Review Category : Windows 8

Sony today announced their Lenovo Yoga competitor VAIO | Flip PC which allows you to enjoy the device as a traditional laptop in addition to various other forms. The great news is that it supports active pens and also will be available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. Read more about it below. The unique design of VAIO | Flip PC maintains the full functionality of a conventional notebook PC with the ability to switch between laptop, tablet and viewer modes – the perfect blend of productivity and entertainment. Utilizing a unique 2nd hinge, the display can flip, allowing the PC to change from laptop to tablet or viewer modes. Tablet mode is best for browsing the web, taking pictures and writing with the optional Active Pen. By flipping the display over, users can access viewer mode, a form that is the best for watching videos and movies or showing ...

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At IFA today, Sony announced their competitor to Microsoft Surface called VAIO Tap 11. This 11-inch device comes with a kickstand similar to Surface Pro, comes with latest Intel Core processor, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touch display with support for pen and attachable keyboard. Read about it below. Available in both black and white options, the new VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is the world’s thinnest (0.39″) Windows 8 Tablet PC with Intel® Core™ Processor family. * Featuring an aluminum magnetic full pitch keyboard/cover with a touch pad, users can be as productive as they are on a traditional notebook PC. In addition, the keyboard uses magnets to easily attach to the display when it is not being used, providing a cover and charging the keyboard in this position. VAIO Tap 11 models are also equipped with fourth generation Intel Core processors with up to Core i7 and Solid State Drives for ...

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Neowin has published a report on the supposed Surface 2 specs. As expected, Surface Pro 2 will be powered by Intel Haswell based CPU which will double its current battery life from 3-4 hours to 6-7 hours. While the look and feel of the device will remain the same, it seems Microsoft has refined the kickstand to some extent. Leaked Specs: Haswell-based Core i5 Will help increase battery life significantly RAM doubled from 4GB to 8GB. Not sure how much I believe this since it seems somewhat unnecessary and increases power consumption Device will look similar to the current Pro Microsoft has “refined” the kickstand Possibly one that is more robust stand that is stronger or one that offers alternative viewing angles (speculation) Price will remain the same Launches near the release of Windows 8.1 Microsoft is also planning a large marketing campaign during the launch period to promote the new ...

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Lenovo yesterday announced five new ThinkPads which includes T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabooks and business focused S440 and the S540. These new devices includes latest Intel Haswell processors, optional full HD display, updated touchpads which supports Windows 8 gestures, long battery life upto 17 hours, new Power Bridge technology and more. Read full press release below. BERLIN, GERMANY. – September 3rd, 2013: Lenovo today announced new thinner and lighter additions to the ThinkPad portfolio. The ThinkPad T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabook laptops demonstrate a deliberate and purposeful look and feel. The new modern design of the ThinkPad laptops delivers the performance users expect in business while eliciting the excitement and appeal of a consumer designed laptop. This includes 20 percent thinner form factors, a variety of panel options and up to 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures. These new laptops deliver all day battery ...

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While there are many positives and negatives one can list out for the announced Microsoft-Nokia deal, I have only one concern. The marketing team at Microsoft is completely different from the marketing team at Nokia. You can just tell the difference by observing them from the recent campaigns. Nokia’s marketing is always bold, straight-forward and nowadays takes on its competition directly and in-directly through various forms of marketing activities. It worked most of the time for Nokia and I fear Microsoft could change this. In his letter to Microsoft, Steve Ballmer revealed that Microsoft is planning to integrate global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. We are planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. It is very important that we pursue a unified brand and advertising strategy as soon as possible. I don’t think Microsoft’s unified marketing strategy will work the way they expect. Marketing ...

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  Microsoft yesterday announced that they are acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services division for about $7.1 Billion. While Microsoft has revealed almost all the information on what the deal with Nokia is and how they will approach it, we are yet to know the changes inside Microsoft after the Nokia deal. The biggest question I have in mind is about the future of Surface brand and the team. The History Of Surface: Microsoft created the Surface brand and released their first device Windows RT back in November in an effort to showcase Windows 8. After three months, they released Surface Pro device running full versions of Windows 8 focusing on enterprise users. During last financial quarter, Microsoft announced a $900 million write off due to unsold inventory. Microsoft has just started expanding the availability of Surface devices to over dozen countries through partner retailers. They just started limited channel availability  of Surface ...

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Acer today announced updated Aspire R7 notebook with latest Intel Hasewell processors and Active Pen support. They are also updating Aspire E series notebook with 10 point touch screen support and more. Read about it in detail below. BERLIN, Sept. 2, 2013 – Acer today announced its award-winning Aspire R7 notebook now includes the latest 4th generation Intel processor and an Acer Active Pen to further redefine the notebook touch experience. Designed to provide the best environment for both touch and typing, the R7 features a repositioned keyboard and high-definition touchscreen mounted on a revolutionary “Ezel hinge” that allows it to flip, reverse, lie flat or float. Unveiled in May, the Aspire R7 has won several awards for its revolutionary design, including the best Choice Award at Computex 2013, the Red Dot Award for product design, and the Computex d&i Award. Acer also unveiled additional trendy colours for the Aspire ...

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According to Netmarketshare’s numbers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser gained market share in August hitting a two-year high of 57.6 percent. Google Chrome lost the most among the major browsers which saw its usage drop from 17.76 percent to 16 percent. I was surprised by the numbers when I saw it first, then came to know that Netmarketshare changed the way they measure their numbers this month. Ed Bott from ZDNet summarized it as follows, Net Applications recently changed its formula for measuring usage. In an undated note labeled “Important methodology change,” the company explains: This month we start deducting hidden pages from our usage share statistics. Hidden pages are pages that are rendered but never viewed by the user, therefore, they should not be included in usage share data. An example of a hidden page is a page that loads in a background tab upon the launch of the browser ...

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According to the latest report from Netmarketshare, Microsoft’s Windows 8 now holds 7.65 percent of worldwide desktop OS market share. This number suggests that Windows 8 now has more users worldwide than all versions of Mac OS X combined. Microsoft just started selling Windows 8 from last October and this number reveals that more than 100 million units of Windows 8 devices have been sold since then. Windows XP saw the biggest drop in terms of market share from 37.19 percent to 33.66 percent. Source: Netmarketshare ...

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  LG today announced a new All-In-One PC model V960 which will be a IPS 21:9 UltraWide PC running Windows 8. Read more about it below. SEOUL, Aug. 30, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the IPS 21:9 UltraWide All-In-One PC (Model V960) at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The new addition further expands the cinematically proportioned display range, claiming new territory in the PC market. At IFA, LG will also showcase its new 29EA73, 29EB73 and 29MA73 monitors. The comprehensive IPS 21:9 UltraWide lineup offers consumers an array of choices that increase multitasking and enhance entertainment experiences. “Since LG’s launch of the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio monitor nearly a year ago, consumer interest in this new class of displays has seen a huge increase,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT business division at LG Electronics. “The IPS 21:9 UltraWide All-In-One PC will further solidify LG’s reputation ...

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  Sony has published the above teaser on its YouTube account recently. As you can see, Sony is planning to reveal a Lenovo Yoga style Ultrabook hybrid. The device can act as a laptop, tablet when folded all together, and also as a viewer. Lenovo is yet to update its successful Yoga lineup with Intel’s latest Hasewell processor. If Sony reveals a product that is as good as Yoga both in terms of quality and value, they may have a winner in their hands. Sony is set to reveal this new device at IFA 2013 next week. What do you expect from Sony?   ...

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Along with Windows Phone 8 release, Disney has also released their Temple Run: Oz Game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Unlike, WP8 version, this version costs $4.99 with no free trial available. Description: THE MOST THRILLING RUNNING EXPERIENCE NOW COMES TO THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD! Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run! NEW FEATURES: • Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all. • Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins. • Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts! • The environment changes as you run – test your ...

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Foursqaure today released a all new app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This is not a version which was ported from iOS or Android, instead Foursquare worked with Microsoft to create a stunning new visual experience to explore the local places. The new app is focused more on helping users find restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. The usual Foursquare’s activity feed is not available through this app. Foursqaure says it was designed that way, “This was a very conscious product decision–we wanted to put the attention on finding great places,”. Description: Foursquare for Windows 8 helps you make the most of where you are and where you are going. Keep up with your friends and discover great places and activities nearby, on all your Windows devices! Features: • Get instant suggestions when you open the app, even if you don’t have a Foursquare account • See places that are currently trending, ...

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Microsoft today officially confirmed that both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 is now in RTM stage, so they have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to all their hardware partners. Microsoft also confirmed that we will be able to get the final bits of Windows 8.1 only on October 18th. In the past, the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone traditionally meant that the software was ready for broader customer use. However, it’s clear that times have changed, with shifts to greater mobility and touch as well as the blurring of work and personal lives. As such, we’ve had to evolve the way we develop and the time in which we deliver to meet customers with the experience they need, want and expect. We’ve had to work closer to our hardware partners than ever before. Reaching this milestone is about optimizing the overall experience for our customers. Our ...

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We reported two weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. Today, The Verge confirmed most of the specs we reported earlier with couple of new information about the device, its internal codename ‘Sirius’ and the camera. Here are the details about the device, It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6-megapixel primary camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support AT&T/Verizon LTE support Nokia is expected to reveal the device on Sep 26th at an ...

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Zombie Driver vehicular combat PC video game is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8 devices. Zombie Driver is presented in a top-down perspective where he has to kill the zombies in various missions. Description: Insane mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies! Fight through an epic narrative campaign or test yourself in the Slaughter and Blood Race modes. Engage huge bosses, save survivors, drive crazy vehicles such as a bulldozer, fire truck or even a tank and smash everything in your way. Take part in the Blood Race tournament – chase other cars and take them down without mercy on brutal racing tracks. Jump into the Slaughter mode and survive as long as possible on specially crafted arenas. Features: •• Story mode with 31 missions, sub quests and bonus objectives in a huge, free roaming city, including: •• Epic Boss fights with enormous mutated zombies •• Defending key targets against ...

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