Posts Tagged ‘tablet’

Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader copy 300x187 Amazon Android Appstore to hit UK while Microsoft Surface is houseboundAmazon are finally letting their Android Appstore loose in the wild, with Amazon chap, Jim Adkins saying: ”We’re excited to open the door to app sales outside the US. We see tremendous potential for developers to grow with the international expansion. We also encourage new developers to join.”

Of course, the Appstore is one of Google Play’s competitors, and Amazon have a tough job ahead of them seeing as Play comes pre-installed on most Android handsets.

However, with Amazon looking at new Kindle devices, the market might just be right for a cheaper-than-an-iPad-tablet. If the Appstore comes built in with new Kindles, then things could be pretty rosy for Amazon.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Surface tablet is going to make its first tentative steps without connection to mobile phone networks, being WiFi only.

Ben Barjarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, says: “The way that Microsoft is positioning this product – that it’s highly mobile but also has the functionality of a notebook – that customer might be more interested in working from any location and not being bound by Wi-Fi.” It would appear that the Surface won’t have as good a battery life as the iPad, with sources saying that it’ll give you 7 1/2 hours, which is less than the iPad’s current 10.

Amazon Kindle Fire 300x286 Are Amazon slashing the price of Kindle Fire before adding new models?Amazon’s Kindle Fire could be seeing a drop in price to $150/£100 as they prepare to launch new models of the tablet. That’s exciting isn’t it?

It has been reported that there’s going to be a new 7-inch Kindle later on in the year as well as 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch models.

The spec on the new 7-inch Kindle is vague, but sources say that the 7-inch tablet will have an improved screen resolution of 1200 x 800 and ‘a more competent computing platform.’

We’ll be the judge of that.

Of course, if this transpires to be the case, then there could be something of a price-war with all the tablets (Android, naturally. Apple aren’t ever going to indulge in such practises are they?), which could see a number of bargain priced tablets on the shelves.

Do we need more Kindles?

Typical – this has happened SO many times before. We feel tired so we have an early night, only to wake up and find that Microsoft have launched a new range of tablets, aimed at blowing Apple’s iPad-flavoured dominance out of the water. Thanks for warning us lads!

surface 500x365 Gadzooks! Microsoft go tablet daft with the Surface!

They’re calling the devices Surface and will run on the upcoming Windows 8 software that already seems cosily familiar. The significant difference between the Surface and the iPad is that the new Microsoft gizmo will come complete with a detachable keyboard (which attaches magnetically), making it a bit more like a laptop if that’s what your needs require.

Some other Surface stats that we’d like to hit you with include, (1) 10.6-inch HD widescreen display, (2) built-in kickstand, (3) low weight (1.5lbs). At the launch, Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows division, called it a “tablet that’s a great PC – a PC that’s a great tablet”. Erm, okay mate. Also, it should be noted that the Surface probably won’t be available until pre-Christmas, and that pricing hasn’t been announced

We’ve got no idea how this could work out – you normally get a feast (Xbox) or a famine (Zune, Kin) with Microsoft.

Microsoft Windows 8 preview

June 1st, 2012 13 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Microsoft are stirring the interest pot with a preview of Windows 8, which of course, has to challenge Apple and Google in a bid to stay relevant. That said, pretty much every computer on Earth runs on Windows, but Microsoft needs to look to the future to keep up with the pack.

In Windows 8, it appears that Gates’ company are trying to marry the classic XP/Vista operating system with something more tablety. With this, there’s a new system called Metro which is more designed for casual browsing. If you want to use something like Photoshop, then you’ll use it in the same way you always have.

With Metro, Microsoft have developed their own version of browsing by swiping and reviews have noted how stable and speedy it is. The company are crowing about its user-friendliness too, saying that 82 per cent found their way around the whole system within an hour of picking it up.

Is this Microsoft’s renaissance?

Amazon to launch new Kindle in July

May 15th, 2012 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Amazon Kindle Fire 300x286 Amazon to launch new Kindle in JulyWith the rumour that Apple are going to release a tiny iPad in October, the competition have to get their arses in gear. With that, Amazon are hoping to get a new Kindle on the shelves in July.

However, it doesn’t sound much of a match for a new Apple tablet. The new e-reader will have the usual monochrome e-Ink display, which is pretty boring, but it will have the addition of a front light so you can read in the dark. That’ll save you from having a light on won’t it? We all know that putting a bedside lamp on is a massive problem for everyone.

This new Kindle will be a touchscreen affair and come in 3G and WiFi versions.

In other news, Amazon are also going to update the Kindle Fire tablet in Autumn, making it bigger and increasing the display to 8.9 inches. Not that the Kindle Fire is available in Britain yet. That said, we might not be missing out on much as, despite sales being initially strong, demand for the device has cooled significantly. A study by the International Data Corporation, released earlier this month, said that sales had dropped to just 750,000 in the first quarter of this year.

For now, it looks like Apple have got absolutely nothing to worry about and the mini iPad could well kill off all the competition.

iPad mini to hit the shelves?

April 18th, 2012 19 Comments By Mof Gimmers

ipads 300x168 iPad mini to hit the shelves?Crikey! Would you believe it?! There’s a rumour about an Apple product! That is very, very unusual isn’t it? Well, the latest muttering comes from China, where there are claims that someone has the details of the imminent release of an iPad mini.

Chinese site, NetEase, are saying that Apple will be releasing the device later this year to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows tablets.

The report also reckons that an iPad mini will set you back US$249 to $299 and that 6 million units are prepped for launch. Are Apple trying to muscle into the affordable end of the market? Seems so.

Foxconn will be making the iPad mini, so expect many more stories about people being mistreated, dying and such in the meantime.

Not that it’ll stop anyone from wanting one of these devices, should the rumours transpire to be true.


Google planning online store to flog tablets

March 30th, 2012 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

android logo 300x225 Google planning online store to flog tabletsGoogle, determined to take over the world in a similar fashion to Apple, are going to open an online store that will sell tablets directly to consumers. Cut out the middle man and all those lovely profits, eh?

The store will be selling Google-branded tablets as well as models made by Samsung and Asus according to reports, although, thus far, Google are keeping quiet about it all.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Google have tried their hand at selling their own wares. Their first hardware store saw slow sales and the ceased trading in mid-2010.

However, Google have been ramping up their profile of late and are hoping for greater successes, mainly due to the fact that tablets are the soup of the day. There is something of a gap in the market as many mobile outlets are reluctant to push tablets because consumers don’t tend to use them via mobile networks.

Google have a tall task ahead of them though, as Apple currently have 70% of the tablet market, such is the rampant success of the iPad.

There’s no date set for the online store as yet.

Happy elephant plays with smartphone

March 29th, 2012 9 Comments By Mof Gimmers

This is, for all the world, a dreadful viral from those buggers at Samsung. What we have here is an elephant called Peter playing with the Galaxy Note. Apparently, it is “all real, no film trickery, post-production or hidden cuts” and that, Peter is “just a very clever elephant.”

For some, this’ll make you go ‘AAAAWWW’ while others will no doubt clench their fists and grind their teeth in fury at such blatant heartstring-tugging advertising.

Microsoft tablet crashes during Windows 8 demo

March 22nd, 2012 19 Comments By Mof Gimmers

windows logo 300x274 Microsoft tablet crashes during Windows 8 demoSince Apple pretty much invented the tablet as far as the general public were concerned, everyone else leapt on the bandwagon. Along came Microsoft, tootling along, only now showing off their Windows 8 operating system.

And oh, how Apple will have laughed when they heard about what happened next. During a live stage demo of the new look operating system, the new ’Metro’ tablet control system froze and crashed. No matter what Microsoft staff tried to do, it just sat their, dead and helpless.

The new version of Windows is expected to launch in October, which looks to work across multiple devices including tablets, desktop PCs and laptops as well as Windows phones.

However, if this is the shape of things to come, then it doesn’t seem likely that people will be foaming at the mouth with giddy anticipation come the release date.


NewiPad 300x168 New iPad reaches 116 degrees while running games!Oh Christ no! The newest version of Apple’s iPad is probably going to burn gigantic holes in your legs while you use it! See, it is significantly hotter than the iPad2 when it is running a game according to the charred remains of Consumer Reports testers.

They used a thermal imaging camera and recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing Infinity Blade II.

This test follows a number of complaints about the heat generated by the new iPad while it is doing processor-intensive tasks. Running a game while the device is plugged-in seems to be the problem.

In addition to this, it has been noted that the new iPad doesn’t charge when it is plugged in and playing games, with the battery draining away like our will to live.

So this is all terrible, terrible news right? Well, according to the tester: “during our tests, I held the new Ipad in my hands. When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.”


Super HD iPad 3 Rumored for March

January 19th, 2012 11 Comments By Mof Gimmers

ipad2 india 272027592203 640x360 300x168 Super HD iPad 3 Rumored for MarchTo everyone who just themselves an iPad2, potentially irritating news – the iPad3 could be out as soon as March, thereby making you look out-of-touch, old fashioned and about as on-the-button as a deaf Colonel.

A handful of outlets are citing three anonymous – but normally trustworthy – sources, and they’re saying that Apple plans to start flogging the iPad 3 this March.

Apple’s (sometimes suicidal) Asian manufacturing partners are already ramping up production if the rumours are to be believed. Of course, Apple are making no comment.

So what can we expect? Well, the sources are noting that Apple hope to make the new iPad compatible with a wireless standard known (LTE). More interestingly, the new tablet will host a high-definition screen that will be higher spec than most HDTVs. One source reckons that the image is so clear that it will “make images look like printed material.”

Basically, it seems that the new iPad will offer a lot more in comparison to the iPad2, than the iPad2 did to the first release.

Over on the Mobot side of the office, Lewis has been throwing together all the iPad 3 rumours here.


Google to take on iPad with branded Nexus tablet

December 20th, 2011 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

google caterpillar logo 300x146 Google to take on iPad with branded Nexus tabletGoogle versus Apple. It’ll never go away will it? They properly hate each other and are constantly fighting each other over patents in court.

And so, to fuel the fire of rivalry even more, following on from the arrival of the Google branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus, honcho Eric Schmidt has dropped hints that there’s going to be a Google heavy Nexus tablet.

Schmidt promises that the arrival of a Google Nexus tablet will see the tablet war with Apple going ‘brutal’.

Speaking with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Schmidt said that the probable arrival of a Google tablet with the Ice Cream Sandwich device is set to land within the next six months resulting in “brutal competition between Apple and Google Android.”

Stating that Google will be “marketing a tablet of the highest quality” in the next few months, could Schmidt be heralding a true Android OS competitor for the iPad?

While Schmidt has given Apple praise, he’s pretty clear on the fact that he wants to compete with Apple, stating “our companies compete, it is capitalism.”

Can anything catch the iPad?

Over on the Mobot side of the office, Lewis has been throwing together all the iPad 3 rumours here.

Deathwatch: BlackBerry going under?

December 20th, 2011 11 Comments By Mof Gimmers

deathwatch Deathwatch: BlackBerry going under?Things are looking pretty grim at RIM – those that make BlackBerry things – as shares continue to fall drastically. It has been reported that things have got so despairingly awful that shares are now below the value of its cash, receivables and other assets.

RIM has a market capitalisation of less than $7 billion and the combined assets are $7.2 billion.

Much of the trouble stems from the top, with those leading the company making a series of terrible errors. While other mobile makers do a roaring trade, RIM are stumbling around saying, last week, that they’d be delaying the release of its make-or-break new smartphones which will now appear late next year.

Blackberry 300x225 Deathwatch: BlackBerry going under?

In addition to this, the appetite for RIM’s PlayBook tablet isn’t great. Also, the huge network outage hasn’t instilled confidence in people on the look-out for new gadgets to buy.

While RIM are making solid-earnings, Wall Street seems jumpy. Could RIM be sliding into a hole from which it won’t recover?

iPad 3 discovered in iOS code

November 29th, 2011 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

photo 300x225 iPad 3 discovered in iOS codeApple geeks, you can get a little excited. See, the iPad 3 is referred to in a new release of the tablet’s iOS operating system. Rumours are swirling around saying that it’ll launch in March and be significantly more hi-res (meaning that it’ll have to be a little chunkier than the iPad2).

It has been reported that, in a list of devices in the new iOS 5.1 software, ‘iPad3,3’ is referenced. There’s further mentions to the software calling for its ‘vendorID’, ‘deviceID’ and other details.

Apparently, Apple are working on two iPad 3 prototypes and, as well as the chunkier one, they are rumoured to be toying with the idea of a smaller 7.85” version, which is invariably Apple’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle.

Analyst Richard Shim says: “The 2048×1536 screen will be the centerpiece the of next-generation iPad, or so-called iPad 3. That resolution is a quantum leap over iPad 2 which uses a more pedestrian 1024-by-768 display”.

The iOS 5.1 code also refers to an updated version of the Apple TV, codenamed 3,1.

Over on the Mobot side of the office, Lewis has been throwing together all the iPad 3 rumours here.

HotUKDeals Of The Day – Thursday 27th October

October 27th, 2011 No Comments By Andy Dawson

new hukd logo HotUKDeals Of The Day   Thursday 27th OctoberTake full advantage of today’s blinding bargains and you could be packing some white-hot technology, playing a cool-as-ice console game AND pushing a toy car around your carpet while waiting for some cheap trainers to come through the post.

As always, none of us would be possible without HotUKDeals. Us? We meant ‘this’. Ah, what the hell, we meant ‘us’ – all of us.

1045657 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Thursday 27th OctoberLet’s kick off with a couple of items of modern technology that you can have for disgustingly low prices. We’re not au fait with the brand names so we’ve got no idea what sort of quality you’ll be getting. Try suing us if they break – if you dare.

First up is an ISIS 40-inch 1080p telly with built-in Freeview and free delivery that you could have for as little as £235. No, really! Go on, treat yourself. Then there’s a 7-inch tablet computer with 4GB of storage and wi-fi. It’s only £49.97 and is made by Disgo 6000 – after the hit single of the same name by Pulp.

1045542 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Thursday 27th OctoberNext comes a special version of the hit game Driver. It’s a limited edition and as well as the game you’ll get some maps and stuff and an actual toy car. That way you’ll be able to play with it when you’re away from your console and you’ll have that Driver vibe around the clock. You total winner.

It can be had on the Xbox 360 and PS3 and it’s only £27.97. See – you get a little car too! And some maps! Oooh, we’re SO jealous!

1045731 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Thursday 27th OctoberFinally, we gave you the chance to become a season ticket holder at Newcastle United for next to nothing earlier in the week – now you can invest on the cheap even further and maybe help the club buy some players.

There’s a whole host of clearance items available at Sports Direct, as owned by Newcastle chief Mike Ashley, with free delivery and 10% off also up for grabs. Next week, we might be able to tell you how you can actually play for the club as well.

(deals found by HUKD members SUNRAINSNOW, goonertillidie, TanyaSpace and taswir1)