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    Microsoft hasn't had much fun trying to sell its Windows RT variant of the Surface. We've already discussed how this has nothing to do with the hardware, but really with Windows RT, though there are a few here and there that find the experience to be just fine. If you're in the market for a tablet that runs something that looks and feels like Windows, and your demand isn't for some top-notch professional apps, Microsoft might have just cut you a deal. Microsoft has just slashed $100 off its Surface 2 models, which would leave the basic Wi-Fi 32GB variant at just $350, then for the 64GB ...

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    The Surface Pro 3 looks a lot like the big brother of the Surface 2. There are a few similarities and a lot of differences. Since the previous Surface Pros were shaped about the same as the Surface RT devices except for the increased thickness and heft, we kind of expected that from the Surface Pro 3. Surprisingly, that is not the case. The Surface Pro 3 (running full high-end 64 bit Windows 8 hardware) feels just as light as the Surface 2 (running an ARM processor and the limited Windows RT). The specifications differences are monumental though. The Surface Pro 3 is available in ...

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    We apologize for the delay due to some technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's announcement of the Surface 2 with LTE for AT&T. Then we talk about the All New HTC One and how we get the first leaked video of HTC Sense 6. Samsung follows the news as the company is struggling to launch the Galaxy S5 on time. We then talk about the iPhone 6 spec leaks, and how we should expect an Ultra-Retina Display. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Gear, and how other smartphones may benefit from it. All this and more after the break. We apologize ...

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    Last year's Surface 2 was a solid improvement over the first-gen tablet, keeping the same kickstand design but making a number of internal upgrades, like moving to a Tegra 4 SoC and a 1080p display. Back when it was introduced, we knew to also expect an LTE-enabled version of the tablet eventually, with a release planned for sometime this year. About a week ago we started picking up the scent of just that LTE model, and then heard a little about what Microsoft might be planning on charging for the tablet. Today the company goes official with the LTE Surface 2, revealing that sales are just ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you word that Microsoft appeared to be in the final stages of preparation for introducing the LTE-enabled version of last year's Surface 2 tablet. Supposedly shipments of the tablet were already hitting stores, and photographic evidence existed, but it just hadn't yet been made available. Today, not only do we finally get to see some box shots of the new hardware, but we also get the other missing piece of the Surface 2 LTE puzzle: pricing. We're looking at a 64GB Surface 2 here, which when purchased as the regular WiFi-only edition sells for a hair short of $550. ...

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    We didn't really plan for it, but today we find ourselves taking a trip down memory lane to last year's Windows 8 tablets. First we checked out some evidence suggesting that Nokia's Lumia 2520 might miss out on a couple of the color options that had been initially teased at launch time, and now we jump on over to Microsoft's Surface 2, also following-up on some news for last year as we get word that an LTE-equipped version of the Windows RT tablet is incoming. Microsoft confirmed last fall that an LTE version of the Surface was planned, with the intent of finally making the tablet ...

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    One week back, we were talking about the forthcoming arrival of Nokia's quarterly figures, and floated a theory based on some of the disclaimers the company shared that the publication of that report might just coincide with the culmination of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business. Well, that hasn't actually come to pass just yet, but those numbers themselves have indeed arrive, alongside a set from Microsoft itself. Let's take a look at how both of the companies fared in the mobile space in Q4 2013: Nokia's situation isn't great, but it's not awful, either. Bottom line: ...

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    We at Pocketnow have a lot to be thankful for this week. We're busier than ever, our YouTube channel just passed 500,000 subscribers and we're deep in the planning stages for the new year's big tech expos. But most importantly, we're all still in the business of reporting on mobile gadgets, and that's something we all feel pretty lucky about. On today's late-Friday edition of the Weekly, we'll fill you in on some of the fun stuff coming down the pipe: from our forthcoming LG G Flex review, to wooden Moto X devices hitting shelves, to the future union of Windows RT and Windows Phone. We'll ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Dual-SIM and expandable HTC One reaching UK retail stores. We then talk about how US Carriers plan to avoid stolen phones to be activated outside the United States. Microsoft follows the news as the company is addressing some overheating issues with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. YouTube is next as a recent dissection of the mobile app reveals a paid music service in the works. We end today's show talking about how Google pulled the CyanogenMod app from the Google Play Store. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Dual-SIM HTC One ...

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    We've got to hand it to Microsoft for doing an amazing job with the design and the concept of their surface line-up. Both tablets are beautifully designed, and each caters to a specific type of customer in the market, since not everyone wants a professional tablet. That said, there's no denying that the guys at Redmond have struggled to make these products relevant, no matter how much money they've thrown at marketing them against competitors. Their Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 have been the upgrades that many have been waiting for, but it seems that not everything about them is perfect. ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering alternatives to the popular flagships in the market, it's always good to know what's worth your money, and what's not. We don't blame you for wanting to try some of the new products in the market at the moment, but for their price, it's not like if it's inexpensive to just try something new. We know a lot of you are still on the ropes trying to decide what to buy this holiday season if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap, or if you're wanting a tablet upgrade as well. 2013 has shown just how great technology ...

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    Size is one of the trickiest trade-offs in the mobile industry. You want a device with a large enough screen to comfortably work on, yet portability issues demand that the overall size of our phones and tablets remain constrained. This year in particular we've seen great strides in combating that issue by means of shrinking-down side bezels. Of course, you could just say “the heck with any sensible size restraints” and come up with something along the lines of Microsoft's latest Surface promotion, a 17-foot-tall Surface 2 it's set up in London. This giant Surface 2 is even functional, ...

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    Windows RT continues to cause Microsoft headaches, and while some users are perfectly happy with what it offers, others have been frustrated by limited functionality and app selection when compared to tablets running full versions of Windows 8. We've already seen Microsoft drop the “RT” name from the Surface 2, and recently heard the company discussing user confusion stemming from the RT/Pro distinction. This week, we see some further signs of this move to distance itself from the memory of RT. First up, there's the old Surface RT itself. While the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are ...

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    Last night was the midnight launch event for the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 which happened in a number of select Microsoft Stores.  We decided to check out the party in White Plains, New York, and got to take a look at the new Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, as well as the new type covers and touch covers.  Check out the video below for our quick "Hands on" video of the new tablets. The Surface 2 feels very thin and light. The new silver metal color looks great and the new 2-stage kickstand will help to adjust the screen for the right angle when using the device from a lower position.  ...

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    We're in the home stretch now: less than one week to go until Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, when rumors claim that half a dozen or more new Nokia devices will make themselves officially known to the world for the first time. Sure, it feels like a lot of that has leaked already, but as recent development's like yesterday's rumor about the Nokia Guru make clear, there's still plenty of room for surprises. One model in particular we've been expecting for Nokia to debut is the company's first Windows 8 tablet, presumed to arrive as the Lumia 2520. At least, this would be a prime opportunity to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's bash on their own Surface RT, and their hope that the Surface 2 can do better. Amazon and HTC are next as both companies are already hard at work at bringing us their first smartphone collaboration. Nokia is next as apparently the company is working on bringing us their first music player, dubbed the Nokia Guru. We then talk about the Nexus 4, which is rumored to stay alive for another year along the Google Nexus 5. We end today's show talking about Apple's October 22nd event, and some of our predictions that involve a lot of iPad. ...

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    Microsoft's first round of Surface tablets wasn't without its problems, and for us many of those focused squarely on the Surface RT. We had question not just about whether or not the tablet's hardware was up to the job, but also about the idea of Windows RT in the first place, offering users a seriously limited slice of the greater Windows ecosystem. This year, we saw Microsoft drop the "RT" from the Surface 2's name and wondered if this was some way to distance itself from the RT brand. Some comments from Microsoft product marketing manager Jack Cowett have us thinking about another ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We'd like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can't respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of time, we ...

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    Microsoft has a lot to overcome with this year's Surface models. While last year's versions had their moments, the Surface RT's sluggish performance and embarrassingly low sales really cast a dark shadow over Microsoft's tablet aspirations. This year, we've been wondering if the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 would be better received, and help to undo some of that damage to the brand. We'll want to withhold judgment until they finally start ending up in users' hands later this month, but things sure sound like they're off to a booming start, with Microsoft reporting that the new Surface ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's confirmation that we will get Surface tablets in different form-factors, along with a closer date to LTE variants of the Surface 2. Then we talk about the Amber GDR2 update for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920, which is quite delayed. We continue with the first leaked photos of the Google Nexus 5, and we like what we see. Then we cover some rumors of the iWatch being the first device with a curved display. We end today's show talking about the AT&T launch of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, along with the ridiculous confirmation ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    Sometimes, even the things that make a ton of sense, fail to impress. When Bill Gates announced the Tablet PC so many years ago, the idea took the world by storm when it came to making headlines. What wasn't there to be cool about a portable computer you could write on, seriously? Well, the product failed to deliver in the bottom line for over 8 years, and the reasons why are still things many debate. In my opinion, the reasons why were mainly because the products were too big, too expensive and too underpowered to deliver back in the day. It just didn't make sense to pay more for a ...

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    Microsoft launched its new Surface tablets yesterday morning, following up last year's initial foray into this tablet space with a pair of models intended to address some of those earlier shortcomings. What we ended up seeing was OK, and already largely foretold by rumors and leaks, but I can't help coming away from the event feeling a little underwhelmed; sure, a lot of the new hardware sounds great, but is this really a brave new era for Microsoft and Surface, or just a rehashing of old ideas? Let's take a little look at what Microsoft brought to share, and then find out what you're ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's sales results for their new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C over the opening weekend. We then talk about the first CyanogenMod phone to reach the market, the Oppo N1. BlackBerry is next as the company seems to have a buyer, but more with the idea of helping the company and not tearing it apart, aside from the news of the cross-platform BBM hitting a delay. Then we go through the rumors of a Nokia Lumia 929 phablet. We end today's show talking Microsoft's launch of the Surface 2 and new Surface Pro. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    The original Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets were promising of a new Microsoft willing to adapt and capable of becoming relevant in the mobile computing space once again. The Surface RT, to be concise, fell short of our expectations. The software and user experience left much to be desired, with lag and a shortage of apps to blame. The Surface Pro, on the other hand, proved to be a much more capable and fitting device, though its starting price tag is cringe-worthy and in the range of most Ultrabooks. The Surface tablets haven't performed nearly as well as Microsoft was hoping, failing ...

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