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October 21, 2014
Windows 10 Gets iPhone-Like Notification Area
A new Action Center area for tracking notifications is joining the new Start Menu in a new update for the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Microsoft revealed its first significant update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview that users can download for free earlier today at Blogging Windows. In that post, company representatives talk a bit about what it’s calling the Action Center and some changes its making to the Windows 10 Technical Preview distribution process.
As leaks throughout the year accurately revealed, the Action Center is a centralized place to get information from apps installed on Windows 10. The screenshot provided by Microsoft indicates that users should expect both Desktop and Windows Store apps to surface notifications there in chronological order. Each notification is sorted under the app that it originated from, giving users all the information they need to know.
Microsoft says that it focused on giving users notifications with this Windows 10 Technical Preview build, not fully implementing its vision for the Action Center. It plans to add “quick actions and cleaner UI [user interface]” later. As the Action Center came from Windows Phone 8.1, we can conclude that the Quick Actions that Microsoft is referring to are the customizable shortcuts that let Windows Phone users toggle Wi-Fi, tethering and more quickly.
October 21, 2014
This is Toshiba's new Satellite Radius 11, a convertible PC-cum-tablet. Yes, it looks a lot like a Lenovo Yoga—but if you're on a budget and need a (quite literally) flexible computer, it might be for you.
Inside, the laptop can be configured with the latest Intel Pentium or Celeron chips, up to 4GB of RAM, and either a 32GB flash drive or a 500GB hard drive. The latter is probably one of it's biggest selling points, allowing you to use the device as a tablet and workhorse laptop, too. There's also the other connectivity you might expect—USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slots and the like. It runs Windows 8.1.
But perhaps the best part is the price. Available from $330, the Radius 11 is pretty cheap. So if you're on a budget and aren't quite sure if a laptop or tablet is the right choice for you, this may be just the ticket. It goes on sale October 26th.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - Top Reasons Why You Should Buy One
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is an alternative to a laptop, being thin, powerful enough, and definitely beautiful. Some may not be satisfied with the ultrabooks because they’re heavy, but this isn’t the case of Surface 3, which weights 800grams.
Let’s analyze the Surface Pro Pen, which will give you the feeling that you’re applying a pen on a paper. It may not be such a big deal for others, but it’s still a great feature for those who use to type codes on a keyboard.
If you’re a doctor, then you can take notes with the pen when doing rounds. You can help your patients by drawing on diagrams and explain your patients the concepts. Also, you can save the info into the tablet without having to run to a computer, to enter the data. It will save you time and energy and you’ll be more efficient!
The Surface Pro 3 can also be used by sales representatives, which can use it as a portable note-taking device which can be transformed into a presentation tool. Just press a button on the pen, and your Pro 3 will awake the OneNote program, and you’ll do a better job with the presentation.
The Surface Pro 3 has three variants of processors – i3, i5 and i7, it has cameras on both panels, of 5MP, and the internal storage is available in variants of 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB.
In truth, it isn't much different to last year's 7in Kindle Fire HD, reviewed, but it does have front and rear cameras, which the outgoing model lacked. It seems Amazon realised that people want cameras on their tablet: it's just a shame that they're the same as the awful pair found on the much cheaper Fire HD 6.
Amazon Fire HD 7 review: hardware and performanceits star feature a builtin Pico projector. The projector lets users turn inside walls into an instant TV or movie screen1. Lenovo paired this premium technology for great video with unbelievable sound by giving the tablet a JBL sound system with a subwoofer. These exceptional features along with a host of other technologies make the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro like no other tablet.
18 hours of battery life
Lenovo has announced more choices for consumers with the expansion of its popular YOGA line of tablets with the new YOGA Tablet 2.
9 Hours of Battery Life
Lenovo has announced the new YOGA 3
The device achieves this incredibly thin and light design thanks to Lenovo's new watchband hinge constructed from more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminum. Lenovo engineers redesigned the original YOGA hinge so that it now provides the same degree of flexibility and flatness seen in metallic watch bands.
Editors Note: Hands down the best tablet display available is The OLED Screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, which is far superior to "Triple retina"
The iPad Air already comes with one of the sharpest displays you’ll find on a tablet, but there’s a chance that the screen on Apple’s next iPad will be even more impressive.
A developer claims to have found a clue in the beta for iOS 8.1, Apple’s next software update for iPads and iPhones, that hints a sharper screen is in store.
Developer Hazma Sood said he discovered assets for “triple Retina” user interface elements for the iPad within the beta code for iOS 8.1, Apple’s next software update for iPads and iPhones, according to 9to5Mac.
So what exactly is triple Retina resolution? Daring Fireball’s John Gruber does a great job of explaining how this works for the iPhone, but basically, it means content would be displayed at three times the base resolution for the iPhone, which would ultimately result in sharper images.
The 12 best budget tablets of 2014
24 months ago there wasn’t such a thing as a budget tablet, or at least one that we would recommend. Now the market is positively booming. Here's where we review and rank the 12 best budget tablets available to buy in the UK in 2014. Also see: Best SIM-only deals: Best SIM-only and Data SIM deals for smartphone and tablet users
When buying a budget tablet there are a few things that you need to consider, rather than just looking at our very informed chart of the 12 best tablets of 2014.
The first thing that you need to get your head around is that for less than £250 you’re not going to get a tablet that is going to compete with the iPad 4 in terms of specs and performance.
You should still be looking to buy a budget tablet with the best specs on offer. The key areas you should be concentrating on are: storage, screen size, pixel density, processor power, battery life, and size and weight. With regards to all of these hardware categories – excluding tablet dimensions - bigger is always better. For example, a dual-core processor is likely to be better than a single-core processor and a screen with 323 pixels per inch will look much better than a screen with 132 pixels per inch, as a rule
The last thing that you should know is that pretty much every budget tablet around today comes with Google’s Android operating system. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it’s very easy to use and is improving all the time. What this also means is that you are locked into the Google Play app store, but once again, in our expert opinion this isn’t a bad thing either. The Google Play store has an extensive amount of apps, movies, books, magazines and songs available to download. Just make sure that you have a recent version of Android, and that your tablet offers access to the Google Play store. Not all do.
October 8, 2014
Microsoft's problem with mobile has largely been a software one. As the company has learned, it's not enough to make powerful tablets or phones if the software isn't there to support it.
But Adobe might be able to help.
Though the two have worked closely together in the past, it wasn't until Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the stage with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen during Monday's keynote presentation at Adobe's Max conference, that it was clear the two companies have a closer partnership than ever, which may signal big changes for Microsoft's Surface platform.
That the two would want to work together closely is not a surprise. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has much more advanced software capabilities than iPads an other tablets — ideal for resource hungry applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.
On the software side, Adobe rolled out a new version of Illustrator optimized for the Surface Pro 3. "This touch workspace lets designers create on the go what they could once only accomplish sitting at their studio workbench before," wrote Panos Panay, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Surface in a blog post. "This new workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing, making it super simple to start creating with pen and touch."
October 7, 2014
I've taken to calling oversized tablet/all-in-one PC hybrids such as Dell's XPS 18 "tabletop tablets," and the XPS is the crème de la crème of that category. It's just the right size and weight to move easily around the house, it's equipped with a gorgeous 18.4-inch touchscreen display, and it comes with a charging stand for those times you want it to remain stationary.
But as much as I like the XPS 18, it's not perfect. The configuration I prefer--with a nimble Intel Core i74510U processor, 8MB of DDR3L/1600 memory, and a speedy 256GB SSD--costs a pretty penny: $1500, to be exact. Dell offers three less-expensive models (same display, but with slower processors, less memory, mechanical hard drives--and in one case--no charging stand), but I'm sure they don't deliver the same kick.
The heavily weighted, articulated charging stand lets you angle the display over a wide arc, so you can use it while seated at a desk or while standing over it. You must position it just so to make the proper electrical contact to charge its battery, but I'll take that minor dance over fumbling with a mechanical latch any day. Besides, an LED on the stand helpfully lights up when you've achieved success.
The tablet can also be charged independently of the charging stand. If I were to buy an XPS 18, I'd buy a second power brick to avoid the awkward reach-around that's required to unplug the power supply from the stand. But if Dell's engineers are reading this, how about adding a gigabit ethernet jack to the stand next time? I dig 802.11ac, but a wired connection will always be faster. That and an HDMI input on the tablet (not to beat a dead horse) would be Nirvana.
Remove the display from the stand, and you can use it as a conventional tablet (with a magnesium frame and an aluminum backplate, the XPS feels lighter than its five pounds), or you can flip out a pair of feet on the back and use it like a conventional all-in-one. You can also lay it flat for playing two-player games on its touchscreen, or flip it around so its feet are at the top and lay it almost completely flat. The strong flipper feet are how Dell gets away with selling the lower-end model without the charging stand.
October 6, 2014
What might Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 look like?
Almost Every Single Detail About Apple's Next IPad May Have Just Leaked
Technology columnist Michael Andrew and his team atThe Michael Reportclaim to have obtained photos and illustrations of the second-generation iPad Air from sources within Apple.
The report closely lines up with rumours we’ve heard about Apple’s forthcoming iPad, which is expected to debut on Oct. 16. Andrew didn’t publish the pictures, but did describe some of the design differences in as much detail as possible. Here’s an overview of the changes outlined in his post:
We’re expecting to hear more about Apple’s next iPad later this month, but in the meantime, check out the full post at The Michael Report for more details on what it could potentially entail
The Leapfrog LeapPad is one of the most popular tablets for kids, being a top seller for the past three Christmases. The latest models include the LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi.
The Ultra is a larger, higher-resolution screen 7-inch tablet, but in terms of functionality there isn’t a huge difference any more between the five-inch entry-level and top models of LeapPad.
The LeapPad3’s smaller screen is still ample space for Leapfrog’s large range of fun, educational apps and games. It might even suit smaller hands better than the larger and slightly heavier Ultra model. Later on in this review we look at the differences between the two LeapPads and compare to suggest which might be best for you.
The new LeapPads build on the success of the original LeapPad Explorer and later LeapPad 2 and LeapPad Ultra, which won multiple toy awards and were Christmas bestsellers. Its principal rival in the kids tablet battle is Vtech's InnoTab 3S tablet.
LeapPad or iPad, Android tablet?
The LeapPads differ from normal tablets – such as the iPad or Androids – as they are built specially for kids; Leapfrog recommends them for children aged 3-9. We think 3-7 is a more realistic age range, although our 8-year-old tester still enjoyed using them. Any older than 7 and we think children would prefer a more mature tablet, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, which has decent parental controls such as screen-time limits.
LeapPads are also more robust than fragile adult tablets.
The LeapPads, and compatible software, are tailor made for learning while having fun. They are not iPads that you can use for email and play dumb-but-fun arcade games on. You buy a LeapPad not only to entertain your child but principally to help their education from reading and writing to maths and logic puzzles. They are child proof (well as much as anything can be) and child safe as they are closed devices compared to other tablets that aren't configured to child-only environments.
Back in July I wrote about my home office being powered by a Surface Pro 3. I have since expanded that a bit with the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, brand new (released yesterday) Universal Mobile keyboard, and a Dell S2240T touch monitor.
This new setup allows me to function with a dual display setup and seriously increase my productivity. I used to go upstairs to use my wife's iMac for heavy duty tasks, but haven't touched the iMac for at least a month. Let's take a closer look at the accessories centered around my Surface Pro 3.
Universal Mobile Keyboard
I tested out the new Logitech K480 Multi-Device keyboard early last month and found it to be a decent option at $50. However, after testing out the new Microsoft Universal Mobile keyboard I would spend the extra $30, available now for $79.95, for this accessory instead. It is much more portable, has rechargeable batteries that last up to six months, and is a higher quality product.
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station
With five USB ports (three are USB 3.0) and a handy magnetic post to hold my stylus, the docking station couldn't be better. I have my TomTom GPS watch dock permanently connected to one USB port with a USB port to my new monitor connected to another (I explain why in the next section). Another port is used to transfer files with a USB thumb drive.
The Docking Station has a Mini DisplayPort, but there is no cable provided so I had to order one on Amazon for my monitor. It was fairly inexpensive, but I think a cable should come with a $200 docking station.
At first I angled my Surface Pro 3 into the dock to get the right side connector seated properly. It wasn't until my second week of use that I realized the two front post pieces slide out so you can drop your Surface Pro 3 into the slot and slide the front posts in to secure and make the connection. I guess sometimes reading the directions can be valuable.
The dock is sturdy, provides all the ports and connectivity I need, and is angled perfectly for my Surface Pro 3 to be used as a second display.
October 3, 2014
Mobile Choice has named the Apple iPad Air as its tablet of the year for 2014, beating competition from Samsung, Sony and more.
Announced at the annual Mobile Choice Consumer Awards in central London, the award goes to the iPad Air for its ability to combine great looks, solid build quality, a class-leading display, and the iOS operating system which continues to leads the way in the tablet market.
But the tablet market is no longer as one-sided as it used to be, as rivals including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and Apple’s own iPad mini with Retina display prove how the choice for consumers is greater than ever.
October 2, 2014
Users that are looking to buy a second-hand iPhone, iPad or iPod touch are recommended to first make sure that the device is not stolen using a new iCloud tool released by Apple.
As the popularity of Apple's mobile devices continue to increase, theft of the devices also continues as the demand and prices also rise.
Apple released the new tool that allows users to check the activation lock status of an Apple mobile device being sold to see if it has been stolen or if it legitimately belongs to the person selling the item.
"Before you purchase an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from somebody else, make sure that Find My iPhone Activation Lock is turned off and the device is ready for you to use," said Apple on the tool that can be accessed as an iCloud service.
To use the tool, users will only have to enter the IMEI or serial number of the Apple device that is being sold, along with an authentication code that prevents bots from spamming the page.
MobileDemand xTablet T1400
Thin and light Intel "Bay Trail" quad-core powered rugged tablet with full 1920 x 1200 pixel capacitive sunlight-viewable display
In April 2014, MobileDemand announced the xTablet T1400 as the first in a series of thin and light rugged tablets the company said it will introduce in 2014. The xTablet T1400 is designed for workforce functions found in fields such as utilities, field service, public safety, field sales, delivery and transportation. In this article we're taking a detailed look at MobileDemand's initial "thin-and-light."
We should say right upfront that the MobileDemand xTablet T1400 is a superb example how very far rugged computing hardware has advanced over the past few years. The table below shows some comparison specs between the new T1400, and MobileDemand's flagship back in 2007, the xTablet T8700. The T8700 was a mature, third or fourth generation tablet that represented the very best in rugged Tablet PC technology just seven years ago.
Windows 10 is here and Microsoft claims it is the most complete version of its OS ever.
The main talking point of the new software is its ability to run across a range of devices, from PCs to mobiles (and even Microsoft’s next-gen console; the Xbox One), through the use of a single app store.
Design-wise it is a mixture of Windows 7 and 8, the start button that fans of the OS adore is back and so is the touch-screen live tile screen, which had a rather mixed reception in the past. Here, however, the two have been combined within the start menu, where PC and laptop users will now be able to see the constantly updating live tiles.
For Windows tablet users this means that they will still be able to use touch controls. Windows 10 will recognise when a keyboard is attached to a tablet (such as a Microsoft Surface Pro 3) and automatically switch between the touch interface to the desktop.
A new task view button on the traditional toolbar will minimise all ongoing activities into one view on the screen for a different perspective.
Another handy feature on the updated OS is the multiple desktop option, which allows users to switch between several desktops running different apps at the touch of a button. Additionally, the search function will now search both your device and the internet.
October 1, 2014
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a Windows tablet with an 11.6 inch display. It comes with a detachable keyboard dock, which is part of the reason it’s called the “Switch,” since it lets you switch from tablet to notebook mode and back again.
But you the connectors on the dock work whether the tablet screen is facing the keyboard or facing away, which sort of makes the tablet a 3-in-1 device which can also work like a kiosk or all-in-one touchscreen desktop while you use the keyboard as a sort of kickstand.
The Switch 11 looks a lot like a slightly larger version of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 I reviewed recently. And there’s good reason for that: it’s based on the same design.
But Acer takes advantage of the extra size to include a full-sized QWERTY keyboard instead of a slightly shrunken one, and there’s room for a full-sized USB port on the tablet, rather than just a micro USB port.
There’s another full-sized USB port on the keyboard dock, so you get a total of two expansion ports with the Acer Aspire Switch 11. But the keyboard doesn’t house any other goodies like a battery or hard drive.
Acer plans to offer several versions of the Switch 11. For under $400 you’ll be able to pick up a model with an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail CPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, and 2 USB 2.0 ports.
Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack
It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.
That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.
"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."
For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.
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