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Asus Launches Biggest Tablet Ever

Asus is about to launch the biggest tablet PC, the Asus Transformer AiO.
 
It seems like the world of electronics doesn’t run out of new things to offer its consumers. Especially in the growing tablet market, more and more of these devices enter the market offering something distinctive.  Retina displays, thinnest frames, dual cameras, portable sizes and so on.  However, a recent release made a big impact to consumers and quite literally.
Give a round of applause for the biggest tablet PC to-date: the Asus Transformer AiO.
As part of the computer and electronics manufacturer effort to grow its digital marketing and sales, Asus is offering this one-of-a-kind, innovative tablet version. While most companies are looking at making tablets that are as portable as possible, Asus is changing the game.  The Transformer AiO is what the Winnipeg Free Press describes as “comically large,” sitting at 18.4 inches, almost twice the size of the iPad.
Now, we really don’t know what the people at Asus (creators of the 7-inch MeMo pad) were thinking when they created this gigantic tablet, but one thing’s for sure, Asus is up to something.
Trying to optimise the growing number of tablet consumers, the company created a niche for itself offering what seems to be the biggest tablet, at least for now. But the size of this gadget isn’t the only thing big about it.  It’s also huge on features.
This 18.4-incher claims to be the only gadget you’ll need.  Why is that?  Well, AiO actually stands for “All in One.”   The Transformer AiO doubles as a gigantic tablet and a desktop.  How is that possible?  When the tab is plugged into a base included with the package, the AiO becomes a complete Windows 8-powered PC.  However, when unplugged, the online platform automatically runs back to its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
With this dual feature, the tab becomes the perfect home gadget.  It can be the family desktop computer, outfitted with an Intel i7 processor and 8 GB RAM.  It can also be the tablet where the siblings can watch YouTube videos or check their Facebook accounts.
“You’d be smart to wait and see how the market develops, but Asus has used the freedom of the still-forming all-in-one/tablet hybrid category to create a compelling Windows 8/Android device in the Transformer AIO,” CNET’s review noted.
While the tablet is a very interesting gadget, consumers looking for a tablet may not be interested once they find out the price. With its price tag starting at $1,299, people may just want to consider an iPad and a laptop instead.
Asus Transformer AiO Specs:
• Windows 8 (desktop AiO mode) + Android 4.1 (tablet mode)
• Intel Core i5 processor (desktop) and Tegra 3 quad-core processor (tablet)
• 10-point multi-touch screen in both modes
• Detachable 18.4-inch IPS display (1920×1080 resolution)
• HDMI output for external monitor
• 1TB hard disk (desktop); 32GB (tablet)
• 0 to 100 degree rear stand
 
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The Best Free iPad Apps

The best things in life are free and sometimes this also applies to the digital world…
 
While free apps do not necessarily mean they are the best apps, people usually do not think twice about downloading something they don’t have to pay for.  Digital marketers also know offering something for free is a good way to get customers.
So what are the best free iPad apps so far for 2013?
UPS app for iPad – If you’ve tried sending via UPS before, you know you can track your packages on their website via computer.  Now you can do this from your iPad, visually tracking your package on a map.  You can also get the location of the UPS branches closest to you. You can also re-route or re-schedule a delivery to a more suitable time and location.

Facebook – Should this come as any surprise?  The current king of social media first created a presence in PC before eventually making its way to mobile devices.  This social media network remains one of the most widely used social platforms today.
GoComics – Who does not love a good laugh every once in a while?  This app from Universal Uclick gives users free access to their favorite comics like the classic Peanuts, the familiar Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes even newer ones like FoxTrot, The Boondocks, Big Nate, Pearls Before Swine and Get Fuzzy.
Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus – Unfamiliar word has you stumped?  Well, never again.  This reference tool offers the meaning to over two million words fast, quick and easy. The best part is that it also works off-line, so while you are at a loss for Internet connection you will never be at a loss for words.
Fotopedia Reporter – A picture is worth a thousand words, so imagine what you can do with both pictures and words.  Fotopedia Reporter lets you create captioned photos about anything you want. Post your recent trip abroad, your photo with a long-lost friend or your pet’s latest antics and tell viewers about the story.
Wikipanion for iPad – Can’t live without Wikipedia?  Neither can we.  This app lets you browse the free encyclopedia resizing it to fit correctly with your mobile device.  The paid version also lets you save images to the photo library.
eBay app for iPad – Buying online is now easier.  No more need to turn on your PC, you only have to access your mobile device.  While this app does not have the full features of the desktop version, it is optimized and streamlined for use on your iPad.
Telegraph pictures for iPad – This app, particularly designed for the iPad in mind, offers users daily and awesome snapshots from around the world.  The app offers 12 new pics everyday and lets you keep a two-week archive.
Sticky Notes for iPad – There is no denying the importance of sticky notes in real life. However, there is also no denying the sticky mess they leave behind and that they become useless trash after we are done with them.  But with the sticky notes app you can have all the good things about a sticky note without the bad things.  Plus these are sticky notes you can ‘recycle’ as often as you can and never have to throw away.
Quark DesignPad – This one is meant for graphic designers, but who says you cannot give it a try?  Quark DesignPad lets you create quick layouts anywhere you are, no need for equipment or complex software. Go on, release your graphic designer.
Okay, so not all of them are totally free, some of them are freemiums.  In case you didn’t know, a freemium is a limited version of an app offered at no cost or a full-featured one available only for a limited time.  Users who want full features or continued use have to pay, an excellent strategy by social media marketing.
 
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iPad Android Users Move to PC Tablets

In the end it will be the limits of devices like the iPad and Android mobiles that will lead their users to the PC tablets like Microsoft’s Surface, or so said Windows mogul Bill Gates.
 
Gates spoke to CNBC recently, saying among other things that Microsoft is implementing strategies to challenge Apple for a share in the tablet market.
“A lot of those users are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have an office there, so we’re providing them with the benefits of something they’ve seen and made that a big category, but without giving up what they expect in a PC,” he said of iPad and Android tablet users.

Gates has never been a big fan of the iPad, or even a fan for that matter.
“There’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it,” he famously said three years ago.
“I think Bill Gates is basically right. The iPad’s operating system (iOS) is too limited to let customers make full use of the hardware.  It’s even too limited for smartphones at the moment, as a comparison with Android easily demonstrates.  Business users of tablets want to be able to do more than the iPad allows, and that’s where Microsoft’s opportunity lies within the tablet market,” said ‘Undersigned’ over The Guardian.
If there are people who want Microsoft Office for iPad, there isn’t much of a clamor online, maybe because they realize such a campaign is futile. There are however, tons of iPad users who wish iPad supported Flash, something Windows 8 on Surface products can play.
While it is worth mentioning Windows 8 will only play Flash for sites not blacklisted by Microsoft.  For some iPad users this is better than nothing.
What else might iPad users want—or at least eye enviously—on a Surface table?
USB ports – When iPad was first launched and there was no USB port, the users went crazy.  While Apple has since worked around the problem with iCloud and those godsend ‘parcel’ apps like Dropbox, Surface users can just plug and play.
“(USB) offer great connectivity to outside devices…Just because Apple didn’t go with USB doesn’t mean iPad users don’t want it,” said ‘Doug’ over Tabtimes.
Stronger Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi problems continue to plague some iPad models.  Sometimes the distance between the iPad and the router is both the problem and the solution.  Sometimes the iPad tries to use another network not active in the area.  Surface tablets use 2X2 MIMO antennas touted to have the strongest Wi-Fi capability.
A better kickstand – Well yes, many will say that this isn’t really a big deal but sometimes even the little details matter after all, and Surface products are more stable when they need to be, like when viewing or presenting something to clients.
But those who prefer iPad to Surface are not in short supply either.
One user said he prefers visiting social media on his iPad saying it has a social media app for everything and surfing is a smoother experience.  He said doing the same on his Surface tablet is sluggish and the tablet itself lacks many of the key features useful for “heavy-duty” social media.
Another user said he also prefers gaming on his iPad as opposed to his Surface tablet.  Others have also praised the iPad for being lighter and having a better camera.
While Apple is currently leading the tablet market, IDC said Surface products have made it to the top five tablet devices during the first quarter of 2013 posting a 1.9% share with 900,000 shipments. Microsoft has hinted a newer version of Surface will be available in June.
 
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Instagram announces Android app

DIY content producers now have another reason to be ’appy!
In a highly anticipated move that has whipped non-iPhone users into a frenzy not seen since the announcement of the Angry Birds android app, popular photo sharing and editing app Instagram will soon be available for android.
In the words of Christina Bonnington for Wired Magazine: ‘The Instagram party is about to go from a few cocktails with friends into a raging kegger.’
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom recently confirmed the app was fast-approaching, sharing glimpses of the new technology, which is still in beta-testing mode.
For the many Android users, who have thus far been excluded from the app that everyone’s talking about, the news is very welcome.
Alison Foreman, a former iPhone user who has switched to the Android system, says that Instagram is the thing she misses most about her old phone: ‘As far as functionality and ease of use, my Android matches my iPhone pretty closely. I used to love Instagram though, and really miss it, so I’m thrilled it will be available for me to get re-addicted!’
With Android users still outnumbering iPhone users by a decent margin, Instagram’s latest move could potentially double or even triple its fan base. iPhone users, be warned: your days of smugly chatting about the latest shots on Instagram in front of jealous Android friends are numbered!
 
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