Sony teased a new form-factor laptop for IFA 2013, and the VAIO Fit is just that machine, a Windows 8 ultrabook that converts into a tablet in a way that actually manages to be unique despite all the convertibles we've seen before. In fact, it's a whole family of devices: offered in 13-, 14-, and 15-inch sizes, each VAIO Fit uses Sony's new Multi-Flip system, where the laptop screen tilts up, the rear panel folds, and the whole thing collapses down on itself into a tablet. We grabbed some playtime at the show; read on for our first impressions.
Football season is here and Microsoft wants to be a big part of it, redefining the way sports fans experience the game. When Microsoft unveiled its next-gen gaming console, it also announced a partnership with NFL to bring a new football experience in your living room. Now we're getting more information about new features that will be hitting not only the Xbox One but the Surface tablet as well.
This week in Berlin at IFA 2013 the folks at Lenovo has brought on a new wave of ThinkPad Ultrabooks for the latter half of this year. This device portfolio includes additions to the Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks with the T440s, T440, X240, S440, and S540. In the T and X series models you'll find 20 percent thinner form factors under recent reboots, a collection of options in each of these devices bright panels, and a massive 45 percent larger size on each of their clickpads. The whole lot works with new 4th generation Intel Core processor technology as well.
In the days before the official start of the Berlin-based technology conference known as IFA 2013, Panasonic is aiming to stir up some excitement with word of a 20-inch 4K tablet. This device does not seem to be the sort of device that Panasonic will be releasing any time soon, acting as part of a series of presentations titled "A Better Life, A Better World", showing off what the company is capable of now in products designed for tomorrow. This device will be one part of a series of product categories Panasonic will be aiming to demonstrate their power in - Digital AVC, Appliances, and Enterprise Solutions also included.
The gang over Lenovo continues to plug away offering various ultrabook and notebook models with portability and interesting features. Lenovo has a new offering today called the Flex 14 that reminds a bit of the Yoga 11. Before you get too nervous, the resemblance between the Flex 14 and Yoga 11 is mostly physical.
Microsoft had previously confirmed an October 18 release date for Windows 8.1. As of today however Microsoft has announced the release to hardware partners. Specifically, Microsoft has started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT to hardware partners. Or in other words, Microsoft is working to make sure the manufacturers will have things ready for the upcoming launch.
This morning it was announced that Steve Ballmer would be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 month period - MSFT was sent soaring up 7% in trading immediately following this news blast. While the stock still sits closer to 35 than it does to its recent high back in June (and again in July) with nearly 36, there's still a lot to be said for a company that's sitting at less than half the market capitalization it had back when Ballmer began his tenure as CEO.
If the Makerbot 3D scanner weren't enough to get you excited about the longevity of 3D printing this week, the Microsoft Windows 8.1 exploration of 3D printing standards might. What the team at Microsoft is doing this week is going through how users of the next-generation update of Windows 8 will be able to work with 3D printing from the core of the software. This sort of update means that Microsoft - one of the most influential technology companies in the world - has confidence enough in the future of the 3D printing universe that they're willing to dedicate real time to it for the common user.
This morning Microsoft has made an announcement suggesting CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down within the next 12 months. Saying that there's "never a perfect time for this type of transition", Ballmer made clear that this was his intention all along, and that the company needs "a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction." This "new direction" he speaks of refers to the company "transforming" into a devices and services company rather than strictly a software company, this change-over being made with devices like the Microsoft Surface tablets and the variety of services included with Windows 8.