Posts tagged with: Windows 8.1
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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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    Nokia's first Windows 8 tablet is now here, with the Lumia 2520 finally available for sale. The 10.1-inch slate will run you about $400 with a carrier subsidy, or $500 free-and-clear. We've already given you a hands-on look at the model, and our full review is forthcoming. One thing that's not available just yet, however, is the tablet's official Power Keyboard, a combination wrap-around cover/stand/extended battery/keyboard/USB expansion hub. When it finally does go up for sale you'll be able to snag one for an extra $150, but Nokia's got a much better deal in store for early 2520 ...

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    It was just a few short months ago that the idea of a "Nokia tablet" was fodder for only the most speculation-heavy episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Well, time sure moves quickly, doesn’t it? The Lumia 2520 is the latest in a long line of Nokia devices we’ve covered this season, but as the company's first-ever Windows tablet, it deserves a close look before it goes on sale at AT&T this Friday. Announced at Nokia World 2013 and further teased via availability leaks ever since, the device has finally made its way to Pocketnow's Boston offices for a thorough battery of ...

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    De-packaging gadgets is fun enough as it is, but the joy is multiplied tenfold when the subject of the unboxing is a device you never thought would see the light of day. For months, the notion of a "Nokia tablet" has been little more than fodder for speculative debate on slow-news editions of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. But now it's here, willed into solid reality by the events of Nokia World 2013, its sleek rounded edges beckoning from within its staid retail packaging. And by gum, we're gonna review it. But before we do that, we've got to get it out of its box. So tune in as we slip ...

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    Nokia's first Windows 8 tablet is now a reality, as we saw the Lumia 2520 go official at last month's Nokia World event. We're already getting knee-deep in rumors about where Nokia's tablet plans could be going from here, but before we get ahead of ourselves, there's still the matter of the 2520 actually hitting the market. Last week, we heard some rumors about the US launch situation, and checked out a leak that seemed to reveal plans for the start of AT&T's sales. Today the carrier speaks up about the situation, laying out just how you can get your hands on Nokia's tablet. Confirming ...

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    Samsung may be stretching its tablet lineup to new sizes with the Galaxy Note 12.2, but compared to some models from other manufacturers, even that's comparatively tiny. Remember all the way back in January, when we were still drooling over everything CES had to reveal? One of the boundary-pushing products we saw announced was a massive twenty-inch tablet from Panasonic, with a 4K 3840 x 2560 panel that put everyone else to shame. We went hands on with the Windows 8 device at the time, and learned that Panasonic aimed to get this behemoth selling before the end of 2013. We'd practically ...

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    Back at the start of October, Dell unveiled a set of four new tablets. The Android models didn't instill us with a whole lot of desire, but the manufacturer's pair of new Windows 8.1 tablets – and full-blown, not RT, mind you – really struck a chord with us. Those were the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro, and we brought you an early hands-on to introduce you to them. Now, we already saw orders for most of these guys open last month, but the Venue 11 Pro's fate was a little up in the air; we knew to expect it sometime in November, but when? It looks like today's the day, and Dell has now ...

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    What the heck is going on with Nokia's Lumia 1520 and the phone's retail availability? We just saw pre-orders open, apparently with the intent to make the handset available on November 15, only to have Microsoft subsequently do an about-face, insisting that the orders went live prematurely, and putting a halt to them. So where does that leave us? Well, if we're to believe the latest leak, the 1520 is still on its way, but just a little later than expected, and should be showing up arm-in-arm with the Lumia 2520. Leaks identify the retail launch date for the 1520 at AT&T as Friday, ...

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    With Windows Phone 8, we're well used to seeing Nokia going above and beyond in the software department, gifting its Lumia handsets with exclusive apps that have really helped cement Nokia's place as king of the platform. Last month, we finally got confirmation of Nokia's first efforts with Windows RT, as the company announced its Lumia 2520 tablet. Unsurprisingly, it too will arrive with the benefit of some software exclusives, and today Nokia has taken to its blog to highlight the features we can expect from one of these, the Nokia Video Director. The trick for Nokia was delivering a ...

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    We were only just talking about the phones we got to see (and those we didn't) at last month's Nokia World launch event, but handsets weren't the only products on the agenda back then: we also got to see Nokia launch its first Windows 8 tablet, the RT-running 10.1-inch Lumia 2520. While there weren't too many surprises there, in the weeks leading up to its launch we found ourselves wondering at least once if Nokia might not be working on multiple tablets; could we still get another one, in addition to the 2520? That's what the latest leaks suggest, claiming that Nokia's working on a tablet ...

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    It's been just over a month since Microsoft launched the 2013 Surface models, along with a bunch of new accessories. While some of that stuff – like the Music Kit – might be of questionable value, one really stand-out addition that was announced was the docking station for the Surface Pro 2. With extra ports for connection to a monitor, wired network, and USB devices, it looked like it would offer users the potential to really tap into the full-on Windows 8 power of the Pro 2 (or the original Pro). The only real hiccup was that Microsoft revealed the dock wouldn't be coming out until ...

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    Size is one of the trickiest trade-offs in the mobile industry. You want a device with a large enough screen to comfortably work on, yet portability issues demand that the overall size of our phones and tablets remain constrained. This year in particular we've seen great strides in combating that issue by means of shrinking-down side bezels. Of course, you could just say “the heck with any sensible size restraints” and come up with something along the lines of Microsoft's latest Surface promotion, a 17-foot-tall Surface 2 it's set up in London. This giant Surface 2 is even functional, ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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