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Will tablets make a comeback in 2015…?

Last year there was a lot of conjecture, and some evidence, that tablet sales were slowing. The sales figures from companies such as Apple and Samsung appear to reinforce the idea that tablets’ phenomenal growth has stagnated, but is this trend going to continue into 2015? Apple CEO Tim Cook called slowing iPad sales a “speed bump” in 2014, but […]

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The life of a digital nomad

You may have heard the term digital nomad mentioned recently, referring to someone who has eschewed the traditional 9-to-5 office job and taken to the road to work. Many such people leave behind their old life to find opportunities with the flexibility to work just about anywhere. Armed with a laptop, tablet and a smartphone, all that’s needed is an Internet connection and a few creative […]

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Can you run a business from a smartphone?

The demands of running a successful business may mean having to be on call 24/7, and even though laptops and desktop PCs are ubiquitous, many executives are finding they can actually run their business from a smartphone. This enables them to better support their employees and keep customers happy, while being more accessible to contacts and sales leads – ultimately creating more opportunities […]

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Move over Lenovo: Ocado launches world’s largest 42″ tablet

Back in January last year, a lot of readers were absolutely astonished when Lenovo announced their 27” tablet, retailing at £1,000. I remember the almost 50:50 split between those horrified by the size and those who thought it was an excellent concept. I liked the idea of a ‘table tablet’. (The latest Ideacentre Horizon tablet […]

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Can we officially declare the Microsoft Surface dead, then?

So is that it, then? It’s been a good few months now. Nobody’s bought one. Well, no one I know has. And that, dear reader, is the reality check. This viewpoint is hardly based on extensive research but I think everyone bar Microsoft’s various PR agencies can now nod their heads in unison to the […]

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Lenovo’s 27″ tablet is a smart idea, costs £1,000 and is due this summer

I caught this one from a recent BGR story. Lenovo is apparently launching a 27″ ‘table tablet’ running Windows 8. It’s called IdeaCentre Horizon so keep an eye out. I can think of of a ton of different applications for huge tablet form factors. Everything from mortgage calculators at point of sale in banks to […]

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The Asus Vivo Tab Windows RT Tablet on 3: I’m tempted!

Three just announced they now have the Asus Vivo Tab running Windows RT in stock and I have to say, my head was turned. I’ve been pretty impressed with the quality of kit Asus have been turning out recently and I do admit to being highly curious. I’m particularly liking the idea of an integrated […]

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Microsoft Surface: One sentence opinions from the mobile industry’s executives and influencers

This afternoon The Verge broke the pricing news of Microsoft’s Surface tablet device. I have my own rather strong opinions but wanted to check those of the MIR audience first. I sent a note out to the MIR insiders subscribed to our TinyLetter newsletter asking for one-sentence perspectives. (I’ve only used first names to protect […]

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“Nexus 7 tablet sales could reach 8 million units in 2012”

I’ve been hearing similar estimates from a few people in the industry regarding the Nexus 7 tablet. I wonder how it’s going to get on with competition from Apple… Now, new estimates from Tech-thoughts.net based on touch panel shipments suggest Google could sell as many as 8 million tablets by the end of the year, via […]

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$199 for the Microsoft Surface? Now that would set the market alight…

Everyone and their dog has picked up the rumour-cum-possible-fact originally cited by Engadget that Microsoft will shortly offer their Surface (Windows RT version) for $199. The tech blogs are full of standard he-said, she-said commentary — obviously a $199 Surface would sell a lot better than a $999 Surface. However I think the deal is […]

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Acer should start innovating and stop complaining

I had to smile at this series of points from Acer’s top man into today’s FT regarding the impending launch of Microsoft’s Surface: Acer, the world’s fourth largest computer manufacturer by shipments, has attacked Microsoft’s planned move into tablets, highlighting the growing rift between the software company and its former allies among PC makers. JT […]

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Why I think the Google Nexus 7 Tablet is a turning point for the mobile industry

I’ve had the Google Nexus 7 tablet (“from Asus”) for the weekend now so here is my initial reaction to the product: Brilliant! I am actually rather smitten with it. This feeling is particularly difficult to achieve given my aversion to Android. I’ve always had a soft spot for Android — the T-Mobile G1, the […]