Upgrading that trusty old laptop or desktop PC is a risky and exciting adventure. Full of expectation, spending large wads of cash and anticipation that eventually wanes giving way to business as usual.
Here at Highpants we recently found ourselves in this very situation, in the market for a new PC. Working in the IT industry this requires a machine that can handle developing databases one minute and writing on the go the next.
Presented for your reading pleasure is the account of our latest adventure in gadget hunting. Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the ride.
Continue reading The Surface Pro 2, the PC Reborn in Tablet Form…
Starting the build up to what will be an enormous Christmas for new products Microsoft has this week (Sept 23) announced a new generation of Surface tablets, re-vamping the Surface range.
Presented on this fine day in New York was the evolution of the Surface range, nothing radical but with the updated hardware and new accessories the Surface and Surface Pro are starting to make far more sense. October 22 has been set as the release date (most countries) for the Surface tablets, with many of the accessories due in early 2014.
Watching elephants learn to dance is a highly amusing pastime we can all enjoy, although if the Surface Pro 2 is any indication they may finally have found a little rhythm. Can they turn their Surfaces into all they can be?
Continue reading Microsoft Re-Surfaces Tablets, the PC Evolved….
PaperTab, science fiction technology has come to life at CES this week. As thin as a sheet of paper this 10.7 inch polymer display is a revolutionary glimpse into the not too distant future. A dual revolution at that, not only is the display a leap in technology but the interface is a revolution.
The Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queens University are constantly pushing the boundaries of interface technology. The bend gesture technology was displayed two years ago with the demonstration flexible smartphone and its bend gestures that use the screen itself as part of the interface.
The PaperTab builds on the bend gestures with the addition of proximity sensors and the location gestures it allows. By adding proximity sensors to each of the PaperTabs they become aware of each others position, creating the proximity gestures. Touch tablets together to transfer data or applications. Put an email in the out tray and it’s sent.
Continue reading PaperTab, the Flexible Tablet and the Bend Gestures…
Samsung and Google’s latest lovechild, the Nexus 10 is a tablet so sleek the iPad is said to have a crush on it. Pictures and a video of the latest Nexus tablet have appeared via website BriefMobile, setting the tech world abuzz.
This may also be partially due to Google postponing the October 29 launch event thanks in no small part to hurricane Sandy. With no new date yet announced for the official event we will have to make do with these little morsels of news till the official event.
The Nexus 10 is set to become the new benchmark for 10 inch tablets, a sock lifter. The sort of tablet that makes everyone else try harder, lift up their socks.
Continue reading The Google Nexus 10 preview, a windy introduction…
Is Google playing the field? With projects well underway on 3 new Google gadgets with 3 different manufacturers, Google has proven its ability to play the field, juggle manufacturing relationships. Top of the list of new gadgets is the long awaited and highly anticipated Nexus 4 Smartphone, an LG and Google collaboration.
Along with the next generation Nexus Smartphone Google is also expected to expand its line of tablets, ready for the Christmas rush. Do they make stockings that can hold a tablet or do they go straight under the tree?
Preparing a full refresh of the stocking stuffers, by Christmas Google will have a shinny new Smartphone and 3 tablets in its line-up. An impressive array of market leading hardware, especially for an internet company.
Continue reading The Nexus Next Generation, Google’s Nexus 4 Smart Phone and Tablets…
In years to come, the not too distant future, e-Book readers such as the Txtr Beagle will become known as the e-Reader’s that killed the paper-back. A mastery of simplicity the Beagle has been built for singular purpose, bringing e-Books to everyone.
Priced at an incredibly low $13 the Beagle is approaching the cost of producing a paperback (printing and distribution), a critical price point that may see e-Books and their reader gadgets become ubiquitous.
Slimming down on functions has also had the desirable side effect of allowing the Beagle to be the lightest and slimmest 5 inch e-reader on the market, at under 5mm slim and weighing only 128 grams the Beagle will slip into any purse and almost any pocket.
Continue reading Txtr Beagle e-Book Reader, The $13 e-Reader that will change the World…
Silicon design house ARM isn’t content adding the smarts to most of the smartphones in the world, now they have announced a new family of graphics processor to add to their silicon portfolio. ARM would like to introduce you to the Mali-T600 mobile graphics processors.
Three new members of the T600 family of products have been introduced to the world, the Mali-T624 with 4 cores, Mali-T628 with 8 cores and the Mali-T678 with 8 cores optimized for Tablets. The T600 chips are based on a brand new architecture named the Midgard architecture, rebuilt from the ground up ARM is proving that people will use as much power as they are supplied.
Currently the most powerful smartphone the Samsung Galaxy SIII uses a slightly overclocked Mali 400 GPU, the T678 should be close to 4 times faster. Able to drive screen resolutions up to 4k2k while providing console class gaming these chips are not only destined to travel but may also find a place in our living room, driving big screen TV’s.
Continue reading ARM Mali-T600 Mobile Graphics Processors, Faster than a Speeding PlayStation 3…
Tablets and Smartphones, the little touch screen windows to our online lives are a fast evolving technology. Apple, the undisputed leaders of the touchy feely lifestyle have a new generation of smartphone and tablet waiting in the wings, preparing to be released upon the world. Microsoft was also seen in the background parroting the phrase “and you’ll be able to run Office!”
Insider rumours are suggesting the new iPhone, number 5, will include a larger 16:9 wide-screen profile display. At four inches diagonal the new retina display will keep pace with the ever increasing size of smartphone displays. Said to be Steve Jobs’ last project expect something special.
Also said to be in production, alongside the new iPhone literally, is the mini iPad. A tablet so cute that the Kindle Fire was overheard muttering while walking off “mirror mirror on the wall…”
Continue reading Apple Strikes Back. The iPhone 5, The Mini iPad And Microsoft Office 15 Gate Crashes The Party…
Multi-function devices have been with us since caveman first noticed a stick has two ends. In the electronic world mobile phones are the great multi-function device, the caveman’s new stick. Now a new generation of convergence device is beginning to appear, allowing a new generation of smartphone to adapt to the desktop, tablet top or even the dash of your car.
ASUS and Motorola are preparing a new generation of smartphones that promise to eliminate any last remaining aspects of life free of web access. Creating the ultimate convergence device, the Netbook Tablet Smartphone or MultiPhone.
The incredible pace of technologies advancement is responsible for this blurring of the boundaries between mobile and desktop computing. Many smartphones are already powerful enough to cater for day to day computing, surfing the web, the odd document or .pdf and music or videos. Nothing too demanding, but a good majority of what we do during our online lives. Why not leverage that power in your pocket to increase functionality? It’s all about options.
Continue reading The War Of The Transforming Devices, Motorolabot Battles ASUStron. The Asus PadFone and Transformer Versus Motorola’s Atrix 2…
Since the days of Moses Tablets have been an important tool for recording and sharing information. Sure Moses used his tablet with an iron stylus and hammer, his tablet was made of stone after-all. Strangely enough the purpose was the same whether stone or silicon, its all about information and connecting with people.
A few quick statistics. Worldwide tablet sales for Q3 2011, Apple 11 million, Samsung 1 million, HP 903,000. The Amazon Kindle has sold over 6million units in its short life so far. Android currently owns 42% of the US market, Gartner research expects Android to surpass Apples iPad in market share within the next two years.
IDC is forecasting that tablet sales will be in the hundreds of millions by 2016, they mustn’t think much of Windows tablets though, as they also quote 2016 as the year they pass 1million sales a year. Not great for the mighty Microsoft but great for Android and iPad tablets. Retailers are also overjoyed with the incredible growth in the tablet market, you could easily get the feeling they are the only thing keeping cash registers going ca-ching at the moment.
Continue reading The Tablet Wars Twist And Turn. Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Acer And The Rest Of The Gang…