Best Buy CEO Joly Interview Tablets

Former BlackBerry CEO’s bold prediction might actually be coming true

By on July 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM.

Former BlackBerry CEO’s bold prediction might actually be coming true

Was former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins actually right about tablets? While we laughed at Heins’ prediction last year that tablets would be dead in just a few years, there’s now some evidence to suggest that he might have been onto something. In an interview with Re/code, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that tablet sales at his stores have been absolutely plummeting this year while PC sales have actually experienced a rebound in the wake of Windows XP’s demise. More →

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Microsoft Surface 3 Release Date

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

By on July 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

Microsoft reportedly had plans to unveil a new Surface mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, but the company supposedly cancelled those plans when it realized the mini tablet didn’t offer much in the way of compelling differentiation. Some reports suggest the Surface mini is back in the mix and could launch later this summer, while others state that tablet has been shelved indefinitely. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Microsoft has another new Surface tablet in store for us this fall. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Sales

Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 is its fastest selling tablet yet

By on July 23, 2014 at 9:25 PM.

Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 is its fastest selling tablet yet

Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon. While the company missed Wall Street’s consensus mainly due to poor performance out of its newly acquired Nokia smartphone division, all in all it was a fairly solid quarter with operating income coming in at $6.48 billion on revenue that beat analysts’ estimates at $23.38 billion. While we still don’t know how well the company’s Surface tablets are selling — in fact, the odds are very good that we’ll never know — Microsoft CFO Amy Hood did share a bit of good news during the company’s earnings conference call on Tuesday evening. More →

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iPad mini Air and iPad Pro Rumors

Crazy rumors say thinner iPad mini ‘Air’ is coming soon, 12.9-inch iPad Pro set for 2015

By on July 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

Crazy rumors say thinner iPad mini ‘Air’ is coming soon, 12.9-inch iPad Pro set for 2015

The iPhone 6 may be the hottest device coming from Apple this year, but that doesn’t mean the company has stopped working on some other interesting products. A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says Apple will soon launch an even slimmer iPad mini model, and that it’s still working on a bigger iPad Pro version. More →

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HTC Tablets: Nexus 9, T7 and T12

The Nexus 9 isn’t the only tablet HTC is working on

By on July 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM.

The Nexus 9 isn’t the only tablet HTC is working on

HTC is widely expected to make Google’s next Nexus tablet – an 8.9-inch premium device that was already spotted in internal Google code, and which is referred to Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 in various reports – but the company may launch two other tablets of its own, @evleaks has learned. More →

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Sales

It looks like Microsoft was smart to scrap the Surface mini

By on July 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

It looks like Microsoft was smart to scrap the Surface mini

And now we see another good reason for Microsoft to not release the Surface mini tablet. ITWorld reports that Lenovo has already stopped selling its two smaller Windows-based tablets in the United States because there simply isn’t any demand for them. The decision comes to yank the smaller Windows tablets even though both of them — the ThinkPad 8 and the Miix 2 — haven’t even been out for a year. More →

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NVIDIA Shield Talbet 2014 Leaked Photo

New leak reveals what could be the world’s greatest gaming tablet

By on July 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

New leak reveals what could be the world’s greatest gaming tablet

NVIDIA already makes killer smartphone and tablet chips and now it looks like it’s going to soon release a killer tablet of its own as well. @evleaks has just posted a new leaked picture of a device called the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, 2014 that looks like a very slick device that will put a lot of emphasis on mobile gaming. More →

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Galaxy Tab S Overheating Damage

Fantastic plastic might be prone to heat damage on Samsung’s best tablet yet

By on July 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM.

Fantastic plastic might be prone to heat damage on Samsung’s best tablet yet

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S is the company’s best tablet family yet, especially considering the stunning 2K AMOLED displays Galaxy Tab S models pack. But the Galaxy Tab S tablets are still made of plastic, which, while good enough for Samsung, may not be as great for some users because plastic appears to be significantly affected by dissipated heat in some cases. Russian publication hi-tech.mail.ru has posted a gallery of images showing the 8.4-inch version of the tablet and its heat-damaged rear plastic shell. More →

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HTC Nexus 8 Design and Features

Check out this Nexus 8 concept with Google’s gorgeous Material Design

By on July 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM.

Check out this Nexus 8 concept with Google’s gorgeous Material Design

Google has yet to unveil new Nexus hardware this year, but at least the company confirmed at I/O 2014 that it doesn’t plan to cancel its Nexus line of devices, as some reports suggested. Before the conference, Google code sightings revealed an unreleased HTC Volantis tablet. Furthermore, an image published by Google during the developers event may have possibly shown the HTC Nexus tablet that was detailed in previous reports.

YouTube channel My Gadgetic has put together a quick concept video for an HTC Nexus 8 tablet running Android L. The device seems to be inspired by the tablet Google used in its Material Design images posted at the developers conference, featuring a slim design with square corners and stereo speakers with BoomSound. More →

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12.9-inch iPad Pro Release Date

12.9-inch iPad Pro reportedly still very much in the picture

By on July 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

12.9-inch iPad Pro reportedly still very much in the picture

In addition to detailing Apple’s purported iWatch launch plans – the company is expected to have two sizes for its smartwatch and three versions in total – Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News also said that the iPhone maker will launch three iPad versions this year, including a new 9.7-inch iPad Air, a new 7.9-inch iPad mini and a 12.9-inch iPad, also known as the iPad Pro in some reports. More →

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Apple 3D Tech iPad App

This app shows how Apple might implement 3D tech into the iPhone and iPad

By on July 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

This app shows how Apple might implement 3D tech into the iPhone and iPad

When Apple acquired PrimeSense, the 3D sensing company that invented the Kinect, there was no immediate indication as to how Apple would take advantage of the team and its technology. Some analysts believed this would be yet another step toward the long-rumored iTV while other sources claimed the $360 million investment would help improve Apple’s iOS Maps app — the same one that had Alaskan tourists driving on to an airport runway last year. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S Ads

Samsung highlights multitasking and a beautiful display in new Galaxy Tab S ads

By on July 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

Samsung highlights multitasking and a beautiful display in new Galaxy Tab S ads

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S is quite possibly the most powerful tablet on the market right now. With its impressive specs and killer display, the Tab S is the culmination of the Samsung tablet lineup, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to sell itself. In the latest pair of ads uploaded to YouTube, Samsung highlights two of the most important features of the Tab S: multitasking and contrast ratio.

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