Despite Microsoft’s efforts with Windows Phone, the two biggest players in the smartphone game continue to be Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Just when we thought that Android was on the rise, it appears that the iOS smartphone market share is actually growing, breaking the 50% mark in the United States.
Believe it or not, there are still some great last minute gadget deals online that you can score before Christmas. In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 deals on tech that you can put under your tree in time for Christmas morning.
With the Microsoft Surface tablet out on the market for over a month now, one can only wonder how many Surface’s were sold. Reports for Q4 range from under 500,000 to over 1 million. These numbers are minuscule compared to the iPad (1 million in the first 28 days) and still tiny compared to the Nexus 7 (around 1 million sold per month).
With Nokia Lumia 920 selling rather strong so far, it seems that Windows Phone 8 is already starting to look like an early success story. Of course it hasn’t all been perfect. There have also been reports of rebooting issues, battery life and heating problems. It isn’t just the Lumia 920, almost every Windows Phone 8 handset has had a few problems.
Looking to make the most out of your Xbox multimedia experience? With Xbox SmartGlass you can control your Xbox through the tablet for many functions, including selecting movies, rewinding and a whole lot more. Best of all, the control app is now out for iOS devices as well.
The 10-inch tablet market just is really started to get crowded with tons of new Windows 8/RT devices popping up beside existing Android tablets and the iPad. Even more important is the introduction of new flagship tablets from Google and Microsoft.
A new report from Kaspersky Labs has now surfaced suggesting that if you are still stuck on the aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread, you might want to watch your back carefully when it comes to malware.
In 2006 the first Intel-based consumer-level Mac computers starting rolling out, and Apple hasn’t looked back– or have they? Apparently Apple is considering yet another architecture move, this time over to ARM.
There has probably never been a better time to get a tablet than now, thanks to the shear amount of great choices on the market today. From the iPad to the Nexus 10, there is plenty of options out there, that much is clear. What if you are considering the Microsoft Surface? Should you get the Surface RT or wait for the Surface PRO?
When it comes to 10-inch tablets, most consumers certainly think of iPad as the most powerful option out there. Sure, there are other high-end 10-inch tablets that are running on Android or Windows 8/RT, but they don’t have the display power of the Retina and probably aren’t as cutting-edge in processing and graphics as the newest 4th generation Apple iPad. This dynamic is now crashing down thanks to the newly announced Samsung Nexus 10.
Xbox Smartglass is a way to bring a tablet screen into the Xbox living room media center experience. Basically the app works by connecting your tablet or smartphone up to the screen for pausing, rewinding and even possibly some games going forward. Think of this as a Wii U-type of experience, although not nearly as widely adapted or supported by games– instead its focus is clearly on movies and other multimedia playback between the two devices.
I still think that the starting price on the Microsoft Surface should have been closer to $299, but in the $499 range, it competes directly against the recently announced fourth-generation iPad rather than the also recently announced iPad Mini. So, how does it compare?
It seems that the Nexus 7 is now up and running with Ubuntu 13.04.
Google is gearing up for a special press event on October 29th that could see the unveiling on Android 4.2, the Nexus 4, an update to the Nexus 7 line, and even a high-end 10-inch Nexus tablet.
According to Microsoft, their display is supposed to be sharper than the Apple’s retina display. Considering the Surface has a resolution of 1,366 x 768 (which isn’t all that high by today’s standard), how is that possible?
The Microsoft Surface preorders are already starting to go pretty well. If you were Apple, how would you possibly slow the Surface down? Announce the iPad Mini, that’s how. Apparently rumors now suggest that Apple will release its new smaller tablet on October 23rd. For those who don’t know, that’s three days before the Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface release event.
While the preorder information for the 32GB Surface originally read “delivered by 10/26th” it is now pushed back by several weeks.
Ahead of their October 26th launch event, Microsoft has now released its Surface RT tablet for pre-ordering. This means we finally have pricing information. Those who were crossing their fingers about the rumors of a $200 starting price for the Surface might be more than a little disappointed.
Microsoft’s Surface is preparing for a special release event on Oct. 25th, with a midnight launch at select Microsoft Stores on the 26th. With that in mind, it has hit the FCC. We now know everything there is to know about the Surface– except for the price tag.
It seems that a new HP device has shown up under the code-name Bender with HP branding as well. This device is a Qualcomm S4 dual-core Android smartphone.
HTC isn’t nearly the market leader it was at one time, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the company from attempting to bring new products to the market. A new rumor suggests HTC will be bringing a new smartphone to the Verizon Network, the HTC Desire 4G LTE.
Love your Kindle? The Amazon Kindle is a great e-reader, but today the Kindle is getting even better. Amazon’s press event showed off several new members to the Kindle Fire family, but that’s not all. They even found a way to make e-readers exciting again.
The Kindle Fire’s successors are here. There are three flavors to choose from, the first of which is an entry model at $169. Essentially, the $169 Fire is the same as the OG Fire except it has double the RAM and a slightly faster processor.
The Kindle Fire finally has a successor, the Kindle Fire. That’s right, a second generation Kindle Fire is here. What’s new? It has double the RAM over the first Fire and has a somewhat faster processor. According to Amazon, that means a 40% bump in power.
Do you find that you’re lacking in USB ports on your tablet or notebook? Check out this sweet deal on a USB hub from the fine folks at Belkin. It’s only six bucks.
Microsoft Surface is getting a fair amount of attention this week. First we had rumors of 8-13 hour battery life and lighter-than-iPad designs. Now we have a rumor that suggests the base RT model will launch at just $199, in stark contrast to the earlier suggestions that the cheapest Surface RT tablet might be as expensive as $1000.
When the Microsoft Surface tablet was first announced, there was a heck of a lot of hype generated, despite the fact that a lot of the details weren’t actually revealed. Now it seems that we are finally learning a bit more about Microsoft’s upcoming tablet. According to the unofficial information about the tablet, it seems that the ARM-based version, called the Surface RT, is aiming to be lighter than the iPad and will have the ability to play HD video for 13 hours consecutively.
Today, Microsoft officially unveiled the next iteration of Office and even is allowing consumers to try it out for free through a “Consumer Preview” before it hits store shelves.
The Apple viewpoint, which has been continued by Tim Cook, is that the “tablet and the PC are different.” Turner’s viewpoint, on the other hand, is that “we think that’s completely incorrect.”
ZTE has now licensed the Rightware Kanzi UI solution, which offers a 3D homescreen that helps ZTE’s new phones really stand out.
Continuing to move forward, AAXA Technologies has now introduced two new additions to its pico projector family: the P4 WiFi and the P4-X.
It seems that rumors regarding the 7.85-inch iPad continue to persist, with a new one claiming that it will use “G/F2” Thin-film touch technology when it releases in the 4th quarter of this year. The rumor comes from industry sources, according to DigiTimes.
According to Chinese portal Netease, translated by Kotaku, a smaller version of Apple’s tablet will come to market in the third quarter of 2012.
Yesterday was April Fools’ Day, i’m sure most of you didn’t realize it. So what else do large companies with over the top budgets on attempting to create viral videos do? They attempt to make us laugh by revealing fake products with fake announcements. Some of these are quite stupid, actually, most of them are, but you can decide for yourself, have a gander after the jump.
Microsoft is researching ways to vastly improve this response time on touch-screens to provide an experience that actually makes us feel like we are interacting with real objects.
I remember when I was still going through school, I’d always look forward to the new Scholastic catalog so that I could order a bunch of new books. Not surprisingly, times have changed, but Scholastic still wants kids to keep reading. And that’s what the new Storia platform is supposed to address.
Apple certainly is not planning to bring Adobe Flash to their iOS devices, in fact they iBlocked it. But OnLive has managed to find a way to go around that, and much more. The company’s OnLive Desktop Plus, the new version of their OnLive Desktop remote access app, will allow you access to an entire PC remotely which is equipped with Flash.
CES is not only about smartphones, Ultrabooks and tablets (although all those are what attract us), but also about a lot of upcoming accessories. The Celluon Prodigy is a new battery case for the iPhone 4 and 4S with an intriguing concept.
AT&T is expanding their LTE wireless network and, as expected, has announced the addition of a number of devices into their LTE handset line-up at CES. The devices that will soon be released onto their high-speed network include five new Android handsets, an Android tablet and two Windows Phone smartphones.
Google’s Android Market reportedly raised past the 400,000 app mark this past weekend. It was just last April when Android Market got 200,000 apps. Then, next 100,000 apps were registered in last August, according to Distimo, an app store tracking service.
The fine folks at XDA-Developers report that ASUS has chosen to lock a bootloader on its flagship tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. This is extremely sad news for all the tinkerers who were hoping to get Ice Cream Sandwich on this powerful tablet currently running a lightly customized stock ASUS Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).
Android has its positive features (more open, more freeware oriented) and negative (malware and security issues), while iOS has its positives (better games, better security) and negatives (not as open, not as much freeware). It really boils down to what you are looking for in an OS, not which is better than the other.