It can be a challenge for small-to-medium-sized-businesses (SMBs) to pick a mobile platform because the decision involves more than just choosing a device. The new generation of lightweight tablets provides unprecedented mobility for sales people, executives and others, but whether model X integrates with your current infrastructure, is easily managed and offers compatibility with the software you’re already using is another matter.
Most SMBs don’t have big IT staffs or the time and resources to adapt their networks and train staff to support new, incompatible devices. A ready solution comes in the form of Windows 8 tablets favored by a growing [...]
Rumors began to fly on Monday after Engadget spotted a claim on Dell’s website that Windows 8 users would be able to sync their apps across to the Xbox One, which launches next month.
“With all your favorite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience,” reads the page, which has still not been updated.
Microsoft responded to the speculation by telling AllThingsD that this is not the case. “The suggestion that all Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One is not accurate,” the company said in an email.
For the large part [...]
The tablets, with starting prices from $299 to $350, include Dell's Venue 8 Pro, Toshiba's Encore and Asustek's Transformer Book T100.
These new Windows 8.1 tablets are lighter and thinner than the initial batch of Windows 8 tablets that started shipping last year.
Coming a bit later are more expensive and more powerful tablets like the Surface Pro 2 based on Intel's fourth-generation Core processors code-named Haswell that will be positioned more as true notebook replacements.
The tablet offers a 8-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, runs Windows 8.1 and will charge over micro USB. The slate is also likely to have a HDMI out port for video mirroring and a compartment housing a docking port and micro SD storage slot.
Hand said that the new Venue tablets (the Venue range was previously used for Dell’s now defunct smartphones) will focus on providing long battery life and ease of use and said that the new tablet collection is to be unveiled at a press event in New York on October 2.
The Dell exec spoke at TabTimes’ TabletBiz conference in the same city last year, where he launched a staunch defence of Microsoft’s beleaguered [...]
Citing supply chain sources and Dell exec Jeffrey Clarke, Digitimes reports that the firm intends to release an 8-inch Windows tablet later this year and suggests that the firm could also debut a 10.6-inch model with a Core i or Atom processor.
The tablets will most likely run Windows 8.1, the operating system update due to go live on October 18, and will be used to target enterprise customers, according to sources. The latter shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise, especially as Dell’s global vice president of personal computing Sam Burd has been talking up corporate tablets in recent times.
Despite only launching its first Windows 8 tablets last October [...]
The move, which will see contractor Blue Avionics install the iPad minis to be used for in-flight entertainment, will enable business class passengers to stream movies and TV shows for free on the Apple tablet, although economy flyers will also be able to hire the tablets for $17 ($15 if pre-booked).
The airline, the first in the U.S. to offer iPads for in-flight entertainment, is one of many now using tablets up in the skies.
Over the last year, American Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways have all deployed iPads to be used by cabin crew and even pilots, while Emirates opted for Dell’s Windows 8 tablets to improve the in-flight [...]
The Texas firm had previously listed the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Windows RT tablet independently on the Dell.com website but the change means that the only option now is for consumers to buy the more expensive, bundled package.
However, somewhat bizarrely, Dell is listing the 32GB and 64GB XPS 10s with keyboard for the same price — $479. Alternatively, customers can pick up the LTE version with keyboard for $579.
The XPS 10 launched for $499 in October but was discounted to $299 in May, a sign that Windows RT tablets were failing to attract significant interest.
Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay told IDG News that this latest discount would [...]
Dell claims that the fourth-generation Core processors improve the device’s speed by 1.6 times and battery life by 2.5 hours. The addition of NFC means that users will be able to transfer files by touching their device to other NFC-compatible products.
All of this means that the new XPS 12, which succeeds the original model launched last year, will start from $1,199.
For this, buyers will get an XPS 12 ultrabook with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
Those willing to pay up to $1,399 will get a Core i7-4500U processor and 8GB of RAM, while another $200 bumps memory up to 512GB.
The XPS 12 transforms into a tablet [...]