tablet

Wed
23
Apr
John Lister's picture

Microsoft Promotes Ad-Free Bing, But With a Price

Microsoft is targeting school pupils with a special ad-free version of the Bing search engine . It says testing shows the software improves classroom performance, though critics suggest Microsoft's motives are far from charitable. The special ... edition of the search engine is called Bing in the Classroom. Microsoft initially tested it in five school districts last year and is now making it available nationwide. It will be available to all K-12 schools (meaning primary and secondary education) in the United States. According to Microsoft estimates, students using school computers see a total ... (view more)

Mon
07
Apr
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Microsoft: Full Start Menu Coming Back to Windows 8

Microsoft unveiled its future plan for Windows 8 at the 2014 Build developer conference this past weekend. The path appears to be backwards, with Microsoft introducing several new features that effectively revive Windows 7 functionality . For ... example, Microsoft executive vice-president of operating systems, Terry Myerson, showed off a new Start Menu that is fully integrated with Windows 8's "Modern" (formerly "Metro") interface. Myerson also said Windows 8 users will soon be able to launch Modern applications from the desktop interface. Myerson says the changes will be ... (view more)

Mon
31
Mar
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Office for iPad Marks Fundamental Shift for Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that its Office software suite is finally coming to Apple's iPad tablet. Microsoft's newest Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella, unveiled the iPad version of Office at a news conference last Thursday. Microsoft ... Apprehensive About Releasing Office for iPad It's a bit of a mystery as to why Microsoft waited so long to release Office for a tablet that first launched roughly four years ago. Some experts believe that Office for iPad has been ready for release for a number of years. It's speculated that Microsoft wanted to keep Office on its own tablet ... (view more)

Wed
18
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Amazon Offers Buy Now, Pay Later Kindle Plan

Amazon is offering would-be buyers of its Kindle Fire HDX tablet the option to pay in four installments. The plan doesn't include any interest or added fees. The plan only applies to the Kindle Fire HDX , the most expensive version of the Kindle. ... Ordinarily it costs $229 for the 7-inch version or $379 for the 8.9-inch version. Under the terms of the deal, you pay 25 per cent of the purchase price up-front. That's $57.25 for the 7-inch version and $94.75 for the 8.9-inch version. You'll also pay any applicable sales taxes and shipping. At the time of writing, the deal was only available to US ... (view more)

Fri
08
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

HD Display Test: Kindle Fire HDX Beats iPad Air

A new study finds the iPad Air boasts some impressive display technology -- but its high-definition 'Retina' screen is not quite as impressive as the display built into Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablet computer. The tests were carried out by ... DisplayMate Technologies, which examined the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet and Apple's new iPad Air . The Air, which was unveiled by Apple at an October 22, 2013, press event, is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, the iPad 4. DisplayMate also took a look at Google's newest tablet, the Nexus 10. Kindle Fire HDX Boasts Best-Ever Tablet Display ... (view more)

Thu
31
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

New 'iPad Air' Way, Way Faster Than iPad 4: Report

Looks like the new 'iPad Air' may be worth an upgrade after all. New reports reveal the slimmer, lighter Apple tablet computer is substantially faster than its predecessor. Apple unveiled the iPad Air -- along with the powerful Mac Pro and an iPad ... Mini equipped with Retina display -- at an October 22, 2013 press event. The iPad Air is roughly one-quarter lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 it succeeds. That's an impressive feat for a device that was already quite portable. Apple Co-Founder Disappointed with Storage Options But not everyone was thrilled with Apple's newest iPad. For example, ... (view more)

Wed
31
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Asus Ditches Windows RT, Opts for Windows 8.1

PC manufacturer Asus appears to be moving away from plans to build devices running Microsoft's Windows RT operating system, a slimmed-down version of Windows 8. According to Asus Chairman Jonney Shih, the firm is focusing on building tablet ... computers employing the Windows 8.1 platform. In discussing consumers' reaction to Windows RT tablet PCs, Shih noted that "the result is not very promising." Asus is only the most recent PC manufacturer to back away from Windows RT . Lenovo has also decided to cancel all plans for future Windows RT tablets, and that has meant abandoning the firm's IdeaPad ... (view more)

Mon
29
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Chromecast Brings Internet Video to Your TV

Google has unveiled a $35 plug-in device that brings online video to your television. It's intended to provide an alternative to expensive set-top boxes and video game consoles. The Chromecast works with a range of online services -- such as YouTube ... and Netflix -- but will also play any video you can access through a web browser. The device is only a couple of inches long and has no buttons. It plugs into an HDMI port on your television and has a small USB socket for supplying power. The Chromecast also has built-in WiFi that connects to your Internet router. You can then control it through ... (view more)

Thu
06
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft Cuts Windows 8 Price, Offers Free Office

Microsoft has slashed the price of Windows 8 and Windows RT licenses for tablet computers in an effort to drive up interest in its latest operating system. The firm has also revealed plans to include free Microsoft Office software packages with new ... tablet devices running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT. Microsoft OEM division vice president Nic Parker made the announcement at the Computex trade show taking place in Taiwan. Licensing Costs for Manufacturers Slashed Parker says the discount will apply to devices running Windows RT and Windows 8.1 / Windows Blue , the updated version of Microsoft's ... (view more)

Tue
04
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

HTC Ditches 12-Inch Windows RT Tablet: Report

Inside sources say HTC has dropped plans to release a massive, 12-inch tablet computer running Windows RT. The decision is reportedly based on a lack of consumer demand for Windows RT-based devices. The unconfirmed reports say HTC is still planning ... to release a 7-inch Windows RT tablet, however. Windows RT is a special version of Windows 8 designed for ARM processors, which are more commonly found in smartphones and tablets than in full-blown PCs. These processors aren't very powerful though they do help to extend a device's battery life. The main difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT ... (view more)

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