Dell staff didn’t refer to the Yoga or its manufacturer by name, but they did acknowledge that they weren’t the first to come up with this folds-right-back form-factor. However, they did claim that their implementation is better because it’s based around a “solid-surface” keyboard not a chiclet design.The latter, they claimed, is less robust when the computer is in tablet mode: keys can get damaged or knocked off, they insisted. Not so those on the XPS 11 as there are no discrete keycaps.More impressive is the XPS 11’s screen which runs to a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Indeed, Dell has updated its existing XPS 13 and XPS 15 notebooks with higher resolution panels: 1920 x 1080 on the 13-incher and a staggering 3200 x 1800 on the 15.6-inch range topper.All three machines feature a range of Haswell processors to choose from. As yet, however, Dell hasn’t said how much it will charge for them all or, indeed, when they will go on sale. Dell has revamped its tablet line-up, hoping to hook punters in - professionals in particular - with removable batteries, full-size USB ports, quad-core chippery and the revival of an old but apparently popular moniker, Venue Pro.
Dell last used Venue Pro back in 2011 for its first and only foray into Windows Phone 7 handsets. They failed to light buyers’ fires, but Dell executives insisted this week that punters still respond positively to the brand, hence its use for the soon to be privately owned firm’s latest slates.Of which there are two: the Venue 8 Pro and the Venue 11 Pro. The numbers represent the screen size, in the last case rounded up from 10.8 inches. Resolutions are unimpressive: 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080, respectively. Both run Windows 8.1.The Venue 11 is the more interesting of the two: it’s the one with a “customer replaceable” battery, can take up to 8GB of Ram and sports 256GB of solid-state storage, expandable with SD cards. It’s also the machine with the full-size USB port, ready and waiting for peripherals or external drives.The 11 will be offered with a choice of processors ranging from Intel’s quad-core Atom-based but Pentium-branded Bay Trail platform up to the chip giant’s Core i5 Haswell processor. There will be a vPro i5 option too, Dell said in a nod toward corporate computing crews. Both tablets also support Trusted Platform 1.2.Dell also unwrapped a range of accessories for the new tablets, most notably a flat keyboard-cum-cover reminiscent of the one Microsoft offers for the Surface family. Dell’s version has moving keys with a 2mm travel, so it’s thin but still feels like something is happening when you type on it.
The Thin Keyboard is for the Venue 11 Pro, as is a more laptop-like keyboard attachment to turn the tablet into a netbook. There’s a dock option too.Dell announced the Venue Pros today, but the tablets won’t arrive over here until early next month. Dell isn’t saying how much the Venue 8 Pro will cost, but the 11-inch version will start at £419 including VAT. Review Network-connected cars are nothing to get overly excited about these days and, to be honest, neither are fast hatchbacks.But the chance to a drive an unusually hot hatch with 4G connectivity was more than enough to stir El Reg’s auto desk out of its customary torpor. That’s how I found myself behind the wheel of Audi’s new S3 Quattro.The idea of a car hooked up to the internet over a cellular network is, again, nothing new. These days you can buy a mid-spec Renault Clio that can perform that trick, but Audi has been rather canny in that the system is entirely unlocked. Just buy your SIM with a mobile data package from any telco, pop it into the unit that takes up most of the space in the glove box and - bingo - you are connected to the great worldwide web at speeds of 20Mb/s or thereabouts.
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I should point out before I go any further that I didn’t actually manage to find a 4G signal with the S3. Having arrived at the hotel near Ascot early with a mind to kick back in the new spa for a few hours, I got shanghaied by the Audi press team, stuffed into an S3 and told to drive into London and see if I could pick up a Vodafone 4G signal.Two hours later I was in Hammersmith waiting in vain for the 3G icon on the screen to turn to a 4. So I did what any hack would do in that position and headed out of town and spanked the S3 back around the M25.Assuming you can find a Vodafone LTE signal or that you have a 4G SIM from EE or O2 in your wallet, then you can rummage around in the S3’s settings menu and create a secured WLAN to channel the interwebs to your tablet, laptop or phone.There’s more to it than that, though. The S3 and A3 Saloon are the launch models for the latest incarnation of Audi’s Connect platform, which lets you access Twitter, Facebook, email and texts while you are on the go, as well as spicing up the navigation system with extra Googleness.
Text communication has to be done through your mobile - no surprise there; you want your messages to reflect your regular phone number - but your Twitter and Facebook accounts are plugged directly into the car. Not so email, which has to be, like SMS, routed through your phone. In these days of IMAP servers, I’m not sure that’s necessary.Families can set up multiple social networking accounts via the MyAudi service. Once a customer signs up, they assign their chassis number to their account. Their partner or whoever can then do the same. MyAudi will assign a different PIN to each registered user. Once the PIN is entered when that person gets in the car, the S3 will download all of their presets for Facebook, Twitter and any other personalised online settings.Thankfully, any incoming social missives are read out to you by the satnav voice so you don’t need to take your eyes off the road and fix them on the admittedly rather fine 5.8-inch display that pops up out of the dashboard. Maybe it’s the Luddite in me poking his head up over the parapet here, but is anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the small patch of tarmac in front of the bonnet, even a vocal alert that someone you know has just bought broccoli, really a good idea? Especially in a car this fast.
How fast? Well, the S3 can sprint to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and charge on to a limited top speed of 155mph. That’s thanks to an all-new 2.0-litre 295bhp turbocharged four pot engine, a permanent four-wheel drive Quattro drivetrain and a six-speed S-tronic gearbox. Lesser Audi S-tronics have seven speeds but I’m guessing the monumental torque generated by the S3’s engine - 380Nm between 1800 and 5500rpm - renders the extra ratio irrelevant.How many of Microsoft's ARM-powered Surface 2 fondleslabs has it sold so far during the presale period leading up to the tablet's October 22 launch? At least 11,000, as it turns out, because that's how many were snapped up by US passenger carrier Delta Air Lines."Delta is rolling out these new tablets to replace the traditional paper document flight bags you've probably seen pilots lug around in large briefcases, which weigh on average, a surprising 38 pounds each," Microsoft's Erwin Visser wrote in a blog post on Monday.
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According to Mike Wysocki, Delta's director of flight operations technical and operational support – say that three times fast – the weight savings will spare more than pilots' arms. They'll also help lighten Delta's planes."In fact, the airline expects to eliminate the use of 7.5 million sheets of paper annually while reducing carbon emissions by 26 million pounds on 1.2 million fewer gallons of fuel," Wysocki wrote in a guest post to Redmond's corporate blog.Doubtless Microsoft is pleased, too. Delta chose to go with the Surface 2, which is the ARM-powered version running Windows RT, rather than the more powerful Surface Pro 2.The last time Redmond tried to hawk a Windows RT tablet, almost nobody bought it. Microsoft took an eye-watering $900m charge on unsold inventory of its original Surface in July, suggesting it had as many as six million units gathering dust in its warehouses. Other figures indicated that nearly all sales of Microsoft's slabs went to the Surface Pro (and even those sales figures weren't stellar).
This time around, Redmond is taking care to explain the differences between the Surface and the Surface Pro and the kinds of customers who might want each. In a nutshell, Surface Pro 2 is being marketed as a "laptop replacement", which Microsoft describes the ARM-powered Surface as "a tablet for business".That's dramatically different marketing than what Microsoft tried with its first-generation Surface. That original model was pitched as a consumer device, and its TV ads featured young people dancing around, snapping and unsnapping their tablets from their colorful keyboard covers. Business, apparently, wasn't on the menu.This time around, Microsoft has even cooked up a video to explain how the lightweight Surface 2 – which runs only Windows Store apps and isn't compatible with any traditional desktop Windows software, with the exception of Office – fits into Delta's business plans. This isn't the first time Delta has bet big on Microsoft products. In August, it announced that it had purchased Nokia Lumia 820 handsets running Windows Phone 8 for its global workforce of 19,000 flight attendants.It's a safe bet that Delta didn't pay full price for either device, given such large purchases and Delta's willingness to help out with Redmond's marketing pitch, but just what kind of discounts Microsoft extended is something we may never know.
Delta says it spent "years" developing its "electronic flight bag" software for Surface 2 and that it will continue to work with Microsoft to "pursue technology and software innovations" for its workforce and its fleet. The Federal Aviation Administration's advisory committee reckons it's safe for air passengers to read ebooks and use tablets during takeoff and landing – as long as the built-in radios remain switched off.The US governmental body in charge of air transport isn't obliged to follow the recommendation of the 28-member committee, but it is likely to approve a change to the rules. The proposed amendment could permit flight-safe-mode electronics to be used during takeoff and landing by early next year, as the Associated Press reports.Flight-safe mode will still be needed for the first 10,000ft (3,000m) as the radios on mobile devices are still a concern, and phones soaring over cellular base stations are a right pain for the network operators, anyway. But anyone wanting to read an ebook, edit some PowerPoint or play a round of Candy Crush will be free to do so – as long as they don't need to go online to do it.Current rules don't allow the use of any device below 3,000m for fear that it will interfere with flight instruments. Above that height some airlines have Wi-Fi available, and a few run a GSM base station to enable (hugely expensive, satellite-backhauled) cellular roaming, but for the majority it's still flight mode all the way.