Review Category : Windows 8

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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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff showed his excellent grasp of business reality on Friday when he said Windows 8 will be the end of the dominance of Windows in business, also going on to say LTE will replace WIFI and WLAN, and with that installed software. Windows has become “irrelevant,” he said,  being displaced by next-generation LTE wireless networks that will “disintermediate” the need for WANs and LANs, along with “all of these great services that are available right off the cloud.” “Now, we’re not completely there,” Benioff added. “Everything is not heterogeneous client, everything is not LTE, everything is not cloud … But we’re going to this great new place in our industry.” He said Windows 8 will not be an automatic and inevitable upgrade for CIOs; like Windows 7 was. He said Windows 8 will force CIOs to ask “am I going to Windows 8, or am I going ...

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Adam Desrosiers had enough of hearing how difficult it is to learn to use Windows 8, and decided to upload this video showing how his 3 year old, in less than a month of occasional use, learned how to use Windows 8, and not on a touch screen tablet but on the desktop. He writes: I read these tech pundits and journalists discussing how hard it’s gonna be for the general public to learn the new UI of Windows 8. Nonsense. This video (sorry for the poor video quality – I have no proper video equipment whatsoever) is my response to such pessimism. For the record, I do whatever I can to keep my boy *off* the computer. We watch some sesame st videos at night and play a game or two during the day. And over the past month that we’ve had Windows 8 on this computer this is ...

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While Acer has been the most vocal in their opposition to the Microsoft Surface, they also seem to be the one who will be doing the most to make Windows 8 tablets affordable to the masses. We are already fans of the Acer Iconia W510, which provides a 720p Atom tablet with keyboard dock for only 499 Euro. Now on Acer’s German site the Acer Iconia W700 has popped up, for sale with out a dock, for only 599 Euro. The device offers a Full HD 1080p 11.6 inch screen with a 178 degree viewing angle IPS display and 10 point multi-touch.  The device is powered by a respectable Intel Core (i3-2365M, 1.40 GHz, 3 MB) Ivy bridge processor,  4 GB DDR3, has 8 hours battery life and weighs 950g. The device sports a single USB 3 port which allows rapid file transfers and expansion. It also interestingly has a ...

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Microsoft has updated the driver of their original Touch Mouse to make it more Windows 8 friendly. The update now adds the ability to use multi-touch gestures, including two fingers to manage apps and display charms. With the update the need to use keyboard shortcuts or screen edges/corners are mostly eliminated. The full list of new supported gestures include: The update is still to come to Microsoft’s new Wedge Mouse products. Find the download at Microsoft’s Mouse and Keyboard Center here. Via The Verge.com ...

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