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Poignant moment as Disney pushes new TV series onto tablets first, cable later

October 29, 2013

The new series, entitled “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West”, is aimed at children aged 2 to 7 and is expected to arrive on the Watch Disney Junior app and a related micro website on November 24. The series will then hit the firm’s two traditional TV networks – Disney Channel and Disney Junior – in early 2014.

One of the company’s execs explained the rationale behind the move to The New York Times.

“We have been amazed at how quickly kids have embraced this new technology," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president of Disney Junior Worldwide. "We’re talking billions of minutes spent [...]

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US Army Burn Center deploys specialized Panasonic tablets for critical patients

October 22, 2013

The US Army Burn Center is part of the Army Institute of Surgical Research located at San Antonio Military Medical Center. As the sole Department of Defense center specializing in burn care for combat casualties and civilian emergencies, the Center is known as a leader in innovative, state-of-the-art medical care for burns.

A critical part of a burn patient’s treatment is the administration of fluids intravenously within the first 24 hours. This means medical staff must assess a patient’s condition hourly and adjust fluid amounts accordingly, to ensure patients are not being over or under hydrated. Monitoring fluids must be done even when the patient was immersed [...]

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New Android app promises to help U.S. troops on the battlefield

October 17, 2013

Military Times reports that the app – simply abbreviated as ATAK — has been developed by Cambridge-based research outfit Draper Laboratory and says that it can be used to call in an airstrike by tapping on the enemy’s position on a map.

ATAK can also be used to let soldiers know the whereabouts of allies and enemies as well as display live fees from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Special forces have reportedly already used the ATAK app in a “handful of missions” with the app expected to be rolled out to more divisions from next year.

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3 key advantages banks gain in using tablets to serve customers

October 15, 2013

Offering a collaborative, electronic process can meet your customer’s expectations and evoke a sense of loyalty. This can translate into greater customer retention and wallet share. You may even satisfy a broader customer demographics.

Whether a customer is opening a new account, applying for a credit card or making an account change, tablets offer an interactive way for customers and representatives to complete a transaction.

Information can be reviewed electronically and on-screen selections made; Identification documents can be photographed and embedded in the PDF; Forms can be securely e-signed with a stylus or fingertip; Finally, the completed and [...]

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Future tablets could let you ‘feel’ what’s on the screen

October 10, 2013

In a new video, Disney Research explains how it is working on a new process called "rendering 3D tactile features on touch surfaces". The technique combines electro vibration and Disney's own algorithm to make for a tactile 3D screen which allows human hands to feel the textures or even the shape of an object displayed on screen.

The firm’s video on the tactile display provides a detailed breakdown of the technology, while there is also a research paper on the matter for those who want to dive even deeper.

Disney Research is no stranger to forward-thinking ways of interacting with objects. The firm is also responsible for a touch sensor [...]

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Tablets’ opportunity to influence the Internet of things

October 1, 2013

Tablets are streamlining processes and providing self-service capabilities to customers in many workplaces today, including retail stores, car dealerships, real estate offices, construction firms and hotels. It’s no longer shocking to go out to dinner and have the waiter bring you the wine menu on a tablet or place your order with one.

Yet tablets are now entering the world of connected devices, or the “Internet of Things,” which ABI Research predicts will consist of more than 30 billion connected devices by 2020.

This concept, dating back to 1999, refers to the ubiquitous, wireless connections of devices and physical objects with embedded sensors, [...]

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The outlook for mobile app downloads is off the charts

September 20, 2013

By 2017, the number of app downloads should reach nearly 269 billion.

Meanwhile, the research firm also forecasts that mobile app revenues will be $26 billion in 2013, up from $18 billion last year. That $26 billion in revenues comes from paid downloads and in-app purchases — even though only 9% of all downloads this year cost money and the rest are free.

The strongest growth period will be through 2014 when the forecast is that almost 139 billion downloads will be made.

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Tablet users are ‘a slippery bunch’ says eMarketer report, but there is a way for advertisers to reach them

September 18, 2013

That's the conclusion of a new report by eMarketer that notes tablet users are rarely "off-the-grid."

"While that makes them highly accessible to marketers, tablet users are a slippery bunch that frequently shifts attention from one device to another,” says eMarketer.

The research firm estimates that over 73 million tablet users—57% of the U.S. tablet-using population and 30% of U.S. Internet users—will also use a smartphone at least once per month this year. By 2017, the number of dual tablet/smartphone users will top 126 million and represent nearly 80% of all tablet users—almost half of all U.S. Internet [...]

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Why dirty smartphones & tablets are a massive health risk

September 17, 2013

In the past, concerns have been raised on how health can be effected by too much screen time (particularly in education), the ‘tablet hunch’ and desktop keyboards, with the latter two in particular often cited for causing posture problems and bringing about repetitive strain injury.

However, while those issues may not cause any serious health issues, the latest report from a consumer watchdog suggests that mobile devices are a real risk when it comes to cleanliness.

In a new report, UK product-testing charity Which details that smartphones, tablets and desktop keyboards often carry “hazardous” levels of germs, with these sometimes bringing about [...]

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Tablet shipments set to grow ‘overnight’ thanks to new trade-in programs

September 11, 2013

For the year, IDC predicts approximately 227.3 million tablets will have shipped by the end of 2013, accounting for 14.6% of the global computing market.

IDC research analyst Megha Saini says in a report that buy-back programs are helping to grow the market for new tablets, giving not only new, but current tablet owners a reason to consider buying a new model. 

"At a time when the smartphone and tablet markets are showing early signs of saturation, the emergence of lower-priced devices will be a game-changer," says Saini. 

"Introducing new handsets and tablet devices at cheaper price points along with special initiatives like [...]

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