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Google Patents A Laptop With A Built-In Smartphone

We have already seen laptops that use a smartphone to function properly courtesy of Asus and its Transformer line of products. It looks like Google is interested in this concept and aims to improve on it based on a recent patent that it filed. US patent 8,649,821 which was filed last September 2012 was granted to the search giant last February and describes a laptop that works in tandem with a built-in detachable smartphone.

US patent 8,649,821

Although the patent does not mention it, we may soon be seeing a laptop in the market that runs on Chrome OS which can work with an Android smartphone. Both devices can work independently of each other however when combined it enhances their individual features. The laptop can use the mobile connectivity access of the smartphone when Internet access on the go is required. The laptop can also use the smartphone to facilitate VoIP calls and other similar cases. The smartphone on the other hand can use charge itself using the laptops battery reserves.

A description of the device in its patent filing reads “Aspects of the present invention relate to a notebook computer and cell phone assembly. The cell phone is used in conjunction with the computer for telecommunication applications, including inter alia Skype, Instant Messenger and video conferencing. In addition the cell phone detaches from the computer for use as a standalone handset in private quiet conversation.”

“When the cell phone is attached to the notebook computer, incoming calls to the cell phone are detected by the computer, and the computer activates an indicator to notify a user of the call. The indicator may be inter alia a blinking LED or such other visual indicator, or a ringing speaker or such other audio indicator, or both. Activation of the indicator occurs whether the computer is in normal power mode, standby mode, hibernate mode, sleep mode, or turned off.”

The photos included in the patent filing shows a laptop device with a dedicated smartphone slot. This is similar to the Padfone series of Asus. While the Padfone series didn’t really sell well its concept of combining a tablet and smartphone in one device is more cost effective than buying a separate tablet and laptop. Google may try to follow on this concept with its latest approved patent filing.

It makes perfect sense that Google would want to come up with this device since people nowadays usually carry a laptop and a smartphone when travelling. By coming up with a way to make a laptop and smartphone work seamlessly together the company could supply the demand for an untapped market.

This is however still a patent and it may take some time for a prototype device to be made, if ever the company aims to pursue this concept.

via uspto

Sony unveils Haswell Convertible Laptop Tablets

Sony has unveiled a new line of Haswell based convertible laptop tablets, the lines include the Vaio Pro and the Vaio Duo. The Vaio Pro is a touch enabled ultrabook running Windows 8, pretty standard but it just weight 1.92 pounds and includes a high speed PCIe SSD drive with twice the performance of a traditional SSD apparently. Another feature that sets this ultrabook away from the rest is near field communications, this allows the device to communicate with other NFC enabled devices.

The second device being the Vaio Duo 13 which has the option of AT&T 4G, the device also has a reported 18 hours of battery life because of the standby sleep mode which does all of the heavy application updating and email checking when it’s in sleep mode. Both of the lines has full HD displays, which will look brilliant in you hand detached from the keyboard. Both models are sporting Intels latest offerings in the form of the Haswell microprocessor.

Sony isn’t making a big deal about screen resolution and hasn’t gotten themselves involved with the race to produce the highest quality display on a laptop like Toshiba and Apple have. Sony has made up for the lack of interest in screen resolution with their touch orientated software such as ArtRage Studio and Vaio Movie Creator software.

Source: VentureBeat

Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet reportedly slated for January 2013 release

Software giant Microsoft has just acquired another windfall following the successful debut of its new system, Windows 8, and first hardware entry, Surface RT, late last month. Surface RT tablet has just attained a huge backer in the person of the legendary philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey.

Outlined among other things in the official list of “Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012” is Microsoft’s brand new Surface tablet. The list is purportedly written personally by the queen of product endorsements.

Amidst all these excitements, however, comes news that the company is planning to launch Microsoft Surface Pro tablets in January next year.

Earlier reports disclosed that the software giant plans to roll out a follow-up model of the paramount Surface RT gadget – the Surface Pro Tablet, which is due to launch in January.

The Surface Pro is purportedly built to deliver a kind of Windows 8 experience that users would be used to seeing on their laptop or desktop computers. This is thought to fill the Surface RT’s missing components and limited applications.

Microsoft designed its Surface RT as an ARM-based tablet that is only capable of running Windows Store apps. It lacks the so-called legacy applications for users including several famous Microsoft app such as Windows Media Player or Outlook.

Microsoft is still aiming to create better marketing strategies for Windows 8 OS, Windows Phone 8, as well as for Surface tablets – “better” in the sense that consumers will be able to see its ads on magazines, television channels and on the Internet.

Oprah’s words could be the best endorsement Microsoft Surface RT could ever receive. It is, therefore, logical for the company to capitalize on the popularity its device could get. Furthermore, there are rumors suggesting Microsoft is planning to build its own smartphone. We might take it with a grain of salt for now but it seems like it would happen in the near future. After all, the company already shared its intention to compete with Apple and Google in the mobile market.

Sources: Oprah | PC Mag

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Intel’s Mediocre Fourth Quarter Prediction Casts Doubts on Windows 8 Marketability

Microchip company Intel is reportedly pessimistic about the chances of Microsoft of exceeding his projected fourth quarter sales this year despite the upcoming release of Windows 8.

Intel, which is widely considered in the technological universe as the ally of Microsoft, recently recorded subpar third quarter results given the lackluster PC data as of late.

However, the big surprise is their projected earning is significantly low projected earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 – the period the chip company is expected to gain a considerable amount of money because of the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8.

Based on the past sales trends, the demand for personal computers will increase simultaneously with the release of a new operating system. But Intel’s mediocre sales prediction for the fourth quarter of their fiscal year only casts more doubts on the capability of Windows 8 to generate enormous amount of money in the tech market.

Sensing the growing influence of rival Apple in the device and service market, Microsoft has developed a new generation of personal computers that features touch capabilities and provides more tablet- and smartphone-like features. Nevertheless, the software company is a little bit about their chance of stirring significant interest in a market dominated by Apple and Android-enabled Samsung.

In an interview with, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini gave his take about the launch of Windows 8 and Intel’s next plan to offset the possibility of losing more money.

“Our customers are taking a cautious inventory approach in the face of market uncertainty and the timing of the Windows 8 launch,” said Otellini, who also predicts Intel fourth-quarter revenue to drop by 2 percent from the previous year.

He added that he’s “very excited” and “very optimistic” about the operating system, but Windows 8 isn’t yet igniting PC demand.

“The darn thing hasn’t even launched yet,” Otellini said. “We’ll know a lot more about this 90 days from now.”

Windows 8 has long been considered as the savior of Hawlett-Packard, Dell, Acers, and PC makers that have been badly hurt with emergence of Apple’s iPad.

“Nobody has any idea what PCs are going to do this holiday season,” Evercore analyst Patrick Wang said. “Nobody knows the impact of Windows 8 … but expectations are pretty low. Intel’s (original equipment manufacturer) partners clearly are showing zero conviction by their lack of build at this point.”

Via: Cnet

Taiwanese NMA Animation Group Takes On Tommy Jordan The Laptop Shooter

The brilliant animators at NMA, the Taiwanese animation group are back at it again. We’ve seen their videos on Steve Jobs, HTC and patent wars. Today they’ve released a reaction to Tommy Jordan the laptop shooting dad.

This is a hillarious video even if it’s not in English.

source: NMA

Review: Our Favorite Android Tablet So Far The Lenovo Thinkpad

The Lenovo Thinkpad is our favorite Android Honeycomb tablet to date. Prior to using the Lenovo Thinkpad most everyone who follows thedroidguy knows our favorite tablet was the Toshiba Thrive. We like both tablets because they are kings of productivity when it comes to tablets. Now there are a lot of tablet owners who prefer to use their tablet for entertainment. In the entertainment category the Samsung Galaxy Tab series is far and away the best for entertainment but if you’re looking for a real business tool this is it.

The Lenovo Thinkpad comes out of the box with similar specs to many of the Android Honeycomb tablets released this year. It’s running on an Nvidia Tegra 2 1ghz dual core processor complimented by 1gb of RAM. The display is a very sharp 10.1″ IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800.  It also comes in three versions 16gb, 32gb and 64gb of on board storage.

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