Review Category : Windows 8

With a billion users security has been a top priority for Microsoft for some time now, as evidenced by Kaspersky’s Top 10 list of products with security vulnerabilities, which do not contain a single Microsoft product. In fact topping the list is Adobe’s Flash, which is rather worrying for an Internet facing application. Similarly Oracle’s Java also presents a significant risk to PCs, as the wave of cross-platform exploits this summer has shown. Next on the list is Apple, with another Internet facing application, Quicktime, which also presents a risk to Windows PCs. With the Windows OS layer now very well protected, it seems Windows users can protect themselves rather well by uninstalling apps like Flash, Java and Quicktime, a strategy which Microsoft itself promotes in the Metro side of Windows 8. See Kaspersky’s report “IT Threat Evolution Q3 2012” here. Via Hothardware.com ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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Cloud Gaming Service Agawi has released their GameZen app in Windows Store. GameZen brings the most popular game titles on Action, Strategy, Midcore,  and other genres of games to all Windows 8 devices using its Streaming technology. Earlier this year, Microsoft partnered with Agawi to power its steaming service and bring the app support to Windows platform. Download it from Windows Store for free here. ...

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Microsoft is in the process of surprising analysts by showing good performance in the stock market over the last few weeks, with its share price rising 3% over the last few days alone. This contrasts with Apple, who’s share price hit a 6 month low recently and recently closed below $600 for the first time since August. While the analysts are still strong believers in the “Post-PC” future they do not think this is necessarily a barrier to the future existence of the company. “I think Microsoft is diversified enough,” Drakon Capital’s Guy Adami said. “You’re not going to get buried on the downside.” “I think the most encouraging aspect of what’s happened in the market over the last week is the fact that we lost the leaders — Google Apple and Amazon — but in their place we’ve seen Intel , Microsoft. We saw the industrials very strong today, ...

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  If you want to ad some Windows 8 touch screen goodness to your recently upgraded desktop PC LG has the solution for you, with their new 23 inch Touch 10 ET83 IPS monitor with 10 point multi-touch and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. While a touch screen does not make as much sense in a desktop setting where the monitor may be some distance away, I can easily see this monitor being used to make a kitchen Windows 8 PC or built into a display somewhere. The device will arrive in November, initially in Korea first. See the press release below. LG UNVEILS ADVANCED TOUCH 10 MONITOR OPTIMIZED FOR WINDOWS 8 Innovative 10-Point IPS Monitor Expands the Horizon of Touchscreen Technology SEOUL, Oct. 31, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) introduced its Touch 10 monitor (model: ET83), optimized for use with Windows 8, which was launched by Microsoft last week. ...

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Microsoft Japan and NTT DOCOMO today signed a collaborative effort to bring LTE support in Windows 8 devices targeting corporate customers. Press Release: TOKYO, JAPAN, November 1, 2012 —Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd. and NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan’s leading mobile operator and provider of integrated services centered on mobility, announced today they have agreed on a cooperative business relationship to combine Windows 8 tablet devices and DOCOMO’s extra-high-speed LTE mobile service, Xi™ (read “crossy”), for corporate users in Japan. Aiming to offer business-ecosystem tablets that meet the diverse needs of corporate users, the cooperative relationship between Microsoft Japan and DOCOMO will be supported by partner companies on both sides. Companies such as device manufacturers and system venders will assist in a broad collaborative effort to develop advanced mobile solutions that leverage the speed and power of DOCOMO’s LTE network and the abundant Windows resources available in the corporate world today. The ...

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According to latest data form Net Applications, Internet Explorer gained 0.50 percentage points between September and October while Firefox lost 0.09 % and Google Chrome lost 0.31% and  Apple Safari lost 0.05%. Internet Explorer 9 for the first time reached 20% market share. All version of IE together held a 54.13% market share and I guess this number will further go up with the release of Internet Explorer 10 in the coming months. What browser are you using everyday? Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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Whoever is bankrolling ads are not playing around these days. First we have Jessica Alba telling us how great Windows Phone 8 is, and today we have Megan Fox selling the virtues of a Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook for learning to speak to dolphins. As a contest for our readers not too distracted by Megan Fox, can you count the number of times the creative types accidentally used Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 in the screen shots? Via Neowin.net ...

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That did not take long. TWN reports that mere days after the release of Windows 8 a fake anti-virus malware app   has already turned up. The app, detected by Trend Micro, is an example of a scareware trojan that pretends of scan and detect viruses on a user’s computer and then convince them to buy and install software, which are often malware themselves. With Windows 8 bringing even stronger security to Windows, increasingly the malware problems are due to social engineering, and TNW notes that to defeat these threats, the best thing is usually to turn away from deals that appear just too good to be true. Read more at TNW here. ...

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Dell is helping to ease the transition to Windows 8 for their customers by offering a free Windows 8 for Dummies, Dell Pocket Edition. To download the ebook you have to fill in the form, but there does not appear to be any restriction to prevent HP or any other OEM’s customers from downloading the book also. In case your mother needs any help, get it from Dell here. ...

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Microsoft today posted a new TV ad for Windows 8 featuring the new Sony Vaio Tap 20 Windows 8 ad. This add shows the new touch capabilities of Windows 8 along with the snap mode and the Sony Vaio Tap 20’s Tilt mode with the ability to move it around without any wires because it has built-in battery. Mom places the family’s Windows 8 all-in-one PC on an easel and turns it into a canvas for her daughter. Read more about Sony Viao Tap 20 after the break. ...

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We have seen some marketing like this before from Nokia for its Windows Phone devices. Microsoft organized this strange marketing activity in Norway to promote Windows 8 and its Live Tiles concept. Watch the video above and enjoy this marketing from Microsoft. This film was shot downtown Oslo (Norway) to highlight one of the key innovations of Windows 8: Live Tiles. Showing the preview functionality of Live Tiles made for an evening to remember. What do you think of it? Thanks Alex for the heads up. ...

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A Portland-based OS development company called Surfcast has filed a patent infringement case against Microsoft. Surfcast sued Microsoft for allegedly infringing on its patents with the use of Live Tiles in its desktop, tablet and mobile software. Patent 6,724,403 (’403): “System and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources.” The above patent involves the method of “presenting information from variety of sources on a display device.”, ”organizes content from a variety of information sources into grid of tiles each of which can refresh its content independently of the others.”, according to TNW. Basically, they claim Microsoft’s Live Tiles concept was invented by them. Surfcast even has a website in which it describes the Tiles concept, SurfCast designed a new concept referred to as ‘Tiles’. Tiles can be thought of as dynamically updating icons. A Tile is different from an icon because it can be both selectable and live — containing refreshed content that ...

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Agent P Strikes Back is based on the popular Disney Channel series ‘Phineas and Ferb’ and in this game Agent P must free the other captured agents in the 2nd Dimension. Players should guide Perry aka “Agent P” through this action-packed, side-scrolling adventure. Try to locate the other missing agents as you battle robotic guards and double jump your way through Doof’s complex. This game supports Touch Control Devices, Keyboard and Xbox 360 Controller. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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The Next Web notes, via WinAppUpdate, that there are now more than 10,000 apps in the Windows 8 store, being added at a rate of 500 per day. This rate is likely to increase exponentially as the number of Windows 8 PCs, already expected to be more than 4 million in number, rapidly increases over the next few weeks, and developers see more opportunities. Microsoft has also announced at BUILD that the official replacement for Metro-style apps will be ‘Windows 8 Store Applications’ which is a rather typically uncool but descriptive Microsoft nomenclature. Has any actually cool applications hit the Windows 8 store recently? Let us know below. ...

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