Posts tagged with: Windows RT
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    The "supply chain" and sources within never sleep. Apparently a new rumor has popped up which talks about Microsoft's alleged plans to no longer launch products part of the Windows RT line-up. The Surface RT, depending on who you tend to believe, was a decent start or a complete disappointment. One thing is for sure: several OEMs, through their executives, were not really fond of the platform and its naming, often calling it confusing. If the most recent rumors are to be believed then Microsoft is preparing to incorporate or merge Windows RT in its upcoming new platform, codenamed Windows ...

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    We've been hearing a lot about how horrible Windows RT is with its lack of apps and occasional slowness due to its ARM processor requirements.  Even the Microsoft Surface RT, which seems to be the most popular Windows RT device out there, has only sold around 1.1 million devices since its launch according to Bloomberg.  Nvidia is disappointed, Samsung has cancelled their Windows RT tablet plans, and the general consensus around the internet is that Windows RT is a failure.  That's not to be confused with Windows 8, which is much more popular with sales in the 60 million range. Nobody ...

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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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    With iOS maintaining its firm anti-Flash stance, and seeing Adobe back away from work on Flash for Android, it may have seemed like the book was closed on Flash's mobile story. For all the problems it's had finding a home on smartphones and tablets, Flash is still a huge part of how many of us access the internet. As such, it turns out that Flash still has a little bit of a fight left in it, and will be finding a more prominent home on Windows 8 based tablets. So far with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT, if you were surfing the web in tablet mode, you had to manually ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the mysterious BlackBerry Q10 which now seems to approach T-Mobile in the US. Then we talk about Nokia and their new app selections for Windows Phone 8. Later it's some Samsung tablet talk as the ATIV Tab has sadly failed to leave a dent in the European market. We then spend some time talking about the Wireless Independence Act and how it may legalize smartphone unlocks very soon. We end today's show talking about Apple's probable move into Intel chips for mobile. All this and more after the break. Stories: - T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10 ...

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    Samsung's Windows RT-running ATIV Tab has been on our radar since last summer, when we got an early look at the tablet at the IFA in Berlin. As summer turned into fall, and Windows 8 launched, we wondered what was to become of the tablet; eventually, we got word from Samsung that it wasn't going to be bringing the ATIV Tab to the US, citing consumer disinterest with Windows RT in general. Despite its absence here, Samsung still made a push for the ATIV Tab abroad, hoping to find a market for the device. Unfortunately for the company and its tablet, it looks like those efforts fell short, ...

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    Last month, Windows RT users saw the arrival of a jailbreak tool to remove one of Microsoft's restrictions imposed upon the new platform; by taking advantage of the tool, they could run non-Microsoft-approved executables in the tablet's desktop mode. That was cool, but you couldn't just run any old Windows app for a PC, as code had to be compiled especially for the ARM processors in tablets like the Surface RT. Open source apps could be recompiled with such goals in mind, but that still left a lot of commercial software unavailable. Now there's some progress towards overcoming that ...

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    Microsoft, Nokia, Windows fans -- and not only -- have been waiting for quite some time, wanting a Nokia-made tablet. An image of what was at the time believed to be a Nokia slate in the works triggered official reaction and so far it's disappointing for those that want a Windows RT or Windows 8 tablet made by Espoo. Further speculation -- "following extensive channel checks" -- seems to confirm the lack of Nokia tablets at the upcoming MWC. Strategy Analytics believes that the Finnish phone maker will have an approach which will materialize in a strong smartphone push at this year's ...

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    When we got the chance to check out an image from a recent Nokia Pakistan launch event yesterday, one showing-off what appeared to be a Windows 8 tablet alongside a Nokia Lumia smartphone, we had our doubts. At the time, we didn't want to dismiss it outright, having just seen what appeared to be an inadvertent leak from Nokia Russia, but at the same time it felt like a stretch – as we noted then, this tablet was itself right next to a desktop version of Windows 8, and we certainly weren't about to read that as confirmation that Nokia was entering the PC game. Now Nokia's had the chance ...

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    Rumors that Nokia is releasing a Windows RT tablet refuse to die, and despite comments from CEO Stephen Elop that seemed to suggest that such a tablet, were the company to even produce one, would still be quite a long way off, some fans hold out hope that the tablet could still be just around the corner. The latest contribution to the rumor mill is stoking those fires a little, but we're not quite sure it's anything to be getting excited about. Nokia Pakistan just had a launch event where it featured a picture of what appears to be a Windows 8 tablet. While there's the chance that this ...

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    Fans of Microsoft tablets have some interesting news today regarding both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro. The Surface RT with Windows RT is available in a new, 64GB, standalone version. It is going for US$599 and you'll need to add $100 if you want to purchase it together with the black Touch Cover. Additionally, the Surface RT will be available in additional markets starting February 14: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. If you prefer a richer experience then the Surface Pro with Windows ...

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    If you were participating in our Hangout this afternoon, or just caught the replay afterward, you might have heard us touch briefly on one of our big dreams for Microsoft's mobile device ecosystem, the ability for apps to run on both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 models. If the Surface could run WP8 apps when it launched, the story of its struggles may have played out very differently. There still may come a day when we'll get to see such cross-platform app support, at least according to a recent Microsoft job posting. While the posting has since been removed, now marked as being filled, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Jailbreak for all iOS 6 Compatible devices called Evasi0n. We then talk about the leaked T-Mobile roadmap, which is rumored to include the BlackBerry Z10 and an LTE-based Samsung Galaxy S III. The HTC M7 takes the spotlight next with good and bad rumors, which on the positive side talk about new camera technologies, but on the bad side include a delay to important carriers. Then we talk about the Nokia PureView EOS rumors for Windows Phone 8, which may come sooner than you think. We end today's show talking about Stephen Elop's recent ...

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    The latest International Data Corporation preliminary date figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 are in for tablets and worldwide shipments reached a record at 52.5 million. To put this into context, the tablet market grew 75.3% year over year in 4Q12 compared to 29.9 million units in 4Q11. As far as units are concerned, the last quarter of 2012 saw figures growing 74.3% from 30.1 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Apple is still the market leader with 22.9 million units sold in Q4 2012, representing a 48.1% growth over the same quarter of the previous. The iPad mini as well ...

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    Microsoft's made a lot of strategic decisions when it comes to Windows RT and its Surface RT tablet, and those often have much less to do with what the hardware's capable of, or what consumers actually want, and more about preserving the company's image of how it want users interacting with these products. We saw a bit of that when covering the Windows RT jailbreak earlier this month, and the subject is coming up again now, upon hearing rumors that Outlook RT may be released for the platform. Mary Jo Foley has heard from a number of her sources that such an app has been under development, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's recent quarter results and the surprisingly good news that they're finally making money. Apple's quarter results are next and as expected these broke a couple of records as usual, even if their stock is currently down. Microsoft takes the spotlight later as they confirm enhancements to Windows RT coming next month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still hot in the rumors as we also find new photos showing the device being tested in public. We end today's show by talking about Nokia Drive+ Beta reaching all Windows Phones and what this ...

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    The update pushed out earlier this month for the Windows RT-powered Microsoft Surface unfortunately introduced a bug affecting users that are now no longer able to able to access the Windows Store or Windows Update. Additionally, some users complain that updates are attempted do not complete. According to a Microsoft official statement the company will issue a fix for the problem early next month. "Some Windows RT customers who attempted to apply January’s bulletins had issues installing updates. Specifically, impacted Windows RT devices went into connected standby mode during the ...

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    Less than a year ago, back in early March 2012, Google took the axe to its Android Market and renamed it the Google Play Store, as part of a company-wide rebranding around the Google Play name. It may have seemed a little strange at first, but it's rapidly grown on us, such that the Play Store has become synonymous with Android apps. That's why we're a little surprised to hear about Microsoft's latest attempt to sell games, which it's promoting under the very similar "Play" banner. The branding's a little inconsistent, and Microsoft seems to refer to this both as Play XBLA and just ...

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    ASUS' Padfone concept was a neat one even in the first iteration we've seen at the 2012 MWC. Now, at is second iteration, while still running Android, it might serve as an example for the company which could try to implement it on another platform: Microsoft's Windows Phone. Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products at Asus, unveiled in a Wall Street Journal interview, that the company is "interested in making Windows Phones". Not only that, but the Padfone concept is also something the company is considering, as the executive said: "I think it makes sense for ...

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    Ever since Microsoft released the first Surface tablet in late October, we've been trying to get an idea of just how well the product was faring. We've heard reports from analysts that seem to be all over the field, ranging from modest success to some very underwhelming figures. As time goes on, we're hoping that these reports start becoming a bit more accurate, and are able to close in on an accurate assessment. If the latest report we've heard is near that mark, Microsoft could be really taking a beating in the tablet market, with claims that last year the company only managed to sell ...

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    Yes, folks, the Registry is back! After years of tweaking almost every aspect of it on Windows Mobile -- and repose years with Windows Phone 7 -- you can get back to your usual Registry tweaks. For those new to this, it's a rather simple procedure but it could mess things up if you are careless (insert word of warning here). Modifying a Registry entry on the Microsoft Surface has been confirmed to improve touch-responsiveness. To achieve that you need to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\TouchPrediction and edit the key for latency from 8 to 2 as well as the one ...

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    Alongside it's Windows 8-powered ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, Samsung also has a tablet which runs Windows RT, the Samsung ATIV Tab. Unfortunately, this Windows RT-based slate will not come to the U.S., according to Mike Abary, Samsung senior vice president. There are two main reasons for this move, according to the executive: modest demand for such a tablet from retailers and a non-justifiably high investment from Samsung's side to educate consumers on such a product. "There wasn't really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative ...

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    In case you haven't been following the Windows RT jailbreak saga, a few days back we learned of the discovery of a jailbreak for Microsoft's tablet operating system that allowed for the installation of non-Microsoft-signed desktop apps. At the time, the procedure to perform the exploit sounded a bit complicated, requiring a computer-based debugger. Then Microsoft responded, praising the ingenuity of the attack, but sort of implying that it would be closing up the hole at some point. If you'd like to give it a try before Microsoft follows-through with that, there's now an easy-to-use tool ...

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    Part of its "patch Tuesday", Microsoft has issued a number of updates. Among the usual fixes for Windows and other products there's also an update for Windows RT. It is apparently an update specific to the Microsoft Surface, the company's first tablet running the RT version of its Windows platform. The new firmware further improves the slate providing System Firmware (UEFI) improvements including improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby as well as additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. To check for updates' availability, go ...

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    Cellular-connected tablets are great, but if you're not careful, that data plan can end up costing you way more than you ever paid for the hardware in the first place. T-Mobile is interested in giving users a little more comfortable of a way to access its network, and by partnering with some device manufacturers, it's going to start offering some options for completely free cellular data access. With this new 4G Connect program, when you buy a participating device, you'll get up to 200MB a month free T-Mobile data, for up to two years after purchase. If you want more than that, or want the ...

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