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August 20, 2014
Samsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which launched today at a New York event
Samsung and Barnes & Noble call the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook "the first ever Android tablet optimised for reading". By combining Samsung's tablet tech with B&N's Nook software the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook offers the best of both worlds.
"The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized Nook software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers." (Indeed, you can pick up a copy of PC Advisor at the Nook store.)
Though far from a powerhouse, the HP 8 is a pretty sweet deal at this price. Plus: three bonus deals!
Earlier this year, with no one looking (and almost no one noticing), HP unveiled an entry-level 8-inch tablet priced at a tempting $169.99.
Cut to today: The HP Home & Home Office Store is offering the HP 8 tablet for $134.99, shipped, when you apply coupon code DEALNEWS15HP at checkout.
How does that compare with, say, the original iPad Mini? Glad you asked. Like the HP 8, Apple's 8-inch tablet has a screen resolution of 1,024 x 768 -- definitely on the low side, but good enough for most tablet tasks. Both models employ IPS technology.
The HP 8 also matches the Mini's 16GB of storage, but while the latter isn't expandable, the former sports a microSD slot for cheap and easy expansion. As for weight, the two are virtually identical at 0.7-pound.
August 19, 2014
Microsoft has been widely known in the market as a promising brand. Over the years, it has rapidly and has now engaged in the world of smart phones. Samsung on the other hand, never failed to impress the public with their outstanding flagships. This has brought the existence of the Surface Pro 3.
On the other hand, will the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 be a worthy competitor? We will take a closer look between the two and see which fares better over the other and which one is worth spending your hundreds of dollars on. We’ll find out.
Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. For Windows users, the Surface Pro 3 has only one important feature – it will run all your Windows programs 100%.
Samsung’s newest 8-inch tablet has a lot of revamps: A high-speed SoC, more memory, four times the screen resolution, and finally, the latest operating system in the 4.4 version and everything else.
The 8.4-inch screen along with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution is very sharp – resulting in a pixel density of 359 pixels per inch. The display is also very bright, making it highly usable even under the sun.
What many don't realize is that Apple is already in the health market segment. The iPhone and iPad is already the hub for a vast array of medical and fitness-related products, ranging from pedometers to blood pressure monitors. But rather than enter the health market with its own range of devices, all emblazoned with the Apple logo – and expensive and risky move – the Cupertino giant has instead concentrated on building a software platform that allows third-parties to build these devices.
And it's a move that's paid off.
iOS is the most prolific mobile platform when it comes to a third-party hardware ecosystem. There are accessories available for the iPhone and iPad that only a few years ago I wouldn't have thought possible. This is down to Apple creating a stable, unified platform that developers can build upon. It also helps that Apple has sold around half a billion iPhones and over 200 million iPads, creating a vast potential market for third-party accessories.
That's a massive user base for an accessory maker to tap into.
Now that the user base is there, and a massive third-party health-related accessory market has grown up around iOS, the next logical step is for Apple to do what it is doing in iOS 8 and create a platform to pull all this data together into a single place. Rather than go digging to find your steps for the day in one app, your vitals from another, and your nutrition from yet another app, all your data will be available in one place.
There's a hidden advantage for Apple in this. User's data is locked into iOS, which keeps people bound to the platform. If that data was stored in the app or on cloud server, it might be easier for people to migrate to a different platform.
Note that I'm not saying that people won't be able to migrate – there will undoubtedly have to be a way for users to extract their data – but having this data is locked into iOS, combined with the fact that many of these medical devices are iOS specific, means that people are more locked into Apple's platform than ever.
Users will also be tied to iOS because many of the health accessories currently available are specific to iOS.
Expect to see more flight attendants wielding tablets in the near future. JetBlue announced last week that they will equip their crews with iPad mini devices to help with a variety of tasks. The devices are being introduced with flight attendants working on the carrier’s premium Mint service flight initially; all crew are expected to have a device by April 2015. The tablets will include a custom In-Flight Service Assistant app which will offer access to passenger manifests and other customer details. The device will also handle in-flight sales and includes a translation app to help accommodate passengers who don’t speak English.
August 18, 2014
Adobe may have cut support for Flash in Android Jelly Bean and beyond, but the great many sites and services that continue to make heavy use of the standard suggest it's far from dead. For those of us relying on a Jelly Bean or KitKat phone or tablet as our main computer, and who still want to access Flash content such as catch-up TV, online games and video, it's a real problem. Here's how to get around the issue and add Flash to Android, including Android KitKat. See Android Advisor.
While web developers are slowly moving to HTML5, we aren't convinced that computing is truly ready for a Flash-free world just yet. If you own a Nexus 7, Nexus 10, or any other tablet or smartphone running Android Jelly Bean or KitKat, by now you'll have noticed that many of the things for which you wanted that tablet - watching catch-up TV and online video, casual gaming - just don't work. In many cases apps are available that add the functionality, but do you really want to install individual apps for every Flash site or service that you use? Or turn on the dusty old desktop just to catch up with EastEnders on iPlayer? That's not very convenient.
We don't even want to think about the Flash problem: we want to continue doing what we want, when we want in our browser, and not deal with the continous headache of switching between apps to find a solution that works. This stuff should be seamless.
The good news is that although Android Jelly Bean and KitKat don't officially support Flash, it's really easy to add Flash support to the OS. Here, we show you some simple tweaks to enable the playback of catch-up TV, online video and Flash games on a Google Nexus 10 or any other tablet running Android Jelly Bean or Android KitKat.
What happens when you put an Intel Core i5-4300Y in an 11-inch tablet like the Dell Venue 11 Pro? It gets really, really fast. Indeed, having used the previously-reviewed Atom-based version of the Venue 11 Pro, I can attest to a rather significant jump in performance.
The “Pro” suffix indicates that this tablet runs Windows (Dell’s Venue tablets are Android devices), and the “7139 Security” tag adds a whole list of features not found in the more consumer-oriented Venue Pro. These include Intel vPro and TPM (Trusted Platform Module) support (for hardwired security and remote management), and a fingerprint scanner and smart card reader to keep the bad guys out.
In its basic form, the Venue 11 Pro is a widescreen Windows 8 tablet with some clever docking options: A small keyboard, a super-thin keyboard, and a port-laden pedestal that can transform it into a high-powered Ultrabook or an under-screened, all-in-one desktop. I say under-screened, because as large as the 10.8-inch, 1920x1080 display seems when it’s in your hand, it’s rather tiny when you have a full-sized keyboard and mouse in front of it.
This is one fast tablet
The Venue 11 Pro model 7139 scored a very un-tablet-like Laptop WorldBench 9 score of 52—a full 23 points higher than the Atom Z3770-based Venue 11 Pro we tested earlier this year. It felt super-lively in my hands-on and played even high bit-rate 1080p movies like butter. In spite of its faster CPU, the model 7139 managed to run for 4 hours and 48 minutes by its lonesome, and 7 hours, 46 minutes with the Mobile Keyboard keyboard/auxiliary battery attached.
August 15, 2014
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station personalizes Surface Pro 3 and boosts its productivity possibilities. Click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock to take productivity and personalization to the next level with a full desktop PC experience when you want it. Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has a gigabit Ethernet port for up to 1 Gbps wired network speeds, a Mini DisplayPort for HD video of up to 4096x2304 resolution, and five USB ports, giving you everything you need to attach an HD monitor, wired network connection, audio system, external mouse and keyboard, printer, and more. And with a 48W charging system, you can work and run or charge your favorite accessories and still have ample power to charge Surface Pro 3.
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is the perfect solution for someone who wants the convenience of a tablet that can replace your laptop, without sacrificing the functionality of a desktop. Anyone looking for an accessory that essentially turns Surface Pro 3 into a three-in-one – tablet, laptop and desktop – will find Surface Pro 3 Docking Station the perfect option for them.
What's cheaper and more rugged than an 64GB iPad Air tablet? The new xTablet Flex 10 from MobileDemand! The new Windows 8 tablets start at only $695 and comes standard with a rugged case, scratch-proof screen protector, hand straps, 4GB RAM, 64GB drive, WiFi, Bluetooth and an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 processor.
The new 10.1” tablet from MobileDemand is an ultra-mobile Windows 8.1 tablet and comes fully-loaded in a rugged case with rubber bumpers, scratchproof screen protector, hand straps, Bluetooth, WiFi and an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 processor.
August 14, 2014
5 things to consider when choosing a tablet
Sick of straining your eyes while browsing the Internet on your tiny smartphone screen? Tired of lugging around a heavy laptop to every work meeting? You may want to consider a tablet.
Tablets combine the best of laptops with the best of smartphones – they’re user-friendly, fast, lightweight, affordable, convenient and portable. Since the iPad debuted in 2010, the tablet market has expanded dramatically to include hundreds of competitors giving Apple a run for its money. Consider these tips to find the right one for you:
1. Intended use To narrow down the specs and features you require, first consider how you will be using your tablet and under what circumstances. Will your kids be using it? Do you need it mostly for browsing the Internet? Watching movies? Playing games? Business applications?
2. Price Tablets range from $39.99 for a Megafeis 7″ tablet to a $5,807 ModBook Pro on Amazon.com with plenty of price points in between. Check out this list of the best tablets under $200 from Laptop Mag.
3. Operating system Many people have preferences for one operating system over another and extol the virtues of each. Android is known for being very customizable with widgets and launcher apps that give users a tailored experience, while Apple’s iOS is know for its simple interface and multitude of apps. Finally, Windows is known for its multitasking functions. Learn more about how to choose an operating system from Tablet PC Review.
4. Screen size Tablet screens range from around 6 inches to around 12 inches. The smaller tablets offer the virtue of portability, while the mid-range size are good for reading e-books and the larger sizes are great for games and movies. Both the smaller and mid-sized tablets are generally more comfortable when typing
Summary: Surface 2 Series Left Out of August Firmware Updates, All Others Get Updates
As a part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle, Microsoft has issued updates for Windows 8.1, the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro and Surface RT alongside its usual complement of security patches.
Microsoft said last week that it will now be releasing regular updates to Windows 8.1 as a part of Patch Tuesday, rather than waiting to bundle all of them together in one large update. In a blog post, Microsoft called out three new features in particular that users would see as a part of this month’s update:
In addition to the new features, the update also includes 9 security patches addressing two critical vulnerabilities and seven important vulnerabilities.
August 13, 2014
Toshiba made a number of compromises to hit this low price point, but the Encore 2 runs Windows 8.1 and Office 365 well enough for us to recommend it.
Microsoft sparked a race to the bottom with the introduction of Windows 8.1 with Bing. And Toshiba cut the bottom out of the bottom line with its Encore 2 series, bringing Windows tablets down to the price of mainstream Android tablets. The 10-inch version reviewed here will set you back just $270, and the smaller 8-inch version costs just $200.
What compromises must you put up with at prices that low? Surprisingly few. While the Encore 2’s build quality isn’t the best, the tablet is sturdy enough that I wouldn't worry about sliding it into a bag and carrying it around all day. The tablet feels plasticky, but it’s also light at just 1.2 pounds. And since that weight is in a slab that's only 0.375 inches thick, it feels solid. I was able to hold it comfortably in one hand for extended periods, and that’s something I can’t usually say about 10-inch tablets.
6 best tablets you can buy instead of laptop
A tablet is normally seen as a device meant for media consumption. However, if you pair the right kind of tablet with the right set of apps, it could easily replace your work laptop. Click on to check out the six best tablets for professional users.
1. Apple iPad: While Apple iPad might seem to have the weakest specifications among similarly priced tablets, it's the apps and accessory ecosystem that makes it stand out. It comes with built-in support for third party device management, enterprise grade security and is compatible with almost every email and calendar service.
2. We think that Samsung Tab S 8.4 is currently the best Android tablet available – it's the most capable competitor to the mighty iPad mini with Retina display (plus it also beats the iPad on several counts). It has a gorgeous Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, narrow bezels and a super-thin unibody design.
August 12, 2014
HP Slate 12 Pro Tablet Could be Headed Our Way
HP was like the silent giant that doesn’t know what direction to go – a huge company whose business of making PCs and laptops is starting to dwindle as sales give way to tablets. Other than printers, HP seemed to be lost for a while and started dabbling with Google’s Chromebook and Android Tablets – now they seem to be introducing new tablets with great regularity. Just two weeks ago, we did an article on rumors that three new tablets may be coming – the HP Slate 10 Plus, HP Slate 8 Plus and HP 10 Plus. Today we receive word that a new HP Android tablet – the HP Pro Slate 12
The HP Slate 12 Pro comes to us with 12.5-inches with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels and featuring a touchscreen with at least a five-finger gesture support – and a 4:3 aspect ratio. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800/801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.26MHz powers the HP Pro Slate 12 with an Adreno 330 GPU. Memory is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and it comes with a 7MP main camera with autofocus, flash, face detection and HDR photos. It also has a 2MP front-facing camera (ffc) for video chatting and selfies. It will be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. With all of the HP news lately it looks like they are trying to make a comeback in a big way
Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year.
Denver will be used in a 64-bit version of Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip. It will have four Denver CPU cores and 192 Kepler graphics cores, which Nvidia says will provide PC-like performance for laptops, tablets and high-end smartphones.
Like Apple's A7 chip, Denver is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.
Denver is "significantly outperforming" all its ARM-based rivals on benchmarks such as DMIPS and AnTuTu, Darrell Boggs, Nvidia's director of CPU architecture, told the Hot Chips crowd. One slide in his presentation specifically bragged that Denver performs faster than Apple's A7.
Microsoft has caused quite a stir when they introduced the Surface line where they have their very own tablet sporting its latest Windows operating system. It has raised the curiosity of a lot of people, which inspired more than a lot of comments on the surface line. Will it hold fast against the competition, or will it set a new trend in the mobile community? You’d have to find that out for yourself.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is yet another addition to Samsung’s line of tablets which has really broken ground and proven its worth to the world. Will the Tab Pro 8.4 be a worthy upgrade? Let’s find out.
The Surface Pro 3 is powered with a jaw-dropping 12-inch display which furthermore sports a super high resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution. Although this newer Surface addition uses a larger display than its 10.6-inch sibling, Microsoft has done a great job to make it both lighter than thinner than its predecessor.
Though Samsung’s tablet line can sometimes be a confusing matter — no company makes more classy variations than it does when they unleashed the Tab Pro 8.4. If you look at the design, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is merely just an evolution – but its trademark feature is the greatly impressive Super AMOLED screen display that can go a head to head competition with the Apple iPad mini 2 Retina. If you’re on the lookout for an Android tablet right now, then this one will surely catch your attention.
August 11, 2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Review
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Docking Station—available for preorder and due in stores in the US and Canada starting next week—is exactly what you were hoping for: An elegant and efficient way to turn the ultimate mobile computer into a desk-bound workstation that can connect to multiple peripherals, including multiple displays. If you were hoping to consolidate everything around Surface Pro 3, you'll want to pick up the Docking Station as well.
With Surface Pro 2, the Docking Station connected via the USB port on the left and the miniDisplayPort port on the right, but the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is more sophisticated. Now, it physically connects all of the expansion ports through the power receptacle on the right side of the Surface Pro 3; this carries the expansion bus from the device out to the ports in the Docking Station. But this change has two other nice side-effects. One, it's easier to connect, and those handles slide effortlessly when connect (and disconnect) Surface Pro 3. And two, it means that the USB 3.0 port and miniDisplayPort port on the Surface Pro 3—which are correctly positioned above the Docking Station and thus aren't hidden by those handles—can still be used. This nicely expands the expansion possibilities.
You get 3 USB 3.0 ports, two on the back and one on the left side (as you're facing the Docking Station) that is more easily accessible. You also get two USB 2.0 ports, which you might choose to use with an external mouse and keyboard, or other devices that don't require 3.0 speeds. And don't forget you have the USB 3.0 port on Surface Pro 3, too, for a total of six available USB ports. Very nice, and as good as you'd find on most desktop PCs.
A gigabit Ethernet port provides that essential wired connection, while freeing up a USB port as well. There's a headphone jack, which I connect to external speakers and a security lock port.
Many parents lament the amount of time their children spend glued to iPads, but instead of reaching for the parental controls, ex-Google engineer Pramod Sharma figured out how to harness its addictive powers as an educational tool. The result, called Osmo, uses the iPad’s cameras and display to turn any kitchen table into an interactive learning lab.
Motion Computing announced today it has secured Class I, Division 2 (CID2) certification for the F5te Rugged Tablet & EasyConnect UHF RFID Long-Range Reader. With CID2 certification, Motion F5te Rugged Tablets & EasyConnect RFID Long-Range Readers can be used in new environments, in new ways, such as streamlining inspections at oil and gas companies and improving plant safety and integrity across process manufacturing.
“Our rugged technology solutions are purposely designed to improve mobile workflows across targeted verticals,” said Patty Tang, Manager, Product Marketing at Motion. “With the CID2 certification, we can bring the many benefits of our F5te tablet and RFID Reader into new environments. The basic needs of the workers in these environments are the same as our existing target verticals, so the transition is natural. We are confident these new end-users will embrace our technology and reap many productivity, safety and efficiency gains.”
Motion F5te rugged platform is the ideal companion tool for mobile workers, featuring a slip-free grip and molded handle. The Windows tablet is powered with up to the Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ processor with a sealed and full-body rubberized casing, the Motion F5te is designed to prevent and survive bumps or drops that mobile workers can face on a daily basis on the job site. It is rigorously tested for IP54 rating and MIL-STD-810G drop test (48” drop). In addition to the tablet itself, Motion offers a full line of workflow-enhancing accessories, wireless networking solutions, as well as software and other rugged tablet platforms.
Motion’s EasyConnect RFID Long-Range Reader is a mobile UHF RFID Reader solution designed specifically for Motion’s F5-series Tablets. The reader delivers the mobility and productivity of a hand-held RFID Reader device with the flexibility and functionality of a powerful PC.
CID2 certified F5te tablets & UHF Long-Range Readers are now available in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Products designated USL have been investigated using requirements contained in ANSI/ISA 12.12.01-2013. Products designated CNL have been investigated using requirements contained in Canadian Standards C22.2. Visit Motion at www.motioncomputing.com for more information.
August 7, 2014
NFL Now goes live on iPhone and iPad, Apple TV to follow
The National Football League on Thursday officially unleashed NFL Now, its new digital content network, bringing football fans personalized video updates from around the league as well as highlights and select live broadcasts — though games will remain television-only affairs.
The league will stock NFL Now with some 105 hours of original content each week, and viewers will have access to nearly 400 hours of archival footage. That includes historical highlights from individual teams as well as every Super Bowl between 1967 and 2009.
With Apple’s latest few quarterly results showing the slowing of the growth of the tablet sector, many think that tablet sales have peaked, but I’m here to tell you there is still a tremendous amount of growth potential.
The problem is, Apple is the only one driving the class in a meaningful way. Which isn’t all that surprising given Apple makes nearly 80% of the profits in the segment. With such little revenue to fight for, more OEMs have focused on the smartphone segment instead of tablets.
But I believe we are on the cusp of something new in the tablet sector that will hopefully drive more familiar levels of growth. What is it? I call it “The great tablet segmentation.
The chart above that I’ve been using in our industry trend presentations some of the first segments we already see taking shape.
Inevitably, when markets mature, they segment. Consumers must recognize their needs, wants, and desires, in order for me to consider a market mature. They must know what they want and why they want it. By this measure, tablets being so new, are just now reaching maturity.
Will there be a separate class of business tablets?
Microsoft and Samsung have marketed their tablets as great for business productivity. Samsung even has a "Pro" series of big screen Android tablets.
While these tablets have some distinct advantages over the more general purpose iPad (Microsoft offers a keyboard, Samsung's tablet has a bigger screen for working on documents), I don't think they've done enough to establish a separate category of business tablet, but that could well change in the next year or so.
August 6, 2014
Lenovo has been on quite a tear lately in client computing. In the last 12 months, they achieved the #1 PC market share position, the #3 mobility (phone+tablet) market share position, and is in the final throes of acquiring Motorola’s smartphone and smartwatch business. Lenovo has shown unique prowess in emerging regions and is also growing share in traditional regions. For example, in Q2, Lenovo grew 20% in a U.S. PC market that increased only 7%. There are many reasons for Lenovo’s rise, but to me, nothing qualitatively tells a story better than looking at a company’s “hero” product. They say you can see the soul of a company in certain products and I think a great example of this is the Lenovo Yoga HD+ Tablet. Let me start with some background.
How does Lenovo do battle in the 10″ tablet market? They could have aped the iPad like many others. Instead, they created a tablet very unique and different which, again, speaks volumes about how Lenovo attacks challenges. I spent a month with the Lenovo Yoga HD+ and I want to point out its differentiators. This isn’t a product review, but rather a product example of why Lenovo is excelling in client devices.
Built-in stand and handle
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Yoga HD+ is its built-in stand. The stand swivels out of the base of the tablet, which allows two distinct usage models.
Extremely long battery life
The Yoga HD+ exhibited ridiculously long battery life. Sometimes, I’d go two days without a charge when doing basic web surfing.
Did I mention it is $349?
Lenovo has priced the Yoga HD+ at a very competitive $349 for a 32GB configuration. In comparison, you will pay $599 for a 32GB iPad Air, $399 for a 16GB iPad with Retina Display, $499 for a 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and $549 for a 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. This is a really good deal.
The Core i3 Surface Pro 3 is a Brilliant Student Device
Surface marketing intern and college student Kate D’Orazio demonstrates how the Surface Pro 3 featuring a 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor is a great device for school. It’s the tablet that replaces not only a laptop, but paper notebooks as well. It’s perfect for taking notes – either typed or hand-written – that sync to the cloud with OneDrive, for getting more done with two apps snapped side-by-side, for marking up .pdfs and other documents, and for working in Office and other desktop applications. When it’s time for a mental health break, Surface Pro 3 I great for watching movies, shopping online, and keeping up with friends.
August 5, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014
The crowded tablet PC segment has left little room for improvement in the last few months.
The way forward appears to be in increasing the screen size and bringing the tablet segment closer to the laptops. Samsung has adopted this philosophy in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, but this device will also be sold alongside tablets featuring 10 inch displays. One of those will be the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, a premium offering from the company.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is visible is similar to the huge number of tablets available in the market. It is slightly larger than the iPad Air, while also featuring the 16:9 orientation compared to the 4:3 orientation of the Apple device.
Due to the progress that Samsung has made in its smartphone cameras, it is not surprising to see the Note Pro 12.2 and the Note 10.1 2014 come with eight megapixel cameras in the rear side. A two megapixel front facing camera is also common on these two devices. These cameras are capable of quick autofocus and high-quality pictures. Videos can be captured in full HD resolution, at 30 frames per second; while the LTE model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 will record videos at 60 frames per second.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is priced at $340, while the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is more expensive of the two at $520 for the 32 GB variant.
August 4, 2014
How Microsoft Is Changing the NFL
The coming NFL season brings a noticeable change on the technology front. The NFL has formed a partnership with Microsoft that will put specially built versions of the Surface Pro 2 on each sideline and in the coaching boxes. This is not just product placement, though. Rather, this is an effort to modernize an element of the game that, until this season, relied on fax machines and telegraph wires to distribute important information.
First, an explanation of how things used to work. When a team is no longer on offense, the quarterback heads to the sidelines to review what just occurred. He is given printouts of player alignment before the ball was snapped, and he analyzes these with coaches to determine how the other team is playing defense. This situation happens dozens of times throughout a game, with a variety of positions and coaches looking at this information.
Now, instead of those reports being delivered on paper, players and coaches will be able to review what just happened with a Surface Pro. Called the "Sideline Viewing System," this streamlines a process that fans may not notice, but is imperative for strategical changes. For instance, it can take up to 45 seconds for a fax to print out, whereas information can be transmitted to the surface within five seconds.
Other elements will seem second nature for those using smart devices. Players can pinch and zoom to see details that would have been harder to make out on a static piece of paper, and draw route reminders, strategy shifts, or any other pertinent information. And tablets, unlike their paper counterparts, are in full color. Any changes can be immediately saved so coaches and players can quickly refer to past plays to see what occurred.
Doctor Will See you Now…on PC, Mobile or Tablet
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin members now have a fast, more convenient way to see a doctor for non-emergency needs when their own doctor is not readily available.
Members can now use their smart phone, tablet or computer to have a live video visit with a US-based, board certified doctor of their choice to discuss non-emergency health issues from home, work or wherever they happen to be with internet access. Doctors using LiveHealth Online can provide a diagnosis, treatment, and even a prescription if needed.
This new online care service, LiveHealth Online, launched in 2013 first to national employers. It has now been expanded to the majority of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s health plan customers, including health exchange members. Doctors are available 24 hours, 365 days a year, including holidays. For eligible members, a LiveHealth Online visit costs the same or less than a primary care office visit.
“LiveHealth Online is one of several ways we are trying to make health care easier and more convenient for our members. It offers a secure means of reaching board-certified, US-based doctors anytime, anywhere, especially when consumers find it inconvenient to leave work or home and go to a doctor’s office,” said Larry Schreiber, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “Our members have told us that LiveHealth Online has saved them between two and three hours of time from traditional office visits, giving them more time for work, friends, family, or whatever things that they like best. Whether you’re a college student, young professional, a family, or an empty nester who likes to travel, we can all appreciate products that make our lives easier.”
Consumers who do not have Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a health plan can also use LiveHealth Online, simply by signing up and paying for the visit with a credit card. Doctors using LiveHealth Online typically charge $49 per medical visit.
Online care, for non-emergency medical conditions, is more convenient and affordable than a doctor’s visit or a visit to an urgent care clinic. Members can initiate video visits from their home or workplace at any time through a computer, smart phone or tablet.
There is not a better companion
Recently my bad feeding habits followed during my entered life put me in the hospital and I took with me my Surface Pro 3.
So this post is about my experiences with this machine during my recovery period.
Most of the USA Hospital have free Wifi service for patients and visitors. The Surface Pro 3 connected to this service without any problem and with a decent performance, enough to use Netflix at SD resolution, check my emails, read the news, etc.
Thanks to the new location of the speakers and the super high quality screen watching HD movies was a nice experience. The sound quality is a lot better than the achieved in my old Surface 2.
The very low weight of the PRO 3 helped me a lot. But the feature that to me was the most important was the stand. The fact that I could open it at almost any imaginable angle increased the usability of this machine to a level hard to imagine unless you are in this same low mobility condition like the one I was.
I have been using Tablet PCs, UMPCs, laptops and every type of tablet currently in the market, including iPads, for a long time and I can say without any doubt that none of them would have been able to do a better job than the Surface Pro 3.
Toshiba Satellite Click 2: Is It Good for Business?
Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 is a beefy laptop-tablet hybrid with a big screen. The Windows 8.1 machine features a 13-inch display that easily detaches from its keyboard dock, so you can use it as a humongous tablet. And when you need to get down to business, it snaps right back onto the dock, adding a full physical keyboard and touchpad for extended work sessions. But don't choose the Click 2 as your next workstation if you can't deal with its heft and mediocre keyboard. Check out a full reviewof the Toshiba Satellite Click 2 on our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on to see if it's good for business
August 1, 2014
Today, Surface Pro 3 models featuring 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 and Core i7 processors go on sale in Canada and the United States at Microsoft Stores, Best Buy, as well as other Surface retailers and authorized device resellers. Surface Pro 3 is the first generation of Surface Pro for which we’ve offered this range of configurations. We did this to so that our customers could decide which Surface Pro 3 is right for them. This is the tablet that can replace your laptop, and we know that laptops and tablets are used differently by different people. The new range of products accommodates this with a different processor, memory and storage of options and price points.
Every Surface Pro 3 offers the iconic features that make it an amazingly productive device regardless of the configuration – each has a beautiful 12” ClearType HD display, each has a multi-position kickstand and Surface Pro Type Cover (sold separately) that give you the flexibility to work well on your lap or really anywhere, each comes with Windows 8.1 so you can run apps from the Windows Store as well as desktop software, and every Surface Pro 3 has the Pen with its brilliant OneNote integration that makes note-taking and sketching so easy. Every Surface Pro 3 is also thin, light, extremely well built, and a pleasure to use as a laptop or as a tablet. So how do you choose which one is right for you?
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station: First Impressions
The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station provides ample expansion and can turn Microsoft's latest tablet into a real desktop PC. But there are some important differences between this device and its Surface Pro 2-based predecessor. And from what I can tell up front, they're mostly positive.
Check out my Surface Pro 3 Docking Station: Unboxing Photos for some fan boy imagery. I don't usually do the unboxing thing, but I haven't been this excited about a hardware accessory in a while.
Here are some initial impressions.
Pen holder. Here's a fun surprise you can see in my shots above: The left "wing" has magnets inside so you can magnetically clip the pen to the side of the Docking Station. That is awesome, and it works well.
Surface Pro 3 ports are still accessible. We knew this, but it's notable that the USB 3.0 port and miniDisplayPort connector on the tablet are still accessible while it's in the Docking Station. That means you have a total of four USB 3.0 ports (three on the Docking Station plus one on the tablet, plus two USB 2.0 ports) and two miniDisplayPort connectors (one on the tablet, one on the Docking Station), all of which can be used simultaneously. The Surface Pro 3's power and volume up/down buttons are also still accessible.
July 31, 2014
Tablets are perfect for individual users – lightweight with very long battery life, and with bright, sharp screens that make light work of everything from watching films to reviewing photos. Bigger crowds call for bigger screens, though: here’s how to connect your tablet to your TV without spending a fortune or drowning in a sea of cables.
Tablet owners live in a golden age of content: streaming video applications such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Blinkbox , catch-up services including iPlayer and Channel 4’s 4oD, and home-spun video and photographs are all begging to be shared. And, while sharing online is the ultimate convenience, sharing in person is more fun. The problem is your tablet’s screen: perfect for one or two people but it will never feel smaller with five people crowded around it. This is doubly true for smaller tablets such as the 7in Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
The good news is you probably already have a device in your living room which is perfect. Your TV is big, bright and no-one has to squint to see what’s happening on it. There’s an ever-increasing number of ways to get video and pictures onto it, from straightforwardly stringing cables around to ingenious – but often more expensive – wireless options that will propel your living room into the 21st century. Here we’ll explore both options, as well as looking at the services that will let you share your subscriptions, photos and videos on the big screen – and those that won’t.
Summary: I just passed the 30-day return period and thanks to Microsoft's speedy updates and several other factors, the Surface Pro 3 is now serving as my primary home and road computer.
Back in May I wrote several reasons to upgrade from a Surface Pro to a Surface Pro 3 and I just passed a month of ownership with my new Pro 3. I was ready to return it out of sheer frustration with Wi-Fi during the first two weeks, but thankfully Microsoft took quick action and everything is humming along nicely now.
The larger display, longer battery life, and updated keyboard were the main reasons I decided to move to the Surface Pro 3. The new display aspect ration (3:2) is great for getting work done and I no longer feel cramped when I use the Surface Pro 3. I actually use it as my main computer at home and on the road with no connection to an external monitor.
I used two chargers with my Surface Pro and would charge it up at home and then again at work after my one hour train commute and workday. With the Pro 3, I charge it up at home and then go the entire day without worrying about topping it off. Long battery life is also a bonus when traveling on airplanes that do not have plug-ins.
The keyboard is fantastic and I use it to write without any real compromise in my typing speed. I love that it has a backlight and a trackpad that is actually very usable. I do use an external mouse at home, but on the road and in the office I use the trackpad and stylus.
July 30, 2014
The key element for a great Tablet has always been a truly innovative and top performing display, and the best leading edge Tablets have always flaunted their beautiful high tech displays.
With its third generation Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has produced an excellent professional grade high performance display for Windows. In fact, based on our extensive lab tests and measurements, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS. It joins near the top of a small set of Tablets that have excellent Top Tier displays – for professionals that need a very accurate and high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display. We’ll cover these issues and much more, with in-depth comprehensive display tests, measurements and analysis that you will find nowhere else.
In this Results section we provide Highlights of the comprehensive DisplayMate Lab tests and measurements and extensive visual comparisons using test photos, test images, and test patterns that are covered in the advanced sections. The Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table summarizes the Lab measurements in the following categories: Screen Reflections, Brightness and Contrast, Colors and Intensities, Viewing Angles, LCD Spectra, Display Power. You can also skip these Highlights and go directly to the Conclusions.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 vs. Dell Venue 11 Pro
Well, it's fair to say that the market for Windows tablets has come full circle. After consumers ignored the initial round of full-sized Windows tablets in 2012, Microsoft and its PC maker partners turned to mini-tablets, and we spent much of last year examining those devices. But now in 2014, the market has swung again, and consumers are looking for full-sized tablets. And if you're interested in a Windows device, you've got two terrific choices, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and the Dell Venue 11 Pro.
There's so much to say about these devices, it's kind of hard to know where to start. But the high-level view is this: Just as both companies' Windows-based mini-tablets previously established the baseline for what a good machine of that type should be, so too do these. And they compare to each other in the same way that the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad 8 do to each other as well. That is, while I feel that the Lenovo entry is ultimately of better quality, the lower price of the Dell unit makes it a better value for most people.
I've always respected the quality of ThinkPad devices, and this machine's quality and portability are unmatched. But the price differential here is hard to justify, and with the Dell offering better battery life (for those with keyboards) and a bigger screen and keyboard, the choice for many is easy to make.
July 29, 2014
It's no big secret that I'm a huge fan of NVIDIA's SHIELD. In fact, I believe I called it my favorite device from last year on a recent podcast, a claim that I readily stand behind. To me, it shows how versatile Android can be, despite the fact that the unit itself is essentially a one trick pony (it's damn good at that one trick, though).
Then there's NVIDIA's second foray into device design, the Tegra Note 7. Unlike SHIELD, TN7 is actually just a design that other companies can use as a base to release their own hardware from. The tablet's highlight feature is DirectStylus, which brings active-like features to a passive stylus. The device itself, however, falls a little bit short with the display – the 1280x800 panel is just lackluster in basically all aspects. The subpar 1GB of RAM is also disappointing, but the unit's performance doesn't really suffer from the lack of additional RAM.
SHIELD Tablet is a marriage of these two products, bringing the best of each to a perfectly-sized eight-inch form factor. It combines SHIELD's controller (though now it's a separate accessory instead of being attached) with TN7's DirectStylus, and brings all the software from both – including the DirectStylus launcher and navigation enhancements from TN7, as well as SHIELD's GamePad mapping software, GameStream, and Console Mode.
But it's not just about bringing these features together, it's about making them better. SHIELD Tablet features better hardware, including the crazy-powerful Tegra K1 processor and a full HD display, as well as improved software features across the board. Console Mode is 4K ready, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 128GB, and to keep things running smoothly for the foreseeable future, updates are coming directly from NVIDIA. The company has done an excellent job of keep SHIELD up to date, so I expect nothing less with SHIELD Tablet.
After spending a bit of time with SHIELD Tablet, one thing's for sure: this is so much more than a gamer's tablet – it's a power user's tablet.
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