Review Category : windows 8

For a sophisticated user tethering a Microsoft Surface tablet to a WIFI hotspot or phone is pretty simple. For everyone else however there are multiple obstacles, including needing to keep two devices charged, not having tethering on your data plan and of course draining your phone battery when using your Surface. In theory the perfect solution is a USB 3G dongle or stick. Unfortunately WindowsRT devices like the Surface can not install desktop software, and it seems all of the USB dongles need their own drivers and apps installed to make them go. As Vodafone writes: Windows 8 contains a driver for devices that use the NDIS 6.3 interface. The first Vodafone USB Sticks with NDIS 6.3 will be the K4305 and K4305-Z. For all other devices, it is necessary to install Vodafone Mobile Broadband 10 to get the driver. This would be all fine and good, but it seems ...

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Microsoft has posted two new Windows 8 ads on their YouTube page. In the above ad, Up and coming artist “Now, Now” shared a slice of their adventures through Windows 8. In the below ad, Microsoft is promoting Windows 8 through Angry Birds Star Wars. Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Windows 8. Download it here. ...

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The Guardian reports that the Microsoft Touch Cover appears to have a manufacturing defect, with splitting developing around the magnetic hinge on the cover. The issue is affecting numerous devices in both US and UK, suggesting the problem may be endemic to the keyboard. Microsoft is providing replacement covers at no cost for those what are affected, but it seems either there is a manufacturing issue, or the design is flawed in some way that will need a redesign. Are any of our readers affected? Let us know below. ...

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Presumably in an effort to show buyers how a new Windows 8 device will fit into their life, HP has produced a new series of videos showing the devices used by rather dynamic people in the real world. In the above video we have HP asked Michael Daube, executive director at CITTA, trying the HP ENVY x2. The video interestingly portrays the device as Laptop Plus, rather than a tablet with a keyboard, which in the early stages may be the best way to sell a Windows 8 hybrid. See another video in the series, showing Tiffany Cruikshank, yoga teacher and acupuncturist, trying the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook, below. Do our readers think HP is now doing a better job selling their PCs running Windows 8? Let us know below. ...

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YouGov has found in their regular brand survey, which asks consumers whether they heard good or bad things about a brand, that Microsoft’s brand seems to be making all of the right moves. Since mid-October, Microsoft perception has risen from 17 to 25. Among tablet owners, the brand enjoys even better perception levels, moving from 23 to 33 over the same period. Since Windows 8 promotions kicked in at mid-October, the Windows brand has seen its buzz score rise from 14 to 23. That is the brand’s highest buzz score since the launch of Windows 7. And with tablet users, the Windows brand rose to a 30 score the first week of November. Even Bing is benefiting, moving from 10 to 16 over the last several weeks. This represents its highest Buzz score in over two years and coincides with Bing’s current advertising campaign. Even in the 20’s Microsoft’s brand ...

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HP will not support you if you load Windows 7 on the HP Envy X2 In their support documentation HP has made it clear they will not be supporting downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7, including supplying drivers, apps or other content for these PCs or laptops. They warn: HP does not recommend downgrading on any HP consumer desktop and notebook products. After October 26, 2012, HP consumer desktop and notebook products will ship only with Windows 8. Windows 7 will not be supported on these new platforms, and no drivers, apps, or Windows 7 content will be available through HP. If users choose to downgrade their HP consumer desktop or notebook system, HP will continue to support the hardware but if there is an issue where HP diagnostics are required OR it is determined that the loaded software or upgrade operating system is causing the issue, HP may ...

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Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. new entertainment franchise collaboration Angry Birds Star Wars is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help! Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll ...

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Citrix has released its Receiver app for Windows 8 devices today. They released their preview version back in September and the final release is now in Windows Store today. Description: Specific configurations are required for this release; please ask your IT department how to get started. Citrix Receiver lets you access your enterprise files, applications, and desktops to help you be as productive on the go as you are in the office. If your company uses Citrix, you have the freedom to work on your favorite device from wherever you are. What you can do with Citrix Receiver : Experience simple, consistent, and delightful file and app access from all of your devices For more information about Citrix Receiver, visit http://citrix.com/receiver. Features: Securely deliver virtual desktops and enterprise apps Work anywhere, on any Windows 8 device Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Few days back, WMPoweruser reported about a mysterious ZTE Windows Phone device with 5.9inch screen. Many doubted whether Windows Phone 8 can scale to such high resolutions with app compatibility. Now, we have another rumor from @MS_Nerd about this matter. It seems Microsoft is working on two fronts in bringing Windows based device with screen sizes ranging from 5-inch to less than 10-inch. These 7-inch device is expected to have stylus support and include IE and Reader as well. @MS_Nerd: ZTE Blade 8: WP8 counts 3 pixels as 2. MSFT adding stylus support in OneNote, IE & Reader. Figuring out how to reach 7″ size with WP or RT. Another project with select members of Surface & Nook teams, using RT on a 8.4″ screen exploring it from the other side, no stylus yet. What do you think? You prefer Windows Phone OS on 7-inch or Windows RT on 7-inch? ...

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Office Depot retail store in US has released their official app for Windows Store. Description: Find a store near you and check out the weekly deals offered at that store, or scroll through a list of stores in your area and view weekly deal offers for each. Features: •Locate near stores. •Browse store weekly deals. •View deals and product descriptions. •Share deals and products with your friends. •Search for available deals. Source: Windows Store ...

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I was not going to post about this video, which has been doing the rounds, but after the 10th tip about it I don’t think I have any choice anymore. The parody of an iPad commercial by Cinesaurus, a Seattle-based creative team that is “obsessed with telling stories through video and animation”, the video already has more than 120,000 views and shows a Surface pretty much dismembering an iPad. See another pretty relevant video by the same team below. Thanks everyone for sending this in. ...

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Research firm Gartner yesterday released a report on consumerization of IT. Gartner predicted that 821 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and it will reach billion mark in 2013. Gartner said the following regarding Windows 8 in businesses by 2016, In the business market, Windows 8 will take the No. 3 position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Tablets and convertibles will be the way into businesses for Windows 8. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 percent in 2016. Even though 39% market share for Windows 8 is highly possible, I didn’t under their maths quite well. They are saying Windows 8 will take No.3 position in tablet market, but will hold 39% marketshare?? How it is possible? Source: Gartner ...

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The Windows 8 Store is growing apace, with WinAppUpdate declaring that yesterday there was 12,895 apps in the store, and presumably more than 13,000 today. The store is currently growing at around 362 apps per day, a bit slower than a week ago, when it was closer to 500 per day, but this may have been the BUILD effect, with developers polishing their apps with the latest advice. New apps include a Slacker App for Windows 8 and the Shazam app amongst the latest entrants. Hopefully the slow-down is just transient, as what the store really needs is an acceleration to reach a respectable 6 figure number as soon as possible. Hopefully recent success stories such as 100,000 downloads by Metrotwit and 200,000 by ARMED will serve to do just that. Via TNW. ...

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Microsoft does a lot of bragging about the Surface being able to support printers via the USB port. Robert decided to put this claim to the ultimate test, and decided to print something from his old printer, which happens to be an Okidata dot-matrix printer with a parallel port. Of course the Surface does not in fact come with a Parallel port, but one standard Belkin USB to Parallel cable later, and that problem was neatly sorted. While most people retired their dot matrix printers a decade ago, the demo does go to show that the Surface, despite running Windows RT, is a real computer, which still works exactly as expected. Thanks Bob for the tip. ...

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After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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You can now enjoy Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos on your Windows 8 machine using their new app. App Description: Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. Our Windows 8 is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in ...

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