Posts tagged with: Windows 8
  • by | November 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    Over the weekend, we saw @evleaks reach into his bag of secrets and pull out a few tantalizing Nokia codenames, giving us a little glimpse into the company's future aspirations for its Windows Phone 8 (and maybe even full-Windows 8/RT) lineup. The names themselves didn't seem to reveal much – an odd mix of 007 references, geography, and minerals – but today we start to look at one in particular a little closer, with a bit of a mystery forming around the device codenamed Normandy. Returning to the subject today, @evleaks tweets that “Nokia Normandy is the missing link.” Link between ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 4:31 PM

    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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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 14, 2013 12:59 PM

    Microsoft's first round of Surface tablets wasn't without its problems, and for us many of those focused squarely on the Surface RT. We had question not just about whether or not the tablet's hardware was up to the job, but also about the idea of Windows RT in the first place, offering users a seriously limited slice of the greater Windows ecosystem. This year, we saw Microsoft drop the "RT" from the Surface 2's name and wondered if this was some way to distance itself from the RT brand. Some comments from Microsoft product marketing manager Jack Cowett have us thinking about another ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 5:02 AM

    What's going on in the world of mobile technology at Comic-Con 2013 in New York City? We wanted to find out. First off, Thursday night Fincon threw a party celebrating the launch of their new free-to-play mobile role playing game called "Hello Hero".  This will soon be available on iOS, Android, and Facebook with cross-platform multiplayer capabilities, hundreds of hero characters, multiple game play modes, great 3D graphics and even community boss battles. On the show floor, we found plenty of fun mobile tablet stuff as well. At the Wacom booth I really wanted to try out the new ...

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  • by | October 2, 2013 7:39 PM

    Another one of the new tablets that Dell announced is the Dell Venue 11 Pro.  This one has a nice 11 inch screen which would be better for desktop applications compared to the smaller Venue 8 Pro. The tablet includes options for Atom or Core i3/i5 Haswell chips, a 10.8-inch 1080p display, and 2GB of RAM (with up to 8GB available). Storage starts at 32GB (going up to 256GB), and this tablet measures 10mm thick and weighs 1.57 pounds. The base Venue 11 Pro will go for just about $500. Separate accessories include a Touch Cover-like keyboard, as well a docking station, and a hard hinged ...

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  • by | October 2, 2013 7:05 PM

    Today, Dell announced a variety of new tablets and laptop PCs to be available for the Holiday season and one of the most interesting ones is this Venue 8 Pro.  It's a small 8" tablet running the full Windows 8.1 operating system.  Windows 8.1 launches later this month and brings some enhancements designed specifically for this type of smaller form-factor tablet. The Venue 8 Pro has an eight-inch 1280 x 800 display, 32GB or 64GB storage options (with microSD expansion), runs a Bay Trail Atom, measures 9mm thick, and weighs 0.87 pounds. It should offer cellular connectivity, and prices ...

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  • by | September 27, 2013 5:13 PM

    So far, Microsoft's been pretty lenient with the number of devices on which you could install apps purchased from the Windows 8 store. Buy an app on your Surface, and you could also use it on your Windows 8 laptop, on your all-in-one desktop – all told, you could "roam" the app on a total of five devices tied to your account. At least, that was fine for many users, but if you've also got a work PC, or maybe a second tablet, you're already pushing the limit here. Today Microsoft announces what essentially amounts to doing away with this limit altogether, with plans to allow users to ...

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  • by | September 25, 2013 11:43 AM

    Nokia's been doing its part in drumming up interest for its October 22 Nokia World "Innovation Reinvented" event in Abu Dhabi, and we've had a few stabs at guessing just what sort of hardware might make an appearance. The obvious contender has been the 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet, but there are some other options that could very well decide to show up, too. As we wait to see if Nokia feels like dropping any hints, a new rumor is out this morning claiming that Nokia will introduce at least six new models. Yeah, but how many of those are going to be Ashas? This source claims that at a minimum ...

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  • by | September 23, 2013 6:43 PM

    The original Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets were promising of a new Microsoft willing to adapt and capable of becoming relevant in the mobile computing space once again. The Surface RT, to be concise, fell short of our expectations. The software and user experience left much to be desired, with lag and a shortage of apps to blame. The Surface Pro, on the other hand, proved to be a much more capable and fitting device, though its starting price tag is cringe-worthy and in the range of most Ultrabooks. The Surface tablets haven't performed nearly as well as Microsoft was hoping, failing ...

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  • by | September 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    Microsoft's got some new tablets on the horizon, and tomorrow, at the company's New York City launch event, we plan to get the full scoop on the second generation of Surface models. Of course, even with these tablets still under wraps we've been talking a lot about them, and have heard all nature of rumors concerning what could be waiting for us. As we wait for Microsoft to pull back the curtain, let's take a look at what we're expecting to see. Well, for one we might not see a new Surface RT this year - or rather, we will, but Microsoft could be dropping the "RT" bit from the tablet's ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 1:02 PM

    Microsoft finds itself in an unusual position in the tablet market. Unlike iOS or Android, where while apps may be optimized for phone or tablet form factors, or even refuse to run on one or the other, a large portion have no problem working on either. For Microsoft, there's a brick wall around its WP8 devices, another around RT models, and a third around gear running full-blown Windows. We've already heard of efforts to streamline development between these disparate sectors, but could some of those walls themselves be coming down? It's an idea being talked about this morning, following ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 7:56 PM

    Today, Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting took place, and as company execs talked about investment, performance, and the future, we've been hearing a few scattered news reports on topics relevant to us and our mobile focus. Steve Ballmer may be on the way out, but today he was in old form at the shareholder meeting. He offered some surprisingly frank comments on Windows Phone's inability to grab a substantial chunk of the market, but doesn't think that means the platform is dead, saying, "I'm an optimistic guy. Any time we have low market share sounds like upside opportunity to ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 7:09 PM

    Admit it: if you've been following mobile tech for as long as we have, there's probably been at least one occasion when you've confused ASUS and Acer. And why not? Both are based out of Taiwan, both make Android as well as Windows-running products, and while we've seen phones from each, they're both probably best known for their tablets. Lately, we've been talking a lot about mergers and acquisitions – Nokia and Microsoft, whatever's going to happen to BlackBerry – and now that conversation is drifting over to ASUS and Acer. We're far from any formal commitment to unify these ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 11:36 AM

    Recent rumors have suggested that HP might be curious about getting back into the smartphone game with a possible Windows Phone release, but as far as the recent products we've actually seen from HP go, the name of the game has been tablets. Today we hear from HP to expect more along that line, as the company unveils five new tablets, including one based on a design we just shared with you. Yesterday NVIDIA announced its Tegra Note tablet platform, with news that the actual hardware would be licensed to other manufacturers to sell as their own. HP may be one of the first to do so, as the ...

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