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Tablet shipments miss targets but still balloon 264.5%, IDC says

December 15th, 2011

IDC said Thursday that media tablet shipments during the third calendar quarter increased 264.5% over the same period last year, but that overall shipments were 5.8% lower than the 19.2 million units the research firm had previously estimated. Apple’s iPad continues to be the driving catalyst for tablet sales. The company shipped 11.1 million units …

Notebook market may rebound as PC makers shift from tablets to ultrabooks

December 13th, 2011

Are PC makers starting to give up on tablets? Manufacturers Asus and Acer are shifting focus to Intel-powered ultrabooks instead of tablets to improve gross margins, DigiTimes said on Tuesday. The site’s report suggests that the notebook market may soon begin to rebound after declining in 2011. Both firms are seemingly drawn to the wider margins achieved …

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 hands-on

December 12th, 2011

In addition to the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2, Motorola and Verizon are launching a larger tablet option today: the XYBOARD 10.1. The big difference? You guessed it — a 10.1-inch display compared to an 8.2-inch LCD panel on the XYBOARD 8.2. Both units look almost identical, though the XYBOARD 8.2 has a better rear case …

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 hands-on

December 12th, 2011

We just got our hands on one of Motorola’s latest tablets, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2. Besides the name, there seems to be a lot to like at first glance. For starters, Motorola has picked a near-perfect size for this tablet. At 8.2-inches, the XYBOARD seems like a perfect and portable tablet. It’s reasonably fast, …

ASUS to debut Windows 8 ultrabook with swiveling touchscreen at Computex 2012

December 9th, 2011

ASUS reportedly has plans to unveil a convertible ultrabook running Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 operating system at the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan next June. DigiTimes’s anonymous industry sources claim that the super-slim notebook computer will feature a swiveling touchscreen display, allowing the computer to be used like a standard laptop or like a …

HP CEO confirms new webOS hardware on the way, tablets possible

December 9th, 2011

HP announced on Friday that it will open-source its webOS mobile operating system, which once upon a time powered smartphones and a single tablet. Even though the company said quite some time ago that it was killing off it webOS hardware efforts, HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview with The Verge on Friday that HP …

Verizon DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 tablets to launch this month

December 6th, 2011

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday officially announced the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and the XYBOARD 8.2, otherwise known as the Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets. Aside from different sized IPS displays, both devices offer support for Verizon Wireless’s 4G LTE network and are equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a …

HTC may be developing Chrome OS / Android hybrid device

November 23rd, 2011

HTC may be developing a new hybrid netbook/tablet “internet access device” that combines both Chrome OS and Android, presumably in some sort of dual-boot environment. Samsung and Acer are the only two major suppliers that currently offer devices powered by Google’s Chrome OS, otherwise known as Chromebooks, but DigiTimes said the two firms have only sold about …

Amazon Kindle Fire gets torn open, repairs deemed simple [video]

November 18th, 2011

The group at iFixit recently tore open the Amazon Kindle Fire to get a good look at its hardware. The group discovered that the device is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor clocked at 1GHz that is paired with an older Texas Instruments WL1270B 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi chip. Overall, the Kindle Fire didn’t …

Microsoft’s Ballmer: We are and will always be in the Windows era

November 15th, 2011

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn’t scared of competing desktop platforms, and believes that Microsoft’s Windows operating system will always have a place in the market. During a shareholder’s meeting in Seattle on Tuesday, Ballmer answered a question from one investor who asked whether or not society has entered a post-PC era. Generally, a “post-PC era” …