Review: First 8-inch Windows tablet is a device that shouldn’t exist

My dissatisfaction with PC OEMs is something I have documented in the past. They offer a confusing array of products and tend to cut corners in the worst ways imaginable. The OEM response to Windows 8 has been to produce a wide range of machines sporting novel form factors to fit all sorts of niches, both real and imagined.

One niche that the OEMs haven’t tried to fill, however, has been sub-10-inch tablets. That’s not altogether surprising. Microsoft designed Windows 8 for screens of 10 inches or more, and initially the operating system’s hardware requirements had a similar constraint.

That decision looked a little short-sighted after the success of tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. Accordingly, Microsoft changed the rules in March, opening the door to a range of smaller Windows tablets.

The Acer Iconia W3 is the first—and currently the only—8-inch Windows tablet. That attribute alone makes it in some sense noteworthy. Sadly, it’s about the only thing that does.

Spec-wise, this is another Intel Clover Trail tablet, and its internals are basically the same as the devices that launched last year (such as its bigger brother, the Acer Iconia W510). This means 1.8 GHz, dual core, four thread Intel Atom Z2760 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB flash storage (which with Acer’s default partitioning leaves a little over 29 GB usable), front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n (no 5 GHz support). There’s a micro-HDMI and micro-USB port for external connectivity (a separate cable converts the micro USB port into a full-size one), along with an SD card slot. The tablet has a speaker adequate for notification sounds but little more.

As a result, performance and battery life are similar to what we’ve seen before. The Iconia W3 comes equipped with full-blown Windows 8, unlike ARM tablets, so it can run any 32-bit Windows application—should you really want to. Clover Trail’s GPU performance is such that games and other graphics-intensive programs won’t run well, however.

Eight inches of horror

The new bits on this tablet are really the screen and the size.

Screens are important. We spend essentially all our time interacting with devices looking at screens. Cost-cutting on screens is unforgivable, as a bad screen will damage every single interaction you have with the device. This goes doubly so for tablets, where the screen works not only as an output device but also as the primary input device.

The Acer Iconia W3’s screen is a standout—because it is worst-in-class. I hated every moment I used the Iconia W3, and I hated it because I hated the screen. Its color accuracy and viewing angles are both miserable (whites aren’t white—they’re weirdly colorful and speckled). The screen has a peculiar grainy appearance that makes it look permanently greasy. You can polish as much as you like; it will never go away. The whole effect is reminiscent in some ways of old resistive screens.

It’s hard to overstate just how poor this screen is. At any reasonable tablet viewing distance, the color of the screen is uneven. The viewing angle is so narrow that at typical hand-held distances, the colors change across the width of the screen. At full arm’s length the screen does finally look even, but the device is obviously unusable that way.

Acer has clearly skimped on the screen. I’m sure the panel in the W3 was quite cheap, and that may be somewhat reflected in the unit’s retail price ($379 for a 32GB unit, $429 for this 64GB one—putting it at the same price as the 32GB iPad mini, which has a comparable amount of available disk space), but who cares? It doesn’t matter how cheap something is if you don’t want to use it at all.

This poor screen quality isn’t a question of resolution, either. 1280×800 is not a tremendously high resolution, but text looks crisp enough. At 186 pixels per inch, 1280×800 feels more or less OK for this size of device.

The low resolution does, however, have one significant drawback: it disables Windows 8’s side-by-side Metro multitasking, which requires a resolution of at least 1366×768. The W3’s screen is 86 pixels too narrow, so the Metro environment is strictly one application at a time.

This is an unfortunate decision. The side-by-side multitasking is one of the Metro environment’s most compelling features. Keeping Twitter or Messenger snapped to the side makes a lot of sense and works well. I’ve never used Windows 8 on a device that didn’t support side-by-side Metro multitasking before, and I don’t ever want to again.

Size-wise, the W3 may be small for a Windows tablet, but it’s not exactly small. It’s fat. The W3 is 11.4 mm thick. The iPad mini, in comparison, is 7.2 mm thick. The Iconia W3 is also heavy at 500 g; the iPad mini, in comparison, is 308 g. That makes the W3 more than 50 percent thicker and more than 50 percent heavier.

The thickness makes the lack of a full-sized USB port on the device more than a little confusing. There’s certainly room for a full USB port, and a full port would be more convenient than the dongle. But for whatever reason, Acer didn’t give us one.

The device itself feels solid enough, albeit plasticky. It doesn’t exude quality, but it’s a step or two up from the bargain basement.

Keyboard non-dock

The W3 also has a keyboard accessory. As is common for this kind of thing, the keyboard has no electrical connection to the tablet. It’s a Bluetooth keyboard powered by a pair of AAA batteries. It has a groove along the top that can hold the tablet in both landscape and portrait orientations and a clip on the back that lets you use the keyboard as a kind of screen protector.

The keyboard has to be manually paired to the tablet. It’s more or less full-size, with a reasonable key layout. It’s a typical mediocre keyboard. The feel is a little on the squishy side, lacking the crispness of, for example Microsoft’s Type Cover for its Surface tablets. It’s better than any on-screen keyboard, and to that extent it does its job. But it’s a long way from being an actually good keyboard.

The groove does hold the tablet up, and on a level surface the unit doesn’t topple over, but it’s not as satisfactory as some of the hinged keyboard/docks we’ve seen on other devices. Tilt the base while carrying it or using it on your lap and the tablet is liable to fall out.

UBT and U. Learning Solutions for System Development Education

JAKARTA – The education gap that occurred in Indonesia led to many obstacles in the implementation of teaching activities, especially for remote areas far from urban centers.
Lack of infrastructure facilities and educators make the achievement of quality education in Indonesia less than the maximum. Supposedly the Communications Director of PT Surya Inti Word Tonny A. . Era in which the IT department, this issue should not have terjadi0.
To meet the challenges of globalization in the era of fast-paced communication and transparency as today, required education system effective and efficient. One of these systems Ubiquitous Base Test (UBT) & Ubiquitos-Learning (U-Learning) Platform.
Word is said Tonny A. UBT and U-Learning is introduced by the company North Star Developer’s Village (NSDevil) from Korea, is one of the solutions for the accelerated development of the education system is effective and efficient.
According to him, with the innovation of new technologies such NSDevil, various limitations and problems in the teaching process can be overcome.
“The application is not only Internet-based, but also expanded and facilitated by the ability beraplikasi using 3G wireless communication technology, or the network and mobile devices (smartphones) are already widely used in parts of the country people,” he said after signing the MoU between NSDevil cooperation with PT Solar Core Communications.
The MoU was signed by CEO NSDevil Un Joo Lee, and Commissioner of PT Surya Inti Communications Honye Fauzia Aurelia.
Tonny said that in the era of the IT department, Indonesia would not want to immediately implement a system of effective and efficient education. “This new system is the development of E-Learning has begun to be applied. E-Learning is limited to the Internet network. U-Learning while utilizing communication network of the vendor, without stuck on a PC or laptop, “he said.
He explained that his company is considering cooperation with a number of educational institutions started elementary school, junior high, high school, and college. Education training centers, can also take advantage of this technology.
“This technology is also appreciated by the Ministry of Education and Culture, which was considered to help bring about equality of education in Indonesia,” he said.
Fauzia Honye Aurelia, Commissioner of PT Surya Inti Communications, adding the development in Indonesia since November 2012, has collaborated with the University NSDevil Pasundan Bandung, as a pilot project in penerapakan UBT and U-Learning.
“From the evaluation of the first phase in June 2013, he said, showed significant results for students and faculty who have tested penerapakannya in the lecture, to semester exams,” said Honye.
UBT Technology & U-Learning also applied in South Africa, Russia, Japan, and the Philippines. While in Korea has been applied since two years ago.

Instagram Surpasses Pede Will Facebook As the World’s Largest

Instagram skyrocketed in popularity as more and share photos via a mobile application. As a start-up which is very expensive purchased by Facebook apparently did not make Instagram lose ambition. Instagram sure will be bigger than Facebook.

Facebook now has 1.1 billion users worldwide making it the largest social networking Worldwide. But they have a problem with the new user to hook a young age began to look at other services. In terms of feeling confident that Instagram can grow large if it is capable of growth right now.

“By definition, if Instagram continues to grow in this position then yes, it would be even greater,” said Kevin Systrom in an interview with Fast Company. “Instagram will be the largest in the world.”

In contrast to the explicitly Kevin so confident, Instagram founder fellow replied diplomatically. “I do not know, but it’s a good question. Basically there is no limit to the number so maybe one day we will match?” Mike Krieger said.

Instagram is currently still far less than Facebook, but the number of users has exceeded Twitter. While the video recording feature that was recently launched is also more popular than Twitter’s Vine has attended first.

Stopping Google Latitude Service on August 9th

The world’s largest search engine company, Google will soon be officially shut down one of his services. The services that will be closed is Google Latitude which is a location sharing application.

Closure is made after a company based in Mountain View did a massive change on Google Maps. In addition, this application also has a very low popularity. Google Latitude consumption levels far below other applications such as Foursquare or Facebook. Not only that, Latitude also less popular than the location-sharing service owned by Google.

Google Latitude itself is a location sharing application that is integrated with Google Maps. This feature allows for automatic location tracking, check in at a place it can also be set automatically or manually.

In the latest update Google Maps on Android, this feature is not found anymore. Selian it, Google also removed the existence of Google Latitude app available on iOS and has officially retire the Latitude API. So third-party applications that use these APIs will not work, unless using a sharing site owned by Google.

Windows 8.1 Uninstall Facebook and Flickr

Washington – One of the selling points of Windows Phone is a powerful social media integration and the ability to download photos from Facebook directly into the photo apps already available on Windows Phone. Microsoft implemented this functionality in Windows 8. But, it seems the company led by Steve Ballmer that will remove some of the functionality in Windows 8.1.
Although the photo in Windows 8.1 application has been improvised with editing functions, the application has been releasing its integration with Facebook and Flickr as well as supporting delete pictures / photos on the network.
Microsoft spokesman said the software manufacturer introduces Facebook and Flickr integration in Windows 8 because when it was only a few similar apps available. “But now there are many applications available and offers the feature to view photos on other services,” he said.
Separation Windows 8.1 integration with Facebook and Flickr in fact reap disappointment. You see, Facebook has recently committed to build specialized applications Windows 8.

Twitter Sync Book on All Platforms

San Francisco – For users who like to send Twitter direct messages (DM), now you can connect the message to all of your gadgets. That is, if the message has been read from the device, then the message will be marked as read messages anyway if users access Twitter with other devices.
“For all platforms, you can now synchronize direct messages (DM) through the entire device and a Twitter account,” said technician Twitter, Josh Hyot. “When you read the DM on an Android phone or an iPhone, it will be marked as DM messages that are read in browser, desktop applications, tablet computers and other devices,” explains Hyot.
Twitter announced the renewal on July 8, 2013. Sync it came into force on every platform in stages, according to Twitter. Other improvised ie, an increase in the search system and the mobile device connected to the Twitter tab for Mac.
Improvisation was also up in search results. For example, when users search for a person, he could see the person’s full bio-data when using Android, iPhone or iPad. This feature can also be accessed via the web.
“Preview this account makes Twitter users more easily and quickly find and learn more about the account to be searched,” said Hyot.
If Twitter users shift the preview to the left, he could also see the account associated with the account in question. Twitter has also added a new indikatot in the search results that show twit associated with the user’s search. Thus, users can still learn things that are much sought after in Twitter.
“At Twitter for iPhone, is now easier to reply twit twit with existing makers of the iPhone. Feature twit making it appear if the user chooses the option to see the details,” Hyot menyatkan.
“Twitter users will more easily find the account you want to follow-through the new button on the navigation bar, so the iPhone’s features with Android apps. By clicking the icon, a list of accounts that may be of interest and relevant to users,” Hyot adds.

Twitter Yields 25,300 Tweets ‘Royal Baby’ per Minute

London – Twitter flooded with tweets about the birth of the couple’s first child Prince William-Kate Middleton. These social media platforms stating royal baby be a global trending topic with 25,300 tweets per minute.

Peak in the global conversation on Twitter came in at 20:37 am London time, a few minutes after the official announcement of the birth holds a couple Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Since Monday night, more than 2 million people mention news of the birth of her baby’s future king on Twitter.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the number of royal baby tweet tweet beat 120 thousand while Andy Murray won the prestigious Wimbledon tennis match.

Residents Twitter using the hastag specifically to associate with the royal birth. Generally, they use a hashtag like # RoyalBaby, # RoyalBabyBoy, and # RoyalBabyWatch.

According to a statement Twitter, since Middleton entered the hospital Monday morning with Prince William at her side, the hashtag # RoyalBaby itself has been used more than 900 thousand times on Twitter on Monday night. Tweet about royal baby news sent from all over the world, with the highest volume of conversation coming from the United States, Britain, Canada, France, and Italy.

Twitter Sensor Feature Release Pornography

San Francisco – Twitter introduced reforms for iOS and Android application on July 17, 2013. The update was a method of censorship of sensitive content, such as pornography and violence, which appeared in the early post-twit.
If Twitter states that an image or a video containing sensitive issues, Twitter will display a label containing the message. Users must click if you want to see the media.
Message in the label reads, “Media in circulation could contain sensitive content. Twit media settings can be set to inform you if the media contains sensitive content.” Then the user can click “View,” or “Always show my sensitive media.”
New features began to appear in the July 2013. Users can also tag pictures or video as a medium sensitive to the setting. So, Twitter can give a warning to others before they click the image or video that you post.
This is a simple way to keep Twitter users more comfortable and not bothered with unwanted content. Especially for the user of Twitter among children and adolescents.

Twitter Will Evolve Like the TV?

CALIFORNIA – A recent study reveals social networking site Twitter will turn into a place where people sell products and fame. Two researchers from Columbia Business School and the University of Pittsburgh said, later Twitter is like a TV ad featuring the artists and activities.

Olivier Toubia, professor from Columbia Business School, and Andrew T. Stephen, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, who conducted the study believe Twitter users who only use it for personal purposes will decrease.

Instead, Twitter activity are used for product promotion or promotion of a company of a celebrity will continue. “So be prepared to welcome Twitter with content such as TV,” said professor Toubia.

The study was conducted by examining at least 2500 non-commercial Twitter account. The study was conducted by randomly selecting accounts to identify the use of Twitter and find out about the follower.

The study found that the results in some groups follower accounts increased meaning of each rating also increased his tweet. In other words, a tweet from a follower who increased his can be used for promotion.

Toubia and Stephen predicts post Twitter for regular users will decrease, while the activity of the celebrities and commercial products will continue to increase.

“Communication between one’s personal will be reduced on Twitter. Twitter and activity will be mainly dominated by commercial content, “says Toubia.

Yet he denies Twitter will lose his fame in the future. “With 500 million Twitter users around the world will not be destroyed, but rather to be a tool for the promotion activities of celebrities, companies or anything like that,” he concluded.

Yahoo Open Start Request Username ‘Beautiful’ is Not Active Again

Since last month it was announced that Yahoo will delete the Yahoo! username or ID is no longer active, many people are waiting for the arrival of this. Because, mostly inactive username is precisely deter others who want to use the name. Now, according to the announcement last month, Yahoo began to open up opportunities for those who want to get the username ‘pretty’.
Users who want to get the username ‘beautiful’ can not directly get the name. They should write the desired username in advance through a form benama Yahoo! Wish List. Yahoo provides five options that could be asked. If the first choice is not available, then the choice of the required reserves would then look for. Yahoo will provide notice of the availability of username via email in mid-August 2013.
“To get Yahoo! username you’ve always wanted, we set up a page where you can ask five top choices. If your first choice is not available, we will try to find other options of backup you have the content. In mid-August, you will receive email containing the username where available, as well as links to mengklaimnnya for 48 hours. Quite so, and it is yours, “wrote Dylan Casey, Senior Director, Platform Yahoo via its official blog.