Barnes & Noble wants you to know that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet is enough to get existing Nook owners excited; whether that's enough to turn the company's struggling ebook fortunes around remains to be seen. Samsung outed the new slate - which it designed itself, but which bears B&N's Nook branding - back in June, and now the bookseller is trying to build the prelaunch hype, taking a page out of Amazon's book in the process.
"Travel is a sensual product, and travel shopping is about as industrial as you get. I think buying a blender on Amazon is probably more sensual than booking travel.” So speaks Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, and a big believer in helping you book your next vacation from whatever device is nearest you. Expedia’s new tablet app won’t hit app stores until this fall, but I grabbed some hands-on time with the latest pre-production version to find out whether Khosrowshahi had actually made booking flights sexy.
JetBlue will give every inflight crewmember an iPad mini to handle payments, figure out if the right people are onboard, and even translate foreign languages, the airline has announced. The 7.9-inch tablets - which JetBlue expects every crewmember to have in their flight bag by April 2015 - will run a custom In-Flight Service Assistant (IfSA) app, which will allow them to more readily sell you tiny bottles of liquor.
Acer is set to give its 10,1-inch tablet another chance at life. Probably heading to IFA 2014 next month, the Iconia A3-A20 will carry on its predecessors' tradition of mixing entry-level hardware and budget prices. This time, however, the tablet will be wearing a different and better looking coat that will hide its otherwise mediocre innards.
It is all good news for Lenovo based on its financial reports for the first fiscal quarter of the year which ended June 30. Not only has it beat all odds and ended up with a net profit significantly higher than what analysts estimated, its PC business also managed to stay on top, not to mention profitable, during a period of lull in the entire industry. It is quite telling, however, that Lenovo declares that for the first time, it has sold more smartphones ever than PCs, bulk of which went to its chief market of China.
Bad news if you were hoping to use your iPad Air to record the action at the next Manchester United game, with the UK soccer club banning tablets from its Old Trafford stadium. The ban - which applies to both larger slates and smaller models like the iPad mini - is part of a clamp down on "large electronic devices" which Manchester United says is actually about security rather than people looking ridiculous holding up their huge camera replacements.
Apple's new iPads are already in production, according to the latest supply chain leaks, with a refreshed iPad Air said to use a new anti-reflection coating that should make it easier to read on. The 9.7-inch iPad could get its official reveal as soon as the end of Q3 2014 or sometime earlier in Q4, insiders told Bloomberg, as well as giving a little extra news on the new iPad mini, too.
Microsoft hasn't been shy in calling out Apple in recent months, pitting Cortana against Siri in a recent advert, while calling out the MacBook Air from the get-go with its Surface Pro 3 launch. Now the OS X ultraportable is under attack again, with a trio of new Microsoft commercials attempting to demonstrate how a pen, touchscreen, and detachable keyboard are together more flexible than a regular notebook can be.
This week we’re hearing more about the next generation of Nexus tablet greatness, the Nexus 9. This device (codenamed Flounder/Volantis) is set to replace the soon-to-be-empty spot in Google Play with a machine that closely resembles the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This begins with HTC manufacturing and ends with a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra SoC.