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It has recently been revealed that Google shares much of their app store profits with carriers and OEMs. Now Digitimes claims Microsoft is planning to do the same with Windows 8 OEMs. According to Digitimes Microsoft plans to offer developers that join the development of Windows-based apps a profit share higher than the 70% on the iOS app store and Android Market. In addition, hardware brand vendors will also enjoy a profit share if consumers purchase apps that are recommended by them.  The exact share has however not been revealed. Much like Nokia, Microsoft is expecting OEMs to cultivate developers and applications, and to guide buyers to their collections. Microsoft’s new strategy is expected to open a brand new profit source for the vendors, according to Digitimes’s sources, which, given the size of the Windows ecosystem, may be billions of dollars, which will hopefully motivate OEMs to keep profit margins ...

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Amazon is running a great deal, offering a $60 12 month Xbox Live Gold voucher for only $35. The deal only has another 32 hours to run, and the voucher needs to be used by the 22nd June. Besides being needed to play most multi-player games, the subscription also allows access to apps like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand on your console, if you subscribe to those services already. The deal is limited to one per customer. Read more terms and conditions at Amazon here. Thanks Gullygod for the tip. ...

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Of all the very interesting Windows 8 touch screen laptops shown off at Computex 2012, I think it is safe to say the Asus Taichi was the most interesting. Now Digitimes have published an estimate of the cost of the components of the device, and potentially the final retail price. They write: With the displays already costing US$300, if the machine has an Intel Core i7 series processor and chipset, another US$230 will be added to the cost, and with other component costs – motherboard about US$50-60; 6-cell battery about US$40; solid state drive (SSD) about US$110; chassis and internal parts about US$80; and Windows 8 about US$90, the total BOM is estimated to reach about US$900 excluding e shipments, retail channel distribution and marketing, the sources detailed. They note the end price of a PC product is usually 130-150% of its BOM, giving an estimate of the final price ...

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Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has denied HTC’s request to build a Windows RT tablet. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg claims the request was refused due to “concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software. Microsoft is tightly controlling the number of ARM- based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality. Microsoft declined to comment on the rumour, but HTC did, saying: HTC has sold more than 40 million Windows Phones over the last ten years and we are committed to future versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft plans to extend its Xbox 360 subscription plan, where buyers pay $99 and then $19.99 per month for two years for an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle, beyond its Microsoft stores to all U.S. Best Buy Co. stores and a "select" grouping of GameStop Corp. stores. The deal includes access to Xbox Live Gold (usually around $60 per year). Microsoft still considers the scheme a pilot, noting that consumers have responded well so far. While many feel the deal is all about supporting “soft” Xbox sales as the current generation comes to an end, Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, speculates that it is all about preparing customers for the same deal next year, when the next version of the Xbox console is expected to be announced. Microsoft has positioned the Xbox 360 as the premier entertainment computer, and while the current deal makes ...

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If there is any doubt that Touch will become as much part and parcel of computer laptop use as a keyboard or mouse, Intel is working to lay that to rest. They are working with OEMs to “accelerate the transition” and ensure touch screen laptops with larger screen sizes come to the market sooner rather than later. They are doing this by underwriting investments by OEMs such as TPK, Wintek, HannsTouch and Cando to ensure supply is available before demand is proven. The focus is of course Windows 8, which makes Touch a first class citizen in the OS.  The presence of touch screens will likely make the OS’s Metro interface more attractive and usable, and also accelerate Microsoft’s transition from its legacy desktop to a new touch-friendly mobile future. Via Engadget.com ...

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So far the most interesting and arguably desirable new Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrid is the Dual screen Asus Taichi with 2 full HD screens, one touch, on the same device. Above is a brief look at the amazing device on video published by TechinStyle. The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing key feature – both 11.6″ and 13.3″ models have a brilliant double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the TAICHI opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities as it plays the role of both notebook and tablet. With the lid open, the TAICHI is just like any notebook computer, and comes complete with a full-size QWERTY backlit keyboard and track pad. With the lid closed, however, the TAICHI instantly becomes a multi-touch tablet computer with stylus support, bringing a degree of flexibility that has never ...

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer today introduces its newest premium Windows® 8 Ultrabook™ devices – the Aspire S7 Series – at Computex Taipei. Available in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch, these are the thinnest and smallest, respectively, Full HD touch Ultrabooks™. Both feature a sleek aluminum metallic unibody design and provide a more engrossing computing experience. The larger model additionally sports a glossy, sculpted glass cover, delivering a trendy and elegant appearance. With the aluminum unibody design, the S7 Ultrabooks™ are exceptionally slim and light, yet durable enough to handle the rigors of everyday use. The 13.3-inch model offers up to 12 hours of battery life, while the 11.6-inch model can run for up to 9 hours, to ensure a full day of on-demand productivity and media consumption from a single charge. To make the best of the powerful performance components, Acer designed its innovative Acer Twin Air ...

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer today announces two new Windows® 8 all-in-one (AIO) PCs at Computex Taipei: the Aspire 7600U (27-inch) and the Aspire 5600U (23-inch). The striking Aspire 7600U supports up to 64-point simultaneous touch from all angles, enabling use by multiple users at once. It features 0 to 90 degree viewing and swivels at four sides when laid flat for enjoyment by more than one user. At just 35 mm thin, the 7600U is ultra-slim. It delivers Full HD visuals and Dolby® Home Theater® surround sound. This AIO is made for modern day explorers who want a cutting-edge multimedia experience. The elegant Aspire 5600U is the thinnest AIO available and makes a stylish addition to any room in the house, whether on a desk or wall mounted. It features an ergonomic touch design and can tilt from 30 to 85 degrees for enhanced single-user comfort. It’s ...

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  TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer presents two of its newest Windows® 8 tablets at Computex Taipei. The ICONIA W510 evolves the computing experience with three different modes of touchscreen operation, while the ICONIA W700 is the best-performing Windows 8 tablet with the added versatility of a cradle. Both designed to set new standards in ergonomics and user-friendliness. The most unique part of the W510 tablet is the tri-mode, allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the conventional tablet mode, it can be used in productivity mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode, which is excellent for watching a video, browsing a webpage or viewing a PowerPoint presentation. In addition, the W510 has Always On, ...

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As part of their Interaction Design course, two Penn State University Students have redesigned the Microsoft Touch Mouse for Windows 8, with a whole new, more gesture-friendly shape and new gestures just for Windows 8. The students, Kiseok Sung and Mouni Reddy were not just working on their own however, and had some help from Microsoft Hardware.  Who knows, maybe their good ideas will turn up in a product after all. Read more about their project at their website here. ...

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Windows 8 developers have a problem testing apps for tablets, given that the vast majority of PCs do not have touch screens. One touch screen device that has a pretty high penetration is however the iPad, and Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed allows developers to remotely access their Windows 8 developer machine and try out all major Windows 8 gestures on their iPad. The app supports:     Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu     Swipe from the left to switch apps     Swipe left/right in Internet Explorer to move between pages     Swipe down to bring up additional menus     Swipe down on an item to select it     Pull down from the top to close an app     Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")     Swipe from left-and-back to show running apps     Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with ...

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It seems white technology is now all the rage, and Microsoft has followed the trend by announcing a fully while Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle. The limited edition bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and a copy of two of the most popular Kinect tiles: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures. The package also includes a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold will be available while supplies last for US $ 299.99. If you do not want to splash out for the full bundle, but is still desperate for the glossy white controller or need a second to complete the package, it is available for purchase separately for US $49.99. Both the controller and the white Bundle begin shipping today to retailers in the US & around the world starting today, and will be available in Europe and Brazil ...

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Microsoft earlier revealed they sold 800,000 Xbox 360s on Black Friday, and have now revealed their total for the month, coming in at an amazing 1.7 million consoles, leading the console race for the 11th straight month in a row and the only current-generation console to sell more than one million units, and nearly double the second-place console. Xbox 360 unit sales grew 23 percent year over year in November, and spending on the Xbox ecosystem reached $1.4 billion, more than any other console. During the month of November, Xbox 360 held four of the top 10 console game titles including: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” and “Battlefield 3”. The race now turns to December, the only month Microsoft did not hold the top spot in the last 17 months, losing narrowly to the Wii.  I suspect there will be no contest ...

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Microsoft has announced their biggest sales week ever, moving 960,000 Xbox 360s in just one week, and 800,000 within 24 hours in the Black Friday sales. The 960,000 Xbox 360s were accompanied by more than 750,00 Kinect sensors, either stand-alone or bundled. Entering its 7th year of sales, Microsoft anticipates that the Xbox 360 should deliver its eleventh straight month as the number one console in the US. Based on its robust holiday portfolio and the new Xbox LIVE dashboard going live on Dec. 6th, Microsoft expects holiday momentum to continue, driving Xbox 360 to finish the year as the number one console in the U.S., a crown it lost last year to the rapidly fading Wii. Microsoft now has 75 Kinect titles and will also be bringing hard-hitting exclusives such as “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” to the party this Christmas season. ...

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Adding further endorsement to using the Kinect sensor to develop for Windows, Microsoft has launched their Kinect for Windows Website. The site provides a central location for tool downloads, developer resources, and documentation for the sensor, and encourages students, educators and scientists to take up the challenge of bringing projects using the sensor to life. Read more at KinectforWindows.org ...

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