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 [...]
How do you turn around a multinational company that’s been watching profits slide for years? Sony figures that crowdfunding will play a big role, so they built their own site.
It’s called Test Flight, and you won’t find anything there that didn’t come from the minds at Sony. All the projects have been cooked up by employees in a new division set up by Kaz Hirai to spur innovation at the company.
Interestingly enough, two of the three projects you’ll find on Test Flight right now were already crowdfunded elsewhere. One is the e-Paper FES Watch, which originally surfaced as a [...]