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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new deal to retain the Surface Pro from last year at a more affordable price. Then we talk about Samsung as their CEO has reported 40 Million Galaxy S 4s shipped in six months. HTC is next as they're now pushing Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 to the International HTC One. Apple takes the spotlight next as it seems that the iPad mini with Retina Display will see some shortages when launched. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 10, and how it could be refreshed very soon. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    We may have panned the Surface RT as much as we did when we reviewed it, but the story about Microsoft's original Surface Pro is very different, up to the point where today's news are quite enticing for those of you in the market for a very powerful tablet-computer. The Surface Pro topped our list of best tablets for last year, and we can assure you that our own Adam Lein still loves it enough to keep it for an extra year because of its snappy performance. As it turns out Microsoft has decided to keep selling it until December 31st (or until supplies last) and for $100 less. That means you ...

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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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    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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    Back in the 80's and 90's, if you were a creative professional using technology, you probably had a Mac. Macintosh computers were indispensable for the cool creative types.  In fact, the Macworld conferences weren't so much about the Macintosh computers as they were about creative software and tools that so many artists were using at the time. Most of the conference sessions were about things like learning about creative techniques in Photoshop, QuarkXpress, or Avid video editing. Fast forward to 2013 and Apple is all about selling phones and music players and cheap little apps these ...

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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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    Microsoft's got some new tablets on the horizon, and tomorrow, at the company's New York City launch event, we plan to get the full scoop on the second generation of Surface models. Of course, even with these tablets still under wraps we've been talking a lot about them, and have heard all nature of rumors concerning what could be waiting for us. As we wait for Microsoft to pull back the curtain, let's take a look at what we're expecting to see. Well, for one we might not see a new Surface RT this year - or rather, we will, but Microsoft could be dropping the "RT" bit from the tablet's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's introduction of a couple of new Android tablets running on Tegra 4 hardware. Microsoft is next as Steve Ballmer discusses the reality of Windows Phone 8, the Surface, and other flops, even though we also have some hot leaks of Windows Phone 8.1 as well. Google is next as the company has now made their Quickoffice service free for all Android and iOS customers. Then we talk about the Moto X going affordable on Republic Wireless, which also makes the plan for it affordable. We end today's show talking about the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat ...

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    We've been hearing a lot about the next generation of Microsoft Surface tablets in recent days, and while some of that has been talking about the tablets themselves, we've also been picking up rumors about the sort of accessories that Microsoft may be making available. For instance, there's that Power Cover, a Type Cover with an integrated battery to help extend how much use you can get out of your Surface on a charge. Now we're learning about another potential add-on, a full-fledged Surface docking station. While that Power Cover was rumored to support both new Surface 2 models, Pro and ...

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    All the way back in February we heard about an interesting accessory that seemed destined for Microsoft's Surface tablets, a new spin on the company's keyboard covers that would also include an extra battery, augmenting the built-in cell. We heard a Microsoft employee talking about building support for such an accessory into the Surface Pro – a move we assumed would mean that this new cover would be forthcoming – but it never ended up appearing. Now, as we're looking towards the launch of Microsoft's second generation Surface tablets, this idea is finding some new life, and rumors ...

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    If you're rocking a Microsoft Surface tablet without either the matching Touch or Type cover, you're seriously missing out. Unfortunately, the keyboard covers have been positioned as accessories, rather than innate parts of the Surface experience, and pretty darn expensive ones at that, running at least an extra $100 on top of your tablet purchase. We've already seen Microsoft take an axe to Surface prices, and a new leak suggest that Touch Covers are about to see some price cuts of their own. Sadly, the free-with-purchase offer from earlier this year isn't making a return, but these new ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how NVIDIA's CEO has begun teasing the future of Microsoft's Surface tablets. Samsung is next as "confirmed" reports say that the Galaxy Note III will launch with Android 4.3. New leaks also talk about a possible change in manufacturer for the future Nexus 10. Then we go through some new reports that the future Nexus smartphone will be made by Motorola. We end todays' show talking the new ads that have reached Google Maps. All this and more after the break. Stories: - NVIDIA CEO teases the second-generation Surface - Samsung Galaxy Note III ...

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    As much as we loved the Microsoft Surface Pro, we won't deny that the Surface RT was simply one of those products that only a mother could love. Beautifully designed, but terribly clunky in its performance, and app support. Some of us still believe that a second stab at the project would give it a better chance, but most of us still debate if Microsoft will build a second-generation model after the $900M in losses. Still, new statements by some people that are highly involved could prove otherwise. The Surface RT, love it or hate it, was powered by a Tegra 3, and NVIDIA's CEO just came on ...

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    The information we've heard in July, according to which Microsoft was about to seriously slash Surface prices, was not a joke. Following the heavy discounts on the Surface RT, the Redmond-based company is now cutting prices for the Surface Pro. $100 is what you can save now if you want to grab a full-fledged Windows 8-powered Surface. Down from $999, the 128GB model now costs $899; similarly, the 64GB flavor is now priced at $799. There might be multiple reasons for such a move: either Microsoft realized that it was losing too much (as a reminder, it lost about $900 million on Surface RT ...

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    The Surface RT sure has had its share of detractors, but for as many places where Microsoft missed the mark with this tablet, it sure came through with the Surface Pro. From hardware to software, the Pro version of the tablet rectified a whole bunch of our big issues with the Surface RT, and it's since gotten even better: when launching the tablet in Japan, Microsoft revealed a new, high-capacity 256GB edition. So far relegated to Asia, that 256GB Surface Pro is about to become available to a lot more users, as Microsoft brings the tablet to the US. WPCentral noticed the 256GB Pro showing ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Windows 8.1 and all the changes we've seen in the preview and we also talk about some display form-factors to be considered. Then we talk about BlackBerry, the company's terrible quarter results and the amount of units sold. Android 4.3 is next as there's a leaked ROM for the Galaxy S4 and how you can also get it. We later take a look at some leaked photos of the Sony Honami which just made the headlines. We end today's show talking about Google's future move to build a smart watch, a game console, and a more affordable Nexus Q as part of ...

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    One of the oft-cited problems with Microsoft's Surface tablets is that for a tablet experience that seems so linked to the presence of a keyboard – indeed, Microsoft's Touch and Type Cover designs were some of our favorite parts of the Surface launch – the keyboard isn't provided as part of the base Surface package. That might not be the end of the world, were it not for the sky-high prices Microsoft has been asking, wanting $100 for the Touch or $130 for the Type Cover. Thankfully, Microsoft is doing something about that, and for a short time you might be able to score a free keyboard ...

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    Microsoft's Surface Pro is an incredibly versatile tablet, and its fantastic software support really blurs the line between what we expect from both tablets and laptops. With options for 64GB and 128GB models, it's also one of the tablets with the most native storage available. Then again, the OS and pre-installed software takes up a pretty decent chunk of that space. Sure, there's microSDXC expansion, but if you've been dreaming about a Surface Pro with even more internal storage you might want to book a ticket for the land of the rising sun, as Microsoft has just confirmed a 256GB ...

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    My first and biggest complaint after buying the Surface Pro months ago was that it did not include WinTab drivers for the screen's pressure sensitive digitizer input. The hardware supports pressure sensitivity, but with the default drivers, that only worked in certain newer graphics programs like Sketchbook Pro and Manga Studio. My first tweet the day I bought the Surface Pro went to the Surface team explaining that they NEED to implement the WinTab drivers. At first they thought it was an Adobe issue, but really they just needed some help from Wacom to make the right drivers. Those ...

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    If you've been following our Microsoft Surface Pro coverage, you're already well aware of one of the otherwise impressive tablet's major shortcomings: despite having a pressure-sensitive stylus, the API Microsoft decided to support isn't compatible with software like Photoshop – exactly the sort of programs many users probably thought would be most useful on a device like this. Luckily, it looks like the needed drivers could be just about to arrive. We've been waiting for these for months – we heard back in early February that they could be here "soon," but clearly that didn't come to ...

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    Microsoft made some bold, risky choices when introducing its first Surface tablets. Both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro Surface models did things sort of differently from competitors like the iPad or any number of Android tablets. For one, Microsoft chose to position these two as premium devices, and avoided the bottom-scratching battle for budget tablet sales taking place in the $200-$400 range. It also gambled on not going with a unified platform for its mobile apps, making its tablets incompatible with apps already developed for Windows Phone. I'll get back to the app situation in a ...

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    An open letter to OEM's: Dear HTC, LG, Huawei, Apple, Nokia, et. al. We the mobile consumer wish to address a concern that we have, and indeed have had for some time. This concern has burrowed its way into mobile society and lies content it its satisfaction that it cannot be overcome. This concern is a clumsiness built into most mobile devices of today. My friends, I am referring to the abandonment of precision. The Stylus. The stylus's absence can be felt with every Draw Something sketch, with every cursor drag, with every photo that goes un-retouched. The human finger is just too big and ...

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    There are two ways to look at the Surface Pro. You can either compare it to the other "consumer" style tablets out there which are generally considered smartphone-type devices with larger screens, or you can compare it to professional "ultrabooks" out there which are basically full-powered laptop computers compressed to fit in thinner form-factors. In some ways it's better than both of those device types put together, but in other ways it's not as good as either. Of course, your take-away is going to depend on which aspects of a mobile computing device are most important to you. Some would ...

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    Today we're going to take a look at some of the things that I often use the Surface Pro for during a work day and on the weekend.  Not all of these things happen every day, but for the sake of demonstrating the wide variety of tasks that the Surface Pro helps me with, I'll compress them a little. Workday 8:45 am After most of the other morning activities are done, I like to catch up on the news.  My Surface Pro's news tile usually has some interesting article animating on the start screen so I'll tap that to see what's going on.  Really what I care about are my custom news feeds though, ...

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    Right now there are over 42,000 apps designed for the modern style of Windows 8 and that's the current count of available apps in the store. Before there was Windows 8, Steve Ballmer said that there are about 4 million Windows Desktop applications out there with about 800,000 that were made specifically for Windows 7.  Some of those include programs developed only for private business use.  You can also find a count for Windows 8 compatible desktop apps that have been tested by Microsoft in the compatibility center which turns out to be 17,381.  So the real number available to ...

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