Posts tagged with: Windows 8
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    September has been a fantastically busy month for those of us in the industry covering all the new smartphone and tablet announcements. First there was IFA, then Apple's iPhone launch, and now we're less than a week away from Microsoft's Surface event, where some new tablets are eagerly anticipated. Last year, I really wanted to see the first Surface models be a hit. When we got that surprise announcement in June, the design looked great, and Microsoft had an outside shot at being the breath of fresh air that the tablet market could really use. But in the months that followed, concerns ...

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    Microsoft released Xbox Music apps for Apple's iOS and Google's Android today in order to expand the cross platform capabilities of their music subscription service once known as Zune Pass.  The service has been available on Windows, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Windows Phone and the old Zune players since forever, but now you can finally use it on iOS and Android devices as well.  How does the experience compare though?  Is it just as good or not quite? Xbox Music for iOS and Android The new Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android are practically identical to each other... and absolutely nothing ...

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    We've been bringing you our best quality mobile-tech podcast once a week for over a year now, and we're not about to break that streak on one of the biggest tech weeks of the year. Sure, we might've missed our usual Wednesday/Thursday time slot, and we might've even technically missed the weekend dividing line, depending on what time zone you're in - but you know what? We've just capped off four days of intense video coverage with a midnight podcast from one of the most echo-filled hotel rooms in all of Berlin, and we're uploading it through the technological equivalent of a 1999-era AOL ...

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    We've been hearing a lot about the next generation of Microsoft Surface tablets in recent days, and while some of that has been talking about the tablets themselves, we've also been picking up rumors about the sort of accessories that Microsoft may be making available. For instance, there's that Power Cover, a Type Cover with an integrated battery to help extend how much use you can get out of your Surface on a charge. Now we're learning about another potential add-on, a full-fledged Surface docking station. While that Power Cover was rumored to support both new Surface 2 models, Pro and ...

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    Samsung's ATIV Q tablet - the hybrid device that runs both Windows 8 as well as Android - emerged as one of the more promising devices of the summer when we saw Samsung introduce it back in June. As we waited patiently for its release, however, a rumor arrived claiming that some patent issue had come to Samsung's attention that was threatening to derail the ATIV Q's release, and that there was even the possibility Samsung might shelve the product entirely. Since then, we've been anxiously awaiting any sort of update, hoping to learn of the tablet's ultimate fate. We still don't have any ...

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    Sony's no stranger to the tablet world, releasing the very impressive Xperia Tablet Z earlier this year, but when it comes to Windows 8 tablets, the company is only just now testing the waters. Besides the Xperia Z1 and those Cyber-shot lens-style cameras, Sony brought a new tablet to show off at this year's IFA, the Windows-8-running Vaio Tap 11. As should be obvious from the name, we're looking at an 11-inch screen, this time with a 1080p resolution. The tablet runs an Intel Core chip, with options up to a Core i7. It has a Surface-like keyboard cover that attaches magnetically, but this ...

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    All the way back in February we heard about an interesting accessory that seemed destined for Microsoft's Surface tablets, a new spin on the company's keyboard covers that would also include an extra battery, augmenting the built-in cell. We heard a Microsoft employee talking about building support for such an accessory into the Surface Pro – a move we assumed would mean that this new cover would be forthcoming – but it never ended up appearing. Now, as we're looking towards the launch of Microsoft's second generation Surface tablets, this idea is finding some new life, and rumors ...

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