Are Tablets Bad For Toddlers

Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skills

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Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skills

Tablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. The Telegraph brings us word that the U.K.-based Association of Teachers and Lecturers is claiming that children who spend too much time using tablets are unable to play with standard blocks or write with pens and paper. What’s more, they say young children who spend all night playing tablet games find it impossible to pay attention in classrooms because they’re seemingly going through withdrawal from being constantly visually stimulated by bright displays. More →

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Tablet Versus PC Usage

Tablets have made us too lazy to bother using PCs

By on December 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Tablets have made us too lazy to bother using PCs

Traditional PCs aren’t as appealing to users anymore compared to tablets, which continue to rise in popularity with consumers not only because more and more affordable prices, but because they come bundled with app experiences that make the user’s life easier. The Guardian notes that tablets are now providing for many of our most important computing needs, from media consumption apps such as Netflix and Spotify, to social networking via Twitter and Facebook, to casual (and hardcore) gaming, to business and productivity use. More →

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iPad Android Tablets

ABI: Over 285 million big brand tablets in use by end of year

By on December 20, 2013 at 6:33 AM.

ABI: Over 285 million big brand tablets in use by end of year

There will be over 285 million big brand tablets in use by the end of the year, a new report from ABI Research shows, from well-known devices makers including Apple, Samsung and others. Apparently the report does not include cheaper tablets made by less known players in the tablet business, also known as white-box tablets. In the U.S., more than 70 million tablets will have been purchased by the end of the year, “about one for every four persons.” More →

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Tab Pro

Samsung Android tablets reportedly going ‘Pro,’ cheap ‘Lite’ next year

By on December 20, 2013 at 5:35 AM.

Samsung Android tablets reportedly going ‘Pro,’ cheap ‘Lite’ next year

Samsung will reportedly launch a variety of new Android tablets in the first quarter of 2014, including models that will get the “Pro” moniker, if Sam Mobile’s insider is to be believed. The company is working on three such Pro tablets that will be part of two families, the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Note, as follows: 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab Pro (SM-T320/T325), 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Pro (SM-T520/T525), 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (SM-P900/P905). A “Lite” tablet is also apparently in the works, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110/T111). More →

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World's Cheapest Android Tablet

Here’s why Apple doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to tablet market share

By on December 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM.

Here’s why Apple doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to tablet market share

It’s a well-known fact that the tablet market has become increasingly competitive in recent years, but one small manufacturer is attempting to undercut even the most affordable tablets with its $37.99 device called the UbiSlate 7Ci, also known as the “world’s cheapest tablet.” According to The Guardian, the Android tablet was originally designed as part of an educational program by the Indian government, but it has since seen commercial release in the United Kingdom and the United States. More →

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ARM Geomerics Acquisition Mobile Gaming

Next-gen tablets could be the final nail in portable consoles’ coffins

By on December 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Next-gen tablets could be the final nail in portable consoles’ coffins

Smartphones and tablets may not deliver the gaming quality you get from dedicated portable consoles such as the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS… but they’re definitely catching up. VentureBeat reports that chipmaker ARM has acquired Geomerics, a graphics technology firm that specializes in making realistic lighting and imagery in video games. And Geomerics’s Enlighten technology has some very impressive notches under its belt since it’s been used in big-time games such as Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals, Eve Online, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Carl Almgren, who serves as head of development for Electronic Arts’ Frostbite Engine, says that Enlighten has “helped EA provide new levels of realism and gameplay experience,” so it should be exciting to see what it can do on tablets and smartphones with ARM-based chips.

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Tablets Shipments 2014 Projection

The post-PC era looks set to hit its stride in 2014

By on November 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

The post-PC era looks set to hit its stride in 2014

It’s not all doom and gloom for devices other than smartphonesCanalys predicts that tablets will split the computer market with notebooks and desktops in 2014, taking a 50% share of next year’s shipments. Tablets had already caught up to within half a million units of worldwide notebook shipments in Q3 2013, but as traditional PC sales continue to decline, tablets are going to pick up the slack. More →

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Tablet eReader Ownership Growing

More than a third of Americans now own tablets

By on October 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

More than a third of Americans now own tablets

As affordable tablets make their way to the market, overall tablet ownership continues to grow. Pew Internet reports that tablet ownership increased to 34% in 2013 among U.S. adults over the age of 16. When adding eReaders into the mix, the ownership number for slates shoots up to 43%. This report shows a 10% jump over last year’s numbers, which contained the biggest year-over-year increase in tablet and eReader ownership to date. These numbers should be especially encouraging for Amazon and Samsung, both of which recently released new tablets and e-book readers, as well as Apple, which is planning to unveil a new tablet lineup next week.

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Tablet Price Cuts

New trouble arises in China for Apple, Samsung tablets

By on September 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

New trouble arises in China for Apple, Samsung tablets

As name brand tablets begin to penetrate the Chinese market, less expensive tablets keep seeing their prices cut to stay ahead of the curve. Digitimes reports that “white-box” (more affordable) tablet vendors are able to keep putting pressure on Apple, Samsung and other electronics giants by using entry-level processors from China-based chipmakers and China’s supply chain to their advantage. IDC released data earlier this year showing a sharp decline in Apple’s tablet market share in China. The rise of the affordable white-box tablets has been notable not only in China, but around the world, and the demand will continue to grow as prices continue to drop.

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Tablet Sales Predictions

IDC lowers tablet sales predictions as competition heats up

By on August 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

IDC lowers tablet sales predictions as competition heats up

As our options for portable computing continue to expand, the market will become increasingly segmented. This has led market research firm IDC to lower its tablet forecast over the next few years from shipments totaling 229.3 million units this year to 227.4 million units. Although many tablets have failed to make an impact despite enormous marketing campaigns and others seem doomed before they even hit store shelves, IDC is confident that emerging markets will begin to take over when mature market sales level off. In fact, the mature market is expected to sink “from 60.8% of the worldwide market in 2012 to 49% by 2017.” More →

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7 Inch Tablet Market Share

Interest in large tablets fades as focus shifts to iPad mini, others

By on June 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

Interest in large tablets fades as focus shifts to iPad mini, others

Consumers are still buying larger tablets but it seems as though they’re now more drawn to cheaper, smaller models such as the iPad mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Research firm DisplaySearch has found that “LCD tablet PC panel shipments reached 27 million units in March… primarily driven by 7-inch panels, which accounted for 48% of total tablet PC panel shipments.” The rise of smaller tablets is hardly surprising given the aggressive pricing that both Google and Amazon have established with their $200 7-inch tablets. However, DisplaySearch says that some of biggest growth is coming from emerging markets where white label manufacturers are selling 7-inch tablets for as little as $69 and putting significant pressure on established tablet manufacturers’ profit margins.

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European Smartphone, Tablet Tax Analysis

Fear of American pop culture drives European smartphone, tablet taxes

By on May 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM.

Fear of American pop culture drives European smartphone, tablet taxes

European governments are casting a baleful eye on the explosive smartphone and tablet growth. The problem for many Europeans lies in the way these devices promote vehicles for American entertainment — from Amazon and Netflix to Apple and Disney. The new proposal made by the president of France would slap a 1% tax on all smartphone and tablet retail sales, with a goal to protect “l’exception culturelle”. This exception is a concept France created in 1992 to defend protectionist measures aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of France. More →

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Tablet shipments to overtake notebooks in 2016, NPD says

By on July 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Tablet shipments to overtake notebooks in 2016, NPD says

Tablet Shipments Estimate

Tablets may indeed herald the coming of a “post-PC world,” but that world won’t arrive for another few years, NPD said on Tuesday. According to the latest NPD DisplaySearch figures, tablet shipments in 2016 will top 350 million units, putting them ahead of notebook shipments for the first time ever. NPD projects that tablet shipments will have a compound annual growth rate of 28% over the next five years as the total number of shipments rises from 121 million in 2012 to 416 million in 2017. Notebooks, meanwhile, will see shipments grow from 208 million in 2012 to 393 million in 2017. More →

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