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August 28, 2014
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.
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.
After ceding the smartphone and tablet size war to competitors like Samsung for the past few years, it appears 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.
August 27, 2014
Business Tablet Review: HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC
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, 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.
August 26, 2014
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 evolved 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.
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 Times 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.
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.
August 25, 2014
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 device makers to rethink what a PC should look like.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 runs very similarly to any other Android tablet, but the pure size of the 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.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 makes a great laptop replacement and works well as a tablet. Now, thanks 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.
August 22, 2014
Microsoft has introduced a version of its OneNote note-taking application optimized to work on Android tablets, with support for digital inking.
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.
Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2
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.
Viewers switching to on-demand content
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.
August 21, 2014
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks' recently-launched typewriter app for iPad has become the leading app at the 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.
Surface Pro 3 Gets a Second August 2014 Firmware Update
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 enough 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 (v184.108.40.206) adds features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios.
August 20, 2014
Samsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which launched today at a New York event
Samsung and Barnes & Noble call the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook "the first ever Android tablet optimised for reading". By combining Samsung's tablet tech with B&N's Nook software the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook offers the best of both worlds.
"The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized Nook software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers." (Indeed, you can pick up a copy of PC Advisor at the Nook store.)
Though far from a powerhouse, the HP 8 is a pretty sweet deal at this price. Plus: three bonus deals!
Earlier this year, with no one looking (and almost no one noticing), HP unveiled an entry-level 8-inch tablet priced at a tempting $169.99.
Cut to today: The HP Home & Home Office Store is offering the HP 8 tablet for $134.99, shipped, when you apply coupon code DEALNEWS15HP at checkout.
How does that compare with, say, the original iPad Mini? Glad you asked. Like the HP 8, Apple's 8-inch tablet has a screen resolution of 1,024 x 768 -- definitely on the low side, but good enough for most tablet tasks. Both models employ IPS technology.
The HP 8 also matches the Mini's 16GB of storage, but while the latter isn't expandable, the former sports a microSD slot for cheap and easy expansion. As for weight, the two are virtually identical at 0.7-pound.
August 19, 2014
Microsoft has been widely known in the market as a promising brand. Over the years, it has rapidly and has now engaged in the world of smart phones. Samsung on the other hand, never failed to impress the public with their outstanding flagships. This has brought the existence of the Surface Pro 3.
On the other hand, will the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 be a worthy competitor? We will take a closer look between the two and see which fares better over the other and which one is worth spending your hundreds of dollars on. We’ll find out.
Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. For Windows users, the Surface Pro 3 has only one important feature – it will run all your Windows programs 100%.
Samsung’s newest 8-inch tablet has a lot of revamps: A high-speed SoC, more memory, four times the screen resolution, and finally, the latest operating system in the 4.4 version and everything else.
The 8.4-inch screen along with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution is very sharp – resulting in a pixel density of 359 pixels per inch. The display is also very bright, making it highly usable even under the sun.
What many don't realize is that Apple is already in the health market segment. The iPhone and iPad is already the hub for a vast array of medical and fitness-related products, ranging from pedometers to blood pressure monitors. But rather than enter the health market with its own range of devices, all emblazoned with the Apple logo – and expensive and risky move – the Cupertino giant has instead concentrated on building a software platform that allows third-parties to build these devices.
And it's a move that's paid off.
iOS is the most prolific mobile platform when it comes to a third-party hardware ecosystem. There are accessories available for the iPhone and iPad that only a few years ago I wouldn't have thought possible. This is down to Apple creating a stable, unified platform that developers can build upon. It also helps that Apple has sold around half a billion iPhones and over 200 million iPads, creating a vast potential market for third-party accessories.
That's a massive user base for an accessory maker to tap into.
Now that the user base is there, and a massive third-party health-related accessory market has grown up around iOS, the next logical step is for Apple to do what it is doing in iOS 8 and create a platform to pull all this data together into a single place. Rather than go digging to find your steps for the day in one app, your vitals from another, and your nutrition from yet another app, all your data will be available in one place.
There's a hidden advantage for Apple in this. User's data is locked into iOS, which keeps people bound to the platform. If that data was stored in the app or on cloud server, it might be easier for people to migrate to a different platform.
Note that I'm not saying that people won't be able to migrate – there will undoubtedly have to be a way for users to extract their data – but having this data is locked into iOS, combined with the fact that many of these medical devices are iOS specific, means that people are more locked into Apple's platform than ever.
Users will also be tied to iOS because many of the health accessories currently available are specific to iOS.
Expect to see more flight attendants wielding tablets in the near future. JetBlue announced last week that they will equip their crews with iPad mini devices to help with a variety of tasks. The devices are being introduced with flight attendants working on the carrier’s premium Mint service flight initially; all crew are expected to have a device by April 2015. The tablets will include a custom In-Flight Service Assistant app which will offer access to passenger manifests and other customer details. The device will also handle in-flight sales and includes a translation app to help accommodate passengers who don’t speak English.
August 18, 2014
Adobe may have cut support for Flash in Android Jelly Bean and beyond, but the great many sites and services that continue to make heavy use of the standard suggest it's far from dead. For those of us relying on a Jelly Bean or KitKat phone or tablet as our main computer, and who still want to access Flash content such as catch-up TV, online games and video, it's a real problem. Here's how to get around the issue and add Flash to Android, including Android KitKat. See Android Advisor.
While web developers are slowly moving to HTML5, we aren't convinced that computing is truly ready for a Flash-free world just yet. If you own a Nexus 7, Nexus 10, or any other tablet or smartphone running Android Jelly Bean or KitKat, by now you'll have noticed that many of the things for which you wanted that tablet - watching catch-up TV and online video, casual gaming - just don't work. In many cases apps are available that add the functionality, but do you really want to install individual apps for every Flash site or service that you use? Or turn on the dusty old desktop just to catch up with EastEnders on iPlayer? That's not very convenient.
We don't even want to think about the Flash problem: we want to continue doing what we want, when we want in our browser, and not deal with the continous headache of switching between apps to find a solution that works. This stuff should be seamless.
The good news is that although Android Jelly Bean and KitKat don't officially support Flash, it's really easy to add Flash support to the OS. Here, we show you some simple tweaks to enable the playback of catch-up TV, online video and Flash games on a Google Nexus 10 or any other tablet running Android Jelly Bean or Android KitKat.
What happens when you put an Intel Core i5-4300Y in an 11-inch tablet like the Dell Venue 11 Pro? It gets really, really fast. Indeed, having used the previously-reviewed Atom-based version of the Venue 11 Pro, I can attest to a rather significant jump in performance.
The “Pro” suffix indicates that this tablet runs Windows (Dell’s Venue tablets are Android devices), and the “7139 Security” tag adds a whole list of features not found in the more consumer-oriented Venue Pro. These include Intel vPro and TPM (Trusted Platform Module) support (for hardwired security and remote management), and a fingerprint scanner and smart card reader to keep the bad guys out.
In its basic form, the Venue 11 Pro is a widescreen Windows 8 tablet with some clever docking options: A small keyboard, a super-thin keyboard, and a port-laden pedestal that can transform it into a high-powered Ultrabook or an under-screened, all-in-one desktop. I say under-screened, because as large as the 10.8-inch, 1920x1080 display seems when it’s in your hand, it’s rather tiny when you have a full-sized keyboard and mouse in front of it.
This is one fast tablet
The Venue 11 Pro model 7139 scored a very un-tablet-like Laptop WorldBench 9 score of 52—a full 23 points higher than the Atom Z3770-based Venue 11 Pro we tested earlier this year. It felt super-lively in my hands-on and played even high bit-rate 1080p movies like butter. In spite of its faster CPU, the model 7139 managed to run for 4 hours and 48 minutes by its lonesome, and 7 hours, 46 minutes with the Mobile Keyboard keyboard/auxiliary battery attached.
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