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The iPad and iPad Mini have done very well for themselves. It seems that when people think of technology, and its future, we continue to think slimmer, smaller, and sleeker. We saw this trend first hand when the iPad Mini first released. It has now become one of the staples to the iPad series. While Apple is still leading the tablet market, there have been many strong competitors show up  over the years and make their mark on the tablet battlefield. Take for example, the multitude of Android tablets and Microsoft tablet/laptop combos like the Surface Pros. Even Kindle came out with a competitor to the iPad Air. Now though, there may in fact be a sleek competitor against the iPad Mini.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 may very well be the tablet that can hold its own against Apple’s iPad Mini. During it’s unveiling at the CES event in Las Vegas, many got to view and hold this tiny new powerhouse. It is currently running with Windows 8.1 OS on the Atom mobile CPU. This CPU is the newest that Intel has to offer. It weighs in at less than one pound and includes a SIM card slot. The slot is said to be used for LTE support in other markets, and is currently only available in a Wi-Fi Only mode here in the States. That being said, representatives from Lenovo did say that a mobile broadband option should be coming here to America as well. The ThinkPad 8 also includes a front and rear facing camera, like its competitor, the iPad Mini. The rear camera for the Thinkpad however is an 8MP where as the iPad Mini’s rear-facing camera resolution is set at only 5MP. The front facing camera on the new ThinkPad is comes with a 2MP resolution. The screen on the ThinkPad also surpasses the iPad Mini in size, but not in resolution. With the ThinkPad having a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, it doesn’t quite match up to the iPad Mini’s retina display at 2,048 x 1,536 resolution.

During the showcase, the new tablet was also showing off a new case to accompany the device. Much like the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9’s special Origami case, the new case for the ThinkPad adds some similar functionality to the device. Where as you would slide the case down for the Kindle Fire HDX camera to activate, the new ThinkPad case actually has a corner tab that flips down to reveal and enable the camera on the tablet. Its reminiscent of the SmartCases for the Apple iPads and how the put your device to sleep when covered but activate when uncovered.

The lowest end model for the new ThinkPad 8 sits at $399 with 8GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Obviously the more money you spend, the more storage will be getting as it will also be available in 64GB and 128GB models. It is definitely shaping up to hold its own in the tablet wars and seems to be adapting with the markets competitors in terms of casing, processors, and accessories. Now all that is left to see is how its sales numbers will stack up against the iPad Mini’s and how well the new Windows 8.1 OS will work on the tablet.

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Android gaming hasn’t been taken too seriously so far. It is mainly limited to a few neat games you use to kill time during car rides. Recently, new Android “Console” devices have been popping up, like the MadCats Mojo or the Ouya Gamestick. These are two of the most recognizable Android gaming devices, probably because they are some of the only ones that exist. But, as CES 2014, a new tablet/Android gaming console was revealed. The Snakebyte Vyper…. and it is definitely an interesting Android device!

This new device has much more to offer than other similar gaming devices. The Vyper is a 7 inch tablet with a dock that lets you connect it to your TV. This allows you to play games and stream them directly to your television. The tablet has a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of memory. It has two cameras, a rear 5MP and a 2MP front camera and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor.

The Snakebyte Vyper comes with the tablet, dock , and an AirMouse controller. The AirMouse resembles a standard remote control that would come with your TV. Either way, it’s really neat and usable, but there is the option to upgrade and buy the $49 gaming controller upgrade that seems much more logical. The interface of the Snakebyte is very organized, coming with different categories for movies, games, music, and everything else. So if you were to download a movie, you would have a much easier time finding it.

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The dock that comes with the tablet is L shaped and has slots for the tablet to slide into. The gaming controller looks like a mixture of the new Xbox of Playstation controllers, with standard joystick and D-pad, then the 4 other buttons on the other side, and also the trigger buttons.

The Snakebyte Vyper is a great little device that covers everything from a standard tablet to Android gaming on the big screen. The standard package is $199.99, and with the upgrade controller that puts the whole package at $249.99. This is a great choice for a serious gamer looking to take the Android experience to the next level. Play on the go, or play at home, and get all of your business work done at the same time

For a while, rumors of a new 8 inch Windows tablet from Asus have been floating around. In mid December, some specs got leaked, and recently, a user manual for the Asus VivoTab Note 8 randomly popped up on Asus.com.

The new tablet hasn’t been announced by Asus yet, and no one knows when the manual was published on the website or if it was mistake or not. Either way, it leads us to believe that there may be a big announcement about the new tablet at the CES trade show in a few days.

The manual that popped up didn’t mention anything about the specs of the tablet, but the previously leaked information said that the device will be powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom “Bay Trail” Z3740, an 8 inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space, a microSD slot, a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera. It also comes equipped with Windows 8.1 and a free version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student.

The specs are almost identical to the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 2. Throwing another tablet in the mix with basically the same exact specs, it makes it seem like we will have the same problem we had with the early Windows Phones. There will be literally nothing to differentiate one from the other besides the name of the manufacturer printed on it somewhere. The newly discovered online manual confirms this, but does not mention Wacom. Other competing 8 inch tablets offer styus support, but Wacom is the best and would be the main advantage to the new Asus tablet.

There is currently no word on availability or pricing for the device yet, but Asus will more than likely make more announcements on that at CES. Asus was a little bit late to the tablet game, but they were one of the first computer companies rumored to be working on a Windows slate, and it seems like they may be a little bit ahead of the curve, despite their lateness.

thin-tabletIs it really that hard to fathom how quickly new technology changes purchasing patterns? At times it can be. We get so caught up in the newest trend that our still “new” tech becomes obsolete when the “newest thing” comes out. It is the nature of consumer growth, and it has shown with the growing number of tablet sales. Ever since the introduction of the iPad and its growing success, we have seen more and more tablets being developed. The demand for the product has become so high that it has now gotten other companies involved, like Microsoft and Samsung. Even the Kindle became more than just and eBook and decided to jump on the tablet band wagon. But just how successful are tablets now?

One could argue that we are right at the “prime time” for the tablet market. More and more models are being developed for the consumer market. But what about the desktop and the laptop? Are tablets going to spell the end of these products?

Research from IDChas indicated that buy the end of the fourth quarter this year, tablets will have outsold PCs. Even if only for the fourth quarter, that says a lot for the tablet market. We see how successful they have become. So much so that Apple even made its own product line for them with the iPad. If you were to walk into any Apple store, the first thing you will see are the iPads. Whether they be the iPad Minis or the iPad Airs, they are the first product line being displayed. The Macbooks come second in the display, with the iMac desktops being stored on the side of the stores. This general product placement is not without purpose.

Smart devices are becoming the norm. The end of this year was expected to see a 10.6% growth in the smart device market. By the end of 2017 however, the market growth will begin to slow to about 3.1% due to over saturation within the market. Many companies will be emerging with their own tablet products and here is where we will see the longevity of the devices put to the test.

Look at how much bigger certain phones are getting. Take the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy Note for example. These phones are a lot bigger than some would originally anticipate and it again is not without purpose. Even these devices are getting names now. The ever popular “phablet” or “phone-tablet” will start to see more of rise in consumer purchases. The demand for smaller and cheaper tablet devices that can receive texts and make calls will increase.

Take the tablet now though. We saw innovation with the laptop. We saw a computer that we can take on the go. With the introduction of the tablet, we saw even more portability. The tablet was capable of doing the same basic functions as the laptop or desktop could but was smaller, sleeker, and more mobile. This alone has consumers looking to it for their computing needs.

Expect to see the tablet outsell the PC by the 2015.

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leapmotionRecently we have seen a big rise in motion control and 3D gesturing and sensors. Take the Xbox Kinect and the Playstation Move for example. Both are using 3D motion control technology to accurately capture and process your movements to make games more interactive. A fun an and entertaining concept no doubt. But, what about this? What if you were able to use the same type of technology on your smartphone or your tablet? Would it be worth all the commotion it would cause? Would it be practical? Or, would it be just another cheap gimmick to try and reel customers? After, touch screens were designed for, well… touch.

The company, Leap Motion, has already seen its motion control product utilized on desktop computers an laptops alike. For those unfamiliar with the device, the Leap Motion Controller, is a sensor that plugs directly into your computer and allows you to take control of your PC’s or laptop’s functions with just simple hand gestures. Well, now they have plans to expand their market.

Leap Motion is doing it’s best to see mobile devices, such as your tablet, using its 3D motion control interface. The CEO of the company expects to see this be implemented in new mobile devices by the end of 2014.

Since the Leap Motion Controller is a separate device, it would need to be somehow integrated into the hardware of a phone or tablet itself. Recently, the challenges that were faced with integrated the technology into smaller hardware has been overcome and has since seen its way onto an actual product. The HP Envy 17 laptop has actually put the motion control sensor created by Leap into the laptop and has put it out for consumer use. Now the object is to see the same type of technology put into mobile devices for commercial and consumer use.

When asked about the possible new functions for the technology, Leap had mentioned that they were working with manufacturers to make the transition as seamless as possible. They are doing their best to make specific gestures fitted for mobile devices. With the ability to use your tablet as a TV remote with gesture-based control functions, Leap has definitely opened up a whole new market with their product. The chance to actually have different devices’ functionalities coincide with one another based on the embedded technology is quite remarkable, but then comes the question on whether or not it could be viewed as practical.

When looking at it from a marketing standpoint, having this technology embedded into tablets and other mobile devices already is reason to believe that it is important enough to see proper use and practicality when utilized. It still brings back the thought of, touchscreens being for touch. The “pinch” and “spread” motions are already there for us on the touchscreens. This technology will just allow us the capability to do it in free space above the sensor. The company to trying to see this technology on the mass market anywhere from July to December of 2014, so be on the look out from summer to winter of next year.

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Apple has taken a lot of heat lately for falling behind some of their competition when it comes to the resolution of their iPad Air with Retina Display. Although the iPad Air’s display quality is quite good, some people still complain that is isn’t good enough, considering the Kindle Fire HDX has a way higher resolution. The current Kindle Fire HDX has about one million more pixels than the iPad Air; 2560 x 1600 and 339 pixels per inch with an 8.9 inch display.

The new iPad with a 12 inch display that everyone has been hearing rumors about recently may be Apple’s answer to this issue. According to new rumors, they are currently testing their future iPad release right now with 2K and 4K resolutions. According to un-named sources, there have already been several prototypes on this new tablet.

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If this is true, the new iPad would be one of the most impressive tablet releases that we have ever seen. The resolution would likely be 4096 x 3072, which is even higher than the 4K Ultra high-definition televisions that have come out recently. The current iPad Air is 2048 x 1536 at and 264 pixels per inch, and the resolution on the new version would be literally doubling that.

This change would be one of the most pleasing things that Apple could ever do for their fans. That, and smartscrolling. But we shouldn’t get our hopes up, just in case.

One rumor that can’t really be taken too seriously is the release date for this new iPad. You can find more guesses on that than there are pixels in the new display. Originally everyone thought it would be coming out in early 2014, but my guess is that it will have a more traditional release date of  later 2014, maybe around fall. Another thing people say is that the 2K release will probably be mid year, with the boosted specs version having the later release.

iPad and iPad miniEvery holiday season can mean many things to many people, and even many companies. To some it may mean family dinners, holiday shopping, milk and cookies and a warm fire place. To others, like the companies out there, it may mean it is time to capitalize on the competition and the holiday season by bringing putting out the best products our company can offer currently. Well the Apple and its tablets have gone ahead and utilized that prospect wholeheartedly. The tablet game has been going strong, and its only getting more complex as the holiday season draws closer and closer. Well Apple has one more trick up their sleeve this year.The new iPad Mini with its Retina display is now available for all consumers and is really shaping up to be one of the best possible tablets to purchase this year with everything it has to offer so far.So what exactly can this new mini tablet offer up to the table? Well how about starting with the one thing that everyone seems to gawking at. The new 2,048 x 1,526 pixel count Retina display. For such a smaller screen than the recently released iPad Air, that is quite a large pixel count. The newly introduced A7 chip processing unit along with the co-processing M7 chip are also featured in the in iPad Mini Retina. It just so happens that both of these chips are also included in the iPad Air as well. Both of these chips working together means much faster functionality due to the M7 chip taking over all motion functionality processing and leaving the rest for the A7 chip to handle. Weighing in at only 0.73 lbs and boasting a 7.9 inch display, it would seem that this new iPad Mini is basically the new iPad Air only…”Mini”. They do host the same specs after all.

The only real draw back to the new iPad Mini is the $399 price tag. As with most Apple products, this one comes with a decently sized price. Having said that though, it is still $100 cheaper than the new iPad Air and is basically the same thing. This is perfect for anyone not wanting to haul around a larger tablet but still wants the freedom and mobility of a top quality tablet. The $399 is also starting price, so if you choose to get a higher memory storage or are planning to get LTE service as well, be prepared to have the price increase pretty substantially.

It may be a better benefit to rent this before buying just to see if the size itself would be the best fit for you, along with all of the capabilities of the device. This could be a great fit for the office as well, with its storage size being able to be expanded up to 128GBs, holding documents, memos, and even setting up your programs and apps. Any office could benefit from new tech, but now even class rooms are beginning to utilize tablets and the iPad Mini could be perfectly suited for teachers and students alike. That is, if it is within the schools budget of course.

Be sure to check out the new iPad Mini today, or rent one today! You may have something else to add to your Christmas list!

thin-tabletApple’s next generation of iPad will be 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the fourth-generation model.

The reduction in its size is due to a handful of modifications. The battery is supposed to be 25 percent to 30 percent smaller and improvements on display panels and A-series chip technology, which now uses less energy. Apple also will use the same touch technology found on the iPad mini, which is thinner than what it currently uses on its full-size iPads.

This is just the latest in a series of rumors and murmurs pointing to a slimmer iPad. Apple’s used what’s effectively been the same outside design for the device for the past three versions, something of an abnormality when compared with the iPhone and iPod line.

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Microsoft SurfaceMicrosoft recently announced that it has relaxed a Windows 8 certification requirement, allowing devices with lower resolutions. According to analysts, this move signals that Microsoft could be the next company in the industry to make the shift to smaller, less expensive tablets.

According to IDC Analyst Bob O’Donnell, “The sub-eight-inch part of the tablet market will be growing this year to about 55% of the entire market. Microsoft hasn’t even been playing in that segment, and they needed to do something.” Microsoft laid out all the details of the new relaxed rule in a newsletter released March 12 by its certification program. The program oversees use of the Windows logos that OEMs display on their hardware.

Microsoft made it clear in the newsletter that even though it will allow lower-resolution devices, it would still prefer that original equipment manufacturers continue to work with higher resolution screens. Microsoft also detailed that the exact specifications of the new resolution are 1,024 x 768 pixels.

According to the newsletter, “This doesn’t imply that we’re encouraging partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution. In fact, we see customers embracing the higher-resolution screens that make a great Windows experience. We understand that partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful.”

The previous stipulations of the Windows 8 certification, which also applied to Windows RT, required screens with a minimum 1,366 x 768 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This lower resolution rule would allow for tablets running Windows 8 and RT to be smaller in size, comparable to Apple’s new iPad Mini.

This move by Windows is obviously an attempt to stay competitive with the two other big names in the tablet industry, Apple and Samsung. Smaller Windows 8 tablets would be able to compete against Apple’s iPad Mini and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.

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When I first heard about this laser projected keyboard I was fired up and ready to plunk down $199 for this cool gadget.  After reading several reviews and watching several videos I had more questions than answers. Even though this technology has been around for over 7 years it still seems like it is undiscovered.  Why has it not caught fire and been that popular among consumers?

The Magic Cube made by Celluon is featured as a full QWERTY keyboard and multi touch mouse that is projected onto just about any surface.  It can be used with a variety of products ranging from smart phones, tablets and PCs through blue tooth technology or USB connection. It is small and portable and sounds like the perfect solution to the small keyboard dilemma for people with fat fingers, like me.

Cnet.com had a modest review citing mostly the features it is designed to do with a 3.5 out of 5 star review. However, laptopmag.com, wired.com and maclife.com were more vigorous in their reviews. All agreed it is fascinating technology but with some practicality issues. The cost ranges from $120-$260, which seems relatively high in range for the technology we’re talking about here. The idea of the convenience and ease of use seems not so highly supported. The technology itself seems to be at issue.  TopLevelReviews posted a pretty succinct review that was helpful for me, being the visual learner that I am!

In the YAY column we have: the cube is compact, portable, easy to set up and install (most of the time). In the BOO HISS column we have: battery lasts 2 hours but takes 4 hours to charge, multi mouse only seems to work well with windows devices. Detection rate is supposed to be 350 characters/minute, however, that has been debatable among users. Also keep in mind it is a QWERTY keyboard and not a standard keyboard. The punctuation and other features like caps lock is not going to be the same and is tricky to get used to.

Overall, I would have to say that if it were less expensive I would probably take the chance and try it for myself because I think it is a really cool concept.