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Amazon Fire TV Stick does Miracast too for just $39

Posted on 27 October 2014 by

Every Windows 8 tablet I’ve tried recently supports Miracast but I rarely use it because it’s never plugged into my TV. I’ve thought about getting a cheap stick I can leave in the living room TV but never really got round to it. Now that the $39 Amazon Fire TV stick has been announced though I think the solution will be a no-brainer.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 thoughts and videos. (P.S. I’ve ordered one)

Posted on 15 October 2014 by

I can’t get the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 off my mind. What has the Surface Pro 3, the Flex 10 and the Samsung Q1u got in common? A stand! The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 (and 10-inch) has a stand too and at under 1 pound / 426 grams it’s the lightest self-standing PC in the world. That makes it interesting for me, especially as it’s got a 1920×1200 […]

Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablets have unique Windows tablet PC design

Posted on 13 October 2014 by

    The updated Lenovo Yoga 2 tablet range is now available in three versions and two of those are running Windows. The unique design offers something special for the portrait hand-holder and, some might say “at last” a built-in stand on a small Windows tablet. The two Yoga 2 tablets are running on the Baytrail-T platform (we’re not expecting any performance increases over the Miix 2 8 and Miix […]

Windows 10 – Good or Bad for Touch and Mobility?

Posted on 01 October 2014 by

Is it too early to be worrying about Windows 10 and how the changes will affect touch and mobile users? I don’t think so. The test and feedback program starts today (October 1st, see preview.windows.com) and as a touch-focused user that was very happy with the clear split between sandboxed, touch-friendly RT apps with sharing and always-on capability and the desktop as my productive, mains-powered space i’m now looking at a […]

Windows 10 is coming mid-2015 with Continuum and Unified apps store. (Event precis.)

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

At last. Microsoft have just announced the name of the next version of Windows and to everyone’s shock it’s going to be called Windows 10. I’ve been following the live blog at The Verge and hundreds of tweets coming out of the event and it’s already clear that Microsoft is going to be focusing on business with Windows 10. A familiar look, security and management is being promoted which, for […]

HP Stream to join the confusing low-cost Windows Tablet party.

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

The HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 have been launched and the cheapest version will cost just $99.Both models come with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage . That’s all I’m going to tell you right now. What can I say? Having had a bad experience with 1GB RAM on the Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 I just can’t get excited. I’m also confused about why manufacturers think […]

Wait! 13.3-inch, Full HD IPS and SSD for $329? (…and it weighs just 3 pounds!)

Posted on 25 September 2014 by

This, my lightbook-loving friends, is going to be a big seller in Q4 of 2014. The Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a 13.3-inch laptop with a full-HD screen, SSD, Skull Candy speakers, a 51 Wh battery and it weighs just 3 pounds – 1.36KG. The price? $330. It’s a nice product for entry-level consumers but it’s a problem for Microsoft.   The Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a Chromebook and Chromebooks based on a Baytrail-M […]

Analysing the next Surface Pro platforms.

Posted on 22 September 2014 by

Surface Pro 3 is an amazing piece of engineering. Even with the keyboard it’s one of the most powerful self-contained PCs by weight and with 5-6 hours of working battery life, fast storage and a digitizer it doesn’t cut corners. We’d all like to see a full SD card slot and for it to run a little cooler under load but unless you’re really doing a lot of ‘lapping’, it’s a true […]

Toshiba’s Encore Mini is too cheap. (Hands-on Video)

Posted on 17 September 2014 by

There’s ‘value’ and there’s ‘cheap.’ The Toshiba Encore Mini falls into the latter group and even at $119 it’s got too many issues to be recommended for most types of user. The Toshiba Encore Mini was one of the first devices I got hands-on with at IFA earlier this month and although it was an attractive size it was immediately clear that it had cut many corners. The screen, a non-IPS […]

Ultra Mobile Reporting Kit #13 – Unlucky for some.

Posted on 17 September 2014 by

It had to happen on #13 right? On my recent 14-day tour of IFA and IDF (Berlin, San Francisco) I prepared myself with four devices. One Windows laptop. One Chromebook. One smartphone and one featurephone. What I didn’t plan for was a total failure of the main Windows laptop. Chromebooks don’t work as a fallback laptop. Everything had gone very smoothly with my Haswell-based Ultrabook. The platform has great battery […]

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