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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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    It wouldn't be much of a high-profile smartphone or tablet launch if we didn't start hearing reports of all sorts of little weird, unexpected glitches cropping up over the following weeks. Apple knows that story all too well, but this time around it's Microsoft in the hot seat, upon a number of Surface owners reporting that their tablets have been unexpectedly muting themselves. These apparently random muting events seem tied to the use of a keyboard cover, and both the Touch and Type covers could be similarly affected. For whatever reason, sometimes the keyboards are misreporting a press ...

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    Late last month, we heard from an exec at Microsoft that the company had no plans to introduce Windows 8 tablets in any sizes below ten inches, apparently negating hopes that we'd see a Microsoft device go head-to-head with the likes of the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. While Microsoft may not have any Windows 8 plans along those lines, what if it has something slightly different in mind? A rumor out today suggests that Microsoft could be developing an Xbox-themed seven-inch tablet, running a custom Windows kernel. While it's not clear when Microsoft might hope to release such a product, The ...

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    Midway through last month, while we were still waiting for Microsoft's Surface tablet to hit retail, we heard Microsoft's Ricardo Lopez talk a little bit about just how much of the tablet's storage space would be taken up by the operating system. While Lopez's figures didn't give us a very detailed breakdown of just what would take up how much space, it was clear from what he had to say that a 16GB Surface tablet would have simply been unfeasible. Now that the Surface RT models have arrived, Microsoft is taking a little more time to explain just why Surface tablet arrive with so little ...

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    The holiday period is always a busy one, but when you've got industry-defining products launching from literally every major manufacturer and platform-maker, it's a special Q4 indeed. That's what we're looking at with this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: from Microsoft's new Surface RT and Windows Phones, to Google's new Nexus family, to Apple's iPad Mini, there's a lot to cover. Throw in a lot of Windows 8 and Android commentary, the typically awesome helping of listener mail, and the fact that two-thirds of the podcast team have bad head colds, and you get a sweet -if stuffy- hour and a ...

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    We've talked a lot about Google's Nexus strategy this week. Hurricane Sandy forced the company to cancel its planned unveiling event, but didn't stop it from officially taking the wraps off its new Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and revamped Nexus 7 devices in a considerably less-bombastic manner. The new smartphone and tablet array bear many similarities in appearance, functionality, and even pricing -- but perhaps the most significant common thread bonding the new siblings is in branding. The Nexus name is a young one, but it already boasts a storied history. When Google launched the brand's ...

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    The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is already shipping out to lucky customers and, while we had our hands-on with the slate and our own unit's unboxing, reports are generating a lot of controversy related to Windows RT and its capabilities. Furthermore, there also happens to be a lot of confusion regarding Windows RT and Windows 8. Regardless, the folks at PhoneArena apparently went down to a Microsoft Store to check the tablets out and one rep there was trying to reportedly convince them that "Windows RT is nearly identical to Windows 8". While this might be the case at a first, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent leaks of the Google Nexus 10, which now include actual photos of the device. Then we talk about Android 4.2 and the possible additions that we might receive on Monday October 29th. We later talk about the iPad pre-orders and how they've been performing after the Apple Online Store opened again. We then move to Xbox Smart Glass now reaching Android customers for free. We end today's show by talking about our unboxing and first impressions of the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. All this and more after the break.

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    "Welcome to Q3!" That's the greeting Anton D. Nagy had for Michael Fisher when the latter talked about the sheer volume of news to cover on this week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. And indeed, the ramp up to the holiday season in this, the third quarter of 2012, has been packed. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and a host of other manufacturers have all contributed to this month's veritable fountain of product releases and announcements, and Multimedia Editor Jaime Rivera joins us this week to talk about (almost) all of it. In this episode: Apple's iPad Mini and iPad 4, Microsoft's ...

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    Our Surface tablet has arrived right on time, letting us share with your our thoughts on just what Microsoft's managed to achieve here. You'll be hearing a lot more from us about Surface as we continue to dig in to the new experience, but not everyone who was expecting to have a Surface tablet by now is as lucky as us, with reports coming in that Microsoft is pushing back delivery estimates for certain pre-orders. Instead of Surface tablets arriving today, Microsoft has changed its tune to saying that some pre-orders will only ship as of today, and it could take until next Tuesday before ...

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    As you've no doubt seen, the Surface RT reviews are starting to come in. Ours isn't among them yet -stay tuned for our own commentary on Microsoft's newest, most important tablet computer launch- but a survey of the landscape shows early responses to be mixed. Most agree that the hardware is beautiful, something plain to most everyone at the Surface's unveiling event. Reviewer after reviewer calls out the tablet's solid build quality, the premium feel of its VaporMg magnesium alloy, and its innovative and useful Touch Cover and Type Cover. But it's not perfect; also mentioned by more than ...

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    Today we finally got our first chance to really handle a Microsoft Surface RT tablet.  We've been hearing that it really can't be described and that you have to hold it for yourself, and after I did get to hold it for myself, I can see why they say that.  It's very lightweight, very solid feeling, and the touch cover is fantastic.  It's very thin and wrapping it around the tablet makes the whole thing feel like a hard cover book.  Typing with the touch cover is a very unique experience.  It's not a capacitive keyboard like your phone's touch-screen where the keys activate with a light ...

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    If you've watched the Apple special event live on the internet to see the unveiling of the iPad mini and iPad 4 you will definitely be interested in seeing all about Microsoft's latest Windows 8. The buzz and anticipation is really high as Microsoft fans (and not only) are looking forward to seeing all about the new platform which might bring a solid competitor in the tablet market. Today, October 25, 2012, you can watch the Windows 8 launch live from New York, starting at 11:15am EDT. The broadcast will be live on Microsoft's website at the source link below. We'll be there to bring you ...

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    A large part of what makes Microsoft's Surface tablets so appealing is the thought Microsoft put into designing the tablet's various covers. Whether you're going with the Touch Cover or the Type Cover, they both look right at home on the tablet, and greatly enhance its functionality. Since learning just what kind of premium price these options demand, we may be suffering from a bit of sticker shock, but that doesn't detract from how cool they look. If you're interested in getting a little insight into how these guys came to be, Microsoft just released a short video talking about the Touch ...

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