Tablets

Microsoft Still Trying to Get Surface Right

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Microsoft Surface
Microsoft’s first attempt at Surface, its tablet-laptop hybrid, was an unmitigated disaster that forced the company to take a $900 million write-down on unsold inventory. Rather than abandon the concept, Microsoft has continued to release updated versions of Surface over the past two-and-a-half years. You could argue that the company has no other choice: The future belongs to mobile devices, and Microsoft needs to demonstrate that it can successfully play in that arena if it wants to survive. Check out… continue…

Microsoft: Pirates Still Get Free Windows 10

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Microsoft Windows 10
Did you pirate your copy of Windows? (It’s okay, you can tell us.) If so, Microsoft will still give you a free upgrade to the upcoming Windows 10, due sometime this summer. “We’re upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, told Reuters in a phone interview. Microsoft likely hopes the move will increase Windows 10 adoption in China, where a large percentage of PCs run pirated versions of… continue…

Meet BlackBerry’s $2,360 Tablet

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BlackBerry is getting back into the tablet game with a $2,360 device that— Wait, what? That price wasn’t a typo: Even as the tablet market stagnates, and brands rush to price smartphones and tablets as low as possible, BlackBerry has decided to go ultra-ultra-ultra premium with its latest device. Why? Because the so-called SecuTablet is (supposedly) secure enough for a broad range of government and enterprise work. In terms of hardware, the SecuTablet is a modified Samsung Galaxy Tab S… continue…

Would You Use a Supersized iPad?

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Apple iPad
Apple is reportedly gearing up to produce a 12.9-inch iPad, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. In keeping with its long tradition of secrecy, Apple isn’t commenting about its future product lines. However, enough reports have leaked over the past few months about an extra-large iPad to suggest that something is indeed in the works. The Journal’s unnamed sources suggest that Apple could add USB 3.0 ports to the device, along with ports for a keyboard… continue…

Is Apple Building a Stylus for the iPad Pro?

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Apple iPad
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated the very concept of a stylus. When introducing the iPhone in 2007, he famously declared the human finger far superior to a plastic pen. “Nobody wants a stylus,” he told the crowd at the event. “We’re going to use a pointing device we’re all born with—born with ten of them.” But Jobs’ successors at Apple might think a stylus isn’t such a bad thing: According to the latest rumors percolating around the Web, the company… continue…

Did Apple Just Murder the Tablet Market?

Apple iPads
Did Apple just murder the tablet market? That’s the conclusion reached by Boy Genius Report, based on data assembled by analytics firm Flurry. That data suggests that, among the top five mobile-device manufacturers, Apple “won” the holiday season, with the company’s hardware accounting for 51.3 percent of device activations worldwide (followed by Samsung with 17.7 percent, Nokia with 5.8 percent, and Sony with 1.6 percent). Click here to find mobile-developer jobs. Much of those activations came from oversized phones. “As… continue…

Android Lollipop Offers API Sweetness for Developers

Google Android Lollipop
When Google unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its I/O conference this summer, it chose to stay a little cagey about the name, referring to the upgrade simply as “L.” With the software set for release “in coming weeks,” Google has finally revealed the full name: “Lollipop.” That’s not much of a surprise, considering how Google names each successive generation of Android after a different dessert—maybe “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Licorice” could have substituted, but the… continue…

Apple Could Debut New iPads Oct. 16

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Apple iPad Mini
Hot on the heels of last month’s debut of two new iPhones, Apple plans on unveiling something new at an Oct. 16 press conference. In typical fashion, Apple is keeping the details of its announcements under wraps, but the general consensus is that the company will roll out at least one new iPad, and possibly announce that Mac OS X “Yosemite” is available for download. Click here to find iOS developer jobs. Tech publications such as The Verge seem to… continue…

Apple’s New iPads Face a Challenging Market

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Apple iPad
Apple has kicked off production on its next generation of iPads, according to a new report from Bloomberg. In addition to a new version of the full-sized iPad, Apple reportedly has a refresh of the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in the works. Bloomberg’s anonymous sources believe the devices will arrive on store shelves by the end of 2014, where they will join a new iPhone (which Apple could unveil Sept. 9) and the long-rumored “iWatch.” Click here to find iOS-developer jobs.… continue…

Windows 9 Could Erase Windows 8′s Biggest Mistake

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Microsoft apparently wants to put Windows 8.x in its rearview mirror. Or, to choose a more extreme analogy, bury it completely. “Regardless of how usable or functional it is or isn’t, [Windows 8] has become Microsoft’s Vista 2.0—something from which Microsoft needs to distance itself, perception-wise,” ZDNet’s absurdly well-connected Mary Jo Foley wrote in a new article about the development of Windows “Threshold,” the codename for the next version of Windows. “At this point, Microsoft is going full steam-ahead toward… continue…