Review Category : Windows 8

Toshiba Kirabook, one of the premium Windows Ultrabooks  that available last year got its internals refreshed today. Toshiba Kirabook already had top of the line specs including 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD graphics and the 13.3-inch PixelPure display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The updated Kirabook comes with latest 4th gen Intel processors delivering upto 9 hours of battery life. It also features three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out and a full-size SD Card reader. Kirabook was only available in the US and Japan so far. However, Toshiba has planned to begin sales of Kirabook in the Europe starting this quarter(Q1 2014). The UK, France and Germany have this devices in retail stores. Toshiba has also decided to drop price tag by $100 from the previous gen models. It now starts at $1499. ...

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Vizio has finally updated their 15.6-inch Thin + Light machine with latest internals. The device is now powered by quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, 1080p touchscreens, 802.11ac WiFi and Intel’s Iris Pro graphics. Vizio has also refreshed its 24-inch All-in-One machine with similar internals as well. Externally, they are basically same machines. The clean metallic body, closely arranged keyboard with button less trackpads. Expect them in market soon with similar price tag as previous models. ...

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Toshiba is jumping into 4K revolution not with one but two laptops. At CES, Toshiba has revealed these two new 15.6-inch 4K display laptops. These laptops will go on sale in mid-2014. Tecra W50 is a thin and light 15”-class mobile workstation that comes with integrated NVIDIA Quadro K2100M with 2GB dedicated memory professional graphics, 4th generation Intel Core CPU and 15.6” 4K Ultra-HD display (3840 x 2160), 282 PPI, color calibrated Satellite P50t not only features 4K display, but also a touch screen. This will also be available in mid-2014. More details will be available in coming months. ...

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At CES, popular Indian OEM Micromax has announced a new tablet called Canvas LapTab. The device will dual-boot Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8.1 OS. The tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 2MP front and rear cameras, powered by Intel Celeron 1.46GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, 7400 mAh battery and 32GB of built-in storage. It also has Bluetooth v4.0 and expandable storage option. “The Intel-powered LapTab is the first dual-boot Windows and Android tablet. The device is aptly designed for multitasking across operating platforms and users would need to simply reboot the device and select the alternate option to switch from Windows to Android and vice versa,” Micromax said. The device is expected to go on sale early next month with a wireless keyboard. Micromax has not yet revealed the price of the device. via: Engadget ...

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After releasing the Miix 2, an 8-inch Windows tablet, Lenovo today announced two more devices in its Miix 2 line-up. Miix 2 now comes in Miix 2 10 and 11 models which have 10.1- and 11.6-inch screens, respectively. These are real laptops and so it comes with both a tablet and keyboard dock. The real beauty is that you can dock the tablet into the keyboard in two ways. One in laptop mode and another in stand mode for content consumption activities. These devices comes with Full HD displays, 8 hour battery life, 5MP and 2MP cameras, JBL speakers and more. Lenovo Miix 10: The 10-inch MIIX 2 focuses on mobility: it weighs only 1.3 lbs. and is only 0.36-inches thick. It comes with a new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor 1, a full HD 1920×1200 10-point touchscreen display, Wi-Fi (and optional 3G), JBL surround speakers for great sounding ...

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At CES, Lenovo has announced three new Windows 8 all-in-ones. The 27-inch Horizon 2 is portable PC that is focused on bringing full-on multitouch family entertainment. You can use it as an All-in-One sitting a desk (“Stand Mode”) or in the living room “Table Mode” surrounded by people. The Horizon 2 is dramatically thinner( 19.5mm) and lighter, comes with up to a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, Dolby Home Theater for amazing audio, and HDD or hybrid storage. It also has NFC to share content from your phone to the Horizon 2. The Horizon 2 comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and a 10-point touchscreen. The Horizon 2 be available beginning in June starting at $1,499 (U.S.) via major retailers and www.lenovo.com. From Windows Team Blog, Lenovo A740: The A740 is a new All-in-One from Lenovo that has only a 4mm thin display – making it one of the thinnest ...

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When Lenovo announced Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook last year, many of us got confused about the naming convention which added the ‘Pro’ word to it. Now we are clear about the Lenovo’s plans as they have announced the new Yoga 2 devices. Yoga 2 laptops are the real successors to previous year Yoga models and Yoga 2 Pro is model focusing on premium customers with QHD+ display, SSDs, etc,. There are two different Yoga 2 models, one with 13-inch display(3.5 pounds and 0.68 inch thick) and the other with 11-inch display(2.9 pounds). The Yoga 2 13 comes with mid-range specs, you can configure CPU up to Core i5, touch display up to 1,920 x 1,080 and storage up to either a 500GB HDD or hybrid hard drive. All the devices comes with backlit keyboard and eight-hour battery. The 13-inch model will be available starting next month for $999 and up. ...

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  LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2014: PC computing leader Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show,announced additions to its product portfolio with the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook and the ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet offering a full PC experience on the move. Lenovo also introduces the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector. “Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with these smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work,” said Peter Hortensius, SVP and president, Think Business Group, Lenovo. “The ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and ...

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Dell Venue 8 Pro, one of the best 8-inch Windows tablet out there received an firmware update yesterday. Panel Touch Firmware for Dell Venue 8 Pro 5830 package provides update for devices running Windows 8.1 operating system. This version 1.0.4.2,A02 improves stylus performance of the device. Download the firmware from Dell here. Specs: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Check out the deal here. via: Mobility Digest ...

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There are various ways in which one could measure the reach of a new OS in the market. Usage share is important one among them and Steam gaming service usage numbers will give us a glimpse of market trend. According to the December month stats from Steam, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 saw a growth to capture about 20% of the usage share among Steam gamers. Windows 7 remained the most popular OS with an usage share of 64.38%. According to the the latest market share data from Net Applications, at the end of  December 2013, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.85% points. It now holds 10.15%, up from 9.30% in November. Thanks to new PCs and the free update for Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8.1 market share increased by 0.86% from 2.64% to 3.50%.   Source: Steam via: Neowin ...

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This is a good news for Microsoft. Following the poor sales of first generation Surface RT devices, Microsoft reduced the price of the device by almost half and sold it through various retailers in the US. As a result, the number of devices in consumers hands has increased significantly. From the latest data of online ad network Chitika, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle grew their tablet market share over others. In fact, Surface usage share was more than that of Google Nexus tablets. Microsoft’s Surface lineup also continued its impressive year end run. Surface users generated more tablet traffic than all Google Nexus tablet users following the holiday, making Microsoft the fourth-largest source of continental tablet Web traffic should it maintain the lion’s share of this latest share growth. How Chitika came to this number, To quantify this latest report, Chitika Insights surveyed a sample of tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad ...

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Mozilla announced in early 2012 that they will be developing a Modern UI version of Firefox on Windows 8. After almost two years since the announcement, the product is now scheduled to be released to the general public in March 2014. Earlier it was planned to include this new modern version with the release of Firefox 27, but it is now delayed to release it with Firefox 28. Mozilla still feels that they are few bugs to be fixed before it can released to the general public. Currently, Internet Explorer is the only browser that Windows 8 ModernUI users can enjoy. And this situation will soon change with the release of Firefox for Modern UI. Are you looking forward to it? Source: Mozilla Wiki via: Neowin ...

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Asus has confirmed the upcoming 8-inch Windows tablet Asus VivoTab Note 8 with its manual leak. The main differentiation among its competitors will be the Stylus support. Dell Venue 8 Pro already supports stylus, but it is powered by Synaptics digitizer with a battery-powered stylus. As per previous reports, Asus VivoTab Note 8 will have Wacom digitizer support. Other standard 8-inch Windows device specs applies here too. 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3740 “Bay Trail” Quadcore-SoC 2GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB models Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student MicroSD, MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. 3950mAh, 15Wh battery 1280×800 Pixel, 10 finger multi-touch IPS panel. 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95 mm. 380 g The device will be available for $299 in the coming weeks. Source: ASUS via: Engadget ...

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According to the latest numbers from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer IE11 tripled its market share from last month. IE11 grew 7.15 percentage points, up from 3.27 percent to 10.42 percent. This sudden growth is due to the automatic update process for IE10 users. IE10 is down 6.45 percentage points to 11.05 percent. Overall, Internet Explorer lost 0.45% (from 58.36 percent to 57.91 percent) while Google Chrome gained 0.78% (from 15.44 percent to 16.22 percent). It should be interesting to see the January numbers as it will represent the whole holiday sales numbers of Windows PCs which should show some growth for IE and Chromebook sales for Chrome browser. Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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  As we start a new month, its time to look at where OS market share is heading. According to the the latest market share data from Net Applications, at the end of  December 2013, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.85% points. It now holds 10.15%, up from 9.30% in November. Thanks to new PCs and the free update for Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8.1 market share increased by 0.86% from 2.64% to 3.50%. Another interesting fact is that, Windows 7 continued to gain market share as more enterprise customers move towards Windows 7. It got increased by a 2.62 percentage points (from 46.64 percent to 49.26 percent). Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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Microsoft Store has got some great deals on new PCs for this festival season. Dell XPS 12, one of the best touch Ultrabook available in the market with its flexible flip-hinge design is now available for just $699. Display: 12.5 in Full HD touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.60 GHz Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 128 GB SSD Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro Video: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 regular, 1 with Powershare) • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • Mini DisplayPort Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (over 8.5 hours)* Camera: 1.3 MP webcam Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac • Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) capable (required adapter sold separately) Bluetooth: Yes Dimensions: 12.48 x 8.46 x 0.79 in (316.99 x 214.88 x 20.07 mm) Weight: 3.35 lbs (1.52 kg) Find the ...

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