Posts tagged with: Windows 8.1
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    For those of you interested in a productivity tablet that won't burn a hole in your wallet, Asus left us quite impressed at CES with its announcement of the Asus VivoTab Note 8. What made this tablet special is the fact that it's a full Windows 8.1 tablet that also supports a Wacom digitizer for stylus input, and that was aggressively priced at just $299, according to Asus. The tablet is now officially launched on the Microsoft Store, though with two minor set-backs as it's being priced $30 over the initial price that Asus confirmed, and also because it's already out of stock online, and ...

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    2013 saw Intel make some of its most significant progress to date in getting its chips back into mobile electronics. Sure, 2012 had early entries like the Motorola Razr i, but by last year Intel was really stepping up the number of products incorporating its silicon. Even really high-profile names like Samsung were experimenting with Intel SoCs. But could Intel be trying just a bit too hard to reclaim some of its glory days, like when XScale chips were a staple of the PDA scene? A new report claims that Intel has been subsidizing sales of its Atom chips to such an extent that it's not ...

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    It's a journey that started back in August of last year, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to step down from the position after serving as CEO since the year 2000: over the months that followed, we've been hearing all manner of rumors concerning who Microsoft would pick to fill those CEO shoes. Those have included names like Nokia's Stephen Elop, Ford's Alan Mulally, and most recently the surprising addition of Google's Sundar Pichai. This morning Microsoft goes public with its decision, announcing Satya Nadella as the company's third CEO. Despite that late-stage ...

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    A few weeks back at CES we first heard about Lenovo's ThinkPad 8, another compact Windows 8.1 tablet. But unlike some of the real budget-minded options, Lenovo's tablet had the specs to potentially attract business users: things like a 1920 x 1200 display, metal body, and options for a whole boatload of storage. Unsurprisingly, we were pretty taken with this slate, especially since it still managed to deliver all this while being comparatively affordable, set to sell starting around $400. We knew that sales were set to begin this month, and today see Lenovo start accepting orders for the ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 promises to make a number of big changes to Microsoft's smartphone platform. We've already seen evidence showing the move away from mandatory hardware buttons, in favor of on-screen virtual alternatives, we could finally get a full-fledged notification center, and its launch could mark the arrival of Microsoft's Cortana voice-assist service. Suffice it to say, we're excited. We've been talking about a release sometime this spring, but just when can we actually hope to see updates start going out? The always plugged-in Mary Jo Foley has been talking about Microsoft's ...

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    One week back, we were talking about the forthcoming arrival of Nokia's quarterly figures, and floated a theory based on some of the disclaimers the company shared that the publication of that report might just coincide with the culmination of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business. Well, that hasn't actually come to pass just yet, but those numbers themselves have indeed arrive, alongside a set from Microsoft itself. Let's take a look at how both of the companies fared in the mobile space in Q4 2013: Nokia's situation isn't great, but it's not awful, either. Bottom line: ...

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    Considering all the teasers it had been dropping, we sure had some pretty high expectations for today's ASUS CES announcement. The company had been hinting at a dual-boot Android/Windows tablet, and a later video sure seemed to imply we'd be seeing new smartphones in 4, 5, and 6-inch screen sizes. Now that's all been confirmed, as well as some surprises. The Transformer Book Duet is ASUS's new dual-boot, hybrid, all-sorts-of-convertible tablet. It goes from Android to Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button, and from tablet to notebook with its keyboard dock. There's a beefy Intel Core i7 ...

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    As smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini have gained traction, we knew it was only a matter of time before these became a more popular breed among different platforms and OEMs. Microsoft's answer to this new market is Windows 8.1, though Redmond's strategy was to bring us more powerful tablets by allowing us to use a full desktop operating system on an 8-inch tablet. Both Dell and Toshiba have pioneered this market with their inexpensive offerings late last year, but none of these companies offered us a really powerful business tablet, as Lenovo claims to do so with their ...

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    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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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 was one of the best tablets of 2013. Not only were we impressed by what we saw, but you readers voted it your third favorite tablet of the year, bested only by the Nexus 7 and iPad Air. Out of the gate, it was already a solid performer, running an Intel Core i5 Haswell at 1.6GHz. By now the tablet is less than three months old, yet Microsoft is already taking revisiting its design choices, upgrading that chip to a newer, faster component. Instead of the 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U that initially powered the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft is transitioning the tablet to a 1.9GHz ...

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    Six weeks ago, we came to you with a simple request: tell us what you think were the best smartphones and best tablets of 2013. In the time that's followed we've seen you vote... and vote, and vote, and vote. This past Friday, we finally closed the polls and got to the business of declaring some winners. With no further ado, let's start checking out what you chose, beginning with smartphones: With twenty-three choices, voters had a lot of options to consider. Everybody got some votes (though we have to tip a special last-place hat to the BlackBerry Q10, which managed to get an embarrassing ...

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    It's been nearly four months now since Steve Ballmer announced his intention to step down as Microsoft's second-ever CEO, with plans to wrap things up over the following year. Even with plenty of time to make that transition, we heard claims since then that Microsoft really wanted to get on top of this, and would make its decision on new leadership before the year's out. Well, as should be painfully obvious by now, 2013 is on its last legs, and in just a fortnight the year will be behind us; is that enough time for Microsoft to choose a new CEO? Don't count on it, as the company just ...

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    It's been a while now since we heard anything new about Microsoft's possible plans for a Surface 2 Mini, after a number of rumors attempted to describe such hardware a couple months back. At the time, we didn't have a firm grasp on many specifics, with details like screen aspect ratio, size, and resolution still up in the air. While we can't yet say if it's any more accurate, today we get to check out some new claims about the hardware and hear about some possible features. For starters, instead of a 4:3 display in the seven-inch range, apparently we're now looking at a widescreen 1080p ...

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    As if we didn't have enough downright unusual Nokia rumors floating around today, with word that the Lumia 929 might forgo the number-based naming strategy we know and love and could arrive simply as the Lumia Icon, now we're hearing that a very promising device may have hit a roadblock, upon the suggestion that Nokia's canceled its plans for an 8.3-inch tablet. This was the model we've been following as codename Illusionist, which for quite a while we just heard about as a smaller slate than the 2520, with a screen measuring somewhere in the eight-inch-range. Then just last week we saw ...

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    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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    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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    Windows Phone has ended up as a bit of a Nokia-only show. Sure, we still see signs of work on an odd device from another hardware partner every now and then, but those hardly add up to a significant slice of the platform's share. While some WP fans would like nothing more than to keep seeing Nokia dominate, Microsoft may be wishing that more OEMs were interested in releasing new hardware, and could be considering some big changes to how it licenses its platforms, including making both Windows Phone and Windows RT free for OEMs. This isn't the first time we've heard something along these ...

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    We've sure got the Nokia Lumia 2520 (above) filling the full-sized tablet spot in the brand's lineup, but rumors have also been pretty insistent that Nokia's got some more tablet action in the works, and that might include a device that could provide the company's supporters with a slightly smaller option. Recently, there's been talk of a model codenamed Illusionist, which could be a tablet somewhere in the eight-inch range. We might finally have a firm figure for that measurement, as we see evidence of an 8.3-inch Nokia model RX-115. Well, to be fair the name “Nokia” doesn't show up ...

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    Sometimes the best deals around can be among the hardest to get. That Moto X $150-off promotion just flew by fast; if you weren't ready to jump on Motorola's site right at noon, chances are you missed out again. That one's gone for good, but now we're hearing about a whole lot of new deals popping up over on the Windows side of the street, and once again we're seeing some opportunities for big savings – if you're fast. Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals will have one product a day on through Friday of next week. There's an all-day-long daily deal, good online and in stores, as well as a much ...

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    There are a lot of people out there that absolutely hate Windows 8.1. Most of the critics out there on the internet harp on about a handful of things that are pretty easy to overcome once you put some time into learning the operating system. I've been using Windows 8.1 since it was in beta, and I've been using the final version since it was released to manufacturing, so I've had a good amount of time to get used to the new features and learn all about them. There are a lot of things that I absolutely love about the new operating system, but there are also a number of things that I really ...

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    Windows 8.1 has been around for a couple months now and there's lots of new tablets, laptops, and PCs available for the holiday season. As you know, Windows 8 was met with lots of criticism for being so different and Windows 8.1 was designed to appease some of those issues and improve upon some others. There are many changes in Windows 8.1; some of them you'll love, some of them you might hate, and some that might take a while to get used to. I've been using it since it was in beta, and I've been using the final version since it was released to manufacturing, so I've had a good amount of ...

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    Cyber Monday Update: Hope you got what you wanted to on Black Friday, because now we're into a new week, a new month, and plenty of new deals. We already told you about a number of the Cyber Monday offers that were revealed early, like that $150 Moto X savings (which is so awesome it broke Motorola's website), but now that the day's finally arrived, we have some more deals to share with you. We've been wondering what to expect from Amazon, and now we get our answers: today you'll find a 16GB 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX for about $170, a savings of $50. In fact, that discount applies to all the ...

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    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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    Right now, Microsoft finds itself in the uncomfortable position of managing three app ecosystems, none compatible with the others; we've got Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, and the full-blown Windows 8.1. More and more lately, we've been talking about an inevitable merger between at least some of these disparate families, hearing rumors about Microsoft going to a unified app store next year, and discussing exactly how crossover devices might work. Today we get to see some new commentary along that line, thanks to an interview with Microsoft's Julie Larson-Green at last week's UBS Global Tech ...

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    "Avalanches above, business continues below." That's a lyric from a very weird song, but it also encapsulates the goings-on in the Pocketnow offices this week - with technology news bubbling up from the outside world even as review devices tumble down from above. We'll talk about those devices as well as the rest of the happenings in the mobile technology world, and we'll take questions from your listener mail in the ninety minutes of this week's podcast. (We'll also take every opportunity to distract you from Michael Fisher's awful audio quality with promises of G Flex coverage, coming ...

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