Gaming tablet Wikipad is getting OnLive cloud gaming support, with access to the recently announced OnLive CloudLift games subscription service that's mapped to the slate's physical controls. Meanwhile, in the pipeline is similar support for Wikipad's Gamevice, which aims to give other manufacturers' Android tablets gaming controls too.
Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.
Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee, kicked up quite a debacle earlier this year after leaking information related to Windows 8 to an unknown French tech blogger. Kibkalo plead guilty in early April, and has now been sentenced, receiving three months in prison for the theft of trade secrets.
The debate about whether a laptop can be adequately replaced with a tablet is a hot one, usually drawing passionate arguments from both sides of the fence. For some it isn't a viable option, but others who use their laptops for casual browsing, watching videos, and playing simple games increasingly wonder the point of keeping around a laptop when a tablet best suits their needs. For those people, a handful of accessories will take you full circle, enabling your tablet to double as a laptop when necessary.
Panasonic's rugged and equally pricey Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet arrives this month, and brings with it a somewhat small 7-inch display alongside hardware that lets it take whatever abuse you throw at it. For the MIL-STD-810G rated specifications, you'll be shelling out at least $1,299 USD.
One of iOS 8's rumored features obviously didn't make it to the WWDC event. However, if these series of tweets from app developer Steven Troughton-Smith are accurate, the code for the functionality already exists in iOS 8 SpringBoard, which is the other name that the Home Screen is going with.
Toshiba is bringing the Windows 8.1 battle to Android, with a new 7-inch tablet - the Toshiba Encore 7 - developed with Microsoft and Intel to try to show that you don't necessarily need ARM for an affordable slate. Unveiled at the first time at Computex this week, the collaboration runs Intel's 1.33GHz Atom quadcore, and has 16GB of onboard storage.
At BUILD, Microsoft showed what looked to be a more touch-friendly version of Office. While there is already a touchy-feely version available for iOS, those with Android or Windows Mobile devices are currently left wanting. A new round of rumors suggest Microsoft will forgo Windows in favor of Android getting the new Office first, though.
Home automation firm Insteon has pushed out its new apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, bringing native smart home control to Microsoft's platform. The new apps follow boxed Insteon automation starter kits showing up in Microsoft stores for those just getting onto the smart home bandwagon.