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We have had a tip from a reader that their pre-order for the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover has been cancelled in Canada. Apparently others buyers have been similarly affected. Of course one possibility is that the supply may be severely over subscribed, but Microsoft has also told the angry punters that a system error may be to blame. Have any of our other readers been affected? Let us know below. Thanks Jed for the tip. ...

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Anandtech has published an extremely detailed review of the the Microsoft Surface RT. The review covers issues such as the performance of the touch and type covers, battery life, and detailed bench marks of performance, application loading times and even WIFI speeds. After all that they conclude: Surface is the most flexible tablet I’ve ever used. Through two seemingly simple additions to the design (but incredibly complex to actually develop and implement), Microsoft took a tablet and turned it into something much more. If you’re frustrated by productivity limits of currently available tablets, Surface really seems to be the right formula for a solution. It’s important to note that Microsoft’s execution with Surface establishes the company as a competitive powerhouse in the mobile design market. I can only imagine what multiple revs of the design will give us, not to mention what could happen if Microsoft set its obsessive sights ...

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As regular readers will know my favourite device Windows 8 device is the Asus Taichi, the Dual-screened Windows 8 laptop. The above ad does a good job of positioning the Windows 8 tablet as a premium product and “elegant tool” which one would be “proud to use”, and it is certainly more of a status symbol than just another boring iPad which 200 million people own already. Of course at $1300 and $1600 the price tag also tells its own story. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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Asus has posted this video describing the conception and design of their Asus Taichi, Asus Transformer Book, Asus VivoTab and Asus Vivobook tablets and hybrids. The video shows a lot more thought than one expected went into the creation of these tablets, for example moving the release button to the tablet on the Asus Transformer Book so the tablet can be released without opening the dock, and having a special high speed bus to move signals rapidly from the dock to the tablet. The video also revealed Asus had their own version of a magnetically docked keyboard, seen in the picture above. Overall, the level of innovation present in these devices will help go a long way in making sure Windows 8 tablets are serious competitors in the market. Via Neowin.net ...

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The Verge have posted their review of the Microsoft Surface RT. They seems to like the hardware, except for the screen aspect ratio, which they found troublesome in many scenarios. Like others he also complained about the fixed angle of kickstand. They found battery life impressive and the device speedy, but complained of crashes in apps and of course the small selection of apps in general. He concluded: Maybe I say this too often, but I wanted to love this device. Actually, I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit. It made Windows 8 make sense in a way other products had not, and I could see a world where this kind of device was the only one I carried with me. Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And ...

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PCMag let slip their review of the Microsoft Surface early, giving us our first full insight of the device in use. The review has now been pulled, but the cache remains. The 4 page review is summarized as below: PROS Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz). CONS Kickstand assist only on left face. Only one angle on kickstand. Requires flat surface to use with Touch and Type covers. Speakers are very soft. Few apps on Microsoft’s Store. Not compatible with existing Windows 7 and XP programs. Proprietary charger port. BOTTOM LINE The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the distance between tablet and laptop for many users, particularly if you use the Web or ...

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Xbox Music app will come pre-installed on Windows 8 and will offer its services in 22 countries for subscription music and 15 for free streaming. With Windows 8 set to launch in just a few days the service is now going live in multiple locations around the world. Chriss from Norway has dropped us a line to let us know the app has been lit up in Norway, where he now enjoys unlimited streaming. Xbox Music will offer a catalogue of over 30 million tracks, and will allow users to make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. Has the service gone live in your area? Let us know below. Thanks Chriss for the tip. ...

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With the new Xbox Console update comes a new search experience, courtesy of Bing. The update brings improved voice recognition capabilities and accuracy of Bing on Xbox, but also other features including: Search the Web from Your TV: With the addition of “Internet Explorer,” you can now search across the web, as well as the content on your Xbox, to find the most relevant results. Bing on Xbox also searches YouTube for web original video. So, if you’re searching for a film with Jason Statham, you not only get results for his movies from within Xbox, but you can also view related web content within the same search. Music Search: With Bing as the search service for Xbox, you can search the new Xbox Music service for your favorite artist, song or album, and then sit back and enjoy. Similarly, Bing will power the search in the new Xbox Music ...

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Microsoft has posted a press release on their new Smartglass app, which will be officially released on the 26th October. On Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 there will be expensive integration to send currently playing media to and from the Xbox 360, and that also includes browser sessions The app supports: Navigation: Your phone and tablet will become the best remote controls in your house. Use the touch screen on your smartphone or tablet to control your Xbox 360 and use your devices to pause, rewind, or advance entertainment. (Available when SmartGlass launches) TV & Movies: With Xbox Video, start a TV show or movie on your tablet and finish it on the big screen through Xbox 360; get real-time updates on the cast and crew for the film you are watching, discover related films, get unique bonus features with films from Xbox Video. (Available when SmartGlass launches). And ...

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Amazon is offering great discounts on Sandisk Ultra microSD cards  – just like those that will fit into your Surface tablet and expand that 32 GB of storage. Amazon is offering 70% off Sandisk memory cards, SSDs and MP3 players. You can grab a 32gb microSD card for $23 which is about $47 off the regular price or a 64gb for $43.49 , $56 off. The presence of expandable storage of course makes the whole value proposition vs similar iPads with the same built-in storage even more appealing for Surface tablets. Find the deal at Amazon here. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Microsoft is sending out emails to those who pre-ordered the Microsoft Surface tablet informing them that the WindowsRT device is in the mail and should arrive in time for the great Windows 8 launch. Microsoft had earlier sent out emails to some buyers notifying them of a delay in shipments, but later said those letters had been sent in error. Given the delivery dates on the email, it is possible some buyers will receive their tablets as early as tomorrow, which suggests we should start seeing some cool unboxings soon. Have any of our readers received their shipping notifications? Let us know below. Via WPC. ...

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Microsoft has announced that the first 100 people who buy a Microsoft Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store will receive a year’s Xbox Music Pass, worth $99.90. The offer is only open to in-store buyers so online buyers should not apply. Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service provide free ad-supported streaming music on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and also unlimited streaming without ads with a $14.99 subscription on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 consoles (with a Xbox Live Gold membership). See the offer at Microsoft here. Via The Verge.com ...

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Hulu has announced on their blog that they have now released a Hulu Plus app for Windows 8 “Modern UI”. The touch-optimized app can access all of Hulu’s shows, including its back catalogue, and has the ability to pin favourite shows to the start screen. It also supports Snap view, which lets viewers watch video on one part of the screen while they do something else on another part. The app will be preloaded on select Acer and Sony Windows 8 tablets. For everyone else with Windows 8, the app can be found in the  Windows Store here.  Read more at Hulu here. ...

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Not to be left behind by Samsung, LG announced their own range of Windows 8 products. They announced two Windows 8  x86 PCs, the H160 sliding tablet and V325 all-in-one. The sliding tablet has a built-in keyboard that’s revealed by an "auto sliding" 11.6 inch IPS screen, which pops open at the press of a button and is compatible with LG’s Smart touch pen. The H160 weights 2.3 pounds, is 15.9 mm thick and has full-sized USB and HDMI ports, and supports microSD expansion, and also offers 10 hours battery life, presumably from the Atom processor. The V325 all-in-one features has a 23-inch 1080p multitouch display, Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card, and TV tuner, which works when the PC is off. Both machines will be released in Korea on October 26th. International availability has not been announced yet. Via The Verge and Slashgear.com ...

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We have just received a note from a reader in China who has been told via email by Suning, a large retailer in China and one of the official distributers, that pre-orders for the tablet will only be fulfilled in early November. On further enquiry he was told that the launch in Hong Kong has been pushed back due to transportation issues in Hong Kong. The irony is of course that the tablet is being assembled in China by Pegatron. Have any more of our Chinese readers received such a communication? Let us know below. Thanks Gabe for the tip. ...

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