Wireless charging for tablets is finally coming next year

We’re still waiting for the Rezence standard to bring wireless charging to laptops, but Freescale is taking a big step towards making that a reality. It just announced a new wireless product that’s powerful enough to recharge tablets, portable medical devices, and other large gadgets. The 15-watt system, which should hit the market early next […]

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ABI: With 58% Market Share, Android Will Top iOS In Smartphone App Downloads This Year, But Apple Will Win On Tablets

There are a number of ways to measure a mobile platform’s relative success, but if you’re looking at the number of mobile app downloads as the metric of choice, then the analysts at ABI Research have just predicted that Android will win it in 2013. According to the firm’s latest forecasts, 58 percent of smartphone app downloads […]

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Five things the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 needs

The Surface Pro is a good first step, but these fixes could make it the best tablet ever. With the release of the Windows 8 Surface Pro, Microsoft has reclaimed some of the good will it lost with the Surface RT. Unlike the earlier Surface product, the Pro features the full version ofWindows 8, uses a powerful […]

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Windows 8 fails to lift PC market as tablets soar, Gartner says

The latest report from research firm Gartner suggests that dwindling PC sales are signaling a turn in the PC market, and Windows 8 has done nothing to stop it. The Dell XPS One 27 was among the crop of new PCs in 2012. (Credit: Dell) Research firm Gartner says that an estimated drop of 4.9 […]

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CES 2013: Tablet roundup

The tablet landscape has changed greatly in a year’s time, at least if you gauge what we’ve seen on the CES show floor. The 2012 expo was led mostly by high-end Android tablets. This year, Windows 8 understandably garnered much more of the spotlight now that it’s available, while Google’s platform mostly surfaced in the budget […]

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Three things I saw at CES that I’d actually buy

One seriously good bargain on a mammoth tablet, plus two handy gadgets for travelers. I’ll open my wallet for all three. LAS VEGAS–So I’ve pretty much wrapped up my visit to CES 2013, and you know what? I enjoyed it. Most of my fellow bloggers and journalists will tell you it’s a crowded, noisy, soul-sucking […]

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Hands-on with eFun’s Nextbook 7GP and 8GP budget-friendly tablets

Not content with showing off its handy aPen Touch8 for those Windows 8 laptops which lack touch capabilities, eFun also let us play around a bit with two of its newest Nextbook tablets here at CES 2013. For starters, the 7GP, as its moniker would indicate, is a 7-inch (1024 x 600) slate that’s sporting Android 4.1, a 1.5GHz dual-core […]

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How Microsoft became a control freak with tablet makers

The way Microsoft works with its hardware manufacturers fundamentally changed with the release of Windows RT. Now those longtime partners are figuring out how to deal with it. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer turned the company into a devices and services company, not just software. Microsoft wasn’t taking chances. The company was about to introduce one […]

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Android in 2013: What to expect

The Android ecosystem has become a dominant force in 2012. Here’s how I see it growing in the coming year. Android is rapidly evolving. Where will it go next? Brace yourselves: 2013 is upon us, and that means a whole new generation of Android devices, rumors, and expectations. Android will have a strong showing at CES, and the […]

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Flipboard lands on Android tablets

Already popular on the Android smartphones, the news-reading app heads for the operating system’s tablets. News-reading app Flipboard, already popular among Android smartphones users, is now available on the operating system’s tablets. Flipboard said the app, which will now work on tablets like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1,GALAXY Tab series and Nexus 10, was “a top request from Flipboard readers around the world.” […]

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China may soon see iPad Minis, newest iPads in 3G (and 4G)

The cellular versions of Apple’s newest tablets cleared regulatory hurdles last week, indicating they might launch soon. The iPad Mini. (Credit: Apple) Apple might soon launch 3G versions of its fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini in China. China-based TechWeb reported (translation) today that a cellular version of the iPad and the iPad Mini cleared the country’s regulatory […]

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Dell exec: I urged Microsoft not to call its tablet OS Windows RT

The head of Dell’s PC business told Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that Windows RT should’ve been named something else since it doesn’t run traditional Windows applications. Should Microsoft have called it ARM tablet OS something other than Windows RT? That was Dell’s argument, according to comments made by a top executive at the PC vendor. At the Dell […]

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The future of television has arrived: it’s called the iPad

Why owning the second screen is Apple’s game to lose The future of the television is the iPad. That was the overwhelming message at the TV of Tomorrow conference in New York, which saw executives and decision makers from across the television industry gather for a lively day of discussion and debate about the state […]

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Surface tablets may be heading to retailers soon

Redmond is set to begin selling its Surface RT devices through non-Microsoft retail stores in two phases, a source tells one Windows watcher. Microsoft’s Surface tablet (Credit: Microsoft) Chalk this one up as a one-source rumor. But the source is supposedly pretty solid, according to my Windows Weekly cohost Paul Thurrott. Thurrot said he was […]

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Skitch for Windows 8 gains portrait mode editing for tablets and 25MB file sharing

Not stopping with its recent update for Android, Evernote gave Skitch for Windows 8 some new features on Monday. Software version 2.0.1128 adds multiple bug fixes and portrait mode support for tablets with x86, x64 and ARM processors. In addition to these enhancements, the new Skitch app for Windows 8 features faster syncing and sharing options […]

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Xbox SmartGlass Android app now supports 7-inch tablets

The latest update lets you control your Xbox 360 with your 7-inch Android tablet. Owners of the Google Nexus 7 and other 7-inch Android tablets can now remotely control their Xbox 360 consoles via a free app. Updated yesterday, the Xbox SmartGlass for Android app acts as a second screen for your Xbox console. You can use the app on your phone […]

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