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Right on schedule, the first of the $1.5 Billion campaign ads to market Windows 8 has launched. The ad focuses on touch and family friendliness, and ends with the tag line “Windows reimagined” and the Windows 8 launch date 26th October 2012. The Crispin Porter + Bogusky agency effort seems a bit light for a first effort – hopefully we will see something more exciting in later ads. Via The Verge.com ...

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Microsoft is scrambling to remove in-game Halo 4 footage from YouTube after the two discs of the game leaked recently. The game is only hitting the market on the 6th November, but footage of the game is is showing up on the internet faster than Microsoft can ask for it to be removed. The game’s creative director Josh Holmes has asked fans not to spoil the game for themselves by watching these videos, saying on twitter: I’ve worked for over 3 years making Halo 4. Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for 3 more weeks until the game is out. Thank you. — Josh Holmes (@JoshingtonState) October 13, 2012 Halo 4 is the first instalment in a new trilogy of the successful Halo series of games, with the "Reclaimer Trilogy" takes place four years after the events of Halo 3 with the Master Chief having been lost in space. ...

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The Asus Vivo Tab RT is set to cost about $600, but it seems UK punters may be able to get it a lot cheaper, if they sign up for a long contract of course. Carrier 3 UK has announced that the WindowsRT tablet will be available directly from them. The 10.1 inch tablet is powered by 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and  2 GB RAM comes with 4G LTE (not a feature of 3’s network however). If the idea of a subsidized tablet tickles your fancy, express your interest at 3 here. Via EasternMorningHerald.com ...

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Halo 4 is set to be one of the biggest games this holiday season, which means a large percentage of our readers are likely to pick up a copy. If that includes you, you can now save 25% of the $60 price by ordering the game from NewEgg.com, who are offering a $15 discount until 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, October 14. Get Halo 4 for $44.99 at Newegg by using coupon code "EMCYTZT2339" during checkout.  Shipping is free, and allow 3-5 days after the release of the game for delivery. If purchased at the Microsoft Store Microsoft is offering  a $25 gift card with the purchase of Halo 4. The Xbox 360 exclusive is set for a November 6 release date. See the official Halo 4 below. Via Examiner.com ...

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Geekwire took an old Samsung Windows 8 tablet to an Apple store and asked punters there what they thought of the OS. The reception appears to be much warmer than one would expect, and hopefully this will be reflected in sales when the OS and devices running it debuts at the end of this month. Via MobilityDigest.com Thanks Bugbog for the tip. ...

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The New York Times reports that the Federal Trade Commission is preparing a recommendation that the government sue Google for abusing its position as the dominant search engine. The accusation is that Google manipulates search results to favour its own products, and makes it harder for competitors and their products to appear prominently on a results page. The commission is also building a team to take Google to court, if it comes to that. The European competition authorities are also pressing ahead and seeking changes in Google’s behaviour. Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s competition commissioner expressed concerns that Google is “using its dominance in online search to foreclose rival specialized search engines and search advertisers.” Google is also being investigated by the attorneys general of six states: Texas, Ohio, New York, California, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Accusations include that of manipulating the search results to favour Google commerce services such as ...

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We have just seen the Acer Iconia W510 offering great value at 499  Euro ($648 or £403) for a x86 tablet with dock. Now we see the opposite side of the spectrum, with Amazon UK offering pre-orders for the Samsung ATIV TAB 10.1 inch tablet for £549.99 (682 Euro, $884). The ARM tablet has a 1.5 ghz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM and of course runs Windows RT.  The package does not appear to include anything extra such as a dock or keyboard, making the price appear to be pretty poor value. Given that we are having x86 tablets selling for cheaper than ARM tablets, do our readers think those tablets have any future? Let us know below. Thanks Erno for the tip. ...

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  The Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 tablet with Dock has now gone up for pre-order at Dutch site Dixons.NL. The 1.80ghz ATOM z2760 powered device has a 10.1 inch 1366-by-768 screen, 2 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB SSD and weights 600 g and is less than 9 mm thick. It features Acer’s AlwaysOn, AlwaysConnected technology. It also comes with a keyboard dock which can be folded all the way back to act as a presentation stand and extends the battery life to 18 hours. All this will cost 499.99 Euro, or around $648, which is a pretty reasonable price for what you get. What do our European readers think about the price? Will you be biting? Let us know below. Thanks Michel for the tip. ...

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In the above video we have HP’s Vice President of Design Stacy Wolff talking about the evolution of the design of the HP ElitePad 900. In the 13 minute video he goes through the numerous iterations of the deign process, some of them very attractive tablets which will ultimately not make it to market. Wolff said the final version of the HP ElitePad 900 is a "very clean design" which incorporate NFC and other antenna on the back and makes the left and right sides as slim as possible. He also shows off the tablet’s Smart Jackets, which adds more hardware features while also serving as a case for the ElitePad 900. No pricing is available yet. Via Neowin.net. ...

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Pre-orders for Asus’s Taichi 21 dual-screen laptop and VivoBook x202 touch-screen laptop has opened up. The dual-screened TAICHI21 is available is available in a 1.7 Ghz Core i5 and 1.9 Ghz Core i7 processor versions. The 1.7 Ghz device has two 11.6 inch IPS Full HD screens with 10 finger multi-touch, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD and costs $1,300 and comes with a pressure-sensitive pen. The 1.9 Ghz Core i7 version has a 256 GB SSD and costs $1,600. The more conventional VivoBook X202 comes with an 11.6 inch 1366X768 HD touch screen, 1.8GHz Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive and costs only $600. Both devices should be available on the 26th October. Read more at Asus here. Via Engadget.com ...

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Windows 8 PCs are not supposed to hit shelves until the 26th October, but logistics does not work that way, and if PCs are to be sold then they need to be in store rooms already, and sometimes that spills over onto shelves. WinSource reports that they have been sent the above pictures from a Best Buy store in St. Cloud, MN , where several Windows 8 PCs are already on display. The collection include the HP Pavilion 23 AIO, the Envy 23 TouchSmart AIO, the Envy TouchSmart ultrabook, and two Envy m6 laptops. While the stores are not selling them yet, if you want to have a play with Windows 8 with hardware intended for its use, you could certainly give your local Best Buy a go. Via WinSource.com ...

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On the Windows Team Blog Microsoft has announced that pre-orders for Windows 8 Pro on DVD is now available for $69.99 USD ERP* (U.S.) at select retailers, including  Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. They also announced that upgrades via download will be available on the 26th October for $39.99 USD ERP. The downloads will be available in 140 countries worldwide, with 37 languages, and 23 supported currencies. The limited time upgrade offer will only be available until January 31st, 2013.. Those who purchase (or have purchased) an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 USD ERP** (U.S.) which will be redeemable starting October 26th. Lastly Windows 8 PC’s can now be pre-ordered for delivery by the 26th. Read more detail on the ...

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A European Microsoft division had announced that Microsoft will be releasing Office of iOS and Android in 2013. This was quickly shot down by Microsoft however, with  Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, head of corporate communications, tweeted on Wednesday that the "information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," adding that "we do not have anything further to share at this time." A presentation however marked confidential on the new Office makes it clear that Microsoft will be offering Office as a Service, and that their per user and per household licensing will include mobile devices, including specifically iOS and Android. Clients for these devices have been rumoured for a long time, and I think given Microsoft’s role as across-platform productivity software publisher, and with more than 1 billion connected devices in 2011, many not running windows, remains inevitable. ...

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We have already seen some evidence of marketing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, and we have seen various Windows 8 Marketing videos leaked, but so far nothing has really hit the main stream. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that we should prepare for a tsunami of Windows 8 ads this weekend, as marketing for the new operating system and the PCs it runs on start in earnest. Apparently Microsoft and PC OEMs will be blanketing the airwaves with ads, with a cumulated spend of several hundred million dollars. The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft has been prepping the ad effort for months, including purchasing large blocks of television-commercial time during this spring’s "upfronts," when TV networks take advance orders for ad spots during fall programming. Devices running the OS will be formally launched on the 26th October. The task of the marketers is not small – interest in PCs have ...

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  Vizo has shown off its range of Windows 8 machines, which includes ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs. They have 3 15.6 inch laptops and one 14 inch entry-level notebook and also 3 three different All-in-one PCs. The  14-inch screened notebook has a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, 1.7 Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, plus an Intel HD 4000 graphics card, an HDMI-out, Bluetooth and a webcam. The device sports a 7 hour battery life, is 16mm and 1.55 kgs and is priced at $849. Next are two 15.6-inch Thin + Light ultrabooks both have 1080p displays, with either a combination of a 1.7GHz Core i5/4GB RAM/128GB SSD, or a 1.9GHz Core i7/4GB RAM/256GB SSD,  priced at $899 and $1,199 respectively. The devices are 17mm thick and 1.76 kgs heavy. Lastly  the 15.6-inch Notebook comes with an Intel Core i7, quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 8GB ...

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Like the other PC OEMs Sony is going into touch and Windows 8 in a big way, as can be seen in the promotional video above. One of their devices is the Sony Vaio Duo 11, a device with does not skimp on specs, but probably pays for it in weight and price. Unlike many devices shown so far, it has a 11.6 inch Full HD screen, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 or i7 processor, weighs 1.3 Kg and is 17.85 mm thick. It supports up to 8 GB of RAM. The device also comes with a pressure-sensitive pen, full sized VGA and HDMI ports, twin USB 3 ports and a SD card reader.  In addition it has Bluetooth 4, GPS, a digital compass and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The front and rear camera are both 2 megapixel. See a hands-on video showing the features from Tracy and Matt ...

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