tablet computers

Microsoft to Unveil Windows for Tablet Computers

Microsoft Corp (MSFT) plans to unveil a version of its Windows operating system that runs on hand-held devices such as tablet computers. Microsoft will debut the software at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Bloomberg News reported without naming its sources.

What to Know If You're Buying Gadgets for Gifts

Before you grab a consumer electronics product, here are a few things to consider. Given how quickly devices become obsolete, a key point savvy shoppers should be mindful of is whether the gadget will provide long enough useful life for its recipient.

Apple's iPad Is Set to Take a Bite Out of PC Sales Growth

IT trends researcher Gartner just cut its forecast for 2011 worldwide PC shipment growth from 18.1% to 15.9%. That's still very robust growth for PCs, but they see it as an early sign that the wild popularity of the iPad is taking a toll on the rest of the computer industry.

R&D Spending Fell in 2009 for the First Time in a Decade

Corporate America took a tightfisted approach to its future last year, leading to an overall 3.5% decline in research and development spending at major industry titans, the first such drop in over a decade, according to a Booz & Co. survey cited by The Wall Street Journal.

Apple iPad Hits AT&T Stores, Finally

Apple is kicking off iPad sales at AT&T stores Thursday, a move that took a surprisingly long time given that Apple has already allowed other major retailers to offer the popular tablet computer for months.

A Busy Selling Season Ahead for Motorola's Sanjay Jah

Co-CEO Jha not only has to persuade consumers to buy the new smartphones he just unveiled. He also has to convince investors to buy Motorola stock as it prepares to divide into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. He'll be CEO of Motorola Mobility.

Goldman: Here's What Microsoft Needs to Change

The investment firm wants to see Steve Ballmer & Co. jack up the dividend beyond the recent 23% increase, design a coherent consumer strategy and exhibit leadership when it comes to cloud computing. The coming launch of Windows Phone 7 will be a key indicator of Microsoft's prospects.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Takes Aim at the iPad

Look out, iPad! On Thursday night, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab, its long-awaited new tablet computer system, setting the stage for a fall showdown between the new Android-powered device and Apple's wildly popular product.

Despite Rivals, the iPad Will Dominate for Years

Apple's wildly popular iPad tablet computer is expected to maintain its market dominance over the next couple of years, despite a number of rivals rushing to churn out similar products, according to a report released Wednesday by research firm iSuppli.

Optimus Tablet Will Focus on Doing, Not Viewing

LG Electronics plans to deliver a hard-working tablet computer later this year, one focused on offering content creation capabilities, which the company contrasts with the Apple iPad's approach of concentrating on sharp content display.

Dell Earnings Powers Up on Strong Corporate Demand

Computer maker Dell reported better-than-expected earnings of $629 million, or 32 cents per share, excluding charges. A key driver for the gain was rising commercial demand for its enterprise solutions.

Google Aims for Black Friday Launch of Its Tablet PC

Google reportedly is in the midst of developing its own tablet computer and aims to launch its Chrome OS-based iPad killer on the busiest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday -- according to a report at the website Download Squad.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Will Run Google's Android

Samsung Electronics provided the missing piece to its tablet computer puzzle on Friday, announcing the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Tab will run on Google's Android operating system, just like its Galaxy smartphones, which debuted in April.

Corning Earnings Beat Predictions, But Shares Dip

Corning's second-quarter profit jumped 49%, beating analysts' estimates as sales grew by 23%. But while the high-tech glass-maker expects demand to remain high for its products, it expects little change in sales in the current quarter. Shares fell about 2% in premarket trading.

Lenovo Plans Tablet PC Powered by Android

Lenovo is developing a new tablet PC that relies on Google's Android operating system, becoming the latest computer maker to jump into what is becoming a crowded market for tablet computers, according to a Reuters report.

Five Media Changes to Watch for in 2010

What media-industry developments and market forces will make headlines in the year to come? Pay-to-read online content, tablet computers, mom-and-pop newsrooms and, oh yes -- banks taking over the magazine and newspaper game.