Posts tagged with: Windows 8
  • by | September 18, 2013 7:04 AM

    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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  • by | September 11, 2013 6:02 AM

    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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  • by | September 8, 2013 4:38 AM

    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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  • by | September 7, 2013 9:29 PM

    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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  • by | September 7, 2013 8:31 PM

    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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  • by | September 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    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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  • by | September 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    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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  • by | September 5, 2013 2:01 PM

    Early this morning we caught wind of the Toshiba Encore, the latest eight-inch Windows 8 tablet to go official. While not the first tablet running such software in that form factor, running an Intel Bay Trail Atom sure could give it a leg up on the competition, and the very attractive sticker price of a mere $330 could make the Encore difficult to ignore. We simply had to check this guy out for ourselves, and see if it really would be capable of delivering a solid Windows 8 experience while still managing to keep its price so bottom-basement. Did Toshiba make too many sacrifices? Will this ...

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  • by | August 29, 2013 7:20 PM

    Dell really hasn't had much luck in recent years with smartphone and tablets. The company was once a heavyweight back in the Windows Mobile days, but its portable offerings have really hit tough times lately. The Dell Streak was one of the first products we could call a phablet, yet it never really caught on, a fate shared with the Dell Venue and Venue Pro, leading to their cancellation last year. Since then, we've seen a couple tablets from the company, and now we're hearing a little about what's next for Dell; it looks like the name of the game is going to be "even more Windows tablets." ...

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  • by | August 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    Back in June, Samsung threw a London event to help introduce us to phones like the Galaxy S 4 Active, Mini, and Zoom, as well as to share news of a couple new tablets. One of those, the ATIV Q, really caught our eye for a number of reasons: it had an intriguing convertible design with integrated keyboard and stand, packed a crazy high-res 3200 x 1800 display, and allowed users to jump back and forth between Windows 8 and Android, for the best of both worlds. Problem is, we haven't heard much of the tablet since, and now a new rumor suggests that patent issues have seriously derailed ...

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  • by | August 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    If you're rocking a Microsoft Surface tablet without either the matching Touch or Type cover, you're seriously missing out. Unfortunately, the keyboard covers have been positioned as accessories, rather than innate parts of the Surface experience, and pretty darn expensive ones at that, running at least an extra $100 on top of your tablet purchase. We've already seen Microsoft take an axe to Surface prices, and a new leak suggest that Touch Covers are about to see some price cuts of their own. Sadly, the free-with-purchase offer from earlier this year isn't making a return, but these new ...

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  • by | August 21, 2013 3:01 PM

    When companies fight, customers (usually) lose - but podcasters win, big time. On this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, we'll be reaping some of the few benefits of the great Google-Microsoft battle of 2013: namely, the ability to piss and moan and armchair-quarterback. Fortunately, we've got plenty of ammunition for the discussion, as we're also fresh from customizing our own Moto X devices, re-reviewing the Surface RT, and observing the initial, wobbly launch efforts behind the ATIV S Neo - not to mention wildly speculating about the almost-certainly-fictitious HTC One (Windows Phone 8 ...

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  • by | August 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    Microsoft's Surface tablets – and the Surface RT in particular – haven't been the runaway hits the company might have hoped for. Recently, we've witnessed a number of price cuts in efforts to boost sales, and learned of the nearly billion dollar losses Microsoft was facing due to making more Surface RTs than it could sell. Now a lawsuit seeks to hold Microsoft accountable for its failings, accusing the company of engaging in false and misleading statements regarding Surface sales. Specifically, the suit says that in the three months up leading to the revelation of Microsoft's massive ...

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  • by | August 4, 2013 8:37 AM

    The information we've heard in July, according to which Microsoft was about to seriously slash Surface prices, was not a joke. Following the heavy discounts on the Surface RT, the Redmond-based company is now cutting prices for the Surface Pro. $100 is what you can save now if you want to grab a full-fledged Windows 8-powered Surface. Down from $999, the 128GB model now costs $899; similarly, the 64GB flavor is now priced at $799. There might be multiple reasons for such a move: either Microsoft realized that it was losing too much (as a reminder, it lost about $900 million on Surface RT ...

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  • by | July 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Windows RT has emerged as the proverbial red-headed stepchild of the tablet ecosystem, cursed by under-performing launch devices, a less than impressive app library, and the ever-present specter of much more capable Windows 8 Pro-based tablets looming over it. We've already seen Microsoft take steps to make its own Surface RT more attractive to consumers, but for some other manufacturers, it may already be too late. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has just been talking about his company's efforts with Windows RT, and he doesn't have much good to say. Shih describes ASUS's experience in the ...

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