Tablet sales to fall for third successive year as PC market stabilizes

Microsoft Surface 3

The iPad was once expected to render the PC practically extinct, with households and offices forecast to ditch their computers for portable touchscreens.

But sales of tablet computers are now set to fall sharply for their third consecutive year after
researchers said demand had peaked and that the technology had proved less popular than smartphones or home computers.

Image courtesy of Ambro FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Ambro FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Deloitte forecasts that sales of tablet computers will drop to under 165m this year, down 10pc on last year and almost a third below 2014. Meanwhile, researchers at IDC believe the PC market will stabilise this year at 251.4m, a drop of just 1.7pc. plan to buy one in the next 12 months.

Sales of tablets rose rapidly just as those of PCs started to decline after Apple’s first iPad was released seven years ago, leading some pundits to suggest the world was entering a “Post-PC” era.

But sales flatlined and then fell as users switched to smartphones with bigger screens as well as holding on to older tablets for longer than expected.

Deloitte said that while iPads have proved popular among less computer-savvy users, younger consumers had opted for laptops.

With smartphones becoming larger and more powerful, and our research showing that millennials typically prefer laptops to tablets, it seems that the tablet may be getting harder to swallow for consumers,” said Paul Lee, head of TMT research at Deloitte.

“There are three consumer devices that are leading tablets by a large margin: TVs, smartphones, and computers. It seems unlikely that the tablet will ever displace these devices.”

Apple has seen iPad sales fall to their lowest level since 2011, although it is attempting to reboot the market with a range of devices aimed at professionals. The company is rumoured to be launching new iPads in the spring.

This article originally appeared in the Telegraph on January 11, 2017. It was written by James Titcomb.

The best of #tech 2015 #tablets #laptops

Galaxy Tab A

With #cyberMonday rapidly approaching, folks have got deals on their minds. Here at Vancouver Gadgets we hope to enlighten you with some of our top tablet stories of 2015.

First off is the Sony Xperia Z4 which is a high-end Android tablet with a 10.1 inch display.

Sony Xperia Z4 tablet“Sony Mobile Communications [released ] the Xperia Z4 a powerful Android tablet. Xperia Z4 Tablet features a bright 10.1 inch 2K display, front stereo speakers an 8MP main camera and a 5.1MP wide-angle front camera. You can also connect the Z4 Tablet to a PS4 via Wi-Fi and use the Dualshock Wireless Controller. The Z4 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor, 32GB internal memory and up to 17 hours of video playback on one battery charge.”

 

http://vancouvergadgets.ca/2015/03/sony-xperia-z4/

 

HP’s new Star Wars inspired laptop looks great and performs well with an Intel Core i5 processor, 12 GB memory and a 1 TB hard drive.

hpForceDark“HP is unveiling its new Star Wars Special Edition notebook a device that allies power, performance and portability and delivers an incredible experience for fans around the world in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: “The Force Awakens.” Inspired by the Galactic Empire, the Star WarsTM Special Edition notebook offers a special design including “battle-worn” distressed design with “Galactic Empire” written in the unique Star Wars Aurebesh font on the hinge and iconic Stormtroopers on the keyboard deck.”

 

http://vancouvergadgets.ca/2015/10/hp-announces-new-products-for-christmas2015/

 

Microsoft’s Surface 3 is in the grey zone between tablet and laptop and can transform easily into either one or the other with the easily removable mobile keyboard.

“Powered by the new quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life. A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. The 10.8-inch ClearType HD multi-touch display featuring 3:2 aspect ratio, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound, and the durable magnesium design are just a few of the benefits of Surface 3 that customers will recognize from Surface Pro 3.”

Microsoft Surface 3

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And finally the Samsung GALAXY Tab A is being positioned as a tablet for the family complete with kids security controls.

“The technology needs of Canadian families are changing,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The GALAXY Tab A enables families to share one device while experiencing a high level of personalization and a better viewing experience, all in a portable form factor, at the right price. I truly believe that this is the ultimate family solution.”

http://vancouvergadgets.ca/2015/05/samsungs-galaxy-tab-a-is-the-ultimate-family-solution/

Galaxy Tab A

Apple iPad Pro is a great #BlackFriday buy

iPad Pro SmallWhen Apple launches a new product the tech world stops and collectively holds its breath to see what might be coming next.

The iPad Pro is no exception as its expansive 12.9-inch Retina display, doubled CPU performance of iPad Air 2 and refined Multi‑Touch technology have taken tablets to a new level.

Hardware and Design

With 5.6 million pixels, iPad Pro features the highest‑resolution Retina display of any iOS device. The 12.9‑inch screen makes editing 4K video, designing presentations, running a business — easier, faster and more engaging.

Despite the big display iPad Pro has an astonishingly slim and light design — just 6.9 mm thin and 713 g. Yet thanks to the strong unibody enclosure, it feels well‑balanced and sturdy. We like this!

Wi-Fi + LTE

This is a key part of any tablet these days and you probably wonder why we have looked at this before other features. the iPad Pro connects to fast Wi‑Fi and cellular networks, so you can download movies, browse the web and share documents from almost anywhere. Whether or not you’re in Wi‑Fi range, the superfast Wi‑Fi + Cellular model supports a range of LTE bands.

Audio

With four new high‑fidelity speakers built directly into its unibody, iPad Pro creates an audio experience as big as its display. The new design produces an engaging soundstage with three times the acoustic output of iPad Air.

A9X Chip

At the heart of iPad Pro lies the new A9X. It delivers up to 1.8 times the CPU performance and double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2. So even the most demanding apps run effortlessly.

Apps

iPad Pro comes with a variety of built‑in apps that make it easy to take on the essential things you do every day. And on the App Store, you’ll find incredible apps designed just for iPad, so there’s virtually no limit to what you can do.

Camera’s

Maybe tablet camera’s haven’t replaced digital SLR cameras yet but they are still getting better and better. The iSight camera on iPad Pro has an advanced sensor that lets you shoot beautiful images and video. The Apple-designed image signal processor gives you excellent results, whether you’re taking a panorama or using burst or timer modes. You can also shoot time‑lapse and slo‑mo video in 720p HD. And with a larger viewfinder, you’ll see more detail than ever before

The front‑facing FaceTime HD camera also has an improved sensor which, along with the larger display, makes video calls feel more lifelike. Even in low‑light or backlit settings, your pictures and videos will look great.

HP announces new products for #Christmas2015

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hpHP has announced their lineup of new consumer devices for the upcoming Holiday season including the latest tablets, notebooks, desktops and displays, as well as additions to HP’s premium portfolio.

First, HP announced the HP ENVY 8 Note, a new 2-in-1 tablet that enhances note-taking experiences for the customer who is looking for the flexibility of a tablet and the functionality of a notebook. Read more about it here.

HP is also unveiling the HP Pavilion Gaming notebook, a 15.6-inch model that delivers intense design, graphics, power and performance gamers crave in an affordable Windows 10 gaming PC. With added aggressive colour and boosted hardware, customers will get the power, speed and graphics they expect in a gaming laptop.

HP is also updating its market-leading cloud-based Windows 10 PCs to the new HP Stream 11.6 and 13.3 notebooks and HP Stream 11 Pro G2. These new devices will offer vibrant new colors, lightweight designs with longer battery life, as well as a more powerful processor. The HP Stream also comes with free cloud storage for instant access and sharing of content with 1 TB of Microsoft OneDrive for one year.  Read more about it here.

Additionally, HP is announcing new premium PCs that feature one-of-kind form factors in sleek industrial designs, bright high-resolution displays and audio by Bang & Olufsen. Each of the following PCs are built with powerful processors and deliver an amazing Windows 10 experience.

  • A gorgeous new HP Spectre x360 limited edition based on the latest version of the award winning HP Spectre x360. The beautiful 13.3 inch diagonal Ash Silver with Copper accented HP Spectre x360 limited edition celebrates Bang & Olufsen’s 90th anniversary.
  • The beautiful and sleek HP Spectre x2 that combines a thin and light tablet design with the productivity of a notebook for the very best of both worlds. It is the first detachable to offer audio tuned by Bang & Olfusen for both speakers on the tablet and keyboard.
  • HP’s thinnest notebook yet, the HP ENVY notebook gives customers big power in a 13.3 inch diagonal notebook. With a height of only 12.95 millimeters, it is much thinner than the diameter of a dime and weighs less than 3 pounds.
  • The widest curved all-in-one in the world. The  HP ENVY Curved All-in-One features a 34 inch diagonal Technicolor Certified display for a completely new immersive experience.
  • Stunning new all-in-ones with a contemporary design. The 23.8 and 27 inch HP ENVY All-in-Ones merge style, power and up to 4K Ultra high-definition (HD) displays to allow customers to be creative, productive and entertained.
  • The impressive HP ENVY 32 Media Display offers customers stunning visuals and audio for remarkable multimedia and gaming experiences.

HP Star WarsTM Special Edition notebook

And finally, HP is unveiling its new Star WarsTM Special Edition notebook a device that allies power, performance and portability and delivers an incredible experience for fans around the world in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: “The Force Awakens.” Inspired by the Galactic Empire, the Star WarsTM Special Edition notebook offers a special design including “battle-worn” distressed design with “Galactic Empire” written in the unique Star Wars Aurebesh font on the hinge and iconic Stormtroopers on the keyboard deck

Back to school with HP #tablets #laptops #computers #printers

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The centre of the home – the kitchen – always has the most foot traffic and is the best place to check off all of your to-do’s. Families need reliable tech to share; from homework to paying the bills, HP has the right tech to help each family member finish that To-Do List or prepare the next delicious recipe.

 

HP Pavilion x2
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US$299.99
Available in Canada starting August 7, 2015

 

hp pavilion x2

For when they can’t choose between a PC and a tablet, the HP Pavilion x2 is the perfect choice for families. The colourful and detachable device goes seamlessly from notebook mode to tent, stand and tablet modes with its magnetic hinge to accommodate any activities, work, or play.

 

Designed for productivity and optimized for entertainment, the detachable PC uses an innovative latchless magnetic hinge to easily transition between the different modes. With its thin and light design and incredible battery life (up to 10.75 hours), the Pavilion x2 will impress with its powerful processor, flawless audio with B&O Play and HP TrueVision HD Webcam.

 

HP Pavilion All-in-One
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US$599.99
Available in Canada later this summer

 hp pavilion computer

Whether for entertainment or work, the HP Pavilion All-in-One takes the overall experience above and beyond with a powerful processor, optional discrete graphics card, and edge-to-edge full HD flush glass display. With premium B&O Play Audio and full HD Touch display, online streaming and gaming are taken to a whole new level for anyone in the family. The newest HP Pavilion All-in-One makes saving and accessing files for work or family memories a breeze with up to 16GB of system memory and access to cloud services through HP Connected Drive.

 

HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One Printer

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $119.99

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The HP ENVY 7640 e-AiO printer is the perfect printer for the busiest of households. Designed to help boost creativity and productivity with its advanced mobile printing features, the HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One allows users to easily print photos and documents from any device including smartphones and tablets with mobile and NFC technology.

 

HP Printables – free apps delivered right to the printer on your schedule can help busy parents stay organized with apps to help simplify family life such as the 7 Day Menu Planner and My Calendar which syncs with your Google calendar. Great activity sheets, games and puzzle from reputed brands such as Leapfrog, Crayola, Disney, and education.com will certainly keep the kids busy!

 

Printing on Original HP supplies will enhance all of the kids’ creations because they are designed with the environment in mind, and will also ensure the best quality for your printouts.

 

For the College Student

Every student needs a study break and a bit of time for fun. These HP devices pack the power they need for high-quality entertainment and the extra productivity they need in the classroom!

 

HP Spectre x360

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $1429.99

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The revolutionary HP Spectre x360 is a brand new 13.3 inch convertible PC with sleek lines, stylish metal body and an ultra-thin design built for performance to get things done at home or on the go. The unique, durable 360° hinge transitions seamlessly to four modes including stand mode to watch movies and videos, tent mode to play games and apps, notebook mode for those long essay-writing hours and tablet mode for on-the-go productivity. With up to 12.5 hours of incredible battery life, students can get through an entire day at the library without searching for an outlet to plug in. Not only is this device absolutely gorgeous, students can expect nothing less than all the latest features, like an Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM.

 

HP Roar Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $109.99

hp speakerCombining the unique triangular shape and passive radiator design with the new Smart Amp technology, the HP Roar Wireless Speaker delivers enhanced audio performance. It’s easy to take your music with this thin and light device from room to room or on the road! Enabled with speaker response, it’s possible to take calls and talk hands-free with the built-in speakerphone with noise cancellation microphone. Powered to perform, this awesome HP Roar Wireless Speaker rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours. Did anybody say dance party?

 

HP Omen Gaming Backpack

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $89.99

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HP Backpacks feature modern designs that can be as bold or as understated as you want to make them. The cases are constructed from durable, high-quality materials designed to provide the utmost protection for a broad range of notebook form factors. Equipped with smooth matte exterior and rugged woven polyester on the sides and back – this pack is modern and durable with designated pockets for devices that can rest snugly separated by a scratch-resistant divider and padded panels, perfect for students. The bold red interior separates all essentials and includes space for a laptop up to 17.3 inch diagonal, a mouse, full-sized keyboard, notebooks and textbooks.

 

For the Home Office

Working from home has become common today, and HP set out to bring devices that help increase in-home productivity and efficiency. From high-performing printers to powerful PCs, you will be geared for success – and most importantly, impress any type of boss.

 

HP LaserJet pro MFP M277 dw Printer

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $529.99

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The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw Printer is perfect for a home office! Smaller and faster, this loaded Multi-Function Printer and Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence combine to get the job done, while using 30 percent less energy on average! The latest HP LaserJet Pro also offers different printing options to accommodate the user, no matter the situation:  built-in wireless direct, NFC touch-to-print technology, and wifi capability. Designed with the environment in mind, Original HP printing supplies will also ensure the best quality for printouts.

 

HP ENVY Tower
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US $699.99
Available in Canada later this summer

hp tower computer

HP set out to change the way people think about towers. With high-end design, the HP ENVY Tower is stylish, sophisticated and smart. For creative energy that can’t be contained when inspiration strikes, a machine that can keep up is needed. With a stunning brushed metal finish look, the HP ENVY Tower is built for high performance and unleashing creativity. Equipped with Windows 8.1, a powerful Intel Core processor, DDR3 memory and a massive expandable solid-state hard drive, this desktop tower will help make the home office a creativity and productivity hub and give you the power to innovate! And with up to three displays that can be connected and premium audio provided by Bang & Olufsen, nothing will stop you from efficiency!

 

HP Z4000 Black Wireless Mouse

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $34.99

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For a more efficient workspace, a thinner mouse is always preferred. With its thin design and less than 13mm inch height, the Z4000 wireless mouse is the ideal accessory for a notebook, tablet or desktop. Flowing arch and subtle side grips allow the hand and wrist to settle in a more natural position for enhanced comfort. With its three standard buttons and scroll wheel gently blended into the low profile, the feel and navigation of this sleek mouse is familiar and purposeful.

 

Excellent news for left-handers! The versatile ambidextrous design fully supports comfortable usage for both right and left hands.

 

For the on-the-go Millennial

Staying connected and mobile is becoming more and more important every day for young professionals. HP has developed the ideal notebooks for millennials to stay productive anywhere, while enabling them to show off their individuality through their technology.

 

HP Pavilion x360
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: $529.99

hp tablet laptopThe vibrantly colored HP Pavilion x360 is an app-loving, friend-connecting, 360°-bending machine that offers unmatched versatility for any situation or destination adventures may take you. The innovative new hinge uses a set of three spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement to ensure the display glides smoothly and stays in place whether it’s to be used in notebook mode for working and productivity, stand mode for watching movies or the latest shows, tent mode for playing games and the expanded touchscreen fun of tablet mode for on the go.

 

The HP Pavilion x360 boasts an HD touchscreen display and B&O PLAY Audio to offer the video and audio for high-quality streaming and viewing that will fulfill all entertainment needs. Its thin and light design makes the HP Pavilion x360 the perfect device for mobility purposes. Available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, this device is sure to stand out, turn heads and truly fit the millennial’s vibrant personality.

 

HP Spectrum Sleeve

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at $19.99

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Be distinctly different with an HP Spectrum Sleeve that will fit a variety of notebooks, including 11.6- and 14-inch models. Slip in and go – your notebook will be snugly enveloped within a plush interior and pristine snow white exterior, accented by a subtle HP logo. Express your individuality in wide range of color options, such as White, Turquoise, Peach, Blue and Magenta.

Samsung’s GALAXY Tab A is the Ultimate Family Solution

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Samsung Electronics Canada, one of the leading suppliers of mobile technology Galaxy Tab Ain Canada introduced the GALAXY Tab A, the go-to tablet for your family’s digital needs, delivering a feature-packed experience that’s great for viewing content and getting things done on-the-go. Designed to meet the changing demands of the today’s family, the GALAXY Tab A keeps everyone connected to what matters most to them, while including the leading edge features they’ve come to expect from a powerful Samsung tablet.

“The technology needs of Canadian families are changing,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The GALAXY Tab A enables families to share one device while experiencing a high level of personalization and a better viewing experience, all in a portable form factor, at the right price. I truly believe that this is the ultimate family solution.”

Whether you’re creating, consuming or connecting, the GALAXY Tab A has what you need, all packed into a lighter and thinner form factor running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software. Perfectly portable, the GALAXY Tab A is designed to simplify Canadians’ lives. Whether it’s safely letting children experience the digital world in Kids Mode, or having the ability to read night-time stories with Reading Mode, this tablet is ideal for the family.

Galaxy Tab A Family-Friendly Features:

  • The ultimate family solution: Affordable and accessible, the GALAXY Tab A can accommodate every family member. With the Multi-User feature, families can create up to six profiles on a single device so that everyone can enjoy the GALAXY Tab A with their own personalized experience. Thanks to Kids Mode, kids can more safely access kid-friendly content, while giving parents the peace of mind of knowing their own files are better protected.
  • Better viewing experience: With the Tab A’s awesome 4:3 screen ratio, content fills the screen and appears larger. This means reading your favourite Next Issue* publications, viewing videos, browsing, emailing and social networking has never looked better. Additionally, Reading Mode adjusts the screen colour and brightness to reduce eye fatigue, making it easy to read on your device in any light.
  • Productivity at home or on-the-go: The GALAXY Tab A offers access to Microsoft Office for Android (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the Multi-Window view allows for outstanding multitasking. If you’re on the go, Ultra Power Saving Mode extends the battery life by shutting down background apps. Additionally, the 9.7-inch Tab A comes with an S-Pen designed to make it easier to take notes, be creative and to select pictures, images, objects and text.

Product Availability:

The GALAXY Tab A will be available from major retailers and at Samsung Experience Stores starting April 20th in either 8-inch or 9.7-inch (9.7 inch comes with S Pen) in White and Titanium.  For more information check out: http://www.samsung.com/ca/galaxytaba.

Samsung GALAXY Tab A Product Specifications:

TabA 8.0 (White / Titanium)

TabA 9.7 with S-Pen (White / Titanium)

Display

Size

8.0″ TFT

9.7″ TFT

Resolution

1024 x 768 (XGA)

1024 x 768 (XGA)

S Pen Support

No

Yes

Processor

1.2GHz Quad-Core

1.2GHz Quad-Core

OS

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Connectivity

USB Version

USB 2.0

USB 2.0

Location Technology

GPS,Glonass,Beidou

GPS,Glonass,Beidou

Earjack

3.5mm Stereo

3.5mm Stereo

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40

802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40

Wi-Fi Direct

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth v4.1

Bluetooth v4.1

PC Sync.

Kies

Kies

Memory

Internal Memory

1.5 GB RAM, 16GB ROM

2.0 GB RAM, 16GB ROM

External Memory Support

MicroSD (Up to 128GB)

MicroSD (Up to 128GB)

Camera

Video Recording Resolution

HD (1280 x 720)@30fps

HD (1280 x 720)@30fps

Main Camera – Resolution

CMOS 5.0 MP

CMOS 5.0 MP

Front Camera – Resolution

CMOS 2.0 MP

CMOS 2.0 MP

Main Camera – Auto Focus

Yes

Yes

Sensors

Accelerometer,Hall Sensor,RGB Sensor

Accelerometer,Hall Sensor,RGB Sensor

Physical specification

Dimension (HxWxD, mm)

208.4 x 137.9 x 7.5

242.5 x 166.8 x 7.5

Weight (g)

314

450

Battery

Internet Usage Time(Wi-Fi) (Hours)

Up to 13

Up to 15

Video Playback Time (Hours)

Up to 12

Up to 14

Standard Battery Capacity (mAh)

4200

6000

Audio Playback Time (Hours)

Up to 114

Up to 178

Audio and Video

Video Playing Format

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,
MKV,WEBM

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,
MKV,WEBM

Video Playing Resolution

FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps

FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps

Audio Playing Format

MP3,M4A,3GA,AAC,OGG,OGA,WAV,
WMA,AMR,AWB,FLAC,MID,MIDI,XMF,
MXMF,IMY,RTTTL,RTX,OTA

MP3,M4A,3GA,AAC,OGG,OGA,WAV,
WMA,AMR,AWB,FLAC,MID,MIDI,XMF,
MXMF,IMY,RTTTL,RTX,OTA

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung globally is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiative. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.

To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

First look at the Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft has introduced a new Surface, the Surface 3. Like Surface Pro 3, it’s a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner and lighter. Surface 3 is optimized to run full Windows and Office and features long battery life. A 4G LTE-ready version will be made available.

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“Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “We’ve taken everything we learned making Surface Pro 3 and poured that innovation into this newest Surface.”

Productivity and portability

Powered by the new quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life. A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. The 10.8-inch ClearType HD multi-touch display featuring 3:2 aspect ratio, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound, and the durable magnesium design are just a few of the benefits of Surface 3 that customers will recognize from Surface Pro 3.

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Free upgrade to Windows 10

The Surface 3 and Surface 3 (4G LTE) ship with full Windows 8.1 and can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free when available. They also come with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, plus OneDrive cloud storage. Full device specs are available here.

Surface accessories

The Surface 3 can be paired with new accessories: Surface 3 Type Cover is offered in a variety of colors and features an improved trackpad and responsive keyset, alongside four Surface Pen colors — silver, black, blue and red. The Surface 3 Docking Station lets people connect to an external monitor and all their desktop devices, and Surface 3’s full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader and Micro USB charging port make it compatible with the Surface Pro line of adapters. Surface accessories specifics can be found here.

Pre-order and availability

Surface 3 and new accessories will be available for pre-order starting March 31 through microsoftstore.com, Microsoft stores8 and select partner retailers in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Commercial customers should contact their authorized reseller for pre-order information.

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Starting May 5 through those same retailers and resellers, customers can begin purchasing Surface 3, Surface 3 Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface 3 Docking Station and Surface 3 Screen Protector, with availability in all 26 markets by May 7.  More to come regarding additional Surface 3 (4G LTE) availability and markets in the coming months.

Additional information on Surface can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/surface.

Sony Xperia Z4: a powerful new Android tablet

Sony Xperia Z4 tablet

Sony Mobile Communications  has announced the Xperia Z4 a powerful Android tablet. Xperia Z4 Tablet features a bright 10.1 inch 2K display, front stereo speakers an 8MP main camera and a 5.1MP wide-angle front camera. You can also connect the Z4 Tablet to a PS4 via Wi-Fi and use the Dualshock Wireless Controller. The Z4 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor, 32GB internal memory and up to 17 hours of video playback on one battery charge.Z4 tablet sony xperia

Xperia Z4 Tablet Side EmbedEscape the office and take your business on the move with the lightweight BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard featuring a dedicated slot for Xperia Z4 Tablet and docking detection, sleek ergonomics with 0-130 degree tilt for adjustable comfort, efficient text input and laptop style touchpad. Additionally Xperia Z4 Tablet also features printer and projector outputs to complete the ultimate laptop-style experience. Use with the slim and light SCR32 perfect fit cover with two variable angles for comfortable typing or viewing on your tablet. Work from anywhere with the advanced Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, which can be synced using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and use your favourite business apps from the Android community.

Xperia Z4 Tablet features proven device security mechanisms to keep your confidential data secure, with adherence to acclaimed and effective Internet, VPN and Wi-Fi security protocols. To complete your road warrior set up, the BSP60 smart speaker with one-touch connectivity is the ideal portable companion for making conference calls, getting information and receiving phone notifications, all with the use of voice commands, helping you multi-task with ease.


Expertly designed with true Sony craftsmanship and attention to detail, Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world’s slimmest and lightest 10” tablet1. At just 6.1mm slim and weighing less than 393g (389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE), Xperia Z4 Tablet is incredibly light and portable, making it easy to carry comfortably with you all day and slip into your bag with ease. Crafted with premium stainless steel metal corners and mineral glass, Xperia Z4 Tablet looks as good as it performs.

Xperia Z4 Tablet’s IP68 waterproof and dust-tight4 rating ensures reassuring durability making it ideal for everyday use in all conditions – whether caught out in the rain between meetings or lounging by the pool. As a further design refinement, the USB connector is capless – making it both quick and convenient to connect and charge your device.

Xperia Z4 Tablet will launch globally, in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi variants, from June 2015.

Cell Clinic Vancouver lets you trade-in devices this Christmas

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To help families this Christmas, Cell Clinic is accepting trade-ins on broken/used mobile devices for cash at cellclinicnearly twice the value offered by major cell phone providers, and an extra 20 per cent to trade for in-store credit.

Gifts or cash will help families buy presents this Christmas. We are also encouraging people to use this offer to buy gifts and give directly to a charity of their choice such as YWCA Metro Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Salvation Army, Covenant House, Senior Services Society, BC SPCA, Vancouver Humane Society, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Kocihta (helping Indigenous youth reach their career potential).

“We want to help charities and families that are in need,” said Alex Dechant, owner of Cell Clinic Ltd. “Many people don’t realize that old cell phones and tablets can be turned into cash or repaired Vs. purchasing a new one. Repairing a new mobile device can save consumers hundreds of dollars, reduce technology’s carbon footprint, and cut the need to buy a phone prior to the end of a cellular contract, or a long-term contract with a mobile provider”, said Dechant.

About Cell Clinic:

Cell Clinic provides people and corporations with a quick, affordable, and quality repair option in the heart of downtown Vancouver (935 Seymour) that will improve the functionality and life of their current cell phone and tablet. The store also offers gift certificates, refurbished mobile devices, and a variety of mobile accessories such as protection options, cases, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, chargers, etc.

Dell Venue 8 Pro review

Venue 8 ProStepping out of the iOS/Android world again, I’m impressed with all that Dell has to offer. The Venue 8 Pro provides yet another option for people looking for an 8 inch tablet. I’ve used the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and have reviewed Lenovo’s Idea Tab as well so this tablet is a welcome change.

It’s hard to say that this tablet is better or worse than an Apple or Samsung product because it’s just different. I’ll admit I haven’t used Windows since XP and there is enough new things to learn with Windows 8 as the Venue 8 Pro’s OS. The 8 inch tablet space is an interesting one too because every major player has one these days with Samsung offering up its Galaxy line in so many forms. Bigger than a smartphone but smaller than full size iPad or a laptop, 8 inch tablet’s can bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops and the Venue 8 Pro does this very well.

Hardware

On the hardware side the Venue 8 Pro offers the following:

  • Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D with 32GB storage (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)
  • Windows 8.1 (32Bit) English
  • Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2013 Included
  • 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch
  • 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz
  • 32GB eMMC
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth® Smart

I love the separate keyboard that ships with the Venue 8 Pro. You can type via the touchscreen but I prefer this little keyboard because it’s small and compact and runs using Bluetooth 4.0.  This will also allow for connection to a compatible mouse, external keyboard or other accessories or sync up some compatible Bluetooth speakers for great sound without the wires.

Dual-band WiFi is also a nice feature of the Venue 8 Pro. It allows you to set up fast, reliable connections to WiFi hotspots around town, on campus or at home. I am not sure if this tablet is cellular network capable like its Samsung and Apple cousins but that is worth investigating.

User Experience

As I mentioned above, Windows 8 is a totally new beast for me. I found myself looking for the Start Menu and the desktop more than anything to get my bearings. From Windows 95 to XP and Server editions of NT and 2000 between, Windows was my go to OS. Switching to Mac wasn’t an easy one at first but going back has been tougher. I tried to get as much use out of this tablet as I could from surfing the web, downloading apps, using Office but I was so lost at some points I could only laugh.

For savvy business professional who still uses Windows and always has you will love this tablet. Compact and easy to carry around and great to take traveling, the Venue 8 Pro will go 9.9 hours before it needs charging. That’s three hours more video watch time on a single charge versus other popular small screen tablets including the  Nexus 77, ARM based 8” Samsung Galaxy Tab 35, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.

Getac Announces T800 Rugged Tablet With 8.1-Inch Display

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Getac, a leading manufacturer of rugged computers, is introducing the T800 rugged tablet. At less than 9 x 6 inches in size and boasting a brilliant 8.1-inch display, the T800 is the ideal compact rugged tablet for today’s mobile workforce.

Combining the latest in processor and wireless technology with an ultra-rugged exterior and Getac’s unique SnapBack add-on accessories, the Getac T800 is the perfect fit for use in extreme working environments including those found in the utilities, military, field service, public safety and transportation sectors. The new T800 runs Windows 8.1 Pro.Getac Tablet

T800 incorporates the most advanced computing technology that will enable seamless and reliable data communication and transmission, field data collection and secure identification recognition feature.

8.1 inch Display

The T800 rugged tablet features an 8.1-inch sunlight-readable display — 34 percent larger screen area than other 7-inch tablets — for everyone who needs the larger screen size.

Thin and Light

From the start, the T800 was engineered as a compact rugged tablet to be both thin and light. The new tablet is only 2.4cm thick, less than 22.7cm x 15.1cm in length and width, weighs just 880g, and it is designed to easily fit in one hand.

SnapBack Add-ons

Unique to the T800 is Getac’s SnapBack add-ons. Created as an extension to the T800, the SnapBack add-ons make it quick and easy to add an extended battery or 2-in-1 SmartCard reader and RFID reader module. And they easily snap right on and off — no tools necessary.

LumiBond(TM) Display Technology

The T800 uses Getac’s revolutionary LumiBond technology to achieve a display that is more readable especially under sunlight, offers better contrast, and gives crisper colours than any other rugged tablet display does. By bonding the display glass with the touch panel and LCD, Getac created a single pane that is more durable and improves readability.

Flexible I/O interfaces

T800 provides extensive I/O ports options to satisfy the job needs of professionals in the field, including optional RS232, LAN, Micro SD, and one-dimensional / two-dimensional bar code reader, allowing tasks to be handled and completed impeccably anywhere, any time.

Quad-Core Performance

Inside the T800, Getac packed an incredible amount of power and advanced technology. Built with the Intel(R) Quad-core(TM) Bay Trail M N3530 2.16 GHz processor, the T800 can remain running at near full speed when other tablets processors would throttle back performance to avoid overheating.

Lasting Power

The T800 rugged tablet boasts up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. Additionally, you can have 8 hours SnapBack battery add-ons at the ready for potentially infinite, uninterrupted battery life. This allows you to keep working without ever shutting down your apps or the Windows OS.

Tri-Pass-Through WiFi & GPS

Getac packed the new T800 rugged tablet with the latest technologies. It incorporates the latest 802.11ac WiFi for data-transfer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n products have. In-house developed 8-band, 3D antenna technology boosts more reliable wireless reception and broader coverage. The T800’s dedicated GPS also offers two times the search capacity, faster location positioning and improved accuracy over competitors’ embedded GPS designs. For vehicle deployments, the T800 can be configured with pass-through antenna ports allowing you to simultaneously connect high-gain GPS, WWAN and WLAN roof-mounted antennae.

Built-to-Survive

The new T800 rugged tablet was built to survive. In fact, the T800 was engineered to survive 6 feet drops, shocks, spills, vibration, dust, liquid and more. The T800 has been independently tested and certified to MIL-STD 810G and IP65, and ANSI certified Sku is also available for users operating in explosive dangerous environments.

 

SOURCE Getac Technology Corporation

Microsoft and partners unveil nearly 40 brand new devices including 7″ Toshiba tablet

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A brand new Toshiba tablet was unveiled as Microsoft and it’s partners unveiled nearly 40 brand new devices this week at Computex. Other new devices included all-in-ones, laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets and smartphones.

Wednesday during a keynote address at Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for Microsoft Corp.’s device partnerships, demonstrated the breadth of innovation happening across Windows and the Windows device ecosystem. He was joined during his keynote by Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and distinguished scientist at Microsoft, who provided evidence of how Microsoft is innovating to deliver opportunity for partners and value to customers in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

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Parker opened the keynote talking about Microsoft’s vision for devices in a rapidly changing market and how Microsoft is innovating across its products, partnerships and business model to create opportunity for partners. Parker also talked about Microsoft’s device partner strategy to drive scale and innovation with Windows, through new partnerships and new technology that delight customers.

To talk about how the Windows team is operating with new speed and agility to deliver enhancements to customers and partners, and how Microsoft and its partners can build the next 1 billion devices together, Parker invited Tony Prophet to the stage. Prophet talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows universal apps all make building incredible Windows devices easier for a broader ecosystems of hardware partners and ultimately more valuable and affordable for customers. He talked about the value of Microsoft cloud services across devices and shared the latest momentum:

  • 2 billion Skype minutes per day
  • 4.4 million Office 365 Home subscribers
  • 400 million active Outlook.com users
  • 250 million OneDrive users
  • 48 million Xbox Live members
  • 18 percent share of U.S. search market for Bing

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He also shared momentum on apps and announced that Kabam, a leader in free-to-play games, will deliver its lineup of hit games to Windows tablets and phones over the next year, including “Fast & Furious 6: The Game,” “Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon” and “The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth.” Moving forward, Kabam games will be available for Windows in the same timeframe as for other platforms.

Prophet was joined on stage by Nick Hedderman, group manager in the Windows Product Management team. Hedderman demonstrated the latest capabilities in Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, showing a number of new experiences that were built based on customer and partner feedback, including improved mouse and keyboard navigation in Windows and enhanced notification, personalization and file management options in Windows Phone. He finished the demo with a look at Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant on Windows Phone, and spoke about its upcoming availability in both China and the U.K.

Microsoft and its hardware partners announced new designs, price points and markets for Windows devices. Parker had nearly 40 brand-new devices on stage, including all-in-ones, laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets and smartphones. He gave the first sneak peek of Toshiba’s 7-inch tablet that will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point that is very competitive to any other 7-inch-class device and unveiled the HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 that is packed with business-ready capabilities including security features, a Wacom stylus, and dual batteries in the tablet and the power keyboard. He demonstrated an expanding ecosystem with new partner devices including numerous tablets from partners in the China technology ecosystem in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai, including Haier, VIDO and Luckystar. Parker also showcased a breadth of smartphones from value to premium from new partners including BLU, InFocus Corp., Prestigio and Yezz. These new devices are the result of Microsoft’s expanded collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. on its reference design program, which enables device manufacturers to quickly and efficiently broaden their portfolio with Windows Phones.

Dr. Hon joined Parker on stage for a discussion about the future of computing and key areas of investment for Microsoft Research that include big data, machine learning, datacenter, sensors, computer vision and natural user interface. Dr. Hon talked about advancements in computer science and provided examples of how technology coming out of Microsoft Research ends up in products such as Xbox, Bing and Skype. He concluded by sharing his thoughts on how computing is evolving to become more human-centric, which provides a more personal and contextual user experience for people to do more, know more and be more.

Computex is the second-largest computer exhibition in the world, drawing a range of manufacturers and developers each year for a look at the latest upcoming devices and technologies. Microsoft products and partner devices can be seen on display in the Microsoft booth in Nangang Exhibition Hall, L Area-#0110. More information is available at http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.