Posts tagged with: Windows RT
  • by | August 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    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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  • by | July 30, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that it seems that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has not sold as well as we expected. Still, there are rumors of the company working on its own Windows RT tablet, even though these rumors aren't quite new. ASUS follows as the company's Chairman doesn't seem happy at all with Windows RT and is planning to not offer it on future tablets. The Samsung Exynos processor follows, as there are some benchmark realities to talk about. We end today's show talking about some leaks of the Amazon Kindle Fire line-up for 2013, even though we're not excited. ...

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  • by | July 30, 2013 5:10 PM

    Does a model RX-108 ring any bells for you? Don't worry if you're drawing a blank, because it has been a seriously long time since we talked about the device. It popped up back in February as a possible Nokia Windows 8 tablet, but literally all we had was that model number – at the time, it wasn't clear if we were talking WinRT or full-on Win8. Fast-forward five months, and while the RX-108 remains a mystery, a close relative is back in the news, with Nokia model RX-114 showing up in a benchmark database. Standard benchmark DB warnings apply – as far as possibly fake info goes, it's a ...

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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 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    Late last week, rumors arrived that Microsoft was about to begin a big new retail push for sales of its Surface tablet, and in order to spur things on it was going to knock $150 off the pricing for Surface RT models. The source made this sound like it was all but a certainty, and sure enough, over the weekend Microsoft has gone ahead and implemented those savings, just like was rumored. To recap: Microsoft is cutting prices on both the 32GB and 64GB Surface RT tablets by $150, reducing them to about $350 and $450. You're still going to have to pay $100 extra for a Touch Cover, and Surface ...

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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 | June 5, 2013 11:46 AM

    Rumors about a Windows RT port of Microsoft Outlook have persisted since the beginning of the year. It started off as a project we weren't sure would ever actually see the light of day. A few months later, in April, chances for the software's release seemed to be looking up, but that was followed shortly thereafter by claims of delays, including one that Outlook RT wouldn't launch until the fall of 2014. Thankfully, we can now confirm that the app will arrive very much sooner, as Microsoft has gone ahead at this year's Computex expo and announced how Outlook RT will launch. Microsoft will ...

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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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  • by | June 3, 2013 5:18 AM

    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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  • by | May 31, 2013 3:38 PM

    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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  • by | May 31, 2013 4:59 AM

    We were wondering what an HTC One-like Android tablet would look like, and today we're wondering what an HTC tablet running Windows RT will look like. Not because we have too much time on our hands but because of a recent report claiming HTC tablet plans have changed. The rumored full-sized HTC tablet running Windows RT has been reportedly scratched because of the manufacturer's concern regarding weak demand.  The information comes from "people familiar with the matter", so treat it accordingly. Aside from weak demand for Windows RT-powered devices, said full-sized tablet would have ...

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  • by | May 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    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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  • by | May 27, 2013 8:29 AM

    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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  • by | May 24, 2013 6:42 PM

    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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  • by | May 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    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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