Early Nokia Prototype Tablet From 2001 Gets Pictured

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It is no secret that Apple didn’t invent the tablet, although it’s safe to say that Apple probably revolutionized the way we use tablets and made the device an extremely popular one. Now Nokia has a tablet of their own dubbed the Lumia 2520 but it’s hardly the Finnish company’s first and only tablet effort.

According to an interview that Finland’s ISTV conducted with Esko Yliruusi, a Nokia tablet prototype from back the day was revealed (pictured above). For those wondering who Yliruusi is, he’s a data communications specialist that worked at Nokia from 1996 until 2001 and who helped to develop the tablet you can see in the photo above.

Safe to say Nokia’s take on the tablet back in the day is very different from tablets we see today. For starters it appears to sport a variety of buttons in a layout that we can’t help but be reminded of the Nokia N-Gage device. The tablet also packs a kickstand much like the Microsoft Surface tablet and is a lot thicker compared to the devices we are used to today.

It has also been revealed that the display on the tablet only displayed monochrome colors, which is very different from today where users are spoilt for choice when it comes to display options from their tablets. We have no idea what would have been the results and response Nokia would have received had the device been released, but what do you guys think? Could such a device have revolutionized the industry, or were tablets still a little ahead of their time back in 2001?

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Intel’s quarterly net beats Street, CEO talks up tablets


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s first-quarter net profit exceeded Wall Street’s estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with slow demand for personal computers and its chief executive officer said an ambitious goal to stake out market share in tablets was on track.

With personal computer shipments falling for eight straight quarters through March, some analysts believe the industry’s decline is close to hitting bottom, potentially giving Intel breathing room as it struggles to develop better processors for mobile and wearable devices.

Following its first-quarter report on Tuesday, Intel Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith said the chipmaker continues to expects PC shipments to decline slightly in 2014.

“But there are pretty clear signs of stabilization,” Smith told Reuters. “You have an ageing install base of PCs and we’re bringing exciting products to the market place and that’s leading to the pockets of strength we’re seeing in the PC market.”

In its report, Intel said revenue from its PC client group in the first quarter was $7.9 billion, down 1 percent from the year before.

The company also expects a full-year gross margin of 61 percent, plus or minus a few percentage points. That is 1 percentage point higher than Intel’s previous forecast.

Intel shares rose 1.6 percent in extended trading after closing up 0.80 percent at $26.77 on Nasdaq.

“The margin guidance is what’s pushing the stock up. The PC client group was roughly in line with seasonal,” said Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon.

Tuesday’s results included a new financial reporting structure to better reflect its focus on two small key areas: mobile and the growing field of linking up electronic devices, known as Internet of Things.

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Intel’s Q1 earnings exceed estimates, says on track for tablet chip sales

Intel Corp’s first-quarter net profit exceeded
Wall Street’s estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with slow demand for
personal computers and its chief executive officer said an ambitious
goal to stake out market share in tablets was on track.

With
personal computer shipments falling for eight straight quarters through
March, some analysts believe the industry’s decline is close to hitting
bottom, potentially giving Intel breathing room as it struggles to
develop better processors for mobile and wearable devices.

Following
its first-quarter report on Tuesday, Intel Chief Financial Officer
Stacy Smith said the chipmaker continues to expects PC shipments to
decline slightly in 2014.

“But there are pretty clear signs of
stabilization,” Smith told Reuters. “You have an ageing install base of
PCs and we’re bringing exciting products to the market place and that’s
leading to the pockets of strength we’re seeing in the PC market.”

In
its report, Intel said revenue from its PC client group in the first
quarter was $7.9 billion, down 1 percent from the year before.

The
company also expects a full-year gross margin of 61 percent, plus or
minus a few percentage points. That is 1 percentage point higher than
Intel’s previous forecast.

Intel shares rose 1.6 percent in extended trading after closing up 0.80 percent at $26.77 on Nasdaq.

“The
margin guidance is what’s pushing the stock up. The PC client group was
roughly in line with seasonal,” said Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon.

Tuesday’s
results included a new financial reporting structure to better reflect
its focus on two small key areas: mobile and the growing field of
linking up electronic devices, known as Internet of Things.

Tablet pushIntel
in recent years has been slow to adapt its chips for

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Revealed: The secret tablet Nokia built all the way back in 2001

Would Nokia’s story have had a happier ending if the company had decided to pull the trigger on releasing its first-ever tablet computer back in 2001? That’s impossible to know, but Finland’s ISTV has scored a look at Nokia’s tablet-that-never-was in an exclusive interview with Esko Yliruusi, who worked as a data communications specialist at Nokia from 1996 through 2001 and who helped work on the device.

The tablet was certainly forward-thinking for its time, even though it looks nothing like the tablet form factors that Apple popularized starting in 2010. From a design perspective, the Nokia tablet is much bulkier than other tablets we’ve seen and even comes with a Surface-style kickstand to help you stand it up vertically. The display for the tablet is also rather primitive as it comes only in black and white and the device’s user interface relies more on buttons located on both sides of the display.

In a lot of ways, the Nokia tablet looks even bulkier and more awkward to hold than the original Microsoft Tablet PC that was announced back in 2001 and that never took off with consumers. So while Nokia’s tablet is certainly a unique historical artifact, it’s doubtful that releasing it would have saved Nokia from the decline it’s suffered over the past few years.

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Office 365 Personal Only $6.99/Month for the iPad

Microsoft today announced that Office 365 Personal is now available for $69.99 a year, or $6.99 a month through the Microsoft Online Store and through its retail partners. A subscription to the service gives iPad users the ability to edit and create documents using Microsoft’s Word, PowerPoint and Excel iOS apps. An Office 365 Personal account can also be used on one additional computer, and it is cheaper than a $99.99/year subscription to Office 365 Home.

As of right now, Office 365 Home is the only subscription being offered as an in-app purchase. An Office Home subscription allows for up to five computers and five tablets to be connected to the service. Office 365 Home is also available for purchase through MicrosoftStore.com.

Microsoft released Word, PowerPoint and Excel to the App Store on Mar 27, 2014. The free apps allow iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on their tablet, but an Office subscription is needed to create and edit.

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint are all now available on the App Store. All three apps require iOS 7.0 or later and are only compatible with the iPad.

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Small Business Owner Blocks Amazon’s Purchase of Domain Name

Amazon customers in Sweden will have to wait it out to begin buying their discounted goods and books from Amazon.se. The current owner of the domain, a fifty-seven-year-old small businesswoman, won’t sell it, despite reports of repeated attempts from the retail giant to purchase it.

The domain, purchased in 1997 by a Stockholm-based advertising agency called Amazon AB, doesn’t actually lead to a website, but rather to a landing page that simply states it is under construction. This has caused many critics to accuse the woman of holding the domain hostage, as so-called domain squatters have done in the past; these people–whether thugs who drive up the price or smart business people who capitalize on their foresight by purchasing domains before anyone needs them–typically sell to the business or person who wants that domain for a nice profit.

What many vocal opponents who are crying “selfish” have forgotten is that it’s not uncommon for businesses to buy the various domains associated with their company names in order to protect their brands and prevent confusion for their customers. It’s highly likely that the ad agency’s clients would accidentally find themselves on the local Amazon retail portal instead of the agency should the sale of the domain go through.

Amazon has already been at work making headway into the region. The retailer recently inked a deal with a Scandinavian book distributor, Bokrondellen, to begin selling Swedish books through its other country-based domains. At this time, Swedish book customers can register through one of the other domains for book purchasing, despite Amazon’s attempts to initiate a Swedish domain.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced: The Goldfinch Wins for Fiction

It is shockingly easy to enter a book into the Pulitzer Prizes in Letters competition. The author (in most categories) must be an American citizen, the book must be available for sale in print, it must have first been published that year, and the person submitting the book has to send four copies of the book and a fifty dollar entry fee. That’s it.

It’s easier and cheaper to submit a book to the Pulitzer jury than it is to get a driver’s license. So why aren’t more indie authors doing it?

It may possibly be the mindset that the Pulitzer, whose journalism award is equally prestigious and possibly more well-known due to its significance in reporting, is for the elite authors only. But by the entry rules’ own guidelines, there is no requirement–unlike some other well-known and allegedly prestigious awards–that the book be traditionally published, nor that the publisher submit the book for entry. The author herself can enter her work.

Incidentally, the Pulitzers have been awarded for 2013, with Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch taking the prize for fiction. Other category winners include Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (biography), Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (non-fiction), and 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (poetry).

In wholly related news, the Amazon/CreateSpace Breakthrough Novel Awards released the quarter final list yesterday, narrowing the field even further from its original 10,000 entries in each category. In this stage, editors from Publisher’s Weekly will read and review the remaining titles, providing that valuable feedback to the authors before further eliminations take place. The final round will be determined by reader votes later this spring.

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First 24 Hour Bookstore Opens in China

Most bookstores in North America and Europe have set business hours. They tend to open at 9 AM and go until 10 PM. Indie bookstores often have the standard 9-5 mentality and this sometimes prevent people who work late from buying books. A bookstore in Beijing China is bucking the standard operating hour trend and has just adopted a new 24 hour schedule.

Sanlian Taofen Bookstore in Dongcheng District has pleased local citizens by keeping their store opened 24 hours a day. The bookstore first opened their doors in 1996 and currently displays 80,000 titles across 1,500 square meters, and is one of Beijing’s cultural landmarks.

According to the Peoples Daily Fan Xi’an, president of SJPC, borrowed the 24-hour concept from Taiwanese retail chain Eslite Bookstore. “I was thrilled by the large number of readers found at night in Eslite Bookstore when I visited Taiwan in 2010,” he said.

The bookstore had actually been planning a 24 hour schedule since 2011, but lack of funds scuttled the plans. However, the extra cost has now been covered by sponsorship from the central government and Beijing Municipality — part of authorities’ broader scheme to subsidize a total of 56 bookstores around China. “We no longer have to pay value-added tax, and the government has announced 90 million yuan (14.6 million U.S. dollars) to support 55 operations like us,” said Fan.

Expanded operating hours are serving a dual purpose. One allows people who work long business hours the oportonity to shop in a bookstore during the weekday. Secondly it gives youth something else to do other than bars and nightclubs. A neighboring cafe has signed on to allow books to be taken into the

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Colorfly G783 G1 Tablet Unveiled at Hong Kong’s Electronics Fair

In case you’re wondering what’s up with so many Chinese tablets being unveiled these days, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair is taking place this week and thus, the devices appear. One of them is newcomer Colorfly G783 G1, that’s shown below and detailed after the break.

This model features a 7.9 inch display and a quad core processor, a MediaTek MTK6582 clocked at 1.3 GHz. There’s also 1 GB of RAM in the mix, 16 GB of built in storage as well, a front 2 MP cam and a back 5 MP shooter. Upfront there’s a 7.9 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The back shell of the G1 is all aluminum, so the design is pure quality.

The speakers are placed at the bottom, flanking the USB port only on one side. Finally, there’s FM radio, GPS, a 4000 mAh battery and apparently support for China Unicom and China Mobile SIM cards. I have a feeling I’ve seen this model before rebranded as an Allview or Evolio, but this has been a very common format since the iPad Mini was released.

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Intel Education Rugged Tablet Targets Students

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No company worth its salt would want to remain where it is and let the rest of the world move on. No sir, they would want to remain at the cutting edge of innovation all the time, and Intel is no different, having updated its range of education-oriented tablet and notebook reference designs by rolling out its maiden 2-in-1 device. Known as the Intel Education 2-in-1, this does seem to resemble more of the Classmate PC convertible netbooks of yore, but you would presumably be on the receiving end of far more computing power than a netbook.

With the Intel Education 2-in-1, this notebook comes with a hinge that enables you to twist the screen around so that it functions as a tablet, sporting a detachable keyboard base to boot. The display stands at 10.1” in size, and it has a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740D Bay Trail processor running underneath the hood, complemented by Windows 8.1 as the operating system of choice.

According to Intel, this particular tablet is able to run for nearly 8 hours on a full charge as you go about your everyday tasks (the context to achieve this battery life was not detailed, and since everyone uses their computers or notebooks differently, perhaps being more pragmatic and dropping the battery life by a couple of hours might be a more realistic figure. What do you think?), while there is also another battery in the keyboard dock.

The Intel Education 2-in-1 sports a rugged case which is water and dust resistant, allowing it to endure a fall of approximately 28” without batting an eyelid. Other hardware specifications include front and rear cameras, the ability to play with

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