Apple can thank holiday shoppers for a surge in iPad Air sales.Activations of the new iPad increased by 51 percent this past weekend compared with those from the prior weekend, according to mobile analytics firm Localytics. That volume put the new Air on the top of the tablet heap, followed by the new iPad Mini in second place with 26 percent more activations than those during the prior weekend.
Hewlett-Packard is looking to drum up tablet sales with the rollout of four new devices, which went on sale Monday.
The new lineup includes the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. Equipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the tablets are all listed as available with the exception of the Slate7 Extreme, which currently is out of stock.
The global market for personal computers will post its greatest yearly contraction on record this year, with little hope for a significant near-term recovery, according to new projections by market researcher IDC.
PC shipments will drop 10.1 percent in 2013, steeper than the researcher's previous projected decrease of 9.7 percent, IDC reported Monday. Shipments are expected to decline another 3.8 percent next year before a slight uptick in the longer term.
Interest in PCs is limited, with little growth expected beyond replacement of existing systems as consumer interest continues to shift toward tablets and smartphones. Commercial … Read more
Cyber Monday. The online yang to Black Friday's brick-and-mortar yin. Truth be told, I don't usually find this day terribly exciting, if only because the deals rarely exceed what I find all year 'round.
That said, there are deals to be had, oh yes. Here are five especially good ones.
1. Big TV, small price. Most bargain-basement TVs incorporate older technology, like traditional backlighting and slow refresh rates. Not this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Groupon has the Westinghouse UW46T7HW 46-inch HDTV for $299.99 shipped.
This model may qualify as entry-level, but it … Read more
Cyber Monday shoppers can save a healthy amount of money on a new Kindle Fire tablet.
In a deal good until the end of the day Monday, the 16GB Wi-Fi-only Fire HDX 7 is selling for $179, $50 off the usual price. The same $50 discount applies to the 32GB version, which is selling for $219, and the 64GB model, which is available for $259.
The 16GB Wi-Fi Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch version is on sale for $229, a $40 savings.
Those sale prices mean you'll have to look at special offers and sponsored screen savers that appear … Read more
FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security protects your mobile gadget from viruses, malware, and malicious apps, while at the same time letting you monitor its overall performance, data usage, and security. It's a fantastic app that you definitely need if you install apps frequently or spend time browsing the Web.
To activate FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security you first need to accept its TOS. Once you do, you'll be welcomed by a rather intuitive interface featuring an unobtrusive ad at the bottom. The app works to enhance overall protection, performance, and privacy of your device, and it's fast, too. Scanning … Read more
Happy National Consumerism Day, everyone! By which I mean, of course, Black Friday. Feel like maybe it's lost its mojo? Like you couldn't possibly discover any deals better than what you see all year long? Think again. I come to you bearing not only some surprisingly excellent bargains, but also a smattering of Cheapskate exclusives. Starting with this one:
Talk to the hand You know how it's winter? And you know what a hassle it is to hold your phone up to your ear when it's freezing cold out? Forget that -- just hold your gloved … Read more
Everybody wants a tablet. And thanks to some insanely good Black Friday-week deals, everybody can have one. Big ones, small ones, even Windows RT ones. Check 'em out:
My tablet is cheaper than yours I still don't get why people have such strong feelings about Google's Nexus tablets, but they certainly are popular. And if you don't mind last year's model, they're now officially cheap as well.
While supplies last, Groupon has the first-generation Google Nexus 7 (16GB) for $119.99 shipped and the Google Nexus 7 (32GB) for $149.99 shipped. (Click the Options … Read more
It's Nokia's turn to fire a potshot at Apple and the iPad.
In a Web video ad (which is admittedly pretty cheesy with the British narrator), Nokia whimsically attacks Apple's hit tablet by going after the lack of keyboard and weak battery life, and touts its own Lumia 2520 as the "right tablet."
The Lumia 2520 can be paired with a $150 keyboard accessory that also acts as a cover, a bulkier cousin to the Microsoft Surface's thin keyboard accessory.
The Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first attempt to breach the tablet business, where … Read more
Apple's iPad Mini with Retina Display shipments are up in November, according to a new report.
Apple has upped its iPad Mini orders to 4 million units in November after clearing some bottlenecks in production, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday, citing people in the company's supply chain.
The iPad Mini with Retina Display has been hit with low supply after Apple had issues getting enough Retina Displays, DigiTimes says. The iPad Air, meanwhile, benefited from a longer preparation time and, therefore, didn't suffer the same problems.
There's no way to know for sure whether Apple's iPad … Read more