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LondonDrug, a Canadian Store, have uploaded this video of the Toshiba Satellite® U920t Ultrabook Convertible. The device has the now usual 1366×768 pixels IPS Screen that is a larger 12.5 inches, covered in Gorilla Glass, is 1.45 kg in weight, two USB ports, WIFI, Bluetooth, HDMI, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 processor and is less than an inch thick when closed. The device starts at $1,149,99 at Toshiba’s website here. ...

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Windows 8 is a major transition in the look and feel of Windows but Ubuntu’s desperate call for desktop users to upgrade to their OS to “Avoid the pain of Windows 8” rings rather hollow when one bears in mind that for desktop upgraders, Windows 8 will still run all their old apps, while Ubuntu’s poor clone of Windows XP will not. Of course the fact that Steam is trying to move their gaming empire to Linux does mean Microsoft should not completely ignore the threat, but I think just the idea that Windows users will move in droves to Linux is so embarrassing that Ubuntu has already changed the slogan on their web page back to “Your wish is our command”. Do our readers think Microsoft should be worried? Let us know below. Thanks Filipe for the tip. Screen shot Softpedia.com ...

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While Windows 8 is not difficult to use, in some ways it is very different from Windows 7. Microsoft recognizes this, and all Windows 8 PCs will start with a video tutorial. For those that need more however Microsoft is offering free Windows 8 training at their Microsoft Stores. Hopefully trainees will leave the sessions also ambassadors for the new OS, and spread their knowledge to their friends and colleagues. You can find a local training sessions here. Via Neowin.net ...

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Google’s Q3 earnings report leaked out early today, resulting in a bloodbath for the stock, which fell 9% in the space of minutes, and causing trading on the shares to be halted. The company reported a 20% drop in profits from last year, from $2.73 billion to $2.18 billion. The company said it earned $9.03 a share vs the analysts consensus of $10.65. Google is in the main an advertising company, and the  Average cost-per-click decreased 15% year-over-year and decreased 3% quarter-over-quarter, possibly as a result of the move to mobile of which the company is a huge proponent with the Android operating system, but which earn them hardly any money. “The core business itself is slowing down,” said Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners LP. The company’s Motorola revenue decreased 26% YoY to $2.58 billion, and lost $151 million, making their $12.4 billion purchase seem more and more ...

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HP has unveiled the HP Envy x2, a 1.8 Ghz Atom z2670 tablet with docking cradle that together make a pretty good Windows 8 laptop that is still less than an inch thick and weights only 3 pounds, a bit earlier but not the ship date. The device comes with the now usual 11.6 inch 1366×768 IPS screen and 64 GB SSD, and with a 8 megapixel rear camera and 1080p front camera. It has 2 GB of RAM and Beats Audio with Dual Speakers and multi-band WIFI and also NFC. HP has still not revealed the price, but has now said the device will e available in December, which should make it a good stocking stuffer for the new Windows 8 user. See the specs and register your interest at HP here. Thanks Benjamin for the tip. ...

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The rate at which apps are entering the Windows 8 Store has taken an upward turn, as the app store reaches the more than 5,000 apps milestone. Earlier projections have suggested this will be reached only on launch day of the store on the 26th October. The information is unofficial and is via WinAppUpdate, who tweeted the above information. Microsoft has promised more than 100,000 apps by the end of the year, so we will be keeping a close eye on this curve and see if that projection will be realistic. Via Neowin.net. ...

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If you are looking to finally get onto the Xbox 360 bandwagon the holiday season is the best time to do so, as the price of the console has once again plummeted, and Microsoft has arranged some attractive bundles which means you will not have to hunt to find the latest and best games either. Microsoft is offering a $50-off pricing promotion on select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles available at select major national retailers. The $50-off price promotion will apply to: 250GB Xbox 360 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect This brings the price of the cheapest console to $245  for the 250GB Xbox 360  or $249,96 for the 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect . The bundles available include: 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect  and “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect Sports,” and “Kinect Adventures” and one month of Xbox LIVE Gold for $399.99 USD (ERP) 4GB ...

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In a press release  Toshiba has announced that they are now accepting pre-orders for their range of Windows 8 PCs. The range includes Satellite S, P and L laptops or the U series of Ultrabooks, the Qosmio X875 for gamers, the LX815 and LX835 all-in-ones. Pre-orders can be made at Toshiba’s site here, with delivery expected from the 26th October. Toshiba’s Windows 8 PCs Now Available Pre-orders of New Satellite Laptops, Ultrabooks and All-in-One Desktops Start Today on ToshibaDirect.com and Retailers Nationwide IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that its consumer line-up of Satellite® laptops and Ultrabooks™, Qosmio® laptops as well as its All-in-One desktops featuring Windows 8 are available for pre-order starting today and will be widely available for purchase from select U.S. retailers and ToshibaDirect.com on October 26. Windows 8 Optimization Toshiba’s ...

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Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt released a research note on the Microsoft Surface where he suggested Microsoft will be selling 3 million of the tablets, which are priced to be competitive with the Apple iPad, in the last 3 months of the year. He also expects Microsoft to sell 9 million devices in 2013, saying the device is “an underappreciated driver for Windows revenue in FY13 and beyond.” “Pricing appears competitive: $499 for a 32 GB Surface is less than the $599 for a new 32 GB iPad with WiFi, while $699 for a 64 GB Surface plus keyboard is consistent with the $699 cost of a 64 GB iPad, with no keyboard-and MSFT’s flat keyboard is itself a differentiator. The $599 Surface bundle (32 GB tablet + keyboard) costs the same as a 32 GB iPad, but > 50% of iPad users also purchase an iPad cover (~$50 at retail) ...

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The Windows 8 Pro upgrade download is only $39.99, but if you want to hang on to your physical media you have to shell out another $30, which is a bit much for a spinning disc of plastic. Fortunately it seems Amazon has your back.  They are offering a $30 gift voucher with your $69.99 which can be used on anything in their extensive store. The deal can be found at Amazon here. Given that the price is the same, are any of our readers purchasing the disc,  or are you opting for the immediate gratification of the download? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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In what really should be labelled an ad, Chris Pirillo starred in this video by Pokki, who makes a start menu replacement for Windows 8, and goes around deliberately trying to confuse current Windows users by presenting them with Windows 8 without any preparation at all, and asking them to perform a task which Microsoft deliberately hid- turning off the PC. I believe long time Windows users will be as confused if they were presented with a Mac, and to turn off the PC the simplest is of course to press the power button or on many laptops simply closing the lid, actions that did not go away with Windows 8. The video is a deliberate FUD piece which Chris should be ashamed to have his name associated with. Do our readers agree?  Let us know below. Via Hothardware.com ...

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Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios are laying off up to 10% of their work force after Fable: The Journey, completed its development. In a statement to IGN Microsoft said: “Following the completion of Fable: The Journey the Lionhead studio is in the process of beginning work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a reduced headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as development gets underway. At this time a very small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today. We are working very closely with those people during this difficult time, to help them explore alternative opportunities within Microsoft including new roles at Microsoft Studios which is actively hiring.” While Microsoft blames the lay-offs on the cyclical nature of jobs in the game development market, it is of note that Peter Molyneux left the studio ...

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Microsoft is doing their bit for good citizenship by promoting election participation on Xbox Live. They broadcast the Presidential debates on Xbox Live, and polled watchers at the same time. Venturebeat reports: "More than 100,000 members of Microsoft’s Xbox Live online community for the Xbox 360 tuned into the presidential debate via their game consoles. And based on 2 million real-time responses to 70 polling questions, Barack Obama won the second debate." Showing that the service is not inherently biased, challenger Mitt Romney won the first debate, a consensus I think most would agree with. Apparently the participants are pretty representative of the voting population, with 80% being  aged 18-44, 29% Republican and 25% Democrat, expect for men being vastly over-represented at 66% of the participants vs 34% female. "88% of the respondents were likely voters and 69% engaged to the point of not only voting, but responding that they ...

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The latest Xbox 360 Dashboard update, which has been in beta for some time, is now rolling out to console owners. The star feature of the update is the arrival of IE9 on Xbox 360.  This enables users to browse the web from the couch, controlling the experience using Xbox Smart Glass from their favourite smartphone or tablet.  This app is expected to hit the market on the 26th, with the release of Windows 8 also. Unfortunately one needs an Xbox Live Gold member ship to gain access to the browser, a negative for those who mainly use the Xbox 360 as a media device. The full feature list for the update include: Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination. Internet Explorer for Xbox. With ...

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I know us Windows fans will not buy a single product before it has been reviewed by the esteemed Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, so we are fortunate enough to have been graced with just that before the OS hits the market in a week’s time. The good news is that he seems to like it, calling the start screen “handsome, modern, slick“ that “works very well and is a welcome step” and “holds its own with iPad and Android.” He did however complain about the potential for confusion, not just between the Modern and Desktop UI, but also between RT and Windows 8 devices. He also complained of lack of key apps and found the mail client poor, but unexpectedly gave Microsoft a pass for this, saying it could be updated in the future. He concludes: Microsoft deserves credit for giving Windows a new, modern face. And ...

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It seems the prophets of doom may have been wrong about demand for the Microsoft Surface, as the cheapest of the 3 packages have now sold out on pre-order, and have gone on back order. The $499 tablet, sold without the touch cover, is now on 3 weeks back order (which presumably means about 2 weeks after the other Surface tablets are delivered). Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered up to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4 2012, so hopefully this level of interest will continue and help make the RT platform a success. Thanks Kamara for the tip. ...

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