Review Category : Windows 8

We have seen many reports since the general availability of Windows 8 that PC OEMs failed to deliver Windows 8 PCs on time. Even among the Windows 8 PCs that got released, there were only few touch enabled PCs. OEMs didn’t prepare for large touch screen panel and its associated components demand. In an interview to CNET, Lenovo executive Gerry Smith revealed that the industry did underestimate touchscreen demand. He said the following on Lenovo’s position in the PC industry right now, “Lenovo’s a little different from other companies,” Smith said. “We’re still seeing strong growth and a strong premium to the market overall…And this quarter, we’re seeing strong growth across all product segments.” Being No. 4 in the U.S. is a solid position, but it’s not acceptable long-term for us…We will be No. 1 in the U.S. That’s absolutely a focus. I’m not going to give you a time ...

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While we recently had an indication that Facebook is not in fact in the process of building a Facebook app for Windows RT, the above Surface ad certainly suggests such an app is in the offing. While the large Facebook live tile in the top left is suggestive, we must recall that on at least one occasion Microsoft used the logo of an app without any app being in development, that being when they used the Angry Birds logo without Rovio’s permission in a WP7 promotion. We do think in the end Facebook will have make an app for the Windows Metro environment, and they might as well come around sooner rather than later, but the tile in the ad is likely not evidence enough. Via Neowin.net ...

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Plex media streaming app is now available for Windows 8 devices from Windows Store. It allows you to play video, music, photos from your network and other multimedia content from online channels. App Description: This application brings the power of Plex to your Windows 8 desktop or tablet. With Plex, you can stream your music, videos and photos from your home computers running Plex Media Server and access content from a wide range of channels. Channels are available for iTunes, and for online services like YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3. Additionally, you can sign up for the myPlex service, which lets you connect to servers shared with you by your friends, queue videos from your web browser to watch later, and connect to your Plex Media Server at home wherever you are in the world via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, with no configuration necessary! Plex Media Server streams your media directly ...

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LIVESTRONG.COM has released their Calorie Tracker app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a companion tool for members of MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM which is also a free service online. The LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight easily by setting your weight goals and track your calories and progress with our comprehensive online food journal containing over 1 Million food and fitness items. Tracking works. You will lose weight like millions of other members. The Calorie Tracker tracks your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake with the click of a button. You will have access to MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM, which offers a comprehensive nutrition database of more than 1.3 million food and restaurant items. Most major competitors only have 7,000 items in their database. Features:   Easy to use interface for tracking The largest ...

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  Microsoft has blamed slow initial Windows 8 sales on poor delivery by OEMs of new hybrid Windows 8 PCs with touch screens with Tami Reller, chief marketing and financial officer for Windows, saying last week that there are "not enough" touch devices were on store shelves. Now two analysts have confirmed to CNET that touch screen Windows 8 PCs are in fact in high demand, with stores have difficulty keeping them on the shelves, while cheaper, older-style Windows 8 PCs are not. "Touch machines are actually selling above expectations," said Bob O’Donnell, a program vice president at IDC. "Some vendors are actually facing shortages because touch panels are in limited supply. Vendors are saying they can’t get as many touch-based machines as they would like to meet the demand that they’re seeing." The view was confirmed by Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS iSuppli. “We’ve talked to a number ...

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Facebook has been slow in their support of the Windows 8 Metro environment, with the company not currently planning an app for the user interface. "We are constantly evaluating our strategy for supporting new platforms … as the market and consumer adoption evolves," a company official has told AdAge. While this wait and see approach could hamper early growth of the Windows RT platform, which are unable to use legacy Windows applications, it should be borne in mind that Facebook was also very slow in releasing an iPad app, and likely sees apps as a hindrance to their revenue growth due to reduce advertising opportunities on mobile interfaces. Of course there are plenty of third-party Facebook apps in the Windows 8 Store, such as Facebook Touch above, and Facebook’s reticence may simply be those developer’s windfall. Via Softpedia.com ...

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HP may be slow off the mark, but it seems they will eventually deliver some touch-centric Windows 8-based devices to the market. They latest device they demonstrated is the HP Elitebook Revolve, which is a familiar design for many years now, somewhat updated for Windows 8, and also somewhat more business-focussed. The device is constructed of Magnesium Alloy covered in soft-touch paint, weights 3 pounds,  has an 11.6 inch 1366×768 screen, 256 GB Flash storage, 4GB RAM which is user upgradable and either a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. Lastly it sports NFC, TPM and a SIM slot supporting LTE in the US and HSPA+ everywhere else. An optional stylus can be purchased separately. The laptop is rugged up to MIL-STD 810G standard. The price has not been announced, but the laptop is not expected before March 2013. Via Engadget.com ...

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LivetechAustralia managed to have a hands-on with a non-working sample of the HP ElitePad 900, HP’s Slate successor. The HP ElitePad is powered by an Atom processor and has a number of accessories available targeted at the enterprise market. It offers the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs, and military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude. The device is expected to hit the market only in January 2013. ...

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  Ultrabook notebooks never really set the market on fire, but according to ABI Research all the slim laptops really needed was a good dose of Windows 8. “One of the biggest factors hindering ultrabook sales has been the awaited launch of Windows 8,” said ABI senior analyst Josh Flood. “However, with the launch of Windows 8, we may see a double whammy effect. A number of consumers have held off from computer purchases so they could purchase an ultrabook with Windows 8 during the year. Furthermore, with the abundance of new ultrabook model releases, older systems’ prices will reduce and this will entice purchases from the low to mid-range price segment.” ABI Research expects 21 million ultrabooks to be sold this year, with half to the North American continent,followed by the Western European and Asia-Pacific markets. The number is close to double Apple’s projected total Macbook shipments in 2012, ...

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BlueStacks, who make an Android environment for desktops which allows Windows 8 tablets to run Android apps, has suggested that they are considering bringing that environment to Windows RT. The news was in response a question asked on the Bluestacks support forum. While the Windows 8 store has tens of thousands of apps, this is little compared to the 700,000 Android apps, especially the more useful ones such as BBC iPlayer and other apps which companies have not been motivated enough to bring to the new Windows OS. Hopefully this development will happen sooner rather and later, and allow Windows tablets to access the full range of resources available to other tablets and smartphones. Via Surface-Evangelist ...

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We have covered the Tweetro saga before, which basically amounts to no third party twitter clients being able to have more than 100,000 users. This forced the developer, LazyWormApps, to pull their well-regarded twitter client Tweetro from the Windows 8 Store, as a free, ad-supported client would just not be financially viable with such a small user base. The app has now returned in a premium form for a rather pricy $9.99. Times this by a potential 100,000 users and the total ends up close to $1 million, which should keep LazyWormApps in pizza for some time. Due to Twitter’s policies there will actually come a point when the Tweetro + app is sold out, and no new copies can be generate, so if you were looking to pick this app up it is a good idea to get it sooner rather than later. The App Features: Real-time streaming of tweets ...

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Asus Taichi Touch Ultrabook was one of the unique Windows 8 device we saw from PC OEMs in the recent times. However, the release date of the device got delayed several times and it was priced around $1300. Now, Digitimes reports that Asus Taichi will be released in IT Month trade show in Taiwan in December. And the pricing of the device was increased to US$1,992. Asustek’s Taichi is manufactured by Pegatron Technology and adopts panels supplied by Innolux Corporation, (renamed from Chimei Innolux (CMI) recently), according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek originally hoped to price Taichi at below US$1,600, but due to yield rate and cost problems, the company is only able to offer the product at above US$1,900. I hope Asus works out some other designs to reduce the price of the device to somewhere around $1500 and less. What do you think? Are you ...

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It seems, despite Valve’s protestations, Steams users are adopting Windows 8 four times faster than the general population. Their own updated Steam hardware stats page shows in total 4.69 percent of users have already adopted Windows 8, versus between 1.44 percent and 1.09 percent according to Statcounter and NetApplications. The percentage is more than half of the 8.07 Vista user base and exceeds the 3.26 percent Apple users. The news is probably not that surprising, given that most gamers want to be on the cutting edge of PC technology, and that Windows 8 generally results in a faster PC, but it does suggest that Valve may want to rethink their objections to Windows 8 before a significant percentage of their users start running the OS. Via Neowin.net ...

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Ancestry.com, the family based networking service has released its official Windows 8 app in Windows Store. App Description: Explore your family tree with the Ancestry app for Windows 8. Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online collection of family history resources, home to more than 10 billion historical records, millions of family trees, and much more. Ancestry.com users can now use the Ancestry app to explore their trees, view photos, discover Ancestry hints, and keep up on the latest Ancestry.com news and resources. Features •Browse people in your tree •Rich photo viewing experience •Discover Ancestry hints •Jump to website Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Amazon.com shopping app is available in Windows Store. This app lets you browse through Amazon.com listings and order products within the app. Amazon has already released its Kindle app in the Windows Store and it’s good to see the support for Windows Store from high profile developers. Description: The Amazon app allows you to quickly make purchases, search, compare prices, read reviews, and share products with friends using a simple yet elegant interface. Shop just as you do on the web. You can access any of Amazon’s sites around the world from a single app by simply selecting your desired Amazon country store or shipping destination. You have full access to your existing cart and wish lists. Search for products using the Amazon app, and easily add them to your shopping cart to purchase. (Note: the app uses the Amazon search engine, which is a non-Microsoft commerce engine.) All purchases made on ...

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The Official NASCAR app for Windows 8 devices is now available in Windows Store. NASCAR fans should be happy to hear this news as it allows them to get access to NASCAR News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules, etc. App Description: The Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 desktop and tablet offers all of the basic features and functionality that the NASCAR fan would want on race day including News, Video, Driver Standings and Race Schedules. Get up-to-the minute news from around NASCAR about your favorite driver and upcoming events for the 2013 NASCAR season. Download the Official NASCAR App for Windows 8 and you’re covered through the checkered flag! •The fan will have access to the most recent news and media around NASCAR and the sport of stock car racing. Be sure to check the schedule to keep up with the 2013 Sprint Cup Series. Download it here ...

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