The past several weeks have seen some interesting developments in the tablet space. Hewlett Packard's discontinuation of its TouchPad and subsequent $99 firesale continues to be the big story, but it's not the only one. It appears Amazon is getting ready to launch an affordable 7-inch tablet, and perhaps in anticipation, Best Buy just dropped the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on the record several years ago describing the modern day desktop as “a truck”, suitable for some, but not practical for the mass market. He went on to define the iPad as the first “post PC device”, and has trumpeted his tablet and iOS platforms as flagship products for this ideology ever since. Microsoft and its partners have listened to mainstream media run with his comments as gospel ever since, but some have finally had enough.
Whichever company ends up buying Hewlett Packard's PC division will end up owning a business that accounts for the second most mobile PC market share, and possibly the No. 1 spot when combined with its own. Until that happens, Apple is the top mobile iDog with more than 13.5 million mobile PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 136 percent year-over-year increase and enough to propel the Cupertino outfit past HP to lead all others, according to the latest data from DisplaySearch.
There are some things you just shouldn't do with your notebook. For example, it's not a good idea to whack a burglar over the head with your Core i7 notebook (use your Macbook instead), nor should you lug it around in heavy rain, through sand storms, acidic environments, or in high or low pressure areas. If you have trouble avoiding any of these situations, buy life insurance because you're an accident waiting to happen. With your your leftover coin, boutique system vendor AVADirect hopes you'll also consider a rugged notebook or tablet like GD Itronix's new GD8200 or GD3015.
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.
In a very short time frame we’ve become constantly connected; always on and high speed, we need to be able to get our internet fix anytime, anywhere. Most of us are more than a little reliant on our Internet connections; it’s certainly not far from the truth to say that we take this access for granted. For example, how many of us would be horrified if we had to go back to a 56K modem? (To those of you who are currently rocking such a vintage connection speed, our condolences).
While there are many methods of getting a high-speed connection when you’re away from your home service, they all have their pros and cons. We’re going to break down some of the different devices and services that provide internet access across all fifty states, delivering that delicious online content you crave.
3D Map of the World Wide Web - image courtesy vlib.us
Reaction to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 OS have been decidedly mixed. The move towards a single OS for both PCs and mobile devices has angered developers and end users alike: worried developers fear that their years of .Net and Silverlight mastery may fall to the wayside as Microsoft shifts focus to standards like CSS and HTML5, and hardcore PC owners hate the idea of iPad-ifying the desktop environment. The latest build of Windows 8 has leaked onto the Net and should only stoke the mixed usage-hating fires.
For the record, the Maximum PC Lab keeps both feet planted squarely in the present tense. We don’t believe anyone should buy hardware based solely on its future potential. So what then to make of RIM’s nascent and decidedly half-baked Blackberry Playbook? Unless you’re 1) a Blackberry owner, 2) don’t care about apps or games, or 3) a devoted BB fanboy, the answer is: not much.
Dubbed Redmond’s “riskiest product bet” by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 certainly does have a lot riding on it. No wonder a lot of people, especially those who occupy key positions within the computer industry, have an opinion on it. Peter Hortensius, president of the Lenovo Product Group, is one such guy. In a recent interview with AllThingsD, an excited Hortensius called Windows 8 “a big, bold move” on Microsoft’s part. Hit the jump because there is more.