ABI Research reports that Amazon has set the tablet market “ablaze” thanks to the launch of its $50 Fire Tablet. The device was released in late September 2015, sporting a 7″ display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage. Even more, it features a microSD card slot allowing the owner to beef up the internal storage to a massive 136 GB (total). Amazon evidently expects customers to download media left and right from the company’s various online services. According to ABI Research, Amazon took a big chance by launching the tablet with such a low price point. The move was a
HTC Working on VR Headset For Smartphones, Tablets
The HTC Vive VR headset is slated to go retail on April 5. Based on Valve Software’s SteamVR platform, the Virtual Reality device packs OLED screens with a resolution of 1080×1200 per eye, and more than seventy sensors. Unlike the upcoming Oculus Rift, the Vive can work in a space of 15 feet by 15 feet, allowing users to move around the virtual world. However, the headset will cost a meaty $799 and require a somewhat beefy PC to support it. So what if you don’t have an extra $799 to spend on VR? There’s always the Samsung Gear VR for $99, but that requires a
Microsoft Surface Book Revealed; All Prices Inside
The cat is out of the bag – with Microsoft Surface Book laptop announcement finally confirms the ‘convertible’ format, for which Intel was ridiculed couple of years ago, mostly with poor executions by Acer and ASUS. Not anymore. Finally, there is a Surface with a keyboard that ‘converts’ into a full fledged laptop. While the software juggernaut designed and manufactured hardware field for ages, this in all its right – might be the best hardware that ever came from Redmond. This is the first ‘laptop’ ever built by Microsoft. Surface Book comes with a detachable keyboard ‘with a kick’, allowing better user experience. There are two processor options will
Google Takes On Surface And iPad Pro With 10.2-inch Android-Powered Pixel C
Since its introduction in 2012, Google’s reference Nexus tablet grew in (screen) size and features. 2012-2013 saw 7″ and 10″ models, Nexus 9 debuted in late 2014 and now, we are seeing Google reserving the ‘Nexus’ brand for smartphones only. The new reference tablet from Google is named Pixel C; a 10.2 inch, high-resolution (308 pixels-per-inch) tablet runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Just like Microsoft and Apple before, Pixel C comes in a tablet + keyboard layout, which is the new industry standard for ‘productivity tablets’. This combination should makes typing and daily work easier, faster and more task oriented, but also enhance the
Why Does The NFL Keep Fumbling Their $400 Million Microsoft Deal?
The brand new NFL season started a few days ago but the controversies keep on piling on. For the past few months, the heated debate over the Deflategate controversy raged on, resulting in increased viewership of the last NFL game. The game we are talking about was a match between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, with the New England Quarterback Tom Brady at the center of the said controversy. It is no wonder that his first personal seasonal appearance was something haters and fans simply didn’t want to miss. However, there was another controversy brewing, one that non techie audience doesn’t catch that easily. In 2013, NFL bonded
Computex 2015 In Review: Advancing Downwards to Dumbed-Down Consumerism
Computex has seen better years.
CES 2015: Lenovo Targets First-time Buyers With Budget Android Slates
Lenovo’s latest budget tablets offer decent hardware for the sub-$150 asking price.
Black Friday Mobile Sales Top Online Traffic
Black Friday is the largest shopping day of the year, but this year mobile shopping traffic dominated the landscape and promises to do the same on Monday
IDC: 2014 Was a Terrible Year For Tablets
Industry analytics and consultancy firm says the market for tablets had a double-digit year-over-year decline.
AMD: Tablets Are Not a Priority
After failing to score hardware wins in the tablet market, AMD looks to abandon it entirely.
IDF 2014 Murmurings: A True Windows Phablet for Content Creationists?
While flying from Taipei to San Francisco for the usual September round of tech events, one story in this month’s MacWorld caught my attention: one of the editors was speculating how nice it would be to have a true full Mac in an iPhone size. Of course, Apple may be a little farther from merging the OS X and iOS than we thought earlier, but, what about looking at the same thing on the Wintel platform? It could be argued that one big mistake Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) did with Windows Phone is to compete with Android and Apple (NASDAQ: APPL). Windows OS, as imperfect as it is,
Tablets Are Used by 15% of all Businesses in Japan
Business research analysis shows that tablets now enjoy a bit more prevalent use in Japanese businesses. IDC Japan, a market intelligence and advisory company, reveals that tablets are becoming more and more commonplace in Japan’s business settings and operations. In its latest statistical report involving the status of tablets in business operations in Japan, it has been shown that tablets account for at least 14.8% use in most electronic activities. According to the report, the 14.8% share in tablets used for businesses are a mix of small to medium industries, which include service type businesses such as IT support and retail product distribution. Larger businesses also
Microsoft's New Strategy – Clean Up Windows, Become Strong 3rd Competitor
If you haven’t been following Microsoft lately, then you’re missing out on what could be one of the most significant changes of strategy I’ve seen in a long time. They have slowly been making baby steps towards reorganizing and reconsidering how they address mobile. I have been following Microsoft’s attitudes towards mobile since Windows Mobile 5.0 and even owned a fair amount of Windows-based devices over the course of that time. However, Microsoft made a lot of mistakes along the way and is finally making major changes to remedy them. And with the smartphone market being a virtual duopoly between Android and iOS it comes