by Michael Fisher | October 1, 2012 10:27 AM
Capping off a long stretch of misery and broken promises to devotees of its failed operating system, HP finally did right by webOS fans last week when it delivered Open webOS, the open-source version of the Palm-developed platform, just before its end-of-September deadline. Of course, it's not a mobile-friendly build that users can install on the TouchPads or Pre3s they might still have lying around; instead, it's a raw OS much in need of refinement before it can be made to work on a tablet or a smartphone. All that aside, it has in fact been delivered. That on-time delivery marks one of ...
by Michael Fisher | September 3, 2012 6:59 AM
Covering tech is a tricky business. Particularly when you have to repress residual fanboy tendencies in order to do your job. Allow me to explain. We've been in Berlin for a few days covering IFA, the annual consumer-electronics trade show where major brands make announcements and the media gets hands-on time with new products. This year's show hasn't been overwhelming, but it's given us the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note II, a new array of Sony Xperia products, and a bevy of Windows 8 tablets. Among those, Samsung, Acer, and Sony all brought out some Start-screen-packing hardware, ...
by Michael Fisher | August 20, 2012 3:14 PM
Picture this: you're lying in bed with your favorite tablet, catching up on the latest episode from the AMC series Hell On Wheels. You can substitute any TV show, movie, or YouTube series there, really, but Hell On Wheels is pretty amazing. Anyway, you're lying there, jaw agape at the realization that maybe the rapper Common can actually act, but you've got a problem. While the visuals are stunning on your 2012-edition iPad's Retina display, or passable on the lighter, slimmer Nexus 7's screen, you can't really hear anything. You reach to the volume toggle, hoping to avoid a repeat of ...
by Michael Fisher | August 16, 2012 7:59 AM
Well, it's good to know that our guessing instinct here at Pocketnow is still pretty sharp. On Tuesday, we posted a piece speculating on what Samsung might announce at today's event in New York City. We offered up three possibilities, all of which happened to feature "Galaxy Note" branding, and said our leading contender was the Galaxy Note 10.1. Not that it was the most difficult puzzle we've ever solved, but we nailed it: Wednesday morning's announcement saw Samsung's newest tablet announced for American consumption (and creation), with general availability kicking off tomorrow, August ...
by Michael Fisher | August 15, 2012 1:33 PM
We're here at the NYC launch event for the Galaxy Note 10.1, the newest in Samsung's Android tablet lineup. We've been able to spend a few minutes with some demo devices on the floor, and we've got a quick preview of the hardware and software setup for you to feast your eyes on. Click on the below video and let Michael Fisher taken you on a brief guided tour of Samsung's latest tablet offering. And make sure to stay tuned to Pocketnow in the coming days and weeks for more Galaxy Note 10.1 coverage!
by Michael Fisher | August 1, 2012 4:35 PM
When Google announced its widely anticipated Nexus 7 tablet in June, it promised a product that would provide "the best of the Google experience." Some of us weren't so sure the company could deliver, and I said as much in a piece written on the announcement date. In that piece, I wrote: "Does it give consumers a cost-effective way to break in to tablet ownership? Yes. Will it do what other midrange tablets do, and do it better? Probably. Will it sell very well? Almost certainly. But it’s not a terribly exciting product. It’s not a game-changer." I still believe most of that is true. ...
by Michael Fisher | June 21, 2012 4:24 PM
It's that time of the year quarter again. The sleeping-giant tablet market, having settled into relative peace following the release of the new iPad, was jostled recently by the gradual introduction of the unique ASUS Padfone into a few new markets. It settled back down pretty quickly, but was then slapped square in the face earlier this week by the reinvigorated Microsoft and its Surface tablet series. Now, before the dust has even begun to settle, Google is poised to shake up the space all over again with a rumored announcement of its Nexus tablet at I/O next week. I'm excited that the ...
by Michael Fisher | June 19, 2012 3:11 PM
Multiple user accounts have been offered by various platforms for a long time. My first exposure to the idea of distinct user profiles was on my family's Packard Bell computer running Windows 95. With five of us sharing the machine, multiple-account support was a blessing. There was no security to speak of -we all had administrator access, though none of us knew what that meant- but it gave us the illusion of privacy. At the very least, we could select our own wallpaper and arrange our desktop icons the way we wanted. The underlying nature of separate-account support has changed since ...
by Michael Fisher | May 18, 2012 12:02 PM
Evan Blass recently posted an article titled "Will The iPhone's Reign Ever End?" In it, he speculates on the future of the mobile landscape, trying to predict how, when, or if the iPhone will go the way of the RAZRs and N95s of the world. What will ultimately dethrone the reigning king of smartphones? It's a good question. Right across the mobile-device gap, in the tablet space, sits Apple's iPad. Just as the smartphone world offers up some close competition between the Android and iOS platforms, the battle also rages on in the tablet market. It's easy to forget how close that race is ...
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