Posts tagged with: Windows 8
  • by | July 29, 2013 1:15 PM

    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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  • by | July 26, 2013 1:05 PM

    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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  • by | July 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    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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  • by | July 1, 2013 4:24 PM

    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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  • by | June 28, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | June 28, 2013 8:45 AM

    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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  • by | June 28, 2013 1:22 AM

    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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  • by | June 25, 2013 4:08 AM

    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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  • by | June 21, 2013 8:09 AM

    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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  • by | June 21, 2013 7:53 AM

    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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  • by | June 20, 2013 3:56 PM

    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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  • by | June 20, 2013 3:04 PM

    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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  • by | June 20, 2013 1:59 PM

    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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  • by | June 9, 2013 1:33 AM

    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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  • by | June 4, 2013 7:06 AM

    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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