Review Category : Windows 8

  Windows RT buyers are now being faced a pretty difficult choice, after the company just dropped the price of their 32 GB VivoTab RT from $599 to only $549, and are throwing in a free keyboard dock which turns the device into a passable laptop and doubles battery life. To claim the free keyboard dock, which is what really adds the value (normally $200 separately) you have to register with the ASUS Membership program, upload a picture of the tablet’s serial number, and also send a picture of its purchase label. Read the full retails at the Asus’s website and find the discounted tablets at Amazon.com and B&H here. The VivoTab has NFC and GPS, both features which the Microsoft Surface lack. Are any of our readers tempted by the offer? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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Office Depot retail store in US has released their official app for Windows Store. Description: Find a store near you and check out the weekly deals offered at that store, or scroll through a list of stores in your area and view weekly deal offers for each. Features: •Locate near stores. •Browse store weekly deals. •View deals and product descriptions. •Share deals and products with your friends. •Search for available deals. Source: Windows Store ...

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Lines of buyers waiting for the Microsoft Surface. Unfortunately not backed by figures, NPD vice president of industry analysis Stephen Baker told eWeek the Microsoft Surface is enjoying “healthy sales.” The sentiment was based on strong foot traffic at the 65 Microsoft Stores selling the tablet as well as lines at launch day. Baker also said a Microsoft Store he recently visited was busy with most everyone there looking at a Surface. Selling Surface only in Microsoft stores, “allows them to really talk about the value proposition of Surface in a very controlled way and drive a lot of traffic to their stores, he said. This allowed the Surface to shine without competing for attention with other tablets. Other analysts agree. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments ...

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Microsoft has not released much Windows 8 sales figures, merely saying that they have sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in 3 days and tens of millions of licenses to businesses. There are however other places we can look to see how the OS is performing. Statcounter has handy daily stats on web traffic from their thousands of sensor sites on the internet, and from there we can plot the above graph, which shows the web presence of Windows 8 has more than doubled since its release on the 26th October, and that its web presence has decisively overtaken that of Android 3 days ago. While we know there are hundreds of million Android phones out there, the data clearly shows these phones are not being used for much more than phone calls and text messages, which developers should bear in mind when they are deciding which platform to support. ...

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Research firm Gartner yesterday released a report on consumerization of IT. Gartner predicted that 821 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and it will reach billion mark in 2013. Gartner said the following regarding Windows 8 in businesses by 2016, In the business market, Windows 8 will take the No. 3 position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Tablets and convertibles will be the way into businesses for Windows 8. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 percent in 2016. Even though 39% market share for Windows 8 is highly possible, I didn’t under their maths quite well. They are saying Windows 8 will take No.3 position in tablet market, but will hold 39% marketshare?? How it is possible? Source: Gartner ...

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The popular World Clocks app whose basic free version has over 165,000 users on the Chrome Webstore, now has an exclusive premium version on the Windows 8 store. World Clocks is an interactive world timezone app that comes with a time database of over 400+ cities in the world, with a constantly curated daylight savings (DST) and timezone database. It is aimed at personal and professional users alike, with its presentation concentrating on ease to use, visualization, and readability, and is tailored to work fluently on various screen sizes. Times are displayed as beautiful, live clock faces, with an option to switch to digital mode. The app also works fully offline, and utilizes internet connectivity when available, to sync with timeservers for accurate timekeeping. The Windows 8 version supports the following features. Windows Search charm integration Special snapped view support Automatic, over the air updates for timezone databases Comprehensive DST ...

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RWalrond has posted a series of videos comparing the performance the developer Samsung Core i5 Windows 8 tablet vs the Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablet with an NVidia chipset. While the presenter does repeatedly say the performance of the Surface tablet is close to that of the Core i5 tablet, I think it is clear than the Intel chip is outperforming the ARM chip, so if you prefer performance over battery life a Windows 8 tablet is the clear choice over an ARM tablet. See two more videos below. Boot Up test. Gaming. ...

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IE10 is pretty fast, as was seen in the recent Sunspider results in Windows Phone 8. Now another independent analysis has found that the browser is not just fast in tests, but also in real life. New Relic found IE9 and IE10 had the “fastest browser response time on Windows, with IE10 showing a notable increase over IE9” while monitoring web loading times on thousands of websites. The video above also shows IE10 outperforming Chrome in RoboHornet ‘s micro-benchmark suite in the context of a real-world scenario. The day of IE being considered slow and insecure is now well and truly over. No wonder Google Chrome has been losing market share for 2 months in a row. IE10 ships with Windows 8, and is due to hit Windows 7 in November. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Windows Phone 8 has the ability to let a Guest account use your apps using the Kids Corner feature. It turns out Windows 8/Windows RT, including the Surface, has the same ability, allowing you to set up an account for your kids and install only selected apps onto their account. To install apps you purchased on other accounts on your tablet: 1. Log into your second account on your device. 2. Open up the Store. 3. Open up Settings. 4. Click on Your Account. 5. Click on Change user. 6. Log in with a Microsoft account that has already purchased apps from the store. 7. Swipe down from the top and select Your Apps. 8. Select an install any of the apps that you had already purchased with that account. Don’t worry, it doesn’t download the apps again, so it doesn’t take up any more space. Our tipster, Mr. Brown, ...

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After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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You can now enjoy Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos on your Windows 8 machine using their new app. App Description: Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. Our Windows 8 is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in ...

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AT&T has announced the release details of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC, Samsung’s Windows 8 ATOM powered tablet. The device will cost $799 had an 11.6 inch HD screen with 64GB storage and will have accessories available in store, such as the ATIV smart PC Stand Dock for $49.00 and the VGA adapter for $40.00 See AT&T’s press release below. AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile)2, today announced availability of the Samsung ATIV smart PC, a new tablet designed for the new Windows® 8 operating system, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1, a 4G LTE Android tablet.  Both tablets will be available for AT&T customers this holiday season beginning Nov. 9.  The Samsung ATIV smart PC will be priced at $799.99 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available for $499.99.  AT&T is giving customers more reasons to purchase a Samsung device this holiday season as ...

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Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients. The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after. He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year. Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Everyone knows that Windows RT is more secure than Windows 8 because of its closed nature and the app model surrounding it. Even though one cannot install unverified apps on Windows RT machines, already installed apps should be protected from hackers, etc. Recently, a Windows Phone Developer posted the above picture showing how he can hack a Windows RT game code to increase the gold coin numbers in the game. This may not sound serious to you, but the same amount of gold coins costs about $100 on Android! The above file was in IsoStore of the game and it was even encrypted. Even though signing/verifying the data should be taken care by app itself, I think Windows RT should provide more tamper-proof application storage solution for developers as individual developers themselves can’t do all these. What do you think? Thanks to WP Dev for the heads up. ...

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