Posts tagged with: Windows 8
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    Historically we've seen many cases of how crucial the right marketing can be for a company, or how devastating the wrong marketing can be as well. On the positive side, we've seen how Samsung and Apple have hugely benefited from great marketing. Many of us agree that both Apple and Samsung products are great, but so are HTC products even if we don't see HTC succeed in the same way. The only difference between these three companies is their approach to Marketing, where HTC clearly doesn't push as hard as the other two. And then we have the complete opposite, where companies like Palm did ...

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    Microsoft's Surface Pro is an incredibly versatile tablet, and its fantastic software support really blurs the line between what we expect from both tablets and laptops. With options for 64GB and 128GB models, it's also one of the tablets with the most native storage available. Then again, the OS and pre-installed software takes up a pretty decent chunk of that space. Sure, there's microSDXC expansion, but if you've been dreaming about a Surface Pro with even more internal storage you might want to book a ticket for the land of the rising sun, as Microsoft has just confirmed a 256GB ...

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    It looks like it will be a busy June. Following Apple's WWDC, the rumored Android 4.3 launch with maybe a white Nexus 4, a possible Nokia event, comes Samsung Premiere 2013. The invitation features the Galaxy and ATIV brands, which are the flagship Android and Windows families within the product portfolio. June 20, London, 7p local time (2p EDT), are the details made public alongside a link to Samsung's YouTube where it will be streamed live. Do not mistake Samsung Premiere 2013 with Samsung Unpacked; this appears to be a separate event at the same venue in London we saw the Galaxy S III ...

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    Windows 8 and RT tablets didn't exactly get off to a booming start. The initial absence of the Surface Pro and a lack of compelling products from OEMs failed to add up to a lot of holiday season retail success. Still, Microsoft and its manufacturing partners continue to soldier on, and we're already hearing about what's next on the hardware side. Now a source has possibly leaked a good bit of info on Microsoft's tablet goals for fiscal year 2014 (beginning in July), and it looks like the company is setting the bar for itself seriously high. According to this source, Microsoft wants to ...

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    Microsoft continues to try and stir-up interest in its tablet offerings, taking the latest step of putting up a page on its site to let visitors do a spec-by-spec comparison between the iPad and a number of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. A small controversy has ensued following the page's publication, as some people try and claim that Microsoft is misleading the public, especially when it comes to the screen sizes on these devices. Just what is it doing, and is there really anything untoward about it all? Microsoft's page runs down a number of key factors for this head-to-head: battery ...

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    Star Trek is one of the most widely praised science fiction series of the 20th century.  I highly doubt that anybody working in the technology industry today has never seen at least one episode of Star Trek.  As is often the case, fact follows fiction and all of those people who ever saw a Star Trek episode have often thought to themselves, "Wouldn't that be cool if we could really make that?" This week, Microsoft has been featuring some special Star Trek images and facts as part of an Easter Egg interface on Bing.com and of course the new "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is being released to ...

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    There were rumors indicating that the device will soon become official and now the Finnish page shows off the Acer Iconia W3 slate. It runs Windows 8 -- that's the full fledged version -- on a smaller, 8.1-inch form factor. Specifications include an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 8.1-unch screen of WXGA resolution (that's 1280×768 pixels), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, two-megapixel shooter, micro HDMI port, micro-USB 2.0 port, and a battery that will last for eight hours while playing back 720p videos. The color options are limited to silver and the ...

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    Intel makes processors for all kinds of notebook, desktop, workstation, and server computers. They make excellent products that power the world -- well, the world outside your pocket anyway. Intel's chips are conspicuously few and far between when it comes to smartphones and tablets. That's something they hope to change with their new Silvermont SoC. Silvermont is the code-name for an upcoming line of chips from Intel. According to their documents, chips based on the Silvermont architecture will run up to three times as fast as their current models, handle up to eight cores, and some ...

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    My first and biggest complaint after buying the Surface Pro months ago was that it did not include WinTab drivers for the screen's pressure sensitive digitizer input. The hardware supports pressure sensitivity, but with the default drivers, that only worked in certain newer graphics programs like Sketchbook Pro and Manga Studio. My first tweet the day I bought the Surface Pro went to the Surface team explaining that they NEED to implement the WinTab drivers. At first they thought it was an Adobe issue, but really they just needed some help from Wacom to make the right drivers. Those ...

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    Microsoft made some bold, risky choices when introducing its first Surface tablets. Both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro Surface models did things sort of differently from competitors like the iPad or any number of Android tablets. For one, Microsoft chose to position these two as premium devices, and avoided the bottom-scratching battle for budget tablet sales taking place in the $200-$400 range. It also gambled on not going with a unified platform for its mobile apps, making its tablets incompatible with apps already developed for Windows Phone. I'll get back to the app situation in a ...

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    The best way to describe LG's tablet releases is probably "few and far between." We first heard of the Optimus Pad all the way back in 2010, and it's been over a year since the company launched the Optimus Pad LTE. Since then, we've heard LG talk about putting all tablet development on hold. Has it finally started reconsidering things? A new report out of South Korea claims that LG is eyeing a reemergence onto the tablet market, and it could do so sometime in the third quarter of this year. Unfortunately, we're at a serious loss for details. There's no word on size, SoC choice – heck, we ...

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    Intel really let smartphones get away from the company. It failed to turn chiplines that had been popular with Windows Mobile into components we'd see on Android devices, and missed out on a lot of sales in the process. Now, Intel is trying to make up for lost time, and while we still haven't seen more than a handful of new Intel-powered smartphones, at least it's back in the game. Now the company's talking a little about where it's headed from here, announcing the Intel Silvermont microarchitecture that will be at the heart of future products. So, what's so great about Silvermont? Intel ...

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    Yesterday we told you about some new rumors dealing with Microsoft's follow-up to its first Windows 8 tablets, the Surface RT and Surface Pro. According to that info, we'd be seeing a 7-to-9-inch tablet launch quite soon, possibly in late June. Well, we'll know how accurate that guess was in just a matter of weeks, but today we hear a new assessment about what to expect from this next Microsoft Surface tablet, and this tale has us waiting quite a while. Instead of a June launch, analysts are predicting sometime in 2014, instead. Supposedly, Microsoft is only just getting started sourcing ...

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    Intel's had a rocky start making inroads back into the smartphone game after taking a leave of absence for several years, following its run as a Windows Mobile chip heavyweight. We've seen a handful of Androids running Intel chips, but there's yet to be a really compelling model. Could Intel's Android success lie elsewhere? We're now wondering what super-cheap Intel-based Android notebooks could mean for the market, after hearing the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer tease just such devices. Dadi Perlmutter has told CNET that we could see Android notebooks with ...

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    Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT tablets are still newcomers to the scene, and so far it's felt like they've been struggling to find their place. After all, the wildly fluctuating prices we've seen are hardly representative of a firmly established product that's going to keep pulling in predictable sales figures; we don't see anything like this with iPads, for instance. Are we being too hard on the nascent platform, though? Could it really be off to a better start than it's seemed? We're definitely reconsidering things in light of some new market figures, showing Windows tablets getting a pretty ...

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    When all of the new Windows 8 tablets started showing up on the market late last year, the prices seemed a little steep.  Why would you pay $900 for a Windows 8 tablet with 64Gb SSD, 2Gb of RAM and an Atom processor?  That sounds like Netbook specs to me.  According to Anand Shimpi, the OEMs knew these prices were too high from the beginning. Shimpi tweeted a nice deal where you can get the Acer W510-1666 Tablet for only $479 from NewEgg though it's now back up to $529 but that's still less than the $599 usual price.  You can now find a similar model for $399 at the Microsoft Store.  ...

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    For the longest time, we've been wondering when Microsoft might start addressing the big blank space in the middle of its mobile device lineup, for models larger than Windows Phone handsets, yet smaller than current Windows 8 and RT tablets. After all, that's a huge deal for Android and - more recently - iOS, so Microsoft seems to be missing out. We've heard rumors that Microsoft itself could be creating a seven-inch Surface, and while we wait to learn if there's any truth there, the company has confirmed that its OEM partners, at least, will be releasing their own smaller tablets. This ...

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    The seven-inch-ish form factor quickly became the standard for tablet portability after seeing the ten-inch slates dominate the market previously. All major players have at least a smaller member of their tablet family and according to The Wall Street Journal Microsoft will have one too. The seven-inch Surface might go into production later this year, together with other Surface slates from the refreshed line-up, according to "sources". Same people "familiar with Microsoft's plans" states that the Redmond-based company didn't have any plans for a seven-inch tablet last year but after ...

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    Been enjoying Nokia Music on your Windows Phone handset? Picked up a Windows 8 tablet and wish you could be taking advantage of the same service while you're working on a larger screen? You're in luck, as Nokia Music is now available for Windows 8 and Windows RT systems. If you've used Nokia Music before you should know what to expect here: recommendations, playlists, offline playback, and more. You can add your own locally-stored MP3s to the action, or even get custom mixes based on your favorite artists. There's support for Nokia Music+ if you subscribe, and you can link your tablet up ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    Been keeping up with the Windows Blue news? The forthcoming OS update has been the talk of rumors for several weeks now, and we just saw an early build of it leak out. A lot of Microsoft fans have been wondering just how it might arrive when it becomes publicly available, expected to happen late this summer. While it's not set in stone, it's currently looking like Blue could arrive as Windows 8.1. That would be interesting, harkening back to the days of Windows 3.1 and 3.11, rather than the recent years of bundling major updates into service packs arriving under the OS's original name. ...

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    It's been way too long since HTC launched a tablet of their own, and even though their previous strategy were all about Android, things seem to be ready for the company to take a leap of faith into Windows 8 territory. According to NPD Display Search and Focus Taiwan, there are no specific dates, but it will happen later this year. The tablet will have a 10.1-inch display at 1080p resolution, and run Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system. According to the firm, mass production already begun, and we should see the device in store shelves in the fall. Can you all imagine an HTC One ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the Facebook Android rumors, since we no longer know if it should be called a phone. Then we go through the leaked BlackBerry roadmap, and some really interesting strategies coming in the future. Microsoft is next as we talk about Windows RT and its merger with Windows 8. Then it's Windows Phone news as it has gained some positive market share in the last couple of months. We end today's show talking about the AT&T HTC One, which sadly will retain exclusivity over the 64GB model in the US. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Microsoft has been missing out on a portion of the mobile device market, having smartphones and larger tablet, but not really any sort of mid-sized device. Could it be looking to do something about that? We're asking ourselves just that question upon reading Microsoft's Windows Certification Newsletter from a little earlier this month, announcing a new minimum resolution for Windows 8 tablets. Instead of the 1366 x 768 which we've seen on tablets like the Surface RT, Microsoft will now permit OEMs to drop that down to 1024 x 768. The thing is, we're not entirely sure this could mean ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ My relationship with Microsoft's first self-built tablet has always been ...

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