If you have children, you know firsthand how much kids love to play with smartphones and tablets. Sometimes kids like your smartphone or tablet so much that you can't play with it yourself, which is why Toys "R" Us rolled out the Tabeo tablet last year. The toy store has announced the next generation version of that tablet called the Tabeo e2.
If you're familiar with the Swype keyboard for smartphones and prefer that virtual keyboard to the one that came with your device, and you also use a tablet you might interested in Dryft. The original co-founder of Swype and its inventor, Randy Marsden, has unveiled his latest invention aiming to change tablet typing just as he did with smartphone typing using Swype.
Tablets and smartphones have multiple uses: as gaming devices, navigational tools, digital book readers, note-taking slates, and more. As such, the way they're handled varies with need - while holding them by the bevel may be okay for one scenario, another may require a solid grip on the back. While there are different stands and docks available for a variety of needs, swapping between them is inconvenient at best. That is where Mobio's Grip and Go come in.
The post-PC era continues to see tablets and smartphones drive overall growth, researchers claim, with traditional PC shipments predicted to decline more than 10-percent this year. 2013 sales of computing hardware - including tablets, smartphones, and PCs - are expected to grow 5.9-percent year on year in 2013, Gartner calculates, but that will be predominantly down to slates, it's argued. In fact, compared to 2012, tablet sales are expected to jump almost 68-percent.
Tablets and ultrabooks are nice because, if for no other reason, of their sheer portability. With that portability comes some trade-offs, however, primarily in how effective they are as a day-in, day-out workstation device for the home or office. That is where docking stations come in, of which Belkin has just announced two - one for tablets, the other for ultrabooks. Both offer dual-video for multiple monitors, as well as a host of ports.
A new analysis performed by The NPD Group shows that the United States has hit an impressive milestone. There are currently over 500 million internet-connected devices all across the nation. These devices include smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, video-game consoles, HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, and more. The NPD Group says that the main driver for this number is the increase in smartphone and tablet ownership.
The IDC recently had to adjust its numbers for its 2013 forecasted market share. It didn't expect there to be so many low-cost budget Android tablets to be announced this year, like the HP Slate that goes for $169. The IDC has increased its 2013 forecast for the tablet market from 172.4 million units shipped worldwide to 190.9 million. It also believes that tablet shipments will see an 11% increase annually between 2013 and 2016.
News Corp is planning on joining the tablet market soon with it's own $299 tablet. But News Corp's tablet won't just be any standard tablet. Its tablet will be geared specifically towards teachers and students. The tablet will run on Android's operating system, and will be powered by News Corps education brand, Amplify. The tablet is supposed to rival Apple's iPad, which is currently the most preferred tablet in the education market.
We've been seeing a major push for tablets lately, but if a new study from Arieso is to be believed, then manufacturers might want to rethink their strategies. As it turns out, Arieso has found that smartphones have passed tablets in data usage for the first time in the three years the company has been doing these studies. You'd think that given the larger screens found on most tablets, users would turn to those devices more often for Internet access, but it seems that the tides are changing as far as mobile data goes.