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Microsoft Makes Bing Cool for School
June 25, 2013
Microsoft is accelerating its push into the education market with new initiatives including a school-friendly version of its Bing search engine and discount prices for its Surface RT tablets. Bing for Schools is an optional Bing experience for K-12 students that will eliminate ads from search results, filter out adult content, and increase privacy protections.
Samsung Pours On the Marketing Pressure With Galaxy Tab 3 Launch
June 25, 2013
Samsung on Monday announced pricing and other details for its 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 family. All three are WiFi-enabled and will be available in the U.S. on July 7. Samsung began taking preorders on Tuesday. Pricing ranges from $200 to $400. They will come with hundreds of dollars' worth of preloaded content and perks including three months of free Hulu Plus service.
Android Sneaks Onto the Desktop in Giant HP Tablet
June 24, 2013
The line separating the mobile and desktop computing worlds has become increasingly blurred in recent months, and HP on Monday unveiled a brand-new all-in-one PC that continues that trend. Announced during its HP World Tour event in Beijing, the HP Slate 21 tablet is powered not by Windows but by Google's Android. It's also designed for use on the desktop, with a kickstand to prop it up.
FAA May Soon OK Gadget Use in Flight
June 21, 2013
Anyone who has flown in the past two decades knows the drill: Electronic devices including mobile phones, tablets and handheld game systems must be turned off when the airplane doors are closed. Soon, however, those rules may change, the FAA announced this week. "The FAA recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft," the agency said.
France Mounts Offensive Against Amazon's Book-Discounting Ways
June 21, 2013
France plans to propose a law that would prevent Amazon from offering discounts and free delivery for books in France. Amazon's discounts amount to unfair competition and threaten booksellers' business model, culture minister Aurelie Filipetti said. The country might be unique in its attempts to preserve traditional -- or antiquated, depending on how you look at it -- business models.
Firefox OS: Will Mozilla's Secret Sauce Be Enough?
June 20, 2013
There's something eternally compelling about the ages-old story of David and Goliath, and it's one we've seen play out time and time again in modern form in the tech world. We've seen Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab surge in popularity to challenge Apple's iPhone and iPad, for example. Today, we're witnessing a similar scenario in the mobile arena with Firefox OS.
HTC Releases Butterfly S Phablet Into the Wild
June 19, 2013
HTC's latest handset has emerged from the proverbial cocoon, but it's no tiny newborn. Rather, the Android-powered Butterfly S has "phablet" proportions, meaning it's larger than the traditional smartphone but smaller than a tablet. Packed with a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and a 3,200mAh battery, the nascent device sports a 5-inch HD screen.
Acer's Android Smart Display Pushes Desktop Boundaries
June 13, 2013
Acer's Smart Display DA220HQL is a 21.5-inch all-in-one touchscreen released earlier this year that runs the Android operating system with a wireless keyboard and mouse and has the potential to change your desktop computing habits. The more I use it, the more adept I get at working in a touch and swipe computing environment that I am not holding in my hands.
Google Now First in Line to Acquire Waze
June 10, 2013
Google appears to have supplanted Facebook -- which had supplanted Apple -- as the likely candidate to acquire Israeli start-up Waze. Google is reportedly prepared to pony up $1.3 billion for the company. Last month, reports surfaced that Facebook was working on a $1 billion deal for Waze. And that was only after Apple, in late 2012, offered $500 million for the company.
ITC Slaps Apple in Samsung Infringement Case
June 06, 2013
The U.S. International Trade Commission has partially reversed an earlier ruling and found that Apple infringed one of Samsung's patents after all, leading it to ban the import of certain older iPhones and iPads. The ban includes such products as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad remain unaffected.
It's Game On for Wikipad
June 05, 2013
After considerable delay and a significant redesign, Wikipad announced that it will release its gaming tablet on June 11 at a price of $249. A global launch is planned for this summer. Featuring a capacitive, multitouch 7-inch screen, the new tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and slips into a cradle that adds digital and analog controls to make the Wikipad 7 a full-fledged game device.
Samsung Gives Galaxy Tab 3 Another Inch
June 04, 2013
Samsung on Monday announced two additions to its Galaxy Tab 3 line: 8-inch and 10.1-inch models. Both run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There's some talk that the 8-inch tablet might cannibalize Samsung's previously announced 7-inch device. However, Samsung's strategy is hypersegmentation -- that is, identifying and exploiting a need not addressed by existing devices.
Foxconn Jumps on Firefox OS Bandwagon
June 04, 2013
Foxconn Technology Group, best known as the go-to maker of Apple's iPads and iPhones, said Monday it had embraced Mozilla's Firefox OS and would use the mobile platform on a raft of new devices, including a tablet it showed off at Computex. The company also demoed several smartphones running the Firefox OS and said it would make tablets, laptops and other devices supporting it.
US, China to Hold Regular Cybersecurity Chats
June 03, 2013
Increasingly testy rhetoric and increasingly legitimate concerns have prompted the United States and China to announce that they will hold regular high-level talks on standards of cyberbehavior. The announcement precedes a meeting between President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping scheduled for Friday.
Next Galaxy Tab May Roll In With Intel's Clover
June 03, 2013
Samsung's rumored selection of Intel's Clover Trail+ mobile system on a chip for at least one version of its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 was given fresh strength by a Reuters report last week. The rumor had been floating around for weeks, fueled by the publication online of 3D graphics bench test results of a Samsung "Santos 103" tablet running Android 4.2.2.
Samsung Lights a Match for New Innovation Trail
May 28, 2013
Samsung piqued media interest this week with an invitation to a June 20 event in London, where it is expected to unveil its latest Galaxy smartphones and tablets, along with new entrants in its ATIV lineup of Windows devices. What exactly the company has up its sleeve is speculation at this point. However, there's some consensus as to the likeliest prospects for a big reveal.
Tablets to Demote Laptops to Also-Ran Status This Year
May 28, 2013
Tablets continue to gain momentum in the worldwide marketplace. The category is forecast to grow nearly 60 percent, surpassing laptop shipments this year and all PC categories by 2015, according to two reports released Tuesday by IDC. Lower prices and smaller screen sizes are among the drivers for increased shipments.
HP Launches Split x2 Win 8 Laptop-Tablet
May 15, 2013
HP on Wednesday announced the Split x2 Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablet, the second such device in its lineup after the Envy x2, which debuted last year. The Split x2 is a detachable PC, meaning that the screen can be removed and used separately as a tablet. HP also announced the Android-based SlateBook x2 on Wednesday.
Apple Tries Patent Fight to Cool Off Samsung's Hot New Phone
May 15, 2013
Apple is attempting to add Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone to its list of infringing products in its ongoing California patent lawsuit. The hope is to strike down its rival's latest smartphone before it can penetrate the market. Apple's claims against Samsung are nothing new. However, the patent process can be slow compared to an industry that's moving fast.
Amazon Mints Coins and Makes Deposits in All Kindle Fires
May 13, 2013
Amazon Kindle owners have a new way to pay for games, apps and in-app purchases -- Amazon Coins. Amazon released its virtual currency Monday, and to kick off the new feature the company deposited 500 free Coins into the accounts of every Kindle Fire owner. Since each Coin equals a penny, the gift amounts to $5 for each user.

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