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A couple of weeks ago, we had to report on the unfortunate news that Intel would be laying off 11% of its workforce, which equates to roughly 12,000 workers. With this move, Intel assured investors that it would be refocusing its efforts going forward, in effect chopping off what doesn't have a significant return and looking to products that do. This refocusing has led Intel to drop a bomb on their Atom product line. In effect, chips destined for smartphones and tablets are no longer on the roadmap. Instead, resources that were dedicated to the currently-available Sofia chip and upcoming... Read more...
When Google's Android OS began overtaking every other mobile OS in terms of marketshare, it seemed obvious that at some point, the company would be catching a bit of flak for it. In fact, it seemed inevitable that the EU would have something to say about it, as it's traditionally been strict amount companies that dominate a particular segment of the tech market. Look no further than Microsoft with Windows; the company now has to produce a special edition of the OS in order to appease the EU. Well, the EU does in fact have a beef with Google's dominance, especially where Android is concerned. Last... Read more...
While some fail to reach their goal of creating something truly amazing, a team of researchers at UC Irvine seems to have done the impossible. While working to create better batteries for our electronics, these researchers managed to develop a makeshift battery with a life so long, it'd always outlive the device it's in. To accomplish this, the researchers make use of gold nanowires to store electricity, in lieu of using traditional lithium. The reason batteries in our devices die after a while (and the reason so many are rightfully miffed when a smartphone doesn't have a swappable battery) is... Read more...
Have you ever wished that you could have the full Ubuntu Linux experience in a more portable, personal form-factor? No, we’re not talking about Ubuntu on a laptop, but on a tablet. If that’s been a dream of yours, you’ll soon be able to sample Ubuntu goodness in a 10.1-inch form-factor at the retail level. Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, have teamed up with Spanish device maker BQ to bring us the Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, which runs Ubuntu OS version 15.04 (Vivid Velvet). What’s great about Vivid Velvet is that users are presented with a touch-centric interface when using the tablet... Read more...
With the incredible amount of product that Apple pushes, and the company's knack for secrecy, it's easy to understand why Apple would want to use as much in-house hardware as possible. Doing so doesn't just allow Apple to claim that the lion's share of the technology in its devices is its own, but it allows them to to better-tune the products from top to bottom. In 2008, we saw the company acquire chip producer PA Semi, which eventually resulted in the creation of Apple's A-series chips. Now, according to Ars Technica, we could see the company next snatch up Imagination Technologies. You might... Read more...
Amazon’s current generation of Fire tablets offer something for everyone, from the budget-conscious user who wants a super-cheap $50 tablet, to the consumer who’s willing to spend more in exchange for a larger format device with all the bells and whistles. Today, we’re going to take a look at Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet which finds itself at the top of Amazon’s current slate offerings but for a very reasonable price for a 10-inch device. Amazon designed the Fire HD 10 with entertainment in mind. The tablet features a 10.1-inch wide aspect HD display that supports a resolution of 1280x800 with... Read more...
The 2-in-1 and convertible PC space has changed significantly over the past couple of years. What was once a cluttered mess of kludges is now a well-defined market segment packed with refinement, power, and plenty of options. You could partially credit Microsoft's Surface line for making 2-in-1s an object of desire, but it's also products like the Dell XPS 12 that make today's line-up of convertible devices so much more interesting. Dell's XPS 12, which was first announced last fall, is just as capable as a laptop as it is a tablet. That's no small feat, and it's multifaceted abilities are largely... Read more...
If you like the idea of using a stylus with your mobile device, then you probably prefer the precision and additional functionality over the convenience of a fingertip. That, or you've picked up a brand-new HP Pro Slate 8, a tablet targeted at working professionals that includes a rather useful and unique accessory dubbed the "Duet Pen" that enables some pretty interesting features. In the HP Pro Slate 8's case, you can still poke its 7.9-inch screen all you want with a finger. The stylus, an accessory that ships with the $470 tablet, isn't an absolute necessity. You don't need it for everyday... Read more...
At what point does a device become too big to use as a mobile phone? If you don't want to look silly to passersby, the cutoff point would be well before 8 inches, but that didn't stop Samsung from injecting support for voice calling into its new Galaxy Tab E 8.0, an 8-inch Android tablet that just launched in Taiwan.To be fair, the Galaxy Tab E 8.0 is a tablet-first device, though not a very excitable one. It has an 8-inch TFT display with a ho-hum 1280x800 resolution powered by a 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (quad-core), Adreno 306 GPU, and 1.5GB of RAM. There's a modest 16GB of storage... Read more...
When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 tablet, the world took notice. In the months since the Surface Pro 4’s release, we’ve seen other manufacturers mimic some of the design and goals of Microsoft’s popular tablet. Although there are similarities among these clones, there are also distinct differences that make them better for different types of users. One of those Windows 10-based tablets is Toshiba’s new 12-inch dynaPad which is designed to give you the feel of writing with pen and paper. In order to deliver a natural handwriting experience that feels like writing... Read more...
Usually when there's talk of Samsung releasing a Galaxy device, the mind wanders to Android, Samsung's go-to platform in the mobile space. Not this time. Samsung is prepping a Windows 10 tablet called the Galaxy TabPro S, and while nothing is yet official, the first press renders of the forthcoming device have been leaked to the web. They come courtesy of Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks on Twitter, and let's just say he has a solid history of leaking legitimate photos and accurate specs to the public before they become official. In this instance, it's just a set of pictures, which show... Read more...
When Microsoft first launched its Surface line of products, it caused quite a stir in the mobile PC market. It may have taken a couple of iterations to get things dialed in to the point they are today, but simply entering the market with its own branded hardware put Microsoft in the position of essentially competing with its partners. Microsoft had a specific vision for the future of Windows-based mobile products, however, and decided to develop hardware that embodied that vision. Now that we’re a few years removed from the introduction of the original Surface and Surface Pro, it’s clear that Microsoft’s... Read more...
Periodically, Amazon updates and revamps its lineup of tablets with upgraded models and new names. While the company's tablets have kept the Fire branding over the years, the combination of letters and numbers that follow have changed. This year, for example, Amazon removed the HDX tag and now offers tablets with simply “Fire” or “Fire HD” branding. As its simpler name may suggest, Amazon’s latest Fire tablet is a more basic model that doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the HD series, which is available in three sizes. Instead, the all-new 7-inch Fire tablet has an ultra-low $50 price... Read more...
Are you the type of person who has to read a chapter or two of whichever book you're engrossed in before hitting the pillow for some Zs? If so, you're a prime candidate for a new bundle from Amazon that packages its previously announced Fire HD 8 tablet with some tantalizing extras, including a year of Kindle Unlimited. That right there gives you access to over 1 million books. The bundle also includes a limited a edition rustic leather cover. Packaged together, the Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition, as Amazon is calling it, costs a cool $250. If you were to purchase each item separately, the retail cost... Read more...
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