Oct 252012

ASUS held a new conference in New York and released its full range of windows 8 products, including notebooks, tablet PCs, and AIO equipments. Asus chairman Johnny Shih showed Asus new products, including dual screen Tai chi notebook, the touch screen VivoBook Series notebook, Zenbook ultrabook, VivoTab series tablet, Transformer Book deformable notebook and so on.

The Tai chi dual-screen notebook is the focus of the ASUS conference, it uses dual IPS HD touch screen design, 11.6-inch screen, Core i5/i7 processor, 4GB RAM, 128/256GB solid state drive, and it’s priced at $1,299, and will be on market in early November. The two screens can display same content and different content, and also it can be used as a tablet when closed the screen.

The VivoBook is newly launched series, and it has 11.6, 14 and 15-inch three sub-series, all using the touch screen, among which the 11.6-inch adopts Core i3 processor, 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive S200.

The new Zenbook series are high-end ultrabooks adopting full HD resolution touch screen, and it’s targeted at high-end users.

The VivoTab Series is ASUS newly launched windows series tablet, including with windows RT system, Tegra3 processor and 10.1-inch screen VivoTab RT; using windows 8 system, Atom processor, 11.6-inch screen and with the stylus VivoTab tablet; and the use of windows 8, Atom processor, 10.1-inch screen and equipped with the Smart Keyboard Cover VivoTab Smart Tablet. The VivoTab RT weighs only 530g, and it is the lightest 10-inch tablet. It has 16 hours battery life with the base.

Transformer Book deformable laptop can remove the screen to become a tablet and it is currently the thinnest Core i7 tablet.

Although some products has unpublished price and time-to-market, with the official release of the Microsoft windows 8, Asus full line windows 8 devices will also be on sale soon.

Oct 252012

Microsoft will release Windows 8 soon in New York. There will display the Windows RT Tablet PC and other OEM manufacturers Windows 8 devices. Windows 8 will release four versions, the official retail price has not been announced, and there are only three upgrade programs. Windows 8 will be on sale simultaneously on October 26 in the global.

Four versions

Windows 8 will release four versions, namely Windows 8 (regular edition), Windows 8 Pro (Professional Edition), Windows 8 Enterprise (Enterprise Edition) and Windows RT (ARM version). The first two versions can be gained from retail channel, Enterprise Edition can only be purchased by registered users. Windows RT will be bundled with the hardware devices, not for separate retail.

Three upgrade programs

Previously, Microsoft announced in the official blog, users needs only $15 minimumly to upgrade to Windows 8. There are three upgrade options to be selected.

The following are detailed upgrade program:

1. Personal computer user who purchases notebooks pre-loaded with Windows 7 operating system between June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013, can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional Edition with only $15, and this registered service will be closed on February 28, 2013.

2. If your PC is running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, you can download Windows 8 upgrade with $40, which is effective to 131 markets.

3. To buy the system in the shop, the upgraded Windows 8 Pro with DVD packaging is priced at $70, which is the promotional price. Windows 8 Pro upgrade promotion will end on January 31, 2013, you can purchase online or in a shop.

Oct 242012

According to media reports, the TechBargains.com site recently launched an investigation on whether the user is willing to buy Apple’s upcoming iPad mini, the results showed that one-third of the respondents don’t intend to buy iPad mini as it’s too small, one-fifth believed that the iPad mini price may be too expensive.

The findings also showed that 70% of respondents among those who have not decided whether to buy the iPad mini are considering whether they need a smaller iPad, 30% people believe that the iPad mini price may be too expensive, in those who plan to buy the iPad mini, a quarter said they want to replace the existing tablet PCs with smaller iPad.

The survey results show that 18% respondents plan to buy the iPad mini, 32% people did not decide whether to buy, 50% people do not intend to buy.

TechBargains.com website president and editor-in-chief Yung Trang said: “Seen from the results of this survey, when consumers are considering whether to buy the iPad mini, what they really care about are price and screen size. This smaller tablet PCs may not be sought after by consumers as Apple’s other products. ”

In respondents who plan to buy the iPad mini, 14% indicated that they plan to queue to buy the Tablet PC on the release day, one fifth plan to purchase online once the Tablet PC launched, 66% people have not determine the purchase time.

Oct 242012

According to media reports, the market research firm Forrester said in a report, affected by the Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems, smart phones and tablet PCs make Microsoft computing device operating system market share decline to about 30% from approximately 70% 4 years ago.

In order to reverse the decline of the operating system market share, Microsoft will release Windows 8 system later this week. The era of Microsoft’s dominant operating system market has passed and the operating system market will be divided by a number of companies.

Forrester vice president and principal analyst Frank Gillett said, “The operating system market will not be dominated by an operating system, or a company in future, Microsoft is too late to entry into the mobile market and has lost the dominant position.” Despite unlike RIM, Palm and Nokia slipped into a spiral, but Windows is no longer the king of the computing device operating system.

Windows market share decline was mainly due to large numbers of mobile devices running Android and iOS systems. Android will continue to lead the smartphone market, while Apple’s iOS software will continue to dominate the tablet market, Microsoft will continue to control the PC market.

Gillett said, “Despite a dominant position in the smartphone market, we believe that Google has missed the opportunity to develop in the Android Tablet PC market. The Android platform Tablet PC applications are not enough. Nexus 7 have some help, but there is no evidence that Google has had a major turning point in the Tablet PC market. Windows will have some success in the Tablet PC market, to reach 27% market share in 2016, due to the large PC user base, close relationship with corporate IT departments, Android Tablet pc is not strong enough. ”

Enterprises will be required to face three different types operating systems, rather than just an operating system of Microsoft. The main reason for this problem is employees use their own smart phones and tablet PCs in the workplace.

Oct 242012

According to the blog site GizmoChina report, less than 12 hours after the Apple iPad mini released, a cheap copy version iPad mini called GooPad mini will be listed in November.

GooPad was once known as the best imitation of the 9.7-inch iPad, but it is not just satisfied with this. After Apple introduced iPad mini, GooPad mini followed it and gave us an unexpected price of $99.

Known as the cheap copy version iPad mini, but the configuration of this product should not be underestimated. GooPad mini is equipped with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and the latest Android 4.1 operating system, 8-inch screen, 8GB storage space, and supports for WiFi. GooPad mini has a 2.0 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera.

As clone knockoff, GooPad mini is not a bad product, it has almost the same size screen with the iPad mini and a similar processor. The most important thing is that it is only $ 99. When you buy iPad mini you should probably think about your wallet and then select GooPad mini as your Christmas gift.

Oct 232012

According to media reports, the well-known Apple news commentary blog Daring Fireball author John Gruber thought that the real name for iPad mini might be called iPad Air, and it will not be equipped with Retina display, while the sale price of this product will be lower than the current iPod touch.

Gruber thinks that the new iPad does not use Retina display, he explained: “Each new iOS mobile device has debuted with a non-Retina display, and then gone Retina two or three years later.” Graber said the Retina display is costive and it will make the latest iPad heavier and thicker, due to the extra power needed for the pixel-packed display. “I expect the primary attributes of the smaller iPad to be thinness, weight, and price,” writes Gruber. “A Retina display would make it thicker, heavier, and more expensive.

As for the pricing debate, Gruber thinks that the price of the new iPad will be less than the iPod touch. He said that “isn’t just smaller than the iPad – it’s miniature,” and technology is sometimes priced as “big is expensive, small is cheap, miniature is expensive.” In the UK market, the latest iPod touch is priced at £249 (32GB) and £329 (64GB).

For the naming issues of the new iPad, more people tend to that Apple will name it as iPad mini, but there is no evidence for this. Graber predicted iPad mini real name should be iPad Air, just as previous MacBook Air. His second guess is that Apple will just go with iPad, as it did with its third generation, and the iPad mini is the name he thinks is least likely.

Oct 232012

With Windows 8 operating system release date approaching, the major PC manufacturers have accelerated the pace of introduction new products. Asustek Computer will hold a conference for the Windows 8 new products at local time on October 23 in New York. Seen from the text of the invitation to the media, Asus did not reveal any information about the new products.

However, in accordance with the manufacturers’ release practice, the TAICHI and Transformer Book two touchscreen ultrabooks Asus exposed earlier in this year’s Taipei Computex should be the core protagonist of this conference. In addition, according to the video content Asus put online of Win8 new products, the two named VivoBook and Vivotab products will be likely to bring consumers more surprises.

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Oct 232012

According to media reports, Google has quietly updated its mobile payment service Google Wallet website, to promote the upcoming new version Google Wallet.

Users can apply for an invitation code in Google Wallet website. Google Wallet supports iPhone, Android and other devices. This indicates that Google will give up its early reliance on special hardware on the Android phone, to expand the popularity of Google Wallet in consumers and businesses.

Google has put a lot of advertising on buses and billboards, but Google Wallet is not favored by consumers, part reason is that it only supports some models of Sprint and Virgin Mobile mobile phones, and the reliance on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

Google also provides web version Google Wallet for online payment, including Google’s own Google Play store buying digital content and applications. Over the years, Google has been providing a similar service called the Google Checkout.

A source revealed that Google pay business head Osama Bedier will speak in Money2020 meeting, but he will not disclose the details of the new version Google Wallet. Bedier is the former executive of payment service PayPal.

Oct 222012

Apple’s conference will be held in U.S. time on October 23, when the long-rumored iPad mini is likely to be published. Although the market generally believes that Apple’s new iPad will be the protagonist of the conference, the latest news from French blog website iGen.fr, that Apple might also introduce an upgraded version of the independent e-book application iBooks iBooks 3.0 at the conference.

Recently, a named iGen.fr French Apple blog author said, in Apple’s digital book store, part of the books explicitly require to use iBooks 3.0 application – in the French comic novel “Largo Winch” page, the sidebar has description in requesting iBooks 3.0.

Apple gave developers and media publishers some control authority in iTunes store, so they can make some description, but the technology website The Next Web pointed out that this part of the overall application requirements is automatically generated content, developers can not change. This means that, taking into account the next week, Apple will release new products, iBooks 3.0 appeared in the Apple iTunes Store is not a printing error.

According to Apple’s sales strategy, the next version iBooks will focus more on the visual experience. Back in February of this year, Apple once added graphic novel partition in the iBooks store. And seen from the success of ComiXology, this partition performance is good. It is reported that there is news that Apple may want to increase the sales of textbooks through iBooks.

Oct 222012

Lenovo Group’s vice president of mobile terminals research and development division general manager Chen Wenhui, said in Beijing, Lenovo istore new V5.0 version has already been on line, but the Lenovo has no plans to launch application store for Win8 temporarily.

Chen said, currently the applications in Lenovo istore are based on Android system, no applications are Windows-based, temporarily it will not increase the Windows applications.

Chen also said that Lenovo newly launched V5.0 version still adopts the model area which is to recommend the appropriate software according to each model. According to reports, there are 130,000 applications in Lenovo istore.

It is reported that Lenovo istore has been on line since May 11, 2010. On July 21 this year, Lenovo iStore application downloads broke billion for the first time.