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Decidedly in the "Don't be Evil" column (and giving all new meaning to the term "hot hardware"), Google has developed a tablet device for use by workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone. The Sony Xperia tablet comes with an extra protective shell, can withstand chlorine dousing as well as exposure to the high humidity and storms that are typical of life in West Africa. And it can even be used by workers wearing protective gloves. Credit: Médecins Sans Frontières              The virulent nature of Ebola, which is passed... Read more...
Last month, we reported that for the first time since their market big break, tablets had begun to decline in overall sales. That caused analysts to backtrack on their projections a little bit, although many are still optimistic for the future. Right now, tablets mostly target the regular consumer, but they could evolve over time and spread out into other parts of the market. According to IDC's latest report, 2015 could see a 2.1% increase in tablet sales - a modest gain, but a gain nonetheless. Beyond that, it continues to believe that we'll see growth in the years ahead, although it's once again... Read more...
Earlier this year, we took a look at Lenovo’s innovative YOGA Tablet 2 Pro that features a built-in projector. If that tablet caught your eye, but its size was just too big for your tastes or it's price was too high for your budget, the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 may be a better option. This smaller tablet features a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1920x1200 and a price tag under $250. As you might expect, there are quite a few similarities between the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro and the YOGA Tablet 2. A quick look at the specifications of both models reveals the same 4th generation Intel Atom processor... Read more...
Google has making some huge strides in perfecting its Project Ara modular smartphone platform. Project Ara will allow customers to customize nearly every aspect of the their smartphones from processors to batteries to wireless connectivity to display. You want a higher resolution display? Just swap out your old display module for a new one. Is 16GB of storage not making the cut for you? A 64GB module upgrade is a simple plug-and-play affair. But while Google is still working through the late prototype stages of its smartphone platform, European company ImasD is putting the finishing touches on... Read more...
Word on the web is that Apple has instructed its suppliers to prepare for the production of a 12.9-inch iPad tablet in the second half of the year. It's not the first time we've heard rumors of a bigger size iPad, and people who are supposedly familiar with the situation say that Apple had originally intended to start mass producing the 12.9-inch slate in the first quarter of this year. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the delay in production will allow Apple to add further upgrades to the iPad, including the introduction of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. This... Read more...
ARCHOS on Tuesday issued a press release claiming it invented "Fusion Storage," a clever storage scheme that's not to be confused with Apple's Fusion Drive and Fusion-io technology. They're slightly similar technologies, in that both combine two different storage options and present them as a single drive. The way it works is when you pop a memory card into a compatible tablet's microSD card slot, ARCHOS will use special software to combine the built-in memory with the external card, thereby fusing the two separate storage mediums into a single solution. So if you have 64GB of internal storage... Read more...
It wouldn't be like Sony to show up at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona empty handed, and it didn't. Instead, Sony brought along a couple of mobile products, including the Xperia M4 Aqua, a mid-range phone with a 5-inch display, and the Xperia X4 Tablet, a 10.1-inch slate with a 2K (2560x1600) display. Starting with the phone, the Xperia M4 Aqua is supposed to represent Sony's "renewed mid-range focus" to the handset market with no compromises. Included among that claim is a two-day battery life and a waterproof design. It's also Sony's first smartphone with an octa-core 64-bit processor,... Read more...
If your goal is to provide nearly every person in your school district with a tablet, it might not be the best idea to go with one of the most expensive models on the market. That's a lesson the Los Angeles Unified School district is finding out, although there's more to this story than immediately meets the eye.As part of a massive $1.3 billion plan, iPads were to be distributed to students, teachers, and administrators. Perhaps not that surprisingly, the plan fell short, and the tune changed to, "I don't believe we can afford a device for every student". That sucks on... Read more...
To help boost LTE performance around certain areas of San Francisco, Verizon will soon be deploying about 400 "small cells" that will help with congestion and overall performance. The "certain areas" comes into play because each one of these cells can only affect a 250 ~ 500 foot area, so for this rollout, Verizon is focusing on the SOMA, Financial District, Market Street and North Beach areas. As seen in the illustration below, these small cells can find their home on utility poles in these key areas, and to the regular passerby, chances are they'd go unnoticed. In this particular example, cells... Read more...
Two weeks ago, Microsoft initiated a $100 price cut for its Surface Pro 3 tablets. The 128GB model with a 128GB SSD and Intel Core i5 processor dropped from $999 to $899, while the configuration with a 256GB SSD and an Intel Core i5 processor fell from $1,299 to $1,199. While these price cuts were definitely appreciated, Microsoft declined to include the entry-level Surface Pro 3 in that initial round of price cuts. Thankfully, Microsoft has come to its senses and is now trimming $100 from the base system, dropping it from $799 to a more enticing $699 (this represents a bigger percentage discount... Read more...
Good deals come and go, but great ones are pretty rare. That's what makes Microsoft's HP Stream 7 pricing so special -- it's just $79.99 at the Microsoft Store, down $20 (or 20 percent) from its regular selling price of $99.99, though the price cut alone doesn't make this a great deal. It's the extras that put it over the top.Let's start with the tablet itself. This is the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition, which is a 7-inch Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) tablet with an IPS touchscreen display (1280x800), Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB solid state drive, microSD card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi... Read more...
A KGI Securities analyst believes Apple might be in for a rude awakening if it thinks a larger size iPad model will stop its tablet sales from declining. In a research note to investors, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that overall iPad shipments will "struggle to top" 45 million units in 2015 and ultimately post a 30 percent year-over-year decline.Rumor has it Apple is working on a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" model for release this year. But according to Kuo, upsizing the iPad won't "contribute meaningfully to shipments momentum anytime soon." Instead, he's predicting that iPad shipments in 2015 will see their... Read more...
Given the overall success of its first SHIELD products, it's seemed obvious that NVIDIA would keep on trucking, and would soon infuse one of its products with some Tegra X1 lovin'. But just how soon? A lot sooner than I would have figured, if Fudzilla's reporting proves true. The site says that NVIDIA's planning to launch a brand-new SHIELD Tablet by the end of Q1. As NVIDIA's annual developer conference takes place in mid-March, it's estimated that it could launch there. That would strike me as a bit of an odd venue to release a gaming device, but if it does prove true, it'd surely mean that there... Read more...
When anti-virus / anti-malware mobile apps began hitting the market a handful of years ago, I couldn't have imagined wanting to install one. After all, who wants to install anything that will use up some of their phone's precious resources? Well, times have changed, as I'm starting to believe that those who download many apps - especially from unknown developers - should consider grabbing a protection app. If you need a good reason, we can use Avast's brand-new example. The security firm recently investigated an issue involving a trio of apps that were available via the Google Play Store. Normally,... Read more...
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