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If the latest reports turn out to be true, then Hewlett Packard might be doing a huge favor for Apple. According to Spanish paper Clipset, worst case scenario is that HP won't be shipping its Slate tablet until September, by which time Apple's iPad would have about a 5 month head start.We probably won't have to wait quite that long, but whether or not the Slate ships before the tail-end of summer remains to be seen. Loosely translated, Clipset claims the official launch is scheduled for June and that units will arrive in Europe "before September." What that means for the U.S. market isn't yet known.We'd be a little surprised if the Slate slipped that long, especially with the way HP has been... Read more...
It's a tablet-eat-tablet world out there, and with Apple's iPad starting a trend that isn't likely to die throughout 2010, you can imagine that all sorts of lesser-known contenders will be popping up with tablets and slates of their own in order to strike while the iron is hot. Today, Neofonie is introducing the WePad, a German-made unit that promises "fast Internet connectivity, a complete world of ready-to-use applications and easy access to books and photos, as well as magazines and newspapers from various publishers via the WeMagazine ePublishing Eco System." At its heart, this is a fairly robust machine with an 11.6" display (1366x768), a rather quick 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a... Read more...
Today's the day. And yes, by that we mean it's Friday. But also, Apple has a tempting offer for those wanting to jump on the (second) tablet PC bandwagon, as the iPad has just gone up for pre-order. Apple will arguably be first to market with one of these next-generation tablet PCs, and while we are not yet told whether a Tegra (or Tegra 2) chip is within, we do know that the custom build 1GHz Apple A4 CPU is capable of packing quite the punch. The iPad isn't supposed to ship to U.S. customers until April 3rd, but Apple is enabling those who are ready to buy one sight-unseen to plop down their money early in hopes of snagging a first run unit. We've always been a little wary about buying a product... Read more...
In just a few weeks, Apple will finally release its much hyped iPad to the public, and if Apple has its way, the iPad will do for the tablet space what the iPod did for media player market and iPhone did for the smartphone sector. In other words, it will set the bar by which all competitor products are measured, no matter how loud the anti-Apple sentiment resonates from die-hard PC (as in, Windows-based) fans. But here's the thing. Unlike Apple's previous products, which could be considered groundbreaking in one way or another at the time of release, the iPad isn't exactly revolutionary and leaves the door open for competitors to jump in with a better product. Could HP's Slate fit the bill?"With... Read more...
We've said it before, and we'll keep right on saying it: the tablet is back in a big way, but the consumers have yet to have time to actually speak. In other words, only time will tell if people are ready to re-embrace the tablet PC, which was largely rejected years ago as being too bulky, too niche and too expensive. Honestly, this whole marketing push feels a lot like 3D. Consumers never really asked for 3D to make a comeback, but all of a sudden, motion picture producers decided--seemingly across the board--that 3D was the way forward. We've seen company after company detail their tablet PC plans, and while many have yet to materialize, there's little doubt that analysts will be watching sales... Read more...
Guess what? Tablet PCs are hotter than ever, and while the market never really took off when it tried years ago, this thing just might be different. Things are slimmer, faster and more power efficient, and more companies are looking to get into the game. We're still curious to see exactly how these will fit into a world that is already populated with netbooks and smartphones, but OpenPeak definitely has an option that has our interest.The OpenTablet 7 is one of the nicer slates we have seen, boasting a multi-touch panel and an Intel Moorestown platform beneath the shell. According to OpenPeak, it's expected to be adopted by multiple branded customers and service providers and ship in the second... Read more...
You have to hand it to 'em--Lenovo knows how to market their products. With the tablet/slate PC revolution upon us, many companies are taking the opportunity to dive headfirst in. We aren't sure if Lenovo has yet another tablet planned (though the smartbook that was unveiled at CES hasn't received enough credit, in our opinion), but a new video from the company showcases a Lenovo tablet that's already on the market. Well, was on the market. Did you know that the original ThinkPad was a tablet/slate PC? Amazingly, it was! The ThinkPad 700T was a flat device without a physical keyboard, and the goal was to use it to spring handwriting recognition software into the mainstream. The video goes on... Read more...
It was only a matter of time. We knew as early as CES 2010 that slate/tablet PCs were back on track for a second wind after dying out years ago, but it seems that an unlikely contender has boosted everyone else into overdrive. Apple's iPad is the first real tablet to launch this market into the next gear, and with companies like NVIDIA, Asus and Dell also looking to get involved, we figured that Sony would be close behind. In a conference held in Tokyo, Sony's CEO Nobuyuki Oneda exclaimed that his company was eager to get in on this space, though he confessed that Sony was lagging behind the others in terms of time to market. In reality, we highly doubt that Sony was considering doing a tablet... Read more...
We have already discussed our hopes and dreams for the future of the iPad, and while we don't really feel that it's a homerun of a device in its current state, there's no doubt that the allure of Apple alone will help the company sell more than a few of these once then go on sale in under 2 months. The real question, however, is exactly how profitable these will be for Apple, given that the $499 price was seen as "low" by Steve Jobs and "high" from most everyone else that we've spoken to. According to a bill of materials analysis by Brian Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech, the cost of the goods inside of Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi-only tablet is just $270.15. Apple plans to sell the device for $499. Of course,... Read more...
In our analysis of the iPad, we essentially came to the conclusion that it was a large iPod touch. Funny, because that's exactly the same conclusion that one of the most powerful individuals in the tech industry came to. It's unusual for executives from rival companies to come right out in the media and speak up with their feelings about a given product, but Nintendo's own Satoru Iwata noted that the iPad "was a bigger iPod touch" and that it delivered "no surprises."Ouch. That's a pretty big sting from a pretty big face in the gaming/tech world, but it seems to mimic the feelings felt elsewhere in the world. We have yet to find anyone that seems super enthused about the iPad, at least in its... Read more...
As you've no doubt heard by now, Apple launched a new mobile computing device and it's within a product category that is all-new territory for the traditionally tight-lipped company. It's a bit of an odd choice for a company that revels in innovation, and after today's announcement, we're left with more questions than answers on whether or not it can truly deliver in the way that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs thinks it can. The iPad simply isn't as revolutionary as the iPhone and iPod, and that alone is at least initially limiting the general perception of the product. For better or worse, Apple has worked itself into a corner where people simply expect each and every new product release to change that... Read more...
As you've no doubt heard by now, Apple launched a new mobile computing device and it's within a product category that is all-new territory for the traditionally tight-lipped company. It's a bit of an odd choice for a company that revels in innovation, and after today's announcement, we're left with more questions than answers on whether or not it can truly deliver in the way that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs thinks it can. The iPad simply isn't as revolutionary as the iPhone and iPod, and that alone is at least initially limiting the general perception of the product. For better or worse, Apple has worked itself into a corner where people simply expect each and every new product release to change that... Read more...
Thanks to a loose-lipped CEO, we knew Apple had a tablet device on deck for today's announcement in California. We even spotted a rumored TV spot a few days back, which labeled the device as the "iPad." Turns out, that's exactly what Apple decided to name this.Apple has today entered an all new market, one that straddles the realms of smartphones and notebooks. It's the tablet PC, which is a market that swelled and died years and years ago. Apple is known for its innovation, though, and it apparently thinks it has the magic elixir necessary to create a tablet in a post-tablet world and still get people interested.The entire device looks like a giant iPod touch, really. It's 0.5" thin, weighs... Read more...
Apple has a media event scheduled for this coming Wednesday. That much we know. Otherwise, it's all up to rumors, whispers and wild speculation. We have a pretty good idea that AT&T may lose its iPhone exclusivity, and many analysts are suggesting that a tablet/slate of some sort will make its official debut as well. Apple's upcoming iPad tablet?  Aspect ratio be damned... Now, there's a little more believability in that second assumption but a whole lot of intentional mystery behind it as well. A supposed "iPad" advertisement has just leaked out, and while no one will confirm whether it's real or fake, it definitely has the typical "Apple vibe" to it. Based on this video, the iPad looks... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, Apple has an even planned for the 27th of this month. No one knows for sure except for those who aren't saying, but all signs are pointing the release of the oft-rumored Apple Tablet that has been whispered about for months on end now. For those still doubting that such a product exists, you should probably have a look at a fresh piece from the Wall Street Journal. According to the article, famed publishing house HarperCollins is in talks with Apple to make e-books available for the introduction "of a new tablet device from Apple." Granted, these are still just rumors from people inside, but when the WSJ reports it, there's a good chance that truth is behind it. If... Read more...
Can't decide between a slate tablet and a thin and light notebook? Lenovo has just the solution. The new IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook offers the best of both worlds with a removable multitouch screen that has a separate ARM processor and runs on Lenovo's customized Skylight operating system. When the IdeaPad U1 is in its traditional clamshell form, you'll have a full PC with an 11.6 inch HD LED screen running Windows 7. The two halves of the IdeaPad U1 can work together or independently thanks to Lenovo's Hybrid Switch technology. For example, you can surf the Web in laptop mode and then detach to tablet mode and continue surfing from the same point. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook will be... Read more...
If you thought Tablet PCs were in style here at CES, well, you'd be right. Most any non-traditional notebook is getting a look, and that includes Litl's new Webbook. Debuting at the show this week, this machine is described as an "easy-to-use Internet computer for the home that blends the best of the Web with high-quality TV-like viewing." It's more like a slate PC than anything else, and while these types of PCs have been around (and not selling very well) for years, Apple's rumored involvement in the sector has seemingly re-sparked the interest. The device has a 12" display, a keyboard and a form factor that fits well with couch-based Web surfers and video watchers. As for specs? You'll get... Read more...
Buried in the letter which Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business group sent to Windows customers earlier this week, which re-affirmed that XP is pretty much gone after June 30th (with a few exceptions, more later), was a note that indicated that customers wanted a "more regular, predictable Windows release schedule." Based on that, he said the following:Some of you may have heard about "Windows 7", which is the working name for the next release of Microsoft Windows. We have learned a great deal through the feedback you have shared with us about Windows Vista and that feedback is playing an important role in our work on Windows 7. You have told us you... Read more...
CNN Money is reporting that Google has entered talks with Youtube about a potential purchase agreement.  Youtube has become an internet sensation over the past year with users from around the world posting random videos for viewing.  With viewership ranging in the hundreds of millions, Youtube is not without its own controversy.  Universal Studios has recently begun challenging the content on Youtube as being in violation of copyright laws and hint at possible legal action in the near future.  Todays report indicates Google would pay $1.6 billion dollars for the company. YouTube, based in San Mateo, Calif., allows viewers to upload and share video and it estimates that... Read more...
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