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March 2014


March 3, 2014

Android Grabs Top Spot From iPad With 62% Share Collection of tablets

A new tipping point in the world of tablets: today the analysts at Gartner have released their tablet sales numbers for 2013, and Android has topped the list for the most popular platform for the first time, outselling Apple’s range of iPad tablets nearly twofold. Of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Android took nearly 62% of sales on 121 million tablets, while Apple sold 70 million iPad tablets for a 36% share.

In comparison, last year, Apple led the tablet category with nearly 53% of sales on 61 million units, compared to Android at nearly 46% with 53 million tablets sold.

Price and size alone will not do it in the future, it seems. Gartner believes that this may signal a turn towards more features, even on less expensive devices.

“In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications,” writes research director Roberta Cozza. “As the Android tablet market becomes highly commoditised, in 2014, it will be critical for vendors to focus on device experience and meaningful technology and ecosystem value — beyond just hardware and cost — to ensure brand loyalty and improved margins.”

Apple continues to lead tablet sales overall with 36% of all sales on that 70 million figure. Samsung, as expected, is using its bigger range of Galaxy tablets to catch up swiftly, with 37 million tablets sold for a 19% share — a huge leap considering that a year ago, for 2012, it only had 7% share compared to Apple’s 53%.



Apple launches CarPlay; integrates iPhone with your car to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages

Apple Car Play OS

Apple has announced the official arrival of CarPlay (previously known as iOS in the Car). This feature will make its way to existing iOS 7 devices in the form of an update. However, only the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 are supported as this feature requires Lightning-enabled devices.

It features all the essential features required for a car and is based primarily on Siri voice commands which will read out texts/voicemails, answer calls or revert back to missed calls etc. This is something Apple calls the “eyes-free” experience which will not distract the drivers unlike conventional car media systems. As expected, Maps is one of the core features of this setup and will provide voice assisted navigation whenever required.

In addition to supporting a range of core iOS functions, CarPlay will also feature several third party apps such as iHeartRadio and Spotify for your music needs while on the go. A variety of car manufacturers have teamed up with Apple to bring this on their cars including the likes of BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. Many of these manufacturers will ship cars with CarPlay this year. Apple is expected to show off this new feature with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show later this week.




The History of Tablet Computers

Your age probably determines when you think tablet computers were invented: 'Millennials' (a.k.a. History of Tablets Generation Y) are unlikely to look further back than Apple's first-generation iPad in 2010; Generation X types may recall Microsoft's 2002 Tablet PC launch and subsequent releases; and Baby Boomers (myself included) with fond memories of Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, will probably have (increasingly) vague recollections of the 1990s devices spawned by such science fiction — Apple's Newton-based MessagePads, early Fujitsu tablets, the first IBM ThinkPad, for example.

An evolving heritage

For a supposedly 'new' style of computing, tablets have a lengthy and convoluted heritage (remember Ultra Mobile PCs? They petered out in pre-iPad days and came back as today's small form-factor tablets). To get an impression of that still-evolving heritage, explore our Dipity timeline (above). We've included a lot of tablets (and tablet/notebook convertibles and hybrids), but do not claim to have covered every significant product.


March 4, 2014

Tablet Tuesday: Get an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for $199.99

I've been traveling a fair bit lately, both for business and pleasure, and on every trip I've packed a 7-Lenovo 8inch Mixx tabletinch Kindle Fire tablet and a 13.3-inch Samsung laptop -- the latter for work, the former for media consumption (movies, books, etc.).

But today's deal has me wondering: Could a single device take the place of those two?

For a limited time and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Lenovo Miix 2 (32GB) tablet for $199.99, shipped (plus sales tax). This 8-inch tablet runs Windows 8.1 and comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student. List price: $299.99.

The Miix's key specs include an Intel Bay Trail quad-core Atom processor, a 1,280x800-pixel IPS screen, and 32GB of SSD storage. Alas, installing Office leaves only about 9GB of that storage free, though you can expand it via microSD cards or USB drives (though the latter will require a USB-host-to-micro-USB adapter).

The tablet also sports front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, GPS, and a Micro-HDMI output. It weighs 12 ounces and measures just 0.3-inch thick -- a hair thicker than the first-gen iPad Mini. Update: Lenovo's specs don't mention an HDMI port, and the PC Mag review referenced below specifically mentions the lack of one. It is shown in Best Buy's product listing, but I suspect that's incorrect.



Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE release and price confirmed
Phones Review

It seems that more consumers are leaning to owning an 8-inch tablet PC with many feeling this is the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE Tabletsweet spot in terms of tablet size, and now the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE release and price has been confirmed.

the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE will be available for Verizon Wireless customers from Thursday, March 6th. The carrier has also provided some pricing for the device which until the 10th of March can be had for only $99.99 with a new two year contract.

The regular price for the tablet will be $199.99 or if you want to own the device outright it will set you back a cool $299.99, and you can add the device to an existing MORE Everything plan costing $10 per month .

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE has an 8.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution powered by a quad core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM running the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.



Microsoft To Soon Launch Windows Tablets for Rs 10000

the next move from Microsoft might apparently be on the tablets front as recent reports from TOI suggests that the company is planning on new Windows tablets.

"If people have an option to get a Windows tablet at price that is similar to an Android tablet, they will likely pick it. A low-cost Windows tablet is not going to shake the market but it will help Microsoft gain some consumers who will otherwise go to Android." The devices are reportedly said to be made available sometime in mid-2014.

This is not going be a surprise for many fans as the company already has a tablet device selling in the market. The best part that will hit the fans real hard is the fact that it is actually talking about Windows tablet, which would cost you only Rs. 10,000.

Amrish Goyal, director of Windows business reportedly said, "We are reducing our required hardware specification for Windows to bare minimum that is needed for good experience. We want to be price competitive with Android. We want to get the bill of material for Windows tablets down."

If the words coming from the official turns out to materialize soon, then we might be waiting for a hardcore rival between Android and Windows tablets soon.



March 5, 2014


Pizza Hut shows tablet PC table concept

Pizza Hut has posted a video for a new concept it is studying, which would replace the usual plastic tables in Pizza Hut restaurants with a very high-tech table PC. The video shows two customers using the table to assemble their order, taking visual cues from the table itself. Using pinch and swipe movements they choose the size, toppings and complete their entire order without having to talk to a server.





Hands-on with Apple's CarPlay: when Siri met Ferrari (video)

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and up, CarPlay is "loaded" into the Ferrari's built-in navigation system by way of a Lightning adapter located underneath the armrest. Wireless connections are coming, at least from Volvo, but our test was limited to traditional cables. Once it's connected, Ferrari will continue to utilize its own infotainment system, but users can load CarPlay by hitting a dedicated dashboard button, allowing all touch and voice inputs to be diverted to your iPhone. This loads the CarPlay dashboard, which features a familiar array of icons and services you'll recognize from your iPhone. From here, it's a case of using the touchscreen or calling upon Siri to load each of the services -- the latter of which can be summoned with the Siri Eyes Free button located on the reverse of the steering wheel.

Apple has also implemented safety features to ensure services do not draw your attention away from the road and push forward its "hands-free" theme. For example, when we sent or received a message from a contact, Siri would only read the message back to us and we never once got the chance to see its contents. An Apple representative was able to talk us through each CarPlay feature, so do make sure you check out our in-depth hands-on video above to get a better idea of what Apple and its car maker buddies are aiming for.



March 6, 2014

Video: Burgers and tablets become app-pealing pair
Tech Page One

 Burgers and technology are terms that usually aren’t synonymous, but when The Habit restaurant chain wanted to ensure consistency in the quality of its food as well as enhance the customer experience, it was a tasty pairing. The California-based burger and sandwich business has deployed Dell Latitude 10 and Dell Venue Pro 11 tablets powered by Intel Atom processors for quick access to employee information, training kiosks and point-of-sale transactions..

The company needed a tablet that could accommodate custom x86-based software and Microsoft apps, along with Windows and Intel-based security and management tools. After evaluating a number of different hardware devices, The Habit chose Dell tablets.

The company can now deploy new and existing business applications on the tablets and manage the devices by using existing systems. The Habit has also reduced costs and saved managers time by moving to electronic documents for managing inventory, employee communication, human resources and recruiting and onboarding. The decision paid off.




Acer Iconia W4-820 review: Your office on the go
Financial Express

Once unpacked, the Iconia W4-820 will please with its compact look. The 8-inch tablet has just one Acer Iconia W4-820physical button, the one with the Windows home screen. The blackish-metallic silver look gives the device a cool avatar. Typing with two hands felt comfortable, but a portable keyboard or a kickstand would help the user to exploit the full potential of the device. The thickness of the device, however, disappointed me. With thinner tablets like the iPad Air and Google Nexus 7 around, Acer could have made the device slimmer.

The tile interface of Windows 8 is definitely pleasing and Acer has done a good job by pre-loading a lot of useful apps like Skype, Evernote, Kindle, 7digital (offers an excellent collection of downloadable music), tunein (an online app having a good collection of internet radio stations), Amazon, Music Maker Jam along with a host of Acer services like Acer Portal, Acer Docs (similar to Skydrive, where one can save documents on the cloud) and Acer Remote Files. Apart from this, the  device comes preloaded with the usual Microsoft goodies.

All the familiar options like documents, downloads, pictures, music, recycle bin etc. And the biggest highlight of a Microsoft OS—the Office suite comes preloaded. This should work wonders for those on the move and are tired of carrying their heavy laptops to work on their Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.

The W4-820 has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 TFT LCD display with IPS. Colours were sharp with excellent viewing angles. Powered by an Intel Atom 1.33 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, the Iconia W4-820 is fast and zippy, with decent multitasking capabilities. The device comes inbuilt with 64 GB memory, of which around 52 GB is free for the user, further extendable via microSD card. This should be good enough for an average user.

A 5 MP-back camera takes care of the photographer in the user. Pictures were nothing great to speak of. The 2-MP HD front camera takes care of video calling needs. The tablet is powered by a mammoth 4960 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, with a video standby time of eight hours, which should easily last a day for an average user.




Hybrids Could Be Next Big Thing As Tablet Sales Soar in 2013

Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner said, "In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon,Stack of Tablets with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications. As the Android tablet market becomes highly commoditized, in 2014, it will be critical for vendors to focus on device experience and meaningful technology and ecosystem value — beyond just hardware and cost — to ensure brand loyalty and improved margins."

With Android all but taking over the low-cost sector of tablet sales, Apple faces increasing pressure to find ways to remain competitive in that space with its small screen iPad mini. According to Gartner’s Cozza, “Apple's approach will continue to force vendors to compete with full ecosystem offerings, even in the smaller-screen market as the iPad mini sees a greater share.”

As for Microsoft, according to Cozza, "To compete, Microsoft needs to create compelling ecosystem proposition for consumers and developers across all mobile devices, as tablets and smartphones become key devices for delivering applications and services to users beyond the PC."

Help could come from Lenovo given the fact the company’s tablet sales grew 198 percent last year. Isabelle Durand, principal research analyst at Gartner said, "Lenovo‘s success is a combination of launching innovative new tablet models during the second half of 2013 and the sales of its Yoga model and Windows tablets doing particularly well."



March 7, 2014

Samsung NotePro 12.2 a real handful

When Samsung showcased its 2014 product range at a forum in Bali, there was plenty of buzz about its Galaxy NotePro tablets, especially the giant 12.2-inch model, which is the size of an A4 sheet of paper.Samsung NotePro 12.2

Crowds were cooing over the 4.4 million-pixel WQXGA display - putting out 247 pixels per inch - and its ability to display up to four windows on the screen at once, resized however you like. It delivers a level of multitasking never before seen in a mobile device.

The NotePro 12.2 is targeting productivity, performance and portability. At this size, you rarely have to pinch and zoom to read, and full HD video looks razor-sharp. With an octa-core CPU and Android 4.4 Kit Kat under the hood, the Pro sets a benchmark for tablet speed, delivering lightning-fast app downloads and outstanding gameplay.

With its faux-leather back, remote PC functionality, USB 3.0 port, optimised virtual keyboard and massive multi-window screen, professionals are squarely the target audience here.

The S pen stylus makes for easy smudge-free navigation, including activating Air Command when you remove the stylus from its corner slider.



Dual Android/Windows tablets/laptops get the boot from Google

After claiming in a recent report that the new Asus dual-booting Android/Windows tablet/laptop combo Asus dual-booting Android/Windows tablet/that was announced at CES 2014 may not actually hit stores, Digitimes is back with a second story that says the same thing. According to its research, the publication says Google is putting pressure on Asus not to go forward with such dual-booting devices. Similarly, “other PC vendors now also have intentions to stop plans for producing products featuring dual operating system features,” as “Google is trying hard to avoid its OS being combined with Windows.”

Digitimes Research believes that such dual booting systems will benefit Windows more than Google, by helping the former further increase its market share in the smartphone business.

Intel is certainly interested in such dual booting platforms, as it now has a chip ready to support such devices



March 10, 2014

HP Unwraps New 8-inch Android Tablet
The VAR Guy

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has added to its collection of Android-based devices with a no-fanfare launch ofHP Envy x2 Tablet a new 8-inch tablet running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, featuring pared-down specifications and positioned at a budget-conscious price to compete with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based fare from rivals Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba, and, of course, Apple's (AAPL) iPad Mini.

HP 8 Model 1401US is priced at $169.99 and features a quad core ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, a micro SD card slot and A 7.85-inch multi-touch display with 1,024 x 768 screen resolution, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, a headphone jack, stereo speakers, front and rear facing cameras and up to seven hours of battery life.

the HP 8 ships with 25GB of free Box cloud storage and a variety of pre-installed Google (GOOG apps. HP also is also offering customers a $20 savings if the HP 8 is bundled with an HP printer priced at $129 or more, and is promising it will ship the unit within 24 hours of ordering.

Among the HP 8's competitors, both Toshiba's 8-inch Encore tablet and Lenovo's Miix 2 8 are offered at $299 and Dell's Venue 8 starts at $179.99. Apple prices its iPad Mini, which is more feature-rich than its rivals, at $399.




Nick Launches Massive, Free Apple iBook for Kids' Choice Awards on Tablets

Nickelodeon launched a free multimedia book for its upcoming Kids’ Choice Awards on Apple’s iBooks reader, aimed a driving viewers to tune into the live awards broadcast later this month.Apple iBook for Kids' Choice Awards on Tablets

The Viacom-owned cabler touted it as the first dedicated digital book produced for a live awards show

The KCA iBook is designed for Apple’s iPad tablet. The digital book includes info, photos, video and quizzes about this year’s nominees and host, actor-producer Mark Wahlberg, as well as content from past years’ shows. The free iBook is available through iTunes.

Nick’s KCA iBook will include a live countdown clock to the show, synced to the user’s time-zone setting; a ballot for users to keep track of their picks; a treasure hunt with items hidden throughout the book; and a 360-degree view of the Kids’ Choice Awards orange blimp.

Via the iBook, users will be able to preview all nominated content that’s available on iTunes, including song previews and movie trailers.




Apps for children in 2014: looking for the mobile generation
The Guardian

Use of tablets among five to 15-year-olds in the UK tripled between 2012 and 2013, but they’re just Toddler with tabletgetting started

The idea of tablets as devices for children didn’t come from the manufacturers: it came from parents. Apple’s first iPad in 2010, and the first wave of Android tablets that followed, were aimed at adults.

Hand your powerful multimedia computing device with its breakable touchscreen over to a jammy-fingered toddler? Not likely. And yet that’s what parents proceeded to do in their millions, creating a strong demand for children’s apps in the process.

Fast forward to the start of 2014, and that kid-apps market is bustling, with established children’s brands and fledgling startups alike competing to offer educational, creative and/or playful apps for children of all ages.

Top children’s app developers have pushed back at suggestions that apps are replacing physical toys and books, or indeed parents. “People are very concerned about the idea of an iPad as a device that becomes a full-time babysitter for their kids. Well, not if you don’t use it like that!” Bjorn Jeffery, CEO of Toca Boca, told The Guardian last year.

“As an app developer, our intention is never to replace the parent, and I’ve never met a developer who tries to replace physical play with digital toys. The two aren’t mutually exclusive, and they can even be combined.”




March 11, 2014

Does Microsoft Wants To Kill The Laptop With Its Surface Power Cover?

Tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google have been at it for a few years now, and their unrelenting Microsoft Surface Power Coverdrive to kill off the laptop is only heating up. While tablets offer a lot in terms of mobility and connectivity, they've never really matched the all-round versatility and brute force of the laptop.

Microsoft has however gotten ever closer with the announcement of its Surface Power Cover that offers a physical keyboard with a whole lot of extra juice. The cover will snap onto the Surface Pro, or the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, and apart from acting as a keyboard it will also charge the tablets for extended using.

How may that kill the laptop you ask? Microsoft claims the Power Cover increases battery life of its Surface line of tablets by 70 per cent. Tablets have already been beating laptops on the battery life front, and with such a massive increment, some people are bound to opt for a tablet instead.

Microsoft is already taking pre-orders for the Surface Power Cover in the US, Canada and Japan at a price of $199.99. The tentative shipping date for the cover is March 19th.




Why you should buy a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

I like to have a tablet on each mobile platform to keep up with what's new. That leads me to buy too Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 many gadgets, but I only buy those I find to be outstanding. That was the case with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 from Amazon. This tablet is so good it has replaced two tablets in my stable.

Amazon sent me a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 to test recently and my review made it clear I was impressed by it. I found it to be so good it didn't take me long to buy one. Why I find it good enough to get my hard-earned cash can be detailed in several categories in which the Kindle Fire HDX shines.

The high-resolution display on the HDX is simply gorgeous. Everything displays crisply, and colors are bright and vivid. I tend to use tablets in both landscape and portrait orientations, and the HDX handles both nicely.

The 8.9-inch screen of the HDX is almost as big as that of the iPad Air, which I also own, but the Kindle only weighs about the same as the much smaller iPad mini. This makes a big difference when using the Kindle for extended periods, something I do regularly.

More than any other reason, the user experience (UX) of the Kindle Fire HDX convinced me to buy it. Amazon's Fire OS used on the Kindle is not only designed to be easy to use, it is very efficient.

Android purists will argue that a full Android UI is superior to Fire OS, but I've come to disagree with that view. The Kindle home screen is a gem of a design, as it puts the things you use most where they are most easily accessed. This is accomplished in three areas of the home screen: the carousel, apps at the bottom, and the thin strip of content at the very top of the display.

The carousel is what makes Fire OS such a joy to use. Every time you open an app or some content, the icon for it automatically appends on the left of the carousel. It's common in normal use to see apps, ebooks, music album art, and preview thumbnails of documents side-by-side in the carousel. This makes is simple to return to something you were doing earlier.



March 12, 2014

Android Coffee Table: Yes, that's right we said table!


Tablets have been increasing in size over the last year, but Ideum and 3M have taken things to a whole new level with their Platform 46 Coffee Table.

Essentially, it's an over-sized tablet with a 32-inch or 46-inch display that runs on the Android platform (Jelly Bean 4.1). It supports all the Android apps you love so you can browse, social network and even play games on the novel entertainment device.

It's 1080p LCD display features chemically-strengthened glass and is waterproof (IP54 rated). Inside the aluminium base you'll find a compact PC with an Intel i7 3.7GHz Hyper-threaded Quad Core Processor, 16GB of RAM, 500GB Hard Drive and both WiFi and Ethernet connectivity.




Microsoft Surface: A Tale of Two Computers

I’ve found another worthy option in mobile computing: the Microsoft Surface.

I didn’t expect that. Like many Apple stalwarts, I have long regarded the Windows world as a foreign Microsoft Surface 2 tabletland — an intriguing, exotic destination suitable for a bit of sightseeing, but the sort of place that suffers from too many problems for me to want to live there.

Surface, Microsoft’s line of hybrid computers that are part tablet and part Windows PC, has me rethinking this position. I had tried these portable machines off and on in my role as a technology journalist, but they never clicked for me. But in the interests of keeping an open mind, I decided to have another go at using Surface devices almost exclusively to see if my lukewarm opinions about them would change.

As I write this, I’m going on a month of near-continual Surface use that has had its moments of frustration. I have, at times, wanted to smash it into the wall so that it shatters into glassy shards. But, for the most part, it has been a positive experience.

Surface PCs are notable for incorporating elements of tablets, notebook computers, and desktop computers into mobile machines that you can use much like an iPad, yet they also behave much like a full Windows PC.

Surface’s biggest plus – and the primary reason I have warmed to it – is its versatility. You can interact with a Surface PC solely via touchscreen interaction à la iPad, as a quasi-notebook when you clip on a super-thin Microsoft keyboard and deploy the integrated kickstand, and as a desktop PC when it’s hooked up to an external monitor.




Tablets as secondary computers for the enterprise

Tablets are perfect for workers to have a look at the latest quarterly numbers for example, and to iPad wearing a tiecommunicate thoughts about them. The onscreen keyboard is adequate for making small changes to work documents, and other light editing duties. 

I've long been an advocate of using a tablet with a keyboard as a laptop replacement, but that's not a good solution for many. For those folks (and companies), the tablet is meant to be used in the hands, consuming content. The secondary role is good for these folks, as the primary PC back in the office is a fallback for them.

Not being thrust in the position to get everything done on a tablet helps ease those workers resistant to change into using the slate. The more they use the tablet for work tasks, the more likely they are to end up doing quite a bit with them.

Tablets are very personal by nature, and it's not uncommon for those new to the form to take to them. These employees may end up being more productive with the tablet than without. This could lead to a greater role in the enterprise for tablets down the gray carpeted road.

In summary, it may be easier to get workers to buy into using the tablet if it's not expected to be the only computer. Let employees continue to use the full computer in the office, and ease into using the tablet outside. You may be surprised how quickly they adopt the tablet to fill a greater role in their work effort.



March 13, 2014

7 Best Note Taking Apps

notes have big advantages over their pen-and-paper counterparts. You won't lose them, since they're Best Note Taking Apps for Tabletsstored on your mobile device. Best of all, digital notes are searchable, so you can say goodbye to rifling through huge stacks of paper in search of that one important note.

Papyrus (Free) – iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Papyrus is a multiplatform app designed to let you jot down notes and sketch out ideas on your mobile device using a stylus or your fingertip. The notes engine lets you cut, copy and paste items between pages, and features touch gestures so you can zoom and pan around your notes easily. Once you're finished, you can sort your notes by category, and export them to share with colleagues, co-workers

Evernote (Free) – iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Evernote (available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone) is a robust note-taking app that lets you dictate or manually enter notes, snap photos, create to-do-lists and more. The app features text identification, which can recognize and index printed — and even handwritten — text. That means you can search for specific words, whether they're in a PDF, a typed memo or a photographed note scrawled on a scrap of paper. Evernote is available for a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac and PC, so you can access your notes on any machine and stay organized.

See all 7 of the best note taking apps here



Microsoft Office on iPad: It's alive and coming sooner than most think

Office for iPad -- which I've recently heard is codenamed "Miramar" -- isn't dead. In fact, it's likely to Microsoft Office for iPadmake it to market ahead of Microsoft's touch-first version of Office (codenamed "Gemini") according to a couple of my sources.

Here's a quick recap on what I've heard from Microsoft officials, as well as my own contacts, about Office for iPad.

Microsoft officials have acknowledged, in a somewhat roundabout way, that it exists and is coming. Last we heard, it sounded from ex-CEO Steve Ballmer that it was going to arrive some time after Microsoft's own touch-first, "Gemini" implementation of Office. Gemini is Microsoft's Metro-Style/Windows Store versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year. According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK'd the suggestion by the Office team that they'd bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely mean before the Windows 8 version. I'm hearing that new date for Office for iPad is some time in the first half of calendar 2014. (My sources last summer were hearing Office for iPad wouldn't debut until Fall  2014.)

I still haven't heard exactly how Microsoft will make Office for iPad available. I've heard it's likely to require some kind of Office 365 subscription




Using Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablets in the Enterprise

When you think of business tablets, chances are Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX tablets don't come immediately to mind. Though not perfect, the Kindle Fire HDX tablets are actually well suited for business use, particularly BYOD, according to CIO.com's Al Sacco.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Pros for Business Users

The Kindle Fire OS makes it simple to set up all of your email accounts. I set up my Gmail and my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX in Briefcasecorporate Exchange mail in a matter of minutes with just my user names and passwords, as well as an Exchange server Web address for my work mail, calendar and contacts.

The tablet supports wireless printing. I easily printed an email message to a compatible HP printer in my office after installing the necessary tablet plugin from the Amazon App Store. I was only able to print from certain apps, though.

A "Send to Kindle" feature makes it simple to send documents to your Kindle library by attaching them to email messages, which you can send to a Kindle-specific email address. You can add approved senders, so collaborators can also add documents to your library. A Send-to-Kindle browser extension, a desktop client and an Android app can also be used to send documents to your library.

Additional Kindle Fire security features include a native VPN client, support for single sign-on in the Amazon Silk browser; and a native Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) client that provides secure access to corporate systems.

Amazon's free "Mayday" live tech support is truly unique, as it lets Kindle Fire tablet users connect with technicians in real-time. Technicians appear in a small video window that can be moved around the user's display. The techs can't see the user, only their devices. Amazon says they can answer just about any Kindle-Fire-related question you might have.

I contacted Mayday briefly to see how quickly I'd get a support rep and how knowledgeable she'd seem. I was honestly impressed; the rep appeared almost immediately and answered every question I had accurately and with a smile. The Mayday feature could be particularly helpful for SMBs that don't have their own dedicated IT teams or want to minimize support costs.

Finally, Kindle Fire administrators can use Amazon's "Whispercast" service to set up new devices, send network and security settings and provide apps and content to groups of Kindles, among other things. Whispercast is a sort of slimmed-down, free MDM option that could be great for certain types of organizations that don't need or can't afford full MDM services.





March 14, 2014

iPad Air vs Surface 2: Which Does What Best?
Know Your Mobile

How does the new Surface 2 compare to the iPad Air? And which of the two tablets is the best for you? Apple iPad and Microsoft surface 2

If thinness and lightness are the holy grails of tablets, then, hands down, the iPad Air blows the Surface 2 out of the water. The iPad Air is a whopping 211 grams lighter than the Surface 2 – and this makes a huge difference in a number of settings. It’s also especially noticeable when you are standing up with either device held in your hands, for example, when reading the news on a train.

The display is where the iPad Air also beats the Surface 2. While the Surface 2 does have an impressive display by most lower-cost tablet standards, its pixels per inch and resolution fall well below Apple’s Retina displays – and with the two devices side-by-side, the difference is noticeable.

One area where the Surface 2 may come out slightly ahead is for those who do a lot of movie watching. The Surface 2’s display is true 16:9, like most Hollywood movies, so you’ll be able to view your widescreen flicks without the black bars in most instances. The Surface 2 also has a handy kickstand feature, which, at first glance seems like a novelty, but is incredibly useful when you need to prop up your tablet for movie watching or using an app in a situation where you are working on other things concurrently (like cooking in the kitchen). 

Hands down the winner in the category of physical ports is the Surface 2. That’s solely due to the high-speed USB 3.0 port. It’s something many iPad users have been requesting for ages, but likely something Apple will never provide. Of course, the USB port does necessitate that the body of the Surface 2 is thicker than that of the iPad Air. It’s a trade off, but one that Microsoft feels is important enough to make to keep USB connectivity.


March 17, 2014

Microsoft ships Surface 2 tablet with LTE

To deliver on Microsoft’s vision of productivity for the Surface tablet, it needed an LTE version—and that Microsoft Surface 2 with LTEhas finally arrived.

Microsoft said Monday that it will begin shipping a version of the Surface 2 tablet with LTE connectivity embedded inside of it for $679, beginning Tuesday. AT&T will supply the LTE technology. It will be up to the customer to sign up for one of AT&T’s available plans, a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. Apparently, there are no discounts or bundling deals.

“Many of you have told me that you’d like the capability to be online, even when Wi-Fi isn’t available, so you can work, play, share, and communicate wherever you are,” Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate vice president in charge of Surface, said in a blog post released ahead of the announcement. “In simple terms, we are continuously being asked for a Surface that allows you to use mobile broadband.”

Because the device is a Surface 2, users won’t be to use any x86-compatible apps. However, Microsoft will provide free, unlimited Skype calls to landlines for one year, Skype Wi-Fi for one year, and 200GB of SkyDrive storage for two years.

A Microsoft spokesman said he had nothing to share regarding a Surface Pro 2 with integrated LTE. Geekwire reported last year, however, that Panay was “clear” that the company would not ship a version of the Surface Pro 2 with integrated LTE, although he did not explain why.




Samsung's Mystery Tablet to Feature Super AMOLED Display
The VAR Guy

Rumors abound that Samsung is prepping a new flagship tablet for release, which will feature a whopping 2560x1600 Super AMOLED display and natively run Android’s 4.4.2 KitKat OS.

SamMobile.com was the first to leak the initial device specs, when sources close to the site confirmed the new tablet’s blistering AMOLED display and several other details, including model numbers. According to reports, the device will come in three flavors: Wi-Fi only, 3G and LTE (model numbers SM-T800, SM-T801, and SM-T805, respectively), and will be powered by a processor in the Exynos 5 series. Like its brethren, the new device will also run the TouchWiz magazine overlay and could feature the Ultra Power Saving Mode function, similar to the one currently in use for the Galaxy S5.

The new tablet’s display size is still unknown, but sources estimate that it will be between 8 inches and 10 inches, making it pretty standard fare compared to other tablets on the market. Pricing also is still unknown, but SamMobile believes the price will reflect the tablet’s host of advanced features, most notably the super high-definition screen. Samsung has not issued an official confirmation on the details for this mysterious new tablet.




Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® T904 Convertible Tablet

The FUJITSU LIFEBOOK T904 is a versatile Ultrabook™ for demanding professionals with new dynamic work styles. Its ultra-thin, durable aluminum housing with magnesium lid at just 17.1 mm height, and its super light-weight enable you to travel in comfort. The super crisp, rotatable 13.3 inch (33.8 cm) WQHD IGZO display supports pen and touch input. The backlit keyboard and enterprise grade security features support your dynamic work style. With the optional port replicator maximum convenience in the office is ensured.




Adobe Bets on an iPad Pen and Ruler in Hardware Debut
Wall Street Journal

“This is an opportunity for Adobe to make creativity accessible to everyone, because anyone who can use a pen and a ruler will be able to use this as soon as they pick it up,”


“When people hear that Adobe is getting into hardware, for many the first reaction is ‘why?’,” explained Michael Gough, Adobe’s vice president of experience design, at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. “But, this really is within our wheelhouse. We’ve always built creative tools and these products are really just another example of that. This isn’t just another stylus.”

Adobe’s pen currently wears the codename Mighty, while the ruler is going by the name Napoleon—because “it’s a short ruler,” Gough said.

The two products, which Gough demoed at SXSW, as you can see in the video above, are built with clean lines and shod in aluminum and white plastic. They look not mistakenly like something Apple would design.



March 18, 2014

Microsoft's Surface 2 with AT&T 4G LTE Now Available for $679

Starting today you can purchase a Microsoft Surface 2 – 64GB with  4G LTE for AT&T,  (4G LTE is not available on the Surface 2 Pro) 

Thin, light tablet with up to 10-hour battery life1, now cellular-capable. Microsoft Surface 2 4GB LTE

At just 1.49lbs, and pre-loaded with Office 2013 RT (now with Outlook), Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. Light in your hands, but loaded with improved sound and picture, a faster processor, and extra offers. And now you can use it anywhere you’ve got cell service on the super-fast AT&T 4G LTE network.

Now cellular capable

You don’t have to be near a Wi-Fi connection to be able to get the most out of your Surface. Now anywhere you can get a cell signal, you can get online. Surface 64GB LTE comes with a SIM card and all you need to do is follow instuctions on the AT&T AllAccess app to setup a data plan.9

4GB 4G LTE $679





Apple Drops iPad 2, Brings Back 4th-Gen Model at $399

Apple is now selling the 4th-generation iPad for $399 with 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity, or iPad Retena$529 with 4G LTE, essentially replacing Apple’s iPad 2 in the lineup.

The 4th-generation iPad debuted in 2012, but disappeared last fall, when Apple launched the iPad Air. At the time, most pundits agreed that the iPad 2 was a bad deal at $399, especially when you could get an iPad Mini for $100 less, or a state-of-the-art iPad Air for $100 more. Still, the iPad 2 remained popular, and had appeal for education and point-of-sale markets where the latest technology is less important.

But perhaps Apple was just clearing inventory, and is now ready to move on to selling a newer, better iPad in the $399 slot. It’s definitely worth considering as a cheaper alternative to the iPad Air; both tablets have Retina displays, fast processors and similar camera quality. The biggest difference between them is weight and thickness, and the inability to get more than 16 GB of storage with the 4th-generation model.



Microsoft May Introduce Office for Apple's iPad Next Week

At an event next week, newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to announce a version of the company's popular Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint for Apple's iPadMicrosoft Office tablet devices

Microsoft may finally introduce a version of its Office software suite for Apple’s iPad devices at an event next Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Sources close to Reuters, ZDNet and The Verge have said Microsoft’s about to introduce a suite of Microsoft Office applications designed for the Apple tablet. The suite is expected to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft officials have not confirmed the reports.




March 19, 2014

A 2-in-1 laptop or two separate devices: Which makes sense for you?

Since the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012, PC makers have been pushing convertible and Microsoft Surface 2detachable laptops, also referred to as 2-in-1s, harder than ever. These versatile PCs aim to provide the functionality of a laptop and a tablet in one device. There are so many of these devices, and so many varying designs, that we wrote a separate story, "New Windows computers offer appealing alternatives to traditional laptops," to help you (and honestly, us) keep them straight.

It's easy to be drawn in by the allure of a single device that can serve as a laptop for productivity and writing e-mails at home and work, and a tablet for scrolling through Facebook, surfing the Web, or playing Candy Crush Saga while you're commuting or lying in bed.

But opting for a convertible or detachable PC, rather than a separate laptop and tablet, involves some inherent compromises. And believe it or not, it could be cheaper to buy two separate devices than a 2-in-one. For many, a separate tablet and laptop may be a better choice. Here are some pros and cons.




iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung's New Tablets
The Mac Observer

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly iPad 4discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.

The fourth generation iPad is available with 16GB RAM, Apple's A6X processor, faster graphics, a 5 megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera, a rear-facing camera that can capture 1080p video, and a Lightning connector instead of the older 30-pin Dock Connector. The WiFi-only model costs US$399, and the WiFi plus LTE model is priced at $529.

Mr. Um said, "The price reduction comes at a time where Samsung is launching a new Galaxy TabPRO line priced at $499 (Model 10.1/16GB/Wi-Fi) and positions Apple to be more competitive in regards to pricing."

Apple's pricing for the fourth gen iPad comes in under Samsung's new tablets. While the iPad may be an older model, its features and price point, coupled with the brand recognition and cool factor Apple has, could be enough to draw in new customers that would otherwise consider Samsung's Galaxy TabPRO line.



Why Microsoft Office for iPad can propel Apple's stock price past $550

Apple is getting another helping hand from its old savior, Microsoft . AAPL has been in the doldrums lately but I can see the share rising above $550 again soon. Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, will most likely announce the release of Microsoft Office for the iPad this coming March 27.

Rumor or not, this report of Office-for-the-iPad boosted MSFT's price by as much as 5%. It is therefore likely that once Apple iLoyalists start perking up on this latest industry buzz, AAPL can rally past $550 again soon. It may even soar higher if the report proves true next week.

Like millions of iPad owners, I have been waiting for years for Microsoft to deliver its precious Office suite to the world's best-selling tablet. Nadella's decision to port its productivity suite to the iPad will really maximize the use of Apple's tablet in the corporate environment.

Whether at home or at work, Apple's free document creation apps and other third-party solutions like Quickoffice Pro just don't match up to the convenience of using industry-standard Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.



March 20, 2014

New Samsung ad takes simultaneous jabs at iPad, Surface and Kindle

Samsung’s just posted a new ad to its YouTube channel inviting viewers to “do more” on the new multi-tasking Galaxy Tab Pro series tablet, featuring three different scenes dedicated to bashing Apple’s iPad, Microsoft’s Surface and Amazon’s Kindle tablets. The ad is actually humorous, which is a refreshing change change for Samsung.

It can do that? The Galaxy Pro series of tablets have more great features than ever, with screens that blow the competition away. To learn more about the Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro, head to http://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA.




Apple envisions stylus with extendable, multitouch nib

Outlined in a freshly-published patent filing, the nib would possess powers and abilities far beyond Apple Stylus patent filingthose of today's nibs.

Apple wants to cook up a more powerful yet sensitive stylus for your tablet.

Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent filing dubbed simply "Input Device Having Extendable Nib" sees the nib of the stylus as the key to its power. The nib would be able to extend, thereby offering different capabilities based on its length.

At its smallest length, the nib would have a limited number of areas through which it could interact with a tablet. But extending the nib would increase the number of multitouch points, giving it the ability to create strokes of different colors, widths, and formats.

For example, the more portions of the nib in contact with the screen, the greater the size of the output. A longer nib might also be more flexible, feeling less like a pencil or pen tip and more like a paintbrush.



March 21, 2014

Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with Billy Joel on 'The Tonight Show'
Apple Insider

The performance, which relied the iPad application Loopy HD, proved so popular that even Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took notice on Friday, tweeting out the clip to his 425,000 followers and calling it "magical." Fallon collaborated with Joel in an a capella rendition of the 1961 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens.



March 24, 2014

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium launches to proactively protect home PCs from advanced stealthy malware

Editors Note: I install malwarebytes on all of my clients PC's and Tablets as well as on every pc and tablet I use myself.   

New version of anti-malware software which fixed 208m PCs last year, combines five powerful new tools into a single download and commits to lifetime XP support           MalwareBytes

Malwarebytes today announces the launch of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, a new tool designed to proactively protect home PCs against advanced criminal software which traditional anti-virus cannot detect.  In development for over 18 months, Premium is the first completely new version of the company’s flagship security software for six years, and is designed to work alongside traditional anti-virus to provide additional protection.  

Premium will support XP users for life, who currently make up 20% of Malwarebytes’ user-base and could be at greater risk when updates stop on April 8.   

The new product brings together five powerful technologies in a lightweight 16MB download for the first time, the combination of which provides dynamic protection from advanced threats.  At its core is a new heuristics engine, designed to detect and kill malicious software based on behavior.  This means protection is not reliant on slow-moving signatures, providing defense against zero-day attacks.  

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium also integrates new Anti-Rootkit technology, which rips out and fixes the damage done by malicious software hiding at an extremely deep-level in the operating system.  Malwarebytes’ Chameleon is also built-in, allowing Premium to brute force start-up and scan when malware is crippling traditional security software and other processes.  

Premium has added updated malicious URL blocking and enhanced protection from unwanted programs such as aggressive adware and toolbars.   A new user interface and ultra-quick threat scan, ensure the product is easy to use.                



iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1

Samsung's Best Tablet to date - unmatched screen quality.

The battle between Apple and Samsung is heating up with the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1. These two similarly-priced tablets are going head-to-head in an ultra high-resolution and high-power war. The Tab PRO 10.1 is significantly more powerful than the iPad, but does Android and the Magazine UX let it down compared to the lightweight iOS 7 found on Apple’s iPad?

Find out which tablet comes out on top in this dogfight between the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1!





What tablet screen size is right for you?

When it comes to screen size, the first thing that may cause confusion is the difference between screen size dimensions and the dimensions of the entire tablet. The size of the tablet is no guarantee that theUSing a Tablet screen is bigger than a smaller tablet. Screens are not all made the same in relation to size.

A better understanding of aspect ratio will alleviate the stress of deciding what screen size is best. Aspect ratio is defined as ”the ratio of of the width of an image to its height.” So a screen can be large, but it may or may not support other ratios. That is when black bars appear on-screen or images stretch out. Most people will be familiar with this when trying to watch an old movie on a brand new HDTV when it hasn’t been rescaled.

However, choosing the right tablet doesn’t really come down to the screen area –  it’s the screen resolution and what you are going to use the tablet for. If you plan to use a tablet just to read e-books and answer emails, your best option would be a tablet that is designed to be used in portrait mode, like the iPad Air or the iPad Mini.

Or, if you plan to watch movies or edit photos, then a tablet that is designed to be best used in landscape mode, such as the Galaxy Note or Surface 2, would be a better bet.




Are Dual-Boot Devices Finally Dead?
Motley Fool

Well, that didn't take long. Just two months after Asus introduced its latest device that runs both Asus Dual Boot tabletAndroid and Windows, the company is backing down from selling it, and may stop sales of its other dual-boot systems.

Asus' decision is just a part of a broader push by Google and Microsoft to clamp down on devices that run both companies' operating systems.

A new take on tablets
PC makers have been keen to find new ways to drum up interest in their products, and dual-boot devices that run Android in tablet mode and Windows in PC mode have been part of that strategy. But Microsoft isn't thrilled with this idea, considering that the company is working hard to convince tablet customers use its Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms.

Though Google and its investors should be happy Asus won't further pursue dual-boot systems, it's Microsoft investors who should be the most relieved. The last thing Microsoft needs right now is Android encroaching on devices that run Windows. There still may be a few dual-boot devices on the market, but this latest change is likely a bigger push by both Google and Microsoft that will eventually affect all OEMs.


March 25, 2014

Motion Redefines the Rugged Tablet Experience with Sleek and Versatile R12 Platform

Motion Computing® today announced the latest offering in their mobile technology portfolio – the Motion® R12 Rugged Motion R12 Rugged TabletPlatform .Designed to empower the worker who moves from the field to the vehicle to the office, the R12 Platform includes a sleek and lightweight FHD12.5” tablet along with a wide array of thoughtfully designed accessories including the SlateMate® data acquisition module, EasyPair™ technology wireless keyboard and Secure Mobile vehicle dock. All products in the R12 Platform were created by Motion to seamlessly and beautifully work together for incomparable efficiency and unbeatable productivity in public safety, construction and field service.

“Over the past decade, we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about what the mobile worker wants as well as what the companies they work for need, “ said Cathy Thompson, CEO of Motion. “The R12 Rugged Platform is a result of that knowledge.Every R12 product and feature was created with a specific worker need in mind. Enterprise-ready, secure, safe and rugged, R12 was built to delight and empower the end-user while delivering investment protection & productivity gains to the business.”

All R12 products are designed and produced by Motion, eliminating the need for customers to rely on other 3rd party mobile technology.Lightweight and highly portable for the field, the 12.5” R12 tablet is also ideal for a desktop replacement.In addition to a desktop mount, R12 Platform includes a stylishly-stored wireless keyboard featuring innovative EasyPair technology. EasyPair helps avoid the often time-consuming and frustrating hassle of Bluetooth pairing by ensuring any R12 wireless Keyboard automatically pairs with any R12 Tablet .




Microsoft Convinces 12 Year Old Girl To Get The Surface 2 Over The iPad Mini

According to Microsoft’s blog post, “Recently we had a father tweet us a presentation that his 12 year old daughter created describing why she should get an iPad mini. He challenged both Surface and Samsung to take turns in a rebuttal, we gladly accepted the challenge.”




March 26, 2014


Nvidia Expands Its Modem Technology To Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet

Nvidia scored its first significant design win for the Icera 500 modem with Microsoft's 4G enabled version of the Surface 2 tablet, introduced earlier this week. Microsoft launched the Surface 2 tablet (powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor) in September last year. The Surface Windows RT, launched in June 2012, was powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor and failed to garner the expected response. However, to spur demand for the Windows RT platform , Microsoft completely revamped the Surface 2 tablet. The device is thinner, lighter and has a a longer-lasting battery compared to its predecessor. Though the Surface tablets are yet to make a significant penetration into the tablet market, it is an important technical win for Nvidia.

The addition of Surface 2 tablet further expands the list of devices powered by Nvidia's modem technology, such as the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE tablet platform and smartphones with Tegra 4i, such as the LG G2 Mini and Wiko WAX.



CloudOn offers 6 months of virtual Office for free

As Microsoft prepares what many expect to be a version of Office for the Apple iPad, rival CloudOn has swooped in with its own offer.

CloudOn has offered a virtualized version of Office 2010 for the iPhone and iPad, plus Android phones, over the course of the last two years. Last September, the company expanded from an app-based model to the browser. CloudOn charges $3.99 for a list of features it turns on as part of what it calls CloudOn Pro: watermarking, footnotes, and bibliographies, to name a few.

CloudOn also can share documents across a number of different cloud platforms—with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Hightail, and OneDrive—rather than just Microsoft’s OneDrive. Changes can be tracked using what CloudOn calls a "contextual filespace," which can track every edit, action, and message in real time.




Even More Hybrid Tablets Are on the Way Asus Dual Boot tablet

PC manufacturers are now turning to hybrid PC/tablet devices to boost their notebook segments. The only problem is that these devices might fit a niche that doesn’t yet exist. With many containing hardware inferior to notebooks in the same price range, consumers looking for productivity seem to be turning toward Chromebooks and slim notebooks while favoring their substantially smaller tablets as mobile computing devices.

Still, these facts aren’t likely to stop manufacturers from building out the hybrid PC/tablet market. Market research firm Juniper Research today released a new report predicting that PC manufacturers will ship almost 50 million hybrid tablet devices by the year 2018. This represents a significant rise from the estimated 9.5 million hybrid tablets that were shipped during 2013

Juniper predicts that hybrid tablets will be expecially attractive to enterprise customers and gaming enthusiasts. Luckily for manufacturers, these two types of consumers are exactly the type of niche consumers willing to spend a premium for high-end devices. This should help keep the average sale price for hybrid tablets steady in the coming years.




March 27, 2014


Microsoft reports increasing use of Surface 2 as a line-of-business tablet

The Microsoft Surface team has reported that business customers are not only adopting Surface 2 as a Microsoft surface 2companion device, but also as a line-of business tablet in the healthcare, retail, commercial airline and hospitality industries.

“People generally know that Surface 2 combines great portability and battery life with productivity features you won’t find on other tablets – most notably the kickstand, USB 3.0 drive and the ability to instantly attach a Touch or Type Cover for great typing,” said Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Microsoft Surface, in an official blog post. “In saying that Surface 2 is ‘business-ready’ we’re referring to very specific capabilities that allow business users to access their corporate resources and be truly productive without sacrificing security.”

“Surface 2 is a tablet that was built for more than just fun,” explained Belikoff. “These Windows management features keep the IT department happy, and workers are able to access documents wherever they choose to. Not only can people access their documents on the go with Surface 2, but they can actually get work done in a way that is comfortable and convenient with available keyboard covers that are incredibly thin and light.”



Toshiba W30T-A-101 review: a smartly designed and affordable 13.3-inch convertible laptop/tablet
PC Advisor

Toshiba's W30T is an odd device. It's a smartly designed and affordable Toshiba W30T-A-101convertible that can function as either a laptop or tablet. Unfortunately, its size and weight prove to be a hindrance in both modes. See what's the best laptop you can buy in 2014?

The W30T does make a good first impression, with aluminium keyboard and 13.3-inch screen panels that look smart and feel very sturdy. It has the same detachable design as HP's more expensive Spectre X2, which allows you to separate the screen from the keyboard so that you can use the screen as a self-contained tablet. It also borrows HP's smart idea of including separate batteries in both the keyboard and screen sections in order to provide longer battery life.





Asus Transformer Book T100 Review, Specs: 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 Powered Convertible Tablet

Asus Transformer Book T100 review, specs: The 10.1-inch Windows 8.1-powered Asus Transformer BookAsus Transformer Book T100 T100 is a budget-friendly convertible notebook tablet that has up to 10 hours of battery life. It sports a real HD display and is considered a true value computing machine.

ZDNet has selected the Asus Transformer Book T100 as one of the best tablets for 2013, noting that the $399 price of the unit is a full $70 less than a entry-level Surface 2 tablet. Another advantage is that it runs on the full version of Microsoft Office and not the cut-down version for Windows RT, which is what powers the Surface tablets as well as Nokia 2520.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a convertible that switches from a tablet to a notebook, as it comes with a keyboard as well. Thanks to the long battery life, this is one machine you can use full-day on a single charge. Asus claims that the T100 can run as long as 11 hours.



Why Apple still leads the tablet market despite market share loss
Market Realist

The iPad is the second most valuable business for Apple

For Apple, the iPhone is the most valuable business, from which it generates about 53% of revenues, while the iPad is the second most valuable business, from which it generates about 19% of Apple’s revenues. The success of the iPhone and iPad are even more important for Apple, as it helps generate a halo effect, through which users tend to buy other Apple products such as Mac, apps, and accessories. So for Apple, losing market share in the tablet market doesn’t bode well. However, the main point to note here is that Apple has never tried to cut the prices of its devices in order to gain market share. It has always maintained its premium brand name.

iPad’s web traffic is huge

Although Apple has lost share in the tablet market, a Chitika report suggests that 81% of web traffic usage on tablets in North America comes from iPads. Amazon and Samsung each have market share of less than 7%. This shows that although people are buying fewer iPads, they’re using them significantly more. This high web traffic helps Apple generate more revenue not only from application downloads, but also from higher mobile web advertising income.



March 28, 2014

Dell XPS 11 review: Convertible ultrabook is more tablet than notebook

The Dell XPS 11 is a portable Windows computer with a fast processor, long battery life, and a high resolution display. Dell calls the machine a 2-in-1 ultrabook, but emphasizes that it features a tablet-first design.

Open up the lid and you’ve got what looks like a normal notebook. But push the lid back 360 degrees until the screen and the keyboard are back-to-back, and you have a tablet. The idea is that you have the best of both worlds: a touchscreen tablet when you want it and a keyboard for laptop functionality when you need it.





Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella, finally unveiled Office for Apple Inc's iPad in a polished debut that set him apart from his energetic predecessor while signaling his plans to make mobile apps the top priority at the world's largest software company.

At a news conference Thursday, executives demonstrated a new "touch-first" version of Office crafted for the iPad, available for download as a free app, though a subscription is needed to let users create or edit documents rather than just read them.





Office for iPad review: three beautiful apps, each with strong competition

Though the product is called Office for iPad, it's actually a trio of individual apps (Word, Excel and Microsoft office on an iPadPowerPoint) listed separately in the App Store. As with Office Mobile for iPhone, each of these core programs is free to download, and you can use them in read-only mode without a paid subscription. If you wanna edit or create documents, though -- and let's face it: You definitely will -- an Office 365 subscription is required. In particular, we're told it will even work with Microsoft's upcoming 365 Personal plan, which will cost $7 a month when it launches later this spring. And if you happen to be a student using Office 365 for University ($80 for four years), the monthly cost of ownership drops to just $1.67.

All told, Office for iPad looks exactly as you'd expect. Which is to say, it features the same Ribbon UI as desktop Office apps, along with a few icons borrowed from Microsoft's OneDrive service. Regardless of which Office app you're using, a few things are universal: When you enter the app, you'll see your Microsoft profile pic in the upper-left corner, with icons just below for creating a new document, opening a file or viewing only the recent ones. By default, you'll open files from your OneDrive account, though you can search just through your iPad's local storage as well. You can also add a storage location, but again, your only other options are another OneDrive account (personal or business) and a SharePoint site. No integration with other cloud storage services, sadly.

With few concrete details before today -- other than the fact that this was coming -- it was easy to imagine Office for iPad would be little more than a blown-up version of the existing iPhone app. That it is most certainly not. Microsoft took its time developing this software (years, perhaps), and the result is a suite that makes excellent use of the iPad's extra screen real estate. The design here is beautiful, straightforward. What's more, it masks a delightful selection of customization options, many of which you wouldn't know were there at first glance.

For people (and businesses) who use OneDrive to store documents, this isn't just your best choice -- it might be your only choice. Fortunately, it's a fine choice indeed, and you're lucky that the user experience is so similar to the web and desktop Office apps you're already using. It's also a no-brainer for people who already have a 365 subscription; you're already paying to run Office on five computers, so the iPad app is really just a nice freebie. But let's be clear: Office for iPad is not for iPad users looking for a productivity suite; it's for Office customers who happen to own an iPad.




March 31, 2014

Sony Reveals 'Digital Paper' Tablet

Sony sees Digital Paper, to ship in May, as a way to get paper-based processes out of legal, education,Sony Digital Paper' Tablet and government organizations.

Sony showed off Digital Paper, a 13.3" tablet display that uses e-ink technology to render text and graphics, last week at the American Bar Association Techshow in Chicago.

Bob Nell, director of digital paper solutions at Sony Electronics, describes Digital Paper as "a true replacement for the vast amounts of paper that continue to clutter many offices and institutions," noting that it's easy to use and optimized for reading and annotating contracts and other documents.

The ease of use comes largely from the fact that the device screen can be written on, as if it were a full-sized legal pad. Hopefully, workers have already mastered that skill.

The device accommodates social interaction, too. Its notepad feature allows notes to be shared with colleagues and clients, lessening the cost and time of printing, copying, and distributing physical documents.




Newegg slashes prices off Windows 8 tablets for a week

If you have been on the fence whether or not to grab a Windows 8 tablet, this week may be the perfect week to push you over the edge and hit the buy button. Dell Pro  11 Tablet PC

Why, because Newegg is currently having a sale for Windows 8 tablets.

In light of the buzz over the release of Office for iPad, which has received excellent reviews, it may be more than coincidence that a major retailer is discounting some Windows tablets and perhaps we’ll see more of this – all good news for buyers.

Newegg's sale includes the IdeaPad Miix 8 for 30% off at $229.99 (that’s $100 off the retail price). 

Next comes the Samsung ATIV Smart PC. The $659 model is being discounted by $100 and on sale for $559.99. The Dell Pro 11 and 11i tablets are also on sale and they are Ultrabook/Tablet hybrids. The Dell Pro 11 currently goes for $499, which is $100 off the retail price and the 11i is currently being sold for $799.99, which is also $100 off the retail price.




High quality Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 images and specs leak before announced release date
Tech Times

The always-reliable evleaks has posted Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tabletimages of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. The images show the tablet will be offered in choices of black or white. The tablet is nearly identical in design to Samsung's just launched high-end Galaxy TabPRO and Galaxy NotePRO series. The Galaxy Tab 4 will consist of three models; a 10.1-inch as seen in the above image, and both a 7 and 8-inch model. The devices will also carry a much lower price tag.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is expected to feature a 10.1-inch WXGA display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and a pixel density of 142 pixels per inch (ppi). Samsung will reportedly use a 1.4Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, and 1GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will sport a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front facing camera for video chatting. The tablet will have 16GB of internal storage but will be able to expand via its microSD expansion slot that will support up to 64GB microSD cards. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and also run Samsung's latest version of its TouchWiz UI.

There's no official word on a release date, but since the tablet lately received FCC approval, we should expect to see it announced pretty soon.




Surface Pro 3 Wishlist Takes Shape – What Must Microsoft Deliver?
Highlight Press

The time is ripe to starting thinking about what we want, need and can expect from the Surface 3 and Surface 2 tabletSurface Pro 3 when Microsoft gets around to revealing them.

With the way the tech industry works it’s pretty safe to assume that both will already be taking shape behind the scenes, so where exactly can we expect Microsoft’s productivity –focused tablets to take things next time around?

Gaming Greatness: Firstly, there’s the ongoing suggestion that much of Redmond’s efforts for the third-generation lineup will target the PC gaming community. The current-generation Surface Pro for example is a pretty powerful tool as far as productivity and day-to-day use goes, but there’s talk of the Surface 3 being supercharged to handle even the most demanding games on the market. What’s more, it could also feature much deeper Xbox integration.

More Storage: Games and apps are getting bigger by the day and while it may be perfectly possible to cope with 128GB or even 64GB on a casual use tablet, this just isn’t enough for high-power PC replacements. As such, the call has been well and truly put out for Microsoft to step the Surface Pro 3 up to a 512GB or ideally 1TB standard, which will open the door to things like HD gaming and Blu-Ray movies on a more realistic level.




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