Posts tagged with: Windows 8.1
  • by | October 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    Windows RT continues to cause Microsoft headaches, and while some users are perfectly happy with what it offers, others have been frustrated by limited functionality and app selection when compared to tablets running full versions of Windows 8. We've already seen Microsoft drop the “RT” name from the Surface 2, and recently heard the company discussing user confusion stemming from the RT/Pro distinction. This week, we see some further signs of this move to distance itself from the memory of RT. First up, there's the old Surface RT itself. While the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 3:05 PM

    Unless you're very lucky, if you use a mobile device to get online in the United States, you're probably paying too much for data. Sure, there are some good deals out there, but especially when you look at just what you're paying per gigabyte (assuming you even get that much) with the major carriers, it's easy to feel like you're being taken advantage of. But are you to do? We're so used to ubiquitous connectivity at this point, that some of us see even excessive data pricing as a necessary burden – just the times we live in. Well, T-Mobile is not content to just go with the flow, and is ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 11:42 AM

    Nokia's announcements today have come and gone, and while we didn't end up seeing every last little product we heard rumored, the big ones sure landed. That means that the first Nokia Windows RT tablet is now official, the Lumia 2520. And what a tablet it is: 1080p display, 2GB RAM, LTE connectivity, and the stalwart Snapdragon 800 powering everything. But is it really everything it could be? Nokia says the tablet "takes everything you've got in your desktop or laptop and crams all that into a device that’s only 8.9mm thick and weighs a little over a pound." Well, I don't think that's ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 5:43 PM

    Apple's not the only one with big news coming soon, and in just a matter of hours, Nokia's throwing a Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. There's a lot to cover here, so let's dive right in to the device that feels like it's the nexus of this announcement, the Lumia 1520. Well, it wasn't always the 1520 - not to us anyway. We've been talking about the general idea of a phablet-sized Lumia for a while, and back in August, that started taking shape as a phone codenamed Bandit. Before the month was out, we heard that Bandit might launch as the 1520, and our first look at fully-assembled hardware ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Acer Iconia W4 tablet, and it's budget-friendly options for Windows 8.1. Microsoft follows with their Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS. Google is next as their quarter results prove that Motorola still needs a lot of work. We then talk about the recent leaked renders of the Google Nexus 5 fro Telus. We end today's show talking about the Nokia Facet concept smartwatch that probably won't see the light of day. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Acer Iconia W4 arrives to make budget Windows 8.1 tablet space a little more ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 1:10 PM

    Over the past couple weeks, we've been seeing a new surge of interest from manufacturers in really budget-priced tablets running full Windows 8.1 on some decent enough hardware. We had Dell and the Venue 8 Pro, then yesterday's Lenovo Miix2. Today, we have one more name to add to the roster, as Acer shares news of its Iconia W4. Keep in mind, we only just saw Acer launch the Iconia W3 four months ago at Computex in June, and now we're moving on to its sequel. We're still looking at a 1280 x 800 eight-inch display but this time the screen's reportedly of much higher quality – a big ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 6:53 AM

    As Windows 8.1 becomes public, lots of apps are expected to either surge or update within the next couple of days. One of these is a new and official Facebook App, which plans to offer you a more immersive experience with the social network, even if all the invitations to Candy Crush will do an opposite job in making you want to leave. Among the enhancements that this app brings:   Your friends are always at your side, even when you’re using other apps See what your friends are up to Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts Get updates on your Start screen Share ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    Forget Windows RT: the most interesting thing happening with Windows tablets lately is arguably the rise of incredibly affordable slates running full-on Windows 8.1 – no RT restrictions. We just saw Dell introduce its Venue 8 Pro, starting at a super-cheap $300 sticker price, and now it looks like Lenovo wants in on that action, too, announcing an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet of its own. Like that Dell, Lenovo's Miix2 features a 1280 x 800 display, runs a Bay Trail Atom, and sells starting at $300. That's for the base 32GB option; Lenovo has also announced 64GB and 128GB versions, but ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 7:02 AM

    We're in the home stretch now: less than one week to go until Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, when rumors claim that half a dozen or more new Nokia devices will make themselves officially known to the world for the first time. Sure, it feels like a lot of that has leaked already, but as recent development's like yesterday's rumor about the Nokia Guru make clear, there's still plenty of room for surprises. One model in particular we've been expecting for Nokia to debut is the company's first Windows 8 tablet, presumed to arrive as the Lumia 2520. At least, this would be a prime opportunity to ...

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  • by | October 11, 2013 3:15 PM

    It was just a couple hours ago that we were lamenting the dearth of opportunities we've had to get a good look at Nokia's rumored Lumia 2520 tablet. We had that rear shot which didn't show much of anything at all, a newer rear shot that may or may not reveal a kickstand, though so closely cropped-in as to obscure much of the device, and that old red render of uncertain provenance. Today we get what very well may be our first clear, crisp, clean glance at the 2520, with a press render of the tablet in cyan leaking. Or first impression is that this largely matches that red render, allowing ...

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  • by | October 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    We've yet to get a really good look at this rumored Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, but that hasn't stopped the device from dominating a lot of the talk about the upcoming Nokia World announcement in two weeks. With any luck, we'll see the tablet launch then, bringing Nokia into the world of Windows RT. A lot of details have already leaked, and today we turn our attention to specifics concerning just how the tablet will arrive, talking about when Verizon might add the 2520 to its stable. Supposedly, Verizon's either getting the Lumia 2520 on November 17 or 18, just about four weeks after the ...

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  • by | October 10, 2013 3:03 PM

    In just twelve days from now, Nokia has its big announcement planned for Abu Dhabi, where we've heard the company could have a half a dozen or more devices to launch. We've spent a lot of time talking about just what those could be, and have a number of Lumia phones, as well as that 2520 tablet, as possible contenders. Today, Nokia announced plans to make the Nokia World event viewable to those of us who just can't get to the Persian Gulf that morning, and in doing so has managed to get a new rumor started. The streaming will be available through the company's Nokia Conversations site, but ...

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  • by | October 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    Microsoft has an opportunity here. It may not realize it, being minus one CEO and all, but there is opportunity for advancement here. Android is a fantastically popular operating system. It's incredible. The meteoric rise of Android from Verizon's DROID to what it is today has been a beautiful thing to behold. But there is one place were Android has not been able to make a dent. Sure it has made nicks here and there, but no dents. And that is in the tablet space. You remember tablets, right? They're those things that run iOS and make people vomit. It's almost silly how absolutely and ...

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  • by | October 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    Last week, we heard a very interesting rumor, suggesting that Microsoft was courting HTC to produce smartphones that would allow users to boot into either Android or Windows Phone, and was motivated enough to make this happen that it would seriously reduce WP8 licensing fees, if not just give HTC access to the platform totally for free. That's fascinating enough on its own, but now we hear that Microsoft's ambitions could be even grander, and might involve additional OEMs. We're working from a translated Russian report from Eldar Murtazin, so some of the specifics may be lost to the ...

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  • by | October 7, 2013 4:33 PM

    Earlier today, we looked at what might just be the latest picture to leak of Nokia's upcoming Windows RT tablet. As we mentioned then, this device was once referred to by the codename Sirius, though more recently rumors have suggested it could launch as the Lumia 2520. While that's still not confirmed, some interesting behavior by the search function on Nokia's website is being interpreted by some as evidence in support of that model number. What's happening is that if you search Nokia's US site for "Lumia 2520" or even just the number 2520 itself, you get a single result: a short FAQ ...

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