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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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    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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's exclusive offer to new Nexus customers. We then talk about certain issues many of us have detected with Android 4.2. Asus makes the news with their possible $99 Nexus variant. Microsoft is also working on a probably Surface 2 combo of tablets, and this time the design and concept changes dramatically. We end today's show by talking about Nokia's recent job posting and how this could mean either Nokia Maps info on Android, or Android powered Nokia smartphones. All this and more after the break. Links: - Google’s Got Some Free TV ...

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    The Surface RT has made its debut, and with Microsoft confirming Surface Pro pricing and January availability yesterday, that model is well on its way to becoming a reality, as well. After that, though, then what? These are still probably a long way off, but some new rumors are attempting to take a stab at what hardware Microsoft's looking at for its next wave of Surface devices, and they suggest that this time we could be getting three models instead of two. While the first two Surface tablets have different resolutions, they both share the same 10.6-inch screen dimension. According to ...

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    Yesterday, we talked a little about just how crucial battery life is to smartphones and tablets, and our desire to see manufacturers really buckle-down to offer models with some next-generation power savings. Unfortunately, tonight we have two tales for you of tech that's just not delivering the kind of battery performance we might like to see, with both the upcoming Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet and Voice over LTE technology coming up short. Microsoft came through with the Surface Pro pricing today, and while that was the big Surface news, an interesting tidbit also popped-up on Twitter. ...

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    Some recent rumors have suggested that Microsoft might be thinking about speeding-up the release of the Windows 8 Pro version of its Surface tablet, in an effort to generate some consumer interest following a less-than-glowing reception for the Surface RT model. Well, according to Microsoft, those rumors of a December release are off, and we're still looking at a January launch, instead. While the company hasn't revealed a specific date just yet, it had some other Surface Pro details to share, finally disclosing pricing info. Microsoft sells the Surface RT 32GB model for about $500, and ...

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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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    Cyber Monday Update: We mentioned quite a few Cyber Monday deals last week, like AT&T's basically free-on-contract HTC One X (sadly, not plus) or Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Beyond that GS2, Samsung's got a few additional offers mentioned on its Facebook page, including savings on a second Samsung device when you buy one through AT&T, and don't forget that those Samsung T-Mobile deals we talked about are still good, including a $100 16GB Galaxy S III. Thanksgiving is now upon us, for those of you living in the US, at least, while for today that means turkey, uncomfortable ...

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    The Windows 8 RT version of Microsoft's Surface tablet is WiFi-only. The Windows 8 Pro version, as well, lacks a cellular radio. So, why would Verizon be interested in Surface? That's the question we find ourselves asking tonight, upon learning that the carrier has been setting up Surface displays in its retail stores. The source of the above image claims that the store's manager told him that Verizon and Microsoft had been keeping news of the carrier getting involved with Surface sales quiet. He added that he expected what Verizon ends up selling to be the regular WiFi-only Surface we're ...

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    In a recent interview with Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer took the opportunity to talk about the competition: Google, the Android-powered devices as well as the ecosystem, and Apple. According to the CEO, Android's ecosystem is “wild,” “uncontrolled” and susceptible to malware. Well, to be honest, Android does indeed have malware issues, but 72% of the market seems to disagree with the CEO of the company struggling for 3% smartphone market share. As far as Apple is concerned, the Cupertino ecosystem is “high-priced” according to ...

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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the Nokia Lumia 920T for the Chinese market. Then we talk about Microsoft's software upgrades coming to Windows 8 and Windows RT next Tuesday. We later go through some issues that Surface customers are having with the Touch Cover just days after their purchase. Then we talk about some of the recent batch of iPhone 5 complaints to show they're real. We end today's show talking about our hands-on video review of the Nokia Lumia 920 on AT&T and Nokia Lumia 810 on T-Mobile. All this and more after the break.

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    Microsoft's Smart Covers for its Surface Tablets, the Touch Cover and Type Cover, are definitely iconic components of the tablet's design, and anyone who's anyone is picking one up alongside their Surface purchase. Unfortunately, these covers also seem to be a source of problems for Microsoft, as we reported yesterday upon learning of problems with unintended audio muting. That's not the only glitch with these covers, as it turns out, and today we get word that some of them are simply peeling apart at their seams. This time, we're focusing on the Touch Cover. Users have been noticing that ...

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