Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Even CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor. Today, Microsoft Support site for an update titled “Add recording support H264 for modern communication apps in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2″ has provided us a hint on the upcoming Surface Pro 3 with improved camera. An update is available that adds support to the Surface Pro 3 camera. The following supports will be added into Windows 8.1 to support the h.264 ...

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Microsoft today formalized their policy on materials used in packaging and hardware supply chain. Microsoft is also working to further improve the relevance and quality of the information provided about the content and source of materials used in our products. As the company moves forward as One Microsoft, we must do an extraordinary job of overcoming complex social and environmental challenges throughout our packaging and hardware supply chain. Recently, we formalized our values and approach around upstream responsible sourcing through “Microsoft’s Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials” policy. What’s changed in our thinking? We are extending our positive influence to the furthest reaches of our upstream supply chain – all the way to harvested and extracted materials. This is a natural evolution of our Supplier Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program. In 2005, we began holding our contracted suppliers accountable to the ethical business, labor, environmental and worker safety practices outlined in ...

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Microsoft today announced the new All-in-One Media Keyboard targeting your living room or home office. It has a full-size keyset and an integrated multi-touch trackpad – type, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease.  It has customizable media hotkeys that put the web and your favorite music, photos, and movies at your fingertips. The keyboard also has a durable design, so there’s no need to sweat the bumps, drops, or spills of everyday life. This unit will go on sale from tomorrow for just $39.95. Integrated multi-touch trackpad Integrated multi-touch trackpad enables easy navigation with gesture support to enhance your Windows experience.  Tap, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease. Customizable media hotkeys Customizable media keys provide convenient access to your music, photos, and videos. Easy access volume controls Easy to reach and use volume controls to enhance media experience Durable spill-resistant design Designed to survive accidental sit-ons and occasional drops. Spill-resistant to withstand ...

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Toshiba yesterday announced laptops for Back-to-School season. The highlight of the list is the new Satellite P55t which is designed for the creative professionals. It has 4K Ultra HD display and you can use this laptop to create 4K Ultra HD content too. It has four times as many pixels as a Full HD IPS screen at whopping native 3840 x 2160 screen resolution with 282 PPI (pixels per inch). It comes with a powerful 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor, up to 16GB (1600MHz DDR3L) memory and AMD Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics with 2GB GDRR5 video memory. The Satellite P55t also comes with 1TB of storage – perfect for storing loads of HD content. It also has a 3D impact sensor, four USB 3.0 ports , a UHS-II SD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an HDMI port capable of 4K output and an optional rewritable Blue-ray disc ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 for users who need on-the-go solutions. This mouse will come in five sharp colors: Coal Black, Flame Red, Orchid Pink, Pantone Purple, and Wool Blue. And it costs just $14.95 and will go on sale this month. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is designed for life on the go, offering wireless freedom and built-in transceiver storage for ultimate mobility. Comfortable to use with either hand and a scroll wheel for easy navigation makes this mouse the ideal device for your modern, mobile lifestyle. Its a super lightweight mouse designed for people who live life on-the-go that costs less than 15 bucks. I’ve been using the mouse for a few days and really appreciate how light this mouse is. And it fits perfect in my hand. It is actually designed to feel good being used by both righties and lefties.   ...

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If you are running Windows 8 at your home and want to get the full Windows 8 experience, you need to have a touch screen. I came across this good deal for Dell S2340T 23-inch display with 10-point multi-touch Full HD resolution from Microsoft Store and Amazon. Check out the details below. Features: •Stellar view: Images come to life with color-boosting Image Enhance, ultrawide viewing, Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 max.) and elegant edge-to-edge glass. •10-point multi-touch capability: Scroll, tap, touch and drag tiles — even stretch images with your fingers and turn a multitude of applications into exciting interactive experiences. Play simulated piano keys with each finger on interactive music apps and watch touch games become more thrilling. •Flexible design: Multiple users can stay comfortable from a variety of positions. Adjust the articulating stand for multitasking, playing interactive games or drawing. Tilt it 10° forward, lean it backward or fold it ...

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LG recently revealed that they will be revealing two new Windows 8 devices at CES. One will be the LG Ultra PC, a 13-inch Full HD Windows 8.1 Ultrabook that will weigh just 980g. And the second device will be LG Tab-Book2, a 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display Windows 8.1 touch slider. LG Ultra PC—Lighter for More Mobility The LG Ultra PC model 13Z940 weighs less than 1kg and sports a clean, minimalist design. LG’s streamlined model offers improved processing, excellent graphics performance and extended battery life thanks to the Haswell Intel® Core™ i5 processor. The LG Ultra PCalso provides instantaneous booting with its solid-state drive (128GB or 256GB) for quick access and greater user convenience. The 13Z940 Ultra PC has a Full HD 13.3-inch IPS display that incorporates the company’s Super Narrow Bezel design for an industry-leading 4.4mm thin bezels. The LG Ultra PC measures only 13.6mm at its ...

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Microsoft Store has got some great deals on new PCs for this festival season. Dell XPS 12, one of the best touch Ultrabook available in the market with its flexible flip-hinge design is now available for just $699. Display: 12.5 in Full HD touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.60 GHz Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 128 GB SSD Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro Video: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 regular, 1 with Powershare) • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • Mini DisplayPort Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (over 8.5 hours)* Camera: 1.3 MP webcam Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac • Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) capable (required adapter sold separately) Bluetooth: Yes Dimensions: 12.48 x 8.46 x 0.79 in (316.99 x 214.88 x 20.07 mm) Weight: 3.35 lbs (1.52 kg) Find the ...

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Please see our previous coverage of hardware problems on the PlayStation 4: More PS4 Users Experience Hardware Issues 360 1-star Reviews On Amazon Climbing/ and Cheaper PS4 Experiencing Hardware Issues Already It seems the Xbox One is not without it’s share of hardware problems either.  A number of users are reporting having faulty disk drives and hearing a “grinding/clicking noise.”  Some users have reported that their device will not turn. One user received a device that had been physically damaged.  Right now these appear to be somewhat isolated events, but only time will tell as to how widespread these events are.  There may be more information by Monday if more users report having problems with their consoles. We will keep an eye on this, just as we have been doing with the PS4 and report back when we have more information. Microsoft has released the following statement: “We know that with ...

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Toshiba last year announced its premium notebook series called Kirabook with impressive screen resolutions and build quality. They are yet to announced the next generation Kirabooks this year. However, Toshiba Japanese has announced two new Dynabook KIRA V654 and Dynabook Kira V834. Both these devices are powered by Intel’s new Haswell processors, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, IEEE 801.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and DTS Studio sound. These Ultrabooks come pre-installed with Windows 8.1, Office Home and business 2013 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Dynabook KIRA V654: Dynabook KIRA V654 does not have touch screen, but it has 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution screen and weighs at just 1.12kg. There is also an optional high-resolution model 2,560 x 1,440. What’s so impressive about this Ultrabook? The 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution model will give you 22 hours of battery life and the 2,560 x 1,440 will give you 14 hours battery life. ...

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It seems to me this will be a series of posts, please read Part I of our in-depth chronicling of the hardware issues plaguing the PS4: http://microsoft-news.com/cheaper-ps4-experiencing-hardware-issues-already/ Well I must congratulate Sony for copying Microsoft so successfully.  In an effort to emulate some of the successes of the Xbox 360, Sony has included their own version of the RROD (Red Ring of Death) in the PS4, let me introduce to you the Blue Light of Death (BLOD). The difference between the RROD and BLOD, is the BLOD is appearing immediately or only after a few hours of use, pointing to bad components/build quality, while the Xbox 360 had heating issues, which caused problems over time.  On top of that, Sony’s rating for the PS4 is plummeting on Amazon, two days back the PS4 had a 4.5 rating on Amazon.com, toady the rating has dropped to 3.5 stars.  Generally when you looks at the overall reviews you want to sees a decreasing cascade ...

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Many mainstream news outlets are reporting on users having hardware problems with Sony’s PS4.  The problem got bad enough where Sony’s President of PlayStation, Shuhei Yoshida, took to twitter to release a statement: “Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents.” The current PR spin by Sony is that these problems are only being experienced by users who received the PS4 earlier then the general public.  However, this may be a hint of the lack of quality control going on in the Sony production line. A cheaper console has its consequences, and one of these may have been a more relaxed quality control to save money. Kotaku, in their PS4 review, noted their first console did not work at all, and had to subsequently go procure another console.  Many users on Reddit are also complaining of issues ...

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Toshiba has announced new Z-series family of business laptops powered by Windows 8.1 Pro. The Portégé Z30 comes with a 13.3-inch optional touchscreen and it is a super-premium, powerful, and thin laptop. The Tecra Z40 features a 14.1” screen. And the Tecra Z50 comes with a 15.6” screen with full numeric keypad. All these devices are powered by 4th generation Intel Core processor up to core i7 and will have spill resistant keyboards, optional TPM, etc,. Toshiba has also announced the new Satellite Z30 with a battery life of up to 12 hours. Like its Z-series, Z30 has been through Toshiba’s gamut of testing and is drop and spill resistant. The Z-series and Satellite Z30 will be available in Europe during the fourth quarter in 2013 ...

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Lenovo yesterday announced five new ThinkPads which includes T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabooks and business focused S440 and the S540. These new devices includes latest Intel Haswell processors, optional full HD display, updated touchpads which supports Windows 8 gestures, long battery life upto 17 hours, new Power Bridge technology and more. Read full press release below. BERLIN, GERMANY. – September 3rd, 2013: Lenovo today announced new thinner and lighter additions to the ThinkPad portfolio. The ThinkPad T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabook laptops demonstrate a deliberate and purposeful look and feel. The new modern design of the ThinkPad laptops delivers the performance users expect in business while eliciting the excitement and appeal of a consumer designed laptop. This includes 20 percent thinner form factors, a variety of panel options and up to 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures. These new laptops deliver all day battery ...

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  Along with the release of Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop which consists of Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, Microsoft announced another desktop set called Sculpt Comfort Desktop which will cost $79.95. It also features modern design with great ergonomics. Contoured for comfort Contoured design promotes a natural wrist position and puts keys within easy reach. Detachable palm rest Detachable palm rest can be removed for a sleek, compact look.Work in the position that’s most comfortable for you with detachable palm rest and adjustable keyboard legs. Split spacebar with backspace functionality Split spacebar with backspace functionality is designed to improve typing efficiency. Four-Way Scrolling Scroll left, right, front and back. Quickly navigate all of your projects with speed and efficiency. Windows touch tab Optimized for Windows 8, press the center of the blue strip to switch between your current app and the start screen. Swipe up on the blue strip to ...

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Press Release:  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – December 11, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, optimized for Windows 8 and now adds touch experience to the industry’s leading business class Ultrabook. The X1 Carbon and X1 Carbon Touch are developed from superior grade carbon fiber and deliver legendary durability and the highest levels of performance. The new X1 Carbon Touch paves the way for mobile professionals who demand the best in mobility and entertainment and want to experience the simplicity of touch gesture control. “Bringing touch gesture control to our best ThinkPad ever is a natural evolution of the portfolio and a big step towards fulfilling our promise to bring computers into a new PC+ era,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Lenovo Product Group. “We are excited to be able to offer customers the best experience in a thin and light business class ...

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