Review Category : Windows 8

Asus today announced a new Ultrabook named Zenbook NX500 that will take on devices like Apple MacBook Pro Retina, Dell XPS 15, etc. The device is made of sleek aluminum unibody construction and slim form factor. It is powered by an Intel Core up to i7 quad-core processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 850M graphics, supported by 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. On storage side, it comes with SATA 3 RAID 0 or PCIe x4 SSD storage which will enable fast read and write speeds, fast boot up and more. On wireless side, it comes with Broadcom® 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi for great speeds. The main highlight of the device is the 4K/UHD display. As the first ASUS notebook with a 4K/UHD display with VisualMaster technology, Zenbook NX500 delivers stunningly crisp graphics and text, and comes ready to support future 4K video content. Its 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS ...

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At COMPUTEX, Asus announced a new device called Transformer Book V. It is the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop that features a Windows and Android laptop and tablet as well as an Android smartphone. The design comprises a laptop with a detachable 12.5-inch screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5-inch smartphone that docks into the tablet. User can use the OS of their choice in the mode they want to use. As a laptop, Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A dedicated hardware button provides instant and seamless switching between the two operating systems. The laptop features a next-generation Intel® Core™ processor providing high performance for an efficient and productive user experience. The 12.5-inch HD IPS display has sharp graphics and rich, vibrant color, and touch support adds additional convenience and functionality when using ...

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At COMPUTEX, Asus today announced Transformer Book T300 Chi claiming to be the “world’s thinnest 12.5-inch detachable tablet.” This will compete directly against recently announced Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It is a 12.5-inch tablet with a 2,560 x 1,440 touch screen display, built-in LTE and “next-generation” Intel Core processors and comes with an keyboard dock. It is just 14.3mm (0.56 inch) with the dock and 7.3mm (0.29 inch) thick for just the tablet which is impressive than a Surface Pro 3. The only bad news is that Asus is not providing any availability and pricing details for now. My guess is that it will come in October-November time frame for US holiday season.   via: Engadget If you still prefer Surface Pro 3, Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today.   ...

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According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8.1 has finally passed Windows 8 in terms of worldwide market share. The growth of Windows 8 is on the negative side while Windows 8.1 is growing slowly. Windows 8.1/Windows 8 combined got increased by 0.40% (from 12.24 percent to 12.64 percent). While Windows 8 slipped 0.07 %(from 6.36 percent to 6.29 percent), Windows 8.1 gained 0.47% (from 5.88 percent to 6.35 percent). The surprising part of the stat was that Windows 7 is continuing to grow despite Windows 8.1′s presence. It gained 0.79% (from 49.27 percent to 50.06 percent). One good news for Microsoft is that Windows XP lost 1.02% (from 26.29 percent to 25.27 percent). Microsoft will hope people will migrate from Windows XP at a faster rate though. via: TNW Source: Net Applications ...

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HP today announced upgraded HP Split x2 detachable Windows device that enables users to shift effortlessly from work to play by combining tablet portability with notebook productivity in a sleek, lightweight device. It comes with a powerful Intel Core processor, a 10-point touchscreen display and an ultra-quiet fanless design, the HP Split x2 combines power and portability with the Windows 8.1 OS. It comes with an optional dual battery system—one battery in the base and one in the tablet—users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back on this 13.3-inch detachable PC. The HP Split x2 is expected to be available in the United States on June 29 for a starting price of $599.99. ...

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HP today announced extension of its lineup of touch convertible PCs with the new HP ENVY x360 and the next-generation HP Pavilion x360, both of which enable customers to switch easily from a notebook to a stand, tent or tablet. The HP ENVY x360 is a 15.6-inch device that you can configure with Intel Core processor, Full HD 10-point touch screen display, and the HP Control Zone trackpad. The HP ENVY x360 is designed to tackle any task, while its unique hinge enables users to seamlessly shift to tablet or tent mode for watching videos or playing games. You can also configure storage up to 1TB, with the option of a hybrid hard drive for faster boot-ups. The device will go on sale at $680. The HP Pavilion x360 is a 13.3-inch diagonal touchscreen device that will be available in multiple colors. It comes with multiple CPU options with the latest Intel or AMD processors, Beats Audio, ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week in now live in Windows Store which includes games like PAC-MAN, Sunny Hillride and apps like KVADPhoto+ PRO. Find the store links and deal prices from the below list. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+: This official sequel to the neon ghost-eating 80s arcade classic is incredibly addictive. And this week, you can get it for $4.99 in the Windows Store and just $2.99 in the Windows Phone Store. Sunny Hillride: Load up your car and race across the countryside performing daredevil stunts while trying to keep your pile of luggage, your pet parrot, and fellow travelers intact. Get it for just $.99 for Windows or for $.99 for Windows Phone. Deadlings: Experience over 100 levels of zombie madness, working your way through the deadly laboratory mazes in this side-scrolling arcade game. Get it for $.99 this week on Windows as well as on Windows Phone. ...

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Microsoft recently confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to their hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is enabling the hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We can expect devices from OEMs running this new Windows SKU at COMPUTEX event next month. Today, this Windows with Bing build got leaked on the web and you can see it from the screenshot above. Source: CentrumWindows  via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft OEM Twitter account today revealed that new Windows devices will be announced at the Computex conference next week in Taiwan. COMPUTEX Taipei is a computer expo held annually in Taipei, Taiwan and lots of ODMs, component suppliers, etc, from around the world meet to share their latest work. Microsoft used these events in the past focused on hardware specific announcements related to OEMs. This year, Microsoft has revealed that there will be new Windows devices being announced at this event. I expect OEMs like Dell will announce their next gen Windows tablets. How about a Dell Venue 8 Pro 2? Acer W5? Post your wish in the comments section below. Source: Microsoft ...

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According to market research firm Canalys, Microsoft is now at 4th place in the UK tablet market with their Surface devices. Apple, Samsung and Amazon are above them and Google Nexus devices is following them in sales. Microsoft sold 71,540 units in the quarter, up 27.1 per cent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 per cent market share. Out of which, 58 per cent of these units were of the ARM-powered RT version with the Surface Pro devices comprising the rest. Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling reckons channel partners helped Microsoft shift more devices, but added that weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others. “There is more of a commercial opportunity for Surface,” he told The Channel, “plus Microsoft has a channel programme and is putting units into Authorised Device Resellers (ADRs)”. Relegated to fifth spot by Microsoft, Google struggled to gain traction, ...

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Add this to the list of really interesting projects from Microsoft Research. Project Ripple is a foot-controlled and gesture based infotainment platform. At the Augmented World Expo, Microsoft demoed this Project Ripple which can be used in various ways. While most of the mall projector games will have one screen projected from the above, Project Ripple will have an additional screen before the user. User will be able to control the second screen using his gestures detected by Microsoft Kinect. Microsoft believes this system can deliver information, create interactive ads or could be used to give presentations at special events. The real beauty is that Microsoft is making this platform open source and free to use. Also there are releasing a free drag-and-drop editor to create new custom experiences and menus, with support for Flash, HTML, PPT and video content. Read more from the link below. via: Engadget ...

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Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch : Shed weight instead of features with the VAIO Pro 13 touchscreen Ultrabook. It weighs only 2.3 pounds and is wrapped in thin, durable carbon fiber to keep it light and protected from the bumps and knocks of daily use. Under the lid, picture quality shines with Sony’s Triluminos Display for Mobile technology for true, natural shades of color. 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 6.5 hours battery life Now on sale for just $829.00, down from  $1,249.99. You save $420.99 (33% off). Find the listing here from Microsoft. Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Touchscreen: Ultrabook or tablet? How about both? With its flexible flip-hinge design, the Dell XPS Duo 12 lets you transition from a high-performance laptop to a fully connected and media-savvy tablet. The 12.5-inch Full HD display delivers bright and clear images while also bringing the touch-enabled features ...

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MSI has unveiled their full line-up of the gaming All-in-One PCs, including the NVIDIA GTX 880M powered 27” AG270 with speakers & amplifier empowered by Yamaha, and the ultra-slim 24” AG240 and 22” AG220. These PCs come with Intel Core i7 processors for ultra-fast speed, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series graphics for outstanding image quality, up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. Select models also feature Super RAID (2 SSD’s in RAID 0), touchscreen capabilities and Blu-Ray disc burner. MSI has also equipped the AIOs with an anti-glare, anti-flicker matte display with their proprietary Eye Pro Technology.  MSI’s AIO displays stabilize the electrical current to prevent flickering in standard displays while decreasing eye fatigue by generating 75% less blue light. MSI’s gaming AIOs have the ability to connect to two external displays to create the ultimate surround gaming experience.  They can also act as an external monitor for your ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday lowered its 2014 worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units. The main cause of the slow down are customers are using the older devices longer than expected and phablets are trying to replace the low-end of the tablet market as consumers are trying to own a single device that can serve both as tablet and a phone. “Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family,” said Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President, Devices & Displays at IDC. “Second, the rise of phablets – smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens – are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens ...

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Last week, Toshiba announced two new Windows tablets Encore 2 8-inch ($199) and Encore 2 10-inch($269). Today Microsoft has released promo videos to promote them. Convenient for home and away, the Toshiba Encore 2 (8 inch) with Windows 8.1 is ideal for surfing, games, and entertainment, anywhere. Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio, ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support, On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with ...

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Microsoft’s global alliance partner ICONICS has released a new app in Windows Store called MobileHMI for Water which is a mobile solution with role-based dashboards designed to meet the needs of executives and managers, operators and field service technicians in the water and wastewater industry. This app gives technicians and others the information they need to respond more quickly to utility customer complaints and to critical events. Description: ICONICS’ MobileHMI™ for Water and wastewater enables executives, managers, operators, and remote field service technicians to collaborate and efficiently respond to utility customer complaints and critical events. Utilize a wealth of aggregated real-time and historical data with dashboards that leverage ICONICS GEO SCADA maps of rich, contextual layers of information. Integrate enterprise information from work order management systems and business systems for a unified view of your operations. Expand the app to include dashboards for commercial and residential customers that provide them ...

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