With the holiday shopping season in full swing, one of the devices sure to top wish lists is the iPad Air. Apple's iPad Mini with Retina display is also expected to be a sales hit this season, due mainly to its high-end screen. In either case, consumers will find that the devices are high quality and extremely useful for anyone seeking more productivity at work and versatility as a device for entertainment and Web connectivity. Out of the box, Apple's latest iPads come with some useful applications, like Safari and Mail. But it's only after exploring the App Store that owners see just how much value the devices can deliver. Whether you are buying the iPad for business or pleasure, many programs are available that will extend its functionality, improve productivity and ultimately make for a rewarding tablet experience. But rather than go it alone in Apple's App Store, some owners could probably use some suggestions of what applications to buy as soon as they are finished setting up their new tablet. This eWEEK slide show lists 10 applications that are must-haves that will help users extend their application portfolios as soon as they go online. Read on to learn more:
The company, which first put the gesture-control technology into its Envy 17 SE notebook, is rolling out 11 desktop and AIO PCs with the feature.
Thanksgiving is over now. That means the holiday rush to find the latest and best electronic gadgets for the favorite people in our lives is upon us. Holiday shoppers will have to choose from the latest smartphones, tablets, televisions, game consoles and other entertainment devices that most people agree will be hot this year. So that means the time has come to guess at which of these products might prove to be most popular this holiday season. iPhones, iPads and PlayStation 4s are sure to be among the sought-after devices that send people online or to their favorite brick-and-mortar retail stores with credit cards in hand. As in previous years, there's a good chance that Apple's many products will dominate this year's holiday wish lists. But some other new products will contend for consumers' attention such as the Google Chromecast dongle that gives TV watchers access to streaming entertainment content. So here is eWEEK's look at what technology products will find their way into the hearts and minds of this year's holiday shoppers.
A security vulnerability first identified and patched two-and-a-half years ago remains a threat today.
Microsoft hopes to build momentum for its app store with a popular stocking-stuffer: gift cards.
The software giant is rumored to be paving the way for a unified Windows platform that spans multiple devices, including smartphones and the Xbox One.
Toshiba, the original developer of NAND and NOR flash, said it will incorporate OCZ's client base and enterprise solid-state drive business into its own.
NEWS ANALYSIS: As the value of the Bitcoin currency rises above $1,000, the risk of security exploits and attacks are also likely to climb.
An Ovum survey found that 68 percent of consumers would rather use a PC than a mobile device to shop online.
REVIEW: Microsoft's Xbox One, like the Sony PlayStation 4 that came before it, is a hit. Microsoft announced that after just 24 hours on store shelves, it sold 1 million Xbox One units. And as of this writing, the device is still hard to find on store shelves around the United States. The same can be said for the PlayStation 4, which I've also had the luxury of playing and enjoying in my free time. It's the Xbox One that will get the attention here, however. After all, Microsoft's Xbox One is arguably the most capable console the software giant has ever launched. The console comes with the ability to play games, of course, but also features TV accessibility, a robust online-gaming experience, and a wealth of apps that extend its functionality beyond video games. The Xbox One, in other words, is trying to bridge the gap between games and entertainment in the living room. The big question for consumers is, does it succeed? Read through the following slides to find out how the Xbox One stacks up after my first several days using it.
The mobile devices are replacing PCs as the key factor in determining the health of the global chip business, the analyst firm says.
A federal judge rules shareholders, who have accused executives of misleading comments, raised enough issues to let the lawsuit go forward.
AT&T has brought its new store concept to New York City. Located on West 57th Street, a hotdog's throw from Central Park, the store has the aesthetic of a modern hotel lobby meets a Starbucks and is designed to give shoppers lots of hands-on time with devices and accessories. These are incredibly competitive days for wireless carriers—certainly it must be a bit unnerving for AT&T executives that T-Mobile's chief executive keeps saying he intends to steal their customers (and judging by T-Mobile's last earnings report, he has begun to). The new AT&T store, the 13th of its kind and counting, serves at least two purposes. AT&T's business model is focused on buckets of data, and driving as many devices to sip from a bucket as possible. A customer inclined to browse amidst the warm wood and glossy-white tables of the new stores might be tempted to add a tablet or a home security solution to his data bucket, or just bring home some Bluetooth-connecting headphones. Additionally—as Apple has proved to the market and any number of other brands have taken note of (Verizon opened its own destination store, with zones for trying various products, Nov. 20)—an attractive space offering a warm environment is an ideal way to improve a brand image and, particularly with a number of devices attached to a connection, keep folks sticking around after their two-year contracts expire.
The company saw sales growth in data center systems and commercial PCs, but it still faces tough competition from Dell, Lenovo and others.
A small selection of renderings offering glimpses of Apple's spaceship-like new headquarters has been floating around the Internet for years now, but just recently, Cupertino, Calif., city officials—who recently gave the green light on Apple's futuristic building—also released two-dozen renderings, giving Apple and architecture fans a much more detailed look at what the building will eventually become. The building was initially scheduled to be opened in 2015, but will actually not open its doors until 2016, due to some delays on Cupertino's environmental impact study. According to Apple's plans for the building, it will span 2.8 million square feet, which makes it one of the largest structures in the world. It'll have everything from a fitness center to a cafeteria to office space, and will be able to accommodate more than 14,000 employees, thousands more than the current campus can hold. Apple bought a chunk of land from Hewlett-Packard to secure the required space for the new HQ. The campus will be 150 acres. Here's a look at the building Apple employees will eventually call home.