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    "Top 10 Gadgets", that's how the column is named and Time magazine weighs in on the best of this year. The list includes two phones and one tablet; the number one spot is taken by a phone, and not just any phone: according to the magazine, the top gadget of 2012 is the Apple iPhone 5. The second phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, is taking the eight spot, just one position below the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. Despite all the drama surrounding the iPhone 5 (shortages, build quality problems with initial models, mapping drama, etc.), Apple's latest phone is the best iPhone to date. ...

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    The Surface with Windows RT has already received a batch of updates and we've heard Microsoft confirm more or less that there will be support until 2017. On that note the Patch Tuesday continues with 11 updates available in Windows Update; these address security issues and update the operating system itself alongside Office 2013 RT. A Microsoft support forum post details some of the improvements Surface with Windows RT owners will benefit from, especially the increased Wi-Fi reliability, improved connectivity and performance improvements. Those access points which are named in a way that ...

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    Last week, we heard some rumors that Microsoft was looking to get its Surface tablets onto the shelves of retailers beyond just its own stores, and we'd be learning the details of this big new pre-holiday retail push in just a matter of days. Well, sure enough, Microsoft has just come through with such a confirmation, though the specifics are a little different from what was rumored earlier. Those claims suggested that this expanded retail presence would first take place in nations that don't already have their own Microsoft stores, and the US would have to wait until the release of the ...

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    How's Surface doing? We've been asking ourselves that question a lot lately, as Microsoft's big foray into tablets has found itself arriving under intense scrutiny. There were the big huff over Steve Ballmer's comments this time last month, where reports that he described Surface sales as "modest" were later clarified to claim he was talking about the state of Microsoft’s supply of the tablet. More recently, we heard that the Surface Pro might arrive early to offset poor RT sales, but Microsoft has instead stuck with a early 2013 release. What we need are some real numbers to look at. ...

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    Right now, if you want a Surface tablet, you've got to be lucky enough to have a Microsoft retail store nearby, or just place your order online through the company's website. While adequate, that's hardly what we'd call bold retail placement, and considering the less-than-stellar reception the Surface RT version has seen, it probably couldn't hurt Microsoft any to expose the tablet to a wider audience. To that end, rumors suggest that Microsoft is just a matter of days away from starting a big Surface retail push, getting the tablet out onto the selves of non-Microsoft stores. Supposedly, ...

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    Around here, we're no stranger to the Surface RT, Microsoft's first home-sourced tablet and perhaps Windows 8's most visible public embodiment. Our own Brandon Miniman gave it the full review treatment a few weeks back and found it a "problematic product," noting that it tries to deliver both a casual touch experience and a desktop-like environment for "real work," but ultimately fails at both. Despite the controversial nature of that assertion (at least here in our comments section), it's been reinforced by fair-to-middling reviews from other outlets, confusing statements from Microsoft's ...

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    We'll never know what Steve Ballmer described by "modest": was he talking about a modest start as we thought initially or a modest demand as Microsoft was quick to point out? That being said, Microsoft has reportedly cut in half the orders for Surface RT tablets according to hear-say from the supply chain. Four million is the number speculated in direct connection with what Microsoft had planned for but the orders are now covering only two million. Sources also say that the Surface RT will likely underperform next year too, which is something not necessarily tied to the Surface alone, but ...

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    You know what happens when you get a bunch of geeks swapping hot new gadgets and talkin' tech? The Pocketnow Weekly podcast, that's what. We just hit our twentieth episode, and to celebrate, we decided to tie the podcast into our latest giveaway contest. So in addition to in-depth discussion on the Nexus 4 versus the world, the Lumia 920's camera ups and downs, and the Android-to-Windows Phone learning curve, there's something special for your ears only. Somewhere in today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is the special hint word you need to email us at contest [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com ...

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    Those who have decided to be early adopters of Microsoft's Surface tablet running Windows RT have probably purchased the slate about the moment it was available last month. However, according to information from Microsoft, you can rest assured that Redmond's support will be long enough to keep you satisfied. More than four years, that is until April 11, 2017, is what Microsoft is considering (and we definitely agree) to be a decent support period. According to its product lifecycle support page, the Surface running Windows RT will get mainstream support for more than four years, which ...

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    We will have to wait for official numbers of financial figures to draw an informed conclusion regarding the amount of Surface tablets Microsoft has managed to sell, now that Steve Ballmer's words aren't clear anymore. In a recent interview, Executive Vice President of HP Todd Bradley told IDG Enterprise that he can "hardly call Surface competition". According to the executive, HP has a different approach, at least for the moment. Opposed to the iPad, a pure consumer tablet which owners can bring to work, HP will not enter "the consumer tablet fray any time soon. We'll be doing something ...

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    There was quite a lot of buzz surrounding the storage space (and the available space) on the 32GB Surface tablet. The specifications include 32GB of storage but, as Microsoft itself has pointed out, File Explorer is only reporting 16GB free and accessible to the user, the rest being taken up be pre-installed applications, OS itself as well as a recovery partition. Because of that Microsoft has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly misleading customers. Los Angeles lawyer Andrew Sokolowski is taking Microsoft to court because he purchased a 32GB Surface tablet and he quickly ran out of the ...

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    Last week Steve Ballmer said something about the Surface RT: long story short (you can read the chain of events in our post here), the CEO allegedly said the Surface RT was off to a "modest" start sales-wise but shortly after Microsoft pointed out that Ballmer was supposedly referring to "modest" supply, not demand or sales. At this point it is not so clear what the CEO said and the information about official, exact sales numbers is yet to be published. According to (of course) unnamed sources from the supply chain cited by DigiTimes, Microsoft's Surface running Windows RT will only manage ...

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    Last Friday we heard of Microsoft's plans to roll out half a dozen updates for Windows 8 and Windows RT and it sure looks like they have started the roll-out process as part of the company's monthly "patch Tuesday". We knew to expect improvements for security, performance, Internet Explorer and some more. The Surface RT received a firmware update which addresses performance issues; according to reports, the Microsoft tablet running Windows RT is now snappier and app load times are somewhat quicker. If you want to learn more about the bits included make sure to hit up the source link below. ...

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    The Surface running Windows RT is available for purchase by all those that want to experience Microsoft's latest operating system on a tablet (powered by an ARM processor, since this particular OS is tailored for the slower processors). We haven't seen official numbers regarding the sales but CEO Steve Ballmer hints that they are "modest". After the CEO said he expected Windows Phone 8 volumes to "ramp up quickly" Steve Ballmer told Le Parisien that Surface sales have been off to a "modest" start, without further specifics. However, Steve Ballmer took this opportunity to talk about a ...

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    Those of you who are (not necessarily long-time) Windows users on your computers should be familiar with the security updates Microsoft is pushing out on a regular basis. Well, now that we have Windows 8 running on tablets alongside Windows RT, you've got to get used to seeing patches for your slates too (not that this is a bad thing! Not at all!). According to Microsoft the company will push out a set of six security updates next week, which will include three for Windows 8 as well as Windows RT, addressing 19 vulnerabilities found in the operating system itself, Internet Explorer and ...

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    Midway through last month, while we were still waiting for Microsoft's Surface tablet to hit retail, we heard Microsoft's Ricardo Lopez talk a little bit about just how much of the tablet's storage space would be taken up by the operating system. While Lopez's figures didn't give us a very detailed breakdown of just what would take up how much space, it was clear from what he had to say that a 16GB Surface tablet would have simply been unfeasible. Now that the Surface RT models have arrived, Microsoft is taking a little more time to explain just why Surface tablet arrive with so little ...

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    Windows RT is difficult to explain, so this video is our best effort to show you how it works and how it's different. But here's a summary: Windows RT is a tale of two worlds. One, the desktop world, that looks like a Windows desktop, but isn't, because no apps can be added to it. The apps that it comes with (IE 10, File Explorer, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and all other built-in Windows apps like Calculator, Notepad, Control Panel, and yes, even Paint) are the apps you are stuck with. If you try to install Photoshop, Spotify, Chrome, or any other executable made for x86-powered computers, ...

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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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    It's finally here! The first Microsoft tablet, hopefully in a long line of Microsoft tablets to come. The reason why this product is so important is because Microsoft pretty much invented the Tablet PC, and sadly never really did succeed in it by depending on its partners to push it. We're not really sure why it took so long for Microsoft to build their own computer in order to drive their innovation going forward, but we're glad it's here. Now this first version of the Surface runs Windows RT, which is Microsoft’s new version of the OS optimized for mobile processors. What makes it ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent leaks regarding the LG Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 by Asus and even the Nexus 10 by Samsung. We then talk about the possibility of getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Sprint Galaxy S III. We later talk about the launch of the Verizon and AT&T-branded Samsung Galaxy Note. Then the Sony Xperia TL takes the stage with an astonishing price and launch details. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's launch of Windows 8 and their Surface RT tablet along with our hands-on coverage. All this and more after the break.

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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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    If you're able to afford an expensive SUV, then you'll most likely enjoy the ride. It's built on the chassis of a medium sedan and has the suspension and engine of a truck. You can't go wrong with that combination. The problem is only being able to afford a crossover SUV. It's built on the chassis of a small or compact sedan, and in most cases, the suspension is a weird combination of “not so sedan” and “not so truck”. To make matters worse, it also has the engine of a sedan. Sure you can brag about the fact that it's still an SUV, but all you have are the costs of an SUV. You have ...

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