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Our Tablet PC Quick Compare include photos and allows you to quickly and easily compare the differences between individual Tablet PC'S - Updated November, 2013
March 7, 2014
Samsung NotePro 12.2 a real handful
When Samsung showcased its 2014 product range at a forum in Bali, there was plenty of buzz about its Galaxy NotePro tablets, especially the giant 12.2-inch model, which is the size of an A4 sheet of paper.
Crowds were cooing over the 4.4 million-pixel WQXGA display - putting out 247 pixels per inch - and its ability to display up to four windows on the screen at once, resized however you like. It delivers a level of multitasking never before seen in a mobile device.
The NotePro 12.2 is targeting productivity, performance and portability. At this size, you rarely have to pinch and zoom to read, and full HD video looks razor-sharp. With an octa-core CPU and Android 4.4 Kit Kat under the hood, the Pro sets a benchmark for tablet speed, delivering lightning-fast app downloads and outstanding gameplay.
With its faux-leather back, remote PC functionality, USB 3.0 port, optimised virtual keyboard and massive multi-window screen, professionals are squarely the target audience here.
The S pen stylus makes for easy smudge-free navigation, including activating Air Command when you remove the stylus from its corner slider.
After claiming in a recent report that the new Asus dual-booting Android/Windows tablet/laptop combo that was announced at CES 2014 may not actually hit stores, Digitimes is back with a second story that says the same thing. According to its research, the publication says Google is putting pressure on Asus not to go forward with such dual-booting devices. Similarly, “other PC vendors now also have intentions to stop plans for producing products featuring dual operating system features,” as “Google is trying hard to avoid its OS being combined with Windows.”
Digitimes Research believes that such dual booting systems will benefit Windows more than Google, by helping the former further increase its market share in the smartphone business.
Intel is certainly interested in such dual booting platforms, as it now has a chip ready to support such devices
March 6, 2014
Video: Burgers and tablets become app-pealing pair
Burgers and technology are terms that usually aren’t synonymous, but when The Habit restaurant chain wanted to ensure consistency in the quality of its food as well as enhance the customer experience, it was a tasty pairing. The California-based burger and sandwich business has deployed Dell Latitude 10 and Dell Venue Pro 11 tablets powered by Intel Atom processors for quick access to employee information, training kiosks and point-of-sale transactions..
The company needed a tablet that could accommodate custom x86-based software and Microsoft apps, along with Windows and Intel-based security and management tools. After evaluating a number of different hardware devices, The Habit chose Dell tablets.
The company can now deploy new and existing business applications on the tablets and manage the devices by using existing systems. The Habit has also reduced costs and saved managers time by moving to electronic documents for managing inventory, employee communication, human resources and recruiting and onboarding. The decision paid off.
Acer Iconia W4-820 review: Your office on the go
Once unpacked, the Iconia W4-820 will please with its compact look. The 8-inch tablet has just one physical button, the one with the Windows home screen. The blackish-metallic silver look gives the device a cool avatar. Typing with two hands felt comfortable, but a portable keyboard or a kickstand would help the user to exploit the full potential of the device. The thickness of the device, however, disappointed me. With thinner tablets like the iPad Air and Google Nexus 7 around, Acer could have made the device slimmer.
The tile interface of Windows 8 is definitely pleasing and Acer has done a good job by pre-loading a lot of useful apps like Skype, Evernote, Kindle, 7digital (offers an excellent collection of downloadable music), tunein (an online app having a good collection of internet radio stations), Amazon, Music Maker Jam along with a host of Acer services like Acer Portal, Acer Docs (similar to Skydrive, where one can save documents on the cloud) and Acer Remote Files. Apart from this, the device comes preloaded with the usual Microsoft goodies.
All the familiar options like documents, downloads, pictures, music, recycle bin etc. And the biggest highlight of a Microsoft OS—the Office suite comes preloaded. This should work wonders for those on the move and are tired of carrying their heavy laptops to work on their Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.
The W4-820 has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 TFT LCD display with IPS. Colours were sharp with excellent viewing angles. Powered by an Intel Atom 1.33 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, the Iconia W4-820 is fast and zippy, with decent multitasking capabilities. The device comes inbuilt with 64 GB memory, of which around 52 GB is free for the user, further extendable via microSD card. This should be good enough for an average user.
A 5 MP-back camera takes care of the photographer in the user. Pictures were nothing great to speak of. The 2-MP HD front camera takes care of video calling needs. The tablet is powered by a mammoth 4960 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, with a video standby time of eight hours, which should easily last a day for an average user.
Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner said, "In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications. As the Android tablet market becomes highly commoditized, in 2014, it will be critical for vendors to focus on device experience and meaningful technology and ecosystem value — beyond just hardware and cost — to ensure brand loyalty and improved margins."
With Android all but taking over the low-cost sector of tablet sales, Apple faces increasing pressure to find ways to remain competitive in that space with its small screen iPad mini. According to Gartner’s Cozza, “Apple's approach will continue to force vendors to compete with full ecosystem offerings, even in the smaller-screen market as the iPad mini sees a greater share.”
As for Microsoft, according to Cozza, "To compete, Microsoft needs to create compelling ecosystem proposition for consumers and developers across all mobile devices, as tablets and smartphones become key devices for delivering applications and services to users beyond the PC."
Help could come from Lenovo given the fact the company’s tablet sales grew 198 percent last year. Isabelle Durand, principal research analyst at Gartner said, "Lenovo‘s success is a combination of launching innovative new tablet models during the second half of 2013 and the sales of its Yoga model and Windows tablets doing particularly well."
March 5, 2014
Pizza Hut has posted a video for a new concept it is studying, which would replace the usual plastic tables in Pizza Hut restaurants with a very high-tech table PC. The video shows two customers using the table to assemble their order, taking visual cues from the table itself. Using pinch and swipe movements they choose the size, toppings and complete their entire order without having to talk to a server.
Compatible with the iPhone 5 and up, CarPlay is "loaded" into the Ferrari's built-in navigation system by way of a Lightning adapter located underneath the armrest. Wireless connections are coming, at least from Volvo, but our test was limited to traditional cables. Once it's connected, Ferrari will continue to utilize its own infotainment system, but users can load CarPlay by hitting a dedicated dashboard button, allowing all touch and voice inputs to be diverted to your iPhone. This loads the CarPlay dashboard, which features a familiar array of icons and services you'll recognize from your iPhone. From here, it's a case of using the touchscreen or calling upon Siri to load each of the services -- the latter of which can be summoned with the Siri Eyes Free button located on the reverse of the steering wheel.
Apple has also implemented safety features to ensure services do not draw your attention away from the road and push forward its "hands-free" theme. For example, when we sent or received a message from a contact, Siri would only read the message back to us and we never once got the chance to see its contents. An Apple representative was able to talk us through each CarPlay feature, so do make sure you check out our in-depth hands-on video above to get a better idea of what Apple and its car maker buddies are aiming for.
March 4, 2014
I've been traveling a fair bit lately, both for business and pleasure, and on every trip I've packed a 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet and a 13.3-inch Samsung laptop -- the latter for work, the former for media consumption (movies, books, etc.).
But today's deal has me wondering: Could a single device take the place of those two?
For a limited time and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Lenovo Miix 2 (32GB) tablet for $199.99, shipped (plus sales tax). This 8-inch tablet runs Windows 8.1 and comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student. List price: $299.99.
The Miix's key specs include an Intel Bay Trail quad-core Atom processor, a 1,280x800-pixel IPS screen, and 32GB of SSD storage. Alas, installing Office leaves only about 9GB of that storage free, though you can expand it via microSD cards or USB drives (though the latter will require a USB-host-to-micro-USB adapter).
The tablet also sports front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, GPS, and a Micro-HDMI output. It weighs 12 ounces and measures just 0.3-inch thick -- a hair thicker than the first-gen iPad Mini. Update: Lenovo's specs don't mention an HDMI port, and the PC Mag review referenced below specifically mentions the lack of one. It is shown in Best Buy's product listing, but I suspect that's incorrect.
Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE release and price confirmed
It seems that more consumers are leaning to owning an 8-inch tablet PC with many feeling this is the sweet spot in terms of tablet size, and now the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE release and price has been confirmed.
the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE will be available for Verizon Wireless customers from Thursday, March 6th. The carrier has also provided some pricing for the device which until the 10th of March can be had for only $99.99 with a new two year contract.
The regular price for the tablet will be $199.99 or if you want to own the device outright it will set you back a cool $299.99, and you can add the device to an existing MORE Everything plan costing $10 per month .
The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE has an 8.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution powered by a quad core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM running the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
the next move from Microsoft might apparently be on the tablets front as recent reports from TOI suggests that the company is planning on new Windows tablets.
"If people have an option to get a Windows tablet at price that is similar to an Android tablet, they will likely pick it. A low-cost Windows tablet is not going to shake the market but it will help Microsoft gain some consumers who will otherwise go to Android." The devices are reportedly said to be made available sometime in mid-2014.
This is not going be a surprise for many fans as the company already has a tablet device selling in the market. The best part that will hit the fans real hard is the fact that it is actually talking about Windows tablet, which would cost you only Rs. 10,000.
Amrish Goyal, director of Windows business reportedly said, "We are reducing our required hardware specification for Windows to bare minimum that is needed for good experience. We want to be price competitive with Android. We want to get the bill of material for Windows tablets down."
If the words coming from the official turns out to materialize soon, then we might be waiting for a hardcore rival between Android and Windows tablets soon.
March 3, 2014
A new tipping point in the world of tablets: today the analysts at Gartner have released their tablet sales numbers for 2013, and Android has topped the list for the most popular platform for the first time, outselling Apple’s range of iPad tablets nearly twofold. Of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Android took nearly 62% of sales on 121 million tablets, while Apple sold 70 million iPad tablets for a 36% share.
In comparison, last year, Apple led the tablet category with nearly 53% of sales on 61 million units, compared to Android at nearly 46% with 53 million tablets sold.
Price and size alone will not do it in the future, it seems. Gartner believes that this may signal a turn towards more features, even on less expensive devices.
“In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications,” writes research director Roberta Cozza. “As the Android tablet market becomes highly commoditised, in 2014, it will be critical for vendors to focus on device experience and meaningful technology and ecosystem value — beyond just hardware and cost — to ensure brand loyalty and improved margins.”
Apple continues to lead tablet sales overall with 36% of all sales on that 70 million figure. Samsung, as expected, is using its bigger range of Galaxy tablets to catch up swiftly, with 37 million tablets sold for a 19% share — a huge leap considering that a year ago, for 2012, it only had 7% share compared to Apple’s 53%.
Apple has announced the official arrival of CarPlay (previously known as iOS in the Car). This feature will make its way to existing iOS 7 devices in the form of an update. However, only the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 are supported as this feature requires Lightning-enabled devices.
It features all the essential features required for a car and is based primarily on Siri voice commands which will read out texts/voicemails, answer calls or revert back to missed calls etc. This is something Apple calls the “eyes-free” experience which will not distract the drivers unlike conventional car media systems. As expected, Maps is one of the core features of this setup and will provide voice assisted navigation whenever required.
In addition to supporting a range of core iOS functions, CarPlay will also feature several third party apps such as iHeartRadio and Spotify for your music needs while on the go. A variety of car manufacturers have teamed up with Apple to bring this on their cars including the likes of BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. Many of these manufacturers will ship cars with CarPlay this year. Apple is expected to show off this new feature with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show later this week.
Your age probably determines when you think tablet computers were invented: 'Millennials' (a.k.a. Generation Y) are unlikely to look further back than Apple's first-generation iPad in 2010; Generation X types may recall Microsoft's 2002 Tablet PC launch and subsequent releases; and Baby Boomers (myself included) with fond memories of Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, will probably have (increasingly) vague recollections of the 1990s devices spawned by such science fiction — Apple's Newton-based MessagePads, early Fujitsu tablets, the first IBM ThinkPad, for example.
An evolving heritage
For a supposedly 'new' style of computing, tablets have a lengthy and convoluted heritage (remember Ultra Mobile PCs? They petered out in pre-iPad days and came back as today's small form-factor tablets). To get an impression of that still-evolving heritage, explore our Dipity timeline (above). We've included a lot of tablets (and tablet/notebook convertibles and hybrids), but do not claim to have covered every significant product.
February 28, 2014
This week, we tested the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, a massive Android tablet designed for professional office work. Coincidentally, we also received a Microsoft Surface Pro 2—complete with Docking Station—on the very same day that Samsung’s tablet arrived.
The obvious test: Which tablet would emerge as the best productivity machine?
The short answer: Windows won. Barely. And that, to me, was the most surprising result of our head-to-head comparison: that Android has come so close to productivity parity with Windows in just a few short years.
In terms of raw, productivity-boosting screen real estate, you have to give the edge to the Note Pro. Samsung’s 12.2-inch, 2560x1600 display is both larger and higher in resolution than the display in the Surface Pro 2, which clocks in at 10.6 inches and 1920x1080. Perhaps even more importantly, Samsung offers a larger display in a lighter chassis, as the Note Pro weighs 1.65 pounds to the Surface Pro 2’s 2 pounds. Samsung also bests Microsoft on battery life, with the Note Pro lasting over eight and a half hours in our video rundown test to the Surface Pro 2’s 6 hours, 9 minutes.
But don’t count out Microsoft yet, as Surface Pro 2 wins hands down in terms of replicating a desktop productivity experience: Not only does Microsoft have an integrated keyboard solution via its Type Cover accessory, but the Surface’s $200 Docking Station adds significant value—if you can get one.
We went hands-on with the new phone at MWC 2014 to see what it's all about. Read on for our in-depth impressions, or watch the video demo below:
The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be submerged in water and is completely dust-proof. As ever with mobile phone water-resistance, this relies on the seals being in place. ( Samsung does not recommend submerging it.)
There's one more standout hardware addition on the Galaxy S5, and it's the least 'everyday' of the lot. The rear of the phone has a heart rate sensor, which can monitor your heart rate when you place a finger on the back of the phone.
February 27, 2014
MWC 2014 Video: Dell Discusses Venue 8 Pro Tablet
Dell is one of a number of traditional PC vendors which are slowly switching from the desktop and laptop formats to tablets and all-in-ones. This week, the company brought its wares to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry.
The Venue 8 Pro is based on a quad-core Atom Z processor, which enables the tiny tablet to run fully-featured Windows 8.1. Last year, Dell CEO Michael Dell called Windows RT “a mistake” and the new Intel chips are helping the industry move away from Microsoft’s ARM-based experiment.
In the video below, Field talks about visual design, technical specifications, backwards compatibility and accessories for the device.
MobileDemand is excited to announce the the popular xTablet T7200 and xTablet T1200 are now available as C1D2-certified rugged tablets! The certification covers usage in areas where combustible gases such as Acetylene, Hydrogen, Ethylene, and Propane (Groups A-D) are present abnormally. So if an accidental discharge happens, you can rest assured that our C1D2 tablets will not emit any electrical arcs or sparks, nor have any hot surfaces that will cause those gases to explode. Designed to keep your workers safe, our tablets are sealed, rugged and low temperature.
The C1D2 versions of the xTablet T7200 and xTablet T1200 come with one certified configuration which includes a full Windows Professional operating system, integrated numeric keypad, premium barcode scanner and high-performance Intel processors. Equipped with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, along with the option for 4G LTE, these rugged tablets are the ultimate productivity and efficiency tool for your operations. A full suite of I/O ports, docking contacts, office docks and vehicle docks are available for use in non-hazardous environments.
“The great part about deploying a full Windows OS is that there is no need to invest in custom middleware software or applications. The tablets are built from the ground up to support your native Windows software solutions, saving you money on the deployment,” said Jon Rasmussen, Senior Director of Product Management and R&D. “That, along with the new C1D2 certifications is a huge incentive for oil and gas companies, manufacturers, and others, to deploy rugged tablets to boost their operational productivity.”
Parent picks: Top 9 tablet apps for children
Ratings and online testimonials aside, parents are ultimately the best judges of the tablet apps that hold their child’s attention. Commonalities include some combination of great graphics, interactivity, a learning component and uniqueness.
These are apps that “get” kids and the way they really like to play, learn and explore. All of our recommendations have been suggested by parents for ultimate kid enjoyment.
1. Bakery Story: Kids love virtual online worlds. They also love sweets. Combine the two and you get a game in which users get to design and build a bakery — and then show it off on social media. Free.
2. Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is a mindfulness and meditation app designed for young people ages 7 to 18 developed by a team of psychologists. Users begin by answering simple questions about their current emotional state and are led through a series of meditation exercises to bring calmness and clarity. Free.
3. Minecraft: It’s no secret that Minecraft is hugely popular with kids. The combination building-and-adventure game lets kids’ imaginations run wild. The pocket edition includes textures and colors taken from the PC version, new crops and food, improved lighting, fog effects and more. $6.99.
4. Endless Alphabet: Created by the team behind Sesame Street’s Monster at the End of This Book, Endless Alphabet is the perfect merging of learning and fun. Kids learn ABCs and vocabulary through interactive puzzles and animations full of delightful monsters, sounds and letters that come to life. $6.99.
February 26, 2014
Although Apple wasn’t an exhibitor at this year’s Mobile World Congress – currently underway in Barcelona, Spain – its iPad Air has managed to snag the award for the show’s Best Mobile Tablet. The annual Global Mobile Awards and Mobile World Congress are both organized by the same party, the GSM Association.
A panel of judges has determined in their ruling that Apple’s latest full-size iPad packs “class-leading performance in an attractive and svelte frame”, a nice recognition of Jony Ive’s design and the iPad Air’s speedy A7 chip.
More importantly, the judges singled out Apple’s tightly integrated ecosystem as a prime reason why the iPad Air has “an undisputed advantage in the number of format-optimized apps”…
Best Smartphone went to HTC’s One, one of the most advanced smartphones throughout 2013. “Its great design and excellent user interface continue to provide a differentiated user experience, standing out from the competition,” according to the judges.
LG took home the prize for the Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year because the company is “impressive across the board with ground-breaking innovation”.
Can HP Jumpstart Enterprise Windows Tablets?
Apple rules today's workplace tablet scene, but HP sees an opportunity for its new Windows 8.1 business slates, introduced this week at Mobile World Congress.
HP, which announced new business tablets this week at Mobile World Congress, still believes Windows slates can carve out a niche.
Windows tablets' market share has been "small to date," said Derek Everett, HP director of worldwide product management for commercial Windows tablets, in an interview. "But we see it as a high-growth area for the next few years."
The ElitePad 1000 G2 and ProPad 600, both of which debuted this week, represent the company's latest attempt to jumpstart that growth.
The HP's ElitePad 1000 G2 runs Windows 8.1 Pro and will launch in March with a base price of $739. It features a 10.1 inch, 16:10 scratch-resistant screen with 1920x1200 pixel resolution. HP says the ElitePad 1000's screen is brighter than the current model's and supports a wider range of viewing angles. These traits -- along with its sturdy, military-grade, machined aluminum body -- make it potentially well suited for field work.
The ElitePad 1000 also improves on the 900 by adding LTE connectivity and, thanks to its Intel Bay Trail quad-core processor, 64 bit support. It supports pen input, includes a 2 MP front-facing camera for video chats, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera. The 1000 will be available in both 64 and 128 GB configurations, although a microSD card slot offers additional space. At a little over 9 mm thick and 1.5 pounds, it should be easy to handle.
Spending $750 for an Android tablet seems exorbitant. But the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro offers a larger screen, excellent battery life, and access to the Android and Samsung app stores.
It’s not much of a stretch to consider the Note Pro as Samsung’s response to Microsoft’s Surface 2 Pro, which starts at $899 for 64GB of onboard storage. Both the Note Pro and the Surface Pro 2 ship with foldable keyboard covers; the Note Pro’s can be configured so that it wakes up and unlocks the tablet when flipped back. But while the Note Pro’s cover actually doubles as a stand, it’s not immediately obvious that it does so.
The Note Pro also lacks an integrated keyboard, such as the Surface’s Type and Touch Covers. In fact, to use it as a laptop replacement, you’ll need to buy a Bluetooth keyboard and possibly a mouse. That completely eliminates its use as a “lap top” computer.
As with the Note phones, pulling out the S Pen triggers several options, including an Action Memo; the ability to save content into a Scrapbook; and my favorite, the Pen Window. The Pen Window lets you run a second app inside a window, providing Android with a desktop-like multitasking environment. You simply draw a box, and when it’s done, select the app you want to fill the space.
The sum of its parts—a large screen, excellent fantastic battery life, multi-app windows, and equivalent PC software—not only make the Note Pro a viable choice for a tablet enthusiast, but a jumping-off point for an adventuresome road warrior to leave the Windows world entirely. If only Samsung could knock another $150 or so off the price.
The tablet market is an extremely competitive one, although Apple’s iPad has more or less dominated the scene for the longest time already. Well, the folks over at Barnes & Noble are currently working hard to prepare the launch of its first new tablet since the last release which happened a couple of years ago. In the company’s most recent financial report, it was apparent that B&N is currently talking to potential hardware partners when it comes to the development and manufacturing of a new color NOOK device which should hit the markets in early 2015.
February 25, 2014
the Internet, Burbank, California-based Disney said today in a statement. Users will be able to link to iTunes and import films they’ve previously purchased there to Disney Movies Anywhere accounts.
“Disney Movies Anywhere could stabilize Disney’s home-entertainment business, which has experienced lower results for five consecutive years,” Drew Crum, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co., said in a report. He recommends buying Disney stock.
The service underscores a longstanding TV and film alliance between Disney, the world’s largest entertainment company, and Apple. Disney’s ABC television programs were the first to appear on iTunes in 2005, and former Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs sat on Disney’s board
Hybrid computers might be on the rise. However, tablets are not ready to give up their leading position on the market. Technology companies used the 2014 edition of the Mobile World Congress as a platform to introduce some unbelievably innovative tablet PCs. Here are the most impressive of them… for now.
Waterproof Tablets : Sony is moving on to water-resistant tablets. The first of them is Xperia Z2. It was unveiled along with two waterproof Sony smartphones. The tablet rocks a 10.1" display and it runs on the latest Android KitKat OS.
New Yoga Tablet: Lenovo introduced its second Yoga tablet PC. The device is called Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ and it impressed with a better screen and more power under the hood. Lenovo assures that the battery life of its latest product is 18 hours. However, probably the best thing about the device is its affordable price – $349. The tablet will ship sometime in April 2014.
Haptic Tablet: Fujitsu introduced a prototype of a 10.1" haptic tablet. This means that it allows users to feel the textures of the images showed on the display of the gadget. It is the first tablet PC of this kind to rely on ultrasonic vibrations. As a result, the sensations are more realistic. Thanks to this new technology, consumers can feel alligator skin, wetness, roughness, slipperiness and many other sensations.
Iris-Recognition Tablet: Alcatel teamed up with IriTech to create a tablet that supports iris recognition. the device is in a prototype stage.
First 64-bit Windows 8.1 Tablets: HP is among the very first companies to introduce a 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablet PC. The device is powered by the newest Intel mobile processor. Dell will also launch 64-bit tablets.
February 24, 2014
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ launches with much-improved specs
Lenovo is quickly becoming one of the biggest names to watch in Android, most recently because of its acquisition of Motorola. Today brings some more interesting news from Lenovo at Mobile World Congress with the launch of its latest tablet, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Last year’s Yoga Tablet received relatively poor reviews thanks to a disappointing specs list. This year’s Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ aims to change that with a hefty specs list and an affordable price.
Going hand-in-hand with this new tablet is the release of Lenovo’s new set of DOit apps. This suite of apps includes SHAREit, a wireless non-WiFi transfer system between two devices, SYNCit, a backup and restore system, SECUREit, a malware defender, SNAPit, which is a camera app including 10fps shooting as well as live filters, and SEEit, a gallery app to view all of your photos and videos. All of these apps are now available on the Google Play Store for most devices with iOS and Windows Phone versions of some of the apps coming soon.
Panasonic Announces 4K Tablet
4K isn't just for television. Panasonic announced a performance-minded 4K Toughbook tablet computer loaded with robust components. Designed for professionals on the job that need a powerful, tough machine with crystal-clear images courtesy of its 4K (actually 3840x2560) screen. (By comparison the iPad 4/Air has a screen with 2,048x1,536 pixels.) The tablet's performance will cost you in the battery department as it only lasts 2.5hrs.
Hands on preview: Samsung Galaxy NotePRO tablet
The new Galaxy NotePRO is aimed squarely at power users, designed for business users and people who actually want to use their tablets to create media rather than just consume it.
The Galaxy NotePRO's 12.2-inch display has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, using a 'Super Clear LCD' panel rather than the PLS and Super AMOLED tech it used in previous tablets and smartphones. It comes out to around 247 PPI - pretty high pixel density for such a large tablet. From our limited testing, viewing angles are excellent, and black levels are just about as good as we've seen on any non-OLED tablet screen. Being a Note tablet, the bundled S Pen and Wacom digitiser makes short work of hand-writing notes or doing a spot of drawing.
The Galaxy NotePRO's 12.2-inch display has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, using a 'Super Clear LCD' panel rather than the PLS and Super AMOLED tech it used in previous tablets and smartphones. It comes out to around 247 PPI - pretty high pixel density for such a large tablet. From our limited testing, viewing angles are excellent, and black levels are just about as good as we've seen on any non-OLED tablet screen. Being a Note tablet, the bundled S Pen and Wacom digitiser makes short work of hand-writing notes or doing a spot of drawing.
12.2 inches is a large amount of screen real estate, made larger by the inclusion of quite a large black bezel on every edge of the Galaxy NotePRO - this is not a small or unobtrusive tablet by any means. Samsung handles it well with a smart multi-window implementation in Android that is very easy to use; the ability to have up to four windows locked at once is surprisingly useful when you're editing a word document and researching multiple sources at once, for example.
February 21, 2014
Before buying ask yourself these questions: Why are you buying a Tablet, What Os do you like to use? What are you going to use your tablet for? And last but not least, what size will work best for you?
Tablets are fantastic portable devices which sport long battery life and easy to use interfaces. We love them. But they’re not necessarily for everyone in every situation. Like any computing device the first question you need to ask yourself is what you want to use it to do?
If you want something that you carry everywhere with you, and is primarily a consumption device, then the smaller devices are an excellent choice. 10in tablets are hardly gargantuan, but they don’t easily slip into a coat pocket. What they do offer though is more screen to display websites, movies, and word documents. So if your eyes aren’t what they were, or you want to do some work on your tablet, the bigger models are the way to lean.
One important spec to look for is ppi - or pixels per inch - which shows how detailed the display is and how clear the text will be. Anything over 200ppi is decent, but with HD and Retina screens now available on many devices we’d encourage you to go higher.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: Full Review
he 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 provides a larger display than nearly all other tablets on the market. But this octa-core-powered Android device is more than just a supersize slate, offering deep pen integration and a host of productivity-friendly features, such as a souped-up Multi Window mode that lets you run four apps at once. There's also a powerful office suite and remote-control software for your PC. With a starting price of $749, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is more expensive than most of its competitors, but if you're comfortable holding a tablet this large, it can help you get some serious work done.
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 comes with Android KitKat 4.4.2, the latest version of Google's mobile OS. Additionally, it boasts a new iteration of Samsung's TouchWiz skin with a unique aesthetic and custom features. Unlike previous TouchWiz versions, the Note Pro's skin has a flatter, more subdued look. The icons are much simpler, and the default desktop wallpaper is a simple shade of cyan, rather than an exotic paint splash or nature scene.
Like other Samsung Galaxy Note phones and tablets, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 provides a lightweight stylus and some heavyweight software to support it. The Note Pro 12.2's S Pen is identical to those on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, with a slim form factor that fit perfectly between our index and middle fingers, a single button, and a flexible tip.
February 20, 2014
Head on over to Chip Chick and enter to win a new Lenovo Yoga Tablet
The Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 are the love children of a partnership between Ashton Kutcher and Lenovo. The Yoga Tablet’s design is also a welcome change of pace in a world where most Android tablets look the same. But the Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 don’t just look more attractive then the average slate, their unusual Multimode design is practical too. You can read our full review of the Yoga Tablets here, but in addition – we’re also giving one away.
The tablet landscape is changing rapidly. It's now relatively trivial to find a cheap, full-featured Windows slate, and we've seen a number of smaller models that still manage to pack plenty of power. In light of those shifts, our tablet buyer's guide looks very different this winter. Dell and Nokia are on the list for the first time, and Windows tablets sit shoulder-to-shoulder with their mobile OS rivals. We've even brought back an older Nook that's received a new lease on life thanks to updated software and a significant price cut. Whether you're looking for a productivity machine or just something to watch movies on, we've got a tablet that should fit the bill.
After a couple years of playing it safe with iPad designs, Apple pulled out all the stops with the iPad Air. It's one of the lightest full-size tablets on the market, weighing in at just one pound. It's one of the fastest, too: Its dual-core A7 processor frequently outperforms the better quad-core chips inside its rivals.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is billed as a tablet, but it's really an Ultrabook without a built-in keyboard -- and that makes it one of the most powerful slates on the market. The Core i5 chip inside is quick enough to do some heavy lifting, whether it's 6K video editing or large Photoshop projects. It also fixes many of the qualms we had with the original Pro. The battery lasts longer; there are more memory options; and the kickstand is more comfortable on your lap. The Pro 2 is far from the most portable tablet in this roundup, so consider the Surface 2 if you want something lighter and thinner. Just be aware that it doesn't support traditional Windows apps.
The bottom line: The Windows 8.1 tablet for power users.
The Xperia Tablet Z is an old hand in this group; its Snapdragon S4 Pro is no longer cutting edge, and there are higher-resolution tablets available at slightly higher prices. However, it still has one of the more appealing designs on the market. With its lightweight body, water resistance and infrared blaster, Sony's design simply has more party tricks than many of its rivals. If your tablet has to double as a TV remote, poolside computer or kitchen assistant, this may be your best choice. Be sure to watch out for its impending sequel, though.
As a device aiming to usurp your laptop and your tablet, the Surface 2 almost succeeds. After several weeks using the tablet I found myself choosing the Surface 2 over my old Acer Timeline laptop for much of my screen time.
The pros are many, including good performance and battery life, and a solid but stylish design. However, the machine is dragged down from greatness by some niggling cons.
The main issue I had with the Surface 2 was the selection of software on offer. The Surface 2 runs on Windows RT 8.1, a version of Windows 8 customised to run on an ARM-based processor.
Legacy Windows software won't run on the device and the only applications you can install, short of sideloading apps onto the device, are from the Windows Store — an app store whose cupboard isn't necessarily bare, but that too often offers a poor-man's version of apps on other platforms.
Performance in general is very good. The machine's combination of 1.7GHz quad-core ARM-based Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of memory and Flash storage allows it to switch between multiple apps, and between the Start menu and the desktop, without slowing down.
Outside the office the tablet succeeds in many important ways. Browsing the web is pretty much a cinch: Internet Explorer sits smack in the middle of the Window 8 Start screen and loads just about instantly. Navigating web pages feels fast and responsive and, coming from Chrome and being unfamiliar with IE, I found it pretty straightforward to switch between tabs, bring up frequently visited sites and other bread-and-butter browsing tasks.
February 19, 2014
Microsoft has got Apple to bite some dust-finally. Cheer zooms into Microsoft fans’ lives with a latest revelation that Surface tabs are a better choice for work—over the Apple iPad or even any of the Android fed smartphones. Any given day, large chunk of working forces in North America tap away better on the Surface devices.
Chitika, a web analytics company reveals that MS Surface users actually contribute to generation of a larger share of gross website traffic over their iPad or Android-gadget using counterparts.
Sony likely to announce Xperia Tablet Z2 at MWC next week
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, Japanese device maker Sony is expected to unveil its new Xperia tablet - dubbed the Xperia Tablet Z2 - which will be slimmer than the Apple latest iPad Air tablet, and will be equipped with some heavy-duty components.
According to prolific leaker @evleaks, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 will have a small frame of 6.4mm. As such, the tablet will not only be thinner than the sleek 6.9mm Xperia Z Ultra, but will also be 1.1mm slimmer than the 7.5mm iPad Air.
Some of the most noteworthy features of the ultra-slim Xperia Tablet Z2 include a 10.1-inch full HD WUXGA display; 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor; 3GB RAM; and 16GB onboard storage capacity with microSD support.
In addition, the dust- and water-proof Xperia Tablet Z2 will also feature an 8-megapixel rear camera; a 2-megapixel front-facing camera; and a massive 6000mAh battery. The tablet will run the latest Android OS 4.4 'KitKat' version with a few customizations from Sony.
February 18, 2014
Vivitar today unveiled its new Camelio TV, the world's first customizable TV companion device that turns any HDTV into a "big screen" family-friendly Android tablet that's customizable with a range of themes and characters via Camelio Personality Packs.
The company offered a sneak peek of the new plug-and-play device at the 111th Annual Toy Industry Association's International Toy Fair® 2014 in New York and expects the product to hit store shelves in late summer 2014. Priced at just $69.95 MSRP, Camelio TV promises to be the most affordable PC/Tablet-TV device on the market.
"Camelio TV is the first product of its kind that turns any ordinary HDTV into a personalized, full-featured Android tablet with interchangeable themes the whole family can enjoy," said Liza Abrams, VP of Licensing with Vivitar. "With Camelio TV, you can browse and view exclusive channels, plus stream all of your own photos, videos and music stored on any device straight to your TV, all wrapped in your favorite character-themed environment."
The new set-top-box brings all the functionality of a Camelio theme-changing tablet to any HDTV in full 1080p resolution. Built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and HDMI port makes it easy to set up Camelio TV in seconds. In addition to offering the first-ever "skinnable" tablet-TV user interface, the device itself is even customizable with snap-on covers that Vivitar will offer in a wide range of characters and styles through its licenses with Mattel, Hello Kitty, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and Hasbro brands.
Instead of requiring yet another remote control, Camelio TV users navigate with the companion Camelio app for iOS or Android, offering a matching Camelio theme that coordinates with the on-screen environment. Users can access exclusive channel apps through the Camelio TV Network, plus any of the most popular channel apps available in the Google Play Store. Full parental controls in the app allow parents to determine which Camelio TV apps children can access, and limit "screen time" by setting the maximum time per day and week children may use the app or watch programming.
Camelio TV users can also wirelessly access all of their photos, videos and music files stored on Camelio or Camelio+ tablets, networked computers or any smartphone or tablet device, and even on social networks and cloud storage like DropBox, Google Drive or Skydrive. The Camelio TV Personal Media Player displays photo slideshows and video in full screen mode, and it includes the same on-board photo editor found on the Camelio and Camelio+ tablets.
Tablets running a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 on top of Intel’s 64-bit Atom processor, Bay Trail, are set to debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. They’ll be among the first horses out of the gate in a larger race to move the entire tablet ecosystem—hardware and software—to the new technology.
The field—made up of Microsoft, Google, Intel, ARM, AMD, Apple, and a host of software developers—are all rushing toward a more robust 64-bit environment, with the goal of future-proofing tablet performance. In general, that means giving them the potential to address memory beyond 4GB of RAM, and also providing consistency with other 64-bit applications that already exist on the PC.
Most, if not all, of the existing Windows tablet makers are expected to begin shifting over to 64-bit technology. “One of the usual suspects,” said our source, will be showing off a 64-bit Bay Trail tablet in Barcelona. The vendor is most likely Dell. Without specifically commenting, a Dell representative said that the company would be offering a 64-bit OS on the Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro tablets later this year.
The Bay Trail Atom chip (also known as the Atom Z3680) is Intel’s first 64-bit system-on-a-chip. Given that the Atom chips are compatible with Intel’s existing Core lineup, the Windows-on-Atom transition should go fairly smoothly, sources expect.
But enough about Wintel: Android is far more important going forward. According to IDC, Windows tablets of all stripes accounted for just 3 percent of all of the tablets shipped during 2013. That includes a significant uptick in Surface shipments alone during the fourth quarter. But that's nothing compared to the 60.8 percent unit market share enjoyed by Android tablets this year.
Intel definitely recognizes the difference between the market potential of both platforms, and the company has made it very clear that Bay Trail-based tablets will run both operating systems. “Intel is pursuing aggressively both Android tablets and Windows tablets—they made a statement to that effect at their financial analyst meeting, and as far as I know they’re sticking with it,” Brookwood said.
TabletPc2.com Editors note: Windows RT is fine if all your going to do is check your e-mail and surf the web, but the lack of apps makes it hard to recommend anyone buy a RT machine. I think the Surface Pro 2 with windows 8 is a great tablet. That said, I agree with CNET that its time for Microsoft to make a decision and let the public know if RT is a platform that is going to continue or if it will be phased out.
Surface 2 is a stellar piece of hardware, but Microsoft needs to be more open about where RT is headed.
It might be a good idea now for Microsoft to be more public about the direction of its tablet operating system so consumers know what they're buying into.
But Windows RT, as it stands now, is in no-man's-land. It's not the Windows 8.1 that comes on PCs and it's not Windows Phone 8.
And it's been that way too long -- since October 2012.
So far, the closest Microsoft has come to saying anything about what will become of RT are comments from Microsoft's head of devices, Julie Larson-Green, back in November.
We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three. We do think there's a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn't have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we're continuing down that path.
It's now three months later and, I would think, time to expand on this statement.
February 17, 2014
As smartphones and tablets become regular household items, the tech industry is looking to roll out the next big thing. According to SFGate, Apple is looking to rock the automobile and medical industries with new acquisitions and potential partnerships.
Apple was in talks with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in early 2013. Tesla is a lot like Apple in that it certainly didn't invent the EV, but it made EVs a lot nicer to look at and made it more user-friendly by installing Superchargers all over the U.S. to relieve range anxiety.
Aside from cars, Apple is also reportedly considering the development of a medical device that uses software and sensors to predict heart attacks. The device would identify the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery, recognizing whether it's clogged with plaque.
Since the birth of the tablet as we know it today (iPad 1st generation, April 2010), there have been two very clear sizing options. You could either buy a bigger 10-inch tablet, or a smaller 7-inch one. Now, thanks to the popularity of the iPad mini, a new size is becoming more popular. Here's where we present to you the best 8" tablets available to buy in 2014.
As with tablets of all sizes we take into consideration a whole range of features when deciding which is the best 8" tablet. The most important features we consider are price, screen quality, storage options, design, quality of available software and the onboard operating system. (See also: The best tablets of 2014.)
HP Spectre 13t x2 Review
Chrome HP logo aside, the Spectre 13t x2’s heritage is quickly recognizable. Like the company’s other notebooks, the Spectre 13t x2 features metallic construction, rounded edges, a glossy black display bezel and square, silver keys. Nothing about the system stands out, but nothing offends either.
Simply put, the Spectre 13t x2 benefits from quality construction. The keyboard dock is rock-solid, panel gaps are small, and materials are pleasing to touch. Bulk is an issue though, because the system weighs almost four and a half pounds and the display is .44 inches thick. The tablet alone is well over two pounds, which feels cumbersome (unless your name is Shaq or LeBron, of course).
Unlike the Asus Trio, which switches to Android and a low-power Atom processor when the display is used as a tablet, the Spectre 13t x2 doesn’t depart from Windows or its Intel processor. Battery, processor, speakers, hard drive, wireless card are all in the display. Something has to give, and that something is the battery.
The tablet, on its own, scored just four hours and six minutes of endurance in the Peacekeeper web browsing benchmark. That figure extended to six hours and forty-nine minutes in the less demanding Reader’s Test, but both numbers are disappointing. The Trio lasts about a half-hour longer as a tablet and the Samsung Smart PC Pro 700T lasts almost an hour more. And all three are put to shame by the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
February 14, 2014
February 13, 2014
Dell says it will bring out updated Venue tablets that support 64-bit Windows on top of Intel's Bay Trail chip.
Dell will roll out updated Venue tablets for 64-bit. "Dell will offer 64-bit OS support for its Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets running Bay Trail (Atom) later this year," a Dell spokesperson told CNET.
The handful of Haswell-based tablets on the market tend to be priced hundreds of dollars more than the more numerous Bay Trail tablets. For example, Dell's Bay Trail-based Venue 11 Pro starts at $500. Its Haswell-based models start at $800.
Microsoft also expects 64-bit tablets running on top of Bay Trail. "In the coming months, there will be Windows 8.1 devices running 64 bit on Atom," Microsoft said to CNET in a statement.
And why the long wait for 64-bit Windows on Atom? It's not entirely clear, but Brookwood knows one of the reasons.
"Sixty-four-bit connected standby drivers were prioritized toward the end of the list last year with other things that were going inside Intel and Microsoft. That was the main sticking point," he said.
"A tablet without connected standby has some pretty awful consequences on battery life," he added.
The race to 64-bit in mobile devices has taken on new urgency after Apple announced the 64-bit A7 processor powering its iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina last year.
Lenovo may be the world's biggest PC maker, but it's clearer than ever that much of the company's growth now comes from mobile. The Chinese tech giant has reported a 30 percent year-over-year jump in its calendar fourth quarter profit ($265 million) that's owed partly to massive spikes in non-PC shipments. Its smartphone deliveries grew by 47 percent to 13.9 million, and its tablet volume tripled to 3.4 million -- apparently, the Yoga Tablet has been flying off the shelves.
February 12, 2014
A Tablet You Can Finally QOOQ With In The Kitchen?
the iPad and other tablets aren’t really built with the kitchen in mind. That’s why a French company has come up with a unique tablet called the QOOQ, which aims to be the only tablet foodies will ever need.
The QOOQ is a 10.1-inch tablet that, bravely enough, runs its own custom OS on top of a Linux kernel. Inside is a dual core 1Ghz processor and along the edges you’ll find a USB and Ethernet port, as well as a slot for SD cards. The QOOQ also has built in Wi-Fi.
From the moment you pick up a QOOQ you can see that its design was something built for the kitchen. The QOOQ kitchen tablet has four curved legs that lift it off the counter, keeping the tablet safe from spills while you’re cooking.
The custom OS of the QOOQ that makes it the world’s first “culinary tablet.” The Linux-based OS is designed completely around the cook. Users can view over 1000 recipes and videos that show they how to cook each recipe step by step.
Features of the QOOQ kitchen tablet include the ability to automatically adjust ingredient lists and cooking times in the recipe based on how many people you are cooking for; the ability to create shopping lists and plan weekly meals; and, finally, the ability to enter in your own personal recipes
Microsoft's Surface 2 has just joined the iPad on the FAA's list of approved pilot EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags) for all phases of flight.
February 11, 2014
How Are Rugged Tablet PCs Tested for Ruggedness?
MobileDemand tablets are designed and tested to not only meet, but in most cases, to exceed these industry expectations. The engineering department at MobileDemand uses creative and brutal methods for testing the durability of their products. They have developed proprietary testing equipment that subjects their tablets to conditions which mimic real world scenarios, and require their products to perform reliably under more adverse conditions and to a higher standard than those required by the current MIL-STD 810G and SAE guidelines.
MobileDemand's rugged tablet testing isn't limited to conventional controlled test chambers. The engineers at MobileDemand have gone to great lengths to push the limits in testing their tablets because they know that in the real world, mobile computing devices are often subjected to unusual conditions that cannot be re-created in an artificial environment. Engineers have strapped their tablet to the top of an SUV and driven it through car washes repeatedly, they have rolled them down the side of hilltops and even used them to hammer nails. They have been tumbled over a 1000 times in an IEC compliant 1 meter height tumble test chamber and a commercial clothes dryer. They have endured the severe vibration of an industrial paint shaker.
For example, MIL-STD 810G standards for drop testing requires items to survive a total of 26 drops: once on each face, edge and corner. MobileDemand tablets are drop tested in operating mode.
Promoted by Microsoft as the “tablet that can replace your laptop,” specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 include the full version of the Windows 8.1 Pro version. The Windows tablet’s dimension is 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches and it weights 2 lbs. It has a casing VaporMG and Dark Titanium color. The 64GB and 128GB variant of the device has 4GB RAM and the higher-end 256GB and 512GB variant has 8GB RAM.
Display for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The tablet has a 4th generation Intel Core i5 Processor or the Intel Haswell processors, and can be idle and powered on for 7-15 days.
According to PC World, Microsoft would prefer that you think of the Surface Pro 2 as a laptop first, and that it not be compared directly with Apple’s thinner and lighter iPad. It’s difficult to ignore, however, since the Surface Pro 2 does have characteristics of a tablet.
February 10, 2014
Dell Venue 8 Pro: Hands on preview
Dell's latest effort to crack the reduced form factor tablet market is the Venue 8 Pro, a Windows 8.1 device first unveiled at IDF 2013 and recently landed in the UK. So what's it all about? We got a chance to take the Venue 8 Pro for a spin recently and generally liked what we saw.
The first thing you'll notice when fondling the Venue 8 Pro is that it's a very nice size. With an 8in screen measurement, it sits comfortably in the hand, yet is still large enough to switch to horizontal mode for quality media viewing - a must if you're a frequent traveller.
The Venue 8 Pro also boasts accessible controls and the benefit of expandable storage. On the right hand side of the chassis, there's a power button resting conveniently about the volume toggle, with a microSD card slot lying a bit further down the frame. Combined with the 32GB of built-in storage, it means media buffs are very well catered to.
One cool thing about the Venue 8 Pro is that it supports digitiser input, which many professionals find hugely beneficial to productivity. We didn't get the official Dell stylus bundled in with our review sample, but utilising a generic nib, we found it to be suitably responsive.
ASUS, like many other companies, took to CES 2014 to introduce a number of new products. Among these was the often-leaked VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with support for Wacom pen input. If you were remotely intrigued back then, it looks as if Microsoft has now (quietly) placed it up for grabs in the US. Currently, Redmond's online store is selling the 32GB model of ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 for $329, which is slightly different than the $299 price tag it was announced with in Las Vegas.
The Vivo Tab Note 8 is significant because it is part of a new generation of tablets that offer pen input using a stylus pen. In technical parlance, there is an active digitizer built into the device, which supports the use of a fine tipped pen, much like a pencil point. The pen responds to pressure and enables very fine writing and quick response. The use of an active digitizer and a stylus pen makes writing on a tablet surface much more natural, analogous to paper. This is important for students that wish to take notes or annotate text while reading. The ability to write smoothly and efficiently is an essential function for students not well supported by other tablets without active digitizers. The iPad and most Android tablets do not include active digitizers, thus making them cumbersome for handwriting, annotating text, or drawing.
Apple has applied for at least three new patents for quantum dot (QD) technology, a technique that will significantly improve the quality of its iPhone and iPad displays and make them more competitive with Samsung.
Quantum Dot is an enhancement film layer that improves the color performance of LCD screens, like the Retina. It can also be used to enhance the color performance of TVs. Quantum Dot technology has the advantage of being able to work with existing display production lines – it’s a drop-in technology with no significant capital investment required.
February 7, 2014
Politicians and law enforcement officials in California will introduce a bill on Friday that requires all smartphones and tablet PCs sold in the state be equipped with a digital "kill-switch" that would make the devices useless if stolen.
The bill is a response to a rise in thefts of portable electronics devices, often at knife or gunpoint, being seen across the state. Already half of all robberies in San Francisco and 75 percent of those in Oakland involve a mobile device and the number is rising in Los Angeles, according to police figures.
California Senate bill 962 says all smartphones and tablet PCs sold from Jan. 1, 2015, should have "a technological solution that can render the essential features of the device inoperable when the device is not in possession of the rightful owner."
February 6, 2014
The Apple iPen has popped up again showing off more features that will help it become smarter than the average stylus.
Whilst it won't be out to steal picnic baskets the latest patents, picked up by Patently Apple, show that an Apple stylus could be a modular device (in a similar way to Motorola's Project Ara smartphone) so users can pick and choose what they want as well as upgrading features.
Amongst these features are the abilities to project images, work as a laser pointer or transform into a Dictaphone.
Another example suggests a built in camera allowing the stylus to detect movement in the same way as an optical mouse or double up as a scanner.
The leaked iPen might not be enough to signal an upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but with each of these features coming with a very heavy professional slant we're not going to bet against an Apple stylus launching alongside a larger iPad.
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