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With a larger screen than a mobile phone and lighter than a notebook, tablet computers are the fastest selling new gadget nowadays. 

Motorola Xoom

The new Motorola Xoom tablet computer won the best gadget prize at the huge 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the US last week.

This is just a short extract from a longer article which my be read here.

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IT GADGETS: Take a tablet ... or two or more, FIRST CAME THE IPAD, NOW IT SEEMS EVERYBODY'S RELEASING A SLATE DEVICE by Sasiwimon Boonruang


If you ask people to pick one of the hottest gadgets this year, the tablet computer would definitely be on their shortlist. Many IT companies are eyeing a share of this lucrative pie after Apple's iPad started selling like hot cakes when the product was launched last year (debut).

We will see more and more people walking the streets carrying a smart phone, or reading the news on a tablet instead of flipping through the pages of a newspaper...

...Challenging the monopoly of the iPad, dozens of other tablets are scheduled to be launched over the coming months, in a variety of sizes, from seven to 12 inches, and with alternative platforms and prices.

There are some running Microsoft's Windows 7 and webOS, but users who prefer an open platform have chosen Google's Android operating system, from which they can gain quick access to thousands of downloadable applications.

At least 40 new tablets were announced at the Computer Electronics Show (CES 2011) from brands including Samsung, LG, Acer, Asus, Motorola, HTC, Sharp and Toshiba. Hewlett-Packard and Dell have already released tablet devices...

...Thanachart Numnonda, director of Software Park Thailand, believes that price will not be the factor restricting the growth of tablet, rather it will be broadband availability and the price of a 3G connection

The touch-screen device is best for reading rather than typing...

The tablet is the right answer for consumers today in dealing with the internet, email and reading newspapers," Thanachart said...

(Source: Bangkok Post, Life Section, IT GADGETS, Take a tablet ... or two or more, FIRST CAME THE IPAD, NOW IT SEEMS EVERYBODY'S RELEASING A SLATE DEVICE, 11/01/2011, Sasiwimon Boonruang, link)
 
gadgets - a small computer or technological device or object that can perform some task (examples: a GPS device that shows you where your car is on the map) (See Wikipedia)

tablet computer - a flat computer that looks like a book and is easy to carry and hold (See Wikipedia)
iPad - Apple's bestselling pioneer tablet computer, computer designed as a book-like tablet   "for Internet browsing, media consumption, gaming, and light content creation. Released in April 2010, it established a new class of devices between smartphones and laptops. As of June 1st, 2010, Apple had sold 2 million iPads" (See Wikipedia)
pioneer - the first to do something นักบุกเบิก, ผู้บุกเบิก, ผู้ริเริ่ม

Motorola Xoom - "an Android-based tablet computer by Motorola, introduced at CES 2011 on January 5, 2011. It will be the first tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will be made available in the first quarter of 2011" (See Wikipedia and website)

Android 3.0 Honeycomb - a version of the Android operating system to be released in the future (See Wikipedia and sneak peak)

platform -
computing platform. like an "operating system" a software system that allows other software and programs to run on top of it (See Wikipedia
open platform - an open  source platform

proprietary - owned by a company
proprietary software -
software owned by a company
open source software -
software not owned by a company

Operating System (OS) - on a computer the software system that connects computer programs and software to the hardware (See Wikipedia)
proprietary operating system - operating system software that is owned by a company (for example, Microsoft) 
open source operating system -
operating system software that is not owned by a company

webOS - "a proprietary mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel, initially developed by Palm and purchased by Hewlett Packard (HP) in 2010" (See Wikipedia)
Android operating system -
Google's platform for mobile phone and tablet software based on Linux and providing data storage, text messaging, a web browser, and video-audio-image support, as well as several other features (See Wikipedia)

touch-screen - new technology that allows devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers to be operated by touching the screen and selecting things, rather than by pressing keys and buttons with fingers (See Wikipedia)
device - a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

hottest - the most popular, the one that everyone likes or wants to get
shortlist - to make a list from a longer list but cutting certain items (here: means the small list of things used to decide what to buy) 
eyeing - thinking about and considering doing something
lucrative -
profitable, can make a lot of money with it
share of this lucrative pie - gain market share in this profitable market
market share - the percentage of total customers in a market that a product sold by a company has
lucrative - profitable, can make a lot of money by doing, earning a lot of money ที่มีกำไรงาม
selling like hot cakes - selling a lot, selling in large quantities
debut - first public appearance, the first time some new product appears in stores or some performer performs in public การวางตลาดหรือเปิดตัวสินค้า

smart phone - mobile phone offering advanced capabilities found on PC computers (See Wikipedia)

flip - turn over พลิกกลับอย่างรวดเร็ว
flip through the pages - read quickly (skim read) or look at what is one the pages (when finished reading one page, turn the page and read the net page, and so on....)

monopoly - companies that have complete control over a market
scheduled - planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
launched - begin, offer a new product on the market for the first time เริ่มต้นดำเนินการ
variety - many different types of things or people ความหลากหลาย
alternative - another choice, something that is different from something else, especially from what is usual ตัวเลือก / ทางเลือก
access - the right or opportunity to have or use something ได้รับสิทธิ์หรือโอกาสในการใช้

Computer Electronics Show (CES 2011) - "the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a major technology-related trade show held each January in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Not open to the public, the Consumer Electronics Association-sponsored show typically hosts previews of products and new product announcements," the first show was held in 1967 (See Wikipedia on CES and CES 2011)

brands - products with well-established names that people remember, that create a certain image and expectations about the product
released - made available to the public
device - a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์, เครื่องมือ, เครื่องจักร

Software Park Thailand - a Thai government agency under the National Science and Technology Development Agency, established to stimulate the development of the Thai software industry (See website)
factor - a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
broadband - high-speed data transmission used for high-speed Internet access, fast enough to support applications such as streaming video (See Wikipedia)
availability - they exist and people can use them

consumers - people who buy things or services (including individuals and families)





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