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IFA Berlin 2015 won’t officially get underway until September 2, but product announcements are already breaking. LG is one of the companies getting ahead of the pack, announcing today its LG Rolly keyboard, which rolls up into a slender stick. It’s one of the smallest collapsible keyboards we’ve seen.The keyboard has a small stand that houses the single AAA battery and the hardware for the keyboard’s Bluetooth 3.0 support. It can connect to two devices, which is a nice touch, and you can toggle between them with one of the keyboard’s keys. The stand anchors the keyboard and can hold your phone... Read more...
When Samsung announced its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones earlier this month, the electronics giant confirmed previous speculation that it would preinstall a bundle of Microsoft apps. Both flagship smartphones will come with OneNote, OneDrive (complete with 100GB of storage, free for two years), and Skype already installed fresh out of the box. Samsung announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Microsoft and will preinstall its apps on “select” Android tablets. In addition to the apps that are preinstalled on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung tablets will come with... Read more...
Having built itself up to be the world's top supplier of PCs, Lenovo's long-term strategy is to continue leading the PC market while also making a strong run at mobile. In the short-term, that means the release of three new consumer tablets, including a pair of A Series Android slates, the Lenovo TAB 2 A8 and A10-70, and a Windows tablet, the IdeaPad MIIX 300.In a nutshell, the new A Series Android tablets are designed to deliver entertainment on 8-inch and 10.1-inch displays with high-speed LTE connectivity and Dolby Atmos technology, while the 8-inch IdeaPad MIIX 300 brings Windows users a productivity... Read more...
Before the iPad came around, tablets were just another has-been sector that didn’t show much promise (does anyone remember Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?). However, following the introduction of the iPad in 2010, the sector exploded in popularity. Numerous manufacturers have jumped onboard in the years since, although Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer, with Samsung taking up the second place position. But over the past year, we’ve seen some softness in the tablet market. Apple’s iPad has seen sales declines for the past few quarters. For fiscal Q1 2015 (actual Q4 2014), iPad shipments fell... Read more...
‘Tis the season of giving. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and his wife Lori recently announced a $1 million donation to non-profit City Year. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation granted $500,000 to CARE in India. Napster founder and former Facebook President Sean Parker gave $24 million to Stanford to build an allergy research facility.  Today, Microsoft joined that list by donating $2 million in software to NBC-sponsored charities.  HP Stream 7 with Windows 8.1 And, to put some icing on the cake, Microsoft also donated 200 HP Stream Windows tablets to the same charities so they’ll... Read more...
The ambitious, deeply troubled effort by the Los Angeles, Calif. school district to provide every student with an iPad ended this week with FBI agents seizing documents under a federal subpoena. Federal officials are investigating questions regarding the $1.3 billion contract. Ramon C. Cortines, the superintendent for L.A. schools, put an end to the contract yesterday citing controversy surrounding the failed plan. Agents reportedly removed about 20 boxes of documents during the raid. Image credit: AppleThe effort to equip students with iPads was experiencing problems in the classroom, as well.... Read more...
It feels like only yesterday that we were whipping up last year’s holiday gift guide, but somehow a full year has passed and we’re staring yet another winter in the face. Don’t fret, though — just because you haven’t prepared for this season doesn’t mean that you’re hung out to dry. As the technology behind smartphones, tablets, and laptops has evolved over the past twelve months, we’ve collected the best and brightest in order to shape your gift buying. Regardless of whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one (or both), it’s a great time to be in the market. From budget products... Read more...
For the past year, Intel has pursued what's known as a contra-revenue strategy in its mobile division, where product is deliberately sold at a loss to win market share and compete effectively. This has led to a huge rise in tablet shipments, but heavy losses inside Intel's mobile division. Today, the company announced that it would take steps to fold its mobile and conventional processors into a single operating division. While this helps shield the mobile segment from poor short-term results, it also reflects the reality that computing is something users now do across a wide range of devices and... Read more...
Dell just launched a trio of new tablets at its Dell World conference, currently taking place in Austin, Texas. One of the tablets, the sleek and ultra-thin Venue 8 7000, we’ve already shown you, because it was first unveiled by Michael Dell at IDF a couple of months back. But the other two are brand-new products that target completely different market segments. The Dell Venue 8 3000 First up is the new Dell Venue 8 3000. As its name suggests, the Venue 8 3000 is an 8” slate. It features an IPS display with a native resolution of 1280x800 and is powered by an Intel Bay Trail-based... Read more...
For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change. Intel's Bay Trail and Merrifield SoCs are starting to show up in attractive, full-featured, sub-$200 devices, and we've got one of them on the test bench today, the Acer Iconia Tab 8, along with a competing... Read more...
For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change. Intel's Bay Trail and Merrifield SoCs are starting to show up in attractive, full-featured, sub-$200 devices, and we've got one of them on the test bench today, the Acer Iconia Tab 8, along with... Read more...
Word broke a few days ago that Lenovo was going to discontinue tablets in the U.S. under 10 inches or so in size. It appeared that demand for smaller tablets stateside was dwindling, with users preferring larger devices. Lenovo released a statement today addressing that bit of news, and the long and short of it is that the statement is untrue. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday,” reads an unequivocal Lenovo news post. However, as reported, Lenovo has stopped selling... Read more...
Lenovo, the world's number one supplier of PCs, has reportedly decided to stop selling Windows-based tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. market. That includes the ThinkPad 8, which was launched in January, and the 8-inch version of the Miix 2, which Lenovo began shipping in October of last year. What it boils down to is a lack of interest. A spokesman for Lenovo told IT World in an email that North American buyers are trending more heavily towards bigger displays in the Windows tablet category, noting that the company is "pleased" so far with the demand for its ThinkPad 10. You... Read more...
Samsung’s zero tolerance policy towards the use of child labor had a public test this week when Child Labor Watch accused a supplier of hiring children. Samsung investigated the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Company over the next few days and announced that it is temporarily suspending business with the supplier, based on evidence “of suspected child labor at the worksite.” The allegations are grim: CLW alleges that the children it discovered were working 11 hour days and being paid for 10. It also claims to have turned up other labor violations, including a lack of protective... Read more...
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