down as more people buy phablets so they can have one of each.

Rumors have been flying about a possible Apple phablet release later this year, reportedly in the fall. Some think the iPhone 6, which will debut in September, could be large-screen, but Apple has stayed mum about any phablet plans.

Forbes calls the phablet market "a party that will be in full swing by the time a large screen iPhone 6 launches." Unless Apple gets in the running, the phablet market will be dominated by Windows and Android.




January 22, 2014

Intel unveils Education Tablet and Classmate PC

Intel showcases PC Solutions for students and schools at Bett 2014

intel Corporation unveiled innovative education-focused reference devices for the 21st century Intel Educatiom Tabletinteractive learning environment today at Bett 2014. The new Intel Education Tablet and the Intel Classmate PC are part of Intel Education Solutions, which includes devices, software, content, services and teacher professional development that work together to transform learning and teaching for student success.

Both the Intel Education Tablet and the classmate PC are student-friendly, rugged designs that can withstand dropping off a desk (from 70 cm)1 and provide water-resistance and dust-resistance to promote anytime, anywhere learning.

The Intel Education Tablet runs on Android 4.2 and has kid-friendly features such as rubber bumpers on the sides making it easier for small hands to hold, a power button that resists accidental pushes and a stylus with a realistic pen-like grip. Powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor Z2520, the 10-inch tablet has front- and rear-facing cameras and optional 3G support, and provides an average 12 hours of battery life2 to keep up with student learning all through the day.





Microsoft Store website finally has Surface 2 tablets back in stock

Surface 2 & Surface 2 Pro Back in Stock

Last week, we reported that the Microsoft Store website was showing that all but one model of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets were out of stock; a situation that had persisted for several weeks. This weekend, Microsoft finally got some new Surface 2 units for sale, which may signal better availability of the tablets in the future.

The site shows that both the 32GB and 64GB Surface 2 models are now available for purchase on the site.  In addition, it also shows the 64GB Surface Pro 2 is back on sale alongside the 512GB model. However, both the 128GB and the 256GB Surface Pro 2 are still listed as out of stock, as is the 32GB model of the original Surface RT tablet.




iPad Pro Will “Fundamentally Change” The Tablet Market – Really!?

Rumours of a 12-inch iPad have been circulating for quite some time now. But is a larger tablet a logical move for Apple? Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Apple is said to be prepping the launch of a 12-inch iPad tablet, dubbed the iPad Pro, for later this year. As is often the case with unannounced Apple products, we’re still very much in the hearsay and conjecture stages at the moment, but multiple sources and reports now claim the larger slate will launch in late-Q3 2014.

Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang believes Apple’s 12-inch iPad Pro will "fundamentally change" the tablet market later on this year by merging tablet capabilities with more traditional business-focused laptops.

But it remains to be seen how and why an extra couple of inches turn the already popular iPad Air into a fully-fledged business machine

Unless Apple adds in something “special” to the iPad Pro, other than a larger display, it’s difficult to see what the point of such a device would be.




January 23, 2014

Apple iPad Mini 2 Drops Behind Kindle Fire HDX & Nexus 7 2 In screen tests

Recently there was a comparison made of the Apple iPad Mini 2 against the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7 2nd gen. What may surprise some people is that the Apple tablet came out last as it was said that colour gamut hadn’t changed since the original version and it didn’t have image retention.

The Nexus 7 2nd gen and the Kindle Fire HDX both came out ahead with 100% when it came to the colour gamut. This was around the same as that found on the Apple iPad 3 and 4. Dr Soneria said:

“The new Google Nexus 7 has a very impressive display that uses the highest performance LCDs with Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS. The very high efficiency LTPS technology allows the new Nexus 7 display to provide a full 100 percent Color Gamut and at the same time produce the brightest Tablet display that we have measured so far in this Shoot-Out series.
Most impressive of all is the Kindle fire HDX 7 – the first Tablet display to use super high technology Quantum Dots, which produce highly saturated primary colors that are similar to those produced by OLED displays



January 24, 2014

Microsoft moved 3.9 million Xbox Ones, while Surface sales soared

The company's search for a new CEO is still the dominant narrative surrounding Microsoft. But if you're SUrface 2 pro with surface 2 keyboardsable to get past the quest to replace Ballmer, you'll find a company that's starting to get something of a second wind in its long life. For one, its new Xbox One console is selling quite well. After getting off to a slightly rocky start and trailing the latest PlayStation in initial sales, it outsold its rival in the US for the Month of December. All told during the last quarter Redmond pushed 3.9 million of the next-gen (now-gen?) gaming rigs out to retail channels. That's in addition to 3.5 million Xbox 360s, which are still selling well and are quite a bargain compared to the new systems.

Another unit that struggled early on, Surface, seems to be righting the ship as well. (Though, its rough patch lasted a ways longer than the Xbox One's.) Revenues from Surface sales more than doubled from $400 million last quarter to $893 million. And let's not forget, that $400 million dollars represented a 47 percent increase over the quarter before that.



January 27, 2014

Windows 8.1: Drawing me away from the Mac

Summary: Like many, I left Windows behind for the most part and switched almost exclusively to the windoes 8.1 tabletMac. That's gradually changing with Windows 8.1.

As good as those Macs are, I realize I'm using them less than in the past. The reason is Windows 8.1, and how good it is. I now find my office compute time is divided pretty equally between my Windows 8.1 hybrid and one of the Macs.

That's a testament to how Windows 8 has evolved in the short time it's been available. With Windows 8.1, I really like using my Asus Transformer Book T100 tablet. My heavy tablet use sucked me into using the T100 a lot, and that use includes docking the tablet to form a laptop.

Windows 8.1 works as well on the laptop as it does on the tablet, and that has me reaching for it a lot. Where I'd formerly sit down at the Mac, I now often grab the T100 and work wherever. I take it for outside working sessions and I use it in my home office. It hasn't completely replaced my use of the Macs but it's eating into work time normally done with them.

I'm not ready to dump the Macs and go totally WIndows, but I know I could if I had to.




MS aims to be game changer in tablets

Microsoft is seeking to become a "game changer" in the tablet computer market currently dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics, the company said Monday.

The ambitious plan was unveiled at a news conference to introduce its latest 8-inch tablet at its headquarters in Seoul.

"We just want to be a challenging changer in tablets," Kim Young-wook, a senior technology officer at MS Korea, told The Korea Times.

"We've set the price tag of the device at a very appealing level and that means MS will be aggressive in promoting the 8-inch tablets. Initial responses to our device are impressive. Our device could play a key role as the right connector linking legacy products and mobile devices," he added.

The basic model of the 8-inch tablet running on Windows mobile software will cost $299, while models with additional features will cost more.




Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review

For me, the screen on Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offers the perfect balance between size and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9portability. It is great for watching TV and films on the move, and its reduced size and weight make it perfect for travelling.

Add to that the frankly ridiculous screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels giving it a pixel density of 339 pixels per inch (ppi) - the iPad Air for comparison has a pixel density of 264ppi - and it is just about perfect for consuming content.

The screen is also incredibly bright and sharp with flawless viewing angles thanks to the IPS technology. It is, in short, probably the best screen I've ever seen on a tablet.

Along with a super high resolution screen, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has been equipped with a powerful quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm along with 2GB of RAM.

It means everything from gaming, HD video streaming and multitasking works flawlessly. The tablet also comes with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for faster connectivity, there's also a 4G version available.



January 28, 2014

Dell Venue 8 Pro Review, Specs: Windows 8.1 Powered Device The Best Tablet For Its Class

Dell Venue 8 Pro review, specs: It’s deemed the best Windows 8.1 powered tablet for its class, thanks Dell Venue 8 Pro Tabletto its price. The 32 GB is $299, the 64GB is $349.

According to Zdnet, one may think that going from a 7-inch to an 8-inch tablet is a trivial change but in reality, it makes a really big difference. Compared to Google Nexus 7 and Kindle HDX which are premium 7-inch tablets, the Dell Pro 8 which runs Windows 8.1 proved to be the better of the 3. The added 1 inch of screen real estate comes in very handy when you have to read emails, books or news while still managing to remain comfortable in the hand.

the Dell Venue tablet weighs just under 400g and comes with a fast Bay Trail Atom CPU Z3740D. Being so light, it is extremely portable and can entertain you or keep you productive the whole day without running out of power.

The device also has plenty of ports and slots discretely placed around the edges. On the right side on top of the power and volume buttons, you have the micro-USB connector that can take USB 2.0 devices or its 10 watt charger. There is a port cover on the bottom right that peels away to reveal a micro-SD slot that you can use to expand your storage by up to 64GB. At the top of the device, you have a dual headphone/microphone jack next to what you will be using as the Windows button.




Rugged Tablets: 4 Ways It Improves Field Service Customer Satisfaction

While smart phones are everywhere, they don’t have the screen real estate that a tablet offers, and Mobile Demand Rugged Tablet PC for Field Servicelack many features that are needed for a technician to do their job. While most technicians have quality tools to do their jobs, skill sets and training, the use of a tablet computer has reduced errors and made them more productive and profitable to the overall business.

Here are the top bullet points to why ruggedized tablets help improve customer satisfaction in the field:

• Reliable tablets that never break, work in cold and hot conditions and have enough internal memory to perform daily activities.

• Real time communications and GPS tracking allow everyone to know “technician availability” and anticipate arrival and departure times.

• Access to vital information in regards to the job at hand, such as parts inventory, warranty information, technical documents and internal communications.

• Accurate invoicing

- See more at: http://www.ruggedtabletpc.com/blog/bid/101894/rugged-tablets-4-ways-it-improves-field-service-customer-satisfaction?source=Blog_Email_[Rugged%20Tablets%3A%204%20Wa]#sthash.btYM1FcR.dpuf





January 29, 2014

Sony To Launch SPA-TA1 Clip-On Camera Lens Adapter For TabletsSony Clip on Camera Lens Adapter

The practice of “iPadography” – that is, iPad-powered photography – is a complex one. For the most part, folks think it shouldn't be done, yet there's nevertheless a growing number of iPad users who rely on their tablet as a big screen digital camera, despite the less impressive camera modules included even on Apple's most recent iPad Air and iPad mini. Now, none other than Sony is set to wade into this debate with a brand new product, SPA-TA1: a clip-on camera lens adapter for tablets.

Rather than offering a dedicated clip-on camera, the upcoming product instead attaches to the back of a tablet

Over at the Sony Xperia blog, the price for Sony's SPA-TA1 is said to be around $40, though you'll need to pay for the cost of either the QX10 (which is $248) or the QX100 (which is $498) in order to partake in a degree of iPadography using the new product.

Those looking for a similar (but less complex) alternative could try out Olloclip's own clip-on lens for iPad, which should be available in the coming months for around $70. Though by then, there's a chance Sony's SPA-TA1 will have made it to the United States and Europe.



January 30, 2014

Tablets With the Best Battery Life

Let's take a moment to celebrate the current top six longest-lasting tablets

I've compiled a list of the six tablets -- culled from a collection of many more -- that lasted the longest during CNET Labs' tests. Before the test is run we put the tablet into Airplane mode and adjust the brightness down about 150 candelas per square meter. We then run a looped 720p version of "Toy Story 3" and track how long the tablet's battery takes until it dies.

Not every tablet on this list is a thing I'd recommend you buy -- at least not without a few caveats -- but at the very least, each will easily facilitate binge watching of at least half a season of most TV shows. As barometers go, that one feels especially apt given the subject matter.





Apple Reveals Smart Bezel Functionality for Future iPad
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Apple Smart Bezel Patent

On January 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future iPad bezel that will allow for gesture and touch input detection through Force Sensing. This will allow for virtual buttons to be incorporated right into the iPad's bezel. Apple first revealed their initial work on force sensors back in July 2013 and various aspects of smart bezels in April and December 2011.


January 31, 2014

Archos Neon Tablets Listed Online: Comes with Android, Quad Core CPU

French electronics manufacturer Archos has listed 3 of its latest tablets on its official website which falls Archos Neon Tabletsin the Neon series. Though the price of these tablets are not disclosed as of now, looking at the specs, it looks like these tablets belong to the mid-range price category.

The Archos Neon tablets comes in three variants depending on the size. The smallest model comes measuring 9 inch. The other two come with 9.7 and 10.1 inch display size.

All these three tablets share some of the common specs like the 1GB RAM, 8GB on-board storage unit, microSD card slots, and quad-core processors. All these run on Android Jelly Bean v4.2 OS and supports full HD video playback as well.

Going by individual specs, the Archos 90 Neon comes with a 9 inch display offering a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor and a Quad-core GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. There is an 8GB internal storage capacity present in the device along with a micro SD card slot which supports up to 64GB of additional storage unit. There is a front facing camera but lacks a rear one. Connectivity options include micro USB 2.0, USB host via OTG and WiFi




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