Posts tagged with: Windows 8
  • by | March 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    We didn't really plan for it, but today we find ourselves taking a trip down memory lane to last year's Windows 8 tablets. First we checked out some evidence suggesting that Nokia's Lumia 2520 might miss out on a couple of the color options that had been initially teased at launch time, and now we jump on over to Microsoft's Surface 2, also following-up on some news for last year as we get word that an LTE-equipped version of the Windows RT tablet is incoming. Microsoft confirmed last fall that an LTE version of the Surface was planned, with the intent of finally making the tablet ...

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  • by | March 10, 2014 2:55 PM

    It's only been about four-and-a-half months now since Nokia officially introduced its Lumia 2520 tablet, and it's already started fading from the spotlight. While eagerly awaited, once it got here our attention quickly shifted to devices like the Lumia Icon, not to mention rumors of additional tablets, like a possible eight-incher. In fact, we haven't had cause to discuss the 2520 for months now, following its appearance in the Pocketnow Readers' Choice awards. But now it's back on our minds, as we learn that some promised versions of the 2520 may never see the light of day. Back when it ...

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  • by | February 21, 2014 3:59 PM

    Of all the names you're hearing mentioned as we look forward to what to expect from MWC 2014, you probably haven't picked up on much chatter about ASUS. And really, considering how much hardware the company brought along to CES just last month, that's perfectly understandable. One of the most promising devices ASUS launched back then was its Transformer Book Duet, a tablet with a keyboard dock that could instantly switch back and forth between Android and Windows 8. Been wondering about when it might see the light of day? Us too, but now a new rumor claims that day may never come, thanks ...

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  • by | February 14, 2014 2:38 PM

    Do you often find yourself confused by what manufacturers could be thinking when they push phablet size up past the six-inch mark? Are Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO 12.2 so ostentatiously large as to make them unpalatable? We may have to ask you to leave the room for a moment, because this next Android model we're looking at could very well cause your head to explode, Scanners-style: later this year, you'll be able to order a 46-inch Android-powered coffee table. Ideum already sells its Platform 46 Coffee Table running Windows 8, but this week announced a forthcoming Android ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 5:53 AM

    Ever since the iPad first started becoming popular, photographers have been searching for a way to integrate it with their professional workflows.  Unfortunately, the iPad really wasn't designed for professional workflows, so that has proven pretty difficult.  Instead, usually photographers wait until they can plug their camera memory cards into a laptop or desktop PC running something like Adobe Lightroom before they start working with the photos they shoot.  The problem with Lightroom is that you have to import everything into the database and that can be extremely time consuming.  ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 6:49 AM

    You may have heard the news recently that LogMeIn's free accounts are being discontinued.  I switched to LogMeIn for remote PC access back when Microsoft discontinued their super-awesome Live Mesh software which did a similar thing and much more.  Basically, you install the software on which ever computers you own and then you can use your single LogMeIn account to access those PCs remotely via the web or any of their mobile apps.  Now that LogMeIn is no longer free, it's time to find something else that will let me access my home personal computer periodically.  Goodbye LogMeIn. Hello ...

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  • by | January 27, 2014 8:50 AM

    We heard recently that Microsoft's new speech interface codenamed "Cortana" might make use of the same voice used in the Halo video game series' Cortana character.  The character in the games is voiced by Jen Taylor and basically she's an artificial intelligence system that helps out the player at different points during the game's story.  Cortana is considered a "smart" artificial intelligence since her creative matrix is allowed to expand where as "dumb" AI systems retain a limited creative matrix. The Cortana interface for Windows Phone is expected to be available in beta come April ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 8:21 PM

    It's not difficult to recall the glory days of HTC. The Nexus One is easily one of the company's more memorable smartphones. But that's just one in a long line of fantastic smartphones and other devices. The EVO 4G, G1, Touch Pro series, HD2, Desire line, and several more are not only HTC classics, they're considered classics by many for the entire history of smartphones. They each played a major part in what we all consider high-end smartphones today. And while HTC may not be the current front runner, it showed us in 2013 that it means business, and it will not go down without putting up ...

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  • by | January 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    There’s no denying that the tablet industry has evolved at a tremendous pace in less than three years. For those of us non-believers of the original Microsoft Tablet PC, or even the first iPad and its potential, it was hard to even predict that the services and devices that we see ubiquitous today, would’ve been possible so quickly. That being said, there is no such thing as a perfect tablet, and not every device fits every user. Make sure you watch today’s Top 5 as we talk about the things we all wish to see happening in 2014. We discuss the things that are still not fixed, and the ...

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  • by | December 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Update 2: Consider this your double-secret probation, absolute last-chance notice: the polls close tonight. Get your votes in while you can, and check back on Monday to see the winners! Update: It's been just about one month since our year-end readers' poll got started, where we asked you to pick your favorite phone and favorite tablet from 2013. So far the response has been great; we've heard from thousands upon thousands of you already. Still, we're going to have to close the polls sooner or later and actually announce our winners, so we're setting an end point for this all: you have ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    Let’s face it, tablets aren’t perfect. We’ve had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don’t think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don’t. There are companies that’ll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, tablets aren’t new. We’ve used them for over a decade, and it’s interesting to note that ...

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  • by | November 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    I don’t know about you, but I had my first computer back in 1992. It was really my Dad's, but I was the only one that used it for many reasons that I’ll explain later. It was a clone PC with a 386 processor, 2MB of RAM, an 20MB HDD, and it ran DOS 4.2. I remember every single DOS command I needed to operate it before we upgraded to Windows 3.1, and I would enjoy playing Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nuken, and other titles that made this my only game console for years to come. Still, one of the things I remember most about those times is that computers daunted regular people. ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 7:00 AM

    People hate change. This is not a surprise. People are content waking up every day, going to work, coming home, kissing the kids, patting the wife’s butt and going to bed. Rinse. Repeat. But when something throws a wrench into those gears, people tend to freak out. If the change is small, they freak out less. If the change is big, they freak out more. If the change is Windows 7 to Windows 8…bedlam. And they’re not crazy for it. Boy, I’ll tell you in my days as a technical supporter there were very few days more stressful than those leading up to Windows 8’s official release. How ...

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  • by | November 13, 2013 4:33 AM

    Microsoft's Joe Belfiore is taking over some Internet Explorer duties within the company as his predecessor, Dean Hachamovitch, the person in charge with IE over the past years, is transitioning to another team within the software-giant. The Verge reports that Belfiore will lead a team focused on the app side of Internet Explorer and the user experience, something confirmed by Belfiore himself on Twitter. "Everyone asking: I’m still doing phone work, just adding IE & Windows UX as part of my next role focused on "phone/tablet/pc”. #notgoodbye!", says the tweet at the source ...

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