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    There were no new Windows 8 tablets unveiled at the Microsoft Build conference this year, despite rumors that possible Surface slate refreshes might appear. While there was no announcement, there were some hints at the possible future of Windows 8 tablets. The screenshot above shows a list of anticipated Windows 8.1 tablet screen sizes and resolutions. While this doesn't necessarily mean we will see such Surface slates in the future, it might mean that Microsoft is expecting OEMs to produce such slates. There's a 7-inch form factor with a 1920x1200 resolution mentioned alongside a ...

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    It's been nearly a year now since Microsoft introduced the world to its Surface tablets. As mobile device announcements go, Microsoft nailed it. While there were some rumors talking about the idea of a Microsoft tablet in the days leading up to the event, we were practically shooting in the dark – first there was word that it could be some kind of Barnes & Noble Nook tie-in, and with just hours to go until the announcement itself, we heard that it might be more gaming-focused, like an Xbox 360 accessory. In the end, what we got was surprising, impressive, and just inspiring: it was a ...

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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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    Windows 8 and RT tablets didn't exactly get off to a booming start. The initial absence of the Surface Pro and a lack of compelling products from OEMs failed to add up to a lot of holiday season retail success. Still, Microsoft and its manufacturing partners continue to soldier on, and we're already hearing about what's next on the hardware side. Now a source has possibly leaked a good bit of info on Microsoft's tablet goals for fiscal year 2014 (beginning in July), and it looks like the company is setting the bar for itself seriously high. According to this source, Microsoft wants to ...

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    Microsoft continues to try and stir-up interest in its tablet offerings, taking the latest step of putting up a page on its site to let visitors do a spec-by-spec comparison between the iPad and a number of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. A small controversy has ensued following the page's publication, as some people try and claim that Microsoft is misleading the public, especially when it comes to the screen sizes on these devices. Just what is it doing, and is there really anything untoward about it all? Microsoft's page runs down a number of key factors for this head-to-head: battery ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the white Nexus 4 launch rumors along with a possible launch date for Android 4.3. Then we talk about the recent dispute between Google and Microsoft over the custom-made YouTube Windows Phone 8 app. Then let's talk about Google hangouts and how AT&T is spoiling the fun for everyone. We later go through the rumors of a much cheaper Microsoft Surface 2, though that's the only good news so far. We end today's show talking about the Google HTC One, and how the whole concept was dismissed as quick as we wished for it not to. All this and more ...

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    As we've heard at the beginning of the month, Microsoft might be ready to announce it's second generation of Surface tablets in June. Then came those ugly rumors according to which we'd have to wait until 2014 to see some Microsoft slates and we're now, more recently, hearing confirmations that it might still be June for the second-wave Surface RT tablets. Whether our wish-list for the next Surface will be taken into consideration or not, only time will tell. However, Digitimes reports that second-generation Surface RT is expected to land in June. It should be an eight-incher and should ...

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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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    On the eve of their big London announcement, Nokia might have a problem. Once, far and away the favorite to take Microsoft on a ride of profit and swing dancing, Nokia has failed to take advantage of it's position as Fresh Prince of Windows Phone to gain any significant market share.  Windows Phone still finds itself an uber-distant third in the smartphone marketplace and while Nokia has done an admirable job making quality hardware, it hasn't quite gotten the job done in the flying off the shelves department. Now Microsoft might have to take the reins and ride this horse to the finish ...

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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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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    Bill Gates was talking tablets this morning as he took to CNBC to discuss Microsoft's Surface models, as well as the tablet landscape in general. Of course, that inevitably led to discussion of the Apple iPad. Gates found a number reasons to be critical of Apple's tablet offerings, mentioning the lack of Microsoft Office, for one. Well, that may be out of Apple's hands for now, but another one of his comments has us wondering if Gates can hear himself speak, singling-out the iPad for a disappointing typing experience due to the lack of an official hardware keyboard option. Now, Surface, of ...

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    Yesterday we told you about some new rumors dealing with Microsoft's follow-up to its first Windows 8 tablets, the Surface RT and Surface Pro. According to that info, we'd be seeing a 7-to-9-inch tablet launch quite soon, possibly in late June. Well, we'll know how accurate that guess was in just a matter of weeks, but today we hear a new assessment about what to expect from this next Microsoft Surface tablet, and this tale has us waiting quite a while. Instead of a June launch, analysts are predicting sometime in 2014, instead. Supposedly, Microsoft is only just getting started sourcing ...

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    Many people today consider the Microsoft Surface line-up as the perfect tablets. Particularly in the case of the Surface Pro, which we've found to be a very powerful computer, this might be right. On a positive note, you get a tablet with no compromises, but on the negative note, both the Surface Pro and Surface RT have proven to be terrible in sales amounting to no more than 1.5 Million units combined. That could change though as Microsoft is already preparing their Second Surface attempt. Digitimes now reports that Microsoft is already working on getting their second-generation Surface ...

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    For the longest time, we've been wondering when Microsoft might start addressing the big blank space in the middle of its mobile device lineup, for models larger than Windows Phone handsets, yet smaller than current Windows 8 and RT tablets. After all, that's a huge deal for Android and - more recently - iOS, so Microsoft seems to be missing out. We've heard rumors that Microsoft itself could be creating a seven-inch Surface, and while we wait to learn if there's any truth there, the company has confirmed that its OEM partners, at least, will be releasing their own smaller tablets. This ...

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    Over the weekend, the Westchester, one of New York's trendy suburban malls, had a two-day fashion event as part of the "Simon Fashion NOW" mall tour designed to show off many of the stylish products available in its stores. Of course, you would expect to see new outfits from the likes of LOFT, J. Jill, Victoria's Secret, White House | Black Market, Gap, Anne Taylor, Tommy Hillfiger, Eileen Fisher, Juicy Couture, Bebe, Banana Republic, Cache, Hugo Boss, and other clothing stores that have shops in this particular mall. They were all there with their own little fashion shows, but there's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nexus 10 Cover finally arriving at the Google Play store. Later it's Nokia talk as we go through their software updates and also the leaked video of the Lumia 920 getting tap to wake in the near future. Microsoft follows as we talk about a possible Surface 7-inch tablet. The LG Optimus G Pro is next as it's rumored for an AT&T launch soon and we've also got news of the software Value Pack reaching current customers with some major enhancements. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8. All this ...

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    The seven-inch-ish form factor quickly became the standard for tablet portability after seeing the ten-inch slates dominate the market previously. All major players have at least a smaller member of their tablet family and according to The Wall Street Journal Microsoft will have one too. The seven-inch Surface might go into production later this year, together with other Surface slates from the refreshed line-up, according to "sources". Same people "familiar with Microsoft's plans" states that the Redmond-based company didn't have any plans for a seven-inch tablet last year but after ...

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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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    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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    Windows 8 tablets have been off to a rocky start, and while upcoming models like the Windows 8 Pro Surface may help stir-up some new interest, there's one big elephant in the room: price. In a market full of $200 Androids and $330 iPad minis, it can just be really hard to justify paying $500 and up for a Surface RT. During its most recent earnings call with investors, Microsoft fielded some questions along the lines of more affordable tablets, and it sounds like the company's well aware that it needs to get some cheaper options out there. Citigroup's Walter Pritchard asked Microsoft CFO ...

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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 the Surface RT launched, we've been anxiously awaiting the debut of its big brother, the beefier, Windows-8-Pro-running Surface. In late November, Microsoft finally revealed pricing data for the Surface Pro, but we still didn't have a firm date for its availability, beyond sometime in January. Well, we're deep into the month at this point, with no sign of any new Surface models; what gives? Today, Microsoft provides the Surface Pro a release date, and while it's going to miss that January window, it won't be by much: the Windows 8 Pro Surface will go up for sale on February 9. ...

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