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Microsoft Will Trade Your MacBook Air For A Surface Pro 3

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The MacBook Air is a very capable laptop, so much so that its success pretty much ushered the era of Ultrabooks all by itself. “Capable laptop” however doesn’t stop companies like Microsoft from competing, and the boys from Redmond are pushing the Surface Pro 3 pretty hard. To reach their target demo, the company is running a promotion until July 31st where you can get up to $650 if you trade in a used Macbook Air. That amount then has to be put towards the purchase of a Surface Pro 3. Considering the laptop/tablet hybrid starts at $799, you’ll have relatively little money left to pay. Whether or not you consider this a good deal probably depends on the amount of cynicism you harbour towards Microsoft’s products. But if you’ve got an MBA just lying around, now’s a good time to get something for it.

[ Fine Print ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

The iPad Charging Floor Stand Will Help You Use Your Tablet Without Holding It In Your Hands

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This creative iPad Charging Floor Stand will make sure you don’t have to hold your tablet, and still get it in a position where you can comfortably use the tablet, especially when you are in bed reading, following recipes in the kitchen, or for any other reason. Interestingly, it’s not just the iPad, the charging stand supports any tablet between 7-10 inches. All you need to do is place the tablet in the tension brackets holder, adjust the mounting arm to a comfortable position and you’re good to go. The stand does not only hold your iPad, it keeps it charged as well. There’s a USB port at the base of the stand, which can charge your tablet with the device’s power cable. Do note that you have to use your owner charging cable as it doesn’t come with the stand. If this is something you want, you have to shell out $99.95 for this iPad Charging Floor Stand.

[Product Page] via [TheGreenHead]

Microsoft Takes Some Long Overdue Jabs At Apple In Ad

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This ad has been floating around for about a week, but in case you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a fun, lighthearted attempt by Microsoft to point out the iPad’s shortcomings. And it’s right on point. It’s reminiscent of Apple’s award-winning “I’m a Mac” ads in accuracy, yet different in its delivery. We’re not completely sold on a Surface yet, but that’s mostly because we haven’t gotten past seeing tablets as much more than entertainment consumption devices, rather than productivity machines. But maybe it’s time that changed, and the below ad sure has us thinking.

VIA [ Geek.com ]

So It’s Come To This: A Roomba For Cleaning Your Smart Devices’ Screens

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Did you ever think you’d see the day we got lazy enough, as a species, to invent a tiny robot whose only task it is to clean the surfaces of our smartphones and tablets? Because, what, wiping is too hard now? Don’t get us wrong, we think the AutoMee S is pretty awesome, but only in a “look at that cute thing moving about on my iPad” sort of way. And we suspect that it’s been created precisely because of its cuteness, especially considering it’s being launched in the Japanese market by Takara Tomy. And we all know Japan likes its kawaii. The AutoMee S measures “67 × 73 × 38mm, weighs 82 grams and is powered by a single AA battery which is good for three hours of cleaning.” It takes 4 minutes to clean an average smartphone and twice as long for a tablet. Like a Roomba, it has edge sensors to prevent it falling off the device, and is programmed to move in random patterns, eventually covering every bit of the surface in its allotted time.

It’s going to hit the market on March 28, in Japan, for 1575 Yen ($ 17) a piece.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ NewLaunches ]

Your Monitor, Now With 100% More Tablet

Data: sometimes you can never get enough of it. But tripling up on your monitors is not the only way you can fit more of it in front of your face. After all, the stuff on those three monitors still comes from the same computer. But with this versatile VESA 100-MR067 LCD Display Tablet Stand, you can attach any 7-12 inch tablet on a triple-jointed swivelling arm and position it anywhere you want. The arm itself securely attaches to the mounts on the back of a VESA compliant display, which is pretty much any modern monitor these days. The contraption does weigh 4.4lbs, plus the weight of the tablet, so make sure that the base is wide enough to support the additional heft. Still, you should be fine and feasting on Tweets, stock quotes… weather reports… or whatever it is that’s on a tablet that’s so darn crucial that you need to attach it to your monitor.

It’s 6,480 Yen, or about $82.

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Wooden Toy Tablet Teaches Kids About Tech

Depending on how spoiled your child is, this will either be appreciated and used as a fun teaching toy, as it’s intended, or just be thrown right back in your face for not being “the real thing”. We’re hoping your three year old doesn’t fall in the latter category. The Tinker Tablet is a wooden tablet, made to look like an iPad or something, but with no electronic components. Instead, there’s a wooden puzzle inside that looks like a circuit board, and whose pieces represent different components of a mobile device. What’s interesting is that these pieces can be assembled into a “cellphone”, teaching your tot from a very early age that objects like mobile phones aren’t magical pieces of plastic, but are instead a collection of separate parts that work together to form a functioning device.

When not assembled into a cellphone, the pieces fit into the tablet base, and a dry erase board slides over them to not only secure them in place, but allow the kid to draw… kind of like what people do with actual tablets. It could be a fun, interactive teaching tool that will get the little one’s tech appetite sharpened from a very early age. Currently on Kickstarter, the Tinker Tablet can be yours with a $50 pledge.

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Pressure Sensitive Stylus For iPad 3 Would Have Steve Jobs’ Disapproval

By David Ponce

It was well known that Steve didn’t like styluses (is it stylii?), so he might not have taken kindly to the offering from Ten One Designs, codenamed Blue Tiger. It’s pressure sensitive and works in conjunction with an application that has some features that people might actually want, you know, in a tablet. For example, it has palm rejection, which means you can take handwritten notes on the iPad with your hand resting directly on the surface without disturbing anything. It connects using Bluetooth 4.0.

Of course, the success of something like this will depend on how many developers decide to code for the stylus. Ten One designs is handing out SDK’s, so hopefully by the time this is released, there will be more than their own application to go along with it. Photoshop maybe? Here’s hoping.

No word on price or availability date.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

MEEP! Tablet Is Exactly The Tablet Your Kids Don’t Want

By David Ponce

Let’s start with the name. “MEEP!” Really, Oregon Scientific? MEEP?? Well, ok, they’re kids right? What do they know?… Well, here’s the thing. Kids are funny. For one thing, they’re going to go to school, and they’ll see all their classmates toting iPads around. Because that’s what parents are buying their kids: iPads. So they’re gonna go to school, and what do you think they’re gonna want? A MEEP! tablet? Let’s get real. It doesn’t matter that “it runs on Android 4.0, features a 7-inch Neonode zForce touchscreen display encased in toughened housing with a silicon rubber sleeve, and is Wi-Fi-enabled.” It doesn’t matter that parents might be happy that it features controls that can remotely block whatever it is the kids want to be looking at. Nor does it matter that it’s supposed to retail for $149, sometime in August.

No… Sure, some parents will be sensible and will buy this with thoughts of cost savings and greater control and oversight… but these parents’ lives will be miserable because kids will use it as much as cats use overpriced cat beds.

Or maybe it’ll be a hit among the 6+ year old club. What do we now about kids?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

GoPad, For When You Need Your Tablet On The Go

By David Ponce

We’re a little torn between wanting to ridicule and like the above gadget. It’s a tablet attachment that lets you use it, well, as pictured. On the go. As in, we imagine, walking down the street. Looking like a complete moron. But the thing is, it’s also somewhat neat from a usability standpoint. See, the tablet, once attached, pivots around that rounded metal frame and instantly becomes portable, like a satchel. Just swing it to your side and walk comfortably, or swing it back to the front, swivel, and use. It makes more sense if you watch the video on their homepage, which can’t be embedded, unfortunately. But the point is that, yes, you look like a tool. But if you don’t mind that, the GoPad is pretty cool.

It’s $89 and the first production run ships mid-March. It’s iPad 2 only at the moment, but the company says they’re working on models for other tablets.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ IBTimes ]