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How Apple can make the iPad great again

What do you do when you see a ground-breaking product sell hundreds of millions of units and enjoy sky-high user satisfaction? You watch sales steadily drop after that initial wave, not because the fad is over but because the product is so good that people donrsquo;t need to replace it.
It just keeps working great for years.Welcome to Applersquo;s iPad dilemma.[ iPad Pro vs.
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Five years ago or so, the iPadrsquo;s sales were so strong that some predicted iPads would displace computers as the primary computing device for many people.

That hasnrsquo;t happened, but itrsquo;s true that an iPad can be your primary computer for many activities, at least for hours at a time.
I for one havenrsquo;t brought a laptop with me on business trips for years now, just my iPad.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Apple will fix busted iPad Pro Smart Keyboards for up to...

Stuck keys, "sensor issues," magnet problems, and others are all covered.

Microsoft adds a Surface Laptop to its growing stable of devices

Microsoft has added a new laptop to its growing stable of Surface devices, and it's amazingly thin and fast.The Surface Laptop has performance, features and design that will redefine the category, said Panos Panay, corporate vice president at Micros...

How HP reclaimed the title of world’s top PC maker from...

In late 2015, HP was reborn as a PC maker following a split of its parent organization, Hewlett-Packard.

At the time, HP was a lost cause, and its double-digit decline in PC shipments was a main reason for the split.The new HP then set out to reclai...

Microsoft cuts off 40 percent of Windows phones with Creators Update...

Our review of the Creators Update for Windows 10 Mobile may have shown it to be a half-hearted update at best, but a substantial portion of Microsoft's base of installed phones won't even have a chance to experience it.A report by AdDuplex, an ad ne...

Be more like Android: How Apple can fix iOS, CarPlay alerts

When you’re sleeping, driving, or in a meeting, you want to know when your house alarm has tripped, but not that someone posted to Facebook or send you an email.If you use an Apple device, you don’t get that choice.

That means you will likely miss urgent alerts.

Apple can and should fix this behavior, ironically by taking the approach Google already has in Android.[ Hands on: The IoT devices actually worth getting. | iPad Pro vs.
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iOS’s Do Not Disturb mode setting for iPhones and iPads silences alert sounds and vibrations, and it keeps the screen turned off while the device is locked (both from lack of recent activity and when you explicitly lock it by pressing the Power button).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

AMD’s new Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo is slower than its predecessor

AMD's new Radeon Pro Duo graphics packs two of the company's fastest GPUs, but surprisingly, is slower than its 2016 predecessor.The Pro Duo, announced on Monday, is based on the Polaris architecture.
It provides 11.45 teraflops of single-precision ...

Samsung to start making chips faster than ones in Galaxy S8

Samsung is now ready to produce faster and even more power-efficient chips than the ones it uses the latest Galaxy S8 smartphones.In the fourth quarter, Samsung will start producing chips on the 10-nanometer LPP (low-power plus) process.

These chips are faster than existing chips because of an enhanced 3D structure.[ iPad Pro vs.
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On average, the new chips made on the new process will be 10 percent faster and 15 percent more power efficient than the first wave of 10-nanometer chips like the Samsung Exynos 8895, which is one of two processors used in the S8 devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Review: Samsung Dex nearly nails smartphone-as-desktop

We all love our smartphones and tablets, but boy do we miss our big screens, mice, and keyboards when doing complex work on those mobile devices.

That’s why the notion of a smartphone that acts like a PC when connected to those peripherals has kept recurring ever since the iPhone redefined mobility for the modern era.But so far, reality has not delivered on that promise of the mobile-on-desktop notion. Now, Samsung is trying its hand at this puzzle, with the Dex dock available for its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones.[ Review: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is an unpleasant smartphone. | iPad Pro vs.
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The journey from the Lapdock to the Dex Station The Motorola Lapdock back in 2011 was the first dock to put smartphone screens on a computer monitor, as well as provide a full-screen browser and connections for physical keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals.

But the constrained smartphone apps weren’t much easier to use as big-screen windows, and the Linux-based browser was too limited.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Prices of SSDs and DRAM will crash in 2019, Gartner predicts

The prices of PCs, smartphones, and tablets are going up, with higher component prices to blame.
Shortages in DRAM, flash, batteries and displays are hitting buyers in the wallet.Minor relief is in sight next year when prices of memory and NAND flash -- which is used in SSDs -- will start to gradually decline.

But prices will plummet big time in 2019, predicted Jon Erensen, research director for semiconductors at Gartner.[ iPad Pro vs.
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The impact could be felt on the prices of PCs and mobile devices.

But it's too early to predict the exact impact of the projected NAND and DRAM price crashes on PCs and mobile devices, Erensen said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BlackBerry wins $815 million in overpaid royalty to Qualcomm

BlackBerry said Wednesday it has been awarded $815 million in an arbitration decision for excess royalties it had paid to chip company Qualcomm.Qualcomm and BlackBerry had entered into an agreement in April last year to arbitrate a dispute over whet...

Apple is developing its own power management chips, says analyst

Apple is developing its own power management chips, according to a report from German private bank Bankhaus Lampe. The release of the report Tuesday led to a sharp drop in the shares of Dialog Semiconductor, the current supplier of these chips to the iPhone maker.“The teams of both companies collaborate very closely and thus, Dialog cannot be replaced by a third-party supplier. However, Apple itself could replace Dialog,” wrote analyst Karsten Iltgen.[ iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro vs. Pixel C vs. Galaxy TabPro S: The "tabtop" tablet/laptop hybrids compared. | Get deep into Windows: Subscribe to the InfoWorld Windows Report newsletter. ]As evidence, the report cited 16 different job openings on Apple’s website for analog/power management engineers for the design center in Munich alone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here