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Microsoft has revealed the location of 6 new Microsoft Stores opening in 2013. The stores will be opening in: The Shops at La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas Dadeland Mall, Miami, Fla. Beachwood Place, Beachwood, Ohio Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco City Creek Center, Salt Lake City St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis Microsoft now has 51 retail and specialty stores open in the US and Canada, and besides the announced stores is also expected to expand into Europe and Australia next year. No specific opening dates were announced. Via Neowin.net ...

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The Verge has been leaked some more information about Nokia’s recently rumoured upcoming Windows RT tablet. The 10.1 inch tablet will have USB and HDMI-out, and also cellular connectivity, with 10 hours battery life which can  be fast-charged to 50% in a short period. The real innovation however will come from the accompanying cover, which the Verge notes will snap in place and will double battery life, provide a keyboard and also a kickstand for the tablet. The cover will also provide two USB ports. While the cover sounds rather fantastical, it is of note that the Asus Vivotab RT (pictured above) provides a “cover” with very similar functionality, and which effectively turns the Vivotab into a laptop. Given that Nokia cover also includes a battery and keyboard it is difficult to see how it could have a much different design. AT&T will be the first to carry the tablet, ...

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Demonstrating at least that there is a community of enthusiasts around Windows 8 Metro and Windows Phone, VideoLan’s VLC KickStarter fundraiser, which aimed to raise £40,000 in 30 days, has passed its goal with 5 days to spare. The VLC team writes: Dear backers, A few minutes ago, we passed our goal of £40,000 because of you! Thanks so much for the support from more than 2,500 backers like you! Right now, we are working on another update to lay out our additional ideas. We are enthusiastically looking forward to work on this project and providing the best VLC possible for you. Thanks! – The VLC for Windows 8 team Hopefully the enthusiasm of the community will also infect the VLC developers, who have targeted an April delivery of the software for Windows 8 Metro, to be followed by Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone. See the fundraiser here. ...

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Engadget has just noticed a Microsoft tablet passing through the FCC which is most likely the Microsoft Surface. The tablet runs Windows 8 and has a number (1514) which is only 2 less than the 1516 number associated with the Surface RT. The FCC approval clears the way to a January release for the Intel tablet, which is now expected at the end of that month. See the entry at the FCC here. ...

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The Videolan team have posted an update on their KickStarter page after their fundraiser hit 90% of their £40,000 target with 7 days still to go. Standing at £36,615 at the time of writing, the team explained their plan to port VLC from Windows 8 Desktop to Windows 8 Metro, needed because the Windows ecosystem was moving in that direction, required portions of their code to be rewritten to meet Windows Metro ideals of responsiveness and the ability to wake and sleep as needed. Because VLC is an open source project the code will be re-usable by other projects making the same jump. VLC developer Geoffroy Couprie writes: Why am I excited to work on this port? This KickStarter will give us the opportunity to work full time on WinRT for a few months, and solve all these challenges for us, but also for other open source projects. We already ...

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Microsoft is pushing out an update for the Mail, Calendar and Messaging apps in Windows 8. The changelog notes the following improvements: Group email messages by conversation to keep your inbox organised. Respond to meeting invitations directly from your inbox. Get things done more quickly with faster performance in all apps. Experience better reliability and usability based on feedback from customers like you. My experience with the mail app so far has not been great, with limited features and the app completely unable to send email from my main mail account, no matter how I tweak the settings. The good news is that the email does now actually work.  The bad news is that all the mail that was stuck in my outbox has now suddenly been sent The mail app does overall also feel much faster. Have our readers noticed any other significant improvements? Let us know below. Thanks ...

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InformationWeek reports that most PC OEMs will be missing the holiday season with their Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel’s dual-core Clover Trial Atom Z2760 processor, Delays are said to be affecting Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet, the  HP  Envy x2, the Asus  VivoTab Smart and the Lenovo  ThinkPad Tablet 2. Issued appear to be centred around drivers for the chipsets, and at this time only Samsung  ATIV Smart PC and Acer Iconia W510 are shipping with the processor. Noting that Dell and HP are targeting businesses with their tablets rather than consumers, analyst Cindy Shaw of research firm DISCERN noted: “HP and Dell are conceding they’ve given up on the consumer, so missing the holiday season is not that big of a deal. They’re not missing that magical time of the year, but the longer it takes for businesses to get their hands on evaluation units, the longer it’s going ...

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After the sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows, some 6 weeks ago, there was some speculation as to where he would end up, with some even suggesting he may be swapped for Scott Forstall who was also unceremoniously let go from Apple. Now in typical Sinofsky fashion Steve made the announcement above on twitter, saying he is returning to Harvard Business School to teach and share his experience built up over decades of working at Microsoft. I suspect his first classes, in Product Development, will be the most well attended next semester, as everyone hopes to discover the decisions which resulted in Windows 8. ...

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The Videolan team saw a massive responsive from their last update, raising nearly £4000 yesterday, but they are still £10,000 from their £40,000 target to create a VLC client for Windows Metro, which will eventually transfer to Windows Phone also. The team have therefore released two more high resolution renders resolution which can be seen here and here. To support the effort, which only has 9 days left, see the KickStarter page here. ...

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In a sign of optimism, according to Digitimes Nokia has resumed development of their rumoured 10 inch Windows RT tablet. Apparently the tablet was originally planned for a MWC 2013 unveil in February, but was put on the back burner due to Microsoft’s Surface tablet. The tablet, which is expected to return in smaller volumes that the originally planned 200,000, will come with a Qualcomm’s S4 processor and be ODM’ed by Compal. Read more at Digitimes here. Thanks Tom for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has posted this retrospective of the company’s achievements in 2012, ranging from releasing the new Office to catching cyber-criminals to releasing the Microsoft Surface. While Microsoft has not quite convinced the technorati that they are relevant again, they have certainly shown that they will not go going down fighting. What are our reader’s opinion of Microsoft’s 2012? Let us know below. Via Gearlive.com ...

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The VLC team have not been very forthcoming with updates, but they have now finally posted some new information, in the form of mock-ups of their Windows 8 Metro client. They noted that they are 70% to their target with 10 days to go, which is on track, but they of course still need your donations to actually make it. They also confirmed that after some work they now know their 3 month development time scale is realistic, meaning they should be able to deliver the app in April 2013. They are of course also still planning a Windows Phone 8 version of the app. Read the update and donate at KickStarter here. ...

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Donations are rolling in for VLC for Windows 8 Metro, with the collection gaining more than £6,000 in the last 5 days. That may still leave the open source team, which are planning to create apps for Windows 8 x86, Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone 8 still short of their £40,000 ($64,000) target. Microsoft has already pledged support in the form of hardware, technical and design help, but for the finances the team are relying on the eventually users, that being us. Show your support and be listed as a contributor in the app, by making a small donation at Kickstarter UK here (they take $ as easy as £). ...

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Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack for Windows. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC). The software allows RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer and is available in both 32-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi) and 64-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi) versions. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats: Canon: Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, EOS 10D, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D Digital, EOS 60D, EOS 300D, EOS 350D, EOS 400D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 1000D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D Digital, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS Digital Rebel, EOS Kiss Digital, EOS Kiss Digital N, EOS Kiss Digital X, EOS Kiss F, EOS Kiss X2, ...

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Microsoft’s premier racing game, Forza, is getting a new expansion pack next week. The Forza Horizons Rally expansion pack will bring 5 new rally-tuned cars, new stages and a new co-driver system for rally races. Cars included in the Forza Horizon Rally pack include the ’92 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185, the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR, the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and lastly the 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale. Rally races are not just limited to the new cars, as Turn 10 Forza Horizon design director Ralph Fulton explained to IGN: “You can take the same rally upgrades that are featured in the cars that are packed in with the expansion pack and apply them to any car in your Forza Horizon garage,” Fulton explains. “These upgrades include rally tires for improved grip on loose dirt and gravel, springs and dampers that ...

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Apparently many Surface users are experiencing a “Limited Connectivity error” when using WI-FI on the Microsoft Surface, which can only be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting or restarting the tablet. Microsoft has pushed out a fix, but apparently some users are still having issues. However a solution has popped up on Microsoft Answers which may solve the left-over issues. The instructions are as follows: First of all, go to Start Screen by pressing the Windows button your Surface tablet. In Start Screen go to Search Charm by swiping from right and selecting ‘Search‘. Type in ‘cmd’ in the ‘Search’ box. ‘Command Prompt‘ would be showed in results. Swipe down on the Command Prompt tile and the app bar will open. Select ‘Run as administrator’ from the app bar. Command Prompt will open on the desktop. Type or copy and paste the following in the command prompt netsh int tcp set ...

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