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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 instantly 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.

 

 

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

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!

 

 

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September 11, 2014

September 11 2001 Never Forget


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

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.

 

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September 10, 2014

 

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

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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

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.

 

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September 8, 2014

 

IFA: New PCs and tablets from Lenovo
Gadget

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.

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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.

 

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

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

 

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September 4, 2014

Tech-shy baby boomers get low-cost tablet from AARP, Intel
PCWorld.co.nz

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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September 2, 2014

Windows 8.1 tablets and satellite broadband provide high tech on the high seas
V3.co.uk

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.”

 

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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.

 

 

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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."

 

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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.

 

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August 29, 2014

 

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company.Apple logo

The Sept. 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerized watch, will be in the same Silicon Valley venue where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, took the wraps off the original Mac computer 30 years ago. That machine was hailed as a major breakthrough that helped bring personal computing to the masses.

These events have become an annual rite since the 2007 release of the iPhone, but this year's may be the most highly anticipated since the iPad came out in 2010.

Apple watchers expect an iPhone with a larger screen than the 4-inch display on the previous two generations of the device. The iPhone 6 is expected to feature a 4.7-inch screen to make it more competitive with larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics and other rivals relying on Google Inc.'s free Android software. There also has been speculation that Apple may release another iPhone model with a 5.5-inch screen.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: A capable tablet which just happens to be a laptop too
WinBeta

When Microsoft released the original Surface Pro, I wasn’t that interested in it. I have a HP desktop PC and it has worked well for me over the years. Three generations later, and Microsoft releases its third generation Surface Pro. I recently sat down with Microsoft and got myself a hands on demo of the Surface Pro 3, and I have to say, this device is awesome. Microsoft -- you did a great job on this device, and I wish I had given into the hype sooner. 

I’ve been using the Surface Pro 3 as my primary PC for about a week now. When you think Surface, you think tablet. I’ve owned a Surface RT for over a couple of years now, and I absolutely love that device as a tablet. The Surface RT is in no way a PC replacement however, meaning I could never use it for more than writing articles with Word or watching movies. 

The Type Cover, while not included with the Surface Pro 3 is a must-buy if you want to get any sort of work done with the Surface Pro 3. If you want the Surface Pro 3 to replace your laptop, then the Type Cover will definitely be required. The Type Cover is lovely. It's larger than previous models to match the size of the Surface Pro 3, and it has a backlight too which means writing in the dark is easy.  

With this new Type Cover and the Surface Pro 3, you can push the cover up against the device whilst in use to prop-up the keyboard. It moves less than an inch, but the difference this makes to your typing abilities is phenomenal, especially on your lap

The Surface Pro 3 pen is something very special indeed. This accessory comes included with the device, and is amazing. Microsoft has done a lot of work to make the pen 'feel' like a real pen. It's heavier than previous models, and now has an extra button. One on the top and two on the side. One of the two buttons on the side acts as an eraser, and the other acts as a right click.  

 

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August 28, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 video review: the best new compact tablet of 2014
PC Advisor

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is the best new compact tablet of 2014. Check out our video review of the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Also see: Best Android tablets 2014. Samsung Galaxy Tab s

This is one of the thinnest and lightest tablets around. At just 6.6mm the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 looks great and is more than easy to hold one-handed in different orientations and positions.

The odd-looking circles on the back of the Tab S are for use with Samsung's Book Cover, which works great but will set you back £45.

Samsung has packed the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with premium tech. The tablet has the same 16:10 aspect ratio and impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution as the larger model, but at an arguably more manageable size. 

It really is a top-notch display and, at 359ppi, the most tightly packed with pixels we've ever seen. Samsung's AMOLED technology may be a little in your face for some users, but you can switch to basic mode which is more laid back.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best Android tablets we've ever reviewed. In terms of hardware it's the best you can buy right now and has a superbly thin and light design. There's very little to dislike here aside from some elements of the TouchWiz software and the higher price compared to some decent Android tablet rivals.

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HP or Lenovo: Which Windows PC Convertible Is Head of the Class?
Re/code

Lenovo was the first company to come out with the 360-degree hinge design when it debuted the first Yoga laptop back in 2012. Since then, the company has continued to improve the series.

 

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, and like the idea of hybrid design, the Lenovo Yoga 2 is a good choice. It’s a little more expensive than the HP Pavilion x360, but you’ll get more for the money.

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Is bigger really better for Apple?
CNN

After ceding the smartphone and tablet size war to competitors like Samsung for the past few years, it iPad airappears Apple had finally decided that bigger is better.

The next iPad will be Apple's biggest ever, with a whopping 12.9-inch display screen, according to a report Tuesday from Bloomberg.

That would be a huge leap from the current 9.7-inch iPad Air screen. And the report comes as Apple prepares to release not one, but two, new, bigger iPhones.

Multiple reports have said the company plans to announce iPhones with displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. That's compared to the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5S, and would put them more in line with their chief rival, Samsung, which has put a dent in the iPhone's dominance with devices in their Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines.

 

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August 27, 2014

Business Tablet Review: HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC
Small Business Computing

Not that long ago a laptop was the undisputed workhorse of a small business road warrior. These days, mobile workers looking for an equally mobile computer are just as likely to consider a business tablet, HP Pro Tablet 610 provided it can run the same stuff (i.e. Windows software) as a laptop.

HP’s Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC is just such a tablet. For this review, HP sent us the $649 top-of-the-line model G4T48UT, which runs Windows 8.1 Pro (the business-flavored version) and sports a 10.1-inch display, a 64-bit, 1.6 GHZ, quad-core Atom CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage. (HP also offers lesser  variants of the 610 G1—ranging in price from $529 to $599—with a slightly slower Atom processor, half the RAM and storage, and a non-Pro version of Windows 8.1.)

Small Business Tablet Hardware Highs

At 1.44 pounds and 0.4 inch thick, the Pro Tablet 610 feels sturdy and substantial without being unnecessarily hefty. The 10.1-inch high-resolution display (1,920 x 1,200) is bright and vivid, and it offers a wide-angle view, which is a plus—unless you happen to be working on something sensitive while sitting in an airplane seat.

 

 

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August 26, 2014

 

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: Can Samsung outshine today?
StreetWise Tech

For quite a while people have quit using mobile phones compose messages or and then make calls. Web browsing and mobile apps are becoming an intrinsic part of the cellular and this manner is undoubtedly Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4evolved through by cell phone technology that was future. It’s now certain the biggest measure have already been created once the smartphones appeared.

Back to reality, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an exception by itself. The creator behind this device is never afraid to stumble down on his face just to reach what the users really want next in this competitive and chaotic market. This is how Surface Pro 3 came out.

Then here comes Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 – a tablet that is not-so affordable, but consumers say that you get the best value for your money. The device is packed up with sharp pixel resolution screen, cool and speedy performance and a bunch of features of the software that are placed inside the lightweight and comfortable device.

 

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Los Angeles schools official suspends iPad rollout: LA Times
Yahoo News

The Los Angeles schools superintendent has suspended a contract with Apple Inc to provide an iPad to each of its students as the $1 billion initiative faces problems and growing scrutiny, the Los Angeles Apple BuildingTimes newspaper reported.

Monday's suspension is the latest setback for the Los Angeles Unified School District's proposed technology rollout, the largest of its kind for any U.S. public education system.

Under a contract approved a little more than a year ago, Apple's tablet computer was to be coupled with a digital curriculum from Pearson. The program was to expand greatly over the next year.

"Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc," Superintendent John Deasy told the district's Board of Education on Monday in a memo posted on the newspaper's website.

"Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]," Deasy wrote.

 

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Microsoft cuts prices for its Surface 2 tablet by $100
Engadget

Have you been holding out for a price cut on the Surface 2 before taking the plunge? You now have your chance. Microsoft has slashed $100 off the price of its second-gen Windows RT tablet, regardless of the model you buy. It now costs as little as $349 for a base 32GB WiFi edition, while splurging on the 64GB LTE slate is slightly more reasonable at $579. Just be aware that the folks in Redmond aren't doing this out of the kindness of their hearts. The Surface 2 is nearly a year old -- Microsoft is very likely clearing inventory, whether it's ahead of a new model or just to focus more attention on the Surface Pro 3.

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August 25, 2014

Shape shifters: The 11 most intriguing hybrid PCs
PCWorld

People love to criticize Windows 8.1’s dual nature, with its (admittedly nice) tablet interface bolted on top of the traditional desktop. But Windows 8 and Microsoft at least deserve credit for is encouraging Acer R7 tabletdevice makers to rethink what a PC should look like.

Thanks to the useable touch interface on Windows, companies are creating intriguing hybrids, from giant tablets that turn into all-in-one PCs, to laptops that turn into Android tablets or Windows 8 desktop PCs.

Some are true revelations. Others are bizarre mutations. Either way, here’s a look at some of the most interesting hybrids, convertibles, and 2-in-1s to date. Let's start with the "interesting in a good way" models.

Toshiba Portege Z10t

When we reviewed Toshiba’s 2-in-1 clamshell in April, PCWorld’s Mike Brown said it was the best execution he’d seen for a detachable laptop-tablet hybrid. As an 11.6-inch tablet with a 1080p display, the Portege Z10t weighs just under two pounds—admittedly much heavier than the one-pound norm for tablets like the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Nevertheless, it’s pretty light considering the beefy processing power packed behind the display

Surface Pro 3

Technically the Surface Pro 3 is a tablet, but we’re willing to bet most folks spring for the $130 Type Cover accessory, since using it as a tablet and a laptop is Microsoft’s intention. A desktop docking station makes the Surface Pro 3 even more versatile.

Lenovo 2 Yoga 11

When Windows 8 first came out, Lenovo’s back-bending Yoga line was one of the earliest devices to succeed at taking advantage of the operating system’s dual nature of a tablet and traditional PC—so much so that numerous other manufacturers are now ripping off the basic design.


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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Select the Best Features Tablet!
StreetWise Tech

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 runs very similarly to any other Android tablet, but the pure size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen, married to its high-end specs, make numerous regular charges feel a little different. That extra 2.1 inches makes all the difference in productivity. It turns out that a 12.2-inch show unlocks the S Pen system’s full potential. The larger screen also magnifies the slight fuzziness that comes as a side effect with all PenTile boards. More commonly associated with Samsung’s AMOLED size displays, the PenTile configuration incorporates white sub-pixels for greater power-efficiency and brightness, but at the cost of a little image sharpness, which is especially noticeable on the white areas and text.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has developed a trend of increase the size of the display screen by 0.2 inch on every new device. The previous Note had a 5.3 inch high resolution screen that was perfect for watching movies, playing music and gaming. The organization has gone a step further to create an even enormous display screen to give you that spectacular smart notepad experience that you have been yearning for.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Review: Can It Replace a Desktop?
Gotta Be Mobile

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 makes a great laptop replacement and works well as a tablet. Now, thanksMicrosoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station to the newly released Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, the third generation Microsoft 2-in-1 tablet/laptop can also serve as a desktop computer too. With a mouse, keyboard and monitor, Surface Pro 3 owners can finally enjoy what computing enthusiasts want: one device to rule them all.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station ($199.99 direct from Microsoft) converts the Surface Pro 3 into a desktop workstation. Owners connect their peripherals and turn this flexible device into their desktop computer.

Can a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Replace a Desktop Computer?

In a word, yes! The user will need some extra peripherals, but that’s true of any computer. I tested it with a Logitech K360 keyboard and mouse combo, an inexpensive option with a single USB wireless receiver. This left the other ports open for other devices like an SD card reader, necessary since the Surface only includes a micro-SD card slot. Using a wired Gigabit Ethernet cable hooked up to my Apple Airport Base Station gave me about 30Mb/sec faster Internet speeds than the built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi of the Surface Pro 3.

 

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August 22, 2014

Microsoft rolls out free OneNote app for Android tablets  
ZDNet

Microsoft has introduced a version of its OneNote note-taking application optimized to work on Android tablets, with support for digital inking.Microsoft  free OneNote app for Android tablets

The new application is available for download for free from the Google Play store today, August 19. It requires Android 4.1 or higher. Microsoft has been beta testing the Android tablet version of OneNote for the past several months.

The new OneNote for Android release includes handwriting support and "touch-friendly navigation," according to Microsoft officials.

Microsoft execs had told testers to expect the Android tablet version of OneNote to support digital inking, allowing users to take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or finger; to add formatting options, including font types, font sizes, alignments and tags; and to allow users to move between notebooks, sections and pages with a swipe. 

Microsoft also is rolling out a couple of other OneNote updates.

Its "OneNote for Windows Store" (aka, Metro-Style OneNote for Windows 8.x) is being updated with ink-highlighter functionality, support for printing and the ability to insert files and PDFs.

Microsoft is continuing work on other touch-optimized Office apps for Android tablets. The Office on Android tablet suite, expected to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, is on track for release before the end of calendar 2014, sources have said. The touch-optimized Metro-Style/modern Office suite for Windows 8.x is not expected to arrive until the first half of 2015, my sources also have said.

 

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Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2

We pitch Microsoft’s latest hybrid head-to-head with its predecessor to see what improvements have been made.

The Surface Pro 3 is the third generation of Microsoft's hybrid tablet. It's a full Windows 8 PC with the same internals as an ultrabook, but in a hybrid format designed to make it work just as well in tablet modes. But is it enough of a move on from the Surface Pro 2, last year’s version? We compare the two to find out.

 

 

 

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Viewers switching to on-demand content
Business Technology

Matthew Froggatt, chief development officer at TNS, says: “In a world where multi-tasking is the norm, the context in which we watch TV is rapidly changing – it isn’t just on the sofa at home with no other digital distractions around us. Instead, the growth in screen-stacking and online TV viewing is huge, particularly in the Asian markets, driven by a growing demand for content among viewers.

“While there is no disputing our love of traditional TV, advertisers must continue to adapt to our changing viewing habits. Online devices offer more ways to access TV and video content, meaning brands will need to adopt a more integrated online approach to engage consumers.”

The survey found that almost half of people who watch TV in the evening simultaneously engage in other digital activities, such as using social media, checking emails or shopping online. It also found that participants owned on average four digital devices each, rising to five among Australian, German and UK respondents. This, combined with demand for video content on-the-go, is fuelling the rise of “screen-stacking” – the use of multiple digital devices at the same time.

 

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August 21, 2014

 

Actor Tom Hanks-created typewriter app for iPad is No. 1 on Apple iTunes
Business Today

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks' recently-launched typewriter app for iPad has become the leading app at Tom Hanks-created typewriter app for iPadthe Apple iTunes App Store.

Called 'Hanx Writer', the app turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience.

The free app offers an on-screen keyboard or pairs with your Bluetooth keyboard so you can pretend you are not typing on plastic keys. You can also choose the typewriter to match your sound signature.

"I wanted to have the sensation of an old manual typewriter - I wanted the sound of typing if nothing else...because I find it's like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka... I wanted the 'report' of each letter, each line," the Hollywood star wrote on Apple's Twitter account.

 

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Surface Pro 3 Gets a Second August 2014 Firmware Update
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Microsoft has quietly rolled out a second firmware update this month for Surface Pro 3. This isn't the first time Surface Pro 3 has received two separate firmware updates in a single month, which is strange Surface Pro 3enough given the device's short lifetime, but it is the first time this has happened without any warning.

The most interesting thing, since we're reaching here, is that this update is actually a firmware update. That is, it upgrades the device's UEFI firmware. Most of Microsoft's Surface "firmware" upgrades are really just driver updates.

Here's what's new in this update, which Microsoft describes as "System Firmware Update – 8/19/2014":

Surface Pro UEFI (v3.9.150.0) adds features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios.

 

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You can't buy your way onto the List. You Can't Apply for it. You have to Earn it.

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Asking which model is the Best Tablet PC is like asking what flavor of ice cream is best:

Everyone has their own opinion.
  Which ever tablet offers the features that best suit your needs is the best tablet for you.

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What is a Tablet PC?

Tablets: Touchscreen, lightweight products that offer mobility, such as Apple's iPad. The devices' diagonal screen size is about 7 inches -- bigger than the "phablet," a combination smartphone and tablet device -- to about a 12-in. screen diagonal. Tablets used to be distinguished not only by their size and touch, but also by their operating systems, which were different from those on full-fledged PCs. Microsoft's entry into this space with a full version of the Windows OS has changed the definition.

Slate Tablet PCs

Slate Tablet PCs have no lid or keyboard, which makes them slim and lighter in weight compared to most convertible Tablet PCs.   You can hold a slate Tablet PC in one hand and write on the screen with the other hand—like a clipboard. If you want to use an external keyboard and mouse, you simply attach them to the Tablet PC. A slate Tablet PC can rest easily in the crook of your arm while you write so that you can take notes, fill out forms, or read and write an e-mail with ease while on the go, sitting in a meeting or class, or relaxing on your couch. You can also lay it flat on a table or desk to do your work.

Tablet PCs

You can use a tablet pen to select, drag, and open files, browse the Internet, draw freehand diagrams, add numbers and symbols, and more.

On some Tablet PCs, you can also interact with the screen by using your finger. Most Tablet PCs are small or moderately sized. They range from 2 to 4 pounds and have screens that range from 8 to 15 inches. There are two types of Tablet PCs: slates and convertibles.

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Convertible Tablet PCs

Convertible Tablet PCs are notebooks that give users the best of both worlds by allowing them to be used in either in tablet mode or laptop mode.

In laptop mode, you can use the integrated keyboard and mouse or the tablet pen to navigate and write.

To use it in tablet mode, you rotate the screen and lay it flat over the keyboard so that you can write on it like a clipboard. Both positions enable you to work and write with a tablet pen.

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The Apple iPad 

Is fine for surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books.  If your home on the sofa, traveling or out and about it's an easy way to stay in touch.

However, if you need  to use your PC apps like, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Dreamweaver or view a web site that is flash based... your out of luck.  There are no USB ports on an iPad and the only way to install programs is through the iTunes store.