Microsoft made several expected hardware announcements at its special press event on Oct. 6, including the unveiling of new Lumia smartphones and the Surface Pro 4 tablet. However, one might argue that when the show was said and done, the most surprising revelation was the company's Surface Book two-in-one hybrid. Microsoft describes the Surface Book as a "redefining of the laptop," but in reality, it's a two-in-one hybrid that attempts to combine the finest features in the tablet with the finest features in a notebook to create one appealing experience. Whether it will actually achieve that goal remains to be seen, but at first blush, the Surface Book appears to be extremely compelling and a device that no one looking to buy a new computer should overlook. Realizing that, eWEEK takes a closer look at the Surface Book's key features and explains why both consumers and enterprise customers may find some value in a product that is attempting to bridge the gap between notebooks and tablets.
As expected, Microsoft showed off its up follow-up to the Surface Pro 3, but surprised tech watchers by also unveiling the company's first-ever laptop.
The chip maker continues to struggle with the continuing decline in the global PC market and the company's ongoing competition with Intel.
The company will open the doors to its first flagship retail store in New York's tony Fifth Avenue shopping district.
The chip vendor's latest "Carrizo" processors are the cornerstone of AMD's efforts to gain share in the competitive business PC space against Intel.
The three LG Gram models boast a light weight, 13-inch or 14-inch display sizes, and Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, starting at $899.
The vendor's latest Radeon discrete graphics cards give customers an array of options in performance, power and energy efficiency.
In addition to faster processors, the new Chromebooks feature higher-resolution displays and backlit keyboards, and will be available with up to 4GB of RAM.
Global shipments for PCs, tablets and ultramobile devices will decline in 2015, though smartphone shipments will see a 14 percent increase.
Now that Apple has had its time to show off, attention is turning to Microsoft, which has scheduled an Oct. 6 media briefing on Windows 10 developments. But news about a high-end Microsoft tablet could also seize the spotlight at the event. According to several reports, one of the most significant announcements will be Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, the latest iteration in the company's line of tablets. Details about the new device's features are scarce, but at this point, it's likely that the Surface Pro 4 will run Windows 10 and have a high quality screen as well as other features and applications to serve enterprise buyers. Microsoft could very well be getting ready to unveil the Surface Pro 4 to introduce a high-end tablet that will compete with Apple's iPad Pro in the enterprise market. Since Windows 10 is a known quantity, there's a good chance that the Surface Pro 4 will be the real focus of the Oct. 6 event. This slide show will outline features the Microsoft tablet should offer to appeal to enterprises since it would be entering a crowded market with prominent competitors.
The chip vendor says a business upgrading 100,000 PCs with the new APU can save $495,000 over three years in reduced electric usage.
The move will save $2.7 billion for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, but will drive up the number of layoffs under Meg Whitman to about 85,000.
The new Janam XG3-ER expands on its predecessor's capabilities by being able to read a barcode from more than 50 feet away.
Apple TV is no longer a hobby. At its special press event on Sept. 9, Apple unveiled a new version of the Apple TV entertainment set-top box. The updated device, which includes everything from app support to a new remote, is a significant milestone for Apple. The company's set-top box, which has been on store shelves for years, was treated like the "hobby" Steve Jobs said it was long ago. Indeed, the last model did little more than stream content over a home WiFi network and allow users to share their iOS or Mac screens on a TV. But now Apple TV is receiving the development and marketing attention it deserves, and the company is delivering to consumers a product that can compete far more effectively with other entertainment devices, such as Roku and Amazon's Fire TV. Better yet, it has an affordable price tag and comes with a selection of great features. It finally looks like the kind of entertainment device that consumers will actually want to buy and use. The slide show looks at the features that will help Apple TV stand out in the marketplace.
The company also is planning to expand its R&D team in the country and support entrepreneurs as part of its "In China, for China" initiative.