Last month Google unofficially revealed a new Chromebook Pixel was on its way sometime soon, though at the time no specific details were given. As it turns out, today is the day, as the Chromebook Pixel (2015) has landed.
For those that were intrigued by the idea of a high-end Chrome OS experience but not so keen on Google’s $1300 asking price for the Pixel, you’ll be happy to know that the latest model is a fair amount cheaper at $999 for the Intel Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 32GB storage. Although this is still much more expensive than typical Chromebooks, a $300 price reduction is a welcome change. If you want even more power under the hood, a $1300 variant [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]