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Expand your creativity with this big new drawing display


Now that's a canvas fit for an artist.
Now that's a canvas fit for an artist.
Photo: Xencelabs

We’ve all heard of tablets you can draw on — looking at you, iPad lineup — but how about a 24-inch drawing display?

Xencelabs Technologies unveiled its new Pen Display 24 Studio Series at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, which ends Friday.

If you’re serious about your art, it could be for you.

With these top-rated tablets and second screens, you can work and game anywhere


Take your pick to upgrade your on-the-go computing experience.
Photo: Mobile Pixels

Some of the best things about the last year were the lessons we learned about flexibility — especially when it concerns working (and entertaining yourself) in different spaces. For workers who are on the go, and looking to connect anywhere with ease, modern technology has a lot to offer.

We rounded up the best portable monitors and tablets to take with you wherever. They’re perfect for drafting up emails, streaming your favorite content, taking video calls and more. And they’re all on sale!

Scribble notes with a pen that syncs with your digital life


This pen sports a motion-tracking sensor that turns everything you write into digital text.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Nothing beats the mind-to-hand connection of taking notes with pen and paper. At the same time, digital notes are superior in a number of ways: They take up no space, they don’t get lost, and they’re clean and legible no matter how bad your handwriting is.

Why not combine the best of both?

Coronavirus could cause mobile device shipments to ‘plunge’ in Q1 2020


Notebook shipments could fall by as much as 36%.
Photo: Apple

Coronavirus will cause mobile device shipments to plummet during the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report.

Production at major manufacturing plants throughout China is said to be at “way below normal levels” this week after workers returned to their posts last month. Smartphone shipments could slip below 1.3 billion units for the year.

30% of tablet shipments last quarter were iPads


30% of tablets sold last quarter were iPads
Apple dominated tablet shipments last quarter.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

A total of 43.23 million tablets shipped in the last calendar quarter of 2019, a new report from DigiTimes Research claims. Of these, Apple was the number one vendor, responsible for just under one-third of all tablets shipped.

In particular, Apple’s biggest hit was the 10.2-inch iPad, which hit stores in late September 2019.

iPad growth enjoys a boost as Amazon skyrockets in Q3 2019


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Apple's market share climbed 4% last quarter.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

iPad enjoyed steady growth during the third quarter of this year, giving Apple an even greater share of the worldwide tablet market.

But it is Amazon that will be most delighted with the latest figures. Shipments of its Fire slates more than doubled year-over-year as a result of generous Prime Day discounts.

Microsoft is working on mobile Xbox controllers for iPhone


They would be perfect for streaming Xbox games.
Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft has started developing new Xbox controllers for mobile gaming. Prototype images reveal how the gamepads might attach to the sides of your iPhone and iPad for portable play.

The controllers would be ideal for Microsoft’s upcoming Project xCloud service, which will allow players to stream Xbox games to their smartphones and tablets.

New Pokémon Masters details will be revealed this week


Pokémon Masters
It will feature every Trainer and Pokémon from every region.
Photo: The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company will reveal new information about upcoming mobile game Pokémon Masters this week.

Its first presentation since the game was confirmed ahead of E3 is just a couple of days away. We know very little about it so far, but we have been promised battles against Pokémon Trainers from the main RPG series.

Microsoft plans dual-screen Surface tablet with Android apps


It will look very different to a standard Surface tablet.
Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new dual-screen Surface tablet that will run Android apps.

The slate, which is codenamed Centaurus, will reportedly pack two 9-inch displays that fold together like a book. Supply chain sources expect it to launch in the first quarter or first half of 2020.