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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    When you think of ASUS and tablets, what comes to mind? The Nexus 7? Maybe the PadFone? A hybrid model with a keyboard? It makes affordable tablets, and also unusual ones, but we really don't think of it as a company known for super-thin tablets. A new rumor suggests that ASUS might be interested in expanding its offerings to fill that niche as well, and it could be developing a 6-millimeter-thick tablet. The source behind this doesn't seem to have much in the way of additional detail beyond that thickness measurement – there's nothing specifically pointing to anything like display size ...

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    Earlier this month, we heard rumors about Microsoft implementing some big discounts on Surface RT tablet hardware, and just a few days later, that news was confirmed: Surface RT hardware saw an across-the-board $150 price cut. While that might be seen as Microsoft getting more aggressive in the tablet space, the company's quarterly financial details – disclosed in the days following this pricing adjustment – revealed another motivation, in the form of $900 million in losses due to excess Surface RT inventory. Today we hear some new reports out of Redmond, where CEO Steve Ballmer has ...

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    There may be more than a few rumors about new Surface tablets from Microsoft just over the horizon, but for now, there's still plenty happening with first-gen models. For instance, we just saw the Surface Pro get a new 256GB edition, and Microsoft's been sweetening the Surface deal by bundling in some of its expensive keyboard covers for free. Today we get word of a move that could seriously make the Surface RT a lot more attractive, with rumors suggesting that Microsoft's about to announce a $150 price cut. Granted, that still doesn't bring us down to the crazy-low levels we saw at ...

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    The Surface RT sure has had its share of detractors, but for as many places where Microsoft missed the mark with this tablet, it sure came through with the Surface Pro. From hardware to software, the Pro version of the tablet rectified a whole bunch of our big issues with the Surface RT, and it's since gotten even better: when launching the tablet in Japan, Microsoft revealed a new, high-capacity 256GB edition. So far relegated to Asia, that 256GB Surface Pro is about to become available to a lot more users, as Microsoft brings the tablet to the US. WPCentral noticed the 256GB Pro showing ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Windows 8.1 and all the changes we've seen in the preview and we also talk about some display form-factors to be considered. Then we talk about BlackBerry, the company's terrible quarter results and the amount of units sold. Android 4.3 is next as there's a leaked ROM for the Galaxy S4 and how you can also get it. We later take a look at some leaked photos of the Sony Honami which just made the headlines. We end today's show talking about Google's future move to build a smart watch, a game console, and a more affordable Nexus Q as part of ...

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    Microsoft just released a publicly available preview version of the new Windows 8.1 operating system at their BUILD 2013 conference.  The preview version is really supposed to be only for people who want to do some testing and work on building new applications for the operating system, however, we had to install it on a Surface Pro right away to see how everything is going to change in the world of Windows tablets... and there certainly is a lot that's going to change with Windows 8.1.  Most of the changes are really refinements, but some are quite different.  For example, the search ...

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    There were no new Windows 8 tablets unveiled at the Microsoft Build conference this year, despite rumors that possible Surface slate refreshes might appear. While there was no announcement, there were some hints at the possible future of Windows 8 tablets. The screenshot above shows a list of anticipated Windows 8.1 tablet screen sizes and resolutions. While this doesn't necessarily mean we will see such Surface slates in the future, it might mean that Microsoft is expecting OEMs to produce such slates. There's a 7-inch form factor with a 1920x1200 resolution mentioned alongside a ...

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    An interesting report from Nikkei was quoted by Reuters claiming that Microsoft might bring Xbox and PC games to Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms, among others. It should happen, according to the report, this fiscal year. This move will be reportedly possible via a licensing deal with Japanese smartphone game developer Klab. The Japanese company will be the one who will allegedly bring Microsoft's Xbox and Windows computer games to the iPhone, as well as phones running Android. On that exact note, the report claims that popular title Age of Empires "will be available as a ...

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    We saw some news and rumors about Acer making a very small 8 inch tablet running Windows 8 a while back.  Well, now we got to try out an early version of the new Acer Iconia W3 and it seems like Windows 8 will work quite well with the smaller 8 inch form factor. Of course, it's not a terribly powerful tablet with a 1.8ghz Intel Atom processor, 2Gb RAM, and 32Gb storage, but right now it's one of a kind and the price is going to be a respectable $379 when it's available in a couple of weeks.  An innovative keyboard accessory is also going to be available for an extra $70.  The ...

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    Samsung announced a whole slew of new products yesterday and while most of the action was happening in London, we also found a Samsung ATIV Tab 3 on display at a small expo in New York City. The ATIV Tab 3's claim to fame is the fact that it's the thinnest full Windows 8 tablet around. The tablet is only 0.32 inches thick and weighs a very light 1.2 lbs. For internals, it's got a 1.8 ghz Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, 2Gb RAM, and 64Gb of storage with a MicroSD card for adding another 32gb of storage. It also comes with a 90 day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and after the 90 ...

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    We've just peeled our eyeballs off the live-stream of the Samsung Premiere event in London, where our own Anton D. Nagy is still busily shooting hands-on video of some of the products announced by the company today. Samsung gave us a mix of Android and Windows news at the unveiling, giving us a deeper look into the Galaxy S 4 Active and Galaxy S 4 Zoom on the Google side, and the ATIV Tab 3 and a host of notebooks and home computers on the Microsoft front. What really captured our imagination, though, in between droll one-liners from the MC and wide crane shots of the oversized stage, was ...

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    We already knew much of what to expect from Samsung's London event today so far as the Android story went, leaving us to wonder about some of the ATIV side of the company's plans. Samsung came through with a number, ranging from laptops to all-in-one monitors, but our interest was focused on tablets: luckily, we got to see a couple of new ones. The ATIV Q is a convertible tablet, going from laptop mode to a regular tablet layout, and everything in between. That duality continues with the software, as it pulls the neat trick of running both Windows 8 and Android, letting you jump back and ...

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    Samsung's just about to get underway with its "Samsung Premiere" event, where it's expected to show off both new Android and ATIV-series devices. We've already heard announcements for phones like the Galaxy S 4 Active, the GS4 Mini, and GS4 Zoom, but this will be our first opportunity to try them out in the flesh. We're also looking for confirmation of that Galaxy NX Android-based camera and expect to see a number of Windows 8 devices arrive under Samsung's ATIV brand. Our Anton D. Nagy is on the scene (above) to bring you first-hand accounts of this hardware, but as we wait to hear from ...

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    Smaller screen resolutions will be possible with the upcoming refresh to Microsoft's platform. A seven-inch Windows 8 tablet was shown off at Computex. It not only demonstrates how the OS runs on a smaller form factor, but this reference tablet is also powered by Intel's brand new Intel "Atom" Bay-Trail M processor, introduced at Computex, among other chips. This reference tablet -- don't look for it on store shelves -- is codenamed Lyon and is made by ODM Inventec. It packs a seven-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution; 2GB of RAM (could be equipped with 4- or 8GB); 64- and 128GB ...

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    It's been nearly a year now since Microsoft introduced the world to its Surface tablets. As mobile device announcements go, Microsoft nailed it. While there were some rumors talking about the idea of a Microsoft tablet in the days leading up to the event, we were practically shooting in the dark – first there was word that it could be some kind of Barnes & Noble Nook tie-in, and with just hours to go until the announcement itself, we heard that it might be more gaming-focused, like an Xbox 360 accessory. In the end, what we got was surprising, impressive, and just inspiring: it was a ...

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    ARM announces Cortex-A12 processor, as we're seeing a cornucopia of devices being unveiled at Computex, and not only. The chip-maker aims to "power the 580 million mid-range mobile devices expected over the next two years", and wants to do that with the new Cortex-A12 processor and the Mali-T622 GPU. ARM's new Cortex-A12 processor is claimed to bring a 40% performance boost over the Cortex-A9 architecture, while consuming the same amount of power. It also supports ARM's big.LITTLE processing technology with the Cortex-A7 processor, alongside unleashing features which, according to the ...

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    We've seen the Acer Iconia W3 tablet last month but the company has made the tablet official today at Computex 2013. It will arrive in the US at a price of $379, though it is not clear whether it is for the 32- or 64GB flavor, though we think it's for the first, considering European prices (EUR329 for 32GB and EUR379 for 64GB). The Acer Iconia W3 features an 8.1-inch screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution and it is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor clocked at 1.8GHz. There are 2GB of RAM as well as 32- and 64GB internal storage options (both expandable via microSD card ...

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    There are even more ASUS tablets announced at Computex 2013, as the company is unveiling them one after the other. First up we have the ASUS Transformer Book Trio, which brings the best of both worlds to consumers: we're looking at a convertible running both Android and Windows 8. It has a 1080p screen on an 11.6-inch form factor and can run either Android or Windows 8. For that to happen, it uses either one of its two processors: a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip for Android Jelly Bean, and an Intel Core i7-4500U processor for Windows 8 experience. There's a 1TB hard drive and dual ...

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    Seems like there are a lot of rumors, and even more "sources" out there these days. We just recently heard that AT&T was allegedly testing the Nokia EOS with its 41-megapixel 808 PureView-like camera. Now we're hearing about a second device, a Nokia tablet, being tested simultaneously. First things first: this new report claims the same thing, and a little more. The EOS is being tested at AT&T and in other markets. Its camera will be further improved from the one on the 808 PureView, claims said report. Additionally, AT&T and other markets are also reportedly testing a Nokia ...

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    One of the oft-cited problems with Microsoft's Surface tablets is that for a tablet experience that seems so linked to the presence of a keyboard – indeed, Microsoft's Touch and Type Cover designs were some of our favorite parts of the Surface launch – the keyboard isn't provided as part of the base Surface package. That might not be the end of the world, were it not for the sky-high prices Microsoft has been asking, wanting $100 for the Touch or $130 for the Type Cover. Thankfully, Microsoft is doing something about that, and for a short time you might be able to score a free keyboard ...

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