Tablets

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…

Is 2014 the Year of the Phablet?

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If research firm IDC is correct, 2014 could become the year of the “phablet.” IDC defines phablets as smartphones with screens exceeding 5.5 inches, a category that encompasses a growing number of devices. Samsung in particular has led the phablet charge, seeing it as a competitive differentiator from Apple, which has (so far) resolved to keep the iPhone’s screen at no more than four inches diagonal. Click here to find app developer jobs. IDC believes phablets’ share of the smartphone… continue…

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3: Third Time’s the Charm?

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, its third attempt at a sleek laptop-tablet hybrid. Despite a well-funded marketing campaign, the first generation of Surface devices (an ARM-based version hit store shelves in late 2012, followed by its x86-based cousin in early 2013) proved a famous failure, selling in such miniscule quantities that Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the remaining units. In the wake of that debacle, tech pundits wondered whether Microsoft should abandon its attempts to remake… continue…

Are Tablets in Decline Already?

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For years, Apple CEO Tim Cook used his company’s earnings calls to tout the rising fortunes of the iPad, which he claimed would eventually overtake the market for traditional PCs. But on Apple’s April 23 earnings call, Cook spent a few minutes doing the exact opposite: pushing back against the perception that the iPad’s fortunes have turned increasingly anemic. Sales of the tablet “came in at the high end of our expectations, but we realized they were below analyst estimates,”… continue…

The Web at 25: Used by the Majority, with Some Reservations

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Some 76 percent of those surveyed by the Project said the Internet was “good” for society, while 15 percent said “bad.” continue…

Windows 8 Still Lagging Windows 7 in Sales

Microsoft has sold 200 million copies of Windows 8 in 15 months. That’s not enough to overtake Windows 7’s adoption rate. continue…

If Surface 2 Didn’t Sell, Microsoft’s In-House Tablets Are Done

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The second time needs to prove the charm for Microsoft’s tablet-laptop-hybrid thingies. continue…

HP Taking a Run at Phablets

Hewlett-Packard sees Android as its best chance for getting back into the mobile-device market after its webOS debacle. continue…

Windows 9 Already?

With Windows 8 reportedly tanking, the next version of the OS is on an accelerated schedule. continue…

Latest Android Figures Suggest Fragmentation Alive and Well

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The latest version of the popular mobile OS, KitKat, holds a mere 1.4 percent of the Android market. continue…