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ipad4There have been a lot of rumors about Apple this year. The next several months could potentially be a make-or-break period of time for them. Things are supposed to be crazy with the release of the iPhone 6. According to some reports, there may even be multiple versions of the smartphone that drop at the same time.  Photos and reports of the next installment of the iPad Air have also been leaked.

As far as tablets go, Apple has always been on top. From the moment they launched the original iPad, the whole market has been wrapped around their finger. The only problem that Apple faces now is the fact that almost every company in the world has decided to make their own variation of the tablet, and there isn’t much left to do. Apple needs to find a way to bring excitement back enabling them to capture the market all over again.

According to new reports from Bloomberg, Apple is working on a brand new iPad that is going to have a display much larger than any that we have ever seen before. On the market currently we have iPads that are 9.7 inches and the iPad mini tablets that are 7.9 inches. According to Bloomberg, Apple has been working on an iPad that will have a 12.9-inch display that could be released as early as next year. The report cites a lot of sources that have proven to be pretty credible in the past. They say that the company has been working on this project for well over a year with their suppliers.

This news is coming at a time when things are already pretty exciting for Apple fans. We have been smothered by all of the news and rumors surrounding the much anticipated release of the iPhone 6. It is supposedly coming out in a 4.7-inch version along with a larger 5.5-inch version. That is scheduled for launch on September 9th. Apple is really trying to dominate the mobile market in general right now.

The best thing about putting out a larger iPad is the fact that it has potential to re-light the spark that once surrounded the iPad. Sales have been suffering  in comparison to previous years. Consumers would rather upgrade their smartphones than upgrade their tablets. You can’t really blame them. But by giving us an iPad with a 12.9-inch display, it may give consumers a real reason to think about upgrading from their old iPad.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn iPad with a larger display could also prove to be quite handy in the office. The company has been trying to expand their business into the world of enterprise. Along with offering a larger, more useful and productive iPad, they will also be offering businesses iPhones and iPads that come preloaded with enterprise specific apps. This could also be a huge move for the company.

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475762777For all of you out there that have to wear glasses, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sit back and read a book or surf the web on your tablet without wearing them? As it turns out, pretty soon you will be able to. With new technology, screens will be able to correct vision problems.

The technology is going to be able to change the way images are displayed on a screen based on your glasses’ prescription. The screens will use different algorithms along with light filters to do this. Each pixel will be changed, and when the light passes through little holes in the screen, it will reach your eyes in a way that makes the image sharper for you as if you were either wearing glasses or had perfect vision. This can also work for people that can’t be helped with glasses. Even those who have physical defects that distort their vision could benefit from this technology, which is incredible.

There have been a few other companies that have attempted to create products like this before, but it has never really worked out to the extent that these new screens are going to. Brian A. Barsky, a computer science professor at Berkely, is working on this along with researchers from MIT and Microsoft. They are going to present a research paper at the International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques that explains the whole project.

The next step is to figure out how to use this technology to create a product that real life people can go out and buy and use on their own. There are still a few obstacles left to overcome, but the team is confident. At the moment, only one person specifically would be able to use the product based on their needs and their needs alone. But they are working on being able to make a product that has settings that can be changed and used by multiple people and shared.

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Technology is expensive, is it not? I know for a fact that I can’t go out and buy a brand new iPad whenever I want to. The more advanced technology gets, the more expensive it seems to get as well. Owning new devices can cost so much these days. Mind you that this isn’t just for personal use either. If you need a lot of iPads for an occasion, you could be looking at quite the price tag depending on the number that you need. Purchasing many devices at one time could definitely break the business budget. This why there are rentals for tech devices like this. That’s right! You can rent iPads for any occasion should you want to!

  • Any type of tech convention
  • Certain classrooms or small-time learning classes
  • Business meetings

These are just a few of the many options where a tech rental for iPads could really come in handy.

Tech Conventions

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When you go to a convention that caters a lot to technology, you are going to see a lot of devices. One of the main devices you’ll see is the tablet. By now, I’m sure that we are all aware of ever growing tablet trend. Apple has done extremely well for themselves with the iPad. It’s the tablet that is still on top of the world. If you see someone on top of any type of competition, whether it’s sports, business or tech, they’re at the top for a reason. If you are  a vendor going to a tech convention, why not rent your iPads to show off whatever service you’re promoting? It will help you engage more customers at the same time and possibly help make more sales.

Tech In The Classroom

We all dealt with the no CD players, cell phones, GameBoys, rules growing up in school, but times are changing. Technology is becoming more and more apparent, even in the classrooms. Ever heard of a SmartBoard? Since technology is becoming so dominant now, it shouldn’t be out of the question to embrace it with open arms and implement the use of iPads in the classroom. Whether it be in a training class or a school classroom, iPads could easily help make the learning experience more interactive, fun, and immersive.

Your Business Meeting

The office building is where technology thrives. Computers. Printers. Laptops. Copiers. Projectors. They all have their respective homes in the office. When you get called to a meeting, you may not have those items with you to help you learn and become hands-on with the topic at hand. By renting iPads and using them in the business meeting, you could make the meeting much more efficient. You’ve given everyone in the meeting a new rented iPad, so now they can stay on task, keep up with the boss and his speed on the topic, and feel just as important as the boss himself. Who knows! It may even spark some ideas within the meeting to help increase business and workflow if everyone is using an iPad.

The iPad is the most sold and used tablet around the world. There’s clearly a reason for Apple’s success with the iPad. Why not help make your next convention, training class, or business meeting a bit more fun and efficient without the added worry of buying all of the tablets you need? An iPad rental is only a phone call away! Contact www.RentOurTablets.com At 888-736-8301 Today.

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I don’t know about you all, but I feel as if everyone in the world owns an iPad these days. They at least own some sort of tablet. That’s just the way that computing and mobile technology have gone. I feel like ever since the smartphone came out and started changing the game, all of the other tech devices followed suit. The smartphone made way for the tablet. Once the iPad came out in 2010, the numbers had skyrocketed from sales and even still today, there are still sales being made. That being said, some of the sales have dropped recently. Some experts think that this is reason for alarm. I think they’re dead wrong.

Death Of A Category?

Some would think that the tablet market is on its way out. These people are very wrong. At least for the time being, the iPad and the tablet market itself aren’t dying out anytime soon. People think that just because sales might be down a slight margin of a percent that the iPad is going to die. There could be some slight merit to the reasoning behind it but think about this; where are they going to go next? They can only do so much to make technology get more mobile. Unless they somehow develop a floating iPad or invisible personal assistant, the tablet market won’t be going out of style anytime soon.

The Tablet Is A Phone, But It’s Not

If you mean to sit here and tell me that your tablet isn’t a phone, I’d be one of the first people to tell you that you’re lying to yourself. The way that our smartphones are today suggests that our tablets are basically the same way. What I mean by that is that our phones have become so advanced and that we are so demanding of our technology that we want our phones to do everything. Our tablet is essentially our phone without texting and calling features. The best part is that there are still apps for texting and calling, even on the iPad. The way that it isn’t like a phone is because of the “upgrade system”.

Upgrades And Numbers

It’s all about he upgrades these days. Think of this. We upgrade our phones roughly once every year to two years. When is the last time you upgraded your tablet? You have to think about it even if you did, don’t you? Even when we upgrade our phones, we don’t pass them down to family. We get rid of them. We don’t do this for our tablets. This is exactly why the numbers seem to be dwindling for the tablet market. You will pass down a tablet or a computer. You’re not going to pass down a cell phone, and you’re going to upgrade a phone at a quicker pace. The tablets that come out don’t take as much of a daily beating as our phones do, thus making them a bit more resilient. Simply because you have all these factors affecting the numbers, this is why you have experts saying something that is completely false.

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The iPad and the tablet market in general are going nowhere any time soon. Apple will still be making more tablets, just like Samsung, Android, and Google. Just because sales numbers look to be down comparatively over the past couple of years doesn’t mean that this is a dead category. Oh no my friends, the tablet and the iPad are still very much alive and well.

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thinkpad8Microsoft has been struggling a little bit, especially after having to cut out so many jobs. New news from Lenovo just adds to the pain. Lenovo is the worlds largest PC vendor, and they have said that they are going to some selling one of their small screen Windows tablets in the United States.

On Thursday Lenovo confirmed that the 8.3 inch Thinkpad 8 would not be available on store shelves in the states anymore. On top of that, the 8 inch Miix 2 has already sold out in the states and there has been no word on restocking. This means that Lenovo is going to have zero small screen tablets available in the U.S.

The company has observed that their customers in the U.S. are more interested in Windows tablets with bigger screens, and they are really happy with the response that the ThinkPad 10 has gotten. The ThinkPad 8 has done way better in other markets like China, Brazil, and even Japan. They are pretty much just delivering the goods where they are wanted the most. Smart move for Lenovo, bad news for Microsoft.

The small demand may come from the fact that Microsoft ignored the small screened tablet world for a very long time. The iPad mini was already out and so were a lot of other Android and tablets, including Samsung’s Galaxy tab, before Windows even offered support for tablets of that size. By that time it was too late and the market had already been spoken for. Even Asus, Acer, and Dell has their own smaller tablets out on the market that had been doing pretty well. And even now, some of the apps for Windows are a little wonky on smaller screens. It’s just not working.

Microsoft still has a lot going for them with tablets. They do great with larger ones. They provide a superior computing experience, and tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 have gotten awesome reviews.

Lenovo will probably offer smaller tablets again at some point, but for right now Microsoft is going to have to focus on their bigger tablets and possible start working on a game plan for their next shot at a big release of a smaller tablet. They have said that they will probably still put out another one in the U.S. before the end of the year to see how it does, so Microsoft should start preparing.

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galaxy tab sAs the tablet wars continue to rage on, we, as the consumers, have front row seats to everything. We and our wallets are the main goals for all of the tablet companies out there. Each one of them is trying to make the absolute best tablet they can in order to gain our loyalty. It’s almost sweet if you think about it. It’s not news to anyone, however, where most of the mass market consumer loyalty lies. Apple has the biggest share of that pie without a doubt. While I’m constantly stating that it is due to Apple’s popularity and the fact that they can be viewed as a fashion statement, I also know that their products are actually very good (I have a MacBook Pro and iPhone). Their biggest competitor, Samsung, may have just thrown the biggest blow towards them that any company has ever thrown yet; a tablet that can actually stand up to the iPad Air and iPad Mini With Retina Display.

In case you’ve yet to see, Samsung recently stepped up their game with the reveal of their new flagship tablet; The Galaxy Tab S.  This new tablet is Samsung’s answer to the iPad Air and iPad Mini. I guess you could say it’s their answer to Apple’s iPad, period. They’ve put just about everything they have into this new tablet. One thing that Samsung had to say about their new product was that they didn’t want to make another tablet that offered things that the iPad didn’t offer. They knew that people were buying the iPad still for a reason. Instead of utilizing ideals that Apple can’t offer, they’ve decided to offer some of the same things that the iPad Air and iPad Mini With Retina offer. To be quite honest with you, some of the specs are actually better than Apple’s. Some of Samsung’s software features even outshine Apple’s.

The Tab S is actually thinner than both the iPad Mini With Retina Display and the iPad Air. The Tab S comes in an 8.4 inch version, and a 10.5 inch version. Both of these versions of the Tab S offer the same inner workings and are actually slightly bigger than the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Both the rear-facing and front-facing cameras offer more megapixels on the Tab S than they do with either the iPad Air or iPad Mini as well. While the camera might not be a big deal, consider this; the displays on the Tab S are better the Air and the Mini as well, so you might be able to tell! The Tab S offers a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display where as the Air and Mini With Retina only offer a 2,048 x 1,536 display. The other one-up that Samsung has over Apple with their new tablet is the fact that they support microSD storage, where as the Mini With Retina and Air don’t. Samsung has made sure to not hold anything back with this new release.

This is where the consumer ultimately gains the advantage no matter what. While there may be a few Apple heads out there (present, and accounted for), Samsung is offering a very nice alternative, priced to match Apple. So while these two giants are at war with each other, we still reap the spoils.

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Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced that Office for iPad is will be available for tablet users. Microsoft plans to introduce Office apps for tablet computers running Google’s Android system as well. Critics state that Microsoft has waited far too long to introduce Office to iPad tablets, which nearly 200 million have already been sold.

The iPad apps for Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word are all free in the app store. From these apps, you’ll be able to read and present your information. The launch of these new apps lets you create and edit your documents, calculate spreadsheets and also design professional presentations.

Mobile office apps have already been launched for the iPhone and Android smartphones, so of course Microsoft and Apple would target tablets next.

Nadella stated that Office on iPad is “a beautiful set of applications; the company is taking great care to make sure that Office on every device shines through.”

A personal subscription to Microsoft Office for your computer and tablet is due this spring for $69.99 a year. Microsoft has said that the Office iPad apps would be free to users who want to use them in “read-only” mode, but to be able to create work on the app users will have to pay an annual subscription fee to get Office 365.

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thin-tabletIt’s always suspenseful watching a fight among two giants play out. It’s almost like watching your favorite sports teams duke it out. You may be wondering how? Think of it like this. Every large electronics company is competing for one thing; your dollar bill. They want to out do their competition and be the best. It’s all a competition and it always will be. Some people are “fan boys” and “fan girls” as well. Basically, they favor one brand over the other. If we are looking at the two top tech giants out there, the two names that should immediately pop up are Apple and Android. Each of these brands has a huge following and it should come as no surprise that they are still competing. Apple has usually dominated the ranks, but recently Android has been making a comeback.

iOS has always been on top since the release of the first iPad years ago. They have owned the market and with little to no effort. It was always the top operating system when it came to tablets. Not just with tablets though. Mainly any mobile device was using an Apple iOS software system. Android decided to come back and fight however, and has since made its name in the mobile market digging into the sales of the iPhone. Android hasn’t stopped at the phone market though, they decided to go for the tablet market as well, and no their persistence has paid off.

A report from Gartner has shown some pretty incredible numbers for Android. In terms of tablet sales for this previous year, Android took the crown over any other operating system. Not only did they increase their numbers, but they did it by a huge jump. In 2012, Android saw only 53.3 million units sold. In only a years time, 2013 would show Android an increase in numbers by more than half! The numbers for last year show Android at 121 million units sold. Mind you these are global sales, but that is still quite the increase. With numbers like this in just a yearly increase, and Android continuing to push the market in their favor, they are well on their way to knocking Apple out of their way.

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Having said that, Apple is still at the top in terms of it being a single manufacturer. Even so, seeing Android jump may be a bit nerve-wracking to the company. Apple did see quite the jump in tablet web usage in Canada and the US however. Any victory is a victory, whether it be large or small.

Now comes the question of if Apple should really be that worried. What many people need to consider is that, this is just tablet operating systems and nothing more. Not to mention the fact that Android OS’s are spread over a multitude of different platforms, where as iOS stays strictly on Apple products. Since Android and sell their OS to other products, it’s much easier for them to gain headway in the market. While, yes you can see the OS’s switch with a bit of reprogramming, it is not very common. It’s all just a matter of deciding which OS is better for you. If you are on the fence about who you should be throwing your money at, try renting a tablet with iOS and a table with Android to see which suits you better!

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The new 10 inch tablet with a detachable keyboard from Lenovo wasn’t supposed to hit the market until March, but you might be pleased to know that it has been released early, as seen on the company’s U.S. web store. This was first spotted by Engadget. Although this anticipated tablet has hit the scene a little bit early, you might want to wait a little bit before committing to buy.

Lenovo was showing off the new Miix 2 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this year. They very clearly stated that the maximum price that the Atom processor-powered version of the tablet would be selling for would be $499. The price didn’t seem too crazy, because you were getting a 10 inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, an Intel Atom Z3740 processor, the 32 bit version of Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, 2GB of RAM, 128GB of eMMC storage, Wi-Fi compatibility, and Bluetooth 4.0. These are pretty awesome specs for a tablet with a detachable keyboard.

If you take a minute to look at Lenovo’s online store, there are currently two different variants of the Atom-powered Miix 2 tablet which are priced at $699 and $749. This doesn’t seem to make too much sense because of the previous announcement saying that the most expensive one would be priced at $499. That, however, is not the only thing that should concern you at this point.

Here is where things get crazy. The more expensive one should have some sweet perks right? Well, for the extra money, the only perk you get is half the amount of internal storage. Yes, you read that right. You only get 64GB of storage with the more expensive model.

According to some of the forums on their website, this is probably an error. Although, the error still has not been corrected at the time of writing this. Maybe the whole entire thing is a mistake on their part and the prices will be lowered? Either way, I suggest you hold back your excitement and wait for this to get cleared up.

The 10 inch version isn’t the only Miix 2 being released this year. In April, Lenovo will be putting out an 11 inch version of the tablet with a better processor. This version will have a starting price of $699. But you never know, after this, it might come out early as well!

The First Firefox Tablet

January 20th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | iPad - (0 Comments)

Mozilla has been working on Firefox OS support for tablets for a long time now, and they have finally received their very first prototype from Foxconn and released pictures of the device and it’s full specs.

The details were shared with the world in a recent blog post from Asa Dotzler. The new tablet, named “Flatfish”, is actually an Infocus New Tab F1, which is a lower end 10 inch tablet that generally sells online for around $150. It appears that the only difference is the operating system

The idea of keeping that price point is pretty awesome. It seems like this device is going to be the Firefox version of the ZTE open. The tablet will be targeting customers who don’t want to spend a whole lot of money but still need nice features and still want to be able to surf the web and run important apps. There is talk of Foxconn being able to manufacture the tablets and be able to retail them for under $100. If that happens, then this tablet could be a huge hit.

As far as what’s under the hood, you have a quad-core Alwinner A31 processor that is clocked at 1.0GHz. This processor isn’t the best, and it uses older technology, but it offers very good performance and allows the overall price to be dropped. It has 2GB of memory which is pretty standard, and more than enough for most users.

It also comes with 16GB of internal storage, which is more than some other tablets offer. There is also a micro SD slot so you can add more storage space if needed. The new Firefox tablet is also equipped with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. This comes in handy when using Skype.

Of course you have Wi-Fi connectibility. The tablet has a 7000mAh battery that will give you a pretty decent amount of use between charges, about 6 hours of use and about a week on standby.

Other versions of tablets built by Foxconn with these components have had generally good reviews, but there were a few problems with OS lag and touch screen response. Those tablets were shipped with the Android operating system and there is a good chance that Mozilla has worked out most of the bugs with their new operating system.

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