Tablet PC News Archive
December 1, 2017
Apple Could Be Prepping Another 9.7-Inch iPad With a Competitive Price Tag for 2018
Just like the model you saw this year, Apple has been rumored to release another 9.7-inch iPad for 2018 and when we say that it is going to be priced competitively, that is definitely an understatement as you will find out.
The 9.7-Inch iPad Model for 2018 Reported to Cost the Buyer $259 for the Base Storage Version
According to DigiTimes, Apple is going to introduce an iPad refresh of the version released this year and featured an A9 SoC. The source claims that the slate is going to cost $259, but that will obviously be for the starting version, which we’re assuming will feature 32GB of onboard storage.
Still, if the rumor turns out to be true and the iPad does feature a $259 staring price, the other competitors should have something to worry about because Apple holds the largest market share in tablets. Though it is incapable of engaging in multitasking the same way Windows 10-based machines and Macs are able to do, it will still able to hold its own when taking on products of its own class.
December 4, 2017
Mobility Minute: Solving Business Challenges With Tablets
While Windows 2-in-1 devices have become popular in recent years as notebook PC replacement for knowledge workers, slates tablet, like Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy tab, are becoming the go-to device for task workers in the field. From transportation and retail to healthcare and hospitality, tablets are replacing paper-based workflows and streamlining reporting tasks.
"Every day, we're seeing a new use case, a new idea, a new way of leveraging the tablet to perform a specific business task," said Jennifer Langan, director of mobile computing product marketing at Samsung.
These tablets are primarily used to implement a specific application for a specific task.
"We’ve seen a lot of field service applications, where the people who are out in the field — either visiting other locations, visiting homes, residential, commercial customers — they have a need to stay connected. They have a need to get access to information. Tablets provide a great solution for them," Langan told CRNtv.
Apple Inc. Wins in 2017 But Will Have a Tough Time in 2018
With so much going right for Apple, what could stop AAPL stock?
Failure for Apple to repeat its 2017 success in 2018.
AAPL stock is an iPhone growth story, and right now, the iPhone growth story is all about super-charged demand for the iPhone X. But it actually looks like demand for the iPhone X isn’t as big as everyone thought — lead times are falling much more quickly than expected. Moreover, regardless of how big iPhone X demand is, it’s not repeatable next year.
But AAPL stock is trading on the assumption that not only is iPhone X demand huge, but that huge iPhone demand is something that is going to hang around forever.
It won’t. Smartphone demand cycles. Look at the iPhone 6 launch.
Consequently, AAPL stock looks dangerous in 2018.
The Risks to AAPL Stock in 2018
Firstly, it’s worth noting that regardless of which way you want to spin the AAPL growth narrative, this is an iPhone-first story. iPhone sales accounted for over half of total revenues last quarter.
That means there is a lot of pressure on iPhone sales to meet or exceed expectations.
Secondly, AAPL stock is trading at its richest valuation in five years. The only other time AAPL stock was this richly valued over the past five years was in late 2014/early 2015 when investors were bidding up the stock on huge iPhone 6 expectations.
That means there is a lot of pressure on iPhone X sales to meet or exceed expectations.
Thirdly, even though the iPhone 6 was a huge hit and AAPL stock kept climbing higher in early 2015, AAPL stock started to crumble in mid-2015. The market realized that huge demand for the iPhone 6 was a one-time thing. The success was not repeatable. Earnings estimates came down. The valuation fell. And AAPL stock tumbled from $130 to $90 in a year.
December 5, 2017
A free $200 value for Surface Pro purchase with Intel Core i5 or i7
You can take $200 off the price of either 2017 model Surface Pro with the Intel Core i5 inside right now. The version with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD is $799 while the one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is $1,099.
Or, you could effectively save $199 if you opt for any of the three Surface Pro devices with an Intel Core i7 inside, starting at $1,599. That value comes in the form of a free Cortana-powered smart speaker, the Harman Kardon Invoke. Above and beyond that, customers also get 6 months of unlimited Skype calling from the United States to domestic mobile and land phone lines.
Both of these run through December 24. The discounts do not apply to LTE models.
Microsoft, NFL extend Surface sideline deal to another season
The National Football League has renewed its partnership with Microsoft for it to continue to supply Surface tablets to referees for video reviews on the field until the end of the 2018/2019 season.
The Surface tablets are also provided to coaches and players to examine footage of previous play during games.
"We're excited to help the NFL change the game with Surface devices being used by players and coaches on the sidelines to make more informed decisions, referees using Surface for instant replay to enhance the speed of the game, and teams using Microsoft products in their business and football operations," Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's corporate VP, said in a statement to SportsPro. "We look forward to continuing the partnership next season."
December 6, 2017
Microsoft 12 Days of Deals - Microsoft Holiday Sales, Deals and Savings
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Whether you prefer to skip the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday or just like to take your time buying holiday gifts, our 12 Days of Deals holiday sale has you covered. With great savings on some of the most sought-after gifts of the season, our limited-time offers put everything they want within reach – and within budget. Plus, with free shipping and free returns on every item every day, you can save even more when you shop at the Microsoft Store.
With everything from games and game systems to PCs and tablets, mobile phones to accessories covered, whether you're shopping for a fitness buff, a music lover, multi-tasker, your kids, your partner or a friend, our holiday sales make it easy to get exactly what they want for less.
Of course, the Microsoft Store isn't just great for holiday gifts – it's the perfect place to shop for the technology you want any time of year. Explore the Store by category, or shop our Sale section for great savings all year long.
December 7, 2017
Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio
The Surface Pro is the cheapest Surface device overall. It's a Windows 10 Pro PC that also offers a tablet experience, but it's definitely not for people who need a workhorse PC or desire a conventional laptop.
The Surface Laptop is more expensive than the Surface Pro and Microsoft's first Surface device that doesn't fold into a tablet. It has an excellent touchscreen display though and while it's not a great business PC, as it runs sandboxed Windows 10 S meaning you can only run apps in the Windows Store, it offers a decent battery life and a solid build quality.
The Surface Book 2 is a professional laptop, and like all other Surface devices, it has a touchscreen. What makes it standout, however, is its solid base and a discrete GPU option. It's bigger and more expensive than the Surface Laptop, but it offers more in terms of performance.
The Surface Studio is the most expensive Surface device, and it's primarily for creatives. It's a gorgeous all-in-one Windows 10 PC with a Zero Gravity Hinge. With a light push, it can be pushed down to a tablet-like position and then used with the included Surface Pen or even the optional Surface Dial to sketch. This device is the first of its kind. But it's super pricey, and it's not at all mobile, obviously.
Hands-on: HP's Envy x2 is a Surface clone boasting 20 hours of battery life
What we know: the HP Envy looks great. What we don't: what will performance and battery life look like, long term?
The HP Envy x2 joins a growing cohort of Surface Pro clones, but with one big difference: Inside it is a Snapdragon 835, offering battery life of up to 20 hours. We spent a little time with it at the Qualcomm Technology Forum to see what a new chip would do in an established category.
Externally, HP’s Envy x2 changes another key thing about HP’s line of Windows tablets: it removes the kickstand from the tablet itself and puts it inside the keyboard case. Normally, that’s a risky decision: Samsung’s Galaxy Book is an otherwise excellent Windows tablet, but its keyboard case doesn’t allow the flexibility of a true kickstand.
Between the Asus NovaGo ultrabook (also introduced Tuesday with a Snapdragon 835 and the Envy x2, the Envy x2 is clearly the more eye-catching design. We know a bit about it: Kevin Frost, HP’s vice president and general manager of Consumer Personal Systems, said it would include 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage , as well as the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon inside of it. It will ship in the first quarter of 2018 for an undisclosed price.
Apple Announces Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV in over 100 Countries Starting Today
Starting today, customers around the world can access the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV to stream award-winning and critically acclaimed titles including Prime Original Series and Movies. Just download it from the App Store and add it to your home page.
Also starting this week, the Apple TV app — a unified place for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to discover and start watching the best shows and movies — supports live sports, giving fans in the US a simple and seamless way to keep track of their favorite teams and games in real time. Participating sports apps in the Apple TV app include ESPN and the NBA, developed in partnership between the NBA and Turner Sports, with more to be added soon. Starting tomorrow, Prime members in the US can enjoy Thursday Night Football on the Apple TV app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
"Amazon Prime Video is one of the most eagerly anticipated apps to come to Apple TV, so we're excited to bring all of that great content to customers," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The Sports tab in the Apple TV app makes it even easier for fans in the US to track the teams, games and moments that are important to them. With these exciting updates, plus our growing collection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes, we continue to deliver an unparalleled entertainment experience to Apple customers."
December 8, 2017
Microsoft rolls out new firmware updates for Surface Book, Pro 4, and Studio
After recently shipping the first batch of firmware updates to its new Surface Pro with LTE, Microsoft is rolling out another set of updates for more Surface devices. Next on deck are updates for the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and Surface Studio. Here's a look at all of what's new for each device (via Neowin).
December 11, 2017
Productivity on the Move: The Best Business Tablets of 2017
Buying the best business tablet for your needs can help revolutionize your productivity, allowing you to remain productive while out and about, without having to worry about lugging heavy gear around.
Many of the best business tablets can also replace your work laptop, as they come with components and processing power that enables them to perform as well as standard notebooks.
Android and Apple tablets have a host of apps that allow you to work on them, and of course, with Windows 10-powered business tablets, you can run any app or program you'd usually run on a traditional laptop or desktop PC.
Add a Bluetooth keyboard, and you'll be able to work comfortably on these best business tablets for hours on end.
No matter if you rely on Windows, Android, or even iOS, there's something worth recommending.
It's only a matter of figuring out what your priorities are and what you need out of a tablet for your business. And to help you choose the best tablet, here's our overview of the market at the moment, and the 10 tablets we'd recommend for the business user.
For the sake of clarity, we will only look at pure tablets, and detachables when it comes to convertibles. 2-in-1 hybrid models are closer to traditional laptops as their keyboard can't be totally detached.
1. Microsoft Surface Pro
While Microsoft didn't call this year's tablet the Surface Pro 5, in many ways it's a sequel to the Surface Pro 4 (which also features on our list of the best business tablets), with a 32% increase in battery life - according to our benchmarks -- as well as a refined design that remains thin and light, while also providing plenty of power. The new and improved Surface Pen and Type Cover makes this a brilliant business tablet that can be used as a laptop replacement, and it comes in a range of specifications, which makes choosing the right model for your business (and personal) needs easy.
December 12, 2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: a powerful yet pricey laptop-tablet combo
The first generation Surface Book was a feat of engineering that took Microsoft’s Surface tablet PC and turned it on its head, making it a laptop first and a tablet second. The Surface Book 2 refines a few things, adds much more power and finally adopts USB-C.
If you’re primarily a laptop user, who occasionally wants to take just the screen with you and needs some brawn for your processing duties, the Surface Book 2 is the machine for you. But getting your head around what the machine can do is the first challenge.
One of the important updates for the Surface Book 2 is Microsoft’s eventual acceptance of USB-C, which has increasingly become an important standard, not only for connecting accessories such as displays, but also for charging.
The Surface Book 2 has one USB-C port, which will also charge the machine, alongside the Surface Connector. But unlike most other high-end machines, the USB-C port does not double as a Thunderbolt 3 port, which is a shame for such an expensive and otherwise capable computer.
The Surface Book 2 will quite happily drive a 4K monitor at 60Hz, as you would expect, via the USB-C port, but if you want more than one display you’ll have to switch to the Surface Connector and Microsoft’s optional extra docking solution, which will drive two external displays, provide power and USB connectivity.
The improved £100 Surface Pen is the best stylus in the business – accurate, with low latency, pressure and tilt sensing, it stays firmly attached to the side of the screen with magnets. It’s the first stylus that has not come off in my bag while transporting any machine.
December 13, 2017
Updates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Studio
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We've released new driver and firmware updates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Studio.
These updates include drivers for Intel(R) Management Engine Interface, Surface dTPM (IFX), Surface Embedded Controller Firmware, Surface Integration, Surface Management Engine, Surface System Aggregator Firmware, and Surface UEFI on Surface Pro 4 devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607) or above and Intel(R) Precise Touch Device on Surface Pro 4 devices running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) and above. These updates improve reliability, recovery from Connected Standby, multi-touch and pen connectivity when the device wakes from sleep, and resolve potential security vulnerabilities on Surface Pro 4.
These updates include drivers for Intel(R) Management Engine Interface, Surface dTPM (IFX), Surface Management Engine, and Surface UEFI on Surface Studio. These updates improve recovery from Connected Standby and resolve potential security vulnerabilities on Surface Studio.
For Surface Pro 4, the updates are available in MSI and ZIP formats from the Surface Pro 4 Drivers and Firmware Page in the Microsoft Download Center.
December 14, 2017
A thousand strangers teamed up to make this amazing $1500 alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro
Meet the Eve V (pronounced "Eve Vee") — a combination laptop/tablet hybrid, powered by Windows 10. It looks very much like Microsoft's excellent Surface Pro.
But there's something a little different about the Eve V, which comes out of an Intel-backed Finnish startup.
Every aspect of the Eve V, from the design to the processor to the keyboard cover material, was decided with full and complete input from Eve's community of fans. Over a thousand people contributed their feedback to how the Eve V should be built, resulting in a device that — theoretically — meets the exacting needs of the most demanding users.
Even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asked for an Eve V to play around with, after the Eve crowdfunding campaign caught his eye.
I've been using the Eve V for a week, and I can say this: The Eve community should be proud. While there are a few spots where the wisdom of the crowd didn't quite come through, the Eve V is an outstanding first effort, with lots to recommend it, even when compared against Microsoft's own Surface Pro.
Here's the skinny on Eve V's crowdsourced computer:
The Eve V is a tablet/laptop two-in-one, running Windows 10. In principle, it's a lot like the Microsoft Surface Pro.
The Eve V is being sold in batches to superfans. Eve says that by making small batches sold directly to customers they don't have to keep inventory on hand, which means savings they can pass on to customers.
The Eve V is offered in various configurations, from $799 all the way up to a tip-top of the line $1999 model. And it comes with a stylus and the keyboard — accessories that will cost you an additional $99 and $159, respectively, with the Surface Pro.
December 15, 2017
This might be Microsoft's secret Surface notepad
Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a foldable notepad-like device, much like the company’s Courier concept. A patent from earlier this year provided an outline for such a device, but a new patent has emerged this week with a lot more detail. The patent, first spotted by MSPU, references a “hinged device,” and has been filed by Microsoft Surface engineers that are responsible for creating various Surface hinges and devices.
The device appears to have two separate screens and sections that fold together or flat, much like Lenovo’s Yoga Book. The images also show how the mysterious device could flip over and be used as a nightstand. While there’s not much detail about software for such a device, Microsoft’s patent filing includes a lot of intricate details around how the hinge works. Microsoft appears to be using gear-like cogs to create this adjustable hinge, allowing the device to hold in different positions.
December 18, 2017
Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which is the best smart speaker?
The battle to be the voice assistant to dominate our homes has well and truly begun. While the Amazon Echo took an early lead by virtue of being released first, Google has upped its game for its Home range of speakers. Now, with the Echo on its second generation, which one is best for you?
Google Home vs Amazon Echo: It's the battle of the robot PAs. Voice-controlled assistants are totally in right now, and the Amazon Echo has already made significant headway. But the Google Home is gunning for smart home dominance too, so here’s a guide to which speaker is winning right now.
Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Design
Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home are voice-controlled speakers, which you can shout at without using your hands. While Google used to win the design battle, the second generation Amazon Echo ups the stakes.
Whereas the first Echo was a little basic and industrial looking, Amazon as made the new smart speaker far more attractive, and there’s now a choice of six finishes: three material, two wood and a metallic choice. This makes it far easier to find the product that suits your home decor.
December 19, 2017
Lenovo Miix 520
The Lenovo Miix 520 ($999) is gunning for the Microsoft Surface Pro, aiming to provide many of the features of this iconic Windows tablet at a fraction of the price. It's a difficult task, made even harder by the fact that many other PC makers are attempting to do the same thing. But there's no question that it's a worthwhile pursuit, since the the high price of a respectably configured Surface Pro is perhaps its most significant drawback. Lenovo succeeds on the most important fronts—a powerful eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and a useful stylus, for instance—but fails to improve on some common tablet drawbacks, such as poor battery life and uncomfortable ergonomics for lap use. Still, the Miix 520 is clearly the best midrange Windows tablet you can buy right now.
Terrific performance. Stylish, sturdy watchband-style kickstand hinges. Lenovo Active Pen is included.
Stand design precludes comfortable lap use. Relatively short battery life. Occasional fan noise.
Can't spring for a Surface Pro? The Lenovo Miix 520 is the best midrange Windows tablet you can buy right now, with excellent computing performance, a good keyboard, and an included stylus.
December 20, 2017
Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft's stunning Macbook Pro-killer
What is a laptop even for any more?
The question has been playing on my mind lately, since before I received a review unit of Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2. I’m writing this on a train on a Bluetooth keyboard connected to my iPad; statistically, you’re most likely reading it on a phone. Recent leaps in power-efficient processors means either of those is perfectly capable enough to tackle most computing tasks.
Full credit to Microsoft: they have been making this argument in recent years with the Surface line – that the old terminology is outdated. The Surface line – from the entry-level Pro to the stunning and stunningly-expensive Surface Studio – are all part of one family; a shared language. Most ordinary users don’t need the power of a Surface Book 2 and will be happy with a Surface Pro. But Microsoft knows that many people need a workhorse computer, one that can handle anything they throw at it - including creative pen inputs, video editing, external monitors – but can be slung in a bag at the end of the day.
So they created the Surface Book 2, which may be the most powerful Windows laptop on the market. (I haven’t run benchmark tests, but you can check Ars Technica's review or another site for confirmation.) The Book 2 comes in two sizes, 13.5in (which I tested) or 15in, with the latest Intel i5 or i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPUs, upwards of 8GB RAm and up to 1TB of SSD storage. (The exception: the entry-level 13.5in model, which runs on last year's Kaby Lake-gen processors.)
Hardware wise, the machine is tweaked slightly from its predecessor, though you’d be hard-pushed to notice. It’s a little slimmer, a little more curved, and the hinge a little more robust. It’s an undeniably beautiful piece of design. The display, in particular, is absolutely glorious, with rich colour, crisp details and that delightful Microsoft-favoured aspect ratio. It’s wonderful to touch, too - crisp and responsive. The Surface Book 2, paired with the new Surface Pen (now sold separately, which is frankly in insult when you’ve spent £1,499+ on a 2-in-1 machine) is the best drawing and note-taking experience I’ve ever had on a device. Note taking in split screen while paired with One Note or Myscript Nebo’s impressive handwriting-to-text features is almost enough to sell me one outright, it’s that natural.
Lenovo Yoga 720 (12”) Review: The Best for Less
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For far too long, the most expensive laptops and tablets have captured our imagination. The Lenovo Lenovo Yoga 720 (12”)Yoga 720 (12”) makes a good case for why some us should pay less attention to pricey computers with mid-range specs and more attention to wallet-friendly PCs that do exactly what we need them to do.
Don’t mistake the Lenovo Yoga 720 (12”) for an ultra-affordable PC. With a price tag of $629 at Best Buy, it’s definitely not the least expensive Windows 2-in-1 that you can buy. This works to its advantage. It isn’t ruined by a sub-par display or terrible touch experience and it looks just as good as Lenovo’s more expensive laptops.
The front of the Yoga 720 (12”)’s lid and base gently curve to meet each other. From the sides, it looks a lot like a binder. At 2.53 pounds it feels like you’re carrying a binder too.
The lid, base and keyboard deck are all made of the same aluminum material that Lenovo uses in its more expensive devices. Despite that, Lenovo takes a step back from the bright colors and watchband designs its known for these days. The Yoga 720 (12”) only comes in black or platinum. Neither color is as bold as the glass backs and Star Wars logos of the Yoga 920, but they both look professional, at least.
December 21, 2017
Windows 10 face recognition tricked with just a grainy photo
Researchers find Windows Hello can be bypassed with a photograph of the owner
A team of cybersecurity researchers have revealed how Windows 10 computers can be accessed with just a printed photograph of the owner.
The attack targets Windows Hello, a facial recognition system used by some Windows 10 machines, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book 2. Windows Hello learns the face of the owner, then unlocks the machine and logs them in when it sees them.
Microsoft describes Windows Hello as offering "enterprise-grade security without having to type in a password." As well as a facial scan, other input methods supported by Windows Hello include fingerprint and iris.
Detailed in the Full Disclosure mailing list, and spotted by security expert Graham Cluley, the German researchers discovered it was easy to trick their way into a Windows 10 machine by using a "modified printed photo of an authorized user." Machines yet to be updated with the recent Fall Creators Update remain vulnerable to the attack.
Microsoft's Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, released in October, fixes the issue and all Windows Hello users are urged to install that update right away. After doing so, it is recommended that users enable Windows Hello's "enhanced anti-spoofing" feature and re-scan their face so the system can re-learn what they look like.
December 22, 2017
December 27, 2017
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all
Microsoft’s Surface Pro with built-in LTE is now available online, one of a rare breed of Windows portables with integrated WWAN connectivity. The Surface Pro with LTE Advanced was confirmed as in the pipeline back in September, a welcome return after Microsoft’s last cellularly-equipped Surface was discontinued several years ago.
Sales of the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced began for commercial customers in December of this year, though individual buyers were still out of luck. That changes today, with a listing for the tablet appearing on Microsoft’s online store.
For $1,449 you get a Core i5 based Surface Pro, with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of solid-state storage. It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, though there’s a little disappointment there. Though the modem is theoretically capable of gigabit LTE speeds Microsoft has, according to Neowin, capped download rates at 450 Mbps.
December 29, 2017
Apple apologizes for not telling customers iPhones with older batteries would slow over time
Apple has today posted a letter on its website and a technical article in its Knowledge Base apologizing for not being more transparent about how it handles performance on iPhones with older batteries. Last week, Apple issued a statement that made it clear that changes it made a year ago were indeed slowing down the maximum performance of iPhones with older batteries.
It will now also offer a battery replacement for older devices affected for a reduced $29.
“We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process,” the letter reads. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.”
Apple is doing three things in response to customers concerned that older batteries are making their iPhone run slower.
- Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com.
- Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.
- As always, our team is working on ways to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.
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