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The way Gartner sees it, we're all going to be living in single-PC homes in the not-too-distant future. Mom, pop, little Billy and his sister Janet won't have their own PCs anymore, and will instead share a single primary PC in the household for heavy lifting, and use a tablet for content consumption chores, like surfing the web and playing casual games. This shift that's taking place means that secondary PCs are fast becoming relics; once they're too old to be useful anymore, they'll just die out and be replaced by a tablet. The market research firm believes this is already taking place, noting that worldwide PC shipments declined 4.9 percent year-over-year to 90.3 million units in the fourth... Read more...
Gigabyte gave us a tour of its new laptops, tablets, and everything in-between this week in Las Vegas. As with all of the big names at CES, Gigabyte is serious about getting touch screens on most devices running Windows 8 (with the exception of some of its heavy-duty gamer laptops - and even those will likely have touch down the road).   One standout is the new Gigabyte S1185 tablet, which has an 11.6-inch full HD IPS display. Forget RT for this baby - the S1185 runs true Windows 8 on a third-gen Intel Core processor. Pair the tablet with the magnetic keyboard, and you have yourself a Windows 8 PC. Gigabyte also has itself a behemoth of a gaming laptop. The Gigabyte P2742G... Read more...
For years, notebook PCs have been the go-to device for mobile computing, but is this the dawn of a new era? Tablets are everywhere these days, they're dropping in price, and according to NPD DisplaySearch, they're going to fly off store shelves faster than notebooks in 2013. NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that tablet shipments will reach 240 million units by the end of the year, trumping notebook shipments, which are expected to reach 207 million units. That's a pretty significant divide, and what's making it possible is "a new class of small tablets," such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Tablets with screens between 7 and 8 inches are expected to account for 45 percent of the total shipments, or... Read more...
One of the essential features of any smartphone is the built-in camera, and the quality of photos a device outputs plays a role in our evaluation of these devices. For many, a quality camera is no longer a luxury, but a necessity in an increasingly social landscape, so is it any surprise that smartphone and tablet shipments have turned us all into photographers? According to ABI Research, over 1 billion cameras shipped in smartphones and tablets during 2012, and by 2018, that annual figure will jump to 2.7 billion, the research firm predicts. Mobile device makers are privy to the importance of a quality camera and continue to push the envelope with new features and higher quality optics. "Advancements... Read more...
Think Ubuntu could make a great tablet OS? So does Canonical, and it sure looks like Canonical is jumping into the tablet OS market today. Ubuntu's website features a giant clock that is counting down to 1PM EST today, with a hint that can only mean touch-friendly Ubuntu tablets are in the future. Actually, it's not too surprising to see a version of Ubuntu that supports tablets. Canonical has been working feverishly on bringing Ubuntu to mobile devices in a variety of ways and has plans for Ubuntu versions that support smartphones and even Android-based devices. You'll be able to download Ubuntu for certain devices, but Canonical also plans to get Ubuntu on OEM devices, as well. The... Read more...
HTC's first love affair is with Android, but that doesn't mean the mobile handset and tablet maker isn't willing to flirt with Windows. That much was obvious when the company launched its Windows Phone 8X and 8S devices. Looking ahead, HTC also plans to a pair of Windows RT tablets. One of those will be a 12-inch tablet, according to Bloomberg. That would make it one of the bigger tablets on the market, and though details are sparse, we wouldn't be shocked if it included (or supported as an add-on) a keyboard dock with ports and other amenities that would allow it to act as a notebook. Like the Flyer (pictured above), HTC plans to unveil a 7-inch Windows RT tablet. A little more interesting is... Read more...
Facebook is planning some big changes for its fairly tame advertising format, according to Ad Age. Right now, many ads are static images and a little text by your newsfeed. By Q2 of next year, you’ll be seeing video ads popping up. The plan is to make video ad spots available to advertisers in the computer and mobile app versions of Facebook. The video format is meant to attract TV advertisers.   Facebook's Offices. Facebook may be planning video ads for its newsfeed. Image credit: Olivier Garamfalvi / Facebook It looks as though the new video ads will play automatically, which is bound to annoy more than a few Facebook users. On the up side, Facebook is expected to limit videos... Read more...
We've always known that Microsoft's Surface had an uphill fight ahead of it. Launching a new version of Windows based on an entirely different CPU architecture was a dicey move, as was the decision to push Redmond's own vision for the hardware. In some ways, Microsoft's bets have paid off; the $499 Surface tablet looks and feels like a much more expensive device and the Touch Cover works remarkably well. Other factors, however, are reportedly dragging sales downwards. Last week, DigiTimes reported that Microsoft had slashed its Surface orders to two million, down from 4M for Q4. Other analysts predicted sales in the two million range. Today, brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton broke ranks, claiming... Read more...
There's a bit of quoted wisdom that's been making the rounds in tech news, recently. Up until now, I've ignored it, in the hopes that it would die out and go away. Instead, it seems to be showing up with greater frequency. It looks something like this: "Like Intel, AMD was caught flat-footed in recent years with the emergence and fast growth of mobile devices..." This is the sort of sound byte analysis that's often spread by analysts who really ought to know better. The rationale behind it, we'll assume, is the following: Smartphones and tablets are really popular Intel and AMD don't dominate those markets Intel and AMD aren't going to dominate those markets in the next 12 months Therefore, Intel... Read more...
A lot of the talk in the 7-inch tablet space revolves around the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and more recently, the iPad mini (7.85 inches). Lest anyone forget, Barnes & Noble competes in the handheld tablet space too, and it's hoping a special holiday offer in collaboration with MasterCard will nudge potential buyers over to the Nook. Effective Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4 (today and tomorrow), customers who purchase a Nook HD or Nook HD+ online at B&N's website using a MasterCard will receive a free $20 store Gift Card, along with free shipping. That's not exactly a "Holy buckets!" kind of promotion (fans of The Voice will get that reference), but if you were considering... Read more...
Struggling with what to get your beloved geek for the holidays? There are gazillion gift guides scattered across the web (including our own!), but know this: what he/she really wants is a tablet! That isn't true of everyone, mind you, but a new poll reveals that a third of U.S. consumers are hoping to score a slate this holiday season. That's according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters, which found that lower priced tablets are likely to rein supreme. In fact, some 22 percent of those who said they plan on buying a tablet this holiday season also indicated that they're planning to cut back spending on other holiday purchases in order to afford a slate. Apple's full-size iPad remains the... Read more...
For the first time in a long time, Apple may be feeling threatened by the competition. Windows 8 launched to the public today, and with it, so did Microsoft's 'Surface with Windows RT' tablet, Redmond's consumer oriented device and answer to the iPad. But is it a good enough answer? Predictably, Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't think so. What's a little unusual is that he's begun talking smack about Surface, a tactic Apple typically reserves for humorous advertising campaigns, like the infamous Mac vs PC commercials. "It's a fairly compromised, confusing product," Cook said during an earnings call, according to Business Insider. His critical remarks were in response to a question about Microsoft's... Read more...
In what amounted to a bold move, Amazon took the unusual step of announcing a new product -- Kindle Fire H 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless -- without first receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Amazon was gambling on the fact that the FCC would eventually approve the 4G LTE radio plopped inside its flagship Kindle device, and the mega e-tailer appears to have won that bet. According to Reuters, a company spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed that it now has the FCC's full blessing to sell Kindle tablets equipped with 4G LTE radios. As such, Amazon has gone and removed disclaimers on its website that previously alerted visitors that FCC clearance had not yet been obtained. All wireless... Read more...
One of life's lessons that apparently hasn't been lost on Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the one that says, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." HP didn't succeed in the tablet market, not with its much hyped (and seldom talked about) Slate line, and certainly not with its short lived TouchPad, which turned out to be such a big disaster that it took webOS down with it. HP's past attempts are ancient history, however, and going forward, the OEM plans to make another run at what's now a proven market segment. An internal memory by HP's Todd Bradley slithered its way online, and it mentions the creation of a Mobility business unit that will be run by Alberto Torres, former Executive Vice President... Read more...
The tech world just isn't the same without Bill Gates being actively involved like he was pre-retirement, but the Microsoft founder still makes time, on occasion, to chat about today's technology trends, even if just in passing. Such was the case when Gates sat down for a conversation with The Chronicle on the topic of higher education. Naturally, the philanthropist had plenty to say on the matter, but he also revealed his thoughts on Microsoft's strategy with the Surface tablet. Gates was asked how he feels about the idea of giving devices, like tablets, to students and hoping for change, as well as whether or not he thinks slates can really make a difference in education. "Just giving people... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Tab line continues to expand, with the latest additions coming in the form of the Galaxy Tab 2 Series. The Galaxy Tab 2 Series is available in 10.1-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes. While these second-generation models clearly borrow some design cues and other specifications from their predecessors, we were a bit surprised to find out that not a lot has changed from the first-generation models to the new Galaxy Tab 2 series, at least in terms of their internal components. Although the Galaxy Tab 2 may not offer a lot of new features from its predecessors in the Galaxy Tab lineup, the lower price puts both of these tablets in the mid-range tablet category rather than in the premium... Read more...
While primo tablets still mostly run in the $400-plus range, it’s not as though low-cost tablets haven’t proliferated rapidly--it’s just that they’re often not very good. Hitting lower price points is not easy, although there have been a few solid tablets around the $200-$250 range. For consumers, that’s all well and good, but even manufacturers that have managed to sell decent tablets at that price point aren’t necessarily making a lot (or any) money on the devices. NVIDIA is taking a crack at the problem with KAI, tablet reference platform based on the Tegra 3 processor that an NVIDIA blog post calls “a recipe that tablet makers can reference when they’re... Read more...
Lots of people believe that tablets will replace desktop and laptop computers in the not-so-distant future; count Frank Gillett of Forrester Research as one. But his vote counts for a little more because his job is to forecast tech trends. In a blog post, he ticks off the many advantages of tablets: they’re small and light (but not too small), have excellent battery life, have swift always-on capabilities, are ideal for casual sharing in meetings, have delightful delivery systems for consuming content, and in some instances can be used for meaningful content creation. Because of the above, he predicts that tablets will become the preferred computing device for millions of people. He does... Read more...
Please, please, please, for the love of all that is good and pure, let this report be true: Nick Bilton wrote on the New York Times Bits blog that an FAA representative told him that the agency is re-evaluating its policy on electronic devices on its flights. Specifically, he wrote: When I called the F.A.A. last week to pester them about this regulation — citing experts and research that says these devices could not harm a plane — the F.A.A. responded differently than it usually does. Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the F.A.A., said that the agency has decided to take a “fresh look” at the use of personal electronics on planes. Air... Read more...
In addition to new device announcements and technology reveals, some interesting revelations are coming out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. One of those is the number of Android activations that occur on a daily basis. According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google who oversees the development of Android, fans of the open-source platform are activating more than 850,000 devices every day. "There are over 450,000 applications in Android Market. Some of the developers who built these apps are showing their latest and greatest in the Android stand. But the ecosystem doesn't sleep. Our partners have activated a total of 300 million Android phones! Currently... Read more...
Google has a message for developers: Say Goodbye to the Menu Button, which is the title of an Android Developers blog post pleading with devs to rethink their reliance on the Menu button. A better option, according to Google, is to direct users towards the ActionBar introduced in Honeycomb, and it's never been more important than with the rollout Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). "Not only should your apps stop relying on the hardware Menu button, but you should stop thinking about your activities using a [menu button' at all," Scott Main, lead tech writer for developer.android.com, stated in a blog post. "Your activities should provide buttons for important user actions directly in the action... Read more...
It's been awhile since we covered the announcements coming out of the Building Windows 8 blog and there have been a number of interesting new articles published. We've got three of the biggest discussed below: New Network Management: Windows 7 made connecting to a WiFi network easy, but managing a 3G connection can be more troublesome. As Billy Anders writes, "you needed to locate and install third-party device drivers, and in some cases software, before ever getting your first connection. If the drivers for your device and software from your mobile operator were not available locally, you had to find another connection type (perhaps Wi-Fi) to the Internet to search for software on the websites... Read more...
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