Posts tagged with: Windows 8.1
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    Just about one month back, we saw Microsoft unveil its latest tablet offerings. And while most of us were expecting something along the lines of a Surface Mini, Microsoft went and threw us for a loop, instead using its launch event to introduce the Surface Pro 3, just seven months following the release of the Surface Pro 2. That's very much some speedy iPad 3/iPad 4-style timing, and the short lifespan of the Pro 2 seems to have left Microsoft with an abundance of stock. If you can live without having the very latest-and-greatest, though, this situation affords you an opportunity to pick ...

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    Everyone seems to want to have a crack at making a smartwatch, Microsoft seemingly notwithstanding. If this latest report is to be believed, the company is indeed hard at work on a wrist-mounted wearable with a custom Windows build to boot. The watch reportedly features a flat, elongated display, though not freakishly large as one's imagination might assume. The inner portion resting against the user's skin is curved, allegedly, and the display itself is said to be fairly low-resolution. GearLive refers to the device as "the Surface watch," and reports that it has a similar interface ...

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    More than most, I want to believe the tablet-computer hybrid is possible. In fact, I know it is. That's exactly why I moved absolutely as many tasks as possible over to my iPad mini from the MacBook Pro. With the exception of intensive video editing and some of the fine-tunings of publishing stories here on Pocketnow, I can easily perform most of my daily tasks with the iPad mini paired with the ZAGGkeys Cover Bluetooth keyboard. It's a nifty little accessory that essentially transforms the iPad mini into a miniature, underpowered netbook. Why bother, though, if it's underpowered and I ...

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    A little over two months ago, Microsoft introduced its version of Office for the iPad. While that was fantastic to see arrive, if not quite a bit overdue, it also managed to help punctuate just where Microsoft's mobile aspirations for Office were still lacking; for instance, we had Office Mobile for Android smartphones, and Microsoft even made it free for home use, but there was still no Android tablet version. A new report not only affirms that such an Android tablet release is still in the works, but suggests that it might even beat a native Windows 8 Metro version to market. Supposedly, ...

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    Back in March of 2013 we reviewed the original Surface Pro, and established that it can most certainly replace your laptop provided you adapt to the small 10" screen, buy the Type Cover keyboard instead of the Touch Cover, and learn to use the stylus instead of a trackpad or mouse. Today we're looking at the third generation Surface Pro, a device capable of almost everything the original was, with some significant improvements to boot. The Surface Pro 2 was probably the best tablet I've ever used. Since I'm more than just a tech journalist, I need the power to use real high-end creative ...

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    Like many, I found myself to be particularly impressed by the Surface Pro 3 when it debuted. It was a fascinating event filled with some deep fried cool and just enough weird to keep everyone off balance. As off balance as a Surface in your lap! See what I did there? Ok, I’ll stop now. But just based on what I saw, I’d be willing to replace my MacBook Air with a Surface Pro 3. The combination of power, size, and speed gave the whole tablet a chutzpah that’s frankly hard to ignore. Why is it hard to ignore? Because as I’ve said from the beginning (or near the beginning anyway) I ...

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    The last time we had the opportunity to talk to you about a Toshiba tablet, we were looking at the eight-inch Encore running Windows 8 late last summer. At $330, it was already a pretty affordable tablet, but even that low price isn't low enough for Toshiba. Today we see the company introduce not just two new Windows tablets that manage to outdo the Encore when it comes to affordability, but also an Android model with an extremely low price of its own. On the Windows side of the fence we get the two new Encore 2 tablets, an 8-inch and 10-inch model. Both run quad-core Atoms, and both have ...

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    The Surface Pro 2 was the best tablet that I've ever used. The new Surface Pro 3 brings a lot of upgrades to that device, but there are also a few changes that I'm a bit uneasy about.  First, we'll start with the new features that are just fantastic and make the Surface Pro 2 look like old news.  The screen!!  I love the 12" screen on the Surface Pro 3.  This is the size of the screen that I've been used to on my older Windows tablets that were running Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The 3 by 2 aspect ratio may seem too roomy in some of the Metro apps, but in desktop programs like ...

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    Though we're now onto the Surface Pro 3, some of Microsoft's older offerings may still be worth the buy. As part of its Memorial Day sale, Microsoft is offering up the 64GB original Surface for $249, and tossing in a Touch Cover for just $30 more. Nothing has changed about the Windows RT tablet -- it still has the same 10.6-inch 1366x768 display, 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Whether that is enough for you entirely depends on your use-case. If you rarely ever need your computer for intensive tasks such as video editing, and can live with the app selection on ...

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    If there's one thing we like more than great smartphones, it's a great smartphone that's also a fantastic value. Early last year, Nokia brought us the Lumia 520, which we've seen sell for as low as $45. Then in the fall we got the 525 (above), which followed closely in the 520's shoes while delivering some much appreciated updates, like a doubling of the handset's RAM. Problem is, the 525 hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as the 520; will a new model ever arrive with the same global appeal of the 520? Rumors from a couple months back talked about a possible Lumia 530, and while details were ...

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    One of the announcements a lot of us were expecting from Tuesday's Microsoft event was of a smaller version of its Surface tablet, the Surface Mini. We actually saw a report just hours before the event claiming that we would not see a Surface Mini announced because of a fear of bad sales. We are now getting more insight into the reasons for why this tablet was possibly cancelled. According to Neowin, the tablet was cancelled two or days before it was set to be revealed. Word is out that Microsoft may have a stash of 15 to 20 thousand of these tablets already manufactured, either to stay ...

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    A product recall is generally no fun for any of the parties involved. The manufacturer has to deal with a huge expense, retailers get frustrated by not having products on their shelves, and end users are left inconvenienced. Last month we told you about a headache Nokia was facing over the chargers used on certain international editions of the Lumia 2520 tablet, after learning that they posed a small but tangible risk of electrocuting the user during operation. From what we heard at the time, it sounded like Nokia was handling things well, halting sales of the tablet and advising owners to ...

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    May 20 is upon us, which means it's time for Microsoft's latest press event. Invites went out two weeks ago, quickly fueling speculation that the company would announce a Surface Mini. In the time that's followed, we've also heard claims of a possible Surface Pro 3, and more recent rumors have suggested that instead of something smaller, we're looking at something bigger – maybe Surface models up in the 12-inch range. We sent Pocketnow's Adam Z Lein to New York this morning to find out. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella got things started, taking the stage to talk about a “major step ...

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    You might remember Lenovo as the company who purchased Motorola, or, you might remember our booth tour from MWC 2014, where we tried to show you what Lenovo and its products are all about. Well, the company has recently announced its latest "premium multimode business tablet", the Lenovo ThinkPad 10. If you're interested, you should know that it is priced at $599 and will be available in June online, as well as with select retailers. The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 packs, as the name implies, a 10-inch Full HD screen protected by Gorilla Glass (by the way, the construction of the slate is achieved ...

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    A Surface Mini has been rumored for quite some time -- actually, since last year -- and according to recent reports, it might land, finally, this month. There will be a certain May 20 Microsoft event where the smaller slate is expected to make an appearance, and the inter webs are already trying to anticipate some of the features (or lack thereof). Bloomberg now weighs in on the topic citing unnamed sources that confirm the May 20 unveiling of the Surface Mini. Even more, the new product will likely ditch NVIDIA as a chip maker powering it; instead, the Surface Mini will be powered by ...

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