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Here are some tablet related tidbits from today: Remains of the Day: Nook Tablets Get a Maps App Archos’ ICS-loaded 97 Carbon tablet now up for sale, priced at $230 for a limited time — Engadget
Google has restocked its Play store with the 16GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet. Now available with 3-5 day shipping, the unit sells for $249. Though the 8GB version has remained on in stock since it went on sale, the 16GB sold out last week not only on Google Play, but in most retailers as well. Get it now while you can!
Apple announced it’s financial results for the third quarter of 2012 today, and among the details provided, it revealed that 17 million iPads were sold. That is 44% more than last quarter, and 84% more than last year. Combined with the 11.8 million from quarter two, and 15.43 million from quarter one, Apple has sold nearly 45 million iPads this year alone. Apple is projecting its fourth fiscal quarter to produce revenue of $34 billion, slightly less then the $35 billion revenue just announced from
Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 made for tablets with ARM processors (also known as “Windows on ARM” or “WOA”), will be available on October 26th. You can expect some tablets will be ready at that time with Windows RT preinstalled, but Microsoft will be limiting the number of manufacturers. It is using the restriction as a way of focusing its research and development efforts. The Chinese Economic Times reported that Microsoft has told the top three ARM chipset vendors — NVIDIA, Texas Instruments,
If you install apps often on your iPad, you’ve probably noticed the need to enter a password. The upcoming iOS 6 will make this a bit easier by no longer requiring a password for the installation of free apps. In a Reddit thread discussing the issue, many voiced concern over their kids and friends being able to install apps that you might not want on your tablet. For those with this concern, there is already a solution that will most likely still exist in iOS 6.
Looks like the initial response to Google’s Nexus 7 is very positive. The Nexus 7 is now unavailable through Google’s own Play online store. It’s status changed to “Ships Soon”, with the shipping date set to “1-2 weeks”. Google says “We’ve had incredible demand for our new Nexus 7 tablet and are shipping them as quickly as possible. When your device ships you will receive a notification from Google Play with a shipping tracking number.” If you’d prefer to pick yours up from a local
In anticipation of receiving my Google Nexus 7 tablet I’ve watched some “unboxing” videos, where others share the excitement of opening their new gadget. It turns out the Nexus 7 has exceptionally difficult packaging to open, so much so, someone compiles a video showing many of the “failed” unboxings. My Nexus 7 just showed up today, so learning from what I saw in those videos, here is my unboxing video.
While the iPad has a switch near the volume control buttons that once was used to lock screen rotation, it was changed in iOS 4.2 to mute your tablets sound instead. If you don’t use mute often, but would like the ability to lock your screen so its orientation doesn’t change as you rotate the tablet, you can restore the switches functionality through a setting.
It’s generally OK to leave your iPad on all the time. It uses very little power while in standby mode, and is quick to access when you need it. There may be instances though, especially if you won’t be using your iPad for some time, when you want to turn your iPad off. Thankfully, it’s easy to do.