November 2013

Canalysis: tablets to make up 50% of PC market in 2014
Independent analyst firm Canalys predicts that in 2014 tablets will almost outship all other PC form factors (desktops, notebooks, and tablets) combined. The worldwide client PC market grew 18% in Q3 2013, despite desktop and notebook shipments continuing to decline. Tablet shipments accounted for 40% of PC shipments in Q3 2013, less than half a million units behind global notebook shipments. Tablet domination is set to continue, with Canalys forecasting 285 million units to ship in 2014, growing to 396 million in 2017. Apple and Samsung are expected to stay ahead, though competition in the tablet market continues to heat up. [See Canalysis report] -- Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by chb

Corvallis PD to use rugged Getac F110 tablets for electronic citations
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that the Corvallis Police Department is closing in on the launch of its electronic citation program that will use rugged Getac F110 tablets. The system, which will likely go live early next year, will enable hardcopy of citations on mobile printers, and information sharing with other agencies without the need for hand copying of data. [See Gazette-Times article] -- Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by chb

Motion Computing J-Series tablet camera training
Modern tablets have a wealth of powerful features that can greatly enhance productivity, but are not always obvious or easy to use/figure out. Manuals help, but a good instruction video is almost always better. Tablet pioneer Motion Computing knows that and just released the latest in their series of Motion product training videos. This one shows how to best use the camera in Motion J-Series ruggedized tablets, and how to ouse the many graphics tools available. [ target="_blank">See Motion's J-Series Camera Usage instruction video] -- Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by chb

iPad Air teardown -- the cost of thinness
The crafty folks at (whose terrific tools we use at the's lab) tore down a brand-new iPad Air to see what's inside and how easy it is to repair. As far as the latter goes, not very. They found impressive feats of miniaturization, but at the cost of a "repairability score" of just 2 out of 10. And a diminished battery. Such is the cost of excessive thinness. [See's iPad Air Teardown] -- Posted Thursday, November 7, 2013 by chb