A new over-the-air (OTA) update for the 4G LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for Verizon might be just the thing you need to curb your cussing and keep your extra dollars out of the swear jar, but only if you're experiencing high-speed connectivity issues. If you're swearing up a storm for another reason, this update will do nothing to patch your potty mouth.
The army of Android tablets is about to get bolstered by a few more foot soldiers as Archos readies the launch of its G9 tablets. Each of the four tablets will be led by General Honeycomb (Android 3.2), and each one will come packing a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz or higher. Archos says one of its upcoming tablets -- the G9 Turbo -- will debut as the market's first sub-$400 tablet to tote a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor up to 1.5GHz.
The Earth isn't flat (Flat Eath Society begs to differ), and neither are tablet or eReader shipments. On the contrary, these devices are flying off the shelves all around the globe. The folks over at International Data Corporation (IDC) did some number crunching and determined that media tablet shipments jumped nearly 89 percent on a sequential basis, and a mind boggling 303.8 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011.
Used game vendor GameStop is raring to go with its own-brand gaming tablet the company will refer to as a "GameStop certified gaming platform." GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz it has already chosen a specific model of tablet, and that it will run Google's Android operating system, the odds-on favorite if you were to venture a guess beforehand.
Once upon a time, Velocity Micro made a living building only high end custom PCs, notebooks, and workstations. That type of singular (or triangular, if you will) focus is behind them, and the company now dabbles in eReaders and tablets as well. These mobile devices fall under Velocity Micro's Cruz line, and they've just been updated in preparation for an upcoming relaunch later this month.
HTC's Jetstream tablet is now available through AT&T, but with friends like AT&T, who needs enemies? Straight to the point, at $700 on contract, AT&T went and priced the Jetstream out of contention. That's too bad when you consider HTC nearly single-handedly turned Android into a runaway success in the smartphone sector by blitzing the market, and at this point, HTC knows the open source OS as well as anyone. But if wireless carriers insist on smoking dope when pricing HTC tablets, why should HTC stick around?
For those who go back to school the day after Labor Day, Sony managed to make its Tablet S available via pre-order on the final day of summer break, though don't expect any back-to-school discounts. The 16GB Wi-Fi model carries the now traditional $500 price tag, and you can add another C-note if you want the 32GB model.
An IBM executive who was part of an engineering team that designed the very first IBM PC has moved on to tablets and thinks we're on the verge of the post-PC era. He said as much in a blog post yesterday, the timing of which comes just two days before the 30th anniversary of the IBM 5150 PC, and some six years after IBM sold its PC division to Lenovo.
Is GammaTech's new Durabook U12C a notebook or a tablet PC? The answer is both, and while it searches for an identity, you can throw ruggedness into its bag of tricks. We'll just cover all our bases and refer to it as a rugged convertible notebook, because that's really what it is. Armed with a convertible swivel LCD screen, you can tote this sturdy notebook into the field and switch to tablet mode on a whim.
Diehard Windows PC users, and Maximum PC readers in particular, aren't known for being shy in sharing their disdain for the evil empire known as Apple. Reasons are many: misleading advertisements, overpriced gear (the so-called 'Apple tax'), proprietary architecture, snooty iPhone owners, and the list goes on. Naturally, this contempt extends over to the iPad by those who wish bad things on Apple, which some consider the anti-PC. No keyboard? Oversized iPod touch? iTunes? Whatever your reason(s), it's fine if you choose to hate on the iPad, just don't blame Apple's tablet for weakening the PC market.