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Mother’s Day is this weekend and chances are, you’ll be pulling up 1-800-FLOWERS from your speed dial and ordering a bunch of flowers. However, if you’re in a panic over what to get momma, especially beyond the standard red roses and chocolate-dipped strawberries, this list will help you on your way to buying her something sweet and useful.
Samsung has introduced its new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3, which had been rumored since January. It’s an Android tablet (the third in the brand’s line) with a 1.2GHz processor. The WiFi version will be available in May and a 3G version in June. Engadget has more about the specs of the device.
The Next Web doesn’t exactly rave about the device, saying it’s “serviceable” for posts to Twitter and Instagram and calls the hardware “low-end.” While the price of the device hasn’t been revealed as yet, it’s expected to be less expensive than the $400 Galaxy Note 8.0. The device is a competitor to the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini.
Let us know what you think if you’ve tested it out.
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Las Vegas and already new products and launches have made waves. Companies including Samsung, Lenovo, Intel, Ford, Toyota, and more are at the event, touting new innovations and technologies.
Rumors were rampant about what to expect at CES this year: smart appliances, including TVs and refrigerators; new technologies for mobile phones; and in-car apps and technology. And this year’s press day on Monday, prior to CES’s launch on Tuesday, didn’t disappoint.
Intel hosted a press conference on Monday, showing its roadmap for PCs through 2014. The company highlighted how its “Haswell” chips will make devices thinner and smarter going forward, demonstrated a tabletop touch-screen device, and announced a microprocessor for tablets.
Lenovo also debuted its 27-inch, IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC (at right), with full internet capability and, at the size of a coffee table, space for four people to get their hands on the touch screen. The Los Angeles Times said of the device, “it’s easy to imagine this in your living room.”
Other innovations in the living room included smart TVs. Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony debuted their collections of smart TVs, which bring together live TV, social networks, and personal content such as photos. Additionally, Samsung debuted a refrigerator with a LCD screen and Sony, meanwhile, introduced its water-proof mobile phone, the Xperia Z.
LG is also focusing on appliances at CES 2013, with the debut of a washing machine and refrigerator with touch screens and wireless technology. Chief technology officer Skott Ahn spoke to Forbes about getting consumers to embrace these types of technologies.
“We really try hard,” he said. “Consumers don’t need to understand what they have to do, or what kind of functions really spread over all the devices and what kind of technologies are involved to implement that. We’d like to make our consumers do something they just want to do. Then all the other background steps should be done by all the connectivity we have provided.”
On the automotive side, car companies such as Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Kia, Audi, and more have been coming to CES for several years, touting the in-car technologies they have introduced. This year, Ford and GM are both reaching out to developers and software designers to create apps that will translate to use on the road, the Wall Street Journal reported.
CES will be going strong all week, so look for continuing coverage on tech blogs and outlets. While Apple and Microsoft will not be at the event, there will still be plenty of news out of Las Vegas this week.
Are you a gadget-freak who is paying close attention to CES?
Oprah was betrayed by technology last night after she posted a tweet crowing about her favorite tablet — the Surface — but posted it using an iPad.
You probably don’t even think about it when you’re typing away, but, as CNBC notes, “When you view Twitter using some third-party programs, you can see where someone sent a tweet from.” Dang. Oprah included the iPad on her list of favorite things back in 2010, so maybe she was using her old iPad rather than her new Surface tablet to tweet last night? TechCrunch points out that “Twitter hasn’t released an official Twitter client in the Windows Store yet, but it remains one of the most popular apps on other platforms.” So that may have been the cause for the snafu.
She also tweeted at one point yesterday that she bought 12 Surface tablets to give as gifts this year. So maybe the dollar is a mightier endorsement than the tweet.
Oprah announced all of her Favorite Things and gave them away to military spouses during a special that aired the other day on OWN, just like she used to on her daytime talk show. Also on the list were Coach puffer jackets ($458 apiece) , a TUSK checkbook clutch ($117 each when you use a special OPRAH code), and P.Jamas pjs ($160 per). Oh, and also trips to Fiji. Which all of the military wives also got. And completely went crazy over when they found out. Video below.
While consumers waited for the release of the iPad Mini, which was officially announced on October 23, Apple’s hold on the tablet market dropped in the third quarter of 2012.
According to a report from the International Data Corporation, Apple had 14 million shipments of tablets in the third quarter. While this is an increase from the 11.1 million in the third quarter 2011, the company’s market share dropped. In Q3 2012, 50.4 percent of tablet shipments were from Apple, a drop from 59.7 percent from Q3 2011.
The IDC noted that this drop may have been due to some Apple fans waiting for the new iPad Mini. Full year results will show the impact the Mini had on the tablet market, but so far, Apple reported that three million iPad Minis and fourth generation iPads were sold during the opening weekend starting on Friday, November 2.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s market share rose from 6.5 percent to 18.4 percent from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012, as its shipments rose from 1.2 million to 5.1 million.
“Samsung took advantage of an opportunity in the second quarter,” said Ryan Reith, program manager, IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers, in a statement about the data. “The company offers a wide range of tablet offerings across multiple screen sizes and colors, and that clearly resonated with more buyers this quarter. Its growth to 18.4% of worldwide market share during the quarter represents the first time a competitor has attained this level of share since the original launch of the iPad.”
Amazon, which was not tracked in 2011, saw 2.5 million shipments, or nine percent market share, while Asus (8.6 percent market share) and Lenovo (1.4 percent) rounded out the top five tablet vendors.
It seems tablets are everywhere these days, and the numbers back that up. The IDC also found that tablet sales were up 49.5 percent over the past year, with 27.8 million tablets shipped during the third quarter.
But while the event was canceled, leaked photos and a video have surfaced online, showcasing the new Nexus 10 Tablet, which is made by Samsung and runs with Android 4.2 operating system. BriefMobile has the photos and more information about the technical specifications of the 10-inch tablet, and we’ve embedded the video, also from BriefMobile, below.
Additionally, PhonesReview.com has what appears to be the manual for the Nexus 10.
Google has yet to announce a new date for the event, which was also supposed to showcase the Android 4.2 operating system and the LG Nexus phone. But it has created a Crisis Map for Hurricane Sandy. The map has information about the storm and its location, as well as public announcements, alerts, and evacuation info.
With all these new tablets flooding the market, do you know which one you want to buy?
This was a big week in the tech space as both Apple and Microsoft hosted events to debut and showcase their latest products. Apple introduced several new versions of its products, as well as the new iPad Mini, while Microsoft demonstrated the Windows 8 operating system on various PCs and launched the Surface Tablet.
Microsoft put Thursday, October 25 on the books a long time ago and no doubt part of Apple’s strategy was to pull buzz away from Microsoft with an announcement of their own. On Tuesday, October 23, Apple not only debuted the iPad Mini, but also a fourth generation iPad, a new iMac, and a 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display. So who won?
SocialMention.com is a free tool that analyzes the way a company or phrase is mentioned across various social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and WordPress. Over the past week, both the Microsoft Surface and iPad Mini had a strong showing in social media, with one mention every 17 or 18 seconds, respectively. Sentiment for the iPad Mini was slightly more positive than that for the Surface, however, and Apple always sees more overall buzz on social media in general.
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One way that Microsoft had an edge this week is that its Surface product is currently available. The product was originally previewed back in June and the events this week were about the official launch on Friday, October 26, and showcasing Windows 8 operating system. Apple’s iPad Mini will not be available until November 2. While the wait can build more excitement for Apple products—just look at all those people in line!—by getting the Surface out in the market this week, Microsoft raised its visibility.
Apple is taking a little bit of a hit this week, as the tablet market becomes even more crowded. As of Friday morning, the day after Microsoft’s announcement, Apple’s stock had been dropping slightly, while Microsoft’s was on the rise. (Here are Apple’s earnings, released yesterday after the bell.) Concerns over whether Apple can continue its dominance in the space may be to blame.
Additionally, while Microsoft isn’t as “hot” as Apple, it has such a strong hold in the PC market that, while sales may or may not reach internal expectations, Windows 8 will continue to be the operating system for a variety of PC manufacturers and hold on to its dominance there. When it comes to the Surface, tech reporters, bloggers, and reviewers mentioned concerns about the software and apps available for the tablet, which may be a bigger concern down the line.
Yes, there was a lot of buzz about Apple and its product announcements this week, especially on social media, but the company is used to that kind of web notoriety. Microsoft was able to hold its own, generating plenty of news stories and buzz about Windows 8 and the Surface, despite the fact that Apple tried to steal some of its spotlight. Additionally, with some solid reviews of the Surface, praise for its hardware, and the physical availability this week as well, I declare Microsoft the winner. Next week, when the iPad Mini is out, is a different story.
Do you agree? Let me know in the comments.
Get out of your Apple-induced haze. Microsoft also has some new stuff that they’re hoping you’ll pay attention to.
One item is Windows 8, its latest operating system, which went on sale today. According to The Wall Street Journal, Windows powers nine out of 10 computers in the world. The story also says that computer makers are hoping that the new system will inspire PC sales, which have been in a slump recently, with consumers opting for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
“Microsoft and its hardware partners plan to market Windows 8 heavily, together spending hundreds of millions of dollars on ads. Microsoft is also opening 34 temporary stores this week, mostly in malls, to show off the new ware,” the article reports. If you watched Scandal last night you probably noticed that the next episode in two weeks (the Country Music Awards will be on next Thursday) will be “brought to you by Windows 8.” A check of the ABC Network’s website shows that a few shows are being brought to you by Windows.
And Oprah’s OWN has signed on with an app. Getting brands to sign on for apps is the next big hurdle, says the WSJ. While some magazine companies, Conde Nast, for instance, have jumped on the system with their apps, others like Meredith, haven’t. In fact, Reuters reports that many businesses say they have “no compelling reason to adopt” the new system.
Besides the new operating system, there’s also the new Surface tablet, which, The Washington Post says, has gotten some good reviews, but the reception has otherwise been mixed. It starts at $499, but you will need to spend extra for a cover that is a necessity for content creation.
However, both CNET and TechCrunch argue that the Surface is not a true tablet. “If Microsoft succeeds, in reality, it will create a new category. Surface is something between tablet and a laptop,” says CNET, citing that keyboard as a reason it’s something else entirely. TechCrunch goes so far as to call it a straight up PC. Saying its “hard to handle” because of its operating system, Windows RT, the story continues, “The problem here is that the Surface is basically a big laptop screen without the keyboard.”
Praising the device for its ability to handle the writing duties of a TechCrunch reporter, the writer also had criticisms for its size, screen, and photo-taking abilities. If you’re curious about the device, it’s worth it to read this review as well as some of the others.
Any thoughts out there? Will you be investing in a new Microsoft product?
Our Twitter feed was on fire with the Apple presentation, which wrapped up just a short time ago. Everyone had been anticipating the iPad Mini and — Behold! — the image above is that of Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide product marketing holding one aloft for all the world to see.
It’s 7.2 millimeters thick (!), 23 percent thinner than the current iPad, and weighs .68 of a pound. According to USA Today‘s live blog of the event, “Among the iPad Mini nuts and bolts: an A5 dual-core chip, 5 megapixel iSight camera on the rear of the tablet which can shoot 1080p HD video, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi support as well as the new Lightning connector available on the iPhone 5.” But, the 16GB version starts at $329; 4G starts at $459. It’s already up on the Apple website. It’ll ship on November 2.
Business Insider notes that Apple’s stock dropped immediately after the announcement of the Mini’s price. The New York Times live blog of the event says the price tag is a mere $30 more than the recently released iPod Touch (so why would you buy that?) and more expensive than the Google Nexus 7 Tablet ($200) and the Amazon Fire ($160). For more on that, check out this article on Ars Tecnica, which lays out all of the seven-inch tablet options and their specs.
The company also introduced the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is 3/4 of an inch thick, weighs 3.5 pounds and costs $1,699. And there’s a brand new iMac desktop priced at $1,299, shipping next month.
We tweeted some of the trivia that CEO Tim Cook dropped during the presentation as well. A few of the highlights:
-100 million iPads were sold in the summer quarter, more than all of the PC-maker competition combined.
-35 billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple Store.
-And separately, from the Times live blog, iBooks, digital textbooks, are available to 80 percent of American high schools.
So, will you be getting an iPad Mini? Maybe adding it to your holiday wish list?
In technology, it’s out with the old, in with the new.
A new report this week shows that people aren’t investing in new personal computers the way they once were. Instead, shoppers are paying much more attention to tablets and smartphones, with a new Microsoft operating system driving little enthusiasm in the tech marketplace. According to The Wall Street Journal, third quarter PC shipments fell eight percent, the steepest drop since at least 2001. And sales around the back-to-school period weren’t as robust as usual.
This trend is accompanied by the decline of the mouse. And once again, the tablet is partly to blame. With more people purchasing tablets, which have touchscreens, the mouse is becoming obsolete. “Instead of focusing on a single device to access technology, innovators are expanding their horizons to gizmos that respond to body motions, the voice, fingers, eyes and even thoughts,” writes The Washington Post. “Some devices can be accessed by multiple people at the same time.”
With young children increasingly using tablets in their daily lives — for learning and for play — it’s unlikely that these trends will turn around. Aww… kind of sad. Soon you’ll be adding your PC and your mouse to the pile of old gadgets collecting dust in the back of the attic. Anyone out there planning on buying a desktop anytime soon? Anyone?