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Screen grab by Google, Amazon could delay Retina iPad mini – report

When Tim Cook was Apple's COO his tight control of the supply chain was legendary in the tech industry, but now the company is reportedly facing problems sourcing the components needed for its next generation of tiny iPads. Multiple sources have told Reuters that the widely-expected iPad mini with a Retina display, something …
Iain Thomson, 2 Oct 2013
PayPal inStore app in action

Tesco's new fondleslab winks at Apple's stealthy NFC assassin iBeacon

Analysis Tesco jumped on the tablet bandwagon yesterday with the launch of Hudl, another Android tablet. Pronounced "huddle", the decently specced fondleslab costs just £60 if you pay in Clubcard points, or £119 in coins of the realm. And like Amazon's Fire slabs drew in punters, the touchscreen Hudl is being flung out at low cost in the …
Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2 fondleslabs finally get off ground with airline order

How many of Microsoft's ARM-powered Surface 2 fondleslabs has it sold so far during the presale period leading up to the tablet's October 22 launch? At least 11,000, as it turns out, because that's how many were snapped up by US passenger carrier Delta Air Lines. "Delta is rolling out these new tablets to replace the traditional …
Microsoft Surface

Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

Microsoft isn't done with its second round of Surface tablets, but a Mini version with an eight-inch or smaller screen and running Windows RT probably won't arrive until next year, according to the latest rumors. Longtime Redmond-watcher Mary Jo Foley's sources say Microsoft is readying a pint-sized portable to round out its …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2013
Surface Pro 2 with docking station

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Undeterred by its critics, Microsoft has torn the wraps off Surface 2: its upgraded Windows 8-powered tablets, now with faster processors, better graphics, a load of new accessories, and not one but two kickstand positions. Surface Pro 2 with docking station The Surface Pro 2 with its new docking station Redmond has already …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2013
Tesco Hudl

Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

It has a silly name, but a surprising price. Tesco’s new seven-inch Android tablet, the Hudl, will cost a mere 60 quid and a stack of Clubcard points. Well, when a Google Nexus 7 will set you back £199, every little helps. Ahem. The Hudl incorporates a 1440 x 900 LCD, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2013
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft: Surface a failure? No, it made us STRONGER

Microsoft's Surface fondleslabs haven't been selling as well as it or its retail partners would have liked, but top execs say that building hardware in-house is an essential part of Redmond's strategy, and one that has already paid off. Speaking at a meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, Microsoft chief operating officer …
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2013

Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

Sick of your iPad and want to swap it for something that's far less desirable? Microsoft wants to help you out. Redmond has launched a scheme offering a $200 gift card in exchange for a "gently used" iPad 2, 3 or 4. You'll need to give them your charger cable as well and make sure your fondleslab is wiped clean - both on the …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Sep 2013
Viewsonic Smart Display

Psst.. Wanna Android all-in-one PC? We have the chip tech, says Intel

IDF13 Intel did its bit for the ongoing “tabletisation” of the desktop PC at its Developer Forum this week: it's encouraging engineers to get cracking on Android-powered “Smart Display” systems to go on sale in 2014. The chip giant’s pitch is that these 17- to 21-inch devices - basically, huge tablets with a keyboard - will appeal to …
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2013
Photo of billboard marketing Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event

Microsoft will launch the second generation of its Surface fondleslabs at an invitation-only event to be held in New York City on September 23. The company teased the event with invites emailed to media on Monday that gave few details, other than making very plain that Surface will be in the limelight. Even the invitation's text …
Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 tablet

Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)

IFA 2013 Tablets, tablets, tablets. There’s one out there for everyone these days or so it seems. On show at IFA there are, er, certainly more tablets than you could shake a stick at – or should that be a stylus? Sony was looking pleased with itself after it was confirmed that its Vaio Tap 11 is officially the thinnest PC tablet around ( …
Bob Dormon, 6 Sep 2013
Panasonic 4K Toughpad UT-MB5

Hands on: Panasonic bakes a 20-INCH tablet for big biz to swallow

IFA 2013 At the IFA trade show this week, Panasonic shed more light on the latest addition to its Toughpad range, a 20in, 4K resolution monster that’s only 12.5mm thick. Yes it’s the same tablet it teased the press with at CES at the beginning of the year, but it’ll be available to purchase before the end of it. Panasonic 4K Toughpad UT …
Bob Dormon, 6 Sep 2013

iPad 5, Retina iPad mini with 'A7X' chip home for the holidays – report

Apple is readying its fifth-generation iPad for launch and is moving up the debut of its second-generation iPad mini – which will have a Retina display and will be powered by an upgraded processor – from next year to the fourth quarter of this year, if a new report by a longtime Apple-watcher is correct. "Since iPad mini 2 will …
Rik Myslewski, 5 Sep 2013
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Second-gen Surface and Surface Pro rumored to be minor upgrades

More details have begun to trickle out regarding Microsoft's second-generation Surface fondleslabs, which are expected to ship in the fall. On Wednesday, Neowin reported that new versions of both the Intel-based Surface Pro and the ARM-based Surface running Windows RT were in the works. Windows-watcher Paul Thurrot later …

THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

Just days after chopping sales forecasts for the PC market, analysts at IDC have taken the knife to shipment estimates for fondleslabs. Around 1.7 million fewer devices are expected to find a loving home this year. Slabs are now under fire from larger smartphones, said IDC, but it is also expecting wearable web-surfing devices …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Now your iPhone apps can be FAT losers: Apple gobbles data diet upstart

Apple has picked up AlgoTrim, a Swedish upstart that knocks together tools for quickly decompressing apps, photos, videos and other stuff on mobile phones. As well as image squeezing, AlgoTrim touts a code compression library that crams software into the flash memory of ARM-powered devices, possibly reducing the size of programs …
Kobo Arc 10HD

Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Kobo has got in ahead of rival Amazon’s anticipated Kindle refresh to update its own line of reading-centric fondleslabs and e-readers: among them is a ten-incher with a monster 2560 x 1600 resolution - that's bigger than many a desktop monitor here in Vulture Central. This is the Arc 10HD tablet - ‘Arc’ being Kobo’s brand for …
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2013

What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

New reports have emerged suggesting that Nokia is planning to boldly go where other device makers fear to tread: the Finnish firm is reportedly planning to release a tablet running Microsoft's ill-fated Windows RT operating system. Murmurs that Nokia is working on a Surface RT competitor have been buzzing around for months now, …
Neil McAllister, 26 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Struggling bookshop Barnes & Noble has been taken to task by the UK's advertising watchdog for running out of stocks of its ebook reader, the Nook, just a few days after slashing prices down to £29 in a nationwide campaign. B&N started an ad campaign on 24 April that touted the whopping discount from £79 to £29 for the ereader …
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

Microsoft will today kick-start commercial channel sales of the little loved Surface RT and Pro, as our sources predicted, but the move is being pushed through ten months later than it should have been. Redmond has already paid the price for its stubbornness: selling the device direct and latterly through a handful of retailers …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2013
Official Intel Atom Inside logo

Chipzilla Atomises fondleslabs with new reference designs

Intel has released reference designs for 7” and 10” Android tablets, based on the Atom chips. In the 7” form factor, Intel's design calls for an Atom Z2420 CPU processor running at 1.2 GHz, using Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The system config would include 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of multimedia card storage. For I/O, Intel …
Google Nexus 7 2 flanked by the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10

Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

Google has dumped Samsung as the maker of its Nexus 10 fondleslabs and switched to Taiwanese manufacturer Asus, reports Geek.com. The report cited "multiple sources" as claiming the Nexus 10 refresh would be available on the Google Play Store in time for the holiday season. A screen capture of a retailer's leaked stock lookup …

Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

Nvidia's CEO says his company is working with Microsoft on a second-generation Surface RT, and that he believes it has a chance of success – even though the original Surface RT tablet was an utter flop – because it will include Microsoft Outlook. "It is the killer app for Windows," Huang told Cnet. "Now we're going to bring it …
Rik Myslewski, 9 Aug 2013
Google Nexus 7 2 AnTuTu score

Asus will bung 'Nexus 7 2' fondle-droids on Blighty's shelves this month

Pics Asus has confirmed the UK release date of the new Nexus 7 tablet, or 7 2 as it has become known, the latest Android 4.3 fondleslab it makes for Google. The quad-core, full HD 7in slab will be available from 28 August in both 16GB and 32GB capacities at £199 and £239 respectively. Google Nexus 7 2 flanked by the Asus MeMo Pad …
Bob Dormon, 9 Aug 2013
DHS-supplied pic of an unidentified female sneezing

PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

Sales of Apple iPhones are in rude health - but the Cupertino idiot-tax operation's iPad is sickly and in need of some tender loving biz customers. This is the diagnosis by Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, who in a note to investor clients said that, unlike the Jesus mobe, the once super-soaraway fondleslab "clearly has the flu - …
Paul Kunert, 8 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

E-reader manufacturers have petitioned to exempt themselves from accessibility regulations applied to communication services - and the FCC wants to know what you think about that. The claim comes from Amazon, Kobo, and Sony, who all claim that browsing or e-mail capability is just a distraction as their devices exist purely to …
Bill Ray, 7 Aug 2013

Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

Microsoft's shares took a beating following its gloomy fiscal 2013 earnings report earlier this month, in which it wrote down nearly a billion dollars on its unloved Surface RT fondleslabs. But the software giant isn't out of the woods yet, because new details have emerged that have the full Surface picture looking even worse …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013
New Nexus 7

Google's second-gen Nexus 7 fondleslab STRIPPED BARE

Teardown Google's latest Asus-built Nexus 7 fondleslab may be smaller, slimmer, and lighter than the old version, but the Chocolate Factory hasn't sacrificed reparability for the sake of miniaturization. Photo showing how to open the Nexus 7 case All that's needed to open the Nexus 7 case is one plastic tool, and all the fasteners …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013
New Nexus 7

Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

Google has been showing off its new Nexus 7 fondleslab running the latest version of Android, including a 4G LTE version that's the first hardware to allow 4G reception from a variety of competing carriers. "By the end of the year, consumers are going to buy more tablets than PCs. That's an amazing statistic," said Sundar Pichai …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2013
Steve Jobs, Ashton Kutcher, credit: David Shankbone, Apple

Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

A man seemingly familiar to millions as Apple's tetchy tech tycoon Steve Jobs will star in adverts for cheap Chinese computers from Lenovo, according to reports. Actor Ashton Kutcher - who will play the late biz baron in forthcoming biopic Jobs - will be the new poster boy for the planet's largest shifter of PC boxes, we're told …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2013
South Park's Underpants Gnomes

Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Opinion Business strategy at Sun Microsystems became a joke long before even the prospect of a mercy acquisition by Oracle was in the air. If I’d heard one Sun executive try to convince me that hardware-dominated Sun was going to become a successful software and services player, I’d heard them all say it. Tired of hearing the same old …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2013
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Ultrabook

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

Review Make it thin enough with a decent battery life, slap Intel’s latest Core series mobile chippery in there and it seems that just about any design can be described as an Ultrabook these days. Has the marque lost its focus? These days there is a huge range of options from HDD to SSD, slimlime or slab-like - yet all for a price …
Bob Dormon, 19 Jul 2013

Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

Microsoft is once again slashing the price of its unwanted ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. The software giant has shaved 30 per cent off the price of a 32GB RT device now $349 and 25 per cent off the 64GB RT, now $449. A 32GB Surface with a black Touch cover has been cut by 25 per cent to $449 and a 64GB unit with same black …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2013

Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

Review Microsoft has been hinting at smaller tablets running full Windows 8 for months, and with the arrival of the Iconia W3, an 8.1-inch Windows 8 fondleslab from Acer, we finally have a taste of what those look like. Unfortunately, the result is a mixed bag. Acer Iconia W3 tablet running Windows 8 The tiny Acer Iconia W3, shown …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2013

India's low cost tablet dream lives on with Aakash IV

The Indian government is pushing ahead with plans for a new and improved low-cost Aakash tablet for students which it hopes will reinvigorate a project hit by countless delays. The technical specs of the proposed Android-based Aakash IV have been posted to the web sites of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and …
Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

Review Not so long ago, Sony declared its aim to be the second most popular tablet vendor after Apple. More recently, that morphed into an ambition to sell the most mobile devices after Apple and Samsung. If both those targets are not to be consigned to the rubbish bin of ill-advised statements, Sony’s phones and tablets need to start …
Alun Taylor, 1 Jul 2013
Barnes and Noble Nook HD+

Barnes & Noble sheds Nook tablet albatross, will focus on ebooks

Barnes & Noble has announced that it is abandoning the color tablet business in an effort to stabilize its lossmaking Nook digital division. On Tuesday, the bookseller announced that the Nook unit's revenues were down 34.0 per cent in the fourth quarter, year on year, and down 16.8 per cent for all of fiscal 2013. In all, the …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jun 2013

Huawei's new 7-inch MediaPad Vogue feeds Wi-Fi+3G phablet frenzy

Chinese electronics giant Huawei has jumped feet-first into the emerging tablet-that's-also-a-phone market with the release of the MediaPad 7 Vogue, a seven-inch tablet that can be had in either a Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi plus 3G phone call–capable version. "We're delighted to introduce the MediaPad 7 Vogue, our call-enabled tablet …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2013
Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive slider

Tosh puts slim model on a single-plate diet to create new 7mm mutant

Toshiba has put its hybrid flash-disk drive on a diet - and a new, slimmer device has emerged with just one spinning platter. Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive Toshiba's 7mm hybrid disk drive The new MQ01ABFH is a single-plate version of the existing MQ01ABDH, and is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities. The earlier two- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013

Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

Microsoft is slashing the price on its Windows 8-powered Surface RT tablets to slap the unwanted kit into students' palms. For a limited time, Redmond will knock 60 per cent off the price of a 32GB ARM-driven fondleslab to $199 (£127); a 32GB with Touch Keyboard Cover will be slashed by 58 per cent to $249 (£158); and a 32GB RT …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jun 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

Review Bewildering. That’s the best word to describe Samsung’s small tablet range. Since the second half of 2010, the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 7.7 blurred one into the other, much to the confusion of the average customer and me. Thankfully, the Samsung fondleslab now sat on my desk is a Note, …
Alun Taylor, 18 Jun 2013

First look: iOS 7 for iPad

Screen grabs Bashing the design of Apple's upcoming iOS 7 may be all the rage, but the pile-on has been limited to the iPhone and iPod touch versions, since the iPad version has yet to be released. Thankfully for Apple haters, however, that's now changing as screen grabs taken from the iOS 7 developer simulator begin to appear on the …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2013