Review Category : Windows 8

There is a belief that a higher PPI display is always better, but in the above video review of the screens of the Google Nexus vs the Microsoft Surface Armando shows that increasing the PPI without improving the resolution of the assets simply results in a fuzzy, pixelated mess in many occasions. See part 1 of his review here, and keep an eye on his channel for the next episode. ...

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Renowned usability expert Jakob Nielsen has taken a look at Windows 8 and did not like what he saw. He invited 12 experienced PC users to have hands-on with Windows 8 PCs and Surface tablets and found them fumbling around the OS all too often. Jakob complained of increased cognitive load due to the Metro and desktop interface, memory overload due to full-screen apps, less discoverability due to flat UI elements and hidden charms, low information density, error prone gestures, and poor suitability for desktop use. It is however striking that much of the issues were due to unfamiliarity with the OS, with users for example not able to activate the task switching gesture or not knowing were menu settings are. I suspect experienced Windows 7 users will be equally flummoxed when confronted by the Mac user interface, and that much of the issues will become non-issues with time. Read ...

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After polling nearly 10,000 “information workers” Forrester Research found 32% of employees preferred a Windows to power their next tablet. 12% wanted Windows 7 on their tablet while 20% wanted Windows 8. Forrester commented that “Windows 8 has higher interest than we expected among employees” and that it “bodes well for Windows 8’s prospects for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand.” They suggested employees will force IT to have a formal support policy for Windows 8 for employee-owned devices and that Windows 8 will accelerate BYOD demand. Read more at Forrester.com here. Via Fiercemobile.it ...

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Microsoft’s official Windows blog today highlighted a Windows 8 story with one its customers. Emirates Airlines will deploy Windows 8 tablet to improve customer and employee experiences. Emirates is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, operating over 2,500 flights per week to 126 cities in 74 countries across six continents. The company also operates four of the world’s 10 longest non-stop commercial flights from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. Knowledge Driven Inflight Service App is a fully immersive crew and customer management solution that captures important passenger data around preferences and history. It allows crew and staff to personalize customers needs by checking their past history of travels, preferences, etc,. The crew can also use the app to upgrade Emirates Skywards members while in flight to Business Class or First Class, as well as record customer feedback that is delivered straight to Emirates management once the flight lands. ...

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TBS has released its video app for Windows 8 on Windows Store. You can get access to exclusive clips from TBS comedies, watch show clips, behind-the-scenes videos and exclusive trailers for Conan, Family Guy, Cougar Town and many more . There is no logins or registration which is pretty neat. Features: •Hundreds of videos from your favorite TBS shows •Intuitive saving and sharing of clips •Exclusive Windows 8 “snap view” allows for seamless multitasking •No full episodes–but with thousands of clips, you may not miss them! •Beautifully scales on any Windows 8 device–laptop, desktop or tablet •Show clips, behind-the-scenes content and exclusive trailers •See more with hubs: view top sections without navigating away Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Rackspace has released its Cloud app for Windows 8 devices on Windows Store. Rackspace Cloud for Windows 8 allows you to quickly and easily control your Cloud Servers and Cloud Files wherever you are. Features for Managing Cloud Servers: · Reboot, rename, resize, and rebuild · Change the root password · Manage backup schedules · Delete or create multiple Cloud Servers at once · Ping IP addresses to your Cloud Servers from multiple locations around the world · Open IP addresses in Safari and an SSH client if one that responds to ssh:// URLs is installed on your device (i.e. iSSH) · Bootstrap Cloud Servers with Chef from your Chef server or the Opscode Platform Features for Managing Cloud Files: · Control CDN settings · Create and delete containers · Create folders in containers · Create media (photos and video) and text files · Download and open Cloud Files objects to ...

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In an interview to Readwrite, Merle McIntosh, the senior vice president of product management of Newegg North America said that Windows 8 sales in general is slow going and he expects better sales in 2013. “So yes, we were prepared for some pretty big upside on the software side of the equation, and the hardware side of the equation, and it is has been steadily improving. But it did not explode, as I think you know, coming out of the gate.” “On the software side it has been slow going, and I think it will be that way until the pricing normalizes sometime next year,” McIntosh said, declining to provide actual sales numbers. “But on the hardware side, we’re starting to see some slow but steady increases in notebooks, and as the tablets become available, we’re starting to see some good sides of the tablet part of the equation as ...

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It’s very difficult to track number of Black Friday deals on different websites which is cluttered with various other product deal which I’m not interested. Being in a Microsoft ecosystem, I decided to write a post about the deals which I find across the web. You can send us the deals you find through the comments section and contact us section. 1) Windows 8: Office Depot: Windows 8 Pro pack will be available for $29.99 on their terms. Actually, it will cost $49, $10 down from its regular price and a free MaxPerks Bonus Rewards which gives you an $30 credit you can shop at Office Max stores. Tiger Direct: Tiger Direct will sell Windows 8 Pro for $49. Xbox: Xbox 360 4GB bundle with Skylanders and one wireless controller for $199. Xbox 360 wireless controllers on sale for $39.96. Xbox 360 wireless headset for $25. All the above are from Walmart. Xbox 360 250GB ...

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The above rather cool video is the creation of Microsoft Spain, and shows how the Metro design language originated on Windows Phone in 2010, and morphed into Windows 8 in 2012. The video ends by touting the new Microsoft ecosystem of phones, tablets, PCs and the Xbox, and reminds one of Microsoft’s new imperative to integrate and collaborate, to strengthen their position against Google and Apple. What do our readers think of the video? Let us know below. Via TNW ...

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Andy Bryant posted this hands-on review of the Logitech T650 Wireless Touch pad, which brings support for Windows 8 gestures to desktops and laptops which lack multi-touch touchpads. The device appears to work very well, and is very responsive, but has a few issues, including some ergonomics issues and flaws in multi-monitor support. Andy concludes: If you’re used to using a touchpad on a laptop, and are migrating to Windows 8 on a single-screen non-touch PC, then I’d say unreservedly yes. The benefits you get from gestures under Win8 outweigh the complexity of right-click drag on the desktop. If you’re using a multiple-monitor setup, it does work, but you just won’t gain quite as much primarily because Microsoft hasn’t quite optimized the interaction between the Win8 mode,  and desktop mode across both screens. That said, it is quite usable – and I’m going to continue using mine on my home ...

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Microsoft is offering free panoramic themes for Windows 8 and Windows RT users. If used on dual monitors with the same resolution the wallpaper will extend across both screens, like in the screen shot above. If however the monitors have different resolutions different wallpapers will be shown, and of a single monitor us used only the middle will be shown. See the collection at Microsoft here. Via Technet.com ...

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Yes, this review of the Microsoft Surface is a bit late. You’ve most likely read several of the high-profile reviews already. You’ve possibly read many more. In this review, I will focus only on the things I personally like and do not like. This will not be a be-all-end-all review. Please take what you can from it, and hopefully, if you’re on the fence about getting a Surface RT, this will cement your decision one way or the other. Let’s get the hardware specifications out of the way. The Surface RT is a 1.5 pound, 10.6 inch tablet. The screen resolution is 1366×768. The processor is an Nvidia Tegra 3, which is a quad-core ARM-based processor, reportedly clocking in at 1.3 ghz per core. It comes with 2 GB of RAM, and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of memory. In regards to ports, the Surface has a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a ...

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We have covered the saga of LazyWormApps and their Twitter client Tweetro running into the 100K API token limit. They have been corresponding with Twitter asking for more flexibility, given the lack of an official twitter application on the platform. They have now received a response, which amounts to an emphatic No. The letter they received in part says (emphasis added): “Thank you for reaching out to get clarification on our developer policies. As you know, we discourage developers from building apps that replicate our core user experience (aka “Twitter clients”). We  know that there are developers that want to take their passion for Twitter and its ecosystem to unique underserved situations. As such, we have built some flexibility into our policy with regard to user  tokens – which went into effect September 5th, 2012.” “…Unfortunately, It does not appear that your service addresses an area that our current or ...

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With Apple is set to move away from skeuomorphism, it is interesting to see a Windows 8 app embracing the old Apple model enthusiastically. Diigo has released Quick Note to the Windows 8 market, which allows one to quickly take notes and if necessary pin them to the start screen individually. The app also supports snapped view mode and web clipping from IE.  The  review above was posted by Technologyiinfo.com The free app does not do much more, and does not offer any cloud synching capabilities. The app does however have a Mac Store version, which will be offering synching to the Diigo bookmarking and note storage service at a later point, so this is likely to arrive eventually on the Windows app also. If however your needs are limited, and you prefer speed over options, and are not turned off by some wood panelling, the app appears to be ...

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In a post on MSDN Microsoft discussed the Windows 8 Play To functionality, which allows Windows 8 devices to connect seamlessly to Xbox 360 and other (unspecified) devices and stream media like photos, videos and music to the device. The post describes how developers can enable to feature in only a few lines of code in their own applications, and that even web pages can be Play To enabled, meaning a video streaming website could easily allow one to move the stream to a big screen. The functionality is only waiting for developers to take advantage of it. If that’s you hop on over to MSDN to make sure your app can take advantage of the biggest screen in your home. Via Neowin.net ...

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In the 18 days since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest desktop and tablet OS, the operating system has grown rather nicely. Statcounter, which measures the OS’s web presence by examining website logs in real time, has found as of yesterday the operating system now has 0.88% of all web hits, more than the 0.86% of Linux or the 0.6% of Android. This is in fact not the first time Windows 8 overtook Linux, but last it occurred over the weekend, when the OS appears to see its heaviest use, and Linux its lightest. On this occasion it occurred in the middle of the week, indicating that this is simply part of the overall natural growth of the OS. The week-end spikes does however indicate that the OS is having more traction with home users than in business, a not unexpected result. The next stop is iOS, which with ...

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