Review Category : Hardware

Today, Venturebeat reported that Apple is working with the world’s largest Watch manufacturing group Swatch for to release a line of smartwatches in variety of branded styles and price points. Apple usually does not license their technology/OS to other companies, they do both the software and hardware as we have seen in the past with iPod, iPhone, Mac and iPad. If this report is true, then Apple is aiming to capture a significant share of smartwatch industry by licensing their technology to other watch manufacturers. Microsoft is not a new entrant to the world of smartwatches. Microsoft invented the smartwatch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers like Swatch, Casio, etc,. Those smartwatches used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about ...

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During the financial earnings call yesterday, Microsoft revealed that they sold 1.1 million consoles in the last quarter. The surprising thing is that Microsoft didn’t offer specific numbers on how many of them were Xbox One. Microsoft also revealed that Xbox platform revenue increased 14% due to more hardware sales than last year. Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said that after they released the new Xbox One offering, they are pleased with the response. At E3, they reasserted their focus on games, with blockbuster titles and key exclusives coming this holiday. With the progress Microsoft is making in channel inventories, the new markets for Xbox One, and our exciting game lineup, Microsoft feel well positioned heading into the holiday season. CEO Satya Nadella commented the following on Xbox, I want to make a few comments on Xbox. It’s important for us to have a core that is thriving. It’s equally important to place smart, ...

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As part of Goldbox Deal of the day on Amazon, you can build a new PC or give your existing machine an overdue upgrade with savings of up to 35% on select PC components and accessories. This one-day offer is valid on July 23, 2014, or while supplies last. Some of the components on deals include the following, Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz 6MB Cache Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80646I54670 Asus Z87 PRO LGA 1150 Motherboard Intel Core i7-4770K and Asus Z87 PRO LGA 1150 Motherboard SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-240G-G25 SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-480G-G25 Find the deal here from Amazon.   ...

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During the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the Windows OS and the first-party devices and he said that Microsoft is approaching the Windows OS business with a bold, challenger mindset and pushing both the product and business model forward. He highlighted the fact that Windows licenses are zero dollars for any OEM building a device less than nine inches and also added a low-cost Windows offering with Bing integration for OEMs. These changes are expected to bring Windows tablets and clamshells at lower price points. Microsoft is also optimistic about first-party hardware given the early signs from Surface Pro 3’s performance in market. In the coming year, Microsoft will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes and also Microsoft will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user ...

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In the quarterly earnings results published by Microsoft, it was revealed the Surface sales revenue was down from the previous quarter despite the launch of Surface Pro 3. The revenue was at $409 million down from $494 million last quarter. Gross margin growth was result of the Surface RT $900 million write down last year. Microsoft also confirmed it via quarterly financial results. In the Computing and Gaming Hardware related slide, Microsoft mentioned that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from their transition of production to latest Surface offering and a decision to not ship a new form factor. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order from Microsoft Store. Docking Station allows you to turn your Surface Pro 3 into a full-blown desktop PC, giving you easy access to your external monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, and more. Microsoft also highlighted the improvements they have made over last generation Docking Station. For example, they have added more USB ports and many of them support USB 3.0. While you docked the SP2, the USB 3.0 port on the Surface  is still available for use when it is docked. Also, they have added Security Lock slot to it. Docking Station features: Instant office Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired ...

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Microsoft might be soon launching their Surface tablets in India. Recently, Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro 2 tablets have passed BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) procedure to import inside India. As you can see in the image above, Maintek Computer( A unit of Pegatron) has shipped them to India. Microsoft has provided the following statement regarding this import process, “As per BIS processes, certification is mandatory for this category. For Microsoft, we do go through these processes from time-to-time, as part of any market assessment perspective. But, at this stage, we have no announcements to offer for launch timing of the said model or other models of Microsoft Surface in India.” There are two possibilities, either Microsoft Surface tablets launch is imminent in India or Microsoft has imported them for internal company purposes. Recently, Microsoft Mobile(Nokia). also imported Lumia 2520 tablets in India. via: Evyush ...

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Yesterday we reported that, Lenovo has stopped selling all its smaller display Windows tablets in the US. It includes ThinkPad 8 and Lenovo Miix 2 consumer tablet as Lenovo is not seeing enough interest for small Windows tablets in the US. Lenovo executive said, “In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets. If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy.” Today, Lenovo completely backtracked from what that executive told regarding their Windows tablet strategy. They announced that they will continue to sell new Windows devices in the market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet, then this is a great deal for you. TigerDirect is now selling Acer Iconia W510 Windows tablet for just $199. The Acer Iconia W510-1620 Tablet is powered by Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor, 2GB of DDR3, 32GB of internal storage, 10.1″ HD display for a outstanding visual performance and it runs on full Windows, which means you can install all your legacy Windows apps on it. Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 processor; delivers a superb computing performance 2GB of DDR3 memory; enhanced multitasking capabilities 32GB internal storage; provides enough space for your various files 10.1″ HD display; delivers crisp, clear visuals for your viewing pleasure Windows 8 OS; includes the latest Windows operating system   Find out the deal here from TigerDirect. ...

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Dell today became the largest ecommerce vendor to accept Bitcoin payments in the US. Customers can choose any product on Dell.com and use Bitcoin as payment method to enjoy this new feature. Dell is partnering with Coinbase, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling bitcoins for US dollars at the current market rate. How to use it? When you’re ready to make a purchase, just add your items to your cart, fill out your shipping details and choose Bitcoin as your payment method. When you submit your order, you’ll be taken to Coinbase.com to complete your purchase. From here, you can choose to pay directly from your bitcoin wallet by using the generated payment address or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone. Or, if you have a Coinbase account, you can log in and send payment directly. Once your payment has been processed, you’ll be returned to Dell.com ...

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Earlier this year, Lenovo announced ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, with the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode. In addition, it allowed users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro ...

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Microsoft today announced special edition Armed Forces themed accessories for Xbox One. These special edition Xbox One Wireless Controller or Stereo Headset will be available this autumn. These new editions vary only in their look, standard accessory features will be same. The Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller features a Metallic chrome d-pad in addition to the camo pattern. It ships in October for an MSRP of $64.99 US. Also shipping in October is the Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Stereo Headset. It includes a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter, and will retail for an MSRP of $89.99 US. via: Major Nelson ...

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Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. Acer made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499 during the launch. Now, the device price has come down and it is available starting $918! Microsoft Store is now selling this at huge discounts. You can get the Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD model along with Office 365 for just $918. You can get the Intel Core i7-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD for $1049. Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD + Office 365 – Microsoft Store for $918 Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD ...

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I recently came across few deals at Amazon on Windows devices. It includes Dell XPS 11 XPS11 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop, Acer Aspire S7 13.3-Inch WQHD Touchscreen Ultrabook and HP Pavilion 13 13.3-Inch Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop. Find the specs and the deal price below. Dell XPS 11 XPS11-7693CFB 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop: XPS 11 is made with machined aluminum and more carbon fiber than ever before. The edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is up to 10 times more scratch-resistant than soda lime glass, so it helps prevent scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping. 4.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM 2560 x 1440 p resolution Display NFC Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.9 GHz) 128 GB Solid-State Drive 11.6-Inch Screen Windows 8 It now starts at just $749, down from its regular price of $1199. Find the deal here from Amazon. ...

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ASUS VivoTab RT clearance sale is going on at Amazon. The 32B model is now available for just $175 while 64GB model is now available for $289. Asus VivoTab RT runs on Windows 8 RT and it has 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3.0 1.3 GHz Processor, 32 GB Flash Memory and 2 GB RAM Memory. You can also buy optional mobile docking station. Key Features 10.1″ HD (1366×768) Super IPS+, OGS Touch Panel, Outdoor Readable Mode Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor for best web experience with up to two times faster browsing, and console-quality gaming Ultra-slim and light (0.33″ thin and 1.16lbs light) with metallic finish design 2MP front camera and 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment Optional Docking station with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 7 hours of battery life, to instantly turn ...

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Information from Indian Export Import site Zauba reveals that Nokia India is receiving Nokia Lumia tablets and keypad from China for internal company use. This could possibly be the old Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets with keyboard covers, but Lumia 2520 has almost reached the end of life and it is highly unlikely that Microsoft would like to launch this device in India at this time point. The other possibility is that this could be the next Lumia tablet Nokia has been working on after they shipped Lumia 2520. This may be successor to the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet and may get announced later this year as per previous reports. What do you expect from a Lumia 2520 successor? Here is the info about current Lumia 2520, Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. Nokia Lumia 2520 ...

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