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September 2014



September 1, 2014

Sony Quietly Unveils Digital Paper E Ink Tablet
Beauty World News

Without any prior big announcements or official press releases, tech-giant Sony has begun selling its Sony Digital Paper E Ink TabletDigital Paper E Ink device through its website. Apparently, the company' e-reader/tablet hybrid has been available since May of this year, CNET reported.

The Digital Paper can be purchased online through the company's website and officially licensed resellers. For now, it is only available to consumers residing inside the U.S.

Based on the device's updated website, the Digital Paper features a 13-inch display. As compared to other e-readers, the gadget's large size makes it easier for users to read PDF documents.

Aside from functioning as a PDF reader, the Digital Paper can also be used as an electronic notepad. Users can take down notes on the device using a stylus.

Unlike traditional tablets, users can rest their palms on the screen without disturbing what is currently displayed on it. This feature makes it easier for users to write on the Digital Paper.  

Sony added that the Digital Paper makes use of the Cloud network which allows users to access their synced documents anywhere and with any device. The system also enables them to share their work with their colleagues.

"Using a service like Box.com, Digital Paper lets you transfer your documents to and from the Cloud - wirelessly," Sony stated in the Digital Paper's site. "Then view them, annotations and all, on any other device of your choosing, whether it's a tablet, PC, Mac, or smartphone."




Apple, Amazon offer bonus features if you buy companion devices
Columbus Dispatch

Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices such as the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets.Companion devices

Amazon does it, too.

It’s understandable. The devices need to communicate with one another at a deep level, and that’s more easily done when a company controls the software on both ends. And these features are more like extras and don’t affect the products’ basic functionality.

Take streaming-TV devices, for example: These gadgets cost about $100 and let you watch Netflix, Hulu and other online services on a big-screen TV. Though you don’t need any other device for basic streaming, some advanced features in Amazon’s Fire TV require a Kindle Fire tablet or a Fire phone, while some Apple TV features work only with iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

As a result, you’re wise to consider the devices you already own when you buy a new gadget, as these devices become more powerful when combined. Here’s a closer look at how the Apple TV and the Fire TV work with other gadgets from Apple and Amazon.




September 2, 2014

Windows 8.1 tablets and satellite broadband provide high tech on the high seas

News reached land last week that Royal Caribbean Cruises had placed an order for a whopping 40,000 Windows 8.1 tablets, for staff on its latest liner to use while they work at sea.Quantum of the seas windows 8.1 tablets

Microsoft touted the deal as proof that its operating system is fit for the needs of all kinds of businesses, as it looks to wrestle control of the tablet space away from Apple and numerous Android rivals.

Keen to find out more, V3 tracked down the chief information officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Bill Martin to find out more about the decision to back Microsoft's operating system in such a unique environment.

A PC on a tablet
For Martin, Windows 8.1 was a clear choice over rivals Android and iOS because it is "a full version of Windows, that allows you do everything you would do on a PC, but on a tablet.”

Martin also cited Microsoft’s efforts to woo the company with extra services bundled with the tablets.

“Microsoft offered a level of service that was complementary to the crew with Office 365 subscriptions and one terabyte of cloud data, for both these work devices and a second home device used by crew.”




How to watch the iPhone 6 launch live
PC Advisor

Get live coverage of Apple's big iPhone launch event next week

How to watch live as Apple launches the iPhone 6 next week. Don't miss out: the iPhone 6 launch Apple iPhone 6 invitecould also be the iWatch launch and iPhone Air launch. Here's how to watch the live stream. For more on the iPhone 6 launch, see: New iPhone 6 release date, price, specs and features: 9 September launch confirmed.

Apple hasn't yet said whether the iPhone 6 launch event will be live streamed for media and fans to watch, but we expect that it will, and in this story we will explain how you can watch it. Meanwhile we can say for sure that we'll be live blogging the entire event so you can get all the news here: iPhone 6 launch live blog.

How to watch the iPhone 6 launch live

Apple's iPhone 6 launch live stream will be available at the Apple events website. Simply go to the site and select the appropriate stream.




September 3, 2014

Toshiba Unveils $119 Encore Mini 7-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet


Toshiba has just announced the retail availability of its Encore® Mini, a value-driven 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet developed through close collaboration between Toshiba and Microsoft Corp. Priced at $119.99 MSRP, the tablet delivers a full Windows 8.1 experience plus a one-year subscription to Office 365™ Personal and one terabyte of OneDrive storage, offering consumers the convenience of having Windows in their pockets for work and play.
“With Encore Mini, we worked hand-in-hand with Microsoft to deliver a high-quality small-screen Windows 8.1 tablet at an entry-class price point,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Our product portfolio of Windows tablets continues to grow, enabling us to deliver more screen size choice to consumers at a lower price point, while still maintaining a consistently high-level of quality and features for a greater value.”
Sleek and Slim DesignToshiba Encore Mini Tablet Sleek and slim
Featuring a textured back panel in white, Encore Mini is designed for an easy one-handed use. Weighing just 12.5 ounceswith a slim 0.43 inch profile, the device is highly portable and small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse.
A Full Windows Experience on a 7-inch Screen
From Encore Mini’s 7-inch 1024x600 resolution multi-touch display, consumers will be able to take advantage of a broad range of capabilities enabled by Windows 8.1. Ideal for browsing, book reading and staying entertained on the go, this small screen device also offers an optimized view of the Windows 8.1 start screen, desktop mode and Office 365 apps.

All the Essentials
Encore Mini includes a front webcam and microphone as well as a 2 megapixel back camera for picture-taking and video capture. Additionally, the tablet comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage , a Micro USB port and a microSD™ Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards, ensuring that users have plenty of room to store  all their digital files, apps, games, videos and pics they love.
Pricing and Availability
The Encore Mini is now available for purchase for $119.99 MSRP at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on toshiba.com/us.

Also new is an Intel Core M processor and over 12 hours of battery life with the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard dock, a 60 percent improvement over the previous version. (You can also choose the non-Pro Ultrabook Keyboard and get about 8 hours of battery life, Lenovo says.)

The ThinkPad Helix features a digitizer pen, a biometric fingerprint reader, a smart card reader, and it runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. It will ship in October and start at $999.




IFA 2014: Lenovo's PCs
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

While much of the excitement at IFA this year concerns low-end PCs and tablets, the world's biggest PC maker is focusing instead on more lucrative markets. Here are the notable Windows PCs that Lenovo Lenovo Helix Tabletannounced this week at the Berlin, Germany-based conference.

(Lenovo also announced gaming PCs and some Android smart phones, the latter of which will not be offered in the United States.)

ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo's 2-in-1 (transforming) PC solution for businesses gets thinner (0.38 inches) and lighter (1.8 pounds) and retains its unique click-in hinge design which lets you eject the screen and use it as a standalone tablet. Lenovo says this design provides five usage modes—tablet, stand, tent, laptop, and desktop—but what really differentiates this product from other transforming PCs, of course, is the best-in-breed ThinkPad keyboard.

Also new is an Intel Core M processor and over 12 hours of battery life with the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard dock, a 60 percent improvement over the previous version. (You can also choose the non-Pro Ultrabook Keyboard and get about 8 hours of battery life, Lenovo says.)

The ThinkPad Helix features a digitizer pen, a biometric fingerprint reader, a smart card reader, and it runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. It will ship in October and start at $999.




September 4, 2014

Tech-shy baby boomers get low-cost tablet from AARP, Intel

The $189 RealPad has a simple user interface and can be fixed by clicking an icon onceAARP Tablet

Technology can be daunting for users of a certain age, but Intel and AARP are offering help with a simple-to-use tablet.

The RealPad tablet is aimed at users who are 50 and older, the age range for AARP membership, and shy of technology. Simplicity is key: The tablet provides quick access to email, Web sites, social networks, multimedia and e-books through a user interface with large icons.

"Now there's no excuse for not having a tablet. RealPad makes it easy to connect, share and learn," the RealPad website proclaims.

The tablet, which has a 7.85-inch screen and is based on the Android OS, will sell for US$189 starting in mid-October through Walmart's website.

The user interface has large icons for one-click access to email, social networks, weather, news, games, entertainment, camera and pictures, and Google's search engine. A bar at the bottom of the screen has icons for AARP, the Web, apps and tablet-fixing tools. A specific icon connects users to technology support agents over the Internet who can access the tablet and fix problems. There are also icons to access Google Play and advanced tools.




HP's Chromebooks Get a Makeover
PC Magazine

HP is doubling down on 2-in-1 designs and Chromebooks with a handful of new systems that offer HP Envy 2x tabletportable functionality and colorful designs. That includes three tablets, the HP Envy X2 in 13- and 15-inch flavors, a new 10-inch Pavilion tablet, and fresh designs for HP's 11- and 14-inch Chromebooks.

HP Envy X2 Tablets
The new HP Envy X2 is HP's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, with a tablet design paired with a cloth-covered keyboard cover that attaches with a minimalist magnetic latch. On the back of the tablet is a built-in kickstand, which allows the angle of the tablet to be adjusted. Close the kickstand entirely and fold back the cover for a pure tablet experience.

HP Pavilion X2
Also on the tablet front is the new HP Pavilion X2, a 10-inch tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor, and promising up to 11.75 hours battery life. Like the Envy X2 13 and 15, the Pavilion X2 has a fabric-backed keyboard, but this design also integrates a flexible stand, which lets you prop up the tablet for a laptop-like experience without the need for an integrated kickstand.

When the keyboard cover is removed, the tablet weighs just 1.2 pounds, and measures only 0.4 inches thick. The tablet boasts a 10-inch IPS display, 5-finger touch capability, and DTS sound. It's outfitted with one full-sized USB port, a mini HDMI port, and microSD card slot. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and comes with a complimentary one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.




September 8, 2014


IFA: New PCs and tablets from Lenovo

At the IFA conference in Berlin, Lenovo unveiled a range of new tablets and PCs. The range includes the Tab S8, its first Intel-powered Android tablet, the Y70 Touch, a 17-inch touch laptop and the Erazer Lenovo Tab s8 tabletX315, a cheaper desktop gaming PC.

Tab S8: Combines Android Experience with Intel Performance

Lenovo created the Tab S8 for consumers who are looking for a  slim and affordable Android tablet. At 8-inches, the Tab S8’s 1920x1200 infinity screen is sharper than FHD, while the One Glass Solution touch-panel technology provides a clear viewing experience. The tablet’s ultra-slim bezel merges the screen with the dark front panel, giving the Tab S8 a sleek, clean look. The front panel also features a 1.6-megapixel HD camera for easy video chatting. Turn the Tab S8 around to reveal an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The wide aperture f2.2 lens snaps sharp photos, even in low light. Pre-installed apps, like SHAREit, allow for easy and safe photo and file sharing.

Engineered to give users the most from their mobile device without sacrificing portability, the Lenovo Tab S8 marks Lenovo’s first 8-inch Android tablet powered by an Intel processor. Available with the Intel Atom Z3745 Processor with Intel Burst Performance Technology, the Tab S8 matches processing power to the task at hand in order to maximize battery life without compromising speed in a thin and light design. The Tab S8 is 0.65 pounds and 0.31 inches thin, nearly as thin as a standard pencil.



Apple v. Intel: Dueling livestreams Tuesday
The Oregonian

The eyes of the tech world on Tuesday will be squarely focused on Cupertino, Calif., where Apple is due to show off the iPhone 6 – and perhaps an iWatch and iWallet.intel tablet

Forty miles north, somewhat overshadowed by one of its biggest customers, Intel will be hosting its annual developer forum in San Francisco. And for the first time, Intel is livestreaming the keynote address by chief executive Brian Krzanich.

Intel holds its event every year at this time, and its event was scheduled first. This is the second straight year that Apple has jumped in with the iPhone announcement on the same day.

Intel says the first devices using the new processor, hybrid laptop/tablets called 2-in-1s – will hit the market next month from manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba.

(The new processors have been repeatedly delayed, perhaps preventing them from being included in Apple's iMacs and MacBooks this year.)

When Krzanich takes the stage at 9 a.m. Tuesday, an hour before Apple CEO Tim Cook begins speaking in Cupertino, he will be speaking from a position of strength.



Asus Unveils VivoTab 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet With 64-Bit SoC

After announcing a couple of new devices including the Android Wear-powered ZenWatch and 64-bit Asus VivoTab 8 Windows 8.1 TabletMeMO Pad 7 tablet at the IFA 2014 tech show just a couple of days ago, Taiwanese tech firm has yet again announced its new tablet dubbed as VivoTab 8. It does come as a surprise as the new device is also a 64-bit processor featuring tablet.

The 64-bit process comes from Intel and it is Atom Z3745. The CPU is a quad-core one tuned to at 1.86GHz. The processor is paired with either 1 or 2GB of RAM, depending on the region where it will be sold. Nevertheless, both versions of the slate come with 32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB additional memory.

The latest VivoTab 8 tablet also comes with a 1 year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. The slate will be available in the classic black and white, as well as purple and gold colors.

The company has not revealed the pricing of the new Windows powered tablet, but still you can expect it to cost around $200.00




September 9, 2014


Apple Event Live stream 10:00 am PDT

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display. iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display

Available September 19th

Pre orders start Friday September 12th

Apple iPay

Apple Pay will be available in the U.S. in October 2014.



Hands-on: HP's Envy x2 is a Surface-like Windows hybrid

HP’s new 2-in-1 system takes significant cues from the Surface line, offering a detachable keyboard and adjustable kick stand. That said, the machine is far from a direct clone of Microsoft’s device, packing a HP envy x2 hybirdfew interesting design features of its own, including the ability to mimic All-in-One functionality.

The Envy x2 comes in two sizes – a 13.3-inch model and a slightly less manageable 15.6-inch version. We got some hands-on time with the larger of the two systems, and while it’s certainly a little on the bulky side, it occupies an interesting space, straddling laptop and tablet form-factors, and even tipping its hat to the All-in-One.

There's Beats audio on board, and the system features stereo speakers on either side of its display, making it an inch or two wider than most 15.6-inch machines. This isn’t such as issue in laptop mode, but it makes the device feel a little bulky once you switch to the tablet form-factor.

The displays of both models have 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. While that pixel density is significantly lower than most high-end tablets, this is pretty standard for even a high-end Windows laptop.

The 2-in-1 features a kickstand similar to the those found on Microsoft’s Surface hybrids, meaning you can angle the screen just like you would a conventional laptop. It takes a fair bit of force to adjust the angle of the stand, meaning that once it’s in place, it shouldn’t move unless you want it to.



September 10, 2014


Dell's new Venue 8 7000 Series will be world's thinnest tablet

Dell worlds  thinnest tablet

It was only a few weeks ago that ZDNet's own James Kendrick reviewed the Dell Venue 8 Android tablet (along with its smaller Venue 7 sibling), but it's already getting a refresh. The Dell website has a "coming soon" product page for the latest version, which promises some major aesthetic updates.

You can't miss the page's hero image proclaiming that the new Venue 8 7000 Series will be "the world's thinnest tablet." How thin? Just 6mm, or about 0.24 inches. In comparison, the latest iPad mini is 7.5mm thick, or five hundredths of an inch thicker. To further emphasize its streamlined design, the new Venue 8 will include an 8.4-inch OLED display that goes edge to edge with its 2,560x1,600 resolution.

Michael Dell showed off the new tablet at the Intel Developer Forum, so it should come as no surprise that the Venue includes Intel technology, such as a "Moorefield" Atom Z3500 quad-core processor and the Intel RealSense camera that includes depth-sensing technology. Expect similar Android tablets in the near future as Intel has released a reference design program that it claims will offer "a high quality, consistent experience" across various models.

The Venue 8 7000 Series is due in time for the holiday shopping season, though pricing information has not been disclosed to give you an idea of how much to save if you want to give it as a gift.




The iPhone 6 Plus is the larger smartphone, but actually, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are larger than previous iterations of the iPhone. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ display, which, while it will have 38 percent more pixels, still figures to be sub-1080p. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 5.5″ 1920 x 1080 display, with an impressive 401 ppi, although that falls well short of what other flagship phones like the Galaxy Note 4 boast. Apple is dubbing both displays ‘Retina HD,’ although what that term actually means isn’t clear. Aside from the numbers, that also includes an improved polarizer and a thinner backlight.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus do some things better and some things worse than its Android competitors, but that increasingly seems beside the point. If you’re already ensconced in the Apple ecosystem of services, it would be massively inconvenient to suddenly make a switch away from Apple. Nor would you want to switch—if you love using iOS, the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus both look to be fantastic smartphones that represent substantial improvements over the iPhone 5S.

Both sizes will have 8 MP auto-focus f/2.2 rear cameras, although only the iPhone 6 Plus will have optical image stabilization when taking video.




September 11, 2014

September 11 2001 Never Forget



Intel Corporation's Progress in 2-1 Notebook/Tablet Impressive: Stifel

Intel Corporation introduced various development platforms to help clients bring their products to the market faster. Some of the near-term products launched by the company included the 14nm Core M processors (available now), the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 scheduled to be shipped in high-volume early in 2015.

The company is also expected to ship its 40mn tablets this year. Intel is now selling the Quark based Galileo and Edison, and it started shipping its LTE devices on September 9. Its refreshed Grantley server CPU is in production.

Cassidy and Grumlose said the most interesting upcoming product of Intel Corporation was the 14nm re-architectured Skylake for PC for applications. They also noted that the chip maker is deeply involved in developing wireless charging for PCs, tablets, handsets and headphones.




September 15, 2014

Surface Pro 3 v. MacBook Air
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

When my new Apple MacBook Air arrived earlier this month, I could feel the waves of jealousy coming off the Surface Pro 3. But it shouldn't have worried. While your needs may vary, the Surface Pro 3 instantlySurface Pro 3 v. MacBook Air catapults Microsoft's hardware into the same league as Apple's well-respected MacBook Air. And that's quite an accomplishment.

When I ordered the MacBook Air, I did so out of an overdue sense of obligation: I've always made a point of understanding what's happening with the platforms that compete with Windows and Microsoft's other products, and at one time I was buying Macs fairly regularly. But as we've moved into the "cloud first, mobile first" era, Macs have become increasingly less interesting, at least to me. And my non-Microsoft focus has shifted to platforms like iOS, and Android, and, most recently, even Chrome OS.






Work Anywhere with the New Windows 8.1 Tablet for Business - Video

Introducing the new xTablet Flex 10 thin and light Windows tablet. Designed for the on-the-go worker who requires access to mission-critical information at any location. The xTablet Flex 10 is basically office that travels with you, running Windows 8.1 (Professional optional), an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of system storage. Starting price is only $695!

Check out the brand new Windows tablet demo video below!





September 16, 2014

HP Pavilion X2 (10-Inch): Is It Good for Business?

HP introduced this month a 10-inch version of the HP Pavilion x2, a "detachable PC" that can give HP Pavilion X2 business users a run for their money. The HP Pavilion x2 is a thin, ultraportable two-in-one tablet that turns into a laptop and has enough power to get you through the workday and beyond. With a 10.1-inch HD touch screen, full version of Windows, Intel processor and long battery life, the HP Pavilion x2 is worth considering as your next business tablet.

Doubles as a notebook

Like its 11.6-inch predecessor, which came out last year, this brand-new 10-inch model comes with a detachable keyboard that instantly transforms the tablet into a notebook, so you can be productive even on the go. A built-in cover is also included, which lets you adjust the tablet's viewing angle in notebook form.

The HP Pavilion x2 means business when it comes to battery life. It packs nearly 12 hours of power, so you don't have to worry about whether plugging in will get in the way of your productivity.



September 17, 2014


Samsung hires Kristen Bell to help you forget about Apple

Editors Note:  I had the pleasure of being at the Samsung Galaxy S launch and I can tell you first had that the Display is hands down, far and away the best tablet display I have ever seen.

Instead of constantly pummeling Apple, Samsung releases an ad for its Galaxy Tab S that features Kristen Bell, her husband Dax Shepard, and the joys of distraction.






September 18, 2014

Two Weeks With Dell's First Business Class 2-in-1 And The Intel Core M Processor

The Latitude 7000 is a 13” business notebook first, but its display detaches to become a 13”, fanless Dell Latitude 7000tablet. In notebook mode, the 7000 acts like a regular notebook with premium features like backlit keyboard and 4G,LTE options. But why on earth would a businessperson need or want tablet functionality too? It’s simple, and it comes from a few years of research.

You see, we now work in a world where no single compute model fits all, lean back and lean forward, and Dell is flexing to meet this need. There are times when a businessperson wants to just take that tablet to the meeting, lean back in their chair, pay attention and take notes. They’re chilling, not necessarily “on-stage” in presentation mode. Other times they want to deeply engage another person in what they are doing and hand them the tablet. Think designer. Back at the hotel or on the airplane that same employee wants to watch a movie, read the news, or scan social media. The 7000 also offers a docking station which I personally used to configure a tablet-extended desktop setup using an external 25” digital display, 4TB external storage, multi-function printer, large, wireless keyboard and mouse. The 7000 is the corporate Swiss Army client device.

Consumers have been able to have this 2-in-1 capability for a while, but corporate options were limited, based on a few factors. Performance at a specific battery life metric were historically key objections to larger 2-in-1s. The best large, 2-in-1s with enough performance to run an uncompromised MS Office experience or a full PC browser really well lasted maybe four hours on battery. With Intel’s new, 14nm, 4.5 watt TDP Core M, Dell stretched that to 7-8 hours in tablet-mode and 12-13 hours with the tablet+keyboard (notebook) mode. While the Core M idles at a mere 500 Mhz., it “bursts” to 2.0 or 2.6Ghz. with two cores and four PC-grade performance threads, (depending on the model), giving users the needed performance when they need it.



Amazon Unveils 5 New Kindle Fire Tablets, Start at $99
Tom's Guide

Are phablets killing tablets? Amazon is definitely not jumping on that bandwagon. The company has jusNew Amazon Kindlest unveiled five new Kindle Fire HD devices in three sizes that will go on sale in October, aimed at bargain hunters, kids and power users.

Amazon has also announced a new version of its operating system, Fire OS 4.0, which allows families to share content across Amazon accounts (including Instant Video) and a friendly new profiles feature to let Junior sign right into his apps and Yo Gabba Gabba episodes.

Here's a quick breakdown of all the new Kindle Fires, and check out our hands-on impressions to get the full scoop





Microsoft's new keyboard and mice embrace iOS, Android and Windows devices alike

Microsoft debuted a tablet keyboard and two mice Tuesday morning that follow their company’s new Microsoft Universal Keyboardcross-platform mantra: They’re compatible with iOS, Android and Windows devices.

At a time when Microsoft is loudly promoting its services on non-Windows hardware, it’s not surprising to see its peripherals business follow suit. The $59.95 Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, the $29.95 Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition, and the Universal Mobile Keyboard don’t necessarily need Microsoft to run. Only the $59.95 Xbox One controller for Windows specifically pairs Microsoft’s hardware with Windows.

In fact, Microsoft touted the Universal Mobile Keyboard as a, well, universal device—capable of running on iOS and Android, as well as Windows tablets like the Surface. The showcase feature of the new keyboard is what Microsoft calls its “OS Switch,” a button that doubles as the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key and Android’s Home button, all on one keyboard.




September 22, 2014

Toshiba Encore 2 WT8-B-102 review
Expert Reviews

Toshiba's new 8in Encore 2 WT8-B-102, which replaces the Encore we reviewed in January, is the first Toshiba Encore 2 Tablettablet we’ve seen running "Windows 8.1 with Bing". 

Inside is a quad-core "Bay Trail" Intel Atom processor, coupled with 1GB RAM. This is a powerful mobile processor, as shown by its score of 19 in our benchmarks - as much as we see from some laptops. The Encore 2 has no problem running Windows 8.1 smoothly and dealing with complicated web pages, or playing HD video from the BBC iPlayer website (there's no official Windows 8.1 iPlayer tablet app yet).  

As the tablet runs the full version of Windows, you have the luxury of choosing from tablet-specific apps from the Store, or using any traditional Windows application that takes your fancy. This means that, for example, you could forget about Office 365 and use LibreOffice, or use the full version of Windows Media Player instead of the more limited tablet-specific versions.






Why Apple's iOS 8 Is Not The Best Upgrade For Your iPhone, iPad Devices - Is It Really A Major Letdown?
Design & Trend

According to Daily Mail, it appears that iOS 8 isn't really the best update Apple has come up with thus Apple Signfar. The main problem with it is the fact that it requires a lot of storage for it to be installed in the iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and all of their successors.

Another issue that makes the new update a letdown is its tendency to cause the iPhone 4s to significantly slow down most of the time, as per published reports of ArsTechnica.

In some of the tests the site conducted, they found out that running iOS 8 in the iPhone 4s takes almost twice as long to open certain Apple apps like Safari, as opposed to the update's predecessor, the iOS 7.1.2 software.

Despite the aforesaid issues however, it is undeniable that the software update that was released worldwide on Wednesday has substantial changes that are very commendable on their own.






Work Anywhere with the New Windows 8.1 Tablet for Business - Video

Introducing the new xTablet Flex 10 thin and light Windows tablet. Designed for the on-the-go worker who requires access to mission-critical information at any location. The xTablet Flex 10 is basically office that travels with you, running Windows 8.1 (Professional optional), an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of system storage. Starting price is only $695!

Check out the brand new Windows tablet demo video below!





September 23, 2014


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review: Thin, light and very impressive

Summary: Samsung's copious software add-ons and UI tweaks mean that the Galaxy Tab S delivers a particular kind of Android experience. We have a few issues with some of these extras, but the slimline Samsung Galaxy Tab SGalaxy Tab S is still a very impressive tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is exceptionally thin and light, measuring 6.6mm thick and weighing 465g, which is thinner and (just) lighter than the wi-fi-only 9.7-inch iPad Air's 7.5mm and 469g. This gives the Samsung Galaxy Tab S immediate appeal, although if you're making comparisons on these grounds do look also at the 10.1-inch Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, which is even thinner and lighter at 6.4mm and 439g, and has the added plus of IP58 dust and water resistance certification.

The Super AMOLED technology used in the screen delivers very bright, rich colours; as with other Samsung tablets and smartphones, you can chose between three screen modes (basic, photo and cinema) or have the device automatically adapt to what you're doing.

If you want to use the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for working with text, then its on-screen keyboard design will appeal. A separate number row and well-spaced keys make typing a relatively comfortable, speedy and error free experience.



Dell's PC, tablet innovations draw attention
Australian Techworld

In a copycat PC industry, Dell is trying to attract attention with the innovative features and technology Dell Venue 8 7000 tabletfirsts that it is bringing to PCs and tablets.

Dell is adding new hardware and software features that could make an otherwise mundane PC or tablet more attractive to customers. Buyers may have to pay more for the features, but like Apple, Dell hopes to establish a reputation as an innovator and establish a fan base.

The 8-inch Venue 8 7000 tablet, for example, has drawn attention for its creative design. Unveiled earlier this month at the Intel Developer Forum, it's the world's thinnest tablet at 6 millimeters thick and includes Intel's RealSense 3D depth-sensing camera. The camera can determine size, distance and contours of objects, which could enhance videoconferencing or make it easier to capture a 3D image for 3D printing.

The company can now boast some industry firsts, several of which are tied to the Venue 8. For example, it was also the first to bring wireless charging capabilities to tablets with a dock for Venue 8.

In the external display market, Dell was among the first to introduce a 5K screen with the UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD, which can display images at a 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution and will become available later this year.




September 24, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air Battery Life and Screen Resolution Comparison
Air Herald

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a laptop and tablet combination that has been turning many heads lately.Microsoft Surface Pro 3 But, many people also want to know how it steps up to the MacBook Air. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 by default ships without a keyboard, because Microsoft wants to let you know you can use it without one.

It runs both the full version of Windows as well as Windows RT, which is similar to the operating system on the Windows Phone devices. What this means is that you can run mobile apps designed for a tablet and regular Windows applications on the same device. This is a positive, but not as big of an advantage as one might expect, because the Windows app store does not have very many apps. The MacBook Air runs OS X and does not run any iOS apps at all.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two laptops is that the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 includes a touch screen surface that works with a digitizer. This means that if you’re an artist, you can draw directly on your Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

It depends on whether or not you enjoy using OS X or Windows because both of these laptops are currently the best available for each operating system.




September 25, 2014


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September 26, 2014


Surface Pro 3 cleared for takeoff -- FAA and EASA give Microsoft the thumbs-up

"Today, we're announcing that Surface Pro 3 has qualified for authorization for use as an EFB during all Electronic Fligjt Bag on Surface Pro 3phases of flight, as defined by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Through this assessment process, Surface Pro 3 completed rigorous environmental and situational tests, satisfying a lengthy and important part of the FAA authorization process. Now, when airlines look to select the feature-rich Surface Pro 3 for their EFB initiatives, deployment timelines will be significantly decreased, and the device itself may be used to its full computing potential, versus serving just as a simple document reader", says Cyril Belikoff, Senior Director, Microsoft Surface.

Belikoff further explains, "we are also announcing today that navAero is now part of the Designed for Surface (DFS) accessory partner program and will build a mount that enables Surface Pro 3 to connect to onboard power and data systems in the cockpit. Not just a paper replacement device, this new solution lets airlines enable a true connected cockpit experience and so much more".

Pilots have people's lives in their hands, and passengers deserve to have a pilot empowered with the best technology. By gaining unceasing access to the Surface Pro 3, they can be more productive. More importantly, the larger screen should allow pilots to consume content in a more enjoyable way, with less eye strain.




September 29, 2014

Apple iPad Pro spec rumours surface, will use A8X chip

Things have gone a little quiet on the iPad Pro front of late, but a new rumour has popped up concerning some of the specs of the incoming slate.iPads

The iPad Pro is the 12.9in supersized version of Apple's tablet, and it's expected to have a new A8X chip on board which will up performance considerably, Technews reports (via Pocket Lint). That'll help to shift the extra pixels on the screen, as the resolution will doubtless be fairly chunky too – although it's unlikely to reach 4K resolution as some previous chin-wagging indicated.

The Pro model is also expected to have 2GB of RAM, which the iPad Air 2 will also have on board. The Air 2 won't have the A8X chip, though, and apparently a plain A8 chip will suffice for the engine of the Air successor.

While the iPad Air 2 is expected to be revealed next month (quite possibly 21 October, according to the rumour mill – and there'll be a gold version of this tablet, by all accounts), along with a refreshed iPad mini, the 12.9in iPad won't be seen at that event.



Apple's most common iOS 8 questions answered

    How do I lose these faces?Apple ios 8 faces

    iOS 8 will display your most recently contacted contacts in the multi-tasking screen (accessed with two taps on the Home button). You can switch this off:

    Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Show in App Switcher and toggle the switch to Off".


Where are my photos?

The seemingly arbitrary disappearance of Camera Roll caused havoc among some of my friends who needed help understanding where their older pictures had gone.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Open Photos app and tap the Photos tab, not Albums tab.
  • In the upper left corner of the Photos tab screen there is the word "Years".
  • Tap this to see a view of all the photos you've taken that are stored on your device.




September 30, 2014


Surprise! Microsoft jumps to Windows 10

Forget Windows 9. In an unexpected twist, Microsoft will be going straight to double digits

Microsoft just said no to 9. The follow-on to the current Windows 8 operating system will be known as Windows 10 start menu is backWindows 10.

Originally codenamed Windows Threshold, the new operating system essentially does away with the decency on the tiled "Metro" user interface that Microsoft had attempted to implement across its entire device line, from desktop PCs to Surface tablets and Widows Phone devices. In its place is a combination of the so-called live tiles, present in areas like the new Start Menu, and a more classic Windows experience that aims to please both touch and keyboard-and-mouse users.

Windows 10 is such a substantial leap, according to Microsoft's executive VP of operating systems, Terry Myerson, that the company decided it would be best to skip over Windows 9, the widely expected name for the next version.

"Windows 10 will run on the broadest amount of devices. A tailored experience for each device," Myerson said at a press event here Tuesday. "There will be one way to write a universal application, one store, one way for apps to be discovered purchased and updated across all of these devices."

The goal with Windows 10, Belfiore stressed, is to "find UI approaches that use the same mouse and keyboard experience evolving from Windows 7 so the touch users get something natural."

The key, Microsoft says, is the idea that Windows 10 can identity the device and change its interface mode. That means your software will know when you're using the OneDrive cloud service or Microsoft Word on a Surface device or a Lenovo laptop and adjust accordingly in a way that will unlock that productivity that Microsoft feels has been eluding its family of devices with Windows 8.



New Lenovo Yoga tablets, PCs influenced by Ashton Kutcher

Lenovo plans on releasing new Yoga tablets and hybrids in time for the end-of-year holiday season, with actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher having a hand in the design and development of the Ashton Kutcherproducts.

The “innovative and stylish” Yoga products “will become very popular presents for the holiday season,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s CEO, during a call on Monday.

Lenovo is holding an event in London on Oct. 9 to announce the new products, with Kutcher joining the announcement by satellite. Kutcher holds the title of “product engineer” with Lenovo.

Product details weren’t shared, but hints have already started popping up on Lenovo’s website. One product on tap could be the Yoga 3 Pro, with a product page saying “Shhh. Can’t talk now.” The Yoga 3 Pro will succeed the Yoga 2 Pro laptop-tablet hybrid, which has a 13.3-inch screen attached to the base. That’s unlike other hybrid designs in which the screens are detachable.


Nvidia Shield Tablet LTE: Stream Games Anywhere (If You've Got the Cash)

I just stepped into the future of gaming. Well, that's not quite correct. I sampled one possible future: the one where you can take the power of your entire gaming PC absolutely anywhere.Nvidia Shield Tablet LTE

I walked into a Starbucks, grabbed a mocha, and sat down with my brand spanking new Nvidia Shield Tablet with LTE. Then, thanks to the magic of game streaming technology, I played Borderlands 2, Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengance, and even Ultra Street Fighter IV in a coffee shop, miles and miles away from my home PC.

If you've ever tried to stream, well, just about anything over your local cafe's free Wi-Fi network, you know it's a shitshow of epic proportions. Sure enough, Starbucks was ready to ruin my dreams. When I tried streaming Borderlands, it was like trying to play a game of Who Can Advance The PowerPoint Slidedeck With a Fishing Rod. But since I had the brand-new LTE version of the Shield Tablet, I didn't need to play that laggy, disgusting game. The moment I disconnected from Starbucks Wi-Fi and fired up my AT&T LTE connection, Borderlands was nearly as playable as if I had an Xbox 360 hooked up to a TV.






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