Apple's iPad Air more popular than iPad Mini in December

Apple's iPad Air has proven popular among shoppers, according to a recent study.

The iPad Air notched 41 percent of all iPad sales in the US in the quarter ended December, according to data released on Monday by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). That's down slightly from the 43 percent share the iPad with Retina scored in December 2012.

Despite that slight decline, the iPad Air, which comes with a 9.7-inch screen and thin form factor, easily outpaced the iPad Mini's 25 percent share and the iPad Mini with Retina's 16 percent share. Combined, however, … Read more

Intel CEO talks delayed factory, 'Broadwell' production start

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich discussed the start of the next-gen Broadwell chip, the delay in the startup of its Chandler, Ariz., factory, and new tablet chips during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday.

The chipmaker's net income rose 6.4 percent year over year to $2.6 billion, and revenue rose 2.6 percent to $13.8 billion. Here are some of the highlights from the conference call:

Fab 42 delay -- PC growth did not play out: "We have to start construction projects three years roughly in advance. They're very complex. If you go back … Read more

China Operating System sets sights on iOS, Android

China Operating System, or COS as it's become known, is poised to take on foreign-born operating systems that are gaining control in China.

That's the word from China's Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which, along with the Chinese government and company Shanghai Liantong, announced COS on Thursday to customers across the country.

China has long taken issue with American-based companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google controlling its software market. Last March, in fact, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that Canonical's Ubuntu Linux would be the official state-endorsed operating system. … Read more

Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet

Samsung's much-rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is no longer a rumor.

Following a surge of recent leaks, the so-dubbed lighter version of the full Galaxy Tab 3 was finally announced by Samsung on Thursday. Many of the features match those of the current Tab 3, while others have been removed. Overall, Samsung is touting the new Lite edition for its "slimmer, more portable design."

Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core process, the Tab 3 Lite serves up a 7-inch 1,024x600-pixel display, a 2-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of memory, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card … Read more

Sharp goes big with 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

Sharp's taking the high-pixel-density road with a new 16-inch-class Windows 8.1 tablet.

This could be the year of the large tablet and Sharp just chimed in with a 15.6-inch model with a 3,200x1,800 (WQHD) display and a Core i5-4200U processor.

Samsung announced a 12.2-inch tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show, and Apple is rumored to be working on a 13-inch class tablet.

The 2.7-pound, 0.5-inch thick Sharp RW-16G also packs 4GB of RAM, 128GB solid-state drive, a Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and Windows 8.1 Pro. … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite outed by user manual, retailer

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 Lite continues to get exposure ahead of any official announcement.

A user manual for the allegedly upcoming tablet now appears on Samsung's Polish Web site. The Web page displays a model number of SM-T110, which reportedly refers to a Wi-Fi-only variant of the Tab 3 Lite. Indeed, the manual itself explains how to set up Wi-Fi access but offers no information on how to establish a cellular connection.

An online Polish retailer has apparently gone a step further by listing the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, both the Wi-Fi and 3G editions, on its Web … Read more

Rumors suggest Nexus 10 successor to debut Android 4.5

Editor's note: After we posted this story, evleaks deleted the original tweet and followed up with another tweet that read, "Pulled the 'Nexus 10' tweet. Was sent to multiple publications, along with slightly differing 'corroborating evidence.' Signs of a hoax."

The next-generation of Nexus 10 could be the first tablet to run Android 4.5, or so says the Twitter account evleaks.

According to a recent tweet, Samsung will manufacture the tablet and include a display resolution of 2,560x1,600 pixels, a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 3-megapixel camera around front. What's more, it may … Read more

How to control your iPad's onscreen keyboard

Ever find your iPad's virtual keyboard stuck in the middle of the screen instead of at the bottom? If so, there's an easy way to coax it back to the bottom.

The iPad offers two positions for the onscreen keyboard -- docked and undocked. Docked mode places it at the bottom of the screen, while undocked mode shifts it up to the middle. Should you find the keyboard floating in undocked mode and you would prefer it docked, hold down the keyboard button, the same one you normally tap to turn off the keyboard.

A popup menu will … Read more

iPhone, iPad most popular devices among NYC crooks

The iPhone and iPad are chart-toppers among criminals as well as consumers.

The New York Police Department recorded more than 8,000 thefts of Apple's mobile products last year, The Wall Street Journal said late Sunday. That number is more than 18 percent of all the grand larcenies reported to the department in 2013. In comparison, there were only 25 grand larcenies involving Apple products recorded in 2002, a year after the first iPod debuted.

Thefts of Apple products now are so widespread that the NYPD tracks the brand. Many of these Apple product thefts occur on public transportation … Read more

Amazon sale trims $30 off Kindle Fire tablets

Amazon has unveiled yet another Kindle Fire sale -- but this one won't be around for long.

As of Thursday, consumers can trim $30 off the price of any Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Kindle Fire HDX, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet by using the promo code MAYDAY30 at checkout. For example, the sale brings the price of the 8GB Kindle Fire HD down to $109 from $139 and the 16GB Wi-Fi-only Kindle Fire HDX down to $199 from $229.

Eager buyers won't want to dawdle. The sale is good only while supplies … Read more