Review Category : Windows 8

As part of its regular “Patch Tuesday” security update Microsoft has pushed out a patch for Windows RT. The update includes a System Firmware (UEFI) update which improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby  and brings additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. The update also delivers a few other security- and non-security fixes and updates for Windows RT, including one that is designed to improve .Net 4.5 and Windows RT compatibility, according to Microsoft’s Web site. To check for the update search for Check for Updates from the Settings category using the Search charm. Via ZDNet.com Thanks Steve for the tip. ...

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At CES 2013 Intel has announced that all laptops which carry the Ultrabook brand and use the 4th generation Intel Core Haswell processor will need to come equipped with a touch screen and WIDI wireless screen technology. WiDi allows PCs to send up to 1080p video and 5.1 sound to compatible systems. Despite these added components Intel expects Ultrabooks to drop in price to around $599, from a typical $999 at present. Intel also expects the next generation ultrabooks to have up to 13 hours battery life, saying users will be able to forget taking the charger with them. Increasing the proportion of PCs with touch screens will likely provide a major boost for Windows 8, and make it clear to buyers why Windows 8 is the preferred OS over Windows 7. Intel also announced their new Bay Trail Quad-core Atom processor with double the performance of current generation Atoms ...

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Dropbox has released their Windows 8 app in Windows Store. The client is pretty basic in functionality for now and you can expect updates in the future. Description: With the Dropbox app for Windows 8, you can easily browse all your files, view your pictures, and watch your videos with a tap! Features: Browse and preview all of your files and photos on Dropbox Open, edit and save files from other Windows 8 apps Share any photo, file or folder with the Share Charm Find your files with the Search Charm. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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As part of its CES 2013 announcements, Lenovo has revealed a wide range of Windows 8 touchscreen-based laptops, such as the IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks, which both have Intel Core processors and have a thickness of 18mm.  These Ultrabooks prices start at $799 and will be released around March-April this year.   The IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 notebooks that cost around $699 have 10-point touchscreens and Dolby Home Theatre v4 sound support as well as backlit keyboards will also be released by Lenovo.  Lenovo will also be releasing the IdeaCentre A730 in June, that has a 27 inch screen which comes in a 1920×1080 resolution or an optional 2560×1440 screen.  This will be priced at a reasonable $1,499.  In addition, shortly before the IdeaCentre A730, the IdeaCentre C540 will be released in February as a non-touchscreen 23-inch all-in-one PC and in June as a touchscreen version.  Finally, the ThinkVision ...

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It is due to the fact that supplies of touch panels are limited that notebooks with touchscreen control features tend to be around $100-$200 more expensive than those without; therefore as a result customers are more inclined to purchase Windows 7 based notebook models in which touchscreen control features are not necessary. Currently –according to Digitimes Research- touchscreen-based notebooks contributed to 0.5% of total notebook shipments at the end of 2012, however once touch panel supplies increase and become cheaper, the percentage is expected to increase to 10% in 2013. While Windows 8 works perfectly fine using just a keyboard and a mouse, it does not deliver the new type of experience users expect from our touch-screen driven lifestyle these days.  It is expected that the wide availability of affordable touch screen laptops and tablets will provide the significant boost in sales which have eluded Windows 8 so far. Via: ...

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Engadget reports that Vizio is releasing the first AMD-powered Windows 8 tablet.  The Vizio Tablet PC is an 11.6-inch slate running AMD’s dual-core, 1GHz AMD Z60 chip, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, a 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI / micro-USB ports. Besides the AMD chipset however another differentiating feature is the presence of a 1080p screen, still a big rarity for Windows tablets, both RT and x86. Vizio is still to announce pricing or availability. ...

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Major updates for Windows 8 apps were released last month, including updates for the Finance app via the Windows Store which include enhancements and improvements in network connectivity and navigation improvements as well as new stock exchanges and news content partners.  An update for the News app has also occurred, showing improvements in mouse and keyboard navigation for Windows 8 users as well as more support for regional news sources and additional news outlets and various performance improvements.  However, the News and Finance apps remain unavailable in some areas, something which will hopefully be addressed in the next major update.   Via: Neowin.net ...

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In case you have been living under a rock, Windows 8 was released on 26th October 2012, boasting 40,000,000 sales in the first 30 days of release. The initial cost of Windows 8 Pro was £50, however order to increase the affordability of the software for UK customers, Microsoft has sliced the cost in half to £25. What this means is Windows 8 Pro can now be bought for less money than Windows 8 home premium whilst including extra features: Thank you Oliver for the tip. read more at: intowindows.com ...

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  US Defense Department has announced a joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products worth $617 million for a period of over 3 years. As a result, all the Defense Department users can avail Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Server products as well. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and DOD expects to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Read full press release below. Press Release: WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2012 – The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced. The deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, demonstrates the ...

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Samsung has announced two new Windows 8 devices which will be released in coming months. The updated Series 7 Chronos laptop will come with high-end specs such as Intel quad-core processor with up to 16GB of memory, up to 1TB of storage and dedicated 2GB external graphics, etc,. Samsung also announced its new Ultrabook called Series 7 Ultra which comes with Full HD display, Up to eight hours of battery life running on Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 256GB SSD. Samsung will announce more details about the pricing and availability tomorrow at CES. Press Release: Samsung Unveils Enhanced Series 7 Chronos and New Ultrabooks at CES 2013 Samsung’s unrivaled Series 7 product line offers professional performance, touch and seamless multimedia capabilities with increased mobility LAS VEGAS, USA – January 2, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, ...

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Fhotoroom is one of the best photo editing apps that are available in Windows Store right now. Fhotoroom already offers number of features such as editing Tools like Crop, Exposure, Saturation, Rotate, Sharpen, Flip, Mirror, Black and much more. This app recently got updated with Raw file format support and new features such as ColorSplash Threshold option. Change Log: New Support for +150 RAW file formats from Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Kodak, Pentax, Sony and PANASONIC New ColorSplash Threshold option New Highlight and Shadows option in Exposure New 5×7 and 7×5 Crop New Undo, Redo and Original Significant UI Update General Bug fixes Find it here from Windows Store. ...

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We have seen Gaze UI demo in the past which uses eye-tracking technology to control Windows 8 UI. Next week at CES, Tobii will show off its eye tracker product called the REX. The REX is a strip that can be attached to bottom of your monitor in desktops or laptops and it plugs into a USB port. Along with the hardware , a special software called Tobii Gaze will help you to to track exactly what you’re looking at on the screen. For example, when you look at right corner of the Windows 8 Start screen, it should automatically scroll through the page. Consumer pricing and availability haven’t been announced, but Tobii plans to offer 5,000 units to consumers before the end of 2013; for developers, however, a special edition (seen above) should be available starting today for $995. Source: Engadget ...

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Windows 8 was released by Microsoft almost 2 months back and since that OEMs are shipping PCs based on Windows 8 along with Windows 7. We already saw some data about Windows 8 market share and now according to Net Applications data, Windows 8 has grabbed 1.64% of overall Windows PC market share. Also the whole Windows market share have grown to 91.74% with Windows 7 grabbing 45.11%. Read more at source link below.     Source: TNW ...

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The VideoLan KickStarter campaign has ended a great success with the team raising £47,056 in 30 days. Felix Paul Kühne, Lead Developer on VLC media player has released the following statement: Today, the kickstarter campaign run by several core members of the VLC development team ended. £47,056 was pledged by 3080 generous backers. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible! This is a tremendous and somewhat unexpected success. We are very pleased about it. In the last week, we’ve prepared our project management tools, determined hardware and software needs for the developers who will work on VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone, and set up our major development milestones. We will start right away as soon as the campaign is over. We will perform detailed scheduling early next month and reach out to major IT corporations who offered technical support and testing devices during our campaign. ...

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Acer, one of the largest Windows OEM is optimistic about touch based Windows 8 devices. In an recent interview, Acer president Jim Wong has told Digitimes that with innovations such as the combination between Windows 8 and touchscreen control, vendors will be able to make breakthroughs and revitalize the PC industry. He also said that touch screen laptops based on Windows 8 devices will become mainstream in next few years with all major players will start delivering their touch products in 2013. Although most PC brand vendors are still conservative about touchscreen notebooks, Acer believes touchscreen notebooks’ shipment proportion will continue to rise to eventually surpass that for traditional notebooks and become the mainstream in the market. However, due to touchscreen module’s high costs and the market’s slow acceptance, the replacement process may take 2-3 years to complete. For 13- to 14-inch notebook models, touchscreen control increases their prices by more than ...

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As we reported last month, NVIDIA has released their TegraZone gaming app for Windows RT devices in Windows Store. TegraZone will allow you to easily find games that are optimized to exploit the full potential of the Tegra mobile processor. App Description: Finding the best Windows RT games just got easier. NVIDIA TegraZone: Find the best Windows RT games Finding the best Windows RT games just got easier. With the TegraZone app for your NVIDIA® Tegra™-powered mobile device, you can easily find games that are optimized to exploit the full potential of the Tegra mobile processor. Discover unique, premium games for Windows RT that deliver more visually-stunning graphics and smoother gameplay, so you can get the most out of your Tegra-powered mobile device. TegraZone supports all Tegra-powered Windows RT devices. Discover: Get all of the top games for Windows RT at your fingertips. Find Windows RT games to download quickly ...

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