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Even the company themselves are getting a little twitchy about Windows 8 as this fairly candid acknowledgement reveals.
Is she about to toss it out of the window?
Read more here.
It isn't what any of us were expecting... Virtualisation still has plenty to offer, but valuable lessons need to be learned.
There it is. The world population is 7 billion, and counting... but ARM Holdings' designs were used on 8.7 billion chips shipped during 2012. So as Warren East steps down, he can be happy to have achieved quite a bit - here!
Packing in some impressive specs and probably for a bargain price, we predict the 9.7 Titanium HD will turn some heads when it's released later this year. Read our initial impressions here!
We've created a new comparison table for the inevitable influx of new super-high resolution tablets, which we class as containing screen resolutions above the apparent benchmark of 1280 x 800. So far this includes the Apple iPad, Google Nexus 10 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but expect many additions throughout the new year.
Get comparing here!
As the year draws to a close, we ventured into three high street staples to see which of 2012's tablet offerings have made it onto physical shelves as well as virtual ones (and which of 2011's are still hanging around!
Read more here.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II continues Samsung's venture into the 'phablet' market to exploit the gap that remains between smartphones and fully blown tablets - but competitors won't let them grab the market without a fight! Read more.
In slightly bigger (in a physical sense) news, with the iPad Mini, Apple have joined Google, Samsung and Amazon in the race to capture the smaller tab (6 to 8 inches) market. Click here for a brief roundup of events in the smaller tab world.
UPDATE: Our comparison table for the Phablets is now up and running over here, take a look!
The Microsoft Surface RT - Does it do the Business?
Windows 8 - and the new Surface RT that it comes on - carry with them the huge weight of all Microsoft's expectations in the light of dwindling desktop and netbook sales. Our new think piece considers whether the humble Surface will do the business for business users, and for the rest of us - or have Microsoft delivered too little too late?
A Tablet Promotion that's Worth a Look
Often these "cheap" offers are a bit of a waste of time, but there's a new unbranded slate out that has aligned quite a few of its specifications with the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. And - at the time of writing - it's about half the price of those big brand alternatives. You big boys better watch out. The Rapid 5 is on your tail. From A1CS... OK, maybe you've never heard of them, but maybe it's still worth a look.
Update: Our recommended tablets
Instead of just giving you the specifications of each, we've decided to actually start suggesting which ones to get! Click here to see what made the cut, alternatively discover the ones that didn't.
Average Selling Price for tablets below £150
peaking at nearly £300 shortly after the release of Apple's New iPad 3, the average selling price (ASP) for tablets on Amazon's UK website has now dropped below £150 according to estimates from the Fenestra's Market Intelligence Unit. The change is largely due to the introduction of Amazon's own Kindle Fire tablet range which sells for between £129 and £199. These devices are dominating online sales displacing both versions 2 and 3 of the iPad which used to be their top sellers. More detail to follow, but see the top sellers here.
See our updated 5-fact, 5-minute Summary of the Amazon Kindle Fire
Padfone on sale in the UK
After quite a while waiting in the wings for repeated design refinements, Asus' most innovative product yet is now available to buy. This comprises a phone which slots into the back of a screen making what is effectively an Android tablet. This can, in turn, be slotted into a keyboard / battery dock giving something which closely resembles a traditional notebook. And all communicating via Wi-Fi - or via a single SIM card slotted into the smartphone part of the multi-hybrid gadget.
But that's not all... What if you receive a call when the phone is docked under its little cover? Well in that case, instead of going in for huge-gadget embarrassment, you can go right to the other extreme and use the stylus as a Bluetooth phone headset to take the call - effectively using what appears to be a pen as your phone. How James Bond is that?
Is the New iPad 3 the Best of the New Arrivals
We've summarised the most exciting of the new arrivals in the current tablet market place.
Of course, one newcomer gets a higher profile than all the rest, and we've all heard how the new iPad, sometimes called the iPad 3, represents everything we ever wanted. But when it comes to day-to-day use maybe there are some "issues". We compare it to its older brother the iPad 2.
All Hail the AllWinner
There was a big fanfare for the new iPad 3, but the new AllWinner A10 has started to slip in to the UK with hardly a whisper. Wait ten years and maybe we will look back on this humble little chip and judge it just as important as the almighty Apple giga-tab.
NATPC - for Tablets or Termites
Maybe your house has too few cheap Android gadgets - or too many termites. Either way you could turn to NATPC. What kind of a company is this
Archos vs. Cambridge Sciences - which Brand is More Real?
of these gadget makers really figures in the marketing war, but both have set themselves out from the crowd of "white box" manufacturers by producing Honeycomb slates well before most of the Chinese manufacturers and even before some of the more famous brands.
We've prepared a table showing equivalent models from each Archos and Cambridge Sciences and samples of the competition.
Sorry, LG, Time for the Optimus Pad to go
It's being retired from the our main comparison table and replaced by the Motorola Xoom 2.
Carphone Warehouse statement confirms it: Best Buy, UK closing
But also "Wireless World" opening. So... is it good news or bad news? Whichever, it is Bye bye, Best Buy, bye bye.
Take care Mr. iPad, Androids approaching from several angles!
In the run-up to Christmas the iPad's stranglehold on the slate market is looking a little less secure. We review some of the hottest potential competitors available now or coming to the UK in the next few weeks. Except, of course, for the one notable competitor that isn't coming here.
Finding the Amazon Kindle Fire in 2D-matrix world
According to my MBA, almost anything can be portrayed on a 2D matrix. So here, slates and eReaders are shown in their own 2D-matrix world. Where will we find the new Amazon Kindle - perhaps it might be called the KindleTab?
Does Android lack the physical presence needed to challenge Apple's iPad?
With the iPad 2 continuing to dominate 2011 tablet sales, we decided to have a ponder over whether Android could ever make a realistic challenge to the iPad.
HP pulls all WebOS devices - including the TouchPad 9.7"
In a shock turn last week, HP decided that they really are taking their move away from consumer products seriously, by announcing the discontinuation of all WebOS devices.
Tablet OS Review
We now have a full review of the various platforms available on slates, such as Apple iOS and Android 3 (Honeycomb).
No, not a pill... I was asked to suggest a slate PC that might save a friend having to carry a laptop on frequent flights for work.
After trying to install my virtual office in two coffee shops I don't usually visit, here's a brief rant about why it's important - for the coffee shops as much as for the traveling-office types - to get this right.
Access to legacy IT systems is important to people on the move and we need an environment to support this.