Review Category : Windows 8

The Verge have posted their review of the Microsoft Surface RT. They seems to like the hardware, except for the screen aspect ratio, which they found troublesome in many scenarios. Like others he also complained about the fixed angle of kickstand. They found battery life impressive and the device speedy, but complained of crashes in apps and of course the small selection of apps in general. He concluded: Maybe I say this too often, but I wanted to love this device. Actually, I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit. It made Windows 8 make sense in a way other products had not, and I could see a world where this kind of device was the only one I carried with me. Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And ...

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Along with the announcements about the new Zenbook Ultrabooks, All-in-ones, Asus silently spilled details about the upcoming Asus Transformer book. “ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first ultraportable to combine the best features of a notebook and tablet. When it’s time to work, Transformer Book is a powerful and fully featured notebook with a high-capacity hard drive. When its time to relax, the high-definition display detaches from the keyboard dock and Transformer Book instantly becomes a multi-touch Windows 8 tablet with its own blazingly fast SSD storage. With Smart Battery technology that ensures maximum mobile performance in both modes, Transformer Book the perfect solution for anyone who needs all the power of a notebook with the versatility of a tablet.” The Asus Transformer Book is expected to have the following specs with no word on availability date. CPU Core options up to Core i7 3517U Full HD 10-point touchscreen. IPS. 128GB ...

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PCMag let slip their review of the Microsoft Surface early, giving us our first full insight of the device in use. The review has now been pulled, but the cache remains. The 4 page review is summarized as below: PROS Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz). CONS Kickstand assist only on left face. Only one angle on kickstand. Requires flat surface to use with Touch and Type covers. Speakers are very soft. Few apps on Microsoft’s Store. Not compatible with existing Windows 7 and XP programs. Proprietary charger port. BOTTOM LINE The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the distance between tablet and laptop for many users, particularly if you use the Web or ...

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Microsoft today revealed something on YouTube called “Microtropolis, A City Brought To Life Through Windows 8″. It is a marketing campaign around Windows 8 in NewYork. Inspired by Manhattan, we have created a stylized one hundred and sixty foot version of NYC in an art installation we are calling Microtropolis. Microtropolis is Manhattan experienced through Windows. It creates the ultimate hands-on demonstration of Windows 8, with the city of NYC as the backdrop. As you walk into the installation, you are literally walking through the avenues and streets with skyscrapers towering above. This interactive experience has hundreds of devices placed on rooftops within the city, customized to the neighborhoods in which they are placed. If you live near NYC, you can participate in any of these events. Check out the event details in the link below. Source: Microsoft  ...

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Dell today announced its XPS 10 Windows RT tablet. Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet comes with the following specs, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage Microsoft Windows RT Operating System 10.1″ HD Display (1366×768) with 10pt multi-touch and pen support. It starts at $499 for 32GB model, 64GB model is priced at $600. And you can buy optional keyboard dock which will increase your battery life with the 32GB model for $680, and with 64GB model for $780. Check it out here. ...

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Dell today announced its mainstream Windows 8 machine Inspiron 15z Ultrabook. Inspiron 15z can be configured upto 3rd Generation Intel Core processor i7-3517U (1.9GHz), 8GB RAM, Nvidia 2GB dedicated video card, 500GB hard disk and touch screen with HD-Ready display. The base model starts at just $749 with a Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard disk and touchscreen versions start at $900. Check them out here. ...

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Google has released their first app in Windows Store. Google Search app allows you to do search the web for links, images through keyboard input and voice. Here is the complete list of features, Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search -  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your ...

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Xbox Music app will come pre-installed on Windows 8 and will offer its services in 22 countries for subscription music and 15 for free streaming. With Windows 8 set to launch in just a few days the service is now going live in multiple locations around the world. Chriss from Norway has dropped us a line to let us know the app has been lit up in Norway, where he now enjoys unlimited streaming. Xbox Music will offer a catalogue of over 30 million tracks, and will allow users to make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. Has the service gone live in your area? Let us know below. Thanks Chriss for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has posted a press release on their new Smartglass app, which will be officially released on the 26th October. On Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 there will be expensive integration to send currently playing media to and from the Xbox 360, and that also includes browser sessions The app supports: Navigation: Your phone and tablet will become the best remote controls in your house. Use the touch screen on your smartphone or tablet to control your Xbox 360 and use your devices to pause, rewind, or advance entertainment. (Available when SmartGlass launches) TV & Movies: With Xbox Video, start a TV show or movie on your tablet and finish it on the big screen through Xbox 360; get real-time updates on the cast and crew for the film you are watching, discover related films, get unique bonus features with films from Xbox Video. (Available when SmartGlass launches). And ...

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Amazon is offering great discounts on Sandisk Ultra microSD cards  – just like those that will fit into your Surface tablet and expand that 32 GB of storage. Amazon is offering 70% off Sandisk memory cards, SSDs and MP3 players. You can grab a 32gb microSD card for $23 which is about $47 off the regular price or a 64gb for $43.49 , $56 off. The presence of expandable storage of course makes the whole value proposition vs similar iPads with the same built-in storage even more appealing for Surface tablets. Find the deal at Amazon here. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Microsoft is sending out emails to those who pre-ordered the Microsoft Surface tablet informing them that the WindowsRT device is in the mail and should arrive in time for the great Windows 8 launch. Microsoft had earlier sent out emails to some buyers notifying them of a delay in shipments, but later said those letters had been sent in error. Given the delivery dates on the email, it is possible some buyers will receive their tablets as early as tomorrow, which suggests we should start seeing some cool unboxings soon. Have any of our readers received their shipping notifications? Let us know below. Via WPC. ...

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Microsoft has announced that the first 100 people who buy a Microsoft Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store will receive a year’s Xbox Music Pass, worth $99.90. The offer is only open to in-store buyers so online buyers should not apply. Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service provide free ad-supported streaming music on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and also unlimited streaming without ads with a $14.99 subscription on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 consoles (with a Xbox Live Gold membership). See the offer at Microsoft here. Via The Verge.com ...

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Hulu has announced on their blog that they have now released a Hulu Plus app for Windows 8 “Modern UI”. The touch-optimized app can access all of Hulu’s shows, including its back catalogue, and has the ability to pin favourite shows to the start screen. It also supports Snap view, which lets viewers watch video on one part of the screen while they do something else on another part. The app will be preloaded on select Acer and Sony Windows 8 tablets. For everyone else with Windows 8, the app can be found in the  Windows Store here.  Read more at Hulu here. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype for Windows 8 app. Skype for Windows 8 app will be released in Windows Store along with Windows 8 launch on Oct-26th. Skype for Windows 8 is fast, fluid and designed for Windows 8. You’ll be able to receive voice and video calls and chats even if you’ve navigated away to another app or to the desktop, enabling you to stay more connected with your contacts whatever you’re doing.  Skype for Windows 8 will notify you about new calls and instant messages so you’ll always know when someone is contacting you. It has integration with people hub, you can even snap the Skype app and access apps while you are communicating. Read more about this app here. ...

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Not to be left behind by Samsung, LG announced their own range of Windows 8 products. They announced two Windows 8  x86 PCs, the H160 sliding tablet and V325 all-in-one. The sliding tablet has a built-in keyboard that’s revealed by an "auto sliding" 11.6 inch IPS screen, which pops open at the press of a button and is compatible with LG’s Smart touch pen. The H160 weights 2.3 pounds, is 15.9 mm thick and has full-sized USB and HDMI ports, and supports microSD expansion, and also offers 10 hours battery life, presumably from the Atom processor. The V325 all-in-one features has a 23-inch 1080p multitouch display, Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card, and TV tuner, which works when the PC is off. Both machines will be released in Korea on October 26th. International availability has not been announced yet. Via The Verge and Slashgear.com ...

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We have just received a note from a reader in China who has been told via email by Suning, a large retailer in China and one of the official distributers, that pre-orders for the tablet will only be fulfilled in early November. On further enquiry he was told that the launch in Hong Kong has been pushed back due to transportation issues in Hong Kong. The irony is of course that the tablet is being assembled in China by Pegatron. Have any more of our Chinese readers received such a communication? Let us know below. Thanks Gabe for the tip. ...

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