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Life just isn”t fair. Today, in New York City, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced third attempt to crack the tablet market, the Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile, China”s libertine government announced no Windows 8 on government computers. The Next Web, amongst a host of others, is reporting Microsoft”s latest tablet play will have a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 resolution (3:2) screen. The device will be just 9.1 millimeters (0.358 inches) thin and will weigh just 800…

Millions of people have turned their attention to tablets to satisfy their computing needs. In fact, nearly 200 million tablets were sold last year, 62 percent of them being Android devices. One of the most popular, and most affordable, tablets available right now is the Google Nexus 7. Let’s see how this tablet stacks up to two other popular devices: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Apple iPad Mini. Google Nexus 7 The next generation…

A new Surface 2 model will be coming out on Tuesday and unlike the others, this one will finally include LTE connectivity. The price for this Surface 2 tablet will be raised to at least $679 and will run Windows 8.1 RT with 64GB of storage and a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. One of the nice things about this offer is that the device is unlocked, meaning that you can use any SIM card to…

Think the 1 percent are selfish? They certainly are. However, whether we’re talking wealth or mobile data, the biggest piggies of all are the hyper elite, the 0.1 percenters. A fresh study of mobile data use underscores that point and names names — specifically, which devices and their users are consuming the most. JDSU has surveyed mobile data usage in both developed and developing nations. And, their results should surprise no one: — iPhone 5s users…

Microsoft will be releasing a new update for its Surface Pro 2 tablets today in order to fix installation errors and battery length issues that were prevalent with the previous firmware version. The rollout for the new firmware has already begun and some users in the UK and US are reporting that they have been able to access it. At least some users on Twitter and other online networking services have reported that a January…

According to new reports, sources are suggesting that Samsung will reportedly announce the next generation of the Nexus 10 at CES 2014. The new Nexus 10 is to retain Samsung as the manufacturer just like the initial Nexus 10 which launched in 2012. Furthermore, sources hint at the device adopting an AMOLED display. The reports come in the light of the Nexus 10 being out of stock with some retailers, and Samsung were rumoured to be…

And, a Happy New Year to you! Yes, the iPad is still far and away number one in tablet web usage share. However, the real action under and around the Christmas tree in 2013 was between the also rans. Samsung and Amazon solidified their holds, respectively, on the second and third spots, while Microsoft beat Google for the four spot. Redmond has spent billions marketing their Surface tablet product line. Until Christmas 2013, however, all…

Amazon’s new tech support system, Mayday, has been marketed as a major selling point for the online retailer’s Kindle Fire HDX tablet. Since Mayday functions as a live and fast tech support system, response time is crucial in order for consumers to be happy with the way that it works. Prior to the holidays, Mayday would connect a user with an Amazon employee within 15 seconds but during Christmas, that response time was decreased to…

US Cellular has been known for some time as the fifth largest carrier in the US, right behind the giants (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint), but US Cellular has been losing customers for some time. Recent results show that US Cellular lost 200,000 customers in the last quarter – a common trend with regional carriers that do not sell the iPhone or iPad. Former US Cellular CEO Mary Dillon announced earlier this year that US Cellular…

On Thursday, the tech web was wallpapered with “Samsung beats iPad” headlines, which were all sourced to a JD Power US tablet satisfaction survey. The problem is, however, that JD Power’s own ratings clearly show that the iPad should have been named the winner. According to JD Power, tablets were rated on five factors and rated: performance (26%); ease of operation (22%); styling and design (19%); features (17%); and cost (16%). Here’s their table displaying…

Our FAA overlords have validated what most travelers have been doing on planes for years — it soon will be “safe” to use most electronic devices not only during regular flight, but also during take off and landing. However, in dazzling display of reason, the new FAA electronics rules still proscribe talking on a cellphone. And, that wasn’t sarcasm — not allowing people to talk on their cellphones during take off and landing is a…

The HTC One is a good phone, but hardly enough to save the beleaguered company. The Kindle Fire HDX is a good ereader, but not much of a tablet. Though Amazon doesn’t need saving, there’s little chance it will, any time soon, take over the tablet segment. For some reason, these two technology turkeys are joining forces with the goal of birthing an eagle. Behold the endless possibilities of the Amazon HTC smartphone. The good…

It’s October, and, if last year is any kind of example, Apple’s tablet announcement is right around the corner. Right before Apple’s announcements, rumors pick up speed – and the same thing is happening with Apple’s future iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 announcements. We always expect spec bump-ups from Apple (or from any manufacturer for that matter), so the latest from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo does not surprise us. Kuo is renown for…