Microsoft Windows 8 tablet unveiling said to be slated for Monday

By on June 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM.

Microsoft Windows 8 tablet unveiling said to be slated for Monday

Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Launch

Windows fans who have enviously watched iOS and Android users toting around tablets won’t have to wait much longer. Microsoft sent out a press invitation on Thursday for a “major announcement” slated to take place in Los Angeles on Monday, June 18th, and All Things D is reporting that it will center around Windows RT-based tablets. According to All Things D, Microsoft is expected not just to show off its ARM-based Windows 8 tablets at the event but also to “highlight some of the kinds of programs and services that will run on the products, according to sources outside the company.” Having tablets in the fold would be a much-needed boost for Microsoft’s mobility brand, especially since Nokia, the company’s major Windows Phone manufacturer, is in such dire straitsMore →

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Cisco on trying to compete with the iPad: What were we thinking?

By on June 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

Cisco on trying to compete with the iPad: What were we thinking?

Cisco Cius Tablet Killed By iPad

It didn’t take tech companies long to realize that nobody really wants an enterprise-centric tablet since tablets are just too gosh-darned fun to be larded up with all kinds of performance-degrading enterprise bloatware. While RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook has traditionally been the poster boy for the perils of making an enterprise-centric tablet, Cisco also foolishly tried its hand at this endeavor when it announced the Cisco Cius back in 2010. Cisco wisely decided to kill of the Cius two weeks ago and now Network World reports that Cisco chief John Chambers admits the company should have cut its losses with the tablet at least nine months earlier. “Once you realize you’re not going to reach the volumes you need, you should just stop,” Chambers said. “We should have made our decision to exit the Cius market nine months ago.” More →

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Google’s own-brand Nexus 7 tablet said to launch in June

By on June 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Google’s own-brand Nexus 7 tablet said to launch in June

Google Nexus Tablet Release Date Rumor

Google will launch its first own-brand media tablet in collaboration with ASUS later this month, a recent report claims. Google has long been reported to be working on its own tablet that will follow a model similar to its Nexus-brand smartphones. The company is said to have partnered with ASUS to manufacture the device, which earlier reports said will begin shipping this month. While rumors suggested the tablet would be delayed until July, a new report from Android Authority cited an anonymous source at ASUS in claiming that the Nexus 7 quad-core tablet will launch in June. The Nexus slate will reportedly run Jelly Bean, Google’s next major Android release, and it may be unveiled later this month during the company’s annual Google I/O conference. More →

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Dynamic touchscreen tech looks to change the mobile world [video]

By on June 7, 2012 at 6:09 AM.

Dynamic touchscreen tech looks to change the mobile world [video]

Dynamic Touchscreen Technology

At the Society for Information Display’s Display Week in Boston, Tactus Technology showcased its next-generation mobile tactile technology, TG Daily reported. Using microfluidic technology, Tactus highlighted how a phone’s touchscreen will be able to transform to support a physical keyboard that will recede back into the device once input is complete. Perhaps the best news is that the technology adds no extra thickness to the standard touchscreen display, as it replaces an already existing layer of the display stack. A series of Apple patents dating back to 2009 and earlier revealed the iPhone-maker had an interest in such technologies, though the status of Apple’s research is unknown. Tactus hopes to bring its new haptic display technology to products in 2013. A video demonstration follows below. More →

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Dell's first Windows 8 tablet revealed

By on May 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM.

Dell's first Windows 8 tablet revealed

Dell Windows 8 Tablet Leak

After a number of failed attempts in the Android tablet market, Dell is looking to readdress the tablet space with Windows 8. According to a leaked document obtained by Neowin, Dell will launch a 10.8-inch tablet with 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution and a dual-core Atom processor later this year. The slate will also be equipped with a fingerprint reader, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Intel graphics, 2GB of RAM and a massive 128GB solid-state drive. Unlike many other tablets, Dell has included a removable battery that will come in two sizes. A smaller battery will get between six and eight hours of battery life, while a larger one will offer between 10 and 12 hours of usage per charge. The tablet is rumored for a late fall launch, and no pricing details were reported. More →

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'Phablets' are here to stay

By on May 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM.

'Phablets' are here to stay

Smartphone Tablet Hybrid Sales

BGR called for the death of the “phablet” this past February when we reviewed Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy Note, but the market has spoken loud and clear. End-user sales of Samsung’s first true smartphone-tablet hybrid topped 5 million units within about five months, placing Samsung well on its way to achieving the company’s goal of selling 10 million units in 2012. According to a new report from market research firm ABI, Samsung’s Galaxy Note is just the beginning. More →

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A match made in heaven: BlackBerry PlayBook and… Windows Phone? [video]

By on May 17, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

A match made in heaven: BlackBerry PlayBook and… Windows Phone? [video]

BlackBerry PlayBook Running Windows Phone

What do you get when you cross a struggling vendor’s debut tablet with a mobile operating system that has spent the past 18 months running into the brick wall that is Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS? One Dutch developer seemingly needed to find out, so he ported Microsoft’s perpetually-emerging Windows Phone OS onto RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. The result is a somewhat responsive slate that gives us a look at what will never be; Microsoft is on record in stating that it has no interest in bringing Windows Phone — emphasis on “Phone” — to tablets. Of course, with the software giant’s next-generation Windows 8 platform on the horizon there is no reason to put Windows Phone on a tablet. But for those curious to know what a Windows Phone tablet might look like, a video of the developer’s PlayBook running Microsoft’s mobile OS follows below. “Gamer109X,” the developer behind this curious chimera, said he plans to release a Windows Phone build for the PlayBook to the public in the coming months.

UPDATE: A number of readers point out that rather than having hacked Windows Phone to run on the PlayBook, Gamer109X is running Microsoft’s Web-based Windows Phone emulator in the PlayBook’s browser with reading mode enabled. More →

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'iPad mini' to be ultra-thin thanks to new touch technology

By on May 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM.

'iPad mini' to be ultra-thin thanks to new touch technology

Apple iPad Mini Rumors

Apple’s much rumored “iPad mini” will reportedly utilize new touch panel technology that allows the device to be thinner than previous models while also managing to cut Apple’s costs, likely a necessity if the company aims to hit the rumored $200-$250 price point. Citing anonymous industry sources, Digitimes on Tuesday reported that the Cupertino, California-based technology giant has contracted Nitto Denko to supply touch panels that utilize “G/F2″ thin-film technology. Nissha Printing and TPK Holding will reportedly build the touchscreens, which measure 7.85 inches diagonally. Digitimes adds that Apple is expected by its sources to ship between 7 million and 10 million iPad mini tablets in 2012. Earlier reports suggest that Apple’s new smaller iPad tablet will launch in October. More →

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iPads are so user friendly, apes use them to communicate

By on May 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM.

iPads are so user friendly, apes use them to communicate

Apple iPad

Two 8-year-old twin orangutans at Miami’s Jungle Island zoo, draw, play games and communicate using an iPad tablet. The park is one of several zoos experimenting with the interaction of apes and computers, allowing six orangutans to use Apple’s tablet to communicate as part of a mental stimulus program, Fox News reported. “Our young ones pick up on it. They understand it. It’s like, ‘Oh, I get this,’” said Linda Jacobs, who oversees the program. “Our two older ones, they just are not interested. I think they just figure, ‘I’ve gotten along just fine in this world without this communication-skill here and the iPad, and I don’t need a computer.’ ” Jacobs began lettings the primates use iPads last summer. The tablets run a program originally designed for humans with autism, and it allows the apes to learn and interact with their trainers beyond traditional sign language techniques. “It would just be such a wonderful bridge to have,” Jacobs said. “So that other people could really appreciate them.” Orangutans are extremely intelligent but limited by their physical inability to talk, she said. More →

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'iPad mini' reportedly set for October launch, $200-$250 price tag

By on May 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM.

'iPad mini' reportedly set for October launch, $200-$250 price tag

Apple iPad Mini

Apple is indeed preparing a smaller version of its wildly popular iPad tablet and it will launch this coming October for between $200 and $250, a new report claims. Numerous earlier reports have suggested that an iPad with a 7.85-inch display will launch in the third or fourth quarter this year, and now Apple watcher iMore has reinforced these rumors. The site, which has reported accurate information about unannounced Apple products in the past, says the scaled down tablet will look exactly like the current 9.7-inch iPad but smaller. It will also feature a display resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, identical to the panel on Apple’s new iPad. If iMore’s report is accurate, the move will likely be a crushing blow to vendors like Samsung and HTC, which continue to struggle in the tablet market. A $200 or $250 “iPad mini,” as it has been called, would also likely pose a huge problem for both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, each of which offers a low-cost tablet in addition to their eReader products. More →

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Proview's U.S. iPad suit against Apple tossed out

By on May 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

Proview's U.S. iPad suit against Apple tossed out

Proview's US iPad suit tossed out

A California judge tossed out Proview’s trademark claims against Apple’s iPad tablet. The Chinese company filed a lawsuit in California’s superior court in February, claiming Apple’s license to use the iPad name was invalid, a claim Apple disputes. Judge Mark Pierce last week dismissed the case on the grounds that the two parties had previously agreed to settle any disagreements in Hong Kong, Reuters reported. Apple and Proview have been locked in a high-profile legal dispute over whether or not Apple has the right to use the use the iPad name in China and elsewhere. The iPad-maker maintains that it licensed the trademark from Proview in 2009. More →

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Mobile usage doubles, now accounts for 10% of worldwide Internet usage

By on May 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM.

Mobile usage doubles, now accounts for 10% of worldwide Internet usage

Mobile Internet Usage

The number of people accessing the Web through mobile devices has doubled since 2010 and now accounts for 10% of worldwide Internet usage. According to numbers compiled by Pingdom, Asia’s mobile usage amounted for 17.84% of the country’s total Internet usage, a 192.5% increase over the past 18 months. Africa’s mobile usage placed the region in second with 14.85%, usage in North America sat at 7.96%, followed by Australia, Europe and South America at 7.55%, 5.13% and 2.86% respectively. Pingdom notes that while worldwide mobile usage may only account for 10% of Web access, the number is growing at an extremely fast rate, and some countries’ Internet usage, such as India, is already nearing 50% from mobile devices. More →

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iPad 2 said to have extinguished Kindle Fire demand

By on May 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

iPad 2 said to have extinguished Kindle Fire demand

Apple IPad Tablet

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet exploded onto the scene late last year. Despite only being available for a month and a half in the holiday quarter, Amazon shipped nearly 4 million Kindle Fires in its launch quarter to take 14% of the global tablet market according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. While many touted the tablet as the iPad’s biggest competitor, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook insisted that Amazon’s tablet had absolutely no impact on iPad sales. Now, in the first quarter of 2012 it looks like the tablet that was once said to be Apple’s biggest tablet threat may have seen drastically reduced demand following Apple’s move to drop its pricing on the previous-generation iPad 2 to $399. More →

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