At CES, Panasonic debuted two new 12.5-inch Toughpad Windows tablets, dubbed FZ-Q1, that bring performance of the ultra-rugged devices up to the Haswell generation.
Panasonic’s Toughpad launch happened during a Consumer Electronics Show press conference that was notably light on consumer products, at least until the tail end of the presentation. Panasonic announced a smart home system, dubbed Ora, as well as a few 4K televisions and displays.
Of particular interest to PC owners, however, likely will be the new Toughpads, Windows tablets designed to withstand spills and drops and other forms of manhandling. Unfortunately, they’re running Windows 8.1. Of course, they can [...]
As it stands, Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus will last about a year off of its non-rechargeable battery, according to the company. While that’s pretty good, it still means you’ll have to buy a new battery at some point. It isn’t a big deal, but it’s an annoyance nonetheless.
Microsoft may be hard at work to address that annoyance, however: According to Patently Mobile, Microsoft filed a patent for a rechargeable stylus and charging cradle.
The stylus as shown in patent drawings appears to have what you’d expect from a Surface Pen: It has a drawing tip on one end, an eraser on the other, and a power button on the side. Inside, a rechargeable battery would power the pen. [...]
Tablets may have ushered in the post-PC age, but the only ones posting a growth in sales are detachables — the ones that are most like PCs.
At 206.8 million, tablet shipments last year were 10.1 percent down on 2014. The decline in the fourth quarter—which, with the holiday season, accounted for almost a third of the year’s sales—was even more marked, down 13.7 percent on a year earlier, according to market researcher IDC.
It was, though, a record quarter for detachable tablets, a category in which IDC includes Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro, with shipments in this category reaching an all-time high of 8.1 million devices, more than double a [...]
When I say “wearable tech,” you probably think of things like smartwatches and fitness trackers. But wearables are about take a step beyond mere gadgets you strap to your wrist and become a part of the clothes you wear.
The Lumo Run is a perfect example of where things may be headed. It consists of a seemingly unassuming pair of running shorts and a small, Bluetooth-enabled sensor. Tuck the sensor into a pouch located waistband, slip on the shorts, and you’re off and running—literally.
The sensor monitors your running form and relays that information to the companion iPhone app, which then gives you tips on how you can become a better runner. For example, it might [...]
I was interested in reviewing the UA Healthbox for two reasons: One, I needed the motivation of a looming deadline to get myself back into the yoga studio. And two, I was really curious to see what it’s like to use fitness products made by HTC.
So far, I’m impressed. The UA Healthbox is the result of a partnership between HTC and Under Armour. It’s a literal red box that you open up to find a fitness band, a Wi-Fi connected scale, and a strap-on heart rate monitor. All together, the box retails for $400.
The nice thing about buying all this stuff at once is that they all work together as part of a single fitness routine. And as a recovering couch potato, I found that [...]
I hate running. It’s not just because I have bad knees and it hurts to run—I would rather lift weights and get my cardio on a recumbent bike where I can distract myself playing mobile games. Motorola’s fitness-focused version of the Moto 360 is not for me. It’s for people that get their workouts on the pavement and treadmills. For that specific subset, it’s a good enough Android Wear watch, but if you enjoy broader fitness activities, you’ll be frustrated by its limitations.A Moto 360 for the outdoors
The Sport version of the Moto 360 shares much in common with the 2nd generation Moto 360 we like so much. It’s fundamentally the same hardware and software, with a few notable [...]
The beefy Moto X Force, with all its shatterproof screen rugged goodness, is making its debut in India, three months after its launch in other global regions. The device is the latest push from parent company Lenovo to get more , Lenovo is currently the fifth largest manufacturer in the country.
However, Lenovo’s success on the sub-continent has been made by budget and smartphones, flagships tend not to sell well in India, just ask Apple. Either way, the Moto X Force is taking the plunge regardless and boy is it expensive, costing Rs 50,000, which is around $740 if you do your buying in dollars.To put that in perspective, in the United States where the Moto X Force is [...]
Microsoft’s fourth quarter sales were disappointing. The company is still looking for a breakthrough device as the rather excellent Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 seem to have been a miss with consumers. Could a more affordable, yet still high end handset do the trick? We doubt it, but hey, we’re still looking forward to the elusive Lumia 850 making its debut, and the image you see above could well be the smartphone breaking cover.
Codenamed “Honjo”, the Lumia 850 has been rumored for some time and this image (if accurate) seems to show a rather nice looking smartphone.In terms of specs, the Lumia 850 will reportedly land with a 5.4-inch Full HD [...]
Apple is breaking with convention and will launch a bunch of new products this spring. Over recent years Cupertino has shifted its product announcements to the fall, even revealing Apple Watch in September, six months before it launched. Of course, spring launches are not unprecedented for the company and Apple is returning to the early year launch silly season with three new products that will be announced on March 15th.
That Tuesday date is not set in stone, according to 9To5Mac, who broke the story. In fact we would think a Thursday event is more likely, but what is fairly concrete at this point is the three products that Apple will be debuting at the launch. They are the [...]
When Asus first unveiled the ZenWatch, a budget-friendly, Android Wear powered smartwatch we were definitely impressed.
Asus decided to go with a rectangular design and rounded edges, instead of a round device like Motorola and LG have done. Despite that, they somehow managed to create an attractive, and visually stunning device.Asus ZenWatch Review
As we know all too well, looks aren’t everything when it comes to expensive electronics. Does the ZenWatch live up to its name? Does it work just as good as it looks? Is the battery life decent, or is it shoddy like a lot of other offerings on the market?
The question remains: is it worth your hard-earned money? Read [...]