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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    I've been using Windows since the 3.1 days. Back then my desktop computer cost thousands of dollars. To convince my dad to make the purchase I had to promise that I'd somehow make it last through college -- I wasn't even out of Junior High School at the time. Before you laugh, that was back in the day when such a claim could actually be pulled off. Home computers were generally of the "desktop" variety back then -- they sat on your desk and your huge CRT monitor sat on top of them. A few years later my friend's dad showed me a "luggable" computer. It was essentially a desktop computer with ...

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    Back when the original iPad came out, all of the tech reviewers constantly harped on about how difficult it was to use on your lap. (Or did they?)  Sure the optional cover could flip around to the back and allow you to stand the iPad up on a table, but that didn't work well at all on your lap.  It kept falling over when touching the screen, and there wasn't even a keyboard attachment available at that time.  Today, history is repeating itself, and again all of the tech reviewers of the world are hung up with how difficult it is to use the Microsoft Surface on your lap. Luckily Apple was ...

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    Jaime posted an article yesterday pointing out a few reasons why he is no longer excited about the Microsoft Surface Pro.  I'm a different type of person though, and I was very excited to hear that the Surface Pro would be available on February 9th.  Sure it's a couple weeks later than originally expected due to retailer refresh cycle scheduling, but I fully intend to line up to buy one that weekend. The reason I consider myself different from most of the other tech journalists out there is that this isn't my only job.  I have other jobs that require other skills that make use of ...

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    January: the post-holiday comedown mixes with the post-CES recovery and pre-MWC quiet to form a lull of epic proportions. Fortunately though, leaks and rumors never stop, and we've got a few of them to bat around on this episode of the Weekly. Today, Joe Levi and Anton D. Nagy each return to the podcast to talk rumored Sony Xperia tablets, LG Windows Phones, and the will-it-never-die speculation surrounding a cheap iPhone. Also making the cut: the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Huawei Ascend W2, and some far-out pseudo-news regarding LG's supposed "Nexus 5" and "Nexus 7.7." All that, ...

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    "Welcome to Q3!" That's the greeting Anton D. Nagy had for Michael Fisher when the latter talked about the sheer volume of news to cover on this week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. And indeed, the ramp up to the holiday season in this, the third quarter of 2012, has been packed. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and a host of other manufacturers have all contributed to this month's veritable fountain of product releases and announcements, and Multimedia Editor Jaime Rivera joins us this week to talk about (almost) all of it. In this episode: Apple's iPad Mini and iPad 4, Microsoft's ...

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    As you've no doubt seen, the Surface RT reviews are starting to come in. Ours isn't among them yet -stay tuned for our own commentary on Microsoft's newest, most important tablet computer launch- but a survey of the landscape shows early responses to be mixed. Most agree that the hardware is beautiful, something plain to most everyone at the Surface's unveiling event. Reviewer after reviewer calls out the tablet's solid build quality, the premium feel of its VaporMg magnesium alloy, and its innovative and useful Touch Cover and Type Cover. But it's not perfect; also mentioned by more than ...

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    Today we finally got our first chance to really handle a Microsoft Surface RT tablet.  We've been hearing that it really can't be described and that you have to hold it for yourself, and after I did get to hold it for myself, I can see why they say that.  It's very lightweight, very solid feeling, and the touch cover is fantastic.  It's very thin and wrapping it around the tablet makes the whole thing feel like a hard cover book.  Typing with the touch cover is a very unique experience.  It's not a capacitive keyboard like your phone's touch-screen where the keys activate with a light ...

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    I've been a Microsoft product user for exactly 20 years, ever since DOS 4.2 ruled the world and using a Mouse was optional. I still remember most of the DOS commands, and even though Windows 3.1 grew quick on me, there were just certain things that I could do better in the command prompt than in any other environment. Throughout the years, I've been reluctant to leave Windows, even if I use a Mac. The only reason I accepted to buy my first Mac, was when I learned about how well Windows ran on it through Boot Camp. Back when I sort-of switched, it was the only way to get the sturdy aluminum ...

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    It's that time of the year quarter again. The sleeping-giant tablet market, having settled into relative peace following the release of the new iPad, was jostled recently by the gradual introduction of the unique ASUS Padfone into a few new markets. It settled back down pretty quickly, but was then slapped square in the face earlier this week by the reinvigorated Microsoft and its Surface tablet series. Now, before the dust has even begun to settle, Google is poised to shake up the space all over again with a rumored announcement of its Nexus tablet at I/O next week. I'm excited that the ...

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    I'll admit that it's been a while since Microsoft gave us two back-to-back events where nothing that was announced disappointed. Microsoft's announcement of their new Surface Tablet, and now their announcement of Windows Phone 8 have left many of us happy with the roadmap ahead. This week's return of Windows Phone View goes through a summary of all the details that we liked out of these two products that will see the light of day by the end of the year. Sadly, both announcements coincidentally match in the only reason we'd ever give you bad news at the end of the show. Watch to find out ...

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    There's no arguing Microsoft's success in the PC industry: its primary platform is so deeply embedded in personal computing that it's been able to leverage some arguably monopolistic powers with regards to bundled applications. And just as Windows rules the desktop, Windows Mobile once ruled the smartphone, giving Redmond an enviable position -- for a time -- in the world of operating systems. Yet now Microsoft finds itself in a rather unenviable position on numerous fronts, with yesterday's Surface launch representing yet another vertical wherein the company finds itself one of the ...

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    Finally. After months and months of speculation, Microsoft has finally taken the wraps off its Windows 8 tablet family, which will be sold under the same "Surface" brand that used to signify large tabletop touch-computers. The new Surface is decidedly more exciting, encompassing a duo of tablet computers which will target consumer and enterprise audiences. Each represents a huge departure for Microsoft in terms of the way it has traditionally done business. Instead of farming out the device construction to a partner like HP, Microsoft has kept manufacturing in-house, designing and building ...

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