Oct 182012

Although there are many versions rumors, but that Microsoft yesterday disclosed the price of its own brand first Tablet PC Surface shocked the industry, as its 16G, 32G, 64G price is exactly the same with Apple’s latest generation equivalent version ipad. Different from Apple’s indifference to the Chinese mainland market, Surface chose to launch first in the Chinese mainland market, Suning becomes Microsoft Surface exclusive online sales platform in China.

Industry was originally expected that Microsoft will unveiled the price of the Surface officially on October 26 same day as Windows 8′s, but Microsoft disclosed the price of the Surface in advance, and also announced the Surface pre-installed the Windows RT version began a limited pre-order, the industry thoufgt that the software giant which has always been quite satisfactory also began to pay attention to the marketing strategy.

Its Surface pre-installed Windows RT sales price is exactly the same with wifi version Apple new ipad price released in March of this year in the U.S. market, including 16G, 32G , 64G are separately $499, $599 and $699, lower than the minimum price the industry had expected.

Oct 172012

According to media reports, the sources revealed to the media on Tuesday that Best Buy would also launch its own-produced Tablet PC, and it is expected that this tablet will be on sale on November 11.

The source said that Best Buy self-developed Tablet PC is also based on the Android operating system, code-named “Insignia Flex”. Currently, Best Buy is planning to set the selling price of the product between $239 and $259.

This tablet computer will compete with Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle.

Actually, later last week, Best Buy has shared related messages on its Facebook page.

The source said that the Tablet PC will be on sale on November 11, but only available in the Best Buy store. This tablet PC is configured with 1GHz dual-core processor, 9.7-inch display, and the battery life is approximately 10 hours.

However, the technology blog Businessinsider does not seem to be optimistic about Best Buy Tablet PC market prospects. The blog author said, producting the Tablet PC has become the trend at the moment, many companies are entering the field of Tablet PCs, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Toys R Us, Google, Apple and Microsoft. Of course, Apple is still the leader of the tablet market, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are fighting for the second place.

Businessinsider article also said, Best Buy didn’t make enough effort in the field of Tablet PC, for a long time it also lost a lot of customers, thus the company also needs to try some new products in order to seek new channels to find customers. Nevertheless, Businessinsider article believes that the Best buy Tablet PC’s success probability may be zero, the reason is that the product not only lacks of calculation experience like Apple or Microsoft’s, but also lacks of Google’s software experience. In addition, Best Buy store is unlike the Amazon, which has strong release capacity

Oct 152012

According to rumors, the new 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro laptop will be lighter and thinner than the 15 inch Retina display MacBook Pro laptopĀ  published in June. The new 13-inch retina display MacBook Pro notebooks will have two different configurations, mainly in the processor and hard disk size. It’s expected it will be officially sold shortly after released.

Same with the 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro notebook, the new 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro Laptop is expensive, in addition to the difference in Retina display, it also uses the processor running faster and USB3.0 technology.

The 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro notebook code name is D2, the code name of the smaller size of the 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro notebook is D1 same as forecasted this morning.

Oct 112012

Taiwan smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC today officially announced that it would withdraw from the tablet PC market in the United States, global project manager Jeff Gordon said the main reason is because the iPad has a strong influence in the American market and the U.S. market has become saturated. He then also said it would pay close attention to the U.S. flat-panel market trends, and at the appropriate time it will come again.

In the past two years, HTC has introduced three tablet Flyer, Evo View 4G, and a Jetstream in the U.S. market, which have adopted the Android system, but due to the impact from iPad and Nexus 7, none is on sale.

Gordon said: “This is a very valuable learning experience for us, and we will absolutely come back”.

Oct 102012

According to media reports, Barclays Bank analyst Ben Reitzes published studies reported that Apple’s next revolutionary product is probable to be the TV remote control instead of the TV itself.

Reitzes said iPad mini configured with 7.85-inch display which can be used as a TV remote control, which will be one of the first products used to expand the potential market for iOS devices, “We believe that the iPad mini’s 7.85-inch display can be used for traditional media consumption tasks – such as reading books and watching movies, but as time goes on, Apple will have more ideas to iPad mini. Apple strategy secret is not TV, but the TV remote control ” .

Reitz said in the report, “With iCloud, we did not find the reason that Apple didn’t make the iPad become the TV interface, users can use the virtual keyboards to complete the basic computing tasks – e-mails, viewing calendar, surfing the Internet, editing photos and chating through iMessage. The iPad will become the Central Command of digital home one day, the home automation companies have been testing this idea.

Reitzes expects Apple will launch its own brand of high-definition TV, but he also warns that, before reaching a favorable licensing terms with content providers, Apple will not launch the TV products.

In August, there were rumors that Apple would provide a cloud computing DVR (digital video recorder) functionality set-top box to cable TV companies. It is reported that the negotiations are still in progress, it is expected at least to 2013 they will reach an agreement.

Reitzes reiterated Apple’s stock “overweight” rating and target price is $810.

Oct 052012

According to media reports, the “Business Week” quoted two anonymous sources saying at local time on Wednesday that Apple is considering no longer using the Intel processors in Mac computers, but this change is clearly not “happen soon”.

“It’s very difficult to change the processor and it will not happen soon. Switching to the other processors will allow Apple desktops and laptops further distinguished from competitors configuring withIntel processor and running Microsoft Windows operating system,” the reports said.

Apple had the idea of giving up Intel processors in the past, but “Business Week” reported that Apple is currently still having such thoughts. Technology blog site AppleInsiderĀ  reported in 2010 that Apple had ever discussed with Intel’s main rival AMD about matters of future models of Mac computers changing the latter processor.

In the past, Mac is configured with PowerPC processor developed by IBM, which is a big difference between the Mac and Windows PC. In 2005 Apple announced that all Mac products would be switching to Intel processors, and the transition was completed in August 2006. Since therelease of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in 2009, Apple no longer supports PowerPC Mac.

Although Mac is configured with the Intel processor, but Apple’s mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad are not configured with Intel processors. Intel has been vigorously promoting the Atom processor, but tests show that Apple’s self-developed A6 processor performance is better than Atom’s.

If Apple abandons Intel, the AMD will be a possible choice, but Apple has made significant progress in development chips for the iPhone and iPad. Earlier this year, rumorsĀ  Apple considered to configure MacBook Series especially the MacBook Air with independently developed ARM-based processor.

The “Business Week” also reported that Apple late CEO Steve Jobs had considered to remove Google search service in iOS, but eventually he and Apple did not do so, as which woulf have a big impact on users.

Sep 292012

Samsung Ativ Tab is Samsung’s first Widnows 8 RT tablet, which received many consumers soughting after since the launch, but whether this product will be successful, the price will play a more critical role, but its price has never been publiced. Fortunately, the online retailer of Slovenia enaa announced the price of the Samsung Ativ Tab tablet, it can be seen from the sales page of Ativ Tab that the 32GB version is priced at 650 euros.

The 650 euros has already been a high price, but this price does not include the keyboard and stylus, through Samsung provides the optional keyboard dock. This price is higher than most Android tablets even the iPad, Windows 8 RT can be closer to a complete operating system compared to Android and iOS, but hardware part is basically the same.

The other hand, the price is not confirmed by Samsung, which might just be the seller’s unilateral acts. Windows 8 will soon be available for sale, then we will know if the price is real ot not.

Sep 272012

According to media reports, technology news site examiner quoted analyst Paul Mueller reporter and said that Apple may be developing a screen aspect ratio of 16:9 iPad prototype.

Muller said he had communicated with three independent sources close to Apple, these three individuals agreed that Apple is developing widescreen iPad, and it will not be the rumored iPad mini, but a full-size next-generation iPad. Mueller also said within the next few weeks he will disclose more news about the widescreen iPad.

In view that the iPhone 5 has already been configured with widescreen display, it will be reasonable for Apple to use widescreen display in the iPad, but this idea is also problematic. The Tech blog site Gizmodo editor Jesus Diaz pointed out that, due to close to the paper, the 4:3 screen aspect ratio is more suitable for most tasks. The 16:9 screen aspect ratio is more suitable for video, but the video is not the most common use for iPad. However, since Apple launched the Airplay Mirroring, if the iPad screen aspect ratio is consistent with the user’s television, there will be a better performance.

The screen aspect ratio changes also face technical challenges, as it will affect the end-user experience. To increase the iPad size is unlike to increase iPhone size which is attractive, because its screen size has reached 10 inches, continuing to increase the size does not match most people’s expectations. Because the Lightning interface required space is less than the 30-pin connector, the feasibility to produce Widescreen is higher, but widescreen display means that the available display area decreases, the user experience will be affected.

Examiner reported that its sources said there is possibility that the Apple is developing the widescreen iPad, but the news can not be confirmed. It is worth noticing that Muller and Diaz have made mistakes in predicting the products of Apple and other companies.

Sep 262012

According to media reports, the National Museum of the U.S. health care recently released an iPad application NMHMC Harvey in the Chicago area, which allows the user to observe legendary physics genius Einstein’s brain slices. The application uses the Einstein’s brain slices the pathologist Thomas Harvey got in 1955, for the first time to show the the high IQ genius brain slices Figure to the general public in such a large extent.

After Einstein body cremation, Harvey cut his brain into 240 units to freeze storage. After a few years, Harvey donated multiple to the researchers, including the University of California UC Berkeley neuroscientist Professor Marian Diamond, he donated the remaining part to the Princeton University Medical Center Dr. Elliot Krauss in 1998.

According to the Associated Press, these brain slice data provided reference study for the research papers published in prestigious medical journal “The Lancet”, the paper said, Einstein’s parietal lobe area (this area is mainly in charge of the math and language part of the brain) is more advanced than the average, about 15% wider than the average. This iPad application is priced at $9.99.

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Sep 242012

Microsoft Windows 8 will be officially released on October 26. WPCentral disclosed that, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be pre-installed with Windows 8 operating system, with the keyboard docking station, and the price is about $799.

Although the price is high, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 has attractive place. Previously it is detailedly explained, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is with Intel processors and running Windows 8 operating system, with 10.1 inches 1366×768 resolution display and 10 hours battery life.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 price is far more than the Lenovo Windows RT flat price ($300), but it’s nearly the same with the Asus Vivo Tab tablet priced, and it’s estimated that the configuration will be near to the high-end Surface. Anyway, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 Business Tablet PC will be launched October 26, compared to the cheaper Windows RT Tablet or Apple iPad, perhaps the price will make some users difficult to accept, but it’s still worth attention.