Continuing coverage of Tablets
Perspective: Microsoft risks security reputation ruin by retiring XP
Microsoft's plans to ship the final public patches for Windows XP on April 8 could undo its hard-won reputation for security and hurt itself as much as the customers who end up with an infected XP system.
Samsung's Milk music streaming service is free, has no ads
Samsung hopes its new Milk streaming service is the next big thing in music.
Despite sagging hardware sales, confidence in tech remains high
Confidence in the underlying strength of the tech sector as a whole appears to be solid despite some dispiriting news on the hardware front.
Microsoft plans to patch critical under-attack IE bug next week
Microsoft will deliver five security updates to customers next week, two tagged as "critical," including one that will quash the open vulnerability in Internet Explorer that hackers have been exploiting since January.
Tablet growth slows after years of rapid growth
The rate of increase in tablet shipments is expected to slow this year after unabated growth during the device's first three years.
IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014
Shipments of new PCs, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will decline more in 2014 than thought a few months ago, according to IDC.
Roku's new streaming stick challenges Chromecast
Roku's new iteration of its streaming media stick chops the price from $99 to $49 and it now works with any TV. And it's not just looks that make it different from Chromecast.
Seagate plans high-capacity storage for tablets
Seagate Technology thinks the storage capacity could be larger in tablets, most of which come with a relatively small amount of native storage.
OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap
Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.
Linux group could hasten 64-bit Android for ARM mobile devices
Linaro, the open-source development consortium for Linux on ARM architecture, is working on software, tools and drivers that could hasten the release of 64-bit Android.
Android takes 62% share of tablet market in 2013; Apple's share declines
Android and Samsung Electronics were the big winners in the tablet market last year, as sales grew by 68%, according to Gartner.
Microsoft misjudges customer loyalty with kill-XP plea
Microsoft grossly overestimated the loyalty of those it thought were its most steadfast customers when it asked them to help get friends and family members to dump Windows XP, a corporate communications expert said.
Microsoft ships Office 2013 SP1 the old-fashioned way
Microsoft delivered the first service pack for Office 2013 on Tuesday, making good on a promise last year to ship the update in early 2014 and synchronizing its release with prior editions' initial service packs.
Windows 8: Learn to love it
If you're having a rough time with your Windows 8 computer, several options are available to smooth out the bumps
Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line
Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.
AMD boosts Android on Windows PCs and tablets powered by its chips
Advanced Micro Devices has optimized a version of Android for tablets and PCs containing its chips, and will sell it on new PCs through retail stores in Europe.
Lenovo builds global brand as it preps U.S. smartphone entry
China-based Lenovo is on a roll, with the goal of becoming a globally recognized brand in nearly all shapes and sizes of computing hardware, including laptops, servers and smartphones.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
Intel catches up with Apple on 64-bit smartphone chips
Intel has finally caught up with Apple with its new 64-bit Atom chips, which should be in Android smartphones and tablets starting as early as the second quarter this year.
Sony launches two new Android smartphones and the Xperia Z2 tablet
Sony today announced a slim, light and waterproof Android-based Xperia Z2 tablet and two new Xperia smartphones at the launch of Mobile World Congress here.
Qualcomm overtakes Apple with eight-core, 64-bit mobile processor
Qualcomm has leaped ahead of Apple in 64-bit mobile chip development with its first eight-core Snapdragon 615 chip for mobile devices, which has integrated LTE and 4K video rendering capabilities.
Microsoft concedes Windows 8.1 needs more for mouse, keyboard customers
Microsoft on Sunday publicly acknowledged what leaks had shown, that the company will issue an update to Windows 8.1 this spring that provides more tools for owners of traditional PCs controlled by mouse and keyboard.
HP unveils first 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel Atom
After months of waiting, some of the first 64-bit tablets with Windows 8.1 and Intel's Bay Trail chips were announced by Hewlett-Packard.
HP brings 'couch potato' model to Pavilion line
Hewlett-Packard's latest Pavilion X360 hybrid will offer the design flexibility to be used as a tablet, laptop or "couch potato" device.
Lenovo updates Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ processor, screen
Lenovo's first Yoga tablet, introduced late last year, met with bad reviews, so the company hopes the second time's a charm with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+.
Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.
Why Apple needs a $700 MacBook Air
Apple has been able to maintain high prices and high margins for its computers even as competitors jumped into a pricing pit. But with computer sales drooping, Apple may use the opportunity to lower prices.
Nvidia adds Tegra Note 7 with LTE for $299
Nvidia will soon ship a new model of the Tegra Note 7 tablet with LTE wireless connectivity and Android 4.4.2 OS code-named KitKat, with the device priced at $299.
Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.
Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use?
Microsoft last week said that it had sold 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since the operating system launched more than 15 months ago. But how many copies are actually being used?
Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions
'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows
IE10 under attack as hackers exploit zero-day bug
FireEye today said it had discovered that attackers are actively exploiting a new, unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 10.
Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling
Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018
Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave of mobile data traffic.
The fuss over Samsung's Magazine UX is all about fragmentation
Samsung announced Tuesday that its four newest Android KitKat tablets will include the somewhat controversial Magazine UX, a customizable user interface designed by Samsung, not Google.
Samsung to offer 3 new tablets starting Feb. 13
Samsung announced that three of its latest four Galaxy tablet models running Android 4.4 (KitKat) will go on sale at U.S. retailers starting Feb. 13, with online orders starting today.
Windows 8.1 refresh leaks to the Web
An early build of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1, a tweaked refresh of last fall's revamp to 2012's original Windows 8, has leaked to pirate websites, according to Web searches.
Users postpone ditch-XP decision as Windows 8 runs to stay in place
Windows XP's disappearance and Windows 8's march toward some kind of success were both put on hold in January, after a December when the former's user share plunged and the latter's swelled, a Web analytics company said.
Leak hints Microsoft will recant 'make-them-eat-Metro' strategy for Windows 8
Microsoft will renounce its "make-them-eat-Metro" strategy in an update for Windows 8.1 slated to ship this spring, if leaked preliminary builds reflect the final product.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.
Cognoscenti anoint Nadella as next Microsoft CEO
After sustained reports surfaced that Microsoft is close to naming its third-ever CEO, Satya Nadella, a 21-year veteran of the company, is now seen as the heir apparent.
Intel to close its AppUp online app store
Intel is closing down its AppUp online application store as it sees a shift in the market and consumer needs.
Tablet shipments could start to slip as consumer markets get saturated
Global tablet shipments are still on the rise, but are showing signs of dramatic slowing as consumer markets such as the U.S. become saturated, IDC said.
Lenovo to buy Motorola division at Google for $2.91B
Lenovo Group is buying the Motorola handset division at Google for nearly $3 billion, Google confirmed late today.
Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.
Apple's iPod business collapses as revenue becomes a rounding error
Apple's iPod business collapsed last quarter, with revenue plummeting 55% and the number of music players dropping by more than half compared to the same period the year before.
Perspective: If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?
As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.
Microsoft's quandary: Big profits from software or shrinking margins with devices
For all his talk of 'devices and services,' when Steve Ballmer hands over the reins to a new CEO, he will leave an economic powerhouse that prints money by making software, but makes little on anything else.
24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.
Microsoft lost money on each Surface sold last quarter
Microsoft lost $39 million last quarter selling its Surface tablets, the company acknowledged in filings today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Lenovo's IBM server deal mimics multi-market growth strategy used by Samsung and others
Lenovo's deal to buy IBM's x86 server business for $2.3 billion gives the Beijing company another tech segment where it can expand beyond PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.
Nokia sales disappoint as Microsoft readies phone group takeover
Nokia's improving Lumia shipments came to a halt during the fourth quarter, bad news for Microsoft, which will soon take over the phone unit.
QuickPoll: What size tablet are you most likely to buy next?
There is no shortage of tablet options on the market, and consumers have their choice of size. Which size tablet most appeals to you?
Calif. court rules Samsung infringed Apple patent ahead of trial
A court in California has ruled that Samsung Electronics infringed in its devices an Apple patent on word recommendations during text input, ahead of a March trial.
Tablet trends for 2014: More Windows tablets, 3G/4G and phablets
Android and iOS tablets will both begin to lose global market share in 2014, while Windows ramps up slightly, according to research firm IDC.
iPad sales skew even more toward Mini
iPad sales shifted over the last year, with fewer buyers purchasing the aged iPad 2 and more choosing the lower-priced iPad Mini, a research firm said today.
IT shops face ever greater mobile demands from users
Nearly two-thirds of mobile device users own three or more network-connected devices, according to an online survey of 5,000 people conducted in November in the U.S. and eight other countries.
HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, discounts consumer Windows 7 PCs
Hewlett-Packard today launched a new online promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand."
Surface 2 Pro owners: Where's our @#$%&! firmware update?
After a month-long wait, some owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablet this weekend said that they received a fix for a faulty firmware update that exhausted their batteries and caused sleep mode problems.
How Intel is buying a piece of the tablet market
Intel has an ambitious goal for 2014: get its Atom chips into 40 million tablets, or four times the number of tablets that had Intel inside in 2013. But rather than do it by tailoring its products to what tablets now demand, the cash-rich company has another plan: pay tablet makers to use its chips.
Windows 8's complexity tax shackles Microsoft
Complexity may be Windows' downfall, and Microsoft has not only failed to address the problem, but exacerbated it by shipping the dual-threat, two-UI Windows 8.
Windows users denounce Chrome scrollbar changes that mimic Chrome OS
Google Chrome users have stormed the company's support forum to complain about a non-standard scrollbar in Chrome 32 that makes it harder for them to navigate pages in Windows.
HP plants a phablet flag in India
Hewlett-Packard launched two new Android phablets on Wednesday for sale in India next month: the HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the Slate7 Voice Tab.
Samsung adds low-end Lite tablet to Galaxy Tab line
Samsung Electronics is readying an entrant to the increasingly important low-end of the mobile device market with the Galaxy Tab3 Lite, which is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
18 great uses for an old Android device
We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones? Here are 18 superb ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use.
Microsoft to +1 its OS, move to Windows 9 in 2015
Microsoft will likely talk up its next iteration of Windows, which some have already dubbed "Windows 9," at the BUILD developers conference in 11 weeks.
Apple's Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too
Tablet cannibals have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of PCs in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.
Intel to scrap McAfee name, give away mobile security tools
Intel plans to ditch the venerable McAfee brand for its security products and services, and offer free mobile security software to customers running Android, iOS and other OSes on their smartphones and tablets.
PCs wrap up 2013 with unprecedented 10% downturn
The PC industry finished 2013 down about 10% compared to the year before, research firms IDC and Gartner said. But both are optimistic that the death spiral will weaken this year.
At CES, tablets get bigger screens, dual OSes and even car access
Tablets are getting bigger screens, moving into cars, and dual-booting Windows and Android at this year's International CES show as tech vendors give a glimpse into the gadget's future.
Chromebooks have a 1% market share -- and a tough road to the enterprise
About 2.5 million Chromebooks were sold globally in 2013, or about 1% of the entire PC market, according to IDC. But most of those sales were driven by consumers, not by enterprise users.
Intel's 64-bit Android 4.4 OS for x86 smartphones ready for OEMs
Intel has completed work on a 64-bit version of Android OS for x86 smartphones, and the software will be ready to load on handsets with its upcoming Atom 64-bit chip code-named Merrifield.
How to safely mingle personal and business data in a Windows world
Work Folders, new to Windows Server 2012 R2, helps administrators manage user-created data in a BYOD environment.
Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in court dispute
The CEOs of Apple and Samsung Electronics will participate in mediation ahead of a March trial in a patent dispute in a federal court in California.
Toshiba shows off shape-shifting 5-in-1 concept PC
Convertible laptops are already becoming commonplace in the market, but Toshiba is taking the idea to the extreme with a concept PC that can physically change into five different modes.
Chinese vendors plan tablets loaded with both Android and Windows
Consumers looking for a cheap tablet later this year will find some devices loaded with both Android and Windows 8, a new trend among Chinese manufacturers.
Gartner gets bullish about Windows' future
Gartner today said Windows will recover from its two-year slump, with total device shipments running the operating system climbing by nearly 10% in 2014 and almost 18% in 2015.
Android device sales could surpass 1 billion this year
This year vendors will ship 1.1 billion devices based on Android, while Windows stages a small comeback and the number of Apple machines, percentage-wise, increases the most, according to estimates from market research company Gartner.
Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential
Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage.
Roku beats Apple to the TV market
While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.
By 2018, cars will be self-aware
As car telematics systems become connected to the Internet, cars will become one more device on consumer mobile data plans. But connecting to the cloud also means vehicles will be aware of everything around them.
OEMs, Intel making big mistake with two-headed, dual-OS devices
OEMs and Intel risk damaging both the Android and Windows ecosystems if they go through with plans to sell devices able to run software from both worlds, an analyst argued today.
AT&T expands smart car role
AT&T, making sure that auto makers don't get all the credit for the smart cars of the future, called attention to AT&T's wireless network that will connect cars to powerful apps, content and data on distant servers.
Lenovo's shape-shifting laptops, tablets get a facelift
Lower pricing hasn't stopped Lenovo from adding a gaggle of new features and innovations to its latest hybrid laptops and tablets.
Mozilla resets Metro Firefox ship date to mid-March
Mozilla has again pushed back the release date for a touch-enabled version of Firefox that will run in Windows 8's "Modern" user interface, with the new target in mid-March.
The case for an iPad Pro
Apple will move upmarket to an iPad Pro tablet, perhaps this year, as it faces pressure from Android device makers searching for profits, an analyst said today.
Lenovo ships its first LTE smartphone
Lenovo announced its first LTE smartphone and other handsets priced between $219 to $549, but none will be immediately available in the U.S., one of the largest mobile device markets.
Samsung lays groundwork for smartphones with more RAM
Samsung Electronics has announced a new chip that will make it possible for the company and others to build smartphones and tablets with up to 4GB of RAM.
Perspective: Microsoft's CEO pick will be dubbed a dud, bragged as brilliant
No matter who Microsoft names as its new CEO early in 2014, the pick will trigger comments from experts and technology leaders who question the sanity of the board, the person who took the job or everyone involved.
2014: Does Apple still look doomed?
Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.
Mobile management: InfoWorld's expert guide
iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys, Androids -- learn how to secure whatever smartphones and tablets your employees have
Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut
Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts. And that's bad news for Microsoft.
Chromebooks charge into business market
Sales of Chromebooks exploded from basically nothing in 2012 to more than 20 percent of the U.S. commercial PC market, analyst firm NPD reported on Monday, while Windows PCs and MacsA remained flat at best.
Microsoft to face computer makers' rebellion at CES
Microsoft will face a rebellion of long-time partners at next month's CES when OEMs introduce Windows PCs that can also run Android mobile apps.
Balky browsers tick off tablet owners
Browser problems are the most common complaints of iPad Air and Fire HDX tablet owners, an online community of troubleshooters said.
The PC's fate hinges on tablets, but it's 2014 or bust
The downturn in the PC industry may soon reach rock bottom, where it could stabilize even as cheap tablets stay hot, an analyst said today.
Someone made money off the Surface RT: Former Microsoft asset manager charged with insider trading
Two Seattle-area men, including a former senior manager in Microsoft's finance department, were charged Thursday with 35 criminal counts of illegal insider trading by U.S. prosecutors and face up to 20 years in prison.
Microsoft jerks Surface Pro 2 firmware update
Microsoft pulled an update for the Surface Pro 2 after owners complained that it crippled their tablets with reduced battery life and spontaneously changed the device's power-saving sleep mode.
Acer looks to cloud to revive flagging business
In its first move since ordering a company reorganization, Acer said it is focusing more on software and services to revive its struggling PC business. But analysts expect the company to face a tough road with its new direction, at a time when rivals are also focusing on the cloud.
Perspective: Throw Windows XP a lifeline, Microsoft
Microsoft's support for WIndows XP ends in less than four months, and the company has warned users repeatedly that it's time to move on. But a lot of them are sticking with the aged OS. And for Microsoft, that's a problem.
Our bloggers on tablets
Why is Microsoft dissing Apple when it comes to Office?
Microsoft's so far refusing to release a version of Office for the iPad is not the only way that the company is dissing Apple. It's been more than three years since the company has released a version of Office for the Mac, and there's still no release date. Why is Microsoft treating Apple so badly when it comes to Office?
Samsung's big 12.2-in. Galaxy Note Pro tablet -- a first look
How productive can you be with this 12.2-in. Samsng tablet?
Office to be released for the iPad before Windows tablets? What gives, Microsoft?
The on-again, off-again love affair between Office and the iPad continues: The latest rumors say that Office will arrive on the iPad even before it comes to Windows tablets. No matter the truth of things, Microsoft needs to make clear its Office strategy, or else it will give up ground to competitors.
Microsoft backs off on Office for iPad. Is this the revenge of the company's old guard?
Even though former CEO Steve Ballmer promised last fall that Microsoft would be bringing Office to the iPad, there's a new sheriff in town, and that promise no longer holds. The company is now strongly hinting that Office for the iPad may be a non-starter. Is this a return to the bad old days of Microsoft?
Will the 'kill switch' turn off California phone thieves?
Kill Switch: Phone thief twilight time?
California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco DA George Gascon introduced a bill on Friday that's rattling the cages of carriers and mobile manufacturers in the earthquake-prone state. The bill requires a mandatory "kill switch" feature for all smartphones and tablets sold in California. Kill switches -- when enabled -- render stolen devices "bricked", thus making purloined phones useless for resale by would-be thieves.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are either golden, or bearish about kill switches.
Six ways the Windows 8.1 update bridges the Desktop-Start Menu divide
With the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has finally realized it has to make its duelling Desktop and Start Menu interfaces play nice together. Based on the latest leaks, here are six ways it does it.
Was 2013 one of Microsoft's worst years ever?
2013 was a year of big ups and downs for Microsoft -- ups like the purchase of Nokia and the Xbox launch, and downs like the continuing problems with Windows 8. Did the downs outstrip the ups, and was it one of Microsoft's worst years ever?
Apple's Android problem is slowly solving itself
Apple's Android problem is solving itself, and while Google's mobile OS isn't going away, it's increasingly seen as a second class option among the only people who matter: customers.
Samsung Knox needs a security overhaul
University researchers say Knox is so flawed that Samsung needs to 'rethink' security.
Android power! Your complete guide to making the most of Android this holiday season
Whether you're shopping for a new Android gadget or looking to make your current device do more, this guide has everything you need to make this holiday season count.
Nexus 7 vs. G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition: Which should you get?
The Nexus 7 and G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition both run stock Google Android software and deliver outstanding user experiences. So which tablet is right for you?
Hands on with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition
The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition offers a pure Android experience in a striking 8-in. tablet. So what's it actually like to use?
Apple is winning the OS war
This won't be a popular opinion, but the inconvenient truth is that Apple is winning the OS wars, setting the agenda for the future of computing. And here's why:
Bargains trump security worries for mobile shoppers on Thanksgiving, Black Friday
Early Christmas shoppers show no fear with security in grabbing bargains from a tablet or smartphone.
Even The Tech Guy can't explain Windows tablets
This past Sunday, Leo Laporte was about to say nice things about the Nokia 2520 tablet, but first he tried to explain what it was. It didn't go well. If you are buying a tablet this holiday season, this is a worthwhile read.