Tag - Tablet
Graphics tablets are a wonderful tool for artists and designers, as well as hobby doodlers and more. Being able to simulate the feeling of putting pen to paper is wonderful, and certainly beats trying to manipulate a mouse or Photoshop tools to do the same thing. If you're looking to grab a tablet, but you're not ready to drop hundreds of dollars on a Wacom, we implore you to think about trying out a Monoprice graphics tablet.
Received wisdom, backed up merely by hard evidence, is that only Apple is making any money out of tablet sales. Except that's earnings as in sales of tablets: Logitech must be making a fortune from its tablet keyboards -- and if it isn't, it should be. Its latest, the Logitech K380, is a portable keyboard that is good enough to use on a desktop too.
We'd talked about a projector earlier this year, the ZTE Spro 2, a smart projector that doubles as a mobile hotspot and Android tablet. We've been putting it through the ringer in order to see it's viability as a TV replacement. How has it stacked up? Are we still in love with the ZTE Spro 2, or is the shine off the (non) apple yet?
Google showed off three Android-powered mobile devices at today's event, alongside the new Chromecast dongles. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are smartphones produced by Huawei which Google will be shipping in the near future, while the Pixel C is Google's first Android tablet it has built end-to-end, with the search company applying what it learned from its Chromebook Pixel notebooks to the tablet format.
Amazon is refreshing its range of Fire mobile devices by introducing four updated tablets to the collection, alongside its Fire TV announcement. The Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 joins the existing Fire HD6 in the range, and while the Fire Kids Edition gets some minor changes, the original Fire tablet has been given significantly more attention, with the online retailer redoubling its efforts to make it an ideal entry-level device by pricing it at $50, with an extra bonus for buying multiple devices.
Samsung is seemingly trying to take on Apple's iPad Air 2, by launching a similar-looking Android tablet. The Galaxy Tab S2 follows on from last year's Tab S in being a high-resolution tablet, but while Samsung manages to put in a similar-sized 9.7-inch AMOLED display to the iPad Air 2 with a 2048x1536 resolution, along with an eight-inch variant, Samsung has also made it 5.6mm thick, thinner than the Air 2 by half a millimeter.
Asus has unveiled a number of new tablets at its Computex event in Taipei, including ten-inch and seven-inch models, with the main focus being two eight-inch tablets. The ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad S 8.0 are similar sized tablets with Intel processors, but while the ZenPad 8.0 opts for more modest specifications and a resolution of 1280x800, the S variant goes for higher-specification components and is fronted by an IPS 2048x1536 display.
Lenovo has introduced an upgraded version of its ThinkPad 10 from last year, one which takes aim at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The new ThinkPad 10 retains many of the characteristics of the original, including a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display, but this time it includes the ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus and an increased focus on pen-based input via the handwriting recognition app Writeit, allowing writing to be converted to text in nearly any text field.
Acer revealed more than its new device launches at yesterday's event, teasing to attendees some upcoming gaming devices. A collection of distinctive systems under the existing "Predator" name were unveiled, which will include high-specification notebooks and PCs as expected, but it will also count an Android tablet built for gaming as part of the same product range.
Acer has revealed two new Iconia tablets as part of its device launches today, as well as bringing one smartphone to the United States for the first time. The Iconia Tab 10 is a tablet aimed at education, the Iconia One 8 offers advanced touch capabilities, and the Liquid M220 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 will be arriving in Microsoft Stores in the coming months.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE