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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about more rumors regarding the Galaxy S IV, its probable display size, and even a probable release date. Then the Galaxy S line-up takes the stage as Samsung reaches a new milestone in sales. The iPhone is next as we talk about Apple's recent decrease in speed of production for the current iPhone 5. The Microsoft Surface is next, though not because of good sales figures. We end today's show talking about Huawei, even if we didn't really want to. All this and more after the break. Stories - Samsung Display Could Hint At Upcoming 4.99-Inch Galaxy S ...

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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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    The press is not the only one criticizing Microsoft and its Windows RT platform; a Dell executive tried to warn Steve Ballmer about using the Windows moniker to describe the new RT operating system. On the other end, Acer's President Jim Wong recently defended the Redmond-based company (after criticizing it earlier) just to get its critical hat on again for this year's CES. After unveiling the B1-A71 Android tablet, Wong said that Microsoft is employing a marketing technique for its Surface tablet that is "confusing to consumers". “The promotion of the product is really focused on the ...

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    Windows RT is pretty darn similar to Windows 8, but Microsoft just couldn't help itself from locking things down to make it that much less useful than a proper general-purpose computer. If you've been looking forward to the day when someone might get around to jailbreaking the platform, allowing the installation of unsigned, non-Windows-Store apps, we've got good news, upon one hacker discovering the key to opening up RT devices like Microsoft's Surface tablet. It all boils down to one byte in memory, which the platform refers to in order to judge what level of control it should enforce ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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