Enterprise, VR World

Vaio Reveals First Prototype Tablet

Two months after official business operations started, VAIO finally unveils its new tablet PC, which was already previously announced for its participation in the Adobe Max 2014 event.

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Analysis

iPad Mini Retina vs Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

The Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 are competing under the same handy 8-inch form factor, but which is the better choice?

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Guides

iPad Air 2 vs Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

Apple’s newest iPad Air 2 faces off against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, but would one really dominate the other?

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Analysis, Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Best Buy CEO Sees Tablet Sales Plummeting

Best Buy Logo

Are tablets finally reaching the point of saturation? According to Best Buy’s CEO, Hubert Joly, they are “crashing” as he stated in an interview with recode. In fact, Hubert says that they’ve seen a revival of the PC’s growth in sales within Best Buy which accurately depicts some of the trends we’re seeing in the industry as a whole with Intel and others reporting better earnings quarter after quarter. Hubert partially attributes it to the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting XP and the fact that there are now thinner, more portable PC formfactors that also act as tablets. Best Buy [NYSE:BBY] has been struggling as of

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Android, Gaming, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Nvidia Announces Tegra K1 Shield Tablet for Gaming

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Nvidia has been doing a lot of their own consumer products lately, with the original Shield handheld gaming console and the Tegra Note 7 tablet. Each of these devices was actually surprisingly good and they were very good values for the money, especially if you got them at their cheapest ($199 each). Nvidia has learned a lot of lessons from each device and they’ve done a fantastic job of updating both the Shield and the Tegra Note 7. Their updates are so frequent and regular that I almost feel like they’ve got the leg up on almost every other Android manufacturer out there. They are

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Android, Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Did Google Leak the Nexus 9 During Google I/O?

Google Material Nexus 9

After yesterday’s unbelievably long Google I/O opening keynote, Google published a lot of supporting documents. Some of those documents include the Android L Release’s own Material design and the supporting documentation. If you go through that documentation, you will notice that they have renders of familiar Google hardware. That includes the Google Chromebook Pixel and the Google Nexus 5. However, there is also an interesting device that appears to be an Android tablet sitting between them. That device actually fairly accurately represents the description given by rumors of the potential Nexus 9 tablet that is built by HTC and powered by Tegra K1. The above

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware, VR World

Microsoft is Paying $650 for Macbook Air Users to Buy a Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 Box

You heard it right, Microsoft is paying Macbook Air users up to $650 to swap their Macbook Air for a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. This offer is designed to give Apple users cold hard cash to upgrade their 11 or 13″ low-resolution Macbook Air laptops for Microsoft Surface Pro 3’s. If you look at the specs of the Surface Pro 3, it does look much more attractive than the Macbook Air on paper with a higher resolution touch display, active pen, and optional keyboard. However, if you know the resale prices of most Apple products a Macbook Air could probably still fetch north of $650

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Android, Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Rumors, Software Programs, VR World

New 9" Tegra K1 64-bit Nexus 9 Tablet Coming from HTC?

Nexus 9 Volantis

So, everyone was expecting LG to make the next Google Nexus tablet, or maybe ASUS since they’ve also been one of the part Nexus tablet partners. However, you’d be wrong to assume either of those are correct since the next Nexus 9 tablet looks to be coming from HTC and it looks like its going to be a real competitor. The new Nexus 9″ tablet codenamed Volantis (not to be confused with Lady Gaga’s flying dress) was outed by Android Police today with a full image and spec drop of the device. And based upon what we’re seeing, it looks like Nvidia booted Qualcomm out of

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2014, Comic-Con, Event, Hardware, VR World

Synaptics' Thintouch Keyboard for 2-in-1's at Computex 2014

Synaptics Thintouch

We sat down at Computex 2014 with Synaptics’ Godfrey Cheng and Scott Poole to talk about the company’s latest innovations, including their developments with their Forcepad. I was personally unaware that Synaptics’ first generation Forcepads actually had glass built into the touchpad to enable the Forcepad to work correctly and evenly distribute the pressure. However, the new generation of the Forcepad is capable of measuring the smallest amount of pressure at every point and no longer uses glass, making the touchpad more flexible, less breakable, and thinner than the previous generation. We also got some hints that the company might be working on some interesting

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Intel Partners with Rockchip to Accelerate x86 Mobile Adoption

Rockchip Intel

Intel today announced that they would be partnering with Rockchip to launch a series of Android-focused mobile SoCs based on Intel’s SoFIA architecture which combines Intel’s x86 architecture with their own modem technology into a single SoC. This would include Intel providing Rockchip with quadcore SoCs running Intel’s own x86 architecture and modems. The SoFIA is essentially a culmination of all of Intel’s work in the mobile space  but lacks Intel’s own GPU IP because it utilizes Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR graphics architecture instead. Intel has traditionally used PowerVR graphics in their mobile chips for many years but as their desktop and laptop GPUs got better

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 MDP Benchmarked

We got a unique opportunity last week to benchmark Qualcomm’s latest SoC using their reference platform MDP (mobile development platform). The Snapdragon 805 MDP itself is basically how Qualcomm launches a new SoC by releasing a reference platform to allow developers and manufacturers to see the maximum capability of the SoC and then to build their hardware or apps based upon those possibilities. The Snapdragon 805 itself is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC and is what they believe to be the premier ‘built for 4K’ SoC that we’ll likely see in smartphones and tablets later this year. We got a hands on with the Snapdragon

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 MDP Benchmarked

We got a unique opportunity last week to benchmark Qualcomm’s latest SoC using their reference platform MDP (mobile development platform). The Snapdragon 805 MDP itself is basically how Qualcomm launches a new SoC by releasing a reference platform to allow developers and manufacturers to see the maximum capability of the SoC and then to build their hardware or apps based upon those possibilities. The Snapdragon 805 itself is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC and is what they believe to be the premier ‘built for 4K’ SoC that we’ll likely see in smartphones and tablets later this year. We got a hands on with the Snapdragon

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Rumors, Software Programs, VR World

Intel to Show a Dozen Mobile Design Wins at Computex?

Intel Logo

According to some of our sources within Intel, there will be a multitude of Intel mobile design wins being shown at Computex 2014 in Taipei many of which will be running on Android. This includes all of the chips that Intel launched back at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona where we covered Intel’s Merrifield launch. They even showed us one of their reference devices, which were quite prevalent at Computex to get an idea of what could be expected with Merrifield. Even though Mobile World Congress is generally accepted as the place to launch smartphone and tablet design wins, Intel’s product design cycle simply

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Surface Pro 3 – Surface Gets Bigger and Better

Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has clearly not stopped with their aspirations with the new Surface Pro 3 that they launched today. This is a follow up to their Surface Pro 2, which also featured an Intel ultra low voltage Core family CPU, except now you have a choice of a Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 CPU as opposed to only being able to choose an i5. The CPU in the Surface Pro 3 is actually the same as it was in the 2, which is a little disappointing but Intel’s Broadwell won’t hit until much later this year. Once that new Intel chip starts to pick

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Surface Pro 3 – Surface Gets Bigger and Better

Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has clearly not stopped with their aspirations with the new Surface Pro 3 that they launched today. This is a follow up to their Surface Pro 2, which also featured an Intel ultra low voltage Core family CPU, except now you have a choice of a Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 CPU as opposed to only being able to choose an i5. The CPU in the Surface Pro 3 is actually the same as it was in the 2, which is a little disappointing but Intel’s Broadwell won’t hit until much later this year. Once that new Intel chip starts to pick

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

ARM and BSN Partner for 5th Anniversary Giveaway!

We’ve partnered with ARM and their 50 Billion Chips initiative to give away two Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1″ tablets! All you have to do is leave a comment here telling us what ARM-based devices you own and how having one of these awesome Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1″ will improve your daily life. We love to hear from you guys and even more importantly, we love giving stuff away. These are both 16 GB Wi-Fi tablets with stunning WQXGA (2560×1440) resolution displays and even more importantly, ARM SoCs. We’ve had a great relationship with ARM, including the announcement of new products from their server partners with

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Enterprise, Software Programs, Technology Security, VR World

Oracle Adds Mobile Authenticator to Its Suite

User identity theft isn’t only a personal problem. While you are wondering who pulled your social security number out of your trash can, businesses are worried about who is rummaging through their files. Oracle  has been providing enterprise security products for some time via the Oracle Access Management Suite. Their recent addition is the Oracle Mobile Authenticator. Its purpose is to provide employees and customers who are accessing sensitive information with two-factor strong authentication protection. Going beyond password protection, a personal phone or tablet becomes a secondary authentication device. That device can eliminate the need to use a token or smart card to validate the

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion, VR World

Is Qualcomm Behind the Lack of High-End LTE-enabled PC Gadgetry?

Held in the New York City-sized, yet younger than many of us, Shenzhen metropolis, the last weeks’ IDF provided quite a number of announcements which you can anyway read on the usual press release reprinting web sites. Here’s something that you might not find that easily, though… During my walkabout IDF Shenzhen tours, I had a chat with one high end OEM who was twice evaluating a 2-in-1 very high end LTE enabled Haswell ultrabook & tablet combo device with a built-in full LTE capability and the integrated pop-up SIM card slot. After all, if having a local LTE SIM card, you are far more

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