Posts tagged with: Surface
  • by | January 6, 2013 8:16 PM

    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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  • by | December 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    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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  • by | December 24, 2012 7:01 AM

    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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  • by | December 14, 2012 4:27 PM

    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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  • by | December 12, 2012 2:53 PM

    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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  • by | December 11, 2012 5:21 PM

    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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  • by | December 11, 2012 10:58 AM

    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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  • by | December 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    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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  • by | December 4, 2012 4:36 PM

    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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  • by | November 30, 2012 7:00 PM

    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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  • by | November 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    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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  • by | November 29, 2012 5:10 PM

    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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  • by | November 29, 2012 2:18 PM

    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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  • by | November 29, 2012 4:32 AM

    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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  • by | November 22, 2012 9:34 AM

    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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