I'm not the first to report this, but it's hit me hard over the last few weekends: it's getting a bit difficult to be an iPad owner amid all this iPhone 4 to-do. As if a front-facing camera and higher-res Retina Display weren't already envy-inducing, to add insult to injury the iPhone already has iOS 4, with multitasking, folders, and other features that aren't available on the iPad yet. So, after a few months, has it come to this, Apple?
It's not always easy to argue with an artist. Somehow, everything that's said ends up being so, well, subjective.
Still, how can one not at least listen to the words of the great Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki on the subject of the iPad?
He was voted one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2005 and some have called … Read more
This week, the Android army comes out swinging, as we discover that Android fans have now joined the ranks of Linux/Apple/Nintendo fanboys in terms of raw enthusiasm. We also bid a fond farewell to the Microsoft Kin phones and find out why Consumer Reports says to skip the iPhone 4.
In practical news, we test PlayOn for iOS, streaming Hulu to your iPhone or iPad without the $10 per month Hulu Plus subscription; update our list of great games for Netbooks; and check out a collection of tiny man-purse bags for lugging around an iPad or Netbook.
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Microsoft's Windows business faces a real threat from Apple's iPad and the impending crop of similar touch-screen devices running Android, Web OS, and other lightweight mobile operating systems. Windows will remain relevant for years to come, but if even 10 percent of potential laptop or Netbook buyers choose an iPad or other competitor instead, that cuts more than a billion dollars out of Microsoft's largest and most profitable business.
That's right: Microsoft now earns more than $10 billion in profit--not revenue, profit--from the Windows desktop operating system every year.
What's Microsoft's answer? At a … Read more
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer insisted on Monday that Microsoft is still serious about tablets.
Ballmer reiterated that there will be Windows 7-based slates on the market this year, while Windows Vice President Tami Reller showed off a couple of models, including the dual-screen Libretto that Toshiba has in the works as well as a slate from Chinese computer maker Hanvon.
"Over the course of the next several months, you will see a range of Windows 7-based slates that I think you'll find quite impressive," Ballmer said, speaking at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.… Read more
Apple has started distributing its iAds advertising content in participating App Store apps using data that has been collected from iTunes accounts and analyzed to customize your consumption experience. If you no longer want Apple to collect your data, opting out is simple.
While opting out … Read more
Computing may indeed be reaching a crossroads where ultraportable devices become as easy to tote as a softcover book or a thick issue of GQ. It certainly seems that way when toting an iPad or a thin Netbook around. Unfortunately, neither has solved the problem of making a bag for these devices that's not semi-humiliating.
The joke about "iPad murses" has circulated the office for months now, yet there still hasn't been a clear-cut bag that's conquered the stereotype. We tried on a few recent offerings for some quick impressions, along with what we call … Read more
Research In Motion is targeting the end of this year to bring out a small BlackBerry tablet powered by a 1GHz processor, according to a report from an analyst on Friday.
The 7-inch touch-screen tablet will be powered by a processor from Marvell, according to Ashok Kumar, an analyst and managing director at Rodman & Renshaw.
"Research In Motion (RIMM, Market Perform) is trying to pull forward the launch of the 7-inch touchscreen tablet from early next year to year end...with a marginal point of differentiation being the front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing," he said in … Read more
Some of the early commentary about the Apple iPad dismissed it as just a big iPhone or iPod Touch.
Today, I am listing the applications I find most useful on my iPad and comparing them with my iPhone favorites. And I must say that I'm struck by how different the two lists are.
My iPhone sits in my pocket as I'm out and about, often in at least somewhat unfamiliar cities. I want to know which restaurants, which Wi-Fi hot spots, and which ATMs are nearby. I want to listen to music, glance at the news headlines, or … Read more
Sales of Windows-Intel laptops will take a hit because of iPad and tablet growth, according to research notes released by Barclays Capital.
Sales of the iPad and similar tablets will jump next year, with some of that heady growth coming at the expense of Netbooks and low-end notebooks, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing a series of research notes sent out by Barclays Capital.
Tablet sales are forecast to reach at least 15 million units this year, jumping to 28 million in 2011, Barclays said. "We believe the initial phase of the tablet surge will cannibalize a portion … Read more