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When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad at a frenzied event in California this past January, he said something interesting. It was a statement that got many in the tech industry thinking.  Now that we have played with the company's first tablet for a couple of weeks, we think it's time to really take a look at how reasonable Jobs' statement was.If you missed it, Jobs stated that he saw the Apple iPad as a third category of device; something that could fit in between your phone (the iPhone, of course) and your full-sized notebook (your MacBook Pro, of course, at least in Apple's opinion...). Jobs makes his case around the 6:30 mark but does it hold water?Many people saw the iPad as simply an... Read more...
What a wild week in technology it has been. Sony has been sued, HTC now has to pay Microsoft each time they sell an Android phone, Adobe and Apple are publicly humiliating one another, Palm was purchased by HP, and now Microsoft has decided against following the herd and producing a tablet of their own. Wait, what? For those who don't closely follow Microsoft's every move, the death of a product you've never heard of probably comes as somewhat of a shock. You weren't hidden under a rock or anything, it's just that Microsoft never actually came forward and confirmed that a so-called "Courier" was a real product before. Well, until they did so today by announcing that the very product that had... Read more...
Thought iPad-mania was over? Not quite. The first wave may have passed, but today Apple is making available the newest iPad: iPad 3G + Wi-Fi. This model, as you well know, comes loaded with the same features as the original, but it adds a 3G module and an AT&T Micro-SIM card that allows it to hop onto AT&T's mobile data network in order to access the Web and other connected services from anywhere, even if a Wi-Fi hotspot is nowhere to be found. This model is a bit more expensive, but it's sure to sell well with this who are constantly on the go and who need access whenever, wherever. Today, AT&T has issued a "Fact Sheet" detailing the data plans that will be available for the new... Read more...
Tablet PCs may just be approaching the mainstream, but "tablets" in general have been around for years. One sector that never really died out was the rugged tablet, with many working in the field needing a touch-based machine with a chassis that could take a beating. American Industrial Systems (AIS) has been making hardcore tablets for awhile, and the company has an all-new one designed to MIL-STD-810F compliance standard for withstanding shock, drops, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, dust and water. Pretty tough, huh? The new Ruggedized Military Tablet PC is engineered to last even in harsh environments, and while it's not the sexiest machine out there, it can definitely hold up a... Read more...
Look out, guys--Acer is on the move! That's the message being spun by a computer company on the rise, and judging by the numbers, it honestly looks like Acer is poised to shake-up a market place long dominated by the likes of HP, Dell and Lenovo. A recent Forbes article has taken an interesting in-depth look at Acer, a company that doesn't receive nearly the recognition or respect it deserves in the mainstream. Currently, Acer's market share is only behind HP in terms of total units shipped (based on Gartner figures), yet you rarely hear of these guys. In fact, you probably hear about Asus and Apple more often than Acer, and neither of those companies have total market share (for PC sales) in... Read more...
There's a pretty good way to see when a certain trend has hit mainstream, or even mass saturation. Mostly, it occurs when companies you've never, ever heard of are joining a bandwagon. Remember when the iPhone launched? Just a few months later, every phone company you had ever heard of was introduction a touch screen-based phone, and six months after that, companies you didn't know existing were doing the same. Now, the Tablet PC world is experiencing the same phenomenon. The latest Tablet revolution was sparked by Apple, and now Asus, HP, Dell, and Acer are following suit. Beyond that, a load of companies that we've never heard of before this year are doing likewise, with Socle Technology being... Read more...
Dell sure has come a long way. A company that used to make ends meet by selling customizable beige boxes has evolved significantly, now selling some of the world's best gaming notebooks and desktops courtesy of an Alienware acquisition, and also branching out into new markets as the demand for mobile devices rises sharply. The company made some inroads into the corporate market with their Axim PDA line back in the 90s, and now that PDAs have fallen to the wayside while smartphones, MIDs and UMPCs have gained traction, Dell is going with the flow. The company already announced that they were getting into both the Tablet PC and smartphone markets. The so-called "Streak" 5" tablet will likely be... Read more...
Gross. Just gross. And depressing. Those feelings aren't typically associated with new tablet PCs, and definitely not with new Apple products. But each time a new, hot product hits the market, some level of crime usually surrounds it. A few years back, someone actually implemented a drive-by shooting in order to secure a PlayStation 3. People were robbed blind on eBay after the Wii launch. And now, a Denver-area man is missing most of his pinky finger thanks to two knuckleheads who'd rather steal an iPad than earn their keep and buy one.According to various reports out of Colorado, a 59-year old male went to a nearby Apple store in order to procure an iPad for a co-worker. Someone he knew in... Read more...
Reports were floating around yesterday that Apple was still on track to ship the 3G version of the iPad in "late April," and when they say "late," they really mean "late." The company has issued a new release this morning assuring pre-sale customers that their Wi-Fi + 3G iPad will be shipped and made available for delivery on April 30th.Also, for customers who are hoping to grab one from a retail store, the 3G iPads will be available in Apple retail stores (no mention of Best Buy this time) on that same day starting at 5:00PM (local time, we assume). We think that Apple are selling this model exclusively in their own retail stores due to the added complexity during setup; Apple admits that users... Read more...
Apple doesn't ship their iPad with a case of any kind. In fact, the Apple-branded iPad case is a stiff $40, so there's a good chance that iPad owners are looking for cheaper alternatives. Sprint, of all companies, hopes that you'll give their accessory shop a look before making a final decision. It's definitely not like Sprint to market cases, but we have to admit, this one is pretty funny. It's called the 4G Case, and while it's obviously designed to hold your iPad, there' a front pocket there for something else. Something else being an Overdrive. The Overdrive is a portable 3G/4G (WiMAX) WWAN modem, which can connect to Sprint's 3G or 4G network (if you're in range), and then allow up to five... Read more...
Slates, slates, tablets and more slates. That pretty much sums up the PC industry thus far in 2010, and if you thought the craze would die down some after the iPad's launch, you would be wrong. With Dell, Asus, NVIDIA and just about everyone else committed to dabbling in the Tablet PC/Slate world in some way, it was only a matter of time for a big name like Toshiba to step up and admit that they too would be throwing in an option or two.In a Reuters report that mainly focused on the fact that Toshiba's PC sales have risen 50% in the U.S. during Q1 2010, something a bit more important to us was mentioned: new tablet PCs. Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, said... Read more...
During Apple's recent iPhone OS 4.0 event, the company's CEO (Steve Jobs) stated that around 450,000 iPad units had been sold in around a week in the United States. Now, that number is hovering around half a million. Basically, Apple never expected that many iPads to fly off of store shelves, and while Apple will certainly take the demand, it's putting them in a bind when it comes to distribution.The company recently came forward with some rather annoying news if you're not living in America: there aren't enough iPad units to go around, and now the international launch is being delayed because of it. Basically, America is eating up every iPad that Apple can produce, and the company even admits... Read more...
Apple's iPad has left an indelible mark on the Tablet PC universe. It wasn't that long ago when just about everyone gave up on the tablet. Just about every notebook manufacturer in existence tried their hand at making a tablet at one point or another, and just about everyone hung it up by 2005. For whatever reasons, tablets never managed to catch on in the consumer industry, but now, things are different.Consumers have shown a willingness to adapt somewhat and try new things. Some thought ultraportables would never catch on; their steep price tag and small screens didn't make sense to some, but road warriors have proven that these diminutive machines do actually have a place in society. Netbooks... Read more...
Apple's iPad has left an indelible mark on the Tablet PC universe. It wasn't that long ago when just about everyone gave up on the tablet. Just about every notebook manufacturer in existence tried their hand at making a tablet at one point or another, and just about everyone hung it up by 2005. For whatever reasons, tablets never managed to catch on in the consumer industry, but now, things are different.Consumers have shown a willingness to adapt somewhat and try new things. Some thought ultraportables would never catch on; their steep price tag and small screens didn't make sense to some, but road warriors have proven that these diminutive machines do actually have a place in society.... Read more...
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