The fastest-growing category of portable computer is the tablet, which in 2011 accounted for some 15 percent of the market. A fiercely competitive market has developed, as Apple's competitors queue up to try and topple the iPad from its dominant position and gain traction in the developing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) IT landscape.

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The history of Microsoft's Surface

The history of Microsoft's Surface

Microsoft started working on the hybrid devices that now make up the Surface family back in 2009. The group has made some missteps along the way, but the lineup of new Windows 10 devices is genuinely impressive. Here's how the brand has evolved.

October 21, 2015 by in Windows 10

Apple's Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

Despite being on medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs steps back in the spotlight to show off the 2nd generation of the iPad tablet. Shipping on March 11, the thinner, lighter iPad 2 is also faster, and it comes with two cameras.

March 2, 2011 by in iPad

HP unveils TouchPad tablet

At Hewlett-Packard's event in San Francisco today, Senior Vice President and GM Jon Rubinstein shows off the company's long-awaited tablet. Running WebOS, the TouchPad features a 9.7-inch screen and is designed to work in conjunction with the company's WebOS-based smartphones.

February 9, 2011 by in Laptops

The Future Of... Kitchen Counters

Tablet computers may be the gadget of the moment, but what if you could turn any surface in your home into an interactive hot zone? Intel's Oasis technology recognizes ordinary objects instantly and transforms bathroom or kitchen countertops into touch screens. ZDNet's Sumi Das gets a cooking class courtesy of these smart counters.

December 16, 2010 by in Hardware

Negroponte: Turn tablets into a 'constructionist medium'

Nicholas Negroponte touts the importance of tablets at Mobilize 2010 in San Francisco. The One Laptop Per Child founder says physical books are too expensive, take up too much space, and are hard to update for the developing world. He says the next step is for kids to use tablets to make things instead of just using the devices for consumption.

September 30, 2010 by in Tablets

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