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Tablets

  • Microsoft may have finally cracked the convergence code with Surface tablets

    The gloves are off as Microsoft, for the first time, commits to a range of computers that bears its own name. In a very Apple-like way Microsoft held a super-secret event in Los Angeles which got the Tech world speculating and claiming all sorts of inside info. Many were close, predicting a Microsoft tablet. The reality was far bigger than the hype suggested. Microsoft launched a well-executed and extremely innovative range of tablets appropriately called Surface. The Microsoft Surface tablet is, in some ways, just the beginning of a new resurgence from the Redmond-based giant that has actually been...

  • 7 reasons why Microsoft’s tablet announcement shows that it’s cool again

    You've got to hand it to whoever handles Microsoft's marketing, they sure know how to drum up hype. The tech press hadn't been this excited for an announcement since, well, the last Apple launch. Wait, does that mean we actually expect Microsoft to be cool again? Totally. In fact, we think its big tablet reveal shows that the Redmond-based giant is getting its groove back and (dare we say it?) becoming cool. Here's why. 1. Venue A photography and film studio in Hollywood set up to look like a fashion show? How much further could Microsoft get from the staid...

  • Web traffic from tablets to beat smartphones by 2013 [Report]

    Look, we all know tablets are selling in their droves. What you might not know though is that they’re about to eclipse smartphones as a means of connecting to the web. According to the latest report from Adobe’s Digital Index, tablets will generate more web traffic than smartphones by 2013. In fact, web usage on tablets has grown nearly 10 times faster since they were introduced a couple of years ago than...

  • Why the new iPad might not be the tablet that saves journalism

    “Sorry, it is not available,” the shop assistant told me. Ordering online wasn't a possibility either; the ASUS Transformer was nowhere to be found. My rooted, white Pandigital tablet was too clumsy and slow for the job of mobile reporting and reading. I needed a real, powerful tablet. After quite some time, I decided to change my church -- if there was no open source Android tablet, then I would take the new iPad. I had almost bought one, when a shop assistant mentioned he had two of the ASUS Transformers in stock. Here's why I went for the latter....

  • iPads still own the tablet market, but is Microsoft onto something big?

    Apple’s been dominating the tablet scene ever since the first iPad came out. Given the record sales figures for the new iPad it’s hardly surprising that dominance is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Even a soaring market -- sales are up 98% from 2011 -- and a slew of cheap new devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire can’t put a dent in the Cupertino-based tech giant’s dominance. According to tech research company Gartner, tablets running iOS are expected to account for around 61.4% of tablets sales in 2012. That share is expected to slip to around 45%...

  • Tablet users expect a faster web

    Some people think the tablet is killing the PC. Others aren’t so sure. There’s no denying they’re popular either -- the opening sales figures of the latest iPad attest to that. But how much grunt do people expect to get out of their tablets? One good indicator is web loading times. Browsing is, after all, one of the things the tablet is supposed to be perfect for. According to online research company...

  • Tablets aren’t taking off in emerging markets? Think again

    As the new iPad goes on sale in Apple’s 10 priority markets, the excitement around the world is palpable. Not because this people can't wait to be in line for the first tablet featuring something called Retina Display, but because of something far more important. Lurking among many features of the new device announced by Tim Cook two weeks ago was a golden nugget for this market: the previous version, the iPad 2, would remain in production, and its price would immediately be cut by $100. Two days later, the impact of this price cut became clear. In South Africa...

  • Ultrabooks set to grow faster than tablets [Report]

    Ultrabooks are big news at the moment. The ultra-thin, high-performance computing devices were among the stars of the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The latest research from Juniper Research, a firm that specialises in tech analysis, suggests that it’s not just hype either. According to the firm "shipments of Ultrabooks will grow at three times the rate of tablets over the next five years". This does not, however, mean...

  • Magazine mindset undermines tablet opportunity

    The rush by media owners to embrace tablets borders on the unseemly. And who can blame them given the continued decline of print revenue and resistance by folk to pay for content on the internet. Tablets, we are told, are much closer to print magazines than to the free-for-all interwebs. Publishers like tablets because they bring people back into "closed" environments through apps. Closing the circle and getting people to "stick" around on one media property was also the purpose of the mega-portals from the 90s. Pull people in, monopolize their attention, and revenue must follow; the argument went. Of course...

  • Tablets by the numbers: No slowdown in sight

    Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on 27 January 2010, which happened to be the day my mother turned 88. Back in 1922, the year she was born, sales of the Model T Ford had begun slowing down after it had dominated the market for more than 13 years. Some analysts of the time suggested the plateauing of sales meant the automobile was a passing fad, and the cheaper and more familiar horse-drawn carriage would make a comeback, restoring the transport industry to the previous supposed normality. The tablet hasn't had its own Model T moment yet, but be sure it...

  • Tablet computers set to become ‘the brains’ of all devices

    Tablet computers are set to become the central brains of almost all electronic devices. For example, a tablet computer could be docked into a car dashboard, effectively replacing the vehicle's dedicated navigation device, in-car entertainment and environmental controls. This is according to a new "special report" by US research company Gartner. Gartner says that one tablet may also replace multiple dedicated electronics devices by connecting with different peripherals. An example of this would include a tablet that wirelessly connects a blood pressure cuff, a bathroom scale and an oximeter to create a home health monitor that can plot personal health trends...