Ashton Kutcher is following in the footsteps of Alicia Keys formerly of Blackberry and Lady Gaga of Polaroid. He was just hired by Lenovo as a “product engineer.” Kutcher will be drawing from his experience as playing the role of Steve Jobs, but he was also studying biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa when he quit school to pursue his modeling career. Read more
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Mozilla recently released the outline of what its Firefox OS tablets will look like. Expect the first device to be a 10-inch InFocus New tab F1 tablet with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The tablet will run on a 1GHz quad-core processor with a 1280 x 800 display.
Additional specs include Wi-Fi, dual cameras (2-megapixel and 5-megapixel), 7000 mAh battery, GPS and Bluetooth enabled, and USB, headphone and SD ports. Read more
Samsung took the wraps off two new lines of tablets at CES this week: the Galaxy NotePro and the Galaxy TabPro.
“What we always hear…is people want to do more with tablets,” said Nanda Ramachandran, VP of tablets and emerging business at Samsung, as he introduced the tablets.
Ramachandran vowed to hold these “pro” tablets to the company’s “highest standards.” He emphasized features that might appeal to professionals such as a Cisco WebEx conferencing app; a remote PC function to access files at home or the office; shared document editing tools; and the S Pen available with the NotePro tablet. Read more
This Grippity iPad appears a bit gimmicky at first, but if we are going to play games with our iPads, it’s going to be a spectacular gimmick, like a Sci-Fi movie accessory. The device is an ergonomic redesign of the tablet – it’s supposed to be comfortable enough for 8 hours of use while tactile enough to encourage 8 hours of use by all 10 of your handy digits. It’s perfect for gaming, and while you’re at it, a remote control, and perhaps even a light switch if you have smart appliances.
As we’re approaching the year’s end, it’s nice to reflect on the big growth of mobile media, whose maturity is ushering in a world of changes for how we consume media. In fact, the growth has been so immense data consumption has nearly doubled in the past year.
According to analysis from wireless carrier consultant, Chetan Sharma, US consumers are using approximately 1.2 gigabytes of data each month compared to 690 megabytes this time period last year. For comparison’s sake, that’s about 1,200 photos each month compared to last year’s 690 a month.
It’s definitely a golden age for mobile devices – the number of mobile subscriptions has grown to be nearly the same number of humans on the planet. All of that means that this holiday season has been a well spring for online shopping: Read more
The UbiSlate is a low resolution 7″ Android tablet with a 1GHz processor and 4 GB for storage. It’s very minimal, but at $35 ( £29.99), it’s within the purchase price of the UK’s poorest residents – 29% of whom do not have a personal computer and 36% have no internet.
The Ubislate is produced by Datawind and is the lowest priced tablet from the manufacturer – other tablets range between £50 and £129. Datawind originally developed the cheap tablets for educational use in India in 2012. Now in the UK, the UbiSlate can be easy Christmas gifts for families by being the only tablet priced under £100.
Tablets make up very little of the globe’s Internet usage each month even as their popularity soars. New figures from StatCounter show that tablets account for just under 5 percent of monthly web browsing.
Desktops continue to make up the bulk of the world’s web surfing–around 76 percent last month–while smartphones accounted for about 19 percent. Read more
Applebee’s latest tech-savvy plan is the installation of a tablet at every table in all 1,860 restaurants, which means, you can share an Instagram photo of your food right before it arrives!
Just kidding. The restaurant is planning to purchase about 100,000 tablets to increase impulse buys and speed up the ordering of food and payments. This move is similar to Chili’s Bar and Grill whose 1,266 restaurants have been getting tablets for tables earlier this year. Having more tablets appear to decrease staffing needs, but Applebee’s said it is planning to keep staffing at the same level.
Restaurants are also looking to add games and other content to their table tablets, perhaps to keep diners happy and occupied while waiting. One important note: iPads will not be installed at Applebees because they tend to break. The restaurant has signed a contract with Presto for tablets, and they don’t look anywhere as sleek as an iPad, more like a mobile POS similar to ones used by servers.
This year is expected to be another incredible growth year for tablet sales, but research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has issued a word of caution for the coming years.
About 221.3 million tablets are expected to ship around the world by the end of the year, according to IDC. The company revised that forecast down about 3 percent from its previous estimate of 227.4 million. Yet, those sales still represent a more than 50 percent increase from last year. Read more
Online shopping on Thanksgiving increased by almost 20 percent over last year with mobile driving about a quarter of those sales, according to an IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report.
Mobile was up across all categories. It accounted for about 43% of all Thanksgiving online traffic, a 32 percent increase over last year; and mobile drove 26 percent of sales, up by nearly 50 percent. Read more
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