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  • Apple and Samsung's New Devices Could Destroy the Demand for Windows 8 Tablets

    01/08/2014 12:35:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 01/08/2014 | By Sam Mattera
    Despite receiving support from nearly all of its hardware partners, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows 8 has yet to catch on as a tablet operating system. Last July, Microsoft took a $900 million writedown on its Surface tablet. Though sales have improved, Windows tablets remain largely in the minority -- IDC's most recent data shows Microsoft's operating system with just 3.4% of the global tablet market.But even that modest success could soon unravel. Both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF  ) appear poised to aggressively target the enterprise tablet market in 2014, perhaps the only market where Windows tablets have an...
  • Surprise drop in iPad sales shows the market for Apple’s tablet has saturated

    08/12/2013 1:22:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Quartz ^ | 08/12/2013 | Christopher Mims and Ritchie King
    Sales of iPads jumped with the introduction of the iPad Mini, but are otherwise stagnant. Ritchie King/Quartz Apple sold 5.4 million fewer iPads in its most recent quarter than it did in the same three months a year ago. That’s despite having introduced a whole new iPad, the Mini, in the intervening year. The drop in iPad sales, from 17 million to 14.6 million, is all the more surprising because iPhone sales continued to grow, from 26 million to 31.2 million.Use of those iPads, however, is running in the opposite direction. Data just released from Adobe show that, as of...
  • Tablet Preferences

    08/01/2013 2:13:59 PM PDT · by pfflier · 31 replies
    My wife and I are considering a tablet after deciding that a smart phone is overkill for our needs. We are looking to spend $200-$300. My wife likes to read alot and we are primarily looking for something that we can use, on the road, much like a windows platform lap top.Given that criteria I lean towards a Kindle from what I've read. But, as always experience of Freepers is always welcome and always seems to cover bases we haven't considered.
  • Intel’s New 4.5W Core “Haswell” Chips Blur the Line Between Laptops and Tablets.

    07/25/2013 3:45:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 07/23/2013 07:29 PM | Anton Shilov
    Intel Introduces Ultra-Low-Power Chips Based on High-Performance Micro-Architecture Intel Corp. on Tuesday announced its first microprocessors that belong to the lineup of ultra-low-power chips it has to offer, yet are based on high-performance Haswell micro-architecture. With power consumption of only around 4.5W, the new Intel Core central processing units will serve various hybrid and 2-in-1 devices.Less than a year after announcing its intention to deliver Intel Core processors operating at less than 10W and two months after delivering Core processors operating at 6W scenario design power (SDP), Intel has confirmed a new 4th generation Core i-series “Haswell” processor will be...
  • Google starts Nexus 7 tablet price at $229

    07/24/2013 10:02:50 AM PDT · by illiac · 17 replies
    MarketWatch/MarketPulse ^ | 07/24/13 | Benjamin Pimentel
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Google Inc. /quotes/zigman/93888/quotes/nls/goog GOOG -0.05% said a new Nexus 7 tablet will be priced at $229 for a 16 GB version; $269 for 32 GB and $349 for an LTE version. The 16 GB and 32 GB versions will be available next week
  • The PC is dead, and other tech myths

    07/07/2013 6:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/07/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Four things you might have thought you knew, but which might not be true, as brought to you by the geek section of Real Clear Politics. I found at least three of them directly relevant to me, and the fourth one is doubtless of interest (or at least a subject of heated debate) for many of the rest of you. How many of these things are true and how many are just inaccurate popular perception?The first one is that the desktop PC is dead. The headlines couldn’t be more final. “The Death of the PC Has Not Been Exaggerated” reads...
  • Apple banned from selling popular models of iPhone & iPad after judge rules firm 'violated patent'

    06/05/2013 1:22:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    A U.S. trade agency says it is banning imports of Apple's iPhone 4 after finding the device violates a patent held by rival Samsung Electronics. Because the phone is assembled in China, the import would end Apple's ability to sell new iPhone 4 devices in the U.S. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington issued a final ruling Tuesday in Samsung's suit against Apple. The panel issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.....
  • Windows 8 tablet sales: not terrible so far

    04/25/2013 1:19:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PC WORLD ^ | 04/25/2013 | Jared Newman
    Although Microsoft is staying mum about Windows 8 tablet sales, research firm Strategy Analytics has some slightly encouraging news. In the first quarter of 2013, Windows 8 and RT devices accounted for 7.5 percent of the tablet market, with 3 million units shipped. That’s up from 0 percent a year earlier, before Windows-based tablets were feasible. Granted, 7.5 percent of the market isn’t a huge number. In a statement to CNet, Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Shah referred to the Windows tablet market as a “niche,” set back by “limited distribution, a shortage of top tier apps, and confusion in the...
  • Is Windows 8 Killing PC Sales? Read The Fine Print: The Report Of Windows' Death Was An Exaggeration

    04/14/2013 5:33:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/12/2013 | David K. Johnson
    On May 5, 1907, The New York Times published a column written that same morning by Mark Twain on the news of his death the day before. “You can assure my Virginia friends,” said Twain, “that I will make an exhaustive investigation of this report that I have been lost at sea. If there is any foundation for the report, I will at once apprise the anxious public.” The event led to the oft-misquoted phrase: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Everyone it seems, loves a good untimely death So much so, the Wikipedia maintains a list of...
  • Five Reasons PC Sales Have Taken a Nose Dive (Bad news for Microsoft, HP and Dell)

    04/12/2013 6:36:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/12/2013 | By JOANNA STERN
    The PC is in trouble. Big trouble, if you believe research firm IDC's new data, which shows that shipments of PCs plunged 14 percent in the first quarter of this year. That's the sharpest decline in sales of personal computers since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. Since the numbers have been released, technology experts and pundits have hypothesized about the causes of the ailing personal computer market. IDC, specifically, cited Windows 8, Microsoft's new computer and tablet operating system, as one of the main reasons people turned away from buying computers. That's certainly a possibility, but one...
  • Companies Are Looking At Windows 8 Tablets Instead Of iPads

    11/01/2012 2:53:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/01/2012 | Julie Bort
    While most companies have no plans to upgrade to Windows 8 yet, we keep hearing about those who do. IT departments are more likely to bring Windows 8 into the company as a tablet instead of upgrading all the company's PCs to the new operating system. That's according to an informal poll of 700 IT execs taken by Fiberlink, which makes software for tracking mobile devices. In another survey of 175 small businesses by iYogi Insights, 29% had no tablet and are considering Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets rather than an iPad. Of those that already had an iPad,...
  • Microsoft Surface RT entirely sold out in the United States

    10/22/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2012 | R. CHASE RAZABDOUSKI
    While the base-level 32GB version of the Surface RT tablet from Microsoft sold out online in less than 24 hours after launch last week, as of yesterday all versions of the tablet have been moved into sold-out status. The backorder for the 32GB version without an included keyboard is now up to three weeks, while the 32GB version with keyboard and the 64GB model (which also includes a keyboard) are now on up to a two-week back order according to shipping estimates on Microsoft is planning to build between three and five million Surface tablets this quarter, on par...
  • Samsung keeps prior art parade marching against Apple

    08/14/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 19 replies
    CNET ^ | August 14, 2012 | Josh Lowensohn
    Samsung today brought out early technology relics in hopes of busting Apple's design patents for the iPhone and iPad — the very ones Apple has pointed at it like howitzers. The South Korean technology giant called upon a pair of experts — one in person, another by video deposition — to make the case that others had beaten Apple to the punch, effectively rendering those patents useless. Samsung’s argument relied mainly on foreign patent designs and an early prototype for a tablet that never made it into commercial production. However, Samsung also brought out a real product, Hewlett-Packard’s TC1000...
  • Apple Retains Top Spot on Media Tablet Market, But Asus and Samsung Are Closing In.

    Apple Controlled Nearly 70% of Media Tablet Market in Q2 Total available market of media tablets in the second quarter 2012 increased significantly from 18.7 million units in Q1 to nearly 25 million units in Q2. Thanks to the launch of the third-generation iPad, Apple managed to sustain its leadership position with 68.2% market share. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are closing in and shipments of their tablets are increasing faster than sales of Apple iPad. Total worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2012 are estimated at 25 million units; up from 18.7 in the first quarter...
  • ARM submits Mali-T604 for OpenCL conformance

    08/03/2012 8:04:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 03 August 2012 12:42 | Slobodan Simic
      To get full profile OpenCL 1.1 conformance ARM has submitted its Mali-T604 GPU to Khronos in order to get Full Profile OpenCL 1.1 conformance, bringing desktop GPU computing features to the mobile, embedded and smart-TV markets. ARM is actually the first GPU supplier to submit its GPU for Full Profile OpenCL conformance with Khronos, an organization that handles Full Profile and embedded profile OpenCL 1.1 certification. According to ARM, GPU computing is a growing trend that uses the performance of the GPU in order to augment the CPU for certain applications where the GPU is more effective thus providing...
  • Microsoft's Surface Tablet Compatible with Xbox 360 Controllers

    06/28/2012 9:31:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 1 replies
    Gametrailers ^ | June 20, 2012 | Danny Gallagher
    An indie developer working on a new version of its signature title for Microsoft's new tablet said its compatibility with the Xbox 360 controllers presents some interesting advantages for the player and new challenges for designers. Creative director Jake Kazdal and the rest of the crew at 17-Bit (formerly Haunted Temple Games) are prepping their turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun for the Microsoft Surface, according to a blog post on Wired's GameLife. Kazdal said players can control their game with the touchscreen display, a mouse and even an Xbox 360 controller, thanks to the USB port provided by...
  • 3 reasons Microsoft's Surface is no joke

    06/23/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 274 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 22, 2012 | Don Sears
    Many have scoffed at the idea that Redmond's tablet will succeed. But there are three crucial reasons to take the effort seriously. By Don Sears FORTUNE -- Do not underestimate Microsoft's Surface tablet move. Its gambit to design and build its own hardware is a bold play to develop a thriving ecosystem of new products. It is centered on Microsoft's dominant property: the operating system. Monday's flashy Surface launch may have felt like an Apple event with its bright, pastel-colored keyboard, slick introductory videos and breathless hyping from little-known engineers. But, in fact, Microsoft's play is anything but Apple-like. The...
  • Microsoft Surface Could Totally Change the Tablet and PC Markets

    06/22/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 80 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Jun 21, 2012 | Tony Bradley
    The Surface tablet unveiled by Microsoft at its mysterious event in Los Angeles this week looked very impressive. It obviously faces very stiff competition from the Apple iPad—which dominates the tablet market. But, there’s a very good chance that businesses will flock to the Surface (or other Windows 8 tablets) if Microsoft delivers something close to what it presented to the media. I am a huge fan of the iPad, so I don’t make that claim lightly. I have owned all three iterations of the iPad thus far, and I’m not prepared to abandon the New iPad any time soon....
  • Will Microsoft's new Windows Tablet be a Zune or an Xbox 360?

    06/17/2012 8:54:11 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/17/2012 | Ewan Spence
    It looks like Microsoft are about to launch their own Tablet device, probably running a version of Windows 8 (and yes, I’m assuming Taniyama-Shimura once more). I’m fully expecting a lot of commentators to talk about how inexperienced the Redmond based company is at making hardware. So let me point out two counter-examples before the big event for your consideration. I’ll start with the Xbox 360. It’s had a pretty rough ride in terms of hardware with the Red Ring of Death and numerous issues early in the life cycle of the platform, but as Microsoft have understood the issues,...
  • Are Nokia and RIM Headed for Ruin?

    06/15/2012 6:26:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 06/15/2012 | Jeff Macke
    In an announcement falling somewhere between a suicide note and an expression of optimism for the future Finnish cell-phone has-been, Nokia (NOK) announced yesterday that it would be laying off 10,000 employees between now and the end of 2013. Obviously the negative part was the plan to lay-off nearly 20% of its existing work-force. The upside was that Nokia seems to truly believe the company will exist as a freestanding concern in 18 months. Unwilling to see the glass as anything but half-empty, Wall Street sent NOK shares down 16% Wednesday. Nokia shareholders should be used to such pain by...
  • Windows 7 hits 600 million sales

    06/07/2012 4:50:35 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    HEXUS ^ | 6 June 2012 | Mark Tyson
    Microsoft has announced today that Windows 7 has reached a milestone of 600 million licenses sold. Just four months ago, in February, the figure stood at 525 million licenses. Windows 7 was released in October 2009 and is currently the operating system on nearly 40 per cent of internet connected devices according to Microsoft figures. Windows XP still accounts for approximately 45 per cent of global market share. Speaking at the Computex ICT show in Taipei, Microsoft’s Steve Guggenheimer updated us on Windows 7 sales figures while showing some new Windows 7 based devices. Most of the new Computex hardware...
  • Bold Call: Microsoft To Pass Android, Grab No. 2 Spot In Tablets Behind Apple

    06/03/2012 8:11:25 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/01/2012 | Brian Caulfield
    Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty upped her sales projections for the tablet computer market Thursday, and argued that Microsoft will grab the number two spot in the market, after Apple iPad and ahead of tablets running Google‘s Android software, with the launch of Windows 8 later this year. Huberty and the tech team at Morgan Stanley are now estimating shipments of 133 million tablets in 2012, up 57% from their original estimates; and 216 million tablets in 2013, up 112%. No surprise there, tablet sales have been growing fast — despite high-profile stumbles by Hewlett-Packard and Dell — thanks to...
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Usage Apparently Double That of Windows 7 Beta

    04/28/2012 7:46:30 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 45 replies
    Windowsitpro ^ | April 23, 2012 09:04 AM | Paul Thurrott
    Microsoft revealed late last week that usage of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has doubled that of Windows 7 during the same pre-release timeframe for that version. “Millions” of people are already using Windows 8 every day, the company claimed. Because this is literally all the information that Microsoft communicated about this incredible milestone, let’s read between the lines a bit. I have two thoughts about this issue, one of which has been bothering me for some time. First, this announcement is an attempt by Microsoft to remind people of how popular Windows really is. While the mainstream media is...
  • Opinion: Windows 8 vs. OS X Mountain Lion — why Apple Suddenly Sucks

    03/05/2012 4:37:26 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Digital Trends ^ | March 3, 2012 | Rob Enderle
    With Apple and Microsoft both recently displaying their respective operating systems: Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8. Digital Trend's Rob Enderle explores why Apple's lion may no longer be king of the mountain. This last week has been fascinating. Both Apple and Microsoft introduced their new operating system for PCs. Interestingly, folks are raving about Windows 8 and ranting at OS X Mountain Lion. Both products are far from final and, of the two, Mountain Lion has far fewer changes. Given that we don’t like change, you’d think folks would like that. But it seems they are comparing...
  • Tablet Sales Will Blow Past PC Sales To Nearly 500 Million Units A Year By 2015 (Post PC era)

    02/14/2012 10:50:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2012 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Tablet sales will hit nearly 500 million units a year by 2015, according to a new report by BI Intelligence. Tablet sales in 2015 will exceed the number of PCs currently sold per year (~360 million) and make tablets a $100+ billion market. The forecast, which includes e-readers, predicts that tablet sales will grow at better than a 50% compound annual growth rate over the next few years. The growth will be driven by falling prices combined with tablet penetration in the enterprise and education markets, as well as emerging markets. Here are some highlights from the report, whose lead...
  • Intel Raises Bar on Smartphones, Tablets and Ultrabook Devices (CES 2012 - Vegas)

    01/11/2012 12:01:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Intel ^ | Jan 10, 2012 4:50:57 PM | IntelPR
    Strikes Multi-year, Multi-Device Strategic Partnership with Motorola Mobility*, Including Smartphones that Motorola Will Begin to Ship in 2H 2012 Lenovo K800 Smartphone Based on Intel® Technology Available in Second Quarter 2012 in China   INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2012 – Intel Corporation today announced a number of advancements across its smartphone business, including a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Motorola Mobility*, Inc. and a handset by Lenovo* based on the company’s new Intel® Atom™ processor platform. Several smartphones based on the new Atom processor are expected to come to market in 2012. 
  • India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35

    10/05/2011 10:17:09 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 26 replies
    India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (Ł23). Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. Officials hope the computer will give digital access to students in small towns and villages across India, which lags behind its rivals in connectivity. At the launch in the Indian capital, Delhi, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal handed out 500 Aakash (meaning sky) tablets...
  • Price of new Amazon tablet could be big attraction

    09/28/2011 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/28/11 | Alistair Barr
    (Reuters) - Inc is expected to launch its long-awaited tablet computer on Wednesday, sporting a low-enough price to give Apple Inc's iPad some serious competition for the first time. At a news conference Wednesday morning in New York, Amazon will likely unveil a seven-inch tablet that will let users read e-books, download digital music and video games and stream movies and TV shows. Analysts expect the tablet to be priced around $250, roughly half the price of Apple's dominant iPad, which starts at $499. "If Amazon prices the Kindle Fire at $250, it has the potential to become the...
  • Google Android vs. Apple iOS: Handicapping the 2011 death match (Jan 2011 )

    08/05/2011 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Techrepublic ^ | January 14, 2011, 2:23 PM PST | Jason Hiner
    Takeaway: If you thought Google Android and Apple iOS butted heads in 2010, wait until you see what they do in 2011. And, see where both have weaknesses that could be exploited. Throughout 2010 there were escalating tensions between Google Android and Apple iOS, as the two platforms emerged as the rising superpowers in the mobile world. But, if you thought things were heated between them last year, then as the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. These two ecosystems are on course for a massive collision in 2011 and the stakes are about to get a lot higher....
  • Is Marvell going to change the ARM game?

    08/03/2011 1:50:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach ^ | Jul 28, 2011 | Charlie Demerjian
    A dark horse to watch out forIt looks like a dark horse is going to be the one to watch for the next round of ARM CPUs, Marvell. Yes, not Qualcomm, not Nvidia, not even TI, a fourth player is now in the game.
  • The Swiss Army Knife of Tablets: Toshiba's Thrive

    08/03/2011 10:00:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | Dave Altavilla
    Android Honeycomb based tablets are beginning to feel like they're a dime a dozen. 10.1-inch slates are coming out of the woodwork from a bunch of major players, and for all intents and purposes, they're built upon very similar base platforms with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor powering them. Capacitive touch displays, integrated 802.11 WiFi, 8 - 32GB of ROM storage, 1GB of RAM, accelerometers, gyroscopes, front and rear facing cameras and Android 3.1 -- you know the drill. Fortunately, beyond the cookie-cutter reference platform, some manufacturers are building tablets that stand out from the crowd.  Asus stepped out early with an innovative approach to expanding...
  • Dell leaks on Android (Full Size Tablet coming )

    04/26/2011 8:41:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:23 | Nick Farrell
    Slide falls into the wrong hands Tinman Michael Dell must be miffed after his top secret plans to release three Dell tablets have been revealled on the world wide wibble. Android Central has got its paws on a slide of a roadmap showing three new Dell tablets: one powered by Google's Android platform and two by Microsoft's Windows 7. It looks like Dell will ship an Android tablet, dubbed "Streak Pro," in Jun. It will have a 10-inch display (1280 x 800 resolution) along a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra T25 dual-core chip. Dell will install its Stage 1.5 UI on...
  • Sony Tablet with Android 3.0 unveiled

    04/26/2011 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    DIGITIMES ^ | Tuesday 26 April 2011 | Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
    Sony has announced Sony Tablet that delivers the combination of hardware, content and network. Sony is developing two tablets, including S1, which is optimized for media entertainment, and S2, which is for mobile communication and entertainment. Sony Tablet will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011, the vendor said.Sony Tablet is equipped with the latest Android 3.0, which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are Wi-Fi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the Internet or check e-mail but they can also access digital content including videos, games...
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review ( tablet with docking station = Android Netbook)

    04/21/2011 9:47:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Anandtech ^ | 4/21/2011 | Anand Lal Shimpi
    More than Meets the Eye Alongside the original iPad, Apple sold a keyboard dock for users who wanted to do a lot of typing on their new tablet. The keyboard dock turned the iPad into a mini iMac running iOS. What the iPad keyboard dock lacked however was a pointing device—all navigation still had to be done via the touch screen. As Apple has correctly pointed out in the past, the notebook usage model doesn't work very well if you have to keep reaching across your keyboard to touch the screen. ASUS expands on the idea of a keyboard dock...
  • Toshiba shows off 10.1 inch tablet in Japan

    04/21/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:52 | Nick Farrell
    Android Honeycomb on board Toshiba's 10.1-inch has released a media tablet with Android Honeycomb. The gear has been released in Japan under the handle “Regza AT300”. The Regza AT300 has an Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2 chip under the bonnet and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and a 5-megapixel rear camera that takes pictures and records video. The 1280-by-800, 720p multi-touch screen features "Toshiba Adaptive Display," which adjusts the colour and brightness of the screen depending on lighting conditions. The tablet includes USB 2.0, mini USB and SD card ports, as well as an HDMI output for watching video...
  • Google’s Android Bear-Hug Comes To LG: New LG/Nexus Tablets Coming Soon?

    04/02/2011 11:44:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Biggs
    Every few months Google embraces another CE company. It began with HTC and G1, giving that manufacturer resources and manpower enough to produce a powerful entrant in the smartphone race. It continued with Motorola for the Droid and has cycled through to Samsung for a brief period. This bear hug essentially gives the manufacturer access to Google’s engineers and pre-release code and leaves everyone else out in the street, waiting for a software update. Now Google has set its sights on LG and, if rumor is correct, it means a Nexus S tablet is on its way from LG...
  • Acer Iconia W500 Fusion tablet previewed

    03/28/2011 10:03:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 25 March 2011 12:34 | Peter Scott
    x86 all the way Acer is gearing up to introduce the Iconia W500 tablet, the world’s first slate based on AMD’s Fusion platform. Unlike most tablets, the W500 is based on AMD’s C-50 APU. This is a proper x86 dual-core with on-die HD 6250 graphics. Thanks to this, the W500 runs Windows 7 rather than Android, which should come in handy for a wide variety of users who rely on the Windows environment and cannot transition to Android for practical reasons.The W500 packs a 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen, but crucially it also ships with a full-sized chiclet keyboard, which doubles as...
  • PlayBook will run Android Apps

    03/28/2011 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 28 March 2011 09:44 | David Stellmack
    Now confirmed, but will not make launch We have been telling you about the possibility that the upcoming release of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Android applications. At first, this was just a rumor and some idle talk. Later, we started hearing more whispers about it and it looked like a real possibility. Now, RIM has confirmed that it is real and Android 2.3 applications will be able to be run on the PlayBook.
  • How the iPad 2 could cost you more than the Xoom

    03/08/2011 8:37:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | March 8, 2011, 12:00 a.m. EST | Brett Arends, MarketWatch
    BOSTON (MarketWatch) — What a showman Steve Jobs is. Last week the chief executive of Apple Inc.— emerging from sick leave — took to the stage to unveil his latest technological marvel, the new iPad 2. And in a bravura performance he successfully persuaded most of the world that it’s better and cheaper than its new competitor, the Xoom from Motorola. No wonder shares of Motorola Mobility Holdings /quotes/comstock/13*!mmi/quotes/nls/mmi (MMI 27.06, +0.11, +0.41%)  have tumbled 10% since last week’s iPad moment, falling from $30 to $27. Apple’s stock, meanwhile, is up about $4 to $354 — near a record high....
  • Watch Out iPad, Honeycomb Has 16 Tablet Apps!

    02/25/2011 4:55:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Giga OM ^ | Feb. 25, 2011, 8:33am | By Kevin C. Tofel
    The tablet war between Apple and Google is only just getting warmed up, but it’s going to take time before it becomes a full-scale conflict. Apple’s iPad has a good 10-month head-start over Google Honeycomb tablets, the first of which became available only yesterday. Motorola’s Xoom is the initial soldier in the Android army, and other Honeycomb tablets from LG, Samsung, Acer and others will soon enlist. So we’re sure to see a regiment or two join up with Android, but you can’t win a war solely with infantrymen. You need supporting personnel as well, and in this case, that...
  • Motorola's XOOM tablet officially announced

    01/06/2011 9:15:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 06 January 2011 14:54 | Slobodan Simic
    From Verizon in Q1 Since Andy Rubin showed the prototype of Motorola's tablet running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, it has been filling the news posts and now it is finally officially announced. The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch slate tablet powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip. The official announcement includes the specifications as well as the fact that this one will be heading to Verizon and will be available in Q1. The 4G connectivity will also be available as an update in Q2 2011. The full specification list includes a 10.1-inch capacitive screen with 1280x800 resolution, a 5 megapixel...
  • HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)

    02/21/2011 8:26:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    engadget ^ | Feb 15th 2011 5:31AM | Vlad Savov
    Boy oh boy, HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang. The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM plus 32GB of flash storage, an aluminum unibody construction, 1024 x 600 resolution, a tablet-optimized version of Sense, and... what's this, a pressure-sensitive stylus! The HTC Scribe trademark we saw floating around in legal waters turned out not to be the branding for a tablet, it's actually the name HTC gives to the technology enabling what it calls a "groundbreaking pen experience." Other...
  • Google Android 3.0 - Honeycomb Preview

    02/21/2011 8:02:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/21/2011 7:07:00 AM | Saumitra Bhagwat
    Note to Readers: Saumitra is one of the newest members of our smartphone team. He has contributed to articles in the past but we'd like to formally welcome him to the AnandTech team. Saumitra will be focusing on everything Android and iOS. Welcome Saumitra! The tablet market today is a far more interesting place than it was just over a year ago. Since the launch of the iPad, there hasn’t been a real competitor to iOS in the tablet space. We’ve seen customized versions of Android for larger devices like the Galaxy Tab, but they’ve all had their fair share...
  • Windows 8 tablet sooner than we expect? (Next Microsoft OS will embrace tablets better)

    02/17/2011 1:00:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 02/17/2011 | James Kendrick
    Microsoft is scrambling to get some traction in the slippery tablet space, even though it invented the genre back in 2002. The next version of Windows, called Windows 8 for now, is supposed to embrace the tablet form better than anything produced to date. That should be a long way out, but information leaked by Dell implies it will release a Windows 8 tablet in Q1 of 2012. Can that timetable be met? ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley isn’t betting the farm, but offers an interesting scenario that would allow such aggressive timing on Dell’s part. Her conjecture, and she makes...
  • Dell's tablet lineup detailed

    02/17/2011 11:34:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:56 | Slobodan Simic
    Roadmap 'till Q1 2012 In addition to the Dell smartphone roadmap, Android Central managed to get their hands on the tablet roadmap as well. The roadmap features a bunch of new models including the Gallo, Rosemount, Sterling and Opus One, Silver Oak and Peju. The Streak 10, also known as the Gallo, should be coming in April, running on Honeycomb. In addition to Gallo, Dell is apparently preparing an update for Streak 7 as well. The next one is Rosemount, a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet with a 1366x768 screen and a release date set for June. The Sterling is the...
  • NVIDIA's Project Kal-El: Quad-Core A9s Coming to Smartphones/Tablets This Year

    02/16/2011 2:03:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/15/2011 9:05:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    If there's any one takeaway from both CES and Mobile World Congress this year it's that NVIDIA is unequivocally a player in the SoC space. With design wins from LG, Motorola and Samsung, NVIDIA may not have the entire market but it has enough of it to be taken seriously. In our Optimus 2X Review I mentioned that it looked like NVIDIA was going to be moving to a 6-month product cycle in the SoC space. The intention is to out execute its competitors frequently enough that they are either forced out of the market or into making a mistake...
  • ARM CEO is bullish on PC chip potential -- Executive sees tablets outselling netbooks this year

    02/16/2011 9:20:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb. 16, 2011, 10:23 a.m. EST | Aude Lagorce, MarketWatch
    BARCELONA (MarketWatch) — ARM Holdings Chief Executive Warren East would be “disappointed” if the British microchip designer captures only 20% of the computing chip market by 2015, he told MarketWatch in an interview on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress Wednesday. ARM which sells its processor blueprints to chip makers like ST-Ericsson for a licensing fee and a royalty on each chip shipped, dominates the mobile phone and tablet market. On the PC market, however, Intel Corp. has a near monopoly. As the lines between mobile phones and computers have blurred over the past three years, Intel and ARM have...
  • Nvidia Tegra Stark 100x faster than Tegra 2

    02/16/2011 8:04:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:21 | Fuad Abazovic
    Comes in 2014 Nvidia always liked secrecy, but if you want to work in mobile phone industry you have to show your cards years in advance. This is what everyone does, ARM, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm etc. Nvidia has just showcased its Tegra 3 codenamed Kal-El and claims that this quad core 28nm part is five times faster than Tegra 2 and even slightly faster than a Core 2 Duo. This is what Nvidia claims and it will probably be true in certain tests. Kal-El is the birth name for Clark Kent, the chap better known as Superman, just in case...
  • NVIDIA announces quad-core Kal-El SOC, promises it in tablets by August (video)

    02/15/2011 7:23:35 PM PST · by seton89 · 14 replies
    engadget ^ | Feb 15th 2011 7:00PM | Vlad Savov
    So it turns out that NVIDIA roadmap we saw last month was as true and pure as driven snow. The barely conceivable quad-core Tegra chip that it listed has now been made official by none other than NVIDIA itself, with the company also informing us that the new silicon is already sampling out to prospective clients. Known as Kal-El internally, this will most likely turn into NVIDIA's Tegra 3 as and when it's ready to enter the consumer market. Tonight NVIDIA whetted our appetite for what's to come with a demo that can most fittingly be described as an exhibition...
  • What HP really bought from Palm -- A mobile future, untethered from Microsoft

    02/15/2011 10:39:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Fortune ^ | February 9, 2011 3:41 PM | Michael V. Copeland, Senior Writer
    The Touchpad, not reliant on Android, Windows or (of course) iOS, is a sign that HP demands to be taken seriously as a software company.Yes, HP (HPQ) has now jumped into the tablet fray with its TouchPad.  It's a whiz-bang cool gadget, and some folks will want to rush out and buy it.  Are we talking iPad numbers? Not likely, but whether HP sells as many of its flavor of tablets  in this first outing isn't perhaps as important as HP finally wrenching its destiny away from Microsoft (MSFT) and placing it in its own hands. Let's be very clear,...