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Jan 19 2012

CES 2012: Hands On Kupa X11, A Windows 8 Ready Tablet That Can Please Professionals

Adam Shear

viagra online“373″ height=”398″ />With the release of Windows 8 coming in the next few months, tablet manufacturers are readying their own Windows 8 tablets to compete in the marketplace.  The tablet PC company Kupa has its users already enjoying Windows 7 while they wait to upgrade to Windows 8.  Kupa’s X11 tablet has been on the marketplace for some time already.  It currently runs Windows 7 Professional, has enough power to smoothly play 1080p HD video with its Intel 1.5 GHz processor, and contains two USB ports and one mini HDMI port.  All this on a tablet with a 10 hour battery life and a screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

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Dec 2 2011

Editorial: The iPad and Education, A Truly Revolutionary Concept

Adam Shear

The times are a changing and while technology advances, education for the most part remains the same.  Technology has always helped students learn in new ways and expand what can actually be done in the classroom.  Computers have been a revolution for the classroom in so many ways but there is one product that can do so much more than a stationary desktop.  The tablet PC is very new and leaders in education are only starting to tap into what this powerful device can do.  As a pilot program or as a device specifically assigned to each student, the tablet might be the most significant revolution to the classroom ever.

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Nov 27 2011

Documents to Go: Productivity in Your Pocket

Eric Engoron

With smartphones becoming more and more popular among teenagers, they have begun to lose their true meaning, productivity on the go. In an attempt to bring back the productive side of smartphones, DataViz inc. has released Documents to Go, an app that aims to be Microsoft office in your pocket, and succeeds in being so.

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Nov 15 2011

Want An E-Reader But Can’t Afford The Price Tags? Hopefully The $100 Kobo Appeals To You

Tarndeep

We’ve got some nice tablets and e-Readers today, ranging from the Kindle series to the more premium Apple iPads, but there are many people that want none of the gimmicks and nothing super fancy, just your average e-Reader. Well, hopefully you didn’t forget about the company Kobo. In case you’re interested, they have something called the “Kobo Touch,” which is pictured above, and it’s your run of the mill E-Ink, e-Reader. There’s a built in 1 GB of memory, which can be expanded, for you avid readers, up to 32 GB – that’s a lot of books. What makes the Kobo Touch cheap is, it’ll be ad supported; on occasion you’ll see some kind of sponsored ad or some kind of great offer, but it shouldn’t be too intrusive. It will be released within 2-3 weeks, and you should have no shortage of books with Kobo’s library offering of over 2.2 million. If you’re on a budget and looking to get an e-Reader, this is a great option.

 


Nov 14 2011

Review: HTC Flyer – This Thing Really Flies!

Adam Shear

Honeycomb seems to be all the rage these days when it comes to Android tablets.  Manufacturers are not even thinking about using Gingerbread, the same version of Android used on smartphones, for a tablet.  HTC thought different in this case with the HTC Flyer.  The original Samsung Galaxy Tab did the exact same thing before Honeycomb was even announced.  The one big difference with the Flyer is that it utilizes HTC Sense.   Is HTC Sense enough to make a tablet running phone software actually useful and enjoyable?  Find out in my review.

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Nov 8 2011

Barnes and Noble Unveils the New NOOK Tablet, Watch Out Amazon!

Adam Shear

Amazon may have introduced the Kindle Fire to the world, but Barnes and Noble looks to be competing head on with a similar product. Today, the book retailer introduced the newest version of the NOOK, the NOOK Tablet. So what makes the NOOK Tablet so special and unique? Like the Kindle Fire, the NOOK Tablet runs on an extremely modified version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The only major differences from the Kindle Fire are that it is .3 millimeters thicker, .5 ounces lighter, contains double the built in storage at 16 GB, double the RAM at 1GB, has a micro SD card slot, and a built in microphone. Barnes and Noble will also provide free customer support at their retail stores. Similarities include a beautiful 7 inch 1024 x 600 display and a powerful 1 GHz dual core processor.

Having a completely modified operating system means you will not have access to all of the apps in the Android Marketplace. Barnes and Noble will be offering select Android apps in their NOOK Apps store, already available on the NOOK Color. For starters, the NOOK Tablet will come pre loaded with apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Chess, Crossword, Sudoku, Media Gallery, NOOK Friends, and an email application. You’ll get plenty of games such as Angry Birds and Scrabble, as well as Barnes and Noble’s large selection of books and magazines. The NOOK Tablet arrives on store shelves on November 18 for $249, just $50 more than the Kindle Fire.

The NOOK Tablet looks like a pretty fine tablet for its asking price. Just like the Kindle Fire, it is more for media consumption than anything else but nonetheless, it is a great addition to the NOOK lineup. It’s up to the user to decide whether to get their apps and books through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For some, this may be a tough choice but either way, you can’t go wrong.

Source- [Barnes and Noble]


Nov 6 2011

Kindle Gets Lending Library & Nook Color Gets Price Cut Via Best Buy

Tarndeep

The Kindle Fire launch sure caused some pain for Barnes & Noble’s Nook! The Kindle Fire offered a competitive, new e-Reader/Tablet combo that the Nook Color can no longer compare to. To make matters worse, today, Amazon announced a great service – great for us, the consumers, but bad for Barnes & Noble, Lending Library. Lending Library will allow you to essentially borrow books from Amazon, like you once did from those old things called libraries! Now, there is a bit of a catch – you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber, which is $79 per year. Considering there are quite a few publishers part of this and growing, this would be a great investment for avid readers and and even more damaging to B & N.

The Barnes & Noble Nook Color on the other hand happened to get a price cut today, from its Best Buy stores. The priced dropped $50, from $250 to $200 ($199.99). This is all just before Barnes & Noble’s event tomorrow where we expect to see a new tablet/e-Reader combo from Barnes & Noble, something to compete directly with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire. Some specs were leaked out to the folks over at Engadget, and while legitimacy can be questioned, I believe the leaked specs are quite accurate. They are as follows:

A 7-inch VividView IPS color touchpanel with a 1024 x 600 screen resolution (that’s 169 pixels per inch), a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4 processor, 1GB of RAM, dimensions of 8.1- x 5- x 0.48-inches, 16GB of inbuilt storage, a microSD expansion slot, roughly eight hours of battery life with WiFi switched off (that sinks to four hours with videos playing back), 802.11b/g/n WiFi and support for a smorgasbord of file formats including ePUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, Flash, JPG, MP3, MP4 and AAC.

In case you didn’t know, that’s double the memory, double the storage, and a .2 GHZ speed bump over the Kindle Fire. We’re probably going to see a price point of $250 dollars on this all new Nook, versus the $200 Kindle Fire. The question is, will the consumer go for the better specs and buy the all new Nook Tablet/e-Reader or save 50 bucks and go with the Cloud-centric Kindle fire?


Nov 5 2011

Still Want A $150 Dollar TouchPad?

Tarndeep

Ah, remember that HP TouchPad fire sale, a little bit after HP announced they would discontinue TouchPad production? Well, many people got the opportunity to order one, 12, or 20, etc, whether it was for personal use or for resale.  I bought one for personal use because I knew WebOS is pretty a pretty solid OS, someone would put Android on it, and it was only $99 or $150, for the 16 GB and 32 GB version, respectively! I did end up having it for quite some time, but ultimately, I got rid of it once a Galaxy Tab fell into my lap, courtesy of our buddies over at Samsung! Shoutout to Samsung! If I never had gotten the Galaxy Tab, I would’ve kept the TouchPad; it truly was a great device, and WebOS was a delight to use. There are some feautres, such as multi-tasking that is done SO much better than Android and iOS, and I really mean it, considering I’m somewhat Android biased. Continue reading


Oct 23 2011

Microsoft Making Money…From Android?

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The behemoth of a company, Microsoft. Image courtesy of CNet

Well, it looks like Google isn’t the only company making money off their Android Operating System…Microsoft is too. Yeah, that’s right, Microsoft. Due to patenting issues that Android is in violation of, Microsoft wants some money, and rather than going after Google directly, they’re going after the manufacturers. Not only are they going after the manufacturers rather Google, they’re working with manufacturers to come an agreement, simply because they know they can make more money of agreements with these manufacturers, rather than fighting against Google, in court, about the Android OS.

Today, we learned, via CNet, Microsoft signed another hardware maker to a patent-protection deal, marking the milestone of having half the world’s original design manufacturers on board with its Android-Chrome licensing effort. This deal was signed with China-based Compal Electronics. Basically what will now happen is, Compal will pay royalties to Microsoft for any hardware, tablet, smartphone, or any other consumer electronic that uses Google’s Android or Chrome Operating System. This isn’t the first company Microsoft has signed deals with; others include Wistron, based in Taiwan – they handle contract manufacturing related to Chrome, and Quanta computer. Not only do they have agreements with these companies, they’re not suing Google, but in fact, they’re suing Barnes and Noble over the Nook and Motorola as well, over Android related patent infringements! You gotta hand it to Microsoft, rather than suing for patent violation, they’re banking on the success! $


Sep 1 2011

Review: HP TouchPad- Potentially The Definitive Tablet Experience

Adam Shear

The discontinuation of the HP TouchPad is sad for HP but an incredible deal for the many consumers like myself who scored one in HP’s firesale for only $99.  HP is manufacturing one final shipment of HP TouchPads in order to fulfill the needs of consumers.  Should the HP TouchPad have succeeded all along or was it doomed for failure from the start?

The Hardware

The HP TouchPad is pretty impressive in terms of hardware.  It’s powerful 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM ensure that you can have plenty of apps open at once and you can switch between them at very fast speeds.  The 9.7 inch display is not only the same size as the iPad 2 but also the same resolution as well.  The screen looks great and the multitouch screen feels really nice.  It does have a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling via Skype, and video chat is quite nice, but unlike most tablets available, the TouchPad lacks a rear camera or the ability to take pictures and video all together.  In my opinion, I see no real need for a rear camera or the ability capture photos and videos on a tablet.  Everyone these days has this on a phone so I would not see why the lack of one on a tablet would be that big of a deal.  I’m surprised many critics are lowering their score because of this.  The Beats Audio speakers are impressive and are easily the best speakers I’ve ever heard on a mobile device.  The speakers just sound so clear and natural.  The TouchPad itself is noticeably fatter and heavier than an iPad 2 but definitely beats out many of the new Android Honeycomb tablets in size.  The tablet is comfortable to hold and feels great in the hands.  The back is glossy and because of that, it’s a true fingerprint magnet but other than that, the HP TouchPad is very well designed. Continue reading