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On their website Acer has now revealed the full details of their much leaked Acer Iconia W3 8 inch Windows 8 tablet. The full specs of the device is: Windows 8 Pro – Intel® Atom™Z2760 8" WXGA (1280×768) Multi-Touch LCD 2 GB Memory eMMC64GB storage Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3650 802.11 b/g/n & BT 2M FHD STD BT4.0 Micro HDMI Micro-USB 2.0 port 8 hours Silver 1 Year Carry In warranty Acer notes the WXGA resolution means snapping will not be supported for Metro apps, but of course we expect Windows Blue to fix this issue. Acer touts the device as a PC companion that is able to sync with your main laptop or desktop using Windows 8’s cloud features, and as ideal for both play and work, though its attached keyboard accessory. Interestingly they also say the tablet will come with Microsoft Office, which is not normally included with ...

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The Windows Blue update to Windows 8 is expected some time in the middle to the end of this year, and Stephen Chapman from MSFTkitchen has managed to dig up this video presentation of an updated version of the Fresh Paint app built for the OS. New in this version is the interaction of watercolor with other medias (oil, pencil, etc.), wet or dry and the the ability to import an image from anywhere, then transpose it to a watercolor painting you can interact with. In the video chief technical strategy officer, Eric Rudder says: "We’re really excited to work, now that the next version of Windows is coming, to make sure that we extend touch in even more dramatic fashion.If you look at a company like HP now that’s kind of struggling and cut their R&D budget, I think they may have wished there’s some stuff in the factory ...

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Despite severe stock shortages and a high price the Microsoft Surface pro has still managed to make it onto Best Buy’s Bet Seller list, currently sitting in 4th spot behind much, much cheaper Amazon Kindle and Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Windows 8 tablet has been seeing severe supply shortages, but Microsoft has promised to restock this weekend, and is currently taking pre-orders for delivery later in the month. Interestingly on the same page the Surface RT tablet holds 12th spot, suggesting the Windows 8 tablet may see better success than its more limited sibling. See the Best Buy page here. Thanks JamesSB for the tip. ...

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The Examiner has interviewed some new Surface Pro owners 2 days after they took their Windows 8 tablets home, and found them pretty satisfied with their devices. "I’ve had this thing by my side for the past three days," says Jesse Fuentes, an engineer in Los Angeles." It is by far the best device I have ever owned. I can do everything I can with this that I could my MacBook Air and iPad," he continues. Yong Lee, a marketing manager,  also fell in love. "I am more of an Apple person than Microsoft. But the Surface Pro is a better piece of hardware than Apple has ever made," Lee says. Lee agrees that the battery life is subpar, but it’s not a disaster. "This is a laptop replacement, not a tablet replacement," says high school math teacher Jennifer Parsons. "The battery life is on par with most ultrabooks. Students ...

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The Microsoft Surface has not been free of WIFI issues, with many users complaining of losing connectivity which eventually needs switching WIFI on and off to fix. Now Microsoft has revealed the changelog of an update which will address that and other issues. Posting on Microsoft Answers the Forum Moderator said the update offers: The February update, which will be available later today, includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements: This release will address several ‘Limited’ Wi-Fi connections issues. Contains driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons To check for the update: Open PC Settings, by swiping in from right edge (or, if using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen) Tap or click Settings Tap or click Change PC settings Under PC settings, tap or click Windows Update Tap or click Check for Updates Via Neowin.net ...

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Panos Panay, GM for the Microsoft Surface, has had some good news for long-suffering Surface fans. He has confirmed on twitter that Microsoft would be restocking the 128 GB Surface tablet at Best Buy and Microsoft Stores this weekend, with stock expected on Saturday. The less popular 64 GB Surface Pro tablet, which nevertheless also sold out, is being restocked right now. Early estimates are that less than 20,000 Surface Pro tablets have been sold.  Hopefully improved stock will boost this figure significantly. ...

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At the Nokia Lumia 620 launch event in Pakistan Nokia showed the above image demonstrating the breadth of the Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 ecosystem. This included a tablet which does not appear to look like any we have seen before, but shares the distinctive colourful and rounded styling of Nokia’s Lumia handsets. NokiaGadgets, who first posted about the tablet, notes it has a thin bezel, colourful casing and rounded sides. Nokia is rumoured to have a Windows tablet in the works, though it has also been rumoured that this project has been cancelled while Nokia focuses on their Lumia handsets. Do our readers think an eventual Nokia tablet will look like this? Let us know below. Thanks FocusFlash for the tip. ...

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro ad has quite a catchy tune, but musician Stay Classy felt it was a bit too short, and decided to extend it into this two minute version above. He writes: The Surface Pro song is so amazing, that I was able to make it longer and a lot cooler I know that a lot of us fans would appreciate having a version that we can listen to on the train or on our way to work See his site here for more. ...

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Kotaku have posted some detailed information from a white paper on the next version of the Xbox, code named Durango. The leak confirms the device will feature 64-bit D3D11.x 800GHz GPU, an 8-core x64 1.6GHz 4MB L2 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB of on-board memory, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, and an optical drive for 50GB discs. The also confirmed the device will come with an upgraded Kinect which "must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to even function." The Kinect 2.0 will be able to capture up to six people at once, record 1920×1080 colour resolution, more trackable joints, improved depth resolution and more. The device will also be able to juggle more than one application at a time, feature a new controller with a new wireless technology, feature better Smartglass integration and much more. Read all the details at Kotaku here. Via Engadget.com ...

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The reason one choses a Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet over an iPad or Android tablet is pretty simple – the power of a full Windows PC with the portability of a tablet. In the above video we have Martin giving a demo of that power, by playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on his tablet. He notes the game works pretty well, but is somewhat limited by the keyboard – maybe next time he should drag his Xbox 360 controller with him Have any of our readers managed to get their hands on the short-supply tablet yet? Let us know your experience below. Thanks Martin for the tip. ...

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Surface Pro has launched, which means you can (maybe) head to your local Microsoft Retail Store to finally pick up your Surface Pro. But before you head out the door with an empty Surface in hand, you might want to take advantage of the bundled deals that are available.  What is Microsoft Complete? Complete is Microsoft’s insurance and tech support program for the Surface. Unlike other extended warranties, you get quite a few things included for $99 for 2 years: Accidental damage coverage Factory defects coverage Tech support that includes unlimited support at the Answers Desk in-store, virus/spyware removal, hardware/software install, etc. and unlimited support over the phone The really good thing about Complete for Surface Pro is that, unlike the one for Surface RT, there is no deductible and there is no limit to check-ins (versus a limit of 2 on the RT). So that means that if something happens ...

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WPArea.de reports the Surface RT tablet is coming to Germany on the 14th February and will likely be carried by Saturn and Media Markt. The news was announced by Microsoft already last week, but WPArea reports that television and other media ads, such as the one above and below, have now started appearing, suggesting a real push is underway. Analysts suggest Microsoft has only sold around 1 million or less Surface tablets so far, with Microsoft blaming this on limited distribution. Hopefully this issue will soon be reversed in the next few weeks. There is at present no release date for the Surface Pro in Europe. ...

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The Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet went on sale yesterday, and despite the rather negative reviews has been snapped up by fans, with the 128 GB version of the tablet selling out in a mere 7 hours at Microsoft’ Online Store. Of course early sales does not really tell us what the real demand for his rather expensive tablet will be, and given Microsoft’s propensity to not release numbers I don’t think we will ever find out. Will our readers be picking up a Surface Pro? Let us know why or why not below. Thanks Martin for the tip. ...

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With all the hype around Surface Pro, it’s easy to forget that other OEMs have also been building Windows 8 tablets with fast Intel Ivy Bridge processors. One of the best – and certainly the most competitively priced – of these devices is the Acer W700, though it’s had its fair share of issues since launch. It was delayed, it was (and still is) experiencing supply issues, and the included plastic dock is clumsy and not very portable. However, Acer has apparently started to ship a revamped keyboard case with the device, as posters on Acer’s support forums have noted. The new keyboard case consists of three parts: a microfiber sleeve to which a silicon case and the keyboard – which connects over Bluetooth and can be charged with an included microUSB cable – are glued. Inserting and removing the W700 from the silicon case certainly isn’t as effortless as ...

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While Acer has blamed their poor sales on Windows 8 rather than the lack of supplying hardware the public wants, Lenovo, who has been on the forefront of creating great hybrid designs and marketing them well, has been reaping the rewards of supporting the new OS. Lenovo has just had a record-breaking quarter, growing their market share and profits despite the shrinking PC market. CEO Yang Yuanqing is quoted as saying that “new technologies like Windows 8, ultrabooks, and convertibles will drive new demand. 2013 will be better than 2012.” So Acer, how about less winning and some more designing? Via Forbes.com ...

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