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    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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    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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    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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    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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