tablet

Wed
31
Jul
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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
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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
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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
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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)

Tue
04
Jun
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Razer Blade Ultrabook: Huge Power, Tiny Frame

Slowly but surely ultrabooks are emerging as a reasonable compromise between the portability of tablet computers on one hand and the power and performance of regular laptops on the other. Now, hardware maker Razer has unveiled the Blade ultrabook, a ... 14-inch device that features blazing-fast performance in a tiny frame. You've probably heard of Razer before -- they're the hardware company that started out building peripherals but in recent years have branched out to laptop and tablet devices. In fact, the company's Razer Edge tablet is quite possibly the world's most powerful tablet PC. Blade ... (view more)

Tue
07
May
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Bill Gates Rips Apple's iPad Tablet

Is there room in the crowded tablet computer market for Microsoft's Surface? Sales figures would indicate that there may not be. However, Microsoft chairman and co-founder Bill Gates thinks many consumers will opt for the Windows-based Surface ... because they're frustrated with Apple's ubiquitous iPad. In a recent interview with CNBC's Warren Buffett, Gates took the opportunity to promote Microsoft's Surface and its newest operating system (OS), Windows 8, while slamming Apple's tablet device. Windows 8 and Surface: The Best of Both Worlds? According to Gates, Windows 8 "is revolutionary in that ... (view more)

Thu
02
May
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Businesses Don't Want Windows RT, Lenovo Says

According to a prominent member of the Lenovo team, Microsoft made a big mistake with Windows RT. In fact, Simon Kent, Lenovo's Think PC and visual category manager, doesn't believe any businesses want to use the slimmed-down version of the Windows ... 8 operating system. Major PC hardware manufacturer Lenovo has been critical of Windows RT before. In fact, the firm has mostly passed on the operating system (OS), which is specially designed for mobile devices like tablet computers. Windows RT Not "What Businesses Want" Even though Lenovo has released a number of tablet devices, it has ... (view more)

Wed
01
May
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Apple iPad Tops Tablet Customer Satisfaction Survey

A new study by J.D. Power finds that Apple iPad owners are very satisfied with their purchase. In fact, for the second year in a row iPad owners were more satisfied with their buy than purchasers of other tablet devices. J.D. Power's report, which ... is called the "2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study," asked just under 2,000 tablet users to score their devices. Apple iPad Performs Well in Every Category Tablet users rated their devices using five different categories, including: Performance Ease of operation Styling and design Features Cost The Apple iPad , which scored high in every one of ... (view more)

Fri
26
Apr
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HP Slate 7: Super-Cheap Tablet Computer

Prominent hardware manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (HP) is looking to put the TouchPad disaster behind it with the new, $169 Slate 7. You may recall that the TouchPad, which ran a unique operating system called WebOS, was first released in 2011. After ... consumers showed little interest in the device, HP slashed its price to a paltry $99 . That kicked off a consumer frenzy at electronics retailers like Best Buy. Slate 7 Cheaper Than Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab Back in 2011 $99 was considered insanely cheap for a tablet computer. But HP's new Slate 7 isn't that much more expensive. It will ... (view more)

Mon
22
Apr
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Microsoft Confirms Smaller Windows 8 Devices Coming

After weeks of speculation , Microsoft has finally acknowledged that it is currently working on smaller touch screen devices running Windows 8. So far, most critics appear to approve of the move. In a recent statement, Microsoft chief financial ... officer Peter Klein noted that his firm is "working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows." Klein didn't say what the new tablets would look like or what their specifications would be, but he did note that Microsoft was determined to offer "competitive pricing" for the devices, which will become available "in ... (view more)

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