Intel Tiger Rapid Is A Dual Screen Windows PC and E Ink Notepad in One

Intel unveils a prototype concept for a dual screen PC which could be the future of mobile computers.

This concept computer was first shown off at Computex 2018 and people are impressed. The Intel Tiger Rapid is a dual screen device that combines a Windows 10 PC and an E Ink Notepad.

The device has a 7.9-inch full HD LCD display on one side, and a 7.8-inch E Ink screen on the other. A single eighth-generation Kaby Lake Core processor powers both screens. Other features include an SSD, Wi-Fi, and a 12-wHr battery. It uses a single USB-C port for charging.

Don’t expect Intel to manufacture or release the device though. It was developed to show their manufacturing partners that it is possible. Intel also wants to showcase how e-paper displays can be used as both keyboards and writing notes with a stylus.

Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Intel Client Computing Group, explains:

“Conceptually, it’s not a one-size fits all world. You’re going to see secondary products of different shapes and sizes, people are going to do secondary displays, obviously we’re going to work on longer-term things like bendables and foldables.”

The concept was apparently in the works for two years. Intel hints that consumers can expect to see a similar device sometime in the next two to three years. Perhaps Lenovo will do something like this for its Yogabook? Or maybe Microsoft will switch its Surface keyboard to E ink? We’ll have to wait to find out!

Screen-Flickering Surface Pro 4 Tablets To Be Replaced By Microsoft

Microsoft Will Replace Defective Surface Pro 4 Tablets

Microsoft  agreed to replace Surface Pro 4’s with screen flickering that can not be patched.  The company will just replace tablets of this  model that are experiencing screen flickering that makes the gadgets unusable.

 

Surface Pro 4 Users’ Reactions

Microsoft has monitored that the annoying flickering issue has plagued numerous users.  Some of them have resorted to very drastic and ill-advised solutions, like throwing their devices in the freezer.

The company discourages their Surface Pro 4 users from doing this. Microsoft advises their users to have their devices replaced by the company.

Microsoft’s Analysis And Solution To The Issue

The only thing they can do to address this issue is to request the affected users to request for a replacement within three years of the original date of purchase.  They will only be receiving a refurbished unit, though, rather than a brand new one.

Anyone who paid Microsoft out of warranty repair fees to fix their flickering Surface Pro 4 can request for a refund.  That could be a fairly hue amount as replacement screens generally ram at $450.

It can be noted though that the company took a long time to take action upon this issue.  They acknowledged the problem in February 2018.  This is a long time for premium devices to go without a solution to a serious issue.

Other Issues Of The Surface Pro 4

It seems that the flickering screen problem is not the only issue that the Surface Pro 4 has.  Some owners claim they experienced sleep mode issues to batteries that will not hold a full charge due to firmware issues.

Thousands of users have allegedly experienced the issue.  That is why they created a website called “Flickergate” to pressure the company into action.

Moat of the company’s devices are working perfectly.  Only a few do not work as designed.  But rest assured, Microsoft is doing everything to give its users the best.

 

 

Acer Chromebook Tab 10: First Chrome OS Tablet Is Here

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is branded to be the first tablet powered by Chrome OS. This has been a huge development for Chrome OS. Why? Because Chrome OS runs on some devices only. This includes laptops, desktops, convertibles, among others, except on tablets.

 

And Acer’s Chromebook 10 makes a significant deal on that. Tech users claim that Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 is comparable to Apple’s iPad. In fact, many found the claim to be true as Apple announced that it would be selling cheaper models.

 

Acer Chromebook Specs

 

The tablet features a 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 display. Although its size is very much similar to iPad. The Tab 10 has a front- and rear-facing cameras, its battery life could last long for an estimated nine hours. The tablet is powered by OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a USB-C port, among others.

 

But of the reported specs, what’s amazing with the Tab 10 is its stylus support. The tablet has actually a small stylus. The presence of a small stylus in Tablet 10 is like with Samsung Galaxy Note series.

 

 

In terms of pricing, but the company said that the Tablet 10 would be sold for $329, which is the same price as Apple’s current entry-level iPad. Meanwhile, tech giant Apple has announced that the entry-level for its Tab 10 is $259. And if you wanted to use a stylus for your own iPad, you can buy or $999 at any Apple Store.
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Samsung Debuts Galaxy Tab A 7.0 Debuts In India For $150

Samsung has reportedly debut Galaxy Tab A 7.0, a budget tablet to be sold in India. The budget tablet carries the model number SM-T285.

 

Reports say that Galaxy Tab A 7.0 can only be purchased in the South Asian country commencing on the 5th of January this year. In India, Samsung fans can buy the tablet in their favorite stores or from Amazon India.

 

What we know so far is that Galaxy Tab A 7.0 has a price tag of Rs. 9, 500 which is equivalent to $150 in US currency. Samsung fans can select two variant color options-Black or White-when buying the Galaxy Tab A 7.0.

 

Also, the South Korean-based tech company has picked Reliance Jio as the company’s partner where owners may eventually receive a cashback amounting to Rs. 2,000 or $32 with the purchase of a Rs. 299 ($5) recharge pack from the carrier.

 

Accordingly, the cashback will be done for a period of 24 months and eventually, users will have to recharge their tablet within the duration of the contract.

 

Galaxy Tab A 7.0 specs

Here are the entry-level specs of the budget Galaxy Tab A 7.0:

  • 7-inch WXGA TFT LCD with a resolution of 1280 x 800
  • 186.9 x 108.8 x 8.7mm and weighs in 286g
  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM and with 8GB of internal storage; can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card
  • 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera
  • 4,000mAh non-removable battery
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

Samsung has yet to announce the version of Android that will be installed on the tablet. But one of the highlights of the tablet would be the Kids Mode and other parental control features which allow parents to control or perhaps restrict the access of children to some applications.

Pixel C News: Google Stops Selling Its Android Tablet

Have you heard of Pixel C? The once popular Android tablet sold by Google some two years ago. When the company launched the tablet, many tech users expressed mixed reactions to the device’s software aspect. Fast forward this year, a recent report surfaced recently, saying that Pixel C is no longer available online.

 

Google’s Pixel C: What you need to know?

 

Unknown to many, Google’s Pixel C Android tablet is actually a product of the company’s experimental approach. The company’s Android-powered tablet supposedly will show that it could run using the early age of Google hardware.

 

At first, Google’s tablet works fine but eventually, it failed later. Android tablets are still existing today but as per consumer reviews, many are using Apple’s iPad than Android-powered tablets.

 

Well, regarding tablet features, Google’s tablet sports a split screen which is intended for multi-tasking. Such feature can also be found in several modern tablets. However, it does not work well with Pixel C because some Android apps displayed poorly on tablet-sized screens.

 

With this, Google has issued a statement, explaining to the public why the company decided to retire the android-powered tablet.

 

“As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C and it is no longer available for sale. However, we are committed to updating and supporting it, including the recent update to Android 8.0, so customers can continue to get the best out of their device,” Google said in a statement.

 

The search giant added that its recently launched Google Pixelbook offers the best parts of a laptop and a tablet, respectively.

iPad is popular among American adults

The popularity of the tablet is sky rocketing and 25% of American adults have embraced the technology.

According to the study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the growth in tablet ownership has tremendously increased over the past year.

52% of them own an iPad while 48% own an Android based device.

The 52% market share of Apple’s iPad fell down from the previous year when it had 80% of the share. Android on the other hand continues to chomp down on the latter’s lead as the 15% market share of the previous year rose to 48%.

It is good to keep in mind that this study was made before Google released their Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, so it is good to speculate that Android’s market share will still rise in the next few months.

The study also showed that the Kindle Fire is the most popular Android tablet, holding 21% of the market share of the 48% it’s holding.

Amongst mobile phone operating systems, 46% of American adults currently run on the Android OS, followed by iOS with 38%. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry only holds 10% of the share.

What’s running on your smartphone?

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Surface tablet to be priced like Apple’s iPad

Tech developers who are wary of a $200 Surface tablet gave a sigh of relief after Steve Ballmer hinted that their Surface tab would most likely be priced at the price range of Apple’s iPad.

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that their Surface tablet will be priced comparable to that of the iPad rather than the Kindle Fire.

In the interview, Ballmer said, “I think most people would tell you that the iPad is not a superexpensive device… (When) people offer cheaper, they do less. They look less good, they’re chintzier, they’re cheaper.”

“If you say to somebody, would you use one of the 7-inch tablets, would somebody ever use a Kindle to do their homework? The answer is no; you never would. It’s just not a good enough product. It doesn’t mean you might not read a book on it,” he added.

The rumored iPad release next month can possibly affect the price of the Surface tablet.

Currently, the iPad is priced between $400 to $800 depending on the generation and storage size.

Ballmer is very optimistic as to what the Surface tablet can do. According to him, “I’m not paid to have doubts. I don’t have any. It’s a fantastic product.”

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Amazon takes revenge on Google while striking at Apple

The new Amazon tablets are out, and the Kindle Fire has never looked better. When we thought Amazon and their upstart Kindle Fire was finally put to rest by Google’s Nexus 7, they launched a counter offensive that not only sought to out price the Nexus 7, but also sought outperform the Google product.

Amazon launched a flurry of tablets during the press event. First is the revived Kindle Fire with better RAM, processor, and battery, making it viable option despite the Nexus 7. It was also priced competitively low, at only $159 apiece. That is not bad, considering the original Kindle Fire was still very attractive to customers even when the Nexus 7 was already out.

If the revamped Kindle Fire was not enough to beat Google’s Nexus 7 on the spot, they have a new device at the $199 price point – the Kindle Fire HD. It is everything the Kindle Fire once was, with a high definition display, a 5GHz band Wi-Fi capability, and better sound Dolby Digital Plus. It also beats the Nexus 7 in the memory category, starting at 16 GB at $199 and 32 GB at $249. The Nexus 7 16 GB version starts at $249. Amazon really rules in price right now.

It uses a customized secure Amazon Android ICS version. There is no word on getting Jelly Bean, but it wouldn’t matter, as Amazon routinely cuts out anything Google from the OS, so the Google-centric changes in Jelly Bean would not even make it to the device. Amazon even makes sure the default search engine searches Amazon’s site first, especially for purchasable items and multimedia content.

At this point, everything Amazon did was more than expected. They managed to dish out a competitive product while keeping the price lower than the Google Nexus 7. What we didn’t expect, is Amazon attacking the Apple iPad.

Using the 3rd Generation iPad as a benchmark, Amazon shows how they beat Apple in competitive pricing with their Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but first, let’s look at what the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has to offer.

The larger Kindle Fire HD tablet has a Retina class display, going at 254 ppi, compared to the iPad with a 264 ppi. Both devices have highly dense displays that make sure you won’t see the pixels when you look at the screen.

The Kindle Fire HD also sports a dual band Wi-Fi antenna, which in theory makes browsing the internet much faster than both the Nexus 7 and the iPad 3. Usage of this technology will still depend on your Wi-Fi router, but it is still an awesome addition to the product specifications.

Speaking of specifications, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 also uses a dual core processor similar to the old version, but with a better integrated GPU. This allows higher graphical performance necessary for the Retina quality displays. The processor is clocked at a whopping 1.8 GHz. Much like the iPad, the Kindle Fire HD also has a 4G LTE version, aptly named the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE.

Now back to the pricing, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 for the 16 GB version, while the iPad is priced at $499. It is even lower than the 2nd Generation iPad, which is currently priced at $399 for the 16 GB model.

Going higher in memory, the Wi-Fi only Kindle is priced at $399 for the 32 GB version while the 4G LTE version is priced at $499 for 32 GB. The new iPad is priced at $599 for Wi-Fi, and $729 for the 4G version.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE also has a 64 GB option, priced at $599. The iPad has 64 GB on both the Wi-Fi and 4G options, but are priced at a hefty sum of $699 and $829 respectively.

As you can see, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which was presented in a way that truly screams “aimed at the iPad”, is priced very competitively. Google tried to beat Amazon in price, and Amazon just beat them back to the ground taking Apple along for the ride.

This has yet to take into consideration the added Kindle specific features that are not present in other Android versions, most notably, the high integration with the Amazon AppStore, the X-Ray for books and movies, and the advanced built in parental controls.

There are certainly a lot of factors to consider when buying your tablet. If price is all you are worried about, then the Kindle lineup has you covered while providing features and specifications that are able to go toe to toe with all the other tablets in the market. Will a Kindle be your next device?

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Google might make the Nexus 7 truly mobile with 3G

The Google Nexus 7 has truly been popular. The Nexus name itself is enough of a reason to get it if you are into Android, but there were a lot of things about the Nexus that can really catch a person’s attention the first time they see it.

The Google Nexus 7 was made alongside ASUS, who is known in the Android community as a popular Android tablet maker. They make it really cheap, too. The Nexus 7 was made with ASUS’ connection to get the lowest price for the best parts possible.

The Nexus 7 had a price tag of $199, the same price tag that competitor Amazon had for their Kindle fire. The main difference here is the sheer power that the Nexus 7 brings to the customer at that price. You get a quad core Tegra 3 processor, a 7 inch 1280×800 HD display, emerging tech such as the NFC based Android Beam, and best of all, the latest Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Kindle Fire was blown out the water in an instance. The Nexus 7 beat it in every way, making it the clear choice in a low cost, high yield android tablet market. Despite the popularity, the Google Nexus 7 had a few faults that critics seem to focus at.

One is the lack of SD memory expansion. Just to say, for a Nexus device, that is already a given. Google seeks to encourage Nexus users to utilize the cloud based services, such as Google Drive, Google Music, Google Videos, etc., in the absence of memory space. I didn’t see what the issue was, as Amazon’s little Kindle Fire didn’t have one as well.

The Google Nexus 7 was indeed built to be a mobile device, but Google failed in one area – connectivity. Since the device was meant to be a mobile device that focuses on cloud based services, it is a given that the user would need internet access all the time to access their data on the cloud. The problem was the Google Nexus 7 was only built with Wi-Fi connectivity.

People have worked around the issue by tethering data from their mobile phones when on the go, but this causes battery strain for 2 devices at the same time. Many wished that the Nexus 7 had access to network based data. Google probably figured this out, so according to a “reliable and well-placed source”, Google is about ready to ship a batch of Nexus 7 equipped with 3G capabilities in a matter of 6 weeks (give or take).

If this leak is proven to be true, a lot of people hesitant about getting a Nexus 7 for themselves would surely have good reason to get one if their only cause for concern is the lack of 3G data. Do take note that while it will have 3G capabilities, it does not mean that it can be used for texting and calling.

Are you finally ready to give Google’s latest Nexus a go? Sure, it will be priced a bit higher for adding 3G technologies, but it will still be the best bang for your buck tablet out there. It definitely beats the previous Kindle Fire, but I wonder how well it would fare now that the second Kindle Fire is nearly on stage?

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Surface tablet pricing still unknown: PC vendors on a lookout

Microsoft isn’t planning to back out in their plans to release their Surface tablet products. This was revealed by Acer chairman JT Wang last Thursday.

But Microsoft in their part is planning to create a price gap between their Surface tablet and devices that their vendors make, in order for the companies supplying the latter to still have business with them.

According to Digitimes, “Microsoft is currently looking for solutions such as creating a price gap to minimize the negative impact on other vendor’s product lineup.”

The pricing for the Surface tablet hasn’t been made public yet. But a low tiered $199 Surface tablet could spell doom for other companies that carry the Windows OS.

Wang said that a Surface tablet that would fetch consumers $499 to $599 could create some leeway for other companies and could have a smaller impact to them.

Microsoft has publicly stated that, “Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.”

A lot of individuals are looking forward to the Microsoft Surface tablet. But a lot of companies have been very weary as to the impact this tablet would have to the industry.

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