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  1. Samsung will reportedly announce a new version of the Nexus 10 CES 2014 in a few days, Digitimes reports, without disclosing sources for its report. Samsung happens to be the manufacturer of the original Nexus 10 tablet that launched in late 2012, a device that’s currently out of stock with some U.S. retailers. Samsung’s new Nexus 10 is rumored to pack an AMOLED display. The South Korean Android device maker had been rumored back in late July to be working on the next-generation Nexus 10 tablet, although more recently, companies including Asus and LG have also been reported to make the device. The recent rumors suggesting LG would make the next Nexus 10 turned out to be inaccurate, as the company ended up launching an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition tablet version instead. However, the same Digitimes report says LG will unveil new tablet products in Las Vegas, alongside Asus and Lenovo, which will display new offerings of their own. Asus will reportedly showcase various new products featuring support for dual Windows 8.1 / Android operating systems, while Lenovo is said to announce a second-generation Yoga Android tablets. Finally, the Taiwan-based publication says that Samsung will also unveil its new Exynos 6 mobile eight-core processor series that will feature 64-bit support. Samsung has already teased Exynos-related announcements for this year’s CES edition and is rumored to unveil various additional tablet models, including a bigger 12.2-inch model. Interestingly though, these recent reports about unreleased Samsung tablets have not mentioned any details about the company developing a tablet for Google, let alone announcing one at the CES. Source
  2. Lenovo is unleashing a ton of news right now ahead of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and it just unveiled the ThinkPad Z1 Carbon laptop and the ThinkPad 8 tablet, two of its new business class machines. The ThinkPad Z1 Carbon will be a star of the show at CES 2014, Lenovo told TechnoBuffalo, and were certainly excited to check it out. The notebook is equipped with a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 8.1, a 14-inch screen with either a 1600 x 900-pixel resolution or a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, up to 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, stereo speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a 720p HD camera, Bluetooth 4.0, a backlit keyboard and up to 9 hours of battery life. It can also be configured with NFC and 4G LTE support. Other features include a lay-flat hinge design and Rapid Charge support for up to 80 percent of battery life in just 50 minutes of charging. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will start at $1,299 when it launches, though Lenovo didnt provide an exact release date. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad 8 tablet, another business machine, sports an 8.3-inch display with a 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution. It runs Windows 8.1 and is powered by a quad-core Intel Z3770 Bay Trail processor clocked at 2.4GHz. It offers 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage and can be configured with 4G LTE support. Other features include a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1 microHDMI port and 1 microUSB 3.0 port. The ThinkPad 8 will start at $449 and will launch this month. http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/01/05/lenovo-announces-thinkpad-z1-carbon-laptop-thinkpad-8-tablet
  3. Dells newest tablets, the Venue 7 and Venue 8, were released today to compete in the low-cost Android tablet market. Both will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and are primed for Android 4.3. In pricing the Venue 7 at $149 and the Venue 8 at $179, Dell is positioning the tablets as an alternative to older Android systems or Windows 8.1 enabled devices for similar price classes. The Venue 7, measuring in at seven inches on the vertical with a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, runs on a dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Clover, Trail+ processor and 2GB of memory, with a 16GB hard drive and a microSD card slot for 32GB more storage. It has a VGA camera on the front, a 3MP camera on the back, and a microUSB power and connectivity port. The Venue 8 is eight inches tall with the same pixel count as the 7. The resolution is therefore not quite as dense as on the Venue 7, but the difference will appear negligible for most users. For that additional $30, the Venue 8′s processor is faster at 2GHz and the cameras are 2MP on the back and 5MP on the front. Unlike the Venue 7, the 8 is available with 32GB of internal storage. Both models support Wi-Fi connectivity up to Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS connectivity. source
  4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the several great Android smartphones for power users, thanks to the convenience of its large 3,200mAh battery. However, if you want even more power, Mugen has you covered, as it has released a 6,500mAh extended battery for the Note 3. Since the Mugen extended Note 3 battery is thicker than the stock one, the company also provides a custom back cover to house it. It’s available in black or white, and the end result makes the Galaxy Note 3 a bit thicker than its usual 8.3mm waistline. Mugen states its extended Note 3 battery lasts 2.03 times as long, which is logical judging from the 6500mAh capacity rating. Happily, it also comes with NFC chip inside, so the Note 3 doesn’t loose points in the connectivity department. The battery currently sales for $98.50 on Mugen Power’s website. First shipments are expected to arrive on December 6. Source
  5. It looks like Nokia is about to build an 8-inch device, if the trust-worthy @evleaks is to be believed. @evleaks has a long history of leaking credible Nokia content, the Finnish company is building an 8-inch tablet that will run Windows RT and is codenamed the ‘Illusionist’. Little else is known, but it should not come as a major surprise that Nokia is going to be building another tablet in the smaller class size to help it compete in the low-cost tablet market. Seeing at it runs Windows RT, just like its bigger brother the 2520, makes a lot of sense even though Bay Trail tablets offer up many competitive advantages too. For Nokia, they need to master only one OS for tablets, rather than Windows RT and Windows 8.1. Nokia is likely building on Windows RT to appease Microsoft, who will be acquiring the device division from Nokia. As it stands now, only Microsoft and Nokia will be selling Windows RT products. No release date, price, or images of the device yet but if the past is to be repeated, all this information should surface soon. source: neowin
  6. Microsoft is currently running two promotions that might be of interest to people looking to get a new device and get rid of an old one. The first one is a trade-in deal that can net you up to $250 worth of store credit if you trade in an old smartphone or a tablet. There are serious restrictions though – first of, the deal is for US Microsoft stores (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Second, it must be a working device, with no cracks on the screen, no water damage and you must even provide the original charger and other accessories. The device must also not be password protected (to prevent trading in stolen or found devices). The exact amount you get will be determined by a Microsoft Store employee. The deal is valid until 2nd March 2014. Another deal (this one US-only) is a Nokia Lumia 520 or 521 with a 12-month subscription to Xbox Music for $99 total. The Xbox Music Subscription alone costs $99 usually, while the Lumia 520/521 is $60-$70 in the Microsoft Store. Both deals have a limit of one per customer and cannot be combined with other deals, i.e. you can't pawn your old phone and grab a Lumia 520/521 with the money. Source
  7. By Zal Bilimoria, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz February 6, 2014, 7:30 AM PST Back in 2011, I was having an all-consuming love affair with tablets. At the time, I was the first-ever head of mobile at Netflix. I saw tablets in my sleep, running apps that would control homes, entertain billions and dutifully chug away at work. Tablets, I was convinced, were a third device category, a tweener that would fill the vacuum between a phone and a laptop. I knew that was asking a lot — at the time, however, I didn’t know just how much. I wasn’t the only one swooning in the presence of the iPad and its imitators. Everyone was getting in on the love fest. The typically sober analysts over at Gartner were going ballistic with their shipment predictions for the iPad, and a flurry of soon-to-be-launched Android tablets. Amazon (Kindle Fire), Barnes & Noble (Nook Tablet), HP (TouchPad running webOS) and even BlackBerry (PlayBook) all rushed into the market to take on Apple, which commanded 70 percent of the tablet market one year after Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad. On the software side, startups like Flipboard, tech giants like Adobe and even large enterprises like Genentech were quickly assembling teams to take advantage of this new platform. Now — three years and 225 million tablets later — I’m starting to see how misplaced that passion was. The tablet couldn’t possibly shoulder all the expectations people had for it. Not a replacement for your laptop or phone — but kinda. Something you kick back with in the living room, fire up at work and also carry with you everywhere — sort of. Yes, tablets have sold in large numbers, but rather than being a constant companion, like we envisioned, most tablets today sit idle on coffee tables and nightstands. Simply put, our love for them is dying. In some ways, I shouldn’t be surprised — the tablet has let me down before. A decade ago, I was at Microsoft trying to convince both consumers and big companies to buy tablets. A number of hardware manufacturers were partnering with Microsoft to finance and market the development of devices running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition — a mouthful, yes, and not many customers were interested in even taking a bite. We teamed up with HP, Toshiba, NEC and Fujitsu, all of whom spent millions alongside Microsoft, and failed to create a bona fide category at the time. Why? “Tablet PCs,” as they were known, required a stylus (versus today’s touch-interaction model), and more importantly, only had a few tablet-optimized apps. We now know that’s a recipe for disaster. But a few years later, it seemed that the world had changed, and the tablet was finally going to live up to all its promise. At Netflix, the tablet was stealing time from the browser with increasing speed month after month. To take advantage of that shift, I focused our entire team’s efforts on a complete redesign of the tablet app. We introduced a slew of features that took advantage of the screen size and touch interface. It was, if I may say, beautiful. Post-launch, the new app significantly increased retention and streaming hours. It won reviewer praise, barely missing out on winning the Best Tablet App of 2011 at the Crunchies — it was a hit. And then it seemed, as soon as it had arrived, the tablet lost its momentum. At Netflix, we witnessed a dramatic increase in phone usage for the streaming service — all that binge-watching of “Sons of Anarchy” and “House of Cards.” The reason was obvious: As phone apps improved in terms of quality and speed, users abandoned their tablets for the device in their pocket that could access the Web anywhere and anytime from Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Conversely, only 12 percent of tablets have cellular connections, instantly making them non-mobile devices. And very few people will shell out for a second wireless plan in addition to their phone. Based on the momentum of the phone, Netflix decided to merge the tablet and phone UIs. Even the awards circuit lost interest in the tablet. The year after our tablet app premiered, the Crunchies ditched the Best Tablet App award. They haven’t brought it back since. What I realize now is that it has been the phone all along. What we are witnessing today is a merger of phones and tablets, not just at Netflix but everywhere, which is why this decade’s attempt at tablets is nearing its death — just four years after Jobs launched the original iPad. It comes down to size. The vast majority of the hundreds of millions of people who use tech every day are just fine with having two primary computing devices: One for your pocket and one for your desk. Tablets are trying (and failing) to be portable enough to go everywhere, yet large enough to be multipurpose. Despite all the keyboard origami and elaborate ways to make your tablet into a laptop, it isn’t one. Stop trying. Consumers know it — the latest sales data has shown that worldwide tablet sales may have already peaked. PCs took a full three decades to reach market saturation, whereas tablets may have already topped off at the four-year mark. So, how do tablets evolve from here? What we’ve seen Apple do is shrink the tablet and stretch the phone. Rumors abound that it will launch a five-inch phone later this year, which would follow in the path of successfully launched products from Samsung, HTC and dozens of other Asian phone manufacturers. Follow the trend to its logical conclusion, and it’s quite possible that the two categories will merge this decade. I’m not saying that tablets will disappear completely. Tim Cook believes that tablet growth will recover as enterprise adoption accelerates and CIOs become convinced of the merits of the platform. But it’s also possible that tablets may simply evolve into single-purpose devices found in kitchens, schools and other situations where keyboards are cumbersome and large screens are preferred. That’s not quite the revolution that we all originally had hoped for. More to the point, China and the rest of Asia may teach the world that convergence to a single five-inch device that fits in your pocket or purse will be the best route to profits. “Phablets” like the Oppo N1 running Cyanogen may have already launched the third and final wave of “tablet” innovation. Cue the sad music for the tablet we all loved, and that many still do. Except now as I glance over at my original iPad, iPad mini, Kindle Fire and Motorola Xoom, acting like paperweights, I realize I don’t miss them — especially when I am curled up with my five-inch phone fitting comfortably in one hand. Love is harsh, the pace of technology innovation is harsher, but the future certainly does look phabulous. http://recode.net/2014/02/06/our-love-affair-with-the-tablet-is-over
  8. Taiwanese media is a buzz with speculation that HTC has won the bid for a Google Nexus tablet coming in Q3. Nexus One was made by HTC, and given the increasing rumors that Google might nix the line, it could be giving HTC a shot at the wind-down editions, too. The supposedly "high-end" tablet by HTC was neither confirmed nor denied by the company, which sent out the usual boilerplate reply that it doesn't comment on market rumors. HTC didn't have much success with its Flyer and Jetstream tablet efforts back in the day, which had a fine design, but essentially priced themselves out of the market. Google let 2013 pass without releasing any flagship 10-incher, and if the rumor pans out, it might mean that Android will meet 2014 with a renewed focus on tablets, which is arguably the weak point of the mobile OS at the moment. Source
  9. Six new bugs uncovered in Google's mobile platform shows how every Android-powered device – more than a billion devices in all – are vulnerable to malware thanks to privilege escalation issues. On the whole, mobile operating systems seem to be pretty secure, but new bugs uncovered in Google's mobile platform shows how every Android-powered device – more than a billion devices in all – are vulnerable to malware thanks to privilege escalation issues. Researchers from Indiana University and Microsoft published a paper that describes a new class of Android vulnerabilities called Pileup flaws. Pileup, which is short for privilege escalation through updating, increases the permissions offered to malicious apps once Android is updated, without informing the user. "Every few months, an update is released, which causes replacement and addition of tens of thousands of files on a live system. Each of the new apps being installed needs to be carefully configured to set its attributes within its own sandboxes and its privileges in the system, without accidentally damaging existing apps and the user data they keep," the researchers wrote. "This complicates the program logic for installing such mobile updates, making it susceptible to security-critical flaws." "Through the app running on a lower version of Android, the adversary can strategically claim a set of carefully selected privileges or attributes only available on the higher OS version," the researchers wrote. The problem, to put it simply, is that for the sake of convienience the Android user interface doesn't pop up any prompts pointing out the new permissions, but instead assigns them automatically in the background without giving the user any say in the matter. The researchers claim to have discovered six different Pileup vulnerabilities within the Android Package Management Service (PMS), and have confirmed that these vulnerabilities are present in all Android Open Source Project versions, along with more than 3,500 customized versions of Android developed by handset OEMs and carriers. In total, the researchers claim that this leaves more than a billion Android devices vulnerable to a Pileup attack. "A third-party package attribute or property, which bears the name of its system counterpart, can be elevated to a system one during the updating shuffle-up where all apps are installed or reinstalled, and all system configurations are reset," the researcher wrote. "Also, when two apps from old and new systems are merged as described above, security risks can also be brought in when the one on the original system turns out to be malicious." The researchers have also introduces a new scanner called SecUP that detects malicious apps already on a device lying in wait for elevated privileges. The scanner verifies the source code of PMS (from different Android versions) to identify any violation of a set of security constraints." All of the issues have been reported to Google, and the company has already patched one of the six vulnerabilities. Source
  10. By Brooke Crothers January 19, 2014 1:43 PM PST With Surface Pro 2, Microsoft has made a tablet-hybrid that works. It's powerful, portable, and well-made. Surface Pro 2. (Credit: Brooke Crothers) The Surface Pro 2 is an excellent laptop-tablet hybrid. I didn't think I would ever be able to write those words after using (for two months) the original Surface Pro, then selling it because, well, I didn't like it. The Surface Pro 2 changed my mind, though. A good laptop-tablet hybrid is extremely difficult to design and build; it took me a while to realize this. Build something that works well as a tablet and it probably won't be a very good laptop. Emphasize the laptop aspect too much and it's a lousy tablet. In short, the perfect hybrid will probably never exist. (I don't even think Apple can pull it off.) And many consumers will always prefer the tried-and-true clamshell laptop. But Microsoft has gotten closer than most to the ideal hybrid by unabashedly marketing it as a powerful, highly-portable laptop that can be a tablet if needs be. Here's why it works: High quality: This has become probably the single most important criterion for me in evaluating a product. A novel design can look and sound great on the product page, but if it isn't put together well, forget it. There are too many half-baked Windows PCs, hybrids -- whatever -- out there. A lot falls into the throw-it-on-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks category. The Surface Pro 2 is precisely the opposite. It is a carefully conceived design with a very-high-quality build. To some degree the above applied to the original Surface Pro but its first-gen keyboard (Type Cover) didn't always work, the battery life was short, the unit got hot, and Windows 8 had some usability challenges early on. None of those are issues for me with the Surface Pro 2, with the exception of Windows usability. I understand the design better now: The fact that the Surface Pro is relatively thick for a tablet put me off at first. But I understand the necessity now. Microsoft bypassed both the Intel Atom and Core Y series processors. Those two chips, particularly the former, are power-frugal designs that would allow a thinner chassis. Instead, Microsoft opted for the mainstream U series Core i5 processor. That powerful chip requires a (small) fan and a relatively big battery to keep it going. But it's fast. Very fast. Benchmarks bear this out. It feels just as quick as my 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina -- which uses a higher performance Core i5 (and is much heavier). And that's really important to me when doing work-related "productivity" tasks that require a lot of horsepower. More compact than an ultrabook: Let's be clear, 0.53 inches isn't exactly thick for a laptop. The thinnest ultrabooks aren't that thin. And two pounds isn't exactly heavy either. That's lighter than the minimalist 11-inch MacBook Air. Works with my Apple LED Cinema display: This is a big plus for me. And everything is snappy -- it has no problem pushing around the pixels on the 2,560x1,440 display. The first-gen Surface Pro, despite having a Mini DisplayPort, did not work with a Cinema display (which was one of the reasons I sold it). Dock: I don't have the dock but the fact that one exists is important. I used Hewlett-Packard laptops for years with port replicators and docking stations. Life is a lot easier when you can pop the computer into a dock with all the cables and connections already in place. Type Cover 2 keyboard: It's not full-sized but can be used as a full-time keyboard. I got used to it quickly and, again, could type on it all day. One complaint: Microsoft should make the buttons on the trackpad discrete with tactile (not just audible) feedback. It could really be your only compute device: The whole idea, after all, is not to haul around both a tablet and a laptop. That's entirely possible with the Surface Pro 2. The problem that less-powerful tablet hybrids have is that they can't handle processor- and keyboard-and-mouse intensive work. Windows 8.1: The OS has its detractors and it's certainly not perfect (too much switching between Metro and desktop modes, for instance). But I have fewer pull-out-your-hair, show-stopping gripes than before. In other words, I can get work done, for the most part, as efficiently as I can on my MacBook Pro. And settings in Google Chrome (where I spend a lot of my time) can be set for high-resolution displays now in Windows 8.1. That makes a difference too. Gratuitous advice for Microsoft: Though I have a better understanding of the Surface Pro's design now, Microsoft should make an effort with the third-generation Pro to reduce bulk. When used strictly as a tablet, it's not something you can easily pick up and plop in your lap. In other words, if you have an iPad Air and Surface Pro on the table in front of you, you're much more inclined to grab the 1-pound Air. Microsoft could still build a powerful Surface Pro that is, let's say, 0.45-inches thick and between 1.5 and 1.7 pounds. That would make the Surface Pro almost irresistible, in my opinion. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57617427-75/rethinking-microsofts-tablet-surface-pro-2-succeeds
  11. By Austin McIntire 2 hours ago While Internet Explorer is often treated as the red-headed step child of web browsers, there is one area in which Microsoft's browser has traditionally reigned supreme, battery life. Microsoft's own research has demonstrated IE's power efficiency, and recent test results from the website 7tutorials have once again proved that IE enables user to eke out the maximum amount of battery life from their Windows laptops and tablets. This particular test relied on the Peacekeeper battery test and was performed across a variety of devices including a Toshiba Encore 8" tablet, a Surface Pro 2, and an older HP Pavilion laptop. Each round of testing compared the performance of the latest versions of Internet Explorer (touch and desktop), Firefox, Chrome, and Opera web browsers. On the Toshiba Encore, the touch version of IE trounced the competition with a run time of 8 hours and 52 minutes, compared to 7:45 for the desktop version of IE. The other three browsers produced similar results with approximately 6 hours of battery life. The battery test on the Surface Pro 2, however, produced some rather odd results. The touch version of IE exhibited a battery run time that was an hour less than the desktop version of IE, an inversion of the results from the previous test. It even performed worse than the Firefox and Opera web browsers. These results are especially confusing given that both the Encore and Surface tablets run full (non-RT) versions of Windows 8. It appears that there are still some Surface Pro 2 firmware issues that remain to be addressed. http://www.neowin.net/news/internet-explorer-still-provides-the-best-laptop-and-tablet-battery-life
  12. ASUS just wrapped up their CES 2014 press event where they announced a ton of great new products. One of those products was the ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300, which theyre calling the worlds first 4-in-1 laptop / tablet combo running both Android and Windows on one chipset. Its the first device to use Intel to run both Android and Windows on the same chip, meaning theres little overhead and resources being used for emulating one or the other. asus transformer book duet td300 photo op This sort of combo has been done before, but devices typically need separate SoCs for each respective platform. Said SoCs might only be activated in certain states (for example, Windows would only be accessible while docked inside of a tablet dock). It certainly is an exciting achievement for ASUS and Intel, and it should prove to be the breakthrough needed to help increase the popularity of this useful form factor. Even more exciting is its price tag: just $599 to walk away with one, apparently. We should note that is only the devices starting price tag, though, which will come with a Core i3 processor and a 13.3-inch 1,366 x 768 display. That same configuration can be had in 1080p flavoring for just $100. Models in the range go all the way up to a 1080p HD display with Intels Core i7 fourth generation processor. Were not quite sure how much that will cost just yet, but judging by ASUS desire to keep costs down on other products in their lineup, we cant imagine itll be a huge difference. Were a bit saddened that this thing will only be running Android 4.1 at launch, but at least the Windows installation is the latest version available. Well be crossing our fingers that ASUS brings us up to at least Android 4.3, though wed give them extra cool points if they can find a way to squeeze a KitKat bar in there somewhere. It should be launching in Europe and Asia in Q1 2014, and will be making its way stateside in Q2 http://phandroid.com/2014/01/06/asus-transformer-book-duet
  13. If you know Micromax at all, there's a good chance you live in India -- or maybe you've caught wind of one of those low-cost Canvas handsets. Turns out the company is the second-largest smartphone maker in its native country, on top of dabbling in the HDTV and tablet spaces (and really awful slogans like "Nothing Like Anything"), among others. Micromax is hitting CES this year with a pretty interesting offering: a dual-boot tablet. Targeted, perhaps, at the indecisive, the LapTab runs both Windows 8.1 and Android Jelly Bean, so you don't need to permanently commit. The tablet's got a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display and front- and rear-facing 2-megapixel cameras. Inside is a 1.46GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The tablet goes on sale early next month with a wireless keyboard and an as-of-yet undetermined price. http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/06/micromax Here's a closer look at that dual-boot Android/Windows 8.1 tablet Laptab: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/micromax-hands-on/ Remember that combo Android/Windows 8.1 tablet that we spoke about briefly, earlier today? Well, it's just dual-booted its way into our hearts here at CES. Those initial pictures weren't really all that much to look at, and honestly, we didn't have the highest expectations in the world, given Micromax's track record of producing budget handsets. But after playing around with it for a bit, we've got to admit, this is a pretty solidly built machine at first glance, complete with a classy brushed-aluminum back and a decent snap-on keyboard. That said, the boot speed on the tablet leaves a bit to be desired, particularly when logging into Android. Those aching for something new can pick up a LapTap next month.
  14. The US might not see it immediately, but the world will soon get its first Firefox OS tablet. Mozilla has begun testing is browser-based operating system on tablets and has developed its own tablet prototype. Currently Firefox OS runs on smartphones and may eventually power smart television screens, but this is the first showing of it on tablet devices. The Foxconn-built prototype isn't the best tablet by any means, but not the worst either. The specs released say it will have a 10-inch, 1280 x 800 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. It will also feature front and rear cameras, GPS, a microSD card slot, micro USB port, and a 7000mAh battery. In an age of high-pixel density displays, it would be pretty difficult for this Mozilla tablet to compete with the iPad Mini with Retina display, the Nexus 10, or the Nexus 7 — instead, the display is a giveaway of the company's intention to go after emerging markets. That's the key here: emerging markets. We saw Mozilla stepping back at the end of 2013 when the company said its Firefox OS-equipped smartphones wouldn't be coming to the US in the near future. It's all because the company wants to focus on winning areas of the world where the smartphone and tablet saturation isn't so high. That's not to say that Firefox OS devices will never make it to the states, but for now Mozilla knows that its best chance for success is to put Firefox OS on as many platforms as possible, and to put those devices in front of the people who will be most inclined to buy them. Source
  15. There's already been rumors that Nokia is working on an 8-inch tablet device, which would follow the company's recently announced 10.1 inch Lumia 2520 with Windows RT. Today, a new rumor claims that the 8-inch tablet model has a real name, the Lumia 2020, and it will be revealed by Nokia as part of their Mobile World Congress activities. NokiaPowerUser reports, via an unnamed tipster, that the 8-inch Lumia 2020 "will run on Snapdragon 800 and will have a 1080p resolution display. It will be faster and have higher PPI display than Lumia 2520 and will come with stylus support." The same tipster also claims Nokia is working on a new smartphone, which it calls the Lumia 1820, that will have a "metal unibody and Lytro-style camera." The story claims both of these products will be introduced during MWC 2014, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27. Nokia is still developing new hardware products even though the company announced it will be selling its Devices and Services division to Microsoft. That deal, which is pending government approval from the U.S. and Europe, is expected to close before the end of March 2014. Original Article
  16. A tweet from evleaks proves that like us, the reliable source is slaving over a hot QWERTY over the weekend. But even more important is the content of the tweet which is a list of alleged new code names for upcoming Nokia devices. A couple of names on the list have a "Bond, James Bond" connection such as Goldfinger and Moneypenney. The other names are Normandy, Phantom and Spinel. Considering that Spinel is a magnesium aluminum mineral with the symbol MgAl2O4, this could be the code name for an aluminum clad Windows Phone handset. The other names lend themselves to a number of various interpretations. Windows Phone has picked up momentum in 2013, starting with the low-light photography niche, picking up speed with the strong sales of the entry-level Nokia Lumia 520/521, and continuing with the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet with specs that rival that on any Android device. The latest data shows that Windows Phone captured 4% of the U.S. smartphone market in the third quarter. Perhaps one of the phones mentioned in the tweet will be the next big Windows Phone model. Source: PhoneArena Via: @evleaks
  17. A video on Asus' YouTube channel reveals the latest Android and Windows smartphone/tablet accessory from the Taiwan based manufacturer. The Asus TransKeyboard connects to your slate or phone using Bluetooth connectivity. The TransKeyboard is slim and includes a micro USB port so that you can recharge the battery inside the unit. The cover folds back to become a stand for your tablet or handset, using magnets to keep it in place and propping up your device at the perfect angle for typing. Unfortunately, the YouTube video is the only indication we have that such a product exists. In other words, there is no information on pricing or availability. But that shouldn't stop you from clicking on the video below to check out what should be coming in the near future from Asus. While the TransKeyboard will work with Android and Windows Phone powered smartphones, we'd expect to find this to be more popular amongst tablet users. Source: Phonearena
  18. Android tablets have been overtaking the market at a higher clip recently, and have been outselling Apple's tablets for a while now. But, as is Apple's aim, the iPad has continued to pull in more revenue than all of the Android tablets combined, until this last quarter. According to new data for Q3 of 2013, Android tablets generated more revenue than iOS tablets for the first time. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty said in a research note that for the first time, Android tablets earned 46.2% of the revenue share for Q3 2013, which bested Apple's revenue share of 45.6%. Of course, in order to beat Apple in revenue, Android manufacturers had to ship more than twice as many tablets. Android's share of units shipped grew to 66.7% for the quarter (up from 58.5% year-over-year); and, Apple saw a big drop from 40.2% in Q3 2012 to just 29.7% this year. The growth in the Android tablet market was said to be due to strong sales by Samsung and Lenovo. Q3 was expected to be a slower quarter for Apple since it had the new iPads ready for release in Q4, but that is still a precipitous drop from last year. It certainly looks like this may not be the last time that Android out-earns iOS in the tablet world. Source
  19. Console OS let you run Android Apps on your Windows Phone Tablet or Windows PC. With Console OS, you can use Android on your device as a secondary operating system or on its own completely. It should play nice with touchscreens, and mouse and keyboard setups alike, and the developers vow that their software should work on a variety of new devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 2. Console OS was designed to natively operate on Intel’s x86 format, and should perform better than any Android emulators or virtual environments. There are some questions, however, regarding real-world performance of Console OS. There haven’t been any hands-on demos of the software in action. Also, the lag-time for switching between operating systems might be an issue, even though the Console team says that it should take about 10 seconds for the switch to take place. Console isn’t available yet, but if this sounds like something that’s up your alley, a $10 donation to its Kickstarter campaign will get you a Pro version of the software, which gives you the ability to switch between OS’ more quickly, and free upgrades forever. If you shell out some more money, then you’ll even get to help elect which devices the team will develop support for. Homepage Source
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    New Surface Pro 3 Tablet

    Microsoft has officially unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a device aimed at eliminating the "conflict" Microsoft sees between the tablet and laptop. Sexy ain't it.... The device features a 12-inch screen and kickstand, and supports a stylus. In addition, the Tablet comes with support for USB 3.0 and Microsoft's popular Type Covers in multiple colors. The Surface Pro 3 features an Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processor to boost its performance compared to the previous Microsoft slate. Microsoft has high hopes for the Surface Pro 3, saying that it's the first tablet that can replace a user's laptop. The company argues that tablets and laptops have heretofore been mutually exclusive, but its new tablet can bridge that gap. In order to achieve that goal, Microsoft says that the tablet is 9.1mm thick, compared to 10.6mm on the Surface Pro 2. The device's 12-inch screen, up from the 10.6-inch Surface Pro 2, was "critical", Microsoft says, as it tries to make it compete with laptops. The display also comes with a 2,160 x 1,440 resolution, topping traditional 1080p FHD displays on the market. Built into the thin body you'll still find a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, and Mini DisplayPort, 5-megapixel and 1080p HD front- and rear-facing cameras, as well as stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound. Other hardware specs include SSD storage from 64GB to 512GB; 4GB or 8GB of memory; 802.11ac or 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi; and TPM 2.0 for enterprise security. Microsoft says this new Surface Pro design isn't exactly fanless, but it might as well be. That's because the new system internals, designed in partnership with Intel, allow the system run run not only ultra-low voltage Core i3 or i5 CPUs, but also Core i7 ones, with a slim, quiet fan moving air as needed without that telltale whirring sound, or a fan exhaust blowing on your hands. Our Surface Pro 3, a midrange model with an Intel Core i5 CPU, certainly felt cool and ran quietly during our initial hands-on testing, but the same can be said of many Windows 8 tablets, some of which are truly fan-free. 1: Can it compete with the MacBook Air or iPad? 2: Can you see it replacing your Laptop like Microsoft hopes? 3: What do you think about the Screen Size & Resolution? 4: Would you buy one? 5: What are your views on it in general? I would love to get my hands on it, and see what all the fuss is about... https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/surface-pro-3
  21. MotionSavvy looks like it’s one of those apps: as it is designed to read your sign language motions. The all-deaf, 6 person team behind the application utilized the Leap Motion accelerator AXLR8R, which was designed to recognize 3D motions, to recognize hand motions. MotionSavvy’s primary function is to translate American Sign Language into English; it can also do the reverse. Let’s say you want to communicate with someone who is deaf, you can speak or type your message and motion savvy will translate it into a series of animated American Sign Language gestures. If someone wants to use ASL to send a message to you, they’ll perform the gestures in front of the tablet, which will then convert the message to either voice or text so you can read or hear what they’re telling you. The application does have a ways to go, as it currently only understands 100 words, but the developers believe that they will be able to crowd-fund enough resources to flesh out MotionSavvy enough to cover not only the extensive ASL vocabulary, but also the different ways in which it used, or “accents” if you will. So far, 800 testers have signed up for the beta, and the MotionSavvy team believes that they’ll have a product ready for consumers by September 2015. As for a price point, the team is aiming for a $600 product: a windows tablet and a $20 per-month subscription for the software. The eventual goal is to develop applications for iOS and Android platforms, so users can use MotionSavvy on their phone or tablet of choice. Ryan Halt of MotionSavvy had this to say about the product: “This will give deaf people the power over their lives, the power to lead the lifestyle they want to have…That is all accomplished by being able to communicate. Being deaf is very similar to moving to a foreign country but never being able to learn the language of that country.” What do you think of the tech? Do you think that MotionSavvy has a great idea on their hands? Or would you want to see how it works before you sing its praises? In any event, it definitely seems like a product that could have the potential for a lot of good. Source
  22. A new Nexus tablet has long been rumored to come this year, and now a couple of prototypes have entered India for testing purposes. This information comes from an Indian website that tracks imports to the country, but unfortunately the Nexus 8 listing doesn’t give us an idea about which company is making it. That’s because the prototypes come from the United States, so probably from Google itself and not from the device maker’s country. And the manufacturer’s name doesn’t accompany the Nexus 8 branding in the description of the listing, which is something that rarely happens. Recently we heard that HTC would be unveiling an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet later this year, to coincide with the general release of Android L, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system. Back then we assumed the device would be called Nexus 9, but now it looks like it may be the Nexus 8 instead. Truth be told, with that screen size, either of these is a possibility. If that report pans out, we’re going to see a tablet powered by NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 chipset and coming with 2GB of RAM, as well as 16 or 32GB of internal storage. It should sport an 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, along with a 3MP front-facing one for selfies and the likes. Source
  23. HTC is expected to re-enter the tablet market this year with a slate that’s currently called HTC Volantis (aka Flounder). We first heard about it last month, and now new and intriguing details have been revealed. According to @evleaks, the early renders of the HTC Volantis were fake. Reportedly, the tablet might feature a whopping 5GB of RAM, although this isn’t “final.” Other features that the Volantis should offer at launch include an 8.9 inch display with 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, BoomSound speakers, 5MP / 8MP rear camera, silver aluminum unibody, 64GB of storage space, and a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. @evleaks posted an “HTC Volantis macro shot” which shows the codename Flounder, while mentioning “Android Silver OS Alpha 1.4.” So the tablet might be one of the first to be included in Google’s yet to be announced Android Silver program. Source
  24. Wondering what's up with the Nexus 8? or the rumored premium Google tablet, made by HTC? Today a barrage of leaks might be hinting at an encroaching announcement. First we have a source claiming that the tablet, which has been referred to as Volantis or Flounder so far, is codenamed T1, and will feature an 8 MP rear camera, alongside 1.6 MP front-facer. A little digging in the tablet's firmware has also returned the unsurprising fact that it will ship with Android L out of the box, without any HTC Sense overlay shenanigans. Meanwhile, the Nexus 8 tablet might have already be doing the certification rounds in South Korea, as from the local FCC came this gem of an entry below, that depicts a device coded "0P8210000" to have passed certification. The back of this gear was shown about a month ago by @evleaks, marked Flounder. It carried the same letter and number sequence, and was claimed to be of the real Nexus 8. The HTC-made Nexus tablet is expected to be a more premium device than Google's current Nexus 7 tablet, as we would expect from HTC. There should be a metal chassis wrapping an 8.9" 2560x1600 pixels display. The current leak also claims a 64-bit Tegra processor, paired with 4 GB of Elpida memory in 2x2 GB configuration will be in store, making it the first Android device taking true advantage of Android L's 64-bit backend. A Qualcomm-made LTE modem will be in the models with cellular connectivity, and, as claimed above, an 8 MP rear camera, too. All this breathtaking goodness is unlikely to come as cheap as we've come to expect from the Nexus line, though. Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, recently confirmed the speculation, saying that the Google Nexus 8 is likely to be a "high-performance" device, with "volume production expected to start in July or August." She also adds that "this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications." Source
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