(CNET) Sony bulked up its Vaio lineup with two new entries today: one a large table-top product and the other a convertible device that can toggle between a tablet and a laptop.
The hybrid is the Vaio Duo 11, which has a keyboard, but can slide between a laptop design and a tablet-like slate.
The second is the Vaio Tap 20, a 20-inch table-top PC that can be used by individuals or as a multimedia center for groups.Continue »
(CNET) It appears the days of subsidized pricing for tablets are over at AT&T.
The carrier will no longer offer discounted, on-contract sales of tablets, according to a document published by Engadget. The document, which appears to be a briefing on new in-house sales policies, seems to indicate that today is the last day it will offer subsidized pricing of slates when purchased with a two-year data contract:Continue »
Apple and Samsung were awaiting a decision on what U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh would do about a spat between the two companies stemming from excluded evidence Samsung sent out to press. Apple had drawn concern about the issue, saying it might taint the jury.
Koh put that to rest this morning. She dismissed Apple's request to punish Samsung's attorneys and instead brought jurors out one at a time, asking if they had heard any news about the trial, and re-affirming that they could be fair and impartial.
Most jurors told Koh they hadn't heard anything about it.Continue »
Citing "sources who have proven accurate in the past," blog site iMore says that Apple will announce the two devices at a special event on Wednesday, September 12. The iPhone 5 itself would then go on sale 9 days later on Friday, September 21.Continue »
(CNET) Microsoft threw a surprise hail mary in Los Angeles today with the unveiling of its new line of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet-laptop hybrids dubbed simply "Surface." But some big questions remain, like -- when? how much? and who is this for?
Surface is a bit larger than an iPad with an HD display, full-size USB port, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, a built-in kickstand, and a detachable cover that doubles as a flat keyboard and touch pad. That's what we know from today's unveiling, but there's much more that we don't know.Continue »
(CNET) Thanks to the vagueries of the international dateline, our corporate cousins at CNET Australia have gotten their hands on one of the very first third-generation iPads to be sold to the public by Apple. A handful of lucky buyers in Vietnam got their pre-ordered units early this week as well, but this is the first round of officially sanctioned retail sales.Continue »
(CNET) The iPad's new screen is a stunner. That's really all you need to know about the new iPad (yes, that's the name). That, and a reminder that pricing still starts at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, with 4G starting at $629.
Forget all of the minor tweaks and incremental updates Apple has made to its third-generation tablet. The faster processor, the upgrade to 4G data, the improved camera--it's all housekeeping. It's the stuff it had to do. It's the stuff any manufacturer could have done.Continue »
The shipping document revealed by Chinese forum site WeiPhone (English translation) allegedly details iPad 3 units hopping on board flights from China yesterday bound for airports in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
As translated by 9to5Mac, the report shows that initial deliveries from Apple supplier Foxconn to the U.S. will begin March 9. To no surprise, the shipments are said to be under tight security.Continue »
(CBS) - Online retail giant Amazon.com says it had its best holiday season yet for the "Kindle family" of e-readers and media devices.
The company, as usual, didn't release hard numbers, but did say that "millions" of Kindle e-readers and "millions" of its Kindle Fire tablets were purchased this month. The company's press release also stated that over a million Kindles were sold weekly in December. So: there are at least 4 million new Kindles out there in the world.Continue »
If the old saying that "the clothes make the man" applies to iPads then a few dozen of the Apple tablets are on their way to setting up America's next biggest Ponzi scheme.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that items from disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's wardrobe are being refashioned into fashionable covers for Apple users who want to dress their tablets to impress.Continue »
In a post written this morning, the tech blogger claimed he discovered executable code for an iPad app right in Facebook's latest iPhone app update. He installed the software on a jailbroken iPad and posted several screen shots of the alleged app in action.
The images look convincing and are in line with the rumors that an official app for Apple's beloved tablet is on its way. Most notable features include a map of friends' check-ins with Places and a sleek photo-viewer.Continue »
If you're trying to figure out Apple's next product move - always a fun spectator sport - geek out over this recent patent abstract that speaks volumes about where Steve Jobs may be pointing the company.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple a broad patent for touch screen functionality on portable devices, offering concrete support for the belief that Apple intend to include that functionality in myriad ways, including a Web browser and a home screen.
"A computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display," the patent abstract reads. "An N-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display. In response, the page content, including the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page, is translated to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display."
On the surface, this award appears to be a big win for Apple - and a big loss for its rivals in the smartphone business. Some patent experts now believe that Apple now may be able to use the patent to bully competitors as it covers the finger movement technology incorporated by many mobile device makers.
Of course, patent applications come and go and often nothing comes of them. However, the success of Apple's portable devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, would suggest that touchscreen technology may well become increasingly important in the future. You can read more about Apple's plans on CNET
(CBS/CNET/AP) - Microsoft gave an early demonstration of the new look and capability of Windows 8 at Wednesday's D9 conference.Continue »
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