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iPad Rentals For Campaign StaffIn 2012 it’s widely believed that Mitt Romney failed to become the 45th President Of The United States, not because he lost the boisterous battle for the hearts and minds of American voters, but  because he lost the quiet and discreet back room battle of technology.  And that’s how important technology has become in today’s campaign environment.

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Microsoft has released updates for its Surface Pro 3 devices, allowing the tablet/laptops to run the new Windows 10 operating system.

That’s one of the changes the company announced this week with its new firmware for the Surface Pro 3 and its sister product, the Surface 3.

The changes happen automatically through Windows Update, but can also be performed manually in five steps:

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and hit Settings. (If you’re using a mouse, aim it at upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
2. Tap or click Change PC settings, and choose Update and recovery.
3. Choose Check now.
4. Assuming the updates are available, choose “View details.”
5. Pick the updates you want to install, and tap or click “Install.”

You may need to restart the device after the updates install.
The company announced the updates last week, but if you haven’t gotten them yet, don’t panic. The company says on its website:

“When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update, please manually check Windows Update later.”

According to Microsoft, the changes for the Surface Pro 3 include:

  • A UEFI update that adds support for new features in Windows 10.
  • An update to the wireless network controller and Bluetooth driver update that improves system stability and the Wi-Fi connectivity, while also increasing network download performance.

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Google just happens to be one of those tech companies that loves putting their brand just about everywhere. Naturally, many of us know of Google’s Chrome OS and how it gave birth to the Chromebook, along with it’s many iterations. Now, even Asus is promoting it’s new Chromebook Flip with Google’s OS on it. Asus is also coming out with a Chrombit. The Chromebook Flip will essentially be a laptop-tablet hybrid with a bit of a spin on it, along with a touchscreen. The Chromebit will have its users further help Google spread their magic by allowing the Chrome OS onto your SmartTV’s.

So how exactly will the Chromebook Flip switch things up as a laptop-tablet hybrid? By going with the same concept the Yoga tablets did of course! Instead of detaching the touchscreen from the keyboard, the screen itself will be able to flip in a 360 angle. Naturally for that point, you can use it as your own Asus Chomebook tablet should you so desire, since it does come with the added touchscreen now. If you go the Chromebook Flip route, the cheaper model comes with a Rockchip 3288 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC flash memory. If you want to spice it up a bit and go for the higher end model, you’ll end up with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SDD storage space. The latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities come standard for both models and, starting at $249, it’s not a bad start for a budget tablet-laptop hybrid.

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The Chromebit will be accompanied by the same internals as it’s Flip cousin. That being said, it will also host a slightly larger-than-average thumb drive. The Chromebit will also have an HDMI port, as well as a USB 2.0 port. It’s internet capabilities will stem from the same Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features as the Flip.

Now here is the odd part about the Asus Chromebook Flip featuring a touchscreen; Google’s Chrome OS hasn’t been, nor was it ever, optimized for touchscreen capabilities. That alone is a bit strange, and to top it off, the touchscreen is being added to a budget tablet-laptop hybrid. The reasoning behind these features on a budget device are anyone’s guess at this point.

Google has had Chromebooks being issued by other tech companies other than Asus. Take Haier and Hisense for example. Both companies have announced their own Chromebooks that will run $100 cheaper than Asus’ new product. The best part is that it looks as if these Chromebooks will feature the exact same internals as the Flip, only without the guinea pig touchscreen. Only time will tell if Asus’ new Chromebook Flip will actually take off, especially with software not meant for a touchscreen.

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As far as performance goes, the best tablet on the market this winter might actually be the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It’s the first Android tablet to have the new Qualcomm 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor. So it’s way faster than the last model by about 70 percent, and it’s display is even sharper than Apple’s Retina display iPads.

kindle fire hdx displayIt has a new Dynamic Light Control technology that is really useful when reading. It uses an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the color temperature and make the screen look as much like a printed page as possible.

The body is made out of magnesium. Because of this, it is significantly lighter than even the iPad Air. Weighing only 13.2 ounces, traveling with it and carrying it will not even be an issue.

fire tablet tv-smallAnother cool thing about the HDX 8.9 is the fact that it has Dolby Atmos support. When you listen with headphones, it gives a really crazy effect like you’re listening to 3D sound. Any movie that was filmed this way will be incredible to watch on this tablet with a nice set of headphones.

Like the Fire phone, the HDX 8.9 also has Firefly. It can recognize pretty much anything you can take a picture of, tell you about it, and tell you where to get it. It can even do that with TV shows or movies if you’re not sure what you are watching and want to find out. It can also translate foreign languages for you. To go along with all of that, it has a nice 8 megapixel camera so that you can scan things with precision.

As far as the operating system goes, the HDX 8.9 is running the new Fire OS 4 “Sangria”. It has a few new features that could be quite useful like a Family Library feature. This lets you share books, music, apps and things like that with your entire household.

With all of the other tablets on the market, it kind of pains me to say that this one might end up being the best overall value. And speaking of value, a tablet rental from www.rentourtablets.com is your best bet for any short or long term rental, and they keep the latest equipment in stock! For the most part I have always thought that Amazon products were very gimmicky and just another way for the company to trick you into buying more things from their website. But, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is actually looking like a pretty solid product.

Amazon might not be your first choice for your tablet needs, as it doesn’t have the same fashionable appeal as Apple, but they’re showing off some brand new tablets to catch your eye. Many of the tablets that have been released by Amazon before usually get very good reviews. This time, instead of just releasing one tablet, they’ve decided to release a few in order to compete with the rest of the models on the market. They’ve made the decision to cover just about every type of tablet that you would want to own. Everything from the top of the line to the very affordable “economy” tablets. The one that everyone will be watching is definitely their flagship Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

kindle hdxThe updated version of the tablet has a lot more to offer performance wise, or so says Amazon. The tablet still has the same dimensions as its original predecessor. It’s still 8.9 inches and 13.2 ounces, and still smaller and lighter than the iPad Air that many people still swear by. The updated tablet will be housing a brand new Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon 805 processor and a sleek, new Arduino 450 GPU. This will give much better all around performance and even be able to offer “console-quality gaming”, or so says Amazon. The display on the new model is even better than the last time around and still better than the Air as well. The new model will be sporting a 2560×1600 pixel resolution display, and the tablet’s ppi is set at 339. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, it means “pixels per inch”. The Air is only at 2048×1536 pixel resolution and running at 264 ppi. Needless to say, the Kindle Fire beats it in the display department, hands down.

They Didn’t Forget The Software

If you have new technology, you can’t have it without some new software right? Don’t worry, cause Amazon has you covered. The new tablet is working with Android KitKat, but that operating system will eventually move to the mobile OS. This is where the upgrade comes into play. The Fire OS 4.0 will be seeing a host of new features with its update. Tablet users will now be able to access the cloud-based Firefly service that was first released on the Fire Phone. The Firefly service will be able to work with the tablet’s camera in order to identify a large number of items, like movies and TV shows. The tablet will later be able to use a new app called Translation. By opening Firefly, and as long as the internet connection permits, you will be able to point the camera at any text that appears in a different language, and it will translate it right there on the spot. The new software definitely has some sweet little perks to it.

It Wouldn’t Be Complete Without An Additional Keyboard

amazonThat’s right. Following suit with what seems to be the big trend now, the new tablet will also offer a separate additional keyboard. Obviously it won’t come with the new tablet, but it will only be a $60 investment should you want to go that route. The keyboard is only 7 ounces and 4.8 mm thick. The keyboard, however isn’t attachable. It’s actually ran through Bluetooth which could be both good and bad depending on how you look at it. Unless you plan on being extra productive or plan on using it for gaming, there shouldn’t be any real need for the keyboard however. That being said, the trend is big enough for Amazon to take notice and add it to their tablets.

Amazon knows that they’re not exactly on the top of the tablet game, but they’re doing a good job making a nice selection of tablets to cover all of their bases. Even if you like Apple, you can’t help but take notice of Amazon’s efforts.

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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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samsung nookSamsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to put together a brand new tablet. They have officially unveiled their collaboration. It is called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.

Basically, the tablet looks pretty identical to the standard 7 inch Galaxy Tab 4. The main difference is that it comes loaded with Barnes & Noble Nook software.

The tablet can still use and run on Android software. If you choose to go that route, the software will be modified to include the Samsung features along with the Barnes & Noble features. This means that there will still be the Nook shop, but it will also have features that Samsung would build into it like the ability to run apps and open multiple windows at a time on the home screen.

Barnes & Noble announced that the new tablet will be available today. It costs $179 and Barnes & Noble is also throwing in $200 worth of apps and books, all for free.

A couple months ago, Barnes & Noble announced that they wouldn’t be making their own Nook tablets anymore. In June, Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced that they would be working together to bring us the next installment of the Nook, but they did a really good job at keeping all of the details quiet. This is the first thing we have even heard about it, and it is already out. Enjoy!

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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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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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lenovo-tablet-a8-50-blue-back-detail-8It’s almost inevitable nowadays to know that whenever you see new tech, you’re also going to see your wallet get really empty really fast. The price tags on all of the newest tech devices are just getting consistently higher it seems. I’m not one to think that EVERY device is that way, but I will say that there are certain products that seem to stay high in price. Tablets are one such device. Now as with everything though, you get what you pay for. If you want to get the best tablet on the market with all of the added bells and whistles, then that’s fine. You just need to be ready to pay for it. Lucky for us with pockets not as deep, there are much cheaper “budget” tablets.

Lenovo is a company that isn’t exactly known to offer the most incredible tablets, but they offer excellent entry level products that can help someone get accustomed to the tablet generation. Sometimes you don’t need a lot. Lenovo knows and understands that. That is why they’ve gone ahead and introduced another new budget tablet, their A8 tablet.

The Lenovo A8 is working with some decent hardware in terms of what is comparable to other 8 inch budget tablets out there. Mind you it might not be anything spectacular, it will still get the job done. The A8 houses a 1.3GHz MediaTek 8121 quad-core processor and comes with 16GB of stock storage space. You will only be working with 1 GB of RAM however unfortunately. Because of this, don’t expect to play any ridiculous video games. The levels and everything else may load properly, but expect to see long load times if you do decide to load them onto the tablet. The tablet also comes stock with a Mali 400 MP GPU. Definitely not bad. Again, it will get the job done. What really does help this tablet (as it would any tablet) is the MicroSD slot. This way, you’ll be able to expand the storage space on the tablet, should you need it.

The display of the tablet is on pretty common standards with other 8 inch tablet competitors as well. The A8 comes with a 1,280×800 pixel resolution display. With 189 pixels per inch, its definitely no iPad Mini With Retina Display, but it won’t distract you from browsing the web and operating your tablet as you would any other high end tablet. If you decide to watch HD video, it will still look very sharp as well, despite the smaller pixel resolution size.

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Where this tablet sticks out a bit from the others is the addition of Dolby Digital app. This tablet unfortunately only comes with one speaker, meaning you’ll be dealing with mono sound instead of stereo. This app is still able to turn that one speaking into something that is able to make your sound shine a bit more. At a moderate volume, your sound will still shine through very nicely without it being distorted or distracting. Don’t be mistaken however. You will still need to work with the Dobly Digital app in order to make the sound fit perfectly for what you need.

This is, by no means, the best tablet on the market, but if you need something to perform basic functions, then this tablet may be what you need. For only $179, the Lenovo A8 is not a bad tablet to get for yourself or someone else who is just now getting into the tablet lifestyle.

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