Review Category : Windows 8

According to WSJ, Acer is planning to launch low cost Windows tablets next year. Acer now has Intel based Windows 8 tablets priced greater than $600 and Acer is looking to further reduce the price as they think as its current ones are “too pricey.” These low cost Windows tablets will be released in early next year and will also so be focused on Chinese market. Acer’s pursuit of lower-priced tablets will cut into its margins, but will help it secure a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing China market, said Daiwa Securities analyst Christine Wang. “Chinese white-box tablet makers are expected to sell some 60 million tablets next year, so it is a really big market,” she said. “None of the major PC brands sells a tablet right now priced to compete with them right now.” Source: WSJ ...

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The Verge has been leaked some more information about Nokia’s recently rumoured upcoming Windows RT tablet. The 10.1 inch tablet will have USB and HDMI-out, and also cellular connectivity, with 10 hours battery life which can  be fast-charged to 50% in a short period. The real innovation however will come from the accompanying cover, which the Verge notes will snap in place and will double battery life, provide a keyboard and also a kickstand for the tablet. The cover will also provide two USB ports. While the cover sounds rather fantastical, it is of note that the Asus Vivotab RT (pictured above) provides a “cover” with very similar functionality, and which effectively turns the Vivotab into a laptop. Given that Nokia cover also includes a battery and keyboard it is difficult to see how it could have a much different design. AT&T will be the first to carry the tablet, ...

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Demonstrating at least that there is a community of enthusiasts around Windows 8 Metro and Windows Phone, VideoLan’s VLC KickStarter fundraiser, which aimed to raise £40,000 in 30 days, has passed its goal with 5 days to spare. The VLC team writes: Dear backers, A few minutes ago, we passed our goal of £40,000 because of you! Thanks so much for the support from more than 2,500 backers like you! Right now, we are working on another update to lay out our additional ideas. We are enthusiastically looking forward to work on this project and providing the best VLC possible for you. Thanks! – The VLC for Windows 8 team Hopefully the enthusiasm of the community will also infect the VLC developers, who have targeted an April delivery of the software for Windows 8 Metro, to be followed by Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone. See the fundraiser here. ...

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Disney has released two of their famous games Where’s My Perry? And Where’s My Water? in Windows  store for Windows 8/RT devices. Both these games will costs $1.49 and currently available for free from Windows Store as a holiday promotional offer. It’s a physics-based puzzler which even got a 92 Metascore from METACRITIC.COM. Where’s My Perry Description: WHERE’S MY PERRY IS THE LATEST PUZZLER FROM THE MAKERS OF WHERE’S MY WATER AND DISNEY! Where’s My Perry is a challenging physics-based puzzler where you need to use water in all its different forms, ice, steam and liquid, to solve the puzzle. Overflowing with intuitive controls, vibrant spy-themed graphics, and best of all, lasers, you will be immersed in the world of Agent P! MORE THAN 80 PUZZLES ACROSS 4 CHAPTERS, WITH FREE UPDATES! AGENT P’S STORY Perry from Phineas and Ferb is no ordinary platypus, he’s actually a semi-aquatic sleuth known as Agent ...

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Microsoft recently blogged about the Holiday promotions in Windows Store. There are some special app offers on Windows Store for a limited period till Jan 31st. You can take advantage of them if you want to save some money. The ESPN App: Free Insider access through Jan 31, 2013 for scores, breaking news, and in-depth game coverage. Save up to $2.50 Expedia: Book flights and hotels from anywhere with the Expedia app and get reduced rates on select hotels with this offer. Save up to 60% Where’s my Water? Help Swampy the alligator in his quest to take a bath with this fun, physics-based puzzle game from Disney—free! Save $1.49 The New York Times: One month free unlimited access to news and issues at NYTimes.com on any compatible device. Save $20.00 Zinio: Get $50 in the most popular digital mini-subscriptions and single issues from Zinio. Save $50.00 Where’s my Perry?: Use water, in all ...

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Engadget has just noticed a Microsoft tablet passing through the FCC which is most likely the Microsoft Surface. The tablet runs Windows 8 and has a number (1514) which is only 2 less than the 1516 number associated with the Surface RT. The FCC approval clears the way to a January release for the Intel tablet, which is now expected at the end of that month. See the entry at the FCC here. ...

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Windows 8 was released to general consumers on Oct 26th by Microsoft and following the release it was announced that over 40 million copies of Windows 8 was sold after 1 month of its release. Chitika today released a report which measures the Windows based web traffic in US. According to them, Windows 8 now holds 2.3% of the Windows based web traffic in US. Based on the graph above, Web traffic from Windows 8 users constituted 2.3% of all Windows traffic as of December 13th 2012 – exactly 48 days after its release. In comparison, 48 hours following Apple’s release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its new OS had already captured 3.2% of Mac Web usage. Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion were available as downloadable upgrades to consumers for $40 and $20, respectively. I guess Windows 8 usage will further accelerate as more Windows 8 based tablets and convertibles reach ...

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Tweetro+ Twitter client for Windows 8/RT device was originally released as a free app, then later got pulled from Windows Store due to Twitter API limitations. The developers of the app again published the app with new features for $9.99 last month. Now, they have reduced the price of the app by half. It’s now available for $4.99 as a Holiday Special price. It features the following, Features: •Multiple accounts (2 with initial purchase & up to 5 via in-app purchases) •In-app browser •Pin multiple tweet columns to main hub •Photo browser •Custom views (snapped, portrait, landscape) •Semantic zoom for bird’s eye view •Notifications •Real-time streaming of tweets (timeline & search results) Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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The Videolan team have posted an update on their KickStarter page after their fundraiser hit 90% of their £40,000 target with 7 days still to go. Standing at £36,615 at the time of writing, the team explained their plan to port VLC from Windows 8 Desktop to Windows 8 Metro, needed because the Windows ecosystem was moving in that direction, required portions of their code to be rewritten to meet Windows Metro ideals of responsiveness and the ability to wake and sleep as needed. Because VLC is an open source project the code will be re-usable by other projects making the same jump. VLC developer Geoffroy Couprie writes: Why am I excited to work on this port? This KickStarter will give us the opportunity to work full time on WinRT for a few months, and solve all these challenges for us, but also for other open source projects. We already ...

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When Windows RT development was in final stages, it was reported that HTC was denied by Microsoft in becoming Windows RT OEM. It was said that Microsoft declined due to”concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. Now Bloomberg reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT tablets. One with 12-inch screen and another with 7-inch screen that will compete with iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle. Both these tablets will reportedly can also make phone calls and will be powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon processors. The devices are expected to go on sale in 3Q 2013. Bloomberg also added that HTC did not choose Intel processors because it was concerned about the end user pricing which will go upto $1000. After the release of Microsoft Surface, many Windows RT OEMs scaled back their plans and it may be the reason behind HTC’s inclusion ...

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Amazon today updated its Kindle Reader app for Windows 8/RT devices. This new update brings in the ability to purchase books/magazines within the app. This release includes an in-app store for touch optimized devices along with improvements to the reading and library experiences. (In-app store is available in English for customers with an Amazon.com account) Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. It is one of the best reading apps available in Windows Store at the moment. Download it here from Windows Store for free.   ...

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Audible has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Audible came to Windows Phone users after a long wait, but it seems Windows 8 users may not have to wait for the same period of time. Description: Try Audible with a free copy of Life of Pi. Immerse yourself in this great story with this very limited offer. Audible is home to more than 100,000+ titles, from best sellers to classics, interviews, comedies, and everything in-between. Hear why more readers choose to listen with Audible. Please Note: Only new Audible.com customers who register using the Windows 8 app are eligible for this free Life of Pi offer. Existing or previous customers, including customers that have previously taken advantage of a free trial membership, will not be eligible to receive a free copy of Life of Pi. Features:  Download books to your device via wifi Chapter navigation, ...

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Microsoft is pushing out an update for the Mail, Calendar and Messaging apps in Windows 8. The changelog notes the following improvements: Group email messages by conversation to keep your inbox organised. Respond to meeting invitations directly from your inbox. Get things done more quickly with faster performance in all apps. Experience better reliability and usability based on feedback from customers like you. My experience with the mail app so far has not been great, with limited features and the app completely unable to send email from my main mail account, no matter how I tweak the settings. The good news is that the email does now actually work.  The bad news is that all the mail that was stuck in my outbox has now suddenly been sent The mail app does overall also feel much faster. Have our readers noticed any other significant improvements? Let us know below. Thanks ...

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InformationWeek reports that most PC OEMs will be missing the holiday season with their Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel’s dual-core Clover Trial Atom Z2760 processor, Delays are said to be affecting Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet, the  HP  Envy x2, the Asus  VivoTab Smart and the Lenovo  ThinkPad Tablet 2. Issued appear to be centred around drivers for the chipsets, and at this time only Samsung  ATIV Smart PC and Acer Iconia W510 are shipping with the processor. Noting that Dell and HP are targeting businesses with their tablets rather than consumers, analyst Cindy Shaw of research firm DISCERN noted: “HP and Dell are conceding they’ve given up on the consumer, so missing the holiday season is not that big of a deal. They’re not missing that magical time of the year, but the longer it takes for businesses to get their hands on evaluation units, the longer it’s going ...

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The popular Windows Phone SkyMap application, downloaded by more than half of million users,  has now comes to Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms.! SkyMap is an amazing planetarium for your device. It enables you to point your device at the sky and see what stars, constellations, planets or deep space objects are out there in real time. SkyMap shows the sky in 3D, like you see it at night time exposing a collection of over 110000 stars.It’s very easy to use for any viewpoint, time and location on Earth: it determines your location automatically, supports pinch to zoom for more details and provides a highly customizable map.*Free trial availableSkyMap has a full set of features in order to help both casual stargazers and amateur astronomers to explore and locate the objects in the sky. can use the current time and location but you can also customize them interactive zoom ...

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After the sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows, some 6 weeks ago, there was some speculation as to where he would end up, with some even suggesting he may be swapped for Scott Forstall who was also unceremoniously let go from Apple. Now in typical Sinofsky fashion Steve made the announcement above on twitter, saying he is returning to Harvard Business School to teach and share his experience built up over decades of working at Microsoft. I suspect his first classes, in Product Development, will be the most well attended next semester, as everyone hopes to discover the decisions which resulted in Windows 8. ...

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