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    With so many devices launched between the fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, we know many of you want to know what's worth your money, and what you should skip with no questions asked. Both 2012 and 2013 have been great years for mobile technology, but we have a feature called "Worst Gadgets Ever" for a reason. There's always a good deal of products that either end-up as vapor ware, some that suck on their own, and some which simply aren't worth your money when compared to other devices in the market. We thought we'd help you with the Top 5 devices that we would all skip out of everything ...

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    The "supply chain" and sources within never sleep. Apparently a new rumor has popped up which talks about Microsoft's alleged plans to no longer launch products part of the Windows RT line-up. The Surface RT, depending on who you tend to believe, was a decent start or a complete disappointment. One thing is for sure: several OEMs, through their executives, were not really fond of the platform and its naming, often calling it confusing. If the most recent rumors are to be believed then Microsoft is preparing to incorporate or merge Windows RT in its upcoming new platform, codenamed Windows ...

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    We've been hearing a lot about how horrible Windows RT is with its lack of apps and occasional slowness due to its ARM processor requirements.  Even the Microsoft Surface RT, which seems to be the most popular Windows RT device out there, has only sold around 1.1 million devices since its launch according to Bloomberg.  Nvidia is disappointed, Samsung has cancelled their Windows RT tablet plans, and the general consensus around the internet is that Windows RT is a failure.  That's not to be confused with Windows 8, which is much more popular with sales in the 60 million range. Nobody ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ My relationship with Microsoft's first self-built tablet has always been ...

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    Today I've got both the Surface Pro vs. Surface RT so we're going to compare them! First let's talk about weight. Neither of these feel heavy to me. The Pro is certainly heavier at 2lbs, versus the 1.5lb Surface RT, but even holding them both together is lighter than the camera I carry and definitely lighter than my old 4.7lb Tablet PC. Plus I have the advantage of extremely muscular upper body strength. The Pro has a much faster boot time and shutdown time which actually makes turning the tablet fully off not much different speed-wise compared to putting it into sleep mode.  Resuming ...

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    Last month, Windows RT users saw the arrival of a jailbreak tool to remove one of Microsoft's restrictions imposed upon the new platform; by taking advantage of the tool, they could run non-Microsoft-approved executables in the tablet's desktop mode. That was cool, but you couldn't just run any old Windows app for a PC, as code had to be compiled especially for the ARM processors in tablets like the Surface RT. Open source apps could be recompiled with such goals in mind, but that still left a lot of commercial software unavailable. Now there's some progress towards overcoming that ...

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    Fans of Microsoft tablets have some interesting news today regarding both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro. The Surface RT with Windows RT is available in a new, 64GB, standalone version. It is going for US$599 and you'll need to add $100 if you want to purchase it together with the black Touch Cover. Additionally, the Surface RT will be available in additional markets starting February 14: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. If you prefer a richer experience then the Surface Pro with Windows ...

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    Last week, on the heels of the BlackBerry 10 launch event in Toronto, I crafted a pair of quick-and-dirty comparison videos showcasing the differences between the BB10 OS and the Windows Phone 8 and Android platforms. I admit that the set had its problems, filmed as it was under severe time constraints in a hotel room with horrible audio. Several factual errors needed to be corrected in editing, and we subsequently filmed some follow-up videos to offer a more thorough presentation. Still, neither Android nor Windows Phone came away from the analysis unscathed: in the categories we selected ...

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    One man returns from a mission to Canada, and is greeted by friends. Friends with questions, observations, and inflammatory declarations about the future of a very special smartphone. A smartphone called BlackBerry. Yes, it's a special edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, covering all the ups, downs, and all-arounds of the new Research in Motion BlackBerry smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the sleek black slab of potential it's riding on, the Z10. Join us as we welcome an old friend back into the smartphone space by discussing things like Peeking, Balance, Hub, and even ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's confirmation that they will support sync services for Windows Phone during the next six months as an extension to their past death threat. We later talk about the Galaxy S IV and the probable release dates. Qualcomm apparently leaks Android's next name, but considering how many pastries are left that start with a K, that wasn't a difficult one. Then we talk about the Microsoft Surface RT and bad it's performing when it comes to store returns. We end today's show by talking about the HTC M7 and all the color offerings that are rumored ...

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    The Windows 8 Pro version of Microsoft's Surface tablet may be getting all the attention lately, but we're still waiting to see if Microsoft has what it takes to make the lower-end Surface RT catch on in any kind of serious way. We just took a look at some figures that suggested Microsoft had shipped around 900,000 of these tablets, but there's some degree of uncertainty over those numbers, and while Microsoft may have actually shipped closer to 1.25 million Surface RT tablets, end-user sales could be significantly lower, to the tune of around 700,000, suggesting there are still a lot of ...

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    The latest International Data Corporation preliminary date figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 are in for tablets and worldwide shipments reached a record at 52.5 million. To put this into context, the tablet market grew 75.3% year over year in 4Q12 compared to 29.9 million units in 4Q11. As far as units are concerned, the last quarter of 2012 saw figures growing 74.3% from 30.1 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Apple is still the market leader with 22.9 million units sold in Q4 2012, representing a 48.1% growth over the same quarter of the previous. The iPad mini as well ...

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    Microsoft's made a lot of strategic decisions when it comes to Windows RT and its Surface RT tablet, and those often have much less to do with what the hardware's capable of, or what consumers actually want, and more about preserving the company's image of how it want users interacting with these products. We saw a bit of that when covering the Windows RT jailbreak earlier this month, and the subject is coming up again now, upon hearing rumors that Outlook RT may be released for the platform. Mary Jo Foley has heard from a number of her sources that such an app has been under development, ...

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    The update pushed out earlier this month for the Windows RT-powered Microsoft Surface unfortunately introduced a bug affecting users that are now no longer able to able to access the Windows Store or Windows Update. Additionally, some users complain that updates are attempted do not complete. According to a Microsoft official statement the company will issue a fix for the problem early next month. "Some Windows RT customers who attempted to apply January’s bulletins had issues installing updates. Specifically, impacted Windows RT devices went into connected standby mode during the ...

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    Ever since Microsoft released the first Surface tablet in late October, we've been trying to get an idea of just how well the product was faring. We've heard reports from analysts that seem to be all over the field, ranging from modest success to some very underwhelming figures. As time goes on, we're hoping that these reports start becoming a bit more accurate, and are able to close in on an accurate assessment. If the latest report we've heard is near that mark, Microsoft could be really taking a beating in the tablet market, with claims that last year the company only managed to sell ...

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    Yes, folks, the Registry is back! After years of tweaking almost every aspect of it on Windows Mobile -- and repose years with Windows Phone 7 -- you can get back to your usual Registry tweaks. For those new to this, it's a rather simple procedure but it could mess things up if you are careless (insert word of warning here). Modifying a Registry entry on the Microsoft Surface has been confirmed to improve touch-responsiveness. To achieve that you need to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\TouchPrediction and edit the key for latency from 8 to 2 as well as the one ...

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    Part of its "patch Tuesday", Microsoft has issued a number of updates. Among the usual fixes for Windows and other products there's also an update for Windows RT. It is apparently an update specific to the Microsoft Surface, the company's first tablet running the RT version of its Windows platform. The new firmware further improves the slate providing System Firmware (UEFI) improvements including improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby as well as additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. To check for updates' availability, go ...

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    Only seven billion remain following the Great Mayan Apocalypse of 2012, and three of them have joined forces in this new dystopian future-world to talk technology. Closing out 2012 is a tough endeavor, but thankfully the pre-holiday news explosion quickly gave way to a post-holiday news respite, and the resulting abbreviated topic list gives us a little breathing room at the tail end of this year. In this episode, we talk about the future of Windows RT tablets, the rumored Apple iOS-running smart watch, Motorola's mysterious "X" project, first impressions from a week with the Galaxy ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the Samsung i9500 and i9505 rumors. We later go through some new Galaxy S III rumors though this time they assume we'll be getting a new device for T-Mobile at least. Then we deal with some Nokia Tablet rumors and the possibilities of much better specs than the current Microsoft Surface RT. The iPhone 5 goes next as Apple's new patent imagines curved glass for the future. We end today's show by talking about Brandon's recent video regarding Anostyle for iOS devices. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung GT-I9500 Rumored To ...

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    A couple weeks back, we learned that Microsoft would be taking steps to dramatically increase the retail presence of its Surface tablet, introducing the product to the shelves of retailers like Staples and Best Buy. Up until then, if you wanted a Surface you had to order online or track down one of Microsoft's own retail locations. In theory, that could have helped Microsoft score some last-minute holiday sales. A report out this week doesn't quite paint that picture, however, and suggests these new retail avenues might not have a huge impact on how the Surface fares. While we don't yet ...

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    Last week, we were doing some jawing on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, debating the merits and pitfalls of the Surface RT. While we've done that on almost every episode of the Weekly since the release of Microsoft's first home-sourced tablet PC, we got more in-depth than usual on last week's episode and I encourage you to check it out. One of the topics we chewed over was that of the Surface RT's actual usability. I remarked that the Surface had so far proven to me more of a novelty than a productivity-enhancer. Despite my feeling that it is indeed a device from the future, I've recently ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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    Ever since Microsoft announced its Surface tablets, it's been talking about competitive pricing; before we had official word on the Surface RT and Surface Pro launch prices, we knew the RT would be priced competitively with its tablet brethren, and the Pro would see its own price tag fit in nicely among ultrabook offerings. We've since seen those kind of figures confirmed, but a new hardware tear-down suggests that not only has Microsoft matched its competition's sticker prices, but their mark-ups, as well. Fortune estimates the cost of parts going in to the 32GB Surface RT as adding up to ...

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    According to "Taiwan-based notebook supply chain makers", tablets powered by Microsoft's Windows RT and Windows 8 are hard to sell; this assessment is based on low sales figures since Windows 8 was launched in late October. There are two core problems with the Microsoft-powered tablets, according to the same sources: first and foremost, they are priced higher than competing slates powered by Google's Android operating system. Second, the sources claim that the poor software title collection is also a big problem which is not helping sales at all; compared to the selection available in the ...

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    The Galaxy S III's barely old enough to warrant an After The Buzz episode, but we're already talking about the Galaxy S IV. In any other venue, that would be a sign of jumping the shark; on the Pocketnow Weekly, it's just business as usual. Tune in for our best speculation on what Samsung might include in its next sensational superphone, from unbreakable screens to bone conduction. Then keep on listening for an extended debate about the merits of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 versus iOS, drilling down into their UIs and design philosophy. Finally, after some extended talk about how useful ...

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