Tablet PC News Archive
June 2, 2014
Microsoft Moonshot: Windows 9 Will Unify PC, Xbox, Phone, and Tablet OSes
New cross-platform OS project is unprecedented, arguably largest software project in history
A new report in The Seattle Times interviews some of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) top executives who describe the company's inspired new design direction.
With Windows 9, Microsoft is plotting quite literally the largest software project in history; combining operating systems from at least five platforms, cloud services, and dozens of software projects into one tightly integrated cross-platform bundle of software.
It's an incredible vision. And it's one that could change the entire industry.
W Satya Nadella's tireless commitment to cloud-back services and a unified Microsoft -- his "One Microsoft" vision -- Microsoft appears poised to be producing the most massive and efficient multi-platform project in history.
Windows 9 is on pace for an April 2015 release. Windows for tablets and smartphones is expected to continue to be free to OEMs, a major edge over Google's Android which brings licensing fees of $5-15 USD per device to Microsoft.
Needless to say, if Microsoft delivers what its promising with Windows 9, it could be a game changer for the entire industry, the effects of which could be felt for decades to come.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Full Review: Is It Good for Business?
Can the Surface Pro 3 replace your work laptop? Yes, it can — but you may have to make some sacrifices if you want to turn Microsoft's tablet into your new business machine. The device transitions elegantly from tablet to laptop when you snap on the optional Type Cover keyboard, but the accessory offers a less than ideal typing experience. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 3 is stunningly thin and light for a device this powerful, and the ability to leave the keyboard behind when you want to use it like a tablet is a big plus — especially when you want to take notes using the included stylus. It's easily the best Surface tablet yet, but should Microsoft's pricey nbe your next workstation when it launches June 20? Read on for a full review of the Surface Pro 3.
Even in its most affordable configuration, the Surface Pro 3 stacks up to laptops like Apple's MacBook Air in terms of speed and performance. The entry-level Surface Pro 3packs an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, providing plenty of power for basic computing. More-demanding users can opt for a pricier model; our review unit includes a Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, and delivered extremely zippy performance for processor-intensive tasks such as editing images in Photoshop. An even more powerful Core i7 model of the Surface Pro 3 will launch in August.
June 3, 2014
Dell debuts upgraded tablets, 2-in1 devices and all-in-one desktops
Dell Venue Tablets
The updated Dell Venue 7 and 8 tablets offer entertainment options and productivity in a thin and light design. The Venue 7 features a 7-inch HD (1280 x 800 pixels) screen, while the Venue 8 steps up to an 8-inch full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) screen. Both versions feature brighter viewing angles and a better viewing experience, even outdoors. Premium audio technology from Waves MaxxAudio Pro ensures great sound quality and can be paired with optional portable speakers.
Both tablets include an Android 4.4-inch Kit Kat operating system and Intel Atom processors (Z3460 for the Venue 7, Z3480 for the Venue 8) to drive faster web browsing and media editing. Both tablets include 16 GB of flash storage, 1 GB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Dell Venue 8 also offers wireless charging. A cradle to facilitate charging will be available soon.
Both tablets will be available July 1, starting at $159.99 for the Dell Venue 7 and $199.99 for the Dell Venue 8.
Asus Portable AiO PT2001 Windows 8.1 Tablet PC Unveiled
Asus has unveiled the Asus Portable AiO PT2001 that is equipped with a 19.5-inch IPS 10-point touchscreen and offers users an All-in-One PC with a unique, portable and space-saving design.
The Asus Portable AiO PT200 weighs just 3.2 kg and is fitted with a fold away stand making it easily to transport from room to room when required. The included battery is capable of providing up to 5 hours of use from a single charge and the hybrid tablet/desktop PC measures just 12.3 mm at its thinnest point.
The Asus Portable AiO PT2001 comes supplied running Windows 8.1 and includes SonicMaster audio technology which Asus says is clear even at higher volumes and offers users deep, defined bass. The Asus Portable AiO PT2001 is powered by up to a 4th generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce 820M GPU supported by 4GB RAM and has an optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi support if required. Asus explains a little more :
“Portable AiO features innovative gesture control that lets users interact with and control the PC from a distance with simple gestures, allowing them to read books, browse the internet, and control movies and music with a wave of the hand. Portable AiO optionally includes support for Near Field Communication (NFC) to provide a convenient and enhanced user experience.
June 4, 2014
Best iPad Deals Ever Storm The Internet In Celebration Of Apple WWDC2014
Some of the best iPad deals ever have stormed the Internet and will remain in play until the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 (WWDC2014) ends on June 6, reports AppleInsider. While the precise deals will be changing daily, you can expect to save anywhere between $50 to $500 this week (and only this week) on everything from the original iPad to the iPad Mini, the iPad Air and the iPad 2, to name a few.
The best deals always storm the Internet every single year during WWDC. This is why it is in your best interest to always wait until June or so to buy an iPad, an iPhone or whatever Apple product you desire. Mind you, the conference doesn’t necessarily always happen in June. You have to check Apple’s official website to get the precise date range.
What Deals Are Available This Year?
First and foremost, the deals do not apply to just the iPad. It is an extremely popular device, so the best deals this year are in fact tied to its. However, you can also get huge discounts on other products. including but not limited to the 15″ MacBook Pro Retina, the 13″ MacBook Pro, the 21″ Core i5 iMac, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s. There are also notable deals on iTunes eGift cards.
HP targets business users with new laptop/tablet hybrid
HP claims that the HP Pro x2 612 is its first commercial detachable PC designed from the ground up for enterprise users. It features a 12.5-inch display, a choice of Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, and dual HD webcams. Security features include HP Client Security, HP Sure Start and an optional fingerprint reader.
"While the use of technology in business has allowed a blurring of the line that separates work and life, many businesses require updated technology that delivers a secure and satisfying experience to its employees," says Enrique Lores, senior vice president and general manager, Commercial PCs at HP. "HP continues to innovate secure business devices that allow employees to be productive and stylish wherever work -- or life -- takes them".
The Pro x2 612 will be available in a number of configurations. You can start off with the Pro Tablet 612 on its own. This can be teamed with a slim, back-lit travel keyboard featuring a USB 3.0 port, combo audio jack and a power connector
Alternatively you can opt for the full-size HP Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard with embedded battery. This features VGA, RJ-45, DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports along with a side docking connector for the optional HP UltraSlim dock. In this configuration you have the advantage of two batteries one in the tablet and one in the keyboard. These provide a claimed eight hours and 15 minutes of battery life for the tablet and up to 14 hours and 15 minutes for the tablet and keyboard combined.
There's also the option of a battery-free Wacom pen to allow users to write and draw accurately on the screen.
June 5, 2014
Toshiba Encore 7 Tablet Does The Windows Dance
Toshiba unveiled the upcoming 7” Encore tablet from Toshiba has at Computex. The Toshiba Encore 7 is a 7” Windows-powered device that will hopefully be able to crack the market that is currently dominated by the likes of Android tablets and iPads from Apple.
The Toshiba Encore 7 happens to be co-developed by the likes of Microsoft and Toshiba, not to mention having enlisted the close collaboration of Intel, Goodix and AMI. We have seen an affordable $100 Windows-powered tablet earlier this morning, and hopefully Toshiba’s offering will not cost too much either if they are serious about making some headway into the 7” tablet market.
Expect the Toshiba Encore 7 tablet to arrive in the months ahead at a price that is set to please, or at least this is what Microsoft have mentioned, touting that it will be extremely competitive in terms of the retail value.
8 Hot Windows Hybrids At Computex 2014
Diversity beyond conventional PCs was part of the approach, typified by announcements such as Acer's new smartphones and HP's continued investment in Android and Chrome products.
But the diversity of course included Windows machines, which now come in all shapes and sizes. A number of OEMs, for example, showed off high-end laptops and all-in-one desktops, demonstrating that though tablets have replaced PCs for some, others still demand bigger screens, lots of power, and legacy applications.
But manufacturers also doubled down on their most controversial post-PC tactic: 2-in-1 Windows hybrid devices. Hybrids haven't sold well so far, but OEMs' continued interest makes some amount of sense. Tablet sales can't overtake PC sales if laptops and large slates become the same thing, after all. Plus, as long as Windows includes both a desktop UI and a tiled Start screen, 2-in-1 models are inevitable.
Based on the devices announced in the last few weeks, new hybrids might avoid many of the compromises that have dogged earlier models. Last month, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 earned praise as one of the best Windows 8.1 devices yet released. It set a high bar, but at Computex, Microsoft's partners did their best to meet it. Indeed, given that some of them touted ultrathin devices built around Intel's forthcoming Broadwell processors, the bar might have already risen.
The new options span a variety of attitudes toward hybridity, from 2-in-1 tablet-keyboard combinations to clamshell designs that act first and foremost as laptops but also cater to touch where it makes sense. Some devices will be available immediately, but those with next-generation processors won't hit the market until next year. Crucially, many of the devices will be cheaper than their predecessors.
June 6, 2014
Friday June 6, 2014 ~ National Donut Day
Apple Introducing Headphone Connector Via Lightning Instead Of 3.5mm Jack
Apple has added a spec to its MFi (Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod) program that allows for a headphone connection via the Lightning port instead of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, and the functionality will come via an iOS 7.1 software update.
According to 9to5Mac, the Lightning port will allow headphones to receive lossless stereo 48kHz digital audio streams--as well as a mono 48kHz output, which means that users’ headphones could have a microphone to allow for voice input. Thus, you could ostensibly control the audio (volume up/down, pause/play, and even perhaps app launching).
There will be two types of headphones: Standard Lightning Headphones will be simpler and will support the Lightning Headphone Module, while the Advanced Lightning Headphones will add choice features such as noise cancellation and a digital signal processor.
Nothing has been revealed in terms of this development and Apple’s blockbuster Beats acquisition, but it would make sense for Beats to produce the earliest ear cans using the Lightning connector standard.
June 9, 2014
Google working on 3D motion-sensing tablet computer
Google on Thursday revealed that is working on a tablet computer with 3D and motion-sensing capabilities in an effort dubbed Project Tango. "The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion," team member Johnny Lee said at a website devoted to the endeavor.
"Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to build on the last decade of research in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile device."
The curtain on the project was pulled back as Google put out word it will soon put prototypes powered by Nvidia chips in the hands of developers interested in creating applications that take advantage of innovations built into devices.
Surface Pro 3 Review: A Laptop/Tablet Hybrid You'll Actually Want To Buy
This is Microsoft’s third attempt to reinvent the laptop and, as you’d expect, it’s also the company’s best design thus far. Upon first impression, its size and form factor might seem all out of sorts; it’s huge for a tablet, yet almost too skinny and bare to be a laptop. But the more you settle in, the more you become with familiar with what the Surface Pro 3 offers, the more it all makes sense. Maybe I don’t need a laptop and a tablet after all.
Samsung reportedly planning to release folding tablet in early 2015
For years now we’ve been hearing about flexible, bendable and foldable displays. We have been told that these types of displays have the potential to open up the door to new form factors, and there have been all sorts of demos showing displays that twist, bend and turn to extremely tight radii. And yet the only products to actually integrate any of this tech have been modest devices like the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex.
The good news is that we may be closer to a flexible revolution than ever before, at least if a new report out of Korea proves correct. Reportedly Samsung is gearing up for the eventual release a folding tablet that features an 8 to 9-inch OLED full HD display that can be folded twice into a much smaller smartphone-sized form factor. As you can imagine, such a device is likely to be very bulky, but there’s still a lot of potential here.
June 10, 2014
10 must-have accessories for your tablet
Tablets, tablets everywhere! It seems everybody has one or plans to get one soon. No matter the brand or platform, having the right accessory can add lots of value to the tablet.
We've scoured the web for the best tablet accessories so you don't have to. This collection has cases, batteries, and wireless accessories to open your tablet right up.
Most of the gadgets in this collection will work with any tablet, with only a few specific to certain models. They are good purchases for self-owned tablets, and good gifts for tablet toting friends and family members. Father's Day is coming up so these might be just the ticket.
See all of the accessories here
The Market for Tablet PCs In Healthcare
The growing demands on the health industry have resulted in higher demand for new and better medical technology products. New technologies in the health IT segment are emerging in response to increased healthcare needs of an aging population, streamlining and efficiency demands, changes in reimbursement, new wireless technologies including wireless monitoring technologies, decreasing healthcare resources, an emphasis on reducing hospital days, and proven cost-effectiveness.
In particular, the Tablet PC has been focused on as it mimics clipboards and other products already used by physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers. The Apple iPad is the most prominent device but other competitors generate a significant amount of usage as well, including. Samsung, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Panasonic, Hewlett Packard, Motion Computing, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Tangent and others. This Kalorama Information report, The Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare, looks at the role these devices can play in reducing costs and making healthcare more efficient. The report also presents the opportunity for makers of these devices.
June 11, 2014
Microsoft delivers Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 firmware updates
As part of today's June 10 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has made available firmware updates for its second-generation Intel-based Surface Pro 2 and ARM-based Surface 2 tablets.
The company didn't release any new firmware for its first-generation Surface RT or Surface Pro models today. The June updates were the first new firmware for the second-generation Surfaces to be released by the company since March 2014.
Surface Pro 2 users got a handful of updates designed to improve power/sleep functionality, BitLocker support, Miracast support and more.
June 12, 2014
Samsung's New Galaxy Tab S
with Amoled screen is the most impressive tablet I've ever seen.
iPads are the past
Samsung Galaxy Tab S -The Future is Now!
More photos and info coming soon!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available in 8.4 and 10.5 inches starting at $399.00
Console OS will let you run Android on a Windows PC or tablet
Toggling between Windows and Android on a single device? That sounds desirable enough maybe, especially the way Intel describes it, but the quest for a practical mixture of green and blue has had its hiccups. (And that's putting it mildly.) A new project has just arrived on Kickstarter, however, which takes a slightly different tack. It's called Console OS, and it's based on the premise that easy-to-use dual OS's don't need to be baked in at the factory. Currently under development by the same people who brought us the similarly-themed iConsole.tv, this fork of Android 4.4 is designed to run as either a secondary or standalone OS. It claims to be equally at home in touch-based or mouse n' keyboard environments, with compatibility promised for a bunch of recent devices (including Dell's Venue 8 Pro, Lenovo's Miix 2 and Intel's NUC). What's more, since Console OS runs natively on Intel's x86 architecture, it also promises better performance than any virtualized or emulated solution
Check out the Kickstarter page for more.
June 13, 2014
Stunning Display Combined with Premium Design Delivers the Most Entertaining Tablet Experience
The Wi-Fi versions of the Tab S 8.4 will be available for $399.99, while the Tab S 10.5 will be $499.99. Pre-orders for Wi-Fi devices begin June 13 at 12:01 a.m. ET at Samsung.com.
The Tab S will be available for purchase in July at Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, Office Max, PC Richard & Son, Sears, Tiger Direct and Walmart.com.
Later this year, the Galaxy Tab S will come to AT&T with LTE, Sprint (10.5) with Sprint Spark™, T-Mobile (10.5) with LTE and Verizon Wireless (8.4 and 10.5) with LTE.
The Galaxy Tab S Makes Viewing Better
At a Glance:
- Super AMOLED 10.5-inch display for bright and vivid graphics
- Use two apps at the same time with Multi Window
- Rear and front cameras for photos and video chat
- Lightweight, ultra-thin design for portability
- Add up to 128 GB memory with microSD slot
- Fingerprint scanner for security
- Share tablet with Multi-User and Kids Modes
- Up to nine hours of battery life, and even more with Ultra Power Saving mode
Samsung’s lightest, thinnest tablet is even easier to take with you wherever you go. With both tablets measuring just 6.6mm thin and Tab S 8.4 weighing less than one pound, the Galaxy Tab S was designed for portability and provides a more comfortable experience over long periods of usage.
June 16, 2014
Showdown: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple MacBook Air 11in
The MacBook Air has been the king of the small, light laptops almost since it arrived in the shops, and while it hasn’t changed a great deal over those five or so years, it seems pretty secure in that position.
But Microsoft wants to change all that, and for the first time it just might have the device to do it: the Surface Pro 3 is both a laptop and a tablet, after all, and it’s been priced to compete directly with the 11in MacBook Air, a device that’s resolutely just the former.
Without further ado, let’s see exactly how these two devices stack up against each other. Folks, it’s time for a spec-off.
BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN: THIN VERSUS THIN
Despite having a larger screen than its predecessors, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface yet: in tablet form it’s a mere 9.1mm in depth and weighs just 800g.
Buying the Surface Pro 3? Here are the apps, games, programs and accessories you need
As someone blessed with the opportunity to try the Surface Pro 3 early, I can say it is truly a game changer. It is very light, has great battery life and a big beautiful display. The tablet/laptop hybrid is far beyond offerings by competitors, including Apple. If you even consider buying a Macbook Air over this, you are arguably making a huge mistake.
With that said, the Surface Pro 3 will begin hitting stores this Friday, June 20th. While the computer is great out of the box, it is not complete until you install useful apps and programs. But wait, aren't apps and programs the same thing? Yes and no. They are both pieces of software, but apps run in the Modern UI, and programs run in the classic UI. While Windows RT variants of Surface cannot install extra programs, the Pro 3 can, since it has an x86_64 Haswell processor. Below is a list of my suggested programs, apps, games and hardware accessories.
Type Keyboard Cover -- this is the official keyboard accessory from Microsoft -- a must buy to get the full experience. However, the Surface Pro 3 can operate without it. The onscreen keyboard works great and if you need, you can plug any USB keyboard into it for use at a table or desk.
microSD card -- While the Pro 3 comes with an ample amount of on-board storage, you can expand it using a microSD card. 128GB cards
continue to the full list
June 17, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air Display Comparison
Editors Note: The Samsung Super AMOLED display is by far the best display I have ever seen on a Tablet. In the photos the diffrences are not as noticable, but In person the diffrences are crystal clear and the Samsung Display smokes the iPad display.
Samsung announced a pair of Super AMOLED display tablets on June 13th and among the two, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is the bigger one and is the one that competes with Apple’s iPad Air. The 10.5inch Super AMOLED display on the Tab S is absolutely gorgeous and we put it next to the iPad’s Retina display.
Samsung beats Apple at tablet innovation
Samsung, Apple and Lenovo, in that order, top the latest tablet vendor Competitive Assessment by ABI Research.
Apple still leads in market share but this doesn’t prevent ABI Research to crown Samsung as #1 in its latest ranking of tablet manufacturers.
ABI ranked vendors on several criteria for product implementation and vendor innovation.
Samsung was ranked first overall, for the second year in a row, among 23 tablet manufacturers. The Korean firm also comes first in the innovation category and second in the implementation strategy.
Apple is a close second to Samsung in the overall ranking. Apple trails Samsung in innovation but prevails for implementation.
June 18, 2014
How To Video: Access your desktop from an Android phone or tablet
Find out how to set up Chrome Remote Desktop, a free service that lets you view and control a Mac or PC from any Android device.
Photoshop Mix for iPad hooks cloud processing to tablet
Adobe has released Photoshop Mix for iPad, harnessing the native graphics processing power of Apple's tablets as well as the remote crunching capabilities of the cloud, for keen image editors. Integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud, it can open standard PSD Photoshop files shared from the desktop. Meanwhile, Lightroom mobile for iPhone is being released too, joining the existing iPad version.
Photoshop Mix carries over some of the more popular features from the software to the iPad. Images can be loaded from Creative Cloud, Lightroom mobile, or from the camera roll and Facebook, and edited with a number of preconfigured - though tweakable - "looks" and filters.
Cut-outs can be applied, snipping out key parts of the frame, while multiple images can be combined into a single still.
Since the app would be far less useful if it stood in isolation, Adobe has linked it straight into the sharing system for the regular desktop Photoshop. Full PSD files can be opened, as well as individual layers from such files, and then once tweaked they can be exported back as layered and masked compositions.
As for the cloud services, that includes advanced processing like Upright, Content Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction, that are manipulated server-side and then passed back to the tablet.
Eight Hot New Tablets Hitting the Market
IT Business Edge
While many tablets are still oriented toward consumer use, such as reading, movies, gaming and social networking, many vendors have made a concerted effort to make their devices attractive to the business audience. With amped-up processors, multi-app capability, larger storage capacity, and integrated cloud access, the latest generation of tablets is beginning to meet the challenges and demands of today's business user.
In this slideshow, we've pulled together some of the newest tablet offerings hitting the market from companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Acer and even Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Samsung recently released details on the new Galaxy Tab S series, touting its Super AMOLED display as the most advanced mobile display on the market. It has an industry-leading WQXGA (2560x1600,16:10) display that delivers 90 percent of Adobe RGB color coverage.
Users can make and receive calls directly from their phone to their Galaxy Tab S, no matter where their phone is with the Call Forwarding feature via SideSync 3.0. The Galaxy Tab S also allows consumers to multitask, enabling them to surf the Web, watch videos, share content and make calls simultaneously without having to worry about closing out of one to access another. With Quick Connect, Galaxy Tab S quickly finds and connects to nearby devices, for easy content sharing. These features are all available on both Wi-Fi and LTE versions.
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June 19, 2014
Tips to protecting your gadgets in the summer
Pools, beaches and other outdoor locations aren’t always welcoming to our technology. Burton Kelso with Integral Computer Consultants offers some tips to preventing your gadgets from becoming victims to summer tragedies.
Keep it cool. Extreme temperatures can have negative effects on your Laptop, Smartphone, and Tablet’s battery, display and other components. There’s even a possibility of “heat-related death,” which can be pretty horrible. Like your skin, the best way to protect your tech is to keep it in the shade. NEVER leave your technology in a hot car unless you want to purchase new stuff. If you do find that your laptop, Smartphone, or Tablet PC has overheated in the sun, do not stick it in the refrigerator, let it cool gradually.
Apple's OS union is Microsoft's missed opportunity
Apple has embarked on a full-scale integration between the company's phone and desktop devices. With new releases of the software powering each, your laptop will soon be answering phone calls, and your phone will share text messages with your desktop, allowing you to fire off a missive from your MacBook to a colleague's Android smartphone using standard text messaging. While not totally unexpected, the depth of integration is fairly impressive, and doubly so since I couldn't help wondering during the announcements: why hadn't Microsoft done this?
Over half a decade before the iPhone launched, a lifetime in mobile technology, Microsoft was introducing tablets, only to be wiped off the face of the map by the iPad. Microsoft's most obvious advantage in the mobile space was its dominance of the desktop.
If anyone built a mobile device that integrated tightly with the desktop, it should have been Microsoft.
June 20, 2014
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet early review: A good Windows tablet hybrid for mobile workers
The ThinkPad 10 replaces the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a business-friendly device that TabTimes rated 4 out of 5 stars in 2013.
The new generation benefits from significant improvements. “Lenovo's new full-sized tablet seems to fix everything that was wrong with the prior effort”, writes Paul Thurrott from Supersite for Windows.
ZDnet’s James Kendrick is one of the first to have completed a review of the ThinkPad 10 and he likes it much. “It’s a full business tablet that is equally at home in the boardroom and the living room,” he writes, giving it a 9 out of 10 rating.
Two strong points:
- As a tablet, it’s a really good one. With a 1,920x1,200 10.1 inch screen, it’s thin (0.35in, 9mm), light (1.3lb, 600g) and powerful enough (1.6GHz Intel Atom “Bay Trail” Quad Core) to run Windows 8.1, but with a very decent battery life (up to 10 hours).
- As a hybrid, the optional --but almost mandatory-- Ultrabook Dock makes it a true laptop replacement. The dock has “the best keyboard I’ve used on any Windows hybrid, by a wide margin”, writes Kendrick.
At $599 for the tablet and $129 for the dock, the combination costs $728. This price point makes it an interesting option for organizations.
June 23, 2014
The most impressive things about the Galaxy Tab S is the Super AMOLED Display. Therefore, it is the perfect device to enjoy contents. However, to get an idea what else you can do with it, we would like to present you the very first official video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Best Windows 8.1 Tablets for Business
Sure, iPads and Android slates snag most of the attention. But Windows 8.1 tablets are great for work because they're powered by a desktop operating system, so they can run all the software you use at the office. Plus, the Windows Store has tons of touch-optimized mobile apps that are easy to use when you're away from your desk. And when combined with a Bluetooth keyboard, a good Windows 8.1 tablet can become about as functional as a laptop computer. But your individual needs will determine which slate is right for you. Here are five of the best Windows 8.1 tablets for business.
Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 is bigger and better than its predecessor. The centerpiece of the device is its huge 12-inch display, which provides more than an inch more real estate than the Surface Pro 2's 10.6-inch screen. That translates into a lot more space for screen-intensive tasks such as editing a document or spreadsheet on your tablet.
But the best feature of the Surface Pro 3 is the redesigned kickstand, which lets you prop up the tablet at any angle you want; the original Surface Pro allowed just a single position, The new Type Cover keyboard features a larger, more responsive touchpad. It also packs a redesigned pen stylus to help you take notes right on the tablet's display.
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Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 an iPad Alternative
Microsoft finally understands that consumers are not interested in a gadget that's similar to and more expensive than an iPad yet only offers a few more features. That's why the Redmond, Wash., company has designed the Surface Pro 3 to be a tablet that can also replace your laptop.
Starting at $799 and available June 20, the entry-level Surface Pro 3 is more expensive than a $499 iPad Air but not as pricey as the $899 entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air. It's also much cheaper than buying both the Apple gadgets. The Surface Pro 3 offers many of the same leisure apps available on tablets while also being capable of running the heavy-duty software used to get work done on computers. Microsoft hopes consumers will conclude that they can pay less for its device and get what they want from a laptop and tablet.
I got to test out the Surface Pro 3 and I found that Microsoft wasn't kidding: The tablet was able to do everything I normally use my MacBook for.
The Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 Pro, which means consumers can switch back and forth between the operating system's touchscreen-optimized Start screen and the more traditional Desktop interface.
I mostly stuck to the desktop since I was testing the tablet's capabilities as a work computer. I downloaded Google Chrome and Spotify and used them to log into The Times' Web software to write my blogs and listen to music simultaneously, the way I use my laptop every day.
Writing on the Surface Pro 3 was easy, especially because of its 12-inch screen -- previously, the Surface had a 10.6-inch display. The additional real estate on the Surface Pro 3 makes its screen much bigger than what you'd find on most tablets.
June 24, 2014
The dirty little secret of Windows 8: It runs on lesser hardware really well
Microsoft is working hard to get you to buy a Surface Pro 3, probably as hard as it worked to produce it. There are ads everywhere showing all the things the high-end hardware in the new tablet can do. The folks in Redmond are even willing to give you a whopping $650 toward the purchase of the Surface Pro 3.
It's a fine tablet, no question. The design is outstanding and the hardware components are first-rate. That's especially true of the Intel processor options. You can order a Surface Pro 3 with one of three processors: the Core i3, i5, or i7. Any of those will handle typical PC tasks just fine.
The secret that most don't know is that while nice, the Core processor may not be necessary for many users. Having tested a number of tablets with Windows 8, even buying one, my experience with the OS running on a lowly Atom processor with Bay Trail technology has been good. No, that's not strong enough, it's been great.
That Windows 8 runs so well on the Atom processor is a testament to the work both Microsoft and Intel have done. Atom processors of the past have been anemic, and never lived up to the expectations of decent performance. The same is true of past versions of Windows, they didn't usually run that well on lesser hardware. The better metal you threw at it the better. That's history. The Atom processor is now a solid performer, and Windows 8 runs nicely on it.
Of course, some Windows users do things that benefit from faster processors, and those will love the Surface Pro 3. There are still those who need the biggest, baddest hardware.
The typical user, though, may find that the cheaper tablets available with the Intel Atom processor are more than good enough for their needs. The systems I've tested, quite a few of them, run so well I never wish for a better processor. The systems run smoothly, and handle everything I need to do with ease. The longer I use Windows 8 on an Atom processor the more impressed I am with how well it runs. And it does so while getting really good battery life.
Review: New display technology in Samsung tablet brings colors to life, reduces bulk
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different.
As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition.
The Tab S is also thinner than other leading tablets, at a quarter of an inch (6.6 millimeters). The model with the smaller screen is lighter, too.
Samsung Electronics Co. achieves all this by using a display technology previously limited to smartphones. It's called AMOLED, for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes. Samsung released an AMOLED tablet in 2012, but it was expensive and didn't sell well. The new ones are priced more competitively — the same as iPads of comparable size.
The Tab S lets you control a Samsung smartphone using Wi-Fi. Currently, it works only with the latest phone, the Galaxy S5. You can leave your phone as far as 300 feet away, such as in another room or in the house when you're in the backyard. The phone's screen appears in a window on your tablet. From there, you can make or receive calls, send texts and access any of the apps on your phone.
Another feature lets you access Windows or Mac computers remotely. The PC doesn't have to be on the same network, so there's no 300-foot limit. How well it works with office computers will depend on corporate policies. It worked fine with a Mac laptop on a non-work network.
I like the ability to unlock the device with a fingerprint scan instead of a passcode. The Tab S supports up to eight users, each of whom can store up to three fingerprints. It would have been neat for the tablet to automatically pull up the correct profile based on the fingerprint used.
The Tab S with an 8.4-inch screen, measured diagonally, costs $400, while a 10.5-inch version costs $500. Both start selling in the U.S. on Friday.
Leapfrog unveils new LeapPad3 and Ultra XDi kids tablets
LeapFrog today unveiled new models of the award-winning line of LeapPad tablets, LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi to wage war in the battle for kids' tablet supremacy in 2014.
Both tablets are aimed at children aged 3-9 years old.
The larger, 7-inch-screen LeapPad Ultra XDi builds on the success of the LeapPad Ultra which was recognised as one of the must-have Christmas toys for kids among top retailers in 2013.
LeapPad Ultra XDi boasts a high-resolution touch screen, 8GB of memory – so enough to store 40,000 photos.
The LeapPad Ultra XDi kids tablet also includes front and back 2-megapixel cameras and video recorders, a rechargeable lithium ion battery and an on-board MP3 player .
LeapPad Ultra XDi ships with 11 apps: MP3 music player with 10 songs, Art Studio, Photo Fun Ultra, Pet Pad Party game, Pet Chat, choice of 1 app download, and 5 utilities.
Both LeapPad tablets are also equipped with safe wireless peer-to-peer chat and gameplay. Children with LeapPad3 or LeapPad Ultra XDi tablets can play together using the included Pet Chat and Pet Pad Party apps, or with multiplayer games such as LeapFrog Kart Racing, Roly Poly World, Arturo's Bug Adventures and Go Gopher Go apps (sold separately).
Both LeapPad children’s tablets are designed specifically for kids, and have child-safe features lacking from adult tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android tablets.
Apple readies manufacture of largest iPhones ever
Apple suppliers in China are expected to begin mass production of its largest iPhones ever next month, as the smartphone maker faces increased competition.
Apple is understood to be ramping up on two bigger devices. One model may have a 4.7-inch display, compared to the 4-inch screen of the current iPhone 5s, that may be available to ship to retailers around September, while a 5.5- inch version is also thought to be being prepared for manufacturing and may be available at the same time.
Apple is getting ready for its annual unveiling of new iPhones after rivals including Samsung Electronics and HTC released smartphones with displays that are as large as 5.7 inches. Consumers have been gravitating toward larger-screen devices -- in China, 40 per cent of mobile gadgets based on Google ’s Android operating system that were sold in 2014 had display sizes of more than 5 inches, according to an estimate from Forrester Research.
June 25, 2014
Change The Way You Look at Your Tablet: OtterBox Introduces Agility Tablet System at CE Week
With an estimated 70 million tablets in the U.S.1, these portable devices are used everywhere from the bedroom to the kitchen, and the couch to the office.2 Tablet utility just got an upgrade with OtterBox®, the No. 1-most trusted case brand for smartphones in the United States and Canada.3 OtterBox introduces the Agility™ tablet system at CE Week, allowing users to protect, transport and mount tablets where they use them most.
The Agility tablet system increases convenience and portability for the Apple® iPad Air™, iPad® 2/3/4, iPad mini with Retina® display, Samsung® Note 8, Samsung Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and Samsung Tab 3 10". Agility is made up of multiple components that work in concert to make tablet use more convenient and seamless whether at home, work or school.
"Tablet use has evolved over the years, becoming a part of everyday life for consumers," said OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas. "The Agility tablet system enhances the convenience of a tablet, allowing users the freedom to bring their tablet anywhere and everywhere. Our high quality folios paired with a flexible mounting and docking system allows tablet users to really experience a tablet in the way they were designed to be used."
The tablet system is made up of five components that seamlessly integrate tablets into daily life. The system is available for purchase in bundles or by individual part.
How Tablets Are Optimizing The Retail Experience
Portability, versatility and increasing computer performance of tablets are bringing completely new experiences, changing how we enjoy entertainment, shop, gather information, communicate and blend our digital and real worlds. This series by PSFK and Intel explores how improving tablet capabilities are changing the status quo in many aspects of our lives.
Shopping from a mobile device was a farfetched notion for most people just five years ago, but today it’s not uncommon to use a smartphone or tablet to shop then buy something from virtually anywhere. Retailers are reacting by becoming more digital, interactive and even social network savvy in order to meet new demands of mobile technology equipped shoppers.
While their use as personal devices is feeding the trend, tablets are playing a bigger role both in online shopping and inside restaurants and retail stores. Tablets are helping retailers to provide better customer services and dial up shopper delight with new experiences, all while helping their business hit the bottom line.
The future of tablets in retail is already here.
Many retail brands are already experimenting with tablet shopping experiences. Tablets might turn an ordinary dressing room into a place where fashionistas try on new clothes then capture and share selfies through their social networks. Others are exploring how giant touchscreens on showroom floors could become interactive mirrors people use to assess the potential for new purchases.
The experimenting also is focused on how people are using their own tablets or tablets made available inside stores. In order to capture and entice people’s interest then lead them to the right product at the right price, retailers are learning to adapt to shoppers using personal devices before, during and after purchases.
Intel's mood-capturing 3D camera will be in tablets early next year
A new 3D webcam for mobile devices from Intel that can assess facial expressions is slated to appear in some tablets early next year.
Intel's depth-sensing RealSense 3D cameras will first go into Windows and Android tablets starting in the first quarter next year, said Achin Bhowmik, general manager and chief technology officer of perceptual computing at Intel. It will reach smartphones thereafter, though no specific date was provided.
The mobile camera technology is derived from similar 3D cameras that will be in PCs starting late this year. Such cameras, combined with touch and voice recognition, will improve human interaction with tablets, Bhowmik said.
A handful of tablets already have 3D cameras , but Intel wants its camera to do more than capture images. Intel's RealSense 3D tablet cameras will determine whether a person is happy or sad based on its analysis of a face. The RealSense camera chip has technology to recognize a face, analyze the shape of lips, eyes and cheeks, and then draw conclusions about facial expression.
The camera can also make video chats more entertaining: it will be able to extract faces and bodies and superimpose them in other backgrounds, much as video-makers do with green screens. Intel has struck a deal with Microsoft so Skype users with RealSense cameras can cut all the background during a video chat, leaving only a person's body in view. Intel has reached a similar deal with Tencent, which has 800 million users for its chat service.
The camera can also determine size, distance, dimensions, color, contours and other characteristics of objects through infrared and other sensors. Tablets will be able to scan 3D objects that could be reproduced on 3D printers or inserted into games.
June 26, 2014
How Tablets Can Enrich And Inspire Creativity
A new set of applications are turning touch devices into a mobile suite of creative tools that empowers artists.
Portability, versatility and increasing computer performance of tablets are bringing completely new experiences, changing how we enjoy entertainment, shop, gather information, communicate and blend our digital and real worlds. This series by PSFK and Intel explores how improving tablet capabilities are changing the status quo in many aspects of our lives.
Do you ever stop and ask what’s behind the things that catch your eye? More often these days you’ll find digital technologies are playing a role, whether it’s helping a visionary to map out ideas, a designer make that idea come to life or how we experience a story or piece of art.
This becomes more apparent when you look at the rapidly evolving world of tablet devices. They have become incredibly powerful tools for creative people, many of whom are using tablets to chase their artistic endeavors in photography, video, music, painting, drawing and other areas in the world of arts.
Can This Gadget Revive the Lost Art of Doodling?
while the iPad functions as a superb sketchpad, it has mostly lacked the companionship of equally superb drawing implements. This is due in part to the surprising anti-stylus fervor of calligraphy enthusiast Steve Jobs. “Who wants a stylus?” Jobs once asked rhetorically. “You have to get ‘em, put ‘em away. You lose ‘em. Yuck.” Jobs preferred “the best pointing device in the world”: the fingertip. While fingertips are great for clicking hyperlinks and scrolling through text, they are not so great for drawing.
Now comes a new product from Adobe that aspires to make the stylus a vital accessory for any iPad owner. The Adobe Ink was released last week, along with its partner, a ruler-like device called the Adobe Slide. I’ve been playing around with them for the past several days. They’ve convinced me that Steve Jobs was wrong. (Take that, Jobs. Though he wasn’t wrong about Adobe’s Flash—sorry Adobe, he’s still got you there.) They’ve also rekindled my childhood enthusiasm for doodling. I’d forgotten how delightful it is to draw.
These are the first hardware products from Adobe, maker of major software stalwarts like Photoshop and Acrobat. The Ink stylus is light in your hand, and it’s shaped like a pencil that’s been fitted with one of those rubbery, triangular grips that they give to elementary school kids with subpar motor skills. The Slide is a rectangle about the length of a finger. They’re both meant to work with two new apps from Adobe—a simple drawing app called Sketch and a more complicated one called Line—but the stylus will work with any iOS app.
June 27, 2014
Complete Surface Pro 3 Review - 3 days later
While I have always been a die hard fan of my Surface 2 and Surface RT, when the Surface Pro 3 was announced I was pretty excited. As someone that travels a lot, I question every item that goes into my bag. I need a device that I can use like a laptop while still meeting my tablet needs. Enter Surface Pro 3.
This tells my experience after using the device in the last three days.
The new Surface Pro 3 comes in at 1.76 pounds (around 2.45 pounds with the keyboard) and has the capability of replacing all of the devices in my bag. Admittedly, I can't run large VMs on it, but that's not really a requirement for me any more. That means my bag now weighs at least 5 pounds less. That's significant.
If you look at the average traveler, you will see him or her with a laptop in their bag along with a tablet (usually an iPad). They have to bring their laptop because they know the iPad is absolutely worthless for business use. It's gotten a little better with Office but with no keyboard, have fun hunting and pecking letters on that proposal with the on-screen keyboard. Sure there are Bluetooth keyboards, but they aren't allowed to be used in flight. Why carry multiple devices? With the Surface Pro 3, you can leave all of your other devices at home.
Now, Let's take a look at the device and see why it really is the tablet that can replace your laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Windows 8.1 Bay Trail Tablet
As a follow-up to its ThinkPad 8 tablet (see our review), Lenovo has now incorporated Intel's Bay Trail platform into its larger size ThinkPad 10, a business-ready slate the company claims can offer users a full PC experience. Stopping there would be selling this tablet a bit short, however, as it's really a multi-mode device that can serve a number of purposes, both during and after business hours. Ideally, this would negate the need to purchase separate systems for work and play.
What Lenovo's really doing here is tapping into the potential of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 ecosystem. From the beginning, Microsoft envisioned Windows 8/8.1 as a universal operating system built for work, play, and everything in between, but software will only get you so far. It's up to Microsoft's hardware partners to figure out how best to take advantage of Windows 8.1, and with the ThinkPad 10, Lenovo's answer is to accessorize the platform.
June 30, 2014
I love OneNote
OneNote is a free tool that makes me want to go back to school. It's so easy to use and now with the Surface Pro 3 it's even better. There is a lot of debate about Microsoft's claim of this being the Tablet that can replace your laptop. And those that do not understand the claim just think about Panay' word "lapability". I invite those to forget for a day or two the keyboard and use it a little more as a TabletPC. And here is where OneNote comes in your help.
You can take note using your Pen in OneNote and later on if you whish you can convert these notes in printing letters. Here are 3 screen shots that show how that's done.
The tablet's tortured past: 8 failures that led to the slates we use today
Tablet computing has a long and tortured evolution. We can trace its roots all the way back to 1915.That's when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded a patent for a handwriting recognition system of sorts.In 1956, researchers demonstrated the first digital computer with handwriting recognition.
The modern tablet's more recentevolution started in Cupertino, but not with the iPad. Many manufacturers, including Apple, tried and failed at flat computers before the devices finally became mainstream must-haves. Take a look at 12 major moments that led to the tablet PC as we know it today.
Gates announces Tablet PCs
At the Comdex tradeshow in November 2000, Bill Gates stood onstage and announced the tablet PC, a variant of the Windows PC that did away with the traditional keyboard and trackpad combination that you’d find on a laptop and replaced it with a touchscreen and a stylus. A year later, in November 2001, Gates introduced the first tablet PC prototypes.
Mobile Mario – Tablet PCs Overtake 3DS, But Will Nintendo Take Note?
World Tech Today
For the first time in history, tablet PCs have overtaken the Nintendo 3DS as the number-one mobile gaming machines for kids in the UK. Nintendo’s stance on brining Mario to mobile has always been both solid and stubborn – will the latest shift cause a rethink?
Given the constant acceleration of the tablet PC market in general, it was only ever going to be a matter of time until the 3DS fell in its shadow. And that’s exactly what’s happened…at least as far as kids in the UK go…as for the first time ever, the Nintendo 3DS is no longer the number-one portable gaming device for the under-12 age bracket.
A study carried out by Futuresource Consulting reveals that over in Britain, a full 44% of children from three to 12 years old now have a tablet PC. Perhaps even more shocking is the revelation that almost a third of all kids between the ages of three and four also own and operation a tablet PC – 30% according to the reports.
For 11 to 12 year olds the figure came out at 46% and in the nine to 11 year segment 25% owned tablet PCs.
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