Tablets still reign in enterprise, education, but consumer market lagging
Although Apple CEO Tim Cook remains "bullish" on the future of tablets, Apple and the market generally for tablets is declining as consumers continue to favor large-screen smartphones for tablet-like functions, and as companies struggle to figure out what the replacement cycle for the still-popular devices is or should be, says research firm IDC. According to Apple, it sold 11.2 million iPads (with shipments of 10.9 million) in its fiscal third quarter, down from 13.7 million sold in the previous quarter.
Flexible tablet good for everyday use, soured by design decisions
Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's line of stylish, portable devices continues with one of its newest tablets, the Yoga Tablet 2. The 10.1-inch, Android-powered tablet continues the trend set by other Yoga devices, allowing users to position it in several configurations to suit specific needs. But does the Yoga Tablet 2 hold up to everyday use, or is it just another drop in the bucket for Android devices? Find out in our review.
Fusion Storage combines microSD card, internal memory into single storage block
Archos has revealed a selection of high-capacity tablets at Mobile World Congress, along with new memory-boosting technology to help make storage management more efficient. The Magnus tablet range offer capacities of up to 256GB, while the manufacturer's "Fusion Storage" system allows for external microSD card storage to be effectively combined with the internal memory of the tablet.
Chromebook 11, Latitude 11 notebooks joined by Venue 10, Venue 10 Pro tablets
Dell has launched new tablets and notebooks aimed at the educational market. The Chromebook 11 and the Latitude 11 Education Series are "schoolyard tough" notebooks that has survived MIL-STD 810G testing for shock, vibrations, pressure, and temperatures, while the Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro tablets, with the introduced devices all including rubberized trim for added protection.
Standard port replicator now on eight models for ease of docking across devices
Fujitsu announced today three new Lifebook models and one new tablet in the Stylistic line, with fifth-generation Intel Core vPro processors. The devices, expected to debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March, include tablet sizes up to 13.3-inch, with one new model of 14-inch ultrabook. The tablets are all hybrid 2-in-1 devices designed to fit a new docking station.
Dropzone and Control Room intended to add value for existing, new customers
Wacom, makers of digital input tablets and other devices for artists, have announced two new free cloud-based services for their customers. These two services, which allow content and device settings to be stored and shared across platforms, are the first in a series of services planned for release over the course of 2015. The Dropzone service allows an initial 2GB of free storage, while the Control Room service lets existing users upload device settings so that they can retrieve the settings when using the device on a different platform.
Wafer-thin devices that can be tablets or laptops as needed; no release date set
Asus unveiled a number of products today in preparation for CES, including three new Transformer Book Chi hybrid tablet-ultrabook models. Joining the Transformer Book V and the T300Chi are the T100Chi and the T 90Chi, both of which are wafer-thin tablets with an option to become laptops. Both tablets run Windows 8.1, powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor with 500MB of memory and 64GB storage.
Light-emitting e-readers, tablets pitted against e-ink e-readers, printed books
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America has published a study entitled Evening use of light-emitting e-readers negatively affects sleep, circadian timing, and next-morning alertness. The study compared e-readers with screens that project light, versus those that don't, as well as printed books read under reflected light.
Android tablet deals from zero dollars
With all the great deals out there on Android tablets today, it gets a little bit tricky trying to figure out what exactly the best prices are. While most of these tablets are even remotely in the league of top-quality tabs like the iPad or the Nexus 7, we have put together a list of some of the best Black Friday Android tablet deals we could find. At TigerDirect.com right now, get the Proscan seven-inch Android tablet with McAfee 2015 multi-access for only $70. That's already $80 off the list price of $150. A $70 mail-in-rebate offer on this bundle drops the final cost down to zero dollars. However, McAfee activation is required to claim this rebate.
Still down slightly from record high; Amazon tablets more popular than Samsung tablets
New data from ad network and analytics firm Chitika saw the iPad regaining nearly two full points of North American web traffic among tablets in September, finishing the month with 79.9 percent share. Even at its lower July reading of 78 percent, the iPad line still completely dominated its rivals, all of whom reported single-digit web presence. The next nearest rival was Amazon, with 6.7 percent share for its entire Kindle Fire line. Samsung followed in third place, with six percent.
Tablet plans from MetroPCS include unlimited data, 4G allowances
MetroPCS is offering tablets on its service for the first time, and has introduced a new set of data-only price plans for the mobile devices at the same time. The first tablet offered by T-Mobile's prepaid brand, usable on the new tariffs, is the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7, a mid-ranged Android tablet with a 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display.
First quarter results from reveal boost in movile devices, desktop computers
Device maker Lenovo has released its financials for the first quarter ending June 30, revealing revenues of $10.4 billion. While the company posted a year-over-year increase in overall revenues, figures from the smartphone sales shows a more revealing number, with sales tallying more than 15.8 million units, an increase of 39 percent. Income increased to $214 million, a 22 percent increase, while earnings grew 23 percent to $214 million. Gross profit increased 13 percent, to $1.3 billion.
Apple's iPad still seen as ideal for younger students, but keyboards, notebooks making comeback
A number of schools that had instituted large-scale programs to supply students with iPads or other tablets are now reconsidering the idea, particularly for post-elementary students, a new article from The Atlantic notes, in an investigation that could have some consequences for Apple's renewed push into education. While administrators, teachers and students alike appreciate the iPad, the shortcoming of no built-in physical keyboard is becoming an issue for Common Core and secondary-school students.
Apple, Samsung give up share to Lenovo, ASUS, others
Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million iPads this quarter versus 14.6 million in Q2 2013. The company's next closest competitor, Samsung, saw its share slip from 18.8 percent to 17.2.
Dell's new Venue and 8 tablets now available for purchase online
Dell's new Venue 7 and 8 tablets are now available for purchase through Dell.com. Announced at Computex last month, the Android-based tablets feature a thin design with an easy-grip textured back, intended for use while travelling. The tablets are both Bluetooth-enabled, run Android 4.4 KitKat OS, and feature MAXXAudio Mobile by Waves sound output. The seven-inch version is priced at $160, and the eight-inch is available for $200.
Migration from XP gives market a kick, 2015 tablet shipments to beat PCs by 4 million
Earlier this week, technology research company Gartner released its projections for 2014 and 2015 computer sales, indicating that PC shipments would see a small loss from the previous year before seeing an uptick in 2015. The increase in shipments comes after a trend of declining sales, as consumers shift buying habits and hold onto PCs longer. As a result, the number of tablets shipped in 2015 are expected to surpass PCs for the first time.
Toughpad FZ-E1, FZ-X1 can be submerged, dropped, has hot-swappable batteries
Panasonic is expanding its Toughpad range of ruggedized tablets with two five-inch tablets. The smartphone-sized devices, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1, are heavy duty items with five-inch screens designed for use in extreme working environments, with each able to survive being submerged, dropped onto tough surfaces, and used at extreme temperatures.
Docking Station coming Aug.15
The Surface Pro 3 is now available in Canada and the US, online and at retail, Microsoft has announced. Currently the only versions on sale are Core i5 models. Microsoft has solidified a release date for Core i3 and i7 models however, which should ship August 1st.
Agreement will see Silvermont Atom cores in SoCs from Chinese company
Looking to gain an edge in the tablet market, Intel has announced a partnership with Chinese fabless chip maker Rockchip. The agreement between the two companies will allow Intel to widen its foothold in the chip market, and spread its offerings to low-end tablets. Intel will provide Rockchip with core technology to incorporate into system-on-chips (SoC) that Rockchip is specialized in making.
Google Play now accepting PayPal as payment for digital goods
PayPal is now an official payment option for purchasing digital content within Google Play. Though a direct competitor with Google's own Wallet payment service, users can activate the new payment option by clicking "Add PayPal" and typing in one's login details. Google Play has also expanded its carrier billing and gift card availability to more regions, including Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.
Both Macs and iPad still showing growth trends overall
Beyond the unexpectedly-strong sales of the iPhone in Apple's fiscal second quarter, the second-biggest surprise of the March quarter was the strong performance of the company's Mac line. Beating industry trends, Apple sold 4.1 million Macs in the quarter, the same number it sold in the year-ago quarter and significantly better than the industry overall. Despite declines in other areas, a new study from Canalys again ranks Apple as the world's top "PC" seller, including tablets (from Apple and others) as "PCs," as consumers and businesses increasingly transition to tablets.
Average selling prices of tablets falling
Apple has taken the top spot in a JD Power satisfaction survey of US tablet customers. The iPad brought Apple a score of 830 out of 1,000, and a full five stars on the company's Power Circle ratings. Samsung managed a score of 822, but just three stars. ASUS and Amazon also received three stars, with slightly lower scores of 820 and 817, respectively. Overall consumer satisfaction has dropped from 853 points in 2012 to 835 in 2014.
Wi-Fi editions of Galaxy Tab 4 precede summer launch of LTE versions
Samsung will be bringing the latest incarnation of its Galaxy Tab range of tablets to the United States next month. The Wi-Fi versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 collection, including 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch variants, have been opened up for pre-order through Samsung and other retailers, with the tablets set to start shipping to customers from May 1st onwards.
Apple slips, Samsung makes significant leap, but still in distant second
The iPad accounted for 77 percent of US and Canadian web traffic during the first week of April, according to new Chitika data. The firm compiled the data from tens of millions of impressions on its ad network. The iPad declined year-over-year from an 81.3 percent share, but still vastly outstripped any of its competitors. Samsung leaped ahead, but only from 4.7 to 8.3 percent.
Canonical releases Ubuntu 14.04 for desktops and servers, update for phone and tablets
Canonical has released its latest Long Term Support version of Ubuntu for desktops and servers. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes an update to its phone version as well as for tablets. Stated in a press release from by the company, the most recent Ubuntu version will "form the basis of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets from Canonical OEM partners."
Company relies on conflation of sales with shipments to fool Wall Street, customers
A confidential report from Samsung dug up by Apple lawyers has -- for the second time in as many trials -- revealed that the Galaxy phone maker routinely misleads both investors and the public on its actual sales to end users, at least in the US market. The discrepancy can sometimes be large, and in Samsung's case it used those misleading figures to chip away at the iPad's "marketshare" when in fact it had not made even a modest dent.
New plan pays early termination fees, offers 4G devices for Wi-Fi only pricing
The second day of wireless provider T-Mobile's pricing plan announcements sees the carrier offering an option to add a tablet to a postpaid voice plan for free through the end of the year. Called "Tablet Freedom," the program offers cheaper tablets, and 1GB of additional free 4G/LTE data each month, in addition to the 200MB of free data available through the "Free Data for Life" promotion.
Government of Russia swaps iPads for customized, secure Samsung tablets
Russian government officials have opted to stop using iPads in official capacities, possible due to concerns about alleged "backdoors" that allowed for NSA monitoring (which Apple has denied). Instead the government has arranged a deal with Samsung that will see politicos using customized, secured tablets specifically designed to handle confidential information as legislators often need to have available. There was no detail on prices or the cost of dropping the iPads, and the move could be seen as part of an effort to stop supporting American companies, given the US opposition to Russia's policies in the Ukraine and Crimea. Russian officials have denied any such motivation, reports Business Insider.
printers, tablets and SSDs
At MacMall's Apple Blowout sale, save big on the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 e-all-in-one printer, which has seen a $96 discount from $246 down to $150. That make this about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features print speeds of up to 18ppm in black and 13ppm in color, has a 250-sheet capacity, built-in scanner, fax machine, and offers connectivity on a wireless or wired network. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.
Earlier reports misquoted, Kutcher work on tablets continues
Lenovo is not working with Ashton Kutcher on new smartphones, the company has revealed. Following reports that the actor was expanding his design remit at the manufacturer from tablets to smartphones, a Lenovo executive has clarified that Kutcher's work is still concerns just tablets, indicating earlier comments from another executive were potentially misquoted.
Pi Dock-It Pro case and Bluetooth keyboard for iPad to be released March 14
Parle Innovation has announced the upcoming release of the Pi Dock-It Pro case and keyboard for iPad. Both a protective case and a full-size Bluetooth rechargeable keyboard, the Pi Dock-It Pro is slim, with a 'Chiclet' style of keys. Composed of a high-grade polycarbonate blend, its anti-skid base and slide-and-pivot opening action provides stable use, in vertical or horizontal orientation. Its integrated magnets and sensors automatically put the iPad in sleep mode and activate the Bluetoth keyboard in laptop mode. Priced at $160, the Pi Dock-it Pro will be available for purchase beginning March 14.
Combined figure gives Apple bigger share than Dell and HP put together
Unlike most of the other large sales-analysis firms in the tech sector (IDC, NPD, Gartner or Strategy Analytics) Canalys has made a habit of issues reports with what many consider a "truer" picture of the overall "computer" market -- counting mobile tablets like the iPad as another form of personal computer, like the traditional desktop or notebook. Using those blended shipment figures, Apple is by far the dominant "computer" company in a growing industry.
Entry-level tablet range runs Android Jelly Bean, modest specifications
Archos has unveiled a trio of Neon tablets that take after the Platinum and Cobalt ranges in terms of appearance, though targets the entry-level market. The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon all offer a quad-core A9 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1.6GHz, and 1.4GHz respectively with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for more storage options.
Four Samsung tablets launched at CES with same 2560x1600 resolution
Samsung launched a total of four tablets at its CES press event, including one that appeared in an FCC filing late last year. Three Galaxy Tab Pro tablets, with 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch displays, shared the stage with a stylus-equipped, 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, with the entire collection offering the same 2560x1600 resolution, regardless of the screen size.
Updated budget Acer Android tablets will appear at CES 2014
Acer will be adding to its Iconia tablet range with two updated models, the company has revealed. The revised Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720, upgraded from the earlier Iconia A1and B1 respectively, will be joined at CES next week by the revised C720P Chromebook, an updated model of the touchscreen noteboook the company revealed in late November, though with some slight changes.
E FUN to debut Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 tablets at CES 2014
Consumer electronics designer, E Fun, has announced its upcoming debut of its first quad-core Nextbook Android tablets at CES 2014. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbok 10 tablets will feature Android Jelly Bean 4.2, Google Play access, and new narrow frame bezels. Both tablets include 1 GB DDR3 system memory, dual webcams (2 megapixel back-facing, 0.3 megapixel front-facing) with a microphone, an HDMI-out port with video output of 1080p HD, b/g/n 802.11 Wi-Fi compatibility and more.
Big Cyber Monday deals found from TigerDirect, Best Buy
Cyber Monday has finally arrived, and online shoppers can take advantage of big sales this holiday season. We've gathered up some great deals on a variety of electronics, including TVs, smartphones, e-readers, tablets and hard drives.
Google adds Designed for Tablets section to Play Store
The Google Play Store has been updated to showcase apps "Designed for tablets," something Google announced it would do last month. Tablet users will see the tablet-aimed apps as the default view in Google Play, according to an Android Developers Google+ post, with apps that do not meet specific criteria to be "Designed for tablets" to be marked as "Designed for phones" instead.
Excite 7 smaller version to earlier 10-inch Toshiba tablets
Toshiba has launched a new seven-inch Android tablet, one that briefly surfaced as a leak in July. The Excite 7 is a smaller companion to the 10-inch Excite Pure, Pro, and Write tablets revealed earlier this year, and though it shares the same external design language as its larger stablemates, it opts for a smaller seven-inch display with a lower 1024x600 resolution.
Streaming to TV and second-screen functionality added in Fire OS update
Amazon has released the latest version of its Android implementation, Kindle Fire OS 3.1. The free update for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets adds a number of updates, with the integration of Goodreads adding book rating and quote sharing through the community, friend update feeds, and the option to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into the Goodreads account.
Figures from prior to new iPad introduction, still dominant by brand and profit
Market analysis firm IDC is reporting that despite sales of 14.1 million iPads in the calendar third quarter of 2013, Apple's share of the worldwide tablet market dropped 11 percent in the face of increased shipments from others, particularly Samsung. As reported earlier, the iPad remains the clear leader in tablets by individual brand, but the combined total of shipped Android-based tablets is rising, and there was no new iPad product announced during the quarter.
New device has familiar form factor, resembling Apple keyboard
Lenovo has unveiled its new Android-based "Yoga" tablets reportedly co-designed by Ashton Kutcher, devices that the company calls the "world's thinnest tablet." The device has an unconventional form factor, with a thick rounded edge containing most of the electronics and battery, tapering all the way to the edge of the tablet.
Chip executive hints at holiday pricing
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.
Latest devices to ship this month
Archos has fully detailed its latest tablets that will be arriving later this month, including the 80b Platinum, 97b Platinum HD and 101 Platinum. All three Android tablets will be powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.6GHz, with up to 2GB of RAM and IPS displays ranging from 8.0 to 10.1 inches.
Android offerings sold alongside Windows 8.1 devices
Dell has made a surprise return to the Android platform with its latest tablet introductions, the Venue 7 and Venue 8. Not to be confused with the Venue "Pro" variants, which run Windows 8.1, the basic Venue tablets are powered by Intel's latest Atom processors and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Angular design of new Amazon tablets, added Mayday support button
Amazon has revealed its refreshed Kindle Fire tablet lines, including a revised Kindle Fire HD, and new lines with HD displays. The seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX uses a 1920x1200-resolution display while the 8.9-inch version will have a 2560x1600 version, with both models also having the chiseled and unique design with rear-mounted buttons revealed earlier in leaks.
Claimed to have similar performance of flash memory in tablets
Seagate has announced a way for manufacturers of Android devices to dramatically increase the storage of future devices, using a similar hard drive to the ones it launched in June. The Ultra Mobile is a 2.5-inch hard drive measuring just 5mm (0.2-inches) thick and weighing 3.3 ounces, allowing it to fit inside the tight confines of typical Android tablets, while also offering up to 500GB of storage capacity.
Discount of $40 for tablet suggests refreshed line for anniversary of launch
Amazon has dropped the price of its seven-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet in the United States. The sudden drop in price of $40 for the tablet is a possible sign that the retailer is trying to reduce stock in the device ahead of an expected launch of a rumored device range refresh in September, the anniversary of the HD version's launch.
Possibility Android 4.3 will pull share from other Jelly Bean versions
Android Jelly Bean, the most recent version of the mobile operating system, has surpassed the 40-percent install base milestone. Android version 4.1 makes up 34 percent of the Android device share, with version 4.2 reaching 6.5 percent, an improvement from the last report when Jelly Bean became the dominant version, with 4.1 and 4.2 scoring 32.3 percent and 5.6 percent respectively.
Higher resolutions accompany revised casing, moved buttons
Amazon will be updating its range of Kindle Fire tablets before the end of this year, with a report claiming that at least three new models will be added to the tablet range. The new devices would have a few external changes, such as altered button placements, but the main change will be an increase in resolution of the tablet displays.