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CES continues to spit out interesting Tech News left, right and centre; but this one really caught me by surprise. Situated at their booth and briefly discussed earlier in the main CES talks, Panasonic blew many people out of the water by revealing a new Windows 8 tablet that, quite frankly, is gigantic.

Panasonic 4k Tablet demonstrated at CES (credit Engadget)

(With credit to Engadget for the above picture)

This Windows 8 tablet from Panasonic measures a surprising (unexpectedly large for this form factor) 20 inches in screen width; and sports a “super-HD” 4k resolution which is best described as “photorealistic”. For those of you confused by big words, this means the screen looks like something out of a photograph, with graphics that supposedly remain good-looking from nearly any angle. It also sports a touchscreen display and stylus, which Panasonic claim can be used together for super-detailed manipulation of images. Little else is known so far, so stay tuned!

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    unuTM The World’s First All-in-One Tablet, Gaming Console and Smart TV System at CES 2013

    Originally Posted at Sanitarium.FM

    The multifaceted device that first greeted the world at gamescom 2012 under the name “snakebyte eins” is now celebrating its world-premiere at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, as well as a new name, “unuTM”. The pre-release version will be playable for the duration of the event.

    What is unu ™ ?

    unu™ is entertainment. unu™ is gaming. unu™ is different. Unlike previously announced and currently available Android-based gaming platforms, unu™offers a truly multifaceted experience. Whether in your lap as a tablet, in the docking station on the TV or right in front of you on the table, unu™ goes where you go, ready to be used wherever and however you want. Games, videos, music, apps, mobile surfing and email – unu™ provides the total package. Developed and designed entirely in Germany, unu™ draws on fifteen years of experience in the games industry.

    With perfectly balanced components, unu™ enables users to experience their familiar media and games in totally new ways. The heart of unu™ is the tablet and its custom-coded user interface. But there’s more to the package: unu™ comes with a docking station, a game controller and an air mouse, opening up optimal gaming, media and smart TV experiences. Thanks to the docking station, the unu™ tablet can be quickly connected to the TV so that users can enjoy movies and music as well as games on the big screen. With the tablet docked, the user interface can be operated by the game controller or the air mouse.

    The unu™ air mouse makes it possible to intuitively and comfortably interact with the user interface while sitting on the couch, just as easily as if you had the tablet in your hands. No other smart TV manufacturer has been able to offer that kind of ease of use. Touch-based games like Angry Birds can be comfortably played on the TV while relaxing on the couch. A full-fledged keyboard for surfing, writing email and posting to social media is integrated on the back of the unu™ air mouse.
    When it comes to intense gaming experiences, the unu™ game controller has all the bases covered. Games optimized for controllers can be played as though they were real console games. snakebyte has been designing and manufacturing gaming peripherals for more than fifteen years and that wealth of experience shines though, reflected in the high-quality components employed. There are already many games with controller support and the number is continually growing. Thanks to an integrated button mapping app, games without native controller support can also be enjoyed with unu™ and the game controller.

    Tablet. Gaming Console. Smart TV.
    unu™ unites the worlds of tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs. The heart of the unu™ concept is diversity. unu™ isn’t just a stationary gaming console like its competitors, unu™ is also a tablet that can be used while on the go, out in the back yard or curled up on the couch. But unu™ isn’t just a tablet. With its docking station and game controller, unu™ delivers a 100% authentic console experience on the TV. And thanks to its multimedia features and the wealth of digital content providers, like Netflix and Maxdome, unu™ is the television of tomorrow – a truly smart TV.

    unu™ at CES 2013

    Every day during CES 2013 in Las Vegas, unu™ will be playable at the snakebyte booth (LVCC, South Hall 2, Booth 25200). Appointments for personal presentations are also available.

    You’ll find more info on Facebook on the official unu™ page:

    Watch the CES 2013 trailer on youtube:


    Microsoft announces TWO own-brand Windows 8 ‘Microsoft Surface’ tablets

    Microsoft have made it clear during development of the next version of their popular Windows operating system, Windows 8, that the company is looking to expand beyond the traditional PC market and offer "one system for any device", including Tablet computers and phones. To this extent, Windows 8 is being developed in two distinct flavours and a number of sub-flavours – as well as the traditional Windows builds PC users will be long familiar with, Microsoft are also developing Windows 8 RT (short for Runtime), which is a version of Windows geared specifically towards ARM-powered devices (a first for the company) and designed to give a more mobile-centric feel, with focus on an App Store and iPad-like functionality.

    Naturally, many people expected Microsoft would announce they had been working on their OWN tablet device to sell at the time of Windows 8's launch in order to give this new system a fit-for-purpose home – and on a mystery press conference by Microsoft, held in Los Angeles, these suspicions were confirmed correct. However, the company surprised everyone by revealing that there will actually be TWO tablets, one for each Windows experience.

    CEO Steve Ballmer revealed the two variants of Microsoft tablets, dubbing them 'Microsoft Surface' tablets. Surface for Windows RT will be the entry-level version, released on or around Windows 8's launch. Powered by an ARM-based chip produced by NVIDIA, this will run the RT version of Windows 8 and is intended as more of an iPad competitor. It comes with a 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display and a 31.5 W-h battery and there is a choice of 32 GB or 64 GB of storage on board. As for expansion, you'll get one each of HDMI, microSD and USB connectivity – although interestingly, it supports only USB 2.0.

    The real eye candy is expected to be released around 90 days after Windows 8's launch according to Microsoft's own press release, and is known as Windows 8 Pro. Unlike the RT, Windows 8 Pro is Intel-based and intended to be a full-blown desktop Windows experience like you'd get on a traditional computer, but within the smaller and sleeker form factor of a tablet. The Windows 8 Pro tablet packs a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display with Gorilla Glass, USB 3.0, a 42 W-h battery, and a choice of either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage; with an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor powering it.

    Both tablets will come with an extra dubbed the "Touch Cover". Intended to be used as a cover for the tablet's screens when not in use and as a work surface when in use, the Touch Covers feature a wireless keyboard and trackpad, which when connected to the tablet via a magnetic clip allow the tablet to be used in a style more akin to the traditional laptop. Only 3mm thick, the Touch Covers contain "unique pressure-sensitive technology" which allow them to "sense keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard"; and will be available in a variety of colours. The tablets also come with an integrated kickstand to help you stand them up vertically on surfaces; and dual wi-fi antennae for wireless connectivity.

    With the announcement of these two new tablets Microsoft expects to give iPad and the Android tablets a run for their money. The fact that these tablets run Windows is a huge advantage, if leveraged properly by Microsoft, over rival competition because of the ability to create a harmonious ecosystem with our traditional computers – and they certainly do appear an exciting prospect for both users and developers. However, it is really up to the future to decide whether the Microsoft tablets will live on or die out.

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    Apple fined US$2.29 mln over Australian iPad’s inaccurate ‘4G’ claims

    Apple has been fined Aus$2.25 million (US$2.29 million) for "deliberately" misleading Australian consumers about the local 4G capability of its latest iPad.

    The tech giant was also ordered to pay Aus$300,000 in costs by the Federal Court in a case brought by regulators, who said the penalty sent a message to global companies that there were consequences for breaching the law.

    Justice Mordy Bromberg found that Apple misled people with claims in its advertising implying that the "iPad with WiFi + 4G" could connect with fourth generation cellular networks in Australia, when it could not.

    The judgment ruled that the company engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public and contravened Australian consumer law.

    "The conduct concerned was deliberate and very serious," Bromberg said on Thursday.

    "It exposed a significant proportion of Australian consumers of tablet devices to a misleading representation."

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which initiated the proceedings, said it was delighted with the outcome.

    "The $2.25 million penalty reflects the seriousness of a company the size of Apple refusing to change its advertising when it has been put on notice that it is likely to be misleading consumers," chairman Rod Sims said.

    "This decision should act as a renewed warning that the ACCC will continue to take action against traders who take risks in their advertising, regardless of their size."

    Apple offered in March to refund customers who felt they had been duped, and to publish a clarification about the popular tablet's capabilities.

    The product is now advertised outside North America as "Wi-Fi + Cellular" — a change that came into effect on May 12 — with a clear caveat on its Australian site that "it is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE and WiMax networks."

    The iPad's 4G capabilities are supported by some networks in the US and Canada.

    Matthew Rimmer, an expert in intellectual property at the Australian National University, said Apple had been "careless".

    "It shows some of the dangers involved in overhyping products and sets a very important precedent," he said, adding that other countries would take note of the outcome.

    Asked if it could open the floodgates to similar law suits elsewhere, he said: "It all depends on the nature of consumer regulations in each country."

    Earlier this month, Apple agreed to settle the case with the ACCC.

    But Bromberg delayed an official ruling until he had details on how many iPads had been sold and were returned under the refund offer and further information on Apple's financial position.

    He said Thursday the risk of contravening Australian consumer law would have been "reasonably obvious" to Apple.

    "In that context, and in the absence of any other explanation, the facts to which I have just referred suggest that Apple's desire for global uniformity was given a greater priority than the need to ensure compliance with the Australian consumer law," he said.

    "Conduct of that kind is serious and unacceptable."

    The iPad was the world's best-selling tablet in the first three months of 2012, outgunning its Android-powered rivals, with sales more than doubling from a year earlier to send Apple's profits soaring.

    Apple was not immediately available for comment.

    [Via Yahoo News]


    Study: Gaming “most popular thing to do” with Tablet devices

    A new survey by Google AdMob has found that tablet owners primarily use their touchscreen devices for playing games, claiming it to be the most common use for their devices. In addition, the commonly held belief that video and e-book viewing would be a Tablet device’s main appeal is proving to be less of a case than previously thought. Read the rest of this entry »


    BlackBerry PlayBook will reportedly support Google Android apps

    Well, this is a bit of a surprise. Research In Motion – otherwise known as RIM and famous for the BlackBerry line of smartphones – is reportedly working to ensure that the BlackBerry PlayBook can support some apps from the Google Android platform.

    BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM’s first attempt at entering the Tablet Computer market, by making a device that’s larger and fully touch-screen. With BlackBerry having never made a Tablet before, it’s hard to judge how good they’ll be at it until the Tablet has been in customer’s hands long enough – and considering there are already established competitors in the market in the guise of Apple’s iPad and the range of Android tablets, this means RIM will need something special to encourage users to take a look at it instead.

    So RIM are reportedly looking at making the PlayBook compatible with Google Android apps, in order to widen their market, and increase familiarity from those who may be interested in switching from Android. The rumours come from Bloomberg, who cite the following statement, credited to “anonymous sources close to Google”:

    RIM plans to integrate the technology with the PlayBook operating system, giving customers access to Android’s more than 130,000 apps, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the effort isn’t public. RIM, after looking outside the company, is developing the software internally and may have it ready in the second half, two people said.

    However, RIM won’t be using Google’s Dalvik Java software due to patent issues.

    Android certainly is growing in popularity, and given that we don’t have a BlackBerry tablet precedent, it might be helpful to have a feature that is familiar to a wider audience to bring more customers in. This doesn’t mean that the PlayBook is automatically going to be a strong alternative to the iPad and Android, but it will certainly garner some extra attention it might not have otherwise.


    Motorola Xoom to make February appearance?

    The Xoom, Motorola’s first foray into tablet market, will enter the tablet market in the United States on February 17, making its appearance at Best Buy stores, according to a report.

    The 10.1-inch tablet is expected to be one of the first tablets from a top-tier supplier to give Apple’s iPad a run for its money. The Xoom will come with Google’s Android Honeycomb operating system for tablets, a dual-core processor, a high-resolution (1,280×800) display and dual cameras. In the US, it will supposedly be coupled with the Verizon 3G (and soon-to-come 4G) network. Pricing is reported to be $800 (£500 / €585), though $699 (£436.80 / €512.50) has also been cited as a price (British Pounds and Euro prices are based on exchange rates at time of publication and exclude VAT). The device is also said to have 32GB of onboard flash storage.

    No information has been shared so far about whether or not the supposed launch date is genuine, or about launches elsewhere in the world. But I am certain we’ll hear more very soon.

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    HTC to launch Flyer tablet PC in March

    Have you heard about HTC – the company well-known for making most of the high-quality Google Android phones – and their plans to launch three tablet PCs in the first half of 2011? Well, according to sources, the first one will begin shipping in the US market in March. Dubbed the Flyer, it apparently looks like an enlarged version of HTC’s Desire smart phone, according to component suppliers for the company.

    Disappointingly, it appears the Flyer will run Android 2.3 on launch – a version of Android not designed for use on tablets. The other planned tablets are touted to run Android 3.0 instead, which is the next version of Android currently in development in Google, and supposedly optimizes the experience for tablets and phones. However, users will be able to upgrade the OS to Android 3.0 whenever the new OS is available, so is claimed.

    The Flyer will be available in other markets starting the second quarter of 2011.

    It would be interesting to see how their tablet offering stacks up against known competitors – such as the Motorola Xoom, which is another Android Tablet planned to be released around the same time; and of course the Apple iPad. What do you think of this development?

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