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October 28, 2013

Take notes on the iPad or iPhone with the new Livescribe 3 smartpen (video)

The Livescribe 3 smartpen launches today with a new design built to work with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

This pen comes in two models and has a capacitive stylus on its opposite end (not the point that you use to write).

That means you can use the tip to tap your smartphone or tablet. It has an LED status indicator, a textured twist ring for retracting the ink tip or turning on the device, and it has a tungsten carbide premium ball tip.

Available for $150, the Livescribe 3 smartpen includes a 50-sheet starter notebook, a micro-USB charging cable, the free Livescribe+ app for iOS7, and one tungsten carbide ballpoint cartridge. The app works with iPhone 4S [...]

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October 25, 2013

Hurry up if you want to buy the new Surface 2 Power Cover & Docking Station

ZDNet’s Mary Jo-Foley first reported that some Power Cover and Docking Station customers were getting their devices ahead of their scheduled availability, and Paul Thurrott’s Windows SuperSite later claimed that Microsoft execs have said that the accessories will be available early but only in ‘limited quantities’.

Microsoft announced the new Power Cover, which boosts tablet battery life by 75%, and the $200 docking station, which has USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort and Ethernet connections, at the Surface 2 unveiling in New York last month.

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October 21, 2013

Your iPad or iPhone becomes a mobile conference room with Logitech’s new speakerphone (video)

Offering "enteprise-quality audio" the Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication) pairing, and up to 15 hours of battery life. 

Inside the speakerphone’s sliding top section is an integrated stand that holds a mobile phone or tablet at what Logitech says is the best angle for hands-free video calls.

Alternatively, during audio-only calls, you can place a tablet in the integrated stand, pair the tablet with a compact Bluetooth keyboard, and take notes during the call. 

Logitech says the new speakerphone is optimized for Microsoft Lync, is Cisco-compatible and Skype [...]

 
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October 21, 2013

Microsoft issues fix for Surface tablets bricked by Windows RT 8.1 Update

After pulling Windows RT 8.1 from the Windows Store over the weekend, Microsoft on Monday released a recovery image that can be used to resurrect devices rendered unusable or “bricked” by the update.

It’s not the simplest of fixes, requiring a USB drive and some command line prompts. But I’m told from a few users who’ve attempted it that it does the trick.

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September 25, 2013

Oracle demos do-it-yourself DukePad tablet based on Raspberry PI and Java

SAN FRANCISCO — At the JavaOne technical keynote, engineers with Oracle’s Java division unwrapped what they call the DukePad. The nearly 2-inch thick tablet device is powered by a computer the size of a deck of cards that is typically used for school instruction and other research projects. The device supports a 10-inch screen and can run streaming video, game-quality graphics and typical office productivity apps.

Harkening back to the days when home computers were built from scratch, the DukePad was built using off-the-shelf components. The tablet features a touch screen, camera, HDMI, and USB outputs.

According to the project leads, “the software on [...]

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September 20, 2013

Key features likely to be announced at Microsoft’s Surface 2 launch

Peripherals promise to be a key part of the offering. Sources say Microsoft will show a new Surface docking station that will work with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 models only and include one USB 3 and three USB 2 ports. 

Also said to be on tap is a Surface Power Cover, a thicker version of the current Surface Type cover/keyboard. This cover will include a built-in battery that will extend the battery life of Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices by some (still unknown) amount. 

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September 13, 2013

Three in four companies now give BYOD the green light

The study, which was carried out by IT recruitment agency Robert Half Technology, discovered that over three quarters (76%) of CIOs now allow employees to bring in their own smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and USB drives, with this dropping to 56% for smartphones and to 38% for tablets.

Laptops remain the most popular personally-owned devices in business at 65%.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, chief information officers highlighted security as one of their concerns with the trend.

“There are a number of factors leading to the growth of BYOD, from company cost savings to employee preferences for using their own device,” said Robert Half Technology [...]

 
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September 12, 2013

Dell veep teases new Windows 8.1 tablet as part of ‘Venue’ range

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 [...]

 
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September 9, 2013

Microsoft working on Surface Pro docking station & battery-charging keyboard cover

Well-regarded Windows blogger Paul Thurrott and tech blog Neowin report that the software giant is working on a Surface Pro docking station, something The Verge has since corroborated by saying that the accessory will launch alongside the second-generation Surface Pro tablet later this year.

The dock apparently has arms at the side for locking or releasing the tablet, and will allow users to connect with keyboards and mice via USB (both USB 2.0 and 3.0 are supported), and to a bigger screen through mini DisplayPort or a wired Ethernet connection.

However, in a blow to Surface RT owners, the docking station will supposedly only work with the first and [...]

 
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September 3, 2013

Spotted: Nvidia’s own-brand Android tablet appears online

The Blog of Mobile notes that Nvidia recently filed the P1640 tablet with Taiwan’s National Communications Commission for approval.

The document itself doesn’t say an awful lot about the hardware – aside the presence of 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth – but does provide a purported image of the tablet.

Meanwhile, Techkiddy reports – citing unnamed sources – that the tablet has a 7-inch 1280 x 768 resolution display, Nvidia’s 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 5MP rear camera, Android 4.2.2 and connections for micro-HDMI and USB.

Nvidia is expected to unveil the tablet at IFA 2013 later this week, where TabTimes will be [...]

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