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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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    "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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