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September 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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How to watch the iPhone 6 launch live
PC Advisor

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

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

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

How to watch the iPhone 6 launch live

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

 

 

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September 1, 2014

Sony Quietly Unveils Digital Paper E Ink Tablet
Beauty World News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Amazon does it, too.

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

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

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

 

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August 29, 2014

 

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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August 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Is bigger really better for Apple?
CNN

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

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

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

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

 

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August 27, 2014

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

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

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

Small Business Tablet Hardware Highs

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

 

 

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August 26, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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August 25, 2014

Shape shifters: The 11 most intriguing hybrid PCs
PCWorld

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

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

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

Toshiba Portege Z10t

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

Surface Pro 3

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

Lenovo 2 Yoga 11

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


Contunue to see all 11 of the
most intriguing hybrid PCs

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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August 22, 2014

Microsoft rolls out free OneNote app for Android tablets  
ZDNet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2

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

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

 

 

 

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Viewers switching to on-demand content
Business Technology

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

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

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

 

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August 21, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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August 20, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook release date, price and specs
PC Advisor

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.)

 

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Get an 8-inch HP tablet for $134.99 shipped
CNET HP 8 Tablet

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.

 

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August 19, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: The Competition of Best Tablets
StreetWise Tech

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 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 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.


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HealthKit integration in iOS 8 will pull in billions for Apple
ZDNet

What many don't realize is that Apple is already in the health market segment. The iPhone and iPad is Apple Health Kitalready 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. 

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JetBlue flight attendants getting iPads
wandr.me

Expect to see more flight attendants wielding tablets in the near future. JetBlue announced last week Jet blue ipad minithat 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.

JetBlue is not the only carrier with tablet news; Virgin America is updating the tablets they have on board for Flight Attendants as well. The new Nexus 7 tablets

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August 18, 2014

How to install Adobe Flash to an Android smartphone or tablet
PC Advisor

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.

 

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Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 (Security) review: Supremely powerful and super secure
PCWorld

What happens when you put an Intel Core i5-4300Y in an 11-inch tablet like the Dell Venue 11 Pro? It Dell Venue 11 Pro Tabletgets 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.

 

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

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

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

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What is a Tablet PC?

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

Slate Tablet PCs

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

Tablet PCs

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

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

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Convertible Tablet PCs

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

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

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

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The Apple iPad 

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

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