Although the audio capabilities of modern tablets have come a long way, offering more than adequate sound for a round of your favorite game or a quick video chat with a friend, they are still a little weak when it comes to music. Sure, there are tablets with front facing stereo speakers, like the Nexus 9 – equipped with HTC’s BoomSound technology – and the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact, but then there are tablets like the iPad, that have speakers situated on the bottom edge of the device, or worse, pointing straight out the back.
Cranking the volume or cupping your hand around your tablet to redirect sound toward your ears is good enough for personal use in most [...]
The video by Unbox Therapy shows a narrower form factor (about half a quarter coin narrower on each side or 1.5 centimeters overall), though the viewable screen size, which now goes closer to the edge of the unit, is the same 9.7-inches as current iPads.
Other features borrow from the iPad mini including upgraded speakers and, with the new form factor, the ability for someone, as the narrator says, with “normal to large hands” to hold the device with one hand.
Apple doesn’t comment on unannounced products. New iPads were at one time rumored to be set for release in September, but now a September 10 event Apple has planned is looking like it will focus [...]
Ahead of the expected unveiling at the IFA technology convention in Germany this week, VentureBeat writer Christina Farr got a peak at a prototype of the device.
In her report, Farr details that the watch is about 3-inches diagonally and with dark black and grey coloring, although this may change in the final version of the product.
Farr notes that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch looks “clunky and masculine” but says that Bluetooth can be used to connect with Galaxy S smartphones, tablets and potentially other Android devices too.
Wi-Fi is supported for light Internet browsing and email and there are Android apps pre-loaded for social media, health [...]
The speaker dock has front-facing, cinematic stereo speakers by Audifi, which optimizes bass frequencies through integrated air channels, as well as a built-in amp. The dock connects directly to the iPad through a Lightning dock connector.
The Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater is available online at Belkin.com and select retail locations for $199.99
The 10-inch Android tablet is now being offered with a Desktop Dock and Bluetooth keyboard, while Polaris Office software is on-board so that students can create, share and store documents.
The slate, which is available in black and white, also comes bundled with a one-year free subscription to a 50GB Dropbox account and a three-month pass to Hulu Plus.
As with the more conventional Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the tablet features a 1280 x 800 PLS display, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, stereo speakers and a 3.15MP camera.
The product is available for $349.99, a $100 saving on the usual retail price, and can be purchased from Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys [...]
This will be "a new class of device which brings forward what we see as the inevitable convergence of the phone and the PC," aimed primarily at enterprises and enthusiasts — "people like us," said Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth.
Canonical is using Indiegogo in hopes of raising $32 million over 30 days that will finance a limited production run of 40,000 phones.
Shuttleworth said the plan to build only tens of thousands of phones (rather than a mass market device) will afford easier access to the most advanced components.
Preliminary specs for the Ubuntu Edge include a multi-core processor with at least 4GB of [...]
As of January 2014, certified Windows systems will be required to support Bluetooth on all devices with Wi-Fi. Front-facing 720p webcams will be required for systems with integrated displays (tablets, notebooks and all-in-ones).
Also, higher-fidelity audio requirements for speakers and microphones will be on the list.
In January 2015, TPM 2.0 (Microsoft's Trusted Platform Module for security) will be required on all certified Windows devices.
The Redmond giant will offer attendees to its TechEd conference in New Orleans next week the opportunity to buy a Surface RT with Touch Cover for $99.99, or the 128GB Surface Pro for just $400 — over half its normal price.
Despite the deals, it is worth noting that TechEd attendance itself doesn't come cheap.
Access to the full conference costs $2,195, although a TechExpo-only ticket is just $225.
TechEd attendees, including customers, partners, press, third-party speakers and staff, will be able to buy the tablets at the discounted prices.
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At the very successful first edition of the Tablet Strategy conference, last April in New York City, many attendees requested that we hold a similar event closer to Silicon Valley.
This is why, in 2013, Tablet Strategy will be a two event series. The first one, Tablet Strategy West, will take place on February 20 at the Marriott Waterfront, a splendid hotel with spectacular views of the Bay located near the San Francisco airport, just north of Silicon Valley. The second Tablet Strategy conference will be held two months later in New York City.
Tablet Strategy conferences allow business and IT managers involved in tablet projects to share their experiences, and discuss [...]