Posts tagged tablets
I’ve become a huge fan of touch computing. I believe that most things we think of as “computers” will be de-facto tablets, either in our pocket, in our hands, possibly even mounted on our wrists or forearms. Programming and human factors - by Jeff Atwood
I can’t wait for the iPad 5 this week (I’ll be ordering three), and my Surface Pro 2 should arrive this week too. Because it is a blazingly fast, modern Intel machine, I like to use the Surface Pro to predict where tablet performance ought to be for everyone in 2 to 3 years. I think of it as an iPad 7.
My main complaint with the Surface Pro is the incredibly lackluster battery life. Granted, this is a classic Intel x86 box we’re talking about, not some efficient ARM system-on-a-chip designed to run on a tiny battery. Still, I was hopeful that the first Surface Pro with Haswell inside would produce giant gains in battery life as Intel promised. Then I saw this graph:
Business users were always the most likely to be interested in Microsoft’s Surface tablet – so what do tech chiefs make of it so far? Initial enthusiasm among CIOs for Microsoft’s Surface seems to be cooling. Josh Lowensohn/CNET News
Business users were always the most likely to be first in line for Microsoft’s Surface tablet as they want a tablet that can fit with their existing Windows desktop infrastructure. But it seems that excitement about the device has started to wane among at least some of the technology chiefs on TechRepublic’s CIO Jury.
When asked, “Does Microsoft’s Surface tablet provide a real alternative to the iPad for enterprise users?” the TechRepublic CIO Jury narrowly voted yes, by seven votes to five. But when asked the same question a year ago, before the launch of the tablet, the answer was a resounding yes, with 10 votes for and only two against, suggesting that Microsoft has failed to capitalise on significant early enthusiasm from enterprise decision makers. More >
Amazon has refreshed its lineup of Kindle products this week, offering four new Fire tablets and a standalone e-reader called Paperwhite. Here is a look at the new Fires: More >
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | February 6, 2012, 9:48am PST
Summary: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Vista will have several things in common: Both are unwanted operating system updates that will flop in the marketplace.
Some of my die-hard Windows friends are very excited by Windows 8 arrival later this year. Others fear that Windows 8 will be a repeat of Microsoft’s Vista disaster. Me? I know Windows 8 will be a Vista-sized fiasco.
Before jumping into why I think far more PC users will still be running Windows 7 in 2016 than Windows 8, let me explain that while I prefer Linux as my desktop operating system, I don’t see Windows 8 charge into a brick wall as being a pro-Linux or anti-Microsoft issue. More >
A looming clash between Intel Corp. (INTC)and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) will take center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show
A looming clash between Intel Corp. (INTC)and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) will take center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas, with both chipmakers seeking to control the future of mobile devices.
Qualcomm Chief Executive Officer Paul Jacobs will demonstrate notebook computers based on his company’s chips on Jan. 10, highlighting a push into an area dominated by Intel. Later that day, Intel CEO Paul Otellini will take the same stage to announce phones featuring his chips, renewing a decade-long push to get into a market that Qualcomm controls.
The popularity of smartphones and tablets has put the companies on a collision course. The market for mobile-phone chips will grow 40 percent to $29.9 billion by 2015, according to the Linley Group. With more consumers using handheld devices as their primary access to the Internet, Intel can’t afford to stay only in the realm of personal computers, said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist for research firm In-Stat. More >