As per previous reports, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to users sometime in April. Paul Thurrott has today confirmed that Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. The timing seems to be interesting as Microsoft is planning to release them on the last day of Build developer conference. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Also pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the ...

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Acer released the first 8-inch Windows 8 device Iconia W3 few months back and device is now selling for just under $300. Even though the device provides great value for the money, it got poor reviews due to two main things. First, the poor LCD display. Second, the last generation Atom processor. Acer has listened to both of these complaints and an updated product named Iconia W4 is coming next month. The Iconia W4 will have same design as W3, but will come with 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor and a much improved “wide view angle” display. Similar to current model, it will come with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. As it is coming next month, we can expect it to run Windows 8.1 out of the box. Are you looking forward to is? via: Engadget ...

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Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich yesterday kicked off Intel Developer Forum by revealing some new details about the upcoming Intel chips. He showed off a laptop running the upcoming Broadwell chip architecture on stage during a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) today. This broadwell chips will offer upto 30 percent improvements in PC power efficiency when it launches by the end of next year. Also this chip will enable fanless powerful Windows based devices. Intel is also launching “Bay Trail,” Intel’s first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for mobile devices. “Bay Trail” is based on the company’s new low-power, high-performance Silvermont microarchitecture, which will power a range of innovative Android* and Windows* designs, most notably tablets and 2 in 1 devices. Read full press release below. Press Release: INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 10, 2013 – From datacenters to ultra-mobile devices such as tablets, phones and wearables, computing segments ...

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