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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Today ifixit posted their tear down of Microsoft Surface for Windows RT. Microsoft Surface scored a repairability rating of 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Here are the reasons iFixit posted at the end of the process, Several components are modular and replaceable without requiring desoldering. You can remove the battery pretty easily — once you’ve suffered through the opening procedure. It’s pretty difficult to remove the rear panel and gain access to the device. It is impossible to remove the keyboard connector without first removing the display from the frame. LCD and glass are fused together and strongly adhered to the case, increasing cost of replacement. You’ll have to use a heat gun and lots of patience to gain access to the glass and LCD. Even though 4/10 may look as a poor score, Apple iPad 3 scored a repairability rating of 2 out of 10. Anyways, you don’t have to really worry about ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video showing the making of Touch Cover For Surface tablet. The Touch Cover and Type Cover are the single biggest selling point for Surface tablet. They provide a unique value for having productivity in tablets. The Touch Cover and Type Cover costs $120 when bought separately and costs $100 more when bought along with a Surface unit. You can read more about it here. ...

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With Windows 8 launch ahead of us, We got a chance to review Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with Windows 7 running on it. Pros: Design looks great for its class, Optional AMD discrete graphics, Value for money. Cons: Not so great display, less battery life compared to many Ultrabooks. The Verdict: Dell Inspiron 14z is a good looking affordable Ultrabook for the masses. Design: Dell Inspiron 14z is a blend of plastic and brushed aluminium and it’s just 21 mm thin. Though it is not a one of the thinnest Ultrabook out there, weighing 4.1 pounds with built-in DVD drive, latest Intel Core i processors with AMD discrete graphics card is definitely an advantage. It has a truly premium look and feel and also one of the best design of its class. Software Experience: Even though it runs Windows 7 premium, Dell is trying to enhance the customer experience with its own software and some pre-installed software. Honestly speaking, they are all crap. I didn’t ...

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Sony yesterday announced its Windows 8 launch lineup of PCs which included the VAIO Tap 20 All-in-one PC which included battery, A slider hybrid, and a VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook. SONY UNVEILS ITS FIRST HYBRID ULTRABOOK™ AND MOBILE TABLETOP PC FOR THE US MARKET More to the Touch with the new VAIO Line featuring Windows 8 NEW YORK, October 11, 2012 – Sony today introduced its first mobile Tabletop PC for the U.S. market, the VAIO® Tap 20 PC, and its slider hybrid, the VAIO® Duo 11 Ultrabook™, combining innovative hardware designs with rich touch experiences powered by Windows 8. Alongside the new state-of-the-art PCs, there’s an elegant T Series Ultrabook and portfolio of VAIO PCs that put touch right at the heart of the personal computing experience. Built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and TV technology, the latest VAIO Touchworld collection features bright, responsive 10-point multi-touch screens with ...

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Following Sony and Samsung, HP has now announced their first set of Windows 8 devices that will go on sale in coming months. Envy x2 is an 11-inch tablet that comes with a keyboard dock which also serves some extra power. Spectre XT is a 13 inch device with Intel Ivy Bridge processors inside and 1080 capacitive touch display as well. Press Release: HP Unveils Innovative Multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabooks PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 – HP today announced three consumer notebooks featuring multitouch displays, including a uniquely designed hybrid PC that gives people more choice in how they access information. The HP ENVY x2 is a powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices in one. As a notebook that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — July 30, 2012 — For the past 30 years, Microsoft Corp. has introduced hardware that helps people interact better and more easily with Windows. Today, Microsoft Hardware continues the tradition with the introduction of new products that work beautifully with Windows 8. Wedge Touch Mouse Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into an ultracompact frame that’s great for a mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse is designed to complement your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. • Its artful and minimalist design also comes free of cables or USB transceivers — you simply turn it on and connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or tablet for a clutter-free experience. • It features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference ...

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Microsoft today announced a new bluetooth keyboard called Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 . It has a thin profile with comfort curve style for more ergonomics. Miss the tactile feeling of a real keyboard when typing on your tablet? The full-sized Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 enables more comfortable typing than on-screen keyboards, and encourages natural posture with the Comfort Curve design. And at less than three-quarters of an inch thick, you can easily slip it into your bag, which makes it the perfect mobile companion. Plus, there’s no need to worry about cords or transceivers. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 works with Microsoft Windows®, iPad®, iPad2, and many AndroidTM devices.* This unit will costs $49.95 and you can  find more details on it here. ...

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  Microsoft Hardware is celebrating the Chinese New Year with new limited edition mice. These are dragon themed to indicate Chinese Culture. Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 with traditional Chinese red or gold color and dragon design by premier artist, Nod Young. Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse featuring art from Designer Lin Xu Pan. You can order these mice from Microsoft Store and retail stores soon. Source: Next at Microsoft ...

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HP today announced three new laptops in its Envy line. ENVY 15, ENVY 17 and ENVY 17 3D all featuring latest Intel processors with AMD graphics, HD Radiance display, Beats Audio, USB 3.0 ports, Blu-ray disk player, Radiance backlit keyboard and much more. The price of the line up starts from $1099. The even announced a Business Ultrabook model. You can look at it here. It seems like HP is back in the PC game ! ! via: Engadget Press Release: HP Debuts New ENVY Notebook PCs PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 – HP today introduced redesigned HP ENVY notebooks PCs that exude power, performance, advanced technologies and precision craftsmanship. - The new HP ENVY 15 and HP ENVY 17 deliver blistering performance and optimal sound experience in a timeless design that includes an all-metal chassis with rounded edges in a classic black and silver finish, accented by subtle ...

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Microsoft Hardware today announced a new contest with a new website called Art of Touch which allows people to create their own digital art. Microsoft will be giving away prizes such as Microsoft Touch mice, laptops and other things like having a person’s artwork showcased somewhere in a weekly drawing. The person whose artwork has the most votes by December 31st will get the grand prize of being the “featured artists” and a prize package that includes becoming a featured artist on the site. About Art of Touch, The Art of Touch palette allows you to create artwork on an interactive digital canvas using the technology at your fingertips, and contribute to an evolving global masterpiece that is showcased on the main page of the Art of Touch website. Choose from three digital brushes combined with five digital effects to create one-of-a-kind designs and patterns. Once you have created your ...

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