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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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    You may have heard that Apple dropped some science on us this morning, with the announcement of a boatload of new desktops, notebooks, and tablets. Under normal circumstances, we'd be focused entirely on the new iPad Mini, the new offering Apple has crafted to bust its way into the 7-inch tablet space. And if you take a gander at our front page, you'll see that we're giving the little guy more than its fair share of love. But there's more news out there: the new, fourth generation iPad was also announced today, a full-size tablet some in the press have taken to calling the "iPad Maxi." No, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Microsoft Surface and how it's already shipping to certain lucky customers. Then we discus the Surface and Windows 8 since both Skype and Hulu+ will be available at the time of their launch in the Windows Store. Then we talk about the LG Nexus 4 and the recent rumors. Then we go through some future changes that will come to Google Wallet and why these matter. We end today's show talking about the iPad Mini event and all the predictions. All this and more after the break.

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    Whatever your feelings are about Windows 8 on the desktop, there's no denying that Microsoft has really set the platform up to shine on tablets. Between Windows RT and Windows 8 proper, there will be plenty of different ways for manufacturers to deliver hardware that features Microsoft's new platform. With Microsoft's own Surface tablets looking so good, though, who's going to be buying tablets from the other OEMs? The situation over in Redmond is a bit unique. With iOS or BlackBerry, users don't face anything like this, and are well used to getting their hardware from the company behind ...

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    It's rapidly starting to look like your best chance at getting a Surface tablet in the next couple weeks (unless you're order's already in, of course) is to head over to a Microsoft retail store. For those of you planning to make the trek, Microsoft has revealed an added incentive to help sweeten the deal, offering some customers a year's worth of premium Xbox Music service. We talked about Xbox Music a little last week, upon Microsoft announcing the cross-platform streaming service. While it's going to be free as an ad-supported edition on Windows 8 devices, a premium $10 monthly ...

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    We know that plenty of you were excited to see the start of Microsoft Surface RT pre-orders, as revealed by the responses to our poll. If you managed to get an early order in, you might want to keep a close eye on your email inbox, as some users are already reporting receiving confirmation that their new tablets have shipped. If you were holding off on placing an order, though, it's now looking like you're going to have an even longer wait on your hands. Officially, Surface becomes available on October 26, when you'll be able to grab a tablet at one of those pop-up stores Microsoft's been ...

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    I'll admit this has been one of the most interesting years in the tech industry. Never, in all the years of the existence of this publication, have we had so many press events at the same time. Never have we seen such bold competition between each of the companies that contribute to the market. Never have we had so much innovation on one year, and that's actually a great thing for us, the end consumer. Sadly, there's always something wrong with extremes. An example of what can happen when companies attack underdogs, is to see them die. Their innovation and contribution drowns along with ...

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    Pre-orders are a tough decision no matter how severe you gadget addiction is. On one hand, you know that if you pre-order, you'll be among the first to show-off a new gadget. On the other hand, if you don't, you'll know your decision will be a bit more informed. When Microsoft announced the pre-orders for their Microsoft Surface, I simply felt that they did too many things wrong for me to be impulsive about it. On one hand, Microsoft and I have a history of love and hate. I owned Windows PCs since Windows wasn't even bundled in the PC, back in the days of DOS 4.2. My first-ever mobile ...

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    "Once we get a slow news week, we're gonna talk about this in-depth." That's been the go-to fallback phrase for the Pocketnow Weekly for the past few weeks, and as the holiday shopping season approaches, we doubt that's going to change anytime soon. On this installment of the densest podcast in mobile tech, we talk about the LG Optimus G and the Nexus 4, HTC's new Butterfly J, Apple's forthcoming iPad Mini, and the Microsoft Surface pre-orders and pricing. Plus, Brandon Miniman continues last week's riffing regarding pen-based input methods, and special guest Joe Levi the Android Guy, ...

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    If there was ever a time for a "don't try this at home" warning, this is it. We know that Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablets should be pretty durable, featuring Gorilla Glass 2 displays, but scratches are one thing; just how strong is the tablet as a whole? Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division, recently gave a little demonstration showing just how much abuse Surface can take. After mounting a couple pairs of wheels to the Surface, Sinofsky jumped on and proceeded to ride the tablet around like a skateboard (a Surf-board, if you will). As if that ...

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    Now that Microsoft has revealed the pricing for the Windows RT-running Surface tablet, everyone's comparing those figures to the rest of the tablet landscape. A lot of that attention has been focused on Surface arriving at price points that seem to line up nicely with the Apple's iPad 3. The only difference is, while the $500 iPad 3 is Apple's 16GB model, the $500 Surface has 32GB storage. Could Microsoft have come up with an even cheaper Surface, beating Apple's prices, if it made a 16GB version available? It turns out that may not have been possible at all, upon news of just how much ...

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    It will definitely be interesting to see the numbers after one day (one week-end and why not, one week) of Surface pre-orders. Those who missed it, Microsoft flipped the switch on its webpage which is now accepting pre-orders for its Windows RT-powered Surface; secure one now and get it by October 26. However, with Microsoft's track record of being initially silent about official Windows Phone 7 numbers we can't get our hopes too high (though they'll likely be happy to publish them if they will be good). For what it's worth, the Redmond-based company is purportedly counting on three to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the Microsoft Surface pre-order details and why we believe you should wait. Then we talk about the new Asus Padfone 2, which may make its way to the US this holiday season. Later we discuss some of the recent rumors regarding a Nokia Lumia variant for Verizon and some unique enhancements it may have. Then we go through the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro pre-orders along with pricing and details. We end today's show talking about the iPad Mini press invites and some interesting details regarding the timing of the announcement. All this ...

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    Microsoft's been behaving a bit like Apple in regards to its announcement of its Surface tablets, providing a few key hardware specs but not really getting into much in the way of details. Luckily, with Surface RT pre-orders now underway, Microsoft's starting to open up quite a bit more about the Surface hardware, and some new specs sheets give us our best look yet into just what these tablets are capable of. You can check out the full chart below, but let's look at a couple key differences between the two Surface models. The RT Surface is 9.4 millimeters thick, while the Pro version bumps ...

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