Ah, fads. Without those brief, yet intense, bursts of consumer excitement, the majority of us may have never heard awesome tidbits like the Pet Rock, bell-bottom pants, the Macarena, Tickle Me Elmo or Trapper Keepers. If you listen to Acer chairman JT Wang, one of our useful modern electronics is soon to join those fabled ranks. That’s right, while the pundits are busy calling tablet PCs the best thing since sliced bread, Wang thinks the whole iPad deal is overblown. The future lies in Ultrabooks!
Steve Ballmer is no stranger to the CES keynote stage, having delivered the opening keynote at each of the last three editions of the popular trade show. It has now been announced that the Microsoft boss will also deliver a preshow keynote address at the next edition of the Consumer Electronics Association-owned event (much to a certain David Einhorn’s displeasure, we assume). But what will his keynote be all about?
Turns out, its not only Apple fanatics and Angry Birds-lovers who have fallen heads-over-heels for the iPad. A recent survey shows that an increasing number of businesses do too – 68% of the businesses interviewed either already deployed tablets or planned to do so by the end of 2012. Unlike Apple-heads and Angry Birds-heads, however, the businesses can't quite tell you why.
We imagine Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on a crazy high-fiving spree when it was first announced that the company's Tegra 2 mobile chipset would power Android Honeycomb tablets. Now that the sales numbers for the tablets are in, however, it seems like all he's left with are sore palms and broken dreams – at least for now.
Now that app stores have almost become de rigueur, it isn’t hugely surprising that even the next iteration of Windows is widely anticipated to have one. It also makes perfect sense considering the fact that Windows 8 is also being optimized to run on media tablets (even including those powered by ARM chips). While the alleged screenshots of Windows 8’s app store UI that were released a few weeks back eventually turned out to be fakes, some Russian enthusiasts now claim to have uncovered a couple of references to the store in a leaked Windows 8 build. Find out more after the jump.
A deck of PowerPoint slides obtained by Thisismynext have subtly revealed the existence of a 7-inch Lenovo Android tablet slated for a late 2011 launch. Details are thin, and the image appears to be a placeholder, but there are some definite points of interest. Can it keep up with the competition later this year?
Blackberry's Playbook arrived at our offices today, and we just started putting the device through its paces. There's a considerable amount of negativity around RIM's first tablet device. We'll withhold judgement until we've spent at least a full day with it, but we will admit to being disappointed that there's no native email client on the device. That feels like a shortcoming.
On the plus side, the screen is pretty amazing, and standard internet performance is surprisingly snappy.
More info to come as we unearth it. For now, here are a bunch of photographs of our shiny new thing.
Tucked away in the minutiae of Intel's recent earnings call, were some details of the chips maker's upcoming tablet plans. Intel had been working closely with Nokia on MeeGo. Now that the Finnish company is focusing on Windows Phone 7, Intel is looking to branch out. The platform they're looking to latch onto next is Google's Android operating system.
Go ahead and award yourself 250 geek points if you've heard of Telechips, a Korean fabless semiconductor company working closely with ARM. Telechips has actually been around for a little over a decade and during that time it developed the world's only digital based Caller ID chip, as well as a handful of other market firsts. More recently, Telechips has focused its attention on the emerging tablet market and just extended its license of ARM Mali embedded graphics to include the Mali 400 MP GPU.
Slow-roasted and just posted, it's Episode 171! Gordon, Nathan and Andy are joined by tech journalist extraordinaire, raconteur, and video card expert Loyd Case to discuss the future of tablets, multipurpose devices, Windows 8 sneak peeks, the mysteries of cell phone triangulation, and the wisdom of calling in bomb drops via Twitter. Plus, GameStop acquires Impulse, we discuss AMD and Nvidia's dual-GPU video cards, and more!
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