Ipad News & Analysis
| Monday Jan 27, 2014
Ahead of today's Apple earnings announcement — whatever the sales for last year's models — all the gossip is about company's "plans" for larger iPhone and iPad devices, as its enterprise and worker battle with Android and Windows Phones heats up. Are competitors poised to take a bite from Apple?
Or will Apple's expected larger-screens satisfy an insatiable mobile marker — and even help improve productivity? What more can Apple do to drive its presence in the enterprise as Intel's Android Device Protection Technology drive starts up, with CIOs becoming increasingly concerned about mobile security? And, with Microsoft's wide-ranging enterprise play, can the revamping of iWorks help it become an enterprise winner?
| Friday Jan 10, 2014
Microsoft doesn't have an official presence at the International CES in Las Vegas this week. It stopped participating in the opening keynote and abandoned its booths on the show floor two years ago.
But it still conducts behind-the-scenes meetings with partners, hardware manufacturers, mobile operators and developers at the giant consumer electronics show. And it left the biggest footprint among an onslaught of systems from of Lenovo, HP and others.
Among the Microsoft show news: leaks about the Nvidia-powered Surface 3 and Mini tablets — which topped rumors on gadgets like Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone.
| Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
Email isn't going away, no matter how hard we try. So instead of fighting it, I've decided to simplify it. Here are five apps I've tried to tame the email beast.
| Friday Nov 29, 2013
Apple's one-day Black Friday sale rolled out from midnight around the world, offering gift cards in most places instead of discounts on major items and accessories. Europe is a little luckier with discounts on the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Major retailers, meanwhile, continue to do all they can to attract customers with big deals — for the second consecutive day.
| Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
Bargain hunters are plotting their strategies to find the best pre-holiday deals, online and off. Two options to consider: the Apple and Microsoft stores.
Each one is offering potential savings of hundreds of dollars on the latest tablets, computers and software. The one-day Apple deals start at 12:01 a.m. PST on Black Friday in the United States, but Microsoft's sale is already up and running.
| Monday Nov 25, 2013
Apple finally confirmed this weekend that it acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that developed the Kinect 3D motion sensor for Microsoft. So what does the deal mean in practical terms?
Having miniaturized its sensors, 3D gesture tech will likely end up in future iPhones and iPads. Expect future generations of these products to offer advanced depth perception and perhaps face and feature recognition, as well as a new range of gestures available without touching the device.
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Apple is pretty coy about its technical failings, leaving highly ambiguous terms in the update documentation. While it is not the only company that does this, you have to wonder why. Wouldn't it be helpful if companies just told users why they needed an update?
That issue aside, if you've been having issues with iOS 7, this new update could solve them. While the software engineers are squashing those bugs, the hardware design teams are preparing for next year's models.
| Tuesday Nov 12, 2013
Rather than announce a release date and get iFans stoked, Apple sneakily updated its online store overnight. Now available: its latest and likely most sought after mini tablet.
The starting-at-$399 iPad Mini Retina will sit alongside the iPad Air as two of this season's hot sellers, although there is even more competition than last year.
| Friday Nov 1, 2013
October saw its traditional raft of mobile device launches, but November is when the sales will really fly. It's when all those buying for the holidays enter the market.
With Black Friday looming, expect buy buttons to be clicked and registers rung at record speeds. And it is likely to be tablets all the way as second and third screens become the norm in homes and among the most requested tech gift ideas.
With so many high-class models to choose from, the field has never been more open. So which will win in the battle for sales?
| Monday Oct 28, 2013
Apple has just announced storming sales of 33.8 million iPhones for its latest fourth quarter results, with iPad sales down a bit at 14.1 million, as buyers awaited the latest models, a similar fate that affected the Mac line-up.
On the money side, the company saw $37.5 billion revenue, quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, adding an extra $9.9 billion to its cash mountain. We'll listen to the earnings call and follow up with any details.
| Thursday Oct 24, 2013
A row is brewing between the two tech titans, initiated by Apple's' comments about "confusion" among its rivals during the recent iPad unveiling. Microsoft shot back, claiming "standardization" and "productivity" are on its side. Who do you think is right — or should both companies shut up and just let consumers decide?
| Friday Oct 4, 2013
Over the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts.
| Wednesday Oct 2, 2013
Apple is having a few gremlins with iOS 7, with its massive user base magnifying any issues, so expect a new iOS update very soon to fix that pesky iMessage bug. However, a far bigger problem could be a lack of retina screens for the new iPad mini.
| Thursday Sep 26, 2013
A modest iOS update follows in the wake of all last week's hoopla, fixing some of the more glaring security issues with Apple's new smartphone operating system.
| Wednesday Sep 25, 2013
Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablets are devices for everyone, so one of the new features is an automatic video help system to provide tech support. That and an improved screen and specs should see further growth in Amazon's content empire.