This week the folks at Vizio have unleashed the full barrage of Windows 8 machines you’d expect from a burgeoning new manufacturer of such devices, starting with the Vizio Tablet PC. The thing is though, Vizio isn’t new, they’re only just entering the PC market now, having released several rather aesthetically pleasing (and rather nice
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Fulton Innovation comes to CES each year armed with the latest tricks in the field of wireless charging, and this year is no exception. Starting things out with a bang, the purveyor of all things Qi will be on-hand to demonstrate its newest feat: the ability to charge your Qi-compatible phone… on the back of a tablet. Indeed, your 7- to 10-inch slate may someday be able to double as its own wireless charging mat, allowing you to feed battery from your tablet to your smartphone just by holding the two devices back-to-back.
Additionally, Fulton promises to show off a multi-device charging platform capable of powering up two devices simultaneously. Even better, this surface can recognize and adapt to the needs of each particular product — in other words, tablets and smartphones can charge together on the same pad, each device receiving the proper amount of juice. Check out the video and press release past the break to see a few ideas Fulton is bringing to the table this week, and fortunately we’ll get to take a closer look at all of them soon.
cashman73 writes “My mother’s six year old desktop computer finally bit the dust due to an electrical surge. It’s out-of-warranty, and not really worth fixing. Plus, I’m 2,500 miles and two time zones away, so I can’t exactly troubleshoot things from here. I recently got a new tablet, and even 80% of the things I do are done easier with it. Plus, she really likes the size, convenience, portability, and the screen. Virtually everything she does is simple web browsing, email, light photo sharing but no heavy editing, and other simple tasks. We’re thinking that using a tablet as her sole ‘computer’ might be the best solution here. What are other Slashdotter’s experiences using tablets without a separate desktop computer?”
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E FUN has unveiled its Nextbook 7GP tablet ahead of CES, the first of what will be a series of Android tablets from the company. The Nextbook 7GP features a 7-display, and will be on display next week at the upcoming tech event. All the models run Jelly Bean 4.1 and have dual-core processors. The
In the blink of St. Nick’s eye, tablets went from nice-to-have to must-have gadgets this year. That’s why I compiled this list of my favorite iOS and Android tablet apps. They’ll get you and your gadget off to a roaring start in 2013.
Dupple writes “According to the Dow Jones News Wires, LG has filed an injunction in its home territory of South Korea, seeking to ban the sale of the Galaxy Note 10.1, alleging the panels inside the tablet infringe LG patents. The injunction follows a lawsuit filed by Samsung on 7 December, which alleged that LG infringed seven of Samsung’s liquid crystal display patents. LG, which filed the injunction with the Seoul District Court on Wednesday, is aiming to block the sales of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet computer.”
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Christmas Day is increasingly the day that a flood of new phones and tablets come online; it regularly sets and breaks records for new device activations. This year was no exception, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry’s annual study, which found that 17.4 million devices activated on December 25 this year, a 332 percent increase over activations covering December 1 – 20, and a 156 percent increase on the numbers from a year ago.
What does it mean for the global market?
Much of the conversation about tablet computing revolves around price. Last year, the release of the Kindle Fire at a considerably lower price than the iPad was hailed as a “game-changer”; if that was so, it could be doubly true of Acer’s $ 99 offering, which the Wall Street Journal’s Eva Dou reported on this week–particularly for the developing world.
When we first saw the Kupa UltraNote back at MobileCon 2012, the convertible Windows 8 slate had all the markings of a reference design: NFC, fingerprint scanner, LTE, digitizer and Intel Core i7 processor. But production realities change things some, and now that this particular tab is finally on sale, a few of its specs have been swapped out. Starting at $ 1,100 and rebadged as the X15, this 10.1-inch slate still reps a 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, dual 1.3-megapixel front-facing / 5-megapixel rear cameras, support for WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as up to 128GB SSD, but now comes in four configurations. Most notably, its allotment of DDR3 RAM’s been doubled to 8GB across the board, although users seeking that previously announced Ivy Bridge Core i7 will have to opt for the high-end Ultra model as the lesser Elite, Pro and Lux builds all feature an Intel Core i5. LTE support seems to have been dropped altogether in favor of HSPA+ connectivity on the Ultra and Lux units. If you’re interested in what Kupa’s selling here, you’ll need to contact the company directly — there’s no easy link on its site to simply purchase the X15 tablet outright.
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retroworks writes “In August 2011, Acer Chairman JT Wang declared that the consumer affection for tablets had already begun to cool, basically labeling it a fad. What a difference a year (and a half) makes. Acer now plans to introduce a ‘category killer’ $ 99 tablet. ‘In the past few months, we’ve made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market,’ according to a source at the Wall Street Journal. ‘The launch of the Nexus 10 has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing.’ Acer is aiming the new tablet at emerging markets, competing with Chinese ‘white box’ tablets (already available in Shenzhen at $ 45 each).”
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Feeling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 could use some more grunt? There’s a chance you’ll get your wish. An unannounced Galaxy Note GT-N5100 has popped up in benchmark scores with what looks to be a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412, better known as the Exynos 4 Quad variant that’s used in the speedy Galaxy Note II. We don’t know that it’s a small tablet, but the 1,280 x 800 resolution matches that of the Galaxy Note 10.1 — it’s not very likely that Samsung wants to duplicate its recent design efforts. Whatever the dimensions, the testing shows that the slate is using Android 4.1.2, and it may be a cellular-equipped model with that “kona3g” codename. If the GT-N5100 is more than just a set of benchmarks, the real question may be when we’ll see it; there’s no guarantee of a tinier Galaxy Note in Las Vegas.
The murmurs surrounding a 10-inch Nokia tablet are growing louder, and they suggest that the company won’t just follow the herd. Tipsters for The Verge claim that the Windows RT slate would center on a Surface-style keyboard cover with its own twists. While the add-on would shelter the screen, it would also include a battery to supplement the 10-hour lifespan of the tablet proper. Not enough? It could carry a pair of USB ports and serve as a kickstand. There may be a chance of a US release, as well: Nokia’s tablet would supposedly include cellular access and head to AT&T in the US, much like its Booklet 3G ancestor. We’re not surprised that the Finnish firm won’t comment on the rumor, but we might not have long to wait for verification if the early 2013 release proves real.
Source: The Verge
ASUS’ PadFone 2 may be the only notable contender in the phone-in-tablet space, but it does have a cheapo me-too in TransPhone. The latest “Pro” version of this budget hybrid comprises a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 TransPad dock, which swallows up a 3.5 inch 960 x 540 smartphone powered by a dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek chip. The set carries a $ 240 price tag on pre-order, though since this company doesn’t have much of a track record, you may want to hold on to your cash until it becomes a real entity sometime in March 2013 — even if it’d set you back an extra $ 50 at that point. There are more details in the PR, if you’re up for a gamble.
Source: TransPhone International
Can a single company produce too many Android tablets? Archos surely doesn’t think so. Earlier today, the French electronics maker unveiled its awkwardly named 97 Titanium HD. Aside from a kooky moniker, the company’s forthcoming slab features a 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 IPS display, a 1.6GHz dual-core A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD support (up to 64GB), a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Absent from today’s big reveal were details about price and availability. While its Retina-like display sounds promising, the device’s other specs scream budget-friendly. In the meantime, we’ll reserve our excitement until Archos tells us how much this thing actually costs.
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If Razer’s innovative Project Fiona gaming tablet fails, we’ll have nobody to blame but ourselves. In an intriguing twist, Razer has crowdsourced (via its Facebook page) some of the slate’s major elements, starting with whether or not it should even be built and even going so far as to let fans choose the actual hardware layout for the machine.
Apple Grabs 84% Of Mobile PC Shipments For Q2 2012, Tablet Market Predicted To Remain Strong In 2013
Apple was responsible for an impressive 84 percent of total mobile PC shipments in Q2 2012, owing primarily to the success of its iPad line, according to a new report from supply chain analysis firm NPD DisplaySearch. LG Display reaped the benefit of that market domination, leading the industry in mobile PC panel shipments in 2012 thanks to its supplier relationship with Apple.
Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini took top honors in a pair of tablet battery shootouts conducted by consumer watchdogs in the U.S. and the U.K.
Mentions of Intel’s Red Ridge tablet platform began cropping up in earnest well over a year ago, but things have been fairly quiet on the Medfield front — with a few exceptions, of course — ever since. Now, however, Intel’s signaling that it may be ready to pop the cork at CES, as the label you’re peering at above just made it through FCC processing earlier today. While there’s dreadfully little to go on in the filing, we know that Red Ridge is a Medfield-based tablet platform, with the model shown here tested on a device running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and capable of handling Bluetooth, NFC and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi waves. Notably, we’re also told that a “production unit” was used, hinting that we could see the commercial version of this mystery machine make its debut in just under a month. Rest assured, we’ll be checking every nook and crannie allowed by law once we land in Las Vegas.
Despite huge growth and Windows making a comeback, the tablet market really won’t change all that much in the coming years.
The tablet market is poised for major growth in the coming years, but don’t expect the companies competing in that market to see their positions change all that much.
The latest predictions from research firm IDC show a continuing increase in tablet sales from the end of 2012 all the way through 2016, according to the company's latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
ASUS has been a strong force in the tablet game even before it set a new price-to-quality standard with Google’s Nexus 7. It looks like the firm could be tightening the budget screw even further, if some recent GLBenchmarks are to be believed. The details are sparse, but outline a product with model number ME172V (which follows from its pre-Nexus smaller tablet line), that runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, sports a 1,024 x 552 (likely 1,024 x 600) resolution powered by a Mali 400 GPU and 1GHz chip. There’s no indication on the number of cores, or, well, much else for that matter. Various rumors are keen to suggest there’d be support for microSD, which if true, would make it unlikely to be a Nexus. But a budget tablet by the same manufacturer, is likely enough for many people all the same.
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Recently Sony invited us to check out its forthcoming 84-inch XBR 4K LED TV and we couldn’t resist an opportunity to get an idea of how well the company’s $ 25,000 flagship stacked up against the competition. Perhaps trying to simulate an in-home viewing experience, Sony packed its gargantuan TV into a family room setting and allowed us to give it a spin. While we didn’t get to channel surf freely, the provided stock media did a great job of highlighting the display’s capabilities. Images were crisp but fluid, while colors remained strong and organic. One of our biggest concerns was that things would look too good and possibly appear unnatural.
But the XBR-84X900 managed to produce an excellent picture with stellar viewing angles. As for the content itself, we were treated to a collection of pre-loaded clips running off of Sony’s recently announced 4K media server controlled by the system’s included Xperia Tablet S. It should be noted that The Amazing Spider-Man was listed as a 56.4GB file — compared to its Blu-ray counterpart, which comes in at an almost modest 36GB. Check after the break for more of our impressions, and a look at the tablet (loaded with a remote control app) that’s included.
Microsoft brought its SmartGlass Xbox 360 second screen app to Android last month, however official support was limited to smartphones. While many found that sideloading got the app running on their other devices, an update today has officially added support for tablets of the 7-inch variety. There’s also fixes for specific crashes tied to the achievements and settings screens, but not much else. If you’ve been waiting to bring your Nexus 7 along as GPS in Forza Horizon or control tracks in Dance Central 3, hit the source link to install the app straight from Google Play.
Source: Google Play
Lenovo has delayed shipment of the highly anticipated ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will now become available to buyers in December.
One Laptop Per Child has cancelled plans to release its XO-3 tablet, although technology from that project could still be used in other products, OLPC Chairman Nicholas Negroponte said.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD and Nook HD+ have gone on sale in the U.K. today, landing on shelves in retailers John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Dixons, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Blackwell’s and Foyles, and available via www.nook.co.uk. In the battle of the mini tablets, the 8GB model of the 7-inch Nook HD undercuts the iPad mini’s price-tag by more than £100.
High schools, grammar schools, and kindergartens are a large and growing market for Apple’s iPad.
Every fifth-grader at Barron Park Elementary School in Palo Alto has an iPad—and it’s not because their parents plunked down $ 499 apiece to buy them.
Skype just released version 3.0 on Android, which brings its new Microsoft account login feature, as well a revamped Android user interface. Skype has optimized the new tablet UI for the Galaxy Tab 2, Nexus 7, the Transformer Prime from ASUS, and a few others. Menus and navigation have been redesigned to make use of
Amazon and Barnes & Noble have always been good at building portable reading devices. But what happens when video and apps try to elbow their way into the pure reading experience? Well, you get devices like the Nook and Kindle Fire HD – and now the Kindle HD 8.9-inch. This large tablet is so big that I’d be loath to call it an ereader at all but rather a fairly inexpensive, all-in-one device aimed as sort of a “second tablet” in a home that may already have a number of these sorts of devices lying about. It’s also excellent for folks suffering from poor eyesight and who want a bit more screen real estate.
New submitter garbagechuteflyboy writes “The PengPod is the first dual-booting tablet; It’s able to run both Linux and Android. Pengpod is now running the latest Plasma Active which gives this powerful Linux tablet features that were previously only available to iPad and Android tablets. PengPod is currently selling pre-orders on Indiegogo.” garbagechuteflyboy adds links to articles about the dual-OS tablet at liliputing, at Ars Technica, and at PCWorld. “First dual-booting tablet” seems like a hard claim to back, but it’s nice to see a tablet marketed with Plasma Active in mind.
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A California lawyer is suing Microsoft Corp., claiming the Surface tablet he bought doesn’t have all the storage space the company advertised.
AT&T will start offering the first Windows RT tablet with LTE capabilities on Friday with prices beginning at US$ 499, the U.S. wireless carrier said on Tuesday.
The French company known as UNOWHY has announced the official US launch of the first culinary tablet made specifically for the kitchen. The tablet is called the La tablette QOOQ or simply the QOOQ. I suspect the name the tablet is pronounced “cook.” The tablet is designed to allow people who enjoy cooking at home
It’s a few months late, but at least it’s hitting the streets for a few less dollars than expected. The Datawind-built Aakash 2 is finally a reality, launching in India on the nation’s National Education Day. It’s the second iteration of what amounts to a barebones, affordable Android slate, packing a 7-inch touch panel, 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of Flash storage, Android 4.0.3, built-in WiFi and a front-facing VGA camera. Reportedly, this one’s going to be shipped to Indian students for Rs 1,130 (around $ 21), while outsiders will be able to snag one for closer to $ 80. Of course, the difference now is that these kinds of projects aren’t quite as novel. Indeed, Chinese megashops are hawking low-rate Android tablets right now for around the same amount, setting a new (low) bar when it comes to pricing on ho hum slates. Still, we’re all for getting technology into the hands of students, and you can learn a bit more about what those very students can expect from VentureBeat‘s hands-on just below.
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SternisheFan sends this quote from Ars:
“It likely won’t be as sleek or fast as a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, but a new tablet running both Android and Linux is in the works for open source enthusiasts and lovers of low-budget devices. PengPod tablets, made by a company called Peacock Imports, will dual-boot Android 4.0 and a version of Linux with the KDE Plasma Active interface for touch screens. But in order to reserve a tablet for yourself, you’ll have to contribute to the company’s crowdfunding project on Indiegogo and hope enough money is raised to begin production. ‘Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android’s restrictions, at a reasonable price,’ the PengPod IndieGogo page says. ‘If you’re a Linux fanatic you probably ended up getting an Android phone. Hey, it’s Linux right? It’ll be open, run all the programs I’m familiar with and let me hack around and have some fun right? Too often, this is not so. That is why we set out to find a way to run real Linux and all the software you really want.’”
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Secrecy shrouds what could be a gaming-specific tablet.
The Verge has a good little report on a supposed “Xbox Surface,” a 7-inch tablet that would be designed just for gaming. Author Tom Warren cites “multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond,” but they’ve declined to be named, and Microsoft won’t officially comment. The whole thing is shrouded in secrecy–but if true, it could be very interesting for the world of gaming.
New reports suggest that Microsoft’s tablet hardware strategy may just be taking a distinctly mullet-like approach designed to appeal to professionals and casual users alike.
Chatter of a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet has reawakened, with sources claiming Microsoft is currently working in the initial hardware planning stages for a gaming-centric slate built on a custom Windows OS. The planned tablet is broadly in line with leaked specifications back in June, so insiders tell The Verge, though whether it runs a custom
Apple still holds a strong lead, but new data shows that Android tablets are gaining in popularity.
New data from IDC suggest that Apple’s dominance of the global tablet computer market may be giving way. Competing tablet makers, led by Samsung, gained substantial ground during the third quarter of 2012.
Samsung may dominate Apple in smartphone market share, but the opposite is true for tablets. Third quarter figures from IDC suggest the tablet market grew by 6.7 percent during those three months, and 49.5 percent over the same period last year. Apple was responsible for over half of the 27.8 million shipments worldwide, but lost a significant amount of market share, dropping to 50.4 percent from 65.5 percent in the second quarter. IDC attributes this to consumers holding off for the iPad mini, but expects some of these procrastinators will choose Android tablets due to the relatively high entry price of $ 329 for the mini. Samsung was second on the leaderboard, shipping over five million tablets and increasing its market share to 18.4 percent, mainly driven by Galaxy Tab and Note 10.1 sales. Amazon and ASUS also had a solid quarter thanks to the Kindle Fires and Nexus 7, respectively, shipping around 2.5 million tablets a piece. Lenovo’s presence in