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Apple fan’s depiction of the iPad in 2004 is surprisingly accurate

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s hard to think that the iPad has only been around for 4 years. Apple’s landmark device set the tone for all other companies to also start making tablets. And now, with iPads and the various other tablets available being such an integral part of our world, it’s good to take a look back at the world before tablets.

Recently, The Next Web came across an old concept forum on the popular MacRumors website dating back to 2004. Here, some Apple fan created an render of what he thought would be Apple’s ‘next big thing’.

And surprisingly, he was almost spot on. The fan created his own interpretation of (what he called) the iPad.  (more…)

Audi reveals Smart Display Android tablet – for your car

Published by on Jan 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Well it sure seems that Audi and Google aren’t waiting around for anybody after they announced their partnership to bring Android systems into cars a mere two days ago.

Yesterday, we reported on the formation of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), an alliance spearheaded by Google that will focus on bringing Android-based platforms and tech to various cars in 2014.

In the wake of their announcement, Audi held the attention of the media  by revealing the Audi Smart Display – a 10.2 inch tablet that is specifically designed for in-car use and runs – you guessed it – Android.  (more…)

FNB launches Tablet Apps

Published by on Apr 15th, 2013, No Comments

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FNB has released a new Banking App customised for tablet devices, complimenting a much larger tablet device strategy for the Bank. From today, the App is available for download from today in app stores across Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.

“The new Banking App, designed specifically for tablet devices, was developed with ease-of-use as a key priority and utilises the full capability of the latest tablet devices. It is completely custom-made and not a re-skin of our existing smartphone App.” says Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations.

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New HP Tablet Launching at R2000

Published by on Feb 27th, 2013, No Comments

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HP at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, announced the HP Slate7, an affordable Android Jelly Bean consumer tablet that provides customers with easy access to Google Mobile services.

The Slate7 will have a 7 inch screen and weigh 368 grams (13 ounces) – putting it up against the current king of Android 7 inch tablets – the Nexus 7. The HP Slate7 features a stainless-steel frame and soft black paint in gray or red on the back. It also is the industry’s first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio, for the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a tablet.

The HP Slate7 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play. (more…)

FNB offers additional discounts on Smart Devices and Laptops

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, 3 Comments

Gadget junkies have always liked FNB for their great app and smartphone and tablet deals. FNB today announced that new and existing FNB Cheque Account and Credit Card customers can now qualify for an additional discount on their already reduced retail rates for a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This additional saving is available to both new and existing customers who have both an FNB Cheque Account and Credit Card, and constitutes a total saving of up to R2 400 per device provided the user pays for the device over a two year period.

The offer will apply to all brands and models in the FNB range including the popular Apple iPhone, iPad and MacBooks, BlackBerry smartphones, Samsung SIII and new Samsung Note 10.1, Acer Windows laptops, to name but a few out of the range of more than 20 devices. (more…)

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet pricing revealed

Published by on Oct 16th, 2012, 1 Comment

It has taken a good while for Microsoft to finally be transparent about the impressive looking Surface‘s pricing. While sporting a really good looking design and a innovative keyboard design, Microsoft did not reveal too much about the tablet. Finally, the pricing has been revealed, and it does look good compared to Cupertino’s offerings (via Paul Thurrott)

Surface Tablet 32GB with Windows 8 RT: $500

Surface Tablet 32GB with Windows 8 RT (with black keyboard cover): $600

Surface Tablet 64GB with Windows 8 RT (with black keyboard cover): $700

If you want to later buy the magnetically attached keyboard seperately, it will cost $120, but it will then also be available in other colours: White, Cyan, Pink, Red. There is also no mention of 3G or LTE options, so it looks like it will be Wifi only at launch. (more…)

Microsoft releases own Tablet – the Surface

Published by on Jun 19th, 2012, 6 Comments

For the last few days the technology media has been abuzz about what Microsoft had planned for its launch event on Monday night, and it seems they took a page out of the Apple playbook in terms of keeping these plans secret. Microsoft launched their own branded tablet – in other words, the tablet will not be marketed by a HP or a Dell – it is Microsoft’s own, just like the Xbox. And we like that.

First off, the tablet will run Windows 8, and will be available in two versions. A thinner, lighter version running with a ARM processor will run Windows 8 RT, and a higher end, thicker, heavier model running a full version of Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft was however not very upfront about everything – there is little in the way of actual specs, battery life, etc. Some media channels are reporting that the RT version will run a standard 10.6 inch HD display (think 1280 x 720) and the Intel based one will have a decent Full HD display, both covered in Gorilla Glass.

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HP Back on Top in Overall PC Sales

Published by on May 2nd, 2012, 2 Comments

HP has had some tough times in the past year – after their then-CEO Leo Apotheker announced that HP would be stepping out of the PC game, their sales figures took a small dive, but luckily he got ousted before such rash moves. HP is now once again back in the number one spot when it comes to overall PC sales worldwide.

Canalis’s research now starts to include tablet devices under PC sales, and Apple’s iPad sales has contributed significantly to Apple’s sales numbers, but even so, HP’s sales was slightly higher overall. So Apple was in second place, Lenovo in third (with big increases in sales) and Acer and Dell taking the fourth and fifth spots.

What is clear however, is that tablet devices has started to eat away at the previously very popular netbook market:

“The total client PC market grew by 21% to 107 million units. Importantly, while the pad category exhibited the highest growth – more than 200% year on year – notebook and desktop PC shipments were up too, rising 11% and 8% respectively. Netbook shipments, however, were down 34% on the year-ago quarter – the sixth such fall in succession.”

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