Posts Tagged ‘tablet’
There has been mutterings for some time now about Windows 8. One of the biggest noises that the new operating system from Microsoft would featuring an app store.
Of course, this isn’t surprising at all given that everyone has an app store these days and, in addition to this, if Windows 8 is going to be Bill Gates move into the world of tablets, his company are going to need to muscle in on the lucrative app market.
It transpires that these rumours were indeed true as Microsoft today revealed that Windows 8 would be getting their very own app store, but the team working on it refuse to say what it will entail precisely.
One suggestion is that Microsoft will be allowing users to download software for their devices straight from the store, potentially doing away with hard copies forever, which is a neat development. If this is the case, then could we see issues such as viruses and malware being less common? Or, indeed, will this just kickstart a app blackmarket for hackers to exploit?
Samsung’s 10in Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet has gone on-sale in Blighty today, but alas, only the WiFi version is available. People have been going a bit Apple Fanboy over this, queuing from yesterday to buy it. And there’s news of a little brother coming our way too.
The first Galaxy Tab sold well, but this new one, with its larger screen could surpass previous sales and has been winning a lot of fans in the US. The device runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb on a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. It has 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi on board, Bluetooth 3.0, and front- and rear-facing cameras.
At the same time there’s a lot of excited chatter about the smaller 8.9in brother, which could be on the shelves next week. The release has been brought forward to 12th August with the 3G version on pre-order for £605 in various places.
A RIM executive, who understandably would like to remain anon and keep their salary, has unleashed a pretty vicious open letter that goes to town on pretty much every aspect of the BlackBerry-producing company.
One of the things that gets scalded is the new PlayBook which is likened to a ‘Fisher Price toy’, further stating that ‘Apple is nailing this’, or, if you prefer, handing BlackBerry it’s arse in a tall hat.
The letter kicks off with; “I have lost confidence” before adding; “Almost every project is falling further and further behind schedule at a time when we absolutely must deliver great, solid products on time. When was the last time we pushed out a significant new experience or feature that wasn’t already on other platforms?”
The exec also states that RIM really need to rethink their product strategy, and “stop shipping incomplete products that aren’t ready for the end user. It is hurting our brand tremendously.”
And the PlayBook tablet?
“BlackBerry smartphone apps suck. Even PlayBook, with all its glorious power, looks like a Fisher Price toy with its Adobe AIR/Flash apps. 25 million iPad users don’t care that it doesn’t have Flash or true multitasking, so why make that a focus in our campaigns? I’ll answer that for you: it’s because that’s all that differentiates our products and its lazy marketing. A product’s technical superiority does not equal desire, and therefore sales… How many Linux laptops are getting sold?”
RIM aren’t having it, saying that this isn’t an exec from their offices because it’s, “difficult to believe that a “high level employee” in good standing with the company would choose to anonymously publish a letter on the web rather than engage their fellow executives in a constructive manner.”
Either way, the iPad is nailing the PlayBook, right?
Uh-oh! Apple have been awarded the patent for something that pretty much all smartphones use. Basically, they’ve got an iPhone patent that is so broad in reach that they may well be able to bully the rest of the smartphone market into submission.
Apple have been awarded U.S. patent number 7,966,578 for “[a] computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, [that] comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display.”
Basically, this means that Apple now own the capacitive multitouch interface which is used on most phones and tablets. Cue the lawsuits against HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia or anyone who makes a device that allows a user to manipulate the display of a web page with finger gestures and the like.
So what happens next? Well, should Apple wish, they could stop people from making touchscreen smartphones, tablets or whatever. However, it is probable that other companies will be asked to pay for use of their technology.
However, a court may well end up scrapping the patent if Apple impose themselves on the market too much because they could be seen as monopolising and acting in a way that isn’t in the public interest.
Next week: Apple bag claim for wheel invention.
These rumours have been swirling around for an age – that Amazon are going to launch a new tablet that, among other things, will allow customers to stream movies direct from Amazon. Now there are component manufacturers saying it’s going to happen in the next three months – and that Amazon expect to shift up to four million of them alone before the end of the year. Crikey.
Sources at the manufacturers have disclosed a full list of companies involved to DigiTimes, which includes processors allegedly supplied by Texas Instruments. The sources also confirmed that Amazon will supply streaming movie services for the new full-colour tablets.
All of it makes sense given Amazon’s aspirations for the entertainment market – aside for the numbers. Amazon certainly have the potential to sell four million tablets because they have the reach and market position among consumers to do so. But there are two elements that will counter such explosive sales, assuming the rumours are true; price and quality.
It wasn’t until Amazon really hammered down its price that the Kindle found widespread adoption, and so far there hasn’t been a tablet manufacturer to beat Apple with a similar offering at a similar price. Whether we’ll see another high quality tablet PC in 2011 is questionable – plenty of critics don’t think so (“For the general consumer I can’t think of a single reason to buy this device”).
But then it’s also very possible that Amazon will build a tablet that has a single purpose and does it very well – just like the Kindle. If the new tablet is a tablet viewer (rather than what we’ve come to know as a tablet PC) that streams movies and nothing else, that removes the need for the required hardware and a sophisticated user interface and lowers the price accordingly.
You know how Apple’s iPad doesn’t have Flash? You did, but found that, by and large, it didn’t really matter much to you? Well, don’t tell Samsung because their new ad for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 spends time crowing about just that.
Of course, they’re vying for a scrap with the market-leader, which is kinda fun, but they’ve missed a trick. They should’ve simply had ‘iPad owners are all sinister pricks’ in big letters behind a man pissing about on a Galaxy.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 8.6mm thick with a built-in 3-megapixel camera and you can play games on it and watch videos and all that junk. You know how these things work, right? What you probably won’t be doing, like the video suggests, is taking it down the pub to play racing games on. If you did, you deserve to get it pinched or to have a pint spilt over it.
We’ve just dashed back from the E3 bash over in wherever the hell it is, armed with this piece of video that we shot ourselves while we were there, earlier this evening. Honest.
It’s the Nintendo announcement of the follow-up to the Wii, and they’ll be calling it the Wii U. Nice stuff. The major difference that we can see is that the controller is more like a tablet, with a built-in screen that will allow you to play your games on the tablet itself if you aren’t near a TV, making it a hand-held console in itself. Again, nice stuff.
The screen on the controller will also be incorporated into gameplay and you’ll also be able to use it for web browsing and video chat. Super nice. Check it out puppies…
Goodness. The latest tablet sensation isn’t even available yet and it’s failed already. BlackBerry supremos Research in Motion (RIM) have been banging the drum about their PlayBook tablet for months, promising they’d blow away the competition – namely Apple’s iPad. The wait is almost over, however – the PlayBook launches on the other side the Atlantic on Tuesday, and the first reviews have hit websites and newspapers across the country.
They’re not great. Why? Because RIM – who made their name by delivering secure email solutions – forgot to add what can only be considered a must-have feature, a feature so blindingly obvious you can scarcely believe it isn’t included on the PlayBook.
Email. A BlackBerry product that can’t do email.
The only way to access secure email on the 7 inch tablet, is to connect a BlackBerry handset to it, otherwise you’ll have to wait up to 60 days while RIM get around to building the application to do it. The decision to leave email off their tablet was intentional – RIM didn’t consider it important for a tablet device.
BlackBerry supporters are keen to point out that it’s not a simple task – ensuring similar security protocols to BlackBerry handsets will take time, they say. If so, why not delay the launch for another month or two? The PlayBook has been marketed as been both a business tool and a gaming platform – email is a must for the former and will surely be expected by the latter.
Some reviews report hardware niggles, some say it feels like a rush-job, although plenty praise individual PlayBook features. It doesn’t matter now – RIM have a two month battle to beat back the negative media they themselves have created, and convince customers it’ll be worth the wait.
At some point before the sun goes supernova, Research In Motion (RIM) will get around to walking the walk and release their BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, announced shortly before the beginning of time and showcased at February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
When it does finally arrive in the UK this summer, RIM are hoping it’ll be packing an extra punch that could see the iPad finally have a mainstream competitor; RIM have today announced that the PlayBook won’t just run BlackBerry applications, but that it’ll have an app player for Android.
That sounds very decent indeed; while developers are creating new apps for BlackBerry’s tablet, there are over 200,000 Android apps already available. Super times! Well, almost. The Guardian’s Apps blog points out that the emphasis for RIM is on developers creating tablet apps for the BlackBerry App World Store; as it stands, the PlayBook will only be able to utilise Android apps created for smartphones.
While there’s some merit in promoting the availability of Android’s smartphone apps on a tablet, it’s hardly a winning experience compared to apps designed and optimsed for the larger screen. Google has a table operating system – Honeycomb – but there are questions as to whether it’ll be open-sourced, meaning the PlayBook may have to do without apps developed for other Android tablets, and a real opportunity to take on Apple will be lost.
Come hither and feast your eyebollocks on this lot then – all courtesy of HotUKDeals…
What are you having for tea? Something cheap and cheerful, given the current catastrophic economic climate? Spam trousers? Baked beans on cocktail sticks? Fried pizza shop menus? Pretty grim isn’t it?
But it needn’t be. That’s because you could be feasting on rump steak instead, without spanking the living daylights out of your bank balance. It can be had for only £5.74 per kg at the moment. That’s livin’ alright!
Thinking about getting yourself one of them fancy iPad 2 thingies but are concerned that, well, they’re ridiculously overpriced? Yeah us too. There has to be something that’s almost the same but thunderously cheaper, surely?
Try this bad-ass tablet for size. It’s a 7” multi-touch screen device running Google Android 2.2 with WiFi, HDMi, a camera, SDHC and USB input and probably a picture of a cat licking its paws on the front as well. Awwww… cute. Best of all, it’s yours for only £123.78. Or maybe you could wait on the iPad 3 and pay a billion pounds…
Finally, something that’s way cheaper than a so-called tablet computer and, unlike the rump steak, suitable for vegetarians. It’s also a design classic of the 20th Century, up there with the Rolls Royce, the deckchair and Ziggy Stardust’s hair.
We speak of course of the Cadbury’s Wispa. Fortunately, it tastes fucking great as well and we’re proud to be able to tell you that you can bag a four-pack of the beautiful little buggers for only £1.00. Yes, that’s 25p a pop. And they’re waiting until the royal wedding before they have street parties?
(deals found by HUKD members ancachirosca, reesycer and fish1234567)
So you missed out on an iPad2? You must be devastated. Have you tried eBay? That’ll be even more devastating for you because they’re not exactly going cheap. Quite the opposite in fact.
You can pick up an iPad2 for a very reasonable £2,500! If you live in the States, you’ll be thrilled to learn that there’s an iPad2 going for $13,500. You’d hope it was made of griffin semen for that price, right?
Astonishing that the price is so jumped up when you consider that the main selling points are that it is slightly thinner, slightly faster and a camera that’s about the same as one you’ll find on a smartphone.
Elsewhere, pre-orders are now being taken for the kinda iPad rival, the HTC Flyer tablet. Clove.co.uk are selling it for £600 and stock is expected to land sometime in April. As the Flyer is a 7-inch tablet, it isn’t a real contender but there’s a lot of mutterings about HTC releasing a 10-incher which should liven things up.
Have you just bought the old iPad? Well, Apple want to give you £100 because they’re really bloody nice or something.
Basically, if you feel a bit peeved because you bought the old model just as the iPad 2 came out, then they’ll give you a wadge of cash to quit your whining.
The small print says that you will have had to buy the old model two weeks prior to the £100 price cut they’ve introduced or you won’t be eligible for the refund.
Oh. Wait. There’s more. The refund is only valid if you bought the device from the Apple website or from an Apple store. If you bought it from Dixons or something, they won’t be able to hear you crying.
Obviously, you’ll need a physical copy of your receipt. Visit Apple here for more details.
The slimmer, swankier iPad 2 hits the shelves of the UK on March 25th, but you can’t hear us as you’re scurrying around your house, turning everything upside down in an attempt to find your receipt aren’t you?
Hey look! It’s another tablet! Even after everyone laughed at the iPad! This one is the Motorola Xoom which will go on sale in the UK by the summer. That’s what a whole bunch of retailers are saying, confirming that they’ll be stocking the Android-powered device.
The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will sell the 3G/Wi-Fi version and PC World and Currys will flog the Wi-Fi-only tablet. There’s no official line on the price of the Xoom, but Handtec had their pre-order marked up at £720. It’s likely to be cheaper than that with the big boys though.
It’s reported that the Xoom has a 10.1-inch screen, a dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera and run the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.
There’s been a definite sense of bandwagonism regarding many tech companies decision to release tablet devices. HTC have now jumped on board with a new device called ‘Flyer’.
The HTC Flyer aims to take on Apple in the tablet market with a device that holds a 1.5Ghz processor, a 7 inch display (they’ll invariably announce a slightly bigger one, soon) and a new version of HTC Sense. It’ll be held in an aluminum unibody design with touch and pen interaction. HTC are crowing that the HTC Flyer will be ultra-light, “weighing as little as a paperback book and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket”.
“Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive,” says Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving.”
The Flyer will also be launched with HTC Watch, a new connected video service which will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet. The HTC Flyer will be available in the second quarter of 2011.