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Ever since it unveiled the Classmate PC several years ago, Intel has taken an interest in providing educational technology to students in the developing and developed world. The company has just announced the next phase of its efforts -- a pair of tablets that are designed to interface with sensor packages, include educational software, and are based on Android rather than Microsoft Windows. The two tablets have similar, though not exact, hardware specs. The 7-inch design has a 1024x600 touch screen, runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and offers 8GB of storage while the 10-inch tablet has a 1280x800 display and 16GB of RAM. Oddly, the 10-inch tablet is actually listed as running Android 4.0 (Ice... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft's Surface debuted to tepid reviews and weak sales figures, analysts and pundits have wondered just how well -- or poorly -- the tablet was selling in the market place. From the beginning, Surface was a tough sell -- Microsoft did next to nothing to explain how it differed from a conventional x86-based PC. Returns were reportedly quite high from irate buyers who took the tablet home and discovered, to their chagrin, that while it had a desktop, said desktop was useless for launching software. So what's the final figure? $853 million. That works out to about $1.7 million tablets shipped in the past year. Other people have leapt to compare this to Apple, which seems a bit unfair,... Read more...
Samsung just dropped us a note to let us know it's begun mass producing what it claims is the world's fastest embedded memory in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB densities for next-generation smartphone and tablet devices. The company's eMMC PRO memory features an interface speed of 400MB/s, which will lead to faster multi-tasking, web browsing, application downloads, file transfers, video capture and playback, application loading, and more. "With timely mass production of our ultra-fast eMMC PRO line-up offering a more than 10X performance increase over external memory cards, Samsung will accelerate the spread of high-end mobile devices as the market for devices with larger screens and more multimedia functionality... Read more...
Bad news if you were hoping to score a second generation iPad mini with an upgraded display sometime this holiday shopping season. While nothing is set in stone. word on the web is that a new iPad mini model won't even go into production until the fourth quarter of 2013, meaning its release would likely slip into 2014. It's long been believed that a Retina-class display will find its way onto a second generation iPad mini model, and according to Digitimes' supply chain sources, it will indeed boast a 2048x1536 resolution. Furthermore, Apple is said to be revising the design so that the bezel is almost non-existent. Don't rule out a slightly updated iPad mini model in time for the holiday shopping... Read more...
A few weeks ago, the analyst company ABI Research published a report claiming that Intel's new CloverTrail+ platform (dual-core Medfield) for smartphones was significantly faster and more power efficient than anything ARM's various partners were shipping. If you follow the smartphone market, that was a very surprising claim. Medfield was a decent midrange platform when it launched in 2012, but Intel made it clear that it's goal for Medfield was to compete with other platforms in its division -- not seize the performance crown outright. The dual-core / quad-thread CloverTrail+ has improved on Medfield's performance, but it's still based on 2008-era microprocessor technology. Qualcomm, Samsung,... Read more...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote a lengthy email and memo to the company today detailing a new direction for Microsoft, including a massive reorganization and revamped focus. Primarily, Microsoft will no longer operate as a series of islands, with many departments all working on different projects; instead, under the banner of “One Microsoft”, the company’s many groups will all contribute holistically to developing products and services. Microsoft will be organized according to function, so the major groups will be: “Engineering (including supply chain and datacenters), Marketing, Business Development and Evangelism, Advanced Strategy and Research, Finance, HR, Legal,... Read more...
Computer sales are slumping, but Windows 8 isn’t to blame for the slide, according to market consultant Gartner. The research firm said that PC shipments (including laptops), which dropped to 76 million in the second quarter, can be attributed to the rising popularity of tablets, rather than customer dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s latest operating system. HP's Z1 Workstation for business. Image Credit: HP “We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. The... Read more...
A new mobile app from AT&T is aimed at helping city governments and their citizens keep in touch. Governments can use the app to keep people informed about community events and road hazards, while citizens can use it to find parks and contact government departments. Perhaps one of the best things about the new Community Central app is that it lets you use your smartphone to upload a picture of that axle-wrecking pothole so the city can see just how big that sucker is. The app is also designed to provide real-time info about public transportation systems so you can catch a bus or avoid delays. The app’s data crunching is done in the cloud via AT&T’s Mobility Solutions service.... Read more...
The deluge of Samsung Galaxy product announcements continues today with the South Korean device maker debuting three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab 3 family. Eschewing the one-size-fits-all approach, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 line will be offered in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch form factors beginning July 7, with pre-orders kicking off tomorrow. "Samsung's industry-leading smartphones, Note devices and tablets address consumers' diverse demands and personal preferences," said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. "The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio offers consumers more options for tablets that serve as their ultimate smartphone companion,... Read more...
The mobile device market is growing at a frantic pace and it won't be long before these digital gadgets outnumber the human population. By the end of 2013, there will be 5.9 billion mobile phones and tablets in use, according to CCS Insight's new market forecast. That's not enough to eclipse the human race, which currently sits at about 7.09 billion strong, but by the end of 2017, combined mobile devices will skip ahead of the human population in number. Mobile phones alone will number 6.6 billion units by the end of 2017, two-thirds of which will be smartphones. At present, mobile phone sales are nearly split right down the middle between smartphones (53 percent) and feature phones. Smartphones... Read more...
Give Toshiba credit for aggressively targeting the Android tablet market with what appear to be reasonably priced slates starting at $299. That's the price of the Excite Pure, a refreshed Android slate with a 10.1-inch display (1280x800), NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 16GB of internal storage, 3MP rear-facing camera, stereo speakers, micro HDMI output, micro USB ports, a microSD card slot, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. That's not a bad spec sheet for the money, though if you have a bigger budget, things start to get even more interesting. For $500, Toshiba's Excite Pro delivers a 10.1-inch PixelPure display with a 2560x1600 resolution, the same as found on most 30-inch computer... Read more...
Dell has been in the news quite a bit of late as major investors like Michael Dell and Carl Icahn battle over the plan to take the company private. The contested plan company CEO Michael Dell proposed several months ago was a reaction to weakness in the PC market, and that weakness has manifested as a nasty drop in Dell's product sales. Dell has been trying to shift its business strategy to compete more with the likes of IBM in enterprise services, and that initiative appears to be going well -- the company increased enterprise revenue by 12% in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, up to $5.5 billion. Infrastructure, cloud, and security services also saw a substantial revenue uptick, to $612M (up... Read more...
Consumers are going crazy for tablet devices these days. It started with Apple's iPad, which is still the best selling tablet line out there, and continues with the influx of low-cost Android slates from name-brand vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Asus, and so forth. Tablets have become so popular that Microsoft went and re-imagined Windows for touch input on-the-go. It seems unlikely these mobile devices are going anywhere, or does it? At an AMD event the other day, AMD U.K. Retail Business Development Manager Andrew Muscat told T3 that the market will shift away from tablets and towards hybrid devices. Muscat fully acknowledges that slates like the Nexus 7 and iPad mini are super popular,... Read more...
Ready for a bold prediction? This is the year that tablet PC shipments outnumber notebook shipments, a trend that will continue indefinitely. That's according to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, which states that the mobile PC market is expected to increase from 367.7 million units shipped in 2012 to 762.7 million globally by 2017. Touch-enabled form factors will drive the predicted explosive growth, particularly as tablets begin replacing notebooks as the dominant mobile PC form factor this year, NPD DisplaySearch says. "The mobile PC industry is undergoing significant change this year," said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch. "The rapid... Read more...
If there's one company that isn't afraid to speak its mind and be totally blunt, it's definitely Acer, especially when the topic revolves around Windows-based tablets. Acer, after all, is the company that warned Microsoft to "think twice" about its Surface strategy, both because of the potential to "create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem" causing "other brands to take notice," and more bluntly, because tablets and hardware are "not something [Microsoft is] good at." There are other examples of Acer's outspoken nature, including a comment made by Acer President Jim Wong heading into the weekend. Discussing its Windows tablet strategy at a company event in New York on Friday, Wong indicated... Read more...
Windows 8 devices haven't been able to reinvigorate a slumping PC market to this point, but if Microsoft keeps slashing prices, perhaps things will change. If you pop your head into the Microsoft Store online, you'll discover several recently discounted tablets and convertibles, including one that's been marked down $400. Which one? Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T tablet/notebook hybrid with AT&T 4G LTE. The 11.6-inch Windows 8 convertible wields a touchscreen panel with a surprisingly affordable $499 price tag, down significantly from $899. It also has an Intel Atom Z2760 processor clocked at 1.80GHz, 2GB of LPDDR2-800MHz memory, 64GB solid state drive, microSD card reader, three USB 2.0 ports,... Read more...
The latest PC sales numbers and accompanying predictions from research firm Gartner show an unsurprising trend: tablet sales will continue to rise sharply at the expense of traditional desktops and notebooks. “While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet...most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. She further noted that many consumers will stop replacing their PCs, because they simply won’t be essential anymore. As you can see from the chart, Gartner expects traditional PC sales to drop from 341 million units in 2012 to 271 million... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang kicked off this year’s GPU Technology Conference with his customarily impressive opening keynote. The focus of Jen-Hsun’s presentation was on breakthroughs in computer graphics and advances in GPU computing, but he also unveiled new GPU and Tegra roadmaps and took the wraps off of a brand new small form factor Tegra-based product. Predictably, Jen-Hsun began the keynote with some glowing words about NVIDIA’s powerful GK110-based GeForce GTX Titan and ran a few demos showing water and face rendering technologies to illustrate just how far computer graphics have come since NVIDIA created their first GPUs. Jen-Hsun showed off their popular... Read more...
The fate of Windows 8 is yet to be determined, but amid lagging PC sales and grumpy customers who just aren’t all that excited about Microsoft’s latest operating system, there’s a bit of a dark cloud over it. The cloud is even darker over tablets running Windows 8; for example, Microsoft's Surface tablets have badly missed sales expectations among average consumers, and the likes of Samsung have actually cancelled some Windows RT tablet launches. However, according to a white paper by Patrick Moorhead, former AMD executive and current analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy (with help from Paul Teich), the enterprise could be the market where Windows tablets find their footing.... Read more...
Let's face it, we're addicted to apps, which is why ABI Research is confident in forecasting that mobile users will download around 70 billion mobile apps in 2013. Half of those will belong to Android, while another 41 percent will be represented by the iOS camp, meaning more than 9 of 10 app downloads this year will be either Android or iOS. Though the market share split is fairly close, the two competing platforms dominate different market segments. According to ABI Research, Android will account for 58 percent of the 56 billion smartphone app downloads in 2013, versus iOS at 33 percent. Microsoft's Windows Phone platform will sit in a distant third place with a less than 4 percent share, followed... Read more...
Archos today introduced its Platinum range of tablets, which the company claims are among the first Android slates to offer a super high resolution IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen combined with the performance of a quad-core processor. There are three models to choose from, including 8-inch, 9.7-inch, and 11.6-inch SKUs, all of which feature a sleek aluminum design. All three boast an IPS panel with capacitive multi-touch support, a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, an 8-core GPU with support for Full HD 1080p video decoding, 2GB or RAM, front and back cameras, mini-HDMI output, a microSD card slot, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The smallest of the three, the Archos 80 Platinum, features... Read more...
Acer might have been on to something when it warned Microsoft that competing in the hardware space is no easy task. Undeterred, Microsoft entered the battlefield with its Surface RT tablet, an ARM-based slate running a gimped version of Windows 8 that doesn't support legacy applications. It's an okay tablet for content consumption and poking around the web, but for Windows enthusiasts, the real party starts when Surface Pro arrives. Surface Pro rocks a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, and with that x86 foundation comes the ability to run all sorts of Windows software. It's basically an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor. Other features include a 10.6-inch Full... Read more...
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