Posts tagged with: Windows 8
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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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    Update 2: Consider this your double-secret probation, absolute last-chance notice: the polls close tonight. Get your votes in while you can, and check back on Monday to see the winners! Update: It's been just about one month since our year-end readers' poll got started, where we asked you to pick your favorite phone and favorite tablet from 2013. So far the response has been great; we've heard from thousands upon thousands of you already. Still, we're going to have to close the polls sooner or later and actually announce our winners, so we're setting an end point for this all: you have ...

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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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    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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    People hate change. This is not a surprise. People are content waking up every day, going to work, coming home, kissing the kids, patting the wife’s butt and going to bed. Rinse. Repeat. But when something throws a wrench into those gears, people tend to freak out. If the change is small, they freak out less. If the change is big, they freak out more. If the change is Windows 7 to Windows 8…bedlam. And they’re not crazy for it. Boy, I’ll tell you in my days as a technical supporter there were very few days more stressful than those leading up to Windows 8’s official release. How ...

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    Microsoft's Joe Belfiore is taking over some Internet Explorer duties within the company as his predecessor, Dean Hachamovitch, the person in charge with IE over the past years, is transitioning to another team within the software-giant. The Verge reports that Belfiore will lead a team focused on the app side of Internet Explorer and the user experience, something confirmed by Belfiore himself on Twitter. "Everyone asking: I’m still doing phone work, just adding IE & Windows UX as part of my next role focused on "phone/tablet/pc”. #notgoodbye!", says the tweet at the source ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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